La Caminata de Justicia por el Agua, una caminata de 70 millas en ocho días desde Detroit a Flint-Michigan, comenzó el 3 de julio con un encuentro en las orillas del río Detroit, el suministro principal de agua para millones en todo el sureste de Michigan.El primer día de la caminata terminó justo al norte de Detroit en el bullicioso centro de Ferndale, donde la Brigada de Luz de Detroit expuso el mensaje: ¡”Agua limpia y económica ya”! El Consejo Popular de Aguas organizó la caminata para llamar la atención sobre la crisis del agua en el sureste de Michigan.Decenas de miles de hogares de Detroit, junto a todas/os los más de 10.000 residentes de Highland Park, se enfrentan al corte de su servicio de agua. Sin agua corriente en sus hogares, madres y padres están perdiendo la custodia de sus hijas/os. Existe otra crisis en Flint, donde el agua no es potable ni apta para lavar y bañarse.Esta situación de emergencia era completamente prevenible.Los culpables son los bancos, las empresas y el Estado capitalista. Como dijo Jerry Goldberg, representante de la Coalición ¡Moratoria AHORA! para Acabar con Ejecuciones Hipotecarias, Desahucios y Cierres de Servicios en el acto inicial, “Las tasas de terminación de los swaps de los intereses representan $537 millones de los $1100 millones prestados para la reparación y mantenimiento de la infraestructura. Sin esta alza de ganancias para los bancos más ricos, el DWSD [Departamento de Aguas y Alcantarillado de Detroit] estaría en buenas condiciones financieras”.El verano pasado, los cortes de agua en Detroit llamaron la atención mundial. Dos relatores de las Naciones Unidas vinieron aquí y publicaron un informe criticando al DWSD y a funcionarios de la ciudad de Detroit por privar a las/os ciudadanos del derecho al agua. El alcalde Mike Duggan, en lugar de tomar medidas para prevenir los cortes y restaurar el servicio, tachó la opinión de los relatores como mal informados.Para mantener el servicio, las/os residentes firmaron planes de pago, pero los términos establecidos por el DWSD imposibilitaron mantenerse al día con el pago. Ahora, la mayoría de quienes tienen planes de pago pueden perder el servicio, pues el corte ha comenzado para cualquier persona que adeude más de $150 o lleve dos meses sin pagar.Crisis se expande fuera de DetroitTeniendo la calidad del agua entre las mejores de EUA, el DWSD proporciona agua para los condados de Wayne, Oakland e incluso comunidades tan lejanas como Flint. Parte del saqueo racista de los bienes de Detroit durante la quiebra municipal fue el plan para vender el DWSD a la Autoridad de Aguas de los Grandes Lagos, GLWA, un grupo regional, dándole un mayor control a los suburbios de Oakland, Macomb y al condado de Wayne, que están fuera de Detroit.El acuerdo para establecer la autoridad regional tiene una disposición para elevar las tasas por encima del 10 por ciento en los suburbios y otras ciudades. Hay resistencia a este plan, que incluye la petición para poner la venta del DWSD en referéndum en la boleta electoral. Un aumento de la tarifa fue rechazado por el Concejo de la Ciudad de Detroit el 30 de junio.Dentro de los límites de la ciudad de Detroit está la ciudad de Highland Park. Al igual que Detroit, la población de Highland Park es mayormente afroamericana, la tasa de pobreza se sitúa cerca del 40 por ciento. Esa ciudad tenía su propia estación de bombeo de agua hasta 2012 cuando el alcalde la cerró para reparaciones temporales. Pero luego hizo que la ciudad se conectara al DWSD permanentemente, por lo que las/os residentes de Highland Park tuvieron que pagar a Detroit por su agua.Ahora, residentes y pequeños negocios que no fueron facturados por dos años, están siendo golpeados con cuentas de miles de dólares e incluso decenas de miles. El DWSD amenaza con cortar el servicio a todas/os en Highland Park porque dice que la ciudad debe a Detroit millones de dólares. ¡El Concejo Municipal de Highland Park votó a favor de aumentar las tarifas de agua un 138 por ciento en junio!Flint, a 70 millas al norte de Detroit, históricamente obtenía su agua del altamente contaminado Río Flint. Esto ha causado erupciones en la piel, pérdida de cabello, trastornos autoinmunes y envenenamiento por plomo en las/os niños, junto con las tasas impagables.Activistas de Flint, Highland Park y Detroit están unidas/os y decididos a llegar hasta el final, declarando que “El agua es un derecho humano”.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Facebook Linkedin ReddIt Facebook What we’re reading: Chilean protests continue in Santiago Twitter Yulissa Cortinahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/yulissa-cortina/ Yulissa Cortinahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/yulissa-cortina/ TAGSnews World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Yulissa Cortinahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/yulissa-cortina/ Housing still limited after construction of new residence halls Twitter Students approve all proposed changes to SGA’s constitution Yulissa Cortinahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/yulissa-cortina/ Previous articleImpeachment 101Next articleHoroscope: September 25, 2019 Yulissa Cortina RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU celebrates first-generation students Linkedin ReddIt + posts printMembers of TCU’s United Latino Association (ULA) spent time at Eastern Hills High School to talk about life after high school. Eastern Hills High School. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.The discussion was part of the school’s new after-school program called Journeys. Journeys was created for high school students who are long-term English-language learners, said Lisa Yanagida, one of the program’s sponsors. Journeys opens up opportunities for students to learn about college, public speaking and etiquette. “It’s a club that is really guided by the needs of the students who are part of the club,” Yanagida said. “We talk about goals and life after high school.” ULA members spoke to the high schoolers and shared their experiences from their time at TCU. They also gave the students tips on how to make the college transition easier.Journeys’ meeting flyer. Photo credit Yulissa Cortina.Salma Juarez, ULA’s vice president, said that their objective was to inspire the students to reach for their goals. “We’re trying to inspire these students to not only apply for college but to not let the fear of being a first-generation or a person of color stop them from getting a higher education,” Juarez said. Rachel Morgan, another one of Journeys’ sponsors, said that she hoped the students felt the motivation to follow their goals. “I think the meeting put a spark in a lot of the students and made them realize that they can do it,” Morgan said. ULA members plan to meet with the students again throughout the semester to help them build relationships with college students. “I think listening to all their stories made the message clear that they’re a family,” Yanagida said. Yulissa Cortina Welcome TCU Class of 2025
News Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders condemned an appeal court ruling yesterday upholding a two-month prison sentence for defamation against editor of the daily El Watan, Omar Belhouchet, and journalist Chawki Amari.In another case, a journalist on the daily Echourouk El Youmi was sentenced to pay four million dinars (almost 40,000 euros) in damages for a number of defamation cases.“President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s May 2006 decision to pardon journalists sentenced to prison terms temporarily removed the spectre of imprisonment, but without a real political will to reform the press code the threat remains real,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“Since the release of journalist Mohammed Benchicou two years ago, neither the head of state nor the parliament has taken any steps to decriminalise press offences. Neither should fines imposed threaten a journalist or their media’s financial integrity”, it said.The appeal court in Jijel, 360 kms east of Algiers on 4 March upheld a two-month prison sentence imposed on 27 May 2007 against Omar Belhouchet and Chawki Amari of the daily El Watan in a libel case brought by the region’s prefect, which had been adjourned from 26 February.The paper’s lawyer, Zoubeir Soudani told Reporters Without Borders that there had been several procedural irregularities but the judges had refused to take into account his objections. He said he would appeal to the Supreme Court.Elsewhere, police on 3 March summoned the El Watan correspondent in El Tarf in north-east Algeria, Slim Sadki, over a defamation suit brought by a high ranking official following the publication of articles containing accusations against the education ministry.In another case, Yasser Abdelhai, of the daily Echourouk El Youmi, was served notice by a court bailiff that he must pay 4 million dinars before 15 March in damages from four separate defamation trials. The journalist, who has had 26 such cases brought against him since 2002, seven of them by the current Jijel prefect, was accused after he criticised the running of public affairs in the prefecture.Algeria is ranked 123rd out of 169 countries in Reporters Without Borders 2007 world press freedom index. The organisation released its annual report on press freedom worldwide on 13 February 2008. Look up the chapter on Algeria. Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation March 5, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for legislative reform after el watan journalists sent to prison RSF_en Organisation News AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa News Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections May 18, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Algeria News Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria Receive email alerts May 12, 2021 Find out more to go further AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa April 29, 2021 Find out more
IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders called on the Israeli authorities to hold a “quick and thorough investigation to find and punish those responsible” for the wounding of Channel 10 cameraman Majdi Al Arabid, shot on 2 January while he covered an Israeli Army incursion in Beit Hanoun in the north of the Gaza Strip. Help by sharing this information January 4, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A Palestinian cameraman seriously wounded Organisation Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists Reporters Without Borders has written to Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz urging a “quick and thorough” investigation into how cameraman Majdi Al Arabid of Channel 10 was badly wounded in shooting on 2 January in Beit Hanoun in the north of the Gaza Strip.Al Arabid was hit twice, once in the stomach and once in the leg, as he filmed an Israeli military incursion into the town of Beit Hanoun. He was rushed to Kamal Edwane Hospital where he underwent an operation before being transferred to Soroka Hospital in Be’er Sheva, 84 kms south of Jerusalem. His condition has improved