Alley / APOLLO Architects & Associates

first_img Houses Year:  2013 Japan “COPY” CopyAbout this officeAPOLLO Architects & AssociatesOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSumidaHousesJapanPublished on September 21, 2013Cite: “Alley / APOLLO Architects & Associates” 21 Sep 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GeometricShower ColumnshansgroheShoulder ShowersPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesMorin Corp.Metal Wall Systems – ExposedStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Stonika SeriesConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsHanging LampsLouis PoulsenPendant Lights – KeglenDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame SlopeThermalSchöckMinimizing Thermal Bridges in BalconiesWindowspanoramah!®ah! Ultra MinimalistEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWork ChairsDynamobelWork Chair – SLAT 16More products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Projects Alley / APOLLO Architects & AssociatesSave this projectSaveAlley / APOLLO Architects & Associates Alley / APOLLO Architects & Associates Save this picture!© Masao Nishikawa+ 32 Share 2013 “COPY” CopyHouses•Sumida, Japan Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates Area Area of this architecture project Area:  102 m² Area:  102 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ArchDaily photographs:  Masao NishikawaPhotographs:  Masao Nishikawa Save this picture!© Masao NishikawaText description provided by the architects. A client for a house, of which I designed and supervised eight years ago, got married and bought a small lot near Tokyo Skytree, which is located in a place with a downtown atmosphere. Due to difficulty of construction within the small narrow site at the end of a narrow path, a wooden construction was chosen. Soft, dark brown Galvanized steel exterior walls create a Japanese impression, and the house naturally blends into the old neighborhood.Save this picture!© Masao NishikawaBy using glass walls on the street side, indoor views include the surrounding environment. The ceilings with exposed joists and the see-through stairs are lit up at night, and the exterior appears as a tower of light. In addition to the large opening on the facade, the high window on the penthouse provides sufficient light to the interior, and these do not make one feel that the house is in a high density residential area.Save this picture!© Masao NishikawaBehind the large entrance earth floor, a small multipurpose space that can be used as a reception room was made. By sitting on the edge of the intermediate space, a sense of unity with the entrance hall can be felt, and this reminds us of good old Japanese houses. For the family room on the second floor, instead of chairs or a sofa, a hori-gotatsu (a sunken area for sitting around a built-in table) style table was designed where people can relax while enjoying the gorgeous view of Tokyo Skytree.Save this picture!© Masao NishikawaA large U-shaped open kitchen allows the couple to cook authentic dishes together, and to welcome many guests. A step was made between the kitchen and the family room in order to add an accent and a rhythm to the small space, and indirect lighting creates an unusual impression. For the busy couple, the ‘small cosmos’ that enables them to be their natural selves is the exact ideal for their desired small house.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessIbiray House / Oreggioni PrietoSelected ProjectsHonoring Architecture’s Digital PioneersArticles Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs Year: last_img read more

Fundraiser recruitment service expands to North of England

first_imgFundraiser recruitment service expands to North of England  31 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Scottish recruitment agency Bruce Tait Associates (BTA) has expanded its service to help charities in the north of England recruit fundraisers.The agency has partnered with local fundraising consultants Angie Kay and Ilene Hoyle to extend the new service in the North.Managing Director Bruce Tait said: “Ilene and Angie are two of the most respected fundraisers in the UK, and will be an excellent support for charities looking to recruit fundraisers without having to resort to expensive and unsuccessful advertising campaigns. We are delighted to have them on board”. Advertisement Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies North East North West Recruitment / people AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img BTA operates a no-appointment no-fee service and has helped recruit over 100 fundraisers for a wide range of charities in the last two years, from Director to About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 22 June 2009 | Newslast_img read more

