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Executive Council closes fall meeting with vote endorsing major ‘Way…

first_img The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Featured Events Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Executive Council closes fall meeting with vote endorsing major ‘Way of Love’ expansion Council also approves shift in church’s investment advocacy strategy toward Israeli-Palestinian conflict Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Executive Council October 2019, Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Montgomery, Alabama] The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council concluded its four-day meeting here Oct. 21 with a series of votes that included an endorsement of plans for a dramatic expansion of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Way of Love initiative, featuring plans for a major revival event in New York and a growing list of media projects.Curry spoke to the purpose of those efforts during a weekend committee meeting and again before the vote of the full Executive Council on its final day. Sharing the message of the Way of Love more broadly will counter a strain of conservative Christianity that has strayed from the teachings of Jesus, he said, and the church’s affirmation of a Christian message of love “can be helpful for a proudly divided and polarized nation.”“This is really how can we make – and this actually is evangelism – how can we make the way of Jesus, which is the way of love, a part of what it means to be a Christian in this particular culture,” Curry said.Executive Council, the church’s governing body between General Convention meetings, also approved a shift in the church’s shareholder advocacy strategy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that will result in the church’s selling of all its stocks in three companies that do business tied to construction of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories. Those companies will be added to a new “no-buy list” that will be based on the church’s recently enacted “human rights investment screen.”Much of this fall meeting focused on the theme of racial reconciliation, drawing on examples from Alabama’s capital city, known for its historic connections to the Civil War and the civil rights movement. Executive Council members broke from their business sessions to spend all day Oct. 19 on a pilgrimage to the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which trace four centuries of racial violence in America and memorialize its victims.The Episcopal Church’s core racial reconciliation project, the Becoming Beloved Community framework, encourages and assists congregations and individual Episcopalians in engaging in difficult conversations about racism and racial healing. On Oct. 21, Executive Council approved more than $300,000 from a new grant program to support racial healing ministries and programs around the country.Executive Council spent all day Oct. 19 on a pilgrimage to the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, pictured here, in Montgomery, Alabama. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceOther grants approved by Executive Council included nearly $690,000 for church planting and $209,000 from the church’s Constable Fund.In another measure, Executive Council accepted an “Episcopal Creation Covenant” drafted by the Task Force on Care of Creation and Environmental Racism that outlined the church’s three primary commitments related to environmental stewardship: “loving formation, liberating advocacy and life-giving conservation.”Over the four days, members of the presiding bishop’s staff briefed Executive Council on a range of ongoing priorities for the church, including the fate of Episcopal Migration Ministries, EMM, which is dealing with the uncertainty of the Trump administration’s refugee policies.The administration announced last month that it would limit the State Department’s resettlement program to a historic low of just 18,000 refugees, at a time when the global refugee crisis has never been worse, said Demetrio Alvero, the acting director of EMM.Alvero, speaking Oct. 20 to Executive Council’s Committee on Mission Within The Episcopal Church, said EMM still does not know yet whether it will be renewed for another year as one of the nine agencies with State Department contracts to facilitate refugee resettlement.Even if that work ends, “what does continue is the engagement of churches … to support the program locally,” Alvero said, so whatever the government decides, EMM has begun developing plans for expanding its advocacy and support work for refugees at the local level. EMM also is looking for ways to assist asylum-seekers in a more meaningful way, given the increase in migrants on the southern U.S. border.Executive Council also heard from administrative and communications staff about proposed renovations at the Episcopal Church Center in New York. In response, Executive Council approved a $750,000 project to upgrade the conference room and pantry space on the center’s fifth floor and to add a multimedia studio that will streamline the church’s growing work on videos and podcasts.Such multimedia work plays a central role in the Way of Love expansion spearheaded by the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, the presiding bishop’s canon for evangelism, reconciliation and creation care. She noted the church has gained momentum in its evangelism since Curry stepped into the global spotlight with his May 2018 royal wedding sermon in London.“This is a moment,” Spellers said Oct. 20 in a committee meeting. “It’s a moment for American Christianity. It’s a moment for The Episcopal Church, and we want to step into it.”The Rev. Robert Wisnewski, rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Montgomery, Alabama, discusses the church’s history with Executive Council members and church staff on Oct. 19, 2019. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceThe Way of Love is a “rule of life” framework featuring seven practices for Jesus-centered living. Curry introduced it at General Convention in July 2018, and since then, the church and partner organizations have developed resources to help Episcopalians incorporate the Way of Love into their daily lives and spiritual growth.The church also has launched a Way of Love podcast featuring Curry and a “Traveling the Way of Love” video series highlighting Episcopalians whose work exemplifies each of the seven practices. Executive Council voted Oct. 21 to allow the church’s development office to pursue a campaign to raise $1.3 million in a low-key, targeted appeal to bolster those and other Way of Love initiatives. One such proposal would enlist Curry to host a limited TV series that could be distributed on a national streaming service, an idea that is still in a conceptual stage.The church already has begun laying the foundation for a New York revival, after receiving interest from the two Episcopal dioceses in the city, as well as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America synod there. Curry’s staff has helped facilitate 13 smaller Episcopal revival events churchwide, including one planned for this weekend in Appleton, Wisconsin, so a New York revival would continue that work on a larger scale, Spellers said, with opportunities for satellite revivals around the area on the same day.If partners and donors can be secured to cover the estimated $335,000 cost, Spellers expects the New York revival to take place in October 2020 and draw more than 10,000 people. Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center and Yankee Stadium are some of the potential venues.The three resolutions relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict passed with little debate or disagreement, a stark contrast to the tensions surrounding the same issue at last year’s General Convention in Austin, Texas. During General Convention, the House of Bishops rejected a measure seen as endorsing a policy of divestment, but the bishops joined the deputies in supporting the creation of a human rights investment screen modeled after one created earlier by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.Executive Council on Oct. 21 approved the following language: “Executive Council hereby recommends that any Episcopal Church institutional investor not invest in any corporation supporting or benefiting from denial of human rights consistent with policy adopted by General Convention or Executive Council.”The resolution then proceeds to apply that screen to the Palestinian territories, barring investment in “any corporation that supports or benefits from denial of human rights in or through the occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem or the Gaza Strip.”A companion resolution specifies that three companies meet that criteria: Motorola, Caterpillar and Israel Discount Bank. The church has engaged for years in shareholder engagement with those companies without persuading them to respond as requested to human rights violations in the Palestinian territories. The church will sell about $1.2 million in Motorola shares and about $125,000 in Caterpillar shares, as well as a much smaller amount in shares of Israel Discount Bank.“This is a stewardship issue,” said the Rev. Charles Robertson, canon to the presiding bishop for ministry beyond The Episcopal Church, in a press release after Executive Council wrapped its meeting. “The church does not want to make profits from companies that contribute to the suffering of others.”Lay member Russ Randle of the Diocese of Virginia proposed an amendment to one of the shareholder resolutions, asking the Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility to research an upcoming stock offering by Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company, for possible church engagement with the banks underwriting that stock offering.“If we’re going to be calling out human rights violations in the Middle East, we need to be paying attention to this one as well,” Randle said. Executive Council passed his amendment and the underlying resolution.In other news from Executive Council, the Rev. Charles Graves was elected to fill a vacant seat. Graves was named in April as Canterbury campus missioner in Houston for the Diocese of Texas.And Executive Council decided to begin a search for a full-time chief legal officer to replace Doug Anning, who has served part time as acting chief legal officer since September 2017. Executive Council thanked Anning for his service and gave him a round of applause.Every year, Executive Council also approves waivers for some dioceses that have failed to pay their assessments to The Episcopal Church at the required level, which now stands at 15 percent of diocesan revenue. After concerted efforts to bring all of the more than 100 dioceses into compliance, all but six dioceses have either paid their full assessments or received short-term waivers, according to the Rev. Mally Lloyd, chair of Executive Council’s Finance Committee.The six noncompliant dioceses are Alabama, Albany, Dallas, Florida, Rio Grande and Springfield.Alice Freeman, a lay Executive Council member from the Diocese of North Carolina, voiced a concern that this meeting was being held in one of those dioceses, Alabama.“They are not paying theirs, but they are the beneficiaries of this church contributing economically to their diocese,” Freeman said.“You got it,” Lloyd said, after acknowledging that she had refrained from bringing up the topic with Alabama Bishop Kee Sloan when he visited with Executive Council on Oct. 18, welcoming them to Montgomery.Dioceses that don’t pay their assessments or receive waivers are ineligible for participation in certain church programs, including churchwide grants.All the resolutions passed by Executive Council on Oct. 21 can be reviewed here.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Tags Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Bath, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Collierville, TN Rector Smithfield, NC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA By David PaulsenPosted Oct 21, 2019 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Executive Council, Way of Love last_img read more

