“Ebola Taught Us Serious Lessons”

first_imgFormer Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn-Dr. Dahn Says at stakeholders meeting on Public Health ProgramsBy Bill E. Diggs (UL Intern)Dr. Bernice Dahn, former Health Minister and a faculty member of the A. M. Dogliotti School of Medicine, on Thursday said that lessons learned from the devastating Ebola epidemic (2014, 2015) has been a catalyst for stakeholders to strengthen its public health workforce to respond to any disease outbreak.“We all remember Ebola, because the virus thought us some serious lessons, but the one good lesson we learned from there is that if you have a weak public health system, diseases can overwhelm the country and can carry its development programs backward,” Dr. Dahn said.She said that while the country was responding to Ebola, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with partners developed an investment plan for building a resilient healthcare delivery system.“That plan,”  the former Health Minster said, “has led to the development of a three-level public health program at the University of Liberia (UL).Dr. Dahn further said “globally there is a continuous emergence of diseases which nations including Liberia need to continuously addressed.”She spoke at a public health stakeholder’s meeting held at the UL Fendell Campus, where a public health program has been approved to train some high school graduates, graduates and undergraduate students, to ensure that the health workforce is ready to carry on public health function effectively.The first level of the program will be to enroll high school graduates to receive training that will prepare them to enter into public health workforce in entry-level positions and function effectively in those roles.Also, the program will focus on training for middle-level health professionals and serve as a bridge program to provide complete undergraduate education and prepare them for graduate-level programs such as the UL Masters of Public Health Program.UL President, Dr. Ophelia I. Weeks, who said that although the Faculty-senate has approved the curricula for the program, it would begin only if the University Board of Trustees approved.She said the program was part of the many indicators that the UL was starting to reach new heights in providing Liberians the kind of academic environment that is needed to propel the country forward in all sectors.“I cannot think of any place for any program to be that is more sustainable than the UL campus, because institutions can come and go, but higher education institutions are the most stable ones that can be counted on to sustain these kinds of programs,” Dr. Dahn said.Sonpon Sieh, One Health Coordinator; Dr. Masoka Fallah, Deputy Director General for Technical Services at the National Public Health Institute of Liberia; and Dr. William E. Allen, Vice President of Academic Affairs, were part of Thursday’s event. They spoke separately on topics such as, “Vision for a School of Public Health, Public Health Workforce Support under Regional One Health Initiative and the next steps for Operating School of Public Health.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Draymond Green’s mother has a few things to say about Warriors tensions

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceIf I ever find myself in a pinch, I want someone like Draymond Green’s mother in my corner.Mary Babers-Green has been strongly supportive of her son since his altercation with Kevin Durant, and the one-game suspension that followed. Mary is backing Draymond all the way — that’s what moms are for. In fact, replying to a Twitter post, she makes an interesting point regarding that final, ill-fated …last_img

The Leadership Playbook: Too Direct or Too Empathetic

first_imgLeaders need to make effective choices about their approach when they interact with the people they lead. The measure of a leader is taken by how well the leader can match the approach to the situation.Too Self-DirectedSome leaders believe that they need to be very self-directed to be effective. Self-directed can come across as self-oriented, selfish, and oblivious to what the other person needs or the constraints with which they are struggling. I’ve met some leaders who pride themselves on their self-directed approach. And sometimes it is exactly the right approach. This is especially true when the leader is protecting the culture they’ve built, or when they are dealing with a legal or moral issue. There are some issues that are non-negotiable.But unless you have the relationship that allows for self-directed communication, every time you are self-directed when it is unnecessary takes a little something out of your moral leadership. When you are unnecessarily direct and short with people–even if it’s because you are short on time and under pressure–you are making a withdraw from your relationship.If you’ve ever seen a coach on the sideline during a game, you’ve no doubt seen them grab a player and light them up when they are trying to make a point, rev them up, or change their state. If your approach is always high negative energy, then when you really need to call on that approach, it won’t mean anything. You will have worn out the approach.Too EmpatheticOther leaders believe that they always need to be patient and empathetic. There is no doubt that as a default approach, this is a pretty good choice. But it isn’t always the right approach. Sometimes, to make your point felt, you need to be impatient and demanding. Serious issues may need a serious, unrelenting response.Empathy and patience can sometime be the wrong response. Being empathetic at the wrong time can cause people to believe that a serious issue isn’t a big deal. It can lead people to believe that they aren’t really accountable for change when they have a serious behavioral issue or when they aren’t producing results. But worst of all, when it is your only approach, you are a pushover, and you can just as easily lose your moral authority.Some people and some situations call for patience and empathy. Some call for coaching and an approach that fosters learning. Sometimes you need to explain yourself carefully. But other people and situations call for a more self-directed approach.A great leader will have a range of approaches they can use for different people in different situations. All of those approaches must include some consideration of the person and the relationship, lest your approach subtract from your moral authority. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

