The Experience of a GSAP Graduate

first_imgGSAP? What’s that? GSAP stands for Global Services Associate Program. So let’s break that down. As a GSAP you will be a Technical Support Engineer (TSE) for one of Dell EMC’s products from their suite of industry-leading business solutions for large multinational company’s worldwide ranging from government agency central banks to Disney Pixar Nickelodeon to Sony.The 24The first day of GSAP begins with 23 other graduates to commence your eight-week bootcamp. The bootcamp is loads of fun and very educational from a number of different aspects, it can also be intense at times as there is a huge amount of material to get through. This intensity helps you strive for success, and hey who doesn’t love a bit of a challenge! As a reward for getting through this large volume of information you also get certified in an industry-wide recognised exam, the ISM [Information Storage and Management].More importantly, you learn about yourself and your peers along the way. The vast social network that you build with your program peers stands by you as you move into your role as a TSE in the company, one of the most outstanding aspects of joining a large multinational company. Not many people get an opportunity to learn what it is like to work with so many surprisingly different products while at one company. Through the GSAP program, members of two completely different teams can collaborate and win together.The People, the TeamAfter you finish bootcamp it’s time to move on to your new team. I found this scary at first as I had a few personal doubts.  Do I have what it takes? Am I capable? Will I fit in with the team? Will I understand the technology? In reality, it was actually fairly easy and the team made me feel comfortable. Right away you will be introduced to your mentor who is your go-to person until you feel more comfortable to reach out to more members of the team. This allows you time to figure out who’s who and where to go when you have a question about something in particular.If you ask me one of the best things about my life as a GSAP is the people I have met along the way! I thoroughly enjoy collaborating with my team who are all very helpful. They don’t help because they have to, they help because they want to. This is part of the culture code at Dell EMC!“Winning together: We believe in and value our people. We perform better, are smarter, and have more fun working as a team than as individuals.ShareWork / Life BalanceI work on a shift rotation which allows me to see my family and friends regularly even though they live at the far side of the country. I also like the fact that I can attend the gym in the evenings and get it out of the way early then have the evening to myself to wind down and chill out with my friends, play some games, play some guitar and watch some TV.Career Opportunities and Training & DevelopmentIn Dell EMC there are ample opportunities for training in areas that you are interested in. If you feel you are more skilled in an area and feel this is your best route to go you will be encouraged to pursue it. Alternatively, if you feel weak in a skill set, you are given the opportunity to change that. These are all opportunities that are possible. If you have drive and commitment, the opportunities are there.Company Culture / ValuesOne of the things that I love about working for Dell EMC is the commitment to the community. As part of a global GSAP initiative the Cork GSAP’s raised €485 for Laura Lynn Hospice with a cake sale.We also raised money for our partner charity, Barnardos, and designed a golf hole that was really fun and for an amazing cause! I even did a round of the golf myself and our team won!All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the bootcamp experience and love my position on the Isilon Support Team where I feel valued and can continue to broaden my knowledge of the IT sector. This is all thanks to the team and management of the GSAP.last_img read more

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Beer Blog: Lonerider Brewing, Raleigh N.C.

first_imgI love cans, you love cans, but you know who loves cans more than anyone? The good folks at Lonerider Brewing, in Raleigh N.C. The brewery has just made a big move, ditching their entire bottling line in order to package their beers entirely in cans.Plenty of breweries are turning to cans for a piece of their packaging pie, but very few go “full can” all at once. That’s what we in the beer world call “ballsy.”Lonerider is one of these breweries operating in the middle of North Carolina that doesn’t get the attention that they deserve because most of the press is focused on what’s happening in and around Asheville, the state’s self-proclaimed Beer Capital. Lonerider might not have a hip area code to rely on, but they certainly have good beer to be proud of. Their Peacemaker Pale Ale is hopped to the bejeezus, coming off more like a pushy IPA with a hell of a lot of hoppy zest. Shotgun Betty is a solid Hefeweizen that’s crisp and playful, the way an easy-drinking Hefe should be. And don’t get me started on those beer labels. Is there anything better than a hot chick carrying a gun?But I digress. I have to admit, I haven’t tried any of Lonerider’s seasonals, but if their year-round lineup is any indication, I’ll be looking forward to picking up those limited release beers in cans soon too.The new cans should hit North Carolina stores right about now, and follow in the rest of Lonerider’s distribution by the end of the month.Long live the can.Lonerider-Shotgun-Betty-Canslast_img read more

