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Slippage accidents cost economy billions

first_img Previous Article Next Article Slippage accidents cost economy billionsOn 1 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today TheTUC has called on employers to carry out risk assessments following major slipsin their workplaces, after a study revealed such accidents cost the UK economyabout £1.1bn a year.Itsreport, Falling down on the job, found there were nearly 15,000 slip and tripincidents in the 800 workplaces covered. And about 9,000 people a year sufferbroken bones and other serious injuries as a result of falls.Employeesin Wales were most likely to slip and injure themselves, closely followed byworkplaces in the East Midlands and the South East.Healthsector workers were most at risk, followed by public administration staff.Substances left on the floor and obstructions in the wrong places were most atfault and most accidents occurred on stairs and steps, the shop-floor oroutside.TUCgeneral secretary-elect Brendan Barber said: “Slips and trips are easilyprevented – a simple risk assessment is all it takes. But too many employersare ducking the issue, leaving their staff vulnerable to painful falls, whichoften lead to time off work.” www.tuc.org.uk Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Surface undulations of Antarctic ice streams tightly controlled by bedrock topography

first_imgFull Stokes flow-line models predict that fast-flowing ice streams transmit information about their bedrock topography most efficiently to the surface for basal undulations with length scales between 1 and 20 times the mean ice thickness. This typical behaviour is independent of the precise values of the flow law and sliding law exponents, and should be universally observable. However, no experimental evidence for this important theoretical prediction has been obtained so far, hence ignoring an important test for the physical validity of current-day ice flow models. In our work we use recently acquired airborne radar data for the Rutford Ice Stream and Evans Ice Stream, and we show that the surface response of fast-flowing ice is highly sensitive to bedrock irregularities with wavelengths of several ice thicknesses. The sensitivity depends on the slip ratio, i.e. the ratio between mean basal sliding velocity and mean deformational velocity. We find that higher values of the slip ratio generally lead to a more efficient transfer, whereas the transfer is significantly dampened for ice that attains most of its surface velocity by creep. Our findings underline the importance of bedrock topography for ice stream dynamics on spatial scales up to 20 times the mean ice thickness. Our results also suggest that local variations in the flow regime and surface topography at this spatial scale cannot be explained by variations in basal slipperiness.last_img read more

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Frontera reports oil and gas discovery in Colombia

first_imgFrontera has also recently spud the Asai-1 exploration well on the Guama block in the Lower Magdalena Valley, Colombia Frontera has also recently spud the Asai-1 exploration well (Credit: Pixabay/skeeze) Frontera Energy, in an exploration joint venture with Parex Resources, has made oil and gas discovery in Colombia.The discovery was made in the VIM-1 block, in which Frontera and Parex own 50% stake each, in the Lower Magdalena Valley, Colombia.Drilled to a depth of 11,680 feet, the La Belleza-1 exploration well on the VIM-1 block encountered a total of 179 feet of potential hydrocarbon bearing reservoir in the Cienaga De Oro formation.Frontera chief executive officer Richard Herbert said: “We are excited that the first well with our partner Parex in the Lower Magdalena Valley has been a success. Testing results from the La Belleza-1 well on the VIM-1 block are very encouraging, especially given the limited capacity of the testing equipment on site.“The well’s combination of light oil and natural gas complements our overall portfolio mix of light and heavy crudes and our strategic goal to increase the portion of natural gas in our production profile. We recently started the drilling of the Asai-1 exploration well on the Guama block, also in the Lower Magdalena Valley where we are targeting liquids and natural gas.”Frontera, Parex assessing options to drill one or two additional delineation wellsThe companies has halted the drilling operations to facilitate testing of the open-hole section. Following the testing under natural flowing conditions and over a 328-hour period, the well produced 32,728bbls of API oil, 147mmcf of natural gas and 3,996 barrels of water.The company intends to conduct flow testing at the well for one more week, followed by an extended 30 day pressure buildup period to obtain additional information on the final reservoir pressure.The joint venture partners are assessing options to drill one or two additional delineation wells in the second half of 2020 from the existing La Belleza well pad.In addition, Frontera has also recently spud the Asai-1 exploration well on the Guama block in the Lower Magdalena Valley.Herbert added: “Over the course of 2020 and beyond, Frontera will look to increase its natural gas production in the Lower Magdalena Valley where we have excess gas processing capacity at the La Creciente field.“It is encouraging to start 2020 with exploration success, as we are targeting significant high impact exploration activities in Colombia, Ecuador and Guyana this year.”In July last year, Frontera bagged the onshore VIM-22 block in the Lower Magdalena Valley region during the Agencia Nacional de Hidrocarburos (ANH) bid round.last_img read more

