Bookmark of the month –

first_imgBookmark of the month – www3.gartner.comOn 1 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. You will have seen the name Gartner, a research and advisory firm, quoted onnumerous occasions, predicting the future for e-learning. However, you may nothave thought of going direct to the source before. The Gartner website canprovide trainers with not only useful facts and figures from its research andreports on the e-learning market, but also with some of the best intelligenceon and insight into the sector too, with reference to real examples. You dohave to pay for much of the material, but if a $95 report stops you making abad purchasing decision, it will have been money well spent. Gartner works on asubscription service but you don’t have to be a subscriber to purchasedocuments, you just need to register as a user, which is free. You can clickthe ‘Collaboration and E-learning’ section on the left hand menu or else gostraight to to find some ofthe most relevant material for trainers. There are also technology andbusiness-specific focus areas that are worth checking out. And don’t forgetthat the press release archive (within News, which is located on the menu barthat runs along the top of the page) contains useful free information – and youdon’t have to be journalist to access it. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Consistency of the current global ocean observing systems from an Argo perspective

first_imgVariations in the world’s ocean heat storage and its associated volume changes are a key factor to gauge global warming and to assess the Earth’s energy budget. It is also directly link to sea level change, which has a direct impact on coastal populations. Understanding and monitoring heat and sea level change is therefore one of the major legacies of current global ocean observing systems. In this study, we present an inter-comparison of the three of these global ocean observing systems: the ocean temperature/salinity network Argo, the gravimeter GRACE and the satellite altimeters. Their consistency is investigated at global and regional scale during the period 2005–2010 of overlapping time window of re-qualified data. These three datasets allow closing the recent global ocean sea level budget within uncertainties. However, sampling inconsistencies need to be corrected for an accurate budget at global scale. The Argo network allows estimating global ocean heat content and global sea level and reveals a positive change of 0.5 ± 0.1W m−2 and 0.5 ± 0.1 mm yr−1 over the last 8 yr (2005–2012). Regional inter-comparison of the global observing systems highlights the importance of specific ocean basins for the global estimates. Specifically, the Indonesian Archipelago appears as a key region for the global ocean variability. Both the large regional variability and the uncertainties in the current observing systems, prevent us to shed light, from the global sea level perspective, on the climatically important deep ocean changes. This emphasises, once more, the importance of continuing sustained effort in measuring the deep ocean from ship platforms and by setting up a much needed automated deep-Argo network.last_img read more

NCAA Tournament Final Four is set

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailDigitalVision/Thinkstock(OMAHA, Neb.) — The field for the NCAA basketball tournament’s Final Four is set after Kansas defeated Duke, 85-81, in overtime Sunday.Joining Kansas in San Antonio for the semifinals are fellow No. 1 seed Villanova, as well as powerhouse Michigan, and the Cinderella story Ramblers of Loyola-Chicago.Loyola-Chicago has been the talk of the tournament so far, as they beat Kansas State, 78-62, on Saturday, becoming just the fourth No. 11 seed, and first since VCU in 2011, to reach the Final Four. The other two were George Mason in 2006 and Louisiana State in 1986.This is Loyola-Chicago’s second Final Four appearance. The first time was in 1963, when they went on to win the only championship in school history.The Ramblers will face No. 3 seed Michigan, who secured their eighth Final Four appearance by knocking off Florida State, 58-54.On the otherside of the bracket, a match-up of No. 1 seeds pits Kansas against Villanova, who are making their 15th and sixth Final Four appearances, respectively. The Final Four begins on Sunday, March 31 in San Antonio, as Loyola-Chicago takes on Michigan at 6:09 p.m. ET, followed by the Villanova-Kansas match-up at 8:49 p.m. ET.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img March 25, 2018 /Sports News – National NCAA Tournament Final Four is setlast_img read more