TV reporter hacked to death in Jaffna

first_img News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Sri Lanka Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the murder of Paranirupasingam Devakumar, a television reporter of Tamil origin, who was hacked to death yesterday evening as he was returning to his home a few kilometres outside the northern city of Jaffna. A friend who was with him was also killed in the attack.“Devakumar is the latest journalist to fall victim to the spiral of violence that has wracked the Jaffna peninsula since fighting between the government and Tamil Tigers resumed in 2006,” the press freedom organisation said. “The government in Colombo must do everything possible to establish the circumstances of this murder and identity those responsible, so that it does not go unpunished as so many others have.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Although no suspect has yet been found, the security forces should explain how this attack took place in an area of the peninsula that is supposed to be under close military control. The government is exposing both its inability and its lack of political will to protect journalists.”Aged 36, Devakumar had worked for the past three years for the three stations owned by the Maharaja Television group – MTV, Sirasa TV and Shakthi TV. He was hacked to death by an unidentified group of assailants at Navanthurai, a few kilometres outside Jaffna, as he was returning to his home in Vaddukoddai. The friend accompanying him, 24-year-old computer technician Mahendran Varadan, died later in hospital from the injuries he sustained in the attack.The government has reportedly assigned three police teams to probe the incident. Priority could not be given to any hypothesis for the time being as Devakumar was known for covering both sides of the war between the government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). He had not been criticised or threatened in the past and a personal motive cannot be ruled out.Stressing that Devakumar’s murder was just the latest in a series of killings of journalists in the troubled Jaffna region, the Free Media Movement said condemnations and promises of investigations had no meaning “without the political will” to complete the investigations. “The repugnant impunity that aids and abets violence against journalists and media personnel must come to an end,” the FMM said.Caught in the crossfire between two armed forces, journalists in the Jaffna peninsula are constantly the targets of threats, kidnappings and murders, and many of them have been forced to flee the region. Reporters Without Borders has long condemned the untenability of this situation in its press releases and in a report entitled “Jaffna’s media in the grip of terror” which it published on 24 August 2007 as a member of an international press freedom mission to Sri Lanka.President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently reiterated his determination to “defeat the terrorism” of the Tamil Tigers, who are blamed for the frequent deadly bombings in the Colombo region. Despite their attempts to suppress the information, the security forces have sustained heavy losses in the course of their attempts in recent months to dislodge the LTTE from the Jaffna peninsula. Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the murder of Paranirupasingam Devakumar, a television reporter of Tamil origin, who was hacked to death yesterday evening as he was returning to his home, in an area of the Jaffna peninsula that is supposed to be under control of the government forces. “The government is exposing its inability to protect journalists,” the press freedom organisation said. July 15, 2020 Find out more News January 13, 2021 Find out more Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts Organisation News to go further RSF_en Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News July 29, 2020 Find out more Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial May 29, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 TV reporter hacked to death in Jaffnalast_img read more

WATCH: Billy Holland on frustrations in Paris and Ospreys welcome

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSBilly HollandChampions CupKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostMunsterMunster.RugbyRugbySporting limerick The post WATCH: Billy Holland on frustrations in Paris and Ospreys welcome appeared first on Sporting Limerick. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement Print WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin RugbyMunsterNewsSportWATCH: Billy Holland on frustrations in Paris and Ospreys welcomeBy Ronan Coughlan – January 17, 2020 97 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Facebook Previous articleTwilight Concerts at the CathedralNext articleLimerick artists on this year’s ones to watch list Ronan Coughlan Twitter Munster lock Billy Holland reflected on his side ‘frustrations’ across his sides Champions Cup Pool games so far, which is resulted in the provinces likely exit from the tournament.“Were leading after 65 minutes over in London against Saracens, were leading after 71 minutes in Paris against Racing and you come out the back of what looks like a battering which wasn’t the case.”“It’s really frustrating but they are the fine margins at that level and that’s where we need to get to.”Munster will welcome Ospreys to Thomond Park on Sunday. (Kick-off 1pm)Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We owe it to ourselves and we owe it to our supporters to put in a performance worthy of the Munster jersey on Sunday.”Click below to watch the full video Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

