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Learning for life: Musuloskeletal disorders

first_imgLearning for life: Musuloskeletal disordersOn 1 Oct 2001 in Musculoskeletal disorders, Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Life Long Learning and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) are theprocesses by which professionals, such as nurses, develop and improve theirpractice. There are many ways to address CPD: formally, through attending courses,study days and workshops; or informally, through private study and reflection.Reading articles in professional journals is a good way of keeping up-to-datewith what is going on in the field of practice, but reflecting and identifyingwhat you have learnt is not always easy. These questions are designed to helpyou to identify what you have learnt from studying the article. They will alsohelp you to clarify what you can apply to practice, what you did not understandand what you need to explore further. 1. In 1999, 8,500 cases of what were reported? a) Work-related upper limb disorders b) Repetitive strain injuries c) Work-related musculoskeletal disorders d) Work-related manual handling disorders 2. How many days sickness absence in the UK in 1995 were attributable tomusculoskeletal disorders? a) 900 b) 9,000 c) 900,000 d) 9 million 3. The COPE study groups had a sickness absence record that was: a) Normal b) Above average c) Below average d) Well below average 4. The aim of the study was to show that on-site treatment would: a) Reduce days lost and accrue savings b) Encourage staff morale and reduce days off c) Accrue real savings and encourage healthier employees d) Prevent people from going off sick 5. How was the sickness absence budget costed? a) On previous costs b) On national figures c) On DSS figures d) On location costs 6. How was the sickness absence budget calculated? Using a: a) National formula b) Generic formula c) Company formula d) Statistical formula 7. What improved as a knock-on effect of the study? a) Time keeping b) Accident rates c) Staff morale d) Health and safety compliance 8. How long does anecdotal evidence suggest one waits for NHS physiotherapy?a) One week b) One month c) Six weeks d) Six months 9. Decreasing staff turnover has lowered the outlay for: a) Recruitment, training and agency cover b) Recruitment, retirement and agency cover c) Retirement, training and agency cover d) Recruitment, training and retirement 10. Increased morale may be an indicator of a) Decreased workload b) Increased job expectations c) Increased stress d) Decreased stress Feedback1.c) explore the website if you have not come across itbefore. 2. d) Carry out a literature search and update your knowledge onsickness absence. 3. c); 4. a); 5. a); 6. b); 7. c) Improved staffmorale could be due to the “Hawthorne” effect. Revise your knowledgeof Hawthorne’s work (Handy C, 1992, Understanding Organisations 4th ed, PenguinBooks). 8. a); 9. d) Discuss the article and the study with a colleague.Consider how far you would agree the Hawthorne effect was influential on theresults and how this could be overcome in similar studies. last_img read more

The role of Raman spectroscopy as an astrobiological tool in the exploration of Mars

first_imgWe describe how the exploration of the Martian environment would be considerably enhanced through the use of Raman spectroscopy. Furthermore, Raman spectroscopy is particularly suited for both mineralogical analysis of Martian rock and soil and for the detection of fossilised biota from former Martian microorganisms. We outline astrobiologically relevant features of the Martian environment and issues related to the detection of biotic residues. We further discuss the possibility of the emergence of photosynthetic bacteria on early Mars which may have left fossil evidence. We describe how Raman spectroscopy may be deployed for both astrobiological and mineralogical investigation, particularly in search of pigmented biomolecules, and describe the requirements for a spaceflight-qualified version of a Raman spectrometer for deployment on Mars.last_img read more

