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first_img Comments are closed. Capital ideasOn 1 May 2002 in Personnel Today Sue Weekes previews what’s happening at e-learning London later this monthUK-based companies are at the forefront of the e-learning revolution,spearheading innovations here and internationally. And this is very muchreflected by the first-time involvement of the CBI at this year’s e-learningLondon, on 28-29 May. Prior to the event, the CBI director general Digby Jones is presenting anindustry excellence award to the UK company that has shown the greatestinnovation and leadership in adopting e-learning strategies for organisationaldevelopment. But this year’s event isn’t just about prizes and plaudits, it’s aboutseeing e-learning in action and demonstrating the tangible business andpersonal benefits it can bring. Organised by Venture Marketing and withe-learning custom content provider EBC as main sponsor, e-learning London aimsto do this via a packed conference and seminar programme and concurrentexhibition, featuring more than 90 leading e-learning companies. As usual, the focus at the conference will be on user case studies to showhow e-learning is being applied, featuring a host of blue chip companies andmajor organisations including British Airways, Cap Gemini Ernst and Young,Morgan Stanley, Nokia, Vodafone and the Scottish Executive. The programme is split into four learning streams (planning, content,implementation and, e-learning in the financial sector). With IT legacy systemsstill a problem for many organisations when it comes to implementing andintegrating an e-learning system, there is also a free seminar programmededicated to this aimed at the IT professional as well as trainers. Return on investment is a subject close to the heart of anyone consideringimplementing an e-learning programme and the two-day conference is being openedby Nick Van Dam, chief learning officer and partner at Deloitte Consulting inthe US and author of best-selling book Change Compass, which looks at changeand performance. He will be suggesting a blueprint for designing anenterprise-wide learning strategy and then looking at how the results of implementationcan be measured against ROI criteria. Fellow American Reinhard Ziegler, managing partner of e-learning &knowledge management at Accenture USA, will be delivering the keynote speech onday two. He will talk about the evolution of e-learning, present a vision ofthe future and address any obstacles that might impede progress. With research by learning solutions provider Wide Learning revealing thatone in three City workers have not received compliance training as required bythe Financial Services Authority, the new financial sector stream will likelybe the source of hot debate. Dr Stephen Rusnak, head of e-learning delivery at emergeSmart, will bechairing a session dedicated to overcoming compliance issues through e-learningand Michael McKee, director, wholesale and regulation at the British Banker’sAssociation, and Dawn Griffiths, European e-learning manager at Marsh, willdiscuss online learning as an e-assessment tool and look at how it couldminimise the impact of N2. Learning management systems, always a subject for debate, will be examinedwith specific reference to the financial sector with Training Magazine’s editorStephanie Sparrow presiding. David Chin, executive director, group education atUBS AG, and Stephen Molyneux, director of the Delta Institute at the Universityof Wolverhampton, will thrash out the key issues. Key exhibitors will include AdVal (featured in our case study this month, onpage 22), blueU, Digital Think, Oracle, LearnDirect, Knowledge Solutions,Hewlett Packard, Skillsoft, TATA Interactive and XOR. The latter has justcompleted its most recent consortia project for the British Council’s newLearning Centre in India. And for the first time IBM will be exhibiting. Walking around exhibition halls isn’t most people’s idea of a good time, butif you’re looking for a shortcut to find out exactly what online learning coulddo for you, e-learning London offers it under one roof – and looks likesupplying some lively debate to enlighten and entertain you along the way. Entryto the exhibition is free, as are selected seminars, including the openingkeynote speech, but you need to book places on the paid-for seminars. Visit www.e-learningevent.comfor more information. To receive the full programme and booking form, call 0208394 5131. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

Salt Lake City, Barcelona among Winter Olympic host options

first_img Associated Press Written by January 10, 2020 /Sports News – Local Salt Lake City, Barcelona among Winter Olympic host options Tags: IOC/Olympics/Salt Lake City/Salt Lake City 2030 Olympics FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailThe IOC is in talks with three possible bidders to host the Winter Olympics in the future.Former Winter Games hosts Salt Lake City and Sapporo were confirmed along with 1992 Summer Games host Barcelona. The Catalonian city would spread events across the Pyrenees region and look for venues outside Spain for sliding and ski jumping.A new Olympic selection process keeps up a rolling dialogue with possible candidates who can now be selected many years in advance.Previous hosting elections had to be seven years before the games. The 2024 Winter Youth Olympics were awarded to the Gangwon region of South Korea.last_img

