Mass anti-austerity rally clogs Madrid

first_imgThe specter of anti-austerity is haunting Europe’s ruling bankers and bosses. Excitement over Syriza’s victory in Greece’s parliamentary election jumped westward along the Mediterranean Sea to Spain as a massive demonstration on Jan. 31 clogged central Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square.According to the march’s organizers from the new political party “Podemos,” 300,000 heeded their call to march. They shouted: “Tick-tock, tick-tock, now is the time for change!” The change they want is to reject the establishment parties that have cut social security, medical care and education in order to make payments on a $1.2 trillion debt, mostly to German banks.Podemos grew out of protests by the “indignant ones,” who filled the large squares of cities all over the Spanish state starting May 15, 2011. Although founded as an electoral party just a year ago, in January 2014, Podemos won 8 percent of the vote last May for the European Parliament and already has attracted 320,000 members.More recently Podemos has been leading in the electoral polls, ahead of the two parties that have alternately governed since 1978: the People’s Party (PP) — a right-wing party now in office — and the Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) — which, despite its name, is a pro-capitalist center party. National elections are scheduled for November.After the 2008 capitalist economic crisis broke out, living standards for the working class in Spain nosedived. Even now, after a supposed recovery, there is a 24-percent general unemployment rate, but double that for workers under 25 years of age. Some 20,000 homeowners are scheduled to lose their homes to the banks this year. Popular anger over the worsening conditions turned into opposition to the governing parties and to anyone considered part of the capitalist establishment.Both the PP and the PSOE enforced the austerity program. Many people within the Spanish state consider these two parties and other government institutions corrupt tools of the ruling class. The people also rejected the royal family, which is steeped in corruption. The unpopular King Juan Carlos I, for example, chose to abdicate last June in favor of his son, now King Felipe VI, rather than completely discredit the monarchy.Many Podemos voters and supporters come from the historically left parties, like the United Left (IU). Other had been PSOE voters. Others had abstained. Now millions who hope an electoral change can relieve the overall crisis are looking to Podemos, whose program promises a break with European Union domination and austerity.Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias had campaigned for Syriza in Greece. The Syriza victory in the Jan. 25 election gave a boost to those in Spain seeking an electoral alternative to the current situation of unemployment and disappearing social benefits.Revolutionary organizations like the Red Network are urging mass mobilizations and preparations for a general strike. These groups see an electoral campaign in Spain as only one part of a struggle against austerity. Last March 22, organizers of a “March for Dignity” gathered over a million people in Madrid to protest austerity. They plan a similar protest this March 21.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Huntington Memorial Hospital Honored With Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Huntington Memorial Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.“We are pleased to recognize Huntington Hospital for their commitment and dedication to stroke care”Get With The Guidelines-Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Huntington Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.“The Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award demonstrates Huntington Hospital’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Arbi Ohanian, M.D., medical director of Huntington Hospital’s Primary Stroke Center. “We are committed to ensuring that our patients receive care based on internationally respected clinical guidelines.”“We are pleased to recognize Huntington Hospital for their commitment and dedication to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and executive director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality-improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care.”Get With The Guidelines-Stroke also helps Huntington Hospital’s staff implement prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors and to be aware of warning signs for stroke and ensuring they take their medications properly. Hospitals can make customized patient education materials available upon discharge, based on the patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format in either English or Spanish.According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.Huntington Hospital’s stroke center is distinguished as a certified primary stroke center by The Joint Commission, the foremost accrediting body in healthcare in the United States. This designation is awarded to select centers that pass a rigorous on-site review and a thorough examination of the program and patient care. The certification recognizes the hospital’s commitment to following national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients. Huntington Hospital’s stroke center is also an approved stroke center for Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services.About Get With The GuidelinesGet With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 4 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/myhealthcare.About Huntington HospitalHuntington Memorial Hospital, www.HuntingtonHospital.com, is a 625-bed not-for-profit hospital located in Pasadena, California. Huntington Hospital has been ranked nationally by U.S. News and World Report in two specialties and was named among the top hospitals in California. The hospital is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HuntingtonMemorialHospital and on Twitter at @HuntingtonNews.For more information about Huntington Hospital contact Derek Clark at (626) 397-3241 or email [email protected] top box 4 Huntington Memorial Hospital Honored With Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, May 2, 2014 | 11:48 am More Cool Stuff Business News Herbeauty9 Gorgeous Looks That Have Been Classic Go-tos For DecadesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Are Indian Women’s Best Formulas For Eternal BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 14 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Subscribe Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a commentlast_img read more

