Helping staff get back on track

first_imgHelping staff get back on trackOn 14 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article A groundbreaking drugs and alcohol advice service has helpedLondon Underground tackle a culture of misuse, reduce sickness absence andimprove productivity. Alex Blyth reportsThe business London Underground (LU) is a major business carrying some 3 millionpassengers a day. It runs 511 trains on 253 miles of track and employs morethan 12,000. It has an HR team of 386. The challenge When, in July 2003, the London Evening Standard claimed that a culture of”drink and drug abuse” was prevalent among LU employees andsubcontractors, the company was able to point to its highly successfulprogramme for tackling alcohol abuse. While crashes, strikes, andpart-privatisation have kept LU in the headlines, few have noticed the workdone by LU manager Nigel Radcliffe and his team in building the groundbreakingdrug and alcohol advisory service. LU set up the unit in 1993 in response to new legislation that would holdorganisations liable if they failed to show due diligence in ensuring thatthose in control of public transport were not intoxicated. Random testing wasintroduced and Radcliffe was hired to set up and manage the unit. Radcliffe describes the culture of alcohol abuse. “The depots all hadbars. Shift workers would drink together before doing the night shift, andmanagement turned a blind eye.” The implications of this lack of action went beyond immediate concerns overcriminal prosecution. Alcohol Concern estimates that absenteeism and lowproductivity as a direct result of alcohol abuse costs the UK £2bn a year, andLU was certainly bearing heavy costs in this respect. Radcliffe describes how the unit faced tough decisions from the outset.”A core issue was how to deal with someone in a safety-critical job whohas just admitted to an alcohol problem. We have to stand the employee downfrom their job, but we also have to honour our promise to protect their job.For this reason, it is crucially important to hire top-quality assessmentstaff, but many companies balk at the cost and effort required. There are ahandful of consultancies offering the service, but we decided to build theexpertise entirely in-house.” The unit helps about 100 employees each year, with about 60 per cent havinga serious problem. The first stage is a three-week assessment programme, at theend of which a contract is signed. The contract details the requirements of thecompany for that individual to return to their job. Fifty per cent requireresidential treatment and most of this is done through a cost-sharingarrangement with local authorities. Treatment frequently takes up to a year tocomplete. The programme costs almost £500,000 a year, and has facedconsiderable opposition from parts of the organisation. However, after 10years, the results speak for themselves. The outcome Eighty per cent of those who go through the programme return to work withina year. Prior to treatment, those with an alcohol problem take an average of 30days’ sick leave, while after treatment this falls to just seven days. When youconsider the numbers involved, LU is recouping a fair amount of its investmentpurely in terms of attendance. Minimising the risk of prosecution, improved productivity and employeemotivation are also significant benefits for LU, but Radcliffe has been mostsurprised by the shift in attitudes. “Early on there was massiveresistance from unions and management to interference with drinking. Now,drinking at work is perceived to be just as socially unacceptable as drinkdriving.” The employee perspective John has worked for LU since 1983. He describes the drink culture of theearly days. “You weren’t one of the gang if you didn’t drink. I remembermany instances of people not getting overtime because they hadn’t been in thepub before the night shift.” He was a heavy drinker in, around and outside of work. When LU introducedrandom testing, he began to take time off. This continued until the year 2000,when he was close to being sacked for persistent absence and so approached theunit. “I spent six weeks denying my problem before I agreed to go intoresidential treatment. I was there from November to March, during which timethe company continued to pay me. After about 100 days back at work I relapsed,but went straight back to the unit, where we agreed that I needed to startattending AA meetings. By September, I was able to get back to work again andsince then everything has gone well,” he says. John is now a track access controller, earning about £40,000 a year anddoing an important, demanding job for LU. He has no hesitation in praising theunit. “If the unit had not been there, I would probably be dead by now. Iknow how much the company has invested in me. I just hope that I have been ableto repay that investment.” Learning points for HR Radcliffe has four pieces of advice for anyone wanting to set up a similarscheme: – Before you start, be very clear about the relationship between advisoryand disciplinary processes – Ensure the people you hire are good enough to deal with the extremelydifficult jobs you will ask of them – Educate management to ensure buy-in – Be aware of the scale of what you are getting into. last_img read more