Georgia’s Corn Crop

first_imgYields similar to previous years’ are expected for this year’s Georgia corn crop. Yields from irrigated acres are expected to be lower than normal, while yields from dryland acres are expected to be better than normal, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agronomists.“Georgia has experienced a relatively rainy growing season with consistent cloud coverage this summer. A reduction in irradiation reaching the crop canopy is going to have a negative impact on yields in irrigated corn,” said Reagan Noland, UGA Extension’s new corn, soybean and small grains agronomist. “However, the greater-than-normal rainfall will benefit dryland corn yields.”Upon his arrival on the UGA Tifton campus on Aug. 1, Noland met with recently retired UGA Extension agronomist Dewey Lee to discuss this year’s corn crop.Corn growers preparing for the upcoming harvest season need to make decisions about their irrigation needs as well as harvest and post-harvest management, including when they will stop irrigating their crop, Noland said.“There is still corn that was planted late or, in northern parts of the state, corn that has not reached physiological maturity (black layer) yet,” Noland said. “Drought stress can reduce yields all the way up to corn maturity, so irrigation can still increase yields if soil water is limited.”Determining the optimum time to stop watering the crop helps growers maximize profit margins, he said.Tracking grain moisture as the corn dries in the field is important in planning the harvest, Noland said. If the corn is left in the field too long, it increases the risk of reduced grain quality and yield loss due to lodging or pests.“Post-harvest management may involve additional drying to ensure the grain is dry enough for storage and may require the use of pesticides in the bin to maintain grain quality,” he said.Noland also recommends that producers consider weed management once their corn is harvested. Growers want to avoid herbicide-resistant weeds that can establish and go to seed.“One strategy is to keep the field covered with a growing crop to suppress weeds. Depending on the timing of the corn harvest, this could be a late-planted soybean, a winter small grain or a cover crop,” he said.For more information on Georgia’s corn crop, go to read more

Single-payer bill passes out of committee 5-0

first_imgby Anne Galloway, April 14, 2011 The Senate Health and Welfare Committee passed a new version of the single-payer health care bill out of committee Wednesday on a 5-0 vote. The unanimous decision was made shortly after the senators also agreed to incorporate amendments from two conservative senators on the committee, Senator Hinda Miller, D-Chittenden, (pictured) and Senator Kevin Mullin, R-Rutland, into the bill.The groundbreaking legislation, which was drafted by the Shumlin administration and passed by an overwhelming margin in the House creates an overarching vision for a single-payer system that would go live in 2017 ‘ and only then if the state is granted a waiver from the federal government.The bill, H.202, sets up the five member Green Mountain Care board that will make recommendations to the Legislature. The board is charged with determining what the common benefit package will look like for patients; how doctors and hospitals will be compensated; and how the system will be financed.The proposed legislation also lays the foundation for the state’s federally mandated insurance ‘exchange,’ which would go into effect in 2014.Read the 1.3 version of H.202. is external)…Members of Governor Peter Shumlin’s administration said they were pleased with the compromise legislation, which includes language that businesses lobbied for, including a provision that will allow more than one insurer to offer health care plans under the federal health care exchange.Shumlin campaigned on a single-payer health care system, and as of last week, it appeared that the governor and his special assistant on health care, Anya Rader Wallack, had lost the support of some businesses, particularly large corporations, like Biotek, IBM, and Rhino Foods.IBM, Vermont Country Store and about a dozen businesses represented by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Fleischer Jacobs Group and Business Resource Specialists held back-to-back meetings with Shumlin last Friday in an attempt to change H.202. The governor asked the companies to support the plan and help the state save money; the business groups pushed back and insisted on changes to undercut the bill. Business leaders, coached on effective legislative communication, also buttonholed lawmakers on Wednesday and Thursday.On Wednesday, lawmakers attempted to win businesses back with changes to the bill that Miller introduced an amendment to the bill that requires the Green Mountain Care board to consider the impact of the financing system for the universal health care plan on the state’s economy and its bond rating. In addition, the board is required to review the impact of any tax system changes as a result of the health care plan, ‘in circumstances under which a particular tax change may result in double payments, such as premiums and tax obligations.’Bill Shouldice, a lobbyist representing a number of the businesses that objected to the original plan, said self-insured companies are still worried about their rights under the ERISA law.‘They’ve recognized there are flaws in the bill, but they are only partially addressing them,’ Shouldice said. Businesses, he said, need the comfort in knowing what the whole plan will look like.Dr. Deb Richter, a single-payer advocate, said it’s a ‘good compromise and it puts all the checks and balances in place.’The state’s hospitals embrace elements of the bill, namely the Vermont Blueprint for Health; investments in electronic health records and the creation of payment reform pilots, according to Bea Grause, president and CEO of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems.The association continues, however, to take issue, however, with the state’s fiscal year 2012 budget.‘The budget ‘contains costs’ through cuts to doctors and hospitals yet H.202 aims to create fair and sustainable payment to these very same providers,’ Grause said in a statement. ‘The promises the state is making for tomorrow do not align with the reality of how the state underpays providers today. We already know that a health care system funded at current Medicaid levels is not what Vermonters want. The Vermont State Hospital is ample proof of that.’ Anne Galloway is editor of vtdigger.orglast_img read more

