Data code could stop companies testing for drugs

first_img Comments are closed. Data code could stop companies testing for drugsOn 20 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Draftregulations included in the Data Protection code of practice on drug testingcould restrict companies from checking employees for illegal substances in thefuture.Thecode, which is expected to come into force in mid-April, recommends thatemployers should only use drug testing if it can be justified on safetygrounds. This “justification on safety grounds” has yet to be clarified. MikeGoodie, HR director of rail company GNER, said, “Employers have a right toexpect that their employees are not intoxicated in any way when they areworking.“Becauseof the industry we are in, we test all of our staff to demonstrate thestandards that we expect across the company.”ButCynthia Atwell, occupational health consultant and former HSE member, believesthere are employers who should be allowed to test for drugs who do not have anobvious safety issue. Shesaid, “There are certain jobs where the wrong push of a button or a wrong sumcould cost companies thousands of pounds – their employers would be justifiedin testing them.“Ifthe employee caused an accident where someone was killed or injured, theemployer would be liable under the Health and Safety at Work Act becausemanagers have a duty of care to oversee the health and safety of others.” Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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What is cold adaptation and how should we measure it?

first_imgCold adaptation encompasses all those aspects of an organism’s physiology that allow it to live in polar regions. With the exception of the special case of the need to avoid freezing, it is therefore merely a specific example of the more general temperature compensation needed by all marine organisms. Temperature compensation is a form of homeostasis; the extent to which a given organism has achieved this can only be assessed in those processes which can be studied at the molecular level. Recent studies of polar organisms, primarily fish, have indicated that compensation is not always perfect. Studies of complex integrated processes such as growth or respiration do not necessarily give useful information concerning cold adaptation. Growth, for example, may show compensation at the molecular level but still be slow for other reasons (for example, resource limitation). Respiration is a particularly misleading indicator of temperature compensation, primarily because it represents the summation of many processes each of which may react differently to temperature. The use of respiration rate to assess temperature compensation should be abandoned forthwith.last_img read more

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Press release: Hooligans blocked from going to World Cup

first_img The World Cup is a festival of football and is no place for violence or disorder.The UK’s system of football banning orders is unique and means that people intent on causing trouble in Russia will instead be staying at home.I’m grateful to police forces for taking the necessary enforcement action to ensure that these thugs won’t be able to ruin the tournament for real fans. Football-related arrests have fallen to an all-time low since the introduction of football banning orders in 2000.Football banning orders are imposed by courts and can last for up to 10 years. Breaching a banning order is a criminal offence and can result in a fine of up to £5,000 and a six-month prison sentence.In addition to the banning orders, police will be deployed at major UK ports during the World Cup to stop known troublemakers from travelling to Russia before and during the tournament. Officers will identify people likely to become involved in football-related disorder and stop them from travelling to Russia.A UK policing delegation will travel to Russia, at the host country’s request, to work with their local counterparts to assist in ensuring a safe and trouble-free tournament for England fans.Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, the National Lead for football policing, said: More than 1,200 troublemakers with a history of football-related disorder have been blocked from going to the World Cup after a joint operation by police and the Home Office.The Football Banning Orders Authority (FBOA) – part of the Home Office – ordered 1,312 banned individuals who hold a passport to surrender it to police on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 June.The latest figures released today (Wednesday 13 June) show that forces in England and Wales have accounted for 1,254 passports.This represents 96% of the people currently subject to football banning orders who hold a passport. Police will continue to root out the small number of outstanding passports throughout the tournament.Police will hold the passports until the World Cup final on 15 July.Forces throughout England and Wales have carried out enforcement action against banned individuals who failed to surrender their passports. This will continue throughout the tournament.Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Nick Hurd said: Over the past 30 years the UK has made steady progress in eradicating the behaviour of those intent on engaging in football-related violence and disorder.Ahead of the World Cup, a comprehensive policing operation has been in place across the country to account for passports of those on banning orders, which has once again seen only a handful of those outstanding.The legislation used for banning orders is the most effective of its kind, and affords us the ability to ensure the vast majority of England supporters travelling to Russia are genuine fans who simply want to enjoy the tournament. The Football Spectators (2018 World Cup Control Period) Order 2017 establishes a control period for the tournament that commences on 4 June (10 days before the first match) and concludes on 15 July (when the last match in the tournament is played) The control period empowers the FBOA to issue reporting notices to individuals subject to banning orders requiring them to surrender their passports ten days before the first match in the tournament. Passports can be collected on the last day of the tournament Failure to comply with a reporting notice is an offence. The maximum sentence on conviction is a six-month custodial sentence, or a fine of up to £5,000, or both. The court may also impose a further preventative football banning order The control period empowers police to intercept, detain and, where appropriate, prevent from travelling, any individual who has previously caused or contributed to violence and disorder provided the individual is assessed by the police as continuing to pose a risk. This prompts a banning order court hearing within 24 hourscenter_img For media enquiries, contact the Home Office Press Office – 0207 035 3535 Read the latest FCO travel advice for Russia 327 banned individuals do not hold passports. They are not required to report to police Background on football banning orders Around 10,000 people are expected to travel from the UK to Russia to attend the World Cup.The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) will be providing up-to-date advice for fans in Russia throughout the tournament. The latest information can be found at the FCO’s Be on the Ball website.Notes to editorslast_img read more

