Zaffo launches raffle service to help corporates support charities

first_imgTo celebrate the new service, Zaffo is offering the chance for one corporate to win a free fundraising campaign alongside the raffle prize of a three night stay at Marbella Club in Spain. Entry is via this link. Advertisement  312 total views,  2 views today About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.  313 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis23 Zaffo has launched a service aimed at helping corporates raise funds for charities through raffles without having to worry about licensing and prize sourcing.Zaffo has launched the raffle service in partnership with Charities Trust and Charity Escapes. It includes a branded, digital raffle website with a luxury holiday prize, complete with full licensing.Corporates get their own bespoke raffle website and URL that they have full access to as well as back office functionality so they can track sales. All licensing and prize sourcing is covered through Zaffo’s partnerships with Charities Trust and Charity Escapes. The website itself will look like the example below, their own branding, images and copy.Richard McBriar, Commercial Director at Zaffo said:“Together, we are offering corporates across the UK the opportunity to run digital raffle campaigns for the chance to win a holiday prize all at a massively discounted rate. We’ve also removed the need for licensing thanks to our partnership with Charities Trust, making fundraising for charities that much simpler.” Zaffo launches raffle service to help corporates support charities Melanie May | 15 October 2019 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis23 Tagged with: Fundraising Raffles Raffleslast_img read more


