“A generous response to this appeal will be critical to help people in need,” Hansjoerg Strohmeyer, Chief of Staff to UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland, told a news briefing in New York. Speaking within hours of the launch he said initial indications from donors so far amounted to around $70 million. The appeal covers life-saving and early recovery activities for a six-month emergency phase in a remote region with enormous logistical difficulties, where landslides have cut off many roads, access is only possible by foot or helicopter, and more than 80 per cent of buildings have been destroyed in some areas. Priority needs include shelter (winterized tents, plastic sheets, blankets, mattresses), nutrition (pre-cooked canned food, high energy biscuits, survival rations), medicines (antibiotics, typhoid medicines, first aid and surgical kits, water purification tablets) and transport (helicopters). “The situation is very, very critical, very severe, 60 to 70 per cent of all the housing, of accommodation has been destroyed,” Mr. Strohmeyer said, citing a report today from a disaster team of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), one of the first to get into the main city of Muzaffarabad by helicopter. “The rest of the city is uninhabitable. We have heavy rain in the area, mudslides that make access to even those in need very, very difficult. General access to the area is incredibly difficult. We only have one small road open for light vehicles. There is no road that would allow heavy truck traffic into the area,” he added. “We are dependent at the moment on heavy lifting logistics equipment, helicopters,” he said. “Airlifting logistics capacity at the moment is critical life-saving assistance and is needed.” One of the most urgent needs is shelter materials for the 2.5 million homeless. Medical care is also required immediately, as most of the hospitals and health care centres have been destroyed, OCHA said. Food and clean water are also in short supply. Many cities and villages in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), the most affected areas, have been wiped out. UN agencies are already on the ground bringing in convoys of relief aid. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has begun distributing basic relief supplies for up to 100,000 people using its existing stockpiles throughout the region, including family tents, blankets and stoves. The first truckloads bound for Mansehra in North West Frontier Province left the Peshawar warehouse yesterday. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is initially airlifting 200 metric tons of high energy biscuits, sufficient for 240,000 people, vital in the first days of a natural disaster when survivors have no means to cook their own food. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has begun trucking in medical supplies, warning that tens of thousands of women in the affected areas are currently pregnant and need adequate nutrition, medicines and antenatal care to deliver safely. Many other UN agencies are already at work too, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) said the quake proved again how important it is to build safe hospital and schools in disaster-prone areas. Many schools were damaged during the earthquake with the result that children were buried alive under the rubble. “Reinforcing buildings in disaster-prone areas is essential. Losing hospitals becomes a ‘double disaster’ if they are not built to withstand earthquakes: a disaster in that they are destroyed, but also that their equipment and their staff are no longer available to rescue other victims,” ISDR Director Salvano Briceño said. “The destruction of schools, as has tragically happened last Saturday, means the loss of new generations. New constructions need to be built safe, and old ones need to be systematically reinforced or retrofitted to avoid future disasters.”
In a decision on Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), debt collectors that knowingly pursue stale debt in bankruptcy proceedings do not run the risk of facing potential consumer protection lawsuits, Law360 reports.The ruling came after the high court voted 5-3 to overturn an Eleventh Circuit decision which had found Midland Funding LLC, a purchaser of unpaid debt, potentially liable under the FDCPA. According to the Supreme Court, Midland Fund is no longer liable under the Act for attempting to collect on bankruptcy on decade-old credit card debt, which Law360 notes had become time barred after six years.Justice Stephen G. Breyer stated that the Midland’s attempts to collect on clearly expired claims were not “false, deceptive, or misleading,” and according the Breyer, the firm’s proof of claim falls within the U.S. Bankruptcy Code’s definition of “claim.””The law has long treated unenforceability of a claim (due to the expiration of the limitations period) as an affirmative defense,” Breyer wrote. “And we see nothing misleading or deceptive in the filing of a proof of claim that, in effect, follows the code’s similar system.”In March 2014, plaintiff Aleida Johnson filed for Chapter 13 protection, but Midland Funding filed a proof of claim for a payment of $1,879 in unpaid credit card debt during Johnson’s bankruptcy. According to Johnson, the last credit card transaction on the account had occurred in May 2003, and in Alabama where the claim occurred, the statute of limitations for collecting on overdue debt is six years.While a federal judge had originally dismissed the claims on the grounds that the Bankruptcy code authorizes all creditors to file proof of claims at any time, the Eleventh Circuit stepped in to say that the Bankruptcy Code and FDCPA go hand-in-hand.The Supreme Court majority voted to repeal the Eleventh Circuits decision, though the three dissenting, Justices Sonia Sotomayor, joined by Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, called Midland’s actions in collecting stale debt “unfair” and “unconscionable .”