Passive smoking Bill calls for tighter rules

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first_imgA Labour MP has introduced a new Bill requiring firms to protect workersfrom passive smoking. Leicestershire MP David Taylor insists that the law on passive smoking inthe workplace is “ambiguous and very loosely defined”. He said, “While a voluntary approach to reduce or eliminate thisdangerous exposure to noxious and toxic fumes has worked in numerous places, ithas failed in very many others. It will continue to fail unless the Governmenttakes action.” Taylor claimed that an obligation on employers to implement the Health andSafety Commission’s Approved Code of Practice on passive smoking woulderadicate the ambiguities in the law. He told the Commons that it would pavethe way for the Health and Safety Act 1974 to encompass passive smoking. The Government backed ACOP two years ago, but “appeared slow” tointroduce it, Taylor added. The Protection from Smoking (Employees and Young Persons) Bill has littlechance of becoming law but was intended to prick the Government’s conscience. The legislation, which would also protect children from passive smoking inpublic places, was backed by 11 MPs. An estimated 3 million non-smokers are frequently or continuously exposed tosecondhand smoke, according to a survey by the Office for National Statistics. Taylor cited evidence of the link between passive smoking and disease. Hesaid the Government’s scientific advisers had “confirmed withoutequivocation” that passive smoking causes cancer, heart disease andrespiratory diseases. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Passive smoking Bill calls for tighter rulesOn 9 May 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Public member screening stirs diversity debate

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first_imgPublic member screening stirs diversity debate Public member screening stirs diversity debate Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Three names have been submitted to the Florida Supreme Court to be the next public member on the Bar Board of Governors, after an extended board debate over the diversity among the governors.The board voted to submit the names of J. Blair Culpepper of Winter Park, Michael H. Greenhill of West Palm Beach, and Frederick A. Hamblin of Sarasota to the court. The person selected by the court will replace Dr. Vivian Hobbs, who has served the maximum allowable two terms, on the board in June. The three were recommended by a special screening committee.The discussion was sparked because although Greenhill is a Cuban-American, for the first time in several years none of the finalists is a woman or an African American.“We found these three individuals were far and above the other candidates,” he said. “It would be unfair to them to not have them in the top three,” said Ervin Gonzalez, chair of the screening committee.Board member Sharon Langer moved that the deadline be extended so that the screening committee seek more candidates.“Look around this room. There is not an adequate representation of females,” she said, of the nine women on the 52-members of the board.Dr. Solomon Badger, the board’s other public member and also a member of the screening committee, said he agreed with the top three choices. He said he and others worked hard to recruit minority and women candidates but had trouble. He suggested that might be due to perceptions of the Bar among the public as not being welcoming to women and minorities.Board member Dude Phelan said it was wrong to try to give the board a more diverse makeup by only focusing on the public member seats. Instead, he said the board should examine ways to get more women and minority lawyers elected to the board. “If we had more racial minorities and more women on this board, nobody would care if our public members were men or women or members of a racial minority,” he said.The board had an extensive discussion. Board members noted that all recent Bar presidents have made efforts to recruit minorities and women into Bar leadership positions on committees and commissions, but that has not yet translated into a more diverse board membership.Others said they were concerned with a perception among minority bar associations that the Bar, and the board in particular, is not open and welcoming to them.Board member Hank Coxe said it was time to try something new.“We talked diversity for years. . . but we’re not doing something right,” he said. “I think we need to recognized all the talk about recruiting hasn’t accomplished what we say we need to do.”He recommended the board consult with other large organizations that have successfully encouraged diversity. “Somebody has got to look outside this organization to find a solution,” Coxe said. “All we’re going to do is talk about this next year.”Bar President Miles McGrane noted both he and President-elect Kelly Overstreet Johnson made great efforts to recruit women and minorities when they made committee appointments. He also noted that Bar diversity was the subject of an upcoming symposium at St. Thomas University, set for April 16-17.The board rejected Langer’s motion to extend the application period and then approved submitting the three names to the Supreme Court.Here are the three finalists:J. Blair Culpepper, 66, is a former law firm administrator who has been the majority owner and president of a title company and is currently a senior vice president of a community bank.Michael N. Greenhill, 56, a native of Havana, Cuba, owns a court reporting service in West Palm Beach and currently serves on a 15th Circuit grievance committee.Frederic A. Hamblin, 62, is an Ohio native who has extensive government and business experience in Canada. He currently is a Realtor in Florida, and he has also worked as a mortgage broker here. April 15, 2004 Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

