Dangote Cement Plc (DANGCE.ng) Q12013 Interim Report

first_imgDangote Cement Plc (DANGCE.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Dangote Cement Plc (DANGCE.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Dangote Cement Plc (DANGCE.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Dangote Cement Plc (DANGCE.ng)  2013 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileDangote Cement Plc manufactures, packages and distributes cement and related products for the limestone mining, coal production and property investment sectors in Nigeria and the rest of Africa. The company has operations in Nigeria, Benin and Ghana, Cameroon, Congo, Ethiopia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia and exports internationally. Dangote Cement Plc operates the largest cement plant in sub-Saharan Africa, the Obajana Cement Plant. Cement bagged and distributed by Dangote Cement Plc is required of the limestone mining, coal production and property investment sectors. Formerly known as Obajana Cement Plc, the company changed its name to Dangote Cement Plc in 2010. The company is a subsidiary of Dangote Industries Limited. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Dangote Cement Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Bayonne bank on building momentum

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “I have to say we were quite surprised to see that Connacht lost to the newcomers Cavalieri – maybe they went through a bad phase.“Personally speaking I have never played against the Irish province but they are always there, like the stalwarts of this tournament.“They did really well last season, qualifying for the semi-finals before losing to Toulon in an extremely tight game.“And with five Irish internationals in their squad they don’t lack talent and they are very physical by tradition.“However, we will prepare with the intention to win at Connacht and keep our momentum going because if we want to get a quarter-final we have got to get results from everywhere.“We will try to come away from Ireland if not with a win then at least with a bonus point but most of all we want to have a big game.“Our strength at the moment is that we don’t let go, we are committed 100 per cent from kick-off time to the final whistle. And that is a quality that both English and Irish squads master as well.“They rarely let their guard down and they put on constant pressure. “Up front I think we are rather good in gaining territory, so if we can get on the front foot in that area that’ll help our backs make the difference.“I think Connacht have the same assets – they are very solid up front and fast in the three-quarters.”center_img Pépito Elhorga guided Bayonne safely through both a torrential downpour and the best efforts of Harlequins to bank the four Pool 1 points on offer and give them the perfect incentive for the test on Friday night against Connacht Rugby at the Sportsground.In atrocious conditions they outscored the Quins 2-0 in tries to notch up their debut tournament win against British opposition in 15 attempts.And the 18-times capped full back has set his sights on seeing that backed up with another win in Bayonne’s first clash with an Irish side.“Starting with a win in the Amlin Challenge Cup is great news for us especially since we registered three domestic defeats in a row, so that performance cheered us up big time,” he said.“The other good news is that we will benefit from our full squad; all our players are fit following our Round 1 game.“The conditions were terrible in that game against the Harlequins but that didn’t stop us from playing the ball. They came with strong intentions since they want to do well in the tournament, and so do we.We had to win that Round 1 match so it’s a big relief and a much needed moral boost.“On top of that we are now provisionally first in our group so it’s the best start we could hope for to go through to the knock-out stages.“It’s been a long time since Bayonne have experienced a final so we want to get at least a home quarter final.“However, our ambitions are the same as those of Harlequins and Connacht so it’s going to be tough until the very end.last_img read more

Archbishop to lead flotilla to reclassification of England’s largest parish…

first_imgArchbishop to lead flotilla to reclassification of England’s largest parish church The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI April 12, 2017 at 4:25 pm Wasn’t Edward I king in1285? Stephen was long dead by that time. Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Belleville, IL Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit an Event Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Posted Apr 12, 2017 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Anglican Communion Ellen Ekstrom says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Comments (1) [Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of York John Sentamu will head towards England’s largest parish church on a lifeboat next month. He will be joined by a flotilla of boats from pleasure crafts to police launches for the reclassification of Holy Trinity Church in Hull as Hull Minster.Full article. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Tags Submit a Press Release Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Job Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Featured Events Rector Washington, DC Press Release Service Rector Hopkinsville, KY TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Bath, NC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Albany, NY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Comments are closed. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis last_img read more