England players ‘will never be out of work again’ if they seal World Cup glory

first_img Since you’re here… Rugby union news On Saturday in Yokohama, when the white noise and chatter finally gives way to 80 minutes of crunching rugby, two distinct paths will confront Eddie Jones’s England team. Win the Rugby World Cup for a second time, and the pages of history – as well as sponsors’ wallets – will open up to embrace them. Lose, and they merely join the long list of plucky national sides that saw glory slip from their fingers.It is the ultimate sporting sliding doors moment. But if England are able to lift the Webb Ellis Cup, Mark Borkowski, a PR expert who has represented Diego Maradona, Michael Jackson and brands such as Virgin and Cadbury, predicts that England players will easily treble any earnings from sponsorship and marketing opportunities in the short term – and insists they will never be out of work again. Share on Pinterest Rugby World Cup 2019 Support The Guardian Read more England rugby union team Rugby World Cup Share on Messenger South Africa’s Siya Kolisi: ‘I’ve never seen this much support for the team’ Topics Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on LinkedIn “There are two overriding factors in play,” he says. “First there’s social context of what we’re going through as a nation with Brexit, which makes people desperate for any form of relief,” he says. “People wake up to the B word. They go to sleep hearing the B word. The country is divided. In the middle of all this crap winning the Rugby World Cup would be a huge piece of good news and naturally magnify the attention on the team.“Then there’s rugby union’s strong connection with the professions. Sponsors will want these intelligent young men to represent their brands. Broadcasters will snap them up once they retire. And there is also a lucrative career on the corporate and after-dinner circuit for any sporting hero with a story to tell. These players will never be out of work again.”England’s 31-man squad have already earned £137,220 each for making the final and victory against South Africa would be worth another £41,298 a man. Yet those figures will pale into insignificance compared to the millions that will come their way in commercial spin-offs in the years ahead providing they are successful.But winning is everything. As Borkowski points out, those England players who played only in the 2007 final defeat to the Springboks have nowhere near the commercial clout of the Clive Woodward side that lifted the World Cup in 2003.Nearly 16 years after his drop-goal heroics, Jonny Wilkinson is able to command over £25,000 per appearance according to JLA, the UK’s largest agency for motivational and after-dinner speakers. Woodward and Lawrence Dallaglio are not far behind on £10,000-£25,000. And even less storied members of the 2003 team, including Will Greenwood, Ben Kay and Austin Healey, can charge between £5,000 and £10,000. And that is before all the broadcast and newspaper deals and myriad appearances on shows such as Celebrity Masterchef are taken into account.Tellingly, it is a struggle to find England players on the JLA roster who appeared only at the 2007 World Cup. Why book a runner-up when you can have a winner?Admittedly England’s 2019 vintage are not as well known as Wilkinson and co, given far less rugby is shown on domestic TV these days. Few are household names yet. However Borkowski insists: “No one will ever forget this group of likeable young men, from very different backgrounds, if they beat Australia, the All Blacks and South Africa in the space of a fortnight to win the World Cup.”Certainly as Jones’s side have burrowed deeper into the tournament it is not only the familiar names – captain Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and Manu Tuilagi – who have grabbed the public’s attention but fresher faces too.Chief among those have been the flankers Tom Curry, 21, and Sam Underhill, 23, who have earned the nickname “the Kamikaze Twins” because – in the words of Jones – “they hit everything that moves”, have been outstanding in the knockout stages.They will have to be at least as belligerent again if England, who are regarded as warm favourites, are to overcome South Africa in what is expected to be a muscular and uncompromising encounter. If English sporting history is any guide, it is also unlikely to be straightforward. After all, the football team required extra-time and an Azerbaijani linesman to lift the 1966 World Cup.The rugby union team needed extra time and a Wilkinson drop goal in 2003. While a combination of Ben Stokes, a large dollop of luck and a super over, just about saw England’s cricketers over the line in their World Cup final in July.Richard Ayres, the founder and CEO of Seven Leagues, a digital strategy group whose clients include the NBA, Premier League and the Open, says that rugby union must be prepared to immediately leap into action to capitalise on an England victory.“We are seeing a large increase in the level of search around rugby, and the RFU and clubs across the country should already have a strategy in place to take advantage of the sport’s moment in the sun,” he says. “The RFU need to get into people’s inboxes, be on their social feed, and finding ways to retain these news fans.“We also know that lots of rugby clubs across the country are hosting parties with bacon butties and beer flowing from 8am in the morning,” he adds. “What they should be doing is saying: ‘Bring your friends and family, sign them up.’ The sport – much like the players themselves – must grab this moment with both hands.” Reuse this content Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.last_img read more