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Battersea Power Station development to include bakery

first_imgFlour Power City will be among the first tenants at the new Circus West retail development in Battersea. The development, which will sit in the shadow of the historic power station, will eventually include thousands of homes, shops and offices, as well as leisure space and parkland.Battersea said that each of the new commercial tenants had been selected for their “quality and the individuality of the experience they can offer”.As well as Flour Power City, the list of tenants includes Pedler Cru eatery, butcher Allens of Battersea, and The General Store, alongside a village hall, and a “dedicated space for events, arts, residents and visitors”.The bakery was founded in 1999, and now supplies more than 80 markets in London and the Home Counties, as well as delicatessens, speciality food retailers and Michelin-starred restaurants.Joanne Skilton, head of leasing at Battersea, said: “The retailers chosen have a proven track record in the area, connecting to the community they serve and creating that all-important village feel, which is what people really want.”last_img read more

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Tix Now On Sale to See Audra McDonald & More in Shuffle Along

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 24, 2016 Tickets are now available to catch Audra McDonald, Billy Porter and more in Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. The production will begin performances on March 14, 2016 at the Music Box Theatre, with opening night set for April 21. Please note that McDonald will not appear in performances from June 20 through September 25; she will return on September 27.The production, which bills itself as a revival, combines the 1921 musical Shuffle Along with the backstory of the people who brought it to life, including the songwriting team Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle and bookwriters Aubrey Lyles and F.E. Miller. Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk collaborators George C. Wolfe and Savion Glover will reunite to direct and choreograph, respectively. Wolfe will also pen the new book.Shuffle Along first played Broadway and became a runaway hit in May of 1921. The show, which was expected to become an immediate flop following a back-breaking pre-Broadway tour, ended up playing for 504 performance. The story follows two friends who both run for mayor in fictional Jimtown, USA. One wins and the other is appointed chief of police, but as they fight, their opponent plots to drive them out. The original production featured the talents of such soon-to-be theatrical stalwarts as Josephine Baker, Paul Robeson and Lottie Gee.The company will also include Brooks Ashmanskas, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Joshua Henry and Brandon Victor Dixon. View Comments Shuffle Alonglast_img read more

