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new Probatech has already established itself as a significant player in the industry, having facilitated hundreds of connections, influenced the R&D strategies of numerous companies, and assisted in securing funding. While most of their clients are based in Europe, their influence extends across various global regions, including the US, Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Looking forward, Probatech is set to expand its footprint in the United States. The ultimate goal is to ensure that the biotech community, irrespective of their location, can leverage the opportunities arising from the science ongoing in smaller hubs all over the globe. This vision underscores Eyram's commitment to democratizing access to resources and connections in the biotech ecosystem, making it more inclusive and efficient. "Our vision is to impact the entire industry so that there are better medicines available for all."...Science Times, 15h ago
new ESCAP’s Conceptual Framework for Policy Action on Care Economy emerged as a tool for addressing climate-care challenges in Region 8. This framework outlines four crucial policy categories for addressing the care economy: care infrastructure, care-related social protection, care services and employment-related care policies. These components aim to tackle unpaid care work, promote equitable distribution, and ensure accessible, affordable and high-quality care services.ESCAP, 20h ago
new Access to Universal Basic Education (UBE) is not negotiable; and it should been seen as a moral and legal obligation in line with the 2003 Child Rights Act, which recognises access to basic education as part of the rights of a child. For the philosophy of education to work harmoniously for Nigeria’s goals, education should be tailored towards self-realization, human relations, individual and national efficiency, effective citizenship, national consciousness and national unity. The Nigerian education system must be value-laden and tailored for the citizens to live a better life and contribute to the advancement of society.The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News, 22h ago
new To successfully secure the necessary capital for their startups, entrepreneurs should research and pursue alternative funding sources such as angel investors, crowdfunding platforms, government grants, and strategic partnerships. These non-traditional financing options offer greater flexibility in terms of funding amounts and repayment terms, allowing business owners to maintain more control over their enterprises and potentially accumulate greater wealth over time. Moreover, leveraging these diverse financing channels can provide startups with access to a broader range of industry expertise and support networks, which can prove invaluable to the growth and success of their businesses.Grit Daily News, 1d ago
new Health promotion officers are responsible for developing and implementing programmes and initiatives for healthy lifestyle advocacy to prevent diseases. They work with individuals, communities, and organisations to identify health concerns, assess needs, and develop strategies to address them. These officers play vital roles in educating the public about healthy eating, physical activity, smoking cessation, and other behaviours that contribute to well-being. They also collaborate with schools, workplaces, and healthcare providers to create environments that support healthy choices and behaviours.The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News, 1d ago
new Urban farming is gaining traction as the world grapples with food security and limited space. Leverage this trend by offering sustainable vertical gardens for individuals and businesses. Design modular systems that maximize the usage of limited space while enabling the growth of various plants. Promote eco-friendly practices and use organic materials to appeal to environmentally conscious consumers. Collaborate with local restaurants and chefs to create farm-to-table experiences. Capitalize on the increasing interest in homegrown produce and establish your brand as a leader in urban farming.Techiexpert.com, 1d ago

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new Disability inclusion is central to the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The commitment requires corporates to collaborate with the government, partners, and other stakeholders to find innovative solutions for enabling the active participation of persons with disabilities in their full diversity, and their full inclusion in all decision-making processes. As we continue to strengthen our commitment to equality, structured interventions throughout the employee lifecycle of a person with disability will be necessary for realizing their ability to contribute of themselves. Access to knowledge and skills, practical tools, and assistive.CXOToday.com, 1d ago
new In conflict settings like Myanmar, children and women with disabilities face exacerbated vulnerabilities. Displacement heightens their risk and limits access to essential services. They face limited access to critical services, including sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS), and an increased risk of gender-based violence (GBV). The United Nations is committed to prioritizing and strengthening protection mechanisms for these marginalized groups with compounded vulnerabilities. This involves ensuring their safety, access to life-saving services, and providing inclusive support systems.ReliefWeb, 1d ago
new The current scarcity of widespread, comprehensive rehabilitation services for people with visual impairments in healthcare and social protection institutions presents a significant challenge in Ukraine. The UNDP's initiative aims to bridge this gap, establishing a sustainable foundation for these services.UNDP, 1d ago

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Unlike urban areas where trauma hospitals are easily accessible, in this part of the country injured patients can be several hours away from help. As a result, patients are more likely to succumb to their injuries before reaching a hospital, according to an analysis of federal data by The Dallas Morning News, in collaboration with medical researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.Each year, medical researchers estimate tens of thousands of Americans bleed to death despite having injuries they could have survived, a reality that trauma physicians have decried as a health crisis. Traumatic injury is the top killer of children and adults under the age of 45, claiming the life of an American about every 3½ minutes. Yet medical specialists argue it receives little federal funding for research that could help improve outcomes compared with other leading causes of death.Nationwide, paramedics often lack the tools they need to treat severe internal bleeding, and patients have sporadic access to lifesaving interventions like blood transfusions before arriving at a hospital. Injured patients routinely bleed out before reaching a doctor, despite scientific advances that make blood transfusions on ambulances possible.For decades, trauma specialists posited that seriously wounded patients should be treated at an equipped hospital within the “golden hour” immediately following their injuries. More recent research from the past several years suggests the critical window is closer to a half-hour for severely bleeding patients, whose risk of dying grows with each minute they don’t receive blood and other crucial treatments.Above-average proportions of people dying of their injuries before they reach a hospital indicate more lives could potentially be saved, researchers say.The News’ analysis found trauma care in the U.S. is starkly inequitable, in that where you live can determine whether you survive. Nationwide, there is unequal access to emergency medical services and trauma hospitals equipped to treat the most severe injuries. The problem is most severe in the more rural West and South.The News used Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mortality statistics to compare the number of prehospital to in-hospital trauma deaths for all U.S. states and most counties from 1999 through 2020. It also mapped the locations of high-level trauma hospitals nationwide and calculated the approximate travel times to them for every part of the U.S.Governing, 3d ago
Think sustainability, and you think costs. Fiscal prudence is and will remain a linchpin of utmost importance. However, perspectives solely based on expenditures may provide an incomplete view of the dynamics at play: a systematic review of the evidence from over two dozen studies suggests that programs like cash transfers generate an average local multiplier of $1.3 (and up to $2.6) for every dollar injected through those programs. When multipliers are considered in tandem with investments in domestic revenue mobilization, the affordability of social protection programs could be interpreted in a more favorable light than when based on costs considerations alone.Brookings, 19d ago
new From my perspective, a highly competitive city, whether component or highly urbanized, showcases economic growth, improved infrastructure, and enhanced public services. As a result, potential benefits for city constituents, particularly the economically disadvantaged, must encompass “increased job opportunities leading to more stable sources of income; enhanced access to quality education facilitated by improved educational institutions and facilities; improved health outcomes through better access to medical services; enhanced mobility and connectivity, making it easier to reach jobs, schools, and essential services; a safety net for poor families through improved social services; improved access to basic services like water, sanitation, and electricity; more opportunities for constituents to start their own businesses; implementation of community development programs targeting poverty reduction; improved access to free cultural and recreational opportunities, and a reduced crime rate resulting in a safer environment for all constituents.”Nonetheless, the actual benefits to poor families depend on the effectiveness of local governance, social policies, and the inclusivity of development strategies. The city government must prioritize pro-poor initiatives addressing the specific needs of indigent constituents, while ensuring inclusive growth to maximize the positive impact of competitiveness on their lives.INQUIRER.net, 2d ago
Ultimately, this issue extends beyond the realm of women’s path to justice; it is inherently tied to women’s empowerment and agency. A fundamental element of empowerment lies in the ability to seek redress and assert one’s rights, and this capacity is profoundly impacted by the multi-stage gender-based discrimination experienced by women. Further, when concerns about safety and security prevail, and the journey to justice appears arduous, this fear can curtail women’s mobility, thereby constraining their access to education, employment, and social opportunities, and eroding their agency across multiple dimensions of life.politicalsciencenow.com, 13d ago
Leveraging technology to create a positive social impact, particularly in the context of financial services for unbanked and underserved communities, is a core principle at BharatPe. Our commitment to simplifying financial transactions for small businesses and merchants is a significant step in this direction. By providing user-friendly digital payment solutions and financial services, we empower underserved communities to access, manage, and utilize financial services effectively. With our lending vertical, we facilitate credit to millions of business owners, thereby empowering them to grow their business.DATAQUEST, 14d ago
The floods had severe consequences for rural communities especially women, young children and the elderly. The death toll rose, and waterborne diseases went on the rise. With an already stressed healthcare system, families could not reach health facilities in time. Spatial disparities in the form of human development and accessibility to services including schools, health facilities and administrative centers already existed in these areas. The floods exacerbated existing inequalities and access to basic services. Relief and rescue efforts were further compounded by lack of all-weather transport infrastructure. Communities were cut off for weeks.preventionweb.net, 27d ago

