Could anti-vaxxers be barred from offices, pubs and gyms?

first_img Could anti-vaxxers be barred from offices, pubs and gyms? A senior Tory MP, Tom Tugendhat, said last week he could “certainly see the day” when people are refused entry into pubs and restaurants, and they may not be allowed to return to their work place until they have had the vaccine. Banning Covid vaccine refusers from offices, restaurants and other venues may lead to expensive discrimination claims, a leading lawyer has warned, even though it is not unlikely that care operators and the NHS may ultimately bar vaccine refusing staff for safety reasons. Office ban The UK has formally kicked off its vaccination program, with thousands to receive the Pfizer vaccine today (AFP via Getty Images) “For example, operators in care, or the NHS, will likely want to reduce the chances of a further Covid outbreak in their workplaces and see the vaccine as a critical method for doing this,” Willis said. Sunday 22 November 2020 7:47 am “I can certainly see the day when businesses say: ‘Look, you’ve got to return to the office and if you’re not vaccinated you’re not coming in’,” the MP for Tonbridge, Edenbridge and Malling and current chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, said. whatsapp The UK has formally kicked off its vaccination program, with thousands to receive the Pfizer vaccine today (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Could anti-vaxxers be barred from offices, pubs and gyms? Tags: AstraZeneca Coronavirus Share Johnson, who has labelled vaccine refusers as “nuts“, told the House of Commons that the spending was necessary to reassure people vaccines were safe and to encourage participation in trials. However, a leading employment lawyer has hit back at Tugendhat’s suggestion, saying such actions could result in expensive discrimination claims. Michiel Willems However, in workplaces that do not involve caring for vulnerable people, such as offices, hospitality or retail, it may be considerably more difficult to try and put in place such a restriction, he added. “The expenditure [helps to] raise awareness of vaccines, to fight the anti-vaxxers and to persuade the people of this country – 300,000 – to take part in trials without which we can’t have vaccines,” Johnson told MPs.center_img The UK has formally kicked off its vaccination program, with thousands to receive the Pfizer vaccine today (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Could anti-vaxxers be barred from offices, pubs and gyms? whatsapp “There may be some industry sectors that may implement a requirement for its staff to have the vaccine for safety reasons.” “There could be several reasons why employees do not want to take the vaccine; they may have been advised not to due to a pre-existing disability, or the prospect of taking it may be having a negative effect on their mental health,” Birmingham-based Willis added. Vaccine debate The UK government said earlier this month it is actively fighting anti-vaxxers. Prime minister Boris Johnson revealed that money splurged by vaccine taskforce chief Kate Bingham on private PR companies was necessary to combat anti-vaccine conspiracy theories. Andrew Willis, head of legal at HR and employment law consultancy Croner, said whether employers would ultimately be able to ban people from coming into work who refuse to have the vaccine would ultimately be very case-specific. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeAll Things Auto | Search AdsBuick’s New Lineup Is Truly StunningAll Things Auto | Search AdsOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsBleacherBreaker41 Old Toys That Are Worth More Than Your HouseBleacherBreakerLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthStandardNewsHistorical Films That Were Actually AccurateStandardNewsNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For Seniors The debate around anti-vaxxers has intensified since the UK government has asked the NHS to be ready to deploy any Covid-19 vaccine from early next month. This becomes increasingly a likely scenario following reports that vaccines from both Pfizer and Moderna are more than 95% effective. Health secretary Matt Hancock said last week that any vaccine will be optional and children will not be forced to get a vaccination. Expensive claims With the UK moving closer to the rollout of a Coronavirus vaccine, to the delight of financial markets and the wider community, questions are being raised about those people who refuse to take the vaccine, the so-called anti-vaxxers. Show Comments ▼ “If they are subjected to a detriment as a result of this, such as being told not to come into work or even dismissed, the company may face a costly discrimination claim,” he added.last_img read more

