Gavi, NEC and Simprints sign MoU

first_imgGavi, NEC and Simprints sign MoU Share Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 To deploy world’s first scalable child fingerprint identification solution to boost immunisation in developing countriesGavi, the Vaccine Alliance, NEC Corporation, and Simprints Technology have signed a memorandum of understanding on the use of biometrics to improve immunisation coverage in developing countries.Despite enormous progress over the past two decades, there are still approximately 20 million children (*1) who do not receive a basic course of vaccines worldwide, leaving them exposed to some of the world’s deadliest diseases.One key cause is the fact that only half of all children under 5 in sub-Saharan Africa are currently registered at birth, leaving many without an official identity. This makes it difficult for health practitioners to ensure these infants get the vaccines they need at the right time.Guided by Gavi’s experience and expertise in immunisation, this new project will combine Simprints’ biometric fingerprint technology and NEC’s reinforced authentication engine to help create digital identities for children one to five years of age and boost immunisation coverage in developing countries.This new partnership will deploy the world’s first scalable fingerprint identification solution to give children aged 1-5 a digital ID linked to an accurate, complete medical record. All biometric records will be stored securely by Simprints, a UK-based non-profit social enterprise, after caregivers give informed consent to taking their children’s biometric data.Implementing this plan with conventional extraction and matching engines would be very challenging, since young children’s fingerprints tend to be blurred due to their softness. NEC’s fingerprint authentication engine has overcome this issue, with optimisation for infant fingerprints and the use of fingerprint images taken with Simprints scanners. This combination has resulted in highly accurate authentication, with a certification rate of 99 per cent.The three partners will begin carrying out proof of concept validation of the technology in Bangladesh and Tanzania by early 2020. If successful, the project will then progress to linking children’s digital identity with their vaccination record, helping health practitioners to track which children need to be vaccinated and when.This initiative helps to promote the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations, particularly Goal 3 of ensuring healthy lives for all people of all ages and promoting welfare. This includes provision 3.8 for achieving universal health coverage (UHC), including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all. Comments (0) GaviimmunisationNEC CorporationSimprints TechnologyVaccine Alliance Related Posts Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals By EH News Bureau on June 6, 2019 News Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Read Article Add Commentlast_img read more

Ko, A. Jutanugarn tied for Women’s Australian Open lead

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia – World No. 1 Lydia Ko of New Zealand and Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn shot 1-under 72s on Saturday to share the lead after the third round of the Women’s Australian Open at Royal Melbourne. Ko and Jutanugarn had 54-holes totals of 7-under 212, one better than South Korea’s Amy Yang, who shot 70. Julieta Granada of Paraguay and Australia’s Katherine Kirk, also with 70s, were tied for fourth, three behind the leaders. Kirk had four consecutive birdies from Nos. 13 to 16 to move up the leaderboard. England’s Charley Hull shot 76 and dropped back into a group tied for seventh with Jessica Korda (75), the 2012 champion at Royal Melbourne. Scores: Women’s Australian Open It was a tough, hot day at Royal Melbourne, particularly on the back nine. Only one player broke 70 – first-round leader Ilhee Lee with a 69. She’s tied for 13th and seven strokes behind. Ko said conditions were so tough it was like playing in a major. “You hit it onto the green and you have this humungous break,” Ko said. “It’s tough in every aspect … it does feel like a major.” Kirk, who also had three bogeys and six birdies overall on Saturday, said Royal Melbourne had the firmest greens she expected to compete on all year. “I’m very happy with it because it’s not easy to make birdies out there and I made six,” Kirk said. “I made two long putts and they’re just bonuses, but that’s probably as good as it gets today. You know this week that you’re going to make bogeys; it’s a tough golf course and they’re inevitable.” Ko said she felt frustrated about not being able to make more birdies, but said she’d take a 2-under 71 before she began play on Sunday if offered. “Yes, I would,” she laughed. “If I don’t have to play in that heat and get a 71 I’d take it.”last_img read more

