Videotron Business is helping businesses in the midst of a pandemic by offering them its new Radius bracelet, which helps ensure that physical distancing is respected in the workplace.
Since Wednesday, the Radius bracelet can be ordered by companies. Designed and manufactured in its entirety in Quebec, it warns its user when the rules of distancing are not respected. The bracelet vibrates and emits light beams if there is a violation of the rules issued by public health.
“Each bracelet records interactions too close and using an anonymous identifier,” said Videotron Business, Wednesday, in a press release.
Out of concern for confidentiality, only the company knows who is wearing each bracelet and Videotron Business does not have access to the data.
If a Radius wristband user tests positive for COVID-19, the company can then identify which colleagues have been in contact with them and put in place the necessary measures to prevent the spread of the disease.
“This logging of contacts respects the privacy of employees, not proceeding with geolocation data or with privileged information”, it was indicated.
“Quebec businesses have had to adapt quickly to the new realities we are currently experiencing. At Videotron Business, we are aware of the challenges that businesses face on a daily basis. The Radius bracelet is an ethical product which precisely aims to help companies juggle all the new health measures they must put in place. Whether you are a small and medium-sized business (SME) or even a large business, this product will adapt to all realities to protect your employees and your customers, ”said Jean Novak, President of Videotron Business.
A flexible public administration where state officials do not always do the same thing. This is the vision of the Minister for Administrative Modernization for the future. Alexandra Leitão will meet this Wednesday at the opening of the Public Administration Congress, a congress that only takes place every two years and that this year is dedicated to the theme of “emerging competences”.
Speaking to TSF, Minister Alexandra Leitão underlined the importance of flexibility in the civil service. “Emerging competences are those that allow the public administration the flexibility it needs to have to respond to the changes that society imposes on it”, he analyzed.
In Alexandra Leitão’s perspective, the civil service must be an example of adaptation in the responses to the reality that presents itself. “A public administration worker cannot always do the same thing; today it is urgent to do one thing and tomorrow it is urgent to do another. This flexibility is what you need to do at every moment, and nothing like what is happening this year He showed us how necessary it is, suddenly, to send students home, send workers home, take citizen cards online … This is the big message we have to send. “
The minister recognizes, however, that this flexibility and the new digital competences are not easy to apply in an aging public administration: “It is true that people who are older or more tired may have more difficulties, but it is also true that many times it’s unfair to say that they don’t have that ability and even that taste. “
However, for Alexandra Leitão, age does not have to be seen as a barrier. “Without prejudice to the strong objective that we have for rejuvenation – in the Stabilization Program, we have the one-to-one rule when it comes to senior public administration technicians – I think it is also important to say that we are all able to adapt, so we have the necessary training and education. “
The national congress dedicated to public administration will discuss the challenges inherent to State services. The initiative lasts for three days and takes place mostly online.
The concession company Metro Línea 1 SAS is preparing to start works in the capital. This company is in charge of designing, building, operating and maintaining the first line of the Bogotá Metro and It will begin with the construction of the Bosa workshop patio and the depressed one on Calle 72.
To carry out this megaproject, jobs have been opened that are available for engineers of different specialties, operators and administrative personnel.
In general, the majority of workers will be nationals, although it is expected that foreign professionals will also arrive in the three construction phases, mainly from China, but also from Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Brazil and the United States.
Distribution of total and foreign workers in the three stipulated construction phases.
Courtesy: Metro de Bogotá
Each process will require different profiles, so it is important that you be aware of the official website of the concessionaire, the recruitment platforms of the universities and the offers that the company publishes on the LinkedIn network.
Likewise, depending on the stage, some of the required specialties will change.
“We start with geology and civil engineering, then come construction processes and electrical and mechanical assemblies, while towards the end, experts in control networks, communications and general electronics predominate.l “, the company told EL TIEMPO.
Available places and how to apply
At this time, there are 19 open hiring processes, among which are places for:
In any case, as EL TIEMPO learned, the number of vacancies will increase in the following months and it is expected that, in total, the search processes for local talent that will open, between the remainder of the year and 2021, will be 80.
“Fakt” writes about the changes, referring to the draft changes in the labor code by the family ministry. The draft itself has not yet been published on government sites.
As the newspaper writes, those who submit such a request to the employer will be able to work remotely. For example, this right will be available to parents of children under 3 years of age. In exceptional cases, the employer himself can send to work remotely – this applies to emergencies and epidemics.
