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Newspapers in northern border states forced to censor themselves?

first_imgNews May 13, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Mexico to go further RSF_en Reporters Without Borders urges the Mexican authorities to quickly investigate local news website journalist Jaime Guadalupe González Domínguez’s murder on 3 March in Ojinaga, a small town on the US border in the northern state of Chihuahua.The Chihuahua state prosecutor’s office said González was driving home when gunmen stopped him at an intersection at around 6:30 p.m., shot him 18 times with large-calibre firearms and took his camera.According to the newspaper La Jornada, the camera contained photos he had taken of a member of a criminal gang. A woman accompanying him in his car was shocked but unhurt.Aged 38 and the father of two girls, González was the editor of the OjinagaNoticias news website and at the same time was one of its reporters.OjinagaNoticias posted a note yesterday reporting that González had been killed, deploring “this attack on journalism” and announcing that the note would “very probably” be the last thing the site published.Sources later told Reporters Without Borders that journalists working for OjinagaNoticias decided at midday yesterday to suspend all activities for fear they could be the targets of similar attacks.Among the last stories posted on the site, which covered various kinds of news, were two about the arrests of racketeers and recent murders in the town.Reporters Without Borders is deeply concerned about this latest attack on freedom of information, which bears the hallmarks of organized crime. Mexico seems to be spiralling down into more and more violence against journalists and netizens, which is carried out with complete impunityWhile various Mexican news media have stopped covering drug trafficking because they have decided it is too dangerous, the closure of a news outlet because of violence is rare and is very disturbing.Less than 72 hours after this murder, medias of the state of Chihuahua paid the price for the violence once again. In Ciudad Juárez, the newspaper El Diario and the TV station Canal 44 were attacked on the 6th of March, at about 1 a.m. They were shot respectively 7 and 10 times with large-calibre firearms.The Journalists Network of Juárez expressed its indignation face to such attacks, denouncing the incapacity of the authorities to make the rule of law respected in Mexico. Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state MexicoAmericas NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News website editor Jaime González Domínguez’s murder nine days ago in the northern state of Chihuahua has been followed by other setbacks to the media in Chihuahua and the neighbouring state of Coahuila.Zócalo, one of Coahuila’s leading dailies, announced on 11 March, four days after being the target of threats, that it would no long cover news related to organized crime in order to protect the lives of its employees.In an operation apparently orchestrated by organized crime groups, dozens of banners were hung in the streets of towns in Coahuila on 7 and 8 March threatening Zócalo group CEO Francisco Juaristi with death. In response, Coahuila state interior minister Armando Luna Canales announced that measures had been taken to protect the newspaper, which is based in Saltillo, the state capital.While welcoming this gesture by Coahuila’s authorities, Reporters Without Borders wonders how effective the measures will be. Police were stationed outside the newspaper El Siglo de Torreón in Torreón (Coahuila) after five of its employees were abducted on 7 February, but that did not stop armed attacks on the building on 25, 26 and 27 February.Reporters Without Borders also calls on the authorities to shed light on the death of Víctor Javier Campos, an employee of El Diario, a newspaper based in Ciudad Juárez (Chihuahua) that was the target of an attack on 6 March.After being missing for two days, he was found hanged in the bathroom of a hotel in Agua Prieta, in the neighbouring state of Sonora, on 9 March. There was no apparent sign of violence and it may have been a suicide, but murder should not be ruled out.Meanwhile, new information has emerged supporting the theory that OjinagaNoticias website editor Jaime González Domínguez was killed in connection with his work. He had reportedly received repeated written threats from persons demanding that he ignore certain subjects. As result, he had been considering selling the website and moving to Mazatlán (Sinaloa).—————————————————————————06.03.2013 – Border town news website decides to close after editor shot dead May 5, 2021 Find out more Reports March 12, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspapers in northern border states forced to censor themselves? News News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Organisation MexicoAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Consumer Credit Outstanding Annual Growth Rate Slows

