Affordable homes key to trust’s hiring drive

first_img Comments are closed. HammersmithHospitals NHS Trust is considering investing in new flat pack housing toprovide its healthcare staff with affordable homes.TheLivein Quarters, which were featured at the recent Ideal Homes Exhibition, canbe swiftly erected and cost about £70 a week to rent and £65,000 to buy.IanYoung, director of HR at the trust, told Personnel Today that providingaffordable housing for employees is a key part of its recruitment policy.”Themain problem in recruiting here is that London is a very expensive place tolive and work, so as an employer we have to help staff with housing,” hesaid. “The Livein Quarters are something we are looking at as part of thesolution. Most importantly it gets staff onto the housing ladder, and that iskey in London.”Youngconfirmed the trust is currently searching for available land for the LiveinQuarters.Hesaid the trust is also in the process of building a range of modern,purpose-built housing as part of its drive to help staff. “We are buildingnew accommodation for staff and have just sold three tower blocks to a housingassociation which will deal with the rent for us. We also have some additionalon-site nursing accommodation,” he added.Providinghousing helps Hammersmith hospitals attract staff from abroad – a policy whichhas significantly reduced nursing shortages. The number of nursing vacancies atthe trust has been cut from 25 per cent two years ago to 10 per cent this yearand overseas recruitment has played a big part in this. Thetrust, which recruited 189 overseas nurses last year, gives foreign recruits aninformation pack on living in London, ranging from banking to details ofoverseas communities in the city, to help them feel at home. “Youhave to put in place a whole raft of measures for staff coming from a differentculture. We spend a lot of time as part of the induction process trying to helpthem integrate,” said Young.Vacanciesare advertised on the trust’s website. It also uses overseas recruitmentagencies to find nursing talent from around the world. Young said agencies areused to targeting possible candidates, then the nurses are interviewed using avideo link or over the telephone.Thetrust, which has a turnover of £300m, has 180 vacancies among its 1,900 nursingstaff.”We’vehad recruitment problems similar to other hospitals around the country. We’restarting to fill most of the posts and the number of leavers is dropping,”said Young. “We rarely advertise individual nursing positions. We justadvertise the organisation and the hospitals to try to create a constantconveyor belt of candidates.”Althoughthe nursing crisis may be over, Young predicts there will be staff shortagesfor posts like radiographers, where there is a 35 per cent unfilled vacancyrate at Hammersmith.”Thesetypes of post are not rewarded enough. Candidates have good enoughqualifications to enter any medical field and shortages are already forcing usto look overseas,” he explained.Youngsaid the trust is also improving internal communication through the intranet.He introduced a chatroom on the intranet for staff to quiz the chief executiveand the initiative has proved so popular that he is set to take questionshimself.”Itis very difficult to manage communications in such a large organisation, butpeople were very receptive to this. It gives staff the chance to get animmediate response,” said Young.Thetrust is now planning more sessions and hopes to introduce a webcam to make theprocess more personal.ByRoss Wigham Affordable homes key to trust’s hiring driveOn 2 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

To boost economy, NYC will invest in rapid Covid test

first_img Tags Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* Share via Shortlink Columbia researchers previously developed a test that was used to help reopen the school’s Morningside Heights campus. Ho, director of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center at Columbia, told the newspaper that his team will seek emergency-use approval for its antigen test from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.The move comes as the city takes steps to open more businesses and facilities that have been closed due to the pandemic. Indoor dining returned in February, with restaurants now allowed to operate at 35 percent capacity; sporting events have also welcomed attendees, and more things like weddings and summer camps will be allowed in the coming months.But the city’s positive Covid-19 cases remain high, even though the numbers have been decreasing in recent weeks. And New York remains in the bottom 10 states as far as vaccinations go, according to the Journal.Separate from the EDC’s effort, real estate companies like RXR Realty and Related Companies have been taking matters into their own hands by establishing on-site rapid-testing facilities on their properties in an effort to get more workers back to offices. [WSJ] — Akiko MatsudaContact Akiko Matsuda CoronavirusPolitics Full Name* (iStock/Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)New York’s road to economic recovery is going to be long, but city officials want to speed things up by making Covid-19 tests easier to access.The New York City Economic Development Corporation, which bolsters economic growth in the city, plans to work with researchers from Columbia University to produce a rapid Covid test that would be available to the city directly, the Wall Street Journal reported. The group plans to award $164,000 to Dr. David Ho, a researcher at the university, in an effort to fund studies of the rapid test.“The sooner that we can get testing innovation out there, the sooner we can reopen things and get people back to work at a broader scale,” NYCEDC head James Patchett told the publication.Read moreOffice landlords offer no-wait Covid tests to lure workers backOffice landlords offer no-wait Covid tests to lure workers backCuomo announces plan to get workers back to officeslast_img read more

