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Senior Bioinformatics Analyst

first_imgBaylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Equal Access Employer.6524CA; CH SummaryThe HGSC provides a unique opportunity to gain high-throughput dataproduction experience in an academic research environment, withopportunities for publication, conference travel and internationalscientific collaboration. As a member of the NGSI ClinicalInformatics team, you will directly contribute to the HGSC’spioneering work in Mendelian genomics and multiple NIH PrecisionMedicine initiatives.The next-generation sequencing informatics (NGSI) team oversees theday-to-day logistics of all NGS pipelines through the process ofmapping, alignment, variant calling and quality control. Withinthat larger group, the HGSC-CL informatics team focuses on thecenter’s growing list of clinical projects and partnerships. Themany well-defined and funded HGSC projects offer our talented staffthe freedom to innovate and the satisfaction of deliveringactionable results.This position will involve collaborating with teammates to developsoftware and pipelines to expand the types of variants detectablewith our clinical sequencing pipelines as well as tools fortertiary analysis of variants, including clinical classification.This position requires a high-performing bioinformatics programmerwith demonstrated exceptional communication, organization, andtime-management skills to assist in building and operating thesepipelines.Position is located at our main Baylor Campus in the Texas MedicalCenter.Job DutiesClinical Production Informatics At least 1 year of at-scale NGS experience.Experience working on large software engineering, projects,strong understanding of change management processes.AWS / Cloud services including cloudformation, batch, lambda,SNS, ECR, DynamoDBCAP/CLIA DocumentationHigh Performance Compute Environment (e.g., moab, PBS)Software testingNGS sequence analysis tools (e.g. BWA, Samtools, bedtools,Dragen) Preferred QualificationsMaster’s degree in a related field may be considered in lieu oftwo years of required experience.Experience in the following:Unix command line interfaceProgramming Language (python preferred; ruby, java, perl,C++)Familiarity with databases and sql.Gitcenter_img Benchmark new bioinformatics tools for inclusion in productionpipelines.Implement pipeline steps in AWS batch and lambda or local HPCsystem.Develop and deploy docker containers for pipelinecomponents.Support and troubleshooting pipelines.Interact with Project Managers, Clinical Geneticists, LIMS, andIT.Provide feedback to NGSI Production R&D.Build and maintain monitoring tools.Maintain documentation of software to CAP/CLIA standards.Perform other job-related duties as assigned, includingassisting the larger NGSI team as necessary. Minimum QualificationsBachelor’s degree in Genetics, Biology, Bioinformatics,Biostatistics, Computational Biology, Computer Science, or arelated field.Four years of relevant experience.last_img read more

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Utes to welcome Missionaries

first_imgThe Missionaries are coming to the Huntsman Center this afternoon — not to convert the Utes, but to try to knock off the defending Mountain West Conference champions.The Whitman College Missionaries of Walla Walla, Wash., will take on the Utah men’s basketball team in an exhibition game today at 5 p.m. The result will not count on either team’s record for the 2005-06 season.For the Utes it will be a welcome change after three weeks of going against each other. Ute coach Ray Giacoletti acknowledges his team has “hit the wall a bit” this week and is looking forward to playing someone else.”It’s time to play somebody else other than ourselves,” Giacoletti said. “We’ve had 19 days of beating ourselves up and now we can see how we are against somebody else.”The Utes are short-handed this year with just 11 scholarship players, two of whom were walk-ons last year. Giacoletti wants to play everyone a lot of minutes in the two exhibition contests before the opener Nov. 18 against Texas State.The Utes plan to start Tim Drisdom and Johnnie Bryant at the guardline with Bryant Markson and freshman Shaun Green at forwards and Chris Jackson at center. Jonas Langvad, who sat out with an injured foot earlier in the week, will see a lot of action, along with freshman center Luke Nevill, JC guard Ricky Johns and freshman guard Lawrence Borha.”Everybody will be given the opportunity to try to make the most of it,” Giacoletti said.Whitman, which competes in the NCAA Div. III Northwest Conference (NWC), returns three senior starters in 6-foot-2 guards Greg Ricker (8.9 ppg) and Matt Kelly (16.2 ppg) and 6-foot-8 center Erik Kofler (12.0). Also back are two junior starters, 6-foot-5 forward Kyle Born and 5-foot-8 point guard Ian Warner.The Missionaries have just two players over 6-foot-5, so the Utes will have a decided height advantage.”These smaller schools don’t have as many big guys, so it’s doesn’t really simulate a Division I game,” said Jackson. “They’re good, but it’s almost like playing against five guards sometimes.””We’ve got to come out and match their intensity,” added Markson. UTE NOTES: Fans with ticket stubs from the football game earlier in afternoon will be admitted free . . . Former NBA players Dan Majerle and Vinny Del Negro were at the Ute practice Friday. Both are scouts for the Phoenix Suns, who are in town to play the Utah Jazz tonight . . . The next exhibition game will be Nov. 14 against Northwest Nazarene. E-mail: [email protected]last_img read more

