BlueLife Limited ( 2015 Abridged Report

first_imgBlueLife Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Property sector has released it’s 2015 abridged results.For more information about BlueLife Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the BlueLife Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: BlueLife Limited ( 2015 abridged results.Company ProfileRanked as one of the leading real estate business entities in the Indian Ocean region, BlueLife Limited deals in land promotion, property development, and hotel and leisure business. There are four segments in which the company operates from. These are land development, yielding property, hotel, and service. Through these four segments, the company develops and sells residential properties, retail and office properties as well as owns and operates two hotels under the name of Radisson Blu Azuri Resort and Spa and Radisson Blu Poste Lafayette Resort and Spa in Mauritius. BlueLife Limited also provides facilities management and services, management and consultancy services and is based in Forbach, Mauritius. BlueLife Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

ICE abducts migrant worker from hearing

first_imgMarcos, a migrant worker living in Philadelphia, was stolen from his family and community on March 16.Marcos reported for his mandatory parole hearing with full knowledge that two of his friends had been abducted by Immigration, Customs and Enforcement the previous week after their probation hearings. He contacted the New Sanctuary Movement, which put out a call for an action in support of the trial he faced. About two dozen people were able to be with him, offering words and prayers of encouragement, as he entered the building.Security in the building treated NSM members harshly, preventing them from waiting in the lobby for Marcos and eventually ejecting them from the building. They did not even allow a member to stay with him to act as an interpreter.While some demonstrators remained in front of the building to raise awareness of what was happening, part of the group gathered around the back exit in preparation for the possibility that Marcos would be “discreetly” removed and sent to an ICE detention center.About an hour after he entered the building, I saw Marcos briefly once again. We made eye contact as he sat handcuffed in the back of an unmarked, midnight blue SUV. The drivers smiled and waved before driving away with Marcos in custody.‘Sanctuary’ city cooperates with ICEThe practice of seizing migrants in Philadelphia is a very visible routine, in contrast with claims that the city is a “sanctuary” for immigrants. Mayor Jim Kenney promotes the image of Philadelphia protecting the immigrant community by not forcing city institutions to cooperate with ICE. This image has contributed to Kenney’s support and acceptance as mayor, as well as to the success of his 2015 election campaign, but it is notably void of any substance.Although the city’s policies limit some exchange of information from its criminal system to ICE, in practice Philadelphia still cooperates with ICE. The Adult Probation and Parole Department had nearly 50,000 people in its system as of March 2009. ICE has such an entwined relationship with this department, it is able to regularly keep transport vehicles at parole hearings and detain people on site.This departure of Kenney’s proclaimed values from material reality is a common trend. The Philly Coalition for REAL Justice has been pursuing an ongoing campaign to end the Philadelphia Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy. Mayor Kenney has admitted the practice is unconstitutional, denounced it publicly and gathered support for his campaign by promising to end it.However, after all these promises and over a year in office, Kenney has yet to introduce any additional form of accountability or legislation to end stop-and-frisk. Police officers have continued harassing Black and Brown communities unhindered by Kenney’s empty words. Kenney’s two-faced treatment of the city’s “sanctuary” status is more of the same.The overlap of conditions facing Black, Brown and migrant communities is no coincidence. The struggles of different communities in the working class have similar patterns because our enemy is shared. The only way we will truly end harassment and detainment from cops and ICE is through solidarity and principled unity. The only way we can attain true victories for our communities is with the support of our comrades — not crumbs and empty promises from politicians.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Asian Americans speak out against Trump’s racism

