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Harvard Chan researchers featured in inaugural issue of health systems journal

first_img Read Full Story The new journal Health Systems and Reform (HS&R) launched in March 2015 with an issue featuring authors affiliated with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The quarterly peer-reviewed journal aims to bridge theory and practice in the field by including research articles with national and cross-national perspectives on health systems around the world, as well as commentaries by the leaders guiding reforms.The first four issues will be available online, with free access. View first issue.Co-edited by Michael Reich, Taro Takemi Professor of International Health Policy, the first issue of HS&R includes a commentary co-authored by Harvard Chan School Dean Julio Frenk and Octavio Gómez-Dantés, M.P.H. ’91, S.M. ’91, and a remembrance of founding editor Marc Roberts, a health systems expert and emeritus professor who passed away in 2014.John McDonough, professor of the practice of public health, William Hsiao, K.T. Li Professor of Economics, and Recep Akdaǧ, a former visiting professor, offered insights into health reform in the United States, China, and Turkey, respectively. Current and former Takemi Fellows Jesse Bump, M.P.H. ’09, Juhwan Oh, Soonman Kwon, and Hong Wang also contributed articles to the issue.last_img read more

Dancers train for ballroom competition

first_imgThrough its involvement of both Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students, the Ballroom Dance Club proves it takes two to tango. Members will compete this Saturday at the Irish Dancesport Gala at Century Center starting at 7:30 a.m. and running to 9 p.m.Renee Reyes, Saint Mary’s sophomore and ballroom dance club member, said learning various dance styles, such as jive, foxtrot and swing, has helped her step outside her comfort zone.“Dancing is a way to let loose and be myself,” Reyes said. “It’s a way to escape from the world and really appreciate the art form that it is.”Reyes said she enjoys the performance aspect of ballroom dance and the way it allows people to show off their personalities.“When you’re on the competition floor, no one cares, and the more authentic you are, the better scores you’re going to get,” Reyes said. “You’ll be able to show your true colors.”The relationships she has formed with fellow dancers has been invaluable, Reyes said, and it has created a support system for her on and off the dance floor.“I love every single person in that club, and we have become such a family,” Reyes said. “We hang out outside of the ballroom, too.”Reyes said her involvement with the club has enhanced her college experience and shaped her as a person.“It’s made me a lot happier and more outgoing,” Reyes said. “It’s made me be more open. I’ve been able to expand my friend group.”Ballroom Dance Club has made her a more confident and skilled performer, Reyes said.“In the beginning, I was very scared to compete,” Reyes said. “I didn’t really know what I was doing. Now that I’m more experienced, I have more of a competitive edge.”Reyes said her passion for dancing motivates her to give her best effort during rehearsals, which take place three times a week.“Working on technique can be very drilling, but it’s also fun to get better,” Reyes said. “I love learning new moves and styles.”Reyes looks forward to home competitions, especially this weekend’s, because they make it possible for her loved ones to see her perform.“I like my family and friends to see what I’ve done,” Reyes said. “I think that’s really special. It’s such a bonding experience.”Jonathan Unger, Notre Dame sophomore and club member, said in an email dancers must act with precision and adaptability to compete successfully.“A common misconception is that you’re performing a rehearsed routine by yourselves under a spotlight,” Unger said. “Actually, you’re on the floor with as many as 40 other couples trying to get the judges, who are walking around the floor, to look at you while trying not to run into anyone else.”According to Unger, competitors have to multitask, as they try to recall steps, execute movements and keep smiles on their faces all at once.“You’re challenging yourself to actually remember the dances you learn,” Unger said. “At competitions, the social and performance aspects of ballroom dance come together.”Unger said he has refined his dancing ability and improved his coordination since he first joined the club.“I had no previous dance experience and, though musically inclined, was using a part of my brain that I had never used before,” Unger said. “Although it was frustrating, and still can be after almost two years, I was dancing with my friends and I knew they were having fun no matter how many times I stepped on their feet.”Unger said he enjoys opportunities to apply skills he learned from the club in his everyday life.“I really enjoy dancing now, and whenever I hear music, I think about dancing,” Unger said. “You can impress your friends at formals and SYRs, and go to Salsa Nights at Legends and actually know what you’re doing.”Darya Bondarenko, Saint Mary’s sophomore and incoming club president, said she enjoys ballroom dance because it allows her to exercise while learning something new.“Dance incorporates everything from art and studies,” Bondarenko said. “You have to think about how and where you’re moving. It’s also a good distractor from classes and stress, but at the same time we incorporate physics into how we move. We study how our body is supposed to move, why it works that way and why it’s natural.”Bondarenko said she encourages dancers to focus on doing their best and supporting one another, rather than on earning a certain place.“Competition is more about learning how others dance, seeing those who are better than you and seeing how far you’ve progressed over time,” Bondarenko said. “It builds a healthy competition. It’s a way to motivate yourself to do better.”Tags: ballroom dance, Notre Dame ballroom dance, Saint Mary’s ballroom clublast_img read more

