Health and safety is a performance issue

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Health and safety must be thought of as a performance issue by businesses,not simply one of regulation and compliance, delegates at a conferenceorganised by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents heard lastmonth. The RoSPA congress, held in Glasgow in association with Scottishpower,examined how Scottish business and organisations could be made safer places inwhich to work. Last year 36 people in Scotland died in work-related accidents and more than2,700 suffered major injuries. The conference also looked specifically at how health and safety could beimproved in the construction industry, NHS, forestry sector and call centres. Other topics included reducing slips, trips and falls and back injuries, preventingat-work road accidents and managing asbestos in buildings. Roger Bibbings, RoSPA occupational safety adviser, said directors needed totake a greater lead in setting corporate health and safety targets and trackingtheir progress. “Health and safety must be a boardroom issue, but the whole workforcehas to be involved. Challenging targets have to be set and we need to focus onpriority issues and sectors,” he said. The conference also saw the launch of a forum called Scottish Health andSafety Revitalisers, designed to co-ordinate and exchange information on healthand safety between bodies such as RoSPA, the Institution of Occupational Safetyand Health, the Scottish TUC and the Scottish Chamber of Safety. Health and safety is a performance issueOn 1 Oct 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Nematode diversity and distribution in the southern maritime Antarctic – clues to history?

first_imgNematode worms are one of the most important soil faunal groups in Antarctica. However, relatively little is known about their widerdistribution, biogeography and history in the region, and taxonomic information remains confused or incomplete. Here, we hypothesisethat the Alexander Island (southern maritime Antarctic) fauna includes elements that have survived (at least) the period of Pleistoceneglaciation in situ, forming a regional centre of endemism and biodiversity hotspot. We describe nematological surveys carried out acrossa latitudinal gradient between 68 and 771S along the southern Antarctic Peninsula, comparing the data obtained with the maritimeAntarctic fauna described in the few previous studies between northern Marguerite Bay and the South Orkney Islands (60–681S). Ingeneral, our survey supports previous findings of a lack of overlap at species level between the maritime and continental Antarcticbiogeographical zones, with the large majority of specimens obtained from all survey sites being attributable to known maritime or newand currently endemic taxa. However, collections from Alexander Island, Alamode Island and the most westerly site sampled, CharcotIsland, include specimens morphologically very close to two known continental Antarctic species, which may indicate a link between thetwo regions. The fauna obtained at the northern study sites (ca. 681S, Adelaide Island, Marguerite Bay) closely matches that describedpreviously. However, in contrast with widely described patterns of decreasing diversity in other Antarctic biota, species richnessincreased markedly at locations on Alexander Island (ca. 721S), including a substantial element of undescribed species (50% of taxaacross all locations, 40% of taxa found on Alexander Island). Finally, the most southerly samples obtained, from inland nunataks inEllsworth Land (75–771S), indicate a fauna that does not include nematodes, which is exceptional not only in an Antarctic context butalso for soils worldwide.last_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Shares Video Of Rare Bob Dylan Cover

first_imgOn Saturday night, Tedeschi Trucks Band rolled through Atlantic City, New Jersey, with the show at the Tropicana Showroom acting as the exclamation point for the band’s recent three-night Midwest run during the week. The group led by Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi held nothing back during the performance, making full use of the group’s two full sets. In addition to long-standing fan favorites and newer tunes—such as “Shame”, which is expected to be released on Tedeschi Trucks Band’s forthcoming new album, a follow up to 2016’s Let Me Get By—the group also offered up their traditional mix of crowd-pleasing covers.As the band shared via Twitter, one special moment during Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Saturday show was their rendition of “Down In The Flood”, a Bob Dylan tune that the legendary songwriter originally recorded with The Band in 1967. While the band’s post notes that the cover is relatively rare, it certainly was not out of left field by any means. As a warm-up a few days prior to the performance, on May 31st during the band’s show at Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the band revived the Dylan cover for the first time in years, with the song falling halfway through the group’s lone set.Furthermore, Derek Trucks seemingly has been a longtime fan of the tune. The Derek Trucks Band recorded their own rendition of “Down In The Flood” to serve as the opening track on 2009’s Already Free. Already Free, Derek Trucks Band’s ninth studio album, went on to win a Grammy Award in 2010 for “Best Contemporary Blues Album”.You can listen to Tedeschi Trucks Band’s recently revived cover of Bob Dylan’s “Down In The Flood” below. For more information about the twelve piece’s extensive Wheels of Soul tour this summer, head to the band’s website here. [Video: edtyre1]Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Tropicana Showroom | Atlantic City, NJ | 6/2/2018Set One: Don’t Let Me Slide, Part of Me, Tell the Truth (Derek and the Dominos cover), Until You Remember, Shame, Midnight in Harlem, Down in the Flood (Bob Dylan cover), Let Me Get BySet Two: They Don’t Shine, Don’t Know What It Means, All That I Need, Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (Bob Dylan cover) (without Derek), Right on Time, I Want More, Key to the Highway (Charles Segar cover)Encore: A Song for You (Leon Russell cover), Space Captain (Joe Cocker cover)last_img read more