The Floozies Prepare For Red Rocks Blowout With L4LM Colorado Instagram Takeover

first_imgIn preparation for their headlining Red Rocks performance on October 8th, The Floozies will be taking over Live For Live Music‘s Instagram today from Colorado.You can enter t0 win a pair of tickets to the Red Rocks show–which features Michal Menert, SunSquabi, and Russ Liquid–as well as a merch bundle and signed event poster below. Sign up here, and share to increase your chances of winning!And if you can’t wait til next month, The Floozies will be playing a special late-night show with an all-star live band after Bear Creek Bayou  at Republic NOLA in New Orleans on September 30th. The show, billed as “Funk Court,” will feature John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood), Skerik, and Ryan Zoidis and Jesus Coomes of Lettuce. Tickets for “Funk Court” are available here.last_img read more

Trojans’ late rally comes a little short

first_imgThe USC men’s basketball team was unable to put an end to its four game losing streak on Wednesday night, falling to the UCLA Bruins (15-11, 8-6) by a score of 64-54. The Trojans (6-21, 1-13) dropped their fifth straight game and are just 1-14 in their past 15 contests.Tough break · Without the services of redshirt junior forward Aaron Fuller, who was lost earlier in the season to a torn shoulder injury, the Trojans went 1-8. USC will look for its second conference victory next Thursday at Arizona. – Luciano Nunez | Daily TrojanUSC returned to its former homecourt, the Los Angeles Sports Arena, for the first time since 2006 to face off against its crosstown rivals. UCLA is making repairs to the Pauley Pavilion and has been using the arena as its venue for the season.“That’s a good team there,” USC coach Kevin O’Neill said of the Bruins. “They were picked 12th nationally and to win our league. I think you have to take into consideration that they haven’t played a home game all year. These guys have been forced to play at a neutral site every single game.”The Bruins jumped out to an early advantage over the Trojans, starting the game on a 10-2 run. USC struggled shooting the ball in the first half, finishing 7-29 (24 percent) compared to UCLA’s 14-27 (52 percent). They trailed going into the break, 31-16.“It comes down to shot-making with us,” O’Neill said. “We didn’t make any shots in the first half and shot 39 percent for the game.”USC outscored the Bruins in the second half by a five-point margin — 38-33 — but couldn’t fully recover from an early deficit. Still, the Trojans managed to avoid another blowout at the hands of UCLA, as was the case on Jan. 15 in a 66-47 loss.“We approach every game the same, we just took a different type of initiative to not fold and to keep fighting,” sophomore guard Maurice Jones said.Freshman guard Byron Wesley led the Trojans with 16 points and seven rebounds, shooting 5-11 from the floor and 6-10 from the free throw line. He earned high praise from O’Neill for his performance.“I think he’s becoming a really legit [player],” O’Neill said. ‘We want him to be aggressive to the basket.”Also joining Wesley in double figures was sophomore forward Garrett Jackson, who added 15 points, four steals and three blocks.The Bruins, meanwhile, were paced by twin forwards David and Travis Wear, who contributed a combined 30 points and 24 rebounds.“They’re really, really good players,” O’Neill said. “They’re only redshirt sophomores, they’ve both got two years left to play … Their frontline is as good as anyone’s in the country other than North Carolina probably.”The Trojans will get their longest break of the season —eight days — before traveling to Arizona to take on the Wildcats (18-8, 9-4) on Feb. 23.The Wildcats have won four straight games, including road victories against Stanford and the Pac-12 leading California.In their first meeting on Jan. 8, USC fell to Arizona at the Galen Center by a score of 57-46. USC has four games remaining this season before the Pac-12 tournament.“Just getting some rest is going to help,” Jones said. “We only play about six, seven guys playing 20-30 minutes apiece. That’s the most important thing as we try to get these last four games.”last_img read more