but his injuries remain serious.”At least three journalists were injured in Israeli Army shooting in 2004 and three others were physically attacked”, said the worldwide press freedom organisation in its letter to the minister. “We regret that the Israeli Army does not take the presence of journalists sufficiently seriously and does not do everything possible to protect them”.The Israeli authorities have opened an investigation. The source of the shooting is not yet known but the trajectory of the bullets suggested they came from Israeli positions.The cameraman said after the shooting that he was extremely shocked since he had established contact with the Israeli soldiers, who therefore knew there were journalists present at the scene.Schlomi Eldar, a journalist on Channel 10 who was with the cameraman, told public radio that the Israeli soldiers “opened fire without warning”. There were several local media teams on the spot at the time to cover the military incursion. Receive email alerts June 3, 2021 Find out more News News RSF_en News IsraelMiddle East – North Africa May 28, 2021 Find out more May 16, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News Follow the news on Israel RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes to go further
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Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News More Cool Stuff Make a comment Following a series of pandemic-induced delays, infrastructure work resumed this week at the site of what will soon be a 975-student international boarding high school in Pasadena, according to the company vice president.EF Academy is on track to welcome its first students in the fall of 2022, according to Shawna Marino, who serves as vice president of Sweden-based EF Education First.Construction began at the campus,1539 E. Howard St., in late-2019 with a plan to open in fall 2020. But as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, construction was delayed and the opening date was pushed back until 2021, then 2022.“COVID-19 has presented challenges to us that we’ve never experienced before,” Marino said. “Unfortunately, global travel came to a screeching halt. Our international education programs in-person had to change dramatically. We have been entirely focused on keeping the schools that we do have open safe and COVID-free. And that has been a tremendous challenge, for sure. So we made the decision last summer to pause overall construction in Pasadena.”The work also could not be completed in compliance with pandemic protocols, she added.“We’ve seen a tremendous number of challenges, but the good news is that we think the future of global education is strong and we are confident that once it is safe to do so and once the world reopens, EF international programs will be highly sought after,” Marino said.“We are still deeply invested in our Pasadena campus,” she said. “We are thrilled that we are restarting infrastructure work this week. We have been on about a nine-month hold now.”The current work centers around laying electrical utilities in partnership with Pasadena Water and Power, Marino added.EF Education First has a presence in 50 countries, 600 offices and schools around the world, and 50,000 employees, according to Marino.“The EF Academy campus in New York has remained open, thankfully, throughout the pandemic. We’ve put a number of COVID protocols in place,” she said.“So we know that the market for an international education in the United States is strong and we’re fully committed to our investment in Pasadena, Marino said. “We’re excited to get started again and be on track for the fall 2022 opening.”As work continues, the fencing around the construction site is to get a freshening up, Marino said.“We are replacing the scrim around the perimeter of the site,” she said. “It will have a fresh new look, it will be branded with the EF Academy colors and imagery, and it’s going to give the campus a nice new look after the[old] scrim has been there for pretty much a year longer than anticipated due to the construction delay.”“We’re incredibly grateful to the local community and our direct neighbors,” she added. “They have been very understanding through the construction delay and we’ve worked closely with the neighbors to address any issues that have come out from having a vacant site. We’ve just been really grateful for their understanding. And I know they are looking forward to the school opening almost as much as we are.”More information on EF Academy is available online at efacademy.com.Related:THE OPENING OF PASADENA’S ONLY INTERNATIONAL BOARDING SCHOOL IS PUSHED BACK, AGAINPandemic Forces Halt to Construction of 975-Student International Boarding School in Pasadena Subscribe Top of the News
Facebook Facebook The Garda traffic inspector for Donegal said he was extremely disappointed that the number of drink-driving detections over the Christmas period was the same as last year despite treacherous road conditions.Insp Michael Harrison was speaking after figures showed there were 36 detections for suspected drink-driving in the county from December 1st to January 3rd.Over the year, the number of detections for the same offence in Donegal was down 22 per cent on the previous year.Insp Harrison said he had no explanation as to why people continue to drink-drive and drive dangerously, other than people may have had not been able to afford taxis:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/mharr1pm.mp3[/podcast] Twitter News By News Highland – January 7, 2011 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Pinterest Drink-driving detections over Christmas same as last year despite cold snap Twitter Google+ Previous articleDonegal Ancestry Centre in Ramelton to close today after 30 yearsNext articleGroup of children kick dog to death in Letterkenny News Highland Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH WhatsApp Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Pinterest Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey WhatsApp
