Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article NewsOn 16 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today This week’s news in brief.E-mail staff reinstatedMost of the staff suspended from Royal and Sun Alliance’s Liverpool offices for sending a smutty picture of cartoon character Bart Simpson over the company’s e-mail have been reinstated. Seventy of the staff have returned with written warnings. But 10 other employees who were sacked after the images were found are reportedly not returning to work.Census jobs boomThe Office of National Statistics will create about 70,000 jobs for Census 2001 in the biggest peacetime recruitment drive. The search has already started for for people to deliver and collect forms from every UK household. Part-time positions have a wage of £5.50 an hour. Gay hate mail probeAn investigation has started after eight gay police officers were sent threatening letters in the post. A spokesman for Metropolitan Police said that the Directorate of Professional Standards, formerly the Complaints Investigation Bureau, was investigating a series of malicious letters that were sent to officers based at West End Central. Agencies risk debtEmployment agencies are risking bankruptcy and takeover by going into debt in attempts to gain an advantage over competitors, according to research by Plimsoll Publishing. The survey of 1,000 recruitment agencies found that 84 per cent were in debt, with more than half increasing their level of borrowing last year. Only 144 companies showed no debt at all. BASF axes jobsBASF Pharma is cutting 250 jobs after its decision to close its research and development arm in Nottingham. The German chemical conglomerate claims the closure, at the end of next month, is unavoidable due to rationalisation. Malcolm Parry, group HR manager for Knoll, the division of BASF Pharma which owns the r&d plant, said, “Our employees will receive more than the statutory redundancy payment.”60pc are work-sickMore than 60 per cent of people questioned in a survey said they had suffered work-related ill health. The Twenty4-Seven survey of 300 people also claims that 86 per cent felt that those who had suffered ill health at work had the right to seek compensation. The most frequently reported symptoms were fatigue, sleeplessness, lack of concentration and being run down.Civil servants axed in Mexico restructuringAs many as 8,000 civil service jobs are to be axed by Mexico’s new government to compensate for the larger than expected budget deficit. Half of the 14,000 employees at the state-run National Water Commission will be dismissed, and finance minister Francisco Gil Diaz warned more job cuts to the federal bureaucracy were on the way as part of a massive restructuring. FedEx tie-up to spawn jobs bonanza in USUS delivery company Federal Express is to create hundreds of jobs through a new seven-year alliance with the US Postal Service. The agreement was announced on Wednesday and is expected to generate an extra $7bn (£4.7 bn) a year for FedEx. Fedex will provide domestic air transportation for certain postal services, creating jobs for 500 pilots and 1,000 mechanics and handlers. Silicon Valley skills gap may impact on UKIncreasingly large skills gaps in California’s Silicon Valley could affect UK businesses, new research warns. Los Angeles-based IT firm Networking People says the high-paced environment of Silicon Valley has caused technological innovation to spiral, leaving a skills vacuum in its wake. There are 250,000 vacancies for skilled IT professionals, and the numbers are growing rapidly. Tom Smith, UK director of Networking People said, “What happens in the US will affect what happens in the UK. Businesses in this country must start planning for contingencies.”Shortage of computer engineers addressedDistance learning specialist Resource Development International is investing £1m to build a UK training facility in Coventry to arrest a 17 per cent shortfall in computer engineers. The RDI Midland training centre will have places for 300 students. The first two courses are ‘A’ plus, for those wishing to become specialists in PC support, and Microsoft Certified systems engineer, an advanced course on system engineering.Leicestershire learning account shinesLeicestershire Training and Enterprise Council’s Individual Learning Account has been a resounding success, with 95 per cent of respondents in a survey saying they will continue learning. The findings show that 39 per cent would not have been able to study without their Individual Learning Account. The scheme is intended for staff at small and medium-sized businesses, people returning to work, those seeking training in areas of skills shortages and those with few skills.500 pupils on payroll administration courseA payroll administration course has been launched by the Association of Accounting Technicians to address skills shortages in the sector. In its first year the NVQ/SVQ in payroll administration is being studied by more than 500 pupils in the UK. “Employers are finding it more difficult to find staff who can tackle critical issues,” said Jane Scott Paul, AAT chief executive. Related posts:No related photos.
