Remote working is causing employee burnout

first_imgTuesday 5 May 2020 12:01 am Four in five HR managers think working from home has encouraged EPresenteeism, meaning employees feel they should be online and available as much as possible.  whatsapp Angharad Carrick Remote working is causing employees to feel overworked Tags: Coronavirus Despite the adjustment to remote working, more than half say they see the benefits that come with working from home and would like their employer to give them the option to do so more often. Forty four percent of those surveyed say they feel more connected to their family.  Get the news as it happens by following City A.M. on Twitter.  Remote working is encouraging a culture of so-called EPresenteeism, according to a new survey, leading employees to feeling overworked and overwhelmed.  Around 27.7m individuals in the UK are currently showing signs of financial vulnerability, a 15 per cent jump compared to pre-Covid levels. Also Read: Remote working is causing employees to feel overworked whatsapp Around 27.7m individuals in the UK are currently showing signs of financial vulnerability, a 15 per cent jump compared to pre-Covid levels. Also Read: Remote working is causing employees to feel overworked Remote working may have negative impact on businesses “If you are feeling overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to reach out to your manager or speak to a professional about how to get back on track,” he added. Listen to our daily City View podcast as we chart the economic fallout and business impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Chris O’Sullivan from the Mental Health Foundation, said: People working from home during these unprecedented times are at a greater risk of burnout due to the high stakes environment we find ourselves in both globally and personally.” On average, those working from home are racking up an extra 28 hours of monthly overtime since lockdown began. It equates to nearly four days’ work.  HR professionals fear they will lose staff who may be forced to take time out of work due to this burnout, as well as increased anxiety and loneliness. Fifty six per cent fear lower team morale.  “We cannot have the same business-as-usual expectations on ourselves or of our employees – there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to work full time, look after children at home and keep up our other responsibilities.” Share Around 27.7m individuals in the UK are currently showing signs of financial vulnerability, a 15 per cent jump compared to pre-Covid levels. Research commissioned by LinkedIn, in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation, found that three quarters feel it has the potential to negatively impact employees’ mental health by causing burnout and anxiety.  Show Comments ▼ LinkedIn also surveyed office workers and found 86 per cent say they feel the need to prove to bosses they are working hard and deserve to keep their jobs. last_img read more

News / New era of smarter supply chains as DCSA track & trace standards are unveiled

ID 144806554 © Anekoho | Dreamstime.com By Gavin van Marle 28/01/2020 The Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) today unveiled a new set of common standards for the tracking and tracing of shipping containers in global supply chains.DCSA chief executive Thomas Bagge said the DCSA was “directly engaging” customer representatives, such as FIATA, CLECAT and the European Shippers Council, to raise awareness among liner shipping customers that the standards will allow any industry stakeholder to enable container shipment tracking across carriers and systems.The DCSA track and trace (T&T) standard comprises an information model and interface standards that can be freely downloaded from the DCSA website, here.The data model ensures T&T data definitions are consistent for all users, leveraging any system, and the definitions are based on the industry blueprint, published by DCSA and its carrier members last year, which established a consistent vocabulary and proposed a common set of industry processes.The T&T standards are also aligned with those of the UN/CEFACT (United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business), “to provide a global industry framework that preserves existing investments and streamlines communication among all supply chain participants”.For customers, the new standard will simplify shipment visibility across multiple carriers, enabling them to better plan and optimise shipment handling activities, while for carriers, it will unify T&T information-sharing with other parties, “ensuring accurate and efficient communication regardless of the underlying technology or platform”.Mr Bagge said: “As DCSA standards are technology- and vendor-neutral, every organisation providing shipment tracking information to its customers today will benefit from adopting our T&T standard, because it will simplify data integration with carriers and improve information quality.”He told The Loadstar the published standards would likely be adapted over time to suit emerging business trends.“It’s a very fragmented industry, particularly in terms of the forwarders and shippers, and I suspect it’s unavoidable that we will have to adjust these as we go forward and get more feedback.“Also, over time new technology will arrive, and keeping the standards up to date will be an important part of our work,” he added.The establishment of the T&T standards represents a considerable step for the DCSA, given that the Amsterdam-based organisation is not yet a year into its existence. It was launched by MSC, Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd and ONE last April, with CMA CGM, Yang Ming, Evergreen, HMM and Zim joining a month later – and only released its “industry blueprint” in June, shortly after Mr Bagge was appointed chief executive.“The industry is behind travel, banking and other industries in terms of digitisation, and if the shipping industry wants to be serious about this, we have to move fast. “We are really pleased with the level of commitment from our carrier members and have had a handsome increase in budget this year,” he told The Loadstar yesterday.New projects include cyber security rules being prepared for 2021: “We will be happy to share those with any shipowner.“From the customers’ perspective, the next projects will be looking at IoT and smart containers and how we improve flow optimisation that will help with issues such as the repositioning of empty containers.“My personal hope is that soon we will be able to turn to the documentation side of the business, because it is there that there are huge gains to be made,” he added. read more