NBA star Donovan Mitchell details coronavirus from isolation

first_imgMarch 16, 2020 /Sports News – National NBA star Donovan Mitchell details coronavirus from isolation Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC News(NEW YORK) — Donovan Mitchell is one of three NBA players who contracted the novel coronavirus and now, from isolation, the Jazz guard said “the scariest part about this virus” is that an infected person, like himself, can show no symptoms at all and spread it to others unknowingly. “I have no symptoms which is a unique — when people ask me I would say if you were to tell me I could play in a seven-game series tomorrow, I would be ready to lace up,” Mitchell told ABC News’ Robin Roberts during an exclusive interview on Good Morning America. “I’m just blessed to be able to be okay.” The 23-year-old NBA star, who showed no symptoms when he was first tested for COVID-19, said “things are going well” in isolation and he has “no fever, no symptoms as of right now.”“I’m asymptomatic — I could walk down the street if it wasn’t public knowledge that I was sick, you wouldn’t know it,” Mitchell said. “I think that’s the scariest part about this virus, is that you may seem fine, be fine and you never know who you may be talking to who they’re going home to.” For Mitchell, the testing itself was the most difficult part of the infection. “It was a swab down my throat. It was about 15 seconds of probably the most discomfort I ever had. I ended up crying,” he explained. “Tears came out of my eyes when they started going up in this area. It was definitely unique, but I’m glad I was able to get it.” His teammate Rudy Gobert was the first of three players in the league to test positive for the novel coronavirus, which prompted the NBA to suspend the season. The Jazz center faced backlash and apologized on Instagram after a video showed him touching microphones and recording devices after a shoot around last Monday that appeared to make light of the severity of the virus and the NBA’s temporary media restrictions at the time.Mitchell said “It took a while for me to kind of cool off and I read what he said and I heard what he said, so I’m glad he’s doing okay.” Mitchell added that he’s glad they are both doing well and grateful that “it’s just two of us” and that other players, staff and any of their families were not impacted. “At the end of the day neither him or I have children at home. I know I have teammates that have children, staff that have children at home, so I’m glad that we were able to kind of contain it as much as possible,” Mitchell explained. After Mitchell, Detroit Pistons center Christian Wood, who matched up against Gobert in Utah’s March 7 away win, was the next NBA player to test positive for COVID-19. Even from isolation though, Mitchell has found a way to help his community and give back amid growing concerns over coronavirus. “I’m working on a partnership with the Salt Lake Granite School District, that’s about 88 to 90 schools, about 66,000 kids, just being able to provide them meals,” Mitchell said. “That particular school district in Salt Lake City is home to some of the most vulnerable children” in the area, which is why Mitchell said he wants to give back.“For parents who may not have the money — being able to not send their kids off to school to get food, I think is a scary feeling for them and I want to be able to make sure that they’re set and they understand that guys like myself and whoever may have their back,” he said. In the meantime as he rides out his isolation, Mitchell said he has kept himself busy with video games, movies and even watched old basketball highlights of his college and early NBA days. “I’ve been doing a lot of that — It’s kind of bringing back good memories, but you miss the game, miss playing in front of some of the best fans in the world in the NBA,” he said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Royal Navy Shows Off Its Firepower

first_img View post tag: Royal Navy View post tag: Cape Wrath Authorities Royal Navy Shows Off Its Firepower September 25, 2015 View post tag: HMS Somerset View post tag: HMS Iron Dukecenter_img Two Royal Navy frigates have demonstrated their spectrum of firepower capability with firings at separate ends of the country.Portsmouth-based HMS Iron Duke blasted through five different weapon systems – her General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs), the Minigun, 30mm Cannon, 4.5” Medium Range Gun and the Seawolf missile system – in the English Channel.Up in Cape Wrath, Scotland, Devonport-based HMS Somerset became the first ship to fire new infra-red illumination rounds which are designed to light up the battlefield for friendly forces wearing appropriate eyewear.HMS Somerset worked with spotters from 148 (Meiktila) Battery Royal Artillery whose job was to direct the ship’s fire accurately and safely on to a target at distances over 21 kilometres.148 Battery is part of the Royal Marines’ 3 Commando Brigade, drawing personnel from the RN, RM and Army.Over two days and nights the ship fired in excess of 100 rounds of 4.5in ammunition – with each shell weighing over 40kg.Starting with target tracking runs on the Seawolf missile system, HMS Iron Duke then moved into a gunnery shoot against an inflatable target, finishing with firing a Seawolf missile.[mappress mapid=”17006″]Image: Royal Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy Shows Off Its Firepower View post tag: English Channel View post tag: Seawolf Share this articlelast_img read more

Adjunct Faculty – Elementary Education Reading Methods

first_imgAurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Aurora University seeks talented adjunct faculty who are passionateabout teaching and learning. Adjunct faculty are qualifiedpart-time instructors offered teaching opportunities based oncourse demand and staffing.Aurora University is looking for qualified Instructors to teachcourses in Elementary Education Reading Methods. The instructormust be able to teach during the day and have licensure andexperience in Elementary Education/Reading. Master’s Degree isrequired.Opportunities are available at our Aurora campus as well as ourWoodstock campus (graduate and undergraduate, daytime andevening).Please email resume or curriculum vitae, plus cover letter statingthe specific areas you are interested in teaching to:[email protected]last_img read more

