Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori’s opening remarks

first_img Rector Collierville, TN July 6, 2012 at 5:58 pm Carol – Well said. Frighteningly enough, a spirit is at work, but not the Holy Spirit! Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Don Meadows says: Tags July 10, 2012 at 7:18 pm Resolution A-69: “That it is the sense of this General Convention that homosexual persons are children of God who have a full and equal claim with all other persons upon the love, acceptance, and pastoral concern and care of the Church.”Resolution A-71: “That this General Convention expresses its conviction that homosexual persons are entitled to equal protection of the laws with all other citizens, and calls upon our society to see that such protection is provided in actuality.”These were passed in 1976. 36 years later, I’m sure my LGBT friends will be glad to know that some in TEC and the AC still consider these issues to be “nonsense.”The authors of Leviticus lived in the Bronze Age. We live in the 21st century. The simple fact is that there is no nexus between sexual orientation and morality, no matter what “tradition” says. Terri Degenhardt says: Jerome Norris says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA July 4, 2012 at 10:48 pm Good GOD! Who will deliver us of this troublesome Bishop? Peggy Blanchard says: Featured Events July 6, 2012 at 1:42 pm I would have been impressed had she repented of the sin of persecuting Traditional Anglicans, fellow Christians yet, and extended the hand of fellowship to ACNA. That along with stopping the unforgivable waste of church resources on legal fees to punish traditional believers would have meant and signaled change for the good. As I see it this address is just more words from the PB. What a shame, what a wasted opportunity! July 4, 2012 at 8:48 pm As Walter Brueggeman said; God has endless possibilities for us….awesome opening address from our PB….thank you Jeffrey Knox says: An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Posted Jul 4, 2012 Bob Cochrane says: July 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm I agree 100% Rector Shreveport, LA July 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm It seems to me that if Jesus is calling an individual elsewhere, then they need to follow. Why hang around and bemoan the fact that you are unhappy? The Rev Marcia King says: July 6, 2012 at 8:22 pm Because this is my church too. Although the center in TEC has definitely shifted not everyone has left. Many remain to preach the Gospel of Christ. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Maxine Schell says: July 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, or sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”We – your Anglican flock out here in the internet – are watching with great interest. Not just what you do, but how you choose to communicate with (at?) each other. July 5, 2012 at 8:13 am At this point in the life of the Church (if ever) I don’t believe it’s useful to simply make slighting remarks about one another or one another’s words (including the PB’s.) Rather than criticizing, we need to share constructive ideas with one another. I’m struck by her pointing out the work of the Episcopal Church in Frankfurt, Germany and how they began (and continue, I would think) by going out into the community to see what needs are there that that congregation might be equipped to address. I plan to encourage both my small congregations to do some intentional work in this area. We are, after all, supposed be about building God’s kingdom before Church buildings, of which we have more than enough. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Belleville, IL Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Comments are closed. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK July 5, 2012 at 9:53 am For every vestry meeting that ever was, diocesan gathering, and the prayers said that shaped them; “We give thanks for all God’s People of this General Convention who “have been sent to do the work God has given us to do…” Brad Howard says: Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Albany, NY Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Steve Wylder says: July 5, 2012 at 11:51 am In the past, I’ve felt that Bishop Jefferts Schori has come off as aloof, elitist, and out of touch with ordinary Episcopalians. Here she’s trying, and I think, succeeding in overcoming that image. She’s even made an effort to connect with those who disagree with her. Thank You, Bishop! Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI July 4, 2012 at 6:38 pm Our primate’s opening message is spot on. I pray that God’s Holy Spirit will have free reign at Convention, and that all involved will listen with open ears, open hearts, and open minds to what God is saying. One of the deacons in Los Angeles has coined a phrase that sums up the Bishop’s words – God is calling us to create “portals of entry” for people to enter the Kingdom of God. Imagine if all of us worked to create these portals of entry through which all people were welcome to enter through. Blessings as you journey together at Convention! July 5, 2012 at 12:50 pm Please pay particular attention to what Bishop Jefferts Schori said about the “Spiritual But not Religious” Christians. We must find an effective way to provide spiritual fulfillment to all who gather as “Church” if the Episcopal Church is to not simply wither away as a non-relevant experience for Christ’s brothers and sisters. We need to build upon Spiritual and Religious in all that we do in our congregations. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Carol McRee says: General Convention, [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] The following opening statement was presented July 4 by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori at the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, through July 12.Opening RemarksGeneral Convention4 July 2012The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts SchoriPresiding Bishop and Primate, The Episcopal ChurchWhen this body gathered three years ago we reflected on mission as God’s beating heart in our midst. General Convention is this Church’s regular opportunity to strengthen that incarnate heart for its work in the coming years. We’re here for a tune-up – to breathe deep, clear our vision, focus the muscles, and synchronize our heartbeat with God’s.I would invite everyone here to take a deep breath. Breathe in Holy Spirit, the source of life. Remember that we depend on that divine gift for all that we are and all that we have. Breathe deep, for the spirit is blowing a fresh wind, and bringing new creation out of the chaos of the deep. Contemplating that chaos frightens some, for we never know what is coming, but there is no creation without it – like the death that must precede resurrected life. We struggle with it because we can’t yet see what is aloft on that breeze. Yet we are the stuff of God’s creation, we are borne on that wind as partners in God’s re-creation, reconciling, and healing of this world. Breathe deep, and be not afraid, for God is at work in our midst.Consider what happens when hearts and minds and spirits are open to receive that breath. For some, it may feel like the hard push of resuscitation after breathing has stopped – like rescue breathing for a drowning victim. The only solution is to let go and receive that breath, for there is no life without it.Sometimes that breath feels like a mere whiff, a barely discernible zephyr in the evening garden. Go on out there and search for more – go look for the freshening breeze.Or that breath may be like the last gasp of a hospice patient. Let it go. Give thanks for the life that has been, and expect resurrection.And for some, that breath may come like the first one taken by a newborn child – the breath that comes with an old-fashioned whack on the backside. Cry out for joy!Let that breath get the heart beating and the blood moving, for we will never be God’s mission partners otherwise. Let that circulating blood connect us with the other parts of this body, here and far beyond this place. Go look for connections with your sparring partners – for the left hook and the right jab both come from the same body. Link up with somebody from another part of the theological spectrum – this big tent is the dwelling place of the holy, and we will never be who we were created to be if we only work with the fingers of the right hand or the left. Search out those you have wounded or who have wounded you – seek them out and let the grudges go – there isn’t much life in hanging on to them. It’s like that old tale about swallowing rat poison and expecting somebody else to die. Go find the supposed source of wounds and build a bridge together – notice the blood that’s been shed, and let it form a good scab to draw flesh together. Continue to pick at the wound and it will never heal. Let it go and keep breathing.If this convention is The Episcopal Church’s family reunion, then go find somebody who represents the outlaw side of the family for you and spend a few minutes learning your relative’s story. You might promise to pray for each other through the coming days. Perhaps you can find time for a cup of coffee or a meal together. That kind of reconciling work will have a greater effect on our readiness for mission than any legislation we may pass here. We’re here to tune up the muscles and nerves and ligaments of this body for reconciling work, for the work of mission writ large. We’re going to need the gifts of every single part of the body in order to respond to that breath/wind/spirit blowing over the face of the deep – so go and build some living bridges.Episcopalians are increasingly engaged in creative reconciling work with other bodies and partners beyond this Church. We’ve learned a lot in recent years about neighbors across the globe and in more local communities. We have been in full communion with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for more than ten years, and we’re growing into a newer full communion relationship with the Moravians. We are sharing and exchanging staff members with the ELCA, and our armed forces chaplains are working and learning together. The Moravians have a great deal to teach us about reconciliation, particularly in their commitment to avoid having anyone leave the table. The first Episcopal church is about to receive a Moravian pastor – in Western North Carolina.We’re seeing new possibilities in our conversations with the Methodist churches, and the ways in which that conversation is working to heal the sin of racism will ultimately strengthen us all.Recent years have seen some healing in our relationships around the Anglican Communion, and missional partnerships continue to grow and deepen. We are learning a great deal about how to be more effective partners, particularly when we are able to engage with humility and openness to our own transformation.We have another significant opportunity for bridge-building, with the SBNRs around us – those who claim to be Spiritual But Not Religious. Those fields are indeed ripe with possibility, but the crop needs rather different methods than we’re used to. We need robust networks and the eager humility