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British Land signs “cheesegrater” contract

first_img Show Comments ▼ British Land and Oxford Properties have signed contracts for a 50:50 joint venture to develop the Leadenhall building.The company, which sidelined the project during the recession, said corporations had expressed interest in the building.Oxford Properties is real-estate arm of Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (Omers) pension fund,Dubbed the ‘Cheesegrater’ because of its wedge-shape design, the 47 storey, 736 ft (224m) tower will be a landmark in the Square Mile.Work is expected to begin early next year and the shell and core should be finished by the middle of 2014.The total development cost of the 610,000 sq ft development is expected to be around £340m.Oxford Properties is the real-estate arm of Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (Omers) pension fund,British Land’s initial contribution is the land, valued at £90m, while the Canadians are coming up with the first £90m to get the project moving. Further development costs will be shared 50:50, taking the UK firm’s contribution in addition to the land to about £125m.“We believe that the Leadenhall Building will provide the City of London with a unique combination of iconic architecture with world-class public and office spaces,” British Land chief executive Chris Grigg said. Share British Land signs “cheesegrater” contract John Dunne whatsapp Tags: NULL Wednesday 22 December 2010 3:02 am More From Our Partners 980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com whatsapplast_img read more

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Norwegian growth disappoints

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UK share investing: why I’d ignore Lloyds and buy these 2 cheap FTSE 100 shares

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Royston Wild | Tuesday, 9th February, 2021 | More on: LLOY It’s not hard to see why many UK share investors are tempted by the Lloyds (LSE: LLOY) share price today. City forecasts suggest that the FTSE 100 bank’s annual earnings will rocket 140% in 2021. This leaves the company trading on a low forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 12 times.This isn’t the only reason Lloyds looks a terrific stock on paper either. Analysts are suggesting the bank will begin paying dividends again following last year’s payout cancellations. Consequently the FTSE 100 firm sports a gigantic 5% dividend yield for 2021 too.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Economic risks are risingThese bullish forecasts are of course built on expectations that the British economy will roar back into life this year. I’m not so sure that this will happen, however. This casts a cloud over Lloyds’ outlook for 2021 at least, along with a swarm of other UK shares.A study by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) illustrates the creeping sense of gloom about the British economy. It says that “the resurgence of Covid-19” has forced it to take the scythe to this year’s economic forecasts. The body now expects GDP growth of 3.4% in 2021, down from a prior estimate of 5.9%.The NIESR says that growth could come in even weaker than this too. It predicts that “there are major risks to the downside associated with the rollout and effectiveness of vaccines [and] the emergence of new Covid-19 strains and their effect on the path of the virus.” This has the potential to stretch lockdown measures out for longer and cause more pain to domestic demand, it said.There are reasons why I think Lloyds could possibly still deliver stonking earnings growth in 2021, however. Those mass Covid-19 vaccinations are being rolled out at an impressive pace, while recent lockdowns have caused infection rates to slump. Steps to intensify the pace of cost-cutting will also provide a boon to the UK share’s bottom line this year and beyond.I’d rather buy these UK sharesI won’t be taking a risk with Lloyds, however. I think the risks facing cyclical, UK-focused shares like this are far too great. There’s no shortage of other cheap stocks on the FTSE 100 alone that look in better shape than the Black Horse Bank, in my opinion.Take B&M European Value Retail for example. This business could lose sales to online retailers if Covid-19 lockdowns continue through 2021. But I’m still convinced its revenues will rise as tough economic conditions cause shoppers to seek out low-cost goods in greater numbers. This company trades on a rock-bottom forward price-to-earnings growth (PEG) ratio of 0.2.I’d also prefer to buy Vodafone Group in my Stocks and Shares ISA today. This UK share generates only around 15% of revenues from these shores. The FTSE 100 company might take a hit if business revenues struggle in the short-to-medium term, sure. But history shows us that telecoms tends to be a defensive sector where revenues remain stable during economic upturns and downturns. Today Vodafone trades on a PEG ratio of just 0.6. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images. Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended B&M European Value and Lloyds Banking Group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Royston Wild UK share investing: why I’d ignore Lloyds and buy these 2 cheap FTSE 100 shareslast_img read more

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Can the RDSB share price benefit from Tesla’s stumble?

