In brief

first_imgIn briefOn 1 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article News in brief Gala prizes learning Bingo and casino operator Gala Group has announced the launch of fourlearning centres across the UK. They will primarily be used by Gala’s 10,000employees for management and IT training, with ancillary training in customerservice, trainer training, health and safety, food and beverage, andindependent learning. Staff will be able to book via Gala’s internal intranetsystem. Apprenticeships agendaModern Apprenticeships and vocational qualifications for young people willbe the subject of the keynote address by education secretary Charles Clarke atthe new national conference Partners in Learning 2003. This and its exhibitionis sponsored by the Learning and Skills Council and will be held in BirminghamNEC on 14 and 15 May.  www.partnersinlearning2003.comDiploma launch A Guide to the Diploma in Learning Facilitation Skills is now available forboth non-IT and IT trainers from the Training Foundation. The diploma extendsthe short-course programme into a professional qualification and is awarded tostudents who have successfully completed all three certification tracks – theTraining Delivery Skills or Delivery Skills Refresher, followed by FacilitationSkills and Training Design and Development.  www.trainingfoundation.comNew look for Wolce Venture Marketing Group, organiser of the World of Learning Conference &Exhibition (WOLCE) and the e-learning Exhibitions & Conferences inManchester and London, has purchased the Training Solutions Exhibition &Conference from Brintex. Training Solutions will be incorporated within WOLCEand will take place at the NEC, Birmingham on 18 and 19 November 2003.   www.wolce.comSkills research kicks off The Learning and Skills Council has begun a survey of 70,000 Englishemployers – the largest skills survey of its kind. It aims to discover whatskills are necessary for businesses to survive and grow, and to give employersa voice on their training and skills needs. “This is an opportunity for employersto help shape the future of their own people and that of the nation’s workforceas a whole,” said an LSC spokeswoman.   www.lsc.gov.uk Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Prep Sports Roundup: 3/5

first_imgMarch 5, 2021 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 3/5 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys Basketball1-A State Semifinals @ SVCRICHFIELD, Utah-Kyler Bennett led the way with 10 points and 9 rebounds as the Panguitch Bobcats bested Valley 47-38 Friday in the 1-A state semifinals at the Sevier Valley Center. The Bobcats proficiently shot 50 percent (15-30) for the game in the win, as they improved to 20-4 on the season. Gavin Hoyt netted 18 points on 7-13 from the field in defeat for the Buffaloes. Panguitch advances to Saturday’s state title game at 6:45 pm at the Sevier Valley Center against Wendover.RICHFIELD, Utah-Jostyn Gomez had 20 points and 9 rebounds on 8-8 shooting and 4-4 at the foul line as the Wendover  Wildcats downed Manila 50-41 at the Sevier Valley Center Friday in the 1-A state semifinals to advance to the 1-A state championship game. The Wildcats shot 88 percent (15-17) from the foul line for the game. Tuck Davis had 13 points in defeat for the Mustangs. Manila plays Valley for 3rd-4th place Saturday at 3:00 pm.1-A State Consolation Bracket @ SVCRICHFIELD, Utah-Sergio Vasquez posted 16 points and 6 rebounds on 6-12 from the field as the Bryce Valley Mustangs ended Piute’s season with a 58-54 win over the Thunderbirds in the 1-A state consolation bracket Friday at the Sevier Valley Center. Gavin Morgan had 15 points and Kelby Jessen added 14 points and 20 rebounds for the Thunderbirds, whose season ends at 14-8 and 8-4 in Region 20 play. Bryce Valley improves to 21-4 and 12-1 in Region 20 play with the win. The Mustangs next play for 5th-6th place Saturday at 11:30 am against Rich.RICHFIELD, Utah-John Scott led the way with 18 points and 5 rebounds and the Rich Rebels smacked Telos 58-44 Friday at the Sevier Valley Center in the 1-A consolation bracket. Ethan Croley posted 14 points and 11 rebounds on 6-10 from the field for the Titans in defeat.Girls Basketball1-A State Semifinals @ SVCRICHFIELD, Utah-Esther Cox posted 19 points and 6 assists as the Valley Buffaloes routed Milford 62-41 Friday in the 1-A state semifinals at the Sevier Valley Center. Jaleana Tsosie netted 14 points and 6 rebounds on 6-10 from the field for the Tigers in defeat. The Buffaloes will play for a state championship Saturday at 4:30 pm at the Sevier Valley Center against Piute. They have the distinction of being the only No. 1 seed in 1-A through 4-A to advance to the state championship game in their tournament this season.RICHFIELD, Utah-Ashley Talbot made the game-winning put-back in the closing seconds and the Piute Thunderbirds outlasted Wayne 53-51 to advance to the 1-A state championship game with their semifinals victory Friday. Kassidy Westwood had 21 points and 5 assists on 8-10 shooting for the Thunderbirds, who shot 60 percent (21-35) for the game. Abby Stevens had 18 points and 8 rebounds on 7-12 from the field in the loss for the Badgers. Wayne will play Milford for 3rd-4th place Saturday at 1:00 pm.1-A State Consolation Bracket @ SVCRICHFIELD, Utah-McKina Stacey netted 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists on 6-12 shooting as the Rich Rebels downed Bryce Valley 44-33 Friday in the 1-A state consolation bracket at the Sevier Valley Center. This ends the Mustangs’ season with a record of 13-10. Kezli Floyd had 13 points and 5 rebounds on 6-9 from the field for Bryce Valley in the loss. Rich will play for 5th-6th place Saturday at 10:00 am at the Sevier Valley Center against Tabiona.RICHFIELD, Utah-Paiton Lazenby led the way with 17 points and 9 rebounds and the Tabiona Tigers waxed Green River 42-30 in the 1-A state consolation bracket at the Sevier Valley Center Friday. Abigail Erwin had 16 points and 17 rebounds in defeat for the Pirates, who end their season at 9-7. Tabiona improved to 14-10 with the victory. Brad Jamescenter_img Written bylast_img read more