that will let us learn from others who are engaging new populations. The people of the Episcopal church in Frankfurt in Germany offer a great example. That congregation is reaching out to American deportees, people with German citizenship but often no ability to speak the language and no knowledge of the culture, who have been expelled by the United States, often for quite minor legal infractions. The congregation Christ the King is building community with people who have deeply spiritual questions but no trust or experience with the church. There is some similar kind of need almost everywhere, but it means going out into the community to listen for it, and finding new ways of sharing what we know of more abundant life in Jesus.Re-forming and re-imagining ourselves for mission in a changed world is the most essential task we have before us. We’re not going to fix the church or the world at this Convention, but we can do something to make the church a better tool and instrument for God’s mission if we can embrace that new wind, discover God creating new life among us, and listen and look for Jesus.We need a responsive set of structures, more connected at all levels of the church, and better able to tap the gifts of all parts of the body. There is good and creative work going on in many places, and we need to learn how to spread that information and learning as widely as possible. It needs nodal systems, like the heart muscle in a circulatory system, or the cells in a nervous system that collect and keep passing on the news. That pumping heart or those nerve cells are initiators or stimulators of communication – in other words, leaders. When those parts are equipped and committed to sharing good news, then the network becomes far more effective, and communication ripples out and across the broader community. But when effective and distributed leadership is absent, those networks quickly disintegrate.The world around us is learning to develop effective and robust networks – and so are we. There are networks of innovators in church planting and congregational development, including ones that offer peer coaching. A couple of days ago a deputy suggested another possibility – what about TED talks for TEC as a more fruitful purpose for this kind of churchwide gathering?We are just beginning to move toward this kind of a network for theological education resources – of seminaries, diocesan programs, and others – and that movement needs a whole lot more encouragement!The domestic poverty initiative born at the last Convention is an example that is bearing significant fruit, from the churchwide gatherings focused on best practices to the ongoing work in Asset Based Community Development and other forms of community organizing. Looking at the assets already present in our communities as a necessary part of mission engagement is a way of discovering where God has already been at work, blessing the created nature in a local context. It’s a theological approach that says we will notice where the kingdom is already present, or in the process of emerging.Many of you know other places where effective connective tissue is emerging and growing – Episcopal Community Services, Episcopal Service Corps, the ethnic ministry and justice networks. Passion keeps networks like those growing and expanding – it’s about blessing the work of the Spirit and letting the wind of God fill the sails and propel us into the world.Discovering the most effective ways to organize and network ourselves for mission, for governance, and for supporting that mission is going to require us to look outside ourselves. We have to be willing to search out the gifts and assets already present. Something like a blue ribbon commission would be helpful – a leadership group that includes independent voices, that is non-partisan, that will offer the input of outsiders and people on the margins of the church, not just those already deeply invested in the church and in the way the church is now. That may not be easy for this body to engage, but God is already at work beyond this Episcopal Church and we have something to learn from that reality.A lot of the anxiety in this body right now is rooted in fear of diminishment, loss of power or control, or change in status. The wider church – the grassroots – in not all that interested in the internal politics of this gathering. It is interested in the vitality of local congregations and communities, in ministry with young people, and in opportunities for transformative mission engagement in and beyond the local context. Our job here is to make common cause for the sake of God’s mission. That is in part a political task.Politics is not a dirty word – it refers to the art of living together in community, and it applies to Christ’s body as much as it does to the various nations in which this Church is present. We don’t yet live in the fullness of the reign of God, even though we do see glimpses of it around us and among us. Our task is to gather the various parts of this body of Christ, together with any partners who share our values, for the work of building societies that look more like the reign of God. That takes compromise, for we will never all agree on the proper route or method for getting there. We live in the awkward yet lively tension between what is and what will eventually come to be, in God’s good time. We aren’t going to find perfection at this Convention, but we can prayerfully work at discerning a way forward that will let us gather our common gifts to work toward that dream of the reign of God.We’re in this together – as the full range of Episcopalians, together with our Christian siblings – both those most like us and those who seem most distant – and we have other potential partners for the various parts of the mission God sends us to do. Our task is to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves, in finding and blessing any creative gift that will serve God’s dream. Can we reframe our view? Will those with eyes to see and ears to hear look for the places where God’s creative presence is already at work? God has given those gifts, and we will miss the mark if we ignore them. We will miss all five marks if we ignore the partners and possibilities around us.So breathe deep, open your eyes and ears, build bridges with unlikely folks, and let God’s word prosper in that for which God sent it. And may God bless our labors in this place! Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Brett Johnson says: July 5, 2012 at 10:16 am Amen Peggy! Peter Tucker says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Submit an Event Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA center_img Karl Watts says: July 4, 2012 at 8:46 pm I am so impressed by the clarity of our Presiding Bishop’s opening remarks. I have been, and continue to be so proud of her and incredibly grateful that she is our Primate! In today’s world The Episcopal Church has no choice, it has to face current social issues head on and…that appears to be exactly what Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori has made a habit of doing. Kudos to her and to TEC for having elected her the head of TEC six years ago. I am very proud and thankful for church leaders like her. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Timothy G. Warren says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Knoxville, TN Comments (26) Cathedral Dean Boise, ID This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Donald Whipple Fox says: Joyce Kauffman says: TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL July 5, 2012 at 11:28 am Our Presiding Bishop gave great opening remarks for us to build on. Mary Rosendahl says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Jobs & Calls K Soto says: General Convention 2012, July 5, 2012 at 7:42 am Timothy, There is a spirit that is having free reign at this General Convention but it is NOT the Holy Spirit. If the Holy Spirit were to have free reign at this convention, we would experience an awful lot of metanoia and repentance among the progressives in attendance. These people would realize what they had done and repent in front of both houses, then be baptized (still enough believing clergy around to do the job) and start behaving in a Christian manner. That would be a start. After that, I suggest the first course of action to be dropping the investigations of the ten clergy. There are many things that could happen that indicate the Holy Spirit is at work but passing a bunch of nonsense resolutions is not one of them. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori’s opening remarks Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA July 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm “The simple fact is that there is no nexus between sexual orientation and morality, no matter what “tradition” says.” That’s just your opinion. You might be wrong. Just like the anti gay people might be wrong. We need to agree to disagree. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Karen White says: Carol Dent says: Peter Tucker says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ July 5, 2012 at 10:07 am Was excited to hear about the work at Christ the King in Frankfurt, Germany. More than thirty years ago it was the congregation where my husband and I became Episcopalians. So thankful for that place and church then and now and remembering the Rt. Rev. Bob Denig and his work during his short time on this earth. Press Release Service Karl Watts says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Martinsville, VA July 12, 2012 at 11:03 am Well said The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS July 6, 2012 at 2:23 pm I’m a United Methodist pastor. The bishop’s “message” is much ado about nothing — it’s written poetically but she is more concerned about her style than about her “stuff.” I finally got so bored that I skipped the last 1/3. Maybe that’s where the meat was hidden. Is this a typical Episcopal “sermon?” I was going to link it, but why put other people to the stress of trying to swim in a swirling sea of verbal froth? Rector Tampa, FL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Susan Norris says: July 5, 2012 at 2:55 pm Well said! Submit a Job Listing Submit a Press Release Bruce Babcock says: Dan Tootle says: Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori July 5, 2012 at 1:38 am With what that she said do you take exception? The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group July 5, 2012 at 6:34 pm I can appreciate your observation that she has made an effort to connect with those who disagree with her. However, the relationship has been damaged and trust has been lost. July 5, 2012 at 7:09 am With what to take exception? Nothing at all. Because there is nothing at all in in the cliché ridden theo-word salad. There is the call to build bridges: “So breathe deep, open your eyes and ears, build bridges with unlikely folks.” (This sort of reminds me of a Moody Blues song.) The example given is the (now old) ties with the ELCA. A bridge between one dying liberal protestant denomination and another is hardly “unlikely”. Lots of words signifying nothing, no mention of that Jesus guy, all standard stuff from the current and next triennium PB.last_img read more

