Policy Analyst / Senior Policy Analyst for the Center for Health and Homeland Security

first_imgDates of Service/Time CommitmentThis is a full-time grant-funded salaried position.Salary : Salary is commensurate with experience, plus fullbenefits package including paid leave and health insurance.To Apply : Only online applications at http://www.umaryland.edu/jobs/. Please include (a) cover letter, (b) resume, and (c) the namesand telephone numbers of at least three professionalreferences.Deadline: Preference to applications received by May 15,2021The University of Maryland, Baltimore, is an EqualOpportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities areencouraged to apply. Supervisors:Heather Shaivitz, Associate Director, Center for Health andHomeland SecurityMegan Timmins, Associate Director, Center for Health and HomelandSecuritySkills:Professional WritingTime ManagementMicrosoft Office SuiteResearch/AnalysisProject ManagementInterpersonal CommunicationEmergency PlanningDrafting ReportsProblem SolvingMulti-taskingPresentation/Public Speaking The Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) at theUniversity of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law is nowaccepting applications for Policy Analysts or Senior PolicyAnalysts (full-time non-tenure track academic positions with apayroll title of Research Fellow, Research Assistant, or ResearchAssociate depending on experience). Candidates may report to one ofthe CHHS main offices in Baltimore, MD or Rockville, MD; or onsitewith a local or state emergency management agency or healthdepartment in a Maryland jurisdiction including Montgomery orPrince George’s County.Applicants with an advanced degree other than a JD should applyonly to this posting.Essential Duties:CHHS works with state and local emergency management agencies,health departments, departments of transportation, and departmentsof public works on emergency preparedness and public healthpreparedness, response, and recovery. We also work with educationalinstitutions, hospitals, and private business on emergencyplanning, training, and exercise activities. Candidates will beexpected to work both independently and within a team to supportclient needs.Qualifications :Qualifications:Advanced degree required. Willing to consider applicants withinfinal semesterEmergency management or public health experience preferredlast_img read more

Protestors show solidarity for Ukranian struggles

However, Averchuk also underlined that “this protest in Oxford is a way to do something for those on the barricades back home. I don’t want to stay idle in my complete security while they’re risking everything. I’m amazed by the Ukrainian people because they literally risk their lives.”Pavlo Smytsnyuk, who also protested echoed Averchuk’s sentiments. “My first feeling is that of big frustration about being far from home. What is happening is decisive and it’s a shame I can’t participate”. While he said he did not know how effective the Oxford protest was, the first year DPhil student in Theology commented that, “explaining ten times a day what is happening in Ukraine might be helpful in the long-term”.Civil unrest began in earnest in Ukraine two months ago when President Yanukovych rejected an EU trade deal at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius. The situation has since developed into a social revolt.Seminog told Cherwell her commitment to activism on behalf of her country has had a significant impact on her work at Oxford. “I haven’t been very effective in my academic work recently. Which is why I’m very grateful for my supervisor’s support and understanding”, she said. The opposite has been the case for Averchuk, who commented, “The events prompt me to take my studies of politics and economics more seriously”.Since last Saturday’s protest, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has resigned, and President Viktor Yanukovych is now on sick leave. Oxford Ukranian Society President, Helen Morozovska, responded to the development: “I, personally, welcome any development that brings Ukraine closer to solving the current crisis. However, the recent resignations are, at this point, not significant enough to appease the protesters, nor are the terms laid out in the amnesty law. It’s quite likely that the only thing that will end the protests is the resignation of Yanukovych himself.”Another protest is due to take place on Saturday 1st February at noon outside the Bodleian. Ukrainian students protested last Saturday near the Bodleian library to show solidarity for anti-government demonstrations at home.Olena Seminog, a second year DPhil student in Population Health, coordinated the action and explained what prompted the demonstration. She told Cherwell, “On Wednesday 22nd of January, the Ukrainian police killed three people and about 100 people have been kidnapped since. We are witnessing severe human rights violations and want Oxford students to be aware of this”.As well as raising awareness, the protests were meant to show moral support for students back home. “Our aim is to show our indignation against the anti-constitutional laws that have permitted such violence,” Seminog said, adding that the protest was “most of all, a clear sign that we want those responsible for these laws, President Yanukovych and the interior minister Zaharchenko, to resign”.However Seminog expressed disappointment at the number of attendees given the seriousness of the issue. Only about 25 students, some research staff, and a few locals joined in the protesting ranks. Seminog suggested the turn-out “reflects how little is known about the events in Ukraine”. “The fact that not even representatives from Amnesty International attended is somewhat disappointing,” she said.To the protestors, the world in general has been silent about the events in Ukraine. “It is as if Ukraine is too far for the Europeans to really care about,” Seminog commented.Rostyslav Averchuk, a PPE finalist and fellow protester, added “It seems that, in the UK, distant African or Asian countries are better-known. Ukraine, due to its Soviet past, is seen as unknown and probably dangerous”. The lack of knowledge was, in his opinion, reflected in questions of passers-by at the Saturday protest. “I particularly remember one girl asking whether it’s true that many protesters are Neo-Nazis”, he said. While some protesters in Ukraine indeed belong to far-right parties, Averchuk clarified that their share is minimal. read more

