Vida Joven de Mexico offers ‘orphans’ a home, education and…

first_imgVida Joven de Mexico offers ‘orphans’ a home, education and chance at life Rector Washington, DC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Hopkinsville, KY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK A house mom and a tutor help the children with homework after dinner at Vida Joven de Mexico, an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Tijuana, Mexico] Routine and order. That’s the rule of life at Vida Joven de Mexico, an orphanage here where 24 abandoned Mexican children ages 2 to 18 live.The home is located near a maximum-security men’s prison, where in the 1970s, a makeshift “village” of poor women and children emerged to live in proximity with the men. It was dangerous; children witnessed violence, assassinations, drug trafficking and abuse.In 1996, Episcopalians from Los Angeles learned of the village and responded with Vida Joven, which remains in its original 2,000-square-foot concrete building with a 25-child capacity.“We were meant to rescue kids from danger. We never intended to be a place for kids to grow up,” said Sylvia Laborin, Vida Joven’s founding director, who will retire later this year after 22 years.Beth Beall, Vida Joven’s U.S.-based executive director, makes weekly visits to the orphanage from her home in San Diego. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceIn Mexico, abandoned children become wards of the state and are sent to shelters or orphanages, or end up living on the streets. Eighty percent of the children who land at Vida Joven come through social service agencies; 90 percent of them have at least one living parent, but all have been either surrendered or abandoned, said Beth Beall, executive director of Vida Joven in the United States.Tijuana, which borders San Diego, is one of the most dangerous cities on the planet. With a population of 1.7 million, the city’s homicide rate reached 2,500 in 2018. An estimated 3,000 to 4,000 children are in state custody in Baja California, the Mexican state on the Baja California Peninsula, where Tijuana is the largest city.Drug trafficking is largely responsible for the violence, and many of the abandoned children’s parents suffer from drug addiction. For example, four siblings landed at Vida Joven after a neighbor saw the oldest one, a 7-year-old girl, searching for food in the garbage. Both of the parents were on drugs.“We have more needs right now, and I don’t mean food or supplies or whatever,” said Laborin. “It’s the needs of the children. They are lost … there’s a rootlessness.”A 5-year-old boy, one of four siblings living at Vida Joven de Mexico, puts up chairs after dinner. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceTwenty years ago, the children were “very obedient and nice”; today, however, Laborin said, “they are angry with their families, with everything.”Family is important in Latin culture. It’s customary for children to remain with their families, so living apart from them can be tough for the children, especially teenagers.“Some have run away to reunite with family, and it hasn’t worked out well,” Laborin said.Now an institution of the Diocese of San Diego and an established U.S. nonprofit organization, Vida Joven operates on a $320,000 annual budget, with $220,000 funding operations in Tijuana. It costs about $8,000 per child, most of which goes to staff salaries, said Beall.Vida Joven functions with 15 round-the-clock staff members – including a psychologist and a social worker – none of whom live onsite. The children sleep in dormitories: infants and toddlers together in one room; older boys and girls in separate dorms, each dorm equipped with one bathroom. The beds are neatly made, clothing stacked in piles in the closet. There’s an administrative office, a space dedicated to study, a kitchen and a dining area, which also serves as common space for homework.On a recent Thursday afternoon, following a meal of refried beans, guacamole and tortillas, the children dutifully opened their notebooks and began their homework.In modern Mexico, it’s impossible to find a job as a cashier without an education, something Vida Joven’s leadership and supporters emphasize. Mexico provides free public school education, but it costs about $100 to buy the required uniforms to start kindergarten, while the average worker in Tijuana earns $4 per day, Beall said.A house mom helps a girl with her homework. Education is a big part of life at Vida Joven de Mexico. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceMany of the children’s parents have little to no education beyond primary school. In the past, students could leave school after sixth grade; today the government mandates a 12th-grade education. However, as Vida Joven’s leadership has found, capacity exceeds space by some 10,000 students.Vida Joven’s secondary education-aged students attend private school for $200 a month.“We are fortunate we have donors who really get it and fund education,” said Beall.In recent years, Vida Joven has received support not just from U.S. donors, but from people in Tijuana who’ve come to support the orphanage, as well.“This is what salvation looks like – people are rescuing and saving these kids’ lives,” said Beall. “This is a place of healing. Not all of the stories have happy endings, but we do know that if they were not here, they’d be dead or in the sex trade.”A mosaic was mounted on a wall in the courtyard of Vida Joven de Mexico in Tijuana. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceBeall gestures to a mosaic in the courtyard. “These kids have been shattered to pieces. We give them the opportunity to create something better,” she said. “We are here to love, protect and educate.”Before Laborin became Vida Joven’s director, she worked as an esthetician. After her husband died and her children married, she closed her shop. She discovered that “not doing anything” was terrible. Then, she saw a job advertisement for Vida Joven. She was one of 100 applicants and five selected for interviews.“I saw this place and it was filthy,” she said. “I thought, if they hire me, I’ll stay for a little while.”One of the first things Laborin did was clean up the building. It was something she could control because, even with order and routine, no two days are the same. Twenty-two years ago, when the first children arrived, Laborin expected their belongings to follow. They didn’t; they arrived only with the clothes on their backs.“The need, really, I was overwhelmed totally,” she said.Sylvia Laborin, right, Vida Joven’s founding director in Tijuana, and Beth Beall, Vida Joven’s U.S.-based executive director, chat during Beall’s visit to the orphanage. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceFor the first few years, Laborin admits she felt anger toward the children’s parents for abandoning them, until one day a friend told her she had to let go of her anger and put herself in their shoes. After that, she said, she let it go but admits to this day that sometimes, “I still kinda don’t get it.”One of the most important things, though, she said, is that her eyes were opened to humanity and people’s unseen needs.“We live in a little bubble; we don’t see,” said Laborin. “I didn’t even know the needs.”– Lynette Wilson is a reporter and managing editor of Episcopal News Service. 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Meet the JustGiving Awards 2016 finalists

