USA: Hawaii-Based Sailors Host Commander of Naval Surface Force Pacific Fleet

first_img Share this article November 16, 2012 Training & Education View post tag: Pacific View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Force The commander of Naval Surface Forces, and commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, visited Sailors on Hawaii-based ships Nov. 14 for the first time since assuming his current position.Vice Adm. Tom Copeman toured several ships in Pearl Harbor including Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70), Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70), Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73).During his visits Copeman met with Sailors and spoke about his visit to Hawaii and the ships that are home-ported here. “The reason I’m in Hawaii is for a COMPAC Fleet commanders conference but I came in a couple days early to visit the MIDPAC ships out here, so I visited as many as I could,” said Copeman. “I get my best information on the state of morale and the material condition of the ships, how things are going and whether the policies that we implemented at TYCOM (Type Commands) are working or not by visiting the ships and in particular going into the Chief’s Mess and getting their unvarnished opinion on things.”Lt. j.g. Alfred Whitney, navigator on board USS Port Royal, assisted with escorting the vice admiral around the ship to meet with the commanding officer and the crew. The ship’s tour included the ship’s store, the combat systems main control station, central control station, the general workshop and a brief meeting with the chief petty officer’s mess. “We were glad to have Vice Adm. Copeman aboard and we really appreciated his visit,” said Whitney.The importance of the fleet in Hawaii and to the Pacific Theater was emphasized during the vice admirals’ visit. “It’s very important that these ships stationed here in Hawaii are eight days closer to the Seventh Fleet area of responsibility than the ships home-ported in San Diego,” said Copeman. “They’ve always been an integral part of the defense of our nation and I think they will become even more important as we shift more assets and more focus into the Pacific Theater over the coming years.”According to Copeman, getting to visit Sailors on the deckplates is extremely important. “The most rewarding aspect is what I was just doing today; its going down to ships and talking to Sailors and hearing about what’s working and what’s not and feeling like I can affect some change. The most challenging thing is juggling all of the various requirements. With limited resources, we have to make sure that we are using our money, people and time in the most efficient manner. It’s just a very complex challenging problem and its key to making life better for folks on these ships and making them ready to fight a war if they have to.”The priorities Copeman developed to support warfighting first are three in number: training, development, and career management of Sailors; training crews to fight and win; and providing warships ready for combat. “Our ships have to be fully manned and they have to have highly skilled Sailors,” Copeman said. To achieve this, Copeman said requires looking at personnel readiness based upon a “wartime requirement” and not by what is funded. “In order to man our ships correctly it is vitally important that we report our manning readiness based upon the true requirement,” he said.The training Sailors require is a crucial part of Copeman’s priorities. 
”If we really want our crews to fight and win, we need to lay that foundation right there in the school house,” he said. “The schools – our basic, integrated and advanced training – must be focused on preparations for high-end combat operations. I think of it as improving the ‘Public School System’ (“A” and “C” schools) by increasing the hands-on training for our Sailors and taking a hard look if we are delivering the information in the best manner.”Copeman said he wants to reverse the trend of many Sailors spending large amounts of time at school only to require in-depth supervision once reporting aboard ship to do basic maintenance or watchstanding. “Here we’re getting to the balance between maintenance and modernizations of our ships and providing our Sailors with the necessary equipment, repair parts, tools, technical documentation, education, and training to fix and maintain their equipment,” said Copeman.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 16, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: sailors View post tag: Commander View post tag: Hawaii-Based USA: Hawaii-Based Sailors Host Commander of Naval Surface Force Pacific Fleet View post tag: fleet Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Hawaii-Based Sailors Host Commander of Naval Surface Force Pacific Fleet View post tag: Naval View post tag: host View post tag: Surface View post tag: Navylast_img read more

