Queen speaks of safety – but not corporate killing

first_imgQueen speaks of safety – but not corporate killingOn 12 Dec 2000 in Personnel Today New laws to“revitalise” health and safety at work were announced in the Queen’s Speech,but plans to introduce a new offence of corporate killing were not included.Themeasures will form part of the Safety Bill, one of 19 pieces of legislationearmarked for the 2000-01 parliamentary session.Most of theBill will be devoted to transport safety but there will be a section on healthand safety in the workplace, the Queen announced in her 12-minute speech.Penaltiesfor health and safety offences will be tougher and public organisations willlose their immunity from prosecution.Fines couldbe linked to company turnover and there may be prison sentences for a widerrange of offences.Moves toreduce the level of workplace deaths, accidents and ill-health were unveiledover the summer by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.Of theSafety Bill, Prescott said, “There have been a number of disturbing safetyissues raised in recent years, both among the travelling public and in theworkplace. We are determined to do something about this.”The SafetyBill has been published in draft form and is unlikely to get on the statutebook before the General Election, expected next May.It will,however, get a high priority if the Government secures a second term. Previous Article Next Article By HelenaJonescenter_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Government fails to galvanise workforce

first_imgGovernment fails to galvanise workforceOn 23 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Chancellor Gordon Brown announced a £300m boost forcommunity volunteering earlier this month. The state-of-the-art metallic podiumgave way under the considerable political weight of Lord Falconer, ministerresponsible for the new initiative and Gordon Brown uncharacteristically joked,“I think it’s in shock at the sight of me giving away money”.Launching the initiative the Chancellor spoke less thaneloquently. “A new era of active citizenship and the enabling state is withinour grasp, and at its core is a renewal of civic society,” he said. Heproclaimed an end to “centralising government”, saying the man from Whitehallno longer knows best, but the woman from the WRVS does.Unsurprisingly, political commentators seized upon theapparent contradictions. Many were suspicious of government seeking morevolunteers – was this a cheapskate way of cutting services? Unison’s assistantgeneral secretary, Keith Sonnet said, “If this is intended to use unpaidvolunteers to do the work of paid public employees it is a daft idea. How arethe authorities going to deal with vast numbers of volunteers walking around hospitalsand going into schools?” With regard to the end of “centralising government” andempowerment in the field, Polly Toynbee pointed out in The Guardian that “underLabour every social programme comes with rigorous targets to be monitoredruthlessly”.So much for the sceptics. The facts are that voluntarygroups are struggling to find enough people to help out with existing tasks.With more women in the paid workforce the female army that voluntary groupsused to rely on for voluntary work has dwindled. The Financial Times says thereis a decline in the hours of voluntary work carried by men between 35-to-50,largely due to the pressure of their jobs. Gordon Brown believes that up to100,000 over-50s can be encouraged to supplement the work of nurses, teachersand the social services. As usual our political commentators have missed the bigpicture. This is a long-awaited move that on its own won’t solve the problem,but it is a great start. There isenormous need and enormous scope for effective actions. Already 170,000 peopledo voluntary work for the NHS and as chairman of an NHS Hospital Trust, I knowwhat an enormous contribution they make to the stretched full-time staff.For me this scheme is not embracing enough. It only looks atthose out of work who are volunteering to help public services. What aboutthose in work? Despite all talk of pressure of work, the evidence of businessbenefit from encouraging employees to contribute in the community isoverwhelming. Come on Chancellor, let’s encourage all sections of society tobuild our communities and benefit their businesses, whilst developingthemselves at the same time. By Professor Clive Morton, Chairman of Whitwell Learning,author and former vice-president of the CIPD Previous Article Next Articlecenter_img Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Why was it so hard for this man to find work?

