Disinfectant to be withdrawn

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Disinfectant to be withdrawnOn 1 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today A disinfectant blamed for causing skin problems and asthma among NHS workersis being withdrawn from the UK market from 1 May. Cidex, the brand name for the disinfectant glutaraldehyde, is widely usedwithin NHS operating theatres to kill viruses on certain surgical instruments. But health workers’ union Unison and the HSE have been worried about itseffect on workers. It can be harmful if inhaled or swallowed, can irritate theeyes and respiratory tract and can cause damage to the skin and eyes. The manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, has stressed the product is safeand that it is only being withdrawn so it can be replaced by an updatedversion. In January, the HSE issued guidance on how much glutaraldehyde workersshould be exposed to, including what employers should do to protect the healthof their staff. It followed earlier guidance published in 1999. Unison welcomed the news of its withdrawal. Jon Richards, national healthand safety officer, said: “There is no ‘safe’ level of exposure and no placefor it in hospitals today. It is well known that it can irritate the skin,eyes, throat and lungs. I am delighted to hear that it will be withdrawn fromhospitals.” J&J Medical, the company that manufactures the product in the UK, saidCidex had been used “safely and effectively” in hospitals for morethan 30 years. “As with all sterilants and disinfectants, Cidex must be handled withcare and certain precautions against exposure observed,” it added. The transition to the new product, called Cidex OPA, would take placegradually during the year. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Engineers join forces to fight skills shortage

first_img Previous Article Next Article Two major engineering bodies have joined forces to tackle the skills crisisin the industry. The Institution of Incorporated Engineers (IIE) and EMTA,formerly the NTO for engineering manufacture, last month signed a memorandum ofunderstanding, sealing their commitment to work in partnership to boost skillslevels. The main aim is to pave the way for advanced modern apprentices to obtainrecognition through the Engineering and Technology Board, the industry’sprofessional registration body. “We’re working with EMTA to ensure the right standards are in place incompany apprenticeship schemes so the people on them are eligible forregistration as engineering technicians or, perhaps through additional study orexperience at work, as incorporated engineers,” said John Beale, head ofpublications and promotions at the IIE. The partnership will help young people who achieve work-based qualificationsovercome barriers to gaining professional recognition, which was previouslyrestricted to those who followed the academic route. It is part of a bid toincrease the number of engineers professionally qualified at the intermediatelevels, relative to those attaining the highest status of chartered engineer. “In the past the emphasis has been on chartered engineers but we needto redress the balance,” said Beale. “More and more employers arecoming to realise that what they want are people with the right skills set andknowledge base who are able to add immediate value to their business. That’swhy we’re working with EMTA and employers to make sure that happens.” EMTA chief executive, Dr Michael Sanderson, explained: “The area ofskills where our companies need most help is at the intermediate level, and theIIE looks after that group. What we’re looking to do is treat NVQ level 3 aspart of the evidence towards membership of the institution. Obviously we’ll doother co-operative things too.” Joint initiatives will seek to build integrated frameworks for engineeringand technology qualifications, encourage employer-led development schemes andrespond effectively to emerging skills issues. Another area will be to develop and promote means for continuingprofessional development (CPD). EMTA, which is on course to become the SectorSkills Council for technology, engineering and science, runs a number oflearndirect open learning centres. It is now seeking to present trainingmaterial it produced for BBC Learning Zone programmes in a user-friendly formaton the web. “We’re working with Redbus, which has done a lot of work withdentists on CPD, to produce mini courses on-line where learners can be assessedand get a certificate,” said Sanderson. “I think that should be ofgreat interest to the IIE and I shall be presenting it to them to see if we canwork together in that area as well.” By Elaine Essery Comments are closed. Engineers join forces to fight skills shortageOn 1 May 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Melting of ice shelves and the mass balance of Antarctica

first_imgWe calculate the present ice budget for Antarctica from measurements of accumulation minus iceberg calving, run-off and in situ melting beneath the floating ice shelves. The resulting negative mass balance of 469 Gt year−1 differs substantially from other recent estimates but some components are subject to high temporal variability and budget uncertainties of 20–50%. Annual accumulation from an earlier review is adjusted to include the Antarctic Peninsula for a total of 2144 Gt year−1. An iceberg production rate of 2016 Gt year−1 is obtained from the volume of large icebergs calculated from satellite images since 1978, and from the results of an international iceberg census project. Ice-shelf melting of 544 Gt year−1 is derived from physical and geochemical observations of meltwater outflow, glaciological field studies and modeling of the sub-ice ocean circulation. The highest melt rates occur near ice fronts and deep within sub-ice cavities. Run-off from the ice-sheet surface and from beneath the grounded ice is taken to be 53 Gt year−1. Less than half of the negative mass balance need come from the grounded ice to account for the unattributed 0.45 mm year−1 in the IPCC “best estimate” of the recent global sea-level rise.last_img read more

