HSE tackles sector back pain

first_imgHSE addresses back-injury problem in construction with specific guidanceBack injuries cost the construction industry around £0.7bn a year,accounting for two-thirds of total sickness absence, the Health and SafetyExecutive has found. In response to these high figures, the HSE has launched guidance on safemanual handling in the sector. Backs for the Future – Safe Manual Handling inConstruction has the backing of the Construction Confederation and the GMBUnion. Lorraine Shepherd, HSE occupational health inspector for the constructionsector, said, “Occupational health professionals should find this guidancehelps them to understand how everyone in construction has a part to play inreducing manual handling risks,” “They can use the guidance to encourage and guide the industry towardsbetter planning, control and management of manual handling risks,” sheadded. The guidance sets out basic principles for dealing with manual handlingrisks and provides ideas for solutions to different handling problems. Itincludes 27 case studies where real solutions were implemented on site, showingeffective ways in which manual handling risks can be reduced in practice. Commenting on the launch, HSE chief inspector of construction Kevin Myerssaid, “Workers are quite literally putting their backs out trying to helptheir employers. It is about time their employers put their backs in to tryingto help their workers.” Copies of Backs for the Future, ISBN 0 7176 1122 1, priced £8.50, areavailable from HSE Books, PO Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2WA. Tel: 01787881165, or fax: 01787 313995. Previous Article Next Article HSE tackles sector back painOn 1 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

‘Green Norrington’ scrutinises colleges

first_imgCOLLEGES’ green credentials have come under scrutiny following the release of a new environment survey, carried out by OUSU.Graduate college Linacre came out top in OUSU’s environmental league table, with Merton and Hertford coming second and third. St Anne’s, Lincoln and Corpus Christi are bottom. Each college’s ranking was based on a total score, calculated from its performance on a number of criteria including use of energy-saving light bulbs, recycling facilities, ethical food sourcing and whether or not it had a vegetable patch. The data was collected by anonymous volunteers from 25 colleges across the University.Hector Guinness, a member of OUSU’s Environment and Ethics committee which organised the survey, said it was created to measure the impact of Oxford on the environment.”Oxford is an international hub of great research into the environment and the atmosphere, but the environmental practices of many colleges is a shameful reminder of how much more could be done by the policymakers of each college,” he said.”Even some of the better colleges are still using energy-inefficient light bulbs, thereby not only adding unnecessary carbon emissions to the atmosphere, but costing the college and its students around £10 a year per light-bulb in unnecessary electricity costs. This league table should be able to show up the worst offending colleges and spur them into action.”Niel Bowerman, OUSU’s Environment and Ethics Officer, added, “Some colleges are more concerned with their finances and getting them to implement environmentally-friendly initiatives is sometimes very difficult because they make complaints such as, ‘recycling bins aren’t aesthetically pleasing’.”It’s very difficult to make an Oxford college environmentally friendly; recycling and better light-bulbs are only scratching the surface.”Corpus Christi Environment Rep Eleanor Grieveson was surprised by her college’s poor performance in the table. “For a small and relatively poor college I think we do quite well,” she said. “Many of the things to help the environment, although they cost less in the long run, have a larger immediate cost. Trying to persuade people like the Bursar that it’s really worth it is the problem. I’ve always had support from the JCR.” Guinness defended Corpus’s position in the table, saying, “Corpus score so low because, according to the person from Corpus who replied to our survey, they don’t use energy-saving light bulbs in student rooms, the library, or common areas; they don’t have an environmental policy; they haven’t had an environmental audit; they have no PIR sensors; the computers in their computer room are never turned off.”They do well on recycling, getting 5 points for having two bins in each room, 4 points for paper recycling in the library, 4 for paper recycling in the computer room, 4 for paper recycling in the JCR and 1 for can recycling in the JCR,” he said.Sorcha McDonagh, St Anne’s College Environment Rep said, “Currently there is a green policy in place [at St Anne’s] which includes the provision of recycling facilities for the use of all students on campus. This term sees the beginning of a college-wide recycling drive and the publication of a new green policy under which each St Anne’s student will have a recycling bin in their room in addition to their standard bin. I firmly believe this will significantly reduce our impact on the environment.”Merton’s JCR President, Danielle Quinn, claimed that she did not expect Merton to have such a high position in OUSU’s table. “It’s a pleasant surprise to have done so well. College staff are open to hearing our suggestions and are very supportive of our efforts to be more environmentally friendly, but some projects are difficult to get implemented,” she said.A recent national survey of UK universities conducted by People & Planet placed Oxford University joint 27th with a score of 35 out of 50. Cambridge came 8th in the league and Oxford Brookes were awarded 5th place. Kate Aydin, Oxford’s Sustainable Development and Waste Management Officer, said, “I’m aware that some of the colleges are very keen to improve their environmental performance, though I hope that in the near future, all colleges will be paying attention to their environmental impacts and developing plans to improve them.”last_img read more

