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first_img Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Hopkinsville, KY Por Lynette WilsonPosted Jun 27, 2018 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit an Event Listing Refugees Migration & Resettlement Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Featured Jobs & Calls Featured Events Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Collierville, TN In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Voces interreligiosas que exigen cambios en la política migratoria marcan la pauta en Washington La Iglesia Episcopal organiza una vigilia por la ‘unidad de la familia’ Tags Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit a Press Release Faith & Politics, The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Tampa, FL Rector Albany, NY Donald Trump, Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Familias migrantes de México, que huyen de la violencia, escuchan a agentes del Servicio de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza antes de entrar en Estados Unidos para solicitar asilo por el Puente la frontera internacional de Paso del Norte en Ciudad Juárez, México, el 20 de junio. Foto de José Luis González/REUTERS.[Episcopal News Service – Washington, D.C.] Los legisladores cuentan que los teléfonos de sus oficinas en el Capitolio federal no cesan de sonar con las llamadas de estadounidenses exigiendo que los niños migrantes se reúnan con sus padres, y que le pongan fin a la política migratoria del gobierno de Trump de separar a las familias en la frontera sudoccidental.El representante Jim McGovern, demócrata de Massachusetts. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.“Las llamadas al Capitolio han alcanzado un máximo histórico, de demócratas y republicanos, de la comunidad empresarial”, dijo el representante Jim McGovern, demócrata y catolicorromano de Massachusetts, a los reunidos el 21 de junio en una vigilia de más de 12 horas de oración por la unidad de la familia en la capilla en memoria [del obispo metodista] Simpson en la vecindad del Capitolio.“Esta [separación de familias] no puede ser el rostro de quienes somos, luego, agradezco que estén aquí, agradezco vuestras oraciones, agradezco vuestro activismo”, dijo McGovern. “Siempre he creído que la fe es más que un mero ritual, es acción; y todos ustedes tienen poderosas voces, y esta es la ocasión de usarlas por amor a estos niños, por amor a estos padres y por amor a este país”.La Oficina de Relaciones Gubernamentales de la Iglesia Episcopal, con sede en Washington, D.C., organizó la vigilia de oración en la capilla del edificio de la Iglesia Metodista Unida de la avenida Maryland N.E. De los miembros del Congreso invitados —el senador Tom Carper, presbiteriano y demócrata por Delaware; McGovern y otros dos demócratas: los representantes Jim Clyburn, metodista de Carolina del Sur; y Dwight Evans, bautista de Pensilvania— todos se presentaron e hicieron sus comentarios. La vigilia en la capilla comenzó con una Oración Matutina a las 8:00 AM y concluyó con el rito de Completas.William Franklin, obispo de Nueva York Occidental, predicó, durante la Oración Matutina, acerca del papel del primer obispo primado William White, el primer capellán del Congreso Continental, quien veía dos autoridades para los cristianos: la Biblia y la razón.“Somos llamados por la Escritura a ser compasivos, y la razón nos compele a ver que las políticas del gobierno no nos brindan una mayor seguridad, y que es posible tener un política migratoria justa y humana”, dijo Rebecca Linder Blachly, directora de la Oficina de Relaciones Gubernamentales.Al menos 150 personas asistieron a la vigilia en Washington y otras 20.000 la sintonizaron en directo por Facebook.El senador federal Tom Carper, demócrata de Delaware, el obispo de Nueva York Occidental William Franklin y Rebecca Linder Blachly, directora de la Oficina de Relaciones Gubernamentales de la Iglesia Episcopal, durante una vigilia de más de 12 horas que tuvo lugar en la capilla Simpson el 21 de junio. Foto de Alan Yarborough.“Estamos conmovidos y energizados por la pasión y la compasión que estamos viendo. Estamos comprometidos a orar y a actuar y a ponerle fin a este atropello”, dijo Blachly. “Desde un punto de vista político, hemos visto que políticos de ambos partidos se han pronunciado contra esta crueldad —sabemos que el trauma infligido a los niños se extenderá a la próxima generación”.El representante Dwight Evans, demócrata por Pensilvania. Foto de Alan Yarborough.En tanto personas de todas las creencias, entraban y salían de la capilla donde habían acudido en busca de oraciones, historias, testimonio, himnos y fraternidad, la Cámara de Representantes se reunía en la acera de enfrente para votar sobre dos proyectos de ley sobre la inmigración.“Desafortunadamente, vamos a votar hoy lo que yo llamo ‘leyes de deportación’, no ‘leyes de inmigración’, y eso no resuelve el problema”, dijo Evans de Pensilvania, quien acudió [a la capilla] después de la primera votación.“[La legislación] no hace nada respecto al problema inmediato de la separación de los niños y las familias a que el Presidente se refirió ayer, sin contar que no hace nada acerca de la ciudadanía a largo plazo de los “soñadores” [dreamers]”, expresó Evans en una entrevista con Episcopal News Service fuera de la capilla.Dos proyectos de ley se pusieron a votación en la Cámara de Representantes el 21 de junio. El primero, un proyecto de ley de línea dura, no se aprobó. Los republicanos de la Cámara retrasaron la votación sobre un proyecto de ley de concertación que le brindaría a jóvenes inmigrantes indocumentados, a quienes se les conoce como “Dreamers” una vía para acceder a la ciudadanía y les permitiría a las familias estar detenidas juntas.Sin embargo, el proyecto de ley de concertación no le brinda un arreglo permanente a por los menos 3,6 millones de estos “soñadores”, o inmigrantes indocumentados que fueron traídos ilegalmente a Estados Unidos como menores y que están protegidos de deportación por la norma migratoria de 2012 Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia.“Sin embargo, el camino a la ciudadanía en el proyecto de ley de concertación está asociado a la financiación de la seguridad fronteriza y de la construcción del muro. Si un Congreso futuro revoca los fondos asignados a la frontera en esa ley, el camino a la ciudadanía sería revocado”, dijo Lacy Browmel, asesor de política migratoria y de refugiados de la Iglesia.Desde el verano de 2014, cuando menores solos comenzaron a llegar a la frontera en números sin precedentes, cada verano trae otra crisis humanitaria. “Este verano es una situación desastrosa que ocurre porque están separando los niños de sus padres”, dijo Eva María Torres, presidente de Madres de los Soñadores [Dreamers’ Moms] de Virginia, que vino a Estados Unidos de México en 2006.Todos los días, Torres, que fue la última persona que habló en la capilla, dijo que oía historias de madres separadas de sus hijos, ya fuera porque se quedan detrás con la familia en Honduras, El Salvador o Guatemala, tres de los países más violentos del mundo, de manera que ellos [los hijos] pudieran enviar dinero a casa. Ella también oye [los testimonios| de madres indocumentadas que temen la deportación y el separarse de sus hijos nacidos en EE.UU. Ahora, los relatos, las imágenes y llantos de niños y madres al ser separados en la frontera como resultado de la política de cero tolerancia de la Administración ha creado nuevos temores y ansiedades, dijo Torres.Las mujeres corren riesgos y enfrentan peligros para proteger a sus hijos y están siendo separadas de aquellos de los que ellas vienen a proteger, afirmó. “Las imágenes me han hecho reflexionar: ¿cuánto más vamos a permitir que suceda… como comunidad de fe que cree en Dios y conoce y cuenta con la protección de Dios? Yo me preguntaba, ¿qué acciones Dios pide de nosotros? Ahora es el momento de actuar”, afirmó Torres. “La comunidad inmigrante está corriendo muchísimos riesgos, pero no sólo los latinos —son inmigrantes de todas las nacionalidades”.Torres imploró que los ciudadanos estadounidenses se pronuncien.“Ustedes, los que son ciudadanos, ustedes tiene el poder de producir un cambio y de hacer algo”, dijo ella. “Seamos proactivos de manera que no nos arrepintamos más tarde de la situación o las acciones que han tenido lugar. El apoyo que se necesita no es una limosna; eso no es lo que la comunidad necesita hoy. Como ciudadanos, yo les pediría que se preparen para hablar con los que están en el poder”.No son sólo los migrantes que huyen de América Central: en el mundo entero, una población sin precedentes de 68,5 millones se ha visto obligada a desplazarse de sus hogares, 24,5 millones de ellos son refugiados y la mitad son menores de 18 años. Durante más de un siglo, la Iglesia Episcopal ha acogido refugiados y ha abogado por políticas migratorias que protejan a las familias, ofrezcan un vía para acceder a la ciudadanía y respeten la dignidad de todo ser humano. Parte de esta labor tiene lugar tras bambalinas; otras veces tiene lugar en declaraciones públicas, en acciones de defensa social y en testimonios públicos.Los legisladores están de acuerdo en que las llamadas telefónicas, las cartas y los correos electrónicos fueron los que forzaron a que el Presidente cambiara de actitud, no algo que sucediera en los pasillos del Congreso,Bajo intensa presión pública, el presidente Donald Trump cambió el rumbo el 20 de junio y firmó un decreto ejecutivo para que los hijos y los padres [de inmigrantes ilegales] se mantengan juntos por un período de detención indefinido. Sin embargo, no resulta claro cómo el gobierno va a poner en práctica la normativa, y el decreto dice que más de 2.000 niños que ya han sido separados de sus padres no serían “apadrinados”, creando confusión en la capital y en la frontera.El representante Jim Clyburn, demócrata de Carolina del Sur. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.Más tarde esa noche en una concentración en Duluth, Minnesota, el presidente retornó a su retórica basada en el miedo, insistiendo en su prohibición de viajes y en su plan de construir un muro a lo largo de la frontera entre EE.UU. y México.Para Clyburn, de Carolina del Sur, ver las noticias en la televisión y en los periódicos lo ha llevado a pensar en la época cuando el historiador francés Alexis de Tocqueville viajó a través de Estados Unidos, primero para estudiar sus prisiones, pero finalmente en busca de la grandeza de la nación. De Tocqueville indagó en los recintos del gobierno y en las zonas rurales, y finalmente la encontró en las iglesias, durante la época de la esclavitud, nada menos, dijo Clyburn.“Él vio en las personas religiosas una cierta cantidad de bondad, y dijo al hablar acerca de esa experiencia que ‘Estados Unidos es grande por que Estados Unidos es bueno’, y si Estados Unidos alguna vez dejara de ser bueno, cesaría de ser grande’. Lo que estamos viendo hoy es una política desacertada, no una ley, sino una política. Es una pérdida, si alguna vez existió, de la bondad. No podemos, como pueblo de fe sentarnos pasivamente e ignorar esto”, afirmó Clyburn.Desde octubre de 2017 hasta fines de mayo, los agentes del Servicio de Aduanas y Protección de la Frontera han detenido a más de 252.000 personas —32.371 menores no acompañados y 59.113 familias. A principios de abril, el gobierno de Trump puso en vigor su política migratoria de “tolerancia cero”, encaminada a procesar a los migrantes que crucen ilegalmente la frontera y a separarlos de sus hijos; 2.322 niños han sido separados de sus padres, según el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanitarios. La normativa tenía por objeto desalentar a otras familias —muchas de las cuales huyen de la violencia en América Central— de intentar solicitar asilo en la frontera entre EE.UU. y México.Nunca en las peores pesadillas del Rdo. Grey Maggiano, rector de la iglesia episcopal Memorial en Baltimore, Maryland, y ex empleado del Departamento de Estado que trabajó en la reforma carcelaria en Afganistán, pensó que vería a madres e hijos en centros de detención en Estados Unidos. No era inusual en Afganistán ver a muchachos que huían de la violencia sexual, niñas que buscaban protección de un matrimonio infantil y madres que escapaban de violencia doméstica y a sus hijos en centros de detención para su protección, pero aun eso estaba sujeto a horribles circunstancias y tenía efectos traumáticos para todos.“Es como una pesadilla … ver todas las cosas que uno nunca pensó que ocurrirían aquí, ver que es posible que en nuestro país sucedan en tiempo real”, dijo Maggiano, fuera de la capilla después de dirigirse a los presentes.Cuando Carper, el senador por Delaware, habló más temprano ese día, se refirió a la violencia en el triángulo norte de América Central y contó la historia de un hermano y una hermana. Al hermano lo obligaron a unirse a una pandilla y su iniciación incluyó la violación de su hermana. En lugar de permitir que eso ocurriera, sus padres los ayudaron a salir y ellos terminaron en Delaware.“Hay esperanza en Honduras, Guatemala y El Salvador; hay esperanza en esos países del Triángulo Norte, pero hay muchísima miseria, y nosotros somos cómplices de su miseria”, dijo él refiriéndose a la apetencia de los estadounidenses por las drogas.La crisis humanitaria de la frontera suroeste ha provocada la condena internacional, críticas bipartidistas e indignación de parte de ciudadanos y líderes religiosos estadounidenses, en particular después de que el secretario de Justicia Jeff Sessions y otros miembros del gobierno de Trump se valieran de la Escritura para defender la política de la separación de familias.