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new Furthermore, a national art policy can facilitate the integration of art into our education and community development programs. By incorporating art and cultural education into school curricula, the policy can inspire and nurture an appreciation for the arts from a young age, fostering a culturally aware and engaged citizenry. Additionally, community-based artistic initiatives supported by the policy can empower local artists and community members, promoting social cohesion and development.The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News, 1d ago
new The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP) is an alliance of philanthropy, governments, technology, policy, and financing partners. Our common mission is to enable emerging and developed economies to shift to a clean energy, pro-growth model that accelerates universal energy access and inclusive economic growth while supporting the global community to meet critical climate goals during the next decade. As an Alliance, we aim to reduce 4 gigatons of future carbon emissions, expand clean energy access to one billion people, and enable 150 million new jobs. With philanthropic partners the IKEA Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation and Bezos Earth Fund, GEAPP works to build the enabling environment, capacity, and market conditions for private sector solutions, catalyze new business models through innovation and entrepreneurship, and deploy high-risk capital to encourage private sector solutions and assist just transition solutions. For more information, please visit www.energyalliance.org and follow us on Twitter at @EnergyAlliance.The Rockefeller Foundation, 2d ago
new This ‘acute’ phase is when half of all HIV transmission events happen and infection is in its early stages, which is 12-14 days. Therefore, these tests help people know their HIV status sooner, helping them seek care and minimise disease progression. To put it briefly, it can help save lives and cut down on costs, subsequently helping lower the burden on health systems and people. The impact of rapid test results is further increased through self-tests, which help remove barriers to access reliable results and treatment, often driven by social stigma.cnbctv18.com, 2d ago
new Bondar: One could say that we have entered the ‘trust age’, a time where information – or misinformation – is omnipresent and perception is everything. Trust should be top of mind for C-suite executives and government leaders. Due to a confluence of factors the importance of trust is likely greater today than ever before. In my opinion, we are witnessing extreme democratisation and polarisation of media, extraordinary geopolitical uncertainty, growing threat of climate change and highly accelerated pace of digital transformation, accompanied by rising concerns over ethical use of technology, cyber security and data privacy. These factors, along with evolving customer, worker and shareholder expectations, have catapulted this trust to the top of the leadership agenda. Ninety-four percent of boards and 85 percent of chief executives consistently and overwhelmingly agree trust is critical and action on it is needed, according to the 2022 Deloitte Global Boardroom Survey, and the Fortune CEO Survey, respectively. There is also recognition that trust levels are at all-time lows and further declining across industries and sectors. Yet few organisations have taken the necessary meaningful steps to earn trust proactively. Only 14 percent have taken steps to evaluate and measure trust. In part it is because, at first glance, trust appears to be an amorphous and nebulous concept. So, defining trust in the context of business and each specific organisation has been a barrier to progress. We define trust in the context of business as the intricate balance of an organisation performing with a high degree of competence and positive intent. Competence is keeping your promises – delivering products and services – while illustrating high capability and reliability. The intent is the motivation, the rationale, the why behind actions – exhibiting humanity and transparency.Financier Worldwide, 2d ago
new POLICY actions were discussed at 3 separate tables and included a mix of policies to be created such as requiring the use of compost in public projects and to "link using finished compost to stormwater management & erosion control." Requiring usage by private developers and in community gardens were also discussed as potential policy actions. Other new policies included allowing landscape waste processors to accept food scraps specifically by making “ …permitting less restrictive for composting facilities…. " And requiring large generators of food waste to compost while recognizing it "must be cost effective to business." Other ideas included policies that could be better enforced like the ban on yard waste in landfills with some even advocating for bringing in the Illinois EPA to make sure the ban was enforced and expanding the ban on organics in landfills to include food scraps. In addition, there was strong support for creating a residential food scrap pick up program in the City of Chicago (other cities in the region already have a curbside collection program). This specific table was focused on this topic because around the table were a small Chicago-based food scrap hauler, a representative from the City of Chicago’s Department of Streets and Sanitation, a Chicago alderman, and three Chicago residents who work in composting education and advocacy. Ideas for how to at least partially fund such a program included applying for EPA funding or a USDA OUAIP grant and advocating for raising landfill tipping fees to direct new funds to the pickup pilot. (see Action Topic 8 for more documentation of this conversation). Another policy table started with the guiding question: "What would it take to make composting cheaper and easier than landfill?" Their solution was to create a comprehensive waste strategy that worked across the three pillars of the day, education, policy, and infrastructure. The team also was cognizant of ensuring that the “identifying topics that would be likely to resonate with the new administration.” They therefore began with the basis of strong policies including organics/food waste bans to landfill and procurement policies requiring businesses to use finished compost. They then created a stair step chart that included education on composting, case studies by businesses composting to create a greater demand and roadmap for other businesses to see the value proposition, and j obs created by this new burgeoning compost industry in our area (see Action Topic 9). Some policy actions included recommendations for advocacy both from individuals- “Raise your voices if this is what you want!”- and from organizations such as IL Environmental Council, IFSCC, IL Recycling Foundation, and the Chicago Food Equity Council. A list of comments on Policy Actions are displayed in Table 12, Appendix 1.extension.org, 2d ago
new Central to this decision is the unwavering belief that healthcare and access to it must start from the home. The Rigour+ ecosystem, our super medical app, is akin to a ‘hospital in your pocket.’ This affirmation has become a guiding principle – that healthcare should be as accessible as reaching into your pocket. It’s a testament to the idea that meaningful impact begins where people live, bringing quality healthcare to their fingertips.The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News, 2d ago

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From the perspective of healthcare funding, spend on dementia related care is expected to only increase with the growing population of individuals with neurocognitive decline. In 2020, the spend on long-term dementia care in the US was $361.1B, and individuals with Alzheimer’s are projected to nearly double in 2060. In addition, key medications for dementia care such as Aduhelm and Leqembi will remain cost prohibitive until eligible for Medicare price negotiation after the 13-year biologics “grace” period. As some of the nation’s most vulnerable and historically underserved populations face heightened risks of neurocognitive decline — women of all ethnicities are more prone to Alzheimer’s and individuals of Hispanic and African American backgrounds are forecasted to see a seven-fold and four-fold increase in Alzheimer’s diagnosis, respectively – these communities that already struggle to pay for standard healthcare will experience limited options for long-term dementia care as costs skyrocket. To ensure that all populations have equitable access to quality dementia care, it’s clear that a program to manage the costs and health burdens of neurocognitive decline is critical.MedCity News, 16d ago
Today, in commemoration of World AIDS Day, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), released the latest Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program data, which show that nine out of ten people with HIV receiving medical care through the program are virally suppressed. Viral suppression means people with HIV taking their medication cannot sexually transmit HIV and can live longer and healthier lives. The percentage of Black/African American clients, Hispanic/Latino clients, and youth and young adult clients receiving care through the program and achieving viral suppression all far exceed overall national viral suppression rates. This announcement highlights the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program’s vital role in expanding access to care for individuals with HIV, improving HIV health outcomes, and ending the HIV epidemic in the United States.HHS.gov, 3d ago
These losses represent a real warping of the incentives that CRE owners respond to. In addition to the direct loss of access to the billions of dollars in capital estimated in this analysis—capital that could serve as collateral to finance growth or intergenerational wealth-building—a systematic negative differential in the valuation of property in Black neighborhoods renders these communities vulnerable to speculation and neglect. Devaluation reduces the carrying costs of real estate, and can thus be exploited by investors with greater access to capital who can afford to acquire properties and hold them (if they are anticipating changes in the economic and racial makeup of the neighborhood, for example). Per the collateral point, devaluation also reduces owners’ access to capital for maintenance and improvements, leading to stagnation and decline that further accelerate devaluation.Brookings, 26d ago