Starksboro solar tracker to produce 100 percent of electricity for school

first_imgRobinson Elementary School, the Town of Starksboro, Vermont, and AllEarth Renewables, Inc. of Williston, Vermont have partnered to install 25 AllSun Trackers® on a field adjacent to the school.  Over the course of a year, the 100 kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic array is expected to produce enough electricity to provide 100% of the electricity used in both the school and the town offices. “With schools, you need to have more than one reason to do something and this project helps us reach multiple goals at once,” said Dan Noel, Principal of Robinson Elementary. “It fits perfectly with our goal of reducing our environmental footprint, gives a hands-on focus to the energy curriculum, and will save the school money in the long-term as we have locked in our electric rate for at least the next 5 years.”Students from Robinson Elementary School in Starksboro, Vermont with their AllSun Tracker installation which will provide 100% of the electricity used in both the school and Town of Starksboro’s offices. Photo by Trent Campbell, Addison Independent. (PRNewsFoto/AllEarth Renewables, Inc.)”This is a great example of a community working together to take responsibility for their energy needs,” said Anne Bijur, Marketing and Communications Coordinator at AllEarth Renewables. “The Selectboard started with a great idea and approached the Robinson School Board who quickly saw how this solar installation could help both the town and school save money. We are especially excited about this project as it is the largest one we have completed for a school. The students will grow up with the idea that solar power is, and should be, a regular part of their everyday lives.”The AllSun Tracker is a complete grid-connected solar electric system which consists of photovoltaic panels mounted on poles installed in the ground.  The system uses a GPS (Global Positioning System) and a dual axis rotation to keep the solar panels at a perpendicular angle to the sun’s rays throughout the day.  This maximizes the amount of light reaching the panels, which in turn maximizes the amount of energy generated,  providing as much as 40% more electricity than fixed panel installations of the same size.  More than 300 AllSun Tracker solar electric systems have already been installed in Vermont to date, representing a total generating capacity of over one megawatt of renewable energy.About AllEarth Renewables, Inc. is external)AllEarth Renewables, Inc. is a Vermont company that specializes in the design, manufacture and installation of complete grid-connected wind and solar renewable energy systems that lessen dependence on nuclear and fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The company’s goal is to provide turnkey products that harness the power of wind and sun for homes and businesses while creating sustainable, well-paying jobs.SOURCE AllEarth Renewables, Inc. STARKSBORO, Vt., Oct. 27, 2010 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

EIA: U.S. coal use dropped 13% in 2019

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:U.S. coal use plunged more than 13% in 2019, the most in 65 years, as power plants shut down across the country. That’s poised to happen again this year.Total consumption slumped to 596 million tons in 2019 from 688 million tons in the prior year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). This year, the figure is expected to slip again, to 517 million tons.The decline reflects the rapidly changing U.S. energy mix, as coal is increasingly struggling to compete on price with natural gas, wind and solar. The dirtiest fossil fuel is also facing growing pressure for its role in climate change, prompting states from California to New York to mandate a transition to clean energy. President Donald Trump’s efforts to revive the industry have done little to stem the inexorable shift away from coal.U.S. consumption plunged 14% during a brief recession back in 1954, but promptly rebounded almost 15% the following year, according to EIA data.Utilities have already announced plans this year to shut at least seven plants. Last year, the second biggest on record for retirements, about 18 gigawatts of coal capacity went dark or were given a timeline for closing, according to the Sierra Club.[Will Wade]More: U.S. coal use is plunging at fastest rate since Eisenhower era EIA: U.S. coal use dropped 13% in 2019last_img read more

