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Pure and TW CAT combine to counter postal strike

first_img“It’s not just about maintaining the flow of donations but keeping all the stakeholders informed, especially supporters, including rafflers, eventers, regular givers, donors, trusts – everybody.“Of course I hope it doesn’t come down to it but at least if there is a strike we can respond to charities needs – a stitch in time and all that.”Pure Strategy & Development Director Jon Eserin added: “Whether an appeal has already been mailed or not, charities may want to do outbound work to contact donors to ask them to give by phone rather than have cheques delayed or even lost in the post. “Equally they may choose to offer an inbound telephone giving option in press or inserts rather than drive response via mail so we need to have plans in place to manage that – even if it’s just doing the look-ups now, checking databases and lists against the relevant suppression files and examining just what is possible.” Pure and TW CAT combine to counter postal strike Direct marketing agency TW CAT and creative telephone agency Pure Associates have developed a combined contingency plan should the Communications Workers Union go on strike and bring Royal Mail to a standstill.The two agencies are ready to offer charities alternative methods of receiving donations and communicating with donors, should the flow of direct mail and postal donations be interrupted.TW CAT Chief Executive Alastair Irons said: “Given charities’ dependency on the postal service, it’s essential that plans are in place should a strike occur, not only to retain income but also to keep channels of communication working. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 7 June 2007 | Newscenter_img Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Individual giving  26 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.last_img read more

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Big Lottery NI marks 10th birthday with £100,000 giveaway

first_img 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. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Big Lottery in Northern Ireland is marking its 10th birthday by giving away £100,000 to groups that have changed people’s lives or transformed communities locally.Big says the cash giveaway of ten grants of £10,000 celebrates all the great things that people have done with Big Lottery Fund support in 10 years.Since 2004 the Big Lottery Fund has awarded £302 million to 7,000 groups across Northern Ireland to support a huge range of groups helping communities and people most in need.People who have benefited from one of the lottery’s grants can nominate a group to receive £10,000.The rules of the competition are:You can only nominate one group.You can’t nominate a group you work for, sit on its board, or its management committee.The group you nominate will have received a grant from Big Lottery Fund in Northern Ireland within the last ten years and to nominate a group you must live in Northern Ireland.The Fund would like you and the group you nominate to tell your story publicly.Competition decisions are final.  30 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Nomination forms and further details are on the Big Lottery website and the deadline for submissions is 12 noon, 22 August 2014.Shortlisted groups will be informed by 5th September and asked to complete an application form by 24th September saying what they will spend the money on. Big Lottery NI marks 10th birthday with £100,000 giveaway Howard Lake | 6 August 2014 | News Tagged with: Big Lottery Fund Funding Northern Irelandlast_img read more

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It’s Election Day in Ector County

first_img By admin – May 22, 2018 Church leaders condemn mayor’s disparaging comments Local NewsGovernment It’s Election Day in Ector County Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Home Local News Government It’s Election Day in Ector County WhatsApp 2018 Election logo Facebookcenter_img Previous articleOPD kicking off West Texas leg of torch runNext articleFive things you need to know today, May 22 admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Election Day for the May joint primary runoff elections will begin at 7 a.m. today.The only local election is on the Republican ballot for Precinct 2 justice of the peace. Voters have the option to vote for either Matthew Stringer or Missi Walden.Democrats only have the option of voting for Andrew White or Lupe Valdez to be the Democratic candidate for the November gubernatorial election against incumbent Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.Early voting took place Monday through Friday last week, seeing a total of 1,018 Republican votes and 279 Democratic votes in Ector County. There were a total of 1,297 votes cast during the early voting period, including mail ballots received by the county election office.Polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on today. Voters have 13 different voting center locations in Odessa and one location in Gardendale to choose from:Crossroads Fellowship, 6901 Texas 191 Frontage Road.First Baptist Church, 709 N. Lee St.First Church of the Nazarene, 2223 Lyndale Drive.Gardendale Community Building, 4226 E. Larkspur Lane, Gardendale.Getsemani Church, 8431 S. Highway 385.MCH Primary Care-West, 6030 W. University Blvd.Northside Senior Center, 1225 N. Adams St.Odessa Christian Faith Center; 180 Youth Building, 8928 Andrews Highway.Odessa College Sports Center, 201 W. University Blvd.PAL Center, 1015 N. County Road West.Salinas Community Building, 600 W. Clements St.Sherwood Church of Christ, 4900 N. Dixie Blvd.St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, 7601 N. Grandview Ave.Westlake Hardware, 4652 E. University Blvd.Voters should bring their voter registration certificate and a photo ID, such as a driver’s license, with them when they go to cast their vote. Landgraf staffer resigns following investigation Landgraf prepares for state budget debate Hawaiian Roll Ham SlidersVirgin Coco MojitoCreamy Fruit SaladPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

