Engineers target women as Modern Apprentices

first_imgEngineers target women as Modern ApprenticesOn 2 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today The engineering industry is targeting ethnic minorities and women as part ofa recruitment drive to help it boost the number of people taking modernapprenticeships to 10,000 by 2005. The Engineering Manufacturing Training Association is looking to increaseits modern apprenticeship training numbers by 66 per cent in four years. It plans to more than double the number of female apprentices, whichcurrently stands at only three per cent of its intake, from 180 to 400 by 2005.EMTA also hopes to see the number of people training from ethnic minoritiesdouble from 120 to 240 over the next four years. The association believes one of the most effective ways of meeting itstargets is by increasing the number of schools that offer engineeringqualifications. It wants to see a 12-fold increase in the number of schools teaching GSCEengineering. EMTA’s chief executive, Dr Michael Sanderson, hopes these will help end thetraditional view of engineering as an industry dominated by middle-aged men. He believes that the Government’s backing of vocational training will helpthe organisation meet its aims. He said, “These are ambitious targets andwe will need everyone’s help in the industry to achieve them. “The Government’s new-found commitment to vocational training gives usthe chance to take our message into the classroom. We will be able to directlyexplain to young people the high tech nature of today’s industry and thecountless opportunities it offers in our global economy.” EMTA announced its recruitment drive in its latest sector workforcedevelopment plan. www.emta.org.ukBy Paul Nelson Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

U.S. Navy Ships Arrive at Changi Naval Base

first_img View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today U.S. Navy Ships Arrive at Changi Naval Base Share this article July 29, 2014 U.S. Navy Ships Arrive at Changi Naval Base View post tag: Arrive Under the command of Destroyer Squadron 7, the two ships will participate in a number of in port exchanges and underway evolutions with their Singaporean counterparts.“The RSN is one of the world’s most capable navies and a terrific partner in this incredibly important maritime region of the world,” said Capt. Fred Kacher, DESRON 7 commodore and co-commander of the exercise’s task group. “Over the next week, our two navies will execute one of the most advanced underway programs in the CARAT exercise series and I can’t wait to see our navies working together again at sea.”Singapore has partnered with the U.S. Navy since CARAT began in 1995. This year’s iteration covers a broad range of naval complexities to include surface gunnery and air defense exercises, search and rescue, shipboard helicopter operations and maritime interdiction. The highlight of this year’s sea phase will be an anti-submarine warfare exercise involving USN and RSN helicopters, as well as RSN ships, where torpedoes will be launched against an underwater target.Wayne E. Meyer, on a routine deployment from San Diego, arrived in Singapore last week following operations in the East China Sea and Taiwan Strait. “We are honored to be able to participate in CARAT Singapore with the RSN, as part of the premier naval exercise series in Southeast Asia,” said Cmdr. Randy J. Van Rossum, commanding officer, Wayne E. Meyer. “This exercise provides our armed forces an opportunity to work together to sharpen our skills and learn from each other to continue our shared vision of regional security and stability.”Currently on the first half of its 2014 deployment, Halsey arrived in Singapore yesterday to finalize exercise preparations.“The 300 proud destroyermen of Halsey are excited to be training with DESRON 7, Wayne E. Meyer and the RSN for our first official exercise of our deployment,” said Cmdr. Linda C. Seymour, Halsey commanding officer. “Partners like the Singaporeans are absolutely crucial to maintaining stability and freedom of navigation in the Pacific, something our namesake so dearly cherished.”CARAT Singapore officially begins July 29 and continues through Aug. 8, 2014. In its 20th year, CARAT is an annual, bilateral exercise series with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations including Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste.[mappress]Press Release, July 29, 2014; Image: Wikimedia View post tag: Naval View post tag: ships View post tag: Changi View post tag: Navy USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) and USS Halsey (DDG 97) are in port Singapore July 28 in advance of the 2014 Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT)exercise with the Republic of Singapore Navy. View post tag: Base View post tag: U.S. Training & Educationlast_img read more