Navy Assists in Repatriation of 5 Sri Lankan Fishermen

first_img March 29, 2013 View post tag: Repatriation View post tag: Lankan View post tag: Navy Sri Lanka Navy assisted in the repatriation of 5 Sri Lankan fishermen on 29th March 2013. The fishermen with their fishing boat named “Sudu Duwa” were taken over from the Indian Coast Guard Ship “Ahalyabai” at the International Maritime Boundary Line off Kudiramalai point by Sri Lanka Naval Vessel P 474 attached to the Western Naval Command.Repatriation of Sri Lankan fishermen and their boat comes as a direct result of the collaborative efforts made by the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Sri Lanka Navy and the Indian officials.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 29, 2013; Image: Sri Lanka Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Assists View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Fishermen View post tag: Defence View post tag: Defense View post tag: 5 Navy Assists in Repatriation of 5 Sri Lankan Fishermen Back to overview,Home naval-today Navy Assists in Repatriation of 5 Sri Lankan Fishermen Share this article View post tag: Sri Training & Educationlast_img

SECDEF Field-Level Maintenance Award Goes to USS GW

first_img Authorities View post tag: americas The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) was announced as a recipient of the 2014 Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Field-Level Maintenance Award, Sept. 20. Back to overview,Home naval-today SECDEF Field-Level Maintenance Award Goes to USS GW View post tag: Level SECDEF Field-Level Maintenance Award Goes to USS GW September 26, 2014 View post tag: award View post tag: George Washington View post tag: field View post tag: Naval The SECDEF Maintenance Awards program recognizes outstanding achievements by field-level units engaged in military equipment and weapon system maintenance within the Department of Defense (DoD).Six DoD maintenance units are awarded SECDEF Field-Level Maintenance Awards annually, two from each competition category (small, medium and large). George Washington won for the large command category.George Washington received the field-level award based on several criteria, including innovative and effective use of maintenance resources, quality-of-life programs and mission accomplishments.The Navy displayed a strong showing in this year’s competition, winning three of six field-level awards.The field-level awards, as well as the announcement of the SECDEF Phoenix Trophy winner will be formally presented Nov. 18, at the SECDEF Maintenance Awards banquet in Birmingham, Alabama.[mappress]Press Release, September 26, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: maintenance View post tag: goes View post tag: News by topic View post tag: SECDEF View post tag: Navy View post tag: USS GW Share this articlelast_img

Image of the Day: Fire in the Hole!

first_imgSailors assigned to the weapons department fire a 40-mm saluting battery aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) in honor of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus’ arrival at America’s commissioning ceremony. America is the first ship of its class and the fourth to bear the name.It replaces the Tarawa-class of amphibious assault ships as the next generation “big-deck” amphibious assault ship and is optimized for aviation and capable of supporting current and future aircraft such as the MV-22 Osprey and F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.[mappress]Press Release, October 13, 2014; Image: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Vladimir Ramos Follow @navaltoday View post tag: fire View post tag: americas Image of the Day: Fire in the Hole! View post tag: Image of the Day Authorities View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: Hole Back to overview,Home naval-today Image of the Day: Fire in the Hole! View post tag: Navy October 13, 2014 View post tag: USS America Share this article View post tag: News by topiclast_img