first_imgSign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago July 13, 2015 934 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News  Print This Post Consumer Credit Outstanding Annual Growth Rate Slows Consumer Credit Outstanding Federal Reserve National Association of Homebuilders 2015-07-13 Brian Honea The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: Consumer Credit Outstanding Federal Reserve National Association of Homebuilders Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Consumer credit outstanding, which totals about $3.401 trillion nationwide as of May 2015, rose at a slower seasonally adjusted annual rate in May than in April – 7.6 percent compared with 5.7 percent, according to a recent report from the Federal Reserve.Non-revolving consumer credit outstanding grew at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 7.0 percent during May (about $174 billion), which was about 0.8 percentage points faster than the rate at which it grew in April, according to National Association of Homebuilders Senior Economist Michael Neal on the NAHB’s Eye on Housing blog. The increase in the rate of non-revolving consumer credit outstanding, which includes, auto loans, and student loans, was partially responsible for May’s total consumer credit outstanding expansion, Neal said. Non-revolving consumer credit outstanding now totals $2.5 trillion.The slower growth of total consumer credit outstanding in May was driven by slower growth in revolving consumer credit outstanding, which is largely comprised of credit card debt, according to Neal. Revolving consumer credit outstanding grew at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 2.1 percent in May ($19 billion), which was 9.4 percentage points lower than the growth rate recorded in April of 11.5 percent. Revolving consumer credit outstanding now totals $901 trillion.”A previous post illustrated that the federal government is the largest holder of non-revolving credit outstanding,” Neal said. “According to the Federal Reserve Board, non-revolving credit held by the federal government includes student loans, both originated and purchased. However, finance companies are also a large holder of non-revolving credit.”The vast majority of consumer credit held by financing companies is non-revolving, even though the amount of non-revolving and revolving credit outstanding comprise roughly equal portions when breaking down the holdings of depository institutions, according to Neal. Home / Daily Dose / Consumer Credit Outstanding Annual Growth Rate Slows Previous: Congressional Hearings to Cover Economy, Monetary Policy, and Agencies’ Activities Next: More Millennials Are Willing to Sacrifice Conveniences for Homeownershiplast_img read more

Curfew ordered in El Paso as number of COVID-19 cases increase 160%

first_imgCasPhotography/istockBy JULIA JACOBO, ABC News (EL PASO, Texas) — A recent surge in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in El Paso, Texas, has caused city officials to order a curfew for residents.The curfew has been imposed for 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. to limit mobility in the community, El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego said at a press conference Sunday. For the next two weeks, citizens are required to stay home unless they are traveling to and from work or accessing essential services.Only one person is permitted to access essential services at a time, and trick-or-treat activities on Halloween are not allowed, Samaniego said. Violators will be fined $250 for failing to wear a face mask and $500 for any other violations of the order.El Paso County has had the fifth-highest number of positive cases in the state at more than 39,000, according to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services.Since Oct. 1, the county has seen a 160% increase in COVID-19 positivity rates and a 300% jump in hospitalizations.Intensive care units at all area hospitals reached 100% capacity as of Saturday, Samaniego said. An overflow of ICU patients are being airlifted to other cities.The county is working to find more morgue space, and funeral homes are prepping for an influx of bodies, Samaniego said.The El Paso Convention And Performing Art Center is being turned into a hospital with 100 beds, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement. The University Medical Center of El Paso is setting up tents outside to treat patients.More than 862,000 cases and 17,500 fatalities have been reported in the state of Texas, according to the state health department. On Sunday, the daily count of new cases had hit nearly 3,800 and 48 fatalities.Forty-two states and territories in the U.S. are experiencing an upward trajectory of new COVID-19 cases, according to an internal memo by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services obtained by ABC News.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Thought processes

