Sitka police chief: low pay, ‘toxic’ work environment affecting officers

first_imgLocal Government | Public Safety | SoutheastSitka police chief: low pay, ‘toxic’ work environment affecting officersJanuary 24, 2019 by Katherine Rose, KCAW-Sitka Share:Sitka Police Department. (Photo by Karla James/KCAW)Concerns over a hostile workplace culture surfaced Tuesday night during a presentation to the Sitka Assembly calling for higher police wages.Sitka Police Chief Jeff Ankerfelt said that high turnover in his department was more than a matter of pay: The problem stemmed in part from an environment he described as  “completely toxic” prior to his arrival. The Assembly opened public testimony on the matter and learned that not everyone agrees with the chief’s assessment.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Sitka Police Chief Jeff Ankerfelt says the police department has a major retention problem.Making his case during a scheduled discussion of police issues, he asked Assembly members to consider a $5-an-hour increase for police officers. He said keeping the department staffed isn’t a new problem.“The way we have been doing it has been very wasteful,” Ankerfelt said. “This attrition, this turnover that’s been occurring, historically, pretty consistently for almost a decade has cost us money. It’s cost us roughly $2.4 million in overtime, just for short shifts. Not enough people to work. Since 2010, 32 police officers have been hired and then quit the police department.”Right now, Ankerfelt said the department is staffed at 12 when they have the capacity to hire 16. Two of those twelve are on administrative leave pending litigation, and two to three more officers are likely to leave Sitka before the end of the year, including Ankerfelt himself.“This would leave Sitka with a total of five to six officers, or less than one-third the minimum of officers needed to provide service, competent service to our community,” he said.Ankerfelt doesn’t attribute all of this turnover to low pay. He said poor facilities and workplace culture have contributed as well.“Historically, the Sitka Police Department has been a depressing place to work. When I first started there I thought the environment was completely toxic. It was ‘Lord of the Flies.’ And that challenge persists today.”Another challenge is competing jobs that pay better. Ankerfelt and city administrator Keith Brady noted that two of the officers leaving were doing so for jobs with the Alaska State Troopers that offered better pay.“We understand that compensation like this is not a silver bullet to the issues that we have with the PD, but it’s something that we can do to help with at least recruitment, potentially retention, for the long-term,” said Brady. “When the troopers did increase their pay, their academies are full right now.”Brady said the current short staffing means a pay raise of $5 would be budget neutral right now. But Deputy Mayor Steven Eisenbeisz wondered if he could get more information.“You call it a recruitment and retention plan, when all I see is, ‘Let’s pay them more.’ I want to know what you’re going to do to increase recruitment, what you’re going to do to increase retention as well, because money is but a small part of that,” he said.After hearing Ankerfelt’s proposal, the Assembly formally suspended the rules and opened the floor to public comment. Officers Ryan Silva and Mary Ferguson spoke together. Both officers have filed separate whistleblower suits against the city for harassment and discrimination. Jury trial for Silva’s case is set for September of this year. The city denies the allegations in both cases, but when Ferguson spoke, she called for the city to intervene in the management of the police department, claiming the department’s workplace culture was a top-down problem.“I’ve been asking for the city to make the police department a safe place to work. By ‘safe’ I mean a non-hostile work environment and a command who doesn’t lead by way of fear, retaliation and humiliation,” she said. “Your workplace should not feel like ‘Survivor Island,’ and members should not feel exiled.”Later, officer Jayson Christner spoke in favor of current leadership at the department.“I’ve been in Sitka since 1985. I’ve had a lot of positions in town, a lot of jobs. I really like coming to work. I really enjoy being there. The people who are there right now, they care about Sitka,” he said.Ankerfelt said that while he’s leaving, he hopes his proposal to raise officers’ wages won’t go with him.“In many ways I’m only considered a carpetbagger in this town. I’m only here for a minute,” he said. “’We’ll outlast the carpetbagger, the guy who wants to make the changes. We’ll drive him out of town.’ But there’s a reason for that. And that’s the historical lack of leadership, poor working conditions, a lack of hope, and direction and purpose.”The Assembly directed city staff and Ankerfelt to continue developing a comprehensive recruitment and retention plan for the Assembly to review at a future meeting.Share this story:last_img read more

