Briefing

first_img Previous Article Next Article BriefingOn 1 May 2004 in Personnel Today A round-up of news from the professional journalsCourt rules against use of a hoist The right of community nurses to work without putting their own health atrisk through lifting patients has been dealt a serious blow by a recent courtjudgment. Barrister Suzanne Fullbrook told an RCN ethics conference in Londonof a judgment made against East Sussex County Council, in which the family oftwo pro-foundly disabled sisters argued that their dignity at home wasinfringed by the use of a hoist. Nursing Standard, 13 April Calming influence Live performances of ballet and jazz are reducing the levels of aggressionamong patients in an A&E unit. The weekly performances at Chelsea andWestminster Healthcare NHS Trust are held in the hospital’s reception area andthe entertainers have also visited wards and A&E. The initiative is part ofan ongoing study into the effect of music on patients due to be published inthree months. Nursing Standard, 13 April Nurse prescribing The Government has announced plans for a major extension to nurseprescribing powers. The new proposals will allow suitably competentpractitioners to prescribe emergency medication such as thrombolytic drugs andantibiotics. Nurses can already prescribe more than 180 medicines and, underthe new scheme, 60 more would be added to the list. Nursing Times, 14 April Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Petronas discovers hydrocarbons offshore Suriname

first_imgThe discovery, which is Petronas’ first in Suriname, is made in block 52 located north of the coast of Paramaribo The discovery was made after the drilling of the Sloanea-1 exploration well. (Credit: Zachary Theodore on Unsplash) Malaysian oil and gas company Petronas has announced making a hydrocarbon discovery in block 50, offshore Suriname.The discovery, which is Petronas’ first in Suriname, was made after the drilling of the Sloanea-1 exploration well in the block.Using the Maersk Developer rig, the Sloanea-1 exploration well was drilled to a total depth of 4,780 metres.Petronas said that the well encountered several hydrocarbon-bearing sandstone packages with good reservoir qualities in the Campanian section.To assess the full extent of the discovery, a further evaluation is being undertaken by the block partners.Petronas Suriname E&P (PSEPBV) is the operator of block 50 with a 50% stake. ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Suriname is Petronas’ partner in the block, owing the remaining stake.Petronas exploration, upstream vice president Emeliana Rice-Oxley said: “We are pleased with the positive results of the well. It will provide the drive for PETRONAS to continue exploring in Suriname, which is one of our focus basins in the Americas.“We look forward to further successful collaboration with our partner ExxonMobil and further strengthen our relationship with the government of the Republic of Suriname, as a solutions partner, progressing towards delivering clean and reliable energy to the market.”According to Petronas, the Sloanea-1 well data demonstrates excellent calibration of the hydrocarbon potential of the block.Covering an area of 4,749 km², Block 52 is located north of the coast of Paramaribo, Suriname’s capital city.The block is also within the prospective Suriname-Guyana basin, where major hydrocarbon discoveries have been made.PSEPBV, a subsidiary of Petronas, also holds a 100% participating interest and operatorship in Block 48, and a 30% non-operated participating interest in Block 53.last_img read more

New York meets London

first_imgWith sweeping views across the brand new US Embassy, L&Q @ The Residence, built by the UK’s largest landlord, feels more Midtown New York than Nine Elms.Reminiscent of the famous Chrysler building its stylised arches adorn the exposed brickwork façade of L&Q’s newest Private Rental Sector development, just moments from the River Thames.Located within central London’s largest regeneration zone, Nine Elms, L&Q @ The Residence will launch 114 one, two and three bedroom apartments this summer, each with its own balcony or terrace. L&Q @ The Residence will form part of the housing association’s ambition to deliver 25,000 PRS homes in its long term pipeline.Tenants have a residents-only roof garden, with amazing views across the River Thames and American Embassy, membership at a top of the range onsite gym is included in the monthly rental payments.Rents start at £1750 pcm.London’s Nine Elms development L&Q @ The Residence Nine Elms August 16, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » New York meets London previous nextLand & New HomesNew York meets LondonThe Negotiator16th August 20170579 Viewslast_img read more

