Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Are the multi-skilled, or the specialists among us, more future-proof & better equipped for organisational evolution?I believe there are two trains of thought on this. These days with organisations advocating agile or iterative processes, we have witnessed a shift in not just how we meet deadlines and time restraints but in our professional mentalities. Everything is quicker, processes more streamlined and we are always looking for ways to create new efficiencies as we all deal with ever changing goalposts on a day to day basis. With this we of course become more than just what our defined position descriptions would have meant 5 to 10 years ago and instead we must be broader skilled, dynamic, out-of-the-box problem solvers who have to turn our hands daily to tasks which historically wouldn’t have been ours.On the other hand, we have a growing trend of positions being broken up into several roles where in the past they may all have been taken care of by one position. An example of this could be the role of an internal recruiter. In years gone by, a recruiter would be responsible for the end to end process of finding candidates for any given role – engaging them, appropriately screening them, interviewing them, coordinating interviews with relevant hiring managers – and thereafter would also be responsible for “closing” or hiring. However these days, a large number of recruitment roles are broken up more distinctly into sourcing, recruiting and account managing.There is merit in both methods but I will be interested to see moving forward whether it is the specialist or the broader-skilled that demonstrates more staying power. Read full article Previous Article Next Article Position Descriptions of Christmas PastShared from missc on 19 Dec 2014 in Personnel Today
Secondary ice production in summer clouds over the Antarctic coast: An underappreciated process in atmospheric models.
The correct representation of Antarctic clouds in atmospheric models is crucial for accurate projections of the future Antarctic climate. This is particularly true for summer clouds which play a critical role in the surface melting of the ice shelves in the vicinity of the Weddell Sea. The pristine atmosphere over the Antarctic coast is characterized by low concentrations of ice nucleating particles (INPs) which often result in the formation of supercooled liquid clouds. However, when ice formation occurs, the ice crystal number concentrations (ICNCs) are substantially higher than those predicted by existing primary ice nucleation parameterizations. The rime-splintering mechanism, thought to be the dominant secondary ice production (SIP) mechanism at temperatures between −8 and −3 ∘C, is also weak in the Weather and Research Forecasting model. Including a parameterization for SIP due to breakup (BR) from collisions between ice particles improves the ICNC representation in the modeled mixed-phase clouds, suggesting that BR could account for the enhanced ICNCs often found in Antarctic clouds. The model results indicate that a minimum concentration of about ∼ 0.1 L−1 of primary ice crystals is necessary and sufficient to initiate significant breakup to explain the observations, while our findings show little sensitivity to increasing INPs. The BR mechanism is currently not represented in most weather prediction and climate models; including this process can have a significant impact on the Antarctic radiation budget.
Literally translated, roomali means ‘handkerchief’. This is a tender unleavened flatbread from central India. Roomali is tossed in the air like pizza and is so thin that it gently floats down into the baker’s hands.Baked on an inverted dome hotplate almost like an upside down wok, roomali is folded from an 18-inch round to a 3-inch pocket-sized bread. Roomali is usually a plain unleavened bread made with basic ingredients. I have used coriander, my favourite herb, in this recipe. It works well with the heat of the chilli and coarse ground black pepper.This is a great bread which is very versatile and can be used as a good bread for mopping up curries. It is also used to make sandwiches in Mumbai. Makes around 18 roomaliWhite bread flour – 500gAtta flour – 500gSalt – 20gWater – 590gFresh coriander – 100gCoarse ground black pepper – 1gMild chilli powder – 4gPaprika – 6gMelted ghee or butter – 20gMethodPlace all the ingredients (except the coriander) into a mixing bowl and mix on slow speed for two minutes and then fast speed for four minutes.Add the chopped coriander leaf and mix for a further two minutes on slow speed or until the coriander is evenly mixed throughout the dough. Take care not to bleed the coriander into the dough.The coriander stalk is full of flavour and good to add with the leaf. However, it must be chopped very finely to avoid holes forming in the paper thin dough at the pinning stage.Allow the dough to rest in a covered bowl for two hours and then divide into 90g dough pieces and round.Cover and allow ambient resting for a further two hours. At this stage the dough pieces can be placed in the refrigerator and held for up to 48 hours.Although there is no yeast in the recipe the dough still needs time to relax so it can be pinned out very thinly without shrinking back.Before pinning the dough out, invert a large wok over the largest ring of a gas hob. It is also worthwhile rubbing a little oil onto the outside of the wok to avoid the dough sticking. Do this before placing on the heat. You will only need to do this the first time.Next, pin the dough round on a lightly floured work surface until it is paper thin. It should stretch to a 12-inch round.Place onto the wok and bake for about 20 seconds. The dough should show signs of bubbling on the surface.Using a wooden spatula or your hands turn the roomali over and allow to bake for a further 10 seconds.Fold the outer edge over to the centre and immediately repeat with the opposite side. Now you should have a slim rectangular shape. While the roomali is still on the wok start to fold along the length. This usually takes three folds and will leave you with neatly folded square bread that resembles a handkerchief. Baking roomali is rapid and really should not take longer than 45 seconds.They can then be filled to make a tasty wrap or left plain.