The Artist Ranger

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. When Tim Rains finally sat down in his Denali, Alaska home to get to work honing his passion for illustration, all that emerged from the tip of his ink pen was a circle.As an employee at Denali National Park, Rains had to find a way to pass the time, but also wanted to better himself. Illustrating was always a passion, he figured. So he drew another circle. Then a spiral. Then a circle again.“I was kind of waiting for the light to come down and the angels to start singing. They didn’t,” Rains said in an interview last week, quick to laugh at his slightly hubristic beginnings. “But it felt cathartic to draw that circle. So I drew another. And more spirals.”Eventually, his illustrations evolved to include the overwhelming and incredible Alaskan outdoors. But Rains knew those circles and spirals would follow him.Several years and a couple moves later, Rains, who worked as the communications specialist at Glacier National Park last summer, is about to show his first solo exhibit, his circles and spirals having become lovable, whimsical, colorful characters.Rains’ work will be on display at Montana Coffee Traders in Kalispell this December, a step the artist says is huge for his growth and confidence in his work.It’s just kind of been like that since Rains moved here. He’d been living in Portland, Oregon, focusing on his talents as a composer, when he felt compelled to move to Montana.“I thought it would be a better place to focus on artwork and music,” Rains said.A longtime employee of national parks, Rains said his passion for the outdoors is mirrored in his desire to create and express himself. Each time he’s worked in a national park, Rains said he’s treated it like an artist-in-residence position as well, learning from his surroundings and taking the most inspiration to the paper.Ironically, Rains said that while working for and in Glacier National Park, the only characters and scenes he felt compelled to capture were the goats and a traffic jam caused by an explosion of wildflowers in a field in Many Glacier. The landscape hasn’t played into his work much, and the bears remind him too much of Alaska.Instead, while living here, he turned those circles into creatures and people. His partner Jon loves owls, so Rains tried that first, and found a natural rhythm with the circles he’d drawn before. Soon, hearts became an important aspect of the illustrations, which he draws with ink then fills in the color on the computer.“I never intended to be an illustrator,” he said. “But I found through abstraction and doing my own thing and owning it, people start to find something that speaks to them.”His creations are whimsical and inviting, and have found homes in local businesses. While working at PlantLand in Evergreen, for example, Rains drew a piece called “From My Gnome to Yours,” featuring a garden gnome offering a potted plant. The gnomes eyes are spirals, his hat and belt are decorated hearts, and the plant is a small, growing heart as well.Rains hopes his characters become part of a larger mythos in which the spiral, circle, and heart are representative throughout. Spirals denote being grounded, he said, and the hearts are about happiness and love.Titling his creations is also part of Rains’ process, because the titles often say more about the intent behind them. The piece “Scream Heard Round the World” is a commentary on Election Day, he said, while another piece has the title “The Goat Who Climbed High Enough to Eat the Stars.” The exclusive piece for Montana Coffee Traders, featuring a Three-Wise-Men-ish figure bestowing coffee, is titled, “Eureka! Or The Day I Saved Christmas.”“They’re quirky because sometimes they’re what I want to say,” Rains said.Along with the Montana Coffee Traders show, Rains said he’s working on commissions, and hopes his designs catch the eyes of those thinking about getting a tattoo. Eventually, he wants to put all his characters into an ensemble creation and reach a Disney-sized audience. Already, his Etsy store is gaining traction, he said, and his pieces at Sassafras in Kalispell are selling.But while he strives for greater heights, Rains said he’s found purpose in his work again, and plans to keep riding the wave of creative success he’s found in Montana. Whether people are drawn to his work because of the circular elements or their own reasons, Rains is happy his work is connecting.“Whatever you see, I just want people to have fun,” Rains said.For more information on Tim Rains, visit www.timrains.com or www.etsy.com/shop/TimsDreamingTree.last_img read more

