Training

first_imgThis week’s training newsTaking the first step About 100 first line-managers at glass firm Pilkington are taking part in anew development programme. Successful staff will receive the NEBSM introductorycertificate in management. The course, which was developed by Training forAdvancement and is deliveredon-site at Pilkington, consists of four workshopsbased on practical work-related topics.  www.pilkington.comLearn about anything Staff at Land Rover will be able to take part in non-work related trainingat the firm’s expense following the launch of the Associate Development Scheme.ADS allows employees to take courses in almost anything on or off site. Thecollaboration between the company and unions also provides information centresat each of Land Rover’s sites outlining courses available.  www.landrover.comPontin’s programme The Hotel and Catering Training Company has teamed up with holiday companyPontin’s to offer staff more training. Candidates will learn in the workplacewhile working towards NVQs or by taking part in a Modern Apprenticeship scheme.The programme has been successfully piloted at Pontin’s’ Brean Sands site andwill now operate at all eight holiday resorts.  www.hctc.co.ukCommitment pays off A group of 10 managers from drinks firm Britvic have received the NEBSmanagement certificate as well as high praise from bosses for their commitment.The team has attended a year of workshops and training, often starting at 6ambefore working a full shift. Projects were based on work related issues anddesigned by training company the People Development Team.  www.britvic.co.ukWorldwide Budget More than 2,000 staff in 69 countries have accessed Budget Rent-A-Car’sonline learning centre. After just six months online, the site has helpedchange the company’s development policy to one of continual learning. The sitecontains raining modules covering business-specific programmes and transferableskills courses. All the material can be adapted to meet local needs and thesite is updated each month.  www.budget.co.ukOnline learning The Government’s Centre for Management and Policy Studies has launched aninternet-based training scheme for leadership. The PRIME: Leadership package isa first for the public sector and allows leadership skills to be honed in theworkplace. Eight government departments have committed to the scheme and aprivate sector version is in development.  www.cmps.gov.uk/prime Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. TrainingOn 4 Jun 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

A physically based calving model applied to marine outlet glaciers and implications for their dynamics

first_imgWe present results from numerical ice-flow models that include calving criteria based on penetration of surface and basal crevasses, which in turn is a function of longitudinal strain rates near the glacier front. The position of the calving front is defined as the point where either (1) surface crevasses reach the waterline (model CDw), or (2) surface and basal crevasses penetrate the fullthickness of the glacier (model CD). For comparison with previous studies, results are also presented fora height-above-buoyancy calving model. Qualitatively, both models CDw and CD produce similar behaviour. Unlike previous models for calving, the new calving criteria are applicable to both grounded termini and floating ice shelves and tongues. The numerical ice-flow model is applied to an idealized geometry characteristic of marine outlet glaciers. Results indicate that grounding-line dynamics are less sensitive to basal topography than previously suggested. Stable grounding-line positions can be obtained even on a reverse bed slope with or without floating termini. The proposed calving criteria also allowcalving losses to be linked to surface melt and therefore climate. In contrast to previous studies in whichcalving rate or position of the terminus is linked to local water depth, the new calving criterion is able toproduce seasonal cycles of retreat and advance as observed for Greenland marine outlet glaciers. Thecontrasting dynamical behaviour and stability found for different calving models suggests that a realisticparameterization for the process of calving is crucial for any predictions of marine outlet glacier change.last_img read more

