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Cuban authorities urged to explain detained blogger’s disappearance

first_img News May 6, 2020 Find out more News Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago August 6, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cuban authorities urged to explain detained blogger’s disappearance October 15, 2020 Find out more News to go further When detained Cuban writer and blogger Angel Santiesteban-Prats disappeared from San Miguel del Padrón prison on 21 July, the authorities said he had escaped but his daughter managed to talk briefly with him in a police station ten days later. His present whereabouts are unknown.After reporting his disappearance from the prison where he had been held since April 2013, his family is now worried that the authorities will charge him with escaping. As they do not known his version of events, they fear that a trumped-up escape charge will be used to give him an additional jail sentence.His daughter is the only relative who has seen him since his disappearance. As a police officer accompanied her during their ten-minute meeting, Ángel Santiesteban-Prats was unable to talk freely. Since then, no information about his situation has been provided while rumours continue to circulate.“We urge the authorities to provide a clear explanation of Santiesteban-Prats’ current situation,” said Camille Soulier, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas desk.“Each day without news increases the risks for this blogger. We demand his immediate release and the withdrawal of all charges against him. The repressive methods being used by the regime recall the worst days of the ‘Black Spring’ of 2003.”An outspoken critic of regime in his blog, called “Los hijos que nadie quiso” (The children no one wanted), Santiesteban-Prats was given a five-year jail sentence after being convicted on trumped-up charges of “home violation” and “injuries” in a summary trial in December 2012.He began serving the sentence in April 2013 in San Miguel del Padrón prison on the outskirts of Havana, where he was subjected to mistreatment and acts of torture.His disappearance followed an interview that his son, Eduardo Angel Santiesteban, gave to Miami-based Televisión Martí on 15 July in which he said he was forced to testify against his father and that the prosecution’s claim that his father physically attacked his former wife was a complete fabrication.Santiesteban-Prats is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “information heroes .” Cuba is ranked 170th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index – the lowest position of any country in the Americas. CubaAmericas center_img Follow the news on Cuba Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts October 12, 2018 Find out more CubaAmericas RSF_en Organisation New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Councillast_img read more

Calabria Nom Clears Senate Committee, What’s Next?

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Calabria Nom Clears Senate Committee, What’s Next? in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Share Save About Author: Radhika Ojha Mark Calabria s FHFA Sen Mike Crapo Senate Banking Committee 2019-02-26 Radhika Ojha Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: Mark Calabria s FHFA Sen Mike Crapo Senate Banking Committee The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: NHC Urges Joseph Otting to Continue CMF Allocations Next: Maxine Waters: “This Hearing Was Long Overdue” Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago February 26, 2019 1,630 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Dr. Mark Calabria’s nomination to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) as Director took a step towards confirmation with the Senate’s Banking Committee approving his nomination by a vote of 13-12. The nomination will be confirmed after a Senate vote that is being set for a later date.Calabria’s nomination was voted on by the Senate Banking Committee along with the nominations for Bimal Patel, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury; Todd M. Harper, to be a Member of the National Credit Union Administration Board; and Rodney Hood, of North Carolina, to be a Member of the National Credit Union Administration Board”If confirmed all these nominees will play integral roles in helping to promote the U.S. trade and facilitate commerce abroad, oversee policy and regulation of the financial system and support our nation’s housing system,” said Sen. Mike Crapo in his remarks before the vote.Calabria was nominated for the post of Director FHFA by the Trump administration in December 2018. Prior to being nominated for this position, he was the Chief Economist to Vice President Mike Pence.“I congratulate Mark Calabria on his nomination as director for the Federal Housing Finance Agency,” said Ed Delgado, President and CEO of The Five Star Institute. “Housing finance policy is approaching a critical juncture and we look forward to working with Dr. Calabria and the team at FHFA towards implementing regulations that preserve and protect homeownership.”Recently, Calabria had told the Senate Banking Committee during a hearing that he was committed to making the FHFA a “World-class regulator.””FHFA is absolutely necessary,” Calabria had said while answering a question on why he wanted to take up this job, despite his past remarks. “In fact, I want to raise the stature of FHFA. I remember how the employees at its predecessor felt and their inability to stand up and be able to do effective financial regulation. I’m committed to seeing turning FHFA into a world-class regulator.”While his prepared remarks didn’t mention the current administration’s goal of the privatization of the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Calabria addressed these issues during his discussions with the Committee. Calabria said that if he was confirmed as Director of the FHFA his role would be to “carry out the clear intent of Congress, not impose my own vision.”During his nomination hearing, Calabria gave an outline of what his priorities would be if confirmed. Calabria said that a number of critical elements were needed in reform such as a “greater need for competition.” He said the current FHFA mandate was clearly where “the regulator cannot make such changes.” As a result, he said, “The very broad changes that have to happen in the mortgage finance system have to be done by Congress.”Calabria said that if he was confirmed as the FHFA Director his objective would be to ensure the GSEs were, “well capitalized, well managed, and well regulated.”Addressing his views on the affordable housing goals Calabria said that his past concerns with affordable housing goals were in the context of “two large institutions with zero capital.” However, he added, “I do believe we can get to a spot where we can have risk-taking via affordable housing goals if we can have an appropriate regulatory structure that has capital backing those goals. I’m very concerned about any large financial institution where we push it to take an additional risk without the appropriate regulatory structure in place.”Clarifying his comments on getting rid of the GSEs in the past, he said that they were essentially pointed towards getting rid of the model of privatizing gains and socialize losses. “I believe all large financial institutions need to be well capitalized more managed, more regulated, and I believe the GSEs were “none of the above” before the crisis. “I want these entities to be good corporate citizens, I want them to be the model of how other corporation should want to behave.” Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Calabria Nom Clears Senate Committee, What’s Next? Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Postlast_img read more

