Pilotschemes looking at alternatives to sicknotecertification are to be vastly expanded.Thepilots, a key part of plans by GPs to move towards giving up responsibility forsigning sick-notes by April 2006, were due to start in four firms next month.Butnews of the trials led to a flurry of interest from employers wanting to testalternatives.Atleast 20 firms are now scheduled to be taking part, although this also meansthe start date is likely to be put back to January.DrBarbara Kneale, occupationalhealth and safety adviser at Peugeot Citroen, which will be running a pilot atits Ryton plant in Coventry,said there was a lot of interest in the scheme.Theextra interest means a fourth model will be tested. Alongwith using in-house occupational health (OH) departments, nurse-based callcentres and a remote OH service, a GP-based model is being developed.Thiswould see employees going to their GP as normal but, if appropriate, they couldthen be referred ‘down the corridor’ to an OH practitioner, Kneale said. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Sicknote alternatives inspire firms to take actionOn 14 Sep 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.
Staal was also an alternate captain for four seasons with Pittsburgh. His brother, Eric, served as Carolina’s captain from 2009 until he was traded to the Rangers in 2016. In 50 games last season, the Thunder Bay, Ontario, native registered 11 goals, 28 points, 122 hits and 40 takeaways for the Hurricanes while posting 10 points in 15 playoff games en route to the Eastern Conference Final.And that’s the game! Jordan Staal scores the overtime winner. pic.twitter.com/zrYmGzRUl4— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) April 27, 2019Staal has registered 97 goals and 262 points in 462 total games with Carolina and has 510 points in 893 career NHL games. A strong two-way forward, Staal plays a physical, complete 200-foot game and has been considered for the Selke in 11 of his 13 NHL seasons. He’s also a proven leader on and off the ice.This year, Staal will look to pick up where Williams left off and lead the Canes to another playoff berth — and potentially a deeper run this time around. Jordan Staal will once again serve in a leadership capacity for the Hurricanes this season — with a “C” on his chest.Staal will serve as the franchise’s eighth captain since moving to Carolina, coach Rod Brind’Amour announced on Sunday. Jaccob Slavin and Jordan Martinook will serve as the alternates this season. MORE: Who are the 31 NHL teams’ captains for 2019-20?Since being traded to the Hurricanes by the Penguins, the 31-year-old Staal has been involved in a variety of captaincy roles with the team. From 2012-17, he was an alternate captain before serving as a co-captain with Justin Faulk for the 2017-18 campaign. He again wore the “A’ after Justin Williams took over the role last season. However, with Williams taking a break from the NHL this season, Staal will fill that vacancy.
The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League schedule-maker was rather kind to the Nelson Leafs during the first seven weeks of the season.However, now comes the hard part as the Leafs set out on the road for six in a row, starting last week in Creston.And head coach Frank Maida wasn’t a real big fan of the preparation by the Green and White during the two games — both losses — in the East Kootenay and Fruitvale against the Nitehawks.Which is why there was an urgent meeting right after Saturday’s 3-2 setback to Beaver Valley — the second in three meetings.“Our focus wasn’t the greatest,” Maida told The Nelson Daily Thursday prior to practice.“There’s preparation to being on the road, the traveling going into a new rink you haven’t seen before. We didn’t have a lot of focus (to start the road trip),” he added.The Leafs get another chance to right a ship that has seen the team drop its last three games to fall out of top spot in the Murdoch Division. Nelson now sits three points behind the Beaver Valley Nitehawks heading into weekend action.First up Friday is 7-6 Princeton Posse. Saturday gets another shot at former Leaf Dane Rupert and the Kelowna Chiefs before concluding the trip Sunday in Osoyoos against the defending KIJHL champion, Coyotes.“Princeton is a small rink and the Posse usually has a big team,” Maida said when asked to give rundown of the weekend competition.“Kelowna, we had a good game against them but ran into a hot goalie the only time we played them and Osoyoos, well, they’ll be looking for some revenge since we beat them in Nelson and it’s the third game of the weekend for us.”But three games in three days is nothing new for the Leafs, one of two teams that has played 19 games this season.