Tagshamptons-weeklytristate-weekly Southampton Village’s Linden Estate (Photos via Sotheby’s)Southampton Village’s Linden Estate is on the market for $75 million, according to Mansion Global.The 10-acre estate is owned by Jürgen Friedrich, co-founder of the European branch of fashion brand Esprit.Boasting an 18,000-square-foot main home with 12 bedrooms and 15 bathrooms, the estate was built in 1915. The home features many stately rooms, including a wood-paneled library.The grounds are meticulously landscaped and include a grass tennis court, arbors, a fountain, and a carriage house with an attached greenhouse. There are two pools — one outdoor and another in a greenhouse-style building.Friedrich and his wife bought the home in 1999 for $8.5 million and have invested millions of dollars into restorations and renovations over the years. It was on and off the market in the first half of the 2010s.[Mansion Global] — Dennis Lynch Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink
A coupled biogeochemical-physical ocean model is used to study the seasonal and long–term variations of surface pCO2 in the North Atlantic Ocean. The model agrees well with recent underway pCO2 observations from the Surface Ocean CO2 Atlas (SOCAT) in various locations in the North Atlantic. Some of the distinct seasonal cycles observed in different parts of the North Atlantic are well reproduced by the model. In most regions except the subpolar domain, recent observed trends in pCO2 and air–sea carbon fluxes are also simulated by the model. Over the longer period between 1960–2008, the primary mode of surface pCO2 variability is dominated by the increasing trend associated with the invasion of anthropogenic CO2 into the ocean. We show that the spatial variability of this dominant increasing trend, to first order, can be explained by the surface ocean circulation and air–sea heat flux patterns. Regions with large surface mass transport and negative air–sea heat flux have the tendency to maintain lower surface pCO2. Regions of surface convergence and mean positive air–sea heat flux such as the subtropical gyre and the western subpolar gyre have a higher long–term surface pCO2 mean. The North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) plays a major role in controlling the variability occurring at interannual to decadal time scales. The NAO predominantly influences surface pCO2 in the North Atlantic by changing the physical properties of the North Atlantic water masses, particularly by perturbing the temperature and dissolved inorganic carbon in the surface ocean. We show that present underway sea surface pCO2 observations are valuable for both calibrating the model, as well as for improving our understanding of the regionally heterogeneous variability of surface pCO2. In addition, they can be important for detecting any long term change in the regional carbon cycle due to ongoing climate change.
Tags: League of Women Voters, NDVotes, Pizza Pop and Politics, registration training To counter the national, steady decrease in voter turnout throughout the United States, NDVotes — a campaign led by the Center for Social Concerns — and the South Bend chapter of the League of Women Voters tried to help students learn how to register to vote Tuesday afternoon in Geddes Hall as part of the Pizza, Pop and Politics lecture series. A study done by PBS showed that in the 2014 midterm elections, Indiana had the worst voter turnout of any state, with only twenty-eight percent of the eligible voting population casting ballots. Junior Prathm Juneja, who led part of the discussion and works with NDVotes to participate in door-to-door canvassing throughout South Bend to encourage voter registration, said he is passionate about raising South Bend’s voter turnout numbers.“Voting rights and voter turnout are the closest things we have to fundamental democracy rights,” Juneja said. “They govern all aspects of politics, and that’s what’s going to govern the rest of people’s lives. I think the passion comes from this being the best way to give power to the people on issues that affect everyone.”Juneja, along with sophomore Steven Higgins, spoke to a room of around 30 students about the recent purge of Indiana voters from the Secretary of State’s office. “Eleven thousand voters were purged in South Bend last year, and the population is only about 101,000,” Higgins said. Purged voters are given minimal notice through mail, and the purge disproportionately affected communities of color in South Bend, Higgins said.Two members of the League of Women Voters, Dianna Schmitz and co-director of the League’s voter registration program Nancy Johnson, encouraged students to get involved in registering voters in the community. According to the League of Women Voters website, the non-partisan organization was founded in the 1920s and has led campaigns for equal access to education and employment, as well as leading efforts toward voters’ education programs. The South Bend chapter hosts events throughout the year to push for voter registration and spread accurate information to the local community about their voting rights, Johnson said. She said their voter registration program began in 2011 with a mission of expanding voter equality and as of this week they have registered over five thousand voters. According to the state of Indiana’s website, the deadline for Indiana midterm elections voter registration is April 9, and students who live in other states can file for absentee ballots. “We encounter a lot of urban myths and incorrect information that people pass to each other,” Johnson said. “For example, in Indiana, if you are currently not incarcerated and living in your new address for at least a month, you can register to vote and vote for the rest of your life. People are listening to these wrong urban legends. That is one of our barriers to voting. We also find that people wondering about their citizenship status, that is another barrier.”
