Europe agrees to toughen up on cigarette warningsOn 1 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Politicians in Brussels have reached agreement on the labelling ofcigarettes across the European Union, in a move that has been welcomed by theBritish Government. The agreement will mean larger health warnings, a ban on misleading labelsand lower tar levels for all cigarettes produced in the EU, the Department ofHealth said. A draft text on tobacco labelling was agreed by EU ministers in February,strengthening health warnings on tobacco products to include references aboutthe dangers of passive smoking, ageing of the skin and impotence. Misleadinglabelling suggesting some cigarettes might be safer than others will also bebanned. Maximum tar yields will be cut from 12mg to 10mg per cigarette and thehighest yields are introduced for nicotine and carbon monoxide of 1mg and 10mgper cigarette, respectively. Health Secretary Alan Milburn said the directive was good news for Britain,where the Government has been implementing a public health drive to cut thenumber of deaths from smoking, which currently stands at120,000 deaths a yearfrom smoking. The Government believes the measures in the EU directive should be appliedon a worldwide basis. Under the directive, tobacco manufacturers will have to submit a list of allingredients contained in tobacco products to their governments, who will makethe information available to consumers. Previous Article Next Article
Previous Article Next Article Illusionistand TV showman Derren Brown provided the lunchtime entertainment at the recentHR Futures event in London, but even his psychic powers were no match for thelatest IT gadgets on show.Thebuzz at the post-event drinks reception not only centred on Brown’s wizardryand the themes of the day, but also the innovative technology used bydelegates.Atthe start of the day, everyone was given a Spotme handheld device, whichenabled them to send messages to other attendees, exchange e-business cards andvote interactively on chosen topics.Thechallenges facing HR professionals managing a global workforce were key talkingpoints. Delegates identified risk management, compensation and reward,organisational learning, merger and acquisition policy and remote teammanagement as issues for the future.Oneof the keynote addresses came from Heather Rabbatts, chief executive of changeconsultancy impower, and former head of Lambeth Council.Shetold delegates that after accepting “the worst job in localgovernment”, she realised the crucial role that strategic HR can play intransforming an organisation.”GoodHR – enabling you to communicate with your people – is fundamental in a changestrategy. Its most important contribution is not to concentrate on theprocesses but work to find ways to make fair and proper decisions,” shesaid. Playing russian roulette with reputationOn 6 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.
State Could Run Up More Legal Fees After Losing Abortion CaseJuly 8, 2019 By Victoria RatliffTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—Attorney General Curtis Hill said he expects to appeal the state’s latest loss after a federal court judge ruled that Indiana’s newest abortion law is unconstitutional.Hill said Tuesday in a written statement that his office is reviewing the ruling issued late Friday by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker that blocked the abortion law passed in the 2019 legislative session.The ruling is one in a string of losses in federal court for the attorney general’s office and it could lead to the state paying out more money in legal fees to the ACLU of Indiana, which represented the plaintiffs. The state’s Legislative Services Agency has noted in the past that the state has paid out about $290,000 in legal fees to plaintiffs and their lawyers.In April 2019, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed House Enrolled Act 1211 into law that would ban a certain type of second trimester abortion called D&E—dilation and evacuation. D&E is the most common second trimester abortion method.Ken Falk of the ACLU of Indiana. Photo By Brynna Sentel, TheStatehouseFile.comThe law, which would have made performing that type of abortion a Level 5 felony, was supposed to take effect July 1. The ACLU along with Dr. Caitlin Bernard, one of two doctors in Indiana who offer the D&E procedures, filed a lawsuit in late April. The other physician who does the procedure is Dr. Hua Meng.Barker, who was originally appointed to the federal bench by President Ronald Reagan, found that the ban on D&E abortions “imposes an ‘undue burden’ on a woman’s right to decide to have an abortion,” and limits a doctor’s ability to fully judge what the patient needs.Bernard said in a written statement released by the ACLU that the law made it impossible for her to fully do her job, and that doctors must be able to use their best judgment without government interference.“I am relieved that I can continue providing the best care for patients without risking prosecution,” she said.ACLU of Indiana’s legal director and attorney for the case, Ken Falk, also said in the press release that he wasn’t surprise that the legislation was blocked.“HEA 1211 would undoubtedly interfere with a woman’s access to abortion. This law is clearly unconstitutional,” he said.Rep. Peggy Mayfield, R-Martinsville and author of the law, issued a statement saying she is disappointed in the ruling and will support Hill if he decides to appeal. She noted that a section of the law requiring additional reporting when there are complications from an abortion has gone into effect.The state, in defending the law, argued that allowing the D&E procedure devalues human life. But Barker rejected that claim.