Engineering seeks skills solution in specialist schools

first_imgEngineering seeks skills solution in specialist schoolsOn 5 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. The engineering industry is to invest £150,000 in three state schools in abid to overcome the sector’s skills shortages. The project is being funded by a consortium led by the EngineeringEmployers’ Federation and will see the three schools – all in areas where thereare shortfalls in engineering skills – awarded specialist engineering statusfrom September. Other schools will also be able to apply for specialist status if they raise£50,000 in sponsorship through their local community. If their application is successful they will be entitled to £100,000 fromthe Government, plus £123 per pupil for up to four years. The EEF said its sponsorship aims to boost the uptake of the ModernApprentices scheme, establish GCSE Engineering courses, and provide a base foracademic engineering study. Ann Bailey, EEF head of education and skills, said: “The schools havethe potential to provide innovative teaching approaches to engineering-relatedsubjects. This is vital to providing an understanding of the role engineeringhas in ensuring competitiveness and productivity in the UK.” The Government aims to have 1,500 specialist schools by 2005. The schoolswill teach the full curriculum, but will have extended courses and facilities. last_img read more

Soap star Joan Collins lists longtime Midtown pied-à-terre

first_imgEmail Address* Share via Shortlink Joan Collins and 110 East 57th Street #8EFG (Getty, BHS)Joan Collins is saying goodbye to Midtown.The soap star, best known for playing the conniving Alexis Carrington Colby on “Dynasty,” and her husband, producer Percy Gibson, have listed their three-bedroom co-op at 110 East 57th Street for $2.095 million. The couple used the apartment primarily as a pied-à-terre, according to the New York Times, and also have homes in London, Los Angeles, and the south of France.The home was created by combining three units on the building’s eighth floor, and includes a master bedroom suite that used to be a studio apartment. There’s a formal dining room and a galley kitchen. There are three full bathrooms, including an aqua-tiled one that’s as gloriously retro as you’d expect from the home of an 1980s soap star.ADVERTISEMENTAnd there was one amenity that the famously fashionable Collins particularly loved.“The clincher for me was the 16 closets it has,” she told the Times.Though the couple made additions and renovations to the apartment over the years, it could also accommodate additional changes, according to listing broker Carolyn Weiner-Trapness of Brown Harris Stevens. “The kitchen could easily be opened up to the living and dining room to give it a loftlike feeling,” she said.[NYT] — Amy PlittContact Amy Plitt Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name* TagsCelebrity Real EstateManhattanResidential Real Estate Message*last_img read more

Diurnal cycle of coastal anthropogenic pollutant transport over southern West Africa during the DACCIWA campaign

first_imgDuring the monsoon season, pollutants emitted by large coastal cities and biomass burning plumes originating from Central Africa have complex transport pathways over Southern West Africa (SWA). The Dynamics–Aerosol–Chemistry–Cloud–Interactions in West Africa (DACCIWA) field campaign has provided numerous dynamical and chemical measurements in and around the super site of Savè in Benin (≈185km away from the coast), which allows quantifying the relative contribution of advected pollutants. Through the combination of in-situ ground measurements with aircraft, radio-sounding, satellite and high-resolution chemistry-transport modeling with the CHIMERE model, the source attribution and transport pathways of pollutants inland (here, NOx and CO) are carefully analyzed for the 1–7 July 2016 period. The relative contributions of different sources (i.e. emissions from several large coastal cities) on the air quality in Savè are characterized. It is shown that a systematic diurnal cycle exists with high surface concentrations of pollutants from 18:00 to 22:00UTC. This evening peak is attributed to pollution transport from the coastal city of Cotonou (Benin). Numerical model experiments indicates that the anthropogenic pollutants are accumulated during the day close to the coast, and transported northward as soon as the daytime convection in the atmospheric boundary layer ceases after 16:00UTC, reaching 8°N at 21:00UTC. When significant biomass burning pollutants are transported into continental SWA, they are mixed with anthropogenic pollutants along the coast during the day, and this mixture is then transported northward. At night, most of the coastal anthropogenic plumes are transported within the planetary boundary layer (below about 500m above ground level), whereas the biomass burning pollutants are mostly transported above it, thus generally not impacting ground level air quality.last_img read more

