BMW set to drive diversity with new programme

first_img Comments are closed. BMWhas launched a new programme to help attract more female technicians to itsdealer service network.Currently,there is only one qualified female technician out of 300 BMW engineers acrossthe country, so the firm is trying to encourage more women to enrol on itstraining course.Thecompany has been sending information on careers within BMW to various girls’schools and advertising in women’s magazines in a bid to improve diversity.Thefirm’s HR department has also surveyed the dealerships to ensure they foster afriendly and equal atmosphere without any barriers to female technicians.RogerWaters, career planning manager at BMW, said he wanted to communicate theincreasing sophistication of the jobs on offer.”Thetraditional image of the greasy car mechanic needs updating. We receive 2,000applications each year for the technician course, but we can only accept 150people. When we’re searching for the best school leavers, it’s crazy to ignorehalf of them,” he said. Related posts:No related photos. BMW set to drive diversity with new programmeOn 13 Jan 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Van Allen Probes observations of chorus wave vector orientations: Implications for the chorus-to-hiss mechanism

first_imgUsing observations from the Van Allen Probes EMFISIS instrument, coupled with ray tracing simulations, we determine the fraction of chorus wave power with the conditions required to access the plasmasphere and evolve into plasmaspheric hiss. It is found that only an extremely small fraction of chorus occurs with the required wave vector orientation, carrying only a small fraction of the total chorus wave power. The exception is on the edge of plasmaspheric plumes, where strong azimuthal densitygradients are present. In these cases, up to 94% of chorus wave power exists with the conditions required to access the plasmasphere. As such, we conclude that strong azimuthal density gradients are actually a requirement if a significant fraction of chorus wave power is to enter the plasmasphere and be a source of plasmaspheric hiss. This result suggests it is unlikely that chorus directly contributes a significant fraction of plasmaspheric hiss wave power.last_img read more

Governor Holcomb Makes Appointments To Various Boards And Commissions

first_imgGovernor Eric J. Holcomb Announced Several New Appointments And Reappointments To Various State Boards And Commissions.Indiana Economic Development Corporation Board of DirectorsThe governor made one reappointment to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors:Joel Gorelick (Schererville), former president and CAO of Northwest Indiana BanCorp and Peoples Bank SB, will continue his service on the board. His new term expires October 31, 2021.Integrated Public Safety CommissionThe governor made one new appointment to the Integrated Public Safety Commission:Chief Mike Diekhoff (Bloomington), chief of police with the Bloomington Police Department, will join the commission and will serve at the pleasure of the governor.Task Force for Assessment of Services & Supports for People with Intellectual & Other Developmental DisabilitiesThe Governor designated Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch to serve as chairperson of the Task Force for Assessment of Services & Supports for People with Intellectual & Other Developmental Disabilities, and also made the following seventeen new appointments to the membership of the task force, all of whom will serve at the pleasure of the Governor:Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura (Indianapolis), director of the Indiana Department of Child ServicesJonathan Burlison (Indianapolis), CEO of Bridges of IndianaSteve Cook (Brownsburg), president and CEO of INARFChristine Dahlberg (Indianapolis), director of the Governor’s Council for People with DisabilitiesKim Dodson (Westfield), executive director of the Arc of IndianaTrent Fox (Indianapolis), chief of staff at the Indiana State Department of HealthKylee Hope (Indianapolis), director of the Division of Disability & Rehabilitation Services with the Family & Social Services AdministrationJoseph Langerak (Evansville), attorney with Jackson Kelly PLLCKathleen McAllen (Indianapolis), senior consultant with G2 GroupJason Meyer (Roanoke), president and CEO of Passages, Inc.Kim Milas (Zionsville), member of Self-Advocates of Indiana and officer of Aktion Club of Greater Boone County and the Self-Advocates of Greater Boone CountyKevin Moore (Indianapolis), director of the Division of Mental Health & Addiction with the Family & Social Services AdministrationDebbie Pierson (Indianapolis), deputy director of the Division of Aging with the Family & Social Services AdministrationJulie Reynolds (Indianapolis), director of strategic initiatives with the Division of Disability & Rehabilitation Services with the Family & Social Services AdministrationAllison Taylor (Indianapolis), interim Medicaid Director with the Office of Medicaid Policy & Planning with the Family & Social Services AdministrationBetty Williams (Richmond), consumer education and training coordinator for the Arc of IndianaDr. Pam Wright (Indianapolis), director of Special Education with the Indiana Department of EducationVincennes University Board of TrusteesThe governor made two reappointments to the Vincennes University Board of Trustees:J.R. Gaylor (Noblesville), president & CEO of Associated Builders & Contractors of Indiana, will continue his service on the board. His new term expires October 4, 2020.Eric J. Schach (Evansville), executive vice president & COO at Vectren Corporation, will continue his service on the board. His new term expires October 4, 2020.The Governor Also Made Two New Appointments To The Board:Millie Marshall (Evansville), president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, Inc., will join the board. Her term expires October 4, 2020.Emma J. Marsh (Bruceville), second-year student at Vincennes University, will join the board as the student member of the board. Her term expires September 30, 2018.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Press release: Trade Policy Minister in Taiwan to champion stronger trade links