first_img Howard Lake | 22 November 2016 | News Tonight the winners of the 2016 JustGiving Awards will be announced. In the meantime, here are the remarkable people and organisations who have been shortlisted for the final.Over 14,000 people nominated fundraisers who they thought deserved recognition for their achievements.1. Creative Fundraiser of the Year Tagged with: Awards Justgiving  65 total views,  1 views today 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 Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Advertisement Meet the JustGiving Awards 2016 finalists  66 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 3. PayPal Crowdfunder of the Year Award 2. Outstanding Commitment The remaining categories in the 2016 JustGiving Awards are:celebrity fundraiser of the yearyoung fundraiser of the yearfundraising team of the yearendurance fundraiser of the year 4. The JustGiving Life Changer Awardlast_img read more

Volunteers needed for Limerick Daffodil Day

first_imgBilly Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash TAGSDaffodil DayIrish Cancer SocietyKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post The Irish Cancer Society is seeking new Daffodil Day volunteers in Limerick.This is due to Limerick woman, Maura O’Flaherty stepping down as coordinator of the event after 30 years.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Ennis Road native raised a phenomenal €500,000 for the fight against cancer through the years.Daffodil day will take place on March 27th“In the past 20 years we have seen a 20% increase in the number of people in Ireland surviving a cancer diagnosis.“Without the passion, dedication and goodwill of people like Maura I don’t think we would be in a position to say this, so we are incredibly thankful to her for all her efforts,” said Irish Cancer Society Community Fundraiser Lorraine Toner.Daffodil Day, proudly supported by Boots Ireland, will take place on March 27th and is a crucial fundraiser in the Irish Cancer Society’s fight against cancer.Funds raised on the day go towards supporting nurses, researchers and volunteers across Ireland whilst providing much-needed free support services to relieve worry and stress on cancer patients and their families at one of the most difficult times in their lives.The Irish Cancer Society will be holding a morning tea to recognise and thank Maura for her dedication and to provide information for anyone interested in finding out more about Daffodil Day, the Irish Cancer Society or how they can make a difference.The event will take place at 11am on January 28 at the South Court Hotel, and is open to all.For more information on volunteering please contact Lorraine Toner on 087 793 6499 or [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live LimerickNewsVolunteers needed for Limerick Daffodil DayBy Meghann Scully – January 22, 2020 570 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Print Facebook Previous articleLimerick Post Show | Country Singer Clodagh LawlorNext articleFundraiser reuniting Brad Pitt with old friends at Dolan’s Limerick Meghann Scully WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin Advertisementlast_img read more