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new All of the children who attended the meeting at Otts-Rubenstein’s house were recommended for different CPS schools, but Otts-Rubenstein said she still had concerns. She said many of the schools might not have the support that they need. She notices things that the district might not, she said.It will take a lot for the migrants — who have never left their children with others — to trust city officials to provide adequate care. She said it took a lot for her to trust the school where she now sends her daughter.Otts-Rubenstein was especially disappointed by the district’s assessment of Keinymar and made a list of points the district missed: trauma care to help her cope with the stress of the long journey, visual impairment resources, technology to keep her engaged, direct nursing assistance and transportation.“The fact that she doesn’t have a paraprofessional included on the bus, right? That’s a big problem and a big miss. Why did I catch that and the committee didn’t?” she asked.She said Keinymar’s family shouldn’t accept the district’s academic goals for Keinymar without asking for additional staffing and support.“We can revisit goals and make them more cued into Keinymar once she is able to attend school safely,” wrote Otts-Rubenstein in an email to the district.Students with disabilities are protected under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, said Rachel Shapiro, managing attorney in the special education clinic at Equip for Equality. If parents don’t agree with the district’s designation for their child, she said, they can schedule a mediation to look at other types of accommodations.“Special education students always have a right to go to school,” she said. “It’s important for parents to understand that, even if they’re not U.S. citizens, that their kids have these rights.”...Governing, 2d ago
new He submitted that “To fast-track economic development and wealth creation for the country, government needs to pay deliberate attention to the Fintech Sector. One of the most important things that need to be done immediately to propel credit in Nigeria, is the establishment of a more elaborate consequence framework for credit default. There will be more credit flowing to the real sector and growing businesses, once the financial sector players believe that there is a high likelihood that loans provided will be returned. This will be possible when borrowers know that defaulting on one’s debt would have a negative impact on the ability to access other goods and services. We also need more policies that are created via consultations with various stakeholders to create lasting and sustainable solutions for the credit space.”...The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News, 2d ago
new Most importantly, the RISE grant helped Northeastern purchase its simulators, which include a birth simulator, a pediatric simulator and two adult simulators. Using the simulators students can do everything from listen to heartbeats and breathing sounds to insert a catheter and their patients are even able to talk to them and answer questions.Instructors shared that the simulators are invaluable because they help students grow their confidence and figure out what they still need to learn while realizing just how much they already know. Plus, it's a great place for students to apply what they've learned in the classroom.Nursing students commented that the simulators help make them more comfortable, teach them time management, provide valuable hands-on experience outside of the classroom and allow them to work on their critical thinking skills."I like simulation because it is a place for me to make errors and not have to worry about killing the patients," Brandon Williams said.Before watching a demonstration of the birth simulator, the group heard from Jennifer Garcia, a student who benefited from the RISE grant and in May will be graduating with an RN (Registered Nursing) degree. From California, she was working a dead-end job when her sister was accepted into NJC's program and encouraged her to enroll. After taking a job at Sterling Regional MedCenter as an inventory associate to make sure that healthcare was right for her, she fell in love almost immediately and went to work earning her CNA degree."Being from out of state it's been very difficult for me," Garcia said, explaining that the cost for her to attend Northeastern is much higher than a student who has lived here all of their life. "I wasn't sure I would be able to afford it and then came the RISE grant. It just lifted this great burden off me and I was able to focus all of my time and attention into preparing my skills.""I am very grateful to the RISE grant for everything it has given me because I feel that I have a purpose," Garcia added, sharing that she plans to work in the community when she graduates.Next, Giacomini shared how for years, she and Brower discussed how they could partner with students coming in, who often come from a country where they were a veterinarian or a doctor but now they need to get the skills and credentials to be able to work in the United States. Through the RISE grant, they were able to remove the financial barrier for some of the students and it also helped them create an integrated education and training program.Northeastern found a cohort of students whose language proficiency was just enough that they could have a basic conversation but they needed language skills specific to a CNA, which they got through a customized English training that was developed. The college also worked with them on workforce preparation skills like communication, time management, learning cultural differences, etc."It was great to finally pilot this program that we'd been trying for so long to get together," Giacomini said, adding that now those students are recruiting others to the CNA program.Next, was the simulation, which involved a pregnant woman who came in stable but started deteriorating with her heart rate and blood pressure showing signs of distress and her oxygen level dropping. She then experienced an eclamptic seizure due to high blood pressure and when the mother awakened it was determined she was in labor. The mother went on to deliver a healthy baby girl, who was examined for any problems and vaccinated.After the simulation, the group heard from Shelly Griffith, CEO of Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center, one of Northeastern's main clinical sites for both nursing and CNA students."We rely heavily on (NJC) to help train CNAs, individuals who are looking to pursue an entry point into the medical field," she said. "The beauty of NJC is they have been able to flex some schedules and be able to accommodate those who may need to be working full-time while they are looking to grow their career options."NJC's program is especially critical given the shortage of healthcare workers. Griffith shared Eben Ezer has a need for 20 CNAs right now,"What's happening is the demand for our service is significant and so people are having to go on a wait list, which means that many people, their needs are not being met because nursing homes throughout the rural communities are not able to meet that need because of limited staffing levels," she explained.Following her remarks, guests had a chance to try out the simulators themselves.The day ended with a panel discussion that included Tamara Durbin, executive director of Northeast Colorado BOCES; Kyle Stumpf, Superintendent of Holyoke School District; Danielle Ongart, Executive Director of Colorado Department of Education's Student Pathways; and Misti Ruthven, Director of Education and Training Innovation for the Office of Governor Polis.They talked about the importance of career connected learning as it benefits both students and the economy by opening students' eyes to career opportunities they might want to consider. Stumpf mentioned the success of his district's internship program.The group also talked about some of the barriers that exist to providing this, the biggest being cost, especially in northeast Colorado where it costs a lot to transport students from their school to another school that offers the program they're interested in. There is also the challenge of trying to ensure all students have equitable access. Durbin pointed out that students who live in northeast Colorado need to have the same opportunities available to them as those on the Front Range.During a question and answer session with the audience, Trae Miller, executive director of the Logan County Economic Development Corporation, pointed out that internships and apprenticeships sound great but the state requirements that go into those and the reporting aspects create a barrier for businesses to participate in those programs. He also shared that students need help with basic skills such as showing up on time and learning how to take instruction.Ongart suggested there needs to be a regional entity in place to help students and businesses navigate this, so it doesn't all fall on the district or the business, and Stumpf mentioned his district teaches a class an hour a day with all of those skills and they also provide businesses with funding to help offset the costs of doing an internship.State Sen. Byron Pelton asked why the state is reinventing the wheels with apprenticeships, instead of learning from what's in place now. He said his frustration with recent legislation regarding apprenticeships is "you're going to have a lot of outside forces that are going to try to do their best to send it one way or the other when we need to just worry about the entire workforce, not just a little part of it; we need to worry about the entire workforce." Pelton pointed out in two years, half of Colorado's electrical trade will be retiring, "so we've got to get more people in there," he commented.He also said would like for time in college courses to count toward credit for both college and high school, which he plans to introduce a bill to require."We realize the importance of apprenticeships and we have challenges in trying to determine those opportunities for youth in high schools and have that be seamless for them," Durbin said, adding that it's something they are working on.©2023 Journal-Advocate, Sterling, Colo. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.GovTech, 2d ago
new COP28 presents a critical opportunity to change the trajectory of climate change and its devastating consequences. The Bridgetown Initiative, with its focus on debt restructuring and equitable climate financing, must be adopted. It is a lifeline for developing nations that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. By suspending surcharges on heavily indebted borrowing countries and enhancing access limits for emergency financial support instruments, we can provide immediate relief to those in need.The National Interest, 2d ago
new The world changing will not be a revelation to your readers. I read about some data which said that people are no longer making a choice on where they work over a year or even months. If they perceive they are in a bad job, they’re giving notice that day. We have talked about the perception of hospitality being a bad job – long and unsociable hours and difficult customers – so for businesses in this sector, it is in our control to add as much good into the experience as we possibly can. Flexibility is key and the mutual balance has to be right for both colleagues and the wider business. If people genuinely feel that they are being treated fairly, they will stay longer and feel compelled to do their best. We are working with our franchise partners to add more good into the team member experience, such as offering benefits including access to sick pay and various insurances – should the worst happen – and discounted shopping. These are benefits that aren’t actually very common within restaurants or within hospitality, but we are determined to be the business that thinks and works outside the expected parameters. A great example is Heartstyles – as I mentioned earlier – which is being rolled out across all our outlets, to genuinely give people life skills to be successful. This is backed up by more education opportunities, including apprenticeships and degrees and supporting people with career planning. This was all founded on a culture of recognition, which is a real core foundation of Yum!. It’s a very simple equation and a fine balance, that if you are complacent and don’t put enough good into the experience, it tips towards greater attrition, as people have choice and will look elsewhere if they feel neglected. It is definitely a work-in-progress and increasingly, you have to be creative, flexible and have an open ear to what people are telling you.theHRDIRECTOR, 2d ago
new The nation’s housing crunch has many officials blaming short-term rentals for taking shelter off the market. A 2016 article in the Harvard Law & Policy Review suggested that short-term rentals “[reduce] the affordable housing supply” by removing long-term rentals from the housing market and keeping local residents from moving in.Dozens of localities throughout the United States have regulated short-term rentals.But none has gone as far as New York City.“The law and rules effectively ban short-term rentals in New York City and are a stark contrast to cities around the world that have enacted fair and balanced short-term rental rules,” wrote Theo Yedinsky, Airbnb’s global policy director, in a June letter on the company’s website.Airbnb says it worked for years to find a compromise.“These rules are an outlier and stand in contrast to the approach of other cities around the country, going as far as to prohibit New Yorkers from sharing their homes when they are away for work or travel, hosting more than two guests at the same time, and requiring that they must certify they understand numerous lengthy and complicated city codes,” the company wrote in a prepared statement in response to Stateline.González said policies to regulate the short-term rental market in both domestic and international cities have varied, from capping the length of a rental stay to restricting the number of guests to requiring the host to be on the premises.“If New York City’s policy is successful, it could embolden other cities to follow suit and use this as a way to not only rein in this industry, but possibly address these long-term rental housing crises,” said González. “I think there will be a lot learned in the next few weeks and months on whether this is an effective policy measure.”One of the consequences of the city’s crackdown on Airbnb listings is already taking shape. More than 90% of the city’s current Airbnb rental stock of nearly 40,000 units — of which 3,746 are short-term rentals — is unlicensed, according to Inside Airbnb, a housing activist group that tracks the platform’s data.The fear of rising hotel prices and the dearth of legal rentals are prompting some tourists to turn to short-term rentals listed on Craigslist, part of a burgeoning alternative market of unregistered, unlicensed short-term rentals in the wake of the city’s restrictions.For travelers such as Dustin Smith and his fiancée, Carly Barnes, it’s worth the risk when they visit New York City for the first time on Dec. 21 for a two-week stay.“New York is already stretching our budget just to eat and sightsee, so if we can get a good deal on the internet, without paying an arm and a leg for a hotel, we’ll take that chance,” Smith, who lives in Louisiana, told Stateline.Christian Klossner, executive director of New York City’s Office of Special Enforcement, told Stateline that his office will monitor the short-term rental industry as a whole, including those spaces advertised on Craigslist and other sites. Hosts who violate the ordinance face a possible fine of $5,000, and platforms could face penalties up to $1,500.GovTech, 2d ago

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Lastly, when entrepreneurship is successful, it can also provide economic independence locally and worldwide. Entrepreneurs generate profit and income with new and emerging businesses that are innovative. In time, this can add to the overall financial wellbeing of their communities.Open Access Government, 24d ago
In order to learn and grow, employees must feel safe and able to take risks without fear of negative consequences. Employees who feel psychologically safe are more likely to thrive, collaborate, and contribute to the organization’s success. Aquent’s study determined that 90% of team members from high-performing teams cultivated a sense of psychological safety and mental well-being. Creating an environment where it’s okay for people to share ideas and make mistakes is vital to a team’s long-term success. Promoting psychological safety reduces the fear of failure, opens avenues of communication, and supports diversity within the workplace.Fast Company, 10d ago
These programs assist students in strategically planning their future professional paths amid a rapidly changing job market, aiming to make a positive societal impact. Additionally, success stories from Habib University's graduates were shared to motivate potential students. Speaking to pupils at NJV Government Higher Secondary School, Assistant Director of Career Services and Office of Alumni Relations and Engagement Shoaib Khan discussed the success stories of Habib University alumni. The university's significant scholarship offerings, which include the well-known HU TOPS program, were also disclosed at the Open House events, along with information on financial aid options designed to help students in need. Furthermore, guests were given access to worldwide options like the Learn Abroad and Research Abroad programs, demonstrating the university's dedication to offering opportunities for collaborative research in graduate schools across the world as well as intensive international experiences.pressreleasepoint.com, 4d ago
We also have demographic issues as everybody else – our company is more than 80 years old, so generational differences in expectations and ideas will impact their execution. At the end of the day, it’s considering all these elements together that will help address this gap. We’ve had mentorship programs implemented in the last 2–3 years on the technician side of things, fostering young talent to share technical knowledge. On the other hand, we also want to motivate younger generations to help older generations of employees with new technologies and ideas. It’s a good start, but we’re still working on it. For example, we’re working to push digitalisation in many ways – AI, digital twins, IoT in industrial setting, Large Language Models such as ChatGPT etc. This comes with its own issues such as cybersecurity but these are all activities that require their own set of skills. Though it’s a learning process and we’re prototyping more and more in our organisation, there’s a large openness to these new ideas among our teams...CPHI Online, 18d ago
In summary, closing the achievement gap in school is a complex issue that calls for a concerted effort by the community, legislators, and educators. By putting these best practices into practice, we can try to close the achievement gaps and provide every student the same chance to succeed. A more equitable and inclusive educational system can only be achieved through the combined efforts of early intervention, differentiated instruction, data-driven decision-making, high-quality teachers, parent and community involvement, equitable school funding, inclusive curriculum, culturally responsive teaching, and social and emotional learning. Regardless of their background, we can ensure that every child has the opportunity to realize their full potential by implementing these measures.LA Progressive, 25d ago
A common argument for centralized control over education, both in Machen’s day and today, is easily addressed. The notion that the government must control education in order to inculcate desirable civic values in its citizenry—“that the children belong to the State, that their education must be provided for by the State in a way that makes for the State’s welfare,” as Machen described to the Sentinels. Yet the irony of this principle is that, though intended to prepare students to live out their civil liberties, it “is inimical at every step to liberty.” Research comparing the civic outcomes of private schools and public schools consistently documents a private school advantage with respect to political knowledge, civic engagement, and other civic outcomes. The “personal, free, individual character of education” could not be preserved under centralized control.Law & Liberty, 3d ago

