Marjorie Kamys Cotera | The Texas TribunePlanned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards speaks to reporters at a Hillary Clinton campaign office in Austin on Sept. 9, 2016.Cecile Richards, a Texas native and the longtime president of Planned Parenthood, plans to step down, according to a Wednesday report from Buzzfeed News.Richards, who has led the women’s health organization since 2006, is a Waco native and the daughter of former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, a Democrat who held the office from 1991 to 1995.Richards did not immediately return a request for comment Wednesday afternoon. A spokesperson for the organization said that “Cecile plans to discuss 2018 and the next steps for Planned Parenthood’s future at the upcoming board meeting” next week. The Buzzfeed report cited two anonymous sources, saying Richards has already notified some board members that she is moving on. As president, Richards has played a large role in upping the scale of Planned Parenthood’s fundraising efforts and political lobbying. Her work at the helm of the organization has often led her back to her home state, where she has fought legal battles with anti-abortion Republican state leaders who sought to defund the organization’s women’s health clinics. In 2011, she visited the Texas Capitolto decry “legislative assaults” against Planned Parenthood. She also came to Texas in 2016 to campaign for Hillary Clinton.In an appearance at The Texas Tribune Festival last fall, she spoke about her work protecting women’s access to health care under the Donald Trump administration.Richards is the founder of the Texas Freedom Network, a left-leaning nonprofit group, and the former president of America Votes. Disclosure: Planned Parenthood has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here. Share
Symbolic distribution of appointment letters was alsoSymbolic distribution of appointment letters was also taken up following the appointment of 600 junior engineers, 250 health staff of National Health Mission, 25,000 Sakhia ? working in the nutrition areas and 375 Rozgar Sevaks.A total 2000 Self help group mates were given mate-kit and selection letters while 5000 people were given forest pattas.Some people were symbolically given medicated mosquito net out of a total 35 lakh long lasting mosquito nets to mark the day. PTI PVR SUS SUS
CEOs Know Campaign: Tourism Sector is Attractive for Foreign Direct InvestmentTsabeng Nthite – “There is no other sector in the country that is showing 8% growth per annum,” says Mr Sisa Nthsona, Chief Executive Officer for South African Tourism.Commenting on the industry as a key driver for South Africa’s economy during his interview for Brand South Africa’s CEOs Know campaign, Mr Ntshona said that the tourism sector accounts for 9% of South Africa’s GDP, and an estimated 8.5 % of the continent’s GDP, (up from 6.8 per cent in 1998).Mr Ntshona said: “From a business and development perspective tourism is a significant contributor – which in turn translates to job creation. 2016 was a record-breaking year, with 10 million international tourists coming to South AfricaSouth Africa is best known for its beach and safari holiday experiences. Stunning as the coastline and the game parks are, there is plenty more on offer to tourists, both in South Africa itself, and in the wider Southern African region. Ntshona says however that ‘South Africa is more than just the 3 Bs (the beach, the berg and the bush),’ – stating that the country’s secret weapon is its diversity and people.“I am constantly inspired about how South Africa fights above its weight. South African’s are ambitious, driven and passionate people. We are a diverse people who love out country, and our space and we want to share our hoe with the world for them to be part of our ever growing story,” concluded Ntshona.And it’s not just South Africa – the entire continent is set for a tourism boon. Speaking at the launch of Indaba in 2017, Africa’s top travel trade show, Ntshona predicted that Africa would be the new tourism frontier. He reported that the continent had an 8% surge in international arrivals in 2016, with Sub-Saharan Africa increasing by 11% and South Africa by 13%.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Last month at its Annual Meeting members of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce elected seven businesspeople to the Board of Directors.The Vermont Chamber welcomes the following individuals to its Board of Directors:Tom Donahue; Rutland Region Chamber of CommerceKevin Dwyer; Hackett, Valine, and MacDonaldDaria Mason; Central Vermont Medical CenterBob Rogan; Burlington, VermontKathleen Schirling; Chittenden BankStephen Terry; Green Mountain PowerDavid Wolk; Castleton State CollegeDuane Marsh, Vermont Chamber President, stated, “We are very pleased that these individuals have agreed to bring their talents to the table. They will add to the Vermont Chamber’s diverse representation of the Vermont business community.”Each new member will serve for a one-year term, effective immediately.###