No cases of COVID-19 in Juneau yet, but health officials are prepped to test people for coronavirus

first_imgCoronavirus | Federal Government | Health | Juneau | Public Safety | State GovernmentNo cases of COVID-19 in Juneau yet, but health officials are prepped to test people for coronavirusMarch 2, 2020 by Matt Miller, KTOO Share:Emergency room entrance at Bartlett Regional Hospital. (Photo by Jennifer Canfield/KTOO)There have been no reported cases in Juneau so far, but that doesn’t mean that the staff at Bartlett Regional Hospital isn’t preparing for the increasing possibility of that happening.Charlee Gribbon, an infection prevention specialist, recently disputed rumors of there being a patient in isolation at Bartlett because of coronavirus.“No. Nobody at the hospital that is under suspicion or is tested or even considered a case is here right now,” she saidIn late February, Gribbon said they would test for coronavirus if someone with symptoms of a severe lower respiratory illness returned from China or had contact with someone who had. Now that recommendations from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have changed, Gribbon says they would also test anyone who had any respiratory symptoms that were unexplained.“(If it’s) a severe case of respiratory illness with no close contacts and no exposure risk to an area that’s got a high concentration of this virus, then that’s where we would talk to the state about doing this test,” she said.They’d send a sample to the state for that test and if it came back positive, Louisa Castrodale, epidemiologist with Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, says they would investigate beyond that one patient.“We would be working in concert with the health care providers and the family to figure out where they had been, who they might have been around, and figure out the next sequence of events for potentially those people who are exposed to this person and what would happen next,” Castrodale said.That could be isolation either at home or at the hospital.Gribbon says at Bartlett that would depend on the stage of the virus and whether the patient is suffering from any heart or lung complications.Coronavirus has emerged in west coast states. As of Monday afternoon, there were six deaths in Washington state.Gribbon says she’s more concerned now with the virus so close, but it’s still not as widespread as the regular flu.“So, your exposure risk traveling through Seattle and traveling through Washington, you may come into contact with it,” she said, “but still 80% of people aren’t getting that sick.”Two people were admitted to Bartlett Regional Hospital in February because of complications from the flu and three hospital staff members were sent home for at least a week because they developed symptoms.Whether it’s coronavirus or regular flu going around, Gribbon recommends good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, like keeping the mouth and nose covered when coughing or sneezing.Anyone showing up at Bartlett with any symptoms of a respiratory illness will be asked to put on a mask if they didn’t bring their own. Cruise ship will arrive early in Juneau after canceled Asia sailingsShare this story:last_img read more

News / Ocean freight rates stay on a roll, but are they high enough for carriers?

first_img Following a mini-recovery of container spot rates on the major east-west trades in recent weeks,  Drewry believes they will continue to rise.However, whether the rates will increase sufficiently to cover the additional costs of compliance with IMO 2020 is another matter.The consultant contends that spot market rates are “currently enjoying a resurgence”, noting that a composite of eight major east-west trade components on its World Container Index (WCI) had seen a jump of $210 in the past two weeks to mitigate losses accumulated over the previous two months.“Today’s market is not in full bloom, but it is certainly not as bad as it initially appears,” said Drewry.“In our opinion, the lower prices of Q3 19 were a consequence of a diminished trade war multiplier and a return to the rate-cutting tendencies of some carriers,” said Drewry.It said the current freight rate revival was “unlikely to have come from an unexpected demand boom”, given that volumes were “moribund” in the third quarter peak season. Instead, it suggested, changes in the supply side were “driving the upward momentum”.Indeed, Alphaliner reported last week that the containership inactive fleet had “surged” to 1.12m teu, representing nearly 5% of the total global cellular fleet.However, some 858,000 teu, or 76%, of the idle tonnage was attributed to vessels undergoing exhaust gas cleaning (scrubber) retrofits in preparation for the IMO 2020 0.5% sulphur cap regulations which come into force on 1 January.For some months, the scrubber retrofitting of container vessels, which can take up to six weeks in dry dock, plus additional downtime for positioning, waiting for dry-docks to become vacant and phasing in and out of service networks, has proved a shot in the arm for the charter market, with daily hire rate for some sectors doubling inside 12 months.But until recently the strong charter market had yet to convert into higher freight rates in the liner trades.“This time, however, it appears that demand is sufficiently strong that similar supply-side reductions are translating into more positive utilisation and freight rates,” said Drewry.Moreover, with an historically low orderbook and scrubber retrofitting going well into next year, Peter Curtis, executive vice-president and chief commercial and technical officer of containership owner Seaspan, said he expected “supply to remain tight” for the foreseeable future.During Seaspan’s Q3 earnings call last week, Mr Curtis said the “limited” number of newbuild deliveries, along with the “tail wind” of IMO 2020 would support charter rates into next year.He also added that a direct consequence of IMO 2020 could also see an acceleration in scrapping of older, less-efficient tonnage which would act as an additional squeeze on containership supply.Drewry conclude that freight rates “will continue to rise”, not least boosted by the impact of the higher bunker surcharges being rolled out by carriers to compensate them for the additional fuel costs related to IMO 2020.Nevertheless, it has a caveat to the positive rate outlook: “The true measure of success will be whether or not they (freight rates) rise sufficiently to cover the additional costs,” said Drewry. By Mike Wackett 11/11/2019 © Christian Horz last_img read more