Spanish mining deal is type of support Midlands needs to address job losses – Cowen

first_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Twitter Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Home News Spanish mining deal is type of support Midlands needs to address job… NewsPolitics Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen, has said that the €250 million deal to support the Spanish coal mining industry is the type of deal the Midlands needs to help it transition away from its reliance on peat-harvesting based employment.This comes after Bord na Mona announced their intentions to cease peat production in Ireland within the next decade last week.Last week, Spain’s new Government secured agreement between management, unions and other stakeholders for a €250 million deal. Previous articleTournament in memory of well-known The Heath man a huge successNext articlePortlaoise school celebrates two Science Olympiads Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. This will see investment in Spain’s northern Asturias, Aragón, and Castilla y León regions and support for miners who may see their employment end.Deputy Cowen added, “The deal covers Spain’s privately owned mines and mixes early retirement schemes with environmental restoration work in addition to finance to help re-skill younger workers for new and emerging industries.”“The Spanish situation is very similar to that of the Midlands. The numbers losing their jobs in Spain is estimated at just over 600.“The expected Bord na Móna direct job losses is in the same range with a similar number of indirect jobs in the region expected to be lost.The Offaly TD went on to say: “The agreement in Spain demonstrates that it is possible to make progress on the Paris 2020 targets but without wholescale damage to communities and regions. “The question, for me, is not how do we keep every single job but how do we replace these jobs with well-paying, sustainable jobs that will keep our communities thriving and prosperous.“That’s the challenge, but it’s a challenge that can be overcome, and Fianna Fáil will not be found wanting,” concluded Cowen.SEE ALSO – French-born Stradbally woman leaves €30 million to various Irish charities TAGSBord na MonaBrian Cowen Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year Spanish mining deal is type of support Midlands needs to address job losses – Cowen Community Council New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Pinterest Pinterest Twitter By Siun Lennon – 1st November 2018 last_img read more

Joe Mallon Motors Car of the Week: 151 Skoda Fabia from €43 per week

first_img Joe Mallon Motors Car of the Week: 151 Skoda Fabia from €43 per week By LaoisToday Reporter – 5th July 2019 GAA Pinterest Facebook Pinterest GAA Twitter SEE ALSO – Check out more great deals from Joe Mallon Motors GAA Twitter WhatsApp Home Sponsored Joe Mallon Motors Car of the Week: 151 Skoda Fabia from €43… Sponsored Previous articleLaois victories this weekend set to see club championships postponedNext articleLaois family to the fore of successful bluegrass jamboree LaoisToday Reporter WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR This week’s Car of the Week from Joe Mallon Motors is a 151 Skoda Fabia Ambition.With a finance option in place, this car could be yours from €43 per weekThis is another Exceptional Offer From JOE MALLON MOTORS.Why buy from Joe Mallon Motors? Confidence, peace of mind, reassurance.SummaryThese are the virtues of buying an Approved Used Car because every car has or is supported by:Multipoint inspectionComprehensive reconditioningvaletingMileage verificationVehicle validation checkFinance Packages available subject to terms and conditionsOver 31 Years’ experience selling used vehicles. Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Comments3x3point rear seat beltsAdjustable seatsAdjustable steering column/wheelAir ConditioningAlloy WheelsAuxiliary Jack InputBluetooth PhoneBody Coloured Bumpers/MirrorsCentralised lockingChild LocksClimate ControlCruise ControlCurtain AirbagsDriver AirbagDriver Knee AirbagElectric MirrorsElectric WindowsFoglightsFront Electric WindowsFront Fog LightsHands Free KitHeat preventing glassHeated MirrorsHeight adjustable drivers seatISO FixImmobilizerLimited slip differentialMP3 ConnectionMedia ConnectionMetallic PaintMirrors electric and heatedMulti-Function Steering WheelMultiple AirbagsOutside temperature meterPassenger AirbagPassenger KPower SteeringRear Electric WindowsRear headrestsRemote Central LockingSatellite NavigationSide AirbagSide Impact ProtectionSplit Fold Rear SeatsSpot lightsStop and Start SystemTraction ControlTraction controlUSBWindows front + rear electriciPod ConnectionABS 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory TAGSJoe Mallon Motors last_img read more

