Help shape equal access

first_img Previous Article Next Article Training and HR professionals are being asked to voice their opinions on newplans for better access to training or education courses. The Learning and Skills Council has called for people to comment on its newplans on equality and diversity which are currently in a draft strategy fro2004-2007. March 2004 is the deadline for the existing strategy and this call forfeedback comes at the same time as the LSC publishes its Equality and DiversityAnnual Report. The LSC has a legal responsibility to ensure promotion of equality ofopportunity as stated in the Learning and Skills Act 2000. “Our principle job is to plan, fund and improve the quality ofeducation in this country for people over the age of 16, making it accessibleand relevant to everyone,” said new chief executive Mark Haysom. “I welcome the fact that we are required to demonstrate that equalityis central to what we do,” he said. Director of equality and inclusive learning Kit Roberts reinforced themessage. “We believe every person wishing to learn should be able to do sowithout facing any barriers. We want to obtain a full range of views from thepublic and partners to help us deliver the right approach over the next threeyears,” he said. The public consultation will last until March 30. www.lsc.gov.uk/National/Documents/Keyinitiatives/EqualityandDiversity/default.htm Help shape equal accessOn 1 Jan 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

India to Lease Second Russian-Built Submarine?

first_img View post tag: built India to Lease Second Russian-Built Submarine? Industry news View post tag: Navy Indian defense minister A.K. Antony announced during commission ceremony of nuclear-powered submarine INS Chakra (SSN Nerpa) that there was a proposal to take second Russian-built submarine on lease. According to him, the offer is being presently considered.The offer was made, but the decision has not been taken so far, Antony told reporters. Although he did not specify who had made that proposal, some sources say that did Russia several years ago. Certainly, the price is not a problem. According to Antony, India can afford it [the second submarine].Russian-built Project 971I nuclear-powered submarine INS Chakra is taken on lease for 10 years. The submarine and her 84-men crew arrived in India on April 31 after the 50-day long trip from Vladivostok.Indeed, India initially planned to lease two Akula-class nuclear submarines meant for Russian Navy. The contract was tied in 2003 and provided leasing of only one sub. Reportedly, the reason was high price. Overall contract cost is about $1 bln.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 06, 2012; Image: ssbn View post tag: lease Share this article View post tag: Russia View post tag: News by topic View post tag: INS View post tag: Chakracenter_img April 6, 2012 View post tag: India Back to overview,Home naval-today India to Lease Second Russian-Built Submarine? View post tag: Naval View post tag: submarine View post tag: Russian View post tag: ‘Nerpa’ View post tag: Second View post tag: SSNlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Praises Advocates for New Domestic Violence, Gun Safety Protections

first_img November 14, 2018 Bill Signing,  Government That Works,  Press Release,  Public Safety,  Women’s Rights Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf thanked advocates today for their ongoing support of victims of domestic violence during a ceremonial bill signing of Act 79 of 2018, the first bill to truly take guns away from the dangerous abusers who use them to kill, terrorize and control.“Domestic violence is a scourge on our society and this bill and its reforms will go a long way to protect victims, hold abusers accountable and keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals,” said Gov. Wolf. “I want to personally thank the hundreds of advocates and everyday citizens who made their voices heard and got this bill to my desk. Pennsylvania did the right thing with House Bill 2060 to protect victims of domestic violence.In taking this important step forward toward protecting women, families, and communities against violent domestic abusers, Gov. Wolf was joined by Rep. Marguerite Quinn, Sen. Tom Killion, Executive Director of Ceasefire Shira Goodman, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence Susan Higginbotham, leader of the Pennsylvania chapter of Moms Demand Action Deb Marteslo, Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women Randi Teplitz, domestic abuse survivor Angela Quarles, legislators, and representatives of the Commission for Women and Everytown for Gun Safety.The new law includes additional safeguards to help protect victims of domestic violence, including:New requirements around prohibiting abusers who have been issued a final protection from abuse orders issued after a contested hearing or conviction for misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence from possessing firearms and requires them to turn in their guns to law enforcement agencies within 24 hours while the order is in effect;Eliminates the concern about simply relinquishing a firearm to a family member or friend;Allows for the time that an individual is incarcerated not to be counted for the 90 days of a temporary PFA.Due to the urgency of enacting the legislation, Gov. Wolf officially signed the bill into law immediately after receiving it on Oct. 12. He urges the General Assembly to continue making Pennsylvania safer by passing commonsense gun safety reforms, such as requiring anyone purchasing a firearm to go through a State Police background check.“I hope that this bill is the beginning of more bipartisan work to find commonsense ways to keep dangerous weapons away from dangerous people,” said Gov. Wolf. “We owe the citizens of this commonwealth a safe place and we need to continue working together – politics aside – to make that a reality.” Governor Wolf Praises Advocates for New Domestic Violence, Gun Safety Protectionscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Fire razes poultry farm in Sta. Barbara