More infractions are alleged against the USC athletic department this summer

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first_imgWith rulings coming down recently against top NCAA programs such as Memphis and Kentucky for violations, USC may not have made it through the summer unscathed.On top of previous allegations of improper payments to Heisman Trophy winning running back Reggie Bush and basketball player O.J. Mayo, two more accusations have been added to the list of potential violations against the USC athletic program this summer: surpassing the allotted coaching staff limits and a personal injury stemming from a car accident.A recent Los Angeles Times story reported that USC may have exceeded limits on the size of their football coaching staff because Pete Rodriguez, along with Alex Gibbs and other coaches with NFL experience, acted as additional coaches by attending practices, observing games and offering head football coach Pete Carroll behind-the-scenes advice during Carroll’s tenure at USC.During Pac-10 media day in July, Carroll discussed these alleged violations and claimed that Rodriguez and the others served the role of consultants and not coaches during Carroll’s eight seasons with the Trojans.College football teams are allowed nine assistant coaches and two graduate assistants, but Rodriguez was not listed by USC as a coach last season. NCAA guidelines prohibit consultants from “any on- or off-field … coaching activities,” unless they are counted against a team’s coaching limit. Specifically forbidden is “attending practices and meetings involving coaching activities, formulating game plans and analyzing video involving the institution’s or opponent’s team.”Carroll confirmed that his consultants stayed within acceptable boundaries in performing as consultants. Carroll claimed Rodriguez — one of his old friends — had not been “evaluating players. He just watched.”Carroll also said USC assured him the NCAA had cleared Rodriguez and the other consultants before they were permitted to attend practice and give advice.“We took the proper channels. That’s how we’ve always done it,” Carroll informed reporters. “Everything was all right.”Meanwhile, a personal injury lawsuit that could run more than $500,000 has been filed against former USC assistant football coach Dave Watson, a local car dealership and USC. On May 17, 2008, Watson was the driver of a car that struck Alaric Valentin, the passenger of another vehicle. Watson, who was allegedly battling a painkiller addiction at the time, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. The suit claims that Watson had taken as many as seven Vicodin and several Soma (muscle relaxant) pills.According to a recent LAist article, the lawsuit states that USC was negligent because the university provided the vehicle to Watson and “was aware of or should have been aware of [his] addiction to prescription pain medications.” The plaintiff, Valentin, also argues that USC’s own doctors knew about Watson’s addiction and had prescribed him pain medication.However, USC’s General Counsel’s office believes that they do not belong in this lawsuit. Although Watson was employed by USC at the time (Watson left the team in January 2009), USC claims Watson was on his personal time when the accident took place.Greg Patterson, an attorney who specializes in civil litigation in Los Angeles, told LAist that “an employer can only be held vicariously liable for wrongs that are within the scope of employment. This is determined by weighing several factors, such as whether the conduct benefited or was authorized by the employer, the nature of the conduct involved, and the time and place of the accident.”Neither case has been fully resolved as USC continues to review the matters.last_img read more

