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Passport to a safer workplace

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. IOSH has joined forces with the Safety Pass Alliance (SPA) to launch a newpassport to improve health and safety training across industry. Officiallylaunched in London last month in the presence of HSE director-general TimothyWalker, the IOSH-SPA Passport benefits both contractors and client companies. Contractors whose workers are in possession of the passport will gain acompetitive advantage when bidding for work as they will be able to demonstrateknowledge of accredited health and safety training. Clients will be able toensure that induction focuses on the specific needs of their site and project,thus increasing the overall efficiency, economy and effectiveness of theproject. The passport unites the reputation, quality control and resources of IOSH’shealth and safety training provision with SPA’s experience in passport schemeoperation, programme design and client liaison to provide two days of training.Day one is the core day and incorporates seven modules covering basic healthand safety training, including safety, fire precautions, first aid, hazardoussubstances and manual handling. The second day is sector-specific and iswritten and developed by industry. The food and drink industry is the first tooffer the Passport, with the scheme being tailored to further sectors includingengineering and petrol retail. Security and integrity are key features and advantages and the Passportincludes a tamperproof photograph, a special ultra-secure “holocote”finish, a foil hologram and signature strip to help prevent fraud. It alsodisplays details of the individual’s training accomplishments to date. For further information on the IOSH-SPA Passport scheme, contact SarahWalker, Passport Administrator, tel: 0116-257 3180. Passport to a safer workplaceOn 1 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Mercury exposure in an endangered albatross: long-term changes and consequences for breeding success

first_imgMercury (Hg) is an environmental contaminant which, at high concentrations, can negatively influence avian physiology and demography. Albatrosses (Diomedeidae) have higher Hg burdens than all other avian families. Here, we measure total Hg (THg) concentrations of body feathers from adult grey-headed albatrosses (Thalassarche chrysostoma) at South Georgia. Specifically, we (i) analyse temporal trends at South Georgia (1989–2013) and make comparisons with other breeding populations; (ii) identify factors driving variation in THg concentrations and (iii) examine relationships with breeding success. Mean ± s.d. feather THg concentrations were 13.0 ± 8.0 µg g−1 dw, which represents a threefold increase over the past 25 years at South Georgia and is the highest recorded in the Thalassarche genus. Foraging habitat, inferred from stable isotope ratios of carbon (δ13C), significantly influenced THg concentrations—feathers moulted in Antarctic waters had far lower THg concentrations than those moulted in subantarctic or subtropical waters. THg concentrations also increased with trophic level (δ15N), reflecting the biomagnification process. There was limited support for the influence of sex, age and previous breeding outcome on feather THg concentrations. However, in males, Hg exposure was correlated with breeding outcome—failed birds had significantly higher feather THg concentrations than successful birds. These results provide key insights into the drivers and consequences of Hg exposure in this globally important albatross population.last_img read more