Pasadena Cub Scouts Donate Library and Renovate Youth Care Room

first_img Make a comment HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Kardashians Know How To Throw A Good Party!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyDo You Feel Like Hollywood Celebrities All Look A Bit Similar?HerbeautyHerbeauty Don Benito Cub Scout Pack 37. Photo credit: Bill CoburnOn Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., Don Benito Cub Scout Pack 37 and the Pasadena Police Department will unveil the newly renovated youth care room in the Pasadena Police Department. The room is used by children victims who have come into the protective custody of law enforcement. The situations that result in children being placed in protective custody are emotional and scary.Pack 37 wanting to make a difference in these young lives and took it upon themselves to renovate the youth care room, build a custom book shelf and fill the shelves with books and DVDs to engage the children with a positive activity. Their result is a beautiful, welcoming, and comfortable environment for children.The event will be held Saturday, June 11, 10:00 a.m. at the Pasadena Police Department, Records Lobby (207 N. Garfield Avenue, Pasadena). Lobby doors will open at 9:45 a.m.For more information, contact Lt. Tracey Ibarra at (661) 373-7753. Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Pasadena Cub Scouts Donate Library and Renovate Youth Care Room Published on Friday, June 10, 2016 | 11:12 am Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img Community News Top of the News More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

NI Environment Minister Mark H Durkan unhappy with draft budget

first_imgHomepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NI Environment Minister Mark H Durkan unhappy with draft budget 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Pinterest By News Highland – October 31, 2014 Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry The Norths Environment Minister has said he believes the draft budget is “bad for the people” of Northern Ireland.The Northern Ireland Executive has agreed next year’s draft budget yesterday evening.SDLP minister Mark H Durkan voted against the draft budget while ministers from Alliance and the Ulster Unionist Party abstained from the vote.Mr Durkan said he refused to support it because of the cuts to his department…..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/markh830.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp Previous articleJason Quigley extends unbeaten record with a 1st round KO in AmericaNext articleWalled City brewery to create 10 new jobs in Derry News Highland Facebook Google+ Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsApp Google+last_img read more

Climate Change A Growing Concern: SC Constitutes Expert Committee For Formulating Guidelines On Felling Of Trees For Developmental Projects

