Campaign to help dyslexics

first_imgA campaign has been launched to secure a better deal in the workplace forpeople with dyslexia. The British Dyslexia Association got together with business people, tradeunionists and advice agencies to start the campaign, which calls for more basicskills tutors specialising in teaching people with the condition. Dyslexics can be highly intelligent and have an excellent grasp of theirexpertise, but struggle to put ideas onto paper, said BDA chief executiveJoanne Rule. “We are bombarded with printed information, but if text is presented ina dyslexia-friendly way, it will be accessible to everyone.” Campaign to help dyslexicsOn 1 Dec 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Saab to Overhaul HMS Halland Submarine

first_img View post tag: submarine View post tag: Navy Saab to Overhaul HMS Halland Submarine Back to overview,Home naval-today Saab to Overhaul HMS Halland Submarine View post tag: News by topic Authorities View post tag: Overhaul September 29, 2014 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Saab The order covers the period 2014-2015 and is valued at MSEK 130. The order is part of the letter of intent regarding the Swedish armed forces’ underwater capability, which was announced on 9 June 2014.The overhaul includes all the necessary measures to ensure the submarine’s operational availability. According to HMS Halland’s standard maintenance plan this type of overhaul is conducted every six years. One provision of the contract is to define future needs for maintenance, which could result in additional work being contracted separately during the period.“Maintenance of Swedish surface vessels and submarines is an important part of our ongoing business. It is also important to ensure the customer’s long term operational capability,” says Gunilla Fransson, head of Saab’s business area Security and Defence Solutions.Work based on the order will be carried during 2014 and 2015 at the Saab Kockums shipyard in Karlskrona. Saab Kockums is a business unit within Saab’s business area Security and Defence Solutions.[mappress]Press Release, September 29, 2014; Image: SAAB View post tag: europe View post tag: HMS Halland Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to overhaul the submarine HMS Halland. Share this articlelast_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: 70,000 in Puerto Rico Urged To Evacuate Immediately As Dam Is In…

