Ocado sales surge but investors wary

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first_img Show Comments ▼ Share Video Carousel – cityam_native_carousel – 426 00:00/00:50 LIVERead More Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndomoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndoZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldUndoCrowdy FanShe Didn’t Know Why Everyone Was Staring At Her Hilarious T-ShirtCrowdy FanUndo Ocado sales surge but investors wary ONLINE retailer Ocado yesterday said its sales had surged by almost 30 per cent – but investors remained unconvinced and the announcement was greeted with a dip in its share price.The company, which recently completed a controversial flotation, hasn’t made an annual operating profit since it launched ten years ago, but hopes to go into the black next year.Ocado said gross sales in the 12 weeks to 8 August rose 29.5 per cent to £126.5m from £97.7m in the same period last year, supported by higher take-up of its pre-ordered fish and meat “service counter” offer.Ocado, which mainly sells Waitrose products, began listing its shares in July, but a lack of interest among investors forced the company to cut the asking price for the float to 180p from an initial figure of 200p-275p. It has been trading below that since the float.Its shares yesterday closed seven per cent lower at 146p valuing the company at around £825m.Chief executive Tim Steiner said he was “disappointed” for shareholders that the price was not higher but that the company was looking to the medium to long term to reap the rewards of hard work done now. “We are delighted with the (sales) performance. We hope that 2011 will be the year when people can stop calling us the loss-making online retailer”. Average order size during the quarter was £113.59, marginally down on the £114.73 recorded a year earlier. Ocado said gross profit margins were stable while earnings were rising in line with trend in the first half.“The group has to engage in material capital investment to sustain its sales growth and has yet to demonstrate profitability on an already considerable sales base, we continue to harbour reservations about the valuation of Ocado,” said Shore Capital analyst Clive Black. KCS-content center_img whatsapp Tuesday 7 September 2010 11:01 pm whatsapp More From Our Partners Mark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Solar Bears add veteran defenseman

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first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSOrlando Solar Bears Previous articleFire Station #5 breaking ground next monthNext article6 Items to Buy During Florida’s Tax Free Weekend Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! Orlando gains toughness on blue linecenter_img Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Orlando Solar Bears have announced that the club has agreed to terms with veteran defenseman Mike Monfredo for the 2017-18 season.“Mike will bring size and a physical presence to our blue line this season,” Solar Bears head coach Drake Berehowsky said. “He’s a player who will stick up for his teammates and will be a leader in our locker room.”Monfredo, 27, joins the Solar Bears after splitting last season with the Quad City Mallards and Rapid City Rush, logging 27 points (5g-22a) and 91 penalty minutes in 65 combined games.“I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Solar Bears organization and the fans,” Monfredo said. “When I talked to the coaching staff, I loved what they had to say about the team and the direction it is headed.”The 6-foot-3, 210-pound bruiser has accrued 144 points (31g-113a) and 509 penalty minutes in 339 career games. Prior to his trade to Rapid City on Feb. 6, Monfredo had played his entire professional career with the Mallards.Prior to turning pro, the native of Shirley, N.Y. played one season (2011-12) of NCAA Division III hockey for SUNY-Fredonia, where he tallied eight points (3g-5a) and 22 penalty minutes in 26 games for the Blue Devils.The Orlando Solar Bears are the proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL’s Toronto Marlies, and play all of their home games at the ARS.comRink at Amway Center, the 2012 Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year.Full Season Ticket Memberships for the 2017-18 season are on sale now. Purchase an Orlando Solar Bears Full Season Ticket Membership for as little as $440 today! Click here or call (407) 951-8200 for more information.Officially licensed Orlando Solar Bears replica team jerseys, apparel, and headwear can be purchased online at orlandosolarbearshockey.com/shop. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

