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first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. With predictions that about 60 million people in the US and Europe will beworking remotely one day a week by 2004, HR is going to have to get to gripswith, and set an example by using some of the technologies that make mobile andremote working feasible: ADSL Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line A broadband (high bandwidth) line that allows you to transmit digitalinformation about 10 times faster than traditional 56k modems. It provides an‘always on’ link to the internet and does not require the user to dial-up viaan ISP each time they go online. Relevance: Anyone working from home will benefit from an ADSLconnection to the internet – it is faster and a flat monthly usage fee allowsyou to control costs. Blackberry A hand-held computer that has personal digital assistant (PDA) functionalitybut tends to be seen as a mobile e-mail device. Relevance: Dead handy due to the availability of software that willforward incoming e-mails from your individual e-mail account to Blackberry forremote access. If you reply using Blackberry, it sends a copy to your e-mailaccount. Bluetooth A short-range wireless specification that allows computers, PDAs and mobilephones to talk to each other. Devices must incorporate a Bluetooth transceiverchip. Relevance: You can probably live without Bluetooth, but it is handyfor synchronising info on PDAs and laptops. If you want fully co-ordinatedmobile and desktop devices, it’s a gem. HotSync Connects a palm handheld computer to a desktop or laptop PC using either aphysical cable or a wireless connection. Relevance: As well as synching, it also allows palm owners to shareresources across various devices. Tablet PC A wireless PC that performs the function of traditional notebook and alaptop. You can write on it with a digital pen or stylus, rather than inputtingdata, and a keyboard can also be attached. Relevance: Why key in when you can write with a pen? Fear not, yourhand-written digital scribbles can be revised. Wi-Fi Snappy abbreviation of Wireless Fidelity. A wireless local area network(LAN) that can be used in place of a wired LAN. In the news recently as it ispossible for outsiders to access your network and surf the net for free (youhave probably heard of the associated term ‘warchalking’). Relevance: With an increasing number of public wi-fi hotspots atairports and hotel lobbies, wi-fi offers lots of potential for hooking up tothe internet and liberating otherwise dead time. e-HR glossary: a cut-out-and-keep guideOn 7 Oct 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

first_imgA multi-year, all-season time series of water column physical properties and sea ice conditions in Ryder Bay, at the western Antarctic Peninsula (WAP), is used to assess the effects on the ocean of varying ice cover. Reduced ice cover leads to increased mixing and heat loss in the winter. The reduction in stratification persists into the following summer, preconditioning the water column to a greater vertical extent of surface-driven mixing. This leads to an increased amount of heat from insolation being mixed down, affecting approximately the top 100m. The increased heat uptake in summer exceeds the heat lost the preceding winter, giving the initially counter-intuitive effect that enhanced winter cooling generates warmer temperatures in the following summer and autumn. This process is therefore a positive feedback on sea ice, as reduced sea ice leads to increased heat content in the ocean the following autumn. It also causes increased winter atmospheric temperatures due to the increased winter heat loss from the ocean. In the deeper part of the water column, heat and carbon stored in the Circumpolar Deep Water (CDW) layer are released by deep mixing events. At these depths, conditions are restored by advection and vertical mixing on multi-year timescales. In recent years, stronger deep mixing events in winter have led to a persistent reduction in CDW temperatures at the study site. Ocean glider data demonstrate the representativeness of these results across the wider region of Marguerite Bay, within which Ryder Bay is situated.last_img read more

first_imgThe Bayonne High School Cheerleaders Queen Bees won the National Championship this weekend in Orlando, FL in the Large Varsity Non-Tumbling division. They also won High-Point Champions and a US Finals gold bid. ×last_img