Northwestern defense stuns No. 20 Utah 31-20 in Holiday Bowl

first_img Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN DIEGO (AP) — Northwestern converted three Utah turnovers into 21 points in a dizzying nine-minute stretch in the pouring rain in the third quarter of the Holiday Bowl on Monday night, including Jared McGee’s 82-yard fumble return for a touchdown, to stun the No. 20 Utes 31-20 Monday night.The Wildcats (9-5) scored 28 points in the third quarter to win their third straight bowl game under coach Pat Fitzgerald. The Green Bay Packers reportedly want to interview Fitzpatrick for their head coaching job.Senior Clayton Thorson became the all-time leading passer for Northwestern, going 21 of 30 for 241 yards for 10,731 career yards. He broke Brett Basanez’s school record of 10,580. Thorson threw for two touchdowns and was intercepted once in making his 53rd straight start for the Wildcats, the most by a quarterback in Big Ten history. He is the program’s all-time winningest quarterback at 36-17. He was replaced after taking a hard shot midway through the fourth quarter.Utah (9-5) cruised to a 20-3 halftime lead behind redshirt freshman quarterback Jason Shelley before it all fell apart in the third quarter. Shelley had two interceptions and a fumble.On the opening drive of the second half, Shelley threw the ball right to Northwestern’s Blake Gallagher. Thorson’s 52-yard pass to Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman set up his 4-yard scoring toss to Riley Lees.The Utes had the ball first-and-goal at the 6 when Shelley rolled right, was hit from behind by Joe Gaziano and fumbled. McGee picked it up on the third bounce and ran down the sideline untouched for an 82-yard return that pulled the Wildcats to 20-17.The Utes advanced to the 30 and looked like they had enough for a first down on a catch by Jaylen Dixon, but he was stripped by Trae Williams. JR Pace recovered and returned it 34 yards. Two plays later, Northwestern took a 24-20 lead when Thorson threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to senior offensive lineman Trey Klock, a key player in goal line and short-yardage situations.Northwestern added another touchdown in the third quarter when Lees scored from 8 yards out for a 31-20 lead.Pace had a second interception in the third quarter, on a deflected pass.Shelley was making his fourth start in place of Tyler Huntley, who broke his collarbone against Arizona State on Nov. 3. He resumed practicing before the bowl but coach Kyle Whittingham said it would have taken a miracle for him to have played. Also out were leading rusher Zack Moss, leading receiver Britain Covey and leading tackler Chase Hansen, a senior.Shelley threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Jaylen Dixon and a 4-yarder to tight end Jake Jackson, both in the first quarter.Utah lost for the just the second time in their last 16 bowls dating to 1999. Coach Kyle Whittingham’s bowl record dropped to 11-2. He was trying to become the first to win the Holiday Bowl as a player and coach. He played in the first four Holiday Bowls with BYU, going 2-2. He was inducted into the Holiday Bowl Hall of Fame in 2009.THE TAKEAWAYNorthwestern: The Wildcats had minus-6 yards rushing at halftime and didn’t get into positive until late in the third quarter.Utah: Shelley was impressive with his passing and his scrambling until running into trouble in the third quarter.UP NEXTNorthwestern: The Wildcats will wait to see if Fitzpatrick does indeed get an interview with the Packers. And they’ll have to replace Thorson, who leaves with a legacy as the the most productive quarterback in program history. The Wildcats will be back on the West Coast to open the 2019 season at Stanford on Aug. 31.Utah: After winning their first Pac-12 South title, the Utes could be poised for a run at the league championship, if they can stay healthy. They’ll get Moss and Covey back, and there could be a spirited QB competition between Huntley and Shelley. The Utes open the 2019 season with their rivalry game against BYU, at Provo on Aug. 29. December 31, 2018 /Sports News – Local Northwestern defense stuns No. 20 Utah 31-20 in Holiday Bowl Tags: Holiday Bowl/Northwestern/Utah Utes Football Written bylast_img read more

Cimic’s UGL secures $180m in maintenance services contracts

first_img Cimic’s UGL secures maintenance services contracts. (Credit: Gerd Altmann from Pixabay) UGL, a CIMIC Group company, has secured new contracts and extensions for maintenance and turnaround services contracts in Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria.The new work has a combined revenue of approximately $180 million and includes: A multi-year extension of its maintenance, projects and shutdown services contract withGLNG Operations Pty Ltd for its Queensland Curtis Island facility;A multi-year extension to its framework agreement with Esso Australia Pty Ltd for the provision of operations and maintenance services on non-producing offshore platforms located in Bass Strait, offshore Victoria;A multi-year contract with bp Kwinana for the supply of electrical and mechanical labour and support management comprising planners, engineers and supervisors for 2021 major turnaround / shutdown work;An optioned multi-year extension to its contract with Viva Energy for the provision ofmaintenance services at the Geelong refinery; andA new contract in Queensland which includes brownfield projects and operational services in the oil and gas sector.Each of the contracts are effective from the first half of 2020.CIMIC Group Chief Executive Officer Juan Santamaria said: “UGL has a strong reputation for maintenance and shutdown services, particularly in the Australian oil and gas sector. We are pleased to have the opportunity to continue developing strong partnerships with our clients, including our ongoing commitment to Viva Energy.”UGL Managing Director Jason Spears said: “These contract extensions are evidence of our strong relationships with our clients and we look forward to continuing to provide them with a safe and reliable service.” The new work has a combined revenue of approximately $180m and includes a multi-year extension of its maintenance, projects and shutdown services contractlast_img read more

