The shortlisted teams 2005

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. The shortlisted teams 2005On 9 Aug 2005 in Personnel Today After a receiving a record number of entries, the judges have been working hard to produce the 12 category shortlists. In some categories, teams have been highly commended, which shows the depth of quality on show. These teams really are ambassadors of the profession, leading the way with innovative HR projects. Over the next 12 weeks, we will showcase all the teams and their achievements in preparation for the big night on Thursday 24 November… when the winners will be revealedCapgemini Employer Branding AwardShortlisted teams: Getty ImagesCompass GroupUBSVocaJudges: John Smythe and Jerome Reback, founders, Engage for ChangeComputers In Personnel Award for HR CollaborationShortlisted teams: AC NielsenCo-operative Financial ServicesVenturaWilliams LeaJudge: Mark Childs, director, Total Reward Solutions and Outset UKDepartment for Work and Pensions Age Positive at Work AwardShortlisted teams: Bradford Metropolitan District CouncilLand RegistryNational Maritime MuseumSt Helens CouncilJudge: Sam Mercer, director, Employers Forum on AgeFujitsu and Baxter Neumann Award for Excellence in Outsourcing and Shared ServicesShortlisted teams: The AABTRoyal Bank of ScotlandVertexJudge: Paul Pagliari, senior HR director, Immigration and Nationality DirectorateGraduate Prospects Award for Excellence in Graduate RecruitmentShortlisted teams: ArupCabinet OfficeCentricaDeloitteJudge: Carl Gilleard, chief executive, Association of Graduate RecruitersHammonds HR Director of the Year AwardShortlisted individuals: Mary Canavan, British LibraryLesley Cotton, Holmes Place Health ClubsSally Jacobson, London and Quadrant Housing GroupAngela O’Connor, Crown Prosecution ServiceJudge: William Gibbon, executive director of HR, Barclays Africa and Middle EastHays Human Resources Award for Innovation in Recruitment and RetentionShortlisted teams: Asda StoresGamestationHayley Conference CentresMatalan RetailJudge: Simon Howard, chairman, Work CommunicationsIntellect Award for Innovation in Career DevelopmentShortlisted teams: Fujitsu ServicesHBOS General InsuranceIdeal StandardNational Probation DirectorateJudge: Ruth Spellman, chief executive, Investors in PeopleNorthgate HR Award for Best HR Strategy in Line with BusinessShortlisted teams: Camelot GroupCompass GroupLeasePlan UKReutersHighly commended: Standard Chartered Bank Judge: Kevin Green, people and organisational development director, Royal Mail Letters OperationsPMI Health Group Award for Managing Health at WorkShortlisted teams: GlaxoSmithKlineGrimsby Institute of Further & Higher EducationHighlands & Islands EnterpriseSomerset County CouncilHighly commended: SiemensFirstAssistJudge: Bashyr Aziz, senior lecturer, University of Wolverhampton School of HealthSnowdrop Systems Award for Excellence in HR through TechnologyShortlisted teams: Cabinet OfficeMaybourne GroupTryton FoodsUBS Highly commended: AstraZenecaJudge: Margaret Smith, chief executive, CIO ConnectXchanging Award for Excellence in TrainingShortlisted teams: BBCBroadway Homelessness and SupportCrown Prosecution ServiceTube LinesJudge: Sarah Jones, chief executive, Ufi/Learndirect Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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Novatek and partners take FID on $21.3bn Arctic LNG 2 project

