Frontier spirit drives HR manager to extremes

Posted On May 12 2021 by

first_img Previous Article Next Article KatherineGalliano (pictured above) has just returned from a six week trip to Darfurin western Sudan– the biggest humanitarian medical emergency the world is facing today. Ashead of HR for the UKbranch of charity MedecinsSans Frontieres (MSF), Gallianowas tasked with managing the flow of hundreds of volunteers – both Sudanesenationals and foreigners – coming into the area to provide essential aid andmedical care.Galliano,a qualified nurse and midwife who has been head of HR at MSF in the UKfor the past two years, said she faced some unusual challenges in Darfur.”Travellingto and from the various project sites is a mission in itself,” she said.”Driving across country in a four wheel drive, through rivers and fieldsof sorghum in heavy rain, hoping you get through the muddy ditches, isn’t whatI would describe as a comfortable journey, but the amazing landscape you get tosee on the way by far makes up for it.  “Drivingpast a herd of about 200 camels or being stopped by cattle meandering acrossthe road isn’t quite the same as the delayed 07.37 to Waterloo.” Frontier spirit drives HR manager to extremesOn 21 Sep 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more


Posted On May 3 2021 by

first_imgWHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?“IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Monday.Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you feel that Dr. Sue Ellsperman can turn IVY TECH into a positive and progressive Institution of Higher learning? Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Mayor’s Message: March 6

Posted On May 2 2021 by

first_imgMayor Jay Gillian Dear Friends,The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Advisory for Ocean City in effect from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 7. High tide on the bay side will be at about 6 a.m., so please take the time tonight to move vehicles to a safe place if you live in an area that typically experiences flooding. More information on this advisory is available here.Starting on Monday, the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority will be working at the intersection of Ninth Street and Bay Avenue. One lane of traffic in each direction on Ninth Street will remain open at all times. But turns onto Bay, Simpson and Haven avenues will be limited.Please plan to use West Avenue for north-south travel on the island and for access to and from the bridge. The work at the intersection is expected to be complete in about five days. Two lanes of traffic in each direction will reopen in the evenings, and access to local homes and local businesses will remain open via Eighth Street and 10th Street.I also want to remind everybody about a first-time event scheduled for Saturday. Market Madness will take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Flanders Hotel. About 40 downtown and boardwalk businesses will come together for a one-day sale. Even though it’s still winter, the event offers a chance to get out and get ready for the season.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillianlast_img read more

Northern Indiana teacher accused of child molestation

Posted On Apr 20 2021 by

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Twitter Northern Indiana teacher accused of child molestation Previous articleFood Bank of Northern Indiana mobile food distribution scheduleNext articleIndiana State Police warning about Facebook “Child Safety Kit” scam Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Twitter Pinterest (Photo supplied) A teacher in the Kankakee Valley School Corporation has been charged with child molestation following allegations of inappropriate contact between the teacher and a student.The alleged crime occurred while Matthew Hostetler, 27, worked as a teacher in the at Kankakee Valley Middle School. Our partners in news at ABC 57 report a school resource officer learned of an allegation of inappropriate communication and touching between a faculty member and a student.Detectives met with Hosteler and say he provided statements that were consistent with the victim’s statements.Hostetler worked at John Young Middle School in Mishawaka for three years before moving on to Kankakee Valley Middle School in 2018. WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – March 1, 2021 2 410 Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Facebooklast_img read more

