Tunnel workers’ lungs at risk from dust

May 12, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgLong-term exposure to dust increases the decline in lung function sufferedby tunnel workers, research has found. Researchers at the National Institute of Occupational Health in Oslo,Norway, studied tunnel workers between 1991 and 1999. The workers also answered a questionnaire on respiratory symptoms andsmoking habits and underwent spirometry and chest X-rays. Researchers found that cumulative exposures to respirable dust and quartzwere the most important risk factors in limiting airflow in underground heavyconstruction workers. Cumulative exposure to respirable dust was the most important risk factorfor the development of respiratory symptoms, it found. “The finding of accelerated decline in lung function in tunnel workerssuggests that better control of exposures is needed,” the study, publishedin the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, concluded. Occup Environ Med 2001; 58: 663-669 Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Tunnel workers’ lungs at risk from dustOn 1 Nov 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

HR: Does business hours mean all hours?

May 12, 2021 0 Comments

first_img Has “normal business hours” become a thing of the past? These days, I rarely meet anyone who almost immediately following waking up in the morning, wont grab their phone from the bedside to check their email, or who considers their nights to be personal or family time, which not so long ago seemed the norm. What is it about modern day issues and work problems that are more important than those that we were facing years ago that can’t wait until the next day? Or is it a simple case that our ability to prioritize is being depleted due to such ease of systems access which allows many organisations’ staff to turn any computer, laptop, tablet or mobile device into a make-shift work station?I’m as guilty as the next person of the late night emails and struggling to switch off but I’m one of the lucky ones who enjoys what I do enough that it doesn’t feel like a chore. What about those who aren’t as lucky and feel like they don’t have the pressure release of being able to go home and un-wind?Human nature dictates that if we get too used to something, it becomes habitual and we begin to expect it. This being the case, if this isn’t carefully managed, how long will it be before being “switched on” at all times is an expected part of a job as opposed to it being a sign of an engaged and happy employee who will strive to go above and beyond any contractual obligations? Don’t get me wrong, the huge emphasis which these days is placed on interoperability and mobility of internal systems of course is a great thing and phenomenal feat in technology advancement but with it comes the potential for more risk, more pressure and more un-happy staff if it is not managed well. Previous Article Next Article Read full article Comments are closed.center_img HR: Does business hours mean all hours?Shared from missc on 9 Dec 2014 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Africa Energy to farmout 62.5% stake in Block 2B to Azinam and Panoro

May 7, 2021 0 Comments

first_img Azinam and Panoro set to join Africa Energy in Block 2B, offshore South Africa. (Credit: Pixabay/ C Morrison) Africa Energy has agreed to offload a 62.5% participating stake in the offshore South African concession Block 2B to Azinam and Panoro Energy through separate farmout agreements.Block 2B, which holds the existing Soekor oil discovery, is contained in the Orange Basin off the west coast of South Africa. The offshore concession, which spans 3,604km2, is located 300km north of Cape Town.Africa Energy is planning to drill the Gazania-1 exploration well in the offshore concession by the end of this year. The exploration block is contained in water depths in the range of 50-200m and is estimated to hold gross prospective resources of 349 million barrels (MMbbls).Africa Energy president and CEO Garrett Soden said: “Block 2B has the A-J1 oil discovery from 1988 in shallow water close to shore with significant contingent and prospective resources.“The Gazania-1 well will target a relatively low-risk rift basin oil play up-dip from the discovery. We look forward to working with our new partners Azinam and Panoro to prove up more resource offshore South Africa.”Currently, the Canadian oil and gas company holds a 90% stake in Block 2B. The remaining 10% stake is indirectly held by Crown Energy.Following the two farmout deals, Africa Energy will retain a 27.5% stake in the block.The company will farmout a 50% stake in the concession to a subsidiary of Azinam and the other 12.5% to a subsidiary of Panoro Energy.Azinam to become operator of Block 2BAzinam, which is a Southern Africa-focused oil and gas explorer backed by Seacrest Capital, will become the operator of Block 2B, upon closing of the farmout deal.Azinam managing director Daniel McKeown said: “With this transaction, Azinam is positioned to deliver the first major oil production offshore South Africa.“With A-J1 having flowed oil to surface and with the benefit of a significant database of well and seismic information, Azinam believes that Block 2B has the potential to provide South Africa with its first major offshore oil production. This transaction will allow for a well to be drilled to test the wider potential of the A-J1 discovery.”The closing of the two farmout deals are subject to approval from the South African government and also meeting of certain other conditions. Block 2B, which holds the existing Soekor oil discovery, is contained in the Orange Basin off the west coast of South Africalast_img read more

