first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate So sorry to hear of John Glenn’s death, the first American to orbit the earth. What an incredible feat to accomplish and to live to the ripe old age of 95! So sorry to read of the death also of Judge Scott Polodna in today’s Orlando Sentinel, at age 51. I met him and had a long conversation with him at the VFW Community Center several years back during one of the elections. I found him to be a genuinely nice gentleman. So sorry about both men’s passing, may they RIP. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 1 COMMENT Mama Mia December 9, 2016 at 11:08 am You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear TAGSJohn Glenn Previous articleCommissioner Nelson Tours County JailNext articleApopka Christmas Parade hits middle age Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 From The New York TimesJohn Glenn, a freckle-faced son of Ohio who was hailed as a national hero and a symbol of the space age as the first American to orbit Earth, then became a national political figure for 24 years in the Senate, died on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio. He was 95.His death was announced on Twitter by Gov. John Kasich of Ohio.Mr. Glenn had recently been hospitalized at the James Cancer Center at Ohio State University in Columbus, though university officials said at the time that admission there did not necessarily mean he had cancer. He had heart-valve replacement surgery in 2014 and a stroke around that time.He had kept an office on the campus at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs, which he helped found, and had a home in Columbus.In just five hours on Feb. 20, 1962, Mr. Glenn joined a select roster of Americans whose feats have seized the country’s imagination and come to embody a moment in its history, figures like Lewis and Clark, the Wright brothers and Charles Lindbergh.To the America of the 1960s, Mr. Glenn was a clean-cut, good-natured, well-grounded Midwesterner, raised in Presbyterian rectitude, nurtured in patriotism and tested in war, who stepped forward to risk the unknown and succeeded spectacularly, lifting his country’s morale and restoring its self-confidence.It was an anxious nation that watched and listened that February morning, as Mr. Glenn, 40 years old, a Marine Corps test pilot and one of the seven original American astronauts, climbed into Friendship 7, the tiny Mercury capsule atop an Atlas rocket rising from the concrete flats of Cape Canaveral in Florida.The Cold War had long stoked fears of nuclear destruction, and the Russians seemed to be winning the contest with their unsettling ascent into outer space. Two Russians, Yuri A. Gagarin and Gherman S. Titov, had already orbited Earth the year before, overshadowing the feats of two Americans, Alan B. Shepard and Virgil I. Grissom, who had been launched in separate missions only to the fringes of space.What, people asked with rising urgency, had happened to the United States’ vaunted technology and can-do spirit?The answer came at 2:47 p.m. Eastern time, when after weeks of delays the rocket achieved liftoff. It was a short flight, just three orbits. But when Mr. Glenn was safely back, flashing the world a triumphant grin, doubts were replaced by a broad, new faith that the United States could indeed hold its own against the Soviet Union in the Cold War and might someday prevail.Read the entire article here. Please enter your name here Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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first_imgArchitects: 314 Architecture Studio Area Area of this architecture project Year:  “COPY” Projects Houses “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/312627/h3-314-architecture-studio Clipboard H3 / 314 Architecture StudioSave this projectSaveH3 / 314 Architecture StudioSave this picture!Courtesy of 314 Architecture Studio+ 14Curated by Diego Hernández Share Greece CopyAbout this office314 Architecture StudioOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAthensHouseIcebergGreecePublished on May 18, 2019Cite: “H3 / 314 Architecture Studio” 18 May 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassHanging LampsVibiaHanging Lamp – VOLConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE PassivhausPorcelain StonewareCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Chromica CollectionBricksFeldhaus KlinkerThin Bricks – ClassicGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Printing for Interior DesignWoodStructureCraftEngineering – FootbridgesAluminium CompositesCymat Technologies Ltd.Bundang Doosan Tower – Alusion™ Stabilized Aluminum FoamTable LampsRoss GardamDesk Lamp – OraMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?H3 / 314 Architecture Studio是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Area:  1000 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Athens, Greece ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/312627/h3-314-architecture-studio Clipboard 2012 H3 / 314 Architecture Studio Save this picture!Courtesy of 314 Architecture StudioRecommended ProductsLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – AJ CollectionWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridDoorsVitrocsaGlass Technology in Hotel BeaulacDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcText description provided by the architects. This private house of a total 1000m2 is located on a plot of land of 7000m2. The house was designed in order to give the sense of hovering over the water and sailing, inspired by the owners love for yachts.Save this picture!Courtesy of 314 Architecture StudioThe bioclimatic design of the residence, the cooling feeling of the house through the contact of water and the use of sun and the geothermic energy are consistent in developing a highly dynamic and modern but also eco friendly design.Save this picture!Courtesy of 314 Architecture StudioSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!Courtesy of 314 Architecture StudioNote: This project was originally published on 1 January, 2013Project gallerySee allShow lessMoose Road / Mork-Ulnes ArchitectsSelected ProjectsCT House / nicolasCRUZarquitectosSelected Projects Share ArchDailylast_img read more

