Tripple Gee and Company Plc ( 2020 Annual Report

first_imgTripple Gee and Company Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2020 annual report.For more information about Tripple Gee and Company Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Tripple Gee and Company Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Tripple Gee and Company Plc (  2020 annual report.Company ProfileTripple Gee & Company Plc manufactures and sells paper and packaging products in Nigeria and specialising in printing financial instruments and security documents. The company services the banking, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and FMCG sectors as well as government regulatory bodies. Security documents include MICR encoded and personalised cheques, dividend warrants, share certificates, ballot papers and election stationary as well as licenses and permits, customs revenue collection forms and receipts, statement of accounts, utility bills and pension contributions. Tripple Gee & Company Plc also offers packaging and labeling products which includes pharmaceutical labels, anti-counterfeit labels and packaging labels such as printed nylon, BOPP, PVC and shrink packaging products. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Tripple Gee & Company Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

DIY it yourself: 7 perfect kitchen upgrades for a new look…

first_img The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply From zillow.comTake your kitchen forward without setting yourself back too much.Kitchen renovations require time and money, often taking several months to complete and costing tens of thousands of dollars. If you don’t have the financial resources for a full-on renovation, there are a variety of ways you can give your kitchen a new look for a lot less. From refacing cabinets to replacing lighting, a few cosmetic tweaks can give you the kitchen you’ve always wanted.CabinetsMany homeowners are turning to kitchen refacing as an easy way to update their cabinets. Refacing involves replacing the doors, drawers and hardware and covering the entire exterior of the cabinets in a brand-new veneer. If you’re happy with the layout and function of your kitchen, but aren’t so keen on the aesthetic feel, consider cabinet refacing.“It’s for people who have kitchens from the ’70s and ’80s that have solid wood cabinets,” says interior designer Anna León, who has a background in kitchen refacing with Home Depot. “They can take off the original doors and put on modern doors.”The cost, which typically starts at around $6,000, depends on the size of the kitchen and the materials used. With an array of options available — such as woodgrains, painted wood and pressure-fused laminate doors like Thermofoil — you can transform a kitchen’s facade easily. Contemporary Thermofoil doors also come in a variety of fun looks, including glossy, matte and woodgrain.While a full kitchen gut and renovation may take several months to complete, cabinet resurfacing typically takes three to five days.Painting cabinets is more affordable than refacing, costing around $3,000 to $5,000 for a professional to do the job, according to León.Or, you can always DIY, which is the most affordable option, but it’s laborious and takes a great deal of time.“Painting cabinets is great, but it’s all about the prep work,” says Richmond, VA-based interior decorator Lesley Glotzl. “You have to prep and paint them perfectly or they’re going to chip or peel. You can’t cut any corners.”Photo from Zillow listing.BacksplashCreating a new backsplash is an easy way to freshen up your kitchen. Be sure to choose a timeless material that will complement your cabinetry, and avoid mixing styles and periods. For instance, if you have ’70s-era cabinetry, you won’t want to pair that with something trendy like subway tile.If you’re a confident DIYer, tile your backsplash. Or for $20, you can paint it in a bold high-gloss paint that you can easily wipe down after cooking.In Glotzl’s home, she installed a beadboard backsplash and painted it in a high-gloss blue.Shiplap is an affordable and durable option as well, and it’s not difficult to DIY. Glotzl also recommends using vinyl wallpapers from companies like Osborne & Little as a backsplash, as they come in an array of fun textures, colors and patterns.Photo from Zillow listing.CountertopsFor countertops, head to your local stone yard and choose a granite at the lower end of the price range. Formica — a more affordable option than natural stone — has a lot of cool countertop options in patterns like Greek key or textures like barn wood or grasscloth.If you’re short on counter space and aren’t looking to add more cabinetry, consider buying a premade island or bar-height table that you can float in the center of your kitchen.Or, if you have a more contemporary kitchen, consider purchasing a stainless-steel food prep table from a restaurant supply company. Just make sure you have at least 36 inches between the cabinets and island on all sides for easy traffic flow, advises Glotzl.Photo from Zillow listing.ShelvingIf your cabinets don’t have lip molding on the interior, remove cabinet doors to create open shelving and show off your beautiful serving dishes.Or, if you have an empty wall, create your own shelving system with floating shelves from a retailer such as Pottery Barn or IKEA. Just be sure you install brackets underneath the shelves if you plan on loading them up with dishes and cooking wares. Glotzl recommends Van Dyke’s Restorers for shelving support.Photo from Zillow listing.LightingLighting can dramatically change the look and feel of any room. Tear out harsh fluorescent lighting and replace it with can lights.Make food prep easier by having an electrician install under-cabinet halogen fixtures or ambient Light Tape. Over the kitchen sink is the perfect place for a statement piece like a sculptural pendant light.Photo from Zillow listing.Pulls and knobsIf you’re going the cabinet-refacing route, you’ll have plenty of new pulls and knobs to ponder. You can find them at online retailers or local shops.If you’re painting your cabinets — or even if you’re not — new pulls and knobs can go a long way toward creating a new look in your kitchen. This simple solution is one that works particularly well for renters.Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.Appliances and plumbingDated appliances paired with updated cabinetry will make your kitchen feel incomplete. New stainless-steel appliances are the finishing touch. For less than $500, you can get a new stainless-steel electric range; for less than $700, a brand-new top-freezer refrigerator.You may consider reefer trailers when it’s urgently needed for business purposes.“Compared to everything else you have to do, it ends up feeling like pocket change,” says León.You can easily update your faucet for under $100 (although, of course, you could spend a lot more). And a new farmhouse sink could be yours for less than $400.Photo from Zillow listing. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! 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Rasmea Odeh forced to accept plea agreement

