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Online is the way to go

first_imgOnline is the way to goOn 19 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Companies are increasingly considering adopting online training, accordingto research carried out for the Open University’s corporate arm Corous. The survey of more than 1,000 organisations shows that more than 30 per centalready used online training and another 30 per cent are consideringintroducing it. Companies surveyed identify the advantages of e-learning as itsflexibility, ease of use, accessibility to distance learners and learning atyour own pace. But respondents also criticised e-learning for being impersonal, allowinglittle interaction with teachers or peers and not offering personal feedback. Marion Baldwin, commercial director for Corous, said the findingshighlighted some of the misconceptions about e-learning. “Well-developed online programmes engage the learner, offer personalfeedback, stimulate interaction with an online tutor and can include groupworking,” she said. The research showed that the percentage of staff with a PC on their desk andaccess to the internet and e-mail ranged from 38 per cent in the wholesale andretail sector to around 90 per cent for staff working for central government. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Monitoring spatio-temporal variability of the Adour River turbid plume (Bay of Biscay, France) with MODIS 250-m imagery

first_imgIncreased loads of land-based pollutants through river plumes are a major threat to the coastal water quality, ecosystems and sanitary heath. Identifying the coastal areas impacted by potentially polluted freshwaters is necessary to inform management policies and prevent degradation of the coastal environment. This study presents the first monitoring of the Adour River turbid plume (south-eastern Bay of Biscay, France) using multi-annual MODIS data. Satellite data are processed using a regional algorithm that allows quantifying and mapping suspended matter in coastal waters. The results are used to investigate the spatial and temporal variability of the Adour River turbid plume and to identify the risk of exposure of coastal ecosystems to the turbid plume waters. Changes in river plume orientation and spatial extent as well as suspended matter discharged through the river are correlated to the main hydro-climatic forcings acting in the south-eastern Bay of Biscay. The Adour River turbid plume is shown to be a highly reactive system mainly controlled by the river discharge rates and modulated by the wind changes. Despite the relatively small size of the Adour River, the Adour River turbid plume can have a non-negligible impact on the water quality of the southern Bay of Biscay and the MSM and associated contaminants/nutrients transported within the Adour turbid river plume have the potential to be disseminated far away along the northern shoreline or offshore. The main areas of influence of the river plume are defined over multi-annual (3 years) and seasonal periods. The results presented in this study show the potential of 250-m MODIS images to monitor small river plumes systems and support management and assessment of the water quality in the south-eastern Bay of Biscay.last_img read more

UK Hydrographic Office officially opened by Princess Royal

first_imgThe Princess Royal officially opened the new home of UK Hydrographic Office in a ceremony on April 26.Construction of the new headquarters for the 850 data analysers, hydrographers, cartographers, environmental experts and scientists took 18 months to complete and was ready for operations in January.The building was formally dedicated by Princess Anne, hosted by Earl Howe, Minister of State for Defence, and Rear Admiral Tim Lowe, Acting Chief Executive and National Hydrographer.Seafarers around the world – including every Royal Navy warship and submarine, as well as the support vessels of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary – rely on the accurate charts (maps) produced by the team from Taunton to guide them safely around the seven seas.It uses data and information gathered by Royal Navy survey ships – HMS Protector in the Antarctic, HMS Scott largely in the Atlantic, HMS Echo and Enterprise all over the globe and new HMS Magpie in coastal waters – to ensure the charts are as accurate as possible.For nearly 80 years it’s been based in Taunton, but the site and buildings it originally occupied were deemed unfit for 21st-Century hydrographic and geospatial information service, especially as it switches from traditional paper charts to providing a digital service instead.“I hope this new building will encourage people to understand what you do here and thank you for it,” Princess Royal said. “We are looking to you in the future to be at the forefront of hydrographic and geospatial information.” View post tag: Royal Navy View post tag: UKHO Photo: Princess Royal and and Rear Admiral Tim Lowe, Acting Chief Executive and National Hydrographer. Photo: Royal Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Indian Navy orders five diving support vessels

