National Association of Black Women in Construction honoring Rep. Demings

first_img The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSDistrict 2 Orange County Commissioner Rod LoveNational Association of Black Women in ConstructionRep. Val Demings Previous articleUpdating Breaking News: Wekiva High School lockdown liftedNext articleFine particle air pollution is a public health emergency hiding in plain sight Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The National Association of Black Women in Construction (NABWIC) is honoring US Representative Val Demings at the First Annual Florida Classic Weekend Legislative Breakfast this Saturday at the Citrus Club in Orlando. Demings, a two-term member of Congress from the 10th Congressional District of Florida, which includes Apopka, is being honored for her continuous support of the organization and community on a local and national level, according to the news release provided by the NABWIC. The NABWIC is a Florida-based, Not-For-Profit organization, formed in 1991 to address the unique challenges of black women in the construction industry.  Its mission is to champion and empower women in the construction and related industries to reach their full potential, and to represent the voice of black women in construction in both government and industry arenas.Rep. Val DemingsNABWIC operates under the leadership and direction of its founder, Mrs. Ann McNeill, and is governed by a national board of directors comprised of women and men who are entrepreneurs and who are actively engaged in construction-related trades and industries.With over eight chapters and areas throughout the country, NABWIC provides a forum for its members to meet and exchange information, ideas, and solutions on a local level within specific geographical areas such as Florida, Georgia, New York, Michigan, and Texas.  On a national level, the NABWIC provides opportunities for its members to come together around three national events.  These are:National Industry Day held in Washington DCNational Congressional Black Caucus Reception and Mid-Year Meeting in Washington DCNational Annual Meeting (rotated throughout the states)District 2 Orange County Commissioner Rod LoveNABWIC offers members an opportunity to expand personal and business networks, maintain awareness of industry developments, improve skills and knowledge, and make a contribution to other women in the construction industry.The mission, vision, and purpose of our organization is to assist in job creations and business opportunities within the community.   District 2 Orange County Commissioner Rod Love is the keynote speaker.  The event is this Saturday, at 8:30 am.  The Citrus Club is located at 255 South Orange Ave, #1800 Orlando, FL 32801.   FOR MORE INFORMATIONTo purchase tickets to the event, please visit Eventbrite 1st Annual Legislative Breakfast Reception,  contact Ms. Mina Robinson at 407-255-0538, or for more details, visit the website. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Anti-vaccination mothers have outsized voice on social media – pro-vaccination parents…

