Refugees will help to avert a nursing recruitment crisis

first_img Previous Article Next Article TheGovernment must make greater use of refugees to avert a crisis in therecruitment of nurses, according to the results of a year-long study.Thereport, presented to health minister John Hutton at the Emp-loyability Forumconference last week, offers a better way to register and employ refugeenurses.Italso recommends a national database, to alert employers to the untapped skillson their doorstep, and to provide more effective pathways to registration andemployment for refugee nurses, greater use of intensive language courses, andthe introduction of more supervised practice placements and mentoring.Anestimated 25 per cent of nurses employed by the NHS will leave in the next fiveyears.RoswynHakesley-Brown, who chaired the taskforce that carried out the research, saidthat refugee nurses have huge talents to offer, which the UK badly needs.“Ata time of skills shortages in nursing, refugee nurses represent a significant,but largely untapped, pool of talent,” she said. PersonnelToday’s ‘Refugees in Employment’ campaign has lobbied for a comprehensiverefugees skills database for two years. Des-pite the Government’s promises, ithas yet to come into existence. Refugees will help to avert a nursing recruitment crisisOn 27 Jul 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more


Spring mortality of the cyclopoid copepod Oithona similis in polar waters

first_imgThe cyclopoid copepod Oithona similis is highly abundant and ubiquitous in the marine epipelagic environment, yet rates of mortality in this species have rarely been quantified; indeed we are lacking such measurements for Copepoda in general in cold waters. In the present study we examined O. similis stage structure, egg production and mortality rates across the Scotia Sea, Southern Ocean, sampling from the ice edge to the Polar Front in the austral spring of 2006, The population stage structure near the retreating ice edge was indicative of a recruitment pulse moving through the younger stages; therefore, the assumptions of the vertical life table (VLT) approach were not met and mortality was not estimated for those stations. At all other stations the assumptions of VLT were largely met, and mortality rates were determined as across-station averages, The highest rates of mortality occurred across the egg to NIT stages at around 0.04 d(-1), falling to < 0.03 d(-1) in subsequent stages, and then increasing again to 0.11. d(-1) across copepod stage V to adult males. The ratio of adult males to females suggested that males have a mortality rate similar to 12 times greater than females (i.e. the adult male to female abundance ratio is 0.08). It is unlikely that these differences can be attributed simply to the males' shorter physiological longevity (longevity when free of predators); the primary cause is likely elevated predation mortality due to the risks associated with mate locating behaviour.last_img read more


Roadway Across Marshes Could Jump Start Bayside Dredging

first_imgThe city hopes to build a temporary roadway to allow truck access to remove material and free up space at a dredging disposal site in the marshes near Roosevelt Boulevard in Ocean City. By Missy RittiFor OCNJ DailyCity Council on Thursday approved two measures that could help turn the tide in the struggle to bring deep water back to Ocean City’s bayfront.Council first agreed to seek bids from companies that can build a temporary roadway from Roosevelt Boulevard to “Site 83” – a nearby site in the marshes where dredged material can be deposited. Council, in a separate resolution, also agreed to award a professional services contract of up to $787,500 for an outside company, ACT Engineering Inc., to continue work on coming up with a master plan for dredging Ocean City’s shallow waters from tip to tip along Ocean City’s bayfront.Ocean City Business Administrator Jim Mallon said the necessity of the first measure hinged largely upon passage of the second.“This way, we can be prepared to bid (for the temporary roadway) in an expeditious manner,” Mallon said.Much of Ocean City’s bayfront is not navigable because the water is so shallow during much of the tide cycle. The city has committed funding to dredging projects to remove material from the floor of the bay to make water deeper. But efforts have been stymied by bureaucratic red tape and lack of a viable place to transport dredged material.“We believe that currently available sites can be optimized to undertake a modest dredging program in 2015,” ACT Engineers writes in its scope and budget proposal. “Therefore, it is recommended that the city proceed with a dredging program for the late summer of 2015 and undertake a significant dredging program in 2016, once CDF capacity can be made available.”See the PDF below for the full text of the ACT Engineers proposal for assessing the work that needs to be done, then doing it. The PDF also includes the council resolution and other documentation.An outside contractor is at work now on a $2.7 million contract to haul just 50,000 cubic yards away from Site 83 – which is filled to capacity – by barge and truck (read more). That work will continue. The roadway would make similar projects more efficient and cost-effective.Though final permits are not in hand, the state Department of Environmental Protection has indicated that things look favorable according to Mallon, who said the City is “optimistic” the roadway can be completed by the end of the year. “We are being aggressive, because the homeowners along the bay want us to be aggressive,” he added.The city will seek bids in anticipation that the final OK will come soon.With regard to the second resolution – the awarding of a professional services contract to ACT Engineering Inc. – Councilman Pete Guinosso asked if the City was underutilizing its own team of engineers by “outsourcing” the job. Mayor Jay Gillian responded that although the City has “great engineers,” the scope of the project has “grown to such an enormity,” it cannot be adequately handled in-house.“We need someone to be on this, 24-7 ,” Gillian added.A public meeting on the dredging project, with an update from ACT, will be held at the Ocean City Senior Center on Aug. 25, at 7 p.m.Download (PDF, 1.05MB)last_img read more