Castle Mill: Grad accommodation under siege

May 3, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgDanny Waldman, the OUSU Rent and Accommodation officer, told Cherwell, “With a Council-set cap of 3,000 students allowed to ‘live out’, University-provided accommodation is clearly vitally needed.” Waldman added, “To drive over 300 students, many with families, into an already-saturated private housing market makes no sense.”Oxford University’s Head of Government and Community Relations, Margaret Ounsley, emphasised on the University’s website the “social and economic benefits brought to the city” by the development and argued that going with option three was “nearer the everyday reality of doing the right thing.” Ounsley paid tribute to the “neatly run” and “media-savvy” campaign of ‘One Floor Off’ group.Students from across the University have expressed concern at the estimated £30 million it would cost the University to remove the top floor, as well as provide alternative accommodation.Wadham SU condemned the action as “absolutely unacceptable” and passed a motion, which stated, “The University should do its best to provide aff ordable accommodation, not spend money tearing it down.” The SU mandated its president to write a letter to all Wadham academics urging them to oppose the motion. Some Wadham students encouraged the University to look at other, cheaper options, which could hide the Castle Mill development such as cladding the buildings or planting trees. Many drew attention to Oxford’s status as the UK’s least affordable city to live in when compared to average local wages, and suggested that this could only worsen the situation.CherwellTV covered the OUSU protest outside the Sheldonian on February 10th. Oxford students and residents have clashed over the upcoming Castle Mill vote by the University Congregation on February 10th, which is considering whether or not to demolish the top floor of the developement.The vote stems from the continued controversy surrounding the £21.5 million development, consisting of 439 units of graduate accommodation on Roger Dudman Way. The five-storey accommodation blocks are prominently visible from Port Meadow, a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Scheduled Ancient Monument. The vote will be taken by the Congregation, the University’s sovereign body, composed of almost 5,000 administrative and academic staff.The planning process for the development has been repeatedly criticised. City Council heritage officer Nick Worlledge raised worries in an internal report in January 2012 that the height of the blocks could impact the visual environment around Port Meadow, just a month before planning permission was given.An independent review, commissioned by Oxford City Council, found that whilst no breach in planning legal procedures had occurred, the consultation process had been inadequate. The Oxfordshire Green Party has also previously called the development a “horrendous blot on our historic landscape”.OUSU, as well as Oxford’s Vice-Chancellor, has repeatedly criticised the motion to remove the top floor of the blocks – one of the options given by the Independent Environment Assessment. In the first week of Hilary, OUSU agreed to oppose the campaign and on Wednesday 4th February the Council allocated £50 to materials for a demonstration outside the Sheldonian Theatre, where the vote will be taking place on February 10th.OUSU President Louis Trup has also raised concerns about the current campaign to remove the top floors of Castle Mill in light of the cost, as well as the signifi cant impact it would have on its graduate residents with families. In a reply to a Sunday Times article which emphasised the negative aesthetics of the developement, Trup tweeted the reporter, saying, “Really shoddy Castle Mill article from @JonUngoedThomas in @thesundaytimes – like the campaign, not listening to the students this aff ects”. He continued that he “would have happily explained that ‘option 3’ will negatively impact families, local residents, and grads if only you asked”.last_img read more

