‘Stay engaged’ to aid global health

first_imgThe U.S. needs to remain an active leader in addressing global health problems, both for its own sake and for that of populations around the world, according to speakers at a Harvard symposium Thursday, who also urged new strategies to boost those broad-based efforts.“We need to stay engaged,” said Michael H. Merson, the Wolfgang Joklik Professor of Global Health and Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Affairs at Duke University, the keynote speaker at a forum at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health held as part of Worldwide Week at Harvard.“The health and well-being of other countries affects the health, safety, and economic security of Americans,” said Merson, summarizing one conclusion of a new national report he helped create on the nation’s role in global health. “Taking a more proactive and systematic approach will make the U.S. government’s global health enterprise more efficient and cost-effective.”The forum was cosponsored by the Harvard T.H. Chan School’s Department of Global Health and Population, the Harvard Global Health Institute, and Harvard Medical School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine.In welcoming remarks, Wafaie Fawzi, chair of the Department of Global Health and Population, noted the progress that has been made in addressing international health, including the rise in life expectancy attributable to such factors as investments in new vaccines and drugs.“But there are also many notable threats that face us today,” he said, “from the unfinished agenda addressing undernutrition and maternal child deaths, particularly in Africa, to the rising tide [of noncommunicable diseases] globally and the challenges associated with urbanization, population increases, and climate change.”The panel included Ashish Jha (from left) and Paul Farmer. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerMerson, who served on a committee that wrote the global health report for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, was introduced by Mark Elliott, vice provost of international affairs and Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History. Merson said the report lists four priority issues: achieving global health security, addressing threats from communicable diseases, saving and improving the lives of women and children, and promoting cardiovascular health and preventing cancer.Outbreaks of communicable diseases such as Ebola and cholera in the last decade constitute a key global health security issue, the report found.“What the committee was most concerned about … was an influenza outbreak, a new mutant strain to which there is absolutely no antibody in the world. I don’t know what’s going to happen. This is just to tell you that we’re sure there’s going to be a ‘next,’” said Merson, whose committee said the U.S. needs “a new international response framework for public health emergencies.”Regarding communicable diseases, Merson said that progress has been made against AIDS and malaria, but that tuberculosis has been “essentially neglected.” Along with continued AIDS funding, his group recommends “that a global assessment be made and that a new plan be developed if we are going to get serious about TB,” Merson said.The committee urged continued investment in programs to enhance the health of women and children, and a new approach that seeks to ensure that people not only survive but thrive through better nutrition, education, and other supportive efforts, Merson said.To combat noncommunicable ailments such as cardiovascular disease, the group called for prioritizing “what’s doable now at a reasonable cost, and that can be done globally, and the obvious one for us was high blood pressure.” He said the group believes that focusing on behavioral factors such as smoking and alcohol use is also key.Lisa Berkman, director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, said that addressing global health completely requires dealing with such larger issues as poverty, inequality, and the “fraying of society” that is reflected in the violence and mass migration occurring in so many nations.Berkman said one path to solutions is to have governments incorporate public health into all their policies, from labor to transportation to education. “We need to think about what’s going to lift people at the bottom, not just lifting people at the top,” she said.Paul Farmer, Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard, said today’s health planners need to avoid the mistakes of colonial medicine, which emphasized prevention and control over clinical care.He said the U.S. global anti-AIDS program has succeeded because it integrates “prevention and care aggressively in a transnational way.”Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, said the U.S. investment in global technologies has been a significant contributor to international health, but that the U.S. also needs to share its expertise in systems thinking and institutional capacity.With issues such as climate change emerging as key public health concerns as well, he said that global health needs to be addressed now in a more multidisciplinary way. “We have to have a much broader and a much bigger tent in terms of who we invite into the global health community,” Jha said.last_img read more

