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Society | The Guardian
- Is sitting still slowly killing us? – podcast
Modern lifestyles are increasingly sedentary and inactive, and the public health effects of this are only just starting to show up, says author and Guardian reporter Peter Walker
The past year has seen an unprecedented level of confinement indoors. As national lockdowns forced people to stay inside for their safety another health crisis was slowly developing: a decades-long crisis of inactivity.
The Guardian’s Peter Walker, author of a new book The Miracle Pill tells Anushka Asthana that our increasingly sedentary lifestyles are doing us untold damage. In fact he says, 1.5 billion people around the world are so inactive they are at greater risk of everything from heart disease to diabetes, cancer, arthritis and depression, even dementia. Sedentary living now kills more people than obesity.Continue reading...
- New Zealand announces radical shake-up of health system
District boards scrapped in favour of centralised body to tackle ‘postcode lottery’ and Māori Health Authority established
The New Zealand government has announced radical changes to its health system, including abolishing 20 district health boards in favour of a single national body similar to Britain’s National Health Service. The government is also establishing a national body for indigenous healthcare in an attempt to improve enduring racial inequities in the system.
The changes, announced by the health minister, Andrew Little, on Wednesday morning, will reshape the country’s health system, which has been under stress for some time.Continue reading...
- UK in drive to develop drugs to take at home to ‘stop Covid in its tracks’
Taskforce aims to ‘supercharge’ search for antivirals to roll out as soon as autumn, says government
People with mild Covid-19 could take a pill or capsule at home to prevent the illness turning serious and requiring hospital treatment, under government plans to fast-track development of treatments for the disease.
The government is launching an antivirals taskforce to find at least two drugs by the autumn that people can take to stop coronavirus in its tracks and speed up recovery from it.Continue reading...
- Australian aged care workers relying on spare Covid vaccines and confusing advice, survey finds
Union poll of 254 aged care employees shows 85% have not received first vaccine dose
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- Australia should consider giving more AstraZeneca vaccine to PNG, key Covid adviser says
Huge numbers of Australian aged care workers remain unvaccinated and frustrated by the federal government’s confused, flawed rollout in the sector, a new staff survey suggests.
Aged care workers were initially part of the highest priority stage of the vaccine rollout, phase 1a, and were to be vaccinated on site at their facilities from February.Continue reading...
- Australia should consider giving more AstraZeneca vaccine to PNG, key Covid-19 advisor says
As local production of AstraZeneca ramps up but domestic demand drops, Australia can increase supply to PNG, Jane Halton says
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- Australian aged care workers relying on spare Covid vaccines and confusing advice, survey finds
A key adviser on Australia’s response to Covid-19, Jane Halton, says the Morrison government should give “active consideration” to giving more AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Papua New Guinea, as domestic demand drops.
The World Health Organization warned this week that the situation in PNG was reaching a critical stage, due to continued widespread community transmission, a weak health system, rising hesitancy and limited Covid-19 testing capacity.Continue reading...
- Council breached Care Act duty by failing to offer accommodation within man’s budget, finds watchdogA council breached the Care Act when it failed to offer a man a nursing home within a man’s personal budget, meaning his family wrongly had to top up the remainder of the cost, the Local Government and Social Care…
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- Has Boris Johnson Wasted £2.6m On A Media Briefing Centre He Will Rarely Use?
- Derek Chauvin Found Guilty On All Charges In George Floyd’s Death
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- English Clubs Withdraw From European Super League After Backlash
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Social Care Network | The Guardian
- 'Don’t expect a survivor to tell you her experience of undergoing FGM'
Specialist social workers explain how they support women and girls affected by the practice
When social worker Sam Khalid [not her real name] first began working with women affected by female genital mutilation (FGM), she found there wasn’t much awareness of the brutal practice in the UK.
She was in her first year at university, in 2011, on a placement with a Women’s Aid team. “The service I was placed in was just starting its FGM unit, and I learned about the practice and met and spoke to many survivors,” she says.
This article was amended on 12 December 2018. An earlier version referenced statistics from a recent Guardian article which was taken down after the Guardian was notified of a fundamental error in the official data on which it was based.Continue reading...
- We want to attract the right people with the right values to social care | Caroline Dinenage
New government recruitment campaign will raise the image and profile of the sector
This year we are celebrating the 70th anniversary of our amazing NHS, but we must not forget that adult social care is also marking 70 years. The National Assistance Act 1948 that created many of the core elements of the modern social care system came into effect on the same day as the NHS act.