first_imgWhile in Taipei, the minister will meet with President Tsai Ing-Wen, the Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-Chin and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu to discuss UK-Taiwan trade relations and opportunities for growth, including financial services.The annual UK-Taiwan trade talks, chaired by Minister Hollingbery and Taiwan’s Vice Minister of Economic Affairs, Wang Mei-Hua, will focus on building stronger trade and investment links and resolving market access issues, and celebrating the recent introduction of British pork products to the Taiwanese market.The visit will be marked by further development of the already close co-operation between the UK and Taiwan finance sectors, as Minister Hollingbery witnesses the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the British Office in Taipei and the Taiwan Financial Services Roundtable committing to close co-operation and promotion of our fintech sectors.The minister will also meet UK businesses in Taiwan including the offshore wind, financial services and pharmaceutical sectors.Trade Policy Minister, George Hollingbery, said: I am delighted to be in Taipei at the 21st annual trade talks with Taiwan, building ever closer links in the world’s fastest growing region. Our trade with Taiwan is worth £5.5 billion, supporting jobs and prosperity in both our economies, so it is vital that we ease barriers to trade wherever we can, even before we leave the EU. It is my pleasure to witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding committing to even closer co-operation in our finance sectors, building on an already productive trading relationship. Trade with TaiwanUK-Taiwan bilateral trade rose to £5.5 billion in 2017, making Taiwan the UK’s eighth largest trading partner in the Asia Pacific region. The UK is the most popular destination for Taiwanese investors in Europe accounting for 21% of Taiwan’s foreign direct investment in the region in 2017. Around 300 UK firms are present in Taiwan and there are over 180 Taiwanese firms in the UK.The minister is joined by Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific, Natalie Black, who leads DIT across the region to coordinate the UK government’s trade and investment promotion and policy works closely with the wider diplomatic network.center_img Trade Policy Minister George Hollingbery is in Taipei for 21st meeting of annual trade talks Recent meeting saw Taiwan allow its first imports of quality British pork Minister Hollingbery agrees joint commitment to further fintech sectorslast_img read more

Press release: Blooming lovely display to support wildlife on A38

first_imgCommon corn cockleOver the last year a number of other biodiversity scheme have been undertaken by Highways England including extensive habitat connectivity planting, grassland management and a scheme to protect and promote the habitat of England’s rarest ant, the narrow-headed ant, on the A38 in Devon. Further afield Highways England has been working with Cumbria Wildlife Trust, to boost pollinator habitats alongside key A roads in the county, including the A590 and A66.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. Wildflower verge along the A38Highways England senior ecologist Leonardo Gubert said: As well as improving roads, Highways England is committed to a national Biodiversity Plan which is supported by a £30 million investment programme over five years. The plan recognises road verges and adjoining land can be managed to provide areas of wildlife habitat, relatively free from human access. These road verges can also be used to connect fragmented areas of habitats, enabling plant and animal populations to move and interact, and so become stronger and more resilient.The wild flower scheme on the A38 was started last year when seeds from over 20 variety of flowers, including cornflowers, oxeye daisies, yellow rattle and poppies were sown over five hectares of roadside verge between Ashburton and Ivybridge, adding to the ten hectares that have recently been created along the A38 and A30 in Devon and Cornwall.center_img This is the third wild flower scheme we have delivered in the South West and we’re delighted it’s proving so successful. The scheme will add to the diverse mosaic of habitats along the A38 and will support a number of pollinators and other invertebrates, including five rare species of beetles and a whole host of other wildlife we recorded at the site before the work was undertaken. We’re already looking forward to carrying out a full survey next year to see just how many benefits have been brought to our verges and we’re proud to be delivering such an important programme on roadside land. We are also planning more wild flower areas and a number of schemes are being designed for verges on the M5 and M4 in the future.last_img read more

