Pizza company serves up tasty educational bursaryOn 16 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article The Leyland-based pizza manufacturer Schwan’s has introduced a schemeenabling its employees to apply for a £1,000 bursary to support a child orgrandchild at university. Five such grants will be provided under the scheme which is open to allstaff. Similar schemes will run at the company’s sites in France and Germany. Gary Rae, European HR director for Schwan’s, said: “At Schwan’s weappreciate how hard our staff work and we like to demonstrate our appreciationin a variety of ways, such as through official policies or fun events. “The bursary scheme extends this approach and enables us to make adifference to the whole family. The money is provided by a special fund set upby Schwan’s specifically for this purpose.” All members of staff are eligible to apply and the scheme is open to adoptedchildren and grandchildren.
Members of the Oxford India Society and LGBTQ Society attended a rally in Soho Square last Sunday protesting the recent ruling by the Indian Supreme Court that effectively re-criminalizes homosexual sex. The protest, which organizers say drew around 200 people, was part of a “Global Day of Rage.”“Because we can’t all be in India at this crucial time, we’ve got to lend our voices from everywhere we are in the world, as Indians and as supporters of LGBT rights,” said Shreya Atrey, a DPhil student in Law who attended the event. “We were together in London for support. But also perhaps to get support. The Koushal ruling and reasoning are both devastating,” she added.The action in London was one of many events that took place in over 35 cities in India and around the world on Sunday. Protesters held signs with slogans that read “no going back” and “make love legal.” International Development student Sneha Krishnan, also at the event, said, “it was important to go to London to show collective dissent and anger at what is a deeply violative act on the part of the Supreme Court of India.”A 2009 ruling from the Delhi High Court had previously read down parts of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, the colonial-era law that made “unnatural sex” or “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” punishable offences. But the Indian Supreme Court upheld the constitutional validity of Section 377 last week, claiming that it was wrong for the judiciary to have previously weighed into the matter. Instead, they argued that this was an issue for Parliament to decide.Atrey, who described the ruling as “a major setback for the world’s largest democracy,” says she wasn’t expecting the decision. She sees a bright side to last week’s outcome though: “now that it has happened, the widespread condemnation of the Koushal ruling has created a robust movement for challenging our social, cultural and moral values, outside the legal realm.” Nikita Kaushal, Oxford India Society member and Earth Sciences student, concurred, “the liberal backlash that resulted from the ruling has perhaps strengthened the LGBT movement in India in a way that a positive ruling might not have.”There are still some very real concerns, however. With the reinstatement of Section 377 those who have anal intercourse could face imprisonment for up to 10 years or for life and a fine. Kaushal worries that “some Indians will choose or be forced to stay abroad just because the society back home will not understand the choices they make.”There are not currently more protests planned in Oxford or London but the organizers are keen to keep the momentum going. And, as Kaushal points out, “having a natural relationship in the bedroom is now an act of protest, a civil disobedience.” read more
Oriel’s JCR International Officer emailed students to call for an International Students’ caucus, writing that “a fee in the excess of 700 pounds for accommodation and catering is both an unexpected and an unacceptable cost to most international students needing to quarantine”. Oriel College has told international students who intend to quarantine within the College that they will be charged £400 for food provided by the College. A spokesperson for Oriel told Cherwell: “The College is doing everything it can to make preparations for the safe arrival of all our students in the autumn in extraordinary circumstances. The figure of £9.52 per meal quoted does not just cover the cost of food, but the cost of 3 food deliveries per day to up to 60 students, which will result in significant additional staffing costs. The amount being charged to students will not return a profit, but will help to subsidise the extra costs the College will incur as a result of quarantine measures that have been put in place for all UK institutions. In the email, the College wrote that “Oriel College is committed to ensuring that, even in these unsettling times, you have the best student experience possible”. In an email sent to international students, Oriel wrote that “the College will arrange for 3 meals a day to be delivered to your door during the quarantine period… The cost of catering for this period will be a fixed charge of £400, which will be batelled to you. We will contact you to record your individual dietary requirements closer to the time of your arrival”. “As an educational charity Oriel has incurred additional unforeseen costs related to the pandemic. We understand that some students may not be in a position to cover these costs, and we have made it clear that financial help will be available from the College for students who require it. No student will be forced to quarantine at the College, and they may make their own arrangements if they wish to do so. Our staff are working hard to try and ensure a safe environment in College so that our staff and students are safe and our students can enjoy as normal a term as possible.” The email continues by referencing this unexpected cost: “We are aware that the additional accommodation [students in quarantine at Oriel will all be charged for a B grade room “for the purposes of equity”] and meal costs may be an unplanned expense for you, and the College does have some funds available to assist students with unexpected financial difficulties”. £400 for a fortnight of food averages out to approximately £9.52 for each meal or £28.57 each day. Meals will be delivered to students by staff in accordance with social distancing guidelines, with the College insisting that “our priority is to keep all College residents and staff as safe as possible”. International students who wish to spend their quarantine in College must also all arrive on the 18th September to fulfil the isolation period prior to term commencing. The email states “if you cannot arrive on the date specified above, we regret that the College will be unable to provide you with accommodation for the 14-day quarantine period and you will need to make alternative arrangements”. read more
× GOLDEN TICKET — Congrats to first graders Sage Smith, David Gouda, Mia Connors, and Mayson Ongkingco from Miss Spann’s class at Mary J. Donohoe for winning the highest number of Dojo Points in the class. They worked hard every day to display positive behavior this year. The top 4 winners of the contest were excited to win a certificate and a book!
