Photos! Whoopi Goldberg Goes ‘Dancing in the Street’ with the Cast of Motown

first_img Related Shows Whoopi Goldberg isn’t letting the winter blues get her down! The View co-host took a field trip to Broadway’s Motown the Musical on December 30, 2014 to heat things up with stars (from left) Nik Walker (on for Byran Terrell Clark as Marvin Gaye), Krystal Joy Brown, Charl Brown, Josh Tower and more. After rocking out to dozens of hit Motown songs, Goldberg stopped backstage at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre to hang out with the cast, including Motownplayers (below, from left) N’Kenge, Moeisha McGill, Aaron Kaburick, Dashaun Young, Tracy McDowell, Sabrina Sloan and Jaquez Andre Sims. Check out these photos from her visit, then see Motown through January 18! View Comments Motown The Musical Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 18, 2015last_img read more

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STEAM

first_imgIn rural Georgia counties, STEAM programs are having an impact on kids, teenagers and adults. STEAM is designed to integrate science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics subjects into various education disciplines. The goal is to teach students how to think critically and use engineering or technology in creative approaches to real-world problems while building on students’ mathematics and science base.During the month of July, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H agent Randie Gray will be teaching students about STEAM-based careers in a 4-H day camp every Wednesday in Hancock County.Working closely with children in Hancock County through the Georgia 4-H program, Gray’s spent two months selecting lesson plans that engage youth with fun, hands-on activities, from incubating chickens to making bubble gum and model airplanes with the goal of introducing them to new concepts and skills. “I think STEAM is a way to break the cycle of poverty by teaching kids skills that will help them to get 21st-century jobs,” Gray said. “I think in a small county like Hancock, there’s not a lot to do, not a lot of options for the kids compared to those who live in urban counties.” Nearly 80 youths attended last year’s camp, which was taught by 4-H team leaders and two adult volunteers.Kids teaching adultsWhile Hancock County uses STEAM to prepare today’s youth for tomorrow’s opportunities, four counties in northwest Georgia have joined forces to form the Tech Changemakers program. Created through a grant from Microsoft and the National 4-H Council, the program is designed for youth to teach digital literacy skills to adults.Stephanie Skojac, the UGA Extension 4-H agent in Murray County, partnered with the local senior center last fall to hold monthly technology classes taught by 4-H’ers. The students taught 15 adult students how to grocery shop online, use Facebook and use video-calling services like Skype and Facetime.“The adults loved it and such a high number of students came every month; it amazed me,” Skojac said. “We had T-shirts made that say 4-H Tech Changemakers and all the students are proud to wear their shirts. I’m really impressed with the program.”About 25 4-H students participated each month, and the senior center has requested the program be offered again this year.As broadband internet access continues to improve in rural communities, these adults will now be more equipped to use the resources at their disposal, Skojac said. Georgia 4-H members in Catoosa, Gordon and Whitfield counties have joined the program this year.“I think with this particular initiative, companies are realizing that it is important for our whole population to have STEAM skills, so we’re flipping the model. Instead of having adults teach youth, we’re having the youth teach older adults,” said Allie Griner, UGA Extension 4-H agent in Gordon County. “How to get an email address is a very simple concept for some of us, but for adults not used to technology it’s a huge thing to be able to do that.”A love for engineering sparked by STEAMGeorgia high school senior Madison Moore is using her experience in STEAM to educate others in Emanuel County about its value. A student at Swainsboro High School in Emanuel County, Moore has developed a love and passion for engineering through the STEAM curriculum at her school.An active 4-H member, Moore integrated both of her passions by becoming a 4-H STEAM ambassador. She attended a training camp last summer to learn what an ambassador does and how to teach children.One of the requirements for an ambassador is to complete six learning and six sharing experiences. One of her sharing experiences centered on teaching engineering-focused STEAM lessons to youth in her county. She created a STEAM club through 4-H to spread her knowledge and love of STEAM to students in elementary and middle schools. They met once a month during the past school year, and Moore taught lessons about the engineering design process, aerodynamics, inertia, and kinetic and potential energy. She also led hands-on activities like building rockets, making a volcano and launching a catapult.“I really enjoy presenting these kids with the opportunity to learn the kinds of things that I wished I could have learned when I was their age,” Moore said. “I hope to fill their minds with knowledge, which will hopefully fuel their passion for STEAM as well.”Moore plans to attend Kennesaw State University with hopes of pursuing a career as a drafter or civil engineer.“Engineering has really had a huge impact on my life. It has helped me find out who I was and become who I am now,” Moore said. “I believe that engineering and technology education is important because it impacts everyone. Everything you see around you was created by an engineer — from your cellular device to this building.”In three years of engineering education, Moore developed leadership and problem-solving skills and learned how to use power tools. Following the STEAM pathway also earned her a diploma seal for completing the Technology and Engineering pathway at Swainsboro High.“By exposing students to STEAM and giving them opportunities to explore different STEAM-related concepts, they will have a chance to develop a passion for it and hopefully decide to pursue a job in a STEAM field,” Moore said. “A curriculum that is STEAM-based has real-life situations to help the student learn.”last_img read more

