High schoolers get an introduction to field of public health

first_img Read Full Story Yaendy Matos, a student at Fenway High School in Boston, says she is interested in a medical career but the field of public health has not been on her radar. “We don’t know what public health is. We’re just checking it out,” Matos said, as she sat with her friends in the Kresge cafeteria at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Matos was among about 60 Boston and Cambridge high school students from diverse backgrounds who attended the first “Why Public Health? Youth and Public Health Conference,” sponsored by HSPH and the School’s Office of Diversity on April 26, 2013.There are too few opportunities for high school students to learn about public health and engage with professionals in the field, according to conference co-directors Claire Perkins, SM2 Health Policy and Management, and Jason Park, SM2 Epidemiology, student ambassadors for the Office of Diversity. “When most high school students think of jobs in health care, they only think of physicians and RNs. It is time we change that!” Perkins said.“Public health often goes unrecognized,” keynote speaker David Hemenway, professor of health policy and management and director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, told the students. He compared the work of public health professionals to that of the nearly invisible elves in a popular children’s storybook who churn out shoes for a shoemaker while the shoemaker sleeps.last_img read more

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Spectrum Cable Rates Increasing This August

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) pxfuel / CC0 1.0 JAMESTOWN – Spectrum cable customers can expect to see a price increase on their monthly bill.Charter Spectrum says the broadcast TV surcharge will soon be going up $2.95 a month from $13.50 to $16.45.The company says the increase reflects costs brought on by local broadcast TV stations.Customers with Spectrum TV packages like TV Gold, TV Silver, and TV Select will see their bills increase $1.50 a month. “Spectrum is committed to continuously enhancing our communication products, providing customers value-driven, superior connectivity services. We are delivering faster broadband speeds and improved performance and reliability, all as the average price per megabit per second and gig consumed declines dramatically,” Charter Spectrum Spokesperson Lara Pritchard said in a statement. “Conversely, programmers annually raise programming fees to deliver the same content, leading to higher costs across the entire industry. The increase we are passing through to viewers is a direct result of these rising programming costs. Similarly, we will pass through any rebates we receive from the loss of live sports during COVID-19.”Officials say customers who have promotional packages may not see the increase until the end of the promotion period.last_img read more

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U.S. and 15 Caribbean nations gather for Tradewinds 2010

first_imgBy Dialogo April 14, 2010 Approximately 450 U.S., U.K., and Caribbean nations’ security forces will participate in the 26th annual Tradewinds exercise, April 12-26 at the Belize Defence Force Price Barracks. An additional component of the exercise will be conducted in Jamaica. Fifteen Caribbean nations will participate along with the U.S. and U.K. Tradewinds is a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs directed, U.S. Southern Command sponsored annual exercise that is conducted in cooperation with Caribbean Basin Partner Nations. The exercise is designed to improve cooperation and interoperability of Partner Nations in responding to regional security threats. U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, in Miami, is the executive agent for the exercise. Tradewinds 2010 will focus on regional defense, consisting of two phases – green in Belize and blue in Jamaica. The green phase will provide a tactical level training venue to exercise core infantry skills, policing and investigative techniques, hazardous material identification and handling, and vessel boarding party operations. The blue phase will focus on maritime interdiction and search and rescue operations with an emphasis on command and control. “The goal of Tradewinds 2010 is to increase cooperation among partner nations. This exercise will help to improve key tactical skills in marksmanship, investigative operations, search and rescue and maritime interdiction operations,” said Maj. Eric Dominijanni, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, exercise coordinator. “The U.S. and the Caribbean share common interests, and regional challenges require cooperative solutions. We are committed to building lasting partnerships that will enhance our ability to work effectively together.” Tradewinds 2010 is a maritime operations exercise that supports USSOUTHCOM’s theatre security cooperation objectives and exercises the assets and capability provided under the Enduring Friendship program. Enduring Friendship is a USSOUTHCOM sponsored program to build maritime security capabilities throughout the Caribbean. The program provides high-speed interceptor boats with extensive communication and surveillance suites, as well as, a command, control and communication package that links U.S. Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-S) with partner nation’s operations centers to track and coordinate the seizure of illicit maritime traffic. The nations that will participate in Exercise Tradewinds 2010 are Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Kitts-Neves, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Suriname, United Kingdom and United States. Tradewinds is a joint-combined, interagency exercise and will involve U.S. personnel from the Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force, National Guard, JIATF-S, Naval Criminal Investigative (NCIS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.last_img read more

