Develop strategies – Top Clusters http://topclusters.org/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 08:54:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://topclusters.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-5-100x100.png Develop strategies – Top Clusters http://topclusters.org/ 32 32 Temple University leaders meet with police and mayor to strategize on dealing with gun violence near campus – CBS Philly https://topclusters.org/temple-university-leaders-meet-with-police-and-mayor-to-strategize-on-dealing-with-gun-violence-near-campus-cbs-philly/ Wed, 23 Mar 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://topclusters.org/temple-university-leaders-meet-with-police-and-mayor-to-strategize-on-dealing-with-gun-violence-near-campus-cbs-philly/ PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Months after a Temple University student was fatally shot during a robbery, along with other incidents of gun violence near campus and parents raising the alarm about safety , the college is making some changes to help calm the community. The university released its list Wednesday evening. On Wednesday, Temple University leaders […]]]>

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Months after a Temple University student was fatally shot during a robbery, along with other incidents of gun violence near campus and parents raising the alarm about safety , the college is making some changes to help calm the community. The university released its list Wednesday evening.

On Wednesday, Temple University leaders met with Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw and Mayor Jim Kenney. They proposed new strategies to address gun violence and keep students safe.

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“It’s nice and reassuring to know that this is one of the administration’s top priorities,” said one student.

Fight against violence in and around campus.

Temple University is beefing up security and adding new strategies to fight crime.

“We live in a pretty dangerous area, so I think it’s necessary for them to increase security and everything,” said another student.

Some strategies include a security upgrade grant program allowing landlords to add cameras and install lighting, increased campus and city patrols – almost doubling the number of officers – a neighborhood watch program to help patrol neighborhoods, and more housing on and near campus will be available for students.

The university will relocate students for the remainder of the semester.

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“We all live together, so we hardly leave the house unless one of us is with at least one other person,” said one student.

“On campus I feel relatively safe, but sometimes when I get home, depending on the time of night, if I’m alone or with people, it can depend,” said another student. “I will say there has been an increased police presence lately.”

Students tell Eyewitness News they hope these measures are here to stay.

“Every time an incident happens it seems like there is a surge in police force for a few days or maybe a weekend and then things go down,” said one student. “But I feel like it definitely illustrates another precaution being taken.”

They believe that these new measures will even reassure their parents.

“Like knowing there’s more security and a lot more people watching over students on campus, I feel like that puts families at ease and it also puts a lot of students at ease. ‘comfortable,’ said one student.

Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey will audit campus security services. It will start next month.

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CBS3’s Jan Carabeo contributed to this story.

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Sustainable brands develop strategies to reduce carbon emissions https://topclusters.org/sustainable-brands-develop-strategies-to-reduce-carbon-emissions/ Fri, 18 Mar 2022 07:38:55 +0000 https://topclusters.org/sustainable-brands-develop-strategies-to-reduce-carbon-emissions/ Bhaiya ek bottle paani dena or “Would you like plain water or bottled water” is something that has been part of our lives for about 20 years. Indeed, when you go to the office these days or especially during the peak of the pandemic, and ask for a glass of water, you are always given […]]]>

Bhaiya ek bottle paani dena or “Would you like plain water or bottled water” is something that has been part of our lives for about 20 years. Indeed, when you go to the office these days or especially during the peak of the pandemic, and ask for a glass of water, you are always given a 200ml bottle of water. I’m not here to make you feel guilty about why we ask for bottled water or why we don’t switch to more environmentally friendly alternatives, like carrying your own bottles or drinking from the tap. In fact, drinking water has never been so convenient in our life as it is today.

Plastic has been a blessing in our lives in many ways, far beyond bottles. Whether it’s air conditioners or your favorite car, much of their components today are made of plastic because they’re said to be tough, economical, and easily replaceable. However, it is important to understand its impact on our daily lives.

Global plastic consumption is soaring

Global plastic consumption has grown from 50 million tons in 1976 to more than 7 times or 367 million tons in 2020. Over the same period, our population has grown from 4 billion to nearly 8 billion today. In India, nearly 1 million bottles are purchased every minute in India and while 90% of these are no doubt recycled, the remaining 10% still escapes the recycling process, which accounts for almost 1 lakh of bottles per minute. If we start stacking these bottles, in just 21 days we will have a mountain of plastic bottles that will be taller than the Statue of Unity (182 meters). In addition to this, we also use “single-use plastic” in the form of polythene bags, cosmetic tubes, toothpaste and toothbrushes.

While the above seems like a problem that might be too big for any authority to handle, the solutions are also up to us. The main fact is that most plastics can be converted to their raw form and reused for other purposes.

