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Pressure on German journalists continues in wake of article making fun of Polish president


first_imgReporters Without Borders denounced today as “disgraceful” the Polish government’s “over-reaction” in demanding that Germany apologise for a German newspaper article making fun of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his brother. The outspoken German daily Tageszeitung ran an article on 25 June by reporter Peter Kohler headed “The New Polish Yokels,” saying the president was against gays and making fun of his twin brother Jaroslaw (who heads the ruling Law and Justice Party) because he still lived with his mother. President Kaczynski today called the article “vile” and “disgusting.”The worldwide press freedom organisation said the demand was “unworthy of a European head of state who supposedly respects freedom of the press.” It asked why a European Union member-state was threatening journalists with imprisonment for criticising politicians and said “outdated” Polish laws providing jail sentences for press offences were against European standards and needed to be “urgently amended.”Furious Polish officials compared the newspaper to the pro-Nazi German press and called on 4 July for the German government to condemn the article. Polish prime minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz said it was “hard to imagine that someone in Poland would write such things about other heads of state” and said a reaction was “necessary.” The Polish foreign ministry said it would no longer talk to the paper’s correspondent in Warsaw, Gabrielle Lesser, and said the German media must comply with Polish media standards, which meant not making fun of heads of state.Article 135 of Poland’s criminal code provides up to three years in jail for insulting the president and article 136.3 requires the same for insulting foreign heads of state or diplomats. Article 226.3 punishes with a fine or up to two years in prison insulting an institution established under the national constitution. June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders expressed alarm today at the Polish government’s campaign against the German daily Die Tageszeitung and its reporter Peter Kohler, who wrote an article last month poking fun at President Lech Kaczynski and Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who are identical twin brothers.The worldwide press freedom organisation criticised on 7 July the president’s attack on what he called a “vile” article and voiced concern at his government’s threat to prosecute the journalist.. The Warsaw regional prosecutor’s office announced on 19 July that the paper and Kohler were being investigated under article 135 of the criminal code, which provides for up to three years in prison for insulting the president.Threats have been made to Die Tageszeitung’s correspondent in Warsaw, Gabrielle Lesser, by anonymous callers to her mobile phone who also shouted “Heil Hitler!” The Polish foreign ministry has told her it would no longer speak to any of the paper’s reporters. Another German reporter, Doris Heimann, Warsaw correspondent of Rheinische Post, has received provocative e-mail messages about her being Jewish. A list of 16 German correspondents in Poland was printed on 13 July in the Polish catholic daily Nasz Dziennik, which invited readers to “remember these names” and regretted that the German journalists had not been punished for saying what they thought. With firing of four editors, “repolonisation” under way in Poland PolandEurope – Central Asia News Organisation ———7 July 2006Government’s attack on German media deplored News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Follow the news on Poland Receive email alerts July 25, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Pressure on German journalists continues in wake of article making fun of Polish president to go further PolandEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders is alarmed at the government’s legal action against a German newspaper that poked fun at the Polish president and his twin brother, the prime minister. Several German reporters in Warsaw have received anonymous threats. Poland’s new social media law puts freedom of expression at risk, RSF warns January 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News May 10, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more


Pasadena Police to Stage DUI Checkpoint Friday Night


first_img 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. Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week The Pasadena Police Department’s Traffic Section will be conducting a DUI Checkpoint on Friday, January 25, 2013 at an undisclosed location, within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent, when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted frequently.Officers will be contacting drivers who pass through the checkpoint, for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. Drivers who are caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.In 2010, over 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic collisions that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher. In California, this deadly crime led to 791 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver. “Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 3 lives and resulted in 58 injury crashes, harming 82 of our friends and neighbors,” said Pasadena Police Chief Phillip L. Sanchez.According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any other DUI enforcement strategy. Based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.“DUI Checkpoints have been an essential part of the phenomenal reduction in DUI deaths that we have witnessed since 2006 in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety. “But since the tragedy of DUI accounts for nearly one third of traffic fatalities, Pasadena needs the high visibility enforcement and public awareness that checkpoints provide.”Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Pasadena Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA reminds everyone to continue working together in bringing an end to these tragedies by calling 9-1-1 to report drunk drivers. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy latest #1 Pasadena Police to Stage DUI Checkpoint Friday Night Published on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 | 5:33 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Herbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods Is ‘Different Man’ 10 Years After ScandalHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Business News Community News Subscribe Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more


