Our manifesto moves work to top of agenda

May 12, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgJohn Prescott’s left jab has made most news, with Oliver Letwin’sdisappearance after “aspiring” to £20bn of tax cuts the prime policygaffe. Tony Blair has hinted darkly at a new radicalism about public servicedelivery, but otherwise the election has not added much to our stock ofknowledge. Whether education or crime, the issues are tediously familiar. Andif we were hoping that work might be talked about, think again. It is this omission that has prompted our own small effort to make an impacton the agenda. The Industrial Society’s manifesto, published last week, takesmaking work better as its theme. The quality of work should be a centralelection issue, together with health, education and taxation. Work is, ofcourse, a source of income; but it is also where we act on the world, the routeto our personal development and the site of many of our most important socialinteractions. How work is organised is thus of fundamental importance to everycitizen. Better work, increased economic competitiveness, higher levels ofproductivity and more and better jobs all go hand-in-hand. Yet the British workbadly. Our productivity is too low. We use our time inefficiently and uncreatively.Too many of our companies do not husband or respect their human resources aswell as they could, nor accept that it increasingly matters how a pound ofprofit is made. Inequalities in the treatment of women, older workers andethnic minorities disfigure too many British workplaces. Our skills areinadequate. Unemployment and under-employment, despite the strides made, remaintoo high and are too frequently concentrated in increasingly detached ghettosin our major towns and cities. Work that is voluntary, community-based or inthe home is deemed valueless. So what do we want the new Government to do? A list of our specific, detailed recommendations can be found in ourmanifesto (www.indsoc.co.uk) but, in essence, the new Government needs to do threefundamental things. First, to raise people’s aspirations by developingworld-class primary, secondary, tertiary and workplace education and learningcapabilities. Second, it needs to encourage a climate that creates and nurturesthe “just companies” that care about the how as much as the how muchwhen it comes to profits – and our ideas range from a new companies act toimproved information and consultation procedures. Finally, the new Government needs to encourage workplaces that includerather than discriminate across the range of issues – age, gender, disability,ethnic background. There is a case for a standing Discrimination Commission, awatchdog for all acts of discrimination. The message on work is that quality is as important as quantity. We needmore employment, but also meaningful employment. The two must go hand in hand. ByWill HuttonChief executive, the Industrial Society Our manifesto moves work to top of agendaOn 30 May 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Sublittoral epifaunal communities at Signy Island, Antarctica. II. Below the ice-foot zone

May 9, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgPhotographic samples were taken every 5 m along two 40 m transects on mostly rock face at Signy Island, Antarctica, during the austral winter of 1991. Dense and taxonomically rich communities of benthos occurred at most of the sublittoral study locations. These communities, however, varied significantly with substratum type, substratum profile and depth. Algae were generally the largest occupiers of space, but the area of substratum colonised by animal taxa increased whenever the profile approached vertical. Shallower than 15 m, disturbance effects, largely from ice, restricted community development to a high degree, but the frequency of disturbance at 25 m appeared to maintain high diversity by preventing domination of the assemblage by a few competitively superior taxa. Bryozoans, and to a lesser extent sponges, were the most abundant animal phyla. Among the bryozoans, species with an encrusting growth form occurred at the shallowest depths followed by encrusting massive/folaceous species and, at 40 m, the erect flexible forms. The ratio of encrusting to erect bryozoan species changed rapidly over the 0 to 50 m depth zone, from exclusively encrusting at 0 to 5 m to approaching 1 at 50 m. The erect bryozoans studied, from the shallow sublittoral to 290 m, could be classified as encrusting massive (foliaceous), erect flexible or erect rigid forms. There was some suggestion, despite the overlap between groups and considerable intra-group variation, that encrusting massive forms were abundant in the shallowest water, followed by erect flexible forms and then erect rigid forms with increasing depth. Some species which occurred as encrusting massive/foliaceous forms in deeper water occurred mostly in encrusting form only in shallow water (<15 m).last_img read more

QinetiQ North America to deliver arresting gear for USS John F. Kennedy

May 4, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today QinetiQ North America to deliver arresting gear for USS John F. Kennedy QinetiQ North America to deliver arresting gear for USS John F. Kennedy QinetiQ North America, a defence-based technology company announced that it has been awarded a contract to deliver control hardware and software for the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) to be installed on the U.S. Navy’s future aircraft carrier, the USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79).The contract is awarded by General Atomics in San Diego, California and has a value of $16 million.It is the result of a multi-year production task to update, procure, assemble and test launch control and arresting control hardware. QNA has also provided the hardware and software for the EMALS Launch Control System, as well as control hardware and software for the AAG system for USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).Andrew Courier, Director of Maritime Systems at QNA, said: “QinetiQ North America is honored to once again be working with General Atomics to begin production on the second ship in the Ford-class, CVN 79. We are proud to play a role in providing the Navy with this latest technology that will increase reliability, improve operational efficiencies and significantly decrease lifecycle costs.”Development and production of the hardware and software will be done in QNA’s Waltham, Massachusetts facility.[mappress mapid=”17573″] View post tag: USS John F. Kennedy Authorities View post tag: US Navy Share this article January 5, 2016 View post tag: QinetiQlast_img read more

