Three-day disaster simulation preps students for humanitarian relief work

first_img Read Full Story Ninety-three students spent April 26-28, 2013 learning how to rapidly respond to a refugee crisis while being faced with a host of stressful distractions from confrontational child-soldiers to rogue journalists. It was all part of the annual disaster simulation organized by The Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative, the flagship training and professional development program of the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard. The group included graduate students from Harvard School of Public Health, MIT, and Tufts University, and humanitarian professionals who attended as part of the academy’s two-week Humanitarian Response Intensive Course.For the weekend, Harold Parker State Forest in North Andover, Mass., was transformed into a Sub-Saharan border region beset by extreme weather, food shortages, and militia violence. Students were assigned to teams representing nongovernmental organization such as CARE and Save the Children, and worked to develop a plan to provide services for the region’s refugees. The goal of the simulation exercise is to prepare students to work in crisis situations such as the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.last_img read more

Pension funds for German doctors join forces in development deal

first_imgThree German Versorgungswerke have acquired the €218m real estate project “Stadthöfe” in Hamburg.The doctors’ fund Ärzteversorgung Niedersachsen (€7bn), the Ärzteversorgung Sachsen-Anhalt (€1.4bn) and the Ärzteversorgung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (€1bn) have jointly acquired the project development, which Quantum Immobilien is scheduled to finish by 2017.The Ärzteversorgung Niedersachsen is administering the other two funds, but they all have individual investment portfolios in which the real estate exposure was between 10%, for the Ärzteversorgung Niedersachsen, and 7%, for the fund for doctors in the province of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, prior to the deal.This is yet another club deal involving Versorgungswerke, with the Hofstatt deal in November or the Amprion deal in 2011 being the largest examples. The Stadthöfe project will see retail spaces, residential areas, a boutique hotel, offices and restaurants being built on a 100,000sqm area.German law firm Luther, which advised the Versorgungswerke on the deal, said it was a “major challenge” for the firm itself and the “most complex deal” for the pension funds to date.They compared the planned building complex to the Viktualienmarkt area in Munich.German Versorgungswerke, which are the first-pillar funds for certain professions such as doctors, notaries, lawyers and vets, have to find new investment opportunities in a difficult economic environment, as their contributions for the most part far exceed their pensions payouts.last_img read more

Health Official: Up to 19 FL Senior Living Facilities Feared Infected

first_imgNineteen long-term care facilities in Florida have either a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus, state health care officials said at a news briefing Wednesday.One of the cases, a 77-year-old, died earlier this week from the highly contagious virus.Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Mary Mayhew said she cannot reveal the names or addresses of the nursing facilities where cases are confirmed, citing patient privacy requirements.However, her staff is at those centers to support their response efforts.The potential infections at the centers come as Gov. Ron DeSantis requests additional test kits and supplies to fight the coronavirus. He stated in a briefing on Wednesday those efforts have been affected by supply shortages.last_img