“Absent from Defendants’ submissions is any evidence that the provision of D&E in Indiana by physicians like Dr. Bernard and Dr. Meng has in any way coarsened or cheapened the attitudes of Hoosiers towards human life,” she said in the opinion.Most of all, Barker found that the new law would severely limit women’s access to safe abortions during the second trimester.She said alternatives to the D&E procedure “subject women to increased risk of physical, psychological, and economic harm for no medical benefit,” and that “they variously increase the cost of the procedure, the duration and pain of the procedure, the medical risks of the procedure, or all three.”Barker, in striking down the law, said it requires alternatives that are medically riskier, more costly, less reliable, and in some instances simply unavailable, “while accomplishing little more than expressing hostility towards the constitutionally fundamental right of women to control their own reproductive lives as established in Roe.”The state’s appeal would be filed with the 7thU.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.FOOTNOTE: Victoria Ratliff is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
× JERSEY CITY – The Susan G. Komen North Jersey 11th Annual Race for the Cure at Liberty State Park is coming up on May 6, and everyone is gearing up to rally and raise awareness (and funds) in support of Komen’s bold initiative targeted at reducing the number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50 percent by the year 2026 by improving access to quality and timely cancer care and enhancing Komen’s national research focus on the most lethal types of breast cancers.Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop will take on the role of this year’s Honorary Race Chair. He has moved quickly to engage his city and help generate support for the Race and the fight against breast cancer. On Friday, April 13 at 10 a.m. the mayor will make an official appearance for a special press conference in the Harborside Atrium at the new NY Waterway Harborside Terminal, 210 Hudson Street. The event is being hosted by Mack-Cali and NY Waterway, the Race’s Official Transportation Sponsor.“I am honored to stand with the local North Jersey Affiliate of Susan G. Komen as the Honorary Chair of the 2018 Race for the Cure here in Jersey City,” says Mayor Fulop. “This is an organization that has offered support and guidance to countless individuals and families during the past two decades, and has proven its dedication to fighting breast cancer across the nation. I look forward to an incredible day at the Race for the Cure in our very own Liberty State Park as we celebrate all that this organization has accomplished.”“Moving our Race to Liberty State Park last year was a huge success; people loved it,” says Kelly E. Nagle, executive director of Komen North Jersey. “Everyone running, walking and celebrating with the shared purpose of finding the cures for breast cancer was incredibly powerful. And with the singular backdrop of New York City and the Statue of Liberty, the day is picture perfect. We are grateful to Mayor Steven Fulop and Jersey City for their support of Komen North Jersey and our mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever. I’m looking forward to what is sure to be the best Race yet.”Newport Centre-a Simon Mall will hosting an after party in the mall’s center court from 12 -2 p.m. Attendees will enjoy refreshments, interactive activities, instagrammable selfie stations, and receive special discounts from participating retailers. RPM Raceway will host a Racing for the Cure event at 12 noon.To register for the 11th Annual Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure, or make a donation to help get Komen North Jersey closer to achieving its BOLD GOAL, visit www.KomenNorthJersey.org/Race, call (908) 277-2904, or email [email protected]
Today, Colorado’s Yonder Mountain String Band announced its plans to ring in 2018. The jamgrass sweethearts will have a special Colorado mountain-town run planned for their 2018 New Year’s Eve celebration, with the group hitting Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, Colorado, on December 29th and Club Red in Telluride, Colorado, on December 31st. Pre-sale tickets become available on Wednesday, October 11st, at 10 am (MST), with tickets opening to the public on Friday, October 13th, at 10 am (MST). You can access pre-sale tickets here, and general on-sale tickets here. The band also noted that VIP packages “with amazing amenities” are available for these shows.Read Yonder Mountain String Band’s full statement on their New Year’s Eve run via the band’s Facebook page below:Telluride, Colorado is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Every June we revel in multiple sets as part of Telluride Bluegrass Festival and T-Ride definitely feels like a second home. But it’s been since January 2005 that we last caught a Telluride winter and lately we’ve been wondering how it’d feel. So without further ado, we are happy to announce our New Year’s Run where we will be migrating across the Colorado Rockies; from Breckenridge to Telluride.We start the party with bluegrass in Breckenridge, Colorado on Friday, December 29th. Ski all day from Peak 6 to Peak 10 and spend your evening dancing with us at the Riverwalk Center. Continuing west on Saturday, we caravan over to that pandora of a box canyon in the San Juan Mountains, TELLURIDE! Take a day to play and experience all that Telluride, Colorado has to offer with world class skiing, amazing food, luxurious shopping, fine art galleries, historical tours, and mountain exploring. Then on Sunday, December 31st, we take the stage at Club Red to ring in the new with the level of energy that can only be found in Telluride.
