RSPB tribute to former President Magnus Magnusson

first_img Howard Lake | 8 January 2007 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  53 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The RSPB was deeply saddened to hear that Magnus had lost his fight against illness.Magnus was President of the RSPB from 1985 to 1990. During that period he co-ordinated and hosted many of the Society’s major public events during our UK Centenary year in 1989, and helped usher in a period of major expansion in support for the RSPB. As a result membership of the organisation passed the half million mark for the first time.Magnus was also a serious and thoughtful conservationist. He helped bring the damage being done to the Flow country of Caithness and Sutherland to public notice. With the RSPB, he flew news crews over the area demonstrating the destruction being done to this wild and ancient landscape by inappropriate forestry.His vivid and moving account helped pave the way for conservation action, which continues to this day. His knowledge and natural abilities as a communicator made the Flow Country a cause celebre.Magnus particularly valued the support of volunteers in the RSPB’s work, having as a schoolboy contributed to essay competitions run by the Society. Accordingly he established our Presidents award system where long serving or particularly dedicated volunteers are celebrated at the Society’s AGM.Upon retiring from the RSPB Magnus was first the Chairman of the Nature Conservancy Council Scotland, and then the made the first Chair of Scottish Natural Heritage, the Scottish Executive’s Conservation advisors.Graham Wynne, the RSPB’s Chief Executive, said: “Magnus cared passionately about people and conservation. His skills as a communicator could bring dry issues alive to all audiences. He had a knack of saying the right things at the right time, and his enthusiasm for environmental education and volunteering will leave a lasting legacy with the RSPB, as part of its core work in all parts of the UK.– Ends-For more information contact John Clare, RSPB media officer, on 01767 680551. RSPB tribute to former President Magnus Magnusson Tagged with: Recruitment / peoplelast_img read more

U.S., Britain: Hands off Iran

first_imgBritain’s aggressive maneuvers against Iran have put the possibility of a major war in West Asia on the front burner for the second time this year. In a conflict between the world’s imperialist powers and an independent capitalist country — in this case between U.S. and British imperialism on one side and Iran on the other — workers’ and liberation movements must be against the imperialists. We can then examine the facts. However, facts do nothing to change that basic position.The current confrontation between imperialism and Iran is a continuation of the conflict Washington began in 2018 by pulling out of the 2015 agreement on nuclear research in Iran. The U.S. government has insisted that all countries, and especially its European imperialist allies, enforce the sanctions it imposed on Iranian shipping, whether they want to or not. In effect, these sanctions amount to a blockade aimed at starving the 80 million Iranian people and provoking regime change in Iran. On July 4, the British Navy, from its base in Gibraltar, seized and is currently holding an Iranian supertanker, under the pretext that the ship was carrying fuel to be delivered to Syria and that European Union’s rules don’t allow such deliveries. The EU’s sanctions were aimed at crushing the Damascus government, a policy that failed although it did impose a war and horrible suffering on the Syrians.Units of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard seized a British-flagged tanker in the Gulf of Hormuz on July 19, and is still holding that ship as of July 22. A July 21 Associated Press article reports that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif “characterized the seizure of Iran’s tanker July 4 as ‘piracy.’” The article added that Iranian “politician and former Guard commander, Maj. Gen. Mohsen Rezai, wrote that Iran was not seeking conflict, ‘but we are not going to come up short in reciprocating.’”Readers should note that Britain seized the Gibraltar base from Spain in the 18th century, when it was on its way to becoming the British Empire and the ruler of the seas. Its sailors were the pre-eminent pirates for a couple of centuries, with the full backing of the London government. Now British piracy takes place in London’s role as a junior partner to Washington, making full use of the remnants of that empire. Underlining its own role in the aggression against Iran, Washington just sent 500 U.S. troops to a base in Saudi Arabia, the reactionary feudal kingdom that, along with Israel, is a U.S. ally against Iran. Saudi Arabia has been carrying out a brutal war against its neighbor in Yemen, creating untold human suffering but failing to win against a popular movement, despite its possession of far superior Western weapons. The Iranian military is much better armed than the Yemeni guerrillas. And Tehran knows it has the support of the vast majority of its people against imperialist aggression. Iran has offered to negotiate with the U.S. However, it’s apparent that Iran will refuse to submit to threats. Iran can respond throughout the region to any aerial attack, and the whole Iranian population will combat any attack by land. Knowledge of Iranian strengths, and not U.S. President Donald Trump’s reluctance to kill civilians, is what stopped the earlier missile attack that Trump said he ordered June 21 and then rescinded with minutes to spare.If reason could eliminate the danger of imperialist war, it would seem impossible that the U.S. and its allies would dare to start another conflagration that would make the disastrous invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq seem small in comparison. A look at history, however, shows that reason takes second place to the imperialists’ drive to impose their rule by force. Thus it is vital that resistance to any war with Iran come from the U.S. population, and that this resistance be mobilized.U.S., Britain, hands off Iran!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

