Hospitals could soon show red card to violent patients

first_imgHospitals could soon show red card to violent patientsOn 26 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Patients who are persistently violent to health service staff will literallybe shown the red card under proposals announced by the Health Secretary. Alan Milburn told a conference of NHS staff in Birmingham that hospitalswould be able to ban violent patients for a year. Offenders will be issued with a yellow card for their first offence as awarning, followed by the red card and a 12-month ban if they repeat thebehaviour. Keith Johnston, HR director for North Bristol NHS Trust, welcomed theinitiative. He said, “It may seem like a gimmick but it is based on workat Bart’s in London where it was successful. “We need a range of tools we can use to address these issues ofviolence in our hospitals. We have to be careful how we implement it, as itwill not be appropriate in all circumstances.” Gary Theobald, HR director of the Basildon and Thurrock General HospitalsNHS Trust, also thought the scheme would protect health service staff, butstressed that it would only be used as a last resort. “I hope staff themselves will be reassured and feel a bit moreconfident now they know there is a sanction can use,” he said. Milburn, announcing the initiative, said, “I will stand four-squarebehind trusts that take tough action to protect staff.” Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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Badger Holdings invests heavily in digital landlord and tenant online services

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Badger Holdings invests heavily in digital landlord and tenant online services previous nextAgencies & PeopleBadger Holdings invests heavily in digital landlord and tenant online servicesSuite of services to include Fixflo’s maintenance reporting tool for tenants.Nigel Lewis14th March 201701,413 Views The parent company of Townends and Regents Estate Agents, Badger Holdings, has launched an online lettings portal for its landlords, and signed up to Fixflo at the same time, in what is a major digital push for the group.Townends has 21 branches in London and Surrey and Regents has six, also in Surrey.Landlord clients of the two companies will now be able to see more clearly what’s going on with their tenancies, Badger Holdings says, including the ability to examine digital contracts, tenants’ details, online statements, pending work orders and downloadable inventories, EPCs and deposit certificates.Tenants being managed by Townends and Regents branch staff will now be able to flag up repairs and maintenance problems directly through Fixflo’s online reporting system. Badger Holdings believes this has “[been] proven to revolutionise repairs reporting for the residential lettings industry, helping agents provide a more streamlined service,” it says.Caroline Kavanagh, Director of Operations of Badger Holdings, (pictured, above) says “The provision of a comprehensive repairs handling process is essential to every lettings and management service.“Adopting new methods which capitalise on the ways in which people are choosing to manage more and more aspects of their daily life is key to the future quality of our service.“It will help ensure we are not only accessible to our customers but also efficient and responsive. This is just the start of a series of planned enhancements to our service and we will continue to improve and update the portal with new documents and features.”Badger Holdings, which is famous for its Las Vegas staff trips for high-flying negotiators, owns companies that supply almost all its customer-facing needs including a financial services company, Tyser Greenwood Surveyors and a property refurbishment and maintenance company called INEX Solutions. The group is based in West Byfleet, Surrey and was bought by Nick Dunning Associates in February this year. March 14, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

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HMAS Newcastle Helps Deter Pirates