Student artists bring inspiration to Somerville hospital

March 1, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgThe Ceramics Program at the Office for the Arts at Harvard recently installed a ceramic mural created by students of instructor Allison Newsome for the CHA Somerville Hospital, part of the Cambridge Health Alliance.Created by 17 artists over two semesters, the salon-style mural, titled “Homeostasis,” incorporates life-reinforcing imagery such as fruit and flowers, rendered in a ceramic relief that recalls the architectural ceramics of 15th-century Italian sculptor della Robbia. Each artist worked on separate compositions, unified by the use of a white maiolica glaze with color applied on top.For example, artist Julie Nussbaum created a center medallion depicting Hygieia, goddess of health, surrounded by Somerville landmarks, including the Prospect Hill Fort and the Powderhouse. Artist Bruce Armitage contributed two pieces to the mural; one depicts a woman in a garden contemplating serene thoughts, while the other shows a woman holding a basket with flowers. The mural is intended to “bring a human touch to a high-tech hospital environment with art that inspires, transforms and comforts patients, families, visitors and staff” in the waiting rooms of the hospital.Artists who worked on the project include Christopher Adams, Bruce Armitage, Margaret Bearse, Deborah Bower Burke, Goce Davidov, Lesley Davison, Jia Gu, Kelley Hess, Marek Jacisin, Joyce Lauro, Catherine Lehar, Allison Newsome, Phi Nguyen, Julie Nussbaum, Brett Moore, Stephanie Osser, and Elizabeth Timpson. Special thanks to Bethanie Long and Ava Penman of the Cambridge Health Alliance for their help with the project.The public is invited to celebrate this collaborative public art project at a reception at the hospital on Monday, June 20, from 4:30 – 6 p.m. at the CHA Somerville Hospital Emergency Department at 230 Highland Ave. Light refreshments will be served. There is free street parking on Highland Ave or paid parking in the Crown Street lot at the top of Tower Street.For information on current and upcoming courses, exhibitions, and events of the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, please call 617.495.8680 or visit www.ofa.fas.harvard.edu/ceramics.last_img read more

ND creates new study abroad program

January 26, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgA new study abroad program at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, England will offer juniors majoring in English and American Studies an immersive experience in an English-speaking country, Notre Dame International (NDI) associate director David Younger said.Sara Shoemake | The Observer Younger said the study abroad program is part of an exchange agreement between Notre Dame and UEA. He said the first UEA student is currently studying on Notre Dame’s campus this semester, and the first Notre Dame student will travel to Norwich in the spring.Younger said the University began working to establish the program in the spring of 2013, after an American Studies professor at UEA contacted the chairs of the English and American Studies departments. For the next three years, Younger said, each university will send a maximum of two students to the other school per semester — two for the full year or two students for the first semester and two for the second.“If the program [is] successful and interest in the program extends beyond these two disciplines, the program could expand to other areas in the future,” Younger said.Professor of English Valerie Sayers, who headed the Department of English when the program was established, said the department took an interest in partnering with UEA because the Norwich program would give English students the opportunity to experience the literary life of the city.“[The Department of] English was particularly interested in the wonderful history of creative writing at UEA, … the richness of their literature offerings and the possibilities for students who wanted to experience England outside of London and without the full support system of Notre Dame London,” Sayers said.Annie Coleman, Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of American Studies, said the Norwich program would give American Studies students the ability to work towards their degree in an English-speaking country and at a university with a strong American Studies program.“In the past it’s been Dublin, primarily, and the program in Washington, D.C., where students in American Studies have been able to take classes for the major,” Coleman said. “It’s nice that there will be another program where they can do that.”Unlike the larger London program, where Notre Dame students all live in the same building, students in Norwich will live in dormitories with UEA students, according to the NDI website. Younger said this living situation contributes to the immersive experience of the program.“Having that direct connection to student life and the university will undoubtedly enhance the study abroad experience through cultural immersion,” Younger said. “Similar to ND and many other universities, the dormitories are not simply places where students sleep at night, but also serve as gathering places for study and recreation.”Sayers said this cultural immersion will extend to life in the city.“Students will be studying, working and living outside the communities of ND students who go to London and Dublin, so it’s definitely a program for independent and creative spirits who would like to immerse themselves in a side of the U.K. they might not otherwise experience so richly,” she said.According to the NDI website, UEA’s American Studies department ranks in the top three on several lists and surveys in the U.K., and the university has “a special reputation in creative writing.”Norwich, a city of 215,000 near the English coast, is a center of arts and culture, with several music and literary festivals throughout the year, the website said. According to the UEA creative writing program’s website, Norwich is the only UNESCO City of Literature in England.Coleman said American Studies students in particular will be able to study the United States from an outside view and contribute their own perspectives to discussions in the U.K.“When you’re not in the United States, but you’re thinking about the United States, the field of American Studies allows you an interdisciplinary look at a lot of different kinds of things — politics, society, culture, art, institutions, history,” she said. “… Our students have a lot to add to the students in Norwich. Having Notre Dame students represent us and be able to engage in these conversations from different perspectives is really valuable for both ends, which is why the exchange is going to be so great.”Tags: East Anglia, Norwich, Notre Dame International, study abroad, United Kingdomlast_img read more

