Asda staff able to improve ‘basic skills’ while at work

first_imgAsda staff able to improve ‘basic skills’ while at workOn 16 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Supermarket chain Asda is to roll out a new scheme that allows staff to gothrough basic skills training during work time – while still on full pay. The Skills for Life project gives employees with below-average numeracy orliteracy skills the chance to attend courses designed to improve their reading,writing and arithmetic abilities. The initiative has already had a successful trial in the Midlands, where 80workers from 10 different stores attended one of the 10-week courses. The programme attracted staff who suffered with dyslexia and learningdifficulties, and some who had simply forgotten basic skills over the years,and gave them the opportunity to gain a formal qualification. Marie Gill, Asda’s head of organisational development, believes the trainingwill prove popular because staff won’t have to fit it in around familycommitments. “This training can make a huge difference to people’s lives and helpsbuild confidence,” she said. “It also improves their performance atwork, but that is a bonus.” Asda trained a team of specialist learning representatives to link up withlocal colleges and identify staff who might benefit from the training. It also received some funding for the project from the Department forEducation and Skills. By next spring, Gill hopes to have made some progress on extending thescheme, which could help as many as 5,000 Asda staff each year. last_img read more

A multi-sensor and modeling approach for mapping light under sea ice during the ice-growth season

first_imgArctic sea ice is shifting from a year-round to a seasonal sea ice cover. This substantial transformation, via a reduction in Arctic sea ice extent and a thinning of its thickness, influences the amount of light entering the upper ocean. This in turn impacts underice algal growth and associated ecosystem dynamics. Field campaigns have provided valuable insights as to how snow and ice properties impact light penetration at fixed locations in the Arctic, but to understand the spatial variability in the under-ice light field there is a need to scale up to the pan-Arctic level. Combining information from satellites with state-of-the-art parameterizations is one means to achieve this. This study combines satellite and modeled data products to map under-ice light on a monthly timescale from 2011 through 2018. Key limitations pertain to the availability of satellitederived sea ice thickness, which for radar altimetry, is only available during the sea ice growth season. We clearly show that year-to-year variability in snow depth, along with the fraction of thin ice, plays a key role in how much light enters the Arctic Ocean. This is particularly significant in April, which in some regions, coincides with the beginning of the under-ice algal bloom, whereas we find that ice thickness is the main driver of under-ice light availability at the end of the melt season in October. The extension to the melt season due to a warmer Arctic means that snow accumulation has reduced, which is leading to positive trends in light transmission through snow. This, combined with a thinner ice cover, should lead to increased under-ice PAR also in the summer months.last_img read more

Canadian Navy frigates return from Asia-Pacific deployment

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Canadian Navy frigates return from Asia-Pacific deployment View post tag: HMCS Winnipeg August 9, 2017 Canadian Navy frigates return from Asia-Pacific deployment Authorities View post tag: HMCS Ottawacenter_img Share this article View post tag: Royal Canadian Navy View post tag: Poseidon Cutlass Two Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigates returned from a five-month deployment to the Asia-Pacific on August 8.Her Majesty’s Canadian (HMC) Ships Winnipeg and Ottawa returned to Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt concluding a deployment which the Canadian Navy refers to as Poseidon Cutlass 17.Poseidon Cutlass provided an opportunity to engage in numerous exercises with regional partner navies at sea and to take part in key events and engagements in ports across the regionDuring the deployment, HMC Ships Winnipeg and Ottawa worked with regional partner navies including the Royal Australian Navy, the Chilean Navy, the People’s Liberation Army (Navy), the French Navy, the Indian Navy, the Indonesian Navy, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, the Republic of Korea Navy, the Royal Malaysian Navy, the Royal New Zealand Navy, the Pakistan Navy, the Philippine Navy, the Russian Navy, the Republic of Singapore Navy, the Sri Lankan Navy, the United States Navy and the Vietnam People’s Navy.The warships visited 14 different ports during their deployment, in a total of 10 countries including China, Guam, India, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka and the United States.Warship deployments such as this also place sea-based capability “in-region”, where it can provide options for the Government of Canada should a timely Canadian response be necessary; as was the case recently when HMCS Vancouver provided relief after New Zealand’s earthquake last year.HMC Ships Winnipeg and Ottawa are Halifax-class frigates with crews of 227 and 209 personnel, respectively. This includes a CH-124 Sea King helicopter air detachment which was embarked on HMCS Winnipeg.last_img read more