Heavy toll on journalists in two months since army takeover

first_img February 6, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Egypt Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison to go further RSF_en January 22, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information September 2, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Heavy toll on journalists in two months since army takeover More than 40 journalists attacked and injuredReporters Without Borders has registered more than 40 cases of journalists being attacked and injured while covering demonstrations by Muslim Brotherhood supporters and clashes with the police.Several journalists sustained gunshot injuries while the security forces were dispersing pro-Morsi sit-ins on 14 August. They included Asma Waguih of Reuters, Tarek Abbas of Al-Watan, Najjar Ahmad of Al-Masry Al-Youm, Mohamed Al-Zaki of Al-Jazeera and an Associated Press journalist.Many journalists have been physically attacked, often in a very violent manner and often at the same time that their equipment was taken from them. Most of such attacks were by demonstrators.In one of the gravest cases, journalists Aya Hassan and Mohamed Momtaz were held for several hours by Morsi supporters inside sit-in tents in Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square on 9 August and were very badly beaten. Momtaz had to be taken to hospital.Iman Hilal, a photographer for the Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm, was covering the sit-in in Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square on 14 August when Morsi supporters threatened him with a knife and forced him to hand over his camera’s memory card.Self-appointed “popular committees” that protect their neighbourhoods from the Muslim Brotherhood have also been responsible for violence against journalists. Freelance journalists Jared Malsin and Cliff Cheney were accosted near Ramses Square on 16 August by members of one of these groups, who took equipment from them and slapped Malsin.The interior ministry banned the “committees” the next day but this has not stopped them from carrying out acts of violence.These attacks have been carried out with impunity and the authorities have usually proved powerless to stop them and to ensure the safety of journalists.When a group smashed the camera of a crew working for German public TV broadcaster ARD and destroyed their recordings on 15 August, the crew turned to the police, but the only comment by the police – one that speaks volumes about the current situation – was: “For love of heaven, how could you come here with a camera?” News Ten media censoredAround ten media have been censored in the past two months and six have been raided.One of the first measures taken by the new government on 3 July was to close four TV stations. They were Misr 25 of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Justice and Freedom Party and three others that supported Morsi – Al-Hafiz , Al-Nas and Rahma.The police raided them on the official grounds of preventing them from broadcasting messages that incited hatred and violence. All four continue to be closed.Three days later, Nilesat, the Egyptian telecommunications satellite operators, blocked three pan-Arab channels – Al-Quds, Al-Aqsa and Al-Yarmouk.Members of the armed forces have also raided news media. Al-Jazeera’s Egyptian TV channel, Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr, was the first. Soldiers raided it on 3 July, confiscating its equipment and blocking a live broadcast. Security forces raided the Cairo premises of Al-Alam, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Arabic-language TV station on 20 July, and the Cairo bureau of Turkey’s Ihlas News Agency on 21 August.On 15 August, the Egyptian cabinet accused Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr of operating without a legal basis, inciting hatred and constituting a threat to national security. On 28 August, the ministry of investment, information and communications technology and media declared Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr to be illegal and banned it from operating in Egypt. Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Newscenter_img Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Journalists killedThe death of five journalists in the space of the past two months in Egypt is without precedent in the country’s contemporary history.The first victim was Ahmed Samir Assem El-Senoussi, a photographer for the newspaper Al-Horreya Wal-Adalah (Freedom and Justice), who was among the 51 people killed when the army opened fire outside the Republican Guard complex in Cairo on 8 July. Senoussi was there to cover events.In what was a black day for the media, three journalists – Sky News cameraman Mick Deane, Al-Akhbar reporter Ahmad Abdel Gawad and Rassd News Network photo-journalist Mosab Al-Shami were shot dead while covering clashes between the police and pro-Morsi demonstrators in Cairo’s Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square on 14 August.Finally, Tamer Abdel Raouf, the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram’s regional bureau chief, was killed at an army checkpoint in Damanhur, in the northern governorate of Beheira, on the night of 19 August, when soldiers opened fire on his car. Hamed Al-Barbari, a reporter for the Egyptian daily Al-Gomhuria who was travelling with him, was wounded in the shooting. More than 80 arrestsThe police have arbitrarily arrested more than 80 journalists in the past two months. Most were held for less than 24 hours, but some were held for several days or weeks. A total of seven journalists, including three working for the Qatar-based TV news broadcaster Al-Jazeera, are still held.Those still held include Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr cameraman Mohamed Badr, who was arrested in Cairo’s Ramses Square on 15 July. His initial 15-day detention period (the legal limit for detention without reference to a court) has been renewed twice without any charge being brought against him.Abdallah Al-Shami, an Al-Jazeera reporter, and Mahmoud Abu Zied, a photographer who freelances forDemotix and Corbis, were transferred to Abu Zaabal prison in northern Cairo on 18 August, four days after their arrest in Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square. Ousama Shaker, a cameraman working for the newly-created pro-Muslim Brotherhood TV station Ahrar 25, was arrested while covering clashes at Damiette, north of Cairo, on 18 August. The detention of Shami, Zied and Shaker has been extended and all three are still being held.Metin Turan of the Turkish state-owned news agency TRT was arrested while covering the forcible evacuation of Cairo’s Al-Fath Mosque by the security forces on 16 August. Tahir Osman Hamde, the Cairo bureau chief of another Turkish news media, the Ihlas News Agency (IHA), was detained after a raid on the bureau on the evening of 20 August.An Al-Jazeera crew was arrested in Cairo on 27 August while doing a report on the situation in Egypt. Reporter Wayne Hay, cameraman Adil Bradlow and producer Russ Finn were expelled on 1 September without being able to recover their equipment . The crew’s Egyptian producer, Baher Mohamed, is still being held.Two foreign journalists – Sebastian Backhaus and Marcin Mamon – have been arrested for violating the night curfew imposed under the state of emergency proclaimed on the 14 August, although the curfew is not supposed to apply to journalists or doctors. Mamon, a Polish documentary filmmaker, was arrested with his interpreter, Przemyslaw Szewczyka, on Alexandria on 25 August. They were freed 20 hours later, after the Polish embassy intervened.Of a total of 80 arrests for short periods, 23 involved foreign journalists: Daniel Demoustier on 5 July, Emmerich Dirk of RTL on 8 July, Murat Uslu and Zafer Karakas of Star Haber, and Fatih Er and Tufan Guzelgun of A info on 9 July, Sebastian Backhaus on 14 August, Hibe Zekeriye of Anadolu Agency and Metin Turan of TRT on 16 August, Dorothée Olliéric, Stéphane Guillemot and Arnaud Gidon of France 2 on 17 August, Patrick Kingsley of The Guardian and Hugo Bachega and Mathias Gebauer of Der Spiegel on 18 August, Tahir Osman Hamde of the Ihlas News Agency on 20 August, Mitsuyoshi Iwashige on 21 August, Marcin Mamon and interpreter Przemyslaw Szewczyk on 25 August, a Reuters correspondent on 26 August and Wayne Hay, Russ Finn and Adil Bradlow of Al-Jazeera on 27 August.Most of those detained for short periods were journalists with media that support the Muslim Brotherhood, or foreign journalists accused by the authorities of “biased” reporting.The foreign media’s perceived “bias” was the subject of a statement that Egypt’s State Information Service issued in English on 17 August: “Egypt is feeling severe bitterness towards some western media coverage that is biased to the Muslim Brotherhood and ignores shedding light on violent and terror acts that are perpetrated by this group in the form of intimidation operations and terrorizing citizens.” February 1, 2021 Find out more There has been an extremely heavy toll on journalists since President Mohamed Morsi’s removal by the army two months ago after a year in power that ended with six days of major street protests.When the army ousted Morsi on 3 July, Reporters Without Borders urged the new interim government to respect its initial route map by quickly moving