first_imgNews March 12, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Receive email alerts News News March 12, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 China News ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation center_img to go further Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en ChinaAsia – Pacific Domain name : .cn Population : 1 338 612 968 Internet-users : 420 000 000 Average charge for one hour’s connection at a cybercafé : About 2 US$ Average monthly salary : between 219 and 274 US$ Number of imprisoned netizens : 77As its polemic with Google and the United States on the Internet’s future unfolds, China continues to intensify Web censorship, faced with an increasingly forceful online community. The much-vaunted promises made by organizers at the open ceremonies of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games have proven to be mere illusions for the world’s biggest netizen prison. Expanded dissemination of propaganda, generalized surveillance and crackdowns on Charter 08 signatories are commonplace on what has become the Chinese Intranet – with significant consequences for trade.The Google polemicInternet giant Google spotlighted Internet censorship in China when it announced on January 12, 2010, that it would stop censoring the Chinese version of its search engine, www.google.cn, even if it meant having to withdraw from that market. This decision was made following some highly sophisticated cyber-attacks aimed at dozens of human rights activists and journalists. Since then, there has been some growing tension between Chinese authorities – who assured the world that China has a “completely open” Internet – and the American company, which has become the standard bearer for freedom-of-expression defenders on the Net. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lent Google her support in a historic speech on January 21. She portrayed the United States as defenders of a free Internet, accessible to all, and named freedom of expression on the Internet as a U.S. foreign policy priority. The “Electronic Great Wall”: The world’s most consummate censorship systemAccording to the authorities, China has the world’s largest Internet user population: 380 million. Its censorship system is one of the most technologically advanced in existence. It was implemented when the Chinese Internet was first created to facilitate the latter’s economic growth, while also strictly controlling its content to prevent the dissemination of “subversive” information. In the hands of a regime obsessed with maintaining stability – censorship has developed into a tool for political control.Censors manage to block tens of thousands of websites by combining URL filtering with the censoring of keywords ranging from “Tiananmen” and “Dalai Lama” to “democracy” and “human rights.”Ever since Chinese characters were introduced on the Net and China took over domain names ending in “.cn,” the regime has been developing a genuine Intranet. Ideogram-based domain names are used to access websites based in China. By typing “.com.cn,” surfers are redirected to the Chinese version of the website concerned. Any Chinese Internet user using ideograms is thus restricted to this Intranet, disconnected from the World Wide Web, and directly controlled by the regime.Censorship is institutionalized: it is managed by several ministries and administrations. In addition to the generalized filtering system, the largest blog platforms are also monitored. Assistance from foreign companies – mainly Yahoo!, Microsoft and, for now, Google – search engines is making their job that much easier.The primary news sites, like the state-owned media, receive daily oral and written directives from the Department of Publicity specifying what topics can, or cannot, be covered and under what conditions. For example, the Department sent the following instructions to prevent coverage of a graft case implicating Hu Jintao’s son, Hu Haifeng, in Namibia: “Hu Haifeng, Namibia, corruption probe Namibia, corruption probe Yang Fan, corruption probe TsingHua TongFang, corruption probe South Africa – ensure that searches for these keywords yield no results.” The search engines implemented a draconian censorship with regard to this case. Prospect of tougher censorship and more crackdownsThe year 2009 was punctuated by a series of controversial anniversaries: the Tibet rebellion (in March), the 10th year since the Falun Gong spiritual movement was banned, and the 20th anniversary (in June) of the bloody quashing of student protests in Tiananmen Square (June). Another political highlight of that year was the 60th anniversary (on October 1) of the People’s Republic of China. On each occasion, the authorities’ reaction was to impose an even more drastic censorship on the traditional and new media outlets.On the eve of the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square events, a dozen websites such as Twitter, YouTube, Bing, Flickr, Opera, Live, WordPress and Blogger were blocked. The information blackout has been so well-enforced for the last 20 years that the vast majority of young Chinese citizens are not even aware that the events of June 1989 ever happened. “The search does not comply with laws, regulations and policies.” That is the response received when Internet users type “June 4” on the “Photos” pages of Baidu –the country’s most popular search engine. Search results mention only official Chinese comments on the “events of June 4.”Prior to the anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, censors redoubled their efforts to prevent Web users from using anti-censorship software such as FreeGate, by blocking thousands of foreign IP addresses suspected of participating in this network.The government tightened its control at the end of 2009/early 2010. In December 2009, the authorities announced that they would soon require all websites to register on a “white list” under penalty of being placed on a “black list.”. Millions of websites in China, as well as abroad, run the risk of being blocked if this rule is applied to them.The rule prohibiting individuals from obtaining domain names ending in “.cn” was lifted in February 2010, but replaced by the implementation of a draconian system of censorship: now an individual who wants to create an Internet website must register for it by bringing ID papers to regulators in person.The anti-pornography campaign launched in January 2009 – according to the authorities – resulted in 15,000 sites being shut down one year later, and in the arrest of over 5,000 people. It also led to the shutdown of websites totally unrelated to the subject. The New York Times was briefly blocked in January 2009. The blog platform www.Bullog.cn, very much in vogue among activist bloggers and intellectuals, was closed that same month for “publishing a lot of negative information in the public domain,” according to the Chinese Ministry of Information. It had notably published Charter 08, an online petition calling for more freedoms in the country, and particularly on the Internet, which to date has been signed by thousands of Chinese people. Within the scope of this campaign, the government has also ordered Chinese and foreign computer manufacturers to install on their products filtering software called “Green Dam Youth Escort,” designed to protect young Web users from “harmful” content, but whose filtering options would include the blocking of political and religious content. Due to widespread opposition, authorities have postponed making installation of the software mandatory. All Internet censorship is not done for anti-pornographic purposes. What makes it all the more dangerous is that it is constantly being revised to take into account current events. For example, the keyword list is updated regularly. Among recently censored sites are ImdB – a news website about motion pictures – and YouTube, Blogger, Twitter, Facebook, the BBC in Chinese, Friendfeed, Dailymotion, Flickr, etc. Censors are particularly interested in blocking participative and photo-exchange websites. On March 30, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) issued a Memorandum of Understanding calling for stricter control of audiovisual material posted on the Internet, which lists some thirty content links that should be banned or modified.Human rights activist websites, Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRC) and Independent Chinese PEN Center (ICPC), as well as the news site Boxun, were hacked in January 2010 and rendered inaccessible for days. Their foreign Internet service provider was the target of the most intense DDoS attack that it had ever experienced. These attacks were preceded by the installation of malware on the sites of the organizations concerned.Finally, censorship and crackdowns are becoming decentralized and are now also more often enforced by local officials in an increasingly random and unexpected way, and, to a growing extent, eluding central government control.Discriminatory treatment with regard to Xinjiang and Tibet Internet accessChinese “at-risk” regions like Tibet and Xinjiang bear the full brunt of censorship. Repression is a permanent threat for anyone who tries to disseminate accounts of violence committed by security forces. Dozens of Tibetans and Uighurs are detained, and some of them received life sentences for having sent news abroad or tried to share information incompatible