William E. Craig

first_imgWilliam E. Craig, age 65, of Ocean City, NJ, passed away due to ALS, after a long illness at home with his family by his side. Bill was born and raised in Trenton, NJ.  He graduated from St. Anthony’s High School and Mercer County College.  Soon after, he moved to Ocean City, NJ.  It is here that he followed his love of surfing and for several years owned a surf shop.  Bill was a successful Custom Builder for over 40 years, and his beautiful work is evident in this and surrounding towns.Bill is survived by his mother, Jean Craig, two sisters, Nancy Craig Abbott (Art),  Susan C. Malloy, two brothers, James Craig and Robert Craig, a niece Jennifer Malloy Zonnas (Chris), great nephew Sebastian Zonnas and great niece Fiona Zonnas, his niece Jessica Malloy, a  nephew, James Malloy (Rachel) (with expectant great-niece Sophia)  and nephew John Malloy.He was predeceased by his father, William J. Craig, brother-in-law, Michael A. Malloy, and nephew, Joseph Malloy.A Memorial Mass will be offered Saturday, February 10th at 11 o’clock from St. Frances Cabrini of St. Damien Parish, 2nd Street at Atlantic Avenue, Ocean City, NJ where friends may call from ten o’clock until the time of mass. Burial is private.In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to: UMass ALS Champion Fund,   UMass Medical School Office of Advancement, 333 South Street,  Shrewsbury, MA 01545.   508-856-5520. or to Jefferson Weinberg ALS Center,  Attn: Kate Monahan,  Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience & Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience, JHN-4th floor- Suite 408, 900 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. condolences to the family, visit .last_img read more

Watch Khruangbin Perform Their Signature Thai Funk At The Otis Mountain Get Down [Pro-Shot]

first_imgGearing up for their 2017 event, Otis Mountain Get Down has released spectacular video footage from last year’s festival. Khruangbin, a thai funk, surf soul trio from Texas, made quite the impression, as Laura Lee (bass), Mark Speer (guitar), and Donald Johnson (drums) presented their 1960-esque psychedelia-infused sounds at the 2016 event. The festival has shared pro-shot footage from their performance, which you can watch below.Watch Khruangbin perform “People Everywhere (Still Alive)”, “The Number 3” and “The Number 4” below at Otis Mountain Get Down:Performing at this year’s festival are: Jojo Abot, Delicate Steve, Overcoats, Sam Evian, Landlady, The Go Rounds, LuxDeluxe, Upstate Rubdown, Liz Cooper & The Stampede, smalltalker, Kepa, Stuyedeyed, Iron Eyes Cody, Sam Moss, Common Holly, Ada Lea, Le Grotto, The Ladles, T.O.Speers, Glenn Echo, and The Wormdogs. More information is available on the festival website.[Photo by Malcolm Watts]last_img read more

Campus Ministry hosts Las Posadas

first_imgThe Catholic liturgical season of Advent, which began Sunday, marks a time of preparation for the celebration of Christmas, and Campus Ministry is hosting a corresponding celebration of Las Posadas, a traditional procession that celebrates the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem before Christ was born. Las Posadas, which means “lodgings” in Spanish, will be celebrated Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9:30 p.m. at the Grotto. Participants will then continue to Fisher Hall, Farley Hall and the Coleman-Morse Center, all of which are co-sponsors for the celebration.Campus Ministry intern and senior Steven Fisher, who focuses on Latino ministry, said in an email that the event will be a condensed version of the traditional celebration. “If you were to grow up in Mexico, Central America or the Southwest United States, the celebration of Las Posadas would be a hallmark for nine days of your Advent season,” he said. “Each day you and your family would join a procession led by two individuals dressed as Mary and Joseph, and together, everyone reenacts their journey to the inn in Bethlehem. You’d arrive at certain designated homes in the neighborhood and in song ask for lodging until the homeowner finally recognizes Mary and Joseph. Once inside everyone joins together for prayer and good tamales, piñatas, punch and, if you’re my grandmother, a hidden bottle of tequila.”Fisher said the Notre Dame version will start with a short gathering at the Grotto before two students, in the role of Mary and Joseph, lead a musical procession to each building, where there will be a short prayer service and Gospel reading before refreshments are served. Coro Primavera, a Spanish choir, and MariachiND will lead the songs. “The song we sing goes back and forth between the procession and the hosts playing the role of the innkeepers,” Fisher said. “It’s one that illuminates my own childhood memories in Mexico of days leading to Christmas and allows my heart to swell with love for my own faith and heritage. To ask for lodging not only from the cold, but also from our own loneliness and longing to be loved and love others invites everyone to open their hearts. Together as a community, we serve as each other’s shelter.”Offering different Catholic traditions at Notre Dame is important because it exposes students to different “modes of expression that the Catholic faith offers for everyone’s spiritual growth,” Fisher said. “For Latino students and all who participate, Las Posadas presents an opportunity to forge culture and identity in creative alliance for an understanding of faith that collaborates with tradition, local experience and scripture, and as a result, reclaims the diversity of Catholicism as a source of vitality,” he said. Elaine DeBassige, rector of Farley Hall and the woman who brought Las Posadas to campus, said in an email that including cultural Catholic traditions is important because it embodies the Catholic faith. “Christ invites everyone to the table, and by including other cultural celebrations, it gives light to the many ways people from around the world come together to honor and praise God.” Tags: Advent, Campus Ministry, Las Posadaslast_img read more