Sri Lanka: Navy Arrests Persons Engaged in Illegal Fishing

first_img View post tag: fishing Sri Lanka: Navy Arrests Persons Engaged in Illegal Fishing View post tag: Persons Back to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lanka: Navy Arrests Persons Engaged in Illegal Fishing View post tag: Arrests View post tag: Defense View post tag: Navy View post tag: Engaged October 18, 2013 View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Naval personnel attached to SLN Dockyard of the Eastern Naval Command on routine patrol arrested 89 persons engaged in illegal fishing using purse seine nets on 17th October 2013 in the seas off Chapel Island and Dutch Bay in Trincomalee.The arrested persons along with the recovered items were handed over to the Fisheries Department officials in Trincomalee.[mappress]Press Release, October 18, 2013; Image: Navy Share this article View post tag: Illegallast_img read more

Adjunct Faculty in Biology (Bard Early College New Orleans)

first_imgThe Bard Early Colleges, tuition-free, satellite campuses of BardCollege operated through partnerships with public school systems,are founded on the belief that many high-school-age students areeager and ready for the intellectual challenges of a collegeeducation.Employer Website: https://apply.interfolio.com/78615Bard Early College New Orleans (BECNO), a partnership between BardCollege and the Louisiana Department of Education invitesapplications for an adjunct faculty position in the Sciences,teaching both lab-based and seminar style courses for the 2021-2022academic year.Candidates with expertise in any area of biology will beconsidered. We are seeking educators with a commitment to socialjustice, who are passionate about their fields of study, andinterested in working to advance equity through rigorous curriculamade accessible to students with varied academic preparation.Candidate must show a demonstrated proficiency and interest inteaching high school. Candidates who will have a Ph.D. at the timeof employment, or who are ABD, with high school and/or collegeteaching experience are preferred.Bard Early College in New Orleans engages bright, intellectuallycurious students through a tuition-free, immersive liberal artscurriculum offered to students in the last two years of highschool. By promoting authentic and supportive undergraduateopportunities, Bard Early College faculty and staff preparestudents of all academic backgrounds for further college success.Across our network, the Bard Early Colleges enable talented andhighly motivated students to complete a high school diplomaalongside an Associate of Arts degree from Bard College. Ouracademic program emphasizes student-led learning in smallseminar-style classes. We offer team-based intentional support forour non-traditional students, and a culture of collaborativepedagogical development for our teachers. We are looking forcandidates with familiarity using participatory pedagogy, a focuson interdisciplinarity in their curricular design, and ademonstrated commitment to promoting diverse working and learningenvironments.We are planning an in-person Fall semester with the possibility ofgoing remote depending on CDC guidelines. The faculty member shouldbe comfortable with teaching a hybrid course as some students mayonly be able to access the course remotely.We also ask our adjunct faculty to allot one hour of office hoursper course per week. The Fall semester begins August 2nd, 2021. Afull-day orientation for adjuncts will be scheduled the week ofJuly 26th.To apply, send a letter of interest and curriculum via: http://apply.interfolio.com/78615Review of applications to begin immediately.Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcomeapplications from those who contribute to our diversity. Allqualified applicants will receive consideration for employmentwithout regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physicaldisability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationalorigin, familial status, veteran status, or geneticinformation.Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, andreasonable accommodation for all individuals in employmentpractices, services, programs, and activities.AA/EOElast_img read more