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U.S. Will Increase Its Troops in Afghanistan

first_img Defense Secretary Robert Gates has ordered the deployment of another 1,400 U.S. soldiers to Afghanistan, where they could begin to arrive starting in mid-January, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing U.S. officials. “The rationale is to take advantage of the gains we have made over the last several months and apply more pressure on the enemy at a time when he is already under the gun,” Pentagon spokesperson Geoff Morrell said, according to the daily. The troops could arrive in Afghanistan starting in mid-January, ahead of the Northern Hemisphere spring, a time when fighting increases, and will be sent to the south, near Kandahar, The Wall Street Journal said. Commanders are also studying proposals for a temporary increase in front-line forces, the article added, affirming that the total increase could be up to three thousand men, if the plans are approved. The United States invaded Afghanistan at the end of 2001 – following the 11 September attacks – and has maintained troops there since then. An official U.S. report issued in December mentioned an upcoming “responsible reduction” of forces in Afghanistan – currently around 100,000 men – to begin in July, although without forecasting a complete transfer of control to the Afghans until 2014. By Dialogo January 07, 2011last_img read more

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Guatemala and El Salvador Reactivate Bi-National Border Police

first_imgBy Dialogo October 31, 2012 Guatemala and El Salvador reactivated the bi-national Border Police on October 29, aimed at protecting common border areas and safeguard the wellbeing of those who travel between both countries, informed a Guatemalan official source. “The security plan, which involves the Guatemalan and Salvadoran police forces, integrates the national security strategy driven by both governments,” said the director of the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism (INGUAT), Pedro Duchez, in a statement. The plan “is particularly relevant, because guaranteeing the security of those who visit Guatemala is a priority, and El Salvador is the main source of visitors into Guatemalan soil, a market that has grown 6.9% compared to 2011,” he stated. According to INGUAT, from January to August, 392,437 Salvadoran tourists entered Guatemala. The Chief of the Guatemalan National Civil Police, Gerson Oliva, said that the Guatemalan police force will be integrated by 32 people and 10 mobile units. Guatemala and El Salvador used to have a bi-national police that safeguarded the roads that connect both nations, but it was discontinued four years ago. “With this reactivation, we are taking the first step to strengthen the protection of the border roads towards Guatemala City and El Salvador,” indicated the chief of police.last_img read more

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Consumers face stiff challenges to saving

first_imgAmericans want to save money, and are trying to save money. But a new survey from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board) shows consumers are having a hard time putting money away, even though they are increasingly optimistic about the future.The challenges may sound familiar. Mounting credit card bills, staggering student loan debt, payments on a new car that may stretch six or seven years into the future, and the day-to-day needs of a growing family.“CFP Board Consumer Advocate Eleanor Blayney says the U.S. economy has come a long way since the depths of the recession, but most Americans, regardless of income brackets, are just finding it hard to save for the future. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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4 ways your credit union will win members in 2018 and beyond

