Derry PSNI confirm no-one injured in Sevenoaks shooting


first_imgHomepage BannerNews Derry PSNI confirm no-one injured in Sevenoaks shooting WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img Detectives in Derry are investigating a shooting incident at Sevenoaks just after 7 o’clock this morning.Police believe a silver coloured Peugeot car rammed into a black car as it drove near the entrance to Sevenoaks. A number of shots are then believed to have been fired at the driver of the black car who managed to leave the area and drive to a local police station.There have been no reports of any injuries, the silver Peugeot was abandoned and set alight at Lincoln Court a short time after the incident.In a statement this afternoon, the PSNI describe this as a completely reckless attack carried out in a residential area, and say it is very lucky that no-one was seriously hurt or killed.They say enquiries are at a very early stage, and they are working to establish a motive for this incident.Anyone who witnessed the incident, or anyone who has any information which could assist the investigation is asked to contact detectives at Strand Road, or the independent charity Crimestoppers.Meanwhile, the Chair of the Derry and Strabane Policing and Community Safety Partnership has condemned today’s shooting incident in the Sevenoaks area of the Waterside.Alderman Mary Hamilton says it’s clear that those responsible have absolutely no concern for those living in the area and it is fortunate that no one was injured or killed as a result of the incident.She urged anyone with information on this attack to contact the PSNI or Crimestoppers immediately. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – July 24, 2018 Pinterest Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleRiddle of Irish border remains unsolvedNext article‘Blue is the colour’ for annual Castlefinn 5k News Highland last_img read more

