One in four staff plan time off sick with the New Year ‘blues’

first_imgOne in four staff plan time off sick with the New Year ‘blues’On 1 Feb 2004 in Personnel Today Sixout of 10 workers thought they were likely to have a day off sick last month,with more than one in 10 planning to call in sick even when there was nothingwrong with them.Thestudy of 1,000 workers carried out for the Consumer Health Information Centreand the charity Developing Patient Partnerships found that nearly one in four(23 per cent) of employees were anticipating starting the year with the“January blues”.Atotal of 13 per cent admitted they were already planning to take a day off sickwhen there was nothing wrong with them, rising to more than a third (34 percent) of 16-24 year olds.Wherethere was genuine sickness, flu was the most common culprit for people takingtime off work (cited by one in three of those surveyed), followed by colds (23per cent), headaches and hangovers (13 per cent) and stress (12 per cent).Ina separate study, more than eight out of 10 employees admitted to faking anillness so they could take a day off work, while three-quarters of bosses saidthey called in sick when there was nothing wrong.Thesurvey of almost 1,000 employees by law firm Peninsula and payroll recruitmentspecialist Portfolio Payroll found two-thirds of those who took time off didnot feel guilty.Aquarter said they had feigned illness once in the past 12 months, more than athird had done so twice, 17 per cent three times and 7 per cent on more thanfive occasions.–Nearly two-thirds of finance directors don’t trust sick notes written by GPs,according to a survey by Reed Accountancy.Thepoll of 266 finance directors, asking whether they trusted sick notes, found 30per cent said they probably did not and a further 34 per cent definitely didnot. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

RAD sequencing sheds new light on the genetic structure and local adaptation of European scallops and resolves their demographic histories

first_imgecent developments in genomics are advancing our understanding of the processes shaping population structure in wild organisms. In particular, reduced representation sequencing has facilitated the generation of dense genetic marker datasets that provide greater power for resolving population structure, investigating the role of selection and reconstructing demographic histories. We therefore used RAD sequencing to study the great scallop Pecten maximus and its sister species P. jacobeus along a latitudinal cline in Europe. Analysis of 219 samples genotyped at 82,439 single nucleotide polymorphisms clearly resolved an Atlantic and a Norwegian group within P. maximus as well as P. jacobeus, in support of previous studies. Fine-scale structure was also detected, including pronounced differences involving Mulroy Bay in Ireland, where scallops are commercially cultured. Furthermore, we identified a suite of 279 environmentally associated loci that resolved a contrasting phylogenetic pattern to the remaining neutral loci, consistent with ecologically mediated divergence. Finally, demographic inference provided support for the two P. maximus groups having diverged during the last glacial maximum and subsequently expanded, whereas P. jacobeus diverged around 95,000 generations ago and experienced less pronounced expansion. Our results provide an integrative perspective on the factors shaping genome-wide differentiation in a commercially important marine invertebrate.last_img read more

USA: NS Everett Conducts Exercise Reliant Cloud

first_img View post tag: usa View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: NS Everett Conducts Exercise Reliant Cloud View post tag: News by topic Emergency response teams at Naval Station Everett coordinated with the city of Everett’s Fire Department, local hospitals and other community authorities during the base’s annual emergency response Exercise Reliant Cloud, June 25.The exercise simulated a scenario in which a vehicle collision causes a chemical tanker truck to begin leaking, and releasing toxic chemicals resulting in mock injuries.“This was a realistic and fast-paced exercise. It is one of several training exercises we do throughout the year to prepare for any possible emergency situation,” said Mark Brooks, Naval Station Everett’s operations officer. “It was meant first and foremost to evaluate our ability to respond to and mitigate a Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) threat and save lives in the process. It also helps to build our working relationship with our local emergency aid partners, who are a vital asset to this installation.”Volunteer Sailors acted as mock victims who had come in contact with the toxic chemicals. These victims were assessed by local firefighters upon arrival on the scene and decontaminated at a temporary decontamination station set up in a parking lot near the simulated accident site.The victims with the worst simulated injuries were further assessed by corpsmen from the Naval Branch Health Clinic Everett. The most severe patients were transferred to local hospitals in the Everett area for critical treatment.“As a mock victim of this drill, it makes you think about what it would be like to be in a real situation like this,” said Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Errie Evangelista, assigned to the Naval Station Everett’s Operations department. “It’s good to know that we are prepared and ready to respond to any situation that might come up.”Firefighters thoroughly investigated the simulated accident scene, secured the area and made required reports.“Situations like this can be very dynamic and spin out of control at any time,” said Navy Region Northwest Fire and Emergency Services Assistant Regional Training Chief Brian Pille. “The firefighters from the base and from the Everett fire department, the corpsman from the branch medical clinic and from local hospitals are integral parts of completing our important mission of keeping this base and its personnel safe.”After the exercise, all team members involved met for debriefing and an evaluation of their performance during the drill. “Overall, the exercise went very smoothly and all mission objectives were achieved in a timely manner,” said Pille. “The base and local personnel worked efficiently together as always. Their performance during this drill gives me confidence that this base could respond to any dangerous situation that might arise.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 27, 2012; Image: US Navy Training & Education View post tag: conducts July 27, 2012 View post tag: Navycenter_img USA: NS Everett Conducts Exercise Reliant Cloud View post tag: Cloud View post tag: Exercise View post tag: Everett View post tag: Reliant View post tag: NS Share this articlelast_img read more