“This is the first time all season we’ve had a week’s rest,” said Maida.Maida and assistant coach Stu Linnen get three players off the injury list for the road trip — forwards Matti Jmaeff and Brett Norman and defenceman Walker Sidoni.Defenceman Riley Henderson is listed as day-to-day, but will not play this weekend.The news is not good for defenceman Blake Arcuri, who started the season on the injury list and will sit out another six weeks with an injured thumb.Dustin Reimer is also back on the injury list with an upper body injury after playing four of the opening 19 games.ICE CHIPS: Next home game for the Leafs is November 12 against the Grand Forks Border Bruins. . . . Nelson concludes the six-game road trip Thursday, November 10 in Fernie against the Ghostriders. . . . Leaf sniper Patrick Martens, currently riding a 14-game point streak, continues his assault on the KIJHL scoring title. Martens trails Craig Martin and Ryan Edwards, both of Beaver Valley, but three points. . . . Tryout defenceman Juilan Davis of Vancouver is expected back in the Nelson lineup for the weekend. Davis, 17, will advise the Leaf coaching staff of his future plans during the [email protected]
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A rapid heating and cooling of milk significantly reduces the amount of harmful bacteria present, extending by several weeks the shelf life of one of the most common refrigerator staples in the world, according to a Purdue University study.Bruce Applegate, Purdue associate professor in the Department of Food Science, and collaborators from Purdue and the University of Tennessee published their findings in the journal SpringerPlus, where they show that increasing the temperature of milk by 10 degrees for less than a second eliminates more than 99% of the bacteria left behind after pasteurization.“It’s an add-on to pasteurization, but it can add shelf life of up to five, six or seven weeks to cold milk,” Applegate said.Pasteurization, which removes significant amounts of harmful pathogens that can cause illness and eventually spoil dairy products, is considered a high-temperature, short-time method. Developed by Louis Pasteur in the 19th century, the treatment gives milk a shelf life of about two to three weeks.The low-temperature, short-time (LTST) method in the Purdue study sprayed tiny droplets of pasteurized milk, which was inoculated with Lactobacillus and Pseudomonas bacteria, through a heated, pressurized chamber, rapidly raising and lowering their temperatures about 10 degrees Celsius but still below the 70-degree Celsius threshold needed for pasteurization. The treatment lowered bacterial levels below detection limits, and extended shelf life to up to 63 days.“With the treatment, you’re taking out almost everything,” Applegate said. “Whatever does survive is at such a low level that it takes much longer for it to multiply to a point at which it damages the quality of the milk.”The LTST chamber technology was developed by Millisecond Technologies, a New-York-based company. Sensory tests compared pasteurized milk with milk that had been pasteurized and run through MST’s process. Panelists did not detect differences in color, aroma, taste or aftertaste between the products.Phillip Myer, an assistant professor of animal science at the University of Tennessee and a co-author of the paper, said the process uses the heat already necessary for pasteurization to rapidly heat milk droplets.“The process significantly reduces the amount of bacteria present and it doesn’t add any extra energy to the system,” Myer said.Myer said the promise of the technology is that it could reduce waste and allow milk to reach distant locations where transport times using only pasteurization would mean that milk would have a short shelf life upon arrival.Applegate said the process could be tested without pasteurization to determine if it could stand alone as a treatment for eliminating harmful bacteria from milk.The study was funded by the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Center for Food Safety Engineering at Purdue University and Millisecond Technologies.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseWith more talk lately about possible regulations and water quality in Ohio there is plenty to consider. Water quality problems are very complex and there are still many unknowns, particularly with regard to agriculture. This makes truly successful regulations extremely difficult to create and implement.Kevin Elder recently retired as chief of the Ohio Department of Agriculture Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting and has seen every angle of regulations and agriculture in his career.“We need to remember that laws and regulations are easy to make, but unless clear, consistent and enforceable, they will not be effective. Right now we have so many different regulations that it is very difficult for anyone to be in full compliance. There is one set of regulations for large permitted farms, another for the Western Basin of Lake Erie, another for small and medium farms, a different one for Grand Lake St. Marys, and still different ones for the rest of Ohio,” Elder said. “Also, some regulations that come through legislature or Governor’s executive orders may not match with the current best science. The other problem with more regulations is the ability to actually enforce them. More regulations without the ability to actually follow up with effective enforcement are counterproductive to everyone.”Agriculture is already among the heaviest regulated industries in the state. And even when regulations are implemented, they certainly do not guarantee that all problems will be eliminated in agricultural situations where factors remain beyond human control. Fish kills in 2017 served as examples of the shortcomings of regulations.