Who’s installing what?

first_imgWho’s installing what?On 3 Feb 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Workforce HR Manager Companion Care, which established and operates joint venture veterinarypractices around the UK, is going live with Workforce HR Manager software fromIntellect. The year-long implementation sees the system rolled out to 31practices nationwide. Surgeries have access to six core screens, designed toprovide the veterinary partner with access to staff contact details, holidays,absence, appraisals and employment history. Implementation of Workforce Onlinewill now follow, giving employees access to self-service HR functions. www.workforcehr.com4th Contact benefit system LogicaCMG of South Africa is implementing 4th Contact’s online benefitssystem after seeing the system in use by colleagues in the UK organisation’sBirmingham office. The system is initially being used to track holidays for its100 plus workforce, but plans to build the rest of the benefits includingpension and medical aid in the next few months. “It now providescontinuity across two divisions of the company,” says Paul Watson, managingdirector of 4th Contact. www.4thcontact.co.uk Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

USA: Rockwell Collins Gets USD 13.9 Million Air Force Contract

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: million July 18, 2012 View post tag: usa View post tag: air View post tag: gets View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic USA: Rockwell Collins Gets USD 13.9 Million Air Force Contract Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Rockwell Collins Gets USD 13.9 Million Air Force Contract center_img View post tag: Force Rockwell Collins has received a USD 13.9 million contract modification to exercise an option for AN/ARC-210(V) electronic radio and ancillary equipment for the Air Force. The Rockwell Collins RT-1939(C) (ARC-210, Generation 5) is the most advanced Receiver-Transmitter (RT) in their proven ARC-210 communication system family. Rockwell Collins has supplied more than 30,000 AN/ARC-210 radios worldwide on over 180 platforms, making them the accepted choice for multiband, multimode communications.Specifically, the RT-1939(C) has been designed to better meet  the clients’ needs and conform to Software Defined Radio (SDR) tenets and architectures.The work is expected to be completed in February 2014.Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the design, production and support of innovative solutions for their customers in aerospace and defense. Their expertise in flight-deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, information management and simulation and training is strengthened by their global service and support network spanning 27 countries.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 18, 2012; Image: Rockwell Collins View post tag: COLLINS View post tag: 13.9 View post tag: USD Share this article View post tag: Rockwell View post tag: contractlast_img read more

New Zealand, US Navy divers hone mine countermeasure skills

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today New Zealand, US Navy divers hone mine countermeasure skills New Zealand, US Navy divers hone mine countermeasure skills Share this article Divers from the New Zealand and United States Navy honed their mine-clearing skills during a two-week multinational exercise that took place in Bland Bay, Whangaruru,in February.Exercise Fulcrum, a training activity involving primarily the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) and the U.S. Navy, tested divers and operators of autonomous underwater vehicles in very shallow water mine countermeasures.This year the exercise involved dive ship HMNZS Manawanui in Bland Bay, and about 50 divers and specialists from the RNZN Littoral Warfare Unit’s Clearance Dive Group, the United States Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Mobile Unit 5, divers from Britain, and autonomous underwater vehicle specialists from Australia and New Zealand, who were based at the Bland Bay Motor Camp.Diver Lieutenant Teina Hullena said Bland Bay was chosen because it was an ideal training area.“We look for a good gradient, a good training environment,” he said. “It’s the east coast, with good water – not as rough as the west coast.”Before the exercise, HMNZS Manawanui set 16 training mines in the bay to a depth of up to 30 metres, and they were differently shaped to challenge the autonomous underwater vehicle teams. The vehicles travelled across the bay in a grid, sending back signals that displayed on a computer screen on shore. Vehicle operators identified mine-like objects and noted their position, allowing divers to investigate and neutralise them.The exercise was a success, with all 16 mines located by the teams. Mine recovery involved floating the mines to the surface using balloons – no mean feat considering some weighed up to half a tonne. View post tag: MCM Authorities View post tag: RNZN March 1, 2017 View post tag: US Navylast_img read more

The Enemies of Reason?