Bronx rally denounces school closings in Puerto Rico

first_imgWW photo: Johnnie StevensBronx, N.Y. — A busy plaza in the Bronx was the site of a street meeting on Aug. 21, in solidarity with the growing fight for educational rights in Puerto Rico.  Parents and activists denounced the banker/governor’s austerity program that has closed 80 schools, where 45 percent were students with disabilities.Other targets of ongoing protests on the island nation include mass educational worker layoffs and failure to hire enough special education teachers or assistants; chaos in school bus service stranding many students; $53 million cut from the education budget as school began; and the latest 30-day court delay in hearing the class action suit brought by parents in Comité Timón de Madres de Educación Especial.Milagros Cancel, leader of Comité Timón’s New York chapter, was joined at the noontime rally by other active parents and by founders of the South Bronx Community Congress, Parents to Improve School Transportation (PIST NYC) and  Centro Cultural El Maestro.  Several speakers raised connections between youth being deprived of a future from Ponce, Puerto Rico,, to Ferguson, Mo., to Gaza, Palestine.The Peoples Power Assembly provided sound and placard supplies, enabling hundreds to see and hear the protest — including families lined up for school registration outside a regional New York City Department of Education office across the street.  Many took flyers. Some signed up to be invited to future actions.  Cancel told Workers World, “All who care about human rights can help put pressure on the governments of the United States and Puerto Rico to reverse this crisis.”  For more information, call 929-228-8217; to sign a message of solidarity, email [email protected] thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Family works to stay positive at home