Surrogate Susan Sheppard is the Guest Speaker for OC AARP Chapter 1062

first_imgOcean City AARP Chapter 1062 is sponsoring the following event:Date: Friday, February 17, 2017Location: Ocean City Free Public Library – Room 110 1735 Simpson Avenue Ocean City, NJ 08226Time: 12:30 p.m. Doors Open 12:45 p.m. Commencement of Presentation with General Meeting and Refreshments to followGuests are welcome and encouraged to attend.Topic: Where There’s a Will There is a WaySpeaker: Cape May County Surrogate M. Susan Sheppard, Esq.Surrogate Sheppard will discuss the role of the Surrogate Court in County government and the interface of the probate court with estates and trusts. Specifically, she will provide information on wills, power of attorneys, guardianships, and other issues that are important to the public and provide practical pointers that may be helpful during a trying time. Sheppard was elected Surrogate Judge in 2012 and has been a practicing attorney since 1991. She is responsible for the probate of wills, the appointment of administrators of estates, guardians for minors and incapacitated persons and adoptions.last_img read more

Gordon Shaw

first_imgGordon Shaw, commercial director of Fleming Howden sadly died on Tuesday morning May 16. He had been suffering from cancer since Christmas. His funeral will take place tomorrow, Saturday May 20, 10am at St Mungo’s chapel, Marr St, Alloa Clackmananshire. All welcome.last_img

Organic bakery sector sees further fall in sales

first_imgSales of organic bakery products fell dramatically again last year, with the sector predicted to struggle in 2011 as rising wheat costs and low consumer confidence continue to take their toll.According to a arecent report from the Soil Association, the market for organic bakery fell by nearly 17% last year, following a 40% decline in 2009. Last year’s slump far outstripped the overall decline of the organic market, which fell 5.9%. Indeed, organic bakery products were the second-biggest loser in the sector, with only organic chilled convenience products experiencing a larger decline.The Soil Association report said that the fall in sales was partly because supermarkets had cut back their ranges of organic products – a view echoed by organic cake company Honeyrose, which supplies Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.”When the recession hit, the supermarkets’ reaction was to take away organic lines in favour of value ranges. If products are not on shelf, consumers cannot buy them, so it became a self-fulfilling prophecy,” said Honeyrose marketing director Adrian Apodaca.Despite this, Honeyrose saw “low double-digit” sales growth last year. “We were able to find targeted opportunities with supermarkets and foodservice suppliers by highlighting provenance and quality. We’re a family business and our products are hand-baked, and ’by the way’ we’re organic,” he added.Paul Matthews, joint MD of miller FWP Matthews, which supplies organic flour, said the sluggish economy and high wheat costs would impact the sector this year.”Organic flour used to represent 60-70% of our business, with conventional flour accounting for the other 30-40%, but that figure has now reversed. Our sales stabilised in 2010, but the high wheat costs at the end of last year and into 2011 mean it’s going to be another tough year. Supermarkets just aren’t accepting price rises and the people in the middle are being squeezed.”last_img read more