Senate Banking Dems float alternative to Shelby relief bill

first_imgA draft regulatory relief bill released Tuesday by Senate Banking Committee Democrats contains some provisions but excludes others – such as the call for public NCUA budget hearings – found in the draft bill from committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., slated for mark-up Thursday.Shelby’s draft bill, released May 12, contains NAFCU-backed initiatives such as a requirement for public NCUA budget hearings, indexing of Dodd-Frank arbitrary asset thresholds, statutory relief from annual privacy notice requirements and granting of safe harbor qualified-mortgage status for certain loans held in portfolio.Additionally, it would require NCUA to study the impact of RBC2 on mortgage servicing assets, require the Federal Housing Finance Agency to withdraw its proposed rule revising Federal Home Loan Bank membership requirements while GAO studies the issue, and grant credit unions parity with community banks in the definition of community financial institution under the Federal Home Loan Bank Act.The package proposed Tuesday by panel Democrats includes some QM and privacy notice relief, but it does not include the rest of the above-noted measures. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

NIAID expands trial of West Nile treatment

first_img The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said the drug contains WNV antibodies derived from blood donors in Israel, where the disease has circulated for decades. The drug, called Omr-IgG-am, is used in Israel to treat people with primary immune deficiencies, such as those associated with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, according to Walla Dempsey, PhD, NIAID program officer for the clinical trial. Patients will receive Omr-IgG-am, made by the Israeli company Omrix, or one of two placebos. The goal of the trial is to assess the drug’s safety and begin to assess its effectiveness against West Nile encephalitis, the NIAID said. See also: Dempsey said the drug has been used off-label to treat a few West Nile patients in Israel. “Those were anecdotal cases,” she said. “Some people got better and some didn’t. This is why we’re doing the placebo-controlled trial.” With no specific treatment available for WNV, clinicians “have few options besides supportive care,” NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, MD, noted in the release. The trial began at 36 sites in the United States and Canada last September and is expected to add about 24 more sites this summer, the NIAID said in a news release. The goal is to enroll up to 110 adults who have WNV-related encephalitis or are at risk for it, the agency said. Just seven patients have been enrolled in the trial so far, all of them last year, Dempsey told CIDRAP News. Jul 13 NIAID news release No results on the effectiveness of the drug in the US patients are available yet, Dempsey said. “The safety monitoring committee has reviewed the safety reports and they’re satisfied that there are no issues,” she added. Jul 16, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – A government-sponsored trial of the safety and effectiveness of a drug to combat encephalitis in West Nile virus (WNV) patients is being expanded this summer, federal officials announced this week. In other developments, 30 new cases of WNV illness were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from Jul 7 through 13, bringing this year’s total to 108, the CDC said yesterday. Sixty-one cases involved neurologic manifestations (encephalitis, meningitis, or myelitis). Cases have been reported in 10 states, with 47 in Arizona alone. Two potential WNV vaccines are in the early stages of testing, Dempsey noted. One is being developed by Acambis and the other by the NIAID itself, she said. Dempsey said Omr-IgG-am is the only potential West Nile treatment the NIAID is currently testing in a clinical study. The agency has a WNV drug screening program that has tested more than 750 compounds, a few of which have shown promise in the laboratory, she added. CDC’s WNV report in Jul 16 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report read more

Korean Air cancels flights all over the world, not just to Zagreb

first_imgYou can see more information here Source: Korean Air Although there is an unnecessary panic over the headlines that flights to Croatia, more precisely to Zagreb, are being canceled due to the coronavirus, the fact is that Korean Air, a South Korean airline, is canceling flights to hundreds of destinations on all continents, not just Croatia. Thus, flights to Milan, Barcelona, ​​Vienna, Madrid… and thus to Zagreb have been canceled, while for many other destinations reduced flight intensity with certain restrictions. center_img In September last year, they welcomed for the first time the first flight of the South Korean airline Korean Air to Croatia, which connected Zagreb and Seoul three times a week during the summer flight schedule, while it connected Seoul, Zagreb and Zurich in the winter flight schedule. Flights between Seoul and Zagreb were supposed to start again this year from March 31, but they are currently canceled, ie extended until April 23, 2020.last_img read more