Australian Navy establishes navy engineering NETwork

first_img View post tag: Network April 6, 2016 Aiming to ensure growth and innovation in its service, the Royal Australian Navy has established the Naval Engineering Talks (NETs) program to ensure Navy engineers from all specialties were wired in to the latest topics and developments.One of the codes of conduct for those conducting Naval engineering and maintenance activities is that they “continue to develop relevant knowledge, skill and expertise throughout their careers”.Naval engineering and maintenance calls on a vast knowledge and experience found across all rates, ranks, the Defence industry and the public service.The NETs program facilitates communication and the exchange of technical knowledge and experience across the entirety of the naval engineering and maintenance discipline.The first NET, held in August 2015 at Fleet Headquarters, was titled “Hull Repair: The 90% that Matters”. Graeme Emerton of Hull Survey Group discussed his insights on hull maintenance, particularly the importance of paint preparation. What may seem like a dry subject to most is actually a dynamic one for engineers and integral to Navy’s mission to fight and win at sea as well the safety of its sailors.Lieutenant Stefanie Curic, who assisted in coordinating the event, said the Naval Engineering Talks were a great way to share and discuss current and future issues amongst peers within Naval Engineering.“Interest in the NETs program has grown dramatically, resulting in the program increasing its scheduling to a monthly session accessible via video teleconference, in order to keep up with the demand across Defence locations,” said Lieutenant Curic.Chief Staff Officer – Engineering, Captain Matthew Hudson, introduced the inaugural NET explaining that they are designed to build a better understanding about the contribution the engineering community makes to the Naval enterprise. View post tag: Royal Australian Navy Australian Navy establishes navy engineering NETworkcenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian Navy establishes navy engineering NETwork Share this article Authoritieslast_img read more

USS Whidbey Island concludes exercise, arrives in Little Creek

first_img USS Whidbey Island concludes exercise, arrives in Little Creek Training & Education April 26, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Whidbey Island concludes exercise, arrives in Little Creek Share this article View post tag: USS Whidbey Island Dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island arrived in Little Creek after completing its Amphibious Ready Group/Marine Expeditionary Unit exercise, April 24.Whidbey Island, along with Amphibious Squadron 6, Marines of the 22nd MEU, amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, and amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio, comprise the Wasp ARG.ARGMEUEX is the first graded exercise an ARG and embarked MEU undertake in preparation for deployment.“We received fantastic training“, said Cmdr. Ethan Rule, Whidbey Island commanding officer. “We brought our team from a rudimentary level — integrating with the PHIBRON, the Marines and ourselves and raised the bar significantly. We’ve seen significant improvement across the board from all departments.”The training completed during ARGMEUEX is designed to test every facet of interoperability between Sailors and Marines. The Whidbey Island blue-green team worked together to carry out flight and amphibious operations, maritime interdiction exercises and damage control drills.For the embarked Marines, adjusting to life on the ship and working side by side with Sailors proved to be a smooth transition.“We try to help each other out and build camaraderie,” said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Elijah Gregory, who is assigned to the 22nd MEU.Whidbey Island will participate in Composite Unit Training Exercise this summer, the final assessment before a scheduled deployment. Image: US Navylast_img read more

Best Royal Navy sailors awarded by Armed Forces Minister

first_img View post tag: Royal Navy Best Royal Navy sailors awarded by outgoing Armed Forces Minister Authorities July 20, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today Best Royal Navy sailors awarded by outgoing Armed Forces Minister Star sailors from the Royal Navy’s Portsmouth flotilla have been rewarded for outstanding achievements by the Armed Forces Minister.In her last day in office on July 18, Penny Mordaunt presented 29 awards to personnel who have gone the extra mile for their ship or unit during the past 12 months.The ceremony on Friday (July 15) was held on board HMS Victory and was followed by a dinner at HMS Nelson.Two recipients of the award are based on the 65,000-tonne giant aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, currently in build at Rosyth. Chief Petty Officer Graeme Duncan was recognised for his efforts in working with industry to ensure that the ship’s fresh water system, galley and laundry were ready for the ship’s company to move on board.Medical Assistant Louise Whalley was rewarded for her key role in introducing and managing the ship’s first aid and medical training plans and for tailoring effective bespoke training for different departments.Commander Portsmouth Flotilla, Commodore Peter Sparkes said: “In a challenging year when the Portsmouth Flotilla has scarcely been busier, it is really important that we recognise some of the extraordinary individual efforts of our Sailors, which contribute so powerfully to our collective successes.“I am delighted that the Minister for the Armed Forces agreed to present these awards in the presence of the recipient’s partners today, and I am also grateful to BAE Systems and the Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity for their support in making it possible.” Share this articlelast_img read more

