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Bahrain : RSF and 56 other NGOs call for Bahraini blogger’s release

first_imgThe joint letter also calls for an independent and impartial investigation into the mistreatment that Rajab has reportedly received while in prison.  December 18, 2018 Bahrain : RSF and 56 other NGOs call for Bahraini blogger’s release Help by sharing this information to go further RSF and the 56 other NGOs are concerned that the date on which the court is due to issue its ruling on his appeal, 31 December, has been deliberately chosen by the Bahraini authorities in order to impose an even harsher sentence on Rajab that will trigger few protests from the international community because of the New Year celebrations. RSF_en Held since June 2016, Rajab is appealing against the five-year jail sentence he received in February 2018 for tweets criticizing conditions in a Bahraini prison and the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen. He received a separate two-year prison sentence in July 2017 for criticizing the Bahraini authorities in TV interviews. News Receive email alerts A total of 15 journalists and citizen-journalists are currently detained in connection with the provision of news and information in Bahrain, which is ranked 166th out of 180 countriesin RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Related documents open_letter_to_bahraini_authorities-_drop_all_charges_and_release_nabeel_rajab_-_ifex.pdfPDF – 106.88 KB Read the joint  letter, in the original English, below. BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expression As a Bahraini court prepares to rule on blogger and human rights defender Nabeel Rajab’s appeal, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and 56 other human rights NGOs have written a joint open letter calling on the Bahraini authorities to free Rajab at once, overturn his convictions and drop all charges against him.center_img March 17, 2021 Find out more BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expression German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest News October 14, 2020 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Bahrain June 15, 2020 Find out more News Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Newslast_img read more

Assistant Professor – Animal Genomics

first_img* How did you hear about this employment opportunity?Advertisement/PublicationWebsitePublic Job Posting (auemployment.com site)Academic ConferenceAgency ReferralInternal Job PostingPersonal ReferralVeterans Assistance Services (Veteran Job Boards, Military BaseServices, State Vet Rep, etc.)Disability Assistance Services (Disability Job Boards, ABLENetwork, Voc-Rehab referral, etc.)Other Posting DetailsJob TitleAssistant Professor – Animal GenomicsPosting NumberP0073FJob Description SummaryThe Department of Animal Sciences at Auburn University is seekingapplications for a nine-month, tenure-track position, in AnimalGenomics at the rank of assistant professor. The successfulcandidate will have a 60% research and 40% instruction appointment.The projected start date is August 1, 2021.Responsibilities: This position carries the expectation forexcellence in research productivity, scholarship, teaching, andstudent mentoring commensurate with the land grant mission atAuburn University. Research priorities for this position will focuson the challenges and opportunities in the production of foodanimals. The research program should emphasize in high-throughputgenome analysis, bioinformatics, gene network analysis and/orgenetic modification with applications relating to food animalproduction, health, and/or disease resistance. The successfulcandidate will develop and maintain a nationally andinternationally recognized, extramurally funded research programinvolving interdisciplinary collaboration. Areas of expertise mayinclude, but are not limited to, cell and molecular biology,functional genomics, and/or the microbiome. The candidate will beexpected to collaborate with other scientists within, but notlimited to, the Colleges of Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine,and/or Human Sciences, Alabama Agricultural Experiment Stations,and industry towards development of an animal genomics program. Theincumbent will teach an undergraduate-level foundation course inanimal breeding. Departmental, college, and university committeeservice is expected.Minimum QualificationsMinimum qualifications include an earned Ph.D. from an accreditedinstitution in Animal Science/Genetics or a related field by theposition start date. Ideally, the selected individual will haveexperience and training in genome/transcriptome sequencing,functional genomics, and/or bioinformatics, and the ability toindependently develop and conduct research in this area. Documentedevidence of individual and/or collaborative research and/orteaching resulting in peer-reviewed publications is required. Theselected individual must possess excellent written andinterpersonal communication skills. The candidate must meeteligibility requirements for work in the United States at the timethe appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legallyfor the term of employment.Desired QualificationsWe seek individuals with postdoctoral research experience andevidence of extramural funding efforts. Experience in developingnew and/or teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in animalbreeding and genetics and mentoring at the graduate andundergraduate levels is also desired.Special Instructions to ApplicantsApplications for this position can be made by visiting this link:http://www.auemployment.com/postings/20248 and attaching thefollowing: 1. Cover letter that represents the applicant experiencepertinent to the position responsibilities; 2. Current curriculumvitae; 3. Copies of all academic transcripts; 4. Statement ofresearch interests and accomplishments; and 5. Statement ofteaching philosophy. When prompted during the on-line process,please provide names, email addresses and phone numbers for threeprofessional references. Only completed application materials willbe considered. To ensure consideration for the position, applicantsare encouraged to apply by end of business January 4, 2021. Thesearch will continue until the position is filled. Questions aboutthis position should be directed to Dr. Paul Dyce, Search CommitteeChair, Email: [email protected]; Phone: 334-844-1840.Open DateClose DateOpen Until FilledYesReferences required for this position?YesIf yes, minimum number requested3Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Optional & Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover LetterCurriculum VitaeStatement of Teaching PhilosophyTranscriptsStatement of Research and/or GoalsOptional DocumentsOther DocumentationOther Documentation (2)Othercenter_img * Please enter the specifics of the option you selectedabove:(Open Ended Question)last_img read more