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White grubs

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaYou’d expect something that could destroy huge chunks of your lawn to look menacing and possess a suitably evil name. It’s just hard to fear white grubs.They need a better agent, because their looks (little C-shaped worms with creamy white abdomens and brown heads) are deceiving. When these things quietly munch away at grassroots, they can be deadly to your lawn.And you can’t even tell they’re there.”You have to check for them,” said Will Hudson, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension entomologist.Even in heavy populations, he said, it takes a long time for small grubs to do damage. The symptoms are wilted or brown patches of turf. But that’s not uncommon in late summer and early fall.”Especially this year,” Hudson said, “bad-looking grass can be due to hot, dry weather or other factors such as disease or poor fertility. The only way to tell for sure is to dig in and look.”Baby bugsWhite grubs are the larval stages of a number of beetles, he said, including green June beetles, chafers, May and June beetles and Japanese beetles.To check your lawn for them, take a shovel and cut three sides of a square foot of lawn turf, Hudson said. Then fold that flap of sod back and look for grubs in the top 1 to 2 inches of soil and the grassroots.”If the soil is dry,” he said, “the grubs will be down deep, so be sure the soil moisture is good before you start.”If the number of grubs averages more than four per square foot, he said, you may need to apply an insecticide. To decide the best one to use, find out which species of grubs you have.Your county UGA Extension agent can help you identify white grub species. Or get a leaflet, “White Grub Pests on Turfgrass,” at the county Extension office or online (pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/l428-w.html).ControlFor home lawns, Hudson said, the best insecticides to use are granulated formulations of imidacloprid (sold in the Bayer Advanced Season-Long Grub Control Granules, Scotts GrubEx Season-Long Grub Killer, etc.), or the growth regulator halofenazide (sold as Grub-B-Gon).”Both of these products are effective on small grubs,” he said. “As we get into the fall, they won’t control the larger grubs as well. The only ‘rescue’ treatment labeled for home use is trichlorfon, which is sold as Dylox or Bayer Advanced 24-Hour Grub Killer Plus.”Whatever you use, he said, it’s critical to water it in properly. If you don’t, it’s useless.You have to get it to the roots, he said. Because they’re in the soil, white grubs are hard to control anyway. If you don’t get the insecticide down there where they are, you don’t have a chance to get them.”Avoid very hot times with bright sunlight, too,” Hudson said. “For the best results, treat late in the afternoon.”(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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Hay Testing

first_imgCurrently, forage sample results from the University of Georgia Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories in Athens, Georgia, contain an estimate of Relative Forage Quality (RFQ). This value is a single, easy-to-interpret number that improves a producer’s understanding of forage quality and helps to establish a fair market value for the product.But how can RFQ help farmers? The RFQ allows hay producers to easily categorize and price hay lots by quality. Cattle producers can then purchase hay lots based on end use. For example, there is little need to feed high-end quality hay to livestock that could easily use a forage of more poor quality.At the Wilkes County meeting, two farmers demonstrated their use of forage test results to sort hay into lots based on the nutritional needs of their cattle. Dry or pregnant cows get the hay testing of poorest quality. Lactating cows get the better quality hay. Hay may not provide sufficient nutrition to cows in the latest stage of lactation, but with the aid of forage test results it’s easy to determine the most economical way to meet the animals’ needs.If forage is managed properly, supplementation is often not needed. A frequent user of forage testing will soon learn how to adjust his/her management practices to increase RFQ values. The average RFQ of hay samples coming through the Wilkes County Cooperative Extension office would probably be about 95. What’s the difference in hay with an RFQ of 95 versus that rated at 125? It would be the difference in eating a bologna sandwich instead of a prime rib with all the trimmings.The UGA Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories also analyze feeds, foods, feed ingredients, natural waters and industrial wastewater. For more information about services from the lab, go to aesl.ces.uga.edu or call the lab’s program coordinator, Uttam Saha, at (706) 542-7690. Hay can’t be evaluated by touch, smell, color or any other on-the-spot technique. To get a true measure of forage quality, hay has to be tested. At a recent meeting of the Wilkes County, Georgia, Cattlemen’s Association, bales of hay were on display for farmers to evaluate. The cattlemen did a lot of sniffing, feeling and visual appraisal, but no one came close to giving the precise information that was available through laboratory test results. In fact, the bale that was labeled of highest quality by the laboratory was not identified as such by any of the cattle producers at the meeting.An important factor that is often overlooked is weight. Hay is most often sold by the bale, but bale weight varies greatly. Four bales, with similar appearances, were weighed before the meeting. Attendees did a little better at guessing bale weight than they did at choosing the highest quality hay, but they were not close enough to bale weight considering the consequences of a large hay purchase. The bottom line is that farmers don’t know how much hay they have if they don’t know how much a bale weighs.last_img read more