with the Party line. Two Tibetan websites hosted in China, Tibet (http://www.tibettl.com/), known for hosting the blog of popular writer Jamyang Kyi and ChodMe (http://www.cmbpd.cn/index.html), are now inaccessible in most of the country, especially Tibet. In August 2009, Web surfer Pasang Norbu was arrested by Chinese authorities in Lhassa for having consulted the Radio Free Asia’s website (http://www.rfa.org/english/). In November 2009, Tibetan writer and photographer Kunga Tseyang was given a five-year prison sentence for offenses that included publishing articles on the Internet. Two days earlier, the founder of a literary Internet website, Kunchok Tsephel, got fifteen years in prison for “dissemination of state secrets.” Xinjiang, cut off from the world following the July 2009 uprisings, is still waiting to be reconnected to the Internet. Although the authorities reestablished access in early 2010 – solely for the official media websites Xinhua and People’s Daily – they continue to censor all websites in the Uighur language, and those dealing with Xinjiang. Internet users based in this region are not allowed to leave comments or to view the forum sections of the few accessible sites, nor can they send or receive emails. Censorship may be followed by arrests. llham Tohti, an economics professor at Beijing’s Central Minorities University and editor of uighurbiz.net, was illegally detained for several weeks during the summer of 2009, which is also when cyber-dissidents and founders of Uighur websites Dilshat Parhat, Nureli, Obulkasim and Muhemmet were arrested. They are still in prison.The world’s biggest prison for netizens Thirty journalists and seventy-two netizens are now behind bars for freely expressing their views. The charges brought against them are “subversion” and “dissemination of state secrets.”Netizens and dissidents have recently received very harsh prison terms. In December 2009, intellectual Liu Xiaobo was sentenced to a long jail term of eleven years for having written his opinions on the Internet and participated in the launching of Charter 08. Over one hundred other signatories have been questioned, threatened, or summoned by the secret police throughout the country.Cyber-dissident Huang Qi’s three-year jail sentence was upheld on appeal, and blogger Tan Zuoren got five years for having dared to contradict the official account of how the government dealt with victims in the aftermath of the May 2008 earthquake in Szechwan.Finally, there has been no further news about human rights defense lawyer Gao Zhisheng, arrested on February 4, 2009, raising the fear that he may have died from ill-treatment at the hands of his torturers.Tighter surveillance and unrestrained propaganda Surveillance is becoming more and more sophisticated. The over 40,000 members of the cyber-police are constantly scanning the Web, keeping a sharp eye out for “subversive elements.”Early this year, following revelations about the pirating of Gmail accounts, some human rights activists and journalists realized that their accounts had been hacked and their emails rerouted to another, unknown, email address.Cybercafés have also been placed under close surveillance. Their customers are required to produce an ID and have their photo taken. A log of their connections is maintained and made available to the authorities. Their activities are privately monitored in real time by pressured café managers. The connection between police stations and “hotspots” such as cybercafés or financial centers has been expanded and improved within the scope of the “Safe City” project.The government’s position is to prevent access to any “harmful” piece of information by offering an “alternative” official view of events with the regime present “in the field,” feeding cyber-space its propaganda, and ready to systematically respond online to criticisms of the regime. Discussion forums are infiltrated by Internet users known as the “Fifty Cent Party,” paid to leave positive comments. Welcome to “Control 2.0.”An active and inventive online communityNonetheless, a great deal of information is circulating on the Chinese Intranet and heated discussions are going on in online forums. Bloggers and Internet users alike are using more and more proxies and VPNs to circumvent censorship. They keep speaking out against the failings of Chinese society and government abuses, increasingly compelling the official media to cover embarrassing scandals. The new media is thus helping the traditional media to test the limits of censorship. The announcement of the fire that damaged one of the towers of state-owned TV network CCTV was first made via the Internet and Twitter – even though the state-owned media (including CCTV) had received the order not to mention it. Caught in the act, the latter ultimately had to reverse course and provide some form of coverage.Bloggers like Zola became known for their coverage of social subjects, such as forced evictions. Cyber-dissident Huanq Qi helped to reveal the authorities’ role in the collapsing of Szechwan schools after the earthquake. Some of the negligent local officials have been investigated. Internet users can have some degree of influence when they get organized. Charter 08 was posted online and widely disseminated before it became the target of censorship, which explains the witch hunt for its writers. One young woman, Deng Yuqiao, who killed a man who tried to assault her, received support from a campaign conducted in the blogosphere and on Twitter. Netizens launched a genuine hunt to track down corrupt officials. When Twitter was blocked, angry surfers invaded a Twitter “copycat” website, www.t.people.com.cn, launched by the state-owned People’s Daily, forcing the site to shut down. The authorities have grasped the influence that netizens can have and sometimes call on them for help. Web users were invited to participate in an investigation into the death of a young detainee in a Yunnan province prison, although they unfortunately were not given access to all case file documents. Internet users sometimes use humor, puns, and plays on word pronunciation to ridicule censors. For example, they have given a new twist to the slogan, “The Party’s Central Committee policy is yakexi (“good”), which Uighurs chant during the final official Chinese New Year ceremonies using a yakexi homonym meaning “lizard.” The term “lizard” began to be used throughout the Chinese Web as a symbol of the fight against censorship. Just like the story of the “Caonima” mudgrass horse, whose name – when pronounced somewhat differently – is an insult, and who is attacked by crabs from the river symbolizing the censors. This story surfaced at the same time that the authorities launched an anti-obscenity campaign. The lizard and the lama achieved unprecedented popularity and served as models for stuffed toys, clips, songs, cartoons, and even parodies of the state-owned CCTV network’s “Animal World” program.Trade barriers and piratingInternet censorship concerns far more than human rights. It also affects trade and business, which are negatively impacted by the lack of access to reliable information. The importing of cell phones and laptop computers equipped with Wifi was prohibited in China because the latter come with filtering technologies that make surveillance more difficult. The iPhone was launched in China only in November 2009, two years after the rest of the world, and without WiFi. Online censorship has also become a way to discriminate against foreign companies and grant preferential treatment to Chinese companies. Visitors to www.Google.com occasionally find themselves rerouted to Baidu. According to the Inside Facebook website, Facebook’s Chinese visitors plummeted from one million in July 2009 to 14,000 by the end of 2009. The site is now blocked. Its Chinese counterparts, notably www.Renren.com and www.51.com, now dominate the market. A local equivalent to Twitter was launched once the microblogging site was blocked. YouTube also has its share of Chinese clones, such as www.Tudou.com and www.Youkube.com.The Wall Street Journal subsequently labeled Chinese Internet censorship as “disguised protectionism.” China had promised in 2001, when it became a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), that it would allow foreign companies to have unlimited access to many services, including online services. It was just critized in December 2009 for its regime’s restrictions on the importation and distribution of movies, foreign books and music, which the U.S. has ruled as discriminatory. The WTO recommended that China “bring its measures into compliance.” The WTO also needs to examine the issue of online censorship as a barrier to trade.Links: http://cmp.hku.hk/: website of journalism and media study centre at Hong Kong University (English) http://boxun.us/news/publish/ (Boxun): website with news from China (English and Mandarin) http://chrdnet.org/ : website of the organisation, Chinese Human Rights Defenders (English and Mandarin) http://www.hrichina.org/: website of the organisation, Human Rights in China (English) http://www.xinhuanet.com: official news agency Xinhua (English, Mandarin) http://sirc.blogspot.com: blog on the Internet in Asia (English) http://blog.sina.com.cn/xujinglei: blog of Chinese film star Xu Jinglei, the country’s most popular (Mandarin) China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prisonlast_img read more

