New guidance offers advice on good management of ULDs

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. New guidance offers advice on good management of ULDsOn 1 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Upper limb and neck disorders are not trivial and should not be disregardedby employersAround 4.2million working days are lost in Britain each year because of thehalf a million upper limb or neck disorder sufferers in the workplace, the HSEhas said. Each employee takes an average of 13 days off work, costing employers atleast £200m, it added. The TUC, meanwhile, has estimated that 5.4 million days were lost in sickleave last year to RSI, with six workers leaving their jobs every day becauseof the condition. About a third of workers with RSI were under 45, and just over half (55 percent or 276,000) were women, the unions’ body added. Its figures show the majority of workers suffering from the condition werelocated in London and the South East, but with other ‘hotspots’ in the NorthWest and East Anglia. To coincide with international RSI day in February, the HSE revised itsguidance, Upper limb disorders in the workplace, on the best ways to preventand manage RSI and similar work-related upper limb disorders (ULDs). Launching the new guidance, Dr Alan Whitehead, minister for health andsafety, said: “These conditions are not trivial, nor the inevitableconsequences of working life. They are as unacceptable today as the oldindustrial diseases were in the past.” Elizabeth Gyngell, head of the HSE’s ULD programme, added: “It is muchbetter for business if it is easier for employers to get treatment foremployees and help them return to work, than it is to replace them. “We have to recognise that not all upper limb disorders can beprevented so it is essential that employers manage cases appropriately. Thisnew guidance sets out how this can be done.” The key to preventing RSI in the workplace was ensuring training, HR and OHservices all worked closely together, argued Angela Dunlop, occupational healthand safety adviser at Scottish Equitable. The company, for instance, ensures all staff are trained properly and areencouraged to carry out self-assessment and that proper workstation ergonomic assessmentsare conducted. Staff and managers are also encouraged to report when an employee movesposition so a new assessment can be carried out. “If someone has a problem, they are encouraged to contact us, and theydo,” she said. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Press release: UK aid project helps cut violence against women by more than half in Democratic Republic of Congo