OC official digs into reasons for Black History Month

first_img Registration set for engineering camp Odessa College Student Activities Coordinator Nadia Rivas listens to the discussion. Dr. Denise K. Perdue was lecturing about “Why We Celebrate Black History Month” during a Lunch & Learn session in the Wood Math and Science Building at Odessa College Wednesday, February 7, 2018. The event was part of Odessa College’s Black History Month events. Local NewsEducation OC official digs into reasons for Black History Month Dr. Denise K. Perdue talks about “Why We Celebrate Black History Month” during a Lunch & Learn session in the Wood Math and Science Building at Odessa College Wednesday, February 7, 2018. The event was part of Odessa College’s Black History Month events. Facebook Twitter Odessa College Student Activities Coordinator Nadia Rivas listens to the discussion. Dr. Denise K. Perdue was lecturing about “Why We Celebrate Black History Month” during a Lunch & Learn session in the Wood Math and Science Building at Odessa College Wednesday, February 7, 2018. The event was part of Odessa College’s Black History Month events. Digging into why Black History Month is celebrated, Odessa College Executive Director of Student Learning Resources Denise Perdue dug back to the sources — Carter G. Woodson and President Gerald Ford.Woodson was born to freed slaves. He wanted to find out more about himself, so he traveled the country and noticed that other people wrote down their histories, so why not African Americans. The website said Woodson dedicated himself to black history and lobbied to establish Black History Month.It was Ford who established the month in 1976 “calling upon the public to ‘seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history,’” the website said.Perdue said it was illegal for black people to learn to read and write and the lives of anyone who taught them were in danger, as well. But Woodson saw others chronicling their history and thought it was equally as important for African Americans. Dr. Denise K. Perdue talks about “Why We Celebrate Black History Month” during a Lunch & Learn session in the Wood Math and Science Building at Odessa College Wednesday, February 7, 2018. The event was part of Odessa College’s Black History Month events. 1 of 5 Odessa College Student Activities Coordinator Nadia Rivas listens to the discussion. Dr. Denise K. Perdue was lecturing about “Why We Celebrate Black History Month” during a Lunch & Learn session in the Wood Math and Science Building at Odessa College Wednesday, February 7, 2018. The event was part of Odessa College’s Black History Month events. Pinterest WhatsApp By admin – February 9, 2018 center_img OCA top 2 were ESL students Twitter Home Local News Education OC official digs into reasons for Black History Month Previous articleAlpine celebrates St. Valentine’sNext articleSULLUM: Poland’s Holocaust bill is a hate speech ban admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NAACP History.Black History Month. Pinterest Noel earns award Dr. Denise K. Perdue talks about “Why We Celebrate Black History Month” during a Lunch & Learn session in the Wood Math and Science Building at Odessa College Wednesday, February 7, 2018. The event was part of Odessa College’s Black History Month events. Director of Student Life Urisonya Flunder said so much of black history was suppressed intentionally because of slavery and other things happening.He chose February as the month for Black History Month because it includes the birthdays of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln.Perdue’s presentation also included showing a clip of an interview with actor Morgan Freeman and Mike Wallace about Black History Month. Freeman says he thinks the month is ridiculous. Wallace asked him how we can get rid of racism and Freeman said we should quit talking about it.A poll of those attending the presentation in the Wood Math and Science Building at Odessa College Wednesday showed 57 percent agreed and 43 percent disagreed. The cell phone poll was anonymous and answered by about nine people.She added that education is an opportunity to change people’s mindsets.Perdue said she first heard of Woodson from an instructor at Hopkinsville Community College in Hopkinsville, Ky. Perdue, who started her academic career at the school, had already earned a bachelor’s degree and was working toward a master’s.She told the instructor she wanted to do something different for Black History Month.“I’d never heard of him,” Perdue said of Woodson. “My parents had not heard of him. My grandparents hadn’t heard of him, so that search began. It was exciting and thrilling,” Perdue said.When she was teaching, Perdue said people wouldn’t shake her hand when she greeted them and she would be told when people talked to her on the phone that they didn’t know she was black. But she said at the end of a term, she has never had someone stay the same.William Council, who used to be in prison ministry, said people look for identity and someplace to belong. Council added that he has learned a lot about the contributions blacks have made to society for everything from traffic lights to water guns.“I thought it was incredibly informational,” Council said of the presentation. “I think Miss Denise did an awesome job of really breaking down the history of Black History Month and why it’s relevant today and bringing that information full circle to have a very in-depth conversation about that and how it relates to us today where we are.”More Information WhatsApp Facebook Texas Fried ChickenUpside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakeSummer Spaghetti SaladPowered By 10 Sec Croissant Breakfast Sandwich Casserole NextStay last_img read more

