SUNY Announces Free, Mandatory COVID-19 Testing For Employees

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) ALBANY — State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras and The New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) President Wayne Spence have reached an agreement to conduct free, mandatory testing for PEF-represented employees at SUNY state-operated colleges, universities, and hospitals.The agreement follows similar arrangements announced recently with United University Professions (UUP) faculty and professional members, and Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) employees.“At SUNY, our approach to containing COVID-19 depends on pinpointing any possible positive cases and that is why testing is a central part of our response efforts,” said Malatras. “This important agreement shows that by working together we can control the virus and keep our campuses and programs open and running safely.”New York State Public Employees Federation President Spence said, “From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, PEF has fought tirelessly to protect our members. This testing agreement between SUNY and PEF will help safeguard the health of state employees as they return to work.” Effective immediately and continuing through December 31, 2020, all state-operated colleges, universities, and hospitals shall conduct testing of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Unit (PS&T) employees who are required to report in person to campus to conduct some or all of their work obligation. Testing will be free of cost and conducted during regular work hours. Campuses will work with their local PEF council representatives in development of the testing protocol of the PS&T. Testing will be done at the same frequency as with students, faculty, and staff.SUNY currently has the capacity to process 120,000 test samples per week thanks to major testing breakthroughs at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Their now FDA-approved individual saliva test, done in tandem with aggressive pooled surveillance testing, allows colleges to quickly and accurately pinpoint and contain the virus and prevent outbreaks.last_img read more

National Black Law Student’s Association seeks volunteers

first_imgNational Black Law Student’s Association seeks volunteers October 1, 2003 Regular News National Black Law Student’s Association seeks volunteerscenter_img Just a couple of days of volunteer participation in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial and Frederick L. Douglass Moot Court competitions could help to continue a legacy of truth and justice in Florida and other southern states, according to the Southern Region of the National Black Law Student’s Association.The association hopes the competitions’ successes in the past continues to further that cause.“It is always good to get as much experience as possible,” said Joyce Neal, Southern Region director of NBLSA, and student at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta.Neal said that the competitions, which honor black pioneers, also present an opportunity for students to enhance their legal skills and litigation abilities, while giving those Bar members who volunteer as judges a chance to see the “best of the best” of Florida’s future in law, and possibly even earn CLE credit.This upcoming year’s competitions, which are being held at the Sheraton Resort Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale February 5-8, 2004, boast a theme of Continuing a Legacy of Truth & Justice. “It’s basically the same theme each year,” said Neal, who added the goal of each competition is to provide awareness about issues and laws facing both the black community and the legal community as a whole. Seeking support from the legal community and The Florida Bar, the Southern Region of the NBLSA believes the solution for the ills facing society is to effectively train advocates to seek out truth and justice, he said.The Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition, in only its second year of national competition, saw 112 participants in its inaugural showing, making it one of the largest in the country.“The competition brings in students from all over the region, which consists of something like nine states,” said Mutaqee Akbar, first vice chair of the Southern Region of the NBLSA, and student at the University of Miami School of Law.He said that the moot court competition, which has been going on for a long time, usually has about 20 teams. The top two teams from the region head to the national competition held in Boston.“It really is the best of the best,” Akbar said. “They come to compete.”The rounds for each competition last approximately two hours and 30 minutes, with sponsorship from Nova Southeastern University law school. For attorneys or judges interested in judging the competitions or donating to the cause, the association asks that you contact Dawn Pettigrew, second vice chair, at (404) 321-0643, or Akbar at (305) 279-7223.last_img read more