St John’s porter faces accusations of racism

first_imgThe tweet has been shared multiple times, with considerable support being shown for the graduate in response to the porter’s comments. Following this, he filed a complaint with the college, prompting the opening of an investigation by the university. “We are aware of a Twitter post about discriminatory language reportedly used by a member of staff towards a visitor. We are investigating this incident as a matter of urgency and will take action as appropriate.” The result of the investigation is as yet unknown. In a statement released in response to these events on 7th November, the college said: “St John’s College is committed to ensuring the welfare and wellbeing of a diverse college community where there is no place for discrimination of any kind. Allegations of racism committed by porters in Oxford have not been rare over the last few years, with an investigation by Cherwell in 2018 uncovering at least 14 testimonies from students of colour which suggested they had been unfairly targeted by porters, being asked for identity or to justify the purpose of their visit, whilst white students were not submitted to the same process. Tweeting a day after the incident took place, he wrote: “Ey I went to my old college in Oxford yesterday to look round again. At the door I explained to the porter that I used to go there & he replied ‘What did you do, clean the windows? Rob it?’” Oxford University has launched an inquiry into an alleged incidence of racism committed by a porter at St John’s College. When visiting the college, a black alumnus was asked if he used to “rob” the college during his time as a student. Returning to the College on 5th November, the graduate had attempted to tour his former place of study before encountering the porter. Increasing and disproportionate complaints of black students being questioned upon entering college grounds prompted the Students’ Union last year to express the view that all porters should be given unconscious bias training in order to prevent potentially discriminatory behaviour.last_img read more

BREAKING: Union decides against new poll, votes from hacked election will be counted

first_imgAfter polls had closed, the Oxford Union Returning Officer decided not to count votes after some members were unable to vote using the voting service Mi-Voice. Some members who attempted to use their link were reportedly directed to a page informing them that their “Unique Voter Code…has already been used”. Under the Union’s Standing Order D5(f), the issue was referred to an Election Tribunal. Failure to elect an Oxford Union President is unprecedented in the society’s history. This would discount the 507 ‘block votes’ that were all sent from one of seven IP addresses and all ranked candidates in the same order. The remaining 1071 legitimate votes will comprise the electoral count. The results will be declared by Thursday. The President of the Union has confirmed to Cherwell: “Having been given the opportunity to do so by the Election Tribunal, Standing Committee chose to reject a July Re-Poll in favour of a declared result based on non-compromised ballots. I hope that this is concluded swiftly, so we can get back to work.” On the morning of the Second Election, which was called after Union members voted to Re-Open Nominations for the Union presidency, members who had registered to vote online using their Union Card Number were sent an email containing a unique link and voting number.  In a decision against the Election Tribunal’s recommendation that the Union hold a re-poll after the second poll for President was hacked, the Union Standing Committee has decided instead to count the “unsullied” votes from the second poll. The report of the Election Tribunal, which was published on July 4th, further notes that “some of the 507 block votes, if genuinely cast, might have supported different candidates in different proportions. The Tribunal further concluded that a count of the probably unsullied votes might possibly disenfranchise a third of those voting…” Cherwell was told that members of the Standing Committee worried about the security and public relations concerns should a third poll be held. The Tribunal said, in the event that the Standing Committee did not accept a re-poll, the next best option was to remove the 507 block votes and use the remaining results. It notes that “the four Candidates would be prepared to accept” this option. The Tribunal, consisting of ex-Officers and a qualified lawyer, proposed that the invalid election on June 19th be resolved by carrying out an electronic re-poll in July. All 1,783 members who registered in June would have been asked to cast their votes again. The Tribunal had “accepted the advice of [the voting service] Mi-Voice that they could not safely assume that a tally of those votes would produce a result free from the overall taint of the improper interference which had produced the 507 block votes (and possibly others).”last_img read more

DUI Checkpoint Scheduled for “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Labor Day Weekend Enforcement

first_imgThe Evansville-Vanderburgh County Traffic Safety Partnership is participating in the annual nationwide ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ drunk driving enforcement campaign. Indiana’s high-visibility enforcement effort takes place this month and ends after Labor Day. This drunk driving enforcement campaign will consist of saturation patrols and a DUI checkpoint as part of a comprehensive effort to curb drunk drivingMembers of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, Evansville Police Department, Indiana State Police and Indiana State Excise Police within Vanderburgh County will join more than 250 local law enforcement agencies, and thousands more across the country, to conduct high-visibility patrols aimed at discouraging drinking and driving. Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign reduces drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI), 106 Indiana motorists were killed in alcohol-impairment related collisions last year.Sheriff Dave Wedding stated, “Our participation in this nationwide effort will help make Vanderburgh County roadways safer for everyone this Labor Day. If you have any doubt about your sobriety, please do not get behind the wheel.” Sheriff Wedding added, “A DUI checkpoint will be conducted over the Labor Day weekend. Anyone caught driving impaired will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses.”Funding for local impaired driving enforcement is provided by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute through a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

