Spinal Research appoints Volunteer Network Fundraiser

first_img Howard Lake | 5 March 2004 | News  21 total views,  1 views today Spinal Research appoints Volunteer Network Fundraiser About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Zoë joins Spinal Research following various positions from working as a journalist on the Wokingham Times to Editor at the RNIB. Most recently Zoë enjoyed success at CSV where she was heavily involved in the Make a Difference Day campaign. Zoë will be raising money for Spinal Research herself this weekend when she takes part in the Reading Half Marathon on Sunday (7 March 2004). Tagged with: Management Recruitment / people Volunteering Zoë Colvile has joined neuroscience charity Spinal Research in the newly-focused role of Volunteer Network Fundraiser. Her task will be to strengthen the role of supporters and increase fundraising income.Zoë will be responsible for the development of a volunteer network of fundraisers throughout the UK.“In recent months we have been re-focusing and aligning the fundraising team to face the challenges ahead,” explains the charity’s Head of Fundraising, Carol Borwick. “One of our biggest strengths is the volunteer fundraisers that we have.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Thieves target charity clothes banks

first_img Tagged with: Ireland Law / policy Trading Disability charity Enable Ireland has lost 72 tonnes of clothing worth about €40,000 so far this year because of theft from its clothes banks.Enable Ireland has also spent €40,000 repairing the damaged containers. According to news reports,the thieves are using young children to climb inside the clothes containers to steal the clothes.The children are put into the containers by adults to pass bags of clothes out to them. In most cases, the containers are wrenched open but some thieves are using very young children.Enable Ireland’s retail operations manager, Ann Kelly, said the charity was doing everything possible to make the banks more secure and tamper-proof.Enable Ireland recently hired investigators to monitor clothes banks in Dublin regularly targeted by thieves. In one incident two men were seen wrapping an eight-year-old in a duvet and lowering him into a recycling bank in Dublin. The child was pulled out of the container once he had passed the bags to the thieves. It is believed that the clothes are exported abroad.Enable Ireland is now working to change the design of the banks to make them tamper-proof. Ms Kelly stressed that the charity relied on clothing donations to help fund its activities and urged people to continue donating. Howard Lake | 29 July 2008 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Thieves target charity clothes bankslast_img read more