Micheal Winner

first_imgBut Winner is frank in admitting that his career as a columnist was only a means to an end: “I never wanted to be a journalist. I wanted to be a film director – but I had to get near people in movies.” Although much of his directorial output can be mocked with the clear eye of hindsight, it is hard to disagree with Winner’s statement that “I worked with the biggest stars of all time.” His actors included Robert Duvall, Oliver Reed and Burt Lancaster, of whom he speaks with particular affection: “My best friend in the industry was Burt Lancaster. He threatened to kill me three times. But he was a wonderful man – he only threatened to kill his friends.” If Lancaster was Winner’s best friend, though, it was not this relationship which was to make him most famous. Winner is, in fact, probably best remembered for his work with Charles Bronson, who starred in the Death Wish films, although Winner admits that, after their first film, “I didn’t think he liked me.” However, their professional relationship was secured when Bronson insisted that Winner direct his next picture. There is a danger that any discussion of Winner’s prolific directorial career simply turns into a dialogue of name-dropping. But Winner’s attitude to the film industry, so different to the distain he applies to other fields, prevents this from happening: “I’m a fan. Everyone in the industry is a fan. To suddenly have Orson Wells and Marlon Brando on the phone…It was a great thrill.” Although he frequently refers to these screen icons by their first names, it smacks, not of ‘luviness’, but of a true fondness for his colleagues, especially Brando, with whom he was close friends and who he spoke to only a few days before his death. This attachment appears to have been mutual as Brando once commented, “Michael Winner is the only person I’ve ever met who doesn’t talk to me in the way he thinks I wish to be spoken to.” Certainly Winner does not seem to be one for unwarrented flattery.Gradually our discussion moves away from his film carreer, on to his charity work for the Police Memorial Trust. Winner was instrumental in the campaign to get the Police Memorial erected in The Mall. This task took him ten years, and the memorial was eventually unveiled by the Queen in April 2005. For this work Winner was offered an OBE. An honour some would think, but not Michael Winner, who refers to the award as a “bloody insult…I’m perfectly happy to carry on my good work without any recognition.” However, when pressed further on the subject, Winner does admit, “I might have accepted a knighthood, to be honest. I wouldn’t have accepted anything less.” Such honesty might be refreshing, were it not for the feeling that Winner has said it all before. His anti-establishment, devil-may-care lines seem decidedly rehearsed; Winner is a practised media personality who knows exactly how he comments will go down with those who read them. On the surface, it is very easy to dislike Michael Winner. He is a man whose career in film revolves around violence and smut, and who is now predominantly known for scathing food reviews and a supremely annoying car advert. Indeed, even the Oxford Union, where we met, did not escape the cutting tones of Winner’s pen. Writing about the experience later, he described the food as “pretty awful”, although he admitted that he very much enjoyed the company. Maybe a high tolerance for hacks should be added to the charges against him.Fittingly, then, our conversation opened with Winner’s own journalistic career at Oxford – which is odd, because he went to Cambridge and edited Varsity. In a move that Winner describes as a “major upheaval”, he decided to bring out an Oxford edition of the paper. This not only caused enough scandal to make the national newspapers but, unsurprisingly, caused a bit of a stir in Oxford as well: “I learnt when I was coming here that some of the Cherwell staff were going to throw me in the river. So I took the precaution of bringing with me the Cambridge Water-Skiing team.” His final words on his experience with student journalism sum up the legacy he left at Varsity: “When I became editor of the paper, it was extremely rich, had an enormous amount of money – and by the time I’d finished, it was broke!” Chastise him all you want. He was selfish and irresponsible, but he did what every student paper would secretly love to be able to do: publish what you want, spend as much as you want and hang the consquences. This seems to be Winner’s philosophy of sorts; do what you like and leave the clearing up until tomorrow.However, Varsity was not Winner’s first foray into the abandoned world of journalism. He had, in fact, been writing a column for the Syndicate of Local Newspapers since the age of fourteen. This job came about following a visit to Winner’s school from the publisher Paul Hamlyn, who was persuaded by Winner to give him copies of all his film books. Then, in a characteristically daring act of self-promotion, Winner rang all the film studios, claiming he was writing a book for Hamlyn, allowing him access to the world of movies, which was what he really wanted. He met and interviewed all the big names of the day, including James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich and Louis Armstrong. Winner punctuates these stories of his adolescent japes with a laugh that fills the room, and would probably cause the corners of even the most hardened mouth to twitch upwards. Yet nestled within his nostalgia, there is a sense of something lost. He believes that the film industry has “changed beyond human belief”, and there is an implicit admittance in this statement that his tactics would have gotten him nowhere in today’s market. Yet Winner’s brash behaviour in the public eye seems only a cover for the difficulties he has recently experienced in his private life. At the beginning of the year Winner was admitted to a private hospital in London, having contracted the bacterial infection Vibrio Vulnificus. Often incurred after eating contaminated oysters, the disease has a 50 per cent mortality rate within the first forty-eight hours. Winner himself “was pronounced dead five times.” But despite the seriousness of his illness – which lead to media reports that he may have to have a leg amputated – Winner remains pragmatic about his brush with death: “People asked, ‘what did it make you realise?’. I said, ‘That illness is a fucking nuisance.’” Some might say more than a nuisance; Winner was in hospital for three months and has estimated that his medical bills totalled at least £750,000. After the near-death experience, things seem to be looking up for Winner. He has become engaged to his girlfriend, Geraldine, whom he first met in 1967. Yet even after forty years, Winner is in no hurry to tie the knot. Almost in a parody of his own insurance adverts, he explains: “Please, please, I’m not getting married, dear. I’m engaged. I said to Geraldine, ‘It’s taken me seventy-one years to get engaged, don’t hold your breath for the wedding.’” Indeed, this is Winner’s first attempt at matrimony, despite – or perhaps because of – claiming to have slept with over one hundred and fifty women. When asked if he regrets never having had a family, Winner replies with characteristic candour: “You can have the life with children and a family, or you can have the life that I’ve had, as a very lusty bachelor. And the life I’ve had has been marvellous.” Winner also appears to have conducted his seductions with class; he remains close friends with many of his ex-girlfriends and speaks to some of them “three or four times a day” on the telephone. There are not many people around today like Michael Winner. He is one of the old guard, and there is a sense that he, too, realises this. He speaks of his life in the past tense as if the fast times are over, and a quiet reflection is now due; he is, after all, a pensioner. In frail health himself (he has been limiting public appearances this year), he also makes references to looking after old friends and ex-girlfriends when they become ill, sounding far less like a celebrity than a sheltered housing resident. This feeling of nostalgia, therefore, makes it easier to forgive Winner’s pomposity and his practised responses. It also means that, deep down, it is very difficult to dislike Michael Winner; the most that can be mustered is slight disapproval, couched in grudging admiration.last_img read more