Hypoxia impacts large adults first: consequences in a warming world

first_imgFuture oceans are predicted to contain less oxygen than at present. This is because oxygen is less soluble in warmer water and predicted stratification will reduce mixing. Hypoxia in marine environments is thus likely to become more widespread in marine environments and understanding species-responses is important to predicting future impacts on biodiversity. This study used a tractable model, the Antarctic clam, Laternula elliptica, which can live for 36 years, and has a well-characterized ecology and physiology to understand responses to hypoxia and how the effect varied with age. Younger animals had a higher condition index, higher adenylate energy charge and transcriptional profiling indicated that they were physically active in their response to hypoxia, whereas older animals were more sedentary, with higher levels of oxidative damage and apoptosis in the gills. These effects could be attributed, in part, to age-related tissue scaling; older animals had proportionally less contractile muscle mass and smaller gills and foot compared with younger animals, with consequential effects on the whole-animal physiological response. The data here emphasize the importance of including age effects, as large mature individuals appear to be less able to resist hypoxic conditions and this is the size range that is the major contributor to future generations. Thus, the increased prevalence of hypoxia in future oceans may have marked effects on benthic organisms’ abilities to persist and this is especially so for long-lived species when predicting responses to environmental perturbation.last_img read more

Cyclone-induced rapid creation of extreme Antarctic sea ice conditions

first_imgTwo polar vessels, Akademik Shokalskiy and Xuelong, were trapped by thick sea ice in the Antarctic coastal region just to the west of 144°E and between 66.5°S and 67°S in late December 2013. This event demonstrated the rapid establishment of extreme Antarctic sea ice conditions on synoptic time scales. The event was associated with cyclones that developed at lower latitudes. Near the event site, cyclone-enhanced strong southeasterly katabatic winds drove large westward drifts of ice floes. In addition, the cyclones also gave southward ice drift. The arrival and grounding of Iceberg B9B in Commonwealth Bay in March 2011 led to the growth of fast ice around it, forming a northward protruding barrier. This barrier blocked the westward ice drift and hence aided sea ice consolidation on its eastern side. Similar cyclone-induced events have occurred at this site in the past after the grounding of Iceberg B9B. Future events may be predictable on synoptic time scales, if cyclone-induced strong wind events can be predicted.last_img read more