first_imgUK aid-backed research programme ‘What Works to Prevent Violence’ studies effective ways to reduce rates of violence against women and girls around the world. A pilot in the Democratic Republic of Congo dramatically cut violence against women by 58%. The project trained faith leaders and community volunteers in 15 remote and conflict-affected communities to speak out and make violence socially unacceptable. Telephone 020 7023 0600 Even in the most challenging of circumstances, we can never underestimate the potential to achieve change. To end violence against women and girls, we must make the connection between violence and harmful attitudes and norms on gender. These are attitudes held by both men and women, so engaging the whole community is key. Faith leaders in conflict affected communities in Ituri (Eastern DRC) have done just that as evident in this brief. This project has shown that this change is possible, and it’s exciting that Tearfund’s model for engaging faith leaders and communities works in tackling violence against women and girls. For further information or interviews please contact: Sarah Baldwin on 07776211518 or contact the Tearfund Media Team on 0208 943 7792. For out of hours media enquiries please call 07710 573749. A UK aid project has dramatically reduced women’s experience of domestic and sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).A project working to challenge the social acceptance of violence against women and girls (VAWG) in the DRC saw women’s experience of domestic violence fall from 69% to 29% after two years of intervention – a drop of 58%.Women’s experiences of sexual violence from a non-partner also reduced from 24% to 4% – a more than five-fold reduction.Supported by UK aid, NGOs Tearfund and Heal Africa trained faith leaders and community volunteers in 15 rural and conflict-affected areas in Ituri province to challenge harmful attitudes which drive gender inequality, and to make violence against women and girls socially unacceptable in their communities.The faith leaders were trained to speak to people in their communities about the issue and were encouraged to raise the subject in sermons, prayer groups and youth groups.Engaging with both men and women to challenge their traditional attitudes about gender and violence was key to achieving these results. At the start of the research, more than 50% of men and 43% of women surveyed said there are times when a woman deserves to be beaten. By the end, this proportion almost halved.As well as women experiencing less domestic violence, the percentage of men reporting that they had carried out domestic violence dropped from 68% to 24%.International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said: Email [email protected] The UK is a world-leading investor in research on the prevention of violence against women and girls (VAWG). What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls is a flagship programme from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), which is investing in projects around the world that seek to understand and address the underlying causes of violence, to stop it from occurring and find interventions that can be taken to scale. The DRC project is one of UK aid-funded 15 pilots across 12 countries in Africa and Asia to research ways to prevent VAWG in different contexts – the largest ever study of its kind. Psychosocial support was also offered provided for survivors of violence, including access to medical treatment. The evidence from these pilots shows that interventions tackling values and behaviours – in homes, schools, and communities – can achieve significant reductions in just a few years. UK aid is generating rigorous evidence that can be shared with other governments, donors and civil society organisations to encourage more effective global action to prevent violence. Tearfund is a Christian relief and development agency and a member of the Disasters’ Emergency Committee. Founded in 1968, Tearfund has been working around the world for more than 50 years responding to disasters and helping lift communities out of poverty. For more information about the work of Tearfund, please visit Tearfund What Works consists of three complementary components:1. The Global Programme – the Global Programme conducts research, evaluations of existing interventions, and supports innovation in programming through a scheme of dedicated grants from UK aid.2. Violence Against Women and Girls in Conflict and Humanitarian Crises – this is focused on developing research and evidence to fill gaps in knowledge about what interventions work to prevent and respond to violence in politically fragile and conflict-affected areas.3. Economic and Social Costs of Violence Against Women and Girls – this is focused on the estimation of social and economic costs of violence against women and girls, developing the economic case for investing in prevention. Shockingly, one in three women are beaten or sexually abused during their lifetime, making violence against women and girls one of the most widespread human rights violations in the world. But this evidence shows it can be stopped, by working with local communities to challenge outdated attitudes about gender and violence. Every woman and girl deserves the right to live without fear. That’s why UK aid is investing in the largest global study of its kind, to provide the evidence needed to help governments and international organisations end this abuse, save lives and build a better future for everyone. If you have an urgent media query, please email the DFID Media Team on [email protected] in the first instance and we will respond as soon as possible. These results demonstrate VAWG can be tackled effectively even in conflict-affected settings, and that faith and other local leaders can play an important part in achieving this. The DRC is a vast country affected by years of protracted conflicts which have left millions of people living in unstable circumstances and lacking access to basic necessities.Religious institutions are, however, often respected, and faith leaders can play an important role in influencing people’s views, including on gender and violence.Notes to editorsWhat Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls General media queries (24 hours) The DRC project was part of the What Works to Prevent Violence Initiative. What Works is a flagship research programme from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), which is investing in projects around the world that seek to understand and address the underlying causes of violence and stop it from occurring.During humanitarian emergencies, including conflict, violence against women and girls can become more common and severe. It is estimated that one in five displaced or refugee women are subjected to sexual violence – 2014 research from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthVeena O’Sullivan, Head of Thematic Support Team, Tearfund said:last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: H5N1 outbreaks, lab workers cleared, pan flu vaccine, veterinarian shortage, Salmonella update, MRSA in ICUs