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Oxford could face ‘sanctions’ over access inequality, says Education Committee

first_imgThe chair of the UK’s House of Commons Education Committee has claimed that elite universities will face sanctions if they fail to address their “social justice problem”.Speaking at a University Alliance event on degree apprenticeships, Robert Halfon MP said that he wanted to see “elite universities properly being held to account for the numbers of disadvantaged students they admit”.The Education Committee confirmed to Cherwell that the new Office for Students would consider sanctions.The body’s chief executive, Nicola Dandridge MP, said in Parliament last month: “There is a whole range of sanctions that can be applied, from encouragement, engagement, and discussion to fines and more interventionist approaches at the other end.“In the past, the Director of Fair Access could refuse to sign off a plan, in which case the higher fee could not be charged – that was the nuclear option, if you like.“That was actually quite difficult, because it did not allow for a nuanced range of responses. We have many more tools available to us, which will allow for a more nuanced and therefore more effective engagement with universities.”Halfon, the Conservative MP for Harlow, warned of a ‘two-tier’ system within UK universities.“I would like to see the elite universities properly being held to account for the numbers of disadvantaged students they admit – and the support they receive whilst studying.“Perhaps we should regard universities as elite only if they are providing a real ladder of opportunity to the disadvantaged. Maybe universities should only be seen as ‘the best’ when they lead their students to well-paid job destinations and reduce Britain’s skills deficit.“The new Office for Students must lead in this. There must be sanctions from the new regulator for those universities who are failing in this regard.”In March, the Higher Education Standards Agency (Hesa) revealed that Oxford accepted fewer applications from poor neighbourhoods in the 2017-18 academic year than any other mainstream institution.Just 2.8% of the University’s intake were from students who live in areas classified as the most difficult to engage in higher education.Following the report’s publication, Labour MP David Lammy – who accused Oxford and Cambridge of “social apartheid” in October – tweeted: “Shame on them. Oxbridge take £700m a year in taxpayers’ money yet are not tackling entrenched privilege.”Earlier this month, Oxford was ranked as the fourth-most unequal university in Britain in a report by the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi).The results came from calculating the ‘Gini coefficient’ for UK universities based on their share of student entrants that came from the five different Participation of Local Areas (Polar) quintiles in 2016.A University spokesperson told Cherwell: “Oxford…is committed to further diversifying its undergraduate intake, and to being honest and transparent about our record on access. We have agreed targets with [the Office for Students] and against these we are showing strong performance – particularly in relation to our recruitment of students from socioeconomically disadvantaged post-codes, as well as schools and colleges with limited progression to Oxford.”last_img read more