Pork Farms acquires Kerry Foods’ pastry assets

Posted On Apr 20 2021 by

first_imgPork Farms has acquired the chilled savoury pastry assets of Kerry Foods.The purchase of Kerry Foods’ manufacturing assets in Dorset, Spalding and Lincolnshire will create a new company to trade under the Pork Farms group name. Financial details have not been disclosed. Pork Farms’ existing management team will lead the merger, with Chris Peters as group managing director. Gareth Voyle will remain chairman.Peters said: “This acquisition is an extremely exciting next step for our business. It will provide our customers with a streamlined, more responsive and better invested supply chain, reflecting the increasingly competitive retail landscape that we are seeing in today’s market as consumers’ shopping habits change.The transaction includes Kerry Foods’ manufacturing, warehouse and back office support functions at its Spalding and Poole sites.The group will continue to manufacture and distribute all Pork Farms’ branded products.Peters said: “Over the past seven years, Pork Farms has developed a track record for innovation and quality. This move helps us to build on this, allowing us to make further investment in production facilities, R&D and innovation.“This will expand the quality and range of products available to all our customers, and will provide new opportunities for our employees.”Andy Rich, company partner at Vision Capital, commented: “This transaction builds on the solid trading progress seen within Pork Farms over the past seven years and will enable the combined group to expand its product range and better serve its customers. We look forward to working alongside management as the business moves into this next stage of development.”last_img read more

Bakery involved in alleged ‘slave labour’

Posted On Apr 20 2021 by

first_imgWest Midlands Police has rescued three men who were allegedly being used for slave labour at a Black Country bakery. Anti-human trafficking officers arrested a Polish man following a raid in West Bromwich which found the men living in two cramped bedrooms.The officers discovered that the men – all Polish nationals– received just £60 for working up to 50 hours a week at the bakery.All three were taken to a police station but refused the offer of further support via the UK Human Trafficking Centre referral scheme.A 24-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit human trafficking for labour exploitation. According to West Midlands Police, he has been bailed until next February pending further enquiries with bail conditions banning him from leaving the UK.The latest activity forms part of a complex operation that has resulted in 10 Polish nationals arrested on suspicion of being part of an organised trafficking gang.Eight men – aged between 23 and 50 – plus women aged 21-45 are on police bail while detectives investigate claims made by around 40 people that they were worked as slaves and threatened with violence.West Midlands Police suspect as many as 100 people may have been exploited over the last two years.“The men are telling us they are paid £120 a week but have to hand over half the money in rent…so they are left with just £60,” West Midlands Police detective chief inspector Nick Dale said.“Clearly that’s not right; we now need to get to the bottom of their employment status, find out who arranged the work, and how they arrived in the country.”last_img read more

Franklin Memorial launches COVID-19 vaccination clinic

Posted On Apr 20 2021 by

first_imgScott Landry, a resident of Farmington and a Maine state representative, gets his first dose of the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine on Wednesday at Franklin Memorial Hospital from Tania Dawson, RN, MSN. He described the clinic as being efficient, friendly and an overall good experience.FARMINGTON – Franklin Memorial Hospital has established a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for community members that is now up and running. We are currently vaccinating health care workers, first responders, and those age 70 and over subject to vaccine availability per Maine CDC guidance.Those wanting the COVID-19 vaccine should call the MaineHealth Call Center at 877-780-7545. Please do not reach out to local medical practices or show up in person to try to schedule a vaccination.The call center line is a completely automated system that makes it easy to pre-register for the vaccine by asking a series of questions including date of birth, zip code and a phone number in which to reach you.By pre-registering, you secure your place in line for the vaccine. At this time, because of uncertain vaccine supply, MaineHealth is only able to schedule out one week in advance for vaccination appointments. Those waiting will be contacted for an appointment in the order their call was received.For those getting their first vaccine at Franklin Memorial Hospital, below are details you should know about:The clinic takes place in the Bass Room. You should enter through the hospital’s main entrance.There is designated parking for the clinic in our front parking lot. Those who need help with mobility may be dropped off at the hospital’s front entrance.Everyone entering should wear a mask and will be screened for symptoms. Once inside you’ll be given a hospital mask to wear.Bring a form of identification and your insurance card.You will need to wait 15-30 minutes after your shot before you are allowed to leave; you should plan for the entire process to take about 45 minutes.We are currently vaccinating with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which requires two doses. Your second appointment will be made when you receive your first shot.Don’t go to your vaccine appointment if you are experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath.We know many of you are eager to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and we urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to protect yourself. The best way to stay up-to-date on our vaccination efforts and your eligibility is to visit our website at read more

