New health and safety blueprint for NHS

first_imgThe executive agency of the NHS has signed a new agreement with the Healthand Safety Executive (HSE) to make hospitals in England safer for staff,patients and visitors. A ‘concordat’ between the two bodies sets out a blueprint for workingtogether on safety. The document targets specific areas that cause the most accidents or casesof ill health within the healthcare sector, including slips, trips and falls,maintenance safety and violence against staff. The concordat – which is available online – has been drawn up to ensure thetwo organisations can harmonise advice and guidance to staff and produceaccurate benchmark data. HSE director general Timothy Walker said: “The concordat will ensurethose with responsibilities to manage estate-related risks within publichealthcare in England are given the sources of practical and effective guidanceneeded to help them deliver their part in the reduction of accidents within healthcare.”Peter Wearmouth, chief executive of NHS Estates, said: “This is a stepforward in raising the profile of health and safety in the estates sector. Itwill serve as a platform for providing comprehensive, practical advice acrossthe NHS.” Previous Article Next Article New health and safety blueprint for NHSOn 14 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Making a difference

first_imgMaking a differenceOn 21 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today If you don’t get a Christmas card in the post from your key suppliers thisyear, don’t feel offended – you may find their seasonal message to you in thepages of Personnel Today instead. Personnel Today has launched a new Christmas charity initiative calledMaking A Difference. This year, many of our advertisers will be foregoing their traditionalChristmas card mailout and joining forces with Personnel Today to benefitcharities instead. And you get to choose which charities. Visit to vote forwhich of the 10 nominated charities you would like to benefit. The 10 charities are: Breast Cancer Care, British Heart Foundation, BritishRed Cross, Cancer Research UK, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Jeans For Genes, NSPCC,Scope, The Guide Dogs For The Blind Association and The Stroke Association. The proceeds from the campaign will be distributed to the three charitieswith the most votes, so start voting now. Voting closes 30 November 2003. If you are a key supplier and would like details on supporting this charityinitiative, contact Jeremy Hudson on020 8652 8101 or e-mail [email protected] Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

The Group Trainer’s Handbook

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. The Group Trainer’s HandbookOn 12 Dec 2006 in Personnel Today Author: David LeighPrice: £27.50Publisher: Kogan PagePages: 192ISBN: 0749447443Buy this book at AmazonDavid Leigh has attempted to provide an indispensable source of practical advice and assistance for training and development, accessible to every reader, ranging from the student to the professional trainer. The layout is particularly helpful, in that chapters are mapped out clearly. The summary of training methods identified are very useful in terms of breadth and analysis, with the benefits of each highlighted. The coverage on managing difficult behaviours echoed my own experiences of the different behaviour types: the ‘Talking Terror’, the ‘Jolly Jester’, and the ‘Pot Plant’. The identification of the cause of behaviours and the advice offered was extremely useful. The section on room layouts was a surprising, but worthwhile, inclusion. But while the section on building rapport covered the basics, it really needed to include some more sophisticated approaches.Leigh has kept theory to a minimum to ensure it remains a practical guide, but his desire to create a comprehensive and thorough reference source means that, at times, it can be too descriptive and analytical. While there is great value in having one source for a wealth of information, this book may be of greatest value for someone with limited knowledge in this area who wants to learn more. An experienced trainer might find the tips rather obvious, and may crave more innovative ideas. Useful? Four out of five starsWell-written? Five out of five starsPractical? Five out of five starsInspirational? Three out of five starsValue for money? Two out of five starsOverall? Three out of five starsReviewed by David Owen, business and life coach, New Steps More book reviews Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Ex-Freddie Mac CEO launching lending platform with Meridian, Barings

