Unemployment at all-time lowOn 23 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today UK unemployment is at an all-time low with just 1.5 million people now outof work. In February, the unemployment rate fell to 4.8 per cent – the lowest sincerecords began in 1984 – with the number of unemployed people falling by 33,000in the three months to January to 1.44 million. The claimant count – ie, those claiming jobseekers’ benefits – showed itsninth consecutive monthly fall, dropping by 6,600 to 885,200 in February – thelowest figure since 1975. The number of people in work grew by 121,000 in the three months to Januaryto a record high of 28.27 million – mainly due to an extra 88,000 women joiningthe workforce. The number of vacancies (around 576,000) also rose, with unfilled posts up15,100 on 2003. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.
View post tag: Maine USS Maine Gets MUC Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Maine Gets MUC View post tag: USS View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defense The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Maine (SSBN 741) was presented with the Meritorious Unit Commendation (MUC) award for meritorious service from Jan. 29, 2011 to March 12, 2012 at Marginal Wharf on Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor Sept. 26.The MUC is given for valorous or meritorious achievement by a unit. Former Secretary of the Navy John T. McNaughton established the award in 1967.“To justify this award, your service is on par with someone who earns the Bronze Star award,” said Rear Adm. Dietrich Kuhlmann, commander of Submarine Group 9. “That’s some pretty rare company and you should be proud of what that means for the team gathered around you.”Maine blue and gold crews worked together to consistently keep the ship ready and perform at a high level.“This award is a validation of all the hard work we have put in,” said Master Chief Machinist’s Mate Perry Willis, Maine gold crew chief of the boat. “We helped each other out maintaining the ship, even with the most mundane tasks.”Maine, underway for 349 days over a 14-month period, was a secure, reliable, and effective strategic deterrent in supporting Operation Order Global Citadel and exercise Global Thunder.“It feels good to win this award. It shows that all of our hard work was paying off,” said Missile Technician 2nd Class Brad Trogdor. “This makes all the drills, cleaning and inspections worth it.”Maine was named the 2012 Battle Efficiency (Battle “E”) Award winner and the Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Award winner for earning runner-up in the Submarine Category July 19.“We have been winning the battle on undersea dominance for a long time now, thanks in large to the job [the crew members] do each day,” said Kulhmann. “Every one of [the crew members] on the Maine should feel very good about today.”[mappress]Press Release, September 30, 2013; Image: US Navy Share this article View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: MUC View post tag: gets September 30, 2013
At the end of May, Summer Camp Music Festival kicked off the summer festival season in style with three days of near non-stop tunes. Ahead of Summer Camp’s official start, on Thursday night, the festival hosted a pre-party of epic proportions. One highlight of Thursday night’s festivities was Spafford, who shredded through their set and helped kick the festival off right. After opening with “The Postman,” the group moved into a stellar rendition of their funk-infused number “Mind’s Unchained.” Luckily for us, Spafford just released pro-shot video of this near-eight minute song, so we can relive the magic. You can check out the video of “Mind’s Unchained” below, as well as listen to Spafford’s full set from Summer Camp, courtesy of Dave Lewis.[Cover photo from Electric Forest: Patrick Hughes]Setlist: Spafford | Summer Camp Music Festival | Chillicothe, IL | 5/25/2017Set: The Postman, Mind’s Unchained, The Remedy, Backdoor Funk, Salamander Song, Electric Taco Stand > Dis Go In 5? > Electric Taco Stand, All In
Read Full Story In India, nearly 40% of all children are stunted—of extremely low height for their age—and nearly 30% are underweight. A new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has now pinpointed the five top risk factors responsible for more than two-thirds of the problem.The study—the first to comprehensively analyze and estimate the relative importance of known risk factors for child undernutrition—appears online in Social Science & Medicine.Examining an array of 15 well-known risk factors for chronic undernutrition among children in India, the study found that the five top risk factors were essentially markers of poor socioeconomic conditions as well as poor and insecure nutritional environments in children’s households.Specifically, using data on nearly 29,000 children aged 6–59 months from the 3rd India National Family Health Survey, conducted in 2005-06 (the latest data that is publicly available), the researchers found that the five most important predictors of childhood stunting and underweight were:— short maternal stature— a mother with no education— extreme poverty— poor dietary diversity— maternal underweightMeanwhile, factors such as Vitamin A, breastfeeding, use of iodized salt, improved water and sanitation, and even immunization—all currently high priority interventions in the global discourse on addressing undernutrition—accounted for less than 15% of the cases of undernutrition.