Fewer clinics, less care

Posted On Mar 1 2021 by

first_imgHarvard-affiliated physicians expect one deadly side effect of the West African Ebola outbreak will be a surge in deaths from non-Ebola causes due to the widespread shutdown of health clinics in affected countries.Mohamed Bailor Barrie, a Fulbright Fellow at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and a physician working in Sierra Leone’s Kono Province, said that a severe shortage of protective gear to insulate health workers from the virus has forced many clinics to close just as they’re needed most. Even those clinics that remain open are seeing light traffic, largely due to fear of the disease and of harsh quarantine measures being employed, Barrie said.A severe shortage of protective gear to insulate health workers from the virus has forced many clinics to close at a time when they’re needed most, noted Mohamed Bailor Barrie, a Fulbright Fellow at Harvard Medical School and a physician working in Sierra Leone’s Kono Province. Photo courtesy of Wellbody AllianceThe Wellbody Alliance clinic he founded, for example, normally sees 120 patients a day. Fears related to Ebola, however, have cut traffic to just 10 to 12 patients daily as people turn to traditional healers or treat themselves with over-the-counter medications. Unfortunately, that means people aren’t getting treatment for other potentially deadly ailments. Ebola’s presence doesn’t mean malaria, tuberculosis, HIV, or any of the other ills that afflict people in the region have lessened.“Most of the private clinics are shutting down. Now people are not only dying from Ebola, they are dying from other diseases that could be treated if you go to facilities, like hypertension, diabetes, malaria,” Barrie said.The concerns of Barrie, who spoke en route from Sierra Leone to HMS to resume his fellowship work, were echoed at the Radcliffe Institute on Thursday by Hilarie Cranmer, assistant professor at HMS and Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and director of disaster response for Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Global Health. Cranmer, an affiliated faculty member with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), said the lack of proper equipment to handle the Ebola virus extends not just to the clinics, but also to the labs that handle and test blood of possible victims.“This will have excessive mortality consequences in the next few months to years,” Cranmer said. “No Caesarean sections, no pediatric care, no vaccination strategies. All these things are affected because hospitals are closed in these countries.”Cranmer was at Radcliffe’s Fay House Thursday for a round-table discussion among Harvard-affiliated physicians, disaster experts, and ambassadors and other officials from the West African nations of Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Gambia, and Burkina Faso, as well as from Gabon in Central Africa and Zambia in South Africa.The four-hour session, organized by HHI, allowed officials to ask questions of medical experts, exchange views about strategies to ease the crisis, and discuss potential ways to help in the future, according to Gregory Ciottone, director of the Disaster Medicine Fellowship at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, associate professor at HMS, and an HHI-affiliated faculty member.“This is a scary outbreak, it really is,” Ciottone said, adding that prior Ebola outbreaks were relatively small because they were identified early and managed with effective quarantines. “How long is it going to be? There’s no way to predict. It’s going to be a very, very difficult thing to deal with.”Mustapha Fofana, director of medical engineering and technology for Beth Israel’s Fellowship in Disaster Medicine, is originally from Sierra Leone and helped put together the session.“They are overwhelmed,” Fofana said of the West African officials.HHI Director Michael VanRooyen, vice chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital and professor at HMS and HSPH, said Thursday’s round table was designed to give ambassadors and other officials, who have been bombarded with information and queries, a chance to turn things around and ask questions of their own.The session, which may be repeated if deemed necessary, is a way Harvard can help by keeping needed information flowing during the crisis, VanRooyen said.Aside from gear to protect health care workers and get clinics and hospitals open again, information and education are the biggest needs in Sierra Leone, Barrie said. Communities can be educated most effectively by local health workers who understand customs and languages, and who are trained to keep people healthy. A priority, he said, should be to identify those workers, provide training, and get them into villages.