first_imgIn response to widespread reports of anti-Asian racism, harassment and violence, Asian Americans United Philadelphia hosted a zoom gathering on March 26 in solidarity with Asian-American communities.The event highlighted a “Collective Statement Against Anti-Asian Bias and the Targeting of Any Community,” which people were urged to sign. While criticizing the Trump administration for spearheading the current rise in anti-Asian bias, the document emphasized: “This is not the first time our communities have been targeted to divert attention from the real crisis at hand: the lack of healthcare for all, a guaranteed annual income, access to education, food, and all the rights that should be guaranteed to every person in communities around the world.” Signers pledged to “stand together across different communities — Black, Brown, Indigenous, white and more — against anti-Asian bias, harassment and violence as well as the targeting of the poor and working class, people with disabilities, immigrant and refugee, non-English proficient, LGBTQ [people] and those in incarceration and detention.” Signers further pledged: “The current administration has promoted hateful rhetoric directed at Latinx, African, Caribbean and Middle Eastern community members. … We will not be used to blame for the failings of our current system.” Groups on the call included Asian Americans United, the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia, CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations), Modero & Company (a group promoting traditional Indonesian culture), VietLead, Victim Witness Services of South Philadelphia, the Woori Center serving the city’s Korean community, and representatives from City Council. The Philadelphia region has nearly 25 different Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Rob Buscher, with the Japanese American Citizens League and professor of Asian American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, recounted the U.S. history of anti-Asian bias. Repression began in the mid-1800s against Chinese immigrant workers, followed by organized discrimination and violence against Japanese, Filipinos and later Koreans. White supremacists in the U.S. — building on a foundation of genocide against Indigenous people and the enslavement of Africans — used anti-Asian bias to pit working people against each other as the union movement accelerated in the late 1800s.Mounting anti-Asian incidentsSinta Storms of Modero described recent hateful acts in Philadelphia. At a Center City Wawa convenience store, a customer first asked an Asian cashier where she was from, then deliberately moved to a different register. Passengers on a bus yelled “Corona, corona” at an Asian woman until the driver made them stop. Storms also raised the difficulty immigrants face applying for unemployment benefits during the pandemic, especially if they are undocumented.Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia staffer Sarun Chan detailed calls the group has received from people of all ages. “Many are simply afraid to leave home because they might be attacked or discriminated against. They believe the city is just sweeping reports of attacks under the rug. … Concerns run from online racist rhetoric to physical attacks. In Virginia, an Asian family living in a neighborhood for over 15 years reported bullets shot through their window.”Asian Americans United’s Wei Chen described Chinese Americans being physically and verbally attacked. “They are afraid to wear masks [that] offer some sense of protection. To not wear them is stressful because of health concerns, but people aren’t out of fear of being attacked.”‘The ground is moving beneath our feet’Executive Director of VietLead Nancy Nguyen stated: “We live in a white supremacist, anti-Black, heteropatriarchal, capitalist system — this is true for much of the world due to globalization — but it was perfected in the United States. “We are living through a moment where these systems are being struggled over. There was a myriad of efforts over the last decade — the Black Lives Matter movement, Occupy’s 99%, the #MeToo movement and more. As we speak, Congress is passing a $2.2 trillion relief package. What was impossible just a few months ago is about to be written law. “The Trump administration tries to divert our attention and move the target from their backs to ours. But we are agents of history. We have critical roles in the AAPI community to lead our people through what lies ahead. … Our will and fight to end anti-Asian violence must be as strong as our will and fight and solidarity work needed to end white supremacy and anti-Blackness — because the system does not serve any of us“The ground is moving beneath our feet — this is our country — and every generation we are bolder, braver and have more capacities, tools and strategies to do the damn thing.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

EPA Wants to Remove 72 Chemicals from Approved Pesticide List

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News EPA Wants to Remove 72 Chemicals from Approved Pesticide List By Gary Truitt – Oct 23, 2014 EPA Wants to Remove 72 Chemicals from Approved Pesticide List The Environmental Protection Agency Thursday requested public comment on the agency’s proposal to remove 72 chemicals from the Approved Pesticide Inert Ingredient List. Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Jim Jones, stated “This is the first major step in our strategy to reduce risks from pesticides containing potentially hazardous inert ingredients.” The action is in response to petitions by the Center for Environmental Health, Beyond Pesticides, Physicians for Social Responsibility and others. These groups asked the agency to issue a rule requiring disclosure of 371 inert ingredients found in pesticide products.Many of the 72 inert ingredients targeted for removal, are on the list of 371 inert ingredients identified by the petitioners as hazardous. The 72 chemicals are not currently being used as inert ingredients in any pesticide product, according to the EPA. Chemicals such as, turpentine oil and nitrous oxide are listed as candidates for removal. More information on all 72 chemicals is available in the Federal Register Notice, online at regulations dot gov. ( SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleWatchdog Group Suing EPA over Failure to Release Communications with Oil IndustryNext articleMorning Outlook Gary Truittlast_img read more

