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  • RecSports to host annual Biathlon

    first_imgThe annual RecSports Biathlon will be held Saturday, Aug. 29 and will begin with a half-mile swim in St. Joseph’s Lake followed by a two-mile figure eight run around both St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s Lakes.“The Biathlon has been going on since the early 90s, and has been an annual event every year,” Edward Beven, facility program coordinator for RecSports, said. “It is typically the first weekend of school, depending on the football schedule.”According to Beven, the biathlon began over a decade ago without any particular medical or memorial cause to prompt its patronage; rather, the event “was designed to give the Notre Dame community an activity to do the first couple weeks of school.”It precedes the Domer Run, RecSport’s “bigger charity event,” which will take place Saturday, Oct. 3.Despite the biathlon being a relatively small and quick event in comparison to other athletic events put on by RecSports, Beven said a lot of preparation went into planning for the combination swim and run, including meetings with the Notre Dame Fire Department to approve plans for transportation and safety.“Risk management and safety is our number one priority,” Beven said. “Staffing is done by RecSports, which is a combination of professional staff members and student staffing.“Last year we had about 75 participants, so I think staying in that ballpark would be great. Our hope is that it’s a beautiful day and that those that participate have a great time, meet some new friends and just enjoy themselves. I don’t think we could ask for much more than that.”Neither sophomores Anna Volk nor Katherine Inskeep has ever participated in this event before, but both said they think their previous experiences in triathlons will help in their first biathlon.“I had wanted to last year, but don’t really like running,” Volk said.The pair has decided to combine their efforts — Volk will complete the swimming portion of the event, while Inskeep will run.To prepare for the biathlon, Volk drew on her past swimming career, while Inskeep turned to her running experiences.“I swam competitively in high school and managed a pool this summer,” Volk said. “I had easy access to a pool and remembered a lot of sets that I used to do, as well as made up some of my own that were more biathlon specific.”“When I was home over the summer, I went running with my high school cross country team,” Inskeep said, “It worked out well because I had other people to motivate me to keep going. I actually ran the course this morning, too, so I wouldn’t get lost during the race.”The biathlon is open to all Notre Dame students, faculty and staff according to the RecSports website. There is no charge to register for the event.Registration is currently open online via RecRegister at to the website, “the Biathlon has team or individual trials; Men’s, Women’s, and Co-Rec divisions; and Varsity and Non-Varsity categories.”“The biathlon is roughly an 800-meter swim, and two-mile run,” Beven said. “Participants can do it individually or in pairs.  We meet down at St. Joe Beach — yes, Notre Dame has a beach.”Registration for participants the day of the biathlon will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the boathouse on St. Joseph’s beach, located on the far end of St. Joseph’s Lake. The race will begin at 10 a.m. at the boathouse.“I really just want to have fun, and promote swimming in the lakes,” Volk said, “Running around the lakes is a pretty common activity for Notre Dame students, but not many use the beach.”“This is a chance for Notre Dame community members to see what RecSports can offer them,” Beven said,  “We have so many terrific events throughout the year, and this is a nice kickoff for the fall. It’s a quick event, but also challenging at the same time.  Come on out, and have a blast.”Tags: Biathlon, RecSportslast_img read more

  • 8 ways to communicate your company culture

    first_imgCulture is the single most important factor in organizational success or failure. It tells employees how to behave, how to do their jobs and how “things are done around here.” But would your employees, middle-management and executives all describe your culture the same way?Articulate your cultureBeing intentional about culture means you approach it from an architectural model. You shape your company’s norms, values and beliefs deliberately rather than letting them evolve organically. And the most important piece of this puzzle is how you articulate your culture to the people who live it every day. Your policies, procedures, communications, systems, org chart, benefits and so much more need to consistently (and accurately) reflect your culture.It might sound complicated, but these eight steps will help you manage and communicate your culture to employees:Explain what your culture is and why it matters. Clearly outline your corporate culture for employees. How do you define it? How can they live it? Then explain how it enables your unique business strategy. For example, if your company builds remote working solutions, a “butts in seats” culture flies in the face of your strategy. Instead, you need to offer flexible work arrangements where people can work from home, allowing them to both live the culture and effectively test your product. continue reading » 44SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