Common orthodontic problems such as crossbite, overbite, underbite, and crowding of the teeth can have a negative impact on a person’s physical appearance, dental function, and overall self esteem. To make a diagnosis and plan treatment, orthodontists currently take multiple x-ray images of the entire skull before, during and after orthodontic treatment. Part of the skull, the cranial base, is used as a stable reference for determining the position and orientation of the jaws and teeth when planning treatment changes. While the amount of radiation is small, x-rays of the whole skull taken multiple times during treatment can be a concern, especially for pediatric patients who are generally more susceptible to the harmful effects of ionizing radiation than adults.A recent study published in the European Journal of Orthodontics, suggests that another approach using non-radiographic 3-D dental photogrammetry could offer accurate dental and facial measurements based on using the eyes and natural head orientation as references rather than the cranial base.Mohamed Masoud, director of Orthodontics in the Department of Developmental Biology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, along with his research team studied 180 females and 200 males between the ages of 18 and 35 using 3-D facial and dental imaging to produce an adult sample with near ideal occlusion and a pleasing facial appearance. The goal was to provide reference values that can aid practitioners in determining the relative position and orientation of a patient’s dental and facial structures without exposing the cranium to radiation. Read Full Story
For the past three decades, Alabama, Florida and Georgia have been battling over control of water resources in what has become known as the “tri-state water wars.” Judge Paul Kelly of New Mexico, a Supreme Court-appointed expert known as a “special master,” recently ruled in favor of Georgia in the ongoing Florida vs. Georgia court case.“Two years ago, the original Special Master on the case chided Georgia, saying the state doesn’t monitor its water usage very well,” said Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean for University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. “This year, that note was removed as the state now does an amazing job of tracking water usage.”Johnson said UGA Extension has strengthened its water resource education program by adding new personnel and new programs.“UGA is a leader in the development of innovative irrigation efficiency tools, techniques and technologies and UGA Extension works diligently with Georgia’s ag community to deploy these innovations across the state, particularly in southwest Georgia, which has become the focal point of the court case,” Johnson said.To help improve Georgia’s agricultural water use efficiency, UGA Extension created the Agricultural Water Efficiency Team (AgWET), which includes 16 UGA faculty from various disciplines in partnership with Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District experts, 14 UGA Extension agents, four crop consultants and 53 farmers.This program helps farmers better schedule irrigation, gives them a better understanding of why they may need to use these tools to help schedule their irrigation and increases their water-use efficiency through the use of soil-moisture sensors and smartphone apps.AgWET has increased the adoption of innovative and efficient irrigation practices and technologies like soil moisture sensor systems across south Georgia, said Calvin Perry, superintendent of UGA’s Stripling Irrigation Research Park in Camilla, Georgia.“While the AgWET project cannot claim all the credit, soil moisture sensor vendors operating in Georgia report a substantial uptick in system sales following the start of the AgWET project,” he said. “One vendor had a 536% increase in sales and another saw a 370% increase.”“Ag water conservation and water use efficiency are what we’re all about and why Stripling Park was created.”At Stripling Irrigation Research Park, more than 10 scientists conduct water-related research on crops like cotton, corn, peanuts, soybeans, sweet corn and vegetables, including collaborative projects with manufacturers of pivots, sprinklers and sensors.Technology created at UGA has also helped improve water use efficiency in Georgia. With funding from the Georgia Cotton Commission and the Georgia Peanut Commission, UGA researchers developed a low-cost, wireless soil-moisture sensing system. UGA Smart Sensor Array uses a dense network of smart sensor nodes to accurately determine soil moisture variability.“This system provides real-time soil-moisture data at multiple depths using inexpensive sensors and wireless telemetry. Several vendors have modeled their sensor systems on of the UGA system,” Perry said. “This type of information is necessary to make good irrigation scheduling decisions — especially if a variable-rate irrigation system is used.”UGA Extension specialists have also reported a notable increase in the use of mobile apps for soil moisture sensor and scheduling. UGA CAES researcher George Vellidis developed apps for advanced irrigation scheduling for use by farmers, agents and others in the industry.UGA’s SmartIrrigation App can be used in corn, cotton and soybean fields. A version of the app will soon be available for pecan growers. To date, the app has been downloaded nearly 3,000 times. UGA scientists also cooperated on the creation of USDA’s IrrigatorPro app.To help traditional center-pivot irrigation systems work more efficiently, UGA scientists engineered Variable Rate Irrigation (VRI) technology, which allows control of both where and how much irrigation is applied.Helping farmers use water wisely has long been a part of Extension’s mission, but UGA Extension helps urban Georgians use water wisely, too.Just over a year ago, Rolando Orellana was named the urban water management agent in the UGA Center for Urban Agriculture. He works with green industry leaders and teaches urban Extension agents how to help their clients to manage water wisely in the landscape, especially through irrigation systems.With a $9,800 internal UGA Extension Innovation Grant and industry support, Orellana developed an irrigation training specifically designed to educate UGA Extension