Rospa calls for action to slash deaths on road

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Rospa calls for action to slash deaths on roadOn 9 May 2001 in Personnel Today A health and safety expert has called for legal measures that will forceemployers to introduce risk management measures to protect company drivers. Roger Bibbings, an occupational health adviser for the Royal Society for thePrevention of Accidents (Rospa), said car and van drivers covering more than25,000 miles a year for their job were more likely to die at work than coalminers. Rospa said one in eight people driving this distance a year will die whileat work. This compares with deep-sea fishermen, whose mortality rate is one in750 and coal miners at one in 7,100. Bibbings said fatigue was the biggest contributor to road-related deaths andwas responsible for more deaths than alcohol. He thinks companies should be legally obliged to introduce safety measuresfor those who drive long hours in their jobs. These could include encouraging the use of other forms of transport,specifying safest routes, setting journey time and distance limits, selectingvehicles with additional safety features and driver assessment. Bibbings said many drivers fear reporting accidents to their companies,which is obscuring the scale of the problem. “Managing risk on road cannot be achieved by one-off interventions –organisations need to have policies, people and procedures in place,” hesaid. last_img read more

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Downward wave reflection as a mechanism for the stratosphere-troposphere response to the 11-year Solar Cycle

first_imgThe effects of solar activity on the stratospheric waveguides and downward reflection of planetary waves during northern early to mid- winter are examined. Under high solar (HS) conditions enhanced westerly winds in the subtropical upper stratosphere and the associated changes in the zonal wind curvature led to an altered waveguide geometry across the winter period in the upper stratosphere. In particular, the condition for barotropic instability was more frequently met at 1 hPa near the polar night jet centred at ~55°N. In early winter the corresponding change in wave forcing was characterized by a vertical dipole pattern of the Eliassen-Palm (E-P) flux divergent anomalies in the high-latitude upper stratosphere accompanied by poleward E-P flux anomalies. These wave forcing anomalies corresponded with negative vertical shear of zonal mean winds and the formation of a vertical reflecting surface. Enhanced downward E-P flux anomalies appeared below the negative shear zone; they coincided with more frequent occurrence of negative daily heat fluxes and associated with eastward acceleration and downward group velocity. These downward reflected wave anomalies had a detectable effect on the vertical structure of planetary waves during November to January. The associated changes in tropospheric geopotential height contributed to a more positive phase of the North Atlantic Oscillation in January and February. These results suggest that downward reflection may act as a ‘top-down’ pathway by which the effects of solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation in the upper stratosphere can be transmitted to the troposphere.last_img read more

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Visiting Professor

first_imgEssential Duties Summary Grant TitleN/A Position Details Security Sensitive Position?Yes Requires a Ph.D. from an accredited college or university in thediscipline of the posted position or a closely related field. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities * Do you have experience using personal computers, andMicrosoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access); andother job related software?YesNo Job Description Summary / TWC Summary Posting Details Position End Date (if temporary) * Do you have a Ph.D. from an accredited college or universityin the discipline of the posted position or a closely relatedfield?YesNo Hiring RangeCommensurate with experience. Posting NumberTSU202016 Must have the ability to use personal computers and MicrosoftOffice software such as Word, Excel, Power Point and Access. Musthave a positive attitude. Must have knowledge of basic officefunctions. Must have the ability to make sound decisions with thesupport of the Department Chair and faculty, determine strategy innext steps and processes, and handle multiple request orassignments effectively. Close Date N/A UA EEO Statement Work Experience Open Until Filled (overrides close field)Yescenter_img Teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses, as needed. Desired start date Posting Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Working/Environmental Conditions N/A Hours of WorkTBA % FTE It is the policy of Texas Southern University to provide a workenvironment that is free from discrimination for all personsregardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin,individuals with disability, sexual orientation, or protectedveteran status in its programs, activities, admissions oremployment policies. This policy of equal opportunity is strictlyobserved in all University employment-related activities such asadvertising, recruiting, interviewing, testing, employmenttraining, compensation, promotion, termination, and employmentbenefits. This policy expressly prohibits harassment anddiscrimination in employment based on race, color, religion,gender, gender identity, genetic history, national origin,individuals with disability, age, citizenship status, or protectedveteran status. This policy shall be adhered to in accordance withthe provisions of all applicable federal, state and local laws,including, but not limited to, Title VII of the Civil RightsAct.Manual of Administrative Policies andProcedures Required Licensing/Certification Education Teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses, as needed.Provide academic advising for students. Develop syllabus andteaching materials. Assist with projects, research, and otherdepartmental programs. Performs other job related duties asassigned. Special Instructions to ApplicantsOpen to all applicants. * Do you have at least 1- 3 years prior teaching experience ina higher education environment?YesNo Must have at least 1- 3 years prior teaching experience in a highereducation environment. Must have excellent verbal and communicationskills. Must be able to work with a diverse student and facultypopulation. 70% Official TSU TitleVisiting Professor Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResumeCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationOfficial TranscriptsOptional DocumentsReference Letter 1Reference Letter 2Reference Letter 3last_img read more