first_img Consultants charge thousands of pounds to tell you new ways of thinking about your business. Here are some inspiring ways to help you revolutionise your organisation’s performanceIn ancient Greece, if you wanted to know the future you asked the oracle at Delphi.The technique is quite specialised. You would only use it when you wanted to call on the ideas of a group of experts (who are probably geographically separated) to produce a forecast. It has been used to make predictions ranging from future trends in logistics management to expected tourism levels in Singapore.The technique for this kind of forecasting is a little long-winded, but effective. You need to construct a questionnaire based around the scenario you want forecast. This questionnaire is then mailed (or e-mailed) to each of your experts.This non-interactive forecasting technique generates creative input from a disparate group of people. Questionnaires are mailed to each member of the group, their responses combined and refined, and then returned to them. This process continues until consensus is reached.When the results are returned they must be analysed and summarised. These summaries are then returned to the experts, who are asked to revise their responses where necessary. If any response varies widely from those of the rest of the group, the expert is asked to justify their difference of opinion.The revised responses, and any justifications, are then summarised and circulated again. This process of summarising and revising continues until the group reaches a consensus.This technique arguably generates a lower level of creativity than some, but it has a number of advantages to offset this:• It can bring together the ideas of experts who are geographically separate,• Everyone has an equal input• Ideas remain linked to the person who generated them, which can be useful when experts are being used• Ideas are not influenced by pressure from the rest of the groupThere are disadvantages to the Delphi technique which you need to take into account before you use it:• The quality of the questionnaires and the input of the analyst are hugely important in the success of the process• It is time-consuming, even if you use e-mail to communicate with your group of experts. Summarising and refining the responses takes time• It lacks the spontaneity of many other creative techniquesSuppose you want your group of experts to predict the most important trends over the next 10 years in the fast food industry. A typical set of questions could be:• What are the greatest threats facing the fast food industry over the next 10 years?• What are the greatest opportunities?• What will fast food customers be looking for in terms of service?• What will customers want in terms of product range?• How do you see the size of the fast food market changing in the next 10 years?Take the first question as an example. You might find that you get a list of 20 threats. In that case, try to summarise them into broad categories – too much competition, increasing costs, lack of suitable locations – and return this summary to your experts for them to agree or revise. Perhaps just one of your experts came out of left field and suggested that a huge increase in vegetarianism would threaten the conventional fast food market. In that case ask them to justify this prediction and circulate their evidence.Go through this process with the whole questionnaire. After a couple more trips back and forth, you should arrive at a summarised response to your questionnaire which all your experts are happy with.The FCB gridThe FCB grid is the brainchild of Richard Vaughn of the Foote, Cone and Belding advertising corporation. He devised it to help identify the market position of products and services, and to spot any gaps in the market. If you want to analyse your position relative to that of your competitors, or to look for market gaps, or – like Richard Vaughn – formulate a marketing strategy, try drawing an FCB grid.The FCB grid is a simple matrix, which helps you identify and position new products and services by creating a visual representation of their place in the market.Start by drawing a four-cell matrix. On one axis mark high involvement and low involvement, and on the other mark think and feel. High involvement represents costly products and services such as holidays, cars and computers. Low involvement represents inexpensive products and services such as dry cleaning, groceries or stationery.Think represents products and services with which customers are not emotionally involved but choose on the basis of verbal, numerical, analytical, and cognitive criteria. These are such things as computer software, cameras and dishwashers.Feel represents products or services that have an emotional appeal such as beauty products, clothes and fiction books.You can now place any product in the correct quadrant of the matrix. For example, you would put breakfast cereal in the bottom left quadrant – low involvement/ think. A mortgage goes in the top left section. A designer wedding dress belongs in the top right, and everyday make-up goes in the bottom right.To make the FCB grid useful, however, you also need to place products in the right part of the quadrant. So a life assurance policy would be part way up the high-involvement square, but not as high up as a house or a luxury boat. On the other hand, it would be well over to the left of the think section, because the customer selects it on an almost entirely functional rather than emotional criteria.A sports car is also a high-involvement product but is probably selected more on the basis of feeling than thinking. Concrete data about performance is important, so it should be close to the think side, but it is generally the image of the car that sells it so it goes in the top right cell.You can place your own products in their rightful positions in the matrix, and also put competitors’ products in place. This way, you can see how a group of products is spread out around the matrix.You might find that your product falls in the middle of a cluster of competitors’ products, or that it is located somewhere very different. Or you might establish that your own product or service range is grouped closely together, and you are missing opportunities to diversify.The grid is a valuable way to generate ideas. You might notice that you have products everywhere except in the bottom right quadrant. This should spur you to look at developing low-involvement/feel products.You can, of course, put anything else you want to on your axes. You might have a range of fridges with varying capacity, and different sized ice compartments. This makes it easy to see at a glance that what you do not have is a low-capacity fridge with a large ice compartment. Perhaps there is a market for this with people who buy a lot of frozen foods.One of the best advertisements for the FCB grid is Apple Computers. Before launching, Apple drew up a grid of the computer market. All the main players were selling computers in the high-involvement/think quadrant. Going into the same type of market as these huge organisations, such as IBM, would have been lunacy. So Apple decided to position itself diametrically opposite, in the low-involvement/ feel sector. It made a computer for ordinary people and called it a personal computer – a much more feely name than, for instance, a minicomputer. The company adopted a marketing strategy which emphasised that its computers were part of a whole new concept, designed for non-experts and really user-friendly. This was the strategy that made it so successful competing against the industry giants.The Lotus Blossom techniqueThis is a popular method of generating ideas in a group because it flows fast from one theme to another. It is also useful to use on your own, and is helpful at the start of a process to generate ideas. It is also valuable in finding new applications for existing products or technologies. This is something the Japanese are very good at and the technique was developed in Japan by Yasuo Matsumura, president of Clover Management Research, and is sometimes known as the MY method after his initials.Lotus blossoms radiate out from the centre. In this technique, ideas radiate out from the centre following the same pattern. These ideas, in turn, become the centre of a new lotus blossom.This technique takes a central theme and finds ideas for it. Each idea then becomes a central theme with more ideas radiating out from it, and so on.Start by writing your central theme or issue in the centre of the MY lotus blossom. In each of the eight squares around the central square, write a related idea. If you are working in a group you can brainstorm these eight ideas. Now transfer the ideas to the central squares in the outer ring of boxes, and surround each one with another eight ideas. You can repeat the process with any of these ideas at the centre of a lotus flower. You will find, especially if you radiate out more than twice, that your ideas begin to dry up. Even two iterations will generate 64 ideas. If you used every one of these as the centre of a new lotus flower you would give yourself scope for a further 512 ideas, so be realistic. After the basic two iterations create new boxes for only the most promising ideas, and aim simply to fill in as many squares as you can.Instead of writing eight ideas around the central box, you might prefer to list eight attributes of a product or problem. If you are looking for new ideas for designing telephones, say, you might list receiver, handset, buttons, ringer, memory, special features, casing and sound quality. You can then brainstorm ideas around each one. Previous Article Next Article Thought processesOn 11 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