first_imgEditor’s note: The item on the Salmonella outbreak was revised Feb 19 to correct information on case numbers for specific states.Feb 18, 2009H5N1 outbreaks in Vietnam, IndiaVeterinary officials in Vietnam today announced that the H5N1 virus infected ducks in two more provinces, Bac Lieu in the Mekong Delta and Kahnh Hoa in the south-central part of the country, according to Xinhua, China’s state news agency. The new outbreaks raise the number of Vietnamese provinces with recent H5N1 outbreaks to nine. Elsewhere, officials in India reported a new H5N1 outbreak in the South Dinjapur district of West Bengal state, Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) reported today.[Feb 18 Xinhua story][Feb 18 IANS story]Czech lab workers free of H5N1 infectionNone of the Czech lab workers who were recently exposed to the H5N1 virus were infected, representatives from BioTest, their employer, said yesterday, according to a report from Ceske Noviny, a news service in the Czech Republic. The employees had been working with ferrets and handled a flu vaccine made by Baxter that had been contaminated with the H5N1 virus.[Feb 17 Ceske Noviny story]WHO confirms Vietnamese man’s H5N1 illnessThe World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed Vietnam’s latest human H5N1 case, in a 32-year-old man from Ninh Binh province who got sick on Feb 5, was hospitalized on Feb 13, and is in serious condition. A probe into the source of his illness suggests he had recent contact with sick poultry, but officials are continuing their investigation.[Feb 13 WHO statement]Novavax reports good results in H5N1 vaccine trialNovavax Inc. reported favorable results in a phase 1/2a clinical trial of its virus-like particle vaccine against H5N1 influenza. At the highest dose, 90 micrograms, about 64% of volunteers showed strong antibody responses to the vaccine, which is based on a 2005 H5N1 strain from Indonesia, the company reported in a news release.[Novavax release]Shortage of veterinarians hampers federal agenciesA shortage of federal veterinarians is hampering government agencies’ ability to perform some of their food safety tasks and respond quickly to zoonotic disease outbreaks, according to a report released today by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Many agencies haven’t met staffing goals over the past several years, and the government faces wage competition from the private sector. However, the Office of Personnel Management on Feb 12 granted federal agencies permission to expedite hiring of more veterinarians, according to a report yesterday by Government Executive.[Feb 18 GAO report][Feb 17 Government Executive story]CDC counts 642 cases in Salmonella outbreakThe latest count in the Salmonella outbreak linked to peanut products is 642 cases in 44 states, plus one case in Canada, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The number is six more than in the CDC’s last report on Feb 12. Ohio has the most confirmed cases, with 94, followed by California with 76.[Feb 17 CDC outbreak update]Some MRSA infections in ICUs declineThe incidence of certain methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in US intensive care units dropped almost 50% from 1997 to 2007, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). CDC researchers analyzed hospital data on bloodstream infections associated with catheters in large blood vessels (central lines) in ICU patients and found that infections caused by MRSA and all other pathogens declined, for reasons that were not immediately clear.[Full JAMA report][News release about study]last_img read more

How the Giants arrived at an unconventional Opening Day roster

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–To say these aren’t your father’s San Francisco Giants would be the understatement of the year.Some of the players aren’t your toddler’s San Francisco Giants, either.When the club takes the field in San Diego on Thursday, three members of the team will have been acquired within a week of first pitch and one-fifth of the 25-man roster will be experiencing its first Opening Day in the major leagues.There are two Rule 5 draft picks with no MLB service time and only one outfielder …last_img read more

Carbohydrate composition determined in cereals and cereal co-products used in pig feed