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Michael Martin predicts Donegal will elect two Fianna Fail TD’s

first_img Pinterest By News Highland – February 24, 2011 WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Michael Martin predicts Donegal will elect two Fianna Fail TD’s Google+ NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Twitter Google+ WhatsAppcenter_img LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Facebook Facebook Previous articleGAA – Kavanagh to Miss Kildare ClashNext articlePolice renew appeal one year on from Derry man’s murder News Highland Twitter News Fianna Fail Michael Martin has defended his decision not to visit Donegal during the election campaign  stating he simply didn’t have time.Donegal’s constituencies are two of just a handful that the new Fianna Fail leader did not canvas.He said it was agreed that, given her senior status in the party, Tanaiste Mary Coughlan would look after the area.Speaking to Highland Radio News Mr Martin also expressed his confidence that the party would return two TD’s in Donegal:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/mickmart.mp3[/podcast] Pinterest Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this weeklast_img read more

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“Does One Become Christian Just By Attending Church Sermon?” AP HC Dismisses Plea Against CM Jagan Mohan Reddy For His Visit To Tirupati Temple ‘Being A Non-Hindu’

first_imgTop Stories”Does One Become Christian Just By Attending Church Sermon?” AP HC Dismisses Plea Against CM Jagan Mohan Reddy For His Visit To Tirupati Temple ‘Being A Non-Hindu’ Nupur Thapliyal30 Dec 2020 6:20 PMShare This – xA Single Judge bench headed by Justice Battu Devanand of Andhra Pradesh High Court on Wednesday dismissed writ petition of quo warranto against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and other Cabinet Ministers on their visit to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam Temple despite being non Hindus and followers of a different religion. The petition was filed requiring the respondents…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA Single Judge bench headed by Justice Battu Devanand of Andhra Pradesh High Court on Wednesday dismissed writ petition of quo warranto against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and other Cabinet Ministers on their visit to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam Temple despite being non Hindus and followers of a different religion. The petition was filed requiring the respondents to show under what authority are they holding their respective official posts thereby seeking directions on appointment of other competent persons in their place. Alokam Sudhakar Babu, the petitioner in the case, is a social worker and a follower of Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy. The genesis of the petition rests on Rule 136 of the Andhra Pradesh Charitable and Hindu Religious Institutions and Endowments Act, 1987 which provides that a precondition of giving a declaration has to be fulfilled by every non Hindu while visiting the temple. The primary grievance of the petitioner is that Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, who is a Christian by religion, has entered the temple without furnishing the required declaration thereby violating the law of the State and he is not entitled to continue in the present post as he is holding. Arguments of the petitioner: According to the provisions of the Act, non Hindus belonging to a different religion are allowed inside the temple only after they furnish a declaration under Rule 136 and it is only after the permission is granted can they be allowed to enter inside the temple.Such condition was imposed on other than the Hindus is a reasonable restriction, and to maintain sanctity among the people who visits the century old temple. Y S Jaganmohan Reddy visits to the temple after being a Chief Minister has become controversy and effects the feelings and sentiments of people who belongs to Hindu religion and creating fear on them.The respondent who is supposed to be the first person to comply the State laws is not only violating them but also compelling other cabinet ministers to engage in violations.The act of the respondents to visit the temple without submitting the declaration gave an impression that they are not respecting the feelings of Hindu religion and hurting the sentiments of the Hindus and creating different