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Engineers take leading role in tackling stress

first_img Previous Article Next Article Engineers take leading role in tackling stressOn 14 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Cummins Engineering has introduced a range of policies to tackle stress inthe workplace following an increase in the number of workers taking time offbecause of it. The Darlington-based company, which employs 4,500 staff, has used employee surveys,on-site anti-harassment advisers and an employee assistance programme toidentify and address stress. The firm also has a specific policy on how people should treat each other atwork. It places great importance on team-based working and getting the physicalenvironment correct to prevent stress occurring in the first place. Alastair O’Riordan, manager of employee relations at the firm, emphasisedthat it did not introduce the stress management policies to comply with the newHSE standards, but to create a more efficient workplace. “I think this is part of running an efficient business. It is not beingdone for the feel good factor – there is a business case for addressing theseissues.” “We were aware that stress standards were being introduced, butcompliance was not our intention. We wanted to improve tackling stress in theworkplace,” he said. last_img read more

Girls just wanna have fun…

first_imgVICTORIA CAULFIELD & GEORGINA TURNER seek sensual pleasure in Greece Clutching our factor 30 in true Brit style and looking for a change of scenery from the dreaming spires, we set off this summer to the land of sensual pleasures – Greece. Later, falling off the plane at a time when even Hussein’s is closed, collapsing under the weight of our rucksacks, and with a bus door slamming in our face, we were wondering when the holiday was going to begin. First stop was the medieval island of Rhodes – better known for its 18-30’s resort of Faliraki – where sex is as readily available as Retsina. After a year in the Oxford desert we couldn’t resist a stop. Sadly, fate became our contraceptive. Several hours later we woke up, blurry eyed having slept through the neon lights and the cries of Nelly’s, “its getting hot in here, so take off all of your clothes”. Lindos appeared to be our new destination. A rather more cultural one than had been intended but at least the rape alarm could be tucked away in the handbag. Tor, horrified at the thought of another “monument day”, decided it was an appropriate time to email the parents and impress them with the unexpected culture, rather than the usual suntan news. Yet before we knew it we are sitting in the ‘Luna Bar’ with cocktails being thrown our way by a big motorbike rider/cocktail bar tender called George. The decision is made and publicly broadcasted: George is the new guy in our lives. The size of a sumo wrestler, clad in a black vest, with tattooed muscled arms rippling, he is a surprising softie at heart, with a soft southern Texan drawl. As a local of Lindos for eight months of the year, he gives us a useful insight. Not only a local information point but George also offers free alcohol and provides us with private tuition in cocktail education. Achieving the feats of getting two past salmonella sufferers to drink a raw egg concoction. As the tax receipts pile up under the ash tray after numerous cocktails and shots are consumed, the enormous George doubling before our eyes, we make our broadcast. “George is the best cock…t…tail maker in the world, got something for…for everyone…we love him”. Collapsing back on our stools, Tor starts chatting to some English forty year old with a blatantly fake cockney accent and the subject seems to be Chemistry… we wonder what men find impressive… One thing for sure – it’s not working. Podge starts talking to a sailor from Plymouth who has never been further in his ship than Ipswich. Our own Faliraki is perhaps not so different after all. The e-mail Tor’s parents received that night was not the one that had been intended, the computer in the bar suddenly having a surprising appeal in the early hours. Luckily for us Greece may have its Falirakis but just around the corner is that perfect hangover retreat. Genadi, south of Lindos, proved to be ours. The peace was only disturbed by the formidable silhouette of George on his Harley Davidson scouting the beach for us – an abrupt reminder of our promised lunch date from the night before. The rapid dive under the sunbed was the only hindrance to our recovery… Contrary to what you might think, Greece does have places where you can whip your top off without the penalty of a £1500 fine. In Ikaria, a remote, secluded island where fishing offers tourism some competition, we discovered some more unusual sights than on your typical day at the beach. The nudist beach at Naz is the ultimate in liberation. Not only for the chance to bronze those always glowing in the dark bits, but also an impressive hippy commune, if you take the wrong turn. A few needles, and unintelligible conversations later we finally were pointed in the right direction. The hippy commune and nudist beach stand as a bizarre foreground to one of the most ancient ruins in Greece. Sun goddess Podge was in heaven – although finding it rather difficult to focus on the pages of Robinson Crusoe. The man to the left who should definitely try the latest anti-wrinkle cream, and the very fit Swede on the right with his porn star body were not conducive to our reading habits. The least pleasurable bit of any holiday is the actual travelling, not least when you are a definite Class C candidate. Somehow the rucksacks didn’t do much for the Class A quality we thought we could pass as. Made outcasts on top deck for the duration of a 22 hour ferry journey, our cafeteria no more than a sign, we certainly knew our place. Any attempt at entering the ’Saphire lounge’ below was thwarted by the little grey haired Greek man whose English amounted to “shoo”. Thankfully with bargains struck on a victorious treble win at backgammon, we claimed our bodyguards, Joseph and Jack – English gentlemen all the way – to guard us while we froze into sleep. We definitely felt like the stereotypical Bridget Jones when one day we were forced to ask some people where we were. I think the tourists who we targeted thought we were completely past hope when they initially replied, “Rhodes, Greece”. Then, when they replied “Mount Smithe” we gaily set out on a mountain hike without a map – all in aid of maintaining our mixed lacrosse fitness of course. After three weeks Podge finally weaned typical Brit Tor off factor 30 and was glad to report that the tans reached a satisfactory level. While we found that Greek sensual pleasures remain a myth, evident only on graphic sexual position postcards which could even outdo More’s ‘position of the fortnight’, Greece certainly gave us that alternative to the dreaming spires. Maybe looking back it was that clichéd girly holiday, but as the ancient Greek saying goes, “Girls justa wanna have fun!”ARCHIVE: 0th Week MT2003last_img read more