first_imgFormer Freddie Mac CEO David Brickman and Meridian Capital Group CEO Ralph Herzka (Freddie Mac; Herza by Studio Scrivo)Freddie Mac’s recently departed CEO is now heading up a new agency-lending platform backed by Meridian Capital Group and the investment firm Barings.David Brickman, who stepped down from the quasi-government agency this month, will take the lead at the yet-unnamed platform, Bloomberg News reported.“We have a significant opportunity to create one of the leading lenders in the multifamily commercial real estate space,” Brickman told the publication. “The combination of low interest rates and what is hopefully going to be a degree of recovery and stabilization in 2021 with the vaccine and additional stimulus should result in a strong year with more than $300 billion in total origination.”The new platform is expected to lean on Meridian’s vast reach with borrowers. The brokerage originated almost $40 billion in commercial real estate loans in 2020, more than $25 billion of which was multifamily debt.Meridian president Yoni Goodman said more than a third of that was done through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The new platform is acquiring the assets and liabilities of Barings Multifamily Capital LLC. The deal requires approval from federal government-sponsored entities, or GSEs.Multifamily loan purchases by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are capped at $70 billion this year.Brickman had been at Freddie Mac since 1999. He notified the board in November that he planned to leave. He will be an executive chairman at Meridian and a senior adviser at Stone Point Capital, which acquired a minority stake in Meridian.[Bloomberg] — Rich Bockmann Contact Rich Bockmann Full Name* Email Address* Tagsfannie maefreddie macmeridian capital group Message* Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Emerald Equity siphoned security deposits at now-bankrupt buildings

first_img Full Name* Tags Share via Shortlink (iStock/Illustration by Alexis Manrodt for The Real Deal)Instead of setting aside $470,000 in security deposits at 11 East Harlem buildings, Isaac Kassirer’s Emerald Equity Group says it siphoned the money into its operating accounts.The practice — ongoing since Emerald Equity acquired the apartment buildings in late 2017 — came to light in a declaration made by the landlord’s attorney in an ongoing bankruptcy proceeding.Emerald Equity defaulted on $203 million in loans from LoanCore for the Harlem buildings in December 2020. The firm acquired the four properties on 107th street in 2018 for $116 million, while the properties on 117th street were part of its massive $358 million Dawnay Day portfolio acquisition in 2016. In a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, the landlord attributed its default to unfavorable changes to the rent law in 2019 and an ongoing rent strike.New York state law prohibits landlords from commingling the security deposit with other funds, and mandates the deposits be placed in interest-bearing accounts at a New York state bank. In each of Emerald Equity Group’s bankrupt buildings in East Harlem and Upper Manhattan, the landlord days it used security deposits for operating expenses.The landlord “generally collected security deposits from tenants but deposited the funds into the Debtors’ operating accounts instead of maintaining segregated security deposit accounts,” the early February filing said.Read moreLadder Capital moves to foreclose on Emerald Equity’s Harlem rentalsSome of Isaac Kassirer’s Harlem buildings head to bankruptcyEmerald Equity weighing all options to save massive portfolio Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* At one property, the landlord failed to deposit $47,342.08 in the proper accounts. At another, more than $60,000 also ended up in funds for operations. Meanwhile, tenants at the buildings are trying to compel the landlord to make urgent repairs to the buildings — for housing code violations due to rats and bed bugs.New York state’s rules for security deposits may be clear, but who is responsible for ensuring landlords adhere to them is not.Some multifamily lenders require that borrowers keep the security deposits in escrow alongside their operating accounts, while others are satisfied with a declaration from the borrower that they have the money at a different institution. In most cases, the due diligence ends there.124 East 117th Street (Google Maps)Whether a landlord like Emerald Equity kept the security deposit in the proper account would be “very hard to track,” said one multifamily lender.Emerald Equity declined to comment on the filing, or whether it keeps security deposits separate in its other holdings in New York City.Still, Blaine Schwadel, an attorney at Rosenberg & Estis, said that experienced multifamily operators he represents “know the rules and complain about them,” but toe the line.Compared with New York City’s multi-generational multifamily firms, such as LeFrak and Cammeby’s International, Emerald Equity is a relative newcomer to the scene. The firm made a raft of multifamily purchases from 2016 to 2019, primarily in Manhattan and the Bronx, with financial backing from institutional investors.The firm’s plan to raise rents was largely scuttled by the 2019 changes to the rent law, and part of its portfolio has subsequently fallen into distress.Several multifamily landlords said that security deposits might not be kept in a separate account due to negligence, but said such an oversight at 11 buildings spanning multiple years would be unlikely.Keeping security deposits with operating funds is “not a widespread practice,” said Schwadel, who offered an alternative rationale for the practice. “It seems to me [Emerald Equity] is just lazy.”Contact Georgia Kromrei DistressEast HarlemIsaac KassirerMultifamilylast_img read more