Assistant Director, Facilities Operations

first_img07Do you have a minimum of 5 years of facilities operationsexperience?YesNo Class DescriptionThe purpose of this class is to provide leadership and overseeplanning, direction, control and evaluation of all work associatedwith the day to day operation of assigned College division orfunction.Compensation within the posted range is determined by acandidate’s education level and/or years of experience in thefield. Generally, employees are hired in the lower third of thescale .Minimum RequirementsBachelor’s degree and five years of experience in groundsmaintenance, mail services and facilities operations. Provenlandscaping, operational and supervisory experience at a commercialor educational facility. Must have a valid driver’s license in goodstanding with violation points less than five (5).For best consideration please apply by November 20,2020.Class Specific Essential Duties 02In what area have you received your BA/BS (i.e. businessmanagement, business administration, etc.)?03Please provide your driver’s license number, issuing state, andexpiration date.04Do you have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record orless than five (5) points on driving record?YesNo 05Please describe your experience in a large facilities departmentenvironment as it specifically relates to the positiondescription.06This position is considered an essential position with theFacilities Management department for severe weather or significantcampus events. Would you be able to meet this requirement?YesNo Single point of contact for facility management issues on therespective campus.Responsible for daily inspection programs, visiting with endusers and making recommendations to FM managementEnsures service satisfaction through multiple written and oralmethods; implementing change as necessary to improve services.Supervises and provides daily oversight of college campus inall phases of landscape maintenance, cleaning of streets, walks,parking area (including removal of snow and ice) and readiness ofathletic fields.Oversees the implementation of all in-house and contractedlandscape projects, providing coordination, supervision, andplanning as requested.Coordinates the seeding, fertilization, disease and pestcontrol applications as required and determines lawn mowing andplant beds priorities and schedules.Responsible for directing equipment repairs and preventativemaintenance programs so equipment performs as designed and is safeto operate.Seeks continuous improvement by monitoring industry trends andtaking maximum advantage of technologies to improve landscaping andmaximize efficiency.Ensures that supervisors and employees are well educated andthoroughly trained in work techniques, customer service andstandards.Coordinates with campus service providers for necessary programsupport services; including, but not limited to, facilitiesarrangements (program/facility set-ups), maintenance or buildingservice’s needs, and other services.Oversees mail services operations for campus.Manages financial performance of the operation and monitorsbudget versus expenditures of department accounts. Implements costcontrol mechanisms for labor and inventory needs.Provides effective human resources management for the operationwith the effective managing of annual evaluation process, EEO lawsand policies compliance, and recruitment.Utilizes the department’s computerized maintenance managementsystem (CMMS) to identify problem areas and develop responses forimprovementAdministers the campus fleet program, providing timelycommunications with end-users, establishing and overseeingpreventative maintenance program on all campus vehicles.An essential employee for the Facilities Management departmentfor severe weather or significant campus events.Is subject to recall after hours in the event of campusemergencies, disasters, or other special needs as directed bymanagement.Essential Job Duties are intended to be examples of duties and arenot intended to be all inclusive. There will be other duties asassigned.CCBC Full Time Benefits At A GlanceBENEFIT SUMMARYMedical Plan yearEmployees may select CIGNA, or Kaiser Permanente Select HMO. Nopreexisting condition exclusions. All plans have prescription drugcoverage and mental health and substance abuse benefits. All plansrequire the selection of a primary care physician, but allow theoption to change. Annual Open Enrollment is inOctober/November.Dental Plan yearEmployees may select Cigna DHMO, CareFirst Traditional Dental orCareFirst Preferred Dental. Annual Open Enrollment is inOctober/November.Vision Plan yearEmployees may select Carefirst Preferred or Traditional Plans.Coverage includes one eye exam and benefits for