Banquet raises hunger awareness

first_imgStudents, faculty and staff took on new identities Tuesday night for the seventh annual Hunger Banquet, sponsored by Saint Mary’s College Student Diversity Board (SDB). “Millions of people around the world, as well as [those] within the South Bend community, struggle with the challenges of poverty and hunger every single day,” SDB president and senior Kelly Reidenbach said. “While at Saint Mary’s, it is easy to take for granted all of the pleasures and luxuries that we have the opportunity to indulge in. The Hunger Banquet is a way for students and faculty to step out of their comfort zones and into the reality of poverty and hunger.” Identity slips were given upon entry to the Banquet, placing participants in either the lower, middle or upper class. The participant’s role determines what and how much food is placed on his or her plate. The Banquet simulated which economic class each participant was assigned to. Senior Anabel Castaneda reflected on the importance of the Hunger Banquet at the College. “At Saint Mary’s, we get placed in a secure little bubble,” Castaneda said. “At times, many forget that it’s a cruel world and it should just make students want to make a difference in the world.” Co-chair junior London Lamar hoped that the Banquet raised awareness of poverty and hunger on campus. “By making more individuals aware of the issues centered around hunger, injustice and poverty, there will be a greater chance to stop it,” she said. “The Banquet is truly a rewarding experience.” In addition to roles given to participants, SDB invited clients from the Center for the Homeless to the dinner, as well as a refugee family now living in Michiana. Through conversation, the guests shared their stories of hunger and despair with the Saint Mary’s community. Attendees of the Hunger Banquet were able to experience poverty for a night, which is exactly what SDB hoped for to raise awareness on campus. Castaneda said she was glad to be involved in the event. “It was a great opportunity to hear what it is like to actually be in poverty,” she said.last_img read more

Diversity Council promotes progress with #ItsTimeND

first_imgOutside of DeBartolo Hall on Monday, shouts advertising free donuts could be heard as three representatives of Notre Dame’s Diversity Council stood at a folding table with a whiteboard reading “It’s Time” and a camera.Chris Collins #ItsTimeND, an event hosted by Diversity Council, started at 9 a.m. and was open to all, Diversity Council Co-Vice Chair junior Tony Do said. Students were able to write down an issue which they believe needs more awareness and pose for a photo. The collection of photos will then be part of a social media campaign by the Diversity Council.“It’s a time for us to foster dialogue on campus, especially about issues that need to be talked about regarding gender, race and ethnicity,” Do said. “These are things that we need to change on campus but aren’t really talked about. Our whiteboard campaign is for everybody to say what’s on their mind so that everyone can have a dialogue of what we want to change and how we can.”The concerns raised by students could be specific to Notre Dame, but were not limited to campus-specific issues, council member sophomore Morgan Lumpkin said.“It’s for everyone to raise awareness about what they think it’s time to change, whether it be in our world, in our country or at Notre Dame,” Lumpkin said. This event corresponds with the Cost of Silence Week and the StaND Against Hate Week on campus, each of which has a similar purpose to #ItsTimeND of raising awareness and making concrete changes to unjust policies, student government director of diversity and inclusion, sophomore Kaleem Minor said“We’re trying to raise awareness for any type of inequality or discrimination on campus,” Minor said. Lumpkin said she believes the student body has the ability to make a real change on Notre Dame’s campus.“Our mission is to enhance diversity and inclusion issues on campus by bringing us together,” Lumpkin said. “I hope that people recognize that there’s a lot to do, but all of us can make a difference. If everyone comes out and supports this campaign, they will be able to put their best foot forward, and say, ‘I think it’s time to change this,’ and we can all do it collectively.”#ItsTimeND has become an annual event hosted by the Diversity Council, now in its third year.Outside of this campaign, the Diversity Council is working on making changes in other aspects of the Notre Dame community, Do said. “Right now, we’re working on a few different campaigns,” Do said. “I’m in charge of the housing policy, and we’re looking for ways to find financial waivers, senior incentives and exclusion policies.”Minor spoke about the importance of the Diversity Council in making changes at Notre Dame.“Diversity Council is an interesting opportunity for clubs, and especially cultural clubs, to collaborate,” Minor said. “Without the numbers, there is no power.” Tags: #ItsTimeND, Diversity, Issueslast_img read more

NAFCU pushes back against CFPB on regulatory relief

first_imgNAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger pushed back against CFPB Director Richard Cordray’s testimony that CFPB does not need to do more to exempt credit unions from its regulation.Cordray made these statements during his testimony Wednesday before the House Financial Services Committee.“NAFCU and our members must challenge CFPB Director Cordray’s assertion that Congress did not intend to grant credit unions a blanket exemption and that is why the Bureau is not doing more to provide relief. Congress gave CFPB authority in Section 1022 to grant exemptions on a rule by rule basis,” said Berger. “Unfortunately, the CFPB has failed to exercise this broad legal authority as we believe Congress intended to allow credit unions to be exempted from certain rules.”“Moreover, the assertion that credit unions are not being negatively affected by the tidal wave of overregulation arising from CFPB and Dodd-Frank could not be more wrong,” Berger said. “Director Cordray’s denial that the tide of regulation is not contributing to the continued trend of credit unions being forced to cut back on member services, merge or go out of business flies in the face of facts.” continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Give my regards to Broad Street

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