Pembroke JCR turns beer into blood

first_imgIn their first JCR meeting of the year, Pembroke JCR has passed a motion to offer a pint of beer to every student who donates a pint of blood.The original motion stated that any Pembroke JCR member who donates a pint of blood this Tuesday will receive a free pint at the college bar, with an initial cap of £100, which was subsequently amended to a higher cap of £200.This motion was proposed following NHS Blood and Transplant’s request for 204,000 new blood donors in June, and the fact that currently only three to four per cent of the eligible population donates blood; facts which were stated in the motion.An amendment was passed to reimburse students the price of a pint whenever a member of the JCR donates blood during the course of this Michaelmas term, not just for the original day proposed.When approached for comment on Pembroke’s motion, Mark Bailey, Regional Marketing Manager at NHS Blood and Transplant, said, “We are aware that the Junior Common Room of Pembroke College at the University of Oxford is offering pints of beer to Pembroke students who sign up to donate blood.“While this is a nice initiative to thank the student community for registering to give blood and save lives, we need to emphasise that this is not an NHS Blood and Transplant scheme we’re backing as we can’t incentivise people to register as blood donors or donate blood.“New donors are crucial to replace donors who can’t donate anymore and will help ensure we have the right type and number of donors to provide the right mix of blood to match patient need in future. If Pembroke College students do take up this off er, we would encourage them not to drink alcohol immediately after donating blood.”Yoni Stone, Pembroke JCR RAG and Charities Rep, told Cherwell afterwards, “I am proud of Pembroke for promoting this worthwhile cause in such a way and strongly encourage other JCRs to also offer a Pint for a Pint.”last_img read more

In Wake of Suicide, Public Pleads for More Help for Students

first_imgOcean City High SchoolAs they did following the suicide of Ocean City High School senior Maliha Chowdhury in December 2014, the public came to the Ocean City Board of Education meeting on Wednesday night to share tearful testimonials in the wake of another student suicide.For an hour and 50 minutes, 19 different people spoke about their own or their child’s struggles with mental health, drugs, bullying and the pressures faced by today’s students, and they asked the school board and school administration to do more to help students at risk.Ocean City High School sophomore John Delgrande committed suicide last week.“We don’t live in Disneyland, and we can’t pretend that we do,” said Melissa Doyle-Waid, a Methodist pastor and district parent.“The stress levels the kids are expected to endure are more than we ever faced,” she said. “John and Maliha are kids who succeeded at committing suicide. There are a whole lot of others who have tried.”She urged the board to reach out to other resources in the community to create broad-based effort to help young people in need.A common theme of the public comments was that students who are not athletes or top students are often overlooked when they start to struggle.School Superintendent Kathleen Taylor opened the meeting with a statement mourning the loss of Delgrande and outlining the district’s multi-dimensional response to to the crisis. She spoke of the need to continue to take a holistic approach.“Students do not leave their mental health at the front door when they come to school,” she said.Special Services Director Matt Carey outlined the extensive measures the school has taken to address mental health, bullying and drug/alcohol issues district wide, to target specific problems at the school or classroom level, and to provide individual intervention. He said the district hired a student assistance coordinator, a mental health counselor and an additional guidance counselor as part of the effort.“Through the concern and generosity of the Sea Isle City Board of Education, yesterday we interviewed a social worker candidate with trauma clinical experience to provide additional services to the school district,” Carey said.The district plans a parent presentation on the issues at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Ocean City High School auditorium.Parent Greta Schwartz spoke of her son’s struggles with depression and drug issues and called the mental health system at large “a complete disaster.” She said drugs are a “huge problem” at the school, not just with recreational users but with kids self-medicating. She expressed her sadness and frustrations with teachers who she said failed to respond to heartfelt emails about her son. But she acknowledged the district’s initiatives.“Please keep working hard,” she said.Before calling for a moment of silence, Board President Joe Clark told the public, “We have heard you,” and he said the board would continue to work to do more.“Every teacher definitely cares about every student,” Ocean City Education Association representative Frank Butterick said in urging the board to create solutions and not targets.His comments were echoed by school nurse Alice Wolf and by Taylor.“If you saw the staff (in the days after Delgrande’s death), you would know how deeply they care,” Taylor said.Board member Jon Batastini asked members of the school community to help the board by sharing more information on bullies or drug users.“You have to be able to tell us who these people are,” he said.Board member William Holmes, an Upper Township representative, supported Doyle-Waid’s push for a community effort.“Perception is sometimes reality,” he said. “Everybody needs to come together.”last_img read more