first_imgWhy was it so hard for this man to find work?On 2 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Dr Augustine Stevens is an example of why the Government needs to act tomake it easier for refugees to find employment in the UK. He is a former Minister of State for Education and Cultural Affairs forSierra Leone with more than 15 years of parliamentary experience. He was alsodeputy head of Sierra Leone’s Economic and Technical Cooperation Unit and is anexperienced lecturer who taught at the University of Illinois in the US for 10years. In 1997 he arrived in the UK and was given refugee status after he wasforced to flee his country because of the civil war. But despite his impressive CV it took him a year-and-a-half and more than 50job interviews to find employment. Dr Stevens was eventually offered a post by the Refugee Council, where he isteam leader for employment and support. “I came here in 1997 because of the continuing war in Sierra Leone.Because of my background I did not expect it too difficult to find employmenthere. “I pursued teaching positions but I could not secure any more than twohours a week. That was not enough to feed my family and keep me off thebenefits system I longed to leave,” he said. Dr Stevens, who has a doctorate in philosophy and political science,suffered 18 months of frustration as he attended interview after interview,being told he was either over qualified or did not have the necessary UKexperience. He said, “I think there were are some cultural difficulties. Forexample, in the US fundraising means selling cakes to raise small amounts ofmoney, whereas grant-raising is for large-scale projects. “While at the University of Illinois I helped raise $1m for theuniversity but I was not able to say that I had fundraising experience.” On another occasion Dr Stevens was asked whether he had mediation skills andso he outlined his role as a mediator during conflicts in his own country aswell as in Chad and Western Sahara, only to be told that this was not relevantbecause he did not have UK experience. “There are cultural differences that recruitment and personnel peopleshould be sensitive to when they are interviewing refugees,” he said. He applied for a huge variety of jobs including a position as a minicabdriver, which he could not take because he had no passport and consequentlycould not get a driving licence. Dr Stevens finally secured his job with the refugee council after workingfor another voluntary sector organisation and he now helps other refugees tryand overcome the obstacles he faced in his search for employment. He is convinced that there are many thousands of skilled refugees who couldmake a real difference to the skills shortages in the UK. “We haverefugees with experience in construction, medicine, health services, teaching,catering, the hospitality sector and tourism,” he explained. Dr Stevens believes that details of asylum-seekers’ occupations should beincluded in their application forms and the Government should invest in askills audit so there is a database available to employers revealing the rangeof skills in the refugee community. Another development that Dr Stevens would like to see is the creation of apermission-to-work document that includes details of refugees’ qualificationsand experience – one of the aims of Personnel Today’s Refugees in Employmentcampaign. “There needs to be something to give employers confidence to consideran individual fairly and remove the concerns that some employers have overhaving anything to do with refugees.” The Refugee Council plays a key role in helping refugees become moreemployable and offers training in business information, accounting, health andsocial care, IT and childminding as well as English language tuition. www.refugeecouncil.org.ukBy Ben Willmott Policy makers hear campaign aimsPersonnel Today took part in a high level policy-making forum on theeconomic and social implications of free movement of staff within the EuropeanUnion.The magazine’s Refugees in Employment campaign was highlighted at theInstitute for Public Policy Research’s influential seminar in London last week.Editor Noel O’Reilly and deputy editor Catriona Marchant outlined the aimsof the campaign and contributed to the policy debate.The forum was attended by academics, government policy makers in the HomeOffice and Foreign Office, the CBI, TUC and the Number Ten policy unit.Sandra Pratt, principal administrator for the immigration and asylum unit atthe European Commission presented a paper on common EU policy in this highly sensitivearea. www.ippr.org Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