Introducing the VUG – The VCE User Group

first_imgToday, communication is instant and information is ubiquitous, making it both easy and challenging for IT professionals to stay on top of the best business practices for converged infrastructure. How does an IT professional efficiently filter through the noise to discover the key informational nuggets without getting overwhelmed?  How does an IT department with only one or two people gain the same experience and knowledge as a large organization? A thriving user group can provide that essential value.I’m excited to introduce the new VCE User Group (VUG), a fully independent entity of VCE customers and partners strategically aligned to increase the value of the VCE Experience.  A thriving user group is vital for helping customers and partners build relationships with their peers, exchange knowledge and challenge conventions with productive and creative ideas. Establishing an independent VCE User Group is an important milestone for VCE, further validating customer demand for converged infrastructure with the need for an independent forum of VCE practitioners that can actively influence industry direction.“Independent user groups as a concept have been around for many years, but their importance has increased alongside the pace of technology.  For customers, user groups are an essential mechanism for gaining access to proven, successful strategies that help ensure maximum efficiency and optimal return from their IT deployments.  Active user communities act as an invaluable collective customer voice—giving them a competitive advantage on customer needs and emerging trends” – Victor Bohnert, Executive Director of VUG and Executive Director of the VMware User Group, a $10M organization with more than 100,000 members globally.ShareThe VCE User Group has existed in some form since 2011, when a group of Vblock System owners and operators sat down to discuss their successful deployments as well as how VCE and its users could work together to drive more transformational IT value. Over the past year the VCE User Group has accelerated its growth and momentum to become a truly independent – for users, by users – organization dedicated to maximizing the benefits of VCE products and solutions for its members.The focus of the VUG is to add value to members by facilitating meetings where experts can share best practices for deploying and operating VCE products and solutions.  Experts can explore new ideas, and newcomers can build their knowledge base and professional network.  With this strong community of people discussing and sharing ideas, best practices can bubble up for everyone’s benefit.  We know that VCE products and solutions help customers get the most out of their converged infrastructures, and now the VUG can help VCE customers and partners get even more out of their Vblock System investments.For the first time, the VUG will meet as its own independent entity at VMworld on Monday, Aug. 25 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. PT. The event will feature a moderated customer panel discussion, titled: “Automation, How Much?” then the VCE Vision Intelligent Operations team will explain how VCE Vision helps enable Vblock Systems automation.“To join the VCE User Group (VUG) or learn more, please visit: www.vceusergroup.comSharelast_img read more

Lecturer revisits controversial FDR decision

first_imgLisa Phillips, associate professor of history at Indiana State University, gave a historical account of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s wartime takeover of retail store Montgomery Ward, as part of the Higgins Lunchtime Labor Research, Advocacy & Policy series in the Notre Dame Room of LaFortune Student Center on Friday.Many of FDR’s New Deal initiatives curbed the power of corporations, which Phillips said partially led to the stock market crash of the 1920’s. This check against big business created tension between corporations and government, especially after World War II.Leading an anti-regulatory effort against FDR’s policies was Sewell Avery, then chairman of Montgomery Ward, Phillips said.“What we’ll see after the war is a huge pro-business attack on New Deal regulation,” she said. “I think Sewell Avery represents the first line of that pro-business crusade against this New Deal regulation.”Avery’s refusal to acknowledge union representation for thousands of Montgomery Ward’s employees drew the ire of FDR, who Phillips said had supported union growth throughout his presidency.“What Sewell Avery was protesting here was not only abiding by the War Labor Board’s recommendations, but he also simply didn’t want to recognize the union representing Montgomery Ward’s employees,” she said. “He was refusing the union’s existence at all.”Avery’s resistance to employee unionization and his further refusal to cooperate with FDR’s administration led to his forceful removal from Montgomery Ward, Phillips said.“FDR’s logic here is that we need to have stability in the industry, and whoever is causing the instability … [must be removed],” she said. “In this case, FDR orders the U.S. Army to remove Sewell Avery physically and take over the operations of Montgomery Ward.”Phillips said FDR had enough presidential influence and there was enough disapproval of big business to justify such extreme measures.“The reason that FDR decides to do this is because it’s war time,” she said. “FDR had enough power, and there was enough public outcry to generate this regulatory machinery.”FDR’s decision to exert presidential power through Sewell Avery’s removal from office demonstrated his fear of business interference with regulatory policies, Phillips said.“[FDR] feels that if Avery defies what the National War Labor Board’s recommendations are, then every other business owner will become emboldened as well,” she said.Despite the president’s strong message, Phillips said business owners nevertheless began to express their dissatisfaction.“They can’t run the business in a way they see fit,” she said. “They have to adhere to what the union says, and they have to agree to what the government is telling them to do in terms of regulating the conditions of wages and work.”Phillips said businessmen challenged FDR’s New Deal policies by launching public campaigns and lobbying efforts.“Part of what the business community was doing was to convince the American public that business was the epitome of American democracy in that it needed to spread worldwide,” she said. “[The business community] literally took on an ad campaign through advertising to convey this particular message.“Campaign finance reform, taxes, tax structure, all of these things, I think, were bolstered through these networks of businessmen.”Tags: FDR, Higgins Lunchtime Labor RAPS, Montgomery Ward, New Deal, Sewell Averylast_img read more

