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first_imgThismonth’s newsWork-lifebalanceLengthyand frequent travel away from home, and changes in travel dates affectingfamily plans, can negatively affect workers’ spouses and children, puttingextra strain on families and contributing to extra worker stress, research hasfound. The study of staff at Washington DC’s World Bank Group suggestedpractices that take into consideration family activities and give greaterleeway to staff may help.  Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2002; 59: 309-322Workersunhappy with long hoursWorkersare becoming increasingly dissatisfied with their long hours, according to asurvey by the Economic and Social Research Council. Out of 2,500 people, only16 per cent of male professionals and managers said they were completelysatisfied with their hours, compared with 36 per cent in 1992. NHSworkers’ healthBetterpublic health among NHS workers will be at the centre of debate in September ata conference being run by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. Theconference, at the Harrogate International Centre between 10 and 13 September,will be on the theme of “empowering public health”. Details areavailable from the website www.cieh.org.Stressand angina link is spuriousMakinga link between higher stress levels and angina in cases of people admitted tohospital may not be valid. A study of 27 workplaces in Scotland found therelation between higher stress, angina, and some categories of hospitaladmissions probably resulted from the tendency of participants reporting higherstress, to also report more symptoms.  “The data suggest that associations between psychosocialmeasures and disease outcomes reported from some other studies may bespurious,” it added. BMJ 2002; 324: 1247  Dockyardcompany finedAdockyard company has been fined £10,000 after failing to ensure the health andsafety of two casual employees who were overcome by paint fumes while workingin the hull of a hopper barge. The company, A&P Falmouth, also had to paycosts of £6,627.40.CorrectionApologiesare due to Greta Thornbory for a mistake that crept into her article onterrorism in the June issue of Occupational Health. Mention is made of howquickly toxins can spread. However, it is of course micro-organisms thatspread, not toxins. We are happy to put the record straight.RefrigerantsafetyAfree leaflet designed to prevent injuries and ill-health from refrigerantchemicals used in air-conditioning systems in motor vehicles has been publishedby the Health and Safety Executive. Safe working with vehicle air-conditioningsystems can be used as a poster for display in motor vehicle repair garages andother associated places.  It can be ordered by calling 01787 881165 or online at www.hsebooks.co.ukHealthand safety reporting increasesReportingon health and safety among FTSE-100 companies increased from 47 per cent in1995 to 60 per cent last year, the Health and Safety Commission says. But thequality of reporting varies greatly, with some firms simply confirming theircommitment to comply with the law. HSC chairman Bill Callaghan has called forcompanies to be more transparent in their reporting processes.OH records During the morning forum discussion, an interesting question was raised onthe feasibility of passing employees’ OH records to their next employer, in thesame way a doctor can pass on a patient’s medical notes to a new GP. Onedelegate recommended handing employees a copy of their own OH notes when theyleft. Jane Lewis commented that this is sensible advice, because givingindividuals the responsibility to hold their own records falls within therequirements of the Data Protection Act. Sickness absence Employers generally underestimate the true cost of sickness absence,according to a recent report by income protection insurance companyUnumProvident. Presenting the results, Dr Peter Dewis, director of medicalservices for the company, said that while long-term absence accounts for only aminority of spells of absence, it may account for 75 per cent of the totalcost.  www.unum.co.ukLynn Faulds Wood The association’s patron Lynn Faulds Wood chaired the Symposium. She lefther award-winning television presenting career to run the charity Beating BowelCancer after being diagnosed with the disease in 1991. Comments are closed. NewsOn 1 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 1/28/19

first_imgJanuary 29, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 1/28/19 Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONGolden State 132, Indiana 100Charlotte 101, NY Knicks 92Boston 112, Brooklyn 104Denver 95, Memphis 92Atlanta 123, L.A. Clippers 118NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUENew Jersey 6, Pittsburgh 3Philadelphia 3, Winnipeg 1TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL(2) Duke 83, Notre Dame 61(16) Texas Tech 84, TCU 65Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img

Speech: Supporting self-determination of the people of Western Sahara

first_imgThank you Mr President.The United Kingdom was pleased to vote in favour of this resolution, which we believe sends a strong signal of the support of this Council in three key areas:First, support for de-escalation.Second, support for the continuing work of MINURSO.And finally, supporting the overall goal of progress towards a lasting and mutually acceptable solution that provides for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.With this goal in mind, we encourage the parties to engage now with a political process in a spirit of realism and compromise. The six-month window provided by the resolution is an opportunity and an indication of the importance the international community attaches to achieving progress. Another indication is the appointment of the new Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General, and the commitment he has already shown in his first months to finding a solution. The United Kingdom strongly supports the efforts of Personal Envoy Koehler, as well as the work of MINURSO and its new head, Mr Colin Stewart. We call on all concerned to engage positively over the coming months, in line with both the spirit and the letter of this resolution.Thank you.last_img read more

