UK must be made a land of learning opportunities

first_img Previous Article Next Article The next government has to raise the public’s aspirations by developingworld-class educational system and workplace learning capabilities, claims theIndustrial Society’s manifesto. It is also calling for the Government to foster a climate that nurturescaring employers who are as concerned about the means as they are the profits. The manifesto, Making Work Better, wants a new Companies Act and improvedinformation and consultation rights. The new government also needs to encourage workplaces that include, ratherthan discriminate against, issues, including age, gender, disability and ethnicbackground. The manifesto calls for a Discrimination Commission. WillHutton, chief executive of the Industrial Society, said, “The centralissue of work and the quality of work has failed to register on the radar screensduring this election campaign. “It follows that work should be considered, alongside education,health, crime and transport, as a key area we need to improve. In this electioncampaign it is the invisible issue.” www.indsoc.co.uk Related posts:No related photos. UK must be made a land of learning opportunitiesOn 30 May 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

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Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Schlumberger introduce Egypt Upstream Gateway

first_img Schlumberger partners with the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum. (Credit: skeeze from Pixabay.) The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Schlumberger introduce the Egypt Upstream Gateway, a unique and innovative national project for digitizing subsurface information and delivering a digital subsurface platform to ensure Egypt’s subsurface data is kept evergreen. The Egypt Upstream Gateway will also be a platform to promote Egypt’s exploration and production potential worldwide.The Egypt Upstream Gateway will leverage the GAIA digital subsurface platform and provide additional value-added solutions—enabled by digital technology and domain expertise—using the DELFI* E&P cognitive environment capabilities and technologies.“Leveraging digitalization to modernize the petroleum sector of Egypt has been a key focus of our Modernization Program of the oil and gas sector and a critical project for the country. The goal is to equally enhance the understanding of our subsurface offering, unlocking the full potential of our assets to meet our energy needs. In addition, the Egypt Upstream Gateway will provide a platform to attract new investments to Egypt from investors from all around the world through state-of-the-art bid round digital enablement. The Egypt Upstream Gateway reflects the progressive vision we have for Egypt’s Ministry of Petroleum digitalization and will be a key enabler positioning Egypt as a modern East Mediterranean Hub,” said Tarek El-Molla, minister of petroleum and mineral resources, Egypt.“Schlumberger combines deep domain expertise with transformative digital technologies using the GAIA platform, which will enable us to enrich Egypt’s subsurface data and deliver the Egypt Upstream Gateway. This industry-first platform will accelerate Egypt’s discoveries, reduce uncertainty, mitigate risks and enable Egypt’s Ministry of Petroleum and its affiliates—EGPC, EGAS, GANOPE—to digitally showcase their assets to investors worldwide,” said Maurice Nessim, president, WesternGeco®, Schlumberger Source: Company Press Release Schlumberger is the world’s leading provider of technology for reservoir characterization, drilling, production, and processing to the oil and gas industrylast_img read more

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US Navy to christen twenty-second littoral combat ship

first_img View post tag: USS Kansas City View post tag: LCS The US Navy is set to christen its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Kansas City (LCS 22), on Saturday, Sept. 22, in Mobile, Alabama.At the ceremony, the principal speaker will be US Representative Emanuel Cleaver II from Missouri. Mrs. Tracy Davidson, wife of commander of US Indo-Pacific Command Adm. Philip Davidson, will serve as the ship’s sponsor.“The future USS Kansas City is a symbol of the strong connection between the people of Missouri and the Navy and Marine Corps team,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “The ship is a testament to our commitment to provide maritime dominance and power projection required by the nation, and to our partnership with industry to build the Navy the nation needs.”The future USS Kansas City is the second US Navy ship to honor Missouri’s largest city. Originally intended to be the first Kansas City, the keel was laid for what was planned to be an Oregon City-class heavy cruiser on July 9, 1945 in the waning days of World War II. With the war’s end in sight, construction was halted about a month later. The first commissioned Navy vessel named Kansas City was a Wichita-class replenishment ship commissioned June 6, 1970. The ship earned a number of unit awards throughout its life including for service in Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm. Kansas City was decommissioned on Oct. 7, 1994.The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin (for the odd-numbered hulls). The Independence variant team is led by Austal USA (for LCS 6 and the subsequent even-numbered hulls). View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Austal Photo: Photo: US Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