  • More efforts look outside the box for outbreak signals

    first_imgJul 21, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – In the history of infectious diseases, coincidence plays an extraordinary role. In 1706, Cotton Mather purchased a slave named Onesimus who happened to come from a tribe that practiced variolation, and so smallpox prevention was introduced to North America. In 1928, Alexander Fleming happened to leave a window open in his laboratory, and the contaminants that drifted into a dish of Staphylococcus aureus provided the raw material for the discovery of penicillin.And in February 2003, a never-identified man in southern China emailed a query to an American teacher he knew from an Internet chat room, who happened to have been the neighbor of a US Navy epidemiologist. The epidemiologist, Dr. Stephen Cunnion, placed the relayed note on the electronic mailing list ProMED—and so the first notice of the international SARS epidemic was brought to the world, weeks before the Chinese government admitted the disease’s existence.Five years on, the example of that relayed note has inspired a broad-based effort to take the coincidence out of outbreak notification. It seeks to do by design what the never-named writer accomplished by happenstance: tap nontraditional sources of information, find and verify the earliest possible news of disease outbreaks, publicize the outbreaks, and possibly help contain them.Dr. Larry Brilliant, one of the chiefs of the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) smallpox-eradication effort and now executive director of the philanthropy, has dubbed the effort “two steps to the left”—meaning two steps backward on an epidemic curve, when an outbreak is much harder to detect but easier to control or contain.”Is it possible, or even probable, that if we better understood the complexity and magnitude of the many factors that lead to the emergence of infectious disease, that we . . . might be able to get early warning signals from satellites or webcrawlers or phone banks?” Brilliant said in March in a keynote speech at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases. “Or even better, that we could identify hotspots where newly emerging communicable diseases would arise . . . ?”HealthMap is latest entryThe emerging surveillance systems address the first of Brilliant’s “two steps”: They seek very early warnings of outbreaks by analyzing data that originates outside the public health hierarchy. The most recent entry in the field is HealthMap, created by epidemiologist John Brownstein and software developer Clark Freifeld at the Children’s Hospital Boston Informatics Program. It began as a pilot project in September 2006 and is described in the July issue of Public Library of Science Medicine (and is partially supported by a grant from joins older nonprofit tools including ProMED, a free Web and email-service of the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID); official surveillance efforts by public health agencies, such as the European Union’s MedISys and the Global Public Health Intelligence Network (GPHIN), operated by the Public Health Agency of Canada for the WHO; and new grassroots efforts by epidemiologists and computer scientists such as the volunteer effort, the new surveillance efforts give teeth to the revised International Health Regulations, which took effect a year ago. The revision formally recognized “informal sources” of disease news as worthy of attention and capable of triggering an international outbreak alert.The new efforts differ widely. Some rely entirely on human input, while others employ data-mining algorithms. Some are open to the public, others restricted to health professionals or government officials. And some are entirely text-based, while others take advantage of new technologies such as geographical information systems or GIS (the technology behind GoogleMaps) to display the location of outbreaks as precisely as possible.”No one system can do it all or will be able to do it all,” said Dr. Larry Madoff, editor of ProMED Mail and a professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts. “It is better to have multiple systems, because they provide verification for each other, and conversely show us what we are missing.”Unofficial sources offer speedWhat the new surveillance systems share is a refusal to depend on data from public health’s established reporting systems, which rely on electronic or paper reports filed by physicians or local health departments and passed layer by layer through the public health hierarchy. Those reports may be exquisitely accurate, because they originate with medical professionals, but they are slow.The new systems balance the risk of sacrificing accuracy against the need for speed, which they get by harvesting and evaluating news stories, blog posts, listserv discussions, and whatever else can be spotted by eye or scraped by a Web-crawling program.ProMED, which began