first_img Previous Article Next Article The BBC is the world leader in TV and radio programming and its blueprintfor training and development intends to keep it in front. Training Magazinetakes a virtual tour through its learning portal to find out howWhen Training Magazine first met Nigel Paine earlier this year, he had justtaken up his post as head of training at the BBC, and director-general GregDyke had voiced his ambition to make the broadcasting company the most creativeorganisation in the world. Paine stated this would only be achieved throughstrong training and staff development. Our second visit witnessed Paine forging ahead with his plans to ensurelearning and training stay ahead of the knowledge needs of the corporation, andthat it is also able to deliver ‘just-in-time’ tailored training for theworkforce. The man who describes himself as a ‘learning technology specialist’ ratherthen a ‘generic training specialist’, knows that the key to making this allhappen is creating a technology infrastructure that can facilitate learning andtraining in all its guises – face-to-face, blended and online. But this will involve far more than providing a vehicle to deliver andaccess training. The vision in Paine’s mind is, in his own words, “to providea neural network” for BBC staff to plug into, as well as having a centralhub of learning material, breeding community areas that promote networked andcontinuous learning. “There is still a lot of joining up to be done,” he says, and oneof his missions involves forging a link between the corporation’s knowledgebase and its learning. And when you have been broadcasting to all corners ofthe globe since 1922, that is some knowledge base. To find out exactly how the BBC is achieving its aims, Training Magazine wastaken on a tour of its learn.gateway portal by Jane Saunders, team leader ofthe BBC’s training advisers. Learn.gateway is the user interface of thelearning infrastructure currently being put in place, and our tour began on theBBC’s corporate intranet, from which the portal is accessed. Anatomy of the portal Launched in its present form in July this year, learn.gateway can beaccessed by all BBC staff from their computer desktop via the intranet’s homepage. The majority visit learn.gateway once a month and more than a third do somore frequently. It has been designed with the same look and feel as the BBC’smain website, www.bbc.co.uk, with a prominent search engine and atraining-related news story which is regularly updated (when we visited, it wasabout the new Minerva operating system). The main menu of features and facilities (described below) are accessed viatabs at the top of the page or from an expanded menu running down the righthand side. There are also click-through buttons to a range of other areas thatassist in training and development on the bottom half of the page. The portal provides access to details of every course available to BBC staffand also holds a growing bank of online courses, the majority of which areproduced in-house (exceptions being the management courses Harvard ManageMentor and the Institute of Management’s Checkpoint). Courses can be found using the search engine, and there are currently 146available, comprising 717 modules. More than half the BBC workforce hascompleted an online course from learn.gateway. Online courses range from the 10-hour production safety course, which mustbe completed by all production staff and can be bookmarked and taken inbite-sized chunks, to the five-minute course on using a microphone. The latteris very much in the spirit of building what Paine describes as “thefive-minute learning experience”. An online version of the BBC inductioncourse, called Upfront, can also be accessed from here, and is aimed at thosewho cannot make the mandatory residential version. Elsewhere on the homepage, learners can see at a glance what the mostpopular courses of the moment are (production safety, emotional intelligenceand mini-disc for radio were all in the top five on the day we visited), andview the most searched-for terms and most recently viewed items. Learn.gateway undergoes a relaunch next spring. A powerful new search enginewill be added, which will go some way to achieving Paine’s aim of “joiningthings up”. “We’ve refined it to deliver a better user experience and bring themcloser to all the information they need on a particular subject,” he says.If a BBC employee has to refurbish a studio, for example, the search engine canretrieve all the information and elements that will help them do so from awhole range of resources held digitally at the BBC. Features of the site – My Future: This offers employees tools to help them plan and mapout their career at the BBC and includes personal development plans, careeradvice and the ability to plan a ‘learning journey’. “This is a personal development area,” Saunders explains. “Wewant people to be proactive when it comes to their careers and training, andhere they can view entire learning journeys which detail all the courses thatthey need to take for a particular job or to reach a certain point in