AMPERE Polar Cap Boundaries

first_imgThe high-latitude atmosphere is a dynamic region with processes that respond to forcing from the Sun, magnetosphere, neutral atmosphere, and ionosphere. Historically, the dominance of magnetosphere–ionosphere interactions has motivated upper atmospheric studies to use magnetic coordinates when examining magnetosphere–ionosphere–thermosphere coupling processes. However, there are significant differences between the dominant interactions within the polar cap, auroral oval, and equatorward of the auroral oval. Organising data relative to these boundaries has been shown to improve climatological and statistical studies, but the process of doing so is complicated by the shifting nature of the auroral oval and the difficulty in measuring its poleward and equatorward boundaries.This study presents a new set of open–closed magnetic field line boundaries (OCBs) obtained from Active Magnetosphere and Planetary Electrodynamics Response Experiment (AMPERE) magnetic perturbation data. AMPERE observations of field-aligned currents (FACs) are used to determine the location of the boundary between the Region 1 (R1) and Region 2 (R2) FAC systems. This current boundary is thought to typically lie a few degrees equatorward of the OCB, making it a good candidate for obtaining OCB locations. The AMPERE R1–R2 boundaries are compared to the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Special Sensor J (DMSP SSJ) electron energy flux boundaries to test this hypothesis and determine the best estimate of the systematic offset between the R1–R2 boundary and the OCB as a function of magnetic local time. These calibrated boundaries, as well as OCBs obtained from the Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE) observations, are validated using simultaneous observations of the convection reversal boundary measured by DMSP. The validation shows that the OCBs from IMAGE and AMPERE may be used together in statistical studies, providing the basis of a long-term data set that can be used to separate observations originating inside and outside of the polar cap.last_img read more

Michigan City theater vandalized

first_img Facebook Facebook By Carl Stutsman – May 12, 2020 0 371 Pinterest Google+ IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Twitter A Michigan City community theater is looking for vandals that hit their building over the weekend. Officials say that the outside of the building was heavily graffiti’d, windows were broken, and doors were busted open.The Dunes Summer Theater hosts youth classes every summer and several performances a year–all of which have been cancelled due to the pandemic. Several witnesses have come forward since the news was posted on social media. WSBT reports a neighbor saw a 2020 White Jeep Wrangler with Illinois plates and there may have been as many as 4 suspects. Police are asking anyone with information to come forward. Michigan City theater vandalized Pinterest Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Previous articleKelly Jae’s closed for good in downtown GoshenNext article45th annual Michiana Greek Festival canceled due to coronavirus concerns Carl Stutsmanlast_img read more

Former Lt. Governors calling for universal absentee voting in Indiana

first_img Twitter Pinterest Twitter Facebook Google+ Former Lt. Governors calling for universal absentee voting in Indiana IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Pinterest By Network Indiana – August 3, 2020 3 338 WhatsApp Facebook Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC Two former lieutenant governors are calling on Governor Holcomb to let anyone who wants vote absentee.The Indiana Election Commission allowed universal absentee voting for the June primary at Holcomb’s request. But Holcomb this week declared he doesn’t see a reason to do so in November. He says unlike the runup to the primary, Indiana is not under lockdown, and says voters have opportunities to vote early if they want to avoid lines on Election Day.Republican John Mutz and Democrat Kathy Davis say people shouldn’t have to risk catching the coronavirus when they could mail their votes. Mutz, who was lieutenant governor under Governor Robert Orr, charges opponents are fearful of angering President Trump, who’s repeatedly claimed mail-in voting would lead to fraud.Mutz and Davis, who served under Governor Joe Kernan, note the president is drawing a nonexistent distinction between voting by mail and absentee voting. And Davis says there’s no evidence for the claim that mail-in voting will open the door to fraud.Senior citizens and others with specific exemptions can already vote absentee in Indiana. In 2016, they made up a third of the state’s vote. Half the voters in this year’s June primary opted to vote by mail.Indiana is one of just seven states which has not authorized universal mail-in voting for November. 34 states already had no-excuse absentee voting or conduct elections exclusively by mail. Nine more have lifted restrictions due to the pandemic. Google+ Previous articlePrep work on Granger solar farm may get noisyNext articleLaPorte High School puts pause on sports following positive COVID-19 tests Network Indianalast_img read more

Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, Herbie Hancock, & More To Appear On PBS’ “Great Performance Series”

first_imgPBS will be broadcasting the “GRAMMYS Salute to Music Legends” as part of their “Great Performance Series” on Friday, October 14th. This particular concert showcases an all-star cast including Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane, as well as Earth, Wind and Fire, Herbie Hancock, and more.This supreme cast of musicians joined forces earlier this year in Los Angeles to honor The Recording Academy’s 2016 Special Merit Awards recipients. The PBS special will feature tribute performances and never-before-seen video packages celebrating each of the recipients contributions to the music industry and our cultural heritage.Find out when the special will broadcast on your local PBS station right here.According to PBS, the full list of performances include:This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, and Run-DMC. John Cage, Fred Foster, and Chris Strachwitz are Trustees Award honorees; and EMT and Dr. Harvey Fletcher are Technical GRAMMY® Award recipients. Also being honored is Phillip Riggs, this year’s recipient of the Music Educator Award™.Along with never-before-seen video packages celebrating each of the honorees’ contributions to the music industry and our cultural heritage and heartfelt testimonials from the presenters, the star-studded event features performances byPatti Austin, Ry Cooder, Lila Downs, Earth, Wind & Fire, Andy Garcia and The CineSon All Stars, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, J’Nai Bridges, Kris Kristofferson, Naughty By Nature, Anthony Parce, Lucrecia, Shelby Lynne, Martina McBride, Magnolia Sisters, and JD Souther. Other presenters include Jimmy Jam, Michael Tilson Thomas, David Crosby, LL Cool J, Don Was, andDavid Foster.Among numerous highlights, psychedelic rock pioneers Jefferson Airplane takes fans back in time as they play some of their most memorable hits that shaped much of the San Francisco scene in the 1960s and earned them international mainstream success.  Standing in for legendary frontwoman Grace Slick (who is present to accept her award) is GRAMMY®-nominated rock songstress Cathy Richardson.Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz has made a living recording, preserving, selling, and celebrating the music he loves —music that formed the fabric of both American and international culture. Paying homage to the multifaceted and uniquely talented producer/businessman will be six-time GRAMMY winner and fretboard virtuoso Ry Cooder, Chicago bluesman GRAMMY nominee Henry Gray, and Cajun music jewels and GRAMMY nominees Magnolia Sisters.Paying tribute to three-time GRAMMY winner and four-time Latin GRAMMY® winner Celia Cruz — internationally known as the “Queen Of Salsa” — are Latin GRAMMY nominee Lucrecia and GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winner Andy García, who will bring his Cuban musical group, Andy García And The CineSon All Stars, to the stage.Six-time GRAMMY winners Earth, Wind & Fire, one of the most important and innovative musical forces influencing music and popular culture across generations, offer a roof-raising performance.A salute to 10-time GRAMMY winner Linda Ronstadt features pop, country and Latin musical offerings from GRAMMY and four-time Latin GRAMMY winner Lila Downs and GRAMMY nominees Martina McBride andJD Souther.The full musical program follows (the honorees in bold type; performers in parentheses):Linda Ronstadt“Faithless Love” (JD Souther)“Gritenme Pledras del Campo” (Lila Downs & Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano)“Blue Bayou” (Martina McBride)Fred Foster“Me & Bobby McGee” (Kris Kristofferson & Shelby Lynne)“Oh Pretty Woman” (Shelby Lynne)John Cage“Water Walk” (Anthony Parce)“The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs” (J’Nai Bridges)Ruth Brown“Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean” (Patti Austin)Jefferson Airplane“Somebody to Love” (Jefferson Airplane)Medley: “Embryonic Journey”/”Come Back Baby” (Jefferson Airplane)Celia Cruz“Guantanamera” (Andy Garcia & the CineSon All Stars with Lucrecia)“Quimbera” (Andy Garcia & the CineSon All Stars with Lucrecia)Run-DMCMedley: “King of Rock”/”Rock Box”/”Peter Piper”/”My Adidas”/”It’s Tricky”/”Beats to the Rhyme” (Naughty By Nature)Chris Strachwitz“Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest” (Ry Cooder & Henry Gray)Medley: “Blues de Voyage”/”Magnolia Hop” (Magnolia Sisters w/”Ry Cooder)Herbie Hancock“Nuance” (Herbie Hancock w/Wayne Shorter)Earth, Wind & FireMedley: Intro/”Shining Star”/”Celebrate”/”In the Stone”/”Fantasy”/”September” (Earth, Wind & Fire)“That’s the Way of the World” (Earth, Wind & Fire Encore)last_img read more