M15 goes online to attract recruits

first_img Comments are closed. MI5 has started using online recruitment to attract a wider variety of jobapplicants, as a result of the greater demands it faces post-September 11. The agency, which only officially began recruiting in 1999, is using jobsitemilkround.co.uk as part of its efforts to increase recruits from diversebackgrounds, particularly Muslims and Arabic speakers. Mike Nolan, who runs the MI5 account for recruitment solutions providerBartlett Scott Edgar, said online recruitment has further reach becausevirtually all graduates now use the internet to gather information onprospective employers. “People think all MI5 recruits are Oxbridge graduates, or people whoget a tap on the shoulder, but that’s not true,” he said. Once shortlisted, applicants are invited to attend an assessment centre andhave to undergo tests to see if they are suitable. Nolan said there is no shortage of recruits for the service, which bearslittle resemblance to BBC drama Spooks. Last year there were 6,500 applicants for 75 jobs, but many were ineligibledue to strict nationality requirements, past financial problems or otherbackground checks. Related posts:No related photos. M15 goes online to attract recruitsOn 18 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

USCG Cutter Bear Returns Home

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USCG Share this article USCG Cutter Bear Returns Home September 29, 2014 During their patrol, Bear’s crew coordinated with multiple countries in Central and South America, along with partner agencies to stem the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.The unified effort resulted in the interdiction of multiple suspected drug smugglers and vessels transporting approximately 3,519 kilograms of cocaine, worth an estimated value of $116 million.“These large interdictions at sea are an effective way to combat transnational criminal organizations and reduce the amount of cocaine on the streets of America,” said Cmdr. Andrew D. Meverden, commanding officer of the Bear.In addition to its seizures, the crew of the Bear saved two Nicaraguan fishermen that were stranded at sea for over two weeks.The Bear’s interdictions were a part of Operation Martillo, which is an international effort to counter illicit trafficking in the Caribbean Sea.[mappress]Press Release, September 29, 2014; Image: USCG View post tag: americas Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today USCG Cutter Bear Returns Home View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: Coast Guard View post tag: Cutter Bear US Coast Guard Cutter Bear returned to its homeport in Portsmouth, Virginia Friday following a two-month long patrol in the Western Caribbean Sea. View post tag: Returns Homelast_img read more

