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Apprentice system marred by flaws

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Haveany other readers encountered the massive failings within the ModernApprenticeship and NVQ systems?Fiveyears ago we sought an initial intake of six apprentices. The idea was to selectan individual at each of our branches and set them up for a four-year ModernApprenticeship based through their local Tec, ideally each doing the sameunits.Becausethe company set a minimum standard of education for those we wished tointerview, I was accused of selecting the best rather than interview personnelthey already had on their books. Yes, I stand guilty as accused of wishing tochoose someone who had the aptitude to stay the course, in return for fulltraining both inside and outside the apprenticeship set-up.Oneyear into the apprenticeship I found that colleges and training centres hadwithheld the registration of some apprentices and kept others waiting, to seehow many dropped out from the scheme, thus saving the registration fee. I wasdumbfounded that this could happen without an employer’s knowledge. I askedeach Tec to rectify this situation, but progress was slow.Theproblems compound further when sending the apprentices to college. I asked onecollege for information on an apprentice’s progress and attendance there andwas told that the individual’s agreement had to be sought under the DataProtection Act. Surely not? As the employer pays for an individual to go tocollege during working hours, surely this allows the company the right torelevant information?Ihave also found inconsistencies in the NVQ units, which are “national” in titleonly, not in interpreting standards nor in the competence of the assessors. Oneapprentice lost a whole year’s work because the assessor had not met therequired standard and to transfer the apprentice to another college wouldwarrant all the work being carried out again. Throughoutthis time we have continued to recruit and will remain on track as LGHsupplements the apprentice training with its own internal courses. Mycolleagues and I even took the D32/33 assessors’ course in order to understandthe vagaries of the NVQ system. Yet no one has ever sought our opinions orseconded us on to working groups that map out this type of scheme.ALongmire, Technical director, LGH Group Comments are closed. Apprentice system marred by flawsOn 1 Jan 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Quick Question: Jed Garfield on New York’s townhouse market

first_img Share via Shortlink New York’s residential real estate market had a tough year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but there was one bright spot: townhouses.And when it comes to New York’s townhouse market, you’d be hard-pressed to find an expert like Leslie J. Garfield’s Jed Garfield. The brokerage, founded by his father, is one of the biggest names in the townhouse game.Garfield sat with editor-in-chief of The Real Deal Stuart Elliott and answered some quick questions about the shifts in pricing and volume of townhouses, record-breaking sales and how things are looking in different parts of the city.Watch the video to learn more. Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags Luxury Real EstateResidential Real EstateTownhousesVideolast_img read more

Neknominate hits Oxford

first_imgNekNominate, the controversial drinking craze, has polarised students around Oxford University over the last week.Students who are “nominated” by their friends post a video to Facebook of themselves preparing and drinking an extreme concoction. This is often heavily alcoholic, or includes items of food and other unusual ingredients. They then “nominate” several friends to perform a similar challenge within 24 hours.The craze is believed to have begun in Australia early last month, but has since become popular all over the world, fuelled by the popularity of the #neknominate hashtag. It has become more controversial since two men died in Ireland after completing a challenge. Public health organisations including Drinkaware have condemned the practice and have warned of the dangers of drinking excessively in a short space of time.Some students consider this a harmless and enjoyable phenomenon. A first-year Chemist, whose NekNominate drink included beer, white wine, peanut butter and congealed fat retrieved from a communal kitchen sink, said, “I don’t think there’s much inherently harmful in the idea of NekNominate, it’s just that some people are inevitably going to take it too far, as is the case with most things.“Personally I enjoyed doing my nomination, and the reaction it has got from some friends, as well as watching a lot of other NekNominates (of varying) quality.”Nominees have faced varying degrees of pressure to drink. One first-year at Magdalen said, “The majority of college friends that I’ve seen nominated haven’t actually done it.” Others, however, have felt more social pressure. “It just looked like something people were posting for Facebook likes” said Ryan, a first-year medic. “I’m hoping it will die down soon so that I can repair my broken online image.”The ubiquity of videos on social media is attracting disapproval from some. “Can people please stop Neknominating. It makes it very hard for me to still like you”, one New College third year has warned.last_img read more

