Oppositionto a European right to consultation for all staff in medium and largercompanies has weakened and a law looks likely this year, sources in Brusselshave indicated.”Thereis general political agreement [among members of the social affairs council]for the principle of an employee consultation law,” said Peter Reid, anindependent consultant on European works councils. “Germany has backedoff. There is now no longer a blocking minority.”Thereports follow the extraordinary meeting of the Employment and Social PolicyCouncil in December where French labour minister Elisabeth Guigou said that thenecessary majority for the proposal would be achieved during the SwedishPresidency, running from January to June.Germanyand the UK have blocked the directive, drafted by the European Commission in1998, which would introduce compulsory consultation in firms with more than 50staff.Butthe CBI said reports of the end to the blocking minority are often stirred upby those in favour of the directive. “Those who have a vested interest inseeing the blocking minority disappear have attempted many times to suggestthat it is about to happen,” said Susan Anderson, head of HR policy at theCBI. “Certainly the French were very eager for the directive to get through.”TheGovernment and the CBI have argued that the proposed law breaches the EUprinciple of subsidiarity, which says that matters should be dealt with at thelowest level. Atnational level the DTI is pushing for a stronger UK law on consultation over redundancies.AllBritish trade unions support the European Directive. Richard Fulham, Europeanofficer for the AEEU, said “Good companies inform and consult on importantbusiness matters. Those businesses will have very little to fear.” Previous Article Next Article EC consultation law for smaller firms more likelyOn 30 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.
Authorities View post tag: Final Share this article View post tag: Concludes View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval October 31, 2014 USS Ingraham Concludes Final Deployment View post tag: Navy View post tag: americas Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Ingraham (FFG 61) returns from its final deployment to the 4th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) Oct. 30 to make preparations for decommissioning.The ship played an integral part in the counter-transnational organized crime (C-TOC) mission Operation Martillo (Spanish for “hammer”) during the deployment. Operation Martillo is a U.S., European and Western Hemisphere partner-nation effort that targets illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters of Central America.Ingraham’s crew participated in the operation along with the “Dos Bravos” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 49 Detachment 2 and three U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachments (LEDET).The successful joint-service deployment resulted in 14 illegal drug disruptions for a total seizure of 11,937 kilograms of cocaine.The 25 Sailors and two SH-60B Seahawk helicopters from HSL-49 returned to Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, from the deployment aboard Ingraham Oct. 20. During the deployment, the detachment conducted 900 flight hours.The ship also participated in 10 community relations (COMREL) projects, including those at Helen Keller School for the Blind, San Jose de Malambo Orphanage and Corozal Cemetery where Sailors helped to restore facilities and to distribute school supplies and toys donated by Project Handclasp.Upon return, Ingraham’s crew will begin final preparations for the ship’s decommissioning, scheduled Nov. 12.[mappress mapid=”14266″]Press release, Image: US Navy View post tag: USS Ingraham Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Ingraham Concludes Final Deployment View post tag: Deployment
October 7, 2015 View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Tomahawk A test conducted by the US Navy and Raytheon on Oct. 5 demonstrated that the Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile can take a reconnaissance photo and follow orders to re-target in mid-flight.During the test, a missile launched from the guided missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) used its onboard camera to capture battle damage indication imagery and then transmitted the image to fleet headquarters via its two-way UHF SATCOM datalink. The missile then entered a loiter pattern to await further instructions.Meanwhile, strike controllers at the U.S. Fifth Fleet headquarters in Bahrain retargeted the missile to a new aim point on the Navy’s range at San Nicolas Island, off the coast of southern California. The missile performed a vertical dive and struck the designated target.The test was designed to show that the missile’s strike controllers, located at multiple fleet headquarters, can control and redirect multiple missiles simultaneously. To reduce testing costs, only one of the large salvo of missiles was a live launch. The rest were flown via computer simulation through various missions directed by forward deployed strike controllers.[mappress mapid=”17116″]Image: Raytheon Share this article Authorities View post tag: Raytheon Tomahawk Block IV Missile Tested for Maneuverability Back to overview,Home naval-today Tomahawk Block IV Missile Tested for Maneuverability