RSF condemns flagrant erosion of press freedom in Algeria

first_img AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesOnline freedomsMedia independenceProtecting sources Covid19ImprisonedInternetFreedom of expressionPredatorsJudicial harassment Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation to go further Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria RSF_en Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections May 12, 2021 Find out more A crackdown on independent journalists and bloggers is being stepped up despite the coronavirus epidemic. Four have been brought before courts, sentenced to imprisonment or subjected to judicial interrogation in the past few days alone.In Mohammadia, 350 km west of Algiers, the newspaper Ennahar’s correspondent, Djamel Ali Toubal, was given a summary trial on 17 June because of his sympathetic coverage of the “Hirak” anti-government street protests on Facebook and was sentenced to two years in prison for “insulting state authority” and “Facebook posts liable to endanger national interest.” He collapsed when the sentence was passed but said he would appeal as he was being taken off to the town’s prison.Merzoug Touati, a blogger and reporter for L’Avant-Garde Algérie, a news site that is blocked in Algeria, was arrested while covering a protest in support of prisoners of conscience on 12 June in Bejaia, 245 km east of Algiers. The next day, a court ordered him held pending trial for “inciting a gathering” and “publication and distribution of publications liable to endanger national unity and lives during the lockdown.” Touati, who has been convicted in the past in connection with his posts and his journalism, refused to be tried by video-conference, so his trial was scheduled for 1 July.Mustapha Bendjama, the editor of the regional French-language newspaper Le Provincial, appeared in court in Annaba, 600 km east of Algiers, on 17 June to face a possible three-year jail term on charges of “inciting an unarmed gathering,” “opposing the holding of an election” and “using a gathering to oppose actions approved by state authorities.” The case was adjourned until 1 July.He was acquitted on these charges at the end of an initial trial on 2 February but Annaba’s prosecutor general appealed against his acquittal. Arrested nearly a dozen times, placed in police custody twice, and with no fewer than four cases pending against him, Bendjama said: “This persecution is due to my involvement in the Hirak movement.”Khaled Drareni, the editor of the Casbah Tribune news site and Algeria correspondent of both TV5 Monde and RSF, was questioned about the “substance” of the case against him by an investigating judge on 18 June in a “hearing” held inside Kolea prison in west Algiers, where he has been held since 29 March. Arrested while covering a peaceful Hirak protest in Algiers, Drareni is facing up to ten years in prison on a charge of “inciting an unarmed gathering” and “endangering national unity.”“The number of judicial proceedings against Algerian journalists is extremely disturbing and constitutes a blatant erosion of press freedom in Algeria,” said Souhaieb Khayati, the head of RSF’s North Africa desk. “We call on the Algerian authorities to stop manipulating the justice system and to stop obstructing the work of journalists, who have just done their job by covering the Hirak protest movement.”Algeria is ranked 146th out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, five places lower than in 2019. Follow the news on Algeria News June 19, 2020 RSF condemns flagrant erosion of press freedom in Algeria News May 18, 2021 Find out more April 29, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesOnline freedomsMedia independenceProtecting sources Covid19ImprisonedInternetFreedom of expressionPredatorsJudicial harassment News Organisation News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Algerian authorities to end their increasingly blatant use of the judicial system to persecute journalists, gag the media and throttle freedom of the press. Receive email alertslast_img read more