first_imgLocated in northern Siberia, the Arctic LNG 2 project will comprise a 19.8mtpa LNG plant and the development of the Utrenneye onshore gas and condensate field FID taken by Novatek and its partners on the Arctic LNG 2 project (Credit: Pixabay) Novatek and its partners have approved the final investment decision (FID) for the Arctic LNG 2 project, to be developed with an estimated cost of $21.3bn (£17.28bn) in northern Siberia, Russia.The Arctic LNG 2 project consists of a natural gas liquefaction plant to be built on the Gydan Peninsula in the Russian Arctic region, and the development of the Utrenneye field. The feedstock for the Arctic LNG 2 project will come from the Utrenneye onshore gas and condensate field, which is estimated to hold more than seven billion boe of resources.Through its three liquefaction plants, the Russian LNG project will have an overall production capacity of 19.8 million tons per annum (mtpa).Each of the LNG trains will have a capacity of 6.6mtpa, and will be installed on concrete gravity based structures (GBS). The first of the trains is scheduled to be commissioned in 2023, while the second and third trains are likely to begin operations in 2024 and 2026, respectively.Novatek management board chairman Leonid Mikhelson said: “Today, we have taken another step forward in our goal to become one of the largest LNG producers in the world by approving the final investment decision on our second large-scale LNG project – Arctic LNG 2.“We are confident that the accumulated construction experience, state-of-the-art technologies, proven logistics solutions and partnerships with best-in-class international companies will ensure the effective implementation of our new LNG project.”A consortium made up of TechnipFMC, Saipem, and Nipigas (Russia) will handle the engineering, procurement and construction of the LNG plant. On the other hand, design and construction of GBS will be executed by SAREN, a joint-venture of RHI Russia and Saipem.Novatek said that drilling of production wells and construction of the production infrastructure for the Utrenneye field are in progress.Stakeholders in the Arctic LNG 2 projectNovatek is the operator of the Arctic LNG 2 project with 60% stake, and is partnered by Total (10%), CNPC (10%), CNOOC (10%) and the Japan Arctic LNG – a consortium of Mitsui & Co and JOGMEC (10%).Total, which holds a stake of 19.4% in Novatek, will have an aggregated economic interest of 21.6% in the Russian LNG project.All the participants will be entitled to long-term LNG offtake from the Arctic LNG 2 project in proportion to their respective stakes.Total chairman and CEO Patrick Pouyanné said: “Arctic LNG 2 will leverage the success of the Yamal LNG project and will deliver competitive LNG to the markets in four years’ time.“Arctic LNG 2 adds to our growing portfolio of competitive LNG developments based on giant low cost resources primarily intended for the fast growing Asian markets.”last_img read more

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PODCAST: Rising Atlanta Outfit Voodoo Visionary, Brock Butler Of P. Groove Join Inside Out