Families fury over Omagh bomb inquiry ruling

first_img Reacting to the announcement by the British Government, relatives of some of the victims have said that they have been left with no choice but to proceed with a judicial review.Stanley McCombe, whose wife Ann was killed in the bombing, said he’s “devastated” by the British Government decision.Mr McCombe said the reasons given for the refusal today “trivial” and he said relatives would immediately start pursuing a judicial review.Stanley McCombe spoke to Highland Radio News a short while ago:[podcast][/podcast] Google+ By News Highland – September 12, 2013 News WhatsApp Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Pinterest WhatsApp Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Facebook Google+ Families fury over Omagh bomb inquiry rulingcenter_img Pinterest Twitter Facebook NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Twitter Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleBritish Government will not hold public inquiry into the Omagh bombingNext articleMan in court following Donegal cannabis seizures News Highland 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH last_img read more

TAC offers lagniappe

first_img By The Penny Hoarder Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Lagniappe refers to a small gift given to a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase, such as a 13th donut when buying a dozen.The word is so intriguing that the Troy Arts Council has adopted it as part of their cultural offerings to the community.So, with most of its presentations for the 2009-2010 season, there will be a little lagniappe. Published 10:00 pm Tuesday, August 25, 2009 Book Nook to reopen “Lagniappe is Cajun for ‘a little something extra,” said Elaine Blair, publicity chair. “That’s what the Troy Arts Council wants to do this year – give those who attend our presentations a little something extra for their money.”The TAC will have an opportunity to do just that early in its calendar year.On Sept. 22, the TAC will present Tuck & Patti in concert at the Claudia Crosby Theater and lagniappe for this “outstanding” concert will be Judith Owen. TAC offers lagniappe “Most everyone knows about the Dallas Brass because they are so widely known,” Blair said. “The children’s choir is a large choir of around 50 singers and the Austin Lounge Lizards is a folk, rock, country, bluegrass quintet.”The Rose Ensemble presents early choral music that reawakes the ancient through imaginative performances of vocal music.“And we’ll have Shelia Jackson and Company back for our annual Christmas Concert,” Blair said. “This year, we’re big on music but with a variety. So, we should have something for every musical interest. The calendar is very different year. It’s very exciting and we are looking forward to a great year of entertainment.”All stage performances will be at the Claudia Crosby Theater on the campus of Troy University.In addition to the stage presentations, the TAC will also be a major player in TroyFest in April and the Troy Film Festival held in conjunction with the annual arts and crafts show.Dr. William Denison is president of the TAC and John Jinright is the presenter chair.Blair expressed appreciation to them for putting together such an outstanding calendar of events for Troy,Pike County and the surrounding area to enjoy. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Latest Storiescenter_img Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Tuck & Patti are a jazz duo. He plays guitar, and she “belts it out.” Judith Owen performs songs from her critically-acclaimed albums, “Mopping Up Karma,” “Happy This Way” and “Here.”“When looking at the places that Tuck & Patti have played, you realize how fortunate we are to have them here in Troy,” Blair said. “They have played concerts all over the world. On their itinerary, between Europe and Washington D.C. there is Troy, Alabama.”The TAC upcoming calendar of events is long and varied and offers something for everyone.Some of highlights on the calendar are the Dallas Brass, the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir and the Austin Lounge Lizards. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Jaine Treadwell Print Article Sponsored Content Email the author Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel You Might Like County fills open seat Despite opposition of two commissioners, the Pike County Commission voted to fill its vacant accountant seat Monday night. The position,… read morelast_img read more