Premier Foods promotes Duncan Leggett to CFO

first_imgMr Kipling owner Premier Foods has named Duncan Leggett as chief financial officer (CFO).Leggett joined the business in 2011, becoming a member of the executive leadership team in August 2019, when he was made acting CFO following the departure of Alastair Murray.Following an executive search process, he has been made CFO with immediate effect.Prior to this, he was director of financial control and corporate development, having previously held a number of senior roles within finance, including group financial controller. Before joining the company, Leggett spent nine years at KPMG, working with clients across a variety of industries.“Duncan’s extensive technical knowledge and experience of our business makes him an invaluable member of our executive leadership team, so I am delighted to appoint him permanently as CFO and welcome him onto the board,” said Alex Whitehouse, who was appointed Premier Foods chief executive officer in August this year.“With this added business continuity, I look forward to continuing our work together as we increase our pace of delivery and ever sharpen our consumer, customer and operational focus.”The latest financial results for the business reported an 8% uplift in sales for Premier’s Mr Kipling brand for the first half or the 2019/2020 financial year. However, its own-label cake business continued to suffer, with sales down 26.6% over the period.last_img read more

Jam Cruise 17 Announces Jam Room Hosts, Special Sets, & New “Pickin’ Lounge”

first_imgJam Cruise 17 will take place from January 15th to 21st in 2019, returning to the Norwegian Jade for stops in Belize City, Belize, and Cozumel and Progreso, Mexico. This year, the beloved multi-day music cruise made serious waves in the jam community with its announcement that it would be expanding to six days and three port stops. With anticipation at an all-time high, today, Jam Cruise has announced its special sets for the upcoming 2019 edition.For Jam Cruise’s renowned Jam Room, the late-night all-star improvisational sessions, the 2019 hosts will be long-standing Jam Room staple and Meter bassist George Porter Jr., New Orleans trombonist and bandleader Big Sam, Motet drummer and bandleader Dave Watts, Los Angeles soul singer Kelly Finnigan, TAUK drummer Isaac Teel, and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe trumpeter Chris Littlefield.In the atrium, Ivan Neville, Melvin Seals, Zach Gill, Rob Marscher, and Chris Spies will all host intimate, stripped-down sets. As for the Jazz Lounge, special performances will be hosted by Alan Evan, Erica Falls, and Erik Deutsch. Notably, Jam Cruise will also be introducing a new lounge this year dubbed the “Pickin’ Lounge,” where bluegrass-oriented jam sessions will be hosted by Leftover Salmon‘s Vince Herman and Fruition‘s Mimi Naja.Finally, Jam Cruise also announced a number of other special sets scheduled for across the six-day cruise. These sets include a tribute to The Band and all-star reggae collective and side project Natural Selectah featuring Congo Sanchez in addition to performances by Daniel Rodriguez (solo), Lyle Divinsky (solo), Thorn-Stickley Duo, and The Whole Other.These special sets augment Jam Cruise 17’s artist lineup, which is headed by Umphrey’s McGee, Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Kamasi Washington, Khruangbin, and Hot Tuna Electric with Steve Kimock. Jam Cruise will also see performances by Leftover Salmon, The Motet, ALO, Turkuaz, Spafford, Fruition, TAUK, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Melvin Seals & JGB, Andy Frasco & The U.N., The Nth Power, SunSquabi, The Porter Trio, Matador! Soul Sounds, Toubab Krewe, Jennifer Hartswick & Nick Cassarino, Monophonics, Southern Avenue, Jon Stickley Trio, Magicgravy, Star Kitchen, The Sweet Lillies, Nathan Moore, Everyone Orchestra, DJ Soul Sister, and Subset in 2019.Given the event’s focus on jams, the cruise will be hosting a number of special all-star supergroups, including Dragon Smoke, a band featuring Ivan Neville, Robert Mercurio, Eric Lindell, and Stanton Moore, as well as The Cleaners, a group featuring Eric Krasno, Duane Trucks, Marcus King, Kevin Scott, and Deshawn Alexander. Special guests, who will be offering their talents in the form of frequent sit-ins and hosting special jam sessions, include Skerik, Big Sam, Roosevelt Collier, Daniel Rodriguez, Leslie Mendelson, and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer.For more information, head to JamCruise.com.last_img read more