USS Alexandria stops in Japan during deployment

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Alexandria stops in Japan during deployment View post tag: USS Alexandria U.S. Navy’s Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Alexandria (SSN 757) made a port call in Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan while on her Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment, February 19.“The crew of Alexandria is looking forward to another opportunity for liberty in Sasebo,” said Cmdr. Todd Santala, commanding officer of Alexandria.“They take great pride in their ability to operate Alexandria across the spectrum of submarine mission areas, to include their actions as ambassadors of the United States Navy abroad.”Alexandria is an improved Los Angeles-class submarine capable of executing anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, naval special warfare, irregular warfare, and mine warfare.“Our first trip to Sasebo in December was an exceptional experience for the entire crew, and we are looking forward to exploring the Japanese culture here for a few more days,” said Master Chief Machinist’s Mate Seth Voyce, chief of the boat. “Plus, any chance to show off my crew is an opportunity I relish. I am proud of every single one of these men. They are truly exceptional Sailors and they’ve earned a few days to relax before we get back to work.”Measuring more than 362 feet long and weighing more than 6,500 tons when submerged, Alexandria is homeported in San Diego, Alexandria and operates independently or with other Navy forces. It makes its own power, air, and water. The only thing which limits Alexandria is how much food it can take on board. View post tag: US Navy Authorities USS Alexandria stops in Japan during deployment View post tag: Los Angeles-class February 22, 2017 Share this articlelast_img read more

Shooting reported at Milton and Dale Streets in South Bend

first_img Google+ Pinterest By Jon Zimney – October 25, 2020 0 484 Google+ (“Police car lights” by Scott Davidson, Attribution 2.0 Generic) One person was taken to the hospital after a shooting in South Bend.Police were called around 5 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, to the area of Milton and Dale Streets after receiving a call about shots fired.There was no immediate information about how severe the person’s injuries were or any suspects or arrests. Twitter Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Shooting reported at Milton and Dale Streets in South Bend Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleBerrien County health leaders issue letter to districts after COVID cases hit schoolsNext articleSeveral businesses in downtown Niles damaged after gunfire Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

SunSquabi Teams With Big G’s Dominic Lalli For Banging New Funk Track [Listen]

first_imgElectrofunkers SunSquabi are a band on the rise! Their name continues to appear on festival lineups nationwide, and the group is gearing up for the release of their new EP, Odyssey, next Friday, April 8th on All Good Records. Having shared a handful of tracks, including “SquabCat”, “After The Rain”, and “Odyssey” ft. GRiZ, the band comes out with their most extensive tune from the new album, “Tequila Mockingbird.”The six-and-a-half minute track features work from saxophonist Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic), as the group gets into some futuristic funky grooves. It’s worth the listen from start to finish, as the band explores new themes and styles throughout the consistently jamming piece of music. If this is any indication, Odyssey will be a great release from SunSquabi.Listen to “Tequila Mockingbird” ft. Dominic Lalli below:You can catch SunSquabi at fests like High Sierra, Taste of Randolph and more! Information about the band can be found via their Facebook page.last_img read more