PCES volunteers help secure $5,000 grant

first_img Walmart DC in Brundidge awarded a group VAP in the amount of $5,000 to Pike County Elementary School Thursday. Present for the award presentation were, from left, Mark Griffin, PCES PTO president; Anita Kelly, PCES principal; Robert Chappell, Walmart DC general manager; Shantell Rouse, PCES assistant principal; and Edem Akouete, Walmart unloader processor.Messenger photo/Jaine Treadwell Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits You Might Like Pike BOE hires additional faculty members The Pike County Board of Education filled 11 of its 17 vacant teaching positions at Monday’s meeting. Superintendent Dr. Mark… read more Walmart offers individual VAP grants in which Walmart employees volunteer 25 hours with an organization and Walmart provides a grant to the organization in the amount of $250.Walmart team VAP grants bring together a group of Walmart employees in a volunteer effort. Depending on the volunteer hours, grants funds may be awarded up to $5,000 for an organization.PCES Principal Anita Grant said the Brundidge elementary school has received a couple of individual VAP grants that met needs at the school.” By The Penny Hoarder Grant said having the Walmart volunteers in the classroom was not a disruption.“The volunteer program was extremely well planned and scheduled,” she said. “The teachers knew when the volunteers were coming and they provided planned assistance with test reviewing, reading and math. Some of the volunteers had traveled to other countries and they talked with the social studies classes about their experiences. The volunteers contributed in many different ways.”Shantell Rouse, PCES assistant principal, said the students looked forward to having the Walmart volunteers in the classrooms.“The entire program was positive,” she said. “The male volunteers were role models for our students. We don’t have many male teachers so having these male role models in the classroom was beneficial in several ways. We appreciate their support and their efforts to raise money for our school.”Grant said there is no way to adequately thank the Walmart DC and its associates for the generous VAP grant.“We are so appreciative of the support of Walmart and for this grant,” she said. “Our teachers will use the funds in collaboration for the purchase of instructional materials that will benefit the students on all grade levels.”Chappell said Walmart is committed to giving back to the community.“At Walmart we believe in giving back,” he said. “It’s Walmart’s culture to give back and anything we can do so support schools, we want to do.” PCES volunteers help secure $5,000 grant By Jaine Treadwell Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Daycenter_img “But the group VAP was the idea of Mark Griffin, president of our PTO,” Grant said. “He believed that the Walmart employees would get behind the idea and they did.”Griffin is an operations manager at the Walmart DC and he encouraged the Walmart associates to volunteer with the program. Fifty-six Walmart DC associates came on board.“The volunteers had to provide 250 hours in order for PCES to receive the $5,000 grant,” Griffin said. “They actually volunteered 260 hours. All of us wanted to do something in support of the elementary school and its students.”The Walmart associates volunteered instructional hours primarily in math and reading. Skip Latest Stories Pike County Elementary School received grant funds from the Walmart DC in Brundidge in the amount of $5,000 Thursday. The funds were made available to the school through the Walmart’s Volunteerism Always Pays (VAP) program.Robert Chappell, Walmart DC general manager, said through Walmart’s VAP program, the company offers two types of grants for Walmart employees who volunteer with non-profit companies. Print Article Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Book Nook to reopen Published 11:12 pm Thursday, June 19, 2014 The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. 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College recruiter fired for lining students up by skin color, ‘nappiest hair’

