HR gets forgotton as managers double up

first_imgNew research highlights serious deficiencies in management and staffdevelopment at NHS Primary Care Trusts (PCT), with little HR capacity availableto drive change. PCTs play a key role in the funding of the NHS in England and control 75 percent of the NHS’s £40bn annual budget. However, the PCT Polling Report showed that senior management, including HRdirectors, financial directors and IT directors, are working in multiple rolesacross different PCTs. The research said that sharing roles gave rise to concerns about managementexpertise, such as leadership and the capacity of personnel to deal withchange. HR is particularly neglected, with 38 out of the 50 PCTs surveyed (76 percent) without a full-time, dedicated director of HR. The report commissioned by the Hudson Consultancy said there was littleconsistency regarding the recruitment and development of staff. It noted thatstaff appraisals were the main way that PCTs benchmark and assess skill-setcompetency, but said there did not appear to be a consistent way of assessingskills across the PCTs. Sandra White, chair of the Institute of Healthcare Management, said that alack of capacity meant that while staff wanted to get training and to developtheir careers, they were not able do so. “We can find the time [for training] and most of our dedicatedfrontline staff want to have training and develop,” she said. “Butthen you have to find someone to look after the patients. Until we grow aconsiderable number of people to fill the gaps, it’s not going to happen.”By Michael Millar Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article HR gets forgotton as managers double upOn 18 May 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Rapid electron acceleration in low density regions of Saturn’s radiation belt by whistler mode chorus waves

first_imgElectron acceleration at Saturn due to whistler mode chorus waves has previously been assumed to be ineffective; new data closer to the planet shows it can be very rapid (factor of 104 flux increase at 1 MeV in 10 days compared to factor of 2). A full survey of chorus waves at Saturn is combined with an improved plasma density model to show that where the plasma frequency falls below the gyrofrequency additional strong resonances are observed favoring electron acceleration. This results in strong chorus acceleration between approximately 2.5 RS and 5.5 RS outside which adiabatic transport may dominate. Strong pitch angle dependence results in butterfly pitch angle distributions that flatten over a few days at 100s keV, tens of days at MeV energies which may explain observations of butterfly distributions of MeV electrons near L=3. Including cross terms in the simulations increases the tendency towards butterfly distributions.last_img read more



Phish Fans To Receive “Cosmic Wristbands” For Tonight’s NYE Gag

first_imgWe’re heading into the fourth night of Phish at Madison Square Garden, and the only question left to ask is of what tonight will bring. Beyond the setlist, there is the annual New Year’s Eve “gag” where the members of Phish will inevitably blow minds with whatever stunt they have planned to welcome 2018. There are rumors, there are an impressive amount of new lights, but the only concrete information we now have is that there will also be light-up wristbands.In an e-mail sent out to ticket-buyers this morning, which suggests that tonight’s theme will include universal discovery, Phish instructs fans to retrieve wristbands and wear them for the evening’s festivities. The wristbands will activate at midnight, with better functioning when in proximity to the assigned seat.Following the epic “Harpua” from “Jimmies” night, the “lumps in the cosmic gravy” will predictably be explored in more detail this evening. With Kuroda’s new 360° lights–resembling a space craft, but also a donut–the “World’s Most Famous Arena” will most likely transform into a new dimension tonight. Remember, the universe, too, is shaped like a donut.Read the full message below:“You have been selected to ring in the new year as the first travelers to explore the universe by cosmic wristband. You’ll find this wristband when you arrive at your seat (or when you enter the venue for GA ticket holders). Please be considerate of other fans and take only the one wristband given to you.The countdown has begun, and your vessel is about to embark on its voyage of discovery. Because of the incredible power of your wristband, your trip is short. Your wristband will not activate till close to midnight, so don’t worry if it’s not functioning yet when you first put it on… The closer you are standing to your actual seat at midnight, the better your wristband will work.”This is all the information we have. Your guesses are as good as ours. Enjoy the show, and stay in your seat!last_img read more

The Motet Announces New 2-Day Festival With Break Science, SunSquabi, TAUK, & More