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first_imgArchDaily Year:  “COPY” 2018 Manufacturers: Flos, Hafele, Ligne Roset, The Sliding Door Company, Thermador, Haute LivingSave this picture!© Mike Schwartz PhotographyRecommended ProductsWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40DoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcPorcelain StonewareCeramiche KeopeCeramic Tiles – BackDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82Inside a century old structure initially built for automotive assembly and display, we renovated a residence that was poorly functioning as a domestic space. In resolving the spatial problems inside this impressive volumetric shell we crafted a living environment that evokes mental wellness and inspiration within.Save this picture!© Mike Schwartz PhotographyNow, as one enters this dwelling through a low, wood clad transition zone the overwhelming feeling of being inside a large industrial room is very much subdued. Scaled architectural components, material restraint and theatrical lighting throughout, lessens the overall spatial dominance, while openness and clarity of space is maintained. Living functions such as laundry, mechanicals and storage are integrated within the built-in cabinetry and dispersed strategically throughout the space. Kitchen elements are treated similarly and placed atop the raised platform to elevate one’s experience during preparation of meals with views in a direction of our city’s most iconic street, Michigan Avenue.Save this picture!© Mike Schwartz PhotographySave this picture!© Mike Schwartz PhotographyThe continuous wood platform organizes the vastness of the open room, providing an edge for more intimate furniture arrangement and a backdrop for plants and life objects collected throughout our client’s lives. Clad in black steel, the sleeping cube is situated away from the perimeter for greater noise and temperature control. Acting as a visual anchor atop a platform, it is fully programed, the metal skin transforms as panels open up, revealing one of many uses contained within. While its main purpose echoes a primal cave for sleeping, lined in wood paneling with borrowed daylight forms an oasis within.Save this picture!Main levelSave this picture!Section 02As one moves between levels, a variety of unexpected vantage points and views are revealed. These upper levels function as sleeping space for visitors and couple’s work zones, enabling open living to have both separation and connectivity throughout the day. At the upper loft, where one finally comes close with the concrete ceiling, a doorway leads to a vast outdoor garden with views of our city’s majestic skyline.Save this picture!© Mike Schwartz PhotographyThese meandering spaces are three dimensionally distributed and yet assembled as a one cohesive home inside a raw industrial cloak.Save this picture!© Mike Schwartz PhotographyProject gallerySee allShow lessThomas Phifer Design a Museum and a Theater for WarsawArchitecture NewsMartina House / PPAA Pérez Palacios Arquitectos AsociadosSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Chicago, Illinois, United StatesLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Photographs Save this picture!© Mike Schwartz Photography+ 28Curated by Paula Pintos Share Photographs:  Mike Schwartz Photography Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project “COPY” CopyApartments, Renovation•Chicago, United States Projectscenter_img United States Michigan Loft / Vladimir Radutny Architects Apartments Architects: Vladimir Radutny Architects Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/924129/michigan-loft-vladimir-radutny-architects Clipboard Area:  2250 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/924129/michigan-loft-vladimir-radutny-architects Clipboard CopyAbout this officeVladimir Radutny ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsRefurbishmentRenovationChicagoBrick ApartmentsUnited StatesPublished on September 03, 2019Cite: “Michigan Loft / Vladimir Radutny Architects ” 03 Sep 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?芝加哥工业风跃层公寓 / Vladimir Radutny Architects是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! 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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Ed Cherry has been appointed Senior Fundraising Consultant at not-for-profit recruitment specialists Charity People, part of the People Unlimited group. He moves from Badenoch & Clark where he spent four years recruiting fundraising positions. He will now recruit to senior fundraising positions.Cherry joins Sarah Illingworth (Executive Search), Bianca Fernau and Haider Al-Asady, who make up the Fundraising, Marketing & Communications Division.www.charitypeople.com Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Recruitment / people Howard Lake | 21 January 2011 | News  51 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Ed Cherry joins Charity Peoplelast_img read more

