Read more to have a say on working timeOn 19 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Almost 70 per cent of readers responding to our latest Barometer poll thinktheir labour costs will increase if the 48-hour opt-out is removed from theWorking Time Directive (WTD). It’s a resounding vote for keeping the opt-out and maintaining the statusquo. But now it’s time to take this crucial issue to the European Commission(EC). The EC has asked the Employment Lawyers Association to conduct research inthe UK to find out how removing the opt-out would affect business. The resultswill be fed into the EC’s review of the WTD, with recommendations being madewithin 12 months. So, next week, Personnel Today is joining forces with the Employment LawyersAssociation to run research in both this magazine and on personneltoday.com togauge widespread HR opinion. The results will be published in the New Year andsent immediately to Fernando Pereira, the commissioner responsible in Brussels,to inform his decision. Word on the grapevine is that Pereira is leaning towards removal of theopt-out and it’s a tough call. The UK is the only country not limited torestricting staff to working a 48-hour week and there are lots of validarguments for and against us continuing to be an exception. On the one hand, too many employees are working ridiculous hours causinghigh rates of stress and family breakdown. Nearly four million – mostly men –work more than 48 hours and 1.25 million work more than 55 hours a week. Ourlong-hours culture has not helped productivity and we remain one of the weakestnations. The counter argument by business is that the UK workforce thrives on theflexibility of a longer working week and huge chunks of industry could notexist without it. The transport, hospitality, healthcare and manufacturingsectors all fear crippling costs, loss of competitiveness and jobs at risk ifthe opt-out is removed. And whether you like it or not, we cannot ignore thefact that the UK has become a 24-hour society in everything we do, includingemployment. The future of the working week is under scrutiny and this is a rareopportunity for HR to connect with the Eurocrats and tell it as it is. That’swhy it is important you take 10 minutes next week to complete the questionnairein the magazine or on our website. For your troubles, your details will beentered into a draw for an overseas weekend break for two to Brussels – thatcan’t be a bad quid pro quo can it? Jane King is editor of Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article
Theo Katzman (w/ Joe Dart, Jacob Jefferies, Julian Allen) | Brooklyn, NY | 4/16/17 | Photos by Andrew O’Brien Load remaining images On Easter Sunday, Theo Katzman took to Brooklyn for some extra helpings of New York City love after selling out the Mercury Lounge the previous Friday night. Baby’s All Right provided the ultimate setting for an intimate show, bringing Katzman back to his Brooklyn roots with new Heartbreak Hits material. Jacob Jeffries opened the night, then served double duty as the keyboardist for Theo’s headlining slot. Drummer Julian Allen has become an excitingly familiar face on the stage, alongside the one and only Joe Dart of Vulfpeck on the Fender bass.It’s quite refreshing to see Katzman and Dart reunite under circumstances beyond Vulfpeck. Taking his natural singer/songwriter abilities, Katzman confidently displays a persona that might not be what newer Vulf fans are used to. While equally musical and silly at times, Theo Katzman’s solo work balances a living dichotomy of tragic/comedic, serious/satirical, over-the-top/subtle, and healing/hurting. While the room swayed to the sing-along song marathon, Katzmen held his fans in the palm of his hand as he rocked an all original setlist. Running through his entire 2017 Heartbreak Hits record, he even debuted a new song and threw in the 2011 hit “Brooklyn” for good measure.Watch Theo Katzman, Joe Dart, Julian Allen, and Jacob Jeffries perform “Plain Jane Heroin” below, courtesy of Jason Pinsky:Check out Theo Katzman’s full tour schedule and follow him on Facebook here.You can view a gallery of photos from the performance below, courtesy of photographer Andrew O’Brien.
