Gardaí to advertise for new recruits

first_imgAn Garda Síochána, in conjunction with the Public Appointments Service, has today opened a recruitment competition for Garda trainees.The competition, which is open from today until 3pm on April 24 2019, is seeking to attract candidates from across society and with a wide-variety of skills to join An Garda Síochána.As of 31 March 2019, there are 14,161 members of An Garda Síochána and there is a Government commitment to grow this to 15,000 by 2021. The competition is being supported by an advertising campaign under the slogan of – The Difference is You.The advertising campaign is based on research with Garda students and new recruits who said they joined An Garda Síochána to help people, because it was not like any other job, and it had great variety. The campaign will feature Garda members in a number of situations where every day skills can transfer into policing. The campaign will run across radio, online and social media from today, and TV and online video channels from April 12.Commissioner Drew Harris said: “An Garda Síochána is a growing organisation and this new competition is very welcome. We have been attracting high calibre people to the organisation, but it is vital in a time of near full employment that this continues.“We also know that we need to become a much more diverse organisation so that we properly reflect the society we serve. That is why our campaign is focusing on people who might not have previously considered a career as a Garda member. They have the skills we need for a policing role, but they might not have thought they could transfer those to being a Garda. Fundamentally, we are looking for people who thrive on keeping people safe. Policing is a highly rewarding career where every day you can make a difference to the lives of individuals and communities. We want to encourage people from all walks of life to join us. We are looking for diversity not only in background, but also in skills.” In order to encourage candidates from minority communities, An Garda Síochána will consider alterations to the Garda uniform to take account of religious and ethnic requirements subject to operational, and health and safety obligations.For example, An Garda Síochána is to allow the wearing of the turban for members of the Sikh community and the hijab for members of the Muslim community. An Garda Síochána has identified such matters as a major barrier to some people considering becoming a Garda member.This approach is in line with that adopted by police services such as the PSNI, Police Scotland, New Zealand Police, NYPD, and other police services in UK, Australia and Canada.“We hope that this will encourage people from minority communities to join An Garda Síochána. We want to demonstrate to them that An Garda Síochána is an inclusive employer that is serious about becoming more diverse,” said Commissioner Harris.An Garda Síochána will update its uniform policy to reflect this change. An Garda Síochána is also carrying out research with communities who are under-represented in An Garda Síochána to identify what more the organisation needs to do to encourage them to join An Garda Síochána either as a Garda member, Garda staff or Garda reserve.Garda trainee candidates can apply on www.publicjobs.ie until 3pm on April 24 2019.Gardaí to advertise for new recruits was last modified: April 3rd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