County streets department plans summer sealcoating

first_img Local News County streets department plans summer sealcoating WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Home Local News County streets department plans summer sealcoating Twitter Cracks on East 7th St. were waiting to be filled with hot tar by an Odessa Street Department crew. This project is not related to the county’s summer sealcoat project. Chad Bickle II watches as Ramiro Colmenero uses a wand to fill cracks with hot tar. The Odessa Street Department crew was sealing cracks on East 7th st. near North Hancock Avenue. This project is not related to the county’s summer sealcoat project. By admin – January 31, 2018 So while sealcoating may be cheaper in the short-term, it may not actually be cheaper in the long-term, as Kessey said they would have to keep going back every year to make more repairs to damaged roadways due to the oilfield traffic.Kessey said it takes some time to work with commissioners to get them to understand how this change needs to be implemented. He said, to the best of his knowledge, sealcoating has been the practice for 30 years.Precinct 1 Commissioner Eddy Shelton said he asked Kessey to put together a presentation for some alternatives to sealcoating, and that they should be presented at some point in the next couple of weeks.“Midland is now working on their county roads using hot mix, because they want the long-term usage of the roadway,” Shelton said. “With the oil boom coming back, it is more imperative that we need to consider other ways of maintaining our roadway than always relying on the past requirement and past specifications.”Ector County Judge Ron Eckert said he thinks these issues have been discussed amongst the commissioners in the past, but due to falling property values and the change in tax revenue, the county was hit with several revenue downturns.“At times, our hands can be tied so far as the county road infrastructure,” Eckert said. “We’d like to do more than what we can.”Commissioners raised similar concerns regarding the budget of the sealcoating project when it was brought forward to them by Kessey during their regular meeting Jan 22. Kessey estimated the project would cost around $986,748. Kessey said that of the $2.2 million his department was allotted for Fiscal Year 2018, he’s already had to use a quarter of that budget on road maintenance—things like fixing potholes, picking up trash and cleaning oil spills. So, Kessey himself said he is unsure if he will be able to see the project through.“We try to do the best that we can, even though our means are limited,” Kessey said. “The best I can do is try to shift some of the money. Even when I overrun, I see what we can do. [The sealcoating project] is a proposal. That doesn’t mean we’ll be able to capture it all. We strive to do the best we can.”Shelton added that the best way to get the additional money needed for the road maintenance would be the implementation of a sales tax in designated county assistance districts, but that very proposed tax was voted down by Ector County residents in the last election.Of the almost 25 miles of sealcoating proposed, the most work to be done lies in Precinct 1, where they plan on sealcoating Third Street from Moss Avenue to Fortune 500 Avenue, Knox Avenue from Third Street to 57th Street, and West Dunn Street from FM 1936 to Trip Avenue, totaling around 9.16 miles. The next most amount of work lies in Precinct 4, where they will be working on Atwood/Hammett Drive, Fulton Avenue and Apple Street. They also plan to work on small stretches of seven different roads in Precinct 2, making up about 6.51 miles, and about .7 miles of Brazos Avenue from 38th Street to 48th Street in Precinct 3.Kessey said there were three factors in determining which streets most needed the repairs: The condition of the roadway, the economic viability of that roadway, and the average daily traffic. Some of the roadways they’ll be working on, they’ve had to keep going back to due to pothole damage. By sealcoating, it will add an extra inch of protection onto the top of the roadway.When asked if pothole filling is a daily activity of his department, Kessey laughed at first.“Every day, we receive not less than 20 requests for potholes alone from the public,” he said. “With the number of personnel that we have, and as large as this county is, we try to keep up with it, but think about going back and always fixing the same pothole every day, every time.”Kessey said one thing he did to relieve some stress from the amount of pothole fillings when he came in was to change the material used to fill the potholes. Originally, the county had been using a material that didn’t hold as well. It was wiped out by the rain and the cold. Coincidentally, it’s a material the commissioners had stuck to for the last 30 years, he said. The new material they’re using, Road Rescue Asphalt Patch, he said is pricier, but lasts longer than what they previously used.In the meantime, Kessey said road maintenance is continuing with their daily routine tasks: potholes, trash, public requests, as well as reshaping some of the shorter roadways. The sealcoating project is expected to begin April 2, with a projected completion date of Sept. 12.More Information Chad Bickle II watches as Ramiro Colmenero uses a wand to fill cracks with hot tar. The Odessa Street Department crew was sealing cracks on East 7th st. near North Hancock Avenue. This project is not related to the county’s summer sealcoat project. OC employee of the year always learning Jose Leyva uses compressed air to blow dirt and sand out of the cracks on East 7th so an Odessa Street Department crew could seal them. This project is not related to the county’s summer sealcoat project. center_img Pinterest Facebook Ector County Highways & Streets. The Ector County Highways and Streets Department is gearing up to begin their proposed summer road maintenance project: a sealcoating of almost 25 miles of damaged roadways across the county.Sealcoating is a method of applying a liquid coating mixture, a sealcoat, to pavement, strengthening the road structure. Ector County Highways and Streets Director Evans Kessey said the sealcoat would be composed of a mixture of a liquid asphalt material, along with an aggregate of crushed washed stone.However, Kessey specified that they are doing a sealcoating based off of the specifications given by Ector County commissioners, and would rather it be hot mix asphalt, which he said would last longer than just a sealcoating.“Typically, a sealcoat is about seven years,” Kessey said. “However, with our current increase of traffic and the loadings we have on our roadways, our roadways are not too equipped to maintain the oilfield loads.” ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School 1 of 3 WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleFoundation scholarship applications availableNext articleUTPB dives into water, energy issues admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Smoked Bacon Wrapped French Vidalia OnionSlap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleTexas Fried ChickenPowered By 10 Sec Croissant Breakfast Sandwich Casserole NextStay last_img read more