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Bobby Coral

first_imgFINE ARTS student Roberta “Bobby” Coral first saw the symbol on the wall of a Rad Cam toilet. It was alongside the tracks of a downward juddering bandwagon of homage to Pete Doherty. Drawn in aggressive pencil, it was a gaunt black triangle, its sides two-thirds up punctured with what could have been angel wings, or horns on a Viking helmet. Above it in jagged letters: HEADLESS. All the more striking was the dirty pearl of blank wall around it, six inches wide. It seemed the symbol was universally understood, among those who autographed toilets, to be sacrosanct.Bobby was eminently well-adjusted. If anything, that was her problem. It meant, as she knew, that she was rather supermarketbrand. Packaging like that of the market leader, only flimsier and in fewer colours. Hints of artificial sweeteners in that smile. But she did the job, with her shortcomings written plainly on the tin, and was not out to please an elite. So no ladders in her tights to lead you to snakes: the under-loved, the overindulged, the midnight quivers of a soul that needs always to be its own daydream. She was artless, no more, but no less. Not that she was wholly immune to itches for something more. She’d give herself an edge of walked through fire by charring her eyes with liner and mascara. Or stand in the Boots queue until it had tapered to only three deep, daring herself to go all the way with this blacking kit for her tresses currently reminiscent of weak tea.But that day, in the Rad Cam cubicle, she felt no such itch. So she refused to spook out, even if it was so weird that no one dared write near it (What if she did, right now? What would happen?). She restrained the same impulse on seeing the symbol again the following week, this time in chalk on Longwall Street, a little way down from the long-running “FREEDOM: NOT YET OUT ON DVD”.By her third encounter with it, her unease refused for a moment to get back in its kennel and howled clumsily through her veins instead. At The Sackler Library, a librarian whose stare at rest could disinfect a public toilet had told Bobby that ‘Aztec Premonitions of Modern Art’ was “naturally” on the shelf. Bobby searched for twenty minutes in vain. Then, at that point where it should have been according to its shelfmark, she noticed a tiny jaundiced tongue protruding from between two books. She prised them apart and pulled out a crumbling flake of card. There, drawn in ink that had purpled in antiquity like a bruise, was the Headless symbol. Paling, she took it downstairs to the librarian. “Book wasn’t there,” she told her. “But this was.” The librarian arranged her face into what she hoped was the highest madness antidote known to man. “So it was.”None of which prepared Bobby for the fourth time. Late for her tute with Dr Pynchette, she puffed up a blaze of rickety momentum across Pembroke, at last knocking on his door and flurrying in without waiting for his customary “Entertain me”. The curtains were drawn, drowsing the incoming sun so that it curled up at the feet of his bookshelves like an old cat lapping plaintively at dust. Amid this light someone was standing – but it wasn’t Dr Pynchette.Beside his desk, a woman upheld five feet, two inches of what they might tout as ‘Laura Ashley does Sexual Awakening’. She had her fingertips up on its oak, as though to takes its pulse. At Bobby’s entrance, she tightened with all the special force of a small woman and hissed: “Yes?” Bobby: “Dr Pynchette?” “He’s on leave. His students should have been told. Perhaps there hasn’t been time.” On leave? So abruptly? Bobby frowned: “Is it to do with the book he’s writing? Marginalia?”The woman edged around the desk and folded into its chair. She murmured, “I’m not sure what it’s to do with. As you can see, his phone was off the hook. I’m his sister.” It took a while for Bobby to process each of these sentences, like digits punched rapidly into a telephone. She moved forward into the smell of fried eggs that always hung over his desk like a builder’s daydream. The phone was still off the hook – his sister had touched nothing, as though this were his last fragile sandcastle.Bobby said, “He’s AWOL?” His sister flinched. “I,” she muttered darkly, “have three children, flowerbeds the dog waters and a suburban Jacuzzi of fellowship it sadly doesn’t. You know when I really wake up each morning? Raising the garage door. Shrieks like Bambi’s hit the blender and spits rust at me. That will always be so because I will never get round to fixing it. Yes, I have my frustrations too. Ray’s the only one who feels he can just disappear and come back if life rubs him the right way.”“He’s done this before?” His sister shrugged. “I was six the first time. We were in a Bristol supermarket: Ray, me, our mother. I leant closer to a fridge, my breath clouding the glass and his reflection. When it faded, he was gone. He’d followed the sound of a city seagull down the aisle and out the door. He called us later from a record shop to play some jazz down the line…”Bobby wasn’t listening. She was standing tremulously, having just had the breath whipped out from under her like a tablecloth in a show of tricks at a village fete. On a pad next to the phone, under the logo of the coffee-shop whose waitress he’d bullied it from and a feverish scrawl of ‘LOITERER’, was the Headless symbol.ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2005last_img read more

