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Learning for life: Voice care

first_imgRelated posts: Learning for life: Voice careOn 1 Mar 2003 in Military, Personnel Today LifeLong Learning and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) are the processesby which professionals, such as nurses, develop and improve their practice. Thereare many ways to address CPD: formally, through attending courses, study daysand workshops; or informally, through private study and reflection. Readingarticles in professional journals is a good way of keeping up-to-date with whatis going on in the field of practice, but reflecting and identifying what you havelearned is not always easy. Thesequestions are designed to help you to identify what you have learned fromstudying the article. They will also help you to clarify what you can apply topractice, what you did not understand and what you need to explore further.1.Epidemiology is the study ofa)The outer layers of the skinb) The earth’s crustc) Epic hazardsd) The distribution of disease2.Which countries have reliable evidence of voice problems?a)Sweden & Finlandb) Finland & USc) US & Swedend) US & Turkey3.Which new occupations offer risk factors for the voice?a)Computer programmersb) Paramedicsc) Telemarketersd) Hygiene operatives4.What environmental conditions affect the voice?a)Humidity >40%b) Humidity <40%c) Temperature>26Cd) Temperature <26C5.What are the behavioural hazards to the professional voice?a)Task centred & interpersonalb) One-to-one and task centredc) One-to-one and interpersonald) One-to-one and behavioural6.Communication by telephone limits feedback ofa)Classb) Body languagec) Cultured) Mental ability7.Hoarseness and loss of voice are symptoms ofa)Upper respiratory tract infectionb) Disease of the larynxc) Oesophagal cancerd) Occupational stress8.Sustained exposure to abuse from customers can causea)Anger – leading to swearingb) Amusement – leading to laughingc) Emotional strain – leading to loss of voiced) Boredom – leading to sleeping9.Which of the following is NOT a high-risk occupation for the voice?a)Farmerb) Singerc) Teacherd) Clergyman10.Who had to modify their bark?a)Dog handlersb) Vetsc) Square bashersd) Tree surgeonsFeedback1)d – Refresh your knowledge of epidemiology and discuss with your colleaguesor clinical supervisor why epidemiology is useful in occupational healthpractice. 2) c 3) c – It is interesting to note that so many occupationswhere the voice is needed are not included in this list. Paramedics talk tocasualties and patients all day long, more so than counsellors whose job it isto ‘listen’. 4) b – The comfort zone for humidity is between 40 and 60%.If you have the opportunity to visit the tropical house at Kew Gardens, spendsome time in the arid zone and then the tropical zone and experience thedifference of extremes of humidity. 5) a 6) b – However, thinking of thesuccess of radio for almost a century, the lack of body language does notalways seem to hamper one’s understanding of complex messages. Discuss withyour colleagues any incidents you can remember where you have been mistaken bynot being able to see someone. List the things you can tell by voice alone. 7)d – Although all these answers could be correct. Make notes on all thediseases you can think of that could cause hoarseness or loss of voice andspend some time revising your knowledge. 8) c 9) a 10) c – However, asan ex-military person, I appreciate the importance of being able to hear, andgive clear commands on a parade square. When hundreds of people are marching onconcrete in boots it takes a lot to make them stop. Comments are closed. center_img Previous Article Next Article Features list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a…last_img read more

Mobilization of fluidized sediment during sill emplacement, western Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica

first_imgLarge mafic sills in the Ahlmannryggen region of western Dronning Maud Land were intruded into partially lithified sediments of the mid-Proterozoic Ritscherflya Supergroup. Clastic sedimentary dykes intruding the thick mafic sills have been identified, and show evidence for fluidization of the partially lithified sediments. Previous work had demonstrated in situ fluidization and localized anatectic melting. This study demonstrates mobilization of the fluidized sediments, with penetration at least 50 in into the fractured, intruding sill. Physical features within the clastic dykes (e.g. sediment balls, flame structures) suggest that the sediments were largely unconsolidated, or at most only partially lithified. The presence of a thin zone of anatectic melt along the dyke-sill contact suggests that the mafic sill was still hot (c. 700degreesC) at the time of sedimentary dyke injection.last_img read more

Validation of eight atmospheric reanalyses in the Antarctic Peninsula region

first_imgEight atmospheric reanalyses were compared against observed vertical profiles of temperature, specific humidity and wind speed collected by two research aircraft in February–March 2010 in the Antarctic Peninsula region. These data offered a rare possibility to validate reanalyses against independent in-situ data which have not been assimilated into the reanalyses. The reanalyses had generally too moist profiles with too low wind speeds, but otherwise the errors in the reanalyses had large spatial differences. On the eastern side of the peninsula, the near-surface temperatures were largely overestimated. None of the reanalysis outperformed the others in all variables, at all altitudes and on both sides of the peninsula. Generally, NCEP-CFSR and MERRA had the smallest errors in temperature profiles, JRA-55 had marginally the most accurate specific humidity profiles and NCEP-CFSR had the best wind profiles. The reanalyses were coherent, although biased, on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula, but on the eastern side the spread was large. All the reanalyses underestimated the variability between the individual profiles of temperature and wind speed. The modern reanalyses with a sufficient spatial resolution and an adequate data assimilation method outperformed the others, especially on the eastern sidelast_img read more