In the NHS’s birthday month we have heard many stories of the dedicated nurses, doctors and support staff who have been saving and transforming lives across its seven decades. While these staff are rightly seen as the backbone of the NHS, hardworking care workers, nurses, social workers, managers and occupational therapists are, likewise, the foundation of the adult social care sector – and they have been on the same 70-year journey as colleagues in health. They are two sides of the same coin – inseparable and essential to each other.Continue reading...
- The UK project giving refugees another chance at childhood
Young refugees face unspeakable trauma to get here. But a cross-charity initiative is helping them to rebuild their lives
It is hard to be an adult when you feel like you haven’t had the chance to be a child.
This simple statement has stayed with me over the last 12 months of working with young refugees and asylum seekers. Among them, a 17-year-old boy forced to sleep in a railway station for months; and another who witnessed the killing of his brother and father and escaped from his home country in fear of his life.
We can’t take away what they’ve been through, but we can ensure they have something to look forward toContinue reading...
- UN: spend an extra £5tn by 2030 to tackle global 'care crisis'
Report highlights risk of rising inequality against women worldwide
The world economy faces a looming “care crisis” risking further division between men and women across the planet, according to a UN report calling for governments and companies worldwide to spend at least an extra $7tn (£5.3tn) on care by 2030.
Making the case for spending on support for children, old people and the neediest in society to double by the end of the next decade, the UN’s International Labour Organisation (ILO) warned demographic changes alone mean the current path for care funding falls far short of requirements.Continue reading...
- Theresa May got it wrong with her cash boost for the NHS. Here's why
Assessing what the health service needs is essential before giving it more money to meet demand
Four key things were missing from Theresa May’s announcement of extra money for the NHS.
There was no admission that there is an NHS crisis that needs tackling. Or that money is needed now for both the the health service and social care. Without this emergency cash injection, there will be insufficient time and resource to make the necessary preparations to avoid a repeat – or indeed worsening – of last year’s winter crisis in the NHS and social care with the trail of waits, delays, suffering and extra deaths that accompanied it.Continue reading...
- Development Nutshell: round-up (17m) of FP2P posts, w/b 12th April
Links I Liked; How has Covid changed the picture on Aid/Development Jobs?; Beyond political will – how leadership makes a difference on water and sanitation; Does Local Advocacy look different in Fragile/Conflict affected places?
- Development Nutshell: round-up (22m) of FP2P posts, w/b 29th March and 5th April
Book Review: The Plague Cycle; Paths to Shift Power and Imagination in Development; Where have we got to in Understanding Power as the basis for Activism?; Trust, Politics, Exhaustion and Anger: findings on Emergent Agency in a time of Covid; Book Review: The Moral Economy of Elections in Africa; Programming in Chaos.
- Development Nutshell: audio round-up (12m) of FP2P posts, w/b 22nd March
Links I Liked; 'Development': A visual story of shifting power (en ingles y espanhol); Is the UK diverting Covid vaccines from poorer countries?
- Development Nutshell: audio round-up (17m) of FP2P posts, w/b 15th March
Africa's Land Rush - what do we really know? Water Defenders v Big Gold – a real life David and Goliath story with a happy ending; What can we learn from 200 case studies of 'emergent agency in a time of Covid'? What is COVID-19 telling us about leadership?
- Development Nutshell: audio round-up (13m) of FP2P posts, w/b 8th March
Links I Liked; Back to the Old Drawing Board: the power of humour in social change; How a ‘public authority’ lens can help us understand NGOs and INGOs; A historic legal victory for climate justice in France
Opinion | The Guardian
- Steve Bell on Boris Johnson’s super league — cartoon
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- The Guardian view on new climate goals: a destination is not enough | Editorial
Bad decisions are harming the UK’s green credentials. Boris Johnson must get beyond targets if he wants be taken seriously
The starting gun has been fired. With a pledge to cut the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by 78% by 2035 compared with 1990 levels, Boris Johnson’s government has begun the bidding process that will set the scene for the Cop26 climate talks. As Mr Johnson knows, November’s meeting in Glasgow is a chance for the host country and its leaders to shine. And so his government has taken the cue and announced a toughening of existing targets – in line with UK law and following advice from its advisers on the Committee on Climate Change – ahead of a virtual climate summit of 40 world leaders to be hosted by Joe Biden.
In the coming days, countries including the US and Japan are expected to present their nationally determined contributions, or NDCs, as plans to cut emissions over the next decade are known. The world will soon know a good deal more about our prospects of avoiding catastrophic warming of over 1.5C. But distracting as the geopolitical scenario may be, in particular the extraordinary transformation of American climate policy since Donald Trump’s defeat, this is not the time to ease the pressure on Mr Johnson. Instead, it must be drastically ramped up.Continue reading...