St. Mark’s Rings in Autumn, Family Fun with Fall Festival on Saturday

first_img Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img The annual Fall Festival at Altadena’s St. Mark’s School is coming back Saturday and will feature fun and food for the entire family. The festival is a primary fundraiser for the school’s programs and is a the perfect way to say goodby to summer, hello to autumn and mingle with local families.“It’s our back to school event as well to serve as a ‘welcome back’ to new and returning families. We really like to think of it as a community builder event more than anything,” said St. Mark’s School Director of Advancement Irene Mason.The Fall Festival has a little bit of something for everyone and is perfect for the entire family. Kids can get lost in their imagination decorating confetti eggs, select the best pumpkin at the pumpkin patch or duel their friends in laster tag while parents make a stop at the wine and beer tavern in the name of keeping the school’ programs thriving for the rest of the year.“We are focused on making sure that our students have the most up to date technology in the classroom as well as building upon our existing technology infrastructure for the staff and faculty,” explained Mason.Technology is a priority for the staff and faculty at St. Mark’s. Currently there is a one-to-one tablet program for fifth and sixth graders to receive a tablet at the beginning of the school year and use it through out to optimize learning both in and out of the classroom.“Our Director of Educational Technology works with teachers to enhance their curriculum,” said Mason about the school’s maker space activities that include photoshop, green screen and other interactive workshops.Other critical programs that benefit from the Fall Festival fundraiser are the teacher intern program, campus maintenance, staff professional development and the student enrichment program to name a few.St. Mark’s is also directing its focus providing school wide responsive training for teachers in addition to hiring on fifteen new teachers per year.“We really focus our attention on educating the whole child that’s not just in academics, but also the social-emotional aspect that impacts their learning,” said Mason.The Fall Festival features a variety of activities including a chili cook-off, a bounce house, prizes, live music and a Mexican dinner.Festivities kick off Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s School located at 1014 E. Altadena Drive.For more information call (626) 798-6747 or click Education St. Mark’s Rings in Autumn, Family Fun with Fall Festival on Saturday From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, September 29, 2016 | 8:08 pm Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Stretching the Dollar

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Continuing the Legacy Next: Michael Doran Joins Greystone as a Managing Director The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago It’s important to find a job that is both rewarding and in an area buyers enjoy—but what about being in an area that will produce the most income? Thanks to research by Trove Technologies, a technology company that helps customers pack, move, and store personal and household items as well as maximize excess inventory of small, locally based moving companies, there is a list of regions that not only produce the most income for a chosen profession, but will also stretch that dollar further than other areas.Trove Technologies took the salaries from 770 professions, considering cost-of-living and tax data in 195 U.S. cities, and organized the best and worst professions in each state, keeping in mind what states allowed for the most discretionary income. For homebuyers, this means better quality of life.Texas came in as the overall best state for highest average discretionary income, with the overall best city being in Austin, Texas. The best jobs in the nation are for information security analysts, computer hardware engineers, epidemiologists, legal support workers, and media and communication workers—this is based on how these jobs rank up compared to the same job in other cities. Texas sports the title of best state for CEOs, but the worst for mathematicians.Unfortunately, Hawaii came in as the lowest for average discretionary income, with the overall worst city being Honolulu. Taxes are estimated at $29,164 a year and basic expenses at $36,975, compared to Texas, which estimates taxes at $14,878 and basic expenses at $25,992, this is a significant jump. Hawaii is the best state for real estate brokers, but the worst for physicists.The data used to create this list is based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, The Tax Foundation, and The Council for Community and Economic Research.To see all states and industries, click here. Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: discretionary income in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Stretching the Dollar The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img August 11, 2017 1,256 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Brianna Gilpin Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation’s leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Stretching the Dollar discretionary income 2017-08-11 Brianna Gilpin Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

