‘Bad eggs’ could bring NHS staff crisis

first_img The medical profession will face a severe recruitment crisis if authorities do not act quickly to repair the damage to its reputation, the health service personnel managers body has warned.John Adsett, secretary of the Association of HR Managers in the NHS, said new trainee doctors are asking themselves why they joined the profession.He added, “I wonder whether it might put people off at the career choice stage, if they can go into research chemistry where the rewards may be better.”He said it was tragic that the innovation and care of the vast majority should be overshadowed by the actions of “one or two really bad eggs who hit the headlines”.The scandals have involved the serial killer GP Harold Shipman, the unrepentant gynaecologist Rodney Ledward, who was struck off for harming women in operations, and the Bristol hospital case where babies died in surgery.Clinicians are furious at the cases, and at Ledward’s denial of wrong-doing, he added. “If you talk to some of our consultants they are as appalled by his comments as Joe Public is,” said Adsett, who is head of personnel at Basildon and Thurrock NHS Trust in Essex.The situation highlights the recruitment problems in the public sector, particularly as private sector earnings have raced ahead. Related posts:No related photos. ‘Bad eggs’ could bring NHS staff crisisOn 11 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

I love being around students’

first_imgFr. Tom Doyle’s first days as vice president for Student Affairs since students returned to school have been jam-packed, and that’s just the way he likes them. From 8 a.m. to after dinnertime, he’s in back-to-back meetings. He’s addressing an email about a fire drill occurring during the middle of mass. He’s going over the schedule for events for the Purdue weekend. But after the workday is over, that’s when his real work begins. After hours during the past week, Doyle rode the mechanical bull during Irish Shenanigans, donning full priest vestments. He jousted against the senior class president and won. He attended Activities Night. “Going to student activities night was the highlight of my day,” Doyle said. “I love being around students.” Interacting with students will help him accomplish one of his primary goals for his first year as vice president for Student Affairs. Doyle aims to answer two essential questions: Who are the Notre Dame students of today and how can his department support them in becoming the best they can be? “My question is, who are the students? That’s the first question. Then you start to build programs and structures around who the students are,” he said. Doyle said he plans to collect data about the Notre Dame student body and conduct research about its generation to find out how Student Affairs can best serve the student body. “How do we promote a virtuous way of life? How do we help people to have fun? How do we help them to play? How do we help them to laugh?” he said. “How do we encourage them to make mistakes in life? We can’t learn if we don’t make mistakes.” Doyle also plans to make some structural changes over the course of the semester, the first of which occurred over the summer when the position of associate vice president for Residence Life was eliminated. Bill Kirk served as associate vice president for Residence Life since 2003. “Bill served the University extremely well for the past two decades,” Doyle said. “He was a loyal, a thoughtful and a caring administrator for Student Affairs. “The position was eliminated in anticipation of a restructuring that I want to do,” he said. In his position for Student Affairs, Kirk oversaw the Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) and the Office of Residence Life and Housing. Brian Coughlin, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, has temporarily taken over as head of Residence Life and Housing. Ann Firth, associate vice president for Student Affairs, is overseeing NDSP. In the coming year, Doyle also aims to recognize the diversity of the student body and the Church — from traditional Catholics to openly gay students. “It is a big Church. How do we all sort of belong as one Church together?” He hopes to work to attract and facilitate all types of diversity, including economic, cultural and geographical diversity, as well as diversity of experience. “I think there is a narrow segment of the American population for which Notre Dame is a very attractive option,” he said. “But we do grow through deep and meaningful relationships with people who are different than us.” Doyle also considers the culture of the University’s 29 residence halls as particularly important. “People don’t live in less than 100 square feet because they can’t find a better value somewhere else,” he said. “The culture of these buildings is what makes people come back. “We need to work hard to preserve them,” he said. “We can’t take them for granted.” And as a new resident of Pasquerilla East Hall, Doyle is not taking his new home for granted. “I love living in a dormitory,” he said. Plus, living in a female dormitory has its perks — the girls bake him cookies. “That’s never happened in a guy’s dormitory,” Doyle said with a laugh.last_img read more

