Kenya Airways Limited (KA.ug) 2011 Annual Report

first_imgKenya Airways Limited (KA.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2011 annual report.For more information about Kenya Airways Limited (KA.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Airways Limited (KA.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Airways Limited (KA.ug)  2011 annual report.Company ProfileKenya Airways Limited is the flag carrier airline of Kenya. It was wholly-owned by the government of Kenya until 1995 when the airline was privatised. Kenya Airways is now a public-private partnership with the largest shareholder being the government of Kenya (48.9%) and the balance owned by KQ Lenders Company 2017 Ltd (38.1%), KLM (7.8%) and private owners (5.2%). Kenya Airways offers domestic and international flights, ground handling services and handles import and export of cargo. Subsidiary companies of Kenya Airways include JamboJet Limited which provides local passenger air transport services, and African Cargo Handling Limited which provides cargo handling services. Kenya Airways Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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Facing ‘the Canadian blindness to racism’: A statement from the…

first_img Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Featured Events The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Collierville, TN Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Press Release Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA George Floyd Statements, Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Shreveport, LA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Tags New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Br. Reginald Martin Crenshaw, OHCPosted Jun 19, 2020 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Tampa, FL Rector Washington, DC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Belleville, IL Rector Hopkinsville, KY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Facing ‘the Canadian blindness to racism’: A statement from the Black Anglicans of Canada Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Albany, NY Racial Justice & Reconciliation Black Anglicans of Canada deplores the brutal murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police.For me, as an African American, the brutal murder of George Floyd is the last straw. People of African descent, for our entire 400-year history in America, have been put in the position of constantly having to defend our humanity, forced into a subculture of “over-achievement” so that we can be acknowledged as human beings and entitled to be equal citizens in our own country that we have helped build, died for and continue to defend. We are tired. We are angry. We are sick and tired of being sick and tired.CrenshawWhat is clear, especially during this current coronavirus pandemic, is that our society’s institutions have failed us—especially in the areas of health care, education, government services—and we are generally ignored by mainline churches. We continue to be treated as discarded people, and we have finally said, “Enough!” Many of us, up to this point, have found ways to be not angry at our condition and place in society. Many of us “successful-good” Blacks, the ones who succeeded despite structural handicaps and blocks, have had our white neighbours, work associates and friends constantly turn to us to moan and express guilt about the wrongs committed to Black folks. But rarely in these laments is there any asking of “What can we as white people do to change this reality?”, or, “How do we together, as white people and people of colour, change structures and policies that re-enforce oppression?” No, we only hear more laments and induced guilt, both of which emotionally drain and exhaust their Black friends.As an African American living and ministering in Canada, I notice that the reality here is at a slightly lower temperature than the experience that I’ve described above. But what I’ve observed is that Canadians need to get past the illusion that racism is only an American problem that has no real parallel in the Canadian context. Canada is almost seen as the “Switzerland” of the Americas, but she too had the “dirty hands” of slavery, with over 4,000 slaves throughout Canada’s history. I have observed and have been fascinated by the fact that when Canadians acknowledge racism at all, it is only to acknowledge the history of the dehumanization and destruction of Indigenous people. All other racialized groups are excluded from the narrative of racism in Canada. This narrative allows Canadians to ignore and dismiss the intricate web of racism that has systemically and institutionally shaped the development of the Canadian version of multiculturalism.This dismissal, in turn, results in the marginalization and dismissal of people of colour in Canadian society. The depth of Canadian cultural racism that results from this narrow and inadequate narrative is yet to be examined by the larger society. What is clear is that Canadians in general have little, if any, understanding of the evolution of racism in general or of its life-form in Canada in particular. Hence, we encounter the Canadian blindness to racism and its systemic ability to mutate, evolve and re-create new manifestations of itself which sustain the status quo; this results in all of us unconsciously complicit in the continuance of our present social order. This must be corrected. Watching the video of George Floyd’s final moments was heart- and soul-wrenching and shattered any illusion of substantive racial progress, along with the liberal discourse that accompanies it. The realization hit again that we were still seen and treated, at least by law enforcement, as chattel, unworthy, nothing. In other words, we were still just “nig…”.But the continuing protests and conversations being held worldwide over the murder of George Floyd—and its implications for all of us, at the hands of one of society’s institutional representatives (that is, law enforcement)—have opened the eyes of many in Canada and throughout the world to a renewed sense that unjust structures of racism exist in many parts of the world and must be dismantled through well thought-out analysis and concrete action. Dialogue must contain more than sentimental conversation and guilt-laden laments, but must be a deep look at the dynamics that suck us all into this oppressive mess with both people of colour and white people living into their assigned roles by society: roles that create white privilege and power on one side, and roles that create and sustain internalized racial oppression on the other. There will be no real progress until we begin to tackle these role expectations, forced on us by systemic and institutional racism. These role definitions and expectations are that which suck us all into a sick collaboration with each other to maintain the status quo.The prime minister’s recent address to the nation in the wake of worldwide demonstrations and his acknowledgement that racism exists in Canada—along with his support of the United Nations declaration of the years 2015-2024 to be an “International Decade for People of African Descent”—are all important. He commits the Canadian government, beginning at the federal level, to naming the reality of race as the starting point for understanding our social dislocation, starting with the naming and addressing in particular of anti-Black racism. This means, hopefully, the developing of concrete policy and structural measures to address large-scale inequities in Canadian society. This is encouraging. But all of us, government and citizens alike, must take responsibility and work together in order to become “free at last.”We as Anglican Christians have much work to do. Our church, at our General Synod in 2007, affirmed through The Charter for Racial Justice our role and responsibility as Anglican Christians in this struggle for justice. The charter documents and outlines the problem upfront by declaring that racism is a sin and offers both a systemic analysis and, more importantly for people of faith, a theological and practical place to begin this work of redemption and reconciliation. It identifies clearly and precisely what we believe as Christians and, based on that understanding, what we commit ourselves to. It is a commitment “to eliminate racism and all forms of discrimination by identifying and removing barriers based on race, and transforming the structures of power and privilege.” It is a powerful declaration and should be/is the starting point for Christian peoples in the country to begin and remain with this work until it is done. We must dismantle our systems of cultural and institutional racism, especially those that function in our liturgy, our theology, and our theological preparations of clergy and lay leadership. We must also redefine our understanding of mission as church if we are to be faithful to the mission of Christ in the world. Our mission must be an active engagement with eliminating this basic sin against humanity.A final point: Our commitment is to dismantle all vestiges of racism and other inequities in our church and the larger society. However, to do that we must be specific in our naming what we want to dismantle, which is a new way of saying what we envision as our preferred future for our life as a society. We must recognize the importance of naming and confronting anti-Black racism in the process. Why? Because unless we name the specificity of the racism, that is, anti-Black racism, we remain unclear about goals and objectives. Racism in the diaspora begins with the experience of slavery. Apartheid and the colonial forms of oppression have their root in the trans-Atlantic slave trade and its forced removal of Black men and women from their homes and cultures into the culture of slavery, Jim Crow, racial segregation and oppression—all of which recalibrated the definition of who is human and who is not human. This redefining experience is rooted in that specificity, that people—that is, Black people. It is the DNA experience of the cultures of North America, South America and the Caribbean. The moment and mantra of the Black Lives Matter movement worldwide is the summary statement of this experience and motivator for the liberation struggle.We as Black Anglicans of Canada are committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ and understand that the gospel of love is meant for everyone. We are in dialogue at the national level with our primate and in the Toronto diocese with our bishop. This is a movement forward, and we are encouraged. We are encouraged by their commitment that “No one can be told to stay away. No one can be told that they are not welcomed. All are welcomed and belong and are to be represented as full members of the Community of Faith.”That is the mandate of the gospel. We are called as Black Anglicans to participate in this process of radical engagement with injustice in all forms by creating opportunities and space for courage building, healing, fellowship and empowerment. This calling is a reminder and challenge to ourselves and to the whole church. We are no longer destined to just obey, suffer and witness—but to disrupt, heal and lead.Br. Reginald Martin Crenshaw, OHCfor the leadership and membership ofthe Black Anglicans of Canada Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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District proclaims April as Springs Protection Awareness Month