to “a new constitution that fully respects human rights, including freedom of information, and to free and democratic presidential and parliamentary elections with respect for pluralism.”Since 3 July, a total of five journalists have been killed, 80 journalists have been arbitrarily detained (with seven still held) and at least 40 news providers have been physically attacked by the police or by pro-Morsi or pro-army demonstrators.These violations of freedom of information have taken place in a highly polarized political environment that has made the situation extremely difficult and dangerous for journalists.Reporters Without Borders condemns the climate of violence and political persecution in which both local and foreign journalists now have to operate in Egypt.“It is unacceptable that journalists are continually being targeted,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Reporters must be able to work without their lives being put in danger, regardless of the political fault lines. We deplore the passivity of the new Egyptian authorities and we urge them to react quickly by taking concrete measures to guarantee journalists’ safety and respect for freedom of information.”Reporters Without Borders points out that media coverage of the events taking place in Egypt is essential for understanding the complexity of the situation on the ground. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Organisation News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa News Receive email alertslast_img read more

Letterkenny families living in fear of their homes being flooded

first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter It’s been claimed that families are living in fear of their homes being flooded in Letterkenny.There have been various episodes of flooding at family homes on the Circular Road Road leading from Glencar to Ballyboe areas over a number of years however work to alleviate the situation has not been carried out.Local Dessie Shiels says there is a continuing risk of excess storm waters destroying family homes but no will at national level to address the issue:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/desdfgdfgdfssie1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ WhatsApp Letterkenny families living in fear of their homes being flooded Homepage BannerNews Previous articleDonegal Garda Division in ‘chronic situation’ ahead of ChristmasNext articleDonegal GAA stars brighten up Letterkenny Children’s Ward News Highland Pinterest Pinterestcenter_img Google+ By News Highland – December 22, 2017 Facebook WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Baby found alive in plastic bag near Indiana roadway: Police

first_imgmilanvirijevic/iStock(SEYMOUR, Ind.) — A baby was found alive and healthy in a plastic bag alongside an Indiana roadway this week, prompting a police investigation, officials said.A person walking a dog in Seymour, about 60 miles south of Indianapolis, spotted the infant just before 4 p.m. Tuesday, Seymour police said.The baby was found along a row of fence about 20 yards off the road, police said.The infant was taken to a medical center and determined to be healthy. No other information on the baby was released, but police said the incident remains under investigation.The case highlights the importance of Safe Haven laws.“The Seymour Fire Department currently has a Safe Haven Baby Box at Seymour Fire Station 3,” the police department said in a statement. “Safe Haven Baby Boxes installed at fire stations allow an individual to surrender a newborn baby in a box that opens from the station’s exterior wall. If a mother opens the door to surrender the child inside the box, a 911 call goes out and an alarm is sounded. When the door shuts, the child is locked on the inside of the box, and only fire and medical personnel on the inside can retrieve the child.”Safe Haven laws, or Safe Surrender laws, differ by state, including how much time after birth a parent or guardian has to surrender the child. In 32 states, parents or guardians have 30 days to relinquish the child, Damien Johnson, director of communications of the National Safe Haven Alliance, told ABC News last week.Laws also differ on which locations are considered safe havens. In every state, a hospital is a safe location. Some states also allow a child to be taken to a fire station or police station, said Johnson.The first Safe Haven law was enacted in Texas in 1999, and since then all states as well as Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico have passed Safe Haven legislation, saving over 4,000 babies, according to the National Safe Haven Alliance. There is no federal legislation, Johnson said.You can reach the toll-free crisis hotline at 1-888-510-BABY or get information on your state by clicking the map here at nationalsafehavenalliance.org.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Former Navy cargo ship is sunk as part of scaled-back Naval exercise