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter By Brooke W. McKeever, University of South Carolina and Robert McKeever, University of South CarolinaA high school student from Ohio made national headlines recently by getting inoculated despite his family’s anti-vaccination beliefs.Ethan Lindenberger, 18, who never had been vaccinated, had begun to question his parents’ decision not to immunize him. He went online to research and ask questions, posting to Reddit, a social discussion website, about how to be vaccinated. His online quest went viral.In March 2019, he was invited to testify before a U.S. Senate Committee hearing on vaccines and preventable disease outbreaks. In his testimony, he said that his mother’s refusal to vaccinate him was informed partly by her online research and the misinformation about vaccines she found on the web.Lindenberger’s mother is hardly alone. Public health experts have blamed online anti-vaccination discussions in part for New York’s worst measles outbreak in 30 years. Anti-vaccine activists also have been cited for the growth of anti-vaccination sentiments in the U.S. and abroad.We are associate professors who study health communication. We are also parents who read online vaccination-related posts, and we decided to conduct research to better understand people’s communication behaviors related to childhood vaccinations. Our research examined the voices most central to this discussion online, mothers, and our findings show that those who oppose vaccinations communicate most about this issue.What prompts mothers to speak outA strong majority of parents in the U.S. support vaccinations, yet at the same time, anti-vaccination rates in the U.S. and globally are rising. The World Health Organization identified the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines as one of 10 top threats to global health in 2019.Mothers are critical decision-makers in determining whether their children should be vaccinated. In our study, we surveyed 455 mothers online to determine who communicates most about vaccinations and why.In general, previous research has shown that people evaluate opinion climates – what the majority opinion seems to say – before expressing their own ideas about issues. This is true particularly on controversial subjects such as affirmative action, abortion or immigration. If an individual perceives their opinion to be unpopular, they may be less likely to say what they think, especially if an issue receives a lot of media attention, a phenomenon known as the spiral of silence.If individuals, however, have strong beliefs about an issue, they may express their opinions whether they are commonly held or minority perspectives. These views can dominate conversations as others online find support for their views and join in.Our recent study found that mothers who contributed information online shared several perspectives. Mothers who didn’t strongly support childhood vaccinations were more likely to seek, pay attention to, forward information and speak out about the issue – compared to those who do support childhood vaccinations.Those who believed that vaccinations were an important issue (whether they were for or against them) were more likely to express an opinion. And those who opposed vaccinations were more likely to post their beliefs online.Ethan Lindenberger testifies before a congressional committee about his decision to be vaccinated against his family’s wishes.AP Photo/Carolyn KasterHow social media skews factsOnline news content can be influenced by social media information that millions of people read, and it can amplify minority opinions and health myths. For example, Twitter and Reddit posts related to the vaccine-autism myth can drive news coverage.Those who expressed online opinions about vaccinations also drove news coverage. Other research we co-authored shows that posts related to the vaccine-autism myth were followed by online news stories related to tweets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.Recent reports about social media sites, such as Facebook, trying to interrupt false health information from spreading can help correct public misinformation. However, it is unclear what types of communication will counter misinformation and myths that are repeated and reinforced online.Countering skepticismOur work suggests that those who agree with the scientific facts about vaccination may not feel the need to pay attention to this issue or voice their opinions online. They likely already have made up their minds and vaccinated their children.But from a health communication perspective, it is important that parents who support vaccination voice their opinions and experiences, particularly in online environments.Studies show that how much parents trust or distrust doctors, scientists or the government influences where they land in the vaccination debate. Perspectives of other parents also provide a convincing narrative to understand the risks and benefits of vaccination.Scientific facts and messaging about vaccines, such as information from organizations like the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are important in the immunization debate.But research demonstrates that social consensus, informed in part by peers and other parents, is also an effective element in conversations that shape decisions.If mothers or parents who oppose or question vaccinations continue to communicate, while those who support vaccinations remain silent, a false consensus may grow. This could result in more parents believing that a reluctance to vaccinate children is the norm – not the exception.[ Expertise in your inbox. Sign up for The Conversation’s newsletter and get a digest of academic takes on today’s news, every day. ]Brooke W. McKeever, Associate Professor, University of South Carolina and Robert McKeever, Associate Professor, University of South CarolinaThis article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. TAGSThe ConversationVaccinations Previous articleBecker and Byrd clash at City Council; vote for Apopka Fire Chief delayedNext articleHow a person vapes, not just what a person vapes, could also play a big role in vaping harm Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

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Activist Raises Funds to Fly Drones over Farms

first_img SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Mar 4, 2016 Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Activist Raises Funds to Fly Drones over Farms Activist Raises Funds to Fly Drones over Farms A self-described activist, journalist and blogger has raised more than $75,000 to fly drones over farms. Will Potter raised the funds from more than 1,300 donations on Kickstarter. Politico reports he will use the funds as part of an investigation to “find out what factory farms are hiding with ‘ag-gag’ laws.” Potter has since expanded the Drone on the Farm initiative to raise $95,000, according to his Kickstarter page. His efforts against farms were highlighted in the Animal Agriculture Alliance monthly newsletter earlier this week. The Animal Ag Alliance also recalled how PETA announced in 2013 the intention to use drones to “shine a light on” meat production. However, PETA has yet to produce any drone footage, according to Meatingplace. Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleMajority of Pig Farmers Ready for Veterinary Feed DirectiveNext articleDelayed La Nina to be a Boon for Crops Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