first_imgCredit unions today are trying to compete in an increasingly challenging marketplace. Today’s consumers expect 24/7 access to intuitive digital tools, and seamless, personal interactions across all channels. These expectations are rapidly outpacing the capabilities of many CUs. Loyalty is eroding too, as close to 60% of consumers express willingness to buy financial products from established tech firms. These factors combine to create a perfect storm threatening the future of community finance.The Digital Shift – Both a Challenge and an OpportunityBut all is not lost, because changing member expectations also represent a unique opportunity for credit unions that are willing to be nimble and forward-thinking. Big banks are responding to the digital shift by investing in emerging technologies like conversational AI and blockchain. Smaller institutions may not be able to match their R&D budgets, but there are plenty of ways for them to address digital lag in a practical, cost effective manner.One excellent way to prioritize your digitization projects is to look at them through a member experience lens. That’s because a better member experience increases the chance you’ll retain existing members, grow your relationships, and even benefit from member referrals. The effect is so pronounced that Forrester indicates “the revenue growth of CX leaders is 5.1x that of laggards”To get you started, here’s a list of 4 practical ways to improve your member experience in 2018, using member engagement tools. Implementing even one of these will have positive effects on metrics like loyalty and share of wallet.1. Start strong to build lasting relationshipsOffer a frictionless first experience, without all the paper and time it typically consumes, using automated account opening and loan origination solutions. Your members will appreciate not having to give you the same information time and time again, and your staff will get more time to have that all-important goal-setting, revenue-building conversation.2. Engage more fully with each memberYour members see all of their interactions with your organization as one conversation. Do you? A member relationship management (MRM) tool can really help to ensure that every member interaction is noted and recorded, regardless of origin, so your members never have to repeat themselves. It’s the sort of personal touch that builds loyalty and increases satisfaction.3. Find out what your members actually need and wantCollect, store, aggregate, and analyze member data across multiple channels and back-office systems using a combination of MRM and a business analytics tool. They’ll help you pinpoint opportunities to offer the right products and services to the right member at the right time.Personalized and pertinent offers deliver a more compelling experience, engaging your members and making them feel like you really understand their needs.4. Identify more opportunities to communicateTake your regulatory communications to the next level with modern statements and reports, delivered through the member’s preferred channel. Deliver better looking statements, with targeted marketing messages that support the messaging used in your other promotional channels. It’s a great way to turn a simple statement into a powerful marketing vehicle.Then there’s email marketing – a cost effective, personal way to keep your brand top of mind. Members appreciate proactive contact, but you need to think beyond product-centric marketing. Birthday messages, news about activities at local branches, and lifestage-specific financial education messages represent just a few of the opportunities you may be overlooking to increase member engagement.When Digitizing, Think of the Bigger PictureWhen you are selecting your member engagement solutions, do your future self a favor and pay attention to application integration. Bidirectional integrations are essential to provide a streamlined and seamless experience across all your member touch points – from digitizing new account opening and loan processing, to replacing legacy content management systems with cloud-based ECM and responsive eStatements.If the solutions you pick can all be easily and tightly integrated, then you can simply begin your digitization journey by addressing your most urgent need, and confidently build from there. If you take a more piecemeal approach, you may find yourself with an architectural headache as your member engagement strategy evolves. And if there’s one thing we all know today, it’s that member expectations will continue to evolve in lockstep with the evolution of technology. That’s why credit unions need to get started today on bridging the gap between their members expectations of a perfect digital relationship and their ability to deliver it, then make revisiting member engagement strategy a perennial task. By doing so, they’ll secure a bright future for their organization and its members, wherever the digital revolution leads next. 88SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Olga Zakharenkava Olga Zakharenkava is the VP, Demand Marketing at Doxim, a leading provider of cloud-based customer engagement solutions for credit unions and wealth management firms. Find out more at www.doxim.com Web: www.doxim.com Detailslast_img read more

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Repeating our credit union history?

first_imgIn 1998, I was a CUES editorial intern when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the National Credit Union Administration’s allowance of multiple common bonds.CU Management closely followed the lawsuit and the subsequent Credit Union Membership Act. I remember watching the votes come through in the U.S. House and later in the Senate. I even wrote about the case for one of my final journalism classes.Twenty years later, NCUA has been back in court defending field of membership modernization rules. With a split ruling in district court and future appeals, it could be years before final rules are determined. Will this have a chilling effect on credit union growth? For one CU, it almost did. Read our online article, “Field of Membership Dispute Nearly Derails Merger”, about how the federal ruling affected $614 million Merrimack Valley Credit Union, Lawrence, Massachusetts. Read more about the FOM ruling and how some credit unions are taking a different approach to growth in our cover story, “Enthusiasm for Expansion.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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New ways to add value for your membership