first_imgPalestinian-American activist Rasmea Odeh has been fighting the courts for three and a half years. Her battle against U.S. state repression is coming to a close.As a college student, Rasmea Odeh was “convicted” by an Israeli military court for alleged involvement in bombings in 1969. Odeh’s conviction was due to a false confession she was forced to make after being subjected to 25 days of physical, psychological and sexual torture at the hands of Israeli military officers. The Israeli tribunal prosecutors and judges are military officers rather than civilians, whose conviction rate for Palestinians is 99 percent. Odeh spent 10 years in an Israeli prison.After migrating to the United States, Odeh became involved in the Palestinian, Arab and Muslim communities in Chicago. However, in 2013 she was arrested by Department of Homeland Security officials because she did not disclose the 1969 conviction on her immigration documents.Throughout Odeh’s legal battle, the conviction was included as evidence, yet the use of torture and Odeh’s subsequent development of post-traumatic stress disorder were not allowed. However, the movement led by Odeh and her defense team was able to force a retrial. For that, indictments of “terrorist activity” were added to the original terms, increasing the severity of the case.Given these new indictments and that white-supremacist Jeff Sessions is now U.S. attorney general, the prospects for a fair trial are unlikely. Facing 18 months or more of imprisonment, and potentially indefinite detention by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Odeh has decided to accept a plea deal. She will plead guilty to “unlawful procurement of naturalization.” Although she will not have to serve any more time in ICE detention, she will lose her U.S. citizenship and be forced to leave the country.A date will soon be set for a hearing with Judge Gershwin Drain to consider the plea bargain agreement.Although Odeh’s case is now coming to a close, she leaves a legacy as a Palestinian freedom fighter and Chicago activist. She has become a symbol of resistance, between her support of the Black Lives Matter movement and her call for a global strike on International Working Women’s Day.Odeh’s case exposes the oppression and corruption of both the U.S. and Israeli governments. As countries built on stolen land, both U.S. and Israeli settler-colonialism must continue to be fought on all fronts.Free, free Palestine! Hands Off Rasmea Odeh!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Pasadena Coronavirus Cases Jump 40 Percent Since Friday

