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21 million under severe weather threat in US as weather-related death toll rises to 8

first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — Severe weather is making its way throughout the country, with around 21 million people who will be potentially affected. Storms in Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas have already left eight people dead, according to officials.The main threats hitting central and southern parts of the U.S. are damaging winds, large hail, snow, flooding and a few tornadoes in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri.The National Weather Service in Birmingham, Alabama, confirmed that three deaths occurred in Pickens County, according to its Twitter page.An elderly couple was found dead in the town of Haughton, Louisiana; and another person was killed after a pine tree fell onto a home in the town of Oil City, Louisiana; the local sheriff offices said in separate statements.In Nacogdoches County, Texas, a 44-year-old man was killed after a tree fell across a home, according to authorities. The man was identified as Larry Hadnot, Jr. He was pronounced dead at the scene.Another person died in Dallas when their car flipped into a creek west of downtown Dallas, according to police.In Bexar County, Texas, four tornadoes have already been reported. Golf ball-sized hail and wind gusts of 77 mph also hit the region.Strong storms and heavy rains will make their way east throughout the day, impacting states from Texas to Maine.Ice and sleet will be a threat for some areas of the Great Lakes — namely Michigan, where a significant icing event is expected.Yet out in the eastern part of the U.S., states are experiencing near-record temperatures in the 60s and 70s.Temperatures in New York City and Boston will hit highs in the low 60s, while Philadelphia will see temperatures reach 67 and Washington D.C. will reach 70 on Saturday.The storms moving across the country will push those temperatures out on Sunday night and colder air will be back starting Monday.A storm system will impact the Pacific Northwest Saturday morning and bring high winds and rain along the coast, extremely dangerous surf and waves of up to 30 feet high as well as heavy mountain snow.By Monday, the region will be hit with a second storm that will bring more rain, wind and snow. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Briefing

first_imgHealth secretary Alan Milburn has called on nurses to blowthe whistle when they suspect colleagues of endangering patients. “A newreporting system, used by nurses, would spot problems earlier,” he said.His views, backed by the RCN, are shared by nurse Eileen Walker, who sat as alay member on the disciplinary committee of the General Medical Council, whichstruck off Mr Ledward in 1998. Ms Walker, a UKCC member, said, “Nurses,managers and doctors all have a responsibility when they suspect something iswrong.” Changes in NHS culture have reduced the chance of a Ledward-stylecase being repeated. Comments are closed. The Government has been accused of dithering over plans toreplace the UKCC, leaving staff demoralised and confused. UKCC chiefs will tellnursing minister Lord Hunt that they are fed up being kept in the dark abouthow the Government proposes to change the way that nurses are regulated. Nursing Standard, 14 June A round-up of news from the professional journals Blow the whistle All of a dither BriefingOn 1 Jul 2000 in Personnel Todaycenter_img Nursing Times, 15 June Patients’ lives are at risk because some nurses are hopelessat maths and give wildly inaccurate measures of medicines.  In one case, a baby girl died after a doctoradministered a drug measure miscalculated by a nurse. Nursing Standard, 14 June Previous Article Next Article No good at figures Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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In on the act: Indirect Discrimination and Burden of Proof Regulations