first_imgSustainability is the new green: Fashion companies work towards environmentally-conscious practices printThe COVID-19 pandemic has affected many people throughout the world. The one thing that isn’t being talked about as often is what families and individuals are doing to take care of themselves mentally. I sat down with my family to get their take on everything and discuss what they have done to keep a positive mindset. Scroll through the window below or click here to read the full story. Mental Health in Quarantine by Tenae Durham on Exposure Return of the disco: Latest fashion trends mirror the 1970s ReddIt TCU 360 Staff Facebook TCU 360 Staff University Recreation and Wellness Promotion Centers support students amid COVID-19 TCU 360 staff win awards at the Fall National College Media Convention Twitter TCU 360 is an official, student-produced product of the School of Journalism at Texas Christian University. TCU 360 Staff TCU 360 Staff + posts TCU 360 Staff Pantone: Color of the year 2020 Behind the runway: One TCU student’s experiences at Fashion Week Linkedin Facebook Twitter Previous articleElementary school students face challenges with distance learningNext articleWill you be my quarantine? TCU 360 Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Environmental spotlight: Explaining the twin threats facing shark and ray populations worldwide ReddIt Linkedinlast_img read more

QuantumScape Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results, Posts Shareholder Letter to…

first_img Twitter QuantumScape Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results, Posts Shareholder Letter to IR Website Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img Local NewsBusiness SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 16, 2021– QuantumScape Corporation (NYSE: QS, or “QuantumScape”), a leader in the development of next generation solid-state lithium-metal batteries for use in electric vehicles, today announced its financial results for its fourth quarter and full year 2020, which ended December 31, 2020. The company has posted a Shareholder Letter to its Investor Relations website,, detailing its results and providing a business update, including progress on developing multilayer cells. “I am delighted to issue QuantumScape’s first quarterly letter as a publicly traded company. We encourage you to read it, as we believe it will help foster a better understanding of our company and recent developments as we look to the future,” said Jagdeep Singh, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer of QuantumScape. QuantumScape will host a conference call at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time) today, February 16, 2021. Participating on the call will be Jagdeep Singh, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, and Kevin Hettrich, Chief Financial Officer, of QuantumScape. The call can be accessed via a live webcast accessible on the Events Calendar section of the Investor Relations website. An archive of the webcast will be available shortly after the call for twelve months. About QuantumScape Corporation QuantumScape is a leader in the development of next generation solid-state lithium-metal batteries for use in electric vehicles. QuantumScape’s mission is to revolutionize energy storage to enable a sustainable future. For additional information, please visit View source version on CONTACT: For Investors John Saager, CFA Head of Investor Relations [email protected] For Media [email protected] KEYWORD: CALIFORNIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: AUTOMOTIVE AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURING GENERAL AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY MANUFACTURING OTHER TECHNOLOGY ALTERNATIVE VEHICLES/FUELS SOURCE: QuantumScape Corporation Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/16/2021 04:15 PM/DISC: 02/16/2021 04:15 PM Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 16, 2021 TAGS  Previous articleWinning numbers drawn in ‘Two Step’ gameNext articleBringCom Completes Pan-African Fiber Ring Network Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

[Political Gatherings Amid COVID] Invoke Penal Provisions Of DMA, IPC Against Political/Governmental/State Or Social Functionaries: MP HC Directs DMs of 9 Districts [Read Order]