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first_imgThe Emergency Committee to Stop DHA Evictions hosted a Dec. 20 press conference in front of the Durham Housing Authority to demand a moratorium on evictions in public housing over the winter holiday months. According to records compiled by Legal Aid, DHA filed 846 public housing evictions in 2019, over 30 times the number in all other larger North Carolina cities.Dec. 20 press conferenceThis comes directly after voters approved a $95 million housing bond, a record high in the state, to be handed over to an agency that the working class has little trust in. In just a few days, nearly 1,000 signatures have been gathered and over 20 organizations, including Durham City Workers Union (UE Local 150), Durham Workers Assembly, NC Raise Up/Fight for $15, National Domestic Workers, We Dream in Black, Black Youth Project 100 Durham, NC AFL-CIO and others have signed on to stop evictions. Housing is a human right!Credit: WW photoFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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first_imgOccupied Muscogee Creek / Cherokee / Yuchi / Choctaw / Shawnee / Chickasaw landAs of Jan. 1, 2021, incarcerated workers in Alabama’s odious prison system are on strike!  Led by the Free Alabama Movement, incarcerated workers throughout the state of Alabama have put down their work tools and refused to go to work from now until Jan. 31.The inhumane conditions of Alabama Department of Corrections, their negligence around COVID-19, and their implementation of video visitation equipment in prisons that ADOC claims is “due to COVID,” but is really a front for eliminating in-person visitation, has contributed further to the psychological warfare against everyone incarcerated in Alabama prisons and has fueled this strike. Officially called the “30 Day Economic Blackout,” the strike was called to order in a powerful statement via video from Free Alabama Movement co-founder Kinetik Justice, who states that this economic blackout is the culmination of six years of reports on the inhumane conditions inside the walls of Alabama prisons by the Free Alabama Movement, and the subsequent foot-dragging of the government to do hardly anything about it. At the core, the ones suffering the most inside Alabama prisons are Black men. #30DayEconomicBlackout, prisoner led!Alabama prisons a death trap for Black menA groundbreaking report from Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice entitled “Death Traps” (https://bit.ly/34SrShU) reveals that Black men are at the highest risk for violence inside Alabama prisons. Out of 48 homicides in Alabama prisons between June 2014 and September 2020, 37 were Black men. They are also 3.3 times more likely than their white counterparts to be murdered within the walls of Alabama prisons. The ADOC has been ruled the deadliest prison system in the country. An imprisoned person in Alabama prisons is ten times more likely to be a victim of homicide than in any other state. In 2019 the homicide rate in Alabama prisons was 73 people per 100,000, compared to the overall rate in Alabama of 7.8 people per 100,000. The Free Alabama Movement, founded and operated by Black men behind the walls, has sought to bring this knowledge to the public, which is one of the main reasons behind the prison strike. Their lives are on the line; this is a matter of life and death for them.Alabama prisons ruled ‘unconstitutional’ twice in 18 months!Twice in the last 18 months, the conditions inside ADOC prisons have been revealed to be so shocking that the Department of Justice ruled that the entire Alabama prison system is “unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment.” Video footage from within the prisons shows deplorable living conditions, overcrowded cells, violence between inmates and excessive force from guards, and many other factors in violation of the Eighth Amendment. On Dec. 9, 2020, the DOJ filed a lawsuit against ADOC over these inhumane conditions, citing understaffing and ongoing violence as two major factors in the lawsuit. (https://abcn.ws/2KMzhZ7) AP reporter Kim Chandler writes: “Alabama had been in negotiations with the Justice Department since the first 2019 report in the hopes of staving off a lawsuit, but federal officials said the state has ‘failed or refused to correct’ the unconstitutional conditions. “The 24-page lawsuit said that conditions in Alabama prisons have gotten worse since the initial findings — with homicides increasing and prisons becoming even more overcrowded than in 2016 when the investigation was initiated. ‘The State of Alabama is deliberately indifferent to the serious and systematic constitutional problems present in Alabama’s prisons for men,’ the lawsuit states.” (Dec. 10, 2020)In a disgusting, careless response, Alabama governor Kay Ivey has vowed to have three Alabama mega-prisons constructed over the next several years, costing Alabama taxpayers more than two and a half billion dollars! Two of the prisons, slated to be built in Brierfield and Tallassee, Ala., have been met with fervent local resistance by residents who do not want a prison in their communities or neighborhoods. (https://bit.ly/34Ri3AW) Video