Velodyne Lidar Signs Five-Year Sales Agreement with ThorDrive

first_img WhatsApp Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 10, 2021 Facebook Local NewsBusiness Facebook WhatsApp TAGS  Pinterest Twitter Velodyne Lidar Signs Five-Year Sales Agreement with ThorDrive Pinterest Previous articleTrane Technologies to Virtually Present at the 2021 Barclays Industrials Select ConferenceNext articleRyder Chairman and CEO to Address Citi’s 2021 Global Industrials Virtual Conference Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

‘More Than 30,000 Students Have Applied For Online Degrees From DU, Not A Single Degree Issued Till Date’: Delhi HC [Read Order]

first_imgNews Updates’More Than 30,000 Students Have Applied For Online Degrees From DU, Not A Single Degree Issued Till Date’: Delhi HC [Read Order] Monisha Purwar8 Sep 2020 5:11 AMShare This – xIn the petition filed by Dhritiman Ray, an SRCC graduate of 2017, regarding non-issuance of online degrees to students by the Delhi University, the Delhi High Court passed a fresh order noting that since its order passed on 7th August, 2020 that directed the Delhi University (DU) to issue online degree certificates to students, not a single degree has been issued to students other than…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn the petition filed by Dhritiman Ray, an SRCC graduate of 2017, regarding non-issuance of online degrees to students by the Delhi University, the Delhi High Court passed a fresh order noting that since its order passed on 7th August, 2020 that directed the Delhi University (DU) to issue online degree certificates to students, not a single degree has been issued to students other than the petitioners. The Court noted that so far more than 30,000 students have applied for issuance of online degree certificates on the online portal of DU and questioned three officials of DU regarding the status of issuance of degrees to them. The Court was apprised by these officials that none of the students have been issued a degree till date as the Digilocker portal that is to be accessed by the students for their degrees still lacks the data regarding the date of birth of students which has not been obtained by DU from its colleges so far. Dr. Vinay Gupta, Dean (Examinations) remained absent from the hearing on account of bad health. Moreover, the DU officials completed resiled from their earlier position that data of all students till November, 2019 was available with it. It informed the Court that the data of students who graduated in the year 2018 and 2019 is not available with it and that the said data has now been requested from the various colleges and faculties. They also informed the Court that for the year 2019, the DU has decided to affix passport size photographs on the degree certificates, hence there is longer time requirement to obtain data for the year. The Court directed the officials to file affidavits capturing the above facts and to provide a proper timeline for as to by when the digital degree certificates shall be issued for both urgent and non-urgent requests in the affidavit. The affidavit is also to set out the process for students to download documents from Digilocker, in respect of those students whose data has been transmitted. Moreover, the Court reiterated its earlier stance that no requirement for physical submission of documents must be insisted from the students as the same defeats the purpose of issuance of online degree certificates. DU shall henceforth not insist on physical submission of documents for the purpose of issuance of digital degree certificates. The said requirement in the auto-generated email which is sent to students who apply on the portal for the online degree certificates, shall be deleted forthwith. In order to provide relief to students who require their online degrees on an urgent basis, the Court ordered that “All the students who have an urgent requirement for digital degree certificates shall again forward the request they have already uploaded on the portal by marking the same under the subject header as ‘Priority/Urgent’ to the email address being [email protected] Along with the said email, any document to establish the urgency may also be attached, such as a letter from employer, letter from any Indian or foreign University or any document showing a deadline. For such students, the degree certificates shall be issued, within 7 working days.” Furthermore, it asked the Dr. Sanjeev Singh, Director, Delhi University Computer Center to consider creating an “urgency” tab on the portal itself to avoid duplication of efforts by students who have to mail separately in case of urgent requests. The matter has been listed on 11th September and the DU has been asked to comply with the Court’s order before the date of next hearing.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