“Shocking And Shameful”: NLU-D Alumni Condemn Detention Of Student Representative & Sanitation Worker [Read Statement]

first_imgNews Updates”Shocking And Shameful”: NLU-D Alumni Condemn Detention Of Student Representative & Sanitation Worker [Read Statement] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK22 Jun 2020 5:26 AMShare This – xThe Alumni of the National Law University, Delhi have issued a statement, condemning the police action of detaining a student representative of the University and a safai karmchari, who had gathered outside the University campus in relation to alleged unlawful termination of the University’s sanitation workers. The alumni have also expressed disappointment in…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Alumni of the National Law University, Delhi have issued a statement, condemning the police action of detaining a student representative of the University and a safai karmchari, who had gathered outside the University campus in relation to alleged unlawful termination of the University’s sanitation workers. The alumni have also expressed disappointment in the University administration, allegedly for not intervening in the matter. “We, the undersigned alumni of National Law University, Delhi express solidarity with the student representatives and workers. NLUD Workers- Students Solidarity has led a commendable and dignified effort towards the reinstatement of 55 workers over the past several months. We also unequivocally condemn that the police were allowed to detain Ekta Tomar and Neetu Yadav, and that no one from the administration came to talk to them,” the statement signed by 172 alumni reads. As per the factual report released by NLUD Workers- Students Solidarity group on June 19, they had assembled outside the campus, not to protest but for enforcement of Delhi Labour Ministry’s order dated June 15, whereby the University had been directed to reinstate all the 55 safai karmcharis. However, the Police forcefully took Neetu Singh Yadav (Workers’ Representative) in custody, and subsequently Ekta Tomar (Student Representative) was taken into custody for allegedly ‘instigating workers to protest’. “The University administration did nothing to intervene and prevent this despite being aware of these events including the fact of police presence at the University gate. This inaction reveals that administration’s acquiescence at best and involvement at worst, both of which are deeply troubling,” the alumni said. Terming the incident to be “shocking” and “shameful”, the alumni said, “This brutal stifling of voices which were only trying to discuss the implementation of the order issued by the Hon’ble Labour Minister is inexcusable and is not expected from the National Law University, Delhi. We hope that no further coercive actions are taken by the University against the student or worker in question or against any other individual involved in the effort for the worker’s reinstatement. We also hope that this incident is an aberration and never again will a student of National Law University, Delhi face coercive criminal action for upholding the rule of law and supporting the social mandate as per the University’s vision.”Click Here To Download StatementRead Statement Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Council’s Winter Gritting Programme announced