Inventory Shortages & Affordability Leading Some Homeowners to Renovate

first_img About Author: David Wharton Related Articles January 15, 2018 1,909 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: GSE Credit Risk Transfer Loss Expectations Trend Lower Next: Are Housing Databases Overshadowing Agents? Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe Home / Daily Dose / Inventory Shortages & Affordability Leading Some Homeowners to Renovate  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Inventory Shortages & Affordability Leading Some Homeowners to Renovate Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Home Prices home renovation Homebuyers Housing Inventory NAHB National Association of Home Builders Potential homebuyers are having their plans hampered by limited availability and affordability, leading some to reconsider staying in their current home and renovating instead. That’s according to a new report by the National Association of Home Builders, released recently during the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida.NAHB reports that housing starts increased 9 percent year-over-year in 2017, but housing availability and affordability remains serious obstacles to many homebuyers. Of the potential homebuyers surveyed by NAHB, 65 percent don’t see any relief for these problems coming in 2018. Of those surveyed, 79 percent of prospective buyers told NAHB that they can only afford half the homes in their markets.Rose Quint, Assistant VP of Survey Research for NAHB, said, “These potential buyers see a problem with housing availability. They know it’s a tough nut to crack, but they are not deterred. They are still planning to buy a house in the next 12 months.”The inventory and affordability issues are also leading more homeowners to stick in their current homes longer than they otherwise would. According to NAHB, homeowners are staying in their homes an average of 12-13 years, and that longer timeline means many homeowners are looking to renovate.NAHB reports that the top five renovation projects homeowners are considering include changing paint colors (48 percent), changing flooring (43 percent), or fixing up their kitchen, bathroom, or outdoor areas. That holds true for both luxury homes and mainstream homes (the latter defined as those owned by homeowners with an income of less than $125,000 per year).According to NAHB, the average home size for 2017 was 2,627 square feet, more or less unchanged from the 2016 total of 2,622 square feet. Forty-six percent of homes had four or more bedrooms in 2017, as compared to 45 percent in 2016. NAHB reports that in 2017 37 percent of homes had three full bathrooms, up from 35 percent in 2016.Per NAHB’s surveys, homes built in 2018 will likely include “a walk-in closet in the master bedroom, separate laundry room, a great room, nine-foot ceilings on the main floor and granite kitchen counters.” Energy-saving perks such as Energy Star-certified windows and appliances are also on track to be very popular in the year ahead.Furthermore, apparently not every potential homeowner puts a premium on having a lot of space. According to NAHB, 53 percent of respondents said they would consider buying a home smaller than 600 square feet at some point in their lives, with Gen Xers and millennials considerably more open to the idea than Baby Boomers or seniors.You can find out more about the NAHB’s homebuyer survey data by clicking here. Home Prices home renovation Homebuyers Housing Inventory NAHB National Association of Home Builders 2018-01-15 David Wharton The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

