Nurses demand a share of NHS Budget billions

first_imgNursesare demanding pay rises funded by the billions of pounds the Government hasearmarked for NHS modernisation.TheRoyal College of Nursing (RCN) hinted at strike action if some of the Budgetcash was not used to increase pay.BeverlyMalone, general secretary of the RCN, said she wanted to see a bumperinvestment in nursing and that money was needed most.Malonesaid last year’s pay increase was inadequate, as the 3.9 per cent hike onlyimproved the typical nurse’s salary by around £9 per week. She said retentionrather than recruitment was the key to NHS success, but money was essential toachieving improvements in both. Hercalls come on top of negotiations for flexible working and contracts. The moneyfrom the Budget will raise NHS spending by £40bn in the next six years and itis anticipated that spending for this year will be £5bn up on last year.www.rcn.org.uk Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Nurses demand a share of NHS Budget billionsOn 30 Apr 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Ribena’s juicy duo appeal

first_imgRibena is supporting its recently launched Ribena 100% Pure Juices, with a £3m TV and radio advertising campaign to heighten awareness of its new 100% Pure Juice’s two flavours – Blackcurrant Blend and Raspberry & Blackberry Blend. Airing now, the ’Juicer’ campaign focuses on the range’s “nothing but pure fruit juices” selling point, and features people trying, and failing, to juice their own fruit, with humorous consequences.”This will open up a new drinking occasion for Ribena – breakfast,” said senior brand manager Ruth Irving.The juices are available on-shelf nationwide.RRP: £1.19 (250ml bottle), £1.59 (1-litre Tetra carton)[http://www.ribena.co.uk]last_img

In Short

first_imgHovis brands growPremier Foods’ Hovis division saw positive growth in branded bakery last year. But retailer brand bakery and milling sales fell throughout 2009. Branded bakery sales saw positive sales growth of 13.3% year-on-year (YOY) to £370m, but sales of retailer brand bakery fell 15.7% YOY to £179m, and 25.2% in the fourth quarter. Milling revenue also fell 16.7% YOY to £193m, and was down 6.1% in the fourth quarter of 2009.Uniq on the upConvenience food group Uniq is back in the black after increased food-to-go sales helped steer the business back to positive sales growth. In its fourth quarter trading update, the firm announced that food-to-go sales were up 11.5% for the 13 weeks to 26 December.Top Rankin for retailerIrwin’s is to supply 100 Morrisons stores in the UK with its Rankin Selection pancakes, in a deal worth £150,000 per annum. It is the first time the Northern Irish bakery has supplied the retailer with mainstream morning goods, although it did already supply several of its Irish ethnic breads.Northern’s solid riseNorthern Foods has announced a solid Christmas trading performance, with “good growth” in its Bakery and Chilled divisions. Underlying revenue within Bakery for the 13 weeks to 26 December was up 1.4%, due to good seasonal demand. Biscuits, including its Fox’s brand, performed well.Property values dropRetail property values have fallen by 16% compared to their peak in the fourth quarter of 2007, according to broker Christie + Co’s latest Business Outlook publication. It also revealed that average retail property prices for 2009 dropped by 9.8%.last_img read more