Congressman LoBiondo and VA Leadership to Hold Ribbon-Cutting of New Vineland Community Based Outpatient…

first_imgPictured: Congressman Frank LoBiondo, center, joined veterans J.R. Robinson and Chester DeFelice at the 2016 Walk for the Wounded. VINELAND, N.J. – U.S. Representative Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02) will join VA leadership for an official Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at the newly-opened Department of Veterans Affairs Cumberland County Community Based Outpatient Clinic on Friday, January 27th at 2 p.m.The event will include remarks highlighting important steps the VA has made and will be making to improve services to Veterans in southern New Jersey, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and tour of the new state-of-the-art clinic.Where: The Department of Veterans Affairs Cumberland County Community Based Outpatient Clinic – 79 W. Landis Road, Vineland, N.J. 08360last_img read more

Indy, Marion County taking bigger COVID precautions

first_img Twitter Facebook WhatsApp By Tommie Lee – November 12, 2020 0 399 Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ Pinterest There are new restrictions going into place in Indianapolis and Marion County due to the second wave of the pandemic.Thursday it was announced that Schools will return to virtual instruction by November 30 in and around the state capital. They will likely remain closed through mid-January.Starting Sunday, bars and entertainment, as well as gyms and fitness centers, will be reduced to 25% capacity. And restaurants will be reduced to 50% capacity on Sunday in Marion County, as well. WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Indy, Marion County taking bigger COVID precautions Google+ Previous articleLerner Theatre cancels the rest of their planned 2020 eventsNext articleMichigan officials asking people to reconsider big family Thanksgiving dinners Tommie Leelast_img read more