New FAMU, FIU law deans value teaching the business side of law

first_imgNew FAMU, FIU law deans value teaching the business side of law New FAMU, FIU law deans value teaching the business side of law Associate Editor So what do Florida’s newest law school deans think of offering practice management courses to their future students? Plenty. Percy R. Luney, Jr., the new dean of Florida A&M University’s College of Law that is expecting to open in Orlando in Fall 2002, used to personally teach law office management – including trust accounts and setting up an office. “Law office management will be part of the curriculum, an elective, but not required,” Luney said. “It’s really important if you’re going to go out and set up your own practice.” Third-year law students at FAMU will also participate in a mandatory clinical program, he said, where ethical issues in representing clients will be addressed in civil, criminal, and bankruptcy settings. When Luney was dean of the North Carolina Central School of Law, he said, “We recognized that a third of the student body would be opening practices in rural areas of North Carolina. We felt obligated to offer courses to help them prepare for that. We wanted to make them aware of some of the roadblocks and dangers: malpractice, how to manage trust accounts. We set up our clinical program in North Carolina to look like an actual law office, so the students could see what a law office should look like.” At Florida International University in Miami, new law school Dean Leonard Strickman is busy preparing to open next year, as well. Whether FIU will provide a practice management course “is not a decision we’ve made yet. It’s not a subject we’ll deal with in the first year of law school,” Strickman said. But at the University of Arkansas, the last place he was law school dean, he was made a believer in the concept by one of his faculty members, Judith Kilpatrick, who teaches a course called “Planning for Solo Practice,” as part of the “skills” curriculum. Her course includes submitting a business plan more extensive than a bank would require. She brings in lecturers who include bankers (financing, types of accounts needed), an insurance agent (types of insurance, including malpractice, business continuation and health), tax professor (IRS rules), and a bar association representative (continuing legal education and providing mentors and peer support). She requires students to interview lawyers in the geographic area in which they intend to practice, to learn how legal practice works in that community, because that will require them to think about what they will need to do and how they will fit in. They learn what type of office space is available and at what prices. “Much of what I include in my course involves having them ‘stop and think ahead,’” Kilpatrick said. She saw the need to launch her class in Arkansas after seven years as a hearing referee and member of the appellate committee that reviewed all referee decisions in California’s volunteer disciplinary system. “I saw how many complaints against lawyers involved the lack of office management and business skills,” Kilpatrick said. “That, and the concurrent ignorance about what the rules of professional responsibility require of attorneys, led me to teaching law school. Nothing I’ve learned in 10 years of teaching has decreased my conviction that it is essential for law schools to offer instruction in these areas, particularly those schools that know that a significant number of their graduates will go into solo practices, or a practice with one or more inexperienced friends in small towns.” She said she recently met a friend involved in Tennessee’s disciplinary system at a conference. “When I told him about my course, his first reaction was an incredulous: ‘You got this through the faculty?’ His second was: ‘I’ve been trying to convince our schools that every student should have to produce a business plan for a law practice to graduate, whether or not they plan to practice solo.’” As one of Florida’s newest law deans, Strickman said: “I don’t know what FIU will do on this. We will discuss it. In Arkansas, we invested in that. Judith wasn’t hired to do it, but she went in that direction, and we were happy to follow.” September 1, 2001 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Strings that lead to nowhere

first_img 74SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Angela Gervais A self-professed reader geek, Angela has worked in many different industries but found her home within credit union land. Working for the Louisiana Credit Union League since December of 2000, … Web: Details The decision to sunset or cancel a program is sometimes considered a taboo subject.  You might (gasp!) eliminate a portion of someone’s job and then (another gasp!) have to change a description and so on..The thing is, we all have strings leading to nowhere.  Programs that we don’t really pay attention to are sitting on our webpages or desktop folders much like dusty boxes in an attic.We may have forgotten about them, they didn’t take off the way we wanted, or we didn’t realize the time it would take to get them going.Consider how much these outstanding projects or programs may be hurting both you and morale in general.If you handed off one of these projects to someone in your organization with no real clear direction or desired result, then what’s the purpose?I myself have recently made it a point to examine items. Something as simple as a one-pager that we distribute once a year or something as complicated as an entire program we had created from the ground up. It was time to evaluate its relevancy.Is it difficult? Of course. I mean, it’s like saying you failed, right? It might feel that way at first but once it’s done and the decision has been made, you will find yourself lighter with more space in your mind bank of to do’s.That being said, sometimes a new generation may come up with a similar idea or see something differently. In light of that I now have a “sunset folder” with a description of the cancelled program along with the reason(s) of why we decided to shut it down. And that employee whose job it “might” have been? Chances are they will be glad to possibly have another new exciting challenge to take on and some deadweight taken off their plate.last_img read more