Syracuse earns top seed in National Invitation Tournament

first_img Published on March 12, 2017 at 8:40 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse earned a No. 1 seed in the National Invitation Tournament after missing the NCAA Tournament when eligible for the first time in nine years.The Orange will play eighth-seeded North Carolina-Greensboro on Tuesday in the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m. The Spartans finished the regular season 25-9 and first in the Southern Conference. The last time SU played in the NIT, 2008, the Orange made the quarterfinals. Syracuse also made the NIT quarterfinals in 2007.SU got off to its worst start ever through 12 games under Jim Boeheim, dropping to 7-5 after a 33-point loss to St. John’s in the Carrier Dome. That was only one of five losses to teams that finished outside the RPI Top 100, including defeats to Connecticut, Georgetown, Boston College and Pittsburgh.The Orange beat five teams in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, Duke, Florida State, Virginia, Miami and Wake Forest. Respectively, those teams were seeded seventh, 10th, 17th, 30th and 43rd overall by the selection committee in this year’s 68-team field.In the NIT, the higher seed hosts until the Final Four, which is played at Madison Square Garden. That means the Orange will host a maximum of three games before traveling to New York City if it advances that far.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIf Syracuse beats UNC-Greensboro, it will face the winner of Monmouth and Mississippi in the Carrier Dome.“When we get ready to play a game, as a competitor, you want to go out and win the game,” Boeheim said. “Our players are going to want to win. They’re disappointed, everybody’s disappointed, but you have a game, whenever that may be and you want to get ready and you want to go out and play.” Commentslast_img read more

Former Syracuse quarterback Donovan McNabb accused of sexual misconduct

first_img Comments McNabb currently sits as a “life member” on the Syracuse Board of Trustees. He has donated to multiple SU football projects. These include donations to team facilities like the weight room and locker room, per Syracuse.com.For the specific allegations against McNabb, see subheading 23.f.0002a First Amended Complaint (Signed) by Deadspin on Scribd A number of NFL Network employees — current and former — were accused of sexual harassment Monday. Former Syracuse quarterback Donovan McNabb is one of the accused in the lawsuit against the NFL. Bloomberg first reported the lawsuit.McNabb, a former employee of the NFL Network, was accused of sending inappropriate text messages to Jami Cantor, a former NFL Network wardrobe stylist.“We are aware of the allegations (against McNabb),” a Syracuse University spokesperson said in a statement. “We will follow this allegation closely. There is no place for sexual harassment in the Syracuse University community.”Cantor’s claims in the lawsuit included charges against others besides McNabb. Former NFL players Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans, Warren Sapp, Ike Taylor and Eric Davis were also among the accused. Beyond the former NFL players included in the lawsuit are Eric Weinberger, the former executive producer of NFL Network, and the NFL’s talent coordinator, Marc Watts.The claims have been made in civil court in Los Angeles county in California. The lawsuit’s full claims include age and gender discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe lawsuit states that the Plaintiff (Cantor) issued complaints to the network that went unanswered. Instead, her workload was increased while her hours were cut. Then she was unexpectedly terminated in October 2016. The then-51 year old Cantor was replaced by a 30-year old employee. Cantor said she has seen the NFL “age-out” other older employees.Two years ago, McNabb pled guilty to his second DUI charge. That led to his resignation from Fox Sports, where he had moved from the NFL Network. He’s currently employed by ESPN Radio, but according to Richard Deitsch, will not work there during this investigation. Published on December 13, 2017 at 9:43 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Panthers fall to 0-3 in Big 5