first_img 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Jay Yao has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Tesla. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Jay Yao | Thursday, 25th March, 2021 | More on: RDSB See all posts by Jay Yao Can the RDSB share price benefit from Tesla’s stumble? Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. Tesla shares have stumbled since the beginning of the year. Since early January, the Tesla share price has fallen from around $880 to under $662.16 on 23 March. I think that Tesla affects the energy market through its solar panel business and also in theory with its electric vehicle business. Royal Dutch Shell (LSE: RDSB) is a leader in the energy sector, so here’s how I think Tesla’s decline affects the RDSB share price.Tesla & Royal Dutch ShellAlthough its primary business is making electric vehicles, Tesla affects the oil market. Because Tesla shares have done well over the past two years, I reckon many renewable energy stocks have also done well over the same time span. As a result of the stock’s strength, many renewable energy companies have more access to capital to grow faster. If renewable energy stocks grow faster, renewable energy might be more cost competitive sooner due to more potential scale or better potential technology. Were that to happen, demand for traditional oil might not be as strong.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…If Tesla shares decline, however, demand for other renewable energy stocks might also decline. This could lead to renewable energy being less competitive and that could be good for Royal Dutch Shell’s oil business.I reckon Royal Dutch Shell also benefits from Tesla shares falling in a different way as well. If renewable energy stock shares decline, Royal Dutch Shell could potentially find it easier to do M&A with lower valuations in renewables and go green faster.Royal Dutch Shell has recently done M&A in renewables by agreeing to purchase a leading electric vehicle charging company in the UK, Ubitricity. Given how big the sector will be in the future, I reckon management will go on to do more deals in the sector.What’s next for Tesla?While Tesla shares have fallen from their highs, I don’t really know what’s going to happen next. While Tesla is still trading at a very high valuation given its current fundamentals in my view, stocks don’t necessarily trade on fundamentals all the time. Fundamentals can also change over time. As a result of the uncertainty over Tesla’s future price, I wouldn’t factor the current share price decline of Elon Musk’s company into predicting where the RDSB share price might be headed.The RDSB share price: what I’d doI’d buy and hold shares given the current RDSB share price because I think Royal Dutch Shell has a lot of things outside of oil production that make it a ‘value stock’ in my eyes.Royal Dutch Shell itself has competitive natural gas and chemicals businesses that theoretically aren’t as affected by electric vehicle adoption as oil prices are. For 2020, for example, Royal Dutch Shell’s chemicals division reported adjusted earnings of $962m and its integrated gas division reported adjusted earnings of $4.383bn.Moreover, Royal Dutch Shell also has a growing convenience business that offers additional diversification. That said, I reckon the RDSB share price does still depend a lot on the price of oil. Although oil prices have increased substantially since November, they could always decline. Any meaningful decline might negatively affect the RDSB share price.All in all, however, I’m optimistic management will succeed in transforming Royal Dutch Shell into a green energy company and I reckon that shares will increase in value over time. Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now!center_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Image source: Tesla Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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Reality check for Lancaster’s England