The Antarctic ozone hole during 2012

first_imgWe review the 2012 Antarctic ozone hole, making use of various meteorologicalreanalyses, remotely sensed ozone measurements and ground-based measurementsof ultra-violet radiation. Based on analysis of 33 years of satellite records,we find that the ozone hole of 2012 was one of the least severe since the late1980s in terms of maximum area, minimum ozone level and total ozone deficit.In particular, the estimated integrated ozone mass effectively depleted within theozone hole of 2012 was approximately 720 Mt, which is the 12th smallest deficiton record and 28 per cent of the peak deficit observed in 2006. The key factor inlimiting the extent of Antarctic ozone loss in 2012 was the relatively warm temperaturesthat occurred in the Antarctic stratosphere from early July. These warmtemperatures, which were driven by dynamical activity, limited the activation ofozone depletion chemistry within the polar vortex during the latter part of thepolar winter. Additionally, dynamical disturbances to the polar cap region duringspring were aided by the prevailing phase of the Quasi-Biennial Oscillation (QBO)which was strongly negative (westward) and favouring the poleward propagationof heat flux anomalies; these disturbances resulted in the steady erosion of thevortex and caused it to breakdown relatively early compared to recent years. Themetrics for the Antarctic ozone hole of 2012 showed some similarity with thoseof 1988 and 2002 (which were years of anomalously small ozone holes) despite allthree years having distinctly different QBO indices indicating variant strengths ofthe polar vortex (and severity of ozone loss).last_img read more

Philippines Coast Guard orders 4 FPBs, OPV from French OCEA

first_img Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Philippines Coast Guard orders fast patrol boats, offshore patrol vessel from France View post tag: Philippine Coast Guard View post tag: OPV Philippines Coast Guard orders fast patrol boats, offshore patrol vessel from France View post tag: OCEAcenter_img January 16, 2018 View post tag: OPV 270 Equipment & technology The Philippines Coast Guard has contracted French shipbuilder OCEA for the delivery of four 24-meter patrol boats and one 84-meter offshore patrol vessel, the French company announced on January 8.According to the French shipbuilder, the smaller boats will be based on the company’s FPB 72 MKII design while the larger patrol vessel will be based on the OPV 270 design.OCEA has already delivered FPB units to Nigeria in 2012, to Suriname in 2013, and again to Nigeria in 2017.The shipbuilder has delivered 60-meters OPV units to the Indonesian and Senegalese Navy but the 84-meter version will be a first for the company.“The transition to this new size of vessels represents a great performance for OCEA, who substantially invested in its production facilities and design capabilities in 2015,” the company said in the announcement.The ordered ships will be built in the new facilities of OCEA shipyard in Les Sables d’Olonne. The four FPB 72 are scheduled for delivery in 2018 while the OPV 270 is to be delivered in 2019.last_img read more