Recycled boots put to good use

In the clothing industry, clothes made from recycled plastic bottles are hugely successful in all European countries and we hope that we will soon catch up also in the subcontinent. Similarly, plastics are also used on a large scale in the construction of roads and highways. Then, of course, we use recycled plastics to build school desks and the least form we can use them for is in the form of plant stands and pots.

In addition, plastics have a much greater impact and can play a vital role in the field of carbon emissions and therefore climate change. While India boasts a per capita plastic consumption of just 11kg compared to the global average of 28kg per person, we don’t fare so well on the carbon emissions front. We account for nearly 7% of global emissions and rank third on the global carbon emissions list. To counter this impact of “climate change”, plastics play a vital role, especially in a country like India.

For example, clothing made from recycled PET bottles reduces carbon emissions by more than 30% compared to those that are not. If we actively start pursuing all areas of plastic reuse and recycling as well, we will achieve a phenomenon where the produced plastic stays in the economy and out of the environment. Moreover, if plastics stop ending up in landfills and in the oceans, it not only saves our marine life, but also guarantees to reduce the burden on these landfills and helps us to fight climate change in a big way.

Active measures needed to move plastic into the recycling ecosystem

Plastic, which has become such a big villain in the current scheme of things, is effectively a scapegoat or an escape mechanism for anyone unwilling to tackle the real issues. The problem is that the authorities and the general public do not take any action or active habit to ensure that plastic enters the recycling ecosystem instead of ending up on the sides of roads, gutters, streams, rivers and finally the oceans.

We must also applaud the real heroes who manage to get the plastic collected and handed over to the authorities – the scavengers. We need to create a better environment as a society for them to see the same and actually earn an honest living. So the next time you say, Bhaiya ek bottle paani dena, remember you can make a big difference by making sure you buy a product made from recycled fabrics or components. Many sustainable brands are developing strategies and an entire ecosystem to reduce carbon emissions and minimize the use of plastic.

(Kapil Bhatia is CEO and Founder, UNIREC – makes clothes from recycled PET bottles)

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How to develop strategies that bridge the leadership gap with the generation gap https://topclusters.org/how-to-develop-strategies-that-bridge-the-leadership-gap-with-the-generation-gap/ Fri, 04 Feb 2022 15:00:00 +0000 https://topclusters.org/how-to-develop-strategies-that-bridge-the-leadership-gap-with-the-generation-gap/ Opinions expressed by Contractor the contributors are theirs. The proverbial alarm has been ringing and going off for several years. There has been too little care and attention to deal with the impending disaster. The leadership deficit that has been predicted over the past few years is upon us. And, it couldn’t have come at […]]]>

Opinions expressed by Contractor the contributors are theirs.

The proverbial alarm has been ringing and going off for several years. There has been too little care and attention to deal with the impending disaster.

The leadership deficit that has been predicted over the past few years is upon us. And, it couldn’t have come at a worse time with the Covid-19 pandemic still ongoing, impacting each of the multiple generations differently in the labor market.

Many businesses are unable to keep pace with their need to fill the leadership positions created by retiring baby boomers and growing businesses, in some cases at a rapid pace. Their pipelines are not sufficient to quickly fill the growing number of leadership positions.

Companies that lack a focused strategy and a drive to close that gap could very well struggle to stay in business and maintain market share.

Related: 4 Ways Businesses Can Bridge the Generation Gap

The large number of baby boomers retiring over the past decade has only exacerbated the leadership gap. Many of them leave their leadership positions for their well-deserved leisure lifestyle.

In the third quarter of 2020, the number of baby boomers who retired increases by more than three million compared to the same quarter in 2019. This number will increase in 2021 and over the next few years. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated massive retirements. Many baby boomers are generally dissatisfied with the way business is conducted with colleagues from other generations.

The alarm has been sounded.

It is widely accepted that there is an ongoing conflict between baby boomers and millennials when they communicate with each other and disagree on the work ethic of each generation.

Millennials currently represent the largest generation in the workplace. They will likely be the best source for leadership openings for many companies. Companies that can develop the best strategies to attract, develop and retain millennial leadership candidates will do their best to avoid the negative consequences of the leadership gap.

Time seems to be a finite resource in finding and engaging these potential millennial leaders. Companies that can act quickly and flexibly will win the race in closing the leadership gap.

That might not be enough for some companies to sound the alarm bells louder and beg for a call to action. There are trends both in leadership and in the diversity, equity and inclusion space that could well bring them to the brink.

Three of the critical leadership trends include:

A notable increase in the number of women in leadership positions at Fortune 500 companies.

  • Emphasis is placed on formalizing the functions of allies, mentors and sponsors to support emerging leaders.

  • Attention and investment in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives are at an all-time high.

A set of diversity, equity and inclusion trends intersect with these leadership trends.

  • The next level of clarification of critical roles and responsibilities for diversity, equity and inclusion is critical to achieving any strategic objective.