Pollard says playoff win ideal boost for TKR

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Captain Kieron Pollard believes Trinbago Knight Riders’ crucial win in last Sunday’s playoff match, could be the turning point for his side as they head into tomorrow’s massive semi-final against archrivals Barbados Tridents.The two-time reigning champions entered the contest against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on the back of four straight defeats and without a victory in six matches, but managed to break the losing streak by chasing down 126 to win by six wickets at the Guyana National Stadium.“I’m hoping this can be the turnaround. We have a couple days (rest), we go back in front of our home crowd and that will spur us on even more,” said Pollard, looking ahead to the encounter at the Brian Lara Stadium.“There is always room for improvement – (there were) a couple blemishes in the field (so) that is something we need to speak about. Every run and every boundary saved is crucial for us, so that is something we will have a conversation about.”TKR will be bidding for a place in next Saturday’s final against Guyana Amazon Warriors, who played unbeaten in the league phase to win all 10 matches and top the standings.However, TKR will have to break this season’s jinx against Tridents to whom they suffered defeats in both their clashes this season.Pollard, who assumed the captaincy this campaign from injured all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, said it was important to find the right balance for the critical match.“Winning the toss where the wickets looked a bit tacky, our spinners bowled magnificently well (against Tridents),” Pollard explained.“Going to Trinidad might be different but we’re gonna come up with the best combination to win. That’s all we’ve been trying to do. We’ve been trying things. It’s better to try and fail than fail to try. “We got a lot of licks for it but we continue to take it because our backs are broad and we crack on.”Pollard said TKR’s batsmen needed to pull their weight, however, as evidenced by their struggles chasing Patriots’ meagre 125 for seven.TKR found themselves in trouble at 31 for three in the sixth over before recovering through opener Lendl Simmons’ 51 and an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 50 between Denesh Ramdin (32 not out) and Pollard (26 not out).“I can’t fault the guys at the halfway stage. One hundred and twenty-five – if you turn up at any ground and limit the opposition (to that), you’ll take that ten out of ten,” he contended.At the halfway stage, we thought we were right into it but it got a little too close for comfort.”last_img read more

NBN coverage of NTL

first_imgNBN were present at the first day of the 2009 X-Blades National Touch League at Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium.To view their stories, click on the following links:http://www.nbntv.com.au/index.php/2009/03/11/first-day-of-national-touch-champs-in-port/http://www.nbntv.com.au/index.php/2009/03/11/first-day-of-national-touch-champs-in-port/last_img

BCs attorney general calls Alberta fuelrestriction bill a bluff

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s attorney general says Alberta’s proposed fuel restriction law is a politically motivated “bluff” that will result in an immediate lawsuit from his province and likely lawsuits from oil companies.David Eby said government legal experts looked at the legislation Alberta tabled Monday and concluded it’s unconstitutional, against the law and designed to not be enacted.“Clearly the legislation is a bluff,” Eby said Tuesday. “They don’t intend to use it. If they did try to use it we would be in court immediately seeking an injunction to stop them from using it, but we would probably have to get in line behind oil companies that would be concerned about contracts that they have with companies in B.C. to deliver product.”Alberta’s proposed legislation and B.C.’s response are the latest manoeuvres in the escalating dispute over the $7.4 billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that runs from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C. The federal and Alberta governments support the project, while B.C. opposes it, saying it is defending its coast from a potentially catastrophic oil products spill.So far, about 200 people have been arrested at a construction zone near the pipeline’s terminal site in Burnaby for allegedly breaking a court injunction keeping protesters away.Indigenous leaders and local Vancouver-area politicians have also warned of increasing civil unrest as people from across Canada mount anti-pipeline protests.Eby said he believed the Alberta legislation was intended to never be adopted, but if Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s government does pass the law, then B.C. will immediately launch court action.“We think they are very unlikely to use this, given the analysis, and we think they know it, and it is a bill for political purposes only,” Eby said in the legislature Tuesday during question period.Notley said the legislation sends the message that Alberta is prepared to defend its resources.It would direct pipeline companies, truckers and rail operators on how much oil product they ship and when. Violators would face fines of up to $1 million a day for individuals and $10 million a day for corporations.Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said Tuesday his province will support Alberta in the fight over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion by introducing its own legislation on oil exports.He said his government will bring in a bill in the coming days that could result in less oil moving to British Columbia. Moe said he wants the Saskatchewan legislation passed shortly so it can work in tandem with Alberta’s proposed bill.In Quebec, the Opposition Parti Quebecois offered Tuesday to help B.C.The PQ said it will send Premier John Horgan’s minority New Democrat government a bill it tabled in 2014 amid the controversy surrounding the Energy East project. The bill affirmed the predominance of Quebec’s environmental laws and the exclusive jurisdiction of the province in such matters.Quebec’s Liberal government threw its support to Horgan in an opinion piece published last Saturday that said Ottawa would harm federal-provincial relations by making a unilateral decision on the project without B.C.’s blessing.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers called the Alberta bill a “very strong tool” it hoped was not needed.B.C. Opposition Liberal jobs critic Jas Johal said the province must end the escalating dispute before gas prices increase sharply in Metro Vancouver.“Without Alberta’s energy, B.C.’s economy would come to a standstill,” he said. “The B.C. Premier (John Horgan) created this crisis, will he fix this mess before gas prices hit $2 a litre?”Gasoline prices in Metro Vancouver are currently hovering around $1.55 a litre.Kinder Morgan, the U.S.-based pipeline builder, announced earlier this month that it was pulling back on spending for the project and gave Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government until May 31 to give a clear signal the project will proceed.Trudeau, Notley and Horgan met Sunday in Ottawa to discuss the pipeline, but remain deadlocked. Trudeau repeated the federal government’s commitment to ensure the project is completed, saying his government will hold private, financial talks with Kinder Morgan.Eby said the B.C. government is expecting to announce shortly that it has filed a reference case to the courts to determine if it has jurisdiction over the pipeline in the province.Companies in this story: (TSX:KML)last_img read more