Week celebrates education abroad, international studies

first_imgWhile Notre Dame offers some of the best academics in the country on its campus, International Education Week is intended to highlight the importance of academic and cultural exchange between institutions here and abroad. McKenna Pencak, assistant director for International Student Services and Activities said International Education Week is a national celebration coordinated by the Departments of State and Education. “[This week] celebrates and promotes international education and global exchange,” she said. This year, one of the key events during the week is a memorial fundraiser hosted by the Chinese Friendship Association for sophomore Ziqi Zhang, the Saint Mary’s College international student who passed away in October, Pencak said. The fundraiser will be held Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the Coleman-Morse Center lounge and will benefit Zhang’s family, Pencak said. Throughout the week, there will also be a variety of events on campus highlighting cultural diversity. Pencak said one of the most popular events is The Taste of South Bend. “Students, staff and faculty can sample free international cuisine provided by local ethnic restaurants,” she said. “In years past, more than 300 people have attended this event.” This event, in its third year, will take place Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the LaFortune Ballroom. She said the week is important because of how integral international exposure and study abroad are to the Notre Dame experience. “The University offers a wealth of opportunities for students to study, conduct research and do service abroad,” she said. “Sixty percent of undergraduate students at Notre Dame study abroad and more than 900 international students from nearly 90 countries attend Notre Dame.” The week is a unique opportunity for international students to highlight their diverse backgrounds, Pencak said. “International Education Week provides an opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of the international student community … [and] provides an opportunity for international students to share their cultures with the campus,” Pencak said. One of the co-sponsors of the week is Notre Dame International, a relatively young branch of the University’s administration, Pencak said. “The University established Notre Dame International two years ago to create even more international learning opportunities for students, facilitate international research collaborations and enhance the University’s reputation as a center for international scholarship, teaching and service,” she said. “Notre Dame International coordinates IEW [International Education Week] as a whole, whereas a variety of cultural clubs, institutes, departments and organizations coordinate individual events throughout the week.” For Pencak, her favorite part of International Education Week is the way it brings the campus together. “It’s great to see both American and international students celebrating cultural diversity and learning about different countries and cultures from one another,” she said.last_img read more

Akuo Energy, Iberdrola win big share of 1.1GW Portuguese solar auction

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:Portugal has unveiled the final results of the solar auction held over the summer, identifying a handful of major foreign winners of a tender hailed as a worldwide milestone.French firm Akuo Energy and Spanish giant Iberdrola reaped together nearly half of the 1.15GW total awarded through the July auction, which made global headlines as reports emerged of bid prices of €14.76/MWh (around US$16/MWh).Released this week, the final list shows the tender assigned 370MW to Paris-headquartered Akuo under a first modality, which offered winners 15-year fixed-price power purchase agreements (PPA). At 150MW, it was the largest of Akuo’s three awarded projects that scored the €14.76/MWh tariff. Its two other winning schemes of 120MW and 100MW were contracted at prices of €20.73/MWh (around US$23/MWh) and €19.78/MWh (US$22.16/MWh), respectively.Joining Akuo under the first, fixed-tariff modality was Power & Sol – with a 100MW project scoring tariffs of €17.19/MWh (US$19.26/MWh) – Everstream Energy Capital’s 50MW scheme and others. The priciest project was Aura Power’s 18MW venture, at €31.16/MWh (US$34.92/MWh).The tender – which had to process 10GW in solar bids – awarded a significant chunk of the final 1.15GW total to Spain’s Iberdrola under a second modality, where developers were made to pay in return for the right to produce at market prices, also for 15 years.Iberdrola pledged contributions ranging €5.1-26.75/MWh (around US$5.68-30MWh) in return for 149MW worth of contracts for its first-ever Portuguese PV projects, which will be split between the Algarve and the Tajo Valley. Iberdrola – already present in Portugal through its energy distribution business and the 1.158GW Támega hydro project – was the main but not the only winner of the second auction category, with a separate 110MW project committing grid payments of €25.46/MWh (around US$28/MWh).More: Portugal reveals winners of record-breaking solar auction Akuo Energy, Iberdrola win big share of 1.1GW Portuguese solar auctionlast_img read more