Sampdoria and AS Roma to compete in esports first Serie A showdown

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first_imgThis Saturday (September 9th) the plan was for two professional esports players to go head to head on the pitch prior to the Serie A game between AS Roma and Sampdoria. This would have been a first in Italian football history, but it wasn’t to be as heavy rain caused the event to be postponed until a later date.The FIFA 17 will be between Sampdoria’s Lonewolf92 (Mattia Guarracino) and Roma’s FIFA pro player Insa (Nicolo Mirra), though with the delay it could transpire that it ends up as a FIFA 18 fixture with the next iteration of the EA Sports title out at the end of the month. Prior to the decision to postpone the match, Colin Johnson, Head of FIFA at AS Roma and FNATIC told Esports Insider: “Having the esports players being placed front and center during a matchday is a huge step for the two teams, as well as for FIFA esports in Italy in general. “It shows how seriously both organisations take esports and the pride will definitely be on the line for Nicolo and Mattia. And hopefully with more and more clubs entering the scene every week, this won’t be the last time we’ll have a FIFA competition mirroring a real-life match. “This event has been replicated at other matches already, what with Italy vs Netherlands being preceded by two professional FIFA players from the respective nations playing it out on the field on FIFA 17. And I only anticipate more and more clubs doing events like this especially with leagues like e-Ligue 1 and the e-Divisie pushing the parallel forward.”Johnson spoke last week on the convergence of football and esports at Soccerex in Manchester. We can expect a lot more dedication to the esports aspect upon the release of FIFA 18, and it’s inevitable that show-matches such as this one between AS Roma and Sampdoria will become far more commonplace. Esports Insider says: It’s a shame that weather caused this one to be delayed, but make no mistake, with FIFA 18’s release we’ll have more than enough events such as this put on by football clubs and we’re bound to see a great deal more professional football clubs enter the scene too. We can also hope that this means more football clubs mirroring the path of the likes of Schalke, FC Copenhagen and PSG in the wider esports space.last_img read more

Move over, Adam Schefter: Liquor store employee actually ‘broke’ news of Patrick Mahomes’ contract

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first_imgPer USA Today, Camlin was told by her store manager that Chiefs employees entered the liquor store in search of some celebratory champagne.pic.twitter.com/Q5RH2oP70X— Gentleman Chief (@gentlemanchief) July 6, 2020MORE: NFL players react to Mahomes’ mega-dealThe now-deleted tweet reads: “A front office employee for the Chiefs came in and bought 6 bottles of Dom Perignon. Said there’s a big signing today. He said it’s not Chris Jones, so my guess is a Mahomes deal.””Off the cuff, I tweeted it because I’m a Chiefs fan and I was beyond excited,” Camlin told USA TODAY Sports on Monday. “It’s kind of fun to have a scoop.”While the tweet in itself is a bit vague to be considered news breaking — Camlin admitted herself that it was more of a guess than actual knowlecge — stumbling across that information is still pretty impressive. After all, its Google rating is nearly a 5.0, so Plaza Liquor must have the highest standard in customer service. Break open the bubbly — then break the news.That’s how Monday went for Kansas City Plaza Liquor employee Katie Camlin, who actually unearthed the news of Patrick Mahomes signing a mega-extension hours before ESPN’s Adam Schefter legitimately broke it. Camlin ended up deleting the tweet, fearing loss of employment from the store, thinking she may have broken some policy in revealing customer affairs. In any case, she was happy to beat the top NFL news breaker to the story.Im very overwhelmed and stressed out by the attention; I was worried about getting in trouble at work. Everything is fine but my anxiety is through the roof— Katie Camlin (@katie_cammm) July 6, 2020Holy shit I beat Schefter hahaha— Katie Camlin (@katie_cammm) July 6, 2020By the way, a regular bottle of Dom Perignon champagne can go for around $200, while the more expensive stuff can head upwards of around $500. With Mahomes’ mega-deal, it’s slightly surprising that the Chiefs had money left to blow on that champagne.In the days of Twitter, news comes from everywhere. While Schefter will still get the credit — and we should always consider the source — maybe Camlin has a future in news breaking.last_img read more