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Riverside residential tower first on peninsula in more than 30 years

first_imgMore from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoPeninsular Residences will consist of 60 two bedroom and two bathroom apartments across nine levels, and will occupy a prime 1518sq m site on a peninsula that connects the Surfers Paradise beachfront with the Gold Coast waterways. The development — due for completion in mid-2019 — is the first Gold Coast venture for Sydney-based property developer and fund manager HCAP Developments and Brisbane-based development management consultancy Marquee Development Partners. Peninsular Residences has a private rooftop retreat which features a gym with outdoor yoga lawn, spa, cocktail terrace, movie theatre and private dining lounge with views across the waterways.The first riverside residential tower to be built on the Surfers Paradise peninsula in more than 30 years has commenced construction, with over 80 per cent of the apartments sold to date. Peninsular Residences, which has 60 apartments across nine levels, will occupy a 1,518sq m site on a peninsula that connects the Surfers Paradise beachfront with the Gold Coast waterways.center_img The first riverside residential tower to be built on the Surfers Paradise peninsula in more than 30 years has commenced construction, with over 80 per cent of the apartments sold to date.HCAP Developments CEO Steve Howell said Peninsular Residences had sold quickly because it was designed with owner occupiers in mind, was being built in a prime location and was well connected to the entertainment precincts of Surfers Paradise. “The Surfers Paradise peninsula is an absolute gem of a location, which has not seen a residential tower with a full complement of resort-style amenities built in more than three decades, so there has been significant pent up demand,” he said. ”Peninsular Residences is located about a five-minute walk from the beachfront which means the heart of Surfers Paradise is easily accessible, but residents can still enjoy the peace and tranquillity of a riverside lifestyle.” Mr Howell said Peninsular Residences had attracted the interest of locals as well as interstate investors, and he expected the final apartments to sell quickly now that construction had commences. The remaining apartment start from $514,000, and are expected to sell to locals.Marquee Development Partners’ CEO Mark Spedding said the apartments had been designed by BDA Architects, with “every space … maximised”. “The bathrooms are akin to a luxury health spa, the kitchens are a chef-style entertaining space with European appliances and the jewel in the crown is the private rooftop retreat exclusive to residents,” he said. There is also a private rooftop retreat which features a gym with outdoor yoga lawn, spa, cocktail terrace, movie theatre and private dining lounge with views across the waterways.last_img read more

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United unbeaten run ended by Tottenham