2017 MBL Symposium focuses on member business lending education

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joey Duckworth Mr. Duckworth has over 17 years of experience in the financial services industry, and over 15 years of experience in the credit union industry, including more than 10 years of … Web: Details April 17-19 marked the 1st Annual Member Business Lending Symposium in Salt Lake City, Utah. MBL welcomed over 100 credit union member business lending and services professionals from credit unions of all asset sizes from across the country. Attendees were treated to a number of speakers on hot-topic industry events that focused on highlighting and educating towards current business lending trends.“We thought it was important that our speakers and presenters focus primarily on educating attendees on important topics related to member business lending and services,” said Joey Duckworth, VP/Information Systems Manager. “Credit union professionals hear sales pitches all the time. We wanted their time at the MBL Symposium to focus on education and best practices trending in our industry.”Nationally-recognized speakers included Stacie Vandenberghe, Mark Arnold and Neil Nickolaisen. Vandenberghe presented on “Thinking Outside the Box — Becoming Member-Centric” which focused on helping credit unions delivering member service in ways that members now prefer rather than “the way we’ve always done things.” Arnold shared “More Than Service: Advanced Sales Strategies to Reach Businesses.” Arnold challenged all attendees to recognize the fact that everyone at your credit unit is involved in sales and that “sales” is not a dirty word. Nickolaisen spoke on “Agile Leadership: Want to Change Your Results? Change How You Lead.” The session highlighted the importance of credit unions staying abreast with the leadership skills as relates to the speed of technology and technological change in financial services. Attendees were also able to participate in a number of breakout sessions led by other member business lending industry thought leaders.“Buzz from attendees about the Symposium was overwhelmingly positive,” added Duckworth. “The group of industry experts we were able to assemble did to terrific job sharing and educating attendees about the rising importance of member business lending and services to credit union portfolios.”MBL is already planning next year’s symposium (scheduled for Las Vegas, Nevada). Check their  later in the year for more information and registration details.For more information about Member Business Lending (MBL) and its relationship with credit unions, call (801) 545-7935.last_img read more

Employers will be able to pay their 13th salary, higher Christmas bonus or holiday pay without paying taxes

first_imgEmployers will be able to pay the 13th salary, higher Christmas bonus or tax-free rebate, which is great news for all entrepreneurs, especially those in tourism because these new measures will certainly be one of the tools to keep quality workers or attract new ones. According to estimates for the next tourist season, the tourism sector will lack up to 20.000 employees. The Government of the Republic of Croatia has accepted the budget proposals for next year and the supplementary budget for this year. The budget for 2019 is based on a projection of economic growth of 2,9%, with revenues of HRK 136,1 billion and expenditures of HRK 140,3 billion. The final proposals for amendments to the nine tax laws, which passed the first reading in the Parliament and are now ready for the second, were also discussed.According to the Government’s proposal, state budget revenues will amount to HRK 2019 billion in 136,1, or 5,5 percent more than the originally planned budget for 2018. Expenditures for next year are planned at HRK 140,3 billion. which is 6,9 billion more than originally planned expenditures this year. The redistribution within this year’s budget revision goes in several important directions – to the health sector around HRK 400 million, for internal affairs due to migration, part goes to demography policy, approximately HRK 230 million for pension indexation, culture, construction, science, justice and regional development.Employers will be able to pay their 13th paycheck, higher Christmas bonus or tax-free holiday payThe government issued a decree enabling employers to pay employers “1. pay ”.Namely, after December 1, the employer will be able to pay up to HRK 7.500 for a reward, recourse and Christmas bonus to its employees, and they will not have to pay taxes on that amount. Until now, the amount was taxed in excess of HRK 2500, and now non-taxable receipts are being increased to HRK 7.500.The final proposals of nine tax laws were adopted, including the Law on Value Added Tax, which envisages the extension of the application of the reduced VAT rate of 13 percent from 2019 to baby diapers, delivery of live animals, meat and edible slaughter products, fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates, edible vegetables, roots and tubers, fruit and nuts and the supply of eggs, as well as a reduction in the general rate of value added tax (VAT) to 24 percent from 2020.The government is also proposing to reduce the VAT rate on services and related copyrights of writers, composers and artists from 25 to 13 percent. The value threshold of HRK 400 for the recognition of 50 percent pre-tax on the purchase and maintenance of cars is also abolished.last_img read more