theircareer.” – My BBC: A personal online tour of the BBC as a whole and toparticular departments is typically accessed by newcomers to the corporation.New features that have been added recently include a BBC jargonbuster andessential employment information. You can also link into what the BBC refers toas its ‘village sites’. These are community areas set up by departments forexchanging ideas, which feature documents and discussions on various subjects. Training and development has its own ‘T&D Town’, explains Paine, and itproves a useful indicator of current hot topics for the department. “I think there are 44 issues listed on it at the moment and I know fromjust how many people contribute to each one what should be high on the agenda,”he says. – My Network: A community area where employees can share news,opinions, advice and talk to each other via the talk.gateway discussion forum. “These areas are really important because there is so much knowledgeand information at the BBC, but it is in danger of disappearing down aninformation black hole if there isn’t a vehicle to share. All our communityareas are there to do this,” says Paine. At the bottom of the homepage are ‘click-throughs’ to a number of otherareas, including the ‘Live and Learn’ section, designed to help employees learnfrom each other. “The Live and Learn team go in after someone’s completed a project andinterview those involved. They can then capture the information and publish iton the site,” explains Saunders. “It uses shared experience asanother form of learning material.” Paine currently describes it as ‘small’ but like the community areas, it isa growing and potentially ‘big and powerful’ section. There is also a ‘Stories’ section where people relay their experience firsthand, a monthly bulletin updating staff on any training news and regulationsthat are relevant to them, and an NVQ Assessment Centre where employees canfind out about professional qualifications relevant to their job. Blueprint for blended Few corporations are blessed with the kind of creative and productionfacilities the BBC has, so it is little wonder that its courses are producedin-house (with the exception of the management ones mentioned earlier) and thetraining and development team recently designed the BBC’s first truly blendedlearning course. As part of the process, they also created a prototype onlinereference tool that has the potential to transform skills training across theindustry. The training is designed to support the implementation of VCS dira!, a newdigital radio and music playout system, which demands a fundamental new way ofworking and affects hundreds of people within the corporation (it was listed asthe most viewed course on the day we visited). The training programme features face-to-face training with three onlinemodules held on learn.gateway. The technology represents such a radical shiftin working practices that the course joining instructions include links to twoonline modules that provide staff with a quick introduction to VCS dira! andthe concept of digital playout. “When people come to the face-to-face training, precious time doesn’tneed to be spent introducing the technology,” says Wendy Bithell, whoproduced the modules in collaboration with Radio 1 and 4’s external websites toensure the colour schemes and styles of learning modules were in keeping withthat of each station. “So when Radio 1 staff begin their courses they willhave an online support tool that looks and feels like Radio 1, making the wholetraining experience a personal one,” she explains. The face-to-face training that follows ranges from two-and-a-half to fivedays, and comprises a mixture of talks and hands-on experimentation with VCSdira!. An online training manual has been put together to offer further supportwhen employees are back at work. It features a sophisticated search facilityand interactive on-screen demos, which allow staff to refresh their learningand practice some of the more complex digital procedures on screen beforetrying them out in the studio. “When you have to work with new technology for the first time, there isa real fear that you will make expensive mistakes,” says Simon Major, whois involved in radio training. “The online support takes this fear away byallowing staff to make their mistakes on screen, rather than on air.” There is further post-training support through the forum and discussiongroups created on talk.gateway. The online manual, which is created in Microsoft Word and can be CD-Rom orweb-based or exported to a PDA (or printed out, of course), has widerimplications for blended learning at the BBC, because it will be used as thetechnology backbone for support manuals for other skills courses. Paine is the first to admit that his blueprint for the perfect learninginfrastructure is still in development. He still needs to overcome the majorobstacle of courses remaining unavailable outside the BBC firewall, whichcurrently prevents employees from doing any e-learning courses at home. Thisalso knocks many freelancers out of the training equation, and it is asituation that must be rectified, he says. “We have around 10,000-14,000 freelance workers who are vital to thecorporation. It doesn’t endear them to a company if the training isn’t extendedto them.” But he is adamant that his holistic vision will and must be realised, andthat all potential resources will be ‘joined up’ and accessible to all. What wesee today is only a glimpse of an infrastructure that is already facilitating alevel of knowledge and experience-sharing that many large organisations couldbenefit from. This time next year, it may well be the neural network that all companieswill be striving towards. 