Widespread Panic Welcomes Jerry Joseph, Busts Out Grateful Dead Cover For Chicago Finale

first_imgWidespread Panic wrapped up their three night stand at the Chicago Theatre yesterday, celebrating the Chicago-area run by bringing some of their best efforts for three great shows. After kicking off the run with an unexpected “Sharon” and continuing it with a smokin’ performance on night two, the band got down to business with some amazing highlights to conclude the run. The show started with a rocking “Let’s Get Down To Business,” bringing out some of their classic tunes throughout the set. “Rebirtha,” “Ride Me High” and more kept things rolling, before the group dipped into a double dose of The Band classics, “Ophelia” and “The Shape I’m In.” From there, the group welcomed Jerry Joseph, who lent his hand on guitar and vocals for the song “North.” With a fun Mother’s Day rap, Joseph was a welcomed addition to the performance.Things kept rocking through set two, but certainly one of the highlights from the set was a bust-out version of the Grateful Dead’s “Cream Puff War” sandwiched in the middle of “Proving Ground.” They also played “You Should Be Glad” for the first time with drummer Duane Trucks, and worked in a versions of Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime” in a “Fishwater” and “Drums” section.Panic ended the set with “Postcard,” before coming back for their first version of “Gradle” with Trucks. Finally, they ended the show with two great tunes, “All Time Low” and Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home.” What a night!Last night’s show was the band’s final night of the spring tour; they’ll be back on the road come June 17th for more rock and roll! Check out the full setlist below, courtesy of PanicStream:Setlist: Widespread Panic at the Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL – 5/7/16Set 1: Let’s Get Down To Business, Rebirtha > Stop Breakin’ Down Blues, Last Straw > “I know You Rider” JAM > Ride Me High > Ribs & Whiskey, Porch Song, Ophelia > The Shape I’m In, North*^Set 2: Greta > JAM > Blue Indian, Conrad > Proving Ground > Cream Puff War** > Proving Ground, Pilgrims, Disco > You Should Be Glad^^, Blight > Fishwater > Drumz > Life During Wartime > Fishwater, PostcardEncore: Gradle^^, All Time Low, Can’t Find My Way HomeNotes: * with Jerry Joseph on guitar & vocals / ^ Mother’s Day Rap by Jerry Joseph / ** LTP 6.27.15 Red Rocks ~ 61 shows / ^^ FTP with Duanelast_img read more

Free TAG Workshop.

first_imgFree Lunch, TooThe workshop includes resource materials and lunch. Sessions will start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. in the ASU Academic Administration Building.Registration forms will be in upcoming issues of the Georgia Market Bulletin as well as at USDA service centers, Farm Service Agency county offices and University of Georgia Extension Service county offices.To sign up, call Connie McEver at (706) 546-2236. Or fax her a registration form at (706) 546-2416. The preregistration deadline is Oct. 19. Walk-ins are welcome, but seats and lunch are limited to about 200.Farm-related groups and agencies will have displays at the workshop. A similar event is planned for the Gainesville, Ga., area next year. Alternative farm enterprises.Aquaculture.Crop insurance.Financing small farms.Fruits.Vegetables.Goats and small livestock.Irrigation and water management.Labor.Local marketing and community-based agriculture.Pond construction and management opportunities.Taxes. Anyone with a small farm, just starting out or just getting interested in farming can find information on a dozen subjects in a free workshop presented by Team Agriculture Georgia Nov. 8 at Albany State University.TAG’s mission is to improve state and federal customer service to all landowners, land users and limited-resource and beginning farmers. Members include Georgia farm agencies and partnering organizations. The Nov. 8 workshop will feature sessions on:last_img read more