first_imgHeard the one about the healers who can perform internal surgery on you with their bare hands – leaving not a mark behind? Or the woman who thinks we should have 12 strands of DNA, not just 2? It’s what the Atlanteans had – but don’t worry, a small fee and she’ll kindly restore them for you. You’ve got cancer? Don’t worry – if you eat nothing but liquidised grapes for a month, it’ll disappear.  Laughing? You shouldn’t be. These are all genuine ‘treatments’ offered to the desperate: people who have lost faith in conventional medicine, people whom conventional medicine cannot help; and the ‘worried well’: people who have been persuaded that they are ill despite being in the pink of health, by health scammers eager to make money off the gullible and the vulnerable.  Recently, channel 4 showed a two-part documentary, featuring Richard Dawkins, dramatically entitled, ‘The Enemies of Reason’ which targeted such scammers. He was determined to expose how the tricks of the quacks, and the damage they have done. Not content with that, however, he launched an attack on the ‘irrational NHS’, and proponents of all complementary therapy. Is all ‘alternative medicine’ a foolish waste of time? Or would we be fools, to dismiss it out of hand?  ‘Snake-oil under a different name.’It cannot be disputed that ‘alternative’ medicine peddlers have strong associations with quacks, charlatans, and showmen – exploiters of the vulnerable and ill, selling medicines that have no proven health benefits. An inventory of examples and cases can be seen on Quackwatch, a site dedicated to exposing fallacious or misleading health treatments, is part of a circle of sites which tackle a variety of common alternative health treatments, covering aspects as diverse as acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic practice, and nutrient scams.  Alternative medicine, the site states, often claims to be holistic, but in fact is extremely narrow: chiropractors believe all ill health is caused by poor posture: acupuncturists think that acupuncture can cure everything from short sightedness to impotence, while health-food advocators often encourage dangerous diets – in extreme cases, consumption of nothing but one food-stuff (grapes, milk, cabbage) for long periods of time in serious illness. And advocates are fond of using jargon or pseudo-scientific terms – ‘energy balance’ ‘quantum interactions’ ‘detoxification’ – to bewilder the potential patient – with possibly fatal results.  For those who think that’s a bit harsh, believing that alternative treatments are at the best helpful, at the worst, harmless, Dr Jarvis, President of the National Council Against Health Fraud, lists the ways in which such treatments harm cancer patients.  “Harm can be direct [as a result of treatment]…Cyanide poisoning from ingesting apricot pits or laetrile, Salmonella dublin infection from drinking raw milk, electrolyte imbalance caused by coffee enemas, internal bleeding from deep body massage, and brain damage from whole-body hyperthermia have all caused needless death of cancer patients.” He also warns that there is much  ‘indirect harm’: diets which weaken the patient, warnings not to trust ‘orthodox’ medical treatment which can lead to fatal delays in seeking professional help, and false reassurances and hope which can be psychologically devastating.  The ‘worried well’, too, don’t escape unscathed. Patients may be told they have cancer or other incurable illness and told to apply potentially harmful cures – for an illness they have not got. If they seek professional advice and are told they are healthy, the alternative practitioner may tell them that conventional medicine is often unreliable in detecting their particular disease. The psychological (as well as physical) damage, again, can be devastating. Even self-medication with over-the-counter herbs carries hidden dangers when their active ingredients interfere with other medication, and can lead to fatalities.  Homeopathy, one of Dawkins’ (and I admit, my own) pet hates, is a scheme of treatment where the active drug is diluted so much in water there is often not a single molecule of the original ingredient left by the time it is given to the patient. Its effects are, to say the least, controversial. Yet the NHS spends around £3 million on it a year, and 8.5% of the British population use it. Despite opposition from the scientific community, including protests from senior doctors and scientists, the NHS has continued funding a treatment that has no real evidence behind it.  Michael Baum is emeritus professor of surgery at UCL who organised one such protest letter last year. In an interview to the Guardian, he voiced his concerns. “My concern is the issue of opportunity cost. If the NHS is spending good money on placebos at the cost of not providing effective medicines, then it does matter. The UCL hospital trust has spent £20m on refurbishing the Royal Homeopathic hospital. If that sum of money was spent on making available Herceptin and aromatase inhibitors [to treat breast cancer], then it could be saving in my own health district 600 lives a year.” Absence of evidence is not evidence of absenceThere is a danger, however, that science has a knee-jerk reaction to the sound ‘alternative’ which has resulted in lack of funding and research into very real therapeutic possibilities. There’s a fine line between a healthy and logical scepticism, and smug dismissal of anything vaguely outre.  Realising the potential of some alternative therapies, he National Institute of Health (USA) now has a research wing dedicated to investigating complementary medicine, and it has turned up some interesting results. Meditation has been shown to boost immune activity. Tai-chi may help preserve bone density (and thus fight osteoporosis). Acupuncture is now generally accepted to have a real and significant analgesic effect, possibly by physical stimulation of large sensory nerve fibres (though there are also cases where wrongly applied needles have caused serious injury…) Indeed, much of modern medicine is derived from active ingredients in herbal treatments – aspirin, for example, isolated from willow bark. St John’s wart is generally thought to have no side effects (apart from interfering with some prescription drugs), and effective in treatment of depression. Artemisin, extracted from ancient Chinese herbal remedies long dismissed by the West, turned out to be an excellent treatment for faciparum malaria – increasingly important in an age of chloroquinine resistance. The tricky thing is that medical science can be – and is frequently – wrong. Science, Kuhn proposed, moves in waves of fashion, is hounded by dogma, petty academic rivalry, and stubbornness to change – like the very religions, superstitions, and ‘alternative’ treatments scientists like Dawkins rave against. While no one doubts the tools that science uses are necessary for a rational life – investigation, experimentation, controlled trials – it is only reasonable to doubt that these tools may be misused, trials badly designed, or evidence poorly examined. Just because a treatment claims it’s based on ‘chi’ – and because, to our rational minds, ‘chi’ doesn’t exist – does not mean the treatment doesn’t work. Perhaps it works on perfectly sound physiological principles we in our smug superiority have not yet seen.  Western medicine also has its faults. It’s strongly biochemically based, and in practice often doesn’t take into account enough the patient’s mental outlook, diet, and general condition, preferring to focus on the specific site of injury, and treating symptoms individually as they come up. Wards are understaffed and doctors have little time to listen to patients. Misdiagnoses are understandably made. Sitting in on a GP consultant, I was struck by how many times he interrupted and misinterpreted what the patient was trying to say. Patients often feel undervalued, patronised, and coerced – and confidence and morale are hugely important in recovery. Even Dawkins conceded that alternative medical practioners often spend more time with their patients and that this could have a beneficial effect (‘but not enough to outweigh good science-based medical care.’) While alternative treatments are often in their own way narrow, aspects of their philosophy may still be helpful in providing better care.   It is not as simple as a divide – us against them, science against the ‘enemies of reason’. The practitioners of science have their own weaknesses, blindnesses, irrational foibles and fashions. And one day treatments we consider alternative may become not so alternative after all. The real enemies of reason are those who dismiss any challenging idea out of hand, because it poses a threat to their own personal philosophy, whether they call themselves a scientist or not. Links and resourceshttp://www.quackwatch.com/ – Quack watchhttp://www.skeptic.com/ – Sceptic net http://nccam.nih.gov/research/ – the National Institute of Health (USA)’s funding body for research into alternative and complementary medicine, with current research findings, goals, and informationCherwell 24 is not responsible for the content of any external linkslast_img read more