feelings. Observation of the Court: On Right to Freedom of Religion and meaning of a Professing Christian The bench while interpreting a person’s right to freedom of religion under Art. 25 was of the view that “The individual right contained in Article 25 of the Constitution guarantees to every person the freedom of conscience and the right freely to profess, practice and propagate religion subject to public order, health and morality. Therefore, it is clear that subject to the restrictions imposed in the Article 25, every person has a fundamental right under the constitution not merely to entertain such religious belief but to exhibit its belief and ideas as are enjoyed or sanctioned by this religion and further to propagate his religious views for the edification of the others.” Further, the bench interpreted the provisions of the Act dealing with Admission of Non-Hindus into the Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams Temples contained in Rule 136 of the Act. While doing so, the Court analyzed the meaning of “professing a religion” and who is a “Hindu”. The bench relied on the case of Punjabrao vs. Dr. D.P.Meshram & Ors. (1965) wherein the Supreme Court held that the word professing means to avow publicly; to make an open declaration, to declare one’s belief, to profess Christ and to accept into a religious order. On the point of the meaning of being a Hindu, the court relied on Sastri Yagnapurushadji & Ors. v. Muldas Bhudardas Vaishya (1966) where the Court examined the broad features of Hindu religion, after tracing the historical and etymological genesis of the word ‘Hindu’ to river Sindhu otherwise known Indus. After analyzing the decisions on the subject, the bench took note of the point that the Supreme Court has described the Hindu religion as a way of life based on certain basic concepts. While considering the meaning of “Professing Christian religion”, the bench referred to Sec. 3 of the Indian Christian Marriage Act, 1872 which defines the meaning of Christian and Native Christians. “Any person professing the Christian religion is a Christian for the purpose of the said Act and Christian residence of Natives of India converted to Christianity as well as such converts are classified as Native Christians. Baptism is the sacrament by which a person is admitted into the Church of Christ and it is not only a sign and distinguished mark of the Christian profession.” The bench observed. On Entry of Respondents (Non Hindus) to the Temple The Court observed that the petitioner failed to show any material evidence on record which establishes that the Respondent (Y S Jaganmohan Reddy) is a professing Christian. Therefore, the allegations of the petitioner were not entertained by the bench. The bench also noted that merely attending the Christian Gospel conventions and attending the prayers in Churches, one cannot be considered as a Christian. “Recently, the respondent has participated in the prayers in Gurudwara at Vijayawada. Can he be treated as professing the “Sikh” religion? Does one become a “Christian” just by having a biblical name or just by attending a Church sermon? Can one be called as a ‘Christian’ just because they read the Bible or have the Crucifix in their house? Admittedly, the answer will be negative.” The Court observed. Further, the Court also noted that there is a State tradition from years to invite the serving Chief Ministers for offering prayers to Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams temples to present “Pattu Vastralu” during Brahmotsavam as per the procedure provided under “Kainkarya Patti”. “In the opinion of this Court, he entered into the Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam’s temples, in the capacity of the Chief Minister of the State, as a representative of the people of the state, and as such, he need not submit a declaration as provided under Rule 136 of the Rules.” The court held. However, the bench clarified that if the respondent visits the temple in his personal capacity, it shall be mandatory for him to submit the declaration under the Rule. The Bench dismissed the petition and did not go into the allegations made by the petitioners due to the failure of producing any backing evidence. Case Name: Alokam Sudhakar Babu v. State of Andhra Pradesh & Ors. W.P. 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Dying Declaration Can Be Sole Basis For Conviction Only When Court Is Satisfied That It Is True And Voluntary, Reiterates Supreme Court