first_imgDefinitions of the term ’artificial’ are almost as hotly contested as its flip side, ’natural’. But when it comes to sweeteners, at least, there is a fairly clear distinction to be made between what is ’artificial’ and what is not (see panel). What is more controversial, especially in the context of baked goods, is where these different types of sweetener can, and should, be used.This spring saw the relaunch of a Europe-wide campaign to allow the use of intense sweeteners in the production of ’energy-reduced’ sweet baked goods and those ’with no added sugar’. This was waged by the Brussels-based CAOBISCO chocolate, biscuit and confectionery manufacturers’ association, together with the International Sweeteners Association. Not for the first time, their efforts were fended off by the member state food authorities. CAOBISCO’s director of regulatory affairs Penelope Alexandre explains: “They claim not to see the benefit for consumers, and say they need to look into it more closely.”She paints a picture of rejection and disappointment, warning: “There’s an obesity epidemic, and we need to do something about this. We need to reformulate.” Heat-stable intense sweeteners would make a valuable contribution here, she argues.This time around, the associations came armed with a new dossier and an agreement that any change would only affect packaged goods, so that consumers would have information about the sweeteners in each product. But to no avail.For its part, the Food Standards Authority (FSA) conjures up an image of reasoned deliberation. A spokeswoman reports “an initial discussion”, where “no decision was taken”. She adds: “To take forward the discussion between member states and the European Parliament, the FSA wants to see a debate involving stakeholders, which would cover the technological need for the use of intense sweeteners, as well as an assessment of their safety.”Any ball would recognise this as shorthand for being kicked into some very long grass. CAOBISCO claims not to have abandoned its efforts entirely. But there is little point fighting for a level playing field when you cannot even get near the pitch.So what of the permitted alternatives? Alexandre admits that polyols have already made substantial contributions to reducing sugar. And at French supplier Roquette, market development manager Henri Gilliard says: “Our SweetPearl maltitol has a lower glycemic index and 40% fewer calories than sugar. The calorie reduction for reformulated biscuits, compared to those with sugar, will be between 5% and 10%.”But CAOBISCO also points out that polyols can have a laxative effect, requiring an on-pack warning. And perhaps most importantly, they do not give the same sweetness profile or intensity as sugar.Henry Hussell, head of marketing at Cargill Sweetness Europe, confirms that products containing more than 10% polyols do require a laxative warning. “To justify an ’energy-reduced’ or ’calorie-reduced’ claim, a product must achieve a minimum 30% energy reduction,” he explains. In a snack bar, this might mean replacing 25g of sugar with a combination of 6.25g of sugar and 18.75g of polyols. “In practice, there would also need to be additional reductions of the fat and carbohydrate content,” he says. “In many cases, it would be necessary to reformulate the product, as well as the process conditions, to achieve a calorie-reduced product with desirable characteristics.”Tantalisingly, he adds: “It’s too early to give any details, but we are working on fresh approaches in the bakery area, that would enable manufacturers to provide ’better for you’ products that can deliver on traditional ’eating enjoyment’ expectations.”—-=== Sweet and sour notes ===Bulk sweeteners, including the polyols sorbitol, mannitol, maltitol and xylitol, are produced from cereals by a process of hydrogenation. Intense sweeteners, sometimes characterised as ’artificial sweeteners’, are the result of chemical synthesis. Heat-stable intense sweeteners include sucralose and neotame.Polyols are authorised in the EU (Directive 94/35/EC) for use in energy-reduced and no-added-sugar fine bakery products, as well as certain confectionery and chocolate categories, says supplier Roquette.Intense sweeteners, on the other hand, are only permitted in fine bakery products intended for special nutritional purposes – that is, dietary products – even though their use in no-added-sugar confectionery is allowed.last_img read more

first_imgSaint Michael’s College,Fiske Guide to Colleges in 2012 and the Princeton Review’s Best 376 Colleges 2012 edition.  The Fiske Guide is widely sold as ‘the #1 best-selling guide to colleges.’ And the Princeton Review’s Best 376 Colleges is called ‘the Princeton Review’s flagship college guide.’ ‘We’re very pleased to be included in these guides; we know that these are among the most important resources for students and their parents in making college choices, so it’s wonderful for Saint Michael’s to be described in books that get into the hands of so many families across the nation,’ said Saint Michael’s President John J Neuhauser. Being selected for these guides in the first place is the big step, since each book selects only about 15 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities for inclusion in its publication. On top of being included, Saint Michael’s was deemed a ‘Best Buy’ in the Fiske Guide, one of 49 institutions so named. Saint Michael’s made the 6th best in the Princeton Review category ‘best gown-gown relations’ and was deemed ‘a best Northeastern college.’ Neither guide ranks the colleges overall from 1 to 376 (that’s left to U. S. News). These two guides simply select the schools they deem academically worthy for inclusion, based on interviews, visits and research.  They also make sure to include schools located across the whole U.S. geography and schools of all sizes. Saint Michael’s is a Fiske Guide ‘Best Buy’‘All of the Best Buy schools fall into the inexpensive or moderate price category, and most have four- or five-star academics ratings,’ according to the Fiske Guide’s  press release, which said further, that despite rising tuition rates, ‘there are some bargains to be found in higher education.’ The Fiske Guide Best Buys are ‘schools that offer outstanding academics with relatively moderate prices,’ Saint Michael’s among them.  Founded and written by Edward B. Fiske, who was education editor of the New York Times for 17 years, the Fiske Guide has come to be widely regarded as the leading college search book. It has been published for more than 25 years, helping untold numbers of students, parents, and counselors gain an independent perspective on the distinctive personalities of ‘the best and most interesting colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain,’ according to the announcement of the book’s release.Saint Michael’s is #6 nationally in ‘good town-gown relations’ and ‘a best Northeastern college’ in Princeton Review’s Best 376 Colleges‘Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 28-member National College Counselor Advisory Board,’ said Robert Franek, Princeton Review VP and author of The Best 376 Colleges.last_img read more