Spotify wants to build a podcast empire starts by buying Gimlet and

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Comment Digital Media Music Share your voice “Gimlet is one of the best content creators in the world, with unique, celebrated podcast shows like Homecoming … and the internet culture hit Reply All,” Ek said. “And Anchor has completely reimagined the path to audio creation, enabling creation for the next generation of podcasters worldwide –15 billion hours of content on the platform during [the fourth quarter].”Financial terms of the deals weren’t disclosed, but Spotify said that it was aiming to spend $400 million to $500 million on multiple acquisitions this year. Recode earlier reported that Spotify was expected to buy Gimlet for $230 million. Looking ahead, Spotify predicted that it will have 97 million to 100 million paid subscribers by the end of March and that its monthly active users will increase to between 215 million and 220 million.In the fourth quarter, Sweden-based Spotify reported a profit of 442 million euros ($505 million), or 36 euros a share, swinging from a loss of 596 million euros, or 3.87 euros a share, a year earlier. Spotify posted an operating profit for the first time, but most of its bottom-line profit stemmed from a decline in its share price, which reduced the taxes Spotify had to pay on workers’ stock-based compensation.Revenue rose 30 percent to 1.5 billion euros in the quarter.Originally published Feb. 6 at 5:25 a.m. PT.Updated at 6:57 a.m. PT: With more details. The Smartest Stuff: Innovators are thinking up new ways to make you, and the things around you, smarter.Tech Culture: From film and television to social media and games, here’s your place for the lighter side of tech. Spotify buys Gimlet and Anchor on its march to rule podcasts Review • Apple Music offers smart musical suggestions with a human touch News • Apple Music is now available on Amazon Fire TV 1 How To • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? Apple Music 2:28 Spotify CEO Daniel Ek says podcasts can draw in new listeners. Spotify Spotify picked up podcast companies Gimlet and Anchor as it looks for new listeners, the streaming service said Wednesday. “Our podcast users spend almost twice the time on the platform, and spend even more time listening to music,” Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said in a statement. “We have also seen that by having unique programming, people who previously thought Spotify was not right for them will give it a try.”The announcement came as Spotify released its quarterly financial results,  Amid the cultural shift to streaming as the most common way people listen to music, Spotify and Apple Music have emerged as the leaders in the race to dominate subscription tunes. Though Spotify remains the biggest streaming service by both subscribers and those who listen for free, Apple Music has been growing quickly and its iTunes service remains the world’s de facto place to find and download podcasts. On Wednesday, Spotify reported that its paid subscribers rose to 96 million at the end of 2018 — a 36 percent increase from a year earlier. Including all the people who listen to Spotify free with ads, Spotify had 207 million using its service at least once a month at the end of 2018. That’s a 29 percent jump from a year earlier. The new figures met or beat the high end of what the company predicted in November. By comparison, Apple Music has more than 50 million paid subscribers, Apple said during its own earnings call last week. Because it lacks a free tier that lets anyone listen to music on demand, Apple has never disclosed a monthly-active-user stat; almost all people who use Apple Music are paid subscribers. Expecting non-music listening to eventually make up 20 percent of listening, Spotify said that Gimlet and Anchor will serve two podcasting roles for its service, as a platform for podcast creators and as the leading producer of podcasts. Earnings Apple Music Spotify Tagslast_img read more

Coral larvae found to prefer a noisy environment

first_imgA team of researchers with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has found that coral larvae prefer to set up a new home in a place noisy with other living organisms over a barren soundless site. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the group describes experiments they carried out around reefs in the Caribbean Sea and what they learned from them. Journal information: Royal Society Open Science Explore further © 2018 Science X Network More information: Soundscapes influence the settlement of the common Caribbean coral Porites astreoides irrespective of light conditions, Royal Society Open Science (2018). royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsos.181358 Settlement experiment deployed at the more degraded, less fish abundant Cocolaba reef in the US Virgin Islands. Credit: Amy Apprill, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institutioncenter_img As humans continue to pump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, it not only heats up the planet, but causes the oceans to become more acidic. And as the oceans become more acidic, coral reefs have begun dying. For that reason, ocean scientists have been studying them to learn more about their nature, hoping to find a way to save them. One such focus is trying to better understand the factors at play as coral larvae carried by moving water choose a spot to stop and set up new growth sites. Prior research has shown that such larvae are sensitive to temperature, light and chemicals produced by other creatures living in the sea.To find out if sound might also play a role, the researchers placed 18 boxes (half of which had transparent walls) filled with water and coral larvae at three sites ranging from a healthy reef environment to a barren lifeless site. Each site was deemed to be equal in terms of natural light. The biggest difference between them, the team notes, was the amount of noise generated by the creatures already living there. In a bustling reef, there are a wide variety of low-frequency sounds. Barren sites, on the other hand, are usually devoid of all sound except for the high-frequency noise shrimp make.The team left the boxes in place for two and a half days and then checked on them to see if the larvae had found the site suitable for setting up house. They report that 50 percent more larvae had settled into their new homes in the boxes placed in heavily populated, noisy areas. The findings indicate that coral larvae also use sound as part of their decision-making when deciding where to settle. This finding also suggests that the coral larvae could be induced to repopulate barren areas by setting up speakers in the vicinity to blast out noisy reef sounds. Biggest coral reseeding project launches on Great Barrier Reef Citation: Coral larvae found to prefer a noisy environment (2018, December 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-coral-larvae-noisy-environment.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more