Conditions for remote work. “It is the employer’s responsibility to provide them”
In addition, remote work will be for those who have suitable premises for it, although – as “Fakt” writes – the draft amendment does not specify what it should be understood by. The draft also does not specify whether employees can count on compensation, e.g. for electricity used for work.
It is known, however, that the employer will be able to carry out checks at the employee’s home. However, here the employer’s possibilities will not be unlimited. The employer may not make unannounced checks for which the employee has not previously agreed. Moreover, such an inspection will be allowed only during working hours and only in those places indicated by the employee.
From the union sector they slide that there is an internal conflict in one of the chambers, and that the Government decided to intervene in this matter. At the same time, they defended Cavalieri’s intention to close an agreement as soon as possible, although they stressed that the Federation will abide by the conciliation and there will be no force measures. “Cavalieri does nothing but consults with the Federation’s national secretariat and the Capital Trade affiliate. He will comply to continue the negotiation “, said the sources consulted by Ambit.
“There were subsidiaries that have already started to agitate the strike, but Cavalieri is a man of dialogue. In joint ventures we are never going to strike The important thing is the dialogue, especially in the conditions that the country has today. We understand that there are companies that are in a difficult situation, but we also know that workers must receive a salary recomposition “they argued.
As this newspaper advanced last week, Cavalieri reached a preliminary agreement with the CAC and Udeca around a $ 5,000 bonus as the only parity adjustment in an area more marked by the closure of stores and the loss of jobs. The union even reported the signing of an understanding on this line until next March, but the CAME denied it.
Until last week the engineering of the increase confirmed that between April, when the parity 2019 expired, and September, when the first payment of the bond would govern, there will be a “Wage black hole” that this newspaper anticipated for this segment and for metallurgical workers, also badly hit by the economic crisis left by the pandemic.
The couple enjoyed life and made plans for the future. Photo: social networks
The details of a terrible accident that claimed the lives of young spouses and their young children have become known. Let us remind you that everything happened late in the evening in the Beloretsk region of Bashkiria. There, at about 11 pm, on the 151st kilometer of the Ufa-Inzer-Beloretsk highway, the Volkswagen Polo car collided with an oncoming Man truck, after which the mangled foreign car was thrown into a ditch. Everyone who was in the cabin of a foreign car was instantly killed.
According to eyewitnesses of the accident, it was raining heavily that evening. The road was very wet and slippery, so the Volkswagen driver simply lost control of the bend, and therefore flew into the oncoming lane. The driver did not go for any overtaking, risking his family’s life.
A pile of twisted iron remained from the foreign car. Photo: Regional State Traffic Inspectorate
– It was a fatal accident. A passenger car skidded into the rain on a bend and drifted into the oncoming lane. The truck driver didn’t even have time to react. Now he is in severe shock and is waiting for a tow truck, – said a friend of the truck driver “Man”.
– Last night, we saw this family at a gas station, the girl managed to ride a scooter. Mom and son were standing next to them. When calculating, I wished them a good journey. So nice, polite, smiling. And now I came home from work, looked at the phone … Oh my god …. Before my eyes is a girl on a scooter, a doll! It was not night … Evening … They were already practically at home. We were the last ones who saw them and who took them on the road – gas station worker Almira G., who spoke with her family shortly before the accident, cannot hold back her tears.
According to the regional State Traffic Inspectorate, police officers, an ambulance and other emergency services worked at the scene. On the fact of the fatal road accident, proceedings have begun.
The truck driver is still in severe shock. Photo: Regional State Traffic Inspectorate
The head of the Beloretsk region, Andrei Ivanyuta, also commented on the tragedy and expressed condolences to the relatives of the deceased family.
– The Ufa-Inzer-Beloretsk highway does not forgive mistakes. Even a slight speeding can turn into a terrible tragedy. Now, in the off-season, this road becomes especially dangerous. On the passes, the road, wet from rains, will begin to freeze, and drivers will need to drive cars very carefully, – the head of the district addressed the drivers.
“GIFTS ALL OVER THE ROAD LAYED LATER”
As it became known later, a whole family died in a broken foreign car – young spouses from Beloretsk Vlad and Nina I., as well as their little children of three and five years old. All of them received injuries incompatible with life and died on the spot before the arrival of doctors. Friends and relatives speak of the dead as kind and sympathetic people who enjoyed life, made plans for the future and loved each other very much, treasured their family.
As the father of the deceased 27-year-old woman said, the wife and children were returning home from Ufa, where they went to meet the head of the family.
