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May
12

Learning accounts frozen

first_imgEducation and Skills Secretary Estelle Morris announced theclampdown as Training Magazine was going to press. She admits to concerns thatsome companies are abusing the scheme, but stresses that the Government’scommitment to lifelong learning is cast-iron. The Individual Learning Account programme will be suspendedfrom 7 December. Learning accounts frozenOn 1 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Describing the announcement as “regrettable”, aspokesperson for UfI says it does not come as a surprise.  “Since earlier in the year, we’ve beenaware of organisations using the learn direct brand in ways which, it seemed tous, were to do with drawing down funding through ILAs. Clearly, when there wassuch evidence about the way in which the scheme was being used, the Governmenthad to act,” she said.  “Our wish is that individual adults would continue tobe supported in learning by Government. We’re reassured to hear from theSecretary of State that lifelong learning remains a Government priority and tohear of her desire to find either another form of the ILA or something toreplace it.” Philip Taylor of the TUC said, “It’s clear that a largenumber of users would have done their training with or without an ILA. It’svital that any new system targets those who wouldn’t have taken up a trainingopportunity without an ILA.”  ILAs have been criticised for not increasing participationin learning among non-learners. Research published in September by the Learningand Skills Development Agency found little evidence that they were being openedby those not already engaged in learning. It recommended the development ofstrategies for using ILAs and the adoption of more proactive marketing tools. Previous Article Next Article The TUC is meeting with the Minister for Adult Skills todiscuss a wide range of issues concerning workplace development. “We wouldwish to be closely involved in the development of whatever takes the place ofILAs. It is clear that a replacement is needed,” said Taylor. The news comes amid revelations that a number of learningproviders are being investigated for possible fraud. There is evidence thatlarge sums of public money have been squandered through unscrupulous providersmaking bogus claims in respect of individuals for training courses that theyhave not followed. Comments are closed. By Elaine Essery Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

May
4

Hagel Commends USS Barry Sailors amid Ongoing Syria Crisis

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Hagel Commends USS Barry Sailors amid Ongoing Syria Crisis View post tag: Commends View post tag: Hagel View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Ongoing Authorities View post tag: Naval View post tag: Syria September 12, 2013 View post tag: Defense View post tag: Barry View post tag: Defence View post tag: Navy View post tag: sailors View post tag: crisis Hagel Commends USS Barry Sailors amid Ongoing Syria Crisis View post tag: USS U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel yesterday called the commanding officer of the USS Barry to express his gratitude to sailors serving in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.Hagel called Navy Cmdr. Thomas Dickinson to thank him and the crew of the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, Little said in a statement summarizing the call.“Secretary Hagel thanked Commander Dickinson and his sailors for their service during this period of heightened readiness,” the press secretary said. “Last month, the USS Barry was ordered to remain at sea beyond their scheduled deployment in preparation for military action against the Syrian regime.“Secretary Hagel commended the USS Barry and the other ships in her group for maintaining their posture and ensuring that the United States military can carry out the orders of the commander in chief, if called upon,” he continued. “He asked Commander Dickinson to relay to all sailors aboard that on the anniversary of Sept. 11, the secretary is proud of the men and women of the U.S. Navy who safeguard our nation far from home.”[mappress]Press Release, September 12, 2013; Image: US DoD Share this articlelast_img read more