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North Dakota author details comeback of American buffalo

first_imgNorth Dakota author Francie Berg’s last book about the American buffalo was a guide for adventurers eager to get out on back roads to see the historic sites where the great animal once flourished. Then she found she had more to say.The result is “Buffalo Heartbeats Across the Plains,” a deeper dive into the stories and trails of the last book, with colorful illustrations, historic paintings and photographs for the history buff who may never leave her armchair.FILE – This Sept. 23, 2012, file photo shows buffalo in Custer State Park in western South Dakota. A new book detailing the history of the American buffalo is telling the story of the last great bison hunts in the western Dakotas and efforts to restore the animals that were on the brink of extinction. “Buffalo Heartbeats Across the Plains,” released in June 2018 by North Dakota author Francie Berg, takes a deeper dive into the people and places featured in her previous tour book. (AP Photo/Amber Hunt, File)“It’s a companion piece to the self-guided tour book for people who want to dig a little deeper into the buffalo story,” Berg said.Bison, or buffalo, once thundered across the heart of North America in the tens of millions. But overhunting saw their numbers plummet to a few hundred by the late 1800s.“I could see our country was changing fast,” reads an excerpt from the new book quoting Plenty Coups, the last chief of the Crow Nation, in 1898. “Anybody could now see that soon there would be no buffalo on the plains, and everybody was wondering how we could live after they were gone.”The new book also tells of early restoration efforts by Peter Dupree and other families who took in bison calves and raised them on their lands. By the time of his death in 1898, the family was raising more than 80 bison and spurred restoration efforts.“Tatanka” — the Lakota word for bison — was at the core of its people’s culture for thousands of years, providing not only food but also a spiritual and physical connection.“The buffalo provided virtually everything to live on and live from,” said North Dakota Indian Affairs Commissioner Scott Davis, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.According to the National Bison Association, nearly 400,000 bison are now living in North America, on private ranches, native reservations and public lands like Yellowstone National Park.“That’s something we can celebrate,” Berg said. “We didn’t do a great job saving them, but we did save them.”Dave Carter, executive director of the Bison Association, said he considers buffalo restoration one of the greatest efforts of its kind in modern history. Its success can be seen in the wide availability of bison in restaurants and grocery stores.“The best way to save bison is to eat them,” Carter said, adding that the group recently launched an initiative to bring bison populations to more than 1 million in the U.S. and Canada over the coming decades.The experiences described in Berg’s books cater to history and nature enthusiasts. Her first book on the trail that opened last year covers a recommended two-day journey that starts in Hettinger, North Dakota, leading travelers through pasture and gravel roads and into South Dakota. The trail then turns north where visitors can gaze over the Standing Rock reservation and its herd of more than 250 bison.Sara Otte Coleman, North Dakota’s tourism director, said interest in the state’s buffalo history has been growing, especially among international travelers. She cites a rise in traffic on the tourism department’s web pages detailing buffalo hunting sites.Inspired by Berg’s books, Hettinger Public School Principal Darin Seamands said students at the high school will soon have the option to study the subject in a local history class. Seamands said it gives students the opportunity to learn about Native American culture and history “in our own backyard.”“Everybody needs to know their local history,” she said. “A lot of people think history happened somewhere else.”Follow Youssef Rddad on Twitter: https://twitter.com/youssefrddadlast_img read more