first_imgNews UpdatesDying Declaration Can Be Sole Basis For Conviction Only When Court Is Satisfied That It Is True And Voluntary, Reiterates Supreme Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK8 May 2021 10:27 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court reiterated that a Court must be satisfied that the dying declaration is true and voluntary, and only then could it be the sole basis for conviction without corroboration.In this case, the Karnataka High Court reversed the acquittal recorded by the Trial Court and convicted the accused in a murder case. To convict them, the High Court relied on the dying declaration made by the deceased.In appeal, the court noted the following factors (i) interpolation in the dying declaration (ii) contradiction in the statements of prosecution witnesses regarding injuries on the palm, (iii) the victim with 80% injuries was apparently not in a situation to talk or give statement, (iv) PW-2, son of the deceased himself has stated that his mother committed suicide as she could not bear that her another son had been sent to jail, (v) there being no corroborative evidence to the statement , and (vi) there is no other evidence led by the prosecution to connect the appellants with the crime except the statement.Referring to a few precedents on the subject [ P.V. Radhakrishna. v. State of Karnataka (2003) 6 SCC 443 , Sham Shankar Kankaria v. State of Maharashtra (2006) 13 SCC 165, Chacko v. State of Kerala 2003) 1 SCC 112, Surinder Kumar v. State of Haryana (2011) 10 SCC 173], the bench comprising CJI NV Ramana, Justices Surya Kant and Aniruddha Bose observed.15.It goes without saying that when the dying declaration has been recorded in accordance with law, and it gives a cogent and plausible explanation of the occurrence, the Court can rely upon it as the solitary piece of evidence to convict the accused. It is for this reason that Section 32 of the Evidence Act, 1872 is an exception to the general rule against the admissibility of hearsay evidence and its Clause (1) makes the statement of the decease admissible. Such statement, classified as a “dying declaration” is made by a person as to the cause of his death or as to the injuries which culminated to his death or the circumstances under which injuries were inflicted. A dying declaration is thus admitted in evidence on the premise that the anticipation of brewing death breeds the same human feelings as that of a conscientious and guiltless person under oath. It is a statement comprising of last words of a person before his death which are presumed to be truthful, and not infected by any motive or malice. The dying declaration is therefore admissible in evidence on the principle of necessity as there is very little hope of survival of the maker, and if found reliable, it can certainly form the basis for conviction.16…….Although there is neither a rule of law nor of prudence that the dying declaration cannot be acted upon without corroboration, the Court must nonetheless be satisfied that the dying declaration is true and voluntary, and only then could it be the sole basis for conviction without corroboration.In Sampat Babso Kale and Another v. State of Maharashtra 2019 (4) SCC 739, the bench said, it was noted that “the endorsement made by the doctor that the victim was in a fit state of mind to make the statement has been made not before the statement but after the statement was recorded. Normally it should be the other way around.”The court also noted that, in this case, the prosecution had sufficient time to call a Judicial/Executive Magistrate to record the dying declaration. Further, the police officer admitted that he did not seek an endorsement from the doctor as to whether the injured was in a fit state of mind to make a statement, before he proceeded to record the statement.”22…. It is common knowledge that such Officers are judicially trained to record dying declarations after complying with all the mandatory pre-requisites, including certification or endorsement from the Medical Officer that the victim was in a fit state of mind to make a statement. We hasten to add that the law does not compulsorily require the presence of a Judicial or Executive Magistrate to record a dying declaration or that a dying declaration cannot be relied upon as the solitary piece of evidence unless recorded by a Judicial or Executive Magistrate. It is only as a rule of prudence, and if so permitted by the facts and circumstances, the dying declaration may preferably be recorded by a Judicial or Executive Magistrate so as to muster additional strength to the prosecution case”, the bench observed while setting aside the conviction of the accused.Case: Jayamma vs. State of Karnataka [CrA 758 OF 2010]Coram: CJI NV Ramana, Justices Surya Kant and Aniruddha BoseCitation: LL 2021 SC 251Click here to Read/Download JudgmentTagsDying Declaration Supreme Court Justice Aniruddha Bose Justice Surya Kant CJI NV Ramana Next Storylast_img read more

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People around the country rally to send postcards to students in El Paso

