in briefOn 1 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. news in brief n There were 169 of them at the last count so a free, independent guide toLearning Management Systems sounds like a sensible idea. It’s been published bythe Department for Education and Skills and a copy can be obtained by e-mailingyour name and address to [email protected] n OnLine Learning Europe Conference and Expo will be taking place on 5-6March at the new ExCel conference centre in London’s Docklands. Full-dayworkshops will be held on 4 and 7 March. For information, go to www.vnuonlinelearning.co.ukn The Institute of Professional Sales has partnered with training serviceprovider KnowledgePool to create the UK’s first online professional salestraining, which leads to the Certificate in Professional Sales. The courseswill be available at www.ips.knowledgepool.com n A new learning package has been developed for the European ComputerDriving Licence through a collaboration between Pearson Education, theEducational Multimedia Corporation, Enl!ght Teststation and the BritishComputer Society. The ECDL Complete Solution marks the first time that studentshave had everything that they need to gain the qualification in one package,and costs £120.www.pearson.com Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article
Dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata) are important prey for many small falcons, and the recent expansion of the breeding range of the Hobby into eastern England has been associated with an increased availability of dragonfly prey to juveniles. We have therefore measured the energy content and elemental composition of a range of common British dragonflies. Carbon and nitrogen contents were typical of aquatic invertebrates and did not vary with dragonfly size, whereas ash content was significantly reduced in larger species. The mean energy content of dragonfly tissue was 24.6 kJ/g (dry mass) and showed no significant variation between species. The energy content of an individual dragonfly ranged from 0.8 to 9.4 kJ for the species examined in this study. Data on the energy requirements of free-living falcons suggest that a juvenile Hobby in late summer could meet its daily energy requirement by capturing between 75 and 90 Migrant Hawker or 200 to 250 Common Darter dragonflies each day.
The remote South Sandwich arc is an archipelago of small volcanic islands and seamounts entirely surrounded by deep water and about 600 km away from the closest island, South Georgia. As some of the youngest islands (< 5 m.y.) in the Southern Ocean they are ideal for studying colonization processes of the seabed by benthic fauna, but are rarely investigated because of remoteness and extreme weather. The current study attempted to quantify the richness and abundance of the epibenthic macrofauna around the Southern Thule group by taking five epibenthic sledge samples along a depth transect including three shelf (one at 300 m and two at 500 m) and two slope stations (1000 and 1500 m). Our aim was to investigate higher taxon richness and community composition in an isolated Antarctic locality, since recent volcanic eruptions between 1964 and 1997. We examined patterns across all epibenthic macrofauna at phylum and class levels, and investigated trends in some model groups of crustaceans to order and family level. We found that abundance was highest in the shallowest sample and decreased with depth. Shelf samples (300 and 500 m) were dominated by molluscs and malacostracans while at the deeper stations (1000 and 1500 m) nematodes were the most abundant taxon. Surprisingly, the shallow shelf was dominated by animals with restricted dispersal abilities, such as direct developing brooders (malacostracans) or those with lecithotrophic larvae (bivalves of the genus Yoldiella, most bryozoan species). Despite Southern Thule's geological youth, recent eruptions, and its remoteness the shallow shelf was rich in higher taxa (phyla/classes) as well as orders and families of our model groups. Future work at higher taxonomic resolution (species level) should greatly increase understanding of how life has reached and established on these young and highly disturbed seabeds.