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David and Goliath: Vargas versus Cojuangco

first_imgFrom L-R: Lucas Managuelod, Bambol Tolentino, Ricky Vargas and Sonny Barrios. Photo by Marc ReyesPhilippine Olympic Committee presidential candidate Ricky Vargas could not say if “he has the numbers” because the voting national sports association leaders “fear coming out.”On Monday, the Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippine president filed his candidacy at the POC offices with a full lineup under his banner.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Back on top and how Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas We are young Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PHcenter_img EDITORS’ PICK Cycling’s Bambol Tolentino is running for chair, badminton’s Albee Benitez for first vice president, muay thai’s Lucas Managuelod second vice president, basketball’s Sonny Barrios treasurer, and table tennis’ Ting Ledesma auditor.Vargas said they will “adopt as common candidates” five of the seven NSAs who filed for candidacy for executive board positions in the Nov. 25 polls.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“The 12-year dispensation has caused them to fear coming out,” said Vargas during a breakfast caucus at Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas. “We are now under that kind of a scenario.”He likened his showdown with three-term incumbent Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr., as a battle “between David and Goliath.” “David said I will go to  battle with you, problem is Goliath is not allowing us to go to battle with him,” said Vargas.Vargas used the analogy after he was asked about an election provision barring him from running because he has not attended a POC General Assembly the past years.“If you look at that rule which is not even in the by-laws, only he (Cojuangco) and his group would qualify,”  Vargas said: “Just allow an election. Just let us run. Let me run.” The Maynilad boss said he will resign from his job if the POC presidency requires it. ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND View commentslast_img read more

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England are serious contenders for Euro 2016 title – Joachim Low

first_imgEngland are serious contenders for the Euro 2016 crown, according to Germany head coach Joachim Low.Roy Hodgson’s men travel to Berlin for a mouth-watering friendly against the world champions on Saturday, as they step-up their preparations for France.England reached this summer’s finals with a 100 per cent record in qualification – the only country to manage the feat, although the level of opposition meant there will been toughest test awaiting them at the tournament.Upcoming friendlies against Germany and Holland will give a more accurate reflection of how the Three Lions are shaping up.But Low expects them to challenge the Germans for the title.“This will be a taste of what we can expect at the Euros,” the Germany head coach said, speaking ahead of the friendlies against England and Italy.“The opponents are both interesting and are two of the favourites to win the European Championship. It will be a good test.“The battle for places in the squad is seriously beginning now – there are still eight weeks until the end of the season.“We have selected a large squad in order to speak with the players about what we expect. We are looking at their form and fitness as a whole.”Emre Can, Mesut Ozil and Bastian Schweinsteiger are the only Premier League representatives in Germany’s 26-man squad for the upcoming friendlies. Germany head coach Joachim Low is wary of England ahead of Euro 2016 1last_img read more

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Why not let the taxman pay for your Christmas?

first_imgJust imagine having all your Christmas shopping paid for. What’s even better wouldn’t it be great that the Taxman was the person who paid for it!TheTaxClinic.ie is the only tax practice in Donegal that specialises in claiming back your tax. Michael Coll from The Tax Clinic says “you can still claim back any overpaid tax for the years 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 but you must be quick as you will be unable to claim any overpaid tax from the year 2014 after the 31st of December 2018”.With millions of euro still going unclaimed each year it is just crazy that people are not checking if they are owed a tax refund he said.The Tax Clinic offer a NO Refund No Fee policy and check the last 4 years to see if there was any reliefs and tax credits due that were not claimed.As Chartered Tax Advisers we have the experience and knowledge to maximise any refund due. Just log onto to our website https://thetaxclinic.ie/tax-refunds/and complete the form and either email or post us the form so we can get to work.Letterkenny Office – 074 9160550Killybegs Office – 074 9732055Why not let the taxman pay for your Christmas? was last modified: November 22nd, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CHristmasdonegalRefundThe Tax Cliniclast_img read more