first_imgToday, The Motet has announced the inaugural Motet On The Mesa Festival, which will take place at Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership on July 27th and 28th. The two-day music festival in Taos, New Mexico, will see multiple performances by the host band, The Motet, as well as performances by Break Science, SunSquabi, The Suffers, TAUK, Organ Freeman, and Mama Magnolia. Furthermore, Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership is located right next to Hotel Luna Mystica, a vintage trailer hotel, making for the perfect location for a fully immersive and intimate musical weekend.Early bird tickets for this exciting new event go on sale today, April 24th, at 10 a.m. (MDT), in conjunction with the event’s announcement. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 27th, at 10 a.m. (MDT). To snag tickets, head here, and for more information and updates about Motet On The Mesa, check out the festival’s Facebook page here.As for The Motet, 2018 is shaping up to a monumental year for the Colorado-based funk seven-piece. Since 1998, the group has been known for its fusion of fiery funk, powerful soul, and dynamic improvisations. However, most recently, with the departure of former trumpet player Gabe Mervine and the injection of new blood with the addition of trumpeter Parris Fleming, the band has solidified its lineup and is enjoying a process of rediscovery and evolution. With vocalist Lyle Divinsky, also a relatively new member of the group along with Fleming and saxophonist Drew Sayers, leading the way paired with the veteran guidance of Dave Watts, Joey Porter, Garrett Sayers, and Ryan Jalbert, The Motet is looking better than ever as they prepare to release a brand-new album in 2018 as a follow-up to their latest album, Totem.last_img read more

Cole critters

first_imgOnce the cabbage heads or cauliflower kurds are formed, the tolerance for damage or insect contamination in the harvested part of the plant dramatically declines. The preharvest interval for many insecticides limits the use of chemicals just before harvest, too.The bottom line for late-season insect control in most cole crops is to control insects early in the growing cycle, keeping them from being a problem at the time of harvest. By David Riley and Stormy SparksUniversity of Georgia As fall nears, so does the time to plant cole crops like cabbage, collards, greens, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Unfortunately, we’re not the only ones who like the taste of greens on a cool fall night. So do insects.Cabbage, collards, cauliflower and broccoli are typically transplanted in Georgia, while mustard, kale, and turnip greens are often direct-seeded. Some seedling pests are avoided through transplanting.Even so, young seedlings — and particularly plants that will eventually form heads — are very susceptible to damage. Typical pests of cole crop seedlings are flea beetles, cutworms and other pests in the soil. Flea beetles cause small shot holes in leaves.Other common pests include seed-corn maggots, which attack the germinating seed and very young seedlings, and cutworms, which clip the plant off at the soil line shortly after it emerges. Once the plants are well established, or if you use transplants, these seedling pests cause very little damage.Occasionally, small insects can be seen tunneling within the leaves of young plants. Pests that feed on the leaves and are of concern are mostly species of caterpillars. These pests can reduce plant growth if they eat enough foliage.In summer and fall plantings, cabbage webworms can infest plants and attack the main stem. This damage is more severe in cabbage, because it can cause multiple heads.The treatment timing for soil insects, such as seed-corn maggot, is usually preplanting. For cutworms and webworms it’s when damage is first detected, and for defoliators it’s at 10-percent defoliation. Early infestations of webworms should be treated when detected to prevent severe damage to the growing tip.Midseason attacksIn crops such as leafy greens, where the harvested portion of the plant is the leaves, controlling pests that feed on leaf tissue is increasingly critical as the season progresses.In cabbage, control of foliage feeders is less critical in young plants but becomes more critical at the cupping stage, when the head begins to form. In general, significant yield loss from Lepidoptera larvae can be prevented during midseason using a treatment threshold of three larvae per 10 plants. In other words, if larvae numbers exceed three in every 10 plants scouted, you’re likely to have significant yield loss.The main species of Lepidoptera that attack cole crops in Georgia are the diamondback moth, cabbage looper, imported cabbageworm, cross-striped cabbageworm and cabbage webworm.Other insects that can reduce the quality of foliage in this growth stage are aphids, which secrete honeydew and promote sooty mold on leaves; sweet potato whiteflies, which can transmit geminiviruses that stunt plant growth; thrips, which can scar the leaf surface when they occur in large numbers; and other foliage feeders, such as the yellow-margined leaf-beetle.Stinkbugs can often be found on the foliage of cole crops, too, but significant damage from these pests isn’t usually reported in Georgia. Cabbage root aphids can be often found on developing turnip roots, too, but they don’t usually cause enough damage to warrant soil treatments in the fall, when the pest gets into the cabbage root system. It might take out a few cabbage plants.Late season attackerslast_img read more

