Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article GCHQ, the UK’s intelligence centre, has doubled job applications fromgraduates despite being unable to describe any of the positions on offerbecause of national security issues. It’s innovative recruitment campaign, designed by TMP Worldwide, won thebest integrated marketing campaign at the Association of Graduate Recruitersawards, announced at the AGR’s annual conference last week. The GCHQ campaign, which used posters, a website, online postcards, acassette and a career bag giveaway, proved a huge success despite the lack ofinformation on the positions available and the organisation’s inability tocompete with the private sector on pay. It was also announced that GCHQ has signed a learning agreement with thePublic and Commercial Services Union (PCS) that will give staff access to arange of learning opportunities and sets out plans to develop a network oftrained learning representatives. Paul Collacott, head of learning and development at GCHQ, said: “We arealways looking for effective ways of providing more opportunities for personaldevelopment. “The partnership with PCS gives us additional possibilities. The first– the ‘Women into Management’ programme – has already been enthusiasticallytaken up by a number of our staff.” GCHQ’s covert campaign just the jobOn 23 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today
The major increase in distribution records of limno-terrestrial tardigrades over the last ten years has enabled us to reassess the global biogeography of the Tardigrada using cluster analysis, principal components analysis and parsimony analysis of endemism (PAE). Although the new clustergram topology shows a close correlation with those we originally presented in 1998, the PAE outputs warrant a radical reinterpretation of the results as they imply that the Laurasian fauna is derived and the Gondwanangroups basal. The distribution of endemic tardigrade genera and families provides some support for this argument though the findings should be viewed with some caution as PAE has its detractors and has not been previously applied on a ‘global’ scale.
Written by March 20, 2018 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 3/20/18 Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONToronto 93 Orlando 86New Orleans 115 Dallas 105Boston 100 Oklahoma City 99Minnesota 123 L.A. Clippers 109Atlanta 99 Utah 94Detroit 115 Phoenix 88Houston 115 Portland 111NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEColumbus 5 N-Y Rangers 3Washington 4 Dallas 3N.Y. Islanders 4 Pittsburgh 1Edmonton 7 Carolina 3Florida 7 Ottawa 2Detroit 5 Philadelphia 4; SO Tampa Bay 4 Toronto 3Winnipeg 2 L.A. Kings 1; OTColorado 5 Chicago 1Vegas 4 Vancouver 1San Jose 6 New Jersey 2Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Responding to the research, Alex Mafi, President of Oxford MedSoc, told Cherwell, “Even before this report, evidence for the ‘weekend effect’ was sketchy. It [the report] was exploited by the government, who grossly misused this data to associate correlations with doctor working hours and death rates to imply a strong correlation between the two.“It’s encouraging to see these studies emerge from our university that provide solid evidence of the government’s misinformation and stealth tactics to mislead the public about the need for these contracts.”The research has increased suspicions that the ‘Seven Day NHS’ is part of a wider attempt to privatise the health service. Balliol medical student Ellouise Bishop told Cherwell, “Even though it’s become so confusing with all these different stats and statements thrown at us about why the contract has to be the way it is, it’s actually a really simple issue: they’re trying to get junior doctors to work the same crazy hours for less money. It’s a move towards privatisation, which goes against everything the NHS stands for.” Studies suggesting that more NHS patients die from surgery taking place at weekends have been put into question by the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre.The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt claimed last summer that the ‘weekend effect’ was responsible for around 6,000 deaths per year. This figure was used as a central argument for the changes to junior doctors’ contracts, prompting the dispute between the government and the British Medical Association, which is still ongoing.The figure of 6,000 deaths per year was taken from a study by England’s Chief Medical Officer Sir Bruce Keogh, originally published by the British Medical Journal. The journal did not claim that the extra deaths were related to staff shortages. The new research focussed on care for patients suffering from strokes. It suggests that because fewer low-risk operations were performed at weekends, no conclusions can be drawn from a comparison between weekends and weekdays.Researchers also found that about a third of patients who were admitted for strokes were miscoded. Many of them were admitted for other, low-risk procedures that were carried out Monday to Friday. They suggest that this trend of poor NHS record-keeping is likely to have affected mortality rates in other areas of healthcare.“The report was exploited by the government, who grossly misused this data”Alex MafiThe research was led by Peter Rothwell, Head of the Centre for the Prevention of Stroke and Dementia and Professor of Clinical Neurology at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences. In a statement he said, “There is increasing research evidence that strongly suggests that the so-called ‘weekend effect’ is certainly overestimated by the government and could quite possibly be completely artefactual due to flaws in the data used in previous studies. Much more reliable evidence is required before we spend very considerable sums of money to restructure weekend health services.” Downing Street has reiterated that data from previous studies is still valid and that the consensus remains that there is a statistically observable ‘weekend effect’. The contract imposed on junior doctors is due to come into force in August, despite continued resistance from the BMA. Climbing up the walls before we spend very considerable sums of money to restructure Responding to the research, Alex Mafi, President of Oxford MedSoc, imply a strong correlation between “It’s encouraging to see these studies emerge from our university that provide solid evidence of the misinformation and stealth tactics to mislead the public about the need for these The research has increased suspicions that the ‘Seven Day NHS’ is part of a wider attempt to privatise the health service. to get junior doctors to work the same crazy hours for less money. It’s a move towards privatisation, which goes against everything the NHS stands for.” Downing Street has reiterated that data from previous studies is still valid and that the consensus remains that there is a statistically observable ‘weekend effect’. The contract imposed on junior doctors is due to come into force in August, despite continued resistance from the BMA.