Tampa Mom Allegedly Attempts to Detonate Nail Bomb at Walmart

first_imgAuthorities in Florida say a woman was caught attempting to make a nail bomb with materials inside a Walmart.Emily Stallard, 37, was spotted by a security guard roaming the aisles of Walmart in Tampa Bay.After watching Stallard open unpaid items, including flammable materials, projectiles and matches, a security guard called the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and notified an off-duty Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officer who was inside the store.An arrest report cited by the station says the woman filled a mason jar with fuel, denatured alcohol and nails. She then attempted to light the bomb with a shoelace as a wick before the off-duty officer and security guard stopped her.Deputies arrived on the scene and arrested Stallard.“This woman had all the supplies she needed to cause mass destruction at her disposal,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said. “Had it not been for an alert off-duty law enforcement officer and a watchful security staff at Walmart, she may have followed through with her plans to cause an explosion inside the store.”Investigators said a child, her son, helped Stallard make the device.“The defendant encouraged the child to engage in an act that could have caused great bodily harm and induced the child to become delinquent,” the arrest report says.Stallard is facing multiple charges, including attempted arson, fire bombing, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, child abuse and battery on an officer.last_img read more

Boston Marathon winner returns his medal to city

first_imgBoston Marathon 2013 men’s winner Lelisa Desisa, left, of Ethiopia, greets Boston Marathon bombing victims Adam Davis, top right, and his wife Adrianne Haslet-Davis, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)by Tracee HerbaughBOSTON (AP) — The champion of the men’s 2013 Boston Marathon returned his winner’s medal to Mayor Thomas Menino on Sunday to honor the city and those killed and injured in the bombings near the finish line of one of the world’s top running events.“Sport holds the power to unify and connect people all over the world,” Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia told the crowd through a translator. “Sport should never be used as a battleground.”More than 6,400 athletes gathered on Boston Common for the 10K organized by the Boston Athletic Association, the same nonprofit that handles the annual marathon. Spots for Sunday’s race sold out in 13 hours online.“Let me tell you: As mayor of this great city for the last several years, I have never seen Boston come together like it has after the attacks,” Menino told the crowd. “Thank you for making Boston stronger.”A moment of silence paid tribute to the three victims killed in the April 15 bombings and to Sean Collier, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer who was shot and killed April 18 in a search for the suspects.“The feeling here is a little weird,” said Jon Everitt, an MIT student who lives in Cambridge. He said the bombings are “definitely in the back of your head.”Melissa Blasczyk, of Boston, ran the 2013 Boston Marathon and was 1.5 miles from the finish line when spectators began telling runners the race was over.“Today I’m going to finish, run a strong race and take in the scenery,” she said. “Obviously, (the attack) is in the back of your mind, but you just have to live your life.last_img read more

Gresley-Jones finishes 19th at B.C. Amateur — tourney won by West Van’s Rose

first_imgBen Gresley-Jones of Rossland/Trail continued his fine play at the B.C. Men’s Amateur Golf Championship Friday, placing 19th overall.David Rose of West Vancouver won the tournament. The Lower Mainland golfer took advantage of a collapse by third-round leader Richard Jung of Toronto to win the title by three strokes.Rose shot a 2-under-par 70 to finish the 72-hole tournament with a 275 total.Kevin Carrigan of Victoria finished tied for second with Jung with 278 scores.Brent Wilson of Victoria was fourth one shot ahead of Yung Gu (Justin) Shin of Pitt Meadows.Gresley Jones continued to play well by firing a final round 73 to finish in a tie for 19th spot at 287.The other West Kootenay golfer in the tournament, Josh Coletti of Granite Pointe finished the day with an 82 and a total of 308 for place 73rd. Adam Pangburn of Kaslo and Jordan Melanson of Granite Pointe both missed the cut after 36 [email protected]aily.comlast_img read more