__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on Facebook PARADE ROUTEThe parade starts at 7:30 p.m. near the Ocean City-Longport Bridge at the northern end of Ocean City. It proceeds southward looping in and out of the bayside lagoons along the way. The route will not include the Snug Harbor or Glen Cove lagoons on either side of the Ninth Street Bridge. The parade ends on the bay at Tennessee Avenue (near 22nd Street). NIV Boat RegistrationNIV House RegistrationNIV Condo Registration The Ocean City Night in Venice boat parade is scheduled for July 26, 2014.The Night In Venice boat parade in Ocean City, the oldest boat and bayfront celebration on the Jersey Shore, will go off for the 60th time at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26.Night in Venice is a traditional highlight of the summer season in Ocean City — with thousands of spectators lining the bayfront and thousands more attending private parties at homes along the route.The theme this year is “Night at the Oscars.”The parade goes off later than it has in the past two years to take advantage of a 7:48 p.m. high tide.Here’s what you need to know to enjoy the event: PARKING AND SHUTTLE SERVICEFree parking and shuttle service will run as in previous years starting at 5 p.m. Parking will be available at:Ocean City Municipal Airport: 25th Street and Bay AvenueSoccer Field at Tennessee Avenue: Off Shelter RoadOcean City Community Center: 1735 Simpson AvenueShuttles will drop off spectators at street ends where they can watch the parade and return them to the parking lots afterward. The shuttle also drops off at the Bayside Center. The service is free and will be available until midnight. NOT TOO LATE TO PARTICIPATEEntries for boats and homes will be taken on line at www.ocnj.us/NIV until 4 p.m. on Wednesday. After that, call 609-525-9300. PARKING RESTRICTIONSParking restrictions begin at midnight Friday (July 25) through midnight Saturday (July 26) for the following locations:Both sides of Bay Avenue between 16th Street and 24th StreetThe east side of Bay Avenue between 14th Street and 16th Street. Parking regulations will be strictly enforced. Violators will be ticketed and in severe cases, the vehicles will be towed if public safety is affected. This is to allow for safe passage of all pedestrian and vehicle traffic and emergency vehicle access to isolated areas of the bayfront.HAPPYThis year’s parade will feature a new category: “The Happy Dance Challenge.” The category challenges participants to dance to Pharrell Williams’ contagious tune “Happy” in new and creative ways.The best three entries will be awarded a collector’s item cup with a happy face engraved on it. There will be safety precautions emphasized for dance entrants that will be reviewed at the mandatory Night In Venice boat captain’s meeting.Regular categories in the decorated boat contest will include: Most Original, Best Decorated, Musical, Comic, Classic (25 years or older with historic value) and Children’s Division completely decorated by children 15 and under.) WATCHING THE PARADETo view the Night In Venice boat parade, grandstands will be set up at street ends along the bay from Battersea Road to 16th Street and also at Tennessee Avenue. These are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Streets include: Battersea Rd., North St., 1st St., 2nd St. Marina, 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 5th, 16th Streets and the Tennessee Ave. Boat Ramp.The Bayside Center, 520 Bay Avenue, will be open as usual with a picnic area, food for sale and bleacher seating plus entertainment by the Good Tymes Band. Tickets are now on sale, $3 for children (12-and-under) and $7 for adults. Gates open at 5 p.m. with entertainment 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. Children’s activities include crafts, games and face painting. Tickets may be purchsed by cash, check or charge at: City Hall, 861 Asbury Avenue, Room 214, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or at the Music Pier Box Office, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk, seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. No alcohol is permitted.RULES FOR WATCHING FROM THE NINTH STREET BRIDGEAll pedestrians and bicyclists should use the Shared Use Bike Path and stay to the south side shoulder for viewing. No persons will be allowed to bring chairs for seating onto the bridge. At no time will persons block the free movement of the Shared Use Bike Path. No open alcoholic beverages are permitted on the bridge at any time. Persons are not permitted to walk along the bridge with motor vehicle traffic. Ocean City Police will be present monitoring the bridge while the parade is in progress for assistance. read more
Your gut’s what you eat, too Previous investigations have suggested a connection between the gut microbiome and brain inflammation, but how the two are linked and how diet and microbial products influence their connection has remained largely unknown. To explore this, Quintana and colleagues performed genome-wide transcriptional analyses on astrocytes — star-shaped cells that reside in the brain and spinal cord — in a mouse model of MS, identifying a molecular pathway involved in inflammation. They found that molecules derived from dietary tryptophan (an amino acid famously found in turkey and other foods) act on this pathway, and that when more of these molecules are present, astrocytes are able to limit brain inflammation. In blood samples from MS patients, the team found decreased levels of the tryptophan-derived molecules.