Church Lane project shortlisted for prestigious planning award

first_img Harps come back to win in Waterford Google+ Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – January 8, 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img Facebook Pinterest Previous articleNew site sought for BreastCheck Unit in InishowenNext articleMore than 9,000 nurses on strike in Northern Ireland News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty The Church Lane Heritage project Letterkenny has been shortlisted for the Irish Planning Awards 2019/2020. The project has been nominated for a participation and engagement award from the Irish Planning Institute.This category is for plans, studies, strategies and projects which demonstrate how public participation has been effective in changing outcomes.It can also include measures to increase engagement and awareness of planning or innovative public consultation.The Irish Planning Institute seeks, through the Irish Planning Awards, to highlight innovation and excellence in Irish planning.The Awards acknowledge a diverse range of projects and plans nationally taking place at a local, county and regional level in complex and dynamic environments.In a statement the Institute says that there has been a significant increase in the quantity and quality of projects submitted for consideration.In total, the Panel of Judges have shortlisted 34 projects across 7 categories from a total entry of 56 projects.The Awards take place in the Westin Hotel, Dublin on the 27th February. Church Lane project shortlisted for prestigious planning award Homepage BannerNews Twitterlast_img read more

Donegal Gardai facing further cuts to vehicle fleet ‘a scandal’

first_imgThe Donegal GRA spokesperson says it is bordering on scandal the fact that the fleet of vehicles available to Gardai in Donegal is to be reduced.13 of the 50 available vehicles which are either at end of life or nearing end of life are to be made redundant.Brendan O’Connor says they have been told that there are no immediate plans to deliver new resources to Donegal:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/brendangjgjghjghoc1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Facebook Pinterest AudioHomepage BannerNews Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Previous articleBillboard campaign launched to reopen beds at LUHNext articleCouncil urged to address Windyhall ‘racecourse’ News Highland Pinterest Google+center_img WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Donegal Gardai facing further cuts to vehicle fleet ‘a scandal’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter By News Highland – September 16, 2019 last_img read more

Prosecutors, arguing against bail for Jeffrey Epstein, claim he tried to buy off witnesses