Estimating the recharge properties of the deep ocean using noble gases and helium isotopes

first_imgThe distribution of noble gases and helium isotopes in the dense shelf waters of Antarctica reflect the boundary conditions near the ocean surface: air-sea exchange, sea ice formation and subsurface ice melt. We use a non-linear least-squares solution to determine the value of the recharge temperature and salinity, as well as the excess air injection and glacial meltwater content throughout the water column and in the precursor to Antarctic Bottom Water. The noble gas-derived recharge temperature and salinity in the Weddell Gyre are -1.95 °C and 34.95 psu near 5500 m; these cold, salty recharge values are a result of surface cooling as well as brine rejection during sea ice formation in Antarctic polynyas. In comparison, the global value for deep water recharge temperature is -0.44 °C at 5500 m, which is 1.5 °C warmer than the southern hemisphere deep water recharge temperature, reflecting the contribution from the north Atlantic. The contrast between northern and southern hemisphere recharge properties highlight the impact of sea ice formation on setting the gas properties in southern sourced deep water. Below 1000 m, glacial meltwater averages 3.5 ‰ by volume and represents greater than 50% of the excess neon and argon found in the water column. These results indicate glacial melt has a non-negligible impact on the atmospheric gas content of Antarctic Bottom Water.last_img read more

Controversy as NUS affiliates with anti-Israeli BDS movement

first_img“Additionally, motion 518a highlights the duplicity of BDS activists. BDS was voted in by the NUS NEC, which is made up of a mere 30 members, as opposed to gaining a proper democratic mandate at NUS National Conference. In Oxford, BDS activists have also misrepresented the truth. Consistently, we were told that any BDS motion that comes up at NUS would be of a limited and moderate nature. “James Elliott told a Somerville JCR meeting that ‘a blanket BDS motion can’t come up at NUS Conference’, claiming the ‘only debate on NUS policy would be on the current policy’. Yet, at NEC he voted for a motion that affiliates our national student union with the official BDS Movement – a radical organisation, calling for precisely the ‘blanket BDS’ that many Oxford students had serious concerns with.” James Elliott defended his stance to Cherwell, saying, “I am accountable to students at NUS Disabled Students Conference, and nowhere else, and at NEC I voted in line with my campaign’s policy as mandated, which is in favour of BDS. If a few grumbling individuals in Oxford have an issue with that, then it doesn’t bother me. “I have always been very public about my support for BDS, and I was delighted that NUS took this further step in strengthening our policy and challenging Israeli apartheid. “If anyone wants to get involved in NUS campaigns like this, they should of course get in touch.” The NUS has voted for the first time to affiliate officially with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. Previously, they had expressed support for the strategy but not affiliated to the official movement. In a meeting of the NUS’s National Executive Committee last week, a BDS amendment to a motion entitled ‘Justice for Palestine’ was passed 19-15, with one abstention. The motion included resolutions to lobby companies with investments in Israel and to assist student-led BDS campaigns. The BDS movement operates on a global basis and aims to pressure Israel into agreeing to change its policy on Palestine. Key demands of the BDS movement include the end to occupation of Palestinian lands, equal citizenship rights for Arab-Palestinians and the right of Palestinians to return to their original homes according to UN resolution 194. On its website, the movement describes itself as ‘a strategy that allows people of conscience to play an effective role in the Palestinian struggle for justice’. The motion was originally due to be considered at the NUS National Conference in April, but was postponed due to a lack of debating time at the conference itself. At a meeting of OUSU Council in March, a motion to mandate Oxford’s NUS conference delegates not to vote against any anti-BDS motion failed by a margin of 72-30, with 28 abstentions. This would have meant that Oxford’s delegates would have been able to vote as they chose had the issue come before NUS conference. James Elliott, Oxford delegate at the NUS Disabled Students’ Conference, has come under fire for voting in favour of BDS on the National Executive Committee. Ben Goldstein, who proposed the motion at OUSU Council in March, told Cherwell, “BDS hurts efforts for a peaceful resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict – the two-state solution is the only internationally-recognised peace plan yet leaders of the BDS movement have called for a one state solution and ‘euthanasia’ of Israel. BDS is an obstacle to peace.last_img read more

