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Acas thinks again on academic research

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first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Acas thinks again on academic researchOn 5 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Acas is set to add an academic arm to produce research on industrialrelations issues. The arbitration body is not going to revive its think-tank department thatwas dismantled more than 10 years ago, and is looking to produce work-relatedresearch and employer guidelines on best practice. Speaking at the AnUMan conference, Acas chairwoman Rita Donaghy, said:”We must have solid academic information about the link between industrialrelations and productivity.” Donaghy told the conference this development could involve working closelywith bodies such as the CIPD. “We are looking to rebuild the thinking capacity. There are expertsworking for Acas who have built up internal research, now it is time to move onand work with groups like the CIPD, Industrial Society and the IPA,” shesaid. Donaghy told delegates she would like Acas to take on a more proactive role.www.acas.org.uk Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

HNLMS Rotterdam returns from piracy mission off Somalia

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first_img View post tag: Swedish Navy Dutch, Swedish sailors return from piracy mission off Somalia A team of Dutch and Swedish sailors and marines have returned from a three-month deployment to the Horn of Africa as part of the EU counter-piracy operation Atalanta.Dutch Navy landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam returned to her homeport Den Helder on December 3 with an embarked Swedish boarding team and their two CB-90 fast attack craft.During their time off the coast of Somalia, the joint Swedish and Dutch team helped train African maritime personnel deal with piracy in their waters. In addition to training with the Somali Coast Guard, the Kenyan Navy and Seychelles armed forces, the team collected information important for the creation of a maritime situational awareness picture in the region.The Dutch-Swedish collaboration was the second time the Netherlands and Sweden have deployed their assets together. In 2015, the Swedish Force Commander; Rear Admiral Jonas Haggren embarked his battle staff on board HNLMS Johan de Witt. December 4, 2017 Submarine rescue training agreementIn addition to amphibious cooperation, the two countries have also initiated joint submarine rescue training procedures with an agreement signed in Den Helder aboard the Swedish Navy submarine rescue ship HSwMS Belos. Under the agreement, sailors from the two navies will be conducting submarine escape training in addition to diving, salvage and diving medicine practice. View post tag: CB-90 View post tag: Dutch Navycenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Dutch, Swedish sailors return from piracy mission off Somalia View post tag: HNLMS Rotterdam Authorities View post tag: Op Atalanta Share this articlelast_img read more

Indian Navy commissions fifth LCU

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first_imgThe Indian Navy has commissioned its fifth Mk-IV landing craft utility in a ceremony at Port Blair on December 19.The ship has been indigenously designed and built by M/s Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata.The LCU is an amphibious ship with its primary role being transportation and deployment of main battle tanks, armored vehicles, troops and equipment from ship to shore.These ships based at the Andaman and Nicobar Command, can be deployed for multirole activities like beaching operations, search and rescue, disaster relief operations, supply and replenishment and evacuation from distant islands.Commanded by Lt Cdr Abhishek Kumar, the LCU has a complement of five officers, 45 sailors and is capable of carrying 160 troops in addition. The ship, displacing 830 tons, is capable of transporting various kinds of combat equipment such as the main battle tank, T72 and other vehicles. The ship is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and advanced systems like integrated bridge system (IBS) and integrated platform management system (IPMS).The remaining three ships of the same class are in advanced stages of construction at M/S GRSE, Kolkata and are scheduled to be inducted over the next year and a half. Share this article View post tag: Indian Navy Photo: Photo: Indian Navycenter_img View post tag: LCU View post tag: GRSElast_img read more

Assistant, Associate or Full Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