The forum was organized by the Tompkins County Immigrant Rights Coalition in partnership with the Tompkins County Workers’ Center, Multicultural Resource Center, and Ithaca chapters of Democratic Socialists for America and Showing Up for Racial Justice. Legislators Amanda Champion, Anna Kelles, Anne Koreman, Dan Klein, Henry Granison, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Mike Sigler and Shawna Black attended, and Chair Martha Robertson sent a written statement, which Black read aloud. Whatever the legislature’s intent, though, high profile CBP enforcement actions elsewhere have heightened worries for many immigration advocates. An incident at JFK Airport in 2017 made national news when CBP agents reviewed the identification documents of all passengers arriving on a domestic flight in an attempt to locate a person sought by ICE. Kelles suggested Monday that the county could work with community members to draft an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security that has teeth, to exert local control over airport facilities and limit federal enforcement actions. While it is unclear how far-reaching and how binding such an agreement could be, Rodriguez, Black, Koreman, and county administrator Jason Molino have begun discussions on the topic. CBP is responsible for preventing terrorist threats at ports of entry into the U.S., not for enforcing immigration laws. However, in 2018 CBP initiated about 243,000 book-ins to ICE detention facilities, roughly 90,000 more than were initiated directly by ICE agents. That count includes enforcement actions by Border Patrol agents as well as by agents at land, air and sea ports of entry, but speaks to the overlap between CBP and ICE, which are both arms of the Department of Homeland Security. Legislator Shawna Black read a statement from Chair Martha Robertson at Monday’s forum. (Devon Magliozzi/Ithaca Voice) Legislator Shawna Black read a statement from Chair Martha Robertson at Monday’s forum. (Devon Magliozzi/Ithaca Voice) Where local legislators stand While an airport overhaul is already well underway, some community members want to halt the project until legislators provide assurances that CBP agents will not target immigrants or collaborate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Legislators who attended Monday’s forum said scrapping the customs facility is unlikely, but some said they were open to strengthening an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security to limit local collaborations between CBP and ICE. ITHACA, N.Y. – Local immigration advocates have increasingly been voicing concerns about plans to open a Customs and Border Protection facility at Ithaca’s local airport. Those concerns came to a head Monday at a packed community forum. Related: ‘This is a big deal’: Tompkins officially breaks ground on $24 million airport redevelopment project Anna Kelles, who wrote the county’s sanctuary resolution and recent resolution in support of access to driver’s licenses regardless of immigration status, said Monday she is trying to find a balance between protecting immigrants in Tompkins and boosting the local economy. In response to commenters who alleged the airport expansion would only serve Cornell and elites, she said, “The story I’m hearing is bigger.” The debate about making the Ithaca airport international centers on concerns that CBP agents will initiate deportation proceedings against travelers without U.S. citizenship, a group that includes people who entered the country without documentation, hold expired or otherwise invalid visas, or who have temporary legal status. Rodriguez called out “the inextricable links between the struggle for immigration justice and economic justice,” saying Tompkins County should refuse to participate in a system that oppresses immigrants for the sake of capitalist gains. “With no federal highways into Tompkins County, our airport is essentially critical,” Robertson said in her written statement. “This will invite an arm of the immigration law enforcement institution into town,” said Patricia Rodriguez, a member of TCIRC and professor of politics at Ithaca College. Tagged: immigration rights, ithaca tompkins regional airport, Tompkins County Immigrant Rights Coalition, tompkins county legislature, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, US Customs and Border Protection County legislators are not of one mind when it comes to immigration. Whatever legislators’ positions on immigration policy, though, they expressed a general consensus Monday that the airport project is too far along to eliminate the planned customs facility. “I want to assure you that the renovation and expansion of our airport will greatly benefit our community without endangering our residents who are immigrants,” Robertson wrote, adding “no human is illegal.” In response to several comments suggesting the money spent on the airport would be better spent on affordable housing, public transportation, or other local needs, legislators were likewise firm in explaining the grant received by the county was earmarked by the state for airport