News / Less transhipment cargo and uncertainty over new US policy hits HPHT profits

first_img“However, there remains a high level of uncertainty on the policy stance of the new US administration and its domestic and global ramifications on the US economy and trade in 2017.”The company added there had been a moderate uplift in outbound cargo to Europe, but cautioned that weak consumer sentiment and high unemployment would hinder the pickup of European trade this year.Hongkong International Terminals (HIT) saw throughput decline 6.2%, due to weaker intra-Asia and transhipment demand. HIT, in combination with HPH Trust’s additional Hong Kong terminals COSCO-HIT and Asia Container Terminals, handled around 10.8m teu.Total volumes at the port of Hong Kong fell just 2.5% to 16.6m teu in 2016, prompting some analysts to suggest HPH’s weakening position.“HPH Trust has been losing market share in Hong Kong, from 75.5% for 2015 to 71.0% for 2016,” OCBC Investment analyst Deborah Ong said in a research note, adding: “While we believe Hong Kong container throughput has turned a corner, we are slightly less optimistic on the extent of throughput growth HPH will enjoy.”In December, HPH announced a formal collaboration with COSCO Shipping Ports on the management of their combined Hong Kong terminals.HPH said this would create additional capacity by increasing flexibility in berth and yard planning, adding that the partnership was as a “confident response to the changing dynamics of the global shipping industry”.Outlining the challenges it faces from the structural changes taking place in liner shipping, HPH said the service rationalisation of the global container shipping alliances had negatively impacted transhipment volumes of both HIT and YICT in 2016.“Shipping lines continue to deploy mega-vessels to achieve economies of scale and reform their carrier alliances to improve efficiency, control costs and enhance competitiveness,” HPH said.According to Jonathan Beard, Asia head of transportation and logistics at Arcadia, as global port competition heats up more terminal collaborations are likely to take place as it is a “strategy to help ‘lock in’ key customers and secure volumes”.“The COSCO tie-up should help stabilise HPH volumes, but the other carrier alliance partners also play a role in port and terminal choice,” he added. By Sam Whelan, Asia correspondent 20/02/2017 Hutchison Ports Holdings Trust (HPH Trust) recorded a 6% year-over-year drop in throughput for 2016, and has warned of high levels of uncertainty for the year ahead.The Singapore-listed unit of the global port operator that covers its Pearl River Delta terminals, saw total volumes fall to 22.5m teu, revenue drop 5.6% to HK$11.9bn (US$1.53bn) and operating profit decline 3% to HK$2.95bn ($380m).In Shenzhen, throughput at Yantian International Container Terminals (YICT) decreased 3.9% to 11.7m teu compared with 2015. HPH Trust said this was primarily due to less transhipment cargo, although this was offset somewhat by US and EU trade growth.“As a result of the strong rebound in economic activity in the US in the second half of 2016, supported by robust employment data, outbound cargo to the US escalated in the fourth quarter of 2016,” HPH Trust said in its 2016 financial statement.last_img read more