One New Case Of COVID-19 Reported In Chautauqua County Saturday

January 18, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgShare: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) MGN ImageJAMESTOWN – One new case of COVID-19 was reported Saturday in Chautauqua County.Officials say the case total is now 30, with three active.“52 cases under quarantine/isolation orders by the Public Health Director and being monitored,” said officials. “Not all of those being monitored are confirmed to have COVID-19 but have either shown symptoms, are awaiting results, or have risk factors.”So far, 24 people have recovered from the virus, with 707 tests results coming back negative. Three deaths have been reported as a result of COVID infection in Chautauqua County.In Cattaraugus County, no new cases of COVID-19 were reported Saturday.Officials say 35 people there are confirmed to have the virus, 24 have recovered and two have died.last_img read more

Exclusive Video! See Michael Shannon in Eric Bogosian’s ‘Godhead’

January 18, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgTo celebrate the publication of Eric Bogosian’s 100 Monologues, a slew of actors are performing excerpts on camera. The ever-growing roster includes Sam Rockwell, Jennifer Tilly, Tate Donovan, Stephen Lang, Jessica Hecht, Dylan Baker, Yul Vasquez, Richard Kind and David Zayas. Their work can be viewed on Bogosian’s new website 100monologues.com. The book, which comes out in May, collects all of Bogosian’s monologues, originally performed as part of his six off-Broadway solo shows (Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll; Pounding Nails in the Floor with my Forehead; Wake Up and Smell the Coffee; Drinking in America; Funhouse; Men Inside) and selections from his play Talk Radio. To give you a taste of Bogosian’s project, the award-winning writer/actor offered Broadway.com an exclusive look at Oscar-nominated actor Michael Shannon playing a heroin addict in “Godhead.” Check it out below. Michael Shannon Star Filescenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