first_img UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 From the St. John’s River Water Management DistrictFor the fourth consecutive year, the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board has approved a proclamation designating April as Springs Protection Awareness Month. The annual designation helps increase awareness about the importance of Florida’s springs and encourages residents and stakeholders to participate in the protection of springs.“Springs are an important natural feature of Florida’s environment and to the regional economy, as well as to our citizens and visitors to the state,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “Over the past three years, the district has co-funded nearly 80 projects protecting spring flow and water quality in the Silver, Volusia Blue, Wekiwa and Rock springs systems. By approving this proclamation annually, the Governing Board reinforces its continued commitment to projects to ensure that our springs have adequate flow and good water quality.”Sen. Rob Bradley and Rep. Elizabeth Porter recently filed resolutions in the Florida Legislature (SR 1230 and HR 8005) declaring April 2017 as Springs Protection Awareness Month. Water management districts across the state are joining the Legislature in recognizing the importance of increasing public awareness about the value of springs.The district has worked with other agencies for many years through various programs to increase knowledge and understanding about the region’s springs, while also working to protect springs systems. Since 2014 alone, through district cost-share programs, the district has contributed more than $35 million toward vital springs protection projects, resulting in more than 62 million gallons of alternative water supplied and 4 million gallons of water a day (mgd) conserved. These projects also have reduced total nitrogen loading in the vicinity of priority spring systems by 990,000 pounds and total phosphorus by 19,400 pounds.For more information about the district’s work to protect springs, go here. TAGSSprings Protection Awareness MonthSt. John’s Water Management District Previous articleIs a Charter School network coming to Florida?Next articleApopka Weekly Arrest Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 1 COMMENT LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! The top photo is so beautiful…..wish I was there right now.center_img Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Mama Mia Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter March 14, 2017 at 6:38 pmlast_img read more