Passion play

first_imgItalians take their bread seriously. Along with pasta, bread remains a fundamental staple of the Italian diet. I do not recall having once sat down at an Italian dinner table and not been offered bread of some description. The variety of bread available is staggering, matched by the fact that every region, indeed every province, has its own specialities and style. But bread is more than just a product in Italy. It is an intrinsic part of Italian culture.Traditionally, across Italy, the trip to the bakery, along with the grocer and the butcher was a daily ritual for people living in provincial towns. With the advent of supermarkets and changes in contemporary lifestyles, independent bakeries are being forced to adapt to compete. In a short period of time, bakeries across Italy are reinventing themselves. Today, the artisan bakery represents more than simply a place to buy bread; it has become a communal hub.STEEPED IN HISTORYThis trend is no better exemplified than at La Casa del Pane, a small independent bakery in the provincial town of Castell’Arquato in the region of Emilia Romagna. La Casa del Pane is steeped in bread history. With a river flowing under the building, it originally housed a flour mill. In 2000, the building was rescued from its derelict state by the current proprietor who, in a fashion, returned it to its roots by establishing a bakery.In just seven years, La Casa del Pane has established a considerable reputation for the quality of its bread and other products – so much so, that customers travel from as far as Milan, 75km away, just to purchase its bread. For Francesco Filograsso, head baker at La Casa del Pane, the secret of the shop’s success is simple – “passion”.”Whatever you sell, it has got to be the best product you can make,” says Filograsso. “But you also need to have a consistent product. A product that is made the same way each day, not one that is like this today and like that tomorrow. It’s got to be consistent. You know, it can take a lifetime to gain your clients… but only a moment to lose them.”Manuela Casalini, front-of-house manager, is more pragmatic. For her, the key to success is twofold: variety and quality. Both are evidently in abundance at La Casa del Pane. Initially offering just a few signature breads, the shop has gradually expanded its range to over two dozen types of bread including Bocconcini, focacce, ciabatta, potato bread, a natural yeast bread, mixed cereals, wholemeal, rye breads and so on, in all different shapes and sizes. “We are constantly introducing new products,” explains Manuela. “Demand is almost always initially high. People want to try new things. The real test is whether it remains so. If, after a month, sales are still high, it becomes part of our permanent range.”CAFE EXPANSIONThe owners have gone to great lengths to adapt to today’s market. What started as an artisan bakery has, in recent years, been transformed. Two years ago, the owners expanded the café to provide a seating area. “Many of our customers would come in here in the morning, buy bread and then walk down to the piazza to have coffee and maybe a brioche,” says Casalini. “Now they don’t have to.” The flow of customers is steady. Both locals and tourists stop, whether it’s for a breakfast brioche with cappuccino, a light lunch of pizza or freshly-baked ciabatta sandwiches, or just to sample some of the shop’s patisserie with their mid-morning espresso.In addition to the extensive range of breads, the shop produces seasonal specialities, such as Pandoro, Pannetone and Colomba, individually crafted Easter eggs and year-round regional specialities such as Sbrisolona, a mixed nut-based crumble cake, Sicilian cannoli and their signature sweet biscuit, Ciottoli di Castello Arquato (castle pebbles), a meringue-and-hazelnut based biscuit. Weekend specialities also include a delicious fruit loaf, crisp mini-focacce, topped with fresh tomato and olives and savoury ham-and-cheese stuffed scones.Filograsso knows bread. He should do, as he has been baking it all his life. His “passion”, he says, was “born through need”. From a small town in Puglia, in the south of Italy, his mother sent him north to Milan at the age of 12 to find work. He found a job in a bakery and worked seven days a week for “three meals and a bed to sleep in each day”.Few other professions, at the time, he explains, offered this ’all in’ solution. But one finds it hard to imagine that it was just by coincidence that Filograsso arrived at his chosen profession. The eldest of six children, all of his brothers and sisters now work in the bakery trade. In fact, his great-grandfather was a baker, he recalls, so there “must be something in the blood”.early riserFor 50-something Filograsso, a typical day begins at 3am. He lives with his family above the shop, so the commute to work doesn’t pose much of a problem. He starts with the brioches – eight different varieties in all – as the first customers begin arriving as early as 6am. Then there’s the bread, first wholemeal and cereal mixes, then rolls and, finally, the larger loaves.From this point, the day can take a variety of twists, depending on the day and the season. Filograsso works to demand. The weekend is naturally the busiest period. Castell’Arquato is a popular tourist attraction for day trippers from Milan and surrounding towns. “It’s difficult to say how much to make each day,” he explains. “For example, we make Colombas at Easter. I can’t tell you how many I make. It’s based on demand. We don’t just make a certain amount and say, ’That’s it, we’re not making any more’. Times have changed. We follow the customer.”Filograsso isn’t just a baker. He is also an accomplished patissier and chocolatier, having acquired his considerable skills in bakeries across Italy over the past four decades. “There are many people who have taught me,” he says, “many elderly people with a certain amount of experience. But you’ve got to adapt what you’ve learned and that can only come from passion. I believe that without this passion, you’ll never be a great baker.” The diversity of products on offer at the Casa del Pane is testament to Filograsso’s passion and talent. Along with two assistant bakers, all of the products offered at the bakery are made in-house.Filograsso’s real passion is for baking bread and he is quite philosophical about his work. “For me, making bread is more difficult because you need to understand it. You need to feel it. If one day it’s hot, if one day it’s cold, things change. You may need to add a bit more yeast one day, leave it to rise more, or leave it to rise less, knead it more one day and less the other, hot water, cold water – you get my point? It’s a game and it’s a game I still love to play.” n[]—-=== Recipe for Bocconcini ===Franco rarely reveals the secrets of his great breads. Indeed, even the owners of La Casa del Pane have been cajoling him for years to divulge his recipes. I’m not sure if it was my Irish-Italian charm or that, after three days of questions, he just wanted to get rid of me, but he finally conceded and offered the following recipe for Bocconcini, the shop’s number one seller.IngredientsFlour ’0’ 25kgFlour ’00’ 25kgFresh yeast 300gWater 35 litresMalt 250gSalt 1kgTo make the pasta madre (biga starter), mix 17.5kg of ’0’ flour and 17.5kg of ’00’ flour with 17.5 litres of water and the fresh yeast. Leave this mixture to rise for 12-14 hours. Then add the remainder of the flour, water, malt and salt. Mix for at least 15 minutes in an electric bread kneader. Leave the bread to rise for approximately 1 hour. After it has risen, shape the bread into little rounds and leave to rise again for approximately 20 minutes. Bake the rolls at 260?C for 20 minutes.last_img read more