Paul McCartney Welcomes Neil Young For Three-Song Collaboration At Desert Trip [Watch]

first_imgDay two of the new Desert Trip Festival in Indio, CA took place last night, treating those in attendance to performances by Neil Young + Promise of the Real and Paul McCartney. To see two of the most iconic forces in rock and roll – Young and McCartney – must have been quite the experience. To see them play together must have been out of this world!Indeed, that is what happened last night. The night started with Young’s two-hour-long opening set, which featured a number of Young’s classic hits like “After The Gold Rush,” “Heart of Gold,” and a show-closing “Rockin’ In The Free World.” Afterwards it was Macca’s turn, and the former Beatle delighted with hits from his lengthy career.The most special moment of the night came when McCartney brought Young out on stage, and the two joined forces for a three-song collaboration for the California crowd. They started with “A Day In The Life,” the famed Sgt. Pepper’s track, before going into “Give Peace A Chance” and “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?”Fortunately, a number of videos have surfaced of the collaboration! Watch below…A Day In The Life (via Fake Fan on YouTube)Give Peace A Chance (via Sri Kothur on YouTube)Why Don’t We Do It In The Road? (via Fake Fan on YouTube)Both setlists can be seen below. Desert Trip concludes tonight, October 9th, with sets from The Who and Roger Waters.last_img read more

Lightning In A Bottle Announces 2019 Lineup: Disclosure, Big Gigantic, Gramatik, Khruangbin, More

first_imgToday, Lightning In A Bottle has announced the lineup for their 2019 event at their new home of Buena Vista Lake in Kern County, CA, set to take place from May 8th–13th.Over the past fifteen years, Lightning in a Bottle has crafted its musical journey by bringing superstar talent and rising acts alike into the event’s singular communal experience. The result is a gathering unique to Lightning In A Bottle, a collaborative community of musicians, fans, artists, adventurers and the Do LaB’s globally renowned production prowess.Lightning In A Bottle 2018: Shut The Blindfolds, Pass The Nitro! [Review]The 2019 LIB lineup is topped by the event’s flagship Lightning Stage which sees a finely tuned billing of live and electronic giants. The stage will feature performances by four-time Grammy-nominated dance act Disclosure, a 3D experience by Flying Lotus, sax-wielding bass-music favorites Big Gigantic, new-wave electronic singer Santigold, electro-pop darlings Toro y Moi and Elohim, Slovenian producer Gramatik, urban house upstart Channel Tres, Khruangbin, and more.The festival’s house and techno stage, Woogie, will continue its legacy of bringing some of the world’s best 4/4 selectors to its day-into-night party atmosphere. 2019 Woogie acts include modern progressive icon Lane 8, Crosstown Rebels bossman Damian Lazarus, German producer DJ Koze, live techno mastermind Recondite, Berlin’s Rampue, Dirtybird favorites Shiba San and Escapade (Walker & Royce + Ardalan), Anjunadeep star Luttrell plus a slew of other vibe setting DJs.Bass music will continue its domination of LIB’s Thunder Stage with blowout showings by some of the festival scene’s most celebrated acts. The Polish Ambassador will bring his unique, hip hop inspired live electronic sound to the stage alongside acts like studio wizard G Jones, the eclectic electronic stylings of CloZee, Alix Perez and EPROM’s Shades project, and bass scene leader OPIUO. The stage will also feature a takeover from LA’s white-hot Soulection crew of Joe Kay, Sasha Marie & Andres with many more low-end specialists in tow.For tickets and further information, head to the Lightning In A Bottle website.last_img read more