Fixing A Flawed Interpretation Of “Consent” For Sexual Offences In India

first_imgColumnsFixing A Flawed Interpretation Of “Consent” For Sexual Offences In India Gauri Thampi. P26 Sep 2020 1:34 AMShare This – xA Kerala High Court judgement in June 2020 defined consent to construe an elevated standard of affirmative consent. The judgement also gives an insight on the the standard which can prevent acquittals like the Mahmood Farooqui case in future. In Farooqui case the court gave benefit of doubt to the accused by placing undue relevance to section 90 of IPC. This section puts additional burden…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA Kerala High Court judgement in June 2020 defined consent to construe an elevated standard of affirmative consent. The judgement also gives an insight on the the standard which can prevent acquittals like the Mahmood Farooqui case in future. In Farooqui case the court gave benefit of doubt to the accused by placing undue relevance to section 90 of IPC. This section puts additional burden on the victim to ensure that the perpetrator understands the absence of consent. This article will analyse whether the definition of consent as propounded by theHigh Court of Kerala can possibly fix the existing flawed interpretation of consent. Consent has always been central to the debates surrounding sexual offences. Explanation 2 appended to section 375 of the Indian Penal Code defines consent as “an unequivocal voluntary agreement when the woman by words, gestures or any form of verbal or non-verbal communication, communicates willingness to participate in the specific sexual act”. This is indeed providing a positive definition of consent moving towards a “yes means yes” approach. However, this liberal adaptation of consent is offset by section 90 of Indian Penal Code which states that “A consent is not such a consent as it is intended by any section of this code, if the consent is given by a person under fear of injury, or under a misconception of fact, and if the person doing the act knows, or has reason to believe, that the consent was given in consequence of such fear or misconception…”. This very provision lead to the acquittal of Mahmood Farooqui (2017) by the Delhi High Court, where the court held that the section requires the accused to know that the consent was given under a fear of injury or misconception. The court concluded from the facts of the case that Farooqui did not know the sexual act in question was non-consensual, therefore entitling him to benefit of doubt. This joint reading of section 375 and section 90 is indeed problematic deriving the concept of affirmative consent in section 375 ineffective. Such an approach is fundamentally flawed as it shifts the onus to the victim to convey the absence of consent thereby overlooking the sexual acts emerging from power imbalances, and abuse of dominance or authority relationships. Rectifying this error can be done through either an amendment of section 90 or through redefining the prevailing standards of consent. In a praiseworthy judgment the Kerala High Court in 2020 fixed new standards to define consent setting the ball in motion to instil a judicial discourse on affirmative consent. The accused in the present case was charged with multiple occurrences of rape of a minor girl aged 14 years and impregnating her. Since the prosecution failed to prove the minority of the victim girl, the case was entirely based upon whether the intercourse was consensual. The accused based his argument on the fact that the victim girl made subsequent visits to his house even after the first instance and this conduct indicated that latter instances of sexual intercourse were consensual. The court pointed out that the subsequent instances were immaterial since the accused did not prove that the first instance was consensual. However, the court still went ahead to make laudable observations on consent and the psychology of victims to reason the conduct of the victim girl. The appeal was hence dismissed, and conviction was upheld due to lack of merit in the contention of the accused. According to the judgment, “consent requires voluntary participation, not only after the exercise of intelligence, based on the knowledge, of the significance and moral quality of the act, but after having freely exercised a choice between resistance and assent.” Therefore, the court stated that the parameters of consent is to be guarded by deliberation and the continuing power to withdraw assent. The judgment here was reinstating what was held previously in Rao Harnarain Singh Sheoji Singh v. State (1958) and Uday v. State of Karnataka (2003). However, what sets this judgment apart is its reference to UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women (DEVAW) and US Supreme Court judgment in Meritor Savings Bank, FSB v. Mechelle Vinson et al (1986). The court held the view that sexual offences are manifestations of gender inequality and power imbalances in the society. According to DEVAW, if sexual interaction is equal consent is not needed and when its unequal consent is required to make it equal. Therefore, the new standard as held in Thankappan v. State of Kerala adopted from the US Supreme Court judgment is “welcomeness” where only sexual intercourse which are welcomed could be construed as consensual and not violative of the rights of the victim. A woman can consent or show “willingness to participate” in a sexual act, however such a consent might be lodged with coercion, uncomfortableness, helplessness, or fear trailing from the prevailing dominant spirit of men. The view adopted in this case requires women to be considered as equal sexual partners, possessing sexual desires independent of their male counterparts, and enjoying autonomy over their body and sexuality. Any other definition opposing affirmative consent forecloses a gender equality approach, is regressive, and further deepening the power imbalances. An interpretation that presumes women’s consent in the absence of her express or implied divulgence of her “fear of injury” as discussed in the Farooqui case is overlooking this social reality of existing inequalities and gender bias. Therefore, applying this new standard of “welcomeness” as the single most test exalts the existing standard of consent under section 375. Further, it can resolve the inherent flaws underlying the joint interpretation of section 90 and section 375 as propped up in the Mahmood Farooqui case. The Kerala High Court through this case has therefore opened doors to a more liberal approach accommodating affirmative consent in its totality. It is indeed commendable that the decision has established the foundation for discourse on the relationship between gender inequality, sexual offences and the role of affirmative consent in maintaining the balance.Views are personal only.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Students learn power of choices

