Chinese journalist Gao Yu, a former Deutsche Welle correspondent held since May 2014, needs urgent medical attention, according to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, which urges European Union foreign ministers to summon China’s ambassadors and protest about its persecution of Gao. News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News Follow the news on China China’s Cyber Censorship Figures Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out more RSF_en to go further Receive email alerts News ChinaAsia – Pacific News June 2, 2021 Find out more July 29, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 EU foreign ministers must press China about ailing detained journalist Help by sharing this information Organisation Alarming reports about Gao Yu’s condition have been circulating on the Internet for several days but, despite the obvious decline in her state of health, the authorities continue to subject her to almost daily interrogations aimed at getting her to confess to her “crimes” and to fire her lawyers.She is currently defended by the well-known human rights lawyers Mo Shaoping and Shang Baojun.Until now, the Chinese government’s response to civil society concern about Gao and other detainees has been complete silence. Reporters Without Borders therefore urges the governments of Europe’s democracies to summon China’s ambassadors in order to express their concern.“An immediate, forceful and concrete response is needed because of the urgency of the situation,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “We ask EU governments to tell Beijing that Europe’s democracies demand respect for human rights and insist on Gao Yu being given immediate medical treatment.” “As France claims to be “the country of human rights,” French foreign minister Laurent Fabius should set an example by summoning Zhai Jun, the Chinese ambassador to Paris.”According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders on 28 July, Gao is suffering from lymphadenopathy, a swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck that could be caused by a cancerous tumour.A doctor at the hospital where Gao was taken during the past ten days was pessimistic about her state of health but was not able to conduct all the tests necessary to determine the exact cause of the swelling.But he did diagnose that she was at risk of suffering a stroke. Her family and supporters have been voicing concern in recent weeks about her history of cardiac problems.“In the light of this extremely worrying news, we demand that the Chinese authorities transfer Gao Yu to a hospital where she can get the appropriate care,” Reporters Without Borders editor in chief Virginie Dangles said.“Keeping this journalist in prison without proper medical care while trying to extract a confession could constitute an act of torture for which the highest government officials, the head of Beijing detention centre No. 1 and Beijing’s public security chief could all be held responsible.”A South China Morning Post article in June reported that Gao’s brother, Gao Wei, had voiced concern about her health. He said that she had heart pains and that, during the time she spent police custody (which continued until her appeal was rejected), she only had access to Chinese traditional medicine.He also said she suffered from chronic skin allergies and that she has had heart problems since 1989, when she was arrested during the crackdown on the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests.China is ranked 176th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.
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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) praised President Obamaâ€™s announcement today that he will take executive action to immediately protect millions of immigrant families from deportation and take steps to improve our broken immigration system. Rep. Chu released the following statement:â€œThis is a day of historic significance for millions of immigrant families. For over a year, I have urged the House Republican Leadership to bring a comprehensive immigration bill to a vote, and they failed to do so. In the absence of their inaction, we have turned to President Obama and asked him to take immediate action to provide relief. Todayâ€™s announcement does just that,â€ said Rep Chu. â€œAmerica depends on immigrants who go to school, work hard, lay roots in our communities, and who dedicate their hard work and entrepreneurial spirit towards achieving the American Dream. We should be rewarding aspiring Americans, not deporting them.â€œToday marks the day where millions of children who are citizens or have legal status will no longer fear coming home to discover that their parents have been deported,â€ said Rep. Chu. â€œI applaud the President for doing what is morally right and fair by providing peace of mind for families who have been living and contributing to our communities for so many years.â€â€œOf course, this is the first step towards fixing our broken immigration system. A permanent solution will only come when Congress acts to pass comprehensive immigration reform. I remain committed to working across the aisle on legislation that will go even further to keep families together and secure our border.