… in brief

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. This week’s news in briefMorrisons takes over WM Morrison Supermarkets has agreed to buy rival retailer Safeway in a£2.9bn deal. The combined company will have 598 stores and a turnover of around£12.5bn. If the deal goes ahead, more than 1,200 jobs could be under threatbecause of overlaps in the business. However, the deal still needs shareholderapproval.  www.morrisons.plc.ukFirefighters to strike Firefighters are set to stage further strike action and have walked out ontalks with mediation service Acas. The first 24-hour strike will now take placeon 21 January. Fire Brigades’ Union representatives said further conciliationwould be a waste of time because employers have stated they will stick to the 11per cent offer tied to modernisation. The firefighters are also considering twomore 48-hour stoppages on 28 January and 1 February.  www.fbu.org.ukBA pilots accept deal British Airway’s pilots have voted to accept a new pay deal, negotiated withthe British Air Line Pilots’ Association (BALPA). BALPA deputy general secretaryGraham Fowler said the deal puts BA pilots in the top European league. The dealwill run until 31 December 2003.  www.balpa.org.ukLess demand for staff Demand for staff has weakened, according to research on the latest jobtrends. The monthly REC and Deloitte & Touche Report on Jobs, shows thatalthough permanent staff placements increased for the 10th consecutive month inDecember, the rate of growth was modest and less marked than that seen in theprevious two months.  www.rec.uk.com Previous Article Next Article … in briefOn 14 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Whales from space: Four mysticete species described using new VHR satellite imagery

first_imgLarge‐bodied animals such as baleen whales can now be detected with very high resolution (VHR) satellite imagery, allowing for scientific studies of whales in remote and inaccessible areas where traditional survey methods are limited or impractical. Here we present the first study of baleen whales using the WorldView‐3 satellite, which has a maximum spatial resolution of 31 cm in the panchromatic band, the highest currently available to nonmilitary professionals. We manually detected, described, and counted four different mysticete species: fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) in the Ligurian Sea, humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) off Hawaii, southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) off Península Valdés, and gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus) in Laguna San Ignacio. Visual and spectral analyses were conducted for each species, their surrounding waters, and nonwhale objects (e.g., boats). We found that behavioral and morphological differences made some species more distinguishable than others. Fin and gray whales were the easiest to discern due to their contrasting body coloration with surrounding water, and their prone body position, which is proximal to the sea surface (i.e., body parallel to the sea surface). These results demonstrate the feasibility of using VHR satellite technology for monitoring the great whales.last_img read more