Saint-Tropez firm turns eyes to UK

first_imgFrench firm La Tarte Tropézienne is looking to bring its products to the UK, as it looks to expand outside France following the construction of a new 2,000sq m facility.Based in Saint-Tropez, where the tarte tropézienne is a specia-lity, the firm was established in 1955, and has a current turnover of E15m. With the new factory, the firm is looking to export its products across Europe, including the UK, Dina Lapierre, told British Baker at the recent Sirha exhibition in Lyon.The cake product is made using a creamed brioche recipe, inspired by the founder Alexandre Micka’s grandmother, filled with sweet tropézian cream, and topped with crunchy sugar bits. The firm has also just launched mini macaron-sized versions of the product to cater for the trend for smaller portions.last_img read more

Daytona 500 Tickets on Sale

first_img56th Annual Daytona 500 Tickets Go On Sale Thursday, May 30 READ: Kenseth, Johnson hopes wrecked in 600 READ: Harvick’s late charge leads to 600 win READ: Post-Coca-Cola 600 Driver Reports READ: Pit crew key as Hamlin claws back ___________________________________________________________________________________________Comments are currently unavailable. We’re working on the development of a NASCAR fan forum – please stay tuned. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –Tickets to the 56th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 23 – NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race – will go on sale Thursday, May 30 at 9 a.m. (ET). Tickets for the Daytona 500, which was won earlier this year for a second time by Jimmie Johnson, will start at $65.“The tradition, excitement and drama of the Daytona 500 are unmatched in motorsports,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “From the pageantry of kicking off the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season to the classic nail-biting finishes, the Daytona 500 is an event that all race fans should experience in person.”The Speedway will once again offer special youth pricing for the 56th annual Daytona 500.  Children 12 and under will receive 50 percent off all backstretch grandstand seats for the Daytona 500 while supplies last.In addition to the 56th annual Daytona 500, tickets for Budweiser Speedweeks 2014 events will be available for purchase including the DRIVE4COPD 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, the NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, the inaugural nighttime running of the Budweiser Duel, The Sprint Unlimited At Daytona and Lucas Oil 200 Presented By MAV TV American Real doubleheader and Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger.New for 2014, the Speedway is expanding youth pricing with the races leading up to the Daytona 500. Children 12 and under are now $10 in reserved grandstands and will continue to be free in general admission areas. In addition, children 12 and under are also free in the Sprint FANZONE throughout Budweiser Speedweeks. Race fans have three different ways to purchase tickets.·         Online at·         Calling 1-800-PITSHOP·         Visiting the Daytona International Speedway ticket officeAlso available for purchase through or 1-800-PITSHOP are:·         Hospitality packages and Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE passes for all Budweiser Speedweeks 2014 events.·         Tickets for the upcoming Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola Weekend on July 5-6, including the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Saturday, July 6 and the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday, July 5. Tickets for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola start at $45 and kids 12 and under are $10 in all grandstands.Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter (@NASCAR) and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #NASCAR and #COKEZERO400. Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.READ MORE:last_img read more

The Motet Get Down At Brooklyn Bowl For Two-Night Tour Closing Run [Recap/Videos]

first_imgThis weekend, The Motet lit up Brooklyn Bowl with two top-notch shows at the well-loved Williamsburg venue. Coming in hot off their Mixtape 1979 Halloween run last week, the band delivered a pair of electrifying performances that had the packed Bowl dancing from start to finish, featuring support from JAW GEMS on night one and Sophistafunk on night 2. The band documented their first day in the Big Apple via Snapchat. You can check out the video recap below:The whole band brought their A-game for the first half of their Brooklyn run, but an honorable mention for the night’s MVP goes to Garrett Sayers (bass) and Drew Sayers‘ (sax) mom, who live-streamed the first hour of the show for all to enjoy. Relive the performance below:The Motet finished up their tour proper–and their 12th show in 11 days–on night two in Brooklyn, holding nothing back for the ecstatic, near-sellout crowd. The final show of the band’s run featured multiple top-notch solos from each member of the band, including a sit-in from Snarky Puppy‘s Jay Jennings for an all-out trumpet battle with the Motet’s Gabe Mervine on Freddie Hubbard’s “Skagly”. You can see clips from the show via the band’s Snapchat below:After a week off, the band returns home to Denver for their traditional 2-night run at The Ogden Theatre in Denver next weekend. Tickets are available via the band’s website.Full set lists from the two Brooklyn Bowl shows can be found below:The Motet | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 11/4/16Set: Funny > Jam, Like We Own It, Back It Up, Just Around The Corner, Funkify Your Life, Fool No More, Plexus*, Damn!, Danger, Keep On Don’t Stoppin’, The Fountain, The TruthEncore: Serpentine Fire**Notes: * Extra C with horn delay, **Earth Wind and Fire CoverThe Motet | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 11/5/16Set: Wearing It Out, The Truth, Ain’t No Way, Extraordinary High, Rynodub, So High > Tell Everybody, Handcuffs^, Skagly*, Damn!, Knee Deep, Know It Too Well, ShakeEncore: Fool No More, Closed Mouth Don’t Get FedNotes: ^Parliament Funkadelic cover; *Freddie Hubbard cover, Snarky Puppy’s Jay Jennings sitting in on trumpet;[Cover Photo – Scott Harris]last_img read more