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Co-products derived from grains such as corn, wheat, and sorghum are increasingly being used in livestock feed, and research at the University of Illinois is helping to determine the energy value of these grain co-products.Knowing the specific composition of the carbohydrates in a feed ingredient is important for determining its energy value, explained Hans H. Stein, a University of Illinois professor of animal sciences.“Grain co-products contain more fiber and non-starch polysaccharides (NSP) than the grains from which they are derived. These carbohydrates are digested less efficiently by pigs than starch, and can also decrease the digestibility of other nutrients,” Stein said. “The addition of carbohydrate degrading enzymes can help improve fiber and NSP digestibility, but first we need to know which carbohydrates are present so that we can select enzymes accordingly.”Stein’s team conducted two experiments. In the first, they determined the carbohydrate composition of 12 feed ingredients: corn, corn distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS), corn gluten meal, corn gluten feed, corn germ meal, and corn bran; sorghum and two sources of sorghum DDGS; and wheat, wheat middlings, and wheat bran.Starch made up 62% of corn, 69% of sorghum, and 61.8% of wheat. Co-products ranged from 2.5% starch in sorghum DDGS to 22.6% in corn bran. The NSP content of co-products ranged from 24.7 in sorghum DDGS to 41.8% in corn bran. Arabinoxylans made up the largest%age of NSP in all ingredients.“These results indicate that exogenous enzymes that can hydrolyze arabinoxylans may be the most effective because the largest part of the NSP in corn and corn co-products, sorghum and sorghum DDGS, and wheat and wheat co-products is arabinoxylans,” Stein said.In the second experiment, the researchers tested the in vitro digestibility of NSP in the same ingredients. In vitro ileal digestibility was close to zero for most ingredients, indicating that pepsin and pancreatic enzymes do not degrade NSP. In vitro total tract digestibility of NSP ranged from 6.5% in corn bran to 57.3% in corn gluten meal. Both in vitro ileal and total tract digestibility correlated strongly with the concentration of NSP in the ingredient.Even within the NSP fraction, composition matters.“If pigs are fed diets high in NSP, energy digestibility will be reduced,” Stein said. “But the composition of the NSP fraction affects fermentability. Ingredients with more soluble NSP will have a greater energy value than ingredients with less.”last_img read more

Tesla to build world’s largest lithium-ion battery in South Australia

first_imgDavid Curry Related Posts Tesla has won a contract to build the largest lithium-ion battery in the world in South Australia, which, at 129MWh, will be three times larger than the current holder, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk.The battery will be supplied renewable energy from French utility Neoen’s Hornsdale wind farm. The framework used will be similar to Tesla’s Powerpack, the company’s industrial energy storage solution announced in 2015.See Also: Seat adjustments still manual, as Tesla shuffles Autopilot execsIn March, Musk said Tesla could get the system running in 100 days or it’s free, an audacious offer that is in the final contract. The company recently completed a 80MWh test run in California, managing to build the battery farm in 90 days.The battery will form part of South Australia’s $550 AUD million ($380 million) energy plan, drawn up after a statewide energy blackout in the region. Some Australian politicians have accused the state government of moving too quickly to renewables, while others suggest rising demand is the cause.This will be the highest power battery system in the world by a factor of 3. Australia rocks!!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 7, 2017“You can essentially charge up the battery packs when you have excess power when the cost of production is very low… then discharge it when the cost of power production is high, and this effectively lowers the average cost to the end customer,” said Musk.Tesla already has the largest battery factory in the world, with the Gigafactory, so adding the biggest battery to the list of achievements seems only natural. The announcement comes amid a whirlwind of bad press for the company, its stock price plummeting to $310 from $365 at the start of the month. Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu… The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D…center_img Tags:#battery#Elon Musk#energy storage#Powerpack#renewable#South Australia#Tesla How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruptionlast_img read more

Factual Friday

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Mind Rocks today, with Arjun, Deepika and Yo Yo Honey Singh