agents in 18 urban counties. Using the train-the-trainer model, Orellana goal is to “build capacity with the agents so they can help green industry clients and consumers in their counties.”With advice from irrigation professionals across Georgia, Orellana and his Center for Urban Agriculture colleague Greg Huber compiled irrigation tool kits for county agents to use when teaching about irrigation usage, management and maintenance. The agents review basic watering principles for use in urban landscapes and learn about irrigation systems, as well as reviewing Georgia’s Water Stewardship Act and the state’s rules and regulations surrounding water usage.The agents offer workshops to golf course managers, sports field managers, landscape installers, landscape managers, groundskeepers, garden curators and others. They are also training UGA’s Master Gardener Extension Volunteer force to lead irrigation usage workshops.Orellana hopes to install an irrigation system demonstration and research site on the UGA Griffin campus. “It is only natural to start building the skills our county agents need to help our clients in the best way we can,” said Orellana.In 2017, UGA Extension welcomed eight water educators who were formerly part of the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission. Their positions were transferred to UGA Extension by then Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.These educators support farmers, green industry representatives and homeowners by performing water audits and providing a mobile irrigation lab that makes on-farm visits to check the performance of center-pivot irrigation systems. In north Georgia, the Extension water educators help farmers implement natural resource conservation best management practices, teach clients how to maintain drip irrigation, and share information about homeowner irrigation systems.For more information on water wise programs from UGA Extension, go to site.extension.uga.edu/water/.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Citing his 75-year-old mother’s long bout with cancer, ex-Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke begged a federal judge for leniency when he’s sentenced next week, saying it would be “unbearable” to be in prison while the family matriarch’s condition deteriorates.In a letter to U.S. District Court Judge Leonard Wexler, Burke apologized for his discretions and played up his three decades on the police force, which ended last year in disgrace when Burke was arrested for beating a suspect and a twisted plot to cover it up. Burke, who is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, faces up to 51 months in prison under the plea deal. He has been held without bail since his arrest last December.“The greatest consequence involves my mother,” a supposedly remorseful Burke wrote to Wexler. “She was a single mother who suffered through much tragedy in her life and made many sacrifices in raising me and my siblings. In 1999, at age 59, she was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer. In what I considered the greatest quest of my life, I took control of her health care and was involved on a daily basis with her treatment. It is now 17 years later and she now 75 years old. Her situation is nothing short of a medical miracle. She is presently undergoing immunotherapy, is confined to a wheelchair and requires oxygen 24 hours a day. She struggled to write you a letter in her own hand.”“It would be unbearable for me to be in prison as her condition deteriorated and she passes from this earth, severely restricted in my ability communicate,” he continued. “I suffered through a life-threatening illness when I was six weeks old. My mom and I have faired the direst of circumstances together. She does not deserve the consequences of dying while her oldest son, who has generally done good for most of his life, is in prison.”In February, Burke pleaded guilty to federal civil rights violations and conspiracy charges for beating burglary suspect Christopher Loeb while the then-24-year-old was in police custody at the Fourth Precinct station house on Dec. 12, 2012. Burke’s subordinates were instructed to lie about the interrogation-room beating.Loeb had been arrested for breaking into Burke’s police-issued SUV and stealing a duffel bag containing sex toys, porn, and Burke’s gun and ammunition belt when the altercation occurred.A federal prosecutor said in court that Burke’s porn was the “motivation for beating the hell out of Loeb.”In his plea to Wexler, Burke apologized to Loeb and the underlings entangled in cover up.“I sincerely apologize to the victim, to my subordinates who I permitted to take part in these offenses, to my colleagues and those who entrusted me, to the men and women of the Suffolk County Police Department, to the citizens of Suffolk County and to you, Your Honor, for my actions,” he said.Had Burke gone to trial, nearly a dozen officers would’ve testified to the beating, prosecutors claimed.Burke retired three months prior to his arrest, securing a more than $430,000 retirement payout.Burke is not the only high-profile member of Suffolk law enforcement to draw federal scrutiny. Since his arrest, reports have surfaced indicating investigators are also looking into alleged improprieties by the Suffolk District Attorney’s office.With rumors hanging over Suffolk, County Executive Steve Bellone in May held a stunning news conference in which he called on Thomas Spota, the district attorney, to resign.“For refusing to cooperate and work with federal law enforcement to prosecute crime in this county, for refusing and blocking federal law enforcement from working on the Gilgo Beach serial murder case, for allowing violent criminals to go free to protect political friends, for lying about Jim Burke and for conspiring to conceal his past…for violating your sacred oath and for using your position as the top law enforcement officer of this county, Tom Spota, you must resign from this office.”That same day, Spota rebuffed Bellone’s calls to resign and suggested Bellone had requested he intercede on behalf of people the county executive was close to. An exercised Bellone held a follow-up press conference in which he called such claims “nonsense,” adding, “justice needs to be restored to this county.”