first_img Top of the News Community News Pasadena Coronavirus Cases Jump 40 Percent Since Friday Two more Pasadenans succumb to the disease, city announces By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Monday, April 13, 2020 | 4:11 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Subscribe STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Pasadena health officials reported 47 new cases of the Coronavirus and two additional fatalities on Monday.The city now has confirmed 164 cases of the virus and nine fatalities.The 40 percent increase in cases is the highest one day jump since the outbreak began in March.Of the new cases, 18 came from local senior care facilities one day after the city issued an order designed to help control the spread of the virus in those facilities.At least seven of the deaths involve patients or employees living in senior care facilities.The issue directs licensed skilled nursing facilities (SNF) and assisted living facilities (ALF) to follow certain infection prevention and control measures, including following current guidance of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health, and the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.The measures include limited entry of individuals into facilities, required symptom screening for all employees prior to work, suspension of communal dining and activities, separation of patients with COVID-19 from those who do not have the illness, and use of proper personal protective effective against COVID-19.“In the absence of a specific immunization or treatment for COVID-19, social distancing is essential to preventing the spread of this disease,” said Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian in a prepared statement on Sunday. “However, this Health Officer Order was issued with the recognition that social distancing, alone, in certain licensed Skilled Nursing Facilities (“SNF”) and Assisted Living Facilities (“ALF”) may not be effective due to the concentration of individuals and the nature of the services provided to them.”On Saturday, the city issued a separate order requiring face coverings for essential workers, along with customers patronizing essential businesses.Even with the new orders, city officials are reminding local residents to continue social distancing. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 29 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment HerbeautyCreative Ways To Burn Calories That Require Little EffortHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKim To File For Divorce From Kanye West After 6 Years Of MarriageHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEase Up! Snake Massages Are Real And Do Wonders!HerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Community Newslast_img read more

Bodies of 11 infants found in ceiling of closed funeral home

first_imgABC News(DETROIT) — In a disturbing discovery, the bodies of 11 deceased infants were found in the ceiling of a shuttered funeral home in Detroit on Friday.The bodies were found in bags, most in a cardboard box and others stuffed in a small coffin, police said.The discovery was made after the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), which licenses funeral homes, was sent an anonymous letter Friday afternoon, which described exactly where the remains could be found.“It’s just the callousness of the operators, the owners, the employees of the funeral home [that stands out],” Detroit Police Department Lt. Brian Bowser said at a press conference Friday night. “The inspectors from LARA located the boxes, or the one box and the casket, and they subsequently called 911. The police responded, they removed the box and the casket from the false ceiling, or the lowered ceiling, and they opened them up and obviously they discovered the remains.”“They were actually in a cardboard box, nine of the 11 — they’re very small remains,” Bowser continued. “They were in a cardboard box stuffed away from a stairwell.”Bowser said they have names of some of the deceased infants and the medical examiner will conduct an investigation.The Cantrell Funeral Home was shut down in April due to a number of disturbing violations, according to Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ.Violations included dirty floors, peeling paint, mold, improper storage of embalmed bodies, with one in “advanced stage of decomposition,” and fraud, deceit, or dishonesty, incompetence, and gross negligence in the practice of mortuary science.” LARA called the violations “deplorable” at the time.The Detroit Police Department will continue to investigate the discovery Friday and had cadaver dogs searching the property, Bowser said.“Obviously we have to find out what happened, and why it happened,” he said.LARA released a statement to WXYZ explaining the discovery and the April violations.“Based on a new complaint, LARA investigators today searched Cantrell Funeral Home and found the decomposing bodies of 11 infants,” the statement said. “We then immediately contacted local authorities. In April, LARA suspended the mortuary licenses of both the home and its manager Jameca LaJoyce Boone for many violations including the improper storage of decomposing bodies of adult and infants. That suspension order remains in effect as does our investigation. We will use the evidence gathered today to add to our open investigation and will continue to work with local law enforcement as this case proceeds.”The property has been sold and the new owners plan to turn it into a community center, according to WXYZ.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