Lisa Joyce & More Join Mary McCann for Our New Girl

first_img Our New Girl will feature scenic design by Timothy R. Mackabee, costume design by Sarah J. Holden, lighting design by David Weiner and sound design by Stowe Nelson. Related Shows Behind the shiny door of Hazel Robinson’s perfect London home, nothing is as it seems. Hazel’s plastic surgeon husband Richard has embarked on his latest charitable quest in Haiti, leaving the heavily pregnant Hazel with a failing business and a problem son. When a professional nanny arrives unannounced on the Robinsons’ doorstep, Hazel finds her home under the shadow of a perfect stranger with an agenda of her own. Lisa Joyce, CJ Wilson and Henry Kelemen will appear in the U.S. premiere of Nancy Harris’ Our New Girl as Annie, Richard and Daniel respectively, alongside the previously announced Mary McCann. Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, the Atlantic Theater Company production will play a limited off-Broadway engagement May 28 through June 29. Opening night is set for Atlantic Stage 2 on June 10. Joyce’s theater credits include La Bete on Broadway and in the West End, as well as The Mound Builders off-Broadway. Wilson’s Broadway credits include Bronx Bombers, The Big Knife and Glengarry Glen Ross; he has also appeared on the Atlantic stage in Offices and The Voysey Inheritance. Kelemen is making his stage debut aged 10 and has appeared in the films What Maisie Knew and Mr. Popper’s Penguin.center_img View Comments Our New Girl Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014last_img read more

State announces $2.75 million in transportation (bike/ped) grants

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas today announced that 21 Vermont communities will receive a combined $2.75 million for transportation enhancement projects These grants provide seed money to towns and cities across Vermont so communities can complete important transportation projects they otherwise might not be able to afford, Douglas said. The projects not only improve our existing transportation system, but they provide a significant contribution to the state s economy.The 2009 process was quite competitive and saw 38 applications with funding requests totaling over $4.5 million. Grant applications were reviewed by VTrans to affirm project eligibility, and then were considered by a grant committee which made the awards. VTrans staff provides technical and limited project assistance to grant recipients.More than half of the awards and nearly two-thirds of the funding went to pedestrian/bicycle projects. Most of the remaining awards were given to either environmentally sensitive projects such as stormwater mitigation, restoring an historic building for a welcome center and acquisition of a scenic easement. Next week is our annual Way-to-Go Week and I hope that all Vermonters will join in our effort to reduce our carbon footprint, said Governor Douglas. Last year, Vermonters saved over 200,000 pounds of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Let s work together to do even better this year. These enhancement awards will help our communities provide more opportunities to Vermonters to ride their bike or walk to school, work and stores.Since 1995, the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has annually awarded enhancement grants to communities and non-profit organizations for a wide range of federally-eligible projects such as restoring historic buildings, rebuilding and extending sidewalks, enhancing the environment, improving hiking and biking trails, purchasing scenic easements and repairing historic bridges.Since the program s inception, more than 300 grant awards have been made to Vermont communities totaling over $40 million.Specific questions about the Transportation Enhancements Grant Program may be answered by calling Curtis Johnson at 828-0583.last_img read more