Limerick primary school students awarded engineering honour


first_imgNewsEducationLimerick primary school students awarded engineering honourBy Staff Reporter – May 20, 2020 365 Email Facebook Linkedin Twitter Printcenter_img Previous articleFlu vaccine to be made available free of charge to at risk groups and children under 12 in LimerickNext articleVisitor ban at UL Hospitals Group remains in place Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Students from Gaelscoil Chaladh An Treoigh have been honoured at the STEPS Young Engineers Award virtual awards ceremony today for their innovative engineering project, the Air Deliverer. Now in its second year, the Engineers Ireland STEPS Young Engineers Award encourages third- and fourth-class pupils and their teachers to explore the world of engineering by developing an engineering project that would help to improve their local community. The award is one of four primary and post primary student engineering initiatives coordinated by Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme – funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the Department of Education and Skills and industry leaders ARUP, ESB, Intel and Transport Infrastructure Ireland STUDENTS from Gaelscoil Chaladh an Treoigh have been honoured at the STEPS Young Engineers Award virtual awards ceremony today for their innovative engineering project, the Air Deliverer.The ‘Cheeriors Team’, made up of Elenor, Lusai, Lily, Isobel and Emma from fourth class at Gaelscoil Chaladh an Treoigh, Newcastle were awarded highly commended status for their innovative ‘Air Deliverer’ project idea, which they invented to create a more environmentally friendly way of delivering post and created the drone postal system using only recycled materials.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Now in its second year, the STEPS Young Engineers Award encourages third- and fourth-class pupils and their teachers to explore the world of engineering by developing an engineering project that would help to improve their local community. The award is one of four primary and post primary student engineering initiatives coordinated by Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme – funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the Department of Education and Skills and industry leaders ARUP, ESB, Intel and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).Participation in the primary school competition has doubled since its inaugural year, with over 200 schools submitting over 600 entries to this year’s competition. Eight school teams were shortlisted for this year’s competition final, with the winners announced today at a virtual awards ceremony on Engineers Ireland’s website and YouTube Channel, which also included an Engineering Spectacular show by Mark Langtry, Head of Science and Sport at Explorium.Students from Arles National School, Co. Laois were crowned national champions and overall winners of the STEPS Young Engineers Award 2020 for their ‘Let’s All Play Together’ project entry which sought to develop an inclusive playground where all children could play together.  Having noticed that children in wheelchairs have no swings or playground equipment in their local area, the students wanted to make a change and came up with the project to create a wheelchair-friendly swing powered by ‘kid energy’ which would allow all children to play together.Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland, commented: “There was an incredibly high calibre of entries submitted by third- and fourth-class pupils to the STEPS Young Engineers Award this year and it was so fantastic to witness each of the student teams’ creativity and innovative project ideas.”“Many of the core engineering traits and behaviours – curiosity, exploration, creativity, problem-solving and collaboration – overlap with the principles of early childhood education. It is my hope that each of the students who participated in this year’s STEPS Young Engineers Award thoroughly enjoyed this experience and will continue to explore the limitless opportunities a career in the engineering sector can offer.”Ms Spillane also praised each of the volunteer engineers who visited schools around the country to assist students with their projects: “At Engineers Ireland, our volunteers are the lifeblood of our organisation and we are incredibly grateful to the 200 volunteer engineers who visited schools to help students with their projects. I would also like to pay tribute to our volunteers from leading engineering companies, including Arup, TII, Bentley Systems, Tandem and Jacobs Engineering, who assisted with the judging process”.Dr Ruth Freeman, Director of Science for Society, Science Foundation Ireland, commented: “I would like to congratulate all the third and fourth-class pupils, teachers and volunteers who participated in this year’s STEPS Young Engineers Award competition, which is proudly supported by Science Foundation Ireland. This competition is designed to give students a taste for the countless possibilities of engineering. We hope they feel inspired to explore STEM subjects further, and perhaps consider a future career in this space.”Engineers Ireland’s STEPS team is now calling on volunteer engineers and engineering organisations to help make the students’ project ideas become a reality. For more information and to get involved in the STEPS Young Engineers Award, visit: https://www.engineersireland.ie/Schools/Get-involved/Young-Engineers-Award WhatsApp Advertisementlast_img read more