Oxford plans climate change lectures

May 3, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgUnder pressure from student-led activism, lecturers in Oxford and other universities across the country will be turning over their usual timetables next week to devote teaching time to climate change.The plans are a way of raising awareness before the UN’s climate change summit in Copenhagen in December.Oxford University will be taking part in a national climate change awareness campaign initiated by the Campaign Against Climate Change, backed by the national University and College Union, over 50 top academics, 5 Oxford JCRs and OUSU’s Environment and Ethics Committee.A series of lectures, talks and debates will be taking place throughout 8th week on the subject, including a debate:  “Is the University Doing Enough in the face of Climate Catastrophe”, a talk by eminent philosopher, John Broome on “The Ethics of Climate Change” and a lecture to be given by the head of Oxford’s Climate Dynamics department, Myles Allen.Much of the week’s activity, however, will be focused on the 1st December, when lecturers from a number of departments around the University will turn over the content of their ordinary lectures to climate change.Although negotiations are ongoing between Oxford Education against climate change, a pressure group of mostly undergraduate students, and departments across the University, lecturers in Physics, Earth Sciences, PPE and Philosophy have already committed to give over teaching time to the cause.The Physics department has pledged to dedicate the last ten minutes of every lecture given in 8th week to discussion of climate change, while the Earth Sciences department has given a similar pledge.Sophie Rimington-Pounder, a second year Physics student said, “I think it’s a good idea – it promotes a crucial aspect to today’s science, as long as it is more relevant to the scientific aspect of climate change and not completely politically charged.”However, a Physics student from Magdalen was less supportive: “I think raising awareness is a good thing, but I’d be disappointed if it takes time away from actually teaching my course. I’m not sure whether talking for ten minutes to a group of people who don’t really want to be there is the best way of promoting any cause, even a worthwhile one.” Political Theory and Utilitarianism lecturers have also agreed to devote time to the subject on the 1st and throughout the week, and various PPE lectures on the 1st are being modified with climate change in mind.Mike Webb, a second year PPE student from Balliol will be attending the Political Theory lecture and argues that climate change poses many questions for the political theorist about the role of government. “Some of the world’s most eminent political philosophers, such as Michael Sandal, John Broome and Amartya Sen, are thinking and writing about these questions, so I for one am looking forward to hearing what Stuart White, the lecturer, has to say on the subject.”Other departments involved include the International Development Department, which held a series of evening lectures this week including “Climate change refugees: What’s all the fuss about?” and will also be turning over its timetable on Tuesday 1st.Jake Colman, a 3rd year Physics student at St. Peter’s involved in pressuring departments to take action explained the initiative, “These actions mark the beginning of a long-term campaign both to activate students in the struggle against climate change and to challenge the current conception of education as something decided upon from above…with Climate Change already thought to be killing about 300,000 people a year and rising fast, we currently face a threat to humanity itself. [The UN Climate Conference in] Copenhagen will not provide the answers we need. The solution doesn’t simply lie with our leaders, who are driven by economic and political interest – it lies with us.”Another Oxford student involved, Amy Gilligan argued, “So far the responses to the impending catastrophe of climate change that are visible in the UK’s educational institutions are feeble. In subjects like Physics, Economics and Geography isolated courses on climate change are taught, but we lack the integration at every level, with every subject and at every age group that is necessary for the kind of widespread consciousness that we need.”The week’s national activities will culminate in students around the country joining “The Wave” in London – set to be the largest climate change demonstration hitherto staged in the capital.last_img read more

Robert Askins’ Hand to God Starts Previews

January 18, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgOffbeat comedy Hand to God begins performances off-Broadway February 19. Penned by Robert Askins, the new MCC Theater mounting will be directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel. Opening night is set for March 10 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Hand To God Along with Steven Boyer as Jason and his alter-ego sock puppet Tyrone, Hand to God will star Tony nominee Marc Kudisch as Pastor Greg, Sarah Stiles as Jessica, Geneva Carr as Margery and Michael Oberholtzer as Timmy. View Comments Related Shows In Hand to God, the good children of Cypress, Texas, are taught to obey the Bible in order to evade Satan’s hand. But when students at the Christian Puppet Ministry put those teachings into practice, one devout young man’s puppet takes on a shocking personality that no one could have expected. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 30, 2014last_img read more

Delicious Dill.

