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Cookies and Milk with a Cop this weekend

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear From the Apopka Police DepartmentDon’t forget to come out to this month’s Cookies and Milk with a Cop, hosted by Apopka McDonalds and the Apopka Library. This is a great program to have the kids interact with law enforcement during story time. This is a free program and cookies and milk will be provided during intermission. Times and Location: Today, Saturday, September 15th, at 11 am, Northwest Orange Library 1211 E Semoran BLVD Apopka FL 32703.The Cookies and Milk with a Cop is an initiative started by Officer Andrew Raphael of the Winter Garden Police Department last year. The goal is to bring kids and Cops together in a fun and non-traditional environment that builds trust and makes friends.Cookies and Milk with a Cop is a joint venture between the Apopka Police Department, the Apopka Main Street McDonald’s restaurant and the North Orange Branch Library in Apopka.The APD provides a police officer for reading to the children.McDonald’s provides the cookies and milk.The Apopka Library provides a comfortable setting for the event.The events are held at 11 AM on the 3rd Saturday of each month. TAGSApopka Police DepartmentCookies and Milk with a CopMcDonald’sNorth Orange County Library Previous articleHow social networks can save lives when disasters strikeNext articleOrange County launches online fence permitting Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate last_img read more

House L / Plasma Studio

first_imgSave this picture!© Michael Pezzei+ 24Curated by Paula Pintos Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/956932/house-l-plasma-studio Clipboard House L / Plasma StudioSave this projectSaveHouse L / Plasma Studio Houses Year:  Photographs “COPY” ArchDaily “COPY” Photographs:  Michael PezzeiPartner, Architect:Chuan WangArchitect:Micol FronzaStatics Project:Team 4, Klaus SeeberCity:San MartinoCountry:ItalyMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Michael PezzeiRecommended ProductsConcreteKrytonConcrete Hardening – Hard-CemMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Flat Lock TilesEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesText description provided by the architects. The construction site is located in a protected area, with an old silver fir in the centre – around it, an L-shaped building has been built, it looks like a bungalow. The volume separates itself from the surrounding commercial buildings and focuses on the green space around the old tree. The parts of the building used during the daytime are positioned in the northern access level of the site. These ground-floor living areas are preceded by generous covered terraces on the garden side. The spatial center is arranged around a fireplace, which is assigned to both the kitchen and living room.Save this picture!© Michael PezzeiSave this picture!Plan – Ground floorSave this picture!© Michael PezzeiThe position of the kitchen is chosen in order to be touched by the morning sun, that of the living room brings the afternoon and evening sun deep into the room. These rooms extend almost up to a double-height. A gallery stretched in between and the sloped roof gives a great spatial experience. The bedrooms are set up in a split-level organization, have a cellar, and are preceded by a simple balcony which also gives access to the garden.Save this picture!© Michael PezzeiThe building is identified by a very reduced material palette: The west and east facades are cladded in dark, vertical sawn-rough boards. This covering extends as a continuum over the inclined roof, which from north and south is perceived as a pitched roof.Save this picture!© Michael PezzeiAdditive elements on the east and west sides, such as the canopy and the balcony, are made of galvanized and blackened steel. The north and south façades are set back in relation to the wood paneling so that they are perceived as a framing. The interior is dominated by larch and pine wood. Dark shades of gray are used as targeted contrasts.Save this picture!© Michael PezzeiProject gallerySee allShow lessFlying Walls Hostel / Dhulia Architecture Design StudioSelected ProjectsGlass Link House / Scott | Edwards ArchitectureSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/956932/house-l-plasma-studio Clipboard Italy Area:  218 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project House L / Plasma Studio CopyHouses•San Martino, Italy Projects 2018 Architects: Plasma Studio Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officePlasma StudioOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookSan MartinoItalyPublished on March 05, 2021Cite: “House L / Plasma Studio” 04 Mar 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardMetallicsHAVER & BOECKERArchitectural Wire Mesh – MULTI-BARRETTE 8130Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsSealantsEffisusGutter Repair – TiteGutter3Aluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Click-on BattensTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea PrestigeMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Click Roll CapsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteTerrealTerracotta Cladding TileDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE UnilateralWindowsJoskoWindows and Sliding Doors – ONE SeriesMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?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 streamlast_img read more

