first_imgStanbic IBTC Bank (IBTC.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2019 abridged results.For more information about Stanbic IBTC Bank (IBTC.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Stanbic IBTC Bank (IBTC.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Stanbic IBTC Bank (IBTC.ng)  2019 abridged results.Company ProfileStanbic IBTC Plc is a financial services company in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the retail, corporate, investment and wealth management sectors. The Personal and Corporate Banking division provides a full-service offering ranging from transactional accounts to residential accommodation loans, vehicle and equipment finance and instalment finance. The Corporate and Investment Banking division offers products and services for foreign exchange, fixed income and equity trading as well as transactional banking, corporate and property lending and custodial and trade finance services. The Wealth Management division provides services for investment management, pension management, portfolio management, unit trust/fund management and trusteeship services. Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc undertakes venture capital projects and private equity investments; acts as an executor and trustee of wills and trusts; and provides agency, insurance brokerage and stockbroking services. Founded in 1989, Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc is a subsidiary of Stanbic Africa Holdings Limited. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Stanbic IBTC Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more


first_imgSingle Family House in Kifisia / Spacelab ArchitectsSave this projectSaveSingle Family House in Kifisia / Spacelab Architects Save this picture!© Vaggelis Paterakis+ 28 Share CopyAbout this officeSpacelab ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAthensHousesGreecePublished on November 10, 2012Cite: “Single Family House in Kifisia / Spacelab Architects” 10 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – GuillotineGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60 PassivhausSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Verge LVG-SeriesSealantsSikaConstruction Solutions in Stavros FoundationShower TraysAcquabellaShower Tray – Focus BetonPatios / TerracesFranken-SchotterPatios and TerracesCeramicsTerrealTerracotta cladding in Le TrèfleSkylightsFAKROWooden pivot roof windows FYP-V proSkySynthetics / AsphaltFirestone Building ProductsRoofing System – RubberGard EPDMMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?基菲夏的独户住宅/Spacelab Architects事务所是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Area:  190 m² Area:  190 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses Architects: Spacelab Architects Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses•Athens, Greece ArchDaily Year:  “COPY” Single Family House in Kifisia / Spacelab Architects Greece Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/291515/single-family-house-in-kifisia-spacelab-architects Clipboard 2012 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/291515/single-family-house-in-kifisia-spacelab-architects Clipboard Photographs 2012 photographs:  Vaggelis PaterakisPhotographs:  Vaggelis Paterakis, Courtesy of Spacelab ArchitectsSave this picture!© Vaggelis PaterakisRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreText description provided by the architects. We were called to design a house on a rather problematic site with a triangular shape on a very busy street. The design aims to maximize the area of the garden. Taking advantage of the building code of the time of construction, the building was situated at the edge of the site forming an L shape that allowed it to embrace its garden.Save this picture!© Vaggelis PaterakisThe scheme was developed on two levels. On the ground floor, big glazing surfaces allow for a dialogue between the interior and the exterior. This level houses the sitting and dining areas as well as the kitchen.Save this picture!© Vaggelis PaterakisThe first floor appears to be more protected, with smaller openings. Thus, privacy is achieved for the three bedrooms that are located there.Save this picture!© Vaggelis PaterakisThe facades of the house were treated with a layering of overlapping materials. Apart from the glazing, the solid parts of the walls are covered with tadelakt. A second layer of metal frames with wooden plank infill is added on. The fencing of the site is done by a series of vertical metal plates with a second layer of armed glass to reduce the street noise.Save this picture!© Vaggelis PaterakisFor the interior, different types of wood has been used widely. Oak flooring, black pine cabinets, antiqued oak for the kitchen cabinets and khaki lacquered oak for the staircase.Save this picture!Courtesy of Spacelab ArchitectsProject gallerySee allShow lessPiratininga São Paulo High-Rise Housing Proposal / OODAArticlesmodeLab Lattice LabArticles Share “COPY” Year: last_img read more