U.S. pork industry ends 2018 with major antibiotic progress

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest America’s 60,000 pig farmers and their veterinarians are ending 2018 with recognition of their diligence to use medically important antibiotics in a strictly responsible way. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s newly published Annual Summary Report on Antimicrobials Sold or Distributed for Use in Food-Producing Animals cites 2017 data that shows a 33% decline in this most critical class of antibiotics intended for use in food animals. When added to the decline found in the 2016 data, it confirms a reduction of 43% in this class of antibiotics from the 2015 level.“This report is another indicator of the hard work that my fellow pig farmers have been doing to reduce the need for antibiotics. We continue to work closely with our veterinarians to ensure that we use antibiotics responsibly and according to FDA-approved labels,” said Steve Rommereim, National Pork Board President a pig farmer from Alcester, South Dakota. “We’re committed to using antibiotics in a strategic way that focuses on animal health and well-being, as well as to protecting overall public health.”Veterinarian Dave Pyburn, senior vice president of science and technology at the National Pork Board, says that while the new report is not a perfect estimate of antibiotic use at the farm level, it clearly shows a downward trend in antibiotic use intended for food animals. He also notes that this latest data reflects what happened after the pork industry’s successful implementation in January 2017 of the Veterinary Feed Directive, which banned the use of medically important antibiotics for growth-promotion use.“It was a relatively smooth transition after the Veterinary Feed Directives went into effect,” Pyburn said. “Thanks to well-planned and well-executed education programs implemented by the pork industry long before that date, producers, veterinarians and allied industry personnel were prepared to modify their procedures. This was a clear example of how the pork industry adapts to do their part in protecting antibiotics for human and animal health. It’s simply the right thing to do.”The FDA report shows that the overall usage of antibiotics in livestock is the lowest since the report began in 2009. According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics reports, America’s pig farmers produced over 121 million market hogs in 2017 at an average weight of 282 pounds. This is an increase of 16 pounds per pig since 2009, when production stood at roughly 113 million market hogs. Comparing these figures indicates that today’s pig farmers are using far less antibiotics per pound of pork produced than ever before.“When viewing this data with a scientific lens, I clearly see that America’s pig farmers are on the right track in their antibiotic stewardship,” said Heather Fowler, a public health veterinarian and director of producer and public health with the National Pork Board. “The industry is not complacent either. We’re proud of our ongoing collaboration with some of the best researchers in the world develop antibiotic on-farm metrics. We are working with diverse stakeholders to continually improve antibiotic stewardship for the health of people, pigs and the planet.”As an example of this cooperative approach to antibiotic stewardship, the National Pork Board, along with the National Pork Producers Council, recently announced a partnership with the Farm Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts and many others to introduce a comprehensive framework to strengthen antibiotic stewardship to protect animal and public health. The stakeholders agree that the use of medically important antibiotics in all settings, from human health care to livestock production, must be carefully managed to slow the emergence of resistant bacteria and preserve the effectiveness of vital drugs. The framework defines effective stewardship, outlines its core components and describes essential characteristics of effective stewardship programs, including key performance measures.In addition to the two pork groups, organizations that agree with the framework include: Elanco Animal Health, Hormel Foods, Jennie-O Turkey Store, McDonald’s Corporation, National Milk Producers Federation, National Turkey Federation, Smithfield Foods, Inc., Tyson Foods, Walmart Inc. and Zoetis.“There is a broad consensus across the food animal industry that we must continue to drive and demonstrate antibiotic stewardship in animal agriculture,” said Joe Swedberg, chairman of the board of Farm Foundation. “This framework is about stakeholders coming together to do the right thing and to communicate their commitment to antibiotic stewardship with a transparent and meaningful approach.”The 15 core components of the antibiotic stewardship framework are based on the importance of veterinary guidance and partnership, disease prevention strategies and optimal treatment approaches, as well as effective record keeping and a culture of continuous improvement and commitment to antibiotic stewardship. The components address education, implementation and evaluation steps for phasing in stewardship programs. The framework’s guiding principles are intended to help ensure that stewardship programs have a clear scientific basis, are transparent, minimize the risk of unintended consequences, encourage alternatives to antibiotics and focus on long-term sustainability.Rommereim says the Pork Checkoff is on their right path forward to make additional progress on antibiotic stewardship.“We will make continuous improvement in antibiotic stewardship through additional Checkoff-funded antibiotic research and collaboration with those who share our objectives to protect animal and public health,” Rommereim said. “We can make the U.S. pork industry even more sustainable into the future.”last_img read more

Appeals Court Rules Police Need a Warrant Before Reading Email

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Government#web audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The Sixth Court of Appeals handed down an important decision today, ruling that police must obtain a search warrant before going through emails stored by an Internet Service Provider. The case, United States v Warshak, is the first in which the court specifically addresses the question of whether or not the Fourth Amendment applies to email communications.The case did affirm the fraud conviction of Steven Warshak, whose emails were read without a warrant. Nevertheless in its decision, the court challenged part of the Stored Communications Act – the law that, up ’til now, has afforded the government warrantless search access in certain cases. The Stored Communications Act (SCA) was passed in 1986 – “eons ago” in terms of the development of Internet technologies and our increasing reliance on email as a form of communication. The act, in part, prohibits ISPs from divulging email messages to anyone other than the intended recipients. But the law also addresses the circumstances in which the government would not be required to get a warrant to search messages – such as for messages over 180 day old. The weaker protections for email under the Fourth Amendment have been a contentious issue for a long time, but no clear court decision has come down, until today. In making its decision, the court recognized how technology and communication had changed: “Since the advent of email, the telephone call and the letter have waned in importance, and an explosion of Internet-based communication has taken place,” the 3-1 decision reads. “People are now able to send sensitive and intimate information, instantaneously, to friends, family, and colleagues half a world away. Lovers exchange sweet nothings, and businessmen swap ambitious plans, all with the click of a mouse button.” As a result, the Court of Appeals says that “It follows that email requires strong protection under the Fourth Amendment; otherwise, the Fourth Amendment would prove an ineffective guardian of private communication, an essential purpose it has long been recognized to serve.” The EFF, which had filed an amicus brief, hailed today’s ruling as a “landmark decision.” Related Posts last_img read more