first_imgYou can listen to Voodoo Visionary’s Off The Ground via Spotify. The band is currently on tour throughout the rest of the summer, with shows in New York City, Burlington, Buffalo, and more. For tour dates, check out the band’s website at VoodooVisionary.com.As for Seth and Turner’s upcoming live podcast recording, “A Night of Music, Podcast, and Philanthropy,” in addition to performances by Voodoo Funk and DJ Logic, the evening will also feature an industry profile of Steve Lopez, the tour manager of Widespread Panic who is also responsible for artist relations at Bonnaroo and more. There will be an auction hosted by Seth featuring festival and concert tickets, artist merch, show memorabilia, gift cards, and more, with the proceeds benefitting We’re Hear For You—a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the awareness of noise-induced hearing loss, hearing-loss prevention, and the use of earplugs among the music community. With the auction and various games raising money for the charity, this marks the beginning of a series that Inside Out w/ Turner and Seth will continue to grow in the future. Listen in to for more details with regards to the City Winery sessions.Upcoming episodes of Inside Out w/ Turner & Seth will feature interviews with Phish’s Jon Fishman, Marcus King, The Main Squeeze, and many more. Stay tuned!**For more Inside Out With Turner And Seth episodes, head to their SoundCloud, iTunes, or Stitcher page. You can also email the podcast producers here to submit feedback which may be incorporated into future episodes!**[Josh Thane is a music engineer at Wonderdog Sound Studios and edits all Inside Out podcasts.]You can check out past episodes of Live For Live Music Presents: Inside Out with Turner and Seth podcast below:The Zipper Club Brings Their Punk Universe To Shaky Knees FestivalJen Hartswick Recounts Her Pinky Swear With Christian McBride, A Fateful Call From TreyDirty Heads Frontman Jared Watson Talks Weed, Colors, Addiction, And MoreWidespread Panic’s John “JoJo” Hermann Tells Studio Stories And MoreJason Crosby Talks Impromptu Performances With Prince And Bruce SpringsteenCol. Bruce Hampton Discusses Upcoming Star-Studded 70th Birthday BlowoutLos Lobos’ Steve Berlin Goes Back To His RootsBig Gigantic’s Dominic Lalli And Jeremy Salken Discuss Their Careers In EDMBenny Bloom & Tom Hamilton Get Us Excited For Fool’s ParadiseAl Schnier & Jim Loughlin Talk All Things moe.Umphrey’s McGee Engineer Chris Mitchell Discusses How He Captures The Band’s Unique SoundChris Kuroda Talks Evolution From Early Phish To MSGBrendan Bayliss Talks New Umphrey’s McGee Album, Career HighlightsJefferson Waful Talks Umphrey’s, Collaborating With Chris KurodaUM’s Brendan Bayliss Talks Band Origins, Meeting Steve Miller & More In their latest Inside Out podcast, Turner and Seth spoke to Brock Butler of Perpetual Groove as well as up-and-coming Atlanta funk act Voodoo Visionary, which is made up of Dennis Dowd (keys), Jimmy Lynch (bass), Scott MacDonald (vocals), Mac Schmitz (drums), and Mike Wilson (guitar). Turner and Seth also made a big announcement during this week’s show. The duo will host a series of live podcasts at Atlanta’s City Winery, featuring what is being dubbed as “A Night of Music, Podcast, and Philanthropy.” On September 19th, the duo will host DJ Logic, along with headliners Voodoo Visionary (the subjects of this week’s podcast).When guitarist and frontman Brock Butler of Perpetual Groove called into the show this week, Turner and Seth spoke with the guitarist about what the future holds for P. Groove. With all four members back in the saddle and healthy and ready to ride, Butler talks about Perpetual Groove’s upcoming run in the Northeast, the potential return of the group’s own Amberland Festival, and the group’s new album on the way in addition to the guitarist’s own successful comeback to the music scene, his own personal trials and tribulations.L4LM’s Official Guide To Phish Baker’s Dozen Late NightsAs part of their upcoming tour, P. Groove will play a special late-night performance at BB King Blues Club in New York City after Phish performs at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, July 29th. With regards to the Phish Baker’s Dozen late-night on Saturday, July 29th at BB King Blues Club, “It won’t be a power ballad set. [laughs] The setlist will see Matt start with the framework, and once we get to the location, everyone will vibe on the room, and we’ll add audibles depending on how things go, and who we are talking to. Being in New York, there are a few songs that we think would be appropriate, thematically. I would expect us, mentally and song selection-wise, to bring a high-energy set. We are well aware that people [after Phish at MSG] will be ready for that.”Phishin’ With Perpetual Groove: On Slow Jams, Big Cypress, And Inevitable Gear MalfunctionAs the podcast moves into the formal interview portion of the program, we are introduced to up and coming Atlanta funk quintet Voodoo Visionary, which synthesizes elements of funk, jazz, disco, and rock ‘n’ roll into their unique improvisational sound. The band released their debut album, Spirit of the Groove, in March 2015, and has just released their sophomore album, Off The Ground. During their interview, the members of Voodoo Visionary talk about their origins as a band, working with different artists, and how quickly their quintet can grow to eight or twelve people at a live show. Scott, explains, “Whenever we have new vocalists come in, I am always learning. I want to learn how to sing back up and engage a higher harmony. That’s my favorite thing, and trying to figure out what we [as a band] are getting at. These guys are always saying, ‘We’re going to have this person, or that person come in and play with us.’”last_img read more