first_imgUS NavyBY: LUIS MARTINEZ, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — This year’s version of the RIMPAC naval exercise off the coast of Hawaii ended with a bang this weekend as the old Navy cargo ship USS Durham was sunk by a missile barrage from various ships participating in the international exercise.The exercise was scaled back significantly because of the coronavirus pandemic but U.S. Navy officials said it still provided valuable experience in working with other Pacific Rim countries.Off the waters of Hawaii on Saturday, the USS Durham (LKA-114) served as the target for a Sinking Exercise (SINKEX) that would close out the Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) that is held every two years.Decommissioned in 1994 after almost 25 years of Navy service, the old Charleston class amphibious cargo ship had been cleaned and readied to meet Environmental Protection Agency standards before it was sunk to its permanent resting place in the Pacific Ocean.On Saturday, the ship received a barrage of missiles and ordnance fired from ships from the U.S, Australia, Brunei and Canada. The Durham was struck by Harpoon missiles, Exocet missiles, Hellfire missiles and rounds fired by five-inch guns.The ship finally sank shortly after midnight on Sunday, said Cmdr. John Fage, a spokesman for the Navy’s 3rd Fleet.The RIMPAC exercise is usually considered to be the world’s largest international naval exercise stretching out over two months with more than 20 countries typically participating.But because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, the exercise was scaled back to the last two weeks of August.This year only 10 countries decided to participate in the exercise sending 22 surface ships, one submarine, and about 5,300 personnel.Some at-sea activities, like the searching of ships, were not allowed and all events ashore were canceled, but Navy officials said the exercise provides valuable experience with partners in the Pacific region.“It’s really paramount that we maintain those partnerships and alliances so we are ready as a team to face whatever crisis may arise” Capt. Jay Steingold, the director of this year’s RIMPAC exercise, told reporters last week.Despite the scaling back of the exercise, Steingold said not holding the exercise would have been “a greater disadvantage.”“RIMPAC, no matter what it looks like, will help us increase our ability to operate together and build that trust,” said Stengold.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Transmitting times

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Astudy to identify staff knowledge about infection transmission and to quantifythe incidence of infection to develop a strategy to reduce it.  By Thea Van Mortel Abstract In response to concerns about infection rates at Southern Cross University inNew South Wales, a study was undertaken to identify staff knowledge aboutinfection, and to quantify the incidence of infections to develop a strategy toreduce it. Of the 294 staff sent questionnaires, 41 per cent responded. The survey,Infection transmission in the university workplace: incidents and staffknowledge of the modes of transmission, found that 60 per cent of staffsuffered an infectious illness over the study period and one-third took anaverage of three days’ sick leave. The average score on questions regardinginfection transmission was 48.5 per cent. There was no significant relationship between knowledge and incidence ofillness, however a non-significant trend was noted between the frequency ofhandwashing and illness rates. Given that knowledge of disease transmission waspoor and that the incidence of illness was lower in people who washed theirhands more frequently, a workplace education strategy on hygiene may reduce theincidence of infectious illness. Introduction The acquisition of an infection requires a source of infectious agents, amode of transmission, and a susceptible host1. In the community, contact withcontaminated objects is a common means of infection transmission. Cold virusesare most frequently transmitted in this manner2,3. Thus, handwashing is animportant strategy for decreasing the incidence of infection in the community. A number of studies have shown a relationship between the frequency ofhand-washing and illness absenteeism. Kimel found that handwashing educationsignificantly decreased illness absenteeism among school children following aneducation programme4. Similarly, a study in a childcare setting found thatthere was a significant decrease in colds among a group of children whoimproved their handwashing behaviour when compared to a control group who didnot5. Most people will contract an infectious disease at some time and the sourceof contagion may be the workplace. To illustrate the impact of such illnesses,66 million individuals required medical attention or had to reduce activitylevels, and 20 million school days were lost due to colds in the US in 19946. Influenza can have an even greater impact, as it can be fatal. Statisticscollected in Belgium, during an influenza outbreak in 1993-94 showed anincrease in mortality of 14 per