News story: Companies House in numbers

first_imgWe publish a range of statistics on company activity in the UK.In September 2018, we completed a user consultation to find out what people think about our statistical publications and the information they’d like to see in the future. We published our response to the consultation on 21 December.Our quarterly reports include information about companies newly incorporated to and removed from the register, as well as the total and effective register sizes. We also provide information on company liquidations and other insolvency procedures.Our annual statistics include the number of company incorporations, dissolutions, and the total size of the register at Companies House. With 4.1 million companies now on our register, we hold a lot of data. Whether you’re interested in directors’ details, annual accounts or company shares, you can access this information and more using Companies House Service.To highlight the range of data we hold, and to join-in with the countdown to Christmas, we’ll publish one ‘fun fact’ each day over the next 12 days on our social media channels.last_img read more

Check Out This Funky Mash-Up Of Jamiroquai’s “Virtual Insanity” And The Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive” [Watch]

first_imgSometimes the Internet is evil, other times it delivers you golden nuggets that you never knew you needed. Such is the case with this marvelous mashup of Jamiroquai‘s “Virtual Insanity” and the Bee Gee‘s “Stayin’ Alive”, affectionately dubbed as “JamiroBeeGees”. The mash-up is exceptionally executed by Pomplamoose, led by Californian multi-instrumentalists and love-birds Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn.Known for their visual YouTube videos and novelty covers of popular songs, Pomplamoose’s “JamiroBeeGees” is a song we plan on listening to many more times. Check it out!According to the band, this is the “true story of how this mashup came to be”:*Jack and Nataly sitting in the car, listening to “Virtual Insanity”*Jack: Hey what does this song SOUND like…Nat: *silence*Jack: THE BEE GEES! Listen to the verse!!!Nat: …ok?Jack: YEAH! SING THE BEE GEES ON TOP OF IT!Nat: …yeah, ok. But we usually AVOID doing mashups where two songs SOUND similar.Jack: But it works so well! And it’s unexpected!Nat: I guess it’s cool because both of them are lyrically similar.Jack: *silence*Nat: You know, they’re both about modern society’s downward spiral. How everything’s accelerating at this unhealthy and unstoppable pace.Jack: …ok?Check out more from Pomplamoose on their YouTube page!last_img read more

Johnson City man arrested one year after shooting on Burbank Avenue

first_imgJOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The Johnson City Police Department says a suspect has been charged in a shooting investigation that began over a year ago. Vega was arrested on Nov. 26. The police department says it has arrested and charged 20-year-old Taejon J. Vega of Johnson City with reckless endangerment in the 2nd degree, a class D felony and criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony. Authorities say on July 15, 2018, police responded to a report of shots fired on Burbank Avenue. They say the investigation revealed shots had been fired, but no one was injured in the incident.center_img Police say Vega was arraigned and remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail. They say the investigation is still ongoing and more arrest may be made.last_img

Whispers in Watford warm faint Herts

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Take a look inside Jason Taumalolo’s Townsville home

first_imgSome of Jason’s biggest achievements are on display in his Townsville home. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Liana: I love being in the sun and in water, so getting outdoors on my days off is a favourite. A good afternoon watching movies, or a good TV series is also a go to after a busy week. Jason: Play PlayStation for sure. Q: Do you have any holidays/trips planned this year that you are looking forward to? When not training, playing or sleeping — there’s nothing like a game on the PlayStation to relax. Liana: Just over a year and a bit now. We built a duplex with Martin Locke Homes. We both had never built a home before however Martin and his team took us under their wings and made the process a very smooth one. Jason: It was the first time we had both built a home and were initially quite nervous. Martin Locke Homes made it so simple, we didn’t know it could be such an easy process. Q: How would you describe you style? A family photograph of Jason and his brother. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Liana: Photos of family, friends and the best of memories make anywhere feel like home. Hand me down recipes and home cooked dinners. Oh, and our dog Theo! Jason: My PlayStation and a roast on Sunday Q: Who does the cooking and household chores? More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Keeping it simple. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Liana: I wouldn’t say we are very “stylish” people but I guess you could say modern would describe our style best. Jason: What she said (laughs) Q: Do you have a favourite space around you home? The couple love nothing more than quality time spend with each other, as well as family and friends. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Liana: We are both quite busy with Jason always playing here or away and I work shift work, so our schedules can make it difficult to always entertain. Normally when Jason is away, I always have my friends visit or stay for the weekend which I always look forward too. Jason: Normally close friends and mum and dad At Home With Jason Taumalolo and partner Liana. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Liana: Super friendly and always keeping an eye out for each other. We have been lucky enough to meet and make good friends with a lot of our neighbours at our local dog park. Jason: Everyone has been super welcoming of us into their community and everyone is willing to lend a hand. Q: How long have you lived there and who build your dream home? Bedroom bliss. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Liana: Outside with my dog! Or the lounge room with my favourite TV series. Jason: Our bedroom for all the mornings I am able to sleep in. Q: Name five items that makes your home, feel like home. center_img At Home With Jason Taumalolo and partner Liana. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Liana: Convenience definitely was a stand out for myself. It takes just over five minutes to get to work. Willows and Canon Park is minutes away, and all our friends and family livewithin 5 minute drives. Jason: Location was also a big one for myself. It only takes me five minutes to get to training in the morning; so I am able to always have a sneaky sleep in. Q: What do you love about your local community? There’s no place like home for Jason Taumalolo and partner Liana. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Q: Why did you choose Brookstone on the Park to build your fist home? Modern and functional. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Liana: I do all the cooking, however Jason does help prepare. I am a neat freak, so I naturally do a lot of household chores whenever I have a spare minute. Jason is always ready to help(sometimes with lots of prompting). Jason: Me! (laughs) Q: What do you both like to do to relax? At Home With Jason Taumalolo and partner Liana. PICTURE CREDIT: Josephine Carter PhotographyJASON Taumalolo is living life in the fast lane following his $10 million signing with the North Queensland Cowboys, making time to spend at home with partner Liana and fur-child Theo even more precious. The couple recently celebrated their one-year anniversary at Brookstone on the Park in Condon, where they built their first dream home together. Their three-bedroom, two bathroom home, is one of two duplexes on the 718sq m block. The Townsville Bulletin caught up with Jason and Liana this week for a quick Q & A and an exclusive look at their modern, yet modest home. Here is what they had to say. A home is not a home without a dog. Picture: Josephine Carter Photography Liana: Potentially heading to Tonga with Jason and his family and possibly a stop in Fiji at the end of the year. Jason: Going back to the Kingdom of Tonga for a family reunion. Q: Do you like to entertain at home and who would you normally spend time with? last_img read more