“I was extremely disappointed in the way those incidents were portrayed by certain individuals and the media. A lot of conclusions were jumped to without allowing the complete investigation to be completed. In the end, the Certified Livestock Managers applied manure following all the best management practices. In one case, application of poultry manure was being done on wheat stubble with the farmer prepared to incorporate and plant a cover crop. The rain forecast was for less than 50% chance of less than a half inch of rainfall. The applicator began to apply around 8 in the morning, at 11 he stopped when it began to rain. They ended up with 2.4 inches of rainfall in just that small area. That caused the fish kill due to the ammonia concentrations,” Elder said. “In another case the dairy farmer hired a CLM to apply to an alfalfa field after taking a cutting of hay off. The application met all the BMPs. A rainfall event occurred three days later that caused a fish kill.“All fish kills are unfortunate and should be minimized and prevented whenever possible, but sometimes bad things happen. Some individuals want a 100% guarantee that there will never be water quality impacts — that does not reflect reality. The Clean Water Act has an Agricultural Stormwater Exemption that when it first came out exempted any storm caused discharge. Later additional requirements were added that Best Management Practices had to be followed. More recently additional requirements were added to require looking at weather forecasts and not apply if there were more than 50% chance of raining more than a half-inch in next 24 hours. Even when those additional requirements are followed and storms clearly caused the impairment and fish kills, the farmers/applicators are still being penalized.”There has also been a stir about the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed “impaired” designation for Lake Erie, though that may have little additional regulatory impact.“First of all, if you looked at the area of the lake that was considered impaired by Michigan and compared it to the near shore area that Ohio had already declared impaired, that area was already larger than Michigan’s. The declaration of the rest of the Ohio boundary will probably not have much additional impact,” Elder said. “The majority of the legal authority of that declaration is over point sources of pollution. Even though the designation may not really change things, agriculture does need to continue work to reduce/minimize their nutrient losses and water quality impacts.”
Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web adam popescu Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting With the drone market projected to double to $1.2 billion by 2020, two recent innovations to extend battery life could significantly propel the drone ecosystem forward.Thanks to a Congressional bill passed earlier this year and a pair of innovations significantly extending battery life, drones are moving from the battlefields to the backyards and airspace of American cities. While the military use of targeted drone airstrikes is well-known, what’s not is their limitations: namely battery life for the small, handheld devices.One company working on fixing that problem is aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, which is tweaking the electric version of its Stalker drone, a 10-foot-wingspan drone that can fly as high as 15,000 feet. The Stalker normally stays in the air for about two hours, but Lockheed Martin has managed to extend its endurance by wirelessly recharging it via laser power, allowing the Stalker to stay in the air up to 48 hours. This could be a huge development, but the long-term potential has yet to be proven in outdoor flights – so far it’s only been demonstrated in indoor trials.Also in the development stage is Los Angeles-based Somatis Technologies, Inc., which is working on a kinetic energy composite that turns the interaction of wind pressure and vibrations into an an electrical power energy source and could more than triple battery life for handheld and gliding drones. These small drones – which have wings span of around five feet – have an endurance of only about 45 minutes when fully loaded with munitions, compared to larger drones, which have a battery life of about 14 hours when fully loaded. The company has created an energy harvesting formula that can extend the battery life of a handheld drone to about three hours, and even recharge it in flight. The key is piezoelectric composites, a material which helps convert mechanical energy into electrical energy.