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford By News Highland – June 26, 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Google+ Its been confirmed that Ranafast is to be included in Donegal County Council’s Winter Gritting Programme for the 2019/2020 season.The council has announced that Galdonagh Road, Rann Road, Ranafast and Ramelton Town is to be included in the Gritting Programme and a new gritting lorry to be purchased.There have been repeated calls for the Ranafast Road to be included in the programme following numerous reports of the road being impassable during the winter months.The programme will formerly come into effect at the next full plenary meeting of Donegal County Council.Councillor Micheal Cholm MacGiolla Easbuig has welcomed the local authority’s commitment but says the programme needs to be extended:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/ranafast1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Meanwhile the Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Councillor Seamus O’Domhnail has been speaking out following yesterday’s workshop where the Winter Gritting Programme was discussed and says councillors should be united it representing communities and ensure what is needed is delivered:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/odomhnaillweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Meanwhile, it’s also been announced that Donegal County Council is to include two Letterkenny Schools in the Winter Gritting Programme for 2018,2019.Both St Bernadette’s and Little Angels schools are to be added to the programme’s route.Local Councillor Adrian Glackin says this is an issue he has been raising for some time and welcomes confirmation that the proposal is to be implemented this coming winter season. Twitter Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thcenter_img Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ Pinterest Council’s Winter Gritting Programme announced Facebook Facebook Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleSenior PSNI officer appointed new Garda CommissionerNext articleJames McClean set for Stoke City move News Highland last_img read more