AAK to offer sustainable palm oil

first_imgFats and oils supplier AAK Bakery Services is about to receive its first shipment of sustainably produced crude palm oil at its Hull-based refinery.A founding member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in 2004, the company will be one of the first to receive Europe’s initial shipment. The oil has been produced in Malaysia by United Plantations, the first palm oil producer in the world to have been successfully audited against RSPO’s rigorous new sustainability criteria.”It means that, for the first time, our customers can purchase palm oil that has been independently verified as having been sustainably produced,” explained marketing manager Janet Murdoch.AAK supplies 60% of all oils, fats and processing oils used in the UK’s baking and confec- tionery industry.last_img read more

NDSP implements new K-9 program

first_imgNotre Dame Security Police (NDSP) implemented a K-9 program this semester to add another layer of security to its operations.The two black Labrador retrievers who were recently added to the police department — 3-year-old Skeet and 18-month-old Toxi — are NDSP’s first security dogs, Clark said. Clark is Skeet’s handler, while security officer Jarret Gilpin is Toxi’s handler.“I believe it’s pretty much an innovative thing,” Clark said. “We made the choice so we’d have another layer of security. The way the world is changing, people are exploding things — today’s suicide bombers, the Boston marathon run [and] what happened there. And you know, it’s easier for the dogs to detect explosives than it is for us with their sense of smell.”NDSP’s efforts to ensure safety during home football games was one of the driving factors that lead the department to implement a K-9 program, deputy chief Stephan Smith said.“We did our research and found that this is some of the best technology that’s out there, and it’s definitely a direction we wanted to go,” he said. “It’s important to say there is no imminent threat to Notre Dame or our community at this time. However, we just felt that this is something worth investing in because, you know, everybody’s safety — not only on game day but every single day here on campus — is our priority.”Clark said Toxi and Skeet are “vapor wake dogs,” which means they have been trained to detect explosives. The dogs underwent intensive training for about three months, Gilpin said.“ … Probably out of 100, two dogs had the qualities and stuff like that of a vapor wake canine that they were looking for,” Gilpin said. “They have high independence and a high drive and stuff like that, so [Toxi’s] been training since she was like 3 months [old] or so, I believe.”Though he has worked for NDSP for 27 years and seen three proposals for a K-9 program, Clark said Toxi and Skeet are the department’s first security dogs. Clark said the new K-9 program has been “a dream come true” for him.“My dad actually trained dogs in Compton, California, in the ’70s,” Clark said. “He was a carpenter, so he started training dogs to watch the property out after he had repaired it. He’s always had a love for dogs, so I guess that I got the fever, too.“So I’ve been involved in training them for a very long time — in obedience, in protection. To me, it’s like I’m not even working anymore. I’m just enjoying myself.”Clark said the dogs have contributed to a new routine within the police department.“If there’s any special events going on, they like for us to work the special events,” he said. “When dignitaries come, we will probably sweep the building they’re in before they return. We kind of do our lock-up differently now.”Gilpin added that since they have only been working with the dogs for about seven weeks, he and Clark are still adjusting to the changes.“We’re still learning and they’re still learning,” he said. “They’re from Alabama and now they’re in Indiana, and it’s just kind of a different atmosphere for them. I’m looking forward to seeing [Toxi] in snow because she probably hasn’t seen snow yet.”One of the biggest challenges to integrating the dogs into the police department is getting to know their personalities, Gilpin said.“Each dog is different. My issues are different than [Clark’s],” he said. “They’re similar but different. Each dog is a different personality. It’s getting used to where we work together better. We’ve only worked together for seven weeks.”Clark described Skeet as “an eager beaver” who enjoys work, while Gilpin said Toxi was “very playful and loving.”“When it comes time to work, she works, but it’s just one of those things where her personality is, ‘Hey, let’s play,’” Gilpin said of Toxi. “She wants to play tug-of-war, loves playing fetch like any other dog. She’s just very affectionate.”Students should not be afraid of the dogs, Clark said, as they are not aggressive.“Their basic job is to protect the University,” he said. “If you see us, you’ll notice they’ll smell garbage cans. Because they’re vapor wake dogs, they’ll hit on the backpacks and if they hit on it, they’re smelling it — their job is to make sure there isn’t explosives there.”The dogs have served as great outreach tools in the community, Smith said, and NDSP would like to continue to use the dogs to connect with people across campus.“You know, if somebody says, ‘Hey, I’m having this event, and it’d be nice to have one of the NDSP canines and the handler there,’ we’d love to do that,” he said. “We’d love to find new ways to connect with our community.”last_img read more