Bad News Betties outlast Vendettas at License to Thrill

first_imgBad News Betties are one of the two expansion teams in the league this season.During exhibition action the Valley Vendettas put a thumping on the Betties.However, Saturday Silver City squad was able to outlast the Vendettas to steal the win.Meanwhile, Salmo’s Babes continue to get better every game out.Castlegar, the surprise from last season, has struggled this season — especially Saturday. Salmo started fast and never looked back.EXTRA JAM: The West Kootenay Women’s Roller Derby League is busy putting the finishing touch on organizing the Western Championship Klash in the Kootenays June 15-17 at the NDCC Arena in Nelson. Seven teams from Western Canada join host Kootenay Kannibelles in the eight-team, three-day tournament. The Bad News Betties of Trail avenged a loss from last season by dumping the Valley Vendettas 196-158 at the License to Thrill Women’s Roller Derby doubleheader action Saturday in Castlegar.In the other game Salmo’s Babes of Brutaility blasted the hometown Dam City Rollers 209-67.The doubleheader was the latest in the West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Rolley Derby League.last_img read more

GARDA TRIED TO TAKE HER LIFE AFTER SEX ASSAULT AND HARASSMENT – COURT TOLD

first_imgA female Garda has revealed how she tried to take her own life after being sexually assaulted and harassed by a fellow Garda, a court has heard.Letterkenny Circuit Court is today continuing to hear harrowing details of the case against a married Garda.The Garda, who is in his 30s, denies seven charges of sexual assault and two charges of harassment against two female colleagues. Today’s evidence has so far consisted of defence barrister Peter Nolan cross-examining the first female Garda to make the claims.The incidents are all alleged to have happened between November 2010 and May 2011.The woman again revealed how she was sexually assaulted by the other officer on thee occasions – twice in the Garda station they worked and once in a patrol car.The woman revealed how she is “one hundred per cent sure” how she knows the man rubbed his erect penis against her.Mr Nolan read some of the woman’s statement back to her in which it was mentioned she tried to take her own life during the alleged campaign of harassment.Mr Nolan asked the woman why, as a trained officer, did she not make a formal complaint until much later.The woman replied “My head was spinning and my stomach was turning and I was processing all these thought. Does she think we’re having an affair with him.”Mr Nolan replied “Surely this was the time to scotch all these rumours and to say he was sexually assaulting you. It was up to you to make a complaint.“You had him there and a Sergeant you trusted and you were almost vomiting. You never made a complaint until this statement.“Why didn’t you nip this in the bud when you had the opportunity to do this? If you had made the complaint none of this prosecution would before the courts.”He then claimed this was a “storm in a teacup” to get back at the accused.“I think what you are saying is absurd,” answered the woman.Mr Nolan answered the only absurd thing was three years later that she was now here as if her world had fallen apart.“You are a very callous man. I would disagree with 90% of what you have said,” replied the woman.Again some leading members of the Garda force are in court including Chief Superintendent Terry McGinn.The case continues.COPYRIGHT DONEGALDAILY.COMGARDA TRIED TO TAKE HER LIFE AFTER SEX ASSAULT AND HARASSMENT – COURT TOLD was last modified: October 31st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Gardasex assaultlast_img read more