“Parties Wish To Bury Differences, Talaq Acceptable To Both”: Allahabad High Court Quashes Criminal Proceedings Against Husband

first_imgNews Updates”Parties Wish To Bury Differences, Talaq Acceptable To Both”: Allahabad High Court Quashes Criminal Proceedings Against Husband Sparsh Upadhyay17 Jan 2021 9:14 PMShare This – xNoting the fact that the parties (Husband-Wife) in a matter have accepted the talaq, the Allahabad High Court on Tuesday (12th January) observed that now the talaq would be termed to be a khula talaq. The Bench of Justice Dr. Kaushal Jayendra Thaker and Justice Gautam Chowdhary was hearing a plea under Article 226 of Constitution of India by one Mohammad Gufran, accused of…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginNoting the fact that the parties (Husband-Wife) in a matter have accepted the talaq, the Allahabad High Court on Tuesday (12th January) observed that now the talaq would be termed to be a khula talaq. The Bench of Justice Dr. Kaushal Jayendra Thaker and Justice Gautam Chowdhary was hearing a plea under Article 226 of Constitution of India by one Mohammad Gufran, accused of committing offences u/s 498-A, 494, 323, 504, 506 I.P.C., 3/4 Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961 and 3/4 Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019. [NOTE: Under Section 3 of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019, the pronouncement of “triple talaq” by a Muslim husband upon his wife has been made void and illegal. Also, under Section 4 of the Act, a Muslim husband who pronounces talaq upon his wife, as referred to in Section 3, could be punished with imprisonment for a term, which may extend to three years.] The petitioner, Mohd. Gufran along with Huma (wife of Gufran) stated before the Court that they want to bury their differences and that they have accepted the talaq. To this, the Court said, “As the parties belong to Muslim religion and as now, they have accepted the talaq which would now be turned and termed to be a khula talaq as per the Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act, 1937 and as per the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act, 1986.” The Court refrained from opining as to whether it was a pressure technique or whether it was a genuine complaint and observed that the parties “have undertaken not to indulge in any litigation against each other in future.” Though the State counsel had his own reservations, however while observing that it was a private dispute and it does not affect public domain or public policy of the State, he stated before the Court that “this may not be treated as precedent in future.” With these observations, the petition stood disposed of. In related news, the Supreme Court last month held that there is no bar on granting anticipatory bail for an offence committed under the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act 2019, provided that the competent court must hear the married Muslim woman who has made the complaint before granting the anticipatory bail. The bench headed by Justice D. Y. Chandrachud has held that it would be at the discretion of the court to grant ad-interim relief to the accused during the pendency of the anticipatory bail application, having issued notice to the married Muslim woman. Case title – Mohammmad Gufran v. State Of U P And 3 Others [Criminal Misc. Writ Petition No. – 16767 of 2020] Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderNext Storylast_img read more

Kerala High Court Issues Notice On Plea Alleging Lack Of Transparency in Recruitment Of Personal Staff of Ministers, Leader of Opposition, Chief Whip