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Oxford City Council releases annual performance statistics on gender pay gap

first_imgThis is the first year that the annual report has not included the ODS workforce (formerly Oxford Direct Services) in its statistics. This company is wholly owned by the Council and includes parks maintenance, refuse and recycling, and construction. ODS is now a separate company from the City Council and reports its gender pay gap data independently, under the terms of the Equalities Act. The Council claims that: “Success in closing the Council’s gender pay gap will be achieved through its employment policies and practices”. These practices include training and organisational development This change has been clearlyreflected in the Council’s genderpay statistics. In the last two years,the reports which included theODS workforce showed that overallwomen actually earned slightly morethan men. The Council’s workforce is predominantly female, with women making up 401 members of staff or 58% of the workforce. However, many of these women work in lower-earning positions. Councillor Nigel Chapman, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities and Customer Focused Services, commented: “This year’s report reflects the change in the balance of the way women and men are employed within the City Council’s workforce after you have removed the ODS workforce data. Most importantly, it also shows that women are still not reaching the highest levels of the organisation in equal numbers as men. Men make up the vast majority ofthe ODS workforce, with 570 malemembers of staff making up 88% ofthe workforce, as of 31st March 2019.center_img Staff on the same salary pointwithin each grade receive the samehourly pay, regardless of gender. The City Council report has revealedthat, on average across the whole ofthe Council’s workforce, women earn10.2% less than men. initiatives to encourage participation by female colleagues within “higher graded” positions in the Council, as well as policies which facilitate greater flexibility in the time, place and manner by which work is performed. The Council also says it will enforce recruitment approaches and methods that “promote the Council as an employer of choice and place to build a great career, with access to a range of flexible working arrangements.” “We have strong policies to support flexible working, parental leave and career development, which are shown to support women’s career progress. We are actively addressing the barriers through a planned programme to support more women and BAME candidates to progress internally, and to attract more diverse external candidates.last_img read more

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Best Post-Grad Occupations

first_imgAMANDA PORTER INDIANACollege graduations are taking place here and across the country after which tens of thousands of graduates hope to get right into their field of choice.So how easy will it be to get that big job? We talked with some students here at the University of Southern Indiana, and the University of Evansville, and took a look at national trends to find out why has the better chance of getting a job after graduation.Across our area, thousands of students, armed with degrees from a myriad of disciplines; business, education, science, and technology to mention a few, but will the years of their hard work and in some cases, hundreds of thousands of dollars to get their degree lead to a bright future?Better yet, a well paying job?It is a question that for many an answer won’t come fast enough.“I had put 172 applications out since April.”“Whew… over 100, i can say over 100.”“10 or 15 every week just trying to keep it updated, and then i actually got a job from somebody i met out and about.”At the University of Southern Indiana, graduates like Michael Reed, Nick Faith, Allison Meyer, and Collin Runnion say they aren’t worried about what’s next because they say they have done their research.“With the technology advancements, jobs that are manually being done are being taken away by automation, more technical jobs are needed and not so much those types of jobs so i mean graphics, arts, and all those jobs definitely are out there but nobody goes into an engineering program worrying about getting a job when they get out.”What works for some students, wont necessarily bear fruit for others, thats why a dose of creative thinking and ultimately a creative action plan is a must.There an old adage that says “he who hesitates is lost.”It’s a saying thats survived the test of time.That’s why students like Michael Reed wanted to get a jump on the competition.“I started applying in October, you know it gets a little stressful when you don’t hear anything back for a while.”Here is a look at the numbers and what graduates may be up against.You have to look ahead to understand.The United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics projected 20 occupations with the highest possibility of employment between 2016-26.The biggest bang for your buck will be in the areas of energy, health, and math, all at the top of the bureaus list.If you are looking for a job where you are going to get a job straight out many students in the Tri-State say the technical field is your best bet.“Engineering or computer science, both of those fields pay pretty well and there is a huge demand for those jobs.”And education, “a lot of teachers are still being asked for out in the education field,” says Reed.While research shows the medical field to be promising for graduates right after graduation, they are not convinced it’s as easy as it seems.“I have a couple of family members who are on the medical side of things and they are looking more into continuing with grad school and that seems just as hard trying to find a good grad school than it is with trying to find a good job,” says Faith.Other students are still trying to figure out their first big career move.“A couple of the seniors that i am graduating with are still you know, don’t know what they are doing after graduation,” says Meyers.While that’s certainly not what any parent wants to hear from their graduating student, the forecast for employment seems to be headed in a positive direction for college graduates.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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MUZIKA, JOSEPH C.