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Audit questions spending in Butler County Sheriff’s office

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first_imgA special investigation by the State Auditor’s office found issues with the payroll of the Butler County Sheriff.The audit found more than 57-thousand dollars of improper disbursements — with a majority of that amount involving the pay and withholding for 26 employees in the sheriff’s office. The report says certain overtime, holiday and regular hours were improperly reported by the employees.The report covered a period from December of 2014 to October of 2018 and says there could have been more of the same payroll issues, but additional timesheets were not provided for review.The State Auditor made recommendations to the county on how to tighten the controls on the payroll system, and turned the report over to the Butler County Attorney’s Office, Attorney General and the D-C-I.last_img read more

Tropical Storm Watch Issued for South Florida Ahead of Possible Weekend Impact from Isaias

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first_imgWATCHES AND WARNINGS——————–CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:The government of the Bahamas has issued a Tropical Storm Warningfor the northwest Bahamas.A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the east coast ofFlorida from Ocean Reef northward to Sebastian Inlet. SUMMARY OF 500 PM EDT…2100 UTC…INFORMATION———————————————-LOCATION…19.5N 70.6WABOUT 155 MI…250 KM WNW OF PUNTA CANA DOMINICAN REPUBLICABOUT 250 MI…400 KM SE OF THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMASMAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…60 MPH…95 KM/HPRESENT MOVEMENT…NW OR 310 DEGREES AT 20 MPH…31 KM/HMINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…999 MB…29.50 INCHES DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK———————-At 500 PM EDT (2100 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Isaias waslocated near latitude 19.5 North, longitude 70.6 West. Isaias is moving toward the northwest near 20 mph (31 km/h) and a northwestward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will move near the Southeastern Bahamas by late tonight. Isaias is forecast to be near the Central Bahamas Friday night and move near or over the Northwest Bahamas and near South Florida on Saturday.Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts.Strengthening is forecast during the next day or so, and Isaias is forecast to become a hurricane on Friday or Friday night. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 240 miles (390 km)from the center.The estimated minimum central pressure based on surface observations in the Dominican Republic is 999 mb (29.50 inches). The National Hurricane Center has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the east coast of Florida, including Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, due to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaias, which is expected to strengthen into a hurricane on Friday.According to the 5 p.m. advisory from the NHC, Isaias is packing maximum sustained winds of 60 mph and is moving northwest at 20 mph.Isaias is bringing heavy rainfall and tropical storm force winds to parts of the Dominican Republic, and is forecast to become a hurricane on Friday or Friday night, the NHC added.The latest forecast cone has shifted slightly to the east, placing parts of Palm Beach County out of the cone.However, a Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the east coast of Florida from Ocean Reef to Sebastian Inlet.On its current track, the worst weather from Isaias would remain over the Bahamas on Saturday and Sunday. South Florida and the Treasure Coast would see rain squalls beginning Saturday morning through Sunday, and several inches of rain possible.On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will move near the Southeastern Bahamas by late Thursday night.Isaias is forecast to be near the Central Bahamas Friday night and move near or over the Northwest Bahamas and near South Florida on Saturday.Strengthening is forecast during the next day or so, and Isaias is forecast to become a hurricane on Friday or Friday night.BULLETINTropical Storm Isaias Advisory Number 10NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL092020500 PM EDT Thu Jul 30 2020…ISAIAS CONTINUES TO BRING HEAVY RAINFALL AND TROPICAL-STORM-FORCEWINDS TO PORTIONS OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC……FORECAST TO BECOME A HURRICANE FRIDAY OR FRIDAY NIGHT… Courtesy: National Hurricane Center SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…* East coast of Florida from Ocean Reef to Sebastian InletThe Tropical Storm Warnings for the central and northwest Bahamasmay be upgraded to Hurricane Warnings this evening or tonight.Interests elsewhere along the southeast coast of the UnitedStates should monitor the progress of this system. Additionalwatches or warnings may be required for a portion of the Floridapeninsula tonight or Friday.A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions areexpected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions arepossible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.For storm information specific to your area in the UnitedStates, including possible inland watches and warnings, pleasemonitor products issued by your local National Weather Serviceforecast office. For storm information specific to your areaoutside of the United States, please monitor products issued byyour national meteorological service.last_img read more