Dr David Douglas, RSPB Principal Conservation Scientist and a co-author on the paper, said: Dr Megan Murgatroyd, from the University of Cape Town, who is the lead author of the study said: Natural England welcomes the publication of this study, which demonstrates the value of tagging as a legitimate conservation tool. These analyses are a significant step in understanding the fate of tagged hen harriers, and confirm what has long been suspected – that illegal persecution is having a major impact on the conservation status of this bird. This research identifies the scale of the problem hen harriers have faced on grouse moors. It makes for sobering reading and shows how vital it is that everyone involved in the future of this wonderful bird pulls together. Natural England is working in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders, including moorland communities, conservation organisations, police and landowners to implement the joint Hen Harrier Action Plan which aims to improve the conservation status of this at-risk bird. The report, Patterns of satellite tagged hen harrier disappearances suggest widespread illegal killing on British grouse moors, can be found online on Nature Communications. The high rate of illegal persecution on grouse moors revealed by this study goes a long way to explaining why hen harriers are barely hanging on as a breeding bird in England. Satellite tag data is giving us very valuable insights into what is happening to our birds of prey in the UK. It has already provided compelling evidence of the link between suspicious golden eagle deaths and grouse moors in Scotland and now it has done the same for hen harriers in England. Natural England’s long-term commitment to this tracking study has yielded an important dataset involving over 20,000 individual fixes. This is a remarkable achievement for a species whose population in England has averaged only a handful of pairs for the last few years. Whilst dead harriers can be disposed of, the pattern of hen harrier disappearances revealed by this data could not be hidden. The multiple levels of analyses of the data have all led to the same robust conclusion that hen harriers in Britain suffer elevated levels of mortality on grouse moors, and this is most likely the result of illegal killing. A new study reveals that young hen harriers in England suffer abnormally high mortality compared to populations in Orkney and mainland Scotland and the study provides compelling evidence that the most likely cause is illegal killing in areas associated with grouse moor management.Published today in Nature Communications this paper represents the culmination of a 10-year Natural England study involving 58 satellite tagged hen harriers. The analyses have been led by the University of Cape Town and Aberdeen University with the provision of land use data by the RSPB.The study showed the likelihood of hen harriers dying, or disappearing, was ten times higher within areas predominantly covered by grouse moor, compared to areas with no grouse moor. The study revealed that 72% of tagged harriers were either confirmed or considered very likely to have been illegally killed.The hen harrier, sometimes called the ‘skydancer’ because of its amazing acrobatic display in the breeding season, is one of England’s rarest birds and is legally protected. Illegal killing of hen harriers has long been thought to limit their population size, but identifying the scale of these crimes and their impact on harrier populations has been difficult because they occur in remote areas and evidence is likely to be destroyed, thus successful prosecutions are rare.This long-term study has enabled patterns of disappearances to be assessed across a large number of birds. This provides overwhelming evidence that illegal killing is occurring on some grouse moors, where some gamekeepers view hen harriers as a threat to their grouse stocks.Rob Cooke, Natural England Director said: Last year’s Hen Harrier breeding season was the most successful in over a decade with 34 chicks fledged across the country. While this was very encouraging we recognise that a continued partnership approach is required to combat illegal persecution of these rare birds and ensure that numbers of breeding hen harriers continue to grow. Stephen Murphy from Natural England led the data collection and commented:
The 2009 annual report of the Corporation Committee on Shareholder Responsibility (CCSR), a subcommittee of the President and Fellows, is now available upon request from the Office for the Committees on Shareholder Responsibility. To obtain a copy, please e-mail [email protected] or call the office at 617.495.0985.The report provides a detailed description of the CCSR’s actions on shareholder proposals raising issues of social responsibility that came to vote during the 2009 spring proxy voting season (the period between March and June when most publicly traded corporations hold annual meetings). The CCSR receives advice from the Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility, a 12-member committee made up of Harvard faculty, students, and alumni.