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Firms unfazed by country of origin labelling plans

first_imgMeat pie and pasty producers are unconcerned that they could be forced to disclose ingredients’ origins if European legislation gets the go-ahead.The European Parliament’s environment and consumer protection committee has voted to require clear country-of-origin labelling on processed foods that use meat, poultry and fish as ingredients. This will be put to a vote at the European Parliament next month and then debated at the Council of the EU.Currently, a sausage roll manufactured in Britain can be labelled as ’made in the UK’, even if the pig has been reared and slaughtered in another country.The Food Standards Agency is backing the European proposal; its recent research found a low level of consumer engagement with, and understanding of, country-of-origin labelling.Pieminister already flags up the fact its ingredients are British-grown, but MD Jon Simon said he would welcome the potential move. “We’ve got nothing to hide and it would be good for us getting companies who don’t use British produce to disclose that might give us an extra edge.”Pooles Pies chairman Norman Coan said the largest part of its meat came from the UK. “We don’t put that kind of information on our products at the moment, but we wouldn’t find it a problem. However, while some customers say they like British beef and chicken and won’t eat anything else, others aren’t bothered where it’s from, as long as the quality is right.”Pukka Pies sources meat from EC-approved suppliers and labels its meat products as sourced from ’the UK and abroad’, which senior technical manager Brigit Coignec said would not change. “It’s most important not to mislead consumers we’ve never put a British flag on our products. Our labelling complies perfectly with the new rules and our customers are happy with that.”last_img read more