Why occupational health has a pivotal role in tackling mental ill health


first_imgWhy occupational health has a pivotal role in tackling mental ill healthOn 5 Oct 2018 in Stress, Mental health conditions, Return to work and rehabilitation, Occupational Health, Wellbeing and health promotion, Personnel Today No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Talking about my generations – why mental health support needs to be for all agesWith workplaces becoming increasingly multi-generational, it is important employers recognise that managing mental ill health requires strategies and interventions tailored… Brett Hill explains why he believes occupational health managers have a pivotal role to play in improving mental health, and the practical steps that employers can take.Managing health and safety in the workplace used to be all about trip hazards and fire marshals, but there is growing awareness that health, and mental health in particular, needs more focus. I’m encouraged to see more forward-thinking managers who are responsible for occupational health taking a closer look at this critical aspect of their role, but more still needs to be done to tackle this issue.Why is mental health a more pressing issue now?The cost of mental ill-health is significant by any measure. The mental health charity Mind has estimated that a quarter of us will experience a mental health issue each year, and the Government estimates that the UK economy is negatively affected by £33bn to £42bn annually.About the authorBrett Hill is managing director of The Health Insurance GroupAt its worst, mental ill-health can be life threatening. Again according to Mind, although the rates of mental health issues haven’t changed significantly in recent years, our ability to cope is diminishing. Suicide remains the biggest killer of men under 45 and rates of suicide among women are also rising, and are now at the highest rate in a decade. We have many clients in the construction industry; it’s staggering to consider that employees in this sector are more likely to die from suicide than falls.Although high-profile awareness campaigns are working towards removing the stigma, mental ill-health, and particularly suicide, is still a taboo. In last year’s Government-commissioned Stevenson/Farmer Thriving at Work review of mental health, eight out of 10 employers reported no cases of employees disclosing mental health conditions. This is backed up by Mind’s research, which found that 30% of employees wouldn’t feel able to talk openly with a line manager if they were feeling stressed. It’s a depressing picture, but one that I believe managers can help to turn around.Why it is critical for managers to engage with mental healthI believe employers have an obligation, both morally and as a part of their duty of care, to tackle this issue. The culture of silence must be addressed, and employees need to be offered mental health support as standard.The good news is there are lots of measures employers can put in place to support good mental health, and I believe employers with a responsibility for health and wellbeing have a pivotal role to play in ensuring that staff get the support they need.The Government review did acknowledge that green shoots of good practice are emerging in UK workplaces, and we are certainly seeing some managers doing more to improve mental health in their workplaces.From what I see in the industry, employers need to be more aware of the mental health support that is available in the market and to encourage employees to make more use of it.What support is available?There is a range of effective solutions available which offer support for a broad array of issues that can influence mental health, including stress management, encouraging fitness, and debt counselling. It is worth getting up-to-date advice on what is available on the market, as products are constantly evolving. Talking to specialist advisers on a regular basis will help to ensure you have the best services for your needs.Many employee assistance programmes (EAPs) will provide mental health support through 24/7 helplines, and many offer enhanced support through the provision of face-to-face counselling. Some EAPs even offer specific modules for managers that offer tailored advice for the challenges faced in a managerial role. Some will also offer whistleblowing support. Group risk protection benefits and private medical insurance can also include mental health support.What, then, managers should be doing? I suggest five things.1) Understand the current situationIn the first instance, managers that have a responsibility for the wellbeing of their staff should seek to understand their current culture around mental health so they can work out what support they need to put in place.This may include identifying potential high-risk areas, roles or locations, or particular issues their staff struggle with. Some of our clients have used targeted employee surveys really effectively to do this. It’s a solid starting point which can help to identify what the next steps should be.2) Talk to specialistsOnce you know the current situation in your organisation, it’s worth seeking advice on the best way to meet the needs of the organisation. There are so many products on the market and some have services that overlap, so it is worth getting advice to ensure you’re not paying twice for support and to decide what will be most effective for your specific workplace.3) Look at existing policiesIt is also important to review the mental health support already available in existing employee benefits packages. It may be that the support you need is already available but isn’t being used effectively.Employees might not be aware of the mental health support that they can access, or they may be worried about the potential consequences of using it. In order to promote its use and overcome some of the stigma it’s a good idea for managers to signpost employees to the most relevant type of support. For example, if an employee’s mental health is being affected by money worries, a manager can direct them to debt counselling.4) Train, train, trainProviding specific mental health training is another option I have seen used to great effect. By training managers and team leaders, companies equip their front-line staff to recognise potential issues and know what to do when an employee has a mental health issue.Just getting managers talking about mental health more openly can also help to break down the culture of silence. The proactive approach training can create makes early intervention more likely, which helps stop issues from escalating. Good training helps managers feel confident to deal with any issues when they arise.5) Communicate and promote.Finally, consider your communication and promotion of wellbeing in the workplace. One of the most effective practices I see is to run a calendar of activities throughout the year to continuously engage staff, encourage healthy behaviours and remind employees that help is available and how to access it.If reluctance to access the support is an issue, it is worth reminding employees that many services can be accessed confidentially.Managers play an important role in the provision of better mental health support, I hope these ideas will serve as an encouragement to anyone who is trying to improve mental wellbeing in their workplace.Referenceshttps://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/statistics-and-facts-about-mental-health/how-common-are-mental-health-problems#.Wthmh2eWyM8www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/658145/thriving-at-work-stevenson-farmer-review.pdfhttps://www.thecalmzone.net/help/get-help/suicide/https://www.samaritans.org/sites/default/files/kcfinder/files/Suicide_statistics_report_2017_Final.pdfhttps://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental-health-at-work/taking-care-of-your-staff/Thriving at Work, The Stevenson/Farmer review of mental health and employers, October 2017, https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/658145/thriving-at-work-stevenson-farmer-review.pdf Previous Article Next Articlecenter_img Related posts: Together alone: staying well as OH practitioners in challenging timesDr Nerina Ramlakhan explains how occupational health professionals can balance supporting the health needs of employers and employees while, at… Managing Covid-19 ‘clusters’ set to be a key challenge for occupational healthA recent SOM/Royal College of Nursing webinar offered occupational health practitioners valuable advice on how to manage Covid-19 outbreaks as…last_img read more