first_imgThe Del Norte boys basketball team came out hot and never let up against McKinleyville on Thursday in Thunen Gymnasium in Crescent City. The Warriors jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter and continued to build onto their advantage throughout the final three quarter en route to a 68-39 victory over the Panthers.“I thought that was the best that we have played all year, for a complete game, hands down — on both ends of the floor,” said Del Norte head coach Blaine Lopez. “We …last_img read more

The Lone Ranger vs the Big Science Consensus

first_imgNational Geographic retells the lonely battle of J Harlen Bretz against the scientific establishment, and what made them so pig-headed.Glenn Hodges tells in bold narrative how one man, not even trained in geology, figured out the Channeled Scablands in eastern Washington state. It’s a story we’ve told before, but this article in National Geographic, with Michael Melford’s stunning photographs, is a keeper. The headline and subtitle give a flavor of what’s below:Formed by Megafloods, This Place Fooled Scientists for DecadesGeologists couldn’t account for the strange landforms of eastern Washington State. Then a high school teacher dared to question the scientific dogma of his day.“Harley Bretz” was so intrigued by the odd landforms he saw, the idea of a megaflood struck him as the explanation. It was after his insight that he decided to learn geology. Excited with his hypothesis, and now armed with a PhD (and a more-dignified name ‘J Harlen Bretz’), he expected the rational, fair-minded scientific community to share his excitement. He published his theory in 1923. Boy, was he in for a shock!It was geological heresy. For almost a century, ever since Charles Lyell’s 1830 text Principles of Geology set the standards for the field, it had been assumed that geological change was gradual and uniform—always the product of, as Lyell put it, “causes now in operation.” And floods of quasi-Biblical proportions certainly did not meet that standard.So were they convinced by the evidence? Were they open to following the evidence where it led? Were they free of anti-religious bias?It didn’t matter how meticulous Bretz’s research was, or how sound his reasoning might be; he seemed to be advocating a return to geology’s dark ages, when “scientists” used catastrophic explanations for the Earth’s features to buttress theological presumptions about the age of a Creator’s divine handiwork. It was unacceptable. How did canyons and cataracts form? By rivers, of course, over millions of years. Not gigantic floods. Period.Wow. This is not only shocking true history, but shocking that National Geographic would print it. The scandal is as bad as the Piltdown Hoax in anthropology, smearing egg all over the faces of the so-called ‘experts’ in science. Hodges doesn’t let up. He uses the occasion to show that die-hard critics stick to their consensus, sometimes to the death.Of course, for some of Bretz’s most stubborn critics, even eyewitness experience wasn’t enough. Bretz’s arch-adversary, Richard Foster Flint, a Yale geologist who remained a premier authority in the field until the 1970s, spent years studying the scablands and resisted Bretz’s theory until he was virtually the only one left who did. He finally acknowledged the scablands flooding (grudgingly, with a single sentence in a textbook in 1971), but as philosopher Thomas Kuhn observed, new scientific truths often win the day not so much because opponents change their minds, but because they die off. By the time the Geological Society of America finally recognized Bretz’s work with the Penrose Medal, the field’s highest honor, it was 1979 and Bretz was 96 years old. He joked to his son, “All my enemies are dead, so I have no one to gloat over.”And now, the rest of the story. Hodges brings the Scablands story up to date, saying that today’s geologists invoke several floods, not just one. But does that show science’s march of progress toward the truth? If Bretz had taught a sequence of floods, would that have muted the opposition?Perhaps it’s just as well that he didn’t. That sort of neat resolution might obscure what’s arguably the most important lesson of the scablands’ story—the caution that “nature has the answers, not us.” Just when we think we’ve got nature figured out, we find that among her many powers is the power to confound us, again and again and again.But you can trust the geologists today. Now they know.Hodges’ article triggered a mini-flood of comments.Hold this article up to school boards! When they discuss science standards, and present their simplistic views of “the scientific method” and the march of scientific progress, and the dangers of ‘creationist pseudoscience’, make them read this. A catastrophic flood theory was right! This is no creationist writing this: it is National Geographic, one of the chief mockers of Biblical creation. This is HISTORY. It is recent history. Science teachers, science reporters and professional geologists caught in the ‘web of belief’ of scientism need you to help extricate them.After looking at what happened in the Bretz case, you need to follow up with the question, “What scientific consensus today results from anti-Biblical bias?” The answers are obvious. Darwinian evolution, and the moyboy addiction. Charlie & Charlie & Co. (Lyell, Darwin) pulled the wool over scientists’ eyes with visions of endless ages of gradual processes. The Channeled Scablands are only a tiny remnant of world-wide evidences of global catastrophe. But the consensus cannot see it, and will not see it, because Lyell and Darwin have blinded their minds.The die-hards may have to kick the bucket before Big Science reforms. That means that creation ministries to youth who are not yet addicted have profound significance. (Visited 133 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Top 50 Social Brands of 2009. Spoiler: You Know All of Them