Dutch pension fund tenders emerging market debt mandate using IPE-Quest

first_imgAn undisclosed industry-wide pension fund in the Netherlands has tendered a $250m (€184m) emerging market debt mandate using IPE-Quest.According to QN1393, the fund prefers to invest in a separate account against a custom, blended benchmark that consists of both local and hard currency sovereign bonds.Preferred managers will have an established investment history of investing in both these asset classes, as well as managing a blended mandate and ability in tactical allocation over both categories.To be considered for selection as a manager, the applicant must meet the following minimum qualifications: A track record of at least five years of investing in line with the mandate indicated aboveA minimum of $2.5bn of assets in this strategy under managementA licence to provide financial services in the Netherlands – experience in servicing existing Dutch institutional investors is preferredAsset-level visibility, performance and risk attribution and cost transparencyA fee structure without any performance fee elementsInterested parties should state performance to the end of December 2013.The closing date for applications is 24 February.The IPE.com news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE-Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE-Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email [email protected]last_img read more

IORP II to revise investment guidelines, introduce remuneration policies

first_imgA draft proposal seen by IPE in March previously listed requirements for schemes to produce risk evaluations immediately following any significant change in risk profile.In what will likely be perceived as a swipe against the Dutch and Irish pension systems, the Commission said the changes were necessitated by a “failure of certain funds” during the financial crisis, leading to reductions in benefits for members.“This has shown a need to strengthen governance provision,” the Commission said.In a detailed Q&A dossier, the Commission stressed that its proposals would seek to “ensure the soundness of occupational pensions” by laying down minimum governance standards and requiring all of the sector’s regulators to conduct stress tests.It said the revised directive would remove existing obstacles to cross-border provision so that funds and sponsors alike could “fully reap the benefits of the single market”, and that this would be accomplished by introducing a pension fund transfer procedure to facilitate the shift of funds between member states.“Innovative companies, raging from SMEs to multinationals, would be able to reduce staff costs through economies of scale, risk diversification and innovation,” the dossier added.Additionally, the revised Directive will overhaul investment rules across Europe, seeking to remove nationally legislated investment rules perceived as a barrier to “financing of growth in the real economy”, the Commission said.“The proposal would change the existing provisions on investment restrictions to make sure occupational pension funds remained free to invest in infrastructure [and] unrated loans,” the dossier said, “thus ensuring that investments, in particular with a long-term profile, should not be restricted if the restriction is not justified on prudential grounds.”The overhaul stands alongside Commission pledges to examine whether pension investment can be attracted to infrastructure loans by increasing the level of transparency in the market.In a move likely to be controversial, the Directive retained a requirement seen in several drafts for a uniform pension benefit statement.The Commission insisted the standardised approach would help members compare different schemes and assist pension providers, particularly where these operate cross-border.However, a number of countries – most notably the Netherlands and Denmark – have spent significant time and industry resources developing their own universal statements catered to national needs, which include online portals.The Commission said the statement would be a “first layer in a modern multi-layered approach to communication, with national specifities described more in depth in subsequent layers”. The revised IORP Directive will aim to modernise investment guidelines to foster long-term investment and improve cross-border activity by developing a framework for the transfer of benefits between member states, the European Commission has said.Publishing the long-awaited Directive – excluding the controversial pillar I solvency rules and instead focusing on governance, supervisory and disclosure requirements through pillars II and III of the legislation – the internal market commissioner Michel Barnier said the proposals would “further develop occupational pension funds as key long-term investors”.Barnier previously said the Directive would be “less regulation, more politics”, but he indicated that it would still fall to his successor to consider the introduction of solvency requirements for pension funds.The measures introduced include new governance requirements for internal audit, revised remuneration policies for pension funds to avoid conflicts of interest and a requirement for a self-assessment of fund risk – described as the Risk Evaluation for Pensions.last_img read more