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Michelle says remaining Veterans Affairs workers stressed, not able to do enough
intro music I am the national vice president for the Atlantic region of the Union of Veterans Affairs Employees. Our members assist the client and let them know what treatments and benefits they're eligible for out of the services that we offer through Veterans Affairs. Since the closures happened, we now service the veterans who reside all over P.E.I., all of New Brunswick and the Gaspesie area. We used to run about 800 veterans. We're now running 1,200 1,300 each. With that, comes a longer wait time. Workloads have increased from about a twoweek turnaround time.
To now we're looking at about ten weeks for a veteran to get assistance. For something as simple as a walker, just because of the amount of requests coming through, members have said to me, I have actually had clients, I'm not exaggerating, literally dying before I can get to their requests. And those requests, most of the time, are things that could be. maybe extend their life a little bit. I used to be able to problem solve for these veterans and help them figure what's best for their needs.
But now, I have a formula and if you fit within that formula, then I can help you. And if you don't, then I have to tell you, No. And it's heartbreaking. It's hard to ask for help. They lose their dignity when they call us. When they say, I can't wash myself anymore. I need someone to come in and help me clean myself. If I can't answer that request and help them, you see them deteriorate very quickly. Our members are the front line. They want to provide real help but their hands are tied.
UW Master of Science in Biomedical Regulatory Affairs
Raisa Regulatory affairs, it's like a living breathing thing. It's the central connection of all things, from development to the sale and disposal of the product. So, I mean, I think these people are amazing, if you do this kind of work. Tom The program actually started at the request of industry, and we get support at a variety of levels by having a fabulous advisory board that has helped us in the development of the program, and the FDA has been fabulous for us as well. Alisha All of your instructors and your lecturers.
Are coming from industry to talk to you, so it's just a lot of reallife experiences that you're learning through, you know, their eyes and their interpretation of it. Tom We have consciously pursued, from the beginning, of addressing the requirements for drugs, biologics and medical devices. The curriculum is one that is in large measure driven by what industry asks for. Karen What we seek to do in the program is help people achieve the confidence and the awareness that builds that swiftness of thought, efficiency of communication, the ability to be concise and still get the main idea across. Technical.
Writing and technical communication is a core component of this degree. Tom A couple of other classes that I think set us apart risk management, statistical quality control, clinical trials management, international regulatory affairs. One of the things that was really clear to us was that we needed to have some opportunity for students to get practical experience. The students actually select their practicum. We have a fairly rigorous selection process because we need to be sure that the practicum sites are going to be appropriate for students and they're going to learn something.
Zachary I was most interested in this practicum, the practicum, aspect because it seemed interesting and it'd give me a little bit of relevant experience and to help me get my foot in the door somewhere. I wrote two applications to the FDA called orphan drug designation applications. They're for products that fit the orphan drug status, which is for rare or neglected diseases. Alisha In the end you have a huge submission that goes to the FDA that you physically created, which is a huge thing. So I think it was a.
Great opportunity that I wouldn't have necessarily asked to be a part of had I not had the practicum to complete. Tom One of the takeaways of this whole program is that it's turned out, I think, to be a very, very strong networking opportunity. Zachary I got to meet a lot of people who are in biotech and in regulatory affairs, and through the practicum program I met my preceptor. She liked me, and so when I was done she hired me. Alisha We all come from very, very different backgrounds.
And have something to show each other. Karen I have to say, that I am always so impressed by the people that UW attracts to the graduate programs here. These people are the future. My students are getting hired. Alisha I think the people that are involved in the program, they really care about the industry. We're trying to build future leaders in the industry. Raisa And I think a lot of people think it's very mystical and, you know, complicated, but I actually find it very simple, and so I just,.
Why Do We Eat Spoiled Food
Some of our very favorite foods are closer to this than this. That's because coffee, bread, cheese, beer even chocolate! are home to millions of microbes. In fact, these foods only acquire the tastes, smells, and textures we love because of tiny bacteria and fungi. The vast majority of microbes about 99 are actually quite harmless to humans. But the other 1 are nasty enough that our ancestors and the ancestors of various other mammals and birds evolved a natural repulsion to stuff that might harbor nasty.
Germs. In general, we think rotten stuff looks and smells disgusting, which, considering what's at stake, isn't overly cautious. Fortunately, if friendly microbes get to our food first, they can keep the bad guys at bay. Meat left out on the counter provides the perfect conditions for pathogens to flourish it's warm, moist, and proteinrich, just like our bodies. But with some micromanagement adding lots of salt, for instance we can help harmless, salttolerant microbes like Lactobacillus outcompete their dangerous but saltsensitive relatives. A few unrefrigerated months later, we get salami, rather than Salmonelli!.