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first_imgDivision: Medicine (80001010)Department: Medicine – Athero & Lipo (90002351)Employment Duration: Full-timeBaylor College of Medicine and Department Summary:Baylor ( www.bcm.edu ) isrecognized as one of the nation’s premier academic health sciencecenters and is known for excellence in education, research, andhealthcare and community service . Located in the heart of theworld’s largest medical center ( Texas MedicalCenter ), Baylor is affiliated with multiple educational,healthcare and research affiliates ( Baylor Affiliates).SummaryThe Department of Atherosclerosis and Vascular Medicine, Divisionof Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, invites applications fora full-time, tenure track Associate Professor/Professor positionwith an endowed chair. We seek an NIH-funded investigator with anestablished research program in the area of lipids/atherosclerosis,vascular biology, or cardiovascular genetics.In addition to completing the formal application, interestedcandidates should send an email with an NIH-formated biosketch,including other support, along with a full CV to:Dr. Christie Ballantyne, Chief Department of CardiovascularResearch, [email protected] Qualifications:Candidate may be an MD, MD/PhD, or PhD and will be expected to playa leadership role in training of pre-docs and post-docs, mentoringof faculty interested in basic and translational research, andparticipation in graduate programs at Baylor and the CardiovascularResearch Institute that are related to the applicants researchtheme.Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Equal Access Employer.212CA; CHlast_img read more


first_imgWeek 5PGK Bedgrowicz took 7 points from PGK RokickiPGK Ludwiczewski took 5 points from PGK Charowsky High Games: Maurice Santaro: 131, 133, 138Rich Ludwiezewski: 164, 182 (500)Tony Kotowki: 254, 205, 213 (672)Lee Fahley: 150, 157Rich Naviello: 169, 205, 189 (563)Bob Moskalczyk: 198, 155Gary Bedgrowicz: 172, 181, 189 (545)Walt Adamkowski: 175, 181 (502)John Vida: 159, 148, 170 (477)John Rokicki: 217, 226 (603)Sal Gullace: 114Week 6PGK Charowsky took 5 points from PGK RokickiPGK Ludwiczewski took 5 points PGK BedgrowiczHigh Games:Lee Fahley: 152, 192, 147 (482)Rich Naviello: 180, 178Bob Charowsky: 181, 158 (484)John Vida: 154, 170, 180 (504)John Rokicki: 203, 202 (583)Rich Ludwiezewski: 183, 162Tony Kotowski: 258, 213, 214 (685)Bob Moskalczyk: 169Gary Bedgrowicz: 187, 168 (506)Walt Adamkowski: 200, 178, 168 (546)Maurice Santoro: 150, 145, 144Week 7PGK Charowsky took 7 points from PGK RokickiPGK Bedgrowicz took 7 points from PGK LudwiczewskiHigh Games:Tony Kotowski: 243, 214, 268 (727)Bob Moskalczyk: 157, 189, 170 (516)Gary Bedgrowicz: 185, 160, 157 (502)Walt Adamkowski: 184, 181, 163 (528)Lee Fahley: 162Rich Naviello: 181, 169, 169 (515)Bob Charowsky: 165, 180, 180 (525)John Vida: 170, 160 (453)Steve Cappelloti: 119Week 8PGK Charowsky took 5 points from PGK BedgrowiczPGK Ludwiczewski took 5 points from PGK RokickiHigh Games:Bob Moskalczyk: 158, 169Gary Bedgrowicz: 166, 203 (524)Walt Adamkowski: 183, 165Lee Fahley: 191, 153, 157 (501)Tony Kotowski: 231, 215, 217 (663)John Rokicki: 247, 193 (627)Rich Ludwiczewski: 179, 192 (529)John Vida: 159Bob Charowsky: 201Rich Naviello: 171, 168last_img read more


first_imgMayor Jay Gillian has directed Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson to research the state’s proposed marijuana legislation and devise a strategy to possibly ban pot sales in town. By Donald WittkowskiOcean City, a seashore town that prohibits the sale of alcohol as part of its family-friendly reputation, may look to ban the sale of another drug – marijuana.As New Jersey considers the possibility of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana under newly inaugurated Gov. Phil Murphy, Ocean City officials say they don’t want pot sales in the place that touts itself as “America’s Greatest Family Resort.”Mayor Jay Gillian told members of City Council at their meeting Thursday night that he is adamantly opposed to marijuana sales and has directed Ocean City’s solicitor to look into ways to possibly ban the activity.