Morton K. Blaustein Postdoctoral Scholar

first_imgThe Johns Hopkins University invites applications for the Morton K.Blaustein Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Earth andPlanetary Sciences.The Johns Hopkins University invites applications for the Morton K.Blaustein Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Earth andPlanetary Sciences.We seek outstanding individuals with a recent Ph.D. in any area ofEarth and Planetary Sciences or Environmental Sciences with stronglinks to departmental research interests. In recent years thedepartment has made faculty hires in the areas of geology,petrology, Earth History, geochemistry, geophysics and mineralphysics, extrasolar planets and ecology, complementing standingstrength in climate, oceanography, meteorology and planetaryscience. Information on our department and its research activitiescan be found at https://www.eps.jhu.edu. Applicants should contactfaculty with whom they are interested in working beforeapplying.The duration of the fellowship is one year with an anticipatedextension for a second year. The position carries a competitivesalary and fringe benefits, includes an annual $5,000 stipend fortravel and research expenses, and provides eligibility toparticipate in the Johns Hopkins University health plans.We seek outstanding individuals with a recent Ph.D. in any area ofEarth and Planetary Sciences or Environmental Sciences with stronglinks to departmental research interests.Consideration of applications will begin January 15, 2021.Applications can only be submitted electronically. To apply, pleasesubmit your curriculum vitae (with your email address), names andemails of three or more references, and a 1-2 page researchproposal.The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity forits faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university doesnot discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status,pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age,disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity orexpression, veteran status or other legally protectedcharacteristic. The university is committed to providing qualifiedindividuals access to all academic and employment programs,benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability,performance and merit without regard to personal factors that areirrelevant to the program involved.The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfmlast_img read more