Du Plessis reaping rewards of sevens focus

first_img Blitzboks wing Muller du Plessis says he is happy that he made the decision to commit to sevens full time for the next two years. DYLAN JACK reports.Du Plessis was recently one of the Blitzboks’ outstanding performers during the Vancouver Sevens as he was the one South African named in the tournament’s Dream Team. His highlights included a hat-trick in the final pool game against England, which had the Blitzboks progress to the quarter-finals of the tournament.While the 20-year-old was part of the Sharks Currie Cup squad last year, he did not get a game and travelled between the 15-man and sevens format since signing his first professional contract.ALSO READ: Blitzboks being tested for Covid-19However, with the Sharks’ permission, Du Plessis decided that it would be best for him to divert his entire attention to the shortened format and made his stay with the Blitzboks permanent for the next two years.Speaking after the team’s arrival back from North America, Du Plessis said that decision has been excellent for his form.‘I definitely feel that it was a good decision,’ Du Plessis said. ‘Going between the two was really difficult. It is not the same type of rugby. Just being in an environment where I can focus on one thing, it helps a lot. To grow and learn from other players is what I enjoy.‘Also, body-wise, I can get a rest and not play the full year. Having a proper pre-season before the start of the new season is also a great thing. Because I am not going to the Currie Cup, it helps.’Du Plessis added that while his immediate focus is on growing and learning as much as he can as a sevens player, he would still be keen to rejoin the Sharks once the two-year period is up.‘The agreement was that I would stay with the sevens for the next two years or so. But then in the future I would go back and rejoin the Sharks in their set-up.‘But for now, I think it is best for me to stay and grow for now, to learn and then afterwards to look at fitting in at the Sharks.’Photo: Getty Images Posted in Blitzboks, Sevens, Top headlines Tagged blitzboks, Muller du Plessis, sevens, sharks, Vancouver Sevens AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Published on March 17, 2020 Du Plessis reaping rewards of sevens focus Watch: I wanted to rip Jean’s head off – Jaque FourieSA Rugby MagUndo Post by Dylan Jack Shop Bras Online | Search AdsTake a Look at These Bra and Panty SetsShop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo  518  34 World Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVMaverick coach Eddie Jones has named his Test dream team made up of players he has worked with throughout his illustrious career.SA Rugby MagUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndoShop Bras Online | Search AdsBrilliant Bra and Panty Sets (take a look)Shop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndocenter_img ‘ ‘ Muller du Plessis runs away to score against England ‘ BabbelLearning a new language this year? – This app gets you speaking in just 3 weeksBabbel|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ ‘ ‘ 熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby MagUndoJapan-based Kiwi player: I hope to never experience this againSA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Atlanta Police Change How They Respond To Shoplifting

first_img Related Stories Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility 0:45 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Atlanta police are changing how they respond to shoplifting in Zone Two, which includes Buckhead and North Atlanta.Instead of dispatching an officer to every shoplifting call, just one officer will be assigned to handle them all.Major Barry Shaw said they need stores to take a more preventative approach to shoplifting.“You’ll go in some of these places and they have a lot of stealth mode, behind the glass, watching the hidden camera,” Shaw said. “But our request has been let’s try a different model here. Let’s do more visible security.”Shaw said most of the shoplifting calls they receive come from bigger retail stores, like Walmart or Target, not from malls.The Simon Property Group, which operates Lenox Square and the Phipps Plaza, and the Shops Buckhead Atlanta each said they had no comment on the policy change.Jim Durrett, with the Buckhead Community Improvement District, said the policy change is a symptom of a bigger problem.“My concern is with our ability to fully fund a fully staffed police department in the city of Atlanta,” Durrett said.Atlanta Police Department officials said the department is short staffed and needs to focus on more serious crimes, like burglaries and assaults.In January of this year, Zone Two police had more than twice as many shoplifting incidents than any other Atlanta zone. Share For Whom The Bell Rings ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more