Only a few shows into their Come What May Tour, Gov’t Mule performed the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania on Friday night. While most rock bands rely heavily on their new material, Mule takes a confident approach toward mood with each and every show that they play. Friday night, as an example, featured three tunes from the upcoming Revolution Come … Revolution Go album, amongst an otherwise emotional setlist.The tone was set when Warren Haynes (former Allman Brothers guitarist) opened the show with “Dreams.” The Allman Brothers song has only been played by Mule 35 times, so the song choice was certainly methodical. The “Dreams” groove led into Mule’s original “Thorazine Shuffle” from their 1998 Dose, then “Whisper In Your Soul.” Just a few days after the unexpected death of Chris Cornell, the band played tribute with a cover of “Fell on Black Days” by Soundgarden, a fitting choice to follow up Haynes’ reflection earlier in the week. The song hadn’t been played by Mule since 2008 at The Hammerstein.From there, the tone was set. The reality sunk in, and it was time for Gov’t Mule’s reflections on the current political climate with a pair of new tunes, “Stone Cold Rage” and “Sarah, Surrender,” from Revolution Come … Revolution Go. From hard rock to soft funk, the band moved on to their often-visited cover of “Kind of Bird,” the second Allman Brothers cover of the evening. Chris Robinson and Neal Casal were on set, opening as the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and eventually joined in for a cover of the Black Crowes‘ “Sometimes Salvation” to close out the first set.The second set opened with an emotional cover of “Effigy” that featured a “Folsom Prison Blues” jam, leading into “Painted Silver Light” and “Temporary Saint” from the band’s 1995 debut, self-titled Gov’t Mule album. Onwards, an instrumental version of Bob Marley & The Wailers‘ “Lively Up Yourself” lifted spirits before a moving version of “Captured” took over, then “Lay Your Burden Down.” With the music as the medium, it seems as though Gov’t Mule chooses to spend their time on the road with purpose: to send a message.With music as the ultimate medicine, a cover of Howlin’ Wolf‘s “Smokestack Lightning” presented itself into a “Lay Your Burden Down” reprise. Life Before Insanity‘s “Bad Little Doggie” came next, into another cover of Howlin’ Wolf’s “How Many More Years” to close the show.Haynes and Danny Louis returned to the stage to encore with a touching version of Leonard Cohen‘s “Hallelujah.” The rest of the band joined the two on stage for a show-closing live debut of “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” from their forthcoming album — due out June 9.Thanks to Sean Roche, you can watch video highlights from the show below:Dreams (Allman Brothers Band)Fell on Black Days (Soundgarden)Kind of a Bird (Allman Brothers Band)Sometimes Salvation (The Black Crowes) with Chris Robinson and Neal CasalEffigy (Creedence Clearwater Revival)CapturedHow Many More Years (Howlin’ Wolf)Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) part IHallelujah (Leonard Cohen) part IIDark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground (live debut)Setlist: Gov’t Mule | Tower Theatre | Upper Darby, PA | 5/19/17Dreams (Allman Brothers Band cover) > Thorazine Shuffle, Whisper In Your Soul, Fell on Black Days (Soundgarden cover), Stone Cold Rage, Sarah, Surrender, Kind of Bird (Allman Brothers Band), Sometimes Salvation (Black Crowes cover, with Chris Robinson and Neal Casal)II: Effigy (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover, with “Folsom Prison Blues” jam) > Painted Silver Light > Temporary Saint, Lively Up Yourself (Bob Marley & The Wailers cover, instrumental), Captured, Lay Your Burden Down, Smokestack Lightning (Howlin’ Wolf cover) > Lay Your Burden Down Reprise, Bad Little Doggie, How Many More Years (Howlin’ Wolf cover)E: Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen cover, Warren & Danny only), Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground
As hospitals around the country face shortages of personal protective equipment, or PPE, Notre Dame research labs that have paused operations have donated their supply of PPE to the Saint Joseph County Unified Command, which is leading the local response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jessica Brookshire, senior program director for the Office of Clinical Partnerships at Notre Dame Research, said 34 labs had donated supplies as of April 2. “A communication went out on March 20 to all faculty regarding the lab ramp-down process,” Brookshire said in an email. “In this communication, it was mentioned that local healthcare providers were in need of PPE and if they had items to donate to contact me.”As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise globally, PPE suppliers have struggled to meet the massive increase in demand. Sherri Bucher — adjunct associate professional specialist at the Eck Institute for Global Health and global health practitioner — said combatting COVID-19 is a complex process for many reasons, emphasizing the difficulty of dealing with a completely new virus.