first_imgFitted with advanced diving equipment and tools for performing diving operations, diving support vessels are expected to be a game changer in conducting diving operations and will serve as an “ideal platform” for conducting training of Indian Navy’s diving cadre. Photo: Indian Navy The contract for the acquisition of five vessels was signed with Kolkata-based railway wagon manufacturer Titagarh Wagons on 12 February 2021. Titagarh Wagons’ unit, Titagarh Marines, operates in the shipbuilding industry.  The Indian Navy has decided to expand its fleet with five diving support craft (DSC). Once commissioned, the boats will meet the mission needs of Command Clearance Diving Teams (CCDTs) which are involved in providing diving assistance to all ships inside and close to harbour for underwater repair, maintenance and salvage, according to the navy. The investment is part of a wider Make in India initiative aimed at boosting the domestic manufacturing sector. center_img View post tag: diving support craft Share this article View post tag: Indian Navy Photo: Indian Navylast_img read more

The Motet Brings Their A-Game For Sold-Out Debut In Portland, ME [Video]

first_imgLast night, The Motet brought the funk to Portland, ME, marking the band’s first-ever performance in recently-added vocalist Lyle Divinsky‘s hometown. Check out some behind-the-scenes clips of the band’s day in Maine below via their Snapchat (@TheMotet).After taking in the local culture with a signature Portland lobster party, the band pulled out all the stops for their sold-out show at the Portland House Of Music where they were locked in with the packed crowd, making for an unforgettable performance. The band live streamed a large portion of the show from their Facebook page last night (starting with “Damn!”). You can watch the video (featuring 50+ minutes of Motet magic) below:Setlist: The Motet at Portland House Of Music – 10/13/16BROTHER MAN, DAMN!, TRUTH, FUNKIFY, LIKE WE OWN IT, CRETAN, KEEP ON, DANGER, SHAKE, WEARING IT OUT, GETTEN TO KNOW YOU, SOLAR PLEXUS, BACK IT UP, CLOSEDEncore: FOOL NO MORE, SERPENTINEThe band rounds out the first leg of their fall tour this weekend, with performances tonight Higher Ground in South Burlington, VT and tomorrow at Paradise Rock Club in Boston. Tickets are available through the band’s website.[Cover photo – Lauryn Sophia]last_img read more

VSAC’s college essay and financial aid presentations offered online

first_imgVermont Student Assistance Corporation offers two online presentations for prospective college students and their families to view in their comfort of their own homes.How to Write an Effective Admissions Essay, available at is external), provides a brief overview of the components that are essential to producing a strong college application essay. The site also offers a variety of downloadable handouts, including a list of books on essay writing that can be borrowed from VSAC through local libraries in Vermont.Paying for College, available at is external), describes the types of financial aid available to students, the schedule and process for applying for aid, how the family contribution is calculated, and more. The material in this presentation is condensed from the content offered at live sessions VSAC hosts every fall at high schools throughout Vermont.Later this year, VSAC will offer an online presentation focusing on how to search and apply for scholarships.For information about any of VSAC’s services pertaining to college savings, college and career planning, and college financing, visit is external).last_img read more

Fridays on the Fly: How to Tie a Girdle Bug

first_imgThe “girdle bug” is one of those classic patterns you should never hit the river without. This tried and true fish catcher, sometimes reffered to as a “Pat’s Rubber Leg”, imitates a stonefly and will often net fish when it seems like nothing else can. It also happens to be one of the easiest flies to tie yourself, and a great one for fly tying newbs looking to cut their teeth in the world of  tying.Get a feel for how it’s done by watching this short video, then review the steps we’ve broken out below. Happy tying!1. Attach the lead wire to the middle of the hook shank.2. Line the hook shank with thread.3. Attach your first piece of rubber to the end of the hook shank. This will serve to imitate the bottom legs.4. Attach your chinelle to the bottom of the hook shank. Later on, after attaching legs to the mid section of the fly, you’ll wrap the chinelle back up toward the eye of the hook.4. Attach 2-3 rubber legs to the flies mid section then one near the base of the eye.5. Slowly wrap your chinelle back up the flie’s mid section, weaving in and out of the established rubber legs, until you arrive at the hook’s eye.6. If you’re new to fly tying, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the “whip fishish” technique. This will allow you to knot the thread securely around the base of the eye, thereby completing your girdle bug.A finished girdle bug.last_img read more