The feelings economy: How to create marketing messages that get results

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bo McDonald Bo McDonald is president of Your Marketing Co. A marketing firm that started serving credit unions nearly a decade ago, offering a wide range of services including web design, branding, … Web: Details Want to know why your marketing isn’t producing the results you want? It’s because you’re being rational—and most of the time, people aren’t rational. According to legendary marketing pioneer Edward Bernays, “People are emotional and impulsive and hide it really well.”For our August YMC Book Club, we dove into Everything is F***ed, a Book About Hope. Throughout the book, author Mark Manson draws a distinction between the “thinking brain” and the “feeling brain.” Manson describes the thinking brain as the part of your brain that represents your conscious thoughts, your capacity to make calculations, and your ability to reason through multiple options. Your feeling brain, on the other hand, represents your emotions, impulses, intuition, and instincts. “While your thinking brain is calculating payment schedules on your credit card statement,” Manson reasons, “your feeling brain wants to sell everything and move to Tahiti.”Expanding on this idea, Manson rewinds to the 1920s and shares the story of how Edward Bernays turned the advertising world upside down by understanding that people used their feeling brain to make most of their decisions. He threw the middle finger to the traditional forms of advertising, the kind that relied on communicating a product’s tangible benefits as logically and concisely as possible. One of his most memorable marketing campaigns highlights his unorthodox approach.In 1928, the American Tobacco Company hired Bernays to create a marketing campaign that would convince women to smoke their cigarettes. That doesn’t sound too hard until you consider that in the ‘20s, it was still considered impolite and unfashionable for a lady to smoke. “Honey, you might hurt yourself. Or worse, you might burn your beautiful hair” was a common warning during that era. But the tobacco companies, realizing that 50% of the population weren’t yet their customers, saw a massive opportunity in the female demographic. Bernays knew he would have to appeal to women’s identities, not their thoughts.To make this appeal, Bernays hired a group of women and entered them into New York City’s Easter Parade. At a strategic point in the parade route, all of these women stopped marching and lit up cigarettes. To capture the moment, Bernays also hired a team of photographers to document all of this in the most flattering way possible. The photos were then distributed to all major national newspapers. His story was that these women were not just smoking cigarettes. They were lighting “torches of freedom” that represented their independence. The campaign worked just like Bernays had expected. It triggered all of the right emotions in women across the country. It had only been a few years since women won the right to vote, and many were now starting to work outside the home. They were sporting shorter haircuts and wearing more risqué clothing. Bernays brilliantly communicated the message that “smoking equals freedom.” As women across the country embraced that message, tobacco sales doubled. By appealing to the feeling brain instead of the thinking brain, Bernays ushered in a new era profitability for American tobacco companies. So, what is your marketing message? Which brain are you appealing to? If you follow Mark Manson’s advice (and Edward Bernays’ example), you’ll focus on the feeling brain. In his book, Manson reminds the reader, “Marketing specifically identifies or accentuates the customer’s moral gaps and then offers a way to fill them.” Facts and logic will connect with the thinking brain, but if you want to motivate people to act, you’ll need to appeal to their emotions and motivation—otherwise known as their feeling brain. “Trucks are marketed to men as ways to assert strength. Makeup is marketed to women as a way to be more loved. Beer is marketed as a way to have fun and be the center of attention at a party,” Manson says. Whether you agree or disagree, some of the best advertising invokes your emotion and makes you feel like you’re making a positive decision. Like it or not, the world runs on feelings.If you’ll allow me to step onto my credit union soapbox for a moment, I want to keep preaching the message that “good rates and good service” aren’t your best option. If that’s what your marketing focuses on, you’re missing out on growth opportunities. Your marketing needs to connect people at a level that’s deeper than facts and figures. How does your marketing message make your members (or prospective members) feel? As an organization that helps people secure their financial futures, you have a better product than the tobacco companies and a more relevant product than makeup lines. Your product has more potential to do good in the world than the products offered by most other companies. You have a compelling story that can evoke powerful feelings—why aren’t you using it?last_img read more