Canada’s Trudeau rejects inviting Russia to G7 summit

first_imgTopics : The Kremlin said Monday that Trump had called President Vladimir Putin and discussed his plan to hold a rescheduled G7 “with possible invitation of the leaders of Russia, Australia, India and South Korea.”Trudeau though flatly rejected that prospect.”It’s really important to keep holding these meetings and making sure that we are we are coordinating internationally in this time of crisis,” he said.Russia was expelled from what was previously the G8 in 2014 after invading and seizing Crimea from Ukraine and declaring it part of Russian territory. On Saturday Trump said he would postpone the planned June summit of leaders from the United States, Germany, Britain, Canada, France, Italy and Japan after German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would not be coming, citing the coronavirus pandemic.Trump said he could try again in September, and invite other countries including Russia to join the meeting.”I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries,” Trump said.He said he would like to invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to join an expanded summit in the fall.center_img Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday rejected Russia’s participation in a coming summit of the G7 nations, despite host US President Donald Trump wanting to invite Moscow.”Russia was excluded from the G7 after it invaded Crimea a number of years ago,” Trudeau told reporters. “Its continued disrespect and flaunting of international rules and norms is why it remains outside of the G7 and will continue to remain out,” he added.last_img read more

No regrets for Jol

first_img “Martin had been impressive and I was inclined to give him the job,” Ferguson writes in ‘My Autobiography’. Jol went cold on the idea of becoming Ferguson’s number two, and the Scot ended up taking Queiroz back on soon after anyway after he was sacked from his position at the Bernabeu. “I never wanted to (take the job),” the Fulham manager told a press conference. “I don’t think I am someone who can work as an assistant. “If you look at the coaches who were with him – it was not easy for them to (become a number one). Queiroz was probably the exception to the rule. “The rest stayed as an assistant. Rene Meulensteen is still struggling to be a number one somewhere now.” Jol, who went on to manage Ajax, Tottenham and Hamburg before joining Fulham, admits he enjoyed the experience of the interview, but he joked that he has never forgiven the now-retired United boss for not covering his expenses. “It was always nice to talk to him because he is a good man,” Jol added. Ferguson revealed in his autobiography, which was released on Thursday, that he wanted to make Jol his assistant at Manchester United when Carlos Queiroz left to take over at Real Madrid in the 2003-04 season. Jol caught a flight from Holland to Manchester to be interviewed by Ferguson, and the Scot was impressed with what the Dutchman, who was then managing RKC Waalwijk, had to say. Martin Jol does not regret his decision to reject Manchester United, and has revealed that he had to pay for his own flight to the north-west for his interview with Sir Alex Ferguson. Press Association “But don’t forget that he is Scottish so I had to pay for my own ticket! He never gave me my money back!” Although Jol has had a successful career in management since leaving Holland, he has been under pressure in recent weeks following Fulham’s poor start to the season. Their form has improved of late, though. The Cottagers have won their last two games, including an impressive 4-1 win at Crystal Palace on Monday night. Owner Shahid Khan was at Selhurst Park to watch his team brush aside the Eagles and he is expected to be at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday for Fulham’s trip to Mauricio Pochettino’s Southampton. Jol insists he maintains a good relationship with Khan and is looking forward to seeing him this weekend when his NFL franchise the Jacksonville Jaguars play the San Francisco 49ers at Wembley. “When he is here we talk to each other and if he is not we don’t,” said Jol, who will sit in an executive box with Khan at Wembley. “He will be in our offices (at the training ground) and of course we will go to the (American Football) game on Sunday because it’s a big game for them.” Brede Hangeland is doubtful for the trip to Southampton because of a nerve problem and Bryan Ruiz could miss out with a back injury. Meanwhile, Jol has reiterated his desire to keep hold of Steve Sidwell, who is out of contract at the end of the season. “We are talking to him, we offered him one, so who knows what will happen,” the 57-year-old said. “We are talking to Steve and for me there is no difference, for me he can stay for two years.” last_img read more