Dec 13, 2004 (CIDRAP News) President Bush today announced Michael O. Leavitt as his choice for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), replacing Tommy Thompson, who resigned last week. Leavitt, who served three terms as governor of Utah, has been administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since November 2003. His name now goes to the Senate for confirmation. Some observers had expected Mark McClellan, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to be the HHS nominee. In a statement from the agency today, Tommy Thompson stressed the importance of having McClellan in his current post as he seeks to implement the Medicare Modernization Act. White House press releasehttp://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/12/20041213-2.html Leavitt had surfaced in the past few days as a possible replacement for Bernard Kerik, who withdrew over the weekend as the nominee for secretary of the Department of Homeland Defense because of potential problems surrounding his past employment of a nanny who is an immigrant. Bush noted that under Leavitt’s leadership, medical research will continue to be a priority and that the administration “will not relent in our efforts to protect the American people from disease, and the use of disease as a weapon against us.” See also: Tommy Thompson received accolades from Bush and Leavitt at the announcement. “Early in his tenure, our nation went on a wartime footing and had to prepare for emergencies of a kind never seen before. Secretary Thompson led the effort to prepare the medical infrastructure for any terrorist challenge,” Bush said. According to a transcript of the nomination on the White House Web site, Utah was named one of the best managed states in the country during Leavitt’s tenure. A New York Times story called him a moderate consensus builder on environmental issues during his EPA service. President Bush said in naming Leavitt that he “is an ideal choice to lead one of the largest departments of the United States government. [HHS] touches the life of every person in this country. From the safety of our food and medicine, to the Medicare program, to preparing for any kind of health emergency, HHS has comprehensive responsibilities for the health of Americans.”
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Since Sept. 1, we’ve been exposed to our annual public displays of ugly, cheap political signs.These signs should be regulated — maybe one sign for every 500 feet.These politicos and their campaign staff are now littering our mailboxes with these glossy photos. Placing items in mailboxes is illegal under U.S. Postal Service policy. Ben Franklin established the most successful government program in world history — the United States Postal Service. Let’s show respect and have the politicos remove these glossy photos voluntarily or they should be prosecuted under federal postal laws.This pollution by politicos shouldn’t be accepted. Why should we have to recycle their photos? Let’s also respect our letter carriers who are on a six-day a week schedule.Glenn RaymusRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
A render showing the Ellendale estate in Upper KedronAdjoining the South D’Aguilar National Park, the leafy estate is under construction, with numerous builders on site.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoOnce completed, the masterplanned community will also be home to 40 per cent green space, which will be handed back to Brisbane City Council to operate as parkland.Mr Kamani, a research and development manager, said the chance to live in a new house so close to the city was a real drawcard.Their home was built by Metricon Homes.“We outgrew apartment living and wanted to own a home of our own. We had a Metricon design we liked and we were just waiting for suitable land,” Mr Kamani said.“As soon as the first sales release was announced at Ellendale we knew we wouldn’t get the same combination of a leafy village environment with proximity to the city elsewhere, so we jumped at it.”Metricon’s Queensland general manager Peter Ryan said masterplanned urban villages such as Ellendale, were proving popular with prospective buyers.“We have a lot of clients ask us about Ellendale. There’s no other masterplanned village like it in such close proximity to Brisbane’s CBD,” he said.“In Nikhil and Nancy’s case, we were able to use Ellendale’s design standards to ensure we delivered a home that complemented the natural habitat while setting the benchmark for a quality residential development.”Ellendale is 12km from the Brisbane CBD. Five of the nine releases have already sold out, with land in the remaining releases starting from $323,000. Nikhil and Nancy Kamani have built their dream home at Ellendale at Upper Kedron.They moved from a rented one-bedroom inner-city shoebox to their very own home in the suburbs, and now they are making big plans for their future.Newlyweds Nikhil Kamani and Nancy Patel recently moved in to Ellendale in Upper Kedron, a 227-hectare residential estate being developed by Cedar Woods Properties.