MANRRS Milestone

first_imgPicture someone working in agriculture or the natural resource sciences. Chances are the picture in your head may be a little outdated.Today, more than 60 percent of the students of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) are female and about 20 percent identify as racial minorities.The college’s Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) student group brings awareness to the modern face of the agricultural and natural resource sciences. The UGA MANRRS chapter celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. This is a milestone for a group, which began when minority students made up only about 10 percent of the UGA student body.MANRRS is a student, professional and business organization that represents students and professionals from diverse backgrounds. This club empowers its members by providing continuing education, peer and professional mentoring networks and professional development support. Students at Michigan State and Pennsylvania State universities started MANRRS in 1986 to build a community of support among minority agriculture and natural resources students and professionals.In 1997, UGA students chartered a chapter. This group has been helping students build professional networks and support for the last 20 years.“MANRRS is about networking and professional development while creating a community within the college for underrepresented students to feel at home,” said Alexis Barnes, a senior in food industry marketing and administration and the current MANRRS president.In addition to biweekly meetings, the student group hosts professional development and networking events and attends regional and national conferences to connect with students, faculty and professionals from across the country.“MANRRS Club is a unique learning environment for underrepresented students in agriculture and related fields at the University of Georgia,” said Victoria David, director of diversity affairs for CAES. “The UGA MANRRS Club is responsible for helping students find their way among the wide spectrum of agricultural careers. With advances in science and technology and the need for new and innovative approaches to the science of agriculture, UGA MANRRS Club is finding and developing new agricultural leaders.”To accomplish this, seasoned MANRRS members mentor undergraduate and graduate students who join the club. Mentors and their proteges share a major. Members also participate in professional and career development opportunities.“Students rarely join the club with an understanding of the depth and breadth of agriculture,” David said. “We work to introduce students to agriculture industry leaders from all fields and help students see the full spectrum of employment and research opportunities out there.”For many students, their time in MANRRS has defined their time at CAES, helping them to choose majors and foster connections that help them land their first internships and jobs. “The leadership positions I’ve held have augmented my professional growth in ways I wouldn’t have otherwise experienced, and I’ve seen it do the same for others,” Barnes said. “My college experience has been a success largely because of being a MANRRS member and I could not more enthusiastically encourage others to get involved.”There are currently 26 student members of MANRRS at UGA. David is the director, Associate Professor Shavannor Smith serves as faculty adviser, and Narke Norton, program coordinator for the CAES Office of Diversity Affairs, serves as the staff adviser.To learn more about MANRRS at UGA, visit www.caes.uga.edu/academics/diversity-affairs/MANRRS.html.last_img read more

Judge in Arizona Lets Stand 25-Year Life Extension for Aging Coal Plant

first_imgJudge in Arizona Lets Stand 25-Year Life Extension for Aging Coal Plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Santa Fe New Mexican:A U.S. district judge cited tribal sovereignty in dismissing a lawsuit aimed at shutting down a coal-fired power plant and adjacent mine near the Arizona-New Mexico border.The lawsuit, filed by a group of environmental advocacy organizations, was targeting the 2015 approval by the U.S. government of a lease extension for the Navajo Mine and the Four Corners Power Plant, which has for decades provided electricity to customers throughout the Southwest.The groups argued that the Interior Department and other agencies did not consider clean-energy alternatives or possible effects on endangered species in the region when they approved the 25-year extension.In the order issued Monday, Judge Steven Logan of Phoenix tossed the case because the mine is owned by a corporation created by the Navajo Nation, which makes it immune from such legal challenges. The judge said the case could not move forward without the mine as a defendant.Navajo Transitional Energy Co. was allowed to intervene in the case last fall, citing its interest in the operation of the mine. The company argued that if the environmental groups were successful in their challenge, the tribe’s solvency and economic development strategies could be jeopardized.The tribe created the company in 2013 for the purpose of purchasing the mine from BHP Billiton for $85 million through a three-year loan. The company obtained a new loan to pay off the original note and to maintain working capital.If mine operations were hampered, tribal officials were concerned the company could default on the loan and lose ownership of the mine, which would cost the Navajo Nation millions of dollars.The judge ruled that the tribal entity’s interests in the outcome of the case far exceeded the federal government’s interest in defending the validity of its environmental review and decision-making process.The Four Corners Power Plant is one of three coal-fired generating stations in the region that are scaling back operations as utilities shift toward natural gas and renewable sources such as solar due to regulations and economic forces.The Navajo Generating Station in northwestern Arizona is scheduled to close in 2019, but the Navajo Nation is pushing to keep it open longer. The San Juan Generating Station near Farmington will be closing two of its stacks by the end of the year, and Four Corners has closed three of its units.Environmentalists argued in their complaint that the Four Corners and San Juan plants together emit more pollution than any other source in North America and that pollution from the plant and the mine degrade air and water resources throughout the San Juan Basin, which includes parts of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah.As it braces for revenue and job losses expected with the ramping down of coal-fired generation, the Navajo Nation recently opened its first utility-scale solar farm near the sandstone buttes of Monument Valley.In addition, Navajo President Russell Begaye signed an executive order last week aimed at building up the tribe’s clean energy economy.More: U.S. judge cites tribal sovereignty in dismissing coal lawsuitlast_img read more