first_imgNews UpdatesClimate Change A Growing Concern: SC Constitutes Expert Committee For Formulating Guidelines On Felling Of Trees For Developmental Projects LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK25 March 2021 7:43 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has constituted an expert committee for formulating scientific and policy guidelines with respect to cutting of trees for developmental projects.Dr. MK Ranjitsinh Jhala, wildlife expert and former Chairman of the Wildlife Trust of India is the Chairman of the Committee. Other members of the Committee are (b) Jigmet Takpa, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court has constituted an expert committee for formulating scientific and policy guidelines with respect to cutting of trees for developmental projects.Dr. MK Ranjitsinh Jhala, wildlife expert and former Chairman of the Wildlife Trust of India is the Chairman of the Committee.  Other members of the Committee are (b) Jigmet Takpa, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change- Member Secretary of the Committee;  Arun Singh Rawat, DG, Indian Council for Forestry Research-Member; (d) Prof. Sandeep Tambe, (Indian Forest Service), currently working as Professor of Forestry at the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal- Member; Gopal Singh Rawat, former Dean and Director, Wildlife Institute of India- Member; Dr. Nilanjan Ghosh, Director, Observer Research Foundation, Kolkata, an expert in ecological economics- Member and (g) Pradeep Krishen, Environmentalist- Member.The bench comprising CJI SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian also appointed Advocate K Parameshwar, as Amicus Curiae.The court directed the committee to file its recommendations on the following aspects within four weeks from the date of its first meeting.These guidelines may specify the species of trees in categories based upon their environmental values considering the age and girth of the trees etc.The guidelines may provide special treatment for geographical area or eco-sensitive area, they may identify areas which need to be regulated and even identify a minimum threshold beyond which the guidelines will apply. The guidelines shall prescribe a mechanism for assessment of both intrinsic and instrumental value of 5 the trees, based not only on the value of timber, but also the ecosystem services rendered by the trees and its special relevance, if any, to the habitat of other living organisms, soil, flowing and underground water. The guidelines shall also mandate rules regarding alternate routes/sites for roads/projects, and possibilities for using alternate modes of transport like railways or water-ways. The guidelines shall also prescribe the mode of compensation financial and otherwise, the stage of depositing such compensation and the process that governs the computation and recovery. In this regard, the committee may consider the existing regulatory framework regarding calculation of Net Present Value (NPV) and may suggest necessary modification. In addition, the guidelines shall also specify the manner and mechanism of compensatory afforestation to be carried out using the deposited compensation, consistent with the native ecosystem, habitat and species. The Committee may consider the need for any permanent expert body and its proposed structural form. Any other issue incidental to the aforesaid objectivesThe court was considering a special leave petition filed by Association for Protection of Democratic Rights in which the issue was whether to allow the Government of West Bengal to fell the trees, in order to construct Road Over Bridges (ROBs) and widen the Roads. The Calcutta High Court, while disposing PIL filed by the Association, had held that the felling of the 356 trees is necessary for implementing the important public project of constructing the five ROBs and the State respondents will be entitled to do so. The High Court also directed the authorities to carry out compensatory plantation of at least five trees for every tree felled in the same plot or in a plot as near to the plot as possible where the trees will be felled.In its order passed on Thursday (25th March), the Apex Court bench made the following observations:Sustainable development must remain at the heart of any development policy “The right to clean and healthy environment has been recognized as the fundamental right under Article 21 of the 2 Constitution of India. Article 48-A imposes duty upon the State to endeavour to protect and improve the environment and safeguard the forests and wildlife of the Country. In addition to this, India is also a party to international treaties, agreements and conferences and has committed itself to sustainable development and growth. This legal framework indicates that sustainable development must remain at the heart of any development policy implemented by the state. It is essential to strike the right balance between environmental conservation and protection on one hand, and the right to development on the other, while articulating the doctrine of sustainable development. We may add that in our opinion conservation and development need not be viewed as binaries, but as complementary strategies that weave into one another. In other words, conservation of nature must be viewed as part of development and not as a factor stultifying development”Imperative to make a realistic assessment of the economic value of a tree, which may be permitted to fellOne of the moot questions often involved wherever there is need to fell trees to develop a project is how just and fair compensation can be calculated for felling of trees by any authority or organisation which proposes such felling. We have no doubt that such compensation should be calculated and paid as a part of the project cost of the project which necessitates the felling of trees and such compensation must be utilized in an expert manner to create a better environment and, most importantly, increase afforestation. It is, therefore, imperative to make a realistic assessment of the economic value of a tree, which may be permitted to fell, with reference to its value to environment and its longevity, with regard to factors such as production of oxygen and carbon sequestration, soil conservation, protection of flora/fauna, its role in habitat and ecosystem integrity and any other ecologically relevant factor, distinct from timber/wood. We note that the issue assumes significance from the perspective of climate change as a growing national and international concern. The pivotal policy document in India on climate change is the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) formulated by Union Government in 2008, which recognizes that the country is committed to increasing tree cover from 23% to 33%. Under the Paris Agreement, India has committed itself to Nationally Determined Contributions in 2015, wherein one of the stated objectives is to create an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent through additional forest and tree cover by 2030.Click here to Read/Download OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Rural hospital closures leave residents with few options: ‘It’s a fight every day’