  • The role of employee resource groups will become more pronounced and meaningful as corporate cultures transform to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive.

  • The need for skilled and capable leaders will continue to be at the forefront of many companies’ talent development strategies.

The case for closing the leadership gap intensifies when the trends are analyzed in more detail.

It seems like a great place to start in bridging the leadership gap is bridging the generational gap.

The beginning of any good working relationship is with introductions. When baby boomers and millennials simultaneously find themselves in one place and start a conversation about how to collectively close the leadership gap, the work needed to close it is underway.

Boomer leaders can take the initiative to introduce millennials to some proven tools that will guide them in their collective work to close the leadership gap.

Some best practices in career development include:

  1. During meetings, baby boomers might ask for more and say less. Using the power of questions and active listening can go a long way toward finding productive common ground.

  2. Bringing the succession plan template to meetings will provide the template to ensure nothing is missed when discussing the plan for the future.

  3. Following the career development plan will increase the chances of developing a leader’s unique leadership style.

Bridging the leadership gap with intention, focus, and attention will lead to a more structured leadership development framework. Additionally, it will support the development of the skills and competencies needed to be an effective leader.

Additionally, corporate culture will be positively impacted when the leadership gap is filled, in part, by internal candidates.

Related: Millennials Can Bridge the Generation Gap With Baby Boomers

Finally, emerging leaders will have the opportunity to capitalize on the introduction of change while transforming their businesses. Increased empowerment is just one strategy among many that promotes engagement, effectiveness and efficiency.

Companies that pursue a strategy focused on closing the leadership gap will reap the benefits of having more capable and skilled leaders in develop more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces.

This approach will give companies a strong competitive advantage when recruiting and retaining top talent, as well as finding and serving their customers.

The alarm is ringing, it’s time to act.

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Clinicians develop strategies to address virtual care disparities for patients with limited English proficiency https://topclusters.org/clinicians-develop-strategies-to-address-virtual-care-disparities-for-patients-with-limited-english-proficiency/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://topclusters.org/clinicians-develop-strategies-to-address-virtual-care-disparities-for-patients-with-limited-english-proficiency/ We really had to put ourselves in the shoes of the patient and go through all the workflows to make sure that language and health literacy needs were taken into account. Esteban A. Barreto, PhD, MA Director, Equity and Community Health Assessment, Massachusetts General Hospital BOSTON- Although telephone and videoconference visits provided many patients with […]]]>

We really had to put ourselves in the shoes of the patient and go through all the workflows to make sure that language and health literacy needs were taken into account.

Esteban A. Barreto, PhD, MA
Director, Equity and Community Health Assessment, Massachusetts General Hospital

BOSTON- Although telephone and videoconference visits provided many patients with safe access to medical care during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, these virtual care platforms unwittingly disenfranchised a large segment of the community. population, especially those with limited English proficiency. Clinicians at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have implemented several strategies to address these disparities, and they describe their efforts to an article Posted in The American Journal of Managed Care.

With the explosion in the use of telemedicine to deliver care during the COVID-19 pandemic, the MGH team deployed three strategies at its academic medical center: increasing access to virtual platforms and technologies to patients with limited English proficiency, addressing privacy concerns of immigrant patients, and integrating interpreters into virtual platforms.

“With an increased reliance on virtual care for healthcare during the pandemic, it’s important to ensure that we don’t increase disparities for patients who have language barriers,” says lead author Aswita Tan- McGrory, MBA, MSPH, Director of Disparities Solutions Center and Administrative Director of the Mongan Institute at the MGH. “Furthermore, addressing the challenges with these three strategies will actually increase care and access for all patients.”

Tan-McGrory and her colleagues have addressed access to virtual platforms and technology by providing patient education in multiple languages, encouraging patient portal registration through multilingual tip sheets and videos, and using tablets and bilingual trainees. Easy-to-understand patient education materials in multiple languages ​​that the team uploaded to a public online repository received 3,388 page views as of August 19, 2021 and could be used at various points of care, such as virtual visits .

Strategies to address privacy issues included developing a streamlined script that addresses patient concerns about privacy and what is shared with Immigration and Customs, as well as identifying a platform secure virtual environment that does not require a patient to download an app to their phone or computer to join. Finally, the integration of medical interpreters into virtual visits has been achieved through actions such as modifying the electronic health record scheduling software to allow both a clinician and an interpreter to join a video visit. .

“We really had to put ourselves in the shoes of the patient and go through all the workflows to make sure the language and health literacy needs were taken care of,” says lead author Esteban A. Barreto, PhD, MA , Director of Equity and Community Health Assessment at MGH. “Our findings suggest that as health systems continue to meet these needs, patients with limited English proficiency should be able to take an active role in managing their own health, which, in turn , can have a positive impact on their health.”