APS elects three from Harvard

first_imgThe American Philosophical Society (APS) recently elected 28 new members, including three Harvard faculty members: Richard J. Tarrant, Pope Professor of the Latin Language and Literature, Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History and Rem Koolhaas, professor in practice of architecture and urban design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. An eminent scholarly organization of international reputation, the society promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources, and community outreach. This country’s first learned society, the APS has played an important role in American cultural and intellectual life for more than 250 years.last_img

Tickets Now Available for The King and I, Starring Kelli O’Hara & Ken Watanabe

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016 View Comments Star Files Tickets are now on sale for the Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I. The Lincoln Center production, directed by Bartlett Sher, will star Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe. Performances begin at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on March 12, 2015.The King and I tells the story of Anna (O’Hara), a British governess who tries to help an Eastern king (Watanabe) come to terms with the modern world. The show first opened on Broadway on March 21, 1951 and earned five Tony Awards including Best Musical. The musical has received three Broadway revivals, most recently in 1996 with a production starring Donna Murphy and Lou Diamond Phillips.The King and I will open officially on April 16. Complete casting will be announced later. Ken Watanabe Related Shows The King and Ilast_img read more

Florida muni OUC to close Stanton coal plant by 2027

first_imgFlorida muni OUC to close Stanton coal plant by 2027 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Orlando Sentinel:Orlando’s landmark power plants will cease burning coal by 2027 and switch to natural gas as an early step in a sweeping plan by the city’s utility for a surge in solar energy and cuts in carbon emissions of 50 percent by 2030 and entirely by 2050.OUC has taken nearly two years and a $1 million study to respond in detail to a call by Orlando’s mayor and council for the city to have converted to 100 percent “clean, renewable energy” by the 2050.OUC executives said Wednesday that the use of coal by its two Stanton Energy Center plants in east Orange County, workhorses for decades able to produce a combined 900 megawatts, will be cut significantly by 2025.Converted to natural gas, the two units will not be as efficient as modern natural-gas plants, but the conversion will cost a small fraction of a building a new plant, officials said. Both units, constructed in the 1980s and 1990s and distinctive for their chimneys and cooling towers, would be permanently shuttered in 2040.Meanwhile, the public utility is in early talks for another large solar plant, with a capacity of 150 megawatts, and is ramping up its capacity to store energy produced by solar plants with the use of advanced batteries and via hydrogen technology. So far, OUC has committed to 270 megawatts of solar energy.While the two coal plants will be overhauled to run on natural gas, and OUC now owns a pair of plants that run on natural gas, the utility does not expect to again build another plant that runs on fossil fuel.[Kevin Spear]More: OUC to wipe out carbon emissions by switching from coal to natural gas, solar energylast_img read more

Broome County sees 52 cases of COVID-19, opens temporary morgue

first_imgAs of April 3, Broome County Director of Emergency Services Mike Ponticiello says there are no bodies in the temporary morgue. Broome County April 3 coronavirus update: Coronavirus numbers A map detailing where coronavirus cases are located in Broome County can be found by clicking here. The county is waiting the results of 39 tests. 59 people are in precautionary quarantine and 149 people are in mandatory quarantine. The location of the morgue was not disclosed by county officials. Warmer temperatures and social distancing The county has opened a temporary morgue to help handle the remains of coronavirus patients.center_img Garnar says he worries that with the warmer weather, people will be going out in groups. He says the establishment of the morgue is not to scare people but to ensure their loved ones’ remains can be stored respectfully. (WBNG) — According to Broome County Executive Jason Garnar, the county has 52 positive cases of COVID-19. Garnar says nine COVID-19 patients are being hospitalized and 32 are home. Seven people have recovered from the virus. The Broome County Sheriff’s Office will be ramping up its enforcement of social distancing, the county executive says. Social distancing guidelines and no-unnecessary travel orders remain in affect. Temporary Morguelast_img read more