Best young entrepreneurs from Laois vie for regional title

first_img Previous articleLaois manager offers advice to cut Ballyfin forward MooreNext articleHere are all of this week’s CCFL soccer fixtures David PowerA journalist for over 20 years, David has worked for a number of regional titles both as journalist and editor. From Tullamore he also works as a content editor for Independent.ie. His heroes include Shane Lowry, Seamus Darby and Johnny Flaherty Best young entrepreneurs from Laois vie for regional title Facebook Permission granted for housing development in Abbeyleix while further homes planned in Portarlington Home News Business Best young entrepreneurs from Laois vie for regional title NewsBusiness WhatsApp Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Pinterest Council Twitter Laois’s best young entrepreneurs will fly the flag for the county in the regional final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) in Kildare on Friday.Run by the Local Enterprise Offices, IBYE is supported by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland. Now in its 4th year, this year attracted almost 1,500 applications nationwide.The regional final at the Osprey in Naas will feature county winners from Laois, Kildare, Offaly and Westmeath.Evelyn Reddin, Head of Enterprise in Laois explained: “The search to find Ireland’s best young entrepreneur back in August and we were delighted with the calibre of entries. After a very successful Enterprise Day, Bootcamp and County Final, I’m pleased to confirm that the future of enterprise and job creation in Laois is bright.”Gary CobbeThere was joy for Gary Cobbe, aged 32 of Irish Polymer Extrusions Limited in Mountmellick as they were named winner of the Best Established Business award. They were joined by Sharon Leavy, aged 34 of Sharon Leavy College of Hair and Beauty in Portlaoise, who took the runner up title in this category.The Best Start Up category was a particularly hard-fought contest. Jonathan Bracken, aged 33 of Bracken Enterprise in Portarlington was named winner while Aaron Lennon, aged 34 of Linked in Portlaoise was named runner-up.Many innovative new business concepts emerged in the Best Business Idea category. The winner was Declan Dunne, aged 30, of Crate Studio in Portlaoise while Hollianne Phelan, aged 19 of Shopline in Portlaoise scooped the runner up title.Gary Cobbe of Irish Polymer Extrusions Limited was named the Overall Winner of IBYE for Laois.Investment“Each of the winners and runners-up will share in an investment fund of up to €50,000 from the Local Enterprise Office to help grow and develop their business,” said IBYE Co-ordinator for Laois, Honor Deevy.“The team in Local Enterprise Office Laois has providing intensive supports to prepare them for the regionals and hopefully Laois will have a representative at the IBYE National Finals in March,” she added.Find out more about supports available to entrepreneurs of all ages by visiting www.localenterprise.ie.SEE ALSO – Portlaoise Hospital Action committee to meet expert tonightcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By David Power – 24th January 2018 WhatsApp Council Twitter Community Facebook Pinterest Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dininglast_img read more

