What is a disability?

first_imgWhat is a disability?On 30 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Abadeh,a telephone operator, suffered permanent hearing loss and tinnitus in his leftear after receiving a sudden, high-pitched noise through his headset. He alsodeveloped post traumatic stress disorder. Abadeh brought a disabilitydiscrimination claim and the tribunal had to establish whether Abadeh was”disabled” within the meaning of the Disability Discrimination Act. Thetribunal considered four medical reports, two for each of the parties. BT’sreports were prepared by M. The tribunal held that although Abadeh had animpairment which adversely affected his ability to carry out normal day-to-dayactivities the effects of the impairment were not substantial. Accordingly,Abadeh was not disabled. Abadehappealed. The EAT found that the tribunal had been over-influenced by M’sopinion and the matter was remitted to a fresh tribunal. Interestingly, the EATalso held that the effects of medical treatment (Abadeh’s ongoingpsychotherapy) should be taken into account if the medical evidence showed thatcontinuing treatment brought a permanent improvement. Abadehv British Telecommunications, IDS Brief 675, EAT Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Staff suffer stress on high workload

first_img One Response to Staff suffer stress on high workload Long hours and heavy workloads are making staff less productive andincreasing absence rates, claims research. Half of the 500 employees surveyed have suffered stress over the last 12months, and a quarter of staff have had time off as a result. The research, commissioned by the International Stress ManagementAssociation and Royal & SunAlliance, also reveals that over 40 per cent ofstaff who have suffered stress believe it has lowered their productivity. Too much work is the most common cause of stress, with other catalystsincluding deadline pressure, an unsupportive work environment and problems withmaintaining an acceptable work-life balance. Long hours are also a problem with a quarter of staff working more than fivedays a week and almost a third of these clocking up more than a 48-hour week. The research accuses employers of continuing to disregard the Working TimeDirective, with 54 per cent of people who work more than a five-day week doingso because their employer demands it. Professor Cary Cooper, president of ISMA and stress expert, commented,”Now we are going through an economic downturn, UK plc cannot afford poorproductivity. “Managing people effectively is fundamentally more important thanintroducing new technology.” www.isma.org.uk Can you please tell me the present scenario of stresses on Automobile drivers? Previous Article Next Article Gojen Thangjam 10 Feb 2014 at 9:31 am # Staff suffer stress on high workloadOn 6 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Taxonomy 2.0: computer-aided identification tools to assist Antarctic biologists in the field and in the laboratory

first_imgSpecies inventories are essential to the implementation of conservation policies to mitigate biodiversity loss and maintain ecosystem services and their value to the society. This is particularly topical with respect to climate change and direct anthropogenic effects on Antarctic biodiversity, with the identification of the most at-risk taxa and geographical areas becoming a priority. Identification tools are often neglected and considered helpful only for taxonomists. However, the development of new online information technologies and computer-aided identification tools provides an opportunity to promote them to a wider audience, especially considering the emerging generation of scientists who apply an integrative approach to taxonomy. This paper aims to clarify essential concepts and provide convenient and accessible tools, tips and suggested systems to use and develop knowledge bases (KBs). The software Xper3 was selected as an example of a user-friendly KB management system to give a general overview of existing tools and functionalities through two applications: the ‘Antarctic Echinoids’ and ‘Odontasteridae Southern Ocean (Asteroids)’ KBs. We highlight the advantages provided by KBs over more classical tools, and future potential uses are highlighted, including the production of field guides to aid in the compilation of species inventories for biodiversity conservation purposes.last_img read more

Canopy partners with Mydeposits

first_imgHome » News » Canopy partners with Mydeposits previous nextProducts & ServicesCanopy partners with MydepositsCanopy is set to help tenants become more financially resilient as it launches a software integration with tenant deposit scheme, Mydeposits.Sheila Manchester17th September 20190821 Views Canopy is set to help tenants become more financially resilient as it launches a software integration with Mydeposits, one of the three government approved tenancy deposit protection schemes.Canopy users may access Mydeposits’ custodial scheme via the Canopy app, which protects tenants, landlords and estate agents when dealing with cash deposits. The integration with Mydeposits offers tenants the option to pay their cash deposit instantly via the Canopy app, rather than through the estate agent or landlord.Estate agents and landlords using Canopy also benefit – with less administration, costs and time to process cash deposits, as well as avoiding potential regulatory issues.Features include free instant digital referencing with Canopy RentPassport, Canopy RentTracking – a free rent-tracking service, which allows tenants to use their monthly rental payments to contribute towards their credit score and DepositFree, which enables renters to use an alternative to traditional deposit protection.For agents, the partnership removes the hassle and associated costs of handling cash deposits from estate agents. Canopy directly transfers the tenant’s cash deposit to the Mydeposits custodial scheme through the Canopy app, and reduces estate agency admin fees.Tahir Farooqui, Canopy’s founder, said, “We’re thrilled to partner with Mydeposits. The partnership is perfectly aligned with our commitment to promoting greater financial health for tenants.”Eddie Hooker, CEO, Mydeposits, added, “Our custodial offering is already a popular choice for both landlords and agents. We are delighted to provide access to our custodial scheme via the Canopy portal.”RentPassport RentTracking MYDEPOSITS Canopy September 17, 2019Chris SmedleyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Press release: High tech system promotes wildlife around Devon and Cornwall roads