Pharmaceutical firms ask court to stop their drugs from being used in Arkansas executions

first_img Tags pharmaceuticals By Associated Press April 13, 2017 Reprints BusinessPharmaceutical firms ask court to stop their drugs from being used in Arkansas executions A 2015 state law keeps the source of Arkansas’ three lethal injection drugs secret. The Department of Correction, Governor Asa Hutchinson’s office and the attorney general’s office declined to comment on Thursday’s filing by the companies.“We have made repeated as of yet unsuccessful representations in writing and in person to the governor’s office, office of the attorney general and the Department of Corrections to confirm if they are in possession of our product which they intend to use in lethal injections, and if so to return it to us,” Brooke Clarke, a spokeswoman for Hikma, West-Ward’s parent company, said in a statement.Fresenius said it has made similar overtures to Hutchinson and state officials, but hasn’t received any response.Both companies said they’ve put strict controls on their supplies to ensure the drugs aren’t used in capital punishment. Fresenius said its information indicated no sales of its potassium chloride directly or through its authorized distributors to the state’s prison system.“So we can only conclude Arkansas may have acquired this product from an unauthorized seller,” Matt Kuhn, a spokesman for the company, said in a statement. “Pharmaceuticals obtained in this manner are at risk of adulteration or chemical change due to improper handling such as failure to maintain proper temperature levels during storage and transport.”US District Court Judge Kristine Baker is expected to rule Friday in the inmates’ request to halt the executions. The inmates are challenging the compressed execution timetable, as well as the use of midazolam.Arkansas has not executed an inmate since 2005 because of drug shortages and legal challenges. If carried out, the executions would mark the most inmates put to death by a state in such a short period in modern history.— Andrew DeMillo LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Two pharmaceutical companies asked a federal judge Thursday to prevent Arkansas from using their drugs to execute seven inmates by the end of the month, saying they object to their products being used for capital punishment.Fresenius Kabi USA and West-Ward Pharmaceuticals Corp. were granted permission to file a friend of the court brief in a lawsuit by the inmates aimed at halting the unprecedented execution schedule, set to begin Monday with the lethal injection of two condemned killers.Fresenius Kabi said it appeared that it had manufactured the potassium chloride the state plans to use, while West-Ward had previously been identified by the Associated Press as the likely manufacturer of the state’s supply of midazolam.advertisement About the Author Reprints Associated Press Arkansas inmates Jack Harold Jones Jr., left, and Marcel Williams, are scheduled to be executed later this month. Arkansas Department of Correction via AP “The use of the medicines in lethal injections runs counter to the manufacturers’ mission to save and enhance patients’ lives, and carries with it not only a public-health risk, but also reputational, fiscal, and legal risks,” the companies said in a filing with the court.Arkansas prison officials announced last month they had obtained a new supply of potassium chloride, clearing the way for the executions to begin. The executions are scheduled to occur before Arkansas’ supply of midazolam, a sedative used in flawed executions in other states, expires at the end of April.advertisementlast_img read more