Demobilized FARC Member Reports a Factory that Produced Bombs

first_imgBy Dialogo May 14, 2013 A factory that produced one thousand improvised explosive devices (IED) per month to be used by the narco-terrorist organization Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in terrorist attacks and mine planting, was seized in the rural municipality of Suárez in the department of Cauca, on May 10. The seizure happened as a result of military operations that lead to the voluntary demobilization of a terrorist. The individual, who for four years had been part of the FARC’s 3rd Company, Jacobo Arenas mobile column, provided information about the location of a clandestine construction that hosted the IED factory. An 81mm mortar, 87 grenades, 205 home-made grenades heads, 9 gallons of cyanide, a coca leaf grinder and 50 kilos of ammunition were also confiscated. It is known that the factory had a monthly production of approximately 1,000 explosive devices. Additionally, two coca paste labs were located and destroyed in the rural municipality of Suárez.last_img read more

At least seven killed in Medan oil tanker fire

first_imgBhayangkara Police Hospital deputy head, Adj. Sr. Comr. Zulhairi, said the hospital had identified another body, without providing any further details.The hospital set up an emergency post to gather data on the victims from their relatives to help them identify the remaining bodies.“Those who fear that they might have lost a family member in the fire can submit their fingerprints, ID cards or diplomas [to the emergency post],” said Zulhairi.Previously, authorities confirmed 22 crew members were injured while several others were trapped in the oil tanker. The injured victims were immediately rushed to nearby hospitals.Witnesses said an explosion occurred on Monday morning when the ship was about to dock at the Waruna Shipyard in the port. A column of thick smoke began rising from the oil tanker at 8:30 a.m.Local authorities struggled to put out the resulting flames until 3 p.m. as the remaining oil stored in the ship’s hold had caught fire.The police are still investigating the cause of the blaze. (rfa)Topics : The authorities have confirmed that at least seven crew members were killed in a fire on board the crude oil tanker Jag Leela at Belawan Port in Medan, North Sumatra, on Monday morning.A search and rescue team recovered on Tuesday the bodies of seven crew members in several different parts of the ship, including on the deck.Indra, a member of the SAR team deployed to the scene, said the team had only managed to identify one of the recovered bodies. “Of the seven bodies we’ve found, only one has been immediately identified as Soewondo. The rest have been severely burned,” Indra told The Jakarta Post, adding that the victims were presumably trapped inside the ship during the fire.The SAR team has also been spraying water onto the ship to ensure the safety of the evacuation operation.North Sumatra Police spokesperson, Adj. Sr. Comr. MP Nainggolan, said the bodies of the seven victims had been transferred to the Bhayangkara Police Hospital in the city for identification. “The number of casualties may still increase as the search operation is still under way.”Read also: Crude oil tanker bursts into flames in Medan, injuring 22last_img read more

Alexandre Lacazette’s incredible reaction to Arsenal’s disallowed goal against Crystal Palace

first_img Skip Ad Read More Read More About Connatix V67539 struggling Manchester United captain Harry… Read More by Metro Advertisement Advertisement 1 min. story Read More Coming Next Is Alexandre Lacazette captain material?No0%Yes0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Alexandre Lacazette ‘likes’ Instagram post telling Unai Emery and Granit Xhaka to leave ArsenalMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop PLAY Alexandre Lacazette’s incredible reaction to Arsenal’s disallowed goal against Crystal Palace The striker celebrated wildly only for VAR to wipe out the goal (Picture: PalaceTV / YouTube)Despite Arsenal’s current malaise and the controversy surrounding Granit Xhaka, there is no shortage of passion at the club with fans praising Alexandre Lacazette’s reaction to the team’s disallowed goal on Sunday.The Gunners were mystified to see Sokratis’ effort ruled out late on against Crystal Palace, with VAR judging that Calum Chambers had tripped Luka Milivojevic just before a goal that would have seen Arsenal claim a 3-2 victory.While VAR has been criticised for not allowing fans and players to enjoy the moment, Lacazette certainly had no problems letting go after Sokratis’ strike.Watch Lacazette’s celebration from 9:48 onwards…ADVERTISEMENT Full Screen Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 30 Oct 2019 9:02 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link931Shares / 1/1 SPONSORED Read More Skip Top articles Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE While the rest of the squad chased after the Greek centre-back to celebrate with him, Lacazette grabbed the ball out of the net and booted it into the stands.AdvertisementAdvertisementHe then roared with delight at the home fans and started shadow boxing in an explosion of passion, fist-pumping to the crowd – though his joy was short-lived when VAR eventually intervened.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityDespite the disappointment of not winning – and the subsequent fallout of Xhaka telling supporters to ‘f*** off’ – Arsenal fans were full of praise for Lacazette showing so much passion for the club.With calls for Xhaka to be stripped of the captaincy, the Frenchman might even have made a case of his own for why he should wear the armband…Alexandre Lacazette’s reaction to Sokratis’ disallowed goal on Sunday. He gets it. pic.twitter.com/sNAMENR4Pb— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) October 29, 2019 Video Settings Commentlast_img read more

