Danish regulator sends employees home over Covid-19 risk

first_img Spillemyndigheden, the Danish gambling regulator, has sent home all staff as part of the country’s decision to send all non-critical public sector staff home from March 12 to March 29 due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). Legal & compliance Spillemyndighedens, the Danish gambling regulator has sent home all staff as part of the country’s decision to send all non-critical public sector staff home from March 12 to March 29 due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).The decision means that employees will work from home and all in-person meetings scheduled to take place at the Spillemyndighedens’ offices have been replaced with online meetings.“We hope that the situation can be resolved with the fewest possible nuisances and regret the hassle it may cause,” the regulator said.Elsewhere, Lithuania’s Gambling Supervisory Authority has announced that requests to self-exclude may only be served online until 27 March over threats of the virus and Latvia’s Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Authority will not receive visitors in person from 13 March this year until 14 April 2020.The virus has already caused major disruption across the world of sport, which is likely to be felt on sports betting operators’ bottom lines. The English Premier League has suspended all games until 3 April after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi both tested positive for the disease. The English Football League also suspended all games until 3 April, while the FA Cup and Women’s Super League have also been suspended.Uefa, football’s European governing body, today announced that all Champions League and Europa League matches due to be played next week have all been postponed.In the US, the NHL, NBA and MLS have been suspended, while the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has cancelled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, including March Madness, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. This week, Newgioco warned that the closure of its shops in the country could have an impact on revenue, while Playtech also confirmed it had temporarily shut all of its Snaitech stores to comply with the government-ordered lockdown.Elsewhere, Holland Casino has closed all of its branches across The Netherlands until at least 31 March. As of midnight last night, its 14 casinos in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam, Scheveningen, Zandvoort, Groningen, Leeuwarden, Breda, Nijmegen, Enschede, Valkenburg, Eindhoven and Venlo are shut. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Topics: Legal & compliance Strategycenter_img Danish regulator sends employees home over Covid-19 risk Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: Europe Baltics Nordics Latvia Lithuania Denmark 13th March 2020 | By Daniel O’Boylelast_img read more

Redstar Express Plc (REDSTA.ng) Q12014 Interim Report

first_imgRedstar Express Plc (REDSTA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Redstar Express Plc (REDSTA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Redstar Express Plc (REDSTA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Redstar Express Plc (REDSTA.ng)  2014 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileRedstar Express Plc offers an air express service in Nigeria and provides transportation, warehousing and supply chain management services. Its services encompass international and domestic express delivery, freight forwarding, integrated logistics solutions, information and document management solutions, warehousing and e-commerce solutions. Domestic products include Red Star Express Domestic services for same day, priority and package collections. Domestic direct distribution streamlines the movement of shipments from the manufacturer to multiple end users; customer and address verifications services offer a streamlined express service for financial institutions and large corporations; bulk mail services are designed to move bulk items such as annual reports, share offer forms, share certificates, customer invoices and direct mail; special project services include product sampling, delivery and retrieval of promotional items. International products include a point-to-point delivery service, international inbound collections and direct distribution. Value added services include online tracking, signature proof of delivery, insurance, customs clearance, packaging and desktop software shipping solutions. Redstar Express Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Redstar Express Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Western Kansas bishop embraces rare dual role that includes maintaining…