Detained Reuters stringer reports about police torture

first_img BangladeshAsia – Pacific May 19, 2021 Find out more News News Chowdhury, who works for the government news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha as well as for Reuters, had been arrested on 13 December last year after writing about bomb attacks on four cinemas in the town of Mymensingh and was badly tortured by his interrogators. The authorities also twice defied orders by the High Court to free him from a Dhaka prison. A week before he was released, one of his lawyers, Tanjib-ul Alam, told Reporters Without Borders that he feared he would be arrested again if he was freed on bail. Receive email alerts February 26, 2021 Find out more Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists RSF_en Kumar was arrested at his home in Kishoreganj district on 3 March after a complaint against him by members of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) who accused him of “violence” and “vandalism.” He had recently reported on violent incidents and fraud in local elections, angering BNP officials who then filed a bogus complaint to get him jailed.Police beat five journalists at the entrance to a Dhaka hospital on 4 March.  Monir Hossain, correspondent of the daily paper Sangram at the hospital, was attacked by four men who pretended to be journalists. Colleagues intervened and the men were arrested. But journalists Abu Saleh Akand (Sangram), Osman Gani Babul (ABAS news agency), Latif Rana (the daily Mawroze) and Abu Sufian Titu (Bangladesh Today) then saw police take bribes from the attackers in exchange for freeing them.  When the reporters protested, police clubbed them. The injured journalists, helped by a journalists’ association, got the policemen suspended.Rafiqul Tuhin, correspondent of the daily Janakantha in the northeastern town of Habiganj, was attacked on 1 March by supporters of the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami, which is part of the ruling coalition.  He was starting up his motorbike in front of the offices of the local paper Dainik Bani, when a gang of 20 people armed with knives and hockey-sticks attacked him. He received serious injuries to his head, hands and knees and was taken to hospital.  A few days earlier, he had reported on a rape involving a Jamaat-e-Islami activist. He then got death threats. None of the attackers have been arrested. News Help by sharing this information center_img to go further Follow the news on Bangladesh Detained Reuters stringer Enamul Haque Chowdhury was tortured by police, he reported on 16 March in a written petition to Dhaka judge Jahangir Alam. He said the police blindfolded him with a piece of black material, gave him electric shocks to his body and threatened to kill him by holding a revolver against his temple if he refused to sign the written statement they put before him.When he refused to sign, the police started to torture him again. At one point, he virtually lost consciousness and collapsed to the ground. Chowdhury said the torture lasted from 13 to 16 December 2002. The statement he finally signed on 17 December was not his, he said. He was not allowed to read it and no one told him what was in it. In his petition to the judge, he asked that the statement be withdrawn. The judge registered Chowdhury’s petition but no date has been set for a hearing.In this statement, Chowdhury had admitted to reporting “false information” about the attacks of 7 December 2002 on cinemas in the northern city of Mymensingh with the aim of discrediting the information minister. He also said in the statement that he did this at the behest of Saber Hossain Chowdhury, an opposition leader.————————————-03.10.2003Journalist Dilip Kumar Shah was set free on bail on 8 March after being heldin the Khishoreganj district prison for five days. His release was theresult of a meeting between a delegation of local journalists and thedistrict police chief. After it was explained to him that a false accusationwas made against the journalist, the police chief said any police officerinvolved would be punished.————————————-03.06.2003 Journalist freed but another arrested and six more attackedReporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) today welcomed the release of Reuters stringer Enamul Haque Chowdhury after nearly three months in prison but deplored the arrest of Dilip Kumar, correspondent of the daily Prothom Alo in Nikli (in the northern district of Kishoreganj), and physical attacks on six reporters by police and Islamist militants.It called on interior minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury to free Kumar, who was arrested after reporting on violence during recent local elections. The organisation also welcomed the suspension of four policemen who beat the reporters and demanded an investigation into an attack on journalist Rafiqul Tuhin in the northeastern town of Habiganj. March 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Detained Reuters stringer reports about police torture News Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage Organisation BangladeshAsia – Pacific February 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Nonbank Lenders Becoming Draw for IT Professionals

first_img Tagged with: IT Nonbank Lenders Quicken Loans Share Save Computerworld has ranked Quicken Loans the No. 1 large company to work for in the information technologies industry for the fourth year running, due in large part to the can-do-it, optimistic attitude that pervades their offices, which are located in Detroit. Quicken Loans is known for their “isms,” or the 19 core values that drives their business ethos. “Isms” are more like sayings rather than an employee handbook. They include phrases like, “We’ll figure it out,” or, “You’ve got it,” or, “a penny saved is a penny.” And while they might sound simple, they signify a larger, more forward thinking to business and innovation. If anything is proof the mortgage-lending firm is doing something right, it shows in their turnover rate, which sits at a meager 6 percent. Their IT department has around 1,500 people employed under its umbrella, and the company expects that number to grow by 10 percent, even in light of their recent bout with the Department of Justice. The added popularity of nonbank lenders in both the market and the employment sector has been attributed to the way in which banks had stricter regulations than nonbank lenders after the housing crisis. With less restrictions, nonbank lenders had more autonomy to lend as they saw fit rather than follow rules set forth by regulatory bodies. By the end of 2016, six of the nation’s top 10 lenders were non-banks, while banks contribution to new mortgage loans fell to 21 percent. The four banks that made the top 10 were Wells Fargo with 12.55 percent of the market share, JPMorgan (5.95 percent), U.S. Bank Home Mortgage (4.12 percent), and Bank of America (4.07 percent). Non-banks, which were the top lenders, were Quicken Loans (4.90 percent); PennyMac Financial Services, (3.37 percent), Freedom Mortgage (2.90 percent), PHH Mortgage (2.01 percent), Caliber Home Loans (2.00 percent), and loanDepot (1.89 percent). Although non-banks are still currently driving new mortgage loans, President Trump’s recent executive order could spur banks to increase their balance sheets. Home / Daily Dose / Nonbank Lenders Becoming Draw for IT Professionals Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago IT Nonbank Lenders Quicken Loans 2017-06-12 Staff Writer The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Previous: Subprime Mortgages Moving From Rearview Next: Before and After the Storm  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News About Author: Staff Writer Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Nonbank Lenders Becoming Draw for IT Professionals Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago June 12, 2017 1,562 Views Subscribelast_img read more

