Tagged with: Recruitment / people About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 12 July 2005 | News Workforce Hub receives funding AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Workforce Hub, one of six national hubs of expertise that form part of the Government’s ChangeUp programme, has received funding to carry out its business plan and work to develop the skills and good employment practice of the voluntary and community sector.The Hub, which will build on the work of the former Voluntary Sector National Training Organisation (VSNTO), will begin recruiting additional staff this week. The Hub’s objectives will be to: Advertisement help voluntary and community organisations to have easy access to information and resources support a culture of learning and development promote good management, leadership and employment practice throughout the sectorraise the profile of the sector as a place to workThe Home Office’s Active Communities Directorate has offered a grant to fund the Hub’s activities for two years.Mark Freeman, Workforce Development Manager for COVER – The Community and Voluntary Forum Eastern Region said: “The Workforce Hub represents a fantastic opportunity for the voluntary and community sector to develop all the issues around skills, employment and recruitment that are vital for its continued growth and improvement. Its ability to link the work being carried out regionally and locally will help to spread good practice, and enable us to gather much needed intelligence to highlight the sectors needs and quantify its impact on the economy and the communities in which it works.” 33 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Dec 30. 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Health officials in Hong Kong today said a 2-month-old girl who lives in mainland China has been hospitalized at a Hong Kong hospital for an H9N2 avian influenza infection, which typically causes mild illness but is considered one of the viruses that could evolve into a pandemic strain.Thomas Tsang, controller for Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection, told reporters today that the girl was in stable condition and is in isolation, according to reports from Reuters and the Associated Press (AP).The baby and her family live in Shenzhen, in southern China, but she was hospitalized in Hong Kong after she got sick, the AP report said. An Agence France-Presse report today said the girl’s case was diagnosed after she fell ill with vomiting, a cough, and a runny nose.”We have had four (H9N2) cases in the past 10 years and they all had mild respiratory symptoms and they all recovered,” Tsang said at the press conference, according to Deutsche Presse-Agentur. He added that the virus is common among chickens and geese in southern China.Tsang said health officials in China’s Guangdong province are investigating how the girl contracted the virus, the AP reported.Hong Kong’s last H9N2 case was reported in March 2007, when the virus struck a 9-month-old girl. The same subtype sickened two girls in 1999 and a 5-year-old boy in 2003, according to previous reports.Though the H9N2 strain of avian flu is distinct from the deadly H5N1 subtype, global health experts regard it as one of the other avian influenza viruses that could evolve into a pandemic strain.Researchers have reported that the virus can spread to pigs, in which it could potentially reassort with other influenza viruses that are more likely to infect humans. Serologic studies have suggested that there may be more human H9N2 infections than have been detected and reported.In August, investigators published a study in PLoS One (Public Library of Science One) that explored how H9N2 viruses replicate and transmit in ferrets, which have sialic acid receptors in their respiratory tracts resembling those in humans. They found that wild-type H9N2 viruses can infect ferrets and can spread to other ferrets through direct contact, though aerosol transmission did not seem to occur.The research group also identified genetic characteristics that could enhance H9N2 replication and direct-contact transmission. They also found that a reassortant virus that combined genes from H9N2 and human H3N2 strains replicated in both the upper and lower respiratory tracts and caused more serious lung damage than the wild-type H9N2 virus did.Given the concerns about H9N2’s pandemic potential, the US government in 2004 contracted with Chiron Corp. (now part of Novartis) to produce 40,000 doses of a vaccine against the strain. In Sept 2006 researchers reported that a phase 1 clinical trial demonstrated that the experimental vaccine generated a good immune response.See also:Mar 20, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Baby in Hong Kong infected with H9N2 avian flu”Aug 14 CIDRAP News story “Researchers probe pandemic potential of H9N2 virus”
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Thursday’s football game against the University of Arizona Wildcats marks the first non-bowl game to be held on a Thursday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and with it will bring new gameday procedures.The reason behind the schedule change this year is because USC is required to host a Thursday night game twice every three years as a member of the Pac-12 Conference, USC Associate Athletic Director Jose Eskenazi said.“It’s a mandated thing from the conference,” Eskenazi said. “It’s obviously not our preference to host a Thursday night game, but we have to do it, and were excited to do it in the sense that we’ll tackle it head-on and hopefully it’ll be a great game experience for all those that attend.”For the Thursday night game, no on-campus parking for the game or on-campus tailgating will be allowed.Captain David Carlisle said the university made the decision to ban campus activities to ensure that academics on campus will not be interrupted.“This being the first Thursday night game ever for USC, it’s going to be a challenge in that there will be no tailgating allowed on campus,” Carlisle said. “That is a decision that the university has made because it is going to be considered a normal academic day.”Since no on-campus parking will be available to those attending the game, other options will be made available.“Parking will be available down in L.A. Live and several lots will be open that folks can park there, and there will be a shuttle service to and from the Coliseum,” Eskenazi said.Tailgating opportunities have also been added at the Galen Center and the Coliseum.