cent and in work absenteeism of 56 per cent. The current study arose when staff concerns regarding the rates ofinfectious illness during the winter months were brought to the attention ofthe Occupational Health and Safety Committee. A research strategy was designedto address these concerns. Research objectives and design The objectives of the study were to identify the level of knowledge aboutinfection transmission and prevention among staff, to gather data on theincidence of infectious disease in the workplace and to examine anyrelationships between knowledge, practice and infection rates. A questionnaireconsisting of two parts was used to gather this information. Part A of the study elicited the age range, gender and highest level ofeducation of the participants. The respondents were asked to state if they hadsuffered any infectious illness over the winter of 1998 and were asked todescribe the type of illness and absenteeism due to sickness (if any). Part Bincluded multiple-choice questions that tested the respondents’ knowledge ofthe means of transmission and treatment of various infectious diseases such asa cold and glandular fever. The respondents were also asked to identify some of the vaccines availableagainst adult infectious diseases and to state whether or not they had receivedany of these vaccines. The respondents were asked to indicate whether theywashed their hands after toileting and before eating, and were asked a questionon handwashing technique. Research literature related to infection transmissionand control provided guidance when framing the questions. Research method The sample consisted of staff who worked in four of the university’s 16buildings. These areas – named blocks A, F, P and R – were selected as theyhoused a number of departments and were representative of the employee mix ofthe site. Following approval from the Ethics Committee, a questionnaire wasdistributed to all 294 staff in those areas. A total of 121 staff returned the completed forms. Data was analysed via thestatistical package SPSS. The categorical data were analysed via contingencyChi2 tables. Relationships between demographic variables and scores oninfection transmission questions were examined by regression analyses. Staffwere subsequently provided with the correct answers and a short paper oninfection control via e-mail. Results and findings Demographics Of the respondents, 61 per were female, 38 per cent were male and oneperson was unsure; 16 per cent were aged 21-30, 29 per cent were aged 31-40,32.5 per cent were aged 41-50 and 22.5 per cent were aged over 50; 17 per centhad a certificate, 15 per cent had a diploma, 38 per cent had a degree, and 30per cent had a higher degree as their highest qualification. Frequency and type of illness In total, 60 per cent of the respondents contracted an infectious illnessduring the study period. The most frequent illness was the common cold (60.6per cent), followed by influenza (23.9 per cent); 11 per cent suffered both acold and influenza, while 4.2 per cent suffered from other illnesses. Sickleave was taken by 53 per cent of staff. The mean period of absenteeism was3.19 days (+/-2.55 std. dev) and the range was 0.5 to 10 days. The study found that 50 per cent, 69 per cent, 36 per cent, and 66 per centof staff suffered an illness in A, F, P and R blocks, respectively. There wasno significant difference in the frequency of illness between areas (p = 0.14).The mean number of days off work in those areas was 2 (+/-1.3), 4.3 (+/-3.1),0.5, and 3.5 (+/-2.5) days, respectively. In total, 73.4 per cent of those who became ill felt that something in theirwork environment contributed to their illness. The most common comment made byrespondents was that everyone around them was sick. Demographic factors and the frequency of illness There was a significant relationship (p = 0.041) between age and thefrequency of illness: 74 per cent of respondents in the 21- to 30-year agegroup became ill, in comparison to 63 per cent in the 31-40 age group, 67 percent in the 41-50 age group and 38 per cent in the over-50 group. There was no relationship between gender and the incidence of illness (60per cent of females vs 61 per cent of males became ill). The incidence ofinfectious illness was highest in the group whose highest qualification was adegree (75 per cent), lowest in the group with a certificate (45 per cent), andintermediate in those with a diploma (71 per cent) or a higher degree (51 percent). These results fell just short of statistical significance (p = 0.05017).Knowledge of infection transmission The mean score on the infection transmission questions was 5.33 +/-1.51(out of a possible score of 1I), and scores ranged from 1 to 9. There was nosignificant relationship between the score on the infection transmissionquestions and the frequency of illness (p = 0.92. Demographics and score There were no significant relationships between demographic factors andscore. However, the power of the analyses to detect a significant differencewas low (-13 per cent) due to the