Putting Information First focuses on Luciano Floridi’s contributions to the philosophy of information. Respected scholars stimulate the debate on the most distinctive and controversial views he defended, and present the philosophy of information as a specific way of doing philosophy. Contains eight essays by leading scholars, a reply by Luciano Floridi, and an epilogue by Terrell W. Bynum Explains the importance of philosophy of information as a specific way of doing philosophy Focuses directly on the work of Luciano Floridi in the area of philosophy of information, but also connects to contemporary concerns in philosophy more generally Illustrates several debates that arise from core themes in the philosophy of information
The Importance of Policy Space in the WTO and International Financial Institutions
Author: Associate Professor of Global Development Policy Kevin P Gallagher
Publisher: Zed Books
Category: Business & Economics
Some of the world's most prominent development thinkers address the following question in this volume: to what extent are the rules and economic forces that govern the global economy shrinking the 'policy space' that developing countries can draw from in order to construct policies to raise the standards of living of their people? They then analyse the possibly considerable room for manoeuvre that developing countries still have at their disposal despite global macro-economic realities, IMF/World Bank policies, and the trade rules regime of the World Trade Organization. Finally, the authors suggest actual policies that could be put in place in order to preserve existing spaces for development and to expand the tools developing countries can deploy.
Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Transport Committee
Publisher: The Stationery Office
Category: Business & Economics
Far better contingency planning and preparedness must be put in place by UK airports, and by the airlines that use them, to prevent the kind of chaos that unfolded at Gatwick Airport on Christmas Eve 2013. The problems that unfolded were not new and the whole event should be a wake-up call for airports across the UK to improve their operational resilience. Airports must ensure that their contingency planning is good enough to ensure that future disruption will be met with well-drilled arrangements that are familiar to airport operators, airlines, and other contractors, and which put passenger interests first. If our largest airports cannot demonstrate they can do this then the Civil Aviation Authority must act. Passengers must also be promptly reimbursed for the extra costs they face as a consequence of disruption. The Committee welcomed a key conclusion from Gatwick's own review of the events on Christmas Eve that the airport should appoint passenger champions at each of its terminals. Similar arrangements should also be put in place at other major UK airports. Further recommendations include that airports should: develop (in consultation with airlines) much clearer operational protocols and guidance on the threshold conditions that will trigger the cancellation or postponement of flights; negotiate robust agreements with airlines (which carry formal responsibility for passenger welfare) for reclaiming the costs of looking after passengers during periods of disruption. Government should also push for amendments to a proposed new EU regulation on passenger compensation to include electronic means of alert and information dissemination
This publication focuses on the reform strategies used in Portugal. The success or failure of reforms depends largely on how the questions of "how to start" and "how to proceed" are addressed. Portugal offers a valuable example. Twenty years ago, a reform movement was launched to modernise the country and its public service. This publication describes that reform, which came to put service to the citizen first, underlines its innovative aspects, and draws some interesting lessons to the attention of practitioners in other countries.
The aim of this White Paper is to set out proposals to deal with anti-social behaviour. Anti-social behaviour is a broad term used to describe the day-to-day incidents of crime, nuisance and disorder that make many people's lives a misery - from litter and vandalism, to public drunkenness or aggressive dogs, to noisy or abusive neighbours. Such a wide range of behaviours means that responsibility is shared between a number of agencies, particularly the police, councils and social landlords. The Government is committed to significant reform in dealing with crime and anti-social behaviour by putting victims at the heart of the response, including: (1) Agencies identifying vulnerable and repeat victims earlier, and responding at the first sign of trouble, through better logging of calls and managing of cases; (2) A simpler toolkit, with 19 powers reduced to just six, including an injunction which can be secured in a matter of hours not months, to nip behaviour in the bud; (3) Tough orders which can deal with anti-social behaviour if it escalates into criminality, which are flexible enough to deal with a range of yobbish behaviour including out of control dogs, public drunkenness, minimotos and others; (4) The community getting involved in tackling anti-social behaviour, for example through inputting into a Community Harm Statement to highlight to the court the impact of the behaviour on their daily lives; (5) Agencies held to account locally by directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners, and by victims through the Government's new Community Trigger.