Spot climbing course concludes

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI, May 22: Three-day spot Climbing camp, organized by the Assam Rock and Spot Climbing Associaiton, was held at the 4th Assam Police Battalion campus recently. Altogether 58 trainees participated in the camp which was supervised by the first everester of Assam Tarun Saikia.last_img

Racing Post lands treble at HWPA 2016 Awards

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit The Racing Post has landed a treble at the 50th annual Horserace Writers & Photographers’ Association Derby Awards in London, with Tom Kerr, Edward Whitaker and Patrick McCann all scooping awards.Kerr edged out Chris Cook and Greg Wood of The Guardian and freelance Kevin Blake to clinch the Writer of the Year prize, won last year by his Racing Post colleague Alastair Down.The Post’s Edward Whitaker and Patrick McCann added to the haul, landing the Photographer of the Year and Picture of the Year award respectively.For Whitaker, it was a seventh title after he previously enjoyed success in 2014, 2012, 2006, 2003 2002 and 1999.McCann’s award-winning shot captured runners in a hurdle race at Bellewstown, jumping an obstacle with a rainbow arching through the sky above.The Irish-based photographer landed the same award lasft year for his incredible shot of Quantitativeeasing being forced out of the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham Festival in March, in which McCann sustained a serious leg fracture only seconds later when the horse collided with him.Other winners on the night included newly crowned Reporter of the Year Marcus Townend of the Daily Mail and Channel 4’s Nick Luck, who clinched the HWPA’s Broadcaster of the Year award for a seventh time.Bruce Millington, editor of the Racing Post, said: “We’re extremely pleased for all three of our deserved winners. It takes a huge amount of time, dedication and talent to land a HWPA award and it’s a real pleasure to work with such great professionals.” Spotlight Sports takes over MansionBet blog  June 18, 2020 Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020last_img read more

NFL preseason scores: Live results, updates, highlights from Week 2 games

first_imgThursday, Aug. 15Philadelphia Eagles 24, Jacksonville Jaguars 10New York Jets 22, Atlanta Falcons 10Baltimore Ravens 26, Green Bay Packers 13Cincinnati Bengals 23, Washington Redskins 13Oakland Raiders 33, Arizona Cardinals 26Friday, Aug. 16Buffalo Bills 27, Carolina Panthers 14New York Giants 32, Chicago Bears 13Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16, Miami Dolphins 14Saturday, Aug. 17 Cleveland Browns 21, Indianapolis Colt 18New England Patriots 22, Tennessee Titans 17Houston Texans 30, Detroit Lions 23Pittsburgh Steelers 17, Kansas City Chiefs 7Dallas Cowboys 14, Los Angeles Rams 10Sunday, Aug. 18New Orleans Saints 19, Los Angeles Chargers 17Minnesota Vikings 25, Seattle Seahawks 19San Francisco 49ers, Denver BroncosMORE: Why the Cowboys are SN’s pick to win Super Bowl 54Live updates, highlights from Week 2 NFL preseason gamesFollow live updates and highlights from Week 2 NFL preseason games below.Live Week 2 NFL preseason updates Because those starters will receive little if any playing time, the players to watch in Week 2 of the NFL season are carried over from opening weekend. Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray will attempt to follow his promising start last week with another strong performance, again on the national TV stage of ESPN when Arizona hosts Oakland.( UPDATE: Murray failed to build on that effort; he was miserable against the Silver and Black. His night was marked by an inability to get the ball snapped  correctly).MORE: Watch select NFL preseason games with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Likewise, Giants QB Daniel Jones will return to the national stage this week when New York hosts Chicago on Friday night, and his goal will be to prove his perfect outing against the Jets a week ago was not a fluke. ( UPDATE: Jones completed 7 of 10 passes but also fumbled twice.) On the flip side, when the Redskins host the Bengals, Dwayne Haskins will be looking to ease the criticism that came from his up-and-down performance in his team’s opener.( UPDATE: Haskins completed 7 of 14 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown.)And then there are the Cowboys. While Dallas is typically worthy of an obligatory mention when it comes to scoring updates in any given week, this game happens to take the team to Hawaii, where it will play the Rams on Saturday.Week 2 of the NFL preseason this year ends with a trio of national TV games. The Chargers host the Saints at 4 p.m. ET on CBS, and two 8 p.m. ET games — Seahawks at Vikings on Fox; 49ers at Broncos on ESPN — close the week.2019 NFL PREDICTIONS:AFC East  | AFC West  | AFC North  | AFC SouthNFC East  | NFC West  | NFC North  | NFC SouthNFL scores, results for preseason Week 2Here’s the schedule for every Week 2 NFL preseason game along with final scores and how to watch every game live.Check out SN’s live scoreboard for stats and more .MORE:  Watch every NFL preseason, regular season game and RedZone on DAZN (Canada only) Results, updates and highlights from a  second week of preseason action typically would not be worth tracking, but in this regard, the NFL is a unique beast.The American addiction to pro football is scheduled to receive its second dose of fuel for 2019 on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The games don’t count, yet stadiums will be (mostly) packed, and even more people will watch on TV as second-, third- and even fourth-string players battle for their places on soon-to-be 53-man rosters. Some starters are scheduled to play a little more in Week 2 of the NFL preseason than they did in their openers, but still sparingly.last_img read more