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New Minister for the Third Sector announced

first_img  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 9 June 2009 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis New Minister for the Third Sector announcedcenter_img Previous Ministers for the Third Sector include Kevin Brennan (October 2008), Phil Hope (July 2007), and Ed Milliband (May 2006).John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), welcomed Ms Smith’s appointment, adding: “We hope Ms Smith will put tax effective giving and Gift Aid reform at the top of her agenda.“This is particularly important now as charities see demand for their services increase in the face of recession. We estimate that charities miss out on £750 million a year in unclaimed Gift Aid, which would make a massive difference to causes up and down the UK.”www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/third_sector.aspx Tagged with: Law / policy Recruitment / people Angela Evans Smith, the MP for Basildon, has been appointed as the new Minister for the Office of the Third Sector. She takes over from Kevin Brennan, who has been moved to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.Smith worked as parliamentary private secretary to Gordon Brown when he became Prime Minister in 2007.The Office of the Third Sector is part of the Cabinet Office, which also saw a change of minister last week with Tessa Jowell replacing Liam Byrne as Minister for the Cabinet Office. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Raleigh protest in solidarity with Jacob Black and Kenosha

first_imgThousands gather before the so-called Wake County Justice Center.Raleigh, N.C. — On Aug. 28, in solidarity with Jacob Blake and Kenosha, thousands flooded the streets in downtown Raleigh to demand police abolition, the abolition of capitalism and decolonization.Raleigh capitalists could scarcely hide their zeal to wield their oppressive apparatus. By the beginning of the march at 7 p.m., most businesses and government buildings downtown had boarded up their windows, and most government buildings had barricades placed in front to create choke points for concentrated police violence. Dutifully following the direction of their masters, many corporate media news outlets breathlessly spoke of the possibility of property damage. What media narratives missed was earlier in the day when Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman had elected not to designate the Raleigh police killing of Keith Collins in January as a wrongful death. (tinyurl.com/y5w2ye5l) To the people of Raleigh — Black Lives Matter, but to corporate media, as USA Today so aptly stated in early June, “Buildings matter, too.”In protest, crowds gathered at the Wake County Justice Center and marched to different sites of the white power structure throughout the city. First, to the N.C. State Capitol, where they had torn down Confederate monuments on Juneteenth. Then, to the Governor’s Mansion, where after a week-long continuous demonstration earlier this year, the governor was forced to veto legislation that covered up in-custody deaths in county jails. Marchers then went to the Department of Public Instruction to draw together the many movements across the state, including efforts by the Wake County Black Student Coalition to end police in Raleigh schools.  “You get rid of fascism; colonialism is still here,” said a speaker, addressing the crowd. “You get rid of fascism — colonialism is still going to be a factor for African people, for brown people and for Indigenous people.”The crowd called out various local officials, including the district attorney, and chanted “We see you. We love You” to people held inside the center before continuing the march.Around 10 p.m., the mayor declared a curfew, opening the way for a planned police attack. Demonstrators began to reposition and set fire to barricades to protect the march from attempted flanks by police officers on golf carts, which were used by the riot cops and SWAT teams to try to get in position around the march.  For the most part, the police were unsuccessful and only able to effect a number of obviously illegal arrests late in the evening, including arrests of legal observers. Police also tried but failed to arrest journalists, despite journalists being designated as exempt from the curfew.Months into the protests, they have continued to grow louder, larger and more radical in Raleigh and throughout North Carolina and increasingly hardened against policing.  Into the streets, defund the police, no justice, no peace!  FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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PHH Resolves Military Foreclosure Charges