first_imgHurricane Maria caused widespread damage to Puerto Rico. Drone footage captured the scene in San Juan and Canóvanas on Sept. 21. (The Washington Post) SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — Tens of thousands of residents in northwestern Puerto Rico were ordered to evacuate Friday amid fears that a dam holding back a large inland lake was in imminent danger of failing because of damage from Hurricane Maria’s floodwaters.Officials worried that as many as 70,000 people could be in the path of a massive amount of rushing water in the event the Guajataca Dam releases into the Guajataca River, which flows north through low-lying coastal communities and empties into the ocean.The dam suffered a “fissure,” Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said in a news conference Friday afternoon. Residents in the municipalities of Quebradillas, Isabela and part of San Sebastian could be affected if the dam collapses, he said, and it could be a catastrophic event.“To those citizens … who are listening: Please evacuate,” Rosselló said. Buses were sent to ferry residents out of harm’s way. “We want your life to be protected … Please, if you’re listening, the time to evacuate is now.”The urgent situation Friday came more than 48 hours after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico’s southeastern coast as the most powerful storm to strike the island in more than 80 years. It was a reminder that Maria’s impact on Puerto Rico is far from over; officials still have little sense of the scope of the damage the island sustained as a communications and power blackout continued to affect nearly everyone in the U.S. territory.Authorities on Friday reported six deaths across the island. Three of the fatalities occurred in the municipality of Utuado as a result of mud slides, Puerto Rico’s public safety department said in a statement. Two others died in flooding in Toa Baja, and one other person died in Bayamón when a panel struck him in the head. More deaths are likely to be reported in coming days as search and rescue crews reach previously inaccessible areas, officials said.“We are aware of other reports of fatalities that have transpired by unofficial means but we cannot confirm them,” said Héctor M. Pesquera, secretary of the public safety department.Though damage assessments have been nearly impossible, early reports reveal an island ravaged by Maria’s high winds and torrential rains, with roofs peeled open like tin cans, neighborhoods waterlogged, and trees that were lush just days ago now completely stripped bare of leaves. The hurricane plowed through the entire 100-mile island, with the eye tracking diagonally from the southeast to the northwest.Aerial view of the devastation at Palma Real Shopping Center in Humacao, a municipality on the east side of Puerto Rico. (Photo by Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo for The Washington Post)“Every vulnerable house here made out of wood was completely or partially destroyed during the path of the eye of the hurricane,” Rossello said of an island where many homes are constructed of wood foundations and zinc roofs. “Puerto Rico has endured an horrific ordeal.”The lack of communications has isolated rural areas of the island. Just 15 percent of the island’s communication towers are working, and some of the island’s transmission towers have collapsed. Up to 85 percent of its fiber cables are damaged.Power remains completely out on the island, and just 25 percent of it has water service.Shock has given way to frayed nerves as officials warned that it could be months before power is restored to some areas, and there is no indication of when communications infrastructure will be fixed. In the capital, streets were choked with traffic as people tried to find loved ones and spent hours waiting in line for gas. The De La Cruz family could not find fuel on Thursday. On Friday morning they waited in line for six hours at one of the open stations here, and there were still 20 cars in front of them. Gabriel De La Cruz and his wife, Luisa, took turns fanning their 1-year-old son, Ismael, who sat sweating in the hot car, wearing only a diaper.“This is all we have,” De La Cruz, a 30-year-old restaurant cook, said of the car. They lost their home and all their belongings in the storm.Residents searching for loved ones in remote areas met downed trees, power lines and other debris. News was particularly scarce from the southern and central parts of the island, as well the tiny island of Vieques to the east.“Even worse than not having power or water, which we’ve unfortunately become accustomed to, a communications blackout was the real anxiety-inducing feature … we haven’t really dealt with it before,” said Miguel A. Soto-Class, president of the Center for a New Economy, a San Juan-based think tank. “Are people dead and suffering or are people like we are, bruised but fine? The not knowing part is just terrible.”The line outside a supermarket in San Juan snakes around the building Friday morning as supplies were in high demand.Soto-Class stood on the roof of his home, the only place where he could get a cellphone signal, as Coast Guard helicopters buzzed overhead. He has not been able to get in touch with family on the island’s west coast and considered driving to find them. He abandoned the plan after realizing he does not know the condition of the roads.Puerto Rico, with 3.5 million U.S. citizens, also is facing a crisis because of its geography: It is an island dependent on air and sea for supplies and volunteers. The immediate response that occurred after Hurricane Harvey in Houston, where volunteers from Louisiana headed in during the storm, or during Hurricane Irma in Florida, where utility trucks were pre-positioned to turn on power, is impossible here.“It’s not like you can just drive a tractor-trailer,” said Melissa Mark-Viverito, the Puerto Rican-born president of the New York City Council. “That adds a whole other layer of logistical challenge to it.”New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and U.S. Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) flew here Friday, bringing 34,000 bottles of water and nearly 10,000 Meals Ready to Eat.A building on a coastal luxury resort, once with enviable ocean views, is now partially floating over open air as rocks and mud crumbled under one corner and fell into the sea. Windmills broke and shattered, and solar panels shone like mirrors.The enormity of what they had just been through — and what was yet to come — appeared to be sinking in for many people, including those who considered themselves hurricane-hardened.“This storm was something,” said Geraldo Ramirez, 36, a resident of San Juan’s La Perla neighborhood. “I was here for Hurricane Georges back in ’98, and that was hard to believe, how badly it affected the island. But this, Maria, was something altogether different.”Ramirez lives in a small three-story purple house near the waterfront on Calle San Miguel with his sister, her husband and their two children. His house, a sturdy cinder-block structure, was built 17 years ago and did not suffer much structural damage. But rain and ocean water managed to find its way into every room.Asked when the power would likely return to his small neighborhood, he answered, without hesitating, “Three or four months, at least. Maybe six.”“But it’s okay, we will make do,” he said. “We are used to it and it’s always the same. Georges, Hugo, we lose power and we lose water. But we know how to survive.”[‘I just need my mother’: The frantic quest to contact loved ones in Puerto Rico] Leaning against the wall of his carport in his light blue one-story home in coastal Loiza, Jorge Diaz, 72, had only one thing on his mind: his brothers and his sister, and how one day soon he would be with them in Orlando.“There’s only one thing I’m waiting for,” he said. “The airport to open.” “I just heard on the radio, eight months without electricity and water?” Diaz said. “That’s unreasonable. You can’t live like this … It’s a dark time now. A dark time for Puerto Rico.”One block down and across the street, Lizmarie Bultron, 39, trudged through calf-high water to exit her home, about a block away from the beach.“Everything I had is gone. I lost my whole house, the only thing left is the floor,” Bultron said. She looked at her feet, still ankle-deep in water. “And this, this water won’t be gone for at least a month. All we can do is wait. Wait for help to come. That’s the only choice. But no one has come yet. Not FEMA, not anyone.” By Samantha Schmidt, Katie Zezima, Sandhya Somashekhar and Daniel Cassady September 22 at 8:25 PMcenter_img 70,000 in Puerto Rico Urged To Evacuate Immediately As Dam Is In ‘Imminent’ Danger Of Failure FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Costa LFL sales up 9.7%