Broadway Grosses: Matilda & School of Rock Surpass $1 Million

first_img Matilda Sometimes it pays to be a little bit naughty. With a new batch of revolting children on spring break, Matilda grossed seven figures for the second consecutive week, taking in $1,112,189. Another show highlighting a bevy of rebellious maggots, School of Rock, celebrated a gangbusters week by grossing $1,336,781. Meanwhile, a handful of new musicals played shortened weeks of preview performances, with Waitress and Shuffle Along reaching Standing Room Only (the latter having just returned from hiatus) and American Psycho and Tuck Everlasting close behind.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending April 3:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($2,289,548)2. Wicked ($2,215,826)3. Aladdin ($1,850,963)4. Hamilton ($1,822,594)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,340,418)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Tuck Everlasting ($263,150)***4. Shuffle Along ($235,617)****3. The Father ($214,587)*2. Fully Committed ($210,547)***1. Long Day’s Journey Into Night ($66,284)*****FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.06%)2. Hamilton (101.74%)3. Waitress (100.00%)**=3. Shuffle Along (100.00%)****4. The Lion King (99.99%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Kinky Boots (73.24%)4. The Father (71.58%)*3. Blackbird (70.08%)2. Eclipsed (67.58%)1. Disaster! (52.78%)* Number based on eight preview performances** Number based on seven preview performances***Number based on four preview performances****Number baed on two preview performances*****Number based on one preview performanceSource: The Broadway League Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017center_img Rileigh McDonald, Mattea Conforti, Alexandra Vlachos & Mimi Ryder in ‘Matilda'(Photo: Joan Marcus) View Commentslast_img read more

Brazil To Delay Decision On New Air Force Jets

first_img Brazil’s government has postponed a decision on a key jet fighter contract worth more than $4 billion until President-elect Dilma Rousseff takes office next year. Brazil is in the final stages of picking a company to manufacture at least 36 jets, which are to be assembled locally. The deal is hotly disputed — international defense contractors are hoping to capitalize from Brazil’s growing defense spending — and could eventually rise to include more than 100 aircraft. The finalists are the Gripen NG made by Sweden’s Saab, the F-18 made by U.S.-based Boeing Co and the Rafale made by Dassault. The administration of current President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has repeatedly expressed its political preference for the Rafale jet, in part because it sees the French as offering the most generous transfer of technology. Yet Lula said during an interview with TV Brasil late on Monday that he would leave the decision up to his successor, Rousseff, who will take office on Jan. 1. By Dialogo December 08, 2010last_img read more

Arsenal view Thomas Tuchel as strong candidate to become new manager

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 9 Dec 2019 8:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Emery was relieved of his duties (Picture: NurPhoto via Getty)With Mauricio Pochettino available after his sacking by Tottenham Hotspur, there is extra pressure on the former Borussia Dortmund boss to produce the goods.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, should he lose his job, he may find a new home easily enough, according to France Football.Arsenal believe his ‘modern approach’, ‘creative ideas’ and ‘ability to speak many languages’ would see him fit in well at the Emirates as they look to find Emery’s successor.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalHowever, there are question marks over whether Arsenal would be able to wait until the end of the season to make such an appointment.Interim manager Freddie Ljungberg has endured a tough start, drawing with Norwich and losing to Brighton in his opening games in charge, and if results don’t pick up Arsenal may be forced to act quickly.Would Thomas Tuchel be a good appointment for Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Rafael Benitez responds directly to Arsenal manager job linksMORE: Freddie Ljungberg reveals why Martinelli, Pepe and Chambers start with Lacazette & David Luiz dropped Comment Tuchel is attracting attention from Arsenal (Picture: TF-Images/Getty)Arsenal chiefs believe Thomas Tuchel could be the ideal replacement for Unai Emery, even though it’s unlikely he would be available before the end of the season.The Paris Saint-Germain boss recently extended his contract with the Ligue 1 giants but his future is far from secure in the French capital.Tuchel is in danger of being dismissed from his post if he fails to deliver in the Champions League again, with last season’s exit at the hands of Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Manchester United still a sore point. Advertisement Arsenal view Thomas Tuchel as strong candidate to become new manager Advertisementlast_img read more