Pink Talking Fish will return to The Capitol Theatre on February 23rd, 2019 for a very special JUNTA CIRCUS performance. Marking their third headlining performance at the historic venue, Pink Talking Fish will take on Phish’s 1989 Junta album while intertwining Pink Floyd and Talking Heads songs throughout the setlist. Just like in previous events at The Cap, this PTF show will be a “one set marathon performance”.Earlier this year, Pink Talking Fish presented their rendition of Pink Floyd’s The Wall, complete with a giant video wall onstage. In 2017, the band performed Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense with a variety of special guests. Both shows were one continuous set of music, lasting over three hours each.To add to the special occasion, The Capitol Theatre will be fully transformed into a circus(!). The band is teaming up with New York’s “Big Apple Circus” to provide live circus attractions both on and off stage. In addition, Greg Ormont from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will serve as “The Ringmaster”.As the press release states, “This will be a spectacle that celebrates the collaboration of live music with live performance art and delves deep into a very special presentation of some of the most beloved classic Phish compositions.There will be an online pre-sale for Pink Talking Fish’s Junta Circus on Thursday, November 8th, from 10 am to 10 pm. General on-sale begins on Friday, November 9th at 12 pm. Click here for tickets.
Image via WBFO / Twitter.BUFFALO — Buffalo will replace its police Emergency Response Team with a new “Public Protection Unit” following the suspension and arrest of two ERT members seen on video shoving a 75-year-old protester who fell and cracked his head, Mayor Byron Brown said Wednesday.The city also will halt arrests for low-level, non-violent offenses like marijuana possession and make it easier for the public to view police body camera video under measures Brown introduced as “a critical first step” in making Buffalo more inclusive and equitable amid nationwide calls for police accountability.“We will shift policing in Buffalo away from enforcement and to a restorative model that promotes stronger community bonds, civic engagement and an end to young black men, black people, being caught in a cycle of crime and incarceration by consciously limiting their negative engagement with police,” Brown said at a news conference.The changes follow days of negotiations with community leaders and activists, said Brown, whose police force has faced increased scrutiny since a widely viewed video showed officers in riot gear shoving a white-haired protester near the conclusion of a demonstration over the death of George Floyd in Minnesota last week. “It’s amazing to see that we have everybody at the table,” said New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis, who along with Buffalo Bills cornerback Josh Norman joined Brown at the news conference. The two are part of a group of NFL players working with the league on social justice issues.“There is a unique opportunity for unity. What is happening here is not happening around the country,” Davis said.The injured protester, Martin Gugino, remained hospitalized Wednesday.The officers in the video, now charged with felonies, were part of a crowd control unit that was effectively disbanded with the resignation of its nearly 60 other members in solidarity. The Public Protection Unit that replaces it will work with any group that wants to peacefully protest, Brown said.The former ERT members did not resign from the police department altogether. The incident has inflamed tensions between the city and police union, which Brown said has been “a barrier to reform” by, for example, pushing for costly overtime for police training.An email seeking comment was sent to the Police Benevolent Association.Under an executive order, police will issue appearance tickets for non-violent crimes that do not involve property damage, weapons or large drug sales, the mayor said.The department also will strengthen de-escalation and implicit bias training and convene a commission to examine police procedures. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
A Summit on the Future of Vermont is scheduled for May 11 (yesterday) at the University of Vermont. The summit is the final step in a nearly two year long effort by the Vermont Council on Rural Development to take the temperature of today s Vermont and plan for tomorrow s Vermont. VCRD created the Council on the Future of Vermont to accomplish this task. I was one of the members and truly enjoyed the opportunity to listen to Vermonters talk about Vermont. The Council heard from some 4,000 Vermonters in one form or another.The experience reminded me of a comment by Supreme Court Justice Wendell Phillips Stafford when he spoke before the Commission on Country Life in 1931: It is always a perilous thing to let a Vermonter get started on the