Right-wing backlash to marriage equality victory

first_imgAs poll after poll demonstrates, public opinion is on the side of marriage equality. That seismic shift in political consciousness was a factor in the June 26 Supreme Court ruling striking down state marriage bans. Now, however, powerful and well-funded political forces have launched a coordinated campaign to limit the impact of that historic ruling. Hiding behind the mask of “religious freedom,” right-wing bigots are throwing up obstacles to obtaining a marriage license and advancing bills to encourage discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities.The backlash began even before June 26, when in all but 13 states lower court judges overturned archaic laws defining marriage as between “one man and one woman.” Utah and North Carolina passed bills allowing county officials to deny a couple a marriage license on the basis of “sincerely held religious objections.”Given that the high court found a constitutional basis for marriage equality, these officials have been granted legal cover to violate their oath of office to uphold the Constitution. In other states, county clerks are openly defying governors’ orders to obey federal law. A judge in Toledo, Ohio, is refusing to perform same-sex marriages.Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback issued an executive order allowing religious groups, including those receiving state funds, to deny services to same-sex couples. In Arizona, the Maricopa County Attorney is refusing to provide adoption services to LGBTQ potential parents. Michigan legislators passed a bill allowing state-supported “faith-based” agencies to deny couples adoption services on religious grounds.So-called “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” bills in Indiana and Arkansas, even in their toned-down revised versions, give businesses the right to violate local anti-discrimination ordinances on religious grounds. An Indiana pizza parlor temporarily closed after publicly proclaiming it would not serve members of the LGBTQ community. This discrimination is normally illegal where civil rights laws cover sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.In Oregon, where legal protections exist, a lesbian couple was awarded $135,000 because a bakery refused to bake their wedding cake. If Oregon had passed one of these bogus religious freedom bills, this bakery would be free to discriminate. A restaurant could refuse to seat customers. A gym could deny membership. A transgender woman could be forced to use the “men’s” room or be publicly humiliated. All of this would be legal if the business owner claims it would “violate my conscience” to serve those deemed “sinners.”The religious right has made it a priority to pass similar RFRA laws in every state. “Absolutely, we will be talking to lawmakers about providing religious liberties protections,” said Don Hinkle, public policy director for the 600,000-member Missouri Baptist Convention. (lgbtqnation.com) Anyone who claims that treating all people equally “violates their conscience” and suffers consequences for that will be made a martyr by racist, misogynist, anti-LGBTQ bigots seeking to build their base.With the 2016 presidential elections on the horizon, most of the GOP’s contenders for the nomination are throwing fits over the Supreme Court decision — appealing to the most backward sentiments to build their campaigns.Some “religious objectors” are going to bizarre extremes. Stories of heterosexual couples divorcing to protest the high court ruling and of pastors threatening self-immolation have received wide media coverage. Nevertheless, the right-wing mobilization to roll back the gains of the LGBTQ movement must be taken seriously.Religious arguments twist factsMarriage equality opponents, in promoting RFRA laws, maintain that “forcing” businesses, public officials and service providers to treat all couples equally somehow constitutes religious discrimination and is therefore illegal. Even from a narrow legal standpoint this is a false argument. While there are some religious-based exceptions to the law — such as granting “conscientious objector” status to military service objectors — normally people cannot break laws simply because their religion dictates. A person cannot commit murder because their god told them to, or rob a bank to fill the collection plate. “Sincerely held religious views” do not even allow for leaving unwanted religious tracts in a neighbor’s mailbox.Where are the legal protections for the priests and nuns who have served six months in jail just for following their conscience and “crossing the line” to shut down the School of the Americas — where our taxes are used to train Latin American militaries in torture and interrogation?Why then should there be new religious exceptions that allow people to break civil rights laws — which came about through hard struggle — and engage in hateful, hurtful discrimination?The forces raising the false flag of religious liberty are the same ones who have upheld the Confederate flag as a symbol of “Southern heritage.” The bigots and the capitalists who back them can be pushed back by a united movement of workers and oppressed, built in the spirit of the Stonewall, Ferguson and Baltimore rebellions.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Chancellor Boschini talks tuition at town hall meeting

