Census staff can count on latest skills boost

first_imgTheOffice of National Statistics is using a mixture of computer-based andinstructor-led courses developed by KnowledgePool to train 1,200 people in thecomputerised methods being used to process this year’s census forms. The methodof processing involves 31 different job functions and the training coverspersonal and technical skills. Sixteendifferent course types range from preparing documents to occupation codingcourses. Many have been specially developed for the census. It is the firsttime that the 33 million forms, which form a stack of paper 50 times higherthan Big Ben, will be read and processed by computers.www.knowledgepool.com Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Census staff can count on latest skills boostOn 1 Jun 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

No scrutiny of home help endangers ‘at risk’ adults

first_imgNo scrutiny of home help endangers ‘at risk’ adultsOn 19 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Vulnerable adults are being left at risk after the Department of Health(DoH) shelved plans to check some care staff’s criminal records. The Government hoped to check all care staff working with children orvulnerable adults under the National Care Standards but huge delays at theCriminal Records Bureau (CRB). The DoH has now announced that staff who visit people in their homes willnot have to be checked by the CRB. But the move has attracted some criticism from organisations working in thesector. Clare Smith, HR director at care provider Leonard Cheshire, saiddisabled patients who receive care in the home are the most vulnerable and thatCRB checks on these staff are crucial. “We’re very disappointed with the CRB and it has affected our decision.We deal with very vulnerable people so are doing all the checks we can andtrying to make sure staff are supervised. “It’s basically because the CRB can’t cope. We find this totallyunacceptable because these are the most vulnerable people who we should beprotecting especially,” she said. “It will probably ease the recruitment problems but I have receivedapplications from people who I wouldn’t employ without a police check.” Employers in the care sector will also have more time to check existingstaff as the deadline has been extended until 2004. A spokesperson for the DoH said it still planned to introduce the checks forthe homecare staff but couldn’t put a date on its launch because of theproblems. Some employers have faced delays in placing staff of up to six monthsbecause the CRB has been unable to cope with the huge number of record checkson the backgrounds of job applicants who work with children or vulnerableadults. By Ross Wighamlast_img read more


first_imgThe widely known Sadie Chandley, who founded the Manchester-based oven manufacturer Tom Chandley with her husband Tom, has died aged 97.She took an active interest in the business until very recently and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1994. Sadie and Tom set up the business in April 1944 with a workforce of six.After Tom’s death in 1968, Sadie carried on running the business and was the driving force behind its growth.Managing director Eric Dyson said: “Mrs Chandley was a remarkable lady with a drive and enthusiasm matched by a thoughtfulness and care for every one of her employees. With her husband Tom they were a formidable team that took all the challenges of building a business head on, an attitude that Mrs Chandley continued after Tom’s death. She will be sadly missed by us all.”last_img read more

Members Of Vulfpeck Appear On Vibey New Julian Allen Record

first_imgJulian Allen is a musical artist, songwriter, drummer, and producer from Chicago, Illinois, commonly known in the Vulfpeck fan community as the drummer in Theo Katzman‘s touring band. This week, Allen releases his first-ever musical record, Could U Be, a seven-track sonic exploration of the self. Featuring Joe Dart on bass, Woody Goss on keys, Theo Katzman on vocals, and Tyler Duncan on guitar and behind the mixing board, this album has “Vulf” written all over it–though the music is distinctly different than any previous Vulf-associated recordings, standing alone as the vibe-heavy product of a self-proclaimed “flower boy”.“Completing my first collection of songs has been a wild journey,” explains Julian. “I could have never known, how making an album can be as much a means of discovery, of therapy and of healing, as of expression. And like discovery, and like healing, making music is not necessarily a linear, neat, or predictable process. And like discovery, and like healing, this work is never over, even if my own work within this snapshot of my life is over.” Head toListen to Julian Allen’s debut album Could U Be below:[Produced by Julian Allen Mixing on Tracks 2,3,6, and 7 by Jake Birch Mixing on Tracks 1,4,and 5 by Tyler Duncan Mastering by Devin Kerr Audio Engineering by Tyler Duncan Additional Post – Production by Tyler Duncan Lyrical Contributions On Track 1 by Theo Katzman Album Art By Jennica Bocchino and Julian AllenJulian Allen : Vocals , Drums, Percussion, Aux Keys on Track 4, Drum Programming on Track 5 , Electronics on Track 7 Joe Dart : Bass Woody Goss : Keyboard James Cornelison : Guitar on Tracks 1 , 3 , 4 , 5 , and 6 Tyler Duncan : Guitar on Tracks 2 , 3 , and 7]last_img read more