first_imgsshepard/iStock(OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) — A college recruiter has been fired after a controversial visit to a prestigious high school after he asked students to line up based on the color of their skin complexion and by who had the “nappiest” hair.The incident occurred when a college recruiter for Oklahoma Christian University visited Harding Charter Preparatory School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and allegedly told the students it was time to “play a little game,” according to ABC News’ Raleigh station WTVD.“He barely talked about the school itself,” said Rio Brown, a student who was part of the exercise. “I could already see through his BS basically … he wasn’t really knowledgeable how to speak to people even in a diverse school.”The recruiter, who is white, then asked the high school juniors in attendance to self-organize into a line up from darkest skin complexion to lightest skin complexion.It didn’t stop there.“He told us to line up. Nappiest hair in the back and straightest hair in the front,” said Korey Todd, another student who was at the assembly.“That is when I felt uncomfortable. I was like ‘okay, this isn’t right,’” Brown continued.The students weren’t the only ones who were offended.“Teachers left,” said Todd. “They were crying, and they were offended. Their faces just look disgusted. I know they had a talk with him after, like, ‘That’s not okay.’”Oklahoma Christian University took swift action against the recruiter once they learned of the incident, according to a statement released by the school.“The OC admissions counselor who visited Harding Charter Preparatory Academy on Monday is no longer an Oklahoma Christian University employee,” the statement read. “OC admissions leadership did not approve the inappropriate activity in advance and has communicated closely with Harding administration since the visit. Admissions staff are scheduled to visit the academy Monday to apologize to Harding students and staff on behalf of the University.”The recruiter has not been identified by either Harding Charter Preparatory School or Oklahoma Christian University.Harding Charter’s principal, Steven Stefanick, also released a statement, saying the school condemns the recruiter’s behavior.“Our community, from its inception, has valued diversity, inclusion, and a safe and supportive learning environment. We will continue to do so,” the statement read.“It is just horrible,” said Todd. “I hope it is a wakeup call because many people at the school need to hear how we feel.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Calling up self-learning

first_imgThe telecoms giant Vodafone’s senior management development officer VanessaClothier explains the strategy used to centralise its library of learningresourcesCentralising Learning Resources Designed and delivered by: Learning Resources International Phone: 01234 888877 Fax: 01234 888878E-mail [email protected] this year, telecoms giant Vodafone initiated a venture with PeteBennett’s Learning Resources International and revolutionised its self-learningstrategy by centralising its vast library of learning resources. Since 11 June, Vodafone’s 10,500 UK employees have been able to access andorder all learning resources and support materials via the Internet, irrespectiveof their location Since its foundation in 1985, Vodafone has been an active proponent ofemployee learning and development. This philosophy, combined with the organisation’s phenomenal growth, meantthat we found ourselves operating independent Learning Resource Centreslocations including Newbury, Birmingham, Abingdon and Croydon. Each centre was equipped with a wide variety of resources – books, journals,audio and video cassettes, and CD-Roms – but there was no facility for theexchange of materials between centres. And, while we wished to retain our LRCs as quiet rooms for study, we alsowanted to offer staff the widest possible diversity of resources. We sought to broaden and simplify the learning process for all ouremployees. Consultation After an extensive inter-departmental consultation, we decided on a methodof training and development delivery that would maximise our resources in acost-efficient manner. Nigel Brocklehurst, the organisation’s UK human resource director, adds,”Vodafone acknowledges that people learn in different ways at differenttimes and, that a successful strategy is dependent on offering people a choice.”Our objective was to make all our learning resources available to