MOOCs on the move

first_img“It really changed the way we do the course,” Keshavjee said. “To do the MOOC, you had to really condense your thoughts into these kinds of nuggets that could be delivered in 10 to 15 minutes, and be extremely clear to people taking it. That enabled us to hone our teaching, almost as if we were making a documentary. What images could we show that would get the point across?”To measure how well the points got across, Opoliner cites an online survey in which the MOOC learners were asked to give the first word that came to mind when thinking of global health care.“Before the course, you had words like poverty, inequality, disease, HIV, malaria. And after, you saw words like equity, care-giving, compassion … and poverty is still there. So that shift in how you approach the problem is really what the course is about.”Students in more than 100 countries have earned certificates of completion for the MOOC. While many are studying medicine, others are in law or related professions. And as Keshavjee points out, not everyone who will work in health care is a doctor, and the issues raised in the course can be applicable beyond medicine.“Everybody needs to be treated with quality and dignity, and [the Rwanda and Haiti footage] shows what can be done. It opens the mind and broadens the idea of the possible. The main question we’re asking is, ‘How can we get high-quality health care to everybody who needs it?’”Those tuning into that message include amateurs and experts, and even a leader of a Harvard School. David Hunter, acting dean at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, whose MOOC for HarvardX will launch in November, expressed pride in his certificate of completion for the course. It is framed in his office. The maturing of MOOCs Researchers behind edX platform reflect on risks, rewards, and changes in online learning Related As MOOCs grow in influence and sophistication, they’re no longer simply reimagined in a Harvard classroom or even in a nearby studio. Recently, transforming a residential course — going digital via HarvardX — included filming in far-flung Rwanda and Haiti.Increasingly, professors are going to great lengths to ensure that the intellectual heft of the original class is maintained or even enhanced in a massive open online course, even if that means going halfway around the world to film material. That was the case with “Global Health: Case Studies from a Biosocial Perspective,” which looks at international health problems within their social and political contexts.For a MOOC on global health equity, a small HarvardX production crew traveled to Rwanda (pictured) and Haiti to bring back personal stories from experts who are often not given a voice: the people directly affected by health care policies. Photos courtesy of HarvardXThe course was developed by Arthur Kleinman, Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Medical Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Paul Farmer, Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and is currently taught by them with HMS’ Anne Becker, Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, and Salmaan Keshavjee, associate professor of global health and social medicine.“The idea is that health care isn’t just a service you’re providing that is divorced from everything else around,” said Keshavjee. “You need to look at the politics, the economics, all the ethics of the social world. It’s a more holistic way of thinking.” Or, as Kleinman puts it, “We use social theory, history, and ethnography to provide a deep context for understanding public health problems and for improving implementation of public health interventions.”As HarvardX project lead April Opoliner explains, the nature of the course is unique to Harvard. “It’s different from most global health courses in that it’s taught by four physician-anthropologists,” said Opoliner, who helped the faculty translate their vision as a combination digital producer, instructional designer, and content manager. Opoliner also has a doctorate in public health.The trip to Haiti in December 2013 was one way of spelling out the mission to integrate social and political issues with health care. The Harvard on-site team — Farmer, Becker, Opoliner, and a videographer — spent a nearly 48 hours straight doing interviews and gathering footage.HarvardX videographer Alex Auriema shooting in the dark outside of Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais in Haiti.There are skilled and talented doctors in Rwanda, Opoliner notes, who would be more inclined to stay and practice in their home country if the infrastructure and support system were in place.“In Haiti, we met a wonderful woman named Adeline who was so sick in the ’90s that her family had bought her coffin,” she said. “She’s now a community health worker, a paid individual who connects people with the drugs that meet their needs. We had the opportunity to learn from her what it meant to be ill, to learn from her the challenges that people face, and for her to tell us why global health equity is important. ”These found stories are finding a wide audience. Since the course went online, it’s been taught at other universities. Medical students in Rwanda have taken it, and it was used in medical courses at the University of Giessen in Germany.“They used our course in innovative ways, watching our lectures and carrying that into their classroom discussion. They saw the MOOC as an important teaching tool,” says Keshavjee.Many might find it surprising that the level of care at Butaro Hospital in Rwanda, featured as part of a case study in a MOOC led by Arthur Kleinman, is on par with hospitals in major cities like Boston.One advantage of the MOOC is that digital materials can be incorporated to show a variety of perspectives. Becker points to a lecture she gives on global mental health, how teachers are being trained to recognize signs of mental illness and help the students navigate toward care.“Using the videos [from Haiti], we could now hear from members of the research team. We could hear from teachers who would comment on the research as applied. And we could hear from the co-investigators, whose findings would normally just be summarized by the professor. It made for a much richer perspective, it wasn’t just about me standing there talking.”That richer perspective has found its way to Harvard Yard as well. While the MOOC materials are not yet part of the standard curriculum for the course, they’re available to students as supplemental material.last_img read more