“This vibration is energy,” explained Dr. Baruch Pletner, Somatis’ chief executive. “It’s not a better battery in fact, but it’s something that will recharge your battery. Legalization, Grants and Public Safety Programs In February, Congress passed the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, requiring the FAA to ease restrictions and legalize unmanned aerial vehicles in U.S. airspace by 2015. A host of industries are poised to take advantage of this change, namely law enforcement, fire departments, surveillance, security, and even data collection and journalism. While Congress hashes out the details, the Department of Homeland Security has begun to prep for its Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety program. The DHS has begun testing drones, awarded grants to at least 13 police departments to buy small surveillance drones, and is working to accelerate use by inviting drone manufacturers to Ft. Sill, Okla. to conduct more intricate real-world testing scenarios this October. As drone producers like Lockheed Martin and Somatis move from prototype to production within the next few years, battery life will be a key component in making unmanned aerial vehicle use attractive to a range of industries. If and when they get it right, drones will likely become an inherent part of everyday life in the not-to-distant future. When that day comes, our biggest concern may be what detractors are saying now: is drone use a moral dilemma or justified?Last Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she hoped drones could one day see through thick jungle to locate international criminals, like warlord Joseph Kony. That wish may not be far off, as long as the drones have enough battery power to get there. Top photo by California National Guard. Bottom photo by US Army/D. Myles Cullen. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Tags:#engagement#modernized tech#tech Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Technology drives businesses. While that fact might lead us to believe that we need every technology out there, our budget may not necessarily agree.Nevertheless, there may be places in your business that aren’t as efficient as they could be. These are costing you more in time and resources. Instead of living with these inefficiencies, you could be investing in technology that modernizes your processes. Your business could achieve significant ROI in exchange for those updates.According to Bernard Fraenkel, practice manager and VP of engineering for Silicon Valley Software Group and an expert in technology modernization, “Company founders often refer to their companies, or their products, as their ‘baby.’ In the way that one parents a child differently at different stages of development, technology and methodology must evolve as the company/product grows from its early stages, to market launch, to hyper-growth mode.”With that philosophy in mind, here are five must-have updates that your technology stack needs for your business to thrive, both in the year ahead and beyond: Cloud ServicesPerhaps you’ve already added some type of cloud service, but you can’t say you’ve implemented cloud if you’ve just signed up for Dropbox. That’s a start, but it is not modernizing your technology by any means. Beyond cloud storage, you want to think of other ways that you can take advantage of the technology. Think of cloud as a way to work from anywhere. Plus, it will let you collaborate in a very efficient way.That means looking at every aspect of your business to see where cloud services could be incorporated. While Dropbox is great for storage, think of other cloud applications. That’s because this technology works for communication, project management, disaster planning and business continuity, logistics, inventory, and the entire supply chain. Cloud services can also help with CRM, marketing and sales, and even IT. In addition, cloud services can enable you to scale up in a cost-effective way. Remote AccessIf you have started adding remote workers (e.g., freelance staff) or are considering it, then it’s important to add remote access technology. This technology provides a way to securely open your network so those working away from your office can access the information they need. After all, you don’t want them using public WiFi, as its lack of security can put your proprietary information at risk.Consider a virtual private network, which is more affordable than other types of access technology, such as constructing your own intranet. Plus, it offers greater scalability, security, and flexibility to expand your reach and team size when you need to do that. SecuritySecurity is one of the most important ongoing technology investments that you will need to make. This doesn’t require you to build out an IT security team, which is most likely not in your budget. Instead, you can seek out a security consultant who can assess your current security technology and provide a framework for what you need to have in order to ensure compliance as well as address any vulnerabilities that are detected. This may include recommendations on how to beat hackers at their own game. It may also require