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Summary Executive Board Meeting February 1st 2010

RRT

Three instead of only one programmer are working on finishing the tools from now on. All tools will be done in house. The tool managing the fair share and the point system is the most difficult to develop and it will take a while to get it done. For the moment the focus is on a roster tool, that will optimise the roster and make more preferences possible.

Summary Executive Board Meeting August 31st 2009

EGATS Internal

To save costs we decided to close an old mailbox, it wasn‘t used anymore and we are reachable with our address at MUAC.

New Roster

There was no RRT meeting since our last board meeting.

Medical checks if staff is AM

There were no checks recently. EGATS is monitoring the situation very closely.

CSS (Central Supervisory Suite)

EGATS was not involved again in the development, we were presented some ideas, which we didn‘t like very much: There is less supervisory staff needed in the future, so it will limit your career prospects. The board doubts a CSS can manage at sector level as efficiently as the sector supervisor now.

Summary Executive Board Meeting July 6th 2009

EGATS Internal

We are still busy with cleaning up our new office and decided to give a lot of stuff, like Polo-shirts with the old logo to Ilia‘s charity.

New Roster

The minutes for the last RRT meeting should be published very shortly. In the meantime the study to find the best split for the N-duty has started. It is on us (you!) to give our input and try to find an optimum solution. However it will still be a night shift and it will be tougher than day shifts.

BOSS

Summary Executive Board Meeting May 9th 2009

On the 9th of May, the Executive Board held a meeting where the following topics were discussed:

  1. Composition of board, integration of new EB members:

Unfortunately nobody volunteers to become vice-president; therefore we will continue another year without. SJ will take over the membership secretary from ZH. When KC comes back we will discuss who will continue. We will need new membership cards for all members with the new logo.

Draft Minutes AGM 2009 available

The draft minutes of the 2009 Annual General Meeting can be downloaded here. If you'd like to see the minutes or reports from this or previous AGM's, check this page.

GPS in trouble

The world's GPS systems could start to fail next year, according to a report presented to US Congress. This could cause serious problems for aviation, emergency services and ordinary drivers, as well as the military.

The US Government Accountability Office (GOA) blames mismanagement and lack of investment and predicts a one in five chance that the number of satellites will drop below the required 24 for global coverage before 2012.

Read the full report here.

EGATS 2009 Annual General Meeting

UPDATE: here's the booklet with the agenda, reports and minutes of the last AGM. Proxy forms can be found on the last page of the pdf file or as a word document here.

The 2009 Annual General Meeting of EGATS, will be held in the Maastricht UAC Canteen on Tuesday 31st of March. The meeting kicks off at 19.30h.

Nightshift = bad for you

The latest findings on the impact on night shifts (the duty, not the 1984 album by the Commodores) on people's metabolism, was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It shows a clear link between work-sleep cycles, metabolic disregulation and disease.

People who participated in the test produced less leptin, a hormone that signals a body to stop eating by triggering feelings of satiety. Blood glucose and insulin levels rose, both of which are linked to diabetes. Levels of the stress hormone cortisol also shot up, as did the blood pressure of the test subjects. 

Even a brief misalignment caused quite impressive changes, the research shows.

You can read more on the study here.

Summary of our Board Meeting on 5th August 2008

EGATS Internal
After rechecking every board member’s email address it was decided to put them up on the web page as well. Like this in the future the members could address individual board members or as well use the board@egats.org address to reach the whole board.

Output
The work on our latest output was finished and in the meantime you hopefully enjoy reading it.

New Roster
In the last weeks we were approached by different members who presented us interesting thoughts and ideas about how the new roster could be improved. We presented these ideas to the OMT and the NRPO. They seemed to be very interested and invited the members to further discuss the proposals.

New website

As you can see, we're re-working the EGATS website. The old site had been online since a few years, but was becoming very hard to maintain. We clocked off at just under 1.000.000 visitors in less than 5 years that the site was online!

Using a new content management system (Drupal) hopefully we'll be able to add stories and things more frequently.

A contact sheet should be up soon, in case you want to tell us something (or god-forbid: help out with anything ;-)

Items from the old website will be added (slowly) in the next few days/weeks/months. So check back regularly.