first_img Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Washington, DC Rector Albany, NY Bishop Consecrations, Western Kansas bishop embraces rare dual role that includes maintaining parish priest duties Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Martinsville, VA Tags Featured Jobs & Calls Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Press Release Service The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Tampa, FL Western Kansas Bishop Mark Cowell is ordained Dec. 1 at Christ Episcopal Cathedral in Salina, Kansas. Photo: Diocese of Western Kansas, via Facebook[Episcopal News Service] Western Kansas Bishop Mark Cowell had not yet been ordained a full month when he made his first official visit to a congregation in the diocese that he was newly entrusted to lead. St. Mary & St. Martha of Bethany Episcopal Church in Larned, Kansas, was an easy choice to kick off a rotation of first-Sunday visits to congregations in the rural, sparsely populated western half of the state.In a unique twist found only in the Diocese of Western Kansas, Cowell “visited” his own congregation. Cowell was vicar of St. Mary & St. Martha when he was elected bishop on May 5, and he remained in both roles for his Christmas Eve visit.A bishop who also serves as parish priest? That’s just how they do it in Western Kansas, and Cowell’s multitasking doesn’t end there. He also leads a second congregation, Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in Kinsley, and his list of additional part-time jobs includes municipal prosecutor in Dodge City and county attorney for Hodgeman County.“It works for me. It just fits the way my brain works,” Cowell said in an interview with Episcopal News Service. “Bouncing around from topic to topic and bouncing around from one job to another just seems to suit me.”Part-time bishops aren’t unusual, but Cowell is thought to be the only dual-role bishop who also serves a congregation. His predecessor, Bishop Mike Milliken, also served a parish for most of his episcopacy. There are no other bishops currently dividing their time in the same way, according to Bishop Todd Ousley, who assists dioceses with bishop searches as head of the Episcopal Church’s Office of Pastoral Development.Milliken told ENS he often was asked how he divided his time between bishop duties and his rector role at Grace Church in Hutchinson, whether he devoted his mornings to one and his afternoons to the other.“It really doesn’t work that way. It’s more like having children,” he said. “You deal with the one who needs your attention at that point, realizing that it takes some organizational skills and some planning and keeping a handle on your calendar.”It helps that everyone in Western Kansas chips in and looks out for each other. Being bishop is “not a Lone Ranger type of show,” Milliken said. “It takes a lot of people working together on this.”The diocese has fewer than 30 congregations, some of which only worship together once a month, and though Cowell has plenty of work to do, administrative tasks aren’t high on his list of priorities. “This is not a diocese where you need to spend a lot of time in the office,” Cowell said, and he enjoys meeting with local parishioners, whether he’s on an official visit or just stopping by to say hello and to help out.“Quite frankly, we don’t do anything that formally out here,” Cowell said. “It gives me an opportunity to see my friends who happen to be going to church at all these different churches.”Bishops and clergy gather in Salina, Kansas, on Dec. 1 for the consecration of Western Kansas Bishop Mark Cowell, center. Photo: Diocese of Western KansasRethinking the role of bishopFinancial constraints and the limited number of priests in Western Kansas are among the reasons the diocese has opted for a part-time bishop who shares congregational duties. Though it may be the only diocese with that arrangement, it isn’t the only one responding to such challenges by rethinking the role of the bishop.The Diocese of Vermont is in the middle of its search to replace outgoing Bishop Thomas Ely, and its Bishop Discernment and Nominating Committee chose to seek candidates interested in approaching the role from a “bishop in partnership” perspective. That doesn’t mean the new bishop will be taking on congregational roles, but the diocese emphasizes collaboration.