Assistant Professor – Audiology

first_imgPreferred Qualifications Responsibilities Ph.D., Ph.D./Au.D., or other research doctoral degree inAudiology. Applicants with an Au.D. with a strong record ofpublications will be considered.Record of publications or strong potential forpublications.Teaching experience appropriate to academic specialty.Demonstrated ability or potential to conduct impactfulinterdisciplinary research/scholarship.Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the educationalgoals of a multicultural population as might have been gained incross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparableexperience. Department SummaryThe Department of Audiology at San José State University (SJSU)seeks two qualified candidates for full-time, Assistant Professorpositions.The Doctor of Audiology program in the Department of Audiology emphasizesclinical proficiency that is informed by scholarly research andevidence-based practice. Our program is a four-year course of studythat includes academic courses, clinical rotations, and a doctoralresearch project. Graduates of our program will be ethical;culturally sensitive; prepared to assume leadership roles; andexperienced in an inter-professional team approach to patient careamong infants, toddlers, children, adults, and elders.The SJSU Strategic Plan, Transformation 2030, calls upon the campusto: “Gain a national and global reputation for academic excellencecharacterized by scholarly and professional contributions fromfaculty members who are genuine teacher-scholars.” The Departmentof Audiology is located in the College of Health and HumanSciences. We have a renewed, ongoing commitment to excellence inteaching and research/scholarship and engagement. The campus ispoised to bloom and innovate, strengthening our connection to thesurrounding San José communities and further fulfilling our socialjustice mission of access, equity, opportunity and success.This position is an excellent opportunity for scholars interestedin launching a career at a comprehensive university that is anational leader in graduating historically underserved students.SJSU has achieved both HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) andAANAPISI (Asian American and Native American PacificIslander-Serving Institution) status. Moreover, 40% of our studentpopulation are first-generation and 38% are Pell-qualified. As aresult, we rank third nationally in increasing student upwardmobility. In fact, SJSU has recently been recognized as the#1 Most Transformative College in the country by Money Magazine.Required Qualifications We strongly encourage applicants whose research or scholarlyinterests broadly intersect with any of the following: reducingbarriers to access to hearing health care, pediatric audiology,electrophysiology, cochlear implants, or related areas ofspecialization in Audiology.Knowledge of disciplinary trends in the field of Audiologyregarding issues that center race, gender, sexual orientation,immigration, and underserved communities.An active and well-articulated research agenda, coupled withinterest and ability to secure external grant funding.Experience working with racially diverse students in theclassroom, and an understanding of how historical patterns ofexclusion of groups within higher education, and the profession,shape patterns of participation and outcomes.Willingness to examine and re-mediate one’s instructional,relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage andsupport historically underserved students.Demonstrated ability or potential to conduct graduate studentmentoring. Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications andexperience. See Benefits Summary for details.Starting Date : August 2021Eligibility : Employment is contingent upon proof ofeligibility to work in the United States.Application ProcedureClick Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Applicationand attach the following documents: Inquires may be directed to Shaum P. Bhagat, Ph.D., CCC-A, F-AAA,Department Chairperson [email protected] full consideration please apply by January 18, 2021 .The position will remain open until filled.The UniversitySan José StateUniversity enrolls over 35,700 students, a significantpercentage of whom are members of minority groups. The Universityis committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so ourdisciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multipleethnic and gender perspectives.San José State University is California’s oldest institution ofpublic higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop.1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one ofthe most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’spublic university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, anduniversity-industry experiences to prepare students to address thebiggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campusCalifornia State University (CSU) system.Equal Employment StatementSan José State University is an Affirmative Action/EqualOpportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants foremployment without regard to race, color, religion, nationalorigin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexualorientation, genetic information, medical condition, maritalstatus, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to allSan José State University students, faculty, and staff as well asUniversity programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations aremade for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note thatall San José State University employees are considered mandatedreporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect ReportingAct and are required to comply with the requirements set forth inCSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.Additional InformationA background check (including a criminal records check) must becompleted satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered aposition with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete thebackground check may affect the application status of applicants orcontinued employment of current CSU employees who apply for theposition.Advertised: November 06, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific StandardTimeApplications close: Letter of interestCurriculum VitaeStatement of teaching interests/philosophy (2 pages) thatdescribes what role faculty play in student success.Statement of research plans (2 pages) thatDiversity Statement (2 pages) that discusses best strategiesfor supporting students historically marginalized theprofession.Copies or reprints of peer-reviewed journal articlesThree references with contact information Participate in shared governance usually in department,college, and university committee and other serviceassignments.Design and teach introductory and advanced level core coursesin Audiology, as well as special topics on race, ethnicity, gender,immigration and other inclusive topics.Participate in curriculum development and teaching of othercourses to meet the needs of the program and its diverse studentpopulation.Develop and sustain an ongoing record of research, scholarship,and/or creative activities, as well as other professionalengagement.Demonstrated awareness of and experience responding to thestrengths and needs of a student population of great diversity—inage, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academicpreparation—through inclusive course materials, teachingstrategies, and advisement.last_img read more