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new In his assessment of ICT deployment in Nigeria, he explained that the deployment of ICT in both public and private enterprises has made significant strides, but challenges persist. “Public institutions have made efforts to embrace technology for improved service delivery, but there is still a need for further integration and digital transformation. In the private sector, larger enterprises tend to have more advanced ICT systems, while smaller businesses may face barriers to adoption due to factors such as cost and awareness. Collaborative efforts between the government and private sector, along with initiatives to bridge the digital divide, will be essential for maximizing the benefits of ICT across the board”, he added.The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News, 2d ago
Whose babies will have access to this treatment? Is there a risk that this technology could increase existing health inequity by improving care for some and not for others? Within wealthy nations like England, which have much lower rates of preterm birth and maternal mortality overall, there is an unconscionable racialized disparity in these health outcomes. As of 2022, Black women in Britain and their babies were four times more likely to die or experience serious medical complications than white women. If artificial-womb technology is available in high-income nations like Britain, would all pregnant people be granted equal access?...The Walrus, 3d ago
Many of the hardest-hit regions lack prevention programs for young women, and the few existing programs often miss girls who are not in school. Girls facing a lack of education, poverty and food insecurity have an especially high risk of HIV, as do girls with older male partners. Intimate-partner violence and sexual coercion often mean they cannot control when they are exposed to HIV. Plus, in some countries, HIV services require parental consent, which can also reduce girls' access to prevention and treatment.livescience.com, 3d ago

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Certainly there is self examination for BLS to do as a school, especially as surveys reveal students being perpetually sleep deprived and often managing anxiety. That same self reflection is also warranted at schools asserting that students don’t need (or “can’t handle”) homework, or schools that lack a pathway to calculus (or even pre-calculus) or spend an entire year on a single novel in English class in service of “meeting students where they are.” It is a fair criticism of intensely rigorous schools such as BLS that perhaps they are too driven by what external influences deem a “well-rounded” high-school experience. It is appropriate to examine nightly homework to see what is authentic practice of the material and what is unnecessary busy work that doesn’t advance learning. It is right to question whether the College Board drives the pacing of our classes to the point that, at times, depth may be sacrificed for breadth. But the BLS track record of not only getting students in to, but also getting them through, four-year colleges at rates far exceeding those of other urban high schools is real, and it crosses racial and socioeconomic lines.Education Next, 3d ago
Brazil’s school reforms have emphasized test-based solutions over market-based strategies. The National Education Law, enacted in the mid-1990s, allowed states and municipalities to define their education policies, including those pertaining to school assignment. Some municipalities, Rio de Janeiro for example, granted families the right to choose among public schools. Most Brazilian students, however, are still assigned to a public school based on their place of residence. Independent private schools compete for students; they represent about 15 percent of enrollments nationally and more than 25 percent in major metropolitan areas. While the government does not provide any direct subsidies to private schools, tuition tax credits capped at $1,500 a year are available to offset the costs of private school fees.Education Next, 3d ago
Indeed, contrary to Labour’s proposal for graduate-led nurseries, there is no evidence that requiring ever more qualifications and codification improves the quality of childcare. First because, by increasing the costs, the EYFS means fewer families are able to access formal childcare. Second because parents who care for their preschoolers at home are unlikely to be following a curriculum, and no one is seriously suggesting they are worse off for it. The fact that teachers say that 54% of Reception pupils are not developmentally ready for school, unable to perform basic tasks like using a knife and fork and going to the toilet, does not suggest the EYFS is giving English children a head start.CapX, 3d ago
SAMHSA’s mission is to lead public health and service delivery efforts that promote mental health, prevent substance misuse, and provide treatments and supports to foster recovery while ensuring equitable access and better outcomes. SAMHSA’s grant recipients work to address the syndemic of HIV, viral hepatitis, substance use, and mental illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone ages 13-64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of their routine health care and know their status. For people with certain risk factors, including many people with or at risk for behavioral health conditions, CDC recommends getting tested at least once a year. Additionally, per recently-updated medical guidelines (PDF | 370 KB), all sexually-active adults and adolescents should be informed about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as an option to protect against HIV.samhsa.gov, 3d ago
The nature of poverty in South Africa largely stems from the enduring legacy of colonial and apartheid policies, but also the prolonged low levels of economic growth in more recent times which has been insufficient to generate the economic resources necessary to alleviate poverty. Under colonialism the indigenous population was used as slave labour for the Dutch and British settlers. This was expanded with the arrival of slaves from the Indian sub-continent. Despite the abolition of slavery in the early 1800s rights and economic resources were still demarcated racially. Apartheid, which emerged officially in 1948, entrenched the inequitable and racially defined distribution of rights to social services and access to economic resources to the minority white population and further marginalised the majority Black population.E-International Relations, 3d ago
PwDs represent a higher percent of people without employment comparing with persons without disabilities,[4] which show the interrelation between disability and poverty and the need to intervene urgently for increased support to PWDs’ employability, to ensure their sustainable access to livelihoods. Many of these pre-existing challenges for PwDs’ economic integration, which among others include inaccessible professional education and working infrastructure and processes, skills deficit, recruitment-related discrimination, which constrains entrepreneurial opportunities and limits access to business support services and resources, which have been significantly aggravated by the war. People with disability as an effect of the war, need support with job placement, job place accommodation (taking into account their impairments) and social support for adaptation on the workplace.UNDP, 3d ago

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Pharmacy advocate programs: Patients need help navigating their pharmacy benefits and access to medications. These advocacy programs use pharmacy professionals to proactively engage patients and their providers for this purpose. This can especially help patients who may not be taking their medications as prescribed. There are many reasons this can happen, ranging from fear to cost to worry. An IQVIA report showed that 9% of prescriptions are abandoned at retail pharmacies, including 5% when there is no cost to the patient. However, when prescriptions cost more than $500 out-of-pocket, an astounding 60% of patients do not fill them. Pharmacy professionals, including pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, can address this. They can identify lower-cost options or access assistance programs; use the patient’s pharmacy benefits to potentially lower costs; suggest tips to remember to take and refill chronic medications as prescribed; determine ways to get medications delivered if unable to travel; and help address drug side effect concerns.MedCity News, 3d ago
At the risk of stating the obvious, people without health insurance have less access to healthcare. And uninsurance and underinsurance are higher among historically underserved populations. Now, the delivery of obesity treatment is imperfect, and there are varying qualities depending on factors like provider training.harvard.edu, 3d ago
Top leaders are absolutely vital to driving diversity and inclusion at nonprofits. On an operational level, leaders establish policies and practices that frame and activate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and embed it into the fibers of the organization. On a personal level, a leader’s own behavior sets the tone and creates accountability; by modeling equitable and inclusive principles, they signal to the rest of the organization that no one is exempt from upholding DEI values and outcomes. From their position at the nexus of the various units of an organization, top leaders actively instill DEI across and through their institutions rather than passively waiting for their commitments to trickle down to staff. Lindauer search consultants too often encounter scenarios in which a manager will say, “My boss is really committed to diversity and inclusion.” When I hear this, my inner alarm goes off, because it indicates a gap between leadership and the teams whose work on the ground is so critical to advancing equity and inclusion. If a DEI strategy is bolted onto an organization without continuous internal acculturation work, mid-level managers and their teams are less likely to buy in to the program and more likely to go through the motions.Hunt Scanlon Media, 3d ago
On the world soldiering on ending AIDS by 2030, Ezechi stated: “The journey since the first HIV case has been marked by significant progress, but challenges persist. The pursuit of a cure and an effective vaccine remains ongoing. To achieve the goal of ending AIDS by 2030, it is essential to address access barriers, stigma, discrimination, and the unique needs of key populations and vulnerable groups. By prioritising these efforts, we can work towards a future free from the burden of HIV/AIDS. Additionally, funding shortfalls and health system constraints pose significant challenges to achieving widespread HIV care and prevention efforts.”...The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News, 3d ago
The U.S. Government Strategy on International Basic Education for Fiscal Years 2019-23 (the Strategy) was released in September 2018. The strategy demonstrates the U.S. government’s commitment to international education and presents an opportunity to advance global diplomatic and development leadership on pressing international education challenges, as called for in the Reinforcing Education Accountability in Development (aka READ) Act, Division 2, P.L. 115-56. The goal of the strategy is to achieve a world where education systems in partner countries enable all individuals to acquire the education and skills needed to be productive members of society. To accomplish this goal, the U.S. government has two principal objectives: 1) improve learning outcomes, and 2) expand access to quality basic education for all, particularly marginalized populations. The U.S. government recognizes that its investments in international education serve as a force multiplier for all its work in international development. Strengthening education systems in developing countries advances U.S. foreign policy goals, promotes U.S. and international security, and helps accelerate economic growth at home and abroad.United States Department of State, 3d ago
Specifically, this work programme should stress the importance and urgency of public finance from developed countries as an essential enabler for just transitions in developing countries. Rich nations must demonstrate their accountability by fully delivering on agreements in a timely and just manner, and finance and resources should be focused into areas such as reskilling, economic diversification, employment access and social protection to ensure that workers are retrained to be able to adapt to the transition. Countries providing targeted finance must also consider broader socioeconomic factors, as new green jobs not only require new skillsets but may be in a different location and completely shift how people and communities have functioned in the past.World Resources Institute, 3d ago