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This Week at TouringPlans – September 1, 2019

first_imgShare This!Welcome to your one-stop shop for our news from Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Universal Orlando, and more.This week at Walt Disney World, with the opening of Galaxy’s Edge, the start of the annual Epcot Food & Wine Festival, and a holiday weekend should have been the perfect storm of crowds and chaos, but an impending actual storm put a damper on crowds with easy access to most attractions as many guests chose to leave early or delay their trips.As Hurricane Dorian approaches Florida, we send our best to all cast members and area residents. Stay safe!Hurricane DorianInitial Information on Hurricane Dorian.Hurricane Dorian Update #1Hurricane Dorian Update #2Epcot construction prep for Dorian.Walt Disney World News of the WeekThe Great Irish Hooley is returning to Raglan Road.There’s so much Food & Wine merchandise!Check out this year’s Food & Wine Dooney & Bourke bags.It’s La Cava Del Tequila’s 10th Anniversary.There’s NEW Food & Wine merchandise.There’s a new Cider Bar in the Canada Pavilion at Epcot for the Food & Wine Festival .How to maximize your Food & Wine experience? Go left.Here’s what happened at WDW Galaxy’s Edge on opening day.There were Galaxy’s Edge opening day limited release pins, tees, and more.More news about Galaxy’s Edge merchandise at Walt Disney World.Yes, we did get to Hollywood Studios at 4:00 a.m. to show you Galaxy’s Edge on opening day.There are lots of Star Wars-themed snacks at DHS to celebrate Galaxy’s Edge.VIDEO: This is what we knew about Galaxy’s Edge prior to opening day. There are Orlando Magical Dining Month specials at Maria & Enzo’s.Here are tips on handling the weather at Galaxy’s Edge. Ale & Compass at the Yacht Club has a breakfast buffet with a twist.TSA momentarily banned Galaxy’s Edge Coke bottles. (Spoiler Alert: They changed their minds.)Here’s a first look at Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.It’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Season at Disney World!Here’s Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities.Applications are opening soon for the Disney Parks Moms Panel.VIDEO: Brian recaps ALL the news from last week’s D23 Disney fan event.WDW Galaxy’s Edge offered a virtual queue.Wine Bar George is offering a Magical Dining Menu.There’s a treasure trove of souvenirs at the Yacht Club resort.Tickets are now on sale for the new Cirque du Soleil show at Disney Springs.We talk Annual Passes with Jen Lefforge on the TouringPlans podcast.Are WDW and DCL worth the risk during hurricane season?New Concept Art for Reflections – A Disney Lakeside LodgeHere are details for the upcoming Star Wars hotel.Disney’s Genie will help guests plan trips.Upon refurbishment, Epcot will have themed neighborhoods.Here’s the scoop on Epcot’s World of Nature neighborhood.Here’s the news about Epcot’s World of Discovery.And there will be a World of Celebration at Epcot.Spaceship Earth will undergo a massive refurbishment.New lands are coming to Epcot.Now we know more about Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Everything You Need to Know About Millennium Falcon: Smugglers RunHere are tips for gluten-sensitive dining at the Epcot Food & Wine festival.The new NBA Experience at Disney Springs has some hits and misses.Disneyland News of the WeekThis is what to expect from the upcoming Avengers Campus at California Adventure. A new parade is coming to Disneyland.VIDEO: Top 5 Rides in Disneyland (But Not Found in Walt Disney World)Disney Cruise LineHere’s a first look at Disney’s second private island.The first of Disney’s new cruise ships has a name! Universal Florida News of the WeekUltimate Halloween Horror Nights 29 Guide, Part 1: PlanningUltimate Halloween Horror Nights 29 Guide, Part 2: TouringMerchandiseLimited edition SHAG designer ears are now available.Dress to impress with this Vader dress.Here’s a MagicBand you can sink your teeth into.These princess shirts have us saying, “What??”There’s clothing for those with Star Wars spirit.Derek’s Disney Outlet report never disappoints!Fun Stuff!The Saturday Six looks at D23 announcements via memes.The Week AheadIf you’re planning to the visit to the parks soon, here’s what’s going on this week.The week ahead at Walt Disney WorldThe week ahead at DisneylandThe week ahead at Universal OrlandoThe week ahead on Disney Cruise LineSave time! Save money! Have fun! For complete access to all of our great vacation-planning tools like the Crowd Calendar, customizable Touring Plans, Cheapest Ticket Calculator, Dining Reservation Finder, Hotel Room Request automator, and MORE, subscribe to TouringPlans.com.For the latest news on all things Disney and Universal, follow our social media channels: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. If you’re looking for travel gear, visit the TouringPlans Amazon Store to see the items TouringPlans staff travels with.last_img read more