‘Greencastle Breakwater project completion is of vital importance’ – Cllr

first_imgA Donegal County Councillor has urged the government to get on with providing further funding for the Greencastle Breakwater project instead of completing ‘half a job’. Cllr Martin Farren was speaking after three yachts were damaged in the area last week following a heavy storm.One of the yachts in question was a 33-foot vessel, while two other yachts, including a pleasure cruiser, were also heavily damaged. Moville man, Farren, said damage to the yachts would have been avoidable if the Breakwater project in Greencastle had been completed.He told Donegal Daily: “Just short of €10million has already been spent on the Breakwater Project in 2010, when the then government put the project on hold due to the financial difficulty the country found itself in.“However, we were given an assurance that once that difficulty had finished and things began to pick up, that we would get further funding for the project.“And now, almost a decade later, it is going to take at least another €10million to complete the project. “Donegal County Council is obliged to pay 25% of that and in fairness, they have already committed to that 25%, there is no problem there.“I have travelled to Dublin on numerous occasions with the Greencastle Harbour Users Association, the Derry Port and Harbour and a number of other representatives to meet officials in an attempt to get the Breakwater project up and running again.”The Inishowen Councillor is now urging Donegal representatives across the county, especially those in the Oireachtas, to apply pressure on the government before the upcoming budget.He continued: “The breakwater really needs to be completed because there are major plans for the area in the near future in terms of tourism.“What we would like to see happening is an actual extension to the Greencastle Harbour built, but in order for these plans tp materialise the Breakwater project needs to be completed. “And if the government fail in supplying further funding then they might as well of threw the €10million already spent into the Foyle.“You cannot leave a job half done, the breakwater is needed for the protection of vessels in the harbour.“It is extremely important that all of the Oireachtas members from Donegal ensure that money is kept aside in the upcoming budget for the project, it is a vital importance.“We need to be singing of the one hymn sheet in relation to this matter because it is going on for far too long.” ‘Greencastle Breakwater project completion is of vital importance’ – Cllr was last modified: August 18th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wearable Tech Could Help Make Your Employer a Healthcare Provider

