Thrown in at the deep end of HR

first_imgThrown in at the deep end of HROn 18 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Followinga restructuring in January 2000 I was given responsibility for the HR functionfor our new office of 50 staff.  I havenot had a huge amount of support from my manager  so I have generally had to “make things up as I goalong” and rely on occasional seminars. The company has agreed to sponsorme for a University Diploma leading to CIPD graduate membership, but I’m notsure I want to stay here. Having no reference point, I have no idea how good Iam at what I am doing or what sort of job title I should be looking for. Whatshould I do next?JoSelby, associate director, EJ Human Resources, writes:Decidingwhat you want to achieve in your career in both the long term and the shortterm is critical to this decision, and will help you determine your next move.Talking through your goals and experience to date with a recruitmentconsultant, and discussing the various options available to you will enable youto decide on the best route for you.Istrongly advise you to not be overly concerned about job titles. They varygreatly from organisation to organisation and I suggest you focus on thecontent of potential roles and what the companies have to offer rather than thejob title.MargaretMalpas, joint managing director, Malpas Flexible Learning, writes:Youare in a situation I have encountered several times before. My strong advice toyou is to embark on the CIPD Graduate Programme. This will enhance yourprofessional knowledge and give you the benchmark for your skills in comparisonwith others, that you are looking for.Youknow the saying “a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing”. Well,that could easily apply here in relation to any legal work you may have beencalled upon to do. The courses you have done could not prepare you to navigatethe contractual minefield of staff handbooks and contracts. I think you wouldfeel mortified if one of these blew up on you and your company could also be”vicariously liable” for giving you this responsibility without thetraining.Interms of doing the programme and funding, I think it depends what you agreecontractually with your Company over sponsorship. Many companies only pay partof the fees and the rest on successful completion. Others feel, quite rightly,that there is an immediate return on the investment in terms of increasedknowledge and skill. So negotiate a deal which you are comfortable with knowingyou might move on. You could then comfortably apply for personnel manager jobsknowing that you have the skill and your own worth.LindaAitken, consultant, Chiumento, writes:Thefirst thing to do in this situation is to get your CV up to date – make surethat it focuses on the HR experience that you have had, placing emphasis on thepractical rather than the theoretical and that it covers all your achievements.It may be that your next step is to work as a number two to an experienced HRManager who will be able to develop you through coaching and mentoring andinvolving you in stretching projects. This may mean taking a role at HR officerlevel – remember titles aren’t everything! Some strategies may includeenrolling on a CIPD course, networking with others in the profession orvolunteering to provide input into project work. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