â€Expanding deferred action to parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents will impact more than 4 million individuals. The Administration will also expand the current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) to include more young people who were brought to this country as children. It will not matter how old they are today as long as they satisfy a certain residence requirement. This change is expected to impact 300,000 people nationally.Overall, the Presidentâ€™s executive action package is expected to benefit nearly 5 million individuals. It includes long overdue improvements to our immigration system, such as narrowing our immigration enforcement priorities to focus on serious criminals and national security threats. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will also issue new guidance and regulations to reduce family separation for those waiting to obtain their green cards. DHSâ€™s actions would expand unlawful presence waivers to those who are statutorily eligible and broaden the â€œextreme hardshipâ€ standard.Over the past year, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) has met with DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and senior White House aides, Cecilia Munoz and Neil Eggleston, to discuss the need to prioritize family in immigration reform. Asians and Pacific Islanders account for over 40% of the 4.2 million individuals caught in the current family immigration visa backlogs and over 80% of those in the employer-based visa backlogs. Last night, Rep. Chu attended a dinner with Congressional leaders and President Obama where she raised the API communityâ€™s immigration priorities. The Presidentâ€™s executive action is expected to protect over one million undocumented Asian Pacific Islander individuals currently living in the U.S.The CAPAC recommendations on executive action to Secretary Jeh Johnson can be found here.A Congressional letter to Secretary Jeh Johnson led by Rep. Chu on immigrant worker protections can be found here. The accompanying recommendations on worker protections can be found here. More Cool Stuff Subscribe Business News Make a comment Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Government Rep. Chu Praises Executive Action on Immigration Published on Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 6:37 pm Top of the News
Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp By News Highland – October 29, 2020 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme 866 new cases of Covid 19 have been confirmed and six further deaths, 56 of those in Donegal.The 14 day incidence of cases per 100 thousand people is now estimated to be 292.There are currently 328 patients with coronavirus being treated in hospital, including 15 admissions since yesterday, with 43 in intensive care.Today’s figure means fewer than a thousand new cases have been reported in six out of the last seven days.But the HSE’s Chief Clinical Officer Colm Henry says there’s no room for complacency:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Virus-Figures7pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AudioHomepage BannerNews 866 new Covid cases nationally, 56 in Donegal Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Google+ Facebook Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Previous articleMaxi Curran confident Donegal can test the All Ireland ChampionsNext articleDerry looking for championship marker – Chrissy McKaigue News Highland Twitter
Isn’t it boring to have to make the case over and over for HR on the board?The latest research from Andersen Human Capital (News, p1) shows that the FTSE100 companies with HR directors on the board are twice as profitable as thosewithout. Of course they are. We should thank Andersen for taking the trouble,but isn’t it about time boardrooms accepted this as a given? It all boils down to whether chief executives see HR as a backroom servicerunning boring but mandatory HR transactions or whether they see the capabilityof the company’s people as an important strategic business issue. Our special report shows that organisations are developing a range of newdirector-level roles to make sure they deal with their human capitalstrategically. Put simply, a lot of CEOs are waking up to the fact that if theydon’t take human capital seriously they will see a lot of their best peoplewalk out of the door and head straight for a competitor. We may even see humancapital find its way into company reports as a criterion of shareholder value,and the people director given as much boardroom space as the analyst. This is good news, except for one thing – too often boards are notrecruiting from among the ranks of the HR profession for these new roles. Thisis wrong. There are plenty of talented and ambitious people in HR who are up tothe job but they need to get crucial business experience as early in theircareers as possible. In the week of the CIPD annual conference, it is a good time to demand thatthe leaders of the HR profession – including the CIPD itself – seize theinitiative. This could be the moment the profession has been waiting for, solet’s not waste it. Previous Article Next Article Let’s talk business and prove HR is fit for the topOn 23 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.