Science Tutor

first_imgDescription/Job SummaryOverview:The purpose of tutoring is to increase and enhance the student’smastery of concepts or applications of a specific course of study.An Instructional Tutor assists in providing individual and smallgroup tutoring services to BCCC students. Instructional Tutorsprovide students with pre-tutoring assessments to identify thestudent’s weakness and design an individualized learningplan.Science Tutors are responsible for preparing materials, encouragingstudents to participate in lessons, making sure subject matter isunderstood by students, monitoring progress, and maintainingattendance records. Tutors are knowledgeable in at least one of thefollowing subject areas: General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry,Microbiology, General Biology, or Anatomy & Physiology.Responsibilities/DutiesEssential Functions: Provide individual and small group tutoring to BCCC students incontent areas;Assist with assessing the academic needs of the students anddeveloping plans for remediation;Provide guidance on effective learning strategies to maximizethe student’s potential for academic progress and assist them inbecoming successful, independent learners;Communicate student progress to faculty and to the TutoringManager;Maintain documentation on student remediation plan, process andsuccess;Develop resources and practice materials for use in tutoringsessions;Keep regular and accurate records of tutoring sessions usingdesignated software and/or relevant forms;Provide evaluations and other reports as requested by the CAADirector;Attend tutor training and required meetings;Complete and return reports of tutoring sessions in an accurateand timely manner;Report any problems or concerns to the CAA Directorimmediately;Follow all BCCC policies; establish credibility with thestudent and staff; and behave in accordance with the College’svalues and expectations;Perform related duties as requiredRequired SkillsRequired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and inwriting;Ability to understand and respond to oral and writteninstructions and ideas;Ability to interpret, apply and communicate disciplineconcepts;Effective time management and organizational skills;Ability to work harmoniously and cooperatively with colleagues,faculty, staff and students;Ability to meet deadlines;Knowledge of tutoring concepts and their applications;Ability to select and implement tutoring strategies, methods,and procedures based on student needs;Ability to observe and accurately assess and respond to studentneeds;Must have proficient computer skills, including MS Officesuite, ZOOM meetings, advanced information technology skills, andknowledge of instructional technology.Required QualificationsMinimum Education and Training Requirements:center_img Experience in tutoring and/or teaching at the collegelevel;Equivalent combinations of experience and education may alsoreceive consideration;Minimum GPA of 3.0;Instructor recommendation;Peer tutors must be enrolled in at least sixcredits;last_img read more

Ingredients for the ’American dream’

first_imgThe Luxury Caramel range and Bake-in Chocolate Flavoured Chips, from Renshaw (Liverpool) make ideal partners for US-style muffins.The Luxury Caramel and Injectable Creamy Caramels – made with sugar, butter and condensed milk – are available in a range of pack sizes and have an excellent shelf life.The injectable caramel shots complement chocolate, pecan, orange, banana, capuccino or toffee-flavoured muffins.For added texture and taste, Renshaw’s chocolate-flavoured chips fold into muffin batter, and by adding simple frostings and coatings bakers can extend their ’American dream’ muffin range even further.last_img

Policy paper: ACMD ageing cohort of drug users report: government response

first_imgThis document sets out the government’s response to the recommendations made in the ACMD report ‘Ageing cohort of drug users’.The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) sought contributions from the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish administrations and co-ordinated responses to the report. Officials from each of the 4 nations have reviewed the council’s advice and set out work underway to address the recommendations.last_img

Weekend Poll: Who Is Your Favorite B’way Man in Uniform?

first_img View Comments It’s Fleet Week in New York City, which can only mean one thing: the streets are swarming with sexy sailors! We can’t wait to celebrate Memorial Day with our new best friends—and any hunky colonels, generals, sergeants and lieutenants are more than welcome to come, too. And while we’re remembering the Americans who died in military service this Memorial Day, we can’t forget about a few of our favorite Broadway men in uniform. Hey, who cares if they’re fictional? Does Flick from Violet make you swoon? Wanna get to know South Pacific’s Lieutenant Joseph Cable in Bali-ha’i? Ready for a night On the Town with Gabey? Cast your vote below!last_img