first_imgRick Friedman/Corbis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The allegations came Friday as prosecutors argued against a federal judge setting bail for the multi-millionaire.Epstein, who in 2008 served 13 months in jail after pleading to state prostitution charges in Florida, was arrested last weekend on charges that he “sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls at his homes in Manhattan, New York, and Palm Beach, Florida, among other locations,” according to the indictment.His attorneys had argued that the multi-millionaire should remain free on bond while awaiting trial, using his Manhattan mansion and his private jet as collateral. But prosecutors responded Friday that Epstein should be held without bail due to his serious threat as a flight risk.“The defendant’s transient lifestyle, his lack of family or community ties, his extensive international travel and ties outside the country, and his vast wealth, including his access to and ownership of private planes, all provide the defendant with the motive and means to become a successful fugitive,” prosecutors said in a memo to the court.In arguing for Epstein’s continued detention, prosecutors said that he had demonstrated a “willingness to use intimidation and aggressive tactics in connection with a criminal investigation.”The memo alleges that late last year Epstein wired $100,000 from a trust account to a person who had been named in the 2008 case as a possible co-conspirator of Epstein’s, and then three days later wired $250,000 to another suspected co-conspirator.“Neither of these payments appears to be recurring or repeating during the approximately five years of bank records presently available to the Government,” the memo said. “This course of action, and in particular its timing, suggests the defendant was attempting to further influence co-conspirators who might provide information against him in light of the recently re-emerging allegations.”Epstein is charged with paying minor girls hundreds of dollars to provide “massages” that ultimately escalated into sexual encounters, and then later “encouraged or enticed” them to recruit other girls to do the same, thus maintaining “a steady supply of new victims,” according to the indictment.He also “worked and conspired with others, including employees and associates who facilitated his conduct by, among other things, contacting victims and scheduling their sexual encounters with Epstein,” the indictment says.Epstein defense attorney Reid Weingarten did not immediately respond late Friday to a request for comment on prosecutors’ claims of potential witness tampering.If convicted, Epstein, 66, could face up to 45 years imprisonment, which prosecutors say would likely amount to a life sentence. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Beachgoers attempt to push more than 20 beached whales back into ocean

first_img@Lauren2point_oh/Twitter(NEW YORK) — Beachgoers in Georgia attempted to save the lives of more than 20 pilot whales that beached themselves along the coast, according to officials. The pod of whales began turning up on the beach on St. Simons Island Tuesday afternoon, prompting hundreds of volunteers to push them back out to sea, according to Glynn County EMA and Homeland Security.Several videos posted to social media show the volunteers surrounding the whales as they collectively heaved them from the sand to the water.At least two of the whales died, including one that was euthanized, but the rest were safely returned to the water, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. They were last seen swimming in the St. Simons Sound, “and it is hoped they will continue to keep moving out to sea,” the statement read.It is unclear what caused the strandings, but they are a “natural occurrence,” Clay George, wildlife biologist with the GPNR, said in a press release.“The only thing we can do is to continue pushing them out to sea,” George said.Pilot whales are the most common species among cetaceans known to strand in mass numbers, according to the department.Pilot whales have a herd mentality and may have followed the leader toward the sand, experts told ABC Jacksonville affiliate WJXX-TV.Possible theories are that the leader could have been suffering from an injury or some sort of infection, or followed prey too close to the shore, WJXX reported.One witness told the station that it was “really exciting” to see all the volunteers trying to help them.The whales that died will be taken for necropsies.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

‘Who is going to man the prison if everyone tests positive?’ asks penitentiary staffer

first_imgLightFieldStudios/iStockBy LUKE BARR, ABC News(CHICAGO) — When Jonathan Zumkehr woke up Thursday morning with mild symptoms of COVID-19, he said he figured he should get tested for the virus.Later that day he found out he was COVID-19 positive, he said, making him the 20th staff member to test positive at the United States Penitentiary Thomson just outside of Chicago, Illinois.But Zumkehr, like his colleagues, did not get tested at work, or through the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Zumkehr said he had to find an independent testing site on his own.“Testing for staff isn’t available at the prison but they test inmates for COVID-19 at the prison,” Zumkehr, who also serves as the institution’s union president, told ABC News.“Staff also can’t get tested due to being forced to work double 16-hour shifts almost on a daily basis,” he said.Zumkehr says the overtime combined with the lack of testing for staff on site at the prison means that staff regularly don’t get tested. Zumkehr contends that if the Bureau would mandate testing for staff or provide on-site testing, the number of positive cases would rise.Meanwhile, according to the Bureau of Prisons, only three inmates have tested positive for the virus and they list no staff as having contracted the virus.“We cannot require that staff members be tested for COVID-19. However, for those staff that are presenting with symptoms or have been identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 diagnosed individual, given the critical role our staff play with regard to public safety, we have developed a letter for staff who are in close contact of a COVID-19 positive individual to provide to the local Health Department, to ensure such persons receive priority COVID-19 testing,” the Bureau said in a statement to ABC News. They also said that the facility is following Center for Disease Control guidelines, just like all other BOP facilities.The BOP has been under scrutiny for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, so much so that Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Fred Keller introduced a bill to require Senate confirmation for the BOP director.In a letter to the Warden dated Aug. 4 and obtained by ABC News, Council of Prison Locals President Shane Fausey wrote that Thomson is operating at 55% capacity — and calls this development “alarming.”In addition, the facility as a whole is operating at just 67% capacity with 193 vacancies at the facility.“Who is going to man the prison if everyone tests positive,” Zumkehr asked.Union officials have long said that the BOP has a staffing crisis, but the COVID-19 pandemic has further strained the system, they say.Fausey said that the Warden at USP Thomson and others have done an “outstanding job” trying to hire the staff required.“The staffing crisis is not unique to USP Thomson, however, Thomson is one of the lowest staffed facilities in the agency,” Fausey said in a statement to ABC News. “The Correctional Officers and employees of Thomson are extremely hardworking and dedicated men and women. Their efforts are nothing short of heroic and selfless during the current staffing shortfalls and limited resources at that facility. Their drive and focused motivation is to protect the surrounding community and each other. ““The staffing crisis at Thomson is more concerning for me because it is one of the highest security prisons in the world. Operating with inadequate staffing, relying on excessive and mandatory overtime, leads to fatigue and a potential for an increase in errors. Errors that in such a serious environment can have dire consequences,” he continued.In his letter to the Warden, Fausey said multiple employees at the facility are suffering from “extremely low morale.”“This is in no way the fault of the employees at Thomson. Immediate intervention to alleviate the staffing crisis is necessary to reduce the immediate dangers facing the employees,” Fausey writes.The low staffing levels at USP Thomson have drawn the attention of members of Congress.“We write to support the efforts of the correctional staff at the United States Penitentiary (USP) Thomson to recruit qualified staff to work at the facility,” Rep. Cheri Bustos, Senator Dick Durbin and Senator Tammy Duckworth, all Democrats from Illinois, wrote to the Director of the BOP.The members quote a letter written by Warden Chris Rivers to the staff in June underscoring just how overworked employees at the facility are.“You have handled more correctional services issues than most correctional staff across the Bureau deal with in a 20+ year career.”The Bureau of Prisons told ABC News that they do not respond to Congressional letters in the media.“Out of respect and deference to Members, we do not share our Congressional correspondence with media,” a BOP spokesman told ABC News. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Insecurity blanket – supporting mental ill health through the use of EAPs