New York City postpones vaccine appointments as new shipments are delayed

first_imgRidofranz/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — As the country continues to face supply issues for the coronavirus vaccine, New York City officials announced Wednesday that it had to postpone the first dose appointments for the next three days for 23,000 people.Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Health Department said they were informed by the distributor of the Moderna vaccine that a shipment of 103,400 doses that was supposed to be delivered Tuesday was delayed. As a result, first dose appointments at 15 city vaccination sites from Jan. 21 to Jan. 24 had to be postponed, according to city health officials.“We already were feeling the stress of a shortage of vaccine. Now the situation has been made even worse,” the mayor said during his daily news conference.Appointments at the 15 sites between Jan. 21 and Jan. 24 for New Yorkers who are scheduled for their second dose will remain as planned, Dr. Dave A. Chokshi, the city’s Health Commissioner, said during the news conference.Patients who had their appointment canceled will be notified through an email and call from the affected vaccination site, according to the Health Department. The new appointments for those first dose shots would take place at the same time next week, the health department said.During a separate news conference later in the day, Melissa DeRosa, the secretary to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said there were no postponements for appointments at state-run vaccination sites, which include two in New York City.“We were incredibly conservative with the number of appointments that we set up there,” she said.Last week, New York state expanded its vaccine eligibility list to include seniors above 65 years old, teachers and other high-priority employees.As of Jan. 20, New York City has received 940,825 coronavirus vaccines, 688,075 first doses and 252,750 second doses, Health Department data showed. It has administered 494,596 total doses, 434,138 first doses and 60,458 second doses, the data showed.De Blasio said he hopes to see an improved vaccine delivery and implementation under the Biden administration, which has proposed several options to increase vaccine supply, including the use of the Defense Production Act.“The Defense Production Act is going to be absolutely critical because these two companies that are authorized right now are both U.S. based companies. And so therefore in theory you should be able, to ramp up production specifically for the U.S. population,” Dr. Jay Varma, the mayor’s senior advisor for public health, said during the news conference.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Mind over matter