Royal LePage report says pace of rising home prices slowed in second

first_imgTORONTO – The pace of rising home prices slowed in Canada in the second quarter due to softness in the Greater Toronto Area market, according to a report by Royal LePage.Royal LePage chief executive Phil Soper said Tuesday new federal mortgage stress-test measures helped slow the real estate market.“It was a spring market that never blossomed,” Soper said in a statement.“The new federal mortgage stress-test measures slowed the market to a standstill in much of the country, as some families adjusted their expectations in a world with lower borrowing capacity, and others not impacted by the OSFI regulations moved to the sidelines, adopting a ‘wait and see what happens to home prices’ approach.”However, in its outlook, Royal LePage said it expected the aggregate price of a home in Canada in the third quarter to be up 2.2 per compared with a year ago.“The market has begun to absorb and adjust to the new realities; we expect an uptick in sales volumes and prices during the second half of 2018,” Soper said.The Royal LePage national house price composite showed the price of a home in Canada increased 2.0 per cent year-over-year to $613,968 in the second quarter of 2018.That compared with a 6.2 per cent year-over-year increase in the first quarter of the year.The real estate brokerage firm said the slowdown in the rise in prices came as some regions in the Greater Toronto Area saw prices fall compared with a year ago.The national median price in the second quarter of a two-storey home rose 0.8 per cent year-over-year to $720,504, while the median price of a bungalow climbed 1.8 per cent to $512,979. The price of condominiums rose 8.1 per cent year-over-year to $435,421.In a separate report, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada said the market for homes over $1 million in Montreal in the first half of the year hit a record as it gained 24 per cent compared with a year ago.In Toronto, Sotheby’s said sales of homes over $1 million were down 46 per cent compared with a year ago, however the firm noted that 2018 sales volume trended in line with 2015’s pre-surge levels.Home sales over $1 million in Vancouver fell 19 per cent compared with a year ago, while Calgary saw a drop of 11 per cent.last_img read more

School District 60 looks at making upgrades to lighting

first_imgBefore signing any documentation with Radiance, the District was seeking support from the Board to move forward with the project.The Board voted in favour to receive more information before signing documentation and making the upgrades to the lighting. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a special School District 60 board meeting on Monday, Trustees looked into the matter of upgrading lights at all School District facilities.According to School District Secretary-Treasurer, Brenda Hooker, they have been in discussions with Radiance Energy for the past six months regarding an LED lighting upgrade to all facilities.Hooker says other Districts have been working with Radiance to upgrade lights and say the new lighting bring benefits such as improving the classroom environment and lowering hydro costs when compared to the standard fluorescent lighting.last_img read more