first_img February 7, 2019 1,694 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The U.S. Department of Justice, on Wednesday, announced that PHH Mortgage Corporation (PHH) has agreed to pay $750,000 to six servicemembers to resolve allegations that it violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) by unlawfully foreclosing on their homes without obtaining the required court orders.“Our men and women in uniform deserve to be able to focus on their job of keeping our country safe without worrying about losing their homes to an unlawful foreclosure,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband. “The Civil Rights Division is committed to protecting the rights of our servicemembers from unlawful conduct.” Based on the department’s investigation, PHH was accused of having obtained the foreclosures between Jan. 1, 2010 and April 4, 2012. PHH had foreclosed on six homes of SCRA-protected servicemembers without having obtained the required court orders. The Justice Department stated that this violated the SCRA act which “prohibits lenders from seizing or foreclosing on the property of military personnel who are on active duty or recently completed it.”The investigation was launched after having received a complaint in May 2016 through the Department’s Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative. The issue was handled jointly by the Department’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. The agreement suit filed requires PHH to pay $125,000 to each servicemember whose home was unlawfully foreclosed upon. It also required PHH to provide training to its staff to ensure that servicemembers do not face unlawful foreclosures in the future. New Jersey-based PHH is one of the United States’ largest mortgage loan servicers, operating nationwide. The company also originates, sells and subservices residential mortgage loans.  “This Office remains resolute in its commitment to honor their personal sacrifices when they do so by ensuring that servicemembers’ rights will be protected, as the law requires, whenever duty calls. This agreement ensures that servicemembers will be compensated for the damages they suffered when their homes were improperly foreclosed upon while they were serving our country,” said U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.   Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago PHH Resolves Military Foreclosure Charges Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: The Strategic Intent Behind the BB&T – SunTrust Merger Next: Trends and Technology Shaping the Housing Market The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Craig Carpenito Eric Dreiband Foreclosure PHH Servicemembers Civil Relief Act US Department of Justice Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articlescenter_img Craig Carpenito Eric Dreiband Foreclosure PHH Servicemembers Civil Relief Act US Department of Justice 2019-02-07 Donna Joseph in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Government, News, Servicing Donna Joseph is a Dallas-based writer who covers technology, HR best practices, and a mix of lifestyle topics. She is a seasoned PR professional with an extensive background in content creation and corporate communications. Joseph holds a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Mass Communication, both from the University of Bangalore, India. She is currently working on two books, both dealing with women-centric issues prevalent in oppressive as well as progressive societies. She can be reached at [email protected] Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / PHH Resolves Military Foreclosure Charges Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Donna Joseph Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

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Bed availability under pressure as LUH is extremely busy

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Google+ By News Highland – January 6, 2021 Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Bed availability under pressure as LUH is extremely busy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bed availability at Letterkenny University Hospital is under pressure as the hospital is extremely busy this evening.In a statement, Saolta says they regret that patients are currently experiencing long waiting times to be admitted from the Emergency Department to an acute bed in the hospital.People are reminded to attend the ED only in the case of real emergencies and to contact your GP or NoWDOC GP Out of hours service, in the first instance.Statement in full:Letterkenny University Hospital is extremely busy this evening (06 January) which has resulted in pressure on bed availability in the hospital.We regret that patients are currently experiencing long waiting times to be admitted from the Emergency Department to an acute bed in the hospital. We know these delays are very difficult for our patients and their families.We would like to remind the public that we encourage them to attend the Emergency Department (ED) only in the case of real emergencies. If your health problem is not an emergency you should contact your GP during normal surgery hours or the NoWDOC GP Out of hours service, in the first instance.We are committed to treating everyone who presents at our ED but we do so strictly in order of medical priority and apologise for the long wait times.We would ask that patients wait in the ED alone to help the hospital maintain social distancing. A companion will only be permitted in exceptional circumstances. We know this is very difficult but we need to do this to minimise everybody’s risk of infection and to keep everyone safe. We remind patients to please wear a face covering/mask when in the ED. Pinterestcenter_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleGarda checkpoints to return tomorrow from 7amNext articleCovid-19 vaccine rolled out at Letterkenny University Hospital today News Highland Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th last_img read more