With votes still being counted in battleground states, a panel of experts took part in a webcast Wednesday afternoon to begin making sense of the seesawing presidential election, and the participants liked much of what they’d seen.The panelists in the “U.S. Election Debrief,” organized by the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), stressed there were silver linings in the election, such as massive turnout and orderly voting processes despite concerns over threats and possible violence.David Gergen, Public Service Professor of Public Leadership at HKS and a onetime aide to presidents of both parties who has been critical of Washington’s increasing incivility, said that even as ballots were still being counted, there were a “number of reasons for hope.”“We had this avalanche of voters who came out to vote,” said Gergen. “We haven’t seen this kind of turnout, and among the people who turned out so heavily were young people, people of color, and far more women. We can be thankful as well that instead of the mayhem that was predicted by some coming out of the immediate election, our streets are peaceful, and officials are counting ballots in a number of states, and it’s a very transparent process.”For Cornell William Brooks, Hauser Professor of the Practice of Nonprofit Organizations and Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice, the high voter turnout, likely the highest in decades even as the country battles a pandemic, was a testament to the courage and commitment of American voters.“At this moment, the country stands divided by class fissures and racial fault lines in the middle of a pandemic, and nevertheless nearly 100 million people cast ballots in the midst of 9 million coronavirus cases and 230,000 coronavirus fatalities” said Brooks. “This is a testament to the intestinal fortitude of people all across the country.” A fraught season for health care Students discuss their hopes and fears for the nation Voting for the first time and in a historic contest. But no pressure Research shows elites, mass media play important role in spreading misinformation on mail-in voter fraud Chan School economist sees peril in shifting branches of government after election Tracing misinformation The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Still, the panelists also spoke of their worries about how divided the nation remains, which poses a challenge for the next U.S. president, since he’ll have to deal with a large segment of the population who opposed him.“The idea of ‘us versus them’ and populism in general divides people, not just America,” said Pippa Norris, Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at HKS. “People don’t try to listen to the issues; people find reasons to basically justify their support for their party or their candidate.”Norris said the exit polls highlighted divergent views among voters in their political identities and expectations for a leader.“If you thought the president was important to unite the country, you voted for Biden, and if you thought it was important to have a strong leader, you voted for Trump,” said Norris. “If you thought that COVID was important, you voted for Biden, and if you thought that rebuilding the economy was important, you voted for Trump. We’ve got two different visions, and it’s very difficult for any leader or any organization to move forward.”The panelists also criticized the Electoral College, which awards all of a state’s support to the winner of a majority of its votes, as an anachronistic institution that “stands in the way of the popular vote.” Some panelists called for its dissolution.The panelists also expressed surprise and shock at the failure of pollsters, some of whom had been forecasting a “blue wave” and an easy victory for the Democratic Party instead of the close presidential race that played out. There were similar polling discrepancies in 2016. But for Archon Fung, Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government, there was a bigger surprise.“Some people in blue precincts were holding in their heads the idea that the pandemic or the racial reckoning would have woken up enough people to ‘come to their senses’ and reject Trumpism, and we’d return to some sort of normal,” said Fung. “The surprise is that a lot of America is not the America that at least those people in blue precincts thought it was.”Hosted by HKS Dean Douglas Elmendorf, Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy at the Kennedy School, and moderated by Nancy Gibbs, Lombard Director of the Shorenstein Center and Visiting Edward R. Murrow Professor of the Practice of Press, Politics and Public Policy, the panel drew more than 500 viewers. Related