first_imgOnein four people suffer mental health problems, yet the subject remains taboo –especially in the workplace. Stephen Overell looks at the issues involved foremployee and employer in overcoming the stigma and moving towards integrationof the mentally vulnerable A week after Andrew Webster joined Dairy Crest in 1989 as a food production managerlooking after a unit with a £100m turnover, a form landed on his desk, askingfor details of his medical records. He felt he couldn’t lie, so he went to hisdirector and told him that before being hired, he had spent a period in apsychiatric hospital, when a lifelong tendency to depression and a chronic lackof self-confidence ran out of control. His boss told him, “Join theclub”. With mental illness rising fast across nearly all classifications (see box),the issue will require more critical attention over the next 10 years.According to mental health charity Mind, a survey of 778 people questionedabout their experience of suffering mental illness while working, found 34 percent had either been sacked or forced to resign due to their condition.Meanwhile, fellow charity the Mental Health Foundation claims 47 per cent ofpeople who have suffered mental health problems have been discriminatedagainst. For Webster, as for many, coping alone with the stress of a managementposition proved too much. “The work initially went well – I have alwaysbeen a competitive person, always driven to achieve. Just because themanagement will to turn this plant around had not been there before, that wasnot going to stop me, I thought. But the pressure finally got to me.” He denies it was the job that made him unwell, but rather “the stressthat came from within”. He began to notice changes in the illness – theanxiety, despair and anguish were still there, but also that he was beginningto lose touch with reality, spouting ideas which his colleagues simply couldnot comprehend. On the last day Webster worked in industry, he sat down at his desk onemorning and was unable to read – the words were just “a grey mess”. Aseverance package he describes as “generous” was negotiated. He was35 years old. During the period that followed, Webster went into a three-month psychoticstate, involving episodes of mania alternating with depression – bi-polar manicdepression in the psychiatrist’s language. After repeated attempts, he finallysucceeded in getting admitted to psychiatric hospital. “You try not tobecome a full-time patient,” he says, “but manic depression issomething that you have to learn to manage in whatever way you can.” With the illness controlled once more, Webster found himself full of energy,but facing a bind. He was unwilling to lie his way through the gap on his CV,but desperate to work. No one was hiring. In response, he set up his own charity, Talent to Work, which between July1995 and February 2001 fought for employment for people with mental healthproblems. He predicts that the “fear culture” surrounding employing peoplewith mental health troubles will have to diminish for demographic and labourmarket reasons. “With one in four people likely to suffer and the ratescontinuing to rise, employers will have to change their attitudes,” hesays. “They probably don’t realise it, but they are almost certainlyunwittingly employing people with poor mental health already.” The issue of how to manage mental health issues in the workplace raises somedifficult issues for HR practitioners. Line managers, under pressure toperform, perceive that any risk-taking in recruitment will be a fast-track tocareer disaster. For understandable reasons, they would rather play safe. Butfor equally understandable reasons, employees feel compelled to falsify theirconditions to stand any chance of getting work or staying in work. Research by the Industrial Society earlier this year confirmed what most ofus intuitively know to be the case. If a person is suffering from poor mentalhealth, there is a tendency to think them a liability – incapable of doingdifficult, challenging work, immune from constructive criticism, and needing tobe closely monitored. Mental illness, when it is “recognised by a respected body of medicalopinion”, comes under the Disability Discrimination Act. So in theorythere is a requirement not to discriminate and an obligation to make”reasonable adjustments” where necessary. Among employers, there has been little will to take mental health issuesseriously until very recently. The Health and Safety Executive recommends thatmental health should come within an occupational health strategy. Yet just onein 10 employers has a policy. Andrew Kinder, principal welfare coordinator ofemployee health services at Consignia, says, “The myths of mental illnessprevalent in our society permeate through to all our workplaces.” Before considering what good HR policy on mental health looks like, it isnecessary to be clear about what we are talking about. Mental health is notjust about stress. True, extreme, prolonged stress can lead to mental healthproblems. And, yes, the term “stress” is often used as an acceptablelabel for psychological conditions which themselves carry a profound stigma. But mental health problems in this context, while including stress, alsomean diagnosable, psychological disturbances such as acute agitation,melancholia, depression, nervous breakdown, anxiety disorders, mid-life crisisand so on. Mental ill-health comes in a vast and varied array of forms,affecting different people in very different ways. The American writer WilliamStyron, who chronicled his own descent in his book Darkness Visible, portrayedthe illness as being like “a rhythmic anxiety…an agitation and unfocuseddread. I felt a kind of numbness, an enervation but more particularly an oddfragility as if my body had actually become frail and hypersensitive andsomehow disjointed and clumsy, lacking normal co-ordination.” The first thing to be said is that while the stigma attached to mentalhealth conditions is real enough, it is largely unreasonable. Poor mentalhealth is no sign of being weak, flaky or not-up-to-the-job. And that is notjust wishful thinking, it is cold, hard fact. Modern scholarship has tended to confirm the ancient intuition of a closelink between psychological disturbance and genius. In The Price of Greatness,author Arnold Ludwig collated biological details of 1,004 “eminent men andwomen”. People who reached the top in business careers had a rate ofpsychiatric disorders of 49 per cent – slight in comparison to poets (87 percent), but arresting none the less. For his paper, Organizational Sleepwalkers:Emotional Distress at Midlife, Manfred Kets de Vries, a professor at Insead,the France-based business school, interviewed 200 senior executives. He foundthat 20 per cent had identifiable mental health issues such as depressiveillness. Elsewhere, there has been a noticeable trend in management literature tore-evaluate psychological problems among business leaders. Sol Davidson, acoach with Penna Executive Coaching, says, “Individual breakthroughs ofteninvolve some kind of emotional disturbance or crisis.” Obviously, for the most part, HR professionals are not interested in genius,but in competency. But it does make the point that the desire to manage peoplewho suffer mental health problems out of the workforce is very short-sighted.Most psychological problems – some claim 75 per cent of all conditions – aretreatable. The vast majority of people recover, though some illnesses recurepisodically. Therefore it is not surprising that companies which have a policyof attempting to retain people in work testify to its effectiveness. Dr Anne Price, head of occupational health at Marks & Spencer, says workis often critical to coming back from an illness. “There is little logicin treating mental health problems any differently from physical ones – a badback, say,” she argues. Companies such as Marks & Spencer include mental health problems withinthe