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Nursing crisis continues despite jobs drive

first_img Comments are closed. Nursing crisis continues despite jobs driveOn 6 May 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. NHS trusts are still suffering a severe shortfall of nurses despite theDepartment of Health’s recruitment drive, according to a new report. The report by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) shows that nursing levelsare typically 13 per cent lower than staffing requirements, and that thisfigure increased to 20 per cent once maternity and sick leave are taken intoaccount. Elaine Way, president of the Association of Healthcare Human ResourceManagement (AHHRM), said the report reveals that although progress has beenmade on nurse recruitment, more still needs to be done. “AHHRM welcomes the RCN report highlighting the difficulties inresourcing demand for nurses to meet healthcare commitment,” she said. “It is important to recognise achievements to date – since 1997, 48,000additional nurses have been recruited ahead of targets [8,000 by 2008].Although there are more nurses, demand is still increasing, thereby creatingthe need for even more staff. “Improving working lives, retention initiatives and flexible workingall contribute to improving the situation,” she added. “However, there is no magic wand to produce a short-termsolution.” The RCN report was published at its annual congress in Harrogate, wherenurses voted in favour of increased Government funding for local authorities. The RCN is particularly concerned that 50,000 nurses will reach theretirement age of 55 in the next five years. However, the Chancellor haspromised an extra 80,000 nurses by 2008. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

NHS course defies drop-out myth

first_img Previous Article Next Article NHS course defies drop-out mythOn 1 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Learnerswithin the NHS are dispelling a myth about e-learning. Drop-outrates are often cited as one of the reasons for e-learning’s failure, but theNHS e-Tutor blended training programme, commissioned by the NHS InformationAuthority (NHSIA), has achieved a completion rate of 93.8 per cent and averagelearner satisfaction ratings of 5.95 out of six. “Sincethe project’s inception, 91 learners have completed the programme and havequalified as e-tutors,” said Carol Hulm, ECDL service manager and NHSIA projectmanager.Thecourses are operated by the Training Foundation under the Institute of ITTraining Certified e-Learning Professional (CeLP) Programme.www.trainingfoundation.comwww.elearningprofessional.comlast_img read more

Century-scale simulations of the response of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to a warming climate

first_imgWe use the BISICLES adaptive mesh ice sheet model to carry out one, two, and three century simulations of the fast-flowing ice streams of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Each of the simulations begins with a geometry and velocity close to present day observations, and evolves according to variation in meteoric ice accumulation, ice shelf melting, and mesh resolution. Future changes in accumulation and melt rates range from no change, through anomalies computed by atmosphere and ocean models driven by the E1 and A1B emissions scenarios, to spatially uniform melt rates anomalies that remove most of the ice shelves over a few centuries. We find that variation in the resulting ice dynamics is dominated by the choice of initial conditions, ice shelf melt rate and mesh resolution, although ice accumulation affects the net change in volume above flotation to a similar degree. Given sufficient melt rates, we compute grounding line retreat over hundreds of kilometers in every major ice stream, but the ocean models do not predict such melt rates outside of the Amundsen Sea Embayment until after 2100. Sensitivity to mesh resolution is spurious, and we find that sub-kilometer resolution is needed along most regions of the grounding line to avoid systematic under-estimates of the retreat rate, although resolution requirements are more stringent in some regions – for example the Amundsen Sea Embayment – than others – such as the Möller and Institute ice streams.last_img read more

AMERICA”S 10 BIGGEST BANKS

first_imgAMERICA”S 10 BIGGEST BANKSby AMANDA DIXON for Bankrate 1JPMorgan Chase & Co.$2.55 trillion 3Wells Fargo & Co.$1.95 trillion 9TD Group US Holdings LLC$353.62 billion JUNE 26, 2017  in BANKING 5Goldman Sachs Group Inc.$894.09 billion 8PNC Financial Services Group Inc.$371.28 billion 4Citigroup Inc.$1.82 trillion In the years since the financial crisis, the nation’s biggest banks have grown substantially bigger. Together, the top 10 largest banks now hold $11.8 trillion in assets.For a sense of the vast scale of that wealth, $11.8 trillion is enough to buy every one of the 7.35 billion human beings on Earth a 13-inch MacBook Pro, with a little left over for accessories.Of course, every year sees some shakeup in this exclusive club. Larger banks trade places with one another, and smaller banks drop out, replaced by faster-growing rivals.This year, just to get in, you need at least $348.55 billion in assets, a sum so large that, if converted into $100 bills laid end to end, would reach the moon (with several thousand miles left over to check out the view).Here are the 10 largest banks in the U.S. by assets, according to the latest numbers from S&P Global Market Intelligence, a financial industry research firm. 6Morgan Stanley$832.39 billion 7U.S. Bancorp$449.52 billion 2Bank of America Corp.$2.25 trillion RankBank nameTotal assets 10Capital One Financial Corp.$348.55 billion Big or small, if you’re looking for a new bank, let Bankrate.com help you find the account that’s right for you today.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Aqueous Plays Psychedelic Gorillaz & Pink Floyd Covers At Sold-Out Denver Show [Photo]