Security Measures During Whale-Watching Season in the Pacific

first_img Units from the Tumaco Coast Guard Station, the Tumaco Port Captaincy, and the Yubarta Foundation are conducting a safety and security campaign and monitoring vessels to ensure responsible whale-watching of the Yubarta species of humpback whales, which visits Colombian Pacific waters at this time of year. The objective of the National Navy and Yubarta Foundation units is to reinforce safety and security at sea and implement measures that can be put into place by tour guides and motorboat crews for the purpose of preventing emergencies that might put human lives at risk during whale-watching excursions. The natural spectacle provided by this species, which crosses the Pacific Ocean during the year in search of warm waters for its mating rituals, entertains hundreds of visitors who travel to the Pacific beaches between July and September to see the whales. The Pacific Naval Force is participating in this natural event by implementing constant security measures carried out by its men and women on board ship, promoting the safety and security conditions that can make it possible to enjoy the season in complete calm, at the same time that it invites the sailing community to take the necessary safety and security measures when sailing – for a better Pacific for all. By Dialogo July 26, 2011last_img read more

Brazilian Armored 4x4s: New Crime-fighting Technology

first_imgBy Roberto Caiafa/Diálogo February 27, 2017 The Brazilian defense industry is developing at least three modern armored vehicles – the LMV (Light Multirole Vehicle), the Guará 4WS, and the Gladiator II – which are being designed and manufactured to conduct missions in conditions ranging from urban to the wilderness, from highways and back roads to dirt. The rising violence in Brazil’s big cities has made these vehicles practically indispensable in situations of urban unrest. Used as collective protection equipment, the vehicles can act as force multipliers in the most vulnerable parts of Brazil’s land borders. With the increased firepower that gangs and armed factions now wield, which includes the use of heavy machine guns mounted on trucks and SUVs to commit transnational border crimes and attacks on banks, overhauling the equipment available to Brazil’s security forces became essential. “For members of the Armed Forces, the acquisition of modern armored vehicles with expeditionary capabilities and a high degree of reliability in use was already a longstanding request, and it was seen as quite necessary, especially for our professional rapid-deployment soldiers,” noted Major General Guido Amin Naves, head of the Project Planning Bureau of the Brazilian Army. “Past practice in the security forces, especially in the city of Rio de Janiero, consisted of adapting vehicles, such as armored cars, that are used for delivering valuables and using them to make incursions in conflict areas controlled by militias and drug-trafficking gangs,” said Paulo Roberto Bastos, an engineer specialized in armored vehicles. “These modified vehicles lack solid mechanical and ballistic resilience and are incapable of being used on the steep terrain of Rio’s neighborhoods and favelas. Clearly, these are improvised solutions that are still being used. The lack of a decent Brazilian product led to purchasing foreign-made vehicles to meet the requirements of our international events, such as the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.” Iveco’s LMV, model M65E19WM, may reach a target of 186 units manufactured in Brazil, 36 of which have been reserved for the Brazilian Army. Iveco’s LMV is a four-by-four vehicle with a maximum weight of eight tons, a one-ton cargo capacity, and room for a five-person crew. This vehicle meets the standards for armored vehicles, as well as the combat specifications for crew survivability. It can operate on different kinds of terrain and can be used on police missions, international peacekeeping operations, or as a light multifunctional military vehicle. The system for protecting the soldiers on board is based on a hull for the crew, with the rest of the vehicle configured around that central feature. Thus, the shockwave from an explosion dissipates before it is able to critically injure the crew. The fuel tank is sealed with anti-explosive foam and the fuel cap is located as far from the doors as possible, reducing the risk of combustion in the event of a fire. This vehicle uses modular armor kits and can be fitted with a protective shield to resist anti-tank mines. The seats are not connected