small sample size in each category. Handwashing When asked, “Do you wash your hands after going to the toilet?”one person (0.8 per cent) replied “never”, 3 per cent responded”sometimes”, 19 per cent replied most of the time, 75 per centreplied “always” and 2 per cent left the question unanswered. Reasonsgiven for failure to handwash included “I don’t consider urination to bedirty”, “lazy”, and “too busy”. When asked, “Do you wash your hands before handling food?” 19 percent said “sometimes”, 42 per cent replied “most of thetime”, 37 per cent replied “always” and 2 per cent left thequestion unanswered. Reasons given for failure to handwash included”lazy”, and “too busy”. Forty-three per cent of respondentsanswered correctly that washing hands for 10 seconds with soap and water wouldclean them effectively. Relationship between illness and frequency of handwashing There was a trend towards an increased incidence of infectious illness inpeople with a lower frequency of handwashing before eating, however thisrelationship was not statistically significant (p = 0.168). Seventy-eight percent of those who sometimes washed their hands before eating became ill,whereas 57 per cent of those who said they mostly or always washed hands beforeeating became ill. Knowledge of vaccine availability Four per cent of respondents correctly identified which vaccines areavailable for infectious illnesses from the range of choices offered. Thescores on this question ranged from 3 to 7 out of 7, while the average scorewas 4.8 (+/- 0.93): 25 per cent of the respondents were vaccinated against atleast one of the following: influenza, pneumococcal pneumonia. Hepatitis A andB, while 5 per cent were vaccinated against more than one disease. Discussion While there were no significant differences in the incidence of infectiousillness between areas, the sample size may have been a limiting factordecreasing the ability to detect a significant difference. It was hard tocompare illness and absentee rates with other workplaces, as the published datatend to be reported for different durations, or include conditions other thaninfectious ones. However, Saxen and Verten reported an average of 1.4 days of work lost dueto respiratory infections among healthcare workers, in comparison with theaverage of three days at this university8. As only four of 16 buildings were surveyed, one cannot confidentlyextrapolate the results to the university as a whole or to other workplaces. Staff knowledge of infection transmission was poor. There was norelationship between the incidence of infection and knowledge on infectiontransmission and treatment. But illness rates were more than 20 per cent higherin those people who washed their hands infrequently before eating, than inthose who reported always handwashing. Perhaps if the questions had been more specific to infection transmissiononly, a relationship between knowledge and incidence may have been seen. Butmuch of the data from research studies on handwashing in the hospital workplacesuggests that having knowledge is not the same as applying it9. There was a surprising relationship between age and illness, with infectionrates in the over 50 age group 36 per cent lower than those aged 21-30, and25-29 per cent lower than the other groups. It is possible that the younger agegroup had younger families, and so were exposed to more infectious illnesses,or that people in the older age group were more likely to be in seniorpositions in which they had less contact with large numbers of people. There may be other contributing variables. A National Health Survey inAustralia in 1989-90 found smokers had a 23-66 per cent greater probability ofwork absenteeism than non-smokers10. As smoking impairs respiratory defences,it would increase one’s susceptibility to respiratory tract disease11. Conclusions and implications Given that knowledge of infection transmission among staff was often poor,and that those staff who reported higher handwashing rates had a 20 per centreduction in illness rates, an educational strategy related to infectionprevention may reduce the incidence of infections. This workplace hasimplemented harm minimisation policies on blood-borne diseases. However the findings of this study indicate that consideration should begiven to formulating a broader infection control policy as part of theuniversity’s occupational health platform. Research is needed to determine theeffectiveness of this approach and to determine why people continue to placethemselves at risk of contracting infections that may be prevented by simplehygiene measures. References 1. National Health and Medical Research Council and Australian NationalCouncil on Aids (1996). Infection control in the health care setting,Guidelines for the prevention of transmission of infectious diseases. Canberra:AGPS. 2. Hendley J, Wenzel R, & Owaitney J. (1973) Transmission of rhinoviruscolds by self-inoculation. New England Journal of Medicine; 288:1361. 3. Gwaltney J, Moskalski P, & Hendley J. (1978) Hand to handtransmission of rhinovirus colds. Annals of Internal Medicine; 88: 464. 