HSPH welcomes health care journalists to Boston

first_imgHarvard School of Public Health (HSPH) helped welcome more than 750 reporters, editors, and news producers to Boston for the Association of Health Care Journalists’ annual conference, held March 14-17, 2013. HSPH co-sponsored the event, which offered skill-building workshops as well as presentations by HSPH researchers and others on a variety of current health care topics.HSPH panelists included:K. “Vish” Viswanath, associate professor of social and behavioral sciences, who spoke about making online health information more accessible to everyone;Karen Joynt, instructor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, who spoke about the cost of hospital readmissions on local hospitals;Cassandra Okechukwu, assistant professor of social and behavioral sciences, who spoke about workplace determinants of health;Lucian Leape, adjunct professor of health policy, and David Bates, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, who spoke about addressing medical errors; andJames Ware, Frederick Mosteller professor of biostatistics and associate dean for clinical and translational science, who spoke on a panel about interpreting clinical studies. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Palm Springs eternal: Follow the market

first_img 49SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Heather Anderson Heather Anderson is co-founder of OmniChannel Communications, a marketing company that serves fintech and asset/liability management firms. Previously, she was executive editor of Credit Union Times. She has more … Web: www.omnichannelcommunications.com Details I spent Memorial Day weekend in Palm Springs. It had been 17 years since my last visit. Things have changed.I’m late to the Palm Springs party, but I’m not the only one: the Coachella Valley broke several tourism records just last year, including all-time hotel revenue highs. Judging from the bustling crowds in the downtown shopping district, despite high temperatures of 106 on Sunday and 107 on Monday, this year might continue that winning streak.The Palm Springs area has some five-star properties that command high room rates. There’s a Ritz-Carlton, the well-appointed L’Horizon Resort, and a few others. However, many of the hotels are aging mid-century properties built when Frank Sinatra was crooning his way and Bob Hope was a regular on the links.And yet, this town with oppressive summer heat, seasonal airline service and squat motels set an all-time record last year with an average daily hotel rate of $159.99. According to a Jan. 27, 2017 article in The Desert Sun, other records set last year include $98.42 revenue per available room, which measures the balance between occupancy and rate, and $519 million in revenue from hotel room sales alone.How did Palm Springs do it? By recognizing market demand and catering to it.Ten years ago, the Parker Palm Springs led the way when it reopened with a fresh new façade that reinvented the property’s historic past and has served as a template for the entire city. Designer Jonathan Adler applied a Southern California desert-beach-hippie-luxe aesthetic, and the entire town has reproduced it.I spent most of my time at the Ace Hotel and Pool Club. Like the Parker, it was among the first properties to transform a mid-century dump into an upscale, hipster resort. In this case, the Ace used to be the Westward Ho Motel and included an attached Denny’s with groovy, dated architecture.Rather than tear the place down and start over, the Ace modernized it. Carpets were ripped up and replaced with finished concrete floors. Cinder block walls were painted with bright graphics and surrounding landscape was staged to provide perfect backdrops for social media posts. The pool clubhouse serves as a morning yoga studio and space for pop-up boutiques.And the crowd ain’t your grandpa’s Palm Springs, either. The Ace, like much of Palm Springs, attracts a largely gay clientele. There were also lots of millennials of all lifestyles. Most importantly, everyone at The Ace had one important thing in common: money to spend.I see a lot of similarities between The Ace and what credit unions should become.Let’s start with the cooperative structure. A few credit unions walk the talk of the true credit union difference, but most sweep it under the rug. That’s a mistake. Nobody likes big banks, and regardless of generation, all young people like to stick it to The Man. Millennials, in particular, like working together as groups to create a better society. They want to bank with meaning. Nobody can give them that except credit unions. The downside, of course, is that behaving like a cooperative requires credit unions to genuinely want members to attend their annual meetings and volunteer for committees and the board. Like democracy, true cooperatives can be messy and most boards aren’t willing to give up their board seats to sass-mouthed young adults eager for change.Instead of modernizing credit unions’ appealing past, most use big banks as a template, doing their best to match their branding and technology instead of creating something unique.In addition to the messy (yet profitable) millennial market, credit unions have also missed the mark with the LGBTQ community. Three years ago, a group in Washington State tried to charter a gay credit union but failed to receive enough support from the industry or the NCUA. That’s terrible because the LBGTQ community is exactly the kind of groups credit unions exist to serve: underserved and discriminated against while having unique financial needs. Another credit union in the area stepped up to add the organization as a SEG, but that’s a second best solution.Legal marijuana businesses also present a promising and growing market, but like the LBGTQ community, too many old fogeys are stuck in the Westward Ho days, questioning the world the way it is today instead of embracing it.Credit unions aren’t hurting. Membership, loans and other key performance indicators are growing. However, the credit union community isn’t exactly as scorching hot as a Palm Springs afternoon. Recognizing market demand and catering to it will serve as a catalyst to that level of success.last_img read more