first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 22 June 2009 | News First Quality Conference by Third Sector’s CES and Local Government First Quality Conference by Third Sector’s CES and Local GovernmentWhile not-for-profit organisations are seeing an increase in the demand for services, yet a reduction in resources, there has never been a more important time to focus on quality. To address this, Charities Evaluation Services has teamed up with IDeA – the first time that the third sector and local government have joined forces – to deliver the 2009 National QualityConference.Demonstrating Quality in Challenging Times will take place on Advertisement Thursday 25 June 20099.30am-4.30pmCBI Conference CentreCentrepointNew Oxford StreetLondon, WC1A 1DUQuality systems guide improvements internally and can help to win support externally. As the economy moves through recession, potential supporters will be even more determined to channel their investment where it will do most good. Demonstrating Quality in Challenging Times will explore how Government and the regulator see the crucial issues; reveal what commissioners and funders really want; examine how quality and outcomes work together; and look at the latest on accreditation for PQASSO – thebrand new award-winning Quality Mark.For more information or to request a press pass to the conference, please contact: Christina Cullen on 07985 440 238 or email:[email protected]center_img Tagged with: Events Management About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  16 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more


first_imgUnder the slogan “CNY Stands Against Racism,” about 50 people gathered in downtown Syracuse to protest the virulent U.S. racism that enforces life-threatening im/migrant camps, the deadly prison-industrial complex and the unjust criminal “justice system.” One speaker pointed out that all these structures break up families and attack the most vulnerable. Coming out against racism in Syracuse, N.Y., July 23.The protest specifically targeted local U.S. Rep. John Katko, a Republican who refused to vote for the recent House amendment denouncing President Trump as a racist for his white supremacist remarks about four congresswomen of color. The rally emcee, Kayla Kelechian, from the Workers’ Center of Central New York, said:  “We see these four women whom he attacked, all from different backgrounds. Some natives here, some who came here when they were younger. He’s attacking everybody. Racism is not just an immigrant issue. It’s here at the local level as well.”  A speaker who identified himself as being from the local Jewish community emphatically said that they had seen this path before, the condemnation and punishment of an entire people, and he was there to emphasize: “Never Again Is Now.”  To drown out passing hecklers, the crowd repeatedly chanted: “Close the camps, close the camps!” and “The people united shall never be defeated/¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!” The rally was sponsored by the WCCNY, Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network, CNY Solidarity Coalition, New York Immigration Coalition, Public Citizen and Syracuse Cultural Workers.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


first_img STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Non-Profits News Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena Hosts Blood Drive STAFF REPORT Published on Thursday, November 12, 2020 | 12:56 pm CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Herbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Secrets That Eastern Women Swear By To Stay Young LongerHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Make a comment Business News Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * With the ongoing pandemic creating a continued need for blood donations, the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena is hoping to help by hosting a blood drive on Sunday.The drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club’s Mackenzie-Scott Branch at 2020 N. Fair Oaks Ave., organizers said. All CDC guidelines will be followed.“At our July Blood Drive, we collected about 35 pints which, I’m told, helped over 100 people in the hospital,” BGCP CEO Lisa Cavelier said in a written statement. “It’s so simple to donate – in and out in 30 minutes, and people will also be given test results for COVID antibodies. We see this as another chance to be part of the solution, and hope to fill all of our spots for Sunday.”All donors will receive a $5 Amazon discount coupon via email, organizers said. Donors between 16 and 24 will also receive a $10 discount card for selected restaurants.Participants are urged to register in advance by visiting redcrossblood.org, clicking the “Donate/Find a Drive” tab and entering club sponsor code “bgcpasadena.”“Though it’s important to register, some walk-ins may be allowed depending on availability,” according to the club statement. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Pulse PollVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe Community News More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 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. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 69 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it last_img read more