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Film as social change

first_imgThe power of visual storytelling and the paradigm shift created by both the democratization of filmmaking and the advent of social networking tools brought together academics, movie industry professionals, and budding change agents — demographic groups not accustomed to rubbing elbows — for film screenings and a lively conversation about the possibilities of film as a vehicle for social activism.Sponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership, the inaugural Gleitsman Social Change Film Forum (April 16-17) featured screenings of two documentaries from this year’s Sundance Film Festival. “Countdown to Zero” examines the risk of nuclear proliferation, nuclear terrorism, and accidental nuclear exchanges. “A Small Act” describes how an anonymous gift to help educate a boy in Kenya created a ripple effect, with one act of kindness leading to another and then another, in a widening circle of impact.Faculty members from across the University joined in the panel discussions, including: David Ager, codirector of undergraduate studies and lecturer on sociology at the College; Graham Allison, director of the Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Douglas Dillon Professor of Government; Peter Galison, documentary filmmaker and Joseph Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and of Physics; David R. Gergen, director of the Center for Public Leadership and Public Service Professor of Public Leadership; Rod Kramer, visiting professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School; and Robb Moss, filmmaker and Rudolph Arnheim Lecturer on Filmmaking.Film industry panelists included Lawrence Bender, a three-time Academy Award nominee who produced Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “Pulp Fiction,” and “Good Will Hunting,” as well as Participant Media’s “Countdown to Zero”; Bill Guttentag, who won Oscars for “Twin Towers,” a 2003 documentary about 9/11, and “You Don’t Have to Die,” a 1988 documentary about a boy’s battle against cancer; Diana Barrett, former Harvard Business School professor and founder of The Fledgling Fund, which incorporates innovative uses of media to build social activism campaigns; Patti Lee, producer of “A Small Act”; Diane Weyermann, executive producer of “Countdown to Zero”; Tiffany Shlain, filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards; Liana Schwarz, senior vice president for social action at Participant Media; and Caroline Libresco, senior programmer at the Sundance Film Festival.“It seems like every young leader wants to be a social change agent,” said Gergen during the open panel on April 16. “And visual imagery is very important to this generation — but they don’t know much about the film industry.”The ensuing conversations touched on a range of topics, including:The changing understanding of what constitutes a film.“Connected,” a film that Shlain is making about systems thinking, will ultimately exist as an 80-minute feature, in a 10-minute version for educators, and in an even shorter version for viral dissemination. “What we’re seeing here is a paradigm shift,” said Barrett. “Tiffany is helping us rethink what we mean by a film.”Brain science and the time-tested ingredients of good storytelling.Advances in neuroscientific understanding have shown that “the brain is more hard-wired for sociability, for engaging with others, and for empathy than we had realized,” said Kramer. “The brain developed as a visual-auditory sensory processing system, which, when you think about it, is what film does.” A film is successful to the degree that it connects to the audience emotionally, said Guttentag. “Story and character are the two most important elements for helping people connect with a film.” Libresco agreed, adding that the elements of good story making include “great characters, each of whose lives has an arc; the layering of multiple stories; beautiful cinematography; and the ability to make audiences cry and laugh.”New technologies for building an audience for a film.When “An Inconvenient Truth” was released in 2006, Twitter didn’t even exist, and Facebook’s potential was just beginning to be understood. Today, these tools enable people to interact immediately with the social issue addressed by a film that moves them. Interactive media also have created “a shift in power,” said Shlain. “As a filmmaker, you can now have direct access to your audience. You don’t have to work through a distributor.”Social change films promote “accelerated crowd learning,” said Barrett, borrowing a phrase from Sarah Palin’s recent address to a Tea Party gathering in Boston. A good film, artfully told, can be a “platform for a more complicated strategy for bringing about social change.”last_img read more

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Department of Labor gives unemployment update; how you can speed up processing on your claim

first_imgWhile many people are facing unprocessed claims, Reardon says one of the most common reasons applications are labeled as “partially complete” is because the Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) is either missing or incorrect. Correcting those errors requires a call from a NYSDOL representative, which Reardon says can lead to significant delays on claims. (WBNG) — The New York State Department of Labor announced they have delivered more than three billion dollars to more than one million residents in the last six weeks. New York State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon says they are operating seven days a week to keep up with the hundreds of thousands of calls they are receiving daily. If you are still experiencing an unprocessed claim, NYSDOL is asking you to not call in. Reardon says a NYSDOL representative will reach out if they need any additional information. If you experience a denied claim and would like to appeal, head over to this related article about pro bono legal assistance.center_img That directive was sent out to 320,000 New York State businesses. Reardon also recommends a few ways to ensure you receive your benefits as fast as possible. File your claim online, be sure to fill out the information completely, and use direct deposit if possible. If you receive benefits through a KeyBank debit card, you can switch to direct deposit by visiting www.labor.ny.gov. Click on “unemployment services”, then “update personal information”, and lastly selecting “register for direct deposit”. “I’m issuing a directive reminding all businesses in New York State, they have a legal obligation to provide their workers with the information they need to apply for unemployment insurance, including the business FEIN,” said Reardon. last_img read more