allour employees, a process that could only be fulfilled by establishing acentralised library that was instantly accessible from each individualworkstation.” This is how we started our association with Pete Bennett and LearningResources International. We were aware that LRI’s range of products included the Development ZoneLearning Hub, a software program developed by the company to enableorganisations to manage and distribute learning materials online. It also had the added benefit of accurately monitoring the use and locationof each learning programme and was employed by such reputable organisations asGlaxoSmithKline and Norwich Union. Remote service LRI created a Development Zone Learning Hub that incorporated a remoteordering and delivery service exclusively for us. It was agreed that the system should be easy to use, while providinginstantly accessible information on all the resources available. All 2,000-plus learning resources have been categorised in the genericVodafone UK competencies – Drive for Results, Communication, Customer Focus,Judgement, Planning and Organising, Working with Others, Improving own andothers Performance, Innovation and Change, Leadership, and Commercial Acumen. Each competency has a variety of programs, that use a mix of media, and,degrees of complexity to suit a variety of experience and learning preferences.Since June, users can log on to the registration page of our secure trainingsite. On completing the application, they are issued with an ID number and anindividual password, which they subsequently use each time they access thesite. Once this process is completed, the user is taken to the library page. Therethey can select a competence and view the various resources available to them. When a title has been highlighted, the user has the option of clicking theview details icon, which opens a separate window giving a synopsis of thatparticular resource and details of its competency level. Should they wish to proceed, a click on the “order” icon revealsan order form with the user’s details already in place. The order form is thene-mailed to LRI’s central library and a “thank you” page appearson-screen confirming the transaction. The user is informed should the product be unavailable or if there is adelay in its availability. They are also given the option of ordering analternative program that meets their requirements. “Fulfilling the brief presented LRI with an intriguing challenge.Vodafone’s standard of excellence demanded a world-class system that wasfoolproof and easy to use. I believe we achieved that goal. To date, the systemhas been working very efficiently,” says Bennett “We devised and designed the website in accordance with Vodafone’sbrief, including the generic order form and an e-mail and fax submissionsystem. “These systems monitor and record each transaction by user name, title,department and location which allows LRI to provide the client with a fullmonthly report of all activity”. Benefits It is almost four months since the system was inaugurated, and the multiplebenefits are already evident. For the first time, we have a detailed overall picture of which resourcesare most in use throughout the organisation – this in turn allows us to monitorand accurately target future learning requirements. Savings The financial savings made through centralisation have given us a valuableadditional budget for the acquisition of new resources that meet the workforce’sdemands as derived from Learning Resources International monthly reports. If a fundamental shortage of requested programs is evident, then LRI canimmediately draw it to our attention so that we can acquire further copies forthe library. The convenience factor is acutely measurable – like most organisations withLearning Resource Centres, we were aware that some staff members were reluctantto actually visit the LRC room. The ability to access learning materials directly from their desk hasnoticeably increased their curiosity and, hopefully, their desire to learn. On the first day that the system was up and running, over 350 members ofstaff made use of the system, within two months the number of requests forresources had exceeded 2,500, and demand is still growing. These figures are a clear indication of the new system’s success – they farexceed the numbers that used to visit our Learning Resource Centres and are, Ibelieve, indicative of our ability to provide optimum support for our staff inthe future. 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Making a clean sweep