E3 Live completely disappoints fans

first_img 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyAleksi Ranta Category Management Project Manager 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyJonah Falcon Writer 9Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now. 4 years ago “You gamers are what matter the most to us. You are what keeps us going and pushing the envelope. We love the support we have received from all of you…..here buy a cap” E3 Live completely disappoints fans”I expected more, at least to play some more…I was like c’mon man, I didn’t come here to buy stuff”James BrightmanFriday 17th June 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareE3 2016 has officially come to a close, and despite the fact that Activision and EA were absent from the show floor, my experience of the show was that it was actually quite vibrant and filled with plenty of intricate booth displays and compelling new games to play. The same cannot be said for the ESA’s first ever public satellite event, E3 Live, which took place next door at the LA Live complex. The ESA managed to give away 20,000 tickets in the first 24 hours after announcing the show in late May. But as the saying goes, you get what you pay for…The fact that it was a free event, however, does not excuse just how poor this show really was. Fans were promised by ESA head Mike Gallagher in the show’s initial announcement “the chance to test-drive exciting new games, interact with some of their favorite developers, and be among the first in the world to enjoy groundbreaking game experiences.”I spent maybe an hour there, and when I first arrived, I genuinely questioned whether I was in the right place. But to my disbelief, the small area (maybe the size of two tennis courts) was just filled with a few tents, barely any games, and a bunch of merchandise (t-shirts and the like) being marketed to attendees. The fans I spoke with felt like they had been duped. At least they didn’t pay for their tickets…The exhibitor map”I’m a little disappointed,” Malcolm commented. “We weren’t exactly sure what it was going to be. We thought we were going to at least play some demos or something. There’s not much [here], and I knew we weren’t going to make it to the conferences, but I thought there would be more to interact with. It’s free so I knew we wouldn’t get much, but I was expecting something…” “When we found out it was the first public event, we thought, ‘Cool we can finally go to something E3 related’ because we don’t work for any of the companies and we’re not exhibitors, and I was excited for that but then we got here and we were like ‘Uh oh, is this it?’ So we got worried and we’re a little bit upset,” he continued. Malcolm added that he thought it was going to be in one of the buildings right in the middle of the LA Live complex, rather than a siphoned off section outside with tents.As I walked around, it was the same story from attendees. Jose, who came with his son, felt similarly to Malcolm. “It’s not that big. I expected a lot of demos, but they only had the Lego Dimensions demo. I expected something bigger where we could play some of the big, upcoming titles. All it is is some demo area with Lego and some VR stuff,” he told me. When I asked him if he got what he thought would be an E3 experience, he continued, “Not even close, this is really disappointing. It’s really small and it’s just here. I expected more, at least to play some more. And the VR, I’m not even interested in VR. Me and my son have an Xbox One and we wanted to play Battlefield 1 or Titanfall 2 and we didn’t get that opportunity. I was like c’mon man, I didn’t come here to buy stuff. I came here to enjoy games.”By cobbling together such a poor experience for gamers, while 50,000 people enjoy the real E3 next door, organizers risk turning off the very audience that they should be welcoming into the show with open arms. As the major publishers told me this week, E3 is in a transitional period and needs to put players first. That’s why EA ultimately hosted its own event, EA Play. “We’re hoping the industry will shift towards players. This is where everything begins and ends for all of us,” said EA global publishing chief Laura Miele. “This is really disappointing. It’s really small and it’s just here. I expected more, at least to play some more” It seems like a no-brainer to start inviting the public, and that’s what we all thought was happening with E3 Live, but in reality they were invited to an atmosphere and an “experience” – one that barely contained games. The good news, as the quickly sold out E3 Live tickets indicated, is that there is a big demand for a public event. And it shouldn’t be very complicated to pull off. If the ESA sells tickets, rather than giving them away, they can generate a rather healthy revenue stream. Give fans an opportunity to check out the games for a couple days and let the real industry conduct its business on a separate 2-3 days. That way, the ESA will be serving both constituents and E3 will get a healthy boost. And beyond that, real professionals won’t have to worry anymore about getting shoved or trampled, which nearly happened to me when a legion of frenzied gamers literally all started running into West Hall as the show floor opened at 10AM. Many of these people are clearly not qualified and yet E3 allows them to register. It’s time to make E3 more public and more professional. It’s your move ESA.We asked the ESA to provide comment on the reception to E3 Live but have not received a response. We’ll update this story if we get a statement. Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 7 hours agoEA Play Live set for July 22Formerly E3-adjacent event moves to take place a month and half after the ESA’s showBy Jeffrey Rousseau 8 hours agoLatest comments (4)Brendan Sinclair Managing Editor, GamesIndustry.biz4 years ago Didn’t Microsoft do that around 2008 or 2009? Some of their big E3 demos hit Xbox Live the week of the show? I remember thinking at the time that would be the model going forward, but it never really seemed to happen. Too much concern about showstopping bugs and the amount of time it would take to properly polish those E3 demos that already drag development to a standstill?center_img 4 years ago E3 itself was shrunken. In the previous 13 E3’s, I’d never been able to see everything that was on the floor in 3 days. I saw all of it in both halls in less than 2 this year. 1Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyShow all comments (4)Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 4 years ago Oh video games, the medium which clamors the loudest for digital distribution, yet for some reason expects people to travel hundreds of miles to stand in line for hours to watch a video they could have seen at home on the TV from their couch.Forfeit your press or exhibitor badge for one day and try to play one of the big games on any other public game show. As you stand in line, contemplate the favor E3 did you for not even giving you the chance to stay in line. At the end of the show how many people will have played the game? Every kickstarted indie dev early access game is going to beat that with three hours worth of well timed Twitch streaming.last_img read more