Related posts:No related photos. CPD: Assessment centre – functional assessments within occupational healthOn 7 Jun 2019 in Continuing professional development, OH service delivery, Research, Return to work and rehabilitation, Occupational Health, Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article A functional assessment is a key part of any occupational health consultation, yet effective history-taking is something many coming into the profession have to learn from scratch. Helena Brady looks at what should be included in an assessment and how best to carry one out.A functional assessment (FA) is an essential component of an occupational health (OH) consultation to determine if the individual is fit for work.About the authorHelena Brady BSc (Hons), RN, SCPHN (OH) is a registered nurse and clinical performance manager at Team PreventPalmer, Brown & Hobson (2013) suggest that the primary purpose of an assessment of fitness for work is to make sure that an individual is fit to perform the tasks involved effectively without risk to their own or other’s health and safety. Anderson-Cole et al (2017) advocate that a functional assessment is the basic functional component of the individual task or role and it is key to the functional assessment that the OH nurse has an effective understanding of the individual’s functional and job role.Thornbory (2013 b) argues that the primary objective for the analysis of a disability in the context of an OH consultation is not to diagnose or treat, but to assess the functional effects of a person’s condition/s on day to day living.This article utilises a case study approach and explores the types of consultation including face-to-face, telephone and virtual approaches and the factors to consider during a functional assessment. The importance of good communication skills is also incorporated.The opening paragraph above suggests that the concept of a functional assessment is an important part of an OH consultation. But what does this mean and how is it done?Importance of good communication skillsBefore examining how to undertake a FA, therefore, it is important to emphasise the importance of using good communication skills from the outset of the consultation. This is for the purpose of establishing a rapport with the client and to promote confidence and trust which entails an introduction of self, confirmation of the client’s identity and reassurance about data protection and governance of information.The basic tenets of effective communication are: active listening, observation, awareness of non-verbal cues, showing empathy, and being culturally sensitive. In addition, continued use of good communication skills is required throughout the consultation to undertake an accurate assessment.Thornbury (2013b) suggests that the assessment includes taking a history, which involves asking questions about the client’s current and presenting symptoms, their past medical history, ongoing treatment and medical interventions. This should be supplemented with a psychological and social history addressing the client’s account of any concerns, perceptions and expectations of the consultation.In addition, it is necessary to obtain details about their job tasks and responsibilities of the role. Why is this a necessary part of the assessment process to determine fitness to work? When making a decision about fitness to work it is vital to the assessment process that discussion takes place about the impact of the current health related issues upon the client’s ability to undertake their job tasks. Conversely, it is also important to consider how work could impact upon the current health related issues especially if the client is going back to work imminently.Taking a history and details about the job role have been identified as vital components of the assessment process and their stated facts will be subjective to the client’s situation. This concept is recognised by Palmer, Brown & Hobson (2013), who suggest that the functional assessment should consider the systems of the body, particularly those that are disordered and are relevant to the job tasks of the role in the workplace.Biopsychosocial approachSuch elements include physical, sensory and psychological symptoms in addition to the effect of the treatment regime that should also be taken into consideration. This could be more formally categorised and captured during the assessment by using a biopsychosocial approach to the history taking, which is recommended by Anderson-Cole et al (2017), Watson (2015) and Smith (2015), who also purport that the occupational health consultation process should encompass knowledge of the job demands, abilities of the individual and clinical knowledge of any health condition to inform the opinion about fitness to work.The Concise Oxford Dictionary (2002) defines disease as “an unhealthy condition”. Clients will often present with physical symptoms such as pain, swelling, stiffness or nausea. This is not an exhaustive list of physical symptoms, and it is important to consider that there is a biological component to all disease and illness regardless of where it is considered to be a physical health problem or a mental health condition.Psychological factors to consider are the client’s sleeping pattern, eating habit, mood, cognitive function such as memory and ability to focus or to concentrate, motivation, confidence , risk of self-harm or harm to others and suicidal ideation or intent. Social factors that are relevant to the client’s recovery and return to work include the support that is already available to the client from a network/circle of family and friends.Other social factors could include economic concerns such as loss of earnings or financial difficulties that could potentially influence the client’s subjective opinion about their fitness to work and/or the client’s subjective opinion about a timescale for a return to work. Other social factors include lifestyle factors such as alcohol intake, smoking habit, recreational drug use and participation in exercise are important considerations with regards to wellbeing and self-care to augment recovery and promote an earlier return to work.The discussion so far has brought the reader through the interview process of the consultation that entails a history taking using a biopsychosocial approach to the assessment. Thornbory (2013b) purports that a patient’s history is key to helping an OH professional to decide if someone is fit for work.Assessment of fitness to workAn assessment of fitness to work may be required if an employee is changing role, being recruited for a new job or returning to work after a significant period of sickness absence. This concept is supported by Baxter et al (2000), who note that most patients are able to return to work even after a period of significant illness, and advice may be sought about fitness to work if there are residual disabilities either of a temporary or permanent nature.The concept of a functional assessment is not part of the nursing curriculum outside of an occupational health setting. Thornbory (2013b) suggests that taking a history is an essential component of the functional assessment noting that, traditionally, history-taking has been a part of the doctor’s role. Suffice to say that learning how to undertake a functional assessment is a new skill that has to be learned.Thornbory (2013b) argues that, unlike the role of a treating doctor, which incorporates making a diagnosis and a treatment plan following the history taking, the role of an occupational health nurse is required to assess the functional effects of a person’s condition on day-to-day living as a determinant of fitness for work.In other words, the functional assessment takes into account any difficulties or restrictions the individual is having with their routine day-to-day activities. To simplify this concept, the functional assessment should identify the difficulties imposed by the current symptoms along with a prognosis to enable advice about a return to work. In addition, the assessment has to take into account the job requirements of the client and how their health condition affects both their activities of daily living and their ability to undertake their job role.Options for the assessmentSo far, this article has examined how to undertake a functional assessment using a biopsychosocial approach and the notion that the consultation takes the format of an interview has been mentioned.The options for the assessment will now be considered. Anderson-Cole et al (2017) suggest that this assessment may take place by one of two methods as a face-to-face appointment or a telephone consultation. A third option is a virtual consultation by video link.A telephone or video consultation has distinct advantages over one undertaken as a face-to-face consultation. Rhodes (2015) suggests that a telephone assessment is convenient for the client because there is no travel involved, the travel costs associated with public or private transport such as mileage allowance and parking fees are negated. Furthermore, the client may be more relaxed in a familiar environment enhancing engagement and facilitating an earlier return to work.As D’Arcy Jones & Harriss (2016) note, a telephone consultation may be considered as a form of triage with potential for onward progression and an opportunity to signpost for further help and support. A telephone consultation is not only advantageous to the client, there is no need for the OH provider to be located in a specific hub; team members may be engaged to work from home with associated savings to the provider.In the changing face of business within a competitive market, the OH provider must be able to meet the demands of the customer and to robustly adhere to organisational policies in relation to organisational policies and procedures. This is a concept recognised by D’Arcy-Jones & Harriss (2016), who suggest that a telephone assessment can help businesses to meet the demands for key performance indicators (KPIs) with particular reference to long-term sickness absences.Good communication is key to a successful consultation (Rhodes 2015). Effective consultations require excellent communication skills: the ability to recognise voice cues in particular is an essential component of an assessment undertaken by telephone, as the cues picked up visually in a face-to-face consultation are not possible.Thornbory (2013b) suggests that the effective use of communication skills is of particular importance at the beginning and the end of the consultation. The information obtained at the start of the appointment sets the scene. The exchange of information at the closure of the consultation gives an opportunity for both client and practitioner to check understanding and for