first_imgTags:#health wearables Related Posts How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… By now it’s clear that the structural shift in healthcare is well underway. One of the best articles I’ve read lately to capture this was Dave Chase’s Forbes piece: “Health Plan Industry’s Worst Nightmare: Employers Realizing They Are Actually The Insurance Company,” where he argues that “any company over 100 employees or so is an insurance company in all but name.” Pretty bold, but I wouldn’t say he’s far off.What’s the monetary value of a health plan? Chase regularly advises payers on creative thinking about ways to capitalize on healthcare’s trillion-dollar transformation from volume to value and how to avoid the “zero-sum game thinking.” He goes on to argue that health plans really don’t do anything that can’t be done better by an algorithm. (Cue the entrance of Amazon Health.)And health is, of course, no longer just about your yearly checkups and making your pantry’s contents reflect the food pyramid. People want to know more about their food, make exercise enjoyable, and balance not only physical health, but also mental and emotional health. It’s not so much just diet and exercise — it’s about holistic wellness programs.Employers and insurance providers are taking note. If the concept of health is growing in individuals’ eyes, so must insurance. Standard health benefits (i.e., just your doctor visits, be it regular care or trips in response to a problem) are increasingly being replaced by more comprehensive wellness programs looking to drive better outcomes as patients and as customers. And one of the biggest catalysts behind this is not new policy or social change — it’s tech.A Quick Look at Workplace WellnessWellness programs — adding in programming to make employees’ health goals more robust and attainable — are a popular way for employers to try to mitigate the rising costs of healthcare. So popular, in fact, that workplace wellness is now a nearly $40 billion industry worldwide, according to the Global Wellness Institute. To keep employees engaged, companies are constantly innovating new ways to implement wellness in the workplace.Take a look at Indiana-based Draper, Inc. for example, which was voted 2014’s healthiest workplace in the United States by Healthiest Employers, LLC. It boasts an entire wellness park on company property. The organization holds companywide challenges for losing weight and hosts programs, such as Weight Watchers and Zumba classes, for its employees.Zappos, which has always been admired for its dedication to workplace wellness, takes it a step further by offering free gym memberships and reimbursing employees who participate in marathons. Company leaders even take employees for fun fitness adventures, like laser tag, and give employees extra downtime in the form of Recess Tuesdays.Because the ultimate objective of a health insurer’s wellness program is more specific, the success of these programs relies heavily on health-related data from patients. Today, obtaining and utilizing this data is possible at a larger scale than ever before, thanks to continuously evolving healthcare and consumer technologies.Using Technology to Deliver on Health OutcomesIt’s no wonder why wellness programs have become so widely adopted over the last few decades. For employers, getting their employees engaged helps improve productivity, reduce time off due to medical concerns, and ease the company’s overall health costs. In 2012, a Gallup study showed that employees who improved their well-being cost their companies up to 41 percent less in overall health-related expenditures.For health insurers, health and wellness programs can significantly reduce premiums, particularly for chronically ill and at-risk patients. Such programs often help patients deal with illness more successfully and prevent unnecessary hospital visits, saving insurance companies hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.And, of course, individuals appreciate the programs’ goals to boost their own health. With so much time spent at the office, it can be difficult to prioritize nutrition and exercise; wellness programs demonstrate to employees that their health matters in their employers’ eyes, giving them greater incentive and more permission to take care of themselves. It’s a win-win-win for all parties.But that doesn’t mean wellness plans are perfect — there’s still plenty of room for growth, and that’s where today’s tech advancements come in.Even the most innovative wellness program is only as good as the data that drives it. Today, that means utilizing innovative technologies, such as wearable devices and interactive software platforms, which can passively collect massive amounts of data about each consumer’s wellness.The good thing about fitness wearables is that many people already own and use them regularly — especially younger generations, like Millennials. In fact, their sales are predicted to skyrocket over the next few years. For people who don’t, many employers do or would offer discounts or other incentives for using them. Wearables are also the most significant sources of what insurers crave most: reliable data about enrollees’ health and fitness habits so they can more accurately assess risks. Some providers are already creating initiatives to pair devices with plans.As employers and health insurers continue to implement more engaging wellness programs, technology will continue to shape the way these programs affect consumers’ lives. Three of the most significant changes will be:1. Data-Driven IncentivesThe ability to cultivate and utilize enormous amounts of data is a huge benefit to employers and health insurers, but it will also help employees make the most of the programs available to them. As wearable devices keep track of their health and fitness efforts, they can also alert employees about program features and incentives that matter most to them.For instance, if employees are only a couple hundred steps away from their 10,000-step goal, then a reminder can motivate them to push through the last leg and complete the program. By making it easier to participate, technology can help drive more employees to pay more attention to their wellness.2. More Robust EngagementMental well-being is as important as physical health when it comes to an employee’s holistic wellness. That’s why some programs utilize data to help employees address non-work-related hardships that could be affecting their mental or emotional health. The data mined from wearable devices and participation in wellness programs offers unprecedented insight into what individuals need most for the sake of their mental and physical well-being.This could mean assistance with financial hardships or with providing care to a loved one at home so employees have more time to focus on their mental and physical well-being. Not only will this help improve an employee’s holistic wellness, but it will also generate lifelong loyalty to the employer.3. A More Enjoyable ExperienceEmployee health benefits are undeniably important, but they can be more of a yawn-worthy chore than an exciting addition to an employee’s work experience. Different aspects of today’s technology stand to improve upon that. If employees have already woven their wearables into their everyday life, for instance, taking advantage of their employer’s wellness program can become a seamless experience; they don’t have to go out of their way to make updates or review progress toward goals.Employers and providers can take this a step further, aiming not just for convenience but for actual fun. Gamification is huge for apps, especially health apps — not to mention some employers are already experimenting with how gameplay can help measure employees’ performance at their desks. All that can easily intersect to gamify aspects of employers’ wellness programs, helping employees’ self-care become something they look forward to.Offering ways for employees to stay healthy is good for employees, employers, and health insurers alike. In fact, a well-implemented and engaging wellness program can be one of the most attractive incentives for recruiting and retaining top talent. With more intuitive and holistic technologies being introduced to modernize results and benefits, wellness programs could very well become the norm across industries. Jeff Heenan-Jalil FDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje… Jeff Heenan-Jalil is the senior vice president and global head of Health Business at Wipro Limited, where he is responsible for the business unit’s profit and loss, strategy, and operations. The views expressed in this article are Jeff’s, and his employer does not subscribe to the substance or veracity of Jeff’s views. Can IoT Bridge The Gaps In Modern Mental Health… 8 Unusual Ideas for a Dentistry Businesslast_img read more