“I think this is going to be very dangerous,” Gillian said of the possibility of the state legalizing the drug.Gillian said he plans to bring “something forward soon” to possibly ban marijuana sales in Ocean City, but stopped short of providing details. He indicated that if the city can ban alcohol sales, then it should be able to prohibit the sale of marijuana, too.Founded in 1879 as a Christian resort by a group of Methodist ministers, Ocean City has always been a “dry” town. The ban on alcohol sales is a centerpiece of the city’s image as a safe, family-style summer vacation retreat.Council members joined Gillian in expressing concerns that the city’s family image could be harmed if marijuana is legalized and people simply begin smoking pot in popular tourist areas of town, such as the Boardwalk.“They can’t be smoking on the Boardwalk?” Councilwoman Karen Bergman asked, sounding alarmed.“Not if you legislate against it,” replied Dorothy McCrosson, the city’s solicitor.McCrosson said every version she has reviewed of proposed state legislation to legalize recreational marijuana would allow local municipalities to opt out of pot sales. In the process, they would not be able to share in the tax revenue generated by those sales.Gillian and some Council members said they have no interest in benefiting from a “sin tax” on the drug.“It’s fool’s gold,” Councilman Bob Barr said.Barr went on to criticize the proposed legalization of marijuana as “stupid.” He argued that there are far more pressing issues for the governor and Legislature to focus on in the new year.“I think the whole marijuana thing is silly,” he said.Barr added that he would “support anything” to prevent marijuana sales in Ocean City.“I just don’t think we should have any part of that,” he said.Members of City Council fear that the possible legalization of marijuana in New Jersey could scare off tourists in family-friendly Ocean City.Gillian and Barr warned of the possible health dangers if marijuana becomes legal in New Jersey.Barr called marijuana a gateway drug that can lead to the abuse of more powerful substances. The mayor predicted that legalized marijuana would result in “heart-breaking” consequences.Councilman Michael DeVlieger cited a letter written by the substance abuse prevention and treatment agency Cape Assist questioning the governor’s marijuana proposal.The Jan. 11 letter warns that pot use among children and adults has potential “serious implications for the health, safety and welfare of the county and its residents.”Cape Assist, which has substance abuse prevention and treatment programs throughout Cape May County, is calling on local communities to consider imposing regulations or restrictions on marijuana sales.“By considering the issue and possibly taking action in your community, you can ensure that if recreational marijuana does become legal, this new law is implemented in a way that does not compromise the values of our community,” the letter says.Murphy, a Democrat, made marijuana legalization part of his campaign platform. He pledged to sign a marijuana bill within the first 100 days of his Jan. 16 inauguration.Although Ocean City is considering the possibility of banning marijuana sales, other Jersey Shore towns have already taken action. Point Pleasant Beach and Berkeley Township, both in Ocean County, have approved ordinances to prohibit pot sales.Gillian said it will ultimately be up to Ocean City’s taxpayers to decide whether they would support a ban on marijuana sales, if he and City Council propose outlawing the activity at the local level.Up to this point, eight states and the District of Columbia have adopted laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Murphy and other marijuana advocates say the drug’s legalization in New Jersey would end the injustice of blacks being arrested for possession of pot at higher rates than whites.last_img read more


first_imgFrom Stuart Matthews,director, Unsoy UKIn my local pub we have a journalist whom I call “organic Harry”, because he knows everything about healthy food. But when I ask him why people only lived to 30-plus 200 or 300 years ago and it is now the norm for people from any background to live for over 100 years, he has no answer.I can also remember asking Andrew Whitley (who has recently written the controversial book Bread Matters, see British Baker, 27 October 2006) where he got his organic water from in Cumbria! I don’t think I ever got an answer and I think Andrew was also originally a journalist, who has now become the voice of old-fashioned bread.I am proud to be a baker and am perhaps more critical than anyone about the state of our daily bread, but is Andrew honestly saying that Warburtons, Allied (Kingsmill), RHM (Hovis), without mentioning Brace’s and Rathbone Kear, do not make quality bread? If that is the case, why has Warburtons gone from being a regional bakery to having national coverage?Anyone who has old bakery books only needs to look at the recipes and photos to understand that today’s consumer would not buy those products. It may be OK, when you are up in Cumbria in holiday mode and you buy products such as those Andrew used to sell, to say they are the best you have ever eaten. But if that is so, then why have we not got a wood-burning oven in every village in the UK, making bread as it was made years ago?The millers and improver manufacturers are only decreasing the fermentation process