Co-authors include Lee H. Schwamm, MD, Christopher Kirwan, PhD, and Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH.

About Massachusetts General Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital, founded in 1811, is Harvard Medical School’s first and largest teaching hospital. The Mass General Research Institute conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the nation, with annual research operations of more than $1 billion and includes more than 9,500 researchers working in more than 30 institutes, centers and departments. In August 2021, Mass General was named No. 5 in the US News and World Report list of “America’s Best Hospitals”.

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Researchers Link Pollution to Cardiovascular Disease, Develop Strategies to Reduce Exposure, Encourage Government Response https://topclusters.org/researchers-link-pollution-to-cardiovascular-disease-develop-strategies-to-reduce-exposure-encourage-government-response/ Wed, 10 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://topclusters.org/researchers-link-pollution-to-cardiovascular-disease-develop-strategies-to-reduce-exposure-encourage-government-response/ Newswise – CLEVELAND–In a new review article, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from University Hospitals (UH), Case Western Reserve University and Boston College discuss evidence linking pollution and cardiovascular disease. The research team highlights strategies for reducing individual exposure to pollution and the importance of government-supported interventions promoting clean energy. […]]]>


Newswise – CLEVELAND–In a new review article, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from University Hospitals (UH), Case Western Reserve University and Boston College discuss evidence linking pollution and cardiovascular disease. The research team highlights strategies for reducing individual exposure to pollution and the importance of government-supported interventions promoting clean energy.

The researchers note that pollution would be responsible for nine million deaths worldwide in 2019, including 5.1 million due to cardiovascular diseases. They explain that even though these numbers are high, they likely reduce the full contribution of pollution to the global burden of cardiovascular disease, as they are based on a subset of known environmental risk factors. Attribution of health effects to pollutants can be complex, given their ubiquitous presence in the environment and the growing list of chemicals associated with human health effects.

“To date, cardiovascular disease prevention has focused almost exclusively on individual behavioral and metabolic risk factors,” said Sanjay Rajagopalan, MD, chief of cardiovascular medicine and Herman K. Hellerstein, MD, chair of cardiovascular research at UH Harrington Heart & Vascular. Institute and director of the Case Cardiovascular Research Institute at the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. “Pollution reduction has received little attention in cardiovascular disease control programs and has been largely absent from guidelines. “

Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc, FAAP, director of the Program for Global Public Health and the Common Good, director of the Global Observatory on Pollution and Health and professor of biology at the Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society in Boston College collaborated with Dr. Rajagopalan on the exam. The researchers stress that their overarching goal is to persuade all physicians of the importance of considering pollution as a risk factor when working with their patients to prevent and control cardiovascular disease.

The article provides an overview of the cardiometabolic health effects of pollutants for physicians and describes strategies to reduce exposure to pollution. Researchers explain that the first step in preventing pollution-related cardiovascular disease is to highlight the role of pollution in disease prevention programs, medical education and clinical practice, and recognize that pollution is a factor. major and potentially preventable risk of cardiovascular disease.

The article also discusses the direct link between environmental pollutants like air pollution and the contribution to climate change. This is particularly important given that this document comes just after the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in Glasgow, Scotland.

“One of the important lessons of COP26 is that efforts to reduce emissions, adapt to climate threats and address health issues are often conducted independently,” said Dr Rajagopalan. “By keeping the focus on the health effects of pollutants, many of which are exacerbated by and contribute to climate change, there is a much higher chance of engagement by stakeholders.”

Researchers note many ways that individual physicians can bring the environmental lens to their patients.

“Doctors can qualitatively assess the risk of exposure in patients, if applicable, assess individual sensitivity and provide advice on pollution prevention,” said Dr Rajagopalan. “Very high risk patients, for example, include people with pre-existing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, diabetes or chronic kidney disease, or people from special demographic categories, including the elderly and transplant recipients. “

The team explains that doctors can take collective action through professional associations to persuade elected officials to reduce pollution levels for all patients in the United States. They point out that the most effective of these actions will be a massive and rapid shift from fossil fuels to clean and renewable energies, with the added benefit of slowing the pace of climate change.

Preventing pollution-related cardiovascular disease through a large-scale shift from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy will not only reduce cardiovascular disease and associated deaths, but will also benefit humanity by slowing the rate of climate change. . The research team concludes that the global cardiovascular disease epidemic can only be contained through a multi-pronged strategy that combines pollution prevention with the control of individual risk factors.

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Rajagopalan, S. and Landrigan, P. “Pollution and the heart”. The New England Journal of Medicine. DOI: 10.1056 / NEJMra2030281.