Mar
1

Six-year deluge linked to Spanish flu, World War I deaths

first_img When it hits 100 degrees in Siberia … A new collaborative study by a group of scientists and historians finds a connection between the Spanish flu’s European outbreaks, including its most deadly one at the end of World War I, and a six-year period of atrocious weather taking place at the time, which blew in cold temperatures and torrential rain from the North Atlantic.The findings by a team led by Alexander More, a research associate in the Initiative for the Science of the Human Past at Harvard, combines ice-core data from a European glacier with epidemiological and historical records, as well asinstrumental readings in order to map temperature, precipitation, and mortality levels from what they term a “once-in-a-century climate anomaly.” They find the most miserable weather overlapped or just preceded peaks in Spanish flu mortality. The crests also coincide with some of the war’s most notable battles in the years before the flu’s arrival — the Somme, Verdun, Gallipoli. Historical accounts of those actions detail bloody warring between combatants additionally plagued by frostbite, water-filled trenches, and unending mud.More, who is also an associate professor of environmental health at Long Island University and an assistant research professor at the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, said though many other factors doubtless played roles in the outbreak’s deadliness — not least the virus’ natural virulence in a population whose immune systems had never seen it before — the unusual environmental conditions likely also played a role, causing crop failures, physically stressing millions of men living in precarious conditions, and potentially interrupting migratory patterns of waterfowl that are known to carry the disease.,While the rain and mud of the battlefields have been heavily chronicled, “the thing that we didn’t know was what anomaly caused that,” More said. “We also didn’t know how that anomaly functioned, that it was a six-year anomaly. We didn’t know the close pattern between the precipitation record and the pandemic. Basically, we saw a spike in cold, wet marine air from the northwest Atlantic that came down into Europe and lingered.”The work was published in the journal GeoHealth and supported by a grant from Arcadia, a charitable foundation of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. It came about through a collaboration between researchers at Harvard, the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, the University of Nottingham — including archaeologist and historian Christopher Loveluck — and Long Island University. The findings are the latest to stem from an ongoing partnership between Harvard’s Initiative for the Science of the Human Past and the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute. The project pairs Harvard historians and University of Maine climate scientists who’ve drilled and analyzed a 72-meter ice core from the Colle Gnifetti glacier on the Swiss/Italian border.“The fact of the matter is that the ice core has been full of surprises … when we applied for the grant we did not expect to shed light on the flu pandemic of 1918 and weather conditions in the trenches of World War I,” said Michael McCormick, Harvard’s Francis Goelet Professor of Medieval History, chair of the Initiative on the Science of the Human Past, and a senior author on the paper. “With the ice core — over 100 years — you can see what you can’t with the historical record, that this was an extraordinary anomaly.”,Climate Change Institute Director Paul Mayewski, another senior author, said their analysis included chemical proxies for 60 different variables and is able to detect changes in the ice column that relate to specific storms. The most meaningful find was elevated concentrations of sodium and chloride — a marker of the anomaly’s origin in the salty waters of the North Atlantic — between 1914 and 1919 that were unmatched in 100 years.Mayewski said an important factor in enabling the findings was the central European location of the glacier from which the core was taken.“The closer the ice core is to the action, the more relevant it is,” Mayewski said. “I think the most interesting thing [is] that, in a bad sense, a perfect storm occurs. … In this particular case it was the combination of a pandemic and climate change and we all know that that’s exactly what’s happening right now. In the case of World War I, the people who were impacted by this — up to 500 million — were even less likely to get through it because of all the stresses that were already in existence, everything from the battlefield to malnutrition.” “The environment is a complex system. We can’t account for all variables of how climate affects the outbreak of disease, but we know for a fact that it does.” — Alex More COVID-19 targets communities of color Related Historical accounts of conditions at the front commonly mention torrential rains that filled trenches with water, keeping troops continually soaked, and creating seas of churned mud that swallowed, horses, machines, even men. More cited poet Mary Borden, a war nurse and suffragette, who after The Somme wrote “The Song of the Mud,” in which she refers to themuck as “the vast liquid grave of our armies” whose “monstrous, distended belly reeks with the undigested dead.”The study picked up three peaks of heavy rains followed by spikes in mortality in 1915 and 1916, which led to crop failures and hardship during what was called the “turnip winter” in Germany. The final leap in 1918 preceded the Spanish flu’s most deadly wave in autumn as the war was drawing to a close.Though debate remains over the Spanish flu’s origins, there seems little doubt about the deadly impact of waves that began in the spring of 1918 and its connection to wartime troop movements. Though estimates vary, it is thought to have infected 500 million and killed 30 million to 50 million.“The environment is a complex system,” More said. “We can’t account for all variables of how climate affects the outbreak of disease, but we know for a fact that it does.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.center_img Environmentalist predicts more extreme heat events — and disasters linked to them ‘The lesson is to never forget’ Harvard expert compares 1918 flu, COVID-19 Harvard experts say pandemic exacerbates longstanding inequities in American society last_img read more