Equinor expands into solar, opens Brazil PV plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:The 162-megawatt Apodi Solar Plant, in Ceara State, Brazil, is expected to produce around 340,000 megawatt-hours of electricity annually, Equinor said Wednesday. This is enough to provide energy for over 170,000 homes.Pal Eitrheim, Equinor’s executive vice president for New Energy Solutions, described the news as a “strategic milestone” for the business.In October 2017, the firm – formerly known as Statoil – set up a joint venture with Norwegian solar power company Scatec Solar to construct, own and operate “large-scale solar plants in Brazil.” Earlier this month, Equinor acquired a minority shareholding in Scatec Solar.Equinor and Scatec each own 43.75 percent of the Apodi facility, with the remainder owned by holding company Apodi Participacoes.“The Apodi project was our first step into the solar industry,” Eitrheim added. “With the plant now in operation and through our excellent collaboration with Scatec Solar, we are complementing Equinor’s portfolio with profitable solar energy.”More: Equinor’s first solar plant starts commercial operation
Come experience America’s friendliest marathon this Saturday, November 16th in Richmond, Virginia at 8am! While there is no race day registration, there is still time to sign up. The entry fee is $130. At this point, runners who wish to participate must stop by the Arthur Ashe Center either today from 5-9pm or tomorrow, Friday November 15th, from 11am-5pm.Runners World Magazine had this to say on the well-known Richmond Marathon, also calling it one of the 12 must-do marathons:This marathon starts and finishes in charming historic downtown Richmond, once the capital of the south. The scenic, fast loop course takes in all of the city’s old neighborhoods, traveling up Monument Avenue, past statues of Confederate soldiers and Richmond native and tennis star Arthur Ashe, through the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, then alongside the James River. Along with the typical water and sports drink stops, this is probably the only race in the country that offers junk food stops, at miles 16 and 22, stocked with Gummy Bears, cookies, and soda. There are also two wet-washcloth stations, at miles 17 and 23, perfect for cleaning up for your finish-line photo. Three party zones set up along the way with free food, prize giveaways, and noisemakers for spectators and family means lots of enthusiastic, cheering support. The last mile features a fast downhill to the finish in the trendy Shockoe Slip area, where there are plenty of postrace goodies, including bagels, fruit, and pizza, and a band to celebrate your finish.And for all you marathon addicts, rest assured, this event is a Boston Marathon qualifier!Another great option for those hesitant to run 26.2 miles, myself included, is the HCA VA 8K. The entry fee is $50 and the same rules apply for registration as that of the marathon. The 8K will start at 7am – an hour before the marathon begins. Like the marathon, the 8K will start at 6th & Broad Streets and end on a downhill slope at 5th & Tredegar Street at Brown’s Island and the Canal Walk on Richmond’s beautiful downtown riverfront.A race of this level isn’t complete without a team of volunteers. If you’re interested, sign up here. There are many different and fun ways to be part of this great event.There will be live music and entertainment throughout the course. Check here for a list of performers and their locations. The post-race celebration will be held on Brown’s Island with food, drinks, and activities for children. It will be a wonderful time to celebrate the accomplishments of all the participants!View Larger Map
By Taciana Moury/Diálogo July 06, 2018 The Brazilian Navy’s (MB, in Portuguese) 1st Attack and Interceptor Jet Squadron (VF-1 Squadron), will soon have the first upgraded, dual-seat fighter jet A-4 Skyhawk. Dubbed AF-1C and registered as N-1022, the aircraft arrived at the end of April 2018 at the headquarters of Embraer in Gavião Peixoto, in the state of São Paulo. Embraer was awarded the contract for the upgrade. Technicians who received the AF-1/1A Skyhawk aircraft from the VF-1 Squadron and Embraer performed ground and in-flight checks of all aircraft systems, as well as a qualitative assessment of the upgraded aircraft manuals. “We worked together to plan and execute flights, analyze results, and implement necessary adjustments to complete this process,” MB Commander Eduardo Luís Guimarães de Moura, deputy commander of the VF-1 Squadron, told Diálogo. Embraer updated all aircraft instruments: avionics, HUD (head-up display) alert monitor, radios, navigation and weapons systems, ignition and oxygen systems, in addition to the radar warning receiver and radar replacement for the Elta 2032. Engineers inspected the aircraft’s structure and engine as well. According to Cmdr. Eduardo Luís, the