first_imgSmoke and flames are seen billowing from poultry farm houses in Barangay Binangkilan, Sta. Barbara, Iloilo around 2 p.m. on April 23. BARANGAY BINANGKILAN VIA FACEBOOK It was not immediately clear what timethe responding firefighters were able declared a “fire out.” The farm was mostly made of lightmaterials, allowing the fast spread of fire, the investigators added. ILOILO City – Fire broke out at a poultryfarm in Barangay Binangkilan, Sta. Barbara, Iloilo. According to arson investigators, thefire started razing the farm around 2 p.m. on April 23. The blaze gutted down four poultry farm houseswhich was owned by Sonny Retinio, a police report showed. As of this writing, the cause of thefire was not immediately clear. The total cost of damage, too, has yet to bedetermined./PNlast_img read more

NBA free agency: DeMarcus Cousins agrees to deal with Lakers

first_imgAfter experiencing a depressed free-agency market for the second consecutive year, DeMarcus Cousins agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. ESPN first reported the news.Cousins became a casualty on the free-agent market on four fronts. One, the Warriors became strapped for cap space after acquiring D’Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade from Brooklyn as part of a consolation prize for Kevin Durant’s departure. Two, Cousins no longer appears as coveted as when he landed four …last_img read more

Raiders’ deja vu with Randy Moss — Antonio Brown headed to Patriots

first_imgALAMEDA — About five hours after being released by the Raiders, Antonio Brown has landed with the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.Brown asked for and received his release Saturday morning, and by mid-afternoon ESPN’s Adam Schefter was reporting a one-year contract with the Patriots.Raiders coach Jon Gruden and his team had finished their media obligations when the news broke. Gruden, however, responded to a text message about Brown joining the Patriots and said “I wish …last_img read more

Digital set-top boxes ‘on sale in 2010’

first_img22 July 2009The set-top boxes that many South Africans will need to watch television as the country completes its move from analogue to digital broadcasting are likely to go on sale in the first half of 2010.Currently, South African television and radio signals are broadcast on an analogue platform, which requires a large amount of bandwidth to transmit picture and sound information, limiting the amount of signals that can get through at any time.Digital signals require much less bandwidth, allowing more channels to be broadcast at the same time, with a brighter, sharper picture and better sound.Switch-over dateSouth Africa began broadcasting a digital terrestrial signal alongside its analogue signal in November 2008.This “dual illumination” window period is due to end with a final switch-off of the analogue signal on 1 November 2011.Local TV viewers have until then to acquire either a digitally compliant television set or the set-top box necessary to make their old TVs digitally compliant.Digital Dzonga CouncilThe Department of Communications has now launched the Digital Dzonga Council to manage the process of migrating to digital broadcasting.Council members include officials from the department, consumer groups, various broadcasters such as the South African Broadcasting Corporation, eTV and M-Net, manufacturers, national signal distributor Sentech, and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa.“Once the services and technology have been tested adequately, and all other related processes are in place, [set-top boxes] will be made available in retail stores,” the department’s Mashilo Boloka said at the launch of the council in Johannesburg this week.“The actual date will be confirmed and communicated to the public as soon as all relevant logistical, legal, technical and policy issues have been addressed. This is anticipated to be during the first half of 2010.”Boloka said a trial was currently being conducted with a small sample of viewers, adding that there were a number of issues that still needed to be resolved before the service could be made available to the public.“This includes testing of the service to ensure that everything works as it should before consumers spend money on purchasing [set-top boxes],” Boloka said.The South African Bureau of Standards has also released set-top box specifications and approved the necessary hardware, and the department urged all parties dealing in software related issues to conclude their agreements so that manufacturing could commence.Subsidies for poorer householdsIn August 2008, then Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri announced that the government would introduce a scheme for ownership support to help households that could not afford to buy set-top boxes.As part of the scheme, the government plans to subsidise 70%, or around R400, of the expected R700 cost of a set-top box.Matsepe-Casaburri said the advantages of digital broadcasting far outweighed the estimated cost of such a subsidy. These include access to more channels, including focused educational channels, and direct access to new services, such as e-government services.Global migrationThe migration from analogue to digital broadcasting is taking place worldwide, in line with timelines contained in an International Telecommunications Union (ITU) treaty.The ITU decided a while back that protection for analogue signals would cease in 2015, giving member states timelines per region to comply with the decision.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Bookie arrested for accepting bets on India-Bangladesh WC tie