Our ancestors stumbled on this kind of controlled spoilage thousands of years ago either by lucky accidents or out of serious desperation and we humans have been intentionally spoiling food ever since. Not only to keep our food safe to eat, but also because the microbes we culture can transform it, almost magically, into awesome deliciousness. Yeast, for example, gorge on the sugary starch in bread dough, then burp out carbon dioxide that helps give loaves their lift. In a more exotic transformation, bacteria and fungi take turns munching on piles of cacao, mellowing out bitter polyphenols and helping create.
The complex and delicious taste of chocolate. And deep in cheese caves, mold spores populate small holes and cracks in soontobe blue cheese, while their relatives munch through the rest of the blob, digesting big protein and fat molecules into a host of smaller aromatic and flavor compounds, that give the final product its smoothness and rich, funky flavor. But to some, stinky cheese is about as appetizing as licking someone's toes. Which isn't that far off, since the bacteria that make some cheeses superstinky are the same ones that cause foot odor. Yum.
Even so, these flavors tend to grow on us not just literally but also figuratively. The more we're exposed to particular microbial funks from our first taste of the flavor compounds in amniotic fluid forward the more we tend to like them. As a result, people around the world have some very different ideas about how to microbeify foods but every culinary culture involves fermentation in one way or another. And if we didn't let food spoil just a little bit, we'd have no sauerkraut, soy sauce, pickles, or prosciutto. Not to mention kefir, kimchi, kombucha, koumiss, katsuobushi and plenty.
Why Does Everyone Love Pope Francis
In 2013, TIME magazine selected Pope Francis as their person of the year and since then, he has only become more popular and influential. According to one study, he is now the most influential person on twitter with nearly 17 million followers, and an average of over 17,000 retweets per tweet he sends out in multiple languages. The question is why What has Pope Francis done to attain all of this popularity, and does a more influential pope really matter Well, he's done a lot to bring the Catholic Church out of the dark ages and as a result,.
He's pushing humanity as a whole forward in innumerable ways. In science, he has accepted the theory of evolution and the Big Bang. In October 2014, he said, God is not a magician with a magic wand, and that the Big Bang, which today we hold to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the intervention of the divine creator but rather, requires it. His stance lessens some of the resistance to science, that many religious groups have had, making it easier for people to work in or teach the sciences.
The Pope has also softened the church's stance on the LGBT community. In 2013 he said, If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them He also reaffirmed that sentiment in 2014 by encouraging parents to accept their children no matter their sexual preference. This is still a far cry from accepting gay marriage or allowing open homosexuals into the priesthood, but it does do a lot to lessen the divide between Catholicism and the LGBT community. Pope Francis has also made the topics of contraception and abortion less of a priority for the.
Church, insinuating that they should focus more on fighting poverty instead. He also wants them to focus more on protecting the environment, reforming the global economy and eradicating sex crimes and corruption within the church. This includes eliminating the influence of the Italian Mafia. He also favors more casual daily mass held in public places. He lives in a guest home, not the Apostolic Palace. He cruises Rome in a normal car not a bulletproof Mercedes limo. And when he was elected, instead of blessing the people, Pope Francis asked the people to bless.
Him. Just recently, he also struck a note with animal lovers when he said Paradise is open to all of God's creatures. This more personal and open approach is part of how he's gained so much popularity. But fighting for good causes that affect all of humanity and modernizing the church itself to be less judgmental and exclusive is why Pope Francis matters. For more on the shake ups in the Catholic church, check out our tutorial on whether Catholic priests might some day be allowed to marry. And please subscribe. We release new.
Why Do Saudi Arabia And Iran Hate Each Other
Saudi Arabia and Iran have, what can lightly be described as, a tense relationship. The two majority Islamic countries are geographically separated by only a few miles of Persian Gulf. But ideologically, politically, and culturally, the gap is much wider. Currently, the two are engaged in a proxy war in Yemen, with both sides recruiting allies in order to influence middle eastern affairs. So, why do Saudi Arabia and Iran hate each other Well, back in 1929 the future looked bright for the two nations. They'd signed the SaudiIranian Friendship Treaty and diplomatic relations were on the rise. However, sometime in the.
60s, the conservative nature of Saudi Arabia ruffled feathers in the modernizing Iran. Anecdotally, Iran's king or Shah was said to have reached out to Saudi Arabia's King, saying, Please, my brother, modernize. Open up your country. Let women wear miniskirts. Have discos. Be modern. In response, the Saudi king replied, You are not the Shah of France. You are in Iran. Your population is 90 percent Muslim. Please don't forget that. In fact, despite both countries being predominantly Muslim, each has a different, and opposing, Islamic sect as the religious majority. In short, the Saudis follow Wahhabism, also called.
Salafism, an ultraconservative sect of the Sunni faith, while Iranians are mostly Twelvers of the Shia faith. The divide between Shia and Sunni is largely based on who they believe is the true successor of Islam's prophet, Muhammad. Most of the world's Muslims identify as Sunni, and nearly half of the world's Shiites live in Iran. In 1979, Iran underwent a revolution that ousted the westernized, USbacked Shah, and instituted an Islamic republic led by a religious authority, Ayatollah Khomeini. The now antiUS Iran began openly condemning Saudi Arabia's religious authority and support for the US.