Bus driver stabbed to death in murder-for-hire plot allegedly planned by ex-roommate

first_imgkali9/iStock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — A school bus driver was stabbed to death by two people on his own front doorstep in an alleged murder-for-hire plot concocted by a former roommate.John Clinedinst, a bus driver for Ohio’s Columbus City school system, was discovered by a roommate who called 911, according to a release from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.Next door neighbor Gene Chaffin, who also saw the body, said on Tuesday morning that people in the neighborhood actually mistook the crime scene for Halloween decorations, according to ABC’s Columbus affiliate WSYX.“You know how they put out skeletons and that kind of thing,” said Chaffin describing his confusion before he got close to the crime scene. “I walked up to the stoop and I could see where he had bled out on the right side, blood all over his back, down on the stoop, through the rug that was there.”Three people have been arrested in connection with Clinedinst’s murder. Tarayle Glick, 19; Donte Slash, 23; and Clinedinst’s former roommate, 52-year-old Abraham Shears, who was kicked out of the same house about a month ago and allegedly plotted the murder.Shears and Clinedinst lived in the home with two other women but the landlord allegedly kicked Shears and another woman out of the premises about a month ago, according to investigators.“There was always constant turmoil and the sheriff’s department was out here several times because of him,” said Chaffin of Shears.According to a sworn affidavit filed by the sheriff’s office and obtained by CBS station WBNS, Slash and Glick allegedly waited outside Clinedinst’s home at about 3:30 a.m., when the victim would typically leave to go to work.Glick then allegedly used a flashlight to blind Clinedinst before Slash stabbed him several times. Both men then fled the scene of the crime.Shears allegedly offered Glick and Slash an undisclosed amount of money and pay for their travel to California if they killed Clinedinst, according to the affidavit.Security cameras mounted on the front of the house but they were not working at the time of the attack and there is no surveillance footage, detectives told WSYX.Glick and Slash face charges of murder. Shears is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, police said.Columbus City Schools Director of Communications Jacqueline Bryant released a statement to WSYX.“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Clinedinst family during this difficult time. Bus drivers such as Mr. Clinedinst do more than just transport students safely to and from school. They are the first to greet students as they head to school each day, and extend a positive school climate beyond the classroom. It’s the power of those short morning interactions that can set the tone for a child’s day,” read the statement.The community is still in shock over Clinedinst’s murder.“I just can’t believe somebody had that kind of anger to viciously attack a person and kill him,” a neighbor said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Focusing on work-life balance helps council reduce employee turnover

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Focusing on work-life balance helps council reduce employee turnoverOn 3 Dec 2002 in Personnel Today HertfordshireCounty Council aims to reduce its staff turnover rate to 10 per cent byradically overhauling its flexible working and benefits package.Thestaff turnover rate has already reduced by 2 per cent to 14 per cent since theintroduction of its comprehensive flexible benefits LifeWISE scheme.Theprogramme, which had £10,000 funding from the Department for Education andSkills’ Work-Life Balance Fund, has four areas: flexible working, care support,health services, and flexible benefits.Assistantdirector of personnel at Hertfordshire County Council Gillian Hibberd isconfident the project will help the council meet its targets.Thecouncil has already surpassed its staff take-up target of 2 per cent in thescheme’s first year and has 40-50 per cent of its 28,500 staff workingflexibility.”Work-lifebalance was not at the top of the managers agenda, but thanks to the scheme itis slowly moving up. “The long-hours culture is not dead and buried, butit will become a thing of the past,” she said.Thecouncil has introduced a full range of flexible working policies – includinghome working, compressed hours, flexi-time and annualised hours – to help suitstaffs’ different needs.Forparents an on-site nursery has been set up and nursery vouchers for thecouncil’s internal and external nurseries have been introduced in the flexiblebenefits package.Thescheme includes stress and bullying workshops, health screenings, counsellingand accident insurance.Thecouncil also wants the to reduce the current staff sickness absence rate ofaround seven days a year per employee by 5 per cent as well as improve staffcommitment and motivation. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