“We seek a bishop who will partner with Episcopalians in Vermont to recognize, affirm, and raise up mutual ministry models in our congregations and in our larger diocesan life, as all ministry springs from the common call of our baptism,” the candidate profile says.Diocese of Eastern Oregon Bishop Patrick Bell has maintained a primary residence in Idaho, outside the diocese, since he became bishop in 2016. He commutes to Eastern Oregon, spending most of his time as bishop traveling the diocese to visit congregations. His position is part time, as it was for his predecessor, Bishop Nedi Rivera.Bishop Jay Lambert also serves part time in the Diocese of Eau Claire, which covers the less-populated northwest third of Wisconsin. In an email to ENS, Lambert called himself and Bell unique in that they became diocesan bishops after retiring as priests.In other dioceses, bishops’ decisions to take on additional roles could be described as situational. North Dakota Bishop Michael Smith assumed leadership of Gethsemane Cathedral in Fargo in 2011 when the cathedral’s dean stepped down. Gethsemane is now led by the Very Rev. Mark Strobel, who was installed in 2015.Northern Michigan Bishop Rayford Ray, though not a dual-role bishop, worked with some of the congregations in his diocese as a ministry developer for the first two years of his episcopacy, beginning in 2011. He has since overseen the development of mission support teams in congregations across the diocese, freeing him to focus on his core bishop duties full time.Ray told ENS that he still works with congregations, as all bishops do. The nature of a bishop’s relationship with congregations, he said, depends to varying degrees on the diocese’s size, context and culture.Life ‘a little closer to the surface’ in Western KansasWestern Kansas, in addition to resembling some of the other smaller dioceses in membership, is located in a region that has a way of life that sets it apart even from the lifestyle of its fellow Kansas diocese on the more-populated eastern half of the state, Cowell said, and that local culture helps makes a dual-role bishop possible.“You have a great sense of community in the small towns,” Cowell said. “Everyone takes care of each other.”He clarified that residents in his diocese don’t idly stick their noses in other people’s business, but they share the challenges and potential danger that come from unpredictable weather, manual labor on farms and ranches and the great distances between points of civilization. “There are certain realities of life that are just a little closer to the surface,” Cowell said.Cowell was born in Washington, D.C., and later lived in Virginia, Pennsylvania and eventually New Jersey, where he graduated from high school and then college. He attended law school in New York City but soon decided the metropolis was “too vertical” for him. He craved a wide-open life out West, inspired partly by pop culture depictions of the region, like in “Dances with Wolves.”He and his first wife decided to move to her native Kansas, gravitating first to the cities and suburbs on the east side of the state. In 1995, he moved farther west to Dodge City, and he’s lived in that area ever since, working alternately as a prosecutor and defense attorney. Along the way, his first marriage ended, and he remarried, settling for good in Larned, about 60 miles east of Dodge City.Cowell said he first felt called to the priesthood in college, at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Drew has a seminary and he sought advice from some of the seminary faculty.“I said, ‘I think I’m called as a priest, but I don’t want to do that,’” Cowell recalled. Their advice was to continue on his path toward becoming a lawyer, and he could find other ways to serve God. That’s what he did, “but the call [to the priesthood] never went away.”In Larned, he began pursuing that call directly and was ordained in 2003. As a parish priest, he served a number of churches in the diocese, including as part of a supply priest rotation at some of the smaller congregations. Only two church in the diocese have full-time priests, Christ Cathedral in Salina and Grace Church in Hutchinson.