Lettuce Announces Daily Schedule And Themes For Inaugural Fool’s Paradise

first_imgWe’re almost two weeks away from the Lettuce-hosted inaugural Fool’s Paradise, going down at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, FL on April 1 & 2. The daily schedules are finally here, equipped with set times, artist-led excursions, and daily themes. Break out your most tropical wear for Friday’s “Beach Babes & Bums” party, and get nautical or tap into your inner jokester for Saturday’s “Pirates & Pranksters” theme.Check out the daily schedules below, with more details to follow:Friday, April 1stSaturday, April 2The beach-town funk extravaganza features two explosive sets from New York funk masters Lettuce & Friends, along with: electro soul future-funk producer/saxophonist GRiZ; rising retro-soul stars Vulfpeck, and Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue ft. George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power), Eric Krasno (Lettuce/Soulive), Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood) & The Shady Horns. GRiZ and Lettuce have announced a special live band collaboration. Supporting acts include South Africa’s organic live house duo Goldfish and the progressive soul, R&B and gospel of The Nth Power, Brasstracks andMarvel Years. With Snarky Puppy’s Cory Henry as an Artist-At-Large, you’ll never know what to expect! Tickets here.In addition, a number of late night shows will be hosted by some of the most talented musicians in the industry! This includes Break Science, Vulfpeck, Goldfish and a very special performance by the Fools of Funk, featuring Adam Deitch, Adam Smirnoff, Cory Henry, Nigel Hall, Weedie Braimah, Eric “Benny” Bloom, and Ryan Zoidis. Late Night shows will take place at Elk’s Lodge after the Amphitheatre festivities are over. More information and a very limited supply of tickets can be found here. There’s more to look forward to than just musical adventures. Fool’s Paradise is also offering exciting Florida excursions with your favorite artists! Whether it’s mini-golf with Lettuce’s Eric Krasno and Jesus Coomes, crocodile crossing and zip-lining adventure with Break Science’s Borahm Lee, or a sailing escapade with Ryan Zoidis and Eric “Benny” Bloom, you’ll be rocking your Saturday alongside the best. More information and tickets can be found here.With so much to choose from, St. Augustine will be crawling with adventurous opportunities. The oldest city in the United States and fabled home to the Fountain of Youth, St. Augustine’s unique scenery and historical presence sets the city apart from any other in the country. With over 42 miles of beaches, incredible restaurants and bars, jetskiing, kayaking, fort tours, parasailing, and its own distillery, attendees will have plenty to explore. We can’t wait for Fool’s Paradise! All the information you need about the festival can be found on the official website.last_img read more

Leftover Salmon Announces Lineup For Their SolShine Festival

first_imgColorado’s own Leftover Salmon has announced details with their annual SolShine Music Festival, which is set to take place in Winter Park, CO from August 11th-14th. The festival will feature four sets from Leftover Salmon – two sets each on August 12th and 13th – while the rest of the lineup rounds itself out nicely with sets from Trout Steak Revival, The Record Company, Gipsy Moon, DeadPhish Orchestra and Sweet Lillies.Erik Deutsch, Greg Garrison and Alwyn Robinson will play a special late-night set one night, while DeadPhish Orchestra will kick things off on August 11th. The event will be held in Hideaway Park, and is a free, while ticketed shows will be held at Ullrs and Winter Park Pub. For more information and details, check out the Winter Park website.last_img