Labrador sub-penthouse sells for $2.75 million

first_img1703/ 300 Marine Parade, Labrador. 1703/ 300 Marine Parade, Labrador sold for $2.75 millionA GOLD Coast buyer has bought a stunning Labrador sub-penthouse for $2.75 million.The property, in the Aqua building on Marine Parade, features marble, mirrors and a soaring atrium.It offers 360-degree ocean and hinterland views with plenty of space to entertain.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe four-bedroom residence also includes a billiard room, home theatre, fireplace, Zen retreat with plunge pool and basement parking for four cars. Ray White Broadbeach agents Sam Guo and Julia Kuo marketed the property.The property went to auction in January but ended up selling after auction last month. 1703/ 300 Marine Parade, Labrador.center_img 1703/ 300 Marine Parade, Labrador.last_img read more

APF pitched as alternative to full merger for small Dutch sector schemes

first_imgSeveral small sector schemes are assessing their future viability, for example because their industry is shrinking.Recently, the €198m pension fund for the cigar-making sector joined BPL Pensioen, the €16.3bn pension fund for the agricultural sector. As the cigar scheme’s funding was higher than that of BPL Pensioen, its participants received an additional indexation.Versteegt said a merger could be difficult if a funding of a smaller scheme were lower.“It would be difficult to explain to participants that a merger would come with a rights discount,” he said. “This would often be a reason to refrain from joining another pension fund.”In Versteegt’s opinion, placing existing pension rights with an APF is legally possible, as accrued rights are no longer subject to the mandatory participation in sector schemes.“Further accrual can take place in the merger scheme, which has to extend its scope,” he said.According the director of Centraal Beheer APF, joining an APF could also be beneficial because, in the alternative case of a merger, the financial position of the “incoming scheme” could be negatively affected if the receiving pension fund had a larger proportion of women – who have a higher life expectancy – among its participants.“An APF pays a lot of attention to preventing such perverse solidarity,” he said.Another advantage of placing existing rights with an APF, according to Versteegt, would be that a pension fund does not have to sell assets straightaway, as is often the case when joining a sector scheme. “In particular with illiquid holdings, waiting for the right moment is often more in participants’ interest,” he noted.Versteegt acknowledged that pensions rights at different providers would complicate communication, but underlined that a better pension would offset this.“Many workers have accrued pension rights with several providers anyway,” he said.More than €4bn of Dutch pension assets have been transferred to the new general pension funds since July 2016, according to the Dutch regulator, De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB). APFs were introduced on 1 January 2016. DNB recently said it expected the number of Dutch schemes will drop to just over 200 following more consolidation. So far most of the consolidation has involved pension rights transferring to insurers or industry-wide schemes rather than pension funds joining APFs. The new Dutch pensions vehicle general pension fund (APF) could be an alternative for smaller sector schemes that are currently hesitating to join a larger industry scheme because of rights cuts in case of a funding difference, an APF director has argued.In a note, Yop Versteegt, director of business development at Centraal Beheer APF, suggested that existing rights could be placed with an APF, while new pensions accrual could take place at the merger scheme.“Industry-wide pension funds should look into this option as an alternative to a full merger,” said Versteegt.Splitting existing and future rights across an APF and a sector scheme, respectively, has not happened so far in the Netherlands.last_img read more