first_imgFrom Arjun Kapoor to Deepika Padukone and Yo Yo Honey Singh to Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. The India Today Group Mind Rocks Youth Summit is back in Delhi with big Bollywood stars, the new brigade of young MPs and sports and music icons.So all through Saturday, get ready to speak and with your icons on at Siri Fort Auditorium.Like last month’s Mind Rocks Chandigarh edition, this one too promises to be as much fun and interesting. There will be music and songs and dance, along with some serious talk and some heart-to-heart chat.The day will open with a power talk by Piyush Goyal, India’s new power and coal minister.Next will be your chance to speak to Finding Fanny star Deepika Padukone, as she shares her takes on grit, glamour and guts.She will be followed by Arjun Kapoor, the new heartthrob on the block after the success of 2 States. Watch Bollywood’s Ishaqzaada speak about how he came into his own.The next session will see Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the Olympic medalist and a Lok Sabha MP from Rajasthan, share stage with AAP leader Manish Sisodia. They will speak on how the public office needs to be reinvented.Then it’s a date with India’s finest women cricketers and wrestlers. Stars of our women’s cricket team, Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj, and wrestling stars Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari will speak on making it to the big league.Also meet up close VJ Andy and actor-singer Sophie Choudry.Celebrity fashion designer Suneet Varma and Snapdeal’s young CEO Kunal Bahl will also be there, speaking about how to make the cut.advertisementAfter Chandigarh, Bhagwant Mann, the satirist who is now an Aam Aadmi Party MP, is back on popular demand. Hear him speak, in his inimitable style, why politics needs a sense of humour.Jive then to the soulful songs of Rabbi Shergill, the sardar of Sufi who regaled all at Mind Rocks in Shillong last year, and feel astounded at the courage and expertise of danseuse Shubh Kaur Ghumman.The day will wrap up with a bang, as Yo Yo Honey Singh, the new superstar rapper and the heart of all new Bollywood dance numbers, takes the stage.last_img read more

Report: Fresno State Contacts OSU’s Ace Recruiter Marcus Arroyo About Offensive Coordinator Job

first_imgSecond year Oklahoma State running backs coach Marcus Arroyo has been contacted to become the offensive coordinator at Fresno State, Sporting News reported on Thursday.Fresno State has hired Jeff Tedford as their new head coach. Arroyo has a connection to Tedford from his past, as he was the quarterbacks coach under Tedford when he served as offensive coordinator at Tampa Bay in 2014.Tedford eventually left his position as offensive coordinator at Tampa Bay citing health reasons. After his decision to step away, Marcus Arroyo was appointed to run the offense.Arroyo is arguably Oklahoma State’s best recruiter, who has helped bring in 2017 running back and Canadian speedster Chuba Hubbard, along with Georgian record-setter JD King. Should Arroyo elect to take the position at Fresno State, it would leave OSU in a tough spot with some of their top running back targets moving forward. Most recruits commit to a school, but there’s no denying that a special connection between a coach and prospect can be what keeps things vanilla until signing day.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

NTL Referee Coach Appointments 2016-2017

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) has undertaken the process of Referee Coach Appointments for the 2016 and 2017 National Touch League. TFA concurrently have been undertaking a review and update of our Referee Coach pathway and education in alignment with the introduction of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) FTEM framework of athlete development – TFA have aligned this framework in both our coach, referee and athlete development programs. This specifically commenced with the Foundation Referee Coach Course which was piloted late in October and December 2015, and will continue into the Talent, Elite and Mastery areas in 2016.The appointment process included and expression of interest and ranking assessment, followed by a suitability interview. The process highlighted the following findings: – The process unearthed new talent to support the direction of renewal in the referee coaching area.– The separate functions of Upgrade and Appointment are still relevant at the NTL, but the refereecoaching within those functions also need to mirror the requirement, and the expectations communicated to the referees in either category. – Clear and direct organisation communication promoting a unified message in relation to expectations is paramount to the success of the discipline.– An improved approach to coaching appointments is required and committed to by the coaching group. This will result in less games for coaches to improve quality of feedback, more resources to improve coverage and pathway of the coaching and/or coaching to suit the purpose/goals of the referees.– The behaviour and conduct, and expectations of all members of the contingent must be set to reflect that of a national event. – To supplement the requirements of referees and assist with self and peer analysis we will look to identify and allocate referee mentors (injured, retired, or international referees) to events.TFA congratulate the following individuals who have been appointed to the Referee Coaching Panel for the 2016 and 2017 National Touch League. Related Files2016-17_ntl_coach_appointment_-_roles_and_responsibilities-pdfRelated LinksNTL Referee Coacheslast_img read more