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HMS faculty member wins Young Leader Award

first_imgThe Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced that Somava Stout of Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) is one of 10 winners of its first-ever RWJF Young Leader Award. The award recognizes leaders from across the U.S. who are ages 40 or under for their exceptional contributions to improving the health of the nation. The awards also signal the winners’ strong potential for future leadership.Stout is an instructor in medicine at HMS and a primary care physician committed to improving the health of underserved communities through patient-centered health system redesign. As vice president of patient-centered medical home development at CHA, she leads the patient-centered medical home transformation of the health care system’s network of primary care and specialty practices in Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities.last_img read more

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Rebecca Luker Will Temporarily Join Fun Home on Broadway

first_imgRebecca Luker(Photo: Laura Marie Duncan) Related Shows Tony nominee Rebecca Luker will join the cast of Fun Home for a few days and days and days. She steps into the role of Helen Bechdel at the Circle in the Square Theatre, taking over temporarily for Tony nominee Judy Kuhn from April 5 through May 22. Kuhn will receive hip surgery during her scheduled leave.“This hip surgery is something I’ve needed to do for a long time,” Kuhn said in a statement. “I’m so thrilled that Rebecca is stepping in for me—she’s a dear friend, and I admire her work so much. And I can’t wait to return to the show pain-free and with a new hip!”Additionally, understudy Lauren Patten has temporarily assumed the role of Medium Alison, taking over for Tony nominee Emily Skeggs. Skeggs is on hiatus for TV work and is scheduled to return on May 24 as well.Luker received Tony nominations for her performances in The Music Man, Mary Poppins and Show Boat. Her additional Broadway credits include Cinderella, Nine, The Sound of Music, Something Wonderful, The Phantom of the Opera and The Secret Garden. She also recently starred in Little Dancer at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.The current cast of the Tony-winning musical also features Tony winner Michael Cerveris, Beth Malone, Gabriella Pizzolo, Roberta Colindrez, Zell Steele Morrow, Joel Perez and Oscar Williams. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 10, 2016center_img Fun Home Star Files Rebecca Lukerlast_img read more

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Chittenden Bank Helps Local Families by Donating $2,000 to the Burlington Children’s Space