first_imgInsecurity blanket – supporting mental ill health through the use of EAPsOn 6 Sep 2019 in Anxiety, Mental health conditions, Depression, Sickness absence management, Occupational Health, Wellbeing and health promotion, Personnel Today Related posts: Talking about my generations – why mental health support needs to be for all agesWith workplaces becoming increasingly multi-generational, it is important employers recognise that managing mental ill health requires strategies and interventions tailored… Previous Article Next Articlecenter_img No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Between Brexit, ‘working poverty’ and rising workplace and financial insecurity, it is perhaps little surprise that mental ill health and anxiety is on the rise. An Employee Assistance Programme can be one solution but, argues Eugene Farrell, employers need to work with occupational health and HR to identify the right service and level of provision.We’re living in an age where insecurity has become the norm. It’s become accepted by employees as a feature of the workplace, a part of working in a competitive world where there can be more opportunities as well as more potential for uncertainty and instability. The essential insecurity of modern times, though, has been heightened to a new intensity in recent years by Brexit.A recent London School of Economics study among 35,000 people – mostly Remain voters – pointed to an escalation in mental health problems since the 2016 ballot. A YouGov poll has suggested the EU withdrawal situation has led to mental health concerns among a third of voters. Another study has suggested that the increase in uncertainty has led to an increase in antidepressant prescribing. It’s worse for EU nationals working in the UK where there have been increased reports of panic attacks and suicidal feelings.About the authorEugene Farrell is head of the UK’s Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) and mental health lead at AXA PPP healthcareThe climate of uncertainty over the impact on the economy, on jobs, has a particular effect on employees struggling with their finances. Being in work is no longer any guarantee of financial wellbeing.The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has pointed to sharp rises in the number of people in “working poverty”, with a job but struggling to pay for the basics of food, housing and clothing, due to the increased cost of living and relatively low increases in wages. Around four million people, or one in eight employees, the charity says, are ‘working poor’.Financial insecurity at a more general level is a bigger problem, affecting a much larger range of staff. A report in 2018 by the Centre for Economics and Business Research claimed UK workers take four million days off a year because of their financial worries, costing £1.56bn.We’re also living in an age of increased individual responsibility – and the role for HR is far from clear. Organisations continue to struggle with how to cope with employee mental health issues – particularly in a context where NHS services can no longer be relied on for early support.Employers are recognising the need to take action to address these issues and mitigate their impact on business performance. The Brexit situation presents a stiff challenge and test of the actual quality of provision on offer from employers, how comfortable employees feel with making use of services, of talking about problems.According to a Business in the Community study in 2018, 61% of employees have experienced mental health issues as result of work; only 54% felt comfortable talking in the workplace about mental health. More than a third (38%) of employees wouldn’t be open about a mental health issue because of concerns about how it would affect their career, according to the Mental Health Foundation.An Aegon report has said 45% of employers feel they would be intruding in their employees’ lives if they approached them about their financial concerns, while nearly half feel it isn’t their placed to get involved.At the frontline is the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) or, as most OH practitioners will know only too well, confidential support services, on demand, when they are needed, and free of charge to employees.The 2013 Market Watch survey for the EAP industry concluded that 47% of the UK workforce, approximately 13.79 million people, were covered by an EAP. Despite being part of the benefits offering for 30 years, EAPs are still not being used to their full potential when it comes to addressing mental health issues.What differentiates the EAP from any other form of mental health counselling, coaching or private counselling is that it is proactive in helping people to anticipate and deal with problems early on, employees can self-refer 24/7 and in total confidentiality.With many employers, however, the EAP continues to be positioned as the last resort. EAP market research commissioned by UK EAPA and published by The Work Foundation in 2016 concluded that employers are missing opportunities to do more with their EAPs and take advantage of the expertise available through their provider.Everyday mental health supportEAP services shouldn’t just be about crises, a way to cope when there’s some form of breakdown, but be more of an everyday life support.Brexit is an example of the benefits there can be for people to open up about what uncertainty means, looks and feels like for themselves and those around them.Managers in general are task and performance-oriented. It’s not their area of interest and, frankly, they can typically tend to avoid situations where they have to deal with these kinds of sensitive and personal emotional and psychological questions.There needs to be a release valve, and HR (via occupational health) should be using the current situation to open up more channels for more staff to be accessing – or at least considering – EAP support.There’s no such thing as a standard EAP. It is important employers are aware of the range of services available – and any restrictions – and that a package has been