Olympics postponement gives Indonesian sports stakeholders breathing space

first_imgThe ministry allocates about Rp 99 billion (US$6 million) for Olympics preparation training and Rp 80 billion for Paralympics training.The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics came amid mounting pressure from athletes and officials around the world who felt the IOC and the Tokyo organizers should have changed the schedule from the July-August time frame much sooner, as it became clear to many that it would not work. Prior to the IOC’s announcement on Tuesday, Australia and Canada already called off deploying their squads to Tokyo. The United States’ Olympics and Paralympics Committee soon joined in, demanding the organizers postpone the Summer Games.Indonesia’s chief of the NOC, Raja Sapta “Okto” Oktohari, held off as long as he could from following in the footsteps of other countries that were withdrawing from the Tokyo Games, as he had previously said Indonesia would back any decision by the IOC regarding the schedule of the Games, putting trust in a committee he said he believes places the safety of athletes over everything else.As officials have repeatedly made clear, Indonesia plans to use the Tokyo Games as an opportunity to garner the support of other participating countries for its bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games.Separately, the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) also praised the IOC’s decision to postpone the Games, with one official saying it was a “wise decision” to prioritize the safety of the athletes, officials, spectators and other stakeholders.“Now we will wait for a decision from the Badminton World Federation [BWF] regarding the Race to Tokyo Olympics qualifiers as they are sure to make some changes there. When these adjustments have been made, we will tweak our program so we can remain on track to achieve our target of winning in the Olympics,” said PBSI secretary-general Achmad Budiharto.“This isn’t about profits or losses. We don’t have a choice because it affects us all,” he told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.Should the BWF choose to use the current regulations for the Olympic qualifiers, Indonesia would be able to send two representatives for the men’s singles, men’s doubles and the mixed doubles categories, as well as one representative for the women’s singles and doubles.Meanwhile, NPC deputy secretary-general Rima Ferdianto said the postponement has also put the Paralympics squad at ease as they now could focus on keeping the coronavirus at bay by staying at home.“This decision means we are no longer haunted by the fear [of contracting COVID-19] during our training program. This also means that the preparation program for the Tokyo Paralympics is halted until the coronavirus outbreak in the country is contained,” Rima told the Post.“We have communicated with the Youth and Sports Ministry and they agreed to suspend training for the Paralympic athletes, so we will send them back home at the end of this month,” he said.“As for the training funds allocated to the Paralympics preparation, we will give back the remaining funds to assist the government in handling the coronavirus outbreak.”Topics : “The ministry feels that all parties, including Indonesia’s National Olympic Committee (NOC), the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) and all the heads of the sports federations, as well as the athletes who have prepared for the Games, can understand the decision, since the postponement […] not only affects Indonesia but all other countries as well,” it said.“We can imagine how difficult it is for the Japanese government.”The Games’ postponement does not mean, however, that athletes can suddenly take off for a long holiday, as the ministry has asked them to keep training to maintain their condition while ensuring physical distancing measures are taken to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.“The ministry, along with the NOC and NPC, will immediately review the available budget for our training programs, since the government is now focused on preventive measures for the coronavirus outbreak,” it said. The Indonesian sporting world appeared to breathe a synchronized sigh of relief after it was announced that this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games would be postponed for a year, allowing the government and affected sports associations to shift their focus toward keeping their athletes healthy and the global COVID-19 pandemic at bay.Months of uncertainty regarding the hosting of the Tokyo Games came to an end on Tuesday night after International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to postpone the games until 2021, allowing countries to prioritize the well-being of their athletes.The Youth and Sports Ministry announced it fully supports the move to postpone the 2020 Games, saying in a statement that it was the best decision the organizers could make during the global health crisis, which has put a lot of strain on efforts to ensure the safety of athletes and officials taking part in the quadrennial event.last_img read more