The 5 Best Places in the World to See & Swim…

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first_img Micheal Pfeffer Manatee Conservation in BelizeBelize has one of the largest concentrations of manatees in the world, in part because  it hosts the largest barrier reef in the Western hemisphere and also because the country has made great strides in protecting these incredible creatures.​If you’re looking to dig a bit deeper into the conservation being done to protect manatees in Belize as well as have an unique experience, you might want to check out Discover Corps. They offer a “voluntourism” package that takes you off the beaten path while still ensuring a fun, comfortable experience.​You work with a local organization called the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment to monitor manatee behavior. You also collect data that’s then used to protect the wetlands and wildlife from offshore drilling, dangerous boating and other potential hazards. A truly unique experience for manatee lovers! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Manatee Fact File Alligator Hole is located on the south coast, not far from Treasure Beach. According to Emily Kydd (from SeeHerTravel.com) the south coast “isn’t the flashiest area of Jamaica, but it’s a stretch of the island where anyone can easily come to feel at home”. It is also THE place to view manatees in Jamaica (not to mention other wildlife). Alligator Hole is actually a small river and is home to hundreds of incredible species, including some resident manatees that have been cut off from the sea.The 3 manatees regularly swim upriver each day at 5pm to be fed by local conservationists. And although that’s not a lot of manatees, you are almost guaranteed to see them if you go at their scheduled feeding time because they are so adapted to the routine.You can visit Alligator Hole free of charge if you choose to venture out on your own, as the manatees are viewable not far from the interpretive center. Trek up to the top of the man-made dam, or head out on your own in a canoe. Either way, this is a great way to view manatees without having to spend a dime.There’s plenty of other wildlife viewing to do there at the same time. The river runs underground for some of its course and provides excellent habitat for various salt and freshwater species because of its high salinity. You can visit Canoe Valley National Nature Preserve (the park which contains Alligator Hole) to visit its manatee habitats or check out the interpretive center. “One of the most amazing animal experiences we’ve ever had was when we went swimming with manatees in Crystal River, Florida. To be able to see these incredible animals up close was so cool! We loved that we were able to learn more about them, their environment, and about the proper way to interact with them. Being able to swim with these gentle giants is something we’ll never forget.”Vicky from BuddyTheTravelingMonkey.com, ‘Swimming with Manatees’ Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear By Bertie of effortlessoutdoors.com Reply TAGSManatees Previous articleShouldn’t there be a law against reckless opioid sales? Turns out, there isNext articleOrganic food health benefits have been hard to assess, but that could change Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Feeding manatee at Alligator Hole, Jamaica Please enter your name here The Blue Hole, Belize – The Cayes have some of the best snorkelling in the world and you have a great chance of seeing manatees Belize boasts the second largest barrier reef in the world. The warm, shallow water is peppered with islands (Cayes) making it a perfect destination for virtually any water-related activities you can think of. And all of this adds up to the snorkelling being absolutely world class.While most snorkelling and diving trips offer a fantastic opportunity to see a manatee quietly grazing (Belize has one of the largest concentrations of manatees in the world), one of the best excursions can be found just outside of Belize City, in Swallow Caye, which is a wildlife sanctuary.  Although you can visit the caye on your own, it occupies a large area, and it is recommended you sign up for a professional tour so you have better odds of finding manatees.Suggested Manatee ToursSearious Adventures offers reasonable, professional tours that include refreshments such as water, juice, soda, and even alcohol to make your voyage as comfortable as possible. Their manatee watching packages start at less than $90 a person, and many can be bundled to include snorkeling, barbeques, cave tubing, trips to the zoo, and other adventures as part of that low fee.Anwar Tours offers another great excursion. This company also provides various activities besides viewing manatees, such as visiting Shark Ray Alley and snorkeling at Caye Chapel. This full-day tour starts at just $85 per person and includes bottled water and fruit. 