“Me siento profundamente desencantado con este gobierno, y estoy profundamente desencantado, no sólo con el Presidente, sino con mis colegas que apoyan esto”, dijo McGovern. “Yo sencillamente no sé cómo la gente puede hacer esto. Me preocupa que estemos perdiendo nuestra humanidad, y cuando oímos que se invocan versículos bíblicos para justificar esto, saben, seré sincero con ustedes, quiero dar gritos. Seguiremos diciendo que esto no representa quienes somos; vamos a lograr demostrarlo”.Trump hizo de la reducción de la inmigración un eje central de su campaña y su administración. A los pocos días de asumir su cargo, Trump firmó tres decretos ejecutivos por el que reducía la financiación federal de las llamadas ciudades santuario, solicitaba la erección de un muro a lo largo de la frontera entre EE. UU. y México y suspendía el ingreso de inmigrantes provenientes de siete países de mayoría musulmana. Trump también hizo una reducción significativa del programa de reasentamiento de refugiados de la nación, al fijar el número de refugiados que pueden ingresar en el país en 2018 en 45.000, menos de la mitad de los 110.000 admitidos en 2017.“Nuestro país ha estado en medio de un debate moral grande y profundo respecto a mantener a las familias juntas”, dijo el obispo primado Michael Curry en un vídeo en el que promovía la vigilia del 21 de junio. “Si los niños deben separarse de sus madres y de sus familias, si bien parece que hubiera alguna lógica de resolución acerca de ese problema inmediato, se mantiene la preocupación más general respecto a la detención de las familias. Las formas en que implementamos nuestros intereses migratorios, las formas en que aseguramos nuestras fronteras, no deben separarse de nuestra compasión y de nuestra decencia humana”.Para más información sobre este tema en Episcopal News Service, haga clic aquí. 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first_img July 26, 2018 at 10:35 pm Reply He and two other members of the APD spoke against the merit pay cut to the City Council during the public comment portion of the meeting.Sgt. Steve Harmon: “We’ve solved several accidents that we wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise because of the cameras. I’ve covered two fatal accidents that were caught by cameras. We wouldn’t have had that otherwise.” They ought to sell off that oversized military vehicle, that enormous monster hummer- type vehicle that the APD has, and uses only for kiddy show and tell out at NWRC. That ought to bring in some needed money. What good is that thing? They only bought that thing for the cops to have a play toy, to joy ride around in and get eyeballed…..They could also stop having those “wraps” installed on the cop cars. How much do those graphic wraps cost? They look cool, but are not needed, as they are not necessary. Oh, let’s have our garbage trucks have wraps installed, on them, to look so cool! No, everyone would think the COA would have lost their mind, wouldn’t they? But it seems so generally accepted to have the cop cars in wraps. They aren’t needed, bottom line! Cut the fat! TENITA REID d TAGS2018-19 Apopka Fiscal BudgetApopka City CouncilApopka Mayor Bryan NelsonApopka Police Department Previous articleHow summer and diet damage your DNA, and what you can doNext articleApopka Police Department Arrest Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Orange County Sheriff Demings is asking for more money for his budget department because he states that APD officers make higher wages than his officers. From the Orlando Sentinel. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Opinion/AnalysisBy Reggie Connell/Managing Editor of The Apopka VoiceThere are no bad guys in this story. I know in today’s political climate, there is a tendency to villainize the other side rather than debate the merits of an issue. If somehow you don’t believe me or don’t accept that premise, take a quick look at social media.  Go ahead, I’ll wait…  It won’t take you long to find an article that proves my case. It’s pervasive at a national, state and local level and we read about it, listen to it, and see it on cable news every day.In many ways, it’s the biggest issue to overcome when facing tough decisions.So let me warn you up front that in this article there are two sides, both with good points and they make their case well. There are no easy answers. It’s not as simple as looking to your ideological left or right, seeking like-minded people, agreeing with them and adding your opinion to the bottom of a Facebook post.  There are no campaigns to win, or voters to please. There is simply an issue that needs a solution, and a hard decision to be made.Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson and the entire City Council want to do what’s right for Apopka. So does City Administrator Edward Bass. Right now they believe that cutting the budget for the fiscal year 2018-19 is the best way to do what’s right for the city.Bass estimates he trimmed $5-6 million from original requests by department heads, which represents approximately 10% of what was in the first draft. He also approved only four out of 50 requests for new hires.Among the requested personnel not on this budget are four additional officers for the Apopka Police Department (APD). And considering four current officers are transferring to the state-mandated School Resource Officer program, the APD is essentially losing four officers.The cuts also include rolling back merit pay raises for city employees from a maximum of 6% annually down to 3%.Given the comprehensive belt-tightening nature of this budget, cutting merit pay seems like a reasonable plan of action, but before a final conclusion is drawn, officers of the APD delivered a strong message to the City Council at their Wednesday night meeting. Dozens of them, their families, and supporters dressed in black and white t-shirts and filled the Council chambers to voice their displeasure with the cut in merit pay. Sergeant Steve Harmon has been with the Apopka Police Department for 15 years. He is in charge of the Traffic Unit and won the 2017 Supervisor of the Year award. He is also on the multi-agency SWAT team, leads the APD’s Honor Guard Unit, and is also involved in many charitable events like Cystic Fibrosis, the Law Enforcement Torch Run, and Special Olympics. The word hero gets thrown around too much in today’s society, but by any measure, Harmon is a hero in this community. July 25, 2018 at 9:06 am Reply Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Nathan Tuck is also an officer with the APD who recently became a homeowner in the area. He worries that this cut might hurt his financial future. “In December my wife and I purchased a home in Apopka. We recognize the path of growth the city was on and we wanted to be a part of that. I also decided to apply with the Apopka Police Department. Prior to that, I worked for a neighboring jurisdiction for six years. I came here because not only did Apopka have a reputation for taking care of their employees as far as raises in retirement but I also wanted to work where I live. I took an $8,000 pay cut to come here because I recognize the raises were very generous but if these raise cuts go through then it will take my entire career to make up the pay cut.”Sam Anderson was the third APD officer to speak, and he was perhaps the most moving. “The 3% merit may seem generous but here are some of the things we don’t get that the Apopka Police Department that most all of our competition does. No overtime until you reach 11 hours. No callout minimum. No