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Greggs posts slight growth

first_imgGreggs posted a slight acceleration in sales growth in its third-quarter, showing resilience in the face of the continued downturn on the High Street.Greggs, which sells bread, sandwiches, savouries and cakes to more than 6 million customers a week from 1,540 shops, said sales at stores open over a year rose 0.8% in the 13 weeks to October 1, 2011.That compares with a rise of 0.4% in the first-half to July 2, and a company forecast of “marginally positive” like-for-like sales growth for the full-year.Total sales rose 5.4%, reflecting 53 net new store openings in the year to date and the success of promotional activity, such as breakfast meal deals.The firm said it was on track for a record 80 net new openings this year.Ken McMeikan, chief executive, said the trading environment remained challenging, with consumers’ disposable incomes under pressure, but said he remained “confident in the prospects for the group and our expectations for the year are unchanged”.“Looking further ahead to 2012 there are signs of an easing in the rate of commodity price inflation in some areas, with the notable exception of energy.”Further articles:>> Swipe and pay at Greggs>> Greggs reveals ambition to expand overseaslast_img read more

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Mempho Music Festival Expands Lineup With Local Memphis Flavors

first_imgThere is a new music festival coming to Memphis, Tennessee on October 6th & 7th at Shelby Farms Park, to celebrate the birthplace of Blues, Soul, and Rock & Roll. The inaugural MEMPHO Music Festival will open its doors with performances from Cage the Elephant, Cold War Kids, Bishop Briggs, Southern Avenue, and Dan Luke & the Raid on Friday night. The celebration will continue on Saturday with a full day of music from Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, a very special tribute to the music of Memphis set from Steve Cropper & Friends, Booker T. Presents: A Stax Revue and a Journey through Soul, Blues, and R&B, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Hard Working Americans, The Weeks, and Jojo Hermann’s Slim Wednesday.The festival has confirmed performers for its AutoZone Stage, which spotlights top acts from Memphis and surrounding region, and added new performers to its Main Stage. Reverend John Wilkins, a singer and guitarist in the tradition of Hill Country gospel and country-blues greats like Mississippi Fred McDowell and R.L. Burnside, will headline the Friday, October 6 AutoZone Stage schedule, alongside Dan Luke & The Raid, Bluff City favorites Star & Micey, and Dead Soldiers.On Saturday, the jazz and blues sound of JoJo’s Slim Wednesday, led by Widespread Panic keyboardist John “JoJo” Hermann, culminates a day that features Marcella & Her Lovers, Devil Train, Objekt 12, Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, UTR, and local students from School of Rock. In addition, Memphis’ Stax Music Academy Band will open the festival’s Main Stage on Friday. Stax Music Academy is an after-school instructional program for aspiring musicians that focuses on the rich legacy and tradition of Stax Records, once located on the same spot where the Academy now sits.Big River Presents have recruited a stellar team of professionals to work with the event, including production manager and fellow Memphian Mike Smith from Widespread Panic, Royal Studios owner Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell, former Ardent/Compass Point Studios engineer and legendary producer Terry Manning, Rolling Stones and Allman Brothers Band keyboardist Chuck Leavell, and the city of Memphis.Chuck Leavell, who is also the founder of the Mother Nature Network (MNN) added in a recent press release, “As a special advisor to MEMPHO, I’m proud to help bring one of the greatest musical cities in the world a new kind of music festival. The setting is spectacular and the talent line-up is top notch with a combination of great new artists and some established fan favorites. As an environmentalist, I’m also very pleased that everyone involved has a high sensitivity to keeping the event clean and green, and in harmony with nature.”With the tagline, “music food and nature,” MEMPHO seems to share the urge to preserve the rich musical history of Memphis. Its founders are committed to making it an integral part of the Memphis cultural scene for years to come. At 4,500 acres, Memphis’s Shelby Farms Park feels like the obvious home for this new-natured event. The Park features miles of paved and unpaved trails, dozens of lakes and ponds, the internationally recognized and sustainably designed Woodland Discovery Playground, a buffalo herd, the FedEx Event Center, The Kitchen Bistro and Kitchenette, a water play splash pad, an outdoor event stage overlooking an 80-acre lake, a treetop adventure course and more. It’s the perfect backdrop for this exciting inaugural event. Tickets — including single-day and two-day general admission and VIP passes — are on sale here. Ticket prices, which currently begin at $40, will increase Friday, Sept. 8.For more information, head to the festival’s website.last_img read more

