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England players after their defeat to Australia at the 2015 World Cup — Iain Balshaw (@iainbalshaw) October 3, 2015 Members of England’s victorious 2003 squad took to Twitter on Saturday night – and some were more scathing than others 5. Australia outfoxed England over the 80 minutes, thanks to coach Michael Cheika’s gameplan – something that ITV analyst Ben Kay appreciated. All eyes will be on @EnglandRugby after tonight’s loss but give credit where due, the @Wallabies were the better team and bloody brilliant 2. Will Greenwood is now backing Wales or Australia to lift the trophy. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 7. And Iain Balshaw, who replaced Josh Lewsey in extra time in the final in 2003, summed up what pretty much all England fans were thinking. 6. Matt Dawson, host of BBC Radio 5Live’s rugby phone-in show, admits he jumped the gun a bit when he called for Stuart Lancaster to be relieved of his duties. 3. Neil Back was a bit more expressive in his criticisms, and he may have a point. Social media was ablaze on Saturday night with analysis, criticism and a fair bit of support for England’s rugby players. Unfortunately for the hosts, they were well and truly outplayed by a clinical Australia squad.Twelve years ago England experienced different emotions after facing Australia at the World Cup in their own back yard – with Sir Clive Woodward’s boys lifting the Webb Ellis trophy in Sydney after beating the Wallabies 20-17.A few of the members of that final squad took to Twitter to express their reactions to England crashing out of their home tournament at the first hurdle.1. Jonny Wilkinson, he of that last-minute drop-goal fame, was very tactful in his analysis. 4. Mike Tindall replied to a tweet from a fan claiming that referee Romain Poite cost England the game.
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These events were followed by Facebook Live event ‘A Very 2020 Race for Life’, which was hosted by TV presenter Alex Jones on Saturday 26 September. 55,000 viewers tuned in to the Race for Life Facebook page to experience elements of an event day, including hearing from people affected by cancer, a minute’s silence to remember loved ones and a warm up routine. After the live stream participants were invited to set off on their own 5k in local parks and neighbourhoods.Altogether, the Race for Life Facebook Live events have seen 280,000 total views and over 2,600 comments sent in.Jake Ward, Business Development Director at Groovy Gecko, said:“Taking events online has to include a huge amount of interaction, or it’s never going to fill the void that is left from the Race for Life mass participation events. Cancer Research UK wanted to ensure the community spirit of the event series shone through with interaction being possible from different viewer locations. By inputting our REALM Live Questions tool into the live streams, we enabled viewers to interact while taking part from home.”Sarah Pickersgill, head of Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life marketing added: Advertisement Tagged with: Fundraising ideas virtual event 310 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Melanie May | 3 November 2020 | News “As a result of Covid-19 our Race for Life events were unfortunately cancelled this year, and this will have a huge impact on Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work. But we’re determined to keep making progress for people affected by cancer, who have never needed us more.“We wanted to bring our fantastic Race for Life community together and with Groovy Gecko’s expertise, we were able to encourage our supporters to join a series of live stream events that were fun, engaging and heartfelt, keeping with the spirit of our Race for Life events.” [youtube height=”450″width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3bBG1susGo&feature=emb_logo[/youtube] Cancer Research UK turns Race for Life mass group events virtual with live streaming Cancer Research UK ran its first live streaming series for Race for Life earlier this year, adapting its mass group events into live-streamed interactive campaigns.Live streaming agency Groovy Gecko supported Cancer Research UK with the first ever Race for Life at Home Facebook live stream series, producing and streaming it over several weeks in April and May 2020.This saw celebrities including singer Jake Quickenden and TV presenter Chloe Madeley lead workouts directly streamed into people’s homes, while viewers were able to submit questions and share personal experiences in a private pop-up box on-screen that were then moderated by the hosts. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Positive Job Report to Lead to Supply, Rate Increases Next: Rising Interest Rates to Help MSR Holders Tagged with: CFPB Dodd-Frank Government Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Phil Banker Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Related Articles Phil Banker began his career in journalism after graduating from the University of North Texas. He has covered a number of communities across Texas and southern Oklahoma, writing news and sports for publications including the Ardmoreite, Ennis Daily News and the Plano Star-Courier. He is currently a contributor to DS News and The MReport. President Donald Trump’s executive order demanding an official review of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is his first real step toward fulfilling a promise he made in his campaign to overhaul the banking rule. The executive order, which President Trump signed Friday, will direct the Treasury secretary to consult members of different regulatory agencies and the Financial Stability Oversight Council, and report back on potential changes.Former House Representative Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) spoke to DS News on Friday, saying Trump’s latest executive order confirms his suspicions that Trump has no intention of maintaining strong regulatory controls over the financial industry.”He’s not worried about a repeat of 2008,” Frank said. “I think this is just confirmation that he believes we shouldn’t regulate the financial industry. Instead, he’s going to make people in business very happy.”Frank first introduced the Act into the House of Representatives in 2009, which passed in the Senate with the help of co-author Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Connecticut). It was signed into law by President Barack Obama on July 21, 2010.Frank said the executive order itself is no real threat to Dodd-Frank itself, as it only orders the Secretary of the Treasury to prepare a report.”The executive order doesn’t do anything. Literally it doesn’t do anything,” he said. “The reason is, he can’t change the provisions of the law by executive order. These are specific statutes, I think we were very careful about adopting them. He would like to get Congress substantively to weaken the bill legislatively.”Frank expressed his skepticism that repeal of financial reform will succeed in Congress.”Financial reform is very popular,” Frank said. “When the Republicans were in power under President Obama, they kept voting to repeal the healthcare bill entirely but they never put the vote to the floor to repeal financial reform because the public supports financial form.”He’s not going to get this through the Congress, I believe,” Frank said.Several members of the industry voiced their approval for the president’s order, while others expressed concern and called for caution.“It’s promising that President Trump is taking a proactive stance on re-examining regulations,” said Ed Delgado, President and CEO of the Five Star Institute and former Wells Fargo and Freddie Mac executive. “Dodd-Frank as it stands was well intended, but is complex and overbearing upon implementation and execution.”Trump also signed a presidential memorandum instructing the Labor Department to delay an Obama-era rule requiring financial professionals to put their clients’ interests first when giving advice on retirement investments.Brian Montgomery, former FHA Commissioner and Vice Chairman of the Washington D.C.-based think tank The Collingwood Group, echoed Delgado’s sentiment on potential changes to Dodd-Frank.“During the campaign, I am fairly certain candidate Trump didn’t say he supported fewer consumer protections, however he did make clear that changes were needed to Dodd-Frank and his recent comments signal that it’s time for a common-sense approach to regulation,” Montgomery said. “For one, the barrage of rules targeted at mortgage bankers has required them to spend hundreds of millions in technology upgrades most of which have nothing to do with improving the actual customer experience.”Montgomery said one independent banker told him he spends 75 percent of his IT budget on Dodd-Frank mandated changes alone.“The new regulatory regime has also driven up the cost to originate a mortgage loan to $7,046 in 2015 up from $4,500 in 2008,” he said. “This creates two major problems—lenders remain fearful of loan defaults and the heavy-handed government intrusion that follows and will only lend to borrowers with pristine credit, and it’s now uneconomical for them to originate smaller balance mortgages.”However, not all responses to a possible regulatory reduction were positive.Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, took an opposing stance on the president’s order.“Making the financial system more fair and transparent is essential to providing low-income and minority communities with more economic stability,” Henderson said. “Over the past decade, our country has learned hard lessons about what happens when the game is rigged and regulators turn their backs to reckless subprime mortgages, payday loan debt traps, and shady bank account fees. President Trump seems bent on forgetting those lessons and on betraying the people he professed to represent when he talked about a ‘rigged’ system.”Many of the Act’s supporters point to the billions of dollars returned to U.S. consumers through regulatory actions mounted by the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, an agency created by the Act whose future is currently in doubt.Lisa Donner, executive director of Americans for Financial Reform, agreed with Henderson, calling the order a “betrayal” of Trump’s campaign promises to keep Wall Street in check.