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Construction workers fail to find work-life balance

first_img Comments are closed. The famous builders’ tea break is becoming a thing of the past as workers inthe construction industry find themselves under increasing pressure at work,research for the DTI finds. A survey for the Department of Trade and Industry’s Work-Life BalanceCampaign reveals that the majority of construction industry workers are doingovertime or skipping breaks because of the demands of their job. More than a quarter of the respondents to the poll in Building Magazineestimate they are doing up to five hours overtime a week, 40 per cent betweenfive and 10 hours, 24 per cent between 10 and 15 hours and 9 per cent over 15hours. The research also reveals that more than 80 per cent of company owners wouldconsider offering their staff flexible working options if they thought thiswould increase productivity levels and increase morale. Nearly two-thirds ofemployers in the sector report they already have flexible working practices. Part-time working is the most popular flexible working practice with 40 percent of employers providing this option to some staff, followed by flexitime on39 per cent and staggered hours on 27 per cent. More than half of the 180respondents reveal they would be interested in using flexible working practicesto attract more women to the business. Adrian Barrick, editor of Building Magazine, said the survey shows there isa need for the construction industry to start to embrace flexible workingwherever possible. “In the macho world of construction, work invariablycomes before partners and children – but long hours working puts anunsustainable strain on all staff whether they have caring responsibilities ornot,” he said. “As an industry we have fallen behind other sectors in addressing thisissue and it is more important than ever to hold on to good staff.” Ben Willmott Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Construction workers fail to find work-life balanceOn 9 Apr 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

On the use of satellite observations to fill gaps in the Halley Station total ozone record [in review]

first_imgMeasurements by the Dobson ozone spectrophotometer at the British Antarctic Survey’s (BAS) Halley research station form a record of Antarctic total column ozone that dates back to 1956. Due to its location, length, and completeness, the record has been, and continues to be, uniquely important for studies of long-term changes in Antarctic ozone. However, a crack in the ice shelf on which it resides forced the station to abruptly close, leading to a gap of two ozone hole seasons in its historic record. We develop and test a method for filling in the record of Halley total ozone by combining and adjusting overpass data from a range of different satellite instruments. Tests suggest that our method reproduces the monthly ground-based Dobson total ozone values to within an average of 2 Dobson units. We show that our approach improves on the overall performance as compared to simply using the raw satellite average or data from a single satellite instrument. The method also provides a check on the consistency of the provisional data from the automated Dobson used at Halley after 2018 with earlier manual Dobson data, and suggests that there was a significant difference between the two. The filled Halley dataset provides further support that the Antarctic ozone hole is healing, not only during September, but also in January.last_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 6/27/19

first_img Beau Lund June 28, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 6/27/19 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLINTERLEAGUEMilwaukee 4, Seattle 2Pittsburgh 10, Houston 0AMERICAN LEAGUETexas 3, Detroit 1Tampa Bay 5, Minnesota 2, 18 InningsLA Angels 8, Oakland 3NATIONAL LEAGUEPhiladelphia 6, NY Mets 3Chi Cubs 9, Atlanta 7Washington 8, Miami 5LA Dodgers 12, Colorado 8Arizona 5, San Francisco 1WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFSLA Sparks 86, Las Vegas 74Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Written bylast_img read more

Denmark approves construction on offshore part of Baltic Pipe project

first_img The Baltic Pipe will supply gas from Norway to Poland via Denmark. Image courtesy of Energinet. The Danish government has approved construction on the offshore part of the Baltic Pipe project in Denmark’s territorial waters in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea.The project is a 900km long natural gas pipeline that will span across Denmark, Sweden and Poland. It is being developed by Polish gas transmission system operator (TSO) GAZ-SYSTEM and its Danish counterpart Energinet, who had taken final investment decisions (FIDs) on the project in December 2018.The Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities issued two decisions for the gas pipeline project, one for GAZ-SYSTEM and the other for Energinet.The approval given for the Polish TSO covers the two sections where the offshore pipeline on the Baltic Sea bed will be built.One section will be from the shoreline in the Faxe region to the border of the Swedish maritime area, while the other will be from the Swedish maritime area, passing through the Danish maritime area around the Bornholm Island, up to the Polish maritime area.The offshore section of the pipeline in each of the sections will be around 133km long.The approval for Energinet covers two sections as well, one in the North Sea, and the other in Little Belt, a strait between Funen Island and Jutland Peninsula.The North Sea section covers nearly 105km of pipeline from the existing Norwegian Europipe II pipeline till the Danish West Coast at Houstrup Strand in Jutland. The other section covers the 4km crossing of Little Belt.GAZ-SYSTEM president Tomasz Stępień said: “The approval of the Danish government for the construction of the offshore part of Baltic Pipe is a key element for the Project implementation. It is a construction permit integrated with the environmental decision for the marine area.“The documentation prepared by GAZ-SYSTEM provides for a number of technological solutions minimising the pipeline’s impact on the surroundings.”Baltic Pipe project scheduled to begin service in late 2022The Baltic Pipe project will transport natural gas produced in Norway to Denmark, Poland and other countries in the region. Expected to begin operations in October 2022, the offshore cum onshore pipeline will also facilitate reverse transmission from Poland to Denmark and Sweden. The Baltic Pipe project, which is being developed by GAZ-SYSTEM and Energinet, will deliver natural gas produced in Norway to Denmark, Poland and other countries in the regionlast_img read more