USA: GHWB Carrier Strike Group Arrives in US 6th Fleet AOR

first_img View post tag: GHWB Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: GHWB Carrier Strike Group Arrives in US 6th Fleet AOR View post tag: Carrier View post tag: usa Training & Education View post tag: US View post tag: 6th Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Strike View post tag: fleetcenter_img USA: GHWB Carrier Strike Group Arrives in US 6th Fleet AOR View post tag: Group View post tag: Naval Commanded by Rear Adm. DeWolfe Miller, GHWB CSG is comprised of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22 and USS Truxtun (DDG 103), USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) and USS Philippine Sea (CG 58). Additionally, USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) arrived in the 6th Fleet AOR as an independent deployer.“I am incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication these Sailors have put forth in preparation for this deployment,” said Miller. “This team is prepared to face any challenge that presents itself.”While in the 6th Fleet AOR, CSG 2 and its accompanying units will provide a wide range of flexible capabilities in addition to building partnerships with allied countries through joint exercises and community relations projects.The versatility associated with George H. W. Bush and our embarked air wing allows for mission-tailored forces to be successful and represents our nation’s strength, capability and resolve,” said Miller.GHWB CSG is deployed as part of the on-going rotation of forward-deployed forces to support maritime security operations and operate in international waters across the globe, along with other coalition maritime forces. The strike group is prepared to conduct a variety of missions, including forward naval presence, maritime security operations, and crisis response and theater security cooperation.[mappress]Press Release, February 25, 2014, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: Arrives View post tag: AOR More than 5,000 Sailors serving in the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWB CSG) arrived in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR), Feb. 24. View post tag: Navy February 25, 2014last_img read more

University trawled sensitive data to drive donations

first_imgOxford University employed private investigators to examine the financial backgrounds of individuals who donated to the University following the death of Cecil the Lion, Cherwell can disclose.The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has now begun an investigation into revelations that British universities breached data protection laws by passing the details of donors on to private investigators.Following Cecil’s death, 11,000 individuals donated a total of over £750,000 to an Oxford campaign in support of the University’s wildlife conservation unit, which had previously been tracking the lion. Oxford then passed donor details onto the private scheme ‘WealthPoint’ in order that they could identify individuals wealthy enough that might donate again.According to a freedom of information (FOI) request, seen by Cherwell, the University had employed Blackbaud Inc – who run the service – since 2013, but has now ended its subscription. When contacted for a comment on this, a spokesperson declined to provide any further information.An FOI request made by the Daily Mail revealed this week that Oxford has also been using privately employed investigators to examine the financial status of former students. Data gathered included information about the present job, position, and wealth band of alumni.The records of almost 200,000 Oxford alumni have been inspected since August 2007. Three private companies have been used by the University to collect and analyse this data, including a company called Prospecting for Gold and another named Wealth Engine. These assessments can be used to find out the likelihood that individuals will donate in future, or even write Oxford into their will.In November and December 2014 private firm ‘Wealth Engine’ was provided the details of 3,669 individuals in preparation for a telethon.The FOI request showed that 24 Russell Group Universities have been using similar data screening methods, some of which have been running since 1997. £1 billion was donated to UK universities last year, with the majority going to Russell Group institutions. Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, said: “Personal data belongs to the individual. That means telling people what it’s going to be used for and who it’s going to be shared with. This is what the law required.“We will look carefully at the evidence provided by the Daily Mail to see if and where any rules have been broken.”In 2017, the ICO fined eleven charities a total of £138,000 after they breached data protection law. If an institution failed to gain consent from individuals to screen them, or their reasonable expectation that their data would be stored, they may have broken the law.An Oxford University spokesperson told Cherwell: “We have used wealth screening firms to support our efforts to raise money for our research and teaching objectives, but it is a tiny part of our fundraising activity and the vast majority of the screening happened at least eight years ago.“We have not tried to hide this – every email sent to alumni has a link to our data protection statement, which clarifies that our development and alumni relations system may be used for fundraising and hold donor status and wealth assessment information.“For many years, all alumni have been able to opt out if they do not wish their data to be used in this way, and we would never sell their data to external partners.“We are committed to transparency in the use of our data and we will continue to review our data protection statement to see if we can make it clearer.“We are proud of the results of our successful fundraising campaign – it has funded thousands of students from all backgrounds to study at Oxford, and research which has transformed the lives of people around the world.”Cherwell has seen emails that have been sent to alumni in which a data protection statement has been attached. The link is usually placed at the very bottom of emails and leads to a website that lays out the policies of the University’s Development and Alumni Relations System.last_img read more