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Check in to prevent employee burn out

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Call center work is tough in the best of times. The novel coronavirus and the remote work practices instituted in its wake have made call center work even tougher, with good employees suffering from the lack of in-person camaraderie and leadership.That’s the reality Georgia’s Own Credit Union ($3.1B, Atlanta, GA) faced when it switched suddenly from approximately 5% of its 330 back-office staff working regularly offsite to 90% of them.Putting the technology in place was not easy, but it was doable. The bigger challenge now lies in keeping up morale and productivity among its front-line, back-office folks so crucial to member service. Contact centers were a hot spot for burnout before COVID-19. The added stresses of the pandemic make burnout an even larger potential problem.last_img read more

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Nineteen dead, 139 infected with coronavirus in Iran: Health ministry

first_imgSeveral of Iran’s neighbors have closed their borders and banned flights from Iran due to fears over the virus, which could hurt the Islamic Republic’s already fragile economy.Kuwait, Iraq, Bahrain, Oman, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan have all reported cases of coronavirus involving people who traveled to Iran.President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that coronavirus must not become an enemy weapon that prevents business in Iran, according to the official presidency website.Iran’s economy has been battered since the United States withdrew from a multilateral nuclear deal in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.”Corona should not be turned into a weapon of our enemies for shutting down work and production in the country,” Rouhani said. “The Americans and our enemies during this time, around two years of which have passed, have wanted, with their sanctions and propaganda, to shut down production and economic activities in this country and for the people to suffer.” Topics : Nineteen people have died and 139 people have been infected by coronavirus in Iran, health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said on Wednesday in an announcement on state TV.Iran has had the highest number of deaths from coronavirus outside China, where the virus emerged in late 2019.Iranian officials announced the first deaths and infections from coronavirus in the Islamic Republic last week, and the spike in numbers in a short period of time has led Iranians to criticize authorities online and accuse them of a cover-up, a charge officials have denied.last_img read more

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Buying a new property is about to cost more, this is why

first_imgBuyers of new properties may be hit with higher conveyancing costs.CONVEYANCING costs are about to become more expensive for those who decide to purchase a new home in Queensland.Under new federal laws buyers of new properties would now have to ensure that the GST owed (on the property purchased) by the developer of the project, was paid to the Australian Taxation Office.The Queensland Law Society has already alerted its members about the changes, which came into effect on July 1, and warns it means higher conveyancing costs for buyers.Real Estate Institute of Queensland CEO Antonia Mercorella said once again the ATO was farming out its responsibilities for tax collection.“It’s the everyday person in the street who bears the brunt of this legislation, which is largely a measure targeting developers,’’ she said.REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella is concerned that buyers will end up spending more on conveyancing.“It adds a level of red tape to the property transaction and the buyers will be faced with additional conveyancing procedures, which, of course, means additional costs.’’Queensland Law Society Property Law committee Chair, Matt Raven, said the situation came about because the ATO was concerned it had been missing out on GST revenue it was owed by developers.“Some developers in the past have completed developments, settled the sales of all their apartments, disposed of all the money or paid it back to the bank and what have you, and then wound the company up without doing their final GST returns,’’ he said.“That is called phoenixing, the company disappears in a puff of smoke with all these debts owing.’’“So the gist of the new law is that now effectively the GST or an estimate of the GST has got to be collected and accounted to the ATO on settlement on each sale. So the way they have done that is they have put the obligation on the buyer to withhold a proportion of the purchase price.“So the buyer has to basically not pay that proportion to the seller at settlement and have to account to the ATO for it.’’Queensland Law Society president Ken Taylor said the move was effectively making solicitors tax collectors.Queensland Law Society president Ken Taylor was concerned it had added another step to conveyancing and said buyers would be the ones who had to pay for this extra work.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoMr Taylor said the move was effectively making solicitors tax collectors.Residential contracts will now have an additional step added to them in relation to the GST and Mr Taylor said solicitors acting for buyers would have to assess whether a client must withhold GST and make a payment to the ATO.The process also involved completing two online forms which had to be lodged with the ATO.These extra steps would add to the time it took to do property conveyancing and therefore there would be additional costs, Mr Taylor said.While the organisation made submissions on the legislation and raised concerns about it Mr Taylor said it had still proceeded.“It is disappointing that we have seen multiple additional administrative duties added to our profession over recent years by both the State and Federal Governments,’’ he said.The new legislation does not apply to existing properties.Ms Mercorella said the REIQ had received significant feedback from members that the changes had not been clearly explained by the ATO.EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT JULY 1 PROPERTY CHANGES“We have produced extensive materials on the issue to educate our membership, including video content, in-room sessions and written material. There has been minimal education rolled out by the ATO, and yet again industry gets left to do the educating. It’s not a real estate agent’s role to give tax advice and yet consumers often expect the agents to be experts on all matters relating to property sale,’’ she said.Ms Mercorella said this was another impost put on the industry.“This GST-withholding legislation follows similar legislative changes in the foreign-buyer space where the ATO has made the assumption that buyers of property valued at $750,000 or more are foreign and required to pay capital gains tax, unless they could produce a clearance certificate to attest otherwise,’’ she said.“With that particular legislation, the threshold started at $2 million and then made a significant leap to the $750,000 threshold which means it has gone from affecting a small group to almost affecting the majority of property transactions. Where will it end?’’last_img read more