“To make up for the lack of tailgating on campus, the Galen Center will have an open tailgate that you can walk up to and pay to attend, and also the Cardinal and Gold Picnic at the Coliseum has opened up spaces for the general public,” Eskenazi said.Thursday classes will be held on their regular schedules.“Some schools cancel classes if they host a weekday football game,” Eskenazi said. “At USC, it was the administration’s decision not to do that. USC is an academic institution first and foremost, so classes are regularly scheduled and all ongoing regular campus activities will go on.”Both DPS and the Athletic Department have been preparing for months to make sure that the night goes smoothly.“We’ve been planning this for a good eight to nine months,” Eskenazi said. “It all started with getting all groups on campus together to talk about what the plans should be and what the communications would be, and making sure we adhere to the university policy that classes would still be in session and find alternatives for people to be able to attend the game.”Gian Johl, a graduate student studying business administration who plans to attend the game, said that his midterm was rescheduled as a result of the football game.“The class voted to take the midterm early because of logistics,” Johl said.Ronan Young, a freshman majoring in business administration who regularly attends USC football games, said he thinks the Thursday night date will negatively affect student attendance.“I feel like the student attendance won’t quite be the same because a lot of people that would say, go on a Saturday because it’s the only thing to do, now have work to do or schoolwork to do, and now they’re going to choose not to go,” Young said.Sean Lee, an undecided freshman who is choosing not to go to the game, also believes the date will hinder attendance.“I have the student section tickets, but I’m selling mine because I can’t make it,” Lee said. “I have a 9 a.m. class and a lot of stuff going on Friday.”Others students, however, said that the usual schedule will not stop them from going to the game.“I will definitely be attending,” said Paul Samaha, a freshman majoring in public relations. “Most people I know are still going.”The Athletic Department said they are aware of the effect that the new date could have on game attendance.“Everyone is used to it being on a Saturday so it’s a change-up from the traditional college football attending experience,” Eskenazi said. “Obviously work and school schedules will affect your ability to attend.”Nevertheless, the department is excited for this new opportunity.“It’s the first time we’ve had this sort of ‘week night under the lights’ kind of game,” Eskenazi said. “Coach [Orgeron] is pretty excited about it and he really wants the students’ support, sort of this renewed energy of the team with his leadership. I think it could be a pretty fun deal for students.”
Looking to extend its winning ways, the USC women’s tennis team took down the University of Texas at Marks Stadium with a 7-0 victory on Tuesday afternoon.The Women of Troy opened up the match in strong fashion during the doubles point against a better-than-advertised Longhorn team.“This has to be the most under-ranked team of all-time,” USC head coach Richard Gallien said of Texas. “They’re really talented, but they just haven’t got out of the blocks. And going back to when they played in the National Team Indoors, you can lose three [games] and that’s what Texas did. … There goes the confidence and momentum you have.”Although USC swept through the doubles round easily with all three teams winning their respective matches, Texas showed off the talent of a top program early on.The Longhorns (3-7) came out firing in the singles’ round as sophomore Zoë Scandalis dropped the first game without notching a point against sophomore Noel Scott. Scandalis would recover from her early deficit to take hold of the first set by a 6-1 margin, but Scott bounced back to steal the second set 6-4.In the only three-set match of the day, Scandalis took the last two games to close out the set (and the match) by a 6-4 score.“I was proud of our girls that we didn’t come out asleep, and we came to play today,” Gallien said.The bottom part of the singles’ matches provided USC with the early win with slots four through six all winning.Junior Gabriella DeSimone faced off against Elizabeth Begley and quickly found herself in a 3-0 hole in the first set. DeSimone turned the set with her hustle and determination and won the six-straight points to close out the set 6-3.The junior finished off Begley in the second set by the same 6-3 margin to add to USC’s point total.“They are a good team and the record doesn’t show how good they are, so we knew we had to come out here firing,” DeSimone said. “We had a tough couple of weeks, including our match last week against UCLA, so it’s good to get back on top.”Sophomore Giuliana Olmos may have been at a height disadvantage against 5-foot-11 sophomore Lina Padegimaite, but it didn’t show on the court. Olmos, who has been tough to beat so far this season, won the match on court five by a score of 6-1, 6-3.“I played her in the doubles match, so I got a feel for her game,” Olmos said of her opponent. “Our match was a lot closer than the score, with most of our matches going to deuce. I knew that I had to stay tough during the big points to pull it out.“Last week’s Pac-12 player of the week, freshman Ellie Yates, did her job in the six spot with her 6-2, 6-0 defeat of Texas’ Lana Groenvynck.Speaking of awards, sophomore Sabrina Santamaria was named this week’s Pac-12 player of the week and she put in a great comeback effort to topple Texas’ Breaunna Addison on court two.Struggling with her form early on in the match, Santamaria continued to battle back despite being down for the entire first set. The sophomore rallied to force a tiebreaker against Addison, which she proceeded to win easily to win the set. From then on, Santamaria took control of the match and finished the second set with a 6-0 sweep.Senior Danielle Lao had a hard-fought match in singles against Texas’ lone senior, Aeriel Ellis. The two upperclassmen were battling shot for shot throughout the two sets with the momentum shifting with each point.The country’s No. 8 player prevailed, though, as Lao finished the match strong and completed a 6-4, 6-4 victory to complete the 7-0 win over Texas.With a weekend slate featuring Pac-12 opponents Colorado and Utah, USC will look to continue its strong start in Pac-12 play.