first_imgLatest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like Troy parade to be ‘storybook’ event Troy Christmas Parade committee members pose for a photo after a meeting Tuesday. Front row, left to right, are: Catherine… read more Students learn power of choices A student surveys the mock jail cell on the Choices Bus which visited Pike County High School.The Choice Bus rolled on the campus of Pike County High School Thursday morning and, when pulled off several hours later, Principal Willie Wright was confident that it had left a deep and lasting impression on his students.“I believe what the students saw and heard today will have a positive effect on their future,” Wright said. “We talk about choices and how the choices the students make can provide them opportunities to be successful or can keep them from being successful.”The Choice Bus was brought to PCHS through a grant program with State Farm and was initiated by Sharon Sullivan, PCHS faculty member. Print Article By The Penny Hoarder By Jaine Treadwellcenter_img The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Published 8:01 am Friday, November 4, 2011 “High school dropouts make at least $10,000 less a year then those who stay in school,” he said. “A high school drop out makes less money and will probably end up in prison. That is the future of a high school dropout.”Taylor made it very plain to the students that prison is not a place one wants to be.“You have no freedoms, no privileges, no choices, no control,” he sad. “You can’t do anything as simple as flipping a light switch. Even that is out of your control.”Taylor said the lack of privacy is something that inmates have difficultly in accepting.“You are in a cell with usually three other inmates,” he said. “You share a toilet and sink and there is no curtain to give you privacy. Your cellmates see everything that you do and, then you are watched by prison guards 24 hours a day. That’s the kind of life you live in prison.”Sullivan said the students seemed to be receptive of the messages that were sent their way.Most of the students signed a pledge card with their intentions to stay in school and Sullivan said she hopes they will stand by those pledges.“But even if this Choice Bus keeps just three or four students in school, then it’s worth it,” she said.Lynn Smelley, Mattie Stewart Foundation program manager, said there are three Choice busses that travel across the country carrying the message of the power of education.State Farm and Buffalo Rock are bus sponsors along with Shelby County in Alabama.“When we finish this year in December, we will have take the message that staying in school will help keep you out of prison to one million students since The Choice Bus got on the road in 2008,” Smelley said. “More than five million students have seen the InsideOut documentary. Next year, we hope to add another bus and that will enable us get the message before more students.”Smelley said the The Choice Bus objectives are to help students understand the link between dropping out of school and the likelihood of spending time in prison and the importance of making good decisions.“The Choice Bus program also encourages students to finish high school and opens their eyes to the opportunities that await those with an education,” he said. Next Up“We want our students to understand the power of education,” Sullivan said. “The Choice Bus allows them to better understand what happens when students drop out of school and lose that power.”The Choice Bus concept was developed by Dr. Shelley Stewart, founder and president of The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation. Stewart chose the path less traveled as a way to reduce the escalating high school dropout rate.Sullivan said Stewart developed experimental learning tools to help young people understand the consequences and rewards of the choices they make. Sponsored Content Book Nook to reopen Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Stewart’s “InsideOut” documentary uses prison inmates as messengers who encourage young people to get an education. To make the consequences of dropping out of school more tangible, the Mattie C. Stewart Foundation built The Choice Bus, which is the nation’s first mobile experience dedicated to reducing the dropout rate.John Paul Taylor was the presenter on The Choice Bus Thursday and he commanded the attention of the students ads they “rode” the dropout route with him, first via the “InsideOut” documentary and then as they toured a simulated prison cell.“Every day we make choices,” Taylor said. “One choice that we make can help us to realize our dreams or cause us to live a nightmare. That choice is to stay in school or drop out. It’s a choice that will affect the rest of your lives.”Taylor said 75 percent of prison inmates are high school dropouts. Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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Increase in Atlantic hurricane activity expected after end of El Nino: NOAA

first_imgMikeMareen/iStock(SILVER SPRING, Md.) — Hurricane activity is expected to increase in the Atlantic due to favorable oceanic and atmospheric patterns now that El Nino has ended in the Pacific, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday.The likelihood of an above-normal hurricane season rose to 45 percent, according to seasonal forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center — just in time for the peak season, typically August through October, to begin.“El Nino typically suppresses Atlantic hurricane activity but now that it’s gone, we could see a busier season ahead,” said Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.The most recent outlook for the 2019 hurricane season includes 10 to 17 named storms, five to nine hurricanes and two to four major hurricanes, or storm systems that contain wind speeds of 111 mph or greater.On average, the Atlantic typically produces 12 named storms, six of which become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes, according to NOAA. Two storms have been named so far in 2019. *Updated* 2019 Atlantic #HurricaneSeason Outlook now calls for: 10-17 named storms of which 5-9 could become hurricanes, including 2-4 major hurricanes. News release + infographics at #HurricaneOutlook— NOAA Communications (@NOAAComms) August 8, 2019Acting FEMA administrator Pete Gaynor reminded those living in hurricane-prone areas to “be prepared.”“We urge everyone to learn more about hurricane hazards and prepare now, ahead of time, so that if state and local authorities announce evacuations in advance of a storm, you and your family will have planned where to go and what to do to stay safe,” Gaynor said.Hurricane season officially ends on Nov. 30.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Solutions to the decline of OH doctors in the NHS