investments in antivirus protection, security training and certification, and emerging technology such as biometrics if that fits your organization.AutomationAutomating as much of your business as possible is worth every penny of the investment you might make. That’s because you’ll see the technology doing the time-intensive tasks that eat into your labor budget. Plus, you’ll be able to take on more business and maintain efficiency because an automated process — unlike its manual counterpart — never reaches a point where it cannot operate.You may even want to consider software that incorporates artificial intelligence so you can expand the range of what can be automated. Doing so will help you automate more areas, such as technical support and customer service.For example, just in marketing alone, you can automate email campaigns, social media posts, landing page development, advertising, and analytics. You’ll experience a considerable return on that investment almost immediately in terms of efficiency and cost savings. BlockchainAlthough blockchain serves as the foundation of Bitcoin, it is not the same thing as that cryptocurrency. The technology can do so much more, enabling revolutionary changes to numerous processes across an organization and a wide range of industries. Blockchain offers a way to authenticate, track, and secure any type of financial or non-financial transaction. It can help improve identity verification and can secure contracts plus any data stored in the cloud. Everything from government agencies and healthcare facilities to manufacturing companies and multi-firm supply chains can benefit from it.Thoughtful Investments Spur DevelopmentHaving an evolutionary philosophy is central to making the best technology investments and driving continual improvement as your business expands and the environment around you changes. By making thoughtful technology investments linked to specific improvement goals, you’ll find that your investments in technology pay off in more ways than one, whether you are a consumer-facing organization or a B2B enterprise. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is in the midst of a poor run of form in limited-overs cricket and calls have been growing louder for him to make way for Virat Kohli at the helm.However, former Australian batsman Dean Jones reckons the Jharkhand wicketkeeper-batsman “missed more in sub-continental conditions” once he calls time on his illustrious career. (Why Dhoni is not good news for Indian cricket anymore)”We are pretty quick to push our great players out. What’s Dhoni has done for Indian cricket, let him find his own time. I don’t think Virat is in a huge rush to captain everything (format) at the moment. Time will come. Trust me, you will miss Dhoni a lot more in India, when he retires,” Jones said in an interview to PTI.Recently, former India team director Ravi Shastri had said the time had come and Kohli was “ready” to lead in all the three formats.”I think that will happen soon. Dhoni will end of as one of the greatest players India have ever produced. Honestly, it is no big rush.”Dhoni, who has called it quits from the Test format, recently led a second string India to a 3-0 whitewash against a lowly Zimbabwe, his first ODI series triumph in 20 months, since their 2-1 win against the West Indies at home in 2014.The charismatic skipper, who has all the World titles under his belt, also looked out of sorts in the recently-concluded IPL where his new franchise Rising Pune Supergiants finished seventh out of eight teams.advertisementON VIRAT KOHLIAll this at a time, when Kolhi is in the form of his life as the Aussie said he’s the world’s best cricketer at the moment.”Virat is really in a good part of his life. He looks brilliant with the way he’s playing. He’s happy. He is super fit. He’s just a great example for the youth of India. He looks and presents himself as an athlete. More strength to him. I just love watching him play.”I find him refreshing. I love his charisma. I think he’s got personality. He walks into bat and you have no idea what’s going to happen. He’s just really cool. He is polished, now knows how to finish it off. He is the best player in the world probably now for me,” he said showering praise on the Indian youngster.Jones further said Kohli has played some good cricket to get past the South African versatile cricketer.”It’s a big thing because I thought AB was up there…”You’d to do something ‘stupidly good’ to get past him. He’s got past him over the last year, ever so slightly. To watch Kohli bat is an honour,” said Jones.ON COACHING INDIAThe BCCI is in the process of finalising the coach for Team India but Jones, who coached Islamabad in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) last season, said he’s not in the running.”No, I’m not going anywhere. Teams are mainly led by great captains. I think India have great leaders in Kohli, Dhoni and a lot of good senior players… whoever coaches them will do a good job.”The CAC of VVS, Sourav and Sachin are following the right process to make a proper