In the late 80s, possibly spurred by Saudi Arabia and the US's significant backing of Iraq in the IranIraq War, the Ayatollah made a number of inflammatory comments. After calling the Saudis a band of heretics, diplomatic relations between the two countries stalled. But by 2007, tensions had relaxed enough that the Iranian President visited Saudi Arabia as a friendly gesture. In 2011 there was an assassination attempt by Iranian nationals against the Saudi ambassador to the US. At the same time, Iran supported Syrian president Basharal Assad against US and Saudi forces during the Syrian civil war. This reignited.
Iran and Saudi Arabia's ideologically rivalry. Since the 1960s, the two countries have been fighting for influence and control of the Middle East along religious and political lines. Currently they are engaged in a proxy war in Yemen, exemplifying the SunniShia EastWest divide. If you want to learn more about the conflict in Yemen and Saudi Arabia and Iran's fight to control the Middle East, check out these two tutorials. One's all about where Yemen's civil war started, and the one below is about how it's essentially become a proxy war.
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
We often talk of diplomacy in terms of high level meetings with high level officials, but I think the real value of our programs is that it connects individual people. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs really has a strong mission, which is to promote mutual understanding. We do this through a series of educational, cultural and private sector exchanges. Simply put, we send Americans abroad and bring citizens from other countries to the United States. Through our exchange programs we engage emerging leaders, young people, teachers, artists and athletes.
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs really offers a pretty wide variety of academic exchanges for U.S. students, scholars, teacher, professionals. We do the same thing for foreign audiences looking to come study and to teach, as well as conduct research here in the United States at U.S. universities. The arts have a way of transcending barriers. A lot of our participants tell us that no matter what country they came from, what their ethnic background is, what language they speak, by coming together as artists and exploring artistic expression,.
Those barriers just slip away. Sports opens doors. It's a language that everyone knows to hand a baseball to a youth or to kick a soccer ball to a coach. Work and study based exchange programs can include anything from research scholars to high school students to university students to camp counselors to au pairs. It's a broad range of opportunities for people to come and experience the United States and its people. The Youth Programs Division provides opportunities for young Americans and young people from other countries to get to know one another, to learn about each others values and cultures,.
Why Does China Hate The Dalai Lama
A recent QA with Tibet's top official revealed that the The Chinese Communist Party was seeking to severely punish those who don't share the government's beliefs and ideals. Although this message is nothing new for the repressive Chinese government, the threat was particularly directed at followers of the Dalai Lama. Tensions between China and the religious figure have long been the primary source of conflict in the Tibetan region. So we wanted to know just why does China hate the Dalai Lama Well, their main problem is that Tibet currently stands as an autonomous region of China. This.
Effectively means that it has some form of selfrule, but is ultimately under China's suzerainty suezuruntee. In 1965, their communist government officially established this dependency, having forced Tibetan leaders to sign away the country's independence in exchange for guaranteed autonomy. But in the years since, this relationship has proven incredibly tricky. Tibetans view themselves as culturally distinct from China, having developed their own society over thousands of years. Even their language is more closely related to that of neighboring Myanmar than it is to China. As a result, Tibet has long.
Demanded full independence. The current Dalai Lama, according to Tibetan Buddhist beliefs, is the 14th incarnation of the region's spiritual and political leader. As such, he is considered to represent the Tibetan Independence movement. This is despite the fact that he himself has rejected the idea of full independence, and has simply advocated for greater selfautonomy. Unfortunately, his ideas and massive following have not been taken lightly by China. In 1959, he was forced into exile in India just a few years after the Chinese occupation of Tibet. The Dalai Lama's proindependence following is a massive problem for China, which sees any deviation.
From government plans as disastrous. This situation is all the more complicated by the Dalai Lama's religious influence. Although China's constitution does guarantee religious freedom, their track record on the topic has been fraught with human rights abuses. Just last year, numerous muslim ethnic minorities living in another autonomous region were arrested and oppressed due to their beliefs. Unsurprisingly, one of the tenets of China's Communist Party is atheism. The Dalai Lama also represents an east versus west divide, which has come to color many of China's antiUS sentiments. Much of the western world supports the Dalai Lama, who.
Has met with multiple US presidents, and was even awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. Clearly, China hates the Dalai Lama because he threatens what China sees as their rightful control over Tibet. Meanwhile, Tibet's population has used the exiled spiritual leader as the face of their independence movement. In China's eyes, squashing the Dalai Lama and his followers would end the movement. In fact, the PRC has claimed that ALL Tibetan independence movements are actually Western backed imperialism attempting to destroy China. It seems unlikely that either side is willing to compromise, and we may just see continued government oppression.
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