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Solutions to the decline of OH doctors in the NHSBy Sian Williams and Deborah Mathews on 23 Feb 2015 in NHS, OH service delivery, Personnel Today Urgent action is needed in response to the decline in the number of NHS doctors who are accredited specialists in occupational medicine. A recent meeting of OH practitioners debated solutions to this problem and considered whether OH nurses could take on work previously done by doctors. Dr Siân Williams and Deborah Mathews explain more. A crisis is looming – the number of doctors choosing to train in occupational medicine is in decline. In 2011, the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM)  estimated that to meet the demand for accredited specialists (or consultants), it needed to recruit 37 new specialist trainees each year. However, the annual intake has only been 15. Anecdotal evidence suggests that recruitment of consultants into occupational medicine is already a major problem, particularly for the NHS in London.To address this supply/demand gap, a multidisciplinary group of NHS OH professionals from the London area met for a one-day workshop in August 2014. The aims of the day were to:identify national legislation and guidance requiring involvement of a consultant in occupational medicine within the NHS OH service;articulate what these consultants currently bring to the service;discuss the added value that a consultant in occupational medicine brings from the perspective of the organisation, the team and the client;pinpoint the qualities and skills that OH advisers (OHAs) would need to independently manage cases to conclusion; andsuggest practical solutions.The workshop was attended by three OH service managers, two lead OH advisers, three OH doctors, a physiotherapist, a nurse manual handling adviser, an employee relations officer and a project manager from the NHS Health and Work Development Unit. Two participants were also from the national school of occupational health, including their lead, Professor John Harrison.The workshop allowed an open and frank debate between the different disciplines represented. The attendees brought with them their experience of various OH service models. There was a general consensus regarding the points detailed below, however, the group was small and it acknowledges that there will be differing views among the wider OH community. It is hoped that the comments below will contribute to further discussions and practical solutions to the challenges faced by the current workforce.Some of the areas identified are directly related to healthcare, while others are more relevant for NHS OH services that undertake external work, or those providing services to other employment sectors. The group recognised that this may not be a comprehensive list.Occupational health service accreditationThe Department of Health (DH) has mandated that all NHS OH services must acquire accreditation through the FOM’s scheme, Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Services (SEQOHS, 2010). Accreditation standard C2.3 states that “an OH service must have access to an accredited specialist in occupational medicine”.Training of junior doctors in occupational medicineThe 2011 DH document “Healthy staff, better care for patients – realignment of occupational health services to the NHS in England” states that: “Occupational health services need to have the resource to train both doctors and nurses to specialist level.” A consultant in occupational medicine will be required to supervise medical trainees.Infection prevention and controlAccess to a consultant in occupational medicine is required for:new healthcare workers undergoing pre-employment checks for tuberculosis and blood-borne viruses (DH, 2007);healthcare workers who are exposed to blood-borne viruses through occupational exposures; andhealthcare workers infected with a blood-borne virus (HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C) (Public Health England, 2014; DH, 2007; DH, 2002).Ill-health retirementIll-health retirement applications under the NHS pension scheme state that the medical section is “to be completed by the occupational health doctor”. However, it does not stipulate by a consultant in occupational medicine, and also states: “Where this is not possible, a GP or specialist can provide a medical report.” (NHS Form AW33E).Other pension schemes vary in their requirements for involvement of a consultant in occupational medicine. NHS OH services will need access to a consultant in occupational medicine when tendering for contracts, which do require involvement of an accredited specialist.HSE-appointed doctorsThe Health and Safety Executive (HSE) appoints doctors to undertake statutory medical surveillance under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations, eg ionising radiation, diving, lead and asbestos. The HSE states that these doctors must have the “minimum diploma in occupational medicine”; but there is no requirement to be an accredited specialist.General Medical CouncilThere is no requirement from the General Medical Council for OH doctors to be involved where a doctor is unwell or has an infectious disease. The GMC advises: “If you know or suspect that you have a serious condition that you could pass on to patients, or if your judgment or performance could be affected by a condition or its treatment, you must consult a suitably qualified colleague. You must follow their advice about any changes to your practice they consider necessary. You must not rely on your own assessment of the risk to patients.”What do OH consultants bring to an NHS OH service?Workshop members presented clinical cases where the input of a consultant in occupational medicine was deemed necessary and the following themes emerged:a perception that more senior clients (ie senior managers or senior clinicians) needed to be seen by a consultant/physician;a lack of confidence by some OHAs to conclude a complex case where the outcome may have a significant impact (eg redeployment, dismissal, litigation);the presence of some organisational cultures (within the NHS) that expect complex cases to be seen by a consultant, and that doctors will be seen by other doctors;new diagnosis/confirmation of diagnosis/assessment of treatment pathways was seen as appropriate for assessment by an occupational health physician (although not exclusively as other medical specialties such as occupational psychiatry may also be appropriate);doctors may be required for complex cases involving medical staff (especially senior medical staff) due to the occupational physician’s working knowledge of medical training/supervision/work demands;doctors may be also required for complex clinical cases eg major psychiatric illnesses; anddoctors have more influence within the organisation with managers more likely to implement