first_imgAn alleged cricket bookie has been arrested from suburban Borivali for allegedly accepting betting on the India-Bangladesh match of the World Cup, police said on Sunday.On a tip off, a trap was laid and diamond broker Piyush Seth (42) was nabbed from a room in Country Park building last night while accepting bets for the first match of the World Cup, said Senior Inspector (Crime branch XII) Milind Khetle.An LCD television, six mobile phones, a modem and a laptop were recovered from the bookie, he said.Seth has been booked under relevant sections of Gambling Act and the Indian Telegraph Act, he said. “Seth is being questioned. We are trying to know with whom he was in contact, for whom he is accepting betting,” Khetle said.Most of the bookies have gone underground or are operating from outside the city fearing arrest, a senior police officer said.This is the first arrest after the city Crime Branch intensified its surveillance to nab the bookies in the view of Cricket World Cup.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Djokovic, Murray Win at US Open

first_imgNEW YORK — Spinning in 70 mph second serves, grabbing at his hamstring during points, Andy Murray gritted his way through head-to-toe cramps to win at the U.S. Open.Murray outlasted Robin Haase 6-3, 7-6 (6), 1-6, 7-5 in the first round Aug. 25 during an afternoon that was hot but not particularly humid. He was mystified that the cramps came on so early — at the start of the third set after only about an hour and a half on court.“When it starts to kind of go everywhere, you don’t know exactly where it’s going to creep up next,” he said. “When you stretch one muscle, something else then cramps, too.”It started in the back of his left shoulder, and then quickly spread to his forearm. The right-handed Murray couldn’t toss the ball high enough to get any pace on his serves.Between points, he’d twist his body to awkwardly stretch his left side. After hitting a winner, he’d reach for his quad.Murray was twice down a break in the fourth set, but the 70th-ranked Haase unraveled with a string of unforced errors. He wasted three break points in the final game, when a missed call also cost him.The eighth-seeded Murray had felt confident in his conditioning after productive training sessions in Miami, where he weathered far more heat and humidity than this. He wondered if something was amiss in his nutrition.“Cramping in my left forearm?” a bewildered Murray said. “I mean, I didn’t use my left forearm a whole lot today.”Haase, also bothered by some cramping, said he didn’t eat and drink enough beforehand because of an earlier-than-expected start — the first match on Louis Armstrong Stadium lasted just 47 minutes. But Murray said dehydration didn’t seem to be his problem.Serving for the fourth set at 5-3, Haase double-faulted on break point to allow Murray to get back on serve. Murray then went up 6-5 when he took Haase’s second serve high and whacked a forehand winner.With Murray trying to serve out the match, Haase smacked a deep return on his second break point that might have set him up to win the game. But the ball was called out, and after it was overturned on review, they had to replay the point. This time, Haase hit a volley into the net.Murray is notorious for suddenly clutching at an ailment after a poorly played point. On this day, though, the misery was clearly real. The two-time major champion went after winners to shorten points, tried to stay upright to keep the strain off his legs. It was just enough to eke out the victory.“I don’t think if it would have gone to five sets I would’ve been the favorite,” Murray said.Three years ago, he and Haase did go five in New York, with Murray rallying from a two-set deficit to win in the second round.After the loss, Haase planned to complain to the ATP that he was denied treatment during the match for a sore foot. But the Dutchman insisted he wasn’t distracted by Murray’s shows of discomfort.“I was more busy with myself, and I was struggling myself,” Haase said. “I tried to play my game. It didn’t bother me what he did.”No such struggles for top-seeded Novak Djokovic, who breezed past U.S. Open novice Diego Schwartzman 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. Djokovic wrapped up the final match on opening day at the year’s last Grand Slam event as the hour grew late, with fans calling out to him from the far-away seats at Arthur Ashe Stadium.“I hope it was a midnight delight for all you guys,” he told them in an on-court interview.Fifth-seeded Maria Sharapova, who missed last year’s tournament because of an injured right shoulder, made a successful return by winning the final 10 games to beat Maria Kirilenko 6-4, 6-0 in a matchup of 27-year-old Russians and longtime friends. Actor Alec Baldwin got into the action, too, catching an out-of-bounds shot that sailed over Sharapova and bounced into the seats.Also, 10th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark advanced 6-1, 3-6, 2-0 when Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia had to stop because of an injured left hip.Ninth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also needed four sets to beat Juan Monaco 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-1. Nick Kyrgios — the Australian teen who stunned Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon — came back from three code violations, just one outburst away from default, in a 7-5, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-6 (1) upset of 21st-seeded Mikhail Youzhny.Julien Benneteau, seeded 24th, was upset in five sets by fellow Frenchman Benoit Paire. Third-seeded Stan Wawrinka and fifth-seeded Milos Raonic both advanced in straight sets.Earlier, Venus Williams, 34, beat 43-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. The combined age of 77 was believed to be the oldest for a women’s Grand Slam pairing, the WTA said.Along with the 19th-seeded Williams, 21st-seeded American Sloane Stephens also advanced by routing Annika Beck.Second-seeded Simona Halep rallied from a set down for a 6-7 (2), 6-1, 6-2 victory over 20-year-old Danielle Rose Collins, who was playing her first main draw match at a tour-level event. As a sophomore at Virginia, an unseeded Collins won the NCAA title to earn a wild card into the U.S. Open.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

