‘Tis the Season to Celebrate

first_img Make a comment Community News To sign up for a class, learn more, or experience a free LCPC class, go to www.lacanadapc.org/parented or call (818) 790-6708 ext. 205. Classes meet weekly September through May and attract approximately 400 participants from 22 different cities. La Canada Presbyterian Church is located at 626 Foothill in La Canada. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 6 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a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Second Semester for LCPC Parent Education’s 12 classes for parents of children 0-18 begins the week of January 25th. In addition to the classes already in session, check out New Babies the new Parenting Your Exceptional Child which begin in late January and March, respectively. The New Babies class (for babies born 8/8/2015 – 12/31/2015) will begin the week of January 21st on Thursdays from 11:30am-1:30 and will be taught by experienced teacher and mother of seven, Nanette Brown. Parenting Your Exceptional Child is a six-week class for parents of K-6th grade children who need encouragement, support, education and resources for parenting their exceptional child (ADHD/ADD, Autism Spectrum, Special Needs, Highly Gifted, adoption or divorce Issues, health or any other exceptional circumstances). This new class will be taught by another experienced teacher, Sloan Walsh, and will be held February 3-March 9 on Wednesdays from 12:30-2:30. Top of the News Community News HerbeautyGet Rid Of Unwanted Body Fat By Eating The Right FoodsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Fashion Trends You Should Never Try And 6 You’ll LoveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWomen Love These Great Tips To Making Your Teeth Look WhiterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week In the holiday spirit of mixing business with pleasure, the La Cañada Presbyterian Church board and staff met at the Altadena home of Nanette and Fritz Brown last week for a year end Christmas Party and joint board/staff meeting. The evening was filled with good food, fellowship, reflection, planning, and prayer in anticipation of the wonderful year ahead. In attendance were Doreen Aitelli, Anne Bierling, Nanette Brown, Margaret Caldwell, Hillary Clayburgh, Paige Dunbar, Julie Engler, Lynne Graves, Katrina Harbers, Katherine Loevinger, Maggie Mason, Sandy Padgett, Nicole Ravana, Sandy Ravana, Jan Roberts, Allie Schreiner, Tracy Tobias, Mary Van Amringe and Sloan Walsh. Front Row L to R: Carol Van Citters, Maggie Mason, Nanette Brown, Margaret Caldwell, Tracy Tobias, Jan Roberts, and Sloan Walsh. Back Row L to R: Paige Dunbar, Allie Schreiner, Anne Bierling, Sandy Ravana, Julie Engler, Sandy Padgett, Nicole Ravana, Hillary Clayburgh, Doreen Aitelli, Mary Van Amringe, Katrina Harbers. (Photo Credit: Katherine Loevinger) faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Faith & Religion News ‘Tis the Season to Celebrate By KATHERINE LOEVINGER Published on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 | 11:19 am Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Managing Covid-19 ‘clusters’ set to be a key challenge for occupational health

first_imgRelated posts: Managing Covid-19 ‘clusters’ set to be a key challenge for occupational healthBy Nic Paton on 2 Oct 2020 in Shielding, Stress, Mental health conditions, Coronavirus, Health surveillance, OH service delivery, Return to work and rehabilitation, Occupational Health, Personnel Today Shutterstock A recent SOM/Royal College of Nursing webinar offered occupational health practitioners valuable advice on how to manage Covid-19 outbreaks as we head through the autumn and into the winter and how, despite all the added pressures it is bringing, the pandemic could actually be an opportunity for the profession. Nic Paton listened in.As we head into the autumn there is a lot still that we don’t know or understand about Covid-19. One issue increasing becoming clear, however, is that the government’s so-called ‘whack-a-mole’ strategy for dealing with local flare-ups – implementing temporary local lockdowns or restrictions – is likely to cause challenges for occupational health as well as, potentially, community tensions on the ground.Especially where an outbreak is centred on a specific employer or premises, it stands to reason that how that employer responds will be in the media and public spotlight, with the occupational health team, if there is one, also potentially likely to be centre-stage.That was very much the case, for example, with the cluster of cases that emerged at food manufacturer Greencore in August, where occupational health provision is led by the highly regarded head of occupational health Julie Routledge.Over the summer we also saw clusters emerging at, to pick out just a few, a Tesco Extra in Swindon, a food processing plant in Scotland, and a bar in Aberdeen. Indeed, a report