Make Music Day Will Celebrate Music With 4,000 Free Events Across The United States

first_imgThe annual worldwide celebration of all things music, Make Music Day, is returning on June 21st. The all-day celebration, which started in France in the 1980s, will feature over 4,000 free concerts, music lessons, and jam sessions in the U.S., and even more when considering the events planned outside the United States. The day seeks to engage all people, regardless of age, experience, or background, in the positivity and pleasure of making music. Thus far, two states, Vermont and Rhode Island, and 50 major American cities have announced major celebrations in honor of the day including New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), St. Louis, San Jose, and Seattle.In Atlanta, Chattanooga, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York, and Philly, DJs and producers will create collaborative, original music with strangers, as they bring their gear out into public for Street Studios. In New York City and Los Angeles, Ella Fitzgerald will be honored with special pop-up piano bars. In a handful of cities, hundreds of brass and wind musicians will take to the streets together for Sousapaloozas as a tribute to John Philip Sousa. Similarly, Mass Appeals, in which a number of musicians all playing the same instrument march the streets together, are scheduled for across the country. This is just a small sampling of the events that will be going down across the country.The event is presented by The NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the nonprofit Make Music Alliance. You can find out more about Make Music Day on the event’s website as well as check to see if any cool free events are going down in your area. You can also check out a video of last year’s Make Music Day celebration in Auburn, AL, when 850 musicians gathered to sing “Sweet Home Alabama” together.[Video courtesy of Susan W]last_img read more

They get the job done

first_imgIt’s the University’s very own version of the Oscars: Harvard Heroes, the annual summertime ceremony fêting the crème de la crème of employees. Only instead of Tina Fey, it’s host President Drew Faust who dexterously quips one-liners amid raucous applause and lots of patting on the back.And for good reason. This year’s 64 honorees — culled from across the University and nominated by their peers for the impact they made — did everything from keeping operations humming during winter’s brutal snowstorms to demonstrating unwavering excellence within their departments and Schools.Monday’s event at Sanders Theatre was packed with people, standing ovations, and palpable good vibes.“These selfless individuals consistently extend themselves to support our faculty and students and to advance their teams, departments, and Harvard’s mission,” said executive vice president Katie Lapp.“Harvard Heroes are a rare breed,” she continued. “Just one-half of 1 percent of the entire Harvard staff earns this distinction.”Lapp took a moment to honor an unofficial group of Harvard exemplars, its “snow heroes,” with a video homage of all the storm, operations, and kitchen crew members who “worked nonstop to keep the University running smoothly and safely” despite the record-setting snowfall. Because of them, she said, “Life did not stop at Harvard.”“We adapt, we grow, we improve together, led by the inspiring people you see before you — our Harvard Heroes,” Faust said during her introductory remarks.Philip Alvarado, custodial supervisor for campus services, was lauded for “working late and overnight to keep access ways and building entrances safe and clear,” she said. “As the students like to say: SNOW-M-G.”Faust dubbed Harvard Art Museums maintenance technicians Paul Correia and Dennis Lesse “guardians of the art,” and called their efforts a “masterpiece in maintenance” of “overnight duties braving treacherous weather to clear ice, snow, and freezing rain off walkways and the Harvard Art Museums’ stunning glass roof.”Employees from every School and department were honored, including Harvard College’s Dean of Freshman Tom Dingman. Susan McGee received accolades for working 39 years as registrar in the Division of Continuing Education.Following the ceremony, a video tribute featured staffers revealing the weirdest things that had happened to them on their jobs. They ranged from wardrobe malfunctions like pants splitting to loaning a visitor a pair of shoes before a meeting with Faust.“Your determination, your expertise, your creativity are all essential to our success,” said Faust.“Every year, from this very spot, I explain to admitted students why they should come to Harvard College, and one of the things I always tell them is that this place will pull from them their very best effort, that here at Harvard they will achieve things they never imagined achieving before. Coming to Harvard Heroes has taught me that statement is as true for staff as it is for students. This event is about celebrating people who make Harvard their home, who go beyond what is expected of them.”last_img read more