NHF To Fund Survey On Eating Patterns Of Jamaicans

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Nov. 13 (JIS): BY: GARFIELD L. ANGUS – In another two years, key stakeholders in the health sector will be equipped with informed data on eating patterns of Jamaicans aged 16-60, courtesy of a National Health Fund (NHF) $14.6 million survey being undertaken by the University of Technology (UTech).Under the project called JA-LIVITY, spearheaded by the College of Health Sciences at UTech, several entities dealing with health promotion and protection will be able to access information on the food consumption trends and nutritional status of the population.It will also aid in deepening the understanding of the nutritional status and micronutrient deficiencies of the groups to be studied, and will be crucial data to the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, the food manufacturing industry, and the Ministry of Finance and Planning, among others.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NHF, Everton Anderson, says health research is an important tool for comprehensive, integrated and effective interventions in health care, and his agency is always open to fund such projects.“In the planning of health promotion programmes and campaigns, the use of research is critical. We cannot plan such programmes in a vacuum, and so we welcome this research, that will be valuable to us, as well as our parent Ministry, and other agencies,” Mr. Anderson tells JIS News.Director of Dietetics and Nutrition at UTech, Ava Simpson, says given the rapid growth in the number of persons suffering from obesity and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs), a need exists for evidence-based information on the food consumption of the population, and factors that drive eating patterns. The Director explains that the information is needed to buttress the formulation of policy, guide clinical decisions, and to “positively impact Jamaica’s response to the burgeoning obesity problem through research, and wellness solutions.” She points out that consumption patterns and trends of the population will be surveyed at the individual level, as well as the quality of foods eaten, to calculate intake of energy, nutrients and other components of the foods eaten.To boost the reach of the campaign to target groups, two wellness centres will be set up, one for the urban areas, and the other for persons in rural communities. Dean of the College, Dr. Ellen Campbell-Grille, says the project is multi-disciplinary, with participation by all in the department. “We are very proud for the confidence that the National Health Fund has bestowed in us,” she tells JIS News. The National Health Fund was established to provide financial support to the national healthcare system to improve its effectiveness and the health of the Jamaican population through two categories of benefits – individual and institutional. The individual benefits include assistance to persons in the purchase of specific prescription drugs used in the treatment and management of designated chronic illnesses. The agency also conducts public education drives to educate the public about chronic illness prevention and management. Persons seeking individual benefits must be certified by a registered private or public doctor, with one or more of the specified medical conditions, and register with the agency. Once approved, the beneficiary is issued with an NHF card and will be able to get assistance with the purchase of drugs from approved participating pharmacies. The UTech College of Health Sciences conducts researches, which address and provide solutions to healthcare problems in the country and region. The College comprises three schools – Caribbean School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy and School of Allied Health and Wellness.The college offers a wide range of graduate and undergraduate courses to health professionals for the local, regional and global markets in areas such as Pharmacy, Nursing, Dietetics and Nutrition, Medical Technology, Child and Adolescent Development, Health Information Technology, Health Administration and Complementary Medicine. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Everton Anderson, JA-LIVITY, NHF, University of Technologylast_img read more