The children missed their father, who worked in Moscow. Photo: social networks
– Vlad flew in from Moscow, he worked there, and the children were terribly bored, they were looking forward to dad. He brought them gifts, he wanted to please the children. These gifts all along the road then lay … – the man cannot hold back his tears.
Gifts bought for children were scattered all over the road
– Lord, these are our neighbors. Children grew up before our eyes. How could this happen? What a grief! Children are crumbs at all! – Svetlana N., a neighbor of the deceased family, grieves.
– Timosha, such a good, well-mannered boy, went to my group in a manger. The parents are so nice, nice. May the earth rest in peace for you, – laments the teacher of the deceased boy Alia D.
The driver’s wife who died was only 27 years old. Photo: social networks
– Sincere condolences to family and friends. A terrible tragedy that does not fit in my head. People, traffic rules are written in blood, follow them, please. After all, there is nothing to fix such a tragedy. Strength and patience to loved ones. Hold on, – regrets Nadia M.
KP-Ufa expresses its sincere condolences to the relatives of the deceased family.
“In terms of gender, 61% of women and 53.2% of men have seen their working hours increased, respectively,” the study describes.
Another of the main consequences adopted on behalf of COVID-19 was the transfer of the work tasks to homes, what which impacted their daily life and implied the reconciliation of them, the report concludes.
In what has to do with digital media, they became the main working tool during the crisis. 51.8% of those surveyed (57.5% women and 45% men) recognize who use digital media for more than 8 hours a day in this ‘new normal’.
“This meant, in turn, that the internet has become an important enabler to guarantee the productivity of human talent. However, 44% of those surveyed said they had poor internet quality problems ”, he concludes the study denominated ‘Survey of Conciliation of Work and Personal Life’, published by Andi and Mintrabajo.
The study was conducted with a sample of 8,670 people (one of the largest in Colombia) of 277 companies (42% from the manufacturing industry, 15% from the information and communications sector and 11% from commerce), mainly from Bogotá (40%), Antioquia (25.2%) and Valle del Cauca (10%) .
Another important finding is that income was reduced during the pandemic for 32% of respondents; 46% assured that their expenses increased with work at home.
“This meant the search for other economic activities in 17% of those surveyed. There, the development of sales of products or food through social networks and domicile (71%), sales of services (8%) through social networks and at home, and family businesses (6%), ”the report adds.
Teleworking in Colombia: how to do it better?
Regarding cyber security, these are some recommendations:
Protect documents with password
Companies can strengthen the exchange of information with encryption of documents or the generation of files with passwords in which only the sender and receiver know the keys.
“In this way, in the event that the file is lost, it will not be so easy to violate it,” says Jesús Heriberto Martínez, Professional Services Business Director of OlimpiaIT.
Digital signature of documents
Public and private companies need to sign documents and to avoid travel they can do it easily with solutions on the web, as is the case of www.firmamos.com, which allow their dematerialization and immaterialization, with full legal validity.
Malicious email identification
Users may receive emails from malicious companies engaged in ‘phishing’ or impersonation to steal information on the Internet. The first thing to do to identify them is to check the time the mail was received.
It is not common for business mail to arrive outside of office hours. Also, it is important to verify the domain (the word after the at sign) because they are usually names similar to entities that change by just one letter (for example: @ Gobierno.gov.co), according to a statement from Olimpia IT sent to the media. .
Have a good internet connection
In order for all of the above to be fulfilled, it is necessary for people to have an optimal internet system so that connections are not interrupted by system failures. One tip is to work close to the router or modem to get the best signal.
Stay in touch with instant messaging tools
Using Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, or Apple iMessages to keep in touch in real time and help smooth out the impact of email is one option to keep in touch quickly.
However, it is advisable to have a contingency plan in case any of these media collapses or presents errors, USA Today added.
Peru, Costa Rica and Chile are the countries in the world that lost the highest percentage of employment between March and July of this year as a result of the pandemic of COVID-19, according to a study by the Santiago de Chile Chamber of Commerce (CCS).
Latin America appears as the hardest hit in the report, with six countries in the top ten on the list of those that have lost the most percentage of employment in that time.
Thus, to the aforementioned cases of Peru (39%), Costa Rica (21%) and Chile (21%) are added Colombia (12%), Brazil (10%) and Argentina (7%).
The top ten of the list are completed by the Philippines (21%), Egypt and Armenia (both with 10% drops), and the United States (8%).
Spain would be in twelfth position with a loss of 5.5%, behind Ireland, which loses 6.3%.