Trail Mix: Jen Starsinic, The Flood and The Fire

first_imgUp and coming fiddler and singer/songwriter Jen Starsinic’s musical journey has, thus far, been quite impressive.  After busking on street corners, attending the Berklee College of Music, and hitting the road with The David Mayfield Parade, Starsinic is ready to stand on her own two feet.  Starsinic just released The Flood and The Fire, her debut record.While you are most likely to see Jen Starsinic toting a fiddle or open back banjo, hallmarks of her old time roots, The Flood and The Fire is certainly not an old time record.  While there are vestiges of vintage Appalachia throughout the recording, there are hints of country heartache, droning Irish folk, cello, and haunting pedal steel.  Each tune represents an aching, a longing, and the snapshot the record offers into the musical soul of Jen Starsinic is startling; this young woman is most certainly a rising voice in contemporary Americana.I recently caught up with Jen to chat about the new record, her influences, and getting her music out to her audience.BRO – You have done session work for other artists, but this is the first time you have released a record that is your own.  Describe the feeling that comes with releasing a debut record?JS – Terror!  Hah!  Just kidding.  But it is sort of a strange mixture of elation and exhaustion.  When you go in the studio for other people, it’s ultimately about helping them make the music they want to make, so you just go in and try to play well and help them create their vision.  Making your own record is a whole different beast.  You envision this thing and then set about building it from the ground up.  You write songs and then try to figure out how you want them to sound and how to make them speak the best, which is what I got to do with Brady Custis, my amazing producer/engineer/friend.  It’s a truly beautiful process.  It’s wonderful and scary.  Being my debut record, they were all kinds of things I didn’t know and didn’t even know I needed to know.  There were all kinds of tough decisions and risks and leaps of faith.  It’s about trusting yourself, trusting the people you’re working with, holding on and fighting, and also letting go and moving on.  It drove me a little crazy, but I’m so happy with how it turned out.BRO – Toughest part about attending Berklee?JS – I don’t even know how to answer this question!  Berklee kicked my ass in so many ways, but it was one of the best things to ever happen to me.BRO – Your roots are in bluegrass, but the tunes on The Flood and The Fire cover a lot of sonic ground.  From where do you draw inspiration?JS – Well, thanks.  I’m glad you think so!  A large part of the sonic ground on the record is due to the collaboration with Brady Custis, my producer and engineer.  Brady grew up around the underground punk scene in Washington, D.C., and then he got into playing roots music as an adult.  I was sort of the other way around.  Between the two of us, we found a weird sweet spot, sonically.  There could be banjo and folky songs, but also soundscapes and ambient pedal steel.  We could keep each other in check and also push each other’s boundaries.  I love the term “roots music” because I feel like it describes my relationship to traditional music exactly.  I have roots in old time, and those roots are absolutely the essential foundation to all of my music.  But, in making my own music, I really wanted it to grow into something new and true to my life and the lives of my friends, showing how they are now, the reality of the musical landscape now.  So, as much as there’s bluegrass and old time in what I do, there’s also 90s radio rock and Icelandic ambient music and pop and anti-folk and Fleetwood Mac.  I grew up both playing bluegrass fiddle and listening to The Wallflowers in the car with my mom, and I see no reason why those two things can’t coexist.BRO – You are on the road regularly with The David Mayfield Parade.  Any plans on getting out on the road with a band to share your music?JS – I’m hoping to do an ever increasing amount of touring with my own band.  It’s been a slow build for me as far as getting a band together and touring because of being so busy with the Parade and relocating to Nashville soon after we finished recording the album.  But I love to sing songs for people, and the reception to the record has been so supportive and warm, so I’m carving out time to get out there and do it as much as possible.BRO – We are featuring “Time To Lose” on this month’s Trail Mix.  What’s the story behind the song?JS – “Time To Lose” is about taking crazy leaps of faith in the vague direction of where you think you want to go and just trusting that things will work out okay.  In my own life, I was moving out of my apartment in Boston and didn’t really know where I wanted to live next or where I was going to end up.  I left a lot of major life changes to “we’ll see what happens next,” which hadn’t really been my style up until that point.  It was both terrifying and freeing, and I learned a lot.  But I think, at its core, “Time To Lose” is just a song about giving yourself permission to screw up and take chances.  Most things aren’t straightforward and perfect, and that’s good.  That’s how they are and that’s how they should be.Being on the road with The David Mayfield Parade is keeping Jen busy for much of July, but she has some dates scheduled in August that include stops in Charleston, West Virginia, and Abingdon and Charlottesville, Virginia.  Surf over to www.jenstarsinic.com to keep tabs on when Jen and her band might be coming to a stage near you and to find out how you can get a copy of her debut record, The Flood and The Fire.last_img read more