Undergrads design ‘sweet’ catapults

first_img“I think we need a higher ceiling!”Harvard College senior Colin Saintangelo ’11, his arms outstretched, ran a victory lap around the top floor of the Hemenway Gym as his classmates cried out in astonishment.“Forty-nine feet!”Pole vault? Long jump? No.Saintangelo’s four-inch-long catapult, crafted from a single piece of polycarbonate plastic, had just thrown a Tootsie Roll almost the entire length of the gym—with a ricochet off the ceiling ductwork—and launched him to the top of his class.It was just another day in ES 51: “Computer-Aided Machine Design,” where engineering students were putting their tiny catapults to the test and competing for the longest throw.“I made it with a very low factor of safety,” Saintangelo said, of his winning design.“I thought it was going to break. But it was kind of like trial and error. I made three iterations, each one closer to failure. Right before it fails, that’s when it goes the farthest.”“Next time I’ll angle it down so it doesn’t hit the ceiling,” he added.“This assignment provides students with a hands-on design project through which they can apply the abstract concepts such as stress, strain, and stiffness that they have learned in class to the real world,” said Conor Walsh, a visiting lecturer at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), who teaches the course this semester.The catapult project also exposes students to the methods of engineering design.“This process involves determining design specifications, performing engineering analysis, and then iterating through prototyping and testing,” said Walsh. “Students learn that the design process is somewhat circular, so that analysis can be used to influence a design and, in turn, testing of a prototype can guide the analysis.”last_img read more

6 Ways IT Responsibilities Are Evolving

first_imgAs business continues to shift the expectations and types of demands it is placing on IT, our technology, roles and responsibilities evolve in equal measure. Whether you are a CIO creating IT strategy or an IT practitioner implementing the strategy, now is the time to prepare for the changes ahead.As an IT practitioner:You must be intellectually curious about the technologies rising up on the edges of mainstream. My best advice for today’s IT organization is to build your next internal application in a microservices model.  Even if you don’t need to, do it anyway so you get experience using the new application languages, platforms, data fabrics, and cloud infrastructures. It will help you become an expert in things like Docker, Cloud Foundry, Kubernetes and Mesos.  These are technologies that CIOs and other tech savvy C-suite executives have a desire to use because they’ve heard they can actually enable business disruption much faster than traditional IT. The last and most interesting is that if the currency of the next generation enterprise is data, then we need someone to know where all that data is. The value of big data is the ability to reason across many diverse datasets to gain interesting correlated insights, but the data in enterprise environments today is highly fragmented.  This is a perfect opportunity for the CIO to be the person who understands how to access all the company’s datasets.  IT can become the consolidating point where we actually gather an understanding of the data available to the enterprise and present that back to every business function so they have a complete picture.The exciting news for IT professionals continues to be that this transformation is happening. IT will be more important than ever as we go forward and there are many ways we can respond to the new demands. The bad news? We’re still not going to get much sleep for the next 10 years.This post continues John’s thoughts from IT Technology Evolution Over the Next 10 Years and both are based on his CiscoLive! keynote, “The Evolution of the IT Career.” A recording of the presentation is available here (registration required). Understand that the operating model on this disruptive side will be more like dev/ops, so you need to build expertise in that as well. For example, Cloud Foundry has no separate test cycle. The entire model is paired programming using a test driven development methodology. There are literally two developers working on every line of code – one writing the code and one critiquing the code in real time. It is a radically different approach that accelerates the time to business value in a dramatic way. If you know how to do it correctly, you can be the trusted partner who brings it into your organization and helps it take hold.Just like the opportunity for IT practitioners to develop new skill sets, there are several ways that CIOs can get ahead of these changes too.Going forward, CIOs are likely to operate as IT service brokers more than proprietors of all things IT. You need to understand which cloud (or combination of clouds) to use, which technology to use, which options have the best economics, and which can make your business move faster. The second change is less interesting, but equally important – prepare to become some variation of Chief Auditor. It isn’t feasible to expect a business unit or a marketing organization to police itself. For example, business units are not qualified to understand the IT impacts to Sarbanes Oxley or HIPPA compliance. They are focused on optimizing business processes and disrupting their industry. It is unlikely that you will be able to prevent certain behaviors from happening, but you do need to know where they are taking place, so you can help people mitigate risk and be ready to intervene. After you’ve established that expertise, become a tech advisor to your company’s business units. You will find developers in every enterprise that are thinking about how they are going to build the next app or software disruption. They are desperate for people to help them with that endeavor. And if you have the expertise, they will talk with you and value your insights.last_img read more