court minimum. No shift differential. No dry-cleaning allowance. No field training incentive. No on-call pay. No collective bargaining and no unions, which is a great savings to the city. We had no cost-of-living adjustments since John Land was mayor. Apopka is the second largest city in Orange County and all of these factors combined would destroy our efforts to recruit and retain quality law enforcement officers the number of experienced officers who would leave will skyrocket. It would destroy our efforts to recruit and return obtain quality law enforcement officers. You’ll end up with young novice officers fresh out of the academy that wants to get their feet wet and move on. Service will suffer. Public Safety will suffer. Cutting your pay should be at the bottom of your list.”Before he ended his comments, Anderson held up the door of an APD cruiser with several bullet holes shot into it to illustrate the sort of job a law enforcement officer does and why they deserve the pay they receive. Anderson was getting coffee at 7-11 when he broke up an armed robbery. The door tells the rest of the story.After public comments, Commissioner Alice Nolan sympathized with the police officers and promised that merit pay will return to 6% by next year. “I really appreciate the APD coming out and voicing their opinions. I and all of the Council have spent many hours going over this budget and it is not our intention to have you carry it all on your backs. It’s on everybody’s backs. If we do raise the millage it’s on the backs of taxpayers. Not to be disrespectful but when we were going through this for four years and the overspending was happening, where was everybody? We could be cutting people, but were not. And I know for a fact it’s not my intention and I’m assuming it’s not anyone’s intention here to keep this at 3% because that is an incentive we’ve always had in Apopka. I know that we’re working every way to bring this up and hopefully, it won’t be this year, but it may, but it’s not our intentions to keep it that way. We do appreciate your work more than anything.”  Later in the meeting, the millage rate that Nolan referred to was raised a 1/2-mill, which added approximately $1.4-$1.5 million to the budget that at the time had a shortfall of approximately $700,000. There was a discussion about what to do with the extra $700,000-$800,000, and merit pay was discussed as well as economic development. Commissioner Kyle Becker also pointed out that the budget is still in a proposal stage. “What you (the APD) do for the city is invaluable. The hazards of your job I can’t even fathom. That door is a pretty powerful statement. And the fact is the budget is not approved yet. We’ve had one workshop and that idea (merit pay cuts) was discussed. It has not been passed. We still have some things we need to do. There’s still an opportunity to have another workshop. We need to get that salary study because there is a possibility it will say the APD is behind the curve in terms of salary as it relates to other municipalities, and that opens the door to say we don’t make the cut. So I thank you for your comments, but the bow is not tied on the budget yet.”So what is the right decision? What should the City Council do before the bow is tied?According to spreadsheets provided by Nelson’s office that compare the APD to police departments across the state and in Central Florida, APD salary ranks vary depending on what you are comparing. In cities statewide with similar populations (the 10 cities directly below and above Apopka in population), the APD ranks 8th in starting salary (out of 21), 14th in Sergeant minimum salary, and 13th in Lieutenant minimum salary. In a Central Florida comparison of cities in Orange and Seminole Counties, Apopka ranks between 4th and 5th in those same three categories out of 17 cities. It’s not the same as a comprehensive salary study of the entire city staff, but it at least shows the APD is neither dramatically overpaid or underpaid.There is no easy answer, and that’s why this City Council gets paid the big bucks. Only kidding, but you take my meaning.It is the Council’s responsibility to make these difficult decisions, and sometimes it extends beyond the will of the people to what is right for Apopka. There is not a clear consensus among residents on this budget. Surely they want the APD and city employees to be paid fairly, but they also want a tight budget as referenced by 2018 election results.But is there room in the increased millage rate and red light camera revenue to both balance the budget, keep the city employee’s merit pay, fund the four officers the APD is losing to the SRO program, and create an economic development department?The increased millage rate added $1.4-$1.5 million to the budget, which cleared the shortfall, and left an additional $700,000-$800,000. An extra year of red light camera revenue would add an additional $800,000-$900,000 which would currently give the budget an overage of $1.5-$1.7 million. It wouldn’t be a popular decision, but the APD argues that RLC’s improve public safety, and the money it generates would also go back to improving public safety.The APD is currently below the state average of 2.5 officers per 1,000 of the city’s population. They are also near the bottom of officers per square mile of comparable cities on the I-4 corridor. The APD is at 3.1-3.2 per square mile, while in comparison Orlando is at 6.5. With the hiring of four additional officers, the APD would nearly maintain its level per 1,000 (from 2.17 to 2.16). Without the addition, it drops to 2.09. Four additional officers would add approximately $500,000 to the 2018-19 budget.It was also learned during the discussion that in order to return the merit pay for city workers to 6% for all city workers would cost approximately $750,000.Funding both the addition of four new police officers and reinstating merit pay raises would cost $1.25 million, which leaves $250,000-$450,000 to fund an economic development initiative and add reserves back to the general fund.Maybe this sounds a little too “tax-and-spend” for you. Maybe you are wondering if Senator Bernie Sanders wrote this article, but keep a few things in mind before you sign me up for the Green Party.There was already $5-6 million cut from this budget and only four out of 50 requests for new hires were granted.Adding four police officers only replaces the four officers moving off the streets of Apopka and into the classrooms of the SRO program.Giving employees back their 6% merit pay is not a raise, it’s simply returning their salaries back to their status quo.Budget cuts are rarely popular. A tax increase was never going to be popular. Red light cameras in Apopka (which recently polled at 23.3% approval a couple weeks ago) are even less popular. And keeping employee salaries at the status quo, hiring four police officers, and creating an economic development department aren’t the most exciting initiatives to incentivize a millage rate increase, and to keep the RLC program alive another year, but it’s what is needed in Apopka in 2018.This was never going to be a budget that made people happy. This was the budget that everyone was going to find something they didn’t like, but sometimes elected officials have to do what is unpopular. They have to do what’s best for their community.Fully fund the merit pay raises for city employees at 6%. Hire four APD officers to take the place of the four moving to the SRO program, and invest in Apopka’s future by creating an economic development department.It’s what’s best for Apopka. TENITA REID Mayor John Lamb?