It’s True! Foxconn Admits Using Minors

first_imgWhy lie? Forget a plea bargain, if there’s enough evidence, you might as well admit it and hope for leniency. That’s what Foxconn, the plagued Taiwanese electronics maker, did after minors were found working in one of its factories. After the pro-labor group China Labor Watch reported children as young as 14 assembled Nintendo’s Wii U console, the controversial tech supplier admitted earlier this week that it employed underage workers at its Yantai factory in northeast China.Keep reading for Foxconn’s unedited response.It’s a little hard to believe that Foxconn made the admission at all, so I contacted Foxconn. What I got was a detailing of the situation, which the company characterized as isolated to Yantai and amounted to a few students, who Foxconn calls interns, working for school credits. China Labor Watch disagrees. It says there were more than 2,000 students and that they were forced to work night and overtime shifts, allegedly under threat of being denied school graduation if they quit.While admitting fault, Foxconn also insinuates it has been the victim of schools, which the company says are responsible for certifying work qualifications, and teachers, who ignored Foxconn policies. This is another in a string of labor issues at Foxconn facilities. The company still seems uncertain whether a recent large worker disturbance at its Chinese Apple-products factory in Taiyuan was a riot or a strike.  Below is the Foxconn response to the child-labor controversy in its entirety.  Statement from Foxconn Technology GroupOctober 15, 2012An internal investigation carried out by our company has confirmed media reports in China that some participants in the short-term student internship program that is administered at our campus in Yantai, Shandong Province, are under the legal working age of 16 years.  This is not only a violation of China’s labor law, it is also a violation of Foxconn policy and immediate steps have been taken to return the interns in question to their educational institutions.  We are also carrying out a full investigation, in cooperation with the respective educational institutions, to determine how this happened and the actions that must be taken by our company to ensure that it can never happen again.Our investigation has shown that the interns in question, who ranged in age from 14 to 16, had worked in that campus for approximately three weeks.  We have found no evidence of similar violations in any of our other campuses in China but we will not hesitate to take immediate action in any campus if any violations are discovered.In addition to returning the students to their educational institution, Foxconn will work with the local government to ensure that the future participation of these schools in the internship program is only done after it has been determined that they are in compliance with China’s labor law and Foxconn policies. However, we recognize that full responsibility for these violations rests with our company and we have apologized to each of the students for our role in this action.  Furthermore, any Foxconn employee found, through our investigation, to be responsible for these violations will have their employment immediately terminated.Foxconn has long had a short-term internship program that we carry out in cooperation with a number of vocational schools and other educational institutions in China. The internship programs range from three to six months in duration with the average being 3.5 months.  Interns represent approximately 2.7 percent of our workforce of 1.2 million employees in China.While we provide vocational schools with our qualification requirements, it is the schools that recruit the students under the supervision of the relevant local government and the schools also assign teachers to accompany and monitor the students throughout their internship program.  In addition to allowing the students to gain relevant industry experience while earning the same industry-competitive compensation as our full-time entry-level workers, this program gives Foxconn an opportunity to identify participants who have the potential to be excellent full-time employees should they wish to join our company upon graduation from their vocational school.However, the goals of this program are not met when China’s labor laws and Foxconn’s employment policies are not respected which has happened in this case.Photo by Tim Quijano adam popescu A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Apple#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Herndon motivated to play alongside league’s top guards at Star

first_imgRobbie Herndon. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netFrom the get-go, Robbie Herndon knew which team he wanted to go to.Though GlobalPort drafted him sixth in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, it didn’t take long before the Fil-Am swingman’s wish came true when he was shipped by the Batang Pier, together with fourth rounder Gian Abrigo, to the Hotshots for ninth overall pick Lervin Flores, and second rounders Joseph Gabayni and Julian Sargent.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Louie Alas: Wherever Kevin wants to be, we’ll support him “This is a team I wanted to go to. My heart wanted me to end up in Purefoods and God-willing, it ended up happening. I’m excited and I’m super grateful,” he said.Known as an ace gunner, Herndon will be forced to explore another facet of his game as he joins a Star squad where coach Chito Victolero has put a premium on defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd this early, the 24-year-old is welcoming the task at hand.“The coach wants his team to play defense, so that’s what I’ll focus on,” he said. “I’ll focus on learning the system, jelling with the players, and learn from everybody from the team.  I’m an offensive player, but I can also play on the other side of the court. I guess it’s time to up my defense a little bit and focus on that.” QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:07Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Herndon is also raring to prove himself to the Hotshots faithful as he seeks to find his niche behind lead guards Paul Lee, Mark Barroca, and Peter June Simon.“It’s a huge motivation when you know that you can play with the top players and you feel like you belong with them at the top. It’s a motivation for me to use to keep working hard and I wanted to prove that I can play among the best,” the 6-foot-3 scorer said.center_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ View comments Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