scope of their Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). EAPs have never reallycaught on in the UK – just 10 per cent of the workforce is covered by them. Yetthe field of mental health is one where some claim EAPs are important. Astra Zeneca, the pharmaceutical company, which has had an EAP for abouteight years, says its service, known as the Counselling and Life ManagementProgramme (Calm) is an important part of the well-being of its 12,000-strong UKworkforce. Calm is used by 7 per cent of its employees in any one year, splitbetween a third who use it for mental health problems caused by work, a thirdfor troubles in home life and a third for a mixture of reasons. Dr EricTeasdale, the company’s chief medical officer, argues the programme reflects agrowing awareness that health and safety needs to be seen in increasingly broadterms. “Companies have a direct interest in keeping people physically,mentally, socially and spiritually well,” he says. However, a formal EAP is, perhaps, a big company luxury. So what shouldothers do? Charities, employers, doctors and service users all agree the bestresponse for an organisation to an employee who is suffering from mental healthproblems is simple good management. A supportive culture in a workplace might include emphasising the value ofan individual to an employer and, where possible, being willing to restructuretheir job or re-allocate certain duties while ensuring confidentiality. Yet Mind argues that people with mental health problems should not betreated as especially vulnerable. “A person who happens to have mentalhealth problems can also be legitimately angry, have off-days like everyoneelse,” the charity says. Best practice – in addition to the DDA – emphasises that the employer’sresponse must be “reasonable”. In practice this means not makingassumptions about an illness or confusing a person with a diagnosis whileconsulting the employee on the best course of action. The CIPD notes that aprocess of rehabilitation after a mental health problem “will usually bemore cost-effective” than early retirement. However, Liz Aram, programme manager for Working Minds, the governmentcampaign to tackle mental health at work, acknowledges that part of thedifficulty in confronting the myths surrounding mental health and employment isthe lack of rigorous academic research. There is ample anecdote, but no seriousUK studies on the links between well-being and productivity. Proving a”business case” for positive attitudes to mental health problemswould involve evaluating different interventions and that would be costly andslow. Aside from the usual preconceptions about weakness and unreliability, thereis also an entrenched perception among employers that anyone with a mentalhealth problem will be off sick more often than a “normal” employee.It is certainly true that many chronic conditions are recurrent. But then manypeople are able to manage their illnesses with drugs, plan for any relapses andsoldier on. South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust has been running aprogramme encouraging the recruitment of people who have experience of mentalill-health problems since 1995. It found that absence rates for service users wereless than for all care staff. Aram says, “There are going to be somepeople who are just not capable of being in mainstream employment. But thepoint is not to make assumptions about people on the basis of a label. Mentalhealth is different for everyone.” Perhaps paradoxically, Dr Sayeed Khan, head of occupational health atRolls-Royce, says that serious, chronic psychiatric problems are not the mostdifficult for employers to deal with. With modern medication they can becontrolled, and good liaison between healthcare professionals and managers canensure illness episodes among employees can be pre-empted and handled smoothly.Absence levels and performance of the Rolls-Royce workers who suffer theseserious conditions are not significantly different from other workers. Khan argues that it is the lower level nervous disorders – stress, anxietyand so on – that pose the real problem and add most to sickness absence.”These are the conditions that can be unpredictable and where occupationalhealth intervention at an early stage can make the most difference,” hesays. Rolls-Royce has found that training managers to minimise the pressures ofwork can reduce absence rates for stress, anxiety and minor depression by 21per cent. “Teaching workers how to cope with more stress is not always thebest approach,” says Khan. The economic logic of employers seeking to protect their workers’ mentalwell-being is easy to understand – it fits neatly with their legal “dutyof care” as well. But if we accept there is both an economic case and alegal duty to promote good practice on mental health, it suggests that manyemployers’ strategies have gone badly wrong. Mental ill-health is rising fast.We also know that work can cause psychological harm; the series of six figurepayouts for injury resulting from stress since 1996 has served to prove thepoint. Meanwhile, studies have found that complaints of both stress andincreasing workloads are rising too. Some might say that work itself could bepartially culpable for declining social well-being. Dr Chris Manning, a government adviser on mental health, argues that insteadof seeking to “marginalise and medicalise” people who have mentalhealth problems, it would be better to treat them “like the canaries whowere sent down the mines”; as an early warning system for “noxiousattitudes” in the workplace. “If mental health problems are caused by work, it makes sense to fixthem at work, rather than bundle the burden onto the NHS,” he says.”It has always seemed to me to be fatuous to send unwell people back intoa psycho-toxic environment.” Reforming the workplace culture that gives rise to stress is now one of thepriorities of the Health and Safety Executive. Such a project in the currenteconomic climate will inevitably take time. In the shorter term, campaigners such as Andrew Webster say that getting ridof the “fear culture” surrounding mental health issues at work has tobe fundamental. “Business is not in a position to know what mental health problems arecosting them,” he says. “Unless you can start from the position ofhonesty, no one is in a position to do anything about it.” Mental health and employment – The facts  – One in four people will experience some form of mental healthproblem in a year, according to the World Health Organisation– By 2020, the WHO says depressionwill become the second leading cause of disability worldwide after heart disease– In the UK, three in 10 employeeswill have mental health problems in a year, which lead to some 91 million workingdays being lost per year at a cost estimated at £32bn– Britain has the highest rates ofdepression in Europe. Urban Britain has a prevalence of depressive illness of17.1 per cent, compared to 10.5 per cent across the whole of Europe. Spain hasthe lowest rates at 2.6 per cent– In the US, one in five of thepopulation suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in any one year – 44.3million people – a disease burden that exceeds the cost of all cancers puttogether. Depression alone, which affects 19 million annually, costs USbusinesses $44bn each year, according to the National Foundation for BrainResearch– In the UK a third of GPconsultations are for social and mental health problems– A quarter of drugs prescribed onthe NHS are for mental health issues– Between 1990 and 1995, the numberof UKprescriptions for antidepressant drugs rose by 116 per cent– An Institute of Management surveyfound 16 per cent of managers had taken time off work in the last year due tostress and mental health problems Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Mind over matterOn 8 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Australia, Indonesia Join Forces in CASSOWARY Patrol Boat Exercise