- The Guardian view on the French left: dangerously divided and dysfunctional | Editorial
Disillusionment among French progressives could open the door to a Marine Le Pen presidency
It was less than 10 years ago that France last elected a Socialist party president, but it now seems like another age. The unpopular reign of François Hollande, who stood down after one term, was the precursor to an electoral implosion for the party of Jean Jaurès and François Mitterrand. In 2017, as Emmanuel Macron successfully redrew the political map from the centre, the Socialist presidential candidate received a humiliating 6% of the first-round vote. In the subsequent general election, the party’s presence in the National Assembly was reduced to a miserable rump of 30 MPs.
“Things can only get better”, to use a phrase from happier times on the European left. But for French progressives, the danger is that they get even worse. A year out from the next presidential election, every opinion poll points towards another second-round duel between President Macron and Marine Le Pen. Accordingly, last weekend, the fractious forces of the left met to try to agree on a united front. But after inconclusive talks it seems likely that the progressive vote will be split between at least two presidential candidates: Jean-Luc Mélenchon of the radical left party La France Insoumise (France Unbowed), and whoever the Socialist party and the French Greens put forward. A first-round defeat for all concerned would be virtually guaranteed.Continue reading...
- Super League plan is a kick in the teeth for football fans | Letters
This furore proves Labour was right to propose democratic control of football clubs in its 2019 manifesto, writes Mike Stein. Plus, letters from Glyn Ford, Dr Dominic Horne, Anthony Matthew and Steve Smart
Barney Ronay is so right in highlighting that greed is the motivating force behind the plans for a European Super League, and is also at the heart of past and current Conservative politics and economic policy, from Margaret Thatcher to Boris Johnson (Power grab in a pandemic: how absence of fans gave greedy owners their chance, 19 April). It is not surprising that, faced with potentially damaging allegations of sleaze and greed, and upcoming local elections, the government has taken the high moral ground in fighting the plans.
In response, perhaps Labour should remind all football fans: first, of its longstanding plans for democratic control of clubs, contained within its 2019 manifesto under Jeremy Corbyn; second, that these plans were – and still are – strongly opposed by the Conservatives as “illegally” transferring property rights from club owners; and finally, that the NHS and other major public services and utilities that have served us all so well during the pandemic wouldn’t have been created without transfers from private to public ownership.Continue reading...
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- Denmark would be a disastrous model for Scotland | Letter
Susheela Math lays bare how the Danish government targets those of ‘non-western origin’ in a society that’s far from egalitarian
One can only hope that the answer to Ian Jack’s question – “When will Scotland be like Denmark?” – is “never” (An independent Scotland could turn to Denmark for inspiration, 17 April).
The perception that Danish people “pay more tax to live more equally [and] happily” may be common, but in reality how “equally” or “happily” depends on whether the Danes in question are lucky enough to be classified favourably by the Danish government. Denmark has issued artificial categorisations of “background”, with “western” including Australia and New Zealand, and those of “non-western background” including Danish-born descendants.Continue reading...
Learning in the Modern Workplace
- Modern Training Part 2 Online Workshop
- 12 April – 7 May 2021 Modern training is not just about digitising current training events but thinking differently about what is appropriate for today’s workforce. There are two (4 week) workshops so you can take one or the other or both IN ANY ORDER. In the first we focus on creating fundamental training initiatives, […]
- Modern Training Part 1 (Online Workshop)
- 1 – 26 March 2021 Modern training is not just about digitising current training events but thinking differently about what is appropriate for today’s workforce. There are two (4 week) workshops so you can take one or the other or both. In the first we focus on creating fundamental training initiatives, whilst in the second […]
- MWL Benchmarking Survey
- How modern is your organisation’s approach to workplace learning? In this final survey of this section we ask you which of the activities described on the Roles & Responsibilities page you have already implemented, are planning on implementing, or are not yet planning to implement. You can use this survey to benchmark your organisation’s L&D activities […]
- MWL 2021: New roles and responsibilities
- In MWL 2021 Back to Basics we looked at the 3 key strands of work: (1) Promoting continuous self-learning, (2) Supporting continuous learning from the work, and (3) Modern Training. But this will not be the sole responsibility of the L&D function. Learning in the modern workplace is everyone’s responsibility – with overlapping roles – as […]
- Frequency of Learning
- How FREQUENTLY do you learn from each of the 4 D’s of Learning? Please take the survey below which asks how frequently YOU learn from these 14 specified ways?