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification mike melanson Related Posts “2009 was the year of Social Media” according to Buzz Study, the blog that keeps tabs on Infegy’s Social Radar. They’re not speaking from experience, they’re speaking from what they’ve seen in the billions of “blog posts, news feeds, forums, social networks and Twitter posts” the service has collected over the past two years. While the service normally provides more complex information around a certain brand, as in its tracking of the Domino’s Pizza PR disaster this past September, the top 50 list takes an easier approach: how many unique sources mentioned a brand over the past year. So what brand was the talk of the town in 2009?Why, Twitter, of course. Google, which had previously held the number one spot, took second prize and Facebook jumped up six spots to round out the top three. While you can take a look at the full list of 50 top brands yourself, Buzz Study had this to say about the results:The list certainly shows that 2009 was the year of Social Media. Twitter moved ahead of Google to take the number 1 spot, while Facebook and MySpace made significant leaps over big brands as well. Most video game related brands were down this year as well, including Sony, Wii, Xbox, and Nintendo. It also appears TV brands all jumped this year including Disney, MTV, Fox, BBC, CNN, ESPN, and ABC.Blackberry, MTV and Starbucks were among the top movers in this years list, with each rising 17, 13 and 12 spots respectively. Canon, Samsung and Intel were the hardest hid on the list, dropping 17, 16 and 13 spots from last year.center_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#2009 in Review#news#twitter#web#Year in Review last_img read more

