UK’s skills shortage will get worse if we leave EU, says Manpower boss James Hick

first_img Express KCS Show Comments ▼ whatsapp whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruUndoForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesUndoComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoTotal PastAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongTotal PastUndo Britain must stay in the EU to avert a skills crisis in sectors from finance to the NHS, the boss of recruitment firm Manpower told City A.M. yesterday.James Hick said firms are already seeing a shortage of suitable workers and will rely very heavily on the free movement of people within the EU.“It is increasingly difficult to find professionals in finance, IT and engineering. And we are even losing the ability to find an abundance of strong candidates at the entry level,” he said.“It is definitely important that the UK remains in the EU.”He added: “The NHS is struggling in terms of finding GPs if we want surgeries to be open all hours, and one way to address that is recruitment of foreign nationals into those roles.”But campaigners for a reformed relationship with Brussels argue that solving the skills shortage requires other steps to be taken.“British business wants access to the skills they need, but it is wrong to suggest that’s dependent on EU membership,” said Robert Oxley from Business for Britain.“Current EU rules mean that business has unlimited access to some labour markets, while others are severely restricted. With public unhappiness at the current immigration system, something has to change.”Hick was speaking as Manpower revealed very strong hiring numbers for London, as well as the north east and north west of England.As a result, employees in the capital can see their salaries rise by as much as 15 or 20 per cent when they move to a new job.[custom id=”21″] center_img Tags: Brexit employment and wages Skills shortage UK jobs Monday 8 June 2015 9:42 pm Share UK’s skills shortage will get worse if we leave EU, says Manpower boss James Hick More From Our Partners White House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comlast_img read more

Old Mutual waves farewell to boss Roberts with profits lift

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekElite HeraldKate Middleton Dropped An Unexpected Baby BombshellElite HeraldGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday Newszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTheFashionBallAlica Schmidt Is The Most Beautiful Athlete To ExistTheFashionBallInteresticleBeautiful Women Of The World, Who Are They Exactly?InteresticleOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent Express whatsapp Share Old Mutual waves farewell to boss Roberts with profits lift OLD MUTUAL yesterday reported a 20 per cent rise in adjusted profits in constant currency terms, and an eight per cent rise in its dividend.The first-half results, to 30 June, show that the investment group’s funds under management are up by seven per cent to £335.7bn.Group chief executive, Julian Roberts, who is stepping down, said: “This has been an exceptional six months for Old Mutual. Last year, we reallocated significant capital to buy quality businesses in our core markets. This year is about ensuring that these investments are fully integrated and making the returns we expect. We have an absolute focus on achieving this, while being a responsible business.”Roberts is due to be replaced by Bruce Hemphill, a former executive at the African lender Standard Bank.He added: “This is the last set of results I will present as group chief executive… I am delighted to be able to pass on the stewardship of the group to my successor when it is in such robust health.” Friday 7 August 2015 5:49 amcenter_img whatsapp Express KCS Show Comments ▼ Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Tags: NULLlast_img read more