first_img I am delighted we have been shortlisted amongst so many other projects. It is a perfect example of how new technologies can be a powerful tool in the decision making process maximising our efforts to enhance biodiversity on our road verges. The result can be wonderful benefits for biodiversity on the land we manage while providing a real sense of achievement for everyone involved. The system has been used to deliver a vast woodland and hedgerow connectivity scheme at 21 sites along the A30 and A38 in Devon and Cornwall with 10,000 native trees and shrubs filling or reducing gaps in hedgerow and woodland along the roadside. In total the planting has connected over 105 miles of habitat on the verges and wider landscape adjacent to the roads. Tree planting scheme on the A30/A38Last winter a heathland creation scheme was also undertaken, with a vision to connect existing heathland on important sites such as Dartmoor, Bodmin and Goss Moor.A planting scheme promoting habitat for the super rare marsh fritillary butterfly in the Goss Moor area in Cornwall has also been delivered.The system which was developed in conjunction with CEH (Centre of Ecology and Hydrology) picked up second place in the medium/large scale award at the Ciria BIG Biodiversity Challenge ceremony at the Royal College of Physicians in London..Leo added: It sounds complicated but essentially the software crunches our data on habitats and species together with information on the surrounding landscape to find the best locations for habitat creation and enhancement schemes as well as landscape management projects. We look at the populations and habitat connectivity for wildlife such as dormice, bats, endangered butterflies and also species of plants that are of conservation priority and then decide which schemes to prioritise.center_img Images from space and computer wizardry have helped Highways England develop a ground breaking approach to promoting wildlife habitat along trunk roads in Devon and Cornwall.Satellite photos and earth observation techniques have been combined with Highways England wildlife data in a software system that can predict areas where biodiversity schemes will pack the biggest punch.And the system is proving so successful it has been nominated for an environmental award from CIRIA Big Diversity Challenge.Highways England’s ecologist, Leo Gubert, explained: Highways England is committed to a national Biodiversity Plan which is being supported by a £30 million national investment programme over the next five years.The plan recognises road verges and associated land can be managed to provide areas of habitat, relatively free from human access that may be scarce in the surrounding landscape.These road verges can also be used to connect fragmented habitats in the wider landscape, enabling plant and animal populations to move and interact, and so become stronger and more resilient.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.last_img read more

Unlocking the Power of Networks: Keys to High-Performance Government

first_imgGoldsmith and Kettl edit a posse of policy practitioners who argue for network-driven government practices. Presenting case studies from across the nation, these authors reveal how work gets done when forces join together.last_img

Rank Your Top 10 Fave Broadway Debuts of 2016!

first_img(Photo: Caitlin McNaney, Emilio Madrid-Kuser, Joan Marcus, James Minchin III & Chad Batka) View Comments The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.The end of 2016 is nearing, Broadway fans, and we’re recalling what an extraordinary year it has been on the Great White Way. New productions and innovative takes on classic favorites had audiences on their feet, and the fresh talent that has taken the stage this year contributed to that success. Seeing what Broadway newcomers can bring to the table is truly inspiring, so are asking fans which Great White Way debut-makers really turned heads in 2016. Broadway.com Site Producer Joanne Villani picked out her top 10 faves. Now it’s your turn to give yours a shoutout!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com!last_img read more