from hours to minutes. Also, Andrew only has to look at what bread sells well in the UK – and that is a soft product, which has versatility for burgers, toast, sandwiches etc. Bread from years ago would be impossible to sell in the year 2006 as, in most cases, you would have to use a hatchet to chop the bread up, given the leathery crust that long fermentation produces.No, Andrew, like it or not, the baking and milling industry is doing what most other industries have done – making progress. Please also don’t forget that millers now use more English wheat to produce flour, due to its improved quality, instead of importing so much from Canada and other places, as we did years ago.Alan OrtAlan Ort – known as Ron Ort – has died aged 79 after a long career in the baking industry.Londoner Ron was born above one of his father’s bakery shops, started work there at 13 and only took a break from baking when he was drafted into the army. He left his father’s business in 1951 and joined Bournes bakery in East Ham, before moving to a small bakery on the Wandsworth Road, where he had to kill rats with the bread boxes.Ron joined Allied Bakeries in 1953, where, apart from one small break in 1978 to manage bakeries in Jamaica, he stayed for 38 years. He worked at Nevills, Herne Hill, then moved to Acton bakery, firstly as shift manager, then production manager. A later group production role involved troubleshooting at certain Allied bakeries while developing many well-known brands’ recipes and even flour types.After returning from Jamaica, Ron became bakery manager at Chibnalls bakery in West London, where he introduced his youngest son, Ian, to the baking industry as an electrical apprentice. Ron retired from baking in 1991.last_img read more


first_imgOn Friday, The Black Keys announced that they will no longer be a part of the Woodstock 50 festival set to take place from August 16th–18th in Watkins Glen, NY.As the blues-rock duo notes in a Facebook post, “Due to a scheduling conflict, The Black Keys will unfortunately need to cancel their set at Woodstock. The band wants to let fans know as soon as possible and before tickets go on sale.”The Black Keys recently released their first new song in 5 years, “Lo/Hi”, and announced an extensive 2019 fall tour featuring support from Modest Mouse and more. For more information on the tour, head here.While The Black Keys’ Woodstock cancellation is disappointing to fans planning to head to the anniversary celebration, the lineup still features an extensive, stylistically diverse roster of musical acts.Artists scheduled to perform on day one of the festival on August 16th include The Killers, Miley Cyrus, Santana, The Lumineers, The Raconteurs, Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifter, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, John Fogerty, Run The Jewels, The Head and The Heart, Maggie Rogers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Bishop Briggs, Anderson East, Dorothy, Larkin Poe, and more.The second day of the event on August 17th will feature performances from Dead & Company, Chance The Rapper, Sturgill Simpson, Greta Van Fleet, Portugal. The Man, Gary Clark Jr., Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes, David Crosby and Friends, Dawes, Margo Price, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Jade Bird, Country Joe McDonald, Emily King, Soccer Mommy, Taylor Bennett, Amy Helm, and more.The third and final day on August 18th will see performances by artists including Jay-Z, Imagine Dragons, Halsey, Cage The Elephant, Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monae, Young The Giant, Courtney Barnett, Common, Vince Staples, Judah and The Lion, Earl Sweatshirt, Boygenius (the indie rock supergroup comprised of Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, and Lucy Dacus), Reignwolf, The Zombies, Canned Heat, Hot Tuna, Cherry Glazerr, Marcus King Band, and many more.Tickets for Woodstock 50 go on sale on April 22nd. For more information, head to the event website.last_img read more


first_imgFour percent of the president’s leadership council at Notre Dame are people of color, compared to 30 percent of the student body while just 28 percent of the University’s Board of Trustees are women, compared to 49 percent of the student body.These statistics were among several others presented to the student affairs committee of the Board of Trustees last week.These statistics were presented by members of the 2017-18 student body leadership as part of their spring semester report to the Board on Thursday.In the fall, the Board chooses the student body leadership’s report topic. Last fall, the Board selected the topic of campus alcohol culture. In the spring, the students get to choose the topic, this year they chose to focus on people of color and people of low socioeconomic status in University and student leadership.“They’re always really fascinated by what is going on and what we pinpoint as student issues,” student body president emeritus and senior Becca Blais said.Chief of staff emeritus and junior Prathm Juneja said the students drew upon their own experiences at Notre Dame to pick the topic.