“Within the public health and the medical setting, we talk all the time about evidence-based guidelines, evidence-based policies, evidence-based medical and nursing care,” Bucher said. “When you are presented with something that has very little evidence base, it’s really hard to respond to it.”While the virus causing COVID-19 is in the same family as the coronaviruses that cause the common cold, influenza, SARS and MERS, Bucher said it appears those who have been infected are highly contagious before they have begun showing symptoms, leading to the possibility that some of those infected never show symptoms at all. The delayed display of symptoms, Bucher said, has facilitated the rapid and extensive spread of the virus.The complexity of the disease and the global scale of the outbreak has upset a delicately balanced system of supply and demand for PPE, Bucher said, in which the healthcare, manufacturing, supply chain and logistics, public health and financing sectors all play a part. This list, Bucher said, is by no means exclusive.“They‘re all part of a system to ensure that there‘s the right kind of PPE, that it‘s good quality, that it reaches the people who need it when they need it,” Bucher said. “That system, which is very complicated and is across many different sectors, has to work cooperatively to make sure that the supply and the demand meet each other. Even in the best of times, this is a really complicated system.”Even with rationing measures in place, the amount of PPE needed for a hospital treating patients with COVID-19 is massive.“For example, in the state of Indiana, there’s one health system I know of that — and this is conservative, this is under sort of rationing — they still use between 15,000 and 30,000 facemasks a day,” Bucher said. “That’s one health system within the state of Indiana, that‘s not the number of masks in all the state of Indiana every day. That‘s just six or seven hospitals. So if you multiply that by county, by state, by federal, you can start to see the quantity that‘s needed.”For a disease like COVID-19, Bucher said, the World Health Organization recommendations for PPE include goggles, aprons, gloves, face shields and more. Further, PPE needs to fit properly in order to be effective and requires specific machinery and materials.“Many of our medical commodities, of course, are manufactured in China and China has been slammed,” Bucher said. “They had their manufacturing shut down. They‘re just now getting started. But they‘re very cautious, as they are right to be because they‘re worried about a second wave of COVID-19. It‘s not as simple as just converting a factory that makes pillowcases to a factory that makes face masks.”Between the lack of concrete information, the multiple models predicting the spread of the disease and a shortage caused by simultaneous demand in 180 countries, Bucher said, hospital administrators are doing the best they can with the information they have.“If you‘re a good hospital administrator, you want to plan very conservatively,” Bucher said. “You want to plan for the worst case, and in that case, you need to try to preserve your PPE. At the same time, you want to protect your health care workers and you want to protect your patients. So it’s just a really hard problem and I don‘t think there’s any easy answer.”Brookshire said she feels proud of the way Notre Dame faculty has responded to the crisis.“At a time that they were asked to hibernate their work, they gave of their resources to help others,” Brookshire said in an email. “In addition, I heard from colleagues that they were sharing the need for PPE with friends/family/co-workers and thinking of additional opportunities to help the community.”The most common item donated has been gloves, but there have been thousands of individual items donated as well. While the high-quality items found in research labs are preferable to homemade masks, Bucher said, she is confident hospital administrators will find a way to use the masks thousands of people across the country are sewing and donating. Any sort of contribution to hospitals is part of the solution, Bucher said. She emphasized that the attitude of community solidarity is “the best part of humanity” and is key to combating the virus.“The only other way we‘re going to get through this as a society, in addition to trusting science, is to pull together,” Bucher said. “There is no ‘them’ when it comes to this virus. There‘s only us.”Tags: COVID-19, Notre Dame research, PPE, St Joseph County Unified Command, World Health Organization
Vermont College of Fine Arts, the first independent college in Vermont in a quarter of a century, was in fact launched by an alumnus of the MFA in Writing Program, novelist and longtime college administrator Tom Greene. The impetus for independence was a desire to maintain the programs and the academic nature of the campus which were under the threat of being dismantled and sold piecemeal. Two years after going independent, success abounds. Vermont College of Fine Arts,Just two years after achieving independence, Vermont College of Fine Arts’ (VCFA) MFA writing programs have been ranked first among programs of their kind by Poets & Writers, the leading creative writing publication in the U.S. This honor comes on the heels of several other major achievements for VCFA, including achieving accreditation as a degree-granting institution in record time.Established in 1981, the Vermont College MFA in Writing Program is the original low-residency writing program