“Deficits in the gut flora, deficits in the diet or deficits in the ability to uptake these products from the gut flora or transport them from the gut — any of these may lead to deficits that contribute to disease progression,” said Quintana.The research team plans to investigate this pathway and the role of diet in future studies to determine if the new findings can be translated into targets for therapeutic intervention and biomarkers for diagnosing and detecting the advancement of disease.This work was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, the German Research Foundation, the International Academy of Life Sciences, the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan, and by a fellowship from CAPES, Brazil. Changing diet can quickly shift makeup of important microbes there, research says Related A team of investigators at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) has found evidence that suggests that bacteria living in the gut may remotely influence the activity of cells in the brain that are involved in controlling inflammation and neurodegeneration.“For the first time, we’ve been able to identify that food has some sort of remote control over central nervous system inflammation,” said Francisco Quintana, an investigator in the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at BWH and corresponding author on the study. “What we eat influences the ability of bacteria in our gut to produce small molecules, some of which are capable of traveling all the way to the brain. This opens up an area that’s largely been unknown until now: how the gut controls brain inflammation.”Using pre-clinical models for multiple sclerosis (MS) and samples from MS patients, the team found evidence that changes in diet and gut flora may influence astrocytes in the brain, and, consequently, neurodegeneration, pointing to potential therapeutic targets. The results of their study will be published this week in Nature Medicine. read more
Successful gardeners know that a bountiful harvest in the summer begins with proper planning in the spring. When the weather is still too cold to till the soil, seasoned gardeners are indoors ordering specialty seeds and planning what to plant and where.Veteran gardeners know the key to success is keeping accurate records, University of Georgia Extension consumer horticulturist Bob Westerfield said. “You need to know where everything is planted, how much you planted, the varieties you planted, the dates you planted them and when you fertilized,” he said. “All of this information will help you solve problems, and avoid them, down the road.”Select vegetables to consume, and plant only enough to fill predetermined needs. Westerfield learned from his past mistake of planting too much zucchini squash. “We had so many, we gave to all our friends and everyone at church and then we start looking for cracked car windows to slip them into,” he said. To reap a hearty harvest, create a garden plan before putting hoe to soil. When guiding home gardeners across the state, Westerfield recommends planting in an east-west direction.“Sunlight is key to healthy garden plants. They need from six to eight hours of sunlight per day,” he said. “Sunlight is also essential for growth and disease control because keeping the plants dry helps fight disease.”Keeping accurate records also helps gardeners rotate crops. It’s what Westerfield calls “an ancient method that helps break the disease cycle.” This means not planting the same family of vegetables in the same spot every year. “It’s not a magic cure, but it’s one more (tip) in an arsenal of help,” he said.An example would be, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and peppers are in the same plant “family,” he said. Avoid planting any of these in the same location of each other for up to three seasons. Plant another “family” of vegetables in that spot.To extend the garden’s harvest, stagger planting, too. For example, plant a few new squash plants every two or three weeks. This method also helps with pest control.“Squash borers are a tremendous problem. I just keep planting more squash to try and stay ahead of them,” Westerfield said. “Some for them and some for us.”Also, don’t plant too many plants and overcrowd your garden. Plants need space for ventilation and to keep disease pressure down. Taller crops like okra, corn and sunflowers grow tall and will shade other crops. Keep this in mind when designing plant rows early in the season. Vegetables also mature at different times and rates. “Radishes take just 28 days from seed to harvest while corn takes 60 days or so. Other crops fall anywhere in between,” he said.Keep notes on the varieties planted, taste and whether plant performed to expectations. Next winter, consult these notes before ordering seeds for the next garden.For more information on home gardening, see the UGA Extension publication website at extension.uga.edu/publications/. read more