The real plague affecting science? It isn’t fraud

first_imgBut first the findings. Researchers in the Netherlands asked working scientists around the world to rank a list of 60 misbehaviors by their impact on truth, trust in science, how often they occur, and how preventable those actions might be. They then devised a ranking for these behaviors that combined how often they occur and their impact — a sort of on-base plus slugging average that measures their overall effect on the field. By Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus Dec. 1, 2016 Reprints Victor R. Caivano/AP The WatchdogsThe real plague affecting science? It isn’t fraud Related: Not surprisingly, fabrication of data scored the highest for its effect on truth and public trust in science. But those cases are quite rare — and detected cases are, by definition, even rarer. As a result, it didn’t even make the top five.advertisement But some approaches that have already been evaluated don’t appear to work so well. For instance, efforts to reduce plagiarism may help, but those to reduce the incidence of fraud, not so much.More study of interventions is definitely needed. And while universities continue to sponsor such initiatives, they should also take a hard look at their own roles in promoting “publish or perish.” After all, their tenure and promotion committees often take the easy route of counting papers to judge a body of work, instead of doing the hard work of plowing through the papers themselves. Until they do, we’re not likely to make much headway on the small but insidious problems plaguing science. Rather, “our ranking results seem to suggest that selective reporting, selective citing, and flaws in quality assurance and mentoring are the major evils of modern research,” the authors wrote in Research Integrity and Peer Review. “A picture emerges not of concern about wholesale fraud but of profound concerns that many scientists may be cutting corners and engage in sloppy science, possibly with a view to get more positive and more spectacular results that will be easier to publish in high-impact journals and will attract many citations.”Sloppiness and fraud often share a mother: the imperative to publish, and ideally in high-profile journals. And it is shockingly common: While about 2 percent of researchers admit to committing fraud in their research, as many as 34 percent of scientists say they have cut corners or taken similarly questionable steps in their work.So what should we do?The authors suggest throwing some science at the problem. “All attempts to fight sloppy science and worse should ideally be accompanied by sound evaluation to assess their effects,” they wrote. For young scientists, a supervisor’s fraud can derail a career Related: Do scientific fraudsters deserve a second chance? If a burst pipe in your house is flooding your basement, you’re probably going to be more worried about that than the couple termites you previously spotted. But multiply those termites times a thousand and suddenly the bigger threat to your house might be, well, the little things.The same holds true for science. Science fraud draws urgent attention whenever it comes to light, the equivalent of a busted pipe emergency. But it turns out, most scientists think it’s a far lesser threat to their field than the small, but legion, instances of underreporting of negative findings and scientists’ use of shoddy methodology.And — although it may be surprising coming from two people who run a blog that often focuses on scientific misconduct — we agree.advertisement Tags researchlast_img read more

This year’s scientific discoveries that made us say ‘Huh?’

first_img Tags cardiologygeneticsneuroscienceresearch In the LabThis year’s scientific discoveries that made us say ‘Huh?’ Every school child learns (wrongly) that Archimedes yelled “Eureka” when he discovered the principle of buoyancy while taking a bath.The story is apocryphal, and in fact, such flashes of inspiration are rare in science. Discoveries most often arise from hours of painstaking and frustrating work in the lab. Far more common than these “Aha!” moments this year were head-scratching insights that we have dubbed “Huh?” moments.Here are our favorite “Huh?” moments of 2016. We’re eager to hear yours as well, in the comments section below.advertisement 3. Virginity genesGenetics may account for up to one-quarter of the difference in the ages when people start having sex, University of Cambridge geneticist John Perry reported. “Sure, choice has a massive role in this, but there are biological and genetic factors, too,” he said. While the study of more than 125,000 people in the UK, Iceland and the United States didn’t prove cause and effect, it found associations between the timing of first sexual experiences and gene variants corresponding with fertility, start of puberty, and propensity to take risks.4. The bigger the yawn, the bigger the brainYawning may be more than merely a sign of exhaustion. Scientists have theorized that stretching our jaws and sucking in air cools the brain and can increase blood flow, suggesting that yawn duration should correlate with brain size and complexity. Indeed, a psychologist at the State University of New York at Oneonta found that the average duration of yawns in 109 individuals from 19 species — including humans, African elephants, walruses and rabbits — predicted a species’ brain weight and its number of cortical neurons. The average dog yawn, by the way, was .43 seconds longer than the average for cats.5. Happy heart syndromeIt’s not just sadness that can break your heart. So can moments of extreme joy, such as your wedding or the Cubs finally winning the World Series. In a condition known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy, part of the heart freezes up temporarily, causing it to resemble a takotsubo, or Japanese octopus trap. The vast majority of these cases are triggered by intense negative emotions, but a University Hospital Zurich physician reported identifying 20 patients whose condition, which results in irregular blood flow, was sparked by elation.So, New Year’s Eve revelers, don’t go too crazy when the ball drops on 2016. Sasha/Getty Images 1. Ticklish rodentsWe humans are not — as thinkers going back to Aristotle thought — uniquely ticklish: Rats are too. This discovery was called “innovative and groundbreaking,” but the best part was the realization that some scientists spend their days tickling rats. Shimpei Ishiyama, a post-doc at Humboldt University in Berlin, who introduces himself at parties and bars as the “rat tickler,” reported that the critters squeaked and jumped with pleasure when he tickled their backs and bellies. These signs of joy changed according to their mood. It remains a mystery, though, why tickling has been conserved by evolution and has such a powerful impact on us — and rats.2. Pain is contagiousRodents were the source of another strange finding this year: Sensitivity to pain can be spread by smell. Alcohol withdrawal makes mice and people feel pain more acutely, but researchers at Oregon Health and Sciences University found that mice living in the same room as animals going through withdrawal became similarly sensitized to pain. When bedding from the mice undergoing withdrawal was then put in the cages of mice in another room, they too became less pain-tolerant — suggesting scent was the culprit. If the finding is borne out, it could mean that mouse experiments on everything from drug withdrawal to painkillers could have been skewed, the researchers said.advertisement Gideon Gil Managing Editor About the Author Reprints By Gideon Gil Dec. 29, 2016 Reprints @gideongil [email protected] last_img read more