first_imgNews Updates[Political Gatherings Amid COVID] Invoke Penal Provisions Of DMA, IPC Against Political/Governmental/State Or Social Functionaries: MP HC Directs DMs of 9 Districts [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay3 Oct 2020 11:21 PMShare This – xThe Madhya Pradesh High Court (Gwalior Bench) on Saturday (03rd October), in the public interest, passed some interim orders to prevent the Political Congregation in the State (specifically in the 9 districts falling within the territorial jurisdiction of the Bench).The Bench of Justices Sheel Nagu and Rajeev Kumar Shrivastava issued interim orders, taking into account the practical problem…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 Madhya Pradesh High Court (Gwalior Bench) on Saturday (03rd October), in the public interest, passed some interim orders to prevent the Political Congregation in the State (specifically in the 9 districts falling within the territorial jurisdiction of the Bench).The Bench of Justices Sheel Nagu and Rajeev Kumar Shrivastava issued interim orders, taking into account the practical problem being faced by the law enforcing personnel in implementing COVID-19 protocol and also looking to the various instances brought on record of widespread violation of Covid-19 protocol predominantly caused by congregations of a large number of persons for and on behalf of political leaders.It may be noted that on 18th September, the Madhya Pradesh High Court had observed that “law, whether statutory or in the shape of the executive instructions deserves respect & obedience, as much from a common man as from a leader, a political functionary and even the head of State.”As an interim measure, in the interest of the public at large, rather in the interest of the Nation, the Court directed that till next date of hearing, Political Functionaries and the Functionaries of the State were directed to strictly abide by the “Covid-19 protocol” prescribed by the Central Govt., State Govt. and the District Magistrate of the concerned District from time to time for regulating the congregation of any nature.Looking to the important nature of cause raised in the Public Interest Litigation, Advocate Sanjay Dwivedi, Advocate Raju Sharma, and Advocate V.D.Sharma were appointed as Amicus Curiae to assist this court for rendering justice.However, on 25th September the Bench of Justice Sheel Nagu and Justice Rajeev Kumar Shrivastava had observed that the COVID pandemic is on the rise in the district of Gwalior and that the number of deaths is also on the rise.The Court had further observed,”In such a situation if the Executive Authorities do not prevent the congregation of a large number of people in violation of restrictions laid down by the Central Government, State Government and the District Magistrate then this Court may have to step in to do something which the Executive Authorities of the State failed to do.” (emphasis supplied)Further, the High Court on Tuesday (29th September) observed that the executive authorities who are responsible for the execution of the COVID Guidelines (to contain the spread of COVID) are unable to discharge their duties.The Bench of Justices Sheel Nagu and Rajeev Kumar Shrivastava further thought it appropriate to hear in person the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police of five districts namely Morena, Bhind, Gwalior, Datia and Shivpuri through video conferencing on Wednesday (i.e. 30.09.2020) at 9:30 am.Court’s Observation on Saturday (03rd October)After hearing said executive authorities of the five districts, the common thread visible from their revelation made to the Court was that though all-out efforts are being made by them to ensure compliance of Covid-19 protocol but on account of ignorance and lack of civic sense among the public at large, a breach happens.The practical problem pointed out by these executive authorities was that in the given circumstances, it is not advisable to employ force against a large number of persons since such a step would cause greater damage than resolving the issue.This Court was of the considered view that in the present scenario when the bi-elections have recently been announced by the Election Commission of India for different seats in the said five districts, the congregations which are taking place time and again are predominantly political in nature, where particular political functionaries who may be part of State/Government or not are invariably present to either preside over the congregation or to be the cause of the said congregation.”The political functionaries and functionaries of the government and the State are duty-bound to set such examples of conduct, behaviour and deeds which can enable their followers/voters/citizens to follow the path of rectitude and obedience of the law and lawfully passed orders and instructions”, the Court stated.Further, the Court said that it is required and expected of the political functionaries to abide by the COVID-19 protocol, the restrictions and prohibitions imposed thereunder from time to time and refrain from indulging in any activity, conduct or behaviour which can lead to the collection of a large number of people.Lastly, in the public interest the Court passed the following interim order:A. The prevailing Covid-19 protocol with all its restrictions and prohibitions issued from time to time by the Central Government, State Government and the District Magistrates of the five districts, namely, Morena, Bhind, Gwalior, Datia and Shivpuri shall be complied with by all the members of all the political parties in fray in the forthcoming bi-elections of the M.P. State Legislative Assembly in the said five districts.B. The prevailing Covid-19 protocol with all its restrictions and prohibitions issued from time to time by the Central Government, State Government and the District Magistrates of the five districts, namely, Morena, Bhind, Gwalior, Datia and Shivpuri shall be complied with by all the political functionaries who are occupying any public office by way of appointment or election during the ongoing process of elections to the M.P. State Legislative Assembly in the said five districts.C. The Covid-19 restrictions and prohibitions imposed by the Election Commission of India in their Code of Conduct shall be strictly adhered to by all concerned including the Government/Political/State functionaries.D. The members of the political parties are advised not to physically conduct the election campaigns and instead adopt electronic means for the purpose.E. In case, any of the prohibitions, restrictions & precautions in Covid-19 protocols issued from time to time by the Central Government/State Government/District Magistrates are found to be breached by a congregation which is of political or social nature then the District Magistrates of the nine districts falling within the territorial jurisdiction of this Bench i.e. Gwalior, Guna, Morena, Bhind, Vidisha, Ashok Nagar, Datia, Shivpuri and Sheopur is directed by writ of mandamus to register offences by invoking penal provisions of the Disaster Management Act and the Indian Penal Code not only against the defaulting members of the congregation but also against political/governmental/State or social functionaries in whose name or on whose behest and behalf the said congregation takes place, failing which the District Magistrates of the concerned nine districts shall be liable for contempt of this Court and shall also be exposed to the rigours of penal provisions of relevant laws.Three learned advocates who had been appointed as Amicus Curiae have been requested to point out any breach of this interim order or of the prevailing COVID-19 protocol.In case, any such breach is pointed out by the Amicus Curiae or any citizen, then the Principal Registrar has been directed to immediately place this matter before the appropriate Bench for adjudication even at the cost of preponement.The Matter has been listed for further hearing on Thursday (15th October 2020).Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Storylast_img read more

Pope donates car to Foyle Search and Rescue

first_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction AudioHomepage BannerNews It’s been confirmed that one of the Skoda cars used by Pope Francis during his two day visit to Ireland has been donated to Foyle Search and Rescue.During the Pontiff’s visit, two Skoda ‘Rapid’ cars were used by the Holy Father with one of the cars donated by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, to Crosscare and the second, following a recommendation of Archbishop Eamon Martin, offered to the Derry-based volunteer charity.In welcoming the donation, Stephen Twells, chairman of Foyle Search and Rescue said the volunteers are very honoured and most appreciative to be the recipients of this very kind gift.He says Pope Francis’ car will provide a moral boost to volunteers, during what has been a very tough year for all in the city and will bring great comfort to may knowing the charity has been recognised by the Holy Father.Also on welcoming the donation, Archbishop Eamon Martin said; “This Skoda ‘Rapid’ will be of great practical help to the volunteers of Foyle Search and Rescue as they undertake their brave and vital life-saving work.”It is envisaged the vehicle will be used by Foyle Search and Rescue volunteers as they undertake their work in patrolling the shores of the River Foyle.Pat Carlin is Education and Media Officer with Foyle Search and Rescue:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp By News Highland – August 29, 2018 Pinterest Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 center_img Previous articleCalls for feasibility studies on regular rail link between Derry & DublinNext articleTwo Donegal Gardai have been injured in car ramming incident News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pope donates car to Foyle Search and Rescue Facebook Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Google+ Google+last_img read more