first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Bill McAlaine Over the weekend, Aqueous hit Denver’s Bluebird Theater, selling out the historic theater on Colfax with support from Colorado’s own Evanoff. The Buffalo-based groove rockers held back nothing during the show, playing a fearlessly experimental show highlighting the band’s patented tight improvisations and offering a mix of treasured originals and psychedelic covers.Opening the show with a take on the Super Mario Bros. theme, the band quickly jammed into “Second Sight”, a staple of Aqueous’ live shows since being debuted early last year. From there, the band partially performed “They’re Calling For Ya”, an older tune from the group that has dropped off in recent years, having only been performed four times in 2018, ahead of a well-segued take into “Random Company”. Next up was “Don’t Do It”, which sandwiched the band’s second performance ever of “D.A.R.E.”, a Gorillaz cover that was first brought out during the group’s Gorillaz-theme New Year’s Eve show in Buffalo this year.As for set two, Aqueous kicked things off with a triumphant rendition of “The Median”. Unlike the first set, which saw the group running through a number of tunes and showing off their diversity of sound, in the second set, the band focused in on improvisational jamming across six songs. Following an unfinished “20/20”, the band moved into “Complex Pt. II”, marking the second time the song has been performed in 2018. Next up was “Fearless”, a Pink Floyd cover off 1971’s Meddle, marking the song’s sixth performance ever. With Aqueous playing up until curfew, “Fearless” was used to kick off a non-stop sprint to the show’s end, which also featured “Aldehyde” and “Triangle”.“Aldehyde”[Video: AqueousBand, by C.J. Strehlow]You can check out photos from Aqueous’ sold-out show at Denver’s Bluebird Theater on June 9th below, courtesy of Bill McAlaine.Setlist: Aqueous | Bluebird Theater | Denver, CO | 6/9/2018Set One: Super Mario Bros > Second Sight, They’re Calling For Ya* > Random Company, Don’t Do It > D.A.R.E^ > Don’t Do ItSet Two: The Median, 20/20* > Complex Pt. II, Fearless^^ > Aldehyde > Triangle%**Notes: *Unfinished | ^Gorillaz | ^^Pink Floyd | % With Ending | **Played up until curfewAqueous | Bluebird Theater | Denver, CO | 6/9/2018 | Credit: Bill McAlaine Photo: Bill McAlaine Photo: Bill McAlainelast_img read more

Continuing Promise Colombia 2011: Committed to the Health and Wellbeing of the Colombian People