Government conducts survey on housing prices in North Korea

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55% News Headline Interior of apartment on Mirae Scientists street in PyongyangInterior of apartment on Mirae Scientists street in Pyongyang. Image: RyukyungAmidst signs that housing prices in North Korea are falling due to economic stagnation, the authorities are assessing the state of the housing market in order to implement measures to stabilize the situation.“The authorities recently began a survey of housing prices and will likely intervene in transactions and setting house prices,” a South Pyongan Province-based source told Daily NK.The authorities have also begun to set prices for land designated for urban housing plans as part of efforts to control housing transactions, the source added.These efforts are ostensibly aimed at setting an upper limit for house prices, but the authorities have yet to announce any official numbers.The aim appears to be to prevent price spikes and ensure that buyers and sellers can conduct transactions within a stable housing market.In North Korea, the state traditionally owns all land and housing by law, which is supposed to mean that the government provides housing to its citizens without any monetary transactions.After the widespread famine in the 1990s, however, residents acquired the “right to use” housing and began conducting housing transactions on the basis of market prices. Even before the economic crisis, North Koreans in the upper class engaged in housing transactions on the black market, although such transactions could typically be considered a form of housing “trade.”These changes came about because North Koreans began proactively taking advantage of the “right to use” housing. Essentially, the authorities gave them the right to inherit and transfer the ownership of the houses they lived in, and North Koreans actively bought and sold these rights on the market.“The authorities have invested a massive amount of money in building new housing and these efforts have led to an increase in ‘donju’ who have made money out of the projects,” said the source. “The authorities probably thought they needed to step in and control the housing market because of the sheer number of new apartments.”Some North Koreans, including construction contractors, buyers and sellers, have expressed concern over the authorities’ efforts to survey housing prices. While government control over housing prices may help to stabilize the market, excessive intervention could lead to a rise in illegal transactions and destabilization. Housing market stakeholders argue that the market should determine house pricing rather than the government, according to a separate source in South Pyongan Province.The authorities revised the country’s “Housing Act” in 2009 to prohibit the sale or trade of housing for personal profit. There was a drastic fall in transactions involving the “right to use” housing at the time, along with a destabilization of the housing market; however, the increase in black market transactions led to a massive increase in the price of luxury apartments in Pyongyang (with prices rising up to 100 million won), and the government was unable to influence these prices.“The government’s efforts to control housing transactions in 2005 and 2009 all ended in failure,” the additional source said.“Time will tell whether its intervention in the housing market will lead to stabilization or destabilization.” News Government conducts survey on housing prices in North Koreacenter_img AvatarSeulkee JangSeulkee Jang is one of Daily NK’s full-time journalists. Please direct any questions about her articles to [email protected] News By Seulkee Jang – 2019.08.05 12:07pm SHARE US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Health Ministry Concerned Over Low Breastfeeding Rate