Former USS Ranger (CV-61) is no more

first_img November 24, 2017 View post tag: EMR Group Back to overview,Home naval-today Former Forrestal-class aircraft carrier USS Ranger is no more View post tag: US Navy View post tag: International Shipbreaking View post tag: Forrestal-class Former Forrestal-class aircraft carrier USS Ranger is no more Share this article Authorities View post tag: USS Ranger Decommissioned Forrestal-class aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-61) is now almost completely gone as the ship’s dismantling and recycling process came to an end this month.All that is left of the ship is a little over five tons of historic items which have been donated to the USS Lexington Museum in Corpus Christi, Texas, for display and preservation.The carrier was dismantled by International Shipbreaking in Brownsville, Texas, where she arrived on July 12, 2015.Ordered in 1954 and commissioned in 1957, the Ranger was the first US carrier built as an angled-deck ship from inception. She served in the Pacific, the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf, and earned 13 battle stars for her service in the Vietnam War. During her 37 years of service, she also appeared in blockbuster films such as Top Gun and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.The dismantling project was completed on November 1, 2017, 34 years to the day since a fire broke out inside USS Ranger Main Machinery Room 4 (MMR4), claiming the lives of six US Navy sailors and injuring 35. A moment of silence was held at 9:50am by the crew at the yard as the final section of the USS Ranger was removed to honor all those who served on the ship. All artefacts from the MMR4 Control Room have been donated to the USS Ranger Association for use in a museum exhibit honoring the six servicemen who perished during the 1983 fire.Chris Green, International Shipbreaking COO, commented: “The USS Ranger has a distinguished record of service to our country, and we were honored to give her the respectful send off she deserves. We have a long history of dismantling military vessel, and have invested heavily in our Brownsville ship-breaking facilities to ensure our recycling processes are safe and environmentally sound. Even though the Ranger’s journey as a US Navy vessel has come to an end, we’re proud that she will continue to serve her country and live on to honor her brave crew.”International Shipbreaking has recently taken delivery of another aircraft carrier for dismantling and recycling, the USS Independence.last_img read more

ND ranked 5th friendliest school for pregnant and parenting students

first_imgLast week, Students for Life, a national pro-life organization, ranked Notre Dame as the fifth-friendliest school for pregnant and parenting students.Senior Janelle Wanzek, president of the Right to Life club, said the ranking is largely due to the resources available for pregnant and parenting students on campus. These resources include information on what to do if students find themselves in a crisis pregnancy, information on local adoption agencies, referrals to doctors, free pregnancy tests at the health center and counseling. The University also has day care centers and five lactation rooms for parents, she said.Wanzek said this is an exciting ranking because it will help to educate students about the resources available to them.“I think us being number five, if we advertise it to the students, is going to mean that a lot more students will learn about the resources that we have,” Wanzek said. “Talking to the general student public … there’s a lot of rumors surrounding what happens if a girl were to become pregnant. No one knows that the University is fully supportive and has all the resources that named us number five.” Wanzek said while Notre Dame’s ranking is very good, there is still room for improvement. This year, Wanzek said, the Right to Life club has several projects in progress, including reserving parking spots for pregnant mothers on campus, educating students about the resources available to those who find themselves pregnant and creating a student video about the University’s resources for student parents. Wanzek said student pregnancy is a relevant issue across the country, not just at Notre Dame.“I think it is an important issue for any college,” Wanzek said. “I think it’s important for the whole general public for there to be resources because … women in crisis pregnancies are pushed to get an abortion because they don’t know about the resources. They feel they have no other option. They’re scared, so they go to the quickest, easiest solution. But if we made the other resources more available and more well known, they wouldn’t be so pushed into abortion.”Wanzek said she hopes sometime in the near future, Notre Dame will be ranked the number one friendliest school for pregnant and parenting mothers.“[The ideal would be] for every student to know the resources, so if one of their friends were to come to them … they would be able to tell them, ‘Let’s go do this,’ … instead of going right away to the abortion facility,” Wanzek said. “In an ideal world, everyone on campus would not have the stigma that the University is not going to support you when you get pregnant and that they can’t have an education while they’re pregnant. … Notre Dame wants everyone to be able to [have an education] if they find themselves in that situation.”Tags: ND Right to Life club, pregnancy, pregnant, students for lifelast_img read more

