IT staff issue health warning to NHS over pay reform plans

first_img Previous Article Next Article ITstaff at the NHS could walk out if their salaries are cut as part of a radicalrestructuring of pay scales, experts warn. The‘Agenda for Change’ programme, which will be rolled out across the UK from 1December, is designed to tackle pay inequalities for one million NHS employees,but IT staff could lose out.TheDepartment of Health has not released a breakdown of how IT was affected by thenew pay structure at early adopter sites, but evidence from City HospitalSunderland showed a pay range for all but the most senior IT staff of between£11,500 and £18,600. Accordingto the Chartered Management Institute, the average IT manager in the UKearns more than £50,000.Expertssaid an IT exodus would pose a serious risk to services, at a time when the NHSis investing around £6bn in IT systems. JillGeorge, a member of the national executive council of the Amicus union, told Personnel Today’s sister magazine Computer Weekly that many NHS IT staffwere “incredibly angry”, and would leave if the changes go ahead.TheDepartment of Health said that it was working closely with professional bodiesto ensure the new job profiles accurately reflect the roles in IT. IT staff issue health warning to NHS over pay reform plansOn 21 Sep 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

A horizon scan of global conservation issues for 2016

first_imgThis paper presents the results of our seventh annual horizon scan, in which we aimed to identify issues that could have substantial effects on global biological diversity in the future, but are not currently widely well known or understood within the conservation community. Fifteen issues were identified by a team that included researchers, practitioners, professional horizon scanners, and journalists. The topics include use of managed bees as transporters of biological control agents, artificial superintelligence, electric pulse trawling, testosterone in the aquatic environment, building artificial oceanic islands, and the incorporation of ecological civilization principles into government policies in Chinalast_img read more

Nuggets take 1-0 lead into game 2 against the Jazz

first_imgAugust 18, 2020 /Sports News – Local Nuggets take 1-0 lead into game 2 against the Jazz Tags: Denver Nuggets/NBA/NBA Playoffs/Utah Jazz FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailUtah Jazz (44-28, sixth in the Western Conference during the regular season) vs. Denver Nuggets (46-27, third in the Western Conference during the regular season)Lake Buena Vista, Florida; Wednesday, 4 p.m. EDTLINE: Nuggets -4; over/under is 218.5WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND: Denver leads series 1-0BOTTOM LINE: The Denver Nuggets take on the Utah Jazz in the Western Conference first round with a 1-0 lead in the series. The Nuggets won the last matchup 135-125. Jamal Murray scored 36 points to help lead Denver to the victory and Donovan Mitchell totaled 57 points in the loss for Utah.The Nuggets are 12-2 against the rest of their division. Denver averages 44.1 rebounds per game and is 29-9 when outrebounding opponents.The Jazz are 5-7 against the rest of the division. Utah ranks third in the Western Conference giving up only 108.8 points while holding opponents to 45.7% shooting.TOP PERFORMERS: Nikola Jokic is scoring 19.9 points per game and averaging 9.7 rebounds for the Nuggets. Michael Porter Jr. is averaging 16.7 points and 6.9 rebounds over the last 10 games for Denver.Mitchell leads the Jazz averaging 2.5 made 3-pointers, while scoring 24 points per game and shooting 36.6% from beyond the arc. Jordan Clarkson is averaging 15.3 points over the last 10 games for Utah.LAST 10 GAMES: Nuggets: 4-6, averaging 118 points, 42.5 rebounds, 27.4 assists, 7.3 steals and 4.5 blocks per game while shooting 49.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 122.4 points on 49.1% shooting.Jazz: 3-7, averaging 112.4 points, 43.3 rebounds, 23.8 assists, 7.9 steals and 4.4 blocks per game while shooting 44.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 116.8 points on 49.2% shooting.INJURIES: Nuggets: Vlatko Cancar: out (foot), Will Barton: day to day (knee), Gary Harris: day to day (hip).Jazz: Mike Conley: out (personal), Ed Davis: out (knee). Porter Huntsman Written bylast_img read more