first_img For David Moyes though, the mini-revival has ground to a halt. Not since 1989 have the defending champions lost on New Year’s Day. It is 1986 since United were last beaten four times on home soil by the opening day of January. These historical statistics obscure the more meaningful ones. On a day when the biggest challengers for a top four place all won, United now find themselves 11 points behind league leaders Arsenal and five away from a Champions League place. It is a pretty depressing position for a club so used to winning, with former manager Sir Alex Ferguson on hand in the directors’ box to watch it all unfold. With Rooney restored to Moyes’ starting line-up after overcoming a groin injury, United began with the verve expected of a team boasting a six-match winning sequence. United’s best opening fell to Chris Smalling, who charged onto Antonio Valencia’s return pass before crashing a shot which appeared to go through Hugo Lloris’ legs, but actually cannoned wide off them. Lloris combined with Michael Dawson to deny Welbeck. Slow motion replays suggested the potential for a penalty shout but at full speed, it was difficult to see how referee Howard Webb could do anything but wave play on. Manchester United slumped to their fourth home defeat of the season as Emmanuel Adebayor and Christian Eriksen scored the goals that earned Tottenham a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford. Danny Welbeck pulled one back for the hosts but despite a succession of penalty appeals and chances for Javier Hernandez, Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidic, a combination of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, good fortune and some desperate Tottenham defending kept them at bay. The result maintained Tim Sherwood’s impressive start as Andre Villas-Boas’ replacement, with three wins and a draw over the festive period taking them above their opponents. But, despite their dominance of possession, other than a Vidic header that bounced wide of a post Tottenham had well covered anyway, that was it from the hosts. From far less possession, the visitors did much more. Aaron Lennon got on the end of Roberto Soldado’s superb through-ball but fired against David de Gea when he really should have done much better. Lennon also provided the cross which Soldado was inches away from reaching as he slid in at the far post. And, of course, there was the goal. Eriksen deserved a lot of credit for the excellent far-post cross. Adebayor’s execution was perfect. Yet the complete absence of a challenge from Smalling made the striker’s task far easier. Rooney in particular looked somewhat frustrated. Operating in a deep role behind Welbeck, the England forward followed up a physical battle for possession near the corner flag by grabbing Mousa Dembele by the arm to prevent a counter-attack. A yellow card inevitably followed, which could easily have been matched by Welbeck just before the hour. Moyes tried to inject some life into his team after the break by throwing on Hernandez and Shinji Kagawa. In the process, he made a tactical reshuffle that resulted in Tottenham grabbing their second. Valencia’s deficiencies as a full-back have already been exposed this season and when Vidic half-blocked a low cross from Lennon, there they were in glaring evidence again. The South American simply failed to react to the danger of a bouncing ball, allowed Eriksen to run straight across him and, from six yards, the Dane nodded in. It seemed like game over but within 60 seconds the deficit had been halved as Welbeck finished brilliantly, dinking the ball over an advancing Lloris after Hernandez had supplied the through-ball. Amid the frenzy, Adebayor picked up an injury serious enough for him to be carried off, which delayed the restart without taking the edge off United’s hunger for an equaliser. Hernandez’s impudent back-heeled attempt to turn home Adnan Januzaj’s near-post cross nearly paid off. In United’s desperation to attack, Lennon almost sealed it for the visitors but once again De Gea came to the rescue. Rooney and Vidic came close as the hosts reasserted themselves but Tottenham had done enough, and Moyes was left to experience that familiar losing feeling. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Allen and Cottoy set up Patriots win over Tallawahs

first_imgAN unbroken 94-run partnership for the seventh wicket between Fabian Allen and Keron Cottoy set St Kitts & Nevis Patriots on their way to a 20-run Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) victory over Jamaica Tallawahs despite Glenn Phillips smashing 87 from 49 balls in reply.The Patriots looked sure to finish below par when skipper Carlos Brathwaite was sixth out with just 82 on the board in the 13th over, but Allen launched a controlled and clinical assault on the Tallawahs bowling and found a willing ally in Cottoy, who would later pick up the all-important wicket of Phillips.Incredibly, Allen and Cottoy were able to add 81 without loss in the last five overs of the Patriots innings as the Tallawahs bowlers lost their way after an exemplary first 15 overs.Openers Devon Thomas and Evin Lewis were both dismissed inside the first three overs, and a promising recovery partnership between Mohammad Hafeez and Laurie Evans ended in a mix-up and the latter superbly run out by Ramaal Lewis.Hafeez, Shamarh Brooks and Brathwaite all then fell in the space of 12 balls to leave the Patriots up against it.Allen took an over or two to play himself in, but soon exploded into life. He had just 6 runs to his name from seven balls going into the last five but added another 56 runs from just another 20 deliveries.He started his counter-attack by taking Zahir Khan for four boundaries in the 16th over before driving Jade Dernbach high and handsome over long-off for a Hero Maximum in the next.Shamar Springer was swivel-pulled over long-leg for six more, while Allen took 10 in two balls from Dernbach’s 19th over as the former England bowler’s control deserted him.Cottoy had been the quiet partner through much of the stand, but had some fun of his own in the final over with a lap over long-leg for six and ended unbeaten on 27 from 23. It was Allen, though, who had the final word as he clipped the last ball of the innings past short fine-leg for his seventh four to go with three sixes.That the Tallawahs even got close was almost entirely down to Phillips.He produced what was almost a lone hand – no other Tallawah even scored a boundary until the 11th over, by which point Phillips had struck 12 of them – but was just left with too much to do.Every time a wicket fell – and three fell before the score reached 50 – Phillips had a response. When Gayle succumbed to the early pressure applied by Mohammad Hafeez and Sheldon Cottrell, Phillips took 18 runs from the four balls left in the over. Three times Cottrell was put away through the offside for four, while a straighter delivery disappeared over square-leg.When Chadwick Walton chipped a return catch to Alzarri Joseph, Phillips took a six and a four off Allen in the next.And when Dwayne Smith miscued Joseph to be caught at mid-off, Phillips found the boundary twice before that over was out.By the time Phillips took Brathwaite for back-to-back Hero Maximums in the ninth over, the scorecard had a bizarrely lopsided look to it, with the Tallawahs 79/3 and Phillips having scored 68 of them.He finally got some assistance from a slightly unexpected source, Imran Khan promoted up the order to number five and contributing 20 to a fourth-wicket partnership of 69 before offering a return catch to the deserving Hafeez. That wicket came from his final ball having conceded just 13 in his four overs.That wicket brought Andre Russell to the crease, but on this occasion his stay was a brief one. Going for the big shot first ball he succeeded only in skying Rayad Emrit to Cottrell at midwicket to hand the initiative back to the Patriots.Phillips finally fell in the next, looking for his sixth Hero Maximum of the night but unable to clear Brooks at long-on.Javelle Glen then steered Emrit straight to short third-man to leave the lower order to try and finish the chase. Despite a couple of big hits from Shamar Springer, it proved beyond them.Upcoming Fixtures: Friday 20 September – St Lucia Zouks v Barbados Tridents (8pm), Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium; Saturday 21 September – St Lucia Zouks v Trinbago Knight Riders (8pm), Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium.last_img read more