first_imgFeatures list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a… Our continuing series of quick guides to major employment legislation putskey information at your fingertips and brings you up to date with the latestdevelopments. This week Jane Brown, senior solicitor with the employment teamat Manches, looks at changes to sex discrimination law, with the recentintroduction of the Indirect Discrimination and Burden of Proof RegulationsMost employers are all too familiar with the provisions of the SexDiscrimination Act 1975 (SDA). However, not everyone will be as well acquaintedwith the recent changes to sex discrimination law in the Sex Discrimination(Indirect Discrimination and Burden of Proof) Regulations 2001 (the Regulations),which came into force on 12 October 2001 and implement the EC Burden of ProofDirective. Since it is principally women who benefit from the sex discrimination laws,this article will refer to them as the claimants, although of course the lawalso applies to men. A common area where the SDA applies is where an employer turns down arequest from a female employee with young children to work part-time. She canusually show that the requirement to work full-time adversely affects morewomen than men, since women are more likely to be primary carers for children.Even so, a woman still has to satisfy several criteria before she can prove shehas been discriminated against, but these have been relaxed by the Regulations.Indirect discrimination Prior to the Regulations, indirect discrimination was defined as occurringwhere an employer applies a requirement or condition to a female employee whichit applies equally to men, but is such that: – The proportion of women who can comply with it is considerably smallerthan the proportion of men – The employer cannot show it to be justifiable irrespective of gender – It is to the employee’s detriment because she cannot comply with it Relaxed test The changes introduced by the Regulations should make it easier foremployees, by removing the following two hurdles: Requirement or condition Under the Regulations, an employee needn’t prove a requirement or conditionhas been applied to her. All she has to show is that her employer has applied a‘provision, criterion or practice’. Women will undoubtedly find it easier tosatisfy this test by challenging non-contractual practices, such as a longhours culture, or recruitment criteria which are desirable but not essential. Compliance A woman no longer has to show she cannot comply with the ‘provision,criterion or practice’ – she only has to show it is to her detriment. Again,this will make it easier to prove discrimination. If an employer refuses a request from a woman with young children to movefrom full-time to part-time work, for example, she will have to demonstratethat working full-time is to her detriment, but she will no longer have to showshe could not comply with it. In the past this has proved an obstacle to bringing a successful claim forhigh-earning women. For example, in Sykes v JP Morgan (unreported), thetribunal said that because Sykes could afford childcare, she could comply withthe requirement to work full-time (although this case is being appealed). There is still a ‘get out of jail’ card for employers, however. Under theRegulations, as previously, even if an employee manages to prove thatdiscrimination has occurred, the employer can still defeat her claim by provingthe discrimination was justified. In the example of a woman with childrenrequesting part-time work, the employer would need to demonstrate why the jobcannot be done on a part-time basis. Burden of Proof Until now, employment tribunals have had some discretion over the questionof whether inferences of discrimination should be drawn in cases where theemployer has not provided an adequate explanation for its behaviour. The Regulations have amended the SDA so that where an employee hasestablished facts which point to discrimination, tribunals are now obliged toinfer discrimination unless the employer can prove otherwise. At first sight it may look as if this is not a significant change – this iscertainly the view the Government takes in its guidance to the Regulations.However, there is an important difference, since the Regulations require thetribunal to find for the employee if it has not been convinced by theemployer’s answer. In the past (for example in Sidhu v Aerospace CompositeTechnology, 2001, ICR 167 (CA) tribunals have not always so found because theyhave had absolute discretion in this respect. A further development From April 2003, legislation is due to provide both mothers and fathers ofchildren under six (or of disabled children under 18) with a legal right torequest flexible working hours. Workers will be entitled to a full explanation in writing from an employerwho chooses to reject such a request, with a right, as a last resort, to go toan employment tribunal. This will be separate from and in addition to anyrights under the SDA. Conclusion It is becoming easier for employees to bring discrimination claims. Thismeans employers must deal carefully with requests for part-time work fromfemale employees, in particular, and it is likely their only hope will be torely on justification arguments. Decisions concerning recruitment, promotion, requests for part-time work andso on, must also be handled and documented scrupulously. If not, employers facecostly discrimination cases. Comments are closed. Related posts:center_img Previous Article Next Article In on the act: Indirect Discrimination and Burden of Proof RegulationsOn 29 Jan 2002 in Indirect discrimination, Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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Gulf Stream Marine Plans to Pursue its Strategic Expansion with the Asset Acquisition of Coastal Cargo of Texas Inc. and Gulf Coast Storage Inc.

first_img Gulf Stream Marine to acquire assets of Coastal Cargo of Texas and Gulf Coast Storage. (Credit: Adam Radosavljevic from Pixabay.) Gulf Stream Marine, Inc. (“GSM”) announced today that it will be expanding its footprint with two additional terminals, namely the Care terminal at the Port of Houston in Texas and the Port of Pascagoula in Mississippi, through an asset acquisition from Coastal Cargo of Texas Inc. and Gulf Coast Storage Inc., respectively. The acquisition is expected to close by month-end.GSM is pleased to expand its relationship with the Port of Houston and is looking forward to its new partnership with the Port of Pascagoula. These two strategically located marine terminals will complement GSM’s growing network throughout the U.S. Gulf, now operating in ten terminals in three Gulf Coast States. These operations have a long history in the U.S. Gulf and, like GSM, have built a strong reputation in stevedoring and cargo handling expertise. The Care terminal in Houston is a 30-acre facility focused on handling steel products, bulk cargoes as well as project cargoes. The terminal in Pascagoula provides services to lumber and project cargo customers and has the potential to accommodate other cargoes. Source: Company Press Release GSM is a leading U.S. Gulf cargo handling, stevedoring and terminal operator specializing in handling wind energy componentslast_img read more