“It is said that the law should not be a trap for the unwary,” they said in their dissent. “Today’s decision sets just such a trap.” Print This Post Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a contributing writer for DS News. He is a Harding University graduate with a degree in English and a minor in writing, and has studied abroad in Athens, Greece. An East Texas native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Supreme Court: Late Bankruptcy Claims Not Subject to FDCPA Lawsuits Previous: The Week Ahead: Moving into Summer Next: Philadelphia: Wells Fargo Violated the FHA Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Supreme Court: Late Bankruptcy Claims Not Subject to FDCPA Lawsuits Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago May 15, 2017 1,670 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago FDCPA Supreme Court 2017-05-15 Seth Welborn Related Articles About Author: Seth Welborn Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: FDCPA Supreme Court
With21 years of professional experience behind her, Lily Lim has moved intoeducation and is heading the drive to improve learning standards in thesector. By Kate RouyIfuniversities gave out degrees for enthusiasm, there is little doubt that LilyLim would have a string of letters after her name. As it is, she’s not doingtoo badly. MSc, PgD Health and Safety, OHN Certificate, RN, PgCHE, MIOSH…Apretty remarkable feat by any standards, but for Lim, principal lecturer,programme leader and pathway coordinator in occupational health and safety atMiddlesex University and newly elected chairwoman of the Association ofOccupational Health Nurse Educators, this has been achieved against a backdropof a writing disorder that would have severely slowed the progress of the mostdetermined scholar.”Ihave an interesting form of dyslexia,” she says cheerfully. “I knowwhat I want to say, but find it hard to put it down. It takes a long time.”Butfar from proving a stumbling block, her dyslexia has, she says, spurred her on.”Yes, it has made things harder,” she concedes. “But I use it toencourage my students, to show them what they can achieve.”Malaysian-bornLim joined the staff at Middlesex University four years ago, with a remit towrite an occupational health and safety programme. Completing the processwithin a year, she got the courses approved and validated by the university,the English Nursing Board (ENB) and the Institute of Occupational Safety andHealth. Along the way, she also found time to fit in her PostgraduateCertificate for Higher Education.”Peopleneed to be trained to do a job,” she says. “So I thought I should betrained to be a lecturer.”Althougha relative newcomer to higher education, Lim believes that her 21 years in thefield of occupational health stands her in good stead for her teaching role.She is also passionate about the benefits of further education for OH nurses,many of whom, she says, are apprehensive about the notion of a return tostudying, especially if it comes – as it does for many of her students – afteryears away from the classroom. “Allour students are mature, and are working within health and safety,” shesays. “This opportunity for them to study for a degree is brilliant: to bein a university environment which can provide them with so much, and which is anew experience for many of them.”CourseleaderLimis programme leader for three courses: BSc Honours Occupational Health andSafety Management and Specialist Practitioner (Occupational Health Nursing);BSc Honours Occupational Health and Safety Management; and MSc in OccupationalHealth and Safety. Each of the undergraduate courses involves one day atcollege a week, making up two semesters a year. Each semester is 15 weeks long.Theuniversity subsidises all part-time courses, and the degrees can take up tofive years to complete. The courses also allow for a lot of flexibility, soanyone who has to postpone their studies can return at any time with thecredits they have already accumulated.BothBSc courses involve six modules, with 20 credits accrued per module. Coresubjects include health and safety management, risk management, hygiene andsafety technology, as well as research methods and project work. No exam workis involved – “I don’t think exams are the best way of learning,”says Lim. Forthe MSc, 180 credits are required, of which 60 credits are project work. Thecore modules are the same as the BSc.Asfor the benefits of studying for a degree, Lim is in no doubt. “Thosein occupational health with a degree have an advantage,” she says.”For years OH nurses have been doing excellent jobs, but with workplaceattitudes changing and more and more managers being graduates, if you are not agraduate, it makes your life a little bit more difficult. “Peopleare much more likely to accept things at face value. Nursing training is verytechnical, but often people do not equate that with a more managerial role. Limalso believes OH has to move with the times. “Inoccupational health there have always been pockets of excellence and people whowere role models, but the job is changing. Whereas there has always been anemphasis on health promotion and the clinical care of people at work, there isnow a lot more management involved and OH is much more of a strategic role.When I did my general nursing, OH was always ‘the