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first_imgPosition SummaryThe Department of Computer Science and Engineering ( CSE ) atUniversity at Buffalo (UB) invites candidates to apply for thepositions of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or FullProfessor. We are particularly looking for candidates who canoperate effectively in a team environment and in a diversecommunity of students and faculty and share our vision of helpingall constituents reach their full potential.The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses at thegraduate and undergraduate levels, mentor graduate students, advisestudents at all levels and maintain an active research program. Thesuccessful candidate for an Associate Professor or Full Professorposition should have a record of scholarly accomplishments,teaching experience and a sustained externally funded researchprogram. All areas of research expertise that complement theexisting research strengths in the department will be considered.Preference will be given to candidates in the following areas: (1)Software Systems broadly defined (including Database Systems,Distributed Systems, Programming Languages, Operating Systems,);(2) Emerging Computing Systems broadly defined (including EdgeComputing, Cloud Computing, High Performance Computing, MobileComputing, Computer Networks, and Quantum Computing). Other areasincluding Cybersecurity, Cyber Physical Systems, Data Analytics andInternet-of-Things will also be considered.The Department of Computer Science and Engineering ( CSE ) offersBS degrees in computer science (accredited by the ComputingAccreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org), and incomputer engineering (accredited by the Engineering AccreditationCommission of ABET, https://www.abet.org), a combined 5-year BS-MSprogram, a minor in computer science, a Certificate inData-Intensive Computing, and several joint programs (BS inComputer Science/ MBA, BS in Computational Physics, BA in SocialSciences Interdisciplinary – Cognitive Science Concentration, BS inBioinformatics and Computational Biology – CSE concentration) aswell as MS and PhD programs in Computer Science &Engineering.The department currently has over 40 tenure-track faculty, 12teaching faculty and approximately 1,200 undergraduate majors, 550masters’ students and 160 PhD students. Over twenty junior facultymembers have been hired since 2010, and we are continuing toexpand. Two members of our faculty currently hold key universityleadership positions, and eight members of our faculty are IEEEand/or ACM Fellows. The department is well known for offeringexcellent collaborative and nurturing environment for faculty.Recently, a cohort of five junior faculty received the CAREER awardsin 2019, setting a national record.Our faculty members are actively involved in cutting-edge researchand successful interdisciplinary programs and centers devoted tobiometrics; bioinformatics; biomedical computing; computational anddata science and engineering; computer vision and multimediasystems; database systems; document analysis and recognition;programming languages; high performance computing; cybersecurity;embedded, networked and distributed systems; machine learning andartificial intelligence; connected and autonomous vehicles andsustainable transportation; and theory of computation. Our facultyhas excellent publication records over the years. Since 2015, thedepartment has moved up its rank to be among the top 40 oncsrankings.org, and is among the top 25 in two recent years (2017and 2019). During the same period, our research expenditure hasgrown from $4.5 million (for AY 2015-2016) to $6.3 million (AY2019-2020).The University at Buffalo (UB), a member of the prestigiousAmerican Association of Universities, is the largest and mostcomprehensive university in The State University of New York ( SUNY) system, with about 22,000 undergraduates and 10,000 graduatestudents and 1600 fulltime faculty. The School of Engineering andApplied Sciences has 7,300 students enrolled across 9 academicdepartments.Buffalo is a city with a rapidly growing economy, eclecticneighborhoods, world-class art galleries and museums, a vibranttheater and music community, the Lake Erie waterfront, a city-widesystem of parks designed by renowned landscape architect FrederickLaw Olmsted, and major and minor league sports teams. Theawe-inspiring Niagara Falls is just 20 minutes away. The departmentis located on the UB North Campus in suburban Amherst, an area thatcombines outstanding public schools and servicesOutstanding Benefits PackageWorking at UB comes with benefits that exceed salary alone. Thereare personal rewards including comprehensive health and retirementplan options. We also focus on creating and sustaining a healthymix of work, personal and academic pursuit – all in an effort tosupport your work-life effectiveness.About UBThe University at Buffalo is SUNY’s most comprehensive publicresearch university, and an outstanding place to work. UB amplifiesambition for faculty and staff by offering endless possibilities toachieve more. Here, people from all backgrounds and cultureschallenge and inspire each other to discover, learn and succeed.Dedicated staff and engaged faculty collaborate to furtherknowledge and understanding, and develop tenacious graduates whoare valued for their talents and their impact on global society.Visit our website to learn more about the University at Buffalo .The University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equalopportunity employer (AA/ EOE ).Minimum QualificationsCandidates must hold a doctorate in computer science, computerengineering or a closely related field. PhD must be conferred priorto appointment.Preferred QualificationsFor more information, click the “How to Apply” button.last_img read more