BAYONNE BRIEFS

first_imgCDBG HearingThe annual hearing to determine recipients of $1.35 million in Community Development Block Grants for local nonprofits, and $150,000 for emergency shelter, will be held on Thursday, January 11 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.CDBG grants are distributed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. To qualify, the Bayonne community must develop and submit a Consolidated Community Development Plan by May, which identifies housing and community development needs over a five-year period. The grants are intended to help the low to moderate-income community.CDBG applications are available in the Community Development Office at the Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation (BEOF) at 555 Kennedy Boulevard.For more information, email [email protected] All applications are due by Friday, February 23.A new 24/7 QuickChek on Route 440 opens, gives out free coffee for two weeksBayonne’s fourth QuickChek opened this week at The Crossing Shopping Center on Route 440 and 22nd Street. It seems convenience stores are beginning to catch up to consumer demand, as this QuickChek will feature wi-fi, charging stations, indoor seating for ten people, outdoor seating for eight, and a no-fee ATM. The store will also be a gas station, with 16 fueling stations.“The sleek open concept layout features earth tone colors, cleaner sightlines and expansive aisles with spacious food stations including extensive displays of freshly made QuickChek grab-and-go food and market items, fresh baked goods made in-store, and a large stand-alone soup station offering a daily rotation of freshly-prepared, never-frozen soups made with all natural ingredients,” reads the press release.To promote the new location, QuickChek is donating $0.25 for every sub, sandwich and wrap sold in the store from January 9 to February 8 to the Bayonne High School Marching Band.From January 9 – 21, grand opening promotions will include free large hot coffee for all patrons, six-inch subs for $3, $1.99 smoothies and specialty drinks, and two empanadas for $3. Investigation leads to alleged assailant’s arrestA man who allegedly robbed and assaulted a 59-year-old on Broadway was arrested after a month-long investigation by the Bayonne Police Department. Carlos Rodriguez, 55, of Avenue E, allegedly struck the victim in the face with a closed fist and stole his wallet after sparking a seemingly friendly conversation on the street, according to police.Rodriguez was charged with robbery, aggravated assault, theft of credit cards, and fraudulent use of credit cards. Bayonne man sentenced to prison for child pornographyAndrew Bann, 31, of Bayonne, was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of third-degree possession of 100 or more files of child pornography, according to State Attorney General’s Office. One count was in Ocean County, and the other in Hudson County.Bann was arrested in October 2014 in Toms River by the State Police Digital Technology Investigations Unit after detectives received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Bann was arrested again two years later in Bayonne after another National Center for Missing and Exploited Children tip.Megan’s Law requires Bann to register as a sex offender. Bann is also required to have parole supervision for life. Man allegedly crashes stolen SUV into Hoboken Terminal, terrorism ruled outLaw-enforcement authorities have ruled out terrorism in an incident on Monday, January 8, in which a 46-year-old man allegedly stole a NJ Transit Police SUV and crashed it into the door of the Hoboken Terminal train station. Santiago Brito-Avalos is accused of allegedly arriving at the station by train, walking into a restricted area, and stealing the vehicle before crashing it into the terminal.Nuclear subsidy legislation killed for lame-duck sessionAssembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, a Democrat from Secaucus, has decided not to post a bill that would have subsidized PSE&G nuclear power plants in South Jersey, essentially killing the possibility of passage in this session of the Legislature, according to NJ Spotlight. PSE&G, which has lobbied for the measure for months, has said that without an additional $300 million from ratepayers each year, it will have to close the three nuclear plants. Legislators pass incentive tax package to lure major companies to NJA corporate-tax incentive package intended to entice Amazon to build its new headquarters in NJ won final approval in the Legislature on Monday and has been sent to Gov. Chris Christie for his signature, according to a report from NJ Spotlight. The governor is expected to sign the measure, which would provide per-job tax credits worth as much as $10,000 annually to any company that is willing to hire at least 30,000 employees and invest at least $3 billion in a corporate headquarters in New Jersey. Amazon, based in Seattle, is looking for a place to build a second corporate headquarters that could employ as many as 50,000 employees. Bayonne is one of the many cities vying for the location. NJ to require six-month refills of birth controlA new birth control bill signed by Gov. Chris Christie will require insurers to pay for six-month supplies of birth control in New Jersey. The bill’s sponsors argued that having a half-year’s supply of birth control on hand isn’t just about convenience, it’s about staying consistent, according to a report from WHYY.Legislature removes NJPCA police powersThe Assembly passed a measure Monday that would turn over enforcement of animal cruelty laws to local police and county prosecutors and remove police powers from the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, according to a report from The Record. The measure, which won approval in the State Senate in December, now goes to Gov. Chris Christie for his signature. The NJSPCA was sharply criticized in October in a report by the State Commission of Investigation, which said the society was run by “gun-carrying wannabe cops.” Legislation promoting vehicle safety was passed by State SenateA bill that calls to increase enforcement of the 2009 New Jersey Move Over law passed the NJ State Senate on Friday. The bill was sponsored by Hudson County legislators, including 31st District Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti, and passed the Assembly 77-1 in June.The Move Over Law requires drivers to slow down and change lanes when approaching authorized vehicles with emergency lights.Another bill, sponsored by 32nd District Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez and 33rd District Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, was passed that creates a public awareness campaign on the dangers of leaving children unattended in vehicles. last_img read more