in the country. The Atlantic named it one of the top five low-residency programs nationwide. The Writing for Children & Young Adults track was established in 1997 and was the nation’s first fully developed graduate program focusing on writing for young readers and numbers among its alumni New York Times bestsellers, ALA award winners and National Book Award finalists. Vermont College of Fine Arts is a national center for education in the arts, a place where the creative expression of individuals is nurtured and a sense of community flourishes. VCFA is the only graduate school in the country devoted exclusively to fine arts education, and the first independent college to form in Vermont since 1983. Offering three nationally successful Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees in Visual Art, Writing, and Writing for Children & Young Adults, VCFA’s alumni are among the most celebrated authors and artists working today Source: VCFA. 9.8.2010 This ranking took into consideration VCFA’s Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Translation, and Writing for Children & Young Adults tracks for the MFA in Writing degree. The alumni from these programs have published over 1,200 books by almost every major house and won major literary awards.The 2011 Poets & Writers Magazine MFA rankings are comprised of individual rankings for both full-residency and low-residency programs that were measured in eight categories. The magazine’s goal of these rankings is to ‘better position applicants to make an important life choice.’ VCFA is tied for this position with Warren Wilson College. ‘To have our writing program ranked so highly by such a prestigious magazine in the field is quite an honor,’ says President Tom Greene. ‘But the quality of the MFA in Writing and Writing for Children Program is best evidenced in the incredible success of our alumni and the quality of our faculty. To have the programs acknowledged by Poets and Writers is a tribute to VCFA’s full writing community.’
The American Red Cross today announced the retirement of Susan Parmer, RN, CEO of the American Red Cross Blood Services Northern New England Region, effective October 4. Her retirement will conclude a career of close to 30 years.Parmer began her career with the American Red Cross in 1982 as a staff nurse, traveling to blood drives throughout Vermont and northern New Hampshire. She served as an instructor for new staff and was appointed to positions of increasing responsibility throughout her tenure, including Director of Nursing, Director of Vermont Operations, Senior Director of Collections and Donor Recruitment and Regional Director of Donor Services and has served as CEO of the Northern New England Region, directing close to 400 employees within Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, since 2005.In her capacity as CEO, Parmer has been responsible for all aspects of Red Cross blood collections throughout northern New England, assuring the successful collection of 190,000 units of whole blood and 26,000 platelet pheresis units annually for distribution to over 80 hospitals. She was also instrumental in starting an autologous donor program, in which eligible candidates for surgeries requiring transfusions may donate their own blood for upcoming procedures. Under her leadership, the Northern New England Region has proven to be one of the most successful of the 36 Red Cross blood services regions throughout the United States and enjoys an excellent record of regulatory compliance.‘I never imagined, after starting out as a phlebotomist on our bloodmobiles that I would end up as the CEO of a three state region,’ said Parmer. ‘It has been wonderful learning the many aspects of blood collections, then moving into management.’Parmer attributes the successful blood collection program in northern New England to the many loyal and devoted volunteer donors who give blood for patients in need. In order to best accommodate these dedicated individuals and run an efficient and effective program, Parmer actively sought out successful business owners to learn from and emulate. By encouraging creative thinking and community outreach, and coordinating closely with all other Red Cross programs and services, the Northern New England Blood Services Region has become a model for the rest of the country.Parmer was presented the American Red Cross Employee Excellence Award in 2000 and was the Association of Donor Recruitment Professionals Nancy Chapman Scholarship recipient in 2006. She is a member of the American Association of Blood Banks, Association of Donor Recruitment Professionals and the Vermont State Nurses Association. She has also been an active member of the Burlington Rotary Club and has participated in numerous community service activities.She identifies two things as most memorable and valued during her Red Cross career ‘ meeting the many loyal blood donors who help save lives and working with the dedicated Red Cross staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to assure a plentiful community blood supply.‘Our blood donors never cease to amaze me,’ Parmer stated. ‘They are so humble about the amazing gift they are giving, a gift which may actually help save someone’s life.’Parmer and husband Steve have two sons. They plan on relocating to begin the next chapter in their lives.