glasses, contacts,or bi/trifocals every 24 months. Administered by Davis Vision.Kaiser medical plans allow members to have one eye exam yearly(covers exam only). Annual Open Enrollment is inOctober/November.Employee Assistance Program (EAP)Employees have access to the EAP, which provides CCBC employees andtheir family member’s confidential 24-hour online and telephoneaccess for legal, financial, and personal issues. Provided for CCBCemployees at no cost. Administered by CIGNA behavioral.Flexible Spending Accounts(section 125)Employees may select the FSA, which allows employees to pay forout-of-pocket medical and dependent care expenses. Employees mayallocate a maximum of $5,000 per household, per plan year fordaycare related expenses, on a pre-tax basis. Employees mayallocate a maximum of $2,550 for medical related expenses. A debitcard is provided to simplify claims processing for health careexpenses. Annual Open Enrollment is in October and November.Administered by Benefit Strategies.Life InsuranceEligible employees receive one times their annual salary rounded upto the nearest $1,000. The minimum benefit amount is $50,000 andthe maximum benefit amount is $200,000. CCBC pays 90% of thepremium. Evidence of insurability is required if enrollment occurs31 days after hire date. Administered by The Standard InsuranceCompany.Long Term Disability (LTD)Employees may enroll in the LTD Plan. Benefits are effective after90 days of continuous total disability and pays 60% of the grossmonthly salary. Evidence of insurability is required if enrollmentoccurs 31 days after the employee’s hire date. Administered by TheStandard Insurance Company.Legal ServicesEmployees may enroll in the Legal Services benefit, which provideslegal advice, consultation, and courtroom representation forcommonly used legal services; plus will preparation, trafficviolations, credit issues, warranty disputes, medical durable powerof attorney and uncontested divorce. Annual Open Enrollment is inOctober/November. This plan is administered by LegalResources.Retirement PlansEmployees are eligible, based on position classification, to enrollin one of three retirement plans: (1) MD State Teachers PensionSystem, (2) MD State Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), or (3)Baltimore County Employees Retirement System. All plans requireemployee contributions except MD State ORP.403(b) Supplemental Retirement PlansFor the 2016 calendar year, if you are under age 50, you couldcontribute up to $18,000, and if you are age 50 or older, you couldcontribute up to $24,000 because of a $6,000 ‘catch upcontribution’.Vendors: AIG-VALIC, TIAA-CREF, T. Rowe Price, Fidelity, Lincoln andING.457(b) Deferred Compensation PlanFor 2016, if you are under the age of 50, you could contribute themaximum of $18,000 to your 457(b) plan. If you are age 50 or older,that maximum increases to $24,000 because of a $6,000 ‘catch upcontribution.’ Vendor: Voya Financial Advisors, Inc.Tuition Waiver/ReimbursementCCBC tuition is waived for benefit-eligible employees after aprobationary period, if applicable. Tuition reimbursement forcourses taken at other colleges and universities are availableafter one year of CCBC employment. Employees are reimbursed:$200/credit undergraduate; $260/credit graduate courses, up to amaximum of 18 credits per fiscal year.Financial ServicesEmployees have access to a free checking account, direct deposit,loans and other services at First Financial Federal Credit Unionand M&T Bank.Time Off (fiscal year)12-month employees accrue up to 12 days for sick and safeleave the first year of employment and 18 days per yearthereafter. 10-month employees accrue up to 10 sick days the firstyear and 15 days thereafter. All employees are granted 3personal business days per fiscal year. Employees areeligible based on position classification and years of service toaccrue a minimum of 10 days and a maximum of 20 days ofvacation per fiscal year.ParkingFree. Must obtain a parking permit from the Department of PublicSafety to use on all campuses.01Do you have a BA/BS degree?YesNo Manage the overall day to day operations of assigned Collegedivision or function.Plan, coordinate and implement projects, programs and/orinitiatives.Supervise, advise, and evaluate assigned staff, asrequired.Prepare, analyze and provide reports on miscellaneous subjects,as requested.Serve as liaison between College departments, vendors,government agencies and/or other external organizations.Manage operating budget for assigned division or function, asrequired.Essential Job Duties are intended to be examples of duties and arenot intended to be all inclusive. There will be other duties asassigned.Position Specific Essential Duties Required Questionlast_img read more