“We don’t have in this area the resources to have full-time clergy, so we’ve bounced around and covered where we can,” Cowell said. He acknowledged full-time clergy in every town would be preferred, “but that’s not the way we’re getting things done at this point.”The same goes for the bishop role. Cowell was on the diocese’s Standing Committee when the Diocese of Western Kansas was searching for someone to take over for Bishop James Adams, who stepped down in 2010. Cowell said he raised the idea of a dual-role bishop in conversation with then-Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, who told him it was a model that, though out of fashion, had precedent in the early church.The diocese determined it was last tried 150 years earlier, in Philadelphia, so the Western Kansas Standing Committee agreed to give it a try again, ordaining Milliken as bishop while letting him keep his parish at Grace Church. Milliken stepped down as rector two years ago to focus on the transition to a new bishop. He still plans to assist Cowell as needed.Western Kansas’ model certainly isn’t for every diocese – arguably, not most dioceses – but Cowell said he hopes that this example might offer lessons that other dioceses can apply to their own contexts. One, he suggested, is the importance of inspiring laypeople to play a greater role in the life and future of their congregations.“I don’t think we could do what we’re doing any other way,” he said. “But I also think that’s what we should be doing, continuing to teach and empower the laity to take over our churches.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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Apopka Police Department Arrest Report

first_imgLORGEA, STEVE 10/27/2020 10/29/2020 10/27/2020 10/30/2020 BROWN, KRISTIN KAY 10/27/2020 10/27/2020 10/27/2020 LARC– GRAND THEFT IS $750 LESS THAN $5000 DOLS 11/1/2020 11/2/2020 APOPKA 49 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate APOPKA 30 APOPKA Please enter your comment! APOPKA APOPKA Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 PADGETT, DONALD RAY OSMIN GILDARDO, JOSE P BATTERY- TOUCH OR STRIKE 10/30/2020 APOPKA PADGETT, DONALD RAY 10/29/2020 15 PADGETT, DONALD RAY APOPKA RODRIGUEZ-CHERENA, SAMUEL 10/29/2020 10/27/2020 MUNIZ RAMOS, JOSE ALFREDO APOPKA DE LEON, LEYDEN MEJIA 10/29/2020 SMITH-RUEDA, MARVIN OMAR JUVENILE ARRESTS APOPKA APOPKA 10/27/2020 26 TRESPASSING- FAIL TO LEAVE PROPERTY UPON ORDER BY OWNER APOPKA 10/28/2020 TOWNER, REBEKAH JO APOPKA 10/31/2020 HEERS, MATTHEW SCOTT TOWNER, REBEKAH JO 11/2/2020 LARC- PETIT FIRST OFFENSE Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter 10/27/2020 10/28/2020 Arrest Date         Charges              Name                                City                 Age 30 BATTERY- TOUCH OR STRIKE-DV APOPKA 27 26 APOPKA LARC– GRAND THEFT IS $750 LESS THAN $5000 DOLS BURGL- OF STRUCTURE; UNARMED WO PERSON INSIDE 30 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. ROBERTS, TROY NEWTON BURGL- OF DWELLING UNARMED NO ASSLT OR BATT FRAUD- FALSE OWNERSHIP INFO FOR PAWNED ITEMS LESS THAN $300 PADGETT, DONALD RAY BROWN, KRISTIN KAY 10/31/2020 ROBERTS, TROY NEWTON 30 APOPKA APOPKA PADGETT, DONALD RAY ROBERTS, TROY NEWTON 32 27 TAGSAPDApopka Police DepartmentArrest Report Previous articleOrange Co. offers free and fast drive-thru rapid COVID-19 testing November 9 through end of yearNext articleApopka joins America Recycles Day this month at Edwards Field Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 10/31/2020 Please enter your name here APOPKA FAIL TO APPEAR- FAILURE TO APPEAR FOR FELONY OFFENSE 10/27/2020 FAILURE TO APPEAR- FAILURE TO APPEAR FOR MISDEMEANOR OFFENSE 30 APOPKA 40 FAILURE TO APPEAR- CHILD FAIL TO APPEAR AT COURT HEARING 10/29/2020 27 APOPKA ORLANDO CONFIDENTIAL 30 35 APD Arrest Report for October 27th-November 2ndThe Apopka Police Department reported the following statistics:Calls For Service                  1,627Traffic Citations                        47Crash Reports                          29Arrests                                    15 The Anatomy of Fear 10/29/2020 AGGRAV BATTERY-MAJOR INJURY- OFFENDER KNEW OR SHOULD HAVE KNOWN VICTIM WAS PREGANT 30 APOPKA DRUGS-POSSESS COCAINE – BOND $1000.00 49 FAILURE TO APPEAR- WRITTEN PROMISE TO APPEAR SEAY, JAMES JUNIOR STOLEN PROP-DEAL IN- DEALING IN STOLEN PROPERTY 32 RODRIGUEZ-CHERENA, SAMUEL DRUGS-POSSESS- POSSESSION OF COCAINE SIMPLE ASSLT- INTENT THREAT TO DO VIOLENCE APOPKA POSSESS OF WEAPON- ON SCHOOL PROPERTY OR AT SCHOOL SPONSORED EVENT FAILURE TO APPEAR- FAILURE TO APPEAR FOR MISDEMEANOR OFFENSE DRUGS-POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE APOPKA 42 RESIST OFFICER- OBSTRUCT WO VIOLENCE MOVING TRAFFIC VIOL OPERATE MOTOR VEHICLE WO VALID LICENSE SEAY, JAMES JUNIOR ORLANDO 11/2/2020 30 48 16 FEBO, CHRISTIE DAMARIZ DRUG EQUIP-POSSESS- AND OR USE – BOND $100.00 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply APOPKA 19 25 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here PADGETT, DONALD RAY APOPKA BURGL- OF DWELLING UNARMED NO ASSLT OR BATT BATTERY- TOUCH OR STRIKE CONFIDENTIAL 40last_img read more

Give Trump a chance? Not on our lives!