About University Hospitals / Cleveland, Ohio Founded in 1866, University Hospitals serve the needs of patients through an integrated network of 23 hospitals (including 5 joint ventures), more than 50 health centers and ambulatory care facilities, and more than 200 physician offices in 16 northern counties from Ohio. The system’s flagship quaternary care academic medical center, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, the University of Oxford, and the Technion Israel Institute of Technology. The main campus also includes the UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country; UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital, Ohio’s only women’s hospital; and UH Seidman Cancer Center, which is part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. The UH is home to some of the country’s most prestigious clinical and research programs, with more than 3,000 clinical trials and research studies underway. UH Cleveland Medical Center is consistently among the top performers in nationwide ranking polls, including US News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals in America”. The UH is also home to 19 research and clinical care institutes. UH is one of Northeast Ohio’s largest employers with over 30,000 employees. Follow UH on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. For more information, visit UHhospitals.org.

Case Western Reserve University is one of the country’s leading private research institutions. Located in Cleveland, we offer a unique combination of cutting-edge educational opportunities in an inspiring cultural setting. Our cutting-edge faculty engage in teaching and research in a collaborative and hands-on environment. Our nationally recognized programs include the arts and sciences, dentistry, engineering, law, management, medicine, nursing and social work. Approximately 5,800 undergraduates and 6,300 graduate students make up our student body. Visit case.edu to see how Case Western Reserve thinks beyond the possible.



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Program Helps Kentucky Manufacturers Develop Strategies https://topclusters.org/program-helps-kentucky-manufacturers-develop-strategies/ https://topclusters.org/program-helps-kentucky-manufacturers-develop-strategies/#respond Wed, 08 Sep 2021 13:20:54 +0000 https://topclusters.org/program-helps-kentucky-manufacturers-develop-strategies/ LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Advantage Kentucky Alliance (AKA) in partnership with Greater Louisville Inc., the Kentucky Export Initiative and the support of several planning partners and sponsors, is offering sessions this fall as part of a proven program designed to help the small and medium-sized Kentucky manufacturers and other interested companies are increasing their sales through […]]]>


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Advantage Kentucky Alliance (AKA) in partnership with Greater Louisville Inc., the Kentucky Export Initiative and the support of several planning partners and sponsors, is offering sessions this fall as part of a proven program designed to help the small and medium-sized Kentucky manufacturers and other interested companies are increasing their sales through profitable exports.

Developed by the US Department of Commerce, ExporTech â„¢ is a national export technical assistance program that provides companies with a systematic process to enter or expand into global markets and connects them with top international trade experts from around the world. the region.

One-on-one training and mentoring is offered on a wide range of topics including financing, payment risk, compliance, sales and distribution, country selection, and more.

The program helps participants develop a peer-reviewed export growth plan and includes three one-day workshops spanning 10 weeks. Many companies go from planning to closing export sales in as little as three to six months.

“With 95% of global consumers currently living outside our country’s borders, for many Kentucky businesses, capturing and accelerating new sales and profitable customers overseas can be a very effective growth strategy.

On average, companies participating in ExporTech â„¢ generate between $ 500,000 and $ 700,000 in new export sales and create about five additional jobs that will boost Kentucky’s economy, ”said Gordon Garrett, manager of the platform. – business development form for AKA.

In addition to AKA, the main planning partners of ExporTech â„¢ include its federal partner, the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST / MEP), the US Commercial Service, FedEx, the Small Business Development Center and the University of Louisville.

Additionally, as part of the program, participants gain access and exposure to grants and trade-related resources, such as the STEP grants from the Small Business Administration and the US Gold Key Matching service. Commercial Service.

The program is limited to 8 companies at a time – ideally with 2 or 3 executives from each participating company. Registration of eligible businesses will be on a first come, first served basis.

The start date for all three training sessions is September 14, 2021, with the remainder of sessions taking place October 27 and November 17 at GLI in downtown Louisville. For more information and to register, visit http://advantageky.org/

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Rivers SSG urges experts to develop strategies to attract young farmers https://topclusters.org/rivers-ssg-urges-experts-to-develop-strategies-to-attract-young-farmers/ https://topclusters.org/rivers-ssg-urges-experts-to-develop-strategies-to-attract-young-farmers/#respond Thu, 12 Aug 2021 00:44:41 +0000 https://topclusters.org/rivers-ssg-urges-experts-to-develop-strategies-to-attract-young-farmers/ Rivers State Government Secretary Dr Tammy Danagogo urged state agricultural experts to develop new measures to increase youth participation as agripreneurs to fill gaps in the food sector and agricultural. Danagogo said that in these difficult times of food insecurity and unemployment, young people are needed to participate in the agricultural value chain needed to […]]]>


Rivers State Government Secretary Dr Tammy Danagogo urged state agricultural experts to develop new measures to increase youth participation as agripreneurs to fill gaps in the food sector and agricultural.