CNOOC makes large-sized oil discovery at Kenli 6-1 well offshore China

first_imgDrilled to a depth of 1,596m, the KL6-1-3 well encountered oil pay zones with a total thickness of approximately 20m The KL6-1-3 well was drilled to a depth of 1,596m. (Credit: Pixabay/D Thory) China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has announced what it claims to be a large-sized oil discovery at the Kenli 6-1 well located in the Bohai Bay, China.Located in Laibei lower uplift in southern Bohai basin with an average water depth of about 19.2m, the discovery well KL6-1-3 was drilled to a depth of 1,596m.KL6-1-3 well encounters oil pay zonesFollowing drilling, the well had encountered oil pay zones with a total thickness of approximately 20m.Following testing, the well had produced around 1,178 barrels of oil per day.The Chinese national oil company said in a statement: “The successful exploration of Kenli 6-1 demonstrated the Company’s remarkable breakthrough in the exploration area of Laibei lower uplift, and further proved the huge exploration potential of the Neogene lithologic reservoir in the Laizhou Bay.”Recently, the company commenced production from the Bozhong 34-9 oilfield located in the south of Bohai Sea, China.According to the company, the oilfield is contained in an average water depth of 18.1m. CNOOC is the sole stakeholder in the Bozhong 34-9 oilfield.CNOOC is planning to drill a total of 57 wells at the Bozhong 34-9 Oilfield, out of which 38 will be production wells, while the remaining will be water injection wells.The Bozhong 34-9 project is anticipated to realise its peak production of nearly 22,500 barrels of crude oil per day in 2022.Earlier this year, CNOOC said it plans to investment CNY85bn ($12.2bn) to CNY95bn ($13.7bn), targeting a net production capacity of 520-530 million barrels of oil equivalent (Mboe) in 2020.CNOOC’s net production for 2021 and 2022 are estimated to be around 555 million boe and 590 million boe, respectively.last_img read more

Israeli Navy Seizes Iranian Rocket Shipment

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Israeli Navy Seizes Iranian Rocket Shipment View post tag: Navy View post tag: Seizes View post tag: Defence Israeli Navy Seizes Iranian Rocket Shipment View post tag: Israeli March 10, 2014 Authorities View post tag: Naval View post tag: Iranian ILLUSTRATIONThe Israeli Navy said on Wednesday that its commando units had interdicted a suspected Iranian shipment of advanced weapons in the Red Sea. The shipment was said to had been destined for Gaza-based terrorist organizations. The claim was refuted by Iran. The commandos boarded a Panamanian flagged cargo vessel carrying stocks of 40 M-302 surface-to-surface missiles, with a range of up to 160 kilometres.The Israeli Defense Minister Moshe “Boogie” Yaalon briefed the U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Israel’s interdiction operation on March 6, according to a press release of the U.S. Armed Forces Press Service.“Secretary Hagel made clear that illicit actions by Iran are unacceptable to the international community and in gross violation of Iran’s U.N. Security Council obligations,” the release added.The Defense Department and the Israeli Defense Ministry have been in consistent touch on Israel’s interdiction operation, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said, coordinating extensively through military and intelligence channels.“The secretary and the minister pledged to continue this close consultation as Israel completes its final inspection of the vessel,” he said, “and reaffirmed the strength of the U.S.-Israel defense relationship.”As reported by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) spokesperson, the rockets were transported from Damascus to Tehran, from where they were transferred to the port of Bandar Abbas, their final destination being the city of Eilat.The Panama-flagged KLOS C was escorted to Eilat by Israeli navy ships where the shipment was unloaded from the vessel. [mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 10, 2014; Image: AFP PHOTO/DAVID BUIMOVITCH View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defense View post tag: Rocket View post tag: Shipment Share this articlelast_img read more