Advice firms ‘champing at the bit’ over new advertising rule

first_img Newsletters 4 1 The Gates divorce: Lessons for financial advisers Why Tony Robbins, tax shelters and financial advisers don’t mix 5 InvestCloud to acquire Advicent and NaviPlan planning software House panel unanimously passes SECURE 2.0 House committee poised to advance SECURE 2.0 retirement savings bill You have read 473 of 3 free articles this week. Register now for increased access.Register for free access to this article.By registering, you can read up to 3 articles per week.RegisterAlready registered? Sign in to continue reading or subscribe for unlimited access.,MOST READ 3 2 Subscribe for original insights, commentary and analysis of the issues facing the financial advice community, from the InvestmentNews team.last_img

There Were Jaw Dropping Moments Too!

first_imgI have talked at length about the travails during my travels. I thought that it was unfair since many of my jaunts were studded with a spate of jaw-dropping moments. The first and foremost was in Disney World, Tokyo. The moment from entry to exit my mouth and eyes were wide open almost all the time. It was an inexplicable experience of the other world. The entire place was spic and span, despite the visit of hundreds of thousands of people. My friend and I were wandering mad, but the biological clock reminded us that we had to munch something to make the stomach quiet. Otherwise, it would start roaring. We were passing by the side of a food court without realizing it. Perhaps its proximity only had set an alarm in our stomach by Bluetooth technology! While approaching an eatery, I saw a giant-sized trash bin a little away that was full up to the brim. I thought that by the time I come and add my share, it would overflow. To my surprise, that very moment a covered van came and emptied it.The visit to the pavilion named “It is a small world” impressed me so much that I can see that even today on my mind’s screen. It presented animated figures dancing, twisting and frolicking in miniature settings of all nations. We were taken on a boat ride passing along pavilion after pavilion. It was touching the heart indeed. When it was over and we came out, I told my friend, “Mother nature has given us a wonderful and beautiful Earth. Why are we not maintaining it like that? I prefer to skip the other pavilions and like to visit this once again.” He smiled and replied, “I saw that you were deeply moved, but listen, the next one, the Disney parade, is the climax of this place. We have just time for a brief recess. We have to rush to get a vantage spot for a better view.” After 5 minutes I got lemonade from an automatic vending machine and sipped rapidly, against my own will and habit. We hurried to the venue of the parade, sat down on the ground in the first row very close to the path, which the parade will pass through.Then the parade started. The tableaus of ornate designs, of all sizes and shapes including some rare birds and animals, came one by one with pleasant music. It was a grand hi-tech spectacle. Everything was on wheels concealed from all sides. The artists, who were leading and following them, were also on skates, expertly dancing to the tunes in perfect synchrony. Some time ago we were cruising around scenes and miniature pavilions, in “It is a small world,” to which I had said goodbye with a heavy heart. Here we were static and the tableaus were passing in front stealing our heart. There were artists on some of the tableaus dancing to the tune and theme they represented. Each one was better than the other. Since all good things must come to an end, the parade and our visit to this idyllic village also ended. This is a reminder that, after all, we have to live in this world with ground reality, I thought.Once I was travelling from Rome to Delhi by Alitalia flight, scheduled departure, 1300 hours. When the public address system came alive on the dot, I thought it was the Captain’s instruction to cabin crew to be at their respective positions for takeoff. But, it was different. It was an apology for a delay of 15 minutes for a VIP. I thought that the wait could be longer. But, exactly after 15 minutes, another announcement came stating that the VIP has not turned up and we were flying without him! I could not believe my ears for a moment but understood that things work that way there.A couple of years before the turn of the millennium I was travelling to Ottawa. I reached Toronto by Air India. From there it was a domestic flight.  