Getting the l’eau down

first_imgMuch is made of ’greenwashing’ – the slightly sneery term levelled at businesses accused of hooking on to environmental schemes and painting themselves as tree- huggers. But for once, companies are being asked to take the term more literally and greenwash more. To do this, they need to be washing less.Confused? Put simply, manufacturers are being urged to take a more green approach to washing, effluent disposal and other uses of water. Food and drink production accounts for around 10% of all water used in UK industry and targets have been set to cut water usage by 20% by 2020, as part of The Federation House Commitment.It hardly needs pointing out that this cut, targeted by the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) with resource efficiency advisers Envirowise, would also mean 20% off the water bill. So how far down the line is the baking industry on water efficiency?a no-brainerForward-thinking businesses are already tackling it; to them the benefits are a no-brainer: water costs around 1% of a firm’s turnover, while advisory body Envirowise estimates that resource wastage can cost up to £1,000 per employee. “We have a number of projects under way to recycle water and reduce our usage. Such actions make sense for our business and the environment,” says Robert Schofield, CEO of Premier Foods, owner of RHM and British Bakeries.While bakers may not use as much water as, say, fruit and veg, usage, extraction, heating and pumping of water all have an environmental impact. David Fish, executive chairman of United Biscuits says: “As a company we are not heavy users of water, but this does not mean it is not important to reduce the amount we use.”So why commit to an industry-wide scheme? While most mana-gers are now aware of green business issues, their eyes are often too glued to sales spreadsheets to systematically tackle the issues. “The environment is a broad-reaching topic and you can become stuck in the discussion around the environment and less focused on the action you need to take,” says Fiona Dawson, MD of Mars Snackfood UK and chair of the FDF’s steering group on sustainability.This new scheme is supposed to offer a structured framework for companies to take action – an approach that has paid off for Scottish baker R Mathieson & Sons. It introduced a waste minimisation programme at its Falkirk bakery, appointing a “waste champion” to raise awareness and come up with initiatives. This reduced water consumption and effluent disposal costs, and all new employees at the 400-strong firm now undergo a waste minimi- sation training programme as part of the induction process.measure and manageThe trick is to treat water as if it were any other resource, much as Walkers Crisps now says it does. But far too many don’t even measure how much water they use. And if you don’t measure it, you can’t manage it. One of the first steps in the Commitment is to establish a baseline; the next is to measure site-specific water usage; action plans are then put in place against each site; and, finally, Envirowise will collate that data and publish it annually to show how much progress is being made.Savings in effluent and water costs of 20-30% can be made with almost no investment, claims Envirowise. Apart from using water meters and monitoring effluent at its commercial site, 40-shop Waterfields (Leigh) has installed a 3-cubic-metre box to collect the water off the office roof, which is then pumped through to clean the vans. “It might not be saving a huge amount but it’s a contribution,” says 2007 Baker of the Year John Waterfield. “It’s good practice to reduce it.”Greggs has also installed water meters in all of its bakeries, as well as taking water usage measurements on key pieces of equipment, such as tray washers. While the initial focus has been on tackling the bakeries, the next step will be rolling this out to its estate of shops.A spokesperson for Greggs says: “In all our newly-built bakeries we’re aiming to reuse water wherever possible. For example some of our grey water is used for washing our vehicle fleets. And we do have a small number of shops that are metered and that’s something that we’re looking to improve further in 2008.”More companies are investing in ’cleaning-in-place’ technologies – systems designed for automatic cleaning and disinfecting plant without major disassembly and assembly work – that need less water without compromising health and safety. Others are switching to non-water cooling technology, as Mars has done, bringing a 40% reduction in water used per tonne of product made.capital investmentSuch changes may need capital investment; Envirowise runs the Water Technology list for HM Revenue & Customs; this gives enhanced capital allowance for expenditure on the equipment featured on the list. So it helps with the payback time by improving the cashflow for companies that qualify.But it’s not just about plugging expensive gizmos into your plant. It is simpler – and cheaper – to change employees’ attitudes. Phil Annandale, Macphie’s environment manager, says equipment has been modified on-site and leaks fixed, but crucially, a water-saving culture is being promoted to achieve ongoing reductions.Water is not often seen as an expensive resource, and one which should be treated with great respect. “This Commitment shows attitudes are changing – but not in every company yet,” says Dr Stuart Ballinger, strategy director for Envirowise. Turning off taps, installing spray taps and water control devices all help.”The baking industry is no different to any other sector: you’ve got the ’washed and the unwashed’ – a proportion of businesses that are setting the standards and others that are further behind. But just through low-cost or no-cost initiatives, businesses can make savings. Measuring the successes and cele-brating that is very important to keep people improving.”invitation to take partThe FDF now wants to extend the initiative by inviting businesses, small and large, to take part in the scheme. Fiona Dawson of Mars says: “If this commitment were to be rolled out, not just to FDF members, we estimate that the savings could be up to the equivalent of 56 Olympic-sized swimming pools.”Paul Freeston, CEO of commitment signatories Apetito, parent company of pastry products manufacturer Waldens, adds that the environmental benefits of cutting water use go beyond the factory’s four walls: “It’s easy to take water for granted – but it’s a scarce and finite resource. It also requires energy and resources to collect, purify, distribute and clean up after we’ve used it.” n* To sign up to the Federation House Commitment visit: [http://www.fhc2020.co.uk]last_img read more