5 Reasons Not to See Arirang Part II

first_img [imText1]3. This is Kim Jong Il regime’s senseless method of foreign currency-earning North Korea lures audience for the Arirang performance by commissioning travel agencies in places like Sweden and the U.S. and has newly created departments to be in full charge of publicizing the performance and sending out invitations. The Arirang National Preparations Committee, headed by Committee Chairman Park Bong Joo, the Cabinet minister, has formed a bureau in charge of invitations of South Koreans and foreigners. North Korea, in 2005, requested the mobilization of the audience through aid organizations in South Korea. Some organizations received the request, “Send a plane filled with audience members.” 7,000 South Korean people viewed the performance in 2005. At the time, the cost of visiting North Korea for 2 days was around 1,000,000 South Korean won (USD1,075)per person and 550,000 to 600,000 won for transportation, lodging and viewing costs, excluding the fee for a direct flight from South to North Korea was, poured into the North Korean authorities. The money that the North made from the South’s viewing of Arirang was approximately 40 hundred million won (around 4.3billion dollars). This amount was supplied to the North in dollars. Furthermore, the money that North Korea earned from foreigners is estimated to be several thousand million won. If the money that foreign audiences spent in Pyongyang is included, the amount increases even more dramatically. During the 2005 Arirang performance period, the North Korean authoroties set up stands at the performance site. Stands selling DVDs and VCDs of the performance as well as special stands at hotels, restaurants, and other places emerged. The profit of the stands went to the North Korean government. 4. The sacrifice of average civilians is demanded. Around 100,000 students from pre-school, elementary-school, middle-school, and college only train day and night, summer and winter for the Arirang Performance. Youths who attend societal offices (jobs) and housewives also have to shed sweat to perfect their motions in the scorching sun or in a snowstorm. Temporary organizations are formed for the Arirang participants. Emulating the army structure, company, battalion, regiment units, in this order, are made and groups in political and administrative areas are formed. Weekly talks evaluating the faithful preparation for the performance, etc. are held. Political lectures also take place every month, urging faithful participation in the performance. Criticisms regarding a lack of devotion to the performance and those who fail to participate take place at the weekly talks. When one’s order comes, civilian service is required. civilian service refers to supplying snacks and other necessary items to the 100,000 participants. Snacks such as chips, rice-cakes, bread, etc. to feed participants have to prepare, but because each person usually has to prepare snacks for 30-some participants, the economic burden is large. In the summer, buying ice-cream and delivering them are frequent.Preparing make-up needed for the performance are also main civilian service areas which gives pressure to participants. Training clothes modeled after performance attires and shoes have to be purchased by the participants themselves. Further, with millions of North Korean citizens being mobilized for viewing the Arirang Performance, production activities have become stagnant. Not only Pyongyang citizens but citizens from surrounding regions view the performance by taking turns. In 2002, the reckless pursuit of the Arirang performance cast an effect on the production activity of the industrial group, so factories were not able to function normally. According to the South Korea Ministry of Unification’s documents at the time, factories and offices successfully completing North Korea’s production plan totaled 63 and compared to the same period in 2001, were reduced by 36%. 5. It is a regime propagandistic play forcibly mobilizing average civilians. The Arirang admission ticket was 500 won for 2nd-class and 300 won for third class in 2005. First-class is reserved for the party staff, national high-level leaders, and foreigners. 2nd-class seats are given to provincial civilians and usually, only 3rd-class seats are given to Pyongyang citizens. 3rd-class seats are adjacent to the set and are situated in the corner, so the card section which meets the set cannot be easily seen. Only the heads of children holding picture books can be seen. Pyongyang citizens have the responsibility of filing seating capacity. The Pyongyang City Party Committee issues the tickets. If colleges, jobs, or the People’s Unit receive the tickets, women have to don dresses and men colorful shirts and suits and have to show up at the May 1st Stadium. Normally, performance admissions begin at 6p.m., but the performance ends between 10~11p.m. By this time, buses and advanced trolleys do not run, so the time when one arrives home is between 2~3 in the morning. Pyongyang civilians have been forced to watch the Arirang performance several tens times from 2000 to 2005, and viewing the performance from a side angle at that. If they do not faithfully participate, however, they receive disciplinary action from the units to which they belong. SHARE Facebook Twitter Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center By Yang Jung A – 2007.09.28 5:31pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Analysis & Opinion center_img 5 Reasons Not to See Arirang Part II Analysis & Opinion Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? Analysis & Opinion AvatarYang Jung A Analysis & Opinion last_img read more