Jamestown Police Chief To Retire Next Month

first_imgImage by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – The City of Jamestown’s Police Chief says he will be retiring next month.Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings told WNYNewsNow on Tuesday his last day on the job will be July 10.“After 24 years here in Jamestown I have decided it is time to retire,” said Snellings in a statement. “I plan to take some time off and spend it with family.”Snellings began his career in 1996 with the Jamestown Police Patrol Division. During his time in the department he led the SWAT Team, served as training director, team commander and platoon commander. Snellings was first appointed to lead the agency in July 2013, succeeding Police Chief Rex Rater.The Chief served three terms at the head of the department. His current term was set to expire December 31, 2021.Prior to his career in Law Enforcement, Snellings served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves for a total of 22 years.In order to fill the position, Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist will need to name a successor. That candidate will need to be confirmed by the Jamestown City Council.“It is with difficulty that I accept the retirement of Chief Snellings, who has faithfully served the Jamestown Police Department for 24 years,” said Mayor Sundquist in a statement. “Chief Snellings has been an incredible resource for our City as head of Public Safety, and I wish him the best during his very well deserved retirement.”The Mayor says he will be working to find qualified candidates to fill the position in the coming weeks as the Chief begins to wind-down his career with the City over the next month. 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),I was an intern at JPD. I’d see officers fighting in the garage then go out an arrest ppl for Disorderly Conduct (fighting). Internal affairs complaints against officers were insane.,Enjoy your retirement,Its about time. Hopefully whoever takes his place won’t be as corrupt and play favorites like he did. Deciding if people should be charged based of who there family is no matter who sever the crime was. If he liked your family you had a free pass to do whatever you wanted in Jamestown.last_img read more

Mountain Mama: The Power of Photography

first_imgMy son began speaking late, but once he started he told me memories of being a baby and a toddler. I’d thought he was too young to understand what was happening. He started these stories with, “when I was a little boy,” a preamble that always made me laugh.I’d marvel at the thoughts that became traced as memories and how he’d saved them up until he finally had the words to share the world that he’d taken in years before.“What are you thinking baby bear?”He looked at me in a way that made me feel I might be slow or dense. “Mama bear,” he said, “I’m remembering.”He reached for my hand and I squeezed it, eclipsing his small hand with mine. My fingers folded over his and I tried to memorize the imprint of his handprint, his hand now bigger than it had ever been, smaller than it would ever be from that day forward. I etched the outline of his hand into my mind and squeezed it tighter.“Thank you,” I said, recognizing that something in me shifted because he had told me the exact thing I needed to hear. The simple act of remembering was an act of surrender, trusting that the wisdom of a place or experience doesn’t need to be reduced to words in that exact moment. It wasn’t up to us to find the words that shaped that moment, but to soak up what was right before us, and let the unraveling happen when our words caught up to our memories.If I manage to take photos during my outdoor adventures with my son at all, they feature only him. So when I saw Melina Coogan post an opportunity for a photo shoot at one of our places in the outdoors, I jumped at the chance for recent photos of us both.When I saw the photos, I was overwhelmed the way they captured something about my experience of motherhood that I hadn’t yet realized, the way my wild boy, so comfortable in his element, also needs protecting. The photos reminded me of my desire to show my son the whole world and let him run wild sits side-by-side with the urge to hold him tight and protect him from anything that might hurt him. Knowing when to let go or even nudge him further away and when to cuddle him closer is something that evolves in an instant.I’m in awe of the fierceness and beauty of my own mama bear instinct. Photos allow me to reflect on experiences that happened once I have the emotional distance to process the meaning.last_img read more