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » I’m kind of an app freak. Well, really, I am a rebate, savings, make some money on the side app freak. I love them. My obsession began a few years ago when I was trying to do a “fun apps to help save you $$$” newsletter article. I downloaded, tested them, hated some, loved others. I scanned bar codes, receipts, clicked through to sites from the apps to earn some percentage of my purchases. Saw some become obsolete or consolidated and of course new improved, more innovative, easier to use ones crop up. Years later I still love them. I have my three favs currently and….more importantly….my kids LOVE THEM!Ok. So, moms and dads out there… this blog’s for you. “Mom, can I have $$? I’m going to the mall.”“Mom, this month’s Ipsy is on fire. Can I subscribe monthly for only $12 with your credit card?”“Mom, this bag of 35 ring pops that I absolutely must have is only $7. Can I buy it? (meaning – I’m putting it in your Target cart.)last_img read more

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CDC predicts record flu-shot supply, decries low coverage

first_imgSep 19, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Predicting that this year’s supply of influenza vaccine will be the largest ever, national health officials today called on healthcare professionals and the public to improve the “alarmingly low” vaccination rates of recent years.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said up to 132 million doses of flu vaccine are expected to be available this year. Last year about 121 million doses were produced, of which 102.5 million were distributed, leaving at least 18 million unused, CDC officials said.”We expect to have the largest supply we’ve ever seen,” CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding said at a news conference today from the National Press Club in Washington. She said the production and distribution delays that hurt vaccination coverage last year are not expected this year.CDC officials complained of persistently low vaccination coverage rates in many groups who should be immunized. In 2005-06, for example, only 18% of children aged 6 to 23 months received shots, and the immunization rate for healthcare workers has been stuck at about 40% for the last 10 years.FluMist approved for small childrenThe call for broader flu immunization came as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the nasal-spray flu vaccine FluMist for children aged 2 to 5 years, except those who have asthma or wheezing. Until now, FluMist has been licensed only for healthy people between the ages of 5 and 49.Three clinical trials involving a total of 6,400 children showed the effectiveness of FluMist, made by MedImmune, the FDA said. But the vaccine was not approved for children younger than 2 years, because the trials indicated an increased risk of hospitalization and wheezing for that age-group, the agency said.At today’s news conference, Gerberding said, “Year after year we come together knowing that we have not achieved the vaccination coverage rates that we need. . . . We’re still failing to protect a large proportion of people, not just our seniors, who are at highest risk, but people of every age” who have a high risk of serious flu complications.The CDC specifically recommends flu immunization for children from 6 months to 5 years of age; people with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and HIV; pregnant women; people age 50 and older; healthcare professionals; and anyone who has close contact with high-risk groups.Surveys show low coverageJeanne Santoli, MD, MPH, of the CDC reported some flu immunization survey data for the 2005-06 flu season. She said only about a third of children aged 6 to 23 months received at least one dose, and only about two thirds of those were fully immunized (two doses). “So only about a fifth of them were protected fully against flu,” she said.Santoli, deputy director of the CDC’s Immunization Services Division, said 69% of people over 65 reported getting a shot, adding, “That’s a high level, but it’s far below our national goal, which is 90%.”She said 37% of 50- to 64-year-olds and 31% of high-risk people between ages 18 and 49 received shots. And the coverage among healthcare workers has remained at about 40% for the last 10 years, she added.”It’s unconscionable that a healthcare worker would not receive this vaccine,” commented Gerberding.During the question-and-answer part of the conference, a man who identified himself as a Service Employees