Safety code floats idea of board accountability

first_imgSafety code floats idea of board accountabilityOn 6 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Companyboard members are being urged to become more accountable for health and safety.Adraft code drawn up by the Health and Safety Commission is intended to helpdirectors ensure that workplace risks are properly managed and that staff andthe public are protected. PeterCarr, personnel services officer for Easington Council, in north-east England,welcomed the move. He said, “It will give health and safety issues ahigher profile. Our health and safety manager is part of the personneldepartment and reports directly to our chief executive.”HSCchair Bill Callaghan said, “Individual directors and managers can beprosecuted if their actions, or lack of them, lead to work-related deaths,illness or injury. The code seeks to ensure that everyone at board levelrecognises and acts on this responsibility.”Consultationends on 9 April.Directorsneed to…*Accept joint responsibility and leadership for their organisation’s health andsafety performance*Appoint one board member to champion health and safety issues.*Ensure that individual members of the board recognise their personalliabilities and responsibilities under health and safety law.last_img read more

Mums speak up for job shares and home work

first_img Previous Article Next Article Nearly eight out of 10 working mothers questioned in a survey said theywould quit their current full-time job tomorrow if given the chance. The survey carried out by a women’s consumer magazine shows that only 4 percent of working mothers with young children want to work. Nearly a third of respondents would rather have a part-time career or jobshare, and 22 per cent want to work from home or set up their own business. A significant 43 per cent would prefer to be a full-time mum. More than 60 per cent of women find the work environment depressing, and 51per cent admit that they take time off because of work-related stress. Furthermore, three-quarters of working women believe that children suffer ifboth parents work. Nearly 90 per cent also blame the stress of trying to juggle work and homelife into making them shout at their children. Juliette Kellow, editor of the women’s magazine Top Santé, which publishedthe report, said, “The Government wants to encourage as many women aspossible into full-time work, but the survey shows that this is not whatmothers want. “Working full time for most women is a major problem, physically,emotionally and mentally, and is damaging to family life andrelationships.” More than 5,000 working women were surveyed across the UK for the report. Related posts:No related photos. Mums speak up for job shares and home workOn 19 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Species and sexual isolating mechanisms in sibling species of giant petrels Macronectes

first_imgThe two sibling species of giant petrels Macronectes halli and M. giganteus are the dominant avian scavengers in the Southern Ocean ecosystem. They breed sympatrically at a number of sub-Antarctic sites. This paper synthesises data from a detailed study at South Georgia to examine the importance of various interspecific and intersexual differences between these closely related species. Morphological, breeding, dietary, feeding and moult characteristics were investigated. The most significant interspecific differences are a six week separation in the onset of breeding and the importance of seal carrion to male M. halli, the earlier breeding species. There is a strong sexual size dimorphism with females being only 75–80% of the weight of males in both species. Intersexual dietary differences are stronger than interspecific ones and females also have later primary moult schedules. Reproductive isolation and ecological adaptations are discussed in relation to the present distribution of giant petrels, comprising a more restricted sub-Antarctic species (M. halli) and a widespread Antarctic species (M. giganteus). It is suggested that the marked sexual dimorphism evolved before the two taxa became specifically distinct.last_img read more

Strontium isotope correlation of the basal Maastrichtian Stage in Antarctica to the European and US biostratigraphic schemes

first_imgNew 87Sr/86Sr dating allows the correlation of a marker horizon within the prolific Late Cretaceous Gunnarites antarcticus faunal assemblage of the Cape Lamb Member, Snow Hill Island Formation, Vega Island, Antarctica with reference sections in Europe and the USA. This horizon is between 81.5 and 96.5 m above the base of the G antarcticus assemblage. Replicate analysis of six macrofossils from within it yielded a mean value for 87Sr/86Sr of 0.707 735 9 ± 0.000 004 3 (± 2 s.e., n=17). This ratio in turn yields a numerical age of 71.0 ± 0.2 Ma when compared to the standard 87Sr/s6Sr reference curve for the latest Cretaceous, for which the Campanian-Maastrichtian boundary is placed at 71.3 ± 0.5 Ma. The value of 0.707 735 9 ± 0.000 004 3 correlates to a level in the Belemnella lanceolata belemnite Zone of the Chalk of northwestern Germany that is 2.5 ± 5 m beneath the base of the overlying B. pseudobtusa Zone (and 7.5 m above the Campanian-Maastrichtian belemnite boundary), and to an interval within the ammonite zonation of the US Western Interior that spans the early Maastrichtian Baculites baculus and B. eliasi zones, but with a most likely level within the B. eliasi Zone. An earliest Maastrichtian age is thereby determined for the Antarctic horizon, and indeed for the entire G. antarcticus assemblage. Gunnarites, sensu lato, is an important ammonite marker for the base of the Maastrichtian throughout the southern high-latitude regions, and the associated large heteromorph ammonite Diplomoceras may comprise a macrofossil link back to the Maastrichtian type sections.last_img read more

No wonder nothing’s ever joined up! Housing minister role has highest ministerial churn