first_imgIt was only when Lancaster sent on Tom Wood, Joe Launchbury and Mako Vunipola for the final quarter that England played with any vibrancy but they lacked the control and execution to make it count.Jump start: Joe LaunchburyLancaster said he backed Chris Robshaw’s decision not to go for the posts with four second-half penalties but it was plainly the wrong decision. Australia kicked their goals and won the game.With 22 minutes remaining, in such a tight game, England had to take the points. They didn’t, in the belief they had Australia on toast in the driving lineout but Thomas Waldrom dropped the ball over the line.With that duffed chance went the game and a wasted opportunity to claim a rare southern hemisphere scalp. This was the biggest setback of Lancaster’s regime because it was a game England could and should have won. Next up is the no small task of South Africa and then New Zealand, the two leading sides in world rugby and changes are a must. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS England need men for the big stage. Alex Corbisiero has to start for Joe Marler, who struggled against Ben Alexander, and England need Tom Wood back on the blindside. Launchbury would offer a more dynamic second-row threat than Tom Palmer and Jonathan Joseph should come back into the midfield, with Tuilagi shifted either back to inside-centre or onto the wing.Follow Alex Lowe on Twitter @AlexMLowe NOT FOR FEATURED A try or not a try? Manu Tuilagi stretches for the line and was awarded a try – but did the ball hit the whitewash?By Alex LoweSTUART LANCASTER had described this autumn as “production time” for England. The Fiji Test was a nice dress rehearsal but Australia was the big opening night. And England fluffed their lines badly.The desperate pre-match ‘entertainment’ killed off any atmosphere or sense of anticipation inside Twickenham and the Wallabies then left England feeling similarly flat. Australia had too many ideas in attack and too much nous in defence for England’s greenhorn side, who were on the receiving end of an 80-minute reality check.Furrowed brow: a frustrated Stuart LancasterThe post-match talk of learning and development sounded particularly hollow given it was England themselves who said now was time to deliver. But they were taught key lessons in how to be streetwise and savvy with and without the ball. The creative variety offered by Kurtley Beale and Berrick Barnes was a lesson to England about how to use twin playmakers at fly-half and full-back.In contrast, England were stilted in attack, made uncharacteristic defensive mistakes, lost the breakdown battle and toiled in the scrum. Warren Gatland was at the game. It is perfectly feasible the only entries he made to his Lions selection notebook were lines through the name of England players.Somehow they remained in the game, thanks largely to Manu Tuilagi’s controversial try, awarded despite the television match official having no conclusive proof the ball had been placed on the whitewash.While we are on the subject of Tuilagi, he is fast becoming more of a problem for England than a solution. Yes, he runs powerfully, busts the gain-line and draws defenders, but he has no vision, no distribution and no kicking game. Tuilagi got away with not passing when he scored the try but Chris Ashton was left furious just before the hour mark when he was left in space as the Leicester juggernaut ploughed into contact.last_img read more

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Florida Surgeon General urges vaccination as best defense against spreading flu…

first_img The Florida Department of Health is strongly encouraging all unvaccinated residents to get their flu shot as soon as possible. Flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu and its potentially serious complications.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  estimates that, nationwide, for the 2019-2020 season so far, there have been at least 6.4 million cases of influenza, more than 55,000 associated hospitalizations and approximately 2,900 related deaths. For Florida flu statistics, please visit the Department’s Florida Flu Review website.“With this year’s flu season in full swing, it is critical that adults and children get the flu vaccine to protect against infection and help prevent the spread of seasonal flu to others”, said Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez. “By getting a flu shot now, you will protect yourself, as well as your family and friends.”“Influenza is a contagious virus that can spread rapidly in our communities and cause severe illness resulting in hospitalization or death”, said Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees. “Getting vaccinated is the best way to avoid the flu; it reduces the spread of the virus and can also help make illnesses less severe for those who do still get sick.” Get the Flu ShotThe vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older, including pregnant women. Individuals that are at most at-risk for getting severely ill from the flu are young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease or lung disease, and people aged 65 years and older.It takes approximately two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop protection against the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend getting a flu vaccine every year because flu viruses evolve quickly, and last year’s vaccine may not protect against the current year’s strain. Even if the vaccine does not fully protect against the flu, it may reduce the severity of symptoms and the risk of complications. Where to Get the Flu ShotFlu vaccines are offered at health care providers’ offices, clinics, county health departments, pharmacies, schools, college health centers, and many employers. Find flu vaccine in your area: VaccineFinder.org. Learn more: FluFreeFlorida.com.Residents of Orange County can make an appointment for their Flu shot by contacting the Florida Department of Health in Orange County’s Immunization program at 407-858-1444. Healthy Habits to Help Prevent FluGood health habits like washing your hands can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.Covering the mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing may prevent those around you from getting sick. Make it a habit to clean and disinfect commonly used surfaces in your home, school or office.Flu vaccines and good hand hygiene are still the go-to recommendations for prevention; however, public health officials say it’s just as important to contain the virus, and that means staying home when you’re sick. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSFlorida Department of HealthFlu Vaccination Previous articleRadon is a silent killer responsible for 21,000 lung cancer deaths per yearNext articleNational Law Enforcement Appreciation Day: Its history, origins, and how to observe it Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Drug traffickers suspected in reporter’s murder in Oaxaca state