Adani Ports SEZ arm buys InLogistics for Rs 3315 crore

first_imgMumbai: Adani Logistics, a wholly-owned arm of Adani Ports & SEZ, Thursday signed an agreement to acquire 100 percent in Innovative B2B Logistics Solutions (InLogistics), a rail-based logistic firm controlled by private equity firm True North for an enterprise value of Rs 331.5 crore.The Adanis will pay an upfront amount of Rs 43.2 crore in an all-cash deal while the rest will be paid over an unspecified period of time, the Adani Logistics said in a late evening filing to the exchanges. The company said the transaction implies an equity value of Rs 43.2 crore for 100 percent of InLogistics shares and 10 times multiple of its expected pre-tax earnings for FY19, which takes the enterprise valuation to Rs 33.5 crore. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The transaction will be an all cash deal and is expected to be completed by the first quarter of FY20,” the company said in a statement adding post-transaction Adani Logistics will become the largest private sector rail and logistics operator in the country.”It enables us to expand its total addressable market, enhance network coverage and create a value chain to handle dry cargo segment,” the statement said. Founded in 2006, InLogistics provides integrated logistics services for domestic cargo movement and serves the Eastern and Northern hinterland markets and lists Tata Steel, Tata Sponge Iron, JSW Cement and retail marble traders as its key clients.InLogistics will add 14 container rakes, one logistics park spread across 38 acres and 3,566 containers to Adani Logistics which currently operates three logistics parks, two Exim yards and one container yard with a capacity to handle 5,00,000 TEU per year.last_img read more

Tahir Raina ensure easy win for Super Kings vs KKR

first_imgKolkata: Imran Tahir spun a web before Suresh Raina found his mojo back with a half century as Chennai Super Kings inched closer towards another Play off qualification with a five-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in an IPL match on Sunday. After Tahir’s career-best 4 for 27 restricted KKR to 161 for 8, CSK coasted to the target in 19.4 overs as Raina anchored the chase with an unbeaten 58 off 42 balls with seven fours and a six. Ravindra Jadeja also played an important cameo hitting 31 off 17 balls to pave the way for the team’s seventh win in eight games. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhNeeding 24 runs off the last two overs, Jadeja smashed Harry Gurney for three successive fours to make it just a formality in the last over. This was the defending champions fourth win on the trot as they consolidated their position atop the table with 14 points and one more win will virtually seal their spot in play-offs whose cut-off over the ears has been 16 points. This was also their first win at the Eden Gardens since 2013 as they did a double on KKR who suffered a hat-trick of defeats for the first time since 2014 and set to slip out of their second place in the table. Incidentally, 161 is their lowest score at the Eden this season. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterKKR next face Royal Challengers Bangalore here on April 19. Sunil Narine was the pick of KKR bowling with figures 2/19 that included a wicket-maiden when he cleaned up Faf du Plessis (24) to end the powerplay. But Raina held on at the other end with significant partnerships including a 40-run stand with skipper MS Dhoni. It all seemed a walk in the park for CSK when Narine gave the biggest breakthrough dismissing Dhoni for 16 with team’s score of 121/5, needing 41 runs from 26 balls. But Raina held his nerves while Jadeja gave the finishing touches. On an Eden Gardens track where spinners had struggled so far, Tahir spun the match in favour of Chennai with his twin double blows in the 11th and 15th overs en route his career-best IPL figures that took him past Kagiso Rabada in the leading wicket-takers’ tally. Tahir removed an ominous-looking Chris Lynn (82 off 51 balls; 7×4, 6×6) and in a space of four balls removed the dangerous Andre Russell (10) for the first time under a score of 40 this season to put brakes on their scoring. Tahir’s bowling had such devastating effect that KKR managed just 28 runs from last five overs and went on to lose three more wickets to end up with a below-par total. But it was a different script for KKR early on with a fit-again Lynn giving them a flying start en route to his second fifty this season that came off just 36 balls. Having missed his team’s last match because of flu, Lynn went ballistic against Deepak Chahar who bled 22 runs from his first two overs with the Aussie smashing the seamer for 4-6-4 in the third over. Such was Lynn’s dominance that the otherwise explosive Sunil Narine looked like a spectator at the other end with the Aussie having a share of 31 off 33 runs in the first four overs. A 200-plus total looked imminent with Lynn looking dangerous and Russell starting to explode with a boundary and a six off Tahir. But Tahir, aided by some brilliant catching from Faf du Plessis and the substitute Dhruv Shorey, made inroads removing Nitish Rana (21) and Robin Uthappa (0) in space of two balls. CSK’s catching was exceptional with Du Plessis charging in from long-off to dismiss Uthappa off first ball, then Shradul Thakur at deep square leg clung onto a flat hit from Lynn. The big one was that of Shorey when he charged in for a swerving low catch to get rid off Russell, who looked in his usual explosive zone with 10 runs from 4 balls (1×4, 1×6).last_img read more