January 17, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgThe seeds are the best way to use dill in dishes that require cooking over a long time.Of course, dill is best known as a pickling herb for cucumbers as well as green beans,carrots and beets.Grows Well in GardensDill plants are annuals. They die each year, but their seeds can overwinter in the soilto pop up the following year. Dill grows well in gardens throughout the United States andsouthern Canada (zones 3-10).Properly sited and planted, dill grows so fast that some of its foliage is matureenough to be harvested in only eight weeks.Plan to sow several crops in succession, three weeks apart, to assure a supply over thegrowing season. Dill does best in full sun, with a bit of afternoon shade in Georgia.It’s fairly tolerant of poor soil. Still, it prefers a sandy or loamy soil that drainswell. It’s a light feeder, so you don’t need extra fertilizer in a reasonably fertilesoil.Plant Seeds ShallowTo sow seeds directly into the garden in rows, make a line in the soil one-fourth toone-half inch deep. Then dribble the tiny seeds into the indented rows. Firm the soil overthe rows of seeds and water softly. Expect to see sprouts in 10 to 14 days.To plant homegrown or commercial seedlings, choose an overcast day or wait until lateafternoon. Shield new transplants from bright sun the first day or two while they copewith the shock of transplanting.Space the plants 8 to 10 inches apart if you’ll harvest leaves, or 10 to 12 inchesapart if harvesting seed. Take great pains to avoid disturbing the taproot.Depending on the variety, these fast-growing dill plants will grow to maturity and setseed in about 60 days.Mulch ImportantIn thin, poor and unmulched soil, dill needs watering a couple of times a week when itdoesn’t rain. Drip or porous-hose watering is better for dill than overhead sprinklers.Spread a 2- to 4-inch layer of mulch around the plants when they’re about 6 inchestall. This will discourage weeds and help keep the soil moist. Add more mulch as itdecomposes in the summer heat.Dill is typically a disappearing target for pests. Its fast growth and quick harvestallow little time for aphids and others to establish a presence.Occasionally, parsleyworms or tomato hornworms attack its foliage. Handpick parsleywormand transfer it to another favorite, Queen Anne’s lace, so it can survive to become abutterfly.Handpick hornworms and drop them into a plastic bag to discard in the trash. Dill is best known as a pickling herb for cucumbers and other vegetables. But its leaves and seeds have many culinary uses. Dill (Anethum graveolens) is a delightful herb with many culinary uses. It’svalued both for its flavorful foliage and for its pungent seeds.Fresh or dried, dill leaves add a distinctive flavor to salads, fish, vegetablecasseroles and soups. Used whole or ground, dill seeds add zest to breads, cheeses andsalad dressings.The seeds are dark brown, narrow, ribbed and flattened. About one-sixth of an inchlong, their pungent flavor is similar to caraway seeds, which are cousins. Dill Beautiful, Too Get the Best Flavorcenter_img More Information Photo: Hugh Wilson, Texas A&Mlast_img read more

EIA: U.S. coal production expected to fall by 72 million tons in 2019

December 31, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgEIA: U.S. coal production expected to fall by 72 million tons in 2019 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The federal government’s short-term outlook on energy once again trimmed expectations for future coal production from the U.S.U.S. coal production decreased by about 19 million tons, or 2%, to 756 million tons in 2018 compared to the prior year, the U.S. Energy Information Administration wrote in its April short-term energy outlook. Coal production is forecast to continue to fall as domestic consumption and export demand are expected to decline through 2020.More than 7 GW of coal-fired generation is expected to retire by the end of 2020, contributing to a wave of recent retirements as electricity generators transition to other fuels. Coal production is expected to decline 9% to 684 million tons in 2019 before falling another 6% to 640 million tons in 2020. The forecast numbers are already significantly lower than the EIA’s March forecast when the outlook suggested coal production would fall to 695 million tons in 2019 before declining to 664 million tons in 2020.About 10% of U.S. coal-fired generation will be retired between 2018 and 2023, Moody’s Investors Service wrote in a January note to investors, adding that recent policy actions are not enough to reverse that trend.“Export opportunities for U.S. coal producers support free cash flow generation at least through 2019, but will diminish in the medium term,” the Moody’s note said. “U.S. coal producers’ export economics depend on relatively high pricing and would be much less profitable in an environment of lower prices, since they are far from their export markets.”The EIA forecast that exports of metallurgical and steam coal will decline in 2019 and 2020.More ($): EIA’s monthly energy outlook trims near-term coal production forecast againlast_img read more