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Newcastle Helps Deter Pirates View post tag: HMAS View post tag: Deter View post tag: Maritime Share this article HMAS Newcastle Helps Deter Pirates View post tag: Newcastle View post tag: helps View post tag: Defence View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: Security View post tag: Pirates View post tag: Navy View post tag: Australia August 13, 2013 The Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Newcastle has recently completed two successful weeks of counter terrorism operations in the Red Sea with the multi-national Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150).CTF 150 is a coalition force with a principal mission to deter, disrupt and defeat attempts by international terrorist organisations to use the maritime environment as a venue for attack or as a means to transport personnel, weapons and other materials.Over a fortnight of operations with CTF150, Newcastle’s crew executed 81 boarding actions while the crew of the S-70B-2 Seahawk Helicopter conducted 32 surface search sorties, to gather ‘patterns of life’ intelligence and detect and deter illegal activity in the area.Newcastle’s Operations Officer, Lieutenant Robbie Baker said the boarding operations also focused on regional engagement. “These boardings helped us to strengthen our relationships with the coalition units of CTF 150 and with the wider community, including people from countries such as Yemen and Eritrea.“During these engagements we were able to gain the local perspective on illegal activity being conducted in the area, which allowed us to focus our efforts on the higher risk areas,” Lieutenant Baker said.Coalition navies have been conducting regular maritime security patrols in the Red Sea and the Bab-el-Mandeb strait for more than thirteen years. Lieutenant Baker said there had been an obvious decline in illegal activity as a result. “Thanks to the extensive counter piracy efforts from all the partnering nations there has been a marked decrease in the number of piracy attacks in this area. That has allowed us to focus our attention on counter terrorism efforts, which is making it much harder for smugglers to operate here,” he said.Newcastle has now joined Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151) to conduct counter piracy operations in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC). Lieutenant Baker said the IRTC was a high risk area for pirate attacks. “A large percentage of the world’s shipping passes through the IRTC, so pirates have a lot of targets to choose from. The corridor only covers a small area, so pirates are able to get to merchant vessels in a short amount of time, without having to go too far out to sea.“Our presence helps to deter these pirates from disrupting the ships that use the corridor, so that they can get through the tight passage and arrive at their destination safely,” he said.CTF 151 is a multi-national task force which exists to deter and disrupt piracy, protecting maritime vessels of all nationalities and securing freedom of navigation for the benefit of all. It is one of three task forces which operate under the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) partnership.Newcastle is in the MEAO as part of Operation SLIPPER – the Australian Defence Force (ADF) contribution to the international campaign against terrorism, counter smuggling and counter piracy in the Gulf of Aden, and enhancing regional maritime security and engagement. Her current six-month deployment is the 55th rotation of an Australian warship to the MEAO since 1990.[mappress]Press Release, August 13, 2013; Image: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defenselast_img read more

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Rep. Messer Urges President Trump to Take Executive Action on Tax Loophole Allowing Billions…

first_imgToday Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to take executive action on a tax credit loophole that allows billions of dollars in payments to illegal immigrants.The Child Tax Credit (CTC) and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) provide American families $1,000 per child as a federal tax benefit, but the program is wrought with fraud.  That’s because this benefit can be claimed without a valid Social Security Number by using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), which is issued to individuals regardless of immigration status.A 2014 Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report estimated that between $5.9 and $7.1 billion was being paid out a year to illegal immigrants and individuals illegally claiming children through the Additional Child Tax Credit. A 2011 report estimated that $4.2 billion was going just to illegal immigrants.In 2012, WTHR Channel 13 in Indianapolis produced an investigative series that found undocumented workers were not only claiming this tax credit, but claiming it for kids that weren’t even living in the United States.“Most Americans are astonished to learn that each year billions of taxpayer dollars are given out to people who are in our country illegally,” Messer said. “This is just one example of how our broken tax and immigration systems continue to incentivize immigrants to come here illegally. It’s long past time to change it.”Messer authored legislation last month to address this issue. His proposal, H.R. 363, would ensure that only taxpayers with a valid Social Security Number are able to claim the Child Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit.While Congress works to enact this legislation, Messer urged President Trump to consider executive action to protect U.S. taxpayers by:FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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City 2 Shore Gourmet Offers Many Choices