ICC calls for more Sudan war crimes suspects to surrender

first_imgTopics : The International Criminal Court called on Wednesday for Sudanese war crimes suspects to turn themselves in, just a day after longtime fugitive militiaman Ali Kushayb surrendered to The Hague. ICC lawyer Fatou Bensouda said during a United Nations Security Council videoconference that Kushayb — who is suspected of crimes against humanity in Darfur — “was transferred to the court following his surrender” in the Central African Republic.Bensouda congratulated Chad, France, the Netherlands and the UN mission in the Central African Republic but did not offer any other details about Kushayb’s arrest.  “There should be no escape from justice for perpetrators of the world’s most serious crimes under international law,” she said, calling on others to surrender themselves. “I take this opportunity to call Abdallah Banda and all the ICC suspects to surrender to the ICC and answer the charges against them through a fair, objective and independent judicial process.”Kushayb has been wanted by international law enforcement since 2007 for his role as head of the Janjaweed militia. He is also a former close ally of ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir, himself wanted by the ICC and currently detained in Khartoum. center_img Abdallah Banda has been wanted for war crimes since 2019 by the ICC, which is also searching for two other individuals related to the case.  The Security Council members who helped found the ICC (Belgium, Dominican Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Nigeria, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, South Africa, Tunisia and Britain) in a joint statement underlined their commitment to fighting against impunity from war crimes. “We reiterate our commitment to uphold and defend the principles and values enshrined in the Rome Statute and to preserve its integrity undeterred by any threats against the Court, its officials and those cooperating with it,” the statement said. The United States is not a member of the ICC and Russia resigned from the group in 2016. last_img read more

New York to set up COVID-19 ‘checkpoints’

first_imgTravelers from the states on the quarantine list will have to fill out a health form which will help authorities with contact tracing in case of an infection.Arrivals at New York’s airports already have to complete the form. Anyone who refuses to is subject to a $2,000 fine.”New York City is holding the line against COVID-19, and New Yorkers have shown tremendous discipline,” de Blasio said.”We’re not going to let our hard work slip away and will continue to do everything we can to keep New Yorkers safe and healthy,” he added. Topics : COVID-19 has killed more than 32,000 people in New York state, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University.The city was the epicenter of America’s outbreak back in March and April but the spread of the virus has largely been brought under control, even as cases have surged elsewhere in the country.Individuals who violate New York’s quarantine can be fined $10,000.center_img New York will put up checkpoints at key entry points to the city to ensure that travelers are complying with the state’s quarantine requirements, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday.Visitors from 35 US states, including Florida and Texas, are currently required to quarantine for two weeks after entering New York in an attempt to contain the spread of coronavirus.De Blasio said law enforcement agencies will operate “traveler registration checkpoints” at major bridge and tunnel crossings into the Big Apple from Thursday.last_img read more