Backyard Orchards

first_imgIf you have always wanted a home orchard, fall is the perfect time to plant one.Small fruits like blueberries and blackberries are simple to grow, but tree fruits are more challenging. Begin with trees that are dormant and soil that has suitable moisture to establish the root system.Location, location, locationFirst, select the location of your orchard. Fruit trees will grow and produce on a broad range of soil types, but the best yields and longest-lived trees are planted on loamy, well-drained soil.Good internal drainage is essential. Do not plant trees on a site where water stands for more than an hour following a heavy rain. If a hardpan or poorly drained clay layer is present, the roots will develop poorly, and the plant may eventually die.Avoid sites on the north side of tall trees or buildings. Fruit trees need a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight, but 8 to 10 hours is even better. Full sunlight is necessary for maximum tree vigor and fruit production.Right variety for your areaSelect varieties adapted to your soil and climatic conditions. Without sacrificing too much yield or quality, select varieties with insect and disease resistance. Plant several varieties of the same kind of fruit that mature at different times to prolong your harvest. If you plan to freeze, can or preserve your crop, pick varieties that are best suited for those uses.Cross-pollination is necessary for satisfactory fruit-set in many tree fruits. Plant at least two apple, pear, plum and blueberry varieties. Most peach, nectarine and plum varieties are sufficiently self-fruitful to set satisfactory crops. Dwarf trees lend themselves perfectly to the home garden. They produce fruit earlier than standardized trees, occupy less space and can be more easily pruned and sprayed for pests. Buy the best, get the bestObtain the best nursery stock available. Buy only from reputable nursery operators who guarantee their plants to be true to name, of high quality and shipped correctly. Beware of “basement bargains.” High prices do not necessarily mean high quality, but good, well-grown nursery stock is not cheap. If you mail-order trees, unpack the bundles immediately and inspect the trees. The roots and packing material should be moist and the bark should show no signs of withering. If not planted immediately, put the trees in refrigerated storage to hold them dormant or “heel” them in a trench of moist soil in a shady location.One-year-old trees are usually preferred. A common mistake made by many homeowners is to select oversized or ready-to-bear nursery trees. Experience has shown that younger trees bear almost as soon, are easier to keep alive and develop into more healthy vigorous trees than do oversized stock. Older trees cost more to grow and are sold at higher prices, but are usually worth less.Till and amend the soilPrepare the soil the same way you prepare the soil in your vegetable garden. Take a soil sample to your local University of Georgia Extension office and follow the recommendations. Deeply till the area to break up compacted soil. Place the tree so that the graft union is just above ground level. Begin filling the hole with pulverized or amended soil. Tamp backfill soil thoroughly to eliminate air pockets. Before the hole is completely filled, add 2 to 3 gallons of water to settle the soil. At planting, the main shoot of fruit trees should be headed back to 30 inches above the ground. This procedure allows branches to form at desired levels, improves the strength of the tree and provides a balance between the top and the roots.Do not apply fertilizer until the spring. Then use almost any type of fertilizer. Complete mixes used on lawns (i.e. 5-10-10) are satisfactory. Organic materials may be used, but it is important to provide the same quantities of plant nutrients. Fruit trees can withstand long periods of drought, but irrigation is very beneficial during certain critical stages of growth. Bearing trees need irrigation during the six-week period prior to ripening. Young trees need irrigation during any dry period of the summer. Soaker hoses or drip irrigation are the best ways to efficiently irrigate fruit trees.For more information on planting a home orchard, search the UGA Extension publication website at read more


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A closer look at rapid testing capabilities

first_imgThe Hologic Panther, however, can take between 250 and 500 samples and process them within 4 to 6 hours in order to determine whether a person has tested positive or negative for the coronavirus. (BINGHAMTON) – Yesterday, Lourdes Hospital announced three testing platforms it’s using to ramp up COVID-19 testing in our area, and today, 12 News took a closer look at them. The hospital is limited in the number of tests it can perform each week, and prioritizes patients based off of the severity of illness, age and symptoms shown. “It was a real struggle to get supplies for any of these testing platforms in the beginning,” Dr. Zur said. “That money allowed us to double the capacity on our BioFire platform. It’s all very helpful in expanding our testing capabilities.” The speed of these tests means some accuracy can be lost, but Dr. Zur doesn’t just look at one test. Dr. Zur says these kits have been extremely helpful in terms of getting information to patients quickly, as well as conserving PPE for nurses and doctors, because the longer the waiting period, the more time staff must assume a person is COVID-19 positive. “We don’t rely on one test method to prove somebody is negative for COVID-19,” Dr. Zur said.center_img “We’re able to test more patients now than we would’ve before,” said Dr. Michael Zur, the director of the testing lab. “You can be pretty confident that if somebody tests positive through these, they are positive and we will treat them accordingly.” Zur and the lab try to send tests out to New York State if they feel like a patient still might have COVID-19 even after testing negative with one of the kits. The three tests include ID Now, BioFire and the Hologic Panther, each of them providing speedy results for patients and doctors. The ID Now test can process samples and deliver a result within five to 15 minutes. BioFire’s system can give results within 15 to 45 minutes. A recent $125,000 grant from the Decker Foundation helped the hospital in gaining testing supplies, like these kits.last_img read more

The burning scar: Inside the destruction of Asia’s last rainforests

first_imgExclusive: A forensic investigation finds evidence of deliberate burning in Papua’s palm oil plantations.- Advertisement –last_img