first_img Lt. Cmdr. Francine Worthington, in charge of patient administration on board the Comfort, felt honored to provide care to Becerra during “the surgery that changed her life.” “A smile is the beginning of love, and the labors of love are labors of peace,” Lieutenant Commander Worthington said. “Collaboration begins one person at a time. Mrs. Becerra represents the beauty of the Colombian people.” Following an examination, the CP’11 medical team determined that Irene was suffering from cataracts and scheduled her for surgery on 6 June. After a recovery of two hours, the oldest surgical patient in the history of the CP’11 team was ready to begin the process of recovering her sight. “I want to thank God, the medical team on board the Comfort, and all those who made this procedure possible,” the patient said. Col. Mauricio Castro, commander of the 70th Marine River Battalion in Tumaco, explained, “As part of the joint work being done by the two countries, on the side of the Colombian military, we have two doctors from the National Navy seeing patients, Air Force engineers who are supporting the construction of the classrooms in Chilvicito, and of course, the National Army providing security for all the personnel and citizens who are participating in this mission.” The aim of the Continuing Promise mission in Colombia was to demonstrate the U.S. Southern Command’s commitment to Colombia and its National Consolidation Plan, which is leading to significant improvements in security, cooperation, the ongoing presence of the Colombian state, and improvement in Colombians’ quality of life. By Dialogo July 14, 2011 The U.S. embassy was represented by Minister-Counselor Perry Holloway, who affirmed that the event is “the best demonstration that in Colombia, people want to consolidate and work [jointly with] the United States.” On this occasion, the Comfort provided medical care to more than 5,000 inhabitants of Tumaco and nearby rural areas, more than 120 surgeries were successfully performed on board, two classrooms were built in the municipality of Chilvicito, veterinary care was offered, three schools were refurbished, and numerous exchanges of knowledge took place involving medical experts from the region. Continuing Promise 2011 (CP’11) made a significant impact on the community through cooperation and training, which promotes stability in the region. All the humanitarian aid provided was offered within the framework of the existing cooperation among the governments of the United States, Colombia, and other countries in the region, cooperation that takes shape in the form of a long-standing friendship with the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition to humanitarian aid, the Comfort’s visit represents a cultural exchange for all involved. During his time in Colombia, the mission commander, U.S. Navy Capt. Brian C. Nickerson, declared, “we believe that understanding the culture is a prerequisite for building relationships and providing appropriate care.” During his visit, Diego Molano, National Social Action Director for the Office of the President of the Republic, declared that “President Juan Manuel Santos designated him to accompany this action because Tumaco is a fundamental part of the Consolidation Plan and of the strategic choice to recover the Pacific and Tumaco for all Colombians.” In the same way, donations were made by several international NGOs and by the staff of the U.S. embassy in Colombia, which sent clothes and toys, among other items. For the second time in its history, the Colombian city of Tumaco, in the department of Nariño, hosted the visit of the hospital ship Comfort, which arrived in Colombia at the invitation of the national government, the military, and the police, in support of their efforts to consolidate areas where significant progress is being made in maintaining peace and the wellbeing of the inhabitants. Among the noteworthy achievements of Continuing Promise 2011 was the surgery performed on Irene Becerra, a 101-year-old patient who arrived at the Max Seídel School clinic complaining of severe headaches and the loss of vision in her left eye. The various events held during the ship’s visit — between 2 and 12 June — made it possible to integrate the community and bring it into closer contact with the efforts of the local and national government to improve the quality of life in the city. Congratulations (Mao) Colonel Mauricio Castro, I send you a bear hug from USA. I know him since I was a child. He is an excellent human being. God continue blessing you all the days of your life.last_img read more

Lawsuit dismissed against PenFed

first_imgA U.S. District Court judge in Virginia dismissed a $5 million civil lawsuit last month against the $21.3 billion Pentagon Federal Credit Union because the allegations of sexual harassment, a hostile work environment, retaliation, age discrimination and wrongful discharge, were not backed up by sufficient facts from the former employee who claimed them.In January, Celia Coleman, 55, of Brandywine, Md., a 31-year former employee, filed the civil suit against PenFed. The lawsuit alleged that a woman supervisor sexually demeaned and assaulted Coleman repeatedly. The lawsuit also charged that the other three female employees encouraged and condoned the sexual harassment and they targeted Coleman for termination.“Accordingly, plaintiff (Coleman) has not pleaded sufficient facts to show that there was any harassing conduct, let alone that it was severe or pervasive,” U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema in Alexandria, Va., wrote in a 12-page ruling released on March 17.Even though Coleman filed a complaint with her supervisor about being discriminated and targeted by another employee, Coleman did not provide information about alleged specific incidents of such conduct, Judge Brinkema noted in the ruling. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Valley Stream Chef Competes on Beat Bobby Flay

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Chef Alexcia Smith of Valley Stream faced off against celebrity Chef Bobby Flay on Thursday on the Food Network’s cooking competition show Beat Bobby Flay in a Mean Girls-themed episode hosted by Tina Fey.In the first round, Flay challenged Smith and her competitor, stuntwoman-turned-chef Asia Mei, to make the best dish using rutabaga as the main ingredient for the chance to take on Flay in round two. Smith’s rustic rutabaga puree with a warm rutabaga hash won out over Mei’s kimchi rutabaga rösti with rutabaga green apple slaw. But once Smith took on Flay in round two, she had backup from Fey, who started reading from a “Bobby Flay Burnt Book.”“Somebody started a petition that says ‘Keep Bobby Flay out of the Hamptons,’ signed by Ina Garten, Katie Lee, Neil Patrick Harris, Rachael Ray,” joked Fey, as she tried to psyche out Flay so he would lose.That’s because Fey and Flay made a bet that if he lost to Smith, he would have to cook for all 70 members of the Mean Girls‘ Broadway production. Smith chose lamb shwarma as her signature dish to compete against Flay, but in the end, three independent taste testers named Flay the winner — yet Flay cooked for the production crew anyway.Born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Hempstead, 34-year-old Chef Smith graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in 2006, which served to launch a career that found her managing food services for corporate clients, such as The New York Times and Condé Nast. Today she is a private chef, who has worked for a number of celebrities, such as Bow Wow and Alicia Keys, and provides catering, cooking lessons, and host of other services.“I came here to prove that private chefs play a major role in this game and I’m still really proud of what I accomplished tonight,” she said.For those who missed it, the episode, “Fey vs. Flay,” will air again air on November 3 and 4 or can be purchased on YouTube.last_img read more