the employee to be advised of the information that will be incorporated in the response to the referring manager.Employee engagement comes from open communication and co-operation. D’Arcy Jones & Harriss (2016) also suggest that client engagement is likely to be enhanced in an environment familiar to them. They emphasise that it is imperative to the success of a telephone consultation that a rapport is established quite quickly and that boundaries with regards to the timeframe and outcomes of the consultation are established at the outset of the consultation.Subsequent to the push for telephone health consultations has been the development of virtual consultations. Hughes (2018) suggests that virtual reality is now an actual reality and Butler (2017) suggests that every nurse should be an e-nurse and be able to embrace the digital tools available to undertake their work.Technology is already in use in other areas of healthcare provision. Haynes (2017) suggests that technology has been very purposeful with regards to wearable devices for health and wellbeing purposes and, suggests that artificial intelligence has a place in e-health, including remote (GP) services.Haynes (2017) also suggests that the terms telemedicine and tele-health are interchangeable as both entail an exchange of data between a patient at home and their clinicians to assist in diagnosis and monitoring. Hughes (2018) furthermore highlights a shift in the way that we access health information with the use of technology often the first port of call for advice.Case study one – “Sharon”Sharon, a 55-year-old administrator, was experiencing an episode of long-term sickness absence from work due to depression and anxiety.She had symptoms of low mood, high anxiety and low energy levels. The psychological impact of these symptoms upon her ability to function was that she was experiencing difficulty concentrating, her memory was reduced and she was experiencing difficulty leaving the house, going outdoors and socially engaging with others.The physical impact of these symptoms resulted in Sharon experiencing reduced stamina and she tired easily. This resulted in her reduced participation in routine activities such as household duties. Her absence from work had resulted in a loss of earnings with the potential to significantly reduce her household budget.Using a biopsychosocial approach during the consultation, the outcome of the assessment was that Sharon was temporarily unfit for work. The conclusion that she was temporarily unfit for work was based on the findings of the assessment, which took into account her current symptoms and current difficulties in conjunction with the impact upon her activities of daily living.The requirements and demands of job were also taken into consideration. Her role was of an administrative nature, was customer facing and involved travel to her place of work where she working in a shared office.As she was unable to leave her home, was experiencing difficulty concentrating and was unable to socially interact with other people at this time she was considered to be unfit for work. Further treatment was required to help her to manage her symptoms before being in a position to consider a return to work.Management were advised to consider supporting a further period of sickness absence as this would likely promote recovery. Although a specific return to work date was not identifiable during the consultation, her manager had been advised about the requirement for reasonable adjustments and support upon her eventual return to work.The recommendations for support included a gradual return to work over a four-week period encompassing 50% of her contractual hours for the first two weeks followed by 75% over the subsequent two weeks. A period of ongoing support including regular 1:1 meetings with management for support was also suggested.A follow-up review by OH was not considered necessary; the recommendations for support on her return to work were likely to be suitable to enable Sharon to manage her symptoms.Should her manager require further advice, then referral back to OH was recommended. The identification of the actual return to work date was left to be decided between the employee and the manager and would be based on the information included in the fit note completed by her GP.Case study two – “Sam”Sam, a 45-year-old healthcare support worker, was referred for an OH opinion as a result of his frequent periods of short-term sickness absence which were causing commercial harm to service provision.Sam was referred because of concern about intermittent episodes of lower back pain. A biopsychosocial approach was incorporated into the assessment process to determine the impact upon his activities of daily living and his role.His symptoms included lower back pain and sciatica, which he had noticed were aggravated by movement and alleviated by rest. Sam’s symptoms were likely to be manageable with suitable analgesia and input from physiotherapy.His line manager was advised that the management of the physical, manual and ergonomic hazards in the workplace were required, with time out from work to attend appointments for physiotherapy provided this was operationally feasible.This advice was provided as it was likely that, if followed, Sam would be able to remain at work and simultaneously manage his symptoms. Further follow-up was not required