“Wall Street titan Goldman Sachs seems to be taking over financial regulation in the United States, trying to make it easier for them and other big banks like Wells Fargo to steal from their customers and destabilize the economy,” Donner said. “If they succeed it will have painful consequences.”Dan Berger, President and CEO of the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU) said they welcome regulators reviewing Dodd-Frank but also that they would continue to support and press the CFPB to use its authority to exempt credit unions from the regulations created to address abuses in which they did not engage.“Ultimately, we look forward to the administration, Congress and the regulators working together to reduce regulatory burden,” Berger said. “We will continue to advocate for credit unions’ best interests as this review moves forward.” EXCLUSIVE: Barney Frank Responds to Trump Order Sign up for DS News Daily in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago February 3, 2017 1,464 Views Subscribe The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago CFPB Dodd-Frank Government 2017-02-03 Phil Banker Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / EXCLUSIVE: Barney Frank Responds to Trump Order Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago
Sign up for DS News Daily Home / Daily Dose / DOJ Requests Argument Time in CFPB Case The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Changing With the Times Next: Fewer Jobless, but Less Job Growth in March DOJ Requests Argument Time in CFPB Case CFPB Department of Justice 2017-04-06 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently filed an unopposed motion with the D.C. Circuit Court requesting ten minutes of argument time during the oral argument in the rehearing en banc in the PHH Corp case against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The argument is to be held on May 24.The D.C. circuit court allows for 30 minutes per side for oral argument. In its request for argument time, the DOJ stated that because “our position in this case does not fully align with either party,” it is requesting that “instead of sharing time with either party, we receive a total of ten minutes for the United States.”“We respectfully request leave to present oral argument in support of the position taken by the United States,” the motion states. “The United States has a unique interest in the resolution of the question presented, which centers on the validity of a statutory limitation on the President’s authority.”The DOJ previously filed an amicus brief in support of PHH Corp, declaring the Bureau unconstitutional. The 33-page brief from the DOJ focuses largely on President Trump’s power to replace the CFPB director.Justice Department lawyers have argued that the current structure of the CFPB are problematic, as it allows the presidency to remove the director only for negligence or malfeasance. The brief states that, instead, the president can remove the director at will.”Limitations on the president’s authority to remove a single agency head are a recent development to which the executive branch has consistently objected,” the Justice Department’s previous brief said. “Under the Constitution and Supreme Court precedent, the general rule is that the president must have authority to remove executive branch agency heads at will.”The DOJ’s position is that the CFPB is unconstitutional, but calls for restructuring. PHH, however, has called for the complete dismantling of the CFPB.The entire motion from the Department of Justice can be found here. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Seth Welborn is a contributing writer for DS News. He is a Harding University graduate with a degree in English and a minor in writing, and has studied abroad in Athens, Greece. An East Texas native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: CFPB Department of Justice The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articles April 6, 2017 1,352 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Print This Post Subscribe
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Hidden dangersOn 1 May 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Laundrystaff in hospitals may be at risk from blood-borne viruses from contaminatedinstruments. However, there are measures you can take to keep safe, by EileenSmith Inoculation through the skin with a contaminated sharp instrument is the principlerisk of transmission of blood-borne viruses to healthcare workers (PHLS 2000).1Numerous studies have shown that such injuries occur in a variety ofsettings and are frequently associated with the inappropriate handling anddisposal of sharps (Wilson 2001).2 A recent survey by Godfrey (2001) indicated that two out of five injuredpeople were not the original users of the sharp.3 Downstream injuries arecommon, and May and Brewer (2001) corroborate this evidence.4 Staff at risk The laundry staff employed in a particular NHS Trust hospital were in dangerof contamination by a blood-borne virus by coming into contact with