LET’S DANCE (All Saints Catholic Academy)

first_img× LET’S DANCE — Spirit week at All Saints Catholic Academy ended with dancing. Each class came up with a dance like the hustle, bunny hop, freeze and Irish dancing. It was a great week of celebration and great ideas. Thanks Mrs. Cole!last_img

Kelly Jae’s closed for good in downtown Goshen

first_img By Carl Stutsman – May 12, 2020 0 648 Kelly Jae’s closed for good in downtown Goshen Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Twitter Google+ Twitter Facebook From Kelly Jae’s Facebook Page A popular Goshen restaurant is closing up shop, permanently, amid quarantine struggles. Kelly Jae’s Cafe made the difficult decision to close and not offer carryout food during the quarantine. While that was supposed to be temporary owner Kelly Graff says there is no way she can reopen and maintain the restaurant.Kelly Jae’s has been in downtown Goshen for twelve years. With the governor’s phase in plan the restaurant would have only been able to operate 8 tables in the dining room and none in their bar. She did apply for a PPP loan from the government but did not receive it.Graff said it has been a joy to serve the Goshen community and meet so many wonderful people. The Goshen News reports that Graff owns a building in Syracuse and plans to open a new restaurant there.Read more here with The Goshen News Pinterest Facebook Previous articleContractor accused of fraud now facing child molestation chargesNext articleMichigan City theater vandalized Carl Stutsmanlast_img read more

Are longer or shorter blog posts more effective?