by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in August calculated that there had been 1,376 clusters of Covid-19 in occupational settings within the UK and 15 European Union/European Economic Area countries between March and early July, with the health sector, food processing and packaging, manufacturing and office settings all highlighted.The role of occupational health practitioners in providing advice, guidance and leadership to employers and individuals in the event of a Covid-19 outbreak or cluster was at the heart of a recent webinar on OH and Covid-19 run by SOM, the Society of Occupational Medicine, and the Royal College of Nursing.Chaired by SOM’s president, Professor Anne Harriss, the webinar brought together Susie Singleton, consultant nurse, health protection, and national lead for Integrated Personal Commissioning, Centres and Regions, at Public Health England, and Dr Shriti Pattani, chair of the NHS Health at Work Network and clinical director at London North West University Hospitals NHS Trust.Defining an ‘outbreak’Singleton began the event by recapping how the pandemic had unfolded since the beginning of the year and where we are now. As she conceded: “This is unprecedented. I have been involved in previous epidemics, pandemics, big outbreaks – but nothing of this scale. And I think that everybody is really trying to work hard to get the best information out to everybody as quickly as possible.”When managing an outbreak, it was important, first, to recognise what was even meant by the term ‘outbreak’, she emphasised. “Within this country we have very defined terminology and, within epidemiology, it is normally defined as more than two cases related in place and time,” she said.“But I must also stress that you can have an ‘outbreak’ with one case. If we have an unusual disease that is not normally associated with this country, or it has been imported; something like polio, then one case would constitute an outbreak, and we would then instigate outbreak control measures. So the definitions will change depending on what it is we are looking at,” she added.It was also important to try to gauge whether what you are dealing with is a workplace outbreak or a workforce outbreak, she advised.“We are seeing asymptomatic carriage within the community coming into the workplace. And then it can be transferred on to other colleagues at work. Some of the high-profile ones that have hit the news are some of the food manufacturing plants. So there is a lot of work undergoing and being underpinned in identifying what is happening within the regions and within the workplaces, and there are health protection teams and contact tracing teams up and down the country now.“In some of the high-prevalence areas local authorities are also undertaking contact tracing when people are not responding to digital platforms or being contacted by email or telephone. Some of the local authorities are now contact tracing and going door to door. So there is a lot of work, and a lot of very tired staff out there,” Singleton said.“It is really, really important to try and understand what we know, what we don’t know, what we actually think is happening; developing a sort of hypothesis, and then going on to test it to see if we can understand what is going on. This in public health terms also includes what I like to call ‘shoe leather epidemiology’.“You can’t manage an outbreak from an office; you can’t manage an outbreak without physically going and seeing what is going on. Because a lot of the information we pick up is ‘soft’ intelligence. It might be about the environment, the ventilation, the airflows. It might be about waste control. It may be about human behaviours. So it is very, very important to talk to the people on the ground, and they are often the ones who will have the information that best helps to control the outbreaks,” Singleton added.Key steps of effective risk assessmentSingleton also recapped on some of the key steps of effective risk assessment. “If you suspect an outbreak, then we need to investigate; it needs to be reported on suspicion and not wait until it is actually confirmed. We need to ensure that we have identified the hazard. We need to decide who might be harmed. We need to assess the risks and what action to take. We need to make a recording of the findings. We need to review the risk assessments. And we need to learn the lessons and cascade the lessons.”The second speaker, Dr Shriti Pattani, focused on risk assessment for Covid-19 and the issue of protecting vulnerable staff within the workplace. She emphasised that, of course, risk assessment by itself is not enough. “It needs to be followed through with appropriate control measures and monitoring.”Within this, it was important not just to look at how an individual might get Covid-19 but also the extent of harm that could occur if they became infected. “As OH practitioners, we need to make an assessment on the likelihood of that harm occurring to the individual