9-year-old charged with 5 counts of murder over Illinois house fire

first_imgLisay/iStock(GOODFIELD, Ill.) —  A 9-year-old from Illinois was charged with murder on Tuesday in connection with a fire at a mobile home earlier this year that killed five people, including three children.State prosecutors charged the child with five counts of first-degree murder, two counts of arson and one count of aggravated arson, accusing the juvenile of intentionally setting the deadly April fire in Goodfield, the Woodford County State’s Attorney Office told local news outlets.The fire’s youngest victim was just 1 year old.The office did not say if there were any known connections between the suspect and the victims, but they said the fire was set with the knowledge that people were home, according to the Journal Star, which first reported the story.“It was a heavy decision,” Woodford County State’s Attorney Greg Minger told the Journal Star Tuesday. “It’s a tragedy, but at the end of the day it’s charging a very young person with one of the most serious crimes we have.”“I just think it needs to be done at this point, for finality,” he added.Minger said the aggravated-arson charge suggests the suspect knew others were present when the fire was set. The suspect, whose identity is being withheld, will not face incarceration.If convicted, the suspect will likely undergo mandatory therapy, psychological evaluation and counseling, according to Minger.The fire at the Timberline Mobile Home Park in Goodfield claimed the lives of Kathryn Murray, 69; Jason Wall, 34; Rose Alwood, 2; Daemeon Wall, 2; and Ariel Wall, 1. Two others managed to escape.The Woodford County State’s Attorney Office did not respond to ABC News’ requests for comment.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Access all areas