first_imgprintNine students were in attendance at Chancellor Victor Boschini’s semi-annual town hall meeting Tuesday afternoon.These meetings are a chance for students to come and give input on all things TCU. Students typically come to the private dining room in the Brown-Lupton University Union with questions for the chancellor.Some of the main topics of discussion at this semester’s meeting included tuition increases, financial aid, sustainability and ways students can feel connected around campus.Junior accounting major Chet Ford said he made it a priority to come to the meeting so he could get his questions answered and voice his complaints.“If you’re not doing anything to fix problems, you can’t complain about them,” Ford said. “I feel like a lot of students have complaints but they never want to actually use their resources to get them accomplished, so I feel like this is a great way to do it.”Political science major Gabe Merigian said he thought the meeting was a great way for students to get answers.“This provides students answers,” Merigian said. “In the military, it’s what we call, ‘Going up the chain of the command,’ and this is kind of jumping the chain of command.”Students who weren’t able to make it to the meeting were still able to get their questions answered.Q: What causes tuition increases?A: Boschini said it is a combination of fixed costs, like salaries and utilities, and the cost for new programs and faculty. That cost is then divided by the number of students, resulting in tuition increases.Q: As the cost for tuition rises, what is TCU going to do to still make the university affordable for students?A: The cost of college is always going to increase, Boschini said, and in order to compensate, TCU will be giving out more scholarships. TCU is also dedicated to working with students and their financial aid to make the school affordable.Q: Why did TCU buy The Cellar?A:  “The biggest complaint I get from students is parking and that’s going to be a ton of parking space right there,” Boschini said. “I’m not trying to buy The Cellar, I’m trying to buy anything close to campus so it just happened to be where we were trying to buy.”Q: What is TCU going to look like in the next 10 years?A: Boschini said one of the biggest projects TCU is working on is the addition of the new medical school. Boschini said he hopes to start accepting applicants for fall of 2018.Boschini made several jokes about the attendance at his meeting, but said that he will continue to host them even if the numbers continue to be low.“Even if only one student shows up and they have a good idea or if they feel like they have input, that’s fine for me,” Boschini said. Jessica Ranckhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jessica-ranck/ Linkedin Gender gap increases in colleges around the nation Facebook Jessica Ranckhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jessica-ranck/ Jessica Ranck + posts Closures continue on I-35 Linkedin ReddIt Jessica Ranckhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jessica-ranck/ Jessica Ranckhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jessica-ranck/center_img Facebook Twitter Political involvement remains low among TCU students Jessica Ranck is a junior journalism major from San Diego, California. She currently serves as the Greeks/SGA/SDS editor for TCU 360. The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Settlement reached between TCU, former professor in discrimination lawsuit Board approves tuition freeze, RRI actions but doesn’t act on eligibility issue spurred by Williams Previous articleLibrary expansion causes change in security measuresNext articleTCU transition: Catching up with new Catholic chaplain, James Wilcox Jessica Ranck RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR McLeland Tennis Center kicks off celebration with a serve Twitter ReddItlast_img read more