first_imgNews July 18, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Drug traffickers suspected in reporter’s murder in Oaxaca state RSF_en News MexicoAmericas News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies MexicoAmericas Reports Receive email alerts Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora statecenter_img Reporters Without Borders calls on the authorities to do everything possible to shed light on the murder of Alberto López Bello, a newspaper reporter whose body was found alongside that of a policeman yesterday in Trinidad de Viguera, a town near the southern city of Oaxaca. Both had been shot dead.The two were last seen alive earlier yesterday in a downtown Oaxaca bar. No message was left by their killers.Aged 28, López had been covering crime for the past six years for El Imparcial, one of the state of Oaxaca’s leading dailies, as well as working for a local radio station. He had recently written several stories about drug dealing in Oaxaca.He and one of his colleagues, Jacobo López, were arrested on 18 May and spent several hours in police custody after photographing a sign left by a criminal group. He had been threatened in the past in connection with his work.The police officer whose body was found with López’s was Arturo Alejandro Franco Rojas, 26, who worked for the Oaxaca city police detective department.“We urge those investigating this crime to quickly identify the motive and those responsible”, Reporters Without Borders said. “We pay tribute to López, whose death is another reminder of the dangers to which reporters and news media are exposed when they try to cover sensitive subjects such as drug trafficking.”“We also salute the courage of the management of López’s newspaper, who have said they are determined to continue providing news and information, despite the acts of intimidation and the tragedies they frequently encounter.”Three of El Imparcial’s street vendors were shot dead by gunmen on 8 October 2007 in what the newspaper’s management said at the time was probably a reprisal for recent articles in the newspaper.Mexico and Brazil have been the western hemisphere’s two deadliest countries for journalists since the start of 2013. In Mexico, two journalists have been killed in connection with their work so far this year, while two others have disappeared. Four journalists have been killed in Brazil.In the past decade, 88 journalists have been killed in Mexico and 17 others have disappeared. A total of 26 Mexican journalists are currently living abroad and or in another region in order to escape the dangers to which they have been exposed. to go further May 5, 2021 Find out more May 13, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Mexico NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Letters

first_img Previous Article Next Article This month’s lettersBA substance abuse stanceWe share the views highlighted in the article “Taking a StrongLine” (OH, February) on the importance of drug and alcohol policies in theworkplace. British Airways has such policies in place, but contrary to the statement inthe article, we do not conduct pre-employment screening nor random drug andalcohol testing in the workplace. The safety of our staff and passengers is paramount, and our OH serviceworks closely with staff to provide education and support in all areasaffecting health and work. Managers and peer groups can be highly effective in preventing substanceabuse by raising awareness and providing support, and it is worthy of note thatneither the UK Civil Aviation Authority nor the European Joint AviationAuthorities require random alcohol and drug screening. Dr Michael Bagshaw Head of Medical Services, British Airways Flexible hours not idlenessMy response to TUC senior policy officer Owen Tudor (OH, Letters, February)is as follows. Here at MD Foods we implemented an annualised hours system over two yearsago, and spent over 18 months in union negotiations ensuring that we reached anagreement which suited employer and employee. Before annualised hours was introduced, MD Foods had drivers working inexcess of 80 hours a week. The average now is less than 40 hours and the basicsalary has been increased. So, to quote Owen Tudor, MD Foods does, “let employees go home moreoften and cut the hours they need to work to make a living.” Annualised hours eliminates the need for excessive overtime in order tocreate a “decent” weekly wage. Tudor comments that, “the mainproblem for working time in Great Britain is not the way it is organised.”I must disagree, on the contrary, the problem is exactly the way it isorganised. If more companies were to organise their working time better, the”family-unfriendly” stressful workplace could be largely eliminated. The working time arrangements employed by MD Foods do give an increasedamount of leisure time, but I doubt that employees see it as “enforcedidleness” as Tudor does. The success of the annual hours scheme is due to a commitment from bothemployer and employee to provide a more flexible working method, and we areproof that it can create a more productive, less stressed and contentedworkforce. Stephen Dean Annualised hours manager, MD Foods LettersOn 1 Apr 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Degrees of separation