2 COMMENTS Manatees! They’re large, they’re adorable! These gentle giants occupy the brackish waters of sunny areas in the southern US and Central America. If you’ve ever harboured a desire to see or swim with manatees and you’re planning an outdoor vacation to anywhere mentioned in this article, then read on! And be sure to set aside time for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit these rare creatures in the wild. I was went to Feeding Manatees at Playa del Carmen, Mexico. It’s really so amazing place.Thanks for your article. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate (Almost) Guaranteed Manatee Viewing at Alligator Hole, Jamaica “Visiting Tortuguero National Park in Costa Rica is like entering a watery world, where you swap roads for canals and travel by boat deep into the jungle. From cougars to manatees to the turtles which give it its name, this is a place for wildlife, and a boat safari through the park is a unique experience not to be missed.”​Lucy Dodsworth, OnTheLuce.com Let the manatee viewing begin…Swimming with Manatees in Crystal River, Florida Nice list. you should keep a camcorder with you mate Snorkelling with Manatees at Swallow Caye, Belize Robinson Anderson October 19, 2020 at 2:02 pm You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge is probably the single best place for manatee viewing in the world. It may not be the most remote or adventurous location, but the “swim-with” programme is unique to any of the other destinations on this list.There are dozens of operators that run tours within the Refuge, all of them carefully licensed and regulated by the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service. Visitors must adhere to strict guidelines on how to swim, kayak and canoe with manatees. This means that when you visit, you are not only guaranteed an amazing experience; you can do so safe in the knowledge that you will be treading lightly, that you won’t be stressing the manatees and that others who come after you will also be able to share a similar beautiful experience in the future.Kings Bay, the headwaters of Crystal River, is the second largest springs group in Florida and the largest natural, warm-water refuge for manatees in the USA. The 600-acre bay has more than 70 springs scattered throughout it and Three Sisters Springs has the clearest water within the bay.Suggested Manatee ToursRiver Ventures offers several manatee packages. The least expensive is a three-hour tour that starts at $64 per person. This encounter and snorkel tour leads you directly to the manatees on a covered pontoon boat before you swim and dive with the elegant creatures. The company also offers a semi-private VIP manatee tour on a pontoon, as well as one on a houseboat. You can also choose to embark on a completely private boat tour, or on a paddle tour. While some of these options are only available from November until March, many offer heated cruises as well as snacks and beverages.Another great, low-key tour company is Manatee Tour and Dive. Also embarking on snorkeling and swimming tours on the Crystal River, this tour even offers an underwater video experience so that you will never forget your magical encounters with the manatees. They also offer kayaks and canoes if you want to guide your own tour. Two-hour tours start at $55 per person. Feeding Manatees at Playa del Carmen, Mexico Manatees Deep in the Jungle at Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica “Laid back Treasure Beach is more restorative than any resort spa, with fresh seafood for dinner, crisp Caribbean salt air, and a knowledge that there isn’t anywhere you have to be except for that quiet beach chair.”Emily Kidd, SeeHerTravel.com Feeding ManateesIn Florida it is illegal to feed wild manatees as it is likely to create a dependence on human food and ultimately impact their chances of surviving in the wild. Because of this, regardless of whether or not it is legal in other countries, you should never try to feed a wild manatee.The manatees in Alligator Hole are wild, but because their route to the sea is blocked, you could argue that they are semi-captive. Meanwhile, the manatees at Playa del Carmen are captive so already have a reliance on humans. These wrinkled, slow-moving creatures can weigh up to 3,500 pounds, a testament to their nicknames of “sea cows.” These mammals are usually seen grazing in swampy marshes or aquatic meadows. They are most commonly viewed in the winter months, between November and March.Where do manatees live?Manatees can move freely between the salinity extremes of freshwater and saltwater environments, making them an interesting “hybrid” species that has captivated the public’s affections. They love coastal areas, seeking out the shallow waters of bays, rivers and estuaries. The West Indian Manatee’s range is from as far north as Virginia all the way south to Brazil, while the Amazonian manatee can be found in the Amazon and the Africa manatee along the West Coast of Africa.They require warm temperatures as they begin to experience cold-stress in temperatures below 68F (20C) and