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Celebrating the Many Faces of Customer Experience

first_imgIn Hopkinton, Howard Elias, President, Dell Services and Digital, shared his perspective on how providing a great customer experience is critical to helping our customers accelerate their digital transformations. In addition, special guest Tedy Bruschi talked about the importance of culture within a winning team. And he should know…he played all 13 seasons of his NFL career with the New England Patriots and has three Super Bowl Championship rings to prove the value of teamwork in providing the ultimate fan experience! You can get a glimpse into some of my favorite highlights from this year’s CX Day activities in the pictures below. We’re living in the “Age of the Customer,” a time when the customer experience is overtaking price and product as a company’s key brand differentiator. In fact, it’s been estimated that 85% of a customer’s decision to purchase is based solely on their current and previous customer experience!At Dell Technologies, we’ve always known our customers expect more than industry-leading solutions and services when they partner with us. They also expect an industry-leading experience and relationship that helps accelerate their business. It’s this value-driven relationship that has quickly become the ultimate prize for companies large and small – and you can’t have great relationships without great people.That’s why we take time each year on Customer Experience Day (CX Day) to celebrate our team members who are making it real for our customers every day. And I’m not just talking about our incredible sales teams who are on the front line with customers. I’m also talking about teams including delivery, operations, manufacturing, IT, legal, finance, marketing, and so many more. Teams that are often behind the scenes, but critical to ensuring our customers have a seamless experience with our solutions and business processes.Put simply, every connection counts!This year at Dell Technologies, we’re celebrating CX Day in more than 80 sites in 20 countries across six continents. While festivities will roll on through mid-October, our largest events took place last week in Round Rock, Texas and Hopkinton, Mass.In Round Rock, I was joined by chairman and CEO Michael Dell for a discussion on our customer-first culture, which is how we know we’ll win today and in the future. We were also joined by Olympic champion, author and philanthropist Lindsey Vonn, who shared her perspectives on perseverance and grit – including how she is working to instill these traits in young girls through the Lindsey Vonn Foundation. Empowering future generations is something I’m particularly passionate about, and turns out many of our customers share this passion, too. In fact, we’ve found our commitment to social impact adds another dimension to the customer experience by cultivating deep customer relationships – and better yet, the more we partner, the more impact we can create.  As we celebrate #DayoftheGirl this week, we encourage more strong voices to inspire future leaders and drive positive change.center_img If you also celebrated CX Day this year, I hope you came away as inspired as I was about the role each of us plays in enabling our customers’ missions and work. Our customers are changing the world, and at Dell Technologies, we couldn’t be prouder to be a trusted partner on their journey.last_img read more

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Central Vermont Public Service Schedules Third Quarter Earnings Release

first_imgCentral Vermont Public Service Schedules Third Quarter Earnings Release and Conference Call/Webcast RUTLAND, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Central Vermont Public Service (NYSE:CV) will release its third quarter earnings before the stock market opens on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008.The company will host a conference call and webcast on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008, beginning at 2 p.m. EST. At that time, CVPS President and CEO Robert Young will discuss recent corporate developments, and the company’s strategic outlook. Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Pamela Keefe will present third quarter financial results.Interested parties may listen to the conference call live on the Internet by selecting the “Q3 2008 Central Vermont Public Service Earnings Conference Call” link on the main investor relations page on the CVPS website www.cvps.com(link is external). An audio archive of the call will be available at approximately 2 p.m. EST at the same location or by dialing 1-888-286-8010 and entering passcode 95400258.CVPS is Vermont’s largest electric utility, serving more than 159,000 customers statewide. CVPS’s non-regulated subsidiary, Catamount Resources Corporation, sells and rents electric water heaters through a subsidiary, SmartEnergy Water Heating Services.last_img read more