health of the worker,” she pointed out.This had led not only to an increase in workload for many within OH but also the need to be working with managers in a different way. “We [occupational health] promote the idea that they [managers] look at functional capacity, not individual health. I personally don’t know of any other risk assessments over my years of practising as an OH physician under health and safety law that has required this level of input from occupational health. In my department over the last month we have received 1,350 risk assessments that we personally needed to get involved with,” she said.At her trust, the OH service had created a risk assessment tool with an appendix of all the health conditions outlined by Public Health England as making an individual vulnerable to Covid-19. “We asked managers to simply ask their member of staff, ‘do you have one of these conditions?’, and not to actually to go into the detail of the condition or what it is or any of the treatments. And that actually produced a very efficient way of dealing with this particular issue around managers having access to health information,” said Dr Pattani.Along with the ongoing and updated guidance from the Health and Safety Executive and Public Health England (at least until is replaced by the government’s proposed new National Institute for Health Protection), Dr Pattani highlighted the Welsh Government’s Covid-19 risk assessment tool as being valuable, along with the ‘Covid age’ medical risk assessment tool developed by ALAMA (the Association of Local Authority Medical Advisors) and SOM’s suite of return-to-work guidance and toolkits.New national clinical assessment toolkitDr Pattani also pointed to the development of a new national clinical assessment toolkit by the government that would be available for clinicians, including occupational health practitioners, “later in the year”.As she outlined: “The idea is that we can actually give our patients, our workers, a consistent approach to assessing their clinical vulnerability. And, as healthcare practitioners – GPs, specialists and OH practitioners – we can all sing from the same hymn sheet and give our patients and our workers the same clinical risk advice.”For all the challenges Covid-19 was posing for occupational health practitioners, and all the added pressure and workload it was creating, the pandemic was, arguably, also an opportunity for the profession to show its worth to employers and the wider public, Dr Pattani argued.“I think there has never been a better opportunity for us to demonstrate the value that a well-resourced occupational health service can bring, and our special skills in actually managing and supporting and assessing the fitness to work of our workforce,” she said.“Certainly, I know that in the NHS occupational health has had a very high profile and we’ve had many staff who have been redeployed in my service. We went from 12 staff to 36 within two weeks to deal with Covid hotlines, swabbing, antibody testing, risk assessment, now track and trace and the big asymptomatic staff testing programme that is starting,” she said.“Nationally, certainly, there is more of a focus on investing in occupational health. So, I hope this might be a real opportunity for occupational health to be recognised as an important speciality [sic] in its own right, and an investment made in occupational health services,” she added.Possibility of a Covid-19 vaccineDuring the webinar’s question and answer session, Dr Pattani was asked to offer her advice on how OH should best be managing and supporting workers who are anxious or fearful about returning to physical workspaces. She emphasised it was vital to understand their anxieties – it could be, for example, it was more about travelling on public transport than actually being in the work environment – and whether the fears were more perception than reality.In her trust, all workers who had been shielding had been sent individual letters outlining the trust’s risk mitigation actions, managers had arranged personal calls to run through a Covid risk assessment and, where appropriate or necessary, workers had been referred to the trust’s employee assistance programme. “For those who were extremely anxious, within occupational health we have been running Covid hotlines; so we actually called them to have an independent conversation with them as well,” she pointed out.Susie Singleton was then asked for her view on the chances of a viable vaccine becoming available by the end of this year. “The rule of thumb has always been that, if we identify a new vaccine, it normally takes 10 years from lab to shelf or patient or client or whoever we are giving it to,” she pointed out.