Roberts uses continuous motion for loaf labelling

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first_imgRoberts Bakeries in Cheshire has installed five purpose-designed high-speed Series 515 print-and-apply labelling machines. The machines allow individual loaves, fed from different lines, to be identified at a central point for loading into trays – either by operators or automatically.The Series 515 machine, supplied by Logopak UK, can label up to 60 loaves a minute. Small bar-code labels are printed and applied to loaves wrapped in branded film, while larger labels with ingredients information are placed on loaves in plain film.The machine has a blow-on label applicator, which has been designed to attach the labels to the top of each loaf, and is able to swing through 30 degrees. “To achieve speeds of 60 loaves a minute, continuous motion is necessary, but there can be no pressure on the loaves, which are still warm,” explained Wilson Clark, Logopak UK general manager. “So by matching the speed of the loaves the applicator head ensures good adhesion without risk of damage.”[http://www.logopakprintandapply.co.uk]last_img read more

Brother in Elkhart allegedly attempts to run over twin

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first_img Facebook (“Cuffs4” by banspy, Attribution 2.0 Generic) 52 year old Terry Heath is now facing charges allegedly attempting to run over his twin brother Tracy. According to the Elkhart Truth the near fratricide happened on March 4th at a home on Cr. 11. Tracy told police that the two were arguing in the drive way when Terry put his car in drive and pinned him against another vehicle.If those names sound familiar it’s because both are currently facing the same charges in an incident where they allegedly attacked a man and woman with baseball bats.Terry Heaths latest charges are battery with a deadly weapon and leaving the scene of an accident. Brother in Elkhart allegedly attempts to run over twin Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp By Carl Stutsman – April 23, 2020 3 462 IndianaLocalNews Google+ Twitter Google+ Twitter Pinterest Previous articleISP: Suspect fleeing at 120 mph thought they wanted to raceNext articleFurloughed workers are apperantly keeping poison control busy Carl Stutsmanlast_img read more

News story: Defence People Innovation Challenge Launch Event

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first_imgIf you have any queries on how to enter this competition, please email the DASA inbox accelerator@dstl.gov.uk. The competition closes at midday on Wednesday 16 May 2018. The Defence People Innovation Challenge officially launched on the 27 March 2018 at a Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) launch event in London.Suppliers were invited to attend the event and submit ideas which are focused on the five sub-challenges; Recruitment, Skills and Training, Retention, Motivation and Rehabilitation, as outlined in the competition summary document.View the Morning presentation slides (PDF, 2.49MB, 67 pages).View the Afternoon presentation slides (PDF, 2.83MB, 52 pages).People are central to Defence. We employ 195,520 full time military and civilians and 32,240 Part Time Reserves (as at 1 January 2018). We rely on the skills, commitment and professionalism of our people and place heavy demands on them. Recruiting, training and retaining the right mix of capable and motivated people is essential to success both on operations and at home.Spending on People accounted for around 30% out of £36 billion Defence spending in 2016-17. Defence must continually keep its costs and activities under review to ensure that the best result is achieved with the resources available. This includes exploring all opportunities to consider how to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our people and the supporting processes, behaviours and cultures.The Defence People Innovation Challenge is intended to pull through innovative thinking from the private sector to help both address the challenges and consider how to integrate and exploit the benefits within current Defence structures.Up to £3 million is available for this challenge in the first year with further funding available in future years.last_img read more

Nicole Atkins Announces Spring 2018 Tour, Shares Cinematic Visuals For “Brokedown Luck” [Video]

