Business ignores warnings on RSI

first_img Previous Article Next Article Business ignores warnings on RSIOn 1 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Employers are too often complacent about risks of RSI, especially to theyoungMore than three-quarters of young workers in the UK are at risk of gettingrepetitive strain injury because of the nature of their work, the TUC haswarned. British businesses are too often complacent about the risks of RSI, orsimply ignore the warning signs, the union’s body added. Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive showed about 65 per cent ofall UK workers had jobs involving the repetition of the same sequence ofmovements many times, with the figure rising to 78 per cent for younger workersaged 16-to-24, said the TUC. For those having to perform tasks quickly, the figures were 60 per cent forall workers and 71 per cent for younger employees. More than half of the UK’s four million younger workers were forced to workin awkward or tiring positions, compared with 45 per cent of the totalworkforce. About 36 per cent of younger workers had to use “appreciableforce” at work, compared with 28 per cent as a whole, and 43 per cent wereunable to choose the order in which they carried out their tasks, compared with33 per cent in the general working population, said the TUC. TUC general secretary John Monks warned employers were too often choosing toignorethe warning signs by failing to assess the RSI risks in their companies. Often they were bringing in large numbers of casual workers, who were oftenyoung and too scared to complain about bad conditions, he argued. The TUC has now written to the chief executives of the main PC retailers inthe UK, asking if they would be willing to issue a joint leaflet on displayscreen safety, which would be made available to all people buying computers. Mr Monks said: “Computers will be at the heart of all jobs in thefuture. But if we continue to ignore the RSI risks faced by our youngworkforce, we are effectively writing off a whole generation. In a separate development, the HSE has published guidance for people whoemploy under-18s, explaining their duty of protection as well as offeringspecific guidance on risks. read more

Take note: At 26-6, Utah Jazz are the NBA’s best team so far

first_imgFebruary 25, 2021 /Sports News – Local Take note: At 26-6, Utah Jazz are the NBA’s best team so far Written by Tags: NBA/Utah Jazz FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLooking at individual stats reveals nothing about the Utah Jazz.They have one player among those with the 50 highest scoring averages so far this season. They have only one player among the top 50 per game in rebounding. They don’t have anyone with a top-30 assist average. And they have the NBA’s best record — by a considerable margin.The Jazz are off to the best start in franchise history at 26-6, are on pace to shatter the NBA record for 3-pointers made per game and have won 20 of their last 22 games.They also just handed the reigning champion Los Angeles Lakers their worst loss of the season. Associated Presslast_img read more

Norwest Energy approves drilling at Lockyer Deep gas prospect

first_imgNorwest has secured $3.3m funding from the institutional investors, and has opened a share purchase plan (SPP) on the same terms as the placement Image: Norwest Energy approves drilling at Lockyer Deep gas prospect. Photo: Courtesy of David Mark from Pixabay. Australian oil and gas explorer Norwest Energy has approved a joint venture resolution to drill the exploration well EP368 at Lockyer Deep, in the first half of 2020.The well EP368 is located approximately 15km east of the Waitsia gasfield and directly matches with the recent West Erregulla-2 gas discovery trend, which has 2C contingent 1.19Tcf gas resources.Norwest Energy managing director Iain Smith said: “In 2020 Norwest Energy will participate in a well that has the potential to be truly transformational for the Company. Recent exploration success within the Kingia/High Cliff play has resulted in a quantum shift in the way the industry views the bas in and we are fortunate to be perfectly placed within the play’s sweet spot.“With a 100% success rate for the three wells that have targeted this play in recent times, we hope to build on that success to make it four from four.”Norwest Energy is currently re-evaluating the GCoS for the Lockyer Deep locationThe location of Lockyer Deep-1 is likely to provide high Geological Chance of Success (GCoS) for testing of the Permian Kingia/High Cliff conventional gas play within the combined Lockyer-North Erregulla Deep greater structure.In addition, the company estimates the prospective resources of up to 1.12Tcf for the structure.Norwest Energy’s current estimate of GCoS for the location is 29%.Based on the analogous structural setting, Beach Energy’s recent Beharra Springs Deep discovery is believed to further alleviate the geological risk at Lockyer-North Erregulla Deep.Norwest Energy said that it is currently re-evaluating the GCoS for the Lockyer Deep location and will announce the revised estimate during December 2019.Norwest Energy claims that it is fully funded to participate in the Lockyer Deep-1 exploration well at its 20% working interest. Energy Resources, a division of Mineral Resources, is the operator with a stake of 80%.last_img read more

Mansfield retroactively raises formal prices for students

first_imgMansfield College has retroactively raised the prices of Formal Hall, sparking student outrage.The price increase, of 30 pence on Formals, which take place on Wednesdays and Fridays, including special Friday ‘Formal Formals’ which occur three times per term, has been applied to those already attended this term, an increase which many students hold to be illegal, as the price is higher than was advertised at the time of sale.The cost of normal twice-weekly Formals, which is now £12.75, is added to the battels of the following term. The increases had been discussed in Trinity 2015, but were never communicated to students.In an email from the Principal of Mansfield, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, students were told that “I am sorry you did not receive prior notice – it was a complete oversight caused by the departure of Neil, our Catering Manager, for personal reasons at quite short notice. The increase which was consciously kept as small as possible was agreed prior to the appointment of Peter and Lee in to the key catering roles and they did not realise students had not been informed.”This followed a lengthy and impassioned thread on a post made in the ‘Mansfield College – Hall & Dining’ Facebook group Tuesday evening, which is run by Hall staff. A student had tagged the College in the post, stating, “I think the prices of our formals have increased after we booked/attended them. I’m not entirely sure this is legal. Why have the prices changed on our battels after we already booked and attended the formal? Can you explain why this is OK?”Calls were then also made for the College Bursar, Allan Dodd, to resign, leading to additional comments in Kennedy’s email, that “On another note, I was very disappointed at the tone and language of the Facebook discussion on this subject. Personal comments about those who serve the needs of the college is unwarranted and unworthy of my students who are normally so considerate. Please don’t let that happen again.”Speaking to Cherwell, JCR President Luke Charters-Reid stated that he fears such student comments have harmed the JCR’s bargaining position, but agreed that some comments had not been acceptable. Students are also concerned that comments made on the Facebook page are being used as a deflection technique. The JCR President stated, “There is strong student reaction to this. I have urged students to stay calm and would like to see a speedy resolution to this,” while adding, “I don’t believe students have always been treated with respect by College in the handling of this matter.”The JCR Treasurer, Claire Gibson, endorsed the JCR President’s statements to Cherwell and stated that she has been working actively with him towards finding a solution with the College that is agreeable to students.An emergency JCR meeting took place Thursday evening to discuss the action the JCR wishes to take on this together. It was determined that there should be a “productive dialogue” with the College to resolve the matter in a “calm and timely manner”. Charters-Reid had added to Cherwell in advance of the meeting, “I don’t think it is appropriate to make a decision [on our way forward] before the meeting. I’m hoping for unified action.”The JCR and MCR Presidents met with the Principal and other senior members of the College on Wednesday to attempt to find a resolution. The JCR and MCR Presidents proposed that the College agree to delay the increase until Hilary term, with one student asking them on the Facebook thread “[not to] settle for anything less than that.”However, this was rejected by the College, and it was agreed that the matter would be discussed at further meetings. Kennedy laid out the College’s stance in her email to students that same day, writing “I think you should accept this low increase and the apologies of all concerned.”To many students, however, it is not about the 30 pence increase, but the issue of legality and the principle of the matter, as Charters-Reid reiterated to Cherwell. The initial poster on Facebook, who wishes to remain anonymous, labelled it “stealing”, with another stating “any sum of money that is charged to us without our knowledge or consent is an unreasonable amount.”A student has also confirmed to Cherwell that a query has been raised with the Chartered Trading Standards Institute as to the legality of the College’s actions.Some Mansfield alumni who are still members of the page shared in their successors’ anger, raising previous incidences they deemed unfair, without one alumnus concluding “it seems Mansy is no longer the college where students are treated like equals.”Additionally, online meal cost confirmations for previous Hall bookings now have a sentence underneath, stating that “This meal has been signed off by the catering department and no further changes will be applied to this booking.”Mansfield College Bursar, Allan Dodd, has been contacted for comment.last_img read more

News story: Dr Liam Fox welcomes City chief as Director General for Exports

first_imgThis new position is at the heart of the government’s post-Brexit trading plan, and is tasked with ensuring that new and existing exporters can access the right financial, practical and promotional support to sell overseas.The international demand for British goods and services has never been stronger, with exports from the UK rising more than 12% to £622.1 billion in 2017. Mahon’s work will be crucial in ensuring UK companies are well placed to take advantage of these opportunities.One of his first tasks will be to oversee the UK’s emerging Export Strategy, ensuring that firms of all sizes have the right support from government to do business around the world. Left to Right: Dr Liam Fox, Antonia Romeo, and John Mahon.Speaking at a City Week 2018 event later today, International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox will say: DIT listens to industry experts. This is especially true in financial services. It is no coincidence that today John Mahon, former Head of Barclays Corporate Bank, starts his new role as our new Director General for Exports. I am delighted to welcome John on the team and look forward to the wealth of experience that he will bring to the role.last_img read more

Aqueous Rages In Columbus With Strange Mechanics

first_imgAqueous lit Columbus up last weekend as they came in hot to Woodlands Tavern. With opening support from Cincinnati’s Strange Mechanics, it was a family affair for Ohio jam band fans who traveled from all over to share in the groove.As usual, Aqueous didn’t disappoint on the improv front. With what seemed like millions of teases from Hava Nagila to Weezer, a real gem of a performance was polished with the sit in from guitarist Rory Cooper of Strange Mechanics. He added some serious shreds in tandem with AQ lead guitar Mike Gantzer, and the two put on a real clinic.Another highlight of the show had to be the encore. It’s a tie between the exact moment of realization that the song they were playing that seemed so familiar, was actually from the Legend of Zelda (“Saria’s Song”), and the AQ original tune, “Origami.” As for “Saria’s Song,” with the addition of a full band of improv surrounding the childhood melody we all felt familiar with, it was a nice nod to making something new from what we already know. It was like a similar approach as Phish with their Chilling, Thrilling Sounds set perhaps, and it sounded awesome. As for “Origami,” that song just totally shreds. I think all four members really seem to dig playing that song, and it’s a perfect way to end a really high-octane night of music.Maybe it was something to do with the Saturday factor, or just the superior jams from both bands, but everyone at Woodlands came out hard for Aqueous and Strange Mechanics. Look for Strange Mechanics returning to Columbus on December 10th headlining Bass Jam, and Aqueous in Cincinnati December 30 on a bill with Dopapod, then in Albany on 12/31, with a bunch of dates in between. Tour dates can be found here.Setlist: Aqueous at Woodlands Tavern, Columbus, OH – 11/19/16Set: Aldehyde> Complex Pt I, Band On the Run (Wings/McCartney cover) > All In (W/ Rory from Strange Mechanics), Half in Half Out> SkywayEncore: Saria’s Song (Legend of Zelda) > Origami (contained Weezer’s ‘Hash Pipe’ jam)last_img read more

Organ Freeman & The Turkuaz Horns Announce Brooklyn Show

first_imgWest Coast-based power-jazz/funk trio Organ Freeman is heading east for a special show in New York City, and they’re bringing some funky friends with them. Organ Freeman & The Turkuaz Horns will hold court at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory for one night only on Saturday, April 28th. The night will be opened by local favorites Circus Mind.For those who are unfamiliar, Organ Freeman is one of the most talented young bands in the contemporary funk and jazz scene. Based in Los Angeles, Organ Freeman has been making a name for themselves over the past few years with their slick and impressive live performances. Their tight instrumental sound is created by just three people–Trevor Steer on organ and keyboards, Erik Carlson on guitar, and Rob Humphreys on drums–all of whom are fantastic players in their own right, and, when together on stage, they compliment each other brilliantly to create something groovy and exciting. It should come as no surprise that the band has spent extensive time cutting their teeth on the road with two of the best bands in live music: Umphrey’s McGee and Turkuaz.Turkuaz & Motet Members To Pay Tribute To Musicians We Lost In 2017 During Jazz FestOrgan Freeman has played in New York City several times before, supporting The Main Squeeze, Twiddle, and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and for an appearance at the 2016 edition of Brooklyn Comes Alive, but this show at Knitting Factory will mark their first-ever headlining performance in NYC. The Turkuaz Horns should help elevate this show to another level, matching the special vibe of the occasion.[Video: Organ Freeman]Circus Mind is a funky rock band that hails from Long Island. They have been playing together for over twenty years, focusing on the funky sounds of the 1970s, and will undoubtedly provide the perfect vibe as they open the night up for Organ Freeman.[Video: Circus Mind]Tickets for this show are on sale NOW at this link. See below for full information on this show, including art designed by Accepted Perspective–Poster Art by Jimmy RectorDate: Saturday, April 28th, 2018Artist: Live For Live Music Presents: Organ Freeman & The Turkuaz Horns w/ Special Guests Circus MindVenue: Knitting Factory – 361 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211Times: Doors – 7:00 PM / Show – 8:00 PMTickets: $12 Advance / $15 Day of show – [Buy Tickets]last_img read more

Harvard rolls out plan for the future

first_imgBusinesses, government, and social-sector institutions — including higher education — must incorporate a deeper consideration of human well-being into the evolving approach to sustainable development at all levels, noted Harvard professors William Clark and Jack Spengler in the introduction to the Harvard Sustainability Plan.The plan, released today, builds on this premise by setting a holistic vision and clear priorities for how the University will move toward an even healthier, more sustainable campus community. The five-year operational plan, created with input from hundreds of students, faculty, and staff, targets reductions in energy, water, and waste while also focusing on sustainable operations, culture change, and human health.“This plan recognizes that creating a sustainable campus strengthens our core research and teaching mission, and it acknowledges that the challenges before us are complex and interconnected, demanding an ever-developing approach to sustainability,” Harvard President Drew Faust wrote in the foreword. “It considers the University’s role in the world and recognizes our shared responsibility to build and operate a campus that contributes to the well-being of every member of our community — and ultimately to the health of the planet.”The plan centers around five core topics: emissions and energy, campus operations, nature and ecosystems, health and well-being, and culture and learning. From there it builds on the substantial progress that has already been achieved in reducing energy and emissions, building and running greener, more efficient buildings, and implementing sustainable operations throughout campus. It also encourages students, faculty, and staff to continue piloting sustainability solutions throughout the University by using Harvard’s cutting-edge research and teaching to tackle real-world challenges on campus“What’s exciting about this plan is that it’s spearheading the next steps of the sustainability movement by pushing into new contexts beyond greenhouse-gas emissions and challenging us to think more holistically,” said Michael Popejoy, a fellow in the Department of Philosophy, and member of the University’s Council of Student Sustainability Leaders. “It was a valuable opportunity as a student to be part of something that could have such far-reaching effects, and my hope is that students can be instrumental in carrying the plan forward by implementing it in their lives both on and off campus.”A science-based goal established in 2008 to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions 30 percent by 2016, is the University’s most ambitious sustainability commitment to date. Comprehensive Green Building Standards in place since 2009 have made the University a leader in green building, with more LEED-certified projects than any other higher education institution in the world, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.In addition to the existing climate goal, which takes growth into account, three additional sustainability goals are laid out in the plan and set specific targets within a set timeframe:Waste: Reduce waste per capita 50 percent by 2020 from a 2006 baseline, with the goal of becoming a zero-waste campus.Water: Reduce University-wide water use 30 percent by 2020 from a 2006 baseline, including process, irrigation, and potable water use.Landscaping: Maintain at least 75 percent of the University’s landscaped areas organically by 2020.Additionally, Harvard plans to establish and require compliance with operational standards in the areas of green building, green cleaning, green IT, climate preparedness, procurement, and healthful food. The standards were developed to ensure that a consistent approach is being implemented. But because Harvard is a decentralized organization, they were also designed with input from Schools and departments to allow for maximum flexibility in how they are implemented.“Our approach to sustainability is to tap into the creative ideas and innovations that our students, faculty, and staff are generating on the local level and then work to replicate them across the University for greater impact,” said Executive Vice President Katie Lapp. “This plan will align the University’s Schools and departments around common goals, standards, and commitments for moving forward.”The plan also outlines a stronger focus on health and well-being as a core priority in future years. The University pledges to increase participation and access to the Healthy Harvard wellness initiative, and to reduce the Harvard community’s exposure to toxic chemicals, with a special focus on the natural and built environment, indoor air quality, furnishing, and cleaning products. As part of this commitment, Harvard will identify and target at least two significant chemicals of concern for which viable alternatives exist, and develop a plan for eliminating exposure to those chemicals on campus.Finally, Harvard set out 32 commitments and recommendations for future research and action in areas ranging from sustainable procurement requirements for vendors, to governance and engagement programs designed to build a culture of sustainability across the University.The Harvard Office for Sustainability (OFS) led the development of the Sustainability Plan after a multiyear stakeholder engagement process, and has already begun to implement it as part of a University-wide engagement strategy. To ensure transparency and continual improvement, OFS will release an annual University-wide report in meeting the plan’s goals via the online Sustainability Impact Report.Ultimately, those involved with its development say the plan should be viewed as a vehicle for empowering individual action and entrepreneurialism in sustainability at every level of the University. “The creation of Harvard’s first University-wide Sustainability Plan is much more than an exercise in strategic planning,” wrote Clark and Spengler in its introduction. “It is an opportunity for every member of our community to reflect on what role they can play in enhancing our collective well-being for a more sustainable future.”last_img read more

Tax dips

first_imgGATE is a two-year-old program, created by Georgia House Bill 386, that offers qualified agricultural producers a sales tax exemption on agricultural equipment and production inputs. The program refined and replaced the Agricultural Certification of Exemption (ST-A1).The truth is that several tax changes went into effect in Georgia in 2013. Perhaps the biggest changes were to the ad valorem and sales taxes for automobiles, and tax exemptions for energy. To help identify the root of the decline, economists at the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development conducted an analysis to determine the causes of the tax collection decreases that local communities are facing. Here are the findings of that analysis: In looking at the Georgia Department of Revenue’s published commodity reports of sales tax distributions by county, broken down by business type as defined by North American Industry Classification System codes, it’s clear that shifts occurred over the two-year period since the tax changes went into effect. The classification system divides the state’s tax collections into sectors: accommodations, automotive, construction, food and bar, general merchandise, home furnishings, manufacturing, miscellaneous, other retail, other services, utilities and wholesale.When comparing 2011-2012 tax distributions to 2013-2014 tax distributions, the sector changing the most dramatically (as a fraction of the entire sales tax distribution made to counties) was automotive (-7 percent), while gains were made in food and bar (+2 percent), general merchandise (+2 percent), other retail (+2 percent) and construction (+1 percent) sectors. All other sectors essentially stayed the same in terms of proportion of the whole. Items allowed under the GATE program fall into several of these categories, including those that saw increases. Looking at the 24-month period before and after tax changes in terms of counties, the average Georgia county sales tax distribution declined by 7.9 percent. There were 134 counties that showed decline. After removing data for the automotive sector, only 73 counties showed decline. The average change, without automotive, for all counties becomes a decline of only 0.31 percent.Average Georgia county sales tax distributions actually went up by 5.9 percent over the time period when including the Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) distributions (from another Georgia Department of Revenue report) with sales tax distributions. But 20.8 percent, or 33 counties, did show negative growth in the time period compared once TAVT distributions are included.These reports help shed light on sales and TAVT tax distributions to Georgia localities before and after the tax changes. However, exact causation of the decline cannot be pinned down to one specific tax or tax exemption because sales taxes can be affected by a wide variety of national, state and local economic conditions. By Kent Wolfe and Sharon KaneUGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic DevelopmentBeginning in 2013, many of Georgia’s local governments started seeing downward trends in tax collections, causing local budget-makers some concern. The causes of local tax dips are hard to pinpoint, but some are pointing to the GATE, or Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption.last_img read more

SylvanSport: 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

first_img Learn more at GO Easy Gear Trailer starting at $1,995.00 Regardless of who you’re shopping for this holiday season, SylvanSport has something for everyone on your list! Hanging around camp, on a fun road trip, or hustling through the airport, our collection of adventure gear will be the coolest gift under the tree (or in the driveway). WayLight Hiking Pole $59.95 The Cloud Layer™ Double Sleeping Bag (larger than a queen bed!) offers home-like comfort for you…and a friend. From a 20° night or a 60° summer evening, the multiple layers make the Cloud Layer system as versatile as it is comfortable. Cloud Layer Single Sleeping Bag $199.99 GO Camper $9,995.00 “This mattress is the bomb for camping! Self-inflating feature works great! It is roomy enough to roll over, rather than the typical “slide and scoot” method of my other pads. Extremely comfortable. Slept on it for a week in the woods and never missed my home mattress!” – Chris B. Cloud Layer Air Mattress $199.99 With 3 light modes (spot, lantern, both), WayLight offers a variety of lighting options and the height adjustment is easy to use and secure. There are even slots in the basket for bamboo skewers to roast marshmallows around the campfire! WayLight is your light-up companion while finding your way down the trail, hanging out around the campfire, or taking Fido on his evening walk. The Hacky Pack Daypack is THE perfect ‘everything’ bag. At only 4oz and stowable into a 4” stuff sack/ball, the Hacky Pack is right at home on the trail, at the grocery store, or traveling on a plane. “I love this pop up kitchen. I couldn’t believe how this huge, sturdy kitchen popped up from such a small carry case. I bought it to use when I go glamping, but now I keep it and my small grill in the back of my truck at all times. I love that it has a lot of prep and storage space. I’m definitely a happy camper!” – Linda B. Over Easy Camp Kitchen $349.99 “A truly great design, clearly engineered with great thought & detail and quality materials. The versatility seems limitless. I really appreciate the waterproof storage, cargo space, size, and the optional long tow bar. I also really value how easy it is to remove the tongue to maximize my garage space. A job/product extremely well done!” – Mr. F. Hacky Pack Daypack $39.99 Cloud Layer Double Sleeping Bag $299.99 “Love it! We have had our GO for over a year now…2 successful camping summers. Made us fall in love with camping again! Makes planning easier, set up is easy, and just a fun unit!” – Judy S. The Cloud Layer™ Single Sleeping Bag offers home-like comfort, whether it’s a 20° night or a 60° summer evening. Its spacious design, organic cotton sheet, multiple layer configurations, and compatible mattress makes you feel right at home. last_img read more