Arsenal starts 2020 strongly, blows away Man Utd

first_imgArteta celebrateS first win. PHOTO ARSENAL MEDIAArsenal blow away Man Utd to hand Arteta first winLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Mikel Arteta got everything he asked for in his first win as Arsenal manager with a rampant first 45 minutes from the Gunners earning a 2-0 victory over Manchester United at the Emirates.Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis Papastathopoulos scored the goals to secure just a second win in 16 games.Arsenal started the game three times as many points off the top four as the relegation zone, but a first home win in 87 days hauls Arteta’s men up to 10th and within four points of United in fifth.“I am very pleased with the performance, I’m even more pleased with the result,” said Arteta after his third game in charge. “Everything I wanted to see on the pitch, I saw tonight.”There were signs of encouragement for Arsenal in Arteta’s home debut against Chelsea on Sunday when only a late collapse saw a 1-0 lead turn into a 2-1 defeat.However, this time the hosts saw the game through as a dismal United performance raised fresh questions over their chances of finishing in the top four.“At the moment we are suffering to maintain that level of intensity of the first halves,” added Arteta.“That will come, but as well I really liked the resilience they showed. I liked to see them suffer together.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were again shorn of Paul Pogba, who faces another month out after an operation on a troublesome ankle injury that has kept him out for the majority of the season.Pogba’s absence is still evident in United’s inability to create when denied the chance to counter-attack and they failed to recover after falling behind early on.“After they scored the first goal, it seemed like they got loads of energy,” said Solskjaer. “They were the better team. They were aggressive, they regained the ball and it was hard to get the ball off them.”For the first time Arsenal started with all of Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil together in attack and Arteta’s bold choice paid dividends eight minutes in.Pepe scored just his second Premier League goal from open play since a £72 million move from Lille when he swept home Sead Kolasinac’s cross at the back post.The Ivorian was suddenly brimming with confidence as he twisted and turned Luke Shaw before crossing for Aubameyang to volley just over.Lacazette then rolled Harry Maguire easily in a night to forget for the world’s most expensive defender before pulling his shot across goal.David de Gea is another of United’s more experienced stars suffering an alarming dip in form and a poor clearance from the Spaniard offered another sight of goal to Pepe, whose long-range strike came back off the post.Arsenal’s first half dominance was rewarded with a second goal before the half-time interval as De Gea could only palm Lacazette’s header from a corner back into the danger area and Sokratis pounced to fire into the roof of the net.As the hosts’ energy levels dipped from a frantic first 45 minutes, United were allowed to dictate the game but did not have the guile to make their possession count.Andreas Pereira had the best chance to give United a lifeline but fired into the side-netting from Nemanja Matic’s clever reverse pass.“We have to be honest and admit physically we are not ready, but you have to show heart and this team is ready to change a lot of things,” said Arsenal defender David Luiz.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more