Minister claims council hasn’t sought funding for Cockhill Bridge since 2010


first_img Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp News Google+ Twitter Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Pinterest By News Highland – April 14, 2014 The Minister for Transport has claimed that Donegal County Council has sought no funding from government for a new bridge in Cockhill since an application was denied in 2010.Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn says this is at odds with his information – he says if the council has made a funding application, the Dail record needs to be corrected.Local children use the bridge to walk to school with parents concerned over their safety.Deputy Mac Lochlainn says it would be a surprise to him of the council hadn’t been pursuing funding for a new bridge since 2010:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/pad1pmBRID.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleBusiness owners concerned at impact of any Glenveagh job lossesNext articleMinsiter insists there are ‘no plans whatsoever’ to turn management of Glenveagh into private hands News Highland center_img WhatsApp Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Facebook Minister claims council hasn’t sought funding for Cockhill Bridge since 2010 Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Facebook Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this weeklast_img read more


Public meeting against Croke Park proposals to be held in Letterkenny this Tuesday


first_img WhatsApp Previous articleAmbulance drivers industrial action may affect patientsNext articleDerry Councillor asks those behind bus attacks to stop News Highland News WhatsApp A public meeting against Croke Park proposals will be held in the Mount Errigal hotel this Tuesday evening.The four leading trade unions opposed to the proposals for an extension to Croke Park are hosting the meeting as part of their nationwide campaign.Senior figures from the INMO, The IMO, The CPSU and Unite will address the meeting.General Secretary of the CPSU, Eoin Rohnane is appealing to everyone against the Croke Park Agreement to attend….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/eoinr10.mp3[/podcast] Google+ Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Public meeting against Croke Park proposals to be held in Letterkenny this Tuesday Facebook Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic center_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook By News Highland – March 16, 2013 Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more


‘Every chance’ all pubs will reopen on August 10th


first_img Pinterest Google+ Twitter WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic The Vintners’ Federation of Ireland says there’s still ‘every chance’ all pubs can reopen in ten days’ time. That’s despite the 85 cases yesterday – the country’s highest in two months.The cabinet will meet next Tuesday to decide whether Phase 4 of the roadmap can go ahead on August 10th.Paul Moynihan, the incoming president of the VFI, says he’s confident all pubs will get the green light to open that day:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/pubdfdfgdfgds9am.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter By News Highland – July 31, 2020 center_img ‘Every chance’ all pubs will reopen on August 10th Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articleRonan McLaughlin sets new world record time for EverestingNext articleBig uptake in Attend Anywhere’ initiative in Donegal News Highland WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Facebook Facebook Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows AudioHomepage BannerNewslast_img read more