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Tax relief for individuals, companies

first_img11 February 2009The proposed adjustments to personal income tax schedules will provide middle and lower income earners with R13.6-billion in tax relief, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel announced on Wednesday.Delivering his 2009/10 Budget speech to Parliament in Cape Town, Manuel said the adjustments to personal income tax would fully compensate South Africans for wage inflation.“The tax-free income threshold next year will be R54 200 for taxpayers below the age of 65 and R84  200 for those over 65,” he said.The tax-free threshold for the 2009/10 tax year will effectively increase from R46 000 for those below the age of 65, to R54 200.The revised estimate for tax collection for 2008/09 is R14.2-billion, which is less than the National Treasury planned in its 2008 Budget, he said.“For the year ahead, the main budget revenue estimate is R50-billion lower than we projected in February last year, against the background of slower growth, depressed trade and declining company profits.”Tax relief is also proposed for companies that invest in energy-efficient technology, with an additional allowance of 15 percent, on condition that there is proof of the resulting energy efficiencies as certified by the Energy Efficiency Agency.The minister, on the basis of a letter sent as part of the “Tips for Trevor” initiative, said he had also proposed a tax on companies using incandescent light bulbs, in an effort to get people to make use of energy saving compact fluorescent light bulbs.Taxes on petrol and diesel will increase by 40.5 and 41.5 cents per litre respectively, the minister announced, adding that road users would have to fork out an additional 23 cents and 24 cents per litre as well for fuel levies.“As road-users know, there is a substantial increase in spending on maintenance and construction under way, and we still face a heavy burden of road accidents and associated compensation claims.“These are costs that have to be covered, and so there will be increases of 17.5 cents in the road accident fund levy.”As per the 2009/10 Budget proposals, a packet of cigarettes will now cost 88 cents more, a 750ml bottle of natural wine will cost 10.5 cents more, a 340ml can of beer will cost 7 cents more, and a 750ml bottle of liquor such as whiskey will cost consumers R3.21 more, he announced.Manuel said that after discussions with both organised labour and the mining industry, and taking into account the impact of the economic slowdown on the mining industry, he proposed that the new mining royalties regime be deferred to 2010.“This provides a boost to the industry of about R1.8-billion [which would have been paid to government], which will assist in minimising job losses,” he said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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MusicWorks changes children’s lives through music