Mandate roundup: Channel Islands, Border to Coast, IPE Discovery


first_imgThe auto-enrolment scheme, once established, would cover workers on the Channel Islands of Guernsey and Alderney, which have a combined population of roughly 65,000. While the UK introduced auto-enrolment laws in 2012, the Channel Islands are a British “crown dependency”, so are not governed directly by Westminster.The principles for the introduction of a second pillar auto-enrolment scheme have been approved by the government of Guernsey, subject to further research. Detailed proposals are expected to be presented to the government next year.The estimated contract start date is January 2020. Interested suppliers should register on www.channelislandtenders.com, the online tender portal for the States of Guernsey and States of Jersey, and respond by Friday, 29 September.LGPS pool launches service provider tender Border to Coast Pensions Partnership (BCPP), a £43bn (€48bn) asset pooling project of 12 UK local government pension schemes (LGPS), is looking to appoint a service provider to support “core capabilities” as it builds its infrastructure. According to a tender notice, BCPP Limited, the investment fund manager owned by the administering authorities of the 12 schemes, is looking for the provider to provide outsourced dealing, middle office, depository, and fund administration services.It has estimated the contract value at £65m, but said it could vary significantly as a result of the phased set-up of the pension pool and the rate at which assets are transferred to it.The LGPS pools have to be ready to start accepting assets from their members by April 2018. European insurer seeks fixed income manager via IPE Quest A European insurance company with a €600m investment portfolio is looking for a buy-and-maintain euro fixed income manager via IPE Quest’s Discovery service. According to search DS-2344, the company prefers an asset manager with Dutch origins or with a well-established Dutch representative office “as it believes that the portfolio benefits from pro-active communication and cooperation”.The insurance company said it was a long-term investor with limited risk appetite and that the mandate is for long-only fixed income denominated in euros.The company is looking for a tailor-made solution within a segregated mandate, and said a standard benchmark was therefore not an option.Investable debt should be rated no higher than A-/A3, with exclusions and limits on a number of sectors and titles. It does not want any “complex structures” and said it was aiming for low turnover.Interested parties should have a track record of at least five years.The insurance company is also in the process of deciding on an extra asset class and although this was not part of search DS-2344, it said it was an advantage if managers also had an “excellent” track record in buy-and-maintain equity portfolios – euro or global.The closing date for submissions to the Discovery search is Thursday, 31 August, at 5pm UK time.IPE Quest Discovery is a pre-RFP service allowing institutional asset owners to carry out a preliminary search for managers. The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email [email protected] The government of Guernsey has launched a tender for a pension provider as it seeks to establish a second-pillar auto-enrolment scheme for its workforce.In a tender notice, the Committee for Employment and Social Security said it was “seeking to establish the level of interest there might be for the delivery of the scheme administration and to further inform the Committee on how to refine the technical specification for the potential procurement”.Deputy Michelle Le Clerc, president of the committee, said this stage of the procurement process was about “early due diligence of potential providers to ensure that any potential supplier has the appropriate experience to provide the scheme on the scale expected”.If accepted, providers will be invited to tender for the provision of the services later this year, she added.last_img read more

Big East : West Virginia prepares for primetime matchup with LSU


first_imgDana Holgorsen knows the speed and talent of Louisiana State presents a daunting challenge for his West Virginia team. Yet the Mountaineers’ head coach isn’t worrying about that right now. WVU will have to adjust to that on Saturday.For now, Holgorsen can only worry about his offensive schemes and preparing a strategy to make that adjustment a little easier on his players.‘When you play a team like this that has talented individuals at every position and they got backups that are talented as well,’ Holgorsen said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference Monday, ‘then you don’t worry too much about matchups.’Holgorsen’s spread offense will be tested by No. 2 LSU’s speed when the Tigers travel to Morgantown, W.Va., for a showdown with the No. 16 Mountaineers. ESPN College GameDay will make the trip to Morgantown for the first time, adding to the anticipation for a matchup set to be nationally televised during primetime at 8 p.m. Saturday.West Virginia (3-0, 0-0 Big East) has been prolific on offense through three games, running Holgorsen’s new scheme and averaging 42 points per game. But LSU (3-0, 1-0 SEC) will provide a stiffer test with its supreme speed and depth across the field.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Mountaineers have put up points against Marshall, Norfolk State and Maryland, but a Southeastern Conference opponent like LSU is on another level of competition.Still, Holgorsen doesn’t want to make the game bigger than any other. He doesn’t want his players to become preoccupied with the primetime stage or GameDay atmosphere. His team can only control its play on the field Saturday.And to perform at the highest level, West Virginia must be prepared to execute its game plan. It doesn’t matter how fast and strong the opponent is if the Mountaineers can’t make plays.‘It’s every bit as big as the last game was, and it’s every bit as big as the next game will be,’ Holgorsen said. ‘That’s one thing that we’ve tried to preach with our guys is it’s more about us than who we play.’For Holgorsen, that means focusing on the scheme.It’s a scheme he learned as an assistant under Hal Mumme at Valdosta State from 1993-95 and continued to study under Mike Leach at Texas Tech from 2000-07.Holgorsen moved on to become the offensive coordinator at Houston and Oklahoma State before coming to West Virginia to replace Bill Stewart.At Houston and Oklahoma State, his offenses ranked among the best in the nation. The Cougars finished third in total offense in 2008 and first in 2009, and the Cowboys boasted the top offense in the country in 2010.He has used the philosophy he learned under Mumme and Leach to succeed at every stop.‘Spreading the ball around to specific people has always been one of our goals,’ Holgorsen said. ‘You can put five skill guys out there, and our goal is to spread the ball around to all five of them and make five guys as productive as we possibly can.’That strategy worked in West Virginia’s 37-31 win over Maryland on Saturday. Quarterback Geno Smith completed 36 passes out of 49 attempts for 388 yards — all career-highs. In the process, three Mountaineers wide receivers finished with at least 100 yards receiving for the first time in program history.LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has noticed Smith’s improvement from last season when the Tigers and Mountaineers met in Baton Rouge, La. Then-No. 15 LSU beat then-No. 22 West Virginia 20-14, and Mathieu intercepted Smith to set up a field goal in the second quarter.Mathieu said Smith has spread the ball to different receivers well this year. He said Smith looks like a ‘general’ on the field leading the offense this season.To counter his production, Mathieu said the defense will send different blitz packages at Smith to throw off his timing and decision-making.‘The quarterback is making smart decisions, so we’ll just worry about us gelling together as a defense,’ Mathieu said, ‘and pretty much just keeping him contained and keeping him rattled.’Even though West Virginia will have to adjust to LSU’s speed, Mathieu said the Mountaineers have athletes that could match up in the SEC on an individual level if not in terms of overall team speed.‘I do think it’s a difference, you know, with SEC speed and Big East speed,’ Mathieu said. ‘Those guys have a couple guys who could probably outrun a lot of guys in the SEC.’And as the Mountaineers make changes on the fly to keep up with the Tigers’ athletes, LSU head coach Les Miles will have his hands full trying to figure out Holgorsen’s scheme, as it provides a unique challenge for his team.Though Miles will aim to generate pressure on Smith with blitzes as Mathieu said, he’ll have to figure out how Holgorsen’s offense attacks those defensive looks throughout the game.So as the Mountaineers must try to contain speed, the Tigers must counter by playing solid defense against WVU’s scheme.‘Rushing the passer is generally the same, but the combinations in how they get it off and put their passing game together is much different,’ Miles said in his Monday press conference. ‘It requires some adjustment.’[email protected] Comments Published on September 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Etana to be honored at Caribbean American Heritage Awards