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Triage: the (mostly) missing link in OH mental health

first_img Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Occupational mental health cases are normally not emergencies. Yet, supporting management and HR to adopt a triage approach to initial evaluation and any subsequent intervention can pay dividends, as Dr William Badenhorst and Dr Lorenzo Grespi outline.The Collins Dictionary defines triage as “the process of quickly examining sick or injured people, for example after an accident or battle, so that those who are in the most serious condition can be treated first”.With its wartime origins, applying triage to the evaluation and management of occupational mental health problems may seem surprising as, after all, most occupational mental health cases are not emergencies. Mental health clinicians would be less surprised, as NHS mental health teams adopt triage to plan the initial evaluation and subsequent steps for addressing conditions of any level of severity: from mild psychological difficulties to acute psychiatric disorders.About the authorsDr William Badenhorst is a consultant psychiatrist and deputy medical director of Grespi. Dr Lorenzo Grespi is a consultant psychiatrist and medical director of GrespiMental health problems present in different ways, including as physical ailments or poor performance, and therefore need to be recognised and understood in order to plan effective interventions. Mental health difficulties require interventions specific to their nature and circumstances. Needless to say, the sooner the general direction of travel is identified, the better.In contrast, when triage does not occur, certain standard HR approaches can make things worse, wasting resources and causing frustration or breakdowns in employer-employee relationships. Classic examples include well-meaning employers telling employees on sick leave to “take all the time off they need” before returning to work; recommending to see EAP counsellors as a clichéd response to any psychological difficulty; or commencing performance management before considering whether technical incompetence or psychological difficulties are at the root of the issues.As highlighted by Charlotte Duggan in her Occupational Health & Wellbeing paper back in the spring (Use triage to help crack mental health, May 2018, vol 70, no 5), doing nothing when mental health problems arise can lead to serious consequences. We agree with Duggan that triage in mental health is an important tool for deciding what to do. However, we disagree with the notion that generically trained staff in EAP services are well placed or qualified to carry out this role, as we will clarify in a further section of this paper. We will also outline the specialist characteristics of occupational mental health triage, describe the skills set required, and argue that HR should be empowered to take up the driving seat for initiating the process with the help of specialist providers.Triage and HRDrawing on an approach with origins in the battlefield makes sense when considering the pressures faced by HR: complex situations, high emotional temperatures, overt conflicts, potential reputational damage, medico-legal implications, management’s expectation that problems should be swiftly resolved.Managers may struggle to reconcile the employer’s duty of care to employees with the company’s business requirements. On the other hand, neglecting to recognise or not making reasonable adjustments for an employee’s mental health needs may lead to challenges under the Equality Act 2010.The process is also often affected by generic or medically questionable sick notes for “stress”: a catch-all expression (rather than a real medical diagnosis) that mostly clouds the nature, source and diagnostic relevance of underlying mental health conditions.It is therefore crucial that HR should allow time for triage.We hasten to point out that, as long as the triage takes place early and is jointly carried out by HR and triage mental health specialists, the process mostly amounts to a 15-20 minutes focused telephone conversation.Effective triage allows HR to form a clearer picture of the situation and remain in charge of the occupational mental health process. It identifies a pathway that addresses the employee’s mental health needs and the employer’s duty of care.Triage involves the following questions:What is the nature of the problem?How urgent is it?Who are the parties involved?Is a mental health problem causing or contributing to the situation?Is a clinical opinion needed? Or a legal opinion? Or both?What can be gained from these opinion(s)?What should be done next and why?What is the extent of the employer’s duty of care?Who’s is doing what, when and how: HR, line-manager, clinician, lawyerThe answers may seem obvious. However, when HR managers are facing complex situations involving unwell employees, GPs, managers and the wider workforce, it can be difficult to think clearly.We would like to point out that counsellors are mostly unequipped to triage, recognise and assess serious mental health conditions, as well as address the medico-legal implications for the organisation.In addition, clinicians such as occupational health nurses who have not worked in multidisciplinary mental health teams generally do not have an in-depth picture of the professional competencies of mental health disciplines and may therefore be unable to direct employees to the most appropriate specialists.Our experience as a specialist mental health service provider leads us to recommend that employers consider these factors and take due diligence in the commissioning of occupational mental health services.Triage and mental health awarenessThere is no doubt that mental health problems are better addressed when recognised early and dealt with proactively. However, this process is more effective when it is underpinned by a corporate framework on occupational mental health.An occupational mental health and wellbeing plan and an occupational mental health and wellbeing policy help clarifying where employers and employees stand when mental health problems arise at work. In contrast, generic occupational health policies tend to provide a poor frame of reference for the management of complex occupational mental health situations.We therefore recommend that employers incorporate in their employment framework an occupational mental health and wellbeing plan and an occupational mental health and wellbeing policy. Our next article in this two-part series will explore this issue in more detail.Triage in practice, example one – identifying an underlying issueA technician reported a minor incident at work in which he had stumbled and hurt his back. A studious worker, he took sick leave