Following the recent 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador’s northwest region, Oxfam has deployed a seven-person team to Ecuador as part of its humanitarian response.The team, consists of water, sanitation and hygiene experts as well as logisticians to assist the Government response. “We will coordinate with local authorities so that our actions are complementary to government agencies”, said Simon Ticehurst, Oxfam’s director for Latin America and the Carribean.Oxfam, in coordination with the Spanish government, has also sent its ﬁrst two-ton shipment of aid, as part of a multi-agency airlift, to secure basic hygiene and clean water among aﬀected communities.“The most urgent need is for safe drinking water and storage, as well as shelter for thousands who have lost their homes,” said Enrique Garcia, Oxfam humanitarian coordinator for Latin America and the Carribean.“Our main purpose now is to get to the people who are most vulnerable to worsening health conditions, because sanitation services have been badly aﬀected and in some cases destroyed. We will also promote preventive measures to help people avoid diarrhea and other vector transmitted diseases,” he added.The United Nations Oﬃce for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs expects at least one million people to be aﬀected by the earthquake. At least 500 lives have been claimed, with over 4000 injuries. Hundreds are still missing.“The best way to help right now is to donate”, said Tania Escamilla, Oxfam regional Media and Communications Coordinator of Latin America and the Carribean.Oxfam has launched an emergency appeal and is already receiving donations for its humanitarian response, which can be done online.The Oxford Students Oxfam Group told Cherwell that they will be fundraising over Trinity Term.“Of the money that we raise generally for Oxfam, usually half goes towards current emergency appeals, which may, this year include Ecuador but if not, [they] will nonetheless be for very pressing and worthy causes,” they said.
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Captain Gary Green and Firefighter Bill WasekanesThe Ocean City firefighters’ union Local, International Association of Fire Fighters Local 4032, was recently named “Local of the Year” by its statewide firefighters’ union. Captain Gary Green and Firefighter Bill Wasekanes are good examples of why the Local received such a prestigious honor.Green, a 32 year veteran of the Department, and Wasekanes, who joined the Department in 2014, received Valor Awards for their efforts which resulted in saving the life of a man at a call in 2015.The awards were presented recently at the annual Valor Awards Dinner of the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey held in Eatontown, NJ.In February of 2015, Green and Wasekanes responded to a call reporting a structural fire in the 1500 block of Simpson Avenue. However, there was no fire in the second floor apartment that was the subject of the call.Investigating further, the men moved to the back of the building and spotted smoke stains on the windows of one of the neighboring buildings. Upon opening a rear door, they found a smoky interior and the leg of a man sticking out. The man had apparently become overcome by the smoke and passed out on the floor, just short of the door.The firefighters pulled the man out and called for an ambulance. Rescue breathing was performed. Although the victim suffered multiple burns to the head, hands and head, his life was saved. He was transported to a local hospital and then a trauma unit and eventually recovered.“The alertness and quick reactions of Green and Wasekanes had saved his life,” according to a City release.“It is a good feeling to know that you were able to help somebody at a very trying time in their life, and I know my partner, Bill Wasekanes feels the same way,” Green said. “I went toward the end of my career before I became involved in a rescue like that and Bill had one in his very first year.”Green said the entire incident was over quickly. “The rescue was fast, the fire was put out fast and we were out of there fast. Everyone did their job.”In addition to the individual valor awards, Ocean City’s Local of the Year honors were in recognition of the Department’s exceptional work in both fire service and community service, the release went on to say.“Our local has always been very solid in terms of community service and it’s nice to be recognized,” Green said, citing the department’s involvement with Operation First Response, which aids returning veterans in getting back on their feet financially, Special Olympics, the city youth sports teams, the Junior Firefighters program and camp, among other projects.