“In reality, yes there are a couple of vaccines currently in the human trials aspect, and the UK is one of the leading lights in this. To have it one the shelf and ready by December I would doubt very much. It is the safety mechanism – there is a vaccine out there that is looking very, very promising – but in reality I would say, if everything goes to plan, we are probably looking at spring 2021 or after. I hope I’m wrong!” she added.The webinar concluded with the results of a poll of participants asking how they felt OH professionals would be involved, and where they would most add value, if there was a second wave of Covid-19 this autumn.The majority (90%) said return to work would be the key area, along with case management and managing sickness absence (84%), managing and supporting mental ill health (79%) and leading on risk assessment (78%).As well as contributing to the webinar, Dr Pattani has written about her experiences as an NHS occupational health physician during Covid-19 in the August edition of the journal Occupational Medicine. This has included how the trust set up a call centre-style hotline, a drive-through and community testing programme, and a seven-day OH and testing service. The article can be found at https://academic.oup.com/occmed/advance-article/doi/10.1093/occmed/kqaa137/5880346References“Coronavirus: Prime minister says ‘we’ll be doing whack-a-mole’ on local flare-ups”, Sky News, May 2020, https://news.sky.com/video/coronavirus-prime-minister-says-well-be-doing-whack-a-mole-on-local-flare-ups-11986745“Greencore’s Covid 19-positive workers ‘huge disaster’ says council leader”, BBC News, August 2020, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-53779234; Statement Regarding COVID-19 Outbreak in Northampton, Greencore, August 2020, https://www.greencore.com/statement-regarding-covid-19-outbreak-in-northampton/“Coupar Angus food processing plant closed after coronavirus cluster”, BBC News, August 2020, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-53806229“Coronavirus: Outbreak among staff at Tesco Extra supermarket in Swindon”, Sky News, August 2020, https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-outbreak-among-staff-at-tesco-extra-supermarket-in-swindon-12046356“‘We are truly sorry’ Aberdeen bar at centre of coronavirus cluster apologises and says it is not ‘rushing to reopen’”, Daily Record, August 2020, https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/aberdeen-bar-covid-cluster-sorry-22540275COVID-19 clusters and outbreaks in occupational settings in the EU/EEA and the UK, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, August 2020, https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications-data/covid-19-clusters-and-outbreaks-occupational-settings-eueea-and-uk“Government creates new National Institute for Health Protection”, Department of Health and Social Care, August 2020, https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-creates-new-national-institute-for-health-protectionCOVID-19 workforce risk assessment tool, https://gov.wales/covid-19-workforce-risk-assessment-toolALAMA, Covid-age, August 2020, https://alama.org.uk/covid-19-medical-risk-assessment/Returning to the workplace after the Covid-19 lockdown – toolkits, SOM, https://www.som.org.uk/return-to-work/ No comments yet. 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Welsh marine test site gets funding boost

first_imgWelsh government has awarded £1.2 million for the development of a Marine Energy Test Area (META) project in the Milford Haven Waterway.The funding will support the work of Marine Energy Wales in developing a network of pre-consented areas of seabed that will support research, component testing, innovation, deployment techniques and scaled device deployment.The £1.9 million META project is set to contribute towards Wales’ plans to play a key role in a growing global market and will add to the UK’s network of test sites.David Jones, Project Director of Marine Energy Wales, said: “Marine energy has already had a positive impact upon our peripheral economies in Wales, supported local supply chain clustering and diversification, and we see META contributing to the continued cost reduction being delivered by the sector at the moment.”Stephen Wyatt, ORE Catapult’s Director of Research & Disruptive Innovation, said: “Its [META’s] pre-consented areas of waterway, will provide for quick and efficient testing of components, sub-assemblies and complete devices, and allow developers to practice installation and O&M methodologies, within easy reach of an extensive, and supportive, engineering supply chain.“META fits well with ORE Catapult’s emerging plans for engagement with the region, and we look forward to working closely with the team.”META forms part of Pembroke Dock Marine, a £76 million project to develop a world class center for marine energy development, fabrication, testing and deployment in Pembrokeshire.The project has also received funding through the Coastal Communities Fund earlier this year.The next steps of the project will build on previous work to select the most appropriate sites within the Waterway, continue to engage with stakeholders and formally begin the leasing and licensing process.last_img read more