County children fight abuse

first_img Print Article Book Nook to reopen Latest Stories During the months of March and April, children in Pike County will have an opportunity to participate in a program designed to raise awareness about child abuse and give them a way to display their artistic talents and win some really great prizes at the same time.Mona Watson, director of the Pike Regional Child Advocacy Center in Troy, said the opportunity to participate in the “Joining Hands Against Child Abuse” coin drop and poster contest is open to classes ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade in all schools in the county.“The purpose of ‘Joining Hands Against Child Abuse’ is to raise awareness among young students about child abuse and to raise money to provide prevention programs in our schools and community,” Watson said. “This program gets students personally involved. They often hear and read about the blue ribbons and child abuse but they don’t know what it’s all about unless they take an active part and ask questions and get the information that they need.” The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Each school has a “Joining Hands Against Child Abuse” banner and the students are invited to sign their names and pledge to join hands with their classmates and schoolmates against child abuse.“The coin drop is a fundraiser for the CAC and also a vote in support of ‘Joining Hands Against Child Abuse,’” Watson said. “Students vote by dropping loose change in the class jar. Each cent is worth one vote. The class with the most votes will be given a pizza party sponsored by the CAC. The class will also have their picture taken and posted in The Messenger.”The coin drop will end April 30 and there will be a winner in kindergarten through second grade and a winner in third through fifth grades.” By Jaine Treadwell Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Published 9:15 pm Wednesday, March 4, 2009 County children fight abuse Email the author By The Penny Hoarder The theme for the poster contest is “Joining Hands Against Child Abuse” and winners will be selected in kindergarten through second grade and third through fifth.“The posters will be displayed at the individual schools and a panel of judges will determine the winner,” Watson said. “In addition to the winners, there will be first, second, third and fourth runners-up.” Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like PLAS drama department to present ‘Snow White’ Stella stage shows have become a tradition at Pike Liberal Arts School and this year’s production of “Snow White” will… read more Skip The poster contest winners will receive a basket filled with goodies and also be invited to participate in the Child Abuse Proclamation Day Ceremony on April 1.Teachers and parents are asked to encourage their students to participate in this worthwhile program. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebrationlast_img read more

‘My Sister’s Keeper’ theme of women’s conference

first_img Email the author Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Doctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) “We will talk as sisters in Christ about recognizing, seeking out and helping those who are in need,” she said.“We must be aware of those who are having difficulties and not walk around them and simply say, ‘It’s not my problem.’“When we see others in need, it should be our problem and we should be willing to do something about it.”Lending help to others can be done in different ways – perhaps a kind word or a thoughtful deed. Book Nook to reopen Latest Stories Skip By Health Videos Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration “The scripture says, ‘A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment and wounded him and departed leaving him half dead,’ and that is the scripture that we take forward to the ‘My Sisters’ Keeper’ Women’s Conference,” Valentine said.“The conference is about taking care of one another. It’s about reaching out to those in need. It’s about not passing each other by.”Valentine said the conference is directed toward the women who are sisters in Christ. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Sponsored Content “Whatever your part may be, it is up to you to do what you can, however you can,” Valentine said.The women who attend the conference are invited to wear specific colors each night of the conference to show solidarity – navy blue on Wednesday, white on Thursday, black on Friday and red on Sunday.However, Valentine said the wearing of the colors in not required. It’s optional.The guest minister on Wednesday will be Prophetess Paulette Singleton, with Evangelist Sheila Erkins, Thursday; Pastor Linda Dunn, Friday; and Pastor Tonya Cogburn, Sunday.Local women who will take leads in the conference are Pam Daniels, Vanessa Harvey, Janet McCray, Cassandra Dixon and Nekeshia Williams.“We have so many women coming together in this call to service,” Valentine said. “The call to service is in our homes, our churches, our communities, wherever we can serve in such a way as to make that place better.“I encourage all women to come to My Sisters’ Keeper Women’s Conference 2011 and bring someone to enjoy the word of God.” You Might Like Pike BOE seeks AG ruling The Pike County Board of Education wants the Attorney General to clarify issues regarding employee retirement and health insurance costs…. read more Published 11:24 pm Friday, October 14, 2011 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ theme of women’s conference By Jaine Treadwell Print Article Bethesda Restoration Outreach Worship Center in Brundidge will host the “My Sisters’ Keeper” Women Conference 2011 at 7 p.m. nightly Oct. 19-23 at the Center at 129 South Main Street in Brundidge.The Women’s Conference will be led by Evangelist Sheila Erkins, Prophetess Paulette Singleton and Pastors Linda Dunn and Tonya Cogburn.Patricia Valentine, event coordinator, said the conference is biblically based on Luke 10:30. Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Troy tourism offers ‘4NAROW’ mini-poster