Harvard president, recipients, and professors hope it will lead to more comprehensive immigration reform Supreme Court decision shielding DACA draws relief, celebration The conundrum for international students Vice provost on the challenges from U.S. restrictions, remote locations Program gives legal advice on immigration to students, scholars, and staff Applying to medical school is an undeniably complicated process, but Azan Virji discovered that it’s even tougher when you’re an international student.The Tanzanian applicant’s options were slim, even though he already had a bachelor’s and a master’s in public health from Yale. Only 48 American institutions consider international applicants, and they accept them at about half the rate of U.S. citizens. And he had no idea about how to go about applying for financial aid.“When I was applying to medical school, I had no one to talk to as an international, as someone applying to medical school, as someone seeking financial aid,” said Virji, now in his second year at Harvard Medical School. “Always in the back of my mind, I thought, ‘If I get in, I’ll do something about this.’” Thus was born the idea for F-1 Doctors, a group of international med students who offer help to applicants facing the same challenges they did.Virji founded the organization with Ghazal Aghagoli, an Iranian/Canadian student, and Ben Gallo Marin from Nicaragua. Both are students at Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School. Currently there are 70 volunteers from 30 countries who’ve helped more than 60 students.Through its website, F-1 Doctors offers a host of resources to international students interested in going to a U.S. medical school: links to guides on admissions and on taking the Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT. The organization offers information on financial aid, has hosted webinars on the admissions process, and made links to past webinars available.In addition to offering professional guidance, group members also offer personal support, which has been particularly necessary amid the political turmoil of recent years. Many international applicants have had to deal with the fallout from the anti-immigrant climate fostered by the Trump administration, particularly involving those from Latin America, China, and predominantly Muslim countries. The hostile rhetoric was matched by action when the White House restricted travelers from Tanzania earlier this year, and then suspended issuing H-1 work visas — which graduating students need to get jobs legally after their F-1 student visas expire. (The group takes its name from the visa designation.),Many were first alarmed and then relieved when the administration announced and then canceled COVID-related plans to send international students home if their classes were being offered online.For all these reasons, a key feature of the program is the mentorship component, which pairs international students with personal advisers who know the challenges they’re facing. Mentors include current medical students like Zach Zhao, an HMS first-year from China whose experience applying and beginning his studies is fresh.Zhao came to the U.S. at age 16, finished high school here, and attended Johns Hopkins University for his undergraduate studies. He said the high stakes, long odds, and lack of information available for international students makes the application process both frustrating and stressful. While Zhao was going through it, he visited HMS and stayed with Virji overnight. When asked whether he was willing to help others through F-1 Doctors, he agreed.Zhao has spoken with 15 students who are interested in applying to U.S. medical schools. Some were in the midst of applying, but others were a year or two away from beginning the process. He shared experiences like applying to 27 different schools because he was concerned that there were so few slots for a huge pool of international applicants.Zhao said the most common insecurity that applicants have involves their qualifications. If students are at the end of their college careers, he tells them to set that aside, to have confidence in themselves, and to understand that admissions officers consider the whole student. Activities and personal desire — expressed in essays offered along with the application — are important, in addition to grades and MCAT scores. “This is definitely something I will hold on to and hopefully, if I’m successful, I’ll have the chance to give back.” — Sai Sagireddy “The most common theme is reassurance, ‘I did it. You’ll be able to. Don’t preoccupy yourself with doubts,’” Zhao said.He tells them to think about how they stand out, what strengths they have that are unique. He also offers help with the application’s personal statement, in which students have to talk about why they want to become a doctor. That is often a struggle, Zhao said, in part because students are trained by college classes to write in a more analytical fashion, and also because many students aren’t used to writing about themselves or come from cultures that discourage self-promotion.Sai Sagireddy, an incoming freshman at Baylor University in Texas, is considered an international student not only in the U.S., but also in his home of Trinidad and Tobago. Sagireddy was born in India but moved to the Caribbean islands with his parents when he was young. He decided when he was in middle school that he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a physician. He shadowed his father during hospital visits and volunteered at a nonprofit that assisted low-income families struggling with cancer.He arrived in Texas for his freshman year in August and has taken the advice of his mentor, Zhao, in taking a research spot in a drug-discovery lab. He said he plans to stay in touch with the young med student over the coming years and, hopefully, shift roles once he’s accepted to medical school.“This is definitely something I will hold on to and hopefully, if I’m successful, I’ll have the chance to give back,” Sagireddy said. Related Defending those yearning to breathe free