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Recognition of the informativeness of misinformation has significant implications for empirical research. This perspective encourages a shift from scientific realism to a more human and culture centric approach to studying (mis)information (Janich, 2006/2018). Rather than considering informativeness as a quality existing out there and waiting to be measured, it is crucial to understand that meaning and informativeness are intricately woven into the cultural fabric of human communication. As Thorson and colleagues (2019) state, “misinformation arises as a function of systems structure, human fallibility and human information needs” (p. 292). Information without truth value can have significant social functions, such as helping individuals cope in uncertain times and crises (DiFonzo & Bordia, 2007; Douglas et al., 2019). Acknowledging the informativeness of misinformation guides our attention to the "informational-agentic" aspect of misinformation (Anderson, 2021, p. 5). Or in other words, rather than reducing misinformation to meritless falsehoods, researchers can scrutinise rationales and impacts behind misinformation transmission. This perspective has become increasingly important for media and communication research. As Giglietto et al. (2019) point out, "focusing on the 'informativeness' of false information allows us to employ journalism studies and literature on information sharing within digital environments to also discuss how the multiple actors of the hybrid media system make judgements and take decisions when exposed to false information" (p. 632).Internet Policy Review, 3d ago
On stage, Kleinau shared that Nestlé is committed to improving farmers’ understanding of “good agricultural practices”. Along with financial support, Kleinau shared that the cocoa farmers Nestlé works with receive training and support to develop their agricultural practices, including as pruning trees, something that can boost productivity.New Food Magazine, 4d ago
The persistent impact of structural racism, which involves unequal access to resources, services, and opportunities based on race, significantly contributes to the health disparities observed between Black and white women during midlife. Black women often experience systemic barriers to accessing quality health care, educational opportunities, economic stability, and suitable housing. These disparities can lead to higher levels of stress, limited health care choices, and reduced preventive care. Chronic stress and limited access to adequate health care can exacerbate health conditions and contribute to a range of issues during midlife, such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, mental health challenges, and other chronic conditions. Additionally, the impact of structural racism extends to health care practices, where biases and stereotypes held by health care professionals can affect the quality of care provided to Black women. A 2023 survey from The Menopause Society found that “only 31.3% of responding obstetrics and gynecology program directors reported menopause education was included in their residents’ training,” while a 2019 study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that less than 10% of OB-GYNs felt adequately trained to support menopausal people in their practices. In 2021, Dr. Cindy Duke, a reproductive endocrinologist, virologist, and fertility specialist, told me, “Menopause, in general, isn’t taught a lot, not even in our training programs, unless you’re fortunate enough to be in a program where there is someone who’s decided, ‘This is my life’s work, this is my life’s mission: to learn about menopause and teach the next generation of women’s health specialists about menopause.’”...YES! Magazine, 3d ago

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...“For Native young people and Native professionals to be excluded systematically from the computing and tech ecosystem, it really means that they don’t have access both to the wealth generation possibilities of tech careers, but also access to creating technology tools and applications that can support the continual thriving and growth of cultural and language revitalization in our tribal communities,” McAlear said.The Hechinger Report, 25d ago
...“Every year, hundreds of women in the U.S. die from complications related to pregnancy in childbirth. This shouldn’t be the case, but the hard truth remains that access to maternal health care remains a challenge for mothers, but especially for moms-to-be of color, those living in rural areas, or from lower-income households. This is a crisis that demands our attention,” said Chairwoman Rosenworcel. “I’m pleased to bring our two agencies together to explore how broadband-enabled solutions, like telehealth, can play a major role in improving maternal health.”...Healthcare Business Today, 20d ago
Nonetheless, it’s important to recognize that several government initiatives have been introduced to tackle this challenge. The Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana was launched in 2015 to provide small and micro enterprises with collateral-free loans up to INR 1 million. Interestingly, about 68% of accounts under the scheme belong to women entrepreneurs demonstrating that women got access to credit. In addition to this, NITI Aayog also launched the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) in 2017 to promote a conducive ecosystem for women’s entrepreneurship in India – by becoming a unified aggregator of relevant information and services. The Dena Shakti Scheme provides loans up to ₹20 lakhs for women entrepreneurs in agriculture, manufacturing, micro-credit, retail stores, or small enterprises, as well as a concession of 0.25 per cent on the interest rate. The scheme also enables women entrepreneurs to avail of a loan of up to ₹50,000 under the microcredit category.CXOToday.com - Technology News, Business Technology News, Information Technology News, Tech News India, 28d ago
We suspect there are or have been thousands of other Margaret Mary Votjkos struggling to survive and make ends meet while in the higher education teaching profession. One way to confirm these suspicions is to support the collection of systematic data that capture adjuncts’ employment benefits. At present, we have national data on adjunct salaries and some spotty data about access to benefits that, together, paint a picture of poverty-level wages and a general lack of retirement and health-care benefits or supplemental benefits for Medicare. More systematic data are needed to improve adjunct working and living conditions.Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education News, Events and Jobs, 5d ago
ACT For Health and GH Labs have joined forces to provide technology assistance, perform evaluations in public health settings, and investigate ways to expand Indian health-tech innovations. Their ultimate objective is to make a significant difference in communities where access to quality healthcare is a major obstacle.siliconindia.com, 9d ago
Divina: As an archipelago, the Philippines relies on indigenous and renewable energy resources to provide energy security and climate resilience to the country’s power grid. Blended finance helped develop the country’s energy sector through a mix of development loans, sovereign guarantees, and private equity. In 2001, the electric power industry privatized and, since then, energy developers have relied on their own deep pockets and big institutional investors to fund energy projects. However, to ensure finance flows to climate-resilient energy infrastructure in isolated and rural areas, blended finance is needed, which could include a mix of equity, loans, and subsidies generated through a universal levy, such as a fee charged to consumers per kilowatt-hour.rti.org, 28d ago

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...“Good jobs” exist in the infrastructure sector, but leaders need to boost visibility around such positions and enhance training flexibility to ensure more and different types of people can access them. For example, strengthening sector partnerships—collaborations between employers and other workforce, education, labor, and community groups—can support planning and investment around new hiring, recruitment, and training strategies. California’s High Road Training Partnerships initiative is one such model, with its clear focus on enhancing job quality and connecting more workers to good jobs. Additional supportive services (e.g., child care and transportation) are also helping workers overcome barriers, as are new federal, state, and local requirements around local hiring and community benefits agreements.Brookings, 4d ago
Algorithms employed in educational institutions for admissions or placement may inadvertently favor certain demographics, potentially excluding deserving candidates. This can hinder the pursuit of education as a pathway to social mobility. For example, Children from Black and Latino or Hispanic communities, who are frequently disadvantaged in terms of digital access, will experience heightened disparities if we excessively digitize education without addressing the potential biases of predominantly white developers behind AI systems. Moreover, the effectiveness of AI hinges on the knowledge and perspectives of its creators. Consequently, their biases can result in both technological shortcomings and magnified biases in reality.Emeritus Online Courses, 4d ago
The third component of the normative argument against retired flag officers speaking out pertains to the exploitation of military service for political influence or gain. Jason Dempsey has termed this “the paradox of prestige,” whereby politicians seek endorsements from retired officers in order to leverage the esteem associated with the military’s high public confidence levels.18 Some argue this exchange of military prestige for political power tarnishes the reputation of the military profession and threatens to erode the public’s high confidence in the institution — the very factor that compelled politicians to seek out such endorsements in the first place. It is the specific act of partisan campaign endorsements — in which retired flag officers put their rank, name, and military service behind a candidate for elected office but face no electoral accountability themselves — that critics find most troubling.19 Those who find fault with partisan campaign endorsements often argue that if retired flag officers want to fully enter the political process, they could run for office themselves and face the full scrutiny of the American electorate.20...Texas National Security Review, 4d ago
The report found that Canada’s fragmented health care delivery is another barrier because each province/territory makes its own decisions about which treatments to fund, leaving Canadians with unequal access to the medications they need with some cancer patients struggling to pay for life-saving therapies on their own.Hospital News, 4d ago
AI can fuel the ideas of more education entrepreneurs. Steve Jobs said that the personal computer was like a “bicycle for the mind,” but in the hands of education entrepreneurs, AI is more like an airplane, allowing them to do more and higher-quality work than was previously possible. Studies show that good management matters, including in schools—and AI tools are poised to make high-quality management advice more accessible to the masses. In a recent study, researchers at Harvard Business School showed that access to GPT-4 helped consultants at Boston Consulting Group produce higher-quality work and also leveled the playing field between lower and higher performers. If education entrepreneurs can leverage AI tools in a similar way, many more people with a passion to educate children will be able to generate strategic plans, pressure-test their curricular and pedagogical ideas, and build other key infrastructure needed to move from an idea to a more fully-formed organizational concept.The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 4d ago
Alabama’s Medicaid eligibility criteria are relatively restrictive relative to other states. Estimates vary, but approximately three hundred thousand individuals would become eligible if the state were to accept federal funding for expanding Medicaid access under the Affordable Care Act. In states that have expanded Medicaid, the increase in health-care coverage among women of reproductive age has been significant. This expansion has improved their access to essential preconception and prenatal services, which are crucial for ensuring the safety and well-being of both mother and baby during pregnancy and childbirth. Conversely, in the twelve states that have decided not to expand Medicaid to include adults with incomes below 138 percent of the poverty line, including Alabama, the uninsured and maternal mortality rates among women of reproductive age are notably higher.Council on Foreign Relations, 4d ago

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...“Lung cancer’s burden on families, individuals and our healthcare system is far too great. Lung cancer screening is key to early diagnosis, and early diagnosis saves lives,” said Harold Wimmer, President and CEO of the American Lung Association. “The Increasing Access to Lung Cancer Screening Act will help us improve access to lung cancer screening for people at the highest risk for the disease. In addition, it will expand access to quit smoking services to everyone enrolled in Medicaid. Quitting smoking will lower the risk of lung cancer and is the best thing a person can do for their lung health. Thank you to the members of Congress who are supporting this bill, as well as the strong coalition of organizations advocating for greater access to lung cancer screening."...lung.org, 18d ago
We believe that the University of Southampton is the first institution to harness the power of the international, independent Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) to create a framework to teach students how to report sustainability for SMEs. By using the GRI, we can help SMEs become more transparent and take responsibility for their impact on people, the economy and the planet. Not only will this sustainability reporting help to fight climate change, but it will contribute to alleviating poverty, too. The GRI sustainability standards help businesses, governments and other bodies to communicate their impacts on issues such as climate change, human rights and corruption.THE Campus Learn, Share, Connect, 11d ago
In Bangladesh, health policy – and its implementation – are overseen by the Director General of Health Services (DGHS) who works under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Under the DGHS, Bangladesh has introduced several initiatives that have both boosted development and ensured the inclusivity of health policies. As part of this approach, the government has cultivated close working relationships with a number of eye-focused, non-governmental organizations, including Sightsavers, who are able to give insight on issues relating to disability, inclusivity, and eyecare as well as provide guidance and support as to how budgets and government resources can be allocated and expanded to meet the needs of the population. It is through such relationships that we have seen our health and education policies amended to include people with disabilities, marginalized groups, and those in hard-to-reach areas. Although these positive changes take time, it is promising to see steps being made in the right direction. One source of information that has directed our efforts is the Bangladesh National Blindness Survey, which is led by the government with support from organizations including Sightsavers. The most recent survey found that approximately one percent of all Bangladeshi adults over 40 years of age are blind. Cataracts, the primary cause of preventable vision loss, make up 80 percent of these cases (1). Although the numbers show there is definitely scope for improvement, they also highlight the fact that we have the opportunity to prevent more people from experiencing blindness. At Sightsavers, we’ve been looking to address this problem by focusing on inclusivity and making sure that everybody has access to good quality, affordable and inclusive eye care health – irrespective of gender, age, disability, economic circumstances, or ethnicity. For all women, we have been raising awareness about the barriers that prevent access to existing healthcare services, including those brought about by the traditional patriarchal structure. We also ensure they are in the forefront of our minds when assessing policy implementation and developing programs to address their specific needs.The Ophthalmologist, 26d ago