How Opportunities Credit Union throws a lifeline to underwater borrowers

December 17, 2020 0 Comments

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Is America’s auto loan debt getting out of hand? The $73,200 base price of the 2019 Lincoln Navigator kind of says it all.With prices at the dealership on the rise, America’s outstanding auto loan debt reached $1.14 trillion in Q3 2018, up 63% from 2010, with the average monthly payment for new cars hitting $531.These pricing pressures are fueling longer loan terms (68.8 months on average for new cars), and a growing number of borrowers are going underwater on their loans or moving to leasing contracts they can ill afford. To provide relief from crushing debt, Opportunities Credit Union ($40.3M, Winooski, VT) began offering its WOW Auto Loan in mid-2017.Under the program, Opportunities members can borrow up to $30,000 for a 2010 or newer vehicle, with only 70% of the loan secured by the value of the vehicle. Opportunities will pay off the member’s old loan or lease residual, settle collections or other high-cost debt, including credit cards, and place up to $1,000 in a reserve account for unexpected repairs.last_img read more

Solid online learning promotes diversity

December 17, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThis is placeholder text This post is currently collecting data… 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pembroke Since joining CUES in March 2013, John Pembroke has played a leadership role in developing and launching a new direction in CUES’ strategy, branding and culture. Under his guidance, CUES … Web: www.cues.org Detailscenter_img As the only credit union organization dedicated solely to talent development, CUES has spent 2020 doubling down on its understanding of how to best offer online learning events and programs.While we all love in-person gatherings and look forward to their safe return, our deep look at online learning options this year shows that online learning isn’t “virtual” learning. That is, it isn’t almost in-person learning. It isn’t a substitute for something else. Rather, it is a real learning option with fantastic characteristics of its own—some of which would be difficult to replicate in the in-person learning setting.Recently I’ve been thinking about how online learning is an additional learning option that promotes diversity of participation because of its incredible flexibility. For example, with online learning, it’s often true that:It helps balance credit union staffing because it doesn’t require attendees to be out of the office for several days in a row. For example, a credit union might alternate who participates in the various sessions of an online event, freeing up others to manage the branch, oversee the core conversion or do direct member service—whatever the key operational or leadership priority is at the credit union that week. It creates more flexibility for introverts. Have you noticed the engagement in the chat during online gatherings? This is a perfect place for a person to speak up without having to speak out loud—or to fully compose their thoughts before putting them out there. In another example, online vendor booths can be visited without having to talk to someone—and still allow the gathering of useful information about a vendor, product or service. (Note: I’m not encouraging event participants not to talk with each other or with vendors, but the option is there for those who want it!)It’s so cost-effective that more people can attend from a single credit union. For example, with our November and December online learning events, one registration fee enables anyone from the credit union to join in.It creates more opportunities for asynchronous learning. If a participant has a conflict with the live session time, a playback is typically made available that they can view when they don’t have another credit union obligation—or aren’t helping support their children’s schooling. It can bring brand-name programs to more learners. CUES has long offered its institutes at top business schools in the U.S. and Canada. Our latest online learning offerings—one a benefit of Unlimited and Unlimited+ membership and a second that’s available to non-members, too—keep up the trend of connecting people in our industry with some of the best institutions of higher education in the world.Winter is just ahead. If you start to feel cooped up, remember that a big strength of online learning is that it comes to you. Join us in learning something new—online.last_img read more

Health minister hails responsible behavior after English pubs reopen

October 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgHealth minister Matt Hancock said he was satisified with how the latest step to ease the lockdown had gone and played down individual cases where social distancing guidelines were not respected.”From what I’ve seen, although there’s some pictures to the contrary, very very largely people have acted responsibly,” he told Sky News.”Overall, I’m pleased with what happened yesterday. It was really good to see people out and about, and largely socially distancing.”Britain has been the European country worst hit by the coronavirus and has an official death toll of 44,198. People in England appear to have broadly behaved themselves as pubs reopened this weekend, Britain’s health minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday after the latest step towards a return to normality from the coronavirus lockdown.Thousands of people flocked to pubs, restaurants and bars around England on Saturday as large parts of the hospitality sector reopened for the first time since March.Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged people to “enjoy summer safely” as he bids to tread a narrow path of restoring consumer spending to help battered businesses recover, while avoiding a second wave of COVID-19 infections. The rule changes apply only to England as the devolved nations in the United Kingdom have been setting their own timetables for easing restrictions, with Wales and Scotland easing restrictions more slowly.Police Federation National Chair John Apter questioned whether the idea of staying socially distanced was compatible with excessive alcohol consumption.”What was crystal clear is that drunk people can’t/won’t socially distance,” he said in a tweet after finishing a shift in Southampton, south England.”It was a busy night but the shift managed to cope.”Topics :last_img read more