O’Neill returns to Oxford

first_imgSean O’Neill returned to Oxford from NUS conference on Wednesday this week, missing the last day of the event amid controversy about historic comments on Twitter.O’Neill was running for the Block of 15, a group of individually-elected members of the NUS’ National Executive Committee.But on Wednesday, Oxford University Students Union (OUSU) released a statement on their website, stating that O’Neill would “no longer be participating in NUS National Conference.”The statement read: “An investigation is currently being held by the NUS which will have the full cooperation of OUSU.“As an institution, we remain committed to upholding the rights and wellbeing of all our students and will continually offer support to our members.”It remains unclear whether the suspension of O’Neill’s participation was his decision or that of OUSU or the NUS. It follows a series of historic tweets containing anti-Semitic insults used by O’Neill were published in an article on Monday by the Independent.O’Neill has apologised for the tweets, and said that they were intended as a “distateful joke”. Writing on Facebook, O’Neill said the comments “have been quoted out of their wider context.”He said: “I was absolutely horrified to see this tweet. It flies in the face of my commitment to anti-fascism and anti-sexism.”“It was five years ago, and I have no recollection of writing it. I can only assume it was an incredibly distasteful inside joke, or a reference to something someone else said the night before.“I wholly, unreservedly apologise for having ever associated myself with these truly vile hashtags. I am ashamed, and reach out to all groups affected to say sorry.”The emergence of the tweets provoked criticism from the Oxford University Jewish Society (JSoc), who described them as “shocking and grotesque” in a statement, and called for O’Neill’s resignation.The JSoc statement said: “It is unacceptable that after a year of revelations of anti-semitism in student politics, some students still think this sort of behaviour is consistent with acting as an elected student representative.”The controversy follows a string of anti-Semitism accusations which have surrounded the outgoing NUS president, Malia Bouattia.She was previously accused of “outright racism” by the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, after having described Birmingham University as a “zionist outpost” before the beginning of her presidency.O’Neill had been running for election to the Block of 15, along with Aliya Yule, another Oxford NUS Delegate. Both supported Bouattia’s re-election as president.Yule and O’Neill stood on a platform promising “to keep pushing NUS in the direction of free education, welfare, and liberation.”They had both been elected as NUS delegates in the OUSU elections in Feb-ruary, on the slate Count on Us.Sean O’Neill did not respond to Cherwell’s request for comment on his suspension.last_img read more

Costly Raab Saga Continues With Appeals on Attorney Fees

first_imgHome surveillance video from the Raab home on West Atlantic Boulevard in Ocean City, NJ, captured the incident at the center of a lawsuit that settled in January for $150,001. https://ocnjdaily.com/video-fails-to-quell-costly-suit-between-doctors-wife-and-cop/A federal judge appeared to write the final chapter of “Monica Raab v. City of Ocean City” on April 6 when he ruled that everybody must pay their own bills from a lawsuit that stretched for more than three years and included more than $500,000 in combined attorney fees.But Raab appealed U.S. District Court Judge Robert B. Kugler’s decision on May 4. She still wants Ocean City to pay for her attorneys.Ocean City filed a cross-appeal on May 5. The city still wants Raab to pay for its attorneys.And the saga continues.The case illustrates the staggering costs of litigation that must be borne by Ocean City’s insurer and ultimately passed on to Ocean City taxpayers in the form of higher premiums.It began five years ago on the morning of May 11, 2010, on West Atlantic Boulevard, a quiet north-end side street, when an Ocean City police officer began writing a ticket for an illegally parked garden trailer.Raab claimed in an 11-count lawsuit filed in November 2011 that Patrolman Jesse Scott Ruch used excessive force and left her with permanent injuries as he tried to handcuff her after she confronted him about the ticket. Police reports and attorneys for the city suggest Raab was uncooperative, hysterical and a danger to her own safety.In January, Raab accepted a $150,001 settlement to dismiss her claim against Ruch. By the time of the settlement, all but one count (including all counts against the City of Ocean City) had been dismissed by Kugler. He signed an order of dismissal for the case on Jan. 21, 2015.All that remained was an argument over who pays the lawyers.Raab seeks $229,316.50 in attorney fees and another $30,420.09 in costs. Her attorney, Paul R. Rizzo of the firm DiFrancesco, Bateman, Coley, Yospin, Kunzman, Davis, Lehrer & Flaum of Warren, N.J., argued, in part, that she is a “prevailing party” in the suit.But Kugler ruled on April 6 that the “plaintiff’s motion must be denied because she is not a prevailing party.”“Plaintiff has not obtained a judgment on the merits; rather, Plaintiff and Officer Ruch entered into a private settlement agreement,” Kugler wrote in his opinion. “This Court did not facilitate the settlement, has never seen the settlement agreement, nor was it aware of any terms contained within the agreement when the Order was issued.”_____Sign up for free daily news updates from Ocean City._____The City of Ocean City seeks to recover $206,782.30 in fees. Attorney Michael Barker argued that the city is a prevailing party not only because the all claims against the city were dismissed by the judge but because they were without foundation.“Plaintiff’s claims against Ocean City may have been weak, but the Court cannot conclude that they were frivolous or without foundation,” Kugler wrote in denying the city’s motion to recover attorney fees. “Indeed, a district court must exercise caution in awarding fees to a prevailing defendant so as not to discourage legitimate lawsuits that may not be ‘airtight’ … for seldom can a prospective plaintiff be sure of ultimate success.”The judge went on to note that a month prior to his confrontation with Raab, Ruch had been issued a performance notice, “wherein he was counseled by his supervisors for his lack of assertiveness and inability to take command in handling an unrelated incident.”“Although the Court ultimately concluded that these facts did not sufficiently establish a policy or custom on behalf of Ocean City for inadequate training and supervision, it was not unreasonable for Plaintiff to argue such based upon these facts,” Kugler wrote.A separate law firm, Reynolds and Horn of Marlton, represented Ruch for part of the lawsuit. The city will indemnify its employee and pay his separate legal fees through its Atlantic County Municipal Joint Insurance Fund (JIF).Invoices requested by OCNJ Daily as of Oct. 30, 2014 show the city paid more than $274,000 for the combined fees of the city’s firm and Ruch’s firm. Those bills will continue to mount as the case has continued for an additional seven months. Read more: More detail on the incident:Read the complete text of Raab’s complaint.Read the complete text of the police reports.center_img Raab Settles Lawsuit for $150,000, Lawyers Charge More Than $500,000At $200,000 and Counting, Raab Lawsuit Shows Risks of a Fight to the FinishVideo Fails to Quell Costly Suit Between Doctor’s Wife and CopRunning Tab on Raab Lawsuit Nears $275,000 in Ocean Citylast_img read more