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first_imgVocalist Nicole Atkins has announced that she will hit the road in support of her 2017 album, Goodnight Rhonda Lee. While Atkins is currently on tour in Europe, in March, she will perform at the highly anticipated, 21-artist Music Of Led Zeppelin tribute at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on March 7th, followed by a one-off date at The Saint in Asbury Park, New Jersey, on March 9th. Her U.S. tour will officially begin on April 18th at Saturn in Birmingham, Alabama, and continue northward along the East Coast over the next two-and-a-half weeks, finally wrapping up at Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, New York, on May 5th.In addition to announcing her spring 2018 tour, Atkins has shared her official music video for Goodnight Rhonda Lee track “Brokedown Luck”. After panning across a host of strange characters, the video shows the now-sober Atkins get unwittingly dosed by an enigmatic old-time bartender, forcing the Nicole character to navigate the trippy treachery of this uncomfortable affair in Asbury Park. From nuns, to Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas characters, to Elvis Presley impersonators, to cleverly utilized puppetry, coloring, and lighting design, the video is a vivid depiction of an ominously uncomfortable evening out. Check it out below.Nicole Atkins – “Brokedown Luck” (Official Video)[Video: Nicole Atkins]The new video is appropriately wary of the potential danger of mind-altering substances. Goodnight Rhonda Lee marked Atkins’ first album since entering treatment for alcoholism. When the album came out, she explained to Rolling Stone that her direction had moved toward “soul” for this album at the (strong) suggestion of someone she met while in treatment. As she explained:There was a music producer in there. I won’t say who he is, but totally different style than me. A hip-hop guy. One day, he’s like, ‘Play me your stuff.’ He said, ‘You’re really good, but you need to stop fucking around with this indie-rock bullshit. You’re a soul singer. Just do what you do.’Atkins is also a frequent go-to guest vocalist in the jam scene, frequently collaborating onstage with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead in addition to sharing the stage with Umphrey’s McGee and more.See below for a full list of Nicole Atkins tour dates. For more information, head to her website.Nicole Atkins Tour DatesApril 18 – Birmingham, AL @ SaturnApril 19 – Asheville, NC @ Salvage StationApril 20 – Charleston, SC @ Royal AmericanApril 21 – Charleston, SC @ High Water FestivalApril 22 – Decatur, GA @ The EarlApril 24 – Richmond, VA @ Capitol Ale HouseApril 26 – Baltimore, MD @ Sound StageApril 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & SaddleApril 28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All RightMay 1 – Burlington, VT @ Higher GroundMay 2 – Providence, RI @ Columbus TheatreMay 3 – Bridgeport, CT @ The AcousticMay 4 – Boston, MA @ SoniaMay 5 – Woodstock, NY @ Bearsville[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

The Things I Carried

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first_imgLive simply.It’s something I’ve always preached, one of the few things I’ll stand on my soapbox for and the underlying principle behind Live Outside and Play.In fact, I feel so strongly about the importance of living simply that I actually included it in a presentation I gave this week to a group of students from Garrett College.“Live simply,” I told them. “If you can learn to be happy with less, you’ll find more fulfillment in your lives.”I stand behind that statement and, judging from the number of nods-in-agreement that I got from the students, I think most of them do as well. But after the presentation, I opened the door to my Jeep and immediately felt like the biggest hypocrite that ever walked the face of this planet.Sweatshirts, empty cardboard boxes, a bag of almonds, hand lotion, old batteries. My passenger seat was literally buried beneath a heap of stuff.Now, I’ve never been one for OCD levels of organization. In general, my life is perfectly content to exist as, what I like to call, “organized chaos.” What may at first glance appear to be nothing more than a pile of crap is actually my organizational system. You can ask me where anything in my car is and, usually, I can tell you exactly where to find it, down to which pocket of which Deuter pack you’ll find my blue Petzl headlamp.I think I’m okay with this approach because, in general, that pile of organized chaos only contains the stuff I need. But on further inspection of my passenger seat, I realized that I had a number of things with me that were just that – things. They had no real intended purpose and I hadn’t touched them in the seven months I’d been on the road. Why had I let these things sit here for so long, cluttering up what little living space I had?The truth is, we’re all hoarders in some capacity, perhaps not to the extent that you associate the word “hoarding” with, but regardless of how simply we try to live, stuff accumulates and surprisingly quickly, too. With houses and apartments though, you can hide that hoarding pretty well. Basements and attics and crawl spaces, sheds and garages overflowing with items who’s sole purpose is to sit and collect dust. Boxes, junk drawers, baskets for old bank statements. Whether we’re out buying new things every week or not, somehow, we magically end up with more stuff than we know what to do with.Living on the road only heightens my awareness of how often this happens. I can’t live in denial about it, because that junk sits right there in the passenger seat, staring me in the face. Yet somehow, I haven’t fixed the problem. No matter how many times I clean the Jeep, all it takes is a weekend of adventuring, a few days at a festival, really anything, and it’s back to looking like an overflowing storage shed. Granted, yes, I know other people have the same issue with their cars. Even when I wasn’t living on the road, I always felt like my car acted as a second closet of sorts, a catch-all for anything and everything I might need if I was away from my house for more than a day – sleeping bags, extra sets of clothes, dishes, running shoes. It was like a yard-sale-on-wheels.But as I sat there staring at what once was my passenger seat, I decided I needed to end this once and for all, even if it was just one baby step at a time.That night, I took the first 10 things I laid eyes on and spread them out on the floor. The goal? To get rid of one thing from that pile.As I picked up each item and held it in my hand, I realized that my problem was worse than I initially thought. Not only had I let this junk accumulate, but I’d actually gone as far as to associate a memory, an emotion, an attachment to this stuff.There was the coffee mug I bought for $5 during a trip to Asheville with my best friend, a photograph of the Blue Ridge Mountains at sunrise that I’d taken on my first day of road life, a bar of handmade soap from my best friends’ wedding, a customized pocket mirror my great-grandfather made for my great-grandmother (family heirlooms warrant attachment), a palm-reader-doohickey my mother gave me during our two weeks together on the road, my first pocket knife (heavy as it is), the purple spork I’d taken to the Amazon, an empty harmonica box I’d bought with my father at Cracker Barrel (for the record, there was a harmonica in it at one point), and last but not least my road warrior Tang, a hand carved jaguar I bought on the streets of Brazil.Part of me didn’t want to get rid of any of it – they represented such positive moments in my life, memories I never wanted to forget. But the other part of me screamed, “Just throw it away and be done with it!”I mean, think about it, do I really need any of those things? Even the pocket knife I’d never used for anything more than opening boxes and spreading peanut butter. The answer is, obviously, no, but throwing the entire lot in the trash would have been a drastic step.Nonetheless, I was committed to my goal and decided to part ways with the empty harmonica box. I shed a little tear as I watched it slide down the walls of the trash can but knew that the decision was for the best – my goal now is to continue downsizing, one piece of crap at a time.###What are your thoughts on living simply? Any tips for eliminating junk from your life? I’d love to hear what you have to say!last_img read more