for several weeks and repeatedly visited his GP and his local hospital for ongoing physical symptoms, despite no definitive cause being found.An occupational health assessment indicated that he had suffered a mild sprain which would not affect his work. He was then repeatedly signed off by his GP for “stress”.When he announced that he would be returning to work, he met with his line-manger. During the meeting the manager noticed that his tone was unusually terse and disconnected. The employee also made various requests for adjustments, some of which had an awkward rationale.His manager sensed something was wrong and became concerned that, given the high-risk nature of the employee’s duties, sub-optimal performance may potentially put the public at risk. A triage conference call was swiftly arranged, which included senior managers, a consultant psychiatrist and an employment lawyer.It was agreed that the employee should be offered an occupational psychiatric assessment. Other options kept on hold were: returning to work; taking annual leave; making reasonable adjustments; or reviewing work duties.The employee was found to have a depressive disorder which had remained hidden for many years. It also emerged that the ‘minor’ incident had exposed a pre-existing vulnerability, seemingly related to serious traumatic events from the past. This had triggered him re-experiencing in the present a catastrophic let down from the past, this time towards his employer.Recommendations included optimum treatment of the depression and an intervention from an occupational therapist (OT) to help him develop a clearer picture of his psychological difficulties and how they could affect his capacity to carry out his work duties, as well as how his unresolved personal problems could be addressed.After three OT sessions he reached the conclusion that the time had come for him to seek specialist help for his long-standing personal difficulties, and to resign from his post as he could not cope with the intrinsic pressures of his duties.Thanks to the swift triage process, the company kept a step ahead of the significant risks that would have arisen had the employee’s condition not been spotted and appropriately managed. The employee’s departure was amicable, saving cost, management time and enabling the company to recruit a replacement in a planned fashion, while the individual was free to move forward positively in his life.Triage in practice, example two – stumbling in the darkA professional became unwell following a period of increased tension at work. She consulted her GP who signed her off for ‘stress’ and prescribed an antidepressant. Her employer referred her to their occupational health provider.During the telephone occupational health assessment with a nurse – who, not untypically, had no experience in mental health work – the employee explained that she had suffered from “stress”, was improving but still struggled with concentration. The occupational health report did not make any reference to work and personal circumstances, diagnosis or risk. It stated that, although still stressed, she was fit to work and recommended that reducing the medication would improve her concentration.She returned to work. However, as she had major interpersonal difficulties with colleagues, HR sought advice from us about how to manage the situation. Following a triage conference call an occupational mental health assessment was recommended, at which it emerged the employee was suffering from a depressive episode that actually required an increased dose of the antidepressant.She also had serious personality problems, lacked support outside work, and was at moderate risk of a breakdown. The clinician highlighted that she was psychologically fragile and recommended a detailed plan that included support meetings with her line-manager, specialist help from our team and a further psychiatric consultation scheduled for a few weeks later.This approach had the effect of decreasing the emotional temperature in the office, reassuring HR that they were not alone in facing potentially explosive situations, and helping the employee process during her clinical sessions the emotions which had escalated to aggressive behaviours towards colleagues.But for the timely triage of the employee’s return to work, the employee would have run the risk of experiencing a serious deterioration of her mental health and destructive interpersonal relationships at work. This in turn could have led to longer-term professional and personal consequences for her and substantial cost to the company. Instead, her return to work was contained safely and her inter-personal problems ameliorated over time.Conclusion – effective triageTriage in occupational mental health should involve specialists with significant experience of addressing complex psychological difficulties through a multidisciplinary approach: an experience which is gained almost exclusively through many years of work in NHS mental health teams.Skills include recognising potential psychiatric disorders from apparently minor clues; assessing risk; prioritising cases; identifying relational factors; indicating which discipline is best suited to carry out the initial assessment.Triage specialists should also be experienced in the understanding of organisational dynamics as this is crucial to make sure that occupational mental health interventions are implemented effectively by complex organisations.Ultimately, the key to effective occupational mental health management is to be prepared before problems develop. A positive culture encourages openness and shared responsibility for promoting and protecting health. Once problems arise, early triage carried out jointly by HR and a triage specialist ensures sound, timely and cost-effective management. One Response to Triage: the (mostly) missing link in OH mental health Related posts:No related photos. Reply This is an excellent article articulating the complexity of the issues along with the skill sets & experience required. This kind of triage I believe will become an emerging career stream in & of itself – being located somewhere between HR & OHS/Wellbeing, depending on the size of an organisation.I am very passionate about this topic and open to having conversations to advance thinking / action that will make a difference in this space. There is so much work to be done.Thanks so muchJackie Jackie Knight 6 May 2019 at 1:41 am # Triage: the (mostly) missing link in OH mental healthOn 7 Dec 2018 in Stress, Mental health conditions, Depression, Return to work and rehabilitation, Sickness absence management, Occupational Health, Wellbeing and health promotion, Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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Cambridge Greek gaffe