BB’s takes to forecourts in first move from malls

first_imgBB’s Coffee & Muffins plans to open up to 25 outlets in petrol station forecourts in the UK by the end of next year, after launching the first at a branch of Shell in Middlesbrough last month.The move is the first time the coffee and bakery chain has opened outlets outside shopping centres in the UK and comes after signing a joint venture with Elite Fuels – a forecourt retailer that operates franchises for Shell and BP. A second forecourt operation is due to open in the next few months.Retail and brand director Michele Young said BB’s is also in talks with another forecourt retailer about opening further branches. “We see huge potential for growth in this area and expect to have around 25 cafés in forecourts by the end of 2010. We can operate on a managed, franchise or joint venture basis,” she said. BB’s has piloted similar forecourt operations in Ireland over the last two years, she added.The Middlesbrough store takes up around 20sq m in the petrol station’s Revive shop and serves handmade muffins, freshly prepared sandwiches, snacks and espresso-based coffee. “Our muffins are made from scratch each day in our cafés and, if they are not eaten that day, they aren’t sold,” she said. “They are very different to our competitors’ or other mass-manufactured products, which are thawed from frozen. We bake our baguettes each morning in our cafés and our sandwiches are hand-filled each day.”BB’s manages the Middles-brough operation on behalf of the joint venture with Elite. “Our strength is in running forecourts, not foodservice operations,” said Visvanathan Ramakrishnan, director of Elite Fuels. “So it makes sense for us to bring in an established brand with expertise in this area. BB’s brings all the expertise in shop-fitting, operations, business development and marketing to make this potentially a profitable and head- ache-free venture for us.”last_img read more

Phil Lesh Leads Terrapin Family Band Through Matinee Performance In Vegas [Gallery]

first_imgPhil Lesh concluded his three night run at the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, bringing the regular musicians from his home venue Terrapin Crossroads for a matinee performance. The show featured Grahame Lesh, Ross James and Alex Koford, with special guest work from Chris Robinson Brotherhood members Neal Casal and Adam MacDougall.The one set performance featured some tight playing from the whole band, opening with “Help On The Way > Slipknot!” before heading into “Fire On The Mountain.” Lesh & co. would then return to “Slipknot!” before bringing out the upbeat “Franklin’s Tower,” and the hits kept on coming. “Bird Song,” “Jack Straw,” “Lady With A Fan/Terrapin Station,” and an encore “Touch of Grey” were among some of the Grateful Dead classics touted by the band throughout the night.Check out the setlist below, as well as a full gallery from Erik Kabik.Setlist: Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band | Brooklyn Bowl | Las Vegas, NV | 1/22/17Set: Help on the Way > (GL)Slipknot! >Fire on the Mountain > (AK)Slipknot! >Franklin’s Tower (NC, RJ)Never Been to Spain (NC)Bird Song > (PL)Jack Straw > (AK, GL, NC)Like a Rolling Stone (RJ)Lady with a Fan > (PL)Terrapin Station > (AK, GL, NC)I Know You Rider (all)E: Touch of Grey (AK) Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Poll finds many in U.S. lack knowledge about Ebola and its transmission

first_imgAlthough the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports no known cases of Ebola transmission in the United States, a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)/SSRS poll released August 21, 2014 shows that four-in-ten (39 percent) adults in the U.S. are concerned that there will be a large outbreak in the U.S., and a quarter (26 percent) are concerned that they or someone in their immediate family may get sick with Ebola over the next year.The nationally representative poll of 1,025 adults was conducted August 13-17, 2014 by researchers at HSPH and SSRS, an independent research company. The margin of error for total respondents is +/- 3.6 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a severe, often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates, such as monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees. Four countries have reported infections: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. Officials report 1,350 have died as of August 21, 2014 and over 2,473 people have been infected since March 2014. Get an update on the outbreak from the CDC. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Bacow sits down with lawmakers