A Saint Mary’s student and Holy Cross alumnus are taking advantage of Kickstarter to launch their card game idea, “Top Dog,” June 1.2018 Holy Cross alumnus Emmanuel Asencio designed the game in high school as a way to meet people, he said.“I grew up having to move around to different schools,” Ascencio said. “I attended three different high schools and decided to develop a card game to bring people together and to find new friends. It was a way for me to interact with other students.”Through playing the game in high school, he met Saint Mary’s senior Jessica Clark, who has also contributed to the game.“I have aided in the development process, formatted the instructions of the game and have financially supported this game,” Clark said. “I pushed to continue bringing people together to play in a college environment.”According to Ascencio, the game was originally robber-baron political themed. However, he switched it to dog-themed to be appealing to more players, he said. The website markets “Top Dog” as a game for everyone, but especially dog lovers.“When determining rankings of this game, I wanted to make it seem like the players were living in a dog’s world,” Ascencio said.After changing the theme, Ascencio said he decided to include his own dog in the game.“The cover of ‘Top Dog’ is my Border Collie, Duff,” Ascencio said. “I wanted to incorporate Duff in the game somehow, so I decided he would be on the cover as a grown-up version and in the game as one of the cards as a puppy version.”Official rules to this game will not be posted until the launch of the game on June 1, Ascencio said.According to the “Top Dog” website, the game can be played by people who are 7 years old and older, with two to six players at a time. The game only takes around one minute to learn and 15 minutes to play, the website said.“This is a game that is simple and can be played repetitively without boring the players over time,” Ascencio said. “This game can be played in quick rounds of two to five minutes, so there is no lengthy time commitment.”The Kickstarter launch will last 60 days, with a goal of $5,000, the website said. The launch will include a promotional and instructional video along with different opportunities for backers to own “Top Dog.” While Ascencio and Clark hope for the success of this product, they said that more than anything, they want others to have the chance to play and experience this game.“The goal of Top Dog is to bring people together with an interactive and competitive card game,” Clark said. “We ultimately want people to have fun. Now that Emmanuel has graduated, and I am about to, we have made this game into a product so others can enjoy.”Tags: card game, Kickstarter, Top Dog
ST. LOUIS – They are members of the same division. They’re perennial playoff teams. And they’re meeting for the second year in a row with a trip to the World Series at stake. All right! Let’s have some fightin’ words between these obviously bitter rivals. “They run a classy organization over there,” said Lance Berkman of the Houston Astros. “We have a lot of respect for them.” Hmm, maybe we’ll fare better at stirring things up in the opposing clubhouse. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “They’re a good bunch of guys,” said David Eckstein of the St. Louis Cardinals. “It’s hard to dislike them.” Thud. Clearly, this isn’t Middle America’s version of Yankees-Red Sox. In fact, it’s not even close to being the best rivalry in the NL Central – that distinction belongs to the Cardinals-Cubs. “That’s at a different level because of the fans,” Eckstein conceded. “I don’t know that you’ll find a Cardinals fan who says he hates the Astros more than the Cubs.” But, when it comes to performance on the field, the Cardinals and Astros have risen to the top of the senior circuit. They’re back for the first NL championship series rematch in 13 years, which begins with Game 1 tonight at soon-to-be-demolished Busch Stadium (a new stadium, set to open in 2006, is rising next door). “It’s a classic from a baseball standpoint,” Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. “Maybe you don’t get as much passion from the fans during Cardinals-Astros as you do for Cardinals-Cubs. But we’re building a pretty good passion base for our fans and for each other because we play so much.” Indeed, there are many similarities between the teams. Both have deep starting rotations. Both have dominating closers. Both have versatile offenses that can go long or manufacture runs when the situation calls for it. And both are making a habit of playing in October. St. Louis has six playoff appearances over the past decade, reaching the NLCS four times and the World Series a year ago with a seven-game victory over the Astros – a memorable series that was overshadowed by Boston’s comeback win against the Yankees in the ALCS. The Cardinals stayed alive when Jim Edmonds hit a game-winning homer in the 12th inning of Game 6. St. Louis closed out the series by beating Roger Clemens in Game 7. Houston is making its sixth playoff appearance in nine years and looking to reach the World Series for the first time in franchise history. The Astros made a breakthrough last year by escaping the opening round, beating perennial nemesis Atlanta. They knocked off the Braves again this year, advancing with an 18-inning win Sunday – the longest game in postseason history. Now, even after meeting 16 times during the regular season and preparing for Astros-Cardinals II, both sides say it’s impossible to drum up the sort of hatred that signifies a truly passionate rivalry. For one, Houston still feels like a junior member instead of an equal partner. The Cardinals followed up last year’s NL pennant – the 16th in franchise history – by going 11-5 against the Astros this season on the way to 100 wins and a runaway victory in the Central Division. Houston finished 11 games back, but managed to pull out the wild card after falling 15 games under .500 early in the year. “It’s not really going to be a rivalry until we start beating the Cardinals a couple of times,” Astros manager Phil Garner said. “When they go home mad, then it will be a rivalry. Right now, it’s kind of one-sided.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