Portugal Designs A ‘Smart’ T-Shirt That Measures Cardiac Rhythm

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first_imgBy Dialogo July 09, 2009 Two Portuguese firms have created the first ‘smart’ T-shirt that incorporates an electronic device and a variety of sensors capable of measuring the wearer’s cardiac rhythm and reporting the data in real time. “Vital Jacket” makes it possible to administer an immediate electrocardiogram or to follow the evolution of a patient’s cardiac rhythm over the course of weeks, as the manager of Biodevices, Luis Meireles, explained to EFE. Biodevices is the firm responsible for developing the technology, together with the Institute of Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Aveiro. Compared to other devices, the principal advantage of the new system manufactured in Portugal is, according to Meireles, the continuous recording of data, making it possible “to detect cardiac anomalies that sometimes go unnoticed by the patient because they are asymptomatic.” The data obtained can be accessed in real time through several different platforms, such as a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) or Bluetooth, or can be stored on a flash drive. The Portuguese firm Petratex, maker of the swimsuits worn by U.S. Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps, is responsible for designing the stretchable, anti-perspiration, and easy-to-wash fabric used in the “Vital Jacket.” The new T-shirt, barely distinguished from a normal piece of clothing, can also be used in sports, since it measures variables like oxygen saturation and respiration rate, as well as activity, posture, and body temperature. Although the product is available in stores “for general use,” the Portuguese Secretary of Health, Manuel Pizarro, is expecting its clinical certification as a medical device, because it is “a more efficient and less uncomfortable product than those habitually used for administering electrocardiograms.” Authorization may take around “two months,” according to Meireles, who added that negotiations are underway for the sale of the T-shirt in Spain, the United Kingdom, Brazil, and Greece. The Biodevices manager hopes to sign agreements with several hospitals and to see the T-shirt sold in pharmacies in the future, especially in light of the “positive results” obtained in clinical trials carried out with sixteen patients in Portugal. Meireles concluded that “Vital Jacket” was designed on the basis of the concept of the ‘smart house,’ aiming at including on-line monitoring for patients in need of special follow-up at home.last_img read more