first_imgMitshu/iStock(EL PASO, Texas) — Two teachers in El Paso, Texas, who put out a call for people to send postcards to their students after a mass shooting at a local Walmart, have been inundated with more than 1,000 cards and counting. “It has been a very humbling experience to receive such an outpouring of love and kindness from everyone,” Teresa Garrett, a fourth-grade teacher at Tom Lea Elementary School, told ABC News’ Good Morning America. “We’re just so blessed and overwhelmed and happy with the response,” said Elvira Flores, a fourth-grade teacher at Hillside Elementary School. “The students’ reactions are priceless.” Flores, an El Paso teacher for the past 20 years, decided to post a request on Facebook for cards for her students after feeling “sad and in disbelief” herself after a gunman opened fire at the Walmart on Aug. 3, killing 22 people and injuring more than two dozen others. The gunman allegedly targeted the Walmart in El Paso, which sits near the U.S. border with Mexico, because it is frequented by Mexicans who come there to shop, according to police.“The following day was going to be our first day of school and I thought, I don’t know [my students] yet but I know they need to hear this message, as opposed to the message of the man who came to our city,” she said. “We heard his message. I wanted them to hear the voices of other people who love them.”Flores posted the request in a closed teachers’ group on Facebook. Garrett had meanwhile also been trying to think of ways to help the El Paso community. She said that when she saw Flores’ post, she asked that her name and school address be included too. “We are teachers in El Paso. We would like to know if anyone is interested in sending us postcards to help our students know there is plenty of good in the world,” the post read. “As teachers, we may only be able to say so much. We think concrete messages of support would help us calm some fears. Any thoughts?” The post was quickly shared more than 1,000 times, according to Garrett. “On Monday we took the addresses out and asked everyone to message us for the address and by Tuesday we took it down as we were overwhelmed by the response,” she said. “After we breathed and discussed it, we decided to go forward with the project.”The teachers then began telling their students about what strangers were sending them, which included not just postcards but t-shirts, books, school supplies and even a football signed by the Notre Dame football team. “One card had a fire truck on it and a student was so excited because he wants to be a fireman and he started asking all these questions about becoming one,” Flores said. “Another girl whose dad was actually there [at the shooting[, she just smiled at her card.” Garrett is having her students deliver the items to other classrooms and said they “loved doing this act of kindness and paying it forward.”Because of the overwhelming response to their request, Flores and Garrett plan to distribute the gifts and postcards they’ve received to other schools in the district of around 57,000 students. “We are a family,” Garrett said. “To be honest, El Paso is a family. We may be large but as our Texas Pledge says, ‘We are one and indivisible.’” The support for students in El Paso in the form of postcards and gifts is indicative of the support the community has felt as a whole, according to Melissa Martinez, a spokesperson for the El Paso Independent School District. “I think people have just really opened up their hearts, whether they are here locally or from afar,” she said. “What the teachers experienced is really just indicative of what the community has experienced, an outpouring love and support.”Flores said she wants the people sending postcards and gifts to El Paso students to know that “their message is being heard.” “I know that we won’t be able to respond to all of them but it’s made a huge difference for our community,” she said. “I honestly believe there’s so much more good out there [than bad].”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Double take