Students start a discussion using video conferencing

first_imgWorld Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Alexa Hineshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-hines/ Facebook Alexa Hines Twitter Alexa Hineshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-hines/ Linkedin + posts Tunnel of Oppression highlights different groups, encourages change Twitter Seniors react to postponing May Commencement Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Breaking barriers: Trailblazing women in sports media printDr. Juan Sola-Corbacho’s class meets in the CIS Video Conferencing Studio on Tuesday mornings with the University of Debrecen.Many students rely on textbooks, articles and sometimes a video when learning about a different country in class. However, for one honors class, students are getting a lively bonus.In Dr. Juan Sola-Corbacho’s honors course, Nature of Society – USA Meets Hungary,  students get to talk first hand to students from the University of Debrecen in Debrecen, Hungary.“The main idea is to bring diversity to class,” Sola-Corbacho said. “That means to make the students see the difference in cultures.”Every Tuesday, nine students from TCU and nine from the University of Debrecen meet virtually to discuss different topics such as women in society, minorities and social violence. They discuss how their countries view each topic as well as any solutions they have for the different issues.Beginning in early October, a third university will be added to the course. The University of Warsaw in Warsaw, Poland will join the course when they begin their semester.Sola-Corbacho said he wants each student to connect with each other and draw parallels between the different cultures.“Another important point of the class is to develop respect for a culture that is different than ours,” he said.The classes meet virtually with the help of the Center for Instructional Services Video Conferencing Services. Jess Price, manager of video conferencing, sits in on the class each Tuesday and sets up the connection with the other universities. He makes sure the technical side is properly working, so Sola-Corbacho can focus on the academic side.TCU has been using distance learning for 50 years, starting with a video feed to other locations in the metroplex in the 1960s using microwave towers on-site. In the earlier 2000s, CIS started offering more modern video software.“The service we use is Videxio,” Price said. “It is a cloud-based platform. It bridges all these separate connectivity options together.” Since Videxio is cloud-based, each university doesn’t have to have the same software or video hardware. All they need is a camera, microphone and connection to the internet. Users can access the virtual room at any time and use any device. They can connect with their preferred device — smartphone, tablet or computer.The students and professors also use Microsoft SharePoint, in place of TCU Online, to discuss different news articles and connect with each other. SharePoint allows the students and professors to share documents, notes and other files in the cloud-based system.Sola-Corbacho’s first class using video conferencing capabilities took place in the fall 2016 semester. It consisted of students introductions and discussion of the different lifestyles and cultures. Students laughed and cracked jokes across the video conferencing platform.The success of the class lead to two different courses for this semester. However, discussions with the University of Debrecen began in early 2016.“They didn’t have the infrastructure we did,” Price said. “By sharing our video conferencing as a service, TCU was able to help this Hungarian university transform a regular classroom into a ‘smart’ classroom.”All sites meet in a dedicated Videxio virtual meeting room. After TCU’s semester ends in December, the meeting room will still be accessible by the European universities to use until their semester ends in January.With Videxio, the CIS Video Conferencing Studio has hosted faculty conversations across the globe – recruiting events between employers, students on-site and virtual interviews for potential TCU employees.Both Price and Sola-Corbacho hope to see this program grow in the future, adding more universities to the course.“The goal is to have a trans-Atlantic class with one or two in Europe, one in Africa, one in Latin America and one in the United States,” Sola-Corbacho said. Alumnus to reopen local bar Facebook TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Linkedin ReddIt Alexa Hineshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-hines/ Alexa is the Audience Engagement Editor for TCU360. She is a journalism major and Spanish minor from Orange County, California. In her free time, Alexa loves reading about and watching sports. Previous articleTCU House Calls welcome students back to the new school yearNext articleTanglewood families face FWISD bond proposal and changing traditions Alexa Hines RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt TCU students interact over a video conference feed with the students at the University of Debrecen. Alexa Hineshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-hines/last_img read more

DAILY OIL PRICE: May 27, 2021

first_img Facebook DAILY OIL PRICE: May 27, 2021 Previous articleNoel earns awardNext articleOdessa wins video awards Odessa American Local NewsIn the Pipeline Twitter Pinterest TAGSOil Prices Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Crude Oil: 66.85  (+0.64).Nymex MTD AVG:  64.8770.Natural Gas: 2.958   (-0.069).Gasoline: 2.1518   (+0.0017).Spreads: July/August   (+.25)   August/September   (+.48).Plains WTI Posting: 63.33   (+0.64) By Odessa American – May 27, 2021 last_img read more