U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges Ranks Saint Martin’s University…

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first_imgFacebook195Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversitySaint Martin’s University has earned a place among the country’s best regional universities in the West, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges rankings. The University is ranked 27th overall in the Western region, up from 37th in last year’s rankings. The Western region of universities includes institutions in Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.To determine overall rankings for universities and colleges, U.S. News and World Report says it evaluates higher education institutions based on 16 measures of academic quality, including first-year student retention, graduation rates, social mobility, class sizes, faculty resources, expert opinion, student excellence, alumni giving and other data. U.S. News and World Report defines regional universities as those that offer a broad scope of undergraduate degrees and some master’s degrees.“What is most impressive about this ranking is the leap from 37th to 27th in one year,” said Saint Martin’s University President Roy Heynderickx, Ph.D. “Our delivery of high quality, value-centered, transformative education is attracting notice nationally as well as regionally.”Saint Martin’s was also listed 41st among top-performing regional universities in the West for social mobility, a ranking that measures how well universities graduate students who receive federal Pell Grants, which typically are awarded to students from households with less than $50,000 in annual income.In addition, the University was listed 15th in the best colleges for veterans category among regional universities in the West.Saint Martin’s also ranked 37th for campus ethnic diversity among regional universities in the West, and the highest among regional universities in Washington state. U.S. News and World Report determines the campus ethnic diversity ranking by examining how likely it is for students to encounter others from a different ethnic group.“As a Catholic, Benedictine university, the community at Saint Martin’s takes great pride in ensuring that all are welcome,” said Kate Boyle, Ph.D., provost and vice president of academic affairs. “Our diversity provides opportunities for each of us to learn from one another. We encourage multiple perspectives of the world, as these experiences enrich our programs and our lives.”The University also earned a rank of 17 among the best value schools for regional universities in the West. U.S. News and World Report ranks best value schools by analyzing measures including the ratio of quality to price, the percentage of undergraduate students receiving need-based aid and the average discount (the percentage of an institution’s total sticker cost covered by need-based scholarships or grants for undergraduates in the 2018-2019 academic year).Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 13 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 29 majors, 11 graduate programs and five certificate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.last_img read more

Peter and Danica Lee compete in final Penticton Ironman

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first_imgTwo Nelsonites took part in the final Ironman Canada this past Sunday in PentictonPeter Lee, and his daughter, Danica, of Nelson completed the grueling course on a hot day in the Okanagan.The senior Lee, 58, completed the 2.4 mile (3.8 km) swim course in a time of 1:19:56, bike course of 112 miles (180km), 7:39:55 and run course of 26.2 miles (42.2 km), 6:58:26. Meanwhile, Danica, 24, finished the 2.4 mile (3.8 km) swim course in a time of 1:23:39, bike course of 112 miles (180km), 7:51:09 and run course of 26.2 miles (42.2 km), 6:58:26.Sunday was the final Ironman Canada to be staged in Penticton.Race organizers decided to switch the format over to Challenge Penticton – first Challenge Family race in North America.The launch of Challenge Penticton sees it as the exclusive long distance Challenge race in Canada, and marks the long-distance race returning to its roots with community support and ownership.“Challenge Penticton will be community driven and designed to benefit residents and athletes alike,” said Mayor Dan Ashton on the Challenge Family website.“The event will involve a week-long festival that provides a unique experience for athletes, families and spectators, while showcasing our warm and welcoming city. We are happy to be joining the Challenge Family.”The first Challenge Family takes place on August 25, 2013,last_img read more