first_imgRelatedHealth Ministry Concerned Over Low Breastfeeding Rate Advertisements RelatedHealth Ministry Concerned Over Low Breastfeeding Rate Health Ministry Concerned Over Low Breastfeeding Rate UncategorizedSeptember 15, 2007center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Health and Environment is reporting that only 50 per cent of mothers are exclusively breastfeeding their babies past the first six weeks of birth.Data has revealed that by the time the child is three months old, there is a further fall off to 30 per cent. This is despite the recommendation by the Ministry for exclusive breastfeeding up to six months.“We are not very happy with the compliance rate for exclusive breastfeeding,” Director of Health Promotion and Protection in the Ministry, Dr. Eva Lewis-Fuller told JIS News.This is of special concern for the Ministry as 90 per cent of mothers do start out exclusively breastfeeding, but fail to maintain this for the six months or longer.“We have been trying to encourage mothers to improve this rate because it is so important that babies get the ideal nutrition early in life to prevent malnutrition, gastroenteritis and some of those ‘immunizable’ diseases like measles. For a few months they are protected from what we immunize against,” she pointed out, adding that the child would have to be immunized against some diseases.Dr. Lewis-Fuller said that the Ministry would like the compliance rate to improve to at least 70 per cent at six weeks after birth and as such, it has been implementing various initiatives to make this a reality.“One of the recommendations is that when the baby is born, the baby should be given to mother within 30 minutes just for her to hold that baby and keep the baby warm and snuggle up. Then within the hour start the baby breastfeeding,” she explained.To this end, the Ministry has been asking nurses to defer the usual routine of bathing and taking the baby away and placing it in a basinet after delivery.“Besides education during anti-natal clinics, we show how to care for the breast and how to treat the nipple especially for first time mothers who can have some tenderness of the nipple and prepare them for breast feeding,” she said.“We also encourage their family members particularly the spouse or the father of the child to help mothers to breastfeed. Sometimes fathers are not encouraging because there all kind of myths about breastfeeding affecting the shape of the mother and so on, but we can assure them that the benefit of breastfeeding far outweighs any negatives,” Dr. Lewis-Fuller posited.In addition, the Ministry has been appealing to companies and organisations to accommodate mothers with newborns when they return to work.“They can give them time off to go home and breastfeed even once during the day at lunch time .have a kind of extended lunch time. They can also have daycare facilities where mothers can actually bring their babies to a location close to the workplace, where they can slip across to breastfeed,” she stated.National Breastfeeding Week is being observed from September 15 to 22 under the theme, “Breastfeeding: The 1st Hour – Save One Million Babies”.During the week the focus will be on training health workers as well as educating the public about the benefits of breastfeeding. RelatedHealth Ministry Concerned Over Low Breastfeeding Ratelast_img read more

Increasing Production of Goat Meat Continues to be a Priority – J.C. Hutchinson

first_imgRelatedIncreasing Production of Goat Meat Continues to be a Priority – J.C. Hutchinson RelatedIncreasing Production of Goat Meat Continues to be a Priority – J.C. Hutchinson RelatedIncreasing Production of Goat Meat Continues to be a Priority – J.C. Hutchinson FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Increasing the production of goat meat and mutton continues to be a high priority for the Government, said Minister of State for Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson.“The fact is, in the case of mutton, we are satisfying only a minute percentage of consumption,” he noted.Mr. Hutchinson, who was making his contribution to the 2009/10 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday (July 15), said that the Ministry, through the Agricultural Support Services Project (ASSP), has “made a significant contribution to the development of a local sheep industry, involving the importation of highly productive doper sheep.”He said that the sheep industry has been “quietly” making some headway in the local hotel sector, which is a major consumer of lamb. This year, the value of high-end cuts sold to major hotels increased from $1.6 million in 2008 to $6 million in 2009.Meanwhile, the Ministry has finalised a Memorandum of Understanding with the Heart Trust/NTA to establish a national training programme in small ruminant production at the facility at Hounslow, St. Elizabeth.More than 245 farmers have been trained in sheep and goat husbandry management at Hounslow; the Bodles Research facility in St. Catherine, and Knockpatrick in Manchester.“This year, we intend to assist the Jamaica 4H Clubs with their goat breeding programme by expanding their revolving breeding stock scheme for goats and rabbits to benefit an additional 400 clubbites at a cost of $40 million,” Mr. Hutchinson informed.Additionally, working with the Goat Breeders’ Association, the Ministry will be establishing at least four demonstration sites, to show best practices in the industry, at a cost of $66 million.center_img Advertisements Increasing Production of Goat Meat Continues to be a Priority – J.C. Hutchinson AgricultureJuly 16, 2009last_img read more