Authorities USS Essex Sails to the Arabian Gulf View post tag: Arabian Gulf Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Essex Sails to the Arabian Gulf Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: middle east View post tag: Naval The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) transited the Strait of Hormuz and entered the Arabian Gulf Aug. 6.The Strait of Hormuz is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, and freedom of navigation is critical for all vessel movement in and out of the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, according to Master Chief Quartermaster Ryan F. Curylo, the ship’s leading quartermaster.While still in San Diego, Essex conducted basic and advanced phase training to ensure they were ready to conduct this transit.The Essex Amphibious Ready Group, and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.[mappress mapid=”16657″]Image: US Navy August 14, 2015 View post tag: USS Essex View post tag: News by topic
Share this article Australian Navy divers practice explosive demolitions Royal Australian Navy divers from the Clearance Diving Team conducted live explosive demolitions on land and below the water last week.About 60 divers completed the Explosive Ordnance Disposal training, which was held to refresh their skills in the application of in-service explosive and ordnance disposal tools.Officer in charge of the training, Petty Officer Clearance Diver Travers Smith, said it was important that all divers were competent in this core job requirement.Smith said: “We primarily use plastic explosives with electric and non-electric detonators, fired either manually or with remote actuated firing devices. All divers, no matter whether they specialise in mine counter measures, underwater damage repair or explosive ordnance disposal, need these skills.”“During the underwater serials, the guys had to place underwater explosive charges to simulate either neutralising a mine or underwater ordnance disposal in zero visibility – the dam was pitch black – it was basically mud.”The officer further said that the team would head to Pittwater, near Sydney, in March, where they would work up to full mission profiles. View post tag: Australian Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian Navy divers practice explosive demolitions View post tag: DIVERS Authorities View post tag: mine clearance February 26, 2016
Jersey City to hold 2nd annual cleanupMayor Steven M. Fulop has announced that Jersey City’s Department of Public Works in partnership with Keep America Beautiful will host the second annual Great Jersey City Clean Up at locations citywide from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. Jersey City is the first Keep America Beautiful (KAB) affiliate in New Jersey, and last year held a citywide clean up in which over 1,000 volunteers removed 14 tons of litter, one ton of e-waste and 780 pounds of recyclables. KAB is the Nation’s longest running non-profit devoted to litter reduction, increasing recycling and greening initiatives, and neighborhood beautification through civic engagement, volunteerism and building partnerships between the public and private sectors. The cleanup will be held as part of the city’s Earth Day activities, hoping to mobilize residents, civic organizations, community leaders, and elected officials to roll up their sleeves and help clean Jersey City on a single day.The cleanup is part of a nationwide effort in 20,000 communities including 4 million volunteers. The initiative is spearheaded locally by the Department of Public Works and Keep Jersey City Beautiful, the local affiliate of the national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful.Volunteers will gather in Colombia Park, Lincoln Park, Belmont and Westside avenues, Dickinson High School, Leonard Gordon Park, Mary Benson Park, and Berry Lane Park.A pre-event planning meeting for Clean Up team captains will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 at the Mary McLeod Bethune Center, 140 MLK Drive to discuss clean up logistics and event details.To register as an individual or organization please visit the Serve JC website: https://volunteer.jerseycitynj.gov/opportunities/4556. Email us at [email protected] Jersey City postal employee charged with fraudKayson Allen, 33, of Jersey City, and an employee of the U.S. Postal Service, was charged with insurance fraud and identity theft this week, according to Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor (OIFP).Allen was also charged with trafficking in stolen identities for allegedly obtaining the personal information of others and using it to manufacture phony identification cards and file four fraudulent insurance claims totaling more than $14,000.Allen, a janitor who worked in the Trenton Processing and Distribution Center, allegedly manufactured a cache of fraudulent identities using information stolen from personnel records at the Trenton facility.An investigation into Allen’s alleged criminal activities began when he was stopped by US Customs and Border Protection officers while trying to re-enter the United States after a one-day trip to Canada in September 2013. The investigation revealed that allegedly Allen possessed more than 50 documents containing personal identifying information of other individuals without authorization, including Social Security numbers, falsified drivers licenses, insurance policy applications, bills and bank account