directly to the floor, which allows for greater survivability than in conventional trucks and light utility vehicles. The company in charge of manufacturing the LMV has a large factory that is also used for making trucks, light utility vehicles, and farming equipment. Such large-scale production ensures a high level of domestically manufactured components through a wide network of Brazilian suppliers. The Guará 4WS is geared towards tactical use during special operations by security forces in urban areas. It is used to fight drug trafficking, assaults on banks and armored cars, and in countering gangs that operate in rural areas. “The Guará 4WS has a high number of Brazilian-made components, making it easy to do any type of aftermarket product development,” said Marcos Agmar de Lima e Souza, the manager of business development for the company that manufactures this vehicle. “The structural calculation is ours, helping us to avoid any dependency on outsiders. This results in a lower acquisition cost and greater after-sale efficiency since we fully control any part, component, or frame on this armored vehicle.” As for the concept of rear-axis steering, Agmar explained that they are pioneers in this class of vehicle used for police work. “This kind of system was already in use by heavier six-by-six vehicles for military purposes. We are still testing this armored vehicle, but we have already confirmed that the steering radius and the vehicle’s turning radius can be widened beyond their current six meters. This armored vehicle employs independent suspension in all four wheels. The point is to make maximum use of the standard parts for the Astros family of vehicles – parts that have been widely tested and certified. This lowers the costs quite a bit, and soldiers who are familiar with this kind of equipment will find it very easy to adapt to this new vehicle. Certification by the Brazilian Army is expected by mid-2017.” The Gladiator II is the latest vehicle to be shown. The Gladiator II project uses a diesel engine with a six-speed automatic transmission and can reach a maximum speed of about 62 mph on paved roads. It offers a broad range of ballistic protection and advanced hardware. “The factory will need to start production in the second half of 2017,” said Jairo Cândido, president of the company that manufactures the vehicle. “Initially intended for military use, the project shows flexibility for reconfiguring the vehicle so that it can fulfill missions as varied as reconnaissance and electronic warfare, or serving as a forward observation post, command post, or office, or being used as a mortar, radar, or ambulance. This armored vehicle has a ballistics rating of NATO STANAG 4569 Level 2 and floorboard protection rating of NATO STANAG Level 2-A,” he explained in detail. “The Gladiator II meets the Brazilian Army’s requirements, and it was designed and built entirely in Brazil. It uses armor that was developed through research by Brazilian scientists and technicians, and it can be easily modified into different versions meant for the security forces, civil defense, or federal agencies,” Cândido concluded.last_img read more

Horowitz tapped to lead Tax Section

first_img August 15, 2003 Regular News Horowitz tapped to lead Tax Section The Tax Section’s Nominating Committee has recommended that Tampa’s Mitchell I. Horowitz serve as the 2004-2005 chair-elect.The Tax Section’s bylaws provide that petitions setting forth the name of other nominees for the office of chair-elect may be made by any 10 members of the section. Those petitions must be filed with Tax Section Secretary James Davis of Ft. Lauderdale no later than October 15 to allow inclusion on a written ballot. Nominations for the office of chair-elect will not be permitted unless the nominations have been made by the October 15 date and in the manner as described in the Tax Section Bylaws Article III, Section 2, (a) & (b). If there is only one nomination for the office of chair-elect, that nominee will become chair-elect.The term of office of the chair-elect shall run concurrently with that of the chair and begins on July 1 after the section’s annual meeting at which the chair-elect is elected and ends on the succeeding June 30, when the chair-elect automatically assumes the office of chair.The section’s Nominating Committee includes: Richard B. Comiter, Louis Conti, Marvin Gutter, Richard Josepher, and William Townsend.The Tax Section’s 26th Annual Meeting is set for April 23-24, 2004, at the PGA Resort in Palm Beach Gardens.center_img Horowitz tapped to lead Tax Sectionlast_img read more