Councils get funding to lead climate resilience efforts

first_imgCouncils get funding to lead climate resilience efforts Eight NSW council projects designed to build a more climate resilient future have been given funding support this week to help make their plans a reality.More than 30 councils will benefit from the latest round of Local Government NSW’s (LGNSW) Increasing Resilience to Climate Change (IRCC) program.LGNSW President Linda Scott said the latest projects demonstrated the leadership role of councils in making their communities more climate change resilient into the future.“Councils know that changing climate conditions can damage community assets, cause serious disruptions to the delivery of council services and affect community wellbeing, particularly those vulnerable to weather extremes,” Cr Scott said.“The IRCC grants, delivered in partnership between the State Government and LGNSW, are designed to help councils address the challenges associated with our changing climate.“Each grant provides funding of up to $120,000 for individual councils or regional groups of councils.“Councils are best placed to help local communities adapt to the challenges of climate change as well as minimise impacts. I have no doubt councils that have been successful in this latest round of funding will put the money to good use.”Among the eight projects funded was Nambucca Valley Council’s Filling the tanks – Improving Rural Resilience to Bushfire threats in the Nambucca Valley project, which will fund a strategically located water filling station using a web-based system.The initiative will provide residents and emergency services access to life saving supplies of water if rain tank supplies are depleted or power failure affects the ability to pump water.Hunter Joint Organisation’s Act now on Adaptation: Coastal Wise Communities will deliver coastal adaptation communication and engagement resources for the Hunter and Central Coast regions that embed climate change resilience into the planning and reporting frameworks of councils.Cr Scott said successful applicants in this round would receive a total of more than $611,000 to support their projects.“Altogether, we had almost 30 project applicants in the latest round of funding, which demonstrates the amount of work councils are doing to deal with climate issues,” she said.“I am grateful the NSW Government recognises the vital role local government plays in climate resilience by providing around a total of $2.8 million to help councils lead their communities to a more sustainable future through the IRCC program.” /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:bushfire, climate, climate change, communication, community, Emergency, Government, LGNSW, local council, Local Government, Local Government NSW, NSW, President, project, resilience, resources, sustainablelast_img read more

Arctic Sea Ice Continues Decline As Arctic Temperatures Rise

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Note to Editors: Images and further information available 9/28/05 at: and New satellite records monitored by a national team of collaborators show a four-year pattern of extremely low summer sea-ice coverage in the Arctic that continued in September 2005, which may be the result of warming temperatures and earlier spring melting. Since 2002, the satellite data have revealed unusually early springtime melting in areas north of Siberia and Alaska. In 2005, the trend expanded to include the entire Arctic ice pack, said Ted Scambos of CU-Boulder’s National Snow and Ice Data Center, which led the study that also involved NASA and the University of Washington. The research group used the satellite record — dating back to 1978 — to determine that the 2005 spring and summer melting began about 17 days earlier than usual, a new record. Average air temperatures across most of the Arctic Ocean from January to August 2005 were between 3.6 degrees F and 5.4 degrees F warmer than average compared to the last 50 years, said the team. The conditions were followed by the lowest sea-ice extent yet seen in the satellite data, a five-day mean average of 2.06 million square miles on Sept. 19. The team reported the extent was lower than the mean average September sea-ice extent from 1978 to 2001 by about 20 percent, or 500,000 square miles, an area about twice the size of Texas. “Since the 1990s, The melting and retreat trends are accelerating,” said Scambos. “And the one common thread is that Arctic temperatures over the ice, ocean and surrounding land have increased in recent decades.” The study was spearheaded by CU-Boulder’s NSIDC and involved NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and the University of Washington in Seattle. NSIDC is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, or CIRES, a joint program of CU-Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The winter of 2004-2005 exhibited the smallest recovery of Arctic sea ice of any previous winter in the 23-year satellite record, the group reported. With the exception of May 2005, every month since November 2004 has exhibited the lowest monthly average of sea-ice extent since satellite record-keeping began in the region. Although sea-ice records prior to 1978 are comparatively sparse, they imply the recent decline exceeds previous sea-ice lows, said Julienne Stroeve of CU-Boulder’s NSIDC. “Considering the record-low amounts of sea-ice this year leading up to the month of September, 2005 could surpass 2002 as the lowest amount of sea-ice cover in more than a century,” she said. Arctic sea ice typically reaches a minimum in September at the end of the summer melt season. The trend of Arctic sea ice decline documented by satellites is now about 8.4 percent per decade since the 1970s, the group reported. Scientists believe the Arctic Oscillation, a major atmospheric circulation pattern that can push sea ice out of the Arctic, may have contributed to the sea-ice reduction in the mid-1990s by making it more vulnerable to summertime melt, said CU-Boulder’s Mark Serreze of NSIDC. While the pattern has become less of an influence on the region since the late 1990s, the sea ice has continued to decline. “Something has fundamentally changed here, and the best answer is warming,” Serreze said. The decline is likely to affect future temperatures in the Arctic, since ice acts as a cooling mechanism to reflect most of the sun’s radiation back into space, Scambos said. As sea ice melts, larger areas of darker ocean decrease the amount of solar energy reflected away from Earth. “Feedbacks in the system are starting to take hold,” Scambos said. “The consecutive record-low extents make it pretty certain a long-term decline is underway.” Arctic sea ice consists of both annual ice and multi-year ice. The multi-year ice has been declining at almost 10 percent per decade, said Florence Fetterer of CU-Boulder’s NSIDC. While a recovery of multi-year ice would require sustained cooling in the Arctic, especially during the summer months, climate models predict continued Arctic warming, she said. The researchers used satellite data from NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as data from Canadian satellites and weather observatories. Published: Sept. 27, 2005 last_img read more