first_imgwas born November 21, 1925 in Bayonne to parents Charles and Mary. Joe joined the Navy on September 1942 and earned the medals, American, Victory, Asiatic Pacific, and Philippine Liberation and ended his service honorably as an ARM2c in 1946. After the war Joe attended Oklahoma A&M (O.S.U.) where he met and married Sue Palmer from Tulsa. After Joe graduated with a B.S. in Physical Science, he moved his family to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia where he worked for ARAMCO as an engineer and later instructor. When Joe and family returned to the states, they made a home in Northeastern Ohio where Joe continued his skills as an instructor. On May 25, Joe lost a courageous battle with a brief illness.Joe was preceded in death by his mother Mary, father Charles and brother Rudolph. He leaves behind Sue and their three children; daughter Vicki, and her family, David, Margaret, Keegan, Margie, Gitanah, Scott, Asher; son Russell and his family, Carrie, Sarah, Brennah, Deirdra; son Joe Jr. and his family, Rosy, Vilma, Joseph Russell, Jon Paul. Funeral arrangements by MOORE Funeral Home, 2570 S. Harvard Ave., Tulsa, OK, 74114.last_img read more

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Mayor’s Message: COVID-19 Update

first_imgMayor Jay Gillian Dear Friends,I want to thank everyone again for adhering to all of the many restrictions in place to slow the spread of coronavirus.We need to continue to be vigilant to prevent the exponential growth of infections that other areas of the state are experiencing.I also want there to be hope.We are starting to plan for the day when we can begin to reopen Ocean City.One thing is certain: We do not want to risk a second wave of infections. It will not be business-as-usual this summer. But there will be a summer.I am working with City Council, the mayors of shore towns, county and state officials, and public health experts on a coordinated effort to plan for the future.This includes discussions of when and how we can open the beach and boardwalk in a safe manner.Council President Pete Madden and I also are serving on a countywide Business Recovery Task Force.Ocean City has always been considered home to a melting pot of visitors, second homeowners and year-round residents.For all of us to salvage our summer, we will need to work together to find a way to follow best practices here and to keep the virus at bay.In the meantime, please look after your neighbors, no matter where they are from.At times like these, it’s important that the public have the most up-to-date and accurate information. Anybody can sign up to receive email notifications when I post updates by clicking on the “Alert Me” link at www.ocnj.us.Please share that information with anybody you know who is not already receiving these updates. I also will look for new ways to reach everybody who has a stake in Ocean City.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillianlast_img read more

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DJ Williams’ Shots Fired To Debut In Colorado With Members Of KDTU, Thievery, Slightly Stoopid, And More

first_imgIf you’ve been keeping up with the news, DJ Williams has had a harrowing year. After flying to the Middle East in April, the guitarist for Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and his own solo project Shots Fired was detained abroad for a few weeks. The music community rallied around Williams while the case was settled, with the musician happily returning to the United States a month later. Since then, DJ Williams has returned and has been making his rounds with various musical projects. Today, Williams let fans in Colorado know that they can look forward to catching him live and in-person with the upcoming Colorado debut of his own DJ Williams’ Shots Fired.The project will see the guitarist joined by an ever-rotating cast of musicians from the scene, and for this upcoming run, Williams will be joined by his Tiny Universe bandmates, Chris Stillwell and David Veith. This iteration of Shots Fired also taps the Slightly Stoopid horns players, Daniel Delacruz and Andy Geib, as well as Jeff Franca of Thievery Corporation, Kimberly Dawson from Pimps of Joytime, Max MacVeety of Lyrics Born, and guitarist Cris Jacob. DJ Williams’ Shots Fired will hit the Shakedown Bar in Vail on Friday, September 15th, followed by a performance at Ophelia’s in Denver the next night on Saturday, September 16th. Tickets for their Saturday show are available here.last_img read more