first_img Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Troy tourism offers ‘4NAROW’ mini-poster Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel “Winning four BCS Championship is a feat that the Alabama Tourism Department wanted to honor and recognize,” said Marilyn Stamps, Tourism regional manager for South Alabama. “The mini-tag poster will put a positive spin on our state and give us another opportunity to show our pride and showcase our championship universities.”The mini-posters are available at the Troy Tourism office in downtown Troy.However, Shelia Jackson, tourism director, said the state tourism office only printed 12,000 of the mini-posters. “Our supply is very limited so we encourage those who want one of the collector’s posters to visit the tourism office soon,” Jackson said.Stamps said mini-poster and the BCS Championship Tour are part of Tourism’s Road Trip that was started last year as one of the state’s tourism promotions.“Through the Tourism Department’s campaigns, we have celebrated our state’s food, our history, our sports, our small towns and downtowns and now we are celebrating the four BCS Championships won by Alabama and Auburn,” Stamps said.Those who take the BCS Championship Tour will have the opportunity to see the National Championship Coaches Trophies at Alabama and Auburn and the other awards, photographs and athletic memorabilia dating back 120 years. Sponsored Content By The Penny Hoarder By Jaine Treadwell Skip Latest Stories Print Article “In between the two campuses, is the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in downtown Birmingham,” Stamps said. “The BCS Championship Tour is one that sports fans all across the state will want to take and it will be enjoyed by sports fans from other states as well.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The Alabama Department of Tourism is embarking on a BCS Championship Tour from Tuscaloosa to Auburn and Alabama residents and tourists alike are invited to come along.The tour is highlighted by a mini-poster of an Alabama car tag celebrating the state’s four consecutive national collegiate football championships. The posters are available at tourism offices and welcome stations across the state.The poster is tagged “4NAROW” and recognizes the BSC Championships won by the University of Alabama in 2009, Auburn University in 2010 and the University of Alabama in 2011 and 2012. Email the author Book Nook to reopen You Might Like PLAS, CHHS prepare for key area matchups After seeing his team put together a very good game shooting wise, Charles Henderson head coach Carl Hollis is worried… read more Published 9:26 am Saturday, January 19, 2013last_img read more