CARICOM Looks at Status of CSME in Member States

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A mandate from the conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM has resulted in the Secretariat carrying out an appraisal of the state of implementation of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME), in the region.This is according to Programme Manager, CSME Unit, Ivor Carryl, who was speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank in Kingston.Mr. Carryl is part of a CARICOM team visiting Jamaica, March 30-April 3, to do a local appraisal of the CSME Regime, including challenges faced by participants.“This appraisal is a stocktaking of how far each CARICOM state has gone towards fulfilling its obligations under the revised Treaty,” Mr. Carryl said.“To do this exercise, we are essentially looking at the legislative changes which have been made pursuant to the Treaty. We are also looking at whether the arrangements within the various departments of governments have been organized in such a way that they are in the best position to carry out the functions of the state, as required by the Treaty,” he added.He said that his team is looking at the regulations that have to be developed, or have been reformed, as a result of the accession to the CSME Treaty. The last Heads of Government meeting in Belize, the mandate to the appraisal team was extended to include enquiring about the experiences of Caribbean government departments, since the introduction of the CSME, in July 2007.“They are trying to get a feel of what the challenges are and whether the frontline operators in these government departments have any recommendations they wish to make, regarding actions that may be taken to improve the overall effectiveness of the CSME,” he said.The CSME is intended to benefit the people of the region by providing more and better opportunities to produce and sell goods and services, and to attract investment. It is intended to create one large market among the participating member states.The CSME is expected to free up trade in the region. Other elements of the CSME Treaty include the free movement of goods and services, a common external tariff for all members, free movement of capital and free movement of workers.An aspect of the treaty which has been ratified by most CARICOM countries, is the right of establishment, which allows CARICOM owned businesses to set up shop in any other member state without restrictions, and for the free circulation goods from other sources, once these goods were subject to taxation at the first port of entry.Prime Minister Bruce Golding expressed concern that the regional audit, needed to speed up the process of fully establishing the CSME, is still incomplete, on his return from the Belize Heads of Government meeting in March.“We need to see who is complying and who is not, why they are not complying and why the dream still seems so far away from achievement,” the Prime Minister said.He pointed out that a report is to be made to the Heads of Government in time for their next meeting in Guyana RelatedCARICOM Looks at Status of CSME in Member States RelatedCARICOM Looks at Status of CSME in Member States CARICOM Looks at Status of CSME in Member States Foreign AffairsApril 3, 2009center_img RelatedCARICOM Looks at Status of CSME in Member States Advertisementslast_img read more