first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment 14 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Community News Two Multifamily Residential Developments to be Reviewed by City Design Commission By ANDY VITALICIO Published on Monday, February 8, 2021 | 3:22 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News 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.center_img HerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPriyanka Chopra’s 10 Year Challenge Pic Will Surprise YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Easy Tips To Help You Reset Your Sleep ScheduleHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 439 N. Hill Ave. Pasadena (l) and 164 Chestnut St. Pasadena (r)The Pasadena Design Commission is meeting on Tuesday to discuss applications for two multifamily developments containing a total of 37 units.The first application is for a two- to three-story, 13-unit development at 439 N. Hill Ave., while the second development is a five-story, 24-unit project at 164 Chestnut St.At 439 N. Hill Ave., the 11,580 square-foot project site is a rectangular lot located at the southwest corner of the intersection of Hill Avenue and Tyler Alley, between East Villa and Maple streets. On the site currently stands a non-historic, single-family residence built in 1912 by architect and developer Henry C. Deming and a garage built in 1938, both of which will be demolished, according to the proposal.There are also six trees on the site, three of which will be removed. The three trees are small fruit trees that are not protected under Pasadena’s Tree Protection Ordinance, according to a report by the Planning and Community Development Department. Two mature trees – a guava tree located at the southeast corner of the property and an Ash tree located near the southern property line – will be retained as part of the project.Around the site are mostly single- and multifamily residential buildings ranging between one and three stories in height. Directly to the west of the site is a three-story multifamily residential building, to the south are two two-story multifamily residential buildings, and to the north is Tyler Alley and garages, open parking, trash bins, and fenced backyards serving the residential properties fronting on VillaStreet.Two blocks to the northwest is the Holliston Avenue Landmark District, consisting largely of Craftsman-style single-family houses. A vernacular hipped cottage built in 1904 at 401 N. Chester Ave., two blocks to the west of the site, has been determined to be eligible for city designation as an individual landmark.The Planning Department’s report said the proposed two-to-three-story, 13-unit Contemporary Craftsman-style apartment building will have at-grade parking. The building will feature cubic massing with gabled roofs varying in height from two to three stories and graduating from east to west. The front portion of the building will consist of a two-story volume with apartments on each floor. The rear portion will be two stories of flats atop a surface parking garage.The building’s footprint will be generally rectangular, sited around a roughly rectangular shaped open space area that consists of the main garden that will be attached to the front yard by a short walkway. A recessed portion will face the southern interior property line to accommodate the main garden area.This configuration of open space is intended to protect and provide visual emphasis of the two existing mature trees that will be retained.Reviewing an application for preliminary consultation for the project on Jan. 13, 2020, the Design Commission suggested some improvements to make the design conform with either the Craftsman style or an alternative compatible contemporary concept as defined by the architect. The design team has made minor revisions in response to these suggestions, the Planning Department said.At 164 Chestnut St., the project is a single 10,012-square-foot lot on the south side of Chestnut Street at the terminus of Townsend Place. Trapezoidal in shape, the site is currently developed with a historic two-story house that was previously converted into multiple unitsand has been approved for relocation to a vacant lot at 781 S. Grand Ave.There is also a detached garage/carport structure on the site. No trees stand on the site and one street tree stands along the property’s frontage.The Planning Department said the new five-story multi-family residential building will have 24 units of a total of 22,492 square feet of space, with two levels of subterranean parking. The contemporary-style building will cover the entire site with a five-foot setback on the north side and 10-feet setbacks on the east, south and west.A driveway entrance ramp to the subterranean parking structure and a ground-level shared courtyard are also proposed at the northeast corner of the site.Members of the community can witness the deliberations during Tuesday’s Design Commission meeting, which begins at 4:30 p.m., through Zoom, at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88337757476, or by calling (669) 900-6833 and using the webinar ID 883 3775 7476.Comments may be submitted by email to [email protected] before Tuesday, or through the Planning Department’s public comment page, www.cityofpasadena.net/planning/public-comment. Business News More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. 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first_img Google+ Hundreds turn out to welcome Jason Quigley home Hundreds turned out to welcome home local boxing sensation Jason Quigley last night.The World Boxing Silver medallist greeted his local fans in the Finn Valley Centre.The 22-year-old from Ballybofey was beaten in the World Championships Boxing Final in Kazakstan at the weekend.Speaking during last nights event, Jason thanked everyone for their support:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/jasquig.mp3[/podcast] Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th NewsSport Donegal to get 50 tickets for Armagh but not for spectators Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal By News Highland – October 29, 2013 Facebook Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter O’Kane and McCarter take up coaching rules Previous articleDerry man charged with firearm and explosive offencesNext articleTrial to begin in January of man charged with the deaths of 8 men News Highland last_img read more