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South Korean destroyer to join EU counter-piracy mission

first_img View post tag: EUNAVFOR Back to overview,Home naval-today South Korean destroyer to join EU counter-piracy mission View post tag: Counter-Piracy View post tag: ROK Navy Authorities February 17, 2017 Republic of Korea Navy destroyer ROKS Choi Young will be joining operation Atalanta, an EU-led counter-piracy mission off the coast of Somalia, in March this year.The Chungmugong Yi Sun-sin-class destroyer will work with EU NAVFOR warships to prevent acts of piracy that plagued the waters off the coast of Somalia just a few years ago.The Hyundai Heavy Industries-built, 4,400 tonne destroyer has 300 crew members, Lynx helicopters and a special operations team on board.The contribution of a Korean warship to Operation Atalanta has been made possible by the EU-Republic of Korea Framework Agreement, which has been in force since December 2016 and foresees the possible participation of Korea in EU crisis management operations.It also follows a number of successful meetings and exercises between EU NAVFOR and Korean warships in the Gulf of Aden over the past few years. Korea has also contributed warships to the Combined Maritime Forces, based in Bahrain.Choi Young’s command team will co-ordinate day-to-day counter-piracy operations with EU NAVFOR staff on board operation Atalanta’s flagship, ESPS Galicia.The EU launched EU NAVFOR Somalia, operation Atalanta, in December 2008 following a surge in armed pirate attacks. Its key role is to protect World Food Programme vessels carrying humanitarian aid to Somali ports and to deter and repress pirate attacks. EU NAVFOR warships also monitor fishing activities off the Somali coast and support EU sister missions that are working to strengthen maritime security and capacities in the Horn of Africa region. South Korean destroyer to join EU counter-piracy mission Share this article View post tag: ROKS Choi Young View post tag: Op Atalantalast_img read more

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Academic Hospitalist

first_imgInterested candidates should apply online viahttp://www.vcujobs.com.For additional information, please contact Zenobia Dabney,Administrator – Division of Hospital Medicine. Email –[email protected] Position NumberF64500 Open Until FilledYes Mission or Goal of Unit Application Deadline Date – Board certification or eligibility in internal medicine- Direct experience managing complex inpatients- Competency in standard inpatient procedures (including obtainingand interpretation of an arterial blood gas, central lineplacement, lumbar puncture, thoracentesis, paracentesis andarthrocentesis)- A solid understanding of the hospitalist role and function- An interest in teaching and growth in an academic setting- Providing effective communication (both verbal and written)- Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diversefaculty, staff and student environment or commitment to do so as afaculty member at VCU 1. Teaching – Staff inpatient housestaff teaching service withlearners including medical students, interns and residents; usecontemporary adult learning methods to promote evidence-basedpractice; demonstrate effective teaching skills and continuallydevelop as a teacher for learners at all levels; complete requiredevaluations of learners in a timely manner; participate in otherlearning activities such as Foundations of Clinical Medicine,morning report, noon conference, and other formal educationalprograms for undergraduate and post-graduate learners2. Research – Participate in clinical and administrative research,according to skills, interest, and funding; research opportunitiesmay include performance improvement initiatives or formalextramurally funded investigations; participation may be asprinciple investigator or co-investigator3. Service – Work with institutional staff and administration toattain the strategic objectives of VCU Medical Center, includingpatient safety, patient and other customer satisfaction,maintenance and enhancement of public perception, and fiscalhealth.4. Clinical – Admit and manage patients on a hospitalist-ledinpatient service, co-management of patients on other services, andattend the General Medicine consult service; triage medicinepatients requiring admission in the Emergency Department andcoordinate patient transfers from the Intensive Care Units,non-medical services and non- VCU hospitals; join colleagues inassuring coverage 24-hours a day, every day of the year; superviseand support nurse practitioners from the hospitalist service;comply in a timely manner with all institutional policies forprofessional work including credentialing, documentation, billing;work effectively with other members of the extendedinter-professional team School/UnitSchool of Medicine Number of Months12 Is this employee on a H1B Visa? Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). * Do you have direct experience managing complex inpatients,competency in standard inpatient procedures (including obtainingand interpretation of an arterial blood gas, central lineplacement, lumbar puncture, thoracentesis, paracentesis andarthrocentesis)?YesNo Proposed Hire Date07/01/2020 * Do you have Board Certification or Board Eligibility inInternal Medicine?YesNo Directly admit and care for patients on the general medicineinpatient service working on team both with and without Housestaffand students. Improve quality and efficiency of inpatient care atVCUHS . Provide high-quality general medicine consults. Provideco-management services with other non-medicine specialties. Developgeneral medicine faculty with interests in hospital medicine,clinical research and teaching. Mentor residents in evidence-basedinpatient medical care. Establish a venue for inpatient clinicalresearch. Work within the hospital system and with otherdepartments to further the efficient throughput of admittedinternal medicine patients. Position Responsibilities Application Process/Additional Information RankAssistant Professor Grant funded position?No – Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team- An interest in furthering the research, scholarly and academicmissions of the group. Working TitleAcademic Hospitalist Posting DetailsEmployees hired into Administrative and Professional positionsposted on or after July 1, 2017, will be governed by and, ifemployed on July 1, 2018 will move into the new University HumanResources System. For additional information, go tohttp://greatplace.vcu.edu. Tenure StatusNon-Tenure Eligible Type of SearchNational Excellent, evidence-based, efficient patient care. Thorough andresponsive medicine consultation and co-management of non-medicinepatients. Effective supervision, teaching and mentoring of InternalMedicine Housestaff and students. Streamlined throughput processfor admitted medicine patients across the health system. Posted Salary Date Posted09/09/2019 Required Qualifications Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission orgoal Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/93305 Diversity Statement Information Preferred Qualifications DepartmentInternal Medicine Position TypeTeaching and Research Faculty Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsCurriculum Vitae (CV)Optional DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationOther DocumentReference Letter – 1Reference Letter – 2Reference Letter – 3last_img read more