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New Campus Services department takes shape

first_imgCampus Services, the administrative group that serves every School and unit across the University, announced plans today (Nov. 18) to increase efficiencies and strengthen the University commitment to sustainability.Vice President for Campus Services Lisa Hogarty said that the administrative departments under her direction will transition into a shared services model to streamline common functions such as administrative, financial, and business systems support. The changes come after a five-month review of the departments and are part of Executive Vice President Katie Lapp’s efforts to improve central administrative coordination and efficiency.“By realigning portions of Campus Services we can de-silo our departments, reduce bureaucracy, and simplify administrative processes in a way that can preserve jobs and better serve the University community,” said Hogarty.  “Whenever there are reductions in our overhead costs, whether gained by sharing best practices in purchasing or creating simplified ways to access our services, our clients ultimately benefit.”As part of the new, shared departmental structure, groups formerly under the University Operations Services (UOS) umbrella (Environmental Health and Safety, Transportation Services, etc.) will become individual groups within Campus Services.Jim Gray, who has served as associate vice president of Harvard Real Estate Services (HRES), will become a special adviser for the department, effective Jan. 1. The commercial and residential real estate functions of HRES will report directly to Hogarty. The shared structure will enable other campus service groups to capitalize on and learn from HRES’s best practices, Hogarty said.Gray oversaw HRES’s multiyear effort to house 50 percent of Harvard’s graduate students on-campus and implemented several important and symbolic renewable energy projects, including the installation of one of the largest solar panel arrays in New England in the Arsenal at Watertown.  He also helped HRES increase operational efficiency by 80 percent — the savings of which are being reinvested into Harvard’s residential and commercial real estate portfolios.“Jim has been instrumental in transforming HRES into a highly efficient organization and we continue to rely on his expertise as we transition into a more cohesive administrative unit that continually improves the quality of our service delivery,” Hogarty said.Key sustainability functions will also be realigned within Campus Services in order to strengthen the University’s commitment to sustainability. In the new structure, the Office for Sustainability’s (OFS) green building services, Engineering & Utilities (E&U), and Facilities Maintenance Operations (FMO) will be rolled into a new department dedicated to energy, facilities, and sustainable building services. The occupant engagement and outreach services will remain in the OFS, and will continue to be led by Heather Henriksen.  In addition, this group will become more of an incubator for innovative programs related to sustainability.  Seamless integration between the building services and occupant engagement and outreach functions will continue to be a high priority.“By further integrating sustainability across Campus Services we are significantly strengthening our ability to reduce emissions and achieve our ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals. This is the next step in greening the Crimson,” Hogarty said.Rolling sustainability functions into the operations of key administrative departments will also ensure that energy- and resource-saving measures are a part of everyone’s day-to-day responsibilities, Lapp said.“The University’s sustainability agenda has gained incredible momentum and touches every member of the Harvard community today,” said Lapp, who noted that most of Harvard’s greenhouse gas emissions are generated by heating, cooling, and powering buildings, most of which are managed or supported by Campus Services staff in collaboration with the Schools and units.last_img read more

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State Department Of Health Approves Increase In Childcare Group Size

first_imgShare: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) WNY News Now File Image.ALBNAY – The New York State Department of Health has approved an increase in group size for childcare centers around the state.The news was announced late last week that the department will increase group size to 15 children per room where age appropriate.Supporters of the change say it will help ensure childcare availability across the State.The previous recommendation was a maximum group size of 10. The initial changes to group sizes for childcare and day camp programs came as the state continues its fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.last_img

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Energy in organics

first_imgU.S. Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON – The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences recently received $45,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to address energy concerns in organic farming.“More and more farmers are adopting organic agriculture practices to produce quality food and boost farm income,” said Roger Beachy, director of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. “These research and extension projects will equip producers with the tools and resources they need to operate profitable and sustainable organic farms.”Energy in organic farming needs further research and discussion, he said. The grant is designed to development a proposal to address energy in organic farming. Stakeholders will discuss the current state of energy as it pertains to organic farming, helping organize research questions and outreach needs.Since the late 1990s, U.S. organic production has grown. Now, more than two-thirds of U.S. consumers buy organic products at least occasionally, and 28 percent buy organic products weekly.last_img read more

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