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Making a clean sweepOn 1 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. The Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has introduced an effective infectioncontrol course for non-clinical staff. The trust explains why it chose anestablished work-based learning programmeOpen College Network Level 2 qualification in Infection Control Designed by: Protocol Training, 5 Burleigh Court, Burleigh Street, Barnsley,South Yorkshire, S70 1 XY Phone: 01226 2088828 www.protocol-training.comOn testHospital infections have negative consequences for patients and theirfamilies, and for NHS employees and resourcing. The NHS Plan, published in July 2000, requires NHS organisations to haveeffective systems in place to tackle hospital-acquired infections to minimisethe risk to patients and staff. The plan also outlines a commitment to trainingand development of staff at all levels. In August 2001, Robert Fleming, training officer for the former Pinderfieldsand Pontefract Hospitals NHS Trust, held talks with Protocol Training aboutintroducing an infection control training course for hospital staff.Pinderfields and Pontefract Hospitals NHS Trust has now merged with the acuteservices section of the former Dewsbury and District Hospitals NHS Trust tobecome the Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. The discussion stemmed from the work of the trust’s non-clinical servicestraining group, made up of representatives from staff, non-clinical servicesmanagement, HR and training. The group proactively identifies trainingopportunities for non-clinical staff. The infection control training provided a good opportunity to co-ordinatethe contributions of both clinical and non-clinical colleagues who work onhospital wards. Again, this reflects part of the NHS Plan and its aim ofpromoting the value of the work of non-clinical staff in hospitals. InformationFleming received information about an Open College Network (OCN) Level 2qualification from Protocol Training. It highlighted the availability of awork-based infection control qualification involving on-the-job training andself-study. A series of discussions and meetings involving the training group,the trust’s infection control team and Protocol Training, convinced thehospital to offer the qualification to its staff. Commenting on the choice of course, Andrew Beane, lead infection controlnurse, based at Pinderfields Hospital, said: “This group of hospitalworkers contribute greatly to the running of a hospital 24 hours a day.Delivering infection control training to the majority of them is difficult, dueto the number and the complexity of the hours they work. This course, providedin partnership with Protocol Training, helps to reach the staff that infectioncontrol nurses are unable to.” Workbooks developed by Protocol Training support the infection controlqualification, but the actual course is delivered by staff from Park LaneCollege in Leeds. Candidates are required to be over 16 years of age, not infull-time education and to have been an EC resident for three years. The course’s original format was developed in a hospital environment withthe clinical aspects being designed in co-operation with two NHS hospitals –Ridgeway hospital in Swindon and the Princess Margaret in Milton Keynes. Ittherefore required little revision to meet the needs of Pinderfields, Clayton,Pontefract and Castleford and Normanton hospitals, which made up the formerPinderfields and Pontefract trust. Minor modifications required were implemented by infection control nursesfrom the trust and representatives of Protocol Training and Park Lane College.This ensured the infection control course programme remained in line withhospital policy and procedure. The trust’s training team encouraged ward sisters and modern matrons topromote the course and make it available to non-clinical and auxiliary staff intheir departments. Within a short space of time, more than 100 staff, includingward assistants, domestic assistants, catering assistants and auxiliary nurses,had decided to enrol on the OCN Level 2 qualification in infection control. The programme was publicised through posters placed on every ward anddepartment. Staff who expressed an interest were sent an information pack bythe college outlining the course content and delivery. Course students were allocated an assessor, who also acted as a mentorthroughout their time on the course. Together, the mentors and students decidedhow often they should meet to provide the desired level of support. Theassessor/mentors are all qualified nurses, some with an infection controlbackground. Assessors explained the course procedure to students, issued their workbooksand visited the workplace at agreed times to assess progress, provide adviceand answer questions. As mentors, they helped students to plan and organise theirworkbooks. The students keep the books during the course, and they provide theplatform for written feedback and practical assessment. They also contain anexplanation of each element of the course, with graphical representations toaid learning and understanding and assignments for the student to complete. The evidence in the workbooks, workplace observation and practical testsenable the assessor to judge whether candidates are competent. The students’final assessment is given by an external moderator from OCN, who checks andconfirms successful completion, and delivers accreditation. The infection control course has boosted the confidence of non-clinicalstaff, says Pat Browning, domestic assistant at Pontefract General Infirmary. “We have learned a lot and now do things differently from before,”she says. “Having completed the course, we aren’t afraid to ask nursesabout infection control issues if we see something that we don’t think iscorrect. We have started to question ourselves and others to check if we aredoing things in the correct way.” Student support During this work-based learning experience, ward sisters, line managers,senior nurses and supervisors were asked to support the students – many of whomreported the help provided by fellow workers and their mentors was excellent. While doing the course, students required six to eight statements fromsenior work colleagues to confirm their competence. Colleagues and those in management roles were also encouraged to buildrelationships with students doing the infection control course, and to considerintroducing mentoring schemes for other staff, such as trained nurses. Thisallowed clinical staff to engage with non-clinical colleagues and helped thestudents achieve their course targets. Commenting on the benefits of the course, training officer Fleming says:”The course has heightened the profile of infection control among alllevels of staff and has led people to question, change and ultimately improveworking practices in patient contact areas.” The training also had the secondary effect of improving morale among staffwho have been given the opportunity to gain additional knowledge. They havebenefited from undertaking a practical course which allows them to obtain anationally recognised qualification. last_img read more