first_imgPhiladelphiaThe photo was top of the news: Obama and Trump shaking hands in the Oval Office at the White House, with Obama saying “Give Trump a chance.”But that gesture and those words reveal the rotten heart of capitalism at the center of the U.S. political system.Trump’s first staff appointments confirm that he absolutely intends to use that “chance” and the power of the presidency to open direct economic and social war against people of color, workers, women, LGBTQ people, immigrants, people with disabilities and other oppressed groups in the U.S. In a Nov. 13 “60 Minutes” interview, Trump again promised mass deportations of millions of immigrants, defaming them as “criminals.“Trump has appointed racist, anti-Semite Steve Bannon as his chief strategist and senior counselor. Bannon is a former Wall Street hedge fund manager and Goldman Sachs fat cat. He is also a hate monger-in-chief who presided as CEO of the alt-right Breitbart website, a cesspool for white supremacists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists.Bannon was Trump’s campaign manager and “general” in their hate campaign to divide U.S. workers through racism and put Trump in office. Now the Goldman Sachs former partner will undoubtedly be chief strategist in planning a direct assault on workers, unions and social benefits.That this war has already started is evident in the huge postelection increase in physical and verbal attacks against Latinxs, Muslims, African Americans, immigrants, Indigenous people, women, Asians, LGBTQ people and others.The short list of those Trump might appoint as his “governing team” shows his blatant intent to exploit the people of the U.S. as thoroughly as a coal company decapitates a millennia-old mountain top to get to short-term profit.On Trump’s list for interior secretary is former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, known for her Big Oil “Drill, baby, drill” chant and eagerness to devastate the environment. For attorney general or secretary of state, a leading contender is former U.S. Attorney and New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani is infamous for his racist and aggressive policing of Black and Brown communities and his later business investments in militarizing law enforcement.Health and Human Services might be headed up by either Rep. Tom Price or former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Both want to overturn the Affordable Care Act and are anti-abortion. And Homeland Security? One Trump favorite is Joe Arpaio, former Arizona sheriff who defied federal law to super-persecute immigrants.Trump’s election and his plan to try to govern the U.S. with these ultraright racists, woman-haters and anti-LGBTQ bigots have exposed the utter decay of the U.S. capitalist system, which has nothing to offer the workers.People are afraid, yes, but they are also enraged. There have been huge demonstrations in the U.S. since Trump’s election. Grassroots organizing is underway everywhere, especially by the youth.In meetings in Wisconsin, organized by the pro-immigrant group Voces de la Frontera, hundreds of people took a pledge together to strike and mobilize massive actions to stop the attacks underway and those that are coming.Regardless of his “populist” rhetoric, Trump speaks for the tiny minority of billionaires in this country. The real majority has been in the streets every day since the election. And networking has already begun to bring tens of thousands of protesters to D.C. on Jan. 20 for the counterinaugural.Give Trump a chance to attack our movement with his cast of bigots and exploiters? Not on our lives!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Safety match

first_img Comments are closed. Employment law places fresh onus on the role of riskassessors in the workplace, but can references be relied on to find the rightexperience and skills for the job?  By LindaGoldman and Joan Lewis The Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) Newsletter1 is constantly brimmingwith reports about accidents which have arisen through breaches of HSWA andsubsidiary regulations. The reports skim the tip of the iceberg of successfulprosecutions, covering a few of the most serious incidents which result inconvictions for companies or individuals found guilty of breaches of thelegislation. It would appear many incidents could have been avoided had a suitable risk assessmentbeen carried out. On a spot-check of 37 cases reported in the newsletterbetween January and May 2000, however, only three cases mention failure toassess for risk under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations1992, of which only two refer to convictions for actual failure to assess. The new Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 came intoforce on 29 December 19992, accompanied by a revised Approved Code of Practice(ACOP)3. Employers are now advised wherever possible to appoint a competentperson from within their workforce to advise on health and safety in theworkplace and the avoidance of risks, whether at the employer’s premises or,increasingly, the employee’s home if the employee is a homeworker. The responsibility of health and safety has shifted from external sources toexisting employees. This places a greater burden on the OH team which may needsupplementary training in order to ensure competence. Competence in new employees General competence is a topical subject at a time when the medicalprofession as a whole is considering revalidation of qualifications. Successful revalidation would be a reasonable way of relying on establishedcompetence in a given field. Until that happens, the profession remains relianton proven track record which, for a new employee, means a good reference. References