visitation: economic and psychological warfareAnother core of this revolutionary strike is to protest the implementation of video visitation equipment in prisons across Alabama. This equipment, designed by Securus Technologies, has been touted as “a safer alternative to in-person visits during COVID-19,” but there are no guarantees that this equipment would be removed and in-person visits resumed once COVID-19 rates begin to drop. Many prison abolition advocates in the Free Alabama Movement say that this is a long-conceived plan from ADOC to eliminate in-person visitation altogether, as a form of psychological warfare on those incarcerated workers behind the wall. When incarcerated workers have to deal with cell overcrowding, violence, and heinous living conditions, in-person visitation is for many a brief reprieve from the sickening situations they are in. But the state of Alabama, hoping to break them mentally and emotionally, is seeking to do away with even this small reprieve. Psychological warfare is not the only reason behind this. Follow the money! Securus Technologies rakes in over $1,750,000,000 a year from this equipment installed in prisons. It currently has 6,000 contracts out with prisons across the U.S. (https://bit.ly/3psMq8z) While Securus profits, the ADOC can cut costs and make more money for its prison-industrial complex. Securus Technologies is one of five companies that the Free Alabama Movement is asking all those in solidarity to actively boycott during the month-long strike. The others are JPay, Access Corrections, Union Supply Company, and Alabama Correctional Industries, all of whom directly benefit from the slave labor of incarcerated workers in Alabama prisons. Support the strike! Abolish the prisons! Although the ADOC has been ruled the “deadliest prison system in the country,” it is important to note that all prisons are inherently deadly, inhumane, and cruel – a massive monument to capitalism-imperialism, colonialism, and slavery. In a Dec. 10 interview, Free Alabama Movement co-founder and abolitionist Swift Justice said: “I personally wouldn’t sit there and try to gauge how inhumane one prison is over another prison in the United States. Any prison that has any human rights violations is inhumane; it’s all equal in our eyes. The issue here in Alabama is that for so long society in Alabama — they just cherish the fact that individuals come to prison and are basically tortured and treated like animals.” (https://bit.ly/3aWcll7) In the coming month this strike, led by Black incarcerated workers behind the walls of Alabama prisons, will be the revolutionary boost that kicks off 2021.  Halfway through the strike, Joe Biden will be inaugurated as president, but has announced no plans to even address prison reforms. His victory, seen as “revolutionary” by bourgeois liberals, will be challenged at every turn.The Alabama prison strike/30 Day Economic Blackout will kick off resistance to the decaying neoliberal, capitalist-imperialist system in the U.S. It is critical that progressives unequivocally support the Alabama prison strike, the Free Alabama Movement, and the continued struggle to tear down the walls and abolish prisons once and for all! Devin Cole is a transgender Marxist organizer and writer. They are the president of Strive (Socialist Trans Initiative), a transgender advocacy organization in northwest Florida, and a member of the Workers World Party – Central Gulf Coast (Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi) branch. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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first_imgAudio Playerhttps://hoosieragtoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Important-registrations-for-Bayer-corn-and-soybean.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Late last week Bayer announced they’ve received an important green light for their SmartStax® PRO Technology with its third-generation corn rootworm trait. Bayer received the final safety certificate for import and food/feed use from China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs for the trait, and that allows for commercial introduction in the United States to proceed.SmartStax® PRO Technology is the first product offering three modes of action for corn rootworm control.“We’re excited to receive this authorization and look forward to putting SmartStax® PRO Technology in the hands of our grower customers,” said Scott Stein North America Corn Product Management Lead. “The introduction of a novel mode of action like RNAi will provide growers yet another tool to help control tough corn rootworm pests.”RNAi-based technologies are developed from a naturally occurring process in the targeted plant or pest to stop or decrease the production of a specific protein and can be used to target specific pests, like the corn rootworm.In addition to corn rootworm, SmartStax® PRO Technology will offer growers protection against European corn borer, southwestern corn borer, fall armyworm, black cutworm and corn earworm.“This is another example of Bayer’s continued commitment to providing new, innovative solutions and industry-leading technology that help growers address the tough challenges they face on their farms,” said Dr. Calvin Treat, Head of Crop Technology for Corn, Soybeans and Cotton. “We’re confident that SmartStax® PRO Technology will provide tremendous value for growers.”Bayer plans to conduct on-farm grower market development trials in 2021, while ramping up volume to meet grower needs for a U.S. commercial launch in 2022. Bayer also expects to have products to launch in Canada in 2023.Also, in September of last year Bayer received EU Commission authorization for XtendFlex Soybeans, bringing that technology to commercial launch this year.