Mitchell, Gobert help Jazz withstand Walker’s 47 points

first_imgAnd the Jazz are doing a lot of winning these days. Tags: Charlotte Hornets/Donovan Mitchell/Kemba Walker/NBA/Rudy Gobert/Utah Jazz Charlotte experimented with variety of lineups as 11 players saw action in the first quarter. The Hornets missed 20 of their first 21 attempts behind the arc. “We are getting connected,” Utah’s Ricky Rubio said. “Even with guys out, we are moving the ball and raising our level even more.” Charlotte only managed 29.8% first-half shooting and the Jazz led 52-39 at the half. Only with their flurry at the end, Charlotte reached 40 percent for the game. “We had a great game defensively besides the last few minutes when Kemba just went off,” said Gobert, who had three blocked shots. Donovan Mitchell scored 23 points, Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 18 rebounds, and the surging Jazz overcame Walker’s 47 points to beat the Charlotte Hornets 111-102 on Monday night. “We just got to keep it going. We are just focusing on game at a time and it’s working,” Mitchell said. “There’s still a chance, and as long as there is still a chance (we have to) keep fighting,” Jeremy Lamb said. Written by Meanwhile, the Jazz did it by committee with 30 assists on their 38 made baskets. Utah continues to feed on teams with losing records, though Charlotte is desperate to make the playoffs. Gobert tied Karl Malone (1987-88) for most double-doubles by a Jazz player in a season. To imagine Gobert possibly topping the Hall of Famer is almost unfathomable to some teammates who saw him as a rookie or second-year player. April 2, 2019 /Sports News – Local Mitchell, Gobert help Jazz withstand Walker’s 47 points UP NEXT In the midst of their best stretch of the season, the Jazz have won 10 of 11 and are two games back of Houston and Portland for the third and fourth slots in the Western Conference playoffs. “When I first got here, he couldn’t catch, he couldn’t run. He couldn’t do much of anything,” Ingles said. “But he’s gotten better and better every year.” The Jazz have given up big games this season to guards such as Devin Booker (59 points), Derrick Rose (50) and now Walker. In fact, Walker’s 88.7% percent of the starting lineup’s points is the highest percentage by a single player since the statistic was first recorded in 1970, per Elias Sports Bureau. Gobert, who is second in the league with 62 double-doubles, controlled the paint as the Jazz built enough of a lead to withstand Walker, who scored 22 points in the fourth quarter.center_img The Hornets are still in the race for the final spot in the Eastern Conference but their hopes grow slimmer with each loss. Charlotte trails Miami by three games for eighth place with five games left. “I did get into a good rhythm. I was trying to get downhill, trying to get to the free throw line. Made a few 3. It was a little too late,” Walker said. Lamb had been in a bit of a slump, shooting 14 of 46 the last five games, but became the only scoring option beyond Walker for Charlotte in this one. He tallied 23 points and Willy Hernangomez had 15. Hornets: Visit New Orleans to complete their four-game road trip on Wednesday. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s team approach was too good for Kemba Walker’s one-man show. Joe Ingles scored 15, all on 3-pointers, and Thabo Sefalosha added 14, his season high. “I’m not saying we want people to score 50 on us, but we want to protect the paint and protect from the shooters,” Gobert said. “If a guy is able to handle the ball and hit contested shots all night, I just clap my hands. … I just care if we win.” Charlotte lost by 47 to Golden State on Sunday and gave a better effort in the second half of its back-to-back but never seriously challenged the Jazz. TIP-INS Jazz: Regular starting power forward Derrick Favors missed the game with back spasms and Kyle Korver was out with knee soreness. Jae Crowder started and didn’t score in 24 minutes. … The Jazz are 19-4 in games with at least 30 assists. … Utah is 16-0 when holding opponents under 30 percent from beyond the arc. “It’s hard in this league to win, so we don’t care who we’re playing. It’s more about us playing the level we want to play and we’re reaching that,” said Rubio, who had 20 points and 13 assists. Jazz: Visit Phoenix on Wednesday night. Walker was unstoppable in the last part of the fourth period but the game had essentially been decided. After a slow start, he finished 15 of 28 from the floor and 13 of 15 from the line. YOU’VE COME A LONG WAY, BIG GUY Hornets: Cody Zeller, who hasn’t played since March 9, sat with a sore left knee, but coach James Borrego wouldn’t say he’d played his last game this season. “We haven’t made a ruling on that yet,” Borrego said. … The Hornets missed their first eight 3-pointers and went 1 for 16 in the first half. … Besides Walker, the rest of Charlotte’s starting lineup had six total points. Associated Presslast_img read more