information,. The case was referred to the Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor early last year.Aetna may split from Jersey City Medical CenterThe contract between RWJBarnabas Health, which includes Jersey City Medical Center, and insurance carrier Aetna will expire April 22, according to the March 17 letter the company sent to its subscribers who had been treated at a Barnabas hospital in the past year. The disagreement is over reimbursement rates, Aetna spokesman Walter Cherniak Jr. said Monday, as reported in NJ Advance Media.Aetna is the second-largest health insurance company in New Jersey. The carrier notified 45,000 policy holders that contract negotiations will have to improve soon with Barnabas, the state’s largest hospital network, or else patients will have to pay more expensive out-of-network rates or select another hospital.Cherniak claimed that RWJBarnabas, which is affiliated with 11 acute care hospitals, wants “a significant rate increase we do not believe can be supported in the market.” Cherniak said the 1,267 doctors who hold admitting privileges exclusively at RWJBarnabas hospitals are also affected. Patients requiring hospital care would have to find another doctor if their physicians could not quickly obtain admitting privileges at other hospitals.RWJ Barnabas Health’s spokeswoman Ellen Greene, called Cherniak’s letter a “routine communication that HMOs and insurers must send to participants 30 days before the contract expires.” “RWJBarnabas Health and Aetna continue to negotiate with the desire to create a new contractual agreement,” Greene’s statement said. “It is our goal and expectation that a new agreement will be reached with Aetna before our current contract expires on April 22. Aetna patients can still receive services at all RWJBarnabas Health facilities as contract negotiations continue.”Aetna and Barnabas Health reached an impasse over contract negotiations two years ago, but the two sides reached a deal three days before the contract expired.HCCC to hold conference on sustainabilityHudson County Community College (HCCC) has scheduled a special conference for restaurateurs, as well as culinary, food service and hospitality management professionals for Wednesday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The “Food for Thought” conference, which will explore sustainability, community gardening and farm-to-table, will be held in the college’s Culinary Arts Institute, 161 Newkirk St., Jersey City, two blocks from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center.There is no charge for admission. The event will begin with a panel discussion moderated by Paul Dillon, the HCCC Associate Dean of Business, Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management. The panel discussion will be followed by a series of three demonstrations and food tastings of artisanal bread, sous vide (cooking food in vacuum-sealed pouches that are placed in water baths or temperature-controlled steam environments) and SparCs (creative applications for food trims and peelings).Registration for attendance is required and may be made online at www.tinyurl.com/foodforthought2017.Help clean up Liberty State ParkOn Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Liberty State Park Salt Marsh Natural Area will hold a clean-up. Volunteers are needed and welcomed at the Friends of LSP’s 22nd annual salt marsh cleanup. Enter at the fence gate at the end of flag-lined Pesin Drive at LSP’s South End adjacent to Visitor Center. The GPS is 200 Morris Pesin Drive. There are plastics and other debris that have come in with the tides. For more info, please call (201) 792-1993 or see www.folsp.org.Hudson County CASA is seeking volunteersLearn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. You may attend an information session at the Hudson County Courthouse, 595 Newark Ave. Rm 901 on Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m.Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures. For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org.Emergency regulation limits acute pain drug prescriptionsThe state Attorney General and the Board of Medical Examiners, New Jersey State Board of Dentistry, New Jersey Board of Nursing, and New Jersey State Board of Optometrists, have adopted emergency amendments and new rules that prohibit a prescriber from issuing an initial prescription for the treatment of acute pain for an opioid drug in a quantity exceeding a five-day supply.The rules require the prescription to be for the lowest effective dose of an immediate-release opioid drug. Concurrently, the provisions of these emergency rules are proposed for re-adoption.The emergency adopted amendments and new rules, and the proposed re-adoption of these rules impose limitations on prescribing, administering, or dispensing of controlled dangerous substances, with specific limitations for opioid drugs, and establish special requirements for the management of acute and chronic pain.The emergency adopted amendments and new rules, the proposed re-adoption of the regulations, and information on how to submit a comment by April 19 can be viewed at www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/Proposals/Pages/default.aspx ×SPRING CLEANUP – Workers spruce up one of the high rises along Jersey City’s waterfront on the first warm day in spring. SPRING CLEANUP – Workers spruce up one of the high rises along Jersey City’s waterfront on the first warm day in spring.