France to shut ‘non-essential’ public places: PM

first_imgPhilippe said that the new measures were being adopted after the first measures announced in France to fight the virus were “imperfectly applied”.Places of worship would stay open but all services and ceremonies would have to be postponed, he said.Shops would also have to close with the exception of essential services like supermarkets and pharmacies, he added.Public transport would continue to run, but Philippe urged the French to “limit their movements” and avoid inter-city travel.But he insisted that despite the strict new rules, the first round of local elections would go ahead as planned on Sunday while “respecting strictly the guidelines of distancing”.”I know the French will show their calm, their civic mentality and their ability to obey the rules we have set out for their own security,” Philippe said. Later Saturday, the tiny principality of Monaco, which lies on the Mediterranean coast and borders France, announced similar measures.Non-essential public spaces would be closed until further notice, said a government statement. Food markets, pharmacies, petrol stations and banks would remain open.Topics : France on Saturday drastically stepped up its measures against the spread of the coronavirus, announcing the closure of all non-essential public places including restaurants and cafes from midnight (2300 GMT).”I have decided on the closure until further notice from midnight of places that receive the public that are non-essential to the life of the country,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told reporters.”This includes notably cafes, restaurants, cinemas and discos.”  Read also: ‘We need a social life’: French stick to cafe culture despite coronavirusTop health official Jerome Salomon meanwhile announced that the death toll from COVID-19 had risen by 12 over the last day in France to 91, with the total number of infected standing at 4,500.Salomon added that France was from now at its highest sanitary alert level of stage three, which means that the virus is now circulating actively across French territory.He added that the number of those infected had doubled over the last 72 hours.last_img read more

Tasikmalaya authorities urged to revoke discriminatory decree against Ahmadiyah

first_imgRights group Amnesty International Indonesia has urged the Tasikmalaya administration in West Java to revoke its latest decree preventing a congregation of the minority Muslim group Ahmadiyah from holding prayers and renovating their mosque on the grounds that the policy is discriminatory and counter to basic human rights.“The decision to block the community from using their mosque was made on discriminatory grounds and without any consultation. It’s just the last example of the authorities in Indonesia targeting Ahmadis purely for their religious beliefs,” Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid said in a statement on Tuesday.“This local decree should be withdrawn immediately and the community allowed to worship in their mosque as they please.” Local authorities in the regency, including Tasikmalaya regent Ade Sugianto, signed the joint decree on Jan. 27. The representatives of the local Ahmadiyah group had only received the copy of the decree last Saturday.Usman criticized the authorities’ argument that the ban aimed to prevent unrest. He stressed that it was the local administration’s responsibility to keep everyone, including the Ahmadis, safe in practicing their beliefs.“The authorities must stop this culture of discrimination and encourage all people to practice their faith freely,” he added.Read also: Officials halt reconstruction of Ahmadiyah mosqueAhmadiyah congregation chairman Nanang Ahmad Hidayat previously said that the decree consisted of nine key provisions, including one prohibiting members of the group from performing religious activities in public and one banning the renovation of Al-Aqso mosque, located in Cipakat village, Singaparna district, Tasikmalaya.Ahmadiyah groups have long been targets of discrimination and persecution in the country with some local administrations sealing mosques and banning members from performing religious activities over protests from intolerant groups.Topics :last_img read more