Tom Petty’s California Lake House Listed For Sale At $5.9 Million

first_imgAs detailed earlier in the week by Architectural Digest, the home of the late and legendary Tom Petty located in Lake Sherwood, California, was just put on the market for $5.9 million. The 5,300-square-foot home sits along the lake with a private dock for swimming, fishing, and boating, though is also nine miles away from the ocean. The home has three bedrooms, most boasting stunning lake and mountain views, and three bathrooms in addition to numerous balconies, vaulted ceilings, and ornate stonework throughout.For those of us who don’t have a cool $5.9 million to drop on a home continuing Petty’s legacy, you can check out photos of Tom Petty’s lakeside home below. Those interested in taking on the over-$25,000-dollar mortgage payments can head over to Trulia for more information.last_img read more

$100K in grants for Allston-Brighton

first_imgCity Councilor Mark Ciommo praised both the Vocational Advancement  Center and the Harvard Allston Partnership Fund. “This generous contribution from the Harvard Allston Partnership Fund will help the VAC continue its important work on behalf of so many families and individuals,” said Ciommo.  “Harvard, the City of Boston and our local nonprofits are partnering to build community and improve the quality of life Allston-Brighton.”Other recipients in the latest round of HAPF grants include the following:A $10,000 grant to the Fishing Academy to support group fishing outings for youth, which helps to reinforce teamwork, discipline, and self-confidence.  (HAPF grants to the Fishing Academy have totaled $35,000 over three years.)A second $5,000 HAPF grant will help the Allston-Brighton Baby Diaper Pantry each month provide nearly 3,900 free diapers to 90 families with babies and toddlers who might not otherwise be able to afford diapers.The Gardner Pilot Academy’s $24,920 grant will fund the extended learning programs that serve children and their families through after-school programs, summer enrichment, and adult education/basic English instruction.  (HAPF grants to the Gardner Pilot Academy have totaled $50,000 over the past two years.)The Earthwatch Institute, a nonprofit organization new to the neighborhood, received $5,000 to support a lecture series for residents featuring environmental scientists who are doing field-work throughout the world.The West End House Girls Camp’s $4,800 grant will enable five girls from Allston-Brighton to attend a two-week camp in Maine, where leadership skills, teamwork, and confidence are built through outdoor activities, educational programs, arts, and sports.The Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center’s $15,480 grant will help to improve access to health care for 350 uninsured, unemployed, recently laid-off, new immigrants, or low-income residents in Allston-Brighton. (HAPF grants to the center have totaled $35,480.)The Literacy Connection, a Ministry of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston will use the first-time, $9,800 grant to fund a 15-week literacy training and citizenship preparation course that has helped new immigrants from Central and South America, Pakistan, and China who live in the community to gain their citizenship.For Sister Patricia “Pat” Andrews, who started the Literacy Connection’s citizenship class five years ago to fulfill a need among immigrant families, the HAPF grant means providing her army of volunteer tutors and their students with language texts and materials. The grant will help to sustain a place that has become a touchstone for new residents, that is providing a community space where people feel they belong, and that is giving women, who make up 70 percent of those she tutors, the confidence and language skills to help them to support their children more effectively.“We are a community, and the vitality of a community hinges on the ability of its people to work together and be together,” said Andrews.  “Harvard’s offerings of financial support and resources help us do our work, and Harvard is working with us to build community vitality.”Most of the nonprofits receiving HAPF grants this winter are connected to Harvard in multiple ways.  For example, the Vocational Advancement Center and Harvard have been cultivating a new jobs placement initiative with Harvard’s Dining Services department, resulting in a Harvard hire from the center in December.  Other connections range from Harvard arts and science programming for children, English as a second language scholarships, workforce development training at the Harvard Allston Ed Portal, or space for events and fundraisers.