Talk explores facts of Christmas Star

first_imgRather than exploring what the Church says the Christmas Star was, astrophysicist Grant J. Matthews took a look at what science believes it to be in his presentation, “What and When was the Christmas Star: An Astrophysics Prospective.” The presentation took place in the digital visualization theatre (DVT) in the Jordan Hall of Science Sunday. Matthews described the Christmas star as a question pondered by theologians, priests and even physicists for centuries. “The question is which star was the one that heralded the arrival of the Christ child?” Matthews said. Scientists can now attempt to answer this question with the help of the DVT, Matthews said. This computer and theatre has access to all of NASA’s satellites and databases. This access allows scientists at Notre Dame to view every star that has ever existed. “This is not your grandma’s planetarium,” Matthews said. When an event happens in the sky, physicists ask three questions to figure out what that event was, Matthew said. They ask when and where it occurred, what the characteristics were and if anyone else saw it. Using these questions, along with modern technology, has helped narrow down what astrological event the three kings may have seen. Matthews explained how historians and theologians think the Christmas star may have appeared in the spring. The gospel of Matthew says shepherds watching their sheep also saw the star, Matthews said, and shepherds traditionally only watched their flocks at night in the spring when lambs are born. The Christmas Star is also called the morning star, which means it was in the east. “This meant that the star moved, and then reappeared, because the Magi saw the star twice,” Matthews said. “The star could be one of three things: a comet, a nova or a super nova.” Most people agree the star was not a nova or a comet because these were seen as a bad omen in ancient times. Matthews said he believes the star was a planetary alignment. “The Magi were Zoroastrian priests and astrology was extremely important to them,” Matthews said. “They would pay close attention to the location of the planets and what it means.” Through his research, Matthews said he thinks the planets aligned sometime during 4 to 8 B.C.. He said he thinks the specific date of this alignment was April 17, 6 B.C., because the sun, Jupiter, the moon and Saturn all aligned in the constellation Aries, while Venus and Mars aligned nearby. “The Magi would have recognized the alignment in Aries as a sign that a powerful leader would be born,” Matthews said. “Jupiter and the moon represent a powerful leader that will die at a certain time.” Matthews finished up the presentation with a showing of the film “Season of Light,” which explains different Christmas traditions and where they began, along with what the Christmas Star may have been.last_img read more