“You have two women in the room, two people of color in the room [and] people of low socioeconomic status in the room,” Juneja said. “We’re just like, these are some of the barriers that we had to face, and we were lucky enough to overcome some of them, but not everyone else gets that opportunity.”The day before giving the report, student body vice president emeritus and senior Sibonay Shewit said she had high expectations for the report’s reception.“I think the conversation will be really positive,” Shewit said. “Once it’s in front of you, you acknowledge it and you work towards progress. I can’t imagine a situation where they would deny that this is something that needs to be worked on.”The report looks at the representation of women and minorities in leadership roles among students — for example, in hall staff — and among University leadership, in groups such as the Board of Trustees and the Board of Fellows.Juneja said there were no RA‘s of color in his dorm his freshman year, which impacted his ability to feel completely welcome.“The experiences I had in O’Neill, at least early on, were ones of microaggressions. Even my sophomore year, I had a decently serious hate crime happen against me,” Juneja said.  “Those are things that made feel really apart from Notre Dame, and had I had representation in my dorm, I think I would have had mentors.”The report offers several solutions for lack of representation. Aside from making a greater effort to place minorities in leadership roles, the University could offer monetary gifts to allow students of low socioeconomic status to participate in student government and be RAs, Juneja said.“Students of low socioeconomic status have no incentive to be RAs because their financial aid often already covers room and board,” Juneja said. “As a result, there aren’t representative leaders in the dorm for students who come in with issues like that.”The report also asks for student union talentship grants, which will allow students of low socioeconomic status to work in student government without sacrificing the income that an on-campus job would provide.Blais and Shewit said they found that a lack of female representation in University leadership inhibited their ability to find mentors.“I did intentionally seek out women mentorship at the University, specifically in administration, and found it very challenging,” Blais said. “It means a lot when you can see a leading woman and identify with her and have someone to look up to.”Because of stipulations for the Board of Fellows, six of the 12 members of the Board must be Holy Cross priests, according to the website. The University president must also be a Holy Cross priest, restricting the role to men.“I would love to see a woman in charge of this university one day, more than anything,” Blais said. “But, if that cannot be possible, then I would at least like to see women in the second-hand position … and in more positions on the Board of Fellows.”Shewit, as a woman and a person of color, said both of these identities have impacted her experience at Notre Dame.“You see time and time again, when they do these inclusion surveys, there’s almost a correlation between minority students and not feeling as welcome in the community,” Shewit said.Because of the few poor experiences Juneja had in his dorm community, he does not always know what to advise prospective students of color, he said.“I’m not sure that Notre Dame is the perfect place for me, but I’m happy with the person it’s making me,” Juneja said. “It’s not an easy task for people of color to come to this University … but by no means is it a bad decision. It’s just a challenging one.”The results from the Board report might not be visible for several years, Juneja said. However, increased diversity in hiring over the next few years could show the impact of the report.Shewit said the University must be proactive in taking steps to make sure all students feel welcome.“Even if it doesn’t really seem like so many tangible things … I can’t stress enough how important it is that students, faculty members, alums, Board members, administrators, continue to talk about representation and the minority experience,” Shewit said.Tags: blais-shewit, Board of Trustees, board report, Diversity, representation, Student governmentlast_img read more