A master at his craft

first_imgTracy Kidder ’67 likes to hear a good story, but he loves to tell one. You can hear it in his voice.The New York native is animated when describing a lumber mill in Maine, a trip to Henry David Thoreau’s cabin, and the history of the humble nail — research all connected to his 1999 book “House.”He calls those excursions and insights the “exteriors” of his stories, the extra level that goes beyond primary research, the in-depth character studies that he considers the “engines” of most narratives.Kidder is tall and lean and has a surprisingly soft yet husky voice. In his small office in the Harvard Kennedy School’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, he spoke recently about his years as a Harvard undergrad, his work as a writer, and his return to campus as the center’s first writer in residence.Kidder won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction in 1982 for his book “The Soul of a New Machine,” about the computer industry. He has authored eight other books, and is a contributor to several publications. But he is perhaps best known locally for his portrayal in “Mountains Beyond Mountains” (2003) of Paul Farmer, the Harvard doctor and founder of Partners In Health, a mainstay health care provider in Haiti.He is at Harvard for the semester working on a new book on writing with his collaborator and longtime editor Richard Todd. He has also given a number of talks about the craft of putting a compelling tale on paper.The residence program was established in honor of New York Times editor Abe Rosenthal and his legacy as a man who “prized journalism, reporting, and writing,” said Alex Jones, director of the Shorenstein Center and Laurence M. Lombard Lecturer in the Press and Public Policy.“When we started to think about who we wanted as our inaugural writer, there was no question who our first choice was,” he told a crowd while introducing Kidder at one of the author’s Harvard presentations on Oct. 19.In the talk, Kidder expanded on some of the writer’s arts — pace, point of view, tone, and structure. He also discussed the critical task of making a subject spring to life in the mind of a reader. In the words of his editor Todd, Kidder said the ultimate goal is “to get life off the page and into the reader’s imagination.”He praised the work of English author Graham Greene for accomplishing exactly that. Though he rarely ever directly describes his characters, “[Greene] puts these people in motion and finds a way to let us imagine them.”The best structure of a story is one your reader isn’t even aware of, he told the audience.Kidder clarified the point with a sentiment from his former tai chi instructor: “When you get good you will develop your own style. When you get very good, you will learn to hide it.’”One of the biggest keys to perfecting his own writing is rewriting, an often brutal task that involves much more than simply shifting a paragraph, moving a sentence, or inserting a new word. Sometimes it means, he said, “starting over.”Another critical key is a second set of eyes. For that he relies on Todd, his friend and editor of more than 40 years. The two met while Kidder was working at The Atlantic and they have been together ever since. (Todd’s wife, Kidder said, has accused him of “sharing a kidney” with her husband.)Kidder began his time at Harvard studying government. “I wanted to change the world,” he said. But during a lecture by Henry Kissinger, he realized he was “bored” — not with Kissinger, but with his choice of concentration.He credits poet and classicist Robert Fitzgerald, his first English professor at Harvard, with inspiring in him a love of writing.“When you meet a teacher who inspires you tremendously, it’s a two-way street,” said Kidder, who first connected with Fitzgerald in a creative writing course. “You also have to be ready for that teacher in a way, but I certainly was.”He said Fitzgerald took his students seriously, expected “classic work” from them, and taught them one of the most crucial lessons a budding writer can learn: not to fall in love with their own work.“He would point to the wastebasket,” Kidder remembered, “and say, ‘This is the greatest repository I know for writers.’”After college and a year as an Army intelligence officer in Vietnam, Kidder clung to the idea of being a writer. He enrolled in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. The intense seminars made him aware of a higher standard for writing, and of the talented fiction writers who were more likely to write a great novel than he was.Ultimately, Kidder connected with The Atlantic and decided to give long-form narrative nonfiction a try, and it took.His inspirations include poets like Emily Dickinson and writers like John McPhee and George Orwell. When he gets stuck, he frequently goes back to writing with a pen and paper. And he will often open to a random page of “Moby Dick” and read for a while, “Just to feel sort of free enough to write again.”As for finding his subjects, Kidder said it’s not easy, but that he tries to find a person who is doing “something interesting, or who interests me.” It’s not ideas he finds compelling, but people.Above all, he told his audience last month, “the cardinal rule for nonfiction writers is to make what you have … believable to your readers.”You have to find a way to credibly tell your readers, said Kidder: “I know this sounds too good to be true, but it happened.”last_img read more