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Leicester preparing £30m bid for Celtic striker

first_img The Celtic academy graduate went on to sign a new five-year deal in November. Rodgers raved about Edouard’s ability after his permanent signing in a £10m deal in 2018. At the time, he said: “Odsonne’s a game-changer. No question. He’s a wonderful player. “He’s already shown that — speed, intelligence, power at all the levels and the finishing. “He can occupy defences, and he’s got a lot of tools in his locker with a lot more development to come. Read Also:Premier League celebrates Ndidi three year stint with Leicester City “You can’t deny Edouard’s ability. He’s been questioned since he came here, but I’ve always said what a huge talent he is. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?What Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way? Loading… The Daily Record claims Brendan Rodgers wants to raid his old club to sign the 21-year-old, who he brought to Glasgow in August 2017. It’s claimed the Scottish champions have warned the Foxes that their star man is not for sale. But Rodgers, 46, is said to be willing to put the record-breaking offer on hold until the end of the season. A Leicester swoop for Edouard would enrage the Parkhead faithful, with supporters still furious at the manner of their old boss’ exit from the club last February. The Foxes’ interest in the France U-21 star comes five months after they failed in a transfer deadline day move for his Hoops teammate Callum McGregor. Reports claimed Rodgers was willing to pay up to £20m for the Scotland international but was shut down by Parkhead chief Dermot Desmond.Advertisement Leicester City are preparing a £30million bid for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard, according to reports.last_img read more

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EGL

first_imgWhat is EGL?  According to an Indy Star story, EGL stands for Elite Gaming Live.  It is a program introduced in the Indianapolis School system for video game players.  It evidently was introduced in the Lawrence School system and has now spread to 5 other schools in Indy.  It is an after-school program just like all other extra-curricular activities.  There will even be a city championship.According to the article, it was devised by Kerwin Rent.  This young man is a tech school graduate, and he wanted a program that kids would enjoy.  He proposed it to the school systems.  In order to be in this club, you must keep up your grades.  The programs available for the students do not contain violence.  You do not need to worry that your child will be playing a game where shooting a cop (or something similar) is the goal of the player.  They are simply fun video games.last_img read more

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Former England and Chelsea midfielder Lampard retires at 38

first_img(REUTERS) – Former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard announced his retirement from professional soccer yesterday, after spending last year with New York City in Major League Soccer in the United States.Lampard, who started his career at West Ham United, established himself as one of Europe’s finest midfield players during a 13-year spell at Chelsea.“After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer,” Lampard said in a statement.“Whilst I have received a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad, at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life.“Looking forward, I’m grateful to the FA for the opportunity to study for my coaching qualifications and I look forward to pursuing the off-field opportunities that this decision opens.”Lampard, who was capped 106 times for England, is also Chelsea’s all-time top goalscorer with 211 goals in over 400 appearances in all competitions.The midfielder won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League during a trophy-laden spell at Chelsea.last_img read more