United States – Leading Collective Action in Global Health Security

first_imgUnited States – Leading Collective Action in Global Health Security “Now is the time to solve this global pandemic and work to take down risks to Americans and people all across the world.” – Secretary Michael R. PompeoFor over 50 years the United States has been the largest contributor to global health security and humanitarian assistance. The United States has worked for decades to improve global capacity to contain outbreaks at their source and minimize their impact, and we will remain a leader, partner, and advocate on this issue. We have made sustained engagements in global health security a cornerstone of our national security policy, including investing over $1 billion since 2014 to support bilateral work with partner nations under the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). In recognition of the November 18-20 GHSA Ministerial Meeting hosted by the Government of Thailand, the United States continues to highlight the critical importance of GHSA work in responding to the current COVID-19 pandemic and addressing preparedness in the future. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:america, coronavirus, covid-19, Department of State, future, global health, Government, health, Humanitarian, Impact, pandemic, Secretary, security, Thailand, United States, worldlast_img read more

Managing flystrike

first_imgManaging flystrike By District Vet, Kelly WoodsSheep producers will already be aware of the increased risk of flystrike during wetter conditions. Rainfall received so far this season has led to a rise in reports of flystrike across the Central West region. Of concern is the increase in blowfly resistance to insecticides.What to do this SummerGiven the small number of available compounds for preventing and treating flystrike, it is important that producers strive to slow the development of resistance. This should include an integrated fly management plan that identifies, and treats strikes as soon as possible, manages the risk of strike though non-chemical strategies, and uses insecticides sparingly and judiciously.1. Increase surveillance of high-risk mobs Integrated flystrike management hinges on accurately identifying early strikes. This means targeted surveillance of high-risk mobs. Sheep should be checked for strike at least every two to three days but increased surveillance of at-risk animals will deliver greater returns for effort.Flystrike risk is not uniform across sheep and risk can vary with a number of factors:Sheep in 4-6 months of wool have twice the risk of fleece rot and therefore body strike as animals with either more, or less wool;Shedding breeds are susceptible to body strike and persistence of insecticides on these breeds may be reduced due to the decreased lanolin in their wool;Animals less than 1 year old are at an increased risk of fleece rot and therefore body strike, especially if shorn as lambs;Sheep that have been exposed to climate events that result in skin wetting for more than two days are at an increased risk of body strike;Animals with open wounds are at an increased risk of strike. This can be poll strike in fighting rams, strike around the feet for animals with foot abscess and strawberry foot rot and recent mulesing or marking wounds;Animals with short tails (less than 3 palpable joints) are at an increased risk of dag and breech strike; and,Sheep that are scouring are at in increased risk of breech strike. An integrated worm management plan, as well as identification and treatment of other causes of diarrhoea, is vital to the success of fly risk mitigation.2. Effectively treat struck animalsThe first strikes following application of a chemical will be hard to identify but will likely contain a high percentage of resistant maggots. Any pulled or discoloured wool should be examined for strikes. Once identified, the struck area should be:Clipped with wide margins (5cm minimum) and tracks investigated;Treated with an appropriate dressing product; andThe maggots and wool placed in a black garbage bag in the sun to ensure they are killed.The efficacy of dressing products to kill full grown dicyclanil-resistant and dicyclanil-susceptible maggots was investigated as part of the Sheep Blowfly Resistance Update. Sales and her colleagues found that in a laboratory setting, the ranking of products from most effective to least effective were:a) Dicyclanil susceptible maggots: Diazinon Powder > Spinosad aerosol > ivermectin jetting fluid > cyromazine jetting fluid > Diazinon spray > Propetamphos > Spinosad jetting fluid.b) Dicyclanil resistant maggots: Spinosad aerosol > Ivermectin