The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a programme to improvehealth and safety among ambulance crews. The move comes as legislation to protect emergency workers in Scotlandgathers pace. Ambulance crews are among the most likely public service workers to sufferinjury through lifting and handling, or as a result of aggression and violence,the HSE has argued. In response, the HSE, Ambulance Service Association (ASA), the Department ofHealth and the GMB and Unison unions are developing a series of strategyframeworks to help ambulance services adopt a consistent approach to managingrisks. A conference to launch the first two frameworks on dealing with violence andaggression against staff and patient handling practices was held in December. ASA president Peter Bradley said: “Ambulance staff have had to face thepossibility of injury in the course of their duties, and this initiative willhelp reduce that risk. This is a positive approach through joint working whichwe hope all services will adopt to make the working environment for ambulancestaff much safer.” The frameworks could also be used as a template for other parts of the NHS,suggested the HSE. In Scotland, the Scottish Executive is currently carrying out a publicconsultation on new laws designed to protect emergency workers from violence. But doctors in the country have argued the laws will not go far enough, andshould be extended to all health care workers. The British Medical Association (BMA) said that while doctors subject to aviolent incident in A&E would be covered by the new protection, others,such as those in intensive care, would not. The scale of the problem is unknown, with many healthcare staff failing toreport all incidents of violence because they considered it “part of theirjob”. A BMA survey last October found violence at work was a problem for almosthalf of those polled, and only a third of violent incidents were reported. HSE pushes for improved safety for ambulance crewsOn 1 Feb 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.
Authorities View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Arleigh Burke Back in Homeport The US Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) returned to her Norfolk, Va., homeport, Oct. 17, after completing an eight-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operations.Arleigh Burke began her deployment Feb. 15, and traveled a total of 32,250 nautical miles in support of ballistic missile defense, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf.While there, the ship and its crew took part in multiple naval air and surface exercises with allied and partner nations, serving as an opportunity to foster larger partnerships and coalitions among navies and military services around the world. Arleigh Burke also responded to emergency calls of man overboard incidents and distress calls from maritime vessels from various nations in danger of piracy.While operating in both theaters, the ship made port visits to France, the Kingdom of Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, and Italy.[mappress mapid=”14106″]Press release, Image: US Navy USS Arleigh Burke Back in Homeport View post tag: USS Arleigh Burke View post tag: back View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: americas View post tag: Homeport October 19, 2014 Share this article
Be sure to bring your appetite.The Ocean City Restaurant Association presents the annual Chili Chowder Festival on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Music Pier on the Boardwalk.Members of the restaurant association will showcase their favorite chili or chowder recipe for festival-goers to taste.The event also features a chili cook-off pitting members of the Ocean City Fire Department in a friendly competition.Proceeds from the festival benefit the Ocean City Firefighters Foundation.Tastings cost $15 for adults and $5 for children. Visit eatinocnj.com or see the flyer below for more information. Get ready for the Chili Chowder Fest this weekend in Ocean City at the Music Pier. (Courtesy City of Ocean City)
The Real Good Food Company, the bakery and ingredients group, has said it is well on track to double the size of its business in the next three years.Unveiling its interim results for the six months to 31 December, the company, which owns sugar distributor Napier Brown and bakery ingredients firm Renshaw, said its performance had been driven by a “focus on brand development” and by “driving sales growth”.Underlying profit (ebitda) increased by nearly 27% in the period from £5m to £6.5m – but for the calendar year 2011 it was up by a whopping 62% from £5.6m to £9.1m.Continuing profit before tax was up by a staggering 148% to £5.7m, from £2.3m in 2010, and the group explained it had seen an increased ebitda in its key trading divisions of Napier Brown, Garrett and Renshaw.Pieter Totté, executive chairman of The Real Good Food Company, said: “I am extremely pleased that the progress we have made is reflected in a significant improvement in our financial performance during 2011. “With trading starting positively in January, and divisional management achieving further progress in their improvement programmes, I am confident of meeting our expectations for 2012, and of remaining on track to achieve our aspiration of doubling the size of the business within three years.” He added: “We have a clear growth plan. Our strategic focus is on creating solid sustainable profitability based on self-help initiatives, including brand development, sales growth and risk management. We are now seeing significant benefits coming through from this. We are also benefiting from our adjustment to the structural development in market supply affecting our biggest business, Sugar, in which we moved from a surplus market to a deficit market, with associated higher prices and the need to secure surety of supply.”An increased focus on baking at home helped boost Renshaw, the company said. “Retailers, with supporting media coverage, are maintaining a focus on cake decorating and home baking, which is bringing new consumers into the category and leading to greater prominence in-store and new listings for Renshaw products,” it explained in a statement.Napier Brown has been successful in extending its sugar supply base and the group reported: “The experience gained in supplying these sugars is invaluable as a point of difference, with customers looking for options outside the traditional beet refiners. Investment in sugar handling systems is planned to allow sugar from a variety of sources to be imported, handled and delivered cost-effectively.”The company is also pinning its hopes on a continued revitalisation of the Whitworths brand with the addition of a number of new retail listings.
Ten bakers from Chester-based bakery ingredients company Ireks UK have cycled around Loch Ness for Macmillan Cancer Support.For every bag of cheesecake mix sold, Ireks donates to Macmillan. But with this already in place, Maurice van Tongeren, director of Ireks UK and an enthusiastic cyclist, extended an invitation to the Etape Loch Ness cycle race to his colleagues and customers.The popular event, a 106km route around Loch Ness, took place on 24 April, and the Ireks Pro Cycle Team, made up of 10 Ireks bakers, completed it in five hours.Or as they put it: “10 bakers, 10 bikes, one aim: keep going!”To keep energy levels high, Lee Pugh, national sales manager at Ireks, welcomed them halfway with freshly-baked cheesecake.Thanks to donations on their Just Giving page (www.justgiving.com/IREKS/), nearly £9,500 has been raised so far for Macmillan Cancer Support.Last July, Ireks launched the year-long fundraising campaign for Macmillan Cancer Support.