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Radcliffe Institute recognizes top three Harvard theses

first_img Read Full Story The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study awarded the Captain Jonathan Fay Prize to the graduating seniors whose theses set forth the most imaginative work and original research.This year three Fay Prize recipients were chosen from 81 Thomas Hoopes Prize winners for outstanding scholarly work or research: mathematics concentrator Ashok Cutkosky for his thesis Polymer Simulations and DNA Topology; history and literature concentrator Benjamin Naddaff-Hafrey for his thesis The “Electrified Fable”: Radio Experimentation, Interwar Social Psychology, and Imagined Invasion in the War of the Worlds; and history concentrator Laura Savarese for her thesis Slavery’s Battleground: Contesting the Status of Enslaved and Free Blacks in St. Louis, from Statehood to the Civil War.“The work of the 2013 Fay Prize winners demonstrates the original thinking that Harvard encourages and that the Radcliffe Institute is dedicated to supporting,” said Radcliffe Institute Dean Cohen, when presenting the awards to the three Fay Prize winners. “We are honoring the distinguished work of these young minds and predict this is just the first of many remarkable achievements.”last_img read more

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Disruption of work relationships adds to mental-health concerns during pandemic

first_imgA recent Harvard study highlights how much emotional support we get from workplace relationships, and that it has not only been our jobs that the pandemic has disrupted, but these important informal ties as well.The survey, conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s SHINE program, examined workplace well-being among 1,271 participants in 17 industries, including agriculture, manufacturing, construction, finance, arts, and health care. It found that the physical impacts of COVID-19 have been widespread, with 35 percent saying they or someone in their immediate family or social network had the virus. In addition, 32 percent said job security decreased, 44 percent said household income decreased, 40 percent said workload increased, and 52 percent said time spent on a computer screen increased.“There’s lots of data that increased screen time is not a good thing, but we leaned into it because that was our response to the pandemic,” said Eileen McNeely, founder and executive director of SHINE, the Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise, which examines workplace well-being in an array of settings around the world.Given the pandemic’s widespread disruption of the economy, the task-related and financial changes may not be surprising, but the survey also documented an array of mental-health impacts that McNeely said are at least partly due to severed or altered workplace relationships that have become more important in an era where club membership, volunteer work, and other traditional means of social connectedness are on the decline.“Work has such a predominant influence in all of our lives … we think of health care, we think of public health, but work is an intervention in and of itself,” McNeely said.The survey, conducted in May, shows that the pandemic has indeed reduced workers’ social connectedness, with 60 percent saying social relations were worse, 48 percent that time alone increased, and 56 percent that feelings of control had declined. Measures of mental health also worsened, with 56 percent reporting increased anxiety, 45 percent increased loneliness, and 35 percent increased depression. A program to give workforce well-being a boost The value of talking to strangers — and nodding acquaintances Experts: COVID has robbed us of impromptu contacts that help keep us happy Related Though some survey results — such as increased screen time — are likely outgrowths of the move to remote work, she said the survey included those who have continued to report to their job site. Though they were still in proximity to some colleagues, altered shifts, required protective equipment, distancing guidelines, and the stress and fear associated with visiting the workplace likely interfered with connectedness and were reflected in the results, she said.The good news, McNeely said, is that employers appear to have appreciated the stress that the unusual circumstances are putting on workers, with 47 percent of employees reporting that management has been more compassionate and empathetic, and 39 percent saying co-workers’ helpfulness and supportiveness increased as well. On a personal level, 25 percent of respondents also reported an increase in learning and creativity.The implication, McNeely said, is that though the temptation has been to focus on concrete aspects of the pandemic — making sure computers work seamlessly in remote settings, that work schedules make sense, that sanitation procedures and COVID testing requirements are clear — additional attention needs to be paid to social connectedness and work’s community aspect if employee well–being is to improve.“There’s a lot of concentration on the factory floor to oiling machines, putting sensors on machines to ensure they’re operating well, but they often don’t do that with people,” McNeely said. “Companies are thinking about the new normal, about remote work — do people have IT support? — but really we need to be thinking deeper than that.”McNeely said SHINE plans to begin devising and piloting programs to improve workplace resilience and connectedness — such as intentional community-building exercises — and then share best practices that emerge.“We now should be thinking about piloting certain work innovations that address these underlying and invisible factors, McNeely said. “That’s what we hope to do: evaluate what is successful toward the goal of well-being.” Harvard Chan School’s SHINE aims to help employees flourish last_img read more

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