BFAWU awarded £50k to aid foreign members

first_imgThe Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) has won government funding of £50,000 to assist members for whom English is a foreign language.The money was awarded by the government’s Union Modernisation Fund and has been matched by financial support from Thompsons Solicitors, a legal firm representing trade unions in the UK. It will be used for two projects, one of which has already started. Initially, there is research into the needs and attitudes of workers for whom English is a foreign language. This also includes diversity awareness training for staff and members. Subsequently, the results from this initial work will form the basis for more long-term monitoring and evaluation.The BFAWU’s bid for funding for the work was backed by Northern Foods and RHM. In addition to a nationwide survey by questionnaire, in-depth research will be carried out at two sites each of both companies and at Finsbury Foods’ Memory Lane Cakes plant in Cardiff.BFAWU general secretary Joe Marino said the food industry has an increasingly diverse workforce, including many for whom English is not their first language. He said: “These are some of the most vulnerable members, in need of trade union support and protection. But it is a concern for employers too. Together we can halt this growing inequality.”Announcing the funding, employment relations minister Gerry Sutcliffe commented: “This fund helps ensure unions remain an integral part of the UK economy, making an effective contribution to constructive employment relations.”last_img read more

Vermont FiberConnect will get $33.4 million broadband grant

first_imgFirstLiight/Sovernet Communications,The Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA) and Sovernet Communications reported today that their public-private partnership, Vermont FiberConnect, will receive a $33.4 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.  The grant will allow Sovernet to develop, own, maintain, and operate a 773 mile fiber-optic middle mile network in southern, central, and northeastern Vermont.  The project will connect over 340 community anchor institutions in the project area, including State owned buildings, public safety towers and all public and private K-12 schools, public libraries and colleges that elect to participate in the project. Another $13.7 million will go to Vermont Telephone Company (STORY).Sovernet Communications, a leading communications provider in Vermont, is the sole sub-recipient of the grant, through its Sovernet Fiber Corporation subsidiary, and will coordinate with the NTIA through the VTA.  Governor Jim Douglas and the Vermont legislature established the VTA in 2007 to find solutions to expand broadband and cellular service across the state and specifically reaching the underserved areas of the state.This award represents significant support and partnership from the following: State of Vermont Office of the CIO, Department of Education and supervisory unions, Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Law School, Department of Public Safety, Department of Libraries (with funding partnership from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), and the New England Telehealth Consortium. ‘This network will provide major support for the VTA’s efforts to expand broadband and cellular service throughout unserved areas of Vermont,’ said VTA Executive Director Christopher Campbell. ‘It also breaks new ground by promising to offer these community institutions tremendously abundant bandwidth at rates they can afford.’Rich Kendall, Sovernet’s CEO added, ‘Sovernet is proud and excited to make a tangible commitment, in partnership with the VTA, State of Vermont, and the NTIA , with this construction of a state-of-the-art network that will enable expansion of affordable broadband in rural areas.  The project will offer substantial long term benefits to the people of Vermont, including greater job opportunity, stronger schools, better healthcare and increased public safety.’David Tucker, State of Vermont CIO added, ‘This funding will benefit the citizens of Vermont not only by opening the door for a broader adoption of broadband, but will further enable the State of Vermont to make government services more readily available to our citizens electronically.’Peter Drescher, the Education Technology Coordinator for the Vermont Department of Education added, ‘The award of this grant brings the Department of Education one step closer to meeting its goal of affordable broadband availability for 100% of the public and private schools throughout the State.’Martha Reid, State Librarian at the Vermont Department of Libraries, agreed saying, ‘We are thrilled with this award and look forward to working with the public libraries in these communities as they develop and expand 21st century technology services to support the needs of local citizens for information, cultural enrichment, global connection and life-long learning. Our vision is to have fiber optic connectivity in all Vermont public libraries and this is a great start.’In addition to the grant, Sovernet will invest over $11 million in the project, building a fiber-optic middle mile network, providing data transport services up to 1 Gbps to community anchor institutions, government agencies, and last mile providers throughout the project area.  Additionally, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will contribute a grant award of $400,000 to this project to build public library connections, as well as $150,000 to support on-going broadband service in libraries.  Transport services will be available to the anchor institutions at lower prices and with greater bandwidth than is commonly available in these communities, ensuring that Vermont’s technological capabilities are on par with the rest of the country. About Vermont Telecommunications AuthorityThe Vermont Telecommunications Authority was established by the Vermont General Assembly in Act 79, passed into law in June 2007.  Act 79 established a Vermont Telecommunications Authority to facilitate the establishment and delivery of mobile phone and internet access infrastructure and services for residents and businesses throughout Vermont. The authority is focused on unserved and underserved areas and an overall long term goal of broadband and mobile phone infrastructure throughout the state.About SovernetFounded in 1995, Sovernet Communications provides reliable Internet and telecommunication services to residential and business customers throughout Northern New England. This Vermont company is headquartered in Bellows Falls, with facilities in Burlington and Winooski. Sovernet is committed to delivering superior customer care and total customer satisfaction, while actively supporting its local communities.  For more information, please visit www.sover.net(link is external)About NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities ProgramThe American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 appropriated $7.2 billion and directed the NTIA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to expand broadband access to unserved and underserved communities across the U.S., increase jobs, spur investments in technology and infrastructure and provide long-term economic benefits. The result is the NTIA Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and the RUS Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP). BTOP will provide grants to fund broadband infrastructure, public computer centers and sustainable broadband adoption projects. BIP will make loans and grants for broadband infrastructure projects in rural areas. More information on these programs is available at www.broadbandusa.gov(link is external). Source: VTA July 2, 2010last_img read more