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Governor Douglas Signs Vermont Yankee Comprehensive Assessment Bill

first_imgGovernor Douglas had sent a letter to NRC officials earlier this yearin which he clearly requested additional resources and attention for theplants inspection.  Since then, state administration officials haveworked extensively to make sure the legislation signed today did not conflictwith federal law.  While the costs of the inspection are unknown at this time, theDepartment of Public Service estimates that the price could be as high as $1million; the money for this endeavor will come from Entergy. Jason GibbsGovernorsCommunications Director109 State Street ¨ The Pavilion ¨ Montpelier,VT 05609-0101 ¨ www.vermont.gov/governor(link is external)Telephone: 802.828.3333 ¨ Fax: 802.828.3339 ¨ TDD: 802.828.3345 Governor Douglas Signs Vermont YankeeComprehensive Assessment BillLegislationto identify process for inspection of the states nuclear plant Montpelier, Vermont (June 6, 2008) The legislation requiringthe inspection of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant was be signed into lawtoday by Governor Jim Douglas.  The bill, S 364, provides guidelines for thesteps to be taken in the evaluation of the operating systems within the nuclearplant in Vernon, Vermont. ### The safe and reliable operation of Vermont Yankee remains a toppriority, said Governor Douglas.  While there is an existing NRCprocess that examines the safety of nuclear facilities, participation by Vermont in this inspectionwill significantly enhance the process and provide us an opportunity to makecertain that safety is paramount.  The key features of S 364, the Comprehensive Vertical Audit and ReliabilityAssessment, are: Selection of an audit inspection team of qualified experts as necessary to conduct all or any part of the comprehensive reliability assessment; An outline of seven systems within the plant to be examined, and the methodology to be considered. An oversight panel of three people, to be appointed by Governor Douglas, Speaker Symington and Senator Shumlin. This panel will provide oversight and consultation to the Department of Public Service and other experts, as necessary. The legislation signed into law today incorporates feedback from theadministration, legislators, community leaders and a host of stakeholders.  It is comprehensive in every sense of the word.  We are confident thatupon the completion of this process we will have a very accurate understandingof the plants safety reliability, said OBrien.  Public Service Commissioner David OBrien said the legislationadds significant value to the Vermont Yankee evaluation.  While theNuclear Regulatory Commissions procedure for plant inspections is approachedsimilarly across the nation, the cooling tower collapse and temporary shutdown in2007 gave the Governor concern about the continued operation of theplant, said OBrien.  He (the Governor) made it very clearthat he wanted a systematic review of Vermont Yankee to determine the status ofthe facility, said OBrien.last_img read more

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Add these 3 points to your year-end financial checklist

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This time of year is perfect for starting to run through your year-end personal finance checklist, according to Manisha Thakor, CFA, director of Wealth Strategies for Women at Buckingham and The BAM Alliance.The three key areas to tackle in any such annual review, she said, are estate and incapacity planning, risk management (i.e., insurance) and your investment portfolio.First, make sure you have a will, living will and a durable power of attorney for financial and health matters, and also make sure your beneficiary information is up to date. continue reading »last_img read more

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How to keep employees motivated

first_imgThis is placeholder text continue reading » We measure the success of our businesses by our productivity. Are things getting done? Are they getting done on schedule? Are we staying within budget? Are we meeting members’/customers’ needs? Are we innovating?But, we all go through phases of low motivation. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve had a million things on our minds and to-do lists, which can feel so overwhelming it’s hard to even get started. It’s not just leaders that feel this stress – our employees are experiencing similar emotions. What’s important in these low-productivity situations is understanding why an employee isn’t motivated and how you can help them overcome it.Author and business guru David Burkus outlines four of the top reasons people lose motivation and how leaders can address them:Don’t believe they can: We’re asking a lot of our employees right now. Many of us are operating in remote environments, adopting more technology to get the job done, and rethinking the products and services that we offer. This is challenging for everyone – whether they’ve been at the company for 10 years or 6 months. The difference between those that can adapt and those who struggle is their mindset: Growth vs. fixed. Burkus says those with a growth mindset believe that with effort and learning they can build the skills and knowledge needed to do the job. Leaders must establish an environment that encourages this mindset, provides resources for needed training, and allows employees to openly discuss their frustrations and challenges. This post is currently collecting data…center_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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