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Q&A Enfield optimistic about second year with USC

first_imgAfter a rough first season, USC men’s basketball head coach Andy Enfield feels optimistic about the future of his team. USC was able to land some exciting prospects that could help the team compete immediately in the difficult Pac-12 conference. Daily Trojan staff writer Nick Barbarino recently had the chance to sit down with the second-year coach to get his thoughts on the upcoming season.Dunk City LA · Head coach Andy Enfield led USC to an overall record of 11-21 in his first season, with just two wins in Pac-12 play. Enfield guided Florida Gulf Coast to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament in 2013. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan DT: Last season, Byron Wesley led the team in scoring with points per game. After losing him, who do you expect to step up this season?AE: We have a very talented freshman class, along with some sophomores that have experience. We have two new sophomores that were transfers that sat out (last season). So the bulk of our team is freshmen and sophomores. The advantage we have is that it’s a balanced group, meaning that we’re not relying on one player to score 20-something points a night for us. We have a lot of players capable of scoring in double figures, and we need everyone to step up in a different night. I think we have enough depth and enough potential scorers [that] it’ll be harder for opposing teams to design defenses just to stop one player.DT: Speaking of the incoming freshman class, this was the first time since 2010 that USC had brought in a top 100 recruit. Can you talk about that?AE: Well we have four guys who are top 100 players. Jordan McLaughlin, the point guard, was ranked No. 36 in the country. Shooting guard Elijah Stewart was ranked as high as 40th in one scouting service. Forward Malik Marquetti was in the 60s in one scouting service. And forward Malik Martin was in the top-100 in one scouting service. So we really have four guys that were in the top 100 in different scouting services. So to answer your last question, the advantage is bringing in talented players. Disadvantages, we’re going to rely upon our sophomores, the two transfers and the two players, Nikola [Jovanovich] and Julian Jacobs that played a lot last year, as well as Kahlil Dukes. And we have our juniors that provide leadership and depth at certain positions.DT: Speaking of the young team, how are you planning on keeping them focused throughout a long season that has many obstacles?AE: Well this is college basketball, they are here for a reason and that’s to be student athletes and have the opportunity of a lifetime. So if they’re not focused or ready to play, well then they need to be.DT: You were really famous for Dunk City two seasons ago in the NCAA Tournament. Are we going to see that type of play this year or is that in the past?AE: Dunk City was a name that someone else gave our team at Florida Gulf Coast. I was fortunate to coach a terrific group of young players that developed quickly and were able to execute a system in a very effective way on both ends of the floor. They were an excellent defensive and offensive team. There are particular parts of that system that I believe in and it starts on the defensive end and there are things that we want to do on the offensive end here at USC. Give our assistant coaches a ton of credit because those two transfers and the four freshmen that we’ve recruited and brought in as a staff are excellent players and they are able to fit what we’re trying to do on both ends of the floor. We also plan on bringing players in from the 2015 class that are able to do what we would like to do on the offense and defensive end.DT: With such a young team, what are you expecting to see this season? A lot of growth among the players or is this team ready to compete with the Arizona’s and UCLA’s of the Pac-12 conference?AE: We’re expecting to compete every game and every night out on the floor. I don’t set goals as far as wins and losses as a coach. And our coaching staff, our goal is to develop our players and make them better every week. As we go through the season, our young players need to mature and develop quickly because we don’t have any seniors. Our goal is to compete, get better and, if we do the things that we’re capable of doing on the offensive and defensive end, we should have a successful season.DT: You were able to bring in Jordan McLaughlin over many rival schools. What do you attribute that to?AE: We recruit for USC and what we’re trying to do. We recruited Jordan [McLaughlin] because we loved him as a player and he’s also a great kid. He comes from a wonderful family, and we think he has potential to be a big-time leader and just a terrific player at USC for the near future. We’re extremely excited about having Jordan [McLaughlin], and at the same time, we understand that he’s a freshman and it’s a great opportunity for him to come to a young team and develop quickly.USC kicks off their preseason schedule next Saturday, Nov. 15, against the Portland State Vikings. The game will be at the Galen Center with a tip-off time of 7:30 PST.last_img read more

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