first_imgMusicWorks runs an Early Childhood Development Programme. (Images: MusicWorks)It was over a decade ago that children in the impoverished Heideveld community were so desperate to join in the Music Therapy Community Clinic’s programme being held at their school that they were knocking on the doors and windows, pleading to be let in.This story is recounted by Sunelle Fouché, who, along with Kerryn Torrance, founded non-governmental organisation (NGO) MusicWorks, which aims to heal children traumatised by violence, poverty and neglect through music therapy. Provide a feeling of belonging, an avenue for creativity and instilling a positive sense of self, music therapy offers a powerful and versatile intervention for children in impoverished communities afflicted by substance abuse and crime.The Safe Schools committee in Heideveld (an education department initiative) approached Torrance in 2002 to do music therapy groups with children who had been exposed to violence. Later that year Fouché joined Torrance, and it became clear that music therapy could be a valuable intervention for children growing up in violent communities.Soon they were receiving positive feedback from teachers so when the funding from the Education Department ended, the two decided to continue with their work and to source funding elsewhere. This lead to the formation of the Music Therapy Community Clinic, which in 2014 became MusicWorks.Fouché and Torrance continued to offer group and individual music therapy sessions to children referred to them by teachers in the Heideveld community.“Soon children at the school were knocking on the doors and windows of the therapy room as the music was happening, pleading to be allowed to join in. Contrary to the stigma that often surrounds ‘therapy’, these children were desperate to be allowed to be part of the music-making,” she says.“This lead to the development of the Music for Life programme which started off with a choir and drumming circles. Today, this programme continues to offer after-school music activities where children not only learn a musical skill, but where they can also access a safe space, experience a sense of belonging, and explore an identity that is linked to enjoyment, co-creating, and cohesion.“As the work developed we started receiving invitations from other community-based organisations to implement our programmes with the children in their care. The organisation grew from a need within communities and we started employing music therapists, community musicians and administrative staff in order to develop and implement the programmes.“Rather than having a fixed premises, programmes are run on the premises of community-based organisations (schools, places of safety, day-care centres, hospitals, palliative-care centres, child and youth care facilities) who have invited us. We adjust our programmes to serve the specific needs of the children in each of our partner organisations.”MUSICWORKS PROGRAMMESMUSIC THERAPYThe Music Therapy Programme offers small group and individual music therapy sessions to children who have experienced trauma that affects their social and emotional development. This includes exposure to violence at home or in the community, and neglect or abandonment and the effects of illness such as HIV and Aids. It affects their ability to regulate and control their emotions as well as how they relate to others.Fouché says, “Many of the referrals that come our way are children acting out and being aggressive. Children imitate the behaviour they see around them and so the cycle of violence is perpetuated. When making music together, group members listen to each other’s musical contributions, they have to wait their turn, and they take turns in being the leader and at other times, follow. Within a safe and trusting space, and while making music and being creative, children have the opportunity to explore different ways of relating to their peers – both musically and socially.“Furthermore, making music allows for opportunities to express a range of emotions in a non-verbal way. This … allows for children to express the emotion in a space and musical structure that is safely contained by the music therapist. More importantly, as sessions progress, conversations about difficult emotions allow children to develop a vocabulary which could enable them to express themselves more clearly as well as begin to assert a sense of control over their emotional life.”Children are referred by teachers, nurses, doctors, and social workers from schools, hospitals, paediatric palliative care settings, places of safety, and child and youth care facilities.Music therapists run weekly group or individual music therapy sessions with the children for between 10 and 20 weeks (sometimes even longer). The therapeutic goals are determined by the needs of each child.For the children in palliative care, music therapy serves a very different purpose. Many of the children referred for music therapy have a range of disabilities. The effects of illness and neglect have rendered them unable to communicate and engage with the world around them. Here music is used as a way of non-verbal communication.Fouché talks about six-year-old Elijah* who suffers from acute and debilitating cerebral palsy, and who was also severely neglected and malnourished. The music therapist saw he was always lying in his bed, quiet and isolated from the world. As music therapy sessions progressed Elijah started making vocal sounds related to what the therapist was singing and they began to interact musically. In one of the sessions, Elijah sang in a deeply connected manner, to the surprise and delight of staff members. Music allowed others to engage with Elijah, as nurses started using singing and vocal games as a way of communicating with him.MUSIC FOR LIFEThe Music for Life programme provides various after-school music activities, such as drumming and marimba bands, gumboot dancing and choirs to young people living in Heideveld, Lavender Hill and Nyanga in the Western Cape. Weekly rehearsals are led by community musicians and songs from various cultures are incorporated. The children’s input is encouraged and valued, and community music events and annual concerts are staged. The music groups provide safe spaces where children are able to experience a sense of belonging and connection.The programme also focuses on training young people from the communities to run music groups with younger children. Young people with both musical ability and leadership potential are identified, mentored and taught how to facilitate music groups that not only transfer musical skills, but also enhance the children’s self-esteem.