Modern Day Sales: 8 Ways Companies are Changing the Future of Sales

first_imgChina and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Like most functions in today’s businesses, sales is currently undergoing a transformation. Lead generation, customer acquisition, and sales resources are being approached differently. Companies now replace the cold call with new sales tools and tactics that are changing results for the better.If you are a small to medium-sized business, you may be contemplating how to transform your sales team to maximize the results from lead generation and customer acquisition activities while minimizing sales resources. Consider these eight ways that companies are leveraging tech to change the sales process so that you can emulate their success:1. Personalizing PitchesThe modern-day sales team has had to change its methods for approaching prospects. Before, it was all about enumerating product features. But this sales tactic never really addressed each prospect’s personal needs. Instead, it assumed everyone could benefit from the same features.Now, sales teams must focus on personalizing all their sales pitches, specifically addressing each prospect’s perceived needs and desires. This, in turn, requires leveraging the available data and conducting extensive prospect research, which may include surveys, interviews, and/or focus groups.Sales professionals know that they have to observe more and ask questions. They must pay attention to continue personalizing future sales with the insights gained through those conversations.2. Employing Digital Sales ToolsPreviously, sales teams relied on manual processes, including paper proposals and contracts. Today, digital sales tools are automating many sales activities (e.g., digital signatures and contracts). As a result, there is less repetition and far fewer time-consuming tasks, which enables sales professionals to focus on the personal, one-on-one aspects of their job and close deals.There are also many more sales tools that allow sales team to use the power of the digital environment for prospecting and sales interaction. For example, Gmail can be used to send reminders and schedule emails; sales professionals then receive notifications when prospects open their emails and can leverage open tracking. Sales teams can also use tools like Proofy or Email Validator to verify prospect emails. These are just some of the ways digital sales tools can reduce wasted time and help sales teams increase productivity for a higher rate of lead generation and conversions.3. Using Big Data for Better Modern Day SalesThe availability of increasing amounts of data means that sales teams have a completely different perspective on who they are approaching. This data might include more specific information about various buyer personas, such as demographics, location, motivation, previous purchase behavior, and timeline for purchasing. That intelligence is enough to replace the cold call right there.In addition to using big data, B2B lead generation companies like Sapper Consulting partner with companies to leverage precise targeting and creative email content. As a result, they can help secure meetings with those prospects that are most likely to convert into customers. This type of deep intelligence saves sales teams time and money. The approach is about focusing the team solely on prescreened prospects who are most likely to buy the products or services being offered.4. Sharing Data to Enable Sales and Marketing CollaborationFor years, sales and marketing had a rather adversarial relationship. Each function thought the other didn’t understand or value what it did.But remember how personalization is changing the modern-day sales process, and how extensive research is required to customize sales pitches to prospects? It turns out that for real insights to be collected, marketing and sales need to work together and share the data that drives the personalization process. For this level of customization to work, it has to be threaded through all marketing messages and followed up by sales. As a result, today’s sales and marketing teams are collaborating much more closely.5. Incorporating Artificial IntelligenceSome employees worry that artificial intelligence will completely take over and leave them jobless. However, sales professionals know they will always be necessary, even in future sales organizations. Therefore, they view the appearance of AI as an opportunity to further maximize their time.First, AI has been a game changer in terms of delivering additional data and synthesizing that information into palpable insights that would have taken humans years to process. Second, AI can lighten a salesperson’s workload by automating various tasks. This makes it an ideal addition to a company that may be scaling up faster than it can hire additional sales professionals. Third, AI’s delivery of sales data insights will improve sales forecasting to bring sales budgets and strategy into greater alignment for a better return.6. OutsourcingAlthough it may sound risky to outsource your sales function, more companies are realizing that it does not matter if sales professionals work directly for you or if they work outside the firm to sell your products or services. What is important is that they have the ability to generate leads, leverage tools and technology, and deliver results.As sales organizations have sought out technology vendors and consultants to help solve sales prospecting and conversion problems, the trend is veering toward using more outsourcing providers who can add intelligence, technology, and talent to assist in the B2B and B2C environment to solve those problems and address ever-changing target audience demands. In addition, by lowering their overall sales costs, outsourcing the sales function allows organizations to realize greater value.7. Sales TrainingThe belief in sales training investment as a significant way to achieve a greater return is becoming more widespread among all sizes of companies, from startups to established enterprises. According to a McKinsey report, “Just under half the fast growers spend significant time and money on sales-force training, compared to 29 percent of slow growers.”This demonstrated competitive advantage has led to a renewed interest in sales training programs and platforms to assist sales talent within the organization as well as any of the outsourced talent that has been brought in. Now, online training programs, augmented reality, and AI-enabled training sessions are assisting sales professionals on everything from account-based selling to smart personalization.8. Omnichannel and Social SellingModern-day sales also involves new ways to undertake selling. That means sales professionals have had to learn — and value — different channels and ways to approach prospects. Previously, sales professionals picked up the phone or visited prospects in person. Today, sales professionals have to look at omnichannel selling, social selling, mobile selling, and more.For example, stats compiled by Entrepreneur indicate that leads who come from social media convert seven times more frequently than leads who come through other channels. Sales professionals who incorporate social media as a channel for prospecting have been proven to outsell 78 percent of their peers. With such a successful track record, changing channels and outreach to other locations where prospects are more likely to be found and listen is an ideal way to improve current and future sales results. What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Related Posts center_img Peter Daisyme Tags:#digital tools#engagement#sales How to Get Started in China and Have Successlast_img read more