first_img A plea to support DACA The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. In testimony before Congress, Harvard graduate, chosen for a Rhodes, worries about being able to return to U.S. afterward Harvard President Larry Bacow traveled to the nation’s capital this week to meet with members of Congress to discuss a range of University priorities and concerns, including the uncertainties federal immigration policy has created for faculty and students at Harvard and at universities across the nation. In a related move, Bacow also sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan last week calling on them to expedite the visa and immigration process for foreign students and researchers.Bacow’s visit comes almost exactly a year after his first visit to Washington, D.C., as Harvard’s 29th president. His itinerary on this trip included meetings with Sen. Ted Cruz, J.D. ’95 (R-Texas); Sen. Pat Toomey ’84 (R-Pa.); Senate Armed Services Ranking Member Jack Reed, M.P.P. ’73, J.D. ’82 (D-R.I.); Sen. Dan Sullivan ’87 (R-Alaska); Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.); House Appropriations Chair Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.); Rep. Lori Trahan (D-Mass.); and House Ways and Means Chair Richard Neal (D-Mass.).In his conversations with lawmakers Bacow discussed Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which gives limited-term protection from deportation to emigrants from countries embroiled in armed conflict or dealing with natural disaster; the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a policy that protects from deportation immigrants brought to the U.S. as children; the newly mandated federal endowment tax, a 2017 law calling for an excise tax of 1.4 percent on investment income at private colleges and universities with at least 500 tuition-paying students and endowments worth at least $500,000 per student; and federal funding for research universities.In his letter, Bacow urged Pompeo and McAleenan to find ways to make the process of receiving student and academic visas speedier and more predictable. Visa delays, wrote Bacow, “are making these scholars’ attendance and engagement in the university unpredictable and anxiety-ridden. Students report difficulties getting initial visas — from delays to denials. Scholars have experienced postponements and disruptions for what have previously been routine immigration processes such as family visas, renewal of status, or clearance for international travel,” hindering their work and, in some instances, their medical residencies.Bacow also noted that increased scrutiny around a few countries has contributed to heightened student and faculty anxiety. “Academic science is open and collaborative,” his letter continued. “While we support appropriate measures to safeguard valuable intellectual property, national defense, and sensitive, emerging technologies, singling out one country and its citizens is incompatible with the culture and mission of higher education and our national ideals.”He reminded them that the work done at Harvard and other universities has driven “innovation that has helped shape the economy, fostered new industries, and improved health and well-being both in the United States and around the world.”Bacow’s recent letter echoes one he sent to Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in March calling for the chamber’s party leaders to find a solution that would enable a path toward citizenship for DACA recipients, and for the lawmakers to act to protect individuals with TPS.Bacow’s meetings followed weekend raids carried out by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents that targeted undocumented immigrants. While not as extensive as many had feared, the raids signaled the White House’s willingness to crack down on immigration amid calls from lawmakers for a more comprehensive approach to immigration reform. The meetings also came after the recent release of Treasury Department guidelines for the tax on private colleges and universities.,As part of his trip, Bacow met with students and alumni and continued to make the case for public service. On Monday night he attended a reception celebrating civic work, hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics (IOP) and including participants in the Summer in Washington Program, which connects Harvard undergraduates with those working in politics and public service in D.C. This summer 225 IOP interns are working in 30 states and nine countries.“The Institute of Politics underscores the reason that Harvard exists,” Bacow told the group. “I think this is a responsibility which we all bear, and that the world has never needed committed, active, engaged citizens more than now. I would suggest that this is not a time for good people to be sitting on the sidelines. This is a time in which good people need to roll up their sleeves and get involved.”,In his remarks at last year’s IOP D.C. event, Bacow signaled he would be an advocate for public service during his presidency, and he reiterated those sentiments in his inaugural address last fall, saying he would create opportunities “so we can guarantee every undergraduate who wants one a public-service internship of some kind — an opportunity to see the world more expansively, and to discover their own powers to repair that world.”This year, in response to Bacow’s call, the IOP increased its director’s summer intern program by 25 percent and plans to expand it further in 2020.Harvard also recently launched the Service Starts with Summer Program, a new initiative sponsored by Harvard College and the Phillips Brooks House Association that offers incoming first-years the opportunity to pursue service projects during the summer months. This year more than 70 students from the U.S. and abroad are taking part in projects ranging from working at food banks to helping refugees to protecting the environment. Related President Bacow goes to Washington Harvard’s new leader tells audience he’ll be a vocal advocate for public service, higher education last_img read more