Danagogo said that in these difficult times of food insecurity and unemployment, young people are needed to participate in the agricultural value chain needed to bridge the food security gap and the challenges of unemployment.

Speaking on a courtesy visit from members of the Fisheries Society of Nigeria, Rivers State Chapter in Port Harcourt, Dr Danagogo noted that agriculture occupies a crucial position in the economic prosperity of the state and the country. .

SSG said: “Nationally, agriculture should be used to engage youth. Experts and those already established in the industry must do more. One of the challenges we have in our country is that we theorize a lot, but putting it into practice becomes a challenge. The government wants to see practical efforts from MDAs and the private sector. You need to strengthen your presence and show leadership in the agricultural sector.

“I urge you to get more involved since Rivers State has a comparative advantage in the fishing industry. Don’t just theorize, but show practical demonstrations of your efforts. There is also a need to hire young graduates who can put into practice what they have learned and passionately pursue careers as farmers and thus attract support.

“Israel, for example, has more than 270 farming communities called Kibbutz where agricultural experts and apprentices live and learn. After an apprenticeship with young farmers, you settled in a Kibbutz. In this way, more people are employed and food security is ensured.

He regretted that young graduates are not proud of agriculture but rather see agriculture as archaic and a business aimed at elderly and rural dwellers.

According to him, “It is necessary that as university professors and doctors, you also demonstrate your agricultural skills to arouse the interest of your students. We need to make the public understand that there is dignity in agriculture and fishing. The need to reorient our population, I believe, is one of your goals for the seminar. You occupy a very crucial position in the economic prosperity of the state and the country. Don’t let any situation deter your efforts.

“The Rivers State government has invested heavily in infrastructure and other sectors; and as we come together with key infrastructures, the way forward is how to engage and empower our people. We are not unaware of it. The government is never comfortable with the plethora of challenges posed by youth unemployment across the country. Some of the key areas are agriculture, vocational education, sport, local technological development, etc. Agriculture is essential to make us a production-based economy.

In her remarks, the President of the Nigerian Fisheries Society, Rivers State Chapter, Dr (Ms) Nene Jamabo, represented by the Secretary, Dr Akinrotimi Ojo, thanked Governor Nyesom Wike for his efforts to agricultural support to farmers and informed the government of the association’s intention to host the annual national conference in the state.

He noted that the association’s members are drawn from government agricultural agencies, higher institutions and the private sector, while noting that the conference will attract fisheries experts from around the world and from Nigeria to the state of Rivers.

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Businesses should develop strategies that take into account harmful state interventions – Sakeliga – POLITICS https://topclusters.org/businesses-should-develop-strategies-that-take-into-account-harmful-state-interventions-sakeliga-politics/ https://topclusters.org/businesses-should-develop-strategies-that-take-into-account-harmful-state-interventions-sakeliga-politics/#respond Mon, 26 Jul 2021 13:06:19 +0000 https://topclusters.org/businesses-should-develop-strategies-that-take-into-account-harmful-state-interventions-sakeliga-politics/ In recent months, these have accelerated and intensified long-standing destructive policies Sakeliga calls on companies to develop strategies that take into account harmful state interventions July 25, 2021 “The government does not have corporate support for more of the same, as stated tonight in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech. It is necessary and predictable that in […]]]>


In recent months, these have accelerated and intensified long-standing destructive policies

Sakeliga calls on companies to develop strategies that take into account harmful state interventions

July 25, 2021

“The government does not have corporate support for more of the same, as stated tonight in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech. It is necessary and predictable that in the months and years to come companies themselves continue to change course. Businesses design and will develop plans and strategies that take into account harmful state interventions and state failure, seeking ways to ensure continuity despite a continually centralizing political elite, ”said Piet le Roux , CEO of the Sakeliga sales organization.

“When almost everything a government wants to be responsible for in a country goes wrong, it is time for that government to change course, not double down. You would think that after listing so many aspects of the country’s predicament, a government would announce that it is at least reconsidering the timing of its interventionist policies and the principles of its lockdown strategy. However, this evening, we heard the opposite, in another of these speeches in which President Ramaphosa issues instructions “with immediate effect” to about 60 million people, “explains Le Roux.

“From the government’s point of view, when an economy can no longer support its interventions, it is time to let that economy recover and let its people earn a living – not embark on an unprecedented social protection scheme. , generator of dependency and not sustainable. Instead of just deferring a tax or two for three months, it would have been an excellent time for a government to postpone – “with immediate effect” – many of its key interventionist policies, “Le Roux said.