first_imgCoffee chain Costa saw its like-for-like (LFL) sales surge ahead by 9.7% in the 11 weeks to 18 August 2011, it revealed this morning.Costa was the star performer for parent company Whitbread – which also runs the budget hotel chain Premier Inn and a clutch of pub chains – as it also added that total sales were ahead by 28.8% for the period.No breakdown was given for food sales at the chain.The group, which has recently opened its 100th site in China, achieved sales of £351.3m and said that franchise sales had also improved by 16.5% to £146.5m.It opened 145 stores during its second quarter and said it aimed to open 300 stores worldwide in 2011/2012. The company also said the integration of Coffee Nation was proceeding well, with 155 units now rebranded as Costa Express.Andy Harrison, Whitbread’s chief executive, said that on the whole the group had traded “strongly” in its second quarter. “We have traded well in the first 24 weeks as a whole. On a month-by-month basis, trading continues to be variable, with the second quarter benefiting from a stong June, while the first quarter was held back by a poor April. This variability is not surprising in the continuing uncertain economic environment,” Harrison added.>> Costa closes gap on Subway in BB75 leaguelast_img read more

Researcher connects the dots in fin-to-limb evolution

first_img Research depicts its negative effects on fish skeletons The impact of ocean acidification Related Fish teeth mark periods of evolution About 400 million years ago, vertebrates first began to crawl from the primordial seas onto land. Last week, thanks to a cutting-edge mathematical-analysis technique, a global research team uncovered how a crucial stage in evolution made that advance possible. Published May 8 in Science Advances, the paper deciphers crucial information about how those sea-dwelling creatures’ fins became the specialized limbs that made life on dry land feasible.“All animals that have limbs with hands and feet and fingers and toes [that is, tetrapods] arose from animals that were fish with fins that lived in the water,” explained Stephanie E. Pierce, associate professor of organismic and evolutionary biology and curator of vertebrate paleontology at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ). “One of the big puzzles is, how did that happen?”In collaboration with lead authors Borja Esteve-Altava and John Hutchinson at London’s Royal Veterinary College, Pierce and her colleagues present new research that may explain how. Although paleontologists have accumulated plentiful fossil evidence of this particular evolutionary change, it was only when the team examined it via an innovative technique called anatomical network analysis (AnNA) that clear patterns emerged. AnNA, created in 2015 for biological and biomedical research, deals with structures of pairwise relations between objects. Based on graph theory, which essentially compares connections and relations between objects — in this case, the fossilized remains of fins and limb bones — a pattern emerged.As tetrapods evolved, limb structures became simpler and more modular. In other words, where fin bones tend to be widely interconnected in many directions, the bones in limbs tend to be linked end to end, or “in a string,” as Pierce put it. “So one bone is connected to the bone before it and the bone after it. Fingers show this perfectly.”However, Pierce added, “though we have this decrease in complexity in bone contacts, that doesn’t mean that the limbs themselves were not doing interesting things.”In particular, as would-be limbs became simpler, they also became more modular, with each limb developing what, in a human, would be an upper arm, a forearm, a hand, and fingers. This modularization may have allowed for increasing specialization. In humans, for example, it would explain the development of the opposable thumb, whereas a different specialization of the same modular unit — the fingers — in a bat evolved into the long, light bones of a wing.For creatures emerging from the relatively gravity-free environment of the water to a more varied and complex open-air landscape, such anatomical flexibility would be vital. “How the structure is put together probably allowed tetrapods, once they came out of the water and onto land, to adapt to all the new and unexplored terrestrial niches afforded to them,” said Pierce.The next step (pun intended) is to understand how those changes allowed land-based tetrapods to walk, a question Pierce is currently working on in collaboration with others. “We’re building computer-simulation models across the fish/tetrapod transition to understand how the skeleton and muscles might have changed and what the impact was on locomotion,” said Pierce. The muscles of fish, she explained, are much less varied than those of land animals. As tetrapods emerged from water, “the skeleton became simplified, but the musculature became much more complex to deal with the forces of gravity.” For Pierce, who is the MCZ’s first female curator of vertebrate paleontology, the makeup of the research team is almost as groundbreaking as its finds. The research was primarily funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program via a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship for Esteve-Altava. Esteve-Altava (now at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Barcelona, Spain)came to Harvard to code specimens in the MCZ collection, while the rest of the team — which included Julia Molnar from New York Institute of Technology, Rui Diogo from Howard University, and Peter Johnston from the University of Auckland— brought expertise and experience from around the world.“Science is becoming much more collaborative and much more diverse,” said Pierce. Painstaking research reveals extinction of dominant species allowed others to evolve rapidly last_img read more