Panel at HDS discusses religious debates over sexuality

first_imgHarvard Divinity School (HDS) hosted “Queer Youth and Religious Debates Over Sexuality,” a panel discussion held Oct. 7 on queer youth in the United States and their relationship to religion and the church. Cheryl A. Giles, Peabody Professor of the Practice in Pastoral Care and Counseling at HDS, moderated the conversation, which featured prominent gay rights activists and leaders from across the country.HDS professor Mark D. Jordan — a prolific author on how American churches debate over homosexuality around adolescents — explained that, while much has changed over the last half-century in church debate, one thing that has not changed is that queer youth are regularly talked about, but almost never allowed to speak for themselves.“Queer youth are at once featured and erased, or displaced, by simplistic views of them, and the fights about them often try to claim them for one camp or another — either religious or queer, but rarely both,” Jordan said. “So the debates keep cycling, powered by these unchallenged habits of speech.”Jordan, speaking in front of a large audience inside Andover Hall on the HDS campus, explained how homophobic Christian discourses damage all queer youth, but they are especially damaging to queer youth in Christian homes, and worse, for youth who believe.“We have to get them better news about God,” he said. “We have to present them with convincing pictures of their own queer futures as believers. We have to open for them actual spaces in which they can be queer and religious. Exile from religion cannot be the cost of admission to queer life, especially for the young.”Fellow panelist Harry Knox, director of Religion and Faith Program at the Human Rights Campaign, implored the audience, composed largely of students, to pick up the vision of the older generation and to utilize resources available to them as the struggle for equality continues.Grace Sterling Stowell, executive director of Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth, has worked for gender justice for 30 years. She called attention to the drastic need for conversations about religion that include transgender youth. Other participants included writer and activist Irene Monroe, and Pam Garramone, executive directory of Greater Boston Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People.last_img read more

New Brigade Reinforces Brazilian Army Presence in Amazon Region

first_imgBy Nelza Oliveira/Diálogo April 06, 2018 A ceremony on January 26, 2018 marked the activation of the Brazilian Army’s (EB, in Portuguese) 22nd Jungle Infantry Brigade, also called the Amazon Estuary Brigade, based in Macapá, in the state of Amapá. The new unit will boost protection of the 1,980-kilometer border with Guyana, French Guiana, and Suriname. With the activation of this brigade, the last Brazilian state with international borders without a military brigade will be Acre. Brigadier General of the EB Luiz Gonzaga Viana Filho, commander of the new unit, said the area of responsibility of the 22nd Brigade also includes a large stretch of the Atlantic Ocean, extending along the northern coast of the state of Pará and the entire states of Maranhão and Amapá. Under the Northern Military Command (CMN, in Portuguese), in the state of Pará, the 22nd Brigade will oversee operations of the 34th Jungle Infantry Battalion (BIS, in Portuguese) of Amapá, the 2nd BIS of Belém, Pará, and the 24th BIS of São Luís, Maranhão. “The creation of the [22nd] Brigade, in keeping with the National Defense Strategy to prioritize the Amazon region, increases our military presence in the eastern Amazon region,” said Brig. Gen. Viana Filho. ”It enables better coordination between military organizations [2nd BIS, 34th BIS and 24th BIS], and marks the presence of the Brazilian government in the vast, under-populated areas along the border with Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana.” Another 3,000 men on the border The 22nd Brigade is still in the making. According to Brig. Gen. Viana Filho, construction for the new unit’s facilities was budgeted at about $79 million and began in 2014 for a 2024 completion date. “We finished the Brigade Command Post, the Command Company facilities, the Guard Corps, and two residential buildings for officers and cadets, each with 24 apartments,” he said. The new brigade began operating with a force of 1,000 personnel. According to Brig. Gen. Viana Filho, the force will comprise 3,000 personnel in Macapá, with 300 families living on base, and will count a total of 5,000 members. The increase in personnel—through EB’s enlistment of more youth and the greater presence of service members in general—and construction work for the new base, will boost the economy of the region with the creation of more jobs. “This is an achievement for Brazil, the Amazon region, and Amapá,” said Antônio Waldez Góes da Silva, governor of Amapá, during the activation ceremony. “We owe a great deal to the Army’s initiative and planning, because even though the last three years were marked by huge challenges [budget wise], it didn’t give up on its strategic planning.” “I can say that it was a huge challenge, because of our budgetary restrictions, but we had the general and sectorial agencies in Brasília on board, and the project took off, thanks in large part to the work of the management team on this project,” said EB General Oswaldo de Jesús Ferreira, former head of the Northern Military Command. “I would like to pay homage to all those who participated in the effort to turn this dream into reality. This is a happy day for me.” Partnership According to Brig. Gen. Viana Filho, the main challenges service members will face in the region are cross-border criminal activities, such as environmental crimes, illegal mining, smuggling, and deforestation, among others. On February 8th and 9th, shortly after the activation of the 22nd Brigade, Brazilian officials took part in bilateral meetings in Paramaribo, Suriname, and Georgetown, Guyana, to address regional security and border issues with a focus on unlawful transnational activities, intelligence exchange, and defense and police cooperation. Then Minister of Defense Raul Jungmann, Minister of Justice and Public Security Torquato Jardim, and Sérgio Etchegoyen, Minister of the Institutional Security Cabinet for the Office of the President of the Republic of Brazil, participated. “Crime became a national and international scourge. It’s no longer enough to fight it within the nation’s borders,” said Minister Jungmann. Officials discussed technical agreements in place since 1975, transnational crime, military formation and training, defense industry, and exchange programs with Brazilian military academies, among others. Cybersecurity policy for real-time sharing of cyber incidents and joint qualification of personnel was also addressed.last_img read more