Le Roux says that the roots of the current crisis predate the lockdowns, “but government interventions in recent months have accelerated and intensified long-standing destructive policies. For the government, sticking to the same policies that brought us into the crisis is to promise to take us further down a path that companies in this country are not ready to follow. Under these circumstances, the economic recovery must occur despite the government. ”

Issued by Piet le roux, CEO, Sakéliga, July 26, 2021


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NYSED “urges” school districts to develop strategies to support students in special education https://topclusters.org/nysed-urges-school-districts-to-develop-strategies-to-support-students-in-special-education/ https://topclusters.org/nysed-urges-school-districts-to-develop-strategies-to-support-students-in-special-education/#respond Tue, 01 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://topclusters.org/nysed-urges-school-districts-to-develop-strategies-to-support-students-in-special-education/ Parents, advocates and lawmakers met on Wednesday. 5/26 to develop strategies to support these students. Assembly members Abinanti and Miller led the group, sharing the conversations they had that day with Education Commissioner Rosa about NYSED’s responsibility to step up action in the direction that they clearly shared with all the superintendents in New York […]]]>


Parents, advocates and lawmakers met on Wednesday. 5/26 to develop strategies to support these students. Assembly members Abinanti and Miller led the group, sharing the conversations they had that day with Education Commissioner Rosa about NYSED’s responsibility to step up action in the direction that they clearly shared with all the superintendents in New York State. NYS PTA Executive Director Kyle Belokopitsky has expressed strong support for this action and has promised to continue his conversations with Commissioner Rosa to help parents and students.

Parents who have children in special education who come out at 21 and have not received FAPE due to the impact of COVID-19 on educational services should contact the chief of staff of Assembly member Abinanti directly and immediately to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NYSED’s 4/13/2021 memo to NYS superintendents regarding the 21+ outgoing students states:

“We must do everything we can to continue to support our most vulnerable students and their families during these incredibly difficult times. As we pointed out to you last school year, give to these young adults who have worked so hard for so long the opportunity to complete their education and the transition to the next stage in their life will benefit them, their families and the communities in which they live and work – this is what they deserve and we urge you again once to offer them this opportunity. “


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Here are 8 ideas to help journalism students develop strategies for dealing with online abuse https://topclusters.org/here-are-8-ideas-to-help-journalism-students-develop-strategies-for-dealing-with-online-abuse/ https://topclusters.org/here-are-8-ideas-to-help-journalism-students-develop-strategies-for-dealing-with-online-abuse/#respond Mon, 24 May 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://topclusters.org/here-are-8-ideas-to-help-journalism-students-develop-strategies-for-dealing-with-online-abuse/ Journalism Students Now Need Training For The “Vile” Online Abuse They Will Face, Study Finds + Tips For Dealing With Ugly Social Media https://t.co/lXn3bQKJOE – Gazette press (@pressgazette) May 18, 2021 Online abuses against journalists have become so common that a study this week recommends that journalism students need training to prepare for them. But […]]]>


Online abuses against journalists have become so common that a study this week recommends that journalism students need training to prepare for them.

But how do you integrate online abuse into journalism programs? Over the past year or so, I have tried to do just that – here are some ideas.

1. Learn About Online Abuse Today

Most journalism courses already have information days, so considering online abuse in briefings is an easy way to incorporate the topic into teaching without having to create new courses or materials.

The International Press Institute The (IPI) Online Program provides one of the most comprehensive resources to help news organizations deal with online harassment. He recommends talking about online abuse regularly in editorial meetings.

“The goal is to normalize discussions about online harassment in the newsroom,” they say. “An important step towards creating a culture of safety. Journalists should feel comfortable sharing their experiences and concerns. “

This is especially important during election weeks: the IPI suggests that discussions of online abuse be more frequent during times of political tension or before elections.

The Dart Center tip sheet

The Dart Center provides a tip sheet for journalists and newsroom managers on dealing with hate speech and harassment online, which is a great, broader place to start. Advice for colleagues can be fleshed out with PEN America’s Best practices for allies and spectators and the 5D framework for witness intervention: Distract, delegate, document, delay, and Direct.

If the medium you use for student journalism has its own style guide Where guidelines, you can also add a section on online abuse that describes what to do when it happens and what resources it can draw on, like this infographic from Trollbusters on what to do about a range of abuse. threats, and those listed below.

2. Include online abuse in risk assessments

The psychological safety section of CPJ’s risk assessment model

Journalists and journalism students are often required to complete risk assessments prior to certain information gathering activities, such as on-site filming.

These usually cover physical hazards, but the Committee to Protect Journalists provides a risk assessment template (PDF) that includes sections on digital security and psychological safety.

Advice on risk assessment can be found in the IPI’s online harassment project section on risk assessment in the newsroom.

Education on risk assessment can include these dimensions and point to these resources. It could be explained that the risk factors include nature of the story covered: Those related to gender, ethnicity, immigration, extremism, disinformation and other topics where there are strong feelings are likely to be more at risk than others.