Movie Buffs Will Love Dell Cinema

first_imgNineteen consecutive quarters of PC share gain. It’s not bragging if it’s a statement of fact, right?Well, the fact is that Dell has achieved those 19 quarters of growth through a commitment to innovation. Some of it you see very visibly in our product design – like the newest XPS 13 that’s thinner than half the width of your fingernail.But much of the innovation being talked about in our livestream from CES 2018 today is inside the systems. What you see is only the beginning of what you get.So let me share some of the cool new software solutions, such as Dell Cinema and Dell Mobile Connect, that we’ve been building to meet your needs for mobility and entertainment.Dell CinemaTo figure the future of our products, our engineers read the trends. Then build solutions that are going to meet the future needs of customers and be ahead of everybody else.For example, what percentage of people do you think watched their favorite TV show on a TV last year? The answer is 52 percent. It’s 23 percent today. That’s a 56 percent decrease in just one year.Informed with statistics like that, our engineers set out on a journey to optimize our PCs for media experiences. That led to the creation of Dell Cinema – which is actually a combination of three key technologies to optimize color, sound and streaming.TechRadar recently took notice of it, so I’ll also share some of their thoughts as I dive into each element:CinemaColor“Dell isn’t a novice when it comes to breathtaking screens,” TechRadar noted. “The company has introduced some of the first OLED 4K, 8K and high-dynamic range (HDR) monitors, and now it hopes to make the latter a display standard for many of its all-in-one PCs and laptops.“To this end, Dell has introduced Cinema Color software to push display vibrancy and contrast levels to simulate a HDR-like viewing experience.”Cinema Color, powered by Windows HD Color, brings HDR content to PCs for the first time. With Cinema Color, you’ll get super vivid dazzling brights and deepest blacks. you go to a movie theater, you not only hear the sound, you often feel it. CinemaSound with WavesMaxx Audio built in brings your PC sound to life with clearer highs, enhanced bass and higher volume for a cinematic audio experience right in your own home.“More than a month ago we thought the Round Rock electronics firm were merely simulating front-facing speakers with downward-facing hardware,” said TechRadar “But there’s much more behind the technology.”Our engineers have tested and programmed the software to specifically enhance each devices’ sound profile before it ever leaves the factory. Then, after it’s in your home, CinemaSound will use sensors within your computer to adjust and optimize the speakers. while great visuals and audio are key to a good media experience, there’s one thing that can grind it all to a halt. Streaming content from the internet has become many people’s main entertainment source, but we’ve all experienced low video quality or buffering in the middle of our favorite show.Which is why in partnership with Rivet Networks, our team co-developed a software solution to make streaming better.“Unfortunately, it doesn’t involve any magical pixie dust to give you more network speed,” TechRadar said. “Instead Cinema Streaming utilizes SmartByte and Killer Wireless’ software to intelligently prioritize your bandwidth usage for a bufferless experience.” combination of these three innovative technologies will give you the most immersive, captivating experience possible – the goal is for you to hear and see the content the way its creators intended.Dell Mobile ConnectHow many times have you heard your phone chime telling you have a text – and while you try to resist it you just can’t? So you stop what you’re doing and check your phone. Now, this disruption is a thing of the past.Mobile Connect is the first-ever complete wireless integration that makes your PC and smartphone work better together.On iPhone, you can receive texts and phone calls right on your PC screen, and with Android, you can talk, text and access all your apps like you saw in the video. No more splitting your attention between the two devices you use the most.All new Dell XPS, Inspiron, Vostro and Alienware desktops, laptops, two-in-1ones, and all-in-ones purchased after January 2018 will come preloaded with the Windows 10 app. And, to pair it with your smartphone you simply need to download the Dell Mobile Connect app from the Android or iOS app store.But all this work on the software doesn’t mean we’ll stop innovating on the hardware. Also announced today, but coming later this year, is our first XPS 15 2-in-1. The type of thinner, lighter and more powerful mobile device that both hobbyists and professional creators demand, it will have a maglev keyboard.What’s that? Well, have you ever played air hockey? You know how the puck floats? With this new keyboard, the keys won’t have a physical mechanism. They are floating and tuned with magnets to mimic the feel of a standard keyboard – in a thinner design.Now that’s a cool engineering feat. And it’s that sort of drive to push boundaries that has earned Dell’s XPS portfolio more product awards than any other brand in our history.And these are just some of many exciting announcements we are making at CES 2018. Stay up to date on the latest Dell news by visiting our CES press site here throughout the duration of the show.last_img read more