first_imgThe Classics department at Cambridge suffered embarrassment this week as the £1.3 million renovation of their facility resulted in a misspelling on the doors of their new foyer.Academics had chosen a Greek inscription from Aristotle’s Metaphysics which translates as “all men by nature desire to know” to grace the facade. However, the word “phusei”, meaning “by nature”, was spelled with the English letter “S” rather than the Greek letter sigma.The glass doors of stylish new entrance on the university’s Sidgwick site have also been criticised for opening too slowly and causing queues of staff and students.  University officials have declined to comment on the doors.last_img read more

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The Motet’s Lyle Divinsky On Musical Roots, Virtually Insane Jamiroquai Set At Brooklyn Comes Alive [Interview]

first_imgLife is pretty good for The Motet‘s energetic new vocalist, Lyle Divinsky. Since joining the band over a year ago he has recorded a well-received album, Totem, toured the country, sang the National Anthem at a pro baseball game, made his mark on NOLA with a slew of Jazz Fest late night tributes, and made multiple appearances at Red Rocks–just to name a few. This whirlwind of experiences would exhaust most people. But for Divinsky, getting a shot to do what he loves for a living is more than enough fuel for him to “keep on don’t stopping” night after night.Next weekend, Divinsky will be taking part in the all-star musical mix-and-match mayhem of Brooklyn Comes Alive, where he’ll join Motet bandmates Joey Porter, Dave Watts, Garrett Sayers, and Ryan Jalbert as well as Todd Stoops, Jennifer Hartswick, and Natalie Cressman for a tribute to the music of neo-funk legends Jamiroquai.We caught up with Lyle to chat about The Motet, Brooklyn Comes Alive, Jamiroquai, and the whirlwind year he’s had as an emerging artist in the live music scene:Live For Live Music: You’ve had a while get used to the job of fronting The Motet. In what ways has the experience been different from how you expected it would be.Lyle Divinsky: Honestly it has been amazing. I feel really blessed, at home immediately. The Motet and I came together as family. There was instant chemistry. We wrote our first two songs together before we even met in person.It has been a really cool growing process together and I give love to everybody in The Motet. When I came in they didn’t say “Hey, we really need you to do this.” When I came in they gave me the freedom to really explore the creative process with them. I got to be me without any set expectations. That was huge. Now that we are a little over a year and a half into this we all understand how the band is taking its newest shape.The Motet has always been an evolving thing. There has always been different members coming in and different genres being explored. I appreciate the fact that The Motet is very free and open in these processes. We’re in the writing process right now and we are just exploring things that the band hasn’t touched on before without sacrificing what the band is and can be.L4LM: The Motet has indeed gone through a lot of permutations. In this last year and a half you have helped forge a very distinctive era for the band.LD: It’s like I said…I love the fact that The Motet is boundary-less. It’s very cool to be part of a group that is unafraid to push their boundaries and explore what is inspiring us at the moment.L4LM: The passion you sing with and the energy you expend during a Motet show are exhausting to just watch. How do you manage to bring so much of yourself to the stage night in and night out?LD: I mean…it is a simple way to answer your question, but I love it. I am not one of those dudes who is in constant motion. I am totally cool with just chilling. But when i get onstage, especially with all the energy everyone in this band brings, it’s impossible for me to not bring it as well. I’m playing my favorite music and I am the happiest dude in the world when I get this chance to do this.Joining this band, making this music with The Motet…I get blown away every night. I wouldn’t be bringing this energy if I wasn’t getting it from them every time I step on the stage. A lot of it is just me responding to what they do in the moment. Plus…I don’t like running so this is where I get my cardio!Check out Divinsky performing with The Motet at Red Rocks this past sumer below:L4LM: The Motet’s most recent album, Totem, sounded like it was a fast and near seamless fit for you and the rest of the band. After all this touring, how ready are you guys to return to the studio?LD: We are definitely hoping to have something out next year. We’re not ready to put any sort of time frame on the next record, but it should be sometime next year. It will be pretty dope…we are coming up with some fun stuff in the writing process that I think people will really dig.L4LM: You just took part in a Hurricane Harvey benefit in Colorage. Did you have any people in the path of this crazy weather?LD: We have some friends down in Houston. And we have plenty of musical brothers and sisters. Luckily most of our people seem to be all good. In Florida I didn’t have anyone directly, but plenty of extended friends and family down there. I also have people in St. Johns.St. Johns and the other islands that were affected by Irma are very small and easily overlooked but they are devastated. I used to go down there once a year and seeing them like this is just really sad. All their supplies need to be flown in and their airstrips are just gone. Their communications are down and there are people without shelter or food. It’s a scary time for them.We all need to come together as the giant, loving community we are and take care of each other. It is sad that it takes a disaster to shine a