Tourist Kidnapper Arrested in Mexico

first_img An alleged kidnapper of tourists that operated in the area of Quintana Roo, Mexico, was arrested, the Attorney General Office of the area reported. Vargas Güemes confessed to his participation in the kidnapping of a minor in Cancún, and of a young man in Valladolid, Yucatán, according to the authorities. By Dialogo September 04, 2013 The state attorney general said that Vargas Güemes confirmed that his participation in the kidnapping of the minor included lending a pick-up truck for the crime and studying the movements the families of the kidnappees made. The alleged offender is 22-year-old Edgardo Andrés Vargas Güemes, originally from Motul, Yucatán. last_img read more

Getting rid of mortgage molasses

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The future of mortgages holds tremendous promise. However, today’s industry vision for how to leverage emerging mortgage technology is far too fixated on cost reduction instead of creating of customer value. Instead of figuring out how to automate old processes, what if we focused on solving practical customer problems like being able to apply for and close a mortgage in a handful of days, rather than weeks or months? What if the concept of applying for credit was old news, because members are always approved? What if credit monitoring and optimization was part of that ongoing relationship?Mortgages close, on average, six times slower than the regulatory environment requires. It’s time to modernize the 40-plus-day home loan process. Will the industry continue to duct tape efficiency-oriented point-of-sale technology on top of brick-and-mortar-oriented operations, or will we stop dragging our feet and pursue with determination more visionary ideas?Fintech companies are all the rage; they’ve inspired a sense of hope for real innovation, despite the molasses-paced change we’ve seen in financial services compared to other industries. But prior to this external “giddy-up” from fintechs, financial institutions had not gone far down the path of imagining better business models, creating new customer value or even significantly speeding up lending processes. continue reading »last_img read more

NAFCU’s State of the Industry: A novel CU event in unprecedented times

first_img continue reading » NAFCU As the world continues to adapt to the uncertain circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, NAFCU’s State of the Industry – a complimentary event – will provide valuable insights and information straight to credit unions in a virtual environment. The association is committed to providing the industry with top-notch educational resources and strategies needed to grow.Don’t miss out on the chance to take part in this unique event, underwritten by Mastercard, happening June 25. Register now.During the event, NAFCU’s award-winning staff and other industry experts will equip industry leaders with the data, trends, and key takeaways that are necessary to make urgent decisions amid the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.Here’s a breakdown of what attendees can expect:center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Rescued dogs on the road to recovery and adoption

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — After being rescued from terrible living conditions, 20 dogs were taken to the Delaware Valley Humane Society for treatment. “They get a routine course of flea treatment, de-wormers, and we just kind of get them stabilized. Then, beyond that, we monitor them for any other health conditions and we get them scheduled for their spays and neuters. Basically, if they’re deemed healthy by the veterinarian, then we put them up for adoption,” Matson told 12 News. “They’re a very small shelter, they don’t have a ton of space,” explains Broome County Humane Society Executive Director Karen Matson. The Broome County Humane Society traveled to the Delaware Valley Humane Society to accept the dogs. Seven of the dogs came to Binghamton, in varying conditions. “When they go into homes, many adopters come back and say this is the best animal I’ve ever adopted. So that’s the rewarding piece for us, that we know these animals, they know, they have an intuition that this is going to be better,” says Matson. “So far they’re good, they’re a little shy, you know, in a little bit of shell shock,” says Matson. However, the facility they were taken to could not accept all the dogs. So, the Broome County Humane Society stepped in to help.center_img “They got here, a lot of them are underweight. Some of them have some visible wounds, some health conditions,” Matson says. “What we all do best is network with one another, and they basically said ‘hey do you have space’? ‘So we said absolutely,” she says. With all that energy and cuteness, these furry friends will go from rescues to new homes in no time. Humane Society workers have started medical treatments on the pups to put them on the road toward adoption. Once medically cleared, putting each dog in a much better situation is the reward for all the work.last_img read more

REStQ to buy French firm in European comeback

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