‘It’s like you injected adrenaline into them’: Facebook’s vaccine misinformation problem faces a new test with Covid-19

first_img [email protected] Leave this field empty if you’re human: As scientists begin to clear a path to a potential coronavirus vaccine, researchers and advocates are increasingly sounding the alarm over what they see as a looming threat: Facebook’s apparent inability to police dangerous falsehoods about vaccines.Since the outset of the pandemic, vaccine-related falsehoods have ballooned on the platform — and recent research suggests some of those inaccurate posts are gaining traction among people who weren’t previously opposed to vaccinations. Part of the problem appears to be the way Facebook’s algorithms capitalize on divisive or extremist content.Compounding the issue is Facebook’s history of hesitating to address misinformation until a particular subject has snowballed into an urgent problem. In the middle of a global measles outbreak last year spurred by low vaccination rates, Facebook rolled out a series of policies to curb vaccine misinformation. But the changes did little to prevent the problem from resurfacing again amid the Covid-19 pandemic.advertisement Related: By Erin Brodwin July 28, 2020 Reprints @erbrod Please enter a valid email address. Adobe Covid-19 Drugs and Vaccines Tracker Erin Brodwin Since people have been asked to stay at home, more conversations have moved online — giving misinformation a chance to gain even more of a foothold on social media sites. Anti-vaccination content, in particular, has thrived.“It’s basically like if you injected adrenaline into them,” said Neil Johnson, professor of physics and researcher at the Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics at George Washington University.In May, Johnson and his colleagues published a study in Nature that showed a sizable uptick in the followers of pages promoting anti-vaccine rhetoric on Facebook between February and October of 2019. While pages spreading falsehoods about vaccines had fewer followers than pages that shared factual vaccine content, the researchers found that there were more pages spreading falsehoods, and those pages were faster-growing and increasingly more connected to neutral pages where people did not yet have a clear leaning one way or the other. If the trend continues, Johnson predicted that anti-vaccination rhetoric will dominate online discussion by 2030.He and his team have been studying the change on a rolling basis in the months since their study ended — and from their view, the problem is growing more pressing. Privacy Policy Related: “Often in these communities, the number of what I’d call ‘bad’ posts is small — they’re mostly talking about cats or their favorite sports team or whatever, and then all of a sudden there’s a post stuck in there about vaccines,” Johnson said.More recently in response to coronavirus, Facebook began targeting people who had interacted with certain Covid-19 falsehoods with generic messages that read, “Help friends and family avoid false information about Covid-19.” Those messages point users to the World Health Organization’s myth-busting page about coronavirus.While Facebook said the strategy was based on psychological research, the authors of the studies the platform cited as justification for their policies told STAT in May that Facebook seemed to have misinterpreted their findings. Rather than placing a generic message in people’s news feeds, Facebook should be correcting falsehoods by providing the facts, the researchers said.Experts said that if Facebook is to combat misinformation in time for the arrival of an eventual coronavirus vaccine, there’s a significant amount of work that needs to happen quickly.“It’s going to be a heavy lift,” Johnson said. Concerned that Facebook’s failure to crack down on vaccine falsehoods will backfire at the worst possible time, advocates and scientists have called on Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg to take action.“Covid-19 misinformation is the equivalent of an ideological dirty bomb: It has the capacity to hurt tens of thousands of people when it detonates in the moment that vaccines are available,” said Imran Ahmed, founder and chief executive officer of the U.K.-based nonprofit Center for Countering Digital Hate, which recently assessed the growing influence of anti-vaccination content on social media platforms including Facebook since the outset of the pandemic.advertisement Based on what we’re seeing now, “it would only take something to go wrong with one of the vaccines and then that [change] would happen in a year,” Johnson said.Critics say another possible factor in the social media giant’s failure to get rid of vaccine misinformation is Zuckerberg’s own approach to moderation. Zuckerberg has, in the past, presented the social network as a stalwart of free speech, even if that speech is potentially harmful — one of the reasons the company has repeatedly opted to permit lies in political ads.In recent months, some of Zuckerberg’s dissenters have appealed to his more philanthropic intentions. In a June letter, hundreds of scientists affiliated with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative — the research organization he and his wife, pediatrician Priscilla Chan, founded in 2015 — called the social network’s practices “antithetical” to their benefactor’s mission.