subject of Vermont.If we learned one thing in our 18-month journey it was that Vermonters love Vermont and have some very strong feelings about their state.Our Council was not the first such group to undertake an assessment of the state and try to map a route to a brighter future.Such efforts have come in all shapes and sizes; some focused very narrowly. Most have been reactive, responding to an issue of the moment. Some are well known, such as the Gibb Commission, created by Governor Deane Davis in 1969 and chaired by Arthur Gibb, officially called the Governor s Commission on Environmental Control, which gave us Act 250.Some are long forgotten – like the Commission to Investigate State Institutions, established in 1904, or the Commission to Investigate the Taxation of Public Utilities in 1931 or the Little Hoover Commission, created by the Legislature in 1957 to try to bring sense to state government. That commission was headed by Deane Davis, who delivered the report to a joint session of the General Assembly in 1959.There are a number of other commissions and groups that were created to look at the issues of the moment but there are three studies over the years that were more on the scale of what the Council on the Future of Vermont has done and were designed to look at a distant horizon and help chart the way there.The most comprehensive and famous and in some ways infamous was the Vermont Commission on Country Life, which was organized in 1928 and was chaired by former Governor John Weeks. More than 300 Vermonters served on 16 committees that provided comprehensive assessments of a wide range of topics.Controversy tainted the work of the commission because of the involvement of University of Vermont Professor Henry Perkins, a supporter of Eugenics, who believed that Vermont would be best served through selective breeding. As the report on the committee on the human factor asked, What of the seedlings? How can Vermont stock best be conserved and made to continue to provide its share of leaders for the nation and builders for the state?But to focus on Perkins part does an injustice to the significance of the commission and its report. The recommendations in many areas set the agenda for Vermont as it recovered from the 1927 flood. One line from the report seems almost timeless: The deepest yearnings of the Vermonter are for things which money cannot buy.The second major study came in the Hoff administration. The report was called Vision and Choice: Vermont s Future, and it was produced in 1968 by the 11-member Vermont Planning Council, which was chaired by Governor Hoff.The focus was growth and the theme was summed up in the preface: The people of Vermont acting together can and must shape the future. Despite the tremendous forces of change, it is within the power of Vermonters to choose the courses they wish their state to follow. The idea that undesirable consequences of change and growth are inevitable and inexorable must be rejected.The statement of goals adopted by the Council could easily be adopted today: Every Vermonter must have the opportunity for the full realization of his aspirations and abilities. Access to a superior education is the first essential. A broad range of productive employment opportunities is the second. He must have the further promise of spiritual and cultural fulfillment in an atmosphere of social and political freedom and an environment of natural and creative inspiration, an environment which contributes positively to healthful individual and family living. Throughout his life he must be assured of a guarantee against poverty and deprivation.The third and final major study was one many would still remember today The Governor s Commission on Vermont s Future, which Governor Madeleine Kunin created in September 1987 and charged with soliciting the opinions of Vermonters on the goals and principles to guide decisions on growth and development.The 12-member commission, known as the Costle Commission, worked under a very tight deadline: They held 11 public hearings and submitted their report to the governor in four months.The chairman, Doug Costle, wrote in his report, The people of Vermont care deeply about the future of their state; and, while they are very proud of what it is today, they are also very troubled about what it may become.Much binds together all of these reports because at the heart of each study, each commission, is a state we all love.I would invite you to read the final report of the Council on the Future of Vermont. It can be found online at www.futureofvermont.org(link is external).Chris Graff, a former Vermont bureau chief of The Associated Press and host of VPT’s Vermont This Week, is now vice president for communications at National Life Group. He is author of, Dateline Vermont: Covering and uncovering the newsworthy stories that shaped a state – and influenced a nation. He writes The Graff Report monthly for Vermont Business Magazine.