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Bob Weir To Join Dumpstaphunk Tonight For Annual Halloween Show

first_imgDumpstaphunk will return to Sweetwater Music Hall tonight for their annual Halloween celebration in Mill Valley, CA. For the second year in a row, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir will join the New Orleans funk masters for a night of mischief music, alongside the Jazz Mafia Horns. In 2016, Weir joined Dumpstaphunk for a “Shakedown Street >Dear Prudence > Iko Iko > Big Chief New Orleans Medley > Knockin’ on Heavens Door” medley that kept fans dancing all night long. There’s no telling what will go down tonight, but the band warns fans to come on out and “find out what tricks n treats we gonna pull outta the Dumpsta!!”There is a limited supply of tickets left here.Check out a taste of what’s to come in the video below, from last year’s “Shakedown Street”:last_img read more

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Sinclairville Man Arrested After Police Find Him Driving Stolen Vehicle

first_imgSINCLAIRVILLE – A Village of Sinclairville man was arrested Sunday after New York State Police say he was pulled over in a stolen vehicle.Troopers say Dakota Barber, 28, was pulled over for a traffic violation on Park Street.Through investigation, troopers discovered that the license plates did not belong to the vehicle, which was reported stolen from California.Additionally, the license plates were reported stolen from a truck stop in Tennessee, police say. Barber is charged with fourth and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.Police say Barber was placed under arrest, processed at State Police Barracks in Jamestown and transported to the Chautauqua County Jail. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Sunny Afternoon & Angela Lansbury Honored at Oliviers