decision. It’s the number one/best job in the world as a coach. You shoulders are under more pressure but at the same time whoever they pick will do a fantastic job,” he said.”I’m too busy commentating. I really enjoyed the coaching job with Islamabad in the PSL. Coaching a national team is completely different, where you’re not only managing players but coaching them as well. But in franchise it’s about just managing and getting the selection process right.””It’s a great game. I just feel privileged that I’m at 55 and still earning a living from the game and I still enjoying just as much as I did when I was young.”ON DAY/NIGHT TESTSJones, who is here as an expert commentator for pink ball day/night multiday game in India, said it’s high time that the Test cricket’s timings are changed to suit to the lifestyle of today’s busy office-goers.”At the moment, all the heady stuff has gone into T20 and ODIs. So it’s about time we start to look after our Test cricket,” he said on the pink ball day/night Test.”People are very busy today. They might watch it on social media but they don’t actually get a chance to go to the stadium and watch a match. The opening hours of the Test ‘cricket shop’ has been wrong.”advertisement”We are not going to say this going to happen all the time. But maybe one in eight Tests played around the world will be a pink ball. It’s just the matter of players getting used to it.””If we don’t look after the game, we’re going to lose them. We don’t want that to happen. We got to teach our kids how important the Test cricket is. The contribution of Dravid, Ganguly, Tendulkar, Kapil Dev’s and the all the greats,” he said.So far only one day/night Test is played when Australia defeated New Zealand in three days at the Adelaide Oval in November last year as the turnout was a huge success.”It’s proven in Australia that people will watch it at night if you have good teams playing against each other,” Jones who did the commentary in the historic Test said.The only thing Jones likes to change is the colour of the sight-screen from white to black.”I don’t think it goes well with the pink ball. I think they would be better with the black. But that’s my personal opinion. If the players feel fine, then it’s okay. Maybe they can change around with a click of a button for different people.”
England have gone 2-0 up in the five-match one day international series thanks to their seven-wicket victory in the rain-marred third one-day international in Kandy on Wednesday.Captain Eoin Morgan smashed his second half-century in two games while Adil Rashid took four wickets to help England register a crushing win over Sri Lanka at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.Chasing 151 in 21 overs after persistent rain had shortened the match, the visitors rode on Morgan’s unbeaten 58, including seven fours, to reach 153/3 with 15 balls to spare.Jason Roy (41) and Ben Stokes (35 not out) gave Morgan valuable support as England took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series after the opening game was washed out.3rd ODI ScorecardEarlier, Rashid produced a masterful display of spin bowling to claim 4/36 in five overs as Sri Lanka squandered a good start to struggle to 150/9 in 21 overs.The leg-spinner was assisted by Tom Curran (3/17) who came into the side in place of injured left-armer Liam Dawson and impressed with his seam bowling.After Sri Lanka had won the toss, Niroshan Dickwella and Sadeera Samarawickrama took the attack to the bowlers as the hosts reached 50 runs in 28 balls.Dickwella, who hit eight fours, fell for 36 looking to loft Curran out of the ground, mistiming his shot to be caught by Chris Woakes at mid-off.Wicketkeeper Kusal Mendis departed first ball after failing to read Rashid’s googly.Skipper Dinesh Chandimal joined Samarawickrama and the pair shared a 35-run partnership before the opener became Rashid’s second victim to leave Sri Lanka 94/3.advertisementRashid dismissed Thisara Perera for a duck with the next ball before Curran removed Dhananjaya de Silva and the hosts’ early momentum faded away.Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root fell cheaply in England’s chase but Roy struck two sixes as he raced to 41 off 26 balls before Morgan and Stokes comfortably steered England to their target.The fourth ODI will be played in Kandy on Saturday.(With inputs from Reuters)
Barcelona ace Messi: I want to work again with Guardiolaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona ace Leo Messi admits he’d like to again work with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.Guardiola and Messi won the Champions League together at Barca.And Messi’s latest comments could give fans slight hope that they may see him in a City shirt after all, even if he was hinting at a reunion at the Nou Camp.He told Marca: “Although it is difficult, I would like to work with Guardiola again. He is one of the best coaches in the world.”That’s why I would like [him to come back], but I’m telling you that I see it as complicated.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say