first_imgNews UpdatesKerala High Court Issues Notice On Plea Alleging Lack Of Transparency in Recruitment Of Personal Staff of Ministers, Leader of Opposition, Chief Whip Lydia Suzanne Thomas9 April 2021 5:29 AMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court today took up a PIL petition filed by an NGO against the lack of transparency in the recruitment/selection of appointment of persons be appointed to personal staff of Ministers, Leader of Opposition and Government Chief Whip forming part of Kerala Secretariat Service, Kerala Secretariat Subordinate Service and Kerala Last Grade Service without following any…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Kerala High Court today took up a PIL petition filed by an NGO against the lack of transparency in the recruitment/selection of appointment of persons be appointed to personal staff of Ministers, Leader of Opposition and Government Chief Whip forming part of Kerala Secretariat Service, Kerala Secretariat Subordinate Service and Kerala Last Grade Service without following any transparent or legal recruitment/ selection process. A Bench of Justices CT Ravikumar and Murali Purshothaman admitted the petition today, issuing notice to T. Velayudhan and CM Raveendran, personal staff in the office of the Chief Minister, who have been impleaded in “in representative capacity” for other personal staff. The Government Pleader and Standing Counsel for the State Public Services Commission PC Sasidharan took notice for the State and the Public Services Commission respectively. The petition seeks a declaration that appointments be made after calling for applications and with proper notification and selection process giving equal opportunity to all qualified. The first petitioner, Anti-Corruption Peoples’ Movement, challenges the lack of transparency in the selection process and alleges that appointments to personal staff are made on unguided and unbridled exercise of discretionary power by the Minister, Leader of Opposition, and Government Chief Whip. The second and third petitioners, members of the 1st petitioner organisation describe themselves as personally aggrieved by the fact that opportunities which rightfully must be open to all are being filled without a proper procedure and without any process of law. Additionally, it is the petitioners’ case that huge amount of money is spent on such appointees as salary, gratuity and pension resulting in distribution of State Largesse without equality of opportunity and just procedure. Arguing that the selection process without inviting applications is arbitrary, unjust, and discriminatory, the petition reads, “When the power to select the candidates for appointment is conferred on any individual it must be presumed that the rule demands the said power to be exercised in fair, reasonable and just manner. It is submitted that any other interpretation of the rule would render it void and unconstitutional. An interpretation which would further the constitutionality of the rule ought to be adopted and all the guide lines necessary for exercise of the said power in a fair, just and transparent” Referring the dictum in State of Karnataka v. Uma Devi, it is stated, “Selection and appointments without following a proper procedure ought to be treated as null and void as inconsistent with the statutory provisions” It is submitted that the appointment of personal staff for Ministers is governed by the Special Rules notified under proviso in 1959 to Article 309 of Constitution of India and originally provided for five categories of staff forming distinct categories in Kerala Secretariat Service and Kerala Secretariat Subordinate Service, with such appointment of personal staff limited to Ministers. The rules made in 1959 under proviso to Article 309 of the Constitution of India continued to be in force by virtue of Section 3 of the Kerala Public Service Act, 1968. As per Kerala Public Service (Consultation) Regulations, 1957, Gazetted Officers in the said personal staff in State Service and members of personal staff in Subordinate Service are exempted from the purview of consultation with the 2nd respondent, the petition states. It is further narrated that while things stood so by an amendment in 1972, provision was made for payment of gratuity to the members of the personal staff who are recruited directly. The service of those recruited directly is stipulated to be co-terminus with the tenure of the Minister, Leader of Opposition or Government Chief Whip as case may be. Later, by way of amendment in 1994 provision was also made lor grant of pension to personal staff having service of at least three years. By virtue of proviso of rule 9(2), minimum pension is made available to personal staff with only 2 years and a day as service. Despite the rules providing that recruitments to personal staff be made from among full members/approved probationers of Secretariat Service/ Secretariat Subordinate Service, this is hardly followed, the petitioners contend. Exercising the power to be exercised in “special cases” under proviso to rule 4, direct recruitments and reemployment are made in huge numbers, the petitioners contend. Averring that the statutory power of selection conferred on the Ministers, Leader of Opposition and Government Chief Whip cannot be exercised in an arbitrary and opaque manner, the petitioner argues that the rules provide that the qualification for each category would be the same as provided for similar post in the Secretariat Service and Government Department. Though the qualification can be relaxed in deserving case it is necessary to give full opportunity to all qualified for such selection, it is averred with an additional contention that the present system is based on the spoils system. The petition states, “It gives way to nepotism, corruption and malafide exercise of power.” An additional prayer is against the grant of pension to such appointees, who have served for a minimum of two years. The petition will be taken up after the vacation on May 18.CASE TITLE: Anti Corruption People’s Movement and Ors. v. State of KeralaCOUNSEL FOR PETITIONER: Advocate Hariraj MR and other advocates of M/s M.R. Rajendran Nair and Associates, Samatha Law ChambersChambers, Kochi 682 018, and those to the respondents may be served on their respective addressesSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Donegal’s latest Lotto winner to claim winnings today

first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Google+ Pinterest Pinterestcenter_img Twitter Donegal’s latest Lotto winner will claim his winnings today.23 year old Odhran Doherty from Glebe, Letterkenny won €1 million after his numbers came up in the Lotto Plus 1 draw on Saturday night.The winnning ticket was sold in Barclay’s Newsagents, Raphoe, making it the third big win for the town. Previous articleResearchers make appeal for knowledge on Derry mother & baby homeNext articleFrost & ice affect many parts of Donegal overnight News Highland Facebook WhatsApp By News Highland – April 2, 2019 Donegal’s latest Lotto winner to claim winnings today Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic last_img read more