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Online CLE registration now available

first_img July 1, 2003 Regular News It just got easier to register for the Bar’s continuing legal education courses.Just log on to www.flabar.org, click on the “Storefront” link on the navigation bar on the left, find the course you want to take, fill out the electronic registration form, and use your Visa or MasterCard to pay for it.“This gives our members 24-hour-a-day access to sign up for Bar CLE courses and can be done now with just a few clicks on the computer,” said Mike Tartaglia, director of the Bar’s CLE operations. “This is just another step in our efforts to make it easier for our members to stay current on changes in the practice of law and meet their CLE requirements.”Members also may now order Bar CLE books and CLE audio/video tapes online as well.Tartaglia said the Bar’s CLE program provides an ongoing series of educational courses at the basic, intermediate, and advanced levels to keep members up-to-date with the law and the practice of law. Because so many members participate in CLE, it has grown to be the largest single program of The Florida Bar, with some 80 different CLE programs offered 400 times each year.“The new online CLE registration is an alternative to the paper course registrations members have been accustomed to for years,” Tartaglia said.Chris Pollan, the project manager for the Bar’s online CLE registration project, said the online CLE calendar contains listings of live and video presentations, is updated regularly, and is searchable by course title, city, date, sponsor, course number, or topic.“You can type in that you want something in Miami that has tax in the title and hit the search button and it will return a list of all the courses the Bar is offering in Miami that deal with tax issues,” Pollan said. “Once you have the list of courses, you can click on the ones that interest you and that will bring up the full course brochure.”Pollan said to register for a course, lawyers will have to provide their Bar number, date of birth, and the year they became a Bar member. This information is needed to register on the Bar’s storefront, and only has to be done once. Once registered members will come back and put in their username(which is their bar number) and whatever password they have selected. He said the online system is set up to calculate all the costs, even automatically applying section member discounts.The site also will provide links to the hotels or conference centers at which the courses will be held, as well as directions to the facilities and contact phone numbers.Tartaglia said Bar CLE seminar presentations can be found in all of Florida’s major cities, including Pensacola, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Sarasota, Ft. Myers, Ft. Lauderdale, and Miami. Online CLE registration now availablecenter_img Online CLE registration now available last_img read more

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Cops: Man Dies After Crashing into Huntington House

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 49-year-old Syosset man died Friday night after his car left the road and slammed into a house in Huntington, Suffolk County police said.James A. Spillane was driving a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder west on Woodhull Road at 11:38 p.m., when the vehicle veered to the left, traveled across a lawn and crashed into the northeast corner of the house, police said.Spillane was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. A preliminary investigation by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office indicated that Spillane may have suffered a medical emergency prior to leaving the road. Police did not elaborate.The crash caused minor damage to the house, police said. None of the residents was injured.The Pathfinder was impounded for a safety check. Detectives ask anyone with information on the crash to call the Second Squad at 631-854-8252.last_img read more

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Uksnøy inks deal with HydroWave for green power solution

first_imgNorway-based owner and offshore vessels provider Uksnøy & Co has signed a contract with HydroWave for the supply of hybrid wave-powered system for use with ships and offshore installations.The contract represents the first commercial order for the hybrid wave energy and batteries system, based on patented Havkraft Wave Energy Converter (H-WEC) technology, according to Sogn Industri, one of the owners of the HydroWave company.The system, known as Powership, has been designed as an add on hybrid solution for ships and offshore installations to reduce usage of diesel fuels and to reduce CO2 emissions, according to HydroWave.Geir Arne Solheim, HydroWave’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “The technology addresses the emissions and the high costs related to diesel fuels in offshore operations. With this solution we can target all diesel engines. Either directly attached to boats and platforms, or indirectly through high speed charging or even hydrogen fuel for fuel cells. We are planning our first installations now, and there are almost no limits to how many projects we can start up with clients worldwide.”HydroWave is a company specializing in deliveries of complete wave power systems to clients worldwide, using the technology developed by Norwegian wave energy company Havkraft.Havkraft’s H-WEC is a module based and scalable technology that works when the waves striking the vessel cause the water levels in the chambers to rise, creating an increase in air pressure which in turn drives the turbines that generates electricity.Aside from Havkraft, and Sogn Industri, other owners of HydroWave include Frequency AS, Aveja, Lutelandet Invest, KOJ Holding, Kjelda Holding and Klaus Edlers Services.last_img read more