A short walk west of Teklanika (Tek) Campground is Tek River, which flows northward from the Alaska Range. NPS Photo Around 60 to 100 coal miners in Harlan County, Kentucky are blocking a railroad track, preventing coal trucks from leaving a mine owned by Revelation Energy LLC. The miners are occupying the track in protest, after Revelation Energy LLC filed bankruptcy and laid off the miners without paying the wages owed to them. Laid-off miners in Kentucky protest over unpaid wages A 24-year-old woman has died while hiking to the “Into the Wild” bus The fatality occurred after Veramika Maikamava attempted to cross the Teklanika River by using a rope but was swept under water by the swift current. Her husband, Piotr Mrkielau, unsuccessfully attempted to rescue her, pulling her body out of the water about 100 feet from where she fell in. Maikamava is not the first hiker to die while attempting to reach Fairbanks Bus 142. In 2010, a hiker from Switzerland died in the same river while on her way to the bus. Many others have had to be rescued. A study published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology has found that apples carry more than 100 million bacteria and that some of the microbes found on apples are responsible for maintaining a healthy gut microbiome. The study also found that, while organic and non-organic apples both carry the same amount of bacteria, the bacteria on organic apples is more diverse and balanced, likely leading to both healthier and tastier apples. Some of the miners are carrying signs that say, “no pay, we stay” and all of them are demanding to be paid for the work they completed for the company. “We get our money, this load of coal that’s on this train can go by,” Shane Smith, one of the protesting miners, told news station WYMT. “But until then, there’ll be no trains coming in, there’ll be no trains going out.” Smith also told WYMT that he’d be arrested before he would move, a sentiment shared with many of the other protesting miners. A young woman from Belarus drowned while crossing the Teklanika River in Denali National Park on the way to Fairbanks Bus 142, a landmark made famous by the book and movie Into the Wild. Christopher McCandless died in the bus in 1992 while attempting to live off the land. After the book and movie about McCandless were released, the bus became a destination for some hikers. Study finds an (organic) apple a day really might keep the doctor away And if you’re one of the people who claim to taste the difference between organic and non-organic apples, this study may back you up. A microbe called methylobacterium, which is known to increase the flavored compounds in strawberries, was significantly more present in organic apples.
While the former Espanyol centre-half has featured in seven of Swansea’s eight Europa League games to date, he has found action harder to come by in the Premier League. Amat, 21, has just three league appearances to his name, all of which came during an enforced injury lay-off for Swans’ captain Ashley Williams. But the Spain Under-21 cap looked assured when given the chance to partner Williams in Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Kuban Krasnodar in the Europa League and pushed himself into contention to usurp Chico Flores at the heart of the Swansea defence. Amat feels he and Williams have formed a good understanding, but will be prepared to put the needs of the team first, as opposed to his own personal aspirations. “The team performance is the most important thing, and we played well in the first-half in Russia, although maybe we could have scored another goal. We need to learn from these mistakes,” he said. “As for myself, I enjoy playing with Ashley, I think the partnership looked good, the transitions were good, the communication is good, so I would obviously like to keep playing in the team. “But I am not the manager and I can only play as well as I can when I do play, whether that is with Ashley or Chico. “I don’t know if I am getting better, but I think we played very well against Kuban and we were unlucky in the last minute. “We must all try and use what happened there as a motivation to come back and win the next game.” While Mark Hughes is looking to tweak the manner in which Stoke play, the Potters remain a real threat from set-pieces meaning Amat, if selected, will have a big part to play. Jordi Amat hopes he has done enough to force himself into the Swansea starting line-up for Sunday’s meeting with Stoke. The Spaniard is keen for Swansea to improve a recent record of two wins from nine games in all competitions and give supporters of the Welsh club a boost ahead of the international break. “It is difficult to switch straight away to thinking about Stoke after playing in the Europa League, but we are getting used to it and will do as we have done before. “This is a very important game, not just in terms of getting the three points at home, but to lift the fans after some tough games.” Thursday’s draw in Russia, as a result of relinquishing a lead in stoppage time in both fixtures against Kuban, means Swansea will have to wait to confirm their place in the Europa League knockout stage. But Amat has urged his team-mates not to dwell on their late slip-up. “It was unlucky because we had control of the game and it was expected in the second-half they would try and push more. “But to concede in the last seconds again is incredible and just unlucky. We have to just win the next game now against Valencia and not think too much about these two games with Kuban.” Press Association