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During the Summit for a New Global Financing Pact convened in Paris in June 2023, the IEA received a mandate to develop recommendations to reduce the cost of capital for clean energy projects in emerging and developing economies. We are currently working to develop these recommendations, which will be presented to Ministers from the IEA Family in at the IEA’s 50th anniversary Ministerial Meeting in February 2024. The report will provide indicators for a lower cost of capital in investments, flows of international capital and other metrics, as well as recommendations specific to the different sectors within the clean energy space. These range from policy suggestions to financial mechanisms needed to reduce risk perceptions in emerging and developing economies.IEA, 4d ago
Secondly, is the contributed body of knowledge in by informing the multi-stakeholders the usefulness of ICT in improving the livelihoods of marginalized groups. This has been disseminated through the published academic articles and conference papers which are open access to allow the young generation to read and extract knowledge on how to ICT to remove the gap between the haves and have not.What are the key research methods and materials used in your doctoral research?The main research methods included (i) qualitative and (ii) quantitative. The qualitative research method was used to explore the information and non-numerical data while the quantitative research method was applied to collect statistical data. These two methods were infused in the DSR methodology which adopted the five stages of DSR framework by Johannesson & Perjons (2014) to support the design, development, testing and evaluation process to carried linearly or iteratively depending on the existed situation. The materials used in the doctoral research included:-(i) Documentary review e.g., journal articles, conference papers, books, magazines, internet, computers, scanners, pictures, photos,(ii) The materials which were collected during the research period e.g., audios. video, text, drawings, (iii) The material which were collected during evaluation e.g., mobile phones, APK,there something else about your doctoral dissertation you would like to share in the press release?Despite the presence of numerous ICTs still mobile technology main mobile commerce currently remains to be the platform that provide opportunities for micro-traders to compete with registered firms on a more equal basis. They help close the digital divide between the haves and have-nots, which remains a major issue in developing countries. These is because mobile technology mainly mobile phone is endowed with the features which include:(i) Ubiquity(ii) Personalization(iii) Accessible and affordable(iv) Available anytime anywhere(v) Location-basedThe doctoral dissertation of Joel Rumanyika, MSc, entitled Mobile Technology in the Informal Economy: Prototypes for Market Access and Product Promotion will be examined at the Faculty of Science, Forestry and Technology, online. The opponent will be Professor, Deputy Dean for Research Shaun Pather, University of the Western Cape, South Africa, and the custos will be Professor Matti Tedre, University of Eastern Finland. Language of the public defence is English.University of Eastern Finland, 4d ago
To be successful, all organizations require access to capital and access to customers — objectives which are questions of confidence and trust. And nowhere is this more important than in healthcare where the availability, integrity, and confidentiality of data is both fundamental and absolute if we are to enable clinical workflows to proceed in a timely manner, provide quality outcomes for our patients, and avoid unwanted compromises of our operations. Healthcare is not alone in that it is subject to extreme financial pressures, substantial compliance mandates, heavy regulatory review, and enormous operating complexity. But the consequences of getting things wrong are what set the healthcare sector apart. Cybersecurity breaches have occurred across all industries yet most affected organizations continue to operate and do so frequently with only limited impact on their operations. Yahoo, eBay, Experian, Equifax, SolarWinds, Capital One, Marriott, Facebook, Target, Home Depot and many others have all experienced data breaches affecting millions of personal records and yet consumers continue to do business with these organizations. With the exception of emergent care, for which patients typically do not have the ability to exercise choice, I respectfully suggest that most hospital systems or health providers would not find patient populations so forgiving.Healthcare Security - AEHIS, 4d ago
Information is power, and partner communes have found value in using local data for learning and decision making. By collecting and analyzing their own data, they have identified areas for improvement and made data-driven adaptations. For example, after analyzing the data on their potential fiscal resources, or opportunities for tax collection, communes could adapt their tax collection system to be more effective and tailored to their opportunities, which enabled them to collect more revenue and respond to citizen priorities. They also have a greater appreciation for the value of data and its use when communicating with their stakeholders. For example, one community advocacy group was struggling to communicate with their local elected officials. When they made their presentation more data-driven, they were better able to advocate for social services. Their evidence-based advocacy campaign resulted in changes to the commune development plan and budget aligned with community priorities, leading to tangible improvements in health services.rti.org, 4d ago
Caregivers and family members provide vital physical, emotional, and social support to pregnant women. By understanding the risks of extreme heat and reducing exposure where possible, caregivers can reduce the risks of heat exposure. Pregnant women should have regular access to healthcare and clean drinking water to minimize potential heat-related complications. In both hospitals and home birth settings, proper hydration can reduce the risk of overheating, especially in rooms where air conditioning is not accessible.preventionweb.net, 5d ago
The power of social protection in the face of climate change can be seen in the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative implemented by the World Food Programme and OXFAM in over 10 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin American and the Caribbean. This initiative combines climate risk insurance with social protection to cushion farmer households from different risks. It applies four risk management strategies: reducing climate-related risk through nature-based solutions and improved agricultural practices; risk transfer through private insurance; risk retention through promoting group saving integrated with social protection systems; promoting prudent-risk taking through a combination of capacity building in financing, livelihoods diversification, and easier access to credit WFP, 2022. Insurance protects farmers against extreme climate events like droughts while activities under the cash-for-work programme help them build assets and invest in natural resources management.preventionweb.net, 5d ago

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To implement LLA fruitfully, existing challenges related to funding need to be dealt with. Currently, grassroots and local organisations in South Asia have minimal direct access to funds for climate adaptation, whereas funders and international organisations have more control of money and resources. LLA promises to change this dynamic and enhance local actors’ control over resources, by transferring a considerable degree of decision-making power from international organisations and funders to subnational and local actors. This can be achieved by transforming how institutions disburse and direct adaptation finance into a cooperative exercise, with funders maintaining a consistent dialogue and consulting local communities over key decisions, enabling them to apply their creativity to in developing adaptation solutions based on local realities.preventionweb.net, 18d ago
This welcomed development comes at a time when climatic stressors and shocks are altering food, land, and water systems for millions, and driving important socioeconomic challenges for food security and the stability of rural livelihoods across the Philippines. Although climate change and environmental degradation affect everyone, social groups experience these effects differently, at times reinforcing patterns of marginalisation and inequality. As such, environmental and climatic threats to livelihoods and access to resources can compound existing drivers of conflict. At the same time, societal efforts to increase resilience in the face of climate threats can serve as an entry point to protect the livelihoods of conflict-affected populations, foster engagement and trust between conflictive parties, and strengthen the relation between states and societies. If planned accordingly, climate action can be an instrument for peace.CGIAR, 19d ago
The Tarrson Impact Investment fund is one of the largest student-managed impact investment funds in the country. It provides critical catalytic capital to early-stage mission-driven companies. And every year, the Social New Venture Challenge helps jump-start new businesses and nonprofits (over 150 to date), which have gone on to raise more than $165 million in philanthropic dollars, grant support, and venture capital funding. For graduating university students or recent alumni who are committed to growing a startup that helps solve a social or environmental problem, the Tarrson Social Venture Fellowship provides $25,000 in funding and other support.Clear Admit, 24d ago
...3. Esports can engage even the youngest of students, and these programs help students develop critical skills no matter what paths they pursue: Scholastic esports is rapidly growing, and many schools are starting to incorporate esports programs into their curriculum. The benefits of esports make a compelling case for creating a program: Research shows that students who participate in scholastic esports experience social and emotional benefits, increased academic achievement, and higher graduation rates. These positive learning outcomes make esports popular in secondary grades, with both students and educators advocating for the addition and growth of scholastic esports in their middle and high schools. But esports isn’t just for the older kids, and starting an esports program in early elementary school can be an effective way to lay the groundwork for esports participation as students make their way into higher grade levels.eSchool News, 25d ago
...“High-quality, early childhood education and comprehensive family support are critical for children growing up in under-resourced communities. Support from organizations like Aetna allows us to partner with local communities to provide equitable access to early education and address health and economic stability needs for the families we serve,” said Blythe Keeler Robinson, president and CEO of The Sheltering Arms. “Together, we can help close opportunity gaps, break generational cycles of poverty and build a foundation of hope, resilience and empowerment for the next generation of leaders in Atlanta.”...cvshealth.com, 28d ago
We also look at unconventional career sources for talent, such as gig workers, part-time workers, internships etc. We have a big programme for career comebacks for women. Giving these employees flexibility such as career breaks and remote working can create that extra talent pool in the long-term. The selection of talent and the talent you hire also promotes your company culture with the evolution of new roles. For example, before we did not have a Digital Translator. Now, I have a person in manufacturing translating what the manufacturing process needs from digital processes. Sometimes, in regulatory, we also need a digital translator to transform the whole business. The role is constantly evolving, which helps a lot of people in reskilling and upskilling within the company. This also helps us in our strategy for retaining talent. We also prioritise the accessibility of talent. We have a lot of remote and hybrid working models to access broader talent worldwide, going outside the traditional boundaries of geography.CPHI Online, 19d ago