Architects bring us back to the future

first_imgOne Wybelenna is the essence of Palm Springs modernism.Suburb: BrookfieldArchitect: Shaun Lockyer Architects“It’s roots were paying reference to Jim Burrel House who was of the godfathers of modernism in Brisbane. It’s classic, classic 60s modernism,” Lockyer said. The ‘D house’ in New Farm has award winning interiors. Photo: Patrick Bingham-HallSuburb: New FarmArchitect: Donovan Hill Architects“A classic gorgeous modern home of a contemporary nature,” Lockyer said.ONE WYBELENNA Andrew and Christine North are selling Lantern House — a contemporary take on mid-century modern design.Some of Brisbane’s best homes have something in common — a tip of the hat to the 1950s.Everything old is new again in Brisbane house design with experts revealing new homes are now taking the best of the past and bringing it into the present.One of Brisbane’s most prominent modernist houses, Lantern House, at 63 Gordon Rd, Bardon, has now been listed for sale and the $1.645 million price tag reflects the standing of the home.The flat rooved, high ceiling home uses a lot of glass, clever orientation and captured outdoor light to make it feel bigger than it actually is, according to award winning Brisbane architect Shaun Lockyer who designed the home.“I’ve done 60 houses since I’ve done that house and it would still stand up as one of the best built houses I’ve ever done,” he said.“That house has been a watershed in many regards.”Andrew North and his wife Christine are the home’s second owners, having bought the property in 2011.“We’d often walk up and down the road and just admire it from the street so when it came on the market we were very excited.“The colours that are used in the front and in the tile, the (ceiling) height that’s been used and the windows that give you the light. They’re the three things that make it a really lovely place to live,” Mr North said.Marketing agent for Place Paddington, Tim Douglas, said potential buyers saw it as a contemporary classic.“A unique home like that always gathers interest from buyers and people who are savvy about architecture as well. They’ll want to have a look at something that’s being done by a good architect.”The home can truly be described as part of one of the more influential architectural movements — modernism.Modernism rose to prominence in 1950s and 60s America when stars of stage and screen made Palm Springs, California their playground.The style uses smart design to help a home work with its surrounds. If you like open floor plans, full-wall glass doors that blur the lines between indoor/outdoor living spaces, high internal ceilings and flat roofs, you can thank the modernist masters of last century.Given modernism thrived in the California sunshine, it’s no surprise Brisbane’s current crop of designers still use it as a template for our city’s most beautiful homes, according to Mr Lockyer.“The issue of protecting from deep sun penetration — shading facades and creating houses that breathe are things that are common to both areas.“People recognise the houses as having very flat roofs — they’re dominated by very strong horizontal and vertical planes.”Mr Lockyer said contemporary takes on this 1950s style continue to gain popularity among property owners looking to create beautiful functional homes.He said Lantern House isn’t the only contemporary Brisbane home that sets modernist hearts aflutter.“We are spoiled for choice in Brisbane,” he said describing three of his favourites.THE C HOUSEMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoThe C House.” If you asked a hundred architects in Brisbane and they didn’t say that’s the best house in Brisbane, I’d be surprised,” Shaun Lockyer said. Photo: Rob Maccoll.Suburb: CoorparooArchitect: Donovan Hill Architects“When I saw that house in a magazine … I was living in Aubrey Wodonga at the time and we were thinking about moving to Melbourne or to Brisbane,” Mr Lockyer said.“I literally said to my wife, ‘If a house like that can be built in Brisbane I want to go and live there.’THE D HOUSElast_img read more

Niger appeals to WHO for Meningitis vaccine

first_imgNiger Prime Minister Brigi Rafini Authorities in Niger have ordered all schools around the capital Niamey to be closed until Monday in its fight against Meningitis which has killed at least 85 people.Niger’s prime minister Brigi Rafini ordered the vaccination of all children aged 2 up to 15 years against the disease which kills.More than 900 cases of the disease have been diagnosed since January, resulting in 85 deaths.The government says its in need of  more than 1 million doses of meningitis vaccine but  only about half  of that is available.He appealed to Niger’s allies and the World Health Organization to help make up the shortage.The meningitis virus attacks the lining surrounding the brain and spinal cord. It could lead to deafness and severe brain damage. About half the cases are fatal.last_img read more