Christmas tree lighting at Johnson Center tonight and Thursday

first_img Book Nook to reopen By The Penny Hoarder Published 4:00 am Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Next UpTonight, the children’s choirs from First Methodist Church in Troy will perform a 6 p.m. and Goshen Elementary School at 6:25. The Rev. Steve Winton will speak at 6:50 p.m. and the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be at 7 p.m. The St. Paul A.M.E. Church children’s choir will perform at 7:05 p.m.On Thursday night, the Troy Elementary School choir will perform at 6 p.m. and the Pike Liberal Arts School choir at 6:25 p.m. Winton will speak at 6:50 p.m. and the Tree Lighting Ceremony will be at 7 p.m.  First Missionary Baptist Church in Troy will perform at 7:05 p.m. and Pike County High School’s choir at 7:30 p.m.“The children’s and youth choirs share the message of Christmas and the holiday season in such a wonderful way,” Pritchett said. “We wanted their families to be able to see and hear them perform. Having the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on two nights makes that possible.”MESSENGER PHOTO/COURTNEY PATTERSONThe Christmas tree lighting ceremonies will be tonight and Thursday at 6 p.m. Choirs from schools and churches in Pike County will be performing. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Jaine Treadwell Sponsored Content Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Pritchett said the music will be enhanced by the playing of the 100-year-old Baby Grand piano.“The singing of the Christmas carols sets the mood for the holiday season,” she said. “We invite the public to attend our Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and hear the story of Christmas in word and through the voices of children.” MESSENGER PHOTO/COURTNEY PATTERSONThe Christmas tree lighting ceremonies will be tonight and Thursday at 6 p.m. Choirs from schools and churches in Pike County will be performing.The Johnson Center for the Arts will host its annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony tonight and Thursday night in the art center’s Gibson Family Gallery.Vicki Pritchett, center director, said traditionally the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony has been held on one night but this year, two ceremonies are planned in order to accommodate the large number of people who attend.The Rev. Steve Winton, First United Methodist Church, will share the message of the true meaning of the Christmas Story at both ceremonies and the children’s choirs from local churches and schools will share the stories of the season in song.MESSENGER PHOTO/COURTNEY PATTERSONVicki Pritchett, director of the Johnson Center for the Arts, admires ornaments on one of the many Christmas trees displayed in the main gallery of the Johnson Center. You Might Like TCS plans for station School board and city officials could meet as early as this week to discuss details of a plan to put… read more Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Christmas tree lighting at Johnson Center tonight and Thursday Email the author Print Article 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 HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe 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