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As we continue to increase access to digital services, there is an even greater need for secure and convenient identity verification, online or in-person. In the next year, we will see these changes drive an urgent call to action as identity technology becomes more integrated in our everyday lives. This could mean improving access to mobile smartphones, ensuring apps use basic language instead of technical, offering setup assistance at major travel points, etc. In 2024, progress must be made to make digital identity truly inclusive and accessible to all” – Jenn Markey, VP Product Marketing, Payments & Identity at Entrust.TahawulTech.com, 5d ago
Forecasting is a crucial technique that utilizes historical and contextual data to estimate future trends based on current patterns. This approach finds broad application across various industries, and AI algorithms are particularly well-suited for it, especially given the abundance of big data. In the tourism sector, forecasting is incredibly useful in understanding tourist demand, which can be used to develop effective marketing strategies, facilitate financial management and human resource allocation, detect scams in restaurants, and support facility management and maintenance needs. Cutting-edge travel apps that use AI-based methods empower us to forecast flights and other aspects of travel, such as hotel accommodations, offering innovative solutions that benefit travelers by identifying the most cost-effective options and providing insights into future flight costs. Travel assistants that leverage advancements in artificial intelligence, mobile devices, natural language processing, and speech recognition have become increasingly popular. These applications are designed to cater to user preferences, interests, and availability, offering on-demand or autonomous suggestions that proactively anticipate their needs. These systems go by different names, such as autonomous agents, intelligent travel agents, or smart concierges, and they enhance the travel experience through personalized and intuitive assistance.DATAQUEST, 5d ago
Sustainable living encompasses various practices and conscious choices. It should include practices such as installing energy-efficient appliances in homes and offices, switching off appliances when not in use, increasing the set temperature in air conditioners for appropriate thermal comfort, and using natural daylight. Furthermore, embracing measures such as the use of public transport and carpooling can significantly decrease emissions related to personal commuting. Emissions that cannot be avoided can be offset by supporting carbon offset programmes. Further, by shifting to low-carbon products and technologies, individuals can create demand that can incentivise businesses to develop and provide sustainable alternatives. This, in turn, accelerates the transition to a net-zero carbon economy. The adoption of practices such as these aligns well with India’s Lifestyle for Environment (LiFE) mission, which emphasises responsible consumption in harmony with nature. In this context, high-income earners, particularly in developed countries, must act promptly to ensure climate justice and collectively embrace low-carbon lifestyles for a fair and sustainable future.CEEW, 5d ago

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The urban poor are also more likely to work in occupations requiring outdoor and physical labor, and they often aren’t provided labor and social protections. One in three urban dwellers lacks access to at least one core service, like adequate housing, clean drinking water, sanitation or reliable electricity. And this “urban services divide” is widening. If business continues as usual, slums are expected to continue growing across the developing world.World Resources Institute, 5d ago
Disasters aren’t the only stressors on our nation’s networks. Sporting events, celebrations, and other mass gatherings can easily overwhelm a network—potentially cutting off the communications needed to reunite families in a large crowd, provide medical services, or just share that special moment with friends. Frankly, without access to communications, a celebration can become a tragedy. VIAVI’s AI-powered “digital twin” technology is a powerful tool in understanding how networks will respond to these types of scenarios. By creating a virtual model of a provider’s network and simulating the event’s impact millions of times over, our AI systems enable real-time adjustments to manage the surge in network traffic because they’ve seen it before.VIAVI Perspectives, 5d ago
...“Decarbonizing these industrial and transport sectors, which emit 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions today, is essential to achieving net zero, especially as demand for industrial products and transport services will continue to be strong,” said Roberto Bocca, Head of Energy, Materials and Infrastructure, World Economic Forum. “Significant infrastructure investments are required, complemented by policies and stronger incentives so industries can switch to low-emission technologies, while ensuring access to affordable and reliable resources critical for economic growth.”...FuelCellsWorks, 5d ago
Another one of the project’s critical components is comprehensive training on Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) and their far-reaching consequences on the global workforce. Trade unions have gained invaluable insights into how these covert financial activities perpetuate inequality, hinder economic growth, and undermine social stability. Armed with this knowledge, unions are now formidable advocates for policies that combat IFFs, ensuring that resources are redirected towards providing social services and uplifting workers, enhancing equality, and fostering an environment conducive to lasting peace.Equal Times, 5d ago
Table 1 distinguishes the prevailing causes of death in macro-regions defined by the GBD studies (supplementary figure S2).2 For example, mortality related to air pollution from ischaemic heart disease in high income countries and Sub-Saharan Africa is nearly a factor of two lower than the global average, whereas, in central and eastern Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, the effect is nearly a factor of two higher. The reason for relatively low number of deaths from ischaemic heart disease related to air pollution in low income countries may be that infectious diseases still lead to substantial proportions of deaths and the population is relatively young. The burden of non-communicable diseases is rising in much of Sub-Saharan Africa from population growth and ageing as countries undergo demographic transitions. In high income countries, access to clean water, sanitation, and effective health care, for example, reduces mortality from communicable diseases and ischaemic heart disease. Mortality from lower respiratory infections attributable to air pollution is very high in low income countries in Asia and Africa, especially among children who have a substantially lower life expectancy than elsewhere. Another notable difference is that attributable mortality from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a three to four times higher in South and East Asia compared with high income countries.The BMJ, 5d ago
In 2013, CLF partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the MAPC to conduct an assessment of the potential relationships between planned transit-oriented development (TOD) and health. The intent of this work was to develop criteria that could guide decisions about HNEF investments.In its recommendations, the health impact assessment (HIA) identified 12 determinants of health associated with TOD, the types of projects that could address them and the potential health impacts of such projects. It also identified data sets that could be used to monitor whether the expected positive health impacts were being achieved in the real world.The HIA was updated in 2020 to help guide the work of HNEF II. It expanded the original 12 health-related “pathways” to 15 and provided a literature review and recommendations for each.This work has ensured that CLF and MHIC have a playbook for guiding “multilayered” development that backs up public-sector investments in public transit with equitable access to housing, food and parks. “We also want to incent developers to build in a way that is greener and lower-carbon that code currently requires, putting solar arrays on rooftops, using heat pumps, installing EV charging stations and bike racks,” Foote says.Barry Keppard, director of the MAPC Public Health Department, was part of the team for the initial health impact assessment (HIA). A regional agency in a state where county-level government is not the norm, MAPC serves 101 cities and towns.Local governments are under pressure to balance demands from residents and fiscal responsibility, he says. Many default to thinking that creating equal conditions will give residents equal opportunities for well-being.But simply making things “equal” doesn’t account for variability among the people themselves, whether language, disability or community culture. (Or unintended consequences such as gentrification or displacement.)As it has worked to clarify how the built environment can foster health, CLF has explored the human side of healthy development through a parallel research effort in partnership with MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning.Governing, 5d ago

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..."This enduring collaboration has significantly raised awareness on critical issues related to alcohol consumption, spanning the spectrum from its impact on the entertainment industry to road safety and mental health," Seaga said. "It's essential to have a refresher on responsible consumption, especially as the holiday approaches, providing our Jamaican people, particularly the youth, with a better understanding of how to live and drink responsibly. As the private sector, we continue to participate actively in this event, acknowledging that it is also our responsibility to support initiatives that contribute to social good."...jamaica-gleaner.com, 5d ago
Previous reviews have focused on social media use to deliver behaviour change interventions, finding that this platform has potential.98485 Less attention has been paid to the implications of social media itself for health. Vannucci and colleagues identified cross-sectional correlations between social media use and substance use and risky sexual behaviour in adolescents, however, they were unable to separate out general electronic media use (electronic media with a direct component involving social interactions with others (2022 personal communication with A Vannucci)) from social media use; although, they did include some exploratory sensitivity analyses of potential differences by type of social media assessment.42 Curtis and colleagues reported correlations between alcohol related social media content and alcohol consumption and alcohol related problems in young adults; however, the authors did not explore if associations differed between exposure to user or marketer generated content.32 Importantly, both reviews did not incorporate adjusted estimates or identify randomised controlled trial evidence and did not formally assess risk of bias of the underlying evidence.3242...The BMJ, 5d ago
Embrace Virtual Care: The emergence of the Covid- 19 pandemic accelerated the adoption of telehealth services and virtual care practices. COPD patients, who are often elderly or living in rural areas, benefit immensely from the accessibility and convenience that virtual care provides, including telehealth appointments and ongoing disease monitoring. Likewise, telehealth can mitigate the shortage of pulmonologists and the extended waiting times for specialist appointments. Virtual care not only ensures timely access to care but also enables continuous monitoring and early intervention. Patients can receive timely check-ups, participate in pulmonary rehabilitation programs, and seek advice, all from the comfort of their homes, eliminating the burden of transportation costs and time. This trend in virtual care must continue to expand to ensure that all COPD patients receive the care they deserve.MedCity News, 6d ago
Democratized Generative AI – Generative AI is becoming democratized by the confluence of massively pre-trained models, cloud computing, and open source – making these models accessible to everyone worldwide. GenAI will level the playing field in terms of access to information and skills across a broad set of roles and business functions, making it one of the most disruptive trends of this decade. Hence, Gartner predicts that by 2026, over 80% of enterprises will have used GenAI APIs and models, and/or deployed GenAI-enabled applications in production environments.CXOToday.com, 6d ago
This idea of sanctuary trauma highlights the incredible impact that schools can have when they can act as sanctuaries for students and families. Of course, our work is with students and yet our students exist in the context of family and community. There is a significant body of research that shows that when schools engage well with families, students do better academically, have better attendance, develop better social skills and stay in school longer (Brunzell & Norrish, 2021; Durlak et al). This makes sense and is particularly relevant for students who might be at risk of experiencing sanctuary trauma.educationtoday.com.au, 5d ago
Most people on waiting or interest lists are eligible to receive other types of HCBS while they wait. Among the nearly 700,000 people on lists for waiver services in 2023, living arrangements are unknown for more than 600,000. Among the people whose living arrangements are known, 97% (77,000) lived in the community and 3% (2,000) lived in institutional settings. While waiting for waiver services, people living in the community are likely to be eligible for other HCBS through Medicaid state plans. Of the over 4 million people who use HCBS, KFF estimates that roughly half use services provided through the Medicaid state plan, such as personal care to help with bathing or preparing meals, therapies to help people regain or acquire independent living skills, and assistive technology. States may not use waiting lists to restrict the number of people eligible to use such services and over 80% of people on HCBS waiting lists are eligible for personal care or other state plan services. They would not, however, have access to more specialized services such as supported employment or adult day care. People on waiting lists who receive state plan services may also have fewer hours of personal care than they would in a waiver program, or they may not have assistance with some of the activities they need help with such as bathing, dressing, preparing meals, or managing medication.KFF, 5d ago