are in danger of fatal hypothermia in waters below 62F (17C).Are manatees friendly?Yes! They are really slow, gentle creatures. They swim at only three or four miles an hour. In short bursts, they can swim at up to twenty miles an hour, but this is uncommon. They spend about half of the day sleeping and the rest grazing.These amazing creatures can live up to sixty years. They are highly intelligent, capable of understanding discrimination tasks and associated items with one another. They have good long-term memory and have often been compared to dolphins concerning their capacity to learn tasks and develop mentally.What do manatees eat?Manatees are herbivores, feeding on over sixty different species of freshwater and saltwater plants. Common foods include sea clover, marine algae, seagrasses, pickerelweed, water celery, and mangrove leaves. They eat up to fifteen percent of their body weight every single day, requiring them to graze for six or seven hours a day. Manatees, like land ungulates such as horses, and rhinoceroses, must use hindgut fermentation to help the digestion procession because they eat so much cellulose material.To eat, manatees employ a unique behavior. They use their flippers to move along the ground as they dig for plants in the substrate. They then use those flippers to scoop the vegetation towards their mouths. They do not have front teeth but instead ridged pads.Are manatees endangered?Populations of manatees are incredibly low. Manatees have no natural predators, besides crocodiles, which is rare. But they are threatened by low temperatures and several different diseases. And the biggest threat to manatee populations is human activity (they are often killed by ship accidents, as well as red tide and the accidental ingestion of fishing materials).As a result, manatees are classified as endangered by many (although the United States have recently downgraded their status to ‘threatened’). While increased protections that started in the 1970s that outlawed hunting, certain ship traffic, and other behaviors–they are still highly threatened. As of 2016, there were about 6,000 West Indian manatees in Florida and about 13,000 worldwide.Go and see them! They’re awesome!It’s hard to imagine a life without manatees. Therefore, it’s essential that you consider an eco-friendly manatee tour to help bring awareness to the necessity of these gentle creatures. Whenever possible, book a visit with a humane organization that recognizes the importance of respecting the animal’s safety, and always step up to the plate by supporting manatee research, protection, and public education efforts. February 18, 2021 at 7:51 am In Mexico, there are loads of places to visit manatees should you decide to leave the comfort of your beach sunshade. However, Xel-Há Park near Playa del Carmen offers a unique opportunity to engage with them. The park has a rescue and conservation programme dedicated to manatees and they run an educational tour that includes feeding them. It’s one of the few places I’m aware of that that offers a structured opportunity to learn more about manatees and raises awareness of their vulnerable status.The manatee experience at the park costs an extra $69 on top of the entrance fee. You can feed, touch, and even hug manatees, and photo and video services are available. The tours are offered four times a day and booking in advance is recommended. Tortuguero National Park is a wonderful place to see manatees. This 19,000-hectare park is a famous turtle nesting site and is home to sixty different species of mammal, including West Indian manatees. Lucy Dodsworth from OnTheLuce.com describes the park as “a green oasis and a haven for wildlife”. She goes on:While swimming and up-close encounter tours are less common in this national preserve, there are several boat tours you can choose from to help gain you close access to manatees.Suggested Manatee ToursThe Canoe Tour at Tortuguero National Park, provided by Tortuguero Adventures, offers canoe and kayak tours throughout the entire park.  These meander through the water paths of the region along with a fascinating running commentary of the national parks and history of the area. You aren’t allowed to get in the water with manatees for this trip, but it only costs around $45 per person.Another tour of Tortuguero, offered through the Viator Travel Company, is a full-day tour of the national park. It departs directly from San Jose.Visitors board a boat and experience the intense biodiversity of the area–including manatee encounters–along with an exploration of the area’s beaches and canals. This tour includes meals, and also allows you to encounter other species such as howler monkeys and turtles. It starts at $112 per person.You can pitch your tent at Cuatro Esquinas Headquarters which is at the north end of the park in the town of Tortuguero. You can get more information on the park here. Reply Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Perdue to Visit Indiana State Fair on Tuesday