Time for reflection

first_img Comments are closed. How reflective practice has been adopted within a variety of workplaces tohelp illustrate its value for OH.  By LizGriffiths The concept of reflective practice has become enormously influential in theworld of professional education. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Post-Registration Education andPractice (PREP) requirements advocate reflection on practice in order toenhance career progression and lifelong learning.1 This is further endorsed inthe Code of Professional Conduct in the maintenance of professional knowledgeand competence,2 and in the guiding principles supporting the need for clinicalsupervision, an important part of clinical governance, with the aim ofimproving standards.3 Courses designed to prepare students for specialist practice in occupationalhealth nursing may encourage reflection on critical incidents in the practiceenvironment to inform learning, and use reflective writing as part of theassessment process. The significance of reflection in nursing rests in its close relationship tolearning in professional practice settings, where learning develops fromexperience. Reflection is an important component of this experiential learningbecause it can promote the ability to engage in self-assessment, to adapt tochange and develop autonomy. However, professional practice is not always clear-cut and learningsituations are often unpredictable. Schon uses the phrase “indeterminatezones of practice” to highlight the spheres of professional action thatare characterised by uncertainty, uniqueness and possibly conflict – adescription that must seem very real in many OH settings.4 An expert professional should be able to create different possibilities asthe result of reflecting on what could be routine practice, an unexpectedoutcome or even some uncertainty. By drawing such experiences together, ameaningful pattern may emerge as a means of transforming practice. Johns seesreflection as a window through which the practitioner can view experiences,working towards the resolution of contradictions between what may be desirableand what is realistic in actual practice.5 It may be worth considering if the concept, like many fashionable ideas, hasbecome distorted with use, or has retained its relevance in practicedevelopment, particularly for occupational health nurses (OHNs). One criticism of the emphasis that is placed on reflection in courses ofstudy has been the lack of evidence exploring successful outcomes in practiceas a consequence of reflection. Although much has been written about the apparent advantages and benefits,Quinn cautions that as professional practice is demanding and stressful, it maybe unrealistic to expect practitioners to reflect systematically, unless theyare given time and support to do so effectively.6 Nevertheless, there is evidence that although reflective writing is challenging,the scope of development is more valuable and longer lasting when the activityis structured through a written account.7 Jasper’s study – exploring how nursesfrom a variety of settings were using reflective writing skills as a tool forpractice learning – concluded that nurses were able to identify personal andprofessional growth being facilitated by reflective writing. An investigation recently carried out with students undertaking a specialistpractitioner programme confirmed that links with practice could be made throughreflection to enhance professional development. Students were asked to considerwhether undertaking a piece of reflective writing prior to beginning the coursehad been of value to them. The comments relating to the application ofreflection in practice were spontaneous and unprompted. One student commented:”It was beneficial to explore how and why I practiced what I did”,and another that it “allows and enables changes”.8 By referring to several examples where the reflective process has beenadopted in a variety of workplaces, it is clear that the value for OH practicedevelopment can be identified. This is not only shown from an individualperspective, but also demonstrates the wider implications in management andorganisational matters for students and more experienced practitioners. It iscommon to focus on the negative aspects of practice in reflection, but theseexamples highlight a few of the more positive features. Return-to-work interview following maternity leave The practitioner had prepared well for the interview in terms of informationregarding organisational factors and practical issues, but the interview didnot proceed in the way she expected. The client was much more concerned withthe emotional impact of her immediate return to work rather than those issuesthat had been anticipated by the nurse. On reflection, the OHN realised that she had not considered this aspect inher preparation. She also found that identifying her thoughts and feelingsabout the experience was relatively easy. What was much more difficult wastrying to make sense of the experience through analysis. However, by using areflective cycle to structure her thinking, she found that she could develop aplan of action for future encounters of this kind, and so learn from a routinesituation. Attendance management interview One aspect of the role of OH in assisting management to manage attendanceeffectively is to ensure that any policy is applied consistently and fairly. An experienced practitioner found it helpful to reflect in a group withcolleagues, after the interview. This is particularly relevant to ensure aconsistent approach among the team and within the organisation, where concernsof policy and procedure are apparent. In this case, the employee had attendedthe department reluctantly, because the line manager had not adhered to thecompany referral procedure. The OHN’s view was that sharing experiences brings differing perspectives toincidents. This also boosts confidence by endorsing decisions made in clinicalpractice. This group approach to reflecting on learning was adopted by the teamand became a regular feature at staff meetings. An observer at pre-employment health interviews When faced with practice in a new setting, many experienced practitionersfind that keeping a reflective journal can help make sense of the transitioninto a new field. It also serves as a permanent record to reflect on for futureoccasions. Adjustments can then be made to practice, or action plans modifiedas experience develops. For an OH student in a new role, keeping a journal was not only found to beessential, but the importance of returning to the reflective writing andreviewing it with new knowledge was found to be extremely helpful. The studentnoted that previous work history seemed to be an important factor explored bypractitioners during pre-employment health interviews, but did not initiallyappreciate the significance of the questioning. As knowledge and experience increased, this was recorded and reflected upon,and the student was able to set their learning within a public health,legislative and professional framework. A case for referral This OHN had been supporting a departmental manager through a personalcrisis over a period of time. In line with custom and practice in her setting,she was seeing the client weekly at pre-arranged appointment times. However,she was beginning to feel increasingly uneasy as the visits continued. On reflection, her analysis examined several aspects that she identifiedfrom the experience. Her own professional accountability and competence, anidentification of her need for specific training, departmental proceduresregarding counselling and referral, opportunities for collaborative working,possible alternative courses of action, and the referral of the client to anappropriate agency. In addition to these factors, she reviewed the evidence onthe relevant topic area and the existing company policy. This analysis led to asatisfactory resolution both for the client and the practitioner, and aproposed change of practice for the rest of the OH team. Conclusion These examples provide evidence of using the reflective processretrospectively, to analyse critical incidents that occur frequently inpractice to inform learning. The outcome may not always be a resolution, butthe key element is the learning, both professionally and personally, that hasbeen gained from reflecting on the experience. This ability to reflect is seenas an essential part of becoming an expert practitioner.9 Although reflection should not be seen as a panacea for professionaldevelopment, the benefits should be considered by OHNs in practice and, inparticular, as a means of increasing professional competence and confidence. Liz Griffiths is a lecturer in OH nursing at Brunel University, and part ofthe community health nursing team in the Department of Health and Social Care References 1. The PREP handbook – NMC (2002) London 2. Code of professional conduct – NMC (2002) London 3. Supporting nurses and midwives through lifelong learning – NMC (2002)London 4. Educating the reflective practitioner – Schon D (1987), California:Jossey-Bass 5. Becoming a Reflective Practitioner. A reflective and holistic approach toclinical nursing practice development and clinical supervision – Johns C(2000), Oxford: Blackwell Scientific 6. Continuing Professional Development in Nursing. A guide for Practitionersand Educators – Johns C (2000), Cheltenham: StanleyThornes Ltd 7. Nurses’ perceptions of the value of written reflection – Jasper M (1999),Nurse Education Today 19 pp 452-463 8. An investigation into the student experience of APEL – Griffiths E(2003), research project. (unpublished) 9. Learning Human Skills: 4th edition – Burnard P (2002), Oxford:Butterworth Previous Article Next Article Time for reflectionOn 1 May 2004 in Clinical governance, Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