for OH professionals are of crucial importance in securing andmaintaining employment, but the recipient must be able to rely on its accuracy,just as much as the donor must be reliable in giving information. Nothing but the truth Many organisations are adopting a policy of obtaining written referencesbefore offering or appointing a person to a job. There are then potentialproblems if a job offer is made subject to references. Third parties normally give references in confidence and revealing thenature of them to a prospective employee can cause problems of breaches of thatconfidence. Caution should be adopted before using a minimal written stylesupplemented by verbal information. Any system that includes covert referencesshould come under scrutiny, particularly if discrimination issues could beraised. Whether covert or overt, over-optimistic references can cause their ownproblems when a manifestly unsuitable applicant is appointed. In health andsafety matters, reliance on a bad reference could have disastrous results. There is a duty of care on the referee to ensure that facts are correct. Anunfavourable reference based on incorrect and/or detrimental information couldrender both the donor and the employer, who would be vicariously liable,subject to legal proceedings and liable for damages if harm has resulted fromtheir lack of care. References in respect of capability to carry out risk assessments carry aninherent requirement for their own assessment. Even if an employee was capableof carrying out the necessary investigations and recommendations in a previousjob, it would be wise to assess their capabilities by practical tests ratherthan rely on another organisation’s experience. Perhaps the most common general references with which OH professionals areinvolved relate to fitness and attendance. This should be restricted toobjective and factual information. In addition, checks should ensure compliancewith standards imposed by professional confidentiality standards, the DataProtection Act, and discrimination legislation. Cost of accidents The issues involved in references are now sufficiently diverse, complex andpotentially costly to employers as to warrant their own review for riskassessment purposes. After completing this most employers are revising ordeveloping a references policy to comply with current standards and to mitigatetheir exposure to risk. Even though failure to employ competent personnel has expensiveconsequences, a report of the Environment Transport and Regional Affairs SelectCommittee4 shows employers are still finding it cheaper to risk breaking thelaw than pay for health and safety improvements. Further, the insignificantnumber of convictions in important cases for breach of the requirement toassess for risk could be indicative of the perception that too few workplaceinjuries are investigated by the HSE. Nevertheless, every case that leads to conviction has one or several personswho could and should have carried out risk assessments or whose work in respectof risk exposure was inadequate. In either scenario, the question of competence arises in respect of futureemployment of the culpable individuals. Provided that any reference containingan opinion about their capability of carrying out the job that they wereemployed to do is based on accurate and factual information, it will bereasonable for adverse comment to be made. Policy needed on references Refusing to provide references to third parties may not remove exposure torisk. There may be serious consequences if the employer refuses unreasonably toprovide any reference at all as is shown in Coote v Granada Hospitality. Thatcase, for which a tribunal awarded the applicant £175,000 in damages, reflectsan extreme effect of apparent management wish to have nothing more to do withan employee who had involved them in litigation. However, a reference could have been given in neutral terms in accordancewith policy guidelines provided that it was “true, accurate and fair”without being misleading and with no need for being full and comprehensive. Employees in a new job may be entitled to see their previous employer’sreference under the rules of the Data Protection Act 1998 if it is contained ina document on file. The mere fact that a reference perceived as negative by theemployee has not prevented them from getting the new job does not necessarilydeter the individual from seeking redress. Conversely, a new employer who takes a bad employee on the basis of anuntruthfully glowing reference can claim damages for negligent or evenfraudulent mis-statement. It is a question of taking the risk of the accuracyof the reference and making an objective decision based on all the facts. It is clear that employers need to have a policy on this increasinglycomplicated subject. It can be made clear that the policy on the giving side isfor only the dates of employment and nature of the post held to be given whileseeking references for prospective employees will be in a standard format whichseeks factual information only prior to any conditional job offer being made. References 1 Published by the British Safety Council: e-mail [email protected] Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 SI No 3242 3 The Management of Health and Safety at Work Approved Code of Practice,L21, ISBN 0 7176 2488 9 4 The Work of the Health and Safety Executive. Report and Proceedings of theSelect Committee, ISBN 01021 1700 4 Case RoundupHSE v Special Steels, HSWA Newsletter, January 2000, An employee was using a furnace charging machine to remove hot steel barsfrom a furnace, to a table and then a storage pen. The latter operationrequired a crane to move the bars. While he was moving the bars from the table,they rolled, crushing him to death. A