Ghana’s Ntumi wins bronze at Africa Senior Weightlifting Championship

first_imgGhana registered her first medal at the ongoing Africa Weightlifting Championship in Egypt, with Winnifred Ntumi claiming bronze in the Women’s 49kg bodyweight category. Ntumi, the first Ghanaian to compete at the championship, added yet another medal to her collection after claiming bronze at the African Youth Championship last year.  Ghana is being represented by six athletes, two females and four males, in 5 weight different categories. 2018 Youth Olympian Sandra Mensimah Owusu is set to compete in the 59kg category on Friday.last_img


Lakers’ Byron Scott wonders if Dallas acquiring Rajon Rondo will be enough to contend

first_imgSo much for Kobe Bryant having breakfast in Boston two weeks ago with Rajon Rondo. The Mavericks acquired Rondo from the Celtics for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, a 2015 first-round pick and a 2016 second-round pick. Meanwhile, a Lakers official downplayed reports the team had offered Steve Nash’s expiring $9.8 million contract and a first-round pick from Houston to Boston for Rondo. “We haven’t talked about anything as far as trades are concerned,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said about recent conversations he had with general manager Mitch Kupchak. “We talked about our players and how we can get them better.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Rondo will still become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The Lakers will have enough cap space to offer a max contract to Rondo, though he makes $12.9 million and averages 8.3 points, 10.8 assists and 7.5 rebounds per game. But the Lakers’ chance of securing Rondo could become more difficult. Ellis joins a loaded Mavericks (19-8) team featuring Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons, Monta Ellis and Tyson Chandler. “Rondo is a hell of a basketball player,” Scott said before the Lakers’ 104-103 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night at Staples Center. “Obviously (Mavericks owner Mark) Cuban and that group is trying to go for a championship right now.”Still, Scott tabbed the Golden State Warriors (22-3) and Memphis Grizzlies (21-5) as the Western Conference favorites. Scott lauded the Warriors’ prolific offense featuring Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and the team’s defense. Scott argued Memphis’ rugged style suits postseason play. Cuban and Scott appear to agree on something different, though. center_img Scott likes Cuban’s recent proposal that the NBA should realign their conferences considering the disparity between the Eastern and Western Conference. Miami (12-15) and Brooklyn (10-15) are slated to make the playoffs as the seventh and eight seed, respectively, despite having records below .500. Meanwhile, Scott described the Western Conference as a “monster,” featuring Golden State, Memphis, Portland (21-6) and Houston (19-6). “It doesn’t make sense geographically. But other than that, he has a good point,” Scott said of Cuban. “There’s a few teams, us included, that would love to be in the Eastern Conference right now.”Fond memoriesThunder coach Scott Brooks holds Bryant in high regards for reasons besides his productive play and mentoring Oklahoma City stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Brooks gushed about coaching Bryant in the 2012 NBA All-Star game when the Lakers’ star played both through a concussion and stopped LeBron James on a potential game-winning shot. “He wanted to guard LeBron James and he didn’t want him to score,” Scott said of Bryant. “I’m glad he didn’t because we got extra money by winning that game. So, thank you, Kobe.” last_img read more