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first_img Perdue to Visit Indiana State Fair on Tuesday SHARE Facebook Twitter As a part of a multi-state tour, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will visit the Indiana State Fair on Tuesday.  After spending the weekend in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois, the Secretary will arrive on the State Fairgrounds on Tuesday. First, he will be given a tour of the fairgrounds by Indiana Senator Todd Young. Perdue will then hold a closed door. listening session with Governor Holcomb, Lt. Governor Crouch, and other top Indiana ag leaders at the Normandy Barn. The purpose of the session has been listed as a Farm Bill listening session. Perdue will then meet with the ag media, including Hoosier Ag Today.The Midwest swing is being billed by USDA as the Back to our Roots Tour. “The ‘Back to our Roots’ Farm Bill and rural prosperity RV listening tour will allow us to hear directly from people in agriculture across the country, as well as our consumers – they are the ones on the front lines of American agriculture and they know best what the current issues are,” Perdue said. “USDA will be intimately involved as Congress deliberates and formulates the 2018 Farm Bill. We are committed to making the resources and the research available so that Congress can make good facts-based, data-driven decisions. It’s important to look at past practices to see what has worked and what has not worked, so that we create a farm bill for the future that will be embraced by American agriculture in 2018.”On Monday, the Secretary will make several stops in IL to get feedback on Farm Bill and other key policy issues.  During his Wisconsin tour, Perdue was joined by House Speaker Paul Ryan, who will play a key role in when the Farm Bill comes to the floor for consideration. SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Perdue to Visit Indiana State Fair on Tuesday By Gary Truitt – Aug 7, 2017 Facebook Twitter Previous articleCommentary: Spin or Sincerity? Can a Leopard Change Its Spots?Next articleSolid Support for McKinney Nomination Gary Truittlast_img read more