5 October 2007South Africans David Goldblatt and Barry Lategan were among 22 photographers from around the world who were honoured at the Royal Photographic Society’s prestigious annual awards ceremony in London on Thursday.Goldblatt and Lategan were awarded honorary fellowships for their “significant individual achievements and contributions to the art and science of photography.”David Goldblatt“David Goldblatt’s photographs have documented the prosaic details of South African life for over five decades now,” Sean O’Toole writes in his biography of Goldblatt on art website Artthrob.“Whether photographing the stolid white suburb of Boksburg, or recording the invisible assault of apartheid by taking an early morning bus ride with the transported of KwaNdebele, his photographs have consistently impressed because of their eloquent humanism.”Born in Randfontein, a gold mining town near Johannesburg, in 1930, Goldblatt decided he wanted to be a magazine photographer while at high school.At the time, the field was almost unknown in South Africa, and he went to work in his father’s outfitting store while taking a bachelor of commerce degree at Witwatersrand University. After his father’s death in 1962, he sold the business and devoted his time to photography.Goldblatt has worked for corporations and institutions in South Africa and overseas, and his work has featured in documentaries and magazines. He has won numerous awards.In 1989, Goldblatt founded the Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg, teaching disadvantaged youngsters photographic skills. In 2001, his retrospective, David Goldblatt: 51 Years, toured in New York, Barcelona, Rotterdam, Lisbon, Oxford, Brussels, Munich and Johannesburg.Barry LateganSouth African born Barry Lategan came to England to study at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, during which time he was called to national service in Germany, where his interest in photography developed.He opened a studio in London in 1965, where he took the first photographs of Twiggy, before moving to New York to live and work between 1977 and 1990.Lategan’s photographs have been published worldwide in Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire and Life.His subjects have included Iman, Princess Anne, Calvin Klein, Jackie Bisset, Paul and Linda McCartney, David Bailey, Jean Shrimpton, Penelope Tree, Germaine Greer, Paloma Picasso, Lauren Hutton, Salman Rushdie, Margaux Hemingway, Marie Helvin, Bianca Jagger, and Jerry Hall.His work has been exhibited and retained in the Victoria & Albert Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern, the South African National Gallery and the University of Santa Barbara. He has also received numerous prestigious American and British Awards.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Live, work and play. What makes Johannesburg the best African city for young people?. (Image: Youthful Cities) 18 February 2014The first comprehensive list to measure the liveability of the world’s cities from the perspectives, expectations and demands of the youth population – as voted for by the youth themselves – has rated Joburg among the top world cities, beating rivals across Africa.Read more on Media Club South Africa: Joburg is the top place to be for Africa’s youth
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A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#Google#Microsoft#news#web Google just announced that it now uses public data from the World Bank to display graphs for queries like “children per woman in brazil” or “internet users in the united states.” To do so, Google makes uses of the World Bank’s public API. Through this, Google can access 17 World Development Indicators. Google displays this data in interactive graphs that make it easy to compare stats for different countries. The timing of this announcement was likely planned to coincide with the news about Wolfram Alpha’s integration with Microsoft’s Bing. Google vs. WolframEarlier this year, Google also added data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Division to its search results page. The queries that Google showcases in today’s blog post (gdp of a country, internet users in the US or energy use in Iceland) are exactly the kind of queries where Wolfram Alpha excels. Currently, Bing doesn’t display this kind of data from Wolfram Alpha and just focuses on math and nutrition, but a deeper integration between the two is just a matter of time. Wolfram Alpha uses curated data sets – just like the World Bank or Census Bureau data – to compute its results. Google’s current use of this data is less ambitious. Google wants to make public data more accessible – Wolfram Alpha wants to be a ‘computational knowledge engine’ that can manipulate these data sets. Google Wants Your Public DataOne interesting aspect of today’s blog post is that Google points out that there are “still many other data sets and sources out there, and we’re excited about the possibilities for the future.” Google also asks data publishers who are interested in making their data discoverable in Google to contact the company.In the current implementation, Google can display results for the following types of questions: CO2 emissions per capita, Electricity consumption per capita, Energy use per capita, Exports as percentage of GDP, Fertility rate, GDP deflator change, GDP growth rate, GNI per capita in PPP dollars, Gross Domestic Product, Gross National Income in PPP dollars, Imports as percentage of GDP, Internet users as percentage of population, Life expectancy, Military expenditure as percentage of GDP, Mortality rate, under 5, Population, and Population growth rate. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinois