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New code means tougher checks for social workers

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first_imgHR professionals will be obliged to make extensive checks before employingsocial workers following the introduction of a new code of practice. The code is one of two introduced by the newly formed General Social CareCouncil to guarantee standards among social workers following the fallout fromthe Victoria Climbie scandal. As part of the new checks, HR departments will have to investigate individuals’police records before employing new social workers. Under a separate code ofconduct for employees, social workers face being struck off for incompetence orbad practice. Social workers will have to agree to the code before being placed on the registerand will face expulsion if they are subsequently found incompetent. It is hoped that, once struck off, individuals will be unable to find workelsewhere in the sector. Alan Mack, head of organisation and staff development at Essex SocialServices, welcomed the move. He said: “The draft codes put a robustframework in place for the recruitment of staff. It also provides a code ofconduct once you have employed a member of staff and puts us on the samefooting as other professions such as doctors. “For several years we’ve had safeguards at Essex, but the code willconfirm the process we have in place. It is reassuring that everyone across thecountry is working to a consistent framework.” The codes will have a three-month consultation period before beingrecommended to ministers and the GSCC will be seeking feedback from employersand staff. Lynne Berry, chief executive of the GSCC, said: “It’s very importantthat the councils set the right standards of conduct and practice for socialcare and services workers and employers.” www.doh.gov.uk/gsccBy Ross Wigham Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. New code means tougher checks for social workersOn 22 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Effects of evolution on egg development time

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first_imgUsing a global data set on egg hatch times in zooplanktonic and nektonic ectothermsfrom marine waters, the combined effects of body size, temperature and life-history attributes ondevelopment times were examined. After correcting for mass and temperature the mean egg hatchtimes (from laying to hatching) were 20 times faster in some taxa than in others. Some of the divergencein hatch times can be accounted for by the disposition strategy of the eggs. Eggs that are protectedafter laying (e.g. carried by the female, or attached to a substrate or floating in clumpedmasses) take 3.3 times longer on average to develop to hatching than those spawned individually andfreely into the pelagic environment (i.e. ‘unprotected’), and this difference is independent of egg size.Given that unprotected eggs typically have higher mortality rates, it is proposed that evolution hasacted to shorten this vulnerable period. Not only do hatch times appear to diverge on the basis of eggprotection strategy, but also a similar degree of separation was apparent in cell cycle duration (i.e.time from 2 to 4 cell stage). These results reinforce the importance of egg disposition on developmentrate processes and their evolution.last_img read more

USS Coronado crew to be relieved after nine-month stint

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first_img View post tag: USS Coronado Authorities View post tag: LCS March 29, 2017 The crew of the U.S. Navy’s Singapore-based littoral combat ship USS Coronado will be welcoming relief in April after spending nine months embarked on the ship.Littoral Combat Ship Crew 203 departed San Diego March 27 and will relieve Crew 204 in mid-April.Crew 204, the original Coronado crew which deployed with the ship in June last year was supposed to return home in October. Recent changes to the LCS training and certification program and a lack of trimaran LCS hulls for Crew 203 pre-deployment work up resulted in Crew 204 staying in Singapore almost half a year longer than planned, according to Navy Times.Prior to deploying, Crew 203 completed multiple off-hull simulator and on-hull underway opportunities to include engineering, aviation launch and recovery certifications; Integrated Ship Aviation Team Training (ISATT) and Mission Package workups.“The training and certification process is extensive and necessary to ensure our crews are fully prepared for the demands of deployment,” said Capt. Jordy M. Harrison, commander, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron ONE.“I am proud of Crew 203 and our entire LCS team for their dedication and hard work to implement recent changes to LCS on-hull training opportunities following last September’s LCS Review. These changes in the LCS program will ensure we provide the Fleet with crews trained and prepared to execute the mission sets,” said Harrison.Forward-deployed Coronado is outfitted with the surface warfare (SUW) mission package, comprised of two 11-meter rigid hull inflatable boats; two visit, board, search, and seizure boarding teams; two 30mm machine guns; two MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicles, and an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter.Coronado arrived in Singapore in October 2016, marking the first deployment of an Independence-variant littoral combat ship to Southeast Asia and the third overall LCS deployment following USS Freedom (LCS 1) and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3). Operating from Singapore, Coronado has participated in multiple exercises with allied and partner navies across the region during her deployment.To date, Coronado has completed a passing exercise with the Royal Brunei Navy, and conducted counter piracy operations and flight operations in the South China Sea. Additionally, Coronado was the first LCS to launch a Harpoon anti-ship missile during the 2016 Rim of the Pacific exercise. USS Coronado crew to be relieved after nine-month stint Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Coronado crew to be relieved after nine-month stint View post tag: US Navylast_img read more

Press release: Space tech to fight bowel cancer and exposure to air pollution

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first_imgThe projects are being funded by the UK Space Agency in partnership with NHS England and the European Space Agency (ESA). In June 2018 innovators were asked to bid for a share of £5 million to turn technology originally designed for space into medical applications that improve NHS treatment and care.These projects will help to address the key NHS 70th Anniversary Challenges of managing Long Term conditions (LTC) including joined up health and care services, transforming GP services and other primary care and meeting mental health needs.Emily Gravestock, Head of Applications. UK Space Agency said: We are moving into a new era of healthcare where Artificial Intelligence (AI) will support doctors to identify and diagnose cancer faster and more effectively. The EARTH SCAN project is an exciting opportunity to use satellite technology to bring this AI support to doctors in real time. Real time support means doctors can make immediate decisions regarding treatment and patients can receive the results of their scan straight away instead of waiting weeks. Whilst we know physical activity is good for many patients with long term conditions including heart and lung diseases, clinicians are often anxious about recommending exercise and often unable to prescribe accurate and effective exercise for their patients. We are really pleased to have been given the NHS/UK Space Agency award, which enables us to harness our expertise in Space, Health and Environment sciences here at Leicester. We will develop a patient-centred mobile app that takes in satellite data with unique resolution including that of air quality that delivers precise guideline-based exercise advice tailored to their condition and ability. This greatly enhances the confidence of both healthcare professionals to prescribe and patients to put into practice, effective physical activity which improves well-being and reduces healthcare utilisation. Professor Tony Young, NHS England’s national clinical director for innovation, said: The NHS has a long and impressive track record of world class innovation that improves patient care – from hip replacements to vaccines, medical scans to organ transplants and now genomics. The NHS is open to innovations from any industry, anywhere in the world – or even out of this world – if they can improve the care we provide to patients and help us to deliver our Long Term Plan to save half a million more lives. The demanding environment of space presents challenges which our world-leading engineers and experts meet with creative ideas like these solutions for the NHS. Supported by the Industrial Strategy, the UK is a global leader in using space technologies to save lives and enhance quality of life back on Earth. Early diAgnosis Real-Time Healthcare System for CANcer (EARTH SCAN) from Odin Vision, a University College London (UCL) spinoutThanks to a £1 million grant, space technology could improve early detection and diagnosis of bowel cancer through a revolutionary artificial intelligence (AI) system developed by Odin Vision and UCL researchers that identifies and characterises polyps by analysing live colonoscopy video, leading to early treatment and saved lives.Controlling a spacecraft millions of miles away requires a reliable, as well as fast data connection. In a similar way doctors using technology to diagnose cancer depend on data reliability and not just speed.The EARTH SCAN project will use secure, high speed satellite communications combined with bespoke data compression software, which is normally used for operating space missions. The project will create a cloud-based AI system that can support doctors when identifying cancer in patients.Through the use of this space technology, the system can be deployed reliably anywhere on Earth, giving patients a consistent, high level of care.Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer related deaths in the UK and detecting it using traditional colonoscopy methods can be challenging for doctors. With a survival rate of 90% through early diagnosis, new ways of identifying and diagnosing cancerous growths sooner are vital.Peter Mountney, Odin Vision, Early diAgnosis Real-Time Healthcare System for CANcer (EARTH SCAN) project said: It’s incredible that artificial intelligence technology that was first developed decades ago and is being used to examine distant planets, will now help detect some of the hardest to treat cancers at their earliest stages. With bowel cancer the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths, this kind of innovation will be crucial in helping the NHS prevent more than 20,000 cancer-related deaths a year by 2033 – a key aim of our modern Industrial Strategy. The Personalised Space Technology Exercise Platform and EARTH SCAN projects are two projects receiving a share of a £5 million innovation fund drawn from ESA’s Business Applications and Space Solutions programme, to which the UK is the largest subscriber.On April 8 £1 million was also awarded to Adaptix to develop a portable 3D X-ray scanner, which could also revolutionise cancer diagnosis. Support for a fourth project will be announced in due course.A report by the UK Space Agency in March this year, revealed that for every £1 of public money spent in the space industry produces £4 in value for the recipients in the space industry, with additional benefits to the UK economy. Personalised Space Technology Exercise Platform (P-STEP) from the University of LeicesterExercise is recognised as a miracle drug for health, however judging the right exercise for sufferers of long-term health conditions like asthma can be challenging due to conflicting advice and exposure to air pollution.Thanks to £2 million funding the University of Leicester will develop a new mobile application that uses data from Earth Observation satellites that can map pollution hotspots in towns and cities. It combines this with AI to provide personalised exercise routes that take into account any medical conditions the user suffers from which could be exacerbated by pollution, such as asthma. Pollution warnings are then generated at the local level to within 10 metres.One of the main satellites used is Sentinel 5P which was built by Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage, UK, and launched in October 2017.Professor Andre Ng, University of Leicester, ‘Personalised Space Technology Exercise Platform’ (P-STEP) project said: The projects are being funded with a share of £5m from the UK Space Agency to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS.Science Minister Chris Skidmore said:last_img read more

Register for NASCAR After the Lap

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first_imgWATCH: Kahne crashes out in late stages WATCH: Final laps at New Hampshire NASCAR After the Lap: Click here to register to win a 2014 Ford Tremor. WATCH: Post-race reactions at Loudoncenter_img MORE: WATCH: Race RePlay highlightslast_img

‘Korean Nobel Prize’ goes to Choi

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first_imgAugustine M.K. Choi, Parker B. Francis Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, was selected as the 2011 Ho-Am Laureate in Medicine, often referred to as the “Korean Nobel Prize” and an incredible recognition for a lifetime achievement in medicine. Choi is currently the chief of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine division at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.For more information on the prize and Choi’s research.last_img

SymQuest chooses VCIL as winner of fifth $25,000 SymPowered office makeover

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first_imgSymQuest,Larry Sudbay, President and Chief Executive Officer of SymQuest® Group, the region’s leading provider of network and document technology solutions and services, is pleased to announce the winner of the fifth SymPowered Office $25,000 Makeover is the Vermont Center for Independent Living.Each year, SymQuest chooses a different area to support with a Makeover. This year’s call for applications was put out to the not-for-profit organizations throughout Washington County, Vermont. Past recipients have been Champlain Valley Family Center in Plattsburgh, NY; CHESCO, Inc. in Keene, NH; Rutland County Parent Child Center in Rutland, VT and WISE in West Lebanon, NH. These four mark SymQuest’s $100,000 milestone in giving through this particular program. SymQuest also gives back to the communities it serves by other means including their annual golf tournament, direct sponsorships, United Way campaigns and by making it easy for their employees to perform community service works in their own communities.The Vermont Center for Independent Living serves people with disabilities, by people with disabilities, since 1979. Their goal is to tear down the physical, communication and attitudinal barriers that keep people from realizing their full human potential. To that end, they work with business and municipalities to create accessible buildings, sidewalks and parking. They work with individuals to build ramps, modify bathrooms and deliver meals so that they can remain independent and live in their own homes. They also assist individuals in developing life skills and in orienteering their way through the complex maze of governmental departments and services.‘It’s very difficult to choose an organization from the compelling applications we receive,’ said Sudbay. ‘Every time we go through the process we are reminded of the enormous amount of really great, important work being done with less than optimal technology. Even though we’re proud of what we’ve done to help, we still wish we could do more,’ he continued.For more information about Vermont Center for Independent Living, please visit www.vcil.org(link is external).For more information about SymQuest® and The SymQuest Way, please visit www.SymQuest.com(link is external) or call (800) 374-9900.The SymQuest Group, Inc. maximizes the potential of technology in the business place, and offers networking and document management solutions with:â ¢      Computer-network design and installationâ ¢      Network support and performance monitoringâ ¢      Kyocera and Canon copier sales, service and suppliesâ ¢      Kyocera and Hewlett Packard printer sales, service and suppliesâ ¢      Digital document storage and retrievalFor more than a decade, SymQuest Group, Inc., headquartered in South Burlington, Vermont, (with additional offices located in Rutland, Vermont; Keene and West Lebanon, New Hampshire; Plattsburgh, New York; and Portland, Maine) has upheld its reputation as an affordable and accessible network infrastructure and document solutions technology services company; working extensively with small businesses, as well as larger enterprises. SymQuest Group, Inc. focuses on highly-customized and accessible customer service, innovative document solution programs, and the crafting of high-availability infrastructure solutions. United by the pursuit of excellence in information management, service and corporate responsibility, SymQuest’s experienced people, refined processes and best of technology keep its clients out front.Left to right: Larry Sudbay, President and CEO, SymQuest; Peter Johnke, IT & Database Coordinator, VCIL; Michelle Grubb, Finance and Operations Officer, VCIL; Sarah Launderville, Executive Director, VCIL; Joe Noonan, Vice President of Sales/Marketing, SymQuest; Mark Jennings, Virtual Chief Information (VCIO) Director, SymQuestlast_img read more

Switchback Results: Fees and Favorites

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first_imgWould you be willing to pay user fees to access public lands?YES: 71%I would gladly pay a small one-time or annual pass fee for access to public lands, but only if I was assured that those revenues would be put into maintaining and improving those areas. I want that money going directly into the trails, not into a general fund to be squandered by administrators and bureaucratic overhead.—Kevin Dobo-Hoffman, Asheville, N.C.I support fees as long as they support non-extractive recreation and forest protection. We should all be responsible stewards and end irresponsible subsidized timber cuts on public lands.— Ben Colvin, Asheville, N.C.The public often forgets about the costs of maintaining the land, roads, trails, restrooms, and scenic overlooks, as well as hauling out trash. Access fees might enable more of our tax dollars to be dedicated to acquiring more public lands for conservation.—Heather Widener, via e-mailI only support an access fee if it goes directly to the park or forest where it was collected and not into a general fund.—Richard Mansker, Atlanta, Ga.NO: 29%We already pay user fees in the form of taxes, which supposedly go to protecting our public lands system. User fees are double taxation, and the Forest Service already squanders hundreds of millions in subsidized logging on public lands.—Keira Whitley, Roanoke, Va.Outdoor recreation is already too white and elitist. A user fee only makes it even harder for low-income folks to explore the outdoors. There should never be a price tag on experiencing the natural world.—Danielle Foster, Knoxville, Tenn.Which are your favorite mountains? APPALACHIANS: 77%They each have their beauty, but there are fewer things in the Appalachians that can eat me.— Ingles Alexander, Saltville, Va.The easily accessible solitude and peace that the Appalachians bring far outweigh all others.—Eddy, Danville, Va.The Rockies and Sierras are the bold kids on the block with their in-your-face attitude. The Appalachians remain the quiet, mature adults with their soft green views. That coyness continuously beckons me to explore and be amazed by all that’s hidden from view.—Pete Webber, Petersburg, Va.The Appalachians are older and more manageable. They offer hiking without too many verticals and skiing for all abilities. Add the network of lakes for fishing and other watersports, and the Apps offer the complete package, all within a few hours of driving.—Karl Kunkel, Baltimore, Md.ROCKIES: 17%I’m an intermediate skier, so I’m biased towards long blue runs groomed or powder. The Rockies seem to provide the best of this.—Tony Hogan, Atlanta, Ga.As much as I love my home Appalachians, seeing the Rockies was an experience I will never forget, and they captured a very special place in my heart.—Carol G., Greenville, S.C.SIERRAS: 6%The Sierras have more snow, higher peaks, and better cross-country ski access, but they’re not as resort-laden as the Rockies.—Doug Vlad, Charlotte, N.C.last_img read more

Two Wildfires Burning in Western North Carolina

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first_imgThere are two active wildfires burning in the mountains of Western North Carolina.As of of Tuesday afternoon, a Burke County wildfire near the Linville Gorge Wilderness area had spread to 10 acres along Old N.C. 105 north of Lake JamesThe last official report stated that the fire was burning on the south end of the Gorge, adjacent to but not on the actual wilderness area.It was reported to the Grandfather Ranger District on Monday afternoon, and crews worked through the night to contain the blaze despite being impeded by strong winds.580fabc13b116-imageThe 10-acre Burke County fire as seen on Monday, Oct. 24.A helicopter was also on the scene.An investigation into what caused the fire is still underway, but U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Lisa Jennings said that human error is suspected.Nantahala National Forest FireA second fire is burning in the Dicks Creek area of the Nantahala National Forest near the town of Sylva.While this fire is said to be sixty percent contained, it encompasses 374 acres, according to a news alert issued at 5 P.M. yesterday by the USFS.Smoke is visible on US 74 near Sylva and is expected to settle in to the valley as temperatures drop in the evenings.This fire was discovered on the morning of Sunday, October 23, and, like the 10-acre blaze threatening the Linville Gorge, it is believed to be human caused.“The public is encouraged to use extreme caution with outdoor fires this fall,” the USFS said in a statement. “Western North Carolina is currently in a severe drought and fire danger is extremely high. Dry and windy conditions are predicted to remain in the region through early December.”Click here for some valuable tips on outdoor fire safety.last_img read more

Honduras on Alert Due to Supposed Presence of Al Qaida Members

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first_imgBy Dialogo April 26, 2011 The Honduran authorities declared an alert at land and airport customs posts as a result of a warning from the United Nations that two Afghan members of Al Qaida might enter or have already entered the country, the director of migration, Venancio Cervantes, confirmed to AFP on 16 April. The retired general explained that the United Nations Security Council advised the Honduran delegation to verify whether the Afghans Khalil Al-Rahman Haqqani and Said Jan Abd Al-Salan, members of Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaida network, had entered Honduras or to look out for an attempt by them to enter. “Three weeks ago, I received that correspondence from the foreign ministry, and we’ve already issued a circular to all our border posts, and the files have also been checked, and as of now, we haven’t found anything under those names,” he indicated. He acknowledged that members of the network “use several names, so we’ve sent alerts about these individuals to the airports, the land border posts also, that if they enter, they should inform the police so that they can take appropriate measures with the public prosecutor’s office, so that the latter, in turn, can take appropriate measures in its area.” The Afghans, who pass themselves off as businessmen, are believed to be moving around Central American countries under other names. Khalil Al-Rahman Haqqani was born on 1 January 1966, while Said Jan Abd Al-Salan was born on 5 February 1981. On 15 April, Honduran Security Minister Oscar Alvarez had announced that investigations of Al Qaida members were continuing, but “since these are very sensitive issues, we hadn’t revealed what we are investigating,” although he said that “this doesn’t meant that there’s a presence” of the group in Honduras. But “with international and national intelligence units, we’ve been following up on this information that has come in from sources in our country and outside the country,” he added. “I don’t think that Honduras would be an objective for Al Qaida, but rather that it could be something like a transit location, a platform from which to be able to access the United States” or act against some American objective in the country, he emphasized.last_img read more