“That allows us to have a full launch in the United States and Canada in 2021, and XtendFlex soybeans will be available across all maturity ranges and for all Bayer brands in corn seeds licensees in the 2021 season,” says Megan McQuoid with Bayer.XtendFlex soybeans is the industry’s first triple stack soybean trait with tolerance to dicamba, glyphosate and glufosinate herbicides. Growers will have more choices now, along with flexibility and options on application timing.“With XtendFlex soybeans and the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System in general, we encourage early application and spraying early with multiple modes of action and overlapping residuals,” McQuoid said. “And with XtendFlex soybeans it provides them with the flexibility of additional applications with products that its tolerant to, so dicamba, glyphosate and glufosinate.”Visit www.XtendFlexsoy.com, or learn more about both XtendFlex and SmartStax PRO by contacting your dealer or local Bayer representative. Bayer Adds Two Important Product Registrations SHARE By Andy Eubank – Jan 25, 2021 Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Bayer Adds Two Important Product Registrations Facebook Twitter Previous articleRising Dairy Consumption Providing Comfort in a Challenging TimeNext articleThe Hoosier Ag Today Podcast for Tuesday January 26th Andy Eubanklast_img read more

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first_imgThe key to bringing together a blended solution is ensuring all itscomponent parts work well together. Would Bayer’s mix of online learning andface-to-face mentoring succeed?It is not the end of the world if your first experience of e-learningdoesn’t quite go to plan. Hopefully, you emerge from the experience stronger,wiser and more enlightened as to what methods work best for the company. It certainly isn’t holding back global healthcare and chemicals giant Bayer– whose products range from antibiotics to coatings and colourants tobioscience solutions – from committing to a training future where e-learningplays a vital part. Karen Murphy, development consultant, Bayer Business Services, says:”There had been an attempt to use a bespoke e-learning tool to support amajor application, but it was not well received and the product’s functionalitydid not live up to our expectations.” Murphy is one of the people drivingthe company’s latest enterprise-wide learning solution, which combinese-learning with face-to-face and telephone mentoring. Bayer had a compelling reason to give e-learning another chance. Many of itsbusiness units have a high proportion of remotely-based staff – in somedivisions as high as 50 per cent – and Bayer didn’t want a group of individualsto be disadvantaged due to location, working pattern or job function. And therewas another reason: it made good business sense, with Murphy making a soundfinancial case for implementing the e-learning programme from the start. Bayer employees based in the field have a high reliance on technology, beingrequired to use IT systems to produce reports, extract information fromdatabases and customer relationship management programmes, as well ascommunicate with customers and head office. “Process improvementinitiatives are using technology to deliver business results more and morefrequently,” says Murphy. “Business unit directors identified a needto improve PC skills and individual confidence with technology. Without theability to use and exploit technology, people could not continue to deliverresults.” Bayer set out five main criteria for its learning programme, and it had todeliver on all counts for every individual in the workforce: – To identify skills gaps – monitor existing skills and build upon them – Offer flexibility – provide consistent training to office and field staff – Time saving – offer tailored content specific to user requirements – Learning retention – provide a post-course support tool to maximise thebenefits of training and increase knowledge retention – Support and mentor – assist users with the cultural move to e-learning It appointed blended solutions provider Global Knowledge and its certifiedbusiness partner, Trainers IT. Bayer had already worked with the latter on anumber of key IT projects and Trainers IT assessed Bayer’s needs and came upwith a blended learning solution. It is based on Global Knowledge’s trainingproduct SPeLWEB, (self-paced e-learning web) which allows the user to accesse-learning courses through a standard browser. SPeLWEB would be used alongsidea managed mentoring programme by Trainers IT. When accessing technical content,users need a Flash and Windows Media player installed (both of which are free)but SPeLWEB facilitates everything else. Client security Peter McClintock, Global Knowledge sales director for the UK and Irelandexplains: “In Bayer’s case, certain firewall restrictions have caused usto move the content inside the firewall, however, it is still accessed througha standard browser. The main challenges of the job were due to client securityand limited bandwidth. We worked with Bayer to overcome this, and a dedicatedserver was installed on the client’s intranet.” Initially, the courses available were largely