DominionTech Computer Services has been in business since 2000. It’s recent growth in the Champlain Valley prompted the opening of it’s new Service Center in Colchester.DominionTech is now authorized to repair Apple Branded products as an “Apple Authorized Service Provider”They now offer same day service for all major brands of computer equipment including PC’s Macintosh and Linux OS based systems.More information about DominionTech can be found at http://www.DominionTech.com(link is external)
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 51-year-old Bethpage woman died after a truck making an illegal u-turn on the Wantagh State Parkway hit the SUV she was driving over the weekend, New York State police said.Elisabeth Cutrone was driving a Jeep Cherokee northbound when her vehicle was hit by a Ford F-250 pick-up truck that was making a u-turn from the southbound side of the roadway just north of the Jones Beach State Park toll booths shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday, police said.Cutrone was airlifted to Nassau University Medical Center, where she died shortly later. Her, 42-year-old passenger, Douglas Cutrone, also of Bethpage, was taken to the same hospital for treatment of a fractured hip.The other driver, 35-year-old Eugenio Taveras-Galindo of Westbury, and his four passengers were hospitalized with minor injuries.Troopers are continuing the investigation into this crash and ask any witnesses to call them at 516-561-8492.
Leaders should be great storytellers.Why do I say that?Well, what do great stories do?They make us think.They make us feel.They make us care.They can even make us take a side.For centuries, people, groups, and cultures have used stories for a variety of purposes, right? They used them to pass on their history. They used them as instructional tools. They used them to inspire belief.As many of you know, it’s my view that organizations, rightly understood, are communities of humans. Given that that’s the case, it’s only logical to conclude that stories ought to have a place within organizations, just as they do within any other group of people.But what exactly is that place? And how and why should they be used within the context of organizational culture? What do they accomplish? continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIMFD) rules came into effect yesterday, prompting reaction from industry observers.The end of a one-year transitional period for AIMFD means EU member states are now required to put the directive into law.How they proceed could be a cause for concern.EU companies managing funds and non-EU managers marketing to EU investors must comply with the terms of the far-reaching directive, intended to protect investors. The directive has caused concern among those investing in alternative investment funds – as well as in fund-of-funds vehicles.Many real estate managers – particularly those not part of larger, more diversified investment businesses – are coming at the issue from “further behind”, according to John Forbes, of John Forbes Consulting.“Maybe for them it is more of a shock than for managers from other sectors,” he said.There is a clear distinction between the impact the directive will have on European managers and their non-European counterparts, said Glynn Barwick, regulatory lawyer at Goodwin Procter, with many non-EU managers using the transitional period to “put off” considering the directive.“They have struggled with the added complexity that comes from having to deal with the different private placement and registration regimes in each of the member states,” Barwick said.“Failure to comply through registration will be a criminal offence in most EU countries with the potential for significant fines and even jail terms.”Non-European managers have encountered contrasting obstacles during the 12-month transitional period that ended yesterday.“A US manager wishing to market a fund to European investors during the transitional period found that existing funds may not have been covered by AIFMD – but that new funds were, depending on the EU member state,” Barwick said.“Overall, managers will have to approach marketing in a more professional manner.”More data will help regulators monitor the sector. Jeff Rupp, director of public affairs at INREV, which has been in consultation on AIFMD since 2011, told IPE sister publication IP Real Estate the information would “hopefully help avoid future crises”.Grant Lee, asset management director at PwC, said: “In the age of big data, questions remain on the industry’s lips around what will be done with all this colossal amount of new data and whether the regulators will be able to digest this amount of information in a timely manner.”Rupp said the issue would be pulling all the data together and “putting it in the right format”.The next significant obstacle, according to Lee, will be regulatory reporting. “Even if this is outsourced to a service provider, the expectation is that managers have detailed oversight and an understanding of each field, any interpretations and calculations,” he said.“For those managers who do not outsource this ongoing regulatory burden, a number of more difficult fields are being worked through.”Detailed calculation of leverage – using the derivative calculation methodology under AIFMD – as well as liquidity management and stress testing, will increase requirements on fund managers, Lee added, with the first batch of reports due in late-January next year.And AIFMD cannot be looked at in isolation.“Other EU directives will also have a big impact,” Forbes said. “Solvency II will change the way life insurance companies look at investments, and IORP will do the same for defined benefit pension schemes.“This will have a big knock-on effect on investment managers.”The challenge for managers, Forbes added, is not “one thing on its own”, but the interaction of AIFMD, Solvency II and the revised IORP Directive, tax and the changing demands of investors, all together – a “particularly tangled bowl of spaghetti to unravel”.AIFMD – which is a requirement to be registered, rather than regulated – has the potential, Barwick added, to be more of a hindrance than a help.“The fact managers are not subject to regulatory control is akin to telling school children to attend morning assembly but not checking if they’re attending their lessons,” he said.Rupp added: “It’s been expensive, it’s been time-consuming, and some points still need to be clarified. “We need to make sure each member state does not come up with it’s own interpretation.”Ultimately, he added, investors will be choosing to invest in authorised fund managers with a “stamp of assurance”.
The Ripley County Boys Golf Meet at The Hoosier Links (Back 9) Golf Course in Milan.Team Scores:1st-Milan 175, 2nd-Batesville 202, 3rd-Jac-Cen-Del 205, and4t-South Ripley 261.2015 Ripley County Golf MeetMedalist: Travis Butte-Milan with a 40.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Ben Siefert.