items suchas: – Dirty theatre instruments – Used hypodermic needles – IV cannulae – Blades – Sharp teeth – Splinters of bone Any of these items could have been accidentally or negligently dropped amongthe linen. These ‘sharps’ may cause a percutaneous injury, which is a verydistressing experience for the employee, often compounded by an inability toidentify the donor/source, to facilitate a risk assessment for blood-borneviruses. Despite the availability of vaccination against Hepatitis B, there is stilla risk to employees. According to a report from the RCN in 2001, evidence fromthe US suggests that the probability of a healthcare worker becoming infectedby a contaminated sharp is: – one in three for Hepatitis B, – one in 30 for Hepatitis C – one in 300 for HIV5 Local measures in place Further investigation at the hospital revealed that a variety of measures toreduce the risk of sharps injury had been put into place by the Trust and theHealth and Safety Group, such as protective clothing for laundry staff (asrecommended in the Health Service Guidelines HSG(95)18),6 repeated educationalforums for nurses, doctors and allied healthcare workers, stringent checks oftheatre instruments and a ‘name and shame’ policy. A specific project group wasformed to look at the laundry problem. The primary focus of evaluation of the injury prevention strategies was toimprove the effectiveness of the interventions as described by Feyer andWilliamson (1998).7 However, it was realised that the success of the measures, when put intoplace, depended upon compliance by staff. An examination of the job/task factorsalso revealed that safe working practices interfered with the speed ofperformance and this was the most reported reason for non-compliance(Hoffman-Terry et al 1992).8 So, despite the attempts of the Trust to develop safe systems of work foremployees, some sharp items still appear in the laundry. Legislation Employers have a responsibility to protect employees from such occupationalhealth risks under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974, ss. 2 and 3).9However, they have a more specific duty to prevent exposure to biologicalagents under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH1999)10, (Ballard 2000)11. These regulations, which incorporate the Approved Code of Practice on thecontrol of biological agents, would seem to be the most relevant legislation inthe UK relating to sharp injuries, including blood-borne viruses. In the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1999 (COSHH1999), regulation 6 requires that an employee is not exposed to any substancehazardous to health unless there has been a suitable risk assessment made andsteps taken as a result of the risk assessment to protect the employee, whichmeet the requirements of the regulations. With regard to blood-borne viruses,employers are advised to assess: – Which virus may be present – What effects it may have – Where the virus is likely to be present – Ways in which employees may be exposed The chance of exposure, frequency of contact, the protective measures used inthe work, where information is available, whether or not the blood or bodyfluids come from an infected individual (Ballard 2000). In addition to this, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations(HSE 1999) provide for risk assessment, effective planning, organisation,control, monitoring and review of the preventive and protective measures.Employers must also provide employees with health and safety training.12 Unfortunately, the risk, although somewhat reduced by the above strategies,still remains, and the cost both to the employee (physical and mental) andemployer – including the financial costs of an injury, treatment and possiblelegal processes (RCN 2001)5 – are too great to ignore. Viewed together, these conclusions highlight the need for complementarymeasures to be found. In the report, The influence of employee/job task andorganisational factors on adherence to universal precautions among nurses,which appears in the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, it says itis possible to use available engineering technology to reduce direct exposureto harm in certain circumstances.13 Mechanical measures The project group reached the general consensus that mechanical/engineeringmeasures might be the answer to creating a safer working environment at theTrust. However, so far, technology has not been successfully applied to theproblem in this country – even in the US, where legislative costs are high, asolution has not been found either. There are an estimated 10 million healthcare workers in the US experiencingbetween 600,000 and 800,000 needle-stick injuries per year (GAO 2000).14 In anattempt to reduce this number, new legislation will mandate the use of saferdevices (Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act 2000)15, but this solution maynot be a catchall. A local initiative was developed at the hospital to find other ways ofpreventing needle-stick injuries in the laundry. This included a visit to alocal airport, where an offer had been made to test the ability of their x-rayscanning equipment to pick up small