“IS IT TRUE” DECEMBER 12, 2019

first_imgIS IT TRUE that former City-County Observer editor and occasional contributor Joe Wallace has accepted an appointment to the Technology Advisory Board of the California Utility Commissions EPIC program?…the EPIC program was established for the purpose of investing in promising technologies to further the use of renewable energy, to strengthen the electrical grid, and to assure that the California power grid is both reliable and sustainable?…the EPIC program invests roughly $130 million per year and has many applicants from all over the world competing for support for projects?… Wallace was invited because of his success in establishing the Innovation Hub or Renewable Energy in Palm Springs and for a lifetime of recognition as an engineering professional in the fields of energy, computer memories, laser-based metrology, and entrepreneurship associated with those technologies?Today’s “Readers Poll” question is: Would you purchase a Sunday printed edition of the City-County Observer for one buck?We are pleased to provide obituaries from area funeral homes at no cost.  We are also pleased to announce that we are now providing news from all the area High Schools.  Please scroll down the paper and you shall see a listing of them.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE that the City-County Observer has recently been approached by a group of financially successful business investors asking us to consider publishing a printed Sunday newspaper on their behalf for the Evansville/Vanderburgh County area?  …we told them we will give them an answer on January 15, 2020?IS IT TRUE we have been conducting a non-scientific but trendy “READERS POLL” concerning printing a Sunday newspaper over the last 10 days?  …we are blown away with the number of votes this poll has attracted? …please take the time and cast your vote in this poll? …that our “Readers Poll” is non-scientific but trendy?IS IT TRUE that former two (2) term Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel has finally decided what he wants to do with his life?  …Mr. Weinzapfel after joining the local law firm Jones and Wallace only a few weeks ago has decided to apply for a job that will require a vote of the entire State of Indiana?…the apple of Weinzapfel’s eye these days is to run for the elected office of Attorney General of Indiana?…it is fair to ask just exactly what Weinzapfel has done as a practicing attorney to put in enough hours to be qualified to do the most important legal job in Indiana?IS IT TRUE we predict that former two-term Mayor of Evansville  Jonathan Weinzapfel will be selected as the Democratic nominee for the State of Indiana AG job?  …we also predict that Mr. Weinzapfel should be ready to defend every aspect of his personal, professional and political life in the general election?  …we highly recommend that he better not forget that Indiana is a solid “RED” state?IS IT TRUE according to an article written by John Martin of the Courier and Press that applications for the Executive Director CVB job came from local residents and from people outside the area?  …we still highly recommend that the CVB search committee give preference to someone with local connections?IS IT TRUE that John Martin of the Evansville Courier And Press also reported that John Chaszar, President of the CVB Board and Chairman of the search committee also announced that he will ask the Mayor, not to reappointed him n 2020 but will remain, Chairman of the search process, until it is completed?  …that a City Of Evansville ordinance states that one member of the CVB Board of Directors must be an employee of Tropicana -Evansville?IS IT TRUE we have been told that current attorney for the Evansville City Council will retain his position by an impressive 6-3 margin? …could this be a good indication that legal skills are more important than a political party affiliation?IS IT TRUE we been told that the newly elected At-Large City Councilperson Kaitlin Moore Morley (D) has really upset many local Democratic party loyalists for playing both sides of the City Council Attorney issue?  …we are told that the opportunity of her being considered for a higher office within the Vanderburgh County Democratic Party in the future is slim?IS IT TRUE according to the Courier and Press political writer Thomas Langhorne that Mayor Winnecke’s wife, Carol McClintock stated that she will now support Cheryl Musgrave in the upcoming Vanderburgh County Commission race?  …this is a big boost to County Coummioners Musgrave re-elect campaign?IS IT TRUE we are told that a well-known businesswoman was seriously considering running for Vanderburgh County Commission seat that is currently held by Cheryl Musgrave?  …we are now told that she has wisely decided not to take on County Commissioner Musgrave but is now looking at running for a Vanderburgh County Council seat?IS IT TRUE that inflated egos, know-it-all attitudes, self-serving demeanors, inflated opinions about one’s leadership skills can create a dysfunctional Evansville City Council?IS IT TRUE that it’s obvious if the Vanderburgh County Council members don’t make a decision to expand the jail they will forever be known as being  “SOFT ON CRIME”? 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Three crises for Japan