magnifying glass on the things that are really important. Right now we are in the wake of it and it is our responsibility to take care of our family.L4LM: On a lighter note…you got a chance to take on every singer’s dream and nightmare…the National Anthem in front of a packed Colorado Rockies crowd. Were you nervous?LD: Dude…that was the most nervous I have ever been for any gig. Straight up. I was so nervous, no joke. I didn’t even realize how nervous I was. I’ve gotten pre-show jitters before but I have just shook it off. Usually you shake that off during the first song…but with the anthem you only get the one song. They asked me if I wanted to hold the mic or have it on a stand. I told then I wanted to hold it because if I am not dancing around I don’t know what to do with my hands. I can’t be dancing to the national anthem. But when I was holding the mic is was shaking so bad I had to use my other hand to balance it out.I had sung the anthem before so I knew to start low and slow. I kinda laughed at myself. I was wondering what the hell I had gotten myself into. But it worked out and it felt great. I definitely want to do it again.L4LM: Pretty sure there is no rule against busting a move during the anthem.LD: Right? Maybe next time I will just shimmy and shake a little bit. Do something in the Marvin Gaye-style from that NBA All-Star game back in the eighties with the little drum machine. I think that is the only version of the national anthem that had women screaming from the crowd.L4LM: While you hail from Maine, you resided in Brooklyn for a few years. Are you ready to go back “Come Alive” next week?LD: Oh man, I can’t wait. Brooklyn was my home for about seven years and I owe a lot to that town. I started off playing in the subways. I worked myself from the underground to the overground. I love the place and a lot of my chosen family is there. Especially for Brooklyn Comes Alive. The lineup is insane and I can’t wait to not only play music but to just go around and see it.L4LM: What do you think of the core concept of Brooklyn Comes Alive, with the mix and match music philosophy?LD: I think it is such a cool and unique approach. Bands and musicians alike are all about those special moments that can occur in live settings. And when you take so many incredibly talented passionate musicians who have become such good friends it makes for a insane experience. Whether it is a tribute set or a super jam or even a collaborative all original set of music you never know what is gonna happen. When you have this level of musicianship and this level of passion from the fans you are sure to get once in a lifetime moments.L4LM: How do you like participating in super jams and the like? Your natural frontman skills seem perfectly suited for these kinds of shows.LD: I get to go around to things like this and that “Daze Between” show during Jazz Fest that was dedicated to the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers. It is fun to be able to sing songs I don’t always get tot sing with people I don’t always get to play with…I just feel really lucky I get the opportunity to do that kind of stuff.I love where I am and what I am doing with The Motet, but I also enjoy this extra inspiration that I get from collaborations like these. I think these superjams are not only unique but important to our community. They build relationships.L4LM: Your big gig over the Brooklyn Comes Alive weekend is a tribute to Jamiroquai. Do you remember how you first encountered their smooth sounds?LD: Yeah man…his stuff started to come out when I was in grade school. When I was in my earliest years in high school I started to really get into funk and soul. My dad was an incredible singer, still my favorite, and thanks to him there was always a lot of funk and soul music around. I was really getting into D’Angelo and the neo-soul music at the time but when the space funk stuff from Jamiroquai started coming out I was just blown away.I remember seeing the “Virtual Insanity” video for the first time and I was like “Who the fuck is this?” Then exploring it more I realized that was the pop edge of what they were doing. Their music showed me what you could really do with not just funk but ALL music. There was room to grow and expand it. That was important to my musical formation.Watch the official music video for Jamiroquai’s “Virtual Insanity” below:L4LM: Well, we appreciate your taking the time to talk. Can’t wait to see what you and your friends have in store for us this weekend!LD: Thanks for your time as well brother. See you there![Cover photo via Emily Butler]You can catch Lyle Divinsky along with over 100 other talented artists this weekend at Brooklyn Comes Alive. Set to take place across three venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Brooklyn Bowl, Schimanski, Music Hall of Williamsburg) on September 23rd and 24th, Brooklyn Comes Alive is inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans. The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old.The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like John Scofield, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Vinnie Amico (moe.), Bernard Purdie, Joel Cummins, Ryan Stasik, and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Alan Evans (Soulive), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Michael League, Nate Werth, Chris Bullock, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and scores of others! ***Tickets Are On Sale Now!***Brooklyn Comes Alive is now offering single day tickets, as well as a ticket payment plan for as low as $30/month. When checking out, just select “Monthly payments with Affirm” as your payment method. To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.last_img read more

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