Cricket News Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team aim to avoid tail-ender woes in Australia Tests

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team had plenty of positives and some negatives in their warm-up game against Cricket Australia XI at the Sydney Cricket Ground which ended in a draw. All the batsmen got a decent hit, with the skipper, Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari slamming fifties while Murali Vijay blasted 129 with KL Rahul also chipping in with a fifty. However, the negatives were few but worrying. Shaw’s ankle injury has ruled him out of the opening Test in Adelaide but the major area of concern for India was the inability of their bowlers to run through the tail. Cricket Australia were reeling at 234/6 but numbers eight, nine, 10 and 11 combined with No.6 batsman Harry Nielsen to smash 303 runs and propel them to 544 all out and get a lead of 186 runs. Partnerships of 179 for the seventh wicket, 41 for the eighth wicket, 33 for the ninth wicket and 57 for the last wicket are not ideal for India’s bowling unit that has been dubbed the ‘best ever’ to visit Australia. The performance of the bowlers in their only warm-up game at the Sydney Cricket Ground has raised two questions. Can the Indian bowlers take 20 wickets and can they avoid getting stung by the tail yet again Down Under?The answer to the first question could be affirmative but the second question has been lingering in the backdrop for far too long. In previous tours to Australia, if one goes back a decade, India have lost key moments and squandered the series due to partnerships stitched by the Australian tail-enders. For Kohli to achieve success Down Under, the team must not only take 20 wickets but run through the tail in quick time.Tail-enders hurt India multiple timesBefore the start of the tour, Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri said the team must not repeat the mistake on previous overseas tours. This holds true in Australia, where they have been hurt by the tail.The classic instance was the 2014 Brisbane Test. India had reached 408 all out thanks to Murali Vijay’s 144 and had Australia on the ropes at 247/6. Mitchell Johnson was subject to some sledging by Rohit Sharma and it galvanised the left-hander as he blasted 88 off 93 balls and shared a 148-run stand for the seventh wicket with Steve Smith (133). Although both fell in quick succession, Mitchell Starc (52) batted confidently and shared a 56-run stand for the ninth wicket with Nathan Lyon (23) and a 51-run stand for the last wicket with Josh Hazlewood (32*). The total of 195 runs from numbers seven to 11 proved costly for India and after a dramatic second-innings collapse, they lost the match by four wickets.In the 2011 Boxing Day Test, India were hurt by the tail in a big way. James Pattinson, Ben Hilfenhaus and Nathan Lyon hit 42 runs for the last two wickets to help Australia reach 333 on a helpful deck. The contribution proved to be vital as the hosts gained a 51-run lead. In the second innings, the tail’s contribution was match-clinching. Pattinson (37*) shared a 31-run stand for the ninth wicket with Michael Hussey but a vital 43-run stand for the last wicket with Hilfenhaus gave Australia the ultimate boost and India lost the match by 122 runs. It was Pattinson’s batting with the tail which hurt India.In the acrimonious Sydney Test of 2008, Andrew Symonds was offered a life three times as the umpiring deteriorated in the match. Symonds, who blasted a match-clinching 162, shared a 173-run stand with Brad Hogg (79) for the seventh wicket, 114 for the eighth with Brett Lee (59) and 40 for the ninth with Johnson (28). India managed 532, a lead of 69 but 329 runs for the last four wickets by Australia ensured India did not hold the advantage. They lost the match by 122 runs to go 0-2 down in the series.Lessons from EnglandIn 2018, India was hurt by the tail in the England series. In Edgbaston, Sam Curran (63) shared a partnership of 48 for the eighth wicket with Adil Rashid (16) and 41 for the ninth wicket with Stuart Broad (11). A total of 93 runs from the bottom three proved to be the decisive moment and India lost the match by 31 runs. The tone of the series was set and at Southampton, the series slipped away and once again it was Curran who was responsible.The left-hander shared an 81-run stand with Moeen Ali for the seventh wicket and 63 runs for the ninth wicket with Broad as England recovered from 86/6 to reach 246. In the second innings, Curran and Jos Buttler stitched a 55-run stand for the seventh wicket which helped England set India a challenging total. India collapsed and lost the match by 60 runs to lose the series.If India is to win in Australia, they must avoid repeating the mistake of the tail registering a big stand. A repeat of the performance in the warm-up game in Sydney could prolong their wait for a Test series win in Australia. last_img read more