first_imgUBS Group AG has paid $445 million to settle National Credit Union Administration claims that the bank contributed to the collapse of corporate credit unions by selling them faulty mortgage-backed securities, the regulator said in a statement on Monday.NCUA said the settlement — which Zurich-based UBS agreed to without admitting or denying wrongdoing — closes a lawsuit filed in 2012 and is the latest in a series of deals struck with banks accused of improper sales to five corporate credit unions that failed. The agency had already recovered $79.3 million from UBS last year in a related claim.“With today’s settlement, another legacy matter has been resolved,” said Peter Stack, a UBS spokesman.The settlement is tied to losses at U.S. Central Federal Credit Union and Western Corporate Federal Credit Unions, institutions that provided loans and other services to customer-facing credit unions before they were taken into conservatorship in 2009 and later shuttered.In similar cases against a long list of big banks, NCUA has recovered almost $5 billion in settlements that have provided “a measure of accountability for the firms that sold faulty securities to the corporate credit unions,” NCUA Acting Board Chairman J. Mark McWatters said in a statement. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr After years of record-breaking growth, 2018 looks to challenge auto dealers and lenders with the first significant decrease in auto sales since 2009. Some analysts are even calling for up to a 5% decrease compared to 2017 numbers. As the industry braces for fewer sales in 2018 and beyond, consider how vehicle protection products can make the difference to your financial institution’s bottom line and deliver exceptional member value and security for their investment.Offering vehicle protection products, such as Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP), provides borrowers with an opoprtunity to protect themselves and their investment in case of total loss due to accident or unrecovered theft. Since GAP steps in to help pay the difference between an outstanding loan balance and an insurance settlement on a totaled vehicle, borrowers with GAP enjoy protection against paying on a vehicle loan for a car that’s no longer operational. The low cost of GAP compared to peace of mind in the long run is a great benefit to the borrower and helps protect the lender.Now you can take your auto lending game to the next level by offering the newest evolution in vehicle protection products: GAP with PowerBuy. Because GAP with PowerBuy includes benefits to help borrowers with the cost of vehicle depreciation, it allows you to protect more borrowers than ever before, including borrowers who made large down payments or are in a positive equity position and wouldn’t see much value in standard GAP. Borrowers choose a PowerBuy benefit amount, and in the event of a total loss, GAP with PowerBuy covers the outstanding loan balance or depreciation, whichever is greater, up to the chosen benefit level. In addition to keeping borrowers happy and secure, your financial institution benefits from return business, because borrowers must redeem their PowerBuy benefit at your financial institution and finance a replacement vehicle with you, using their PowerBuy benefit toward the replacement. continue reading »last_img read more

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first_imgThe Goliathberg-Voltzberg North prospect lies approximately 260 kilometres off the coast of Suriname. Exploration & Production Offshore decommissioning activities are currently underway and are expected to continue over the next two to three years. It is one of a series of leads and prospects on the flank of the Demerara High. Posted: about 1 month ago The Kinsale field consists of two steel platforms, some 50 kilometres offshore in the Celtic Sea, installed as part of the initial field development, commissioned in 1978. Stena Drilling said via its social media channels on Tuesday that it had signed a new contract with Tullow Oil for the Stena Forth drillship to drill one well in Block 47, offshore Suriname. Tullow delays Suriname well with rig hunt under way Offshore drilling contractor Stena Drilling has won two new contracts, one for a semi-submersible rig in Ireland and the other for a drillship in Suriname. Categories: Posted: about 1 month ago Following the completion of this campaign, the rig will go under preparations ahead of its campaign with PSE Kinsale Energy. PSE Kinsale Energy ceased its gas production at the Kinsale area gas fields in the Celtic Sea in early July 2020, after 42 years of production. The rig owner said that Stena Forth will mobilise to Suriname in late December 2020 or early January 2021 with a planned campaign start in January or February 2021.center_img Decom gig in Ireland The Stena Spey is currently on contract with Dana Petroleum in the Central North Sea. Furthermore, Stena drilling reported it had signed a new contract with PSE Kinsale Energy for a decommissioning campaign in Ireland starting April 2021. A decommissioning plan was submitted to the authorities in June 2018 and approved in April 2019. All wells will be permanently plugged and the associated facilities – platforms, pipelines, cables, subsea structures, and the Inch onshore terminal – will be decommissioned. Tullow said back in July that the drilling of the Goliathberg-Voltzberg North prospect (GVN-1) in Block 47 would be done in the first quarter of 2021. According to Stena, AGR Well Management is the lead contractor managing the design, supply chain, and execution of both the platform and subsea well decommissioning work scopes on behalf of PSE Kinsale Energy. There are 10 wells to decommission and the work is estimated to take 180 days to complete, Stena said. The Block 47 forms part of the Suriname-Guyana Basin, which is located approximately 260 km north of the coast of Suriname. The Stena Spey semi-submersible rig has been selected to perform this work and will mobilise in 1Q next year to the Kinsale field, offshore Cork. As previously reported, Tullow’s Suriname well was initially supposed to be drilled in 2020 but it has been delayed. The well will be testing dual targets in the Cretaceous turbidite play in approximately 1,900 metres of water. last_img read more

first_imgRipley County, in. — A Ripley County family is homeless after a Tuesday evening fire in the 5000 block of County Road 400 West.Firefighters from Versailles, New Marian and Friendship responded to the blaze around 11:30 p.m. No occupants were in the home at the time of the fire.No injuries were reported. No damage estimate is available. The cause is not suspicious in nature.last_img