Press Association Cesc Fabregas has been ruled out of Spain’s upcoming matches against Belarus and Germany with a hamstring injury. However, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he had taken a “gamble” with Fabregas’ fitness by playing him, and the tests in Spain have revealed the full extent of the injury. A statement from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said: “The Chelsea midfielder has been ruled out for the games against Belarus and Germany following tests and an evaluation of his condition that was carried out this morning by the medical staff of the Spanish national team. “The MRI done this morning in the Sanitas Clinic in La Moraleja (Madrid) showed a clear improvement with respect to the one done by his club on Sunday. “Although the MRI discards a hamstring tear, the player continues to have discomfort and the medical team considers that his involvement in the next games would not be advisable for his complete recovery.” The news will no doubt please Mourinho, who had asked for the 27-year-old to remain in London this weekend in order to recover. Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has called up Villarreal midfielder Bruno Soriano as Fabregas’ replacement. Fabregas has joined Manchester City’s David Silva and Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta on the sidelines. Del Bosque left out Chelsea striker Diego Costa for the upcoming games, with the former Atletico star needing to rest after recent injury troubles of his own. Spain host Belarus on Saturday before facing world champions Germany in Vigo on November 18. The Chelsea midfielder will return to London on Tuesday afternoon after undergoing tests in Madrid. Fabregas played the whole of Chelsea’s 2-1 Premier League win over Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday and was included in Spain’s squad for this weekend’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus and the friendly against Germany next week.
–Permaul voted match MVP, bowlers instrumental in 3rd round winBy Clifton RossTHE Guyana Jaguars got back to their winning ways after inflicting a 219-run win over the Trinidad Red Force, wrapping up a commanding display at home as round 3 ended yesterday at the Providence Stadium.Led by Man-of-the-match, Veerasammy Permaul, with a match-haul of 8 for 71 after picking up 4 for 29 in first innings and 4-42 in the second, Guyana outplayed the Darren Bravo side in all departments to shoot up back to the number 2 spot after their second round loss put them in 4th place.The visitors resumed day 4 on 122-6, needing 281 for a win before Permaul had other plans to mop up the tail within the first hour of play in the morning session.It was a feeble batting performance by the Red Force as opener Jeremy Solozano (34), Jason Mohamed (33), Yannick Cariah (27) and 22 apiece from Kjorn Ottley and Terrance Hinds failed to take them close to the target as they were knocked over for 186, batting a second time.Red Force were put under pressure from the inception after the Jaguars racked up 332 batting first, thanks mainly to Anthony Bramble’s 91, Tagenarine Chanderpaul (68) and Chris Barnwell (58).Red Force spinner, Bryan Charles, grabbed 7 wickets in a losing effort while his team had a completely opposite experience when they fell for 98 in their 1st innings.Rookie pacer, Niall Smith’s lethal 5-7 opening burst rocked the Red Force as they crashed below 100. Smith ended with brilliant figures of 5-12 and grabbed a wicket in the second innings after making the first breakthrough of the morning.Jaguars skipper Leon Johnson’s decision to declare on day 3 with the score 177-5 proved to be a brilliant call as the Red Force batsmen were unable to maintain partnerships due to the constant loss of wickets.Fast-bowler Keon Joseph (2-15) set the tone while spinners Kevin Sinclair, who grabbed a wicket and the experienced Devendra Bishoo (2-39) along with Permaul kept a choke-hold on the Trinidadians during their second innings.Following the match, the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) presented Permaul with a trophy for his 500-wicket milestone. Territorial Development Officer (TDO) Colin Stuart, during the handing over of the trophy, encouraged the left-arm spinner to be a role model for other spinners and the future generation.