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » No wonder nothing’s ever joined up! Housing minister role has highest ministerial churn previous nextHousing MarketNo wonder nothing’s ever joined up! Housing minister role has highest ministerial churnResearch by BBC shows at 18 ministers since 2007 the job of being a housing minister is a perilous and short-lived one for most people.Nigel Lewis3rd September 20191 Comment421 Views The staggering rate at which housing ministers have arrived and departed over the past 23 years has been laid bare by researchers from the BBC’s Reality Check team.It has discovered that the job of housing minister has been held by the largest number of people for any major government position other than that of Cabinet Office minister, which it equals.Since Tony Blair took office in 2007 a total of 18 housing ministers have entered and then often swiftly exited the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government, as it used to be known.This makes housing minister the equal most perilous position to hold in government just pipping Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the Duchy of Lancaster, the Leader of the Commons and Chief Whip.As might be expected, the most secure ministerial jobs are Prime Minister, Chancellor, Attorney General, Foreign Secretary and Health Secretary.Revolving doorNick Raynsford, who was Tony Blair’s first housing minister, outlined the cost to the property industry of such a shocking revolving door policy.“Successful housing policies require long-term investment and continuity,” he says.“If ministers think they are only going to be in post for a few months, they will inevitably only focus on short-term initiatives, which may earn them a good headline but are unlikely to deliver substantial and lasting benefits.”The BBC report also highlights the other damaging effects of ministerial churn for the industry, including how it is 10 Downing Street and the Treasury who in reality steer housing policy, not the Ministry itself.Nick Raynsford Housing Minister September 3, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentJohn Socha, Orchard BMS Ltd Orchard BMS Ltd 4th September 2019 at 3:55 pmAt last, someone in the media has spotted that despite the platitudes from all of the former Prime Ministers, housing is a “stepping stone” appointment.Ian Wright (former MP for Hartlepool) is now in The House of Lords.Ian Austin (MP for Dudley North) return directly to the back benches.This is part of Labour’s record, but the Coalition and the current Conservative administration have treated housing with the same amount of ignorance/contempt.Worse still they keep promising to build 300,000 houses a year.Tiny problem, we do not have enough tradesmen to build that number of houses. Our capacity is 180,000 houses, and guess what, that is the number that we build annually.We need to increase the number of trades people by a third. Until this is done, nothing will change.Look at the profits that the large house builders are making. One has shown a nett profit of 30%.We need someone who is interested in Housing as a mission and stick at it for a whole 5 year Parliament.As long as this goes on, nothing will change.Like so many other things, Parliamentarians are fighting there own little battles and fail to see the big picture.Log in to ReplyWhat’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 2021last_img read more

US Navy Searching for Missing Aircrew Member

first_img October 2, 2014 US Navy Searching for Missing Aircrew Member Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Searching for Missing Aircrew Member View post tag: US Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Aircrew View post tag: americas View post tag: member View post tag: Navycenter_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: USS Makin Island Authorities Share this article View post tag: searching U.S. Navy and Marine Corps forces in the North Arabian Gulf are conducting a search and rescue operation for a missing aircrew member who went into the water at 2:10 p.m. (GMT), yesterday, when the aircraft the member was aboard lost power on takeoff from USS Makin Island (LHD 8).Two air crewmen bailed out of the aircraft into the Arabian Gulf with one safely recovered and now in stable condition aboard Makin Island. The pilot of the aircraft, a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey, was able to regain control and safely land aboard Makin Island.U.S. Navy ships, aircraft and boats are taking part in the search and rescue effort.The Navy and Marine Corps will investigate the cause of the incident.USS Makin Island with embarked elements of the 11 Marine Expeditionary Unit is currently on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility where it is supporting operations in Iraq and Syria.[mappress mapid=”13926″]Press Release, October 02, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: missinglast_img read more