Press release: Minister for Asia comments on UN report into Burma

first_img Email [email protected] The UN Fact Finding Mission’s conclusions on human rights violations in Burma since 2011, in particular the truly horrific violence from August last year in Rakhine, come as no surprise. Anyone like myself who has been engaged directly in this terrible crisis, or has spoken to Rohingya refugees, knows the Burmese military is primarily to blame for such appalling human rights violations as the widespread rape and murder of the Rohingya people. The Fact Finding Mission provides yet more damning evidence of their culpability. There cannot and must not be impunity for such acts, which the Mission has concluded warrants “the investigation and prosecution of senior officials in the Tatmadaw chain of command, so that a competent court can determine their liability for genocide in relation to the situation in Rakhine State”. We commend the Fact Finding Mission for their work and look forward to seeing the full report. We believe the gravity of the report warrants the attention of both the UN Human Rights Council and the UN Security Council. We will discuss options for bringing the report before the Security Council with other members once the Fact Finding Mission have made their final presentation to the Human Rights Council in September. There also remains an urgent need for domestic acceptance and accountability in Burma. It is now essential the Burmese government sets out how its Commission of Inquiry will be able to investigate these crimes with full impartiality and how it will be linked to a judicial process to hold those responsible to account. Follow Foreign Office Minister Mark Field @MarkFieldUK Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn For journalists Commenting on the UN Fact Finding Mission’s report, Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field said: Media enquiries Further informationlast_img read more

Press release: ‘Reckless’ skip company boss ordered to pay almost £25,000

first_img This unlawful waste disposal could have been prevented if the code of practice had been followed. By breaching his duty of care, he avoided the costs and taxes involved in sending waste to a permitted site. After the hearing, Environment Agency officer Tom Pickover said: Owner/operator Robert Walker of Bob’s Skips in Basildon, Essex, failed to check the legitimacy of a haulier who claimed to be working for a genuine haulage company. The driver did not work for the company and was using fake waste transfer notices. The waste was later found fly-tipped at 4 different locations in Essex.Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard today that the rogue trader had made a cold call to Walker’s company looking for something to fill his lorry for a return journey.Mrs Sarah Dunne, prosecuting for the Environment Agency, told magistrates that Walker, 54, of Whitmore Way, Basildon, arranged 4 of these deliveries.She told the court that Walker had asked for waste transfer notices but made no further enquiries about the legitimacy of the company and failed to notice the forms were not filled in properly.He also had no idea where the waste was being taken nor did he check that it had arrived at its destination – all part of his duty of care. Due to the inaccurate nature of the paperwork, it was not possible to trace the lorry or the driver.Mrs Dunne said Walker had been reckless and breached the duty of care he had when managing waste. Walker was fined £10,000, ordered to pay £8,300 towards the costs of the clean-up of the fly-tipped rubbish and £6,532 in costs. There was also a £30 victim surcharge.The defendant pleaded guilty to:Between 1 January 2018 and 31 January 2018 you failed to comply with the duty of care imposed by section 34(1)(a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in that, being a person that disposes of controlled waste, namely, a skip full of mixed waste, did fail to take such measures as were reasonable in the circumstances to prevent any contravention by any other person of section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 contrary to section 34(1)(a) and (6) Environmental Protection Act 1990.Between 1 February 2018 and 28 February 2018 you failed to comply with the duty of care imposed by section 34(1)(a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in that, being a person that disposes of controlled waste, namely, a trailer full of mixed waste, did fail to take such measures as were reasonable in the circumstances to prevent any contravention by any other person of section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 contrary to section 34(1)(a) and (6) Environmental Protection Act 1990.Between 1 January 2018 and 31 January 2018 you failed to comply with the duty of care imposed by section 34(1)(a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in that, being a person that disposes of controlled waste, namely, a skip full of mixed waste, did fail to take such measures as were reasonable in the circumstances to prevent any contravention by any other person of section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 contrary to section 34(1)(a) and (6) Environmental Protection Act 1990.Between 1 February 2018 and 28 February 2018 you failed to comply with the duty of care imposed by section 34(1)(a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in that, being a person that disposes of controlled waste, namely, a trailer full of mixed waste, did fail to take such measures as were reasonable in the circumstances to prevent any contravention by any other person of section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 contrary to section 34(1)(a) and (6) Environmental Protection Act 1990. We hope this sends out a clear message to waste operators that they cannot take a cavalier approach to its disposal. The duty of care rules are there to protect the environment and legitimate traders who want to do a good job of disposing of waste properly.last_img read more

Reflections on Inequality in America Initiative’s first year

first_imgThe ending of the academic year feels like a beginning for Dean of Social Science Claudine Gay, who is celebrating the ambitious Faculty of Arts and Sciences Inequality in America Initiative’s transition from notional to nascent.“It is hard for me to think of anything more urgent to address, given the broad impacts of inequality and the ways in which emergent inequalities — powered by globalization and technological change — intersect with stubbornly persistent inequalities along lines of race and gender to produce whole new classes of problems,” she said. “I feel so grateful to be in this role at this moment. The opportunity to think of new ways that we as academics can contribute to understanding and solving these challenges is incredibly rewarding work.”In its first nine months, the Inequality Initiative pursued a three-pronged effort, beginning with a public symposium last fall that brought together voices within the Harvard community as well as a range of perspectives from presenters and panelists across the country.“It was our coming-out party, and hopefully the first of what will be biannual symposia to bring the community together to spotlight new work,” Gay said.With seed funding from President Drew Faust and Michael D. Smith, Edgerley Family Dean of FAS, Gay launched a postdoctoral fellowship program for early career scholars. The call for proposals was met with astounding enthusiasm: 330 people applied for the two positions in the first cohort.“This tells you so much about the unmet scholarly needs in this field, how important it is for Harvard to be in this space, and how intensely people want to be here in our community,” she said.The first cohort, who will arrive in August to begin the two-year fellowship, is comprised of Anthony M. Johnson, who studies inequality at the intersection of STEM and higher education, and Paige L. Sweet, whose research explores the medicalization of domestic violence. Both, Gay said, have done remarkable fieldwork to uncover the sociological forces that contribute to the reproduction of inequality.“Anthony and Paige will energize and inspire our community while pushing their own scholarship in new directions,” she said, adding “one priority for me going forward is to make sure our postdocs have terrific mentors and a vibrant program of activities they are connected to.”Funding for faculty is the initiative’s third component, launched to support new research, including projects with a social engagement component. Among the first-year beneficiaries are Elizabeth Hinton, assistant professor of History and African and African American Studies, and Ben Enke, assistant professor of economics. Hinton will pilot a research seminar about the history of Massachusetts prisons to be offered jointly to Harvard graduate students and inmates at Norfolk and Framingham correctional facilities. Enke will launch a study to examine how Americans’ feelings toward different groups in society influence their political attitudes.“Now that we’ve developed this momentum, we need to work to mobilize the resources so we can sustain it,” said Gay. “I want Harvard to be the place to go for anyone serious about understanding inequality. I want to be a resource for scholars, for students, for people on the ground close to the problem. The faculty ambition is already there, and I’m grateful I can help it coalesce into a game-changing program.”last_img read more

Department renames Isis Gallery as AAHD Gallery

first_imgSince the rise of the Islamic State terrorist group, commonly known as “ISIS,” many businesses and organizations with the same acronym have modified their names to avoid any negative connotations. Notre Dame’s department of art, art history and design department recently followed suit, renaming the Isis Gallery in O’Shaughnessy Hall as the AAHD Gallery.Originally created by students, intended for exhibitions of student work and named after the mythological goddess, the existence of the Isis Gallery dates back to the 1970s, Richard Gray, chair of the department, said, when the art department was housed in the old fieldhouse.“I came to the department in the 1980s, and it was already a gallery, an operating space. And it was started by students, probably in the old fieldhouse,” he said. “The department occupied the old fieldhouse for about 10 years, prior to moving to Riley Hall. They never had a permanent home, and the old fieldhouse was kind of this ad hoc space they took over, and it has since become the [Clarke Memorial Fountain].”After the demolition of the fieldhouse, the gallery moved to O’Shaughnessy Hall, where students and graduate students continue to install and take down work, which is a range of art media across all disciplines, including design work. “We don’t have a particular staff person that [is] doing that,” he said.The AAHD gallery currently shows undergraduate and graduate student and professional work, Gray said. “The gallery is there for us to showcase professional work from the outside for the benefit of the student community. It’s there to feature our own student work, to students and faculty, to the Notre Dame community and to showcase what we do as artists and designers,” he said.The AAHD gallery exhibits professional work for two-thirds of the academic year and shows student work the rest of the time, Gray said. The work of a second-year graduate student is currently being installed, and senior undergraduate work will be displayed at the end of the semester. “Most of the shows during the semester are from artists beyond the department. We have a small lecture series here, where we invite people to come and speak, and one of the options is for them to have an exhibition in the gallery to go along with their talk.”The location of the gallery in O’Shaughnessy Hall is partially practical, Gray said, because of a lack of space in Riley Hall. “The more beneficial way to look at is that the gallery is a way for us to have outreach on the campus, to make what we do available to people beyond our building,” he said. “Having art in a public place creates a great conversation with just the public at large — in this case, with a lot of students — rather than locating galleries in art spaces, locating galleries in non-art spaces is beneficial, as a conversation starter, as outreach, in sharing our intellectual curiosity and intellectual production with other people.”By displaying student work, the gallery “completes the circle” for an artist or designer, not unlike publication completes the circle for a writer, he said. “This a way of you completing that circle, from producer to consumer, and having that conversation at large with people beyond your own interest and constituencies,” he said. “Our students have the experience of exhibiting work, of putting themselves out there in the public for commentary and feedback.”Tags: AAHD. O’Shaughnessy Hall, Art Gallerylast_img read more

Common Core Opponents Predict Record-Breaking Numbers Of Students Opting Out

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Parents and school officials across Long Island and New York State were met with more than the typical back-to-school anxiety following spring break this year.Tuesday marked the first test in the latest round of controversial Common Core examinations for grades three through eight, and parents who hadn’t yet made the decision to opt their children out were running out of time, while letters from parents who had were piling up across the desks of school administrators.More than 50,000 students across the state refused to take the Common Core standardized tests last year—more than 30,000 of those on Long Island—and local education activists tell the Press they expect even more opting out this time around. Though exact figures were still rolling in as of press time, preliminary numbers on related social media sites Tuesday afternoon, such as anti-Common Core Facebook group “Long Island Opt Out,” tallied several school districts as having a more-than 50-percent opt-out rate among test-eligible students.Yet where a good deal of opponents’ vitriol against the Obama administration’s education reform program last year was born of its botched roll-out, what parents deemed to be the detrimental effects on their children, and the testing’s accounting for a high percent of teacher evaluations, among other gripes, Common Core opponents now credit Gov. Andrew Cuomo with pouring more gasoline on the already scorching anti-Common Core inferno.Local and regional education activists, such as the founders of New York State Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE), Badass Teachers Association (BATs) and state teachers union NYSUT all kicked their anti-Common Core reform campaigns into high gear after Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address in January—in which he announced his plan to ramp up what many believe was already an aggressive approach to the teacher evaluation plan, calling for the controversial high-stakes test to account for 50 percent of teacher evaluations, among other caveats.“The legislators spoke on April 1st about what their plans are for their children’s classrooms,” blasts Jeanette Deutermann, founder of Long Island Opt Out and a founding member of NYSAPE, referring to the state legislature’s passage of the governor’s budget bill. “The parents will answer on test day.”In addition to the increased weight the standardized testing will have on teacher evaluations, Cuomo proposed other sweeping education reforms in his State of the State that have education activists ticked off, including extending tenure requirements, expanding charter schools and boosting state oversight of failing schools.Opponents’ efforts to rally defiance to the tests included mobile billboards and robocalls, some from Zephyr Teachout, Cuomo’s formidable, though ultimately unsuccessful, former gubernatorial primary challenger and outspoken high-stakes testing opponent, which went out last week and urged parents to consider their “constitutional right to refuse them without any negative consequences to your kids or financial loss to your schools.”“I want you to know that 70 percent of New Yorkers are opposed to these tests and that, by design, 70 percent of students will fail these tests,” Teachout’s message continued.Teachout has become a familiar face of those who challenge the status quo, and some anti-Common Core activists tell the Press they believe Cuomo’s contentious approach to teachers and the teachers union is a direct result of their strong backing of Teachout in the Democratic primary.“It’s a remarkable and unusual movement, grounded in three powerful motives: parents’ fierce protectiveness of their children, teachers’ drive to protect the classroom from a culture of fear and senseless unusable tests, and the public desire to protect our democracy,” Teachout tells the Press via text message. “The tests have no pedagogical value, so parents are opting out because they aren’t helping the kids. I support them because, at root, this testing seems designed to undermine public education itself. “OUTRAGEDespite pleas from the New York State Department of Education, local school administrators and the OpEd page of Newsday slamming the Opt Out movement, parents on Long Island have become increasingly outspoken about opting their children out of the standardized tests, citing staunch objections to the test-based curriculums they will undoubtedly inspire. They complain about recess and art programs being cut to make way for test preparation. They fear the loss of local control of their children’s public education.“The most dangerous place on Earth is between a mother and her child. Cuomo has crossed the line,” declares GiGi Guiliano of East Islip, a mother of three who will refuse the test. “We want our classrooms back. We want our teachers to be able to teach again. I want my kids to enjoy the love of learning, not how to fill in bubbles. I want them to be lifelong learners.”Parents have formed groups in many pockets across Long Island to share their concerns and educate their neighbors.Allison White is a parent in Port Washington. Although her own children have graduated, she became active in her community as an advocate for public education two years ago by focusing on the student-data privacy issue. But, as she educated herself on the broader issues surrounding Common Core and its high-stakes testing, she was inspired to help form the Port Washington Advocates for Public Education, an ally of NYSAPE. She also acts as a liaison to Long Island Opt Out.“I’m concerned as a citizen,” she tells the Press. “I’m concerned about what’s happening to an entire generation of students. I’ve also been concerned about attempts to limit the information that gets out there, and that school districts have not been so open about sharing what is going on.”Stacy Leckler co-founded Mineola Concerned Parents for Public Education. In a community forum on April 9 at the Portuguese Heritage Society, she and approximately 50 parents participated in an educational forum in which they participated in taking sample ELA (English Language Arts) tests. They were allotted 12 minutes to complete a reading assignment and answer questions.“Some wouldn’t take it,” she explains. “Others were flipping back and forth trying to figure out the answers. When the reading maturity was later revealed, it was shocking.”Kathi Heggers’ seventh grader opted out of the state tests this year and last in Rocky Point.“The tests are completely flawed,” she bashes. “They’re used for the wrong purposes.”Heggers, a school board member who became critical of the Common Core standards when they were first introduced in 2010, has only grown stauncher in her objections to the reforms.“They’re reading passages that are two to three grade levels above what they are capable of comprehending,” she laments. “There’s embedded field test questions in the exam so that the children don’t even know the question that they’re trying so desperately to answer and have never been taught, which is all taking time away from the time they need to take the real test. Most of them don’t finish because they’re spending so much time on a question they don’t know the answer to because they can’t know the answer to it. They change the cut score constantly to manipulate their own self-serving needs.”Those “self-serving” needs, according to Common Core opponents, include the dismantling of public education and the rise of private and charter schools. The education tax credits written into the governor’s budget supports this tactic, they argue, contending that it grants dollar-for-dollar tax incentives for private and religious school spending.“While NYSAPE supports a parent’s choice of private education, one of the core values of our nation is separation of church and state,” slams Lisa Rudley, Westchester County public school parent and founding member of NYSAPE, in a statement. “Enabling public dollars to pay for private and religious education is an affront to New Yorkers and Americans. The education tax credit creates a back door for Cuomo’s wealthy backers to drive their privatization agenda, attempting to sneak a voucher system past a public that rejects their attempts to destabilize our public schools.“This scheme is an outrage and simply unacceptable,” she continues.Deutermann says the governor’s combative approach to teacher evaluations backfired and served as a catalyst for parents all across Long Island, strengthening their resolve to learn more about what is going on in their children’s classrooms.“Rarely will you have a parent who has taken the time to become informed—[and when they are,] rarely do they choose to have their children sit for the test,” she says.The total number of students opting out Tuesday, she believes, will support this.last_img read more

Long Island Reps Back Bill to End NSA Bulk Collection

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The U.S. House of Representatives this week voted overwhelmingly to reign in the National Security Agency’s dragnet collection of Americans’ phone data—a measure that received full support from Long Island’s Congressional delegation.All five of LI’s Representatives backed the so-called USA Freedom Act, including staunch NSA defender Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford). Joining King was lone local congressional colleague from the same party, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), as well as Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens), Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) and Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington).“It was the strongest NSA legislation that can pass the House,” King said in a statement. “Also, as a practical matter, the NSA should still be at least 90 percent as effective under the Freedom Act as it is under current law.”King has been steadfast in his support of the surveillance agency ever since the disclosures from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden sparked debate over the program nearly two years ago.The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate, where it enjoys considerably less support from a group of lawmakers unenthusiastic about stifling the NSA’s surveillance capabilities. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-Kentucky) does not appear eager to coalesce around his Republican colleagues in the House in order to successfully push the bill across the goal line in the Senate.The bill has the support of several civil liberties groups and the White House. But, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocacy group that supports a free and open Internet, withdrew its support of the bill earlier this month following a momentous US Court of Appeals ruling that determined the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone data was illegal.“It is clear that Congress must do more to reign in dragnet surveillance by the NSA,” the EFF said after the ruling. The EFF had originally expressed support for the USA Freedom Act, but even then said the bill lacked critical reforms.King’s vote may be the biggest surprise. He has been a harsh critic of the journalists—most notably Glenn Greenwald—who reported on the documents leaked by Snowden, even going as far as saying “legal action” should be taken against those who initially reported on the stolen documents.“No right is absolute and even the press has certain restrictions,” King told Fox News nearly two years ago.He also didn’t mince words when it came to Snowden, the former NSA contractor.“I think he’s either a defector or a traitor—I guess take your pick,” King told CNN during the height of the explosive NSA revelations. He added, “I think what he’s done has done incredible damage to our country.”In a statement to the Press, King said he strongly supports the NSA and “would have voted to reauthorize it without any changes.” Yet, King said he voted in favor of the bill because of its chances of getting through the House without significantly impacting the NSA’s ability to operate unhindered.Zeldin was more inclined to vote “yes” because of the balance the bill struck between national security and privacy.“This legislation will significantly scale back the NSA’s data recording program, further protecting our freedoms and civil liberties,” he said in a statement.Rice, in a statement, called the bill a “common sense” measure that maintains national security “without compromising the privacy of American citizens.”“Instead of doing nothing and just allowing these programs to expire at a time when we know terrorist organizations are actively working to communicate with people in America and inspire attacks on our soil, we passed a bill that strikes a fair balance, protecting people’s privacy rights while ensuring our intelligence community still has the tools they need to keep us safe,” she said. “That’s why it received such broad bipartisan support in the House and why it deserves the same in the Senate.”Both Meeks’ and Israel’s offices did not respond to requests for comment.In its ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that bulk collection under the NSA’s metadata program is not authorized by Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the controversial post-9/11 anti-terror law that gave intelligence agencies sweeping powers in the name of national security. Mounds of significant information can be gleaned from metadata, including the length of a phone call, phone number of its participants and in some instances, the precise origins of the phone calls. The court ruled that the program exceeded the scope of Congress’ authorization.The bill also includes reforms to the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) courts, which civil liberties groups argue has essentially acted as a rubber stamp for intelligence agencies. The bill would create the position of a special privacy advocate that would argue privacy concerns to the court and whose office would be able to appeal disputed decisions.The Senate must act on the bill in the coming weeks because the provision of the Patriot Act, which authorized the controversial practice, Section 215, sunsets on June 1.last_img read more

Gareth Southgate says Jack Grealish and Declan Rice will flourish for England after switch from Republic of Ireland | Football News

first_imgValencia teenager Yunus Musah is one current example, with the talented 17-year-old preparing to link up with the United States senior team for their upcoming friendlies having been with the England Under-19 squad just lastmonth.“I know John (McDermott, assistant FA technical director) has spoken with the family and they know where we sit with it,” Southgate said.“But also we want to get that balance right of not just pushing him up the age groups quicker than we think is right because we’ve got other boys in the system as well, and we don’t want to promise things that we can’t fulfil.“It sounds as though he’s going to meet with America this time and experience that. That doesn’t rule him out of being with us moving forward.“So, we’ve just got to make sure that the boy and the family know that we think he’s a good player, that he’s on a good trajectory.“We’re monitoring him. He’s been with us in the last couple of months and we’d very much like his future to be with us.” Aston Villa skipper Grealish played for Ireland up to under-21s level and turned down a senior call-up in 2015, before committing to England later that year and eventually making his senior bow in September 2020.Rice did represent the Irish senior side on three occasions but those caps came in friendlies, allowing the West Ham midfielder to declare for the Three Lions in February 2019 and go on to win 11 caps.“In terms of Declan, well, we’ve got the same situation with Jack and the same situation with Michael Keane (who represented Ireland at youth level), really, so we’ll have to play somebody!” England boss Southgate said.- Advertisement – “But I think the three boys we have with us, they look as if they can have good international careers with us and we’re just focusing on that part of it, really.”Former boss Roy Hodgson and ex-Football Association technical director Dan Ashworth were key in persuading Grealish to join up with England, while Southgate played an important role in bringing Rice over.The Three Lions boss says it would be “arrogant” to assume that players would choose them in a time when so many within the system can represent one or more other countries. Gareth SouthgateImage:Gareth Southgate played a role in persuading Declan Rice to play for England “But I can’t think too much about that. We’re obviously playing in an empty stadium which makes things a little bit different but I understand the interest in these players.“We’ve got a lot of these situations. We played Wales last month and they had a couple of players who were with us as youngsters: Tyler Roberts and Ethan Ampadu. We didn’t want to lose them.“I think everybody is facing these challenges with dual nationality players and we’ve always got to get the balance right of not capping them too early, just to stop them going somewhere else – we want to be fair to them so they can have a career.- Advertisement – Gareth Southgate believes Jack Grealish and Declan Rice will have successful careers with England as the pair prepare to face the Republic of Ireland for the first time since switching sides.After New Zealand pulled out of a friendly on Thursday due to coronavirus-shaped travel complications, Ireland will instead be lining-up at Wembley ahead of the conclusion of the Nations League group phase.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Report: Favorable long-term prognosis for West Nile virus patients