Four Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholars — Ezekiel Adigun, Kayci Baldwin, Edith Benavides, and Rainjade Chung — are now students at Harvard College.The foundation, which awards high-achieving students who have had to overcome economic and in some cases personal adversity to succeed, first awarded these students as eighth-graders when they were selected for the foundation’s Young Scholars program. The college scholarships represent the second phase of their relationship with the foundation, which will provide support to these students for as long as 14 years (from high school, to college, to graduate school).For more on the foundation and a complete list of recipients, visit the foundation’s website.
The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) Board of Directors approved $8.5 million in financing assistance to support manufacturing, business incubator and small business projects around the state. Total costs of the projects approved for VEDA financing are $15.6 million.These loans will help expand production capacity at several existing manufacturing facilities, said Jo Bradley. In addition, new incubator space will be created for entrepreneurs who have moved beyond the early stages of commercialization, and have begun manufacturing and producing new products and services.Approved for financing by the VEDA Board are: – Autumn Harp, Inc., Essex Junction Industrial revenue bond inducements totaling $4 million were approved by the Board, enabling Autumn Harp to pursue expansion plans for the company. Autumn Harp, founded in 1978, is a private label custom manufacturer of personal care and cosmetic products for major national and international brands. The company plans to maintain operations in Bristol and will expand to a second location in Essex Junction to ensure adequate capacity for continued product diversification, and a growing customer base. Autumn Harp estimates the planned $4.6 million project would increase employment at both facilities by 50 employees over a three year period. – Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, Inc., Colchester Financing of $1.1 million was approved, allowing the non-profit Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) to develop a second business incubator facility in Colchester. Since 2005, VCET has operated a high-technology business incubator on a portion of the former Trinity College campus in Burlington, property now owned by the University of Vermont. The $3.1 million expansion project planned by VCET involves the purchase of 2.2 acres and a 21,000 square foot building in Colchester. The new space will provide incubator facilities to serve companies that have moved beyond initial commercialization and have begun manufacturing and producing products and services. It is expected that jobs will increase over three years from 13 at the current facility to 35 positions housed in both facilities. – Vermont Precision Woodworks, Morrisville The Board renewed a loan guarantee for up to 32% of a $1.25 million Union Bank working capital line of credit for Vermont Precision Woodworks. The VEDA-insured Union Bank line of credit will help the wood furniture manufacturer maintain its recent growth in employment at its Morrisville plant. – Vermont Quality Wood Products, Brandon The Board approved a 6-month renewal of $300,000 in mortgage insurance to guarantee a KeyBank working capital line of credit to owners of the former Vermont Tubbs furniture manufacturing firm. Vermont Quality Wood Products purchased the assets of Vermont Tubbs in 2003 as Tubbs was poised to liquidate the company and close the business. Vermont Quality Wood Products has continued operations since that date, and currently employs 105 individuals. – SecurShred, South Burlington An approved $306,000 loan will allow SecurShred, a growing document destruction company, to purchase a 10,000 square foot warehouse in South Burlington. The $850,000 project will enable SecurShred to increase its capacity and efficiency in the shredding of paper and electronic media for companies in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New York. SecurShred employs 10, and expects to increase that number to 14 within three years of the expansion.In addition, $1.9 million in Vermont SBA 504 Program loans were approved to support $5 million in business real estate and construction project costs. And, small business loans totaling $472,550 were approved by the Board.VEDAs mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises. Since its inception in 1974, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling over $1.2 billion. For more information about VEDA, visit www.veda.org(link is external) or call 802-828-5627.
