UN: Zika virus will be ‘way down’ before Olympics

first_imgGENEVA (AP):The head of the World Health Organization’s Zika response team is predicting that Brazil will host a “fantastic Olympics”, and that the mosquito-borne virus will be “way down” by the time the Summer Games begin in Rio de Janeiro on August 5.Dr Bruce Aylward, WHO’s executive director for outbreaks and health emergencies, said yesterday at a news conference that the mosquito population is expected to drop off around when Rio hosts the games, since it will be winter in the southern hemisphere.Rio’s Olympic venues are also in a relatively confined area, he noted, making it easier for authorities to control the local mosquito population.”Brazil is going to have a fantastic Olympics and it’s going to be a successful Olympics and the world is going to go there,” Aylward said. “I just wish I was going there, but there’s not going to be a lot of problems there by then, so I’ll be somewhere else.”Aylward also pointed to the “probability” that the Zika virus will have “gone through” a large slice of the country’s population by then, so many Brazilians might have developed an immunity to the disease by the time of the August 5-21 games.Zika, however, is just the latest cloud hanging over Brazil ahead of South America’s first Olympics. The country is coping with its worst recession in 100 years, impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff and a wide-ranging corruption scandal centred on the state-controlled oil-and-gas giant Petrobras.Brazil has recorded more than one million suspected Zika infections in recent months amid strong concerns that the virus could be linked to a spike in the number of babies born with abnormally small heads microcephaly and to a rare neurological syndrome that can cause temporary paralysis in people of all ages.In Brazil yesterday, ministers, state governors, health authorities and members of the armed forces visited schools throughout the country to involve students in the nationwide campaign to eradicate the Aedes aegypti mosquito that spreads the Zika virus.WHO has declared a global health emergency due to the virus, saying it could produce as many as 4 million cases in the next year. The mosquitoes that spread Zika which also spread dengue and yellow fever are entrenched across the region and in a wide belt around the globe, mostly in tropical areas.last_img read more

Humboldt State senior center Lucas Govan setting the bar high entering 2016 season

first_imgARCATA >> “I came in 6-foot-2, chubby and just not knowing what’s going on.”Lucas Govan doesn’t mince words when he describes what it was like the first day he showed up on the Humboldt State campus in the fall of 2012.These days, Govan is far from that freshman who doesn’t know what to do or where to go.Govan, HSU’s senior center, has developed into a unanimous all-conference, an second-team all-Super Region 3 and honorable mention NCAA Division II All-American pick and one of the anchors …last_img read more

Resilience Matters for Military Families

first_imgReferencesMasten, A.S. (20114). Ordinary Magic:  Resilience in Development. New York: Guilford Press. ISBN: 97814625123719.National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAP). (2019). Strengthening the Military Family Readiness System for a Changing American Society. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/25380.  Retrieved from https://www.nap.edu/catalog/25380/strengthening-the-military-family-readiness-system-for-a-changing-american-society. Karen Shirer is a member of the Military Families Learning Network Family Transitions Team and previously the Associate Dean with the University of Minnesota, Extension Center for Family Development. Karen is also the parent of two adult daughters, a grandmother, a spouse, and a cancer survivor. by Karen Shirer, PhDMilitary families play an important role in ensuring that the U.S. military is total force ready and its service members are prepared. The Total Force Fitness model defines family readiness as “the ability of a family to use physical, psychological, social, and spiritual resources to prepare for, adapt to, and grow from the demands of military life” (NAP, 2019). Military families possess many of these strengths and resources plus they have access to other numerous resources to meet the demands of military life.Yet, military families face unique challenges as well as the typical challenges faced by civilian families. They experience disruption, separation and loss when moving their homes and schools due to reassignment, and worry and fear when members deploy to war zones. How do we help military-connected families better weather and even thrive in the midst of these major transitions?On August 20, 2019, Dr. Ann Masten spoke about the science of resilience and how it informs our work as military family service professionals. The webinar was the first in a series of three webinars sponsored by the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN), titled Nurturing Individual Resilience from a Multisystem Developmental Perspective.Here are five key takeaways from the webinar on how we as military family service providers might support military-connected families:Key Takeaway #1:  What resilience is NOTThe concept of resilience has become a buzzword and a focus of self-help gurus that reinforce misconceptions about what resilience is NOT. Please note, resilience is NOT:● Bouncing back after adversity● Pulling oneself up by the bootstraps● Returning to life just the way it was before the adversity● Going it alone to overcome adversityOur American culture, including the military culture, reinforces these misconceptions by our focus on rugged individualism. Unfortunately, none of these concepts gives us a full picture of what it means to be resilient as an individual.Key Takeaway #2:  What resilience isDr. Masten defined resilience as the capacity of a system — person, family, community, economy, society — to adapt successfully to challenges that threaten its function, survival, or positive development. Several key words in this definition are critical and are discussed in the webinars:● System — people and families are their own unique system; the military is a system. As systems they are connected and embedded in other systems. For example, military-connected families are embedded in the military system and oftentimes a community system.● Adapt — systems continually evolve and change; they are dynamic. Their capacity to adapt depends upon other systems around them. When a military family experiences the disruption of deployment, the systems around them provide critical support to help them prepare and work through the deployment cycle. Dr. Masten described this capacity to adapt “ordinary magic.”Keeping in mind that military-connected families are systems within systems will provide a more robust approach to supporting them through major, and often traumatic, life experiences.Key Takeaway #3:  Resilience and Challenges Go TogetherThe human experience brings us challenges in the form of adversity, trauma, losses, and other threats. These challenges include natural and man-made disasters, economic recessions, war, poverty, life changing illnesses or injuries, racism, and neglect. Today’s military-connected families face challenges related to service members’ war injuries and disabilities, including traumatic brain injury, PTSD, death, and loss of limbs.When challenges arise, resilience develops as the system identifies and deploys its strengths and resources to address them, including their own personal ones and those available in the systems around them. Researchers have identified pathways that adaptation to challenge can take. Over time, one can maintain their functioning and even grow in unexpected ways. They can also break down and recover, break down and not recover, or experience a delayed breakdown and not recover. In cases of breakdown, the possibility of recovery remains with the passing of time and/or with intervention.We would never wish to experience adversity so that we can develop resilience or experience personal growth. However, since adversity is an inevitable fact of life, resilience gives us hope that we, and those we serve, can recover and grow from it.Key Takeaway #4:  Resilience Can Be FosteredSuccessful adaptation, or resilience, after trauma or adversity depends upon a number of factors both within the individual and family, and in the systems that surround them. Dr. Masten in her book Ordinary Magic (2014) provides a shortlist of resilience factors or resources that can be drawn on during adversity:● Close relationships● Problem-solving skills● Self-regulation skills● Desire to succeed● Faith, hope, optimism● Purpose and belief that life has meaning● Effective schools and other community institutions● Well-functioning communitiesYou will notice that these factors are a mix of personal, family and community factors. An individual’s capacity to adapt goes beyond personal factors, although they are important, and extends to other systems including families, communities and broader societal system. In the webinar, Dr. Masten goes into great detail about how teachers and schools, communities and military matter for resilience.Key Takeaway #5:  Military Family Service Providers Play an Important Role in Fostering ResilienceSometimes a family does not know what they need to address the challenges they face. As a military family service provider, your role involves assisting them in identifying and accessing the support and resources that are available in the systems around them. The focus needs to be on individual, family and community strengths and resources, and not on their problems and deficits. Dr. Masten suggested a series of three questions to ask when working with an individual or family to keep this focus on strengths and resources:1.  What are the challenges the military-connected family is facing? Is it trauma, loss of income, war injuries, or other things? How can risk be reduced or prevented in the future? The goal here is to identify factors that can be addressed to reduce risk and stress.2.  How is the person or family doing? What are their strengths? How are their physical and mental health? What resources or access to resources do they have? You want to help promote protective factors with the family by supporting their strengths and resources.3.  What will foster the individual or family’s resilience in this situation? What are the resources and strengths they can call on to support them through this situation? How can you help them restore, mobilize and harness the power of “ordinary magic? Here the need is to increase an individual and family’s resources.Dr. Masten summarizes these questions into a resilience framework for taking action by framing positive goals, finding positive influences, assessing assets, preventing-promoting-protecting, and working at multiple levels and with multiple disciplines. Most of all, keep the family at the center of your approach, allowing them to tell you what they hope for and need.The webinar contains many examples and ideas on how to engage families in building their resilience. You can find additional information about this webinar and other two webinars in the series on the Resilience Series learn event page.Remember, for resilience prevent-promote-protect.last_img read more