“I feel like the international community should really put more emphasis on providing the right protective gear for the country and help support … community-based interventions and educate people more,” Barrie said, adding that experimental drugs such as ZMap are of limited large-scale use. “ZMap is great, but we don’t have enough doses in the world, so precaution and protective measures that control the spread are the ideal things to do.”The session is a way Harvard can help by keeping needed information flowing during the crisis, said Michael VanRooyen (center), director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. VanRooyen was with Gregory Ciottone (left), and Professor Barry Bloom. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerBarrie, through the Wellbody Alliance, a health clinic he co-founded in Kono District, has already begun working to improve education, particularly as it relates to quarantine. Major obstacles in managing the epidemic include stigma and fear, which partly stem from the harsh quarantine tactics used by the government, enforced by police or soldiers, that sometimes cause people to flee.Kono District’s first Ebola case was identified on July 29. A woman who had traveled to parts of the country where the virus is widespread became ill with fever and joint pain and went to a local clinic, Barrie said. On seeing the symptoms and the woman’s travel history, clinicians called the police, which caused her to run away. She died a week later. Afterward, her sister, husband, and son developed symptoms. They went to a government hospital, and when physicians decided to quarantine them, the husband and son ran away, crossing the border to Guinea, Barrie said.Public health officials traced the woman’s contacts and decided to quarantine 36 people in two houses. Police showed up at 2 a.m. and announced that nobody could leave. Nonetheless, Barrie said, a handful fled.At this point, Barrie said, the Wellbody Alliance sent in trained community health workers to explain what quarantine is, why it is needed, and how long it should last. After talking to the health workers, Barrie said, people stayed in the houses for the quarantine period. Two developed suspect symptoms, were tested, and the results came back negative. That type of approach should be replicated, Barrie said, even for the broader district-level quarantines, in which police and the military have blocked entry points to infected areas, although a number of people have escaped.Barrie spoke by phone from Senegal, where he is spending a few days before continuing on to Cambridge to resume his studies, accompanied by his wife and three children. Barrie’s thoughts, though, remain on Sierra Leone and the Ebola epidemic, which may be a focus for his thesis research.Scheduled to graduate in June 2015 with a master’s of medical sciences, his original thesis research was sidetracked by the epidemic. Last year, the first of his two-year fellowship, he began working on a project to improve the treatment of tuberculosis by creating a mentoring program to improve the effectiveness of health worker training. When he returned to Sierra Leone last spring, it quickly became clear that the disarray in the health care system and the closing of clinics due to Ebola made his TB work impossible.He is considering developing a training program for community health workers that would let them educate the local people about Ebola, with particular emphasis on safe ways for family members to help the sick, since they are often the primary caregivers of Ebola patients and are most susceptible to infection.That training, and the community education it fosters, can help people manage the fear that is widespread now.“Initially there was a huge level of denial from the general populace,” Barrie said. “But now that is changing. People have started believing that Ebola is real … But I think they are still scared. People are scared to go to hospitals.”last_img read more