International Union member said more education is needed to promote flu immunizations among healthcare workers.”The biggest issue for our members is the education piece, and we don’t really see it happening in a lot of places,” he said. “There’s a lot of fear about this among our members.”He added that many healthcare workers were fearful of the hepatitis B vaccine, but education efforts helped to boost the vaccination rate above 70%.Helathcare workers have influenceArdis Hoven, MD, a Kentucky infectious-disease specialist and board member of the American Medical Association (AMA), said healthcare workers should use their influence to persuade patients to get flu shots.”Studies show that a healthcare worker’s recommendation is one of the strongest factors influencing a person to get vaccinated,” she said. The AMA and other medical societies “urge healthcare personnel to use every interaction to talk to people about flu vaccine,” she added.As in past years, officials spoke of the goal of stretching the flu vaccination season well beyond its traditional end at Thanksgiving in order to get the vaccine into more people. On average, US flu activity peaks in February.Santoli said the CDC is designating the week after Thanksgiving—Nov 26 to Dec 2—as “National Vaccination Week.” “We must use opportunities in December, January, and beyond in order to protect more Americans against flu,” she said.”The message to providers is, don’t go cold turkey and stop vaccinating” after Thanksgiving, said William Schaffner, MD, of Vanderbilt University, vice president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. “The message to patients is, give thanks that you can still get the vaccine in December and January.”Staying home isn’t enoughSchaffner said some people think staying home from work when sick with the flu is sufficient for protecting others from the virus. He warned against that assumption: “The day before you become sick, when you’re still feeling robust, you’re already excreting the virus. So you’re inoculating your family and your colleagues at work.”Gerberding noted that the flu vaccine works better some years than others, depending on how well the strains used in the vaccine match circulating strains. “But even when it’s not a perfect match, we still see protection.”One strain that is now circulating in the southern hemisphere but is not in the northern hemisphere vaccines is an H3N2 strain called the Brisbane-like lineage, she said.”It’s very unpredictable as to whether that’s important or not important,” Gerberding said. “Picking the future strains is an art, not a science. The one thing we don’t have in our Strategic National Stockpile is a crystal ball.” But in 15 of the last 18 years, all three strains in the vaccine have been excellent matches with circulating strains, she added.Shots free for Medicare patientsAlso at the press conference, Kerry Weems, acting administrator of the US Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, stressed that both flu and pneumococcal pneumonia shots are free for Medicare recipients.”In this case, free should be cheap enough,” Weems said. Yet, “In any given state, at least 20% of people with Medicare aren’t getting the flu shot.”Pneumococcal pneumonia is the most common bacterial pneumonia, Weems noted. People over age 65 need to get the pneumococcal shot only once, and they can do it when they get their flu shot, he added.Those who have flu have a much higher risk of contracting pneumococcal pneumonia, said Dr. Robert Hopkins Jr, MD, of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. “When deaths due to flu and pneumonia are combined, it’s the eighth leading cause of death in this country,” he said.Antiviral drugs continue to play an important role in treating and preventing flu, the CDC said. For this season, the agency recommends use of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza), the newest of four available flu antivirals. The two older flu drugs, amantadine and rimantadine, are not recommended because of high levels of resistance. The CDC first made this recommendation in January 2006, after finding that more than 90% of H3N2 isolates were resistant to the two older drugs.See also: CDC recommendations on flu prevention and control for 2007-08http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/acip/index.htmSep 19 FDA news release about FluMist for small childrenhttp://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2007/NEW01705.htmllast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Jan. 21