Jan
17

Larger than Georgia.

first_imgThe tour will leave Atlanta on Aug. 18. It will include field, packing house and processing stops and a free day in Monterey before returning on Aug. 25.Anyone interested in joining the tour must register by July 25. The cost is $900 and includes all air and ground transportation. To learn more about the tour, call your county extension office. Or call Terry Kelley ([email protected]) at (229) 386-3410.last_img

Sep
24

Cardinals Results In SEI Tourney

first_imgSt. Louis Cardinals 7th grade team and the Jac-Cen-Del Eagles paired up again in the second round of the SEI tournament played at South Dearborn Middle School on Tuesday night and it turned out to be a hard fought close game — just as expected 41-39 win in Overtime.The game started with the Cardinals taking a 7-0 lead but the Eagles quickly got on track and were able to tie the score by the end of the quarter 9-9. The 2nd quarter saw the Cardinals outscoring the Eagles by just two points so the 1st half ended with St. Louis leading by the score of 15-13.The game remained closed in the 3rd quarter with Cardinals leading by the narrow margin of 24-23. In the 4th quarter, it looked like St. Louis was going to pull away but with less than 2 minutes to go and the Cardinals up by four points, JCD applied some great defense creating turnovers against St. Louis and allowed the Eagles to come back and tie the game at 32-32. The Eagles had a chance to win the game in regulation as they had the ball with 15 seconds but missed a shot from long range and sent the game into overtime.In overtime, St. Louis got a big basket from Will Freeland right off the tip to put the Cardinals up 2. Then St. Louis got a big bucket from Andrew Oesterling along with a three point play by Sam Voegele in the overtime period. The Eagles kept the game close with their defense but came up a little short as Cardinals were able to come away with a two point victory 41-39.The scoring consisted of Freeland with 6, Riley Schebler 4, Oesterling 9, Lleyton Ratcliffe 6, and Voegele showed up big with 16 points. Jac-Cen-Del was led by TJ Menchhofer with 17, Wil Neal 8, Landon Turner 4, Cameron Gehl 5, Damon Hughes 2, Jarrod Dufrene 2 and Christian Comer had 1.The Cardinals move on the championship game against South Ripley to be played at the Batesville Middle School on Thursday. The game time is 5:30.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Oesterling.The St. Louis 8th grade boys basketball team were unable to sustain the momentum from their first round victory, suffering a loss in the semi finals of the SEI tournament to Greendale 35 to 23.St. Louis and Greendale were tied at 8 after the first quarter, but It was all Greendale after that. St. Louis unable to find any offensive rhythm, were held scoreless in the 2nd quarter. The Cardinals made a brief charge in the third but Greendale answered the bell each time.Zach Harmeyer played an excellent game on both ends of the court and finished with 5 points. Johnathan Deal added 5 points and Jacob Deutsch had 7 points. Charlie Dice and Adam Cox rounded out the scoring with 3 points each.The 8th graders from St. Louis are now 10-12.  They will host St. Nicholas Sunday Januarey 31st, game time 12:00 pm, for the right to play in the first round of the Indianapolis Archdiocesan Tournament held in Indianapolis on February 14th.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Mike Burkhart.last_img read more

Sep
24

Ndidi’s manager has no regrets leaving Celtic

first_img “I adored the players – they were amazing from day one. There was an emptiness leaving them. “The supporters I knew from growing up as one – but I made a professional decision. “Hopefully my legacy at Celtic is the feeling the supporters had for those years. “Hopefully some time later they can accept that. “Now when I watch Neil, who I know well, I am so happy for him. “I am happy for the guys, all the players and for the supporters to keep the momentum going. read also:Rodgers tasks Leicester board on new signings “Hopefully they get the nine this year and then onto ten which would be absolutely brilliant.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Rodgers upset many Bhoys supporters when he walked out before the previous season had finished. Celtic went on to win trophies under temporary and then permanent boss Neil Lennon, but Rodgers’ departure still irks fans. When asked about those weeks, Rodgers said to reporters: “I don’t have regret. “We achieved quite a lot in my period at Celtic. We created history. “I lived the dream as manager there. It was like a magic carpet ride for three years. “Then I had the chance to come back to the Premier League and I had to make a decision. “It was a challenge I wanted to take on but there was sadness at leaving a club I genuinely loved.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All TimeMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedArchaeologists Still Have No Explanation For These DiscoveriesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Largest Cities In The World7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest Car Manufacturers In The World8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them Leicester City boss, Brendan Rodgers has said he has no regrets about leaving Celtic. Loading… last_img read more