MGN ImageJAMESTOWN – Sweltering heat will blanket our area this weekend, before thunderstorms roll though Sunday night.The National Weather Service in Buffalo issued a heat advisory from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday for Chautauqua County.Sunday will be mainly sunny and hot with heat index values expected to reach the upper 90s in the afternoon.Additionally, dewpoints should be into the upper-60’s to near 70 making the air fell unpleasant and sticky. A cold front will move by Sunday night bringing rain showers and the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms.The NOAA Storm Prediction Center has most of the region under a slight risk for severe weather.Potentially damaging winds, hail, and heavy rain will be the main issue with these storms.Behind the front Monday will be a tad bit cooler with highs in the lower-80’s with less humidity. Otherwise a shower is possible in the morning with partly cloudy skies.The rest of the week will be warm with highs in the low to mid-80’s with moderate humidity levels.WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Today, Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, NH, joined nine other New Hampshire health facilities, including Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and New Hampshire Medicaid patients to file suit against the State of New Hampshire seeking ‘declaratory and injunctive relief’ from budgeted cuts in Medicaid reimbursements. The lawsuit was filed against Nicholas A Toumpas, in his official capacity as Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, seeking relief from dramatic new NH Medicaid reimbursement reductions. The suit, filed today in US District Court in Concord, claims that the state is violating the Medicaid Act by not providing sufficient reimbursement to hospitals and their physicians providing care to Medicaid patients. Medicaid is a federal/state partnership and New Hampshire is not fulfilling its legal obligations under this joint program.‘Cheshire Medical Center entered into this lawsuit on behalf of our patients and all Monadnock Region community members,’ stated James Putnam, Chairman, CMC Board of Trustees. ‘With passage of its new budget, the state has directly impaired the ability of the hospital to provide access to quality health care for all patients. In addition, important inpatient services may need to be eliminated in order to maintain core services for our community.’Under the current state budget, which went into effect July 1, hospitals are assessed a 5.5 percent ‘Medicaid Enhancement Tax’ (MET) on net patient service revenues. Over the course of the two-year budget, the state’s hospitals would be taxed more than $250 million. Cheshire Medical Center expects to be taxed up to $7.9 million this year alone, and it now faces the prospect of paying more to the state of New Hampshire than it receives in Medicaid reimbursements for caring for patients. In its declaration in support of the complaint for relief, Cheshire Medical Center alleges that, since 2008, NH Medicaid has implemented multiple reductions in reimbursement rates to CMC without following proper procedures under federal law. Through 2010, CMC saw a reduction of $4.3 million in payments for services to Medicaid patients and it projects that it will lose an additional $7.6 million through 2013 if the State continues these same rate reductions.Additionally, later this year, the state will eliminate supplemental payments made to some NH hospitals, including Cheshire Medical Center, under the Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program. These payments have been historically funded by hospitals through the Medicaid Enhancement Tax, which remains in effect, but the payment rate will be decreased by 60 percent, costing CMC $14.1 million through 2013.The total impact of the NH Medicaid rate reductions to Cheshire Medical Center from 2008 through 2013 is a decrease in payments of over $26 million. Cheshire Medical Center will be subject to up to $7.9 million for the Medicaid Enhancement Tax on top of the approximately $5 million it loses in under-compensated care provided to New Hampshire Medicaid patients. New Hampshire, which has one of the lowest Medicaid reimbursement rates in the nation, reimbursed CMC only $3 million of its costs in fiscal 2010, against $8 million in care provided by the hospital to state Medicaid patients.In preparing its 2012 budget, CMC is targeting a $2 million deficit. To achieve this target, CMC projects that it will need to reduce personnel and non-personnel costs by approximately $4 million. The details of the plans are being developed as part of the medical center’s budget process which concludes in September. Possible future budget reductions include eliminating some inpatient services and limiting acceptance of new Medicaid and uninsured patients for some outpatient programs.John Schlegelmilch, M.D, Chief Medical Officer for CMC/D-HK, stated, ‘Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene has always provided the same quality care for community members regardless of their ability to pay. The idea that we may need to limit acceptance of new Medicaid patients for certain types of care really upsets me. These changes may be necessary, however, in order to allow us to continue to serve the greater Monadnock community with our core inpatient, emergency, diagnostic and treatment services.’The nine other health care facilities initiating the suit are Elliot Health System, Catholic Medical Center, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Exeter Health Resources, Inc., Southern New Hampshire Health Systems, St. Joseph Hospital of Nashua, N.H., LRG Healthcare, Frisbie Memorial Hospital and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic and Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital (d/b/a Dartmouth-Hitchcock). NH Medicaid patients are also a party to the litigation under the name, John Doe. The parties argue that the ability of hospitals to serve Medicaid, uninsured and all patients will be seriously threatened as they cope with and try to absorb over $250 million in spending reductions that were enacted as part of the recent NH state budget.Steve Ahnen, President of the New Hampshire Hospital Association, stated that, ‘hospitals understand the economic challenges our state is facing and have long sought to create a responsible budget that would spur economic growth, create jobs and maintain essential services to our state’s most vulnerable citizens. Unfortunately, the recently-enacted state budget is simply too great a burden to bear for hospitals, their patients, and the communities they serve.’Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene is a nonprofit community 169-bed acute care hospital and multispecialty group practice representing twenty-six primary care and specialty areas. Our mission is to lead our community to become the nation’s healthiest through our clinical and service excellence, collaboration, and compassion for every patient, every time.
Bike guru Mike King is helping transform Rock Hill, South Carolina, into a cycling mecca.If you were into BMX racing in the 1980s and 90s, you knew Mike King. Following in the steps of his older brother, King’s uncanny ability for the big pass made him one of the sport’s first kid prodigies. Winning a World Cup, U.S. National Championship—and a slew of less notorious titles—he was a BMX star by the age of 20.As if that wasn’t enough, in ‘93 King switched to mountain biking and won both NORBA’s Dual Slalom National Championship series and the UCI Downhill World Championship title as a rookie.By the time he hung up his racing jersey in late 2005, King was a living legend and shoe-in for the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame (he was inducted in 2013). Accordingly, USA Cycling tapped him to direct their national BMX program. From 2006 to 2013, King was responsible for developing, training, and coaching the nation’s top Olympic-level racers. Under his watch, the program netted three Olympic medals, four Pan American medals, five world championship titles, and 14 Supercross World Cup wins.“I’d been competing since the age of 6,” says King, 49. “For me, switching to an administrative and leadership role was an extension of that. It came naturally and I enjoyed it.”But when the team underperformed at the London Olympics in 2012, he started thinking about making a change.“As a racer, the only thing I had to do was show up at the airport on time and perform on a bike,” he explains. “The responsibilities began and ended with me.” Directing an elite program, there were variables he couldn’t control. “It was pretty stressful,” King continues. “And by that point, I’d become a parent. It was important for me to be with my kids as much as possible. I was thinking about quality of life.”A year or so earlier, King and USA Cycling had visited the small southern city of Rock Hill, South Carolina. There, he’d discussed the city’s plans to build a world-class supercross track that—officials hoped— would enable it to host elite-level events.“That visit stuck with me,” says King. Rock Hill was striving to create the East Coast’s premier destination for BMXers. And it also seemed like a great place to live. “I was struck by the southern hospitality and how people came across as genuine and respectful,” King adds. “I kept thinking about it and, every now and then, I’d find myself telling my wife, ‘You know, that would be a great place to raise a family.’”In late 2013, King received a phone call from Rock Hill’s parks, recreation and tourism director and arranged a second visit. By Feb. of 2014, he’d accepted a position as the coordinator of the city’s BMX program and moved his family to South Carolina.Going on five years later, King describes the move as an excellent decision. Transitioning to the role of cycling supervisor, he’s helped Rock Hill achieve more than its BMX dreams—the area has become no less than an East Coast mecca of cycling.Folded into the Rock Hill Outdoor Center at Riverwalk are programs for BMX, track cycling, road cycling, and mountain biking. In addition to the supercross complex—with its elite and junior level courses and pump track—the center features a 250-meter velodrome; 1.1-mile closed-circuit cycling course; 3.5 miles of paved riverside trails; and 7 miles of mountain bike trails. Partnerships with local bike clubs and other organizations have resulted in additional mountain bike trails, cycling routes, and support for events like the yearly Bike Bonanza and Bikefest.Since the supercross track opened in August of 2014, it’s hosted a slew of major events including the USA BMX Gold East Regional Championships, USA BMX Carolina Nationals, USA Cycling National BMX Championships, UCI World Cups (2015 and 2016), and the UCI BMX World Championships in 2017.The latter attracted 20,000 spectators and 3,700 competitors from 48 different countries. Its direct economic impact was estimated at $19.2 million.“Not only was this the world’s biggest BMX event, it hadn’t been held on U.S. soil since 2001,” says King. “It was a super exciting opportunity and [we] executed. The event solidified Rock Hill’s position as a world-class center for BMXing and cycling.”The success has helped fuel a booming educational program. Weekly classes and clinics for riders of all ages and skill levels are offered through the Outdoor Center. King speculates its elite classes may one day produce an Olympian.Championship prospects aside, he’s just glad to be getting folks outdoors and on bikes. Especially kids.“It’s the best feeling in the world to watch a kid go from knowing nothing to hitting jumps and competing full steam ahead,” asserts King. “When I was racing, I’d win and the next day it’s forgotten—because there’s always another race. But helping a kid overcome their fears and get better? That’s lasting. That confidence is going to inform the rest of their lives.”