Thai researcher says dog had H5N1 avian flu

first_imgAug 31, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A dog in Thailand’s central Suphan Buri province contracted avian influenza after eating infected ducks, according to a Thai researcher quoted in a newspaper.Yong Pooworawan, a lecturer at Chulalongkorn University, disclosed the case yesterday at a university seminar. He said a researcher at Kasetsart University had discovered the case and that it would be described soon in an American medical journal, according to a report today in The Nation, a Thai daily newspaper. Yong did not elaborate on the findings.If confirmed, the Thai report apparently would be the first known case of H5N1 infection in a dog. The medical literature contains reports of the H5N1 virus in domestic cats, leopards, tigers, and civets, but none involving dogs.After the seminar, Rattathan Pattanarangsan, a veterinarian from Mahidol University, urged the Thai public not to panic over the possibility of avian flu in dogs. “Please do not abandon your dogs in pubic places. You can prevent them from getting bird flu,” he told The Nation. “Make sure you bury dead or ill chickens deep in the ground.” He added that it would be very difficult for dogs to transmit the avian flu virus to humans.Confirmation of the report would likely raise fresh concerns about the virus in pets. In March, Germany confirmed that a cat on the Baltic Sea island of Ruegen died of H5N1 infection. That case represented the first known report of H5N1 in a mammal in Europe.Following that report, European Union veterinarians in Brussels urged people living in areas experiencing avian flu outbreaks to keep their cats indoors and their dogs leashed. A German humane society said publicity about the cat case prompted hundreds of German cat owners to abandon their pets at shelters.The role of cats in the spread of avian flu has been controversial. Medical and veterinary experts published a commentary in the April 5 issue of Nature suggesting there was growing evidence that cats may play a role in spreading the H5N1 virus. They contended that H5N1-infected cats were common in Indonesia, Thailand, and Iraq. They also wrote that other carnivores such as dogs, foxes, members of the weasel family, and seals may be susceptible to the H5N1 virus.The World Health Organization (WHO), however, has downplayed the role of cats in the spread of avian flu. In a February statement the WHO said there was no evidence that cats were a reservoir for the H5N1 virus and that so far no human cases had been linked to infected cats.See also:Apr 5, 2006 CIDRAP News article “Experts urge including cats in avian flu precautions”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/avianflu/news/april0506cats.htmlWHO report on avian flu in catshttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_02_28a/en/index.htmllast_img read more

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Barcelona will listen to transfer offers for Manchester United target Samuel Umtiti

first_imgUmtiti is keen to stay at Barcelona (Picture: Getty)Umtiti, who has also been linked with Arsenal, is seen as an alternative to Maguire and would cost considerably less than the coveted defender.AdvertisementAdvertisementManchester City are also chasing Maguire and United may feel prizing Umtiti away from Barcelona is the easier task.Umtiti, 25, has been first-choice at Barcelona since his arrival three years ago, but saw his 2018/19 season disrupted by injury. Advertisement Comment Coral BarryTuesday 2 Jul 2019 7:50 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.3kShares Barcelona will listen to transfer offers for Manchester United target Samuel Umtiticenter_img United have held talks with Barcelona over signing Umtiti (Picture: Getty)Barcelona were also concerned by Umtiti’s tactics during talks about his contract renewal and were annoyed to see him back Antoine Griezmann’s decision to turn down a move to the Nou Camp last year.The France international wants to stay at Barcelona, but the club are in no rush to push him out the door.While Juventus have also shown an interest in Umtiti, neither the Italians or United have made an official offer.MORE: ‘Worried’ Manchester United star Anthony Martial set to hold talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Barcelona are prepared to listen to offers for Umtiti (Picture: Getty)Barcelona will sell Samuel Umtiti this summer if they receive a £45million offer for the defender, according to reports.Manchester United have held talks with Barcelona about potentially signing Umtiti and the Catalan giants have decided offloading the centre-back is an option this summer.Sport claim Barcelona will listen to offers and want at least £45m for Umtiti.United have struggled to convince Leicester City to part with Harry Maguire, but have lodged a £70m offer for the England international.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more