Tata Projects to execute Bio Ethanol Project for reducing agri waste burning

first_img Agricultural waste burnt across large parts of India leads to increased environmental pollution. (Credit: TATA Projects) TATA Projects Limited , one of India’s fastest growing and most admired infrastructure companies, today announced that the company has received multiple mega orders in the oil & gas refinery sector with combined value totalling more than Rs 6000 crore. Out of these, three orders are from HPCL Rajasthan Refinery Ltd (HRRL) and one from Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL).BPCL’s order is for its 2G Bio Ethanol Project at Bargarh, Odisha. The proposed production capacity of this plant is 100 KL per day of Second Generation Ethanol. This project is significant since the Government of India is encouraging production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues to provide additional sources of remuneration to farmers. It will assist in addressing growing environmental concerns and supporting the Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) program. In addition to reducing environmental pollution due to burning of agricultural waste – the project will enhance the nation’s energy security.Once complete, this BPCL 2G Bio Ethanol Project will produce fuel grade ethanol meeting specifications as per IS 15464:2004, using domestic agro based lingo-cellulosic feedstock. Rice straw shall be the design feedstock while Maize stalk will be the check case.Mr. Vinayak Deshpande, Managing Director – Tata Projects Ltd, said, “As a leading engineering & technology company, we have a specialised division that executes construction of environmentally beneficial and challenging projects. Hence, we seek to undertake projects that improves the lives of communities and support national developmental objectives at the same time. Tata Projects has delivered projects On-Time using world-class management techniques with uncompromising standards of safety and ecological responsibility.”The other three orders pertain to HRRL’s upcoming green-field refinery cum petrochemical complex in Rajasthan wherein it is setting up a Refinery cum Petrochemical Complex. As part of first HRRL order, Tata Projects has bagged work for the coveted Crude Distillation Unit and Vacuum Distillation Unit (CDU-VDU); first package of the 9.0 MMTPA refinery complex. Other packages in the unit are Hot Well Off Gas Treatment Unit (HWOG), Saturated LPG Treating Unit and Saturated Fuel Gas Treating Unit. This unit shall be designed for processing – 9.9 MMTPA.The Second HRRL order is for 2nd package of Delayed Coker Unit (DCU) with Unsaturated LPG Treating Unit. The Delayed Coker Unit is designed to process 2.4 MMTPA or 300,000 kg/hr of mixed feed consisting of vacuum residue from the upstream distillation units and clarified oil from the Fluidised Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU).Third HRRL order is for Vacuum Gas Oil Hydrotreating Unit and Refinery – capacity of VGO HDT is 3.5 MMTPA. The main objective of the unit is to produce hydro treated vacuum gas oil having desired level of hydrogen, low sulphur and low nitrogen for various design feed cases.Speaking about these prestigious orders, Mr. Satyanarayana K, COO – Industrial Systems, Tata Projects Ltd, added, “We are delighted to secure and execute these mega projects of national importance. These projects are testimony to our expertise and vast experience in executing similar projects on time. Energy is an area wherein every country needs to focus since it directly affects the economic growth and welfare of citizens. As a company, we are certain that these projects will further strengthen India’s energy security while providing an impetus to national development.”Tata Projects strives to simplify complexity and create world-class projects on time by leveraging its understanding of technology, advanced construction practices and engineering expertise. Source: Company Press Release Orders totalling more than Rs 6000 cr secured from HPCL & BPCL project will reduce burning of agri waste & thereby decrease environmental pollution while enhancing energy securitylast_img read more

Spot-On Classic

first_imgA sweeping, majestic, sensuous epic of a film, running for just over three hours, and based on the novel by Count Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard charts the effects of the Italian unification movement (the Risorgimento) on a family of Sicilian aristocrats. Burt Lancaster, in what would initially seem a surprising role, plays one of the island’s noblest families, who is forced to come to terms with the rise of the nouveau riche and the merchant class, symbolised by Don Calogero, a shrewd novus homo landowner in Salina’s fiefdom, the village of Donnafugata. Lancaster is truly excellent, simultaneously imbued with gravitas, charm and humour. The film is beautifully shot, and it concentrates on the atmosphere of the period, showcasing the rugged but stunning countryside, and portraying the abject squalor of many of its inhabitants, contrasted with the opulence of the aristocratic lifestyle. The Prince’s dashing young nephew, Tancredi (played by Alain Delon) proves himself a success story in the new Italy, fighting alongside Garibaldi on behalf of the House of Savoy, seeking to unify Italy under King Vittorio Emanuele. He falls in love with Don Calogero’s daughter, the drop-dead gorgeous Angelica (Claudia Cardinale). Visconti, the film’s director, was a committed Marxist despite his aristocratic background, and this paradox runs as a vein through the film in the confrontation between poverty and wealth, young and old, Bourbon and Savoyard.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2003last_img read more