A family of common zeal

Posted On Mar 1 2021 by

first_imgOf the many items in a new Radcliffe exhibit devoted to a family of social reformers, one in particular points to the attitudes and assumptions they repeatedly overcame.It’s a brief, age-weathered letter from November 1869, in which Charles Darwin thanks the author and activist Antoinette Brown Blackwell for sending him a copy of her recently published book “Studies in General Science.”The note begins “Dear Sir.”By then, Brown Blackwell was likely unfazed by the mix-up. In 1850, when Oberlin College refused to grant her a theological degree, she persevered to become, two years later, the first woman ordained as a Protestant minister in the United States. She went on to a career as a writer for The New York Herald Tribune, and became an outspoken women’s rights advocate and abolitionist. She also gave birth to five daughters, despite strong encouragement from a friend to draw the line at two.“Not another baby is my peremptory command,” wrote the leading feminist Susan B. Anthony in a letter from 1858 that is included in the show.Fierce devotion to reform and equality is the dominant theme running through “Women of the Blackwell Family: Resilience and Change.” The Schlesinger Library exhibit highlights the lives of seven Blackwell women, a group involved in key 19th- and 20th-century social movements around abolition, prohibition, health care, women’s suffrage, temperance, and education.“They’re professional reformers in a variety of ways,” said Jane Kamensky, the library’s Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director, adding that there’s not much in “reform culture that they don’t touch on in some way.”A photo of Elizabeth Blackwell — the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States — amongst correspondences, publications, and other influential writings of the Blackwell family that are on display through Oct. 21. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerOnly a small selection of the nearly 190,000 items contained in the Schlesinger’s five Blackwell Family Collections, whose correspondence, diaries, photographs, and writings were recently digitized with a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, are on display, but the selected material suffices to paint a vivid family portrait.The story begins with Samuel Blackwell, an anti-slavery activist whose commitment to social reform was reflected in his business. Blackwell pursued methods of sugar refining based on beets rather than sugar cane since the use of cane relied on slave labor. In one exhibit case a lock of his hair rests near an anti-slavery manifesto he authored in the decade before his death. After he died, in 1838, the work of raising their nine children fell to his wife, Hannah, who imparted to them her strong moral beliefs.The eldest child, Anna, became a devoted Spiritualist, writer, poet, teacher, and journalist. Anna’s sister Elizabeth is perhaps the most prominent member of the Blackwell clan. In 1849, Elizabeth became the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States when she matriculated from Hobart College, then Geneva Medical College, in upstate New York. Eager to help other women succeed in the field, she and her sister Emily, the third female doctor in the country, founded the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children in 1857 as both a hospital for the poor and a training facility for female doctors and nursing students. In 1868 they opened the first medical college for women in the United States. In the display case devoted to Emily, a photo of the medical college’s class of 1887 shows eight students.Though none of the Blackwell daughters married, the sons, Samuel and Henry, wed Oberlin classmates Lucy Stone and Antoinette Brown, who as staunch women’s right activists themselves fit right in with the family.Stone was so opposed to restrictions placed on women in traditional 19th-century marriages that she and Samuel read and signed a wedding protest (a copy of which is included in the show) during their ceremony. It reads in part that they opposed “the whole system by which ‘the legal existence of the wife is suspended during marriage.’”In a further break from tradition, Stone kept her maiden name. Women who followed her lead became known as “Lucy Stoners.” Stone’s reformist tendencies even extended to her attire. A sleeve of her black bloomer gown, a less-restrictive garment for women introduced in the 1850s that consisted of a knee-length dress worn over long, loose-fitting trousers, is part of the exhibit.“It’s a whole stew of intertwined movements,” said Kamensky. “Women are not only politically deformed, but deformed by corsets and wide skirts.”“Women of the Blackwell Family: Resilience and Change” is on view at the Schlesinger Library through Oct. 21.last_img read more