sufficient risk assessment would have shown the need for edge protectorson the table to contain items. The court described the incident as havingrevealed “a culture of lax management” in which an aggravating factorwas permitting the operation to be carried out by a single, unassisted worker.The fines were £20,000 under s2(1) of HSWA (failure to ensure the health andsafety of the company’s employees) and £5,000 under regulation 3(1) ofManagement of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992 (failure to carry outa suitable and sufficient risk assessment).HSE v OCS Cleaning South, HSWA Newsletter, January 2000, A window cleaner fell six floors to his death while cleaning windows at anoffice block in Reading. He was using a bosun’s chair attached to a metal rigwhich fell from a parapet. He had been trained to use a similar rig in 1989 buthad not been trained in the use of the specific type at the office block.The system of work they had adopted was inherently unsafe and had causederosion of paint on the rig that had not been noted at annual inspections. Thecompany was fined a total of £19,000 and prosecution costs of over £3,000.HSE v Trafford Centre, HSWA Newsletter, April 2000, Samuel Adams, aged six, was crushed to death in the Trafford Centre inManchester on 10 October 1998 when a pile of iron railings, to be used forfencing, fell on him. The managing company had opened the centre without carrying out appropriaterisk assessments under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations1992.  It was fined £100,000 plus £13,000 costs. The charge was brought undersection 3(1) of HSWA (failure to keep a workplace safe for non-employees). Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Safety matchOn 1 Aug 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Surface greenhouse gas fluxes downwind of a penguin colony in the maritime sub-Antarctic

first_imgThe relationship between ammonia (NH3) concentrations downwind from a penguin colony and local surface greenhouse gas (GHG) fluxes was investigated on the remote sub-Antarctic Bird Island (54°00′S, 38°03′W) during summer 2010 (November and December). A Macaroni penguin (Eudyptes chrysolophus) colony (40,000 pairs) at Goldcrest Point is a large point source of NH3 on the island and a measurement transect of 23 m, 36 m, 70 m, 143 m and 338 m was set up downwind from the colony. Atmospheric NH3 concentrations measured by passive diffusion samplers declined from 23 μg m−3 close to the colony to less than 1 μg m−3 338 m downwind. As increased nitrogen (N) deposition can affect soil carbon (C) and N cycling, it can therefore potentially influence GHG and nitric oxide (NO) emission rates. However, in this study, a clear correlation between surface GHG fluxes and atmospheric NH3 concentrations could not be established. Average fluxes for nitrous oxide (N2O), methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) over the entire transect and the eight week study period ranged from 7 to 23 μg N2O–N m−2 h−1, −5.5–245 μg CH4 m−2 h−1, and CO2 respiration rates averaged 2.2 μmol m−2 s−1. Laboratory studies using intact soil cores from the transect also did not show any significant correlation between atmospheric NH3 concentrations and N2O, NO, CH4 emissions or CO2 respiration rates. Overall, fluxes measured in the laboratory study reflected the high variability measured in the field. Large changes in soil depth along the transect, due to the topography of the island, possibly influenced fluxes more than NH3 concentration and seabirds appeared to have a more localised input (e.g. ground nesting birds). However, warmer temperatures might have a large potential to increase GHG fluxes in this ecosystem. This study confirms that GHG fluxes do occur in these ornithogenic ecosystems, however, the scale of the impact remains largely unquantified due to high uncertainties and high spatial variability.last_img read more


first_imgHE SKY’S THE LIMIT FOR SKILLED TRADESBy Tom PurcellThe demand for skilled laborers – electricians, plumbers, HVAC technicians and others – continues to soar, and that’s a good thing for America.According to the Society for Human Resource Management, skilled-trades jobs have increased by more than 1 million since 2012 – “the most of any profession.”The pay is better than most people are aware. Skilled tradesmen enjoy average earnings of almost $22 an hour. Seasoned tradesmen can earn six-figure incomes.With the glut of unemployed college graduates – many of whom must repay thousands of dollars in college loans – more young people are considering careers in the trades.I think it’s great.Our country was built by people who worked with their hands.Ben Franklin was the youngest son and 15th child born to a working-class father. He only attended school for two years. As a teen, he became a printer’s apprentice, a messy blue-collar job.His trade helped him master communication, business management, politics and human nature. He would go on to publish influential newspapers and books. He franchised his printing business in other cities and became wealthy enough at the young age of 42 to dedicate the rest of his life to his country and to inventing many innovations that we still use today (the potbelly Franklin stove comes to mind).George Washington, a farmer, toiled in his gardens to cross-breed the perfect plant. He was forever trying new ways to cultivate and harvest his crops. His creativity and inventiveness are on display at his beloved Mount Vernon estate, which I visited many times when I lived in Alexandria, Va.To be sure, many of the Founders of our country were farmers. They were humbled daily by the unforgiving realities of nature. Not one of them was afraid to get his hands dirty. Hands-on