in 1994 and has operated with ISID’s support since 1999, is the most labor-intensive: It relies on 37 volunteer editors who examine submissions from a global network of official “rapporteurs” and casual correspondents. It also has the lowest-bandwidth: Though it maintains a website, many of its global subscribers rely on its text-only emails, which move easily even through computers connecting by dial-up.GPHIN, running on the WHO’s behalf since 1997, automatically samples two major Internet news aggregators and machine-translates stories in eight languages; the harvested stories are reviewed by humans before they are sent out to a subscription-only network. It is credited with turning up the earliest hint of SARS in November 2002, in a Chinese-language account of a rise in respiratory disease complaints in local emergency rooms.HealthMap, the newest entry, expands on the sources the other systems draw from: It performs fully automated Web-scraping from 14 aggregate sources that collect data from approximately 20,000 sites. It currently collects in English and machine-translates from four other languages, with three more under development. The reports it collects are automatically sifted for duplicates and mistakes, ranked by urgency, and sorted and posted by source, date, location, and disease.Its striking innovation is real-time mapping of the news it gathers. Reports are coded with latitude and longitude and “pinned” to a world map; clicking on the pins produces links to the reports that the system has gathered. The collective result—map plus links plus reports—is gathered into a single open-access Web page.”We realized there is so much content out there on the Web, and that information is scattered in an unorganized, unstructured way,” said Brownstein, who is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School in addition to his Children’s Hospital informatics appointment. “So for any particular person—a public health official, an international traveler, a travel clinic, or whatever perspective you come from—to know what is going on at any given time, in any given country, around any given infectious disease is essentially impossible without massive amounts of manual queries and searching that is overly burdensome.”Maps provide extra dimensionThe latest movement in novel reporting is the deployment of sophisticated but easy-to-use tools such as GIS-mapping for very local surveillance. It was the inspiration for, a private project by California software engineer PT Lee that aggregates personal reports of illness into “crowdsourced” snapshots of local disease trends.It was also used recently by the Toronto Star, whose “Map of the Week” project plotted the vaccination-exemption rates of local schools to suggest where an ongoing measles outbreak might strike next. And in the July/August issue of Public Health Reports, researchers from Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx map the location and quality of food sources and exercise areas to illuminate local rates of diabetes and obesity.Developers of the new surveillance systems agree that incorporating local reports is the necessary next step in the systems’ evolution. It may be the most challenging: Data gathered by amateurs is likely to include a higher percentage of inaccurate or irrelevant reports. But it may also be the only route by which areas with no official disease surveillance—or with tight political controls on disease reports—can share information with the rest of the world. In fact, representatives of the public health systems from 23 countries called for enhanced disease surveillance in a December 2007 “call for action,” asking industrialized countries to help improve disease reporting especially in Africa and South Asia.Cell-phone text-messaging has already been used in India to report suspected cases of avian flu to provincial animal-health authorities. A new nonprofit named InSTEDD (Innovative Support to Emergencies, Diseases and Disasters) has received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation  and’s Predict and Prevent Initiative to bring rapid disease-reporting tools to Mekong Basin villages in Southeast Asia.HealthMap’s founders are working on a pilot project, using ProMED’s volunteer moderators, that will test combining machine-harvested reports with human-evaluated ones. “The vision down the road is it would be a two-way line of communication, not just receiving or curating information [but] also inputting new data,” Brownstein said. “That would be the concept that would open this up to the global community.”See also: HealthMap site Medicine article describing HealthMapOriginal ProMED post on SARSMedISys home page home page home pagewww.whoissick.orgMay 2007 CIDRAP News story discussing WhoIsSick.orgLefer TB, Anderson MR, Fornari A, et al. Using Google Earth as an innovative tool for community mapping. Public Health Reports 2008 Jul/Aug, 123(4):474-80InSTEDD Mekong Basin Collaboration read more