introduced specifically to suit an organisation’s structures and culture.The “all-inclusive” EAP service, for example, also includes access to focused counselling, which can act as a valuable short-term solution to concerns, particularly in a context of long waiting times within the NHS system.Alternatively, EAP providers also offer a telephone and online services model: a reduced cost alongside the benefits of offering staff more anonymity. An “embedded” EAP is provided alongside another service or insurance policy such as group income protection, group risk insurance, cash plans and benefits providers.This EAP model is sometimes presented as being complementary to the client organisation, but in fact the operating costs are embedded within the fees paid for other products purchased as a “package deal”.Variations in this model might include a number of counselling sessions per referral, promotional materials, access to relationship management and management information reporting.An EAP can also be the focal point for a broader, more holistic approach to workforce wellbeing, and for introducing a visible culture of proactive support.Providers can be the one-stop-shop for access to a much wider range of specialist, added value services. This might include mental health first aid training, critical incident and trauma support for individuals and group post trauma psycho-education. It might cover consultancy services on developing a health and wellbeing strategy, workplace mediation, specialist psychologist assessments, or specialist whistleblowing helplines.Beyond this you could be looking at access to specialist therapeutic interventions such as computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (cCBT), cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitising and reprogramming (EMDR), trauma-focused CBT, training workshops on a wide range of mental health and wellbeing topics and on-site promotional support.Employers should also be looking at exactly who is providing which of the services available under the broad EAP services umbrella.Working to recognised standards and accreditationWhen it comes to counselling and therapy, this has to mean professionals who work to recognised standards, clinicians who are recognised and accredited by their professional bodies.As part of this they will be expected to be receiving regular supervision of their practice and have training in working within the tripartite relationship that exists with the client (the employee) and the employer and EAP provider.All UK EAPA-registered providers manage a network of affiliates who can see employees close to either their home or workplace. It is important to choose an EAP where affiliates have their credentials and individual professional accreditation checked, where supervisor references are taken up, and where case management is in place to ensure the clinical safety of the client.These factors are more important than selecting a therapist on the basis of geographical location, for example. Some providers may require Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks on counsellors. However, this isn’t a mandatory requirement for providers who are members of the UK EAPA.To conclude, Brexit is an opportunity, for raising awareness among management and staff, making looking after psychological wellbeing something normal, something we all keep an eye on.And it is important to remember that keeping staff in work isn’t only good for the organisations. It’s a critical part of any recovery, for retaining a sense of normality, being part of a social circle, for having a clear sense of purpose, receiving recognition and rewards.ReferencesPowdthavee, N et al. Who Got the Brexit Blues? The Effect of Brexit on Subjective Wellbeing in the UK. Economica, 01 February 2019, https://doi.org/10.1111/ecca.12304available online at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ecca.12304More than four in 10 people say Brexit is impacting their mental health, he New European, 28 January, 2019, available online at https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/top-stories/more-than-four-in-10-people-say-brexit-is-impacting-their-mental-health-1-5868139Brexit: Antidepressant prescriptions increased in wake of EU referendum vote, study shows, The Independent, 21 November 2018, available online at https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/brexit-depression-antidepressant-mental-health-final-say-peoples-vote-eu-referendum-a8643796.html‘They say we’ll be fine. Well are already not fine’: EU nationals ‘suicidal’ as no-deal Brexit looks increasingly likely, The Independent, 05 January, 2019, available online https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/eu-nationals-brexit-suicidal-mental-health-anxiety-depression-uncertainty-a8698216.htmlFinancial wellbeing in the workplace, Aegon and Centre for Economics and Business Research, available online at https://www.aegon.co.uk/content/dam/ukpaw/documents/financial-wellbeing-CEBR-condensed.pdfWorking-age poverty, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, https://www.jrf.org.uk/data/working-age-povertyPoor financial wellbeing costs UK businesses £1.68bn each year, Business Leader, October 22, 2018, available online at https://www.businessleader.co.uk/poor-financial-wellbeing-costs-uk-businesses-1-6bn-each-year/54406/Seizing the momentum, Business in the Community, Mercer, and YouGov, available online at https://wellbeing.bitc.org.uk/system/files/research/mental_health_at_work_2018_-_summary_report-compressed.pdfA survey of the experiences of people with mental health problems within the workplace, Mental Health Foundation, 2002Employee Assistance Programmes 2013 Market Watch, https://www.eapa.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/UK-EAPA-MARKET-WATCH-REPORT-2013.pdfEmployee Assistance Programmes: supporting good work for UK employers?, Dr Zofia Bajorek, http://www.theworkfoundation.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/410_EAP_Supporting-Good-Work.pdfOH job opportunities on Personnel TodayBrowse more OH jobslast_img read more