“The spread of news that is not vetted for factual accuracy leads to confusion and a mistrust of experts,” they wrote.Facebook’s failure to eradicate scientific falsehoods is difficult to reconcile with the research efforts spearheaded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. While Facebook has avoided public calls to uniformly crack down on misinformation, Zuckerberg and Chan have continued to funnel millions into CZI, including funding for several research efforts aimed at better understanding the spread of coronavirus. About the Author Reprints Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Facebook did not respond to a request for comment about its efforts to combat Covid-19 vaccine information. But in a July report, Ahmed’s organization assessed the influence of 409 English-language social media accounts sharing anti-vaccination content between May and June of 2020, just after the pandemic began. The report found that falsehoods about a Covid-19 vaccine have been prevalent on Facebook and other social media sites for months.It’s a dire situation — and one that has only worsened with time.“The first thing that came back from our researchers was, ‘Oh no. They’ve grown a lot,’” Ahmed said. In their sample, Facebook groups and pages spreading vaccination falsehoods had over 31 million followers, representing more than half of the combined following of all the social media accounts they studied.Among the pages spreading falsehoods, the researchers identified one prominent category: people who sell or profit off of vaccine misinformation. These “anti-vaccination entrepreneurs” — who collectively garnered a total following of 28 million people — saw their followers grow by 854,000 between May and June. Zeroing in on groups, the researchers identified 64 that regularly shared vaccine misinformation, with a collective following of 1 million that has also kept growing.Based on the research findings, Ahmed is deeply concerned that the growth in vaccine-related falsehoods will sow distrust in an eventual vaccine before one even arrives.“Personally, I’m scared,” he said. Health Tech Correspondent, San Francisco Erin is a California-based health tech reporter and the co-author of the STAT Health Tech newsletter. Related: Health Tech‘It’s like you injected adrenaline into them’: Facebook’s vaccine misinformation problem faces a new test with Covid-19 Facebook’s Covid-19 misinformation campaign is based on research. The authors worry Facebook missed the message Science alone cannot beat the pandemic. We also need outreach about a Covid-19 vaccine Related: In April, Zuckerberg and Chan invested $13.6 million into a pair of coronavirus studies, led by CZI, to flag new infections and better understand how immunity to the virus develops.“From my vantage point, we’re all just trying to figure out how to do our part to answer these questions and rebuild,” Chan said in an interview with STAT in April. At the same time, though, rampant falsehoods about the virus — including the dangerous notion that an eventual vaccine will be deadly — were spreading quickly across Facebook.It’s not that Facebook is doing nothing about the issue; rather, its piecemeal approaches are simply too little too late, according to researchers.Last March, amid worldwide measles outbreaks, for example, the company instituted its first policy to combat vaccine misinformation, which involved using its algorithms to demote groups and pages that spread vaccine-related falsehoods and to exclude them from recommendations and predictions when users search within the platform. But as researchers pointed out at the time, demoting certain pages doesn’t stop anti-vaccination conversations from cropping up in others.Among the pages where Johnson found anti-vaccine falsehoods, most were dedicated to things like hobbies and mutual interests. There were pages tailored to parents of kids who played soccer, people who like cats, and aficionados of organic produce, for example. But every so often, a strand of a conversation about something like the best way to treat a leg sprain would devolve into an inaccurate — and dangerous — diatribe against vaccines. Covid-19 vaccines may cause mild side effects, experts say, stressing need for education, not alarm Tags CoronavirusVaccineslast_img read more