It is also a good opportunity to talk about risk factors related to the journalist’s gender, ethnicity and sexuality, and how these are not limited to the online world: 73% of respondents in the according to a UNESCO study (PDF) identifying themselves as women reported having experienced violence online, and one in five said the abuse had moved offline.

3. Cover both sides of harassment in media law…

Harassment laws (or dimensions of industry codes) are increasingly used against journalists, but journalists are also increasingly required to report harassment under the same laws. Media law courses on privacy, harassment and malicious communications can address the law both as a factor to consider when reporting and as something the journalist and his employer can draw upon themselves. .

The Library of Congress provides a collection of resources on Laws protecting journalists from online harassment – in 12 different countries, including England and Wales, Spain and Brazil.

PEN America has a section on Legal Considerations and publishes a guide to legal resources for writers and journalists in this country.

And the IPI offers a series of videos on legal remedies to combat online harassment.

In addition to the law, social media companies themselves increasingly control content, a form of regulation to which journalists and their audiences are now subject. Understanding how it works – and how and when online abuse can be reported on different platforms – is an important new dimension of media law and regulation.

4.… and information security too

Many online abuse strategies mean that the target must take information security into account

In the media law module of my masters journalism courses, I teach information security. Why? Journalists, as I concluded in research in 2015, can no longer protect their sources through legal channels alone and therefore need to understand both technological and legal defenses.

This year, I extended this teaching to also talk about the security of personal information in the context of online abuse.

PEN America‘S Online Harassment Field Manual compiles “strategies to protect and arm yourself before you become the target of abuse, with a focus on strengthening your cybersecurity and building online communities of abuse. support that will support you ”, discussing a number of tactics used by online abusers. , from doxxing and identity theft to hacking. Feminist Frequency also provides a guide to online safety.

The Data Detox Kit also describes “the steps you can take to control your digital privacy, security and well-being in the way that’s right for you.”

5. Include guidelines in social media writing lessons.

IPI Journalist Support Protocol

Social media is the main space where online abuse takes place, so writing lessons for these platforms and related skills such as community management (IPI has a whole section on audience moderation) , are an obvious place to discuss some of the techniques for dealing with online abuse.

One such technique, for example, is to “flood social media with positive posts about the work of colleagues to cover up any abuse they may face.”

It may also be that those who manage social media accounts are more likely to read abuse against the organization and their colleagues, and to use strategies to deal with it (concerns are expressed as to the fact that “public engagement” roles “put journalists up” for abuse, for example).

The recommendations of the Kean and Maclure study (summarized here) provide a useful framework here and are worth citing in detail:

  • “Keep business and personal social media accounts separate
  • “Use strict settings to filter out trolls – block, ignore and disable personal attacks
  • “Switch off outside office hours
  • “If the accuracy of a story is called into question and you choose to answer, stay factual – but don’t expect to have the final say because you can never win a ‘Twitter spit’
  • “Make the difference between (personal) attacks and criticisms (for journalistic reasons)
  • “Document and threats or abuse
  • “Report abuse to management and use the internal processes in place
  • “Talk about it with family, friends or colleagues to” get rid of the heat “
  • “Do things you love outside of work
  • “Remember that abuse is never about your ability
  • “Stay away from social media if necessary and enlist the help of an editor to do so
  • “Know that it’s okay to be upset and abuse is not okay and shouldn’t be part of the job. “

The International Federation of Women Media (IWMF) offers a Know Your Trolls course that can also be incorporated into social media training.

6. Organize a screening of A dark place

Earlier this month, I hosted a screening and Q&A around the hour-long documentary A dark place, which highlights “the experiences of women journalists who have been the target of online harassment”.

It’s a must-see documentary, especially to understand the gender dimension of online violence, as a recent UNESCO report highlights:

“Women journalists are both the main targets of online violence and the first to respond to it.

“Misogyny is one of the main features of online violence targeting female journalists, and it has been routinized… In detail and delivery, threats are personal [and] they are often very sexualized.

Contact details for screening and Q&A requests can be directed to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Representative on Freedom of the Media.

7. Ask speakers how they deal with online abuse

There is a good chance that a guest speaker has experienced some form of online abuse themselves. If you think this may be relevant or useful for students, it may be helpful to ask the speaker in advance if this is the case and if they are ready to talk about it as part of the session.

Hearing respected industry figures talk about online abuse makes the topic more tangible and manageable, while helping students place it in the context of industry practices, support systems, and ongoing developments.

8. Include online abuse as a critical issue in college courses

Most journalism courses require students to study the critical issues surrounding the profession. Online abuse – alone or associated with related issues such as disinformation, privacy, social media, the diversity and or Propaganda – is a serious candidate to be among them. Resources you can draw on and direct students to include:

How do you cover online abuse in your teaching? Please share other ideas and experiences in the comments below or on Twitter. @paulbradshaw



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