and management were advised to refer him back for a further opinion should further advice be required.ConclusionThis article has demonstrated the reason why a functional assessment may be required and supported by various authors.The vital components of the assessment were discussed including the physical, psychological, socio-economic factors that are contributory to the decision about fitness to work. Examples from clinical practice were provided for the purpose of illustration.Communication was identified as a vital aspect to the success of the consultation. The options for undertaking the consultation including face-to-face, telephone or virtual meeting were identified.ReferencesAnderson-Cole L, Everton S, Mogford S, Romano-Woodward D and Thornbory G. (2017) Health assessment, case management and rehabilitation in Contemporary Occupational Health Nursing: A Guide for Practitioners. Taylor & Francis Group.Baxter P J, Adams P H, Tar-Ching A W, Cockcroft A and Harrington J M. (2000) Hunters Diseases of Occupations 9th ed. Arnold, London Oxford University PressButler M. (2017) Taking control of digital health. RCN Bulletin, February, 9D’Arcy-Jones C and Harriss A. (2016) Telephone health assessments; good practice. Occupational Health & Wellbeing, May, 68, (5), pp.27-29Haynes S. (2017) Guide to wellbeing technology in the workplace. Occupational Health & Wellbeing. 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FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-Friday, Utah State football commences its 122nd season by visiting the Wake Forest Demon Deacons of the ACC.The Aggies have received votes in both the coaches and The Associated Press polls and are technically ranked 35th in the nation in the coaches poll and 37th in the AP poll.They are led by junior Heisman Trophy-candidate signal-caller Jordan Love who set five program records in 2018. These include touchdown passes (32), passing yards (3,567), 300-yard passing games in a season (7), points responsible for in a season (234), and Mountain West player of the week honors (5).For his career, Love has passed for 5,198 yards, 40 TD’s/12 INT’s and completed 60.7 percent of his passes.The Aggies also welcome back head coach Gary Andersen for his second tour of duty in Logan. From 2009-2012, Andersen went 26-24 (.520), including the school’s first back-to-back winning seasons since 1979-1980.This is the third consecutive season Utah State has begun its season on the road against a Power 5 school, including visits to Wisconsin in 2017 and Michigan State in 2018.The Demon Deacons welcome back 11 starters from last year’s 7-6 (3-5 in ACC play) squad.They return two all-ACC performers from 2018 in senior cornerback Essang Bassey (2nd team) and senior linebacker Justin Strnad (honorable mention).Returning statistical leaders for the Demon Deacons from last season include sophomore quarterback Sam Hartman (55.3 completion percentage, 1,984 yards, 16 TD’s/8 INT’s), senior tailback Cade Carney (188 car, 1,005 yards [5.3 yards per carry], and sophomore receiver Sage Surratt (41 rec, 582 yards [14.2 yards per reception], 4 TD’s).The Demon Deacons will, however, start redshirt junior signal-caller Jamie Newman Friday. He led Wake Forest to a 3-1 record down the stretch in 2018 and led the Demon Deacons to a 27-23 upset win over then-No. 14 NC State.The Aggies and Demon Deacons are meeting for the third time in history with both teams having won a game previously.Utah State is 1-4 all-time against current members of the ACC, when they beat Wake Forest, 36-14 at Logan in 2014. Andersen has never coached a game against an ACC opponent. Brad James August 28, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah State Football Visits Wake Forest Friday Tags: Cade Carney/Essang Bassey/Gary Andersen/Jamie Newman/Jordan Love/Justin Strnad/Sage Surratt/Sam Hartman/The Associated Press/USU Football/Wake Forest Written by
May 9, 2020 /Sports News – National College sports won’t begin until schools reopen, NCAA president says Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJoe Robbins/Getty ImageBy: ELLA TORRES, ABC News (NEW YORK) — College sports would not take place in the fall if the student body isn’t expected to return to campus under the novel coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA president said.President Mark Emmert said Friday that while universities will be in different places in the fall, many are in “clear agreement” that “If you don’t have students on campus, you don’t have student-athletes on campus.”“That doesn’t mean it has to be up and running in the full normal model, but you have to treat the health and well-being of the athletes at least as much as the regular students. And so, if a school doesn’t reopen, then they’re not going to be playing sports. It’s really that simple,” Emmert said during an interview with Andy Katz, college basketball correspondent for the NCAA. The 36-minute interview, titled “The Future of College Sports,” was posted to the NCAA’s Twitter feed.Emmert said that presidents of the universities he has been in touch with are looking at three options for the fall semester: creating what could best be described as a typical school year with social distancing and proper hygiene practices in place, working on a hybrid plan that would bring students back to campus but keep large lecture classes online, or staying entirely online.Emmert said everyone is trying to avoid the third option, but it’s unlikely there will be a unified plan come August and September.