Here’s your guide to the Laois U-20s third Leinster championship match against Meath

first_img By Alan Hartnett – 16th June 2018 Laois: Matthew Byron (Courtwood); James Kelly (St Joseph’s), Diarmuid Bennett (Portarlington), Richie Hitchcock (Park-Ratheniska); Conor Brennan (Ballyroan-Abbey), Shane Bolger (Killeshin), Seán O’Flynn (Courtwood); Peter Kealy (St Joseph’s), Eoin Dunne (Rosenallis); David Connolly (Ballyfin), Jordan Fitzpatrick (Portarlington), James Phelan (The Heath); Alan Kinsella (Courtwood), Diarmuid Whelan (Ballyroan-Abbey), Evan Lowry (Killeshin)Meath: Adam McDermott; Robbie Clarke, Conor Harnan, Kieran Slavin; Jason Scully, Eanna O’Kelly, James Cassidy; Darragh Campion, Adam Murphy; Eoin Smith, Ethan Devine, Frank O’Reilly; James Conlon, Conor Moriarty, Shane McDonnellWhat Meath players should we watch out for?Meath have scored eight goals in their wins over Kildare and Wicklow – so if Laois are to have any chance, they will have to find a way to curtail that.Against Wicklow, wing back Sean Reilly hit two goals with Sean Ryan and Conor Moriarty chipping in with the others.Darragh Campion hit the net in the closing stages and Frank O’Reilly added a sixth from the penalty spot in the game’s final act.While against Kildare, two second-half goals from midfielder Darragh Campion and substitute Jordan Morris, turned a game that was tied six times by the 34th minute. All players who will need to be watched.What’s Meath’s season been like so far?It has been pretty much perfect. They began with a huge win over Wicklow and then followed that with a one point victory over Kildare.They go into this game knowing that if they avoid defeat, they will reach the Leinster semi finals.What’s the history between the sides?As this is a new competition, this is the first meeting of these teams at this level.However, Laois played Meath in the Leinster minor football championship last year in Navan and defeated them by a point.For Laois, Seán O’Flynn, Rob Tyrell, Diarmuid Whelan and Alan Kinsella featured that day and are all likely to do so again today.While on the Meath team, Seán Ryan, Robbie Clarke, Adam Murphy and Jordan Morris all played.See teams and scorers from the day:SCORERS – Laois: Diarmuid Whelan 0-4 (one free), Niall Dunne (two ’45s), Alan Kinsella (one free) 0-2 each, Mark Barry (free), Ronan Coffey and Ciaran Comerford 0-1 each. Meath: Shane Walsh 0-4 (three frees), Saran Ó Fionnagain 0-2, Conall Aherne 0-2, Jordan Morris 0-1, Sean Martin 0-1.  LAOIS: Thomas McCann (Ballyroan Abbey); Michael Dowling (Portlaoise), Sean O’Flynn (Courtwood), Daniel Comerford (The Harps); Colin Slevin (Portarlington), Seamus Lacey (Ballylinan), Gary Saunders (Portlaoise); Robert Tyrell (Camross), Diarmuid Whelan (Ballyroan Abbey); Alan Kinsella (Courtwood), Niall Dunne (Courtwood), Ronan Coffey (Portarlington); Mark Barry (O’Dempsey’s), Ciaran Comerford (The Harps); Dean Brophy (St Joseph’s). Subs: PJ Daly (The Heath) for Brophy, Jack Owens (Emo) for Whelan (injured), Whelan for Barry, Damien McCaul (Annanough) for C ComerfordMEATH: Andrew Beakey; Sean Ryan, Dan Devine, Robbie Clarke ; Adam Murphy, John Keane, Jack Hetherington; Cian Swaine, Liam Byrne; Paddy Conway, Sean Martin, Conall Aherne; Jordan Morris, Shane Walsh, Conor Frayne. Subs: Saran Ó Fionnagain, Sean Bannon, Pauric NultyWhat are the odds? Meath are overwhelming favourites for this. They are 1/6 while Laois are 4/1 with the draw 12/1.When, where and how much?2pm on Saturday, June 16 in Navan.Adults: €10Juveniles (U-16): FreeStudents/Senior Citizens:- €5 with appropriate I.D.SEE ALSO – Carribean vibes are coming back to the Electric Picnic as 50 Trenchtown acts are announced Twitter Community Laois U-20 team – Photo Paul Dargan Brought to you in association with Hanlon KitchensAfter recent successes of the Laois minor and senior footballers, today sees the U-20s go into battle for the third time.Billy O’Loughlin’s men are in a difficult group – with Kildare, Wicklow and Meath. Previous articleHere’s your guide to the Laois minor hurlers Leinster quarter final against OffalyNext articleDeaths in Laois – Saturday, June 16, 2018 Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Rugby WhatsApp Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ TAGSLaois U-20 football teamLaois v MeathLeinster U-20 FC Community Twitter Pinterest Facebook Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding WhatsApp Here’s your guide to the Laois U-20s third Leinster championship match against Meath This afternoon they are in Pairc Tailteann to face Meath where even a win may not be enough for Laois to advance.If Kildare defeat Wicklow in the group’s other game, Laois will either have to beat Meath by three points more than whatever Kildare win by – or defeat the Royals by 12 points.A tall order indeed and ahead of the game, we look at it in more detail:Starting TeamsThe teams named ahead of today’s game are: RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Home Sport GAA Here’s your guide to the Laois U-20s third Leinster championship match against… SportGAAGaelic FootballLaois U-20 footballers Facebooklast_img read more