first_imgOn Monday Senator Leahy met with leadership of Fletcher Allen Health Care, the University of Vermont and the Vermont National Guard to view a demonstration of new equipment at the hospital’s Simulator Training Program.  At the event Leahy announced more than $1.7 million in funding he has secured in the federal budget for the project, which provides training to hospital nurses and doctors, university medical students and guard personnel on state of the art simulation equipment.  The equipment offers realistic training experiences for medical conditions that range from birth to gunshot wounds and other severe trauma. “This simulation laboratory and program will create a better trained workforce that will produce fewer medical errors and improve the quality of health care of Vermonters,” said Leahy.  “For Vermont Guard personnel, it means an opportunity to train before facing real-life trauma situations in the battlefield or when responding to disasters.  This partnership has brought together three distinct organizations to share resources, and is a model that works well in Vermont. ” The funding Leahy secured has allowed for the purchase of eight high-fidelity mannequins that include adult simulators, a birthing mother, 2 newborns and a 5-year-old.  To date the program has trained a core team of personnel that has worked with medical residents to train them for complex deliveries, conducting mock emergencies, and pediatric and neonatal resuscitation training.  In December, 80 members of the Vermont Air and Army National Guard medical staff received training during a two-day session before their deployment to Afghanistan earlier this year.”The Simulator Training Program enables students and providers at all levels to improve their skills in the treatment of medical complications in a safe and controlled environment,” said Melinda Estes, M.D., president and chief executive officer, Fletcher Allen Health Care. “What this means is better, safer care for patients around the region.  I want to thank Senator Leahy for his extraordinary support of this valuable program.” Leahy, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has made a priority of securing federal funding for advanced medical equipment for the state’s hospitals, colleges and universities.  At UVM and Fletcher Allen, these projects include the UVM College of Medicine’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Center, the state of the art classrooms at the Fletcher Allen/UVM Medical Education Center and a UVM and Fletcher Allen teletrauma initiative to bring video technology into ambulances.Source: Leahy’s office. BURLINGTON, Vt. (Monday, March 8, 2010) –# # # # #last_img read more


first_imgShoppers Tiarna Cowell and Kate Boardman were among those who added to sales in Brisbane over the holidays. The latest cost of living survey took into account what paying customers were charged, not what recommended retail prices were. Picture: Jono SearleBRISBANE is one of the fastest-rising cities in global cost of living rankings, moving up 18 spots in the past 12 months.The Worldwide Cost of Living 2017 survey by The Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Brisbane in 31st spot among major cities across the globe – the fifth highest jump in rankings in the world.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoThe biannual survey compares more than 400 individual prices across 160 products and services – including home rents, transport, utility bills, private school fees, food, drink and clothing – as a way to help managers decide how much to pay expatriates and business travellers.The biggest movers up the ranking in the last 12 months were two Brazilian cities – Sao Paulo (up 29 spots to 78) and Rio de Janeiro (up 27 spots to 86), followed by the New Zealand capital Wellington (up 26 spots to 16) and Auckland (up 22 spots to 16th position).Attempts to get clarification about Brisbane’s ranking from The Economist were unsuccessful but according to the survey report, commodity shocks continued to affect pricing in the survey.“The impact of fluctuating oil and commodity prices continues to be reflected in the cost of living,” it said.“Oil prices bottomed-out in 2016 and the pace of decline in commodity prices slowed. This has continued to constrain prices in many mature markets, keeping inflation levels low. However, inflation has risen more rapidly in developing markets, especially those that experienced currency declines in 2015. In some cases local inflation has been augmented by currency gains as currencies that saw significant weakness in 2015 clawed back ground in 2016. This is especially true in commodity-reliant countries, given that oil and commodity prices are on the rise again, albeit at much lower levels than in 2013-14.”last_img read more


first_imgCommuters move past a tree branch precariously hanging after cyclone Amphan hit the region, in Kolkata, India, Thursday, May 21, 2020. AP PHOTO/BIKAS DAS NEW DELHI – A powerful cyclone ripped through densely populated coastal India and Bangladesh, blowing off roofs and whipping up waves that swallowed embankments and bridges and left entire villages without access to fresh water, electricity and communications. At least 24 people were reported killed Thursday. The cyclone weakened after slamming ashore Wednesday evening amid massive evacuations. Officials warn that relief and repair work will be made harder by the coronavirus pandemic, which has already sapped the health care system.center_img In low-lying Bangladesh, up to 10 people have died while 12 deaths were reported in West Bengal state in India. Officials said two people died in India’s Odisha state in the Bay of Bengal. Most of the deaths were due to the collapse of walls, drowning and falling trees in both countries. (AP)last_img read more