first_imgChittenden Bank Helps Local Families byDonating $2,000 to the Burlington Children’s SpaceBurlington, VT The quality childcare and early educational development programs provided by the Burlington Children’s Space (BCS) help children and their families grow and thrive within their community. As the organization enters its 25th year of service, BCS is seeking additional support to supplement the tuition for families who do not qualify due to the freezes placed on the subsidy program. A sliding scale for tuition was adjusted this fall to create additional relief to families impacted by the freeze. BCS has agreed to reserve 21 spots for families receiving state subsides for tuition, and maintain 15 preschool spots for a collaboration supporting Head Start Eligible families. The additional funding is critical for children who come from households that lack access to resources as basic as parents who read to them, play-related learning experiences, and the books, tools, and activities needed to stimulate intellectual and physical growth.”At Chittenden Bank, we understand the need to provide quality childcare for families that otherwise would not have an option. We are pleased to give a $2,000 donation to support the efforts of BCS,” said Kathy Schirling, Senior Vice President at Chittenden Bank.BCS Director Sarah Adams-Kollitz said, “We were very impressed with Chittenden Bank’s decision to fund essential services to some of the communitys most vulnerable citizens.””Affordable high quality child care is an essential service: a link to financial stability for parents who work or attend school, a source of learning and inspiration for young children, as well as a place where parents can seek additional support in times of need. Because of community support like this gift from the Chittenden Bank we are able to offer parents a sliding scale for tuition (the only one in the county), for which parents are extremely grateful,” explained Adams-Kollitz. One parent said, “If it were not for all the dear hearts at BCS I would not be able to put my energy into my new business and help it get off the ground. Literally, BCS is helping me achieve my life long dream!”Burlington Children’s SpaceHealthy, inquisitive, joyful children are a sign of a healthy society and something a community can take pride in. Children from all economic sectors are provided with care and early education of the highest quality. The BCS has been serving the community for over 25 years, for more information please call the McClure Multi-Generational Center at 802-658-1500.About Chittenden BankChittenden Bank has proudly served businesses and individuals statewide for more than 100 years. With assets greater than $3.3 billion and 47 offices located throughout the state, Chittenden is dedicated to meeting the financial needs of Vermonters at every stage of life. Chittenden Bank is a subsidiary of People’s United Bank headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut with assets of over $21 billion. For more information please visit www.chittenden.com(link is external) or call the Customer Service Center at 800-545-2236.-###-last_img read more

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Beer Blog: The Unforgettable Pilsner

first_imgI like popping corks on beers. Legitimate corks. It lets me know I’m in for something a bit more complex than your standard pop top beer. Blue Mountain Barrel House, the sister brewery to Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, Va., loves to put out corked beers. The Barrel House is where Blue Mountain produces top-shelf beers that require patience—lots of barrel-aged, bottle-conditioned brews. Beers with corks.Their Uber Pils is one of my favorites right now, which is surprising since the Pilsner is arguably one of the most forgettable beer styles on the market. It’s almost easier to describe a Pilsner by what it doesn’t taste like. It’s not hoppy, it’s not malty, it’s not fruity…Beck’s is a Pilsner. Carlsberg is a Pilsner. Heineken is a Pilsner. The style is definitely crisp and refreshing, but it’s easily forgotten.That’s not the case with Uber Pils, an “imperial pilsner” that takes the crisp, refreshing aspects of a Pilsner, then jacks it up into something memorable. The beer doesn’t have much of a nose (most Pilsners don’t), but it pours darker and cloudier than most Pilsners. It’s a rounder, more full-bodied beer with plenty of Pils carbonation, but more of a malt backbone. It’s just a little bit sweet, and clocks in a 40 IBU’s, which puts the beer in Pale Ale territory in terms of bitterness. It also comes in at a respectable 7.6% ABV, which takes it well out of session territory.Ultimately, Uber Pils is a big beer, with big beer taste—the Pilsner for beer snobs who don’t respect Pilsners. For me, it’s one of those tasty brews that actually makes me sad when the bottle is empty. And it’s definitely worthy of the cork.Follow Graham Averill’s exploits in drinking and parenthood at daddy-drinks.com.last_img read more

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Chesterton axes commercial MD

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National Police appoints new chiefs of antiterror bodies