Officials Investigate Death Of Inmate At Brocton Facility

first_imgShare: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) MGN ImageBROCTON – Officials from the New York State Department of Corrections say they are investigating the Monday death of Jamel McIntosh, an inmate at the Lakeview Scock Incarceration Correctional Facility. McIntosh was reportedly assigned to the facility’s Intensive Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment program. On Monday, officials say a correction officer on rounds observed McIntosh unresponsive on the shower floor in his cell. Staff immediately unlocked his cell and entered to check his condition. Facility medical staff were summonsed and began emergency response efforts.Outside emergency medical services were also called. McIntosh was transported by ambulance to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, where he was pronounced dead, according to officials.While the official cause of death will be determined and released by the Chautauqua County Medical Examiner’s Office pursuant to County Law §671 and §674, officials say preliminary autopsy results indicate McIntosh’s body had no signs of trauma. Any death that appears other than natural causes or from a known medical condition is thoroughly investigated by New York State Police and DOCCS’ Office of Special Investigations. Interviews of other incarcerated individuals in close proximity to Mr. McIntosh were conducted and video surveillance was reviewed, neither of which officials say revealed any staff misconduct or involvement in the incident.The investigation is ongoing at this time. All deaths in DOCCS’ facilities are also reviewed by the State Commission of Correction.McIntosh was serving time for two counts of second-degree robbery and a count of first-degree criminal contempt.last_img read more

Montana-Dakota Utilities to close two coal plants

first_imgMontana-Dakota Utilities to close two coal plants FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bismarck Tribune:Montana-Dakota Utilities announced Tuesday it plans to retire Heskett Station near Mandan in 2021 and replace the coal-fired electric generation units with a new natural gas facility.Montana-Dakota Utilities, a subsidiary of MDU Resources Group, said in a news release the decision to retire the units followed an analysis of how the company could best provide safe, reliable and low-cost service to customers. The company also will retire the Lewis & Clark Station at Sidney, Mont., around the end of 2020.“The plants have served our customers well, providing low-cost energy for many years, operating roughly twice as long as expected when they were constructed in the mid-1950s and early 1960s,” Nicole Kivisto, president and CEO of Montana-Dakota, said in a statement. “The age of the plants, low-cost competition on the market and the ongoing cost to operate the plants all have contributed to the plants being too expensive to operate much longer.”The first coal-fired unit at Heskett went online north of Mandan in 1954 and the second unit in 1963, providing a combined 100 megawatts of power. The two units are projected to be retired at the end of 2021.Montana-Dakota plans to construct a new 88-megawatt natural gas peaking unit at the Heskett Station, projected to come online as early as 2023, said spokesman Mark Hanson. The company anticipates filing a request with the North Dakota Public Service Commission this fall to outline why the project is the best option for customers.The cost of building and operating the new natural gas facility, coupled with market purchases, is expected to be about half the total cost of continuing to run the Heskett and Lewis & Clark coal-fired units.More: MDU announces retirement of aging coal-fired units, including Mandan’s Heskett Stationlast_img read more