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Book: Darwin Centurions Join Forces Against ID Visigoths

first_imgA new book attacking intelligent design has chapters by most of the big names in evolutionary thought: Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, Jerry Coyne, and others.  An introduction to the book Intelligent Thought: Science vs. the Intelligent Design Movement (ed. John Brockman, Vintage Press, May 2006), with a synopsis of each chapter, is available at The Edge.  The upshot is: materialistic Darwinism is the only scientific approach to origins, and the “bizarre” claims of “fundamentalists” with “beliefs consistent with those of the Middle Ages” must be opposed.  “The Visigoths are at the gates” of science, chanting that schools must teach the controversy, “when in actuality there is no debate, no controversy.”  You get the flavor of this book.OK, time for Battle of the Blurbs.  If they can summarize the points of each essay in a sentence or two, we can summarize some quick responses.  With apologies to Illustra, we’ll call this “Unmasking the Blustery of Lie.”Fool’s goal:  In the introduction, John Brockman is chagrined; he supposes Europeans must think Americans are “collective fools” for trying to “redefine science to include the supernatural,” right here in the 21st century.  Well, America leads, not follows, least of all the Europeans, who are busy committing mass suicide (see WND).  Since everyone is someone else’s weirdo, we’ll return the compliment and call it a draw.  Now, anything of substance you want to say, Mr. Brockman?Inferior science:  Jerry Coyne argues that “Not only is ID markedly inferior to Darwinism at explaining and understanding nature but in many ways it does not even fulfill the requirements of a scientific theory.”  And Darwinism does?  Describe for us in detail, Jerry, how Tinker Bell (01/13/2006, 09/22/2005) created endless forms most beautiful (06/29/2005) through the mystical process of speciation you wrote about (07/30/2004).  While you’re at it, tell us your feelings about the vicious atheism of your friend Dawkins (04/23/2003).  Are you claiming that science is what Darwinian science does?  Or would you allow that scientific explanations must invoke causes appropriate to their observed effects?  While puzzling over that, we’d like to hear about your peppered moth flipflop again (07/05/2002, 06/25/2004).The Good Fight:  Susskind tries to find the hidden agenda of ID.  He suspects it is “to discredit the legitimate scientific community” so as to “inconvenience if one is trying to ignore global warming, or build unworkable missile-defense systems, or construct multibillion-dollar lasers in the unlikely hope of initiating practicable nuclear fusion.”  Now, who brought politics into a discussion about science?  Is Susskind revealing that Darwinists are political leftists?  If he likes debate and dissent so much, why not debate Darwinism, then?  This red herring has nothing to do with intelligent design, and is flimsy sidestep for someone who may be missing something fundamental himself (see 08/13/2002 and 12/18/2005).  No fair misusing Biblical phrases, Lenny; St. Paul’s idea of a good fight was completely different than yours, and you would be one of the mythmakers he warned about. (II Timothy 4).Hoax Blokes:  Daniel Dennett, in his essay “The Hoax of Intelligent Design and How it Was Perpetrated,” agrees evolution hasn’t explained everything, but “intelligent design hasn’t yet tried to explain anything at all.”  This from a man who hasn’t yet realized that his Darwinian “universal acid” eats through everything, even his own rationality.  He cannot invoke rationality without plagiarizing theism.  So at least he is consistent; he employs irrationality, including the big lie.Natural creationism and other brain teasers:  Nicholas Humphrey makes the bizarre argument that since belief in special creation leads to “biologically fitter lives,” it must have evolved.  “Thus one of the particular ways in which consciousness could have won out in evolution by natural selection could have been precisely by encouraging us to believe that we have not evolved by natural selection,” he says.  If he really believed this line of argument, he would abandon natural selection and embrace special creation, to increase his fitness, so that he could pass on his selfish genes, which are just using him by playing tricks on his mind to believe things that aren’t true.  There must be a point in here, somewhere.  Could Humphrey explain why this argument is not invertible, or how he could ever know anything? (see self-refuting fallacy).And now… the evidence:  Tim White is at the bat to give us “Human evolution: the evidence.”  He says, “A denial of evolution – however motivated – is a denial of evidence, a retreat from reason to ignorance.”  Thank you for that unsolicited and mistargeted sermon.  Now, the evidence please?  Strike one (03/28/2003), two (06/11/2003), three (09/24/2004)… yer out.Fish-o-pod Transition:  Neil Shubin is pictured smug with arms akimbo, looking ready to take on challengers to his prize catch, the fish-o-pod (see 04/06/2006).  He got an extended excerpt included in this book review.  It includes the argument from bad design (dysteology), his favorite just-so story about Great Transformations, and why his find was the biggest thing in paleontological history.  One concession he makes is that mudskippers are not evolving into tetrapods – but his reason is circular; you have to believe evolution to consider it evidence.  Is Shubin as convincing as he makes himself out to be?  See Brad Harrub’s response on Apologetics Press.Intelligent Aliens?  Richard Dawkins is slain in the spirit of natural selection: “an idea whose plausibility and power hits you between the eyes with a stunning force, once you understand it in all its elegant simplicity.”  Let’s see; the fit survive, survivors are the fittest, therefore survivors survive.  Gosh, Dr. Dawkins, you’re right; I’m dumbfounded.  (See evolution songs verse 2).Darwin rejected design, so we should, too:  Frank Sulloway puts his trust in the word of Charlie: “The more extensive his reexamination became, the more he realized that the theory of intelligent design, which gave creationism its scientific legitimacy, was overwhelmingly contradicted by the available evidence.”  And what was the evidence?  Simply put, God wouldn’t have made the world this way.  Since this would require knowing the mind of God, it is a religious argument and therefore should not be taught in public school.From chance to absolutes:  It must be a fun read to see Scott Atran explain how “Nothing indicates that people who believe that life arose by chance also believe that morality is haphazard.”  That isn’t so obvious to historians of communism and Nazism.  If morality is not haphazard, what is directing the undirected process?  Could not replaying the tape end up with opposite moralities?Pinko ethics:  Steven Pinker continues the morality play: “An evolutionary understanding of the human condition, far from being incompatible with a moral sense, can explain why we have one.”  But if your moral sense outrages mine, who wins, if not the one deemed the fittest? (i.e., the side that wins through raw exercise of power).  Maybe Pinker should listen to some of his auditory cheesecake and ponder Michael Balter’s wisdom, “Some of the things that make life most worth living are not biological adaptations” (see 11/12/2004).Darwin all the way down:  Lee Smolin is not surprised that Bible-believers reject evolution, but asks this “disturbing” question: “Why do so many non-fundamentalist theologians and religious leaders have no trouble incorporating Darwin into their worldview?”  Why, indeed.  Maybe they need to study the issues.  His line “all the way down” reminds us of a story… (see turtle cosmology).Self-organizing contradictions:  Stuart Kauffman, a prophet of self-organization, sweeps away centuries of probability theory by saying it doesn’t apply to the biosphere.  That’s right, if one believes in Tinker Bell who can make all your Darwinian dreams come true.  Has Kauffman changed his mind since debating Phillip Johnson? (11/20/2001).Thus saith Lloyd:  Seth Lloyd gives us the deep thought of the day: “The universe is scientific.”  Apparently people are not, and “In societies where government or religion has tried to replace it with ideologically inspired fictions, scientists and nonscientists alike have resisted.”  Please explain the difference with Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot who tried Darwin-inspired ideologies – and when resistance was futile.CBA: Cute (blasphemous) acronyms:  Lisa Randall flippantly remarks, “We don’t have an intelligent designer (ID), we have a bungling consistent evolver (BCE).  Or maybe an adaptive changer (AC).  In fact, what we have in the most economical interpretation is, of course, evolution.”  Sorry, religious arguments are not allowed, remember?  You’re a scientism-ist.Parental guidance:  Marc D. Hauser asks a fair question: “What counts as a controversy must be delineated with care, as we want students to distinguish between scientific challenges and sociopolitical ones.”  Agreed.  Many have argued that Darwinism was symptomatic of economic and sociopolitical currents in Victorian Britain, drunk on the idea of progress during the Industrial Revolution and pinnacle of the British Empire.  Can we move on?  Now, let’s talk about scientific challenges like irreducible complexity, and other issues appropriate for the Information Age.Wonder as I wander:  Scott Sampson rhapsodizes, “Rather than removing meaning from life, an evolutionary perspective can and should fill us with a sense of wonder at the rich sequence of natural systems that gave us birth and continues to sustain us.”  Then why did your comrade Steven Weinberg say, “The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless”?  What’s your point?  What is a point?  A point in this context is a vector, with magnitude and direction.  Darwinian evolution, though, is supposed to be undirected.  Tell us about the natural selection of wonder and its survival value, and where these things are pointing (if not a heat death).  No fair borrowing from the Psalms.The Darwin Party faithful are holing themselves up in their castle, shielded from debate, sending out their diatribes like cannonballs, hoping the Visigoths will just go away.  The ID party, by contrast, welcomes debate and discussion and invites their opponents to a parley (notice how their book Darwin, Design and Public Education included thoughtful chapters by critics).    The ID Visigoths feel somewhat puzzled by the savage label applied to them.  They feel quite cultured (some even enjoy Mozart: see ID the Future), and count among their chieftains many esteemed scientists like Robert Boyle, Isaac Newton, James Clerk Maxwell and many others.  On the contrary, some of the tactics of their enemies seem barbaric.  All the Visigoths demand is that the Darwinians lay down their arms, confess their war crimes, and discuss truth with reason and civility.  (Good luck, heh heh.*)(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Adapting Care to Culture