first_imgNews UpdatesPlea In Delhi High Court Seeks Mandatory Displaying Of Covid-19 Beds, Facilities On Boards Outside Hospitals, Says Govt App Gives Inaccurate Info Shreya Agarwal22 April 2021 1:30 AMShare This – xA nursing officer on behalf of the Orthodox Christian Medical Fellowship has moved the Delhi High Court seeking directions to the Delhi government to issue a circular directing all hospitals in Delhi to “place big display boards” outside their premises giving information about available beds, ventilators, oxygen cylinders, etc in light of the Covid-19 pandemic which has gripped the country’s capital by its neck. Also Read – Karnataka High Court Issues Notice On Plea Seeking GST, Royalty Exemptions For COVID VaccinesAdvertisement The petitioner states that as a nursing officer she has been actively involved on the frontline and hence is “aware of the difficulties faced by patients and medical professionals in hospitals.”Referring to a news report by The New Indian Express dated Apr 19, the petitioner submits that the “cases of denial of beds by many hospitals in Delhi to patients who were in a critical state and needed immediate medical attention” has been sufficiently brought to light. Also Read – CM Advocate Welfare Policy: HC Grants Last Opportunity To Delhi Bar Council To Submit List Of Verified Lawyers Eligible For BenefitsAdvertisement Highlighting for the court to take note of the fact that the “demand for hospital beds and oxygen cylinders has increased like never before”, and that media reports and reports of fellow medical professionals suggest that patients are lying in queues outside many hospitals for getting beds, the petitioner has prayed that it be made mandatory to display outside hospitals on display boards, information regarding beds, ventilators and oxygen. Further, a prayer for daily monitoring of the situation in every hospital of the city has also been made. Also Read – Allahabad High Court Sets Aside Suspension Of Covid Positive Employee; Says Suspension Order Can’t Be Passed During Pendency Of Preliminary InquiryAdvertisement Advertisement The petitioner has further stated that the mobile application by the Delhi Government does not display information corroborating with the actual factual scenario on ground and therefore the need for such display boards is even more compulsive.The petitioner said that such a circular is already effective in Karnataka and that though some direction to this effect was passed by Delhi earlier, it is not being strictly complied with by the hospitals.The Petition has been filed through Advocates Robin Raju and M.P. SrivigneshTagsDelhi High Court Covid-19 Delhi Government Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more


first_imgNHS star ratings need to be refinedOn 25 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Lessonscan be learned from the first star ratings that were introduced in Septemberlast year to identify the best and worst performing NHS trusts, according to areport by the NHS Confederation. Ben Willmott reportsThe launch of a star rating system to identify the best and worst NHS trustswas supposed to help drive up healthcare standards across the UK when it wasintroduced in October last year. But nine months on, a study by the NHS Confederation finds significantfailings with the system, which assesses trusts on the delivery of key targetssuch as waiting times, financial performance, cancelled operations andtreatment of staff. And research by independent think tank Demos also criticises the wholetarget-led approach to reforming the health service. Under the star rating system, top trusts receive three stars while failingtrusts are given zero stars and a limited time period to raise standards beforea management team from a successful trust is brought in to try and improveperformance. The NHS Confederation study Action Points criticises how trusts are assessedand over what period, and how rating announcements are made. The study claims the rating system is retrospective and static so truststhat are rapidly improving or deteriorating are likely to be treated unfairly.Poor ratings may be a year out of date and give no indication if there has beenimprovement over that period, the report finds. It also warns that some zero-star trusts have reported that their rating hasaffected recruitment and retention. Nigel Edwards, director of policy at the NHS Confederation, believestarget-led approaches to improving the health service such as the star ratingsystem are too simplistic. Commenting on the Demos report, Edwards, said: “Complex systems such asthe NHS are difficult to change and simplistic carrot and stick approaches justdon’t work. The Government should set the framework, but the strategy has toemerge from within the NHS rather than being imposed through central planslinked to penalties for failure.” “This is a classic example of well intentioned policies that need toconsider the impact on the whole system in a much more sophisticated way.”HR professionals support the star ratings in principle but believe theapproach needs to be refined to iron out problems highlighted by the NHSConfederation. John Adsett, secretary of the Association of Healthcare Human ResourceManagement, is optimistic that changes in the way the next set of star ratingsare calculated will lead to improvements. “It appears that the HR element in the ratings are gaining inimportance,” he