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

Death by overwork

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first_img Comments are closed. Death by overworkOn 1 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Anincreasing body of opinion suggests that stress can kill, so employers turninga blind eye to stressed staff are likely to be given short shrift by thecourts, by Paul White and Charlotte Hamer Stress causes the loss of 6.5 million working days a year according toresearch published by the Health and Safety Executive in July 2001. Morerecently, The Times (28 August 2001) reported on an increasing body of opinionsuggesting that stress can kill. For some time it has been recognised that stress may exacerbate conditionssuch as heart disease, strokes and cancer, but there has been little evidenceof stress being the cause of death. However, the case of junior doctor AlanMassie, who died after working an 86-hour week, has highlighted “suddenadult death syndrome”, where apparently fit and healthy young adultssuddenly drop dead. His parents believe stress killed him. Successful claims for damages The number of employees successfully claiming damages for stress-relatedillnesses is growing steadily. Judith Unwin, a part-time teacher in WestSussex, was recently awarded £2,500 for the aggravation of her depressiveillness, when her local authority failed to monitor her health even though itwas aware she was suffering from stress. Jane Witham was awarded £140,000 after her employer, Hastings and Rother NHSTrust, was held to have subjected her to extreme stress following her return towork after maternity leave, even though it was aware she had suffered frompost-natal depression. Worcestershire County Council has had to pay almost £500,000 to fouremployees in the past 18 months for stress-related claims – the most recentinvolving Theresa Conway, a former social worker, who was awarded £140,000. Sheregularly worked between 70 and 80 hours a week as the deputy manager of aresidential home for the elderly when the manager left and the council evenignored inspectors’ recommendations that the home needed a permanent,experienced manager. Despite such cases, there are legal hurdles for staff to clear in order toprove that an employer has caused stress and/or psychiatric injury. Thesehurdles are principally “causation” (ie proving that the stress causedthe condition) and “fore see ability” (ie, that a reasonable employershould have foreseen the risk). Lyn Armstrong, for example, a former prison officer who was assigned toRosemary West prior to and during her trial, claimed that the experience causedher to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder and should have been prevented byher employer. The High Court rejected her claim on the grounds that it was notreasonably foreseeable that she would suffer psychiatric injury as a result ofher duties. Employers should not seek to hide behind these hurdles indefinitely,however. There is a growing body of evidence linking workplace stress toserious illness, which reduces the causation difficulties. Furthermore, thecourts are increasingly willing to accept that stress-related illness was”foreseeable” and will give short shrift to companies turning a blindeye to stressed staff. Employers should ensure that staff are properly trained, not workingexcessive hours and not being bullied. Signs of stress Staff showing signs of stress (frequent sickness absences, inability to copeor make decisions) should not be ignored. Sickness reporting procedures shouldidentify illness patterns while anti-harassment policies and grievanceprocedures should allow staff to raise concerns. Flexible working may also helpto cut stress by allowing staff to balance their home and work lives. Stress is a serious issue and it is only a matter of time before an employeris sued for karoshi – the Japanese term for causing death by overwork. Paul White is a senior associate and Charlotte Hamer is a professionalsupport lawyer (employment and pensions group) at City law firm StephensonHarwood Understanding the Data Protection Act amendmentsBy Sarah LamontChanges to the Data Protection Act came into force on 23October.  These changes affect bothemployers and employees. To understand the Act, there arecertain key definitions. These are: Data subject An individual who is the subject ofpersonal data Data This includes information processed by equipment(e.g. computers) and information recorded as part of a relevant filing system Personal data Any information relating to an identifiedor identifiable person Processing Any operation performed upon personal data,whether or not by automatic means Data controller A person who determines the purposes forand the manner in which personal data is processed. The main changes that came into forceon 23 October are: Manual data Individuals can access non-automated recordsnot covered by an exemption (see below). This will cover structured sets ofinformation that are readily accessible – not necessarily synonymous with anindividual’s personnel file Personal data Previously wherea name was incidental to a document, that name, though clearly personal data,was not subject to the Act. This qualification has disappeared Subject access Data subjectsnow have to be provided with a copy of the data that concerns them and shouldalso be told the purposes for which the data is processed; they should be givenany available information as to the source of the information and be given adescription of those to whom the data has or may have been given. Individual rights Individualsnow have the right to seek to prevent “processing” likely to causedamage or distress, the right to prevent “processing” for thepurposes of direct marketing and a qualified right to object to automateddecision taking. Compensation can be claimed for damage caused by the failure tocomply with any obligations of the Act and will cover financial loss anddamages for distress. Personal data is exempt from disclosure in limitedcircumstances, for example: – To prevent or detect crime – To assess or collect tax – When the data relates to the physical health or mental stateor condition of the data subject – When the data is protected by legal professional privilege What impact will the Act have onemployers?The key change is that employees can now access paper recordssuch as confidential notes or memos concerning them written by theirsupervisors. This includes information concerning them sent by e-mail, evenwhere messages have been deleted. Confidential references supplied by employers remain privatebut as employees can request a copy from the recipient, employers should ensurethe references are fair and accurate. A new category of sensitive personal data has been established,which covers physical and mental health, ethnic origin, sexuality, and tradeunion membership. To process this data the employer must explicitly obtain thedata subject’s consent or be able to show that it is necessary under the Act. Employers need to take extra care if the disclosure identifiesa third party. The consent of that third party will need to be obtainedbeforehand. If consent cannot be obtained, disclosure may be avoided butemployers will need to have made reasonable efforts to obtain that consent torely on this exemption. Sanctions The Act has been referred to as a “toothless sop”.However with sanctions of a £5,000 fine in the magistrates court, an unlimitedfine in the High Court, and imprisonment for defaulting directors, employerswould be wise to ensure they comply with its requirements. Guidance The Information Commissioner has provided guidance to helpthose holding personal information comply with the Act. It is at: www.dataprotection.gov.uk. A codeof practice on using Personal Data in the employment relationship is due to beintroduced in four stages during 2002. 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Environmental hazard assessment of contaminated soils in Antarctica: Using a structured tier 1 approach to inform decision-making