Power Rankings: Junior jumps up poll

first_imgJunior rises five spots following impressive Pocono showing; Truex tanks seven Note: These rankings have been determined by a poll that included writers Kenny Bruce, Holly Cain, David Caraviello and Zack Albert, and video host Alan Cavanna. 1. Jimmie Johnson       Outlook: Johnson’s lofty lead of 51 points over Carl Edwards means that, yes, he could miss an entire race and keep his hold of first place; which he may have to do because his pregnant wife is due in September. It’s as if he planned this all along.Standings: 1st, 521 points2. Carl Edwards          Outlook: Edwards admits in his “Big Brain Theory” appearance that he’s crashed a car in basically every way possible. Luckily, he didn’t crash at Pocono, but he still ended up 18th. Standings: 2nd, 470 points3. Matt Kenseth            Outlook: Another week, another unfortunate occurrence for Kenseth, who seems to either win a race, get knocked out by an accident he doesn’t cause or have a blown engine. This week’s culprit? Juan Pablo Montoya.Standings: 6th, 418 points4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.    Outlook: Most expected to see Junior get his mojo back soon, but according to most predictions, it came a week early at Pocono. With Michigan International Speedway, the site of his last two wins, on the horizon, Earnhardt has a chance to really pick up some steam. Standings: 4th, 439 points                     Change            High/Low            6. Kyle Busch             Outlook: Naturally, in Busch’s first week of looking for his 100th career top-five finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, he placed sixth. He could have to wait another week for the century mark, as just three of the 99 have come at Michigan. Standings: 7th, 412 points7. Kevin Harvick             Outlook: Now that Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth each have a trifecta of victories, the page turns to the next trio of drivers with a shot to join the club in Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne. What do you think? Standings: 5th, 434 points8. Kasey Kahne             Outlook: Stricken by mechanical issues on the very first lap, Kahne had no realistic shot to make any progress in the standings. He does run reasonably well at Michigan, however, so it could be a good week to make up some of the ground he lost. Standings: 8th, 400 points9. Brad Keselowski      Outlook: Keselowski and Harvick nearly smashed each other up pretty bad on pit road, but the reigning champ still finished 16th despite the miss. Still, it was enough to move up a spot in the standings ahead of his home race. Standings: 9th, 398 points10. Tony Stewart         Outlook: And this is why Tony Stewart is a three-time champion. The driver/owner was able to steer out of a swerve in traffic on a restart that likely would have ended his day. Instead, he finished fourth and has risen seven spots in the standings in the past two weeks alone. Standings: 13th, 378 points11. Jeff Gordon             Outlook: Gordon’s primary sponsor recently renewed its contract with Hendrick Motorsports through 2016. For the soon-to-be-42-year-old, it called into question if he’d be around to see the end of the deal. Fortunately for the sport of NASCAR, it sounds like he could. Standings: 11th, 393 points12. Greg Biffle               Outlook: Given all the issues that Roush Fenway Racing and the other Ford teams have had this season, it was huge for Biffle to earn his first top-10 since Texas. Standings: 10th, 395 points13. Kurt Busch              Outlook: Busch is certainly pleased with his seventh-place finish (even if it did come a spot behind his little brother) and from the sounds of it, he knew nobody was beating Jimmie Johnson. Standings: 15th, 374 points14. Denny Hamlin               Outlook: Hamlin needs wins. There’s no way around it. He’d even be willing to risk blowing an engine if it meant he’d have a better shot at getting one.Standings: 25th, 285 points15. Paul Menard            Outlook: Thanks to a tire problem on the last lap, Menard’s 30th-place finish has him dropping even further down the standings. His early-season success is becoming a distant memory and it’ll be tough to regain it with other drivers heating up. Standings: 12th, 385 points16. Joey Logano             Outlook: Logano wasn’t able to commit to his full weekend plan of running in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa and the Cup race at Pocono where he was the reigning winner, but his substitute filled in admirably. Standings: 16th, 369 points17. Ryan Newman             Outlook: It wasn’t conventional by any means, but it worked. Newman’s pit strategy was a huge factor in his top-five finish and his squad may want to consider more Hail Mary-type moves if he plans on making the Chase. Standings: 18th, 363 points18. Martin Truex Jr.          Outlook: No, Truex didn’t blow his engine on Sunday. A 23rd-place finish ahead of a Michigan track he’s only mediocre at (four top-10s in 14 tries) doesn’t bode well for a return to a Chase spot. Standings: 17th, 364 points19. Aric Almirola               Outlook: Dave Blaney might not be happy with Almirola after sending him for a spin, but it isn’t like the driver of the No. 43 did so hot himself. Almirola finished a paltry 21st. Standings: 14th, 377 points20. Juan Pablo Montoya   Outlook: The momentum that Montoya has been building didn’t take much of a hit with a 14th-place finish, but it’s tough to really say he kept the momentum he had after a solid Dover run. It’s a fair assessment that he has June 23 circled on his calendar when the first road-course race of the season takes place at Sonoma. Standings: 22nd, 337 points In the rearview 5. Clint Bowyer             Outlook: Whether or not Bowyer was trying to match his car number or he was just tired from wheeling around a shopping cart late last week, 15th-place finishes aren’t what he is looking for right now. Standings: 3rd, 452 pointslast_img read more