By Dialogo August 27, 2009 Panama City, 24 August (EFE).- One hundred years after the first cement blocks were put in place for the Panama Canal, in 1909, the interoceanic canal, which has been traversed by 983,000 vessels over the course of a century, is getting ready for new locks that can be used by the new ships of the twenty-first century. Although no ceremony has been planned, tomorrow will be the first of the 1,883 days (about five years and two months) that the international consortium Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) will have to build the locks for the new channel, which will enable the passage of larger vessels than those that existed at the beginning of the last century. GUPC, headed by the Spanish firm Sacyr-Vallehermoso and also including the Italian firm Impregilo, the Belgian firm Jan de Nul, and the Panamanian firm Constructora Urbana, has not yet set a date to break ground on the project, which it has agreed to carry out for 3.118 billion dollars. The opening of the construction period coincides with the hundredth anniversary of the date the first cement for the current locks was poured, on 24 August 1909, less than six years after Panamanian independence, for which the Canal project was decisive. A canal was first proposed in 1532, only nineteen years after the discovery of the Pacific Ocean by Vasco Núñez de Balboa’s expedition, when Charles V ordered topographical studies for the construction of a canal that would cross the Isthmus of Panama and streamline the shipment of treasure from Peru to Spain. Due to the complexity and financial cost of the project, however, it remained for many years only a recurring proposal, until it was again seriously pursued toward the end of the nineteenth century. It was the Frenchman Ferdinand de Lesseps, who had already built the Suez Canal in Egypt between 1859 and 1869, who set out to do the same in the Isthmus of Panama in 1880. However, his insistence on a sea-level canal, like the Suez Canal, as well as tropical diseases and administrative inefficiency, caused the enterprise to end in one of the largest financial scandals of the late nineteenth century. The United States, one of the countries that would benefit most from a canal, bought the rights from Lesseps, and when confronted with the difficulty of obtaining from Colombia the concession to build the canal through the Colombian province of Panama, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt supported the Panamanian independence movement. Panama declared its independence from Colombia on 3 November 1903 and found itself forced to sign a draconian treaty with the United States, granting Washington the canal concession in perpetuity and sovereignty over an eight-kilometer-wide strip on either side and thereby setting the stage for a lengthy struggle to recover the ceded rights. After numerous diplomatic efforts without results, on 7 September 1977, the Panamanian head of government, Gen. Omar Torrijos, and the U.S. president, Jimmy Carter, signed a treaty for the gradual handover of the canal to the Panamanians, along with guarantees of free transit and permanent neutrality. Thus, on 31 December 1999 Panama took full control of this strategic infrastructure, the construction of which the United States had restarted in 1904 and, with the efforts of around 75,000 workers from around the world and the investment of 400 million dollars at the time, had completed in ten years. Now, less than a decade after the handover, Panama has been faced since 2007 with a project with a total cost of around 5.25 billion dollars in order to refit the canal for the passage of larger vessels known as “Post-Panamax.” These ships, with almost three times the cargo capacity of so-called “Panamax” ships, are calculated to already account for around a third of the volume carried on container ships, the Canal’s principal business. The new channel, with a three-stage lock at each end of the Canal and a system of lateral reservoirs to conserve water, will raise the vessels twenty-six meters – equivalent to an eight-story building – to allow them to cross Gatún Lake, in the center of the isthmus, before descending to the ocean on the other side. The Panama Canal Authority has established financial incentives and penalties to speed up construction, with the aim of having the expansion completed for the centennial of the opening of the Canal on 15 August 2014.
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