College of A & L creates new minor

first_imgNext fall semester, the College of Arts and Letters will offer a new minor in Business Economics, providing students with the opportunity to gain basic knowledge of business-related skills. “We’re very excited to offer the Business Economics minor next fall,” Dean of the College of Arts and Letters John McGreevy said. “It should be a great opportunity for Arts and Letters students to learn about the basic concepts of the business world.” The minor will consist of five courses: two in economics, one in accounting, one in finance and one in statistics. “It should be a rigorous, challenging program,” McGreevy said. McGreevy said the number of students whose primary major falls in the College of Arts and Letters has recently declined, while more students seem to be taking an interest in business. “At the same time, the number of majors in Arts and Letters has remained stable because so many students are double-majoring from [Mendoza] into [the College of] Arts and Letters,” he said. “We see this as an attractive option for those business students fundamentally attracted to Arts and Letters, but who want some basic business vocabulary.” Many students believe an Arts and Letters major decreases their chances of finding a job after graduation, so they enroll in Mendoza with their future careers in mind, McGreevy said. “We think that a lot of students want to be in Arts and Letters, but worry that a degree in the arts won’t serve them well in their future career searches,” he said. “This is not true. Many Arts and Letters students pursue a career in business and are very successful.” Students in the College of Arts and Letters have a variety of post-graduation options, and they do equally as well in obtaining work as do business students or students from any other college, McGreevy said. “We love where our Arts and Letters students end up,” he said. “Almost all of them find satisfying work. Indeed, the number of Arts and Letters students looking for work a year after graduation is the same as for students in any college across the university. About a third of them go on to graduate or professional school, 20 percent go into full-time service and about half go right into the paid labor force.” The Business Economics minor will provide students with business terminology and the fundamentals needed to understand a global economy. However, the minor is not necessary to secure a job in the field of business, McGreevy said. “Notre Dame students in Arts and Letters already have success in the business world, so you do not need the business minor to find a job. However, we think that for students seriously considering a career in business, it will provide a good feel for business vocabulary,” he said. One of the main goals of the new minor is to encourage students to study what they want to study, regardless of future career plans, McGreevy said. “The bottom line is, we want people to study what they love,” he said. “If you love English, you should study English. If you love science, you should study science. If you love accounting, you should study accounting. Students shouldn’t panic in their first year about whether or not they are going to find a job because the evidence tells us that Notre Dame students are going to do well.”last_img read more

Vermont Agriculture Committee chairs urge Milk Commission to act on falling milk prices