Business Briefs – featuring Unicef, the Ponca Tribe and NetEnt

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Related Articles Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 Share TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Lotteritilsynet raises NOK 30m for Norway’s distressed non-profits August 6, 2020 Submit This round up features controversy over the prolonged construction of a new casino in the United States, a Northern Irish publican appealing the court’s decision that he isn’t fit to hold a licence and a Maltese DFS summit, amongst others. Charity lottery launched in ScandinaviaZeal Group and Unicef have teamed up to launch Norway’s first digital only charity lottery, which will be powered by its Lottovate brand.Unicef-Lotteriet  is to operate under a charity lottery licence, the first of its kind awarded by Lotteritilsynet, the Norwegian Lottery Authority, with millions set to be raised over the next nine years.Consumers within Norway could be set to win 2 million Krone, approximately €210,000, each week, with proceeds from ticket sales to be split three ways.Unicef is set to directly receive 30% of each ticket sold, 40% will be set aside for prize funding with the remaining 30% due to be used for the lottery’s operation.Susan Standiford, ZEAL CTO and General Manager Lottovate, said: “With charities increasingly facing ‘giving fatigue’, the UNICEF-lotteriet is an innovative way to generate more funds, at no cost. It’s very scalable and a great way for the charity to expand their supporter base. We’re thrilled to be partnering with UNICEF Norway.”Casino gets greenlight…..A decade laterA new casino due to be constructed near Omaha by the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, has been backed by the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), almost a decade after it initially gave the thumbs up.Larry White Jr, chairman of the tribe, has hailed the decision, which he says will provide significant new resources for the tribe and its members.The Ponca Tribe has had ideas of building a new casino in the area since 2003, however, where exactly the gambling facility would be constructed was subject of a legal question before the court.Under initial plans the casino will hold 2,000 slot machines, 50 table games and a 150-room hotel, creating 1,800 jobs in the process.The project still has objection however, with the states of Iowa and Nebraska said to be unhappy about proposals of another development in an area which is already home to several casinos.Betting costs republican licenceThe landlord of a public house in the Northern Irish town of Lisnaskea has been refused his licence, after a “covert, intelligence led operation” captured evidence of betting being carried out on the premises.Toal’s bookmakers objected to the application by Brian McGovern of Mac’s Bar, which became the first of some 20 similar applications that Toal’s and McLean’s bookmakers have objected to.A local magistrates court was shown footage, captured earlier this year on a camera built into a pair of glasses, in relation to the accusation.On balance of the evidence produced, a district judge deemed that McGovern was not a fit person to hold a licence, with the publican set to appeal the decision.Free rounds with NetEntDigital gaming solutions provider NetEnt has another addition to its engage portfolio, after introducing a free round widget.Designed to aid operators in player engagement and loyalty building, players will be able to take a spin at the lucky wheel with free rounds up for grabs as potential prizes.Being fully customisable, customers will be able to tailor the widget with their own branding and messaging, making each one unique.Henrik Fagerlund, Chief Product Officer of NetEnt, says: “Free Round Widget is a great addition to NetEnt Engage, which is packed full of performance-boosting products and features, and another example of how NetEnt is committed to driving the online casino market forward through better gaming solutions. We understand the huge value in placing player engagement at the fore and are constantly working on innovative and exciting ways to facilitate this.”Malta to host DFS summitA European Fantasy Sports Summit (EFSS) is due to be hosted this month, during the annual Summit of iGaming Malta (SiGMA) conference.EFSS is due to explore the popularity of fantasy sport and its role within gaming markets on Thursday 23 November.Ivan Filletti, Head of Operations and Business Development at GamingMalta, said: “Our island is experiencing significant growth and continues to attract foreign gaming companies. As part of this success story we are embracing new technologies and gaming verticals, such as Daily Fantasy Sports.“With this summit we would like to emphasise our dedication to further support the DFS sector, which I believe has a bright future in Europe.”last_img read more

UFC Adelaide: Junior dos Santos knocks out Tai Tuivasa

first_imgRound two started in similar fashion, with Tuivasa sending a series of powerful overhand rights.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearIt took three unanswered shots to Tuivasa’s chin for dos Santos to drop the 25-year-old and some brutal ground and pound finished it. ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA  — It was a day for the Brazilian veterans against the Aussie upstarts as Junior dos Santos earned a second-round TKO over Tai Tuivasa and Mauricio Shogun Rua stopped Tyson Pedro in the third round at UFC Adelaide.In his first UFC main event, Tuivasa bought the house down with his walkout, and took the fight to the former heavyweight champion from the opening siren. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year”Bam Bam” had dos Santos in serious trouble in the first round, but was dropped with a right hand in the third round. Referee Herb Dean stopped the action two minutes and 30 seconds into the round.“This guy’s tough,” dos Santos said afterwards. “I knew he was tough, but not that tough. He kicked me in the leg and I’m still feeling it. My game plan is my boxing, I have knockout power and I can knock anyone out.” Mid-exchange JDS drops Tuivasa!! #UFCAdelaide pic.twitter.com/lKJmv8eoiA— UFC (@ufc) December 2, 2018 The win was the Brazilian’s second in a row, and he called for a rematch with Alistair Overeem next.After enjoying some success on the feet in the first round, Tuivasa said he couldn’t answer dos Santos’s ground and pound.“I got rocked, I was on my back, but I felt like a turtle, and couldn’t get up,” he said. “I was pressing him. I was going forward, and I got f— hit. That’s the sport. It’s only up from here.”Earlier in the day, American Justin Willis scored a unanimous decision win over Mark Hunt, and called out Tuivasa in the cage afterwards.The pair had a close run-in at the weigh-ins on Friday.After his defeat, Tuivasa responded: “Justin Willis, you little b—, I’m coming for you, boy. I’ll be back.”Tuivasa was up for it from the outset.The Western Sydney fighter looked for the kind of low leg kicks Stipe Miocic had success with in his heavyweight title defense last year, and jumped in with a couple of menacing attacks. Dos Santos was able to split out of range, but the intent was there.With 30 seconds remaining in the round, Tuivasa landed the low kick to dos Santos’s left leg that he was looking for. The Brazilian legend was immobilized and did well to make it to the end of the round.last_img read more