Inconsistencies plague conference

first_imgThe Big Ten has been criticized all season by the national media for being weak, for having a down year. Within the conference, the coaches see things differently, particularly Purdue head coach Matt Painter, whose Boilermakers are on the bubble. “People that are saying we are a three- or four-bid league are not really taking a look at the actual teams in [the Big Ten],” Painter said. “We have a lot of teams that are very worthy of a bid.”The Big Ten, which looks to get five to six teams in the big dance this year despite its soft label, currently has a very intriguing matchup brewing in the state of Michigan. Both the Spartans and Wolverines are in the middle of the pack, sitting at 7-6 and 6-6 respectively in the Big Ten.Formerly ranked Indiana sits in third at 7-5. Close behind are Illinois, Iowa and Michigan State at 7-6. If that’s not enough, Michigan and Purdue are just a game back of third at 6-6. With the middle so jumbled, the race to an NCAA bid in the Big Ten will be a dogfight down the stretch.The problem for many of these teams has been consistency.Since losing a tough couple of road games at Wisconsin and Michigan over a month ago, Painter’s senior-laden ball club has strung together a competitive couple of weeks that should be looked upon favorably come tournament selection time. While Purdue’s 3-2 mark in its past five games may not look great at first glance, further inspection reveals that two of the losses have come at the hands of powerhouse Ohio State.Their most recent game might be the best indication of how much the Boilermakers have improved. Last Thursday they upended then-nationally ranked Indiana at home 81-68. The blowout has given Painter’s players a lot of confidence, something they will surely need to close out a relatively easy end to the season — and, more importantly, to secure an NCAA bid.Indiana head coach Kelvin Sampson blames his team’s losses on its lack of big-play ability toward the end of games.”In every one of those games, we had some kind of lead in the second half, and we just had some breakdowns,” Sampson said in a Big Ten teleconference Monday. “Winning on the road is tough, and you have to make plays and make shots and string together baskets and defensive stops. That’s been our biggest inconsistency.”After remaining ranked for a couple of weeks, the Hoosiers have fallen on hard times. Sampson believes the reason is that his players are showing signs of fatigue. Since its big home win over rival Illinois in Bloomington, Indiana has had trouble on the road. Most recently it lost to Michigan 58-55.Sampson cited senior guard Earl Calloway’s absence from the Michigan game as a reason the offensive rhythm of the team was off. According to the Hoosier coach, his presence is felt more in the 27 minutes per game he logs than his scoring average, which hovers around 10 points per contest, indicates.The Wolverines used big games from guards Deon Harris and Jarret Smith to finally get a win that will look good come March when the 65-team field for the NCAA Tournament is announced. Head coach Tommy Amaker credited the play of the sophomore Smith as a big reason for the win on Saturday.”We certainly need his guard play, his ability to pass and create plays for others,” Amaker said.Despite the big win against Indiana, Michigan has fallen on tough times of late, losing five of its past seven. The struggles could spell the end for Amaker in Michigan.With two road games this week at Illinois — where a raucous crowd will be on hand to not only send off their seniors, but also their mascot of 85 years, Chief Illiniwek — and Minnesota, Michigan will look to build momentum before playing its last two home games against their two biggest rivals, Michigan State and Ohio State.Certainly the Big Ten teams have had their ups and downs, but Painter, Sampson and Amaker remain positive their teams can pull through down the stretch.last_img read more

See what KL Rahul really thinks about being India’s WK in limited overs cricket!

first_imgImage Courtesy: PTI/AFPAdvertisement 12o086fNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsiurbhyWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ewzg8( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 32iWould you ever consider trying this?😱wtg0sCan your students do this? 🌚aw9rrRoller skating! Powered by Firework Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s hiatus, Rishab Pant’s flimsy performance behind the stumps. While Team India was lacking in a good wicket keeper, the discovery of KL Rahul’s wicket keeping talent in the recent ODI series against Australia has been a boon for the squad. Praise from pundits and supporters and commemoration from the skipper Virat Kohli himself, the blasting opener is securing his role with the gloves. And what matters most, the player is enjoying his new duty.Advertisement Image Courtesy: PTI/AFPFollowing yesterday’s victory in the first match of the T20 series against New Zealand, KL Rahul was present in the post match interview, and the newborn keeper mentions its actually not his first major wicket keeping duty.Rahul said: “I am honestly loving it, in the international stage it might look that I am new to wicket-keeping, but I have done this role in the domestic cricket. I have done it for my IPL franchise, I enjoy staying behind the stumps.”Advertisement Playing for Karnataka cricket team, Rahul has previously donned the gloves for behind the stump role, and also revealed the benefits of being a keeper in a match.The 27 year old continued: “It gives me a great idea of how the pitch is playing then I can pass on the message to the skipper and bowlers. Wicket-keeping requires you to be pro-active. I am enjoying the responsibility.”Advertisement Since his debut in white ball cricket back in 2016, Rahul was having sporadic call ups for international series. However, with stunning performance on the 22 yards in recent matches has him secured in a versatile role in the batting order, as seen against the Aussies last week, coming in both as an opener and also down in the middle order.“I felt like I was not getting enough game time, I was a part of the team for a long time, but I used to get just a couple of games. As a batsman, you need some time in the middle. I got runs in domestic cricket and that has worked really well for me.”Previously a member of Indian Premier League sides Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rahul joined Kings XI Punjab in 2018, and his performance in IPL has been a major factor for strengthening his position in the international squad.Tomorrow is India’s second T20 match of the New Zealand series at Eden ParkAlso read-What KL Rahul did with his MOTM cash prize will melt your hearts! Advertisementlast_img read more