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(JAMESTOWN, Tennessee) — Meachael Goney worked at the Jamestown Regional Medical Center in rural Tennessee for 46 years, but that wasn’t long enough to guarantee her job security. “They just called us up to get our checks … and said they were having a cutback,” Goney told ABC News, having just been laid off from the hospital that was in the midst of deep financial troubles. In May, the federal government stopped sending the hospital reimbursements for treating patients on Medicare and Medicaid. In an attempt to turn the hospital’s prospects around, a new CEO, Michael Alexander, was named. Not long after ABC News’ Steve Osunsami visited the center for “This Week’s” Critical Care health care series, a note was posted on its doors saying they were temporarily closed.The county was left without a hospital. The next two closest hospitals are between 45 minutes and an hour-long drive away.Across Tennessee alone, a dozen rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and, according to an analysis by The Tennessean newspaper, more than a dozen others are at serious risk of going under. But it’s not just a problem for Tennessee. In the last decade, more than 100 rural hospitals have closed across the country, according to the University of North Carolina’s Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. And an analysis by the management consultancy firm Navigant found that 21% of rural hospital in the United States are in danger of closing, too, if their finances don’t improve.Rural hospitals face a variety of challenges. They tend to serve aging communities that suffer from poor health and require expensive treatments. There are often severe doctor shortages in rural areas, and gaps in insurance coverage if patients have insurance at all. And, several studies show that rural hospitals are closing at a faster rate in states that chose not to expand Medicaid coverage to poor residents under Obamacare.Tennessee is one of those states, and the residents of Jamestown and its neighboring communities fear losing their hospital could cost lives.“If something happened to our children — we live on a farm and farm machinery and snakes whatever. I’ve always just known that hospital’s there if we need it,” Tracy Wright, a churchgoer, said of the Jamestown center.“Do you worry people wouldn’t make it (to the nearest hospital in time)?” Osunsami asked Marilyn Hull, a retired nurse who used to work at Jamestown Regional. She suffered a heart attack in 2012 and worries about having another one and the hour-long drive she’d have to make if she did.“Oh absolutely,” she said. “I said before I think that a lot of people are going to lose their life over this.”Jamestown Mayor Lyndon Baines told ABC News that the town has pleaded to both the state and federal government to help keep the hospital open.“We went to the governor, we called people in Washington, and there’s nothing we can do until they settle the bill,” he said.A spokesperson for Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee told ABC News in a statement, “Governor Lee has advocated for the modernization of health care in Tennessee to improve affordability and access. Our rural hospitals have experienced a high rate of change in recent years and the Lee Administration is building transformative solutions through the Governor’s Healthcare Modernization Task Force and the Tennessee Rural Hospital Transformation program.”The parent company for Jamestown Regional Medical Center says the hospital’s financial woes are exacerbated by a large patient population that is uninsured or relies on government subsidized health insurance. They say hospitals closer to bigger cities treat more patients with private insurance that reimburse hospitals at a higher rate.Tennessee’s Labor Department is investigating claims that the hospital was withholding money from employees’ paychecks, but not sending it to the state or Internal Revenue Service.Alexander, the new CEO for the Jamestown Regional Medical, told ABC News in a statement that despite the allegations of mismanagement, “We’re doing everything we can to try and stay open.”Last month, the federal government said it was considering new rules that could potentially give rural areas higher reimbursements for patients with government insurance, but if that money does come, it could be too late for the people of Fentress County, Tennessee.Osunsami asked Jamestown’s mayor what his biggest concern was about emergency care.“It’s just like accidents, or you know like tornadoes, something like that happens here,” Baines said. “We do get ’em here, and it could happen at any time, and then what are we gonna do?”That’s a reality the people of Celina, Tennessee, have been living in for months.The last hospital in the county, Cumberland River Hospital, closed in March, forcing residents to have to drive long distances to get emergency medical care.“It was sad. It was the saddest day I’ve had since I’ve lived here,” resident Roberta Profitt told Osunsami of the day the hospital closed. “And you know what? If you wasn’t crying, you weren’t human.”“It was really tough,” Dr. Jessie Copeland told Osunsami, with tears in his eyes. “The first week or two coming by with the barricades up and it closed, still tough, but I mean you go on.”Copeland returned to the area after going to medical school and never left. He’s one of the only remaining doctors in the area.“Being a doctor’s office in an area with no hospital, no E.R., we do the best you can,” he said. “Right now in this entire county, you can’t get an X-ray of your ankle … now it’s an hour drive to go over and back to the hospital just to get an X-ray.”Natalie Boone, the director of Clay County Emergency Management Agency, said her four ambulances have become the new emergency room.“We have become their first line of health care,” Boone said. “Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of things that we can do in the back of these ambulances. But we’re not an E.R. We can’t take the place of the E.R.”“There are so many other neighboring communities going through the same thing right now,” Clay County, Tennessee Mayor Dale Reagan said, and Copeland said it’s an uphill battle.“It’s a fight every day to get the patients what they need.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