Coalition ahead

first_imgAhead of May 23, predictions are popping up about the potential successor to Raisina Hills. Prior to elections, the Modi-led NDA government had been strongly touted for a successive term. While the critics had their arguments clearly not in favour, BJP’s cry for national security gave them the boost they desperately needed, especially after losing three state assemblies in the Hindi belt and drawing abject criticism for their faulty governance plagued with demonetisation and hate crimes. Cornered over the controversial sub-judice Rafale deal and mishandling of government institutions, BJP’s run up to the Lok Sabha elections was certainly not desirable. Poking nationalism within masses through audacious oratory made the BJP supremo use the army and surgical strikes to extract electoral mileage but opposition parties did not sit out the campaigning extravaganza as Congress led the charge to expose Modi and BJP’s failed governance. Overall, BJP had to draw out exigency plans to accomplish a desirable campaign session which saw numerous MCC flouts in contentious speeches made to garner votes. As if Pragya Singh Thakur’s candidature was not controversial enough, BJP found itself in ugly conflict during campaigning for the final phase in Bengal. Even if MCC flouts are discounted, though they remain utterly serious in nature irrespective of EC’s clean chit to Modi-Shah, the ugly spat only makes the incumbent’s insecurities clearer. Despite the national security rhetoric, Congress and other regional parties have definitely forced BJP to break a sweat. And, then came the six phases of general elections which saw faulty EVMs, alleged rigging, influencers forcing re-election, defamation attempts, vote selling and ugly spats between politicos. All that in progress to decide who will form the next government. BJP brought in a change in governments when it garnered a majority in 2014 Lok Sabha polls and became the single largest party capable of forming the government. Their confidence exceeded expectations and in their attempt to write off opposition ploys to stitch alliances, it termed the grand coalition (mahagatbandhan) a “mahamilawat”. BJP pursued a strange narrative of apprising masses of how a coalition government would turn up to be a weak government against BJP’s majority government. To elucidate BJP’s anti-coalition stance, it is necessary to understand Modi’s tenure. Demonetisation single-handedly remains the biggest instance of a majority government undertaking a drastic step in the nation’s ‘interest’. Not only did demonetisation failed as an anti-graft exercise but impacted jobs and economy in general with small traders being extinguished. The decision of demonetisation was clearly an unobjectionable one since a single-party government need not consider others. Had it been a coalition government, such a decision would have faced avid criticism before being implemented, if at all. Presence of other parties in the fray, therefore, seems considerably impactful during such circumstances. But in their defence, the saffron party can argue that it is their single-party government which has the audacity to undertake such steps (irrespective of consequences). The instability that some previous coalition governments have portrayed strengthens their support. All this hostility against the idea of a coalition has been the general BJP mood but their straight faces do not recall the fact that they were part of the previous coalition governments, particularly V. P. Singh-led National Front in 1989 and the Morarji Desai-led Janata Party government in 1977. So the Modi-Shah criticism of opposition’s coalition steps reeks of hypocrisy. Also Read – A strong standpointMay 23 poses several outcomes for our country. A BJP majority, like in 2014, would mean that the country reflected BJP’s stance of single-party governance. Congress’s 150-160 seats would mean a potential Congress-led alliance government. However, should Parliament be hung due to equal stake between BJP and Congress, it is the regional parties that will be instrumental in forming the government, which would definitely be coalition-styled. The coalition government, in this scenario, is what the country needs since it brings to the table a degree of diversity and plurality. There are arguments that coalitions are associated with periods of greater economic growth, less economic volatility and more foreign investment; Manmohan Singh’s UPA-I is a case in point. Beyond diversity and plurality which is essentially good for democracy comes the concern of regional plurality. Parties such as DMK, TDP, TRS, NCP, SP-BSP, TMC, et al, coming from the corners of such a vast country in a coalition government will only increase the representation of Indian states. The country has not particularly faced a turbulent coalition government, at least not without other factors contributing to the chaos. In such a case, the coalition government might just augur well for the country since we saw what a single-party government can do in the five years.last_img read more