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Down syndrome screening could eliminate a group of people, says mum

first_imgStuff co.nz 20 June 2015OPINION: Upon delivering my first child 11 years ago, I heard the words “Down syndrome”, and my world collapsed. Visions of children sitting passively in a corner watching life go by, not participating, kept me awake those first nights as a mum.It didn’t take me long, though, to figure out that my ideas were based on negative, outdated information that had nothing to do with the reality of life with Down syndrome today.My daughter April is an active, outgoing girl. She’s my nature child, wildly passionate about anything with four legs. Although April uses few words, she’s a master communicator. Through her, I’ve learned that Down syndrome is not the scary, terrible condition it’s made out to be.But while governments (rightly) ban gender selection, selective abortion continues to be encouraged for children with Down syndrome. In the United States and abroad, screenings are a routine part of healthcare programmes, and the result is the near-elimination of these children.When pregnant with my daughter Hazel, tests showed she, too, would be born with Down syndrome. I was shocked when an acquaintance asked me why I did not choose abortion – as if she were a mistake that could be easily erased.Although my personal prejudices have radically changed since the birth of my first daughter with Down syndrome, I realised that negative attitudes about the condition remain deeply rooted.To many, my children and their cohort are examples of avoidable human suffering, as well as a financial burden. Knowing that individuals look at my daughters this way hurts, but seeing governments and medical professionals worldwide reinforce these prejudices by promoting selection is horrendous.Denmark was the first European country to introduce routine screening for Down syndrome in 2006 as a public healthcare programme. France, Switzerland and other European countries soon followed. (For information on screening practices in New Zealand, click here).The unspoken but obvious message is that Down syndrome is something so unworthy that we would not want to wish it for our children or society.With the level of screening among pregnant Danish women as high as 90 per cent, the Copenhagen Post reported in 2011 that Denmark “could be a country without a single citizen with Down syndrome in the not too distant future”.In 2011, the newest feat in prenatal testing was introduced: the NIPT (Non Invasive Prenatal Test). This DNA test can, with reasonable accuracy, detect Down syndrome in early pregnancy from a single drop of blood taken from the mother. Hailed by medical professionals as the holy grail in prenatal testing, the NIPT has quickly spread across the globe.Recent research in Britain indicates that introducing the NIPT leads to a higher uptake of screening. With termination rates varying around the world from about 67 per cent in the United States to an average of 92 per cent in Europe, this will promote even more intensive de-selection of foetuses with Down syndrome, which in turn will negatively affect their position in society.I don’t judge the women who make the choice to terminate. It must be hard to withstand the bias of medical professionals, people you trust most with your health and wellbeing, when you’re pregnant and vulnerable.A 2013 study reports that parents are 2.5 times more likely to have a negative experience on receiving the initial Down syndrome diagnosis than to have a positive one. One in four participants said they had been encouraged by a medical professional to abort, and many received inadequate information and little compassion.With DNA tests popularly referred to as the “Down test,” the primary aim of testing needs no further explanation.I detest the fear that is cultivated by medical professionals, the medical industry and politicians about giving birth to a child with Down syndrome. Down syndrome does not cause human suffering.The real danger lies in voices that claim our children need to be tested before we can decide who is worthy of life. Women are not incubators of socially preferable descendants.As a mum, former president of a Down syndrome society and spokesperson for Downpride, a grass-roots parent group, I find most people with Down syndrome possess an enormous zest for life, making them very pleasant company, and there are many firsthand accounts describing the ability of people with Down syndrome to bring simplicity and openness to communities. But these aspects of the condition remain understudied.One 2011 study did show that the brothers and sisters of people with Down syndrome overwhelmingly feel love and pride toward their siblings; participants also credited having a sibling with Down syndrome with enhancing their lives and increasing their empathy.Nevertheless, like other European governments, the Netherlands is currently considering permanently including the NIPT, primarily aimed at Down syndrome, in its prenatal screening programme.An American-European-Canadian study on DNA screening for Down syndrome was published in the New England Journal of Medicine this year.Dick Oepkes, chairman of the Dutch NIPT consortium, called results “positive,” stating in a recent interview: “Surveys show women experience waiting for test results arduous. Offering the DNA test as a first step will allow women who consider terminating the pregnancy to make their choice before they have felt the foetus move.”The irony is that for a baby with Down syndrome born today, the outlook has never been better. Medical and social advances have radically changed what it means to live with Down syndrome.Most people with Down syndrome are included in schools and communities. They live healthier, longer lives, and many adults live independently, have jobs and enjoy a rich social life. In 2013 a young woman with Down syndrome became Spain’s first councillor.One study showed that the majority of people with Down syndrome report being happy and fulfilled, regardless of their functional skills.This is why Downpride is calling on the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to stop systematic screening for Down syndrome as part of public-health programmes and to regulate the introduction of prenatal genetic testing – testing should be used to enhance health and human wellbeing instead of discriminating against people based on their genetic predisposition.Screening and selection say nothing about the inherent worth of people with Down syndrome. They say everything about the elevation of the capacity for economic achievement above other human traits.My children are fascinating, demanding, delightful, present, annoying, dependent, loving, cuddly, different, unpredictable and completely human, just like other children. They are not a mistake, a burden or a reflection of my “personal choice,” but an integral part of society.If we allow our governments to set up health programmes that result in the systematic elimination of a group of people quite happy being themselves, under the false pretense of women’s rights, than that is a personal choice – one we have to face honestly.http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/well-good/teach-me/69538691/down-syndrome-screening-could-eliminate-a-group-of-people-says-mumlast_img read more