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Access all areasOn 1 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today The Disability Discrimination Act casts OH nurses in a vital advisory rolewhich, as the HSE recognises, cannot be taken up without government support. ByLinda Delany Should occupational health professionals help people with disabilities intoemployment? Should employees be able to count on access to OH expertise if theydevelop a disability? The answer to both questions is “yes”, according to the Health andSafety Executive, which in August 1998 invited responses to the its document,Developing an Occupational Health Strategy for Great Britain1. Not only theprevention of work-related ill-health, but also “rehabilitation throughwork” and “helping employers help disabled people into work”were identified as challenges which such a strategy should be able to meet2. In the view of the HSE, an OH policy must concern itself with opportunitiesfor work and with fitness for work. The aim is to ensure that people who are impaired or disabled are notunreasonably prevented from taking up job opportunities. And it wants to ensurethat people at work are fit to perform the required tasks; for example, byadapting work practices for people with conditions such as epilepsy or asthma,or making sure that people working with compressed air are fit to do so3. Disability Discrimination Act The plea for attention to the relationship between work and disability,seemed timely, given the duties imposed on employers by the DisabilityDiscrimination Act 1995. Under the employment sections of the Act, discrimination can take two forms.One involves an employer treating people less favourably than others because oftheir disability, without being able to show that such treatment is justified(section 5(1)). The other entails an employer failing to comply with his or herstatutory duty to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate the person with adisability, without being able to justify such failure (section 5(2)). Accordingly, employers of 15 employees or more4 are prohibited from barringor dismissing people from employment on grounds of disability, unlesssubstantial reasons can be shown for doing so. Furthermore, where employers’arrangements or premises place a disabled person at a substantial disadvantageto people who have no disabilities, employers must take reasonable steps toalter the arrangements or premises (section 6(1)). Floyd5, Clough6, Howard7 and Bruyere8 are among those who have alreadyexplored some of the implications of the Disability Discrimination Act foroccupational health professionals. One major problem still to be resolved is how to provide employers, jobapplicants and employees with comprehensive access to expert assessments ofsuch matters as people’s fitness for work, the functional demands made by jobsand the risks in the work environment. Although the Act itself does not requireemployers to enlist occupational health expertise, the code of practice foremployment9, which supplements the Act, has this advice at paragraph 3.3: “The Act does not oblige anyone to get expert advice but it could helpin some circumstances to seek independent advice on the extent of a disabledperson’s capabilities. This might be particularly appropriate where a person isnewly disabled or the effects of someone’s disability become more marked. Itmay also help to get advice on what might be done to change premises or workingarrangements, especially if discussions with the disabled person do not lead toa satisfactory solution.” The code of practice might have added that the drafting of employerrequirements, job specifications and profiles and pre-employment questionnairesalso benefits from occupational health insights into the actual components ofthe advertised job, the functional ability needed to perform it and risksassociated with it. Shortfall in OH provision It is unfortunate then that comprehensive access to occupational healthexpertise was not provided to run alongside the Act. Indeed, the HSE’s discussiondocument confirms that “relevant sound advice on occupational health”in relation to risk assessments, compliance with legal duties, and disabilityin the workplace, “is not currently available to all who need it”(Paragraph 19). There are, however, no government plans to remedy this deficit.OH professionals will recall that former public health minister Tessa Jowellruled out compelling employers to procure occupational health services. But sheencouraged larger businesses to share their good OH practices with smallercompanies and recommended the joint commissioning of occupational health careby consortia of companies joining together for this specific purpose10. Not surprisingly, the absence of adequate occupational health advice hasfeatured in a number of Disability Discrimination Act cases. In Jordan v J HHaskins & Son (Case No: 1400462/98), the employers were found to havediscriminated because, having discovered that the symptoms of the applicant’sillness caused operational difficulties, they did not follow the code ofpractice by first having a discussion with the applicant about what the realeffects of the disability might be or what might help and, secondly, by makinguse of available expertise about the problem. That employers must do more than seek general medical advice became clear inthe case of Holmes v Whittingham and Porter (Case No: 1802799/97). Theapplicant had worked for his employer for 31 years and had epilepsy throughoutthat period. His job covered both clerical tasks and work in a drop forge. InMarch 1997, Holmes collapsed at work for the first time, and the employersought reports on his condition from the GP who acted as “company medicaladviser” and from Holmes’ own GP. On the basis of the pessimistic medicaladvice obtained, the employer dismissed the applicant. The tribunal deplored the inadequacy of Holmes’ risk assessment and took theview that the employer should have consulted a specialist in occupationalmedicine or epilepsy. Advice should have been sought on whether adjustmentswould have been viable and whether the employee should have been given agreater opportunity to bring his epilepsy under control through medication. Theemployer’s failure to look further than the GP reports lost it the case. Need for caution Three years of tackling discrimination under the Disability DiscriminationAct has shown that the law implicitly relies on access to occupational healthexpertise. That access is not yet available. The case for supporting the initiatives set out by the HSE in its discussiondocument therefore seems irrefutable. Securing the rights conferred on peoplewith disabilities in the employment sphere needs a new occupational healthstrategy. The claims of people with disabilities to fair employmentopportunities, should be high on the occupational health agenda, which OHprofessionals now have an opportunity to help draw up. Linda Delany is senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University’sSchool of Law References 1 HSE (1998) Developing an Occupational Health Strategy for Great Britain. .http://www.open.gov.uk/hse/wdstrat.htm2 Ibid. Foreword. 3 Ibid. Paragraph 8 4 Small business exemption was created by section 7(1) of the DisabilityDiscrimination Act 1995. 5 Floyd, M. (1998) Vocational rehabilitation services and the DDA.Occupational Health Review. 55:32-36. 6 Clough, J. (1997) The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 – an OHPchallenge. Occupational Health. 49(2): 62-63,79. 7 Howard, G. (1996) Disability Discrimination Act 1995: an occupationalhealth nightmare? Occupational Health. 48(3) 135-138,151. 8 Bruyere, S (1996) Disability Discriminations and the OH nurse.Occupational Health Review.64 p11-16 9 Department for Education and Employment. (1996) Code of Practice for theElimination of Discrimination in the Field of Employment Against DisabledPersons or Persons Who Have Had a Disability. London. The Stationery Office. 10 Marchant, C. (1998) Public spirit. Occupational Health. 50(5):16,19. 11 Anton, D. (1999) Look Behind the Label. Disability Newsletter.February.p2 12 Meager N, Doyle B, Evans C, Kersley B,. Williams M, O’Regan S,.and TackeyN. Institute for Employment Studies Monitoring the Disability DiscriminationAct (DDA) 1995. Research Report RR119. Nottingham. DfEE. 13 Ibid p155. 14 Ibid p244. 15 Ibid p155. 16 For details of the Commission’s powers, see the Disability RightsCommission Act 1999. last_img read more