“We have been inspired by the enthusiasm with which the young leaders have taken on this task,” Fouché says. “They have grown up in the communities and understand the challenges that the children face, and they are dedicated to their goal of having a positive impact on the social fabric of their communities.“Through the staging of music events and annual concerts, parents and other community members are able to witness and celebrate their children. It is through the sharing of music that the community draws together and creates a powerful alternative to the hopelessness that often permeates under-resourced communities.“The programme allows children who might not otherwise have had the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument and helps them to develop socially and emotionally, while using music as a vehicle to bring about social change.”EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENTThe Early Childhood Development Programme offers training to teachers and childcare workers on how to use music in their classroom based on the VIP principle. Using this principle, the children (aged between two and six) are valued as Very Important People (VIPs) who need to be seen, heard and acknowledged.The programme also offers Creative Music Facilitation training to teachers, carers, social workers, community workers or musicians, and equips them with the tools to conduct creative music-making sessions with children in their care. “Empowering carers with creative resources and music-making facilitates the critical early development of the child, enhancing and enriching the child’s emotional and social development,” she says.“From a health perspective, science – specifically the field of neurobiology – is telling us that the experience of a traumatic event (and in the communities we work, ongoing trauma) changes the structures of the brain which in turn effects how children are able to function in the world on an emotional, social, psychological level.“From a psycho-social perspective research… children growing up in violent communities are more likely to become perpetrators of violence or remain victims later in life. Families and schools in these communities are under pressure and are not able to provide the psycho-social support the children so desperately need.Music therapy is used to heal traumatised children“A recent study done by University of Western Cape (An Exploration into the Impact of Exposure to Community Violence and Hope on Children’s Perceptions of Well-Being: A South African Perspective) found hope to be a stronger predictor of child wellbeing than exposure to community violence.“Our aim is for our music interventions to have a direct impact on the choices that children make for their own lives; to create opportunities for them to access internal and external resources; and to have an impact on their general sense of well-being. We believe that this will lead to a stronger, more resourceful generation of young people who will become contributing members of society. “In South Africa, music therapy is a recognised healthcare profession and music therapists are registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. Music therapists must have a masters degree in music therapy. Currently the only training that leads to registration with the HPCSA is through the University of Pretoria’s Music Therapy Unit.“MusicWorks’s intervention is based on music therapy theory and principles and over the past decade we have developed a practice that is adaptable to the various contexts in which we work and sensitive to the specific needs of the beneficiaries in our target communities,” Fouche says.MusicWorks’s innovative programmes have been recognised locally and internationally and in 2010 the organisation received a silver award from the Impumelelo Innovations Trust, as well as the Innovations Award from Mentor International, an organisation founded by the Queen of Sweden. Its programmes have also been featured in several international academic journals and textbooks in the field of music therapy and community music as good-practice examples of community music therapy work.PLAY YOUR PART•Sponsor a child to receive music therapy sessions or to participate in Music for Life groups.•Donate to MusicWorks: regular monthly contributions enable the organisation to budget and plan the logistics necessary to create safe spaces.•Play it Forward concerts are inspired by the film Pay it Forward. A music concert is “passed on” in a chain reaction of goodwill, raising funds and increasing exposure for MusicWorks. Concert formats are diverse – from home concerts to school halls, amateur musicians to professionals, chamber concerts, orchestras and choirs. So if you are a musician, event organiser, interested community member or simply someone who loves music, we invite you to Play it Forward and organise the next concert.•Volunteer: MusicWorks is currently recruiting volunteers for 2015. Check the website http://musicworks.org.za/ for details , or email [email protected], or phone (021) 671 5196(021) 671 5196.* Name has been changed to protect the child’s identity.CallSend SMSAdd to SkypeYou’ll need Skype CreditFree via Skypelast_img read more

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Executive Book Club – September 2013

first_imgThe heart of workplace diversity lies with enlightened leadership and a genuine commitment to fairness, rather than numbers-counting to meet legal requirements, or even persuading others that it serves as a competitive advantage. Leading with Your Heart explores inspired leadership across an organization and the use of a positive moral compass to drive a new way of thinking and integrating our nation’s rich diversity. Cari Dominguez and Judith Sotherlund use the term “ganas” (gah-nas) to capture this concept. Ganas speaks to one’s inner desire to succeed. Motivation drives performance. Inspired motivation drives individuals to connect their day-to-day practices with their guiding beliefs, and to do the right things in the face of obstacles. Leading with Your Heart presents anecdotes of inspired inclusion in the workplace, not necessarily to establish best practices models for replication, but to affirm the lasting values of integrity and fairness that result from leading with the heart. HR professionals will find Leading with Your Heart instrumental in bridging the gap between the idealized expectations of the C-suite and the pressing realities of needing to get the job done at the line manager and local levels. For more information on Leading with Your Heart or to visit the SHRM Store, please click here.last_img read more

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