The report points out that “the common factor in the evolution of labor markets It has been the loss of jobs from the contagion containment measures ”as well as“ the abandonment of the work force by the newly unemployed due to the lack of expectations ”due to the fact that a large part of the economic activities are restricted .
“The above explains why the impact has been much stronger in terms of employment than in the unemployment rate (if people leave the labor force, they are no longer counted as unemployed),” the document explains.
Of the countries that have up-to-date information, 51 show decreases of varying magnitude in their employment, and only 9 show increases, albeit moderate, highlighting the case of Austria (6%) and China (9%).
“In the case of Austria, like other European countries, the aggressive implementation of job retention measures and incentive programs for temporary hiring (short-term occupations), contributed to reducing unemployment costs”, indicates the document.
“The relative speed of reaction of the deconfinement plans has also contributed, although this same strategy has generated fears regarding the risks of a resurgence of contagion,” the text adds.
China, the epicenter of the beginning of the pandemic, significantly improved its numbers in the second quarter of the year, creating more than 13 million jobs between March and June, after having lost 6 million in the first quarter, according to the study.
The United States, for its part, is the economy that lost the most jobs between March and July, with about 12 and a half million people who lost their jobs.
With data up to the month of June, Brazil had lost almost 9 million jobs since March.
“In general, among the countries of the northern hemisphere, the greater severity of the labor impact is seen between the months of April and May, while June and July seem to be the critical moment in the Southern Cone of America,” the report states.
Regardless of the temporalities, the study shows that “clearly greater vulnerability in Latin American markets to the coronavirus crisis” with “more severe and much more dramatic impacts than in developed economies.”
Finally, the report concludes that in the coming months a relative improvement in labor indicators is expected at a global level thanks to the advance of “new tactics of deconfinement” and “the partial reopening of activities”.
The new developments in the processing of positive samples of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the production of the Covid-19 vaccine put this issue on the agenda and lead us to wonder whether in the future, our country will adopt strict and regulated criteria for the industry that is dedicated to this type of implementation.
We find ourselves in a situation of great conflict in the sector. Although there are different control bodies, exhaustive work is needed on regulation.
The complexity of this problem generates a hybrid in a completely anarchic market, with consultants from “non-related” specialties without qualified technical staff, where anyone issues a report on the aptitude of a critical equipment or system, with the impact on the Health public that this can cause
In the international context, NSF accreditation is needed in biosafety cabinets, with reports, equipment and work procedures audited through interlaboratory tests. The tests that or do not approve equipment for its use, is part of a very important previous instance that supports the implementation. We know that this is not always taken into account, and low-cost options with immediate human risks are chosen.
Unfair competition without regulation results in health personnel exposed to a high biological and / or chemical risk and with the production of drugs with high levels of contamination.
The different biosecurity companies should put themselves at the forefront of the demands established by the international context. With regulations and procedures for use to protect all cabinets, rooms and work environments under GMP, FDA (Food and Drugs Administration) and NSF International standards.
Understand and clearly establish the rules and protocols that guarantee compliance with current regulations, the way it has been applied in countries that have suffered serious epidemics. The positive impact on public health in the short, medium and long term will depend on this.
Electromechanical engineer. Member of the Controlled environment testing association of the United States
This is the lesson learned by the Flemish Agency for Care and Health.
NWe contract the coronavirus mainly at work and at school, before infecting members of our family, according to an investigation by the Flemish Agency for Care and Health relayed Thursday by the newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws.
There was an average of 509.71 coronavirus contaminations per day in Belgium between August 31 and September 6, an increase (+ 15%) compared to the preceding seven-day period, according to the latest figures published by Sciensano. Hospitalizations are also on the rise (+ 4.6%) to stand at 20.7 per day on average.
Few infections linked to the hospitality industry and sports clubs
According to the Flemish Care and Health Agency, an analysis of contacts and sources of contamination shows that there is a direct link between these rising figures and the start of the school year and the restarting of businesses after the summer holidays. As the virus then circulates within the family nucleus, it is again recommended that sufferers isolate themselves and protect as much as possible other people who live under the same roof. Few outbreaks of contamination linked to the hospitality industry or sports clubs are currently observed.
More and more efficient tracing
The Flemish Agency also stresses that the highly criticized contact tracing of infected people is working better and better. Between August 28 and September 3, 88% of Covid-19 patients in the north of the country could be contacted. On average, they communicated the data of four people with whom they had contact. The arrival of a mobile tracking application is no less eagerly awaited.