first_imgDegrees of separationOn 1 Jul 2004 in Clinical governance, Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. The current OH job market may be buoyant, but do fully-qualified OHAs havefar more opportunities than those with experience, but no degree? By Sara BeanJust a glance at the expanding job pages in the back of Occupational Healthillustrates two things. First, that there are plenty of jobs in OH, and second,that many of them are paying good money. And with the increasing emphasis bythe Government on the importance of making an OH service available to as manypeople as possible,1,2 demand is growing. “It is clear that demand is high for well-qualified OHprofessionals,” says Sabrina Palmer, senior sales executive and project managerfor the recruitment pages of Occupational Health. Basic OH salaries have increased in line with demand, with, according to theleading OH recruitment agencies, average salaries for OH advisers at around£28,000, though it’s becoming standard to see pay rates of £30,000-plus. Of course, many of these jobs are with blue-chip companies, where money isno object and who will only appoint a qualified occupational health adviser(OHA). So does this mean that anyone without a degree need not apply? Not necessarily, say OH recruitment specialists. Candidates with years ofexperience, who can demonstrate continuous learning, are in with a chance, butthe competition will be tough against candidates who perhaps have lessexperience but do have that precious degree. “Why not pay qualified OHAs £30k?” says one OH recruitmentspecialist. “Most have two degrees, first in nursing, then in OH orspecialist practice. The likes of Goldman Sachs are looking for expertise indeveloping their business strategy and don’t want a hands-on nursing approach.It’s only old-school candidates that call themselves nurses, as they’re morefocused on a treatment-based practice.” However, some companies will prize practical experience more highly. “A lot of young people come out with a degree, which is highlyrespected,” says another recruitment specialist. “But some of myclients find it difficult to accept that new graduates are qualified withoutbeing fluent in all the necessary practical skills. And when it comes tonursing skills, there’s the whole area of clinical governance.” There is also the question of the type of course you’ve chosen. Sue Lamb,director of OH Recruitment, says: “Some of our clients are only looking atcandidates who complete courses that are recordable with the NMC, especiallywhere employers are healthcare providers. However, where a post is hard tofill, some providers may offer to help a recruit upgrade from a non-recordablediploma to a degree in a bid to use candidates with a lot of experience.” Jobs in the public sector are often seen to be less desirable, althoughthings are changing. “Salary scales in the NHS and local authorities (LA)do not tend to match up to the private sector,” says Jason Atherton, salesmanager for Key People. “But people are more likely to go to them if theyoffer services to local businesses.” Marian Corcoran, recruitment manager at Cheviot Recruitment agrees.”Through the RCN’s Agenda for Change policies,3 both the NHS and LAs, havehugely increased their appeal, through better pay rates and much sought-afterbenefits such as better team-working environments, good pension schemes, moreholidays, professional support and development, and flexible hours.” The big challenge for the profession is in making the route into OH moreaccessible. For a qualified RGN to get onto a good OH course, they’ll usuallyneed to have a placement within an OH department, and that isn’t always easy.It can be a catch 22 as they haven’t been trained in OH but cannot take up atraining place until they get a job. Lamb says: “There is the whole problem of learning while working.However, in places like the NHS or local authority units, candidates can bereadily supervised within a team with well-developed clinical guidance andbenefit from the experience of others.” For those that do manage to bridge the gap between practice and training,the rewards are there, and even blue-chip companies are being forced to widentheir job remit to attract candidates. References 1. HSC (2000) Securing Health Together: A Long Term Occupational HealthStrategy for England, Scotland and Wales, HSE 2. HSC (2004) A Strategy for Workplace Health and Safety in Great Britain to2010 and Beyond, HSE 3. Agenda for Change, RCN, www.rcn.org.uk/agendaforchange Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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Krill fishing in the Scotia Sea in relation to bathymetry, including the detailed distribution around South Georgia

first_imgAnalyses of the distribution of krill fishing based on fine-scale (0.5″ latitude x1″ longitude) data show that harvesting in the Scotia Sea has been mainly in shelf andshelf-break areas on the northern side of the Scotia Arc. Regional analyses reveal thattliere are restricted parts of shelf and shelf-break areas where high catches have beenobtained. Altliough these data give a general idea of where the fishery has operated,they do not reveal the localised nature of the fishing operation. Over the last threewinter fishing seasons (1993 to 1995) individual trawl statistics have been recorded inthe South Georgia area. Analyses of these data show marked interannual variability inthe distribution of trawls. The data for 1993 were only available from August but thefishery was restricted in that period to an area on the western edge of the shelf breakwhere negligible fishing occurred in the following two seasons. In 1994 the fishery wasalmost totally based over a large shallow bank area on the northeast shelf edge. During1995 the fishery was still predominantly in this area but also operated further west 011 arange of banks associated with submarine valleys. The results are discussed in relationto the ecology of krill and the fishery’s interaction with local predator colonieslast_img read more

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