Oxford University rejects PM’s criticisms

first_imgIn a column for The Sunday Times, the prime minister cited institutional racism as an issue he planned to combat under his administration.Specifically, he called out Oxford for “[accepting] just 27 black men and women out of an intake of more than 2,500″ in 2014.He wrote that he intends “to legislate to place a new transparency duty on universities to publish data routinely about the people who apply to their institution, the subject they want to study, and who gets offered a place. And this will include a full breakdown of their gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic background.The University responded, however, to Cameron’s calls for more admissions information to be published by saying that much of his suggested reform was already in place.Dr Julia Paolitto, media relations manager for Oxford, told Cherwell, “Oxford already publishes (and has done for many years) most of the information the PM is calling for, which is why we are saying we don’t feel legislation is necessary for our purposes. In fact, the figure Cameron cited in his op-ed piece for our 2014 BME intake he only got because it’s openly available on our website – along with a lot more data besides.”A university spokesperson said, “We are constantly working to update what information we provide and although we do not see the need for further legislation, we would welcome discussions on what more information we could publish.”The statement pointed out, “Our most recent statistics for British undergraduate students show that Oxford has made progress against a challenging backdrop of changes to the educational landscape and student funding. For entry in 2015 Oxford accepted 367 UK undergraduates students from ethnic minority backgrounds (a 15 per cent increase on 2010) – and its intake of British undergraduate students from black backgrounds alone has grown by more than 60 per cent since 2010 (from 39 to 64). Across our student body as a whole 24 per cent of students are from ethnic minority backgrounds, and our student mix is very much in line with other highly selective universities.”In any case, the spokesperson added, “The effects of social inequality are already pronounced before children begin formal schooling, and universities, schools and government must work together to address their root causes effectively.”The statement also included a link to admissions information provided by Oxford.last_img read more

“LEFT JAB AND RIGHT JAB” JUNE 21, 2019

first_imgFOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers. FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so. “Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so.center_img “LEFT JAB AND RIGHT JAB” FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so.,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so.last_img read more

Feds could fine NJ Transit for failing to meet safety deadlines

first_img× HOBOKEN– According to reports NJ Transit could pay a penalty up to $25,000 for falling behind on its progress on a mandatory safety system known as positive train control.Positive train control was required by Congress in 2008 and is supposed to be completed by Dec. 2018.The system automatically stops or slows trains to prevent them from exceeding speed limits in a specific location.This system could have prevented incidents like the train crash in Hoboken last year which injured over 100 people and killed local mom Fabiola Bittar de Kroon.According to other news sources NJ Transit failed to meet their mile stones in installing the system in a June Federal Railroad Administration inspection report.Todd Barretta, NJ Transit’s former chief compliance officer, testified at a legislative hearing in Trenton last month stating the company was behind in the installation of the safety measures.NJ Transit’s quarterly report for ending in June shows that the railroad has only installed the necessary equipment on 13 out of 440 locomotives, trained only 69 out of 1,100 employees, installed only 11 out of the 124 radio towers fully installed and equipped to operate the system, and out of its 11 lines that need positive train control, the agency had only started on the Morristown Line.None of the 326 miles of track NJ Transit operates currently has the system fully functioning.Executive Director of NJ Transit Steve Santoro, told legislatures in Trenton last month that the contractor Parsons Transportation was to blame for the delays.The National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the Hoboken train crash, has not yet released its final report.last_img read more

Official: No South Bend Cubs baseball this season

first_img Google+ Official: No South Bend Cubs baseball this season Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSports Facebook Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp By Network Indiana – July 1, 2020 0 259 WhatsApp Previous articleSenator Braun standing by bill to reform qualified immunity for policeNext articleSouth Shore Line July tickets remain valid for August Network Indiana Twitter Google+ Pinterest (Tommie Lee/95.3 MNC) There will officially be no Minor League Baseball in South Bend, Fort Wayne or Indianapolis, this year.MiLB confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the 2020 season has been canceled. Due to the shortened season and roster restrictions, Major League Baseball could not supply enough players for a minor league season.That means fans of the Indianapolis Indians, Fort Wayne Tincaps and South Bend Cubs will have to wait another year to see their team in action.Major League Baseball is still planning on playing a 60-game season beginning July 24.last_img read more

News story: Tell us how you are helping to deliver the Global Goals

first_imgThe UK is reviewing its progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals – also known as the Global Goals – in a process called the Voluntary National Review.The Sustainable Development Goals are for everybody and we want to hear from any group, organisation, or individual about what they are doing to help achieve the goals in the UK.Tell us by completing this online survey OR by completing this form and emailing it to [email protected] call for case studies (launched on 8 October) is still open. A final deadline will be advertised in due course. We value all contributions received and will do our best to reflect as many inputs as possible in the report.To ensure that we fully understand how your project is delivering the Goals, we recommend that you use the full word limit in the form / questionnaire.Find out more about the Voluntary National Review and having your say.last_img read more