said. “One of the things the Department of Health hasdone is to carry out an eight or nine question survey of 500 staff at everytrust which I understand will be fed into the star rating system. “It is also doing a patient satisfaction questionnaire that is going tobe fed into the star rating. “I think ratings should be viewed as an indicator to measure trends andshow whether an organisation is moving up or down. They shouldn’t mean thatjust because a trust has three stars it has no problems.” Adsett also believes that the announcements of the star ratings need to behandled sensitively. “Staff are still working very hard at these zero-star trusts and doingthe things that they ought to be doing. So when you have the local pressstating that their trust is poor it can have a negative impact,” he said. HR director of Kings College Hospital NHS Trust, Mike Griffin, thinks thestar rating system is a good concept but needs to be fine-tuned. “The principle of providing a visible assessment of the qualitystandards provided by public services must be a good thing,” he said.”The health service as a whole supports the idea in principle, but thereis concern over whether the measures that have been used for the initialratings are the right ones.” Griffin said there is to be a review of the data used for the next set ofratings to ensure they paint an accurate picture. “A very important consequence of this [the star rating system] is thatit forces all hospitals, ourselves included, to produce better quality data. “The review will provide an opportunity for trusts to look closely atthe data being used. There is an opportunity to challenge the data before it isreproduced in another set of star ratings,” he added. HR manager at Poole Hospital NHS Trust, Marie Cleary, believes more shouldbe done to educate the general public about how the star ratings work and thata greater emphasis should be placed on good practice. “There is a feeling that the star rating system is limited to an extentin that you cannot possibly cover all aspects of service provided by hospitalsand some areas of good practice might not be recognised. It could berefined.” She also highlighted the fact that star ratings could be out of date andsaid staff morale and recruitment could easily suffer at trusts with poorratings. “The publicity can also be quite damaging. Patients do not understandhow the rating system works and may have misconceptions about the care theywill receive,” she added. “I think there needs to be more recognition of good practice and goodtrusts.” Healthcare union Unison said the star-rating system is an improvement on theprevious NHS performance indicator system of league tables, but it is concernedthat the system encourages competition at the expense of co-operation. A spokesman said: “It is an improvement on the old system in that itincludes areas such as cleanliness and treatment of staff, but we are concernedit involves labelling hospitals as failures. “We want to encourage hospitals to share good practice rather than toset hospital against hospital and trust against trust. We want to see a systemthat encourages co-operation rather than competition.” www.nhsconfed.org last_img read more


first_imgIn a JCR meeting, Keble’s JCR welfare reps, Andy Paine and Ellen Peihl, reported, “Stolen condoms. This is theft – they cost money.” In the meeting it was also reported that “Some [condoms] have been pidged to people with notes, which is unacceptable, but [there have been] no complaints yet.” The welfare team stated that if there are any complaints about the anonymously pidged condoms, “the deans will likely get involved.” He continued, “If whoever it was wanted condoms and had asked we would have given them plenty – even if they wanted 30, 40, or 50, I’m sure that would’ve been fine. But whoever needs hundreds of condoms is either having an absolutely great time or (more likely) doesn’t know how to use them properly.” Students have called for the return of condoms to Keble JCR’S welfare stash, after a hundred were stolen in first week. The condoms were taken from the sports cupboard,  and have not yet been replaced. James Newton, Keble’s JCR president, told Cherwell, “Their disappearance is a shame. We buy the condoms so that everyone in college has easy access to free contraception and to see them gone is a bit depressing. Buying condoms takes up a hefty part of the Welfare team’s budget, meaning that we as a JCR are out of pocket for no real good reason.” Keble’s welfare reps declined to comment to Cherwell. They added, “Some members of the JCR seem to think that there are multiple culprits due to the assortment of sizes that have been pinched. If it is just a joke, we’d quite like our condoms back.”center_img One JCR member told Cherwell that the notes accompanying the pidged condoms were “quite insulting”. One Keble fresher told Cherwell, “I don’t quite know how anyone can possibly dream of getting through 200 condoms. It’s clearly either somebody vastly overcompensating for a lack of success, or just a practical joke that’s stealing from our JCR budget.“ Newton stated that, because nobody had complained about the notes alongside the pidged condoms, “we can’t act upon any of them and since we brought it up with the JCR they have stopped.” Another Keble student commented, “Having free condoms is great, but it’s vital that they’re easy to get hold of. College contraceptive provision should be readily available at any time of day or night, so as to deter students from risking unprotected sex.”last_img read more