Enel head of global power generation says company’s coal exit will happen faster than expected

first_imgEnel head of global power generation says company’s coal exit will happen faster than expected FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Italian utility Enel SpA will likely close its remaining coal-fired power stations around the world faster than anticipated, with worsening economics for the fuel leading to billions in write-downs and making an even stronger case to replace capacity with gas-fired plants and renewable energy.The company is still one of the largest owners of coal plants among European utilities and last month was placed on a watchlist by Norway’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund for falling foul of new environmental guidelines, which require companies to own less than 10,000 MW of coal capacity.But Antonio Cammisecra, head of global power generation at Enel, said in an interview that the company expects to reach that milestone by the end of this year — likely accelerating Enel’s eventual exit from coal, tentatively planned for 2030.Enel now wants to close its last coal plant in Chile several years ahead of schedule, after which it will have only one small Colombian unit left in Latin America. In October, the company sold its last coal plant in Russia. “We’ll do it faster than we expected just one year ago,” Cammisecra said. “No doubt, by 2025, Enel will be out of coal in Italy and, mostly, around the world.”The rest of its coal stock, roughly 11,000 MW in all, is in Europe: In Italy, the company just got permission to close a 660-MW unit at its plant in Brindisi, while two of its five remaining plants in Spain also have the green light for decommissioning.“It must be done. And the quicker we do it, the better for everybody,” Cammisecra said. “We’re basically not burning coal right now … and this is not a temporary factor,” Cammisecra said, pointing to increasing generation from wind and solar, cheap gas and a tightening emissions market in Europe, which are all eating into margins for coal. “I think this [dynamic] is here to stay,” he said. “So better to close these plants now.”[Yannic Rack]More ($): Enel eyes faster coal exit as worsening economics ‘here to stay’last_img read more

Outdoor Updates: Mussels are being killed by a mysterious disease

first_imgThe die offs stand out because they are affecting only mussels. “It seemed very strange that there was one species out of a biodiverse assemblage that was being affected,” Tony Goldberg, a veterinary epidemiologist at the University of Wisconsin told The Guardian. “From an epidemiologist perspective that is a red flag for infectious disease.”  In Tennessee, researchers are studying the mass die-off of the pheasantshell mussel in the Clinch River, which has spread up the river into Virginia. Usually, mass die-offs of animals in rivers are caused by human action, such as oil spills, but scientists suspect this event is caused by disease.  It’s not the first time a mass die-off of mussels has been observed in Tennessee. In the 1980’s and 1990’s a similar phenomenon took place on the Holston and Powell Rivers. Back then, researchers were also unable to determine the cause. “When you talk about these massive global extinctions, these are the species that are really blinking out,” Jordan Richard, a wildlife biologist studying the Clinch River mussel die-off told The Guardian. “And there’s so many of them nobody even notices.” Mussels are dying off, killed by a mysterious disease in places around the U.S., including Tennessee and Virginia The death of a large number of mussels can change the ecosystem in rivers. And the worry is not just for the mussels. If it is a disease killing the invertebrates, there’s a chance it could adapt and spread to other freshwater species over time. There are approximately 300 freshwater mussel species in North America, 71% of which are considered endangered, threatened or of concern. In the southeast alone, it is estimated that close to 24 species of mussels have gone extinct.last_img read more

Northport Man Dies 6 Days After Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 47-year-old Northport man who had been hospitalized since crashing his vehicle last weekend died early Friday morning.Suffolk County police said Douglas Caldwell was driving his Nissan eastbound on Veterans Memorial Highway in Hauppauge when the vehicle lost control, entered the center divider, struck a tree and overturned shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday.Witnesses unsuccessfully tried to pull him from the vehicle before Commack Fire Department firefighters got him out. Caldwell was critically injured and taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center, where he died six days later.Fourth Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the crash to call themat 631-854-8452.last_img read more

NAFCU welcomes capital ANPR, urges pilot program

first_imgNAFCU Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt on Monday welcomed the NCUA’s advanced notice of proposed rulemaking on alternative forms of capital and recommended that a framework be developed through a pilot program, similar to the one used for the derivatives rule.“A regulatory capital framework that authorizes supplemental capital would grant credit unions an additional option to guard against risk, achieve growth, and ensure that our industry remains a bedrock of stability for the 106 million Americans who currently look to credit unions as a vital source of affordable financial services,” Hunt wrote to the NCUA.Hunt, in a letter, said NAFCU’s approach to alternative capital emphasizes the following general principles:that the not-for-profit, mutual, member-owned structure of credit unions be preserved;that their capital structure not be fundamentally changed and that the safety and soundness of the credit union community be preserved; continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more