Watch Bob Weir And John Mayer Perform On ‘Watch What Happens Live’

first_imgLast night, Dead & Company guitarists John Mayer and Bob Weir were the guests on Bravo series Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. The two musicians stopped by the show’s clubhouse after their sets at NYC’s Citi Field, talking about music, fame, Mayer’s guitar face and more, as well as treating fans to a special performance.After the thirty-minute program, the two sat down for a brief version of the hit Grateful Dead song, “Friend Of The Devil.” Watch the two famed musicians at work in the clip below.You can also watch Weir and Mayer talk about gay bars, out of body experiences, Mayer’s solo album, and Jerry Garcia.last_img read more

NAFCU meets with NCUA on exams, supervisory priorities

first_img continue reading » NAFCU Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt, Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long, and Senior Counsel for Research and Policy Andrew Morris met Friday with NCUA Office of Examinations and Supervision Director Scott Hunt to discuss the agency’s exam modernization efforts and 2020 supervisory priorities.The NCUA earlier this month released its 2020 supervisory priorities, which include Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) compliance, current expected credit loss (CECL) standard implementation reviews, credit risk, cybersecurity, the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) transition, liquidity risk, and consumer financial protection regulations.In addition, the priorities included an update on its exam modernization efforts, noting that its pilot user portal, NCUA Connect, will become available to all credit unions and state regulators this year. In the second half of 2020, the agency will also release the Modern Examination and Risk Identification Tool (MERIT) to all examination staff.A recent NAFCU Compliance Blog post further explains the NCUA’s supervisory priorities and what credit unions can expect during examinations this year. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

NY records lowest death toll, hospitalizations due to COVID-19

first_imgThe Governor also urged New Yorkers to wear masks and remain vigilant. “As states across the country struggle with new outbreaks related to reopening, New York’s numbers continue to go down to record lows,” Cuomo said. “Our progress is a direct result of New Yorkers’ discipline and hard work and an incremental, data-driven reopening.” Governor Andrew Cuomo said there were five deaths and 869 hospitalizations across the entire state on Saturday, June 27.center_img (WBNG) — New York State recorded the lowest death toll and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.last_img read more