Growth and population dynamics of the moss Polytrichum alpestre. in the Maritime Antarctip. Strategies of growth and population dynamics of tundra Plants 2

first_imgThe pattern of growth of Polytrichum alpestre Hoppe, a common moss in the maritime Antarctic, is described. It may form extensive communities, sometimes growing with another moss, Chorisodontium aciphyllum (Hook. f. & Wils.) Broth. Underlying the basic stability of such communities there is a persistent change in shoot composition from season to season. These changes have been followed both photographically and stratigraphically, since a complete record of past changes exists within the slowly decomposing turf. Considerable instability in the total population of shoots of P. alpestre occurs during the first few years of its establishment but as time proceeds and conditions more favourable to the growth of P. alpestre develop, the mean life expectancy of shoots increases. Variation in spatial density of shoots is discussed in relation to size and weight of the annual increments in P. alpestre. The relationship between weight of the annual increment and the spatial density approximates to the density effect law applied to higher plants, in which yield per unit area is little affected by variation in densitylast_img read more

The rate of peat accumulation in Antarctic moss banks

first_img(1) Three Antarctic moss banks were studied in detail: two dominated by Polytrichum alpestre Hoppe and one by Chorisodontium aciphyllum (Hook. f. et Wils.) Broth. (2) The rate of upward growth of the moss banks, 0.9-1.3 mm yr-1, is approximately half the annual shoot growth. (3) The amount of decomposition which has occurred at different depths of the peat in these banks was calculated from measurements of bulk density and compression. The decomposition rate appears to be $< 1% mathrm{yr}^{-1}$. Peat 20-30 cm below the surface is permanently frozen, and about half the original material has decomposed by the time it becomes incorporated into this permafrost. Evidence is presented that a slow decomposition rate is an intrinsic characteristic of Polytrichum alpestre. (4) The rate of peat accumulation, 89-158 g m-2 yr-1, is about half the rate of production, 162-350 g m-2 yr-1. The former is similar to accumulation rates of peat elsewhere in the world.last_img read more

The effects of temperature and moisture on dark respiration in the foliose lichen Umbilicaria antarctica

first_imgThe dark respiration of field‐fresh thalli of Umbilicaria antarctica Frey et Lamb is reported for temperatures from −5.5 to 19°C, and water contents from saturation to dryness. Detailed analysis of the respiratory response with changing water content has suggested that Michaelis‐Menten kinetics appear to provide a useful model. Q10 values are used to indicate possible ice formation in the thallus and water loss characteristics are explained in terms of thallus anatomy. The ecological implications of this approach are discussed.last_img read more

A model study of ocean circulation beneath Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf, Antarctica: Implications for bottom water formation

first_img[1] An isopycnic coordinate ocean circulation model has been applied to the southern Weddell Sea, including the cavity beneath Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf, with the aim of investigating the buoyancy-forced circulation on the continental shelf. Buoyancy forcing is associated with both the annual growth and decay of sea ice and the interaction between ice shelf and ocean. In the model a generally anti-cyclonic circulation develops beneath the ice shelf, so that new shelf waters entering the cavity in the west emerge colder and fresher in the east. The outflow contributes to a dense current that spills off the continental shelf and descends the slope. Oceanographic observations from the region are consistent with this picture and highlight the overflow as a major source of Weddell Sea Bottom Water.last_img read more

Ecology of subtropical hermit crabs in SW Madagascar: short-range migrations

first_imgMany mobile animals migrate because of the different benefits provided by different localities in time and space. For hermit crabs, such benefits include resource (shell, water, food) acquisition and gamete release. One of the more successful crustacean land-invaders, Coenobita hermit crabs, undertake complex short-range migrations in SW Madagascar. Number of active hermit crabs was inversely related to wind strength and positively related to tidal range, emphasising that movement would conserve water. A circadian component was also recorded in the locomotory activity of Coenobita pseudorugosus and C. rugosus. Path linearity varied with many of the same parameters, but also with beach slope. Movement was primarily perpendicular to shore in small individuals, but the parallel proportion increased with hermit crab size and tidal range, probably driven mostly by shell and food searching. Despite the costs of movement and shell carriage in the terrestrial environment, C. pseudorugosus and C. rugosus were as fast as their marine counterparts. Their speeds varied principally with individual size and were approximately 20% faster without shells and about 20% slower when climbing up a 20° slope, compared to horizontal or downhill travel. Hermit crabs, which are highly numerous and speciose in SW Madagascar, do not seem to partition niches by differential movement patterns. Aside from provision of shells in middens and capturing large adults for bait or pets, human activity may have a profound effect on hermit crab movement: observations at rare uninhabited marine reserves like Nosy Ve show that considerable diurnal activity may take place despite the apparent hostility of the environment to an essentially marine animal.last_img read more