  • Warwickshire

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  • Governor Wolf, Pa Officials Speak Out Against ACA Replacement Bill (Round-Up)

    first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Associated Press: Updated: GOP health care bill pounded by Wolf, Pennsylvania hospitals“This is a bad plan that would leave thousands of Pennsylvania seniors and families unable to afford access to basic medical care coverage,” [Governor] Wolf said in a statement. The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania said the proposal would jeopardize gains in coverage and improvements to access to care made under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.Daily Item: State officials blast Obamacare replacementState officials on Tuesday said a Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will hurt poor and working class Pennsylvanians, particularly in rural parts of the state. The impact will be more acute in rural areas of the state, in part because tax credits won’t have distinctions based on the market where the individual lives, said state Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller in a phone call with reporters Tuesday afternoon. That means “rural consumers will be disadvantaged” compared to people who live in cities and suburban areas.TribLive: Obamacare replacement bill faces resistance in Pennsylvania[Governor]Wolf and advocates said the proposal, titled the American Health Care Act, would make health insurance unattainable for thousands of Pennsylvanians who are covered through the individual insurance market and the law’s Medicaid expansion. The bill would scale back and restructure state Medicaid programs and distribute federal subsidies based on age instead of income for people who buy individual insurance plans on the federal marketplace at The bill would get rid of fines for people going without insurance and eliminate many of the taxes included in the federal law.Reading Eagle: Pa.’s top health officials: GOP bill helps wealthy, healthy“It may offer the illusion of more affordable care,” Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller said during a conference call with reporters. “But I think it’s important to be clear that this proposal shifts more of the burden onto consumers and the state budget.” Miller was one of several officials from Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration to discuss the plan, which would repeal and replace parts of the federal Affordable Care Act. Dr. Karen Murphy, state health secretary, and Deputy Human Services Secretary Leesa Allen, the state’s Medicaid chief, were also on the call.Post-Gazette: House bill to replace ACA draws fire from all sidesGov. Tom Wolf in a statement Tuesday said the Republican bill “would roll back years of progress that drastically reduced Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate and expanded coverage for seniors, the disabled and those seeking treatment for a substance use disorder.” The state’s insurance commissioner, Teresa Miller, said the bill “may offer the illusion of more affordable care, but let’s be clear — this proposal shifts more financial burden directly to consumers and onto state budgets.” March 08, 2017 Governor Wolf, Pa Officials Speak Out Against ACA Replacement Bill (Round-Up) By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistantcenter_img Healthcare,  Medicaid Expansion,  National Issues,  Round-Up,  Seniors,  The Blog Governor Wolf and members of his administration have actively been speaking out against the House Republican’s proposed Affordable Care Act replacement bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA).“The Republicans in Washington revealed a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would roll back years of progress that drastically reduced Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate and expanded coverage options for seniors, the disabled and those seeking treatment for a substance use disorder,” Governor Wolf said in a statement released on Monday. “This plan does not fix the Affordable Care Act – it would just delay the Republican plan to cut coverage for nearly a million Pennsylvanians, including those who were able to access quality, affordable healthcare after I expanded Medicaid two years ago.”Today, Governor Wolf sent letters to five Pennsylvania Congressmen to formally ask them to reject the proposed AHCA due to the serious harm the proposal would cause to Pennsylvanian’s who have received coverage under Medicaid expansion, specifically seniors, and the lack of time given to properly vet the bill.“For seven years, Republicans in Washington criticized the Obama Administration for rushing Obamacare through without the appropriate public vetting and yet Americans are being given less than seven days to fully understand the implications of this legislation on their health and households,” Governor Wolf said. “The legislation, as it stands today, would disrupt health care access and coverage for millions of Pennsylvanians.”Take a look at the coverage below   SHARE  TWEET Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