UHPA Assembly Held: Elected Members of the Management and Supervisory Boards

first_imgIt is a project of special benefits intended for domestic tourists, and the plan is to include businessmen and other entities in the field of tourism such as accommodation and catering facilities, national parks, nature parks, museums, theaters, rail and air transport and the like. The Assembly unanimously adopted the Work Report and Financial Report of UHPA for 2018, as well as the election of 10 members of the Management Board and 5 members of the Supervisory Board, UHPA reports. COMMON SENSE HAS OVERCOME IN THE CITY OF SPLIT: PRE-AGREED AND ANNOUNCED GROUPS WILL BE REALIZED UNDER THE SAME CONDITIONS AS BEFORE The  Supervisory Board of  the following were selected:  Maria-Gracia Baćac  (MG Express doo, Kanfanar),  Goran Bojković, (Danex-Umag doo, Umag),  Vlado Ilišković  (Ilišković doo, Korčula),  Dragan Kostadinović  (Shuttle doo travel agency, Split ) and  Janko Mavrovic  (Mediteran adria doo, Rijeka). As part of the Assembly, a presentation of the project “A week worth vacation” of the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian National Tourist Board was held. The 05th Assembly of the UHPA Professional Association and the 40th Assembly of the UHPA Association of Employers were held on Wednesday (June 35) at the International Hotel in Zagreb.center_img The mandate of the members of the Management Board and the Supervisory Board lasts 4 years and begins with the expiration of the mandate of the current convocation, which lasts until June 18.06.2019, XNUMX. years RELATED NEWS: U Management Board the following were selected: Euro Juričić (Atlas Rabac doo, Rabac) as a representative of regular members from the region of Istria, Dragan Brnić (TA Šiloturist, Šilo) as a representative of regular members from the Kvarner region, Mile Uroda (Škver tours – Navale turizam jdoo, Biograd na Moru) as a representative of regular members from the region of Northern Dalmatia, Jurica Glavina (Eklata doo, Split) as a representative of regular members from the region of Central Dalmatia, Maro Savinović (Atlant travel doo, Dubrovnik) as a representative of regular members from the region of Southern Dalmatia, Silvana Turčić (Obzor putovanja doo, Zagreb) i Robert Petrinović (Palma travel doo, Zagreb) as representatives of regular members from the region of Continental Croatia, Igor Popovic (Adriagate doo, Split) as a representative of regular members with the largest number of point votes, Maja Šimenc (DMK Vall 042 doo, Varaždin) as a representative of regular members with the lowest number of point votes Continental Croatia and Michele Bassanese (Plavo more doo, Umag) as a representative of regular members with the lowest number of point votes Primorska Hrvatska. “A week of rest worthwhile” last_img read more

Biden spotlights evil influence of money

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe Gazette’s Nov. 20 coverage of Joe Biden’s talk at Proctors before a sold-out enthusiastic gathering hit on the notes that were of “popular interest,” mainly the question of whether he will run for president in 2020.However, the article missed the most salient point he made and one that evoked the most vociferous response from the audience.He told the audience that ever since he first ran for public office when he was almost 30 years old, he decided he never wanted to take money from big donors nor get rich off his political power, so that he could remain independent in expressing his views. He expressed disdain for the current scenario in Washington, where big-money interests determine how politicians vote and that having the Supreme Court decision in the Citizen’s United case reversed is crucial.Without mentioning Trump’s name, the audience could easily conjure the greedy tentacles of our current president and the influence that big-donor money has on the Senate and House as the right ramrods through the halls of Congress a “tax reform” bill that is nothing but a Christmas present for big donors and corporations.This bill won’t in any way benefit the poor, the working class or middle class, despite the phony advertising campaign.Good for Biden.Al SingerGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Protests in Amsterdam, Dublin over killing of black American

first_imgAround 3,000 protesters packed Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam, standing close together despite coronavirus social distancing measures, local media said.The protest was partly organized by a group that aims to stop the Dutch Christmas tradition of “Black Pete” — one of Santa’s helpers who is dressed in blackface.In Dublin, protestors marched on the US embassy on Monday afternoon, chanting Floyd’s name and taking a knee at the gates of the compound in a moment of silence.Police on the scene told AFP they estimated between 2,000 and 3,000 took part in the peaceful demonstration, surprising officers who had expected a modest turnout. Thousands of protesters rallied in the Dutch and Irish capitals on Monday against the death of a black man during an arrest by police in the United States.Defying coronavirus restrictions, demonstrators in both Amsterdam and Dublin carried signs saying “Black Lives Matter”, referring to the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.The protests that have roiled US cities for six nights have now spread around the world, with rallies as far afield as London and New Zealand. Racially diverse protestors carried placards reading “Black lives matter” and “Police murder”. One wore a face mask marked with the words “I can’t breathe”.”Who do you turn to when you can’t turn to the people that are meant to protect you?” said protestor Fionnuala O’Connell, reacting to the circumstances of Floyd’s death in police custody.”That’s the scariest part, because what do you do?””I feel like a lot of us have been silenced and we were afraid to speak out,” demonstrator Raphael Olympio told AFP.”Today we just want to speak out and raise our voices.”center_img Topics :last_img read more