…..lol   “We’re worried that if it gets moved to 3%, it will be hard to come back to 6%. We also don’t think that if the previous administration overspent, we should have to bear that burden. But I know you have to find it from somewhere. So let me give you my opinion as an APD traffic supervisor. Red light cameras are a good way to keep some income. Now I don’t want you to think we should run the cameras only because it makes income. I’m telling you it’s because of safety. I’ve been in the traffic division a little over a year and a half now, and I can tell you it’s a safety issue. We’ve solved several accidents that we wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise because of the cameras. I’ve covered two fatal accidents that were caught by cameras. We wouldn’t have had that otherwise. If you don’t think it’s a safety issue and you vote to get rid of them and your family member or someone you know gets hurt or killed at an intersection that used to have a red light camera, if you feel good about that, that’s okay, but I think they actually are a safety thing, not a money thing.” I would think that if there is any money left over in the budget, after raising the property taxes, and placing the budget burden upon the backs of us citizens, that they would replace the positions of the cops, the four that were moved to the schools, and off the street patrols, that they would hire those positions back, to fill the street patrols vacancies, before giving an extra 3 percent raise back to the employees. We the citizens, are having to be burdened with this 19.2 percent tax increase, and everyone has to share the burdens of the last administration’s over spending, and lost city reserves, at this time. As far as the police department, Mayor Nelson has given the police, the fire, and the EMTs his assurances, that they will not be laid off. I don’t hear that same assurance for the other general employees, but look at who was up in front of the council complaining……the police members!!! Plus, the public safety, first responders, have a much better pension plan than do the general employees, is my understanding. The first responders get all the glory and honor! And that one police officer, up before the council complaining, that left another job to come to APD, and took an 8,000 dollars pay cut, well that is your own doing, you left and applied for a job here, saying you wanted the job, when you applied, here. Sorry. And Mayor Nelson has taken the job as mayor for half of what Mayor K was paid, and you police members complain over 3 percent less….Mayor Nelson is taking 50 percent less than the previous mayor! So I will give him credit for that! I would have loved to have had a job, that paid well above minimum wages, paid sick time, vacation time, got regular raises annually, and to have had an employer pay for my expensive healthcare…..OMG, I would not have complained, period! I never had jobs like that, and believe me, there are a lot of our citizens here in this city who don’t have all those benefits either! Plus a pension when you retire! Plus assurances that you won’t be laid off! The police department should reconsider their complaining to the city council members, and I hate to tell you, getting more money won’t stop bad guys from shooting at your police cars. Jobs everywhere are dangerous too. It is the way the of the world in these times. Sorry. Please enter your comment! Please enter your name herecenter_img Mama Mia 6 COMMENTS July 24, 2018 at 10:01 pm July 26, 2018 at 11:22 am July 26, 2018 at 10:43 am Reply Mama Mia July 24, 2018 at 9:50 pm Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter It seems to me that Mr. Bass cutting 5-6 million dollars from what was REQUESTED by dept heads is not cutting the budget…taking 5-6 million dollars off of last years budget IS cutting the budget….just reducing money for ‘wants’ is NOT cutting the spending….just my opinion It is estimated by Bass that the red light camera program would generate an additional $800,000-$900,000 to this budget cycle. Reply The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The City of Apopka owns a ton of property they aren’t doing anything with. They could sell a few and use that money to help balance the budget. There’s a large lot with an empty house on Park Ave. across from the middle school the city has owned for over a decade and it’s just sat there. 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Homeaway / Studio North

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first_imgSave this picture!Courtesy of Studio North+ 16 Share “COPY” 2015 Projects Canada Year:  ArchDaily CopyHouses•Calgary, Canada “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/805587/homeaway-studio-north Clipboardcenter_img Architects: Studio North Area Area of this architecture project Homeaway / Studio North Homeaway / Studio NorthSave this projectSaveHomeaway / Studio North Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/805587/homeaway-studio-north Clipboard CopyAbout this officeStudio NorthOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCalgaryCanadaPublished on February 20, 2017Cite: “Homeaway / Studio North” 20 Feb 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalSystems / Prefabricated PanelsKalwall®Translucent WalkwaysPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsSpecialty Facade SystemsLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxWoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – Palm SpringsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMBlack Concrete – Concretal®-BlackSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Smart CeilingsDoorsGorter HatchesFloor Door – Fire RatedBricksDEPPEWaterstruck Bricks – 1622/1635ekws DFMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Homeaway 住宅 / Studio North是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Other Participants :Leaf NinjasArchitects In Charge:Matthew Kennedy, Mark EricksonCity:CalgaryCountry:CanadaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Courtesy of Studio NorthText description provided by the architects. Overlooking downtown Calgary from the inner-city community of Albert Park, this quaint mid-century bungalow is an experiment in enhanced residential density. The Home Away uses a number of space-saving strategies to adapt the existing house to the client’s busy lifestyle so that friends, family, and work colleagues can comfortably stay and visit for short periods of time, depending on their ever-changing schedules. The main floor, basement, and garage have been sensitively