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Vacation nation: Indonesia adds four more days to 2020 public holidays

first_imgRead also: Tanah Lot Festival seeks to revive tourism in Bali The additional collective leave days are: May 28 and 29 (Thursday and Friday), for the celebration of Idul Fitri, which falls on May 24 and 25 (Sunday and Monday). The new arrangement will add to the three existing collective leave days of May 22, 26 and 27 (Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday).Aug. 21 (Friday), for the celebration of the Islamic New Year, year 1442 by the Hijri calendar, which falls on Aug. 20 (Thursday).Oct. 30 (Friday), for the celebration of the Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday, which falls on Oct. 29 (Thursday).“More days off can also encourage the public to get to know Indonesia better [by taking a holiday]. Everyone can make the best of this opportunity,” Muhadjir told the press at the Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister’s office in Jakarta on Monday, adding that the new arrangements for the 2020 holidays and collective leave days were in accordance with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s wish to evaluate the previous decision. Read also: Indonesia can afford the coronavirus battle, but…The decision was released in tandem by the Religious Affairs Ministry, the Manpower Ministry and the Coordinating Human Development and Culture Ministry.In response, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio said he was confident that the new arrangement for the 2020 public holidays would have a positive impact on domestic tourism.“The [tourism] industry will have enough room to create more attractive holiday packages, especially for domestic tourists,” said Wishnutama in a statement on Monday. (gis)Topics : Indonesia has decided to add four more days to the list of 2020 public holidays. In total, the country now has 24 days of national holiday or collective leave in the year. Previously, the government had set a total of 20 days of public holiday in 2020. Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said the decision to add more days was to boost the Indonesian domestic economy, especially in tourism.last_img read more

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Gianfranco Zola predicts where Chelsea will finish in Premier League under Frank Lampard

first_img About Connatix V67539 Advertisement Full Screen (Picture: Twitter)ICYMI: Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola, who was Maurizio Sarri’s assistant manager at Stamford Bridge last season, claims the Blues WON’T make the top 4 this season.#beINPL #CFC pic.twitter.com/ZdLYRZUckh— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) August 10, 2019 Comment Video Settings Gianfranco Zola has predicted where Chelsea will finish under Frank Lampard (Picture: Getty)Gianfranco Zola expects Chelsea to drop two places in the Premier League table in Frank Lampard’s first season in charge.The Blues largely impressed last term under former manager Maurizio Sarri and assistant Zola, amassing 72 points to finish third in the Premier League.Sarri left Stamford Bridge shortly after the 2018-19 campaign ended to join Italian champions Juventus and club legend Lampard was named as his replacement.Lampard impressed in his first season in management, taking Derby County to the Championship play-off final where the Rams were beaten by Aston Villa.ADVERTISEMENT Gianfranco Zola predicts where Chelsea will finish in Premier League under Frank Lampardcenter_img 1 min. story Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 10 Aug 2019 10:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link767Shares More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City The former England manager is working under a transfer ban and will struggle to guide Chelsea to a top-four finish, according to Zola.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It will be very close,’ the Italian legend told beIN SPORTS. ‘I think it will be a real fight for the final Champions League spot.’Chelsea begin their 2019-20 campaign on Sunday with a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United, who finished sixth in the Premier League last season.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesOn Chelsea’s transfer ban and the new season, Lampard said: ‘We have to remain competitive while we are in this position.‘With the ban it has been easy to write off this squad, and I don’t write off this squad at all.‘I think that what is important is that you have a target within the group. What matters is how we approach things. We will see how we go.’MORE: Liverpool consider offering contract to free agent after Alisson injury scare PLAY Advertisementlast_img read more

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Denmark’s Sampension makes first direct green energy investment

first_imgDenmark’s Sampension has said it is making its first direct investment in green energy, financing a new 33MW wind farm to be built in west Jutland.The DKK195bn (€26.1bn) labour-market pension scheme is financing the 10-turbine Ulvemosen wind farm project in Varde, which will be established and operated by wind and solar-power developer European Energy.Anne-Charlotte Mark, head of equities and alternative investments at Sampension, said: “Ulvemosen is our first direct investment within renewables and part of the strategy to increase exposure to energy-related infrastructure.”Sampension said it had high expectations for the project. European Energy said the project would be owned by Sampension but that a part of it would be owned and operated by local land-owners and neighbours to the project.The developer said it had been planning the project for the last 4-5 years.The plant will have an estimated output of around 100GWh a year, equal to the energy consumption of 20,000 households, European Energy said.Danish manufacturer Vestas said European Energy has placed an order with it for 10 V117-3.3MW turbines, which is being financed in collaboration with Sampension.The turbines are expected to be delivered and commissioned in the fourth quarter of this year.last_img read more

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