ING Direct chooses Tangerine

Related news IE Staff Keywords Online bankingCompanies Bank of Nova Scotia, ING Direct, Tangerine Nearly half of Canadian consumers would share data for discounts, personalized service Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Effective spring 2014, ING Direct will operate under the new name Tangerine, the online bank said Tuesday.ING Direct also revealed its new visual identity at an unveiling event held in Toronto. Wealthsimple’s peer-to-peer app goes national The online bank was acquired as a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS) in 2012, and is required to change its name and visual identity in 2014.“This marks a very exciting milestone for the ING Direct team as they embark on readying Tangerine for its formal rollout in spring 2014,” said Anatol von Hahn, Scotiabank’s group head, Canadian banking.“Tangerine is a bold name for a bold business, and we look forward to supporting Tangerine as they grow and offer innovative solutions for customers.”The name choice is the result of the culmination of a 12-month process whereby ING Direct consulted with more than 10,000 Canadians, employees and clients, through qualitative and quantitative research.The process was focused on the goal of staying true to ING Direct’s simple, progressive and transparent approach to banking, while also reinforcing to clients and employees a continued focus on innovation.Although ING Direct will continue to operate under its current name in the interim, the public is encouraged to visit to watch a behind-the-scenes video of The Making of Tangerine, as well as other information related to the transition.ING Direct has over 1.8 million Clients and close to $40 billion in total assets. Online banking preferred by Canadians: CBA survey read more

Institutional investors key to driving increase in women on boards: report

first_imgCanadian Press Providing funding and inspiration for Black entrepreneurs “While they have traditionally engaged with boards behind closed doors to advocate for governance or other strategic initiatives, institutional investors are becoming more openly vocal about the value of a diverse board that includes women,” the analysis said of the situation in Canada. It pointed to the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance’s gender diversity policy and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, which expressly encourages gender diversity on boards. The report noted that the number of women have increased in recent years, but women in director seats continue to account for a significant minority. A report earlier this month by the Canadian Securities Administrators found the percentage of board seats filled by women has edged higher in recent years. The report found the total percentage of board seats occupied by women increased to 14% compared with 12% last year and 11% in 2015 when the report was first published. The Ontario Securities Commission is set to hold a roundtable on women on boards and in executive positions on Oct. 24. Read: Public companies make progress on gender equality Read: OSC to discuss results of gender diversity review Related news Feds should be ‘cautious’ and avoid overstimulation with upcoming budget: RBC CEO Access to capital, low trust in banks cited as barriers to Black entrepreneurscenter_img The support of institutional investors is key to driving any meaningful increase in female representation on corporate boards and in the executive suites, a new analysis suggests. The review authored by lawyers at Bay St. law firm Torys LLP says increased scrutiny on board composition has become a growing area of focus for big investors. Keywords Corporate directors,  Diversity Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