Record Cocaine Seizure in Colombian Caribbean

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo May 31, 2018 The Colombian National Navy continues its frontal assault against narcotrafficking in the Colombian Caribbean. “We seized 27,419 kilograms of cocaine [from January to April 2018], a record amount for the Caribbean Naval Force over the last three years,” Commander Jorge Enrique Herrera, operational supervisor of the Caribbean Naval Force, told Diálogo. Authorities seized 50 percent in international waters, in coordination with various partner nations from Central and North America. “We can speak directly with the United States, Mexico, Panama, Jamaica, Guatemala, and Honduras. They send air and sea support in real time to mitigate these threats navigating our waters,” Cmdr. Herrera said. “We obtained significant results through maritime treaties and by means of international cooperation with those countries.” Coordinated efforts also take place within Colombia. “In Colombia, efforts are integrated and shared among various organizations, including the public force and other government agencies that deal with this phenomenon,” Commander Julián Cuartas López, commander of the Cartagena Coast Guard Station, told Diálogo. “This makes us more efficient. It allows us to hit these organizations harder and disrupt their logistics.” During March and April 2018 alone, the Navy led several operations resulting in the seizure of more than 1.5 tons of cocaine. The three most recent seizures occurred in the waters off La Guajira, Tierra Bomba Island, and Cartagena. At sea On April 29th, an interagency operation between the Navy, Air Force, and Office of the Attorney General seized a shipment of more than 500 kg of cocaine in Alta Guajira. An SR-560 surveillance and reconnaissance plane from the Third Combat Air Command detected a go-fast boat with possible contraband aboard. “In cooperation with personnel from the Ballenas Coast Guard Station, [we intercepted] a boat with three motors that traveled at high speed,” Cmdr. Herrera said. The boat was detained 6 nautical miles from the coast. Five people and 25 packages containing 500 kg of cocaine were found aboard. The Navy stated that the seized drugs belonged to the Los Pachencha criminal group. The shipment, valued at more than $16 million, was headed to Central America, then to the United States. The Tierra Bomba container On April 16th, Navy units seized a container holding 700 kg of cocaine hydrochloride on Tierra Bomba, an island located in the western Caribbean, near Cartagena. Authorities found the drugs in 25 sacks, divided into 679 packets. Navy intelligence first monitored the area for a week. Next, troops from the 12th Marine Battalion based in Cartagena deployed to the area to begin searching for drugs with help from the Coast Guard. “Before nightfall, we managed [to seize] almost 700 kg of cocaine hydrochloride in an uninhabited area near the Tierra Bomba Island cemetery,” Cmdr. Herrera said. The drugs, which belonged to the Gulf Clan criminal group, were stored in a container drug traffickers used as a collection center. According to the Navy, the drugs were bound for Europe, where they would be worth $42 million.. Drug traffickers have partners on the island who help them load seagoing ships en route to the United States and Europe with drugs. “They use a go-fast boat for this,” Cmdr. Herrera said. “When they reach the shipping channel, the boat attaches [to the ship], and, with hooks and aluminum ladders, two or three people climb aboard. Then, they lift the drugs aboard with hooks and mooring ropes and hide them in containers selected beforehand.” Container in Cartagena During another operation, Navy intelligence monitored a suspected Gulf Clan shipment for three months, which was to arrive in Cartagena in a container from the Port of Barranquilla, Colombia. Its final destination was Santo Tomás de los Castillos, Guatemala. At the beginning of March, authorities received confirmation that the shipment was at the Bosque Dock Port Complex in Cartagena. “It hadn’t left the dock yet. The container was successfully set apart so that a special inspection could be carried out, during which all the material [the cocaine] was found,” Cmdr. Cuartas said. The coordinated operation between the Colombian Navy and National Police seized 413 kg of cocaine hydrochloride, which they discovered during a two-hour search after unloading the cargo. The drugs were packed in 407 packets. The shipment, destined for Europe, would have been worth more than $30 million, according to a Navy press release. The strategies drug traffickers use present challenges for the authorities. “They have a great number of methods they use throughout the Caribbean. The challenge will always be to forcefully attack all the different methods these organizations use to transport illegal drugs to other countries,” Cmdr. Cuartas concluded.last_img read more