American Theatre Wing to Honor Angela Lansbury at Annual Gala

first_imgThe American Theatre Wing is set to honor Dame Angela Lansbury at its annual Gala, which will be held on September 15 at New York’s Plaza Hotel. The five-time Tony winner has served as Honorary Chairman of the American Theatre Wing Board of Trustees since 2010.   “Angela Lansbury’s contributions to the American Theatre are incalculable and her advocacy on behalf of the Wing unmatched,” said Heather Hitchens, Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing in a statement. “We are incredibly honored to pay tribute to all that she has done to elevate the art form that we care so deeply about.” Lansbury last appeared on Broadway in The Best Man and will shortly appear in the West End in Blithe Spirit. She won the Tony for her performances in Sweeney Todd, Gypsy, Mame, Blithe Spirit and Dear World. Her additional Broadway credits include Hotel Paradiso, Taste of Honey, Anyone Can Whistle, The King and I, A Little Family Business, Deuce and A Little Night Music. She garnered Oscar nominations for her performances in Gaslight, The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Manchurian Candidate. The celebrated star of Murder, She Wrote, Lansbury’s additional film and TV credits include Beauty and the Beast, The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders, Nanny McPhee and Bedknobs and Broomsticks.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

The Cast of Hedwig Gives a Rockin’ Gift to the Hetrick-Martin Institute

first_img View Comments Hedwig and the Angry Inch stars Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Hall, director Michael Mayer and the band made the world a whole lot brighter on June 25—they gave the Hetrick-Martin Institute of the Harvey Milk School for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Youth a generous gift of $100,000. The stars presented the check (sealed with a kiss, of course) to Hetrick-Martin CEO Thomas Krever at the Belasco Theatre. Hetrick-Martin student Jonovia Chase (below) was also on hand to celebrate with Harris and Hall. Check out these Hot Shots of the stars giving back, then see them rock out in Hedwig! Lena Hall Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015center_img Hedwig and the Angry Inch Related Shows Neil Patrick Harrislast_img read more