sharp items such as hypodermic needles,concealed in the laundry, with a view to obtaining similar equipment for thehospital. Disappointingly, the test was not successful, however, it did providethe impetus to explore further means of detecting sharps in the laundry. The methods used by other establishments to monitor for sharps were alsoinvestigated, but networking with other hospital laundries in the countryproved that the problem was widespread and solutions to date were inadequate.However, contact with a local prison revealed that a hand-held metal detectorserved their purpose. The manufacturer of this machine facilitated the loan ofa superior hand-held machine to trial. Unfortunately, this was not successfuleither as it involved increased handling of the linen. Discussion with a colleague revealed that food manufacturers use metaldetection to screen pre-packed food before it leaves the factory. A localproducer explained that a machine incorporating a metal detector housed in anarch above a conveyor belt on which cartons of food passed along, is used as aquality-control method. This company kindly provided a list of manufacturers ofsimilar machines used by various industries. A telephone trawl of a selection of those manufacturers revealed that themajority believed the task of detecting tiny metal items concealed in laundrywas, to date, insurmountable. The aperture under the detector needs to be relatively small to affordgreater sensitivity – even more so to detect tiny items such as suture needles– so they did not anticipate being able to build a machine of the proportionrequired to screen dirty laundry. However, one company, Cintex, which manufactures needle search metaldetectors for clothing and footwear industries, expressed an interest in thedilemma. The combined objective was to determine a method of inspecting the laundryfor metal contaminants and, in particular, sharp instruments, to eliminate themfrom the laundry chain before they caused harm. Cintex responded to thisproblem by involving its research and development specialists in a project tofind potential solutions. Numerous visits by the company representative resulted in an attempt tomodify one of the existing needle search machines – a metal detector sitedaround a conveyor belt. A problem lay in the size of the aperture required topass the laundry under the detector. However, using new advancements in itselectronics and software, Cintex manufactured a larger aperture detector, whilestill maintaining excellent sensitivity. This machine was installed into the laundry for a trial period and provedsuccessful in monitoring dirty linen. It was subsequently purchased, whichresulted in a reduction in the number of staff required to handle the dirtylaundry. Two workers have been trained to use the machine and have been provided withprotective gloves for placing linen on the conveyor and removing suspect itemsidentified by the machine. Their knowledge of the dangers of blood-borneviruses was updated, their Hepatitis B status checked and the procedurefollowing a needle-stick injury was re-enforced. Research is ongoing to extend the machine’s use to wet laundry, which wouldprovide more comprehensive monitoring. Conclusion Following the installation of the machine, other uses are coming to light,such as screening newly-stitched theatre swabs for needle remnants. There isstill a long way to go to perfect the system in the laundry, but this machineprovides a broader, more multi-faceted intervention strategy that does not relyso heavily on the individual worker’s behaviour and ability to follow safepractices in all situations. Instead, the new equipment complements education,active prompts and reminders. At the very least, it is a step in the rightdirection to fulfil the Trust’s responsibilities in protecting employees fromharm. Eileen Smith RGN, BSc (Hon’s) Health Studies, BSc (Hon’s) CommunityNursing/Occupational Health, C&G FETC 7307, ENB 998, is a specialist practitioner,OH department, Sunderland Royal Hospital References 1. 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Health and Safety Commission (1999), General COSHH AcoP (Control ofSubstances Hazardous to Health), Carcinogens Acop (Control of biologicalagents), Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1999, HSE Books,Suffolk 11. Ballard, J (2000), HIV and viral hepatitis at work. An introduction tothe relevant health and safety law, Occupational Health Review, May/June 27-32 12. Health and Safety Executive (1999), Management of Health and Safety atWork Regulations, London, The Stationery Office 13. DeJoy, DM, Murphy, LR and Gershon, RM (1995), The influence ofemployee/job task and organisational factors on adherence to universalprecautions among nurses, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 16,43-55 14. General Accounting Office (2000), Occupational Safety: selected cost andbenefit implications of needle-stick prevention devices for hospitals,GAO-01-6R, United States General Accounting Office, Washington DC 20548 15. Needle-stick safety and prevention Act section (2000), 2 (7), US Senate Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article