Grad places stretched to breaking point

first_imgPresumably this is a reflection on the tough job market graduates were facing. However, increasing graduate places to meet increasing demand is not a simple process, and the University needs to ensure that any increase in student numbers does not dilute the education students receive.”Statistics released by the Higher Education Careers Service (HECSU) last year predicted that 10% of those graduating in the summer would be out of work six months after the end of their degree courses. This prediction, coupled with extensive national media coverage of the recession and the increasingly competitive job market, seems to have led many students to apply for further study, often in the belief that a single university degree would not be enough to help them into their preferred career.Around 10% of those applying for postgraduate study at Oxford this year were already studying at the University. Samuel Withnall, who completed a Classics degree last summer, chose to remain at New College this year. He opted to take a postgraduate course despite having secured a job offer, to raise his chances of finding more lucrative employment.However many of his friends were not as lucky. He commented, “My flatmate did Classics at Brasenose, graduating with a good First. He wanted to do management consultancy, and applied to various places with no luck. He applied for the 2-year MPhil in Ancient History at Brasenose as a backup. He got full AHRC funding, and so took the place simply because he didn’t have anything better to do. He wishes he had a job.”The increased numbers turning to postgraduate qualifications to escape the competitive job market, however, now find themselves facing an almost equally competitive struggle to win a place to continue their studies. Concerns have been raised about whether the rise in competition for both graduate study programmes and employment will have a negative impact on student welfare. The number applications for postgraduate courses at Oxford has soared this year, suggesting that students are reacting to the squeeze on the job market by opting for further study, a Cherwell investigation has revealed.The Oxford University Graduate Admissions Office confirmed that across the whole university, over 17,000 graduate applications for entry in 2009-10 had been received. This is an increase of 25% from 13,551 in 2008-9, and of 35% from 12,582 in 2007-8.However, Oxford has not significantly increased the number of places available, making 6,076 offers compared with 6,055 in the previous year – a rise of just 21 offers to meet over 3,000 additional applications. This means that while the success rate for applications for courses starting in 2008-09 was 44.7%, this year it was as low as 30%.Linacre and Kellogg, both popular graduate colleges, confirmed that they had seen a rise in the number of applicants this year. While Kellogg said that it had increased the number of places it offered, Linacre said that it had not.The Graduate Admissions Office revealed that the substantial increase in applications had affected subjects across the board. Applications for Clinical Medicine rose by 130%, for Engineering Science by 72%, for Medieval and Modern Languages by 61%, for Linguistics, Philosophy and Phonetics by 51%, and for Economics by 46%. Applications for Interdisciplinary Area Studies rose by the huge margin of 156%. A spokesperson from the Oxford University Press Office said, “There has been a rapid rise in the number of graduate applications received at Oxford. There are likely to be many reasons for this rise, including but not limited to changes in the job market.”Sarah Hutchinson, OUSU Vice-President for Graduates, told Cherwell, “Graduate numbers at Oxford have increased significantly over the last few years. This year, for the first time, graduate applications significantly exceeded those of undergraduates. One third-year said, “It’s bad enough having the stress of finals to cope with – knowing that we’ll have to fight tooth-and-nail to find anything at all to do afterwards really doesn’t help.”Francesca Wade, a second-year Classics undergraduate from Brasenose, voiced the sentiments of many of her peers. “I would consider taking a postgraduate degree, not just if I couldn’t get a job but for its own sake too.  This extra advantage might well give you the edge over other applicants, and in a recession I suppose taking one is a way of biding time.” Of those questioned in Cherwell’s survey, a significant proportion were going on to further education, and many of these had found it difficult to get places on their preferred courses. One student applied for 4 postgraduate study courses but did not receive the place he wanted. He blamed the recession for the difficulty he had in finding somewhere to study, saying, “it may have made my range of options slimmer as universities become less willing to give places.”Of those applying for jobs, the prospect was just read more

Shannon Wallace Crowned Miss Ocean City 2015-16

first_imgShannon Wallace, a 2015 graduate of Ocean City High School, was crowned Miss Ocean City on Aug. 8, 2015 on the Ocean City Music Pier. Credit: Kristine GaborShannon Wallace, a 2015 graduate of Ocean City High School bound for Pace University in the fall, was crowned Miss Ocean City 2015-16 at the annual pageant Saturday night at the Ocean City Music Pier.Wallace was the top choice among 12 contestants after competition in talent, swimsuit, poise and interview.The contestants were between the ages of 16 and 22, and each was an Ocean City High School student or graduate or the child of an Ocean City property owner.Wallace will represent Ocean City at events throughout the year. The contestants in the pageant competed for scholarship money.The pageant has been sponsored and produced by the Ocean City Exchange Club since 1979.The following are pre-recorded interviews with each candidate (in alphabetical order):Emily BatastiniJulia EricksonSadie FordBriarRose GinnSamantha HorowitzAmanda MeachonIsabella RoseMcKayla PerryMackenzie PearceAlexa RosenAbby WaidShannon WallaceCheck back for updates on other award winners from the pageant.last_img

NFL Stars Pay a Visit to Ocean City Primary School

first_imgEric Ebron of the Detroit Lions (left) and Vinny Curry of the Philadelphia Eagles (right)The students of the Ocean City Primary School received a rare treat on Thursday of last week, when NFL stars Eric Ebron of the Detroit Lions and Vinny Curry of the Philadelphia Eagles paid a visit.The two players, in town to work out with local personal trainer John Porter, were invited by Porter’s wife Erin, a teacher at the school.Ray Clark, an Ocean City firefighter who also trains with Porter, was at the school when the players arrived to take part in an assembly before a large portion of the student body.“These guys are very down to earth and they were very happy to be there,” Clark said. “they interacted with the kids, signed autographs and even hung out a bit after school when the parents were picking up the students. They spent a large portion of the school day there.  When the assembly was over, they visited individual classes”Ebron is a 6-4, 260-lb. tight end who will be entering his second season in the NFL after being drafted in the first round, ninth overall, out of the University of North Carolina. Curry is a four-year veteran 6-3, 275 defensive end drafted in the second round out of Marshall University.  He is an Eagles fan favorite and  recently signed a multi-year contract extension with the Eagles.Vinny Curry reads to the children at the Ocean City Primary SchoolBoth players are members of a growing legion of professional athletes who train extensively with Porter, a resident of Upper Township who often holds training sessions at the Ocean City LOCal gym on Asbury Ave., near 9th St.During their recent visit to town they enjoyed slipping out of their daily training routine to spend some quality time with the kids.Clark, who was in the primary school doing CPR work at the time of the visit, said the players read passages from the Dr. Seuss classic “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” and the children dressed for a career or occupation that they aspire to.There were doctors, lawyers, and firemen, Clark was happy to point out, and yes, even a few football players.It was a day the staff, students and parents will long remember, Clark said.Eric Ebron reads to the children at the Ocean City Primary Schoollast_img