first_imgThe Vermont House and Senate Agriculture Chairs today sent a letter to the Vermont Milk Commission urging them to take action during their upcoming meeting to aid Vermont s dairy farmers through the latest dairy crisis. The Vermont Milk Commission is scheduled to meet on July 23, 2009. Senator Kittell, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and Representative Partridge, Chair of the House Agriculture Committee commended the Commission for meeting in a timely fashion and urged them to address the fluctuation in milk prices and take action to help our struggling dairy farmers. Vermont s farmers are receiving approximately $13.81 per one hundred weight, compared to roughly $20 cwt a year ago.  At the same time as the price of milk has fallen, the price of fuel, feed and sawdust have all skyrocketed, placing our dairy farmers in a dire situation. Vermont dairy farmers are struggling as they are once again faced with a dramatic decline in milk prices, said Senator Kittell. Our dairy farms lay at the heart of Vermont s economy and character and with the decline in milk prices being met with increased production costs we are at risk of losing these farms and everything they contribute to our state.Act 48, passed during the 2009 session requires the Vermont Milk Commission to resume deliberations on the commission s latest version of a proposed order to establish a retail fluid milk premium.   The legislators called on the Commission to follow the law and address the unpredictable price fluctuations in the milk market by revisiting theproposed retail fluid milk premium.  It is outrageous that everyday our hard working dairy farmers are losing money to produce their milk, said Senate President Peter Shumlin.  I hope that the Commission will look at instituting mechanisms that will stabilize the milk market and result in a fair price for our farmers.Letter Follows:July 21, 2009Vermont Milk Commissionc/o Chair, Roger N. AllbeeSecretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets116 State StreetMontpelier, VT 05620-2901As chairs of the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture, we write to commend the Vermont Milk Commission for meeting on July 23, 2009 to discuss the status of the dairy industry in Vermont. Vermont farmers are once again struggling with a dramatic decline in milk prices. As a result, Vermont is at risk of losing more of the dairy farms that are the core of this state. The Vermont Milk Commission is meeting in an appropriate and timely way to address the crisis on our farms, and we thank you in advance for your hard work.When the Vermont Milk Commission does meet, we encourage the commission to address the unpredictable price fluctuations in the milk market. Such action should include revisiting the over order premium on retail fluid milk that the Vermont Milk Commission proposed in 2008. The proposed order or a similar mechanism could stabilize the fluid milk market in Vermont allowing our dairy farmers to receive a fair price for their product and avoid the current unpredictable swings in milk prices that threaten the viability of our dairy farms.Importance of the Dairy Industry to VermontThe dairy industry is of vital importance to the economy, culture, and landscape of Vermont. The dairy industry contributes over $2 billion to the Vermont economy annually. No other industry in the state compares, and it is critical that in these difficult economic times, we work to protect this sector. Dairy farms and related industry are also responsible for over 7,500 direct jobs in Vermont and another 7,500 indirect jobs. In addition, dairy farms and the dairy industry pay over $68 million in state and local taxes.Another product of the dairy industry is the open space and rural nature that has come to define the state. These open spaces and green fields attract thousands of tourists to Vermont each year and make our state a wonderful place to live and raise families. The dairy farms of Vermont must be insulated from the unpredictable price fluctuations and market manipulations that have plagued the industry and that burden our farmers. Without state action, we risk losing our dairy farms and all that they contribute to Vermont.Continuing Fluctuations in the Milk PriceReview of the price fluctuations in the milk markets over the past several years highlights why something must be done. In 2003, the blend price of milk was approximately $13.10 cwt. In 2004, the blend price of milk rose to approximately $16.95 cwt. In 2006, it dropped back down to approximately $13.81 cwt. In 2007 and into 2008, prices rose to between $18.00 and $20.50 per hundred weight allowing farmers to experience a period of profitability. However, this period of prosperity was brief, and in 2009, the price per hundred weight plummeted to approximately $13.00 cwt. This means that farmers today are receiving the same price for their milk that their received in 1980 29 years ago.These unpredictable fluctuations in prices are more troubling when compared to the actual cost of milk production and what a farmer must receive in order to break even. In 2003, farmers could break even if they received approximately $12.83 cwt. In 2006, they could break even if they received $14.13 cwt. Starting in 2007 and continuing to today, the price of production skyrocketed. The prices of feed, fuel, fertilizer and sawdust increased. All prices increased and stayed high except the price of milk. Consequently, in 2008 and 2009, the average cost of production according to the Northeast Dairy Farm Summary was over $17.88 per hundred weight.Unfortunately, the cost of production will not decrease any time soon. In fact, the cost of production at some farms in Vermont is already well over $18.00 cwt. If farmers continue to be subject to the unpredictable fluctuation of a milk market in which they could receive only $12.00 to $13.00 cwt, Vermont will assuredly lose more and more farms and the contributions these farms make to the state s economy, culture, and landscape. It is clear, that the state must do something to address the price of milk in Vermont. As the state entity charged with the authority to regulate the dairy industry, we ask that the Vermont Milk Commission take the appropriate and necessary actions to address the dairy crisis in Vermont.Over Order PremiumIn the past, the state has taken action to address the unpredictable fluctuation of milk prices. Yet while Vermont has been able to afford to enact interim assistance programs in the past, existing general fund dollars are no longer available and other alternatives must be explored. In September of 2008, the Vermont Milk Commission proposed an order to establish a retail fluid milk premium on the fluid or beverage milk products sold at retail within the state of Vermont. The proposed premium was primarily intended to interrupt the upward ratcheting effect on Vermont retail milk prices caused by the volatility in federally regulated minimum fluid milk prices. In addition, the proposed premium would signal the wholesale and retail sectors of the Vermont fluid milk marketplace to return to Vermont producers a portion of the surplus profit margin present in at least the dominant chain store segment of the retail sector. The proposed order s correction of the present ratcheting effect in the Vermont milk marketplace theoretically would result in both long-term stabilization of consumer prices and marginal enhancement of producer prices, without an increase in consumer prices.The order would have provided Vermont dairy farmers with a predictable milk price on which they could maintain a business and was supported by the Senate and House Committees on Agriculture. Unfortunately, the Vermont Milk Commission failed to issue the order establishing a retail fluid milk premium. After the inaction of the Milk Commission became clear, the Senate and House Committee on Agriculture held several hearings regarding the proposed order and proposed methods for going forward with a functional and legal order. These hearings resulted in the enactment of Senate Bill S.89 as Act No. 48. Act No. 48 requires the Vermont Milk Commission to resume deliberations on the commission s latest version of a proposed order to establish a retail fluid milk premium. Today, we again request that the Vermont Milk Commission follow the law and revisit the proposed retail fluid milk premium.Critics of the fluid milk premium proposed by the Milk Commission may claim that the proposed order violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution and would be challenged in court. These constitutional issues may be real, but they may also be addressed by certain simple amendments to the proposed order. For example, during committee hearings on the proposed order, Professor Peter Teachout, a constitutional law professor at Vermont Law School, recommended that the premium on fluid milk products be decoupled from any subsidy program for dairy farmers.As Professor Teachout noted, state subsidy programs are constitutional, and states can establish programs that pay farmers for milk production, as the state has done in the past. Similarly, states have the power to assess a premium on products. Constitutional problems arise when a premium assessed on all milk products, regardless of origin, is used solely to provide a subsidy to Vermont farmers. This issue is eliminated when any assessment is paid into the general fund of the state and commingled with other state revenues. Commingled general fund dollars from all sources of general fund revenue would then be used to fund a program to subsidize milk production in the state. In the opinion of Professor Teachout, such decoupling of the assessment and the subsidy likely would be constitutional.ConclusionIt is imperative that the state take some action to aid and protect the dairy farms, dairy economy, and dairy families of Vermont. The Vermont Milk Commission should revisit the over order premium on retail fluid milk. The commission should amend the order to cure any possible constitutional issues, and it should issue the order as soon as possible. If the order is not issued and the state fails to otherwise act, the state of Vermont will undoubtedly lose more dairy farms. If we lose these farms, we will ultimately lose what we all know as Vermont.Sincerely,Senator Sara Kittell Representative Carolyn PartridgeChair, Senate Committee on Agriculture Chair, House Committee on AgricultureSource: Senate Pro Tem’s Officelast_img read more