Study finds live operators are key to disease hotline success

first_imgJan 8, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A RAND Corporation study of how well local health departments handle telephone reports of urgent disease cases found that the best performers had a live person answering calls at all hours.The goal of researchers, who published their findings in the early online February edition of the American Journal of Public Health, was to determine what factors help health departments meet the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) standard for responding to urgent case reports. At the time of the study, the CDC said callers with such reports should be linked to a trained public health professional within 30 minutes.Telephone-based disease surveillance systems (TBDS) at local health departments serve as the first line of defense for identifying public health threats such as foodborne illnesses, and they play a critical role in the event of a bioterrorist or chemical attack or an outbreak of pandemic influenza.The researchers randomly selected health departments to represent various regions of the country and population sizes, though they excluded very small health departments. Of 124 health departments contacted to participate in the study, 74 agreed.Before the researchers made several test calls to the local TBDS systems, they obtained consent from health department directors and asked them not to share details about the project with staff members. The investigators also recorded details about each department’s TBDS system and asked each director to predict how well his or her system would perform. Calls were made both during and after business hours.When making the calls, the researchers recorded information about who answered the call (a person or an automated system), whether the call was immediately transferred to a public health professional or if a callback number was requested, and how long it took to reach a public health professional such as a nurse, epidemiologist, or physician.Health departments were rated as excellent if all calls were connected to a public health professional in 30 minutes or less, the CDC guideline. The department was rated fair if the response time for one or more calls was more than 30 minutes but less than 240, and poor if the response time was longer than 240 minutes or there was no response.Researchers found that 31% of the health departments met the CDC guideline and that reaching a live person on the initial call was the strongest predictor of optimal performance, both for business-hours and after-hours calls. The use of automated systems after hours was linked to poor performance. The average time it took to connect with a public health professional was 63 minutes.David J. Dausey, lead author of the report and an associate policy researcher at RAND Corp., said in a Jan 2 RAND press release that the results shows that local health departments can achieve consistent and timely responses to urgent case reports. “The fact that many departments were unable to respond in a consistent and timely way also demonstrates that there is room for continued improvement,” he said.After wrapping up the sample calls, the investigators interviewed officials at five of the top-performing health departments to determine other factors that contribute to good TBDS system performance. Practice, performance measurement, department leadership, and clear performance expectations were all reported to play a role.When the investigators compared department performance predictions with the study results, they found that 47% of directors overestimated how well their TBDS system would perform, 24% predicted the results accurately, and 13% underestimated how well their system would do.”The poor correlation between health department director expectations of performance and actual performance highlights the need for objective measurement,” the authors concluded.Many health departments believe the CDC’s standard is unrealistic, the authors acknowledged. However, they wrote that even if the standard were raised to 60 minutes, a significant number of health departments in the study would have performed below expectations.Dausey said in the press release that the CDC has shortened its guideline for reaching a trained public health professional by phone to 15 minutes.”These are complex systems, and there are a number of places where the system can break down,” he said, adding that other factors likely to help departments meet federal guidelines include ensuring that telephone operators receive proper training and having formal protocols in place for responding to calls.Dausey DJ, Chandra A, Schaefer AG, et al. Measuring the performance of telephone-based disease surveillance systems in local health departments. Am J Pub Health 2008 Feb;98(2)(early online publication) [Abstract]See also:Jan 2 RAND Corporation press releaselast_img read more

Krka National Park: HRK 80 million for the arrangement of the middle and upper reaches of the Krka

first_imgThe Ministry of Regional Development and European Union Funds, the Central Agency for Financing and Contracting and the Public Institution “Krka National Park” signed a grant agreement for projects financed from the European Structural and Investment Funds in the financial period 2014-2020. for the project “Unknown Krka: hidden treasures of the upper and middle reaches of the river Krka”.The total value of the project is HRK 80.057.649, of which the Ministry of Regional Development and European Union Funds will provide HRK 66.200.193 in grants, and the difference will be provided by the Krka National Park Public Institution.This is a project with reference number KK. applied for the Call for Proposals Promoting the sustainable use of natural heritage in national parks and nature parks, number KK. within the Operational Program “Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020”. “The middle and upper reaches of the Krka are extremely rich in natural phenomena, cultural and historical heritage. on the other hand, they achieved spatial and temporal dispersion of visitors and relieved Skradinski buk, the most visited waterfall on the river Krka. ” point out from the Krka National Park and that the project “Unknown Krka: hidden treasures of the upper and middle course of the Krka River” will further valorize the just mentioned area of ​​the Krka National Park.The aim of the project is to activate the untapped visitor and economic potential of the northern part of the Krka National Park by building infrastructure and capacity of key stakeholders, development of new educational visitor products and services to achieve better spatial and temporal distribution of visitors and overall social, economic and environmental well-being.The Eco Campus of Pula, an emerging research-scientific and educational-reception center, has a unique character in the county, which will undoubtedly be a generator of development of the upstream part of the Krka National Park and the areas that gravitate to it. JU “NP Krka” has invested 8 million kuna of its own funds in the Eco Campus Puljane for the arrangement of the archeological collection, construction works on the adaptation of the building in which the dining room and Internet center and wastewater treatment plant will be arranged. Additionally, a conference hall and an apartment for accommodating guests have been arranged and equipped.With its own funds, with the co-financing of the Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency, the institution also provided construction work on the adaptation of the laboratory of natural scientists, schools in nature, parking and fence in the amount of 6,3 million kuna.last_img read more