Charlie McNally , 7, of Ocean City, poses with Eagles kicker Jake Elliott By Tim KellyIf you thought fan euphoria was wearing off after the Eagles’ first Super Bowl championship in franchise history, you weren’t in Ocean City on Saturday.Thousands of fans lined the Boardwalk for a motorcade featuring tight end Brent Celek, the longest tenured member of the team before he was released recently; and kicker Jake Elliott, whose 62-yard field goal beat the New York Giants and ignited the team’s run to the top seed in the NFC playoffs.Brent Celic enjoyed a ride in an Ocean City Life Guard Boat on the boardwalk.What followed was an unlikely march through the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional playoffs, Minnesota Vikings in the NFC championship game, and of course the 41-33 win over the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl LII.The mini-parade was a most anticipated feature of Sports Memorabilia and Collection Show Saturday and Sunday at the Ocean City Music Pier.As the players rolled by seated in Ocean City Beach Patrol boats, the fans sang the “Fly Eagles Fly” fight song, broke out in Eagles’ chants, and yelled comments of encouragement to the two players.Brent Celek fans Fannie Perrucci of Horsham PA and Kevin Campbell of Exton PA await the motorcade carrying the former Eagles tight end to the memorabilia show at the Music Pier.“Thank you!” was the most-heard greeting for the long-suffering fans, who never before tasted a Super Bowl win. “No, thank you,” Celek yelled back. “You guys are as much a part of it as we are.”Fannie Perrucci of Horsham, PA was waiting on a boardwalk bench in her Brent Celek jersey with husband Russell, daughter Reese, 7, and son Chase, 4.“I want to tell (Celek) congratulations, and you deserve it,” she said.A third Eagle player, Corey Clement was not part of the motorcade, arriving in his restored Dodge Charger.Eagles running back Corey Clement greets fans Saturday at the sports memorabilia show at the Music Pier.The undrafted free agent, a native of Glassboro New Jersey, called the season, “Unbelievable. Fantastic. Most rookies don’t have a year like I was blessed to enjoy. But now (other teams will be) gunning for us,” Clement said. “Now we have to defend our title.”Elliott was a late replacement for the other scheduled Eagles participant, offensive guard Brandon Brooks, who had a family emergency. Elliot’s autograph area was on the Music Pier stage, and many fans said they were not disappointed by the substitution.“Jake’s fourth quarter field goal was one of the most important plays of the game,” said a fan waiting in line. “His kick put us up by eight points, meaning (Tom) Brady needed a touchdown and a two-point conversion just to tie the game. If he misses that field goal, all he needs is a touchdown to win it. I want to thank him for that.”Brandon Burchell of Northfield had his Eagles guitar signed by Corey Clement on Saturday at the sports memorabilia show at the Music Pier.Fans who missed the show on Saturday still have a chance to attend on Sunday. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3.Fans who want an autograph and photo may purchase $45 tickets at the City Hall Welcome Center, Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 Causeway or at the door, until sold out.Fans wait for their chance to have a photo taken and an autograph with Eagles running back Corey Clement.