AF-1C can now operate as a versatile and accurate weapons platform for both day and night flights, and in any weather conditions. “The upgrade will make the aircraft safer and more efficient, increasing its capacity for self-defense and the likelihood of survival when operating in hostile environments,” he said. MB and Embraer signed a contract in 2009 to upgrade seven fighter jets into four single-seat AF-1Bs and three two-seat AF-1Cs, which should be delivered by the end of 2020. Before the aircraft become operational, they will be used to train naval aviators on basic operations, such as familiarization and instrument flights. To make the transition to the new AF-1C as smooth as possible, the VF-1 Squadron established a training program that includes ground instruction and flight training. “We teach theoretical classes, assessments and practical exercises, followed by flight training in two-seat aircraft under the supervision of a trained instructor,” said Cmdr. Eduardo Luís. The VF-1 Squadron also expects the modernization program to have logistics benefits. “Because the aircraft underwent a major overhaul of its structure, engine, and outdated components, we should have less maintenance need, and consequently, a greater availability for operational and training flights,” Cmdr. Eduardo Luís said. Modernization extends mission capacity The newly upgraded AF-1 fighter jet systems strengthen the performance of the VF-1 Squadron, whose missions include intercepting and attacking aerial targets, locating, tracking, and attacking surface targets, contributing to aerospace defense and protecting naval forces. According to MB’s Public Affairs Office, the modernization process will expand the aircraft’s operational capacity for various tasks assigned to the VF-1 Squadron, including protecting the national wealth, Brazilian waters, maritime communication lines, and the exclusive economic zone. “The AF-1/1A can perform aerial and aerospace defense actions at any time, day or night, as an effective and accurate weapons system, using bombs and cannons. It can integrate next-generation air-to-air missiles, offering the Brazilian Navy a very powerful, versatile way of covering great distances in short periods of time,” MB’s press release indicated. Cmdr. Eduardo Luís pointed to the operational gain with the Elta 2032 radar. The radar, integrated with weapons and navigation systems, can produce and store images and intelligence data, as well as locate, identify, and track objects of interest discretely and precisely. “The Elta 2032 can perform autonomous interception, without the aid of radar and ground-based controllers, and under any weather conditions,” Cmdr. Eduardo Luís said. “It doesn’t just allow for detection, but also the tracking and attack of aerial or surface targets.” The officer noted the newly incorporated radar warning receiver as well. “The system will alert for latent threats, like firing-range radars or surface-to-air missiles, allowing the pilot to employ evasion and avoidance techniques,” he said. Cmdr. Eduardo Luís also highlighted the computerized navigation system, which provides accurate position and time information, fuel calculations, and performance. “This reduces the cabin workload and increases the pilots’ situational awareness, enabling better tactical management of the aircraft.” “These are all tools that help the pilot with decision-making and contribute to compiling, analyzing, and managing the tactical framework without the need for interception control or an aerostatic director unit in the air,” Cmdr. Eduardo Luís said. The new AF-1C aircraft can integrate the latest generation of weapons to enable the engagement of aerial targets beyond the visual range, and can operate in complex air defense scenarios. VF-1 Squadron The VF-1 Squadron was created in 1998 to improve naval air defense at sea. The unit is located at the São Pedro da Aldeia Naval Air Base, in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Besides air defense, the squadron performs attack operations, assessments, and defense of ports and restricted maritime areas. “Periodically, we perform attack and aerial support exercises with special operations teams and the Marine Corps Operational Groups, as well as exercises and exchanges with the Brazilian Air Force, which involve refueling in flight and air interception with F-5M aircraft,” Cmdr. Eduardo Luís said. The air unit operates from the São Pedro da Aldeia Air Base since the retirement of the NAe A-12 São Paulo aircraft carrier in 2017. The VF-1 Squadron has 23 AF-1 Skyhawk fighter jets, including the seven to be upgraded by 2020. “By using capabilities the upgraded aircraft offer, the Brazilian Navy will have a versatile, effective aircraft for interception and attack,” Cmdr. Eduardo Luís concluded.