Free parking at Ballyliffin Golf Club for Irish Open Fans


first_img Could Donegal supporters be in Armagh on Saturday Free parking at Ballyliffin Golf Club for Irish Open Fans By News Highland – July 2, 2018 Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmecenter_img There will be free public parking for fans travelling to the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Ballyliffin Golf Club this week for the fourth Rolex Series event of the European Tour season.The public parking will be divided into two parking areas at the Golf club and all labelled vehicles will use the main entrance including buses, taxis & disabled drivers.Motorists are being asked to switch off Sat Nav’s when event signage indicates and to cooperate and follow the directions of members of An Garda Síochána and event stewards to ensure smooth traffic flow.Complimentary Shuttle Services are available for residents and for visitors staying in accommodation in Carndonagh, Buncrana and Clonmany. However, there is no park and ride facilities in these towns as all motorists travelling to the Irish Open are being asked to drive to Ballyliffin Golf Club where ample free parking is available.The Shuttle Service will be available from Carndonagh Diamond, Buncrana Leisure Centre and Centra at Clonmany from 6.30am to 12noon and 2pm to 7.30pm (8.30pm on Friday) from Thursday 5 to Sunday 8 July.Additional sailings will also be available on the Lough Foyle Ferry Service from Magilligan to Greencastle over the course of the tournament. Further details on sailings are available at www.loughfoyleferry.com.As huge numbers are expected to attend the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open this week motorists are advised to access the latest traffic updates from @AnGardaSiochana on Facebook and @GardaTraffic on Twitter and AA Road watch.Information on the event including travel is also available on www.donegalcoco.ie and on @DonegalCoCo on Facebook at @DonegalCouncil on Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleNo Election any time soon – McHughNext articleDriver found to be under influence in Ballybofey, charged to court News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Facebook Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Homepage BannerNewsSportlast_img read more


Pike Regional CAC raises funds


first_img Published 11:00 pm Thursday, April 12, 2012 Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell By Secrets Revealed “Each year hundreds of children in Alabama are victims of child abuse,” she said. “The blue ribbon is a positive symbol of the need to do one’s best when it comes to children and their families.“Since 1989, thousands of people nationwide wear the blue ribbons during April and also year around to create awareness of the need to prevent child abuse and neglect.” Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike Regional CAC raises funds Print Article For Camille Downing, October is already here.That’s why the executive director of the Pike Regional Child Advocacy Center is in a fast-forward, fundraising mode.Come October, the CAC’s VOCA grant funding will be cut by 12 percent. That equates to a $10,600 reduction in operating funds and Downing said it’s critical that those funds be made up.“We need to make up that deficit now so that, come October, we won’t be scrambling trying to make up the difference,” Downing said. “So, right now, I’m thinking fundraising, fundraising, fundraising in all of the four counties that we serve – Pike, Barbour, Bullock and Coffee. You Might Like Local singer follows dream in Limelight contest Jessica Gibbons is following her dream – her passion to be exact. “Music is my passion, my life,” said Gibbons,… read more “This week I’ve been involved in a couple of fundraising efforts. On Monday, I spoke to the Bullock County Commission asking for the CAC to be a line item in their budget for next year and Friday (today) I’ll be at Wal-Green’s in Enterprise. Wal-Green’s has agreed to assist our fundraising efforts by allowing us to set up a sales booth where we’ll sell blue ribbons that bring awareness to child abuse prevention, CAC Child Abuse Prevention T-shirts and CAC Supporter window decals.”Wal-Green’s in Troy is also participating in the CAC’s fundraising campaign. A CAC sales booth will be set up at the Troy Wal-Green’s location between the hours of 2 and 5 p.m. on April 20.“Of course, with April being Child Abuse Prevention Month, we are involved in a month- long effort to raise funds through the sale of ribbons and T-shirts,” Downing said. “Troy has been very supportive of our efforts. We have sold between 40 and 50 bows and that’s all profit because the local florists have been so generous in donating the bows. T-shirt sales are also moving along and we appreciate the support from the community.”Downing said that the CAC is dedicated to reducing the risk of child abuse and neglect and supporting families in crisis situations. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Latest Stories Email the author This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… 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 HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe 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