Varsity secure new sponsor

first_imgThe future of the Varsity rugby match is safe, as a new sponsor, the Japanese bank Nomura, stepped in this week to back the historic game between Oxford and Cambridge.Peter Bridges, chairman of Oxford’s rugby team, expressed his delight, saying, “Oxford University rugby football club (OURFC) is delighted that Nomura has agreed to sponsor both the men’s and women’s Varsity Matches in a four year sponsorship agreement.”OURFC have been searching for a new sponsor since the bankrupt financiers, Lehman Brothers, collapsed in September, leaving a significant hole in OURFC’s finances.Back row Blues player, Chris Davies said, “This is great news. We are very grateful.” Avid rugby fans are also relieved. One student said, “Varsity match is a massive tradition, it’s central to our sporting calendar.”Bridges urged students to attend, “so we have a bumper crowd for our new sponsors.”Matt Smith, a second year medic, said, “I am eagerly anticipating the upcoming game, and am glad that it’s taking place.”The match is to be held on 11 December.last_img read more

Handy pack for lemonade

first_imgSchweppes is to launch a new 500ml lemonade pack in March, which will be the first time the brand has been available in a handy takeaway format.The new pack will be launched in multiples and high-street retailers across the UK and will be supported by a national ’Try Me Free’ promotion across 10 million packs of Schweppes’ two-litre bottles of lemonade.Schweppes’ lemonade variant will also be available as a ’mixer’ later this year, in a one-litre format.www.coca-cola.co.uklast_img

Kroger offering a bonus to employees

first_img (“Kroger sign” by mcsquishee, CC BY 2.0) Kroger has announced a special “hero bonus” for their hourly employees.It’s an extra $2 per hour for their employees, working between March 29 and April 18.Kroger will disburse the money each week to make sure their employees have access to additional funds during the current crisis, and is in addition to a special one-time bonus for front-line associates being paid out on Friday. Facebook By Tommie Lee – April 1, 2020 0 440 WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Google+ CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNationalNewsSouth Bend Market Facebook Pinterest Kroger offering a bonus to employees Previous articleI&M donates 10,000 masks, gloves to healthcare workersNext articleElkhart County reports second death; State death toll up to 65 Tommie Leelast_img read more

Greg Morrisett elected 2013 fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery

first_img Read Full Story J. Gregory Morrisett, Allen B. Cutting Professor of Computer Science at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), has been elected a 2013 fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).He was recognized “for contributions to mathematically-based methods for ensuring the efficient implementation and verification of practical programming languages.” The 50 ACM Fellows selected this year from the world’s leading universities, corporations, and research labs have achieved advances in computing research and development that are accelerating the digital revolution and impacting every dimension of how we live, work, and play worldwide, the ACM said.“We recognize these scientists and engineers, creators and builders, theorists and practitioners who are making a difference in our lives,” said ACM President Vinton G. Cerf. “They’re enabling us to listen, learn, calculate, and communicate in ways that underscore the benefits of the digital age. Their advances have led to opportunities for improved healthcare, enhanced security, expanded interactions, and enriched lifestyles.”Morrisett’s research has focused on programming language design and implementation as well as software security. He is best known for his work on developing type systems that guarantee strong safety and security properties for low-level languages, including typed intermediate compiler languages, typed assembly language, and Cyclone, a type-safe dialect of C. Many of Morrisett’s graduate students who worked on these projects have gone on to academic careers at top computer science departments.Morrisett is also faculty director of the Center for Research on Computation and Society (CRCS) at SEAS.last_img read more

Guatemala arrests notorious drug lord Horst Overdick

first_img GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemalan police captured alleged drug trafficker Horst Walter Overdick at a property he owns outside the capital April 3. Overdick, 44, known as “the Tiger,” is accused of helping Mexico’s Los Zetas cartel to move its illicit operation into Guatemala. U.S. authorities have requested to have him extradited on charges of conspiracy to smuggle 1.2 tons of cocaine in 2002. Overdick allegedly purchased drugs from South American cartels, kept the drugs in warehouses in his properties around Guatemala and then sold the narcotics to Los Zetas, authorities said. Guatemalan authorities apprehended his son, 20-year-old Kevin Overdick, in July 2011, also under drug charges. [Prensalibre.com (Guatemala), 04/04/2012; Bbc.co.uk, 03/04/2012] By Dialogo April 04, 2012last_img read more