In my world

first_imgJo Fairley is co-owner of Judges organic bakery and grocery shop in Hastings and co-founded and sold Green & Black’s chocolate firm, with hubby Craig SamsWhatever your politics, there can hardly have been a small business in the land that didn’t give three cheers upon hearing that the new Con-Dem government plans to do away with a lot of the red tape we all have to endure at the moment. Quite how they’ll manage it, none of us is certain but I’m sure I’m not alone in hoping that the form-filling and constant checks that need to be carried out in the course of an average day are dramatically reduced.I do agree, of course, that customer safety is of paramount importance. But red tape seems to have taken over where common sense left off. Let’s look at the checks we have to do, for instance, on our freezers and our chiller cabinets. Judges is also a one-stop shop selling everything from milk to lettuces via wine and cheese. So, in the shop, we have four fridges and two deep freezes. ’Backstage’, we have five freezers and six chiller cabinets our sourdoughs are space-hungry while they take their 24 hours to riseOur local Environmental Health Officer a very pleasant chap, as it happens, and a customer, too insists that we take a temperature measurement of every single one of these chillers. Not once a day, not twice, but three times, with the temperatures noted on a chart. This takes one of my staff around 20 minutes, morning, noon and early evening before we shut up shop. At £6 an hour, I’m paying £42 a week, or £2,184 a year for that task alone and that’s the tip of the (carefully temperature-monitored) iceberg.We have HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Path) analyses to do, with flow-charts to produce accordingly. We have fire alarm checks, health and safety inspections and whole ring binders full of record-keeping, not to mention a requirement to send everyone to retake a Food Hygiene exam every three years. That’s another day out of the business all so that someone who has been safely working with food day-in and day-out for 36 months can renew their piece of paper. Wouldn’t it make more sense and cost the government a lot less money if they could self-certify, after that three-year period?Of course I don’t want to poison anyone, or injure them. I never forget a chilling story a friend told me when I announced we were taking over the bakery an incident many years beforehand which had put her off shopping there. Upon getting a custard tart home from the shop, my friend found a paperclip in it. Returning it to the bakery, the sales assistant took one look and commented: “Well, it can’t have happened here. We don’t use paperclips.”Obviously there have been some strides made on customer service at Judges since then, not to mention a major tightening-up of what is and isn’t allowed in the bakery area no glass, no paperclips, no un-netted hair in order to ensure that nothing like that ever happens again.Actually, what annoys me is that a lot of the red tape we face at the ’front end’ in baking and retail is to make up for the bad practices that go on with meat production, for instance, or the dairy industry think listeria, salmonella, etc. We have to make sure that what we’re doing eliminates the risk of contaminated food harming the public, because we’re the final interface with the customer, even if those pathogens were introduced way back in the food chain. A lot of the rest of the red tape, however, is simply because we’ve had too many bureaucrats sitting around in Whitehall, apparently with nothing better to do than make it almost impossible for bakers and shopkeepers to cut through that tape and get on with what we’re good at: feeding the nation, not filling in endless forms and charts.Dave ’n’ Nick, we’re all ears.last_img read more