FAES Trains Salvadorans to Protect themselves in Natural Disasters

first_imgBy Lorena Baires/ Diálogo July 20, 2016 The Salvadoran Armed Forces (FAES) is training Salvadoranswho live in vulnerable areas how to adequately respond when faced withemergency situations caused by natural disasters. The training is being carried out in different parts of thecountry, and the most recent sessions took place in June in the municipalitiesof Candelaria and Apastepeque, located in the departments of Cuscatlán and SanVicente, respectively. The Armed Force’s Transmission Support Command (CATFA, forits Spanish acronym) showed the inhabitants of Cuscatlán, a city that liesalong the banks of Lake Ilopango, how to respond when faced with floods andmudslides caused by the intense rains that accompany a tropical depression. “This exercise seeks to raise our personnel’s level ofoperational readiness, so they can provide security to the population in atimely way and alleviate the suffering of possible victims. Likewise, it helpsimprove our effective coordination with the country’s other emergencyunits,” explained Colonel Víctor Antonio Orellana, with the FAES 5thMilitary Detachment. Simulation in Action As the ambulance sirens loudly rang out, soldiers evacuatedthe affected Salvadorans and transported them to the emergency aid station,temporary shelter, and medical center that had been set up. Resting on a stretcher was 58-year-old fisherman JulioMedrano, pretending to have been swept away by currents flowing from the lakewhile he fished across from the San Antonio district in the municipality ofCandelaria. “We thank the Armed Forces for this exercise, which hastaught us things we didn’t know before about what to do during these disasters,especially because we live next to the lake, and heavy rains come frequently inthe country, and the lake water is always flooding our houses,” Medranosaid. Rescue squads ran from place to place, mobilizing thoseaffected by the simulated disaster, making their way among flooded paths andhuge pools of water. In the temporary shelter sat Lisette Pineda, a member of theCommittee of Municipal Civilian Protection of the Cuscatlán mayor’s office. Sheexpressed satisfaction with the results of the simulation exercise. “We are very happy because the entire community got involvedin the simulation and this means we will all know what to do when faced with areal emergency. We expect to continue these trainings to increase the responseefficiency of all the involved institutions,” Pineda said. Fifty-four kilometers away, in the municipality ofApastepeque, the 5th Infantry Brigade of the FAES was training civilians how toprotect themselves during flooding caused by heavy storms from another tropicaldepression. Upon hearing the evacuation call from the municipality’sloudspeakers, the Emergency Committee of the Brisas de Santa Rita neighborhoodmet up with the soldiers to evacuate the injured. At the same time, medicalpersonnel selected patients to be transferred to the Health Unit and theNational Hospital of San Vicente. Adriana Díaz, a 37-year-old homemaker, simulated being acasualty from the collapse of a wall in her residence. During the exercise, a neighbor was able toenter the house and free her from the rubble that had been crushing her. “I’m thankful to the FAES for having given us this training,because behind our neighborhood is a gully that overflows when it rains a lot.We hope it never happens, but I’m sure that we are now well prepared if thereis a disaster,” she said as she was transported to the hospital byambulance. Luis Antonio Azucena, who represents the NationalDirectorate of Civilian Protection, believes these simulation exercises areworthwhile in that they aid preparations for the floods, earthquakes andmudslides caused by the geographic conditions of the country. “We are faced with a reality: that the country is vulnerableto natural disasters and our people must be trained to avoid misfortunes. That is why we coordinate with the actions ofthe FAES that seek to provide civilians the ability to protect themselves in anemergency,” Azucena said. The members of CATFA and the 5th Infantry Brigade said theywould continue to carry out these types of simulations so that communities aretrained on what to do during disasters, from whom to seek help, and whichprevention and mitigation measures to adopt when helping an injured person.last_img read more

Aguero happy at City

first_img He added: “Every player wants to play in big teams that win titles. We didn’t win anything last season but we have won trophies in the last few years so there is no reason to go.” Aguero’s comments came a day after Soriano said the club would not entertain offers for the record £38million signing. “We have never had an offer and even if we had an offer we would say no,” he said. The 24-year-old has been linked with a move away from the club, although City chief executive Ferran Soriano said on Friday he was not for sale. Aguero told the Sun: “There are always rumours in the summer. But I am very happy at City. I’m going to work hard and everything else is just rumours.” Argentina striker Sergio Aguero insists he is happy at Manchester City.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more