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In July 2023, partly in response to the work of the CPS and others, the Government announced a crackdown on ‘rip-off’ university degrees, which in their view were those with high drop-out rates or which ‘leave students saddled with debt, low earnings and faced with poor job prospects’. Under the plans, the Office for Students will be able to limit the number of students universities can recruit on to courses that are deemed to be failing to deliver good outcomes for students (which we now have much better metrics on).CapX, 6d ago
Communities and organizations are mobilizing against rare earth mining on the Ampasindava Peninsula in northwestern Madagascar. This area is home to northern Madagascar’s last remaining forests, recognized as a global biodiversity hotspot and home to IUCN-listed endangered and vulnerable species. The well-being of the populations on the peninsula depends largely on the maintenance of these ecosystems, which provide them with numerous products (food, energy, construction materials, pharmacopoeia and sources of income) and ecosystem services (water, protection against cyclones, microclimate, soil fertility). Since 2016, local communities have been opposing the mining project on the basis that it will infringe on many of their human rights. This includes their land rights and livelihoods, as most live mainly from fishing and agriculture—particularly the cultivation of high-value-added export crops such as vanilla, cocoa and coffee that would be put at risk. Since the beginning of the Tantalus Rare Earths Malagasy project –which was acquired by Reenova, then by HARENA Resources Pty Ltd in 2023– it has affected local communities that have denounced the irregular nature of mining permits, neglected test pit rehabilitation work, a lack of local participation and free, prior and informed consent, as well as disregard for the social, human rights and environmental impacts that would result from this project.Foreign Policy In Focus, 6d ago
In addition to helping refugee newcomers access housing, schools, and medical services, private sponsor groups are responsible for assisting newcomers with finding jobs. Access to safe, stable, well-paying jobs that match a refugee’s skill set is crucial to fast-tracking economic self-sufficiency, a crucial factor for successful integration into their new country. Still, according to the most recent estimates, 36.2% of refugees in the U.S. are underemployed. This number includes 13.6% of refugees in the healthcare and social assistance industry who are underemployed. (This is an especially grim statistic given the critical shortages in health care workers amongst other skilled occupations.)...Niskanen Center - Improving Policy, Advancing Moderation, 6d ago

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The BoA report exemplifies the urgent need to address workers’ financial wellness and its consequences on their overall well-being. Collaborative efforts from financial institutions, employers, and policymakers are necessary to alleviate the economic burdens faced by American workers and ultimately create a healthier workforce and sustainable future for all.Grit Daily News, 20d ago
The impact this shift has on local economies is a bit more complex. On the one hand, fewer employees coming into the office impacts associated businesses such as restaurants, markets, and food trucks, which rely on these commuters for their steady customer base. These businesses will need to be more agile to adapt to this new reality. On the other hand, a flexible workforce with remote workers gives all companies access to talent that is not limited by geography, making these companies more viable. The increased reliance on remote workers also provides local economies with the needed flexibility to better adapt to changing economic conditions or unexpected crises, such as pandemics or natural disasters, which can help maintain economic stability.ERP News, 21d ago
It is clear, then, that the nation needs to embrace sustained and multipronged strategies involving academic institutions, government agencies, private enterprises, and even families to achieve an equitable level of diversity in STEM fields. It is also clear that investments in leadership development and academic infrastructure can help foster the growth of a more capable and diverse workforce and advance the nation’s overall innovation capability. The good news is that Payton and Gates provide proof positive that institutions and partnerships can achieve the desired outcomes.Issues in Science and Technology, 26d ago
The allocation for Bridges Training Foundation, which aims to elevate the lives of individuals with disabilities towards more independent living, will go to its Training Foundation Resource Center Project. That program helps to achieve digital inclusion by training persons with disabilities to not only use a computer and the necessary software tools, but also put those skills towards the actions required to obtain employment. Bridges Training Foundation will use the funds to buy inclusive and adaptive technology, as well as furniture, to provide physical and virtual training programs for adults with disabilities and their caretakers.Dallas Innovates, 17d ago
The nature of the food system means skills availability is equally fragmented and siloed, with little scope for systems approaches to solving the key challenges to create sustainable, healthy and nutritious diets. We must redefine the way we approach innovation, ensuring education and skills development are embedded throughout every innovation process and business plan for all stakeholders across Europe, including consumers and citizens. Employers should be supported in introducing structured education programmes for their workforces, adding lifelong learning to all staff retention objectives. And we must standardise the expectations associated with education, putting skills development at the top of all job descriptions. Without implementing these actions, we will not achieve our goals of a healthier, more sustainable and resilient food system.eitfood.eu, 6d ago
The treatment for pneumonia depends on the type of pneumonia. In developing countries, a large number of pneumonia cases is caused by bacteria and can be treated with low cost antibiotics. Yet many children with pneumonia do not receive the antibiotics they need because they lack access to quality health care. Other causes of pneumonia are viruses or mycobacteria (e.g. those causing tuberculosis) requiring other treatments. Tuberculosis in particular often remains un-diagnosed.unicef.org, 24d ago

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In short, American women are facing a healthcare crisis spurred by the high cost of services and a shortage of healthcare professionals. Nearly 40% of women say that high costs are a barrier to healthcare and almost a quarter struggle with limited appointment availability. The problem is especially dire for low-income women, who often struggle to access affordable health insurance, as well as women of color and women with chronic health conditions. Women are also more likely than men to be primary caregivers for children and the elderly, which adds extra challenges for those seeking treatment for health issues.Innovation & Tech Today, 6d ago
Managing cash volume and replenishment for ATMs can be a complex puzzle. From logistics and security to resource allocation and escalating cash-handling expenses, the limitations of traditional approaches are becoming increasingly evident. In recent years we have seen financial institutions employ cash recycling technology to solve for some of these challenges. While cash recycling has become an integral part of the banking ecosystem in many areas across the globe where access to cash is vital to financial inclusion efforts, in the U.S., automated cash recycling is just now emerging as a compelling solution that provides substantial benefits to financial institutions.www.atmmarketplace.com, 6d ago
In agriculture, especially in low-income countries, women form a substantial part of the workforce. However, they often face significant barriers. Things like limited access to education, land, and economic resources make life more difficult for women in agriculture. Now, a new study shows that these barriers represent not only a social and equity problem but an environmental and food security problem as well.ZME Science, 6d ago
Professor Naumann has led on many international research projects, examining how specific sets of social and education policies can improve equality, fairness and social wellbeing in society, such as her recent UK-based research on Childcare and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic and comparative research on the Logistical challenges of parents accessing childcare in different European countries.Open Access Government, 6d ago
According to Bonnie An Henderson, HelpMeSee’s President and CEO, to understand the origins of the Mazava Project, we should first understand the formation of HelpMeSee itself. Founded in 2010 by father and son, Al and Jim Ueltschi – Al also being a co-founder of the world’s first Flying Eye Hospital, Orbis International – HelpMeSee aimed to eradicate global blindness by improving surgical training through simulation. “Building on Al Ueltschi’s work in creating FlightSafety International, the first and most established flight simulation company, we worked to develop the best-in-class, high-fidelity manual small incision cataract surgery and phacoemulsification simulators, which we use to deliver training throughout the world,” says Bonnie An Henderson. “Since completion of the simulators, we have been able to train over 3,000 professionals across the globe.”The motivation behind the Mazava Project then – and, in fact, all HelpMeSee projects in less economically developed countries – is simple: to increase worldwide access to eye care and thus reduce the prevalence and impact of preventable blindness. “Access to care for cataract – the leading cause of blindness – in many parts of the developing world is limited by several factors, including access to a competent cataract surgeon. Madagascar is one of those locations where there is a dire need for ophthalmologists,” says Bonnie An Henderson. “When a person is blind or severely visually impaired, this affects not only their life, but also that of their entire family. Often, a relative is required to stay home from school or work to care for the blind person. This has an economic effect on the family, community, and ultimately the country. Additionally, the person who remains home to be the caretaker is often the female child, which prevents girls from becoming educated, adding to the gender inequality in many countries.”...The Ophthalmologist, 6d ago
The advent of the pandemic and the evolving response by the healthcare community have significantly impacted the way medicine is currently being delivered in the United States. Telemedicine visits with clinicians and other electronic methods of communication have gained widespread acceptance and implementation. Early on, CMS and private third-party payers increased reimbursement models, and state licensing laws in many jurisdictions were relaxed to facilitate access to treatment. Online interactions have flourished, especially the ordering and transmittal of prescription medications. Taken together, these changes have eased patient access to certain kinds of care—but they also mean that practitioners frequently question whether they may be held vicariously liable for the mistakes of other clinicians with whom they are not otherwise legally affiliated.MedCity News, 6d ago

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This past legislative session saw historic investments in our transit systems across the state. However, ask any transit planner or advocate and they will likely tell you this funding is merely filling a gap left by years of underinvestment. Mobility has been one of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber’s advocacy areas of focus for years because we know transit access allows for greater opportunities in housing, education and employment, and a comprehensive transportation system that includes a variety of transit options is critical to increase access to jobs and attract future workers. While remote and hybrid work fundamentally shifted the way many workers move around, panelists at our recent Critical Issues Forum reminded us that even in the most flexible environments, many employees still depend on or prefer to use transit.Finance & Commerce, 26d ago
As many companies look at rethinking their workplace environments for the needs of today, they may want to draw on anthropological methods and analysis to answer certain critical questions such as: What will their employees want to come back to work in an office environment for? How to introduce in-person workplace culture to young employees who have never experienced it, having begun their work life remotely during the pandemic? What will strengthen community and belonging? What spatial environments will better foster mentorship and advancement with diversity and inclusion in mind? And they may even learn about aspects of the ‘old’ workplace which are still valuable and ought to be incorporated into the ‘new’ in order to build on the identity of a given workplace culture while rethinking it and manifesting its aspirations.Allwork.Space, 20d ago
The GRFP is nearly as old as NSF itself; it was the first STEM workforce program established by the agency. Then, as now, supporting graduate students was seen as key to fostering science and engineering talent to meet the demands of a modern economy. However, by the early 1970s, the movement to improve equal access to education in the United States had shifted the national focus from simply increasing the number of people pursuing advanced scientific education to the more complex task of addressing the inclusivity of this expansion. A report on higher education from a 1973 special task force to the US secretary of health, education, and welfare recognized the major role of federal incentives and funding “in the opening of post-secondary education to minority students,” and recommended the development of national fellowship programs at the graduate level for students from underrepresented racial or ethnic populations.Issues in Science and Technology, 19d ago