The Balance of Power

first_imgIt’s the year 2050. Solar panels and wind farms abound and all 50 states plus D.C. rely entirely on renewable energy sources. Is this wishful thinking imagined by well-meaning environmentalists or a realistic vision of the country weaning itself from centuries-long dependence on fossil fuels? For Stanford University professor and researcher Mark Jacobson, the answer is clear.“It’s not only feasible—it’s necessary,” Jacobson said. “It’s the only solution to the problems of catastrophic global warming and our pollution mortality on a worldwide scale.”Jacobson, who’s been studying sustainable energy and its problem-solving potential since the 1990s, has published several studies outlining energy plans for states and countries all over the world. In 2015 he and a team released The Solutions Project, a culmination of his research that lays out how the U.S. (plus 139 other countries) can eliminate use of natural gas, oil, coal, and nuclear power and operate on 100% clean, renewable energy.The project maps out all 50 states’ energy mix, or precisely how each state would be powered. In Virginia, for example, the plan says that 50% of the commonwealth’s energy could be provided by offshore wind, with the remaining half made up by 25.5% solar photovoltaic (PV) plants, 10% onshore wind, 5% concentrating solar power (CSP) plants, 4.2% residential rooftop PV, 3.5% commercial/government rooftop PV, 0.5% wave devices, 1.3% hydroelectric and 0.1% tidal turbines.The state-by-state plan also includes figures projecting construction and operation jobs created (89,632 and 57,779, respectively, in Virginia), plus the percentage of state land needed for new generators, avoided health costs per year, and future energy costs.As a researcher, Jacobson said he has no financial interest in the discussion, and no real dog in the fight (aside from a longtime vested interest in the health of future generations). He’s not interested in arguing with anyone about the merits of his research or convincing climate change skeptics that global warming is not only happening but a direct result of human activity. What he’s interested in is sharing indisputable facts about renewable energy.“You don’t have to believe in global warming to believe that clean energy will improve health and the economy and create jobs,” he said. “This is really an information problem—most people are not aware of the benefits and what it entails to transition. If people were actually aware of the facts about it, they’d ask why we haven’t already done this. It’s just so obvious.”Recent policy changes reveal that some states are on board with Jacobson’s vision. In 2015, Hawaii enacted the country’s first 100% renewable energy standard (30% by 2020, 70% by 2040 and 100% by 2045), and states like New York, California, Oregon, and Vermont have all since followed suit with similar legislation. Other parts of the country, like the South, have been slower to hop on that bandwagon.“Southern states have a history and culture of not being on the forefront of environmental legislation,” said Virginia Tech History of Technology Professor Richard Hirsh, who described Jacobson’s proposal as admirable but “highly aspirational.”Hirsh said the plan may be technically feasible, but everything from policy to technology development to public acceptance would have to go smoothly and align with one another. And if you ask him, the chances of that happening are slim to none.“In Virginia we have a political system in the energy realm that is dominated by a few companies, and they don’t want to see this happening,” Hirsh said. “You’d have to get all the politicians in Richmond on board…and that’s not gonna happen.”Jacobson’s proposal calls for 4.2% residential rooftop panels in Virginia, which Hirsh said may be possible given the amount of sun and sheer number of rooftops in the commonwealth. But it’s not that simple.“Virginia generally doesn’t provide any tax incentives for renewable energy,” he said. “There are federal incentives, but who knows how long those are going to last.”Shortly after President Trump’s inauguration, the White House website was updated to reflect the new administration’s “America First Energy Plan.” The plan promises to roll back President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which includes climate science and land and water preservation, and the Waters of the U.S. rule, which protects thousands of waterways and wetlands under the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers.It also states that the administration is “committed to clean coal technology, and to reviving America’s coal industry, which has been hurting for too long.” The term “renewable energy” does not appear in the text of the plan.“It would be really hard for me to say what the new administration is going to mean for renewable energy,” said Angela Navarro, Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources in the Office of Virginia Governor McAuliffe. “The governor’s office recognizes the potential for renewable energy to really grow our economy, and I think there’s definitely a lot more interest in these types of resources to become a great share of our energy portfolio in Virginia.”Hirsh said he’s seen efforts around renewable energy on the local level, like Solarize Blacksburg, a collaboration of Community Housing Partners, the Town of Blacksburg and solar company VA SUN that allowed 30 to 40 Blacksburg residents to purchase PV cells at a discounted price. He also sees “well-advertised efforts” by Appalachian Power and Dominion to incorporate more solar, though not on nearly the same scale as in other states.“One could argue that these efforts are sort of greenwashing, good for public relations,” he said. “There are efforts they’re pursuing slowly and that’s fine, but they’re nowhere near where California was 30 years ago, and we’re not going to get to Jacobson’s goal by 2050 with these baby steps.”According to spokesperson Daisy Pridgen, Dominion Energy’s $2.6 billion investment in renewable energy since 2013 (with $800 million in solar power in Virginia) has helped establish more than 1,000 megawatts (MW) of large-scale solar in eight states. She listed several projects that Dominion has taken on, like converting three coal-powered stations in Virginia to operate off renewable biomass and working on design plans for an offshore wind demonstration project in Virginia. As for realizing Jacobson’s goal of 100% renewable energy, though, Dominion isn’t ready to let go of fossil fuels.Mark Jacobson has a grand plan for the entire country to rely entirely on renewable energy by the year 2050. Here’s the resource breakdown for the renewable plan across the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states by the numbers.Residential rooftop photovoltaics: 6%Solar PV plants: 31%Concentrated solar plants: 8%Commercial/government rooftop PV: 4%Onshore wind: 5%Offshore wind: 43%Wave devices: 1%Hydroelectric: 2%Construction jobs created in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic: 900,000+Operation jobs created in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic: 650,000+last_img read more

Simmons finds a hero in Lincoln

first_imgSimmons finds a hero in Lincoln Simmons finds a hero in Lincoln May 15, 2006 Regular Newscenter_img Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Relations between the Florida Legislature and the state court system, especially the Supreme Court, have dramatically improved in recent years, but that doesn’t mean a little friction between branches of government is something to avoid.“Disagreeing with the courts is not a bad thing. As a matter of fact, it’s been the case for over 200 years. The friction is actually healthy,” according to Rep. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs. “Disagreement done agreeably actually fosters the good debate about the responsibilities of the court system, as well as the legislative or executive branches.”Healthy debate is certainly something Simmons has become familiar with during his three terms in the House. In his first year, he played a major role in the nursing home litigation reform and followed that the next year with legislation to overhaul and tighten DUI laws. He also pushed legislation allowing judges to order outpatient treatment for Baker Act patients.As chair for two years of the House Education Appropriations Committee, Simmons has played a major part in changes to the state’s education system.“If we can do a great job educating our children, many of the other social ills that we have will go away, whether it’s crime, whether it’s heavy use of social services,” he said.For the past four years, he’s chaired the House Judiciary Committee.Last year, he oversaw legislation that placed a constitutional amendment on this November’s ballot that, if approved by voters, would require all future constitutional amendments to have 60 percent of the vote to pass. The committee crafted and Simmons oversaw the passage of bills implementing amendments 7 and 8 approved by voters in 2004, dealing with medical malpractice issues.This year, Simmons pushed an amendment — which passed the House — barring the theory the Supreme Court majority used in striking down the state’s Opportunity Scholarship program earlier this year. He has been rigorous in explaining that while he has the highest regard for the court, in this case he thinks it used faulty reasoning. (That measure died in the closing days of the session as the Senate version of the bill failed to be taken up in the Senate Judiciary Committee. See story, page 4)The committee has also approved amendments which require a two-thirds vote to approve a constitutional amendment which would have a significant fiscal impact on the state, which Simmons is handling. (That measure was pending as this News went to press.)He also managed the House version of a proposed amendment to streamline the state constitution and move some provisions from the constitution to state statutes. (That was also pending as this News went to press.)With so much at stake — and subject to lively debate — Simmons sees the legislature as a natural place for lawyers, both because their training suits them for legislative work but also because they understand the importance of the court system.“When I first got in the legislature in 2001, I thought it was a pretty rocky relationship [with the courts],” he said. “I believe that has improved dramatically. I believe the lawyers in the legislature have gone a long way to showing other members how important the judiciary is to our state for the ability for business to actually have a good environment for the resolution of disputes.”Simmons added, “The judicial system is the essential element to a free and democratic society; the trust and belief if in fact you enter into a contract that you can enforce it and you’ll get a fair shake in the process. People live up to their words simply because we have an excellent judicial system where people can enforce what’s right.. . . “What attorneys bring to the legislative process is a very thorough understanding of statutory drafting, interpretation, and critical thinking — logic.”One benefit of more attorneys serving, he said, is an improved public perception of the profession — something Simmons has kept in mind in his legislative endeavors.“So long as attorneys are perceived by society as facilitators of justice, we’ll always have a place. But as long as people think of lawyers as taking more than we’re entitled to or impeding justice, then they’re going to try to cut us out of the adjudicatory process,” he said. “When we are able to keep lawyers as the facilitators of justice for both the rich and poor, there will always be a place for them.”Simmons came to the legal profession by a circuitous route. He enrolled in physics at Tennessee Technological University, but switched to mathematics, where he graduated first in his class. But other interests had already prompted him to switch his career course.“I have a hero and it’s Abraham Lincoln,” Simmons said. “When you read books, you find someone; you read and you find someone you want to emulate.”He enrolled in the Vanderbilt University law school, where he received his degree in 1977. After graduation, he moved to Florida and joined The Florida Bar. His practice is in commercial and civil litigation, including complex trials. He is certified by the Bar in civil and business litigation, and also certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.last_img read more