first_img The longitudinal cohort study included 156 patients from Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta who were diagnosed and treated for West Nile infections in ambulatory clinics between 2003 and 2007. Sixty-four (41%) of the patients had the neuroinvasive form of the disease, while 92 (59%) did not. To follow patients over the course of their illnesses, a research nurse regularly evaluated most patients during home visits; however, participants in Saskatchewan and Manitoba were evaluated in hospital clinics. Findings suggest that patients with West Nile infections return to normal physical function, mental function, mood, and energy level within about a year of symptom onset. “Our data provide evidence for a favorable long-term prognosis with respect to these outcomes in the average patient,” the authors write. Mark Loeb, MD, MSc, lead author of the study and professor of pathology and molecular medicine at Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University in Ontario, said in a press release from the school that his group’s study is the first to comprehensively explore the long-term effects of WNV in a large patient population. “We found that both physical and mental functions, as well as mood and fatigue, seemed to return to normal in about 1 year,” he said. The authors write that they expected the patients with neurologic symptoms would have more severe symptoms and longer episodes of depression and fatigue. However, the study revealed that these patients’ symptoms and recovery times were similar to those of patients without neuroinvasive disease. Loeb M, Hanna S, Nicolle L, et al. Prognosis after West Nile virus infection. Ann Intern Med 2008 Aug 19;149(4):232-41 [Abstract] Aug 20, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – In the largest study so far on long-term outcomes for patients with West Nile virus (WNV) infections, Canadian researchers have found that prognosis is good, though recovery was slightly longer for those with neuroinvasive disease. Aug 16, 2006, CIDRAP News story “West Nile impairments can linger, study finds” See also: The study group concludes that their findings might help patients infected with WNV and their healthcare providers know what to expect about recovery and may also help doctors more clearly gauge the benefits of the interventions they prescribe.center_img In patients without the neuroinvasive form of the diseases, fatigue normalized within 4 months, which is consistent with the findings of a case series published in 2004, the group reported. The median length of follow-up was 203 days, and the number of assessments averaged 10. After 12 months, 136 (87%) patients had scored normal on physical or mental assessments at least once. Twenty-nine had both normal physical and mental function tests for 2 consecutive months. The study ended before data from 40 of the patients could be collected. Twenty-five patients stopped participating before the study ended. Five patients died during the study; all had neuroinvasive disease. Aug 18 American College of Physicians press release The researchers used established, standardized surveys to measure physical function, mental function, mood, and fatigue. The study also found that patients with preexisting health conditions at the time of infection returned to normal physical function more slowly than those who were in good health when they were struck by WNV. A lack of preexisting conditions and male sex were associated with a quicker return to normal mental function. The findings, published in yesterday’s issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, attempt to flesh out more about the duration of such symptoms as fatigue, cognitive difficulties, and motor impairments, because little is known about prognosis. One previous report, published in 2006, suggested that symptoms can linger several months after infection. Events unrelated to WNV infection could affect patient outcomes and could mean the study’s prognosistic findings are overly optimistic, the authors caution. Also, they say their study was not designed to evaluate neuropsychological difficulties, which one study and selected unpublished reports say can persist. More data are needed to assess that outcome, they note.last_img read more