…in brief

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article This week’s news in briefStaff not up to speed Almost 18 million UK staff do not believe they made a significantcontribution to their role when they started their jobs, according to a Morisurvey commissioned by recruitment company newmonday and e-learning provider Futuremedia.It is estimated that this is costing UK businesses £12bn each year in salariespaid to staff who are not up to speed in their jobs. UK leads in web visits The UK leads both Europe and the US in visitors to e-commerce websites,according to latest results from Internet monitoring company NetValue. Theeight countries included in the survey were the UK, France, Germany, Spain,Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the US. Out of these, the UK had the highestpercentage of home Internet users visiting an e-commerce website in May.  www.netvalue.comDisabled jobs lifeline Jobability.com is a website aimed at promoting the employment of disabledpeople. Run by disability charity Leonard Cheshire, online recruitment serviceTotaljobs and Microsoft, the site advertises a wide variety of jobs byemployers who guarantee to interview any disabled person who applies andfulfils the job specification.  www.jobability.comLegal updates The employment group of law firm Trowers & Hamlins has introduced anonline service, providing monthly briefings on employment law, new legislationand current cases. It is designed to provide information on news and legalissues facing HR professionals. The service costs £84.25 plus VAT annually(maximum of two people per subscription). E-mail [email protected] call 020-7423 8000. Stepstone steps into Scotland Career portal Stepstone has launched StepStone Scotland to market localcareer opportunities in Scotland from companies including The Bank of Scotland,Prudential and Scottish Amicable. As well as being able to search by key words,company names and categories, job-seekers can search by region, includingGrampian, Central Lothian, Strathclyde, Highlands and Islands, Borders,Dumfries & Galloway, Tayside and Fife.  www.stepstone.co.uk …in briefOn 3 Jul 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Equinor scraps oil terminal plans for Johan Castberg project

first_img Equinor said that oil export from Johan Castberg project will directly go to market. Photo: courtesy of Equinor ASA. Equinor and its partners have decided to drop the idea of developing an onshore oil transfer terminal at Veidnes in Norway for storing oil produced from the Johan Castberg project.The Norwegian oil and gas company alongside its partners Vår Energi and Petoro had evaluated the possibility of having a downscaled ship-to-ship oil terminal in Finnmark County in North Norway. However, the plan has been scrapped after it was found that that the costs incurred on construction of an oil terminal will be too high, said Equinor.Oil export from Johan Castberg project to directly go to marketInstead, the oil export from the Johan Castberg project will directly go to the market, as mentioned in the plan for development and operation (PDO), said the company.A study of developing a full-scale oil terminal for the Barents Sea was dropped in March 2018. Subsequently, a new study was initiated to explore alternative solutions for ship-to-ship transfer of oil sourced from the Barents Sea by using a quay in Finnmark.Equinor said that various solutions for ship-to-ship oil transfer in a fjord or by a quay were assessed, which took into account the present and also the future volumes.The company said that based on volumes from the Johan Castberg project and Goliat project, the financial loss before tax for the proposed oil transfer terminal at Veidnes is estimated to be around NOK3.6bn ($400m), compared to direct export of oil to the market.According to Equinor, when a large-volume scenario is considered, that is after including other proven Barents Sea volumes as well, the financial loss before tax turns out to be an estimated NOK 2.8bn ($310m).Equinor technology, projects and drilling executive vice president Anders Opedal said: “In a demanding period for the industry we have managed to develop Johan Castberg into a profitable project.“We have however not been able to develop a profitable export solution for the Johan Castberg oil involving a terminal at Veidnes. The partners are therefore discontinuing their studies of ship-to-ship oil transfer for Johan Castberg in Finnmark.”The company said that the partners are planning to use appropriate facilities in Finnmark and are in talks with potential local collaboration partners. The operation of the activities is likely to create 5-10 local man-years with the upgrading to primarily address the need of the Johan Castberg project.The Johan Castberg field is currently under development with the partners aiming to bring it on line in late 2022. A downscaled ship-to-ship oil terminal proposed to be built in Veidnes in Finnmark County in North Norway for the Johan Castberg project was found not to be a profitable solutionlast_img read more