Man United can benefit from Madrid lesson, says Mourinho

first_imgJose MourinhoSkopje, Macedonia | AFP | Jose Mourinho insisted that Manchester United had emerged from their trip to Skopje for the UEFA Super Cup reinforced despite the scoreline flattering them in a 2-1 defeat to Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid.The Portuguese manager had expected his side to struggle against the reigning European champions and they could have conceded more than just the goals scored by Casemiro and Isco, one in each half.Casemiro hit the bar with Tuesday’s game at the Philip II Arena still goalless, and Gareth Bale struck the frame of the goal in the second half.But on a sweltering night in the Macedonian capital last season’s Europa League winners improved in the final stages after Romelu Lukaku reduced the deficit, and substitute Marcus Rashford almost equalised late on.“I always say the Champions League is one thing and the Europa League is another, and the Champions League winner obviously has a different potential,” said ex-Real coach Mourinho, whose current team are back in Europe’s elite club competition this season.“So for us to come here and do the positive things we did, I think we have to keep that positive feeling into the new season, and into the Champions League in September.“I think this Super Cup was a great experience for us.”Mourinho, who gave away his runners-up medal to a young fan, sought solace in the fact that the Old Trafford club will not need to come up against Madrid in the Premier League.“We have top teams with different qualities. There are no replicas of (Luka) Modric, (Toni) Kroos, Isco or Casemiro,” he said.United won the League Cup as well as the Europa League last season but are under pressure to improve after labouring to a sixth-place finish in the Premier League.They begin their campaign at home to West Ham United on Sunday and summer signings Victor Lindelof, Lukaku and Nemanja Matic will all hope to have done enough in Skopje to keep their places.Mourinho was especially pleased with ex-Chelsea midfielder Matic, saying the Serb “moved the ball well and gave balance to the team to start building from the back”.– No move for Bale? –Lukaku also earned praise from his manager after the £75 million ($97 million) recruit from Everton scored on his competitive debut, but United’s attack looked like it could still do with the extra quality a player like Bale would bring. Mourinho had mischievously suggested he would interpret Bale as being for sale and would therefore make a move for the Welshman if he did not start for Real.But Bale did start, setting up Isco’s goal as well as hitting the bar before being replaced on 74 minutes. Mourinho later told BT Sport that it was “game over” as far as that move was concerned.For all his success in the game, Mourinho has still never won the Super Cup, while Zidane has now won the trophy two years running.Real have now lifted the Super Cup on four separate occasions but what is really striking is the success enjoyed by Zidane in his time as coach.This was his sixth trophy since being appointed in January last year, just 19 months ago.“There were big celebrations in the dressing room, we don’t get tired of winning,” said the Frenchman, whose side will defend the Champions League crown and La Liga this season.He described his side’s performance as “almost perfect” and added: “I don’t know if we can play any better, but we will try. We know that we have difficult opponents, with another one coming on Sunday. But our ambition is to keep getting better.”Real face Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup this Sunday and Cristiano Ronaldo will hope to play a key role in that game after making a brief appearance from the bench against United. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


Historic USS Olympia Silver on Display at Olympia City Hall

first_imgFacebook18Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of Enterprise ServicesA selection of pieces from the USS Olympia’s official presentation silver service are on display this month at Olympia City Hall. The antique silver set was presented to the historic U.S. Navy warship more than 100 years ago following local and statewide efforts to raise funds for the service.The silver pieces can be viewed between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the lobby at Olympia City Hall, 601 Fourth Ave. E.Featuring the state of Washington seal, oak and laurel leaves and the name “Olympia,” the presentation silver collection is steeped in military history: It was presented to commemorate the 344-foot steel ship’s heroic role in the Spanish-American War’s Battle of Manila Bay, under the command of Admiral George Dewey.Though most famous as Dewey’s flagship in the Spanish-American War, the USS Olympia served in both military and humanitarian roles in the U.S. Navy into the 1920s. Its last assignment prior to decommissioning was the return the body of the Unknown Soldier to the United States for burial. The vessel is now an exhibit at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia.On DisplaySilver set pieces on display include an ornate 20-inch oval tray and a small tureen with a lid, crafted by Shreve & Company of San Francisco. The pieces are part of a 29-piece collection on loan from the U.S. Navy to the City of Olympia and managed by the Department of Enterprise Services. The full set is usually on display at the Governor’s Mansion on the Capitol Campus, and includes a coffee and tea service, several trays, covered dishes and punch bowl.A selection of pieces from the USS Olympia’s official presentation silver service are on display this month at Olympia City Hall from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Photo courtesy: Washington State Department of Enterprise Services“Each piece in the collection is a work of art,” said Marygrace Goddu, cultural resources manager for Enterprise Services. “It was designed to be over-the-top, a showpiece and a status symbol that would attest to Olympia’s culture and means, and lay claim to the city’s heroic namesake ship. Each piece was modeled and engraved by skilled silversmiths.”A Piece of Community HistoryAfter USS Olympia gained status as a legendary American ship in the 1898 Battle of Manila Bay, local and statewide efforts raised money to purchase the set for $8,750. The collection was officially presented to the ship on Sept. 26, 1899. Its assessed value in 2003 was just under $200,000.“The city of Olympia is extremely proud to display for the public this remarkable piece of our community’s history,” said Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby. “The silver service is a beautiful symbol of our relationship with the naval vessels that have borne our city name over the years and of our ongoing partnership with the state of Washington who has maintained the silver with such care. We are grateful to the state for their stewardship of these pieces.”The city’s display is coordinated with an upcoming visit by the crew of a more modern vessel that bears the city’s name — the USS Olympia submarine. Crew members of the 362-foot-long fast attack submarine are scheduled to visit its namesake city this weekend to participate in community service projects and other events.last_img read more