MicroStrain of Williston continues to be at the forefront of energy harvesting wireless sensor networks.This past Wednesday, March 2nd, MicroStrain President and CEO, Steve Arms was presented with the Best Paper Award at the prestigious 7th DSTO International Conference on Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS), taking place in conjunction with the Australian International Air Show at the Fourteenth Australian International Aerospace Congress (AIAC14).The AIAC conference objective was to present key innovations and achievements in aeronautic technologies and systems, and their current and future aerospace applications. Increasingly, land vehicles, marine vehicles (including submarines), and aircraft (including helicopters), are being managed using Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) approaches. All these approaches rely on HUMS to ensure the availability, reliability, and safety of critical, high-value assets.Arms’ paper, Flight Testing of Wireless Sensing Networks for Rotorcraft Structural HUMS, describes MicroStrain’s work with the US Navy to flight test an advanced, next generation sensing system for structural loads monitoring of the critical rotating components on a Sikorsky MH-60S helicopter. This represents the first successful system demonstration in flight of a wireless data acquisition system, capable of autonomous self-configuration and data aggregation. The system features energy harvesting capabilities to eliminate battery maintenance, using the helicopter’s ambient strains and vibrations to power the wireless nodes.”We’re honored to be recognized with “Best Paper” at the AIAC14 HUMS Conference,” says Steve Arms, “and we are grateful to the US Navy/NAVAIR for their support under the Navy BAA program to conduct our work.”The work conducted by MicroStrain represents break-through wireless sensing technology, not only for helicopters but also in condition based monitoring across a range of industries. Such systems can be used to monitor a wide variety of machines and structures including fixed wing aircraft, wind turbines, heavy equipment, and rotating machinery. Embedded energy harvesting wireless sensors can detect potential failures before they occur, extend the life of machines and structures, significantly reduce operating costs, and enhance safety.MicroStrain is a leading manufacturer of inertial measurement systems, micro-displacement transducers, wireless sensor networks, and energy harvesting technologies. MicroStrain’s sensors are used in a variety of industrial, defense, and medical applications including testing of new designs, controlling critical manufacturing processes, navigating unmanned vehicles, platform stabilization, wearable tracking systems and extending the operating life of machines and structures. Recognized as a leader in the sensor industry, MicroStrain has received multiple awards for product innovation. Williston, Vermont ‘ MicroStrain read more
512SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details We all know there are certain things your boss never wants to hear. But, what about your coworkers? The fact is you spend more time with your colleagues than you do your own family, so it’s important you take them into account when it comes to your office behaviors. Below are four commonly used phrases you should leave out of your workplace vernacular.“I really don’t feel like it.”You will be asked to take on many tasks at work that you honestly have no desire to tackle. Guess what? Your colleagues don’t care that you aren’t in the mood or don’t feel like getting the job done. No one likes a lazy worker and chances are if you come across as sluggish and uncooperative, you’ll get a bad reputation and it will be communicated to your superior.“That’s not fair.”Unfortunately, sometimes life just isn’t fair but what’s critical is how you overcome obstacles and challenges. Instead of vocalizing the issues you have with something in the office, be positive and enthusiastic. An employee that is always airing their grievances will be looked at as a complainer and a pessimist.“Did you hear about…”No matter if your office is large or small, there will always be opportunity for you to get caught up in gossip. Don’t be the instigator in such situations; instead, when gossip starts, remove yourself from the conversation and get back to work. A gossip can’t be trusted, so unless you want to burn bridges, avoid catty communications.“I don’t make enough money for this.”One surefire way to not get a promotion is to complain to colleagues about your pay. Your coworkers will view you as unappreciative and distracted, and your boss will get wind of your money complaints. If you feel strongly that you deserve a raise, instead of casually complaining to others, schedule a more formal sit-down with your boss and discuss with them reasons why you feel your compensation does not reflect your job performance. read more
Metro Sport ReporterSunday 7 Apr 2019 5:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Advertisement Phil Jagielka calls Arsenal ‘so-called bigger boys’ after their defeat to Everton Advertisement Phil Jagielka called Arsenal ‘so-called bigger boys’ after their loss to Everton (Sky Sports)Phil Jagielka has labelled Arsenal ‘so-called big boys’ following their defeat to Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.Jagielka’s goal in the 10th minute was enough to secure victory for Marco Silva’s side and put a dent in the Gunners’ top-four hopes.The 1-0 defeat has left Arsenal in fourth place in the Premier League and they could be overtaken by Chelsea as they face West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening.‘It feels great, especially keeping a clean sheet as well,’ Jagielka told Sky Sports after Everton beat Arsenal.ADVERTISEMENT Jagielka scored Everton’s early winner against Arsenal (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We are trying to build a little bit of momentum towards the end of the season and the boys did fantastic all over the pitch.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘They are a very good team and they’ve proved it all season.‘We beat Chelsea as well not too long ago so it’s nice to keep the momentum going and beat one of the so called bigger boys at home.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal read more