redesigned and are in the process of being renovated to create three discrete and compact dwellings that share a common greenhouse space and courtyard. Save this picture!DiagramSave this picture!Axonometric ViewSave this picture!SectionThe solarium addition to the south of the house was designed as an all seasons greenhouse that provides a shared indoor/outdoor gathering space, uniting all three dwellings. A terraced deck, with integrated garden planters and seating presents an array of potential configurations for relaxing and entertaining. The garden, designed in collaboration with local permaculturalists, is intended to thrive with minimal maintenance to suit the shifting schedule of the client. Taking advantage of the southern exposure, the translucent polycarbonate cladding allows soft, diffuse light to flood the space and give life to the garden. The diagonally braced lattice structure, designed to mimic a network of branches, creates a geometric dappling of shadows. The space is centered around a fireplace built into the entryway of the solarium, creating a small entry “hut” of charred cedar, following the Japanese technique of Shou Sugi Ban. Save this picture!Courtesy of Studio NorthSave this picture!Courtesy of Studio NorthSave this picture!Courtesy of Studio NorthProject gallerySee allShow lessOpen Call: Architecture Fringe 2017Festival BiennialLouis Kahn’s Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad Photographed by Laurian Ghi…Architecture News Share Area:  2100 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

Casa Mezquite / BAG arquitectura

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first_imgArchDaily Projects Photographs:  Oscar Hernández Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyHouses•Aguascalientes, Mexico Casa Mezquite / BAG arquitectura ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/868025/casa-mezquite-bag-arquitectura Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/868025/casa-mezquite-bag-arquitectura Clipboard Year:  “COPY” Area:  454 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY”center_img CopyAbout this officeBAG arquitecturaOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAguascalientesMexicoPublished on April 04, 2017Cite: “Casa Mezquite / BAG arquitectura” [Casa Mezquite / BAG arquitectura] 04 Apr 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Metropol ClassicVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abrasion ResistantPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceCarpetsB&B ItaliaCarpet – TwistBeams / PillarsLunawoodThermowood Frames and BearersMembranesEffisusHow to use Fire Protection MembranesSoftware / CoursesSculptformSpecification Tool – Price and Spec AppFittingsHOPPEFloor Spring – AR2950DoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodViroc Nature for False Ceilings and FlooringFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Textured PanelAcousticConwedAcoustic Panels – Eurospan®More products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Houses 2015 Architects: BAG arquitectura Area Area of this architecture project Casa Mezquite / BAG arquitecturaSave this projectSaveCasa Mezquite / BAG arquitectura Mexico Photographs Manufacturers: Ecocarpinteria, Euroalum, Granito, Interceramic, Madd monkey, MarmolStructural Calculation:Jesús de Luna RodríguezArchitect In Charge:Aldo Ojeda Lopez, Ana Cecilia SaizCity:AguascalientesCountry:MexicoMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Oscar HernándezRecommended ProductsWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeFiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlSwisspearl Largo Fiber Cement PanelsText description provided by the architects. The building lies on a 507m2 ground, nearly at the center of which grows a mesquite tree that was preserved within the building. Because of this, the entire layout of the house gravitates around the tree, thus making it into the foremost element within the intents of this architectural project, and greatly enriching it.Save this picture!© Oscar HernándezThe main front presents several solid volumes, which feature different color and texture qualities. Steel, quarry and small windows endow the project with security and privacy, both of which were heavily stressed by the client.Save this picture!© Oscar HernándezSave this picture!Floor Plan 01Save this picture!© Oscar HernándezThe house is divided in two floors. The ground floor holds all social spaces, which are united by a double-height large lobby that houses the drawing room. All these spaces open widely to the mesquite tree and take great pride from it. Save this picture!© Oscar HernándezThe social-natured main garden, located at the same spot as the mesquite tree, is also united by a small terrace to the private dry-environment garden. The latter is composed of sea stone and a small palm tree, providing the kitchen/dining room with a distinct feeling to that of the larger green area.Save this picture!© Oscar HernándezSave this picture!Floor Plan 02Save this picture!© Oscar HernándezThe high floor holds the private spaces: main and secondary bedrooms, homework studio, and TV room. This last room lies on a wood-lined volume that delimits the dining room and enables the view of the living room and garden through a double-height. The main bedroom is isolated from the other areas by a privacy-bringing bridge.Save this picture!© Oscar HernándezThrough sobriety and sheer elegance, the different finishes seek to bestow unique qualities to each space, by simultaneously differentiating and integrating them.Save this picture!© Oscar HernándezProject gallerySee allShow lessGarden Pavilion / BloxasSelected ProjectsSO-IL and MINI LIVING Develop Housing Prototype for Resource-Conscious Shared LivingArchitecture News Share Save this picture!© Oscar Hernández+ 26 Sharelast_img read more

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Top of the News Mountain View (2-4) vs Marshall (3-2) at Pasadena High SchoolMarshall is facing its second bounce back game of the year, and if the first time was any measure, Mountain View could be in some trouble.A few weeks back, Marshall fell to San Gabriel with a limited roster.A week later, the Eagles destroyed Blair, 79-0.Marshall fell flat in last week’s second half to visiting El Monte, so we’ll see if coach Scott Faer’s program will have a similar response to adversity as they did the first time.Mountain View (2-4 overall, 0-2 in Mission Valley League) has allowed 75 points in its first two leagues games (both losses) to El Monte and Rosemead.In those two games, the Vikings scored just 26 points.Marshall (3-2, 0-1) hopes to get DJ Paul and the running game back on track.Paul was averaging more than 200 yards per game, but in last week’s loss, the Lions held Paul under 100 yards. He did, though, score twice on TD runs.Jonathon Frimpong had a solid effort last week with over 100 yards rushing, and Faer hopes to keep his Wing-T offense in full gear as the crucial league schedule is here.“We need to do our jobs and finish,” Faer said. “They are a lot like us, so it will be a physical battle, and it will come down to whomever can play all four quarters. It may come down to who’s defense can make the key stops and cause turnovers.” HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCouples Who Stuck With Each Other Despite The Cheating ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Instagram Girls Women Obsess OverHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Sports Friday Night Football Preview: Marshall Needs to Bounce Back After Disappointing Loss; Eagles Get Mountain View in Mission Valley League Contest By BRIAN REED-BAIOTTO, Sports Editor Published on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | 10:42 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_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. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment More Cool Stuff Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community Newslast_img read more