first_imgThe Washington-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) says Jamaican Reggae singer Etana will be honored with the Excellence in the Arts Award at the 24th annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards (CARAH) on Friday.On Monday, ICS said that CARAH celebrates the achievements of outstanding individuals of Caribbean descent who have made extraordinary contributions to their fields of expertise.ICS will present “these prestigious awards” at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C.Indomitable spirit of the Caribbean “Etana’s music represents and reflects the indomitable spirit of the Caribbean, and we are truly honored that she can join us at the 24th annual CARAH Awards,” said Dr. Claire Nelson, the Jamaican-born founder and president of ICS, the CARAH Awards, and White House Champion of Change.Positive message of self-love“Her music has reached millions, and her positive messages of self-love and resilience make her a perfect role model for all women – both the young and the ripe.”She said Etana has been singing since she was eight years old, “when her family discovered her powerful voice while she was singing a hit song by Air Supply.”Not long after she moved to the United States, Nelson said, adding that, during college, Etana joined the female vocal group Gift.Rastafarian ideals“Despite Universal Records’ interest in Gift, Etana could not conform to negative stereotypes being forced on the group,” Nelson said. “So, she quit and returned to Jamaica, where she could focus on music that reflected her Rastafarian ideals.”Etana released her debut album “The Stronger One in 2008,” receiving international acclaim with her hit “Wrong Address,” and two other number one singles.Etana was nominated for the 2008 MOBO Awards in the “Best Reggae” category.Etana’s subsequent albums, “Free Expressions” and “Better Tomorrow,” were released in 2011 and 2013, and followed with tours of Europe and the United States, respectively.Number 1 albumMost recently, she released the album, “I Rise,” which peaked at number one on Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums in 2014, where it remained for four weeks.Etana remains the first female to top the reggae billboard chart in more than 15 years, Nelson said.Other awardeesIn addition to Etana, this year, Nelson said ICS will be honoring, among others, mining engineer and entrepreneur Dr. Glendon Archer; world-renowned transplant surgeon Dr. Clive Callender; medicinal chemist, research scientist and serial entrepreneur Dr. Henry Lowe;  Karl Racine, Attorney General of Washington, D.C.; Jennifer Carroll, first Caribbean woman to serve as Lt. Governor of a US State; Nneka Norville, BET Corporate Leader; Bevil Wooding, internet technology strategist; and “friend of the Caribbean,” New York Democratic Congressman Eliot Engel.For more on the Institute of Caribbean Studies, click the link: Institute of Caribbean Studies seek to pardon Marcus Mosiah Garveylast_img read more