sick bay sister’ – that isn’tthe case any more.”Limherself came to the UK at the age of 19 to train at Old Church Hospital inRomford, Essex. But while nursing was a something of a family tradition, (hermother was a midwife and one of her uncles a professor of public health inMalaysia), she soon decided that her career should lie in an aspect of healththat was “more proactive”. “Itsoon became clear that the reason a lot of people were in hospital was becausethey did not look after themselves properly. So that is how I became involvedin occupational health. We can do so much to keep people fit and healthy andprotect them while they are at work.”FieldexperienceHersubsequent career involved occupational health work both in the public andprivate sectors. She was an employment nursing adviser with the Health andSafety Executive, and an occupational health adviser with the Post Office andLucas.Limbelieves her broad range of experience has given her the ideal perspective todevise a course which fulfills the needs of its students as well as the OHprofession itself.”Icame into teaching because of the opportunity I was given to develop thesecourses,” she says. “I have seen thousands of OH nurses and havevisited a lot of workplaces, and I know how people work.”Ialso know that nurses, especially those in OH, need to be on an equal standingwith other managers in the workplace, and for that they need to be graduates.”ManyOH nurses, she says, are their own worst enemy when it comes to approachingfurther education. “Nursesare very versatile, and a lot of them do very good jobs but they have very pooresteem and do not recognise how valuable they are,” she says.”OHis unique in this country. OH nurses have a lot of responsibility that in other countries would fall on doctors.But until organisations accept that OH nurses are actually part of themulti-disciplined team needed to run a company effectively, they will always beseen as a secondary person, an afterthought.”Butit is a two-way thing. Sometimes nurses do not meet management requirements andthat is one of the reasons why I am very positive about degrees in OH.”Ontop of any academic requirements, Lim says an important part of the degreeethos is to get OH nurses to think like managers.”Ispend a lot of time getting nurses to write good management reports,” shesays. “They need communication and presentation skills; they need to havemulti-disciplinary skills – the ability to persuade people. They have tounderstand how a business works.”RolemodelLimsays she has high expectations of her students, but is rarely disappointed. Shepersonally interviews all prospective candidates and has devised a programmefor new students including a pre-study course, study skills and a week-longinduction, during which students are familiarised with the university’s ITfacilities as well as aspects of assignment writing such as referencing andpresentation. “All the basic skills of being a university student,”says Lim.Motivationisn’t usually a problem, however, she says. “I always say to them, forgetthe teaching, feel the learning. But most people learn for themselves.”Limbelieves her students respond to her approach. “I like to think I am veryuser-friendly. I am very honest with my students. They can come and complain tome, but I want them to come up with a solution. I can’t stand whingeing. Itreat them as adults, as colleagues. But I also have to hold back, because I amtheir assessor. At the end of the day, you cannot allow someone to be qualifiedif they are not competent.”FuturevisionInthe meantime, Lim has another new role, as chairwoman of the Association ofOccupational Health Nurse Educators, a role she relishes as “a chance togive something back”. “Weare a very small group, we meet about three times a year, but it is animportant role for me. The AOHNE was started as a support group to help felloweducators. It can be very frustrating to work in small units by yourself and itis good to have someone you can talk to.”Theassociation also offers fellow educators the opportunity to share good practicethrough a database and a newly established web site, in order to raise theprofile of learning and teaching in OH.Lim’svision as chairwoman continues her theme of the importance of education in theOH profession.”Myvision is that there will be an increasing demand for good occupational healthadvice and support in the workplace,” she says. “As occupationalhealth nurse educators we should be sensitive to our market requirements byworking proactively with all the stakeholders to ensure OH nurses’ education isprogressive, effective and efficient.”Sodoes she now see herself as a teacher or nurse? A mixture of both, she says.”I will always be a nurse, but I am also a teacher and that role isimportant to me.”Itis fantastic to see a student change over a year. The students enjoy theircourses and that is very satisfying. When they have finished their projectsthey should be specialists and have the self confidence to be able to adaptthat knowledge to other areas. That is the important thing.”OHis still a young career, it is a very hands-on job. It is also a very tough jobwhich doesn’t always get the respect it should,” she says.Aboveall, says Lim, degree courses give students the tools to think for themselvesand move forward with their careers. She cites her favourite Chinese proverb asan example of the benefits of a degree.”Ifyou give someone a fish, the next day they will come back for another. But ifyou teach someone how to catch a fish, they will be fed for life.” Class actOn 1 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article
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