technical, but GlobalKnowledge’s portfolio includes training in major systems from manufacturerssuch as Siebel, Lotus, Microsoft and Oracle. Bayer now has a number ofe-learning projects at varying stages, ranging from a small pilot being run ata remote location, to much larger projects where participants have completedcompulsory models and are now working on their elective modules. “Each project team agrees a defined learning path for participants.This reflects the specific skills needed for each job role, and helps focus ondeveloping those skills,” says Murphy. “We have a number of blendede-learning solutions for soft skills, covering areas such as managingperformance, managing recruitment and facilitation skills. Again, some are atpilot and some at completion.” Mentoring is a vital part of the training solution, and Trainers IT providesthis by phone or in person to bring a proactive face-to-face component to thetraining. The assigned mentor meets delegates in the classroom launch session,then contacts each learner by telephone during their first week of going livewith the e-learning. Janie Brown of Trainers IT says: “If necessary, the mentor will talkthem through any lessons or address any technical queries. Depending on the responsein terms of support required by the user, the mentor might call regularly. Forsome users the mentor arranges a face-to-face session, which we consider to bepersonal coaching rather than mentoring.” Mentors are assigned to the helpdesk team so that when a user calls thehelpdesk for support, they can usually talk directly to their mentor. Bayer hopes to train more than 150 people in the UK this year via e-learning– 100 of whom will go through the PC skills blended programme. Murphy explainsthat most will complete their compulsory modules in the first quarter, theirelectives in the second quarter “and the rest of the year is available tothem to explore content of interest to them, regardless of whether it is key totheir job role,” she says. So far, the training programme has received good feedback from learners, whohave said being able to learn flexibly suits them. They also report itsusefulness as a research tool, since they can tap in a question and it willretrieve the answer. Cost-savings also seem to be stacking up, with a saving of 113 per centagainst the classroom rate being achieved so far. “Time-savings have yetto be calculated, but early indications are that they are significant,”says Murphy. “One participant said he had saved about 45 minutes a day bybeing able to automate some of his routine tasks.” Bayer has also speeded up its return on investment by running its trainingas a business, and charging business units for the training. Murphy claims tohave already recouped its outlay by providing internal customers with theblended solution: “Our customers pay for this unique but highlycompetitive solution and we have been able to recoup our investment andreinvest in the development of more blended products. “Our strategy is to offer blended learning solutions whereverappropriate and add value to the development process. Many of our trainingdepartments are offering unique e-learning solutions to the challenges thatface a diverse business operating at country, regional and global levels.”Bayer’s TIPS for e-learning success1. Make the experience feel as familiar as possible, ie,booking onto a programme using your standard booking forms2. Encourage ‘buddy’ studying for those delegates who feel theywill be learning in isolation3. Help delegates to learn in this new way – most of us weretaught in a classroom and learning online is a very different experience In summaryProject pays offBayer’s aim: To create a blended training programme forits workforce, with the initial aim of training 150 people in the UK this yearWhy? A high proportion of its workforce is basedremotely (in some divisions as high as 50 per cent) and Bayer wanted a trainingprogramme that would be inclusive for the entire workforce. Additionally,employees have a high reliance on technology and if they can’t use it properly,it could affect business resultsIs e-learning delivering? Bayer has already seen areturn on investment as it charges internal business units, which haverecognised the high-quality, competitive, blended training programmes. Itclaims a saving of 113 per cent has been made against classroom trainingalready. The right chemistryOn 1 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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first_imgThe shuttered Getty site at the corner of Ninth Street and Bay Avenue is one of three former gas stations that could possibly be condemned by Ocean City. By Donald WittkowskiOcean City would give itself the option of condemning three blighted former gasoline stations that mar the main gateway into town under an ordinance scheduled for a final vote by City Council on Thursday.The measure targets the old Exxon, Getty and BP sites at the foot of the Ninth Street corridor, as well as an adjacent waterfront business known as Bud’s Outboard Marine Inc.Long frustrated by the negative impression the shuttered gas stations have made on visitors as they enter town, city officials want to transform the sites into landscaped open space to spruce up the appearance of the corridor. The possible acquisition of Bud’s Outboard Marine would create an even bigger expanse of open space.The condemnation ordinance was introduced by Council on Aug. 11. It is up for a public hearing and final vote