Living in Airplane Mode

first_img“No, it was 1963, I’m sure of it!” “It’s 1964, really.” “Oh just Google it.” “Hmm, it says here 196…WHAT IS THAT?!”Pointing out the monster on the wing is way better than being proven wrong by the omniscient Google. It wasn’t always this simple to drop a knowledge bomb, though.How quickly we forget. In 2007, Apple ushered in the modern smartphone era. Before the iPhone, we either had “smart” phones or Blackberry’s. Neither category was particularly good at browsing the Internet. No Siri or Cortana in those days, either. Unless it was essential, you waited to research when back at a computer. But the web still had hold.Let’s go back even further, before the Internet, like, the 80s. Big hair, boomboxes, leg warmers, neon clothing…got it? If you didn’t know something, you asked another person. Or, crazy as it sounds today, drove to the library. Society operated without all the answers at our fingertips and Def Leppard had no idea how much reverb they used. continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Broome County reports 10th coronavirus-related death

first_imgIn a press release, the Broome County Executives office says the individual was a female in her 80s who passed away at Lourdes Hospital. Check the Broome County’s website for updates on the coronavirus.  Broome County Executive Jason Garnar will continue to provide live COVID-19 updates on Facebook Monday through Friday at 3 p.m. (WBNG) — Broome County announced their tenth coronavirus-related death in the community on Saturday. For more coronavirus coverage, click here.last_img read more

BW Offshore wins extension for Polvo FPSO

first_imgFPSO operator BW Offshore has signed an agreement with PetroRio for a one-year extension for the lease and operation of FPSO Polvo operating offshore Brazil. BW Offshore said last Friday that the firm period had been extended from the third quarter of 2019 to the third quarter 2020, with options until 3Q 2022.The FPSO Polvo was previously awarded a one-year extension back in January 2018. This option expires in the third quarter of 2019.BW Offshore is operating the FPSO Polvo on the Petrorio-operated Polvo field located in the Campos basin offshore Brazil, approximately 100 kilometers off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, in water depths of around 100 meters.The field has been developed with a fixed platform, known as Polvo A, and the FPSO Polvo, which is capable of handling a daily oil production of 90,000 barrels of oil per day, with a storage capacity of 1.6 million barrels.It is worth reminding that BW Offshore in May 2018 contracted PG Flow Solutions to supply water booster pumps for the Polvo FPSO life extension project.The scope of work was the engineering, procurement, assembly of pump skid, and commissioning of two produced water booster pumps in super duplex materials, with 150kW electrical motors, variable frequency drives, and pressurized seal system.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Brazil Edges Argentina in Four-team Friendly

first_imgMiranda headed an injury-time winner as Brazil beat South American rivals Argentina to win a four-team friendly tournament in Saudi Arabia.The defender was left unmarked at the near post to head home from a corner.It was a dramatic finale to what had been a drab contest of few chances at King Abdullah Sports City stadium. Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino all disappointed against an inexperienced Argentina side lacking star names, including Lionel Messi.With Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel di Maria also absent, the game will be heartening for temporary boss Lionel Scaloni, despite defeat, after a defensive but disciplined and committed display from his young side.His Brazilian counterpart Tite will have more concerns following a largely uninspiring and flat performance from a team with too much attacking talent to offer any convincing excuses.It was Miranda who went closest throughout the game, heading over from a corner and seeing a shot blocked on the line by Nicolas Otamendi in the first half before making his decisive contribution in the second minute of added time in the second.The closest Argentina came to a goal was a Paulo Dybala free-kick that cleared the crossbar by a foot.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more