Successful programs can be built on a variety of structures.by: Stephanie Schwenn SebringAre loyalty programs driven by credit or debit card rewards? Both, depending on your member preferences, age, and demographics. Loyalty programs come in many forms, including:Credit Card/Full-Scale: Merchandise, cash back, travel, rebates, enterprise points are based on services; points earned for any purchase any time.Credit Card/Partial: More limited redemption channels than full-scale; CU may impose restrictions on how or when member uses points; some can even be merchant funded.Credit Card Cash Rebates: Cash rebates only; more limiting, but members often prefer cash rebates.Debit Card Points: First introduced by the big banks, but now declining at the banks following the Durbin Amendment in 2010. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The West Java Health Agency said it only discovered later that a patient who died while being treated in a hospital in Cianjur had tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.Agency head Berli Hamdani Gelung Sakti said the patient, who was identified as a 50-year-old male employee of a state-owned enterprise, was treated at Dr. Hafiz General Hospital in Cianjur on March 1 after showing COVID-19 symptoms. He died two days later in the hospital. Berli explained that the patient was admitted to the Cianjur hospital after being treated at Mitra Keluarga Hospital in West Bekasi from Feb. 22 to 26. His health had kept deteriorating and he died before he could be transferred to Hasan Sadikin Hospital, a referral hospital for the disease, in Bandung. At that time, the government’s spokesperson for the COVID-19 outbreak, Achmad Yurianto, denied the patient died from the disease. However, a widely circulated picture on social media revealed that the late patient had actually tested positive for the virus.“We later confirmed it [again] to the central government and the result is indeed positive,” Berli said on Monday. He added that the patient had visited his relatives in Cianjur after he was discharged from Mitra Keluarga Hospital. Berli said he could not explain the conflicting information on the patient since the testing was conducted by officials from the Health Ministry. The previous tests showed that the patient was negative for COVID-19. “The hospital workers in Cianjur only observed the process,” Berli said.The Cianjur case was the latest evidence of the government’s sluggish testing mechanism that had resulted in uninformed health workers and local officials handling a COVID-19-positive case. In Denpasar, Bali, a 53-year-old woman, known as Case 25, who became the first fatality from the disease in the country, was treated at hospital without officials being told her health condition. Only after her death was announced were local officials informed about the patient’s status. Read also: Bali authorities in the dark as COVID-19 patient dies on resort island Berli said he only received information from Yurianto.“The [Cianjur] hospital workers said they [ministry officers] twice took samples from the patient when he was still using breathing support,” Berli added. Separately, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said he referred to the test results from the Health Ministry’s Health Research and Development Agency upon announcing the patient’s COVID-19 status. “The government said he had tested negative at that time, but the result became positive because Mr. Yurianto said the test needs to be conducted twice. Patients could be exposed to the virus even when they were already declared healthy. That was the explanation they gave me,” Ridwan said. The patient’s wife and children also tested positive for the disease. “The patient’s wife and children tested positive, while he underwent examination twice. It was negative at first and turned positive after the second test,” Ridwan said. (dpk) Topics :