Sep
23

Dodge City Raceway Park into the home stretch

first_imgBy Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. – Another season is quickly racing by at Dodge City Raceway Park.Including Friday’s Driver Appreciation Night special, only three nights of championship chase ac­tion remain for the track’s featured divisions of Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.The only point race action that remains after Friday is the third annual SportMod Mayhem event on Aug. 27 and the season-ending Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship on Sept. 24.Attention shifts first to Friday’s Driver Appreciation Night card that fires off at 7:30 p.m.While a large number of free tickets to Friday’s card will be distributed by drivers, additional tick­ets will be available at the gate for $15 for adults with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult.  Pit passes are $30.last_img read more

Sep
20

Matic hails “big player” Terry

first_img Press Association The Serbia midfielder has become a key member of a squad which Terry continues to lead with great authority. The 34-year-old Blues captain is entering the final six months of his Chelsea contract, which was extended for a year last summer. “We will try to prepare ourselves for that game and I hope we will continue to win.” Jose Mourinho has no injury concerns or suspensions, but must determine how best to utilise his squad with matches against Tottenham and Watford, in the FA Cup, in the following seven days. “They are good. They are strong. They are human,” Mourinho told Chelsea TV. “We have to try to find this balance between the good condition they have and the human side of it. “Everyone will be a bit tired, but at the same time smiling you are not so tired. “(Eden) Hazard, (Cesc) Fabregas, Oscar, Willian, Diego (Costa) – they are happy guys on the pitch and they express that happiness in the way they are playing football. “I think it’s not a drama. We have to go for it.” Nemanja Matic hopes to play alongside John Terry for many years to come at Chelsea. Terry, who scored for a second successive game in Friday’s 2-0 defeat of West Ham, is bidding to lead Chelsea to a fourth Premier League title in 10 seasons, but a first since 2010. “John is a big player, he’s our captain and he deserves everything,” Matic told Chelsea TV. “He’s one of the best central defenders in England ever. It’s good to have him in the team. I hope he will continue for a few more years like this.” Should Terry’s form continue it is likely his Chelsea career will be extended in the summer, but his primary focus is on the here and now. So, too, is Matic’s ahead of Sunday’s trip to Southampton, where Chelsea will bid to finish 2014 on a high and begin 2015 on top of the Barclays Premier League. “We are focused always on the next game,” Matic added. “We look at this like a new challenge, like a new opportunity to show our quality and we will continue like this. “We had some stretches in the dressing room (after the West Ham win) and we are already focused on Southampton. last_img read more