A platform for stable quantum computing, a playground for exotic physics

first_imgMove over Godzilla vs. King Kong. This is the crossover event you’ve been waiting for — at least if you’re a condensed-matter physicist. Harvard University researchers have demonstrated the first material that can have both strongly correlated electron interactions and topological properties.Not sure what that means? Don’t worry, we’ll walk you through it. But the important thing to know is that this discovery not only paves the way for more stable quantum computing, but also creates an entirely new platform to explore the wild world of exotic physics.The research was published in Nature Physics.Let’s start with the basics. Topological insulators are materials that can conduct electricity on their surface or edge, but not in the middle. The strange thing about these materials is that no matter how you cut them, the surface will always be conducting and the middle always insulating. These materials offer a playground for fundamental physics, and are also promising for a number of applications in special types of electronics and quantum computing.Since the discovery of topological insulators, researchers around the world have been working to identify materials with these powerful properties.“A recent boom in condensed-matter physics has come from discovering materials with topologically protected properties,” said Harris Pirie, a graduate student in the Department of Physics and first author of the paper.One potential material, samarium hexaboride, has been at the center of a fierce debate among condensed-matter physicists for more than a decade. At issue: Is it or isn’t it a topological insulator?“Over the last 10 years, a bunch of papers have come out saying yes and a bunch of papers have come out saying no,” said Pirie. “The crux of the issue is that most topological materials don’t have strongly interacting electrons, meaning the electrons move too quickly to feel each other. But samarium hexaboride does, meaning that electrons inside this material slow down enough to interact strongly. In this realm, the theory gets fairly speculative and it’s been unclear whether or not it’s possible for materials with strongly interacting properties to also be topological. As experimentalists, we’ve been largely operating blind with materials like this.”In order to settle the debate and figure out, once and for all, whether it’s possible to have both strongly interacting and topological properties, the researchers first needed to find a well-ordered patch of samarium hexaboride surface on which to perform the experiment.,It was no easy task, considering the majority of the material surface is a craggy, disordered mess. The researchers used ultrahigh precision measurement tools developed in the lab of Jenny Hoffman, the Clowes Professor of Science and senior author of the paper, to find a suitable, atomic-scale patch of samarium hexaboride.Next, the team set out to determine if the material was topologically insulating by sending waves of electrons through the material and scattering them off of atomic defects — like dropping a pebble into a pond. By observing the waves, the researchers could figure out the momentum of the electrons in relation to their energy.“We found that the momentum of the electrons is directly proportional to their energy, which is the smoking gun of a topological insulator,” said Pirie. “It’s really exciting to be finally moving into this intersection of interacting physics and topological physics. We don’t know what we’ll find here.”As it relates to quantum computing, strongly interacting topological materials may be able to protect qubits from forgetting their quantum state, a process called decoherence. Researchers create quantum calculator New system could shed light on a host of complex processes Related Harvard Quantum Initiative Co-Director Lukin on ‘quantum supremacy’ and Google’s announcement of its achievement center_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Riding the quantum computing ‘wave’ “If we could encode the quantum information in a topologically protected state, it is less susceptible to external noise that can accidentally switch the qubit,” said Hoffman. “Microsoft already has a large team pursuing topological quantum computation in composite materials and nanostructures. Our work demonstrates a first in a single topological material that harnesses strong electron interactions that might eventually be used for topological quantum computing.”“The next step will be to use the combination of topologically protected quantum states and strong interactions to engineer novel quantum states of matter, such as topological superconductors,” said Dirk Morr, professor of physics at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and the senior theorist on the paper. “Their extraordinary properties could open unprecedented possibilities for the implementation of topological quantum bits.”This research was co-authored by Yu Liu, Anjan Soumyanarayanan, Pengcheng Chen, Yang He, M.M. Yee, P.F.S. Rosa, J.D. Thompson, Dae-Jeong Kim, Z. Fisk, Xiangfeng Wang, Johnpierre Paglione, and M.H. Hamidian.The electronic measurements at Harvard and the samarium hexaboride crystal growth at UC Irvine were supported by the National Science Foundation. The crystal growth at University of Maryland was supported by the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation. Magnetic measurements at Los Alamos National Lab and theoretical work at University of Illinois were supported by the Department of Energy.last_img read more