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first_imgGenerally, Antarctica is considered to be an untouched area of the planet; however, the region’s ecosystems have been subject to increased human pressure for at least the past half-century. This study assessed soils of Fildes Peninsula, where trace element pollution is thought to prevail. Four soil samples were collected from different locations and assessed following tier 1 methodologies for chemical and ecotoxicological lines of evidence (LoE) used in typical soil Environmental Risk Assessment (ERA). Trace element quantification was run on soil samples and sequential extracts, and elutriates were used to address their ecotoxicity using a standard ecotoxicological battery. The highest levels of trace elements were found for Cr, Cu, Ni and Zn, which were well above baseline levels in two sites located near previously identified contamination sources. Trace element concentrations in soils were compared with soil quality guidelines to estimate the contribution of the chemical LoE for integrated risk calculations; risk was found high, above 0.5 for all samples. Total concentrations in soil were consistent with corresponding sequentially extracted percentages, with Cu and Zn being the most bioavailable elements. Bacteria did not respond consistently to the elutriate samples and cladocerans did not respond at all. In contrast, the growth of microalgae and macrophytes was significantly impaired by elutriates of all soil samples, consistently to estimated trace element concentrations in the elutriate matrix. These results translated into lower risk values for the ecotoxicological compared to the chemical LoE. Nevertheless, integrated risk calculations generated either an immediate recommendation for further analysis to better understand the hazardous potential of the tested soils or showed that the soils could not adequately sustain natural ecosystem functions. This study suggests that the soil ecosystem in Fildes has been inadequately protected and supports previous claims on the need to reinforce protection measures and remediation activities.last_img read more

UCLA gymnastics coach who trained viral sensation sees bright future for the sport

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailUCLA(LOS ANGELES) — Behind those viral floor routines, perfect 10 scores and NCAA National Championship titles lies the hard work and dedication of UCLA’s student athletes.But now, the woman who has been at the helm of the university’s celebrated gymnastics team for the past 37 years is saying goodbye.Valerie Condos Field, or “Miss Val,” as she hopes she is affectionately known, will retired from her position as head coach of UCLA’s gymnastics team at the end of the month.“While I love, love, love my job at UCLA, there’s not been one day that I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed it, I need more time in my day to work on my bucket list,” Field told ABC News.Field, who announced her retirement to the team in September, said she started thinking about retiring after a breast cancer diagnosis four years ago.“When I got breast cancer … I chose to use my time in chemotherapy as my chemo spa. … A spa is someplace you go to get better and get fortified, so I used it as my time to work on my bucket list,” she said.Fields started her UCLA career as a 22-year-old dance coach for the gymnastics team, but was asked to take over as head coach eight years later.“I said…‘I don’t know the first thing about gymnastics.’ And she said, ‘I’ve observed how you’ve worked with the students athletes. … I love how you are tough with them but you’re compassionate. … I trust you’ll figure the rest out,’” Field said.Reputation and recognitionThe UCLA gymnastics team attracts athletes from all over the world. Field said it’s because of the university’s recognizable name.But since becoming head coach, Field recruited former elite gymnasts and Olympic medalists to the team, such as current team members Madison Kocian of the 2016 U.S. Olympic team and Kyla Ross of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team.During her time at UCLA, Field’s team has won seven NCAA National Championships titles.“For all of those championships, even the ones that we didn’t win but the one that I can leave and remember back on with no regret, in all of those teams I remember about a month before the championships came feeling like my hands were off the steering wheel and the athletes were taking ownership of their team,” Fields said. “And I’ve always told them that when I feel that, that’s when I know the magic is going to happen.”That magic is also what has made moments like Katelyn Ohashi’s floor routine go viral.“It’s interesting that everybody was so excited this year about Katelyn’s floor routine going viral and they say it’s because she scored a perfect 10. That’s not the reason, because the year before, her routine went viral, and scored a 9.95. So it’s not about the illusion of perfection as much as it is seeing this young woman do incredibly difficult gymnastics skills that a normal person can’t even fathom,” Field said.Out in the lightDespite viral-inspired interest in the sport, the past year has been difficult for gymnastics in the U.S. The sport was rocked by the scandal of former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, who was convicted in 2018 of 10 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct after admitting to using his position as a doctor to sexually abuse young patients.“I think it was more apparent this year because we were still in the lull of the darkness of what happened in United States gymnastics the last year,” Field said, noting her belief that Ohashi’s routines have helped put gymnastics back into a positive light.“And I think it was just the perfect timing for someone like Katelyn who had been an elite athlete, who had been broken in the system, to be able to come back and show just how great the sport really is,” she added.“I don’t think there’s a culture of fear inherent in gymnastics at all. I think that there has been a culture of fear cultivated in the USA Gymnastics team,” Field said, discussing the reign of Romanian-American gymnastics coach Martha Karolyi, who retired as the USA Gymnastics’ women’s national team coordinator after 15 years following the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.“You know, quite honestly, I don’t blame her because that’s how she was coached. We just brought this Eastern Europe style of coaching through fear … and we embraced it and we cultivated it because it worked, because we won. We won medals and medals mean money,” Field continued.“I think it’s really important for people to understand it’s not the sport and it’s not even the majority of coaches out there,” she said. “It’s a very small handful that are representing the ugly side of this sport, but it’s in all sport sadly and we need to do a much better job.”“Guess what,” Field said. “You can produce champions without stripping the joy out of the process.”Speaking before Field’s final competition as head coach of UCLA gymnastics at the university’s Pauley Pavilion, Ohashi spoke to Pac-12 Networks saying, “[Field has] been so powerful in my life and just allowing me to trust in someone that’s a coach to me, which I never had before and so I’ve learned so much from her.”“I honestly believe that I develop superheroes and I develop champions in life, though the sport of gymnastics,” Field said.That bucket listField said she felt a weight lift off her shoulders walking out of her last national championship competition. And although she will miss UCLA, she says her plate is “flowing over.”Field is already an accomplished author of the book Life is Short, Don’t Wait to Dance, which she started writing while receiving chemotherapy treatments. She said she’s excited to continue doing speaking engagements, working on producing an urban Nutcracker film, continuing to choreograph shows at Sea Word San Diego and develop a movie on the life of a UCLA alumnus.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written bycenter_img June 10, 2019 /Sports News – National UCLA gymnastics coach who trained viral sensation sees bright future for the sportlast_img read more