Habitat’s Giant Cookie Sale is Saturday


first_img Also, it’s not too late for people to donate cookies for the sale. “We ask that you donate a minimum of three dozen cookies in a non-returnable container,” she said. “Drop-off is 2 to 8 p.m. today at the church.” Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… 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 InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Book Nook to reopen Published 3:00 am Friday, December 2, 2016 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author The annual Giant Cookie Sale is one of the major fundraising projects for the Troy-Pike Habitat for Humanity. It takes place from 8 a.m. to noon this Saturday at First United Methodist Church in downtown Troy.The premise is simple: scores of generous folks across Pike County donate homemade cookies (and some cakes and pies) to the sale. Because the cookies are sold by the pound, the public is invited to come and fill a box (or two, or three) choosing their favorites from the hundreds of different kinds of cookies, brownies and other sweet treats. All the proceeds go directly to funding construction of homes in the local Habitat program.“With this money, we help build new houses for deserving people from our area who could not afford the housing on their own,” Lee said. “It goes right back into helping our neighbors here in Pike County.” You Might Like Students’ work decorates trees for JCA exhibit Banks students decorated a tree with lightbulb-inspired ornaments for one of the themed trees on display now at the Johnson… read more Skip Print Article Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day The Giant Cookie Sale welcomes a new tradition this year, as well.“For the first time we’re going to have a kids’ corner,” Lee said. “Children can purchase a shortbread cookie for $1 and decorate it however they would like. We’ll send it home in a special box just for them.” By Jaine Treadwell Sponsored Content When triplets Lindsay, Max and Eric Lee were 5, their mother took them to the Giant Cookie Sale.“Everybody got their own box, everybody got a glove and they were able to pick up the cookies they wanted the most,” said mom Dianna Lee. “Now, we’ve come full circle. Last year Lindsay (now a college freshman) helped me make the cookies we donated for the sale.“It really is a family tradition.” By The Penny Hoarder Habitat’s Giant Cookie Sale is Saturday Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Latest Storieslast_img read more


Together alone: staying well as OH practitioners in challenging times


first_imgTalking toolkits: unpicking Covid-19 return-to-work advice for occupational healthWith the UK now gradually reopening for business, organisations across the workplace health spectrum have been developing toolkits and resources… Dr Nerina Ramlakhan explains how occupational health professionals can balance supporting the health needs of employers and employees while, at the same time, protecting their own wellbeing in our challenging, increasingly virtual working world.Many decades ago I left the academic world and headed to London’s Square Mile where, in a small health screening laboratory, I wore a white lab coat and measured the health of corporate employees.About the authorDr Nerina Ramlakhan is a professional physiologist, sleep expert and author. You can find out more about her work at www.drnerinawebinars.comThis was in the early 1990s; technology had landed on the scene and we all fell in love with it – we thought it would make life easier but, as we now know, this was far from the truth.Everyone began reacting to what was being thrown at them – inboxes overflowed, we sped up to keep pace, lunch breaks became a thing of the past and presenteeism became the norm.In the laboratory, I could measure the impact of this – body and blood fat levels, heart rate variability, ECG traces, breathing patterns. All of the physiological parameters were indicating that these human beings were not behaving as I’d expected based on my academic research – they were running in survival mode.I soon realised there was a need to keep the corporate employee well that went beyond the Health and Safety Act (1974). A number of cases started going through the courts, notably, John Walker vs Northumberland County Council, who sued the council for unreasonable stress and won. Suddenly “stress at work” was on the agenda.I then started going into organisations and running programmes called “Managing the Pace”. It was usually the HR and occupational health departments who had their finger on the pulse of the organisation. They knew that certain departments were “hot spots”; certain individuals were suffering and they looked to bring in people like me to provide training on managing stress and staying well.The role of OH will be particularly relevant now as organisations struggle to adapt to these incredibly uncertain times wrought by the pandemic and virtual working. The implications for health on all levels – mental, physical and spiritual – are profound as our working worlds have become less structured and more virtual. We’re all in this together – something none of us has ever faced before in the history of humanity – but at the same time, we all alone together.Even back in the 1990s, when I first started liaising with HR and OH professionals, I could see there was a real need for them to prioritise their own self-care – for they themselves were “hot spots”, what with dealing with the physical, mental and emotional health of employees day in, day out.During that time I mentored several OH advisors and HR employees who themselves had burnt out from giving care to others; their roles came with some considerable “emotional labour”.Often, when I delivered stress management training, these were the people with the high stress scores, feeling the pressure but finding it hard to care for themselves as they were caring for so many others.During this pandemic there will be even greater need for OH and HR professionals to look after themselves as they work on keeping employees well and creating a deep sense of safety for those who are struggling with uncertainty, loss and grief, and even physical debilitation if they are recovering from Covid-19.So how do OH practitioners prioritise self-care during these challenging times? How do they stay attuned to the health of the organisation if they themselves are not “walking the job”? How do they navigate the challenges of building trust and cohesion, safety and deeper communication, yet all via a virtual interface?I would like to offer a few practical tools for optimising social engagement and minimising “zoom fatigue”.Staying deeply tuned inThroughout lockdown I have maintained my practice, working with large groups of people as well as one-to-one with individuals.Fortunately, I’ve been doing this for years and consider myself well-versed in the art of optimising engagement even using a virtual interface. The way in which we communicate with each other to create safety and engagement – neuroscientists call this “social engagement” – is quite different when we’re meeting with others on screens.There is often absence of proper eye contact, voices might sound different; we might even struggle to get a true feel of what is going on for the other person.Here are a few tips that I use myself to optimise virtual communication and to stop myself from burning out when doing a lot of online work:Get grounded before you go online. Feel your feet on the ground. I often work with feet.Do a pulse check before you dive into the meeting or consultation. I like to invite everyone to take a deep breath in, breathe out and then check in ‘how am I feeling right now?Use eyes, smile often, think about the tone of your voice and vocal prosody, posture and breathing. All of this creates connection, trust and safety. We produce the hormones of oxytocin and serotonin which enable us to truly relate to each other rather than merely interacting.If you’re talking to someone who’s not feeling great, give some attention to staying in your body. Self-regulate by maintaining some awareness of physical contact with your body.Get out into nature afterwards. This can help to counter the effects of being online.Physician heal thyselfThroughout the pandemic I quickly realised, when some of my old stress patterns started to resurface, that I needed to really take care of myself if I was going to be able to offer support to clients as well as my family and myself.Certain self-care strategies needed to be held as non-negotiable. Many of the following are strategies that I’m sure you already know and probably recommend to your clients or patients yet may neglect to follow yourself if you’re caught up with caring for others. So, here’s a little reminder…1) My “lifeskills” toolkitUnderstand your energy levels and manage (and protect) them effectively. Sustaining wellbeing is all about balancing energy recovery and expenditure.Manage food stress. Start the day with breakfast, especially if you wake up with anxiety, and then eat little and often throughout the day – particularly if you are going to be working long hours. Keep healthy snacks (nuts, fruit, bagels) with you and avoid going for the quick fixes such as