  • Governor Wolf on Fatal Overdose Stats: We Must Keep Fighting, Not Start Cutting

    first_img June 09, 2017 Governor Wolf on Fatal Overdose Stats: We Must Keep Fighting, Not Start Cutting Healthcare,  Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Public Safety,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today said that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) statistics on fatal overdoses in Pennsylvania increasing again last year are a call for the state and federal government to redouble efforts to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic, not dial efforts back with funding cuts. Further, Governor Wolf said proposals at the federal level to cut Medicaid would likely lead to these disturbing numbers going up.“The latest DEA figures on heroin and opioid deaths in Pennsylvania are extremely disturbing, and reinforce that Pennsylvania and the federal government must fight even harder to combat the damage done to our families and communities by heroin and opioids and the disease of addiction,” Governor Wolf said.“Budget cuts take us in the wrong direction. We must continue to put resources into treatment and tools for law enforcement, health professionals and families on the front-lines, while also expanding education and prevention programs and ending the stigma of addiction.”“I have held dozens of roundtable discussions across Pennsylvania and heard the same message everywhere: we need more help. We are seeing 13 people each day die in Pennsylvania and we can’t stand by and do nothing – or worse. State government and our federal partners must ensure that no resources in the fight against this burgeoning crisis are cut. Pennsylvania has taken action, but there is clearly more to do.”The DEA’s statistics, first reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer, show a 37 percent increase in fatal overdoses in 2016 compared to 2015. Of those 4,642 fatal overdoses, the DEA attributed 85 percent to prescription or illegal opioids, including heroin, according to the report.A comprehensive list of new and expanded initiatives in Pennsylvania aimed at fighting this epidemic can be found here. Pennsylvania’s can call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) to get assistance with substance use disorder.Governor Wolf further called on state lawmakers to preserve funding for key programs to provide aid to those suffering, including funding for:•The commonwealth’s 45 ‘Centers of Excellence’ – outpatient, holistic treatment programs that provide substance use treatment with the explicit goal of integrating behavioral health and primary care;•County-level human services, particularly Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention and Mental Health programs; and•Governor Wolf’s proposed first-ever dedicated funding to provide $10 million in grants for first responders and others to get Naloxone, the overdose antidote. To date, more than 3,500 lives in Pennsylvania have been saved by administering Naloxone.Governor Wolf noted that the biggest threat to making progress on reversing the nation’s disturbing trend of increased overdose deaths is health care proposals at the federal level slated to make drastic cuts to Medicaid, end Medicaid expansion and roll back protections for those with substance use disorder.“Gutting Medicaid and the expansion program could put treatment out of reach for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians with substance use disorder,” Governor Wolf said. “The frank reality of the direction Republicans are heading in Washington is that more people will die and these numbers will go up.”Governor Wolf pledged to continue his fight against Medicaid cuts at the federal level and to preserve protections for people suffering with substance use disorder established in the Affordable Care Act.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

  • DSME Bags USD 711 Mn Order for 6 Boxships

    first_imgSouth Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has secured an order for six containerships, the company revealed in a stock exchange filing.The order placed by an undisclosed owner from Africa is worth USD 711 million, DSME said.The containerships are scheduled for delivery by the end of October 2022.The latest order brings DSME’s order tally to 39 vessels, including 10 LNG carriers, 10 super crude oil carriers, 11 containerships, 2 super LPG carriers, 5 submarines, and 1 offshore plant.These orders have a collective value of USD 6.18 billion, accounting for 73.8 % of the shipbuilder’s USD 8.37 billion worth target for this year.last_img