Representative Holly Sullivan Announces Vanderburgh And Warrick Counties Awarded Grants To Improve Roads …

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first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Representative Holly Sullivan Announces Vanderburgh And Warrick Counties Awarded Grants To Improve Roads  Local communities received state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville).This year, Sullivan supported legislation establishing the state’s Community Crossings matching grant fund, which will provide about $160 million to Indiana cities, towns and counties on a 50/50 matching basis.“This grant program is a win for local governments and residents alike,” Sullivan said. “The funds will be used to complete road and bridge projects more quickly. These investments in our infrastructure are crucial steps needed to grow our economy and improve our quality of life. Next session, we will be diligently working to develop long-term funding solutions for roads and bridges at the state and local levels.”As part of the program, Vanderburgh County received $1 million and Warrick County received $755,770 for road and bridge improvements.In addition, six local communities were awarded grants, including Boonville ($679,445), Darmstadt ($98,740), Evansville ($707,750), Newburgh ($201,872) and Tennyson ($5,606).On Tuesday, INDOT announced 99 Southern Indiana cities, towns and counties were awarded $49 million through the fund. Projects that are eligible for funding through Community Crossings include road resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, road reconstruction, and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance in connection with road projects. Material costs for chip sealing and crack filling operations were also eligible for funds.A complete list of Southern Indiana cities, towns, and counties receiving matching funds through Community Crossings for the calendar year 2016 call for projects is online at www.in.gov/indot/3571.htm. More information about Community Crossings is online at www.in.gov/indot/communitycrossings.last_img read more

MAY 10, 2017 ‘READERS FORUM”

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first_imgWhats on your mind today?Todays “READER FORUM” question is: ” Who do you think is the most effective Evansville City Council member?We urge you to take time and click the section we have reserved for the daily recaps of the activities of our local Law Enforcement professionals. This section is located on the upper right side of our publication.If you would like to advertise or submit and article in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’s “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that any member of the media should be allowed to ask any question concerning city business during any official city council meetingFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more