World Health Assembly addresses pandemic flu

first_imgMay 19, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The world has an unprecedented warning that pandemic influenza may be imminent, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report that urges swift action to prevent global illness and death.A WHO report, “Strengthening pandemic influenza preparedness and response,” is slated for discussion tomorrow at the organization’s annual World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva.Although distinct from the recent report produced by experts convened by the WHO in Manila on May 6 and 7, this document makes similar points about the threat of a flu pandemic.”The virus may be evolving in ways that increasingly favor the start of a pandemic,” the report states, later adding, “The ecology of the disease and behavior of the virus have created multiple opportunities for a pandemic virus to emerge.”Changes have occurred since a year ago, when the WHO advocated eliminating the virus in its animal reservoir. Experts now agree it is endemic in parts of Asia, and the public health focus is shifting to reducing the risk for people exposed to H5N1, particularly subsistence farmers, and improving response to illness, such as with a vaccine. However, the report says, creation of a vaccine “has moved forward, but not with a speed appropriate to the urgency of the situation.”Vaccines against H5N1 are being made and tested now, although the virus has changed since the current vaccine seed stock was created.The WHO report suggests that vaccine against the H5 subtype should be produced in bulk and stored.”Even if the actual pandemic H5 subtype virus shows mutational changes when compared with the current H5N1 strain, a vaccine that is protective against infection due to that strain could confer almost as much protection,” WHO said. “Stockpiles of an H5N1 vaccine would be useful in the early phase of a pandemic when large-scale production of a vaccine has not yet been initiated.”The report also emphasizes the importance of preparedness, particularly stressing vigilance for clusters of respiratory disease cases in affected countries.The meeting about pandemic flu caps a week of high-profile discussions on the topic that began May 16, when the WHO director-general sounded a warning as he convened the annual assembly.Calling avian flu “the most serious known health threat the world is facing today,” Lee Jong-wook, MD, MPH, noted the importance of the window of time between hints of a pandemic and its actual occurrence.”By good fortune we have had time—and still have time—to prepare for the next global pandemic, because the conditions for it have appeared before the outbreak itself. We must do everything in our power to maximize that preparedness,” he said.Mike Leavitt, US secretary of health and human services, said in Geneva on May 16 that transparency, strong surveillance, and communication are essential parts of a response. Leavitt’s remarks were posted on the US State Department’s Web site.Leavitt also urged strong international collaboration, with an emphasis on developed countries effectively helping developing countries control the virus and treat patients. He urged health ministers to support a draft resolution on pandemic preparedness and response, offered by the United States and several other nations, saying it “provides a good blueprint for action.”The WHO’s top flu official, Klaus Stohr, emphasized that fast response is important, according to a story published today by Agence France-Presse. “We are working on pandemic preparedness on borrowed time,” he said.While health officials in Geneva discussed the possible pandemic, new avian flu developments were reported in Asia:A positive serum sample from a poultry worker has led to concerns about human H5N1 infection in Indonesia, which has been plagued with poultry outbreaks. The worker, from hard-hit South Sulawesi province, is being retested, according to an Associated Press (AP) story May 18. He has shown no signs of illness, the AP reported. The WHO said the serum sample was positive for avian flu antibodies, which on its own doesn’t constitute a confirmed case. The worker returned to health officials for more blood tests, which are expected to be done within 2 weeks. Indonesia has tested 83 people for exposure to H5N1, according to an earlier report in the Jakarta Post. This is the first positive finding.Chinese authorities confiscated contaminated eggs from Vietnam hidden in the carry-on luggage of two airline passengers on separate flights, according to The Standard newspaper of China. Dogs sniffed out the 45 chicken, duck, and goose eggs Apr 28. The duck and goose eggs tested positive for the presence of H5N1 virus, the newspaper said.Thailand and Hong Kong are collaborating to create an Asian bank of influenza vaccine and antiviral drugs, the Thai News Agency (MCOT) said today. The countries will establish a bank of the antiviral drug oseltamivir and serve as a regional resource in event of a pandemic flu, a Thai official announced yesterday in Geneva. The collaboration will help link Hong Kong’s expertise in laboratory diagnosis with Thailand’s expertise in epidemiology, said Thailand’s health minister, Suchai Charoenratanakul. The partnership also will include research and the exchange of lab samples of the virus, the story noted.See also: WHO draft report “Strengthening Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response”http://www.wpro.who.int/entity/emerging_diseases/documents/docs/A58_13en.pdfDraft resolutions presented at WHA meeting; pandemic flu resolution is EB115.R16http://www.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/EB115-REC1/e/Resolutions.pdflast_img read more