first_imgInvestors in People can be an effective mechanism in identifying vulnerableareas in a company and building regular health and safety training intoorganisational procedures.  By CathieHead and Jenny McCarter On the face of it, Investors in People (IIP) and health and safety mayappear two quite separate areas of business procedure. To start with, standardsin health and safety are imposed by law, whereas going for the IIP award is avoluntary decision made by a company to improve its performance, with requiredstandards to be met being determined by the company itself. Where health and safety procedures have to be put in place to prevent anyultimate loss of profit resulting from negative events, IIP is an optional,proactive scheme to develop and implement measures designed to increaseprofitability. In short, health and safety is associated with compliance andIIP with commitment. The recently updated IIP standard now directly refers tothe “organisation being committed to equality of opportunity in thedevelopment of its people”. The regular introduction of new directives and legislation means that healthand safety compliance is very much a moving target and the role of the healthand safety manager is an increasingly demanding one. A great deal of time mustbe dedicated to keeping abreast of changing legal requirements. Not only that,dramatic changes in work cultures are presenting new and more complex problemswhere health and safety is concerned. Flexible work trends Over the last decade, there has been a steady increase in flexible workhours and job-sharing schemes. Modem links and e-mail have made it easy andeffective for employees to operate from a home-based office, adding even moreflexibility to the working schedule. Widespread “downsizing” hasmeant that more companies are employing contractors or freelance resource,often on an ad hoc, irregular basis. So the ebb and flow of employees in and out of company premises is becomingall the more difficult to track. These trends have meant a higher level of “hot desking” whereworking areas and equipment are used by more than one person. This meansmaintenance of consistent ergonomic factors becomes a problem, such as settingsfor computer screens, VDU positions, or adjustment of chairs. The increase in smaller independent enterprises, particularly in the serviceand consultant sectors, means it is more likely that one person may be manningan office single-handed, either permanently if they run a smaller regionaloutpost of a company, or regularly if they are holding the fort while managersand/or sales people are out of the office. Many employees of small- to medium-sized firms do a great deal of travellingon company business, using their own vehicles. These are not only salesrepresentatives or consultants, but also secretaries and administrative staff,who may make local but frequent car journeys in order to access resources inwhich the company cannot justify an investment internally. These includeservices such as photocopy shops, printers and graphic design houses. Other cost-saving activities, such as making airport and station runs tocollect or drop off colleagues and clients, rather than using taxis, arecommon. Additionally, rather than provide a company car, many organisationsprefer to give eligible employees a car allowance as part of their salary. Thismeans they have less control over the reliability and safety of a vehicle beingused regularly by the employee in company time on company business. Long hours Stress management initiatives and “new age” trends towards morebalanced lifestyles notwithstanding, “workaholism” is still endemic.Again, those especially – though by no means exclusively – likely to be workingalone and late in the office, are employees of smaller organisations. Limitedresource may mean that the only way to submit a new business proposal orcontract quotation on time is to burn the midnight oil, often in solitude.Afterwards they may wander into a darkened car park, before a long drive in afatigued or stressed state, or walk through city streets late at night, beforehaving to wait around at a bus stop, railway or underground station. Changing trends in personal finance have also affected the nature of workingculture. The surge in sales of personal pensions schemes, an ever-expandingmarket for financial products and the concurrent demand for the services offinancial advisers means the number of salesmen and consultants who call onexisting and prospective clients in their homes has dramatically increased. A long-standing business which requires frequent home visits to”unknown quantities” is estate agency. Here the issue of personalsafety was tragically highlighted by the Suzy Lamplugh case, and as a resultthe Suzy Lamplugh Trust has been established as a national charity for personalsafety. The trust, which is itself currently undergoing the IIP programme, publishesbooklets, runs training courses and has just launched a new video, First Stepsto Personal Safety at Work, for companies to use as part of their inductionprogramme. The health and safety issues that these factors present are clear, once theyare available to examine. However, identifying such factors in the first placecan be a complex exercise, as can the process of determining appropriatetraining. These risk factors for health and safety, and the trainingrequirements they indicate, only become apparent through close observation ofthe role and activity of each individual employee, at an in-depth personallevel. It is in the area of training where Investors in People and health andsafety overlap in terms of meeting each of their objectives. Training needs Within small and medium-sized organisations, it is important that everybodywho may or may not be at risk has some opportunity for awareness raising andtraining, and the IIP standard can be a useful structure within which toidentify some of the training needs. A typical organisation might start, forexample, with a review of the job roles of each member of staff with a view toidentifying potential personal safety issues. This type of exercise, oftentermed “training needs analysis”, may take the form of a variety ofactivities, such as interviews, questionnaires, discussion groups etc. Forsmaller businesses that do not have adequate resources to carry out this typeof investigation, specialist consultants are available to give assistance andguidance. Staff motivation Once the gaps in training and development needs have been identified, theorganisation is able to consider how best to meet them. This could be through atailored course for all staff, contact with organisations such as the Healthand Safety Executive or the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, or through structured trainingplans. By undergoing this process, whether formally or informally (trainingplans no longer need to be documented), the development and care of individualswill increase motivation, which in turn leads to improved performance, therebymaking the business more profitable. Cathie Head is specialist consultant in Investors in People and JennyMcCarter is a specialist consultant in health and safety at trainingconsultancy Paul Temple Associates. First Steps to Personal Safety at Work is available from HascombeEnterprises, tel: 020-7945 6090 e-mail: [email protected] Suzy Lamplugh Trust is the National Charity for Personal Safety.  For information contact the Suzy Lamplugh Trust,14 East Sheen Avenue, London SW14 8AS. Tel: 0208392 1839,    www.suzylamplugh.org Registered charity number 802567 Related posts:No related photos. Double takeOn 1 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

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Magnetic properties of Upper Quaternary sediments from the Scotia Sea, Antarctica

first_imgMagnetic properties of bulk sediment samples taken from three cores from the Scotia Sea, Antarctica were determined using a fully-automated variable field translation balance. Fine-grained detrital magnetite is identified as the principal carrier of remanence in these Upper Quaternary sediments which were deposited under the influence of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current. Inferred magnetite grain-size is consistent with published bulk grain-size data for these cores. Pseudo-single domain grains characterize Holocene samples, and larger, multi-domain grains occur in glacial samples from two of the cores, whereas samples from the northernmost core site show dominantly multi-domain behaviour.last_img read more