“Some people may not realize the symbiotic relationship between the community and Harvard,” said the VAC’s Campbell.  “People need to realize the incredible positive impact that Harvard has had and will continue to have in the Allston-Brighton community through the HAPF grants and in many other ways.”“I’m thankful for the Partnership Fund, and I’ve seen some of the positive impacts of the money within the community,” said John Eskew, a member of the Harvard Allston Partnership Fund Advisory Committee.  “At the end of each selection round so far, I’ve ended up wishing that more money was available to support the worthwhile proposals that didn’t get funding that round.”The next round of grant making will begin in the fall. Eight local nonprofit organizations serving the Allston-Brighton neighborhood received contributions last week totaling $100,000 from the Harvard Allston Partnership Fund (HAPF), providing critical support for community-based programming at a time when funding sources remain scarce for nonprofits.This latest HAPF grant installment marks a total of $300,000 in Harvard contributions, which over the past three years has supported 17 local nonprofits.“Harvard Allston Partnership Fund grants bring opportunity, education, and vital services to North Allston’s residents.  As nonprofits try to meet the increased demand for their services and programs during difficult economic times, we can help more families, youth, and our most vulnerable citizens connect to these organizations,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino.“Harvard is proud to be a part of a network of nonprofit organizations in Allston-Brighton that are addressing local needs and improving quality of life for residents. We’re working together on many levels to make a real difference in Allston-Brighton and beyond,” said Harvard President Drew Faust.The Harvard Allston Partnership Fund is a $500,000, five-year program created in 2008 by Harvard University and the City of Boston, in collaboration with the Allston community, to support neighborhood improvement projects, cultural enrichment, and educational programming in North Allston-North Brighton. Funding decisions are made by a volunteer board of community members, following their careful review of the many creative and constructive applications received.The HAPF is even more critical today.  The economic turmoil of the last two years has resulted in budget cuts for many local nonprofits.“When the Harvard Allston Partnership Fund was created, we had no idea that funds for nonprofit institutions would dry up so quickly,” said Allston Task Force member Cathi Campbell, who is on the board of the Vocational Advancement Center in Brighton, a new HAPF recipient.  “The Harvard Allston Partnership Fund is a lifeline to these organizations in Allston-Brighton and their ability to continue to exist and provide incredibly important life-changing services.”Critical funding for the Vocational Advancement Center The only nonprofit organization in Allston-Brighton providing career counseling and job placement for physically and developmentally disabled adults, the Vocational Advancement Center (VAC) will benefit from a $25,000 grant to hire and expand its offerings for the first time in two years.  The center currently serves 30 people inhouse with career and job skills training, as well as group work and activities. It provides support to 150 people at their jobs around Boston.  The HAPF grant will fund a new part-time staff position, enabling the center to offer career counseling to 30 more people.The center, which depends on the state for 60 percent of its budget needs, sustained a $300,000 funding cut in 2008-09, which was 30 percent of its operating budget. Center Executive Director Amy Bell, like so many other nonprofit leaders, responded by reducing staff and calling on others to do more. Bell has also become more creative and aggressive in her fundraising efforts.“These funds are critical.  It is through alliances with local companies, supporters, and partners like Harvard that VAC continues to play a vital role in helping to build a strong community,” said Bell.For the center, more financial resources mean more people with disabilities will learn critical employment and life skills, get connected to jobs, and have greater access to enriching activities. The center also provides ongoing support from a caring staff who serve as important and consistent advocates.Providing resources to build communitylast_img read more