USS Hue City Catches Fire, No Injuries

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Hue City Catches Fire, No Injuries View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USS April 16, 2014 USS HUE CITY (CG 66) DURING A TRANSIT OF THE SUEZ CANAL. A fire broke out aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66) late Monday, April 14 as the ship was transiting the Atlantic, the U.S. Navy informed. Share this article View post tag: catches View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defence View post tag: Huecenter_img USS Hue City Catches Fire, No Injuries There were no injuries as a result of the fire, and the ship continues to operate under her own power. The extent of the damage is being assessed, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.According to U.S. Fleet Forces, the ship is expected to return to her home port of Mayport, Fla on Friday.Hue City departed Mayport, Fla. on Friday, April 11, for deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility.[mappress]Press Release, April 16, 2014, Image: US Navy View post tag: City View post tag: Navy Authorities View post tag: Defense View post tag: Injuries View post tag: fire View post tag: nolast_img read more

Edible nut pricing

first_imgAlmonds: The weather during the critical “bloom” in California will determine the short- to medium-term direction on pricing. Last year’s crop was the largest on record, so it is likely to be smaller this year.Walnuts: Huge demand from China, a short crop in India and only an average crop in Eastern Europe and the US as well as the huge increase in sales from all three of inshell has completely changed the face of walnut availability as well as pricing.Pistachios: Prices seem to have settled into a range unrecognisably higher than the historical ’norm’.Cashews: There have been disappointments on the supply side from Brazil, issues with West African seed crops, and a shorter crop reported from India. Although the Vietnamese crop may be OK, we can expect to see prices remaining firm up to May/June.Pecans: Unless there is an unprecendented drop in global demand this year, prices will most likely remain firm up to the point of the next harvests in the US and Mexico at the end of 2011.Brazil nuts: Short supply and increasing demand for what is a relatively well-priced nut, mean the normally predictable forward decline from a very high current crop price range, may not materialise, this year.Hazels: Exports from Turkey since the start of the new season are around 40,000mts ahead of last year. Prices are expected to remain firm.l Based on information provided by RM Curtislast_img read more