Kings hope to play big as they seek Finals slot

first_imgBarangay Ginebra is expected to play big—literally—as the Gin Kings try to negate the quickness of TNT KaTropa when they seek a Finals slot in the PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Starring Glen Rice Jr. and speedy guard Jason Castro, the Ka Tropa nearly toppled the Kings in Game 3 if not for a couple of miscues and Joe Devance’s heroics down the stretch.“We tried to pound it inside and they used their quickness to blow by our big guys,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone. “Again, we played our style and they played their style. I’m sure it’s going to be the same in Game 4.”Seven-footer Greg Slaughter and 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar form Ginebra’s formidable frontline quartet together with the 6-foot-7 De Vance and 6-foot-5 import Justin Brownlee.Rice attempted in vain to neutralize the Gin Kings’ imposing ceiling by scoring 44 points last time out built on sheer quickness and athleticism.On the defensive end, the Texters have to bring out the best from Kelly Williams, Troy Rosario and Anthony Semerad to contain Ginebra’s bigs.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “We have four bigs who are very agile,” said Ginebra guard LA Tenorio after the Kings snatched a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five semifinal series with a 106-103 win Friday.“That’s our strength and we have to take advantage of that,” added Tenorio.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Kings hope that strategy closes out the Texters Sunday and arrange a rematch for the crown against Meralco, which badly wants to rebound from losing the Finals last year.Allen Durham, Jared Dillinger, Baser Amer, Ranidel De Ocampo and the Bolts swept the Star Hotshots in the other semifinal pairing. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201701:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Filipinos seek strong Powerman stint Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Regional Health Authorities on Agenda for Reform

first_imgThe functions of the Regional Health Authorities will be among the issues put under the microscope, when the Ministry of Health begins discussions on health care reform. Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, told members of the Jamaica Association of Health Service Executives (JAHSE) on Wednesday, March 13, that he intends to undertake the process of health care reform and will soon be engaging them in discussions on the modalities of this reform. “Issues that we need to seriously consider include the functions of the Regional Health Authorities, how we can efficiently utilize our resources, including pharmaceuticals; the use of technology; and improved monitoring and evaluation,” Dr. Ferguson said. He said that as executives of the health sector, they have an important role to play in making this venture a success and bring the country closer to meeting its National Development Plan, Vision 2030. “Your co-operation and deep involvement in this movement is essential for us to achieve our goals. I know that you have had to work in very difficult circumstances and the difficulties will remain for some time to come. However, I am proud to be working with a team that despite the odds, has been able to produce some of the best results,” the Minister said. Vision 2030 Jamaica is the country’s first long-term national development plan, which aims at enabling Jamaica to achieve developed country status by 2030. It is based on a comprehensive vision: “Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.” The association was having its quarterly luncheon at the Hotel Four Seasons in Kingston, where it presented University of Technology student, Naidia Cooke-Raymond, with a scholarship valued at $100,000. Mrs. Cooke-Raymond, who works at the Falmouth Hospital in Trelawny, is pursuing a Masters degree in Health Services Administration.“I am very honoured and grateful to receive the scholarship. I am so very appreciative of what the association has done to help me in propelling my education. It is a big help and I hope that I will make everybody proud,” she told JIS News.The JAHSE is a broad-based organisation that provides a place for people in health care administration/management, at all levels and with different business and professional background and experience, to network.By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporterlast_img read more