A force to be reckoned with

first_imgA force to be reckoned withOn 1 Oct 2002 in Musculoskeletal disorders, Personnel Today Comments are closed. The roles played by OH practitioners are as many and varied as theoccupations they work in, and much can be learned from sharing experiences.Here we are given a glimpse of what life is like for an OH adviser in the SouthYorkshire Police, by Sharon Samworth Having been approached by the OH Managers Forum to speak at its conferencein June 2002, I felt somewhat overawed as to what I could say that would be ofinterest to my peers. I decided to present a personal account of my experienceof working within South Yorkshire Police with particular regard to the OH rolein absence management. Working in the police presents unique challenges for occupational healthadvisers. All OH practitioners have different challenges within their variedworkplaces depending on the type of organisation, its culture, its aims and thereason for its business. Whatever their own challenges, experiences andproblems, OH practitioners can gain invaluable information and skills fromsharing their experiences. OH adviser’s role The occupational health adviser has what is probably the mostmulti-dimensional role of any branch of the nursing profession. Should thenumber of hats OH advisers have to wear be considered a burden or do theyprovide them with an exciting variety of opportunity and depth and complexityof role that they can take advantage of? Some of my experiences may differ from those of OH practitioners workingwithin, say, the private sector, but you may recognise some of the varied rolesdescribed below. – Protector: OH advisers are the client’s advocate. They act as adviser tothe organisation to ensure compliance with legislation. They advise managers,often protecting them from themselves. – Educator: OH advisers deliver health promotion at many levels (fromworking with the individual to creating a positive healthy workplace culture).They educate employers about the role of the OH professional, especially withregard to what they can and cannot do. – Arbitrator: OH advisers act as arbitrators in complex and sensitive issueswhere employees and the organisation run into conflict with each other. Theyhave the skills to facilitate and arbitrate but this can be a very precariousrole (and not always welcomed). The OH unit is often responsible for ensuringabsence and other workplace issues are managed for the good of the client andthe organisation. At present there is no alternative route to resolve such issues where thehealth of the individual is a factor and a concern. – Challenger: the OH adviser challenges the culture, behaviour and attitudeof the organisation when this impacts upon the health of that organisation andthe individual. – Evaluator: The OH adviser acts as an evaluator in assessing health needs,functional capability and risk management across the organisation. – Counsellor: As a counsellor the OH adviser explores clients’ healthbeliefs – identifying secondary factors that may be affecting their recoveryand return to work. They offer advice and support. – Professional: by complying with their own code of conduct, OH advisersmaintain high standards of OH practice and are assertive with regard to theirethics of practice (when these are at risk of being compromised by managers).They are responsible for being honest and non-collusive with either clients ormanagement. – Peacemaker: OH advisers may be blamed for sickness absence and otherproblems within the organisation – as one colleague put it: “We wouldn’thave a problem with sickness if it was not for OH”. Therefore, OH advisersneed to be patient, to remain objective, to fight cynicism and to forge throughnew ways of thinking about and approaching the problems they are faced with. Overall, OH advisers are reluctant peacekeepers. Sickness absence management Sickness absence reveals much about an organisation. It is the mirror thatcan reveal what kind of employer the organisation is. The type of policies, procedures and resources that support absencemanagement indicate an organisation’s motivation and true intention regardingstaff welfare issues. South Yorkshire Police is currently developing a human resource strategy anda ‘work-life balance’ policy and has rewritten its absence management policy.The priority on such welfare-based policies indicates a real intention toimprove workplace health, and shares the philosophy of ‘good health is goodbusiness’. How an organisation uses OH reveals how effective and honest it is: – Is the OH unit allowed to practice to its full remit of expertise? – Is the OH unit resourced effectively and given its own budget? – What status do the OH advisers have within the organisation? Status is very important in the police service – the pips, stripes andcrowns on the shoulders are of primary importance. Within South YorkshirePolice the OH team is invited to all key meetings and is actively encouraged toattend other working groups. Managers of the OH unit are paid at seniormanagement level and hold the unit’s budget. My line manager is the AssistantChief Constable, which allows me direct access to a senior figure without thefrustration of moving issues through layers of hierarchy. The causes of sickness absence also reflect the type of work, managementstyles, resourcing problems and the health and safety culture within theorganisation. The top two reasons for sickness absence in South YorkshirePolice are stress and musculoskeletal injuries, which comes as no surprise andis consistent with all working environments. However, within South YorkshirePolice these problems are often intertwined with management issues: a bad backmay not just be a bad back, it can have a bad manager attached to it. Work culture The culture that exists within South Yorkshire Police is ingrained andcomplex. It impinges upon all OH interventions and the experience of all itsemployees. It requires more detailed attention than this article can give but,in brief, it is entwined in the following. People who work for South Yorkshire Police are divided into two types ofemployee: police and civilian support staff. Although great efforts are nowbeing made to ‘equalise’ the experiences and status of the two groups,traditionally the ‘inequalities’ that existed created real challenges for theOH advisers in their role in absence management. Although now amalgamated, the human resources department was originallydivided into two teams: one responsible for police staff and the other forsupport staff. This set-up made the co-ordination of proactive interventionsdifficult. Either the working parties were too large or there was a reluctanceto take overall responsibility for the issues to hand. This left the OH unittrying to be proactive, but only really succeeding with reactive measures – OHwas pulling people out of the river instead of the organisation working on astrategy to stop them being thrown in in the first place. The police and support staff each have their own set of very differentregulations, relevant to their employment within the service. This means theprocesses for managing absence and related issues (such as medical retirementand incapability issues) have to be dealt with differently to comply with theregulations. The Health and Safety at Work Act came into force in 1998 for policeofficers, but the Disability Discrimination Act still does not apply to them(although this is planned to come into force in 2004). The difference inemployment regulations creates its own challenges for the OH unit as clients’motivation for work can be affected by them. For example, South YorkshirePolice operates a six months full pay plus six months half pay absence policy.Traditionally, all support staff will go onto half pay as per the policy(unless the illness is terminal), yet police officers rarely do, regardless ofthe nature of the absence. South Yorkshire Police does allow the OH unit to follow the ethos andprinciples of the DDA for police officers, although there is actually no legalrequirement for this at present. However, it is regarded as good practice. Unfortunately, some of the differences in the way the regulations areapplied create a feeling that police officers are more valued than support staff.OH staff cannot change the culture and this perception on their own, but mustlearn to use the situation to the best advantage. So, when requestingresources, any business case must emphasise the value and benefit to the policeofficer as this argument will be most persuasive. Good working relationships are essential between the OH team and theemployer. OH is not an island and the OH adviser must develop mutuallyrespectful working partnerships within the organisation. The OH adviser musttarget key people, such as human resources, managers and health and safetypersonnel, to ensure OH practice and needs are understood. Investment in building relationships will be repaid in times of need: whenthe OH manager needs to ask for more resources, if the key people are familiarwith the OH unit, they will understand why more resources are needed. Trust Building trust at all levels within the organisation supports OH staff intheir role in managing sickness absence. Employees will work with OH staff in atrusting and co-operative way if they ‘know’ them and have seen them around thework environment developing these relationships. This helps when the OH adviserthen has to deal with the more sensitive and complex sickness absence andorganisational issues. Marketing is a skill the OH adviser should learn from day one of theirpractice. They must be able to promote themselves and persuade others of theirworth. They must find ways (devious if need be as long as they are legal) toachieve their aims and objectives. South Yorkshire Police has a very effective‘grapevine’ which, if used well, will carry information from one forum up toits intended target (usually those who have decision-making powers). Getting an appointment with a member of the senior command team (the peoplewith power and money) can be very difficult due to their heavy work schedules.An ‘informal’ way of seeing them is to wander past their offices with a bloodpressure monitor and invite them to have their blood pressure measured. Once youhave them captured with the cuff on their arm you can get across any points youwant to make. The next time you ask for more resources they at least may knowmore about you. They might still say no, but they will say no with a smile ontheir face. It is a constant battle to persuade police officers to look after themselvesas their job is often everything. The task, the operational procedures anddoing a good job are the priorities. Health and safety are regarded as anencumbrance. This is not just a macho attitude but stems from a real love of the work.The challenge for occupational health is to educate police officers on healthand safety and also ensure that the advice is ‘practical’ and ‘credible’.Recuperative duties must be individually assessed according to specific workactivities. The aim is to enable the officer to work as fully as is safe.Anything less will result in non-compliance with the advice due to frustrationand a consequent risk of further injury. Managers are key players in absence management. They can themselves causemany problems due to poor training and skills resulting in ‘difficult’management styles. Absence management is so much easier with ‘good’ managers. Mental health A further change in police culture can be seen in the attitude towardsmental health. Psychological support is now asked for more readily across theforce and sick notes are now stating ‘stress-related ill health’ instead ofdiagnoses such as diarrhoea and vomiting. A macho attitude does still exist however in some managers and employees.The attitude that prevails within a specific work environment has to be aconsideration for the OH adviser when returning an individual back into theworkplace. With the support of a good manager, a member of staff will return towork sooner, with a speedier and better recovery. And the OH adviser will beable to return that person confident that the ‘duty of care’ has been compliedwith. In the case of a poor manager with an unsupportive attitude, this may meanthat the OH practitioner cannot advise a return to work until the individual isstrong enough to cope with that type of environment. In a task-orientated service, the biggest challenge for the OH adviser is ineducating all members of staff about what occupational health actually is.That, as a ‘people service’, its staff are the organisation’s most valuableresource. Good people management is not soft and fluffy, it is good businessand is dynamic. Occupational health can deliver real solutions in themanagement of sickness and absence problems and in creating a healthierorganisation overall. The future The South Yorkshire Police occupational health service is a victim of itsown success in that demand for the service outweighs its resources. We arecurrently awaiting decisions from the senior management team following asupportive best value review, to determine whether appropriate resources for OHare going to be forthcoming. South Yorkshire Police is a changing organisation. Government directives arealso forcing change and demanding the service manages its staff better withregard to health and safety and welfare issues. OH is a key player in this butit must be resourced appropriately to be able to respond to these growingchallenges. The current challenge for the OHA is to remain optimistic andpatient. Sharon Samworth is an OH adviser for South Yorkshire Police Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more