Top 10 Most-read Long Island Press Stories of 2013

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York It’s the most wonderful time of year in the newsroom, when the Press gets hopped up on Christmas cookies and tallies up which stories drew the most readers’ eyeballs online this year.The most-clicked stories of the year once again run the gamut from serious political coverage that weas featured in the print edition to local crime stories that only appeared on our website, with a few wild ones peppered throughout the list.Here’s our Christmas gift to you, dear readers: our annual round-up of the top 10 most-read stories by the Press.10. Syria’s Other Chemical War—The Real Reason Behind a U.S. StrikeRemember how we were about to bomb Syria this summer before President Obama backed off? Press publisher Jed Morey explored the underlying motivations in his column, Off the Reservation. Hint: It’s the same reason we bombed Iraq.9. Fire Island Nude Beach OutlawedOne of the most controversial casualties of Sandy came months after the storm when the Fire Island National Seashore warned Long Island nudists that they would have to start covering up at Lighthouse Beach, east of Robert Moses State Park Field 5, or face fines. Of course, some still defiantly let it all hang out despite the nudity ban.8. Long Island Slowly Drifting Toward ConnecticutStaff contributor Peter Tannen freaked out a few readers on either side of the Long Island Sound in the April Fools’ Day edition of his satirical column, Just Sayin’. Even funnier was how a few of LI’s crappy aggregators blindly rehashed the “news” as fact.7. Former Hicksville Nuclear Site Leaves Sick Employees Seeking Justice While the lingering effect of defense contractors poisoning the water Long Islanders drink with toxic chemicals is widely a cause for concern, a group of workers who’ve contracted rare cancers have emerged as a particularly egregious case.6. Ex-Catholic School Teacher Charged With Child Porn Disturbingly, we see teachers arrested for illegally possessing and/or sharing child pornography online nearly as frequently as cases emerge of teachers involved in inappropriate sexual relations with students. Draw your own conclusions why this one was the top read of such cases this year.5. Nassau Cops Bust 104 Johns in Online Prostitution StingTurns out that having undercover female detectives post online prostitution ads to lure suspects to motels where the “Johns” were charged with patronizing prostitutes after allegedly agreeing to pay for sex is a controversial investigative technique. This one’s still playing out in the courts.4. NDAA, Indefinite Detention, And The Battle Raging Against The Most Important Law You’ve Never Heard Of Well, the government won and they now have the right to legally detail you indefinitely without a trial, thanks to a provision slipped into the National Defense Authorization Act, an annual military budget measure. An activist from LI who’s seen the system from the inside helped shed light on the issue, which plaintiffs who lost the latest round may still appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.3. Robert Mayer, Dix Hills Husband and Father, Still Missing After 7 WeeksAt this point, the 47-year-old electrician who was last seen on Father’s Day has been missing for more than six months. There have been no updates on his case. His family fears the worst.2. Parents, Teachers Revolt Against Common CoreJamie Franchi, the Press’ newest recruit to the news team, struck a nerve reporting on the new Common Core State Standards being rolled out in New York, an issue that has packed picket lines with soccer moms.1. U.S. Military ‘Power Grab’ Goes Into EffectIn one of the lesser-reported-on steps in turning America into a police state, the Pentagon unilaterally granted itself authority over civil disturbances without presidential approval in “extraordinary emergency circumstances”—despite Constitutional restrictions against such a move.last_img read more