Press release: One month to go before introduction of Making Tax Digital for VAT

first_imgWhat do businesses need to do?Accountants or other tax representative will already be aware of MTD and will advise businesses how and when they need to make changes to be ready for the new service.Those already using software will simply need to ensure it’s MTD-compatible then sign up to the new service and authorise their software for MTD.For those who are not using an accountant or don’t currently use software, it is quick and easy to sign up and there is lots of information available to help them prepare, including about what software is available.Take steps to find out if your business is affected by the Making Tax Digital changes and what you need to do if it is. Most businesses above the VAT threshold have to start keeping their records digitally and sending their VAT return to HMRC direct from their software for VAT periods starting on or after 1 April.Talk to your accountant or other agent – if you use one to manage your VAT affairs – about how they are making returns MTD-compliant.Speak to your software provider if you already use software to ensure it will be compatible.Those businesses that are either not represented by an accountant and/or do not already use software will need to select software to use and sign up to MTD, then authorise their new software for MTD. Our GOV.UK webpages provide information on a wide variety of products, from free software for businesses with more straightforward tax affairs, to increasingly sophisticated paid solutions. There are also products that can be used in conjunction with a spreadsheet for those businesses that don’t want to change their underlying record keeping system.There are webinars and videos for Making Tax Digital available online.MTD is part of the government’s #Smartergov campaign which was launched to drive innovation through the public sector.Further InformationHMRC recognises that businesses will require time to become familiar with the new requirements of MTD. HMRC has been clear that during the first year of mandation, it will take a light touch approach to digital record keeping and filing penalties where businesses are doing their best to comply with the law. But this does not mean a blanket ‘no penalties promise’.No business will be forced to go digital for their VAT returns if they are unable to. Anyone who is already exempt from online filing of VAT will remain so under MTD, and there is further provision for those who cannot adapt to the new service due to age, disability, location or religion to apply for an exemption.Those businesses that are registered for VAT but are below the VAT threshold are also not required to use the MTD service, but can choose to do so. Almost 1.2 million businesses have one month to go before the introduction of Making Tax Digital (MTD) – a new way of keeping business records and submitting digital VAT returns. It has never been more important for businesses to be able to seize the opportunities that digital technology offers. Making Tax Digital helps them to do just that – making it easier for businesses to get their tax right first time by transforming how they keep their records and send information to HMRC. It will give businesses more control over their finances, allowing them to spend time focusing on innovation, growth and the creation of jobs. Theresa Middleton, Director of the Making Tax Digital for Business Programme, said: Nearly 30,000 businesses have already signed up to the new service which will give them a more integrated approach to business and tax. This will reduce the time they spend on administration in the longer term and make it easier for them to get their tax right.For VAT periods from 1 April 2019, most businesses above the VAT threshold will need to keep their records digitally and submit their VAT return using MTD-compatible software. HMRC has written to every business that will be mandated with information on what they should do and how.Mel Stride, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, said: There are over 160 software products for businesses to choose from with a range of prices, including some that are free, offering different levels of functionality to suit every business. It’s time to get on board and join the thousands of businesses already experiencing the benefits of MTD. I urge all business to take action immediately. There are many very simple solutions available to make the process of filing really simple. Making Tax Digital will help our members to streamline record keeping, ease the submission of returns and reduce the chances of an error or oversight. The process is straightforward and efficient. Marco Forgione, CEO of the British Antique Dealers Association, said: HMRC is urging businesses to sign up now. Easy-to-use guides for businesses, agents and others are available on GOV.UK.last_img read more