Making eight legs look like six

Posted On Mar 1 2021 by

first_img This trajectory video shows how normal spiders walk in a blank space, mostly wandering at random and stopping often. Credit: Paul Shamble and Tsevi Beatus “Jumping spiders really like to know where they’re going … so we gave them a totally blank space to wander in,” Shamble said. “What regular spiders do is walk a bit, then stop, then walk some more. But what ant mimics do is weave back and forth, and they hardly stop at all. What we realized is if you draw a pheromone trail for an ant, it’ll tack back and forth across it. So what the spider is doing is a sort of context-specific mimicry. It’s not that the spider perfectly looks like an ant, but it’s doing a very obviously ant-like thing.”In additional tests, Shamble and colleagues were able to show that the 100-millisecond pauses in the spider’s gait are precisely timed to fool predators.If they were faster, predators’ visual systems wouldn’t be able to process the information fast enough, eliminating the ant-mimicking effect. If they were any slower, it would be clear the spiders were using their front legs to mimic ant antennae.The researchers also created simple animations of ants, normal spiders, and the ant-mimic spiders. Those animations were then played on iPhones for predators, with surprising results.Upon seeing animations of ants and the ant-mimics, the predatory spiders showed no reaction. When they saw normal spiders, however, the predators showed a tendency to leap toward the screen.“The thing that’s interesting about mimicry [is] for a long time people had this expectation that any mimic should be a perfect reproduction of the creature it was mimicking,” Shamble said. “But it’s only been recently that people have … realized that you don’t need to look exactly like something, you just need to sow the seeds of doubt. The mimicry only has to be good enough to satisfy what you’re worried about. Using high-speed video, Shamble was able to capture the jumping spider walking on eight legs, and then lifting its forelegs when stopped (starts at 0:55). Credit: Paul Shamble and Tsevi Beatus/Cohen Lab, Cornell University “The challenge is how to you turn an eight-legged arachnid into a six-legged insect with antennae,” he said. “What a lot of mimics do is pick up one set of legs and hold them in front of their head, so they look like antennae, but one thing that wasn’t clear was whether these spiders were actually walking on six legs all the time or if they were doing something else.”The answer came when Shamble and colleagues used high-speed cameras to photograph the spiders.“What we found is that whenever they’re walking forward, they walk on eight legs, but they have these tiny pauses, where they stop and pick up their front legs,” Shamble said. “And anytime they stop for any serious amount of time, they pick up their front legs. The effect, when you’re watching it, particularly because of how small they are, is that you can’t quite tell what’s going on. And whenever they’re stationary, they look like they have antennae and six legs. So the only time you’re really sure what you’re seeing, it’s a six-legged creature.”Why do the spiders go to such lengths to convince predators they’re ants?“Eating ants is a hard game to play,” Shamble said. “Most predators would rather eat other things.” For one thing, many ants produce formic acid, “[S]o they taste terrible. In general, they’re also very aggressive, so if you’re a predator who’s trying to decide what to eat, it makes sense to choose the thing that’s poorly defended.”With tiny bodies made up largely of exoskeleton, ants offer little in the way of nutrition, meaning predators have to eat large numbers of them to see any dietary benefit. So if the jumping spiders appear to be ants, other predators are less likely to attack them.In addition to looking like ants, the spiders have found ways to walk like them too. This trajectory video shows how ant-mimic spiders walk — similar to the way an ant follows a pheromone trail by tacking back and forth across it. Credit: Paul Shamble and Tsevi Beatus A hundred milliseconds seems impossibly fast, shorter than the blink of an eye, but for a species of jumping spider known as Myrmarachne formicaria, it’s enough time to trick a predator into thinking it’s an ant.Using high-speed cameras, Harvard researchers have shown that, contrary to widely held belief, the spiders don’t walk on six legs in an attempt to appear more ant-like, but instead walk with all eight but take tiny, 100-millisecond pauses to lift their front legs to mimic an ant’s antennae. The findings are discussed in a paper recently published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.“One thing that’s really remarkable about these spiders is, if you look at them closely, they don’t really look like ants,” said Paul Shamble, now a John Harvard Distinguished Science Fellow, who conducted the research as part of his Ph.D. thesis at Cornell University. “But when you watch them walk, they really look like ants. In general, this paper is about how you can have movement that is or is not ant-like.”Understanding how the spiders walk and how they mimic ants, Shamble said, was one of the central aims of the study. A predatory spider ignores an animation of the ant-mimic spider, but then attempts to attack an animation of a normal spider. Credit: Paul Shamble and Tsevi Beatus/Hoy Lab, Cornell University <a href=”” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> <a href=”” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>last_img read more