Austria 2 – 1 N Ireland

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FDA approves using Relenza to prevent flu

first_imgMar 29, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved the use of the antiviral drug zanamivir (Relenza) to prevent—not just treat—influenza in adults and children aged 5 and older.Zanamivir, one of the two flu drugs known as neuraminidase inhibitors, was approved in 1999 for treating flu in people aged 7 and older, but not for prophylactic use. The other neuraminidase inhibitor, oseltamivir (Tamiflu), was approved for both treatment and prevention in adults and children from the age of 1 year.”This approval is a welcome addition to the available defenses against the flu,” Dr. Steven Galson, director of the FDA’s center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in an FDA news release. “This new use offers the medical community another option to prevent and control influenza A and B.”Many countries are stockpiling oseltamivir, made by Roche, in the hope that it will offer some help in the next flu pandemic. Stockpiling of zanamivir, made by GlaxoSmithKline, has been less prevalent, but the United States is stocking up on both.”We have purchased, as of today, 4 million treatment courses of Relenza and 22 million treatment courses of Tamiflu,” Bill Hall, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, told CIDRAP News today. “We expect all of them to be in the stockpile by the end of this calendar year.”Hall said HHS is aiming for a total of 81 million treatment courses of the two antivirals by 2008, with zanamivir making probably up about 20%.Zanamivir is a powder that is inhaled by mouth with a “Diskhaler” device. Oseltamivir comes in capsule form.Four large, placebo-controlled studies have shown the effectiveness of Relenza for preventing flu, the FDA reported. In two trials, the incidence of flu in households whose members received the drug was 4.1%, versus 19.0% in households where people received a placebo.In a third trial, involving only adults, 2.0% of people in the Relenza group experienced flu symptoms, versus 6.1% of those in the placebo group, the FDA reported. In the fourth study, which involved mostly older adults, flu symptoms occurred in 1.4% of placebo group members and 0.2% of the treatment group.The FDA said zanamivir has not been found effective for preventing flu in nursing homes. Also, it is not recommended as a substitute for flu vaccine, the primary tool for preventing flu.The drug is not recommended for people who have asthma or other chronic respiratory disease, the FDA noted. After zanamivir’s initial approval, bronchospasm, in some cases fatal, was reported in some patients, most of whom had asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the agency said.See also:Mar 29 FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2006/ucm108622.htmFDA background information on Relenzahttp://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm183783.htmGlaxoSmithKline’s detailed information on Relenzahttp://us.gsk.com/products/assets/us_relenza.pdfCIDRAP overview on use of antiviral agents for pandemic flulast_img read more

Bill to Bulldoze CPO injustice

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Over 500 Jamaican cataract patients to receive free eye surgery from…

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, Mar. 24, CMC – Over 500 Jamaicans are to benefit from cataract surgeries at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), to be performed by Chinese ophthalmologists from the Bright Journey Medical Mission.Providing equipment, supplies to KPHThe Mission, which will be on their second visit to the island, will also be providing equipment and supplies valued at J$52.9 million to KPH and carrying out training and lectures in ophthalmology, and facilitating academic exchanges.This was disclosed by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dunstan Bryan at a recent signing ceremony for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the mission between Jamaica and the People’s Republic of China.According to the Permanent Secretary, China has been one of Jamaica’s strongest development partners with diplomatic relations extending over several decades.“In recent times, Jamaica’s collaboration with China has been especially robust in health. That collaboration is on show with the signing of an MOU that heralds a deepening of our partnership and in the public health interest,” he said.The Bright Journey Medical Mission is scheduled to return to Jamaica in April, following its first visit in May 2015. The team includes ophthalmologists, nurses and technical support staff from the Beijing Friendship Hospital, Capital Medical University and the Beijing Municipal Health Commission.“This initiative is a clear demonstration of a strong and healthy bilateral relationship between [both countries] in the area of Public Health. The government and people of Jamaica extend thanks to the government and people of the Peoples Republic China for their generosity and longstanding friendship,” the Permanent Secretary said.He added that the relationship has allowed several Jamaicans to have an improved quality of life through restoration of vision and a happier life.For his part, Chinese Ambassador to Jamaica, Tian Qi said the cooperation in the health, is one of the major areas of partnership between Jamaica and China.“Our cooperation is comprehensive and mutually beneficial in nature and with this second Bright Journey, they will perform at least 500 cataract surgeries for patients here and restore their sight. It is a gesture of goodwill of the Chinese government and the people through the Jamaican government and the people,” he said.last_img read more