first_imgWendi Lindberg, of Ocean City, purchases balsamic vinegar from Jackie Dougherty, owner of City 2 Shore Gourmet, 709 Asbury Ave. in Ocean City, Thursday. By Maddy VitaleHot pepper jam, blueberry cheddar, fine balsamic vinegars from Italy and olive oils from around the country may not seem to go together.But if you walk into City 2 Shore Gourmet, 709 Asbury Ave. in Ocean City, you will see they make the perfect blend. An eclectic assortment of delicious foods and condiments are just some things that owner, Jackie Dougherty, of Ocean City, offers to her customers. She greets every patron with a warm, welcoming smile, and gives anyone who will try, taste tests of cheese and pimento spreads and other delicious treats, as well as dips of a wide assortment of her balsamic vinegars.Ann Filling, of Mays Landing, stopped in for her favorite blueberry cheddar and a bottle of balsamic vinegar on Thursday. “There isn’t anything on this earth that is better,” she said.Wendi Lindberg, of Ocean City, said she had to do some last-minute Christmas shopping, but had to stop in for a bottle of balsamic vinegar. She tasted a few blends, selected one, and left with the bottle and some other goodies. Another customer walked in and ordered his usual, several jars of hot pepper jam and honey.Jackie Dougherty shows a display of peanut butters she sells made by a business owner she met at a farmers market.Dougherty, wearing an apron, walked around the narrow but homey feeling shop and chatted, then walked behind her cutting table, chopped some cheese into squares, poked toothpicks in a few, sliced a honey crisp apple, and put a spread on a few crackers. She offered them to her customers, anxiously awaiting some taste testers. “I get to work seven days a week,” Dougherty chuckled. “There’s nothing else I would rather do.”When it comes to cheeses – they are from Wisconsin, and there are a multitude to try – such as the blueberry cheddar, mozzarella, horseradish cheese, ghost pepper jack cheese and Havarti, to name just some. Prices range from about $9 up to $12.The $12 cheeses, Dougherty said, include a 7-year-old cheddar and are worth every penny.Jackie Dougherty arranges some of her line of Divino balsamic vinegars produced and packaged in Italy.Her shop consists of products from business owners she met through farmers markets and street, wine and cheese festivals. Her balsamic vinegars are her own line – Divino – produced and bottled in Italy. Her honey, peanut butters, hot pepper jelly and gluten-free granola are mostly from local people she met along the way, many of whom she now considers friends. The vinegars start at $22 a bottle, or two bottles for $40. Her olive oils are $20 and up. Several years ago, she became interested in olive oils and went for her certification as a sommelier of olive oil.“People ask me what that means, and I just say, ‘I know more about olive oil then you do,’” she joked. “I really didn’t intend to get the certification but when I look back now, I am glad I did.”One of Dougherty’s favorite treats is the gluten-free granola. She likes to snack on them, she said. The cost per bag is $9.  To top Dougherty’s array of offerings, are sea salts from a teacher of hers in a culinary program.Dougherty, a widow and mother of twin 23-year-old girls, opened her online store in 2010, and moved into her storefront on Asbury Avenue last year.“In 2012, my girls left home and people told me I had to get out of the house,” she said. That wasn’t difficult for Dougherty to conceptualize, considering she was a corporate headhunter for nine years. Before that she owned two lunch trucks.“It’s all because of God that I have been able to do this. I couldn’t have done it without my faith,” Dougherty said. “I have met so many wonderful people through my business. It has been an incredible journey.”For more information call 609-525-0339 or visit http://city2shoregourmet.com/.City 2 Shore Gourmet, 709 Asbury Ave. in Ocean City, opened last year.last_img read more

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Press release: National product safety office carries out first enforcement action

first_imgTaking into account their mitigation and credit for an early guilty plea, Hardwood’s was fined £4,000 plus a victim surcharge of £170 and prosecution costs of £3,273. The total of £7,443 was ordered to be paid within 28 days. How the Office for Product Safety and Standards contributes to the national regulatory landscape. This conviction shows just how serious we are about compliance issues and how we will take rapid action when rules have been broken to protect consumers, businesses and the environment. Mike Kearney, Head of Enforcement at the Office for Product Safety and Standards, said:center_img British timber operator Hardwood Dimensions (Holdings) Ltd today (2 March) was fined £4,000 for breaching regulations prohibiting the importing and sale of illegally harvested timber.The fine marked the first enforcement action carried out by the Government’s new Office for Product Safety and Standards since its establishment earlier this year.Hardwood’s failed to check the legality of a batch of timber from Cameroon when placing it on the market, breaching regulations requiring businesses trading in timber and timber products in the UK to ensure that their products originate from legal sources.At Manchester Magistrates Court, the company was convicted and fined £4,000 plus costs after pleading guilty at the first hearing.Business Minister Andrew Griffiths said: The new Office for Product Safety and Standards strengthens the UK’s already tough product safety and enforcement rules and today’s decision by the court sends a powerful message to companies that they need to ensure any products they sell originate from legitimate sources.last_img read more

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Travelin’ McCourys And Jeff Austin Band To Take Grateful Dead Tribute On The Road

first_imgThe Travelin’ McCourys are teaming up with the Jeff Austin Band for a very special tour! Following the success of the inaugural Grateful Ball in St. Louis, the two bands are turning the concept into a full tour. Each band will play a full set of their original music, then they’ll join the stage together and play the songs of the Grateful Dead.Check out the full tour below:last_img