Fit for work? How to get sedentary workers on their feet

first_imgFit for work? How to get sedentary workers on their feetBy Chris Packham and Dan Gunning on 3 Aug 2018 in Musculoskeletal disorders, Occupational Health, Wellbeing and health promotion, Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Employers need to be more proactive about overly sedentary working lives Fit in 50 is a new booklet designed to offer practical and accessible exercises to get sedentary employers out of their chairs and away from their screens, and has already been adopted by a number of NHS trusts and big-name employers such as Volvo. Co-author Chris Packham explains how it came about.The significant costs of sickness absence because of sedentary lifestyles within the UK are well-documented. In 2016, musculoskeletal problems, including back pain, neck and upper limb problems accounted for 30.8 million days sickness absence within the UK, according to the Office for National Statistics.Of course, many of these are likely to have been related to manual-handing issues. Nevertheless, a significant number are also likely to have coming back to office-based and increasingly sedentary lifestyle, both at work and in leisure time. With advances in technology in recent years, a growing number of workers have been recruited into office-based sedentary employment.This is where Fit In 50 comes into play. Fit In 50 is a wellbeing initiative created by myself (and I am a physiotherapy exercise instructor) and Dan Gunning, a colleague who has worked in the IT industry for many years and, as such, is fully aware of the negative effects of this sedentary-based lifestyles.Simple office-based exercisesThe Fit in 50 booklet outlines a range of simple office-based exercises that sedentary workers can perform hourly and sets out in a 14-day plan. I am pleased to say that, as reported in Occupational Health and Wellbeing in May, it has already sold more than 1,000 copies and Dan and I have also been approached by NHS Employers to write a monthly blog offering tips and advice on how to stay active.This article intends to look at how the booklet came about, what is in it and, most importantly, the practical effects and benefits in can bring, using examples of it in action from our work with Volvo Group UK and the NHS.There wasn’t one specific “trigger” or event that kickstarted the booklet. Certainly, conversations we had did feed in, such as Dan saying to me: “My office lifestyle consists of spending over an hour a day in my car, to then sit at my desk when the only time I move is to go for a coffee or nip to the loo. When I get home, all I do is sit (again) and watch TV… I can see how this is affecting me both physically and mentally!”I imagine many of you – even OH practitioners who should, of course, know better! – can relate to this lifestyle. It is all too easy to get sucked into a predominantly seated working and leisure lifestyle.For me, over the past 10 years, I had witnessed a concerning decline in the health and wellbeing of both NHS patients and staff. Throughout this period, I had noticed an increase in the number of individuals working within an office-based environment who were coming to me with its consequent issues, including:postural related conditions (back, neck, shoulder pain);weight gain; andwork-related stress and anxietySo, what was is solution? Quite simply, the answer is exercise. As NHS Choices puts it (quoting health promotion consultant Dr Nick Cavill): “If exercise were a pill, it would be one of the most cost-effective drugs ever invented.”Encouraging employees to move more throughout the day is the key to reducing the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle. Workloads, job expectancies and sitting for long periods are an inevitable part of modern office environments, so promoting effective wellbeing and exercise interventions within organisations are essential.Participating in minimal amounts of regular exercise is the most effective intervention for increasing metabolism, improving joint health and promoting good posture. Furthermore, with the release of endorphins, exercise promotes improved mood, enhanced energy levels and reduced stress/ anxiety. This will inevitably lead to enhanced job satisfaction, reduced absenteeism and improved work productivity.Barriers to exerciseAs a society, we have all the exercise advice we need. There are 100s of exercise books, classes, mobile phone apps and DVDs out there. Yet, for whatever reason, we are not getting fitter; in fact we are getting unhealthier. Why? Despite all the advice, there are three key reasons (or excuses) people give for not participating in exercise: time, boredom and cost. Let’s look at each in turn.Time. When Dan first approached me regarding his office lifestyle concerns, my solution was to advise him simply to sign up to and use the gym. Or go for a jog. Or attend an exercise class after work. All to which, Dan replied: “I don’t have time, I have a family and other commitments outside of my workplace”. Again, sounds familiar? Many of my NHS patients have the same issue (time) when it comes to completing their rehabilitation exercise programmes. As Dan also put it: “You have been at work all day, there’s the long drive home in rush-hour traffic and you want to spend time with you loved ones or go out and socialise. Do you really want to spend an hour at the gym? No, not really.”Boredom. Even if, intellectually, we recognise exercise is good for us, the truth of the matter is that pounding away on a treadmill or jogging round streets or the local park of an evening can be boring. As Chris made clear, for all of us with our busy lives, who wants to spend half an hour on a treadmill