caffeine or sweets. Try to drink at least two litres of water per day.Create a healthy balance between activity and rest. Research in chronobiology suggests that we should take breaks every 60-90mins to rejuvenate and replenish mental/physical energy. So, take a break away from your desk whenever possible; find a flight of stairs and walk up and down a few times, go for a walk around the block, change mental channels for five to 10 minutes. Stretch at your desk to release neck and shoulder tension, eye exercises to release tension, or breathing exercises to lift your energy.Stay fit for the job. We have evolved as an active species and as such we need physical activity to keep stress in balance. Try to engage in some form of aerobic activity at least three times per week.Create healthy boundaries in your life. Do you take a lunch break? Even 20 minutes is enough to replenish your energy. What time do you stop working? Do you talk about work/think about it constantly even when you’re trying to relax?Can you engage in something positive that will help you to switch off? If you are going to talk about work, put a time limit on it and don’t allow it to ambush your whole evening.Optimise sleep. This means keeping work and electronics out of the bedroom, allowing yourself time to wind down in the evenings (even if this means going to bed later), minimising caffeine, alcohol and other stimulants and using relaxing essential oils such as lavender in your bath or on your pillow.Try to let go of anxieties about how much or how little sleep you should be getting as this just compounds insomnia. If you wake up at night and can’t get back to sleep, try getting up and writing about what may be bothering you.If you have a tendency to wake up with your “to do” list going round and round in your head, try writing lists before you sign off from work.2) My “emotional” toolkitDuring this pandemic we’ve all been through an emotional rollercoaster and we’ve had to help others to navigate this too.Make sure you have practices and techniques that enable you to check-in regularly with your emotions and discharge negative ones if you need to. I suggest five key ways.Awareness. Get into the habit of regularly doing emotional check-ins with yourself, particularly if you have just been counselling a client. Are you holding any tension in your body? Can you release it by stretching or using breathing techniques?Make a habit of checking in with yourself first thing in the morning and before you look at your phone and dive into your inbox or the news. Get to know your unique stress symptoms and monitor them regularly.Keep a journal. Avoid bottling things up. Getting your feelings out on to paper can be an effective way of letting off steam and making sense of things.Talk to people/access support. One of the most therapeutic things you can do for yourself and others is to form an online (of course!) support network with other OH or HR professionals.Talk to friends and family and be selective about who will give you a genuine listening ear and help you to find constructive solutions.Consider getting some coaching, mentoring or even counselling support if your stress symptoms are worsening.Focus on breathing and relaxation. Breathing and relaxation techniques are very effective for releasing negative emotions such as anger and fear as they arise. Perhaps consider joining a yoga, pilates or breathwork class.Be honest with yourself. This is about truly acknowledging how you feel about a situation. Often, when we become emotionally overwhelmed by a situation or problem our knee-jerk response is to run away from confronting it by engaging in manic “hyper-productivity”.We may be keeping ourselves busy but not actually getting much done and the mind is continuously running all by itself with no guidance or direction. The key is to stop, clear a safe space to focus in mentally and emotionally and deal with your feelings constructively, even if it means having a good cry.What about dealing with the stress of an unresponsive organisation? So many organisations are struggling to keep up with what’s going on and what this pandemic means for them financially that they might not be truly putting the health of their employees on the agenda, even if you know that it’s a real priority. So how do you get their buy-in?If no-one is listening, why? Are you listening to the client? Are you giving them solutions that they can use?This is not about lack of vision or ethics, or even about pandering to the client. This is about you listening to the client, becoming aware of their problems and then considering how this relates to your business.Think, too, about that dreaded word “networking”. Who is on your side? Who will listen to you and support you? Take every opportunity to liaise with your client and get to know the business.Speak the right language. Communicate in such a way that will get buy-in. Can you communicate effectively in meetings? Can you chair meetings? Can you use the language that the business can relate to?As one OH practitioner put it to me: “It’s about thinking out of the OH box into the business that they are operating in.”Conclusion – focus on self-care and balanceOH and HR professionals increasingly need to enable themselves and empower others to survive these turbulent, unpredictable conditions and transform them into opportunities for survival, if not growth.This means being totally committed to self-care and achieving balance – whether in the clinic or the boardroom, high performance depends as much on how much you renew and recover energy as on how you expend it.When people feel strong and resilient – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually – they perform better, with more passion, for longer. They win, their families win, and the organisations that employ them win. Together alone: staying well as OH practitioners in challenging timesOn 8 Jan 2021 in Working from home, Anxiety, Stress, Cardiac, Mental health conditions, Mental health, OH service delivery, Occupational Health, Wellbeing and health promotion, Personnel Today No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Related posts:center_img Talking about my generations – why mental health support needs to be for all agesWith workplaces becoming increasingly multi-generational, it is important employers recognise that managing mental ill health requires strategies and interventions tailored… The post-pandemic work landscape – joining up mental and physical healthAs work slowly returns to something resembling normality post-pandemic, occupational health will have an important role to play in encouraging… Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more




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