first_imgHarvard analysts worked to parse the rapidly unfolding cascade of crises roiling Japan on Wednesday (March 16), during a forum sponsored by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). They said that public trust in the relief efforts, logistical obstacles to aid, and foreign sensitivity to Japanese culture are all keys to an effective disaster response.The three main themes emerged during the discussion led by Jennifer Leaning, the François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at HSPH and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.First, they said, the Japanese government and the operators of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant damaged by the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami must improve efforts to give clear, consistent statements to the public, including accurate information on the levels of radiation released and possible health effects.Unfortunately, “the messaging that is coming out is difficult for the general public to interpret,” said panelist Michael VanRooyen, founder and director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Trust in the authorities is eroding and without that people will not respond to official orders.“If emergency response is necessary, it’s important that it be taken rapidly and in a coherent manner,” said Gordon Thompson, executive director of the Institute for Resource and Security Studies. Perhaps some populations should evacuate, while others should shelter at home. “In order for recommendations to be followed, people need to trust the statements that are made.”Secondly, logistics and access remain a major challenge. Japan has enough supplies for people in the areas hardest hit by the tsunami, but the problem is the transport of supplies over damaged or closed roads for relief, said VanRooyen. “Certainly, there’s enough food, water, blankets, and shelter material in the region to supply these people who have been displaced. It’s a matter of getting them there.”And third, even though the world stands ready — and is even anxious — to help, foreign aid to Japan must be rendered with sensitivity to cultural and societal issues.Indeed, Takashi Nagata, an emergency physician and former HSPH research fellow who spoke to the forum via an Internet link from Tokyo, was blunt. Foreign aid workers should hold off coming to hard-hit places like Sendai, he said, because the situation is unstable. Such aid workers, however well-meaning, could cause confusion, particularly if they don’t speak Japanese, he explained. Takashi Nagata (on screen), an emergency physician and former HSPH research fellow who spoke to the forum via an Internet link from Tokyo, was blunt. Foreign aid workers should hold off coming to hard-hit places like Sendai, he said, because the situation is unstable.Japan’s preparedness for disaster is among the best in the world, and thus the need is for specific, targeted experts. “This is not the place to send generalists,” said VanRooyen. It is not the time, as Leaning put it, for “U.S. helicopters to drop vast pallets of food and water and expect that to be helpful.”Yet the need for basic necessities remains, and the obstacles are daunting. Japan faces three distinct disasters: the tsunami, the earthquake, and the nuclear crisis, said Michael Reich, the Taro Takemi Professor of International Health Policy in the Department of Global Health and Population at HSPH.The situation has “created a whole cascade of crises,” Reich said. “Social crises: Entire villages have been wiped away. Grief crises, as individuals have lost family members who they tried to save. It’s created economic crises, in terms of inability to get different parts of the Japanese economy going again. It’s created pure human nutrition crises. People can’t get food, shelter, safe water. And it’s creating also psychological crises.”The invisible, yet potentially lethal, impact of nuclear radiation has particular resonance in Japan, “the only nation in the world that has suffered the tragedies of two nuclear bombs,” Reich said, referring to the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings that ended World War II.Much of the forum discussion centered on the possible meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, a situation that changes by the hour. Even Thompson, an authority on responses to nuclear catastrophes, had to admit frequently that he just didn’t know the answers to troubling questions.He was pressed by members of the audience on how close is “too close” for people to the nuclear plants, which have been venting some radiation. For example, the U.S. government has advised businesses within 50 miles of the Fukushima nuclear facility to evacuate, but the Japanese government says those within 12 miles are safe. Which is correct?From here, “It is not possible to make a specific recommendation,” Thompson said.But if people within 80 kilometers can leave, it would be wise for them to do so. “It is important to consider the status of the transport infrastructure,” he added. If roads are bad, it may not make sense for large populations to move.Consider, said Leaning, “If you order an evacuation closer to the plant, and there is a significant, massive release, then you have all these people on the road who are not sheltered, and they can’t move at all, because the transport doesn’t work or there’s gridlock in traffic. And here they are, out in the open, with the plume [of radiation] going over them.”It may be safer for people to stay in their homes. And yet then you raise the issue of supplying these sheltered, isolated people with necessities, she said.Nagata spent three days in Sendai as part of the response of the Japan Medical Association. He then rushed to Tokyo to plead in a press conference for basic supplies to be delivered. Unfounded fears about radiation had been preventing supplies from getting through, he said. He described periods of panic, how he broke down and cried several times, but said he would be heading back to Sendai to continue his work.The other panelists noted that Nagata’s experience underscored the need for authorities to put out trustworthy information, in terms “your grandmother would understand,” as Reich put it.As for the Harvard community, “We are here, ready to provide any assistance that might be asked for — at the technical level, at the social level, at the personal level,’’ Reich said. “It requires the Japanese to figure out how best we can assist them.”To view the video of the HSPH forum on “Response to the Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Crises in Japan: Disaster Leadership in Action.” To learn about upcoming events and where to make donations in support of Japan.last_img read more