Green Monster

first_imgRhian Harris investigates the GM revolution Like many students at Oxford, I make a basic effort as a consumer to choose products that are environmentally-friendly, and where risks to producers’ health have been minimised. I try to choose the ‘organic’ or ‘fair trade’ option where available at Sainsbury’s Local, buy an organic lunch from Green’s café and opt for fair-trade flowers. Until recently, if you’d asked me whether I would buy genetically modified foods, I’d have said no, citing possible environmental hazards, the risk to human health and ‘unnaturalness’ as my reasons. It was in the mid-1990s that the first GM foods became available in Britain and the controversy surrounding them really began. Under the influence of tabloid hysteria and the label ‘Frankenfoods’, many people opposed GM foods – despite knowing little of the actual facts – and supported the move by supermarkets to remove all related ingredients from their own brand products. “In response to overwhelming customer concern and demand for non-GM foods, Sainsbury’s was the first major supermarket to eliminate GM ingredients from all its own brand products”, says one of the nation’s biggest stores. Yet those who cover genetic modification as part of degree subjects such as biology will know the benefits of such a concept, and perhaps realise that it has the potential to improve the food security of many of the starving in the developing world, radically improve human health and save threatened ecosystems. Genetic modification is typically defined as the insertion, deletion or modification of a single gene in the genome of a target organism. A gene inserted can be from any other organism and can be achieved through use of the bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens. This normally infects plants through wounds and transfers part of its own DNA into the host plant genome, causing the plant to produce substances necessary for the bacterium’s survival. In genetic engineering, this DNA can be removed and replaced with a desired gene, then inserted into the host plant genome. In alternative methods, particles of tungsten or gold can be coated with DNA containing the gene of interest and fired into the nucleus of the cell, where the DNA then recombines into the genome. Genetic modification is just a very precise method of crop improvement: just one gene is altered, the sequence and function of which is well known. In traditional crop breeding between related variants meanwhile, many genes are transferred, not just those for the desired character, leading to potential unexpected side effects. GM technology has potential to enable farmers to produce higher crop yields on the same area of land, without resorting to using expensive and environmentally damaging chemicals. The world’s population is expected to grow 2.5 billion by 2050, with the majority of this increase in developing countries. To support this growth in countries such as China and India (1 kg meat requires around 3-10 kg grain), cereal crop yields will need to double in this time. However, virtually all land available for agriculture is already being used – the only other suitable land is currently tropical rainforest. Destruction of the wealth of biodiversity supported by such areas (more than one-third of all the world’s species are found in the Amazon rainforest) is damaging the environment much more than any potential negative environmental impacts it has been claimed GM crops may have. While GM foods are considered unnatural by many, most don’t consider that ‘natural’ crop plants grown today are dramatically different from those they were derived from in the wild due to traditional selective breeding. Additionally, the little-known use of X-ray irradiation to induce mutations in plants, a far more haphazard process than that of genetic modification, fragments and changes much of the genome. That’s certainly not natural, and yet the public trust in the sensationalism of the media, unaware of the alternatives.GM opponents such as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth are impeding a technology which could have major benefits for those in the Third World. Farmers in places such as Africa have seen their crops fail as a result of environmental stresses including drought, and if GM technology could engineer plants better able to resist these stresses it could go some way to reducing the global figure of 30,000 dying every day from starvation. Additionally, populations in developing countries often survive on just one or two staple crops, such as rice. These crops often lack enough macronutrients such as protein and many micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals, and this can lead to serious deficiency diseases, such as blindness resulting from a lack of Vitamin A affecting 250,000 children each year. GM technology offers the opportunity to improve the nutritional content of food, and with the correct technology, which can be used to create more beneficial versions of food (Golden Rice for example contains higher levels of beta-carotene) it is important that the knowledge and necessary materials are made available to those in developing countries.Another potential benefit of genetic modification for those in the developing world is in the production of oral vaccines. There, vaccinations by injection are not always carried out under sterile conditions, risking infection. There are also problems with keeping the vaccines cold during storage and transportation. With GM technology, plants have been engineered to produce antigens, which can be delivered orally and invoke the antibody response in human trials, with the potential to produce resistance against diseases such as hepatitis and dysentery.A survey of Britons in 2003 found that only 2% would be happy to eat GM foods, and this is understandable: for a start, the media has hardly let up in its scare-mongering about GM. Consumers have not really seen many clear benefits yet because the traits that have been introduced have mainly been for the benefit of the producer. They also currently have little faith in scientists or regulatory organisations following debacles such as the recent foot and mouth virus escape from a Surrey laboratory. In 1996, a clearly labelled tomato paste made from genetically-modified tomatoes was sold in supermarkets across Britain. This test showed that, in 1996, the public were willing to accept GM foods: the paste was cheaper than its non-GM counterpart, reportedly tasted better, and sold well. However, the attitude of the public to GM food changed and three years later the paste was removed from sale. Today, GM ingredients are sometimes used in food products, and these products have to pass far more stringent safety assessment by the European Food Safety Authority than conventional new foods, despite the fact that, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, “in those countries where transgenic crops have been grown, there have been no verifiable reports of…health or environmental harm.”The only GM crops that have ever been grown in Britain were those in the government Field-Scale Evaluations; used to test the ecological impact and safety of GM crops, but which were often ruined by extremist environmental groups. However, GM crops (mostly maize, soyabean and cotton) which have been modified to be herbicide and insecticide resistant have been grown in other countries since 1996 and are currently grown on 250 million acres in 22 countries across the world, by around 9 million farmers – so Britain is very much unusual in its anti-GM attitude. GM expert and Oxford University Sibthorpian Professor of Plant Sciences Dr Chris Leaver opines that “GM crops are not a silver bullet which will feed the starving millions or reverse the impact of man-made climate change. However, if we are to satisfy the real and legitimate environmental concerns associated with modern high input agriculture and the threat of global warming, and still feed the increasing world population in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner, we must assume responsibility for fully evaluating the potential of GM. Doing nothing is not an option.” So next time you’re at the supermarket and tempted to pay that little bit extra for the organic crisps, or mulling over the ingredients of your lunch in hall, ignore the hype around these so-called Frankenfoods and tuck in.last_img read more

Did you miss these stories over the weekend?