60 New Nurses For Top End Hospitals

first_img60 New Nurses For Top End Hospitals NT GovernmentThe Territory Labor Government has this week welcomed 63 graduate nurses and midwives, who have begun orientation at hospitals across the Top End.58 have commenced at Royal Darwin Hospital and Palmerston Regional Hospital, while five have started at Katherine Hospital.The health care workers are undertaking an intensive six-day orientation to ensure they are ready to transition into their new workplaces.As part of their orientation program, the nurses and midwives will undergo essential training requirements that focus around the delivery of safe and high-quality patient-centred care.More than half of the staff are from the Northern Territory, while the others have relocated from Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, New South Wales and South Australia.Together with 27 experienced nurses who have already commenced in the Top End in 2021, the new additions brings the total number of new nurses and midwives to 90.In addition to the graduates, NT hospitals are expecting to welcome a high number of nursing staff across multiple fields this year, many of which have worked in the Territory before.Many of the returning staff have cited the COVID-19 pandemic as a reason for their return.All staff, new and returning, undertake training before commencing rostered work.Quotes from Minister for Health, Natasha Fyles:“The Northern Territory has remained the safest place in the country during the pandemic, and this has led to an increase in health staff looking to take up work in our hospitals.“We welcome the addition of these new nurses and midwives into our hospitals across the Top End.“We know how important our frontline staff are, and we recognise the important work they do for our community.”“Over the next week, these new health care workers will receive important information and training to help support them as they transition into their careers.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, community, Darwin, Government, health, hospital, Katherine, Minister, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Palmerston, pandemic, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australialast_img read more

CU Football Coach Sanctions Players For Team Rules Violations

first_imgUniversity of Colorado Head Football Coach Gary Barnett today announced that he has sanctioned four players for team rules violations related to recruiting activities. On Friday, Feb. 6, Barnett learned of one team violation in which player Chris Hollis took a recruit to an 18-and-over strip club in Boulder. There was no indication of under-age drinking, illegal activity or any violations of the Student Code of Conduct. The recruit was returned to the hotel at 12:30 a.m. in time for curfew. On Saturday, Feb. 7, Barnett held a mandatory team meeting to inquire if players or coaches had any knowledge of any other possible team rule violations related to recruiting, or the recent allegation under investigation by the Broomfield Police Department. While players and coaches had no information about that allegation, three players admitted they had engaged in conduct that violated team rules, including one alcohol violation. Barnett applied immediate sanctions to the four players involved in team violations, as spelled out in the Player Handbook. Brian Daniels, Jack Tipton, Sammy Joseph and Hollis will be suspended for the season opener against Colorado State University. One case was referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs because of the alcohol violation. Published: Feb. 6, 2004 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Vital statistics manual will ensure better planning