Palermo’s Market Collapses as Demo Work Continues

first_imgA bulldozer clears debris from Asbury Avenue after the collapse of the abandoned Palermo’s Family Market during demolition on Thursday morning.With a ground-shaking rumble, the former Palermo’s Family Market collapsed on itself shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday as a demolition crew worked to tear the abandoned building down.Debris from the wreckage spilled onto a small area of Asbury Avenue that had been coned off during the demolition work.Immediate neighbors reported seeing the building sway briefly before crashing to the ground as an excavator took out a back wall.With gravity taking care of the largest portion of the remaining demolition, crews set to work knocking down the remaining structure and hauling away debris.The demolition began on Tuesday, and the developer estimated the job would take a week. It now appears possible that work could be complete ahead of schedule.Read more: Demolition of Palermo’s Market Is UnderwayNeighbors in an abutting property just a few feet from the demolition area watch from a second-story deck.All signs of the former Thriftway property will be gone by the end of the week. The three-story portion of the former Palermo’s Family Market became a one-story as the abandoned building collapsed Thursday morning during demolition.Much of the building had been hauled away by 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.last_img read more

Give us our healthy daily bread

first_imgBy Max Jenvey of Oxxygen Marketing Partnership, a strategic business agency, specialising in the bakery, foodservice and convenience retail sectorsSummer is finally here, and even though the sun may not be shining, your customers’ minds are totally focused on that all-important summer holiday. Top of mind is how they are going to fit into their summer wardrobe and look good on the beach or by the pool.Of course, the gym beckons, the diets start and herein lies your opportunity: what better way to increase your sales of speciality breads and sandwiches than with an emphasis on healthy eating?Our colleagues at research firm him! tell us that 40% of bakery customers know they want a sandwich, but make their final purchase decision in-store which means the breads and fillings play a huge role in their selection process. So what type of sandwiches are they buying? Him! says that 18% buy traditional sandwiches and rolls, 14% prefer something a little more exotic, such as paninis and speciality breads, with only 3% looking for wraps.So what are some of the most important considerations for customers when choosing their sandwiches and bread carriers? Top of the list is availability, at 30%; if it ain’t there, they can’t buy it. And interestingly enough, 50% of customers tell him! that, year-on-year, their local bakery or coffee shop has exactly the same range.One of the UK’s leading Harley Street nutritionists Yvonne Bishop-Weston says: “Between 50% and 98% of nutrients are lost by turning grains into white bread and, of particular interest to women, 76% of iron is lost in the process.”So it’s a well-known fact that brown and seeded breads are better for you, but with stats like these the real question is, ’What are you waiting for?’Adapt your offer, not only by shouting, ’Viva Wholegrain!’ through your window, but also with seasonal variations on fillings. Remember it’s summer, so keep it light and tasty, not forgetting to promote those nutritional benefits.Look, for example, at the emphasis food giant Nestlé places on whole grains within its cereal range. If you, as serious bakers and sandwich-makers, take note, the short-term ’grains’ are all to play for!last_img read more

Italian honor

first_imgMartin Karplus, Theodore William Richards Professor Emeritus at Harvard University and Professeur Conventionné at the Université de Strasbourg, has been awarded the Antonio Feltrinelli International Prize in Chemistry by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. The award was presented at the academy in Rome Nov. 11.The Antonio Feltrinelli International Prizes are considered Italy’s highest scientific and cultural honors. The chemistry prize is presented every five years and consists of a gold medal and an award of 250,000 euros.Karplus received the award in recognition of his lifelong efforts to understand the electronic structure, geometry, and dynamics of molecules of chemical and biological interest. Among the important contributions to nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, chemical dynamics, and quantum chemistry is the Karplus Equation, which is widely used in determining the structures of small molecules and of proteins. More recently, Karplus has developed the widely used molecular dynamic simulation methodology for studying the functional dynamics and conformational changes of biomolecules.The Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, literally the National Academy of the Lynx, was founded in 1603 in Italy and was named after the feline animal with keen vision because of the idea that scientists make careful observations. In 1611, astronomer Galileo Galilei was inducted to the prestigious academy, which published his research and supported him during his battle with the Roman Catholic Church.last_img read more