New CEO and Senior Director Appointed at UHWI

first_imgNew CEO and Senior Director Appointed at UHWI Health & WellnessNovember 3, 2015Written by: JIS Editorial FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Chairman of the Board of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Mr. Sterling Soares has announced that Mr. Kevin Allen, Senior Director of Finance at the Hospital, has been appointed to act as Chief Executive Officer, following the resignation of Dr. Cecil White.Dr. White’s resignation was to have taken effect at the end of January 2016. However Mr. Soares said the Board felt it was in the hospital’s best interest to appoint someone to act immediately.In addition, the Board has decided to appoint Dr. Carl Bruce, Consultant Neurosurgeon, to act as Senior Director, Clinical Services, in the wake of the resignation of Professor Trevor McCartney.In giving an update on the situation at the UHWI today, Mr. Soares said considerable progress had been made in implementing the recommendations of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) team aimed at helping to ensure no further outbreaks of bacteria occurs at the Hospital. He said that there had been no further reported cases of bacterial infection at the Hospital.In the meantime, the UHWI Chairman has described as quite alarming, photographs carried in both major newspapers yesterday which showed a flatbed truck with what was said to be baby incubators and other related equipment enroute to the UHWI.He said the hospital’s guidelines, with respect to acquiring healthcare equipment, are quite clear. He said they are ordered from overseas and are delivered from the wharf in either crates or boxes, assembled within the Hospital by engineers, who demonstrate proper care to the hospital’s technicians including how to clean and sanitize the units.Mr. Soares said he had requested a report as to when the last set of such equipment was delivered to the hospital. He was advised that a delivery was made on September 18, 2015 as a donation from the University of the West Indies, through PROMAC. The donation consisted of infant warmers and carriers, phototherapy lamps, along with a recovery bed and stretcher and that these items were delivered by Medical Link. After being removed from their boxes, the equipment was assembled in the Annex on Ward 11, sanitized and commissioned and sent to the respective areas of use.Mr. Soares said that in light of the records of the hospital, he did not know what to make of the photographs supplied to both newspapers. Story HighlightsChairman of the Board of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Mr. Sterling Soares has announced that Mr. Kevin Allen, Senior Director of Finance at the Hospital, has been appointed to act as Chief Executive Officer, following the resignation of Dr. Cecil White.Dr. White’s resignation was to have taken effect at the end of January 2016.Mr. Soares said the Board felt it was in the hospital’s best interest to appoint someone to act immediately. RelatedMajor Decline In STDs Among Sex Workerscenter_img RelatedHealth Ministry to Improve Reporting Functions of Regional Health Authorities RelatedPresident of JAPHI Lauds Public Health Inspectors Advertisementslast_img read more