Patients could benefit from faster access to treatment under 2 new programmes. The programmes will identify innovative technologies and treatments then speed up their uptake across the NHS.£7 million in funding has been announced for ‘Test Bed’ projects across England that will help improve patient outcomes and the way NHS staff work.The Test Beds programme is a joint programme between NHS England and government. It sees the NHS working with innovators using technology to address some of the biggest challenges in health and care.The second wave of the Test Beds programme will take place in 7 locations across the country. Projects being tested include: The UK is a world leader in medical and health research and we want to make sure patients are the first to benefit from the tech revolution happening across the NHS. Every day, innovative new treatments are demonstrating the power technology has to save lives – and I want to make these opportunities available across the whole NHS. These programmes will fast track innovations from lab bench to patient bedside and help ensure that NHS patients continue to be the first to benefit from the life-changing treatments developed in this country. the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning to deliver a more accurate and efficient breast cancer screening the combination of 3 new digital technologies to help reduce A&E admissions for patients with chronic long-term heart failure Ian Campbell, Interim Executive Chair for Innovate UK, said: A further £2 million will be available for ‘rapid uptake’ products. These are 7 proven innovative technologies that help to improve patients’ lives.The ‘rapid uptake’ products include a range of treatments for conditions such as cancer, heart disease and multiple sclerosis.The focus is on overcoming barriers to make their use across the NHS more widespread. Supporting these products will help 500,000 patients to access new treatments and save the NHS £30 million.Through the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC), leaders in the health system have identified these products so that UK patients benefit from the world-class health innovations developed in this country first.The investment also supports the ambition of the government’s modern industrial strategy to make Britain the best place in the world for innovators, including new treatments to help people live longer, healthier and happier lives through the Life Sciences Sector Deal.Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock said: a new digital platform to help people to manage diabetes Business Secretary Greg Clark said: For every new set of health and care challenges, innovation needs to lead the way in finding great solutions that work for all. Innovate UK is delighted to be supporting this important collaboration between NHS organisations and industry – testing, learning and improving in a real-world environment. From the first vaccine to the first blood transfusion, the UK has an unmatched reputation in medical research and innovation. This collaboration will rapidly bring life-saving products into real world clinical settings. Our modern industrial strategy builds on our unique strengths and heritage in medical research and innovation, not only creating new products and jobs but ensuring NHS patients are at the forefront of these technological advances.
Government health ministers are to decide whether bread will be subject to mandatory fortification with folic acid, when the results of the National Diet and Nutrition Survey have been analysed, it has been reported.The results could end a debate that has been running for years.Mandatory fortification was previously recommended by the Food Standards Agency – when it handled public health issues. However, British Baker reported back in 2009, that the findings of a study in Dublin suggested mandatory fortification may actually do more harm than good, possibly putting people at a higher risk of accelerating the growth of certain cancers.The argument for the addition of folic acid in bread, is to prevent spina bifida, and is a campaign that has strong support from many, including Baroness Tanni-Grey Thompson.According to an article in The Telegraph, “mandatory fortification is already used in more than 50 countries, including the USA and Canada, where research suggests it reduces the rate of neural tube defects by 25 to 50%”.It quoted a Department of Health spokesperson as saying ministers were “currently considering the case of mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid and will reach a decision in the light of new data from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey.”
University President Fr. John Jenkins lives by two important words: faith and reason. Those principles, he said, informed his at-times controversial decisions, and will continue to guide him into his second term.Reflecting on his first term as University President, Jenkins said it’s difficult to be under the media microscope while working to clearly communicate the goals of a Catholic university.“We live in a time where there are a lot of voices out there and it’s hard in the midst of that to speak over all the noise,” Jenkins said in an interview with The Observer. “I think that one of my roles is to articulate what we are.”Most recently, last spring’s controversy over the invitation to President Barack Obama to receive an honorary degree at Commencement and the football coaching change this fall have thrust the University, and Jenkins, into the spotlight.“I think you try always to do the thing that’s best according to your deepest principles, whether eyes are on you or not, you still do that,” he said. “There’s a lot of noise and a lot of attention, but in the end it’s really simple: you just try to do what’s best, what accords with the mission of Notre Dame.”Adhering to that mission is one of the challenges for Jenkins as University President, a position he did not foresee himself holding.