first_imgI recently got into a conversation with a good friend who has a new cool social media tool that helps businesses manage their blog content, their bloggers, and the scheduling of their posts.  Looks like a cool product, and I think we’re going to give it a try.  Anyway, as we often do, he and I were bickering amiably over the recommended length of blog posts, and I thought I’d take a look at the posts we’ve put out there over the past nine months, and see whether or not our shorter or longer posts do better.Some opinions on blog post lengthMy friend claims that they recommend blog posts of between 300 and 500 words in length.  I mentioned that our SEO / SEM advisors had previously recommended we go higher than 500, and ideally over 750.  We’ve therefore targeted 750+ words for our posts.There are a great number of opinions and calculated research statistics on the topic of blog post length.  This post on Hubspot from Corey Wainwright says (essentially) that it doesn’t matter too much. This post from Matthew Barby, also on Hubspot, from 2015 says that longer is better, and – more specifically – that blog posts between 2,250 and 2,500 words in length get more organic traffic (and his data set was pretty big). He also shows that blog posts over 2,500 words get shared the most on social media.Image Source: This great blog post from HubspotSo I thought I’d see how RewardStream’s blog compared.A little about our blog postsBetween October 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 our content team turned out a modest 57 posts.  For a company our size, we could do worse.  That’s an average of about 6 posts per month.   We’ve written about 59,000 words, averaging 1,115 words per post. These posts are waaaaay too long according to my friend, and possibly overkill.I put together a little Venngage infographic to show the results. (You can click on the image below to bring these up).Essentially the results show that:Blog posts averaging 1,300 words in length generally performed the best (the longest time spent on page)Blog posts averaging 929 words generally performed the poorest.That would seem to make sense, right?  It should take people longer to read longer posts.  However of our five (5) weakest (or lowest-engagement) posts, two were over 1,000 words in length, and one of those was over 1,700 words in length.And of our top ten high-engagement posts, four were under 1,000 words. Some of those had infographics included, which explains the longer engagement times.  Our top five posts were all over 1,000 words, and three were over 1,400 words in length.  These were also some of the posts that had the most social shares. This kind of agrees with the 2015 Hubspot blog post from Matthew above.Our post that garnered the longest average engagement was 1,491 words in length.Our post that garnered the least, was 938 words in length.In reality, the engagement levels are all over the map.  Some shorter posts engage better, and many longer posts cause people to disengage quickly.  Overall, I think my friend was more right than me (although I may never admit that to him).  We don’t need to write 1,000+ word posts to engage with our audience.   And maybe our data set is just a little too small for projections.We’ve still got a lot to learn about optimizing our blogging process, and we’ll be writing more about it in the upcoming months.By the way, this post is 620. words in length. How was it for you? 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neil Parker Neil Parker is the VP Product Management and Marketing at RewardStream. Neil has 20 years experience in Product Management and Marketing at companies such as Glenayre, Infowave, Sierra Wireless, Contigo … Web: rewardstream.com Detailslast_img read more

5 best practices for getting media attention

first_imgJournalists who write about credit unions live and breathe newsworthy material, but with a 24/7 news cycle and smaller newsroom staffs, great content can be hard to come by. That’s why they rely on the help of a few credit union PR experts who can be trusted to provide solid information about credit union news, trends, and referrals to industry influencers.Your public relations person can make that coveted “inner circle” if they adhere to the following list of professional behaviors.Returning calls or emails from journalists.  Journalists work on tight deadlines, so when they call to interview a member of your top management, it could be for a story that’s due by 5:00 p.m. A good PR professional prepares top management for media exposure on a regular basis and helps frame answers to the questions the journalist is likely to ask. They are successful in getting the CEO to buy in to the concept that they (or a well trained spokesperson) must be accessible and responsive to journalists quickly. Having a media friendly website. Sometimes journalists just need a quick fact or two about your credit union for a story they’re writing. Good PR professionals create a newsroom on the website where reporters can find a corporate backgrounder, biographies of key personnel and the contact information of the CU’s media liaison.Doing research before pitching a journalist.  Journalists love PR people who do their research before contacting them. It shows respect, and saves everyone time and inconvenience. The financial services writer at one media outlet says he often gets press releases or email pitches about sporting events and fashion. PR people who regularly send information to the wrong media contacts lose friends fast.Building good relationships with media contacts. The consummate credit union PR pro knows the names and faces of key media contacts. They go for coffee and frequent the same events. The PR person follows their work. Sometimes, the PR person calls and shares information “just because,” not because of ulterior motives, but because it’s the right thing to do. That’s just good business, right?Press releases are well written and formatted. The ideal credit union PR professional is also a trained journalist who writes well and knows how the newsroom works. Many journalists receive 300 emails or more every day. It’s very tempting for journalists and editors to hit the “delete” button because of the sheer volume of unprofessional submissions they get.  If your press releases are consistently good, they’re more likely to be read, which means you’ll receive more press coverage than others in your market who don’t know the ropes. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dana Dobson Dana Dobson is an award-winning public relations expert, keynote speaker and author of, “How to Reach Millions with Artful PR.” Over her 30-year career, she has developed winning PR and … Web: dana-dobson.com Detailslast_img read more

Driving force

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Low-cost property dominates market demand in year’s first half

first_imgThe high demand for low-cost property is consistent throughout the first and second quarter, amid the slowing economy due to the pandemic. 99 Group data show that in the first quarter of the year, searches for low-cost property made up the largest chunk of overall searches at 33.9 percent, whereas searches for mid-range residential property with a price range between Rp 500 million and Rp 1 billion made up 17 percent.In the second quarter, demand for cheaper property continued to reign despite a slight decrease at 26.5 percent of searches, tailed by mid-range property with 18.4 percent.The economic downturn, job losses and lower purchasing power due to the ongoing health crisis have affected the property sector this year.The combined sales of small, medium and large houses fell 43.19 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the first three months of the year due to the unfolding pandemic, according to BI’s quarterly Residential Property Prices Index (IHPR) survey. Consequently, as fewer people made home purchases, the growth in residential property prices was slightly slower at 1.68 percent yoy in the January-March period compared to 1.77 percent yoy in the last three months of 2019, the BI survey revealed.Upper-mid range properties, with a price range between Rp 1 billion and Rp 2 billion, only made up 14.2 percent of searches between January and March, 99 Group’s survey showed.The company also claims in a statement that it recorded an average of 12 million website visits and saw 250,000 searches per month during the first quarter of this year. The number of searches for housing on the platforms increased 65 percent month-to-month (mtm) in May and an additional 50 percent mtm in June, after dropping 30 percent mtm in April.“During the ‘new normal’ period, supply and search trends show a constant increase from May to June. The condition shows signs of recovery,” Maria said.Furthermore, the company also recorded a 26 percent yoy sales increase in June, following a sales slump in April and May.In the company’s survey, 47 percent of respondents were ready and willing to purchase a housing property, while 22 percent of those surveyed urgently needed to purchase a house.Earlier this year, marketing consulting firm MarkPlus survey showed that consumers had not abandoned their plans to purchase residential property, but were rather delaying their purchase until next year.MarkPlus, which surveyed 100 respondents living mostly in Greater Jakarta, found that consumers were currently saving their money to maintain personal financial stability amid the COVID-19 pandemic.“The future demand may not be as strong, but we expect demand to bounce back next year as customers already have plans to buy [a house],” the firm’s senior associate, Irfan Setiawan, said in a virtual discussion on May 29.Topics : Consumer interest in low-cost housing dominated the property market demand in the first half of the year, while sales started to pick up amid the impact of the pandemic on the sector, online property marketplace 99 Group data show.According to Singapore-based property marketplace start-up 99 Group, which owns 99.co and rumah123.com, low-cost residential property, priced below Rp 300 million (US$20,528), was the most searched for housing type on the websites in the first six months of 2020.“Overall demand from January to June is still dominated by properties with a price range below Rp 300 million, which accounts for around 30 percent of all searches,” 99 Group Indonesia country manager Maria Herawati Manik told journalists in an online press briefing on Thursday.last_img read more

Gas prices expected to rise

first_imgBatesville, In. — As the price of gas rises due to seasonal additives, refinery issues could force prices even higher. Senior petroleum analyst Patrick Dehaan says major issues including fires at two facilities are expected to put upward pressure on prices in the Pacific Northwest and Gulf Coast regions. Also, refineries throughout the area are performing routine maintenance that can limit production.The national average price of gas is about $2.55-per gallon. Locally, most stations are offering gas for around $2.49-per gallon.last_img read more

Villa keen on Richardson deal

first_img Press Association Keane knows Richardson from their time together at Manchester United, and paid £5.5million to take him to Sunderland in July 2007 after taking over as manager at the Stadium of Light. The former West Ham trainee, who left Wearside in a £2million switch to Fulham in August 2012, was a member of the Cottagers squad which slipped out of the Barclays Premier League at the end of last season. Press Association Sport understands Villa are close to striking a deal for the Fulham player, who has 12 months remaining on his contract at Craven Cottage and could be available for a modest fee following their relegation. Should Villa manage to reach agreement, the 29-year-old would once again find himself working under Keane, who recently accepted manager Paul Lambert’s offer to combine his role as assistant to Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill with a similar position at Villa Park. center_img Aston Villa are closing in on Kieran Richardson in a move which would reunite the midfielder with former manager Roy Keane. last_img read more