Aladdin Star Courtney Reed Gets the Royal Treatment at Planet Hollywood

first_img Related Shows Aladdin Courtney Reed from $57.50 View Comments Star Files Aladdin star Courtney Reed is used to getting treated like a princess at the New Amsterdam Theatre, but on July 25, she had an extra special surprise. The Disney leading lady had her very own handprint ceremony at Planet Hollywood in Times Square, where she pressed her hands into wet cement to create a completely unique work of art. Afterwards, Reed headed next door to Italian restaurant Buca Di Beppo to celebrate with a big bowl of spaghetti. Wanna check out Reed’s handprints in person? Check them out on display at Planet Hollywood—and of course, don’t forget to see her riding the magic carpet in Aladdin on Broadway!last_img read more

Coal Industry’s Actions Speak Louder Than Its Marketing

first_imgCoal Industry’s Actions Speak Louder Than Its Marketing FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Washington Post:Moves to save this industry have actually exposed its weaknesses — and revealed a trend that coal companies and the Trump administration have not acknowledged publicly: The companies are scaling back, in some cases shedding workers and declining the opportunities the federal government now wants to give them. Despite Trump’s best efforts, the American coal industry remains on life support.In private, coal company executives are deeply skeptical about the administration’s ability to alter market conditions. In numerous letters to Bureau of Land Management state offices that I obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests, the coal industry acknowledged the continuing decline in demand, and in several cases, companies withdrew pending lease applications. The letters were written after the BLM asked companies to update their lease applications since the moratorium had been lifted.In the six months since that announcement at the EPA, companies have withdrawn five of 44 pending lease applications, and at least eight are indefinitely on hold. In a number of cases, companies have explained that their decisions are based on persistently weak market conditions. According to the BLM’s figures as of this past week, only one new lease application has been filed, for a modest extension of a mine in Colorado that primarily feeds a nearby power plant whose fate is uncertain. (Two companies would expand mines in Utah by modifying existing applications.)In the letters to state BLM offices obtained through FOIA requests, coal companies admitted that the future is not as rosy as they might have hoped or would like to project. Arch Coal, the second-largest supplier in the United States, referred to the “continued downward pressure on the Powder River Basin and subsequent reduced output over the past seven years” in explaining why it was withdrawing a lease application for a major new mine in Wyoming. Rhino Energy, which has operations in Appalachia and the West , said that “current coal market conditions remain depressed” and that it wouldn’t move forward with a lease for a proposed 14,000-acre mine in Colorado until that outlook changed. Cloud Peak Energy, with operations confined to the Powder River Basin, asked the government to reconfigure a proposed lease because it was “simply too large for current market conditions.” And Kiewit , a Fortune 500 contractor and mining company based in Omaha, withdrew its applications for two new mines in Wyoming after waiting for years in the hope that market conditions would improve.What no one seemed to anticipate, however, was that coal companies would actually withdraw pending lease applications, suggesting that they have begun to lose faith in the long-term viability of the domestic market. One of Kiewit’s applications, dating originally from 2008, would have expanded the Buckskin mine in the Powder River Basin. But the company’s offer of 21 cents per ton in a bid four years ago was so low that the BLM turned it down ; forecasters saw it as an ominous sign for the future of coal.Since then, as Kiewit acknowledged in its May 26 letter to the BLM, the company had continued to “delay the reoffer in hopes that the coal market would improve.” Despite the favorable regulatory climate, Kiewit instead decided to walk away. A lease that had little value in 2013 is simply a liability today. “There were no outstanding environmental appeals or anything like that, so it was purely an economic decision by Kiewit,” said Shannon Anderson of the Powder River Basin Resource Council, which tracks coal leases in Wyoming. In an emailed statement, Kiewit said it does not publicly discuss “confidential business decisions.”More: Trump says he ended the ‘war’ on coal companies. But it’s too late to save them.last_img read more