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Congo: Rape as Strategy

first_imgResearchers from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative have been working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for several years examining the roots of the violence against women that has plagued this war-torn region.last_img

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Harvard Kennedy School announces James R. Schlesinger Professorship

first_imgThe John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University is pleased to announce the establishment of the James R. Schlesinger Professorship of Energy, National Security, and Foreign Policy, an endowed professorship honoring one of the most accomplished public servants of our time. The professorship, which was funded by Schlesinger friends and admirers from around the world, including a generous gift from MeiLi and Robert A. Hefner III, will focus on contemporary policy issues, with an emphasis on foreign policy, defense, strategy, energy, and intelligence.Schlesinger, a Harvard alumnus (A.B. 1950, A.M. 1952, Ph.D. 1956) who helped shape American security policies for more than four decades, served the United States as secretary of defense, secretary of energy, director of Central Intelligence and chair of the Atomic Energy Commission. Since leaving his cabinet-level positions, he continues to answer the call of public service, most recently chairing the Commission to Investigate the Department of Defense’s Treatment of Detainees and vice chairing the Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States. At Harvard, Schlesinger served on the Board of Overseers and chaired its visiting committees to both Harvard Kennedy School and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He also serves as chair of the International Council at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.“Jim Schlesinger is a monumental figure in American foreign and energy policy,” says David T. Ellwood, dean and Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School. “Harvard is honored that his friends have chosen to recognize his considerable impact on American foreign and energy policy through this professorship.”“Jim Schlesinger has been a great son of Harvard and a great inspiration for those of us who have had the honor to work with him,” says Graham Allison, director of the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Douglas Dillon Professor of Government. “Who could better symbolize ‘energy and national security’ than the first secretary of energy and one of two people ever to serve as both director of CIA and secretary of defense?”last_img read more

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Data Domain Cloud Tier. The Right Choice for Long Term Retention

first_imgThe Data Domain Family has been the number one choice when it comes to the Purpose Built Backup Appliance market. Data Domain provides best in class deduplication and scale for your data protection needs, including the ability to tier data to the cloud of your choice via Data Domain Cloud Tier. With Data Domain Cloud Tier you can send your data directly from the DD appliance to any of the validated and supported cloud object storage providers; public, private or hybrid for long-term retention needs.Data Domain Cloud Tier (DD Cloud Tier) is a function of the Data Domain storage appliance itself. With DD Cloud Tier, Data Domain can natively tier deduplicated data to the cloud. No separate cloud gateway or virtual appliance is required. Data is sent directly from the Data Domain system to the cloud with seamless management through Data Domain Management Center where the data movement policy is managed.Data Domain Cloud Tier can scale up to 2x the max capacity of the active tier, increasing the overall Data Domain system scalabilty by up to 3x. For example, the DD9800 scales up to 1PB of usable capacity on the active tier, therefore the cloud tier can support up to 2PB of usable capacity.  Factoring in Data Domain’s deduplication ratios, this results in up to 100PB of logical capacity being efficiently protected in the cloud and overall 150PB of logical capacity being managed by a single Data Domain system.When it comes to offloading data into the cloud there are a ton of questions that come up with regards to security. Don’t worry, DD Cloud Tier supports DD Encryption to ensure data being sent to the cloud remains secure. Customers have the option to leverage DD Encryption to encrypt all data on the Data Domain system or encrypt just the data being stored in the cloud tier.To help manage your data both on-prem and in the cloud Data Domain Management Center, DD MC, can provide key insights into your backup environment. DDMC provides health and capacity reporting as well as a full system view of your DD Cloud Tier. DDMC also gives you visibility into how your data is distributed over multiple clouds; available space, total capacity per provider and on-prem.Data Domain Cloud Tier is a great complement to your Data Domain appliance. Data Domain Cloud Tier extends deduplication to the cloud of your choice while freeing up space on your local appliance. To learn more about Data Domain Cloud Tier check out our video. To see Data Domain Cloud Tier in action here is a quick demo. If you have further questions about what Data Domain Cloud Tier can do for you please speak with your sales representative.last_img read more

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