Long-range dependence and climate noise characteristics of Antarctic temperature data

first_imgThis study examines the long-range dependency, climate noise characteristics, and nonlinear temperature trends of eight Antarctic stations from the Reference Antarctic Data for Environmental Research (READER) dataset. Evidence is shown that Antarctic temperatures are long-range dependent. To identify possible nonlinear trends, the ensemble empirical mode decomposition (EEMD) method is used, and then the question of whether the observed trends can arise from internal atmospheric fluctuations is examined. To answer this question, surrogate data are generated from two paradigmatic null models: a standard first-order autoregressive process representing a short-range dependent process and a fractional integrated process representing a long-range dependent process. It is found that three of the eight stations show statistically significant trends when tested against the short-range dependent process while only the Faraday-Vernadsky station temperature time series shows a significant trend when tested against the long-range dependent null model. All other considered stations show no trends that are statistically significant against the two null models, and thus they can be explained by internal atmospheric variability. These results imply that more attention should be given to assessing the correlation structure of climate time series.last_img read more

Assistant Professor – General Medicine

first_imgBaylor College of Medicine and Department Summary:Baylor ( www.bcm.edu ) isrecognized as one of the nation’s premier academic health sciencecenters and is known for excellence in education, research, andhealthcare and community service. Located in the heart of theworld’s largest medical center ( Texas MedicalCenter ), Baylor is affiliated with multiple educational,healthcare and research affiliates ( Baylor Affiliates).SummaryBaylor College of Medicine (BCM), located in Houston, Texas, isrecruiting highly talented Internal Medicine physicians for itsoutpatient care clinic. The positions are located in the TexasMedical Center, and include providing outpatient care only. Weekendand evening call are divided equally among all physicians, andincludes phone-based call only (no hospital visits). Positions areclinical with future teaching, research, and leadershipopportunities possible. We offer competitive salary andbenefits.Job Duties• Provide excellent patient care at Baylor Clinic General InternalMedicine• Productivity needs to meet or exceed standards as set by theSection and/or Department.• Keep up with continuing medical education as per college andsection requirements.• Renewing and meeting all required licenses and certificationrequirements.• Familiarize with EPIC- electronic medical records and documentall patient encounters as needed.• Complete all documentation in a timely manner so that billing andother administrative tasks can happen smoothly to ensure a robustoperational system.• Maintaining credentialing at all times to ensure practice is notdisrupted.Minimum Qualifications• Education Requirement: MD; BC/BE in Internal Medicine. Facultywith at least 15 years of serviceBaylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Equal Access Employer.3076CA; CHlast_img read more