first_imgJay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDCover photo image: Creative Commons Licensing [Flickr, 35th CSSB hosts Hispanic Heritage Month observance, October 9, 2014]What are the most important factors in creating a culturally competent mental health practice?In a recent article published in Advances in Social Work, Christi Luby reviews cultural competency literature related to the military and provides a framework for increasing cultural competency [1].  The framework for developing cultural competency is an ongoing process, beginning with a self-inventory to evaluate office or individual prejudice on military issues.  Next steps include: 1) Adapting care to the military culture; 2) Increasing personal or office involvement by attending military activities; and, 3) Encouraging military member’s participation in community activities.Adapting care to the military culture may include the following steps:Consider the military mission and values. For instance, in the military culture the mission may be the most important aspect in the military member’s life.  This attitude will influence the military member’s view of his/her role in the family.Organizational structure and rank hierarchy play an important role in success of the military member at work. Providers may benefit by understanding rank and how rank influences an individual’s behavior at work, in the family, and in the community.Consider the demographics of the individual military member’s unit. Characteristics of the work group surrounding the military member may influence the available support for the individual.Become familiar with terms and idioms that are specific to the military. Communication on the client’s level is important to building a strong therapeutic relationship.Include the family when considering the culture. For instance, the family may be experiencing the stress of deployment differently than the military member and the stressors experienced by the family and their ability to cope will affect the performance of the military member.A large number of active duty military members and reservists seek mental health care in the community away from base.  By developing and maintaining cultural competency, a community clinician can develop the communication skill and knowledge to build a trusting relationship with the client that can help achieve successful outcomes.References[1] Luby, C.D. (2012). Promoting military cultural awareness in an off-post community of behavioral health and social support service providers. Advances in Social Work, 13(1), 67-82.This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