Indiana’s fiscal year ends on a financially rocky note due to pandemic

first_img Indiana’s fiscal year ends on a financially rocky note due to pandemic (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) (INDIANAPOLIS) — Indiana will close the books Tuesday on a fiscal year that’s turned out to be financially rockier than expected even four months ago.The pandemic has put Indiana a billion dollars behind what legislators budgeted for last year. Some of that money will come back next month, as income tax files arrive at the later-than-usual July 15 deadline. But budget director Cris Johnston expects the shortfalls to continue after that, with a gap of three-or-four-billion dollars by the time the two-year spending plan ends next June. That’s a number that dwarfs even Indiana’s once-robust surplus of two-point-three-billion dollars.Johnston says he’s confident a mix of spending cuts and federal aid can keep Indiana in the black. Governor Holcomb has already canceled nearly 600-million dollars in spending, and asked state agencies to cut budgets by 15-percent. There’s also federal help from the CARES Act, but unless Congress revisits the bill, that money can’t be used simply to plug holes in the budget — it’s limited to specific, pandemic-related expenses. Even within those restrictions, Johnston says there’s uncertainty. He says the Treasury Department still needs to clarify how closely tied to the coronavirus that spending needs to be. The state health department still has other duties apart from the virus, and Johnston says it’s unclear whether those costs can be paid with the federal money.Johnston says he’s not worried about having enough money to pay the state’s bills. But he says the pandemic will siphon most of the cash out of the state’s rainy day funds, and predicts the budget legislators write next spring will need to be tight, to rebuild those reserves. He says he’s “fairly confident” a tax hike would be “the very last thing” to be considered.Johnston says fiscal analysts will do a formal revision of their forecast in September, three months ahead of their usual December update. WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Twitter By Network Indiana – June 29, 2020 0 339 Google+ WhatsApp Previous articleSouth Bend Cubs to host movie night July 10thNext articleBBB investigating a possible contractor scam in Mishawaka Network Indiana CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Pinterest Facebook Google+ Facebooklast_img

Autism charity bakery is now open for business

first_imgA commercial bakery that will train and employ young people with severe autism has opened for business.Bread & Beyond has been developed by autism charity Prior’s Court with support from master baker and confectioner Steve Fudge, who helped ensure the business was set up to be commercially viable and met industry standardsProducts made at the bakery are already on-shelf in local farm shops and at Budgens in Newbury, and Bread & Beyond also supplies all the baked goods for the Prior’s Court site, catering for around 90 young people and 500 staff members.The charity described baking as an activity that suited the strength and skills of people with autism as it was process-driven, practical and offered an end-product that was rewarding and motivating.Seven training sessions are taking place each week, and 12 young people have already been involved. The ambition of Prior’s Court is to have 10 bakeries across the country.“Our aim is to develop and bake the finest hand-crafted goods, using the highest-quality ingredients, free from additives and preservatives, and, at the same time, provide vocational training and employment opportunities for young people with severe autism,” said Prior’s Court CEO Mike Robinson.%%Quote_48%% He added that only 32% of autistic adults in the UK were in paid employment and, for people with severe autism, the current expectation was that they would never work.“This significantly reduces their independence, increasing the risk of social exclusion and mental and physical ill-health. We want to change the outlook for young people with autism, building on our existing work placement programme, and give real opportunities for paid work in a commercial environment, both here and out in the community.”One of the inspirations behind the project – which was announced in 2017 – is 24-year-old Reuben. He began taking food tech sessions at Prior’s Court in 2015 and, along with another student, started baking and selling muffins to staff. He is now one of the most skilled trainee bakers.The bakery is managed by Dylan Needham, who oversees day-to-day production, quality control, and training the young people and staff members. With a background in production and new product development, he has worked for businesses including Hovis and Warburtons.“For me the most exciting bit is getting the young people involved, and that sense of achievement for them,” said Needham. “It’s giving them more meaning after they leave Prior’s Court; they can go on and get a job, which is incredible.”The Great British Bake Off semi-finalist Briony Williams was invited along to cut the ribbon for the opening of the bakery last week.She was also part of a judging panel – alongside Steve Fudge and bakery trainer Henry Jeffries – that tasted some new speciality breads. They selected an olive bread as their favourite, and this will now be added to the bakery’s product list.last_img