jetting fluid > Cyromazine jetting fluid > Diazinon powder > Spinosad jetting fluid > Propetamphos > Diazinon spray.3. Cull struck animals from the mobStrike is highly repeatable. This means that a small number of sheep disproportionately contribute to the number of strikes each year. It is recommended that farmers consider culling for strike as part of a wider genetic selection strategy.4. Prioritise paddocksLow risk sheep (i.e. mature animals that have been shorn or crutched in the last 6 weeks, or have been recently treated with an effective preventative) should be prioritised into high risk paddocks (e.g. paddocks with long, wet grass) and vice versa.5. Make the most of shearing/crutchingShearing or crutching provides up to 6 weeks protection for strike. If practical, delay the application of an insecticide until this protection starts to wane to get the most “bang for your buck”. Depending on your enterprise and season, an additional crutching may be economically beneficial.6. Time insecticide preventativesCareful planning of the timing of chemical application is key to slowing the development of resistance. As the concentration of chemical tails off over time, resistant maggots will start to survive on sheep and, if left untreated, will contribute to the resistant fly population on the property. Increased surveillance to identify strikes during this “tail” period is therefore critical. The timing of the “tail” for chemicals on your property will depend not only on any existing fly resistance but will also vary with:Weather conditions as excessive wetting can reduce the longevity of the product; and,Success of chemical application. Producers should always apply according to label directions as poor application can expose maggots to sub-optimal chemical concentrations.Applying an insecticide so that the sub-effective “tail” falls in a period when maggots are unlikely to survive anyway (e.g. when temperatures have dropped to a point that inhibits fly activity) will slow the development of resistant. Alternatively, producers can apply a different chemical class as a “tail-cutter” to kill maggots that are exposed to sub-effective concentrations of chemical.7. Rotate chemical classesProducers shouldnot reapply the same chemical class within a single wool growing cycle. This includes fly prevention products, strike dressings and lice treatments. It should be noted that as dicyclanil and cyromazine belong to the same chemical class, there are high levels of cross resistance to these two insecticides in NSW fly strains.8. Develop a long-term strategic fly management plan.FlyBoss has recently released the Flystrike Risk Simulator that allows producers to model the risk of strike on their property, specific to their classes of stock, management calendar and geographic location. The simulator is free to download through the FlyBoss website at https://www.flyboss.com.au/sheep-goats/tools/flystrike-risk-simulator-downloadable.php.There are also some good resources for developing a genetic strategy to reduce susceptibility to flystrike without going backwards in production traits. This is discussed in the Beyond the Bale article “Low wrinkle – high fleece weight” from June 2019 (https://www.wool.com/globalassets/wool/sheep/research-publications/welfare/flystrike-research-update/btb-june2019-low-wrinkle-high-fleece-weight-p36-37.pdf ) and a Sheep Connect webinar (https://www.sheepconnectnsw.com.au/events/741/The future of fliesWhile the idea of widespread blowfly resistance is a little bleak, there are a number of potential new avenues for fly control currently being investigated as part of the AWI 2020 Flystrike Prevention RD&E Program:A new class of chemicals (HDACs) have successfully undergone small-scale clinical trials that found they were affective at concentrations similar to those in currently registered products (AWI PROJECT NO: ON-00454).Controlled-release nanotechnology may enable chemical classes previously not suitable for fly or lice control to withstand the environmental challenges of farm environments (AWI PROJECT NO: ON-00549).A blowfly vaccine is currently undergoing clinical trials in sheep (AWI PROJECT NO: ON-00619)Fly population control through biopesticides and genetic manipulation of the fly genome are being investigated (AWI PROJECT NO: ON-00620, AWI PROJECT NOs: ON-00373 & ON-00516) /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Central, Chemical, clinical trials, flystrike, Government, insecticide, Local Land Services, longevity, mulesing, nanotechnology, New South Wales, NSW, population control, prevention, production, property, resources, surveillance, treatmentlast_img read more