first_img View post tag: Navy May 16, 2012 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Boat Defence ties between Australia and Indonesia continue to strengthen with the conclusion of the biennial patrol boat exercise CASSOWARY.Royal Australian Navy Armidale Class Patrol Boats HMA Ships Ararat and Larrakia joined with Indonesian Armed Forces patrol boats KRI Kakap and KRI Tongkol for the exercise off Darwin.Officer Conducting the Exercise, Commodore Braddon Wheeler, said CASSOWARY provided an opportunity for skills development between the two nations and the exchange of ideas.“By regularly working together and sharing ideas, our Navies develop their teamwork to better protect our shared maritime interests.“CASSOWARY featured a number of practical activities including simulated coordinated patrols, boarding party procedures, safety of life at sea and search and rescue exercises,” Commodore Wheeler said.“It helped build on maritime security cooperation between Australia and Indonesia and provided insights into how each Navy does business.”CASSOWARY built on the recent success of joint Australian-Indonesian coordinated maritime security patrol, AUSINDO CORPAT 2012 and was conducted in parallel with minor war vessel exercise TRITON THUNDER 01-12.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , May 16, 2012; Image: Australian Royal Navy View post tag: Patrol View post tag: CASSOWARY View post tag: join View post tag: forcescenter_img View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today Australia, Indonesia Join Forces in CASSOWARY Patrol Boat Exercise Australia, Indonesia Join Forces in CASSOWARY Patrol Boat Exercise View post tag: Exercise View post tag: Australia View post tag: Indonesia Share this articlelast_img read more