Cotton cart

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaIt’s not the wires and tubing dangling from the handcrafted metal cart that make it stand out in the south Georgia cotton field. It’s the pink and white girl bicycle tires.When asked about the tires, Glen Ritchie smiles. “The people who engineered it up in Athens (Ga.) must have had a twisted sense of humor,” said the cotton physiologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “We’ve gotten a lot of attention for some of the gadgets we use to collect data.”Ritchie routinely uses a car-sized blimp to take aerial pictures of cotton fields.The cart, though, brings the view down close to the plants. It is a sort of mobile laboratory equipped with various sensors used to measure different readings in and around the cotton. Ritchie will use the data to write a more detailed story, so to speak, of what the plants are doing during the growing season.The research will help farmers manage the crop better and make informed decisions on what varieties to plant in the future. Most important, he said, they’ll know how a plant will perform throughout the year.“We really haven’t been able to incorporate much physiology into variety selection over the years,” he said. ”Variety selection and recommendations to growers pretty much come from just looking at yields and quality at the end of the year, and you go from there.”But much happens in a cotton field from planting until harvest. “What I want to know is how we got from point A to point B,” he said.In a perfect scientific world, time and money aren’t limited. It would be nice to know, for example, how a variety would perform over a 100-year period in one location. But that’s not possible. Variety trials take place in only a few years.Pushing his cart through the cotton, Ritchie collects data on plant height, root system, vegetative growth, sunlight capture and temperature. He compares these measurements with soil moisture, and with the number and location of the plant’s bolls, or the fruits that produce the cotton lint.“With a limited number of years, which is the reality, we have to develop ways to identify these factors to determine what the variety’s real response will be over time and dial into what it is doing,” he said. “We’re looking for factors to improve growth habits and pick the varieties that do well and know what management strategies the variety needs to grow best.”Finding a cotton variety to use, he said, is like hiring a prospective employee for a job. First, as much information as possible needs to be learned about the applicants. Once the decision is made, the next thing is to help the new employee reach full potential.This year, Ritchie collected data on 15 varieties, some available and some not yet available to farmers. Each variety was grown with and without irrigation to determine its performance in drought and nondrought conditions.Many Georgia cotton farmers are looking for a new cotton variety to hire, or plant. Over the past few years, Delta Pine 555 has become their workhorse variety. It accounts for 75 percent of the state’s total cotton acreage. Over the next few years, it will be phased out due to the company’s decision to sell cotton with a slightly different genetic makeup. “So, many growers want to know what they can do and what recommendations we’ll have for them,” Ritchie said. “With this research, we’ll have some answers for them.”last_img read more

Tractebel to build 30MW floating solar project in Brazil

first_imgTractebel to build 30MW floating solar project in Brazil FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Engineering firm Tractebel, a unit of French energy giant Engie, will develop the basic design of three floating PV arrays with 30MW of capacity at the 52.2MW Batalha hydropower project, which is owned by Brazilian state-run power company Eletrobras Furnas.The Batalha Photovoltaic Plants (UFVs) I, II and III will feature 90,900 solar panels, Tractebel said.Floating modules on unused hydroelectric reservoirs is a “smart” way to reduce carbon emissions, said Fabiane Ferrao, the manager of Tractebel’s renewables unit.Brazil hosts another 1MW floating solar plant at the Sobradinho dam, a 175MW hydroelectric facility on the Sao Francisco river in Sobradinho, in the state of Bahia. The project, which will be expanded to 5MW, was launched by the company in 2016. Chesf has also installed a pilot floating PV array at the Balbina dam, a hydroelectric facility and power station on the Uatuma River in the Amazon rainforest.Floating PV presents a particular advantage in Brazil, as the modules and floating mounting structures could help to reduce evaporation from already challenged water reservoirs, while also bolstering electricity supply in times of drought.[Emiliano Bellini]More: Brazilian hydropower dam to host 30 MW of floating solarlast_img read more