UK Government launches search for new research agency leadership

first_imgUK Government launches search for new research agency leadership Announced in February, ARIA will empower some of the world’s most exceptional scientists and researchers to identify and fund transformational areas of research to turn incredible ideas into new technologies, discoveries, products and services – helping to maintain the UK’s position as a global science superpower.The chief executive will shape the vision, direction and research priorities for the agency – independent of ministers – while instilling this high-risk, high-reward culture within the organisation from the outset.Science Minister Amanda Solloway said:Getting ARIA up and running is one of my main priorities, so I am delighted to see it take another step towards launching with the start of this recruitment round.We want to recruit a chief executive who will provide the creative, inspiring leadership that the organisation will need – building an exceptional team and embedding the high-risk, high-reward culture to ensure that ARIA thrives.The Bill currently before Parliament will also purposefully streamline the agency’s operating structure and minimise bureaucratic processes so it can focus all its efforts and resources on transformational research – essential to the agency’s design and ultimate success.The UK has a long and proud history of inventing that dates back centuries, and the creation of ARIA will continue this tradition, backed by £800 million, to fund the most inspiring inventors to develop technologies at speed that could create profound positive change for the UK and the rest of the world.The appointment will be an open and fair process, with all applications reviewed by an expert panel comprising the government’s Chief Scientific Advisor, Sir Patrick Vallance, BEIS’s Director General for Science, Innovation and Growth, Jo Shanmugalingam, former Director of DARPA, Arati Prabhakar, and Director of Stanford ChEM-H, Carolyn Bertozzi.The recruitment campaigns for the chief executive starts today, and the recruitment of the chair will follow in the coming months. It is the government’s intention for both roles to be filled by the time the Bill to establish the agency is approved by Parliament.If you would like more information or to apply, please visit the Saxton Bampfylde site. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:building, culture, director, Government, innovation, leadership, Minister, parliament, research, resources, running, science, Scientists, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Business Accelerator packs the house for Demo Days event

first_imgSix University of Colorado Boulder startups made pitches to a packed house of more than 150 friends, family and potential investors at an event last week that capped the successful launch of the university’s new business accelerator program. Made up of 22 graduate and undergraduate students, the six teams were part of the inaugural cohort of Catalyze CU-Boulder, which provided mentorship, space and equity-free grants to the creators of promising new technologies and business ideas. Over the course of the eight-week summer program, the teams aggressively developed their ideas, products and businesses with guidance from local business experts. “The progress they made through the summer was just amazing,” said Doug Smith, assistant dean for programs and engagement in CU-Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. “While they all had great ideas coming in, many of them didn’t understand how to make a clear pitch to the market and explain what problem they were solving. But by Thursday, they’d all made huge strides.”  While several of the teams have already gotten a start on fundraising, the Demo Days event was a final chance for them to perfect their business pitch and make connections with potential investors. They even got help from audience members, who were able to contribute their $10 entry fees to their favorite team. The audience donated more than $1,200, with Shinesty leading the night at $325 and 65 supporters. Each team had five minutes to pitch their product, outline their business plan and introduce their leadership to the audience. The teams included students, faculty and recent graduates of several CU-Boulder colleges, including engineering, business, and arts and sciences.  Mallinda is manufacturing a novel plastic polymer that can be molded directly onto the body for creating orthotics.  QuintEssentials eases the transition to college life for freshman by delivering care packages on behalf of parents. SolVia has designed a solar collector that can replace diesel pumps in rural irrigation systems. Dynamic Measurements improves the lives of amputees by reducing the time it takes to successfully fit a prosthesis.  IconPulse’s mobile app helps athletes and teams better leverage the power of social media by scoring their influence. Shinesty helps people find awesome clothing for theme parties and events. After their presentations, the teams met with audience members in the lobby, hoping to make connections with potential investors.  The College of Engineering and Applied Science launched Catalyze CU-Boulder in partnership with the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the Leeds School of Business and Spark Boulder, a student co-working space and “innovation hub” founded by engineering senior Fletcher Richman and classmates. The program’s second year is already in the works, with plans for a permanent on-campus residence in the new Idea Forge makerspace in the former law library of the Fleming building. Smith said they hope to extend the program from eight to 10 weeks, and increase participation to 10 teams.  If you want to be part of Catalyze CU-Boulder next year, learn more at catalyzecu.com and submit an application by May 15. The summer 2015 program will run from June 1 to Aug. 7, 2015. Published: Aug. 6, 2014 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more