‘A series of steps in life’“I didn’t see myself doing this, and it wasn’t a driving ambition of mine,” Jenkins said. “It was a series of steps in life that led me here and led me to this.”Graduating from Notre Dame with a degree in philosophy in 1976, Jenkins was drawn to the priesthood and was ordained in 1983.“I think with that there’s always an element of mystery. I’ve always felt that desire for something of depth, something meaningful in my life.”That search for something more led Jenkins to “think deeply about faith and about God” and about what he was going to do with his life.“That eventually led me to think about serving people as a priest, someone who strives to bring Christ to people,” he said.After attending graduate school at Oxford and serving on the faculty at Notre Dame, Jenkins moved to the Provost’s Office. In 2004, he was elected president to succeed University President Emeritus Fr. Edward “Monk” Malloy.Jenkins said his studies in philosophy have helped him perform the duties of the Office of the President. He tells his students philosophy is “just thinking hard, thinking clearly” about important issues.“I always found them to my mind the sort of profound issues of life, of human life … and I genuinely enjoyed grappling with those issues … it just resonated with who I was,” he said, “and that’s what we do every day.” Every day challenges“My challenge every day is time,” Jenkins said. “You have all these pressures and people demand your time, so it’s always a struggle.”Serving as president of a university is a balancing act, he said. Daily meetings, traveling and full schedules leave little time for anything else.Though Jenkins no longer interacts with students in the classroom as professor, an aspect of his life he says he misses, “nothing is more important than keeping in touch with the students.”“It is one of the joys of my job to talk to students and I try to make that a part of what I do,” he said.Jenkins’ biggest challenge, however, is a positive one: “to live up to a mission that is distinctive in higher education and to realize the tremendous potential of Notre Dame in the 21st century.”Jenkins said there are three important aspects to Notre Dame’s goal: to provide unparalleled undergraduate education, to be a preeminent research university and to let the Catholic mission “inform everything we do.”“If we do all three, Notre Dame can make contributions to society and the nation and the Church that is really unique,” he said. “And my passion in this job is to make that contribution and to help Notre Dame make that contribution.”These goals will carry into Jenkins’ second term as University president, he said. “You always have to keep striving — if you’re not striving, you’re falling backwards.”He said he hopes progress toward achieving those goals is part of the legacy he leaves behind on the University, as well as making Notre Dame an important venue for debate on “important issues,” even if they’re controversial.“I hope Notre Dame can be a place where we can have those kinds of conversations and can engage people who are the leaders of our nation, the influential people of the world,” Jenkins said. “The University particularly should be a place that’s open to a diversity of views, even views that challenge us.”Jenkins’ decisions in the past, including inviting President Barack Obama to receive an honorary degree from the University, have drawn criticism from Church representatives, including John D’Arcy, former bishop of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese.While he believes “the bishop has a role in the diocese of teaching the faith” and that it’s important that he, as University president, personally remains close to the bishop, Jenkins said some decisions belong to the University.“It’s appropriate the University should make those decisions, as best we can on the principles that guide the institution,” he said. “I’m committed to working with the bishop to help Notre Dame, to help Notre Dame serve the Church and serve the diocese.” A Catholic university for the 21st century Jenkins said establishing these relationships — with the Church and with national leaders — and working toward achieving the University’s central goals, puts Notre Dame in a unique position.“The thing about Notre Dame, we’re sort of inventing a Catholic university for the 21st century,” he said. “There have been great Catholic universities, but history has changed, society has changed, universities have changed.”Undertaking the challenge to create the new Catholic university depends on Jenkins’ guiding principles, drawn from his studies in philosophy and his calling to the priesthood.“I think a Catholic university is the institutional expression of a confidence in the harmony of faith and reason — that’s why we exist. If we didn’t believe that, let’s just shut the doors and go home.”The two are not in conflict with each other, but rather inform every aspect of Notre Dame, he said.“There’s nothing more central to us. That means, the inquiring mind in the search for truth and all the challenges that involves along the way is not in conflict with a faith in God,” Jenkins said. “It is precisely that confidence in that harmony and the strength of the Catholic faith — that’s the reason why Notre Dame exists.”The coming weeks will bring the most rewarding part of Jenkins’ presidency: conferring degrees on graduating students.“Every graduation is my proudest moment, just to send people off to see how they’ve grown,” he said. “That’s why we’re here. They’re going to do great things in the world after being at Notre Dame, and that’s a great accomplishment.”