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Amazon Warriors face Barbados Tridents today in crucial CPL encounter

first_img… We must play good, smart cricket in each department, says Harper THE Guyana Amazon Warriors cricketers have been told they must play good and smart cricket if they are to win the remainder of their preliminary encounters of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 tournament.That is the clear message from head coach Roger Harper who, despite an ordinary performance, is backing his players to come good in the remaining games.The Warriors will play Barbados Tridents from 18:00hrs today in a must-win game in order to stand a chance of qualifying for the playoffs.But that game is not the only one the Warriors’ must win, they play the Jamaica Tallawahs on Friday in another must-win encounter.“We know the importance of the game coming up against the Tridents (Barbados), we are in a situation where it’s a game we have to win, but to do that we know we have to follow the process, and play good cricket, and make sure we play good cricket in each department, and also play smart cricket, and once we play as well as we are capable of playing, we think we have a good chance,” Harper, the former West Indies off-spinner said.The manner in which the Warriors executed this season provided a harsh reality check for those who thought that the Warriors might even be considered one of the favourites.They are far from that, but there are enough match-winners capable of taking them into the unknown as long as they don’t crawl back into their shells.The Warriors have blown hot and cold throughout the tournament, and haven’t looked sharp, at least for the first six games. They, however, rebounded nicely, winning their last two encounters at home by commanding margins.Their bowling is still their strongest suit, despite the batting seems to be hitting peak form at the right time, but the loss of skipper Martin Guptill could be major for the two-time CPL finalists.Guptill has returned home due to an ‘important family health matter. Retired New Zealand batsman Luke Ronchi has been roped in as Guptill’s replacement.Guptill’s absence could see major changes to the playing eleven in the next two games, a decision, Harper said, will depend on the conditions and how they perceive the opposition.“Those are decision we will make relative to the conditions we face, and how we perceive the opposition, and the sort of bowling attack the opposition will present, and challenge us with … then we will decide on our approach, but the important thing for us is to go out there with a positive frame of mind, the belief; and out there play the sort of cricket the Amazon Warriors are capable of playing,” Harper revealed.last_img read more

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