Mastercard to abandon signatures at checkout

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Mastercard has announced it will stop requiring signatures at checkout for credit or debit purchases in Canada and the U.S. after April 2018.“Eliminating the need for signature is another step in the digital evolution of payments and payment security. At first glance, this might sound like a radical proclamation, especially to people who have had credit and debit cards for decades. However, the change matches all of our expectations for fast and convenient shopping experiences,” the company said.The move could have little effect on consumer behavior or interchange income for credit unions and other card issuers, however.“I believe that while it makes for great press, it may not make a difference,” Lou Grilli, director of payments strategy at CSCU in Tampa, Fla., said. “Merchant terminals are programmed to show a signature screen for credit transactions. Reprogramming all those terminals is monumental.” Having a terminal avoid showing the signature screen if the card is a Mastercard but then show it for other cards doesn’t make sense, he said.last_img read more

Is your business prepared for hurricane & disaster risks?

first_img As we enter the heart of hurricane season, it is important to evaluate how prepared your institution is in the event your property or members are impacted by a tropical storm, hurricane or flooding. While this is particularly pertinent for coastal establishments, any lending institution is at risk of being impacted by inclement weather, as your collateral may reside in any number of these affected areas. Developing a plan of action ensures your institution and members will not be completely caught off guard when it comes to communicating and taking the next steps.Considering anything can go wrong is the only way to be adequately prepared for catastrophic events. It is a smart practice to establish a disaster response plan that answers questions on what to do in the event of a hurricane. This plan should consider all areas of your business, such as:Employees: Can employees get to work? Do you have alternative ways to get in touch with your staff members? Can your office remain open or can employees work remotely? Do you have access to adequate backup equipment to keep your business running?Data: Can data be accessed to continue managing the business effectively? Is your data backed up and secure? How will your data remain protected if damages occur?Service: If offices aren’t accessible, do you have a plan for continuing to serve your members? Have you informed your members what’s going on and what they can expect?  Click here to download our Risk Checklist on Disaster Recovery & Response PlanningTo prepare for collateral impact, set-up a proactive plan with your loan or insurance tracking partners to determine when and how you receive information before, during, and after the catastrophic event. If your loan portfolio is being properly tracked and monitored, you should have access to risk impact data specific to your collateral. It is vital that you are able to obtain information on members in named hurricane areas. There are several data sources that offer up-to-date information on hurricanes and other declared catastrophes. These include:FEMA Daily Catastrophe Bulletins: These bulletins offer reports with extent of the damages, the path and location of the storm, and impact projections for businesses and members.State Event Protocols and Bulletins: As soon as the storm receives a name, catastrophic event protocols and bulletins are shared by each state for lenders and insurers. These notices include temporary regulations, requirements, and policy stipulations for areas impacted by the storm.Loan Tracking: Tracking data with details on your impacted collateral and risk exposure.You can leverage data to build zone maps of your potentially impacted collateral and members. This information can – and should – be broken down by impacted collateral type and zip code location. Producing detailed status reports that assess the damage impact to your members and collateral at the time of the storm will also help you to address compliance needs (as regulators may ask for these). In addition to leveraging tracking data, services like license plate recognition software can help you remain informed about the risk likelihood for each of your outstanding pieces of collateral in the event of a hurricane or other catastrophic event.  For example, when Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in August of 2017, the state transported hundreds of thousands of abandoned vehicles to a state fairground. Even though members walked away from their vehicles the lenders still had a vested interest in the collateral. Lenders who had access to tracking data via license plate recognition services could better manage the potential risk and locate their vehicles at the fairgrounds. To recap: it is important your lending institution has a plan as we move into 2019’s hurricane season. That includes: Creating documentation that clearly states a communication and action plan for employees and members in the event of catastrophic weather.Being proactive in data management so you have an accurate sense of your risk exposure and have information readily available to locate your collateral. Communicating with your members so they are educated on what to expect and are clear on next steps to take if their collateral is affected. Allied Solutions has tools and resources that can help you keep an eye on the potential areas of impact, protect against collateral losses, and stay on top of any new events, bulletins, and regulations as they happen. Contact us if you want more support with preparing for these events and protecting against potential losses resulting from hurricanes and other natural disasters.Sign-up for our newsletter to receive ongoing education on collateral and compliance risk management. Hurricane Matthew 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anne Holtzman Anne Holtzman is responsible for internal product development and identifying and developing partner vendor strategies that serve to provide risk management solutions to all facets of lending institutions. She has … Web: Detailslast_img read more