first_imgSunny Afternoon was the big winner at the Olivier Awards on April 12, garnering the most awards, four, for any single production including Best Musical. A View From The Bridge won three—Best Revival, Best Actor for Mark Strong and Best Director for Ivo Van Hove. Other notable honorees at the U.K.’s equivalent of the Tonys, held once again at London’s Royal Opera House, include Angela Lansbury, winning her first Olivier for Blithe Spirit and Wolf Hall’s Nathaniel Parker, who is currently reprising his now Olivier-winning role of Henry VIII on Broadway.The compete list of winners is as follows:BEST NEW MUSICALSunny AfternoonBEST MUSICAL REVIVALCity Of AngelsBEST NEW PLAYKing Charles IIIBEST REVIVALA View From The BridgeBEST NEW COMEDYThe Play That Goes WrongAUDIENCE AWARDWickedBEST ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILYLa SoiréeBEST ACTORMark Strong for A View From The BridgeBEST ACTRESSPenelope Wilton for Taken At MidnightBEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLENathaniel Parker for Wolf Hall and Bring Up The BodiesBEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLEAngela Lansbury for Blithe SpiritBEST ACTOR IN A MUSICALJohn Dagleish for Sunny AfternoonBEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICALKatie Brayben for Beautiful: The Carole King MusicalBEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICALGeorge Maguire for Sunny AfternoonBEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICALLorna Want for Beautiful: The Carole King MusicalBEST DIRECTORIvo Van Hove for A View From The BridgeBEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHERSergio Trujillo for Memphis The MusicalBEST LIGHTING DESIGNHoward Harrison for City Of AngelsBEST SET DESIGNEs Devlin for The NetherBEST COSTUME DESIGNChristopher Oram for Wolf Hall and Bring Up The BodiesBEST SOUND DESIGNGareth Owen for Memphis The MusicalOUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSICRay Davies for Sunny AfternoonOUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AN AFFILIATE THEATREBull at The Maria at Young VicBEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTIONThe Mastersingers Of NurembergOUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERARichard Jones for his direction of The Girl Of The Golden West, The Mastersingers Of Nuremberg and RodelindaOUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCECrystal Pite for her choreography in the productions of The Associates: A Picture Of You Falling, The Tempest Replica and Polarisat Sadler’s WellsBEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION32 Rue Vandenbranden and Juliet And Romeo – Tie.This year’s Special Award winners were Sylvie Guillem and Kevin Spacey. View Commentslast_img read more

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Cancer cooking class

first_imgMore than 40,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year in Georgia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and nearly 15,000 die. The exact cause of cancer is unknown. But there are ways to help prevent this deadly disease. “More and more, research on chronic diseases has shown that what we eat and how active we are influences our risk for these diseases and even our chances for recovery or effective long-term management if we become ill,” said Connie Crawley, a nutrition expert with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. “Overall, a plant-based diet that emphasizes whole grains, fruits and vegetables, low-fat or non-fat dairy foods and small amounts of nuts and vegetable oils seems to be the most protective.”UGA Extension agents across the state routinely hold classes to teach people about cancer and what steps they can take to limit their risk for it. Eating well and leading a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of cancer by up to 50 percent, according to the National Cancer Institute.Cooking class“We teach families how they can eat healthy, but still eat well, while improving their health and reducing their risk for chronic disease,” said Denise Everson, UGA Extension Family and Consumer Sciences agent in Oconee County.Nancy Dennis came to one of Everson’s classes to help her family. “I have a 12-year-old son, and he is a getting to be a little bigger. I don’t want him to have obesity issues as he grows,” Dennis said. “I need to learn how to cook healthier and change my eating habits.” Manage risk“We are exposed to carcinogens everyday,” Everson told the class. “There are no miracle foods or proven causes. We only know what makes developing cancer less likely.” Eating saturated fats, or those found in whole milk products and meat and poultry skins, can increase cholesterol levels. Everson recommended consuming unsaturated fats like those found in vegetable oils or omega-3 fatty acids found in fish such as salmon or tuna. To cut fat and cholesterol, Crawley says to: Bake, broil, boil or grill food. Choose lean cuts of meat like loin, leg or round cuts.Remove skin from poultry. Eat vegetables, whole grains or fruits. Eat fish twice a week. Season food with fat-free broth or herbs and spices instead of fatty meats or butter. Choose low-fat and non-fat dairy foods. Use ground turkey breast and ground chicken breast. Eat less lunchmeats and prepared meats. Replace whole eggs in recipes with egg whites or egg substitute. Choose “light” or “heart healthy” menu items when dining out. Knowing portion size, Crawley said, is important. A portion of vegetables, fruit or grains is half a cup, or about a handful. Meat portions should be 3 ounces, or the size of a deck of cards. A ping pong ball is the size of a portion of peanut butter, or 2 tablespoons. Get MovingGet moving 30 minutes or more every day. “For cancer, the more vigorous and regular the physical activity is, the better the reduction in risk,” Crawley said. “For most other chronic diseases, moderate activity for about 30 to 60 minutes seems to be enough.” Plan well to make slow, realistic changes. “We learn to crave sweet and salty foods, and we can change our habits,” Everson said. “The simple steps we take today, improved eating habits and an active lifestyle, can decrease our risk for chronic disease and improve our overall well-being.”For more information on healthy life choices or similar classes in your area, contact a local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more