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — The recently launched vital statistics manual will ensure greater accuracy and reliability of data collected by the island’s civil registry and statistical agencies to better plan for the country’s future and enable international bodies to more accurately measure Jamaica’s progress. “The data is critical for us as a country to assess our own progress. It is used by the international community to assess our human development status so it is in our own interest to ensure that as a country, our data is of the quality that makes it comparable with other countries,” said Acting Manager of the Population and Health Unit at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Toni-Shae Freckleton. She was addressing a Think Tank held on June 30, at the JIS’ Half-Way-Tree Road headquarters in Kingston. The manual, entitled: ‘Standard Definitions of Vital Statistics and Vital Events and Standards for Calculations of Vital Statistics,’ developed by the Vital Statistics Commission (VSC) with technical and financial support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), was launched on June 28 by Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding. With the launch, Jamaica has become the first Caribbean nation to produce a vital statistics manual, which streamlines components of its national civil registration and vital statistics system. The development of the document, Mr. Golding said, was in pursuance of the Government’s commitment to be part of the international statistics framework. “We need to have available to us, constantly, statistics that are accurate, statistics that command confidence and that can be used in decision making and in a whole range of other purposes,” he added. Chief Executive Officer of the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), who also addressed the JIS Think Tank, explained that the manual allows for greater cross referencing and detail, which makes the data collected by the agency more comprehensive. “For example, for marriages, we never collected the place of birth of the individual, birth record, your field of work, your profession, data like that…so we’re expanding to collect that data,” she said.  She pointed out that once the agency has that data in place, it would provide useful to critical stakeholders like the PIOJ and the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN). Senior Statistician at STATIN, Juliet McCalla-Smith, said the manual will ensure that vital data such as births and deaths are recorded using internationally established standards. She noted, for example, that “still births” will be recorded as “foetal deaths”, while changes will be made to how such deaths are registered. “So it’s a bit of improvement being made to our system as well as addressing what is happening at the international level with the changes in the definitions of certain indicators,” she added. Vital statistics manual will ensure better planning Office of the Prime MinisterJuly 4, 2011 By O. RODGER HUTCHINSON, JIS PR Officer RelatedPrime Minister Golding Announces Cabinet Changes Advertisements RelatedVital statistics manual will ensure better planning RelatedVital statistics manual will ensure better planninglast_img read more

JBDC Facilitating Business Development

first_imgJBDC Facilitating Business Development CommerceJune 27, 2013Written by: Douglas McIntosh RelatedLab Accreditation Should Be Mandatory – Minister Hylton RelatedIndustry Minister Calls for More Medical Labs to Get Accredited FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail State Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, says the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) facilitated “significant business development services” to various stakeholders during the 2012/13 fiscal year.Making her 2013/14 Sectoral Debate presentation in Parliament on Tuesday, June 25, Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams said the agency’s activities to this end, included: administering over 8,000 interventions for micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) stakeholder clients; and facilitating the participation of just over 3000 persons in approximately 134 workshops conducted during the period. Areas covered in the workshops included: business management, business formalization, financial management, and business plan writing.Additionally, she said, the JBDC assisted some 2, 354 new clients to develop business ideas and issues related to start up and existing business operations. Further, close to 160 manufacturers attended furniture design/business clinics held in St. Ann and Portland.The JBDC also provided technical services for some 57 agro-processing/food production, craft, and fashion clients in areas such as formulation and/or adjustments of products, product design and development, pattern making and garment construction, labelling and packaging.The State Minister said another 209 clients benefitted from graphic design services related to packaging, labelling, and collateral material, while some 35 fashion and food production businesses utilised the incubator facility at the JBDC’s Resource Centre. She also advised that 56 audits were conducted for MSME facilities from various sectors, including furniture, craft, and fashion.Noting that no aspect of development should be “by-passed” in the thrust to build entrepreneurship, Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams said the JBDC was also involved in several community development initiatives.She informed that the agency, working in tandem with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH), and the Steps to Work Programme, has provided business development training to approximately 676 individuals islandwide.“The objective is to graduate beneficiaries from PATH, by providing them with business development training and employment skills so that they can become economically self-sufficient,” she explained.The State Minister said the JBDC commenced conducting workshops for participants in the Labour and Social Security Ministry’s Youth Empowerment Strategy (YES), with 25 residents from the communities of Drewsland and Trench Town in St. Andrew, benefitting thus far.“The aim is to improve the quality of the labour force by providing access to decent and productive work, for youth,” she indicated.Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams advised that the JBDC also commenced providing product development training in jewellery making, utilizing recyclable material, for participants in the private sector-led Youth Upliftment through Employment (YUTE) programme. Training she said, has been provided for 44 participants, thus far.Contact: Douglas McIntoshcenter_img RelatedKingstOOn Gets Underway with Major Local and Int’l Animators Advertisementslast_img read more