10 months agoOrigi reluctant as Liverpool say he can leave

first_imgOrigi reluctant as Liverpool say he can leaveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool have informed Divock Origi he can leave in January.HLN says the Belgium striker has been told he can find himself a new club. However, Origi doesn’t want to leave.The forward believes he can still find a place in manager Jurgen Klopp’s plans, though also is reluctant to take a pay-cut to leave.Origi was celebrated last month by Reds fans after scoring the winner against Everton.The departure of Dominic Solanke to Crystal Palace on-loan has strengthened Origi’s chances of playing more at Liverpool this season.And he has told his agents he’d prefer to stay until making a definitive decision in June. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoSevilla coach Machin: Munir wants to be in the front line

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sevilla coach Machin: Munir wants to be in the front lineby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla coach Pablo Machin has welcomed their deal for former Barcelona striker Munir El Haddadi.Sevilla swooped for Munir last week.Machin said, “He will bring above all competitiveness. He is a good recruit. Not only for the present, but also for the future. “Many clubs wanted him too and he chose Sevilla FC. He does not want to be in the background, but in the front line. Sevilla is an ideal club for him. “We will try to lead him to his best level.” last_img

Study queries how much science behind government wildlife management

first_imgGovernments everywhere say they use science to manage wildlife, but newly published research questions whether they actually do.“We were surprised by the overall pattern,” said Kyle Artelle, lead author of a paper published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances. “We certainly weren’t expecting it to be such a low score.”Artelle, a biologist with Simon Fraser University and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, noticed something odd a few years ago when studying bear management in British Columbia. Although the province said its approach was based on science, Artelle found basic scientific tenets — measurable objectives, clear evidence, transparency and independent review — were missing.How common was that? he wondered.He and his colleagues began looking around. They surveyed 667 management plans for 27 different species that are either hunted or trapped in 62 states, provinces and territories in the United States and Canada.They looked for 11 different indicators that those four basic principles were being used. Clear evidence, for example, would be information such as population numbers. A description of how those numbers were derived would demonstrate transparency.The results were disconcerting.Almost two-thirds — 60 per cent — of management programs demonstrated fewer than half the indicators. The average across all 667 plans was 4.6.Measurable objectives were found in 26 per cent of the plans. Evidence on hunting rates was present about 80 per cent of the time, but about half the programs offered no data on populations.Just over half described how population numbers and trends were set and only 11 per cent described how hunting quotas were determined.Only nine per cent had any sort of independent review.There was little difference between U.S. and Canadian jurisdictions. Artelle did find more evidence of scientific thinking in management of big-game animals.The point is not that wildlife is necessarily being poorly managed, or even that management decisions should be based solely on science, said Artelle.“Managers have to balance the interests of a whole bunch of people, budgets, political realities. We don’t expect every decision is going to be driven entirely by science. It’s not possible.“A lot of the decisions that need to be made science can’t answer.”Science can tell us how many deer there are and what might happen if more are hunted. It can’t tell us if that’s a good idea.“These are value decisions,” Artelle said. “What’s important is that we separate out the science from the values.“In a lot of ways, that doesn’t yet happen.”Science ends up becoming a fig leaf for how decisions are really made, he said.“Agencies will just say, ‘It’s based on science.’ Full stop. Of course there are other considerations and we expect them to come into play.“But it’s all about transparency and saying, ‘This is what the science tells us and this is what we’re going to do with it,’ instead of saying the whole thing is science-based and masking the value judgments or the other political or economic judgments that come into play.”— Follow @row1960 on Twitterlast_img read more

3 ebook publishers and Apple reach new deal with Canadian competition authorities

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Three major publishers have signed an agreement with Canadian competition authorities that will permit retailers to sell the ebooks they publish at a discount — a practice limited in some of their contracts.Publishers Holtzbrinck (doing business as Macmillan), Simon & Schuster, and Hachette signed the agreement with the Competition Bureau, as has Apple, an ebook retailer.A previous agreement involving the three publishers and HarperCollins was rescinded by the Competition Tribunal last June after two years of litigation with Kobo — an ebook retailer spun off from Indigo Books & Music — challenging the 2014 deal. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Facebook The Competition Tribunal’s ruling last year provided clarity for what future arrangements should include.HarperCollins did not sign the new agreement, and the Competition Bureau said it has filed an application with the Competition Tribunal to stop its the company’s alleged anti-competitive conduct.The bureau alleges that an agreement between HarperCollins, its competitors and Apple was anti-competitive and led to higher prices for Canadians. Advertisementlast_img read more