NBA get-out-the vote effort results in unprecedented voter registration

first_imgOctober 14, 2020 /Sports News – National NBA get-out-the vote effort results in unprecedented voter registration Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABCBy JON SCHOLOSBERG and LINSEY DAVIS, ABC News(NEW YORK) — With under three weeks until the election, NBA superstars are using the sport to amplify their voices and harnessing the power of their platforms to inspire change with an unprecedented get-out-the vote effort.“If we want change we need to make it ourselves,” Los Angeles Laker Lebron James said.“As you’re educated more your vote matters, your voice matters, and the platform that I have now I have to use it,” Toronto Raptor Kyle Lowry told ABC News.“We’re not just athletes you know, we’re also men and fathers and husbands and sons, and we have the opportunity to change the world, why not use that opportunity,” Lowry told ABC News.Only 22% of NBA players voted in the 2016 election, according to the NBA Player’s Association“I just know that our players; we’re not different from a lot of people that just didn’t show up. I think what was clear, though, is for a lot of us, we realize that that’s not something that we can take for granted,” executive director of the NBAP Foundation Sherrie Deans told ABC News, who is working with the NBA players union to get more of the athletes to vote.Their effort is getting results. Throughout the league, voter registration is now 96%, and 20 teams including Lowry’s Raptors are at 100% registration, the NBA Players Association told ABC News.In 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 64% of the U.S. population registered to vote, and only 56% of Americans voted.Orlando Magic Forward Mo Bamba was one of the 44% who sat out the election four years ago.“I didn’t vote in 2016 because I didn’t see the importance of voting … when you’re around adults who say things like you know it doesn’t really matter who, you know doesn’t really matter, my vote is not going to count, you know that really sticks with you,” Bamba told ABC News.Bamba said he is working to make sure his teammates and his central Florida community don’t make the same mistake.“I just might get ‘vote’ tattooed on my forehead at this point,” he said.Bamba grew up in a tough Harlem neighborhood in New York City, and said that for him, it’s always been about priorities.He said he recognized as a teenager that some of his friends were going down the wrong path.“In a way, you have to decide to be a man … I saw that I didn’t really want that for myself, I saw that I wanted something better,” Bamba said.The Harlem native said his dreams felt more attainable after he watched Barack Obama elected president in 2008.Bamba, just a fifth grader at the time, wrote a letter to President Obama along with his classmates.“I was so happy that history was made. Not so many times you wake up with an African American president. My family, friends and teachers were so happy and my principal cried. President Obama, you encourage me and all of America to follow their dreams. We could be anything. You opened a door to everyone,” the letter read, in part.While some of his friends started getting in trouble, Bamba asked to go to boarding school, where he thrived, both in the classroom and on the court.“I’m a firm believer that people are not a product of their environment that they’re a product of their beliefs,” he said.On election day, at 7 feet, one inch tall, Bamba may likely be the nation’s tallest poll worker.Bamba said he signed up as a poll worker to show he’s not just talking about change, he’s setting an example. “The biggest thing for me was putting my money where my mouth was,” Bamba said.On Nov. 3, the NBA says at least 20 NBA arenas will welcome voters instead of fans.Bamba will be one of the thousands of first-time poll workers recruited by Lebron James’ ‘More Than a Vote’ initiative.During the NBA finals, President Obama backed the NBA’s get out the vote effort and thanked the brave volunteers, “I wanted to come to give a shout out to all the folks who are volunteering as poll workers in this upcoming election,” Obama said during game one of this year’s NBA finals.For Kyle Lowry, and many of his fellow athletes, seeing Jacob Blake shot on Aug. 23 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, reminded them of why they decided to come back and play.MORE: Probe of Jacob Blake police shooting in final stages, says Wisconsin AG“I feel like our league was one of the most influential leagues there is… when that shooting happened … everyone was like, ‘what the hell… we just have been through this’,” Lowry said.He said the outcome was that the players decided to use their voices and their platforms to push for change.A change, these players hope will play out long after the championship champagne celebrations, and far beyond the hardwood.” I wouldn’t have thought for a million years that I would have the platform I do now and. And that I’ll be, you know speaking on issues such as voting,” Bamba said.Tune in at 7 p.m Wednesday on ABCNL Prime with Linsey Davis for full report. ABCNL is available on Hulu, YouTube, Roku, Apple TV and more.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Written bylast_img read more

Postdoctoral Fellow Position at The Department of Microbiology and Immunology

first_imgAn NIH funded postdoctoral position is open in the laboratory ofDr. Vladimir Toshchakov at the Department of Microbiology andImmunology, University of Maryland School of Medicine. Thesuccessful candidate will develop protein interaction inhibitorsthat block the adapter recruitment to activated Toll-like receptors(TLRs). The planned study involves generation of recombinant TIRdomains and extensive screening for drug-target co-crystallizationconditions, followed by a comparative evaluation of a small seriesof candidate TLR inhibitors in cell culture experiments and smallanimal models of TLR-driven inflammation. For more details, pleasesee recent publication from our laboratory (for example CellReports 2015, 11(12):1941-52 and the Journal of Immunology 2018,201(3); 995-1006) and contact the PI with specific questions.Applicants should possess a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree, with lessthan five years of postdoctoral experience. The ideal candidateshould have a relevant technical expertise and strong communicationand writing skills. This position is open immediately and is fundeduntil May 31, 2021. Specific inquiries should be directed to Dr.Vladimir Toshchakov ([email protected]). To apply,please submit a cover letter, CV, and names of threereferences.Qualifications :Applicants should possess a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree, with lessthan five years of postdoctoral experience. The ideal candidateshould have a relevant technical expertise and strong communicationand writing skills.last_img read more

Looking forward to a break, and what’s ahead

first_img Psychologist discusses strategies that can help you handcuff the holiday blues The semester has been winding down, and the holiday break beckons. With that in mind, the Gazette asked Harvard College students to reflect on the year they’re finishing, the break to come, and how they view their goals for 2020.,Related First-years embrace the spirit of the season The art of crafting a carol Starting holiday traditions Merry and bright? Memorial Church composer in residence Carson Cooman discusses his latest noel last_img