When I was walking through the vestibule with the boarding card I hoped to walk into the aircraft. Instead, I saw the sky. I had to get down, which I did carefully, with the help of a small ladder. After touching the solid ground I turned to my right and saw the aircraft, small in size perhaps a little larger than a Volvo bus. A staff collected my cabin baggage and put it in the belly of the aircraft. After boarding, I saw that there was no space above the seat for placing the bags. Back in the 70s of the last century, I have travelled in 35-seater aircraft. It was bigger than this, I remembered. Before departure, an elderly person stood in front and explained safety measures in case of emergency. He then served some snacks that looked like what we call here as ‘chakli.’ and entered the cockpit. In about 25 minutes we were in Ottawa. At that time, I did not know that my stay will be for 45 days.Whenever I travelled abroad I missed my wife and her cooking. Food is my life. But, it does not mean that I live to eat, it is the other way round. As I hail from the Cauvery Delta region, the granary of South India, I am predominantly a rice eater. However, as I have lived in the North, for about a couple of decades, I am comfortable with any Indian vegetarian food. But, when it comes to the question of bread, my mind does not accept it. On pressing circumstances, I have Indianised the bread by combining it with our gravy or transformed it into bread upma, veg roll and so on. Once, I found out about some Indian family, who took orders and made me survive. I have spent more on a taxi to go to distant Indian restaurants or Ceylonese restaurant to get the flavour of dishes similar to Keralite food. In course of time, I could locate some Indian shops selling frozen food such as naan and Uthappa, which I could microwave in the pantry of my suite.Some people do less but talk about it at greater length. It applies to me, in the context of eating. After all, food makes a man.अन्नाद्भवन्ति भूतानि पर्जन्यादन्नसम्भवः।यज्ञाद्भवति पर्जन्यो यज्ञः कर्मसमुद्भवः।। (Bhagavad Gita 3.14)(All creatures are made from food; food comes from rain and rain is a result of yajna, which accrues from good deeds.)While describing the human body in his Vivekachoodamani (Verses 111-135), Sri Adi Shankaracharya reckons it as annamayya-kosha, the first outermost sheath (layer made of food), others being pranamaya-kosha (of vital life force), manomaya-kosha (of mind), vijnanamaya-kosha (of intellect/intuition) and anandamaya-kossa (of bliss). According to our belief, the Atma (soul) is at the centre of these five sheaths. Even though I have only a very empirical idea about this, I know for certain that the food is in my control and it does influence the physical body. This, in turn, influences the others. That is the reason I am cautious about the food. Since I cannot ask for the ideal food all the time, I makeup with fruits.Seemingly never-ending sojourn finally came to an end. I was back in Air India flight, first row, and first seat. After some time my mind took off and driven by nostalgic feelings swiftly reached home. I was dreaming and enjoying the reunion with my family. I do not know how long it took. Suddenly, I saw the air hostess pulling out the tray from the hand-rest and placed the food in front of me. “Wow!” was the sound that came out of my mouth involuntarily. There was large papad covering the food. She asked me cordially, seeing my eyes wide open in surprise “Do you like it, Sir?” “It is that crispy papad, madam. I am seeing a full-fledged Indian vegetarian meal after 45 days!” I said. She replied “Is it so? Then, you will have one more papad, when you finish it! Enjoy your food, Sir.” Instead of bouncing on the plate, I still kept wondering and thanking God that I had more legroom (and belly room) in the front. I realized that it was a comfortable seat. I finished as much as I normally during travels. After serving other passengers she came and promptly delivered the second one. I thanked her profusely.last_img read more