Utah Baseball vs. Utah Valley Postponed

first_imgApril 16, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah Baseball vs. Utah Valley Postponed Tags: Baseball/Utah Utes/UVU Wolverines FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY – Utah baseball’s scheduled game at Utah Valley on Tuesday, April 17, has been postponed due to forecasted inclement weather. The teams have rescheduled for Tuesday, May 15, at 6:00 p.m. MT.Utah continues in Pac-12 play this weekend at Arizona State beginning on Friday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m. PT. Written by Robert Lovelllast_img read more

‘Ploppers’ Take a Fall to Mark the End of Summer

first_imgChris King and Michael Fisher of Delran, N.J., took a series of spectacular falls in a mock wrestling match to win honors of Kings of Plop 2015.A small collection of performers fell flat on Friday morning in Ocean City’s annual King and Queen of Plop Contest.The pre-Labor Day tradition asks contestants to welcome the fall season by performing artistic, slow-motion falls on the beach.The contestants compete for trophies and the esteemed honor of carrying the King or Queen of Plop title throughout the year.The light-hearted event is a staple of the last weekend of the traditional summer season in Ocean City, and it features “celebrity poppers” such as Nancy Fox of Fox Vocal Arts, Doug Jewell of Air Circus and Ocean City Public Relations Director Mark  Soifer.This year featured a three-peat for Queens of Plop Sophia Whelan, 9, of Ocean City, and Olivia Cook, 11, of Philadelphia. The pair’s gymnastic routine with a crash landing has been a hit for the past three years,Results are as follows:Kings of PlopFirst: Chris King and Michael Fisher of Delran, N.J.Second: Marco and Luca DeCrescenzo of Cedar Knolls, N.J.Third: Cullen Whelan and Jack Cook of Ocean City and PhiladelphiaHonorable Mention: Caleb and Jacob Wong of Ocean CityHonorable Mention: Frank Worrell of Ocean CityHonorable Mention: Colin McGarrigle of Medford, N.J.Queens of PlopFirst: Olivia Cook (Philadelphia) and Sophia Whelan (Ocean City)Second: Esme DeCrescenzo of PhiladelphiaThird: Stella and Ave Maria Murphy of Ocean ViewHonorable Mention: Paton and Sofia Kriszynski of Falls Church, Va.Honorable Mention: Maggie Prentice of Hoquiam, Wash.Video of the event is above.last_img read more