Global Lessons in Designing and Implementing Patient-Centered Care
Author: Planetree Foundation
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
"This book answers 'why not' and 'how to' for health care accreditation bodies, quality experts, and frontline professionals, moving the reader from timely information, to inspiration, and through patient-centered action with practical tools and potent case studies." —Paul vanOstenberg, DDS, MS, vice president, Accreditation and Standards, Joint Commission International "This superb guide from Planetree illustrates that providing high-quality, high-value, patient-centered health care is not a theoretical ideal. The case studies make clear that these goals are attainable; they are being achieved by leading health care organizations worldwide, and there is a clear road map for getting there—right here in this book." —Susan Dentzer, senior policy adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation "At IHI, we follow the principle, 'all teach, all learn'—the idea that everyone, everywhere has something to teach, and something to learn. This remarkable and indispensable guide is as pure an example of this principle as I've come across." —Maureen Bisognano, president and chief executive officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement "The International Society for Quality in Health Care's mission is to inspire, promote, and support continuous improvement in the quality and safety of health care worldwide. It is in this spirit that we welcome this new book on patient-centered care. As in their previous work, the authors demonstrate just how critical it is to develop an organizational culture that puts patients first." —Peter Carter, chief executive officer, International Society for Quality in Health Care
The Journey to Putting Patients First, Government Response to the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry
Author: Great Britain: Department of Health
Publisher: The Stationery Office
The Government's initial response, Patients First and Foremost (Cm. 8576, ISBN 9780101857628), set out a radical plan to prioritise care, improve transparency and ensure that where poor care is detected, there is clear action and clear accountability. This document now provides a detailed response to the 290 recommendations the Inquiry made across every level of the system. It also responds to six independent reviews commissioned to consider some of the key issues identified by the Inquiry. This document sets out how the whole health and care system will prioritise and build on this, including major new action in vital areas including: transparent monthly reporting of ward-by-ward staffing levels and other safety measures; a statutory and professional duties of candour; legislate at the earliest available opportunity on Wilful Neglect; a new fit and proper person's test which will act as a barring scheme; all arm's length bodies and the Department of Health have signed a protocol in order to minimise bureaucratic burdens on Trusts; a new Care Certificate to ensure that Healthcare Assistants and Social Care Support Workers have the right fundamental training and skills in order to give personal care to patients and service users; and the Care Bill will introduce a new criminal offence applicable to care providers that supply or publish certain types of information that is false or misleading, where that information is required to comply with a statutory or other legal obligation. It looks at preventing problems; detecting problems quickly; taking action promptly; ensuring robust accountability and ensuring staff are trained and motivated
DK's best-selling Essential Managers series are ideal for managers at every level. These compact references demonstrate the techniques and skills that are useful in any work environment, making this series the most accessible single-subject business guides on the market.
Containing the First Scientific and Reliable Rules for Putting Up All Kinds of Hermetically-sealed Fruits with Or Without Sugar in Tin Cans Or Common Bottles : Also Rules for Preserving Fruits in American and French Styles : with Tried Receipts for Making Domestic Wines, Catsups, Syrups, Cordials, Etc. : and Practical Directions for the Cultivation of Vegetables, Fruits, and Flowers, Destruction of Insects, Etc., Etc
Through five editions, Writing for the Mass Media remains one of the most clear and efficient introductions to media writing. This successful book offers a simple organization, clear writing, abundant exercises, and precise examples that give readers the information and opportunity to develop their skills as professional writers. Using a workbook-style format, it introduces and explains the major forms of media writing ( inverted pyramid for print and Web, dramatic writing for broadcast, copy platforms for advertising, and the various writing structures required for public relations ( and covers all major areas of media, including the World Wide Web. For writers interested in media writing.
This contemporary text reflects the concerns and problems of the new century and the new millennium. It presents the latest sociological data, knowledge and opinions as accurately and as fairly as possible so that any instructor, regardless of his or her theoretical orientation, will have a trustworthy base from which to elaborate, disagree or discuss. This text builds on students natural interest in social problems and encourages them to develop both a sociological perspective and a sociological imagination that allows them to examine social problems in a critical fashion.