at Council’s 7 p.m. meeting Thursday. The measure would give the city the option of condemning the sites or buying them from the current owners through a negotiated deal.The old Exxon station, on the opposite side of Ninth Street from the Getty site, is another possible target for condemnation.The condemnation process provides additional legal safeguards to protect the city from liability claims if contamination is discovered at the sites after the town takes control, Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson explained. The onus for cleaning up the contamination would fall on the previous owners, not the city, McCrosson said.Already, the city has agreed to buy the former BP site for $475,000. The old BP building and fuel pumps were demolished in June to create empty land.In the BP deal, the owner was required to remove the old underground gasoline storage tanks before the city took possession of the property. The owner was also required to test for contamination.Although Council has agreed to buy the BP site, that property is included in the condemnation ordinance to give the city an extra layer of security from potential liability lawsuits if contamination is found in the future, McCrosson said.The Exxon site, meanwhile, is already known to be contaminated with petroleum-related chemicals in the groundwater and soil. The contamination, which is suspected to stem from the station’s former operation, has been monitored for the last 27 years.An environmental consulting firm overseeing the site told surrounding property owners in a letter last month that the contamination poses no public danger and should dissipate by itself.Despite Council’s scheduled vote on the condemnation ordinance Thursday, the city appears far from actually acquiring the Exxon site, as well as the Getty and Bud’s Outboard Marine properties.No serious negotiations have begun with the property owners, McCrosson said. In addition, property appraisals still have to be done. In another step, Council would have to approve the funding to acquire the sites.Further complicating the situation are possible redevelopment plans for the Exxon site. The Ocean City real estate firm Keller Williams has agreed to buy the property for an undisclosed price, but is waiting for the current owner to clean it up before it completes the deal.Keller Williams has announced plans to build a multimillion-dollar real estate office on the site. In a brief telephone interview Wednesday, Keller Williams sales agent Eric Booth said he was unsure how the condemnation ordinance could affect the company’s plans.The old BP station adjacent to the Getty site has already been demolished. The city agreed to buy the BP property for $475,000 and plans to transform it into landscaped open space.Mayor Jay Gillian said he wants to take a wait-and-see approach toward the Keller Williams project before making a final decision whether to condemn the property and place it under the city’s control. His main priority is to have the site cleaned up, he stressed.“From day one, it’s been a blight and an eyesore,” Gillian said in an interview after the Aug. 11 Council meeting.In other business Thursday, Council is expected to approve a bond ordinance that is part of the funding plan for the construction of a new fire station on 29th Street.The bond ordinance includes redirecting $450,000 that was originally intended to pay for new parking lots to instead help finance the new fire station.At its Aug. 11 meeting, Council awarded a $2.1 million construction contract for the fire station. The current firehouse, built in the 1950s, has been badly damaged by coastal storms in recent years and will be demolished in the fall.Also Thursday, Council is expected to vote to vacate a portion of 10th Street to help with the redevelopment of the former Dan’s Dock property into a new bayside marina called the 10th Street Wharf.Under the plan, a 17-foot-wide piece of 10th Street would be vacated to allow the marina developer to properly align the docks.last_img read more

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first_imgDirectors at Coopland & Son (Scarborough) have said there is little prospect of a strong high street recovery, despite reporting a 16.5% rise in turnover to £32.5m for the financial year.As part of the company’s latest financial results, published last month on Companies House, for the year to 31 March 2012, a report from the directors said: “During the coming year, we expect trading conditions to remain challenging, with little prospect of a high street recovery. The forecast of increases in key raw material costs, partly due to inclement weather, and the upward pressure on utility costs, lead us to believe that the period will be challenging.”Coopland’s directors added that given the above, combined with the costs of acquiring 22 retail outlets and a production facility from Durham-based Peters Bakery last July, they would expect the company’s short-term profitability to fall. This is despite the company recording a 4.36% increase in operating profit to £1.41m during the financial year.The firm also revealed that capital spend had risen to £2.8m during the period, compared to £1.6m reported in the previous year, and bank borrowing had risen by £110,000 to £840,000.Back in November, Coopland recognised trainee bakers undertaking an in-house apprenticeship programme at its new bakery college last November.last_img read more

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