Rethinking WHO: Students see a bigger role for frontline health workers

first_imgStudents from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and across the University came together at the Harvard iLab over the fall semester for an innovative new course—Design of Social Innovation. While some may have thought of “design” as the process of creating a building or smartphone, by the end of the course, they realized that they could utilize design to tackle large, ambiguous problems in public health.Led by Patrick Whitney, visiting professor at Harvard Chan School, the course gave students a hands-on introduction to design methods such as modeling, reframing, and prototyping. Whitney, one of the foremost experts on the discipline of design as an approach to solving complex human problems, taught students new ways to approach public health challenges—as a supplement to standard science-based approaches—when information is incomplete and fast-changing.As a case study, students were tasked to look at the World Health Organization (WHO) and the way it addresses pandemics, and then design solutions to help it more effectively manage disease outbreaks. To keep their thinking fresh, students were forbidden from researching how WHO already works. They looked at different models of change, made conjectures, and then researched whether their ideas could work.Whitney said during the students’ final presentations on December 8, 2017, “This course is not about what is, but what might be.”During the course, students worked in groups to design and prototype their projects. They received feedback from experts along the way, and had the opportunity to step back and rethink their approaches from a new angle. By the end of the course, they all reached the conclusion that the best way to help WHO address disease outbreaks is to not only improve the organization’s ability to disseminate information, but in parallel, to create a direct line with medical and aid workers on the ground to collect information and data in the world’s most vulnerable communities.Each student group focused its work on a different country. Public health students Kevin Hall, MPH ’18, and Chrissy Kreider, MPH ’18, framed their project—an app called the WHO Action Health Platform—around the hypothetical experience of a specific doctor at a clinic in rural Colombia. If he began to see patients exhibiting unusual symptoms, he could search the platform’s database for more information. His and other providers’ queries would be aggregated by the system, alerting the WHO to a potential hotspot. If the doctor believed that an outbreak was underway, he could file a report within the platform to request help from local WHO experts….Ashish Jha, senior associate dean of research translation and global strategy, and K.T. Li Professor of Global Health, was a guest lecturer for the course. In remarks during the final presentations, Jha said that he was surprised and impressed by the direction the students took with their projects….“The class’s work has been extraordinary,” Jha said.  “You have made more progress on rethinking, and indeed fresh thinking about WHO than I’ve seen for years.”—Amy Roeder Read Full Storylast_img read more