Poultry Ventilation App

first_imgUniversity of Georgia poultry housing experts have released the state’s first app to help poultry farmers determine how much they should ventilate their houses during cold weather. With thousands of birds living in a single house, keeping the air warm and fresh without spending a fortune on fuel during the winter can be one of the toughest challenges for broiler producers. The new app, called “CHKMINVENT,” is meant to simplify this process, said Mike Czarick, a poultry housing engineer at UGA’s Department of Poultry Science. “In the summertime, ventilation is fairly straightforward. A producer knows that if they have older birds and it is hot, they are going to operate all of their tunnel fans. There really is no question about it. The more air they can move through the house, the better off their birds will be,” he said. “In the winter, there is so much more at stake. Ventilate too much and you will have excessive energy costs and stressed birds. Ventilate too little you will have poor air quality and wet litter, which can lead to poor performance and health. You really have to be much more thoughtful about how much you operate your fans.” The app, available through Apple’s App Store, allows farmers to enter variables, such as the outside temperature, the amount of water the chickens consume, the temperature inside the house and the size of the poultry house’s fans. It then calculates how long farmers need to run their fans in order to remove excess moisture from the house and keep the chickens at a comfortable temperature. The programming in the background of the app that handles the calculations is based on years of research into poultry housing and on a series of spreadsheets that Czarick and fellow UGA Cooperative Extension poultry faculty members Brian Fairchild and John Worley have developed to help farmers with these calculations. “The app gives people a starting point as to how much fresh air they need to bring in to control house air quality and litter moisture. It’s not intended to provide a precise minimum ventilation rate. It’s going to take adjusting, but this at least gives a scientifically based place to start,” Czarick said. UGA’s Department of Poultry Science is unique in that it has a history of using science and engineering to provide solutions for poultry producers. Poultry scientists and engineers at UGA pioneered research on bird cooling, bird stress and poultry housing systems in the 1990s and continue to be experts in this field today. For more about poultry housing research and outreach, visit poultryventilation.com. For more information about the Department of Poultry Science visit poultry.uga.edu. For more information about the CHKMINVENT app, search for it on Apple’s App Store. For now, the app is only available for iPhone, but the team may develop versions for other operating systems based on demand for this initial version.last_img read more

A good start to a challenging tourist year: In the first part of the year, 10 percent more overnight stays

first_imgDIRECTORS OF CNTB REPRESENTATIVE OFFICES ABROAD FORECAST THE STATE OF BOOKING FOR THIS SEASON RELATED NEWS: “We are looking forward to a good start to the tourist year, which was marked by an increase in overnight stays of over 10 percent. However, we should be aware that the real challenge is just ahead of us, given that the main part of the tourist season awaits us, which is still marked by a certain deviation in the dynamics of reservations for 2019.”, Warned the president of the Association of Travel Agencies of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Boris Žgomba, commenting on tourist figures and adding that in the week of the May Day holidays, the agencies expect a satisfactory influx of guests.  In the first four months of 2019, 9,9 percent more tourist arrivals and 10,7 percent more overnight stays were recorded in Croatia compared to the same period last year.center_img According to data from the eVisitor system, from the beginning of the year to the end of April we were visited by over 2 million tourists who realized 5,4 million overnight stays. The largest increase in overnight stays was recorded in family farms (36 percent), followed by private accommodation with 27 percent, and solid numbers were recorded by hotels with an increase in overnight stays of 5,5 percent, and camps with an increase of 14,8 percent.  A slight decline was recorded in nautical where arrivals were 10 percent lower, while the number of overnight stays remained the same as in the same period last year, suggesting that guests on board opted for longer vacations and thus compensated for fewer arrivals.  last_img read more

In the first nine months, only 26 cruises of foreign ships were realized

first_imgIn the first nine months of 2020, 26 cruises of foreign ships were realized In the period from January to September 2020, the number of foreign cruise ships in Croatian seaports decreased by 83,9% compared to the same period in 2019 due to the negative impact of the spread of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics ). The number of passengers on these ships compared to the same period in 2019 is lower by 99,5%. After the complete absence of cruises of foreign ships on the Croatian Adriatic in the period from April to June 2020, in the period from July to September 2020, four foreign cruise ships arrived, which made 11 cruises with 401 passengers and a total of 77 days in Croatia. In the period from January to September 2020, 10 foreign cruise ships entered Croatian seaports, which made 26 cruises. There were 4 passengers on these ships, who stayed in Croatia for 138 days. In the first nine months of 2020, the number of trips of foreign cruise ships decreased by 95,4% and the number of days spent by ships on the Croatian Adriatic by 89,1% compared to the same period in 2019. Out of a total of 26 cruises, 84,6% of trips were realized in Dubrovnik-Neretva County, while the remaining 15,4% of trips were realized in Istria County.last_img read more