Prescribed Burn.

first_imgFight fire with fire. That’s exactly what foresters do with prescribed burning in Georgia woodlands. By burning away the undergrowth in a controlled way, they lower the risk of damaging wildfires. They also make trees grow better.Prescribed burning managers who have been in charge of at least five prescribed burns and have two years’ experience can attend a PBM certification program July 17 in Tifton, Ga.A $35 fee covers a study manual, lunch, refreshment breaks and numbered certificates for those who pass. To sign up, contact the University of Georgia’s Tifton Campus Conference Center no later than July 1.To learn more about the program, call Neal Edmondson at (478) 751-3332 or Verna Kea at (229) 386-3416. Or go to the Web site.last_img read more

Ice Cream Works holds fundraiser for ITP Awareness Month

first_imgOWEGO (WBNG) — Ice Cream Works held a fundraiser for ITP Awareness month and to honor one of their coworkers today. Abbey Luffman passed away back in January due to a rare blood disease, ITP.  ITP stands for Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. It’s a disorder that affects platelets in the blood that are used for blood clotting. Abbey’s family will be doing a virtual walk to raise money for the Platelet Disorder Support Association.  Part of the proceeds will go to Abbey’s scholarship at Owego Free Academy, and her coworkers are donating their tips, too. center_img Marcy Luffman, Abbey’s mom, says they appreciate Ice Cream Works for holding this fundraiser.  “I know the community has been wonderful supporting us through all of this and it really means the world to us,” Luffman said. “Makes us very happy.”last_img read more

El Salvadoran sisters attending online classes up a tree

first_imgIt’s especially hard to get a strong phone signal to access the internet in the El Tigre canton, near the border with Guatemala, where the Matilde and Marlene Pimentel live.”For most of us living in rural areas it’s difficult (to study.) There’s no (internet) connection,” Matilde, 22, who’s studying mathematics in college, told AFP.She’s joined on her daily escapade by 19-year-old Marlene, who is studying statistics.The seventh and eighth of 10 children, these ladies are aiming to be the first members of their family to graduate from the state University of El Salvador. Read also: Remote learning hampered by lack of student-teacher interaction, KPAI survey finds’Positive story’ Their touching story came to light when police officer Castro Ruiz stumbled across Matilde “in the middle of nowhere” while patrolling the El Tigre mountain.Finding the young woman on a path leading to a lush olive tree, “my first impression was that something had happened to her,” Ruiz told AFP.When he asked her what had happened, her reply stunned him: “I just want to study.”Touched by such a “positive story,” the officer took a photo and published it on Facebook, where it went viral.To reach the peak of the mountain in the middle of the rainy season, the sisters walk a kilometer along a slippery path while avoiding snakes hiding in the undergrowth.They tackle the journey weighed down by a foldable table and chairs, while trying to keep the rain off their heads with an umbrella.”This is the only way to get a little bit of a signal, and sometimes even here it doesn’t work,” Marlene told AFP, speaking from her perch in the olive tree. She admits to being afraid of falling out of the tree, and scared of the “venemous animals” lurking in the grass in this lush area.When not studying, the sisters sell bread at the weekend to help out their father, who grows sweetcorn, beans and squash.Fending off mosquitos Erick Palacios, a university student in Ojo de Agua, around 20 kilometers west of the capital San Salvador, has to climb a hill strewn with rocks and waste to access the internet.”I came here because I realized it was clear … it gave me a signal,” said the 20-year-old, who is studying to get a degree in communications at the private Jose Matias Delgado university.Perched on three bricks and covered by an umbrella, Palacios admits that taking classes in this way is “uncomfortable” because of the mosquitos he must fend off.He’s decided to visit other students in Ojo de Agua to collect signatures to present to internet providers so they can see how many “people are interested in a good service.”El Salvador is divided almost in half lengthwise by volcanoes that disrupt mobile phone signals.According to Internet World Status, almost 60 percent of El Salvador’s 6.6 million resident use the internet.The coronavirus pandemic has left 463 million children worldwide unable to attend online classes, a UNICEF report out Wednesday said. Two sisters in western El Salvador are taking their love of learning to great heights: every day they climb a mountain, then scramble up an olive tree to get a signal to access their online college lessons.Thousands of El Salvadorans living in rural areas have faced the same juggling act since March, when authorities closed schools and universities to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus.center_img Topics :last_img read more