EU leaders to take step to joint financing of post-pandemic recovery

first_imgEuropean Union leaders will move on Thursday towards joint financing of a recovery after the coronavirus pandemic by asking the European Commission to propose a fund sufficiently big to target the most affected sectors and regions.Many leaders see the massive joint recovery financing as a crucial tool of EU solidarity as some in the 27-nation bloc will have a harder time than others regaining their economic footing after the deepest-ever EU recession this year.”The idea of having a special instrument to deal with the crisis is starting to be consensual,” said one senior EU official involved in the preparation of the Thursday summit. A more even recovery, thanks to the joint financing, would help preserve the EU’s cherished single market of 450 million people and keep at bay eurosceptic parties trying to capitalize on popular resentment of EU economic inequalities.”I propose that we task the Commission to analyze the exact needs and come up with a proposal that is commensurate with the challenge we are facing,” the chairman of the EU summit, Charles Michel, wrote in an invitation letter.The leaders are likely to give the EU executive arm until the end of April or shortly afterwards to come up with the size of the Recovery Fund and ways to finance it, officials said.The sums floated in proposals ahead of the summit are huge, ranging from 1 trillion to several trillion euros. But it is the method of raising the funds and whether they should be disbursed as loans or grants that are the most contentious issues. France and Spain have presented proposals that involve joint debt issuance – an option firmly rejected by Germany, the Netherlands and several other countries.Red lines The Commission has suggested a compromise – it could borrow on the market against the security of the future EU long-term budget, leverage the money using methods tested over the past five years and lend it cheaply to governments.But some countries argue that grants, rather than loans, are the way to go, because that would help avoid a large buildup of debt in the already highly indebted countries – another idea hard to swallow for the more frugal camp.A possible compromise could involve using both the EU’s next long-term budget for 2021 to 2027, which would disburse grants, and the Recovery Fund, which would operate on the basis of loans.”The leaders will outline their preferences and red lines to the Commission at the summit and von der Leyen will then have to come back with a proposal that will suit everybody,” one EU diplomat said, referring to Commission head Ursula von der Leyen.Once the Commission presents its proposal, the leaders would discuss it again with a view to adopting it by June. But a final decision may take longer, officials cautioned, because of the complexity of talks over the EU budget, called the Multi-annual Financial Framework, or MFF.”The Commission proposal should clarify the link with the MFF, which will in any event be at the heart of the EU’s contribution to recovery and will need to be adjusted to deal with the current crisis and its aftermath,” Michel said.German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz told the ARD broadcaster he was convinced that leaders would use the summit to discuss what funds were needed and the next step would then be to think about how best to finance a recovery package.”For us, it’s clear that has to be something that is best handled as part of discussions about the EU budgets in the coming years, in the so-called multiannual financial framework which is soon to be decided upon,” he said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Golden Energy Swoops for Ship Management Firm

first_imgGolden Energy Offshore Services has entered into a term sheet with Golden Energy Offshore Management Holdings for the possible acquisition of Golden Energy Offshore Management.Pursuant to the term sheet, the company will, subject to a successful acquisition of the four vessels previously announced, acquire GEOM for a net purchase price of USD 5 million to be paid by the issuance of shares in the company.To remind, Golden Energy Offshore Services has secured financing and reached an agreement with Neptune Subsea to acquire its two IMR & light construction vessels Larissa and Despina and two newbuild PX 121 H multipurpose platform supply vessels (MPSVs) from Nantong Rainbow Offshore & Engineering Equipments.CEO, Per Ivar Fagervoll, said: “I am very pleased that we have been able to reach an agreement to include Golden Energy Offshore Management into the Golden Energy Offshore Services sphere. Being the manager of the company’s vessels, and also of any new vessels in addition to the prospective new vessels Energy Duchess, Energy Empress, Larissa and Despina, Golden Energy Offshore Management is a natural inclusion in the GEOS-ME which we believe will add value for our shareholders. “In addition to performing management for the company, Golden Energy Offshore Management performs management for other customers which we believe would further strengthen the position of the company through a diversification of the business. We are, and continue to be, committed to create additional shareholder value in the Company for the benefit ofexisting and new investors.”last_img read more

Tourism Minister -Tourism Task Force Was Engaged in Sector Reopening Planning

first_imgHon Tourism Minister, Denise CharlesThe Hon Tourism Minister is affirming that industry players have been consulted ahead of plans to reopen the island for tourism business.A staycation campaign was launched two weeks ago to encourage locals to go out and discover Dominica’s offerings.The Hon Minister, Denise Charles has revealed at that launching that hotels, tour operators and other service providers will be able to access the protocols which they can use to welcome their guests.On Sunday, she said in a discussion that the behind-the-scenes planning included the relevant partners.“We organized a Tourism Task Force including of all the stakeholder’s representatives from the resort sector, tours, taxis and the private sector and we met and had very constructive and detailed meetings,”Minister Charles reported.“They came up with many of the protocols that we will be implementing once the sites are reopened. We also decided that given the responsible way that we have been managing the reopening of the economy, it’s the same approach we took in tourism.”The representative body for the hotel and tourism sector, the DHTA, shortly after the launch of Experience Dominica staycation campaign issued a statement requesting clarification and details on the initiative while indicating hopefulness for the sector.Minister Charles acknowledged on Sunday that is certifying properties for operation is the prevailing challenge .“In order to participate…the resorts have to get certified, and that is a process. They will be certified by the Health Promotion Unit but we have seen a great interest in terms of citizens being interested in supporting the hotels and more properties that want to participate.”In the live-streamed discussion, she responded to a question of the pricing for staycation packages. She was told that some advertised offers were not covid-recession friendly.Hon Charles responded that there are various packages at “great rates” but that she will take the feedback into consideration for further discussion. Share Sharing is caring! Share 111 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet BusinessEntertainmentLifestyleLocalNews Tourism Minister -Tourism Task Force Was Engaged in Sector Reopening Planning by: – July 13, 2020last_img read more