labor made them sensible and innovative. And their good sense and innovation are evident in the simplicity and practicality of the Constitution.We need a resurgence of “blue-collar” common sense.Blue-collar workers cannot “BS” their way through their work. An electrician mixes up the hot wire and ground wire only once. A carpenter is kept honest by his level – he measures twice, cuts once. A plumber’s skill is evident when the water valve is opened and the pipes don’t leak.Blue-collar workers have no choice but to develop horse sense – to develop efficient ways to solve real problems.There was a time in America when many white-collar jobs were also infused with horse sense. An employee started as a bank teller right out of high school. He’d work his way up, through performance and sound judgment, to the highest levels of the organization.The journalism profession worked the same way. A young person would start in the mailroom and, through grit and hard work, would gradually acquire the skills needed to gather and report the facts in an objective manner. Reporters who came up the ranks this way were grounded in reality.So I hope more millennials forsake the white-collar world to become skilled laborers.I hope we stop glamorizing careers on Wall Street and in the legal profession and many other paper-pushing businesses.I hope more people use their hands to produce something of value every day – and use their practical, decision-making abilities to help resolve other challenges we face.Hey, unemployed, college-indebted young people, are you paying attention?We have a shortage of skilled tradesmen in our country. With the economy poised to expand, the sky will be the limit for skilled trades.Don’t be ashamed to get your hands a little dirty.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgWe hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way? WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays“Readers Poll” question is Do you feel its time that our elected officials admit because of the annual multi-million dollars bond payment the Ford Center shall never make a profit?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Posey County Hires Economic Development Executive Director

first_imgPartnership Hires Economic Development Executive DirectorFebruary 13, 2017 (Mount Vernon, Ind.) The Posey County Economic Development Partnership announces the hiring of Brittaney Johnson to fill the position of Executive Director.Johnson comes to the Partnership from the role of Posey County Director for the Southwest Indiana Chamber. In this position, she has built the Posey County Alliance into a strong and integral community organization serving more than 130 members and growing the Alliance’s assets.“During the search for the next economic development director, we looked for someone with the ability to position Posey County as a leader in the new model of economic development, and Brittaney is that person,” said board President Andrew Wilson. “Brittaney will do an outstanding job working with our regional and statewide partners. She understands Posey County, and will endeavor tirelessly to recruit the businesses and investment we need to continue to grow good-paying jobs in our communities for the next generation.”Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from the University of Southern Indiana. She serves on the board of the newly formed Visit Posey County, Inc., the Posey County Junior Achievement Board, Posey County Career Success Coalition and is a member of the Mt. Vernon Kiwanis, New Harmony Business Associates, Mt. Vernon Bicentennial Committee and Indiana Economic Development Association.“It’s an honor to join the Partnership and continue making Posey County a great place to live, work and raise a family. I look forward to working with each of our communities and existing businesses to grow Posey County,” said Brittaney Johnson. “This is an exciting time for Posey County, with our assets and our people, Posey County is well-positioned to attract new investments. I look forward to partnering with the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana and the entire economic development community across the state of Indiana.”“Economic development is a relationship business; and, Brittaney’s long-standing work in the community will serve her well,” said Greg Wathen, President & CEO of the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana. “Since 2007, the Coalition has helped Posey County leverage exposure to new talent and investment, and we look forward to the future with Brittaney at the helm.”Johnson’s start date is February 13, 2017.###About the Posey County Economic Development PartnershipThe Posey County Economic Development Partnership serves the Posey County business community helping to attract and retain businesses by collaborating with local, regional and statewide partners. Located 20 minutes west of Evansville, Ind., Posey County is home to SABIC, AstraZeneca, BWXT Nuclear Operations Group, CountryMark, Valero, Consolidated Grain & Barge, Green Plains, Inc., the Ports of Indiana-Mt. Vernon -7th largest inland port in the U.S, among other regional, national and international companies.As a center for advanced manufacturing, Posey County is also known for its plastics business, bio and life sciences, advanced logistics and energy with partners such as Vectren, Hoosier Energy and Duke Energy.Other partners include: Indiana Economic Development Corporation; Indiana Department of Workforce Development; Posey County Government, City of Mount Vernon; Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana; Southwest Indiana Chamber; Town of Poseyville and the Town of New Harmony.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more