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Why I Walk: For the TB Survivors

By Tara Ornstein, MPH

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world’s oldest and most significant public health challenges. Every year, 10 million people contract TB worldwide and 1.6 million people died of TB in 2017. But TB is a curable disease. If people living with active TB infection obtain the care and support they need, they can beat the disease. For the first time in decades, we have promising new diagnostic tools and new medicines that may fight even drug-resistant strains of TB more effectively.

Nevertheless, patients receiving treatment for TB are more likely to suffer from depression and suicidal behavior. Some of the factors that may cause depression and suicidal behavior include the stigma associated with TB, isolation from family and friends, and side effects associated with the medicines used to treat some forms of TB. For example, health professionals know that cycloserine sometimes causes depression, psychosis and suicidal thoughts. Although the general public is familiar with the side effects associated with the treatment of cancer and other diseases, the experience of patients undergoing TB treatment, particularly for drug-resistant TB, is less well-known and this adds to the isolation TB patients often experience. Several TB survivors have written about their experiences and the toll that the treatment has had on their lives.

The good news is that we have tools and medicines that can cure TB. In addition to using new technology to fight TB more effectively, we can also save lives by identifying people at risk for suicidal behavior. This is why I am walking in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Overnight Walk in Boston on June 22, 2019. The Overnight Walk will raise money to implement programs and provide resources to people at risk of suicide. To help achieve this goal, please consider making a donation to the AFSP here: https://www.theovernight.org/participant/30637

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.

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Exam Prep: Factoring by Grouping

If 3xm + 2ym − 2yn − 3xn = 0 and m ≠ n , then what is the value of y in terms of x?

To answer this question, we will need to use an approach that is called “Factoring by Grouping.” We can use this approach when we have 4 terms and there is a pattern between 2 of the terms.

Step 1: Re-arrange terms

To begin, we will rewrite the equation as:

3xm – 3xn + 2ym – 2yn = 0

Step 2: Factor

Then, we will factor:

3x (m-n) + 2y (m-n) = 0

Step 3: Simplify

Because we have (m-n) in both places, we can simplify to:

(3x + 2y) (m -n) = 0

Step 4: Solve

Since the equation is equal to zero, we can conclude that either 3x + 2y = 0 or m-n = 0. However, for m-n=0 then it must be true that m=n and the question prompt says that is not true.

Therefore, if 3x + 2y = 0 we can subtract -3x from both sides and divide both sides by 2. This is the correct answer, -3x/2.

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Certificate in Business Russian Communication

Advanced business language courses for professionals who need to use Russian in their workplace are often hard to find. However, I recently completely an intensive two-month course that other Russian-speaking professionals may find interesting. It is offered by Business Russian IC and covers a range of important topics, including negotiations, logistics, and management communication.

For more information, you are welcome to visit: http://www.business-russian.com/on-line-courses/intensive-on-line-russian-course/

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QUÉ HACER SI ESTÁ INVOLUCRADO EN UNA REDADA DE CASA

Mantenga la calma. Usted tiene derechos. https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/que-hacer-si-esta-involucrado-en-una-redada-de-casa?redirect=know-your-rights/sus-derechos-basicos-durante-redadas

Para obtener más información, consulte: https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/que-debe-hacer-si-la-policia-agent… (Español)

Para más información, contacte a su oficina local de la ACLU: www.aclu.org/about/affiliates

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Как успешно пройти собеседование

Чтобы быть успешно пройти собеседование, вы должны хорошо знать себя и должность/организацию, в которую вы хотите устроиться. Вы должны быть готовы предоставлять лаконичные, но вместе с тем полные ответы на вопросы. Ниже приводится перечень вопросов, которые часто задаются во время собеседований при приеме на работу в Северной Америке и других регионах.

I. Вопросы о квалификации и интересах кандидата

Почему Вы выбрали эту карьеру?

Почему Вы ушли с последнего места работы?

Почему Вас интересует эта должность?

В чем заключаются Ваши основные сильные и слабые стороны?

Как Вы определяете для себя или оцениваете успех?

Расскажите мне о себе. Или: Как бы Вы себя описали?

Как бы описали Вас Ваши коллеги? Как бы описал Вас Ваш руководитель?

В чем заключается Ваше самое значительное профессиональное достижение?

Как Вы функционируете в стрессовых ситуациях? Или: Как Вы справляетесь со стрессом? Или: Насколько хорошо Вы работаете под давлением?

Расскажите мне о проблеме или конфликте, с которыми Вы столкнулись на работе, и как Вы их разрешили?

Расскажите мне что-нибудь неожиданное о себе.

Кем Вы видите себя через пять лет?

II. Вопросы об организации (задаваемые кандидату)

Что, по Вашему мнению, мы могли бы делать по-другому?

Что, по Вашему мнению, будет Вашим самым большим вкладом в успех нашей организации, если Вы будете приняты на работу?

Почему Вы хотите работать в этой компании/организации?

Что, по Вашему мнению, необходимо для того, чтобы быть успешным в этой компании/организации?

 

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New Online Certificate Program to Learn Business Spanish

If you are a busy working professional who is unable to attend on-site language classes, you might be interested in a new online certificate program offered by the University of Wisconsin. In 6 months, you can greatly improve your Spanish language skills and gain the cultural knowledge you need to conduct business successfully in Spain and Latin America.

I recently completed the online course and am using everything I have learned in my daily professional activities. For more information, you are welcome to visit http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/certificates/business-spanish

Tara Ornstein Business Spanish Certificate

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Para tener éxito en una entrevista…

Para tener éxito en una entrevista, debe conocerse a sí mismo y conocer el puesto/la organización. Debe estar preparado para responder preguntas de manera sucinta, pero minuciosa. La siguiente lista contiene preguntas comunes que generalmente se realizan durante entrevistas en América del Norte y otras regiones.

Preguntas sobre las cualificaciones y los intereses del candidato

¿Por qué eligió esta carrera?

¿Por qué dejó su último trabajo?

¿Por qué le interesa este puesto?

¿Cuáles son sus mayores puntos fuertes y débiles?

¿Cómo determina o evalúa el éxito?

Cuénteme sobre usted. O: ¿Cómo se describiría?

¿Cómo lo describirían sus compañeros de trabajo? ¿Cómo lo describiría su supervisor?

¿Cuál es su mayor logro profesional?

¿Cómo se desempeña en situaciones estresantes? O: ¿Cómo maneja el estrés? O: ¿Cómo trabaja bajo presión?

Cuénteme sobre algún desafío o conflicto que enfrentó en el trabajo y cómo lo manejó.

Cuénteme algo sobre usted que sea sorprendente.

¿Dónde se ve en cinco años?

Preguntas sobre la organización (realizadas al candidato)

¿Qué cree que podríamos hacer de forma diferente?

¿Cuál cree que sería su mayor aporte si lo contratásemos?

¿Por qué quiere trabajar para esta compañía/organización?

¿Qué cree que se necesita para tener éxito en esta compañía/organización?

 

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ISIS Propaganda: Not for Americans

In an article published in the BBC, f P.J. Crowley concludes that the recent video showing the murder of an innocent journalist is the Islamic State’s way of establishing its legitimacy as a fighting force in the war in Iraq and Syria. But America is not re-engaging in another war in Iraq. Can the Islamic State and other extremists still find legitimacy through their opposition to the US, or do their claims ring hollow? 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-28870368

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