“It’s very unlikely that we’ll reach a place sometime this summer where everybody feels equally confident and equally comfortable,” he said. “The level of confidence is going to vary from campus to campus.”Dr. Brian Hainline, the NCAA’s chief medical officer, said that the current plan is six weeks of conditioning and practice before playing games. Hainline noted that the plan is not “set in stone.”However, the possibility of a start date that works for everyone appeared practically impossible.“We aren’t going to have one national time when everyone can start preseason so there’s going to be a little bit of inequity there,” Hainline said.Emmert said the main priority is the health and safety of the student athletes. He admitted that it will be a “very unusual school year” and the NCAA is trying to make the best of it.“What does it mean if you look at a conference, for example, if a conference has some schools open and some not?” Emmert said. “You can’t run a regular schedule if you’ve got that scenario. How do you adjust all the rules to provide as much flexibility as you possibly can to let student-athletes have a good experience in that season?”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by
Jesus College JCR is hiring a hot tub for its final year students. The motion, passed unanimously on Sunday, was proposed by finalist Fraser-Jay Myers and supported by welfare officer Eva Sprecher. “This JCR notes that 9th Week Trinity term is always hot,” it read, “and that JCR members (especially finalists) have worked extremely hard this year and deserve a reward.”The motion resolved, “To mandate the JCR Committee to hire a hot tub for Barts (although sadly not a hot tub time machine) during 9th Week Trinity term, costing up to £400.”Finalists are bubbling with excitement. Sarah Coombes, a history and politics third-year at Jesus, said, “This is the second year the hot tub initiative has been run, and it’s turning into a great Jesus tradition. Everyone knows finals are stressful and hot tubs are relaxing. This is a way of the JCR saying ‘well done for getting through it’. There are few better ways of waving Oxford goodbye than from a hot tub at your accommodation.”She added, “Please can we have one every year?”Amused students in lower years were bathed in high expectations. Second year economist Eddie Shore said, “Frankly I’m disgusted by the pedestrian nature of the hot tub in question. We were promised time travel, and the JCR has failed yet again to deliver the thrills that our college so desperately needs.”The tub is scheduled to arrive in 8th Week.
The London and South East Region (LASER) of the National Association of Master Bakers is hosting an Edwardian Breakfast to honour John Renshaw, this year’s Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers.Renshaw and his wife Jill will be guests of honour at the breakfast on 20 April. Proceeds from the event at the Burford Bridge Hotel in Surrey will be given to the Bakers’ Benevolent Society.Companies are being asked to sponsor one of the five courses or drinks with donations of £400. Tickets are £60 for adults and £20 for children.
Foreign Ministers’ joint statement on Syria, made on 27 September 2018 at the UN General Assembly in New York: Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @Jeremy_Hunt For journalists We, the Foreign Ministers of Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America made the following statement of support for the urgent convening of a constitutional committee to advance the UN’s efforts to achieve a political solution to the conflict in Syria on the basis of UN Security Council Resolution 2254. The Syrian conflict has dragged on for more than seven years at the expense of hundreds of thousands of lives lost, and millions forcibly displaced by violence both within Syria and beyond its borders. There is an urgent need for concerted diplomacy and international political will to end the conflict. There is no military solution to the war and no alternative to a political solution. We affirm in the strongest terms that those who seek a military solution will only succeed in increasing the risk of a dangerous escalation and wider conflagration of the crisis to the region and beyond. It is, therefore, imperative to move forward with a political solution consistent with UN Security Council Resolution 2254. To that end, we call on the UN and the Office of the Special Envoy for Syria to convene, as quickly as possible, a credible, inclusive constitutional committee that will begin the work of drafting a new Syrian constitution and laying the groundwork for free and fair UN-supervised elections in a safe and neutral environment in which all eligible Syrians – including those in the diaspora – have a right to participate. We urge the UN Special Envoy for Syria to report back to the Security Council on his progress no later than October 31. We underscore the Office of the UN Special Envoy’s clear mandate from the Secretary-General and the UN Security Council, to move forward with convening a constitutional committee, and encourage all sides to ensure the Syrian parties are prepared to engage substantively in the committee’s proceedings once convened. Media enquiries Further information Email [email protected]