North Lindenhurst Boy, 6, Drowns in Pool

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 6-year-old boy died hours after being found unresponsive by his grandmother in the family’s backyard swimming pool in North Lindenhurst on Tuesday evening.Suffolk County police said the boy was pronounced dead Wednesday morning at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where he was initially listed in critical condition.The victim’s grandmother had found her grandson in the pool at the house on Bedell Street, pulled the child out and called 911 shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday, police said.First Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.The case marks the 11th apparent drowning on Long Island so far this year and follows two this weekend.last_img

Days of work in tourism in Osijek, Zagreb and Split

first_imgAfter successfully holding the first Tourism Job Days 2017, which brought together over 110 leading employers in tourism and hospitality and with over 14.000 visitors looking for seasonal employment, this year the event will be held in Osijek, Zagreb and Split during January and February.The first event will take place January 17 in Osijek in the Sports Hall Gradski vrt in Osijek (23 Kneza Trpimira Street) from 09:00 to 15:00. Business Days in Tourism will continue January 26 in Zagreb in the Congress Hall at the Zagreb Fair (Avenija Dubrovnik 15) from 09:00 to 15:00. The final event will take place February 2 in Split at the Gripe Sports Center (Osječka 11) from 09:00 to 15:00.Job Days in Tourism is a project organized by the Ministry of Labor and Pension System, the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian Employment Service, the Croatian National Tourist Board, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts, the Croatian Employers ‘Association and the Hotel Employers’ Association. tourism and employment opportunities provided by the tourism sector.Related news: INVITATION TO EMPLOYERS TO EXHIBIT AT TOURISM DAYS 2018last_img read more

Argentina exceeds 300,000 coronavirus cases, 6,000 deaths: Health ministry

first_imgTopics : “The highest points for the City of Buenos Aires could have been the last days of July and the first days of August,” he told Reuters TV. “Now the infection curve has stabilized at a plateau, but a high plateau. In South America, you call it the altiplano, as opposed to the lowlands.”The recent peaking of cases saw the government last week renew restrictions for Buenos Aires that had been relaxed in many parts of the nation.The announcement was greeted by thousands taking part in a street protest on Monday against the measures, which have cause further economic pain in a country already in deep recession. “It seems to me that, as in other countries, we should be trusted to behave like adults and responsibly resume work and moving the country forward,” said Patricia Velvisi, a 52-year-old worker.On Tuesday, the director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said the COVID-19 pandemic and associated shutdown had provoked an unprecedented mental health crisis due to stress and drug and alcohol use.  Argentina confirmed 6,840 new cases of coronavirus and 172 new deaths on Tuesday, taking it simultaneously over the 300,000 case and 6,000 death threshold as the Latin nation battles a surge of contagions in recent weeks.The country’s health ministry reported a total of 305,966 cases and 6,048 deaths.Dr Luis Camera, a member of the Argentine government’s health advisory group, said while cases, intensive care admissions and hospital bed occupancy rates were not still climbing, they had settled at an unsustainable level.last_img read more