first_imgTop StoriesCovid19 -RT-PCR Test Reports Shall Be Sent Immediately To Patients On WhatsApp: Bombay High Court Sharmeen Hakim16 April 2021 8:51 PMShare This – xThe Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court said that Covid test results should be given to patients immediately through Watsapp and hard copies without waiting for them to be uploaded on the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)’s website. A division bench of Justices ZA Haq and MA Borkar, hearing its suo motu PIL, further said that once a Covid-19 positive patient is given his report,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court said that Covid test results should be given to patients immediately through Watsapp and hard copies without waiting for them to be uploaded on the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)’s website. A division bench of Justices ZA Haq and MA Borkar, hearing its suo motu PIL, further said that once a Covid-19 positive patient is given his report, it must be uploaded on the website within 24 hours, while a negative report may be uploaded within seven days. The Court said appropriate action should be taken against those who don’t follow its orders. “If these directions are not complied with by the laboratories, the authorities will be free to take appropriate action against the concerned laboratories, as deemed fit by the concerned authority.”The Court passed the order while hearing a suo-motu PIL, along with a clutch of other PILs and applications filed to deal with the exponential rise of Covid-19 cases in Nagpur and the consequent collapse of infrastructure. Intervenor Dr Mukesh Chandak pointed out the difficulties patients in Nagpur were facing to get their RT-PCR test reports in time. The test detects the Covid-19 virus. He claimed that the delay of nearly 4 to 5 days in getting the reports is due to laboratories insisting on first uploading the reports on the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) portal, which sometimes takes time owing to a slow server.Amicus Curie SP Bhandarkar and advocate Tushar Mandlekar suggested that the reports of the patients, whether positive or negative, shall be immediately sent to the patients on Whatsapp and a hard copy of the report shall also be made available…without holding delivery of all such reports on the ground that the reports have not been uploaded on the ICMR portal. As far as uploading of reports on the ICMR portal is concerned, it must be done thereafter, they said. The Court then directed that after making the reports available to the patients on Whatsapp as also hard copy of it, the reports of the patients, who test positive shall be uploaded on the ICMR portal within 24 hours and the reports of the patients who test negative should be uploaded on the ICMR portal within 7 days.Maharashtra registered over 60,000 Covid-19 cases for the third time this month along with 349 deaths, the second-highest addition in the second wave.Advocate Tushar Mandlekar for one of the intervenors said that Nagpur has become a hot spot of covid- 19 cases, with 7k patients testing positive for virus each day. “There are nearly 1 lakh active cases in the City. There are merely 6.5k beds for positive patients and 1,200 ICU and ventilator beds, however, they are all full,” he said. Click Hear To Download/Read OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

first_imgABC NewsBy DEVIN DWYER and JACQUELINE YOO, ABC News(FAIRFAX, Va.) — The largest and most diverse public university in Virginia is overhauling how it handles issues of race on campus.After a summer of protests and public health crises, George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, is piloting an aggressive anti-racism agenda that school officials hope will become a model for the nation.“We want to be a national leader in the discussion of how campuses should be structured, how they should operate and how they should perform relative to race,” said Dr. Gregory Washington, the university’s first African American president.As the coronavirus pandemic, recession and protests against racism collided this spring, Washington assumed his history-making role at the university. While 34% of college undergraduates are African American, just 8% of university presidents nationwide are Black, according to the American Council on Education.“To be honest with you, I don’t know if I would have taken the job knowing what I know now. I mean, this is a tough environment,” Washington said.One major challenge: addressing questions about the school’s namesake, George Mason — one of the nation’s founding fathers who helped inspire the Bill of Rights, but who also owned 100 slaves, most of them children. Mason was one of the biggest slave owners in Virginia.Washington says the school will keep its name and a statue of Mason’s likeness.“This is an interesting debate,” he told ABC News Live. “This is a part of the American story, and we can’t separate George Mason from this institution any easier than we can separate many of the founding fathers from the country, because a significant percentage of them owned slaves.”Students — back on campus for modified in-person learning and dorm living during the pandemic — are applauding the decision and an effort to construct a memorial to the enslaved people Mason owned.“I really love the monument that is being built because it provides the full picture of the story,” said Natalia Kanos, a junior at the school. “We just had the statue [of Mason] and didn’t really know the history behind everything, but now [the memorial is] being built and you can look at the history and look through all of that and see the statue.”In 2017, a team of undergraduate researchers uncovered new details about the lives of Mason’s slaves, prompting a reckoning on campus.“I don’t think by him owning slaves that has made its way to the campus. We’re all diverse. We’re all one,” said Logan Rice, a junior. “I just want to see more actions just taken on campus toward Black Lives Matter.”Washington has created an anti-racism task force to investigate lingering racial bias at the school and root it out. The board will actively monitor police activity; review salary and promotion policies; add counselors for racial healing; and require every course syllabus to include a statement against racism.