Faculty, FT Core- Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Virtual)

first_imgWORK ENVIRONMENTWork is performed primarily in a standard office environment, butmay involve exposure to moderate noise levels. Work involvesoperation of personal computer equipment for 6–8 hours daily andincludes physical demands associated with a traditional officesetting (e.g., walking, standing, communicating, and other physicalfunctions as necessary). TrainingAll new faculty members receive specific training from WaldenUniversity in the techniques of online teaching; use of anelectronic learning platform; specifics of the policies,procedures, and degree programs of the School or College in whichthey are going to teach; socialization into the Walden Universityculture; assessment of academic integrity of student work(including use of www.turnitin.com); and research supervision oftheses and dissertations. Teaching and mentorship assignments arecontingent upon successful completion of required training. Duringthe first term of teaching, faculty members may be assigned afaculty peer mentor (senior colleague) as an extension of their newinstructor training. Peer mentors will continue to supportinstruction and provide peer reviews of the classroom on a regularbasis.Course Teaching/AvailabilityFaculty members are assigned courses, which are taught using theLearning Management System (LMS), and are responsible forinteracting with students within the LMS. Discussion Boards forclassrooms are open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Facultymembers are expected to be in the classroom a minimum of 4 days perweek and responses to student questions must be posted within 48hours. The university suggests regular and predictableavailability, such as online office hours or regular online chats;office hours may be required based on program or collegepolicy.Research MentorshipFaculty mentors may be assigned to work one-on-one with students tohelp students meet the research requirements of their degree.Faculty members are responsible for the provision of timelyfeedback, approval, assessment, and evaluation of each student’swork within the classroom.ResidenciesGraduate-level faculty may be invited to attend Residencies helddomestically or internationally, where they will teach face-to-faceintensives and colloquia, and facilitate school and university-widediscussions. Core (full-time) faculty may be required to attend andteach at face-to-face residencies.Licensing/CertificationFaculty members must be appropriately credentialed, possess anearned degree from an accredited institution or an institution thatis recognized by a country’s ministry of education in thediscipline being taught, and may be expected to be licensed orlicense-eligible in order to teach in specific programs. Facultymembers must maintain their licenses and any appropriatecertifications in order to continue to teach at Walden University.Faculty members are also expected to maintain currency withresearch by reviewing articles, journals, and presentations. Ifparticipating in research, the faculty member may publish andacknowledge Walden University.Other Duties and ResponsibilitiesCore faculty members may be required to perform other duties andresponsibilities, including administrative, supervisory, andmanagement tasks, as determined by the program leadership. Facultymembers may be asked to serve on faculty governance or academicpolicy committees, and, in general, participate in other ways tostrengthen the academic reputation of Walden University.TravelCore faculty may be required to travel to university events andresidencies, throughout the year, at a minimum of once per quarter.When traveling to these events, the faculty member will be expectedto fully participate in the event.EDUCATION and EXPERIENCEThe successful candidate will have:An earned doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from anaccredited university and preferably from a CACREP accreditedprogramA significant record of intellectual and professionalcontributions to the field of counseling and CounselorEducation.Three or more years of experience teaching and mentoringMasters level students and/or Doctoral students including directingresearch projectsAn interest in establishing a scholarly community of counselingstudents.The ability to assume a leadership role in coordinatingadministrative aspects of the program and functioning as agoverning core faculty member·The ability to provide leadership and support in programassessmentExperience supervising students in their field trainingexperience.Commitment to the goals of diversity and social changeAbility to work with non-traditional studentsExperience working with individuals, couples and families inprivate practice and/or administering an agency is preferredCommitment to advocating for the learning and development needsof students earning their degrees in a distance learningenvironment; teaching, advising and mentoring; commitment to thepromotion of applied research and the recruitment and developmentof a diverse faculty; excellent leadership, communication, team,and human relations skills.Experience with distance learning preferred.Ability to participate in residencies, national facultymeetings and other work-related travel. Walden continues its tradition of quality as it grows. Walden’sSchool of Counseling seeks faculty members for the Clinical MentalHealth Counseling program’s core (full-time) faculty positions.This is an opportunity for candidates to share their professionalexperience and academic knowledge with students across the countryand around the world. This is a remote position; with a computerand a high-speed Internet connection, the faculty member can teachfrom any location.last_img read more