Are we a nation at the mercy of a food system that has co-opted common sense with the lure of endless and ever-available combinations of fat, salt and sugar? David Kessler, M.D., Food and Drug Administration commissioner under Presidents Clinton and Bush and author of the 2009 The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, thinks we are. Giant corporations and restaurant chains, he argues, feed on our biological drive for foods that lead to obesity and disease. Kessler will be at UVM to talk about this “conditioned hypereating” and how America can take control on Monday, June 7 at 5:15 p.m. in Ira Allen Chapel. The lecture, followed by a book signing, is free and open to the public. UVM has also invited Kessler to take part in the 2010 session of the Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI), a program designed to develop individual and institutional leadership for a 21st Century food system. The university was selected as one of only three land-grant institutions to participate in FSLI, a grant-funded initiative through the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, along with Ohio State and North Carolina State University. This long-term relationship in developing FSLI positions UVM as a leader in striving for sustainability across disciplines. Kessler’s expertise on the nation’s current food system makes him an invaluable contributor to this year’s curriculum.Kessler, professor of pediatrics, epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, was Dean and Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs there from 2003 through 2007 and Dean of the Yale University School of Medicine from 1997 until 2003. Kessler headed the FDA from November 1990 until March 1997 where he acted to speed approval of new drugs and placed high priority on expediting promising therapies for serious and life-threatening diseases. Under his direction, the FDA announced a number of new programs, including the regulation of marketing and sale of tobacco products to children; nutrition labeling for food; user fees for drugs and biologics; preventive controls to improve food safety; measures to strengthen the nation’s blood supply; and the MedWatch program for reporting adverse events and product problems. Among his numerous honors and awards, the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley named Kessler 2008 National Hero for leadership as the nation’s top drug regulator and courage in challenging the U.S. tobacco industry.The talk is sponsored by the College of Medicine, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Office of the Provost and Vtrim-Behavioral Weight Management Program.Source: UVM. 5.14.2010 ###
Exxon Capitulates to Investors Who Want More Climate-Risk Exposure FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Fortune:ExxonMobil said it would publish new details about how climate change could affect its business, in a move aimed at appeasing critics and forestalling another proxy fight next year.Until now, it had opposed such a move, in contrast to other western oil and gas majors such as Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Total. Such impact assessments, which factor in the cost of likely climate-related taxes and levies to cut carbon dioxide emissions, can have a big influence on determining whether parts of an oil company’s portfolio are economic or not. Exxon earlier this year wrote off some 15% of its reserve base, implicitly acknowledging that it was too expensive to develop its oil sands reserves in Canada against a background of relatively low crude prices. Exxon’s statement, which came three days before the deadline for its 2018 annual meeting resolution submissions, said additional information would be released in the near future, but did not provide details. The company’s board originally opposed providing shareholders with a report outlining the potential impact of global warming on Exxon’s long-term outlook.Thomas P. Di Napoli, New York state’s comptroller, heads one of the two lead sponsors of a shareholder resolution calling for Exxon to issue a climate-impact report. He called Monday’s decision “a win for shareholders and for the company’s ability to manage risk.”However, another sponsor noted the lack of specificity in the company’s statement. “This is giving no detail,” said Tim Smith, who leads shareholder engagement efforts at Walden Asset Management, a co-filer of last spring’s resolution. He said Exxon’s statement “needs to be expanded to assure shareowners that they’re responsive to last year’s request.”An Exxon spokesman declined to comment beyond the filing.Some 50 shareholder and climate activists earlier this year demanded the company produce an annual report on the risks to its business from extreme climate and government policies seeking to reduce carbon emissions. The resolution was backed by 62 percent of shares voted in Exxon’s May annual meeting.Other energy companies already have begun detailing their view of climate-related risks to their businesses. Refiner Marathon Petroleum Corp recently published a report, “Perspectives on Climate-Related Scenarios,” meant partly to address suggestions from the global Financial Stability Board about how to measure and respond to such risks.Members of the shareholder group had said they were considering refiling had Exxon not agreed to a detailed plan. Big investors including BlackRock Inc and Vanguard Group backed the May resolution and have made climate change a priority in their governance efforts.More: ExxonMobil Gives in to Shareholders on Climate Risk Disclosure