“In a time of national unrest related to racial inequities, you know, my message would be one of, look, great things are still possible,” said Washington.The call for optimism comes as the nation grapples with yet another police shooting of an unarmed black man — Jacob Blake in Wisconsin — an incident that has unsettled students at George Mason hundreds of miles away.“It’s sad to see people that look like me, like dying on the streets because of something they can’t control,” said Shelby Adams, a junior at the school. “But I think at the moment what we need in the country right now is unity, because at the moment it seems like we’re very divided.”As thousands marched for justice, equality and unity Friday on the National Mall, students back on campus made clear their voices aren’t going away.“I feel like the protests are a good thing. They’re showing that we want to fight for what we believe is right,” said Rice. “And it shouldn’t take for African American, male or female, to be killed, for us to protest for what we know is right.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Spotlight on Greece

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first_imgGreek health and safety has undergone legal advancements, but now the nationhas to tackle public awareness.  By DrTheodore Bazas Greece is a member state of the European Union, joining on 1 January 2001.It has an economically active population of 3,900,000, employed in primary,secondary and tertiary sector, mostly in small- and medium-sized enterprises(SMEs). There is an estimated population of 200,000 to 400,000 immigrant workersand the official unemployment rate is 11 per cent. Around 22,000 work accidents2 are recorded annually (the constructionindustry ranking the highest). Occupational diseases are diagnosedsporadically, but data is not compiled. Cause-specific analysis of earlyretirement due to occupational or non-occupational grounds have not been made. Impressive steps There are 25 specialists in occupational medicine3, 4 one in state generalhospitals, and 17 new trainees attending the four-year specialisation programme.Physicians, designated as “occupational physicians” working mainly inlarge or high-risk enterprises and banks, mostly on a part-time basis, numberabout 400. There are a few dozen company nurses and several hundred safetyengineers/technicians. Most active agencies offer limited but substantialservices. No reference has been made by the two major political parties to OHin their April 2000 written pre-election pronouncements Since 19815, Greek legislation on occupational health and safety has takenimpressive steps forward, having been harmonised to that of the European Union,mainly by way of presidential decrees3,6. It includes provisions on enforceableoccupational exposure limits for 550 chemicals, ergonomics, carcinogenicsubstances, biological hazards, VDUs, work installations and equipment,occupational rehabilitation for the mentally ill, protection of pregnant womenat work, night and shift work, employment in temporary and mobile work andgroup occupational health services. Proven offenders of OH and safetyregulations have been fined. However, actual law enforcement is lagging behind on account of shortage oftrained occupational physicians and appointed enterprise physicians offeringsuitable, credible and adequate advice, and state safety(“technical”) and medical occupational health inspectors. Furthermore, the Workers’ Health and Safety at Work Committees, allowed forin the law, have not been convened in many enterprises, possibly due to theworkers neglecting to request their establishment. Occupational medicine is taught to undergraduate university medicalstudents, albeit in a fragmented way by epidemiologists, toxicologists and lungspecialists, and also to nursing students at the university and the tertiaryeducation level Institutes for Professional Training. Elements of safetyengineering and ergonomics are included in the undergraduate curriculum forengineering students. Little research Hardly any research papers on occupational medicine are presented at theannual Greek Medical Congress, or published in medical journals. There are nojournals specifically for OH. In brief, there is a discrepancy between the major legislative advancementand the diverse information activities aimed at the promotion of publicawareness on the one hand, and the actual surveillance, prevention, managementof ill-health, the health promotion in the field, and relevant education on theother. Though there is ample room for improvement, the situation is not yetdaunting. Dr Theodore Bazas, md, mfom (rcp, london) msc (london), dih (engl),national secretary, international Commission On Occupational Health, 22Yakinthon street, 154 52 Psychico, Athens, Greece References 1. National Statistical Service of Greece (1999) Research Results on LabourForce. Unpublished data, Athens. 2. National Insurance Administration (1998) Work Accidents Bulletin, for theyear 1996, Athens. 3. Bazas T. (1999) Occupational Medicine Subjects in Practice: A manual forcompany physicians and managers. Second edition. Hellenic ManagementAssociation, pp33-48, Athens. 4. Bazas T. (1994) Proposal for the Speciality and Specialisation Trainingin Occupational Medicine. Health Review (Sciences-Technology-Policy); 5(4):237-240, [Athens]. 5. Bazas T. (1981) The OH approach in Greece. Occupational Health, 33 (11):564-566, [UK]. 6. Hellenic Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (1994) [CD-ROMRevised 1999] Handbook of the Occupational Health and Safety Legislation,Athens. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Spotlight on GreeceOn 1 Nov 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

first_imgSeismic reflection surveys were carried out over the Larsen Ice Shelf to examine the extent of the observed sedimentary sequences of the Larsen Basin as suggested by aeromagnetic and gravity data. The surveys were carried out with a small team of six, working from Skidoo motor toboggans and Nansen sledges. Charges of up to 8 kg were fired in hot-water drilled holes up to 9 m deep and 6 sec records made by a 48 channel TI DFS V system with a 4 ms sample interval. By towing a 2.4 km cable behind a Skidoo it was possible to obtain 2.4 km of 24 fold data per day. The reflection data were supplemented by shallow refraction surveys using a 12 channel Nimbus seismograph and by a 12 km expanding spread experiment. The refraction data gave velocities of 1305 ± 20 m s−1 for surface snow and 3154 m s−1 for the top 100 m of shelf ice. The 24 km of reflection data showed high seismic velocities with weak shallow reflectors, characteristics which are quite different from the known basin fill on James Ross Island. It is concluded that the surveys were done outside the basin and that the depth to basement estimates made from the aeromagnetic data do not provide a reliable guide to the extent of the basin.last_img read more