first_imgNorth Bergen residents who visited Town Hall on the afternoon of May 2 may have been surprised to find a Board of Commissioners meeting going on – one that hadn’t been advertised in advance, and one run entirely by high school students. The meeting was part of the annual Student Law Day, where students from North Bergen High School learn about government by taking over municipal roles. This special meeting featured students acting as town commissioners: Alex De Gallego, Edwin Ramirez, Hussein Hassan, Wafa Ali, and “Mayor” Katelyn Andres. Together, they discussed a number of proposed laws for the town. They soon realized that running a township isn’t as easy as it may seem. Click here for more. × The Hoboken City Council met Wednesday, May 3 to discuss improvements to Newark Street, near the city’s southern border. In the end, they voted to introduce the plan and will need to adopt it at a subsequent meeting, after a hearing. Residents of southwest Hoboken have complained of safety issues in the area, especially for pedestrians. Wednesday, the council heard a presentation from Adam Gibson of Kimley-Horn on proposed changes to Newark Street, west of Willow Avenue. Safety measures include flashing signs, curb bumpouts both painted and physical, a protected bike lane, loading zones, and a pedestrian island. A bumpout is a curb extension that can be concrete, landscape, or just paint, which narrows the distance a pedestrian has to travel in the road. Click here for more.Although Student Government Day has been a tradition in Hudson County for decades, over the last few years students who attend county schools have taken the ritual to heart, turning it into a serious discussion about issues that include school funding , traffic light cameras and prisoner reentry programs. This year on April 11 the students took their role so seriously they ran out of time before they could get through their whole agenda. Students posing as county officials gathered for a mock meeting of the Board of Freeholders. One issue discussed was the new Schools of Technology campus, due to open in September in Secaucus. Like their adult counterparts in municipal councils throughout the county, the students also grappled with the validity of bicycle lanes. The students were from towns throughout the county and attend County Prep and High Tech High Schools, two public countywide high schools. Click here for more.last_img read more

Summer Police Reports Show Thieves Are Not on Vacation

first_imgAng has said leaving bicycles outside and unlocked is the most common scenario, but he also pointed to potential mistakes that might be a little less evident.Some bicycle owners with four-digit combination locks spin only one number when they lock their bikes. It makes it easy for owners … and thieves … to unlock bikes.Ang also said bikes have been stolen from garages with a back door that had been left unlocked.“There’s a false sense of security that if it’s in a garage, it’s safe,” Ang said.Some stolen bikes are abandoned and recovered by police and others are moved out of town and sold.The weekly reports serve as a good reminder to make sure bikes and garages are locked.See reports:August 9 to 15August 16 to 22August 23 to 29 In-street bike racks are being installed at different spots throughout Ocean City, and they are one way to keep bikes safe from being stolen.Ocean City police have investigated more than 60 thefts in the past three weeks, according the weekly activity reports provided by the department.The reports show, for instance, that officers responded to nine reported thefts on Wednesday, Aug. 19 alone. A cluster of them were from Sixth to 11th streets, with police called before noon.“Most of these are bicycle thefts that probably occurred during the night but are not reported until morning,” Ocean City Police Capt. Steve Ang said. “When you see a call on the boardwalk they are either a shoplifting (theft) or bicycle theft. When occurring elsewhere, they are usually a bicycle or from a vehicle.”The trend is not unusual for the summer for the department, which responds to 100 to 300 bike thefts a year, according to recent statistics.last_img read more

‘New chance at life’: Man gets face, hands in rare surgery

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Doctors say a 22-year-old man from New Jersey is recovering after receiving a rare face and hands transplant. Joe DiMeo had the operation in August, two years after he was badly burned in a car accident. Such transplants are extremely rare and have happened only twice before. Experts say the procedure appears to be a success, but it’ll take a while to know for sure. Details of the transplant were revealed Wednesday. Since the surgery, DiMeo is relearning how to smile, blink, pinch and squeeze with his new face and hands. He’ll have to take lifelong medication to avoid rejecting the transplant.last_img read more

VTrans to close Route 104 in Fairfax on Monday for bridge repair

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation on Monday, June 7 will close a segment of Route 104 in Fairfax so that it can rehabilitate a bridge over the Miller Brook. The bridge will be out of service through July 5, 2010, and traffic will be detoured. The official detour is rather long – Route 15 to Route 289 to Route 7 to Route 104A and then back to Route 104 – but that is the “official” detour as VTrans has to use state routes for any detour that we sign. However, there are quicker detours using local streets. Either way, motorists should schedule additional time to reach their destination.The Fairfax bridge rehabilitation is a long-planned project that will provide the bridge with a new deck along with rehabilitated abutments. The rehab will also widen the bridge a little. The road closure will last only until July 5, but work on the project will continue until the end of September.  Again, this is not a sudden closure. This rehab project has long been planned. In essence, this is an older bridge whose time for a facelift has come.As a reminder to motorists, the exit from I-89 South to I-91 North in White River Junction remains closed. Motorists should detour from Exit 1.Source: VTrans. 6.3.2010last_img read more