Relationship Selling Is Dead (Redux)

first_imgSome people (mistakenly) believe that relationship selling is dead. Some (mistakenly) believe that the only thing that matters is price.Some of your dream clients believe that the sales organization that support them are nothing more than vendors and should be treated as such. But before we throw stones, we might want to clean the many windows that make up our glass house; some sales organizations behave like vendors and deserve to be treated as such.What follows is a true story.A sales organization has a longtime relationship with a client. That client company is purchased and their long time client contact’s job is in jeopardy. The acquiring company doesn’t really understand what he’s done or how he’s set up the program he runs. A big part of the reason they don’t understand what he’s done is because he collaborated with the sales organization in building something rather unique. The sales organization’s contact is in serious risk of losing his job.But because the relationship is deep, the sales organization’s leadership assures the contact that, should the acquiring company fire him, he will have a place in their company. The sales organization’s contact is more than grateful.But as the acquiring company assess their new acquisition, they realize the outstanding results the sales organization’s contact has produced. He shares how the sales organization did more than their part in generating those excellent results. As it turns out, the sales organization’s contact didn’t need their job. And he didn’t forget who had his back when it looked like things were going south.After carefully reviewing the acquiring company’s business, the sales organization’s contact awarded them a number of new lines of business. This business never went to bid. There was never an RFP. No one else was even considered for the new lines of business.Think relationships don’t matter? Think again.QuestionsAre relationships still important in sales? In business?Maybe you couldn’t get your contact a new job in your company, but how could you help them if they were in trouble?Have you ever had trouble penetrating a prospective client because your competitor’s relationships was so deep?How deep are your relationships? Was that strength built on helping them tackle tough challenges?What’s your best relationship story? 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

Will deal firmly with those responsible behind Imphal blasts: Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh

first_imgManipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, who also holds the Home portfolio, has directed the police to smoke out the insurgents responsible behind the recent bomb explosions in the State. Two BSF jawans were killed and three persons, including a woman and a girl, were injured when a remote-controlled bomb exploded near a BSF camp at Koirenggei on Wednesday. On Thursday, an Assam Rifles personnel was wounded when two bombs exploded in Imphal.Mr. Singh said that no solution can be found by resorting to violence. “The government strongly condemns the senseless violence,” he said.Meanwhile an outlawed outfit, People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangliepak, has claimed responsibility for the bomb attack on the BSF camp. The outfit also expressed regret for hurting the civilians.Mr. Singh said that while doors for negotiations were open, no stones would be left unturned to deal firmly with those who resorted to violence. He added that security has been beefed up in all trouble-prone areas in the state.last_img read more