EU trade chief resignation sparks successor scramble

first_imgTopics : COVID-19 breaches On Wednesday the Irish government said 60-year-old Hogan’s resignation was “the correct course of action”.Martin piled pressure on Hogan to quit after it emerged he travelled through a county in a local lockdown and flouted guidelines for a 14-day quarantine on arrival in Ireland.Hogan also attended a parliamentary golf club dinner on August 19 in breach of coronavirus restrictions on social gatherings announced just 24 hours earlier.The sporting evening was attended by around 80 people — including a cabinet minister, a supreme court judge and lawmakers from Ireland’s upper and lower houses of parliament.It is being investigated by police under legislation limiting gatherings to 50 and has prompted a series of high-level resignations, including agriculture minister Dara Calleary and deputy Senate chair Jerry Buttimer.Hogan initially declined to apologize for his attendance at the event and details of his travels across Ireland emerged fitfully.Embarrassment was compounded when it was revealed he was pulled over by an Irish police officer for using his phone while driving.”I deeply regret that my trip to Ireland … caused such concern, unease and upset,” Hogan said in his resignation statement. Rumored replacementsMartin told Ireland’s state broadcaster RTE on Thursday that he would meet his government coalition partners to discuss Hogan’s replacement.He refused to be drawn on specific names, even as rumors swirled linking past prime ministers, current cabinet ministers and European parliamentary officials to the job.But he added: “It’s fair to say that at this stage our shared objective will be that a person of very, very high caliber will be nominated by the Irish government.”Yet there is no guarantee Ireland will retain the trade portfolio, which is regarded as a key asset protecting the Republic’s interests during Brexit trade talks with Britain.Among those touted in the Irish media as potential successors are former prime minister Leo Varadkar, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe.But all three hold key positions in Martin’s two-months-old coalition government, and Donohoe was recently appointed head of the eurozone group of finance ministers.Martin is also considered unlikely to want to weaken his administration, which has already been hit by a series of resignations and is facing a surge in coronavirus cases.RTE raised European Parliament vice-president Mairead McGuinness and former deputy prime minister turned MEP Frances Fitzgerald as possible replacements for Hogan.They were seen as figures who would not destabilize the coalition by prompting an unwelcome by-election.Other names said to be in the frame include the former EU ambassador to the United States, David O’Sullivan, and former prime minister Enda Kenny.The Irish Times, citing party sources, speculated candidates will come from the center-right Fine Gael party Hogan served as an Irish lawmaker under the terms of the coalition deal.It is thought the government may have already had a plan to replace Hogan — a former Irish government minister and EU agriculture commissioner — after he made a failed run for the head of the World Trade Organization in June. Ireland on Thursday scrambled to assemble potential candidates to succeed EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan after his resignation for breaching coronavirus guidelines.Hogan, one of the bloc’s most senior officials and a powerful force in Brexit talks, quit on Wednesday after a week-long stream of revelations caused rising public anger.European Commission executive vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis of Latvia has stepped up to take over temporarily. Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, who spoke to Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin by phone, asked Dublin to submit one man and one woman as candidates to succeed Hogan.Her spokesman said she wanted a replacement “rapidly”.Von der Leyen meanwhile issued a stern warning to other commissioners to comply with COVID-19 rules.As “Europeans make sacrifices and accept painful restrictions, I expect the members… to be particularly vigilant about compliance with applicable national or regional rules or recommendations”, she said in a statement.last_img read more

High rate of chlamydia in teens

first_imgStuff 26 June 2014“Staggeringly high” rates of chlamydia have been reported among New Zealand teenage girls.A report by Environmental Science and Research (ESR) was the first time data was collated from every laboratory in the country on people tested, as well as the number of new sexually transmitted infection (STI) cases found.It found 5064 cases of chlamydia per 100,000 population in teenage girls aged 15 and over.This was a “staggeringly high” rate, the report authors said.Because only six per cent of teenage boys were tested for STIs, compared to 35 per cent of teenage girls, the real number of men with chlamydia was likely higher.Sexually transmitted infections other than HIV/AIDS are not legally required to be reported to government authorities. Reports like ESR’s rely on voluntarily contributed data. read more

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