Dundee to acquire full control of Dundee Capital Markets

Desjardins buys Montreal boutique firm Hexavest CI acquires US$5.1B San Diego-based RIA Investment company Dundee Corp. (TSX:DC.A) has struck a deal to buy the 51% of Dundee Capital Markets Inc. (TSX:DCM) it does not already own in a deal that values the brokerage at $174 million. Dundee said it’s offering $1.25 per Dundee Capital share — a 37% premium to the stock’s closing price of 82 cents at the Toronto Stock Exchange on Wednesday prior to the announcement. Canadian Press Cidel Asset Management to acquire fixed income manager Dundee Capital was formed as a public company after Dundee sold its controlling stake in DundeeWealth to Scotiabank. DCM’s shares began trading on the TSX on Jan. 31 at 95 cents. They’ve ranged between 67 cents and $1.70 since then. Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) has agreed to vote its shares, representing 18% of Dundee Capital’s equity, in favour of the arrangement, Dundee Corp. said. Based on publicly available information, Scotiabank’s share of Dundee Capital would be worth $31.3 million and Dundee’s 49% share would be worth $85.3 million. Dundee would pay about $88.7 million to buy out the other shareholders, if all accept the offer including Scotiabank. The deal is subject to a shareholder vote in January. To pass, the offer requires a majority of votes cast by minority shareholders and a two-thirds majority of all DCM shares votes. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Keywords Mergers and acquisitionsCompanies Bank of Nova Scotia, Dundee Corp. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Mental health support for Tasmania’s tourism businesses

first_imgMental health support for Tasmania’s tourism businesses Sarah Courtney,Minister for Small Business, Hospitality and EventsThe mental health of Tasmania’s tourism businesses is the focus of a new $100,000 support package.The program has been developed in recognition of the financial and mental impact of COVID-19 on the State’s small businesses and their employees.The past 12 months has been extremely challenging for small tourism businesses across Tasmania as they’ve rapidly responded to huge changes due to COVID-19, and then adapted to a ‘new normal’.As part of the recently announced $20 million COVID-19 Small Business Sustainability and Recovery Assistance Package, $1 million will go towards mental health support for Tasmanian small businesses in recognition of the financial and mental health impact on them and their employees.Tasmania’s tourism businesses will receive $100,000 through the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania (TICT) which will deliver the year-long mental health support package.As part of the program, Tasmanian Lifeline will deliver tailored counselling services and mental health training programs which will include a series of wellbeing and resilience workshops hosted by Dr Melanie Irons, and featuring Tasmanian tourism champion Bianca Welsh and Mitch MacPherson from Stay ChatTY. /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:AusPol, Australia, business, council, covid-19, Employees, Government, Impact, industry, mental, mental health, Minister, resilience, Small Business, sustainability, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, tourism, wellbeinglast_img read more

Ethics and Compliance Brown Bag to discuss graduate student accommodations

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Categories:Workshops & SeminarsEvents & Exhibits Published: Feb. 20, 2017 center_img February’s Ethics and Compliance Monthly Brown Bag series will feature a presentation by John Meister, Jill Sieben-Schneider and Joe Andenmatten from Disability Services on the subject of graduate student accommodations. The presentation will be held Monday, Feb. 27, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Rec Center Ice Rink Overlook Meeting Room. Disability Services has a mission to ensure students with disabilities receive reasonable accommodations and services to participate fully in the academic environment. Faculty and staff often have questions about how to address student needs. The staff are committed to working collaboratively with faculty at all levels in order to assist in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students.In their presentation, the team will share how Disability Services works to support students as well as the faculty members who are responsible for implementing the accommodations. They will also detail the legal responsibilities faculty members have and the tools they can use to create an inclusive environment in classrooms and research labs.Participants will gain valuable insight on related topics such as best practices in working with Disability Services students and as part of universal design of instruction. During the hour session, ample time will be provided for audience questions and answers. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to participate in networking and are welcome to bring their lunch. Light refreshments will be provided. last_img read more