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UN urged to stop discriminating against Taiwanese journalists

first_img Reporters Without Borders deplores the UN’s refusal to issue accreditation to the Taiwanese media for the 63rd session of General Assembly that opens in New York on 16 September. The press freedom organisation recently wrote to Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon asking him to help find a way for Taiwan’s journalists to be able to cover the General Assembly.The United Nations has been systematically refusing for years to issue press accreditation to Taiwanese journalists on the grounds that Taiwan is not a UN member state.”Taiwan’s new president, Ma Ying-jeou, decided not to apply for membership of the United Nations this year, signalling a desire to improve relations with China,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in his letter to Ban Ki-moon.”One would hope that the United Nations would take account of this evolution and would do something for the Taiwanese media, especially as there is real respect for press freedom in Taiwan and the country enjoys a degree of media diversity that is unfortunately quite unusual in Asia.”The letter added: “Like Taiwanese journalists’ organisations, we regard journalists as individuals who represent only the media they work for, and not their country. We regard this discrimination against Taiwan’s journalists as unacceptable.”Taiwanese journalists used to be able cover the annual World Health Assembly in Geneva but authorisation was withdrawn in 2004 under pressure from the Chinese government. RSF_en Reporters Without Borders deplores the UN’s refusal to issue accreditation to the Taiwanese media for the 63rd session of General Assembly that opens in New York on 16 September. Organisation Help by sharing this information News September 16, 2008 – Updated on January 25, 2016 UN urged to stop discriminating against Taiwanese journalistslast_img read more

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Voya Financial Earns ‘100%’ on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index —…

first_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 8, 2021 WhatsApp Pinterest Local NewsBusiness Voya Financial Earns ‘100%’ on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index — for 16th Consecutive Year WhatsApp NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 8, 2021– Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), announced that, for the 16th consecutive year, they have received a perfect score of 100% on the 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) — the nation’s premier benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) workplace equality. The CEI is compiled from the results of a survey, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, which evaluates LGBTQ-related business policies and practices falling under four central pillars, including non-discrimination policies across business entities, equitable benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families, supporting an inclusive culture and corporate social responsibility. Voya joins the ranks of more than 767 major U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year. “We work hard to foster an environment that is affirming and inclusive of all our employees, no matter their differences,” said Voya’s Kevin Silva, executive vice president and chief human resources officer. “To have our efforts recognized in this space for 16 years, is a testament to our belief that our differences make us stronger and celebrating those differences is the foundation of a great place to work.” The results of the 2021 CEI showcase how 1,142 U.S.-based companies are not only promoting LGBTQ-friendly workplace policies in the U.S., but also for the 57% of CEI-rated companies with global operations who are helping advance the cause of LGBTQ inclusion in workplaces abroad. Voya’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria earned a 100% ranking and the designation as one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality.” “From the previously unimaginable impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, to a long overdue reckoning with racial injustice, 2020 was an unprecedented year. Yet, many businesses across the nation stepped up and continued to prioritize and champion LGBTQ equality,” said Alphonso David, Human Rights Campaign President. “This year has shown us that tools like the CEI are crucial in the work to increase equity and inclusion in the workplace, but also that companies must breathe life into these policies and practices in real and tangible ways. Thank you to the companies that understand protecting their LGBTQ employees and consumers from discrimination is not just the right thing to do—but the best business decision.” For more information on the 2021 Corporate Equality Index, or to view the full report, visit www.hrc.org/cei. About Voya Financial ® Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), helps Americans plan, invest and protect their savings — to get ready to retire better. Serving the financial needs of approximately 13.8 million individual and institutional customers in the United States, Voya is a Fortune 500 company that had $7.5 billion in revenue in 2019. The company had $657 billion in total assets under management and administration as of Sept. 30, 2020. With a clear mission to make a secure financial future possible — one person, one family, one institution at a time — Voya’s vision is to be America’s Retirement Company ®. Certified as a “Great Place to Work” by the Great Place to Work ® Institute, Voya is equally committed to conducting business in a way that is socially, environmentally, economically and ethically responsible. Voya has been recognized as a 2020 World’s Most Admired Company by Fortune magazine; one of the 2020 World’s Most Ethical Companies ® by the Ethisphere Institute; as a member of the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index; and as a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” on the Disability Equality Index by Disability:IN. For more information, visit voya.com. Follow Voya Financial on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter @Voya. VOYA-IR VOYA-CR View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210208005841/en/ CONTACT: Media Contact: Yasmine Lewis Voya Financial Phone: (973) 687-2997 [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA NEW YORK INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES PHILANTHROPY CONSUMER OTHER PHILANTHROPY HUMAN RESOURCES FINANCE GAY & LESBIAN SOURCE: Voya Financial, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/08/2021 03:55 PM/DISC: 02/08/2021 03:55 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210208005841/en Previous articleFOX Business Network to Debut New 4pm Program Hosted by Larry Kudlow Starting February 16Next articleTurbonomic Announces 41% YoY Revenue Growth for FY2021 Digital AIM Web Supportcenter_img TAGS  Pinterest Twitter Facebook Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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‘Multi-pronged inquest’ to take place into death of local woman

Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows It’s been confirmed that a ‘multi-pronged inquest’ is to take place in December into the circumstances surrounding the death of a Letterkenny woman.Margret Callaghan was released from Letterkenny University Hospital in January 2018 after undergoing a non-emergency investigation.However, later that day, the 71 year old fell ill and her family called an ambulance to her home which less than a mile from the hospital.The ambulance took over an hour to get there.Journalist with the Donegal News Conor Sharkey was in court for the pre-evidential inquest.He expects that a lot of serious questions will be highlighted during proceedings: Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Previous article39 people awaiting in-patient beds at LUHNext articlePublic meeting to discuss Oldtown Bridge concerns News Highland AudioHomepage BannerNews ‘Multi-pronged inquest’ to take place into death of local woman Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA By News Highland – August 29, 2019 Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/sharkey1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Community Enhancement Programme open for applications read more

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FBI seeks to find man seen near home of abducted 13-year-old Hania Aguilar, surveillance video released

first_imgLumberton Police(LUMBERTON, N.C.) — Investigators in North Carolina have released new surveillance footage showing a man they’d like to speak to in connection with the search for kidnapped 13-year-old Hania Noleia Aguilar.Surveillance video released Thursday shows a man wearing light-colored shoes, a light-colored shirt and a hoodie walking south on Lambath Road before making a left on Highway 41 toward the trailer park Monday morning, FBI Supervisor Andy de la Rocha told reporters Thursday afternoon.Two more videos were released by authorities on Friday showing separate camera views.The man was the only person seen walking in the neighborhood in that part of the day, De la Rocha said.Several cars were seen in the video driving past the man, De la Rocha said, asking anyone who may have seen the man to call the tip line.The man in the footage is not considered a suspect or person of interest at this time, De la Rocha said. Rather, he’s someone they “want to speak with” who may be able to help investigators narrow down a timeline.“This is the only person that, at this time, we are actually able to identify via CCTV footage, and he may have information for us,” De la Rocha said.The suspect drove away in Hania’s aunt’s SUV. The vehicle was recovered just before 8 a.m. Thursday but the desperate search for the girl continues.Hania was kidnapped just before 7 a.m. Monday outside her home at the Rosewood Mobile Home Park in Lumberton, North Carolina, according to Lumberton Police.Hania had grabbed her aunt’s keys that morning so she could go turn on the car before school when a witness saw a man — dressed in all black with a yellow bandanna over his face — approach the girl and force her into the car, police said.The suspect then stole the car and drove away with Hania, police said.As the search for Hania continues, the police department asks anyone who lives or owns a business on or around Quincey Road and has a video surveillance camera system to call the tip line at 910-272-5871.Investigators are also going “door-to-door” to talk to anyone who lives nearby, Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill said in Thursday’s press conference.“We urgently need the public’s help,” McNeill said. “We need them more now than ever to find Hania and bring her back.”When Hania was abducted, her relative ran to a neighbor for help, and at 6:54 a.m., they dialed 911, the FBI said.“We were going to school,” the caller said frantically, when a “man came and took the girl and the truck.”The caller spoke in Spanish and the dispatcher incorporated a translator into the conversation, the FBI said.There is no indication Hania was targeted, officials said.Hania is described as a Hispanic girl who is 5 feet tall and weighs about 126 pounds, the FBI said. She has black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a blue shirt with flowers and blue jeans.The FBI is offering a reward up to $15,000.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Spain embraces benefits of more diversity at work