recommendations from a doctor/consultant than an OH adviser; and some clients perceive that a doctor’s opinion will be more influential.Added value of a consultant in occupational medicineThe group then considered the added value that a consultant in occupational medicine brings, taking into account the perspective of different stakeholders. There were some areas that were considered specific to the consultant role and other areas where the consultant could make a significant contribution to the senior management team. Consultant-specific roles require:an increased level of clinical governance and expertise;supervision of medical trainees; leading research and contributing to the evidence base;enabling trusts to bid for external contracts that require OH consultant input;challenging specialist reports and GP fit note advice, for example making expertdecisions about a patient’s fitness to work, despite advice to the contrary from non-OH specialists;developing and representing the clinical specialty of occupational medicine; and enabling implementation of national guidance, ie for HIV-infected healthcare workers.Consultant contribution/partnership roles require:policy development;strategic development;training and teaching – the OH team, managers, HR and undergraduate and postgraduate medical and nursing students;engagement with the trust at a senior level, eg trust board and consultant meetings;working at a national and regional level; andan element of research, clinical audit and service evaluation.Skills for OH advisers to manage cases independentlyThe group acknowledged that rather than “firefighting” these issues, a different model of OH delivery is needed, at least in the short term. With fewer consultants working in occupational medicine, the group looked at what qualities and skills could support OH advisers to manage complex cases through to their conclusions independently. While the group acknowledged that some OH advisers are already well equipped, there are gaps in education and clinical support that would ensure consistent high-quality practice. The group identified the following attributes that are needed for successful complex case management:knowledge of basic employment law, legislation, guidance and policy;history taking skills;report-writing skills, including clear rationales for recommendations and adjustments;confidence in self and instilling confidence in others;clinical knowledge and access to up-to-date and appropriate clinical resources, eg specialists, appropriate websites, evidence-based guidelines, ethical guidance;use of the biopsychosocial model;ability to integrate health/legal/social complexities;“being an expert” – being confident in decisions made;leadership and “chairing” skills, eg ability to lead and chair case conferences, manage differing views and opinions and summarise discussions clearly;ability to review, interpret and incorporate evidence and guidance into policies and practice (including reports and advice to managers);coaching skills and techniques such as motivational interviewing; andknowledge of, and confidence in giving, positive health messages.Practical solutionsFinally, the group considered possible mechanisms for enhancing the training of OH advisers, and accessing other specialists, so that complex cases could be managed through to conclusion without, or with less frequent, involvement of a consultant in occupational medicine.To enhance the skills of OH advisers and other non-medical OH professionals, the group considered a liaison between Health Education England and relevant experts to develop training packages and updates. Suggestions included e-learning packages (leading to continuing professional development accreditation or advance practice status) and workshops. Although likely to be a longer-term aim, the skills and competencies identified in this workshop could be built on and be included in the core training for specialist OH nurses in future.Many medical specialties have developed clear clinical and management pathways. It was agreed that similar pathways could be developed for OH, with strict referral criteria from OH advisers to other clinical specialists. Pathways would depend on the presenting problem and might include referral to specialists in occupational medicine, OH psychiatry, psychology, physiotherapy or respiratory medicine. Regardless of whether clinical pathways are developed, these and other specialists (for example, GPs, infection-control specialists, public health professionals and strategic health and wellbeing leads) could contribute to the wider multidisciplinary OH team.An alternative to bringing other specialists into every OH team could be either fast-tracking to other secondary care services (which the group acknowledged may be controversial), or shared specialist services eg consultants in occupational medicine, physiotherapists, psychiatrists and ergonomists working from a specialist “complex case” centre. This pooling of resources from several trusts could provide high-quality specialists for the management of complex cases.ConclusionThe workshop highlighted the breadth of skills needed by OH professionals and the added value that a consultant in occupational medicine can bring to the multi-disciplinary team and to an organisation. There is a declining number of trainees in occupational medicine, and even if this reduction is reversed by the national school of occupational health, there will continue to be a shortage of consultants in occupational medicine in the short term. Some of this gap can be filled with enhanced training of OH advisers, and accessing the expertise of other clinical specialities.Several groups are considering the future of occupational health and we hope that the ideas above concur with their conclusions and add some options. Whatever the outcome, urgent action is needed to address the OH staffing difficulties faced by some NHS trusts.ReferencesSEQOHS (2010). Occupational health services standards for accreditation. Faculty of Occupational Medicine.Department of Health (2011). Healthy staff, better care for patients – realignment of occupational health servicesto the NHS.Department of Health (2007). Health clearance for tuberculosis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV: New healthcare workers.Public Health England (2014). The Management of HIV infected Healthcare Workers who perform exposure prone procedures: updated guidance,Department of Health (2007). Hepatitis B infected healthcare workers and antiviral therapy.Department of Health (2002). Hepatitis C infected health care workers. Implementing getting ahead of the curve: action on blood-borne viruses.Form AW33E -Consideration of entitlement to ill-health retirement benefits General guidance for appointed doctors Health and Safety Executive 2011. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more