projects. The funds were awarded through Gov. Cuomo’s Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition, and therefore could not be used for other projects. Robertson’s statement claimed “we have seen no evidence that ICE has used any airport in its actions against immigrants.” Likewise, Legislator Mike Sigler said during the question and answer portion of the forum, “To act like this is going to be some kind of ICE center where we’re going to be running out and arresting people is patently untrue.” The implications of a customs facility Legislators say the customs facility would benefit local businesses and Cornell University by allowing visitors, as well as shipments of goods and materials, to land directly from overseas. “Governing well means listening to all sides,” Robertson’s statement read. At Monday’s forum, community members forced a conversation on a complex issue, and they plan to continue it. Mike Sigler, meanwhile, opposed the county’s sanctuary legislation (though he was not present for the vote) as well as the resolution in support of Green Light New York, and said commenters’ claims that the county was neglecting local workers in favor of those who use privately chartered planes was offensive. “To act like the county doesn’t have this stuff on our radar, like we can’t walk and chew gum while building an airport, that’s offensive to me.” “We wish there was more money coming from the feds and the state for affordable housing,” said Anne Koreman, noting that she and other legislators have lobbied in Albany and Washington for that cause. But multiple legislators pointed out that if the state and FAA airport funds didn’t land in Ithaca, they would go to another airport project, not housing. The customs facility at the Ithaca airport would be staffed by one full-time CBP agent, a federal employee under the purview of DHS. The facility would allow international chartered flights to land directly in Ithaca and would open the door for commercial flights between Ithaca and Canada in the future. Possible next steps Related: Letter: Fear mongering and public safety for whom? Legislator Leslyn McBean-Clairborne was frank about the limits of local control, however, as the meeting wrapped up. “We cannot sit here and promise you we can tell (homeland security) no, because we don’t have that power.” Until Congress acts “to lessen the unimaginable power that ICE has,” she said, the county cannot prevent federal agents from initiating deportations locally. Immigration rights advocates questioned whether Robertson’s promises had any teeth, however. The customs facility is expected to be built as phase three, with an anticipated $10 million grant from the Federal Aviation Authority. While bids have not been accepted for the third phase yet, Kelles said Monday that the New York state grant was contingent on all three phases being completed; if the customs facility isn’t built, the county will have to return the $14.2 that was already accepted and allocated, she said. Elsewhere, she said, “the gateway to the world provided by the airport has proved to be a place where rights are curtailed.” The county accepted a $14.2 million grant from the state last June for the first two phases of the project, which will renovate the passenger terminal, improve ADA accessibility, upgrade security features, and add six new gates and three new passenger bridges. The first phase broke ground in October, and a contract was awarded for phase two in early March. Featured image: Rendering of the new customs area planned for the expanded Ithaca-Tompkins Airport. Local citizens who worry about ICE actions in the county allege the facility is being built to serve corporate and higher education interests at the cost of making immigrants more vulnerable. Advocates plan to continue to push for a moratorium on airport expansion, and closed Monday’s meeting by inviting attendees to an organizing meeting 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7 at the Tompkins County Workers’ Center to strategize on a path forward. Devon Magliozzi Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] or 607-391-0328. More by Devon Magliozzi
FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Twitter Irish Water told to ‘come clean’ over Letterkenny works Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Irish Water is being urged to ‘come clean’ over what’s been described as ‘unsatisfactory works’ in Letterkenny and the surrounding area. It follows a major backlash from local businesses in the town that no prior notice was given before works got underway while there is also concern over delays on the Joe Bonnar road and the state some routes have been left in after previous works.Irish Water is being urged to meet with Donegal County Council to tease out the issues once and for all.Local Cllr Ciaran Brogan says the utility should be held accountable:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/brogfdgdfgdfganfull.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – July 15, 2020 WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Google+ Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+ Previous articlePolice appeal over missing man who has links in the RepublicNext articleWoman killed in Tyrone crash News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows
Comments are closed. Shortlisted team for Occupational Health Award for Managing Employee Health: Personnel Today Awards 2000Sponsor profileOccupational Health journal, a sister title to Personnel Today, is the journal of record for the occupational health profession. The journal covers a wide variety of topics in the field of workplace health and is considered required reading by occupational health nurses and others working in occupational health and safety. A strong news section keeps readers up to date with developments in the field and research papers written by practising occupational health specialists allow best practice to be shared widely around the profession.The agenda for Anne Robinson’s occupational health team at British Gas has been set by the company’s dedication to its traditional frontline workers – the engineers who maintain and install equipment for its millions of clients. After joining British Gas Services in 1997 as healthcare manager, Robinson began to formulate an occupational health scheme that was focused on the people performing this often physically-demanding role. “The engineers are the most important people in the company because they’re the ones that face the customer,” says Robinson. “Once you have got them right, the rest follow.”Robinson secured funding for her scheme by stating facts: British Gas could wait for work-related health problems to occur and then pay; it could let sick workers take costly early retirement; or it could provide a support network for its precious frontline workers to prevent work-related health problems becoming serious. Since her Company Health Cover programme began, British Gas has already started to feel the benefits, with fewer incidences of sickness through work-related problems. The main risk area for work-related injury is for those who install and repair equipment, as often this requires stretching and lifting. Musculoskeletal conditions can become a problem, causing major problems from a business point of view in terms of engineer replacement costs. And Robinson’s six-strong team is not just dedicated to preserving the health of engineers – it also supports its many call-centre staff.The company required a flexible occupational health system, which worked firmly on the basis of diagnosis rather than treatment. Robinson consulted with unions and senior managers to draw up an OH system, which works in a similar way to the triage system used in accident and emergency wards. At the hub of the system is the healthline nurse, who deals with around five calls per day from employees concerned about their health. The nurse then assesses the individual over the phone and passes the information on to occupational health advisers. Each case is individually monitored and any treatment given by providers externally. This set-up allows the OH department to act on behalf of patients and the company by rooting out anyone trying to falsely claim sick leave and supporting those who are genuinely ill. The department liaises with HR to deal with disciplinary issues as well as helping staff who have been off sick to return to work. It is these measures Robinson claims make the business case for her department. Thanks to the department British Gas enjoys lower absenteeism levels and has saved money by preventing sick workers taking the option of early retirement. And using the company’s Intranet system, the department has helped enforce a culture change. Robinson claims staff are now more willing to come to work because they know any work-related health problems will be dealt with quickly and efficiently.Company fact fileTeam British Gas Company Health CoverTeam leader Anne Robinson, healthcare managerNumber in HR team 6Number of employees responsible for 5,000 service engineers, plus call centre staffMain achievements Establishing the OH department as an integral part of the management team and through winning their confidence, achieving ways of reducing sick absence and ill-health retirement levels Priorities for next 12 months To focus on proactive measures to improve the health status of staff. This will be achieved by implementing a Fitech screening programme to identify health issues and plan relevant health initiativesJudges’ Comment “A good and cost-effective approach to managing attendance and other workplace health issues. We recognise the strength of good leadership and effective team working which delivers demonstrable benefits to the organisation” Previous Article Next Article British GasOn 7 Nov 2000 in Musculoskeletal disorders, Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.
Accurately mapping the location of ionospheric backscatter targets (density irregularities) identified by the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) HF radars can be a major problem, particularly at far ranges for which the radio propagation paths are longer and more uncertain. Assessing and increasing the accuracy of the mapping of scattering locations is crucial for the measurement of two-dimensional velocity structures on the small and meso-scale, for which overlapping velocity measurements from two radars need to be combined, and for studies in which SuperDARN data are used in conjunction with measurements from other instruments. The co-ordinates of scattering locations are presently estimated using a combination of the measured range and a model virtual height, assuming a straight line virtual propagation path. By studying elevation angle of arrival information of backscatterred signals from 5 years of data (1997-2001) from the Saskatoon SuperDARN radar we have determined the actual distribution of the backscatter target locations in range-virtual height space. This has allowed the derivation of a new empirical virtual height model that allows for a more accurate mapping of the locations of backscatter targets.