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$2 Billion to Renovate 100 Police Stations

first_imgStory Highlights One hundred police stations are to be renovated at a cost of $2 billion under a two-year rehabilitation project being funded by the National Housing Trust (NHT).This was disclosed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 19.He pointed out that the NHT, for which he has portfolio responsibility, will partner with the Ministry of National Security and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in executing the engagement.Mr. Holness said work on the first 11 stations is slated to commence in the 2019/20 fiscal year, and would cost approximately $1.2 billion.Among the stations are Port Antonio and Buff Bay in Portland, and the Mobile Reserve Barracks in St. Andrew, where work is already in progress.The sums earmarked to continue work at these facilities in the upcoming year are Port Antonio – $125 million, Buff Bay – $95 million, and Mobile Reserve – $89 million.The other shortlisted stations are Port Maria, St. Mary ($250 million); Savanna-la-Mar ($165 million), Little London and Frome ($60 million each) – Westmoreland; Anchovy, St. James and Lacovia, St. Elizabeth ($60 million each); Olympic Gardens ($114 million); and Spanish Town, St. Catherine ($120 million).He pointed out that based on discussions with the Ministry, it was decided that the earmarked funds could be more effectively utilised to rectify deficiencies identified at the stations.The Prime Minister said it was also determined that the undertaking would have a greater impact on communities with a higher concentration of NHT contributors, with a focus on the larger police stations.“We need to demonstrate the value we place on the service given by our security forces, and also the security of our people. One way of doing so is improving the conditions under which they work,” Mr. Holness said. He pointed out that the NHT, for which he has portfolio responsibility, will partner with the Ministry of National Security and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in executing the engagement. One hundred police stations are to be renovated at a cost of $2 billion under a two-year rehabilitation project being funded by the National Housing Trust (NHT). This was disclosed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 19.last_img read more

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Candain Standup Star Mike Birbiglia Gets Personal Again At JFL42

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: He first went into harrowing and hilarious detail about his serious sleep disorder in a 2008 off-Broadway one man show titled Sleepwalk with Me. (He’d also had bladder cancer at one point, observing in the same show, “whenever they find something, it’s never anything good, like, ‘We found something in your bladder — and it’s season tickets to the Yankees!’ ”) The painfully funny mining of his own deadly serious predicament won him fans and set the tone for live performances to come. “I started saying to myself, ‘What is this? How did I end up here?’ It’s when life becomes so strange in these rare moments in your life where you’re lucky enough that you just hope that your better instincts kick in.”Birbiglia, 39, has made a career of living off his better instincts. His low-key, homebody persona sets up jokes about the smallest of frustrations and awkward moment (“A girl offered me E at the club: ‘Have you ever done E?’ “I watch E’ ”) but it’s probably his introspective, heartfelt monologues that have held audiences spellbound for a decade.Toronto fans can take in latest standup set, which again delves into personal territory, at this year’s JFL42 festival, which starts this Thursday and runs until Sept. 30. (Birbiglia’s headliner set at the Sony Centre is set for Sept. 29.) Twitter Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The pressure was on Mike Birbiglia this summer in Montreal. He was being crowned “Standup Comedian of the Year” at the Just for Laughs comedy festival. Just to ramp up his self-consciousness, on the day of the awards, he was surrounded by comedy gold.“I’m in this room with Trevor Noah, Judd Apatow, Jim Carrey, all these people,” says Birbiglia, interviewed the day after the ceremony. Ali Wong, Craig Ferguson, Jay Baruchel and Jeff Ross are also on the dais. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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