first_imgSpain embraces benefits of more diversity at workOn 21 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Spanish companies are embracing diversity as the business benefits of avaried workforce become clear. At the annual congress of the Spanish personnel directors organisation, AEDIPE,in Cordoba this month, Fernando Vargas, director of internal communications atcatering firm VIPS, said that workplace diversity is now a social and economicnecessity and is a strategic issue in his company. VIPS has incorporated diversity into company strategy in a bid to overcomerecruitment difficulties, he said. The company, which has just signed a joint venture deal with StarbucksInternational to form Starbucks Espana, employs 6,500 staff, of whom 2,700 arenon-Spanish. Vargas said the company mission statement – a result of brainstormingsessions involving all staff – urges staff to respect people, value theirdiversity, understand the success associated with working in a team andcontribute positively to society. VIPS hires staff from across the globe, targeting countries such as Ecuador,Columbia, Morocco and Poland. It offers all new staff a personal developmentplan and an intensive induction programme to help them settle. Other speakers at the conference also spelled out their belief thatdiversity makes sound business sense. Chairman of Mastercard International, Baldomero Falcones, said anorganisation’s ability to react to change was its best tool. One of the bestways to do this was to manage diversity effectively. “To survive, firms must be able to accommodate change, respecting andletting live the differences between staff, giving diverse peopleopportunities,” he said. Angel Cordoba, deputy HR director of savings bank Caja Madrid, said that HRprofessionals must stop seeing diversity as a threat. “They must turn it into a competitive advantage, paying attention moreto core competencies than to race, age and sex,” he said. “Anyproblems and mistakes that arise from accepting diversity will always be muchless that those firms will encounter if they reject diversity.” By Liz Hall in Spainlast_img read more

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Former Utah Royals FC coach Laura Harvey named coach of U20 women’s national soccer team

first_imgJanuary 6, 2020 /Sports News – Local Former Utah Royals FC coach Laura Harvey named coach of U20 women’s national soccer team Tags: Laura Harvey/USWNT/Utah Royals FC Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLaura Harvey is leaving the National Women’s Soccer League’s Utah Royals to become the full-time head coach of the under-20 women’s national soccer team.Her task will be to prepare the team for that level’s World Cup qualifying, which starts next month.Harvey has been a coach in the NWSL since the league’s inception in 2013, first with the Seattle Reign and then for the past two seasons with the Royals.She’ll open camp with the under-20 team on Thursday in Florida. Written bylast_img read more

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Lomond takes latest step towards being next big national chain

first_imgInvestment firm Lomond Capital has bought four more estate agencies adding 700 rental properties under management to its fast-growing national portfolio.The quartet of acquisitions are Pad Residential and Allison & Co in Manchester, Halls Estate Agents in Brighton and Craigflower Lettings in Edinburgh.This means Lomond, with 23,000 properties under management worth £2.3 billion, is now a third the size of Countrywide (74, 000 properties under management) and Belvoir, which has 70,000.Lomond also has nearly 600 staff working in estate agencies within many key UK towns including Aberdeen, Birmingham, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Manchester, Brighton, Leeds, York, Hull and Sheffield.These businesses will not continue under their own names and instead will be dovetailed into Lomond’s existing estate agency brands. Two of the companies did not have high street, branches, one has just sold its letting book and one, Craigflower, was sold with a branch – which is not being retained by Lomond.These are Thornley Groves (in Manchester), Brand Vaughan (in Brighton) and Braemore (in Edinburgh).MergerThe acquisitions come hot on the heels of Lomond’s merger with fast-growing Yorkshire estate agency Linley & Simpson earlier this month, which itself bought rival Dacre, Son & Hartley late last year.“These deals very much signal our intention to continue to consolidate regional markets through our network of market leading regional agents and is a continuation of our approach to building our business while retaining our successful local approach,” says Lomond Group CEO Stuart Pender (main picture).“We are looking for new opportunities to work with good quality lettings and estate agencies across all of our regions.”Lomond has bought 34 businesses in the sector since November 2010.Lomond Braemore Brand Vaughan Countrywide thornley groves January 27, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Lomond takes latest step towards being next big national chain previous nextAgencies & PeopleLomond takes latest step towards being next big national chainInvestment firm snaps up four more agencies in Manchester, Brighton and Edinburgh giving it 23,000 properties under management across UK.Nigel Lewis27th January 202101,233 Viewslast_img read more

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