first_img The police named former Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar head of the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT), succeeding Comr. Gen. Suhardi Alius. Prior to the promotion, Boy served as the deputy chief of the police’s education and training institute (Lemdiklat).Boy, who graduated from the National Police Academy in Semarang, Central Java, in 1988, served as the Papua Police chief from April 2017 to August 2018, when he was assigned to the Lemdiklat. Prior to his assignment in Papua, he had also served both as a National Police and Jakarta Police spokesman as well as the Banten Police chief.Syafii and Suhardi have taken new roles as policy analysts in the police’s criminal investigation department (Bareskrim). East Java Police chief Luki Hermawan has taken over Boy’s post at Lemdiklat. In a leadership reshuffle on Friday, the National Police named two police generals leaders of antiterrorism bodies.Brig. Gen. Marthinus Hukom was promoted to lead the National Police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism squad. Previously the squad’s deputy chief, the one-star police general is succeeding Insp. Gen. Muhammad Syafii, who took the role in 2017, tempo.co reported. Read also: Yogyakarta deputy police chief tapped to lead KPK’s law enforcement effortsIndonesia Police Watch (IPW) chairman Neta S. Pane criticized National Police Chief Gen. Idham Azis’ decision to name Boy BNPT chairman, calling it maladministration.He argued it was the President’s authority to appoint and inaugurate the BNPT chairman, not the National Police chief’s, as stipulated in a 2010 presidential regulation on the BNPT.While the antiterror agency had previously been led by police generals, Neta said the police chief only had the authority to recommend a name to the President to fill the position.“IPW saw there was an administrative mistake in the appointment of Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar as the new BNPT chairman as stipulated in the National Police chief’s telegram. Therefore, we recommend the decision be annulled,” Neta said as quoted by Antara news agency.Read also: COVID-19 may reduce pro-IS activity, but attacks still possible: IPACIdham also made some officers regional police chiefs on Friday.Insp. Gen. Aris Budiman, who once served as director of investigations at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), was appointed as the Riau Islands Police chief. Former National Police spokesmen Insp. Gen. Muhammad Iqbal and Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo were appointed to lead the West Nusa Tenggara Police and the Central Kalimantan Police, respectively.Central Java Police deputy chief Brig. Gen. Ahmad Luthfi was promoted to head the provincial force. He replaced Insp. Gen. Rycko Amelza Dahniel, who was promoted to become the head of the National Police’s security intelligence unit. (aly)Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include comments made by Indonesia Police Watch on Boy’s appointment as BNPT chairman.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Canada at ‘crossroads’ as COVID-19 cases surge

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau will appear in a rare evening national broadcast at 6:30 p.m. (2230 GMT) on Wednesday to talk about “the urgency of fighting COVID-19 as we face down the prospect of a second wave of the virus,” the prime minister’s office said.Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, outlined three scenarios for the spread of the new coronavirus between now and January 2022, with the most favorable being a slight uptick now and then a “slow burn” through next year.That result requires active case detection and tracing, plus individuals taking the necessary health precautions. However, if action is not taken, the outcome could be disastrous, Tam said.”With minimum controls, the virus is capable of surging into a very sharp and intense peak … (that) could overwhelm our health system capacity and significantly impact our social and economic systems as well,” she said. COVID-19 infections have surged in Canada and if people do not take stringent precautions, they could balloon to exceed levels seen during the first wave of the pandemic, health officials warned on Monday.”Canada is at a crossroads and individual action to reduce contact rates will decide our path,” the Public Health Agency said in a statement.According to a worst-case scenario outlined by the agency, cases could rise more than 1,000 per day to 155,795 by Oct. 2, with the death toll hitting 9,300. On Monday, Canada had reported 145,415 total cases and 9,228 deaths. Even with enhanced detection and tracing, people must take precautions or else cases could “far” exceed the spring peak, Tam said.Tam’s are the latest in a series of warnings from health officials across Canada that the spread of the disease is gaining momentum.Tam said this surge is different from the first because young people are behind the spread, but she cautioned that eventually “that is going to spill over into high-risk populations”.Procurement Minister Anita Anand also announced new agreements in obtaining eventual coronavirus vaccines for Canada, and a first purchase of 150,000 vials of remdesivir, an anti-viral medication produced by Gilead Sciences Inc .Anand said Canada had signed a deal with Sanofi and GSK for up to 72 million doses of their potential adjuvanted COVID-19 vaccine, and had increased by up to 14 million doses a previous agreement for the Moderna vaccine candidate.Separately, Doug Ford, premier of Canada’s largest province Ontario, said he would begin implementing a six-point plan “to tackle a potentially more challenging second wave of COVID-19.”The first step is what Ford called the “largest flu immunization campaign” in Ontario’s history. The province invested C$70 million ($52.6 million) in 5.1 million flu vaccines, 700,000 more than last year.Getting a flu shot will help “take the load and the burden off the backs of the hospitals and doctor’s offices” during a surge in the coronavirus, Ford said. center_img Topics :last_img read more

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