  • Bible in Schools battlers denying our heritage

    first_imgNZ Herald 13 February 2014What a divine irony. At the same time that remnants of the country’s first mission school were being excavated in Kerikeri, St Heliers School decided to remove religious education classes from its school day – part of a slow but seemingly inexorable trend to purge Christianity from the remaining crevices where it is found in our state institutions.It seems that the aggressive moral outrage from the serious-sounding Secular Education Network was sufficient for the St Heliers School’s Board of Trustees to capitulate on the long tradition of Bible in Schools. This is how far we have come, as a nation, in two centuries: from all the schools in the country being organised by various Christian denominations (first Anglican and Methodists, and later Catholics) to the insistence that no Christian instruction at all be permitted in our state schools, and that to do otherwise becomes an urgent matter of human rights.On the surface, the arguments for removing Bible in Schools seem sensible, even noble. The separation of church and state is a worthy principle, the role of schools is not to indoctrinate pupils, and as we live in a much more diverse society than in previous generations, those professing different faiths (and indeed, those with no faith) deserve equal respect.Of course, looking over the curriculum for Bible in Schools, what is most striking is how entirely innocuous it is – so much so that it makes its critics appear self-righteous and doctrinaire. However, the emphasis of those opposed to Bible in Schools seems to be on the absolutism of individual rights as an abstract dogma, ignoring in the process the strong historical and cultural legacy of Christianity in our state schools. read more

  • Weather Advisory: An area of low pressure is approaching the island

    first_imgLocalNews Weather Advisory: An area of low pressure is approaching the island by: – August 1, 2011 Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img 47 Views   no discussions Satellite Imagery, photo credit: National Hurricane Centre.Cloudiness, showers and thunderstorms associate with an area of low pressure is located approximately 300 miles south east of the Dominica. Conditions are expected to remain favourable for a tropical depression or storm to form during the next 48 hours as it moves west northwestward at 10 to 15 mph.There is a high chance (90%) of this system becominig a tropical cyclone later today. A Hurricane Hunter aircraft will investigate the area this morning. If the system becomes a tropical cyclone today, watches or warnings will be issued for the Windward and Leeward Island on VERY SHORT NOTICE.Regardless of tropical cyclone formation, this system is expected to generate locally heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and gusty winds to the islands of the Lesser Antilles later this afternoon and tonight.Residents in low lying areas, areas prone to flooding and landslides should monitor the progress of this system and be on the alert. Fishermen particularly on the eastern coast of the island should secure or move their boats to a safe port as models are indicating waves of up to 12feet by this afternoon.Sea bathers and small craft operators on the eastern coast of the island are advised to stay out of the water as sea conditions may become unsafe as the system approaches the island.For updated weather information please call the weather hotline at (767) 4475555, or visit Meteorological Service Sharelast_img read more

  • Columbus soldier killed in Afghanistan

    first_imgPhoto courtesy of FacebookColumbus, In. — 2011 graduate of Columbus East high School, Jonathan Michael Hunter, 23, was killed this week during combat operations in Afghanistan. A release from the Department of Defense says Hunter died when a suicide bomber rammed a convoy with car loaded with explosives.Hunter is the second soldier from Columbus East High School to die serving his country in Afghanistan, Marine Sgt. Jeremy McQueary was killed in action in 2010.One other unidentified soldier was killed in the attack.Columbus East high School officials released the following statement:Columbus East High School & The Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation are proud of the commitment and dedication of these two young men in service to their country.U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly issued this statement:“I am saddened to hear that Columbus native, Jonathon Michael Hunter, has been killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan. His service and sacrifice in defense of our country will never be forgotten. My prayers and condolences go to his family, friends, fellow soldiers, and the entire Columbus community.”U.S. Senator Todd Young issued this statement:“On behalf of every Hoosier and all Americans, I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family of U.S. Army SGT Jonathon Michael Hunter. We are immensely grateful for his service and ultimate sacrifice,” said Sen. Young. “By all accounts, SGT Hunter was a man of notable kindness to his friends and loved ones, great athletic talent, and he selflessly and honorably served his country. I am saddened by the news of his passing, but proud of the man that he was.”Congressman Luke Messer issued this statement:“Sergeant Jonathon Hunter is a true American hero, and our entire nation grieves this loss,” Messer said. “My thoughts and prayers are with Sergeant Hunter’s family, friends and the entire Columbus community. Sergeant Hunter gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country. His bravery and legacy will live on.”last_img read more