How to be a college parent

first_imgWhats love got to do with it? Gareth Peters on the gurus who would guide you to the perfect pickup. This summer, students approaching the second year have been getting broody as they experience firsthand the miracle of life. Luckily for them, they get to skip the sleepless nights, the breast feeding and the baby sick which usually make life hard for new parents. Instead, they get a young adult who can generally take care of themselves, although freshers’ week may result in the same level of vomiting. Being a college parent isn’t the most complicated job in the world, but there are certainly some things to keep in mind. Whether your new child has just arrived or if you’re a new first-year with a kid due in twelve months, there are a few pointers to remember, just to ensure that your little bundle of joy manages to stay on the right road. Some doctors suggest that talking to the unborn child in the womb can be helpful to the baby’s growth and development (it also works for pumpkins). Similarly, before you meet your own child, communication is advisable simply to establish a good rapport, whether it’s a lengthy letter or a quick e-mail. Be wary of humorous opening sentences though; “Luke, I am your father” references might be a good way to break the ice, but are perhaps not to be recommended when there’s a chance, albeit a slim one, that your kid has recently been searching for their birth parents. Everyone wants to feel wanted, so when meeting your college child for the first time, make sure that you give them more than a two minute chat. Buy them a drink and get to know them a bit, and offer advice without patronising them, especially since there’s a good chance that they’re older than you. A child’s first years are the most important for their progress, so it’s not surprising that their first days in Oxford, freshers’ week, is crucial. Advise them on the best places to go and be the familiar face in the crowd without being too much of a crutch, and don’t be offended if they don’t jump for joy every time they see you, all birds will fly the nest eventually. If it goes the other way though, and your child wants to spend as much time as possible with you, it’s probably best not to take advantage. Committing college incest in First Week is sleazy and is more likely to have a negative effect on their reputation than yours, so if you actually manage to find your soul mate in the delivery room then at least refrain from acting for a while. The concept of college parenting goes hand in hand with the Oxford tradition of college marriage, so if you have a spouse, then you have the opportunity to introduce the extra parent over dinner. You might want to stop there with your explanation of the family tree though, as the Oxford custom gets a little old by the time you’ve met your mother’s sister’s aunt. Also, if you never managed to find the husband-wife for you, avoid the bastard-spinster-orphan jokes; it’s just a tad pathetic, and if you’re given more than one child, then avoid blatant favouritism as no one likes playing second fiddle.Research shows that ten to fifteen percent of new mothers are depressed after birth, and some develop negative feelings towards their newborns, which raises an issue with your sprog; what happens if you hate your child? What if they’re just a bit of a loser, or a complete creep? Luckily for you, you don’t have to be best friends, but if they need some advice, it is only fair that you help out, or at least send them to someone who can. College parenting doesn’t take too much effort, and shouldn’t cost you more than a pint or a carnation come exam time. It’s all about giving someone security for a potentially scary couple of weeks, reassuring them that all will be fine. Basically, then, it’s fostering without the tax benefits.last_img read more

Ocean City Man Convicted of Assault at Concert in Camden

first_imgA jury on Thursday found John T. Kernan, 21, of Ocean City, guilty of aggravated assault and endangering an injured victim in a fight over a girl at a Zac Brown Band concert in Camden in July 2013, according to published reports.Read more about the conviction in this NJ.com report: N.J. man convicted in attack outside Zac Brown Band Concert.Kernan is a 2012 graduate of Ocean City High School. A friend of Kernan’s, Jacob R. Terry, 21, also of Ocean City, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault on March 9 in the same incident.last_img

Mayor Jay Gillian: Second Phase of Beach Project Underway

first_imgThe rebuilt beaches between 40th and 42nd Streets are high and wide.The following is Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian’s weekly update to citizens posted on Friday, May 1.Dear Friends:The south end beach replenishment project is continuing and Great Lakes is currently pumping sand near 44th Street beach, with the beach closed roughly between 43rd  and 45th Street.  The first phase of the project is already complete and the pipe has now switched to pump south toward 49th Street. Dune crossover work is ongoing at 37th and 38th streets. Remember, daily updates are provided on the Army Corps website: www.nap.usace.army.mil/GET and the City will continue to provide information at www.ocnj.us/beachfill.I hope everyone takes the time Saturday to visit the city’s 32nd annual Spring Block Party from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the downtown.  There will be over 350 Crafters, 100 specialty shops, restaurants, food vendors and live music. There will be free Block Party Parking from Bay Avenue to Wesley Avenue which includes City lots in that area. Along with the block party the Boardwalk Merchants will hold Table Sales all weekend.Following the Block Party Saturday night, the Ocean City Talent Show will be held at the Music Pier at 7:30 p.m.  Over 30 acts have already signed up, so it should be a great night of entertainment.  Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door, with proceeds benefitting the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company.I would also like to remind everyone that we have a lot of road work ongoing.  Please take your time driving and biking through town, and please be attentive to pedestrians.I hope you all have a great weekend!Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayorlast_img read more

Wheat cost helps drive food price inflation

first_imgFood prices returned to inflation in July for the first time this year driven in part by the rising cost of wheat, according to latest figures released by the British Retail Consortium. The BRC Nielsen Shop Price Index report showed food prices had risen year-on-year by 0.1%, up from the 0.4% decline in June 2015, although the overall shop prices index – which incorporates non-food categories – fell by 1.4% in July marking the 27th consecutive month of price drops.Poor weather in the key growing regions of the US put pressure on wheat and corn prices, which rose 7% and 6% respectively in the 12 months to 10 July, the report said.Inflation in ambient food rose to 1.2% from 0.6% in June – the highest rate since January 2014.Helen Dickinson, BRC director general downplayed the return to rising prices and described them as a “short-term blip” in the longer term downward trend. “It is not very significant,” she said.Mike Watkins, head of retailer and business insight at Nielsen claimed deflation in retailing had significantly influences sales over the last 12 months, as had ‘unpredictable weather, price cuts and short term promotions’.Retailing“In food retailing, whilst ambient prices are becoming more stable, many fresh foods are again cheaper than this time last year and there have been some attractive sales and offers across non-food retailing in recent weeks. Shoppers are saving money which is helping consumer spend in the wider economy.”last_img read more