Scene at CU: Homecoming, Veterans Day and the diversity summit

first_img See the Full GalleryCategories:Scene at CUCampus Community Published: Nov. 13, 2019 The past week has been busy on the CU Boulder campus, leading off with Homecoming weekend and a football win against Stanford; Veterans Day ceremonies; and the fall Diversity and Inclusion Summit. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img

Celebrate the 91st annual Alumni Awards on Oct. 22

first_imgKris Gutiérrez (PhDEd’87)George Norlin Award Tom Garfinkel (Comm’91)George Norlin Award Bud ColemanRobert Stearns Award  Nikhil Mankekar (Fin’01)George Norlin Award  Wei Wu (MMus’13)Kalpana Chawla Outstanding Recent Graduate Awardcenter_img Each year, the Annual Alumni Awards highlight some of CU’s best and brightest alumni, faculty, staff and students in a prestigious ceremony to kick off Homecoming weekend. Now is the time to nominate an exceptional Forever Buffs for the 92nd Annual Alumni Awards. Previous nominees have included Grammy winners, inspirational educators and outstanding volunteers. Nominations are open until May 17, 2021. Take a look at the award details and submission requirements.View the complete 91st Annual Alumni Awards here. Winners included the CEO of an NFL team and a world-class educator creating more equitable classrooms. 2020 Alumni Award Winners Rubén DonatoRobert Stearns Award Alumni Awards are presented to deserving alumni, faculty and students to recognize their achievements. See all of the Alumni Awards categories and criteria here.last_img read more

BOJ Cuts Certificates of Deposit Rates

first_imgBOJ Cuts Certificates of Deposit Rates Finance & Public ServiceOctober 1, 2011 By Allan Brooks, JIS Senior Reporter RelatedBOJ Cuts Certificates of Deposit Rates RelatedBOJ Cuts Certificates of Deposit Rates Advertisements RelatedBOJ Cuts Certificates of Deposit Rates FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Effective Friday, September 30, the interest rate payable on the Bank of Jamaica’s (BOJ) 30-day Certificates of Deposit (CD) has been reduced from 6.50 percent to 6.25 percent. The 30-day CD rate reflects the Bank’s bench mark interest rate and the latest adjustment represents a 25 basis points reduction. The current rate of 6.25 percent represents a record low, and is expected to give momentum to the downward trend of commercial interest rates. A basis point is a unit that is equal to one hundredth of a percentage point and is often used instead of percentages, when discussing interest rates, rates of return, and other percentage-based performance metrics that can occur as fractions of a percent. The basis point is commonly used for calculating changes in interest rates, equity indexes and the yield of a fixed-income security. According to a statement from the BOJ, the revision to the Bank’s policy rate “reflects the continued positive trends in headline and core inflation since the beginning of 2011, and the projection that the rate of domestic price increases for the full fiscal year will be within the BOJ’s target range of 6.0 per cent to 8.0 per cent.” Core Inflation is a measure of inflation that excludes certain items that face volatile price movements. Core inflation eliminates products that can have temporary price shocks, because these shocks can diverge from the overall trend of inflation and give a false measure of inflation. Headline inflation,on the other hand, is a measure of the total inflation within an economy, and is affected by areas of the market which may experience sudden inflationary spikes, such as food or energy. The Central Bank indicates that the continued downward trend in the cost of living in Jamaica is predicated on the “more pessimistic outlook” for growth in the global economy, and the slower increase in the prices of international commodities. “The more pessimistic outlook for growth in the global economy and the forecast for slower rates of increase in the prices of international commodities, particularly crude oil, have put a downward bias on domestic inflation for the rest of the fiscal year.” The BOJ stated that these moderating factors are complemented by the continuation of relative stability in the exchange rate, and the persistence of weak but improving domestic demand. The BOJ bulletin further explained that, “in addition, the process of fiscal consolidation continues to support the extended period of stability in the economy. This stability is being reflected in financial market prices, and has contributed to the Bank’s gross international reserves remaining well above the international benchmark of 12 weeks of projected goods and services imports.” The Net International Reserves (NIR), as at August 31, was just over US$2.1 billion.last_img read more