Adventure in the Alleghenies Giveaway

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See Rock City

first_imgLookout Mountain Overlooks the South’s Best Outdoor City.From battlefield to coal mine to tourist trap and the birthplace of mini-golf, the Lookout saga has more twists and turns than the Tennessee River it overlooks. These days, the greater Chattanooga, Tenn. area is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the best outdoor cities in the United States, and Lookout Mountain is a major factor in this standing.Lookout Mountain is actually a skinny plateau that runs 92 miles through Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. Lookout towers almost 2,000 feet above the river valley below, the primary reason for its early development as a resort and retreat for the industrial magnates that inhabited Chattanooga in the early 1900s. For the past few decades, the region has taken great pains to shake its coal industry past, with its reputation for environmental destruction, and transform itself into a bastion for those seeking adventure in the outdoors.Mike Pollock is on the forefront of the effort. As a longtime resident on Lookout and trustee of the Lula Lake Land Trust, he has seen the area undergo an amazing metamorphosis from environmental scourge of the South to a model for dynamic reinvention.Although he moved to Lookout as a pre-teen, Pollock did not have an appreciation for all the mountain had to offer until a decade later, when he discovered mountain biking and began penning an outdoor column for a local paper.Pollock’s memories from those early days include some of the most well-known haunts on Lookout: learning to climb at Sunset Rock, teaching tykes to rappel at Eagles Nest, catching trout on Rock Creek, and getting kidnapped in high school by a couple of knife-wielding bikers who threatened to toss him off Insurance Bluff.“They drew some knives on us and forced my friend to drive. I was put in the back with another guy who was keeping watch over me,” he said. “As we started to drive back toward Chattanooga, they made us get out of the truck at Insurance Bluff and essentially wrap our toes around the edge. He said, ‘You know I could push you [preppies] off the edge right now and nobody would know about you until your bodies began to stink.’ I was kind of scared and I whispered to the guy, ‘Don’t do this man, don’t do this,’ and I was really pondering my next move. But fortunately he laughed and he pulled us back and told us to get back in the truck. Eventually, I was made to jump off the tailgate of the truck moving at about 30 miles per hour going down Lookout Mountain and rolled a couple times in the road.”Luckily, Pollock survived that incident and went on to create a consulting firm based out of Chattanooga concentrating on corporate team building through outdoor adventures like ropes courses and backcountry excursions. He also dove into the immerging conservation effort, becoming project manager for the development of Five Points Recreation Area, one of the best singletrack trail systems on the mountain.“I have a lot of personal equity in this area called Five Points,” he said. “This is really where I cut my teeth mountain biking, as did many of my contemporaries. We loved this area deeply and rode till it was closed around 1997.”The Lula Lake Land Trust bought much of the area and deeded it to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, where the master plan got stalled due to a lack of funds. Pollock got involved as project manager and pulled together people and money to build the trail network.Beginning with the development of the Tennessee Aquarium in 1992, and culminating in a $120 million downtown waterfront rehabilitation project finished in 2005, Chattanooga is leading the way into the 21st century.“It’s a massive transformation since the development of the aquarium,” Pollock said. “The aquarium just ushered in a whole new era of livability, sustainability, and attractiveness to this entire area with a focus on water and a lot greater focus on the conservation and preservation of land.”Perhaps no other area of the country needed this rehab more. The federal government declared that Chattanooga had the country’s dirtiest air in 1969, a result of decades of unregulated coal mining and buildup of pollutants in the Tennessee River. Now, Pollock sees people from all over the South moving to Chattanooga solely for the recreation opportunities that exist here.“I chose to live in a place where I practically don’t need to get in a car ever to go out and climb, road bike, mountain bike, swim in a lake, trail run,” he said. “I can do all my favorite activities out my back door. I’m getting to realize my outdoor dream right here.”pollock’s picksMike Pollock has been exploring Lookout Mountain since he was 12 years old. Here are his picks for getting down and dirty on Lookout.HikingThe hike from Point Park at the tip of the mountain to Sunset Rock is a classic, beautiful trek with outstanding views.PaddlingBear Creek and Rock Creek can’t be beat. There are a number of waterfalls on both sides that boaters love playing in.Mountain BikingFive Points is the highlight of Lookout Mountain.CyclingRoute 157 on Lookout Mountain goes all the way to Mentone, Ala. and you can connect another 50 miles to Gadsden. That’s 200 miles of road biking opportunities with nary a stop sign or traffic light.Hang GlidingHang-gliding is very popular in Chattanooga. Lookout Mountain Flight Park takes people on tandem rides as well as teaching lessons.Trail Running“Trail running is massive up here,” says Pollock. “Just on Lookout Mountain alone you could run 100 miles in a day on trails you could connect. There are a couple different Wild Trails races every year.”last_img read more