Communication Sciences and Disorders – Adjunct Faculty

first_imgState and Federal law permit California Baptist University todiscriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill itspurpose. The University does not discriminate contrary to eitherState or Federal law. Position TitleCommunication Sciences and Disorders – Adjunct Faculty Teaching Responsibilities * Are you a Christian?YesNo Teaching responsibilities include a broad range of speech languagepathology courses across the Communication Sciences and Disordersundergraduate degree curriculum. Quick Link to Posting Qualifications Position Summary Posting Detailscenter_img Must hold a minimum of a master’s degree in communication sciencesand disorders or speech-language pathology, and have been active inthe field within the last five years. Nondiscrimination Statement The Department of Allied Health Professions at California BaptistUniversity invites applications from qualified individuals to teachon an adjunct basis in the Communication Sciences and Disordersprogram. If no, please explain (required):(Open Ended Question)* Are you both familiar with and not in conflict with thefundamental doctrines and practices of the California SouthernBaptist Convention as stated in the Baptist Faith and Message datedJune 14, 2000? (Please see above link for more information)Yes (I am familiar and not in conflict)No (I am in conflict or not familiar) * Do you attend church regularly?YesNo Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsChristian Experience EssayOptional DocumentsResumeCover LetterCurriculum VitaeUnofficial Transcriptlast_img read more

Mayor Jay Gillian: Good News on Flood Insurance Premiums

first_imgThe following is Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian’s weekly update to citizens posted on Friday, Dec. 4.Dear Friends,I would like to share good news that we have heard preliminary results on the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS) for Ocean City, and we have advanced to a class 5 rating up from a class 6 municipality last year.CRS is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities and promotes the awareness of flood mitigation. Pending final certification, this advancement increases property owner discounts to 25% up from 20% for policy renewals after May 1, 2016. A lot of credit for this change goes to City Council and the city administration for pursuing reasonable approaches to the recommendations in the CRS manual.Ocean City was also recently named number five in the list of “Top Ten Christmas Towns in New Jersey” by According to the website, “This list focuses not on singular events, but specific towns with the most magnificent myriad of holiday celebrations.”I am very proud of Ocean City’s holiday spirit and the many events that make the holidays magical. I also appreciative the support of the Chamber of Commerce, the merchant’s associations and City Council, who with the administration work hard to bring the holidays to life. But most importantly, I would like to thank our guests who make visiting Ocean City during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays a family tradition.First Night buttons are on sale at a discounted price of $15 per person until December 15th, after which the price will be $20 per person. Buy your buttons now for $15 online at, or call 1-800-BEACH-NJ. Buttons are also available at the Welcome Centers on the 9th Street Bridge and City Hall. Seasonal beach tags are also on sale at City Hall for $20.I ask everyone to continue to shop locally this holiday season.I hope you have a great weekend.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayorlast_img read more