Man Found Dead in Inwood a Homicide Victim, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 22-year-old Brookylan man who was found shot dead on the front lawn of an Inwood home was likely targeted by the shooter, Nassau County police said.A passerby reported finding a man bleeding in the bushes in front of a home at the corner of Jefferson Street and James Street 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said. Fourth Precinct police officers who responded to the scene found the victim, Deshawn Henry, to be dead of at least one gunshot wound, police said.“The question remains what that individual was doing at that location,” Det. Capt. John Azzata, commander of the Homicide Squad, told reporters Wednesday during a news conference at police headquarters. “He doesn’t reside there.”The victim’s remains were taken to the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be conducted to determine his cause of death.“He was killed there, he wasn’t disposed of there,” Azzata said. “There’s a possibility that he was involved in some criminal activity of some kind…That’s all under investigation.“We do know that he was probably targeted,” he continued. “This wasn’t a random act of violence where he was walking down the street, was shot and stumbled into the [bushes].”Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information regarding this crime to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

Syosset Car Fire Leaves 1 Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A person died in a Syosset car fire on Wednesday afternoon, Nassau County police said.Officers and Syosset Fire Department firefighters responded to the blaze on Southwood Circle near the intersection of Belmont Circle at 4:33 p.m., police said.After firefighters extinguished the flames, the body of an unidentified person was found dead inside the 2006 Mercedes-Benz, police said.Detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Regulatory reform needed to give Jakarta’s property sector a boost: Experts

first_img“During times where the number of layoffs has reached 6.8 million nationally, we need a sector that can provide job opportunities quickly and massively,” JPI’s executive director, Wendy Haryanto, said on July 9.According to the organization, high-rise commercial and residential property construction has provided 450,000 job opportunities between 2018 and 2020 in Jakarta. Meanwhile, the property and construction sector have contributed to 17.6 percent of Jakarta’s regional GDP, JPI data showed.Wendy stated that the influx of investment and projects from the sector could contribute greatly to the city’s employment rate and overall economy.The ongoing health crisis has worsened the unemployment rate in the country. The government has estimated that some 5.5 million people may lose their jobs this year, pushing Indonesia’s unemployment rate to between 8.1 and 9.2 percent, up from 5.28 percent last year. Topics : Experts have urged the Jakarta administration to reform its building permit (IMB) acquirement procedures to weather the economic impacts of COVID-19. Jakarta Property Institute (JPI), a nonprofit group that mediates dialogue between the government and real estate players, have urged the government to expedite IMB acquirement to attract investment and provide job opportunities amid the current economic woes.Currently, it takes three to four years to acquire a IMB, and then an additional 18 to 36 months to finish the building construction. In total, it takes six years for a building to be constructed, the JPI has noted.center_img “There is still a potential for investment even though it’s leaning toward the residential sector,” Wendy said.A recent survey held by online property marketplace and found that 76 percent of the surveyed respondents were still looking for a residential property this year amid the economic downturn.Based on the marketplace survey, a quarter of the respondents, most of whom were millennials living in Greater Jakarta, were looking for houses priced between Rp 250 million (US$17,069) and Rp 500 million or Rp 1 billion and Rp 2 billion.However, while there was still potential for demand, Wendy said the painstaking process for developers to obtain a IMB and file all required licenses had caused prices to go up while simultaneously dissuading investors.The World Bank’s 2020 Ease of Doing Business (EODB) index estimated that it took 191 days to complete construction permit requirements for a standard warehouse in Jakarta, above East Asia and Pacific countries’ average of 132 days.The cost of a permit in the capital has also proven to be expensive, at around 8.5 percent of property value, nearly double the average 4.5 percent of property value in East Asia and Pacific countries, according to  the EODB.Besides cumbersome regulation, the construction and property sector are also facing high liquidity risk and immense pressure for shareholder returns due to the impact of COVID-19, Ernst and Young senior adviser Bernardus Djonoputro said.“The unprecedented downturn and limited access to capital is forcing us to work hard and innovate in all aspects of our sector,” he said.The pandemic has brought woes to the country’s construction sector, as inconsistent site closures and supply chain disruption caused by the health crisis are adding to project costs. Bandung Institute of Technology School of Business and Management lecturer Aries Firman said developers must adopt data analytics and utilize automation during their property’s construction to increase efficiency during times when liquidity was scarce.To avoid regulatory hurdles, Aries also urged developers to make comprehensive plans prior to the physical construction phase. “There are many developers that plan as they go. When they are faced with compliance issues, they have to take a step back because they didn’t anticipate them to begin with,” he said.Furthermore, he added that developers could use building plans from a design library rather than start from scratch and consolidate their value chain to improve efficiency and reduce cost.last_img read more