Sep
17

J-D boys volleyball reaches first-ever state Division II final

first_img Tags: boys volleyballJ-D Brevin Scullion did it all on the back line, amassing 46 assists and earning 15 digs, while Matt Kemmis managed four assists and nine digs. Jack Moore and Josh Duby had two kills apiece as Nolen Brann earned three digs.Now, J-D and two other sides – Grand Island, from Western New York, and Westhampton Beach, from Long Island, made their way to Albany for the state championships. They would play four sets against each other in a round-robin format in the morning before a best-of-five set final in the afternoon.Going up against Westhampton Beach first, the Rams found itself in a long, back-and-forth battle with the Hurricanes. Both sides squandered multiple set points before, at 30-30, J-D gained back the serve and got the clinching point to win 32-30.With all of the momentum, J-D went on to win the second set 25-17 and, since Grand Island had already swept Westhampton Beach, the state final between the Rams and Vikings was set.Still, those two teams had to finish the round-robin portion. Both sides rested their key players and used reserves, and it turned out that J-D’s reserves were better as it won each of the two sets by margins of 25-18 and 25-17.A few hours later, the state final started, and everything turned around. Grand Island scored the first four points and steadily built its margin throughout the opening set, ultimately taking it by a 25-12 margin.The Vikings also scored the first six points of the second set, bolting out 15-3. Fighting back a bit, J-D did make up some of the margin, but not enough as it lost 25-16.Not letting up, Grand Island leaned on strong serves and a defense that kept all kinds of points alive to frustrate the Rams, the Vikings ultimately taking the state championship when it won the third set 25-11.Even with that result, it was still J-D’s first-ever state finals appearance, which in 2020 it will attempt to duplicate despite seeing standouts like Cieplicki, Scullion, Duby, Matt Kemmis and Nick Kemmis graduate.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story After a four-set victory over Oswego in the Nov. 9 Section III final, J-D met up with Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Section II) in an epochal regional final at Fayetteville-Manlius a week later.Having lost the first set 25-14 to the Spartans, the Rams pulled out a 28-26 second set, absorbed a 25-17 loss in the third set and rallied again, claiming the fourth set 25-17 and the race-to-15 final set 25-19.Plenty of players contributed to that effort. Up front, Matt Cieplicki put away 30 kills, adding two aces and seven digs, while Nick Kemmis earned 14 kills and three blocks. Kenny Hildreth notched four kills to go with his 10 digs.center_img All that happened to the Jamesville-DeWitt boys volleyball team in the 2019 season has changed both the expectations of the program and what it knows it can accomplish.Once content with grabbing local honors, the Red Rams were not stopped until they had reached Saturday’s championship match of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Division II tournament at Albany’s Capital Center.Only there did things end, J-D overwhelmed by Section VI champion Grand Island, but it could not erase all the things the Rams accomplished just to reach that plateau.last_img read more

Sep
17

Black students settle lawsuit against police

first_imgSix USC students successfully passed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department on Wednesday after a 2013 incident in which LAPD officers allegedly raided an off-campus party and used excessive force against the mostly-black attendees. The settlement for $450,000 was approved by LA City Council according to the Los Angeles Times.Around 2 a.m. on May 4, 2013, LAPD responded to a noise complaint at a student end-of-semester party with 79 police officers. The house around 23rd and Hoover streets was apparently targeted because it was hosting a predominantly black party. Attendees alleged a party across the street was left unabated because it was predominantly white, the Los Angeles Times stated. Six students were arrested, and one police officer was injured during the course of the shutdown.Jessica Flores, who was a freshman majoring in communication in 2013, witnessed the events on May 4, and told the Daily Trojan that the force used against students was excessive.“It was a completely innocent party. Just a bunch of people getting together celebrating and the fact that there was a white party across the street and they didn’t say anything to that party — I think that’s wrong and present-day racism,” Flores said.The Monday after the incident, more than 100 students staged a sit-in protest in solidarity with the party attendees. The same day, Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Jackson offered to work alongside students to settle any wrongdoing.“We have heard from many students who are upset with the events of early Saturday morning at an off-campus party,” Jackson said in a statement. “We understand their concern and are working closely with them, and commit ourselves to doing all we can to ensure respectful treatment of [students] at peaceful social gatherings.”The day after the protest, an LAPD-DPS forum at was held on USC for students to voice their experiences. The Ronald Tutor Campus Center Ballroom reached its 750-person capacity and 200 people had to be turned away. The event opened with a compilation of videos recorded by attendees of the May 4 party, which showed students being handcuffed by police. In one video, a female student is shown crying as she is handcuffed on the ground.Four days after the initial event, on Wednesday, May 8, President C. L. Max Nikias weighed in on the incident.“I had complete confidence in my leaders as they fully briefed me in advance on their discussions with student leaders and the plan for last night’s forum,” Nikias said in a statement. “I was pleased that there was an opportunity for an open dialogue and for people to express concerns.”LAPD launched an investigation into the matter, but found that police officers’ reaction was justified since the party was re-started after it was shut down, according to the Los Angeles Times. Yet, several students continued with a lawsuit alleging excessive force and racial bias by LAPD officers. In June 2016, jurors found that several officers did use excessive force and did not have probable cause for arrests, yet the jury did not find officers acting on racial bias.last_img read more