Katermart slims its counter

first_imgFor kitchens where space is at a premium, refrigeration specialist Katermart has launched a durable, slim-fit counter refrigerator for salad and cold food preparation.The stainless steel unit has a blown-air cooling system – vital for long service periods – and space-saving compressor. Despite its compact size, it offers fast cooling to between -1°C/+7°C and maintains a uniform temperature to keep food in peak condition.With two good-sized doors, chunky recessed handles for both safety and hygiene, and two adjustable shelves, the ST1230 offers easy access and flexible storage.On top, the unit can accommodate up to 12 Gastronorm pans. Easy to clean, it has an automatic defrost system, temperature logging facility, and prominent digital display panel for foolproof operation. A five-year warranty on the compressor is standard and all other parts are covered for two years.Launch: 17 January 2008RRP: £1,499[http://www.katermart.co.uk]last_img read more

APLU Recognition

first_imgThe Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities recently honored UGA Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics professor Michael Wetzstein with the National Teaching Award for Food and Agriculture Science. For more on UGA agricultural and applied economics programs, see the website www.caes.uga.edu/departments/agecon/. To instill his love for economics in students, Wetzstein casts information in a form they are comfortable learning. In class, economic concepts and connections are presented by webbing a variety of learning forms—prose, graphics and numerical examples. He believes that long after students have forgotten most of the specific content within a course, they will be left with positive impressions. Wetzstein’s current research emphasis is on food versus fuel security and associated climate change impacts. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and APLU, the annual awards include stipends of $5,000 for two national winners to be used for improving teaching at their respective universities. “When alumni recall their college days, they often think of teachers who had the biggest impact on them,” said Ian Maw, vice president of food, agriculture and natural resources at APLU. “The teachers presented with these awards will be fondly remembered for their service to students, to the teaching profession and to their chosen disciplines. The value of these teachers to their universities cannot be overstated.” The APLU presented the award, which honors university faculty for the use of innovative teaching methods and service to students, at the126th APLU annual meeting in November in Washington, D.C. Other research discoveries led Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division to significantly improve its ability to accurately estimate water demand for policy analysis, poultry producers to improve their laying hen replacement decisions and Georgia peach producers to geographically scatter their orchards. His research has resulted in numerous publications and the authoring of a microeconomics textbook. center_img For more information about the APLU visit www.aplu.org . Leslie Dawn Edgar of the University of Arkansas and David W.W. Jones of North Carolina State University each received best new teacher honors in agriculture science. His recent research on biofuels policy influenced national policy toward developing a portfolio of fuels. His past research on integrated pest management was used in congressional hearings as the foundation for current and future funding. Other award recipients included Wetzstein’s fellow national teaching award winner Tiffany Heng-Moss of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and six regional teaching award winners: John C. “Jack” Clausen of the University of Connecticut; Janice Jean Haggart of North Dakota State University; Soo-Yeun Lee of University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign; Jeffrey W. Savell of Texas A&M University; William J. Silvia of the University of Kentucky; and Brian Kent Warnick of Utah State University. last_img read more