FiberMark acquires Brownville Specialty Paper

January 1, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgJuly 8, 2008, Brattleboro, VT – FiberMark, a leading producer of specialty covering materials for a variety of applications including office products, publishing and luxury packaging, is pleased to announce that it has acquired the pressboard business of Brownville Specialty Paper Products, based in Brownville, New York.Founded in 1991, Brownville Specialty Paper Products (BSPP) manufactures many types of specialty grades of paper board used in multiple applications including food packaging, office products, graphic arts and the automotive industry, among others. FiberMark will integrate BSPP’s pressboard grades into its portfolio of office product materials, which include a wide range of pressboards and cover stocks from lightweight to heavyweight for repeat-use applications such as filing, binding and presentation products.BSPP’s owners anticipate a seamless transition to FiberMark while transitioning out of the office products business.Anthony MacLaurin, president and CEO of FiberMark, comments, “As an industry leader, FiberMark has financial strength and commitment to the office products market and is well suited to merge BSPP’s business into its portfolio. Brownville’s pressboard materials complement our office products line, enabling us to deliver added value to our customers. We will also serve Brownville’s customers by providing continuity of supply to the market. This transaction is another positive step in FiberMark’s strategy to expand and strengthen the business.”FiberMark is owned by American Securities, a New York-based middle market private equity firm. FiberMark has seven manufacturing facilities in the US, as well as an operation in the UK.About FiberMarkFiberMark offers distinctive covering materials that express brands, inspire designs, and make lasting impressions. With an extensive range of visual and tactile options, FiberMark materials provide an endless array of design possibilities for applications in the office products, publishing, luxury packaging, technical/industrial and graphic design markets. The company’s specialty fiber-based materials are enhanced with a variety of colors, finishes and embossing techniques that create visual depth and invite touch. FiberMark’s design specialists work with creative teams to develop a look that captures a brand’s unique personality, differentiates it from competitors and creates impact. FiberMark crafts its materials in the US and Europe, creating innovative solutions for world-leading brands.last_img read more

Leaders of Criminal Gangs Rounded Up

December 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgBy Dialogo May 20, 2011 In the course of the strongest offensive against criminal gangs in recent months, one that has made it possible to strike telling blows against criminals such as alias “Valenciano,” alias “Comba,” and alias “Sebastián,” the Colombian National Police launched Operation Emperor, which concluded on 17 May with the arrest of twelve members of “Los Rastrojos”. These members are among the chief leaders of the organization, who pursue their criminal activities primarily in the Lower Cauca region of Antioquia and are responsible for 85% of the homicides and 65% of the production, trafficking, and transport of narcotics in that region. Those arrested, the targets of arduous investigations and judicial processes pursued by the Colombian National Police over the last eighteen months, took their orders directly from alias “Sebastián,” who moved from the “Los Paisas” criminal gang to “Los Rastrojos” in order to dispute the control of routes, crops, and profits with the “Los Urabeños” group, led by the brothers Dairo Antonio and Juan de Dios Úsuga David. Those arrested include alias “Servi,” head of finances and drug trafficking for the criminal gang, alias “Vicente,” leader of the group’s hitmen, and alias “Pacheco,” a nephew of the structure’s highest-ranking leader, for whom a reward of up to 1.2 billion pesos (approximately $656,000 dollars) is being offered. It is worth recalling that on 29 March and 1 May, alias “Mateo” and alias “Pantera”, the third-ranking and second-ranking leaders of “Los Rastrojos,” respectively, were detained and brought before the judicial authorities. The investigation, which entailed handling at least three human sources and applying technical intelligence monitoring along several lines authorized by the Colombian Attorney-General’s Office, concluded with simultaneous searches and arrests in Bogotá, Medellín, Caucasia, and Cáceres in Antioquia, Restrepo in Valle del Cauca, and Ocaña in Norte de Santander. As a result of these operations, carried out by elite units of the South American country’s National Police, two CPUs, one portable computer, one USB memory device, thirteen cellular telephones, one camera, and ten million pesos in cash (approximately $5,500 dollars) were seized. So far in the month of May, government forces have carried out arrests of 212 members of criminal gangs, 14 of them eligible for extradition, while seizing one grenade launcher, 107 firearms, 36 fragmentation grenades, and 3,538 cartridges of ammunition of various calibers, a large part of which was found in five caches discovered in rural areas of Antioquia and Córdoba. Since 1 January, 1,090 members of emerging drug-trafficking groups have been arrested in police operations, as a result of which 3.8 tons of narcotics belonging to those organizations have been seized.last_img read more