Latin America Condemns Attack on U.S. Consulate in Libya

first_imgBy Dialogo September 13, 2012 WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A. – The American ambassador to Libya and three other diplomatic staff members died on Sept. 11 in an attack by an armed mob on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, the interior ministry said on Sept. 12. Witnesses said the mob looted the consulate before setting it on fire. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. officials died in the blaze. The other staff members “were evacuated and are safe and sound,” Deputy Interior Minister Wanis al-Sharif said. According to the Interior Ministry’s Security Commission, rocket-propelled grenades were fired at the consulate from a nearby farm. “I condemn these barbaric acts in the strongest possible terms. This is an attack on America, Libya and free people everywhere,” Libyan Deputy Prime Minister Mustafa Abushagur tweeted. Stevens had been “a friend of Libya”, he said. “We present our apologies to the United States, the American people and the entire world for what happened,” Mohamed al-Magariaf, president of Libya’s General National Congress, told reporters in the capital. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed the deaths on the morning of Sept. 12. “I had the privilege of swearing in Chris [Stevens] for his post in Libya only a few months ago,” she said. “He spoke eloquently about his passion for service, for diplomacy and for the Libyan people. … As the conflict in Libya unfolded, Chris was one of the first Americans on the ground in Benghazi. He risked his own life to lend the Libyan people a helping hand to build the foundation for a new, free nation.” She added in oral remarks that U.S.-Libya relations would not be impacted. “The friendship between our two countries born out of shared struggle will not be another casualty of this attack,” she added. U.S. President Barack Obama condemned the attack and promised enhanced security. “While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants,” he said. “I have directed my Administration to provide all necessary resources to support the security of our personnel in Libya, and to increase security at our diplomatic posts around the globe.” Speaking at the White House, Obama thanked Libyans for the role they played in responding to the attack. “Libyan security personnel fought back against the attackers alongside the Americans,” he said. “Libyans helped some of our diplomats find safety and they carried Ambassador Stevens’ body to the hospital, where we tragically learned he had died. It’s especially tragic Chris Stevens died in Benghazi, because it’s a city he helped to save.” The protest erupted over an independent film, Innocence of Muslims, deemed offensive to the Prophet Mohammed. The Benghazi incident came a few hours after an attack on the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian police managed to restore order without resorting to violence. The United Nations condemned the Benghazi attack on Sept. 12. “The United Nations rejects defamation of religion in all forms, but there is no justification for violence such as occurred in Benghazi,” U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman told the U.N. Security Council during a regularly scheduled briefing on Libya. “This attack in no way serves the interests of the people or the Libyan authorities and cannot be considered as a defense of Islam,” Libya’s Deputy U.N. Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi said. “This attack gravely damages the image of Islam.” The Brazilian government condemned the attacks and manifested its “solidarity” with the Obama administration. “The Brazilian government learned of the attacks with consternation,” the Ministry of Foreign Relations said in a statement on Sept. 12. “Brazil rejects vehemently the attacks and reminds countries of the obligation [to respect] the immunity of diplomatic foreign missions and their consulates.” The Brazilian government also expressed “solidarity with the deceased diplomats and their families and with the United States government… .” In a statement, the Paraguayan government called for those responsible to be brought to justice. “The [Paraguayan] Ministry of Foreign Relations, while reiterating its most forceful rejection of these acts of violence and intolerance, asks … Libya to impose a just punishment on those responsible.” The Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Relations also condemned the attack and manifested its solidarity with the victims through a statement on its website. In a statement, Argentina’s Foreign Relations Ministry said, “President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and the Argentine people express their most firm condemnation of [the Sept. 11] attacks […] and regret the death of the [U.S.] ambassador in Libya, Christopher Stevens, and other American and Libyan citizens.” Through a statement, the Ecuadoran government said “it expresses its condolences to the American people and rejects any circumstances that put human lives at risk.”last_img read more