or exercise bike?Cost. So you’re pushed for time and it’s not something you find particularly enjoyable. Let’s also get you to pay through the nose for the privilege! Gym membership can be expensive (especially if you don’t then use it frequently) and even relatively low-cost exercise (like jogging) can still involve an investment in, say, good-quality running shoes and reflective clothing.It was hearing these reasons (or excuses) being cited again and again that inspired the creation of Fit In 50. We wanted to design an initiative to help people overcome these barriers to exercise.Fit In 50 is therefore designed to work with office-based employees, to work around their working day. The 32-page booklet guides employees through a 14-day plan with an aim to promoting independent exercise and improved nutritional habits.The exercises require no specific equipment and can be performed easily at the employees work desk station. The nutrition advice consists of five simple rules; there are no fad diets and even allows for one treat per day!The employees should, in turn, feel more productive, engaged and have an enhanced sense of wellbeing. This, in turn, should contribute towards reduced sickness absence and increased work productivity.Assessing the booklet’s impactBut does Fit in 50 work in practice, and what impact does it have?The booklet took more than two years of careful design and planning, and was released in January of this year. Volvo Group UK and several NHS trusts have already purchased it for their office-based employees (see panel below). And, I am pleased to say, the subsequent feedback has been fantastic.Finally, Fit In 50, I would also argue, is an excellent tool for developing team morale as well as individual wellbeing. For example, it allows workers to performing the exercises together, and therefore often means they are engaging with colleagues they may not otherwise know or communicate with. This in itself can create a very positive environment, which can only be beneficial for work productivity and performance.How Fit in 50 has worked on the groundFollowing a successful trial, Volvo Group UK was one of the first organisations to purchase Fit In 50 as a way to give their sedentary employees tools to promote health and wellbeing. It was followed by launches of the booklet within several NHS trusts across England, which were looking to implement staff health and wellbeing indicators of the Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) framework.Initial results of feedback from both implementations has been that:100% of employees questioned said they had successfully made positive changes to their office lifestyle because of Fit In 5089% said the booklet had effectively helped to form new exercise and nutritional habits90% felt Fit In 50 had been an effective intervention to relieve stress and improve wellbeing 100% expressed a new awareness of their previous sedentary lifestyle, and felt Fit In 50 had helped combat its negative effectsSeparately, research by Volvo Group has concluded that an employee’s concentration significantly decreases after working at a screen for more than 50 minutes. Such “screen fatigue” can have a significant effect on work productivity. Yet Volvo has also found that Fit In 50 can help by encouraging employees temporarily to remove their focus away from their screen at regular intervals throughout the day.As Danny Nussbaum, HR director at Volvo Group UK, has said, Fit In 50 provides, “uncomplicated exercises that are easy to perform in most office environments. Was fun to do as a group, and brought the team more-closer together by doing it. A great start and will continue.”Another valuable testimonial has come from Liz Cathcart, head of staff engagement at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, who has said: “Fit in 50 has been very well received with our staff. Wellbeing of our people is key to us providing good services for our clients/patients.“We have been out at different locations, promoting self-care, and have been giving out the brochure at these events. We do wellbeing days where we provide body MOTs, cholesterol check etc, and the booklets have been exceptionally good to give out in areas where our people are predominantly office-based.”Most recently, we have been invited by Coventry City Council to perform an exercise and nutrition workshop for it as part of the Workplace Wellbeing Charter Awards.How to get hold of Fit in 50Since its release I have has been asked on several occasions if Fit in 50 will be available as a digital online resource. The answer is very simple: “no!”.As Dan says: “People spend all day looking at screens; a laptop, monitor, tablet or mobile phone. We wanted our plan to be a paper version, as this temporarily removes their attention away from their screen for a minute or so at regular intervals.”Although it only costs from £3 per person, Fit In 50 is not available to buy as a single copy. We strongly believe it should be perceived by employers as something they invest in as a corporate responsibility, to provide their employees across the board with sufficient advice to combat the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle.For more details, however, please email [email protected]‘Total of 137 million working days lost to sickness and injury in 2016’, Office for National Statistics, 09 March, 2017, View all posts by Chris Packham and Dan Gunning → No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website About Chris Packham and Dan Gunning Chris Packham is a physiotherapy exercise Instructor within the NHS, while his co-author Dan Gunning is an information systems manager. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more