Finding new land-management lessons in old ways

first_img Bullard Fellow brings passion for conservation to his work Decades after Harvard Forest researchers decided to simulate effects of a giant storm, nature is still surprising in how it has rebounded Tree in Harvard Forest outfitted with sensors, cameras, and other digital equipment sends out on-the-ground coverage Creative path through Harvard Forest A new study led by archaeologists, ecologists, and paleoclimatologists at Harvard and elsewhere overturns long-held beliefs about the role humans played in shaping the American landscape before and after European colonization. The findings offer insights and lessons in managing biodiverse landscapes in the Northeast.The study, published today in the journal Nature Sustainability, focuses on the coast from Long Island to Cape Cod and the nearby islands of Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island, and Naushon — areas that historically supported the densest populations of native peoples in New England and today are home to the highest concentrations of rare habitats in the region, including sandplain grasslands, heathlands, and pitch pine and scrub oak forests.“For decades, there’s been a growing popularization of the interpretation that for millennia, native people actively managed landscapes — clearing and burning forests, for example — to support horticulture, improve habitat for important plant and animal resources, and procure wood resources,” said study co-author David Foster, director of the Harvard Forest at Harvard University. These practices were credited with the creation of open-land habitats and enhanced regional biodiversity.But, Foster said, the data reveal a new story. “Our data show a landscape that was dominated by intact, old-growth forests that were shaped largely by regional climate for thousands of years before European arrival.”Fires were uncommon, and native people foraged, hunted, and fished without clearing much land, the research revealed. “Forest clearance and open grasslands and shrublands only appeared with widespread agriculture during the European colonial period within the last few hundred years,” said Wyatt Oswald, a professor at Emerson College and study lead author.,The researchers say the findings transform thinking about how landscapes have been shaped in the past and offer insights into how they might best be managed in the future. “Ancient native peoples thrived under changing forest conditions not by intensively managing them but by adapting to them and the changing environment,” noted archaeologist and study co-author Elizabeth Chilton, dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University.To reconstruct historical changes to the land, scientists combined archaeological records with more than two dozen intensive studies of vegetation, climate, and fire history spanning 10,000 years. They found that old-growth forests were predominant for millennia but are extremely uncommon today.“Today New England’s species and habitat biodiversity are globally unique, and this research transforms our thinking and rationale for the best ways to maintain it,” said Oswald. “It also points to the importance of historical research to help us interpret modern landscapes and conserve them effectively into the future.The authors also noted the unique role that Colonial agriculture played in shaping landscapes and habitat. “European agriculture, especially the highly varied activity of sheep and cattle grazing, hay production, and orchard and vegetable cultivation in the 18th and 19th centuries, made it possible for open-land wildlife species and habitats that are now rare or endangered — such as the New England cottontail — to thrive,” said Foster. Open-land species have declined dramatically as forests regrow on abandoned farmland, and housing and commercial development of both forests and farms have reduced their habitat. Related Scientists are blown away by hurricane experiment’s results Foster said that the unique elements of biodiversity initiated through historical activities can be encouraged through similar management practices today. “Protected wildland reserves would preserve interior forest species that were abundant before European settlement,” he said. “Lands managed through the diversified farming and forestry practices that created open lands and young forests during the Colonial period would support another important suite of rare plants and animals.”For successful conservation models that leverage this historical perspective, the authors point to efforts by the Trustees of Reservations, the oldest land trust in the world, which manages more than 25,000 acres in Massachusetts that include old and young forests, farms, and many cultural resources. The organization, for instance, uses controlled livestock grazing to keep lands open for birds like bobolinks and meadowlarks. A red oak live tweets climate changelast_img read more

Michael Keaton is Down Stage Center on Broadway in New Birdman Trailer

first_img View Comments It’s Michael Keaton on Broadway! Sort of. The film star’s newest project, Birdman, puts him center stage on the Great White Way. In the flick, Keaton plays Riggan Thomson, a past-his-prime actor, known for his portrayal of iconic superhero Birdman. Overcoming family issues, including dealing with a fresh out of rehab daughter (played by Emma Stone), Riggan prepares for a big comeback…on Broadway at the St. James Theatre. Birdman, in addition to Keaton and Stone, stars Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan and Zach Galifianakis. Take a look at the trailer below (warning: there’s a bit of bad language) and see how many Broadway landmarks you can spot! The film is set to premiere on October 17.last_img

The Belle of Amherst, Starring Joely Richardson, Begins Off-Broadway

first_img The limited engagement will open officially on October 19 and run through January 25, 2015. In William Luce’s The Belle of Amherst, Emily Dickinson’s poems, diaries and letters are woven into an illuminating portrait of the prolific wordsmith. Dickinson’s encounters with close friends and family and her often-amusing observations come to life in the one-woman-play. Emily Dickinson is back in the spotlight, as The Belle of Amherst starts preview performances off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre on October 7. Stage and screen star Joely Richardson stars in the Steve Cosson-helmed revival.center_img View Commentslast_img