Healthy lifestyle could prevent half of all cancer deaths

first_imgIf people in the U.S. adopted a healthy lifestyle—not smoking, drinking in moderation, maintaining a healthy body weight, and exercising regularly—half of all cancer deaths and close to half of all cancer diagnoses could potentially be prevented, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.The study’s emphasis on prevention contrasts with findings from a 2015 study, widely reported in the media, that suggested that most cancers are due to random cell mutations and therefore not preventable.Using data from participants in two large ongoing studies, the researchers looked for associations between a healthy lifestyle—not smoking, drinking no more than one drink a day for women or two for men, maintaining a body mass index between 18.5 and 27.5, and doing aerobic exercise each week of at least 75 vigorous-intensity minutes or 150 moderate-intensity minutes—and cancer incidence and death.They found that healthy behaviors could have a large effect on preventing certain cancers—particularly lung cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, and kidney cancer.Extrapolating the findings to the U.S. population at large, they estimated that, for women, 41% of cancer cases and 59% of cancer deaths were potentially preventable. Among men, they estimated that 63% of cancer cases and 67% of deaths were preventable.“We should not ignore the knowledge we already learned over the past decade, or the past 100 years,” said lead author Mingyang Song, research fellow in the Department of Nutrition, in a May 19, 2016 Washington Post article. “We should use this knowledge…to improve the current cancer prevention effort.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Colombia’s PNC and Armed Forces reduce killings with strong initiatives

first_img Colombian security forces have made great progress in reducing the rate of homicides in the country. Authorities reported there were 14,732 homicides in Colombia in 2013, a decrease of about nine percent from the 2012 total. Violence is much lower than it was in the 1990s and early 2000s. For example, the country recorded 22,526 killings in 2003. Security forces have reduced the violence by cracking down on organized crime groups, which committed most of the violence in some of the country’s major cities. Improving the training and professionalization of the country’s police forces has been the key to curbing the violence, said Gen. Oscar Naranjo, the former chief of Colombia’s National Police (PNC). Naranjo discussed the security strategy during a seminar on the best ways to fight violence, which took place in Mexico in September 2013. “What is the secret to decreasing violence?” Naranjo asked the audience. “The professionalization of the police.” In 2012, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto hired Naranjo to work as an adviser on security issues. Naranjo left his post in January and said he would return to Colombia. By Dialogo August 15, 2014 In August 2013, the PNC conducted a three-day security initiative known as “Fast.” During a period of three days, the PNC arrested 1,664 suspects for various crimes, such as drug trafficking, robbery, and other criminal offenses. Most of the suspects – 1,328 – were captured while allegedly committing a crime. PNC agents captured another 336 suspects who were wanted for previous crimes. Security forces also seized one ton of cocaine, three tons of marijuana, 181 firearms, and 8,975 sharp weapons. PNC agents also recovered 60 cars and 97 motorcycles which had been reported stolen. Colombian security forces are strategically targeting criminal gangs, said José Antonio Ortega of the Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice. “For this reason, the incidence of murder, kidnappings, and of course, drug production has decreased,” he said. In the 1990s, Colombian security forces struck strong blows against the Cali and Medellin cartels, effectively dismantling them. The demise of those drug trafficking organizations did not mean the end of organized crime in Colombia. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a terrorist group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), Los Rastrojos, el Clan Úsuga’, paramilitary forces and other groups, and the BACRIM continued to engage in drug trafficking, extortion, and other criminal enterprises. In recent years, the PNC and the Armed Forces have launched a series of security initiatives which have dealt strong blows to organized crime groups and improved security: • The PNC and the Armed Forces are emphasizing the gathering and use of intelligence on organized crime groups and gangs. • Security forces have improved their training and equipment. •The PNC and Armed Forces have forged stronger ties to the civilian population, which security forces rely on for information about the activities and whereabouts of criminals. • The PNC is using social media to connect with the public and improve public safety. The PNC has a significant presence on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Pinterest and YouTube. The PNC has more than one million followers on different social media platforms. The PNC uses social media to spread information about how to avoid robberies, extortions, and other crimes. Through social media platforms, the PNC also distributes information about community-based crime prevention programs, and provides the public with phone numbers that the civilian population can use to report crimes and provide information on suspects. The community is responding by providing the PNC more information to solve crime and find stolen items. center_img Security initiative Strong blows against organized crimelast_img read more