4. Kimel LS. (1996) Handwashing education can decrease illness absenteeism.Journal of School Nursing; 12(2): 14-6,18. 5. Niffenegger JP. (1997) Proper handwashing promotes wellness in childcare.Journal of Paediatric Health Care: 11 (1):26-31. 6. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NationalInstitutes of Health. (1998) Fact Sheet: The Common Cold Department of Healthand Human Services: Bethesda. 7 Snacken, R. (1996) Weekly monitoring of influenza impact in Belgium(1993-1 995). Pharmacoeconomics; 9(Suppl 3): 34-7. 8. Saxten H & Verten M. (1999) Randomised, placebo-controlled doubleblind study on the efficacy of influenza immunisation on absenteeism of healthcare workers. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal; 1B(9):779-83. 9. Van de Mortel TF & Heyman, L. (1995) Performance feedback increasesthe incidence of handwashing by staff following patient contact in intensivecare. Australian Critical Care; 8(2): 8-13. 10. Bush R & Wooden M. (1995) Smoking and absence from work: Australianevidence. Social Science & Medicine; 41(3):437-46. 11. Porth CM. (1998) Pathophysiology: concepts of altered health states.Lippincott: Philadelphia. Transmitting timesOn 1 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Russia to Keep Naval TF in Gulf of Aden

first_img November 20, 2012 View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia to Keep Naval TF in Gulf of Aden View post tag: TF Training & Education View post tag: of View post tag: Russia View post tag: Gulfcenter_img View post tag: to View post tag: Navy View post tag: keep Russia to Keep Naval TF in Gulf of Aden Russia will keep its naval task force in the Gulf of Aden as part of an international effort to fight sea piracy off the Somali coast, Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said.The UN Security Council held a debate on piracy as a threat to global peace and security.“Russia supports the extension of a mandate to carry out all necessary measures to prevent piracy off the coast of Somalia, including its territorial waters,” Churkin said during the debate Monday.“We intend to maintain the presence of our Navy in the Gulf of Aden, working in close contact with other countries and regional organisations (involved in the fight against piracy),” he said.Russian warships have successfully escorted hundreds of commercial vessels from various countries through pirate-infested waters off the Somali coast since 2008, when Russia joined the international anti-piracy mission in the region.Task forces from the Russian Navy, usually led by Udaloy class destroyers, operate in the area on a rotating basis.Russia has recently asked France to allow the deployment of two Ilyushin Il-38 naval reconnaissance planes at a French base in Djibouti to facilitate its anti-piracy missions in the Gulf of Aden.Russia has also called for the creation of a special UN juridical body to try hijackers captured during anti-piracy operations off the Somali coast.According to latest UN reports, sea pirates carried out 291 attacks and hijackings in the first 10 months of 2012. They hold at least 293 hostages.Pirates are most active in coastal waters around Africa, especially in the Gulf of Aden.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 20, 2012 View post tag: Aden Share this articlelast_img read more

Watch Dave Grohl, Butch Vig Discuss The Making Of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’

first_imgSet for premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival on Wednesday, March 16, The Smart Studios Story documentary will focus in on the Madison, Wisconsin recording studio that’s responsible for albums like Nirvana’s Nevermind, Smashing Pumpkins’ Gish, L7’s Bricks Are Heavy and Everclear’s Sparks and Fade, among others.Founded by producer and Garbage drummer Butch Vig in 1983, Vig explains to Billboard that the story behind the documentary is “is more about a scene, a snapshot of time in the Midwest and how we started the studio and the bands that came in were very underground, very do it yourself.” He goes on to say, “We were so far removed from the East Coast and West Coast we were left to our own devices, and slowly the bands that recorded there started to make some noise, which led to bands that exploded in the mainstream like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins.”Vig also explains some of the difficulties behind Nirvana’s Nevermind sessions, mentioning how Kurt Cobain would have “intense mood swings and just shut down.” “He would just go sit in a corner and disappear into his own space. Krist (Novoselic) would say, ‘He just goes into these moods and he’ll come out in awhile.’ So we’d find something to do for a couple hours, tweak the drums or work on bass sounds, and all of a sudden Kurt would pick up his guitar, ‘Let’s go.’ He’d be back, fully engaged. I just had to gauge when the timing ws right to go for takes.”Check out a clip from the upcoming documentary The Smart Studios Story below:[H/T Diffuser]last_img read more