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Schenectady homeless assistance program Street Soldiers dealing with surge in needEDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationHIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspections Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNAACP needs to update its name Regarding the Jan. 15 Gazette article “NAACP calls for city to employ diversity training.” We notice that nowhere in this article is the full name of the NAACP spelled out. Is that because “National Association for the Advancement of Colored People” contains the very phrase at the heart of the current controversy embroiling the City Council?It is ironic, if not downright hypocritical, that Councilman John Polimeni is being lambasted for almost-but-not-quite saying “colored people” while actually lauding the council’s diversity as a positive development. He quickly corrected his verbiage, to no avail.In the meantime, perhaps that venerable organization should consider changing its name to “National Association for the Advancement of People of Color.” At the very least, this would avert misunderstanding among the ill-informed, and tidily bring the nomenclature in line with the tenor and temper of the times.Mike FoleyRotterdamRestore Crosstown blood donation siteI was a long-time blood donor, giving 20-1/2 gallons. I quit giving because they closed the donor office in the Crosstown Plaza. I have to stop one medication for 30 days before I give. I need a stable time and place. That is why I don’t give, as I now have to go to different places and I never know when or where. My wife and I would preregister when we gave blood that way. We gave five or six times a year. A lack of giving may be your own doing.David CaseScotiaArena football can still thrive in AlbanyOn Aug 21, 1999, my friends and I were among some 13,000 Albany Firebirds fans cheering them to victory in Arena Bowl XIII. Little did we know that would be their next-to-last season in Albany.The Arena Football League of the early 2000s could never leave well enough alone and had to move any remaining mid-level market teams to major markets, in the quest for the almighty dollar.The Firebirds’ ill-advised move to Indiana came to their inevitable folding in 2004. Meanwhile, we waited 18 years for the return of top-level arena football.And after two years … poof. It was a sad, but predictable end for the AFL. But to those current and prospective sports franchise owners in the Capital Region, I ask, why let Albany’s arena football history die with the AFL?The National Arena League is an East Coast league with seven teams, including former AFL teams in Jacksonville and Orlando. There is even a team in Worcester. Just a thought.Any takers?Michael FondacaroAlbanyGrateful for donors adopting soldiersOn behalf of the non-profit Operation Adopt A Soldier (OAAS), my sincere thanks to all who donated during the run-up to the holiday season. Your concern and love for our troops represent the best in America, and everyone should be proud they brought them some Christmas cheer.We sent more than 1,000 comfort kits to soldiers so they’d arrive before Christmas, and each included a greeting card from area residents — from young students to senior citizens.We informally adopted sailors on a U.S. battleship, whose commanders via social media said the ship couldn’t find even basic necessities at their ports of call. We sent everything from cases of toilet tissue to toothpaste and toothbrushes to snacks, food, games and sports gear.It would be impossible to list all the caring citizens, businesses, organized groups, schools and others that donated.For example, Walmart on Route 9 in Queensbury, in cooperation with OAAS sponsor Nemer Ford, graciously allowed our volunteers to twice collect money and material donations from shoppers. Every donation was accompanied with a smile, holiday wishes and a thank you from the donors. It was especially touching to see parents provide their children with a teachable moment.A special thank you to the Gansevoort post office branch for collecting packages and sending them on a timely basis.Please continue helping OAAS in its year-round effort on behalf of our soldiers, because we’ll be here “until they all come home.”Cliff SeguinSaratoga SpringsThe writer is founder and chairman of OAAS.center_img Get yourself tested for cervical cancerJanuary is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, Cancer Prevention in Action Program (CPiA) wants you to take action against cancer.Cervical cancer screening begins at age 21 and is covered under most health plans. But one key reason women don’t get screened is that it’s too difficult to take time off from work.HPV causes nearly all cases of cervical cancer and several other cancers. HPV vaccine prevents about 90% of HPV-related cancers, including cervical. The vaccine is recommended for boys and girls beginning at nine through age 26.CPiA works to increase cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination rates in our community. We help employers develop a paid time off benefit allowing employees time off for screenings such as cervical, breast, and colon cancers without having to use accrued time. Studies show this type of benefit is cost-effective; helps employers with a healthier, more productive workforce; lowers direct medical, workers’ compensation and disability costs; and has fewer costs with recruitment and training of new workers.CPiA provides education about the importance of the HPV vaccine to health care providers, dental professionals, parents, and young adults. Since the HPV vaccine has been in use, HPV-related cancers have dropped 71% among young adult women.Learn more about the CPiA program, which is supported with funds from the state of New York and how you can take action against cancer, contact 518-770-6815.Kelsey CarpeAmsterdamThe writer is health education promotions coordinator, Community Cancer Prevention in Action of Fulton, Montgomery & Schenectady Counties.Everyone should reread Trump letterOn Jan. 17, the Gazette printed a letter by Mr. Don Demarco entitled “Trump rescued us from sleazy politics.” It is truly a letter worth rereading.I, for one, was impressed by Mr. Demarco’s sophisticated mastery of the gray area between good and evil in politics, his appreciation of nuance and, of course, his firm grasp upon, and analysis of, the whole host of relevant facts which bear upon the current political situation.I urge The Gazette to reprint the letter in full so that we, the unenlightened, can learn from Mr. Demarco’s stunningly lucid statement.Bill MacTiernanSchenectadyForgiving student debt raises issuesBased on a Jan. 6 column on Betsy DeVos (“Why is it so hard for DeVos to offer relief to students?”) I would ask, is the forgiveness of a debt an act of kindness, relief from the pressure of predatory lenders, a way to make life easier on the borrower that got in over their head, or simply another way for the IRS to declare the debt relief as income to the borrower and tax it as such?Just because it’s student debt doesn’t really differentiate it from any other debt at all. You can argue they were trying to build their future, but isn’t that the same as defaulting on a loan to start a business and having the lender forgive your debt? They are both for building a future.Here’s an example: Let’s say I own a business, buy a building and rent out my business to myself under another corporate name. I charge rent to myself, but in the course of a year things didn’t go as expected and I decided not to pay the rent. I then decide to forgive myself of the debt and move on. No money has ever changed hands, yet it becomes income to me on my tax return.Why should it be any different for student debt? In my opinion it shouldn’t. However, could this be part of the ramifications of forgiving student loans and what is making the whole issue so complicated? There’s more to this issue than meets the eye.Bob BeliveGlenvillelast_img read more

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