ND student faces felony charges after attempted stabbing

first_imgThe Notre Dame student who attempted to stab another student in a dorm room earlier this week was charged Wednesday by the county prosecutor. Sophomore Vanessa Cabello was charged with attempted battery, according to the affidavit posted on WNDU’s website. The offense is a class C felony, which is punishable by a maximum sentence of six to eight years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Cabello attempted to stab a male student acquaintance in a Siegfried Hall dorm room Sunday. After a short struggle, the male student was able to take control of the knife and locked Cabello in the room until Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) arrived, the affidavit stated. Cabello told police the male student had sexually assaulted her in her dorm room on Nov. 20, but she had not reported the incident to authorities or sought medical treatment. She also declined medical treatment following the incident on Sunday. The male student said the sex was consensual. The Observer is not naming the male student because he is the alleged victim of a crime, and has not been charged with a crime related to Cabello’s allegations of sexual assault. University Spokesman Dennis Brown released a statement on behalf of the University on Wednesday evening. “Notre Dame is deeply troubled by these events and continues to take all appropriate action to ensure the safety of everyone involved and hold accountable those who have violated the law and/or University policy,” the statement said.  “Whenever the University is made aware of a sexual assault allegation, we take the report seriously and conduct a prompt and thorough investigation.” Cabello told police she went to the male’s room Sunday to discuss frustration she had felt toward him since the alleged sexual assault. She said she brought the knife as “self-defense,” according to the affidavit. Police saw “superficial cuts” on Cabello’s wrists when they entered the room Sunday, but Cabello said the male student had not threatened or struck her in the past or during the incident in his room. University Spokesman Dennis Brown declined to comment on the status of Cabello’s enrollment at Notre Dame, but said the University reserves the right “to temporarily dismiss any student who is charged with a felony.” Brown said the University did not issue an email alert to the student body, as is customary in incidents of crime against students, because NDSP mitigated the threat in a prompt manner. “A timely warning was not issued because the alleged assailant was immediately detained by NDSP and therefore was not a threat to the community,” he said. The University statement said the circumstances leading to the charges against Cabello were “immediately and thoroughly” investigated by NDSP and turned over to local law enforcement. “The University has and will continue to work with the authorities as this matter proceeds through the criminal justice system,” the statement said.last_img read more

Local Officials Asking Residents To Journal Locations, In Event They Become Infected

first_imgMAYVILLE – Another person in Chautauqua County has recovered from COVID-19.The Chautauqua County Health Department’s COVID-19 map reports Tuesday 12 cases in the northeast part of the county, three cases in the southeast and four cases in the south.Of those cases, eight people have recovered, nine remain under active care and two have died.No new cases of the virus were reported Tuesday, according to the county map. “If you go out, please start to journal the details about where you go,” said officials. “Coronavirus is out there, and you will encounter it.”“Every time you come within six feet of someone, you are increasing your chances of contracting the virus,” they furthered. “When I call you, because you have come in contact with someone who has COVID-19, I am going to ask details about where you have been, so be ready. Or, better yet, JUST STAY HOME.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tokenization will supplement EMV fraud prevention

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Brandon BoglerI recently had the pleasure of teaming up with my colleague Brandon Kuehl, TMG product development manager, on a white paper exploring the implications of tokenization for community financial institutions (FIs) that issue credit and debit cards. The paper, “U.S. Participates in the Global Fight Against Card Fraud,” examines how credit unions and community banks are implementing tokenization for the protection of digital payment data.Below is an excerpt from the paper, breaking down how tokenization addresses card-not-present (CNP) fraud, which is expected to increase as EMV chip cards make card-present fraud more difficult in the U.S.:To mitigate the impact of expected digital fraud increases, tokenization has stepped up to the plate. Whereas chip cards were created to address card counterfeiting, tokenization was built to remove card data entirely from digital devices and infrastructure. Not only does this reduce the security vulnerabilities, it also allows issuers additional control of payment devices in the digital channel. Together, EMV and tokenization tag-team to reduce or eliminate fraud in the card-present and CNP channels with minimal to no impact to the cardholder… continue reading »last_img read more