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Scrap the conflict

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Scrap the conflictOn 1 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today It’snot a case of traditional versus online training, says Investors in People UKCEO Ruth Spellman, trainers must look at what works for the individual as wellas what benefits the business Thereis a lot of hype about the conflict between e-learning and conventionaltraining methods. Is e-learning a fad or is the old way of learning just simplyuninspiring? Today’s businesses are increasingly aware of the need for peopledevelopment but the question is how is this best achieved? The fact that thereis merit in both forms of training doesn’t make it an easy choice. Themain benefits of e-learning are flexibility and control: employees can learn asand when it suits them. This is becoming increasingly important as theworkforce changes to include individuals from all walks of life. Workingmothers and part-time workers, for example, can benefit from being able to fittraining around their already hectic schedules. For returners to work or thosewanting to develop their IT skills, e-learning has the additional advantage ofimproving familiarisation with technology and software packages. Traditionalclassroom-based learning, however, also has its advantages. While e-learningdoes mean employees can learn in their own time, this can create a sense of isolation.Learning in a group allows for team-building – it is fun, interactive andsociable. It is also an escape from the routine of everyday work. Another keybenefit is the presence of a tutor to provide support and guidance.Sowhich method is best? The answer is actually quite simple. Both options offerkey training benefits and these should be tailored to suit individualproductivity and business performance. Investorsin People UK strongly believes employees need a proper development plan,closely aligned with the organisation’s objectives. These plans need to takeinto account employee needs, and ensure they meet broader business aims. However,it recognises that no two people and no two organisations are the same andtraining needs will vary from business to business. Training should, above all,be relevant and appropriate whether it be online or in the classroom.Today,businesses have a dazzling array of learning methods available to them:materials and technology to suit every business and budget. It may be that acombination of traditional and modern training methods will work best. Soit’s not a case of ‘out with the old and in with the new’. The conflict neednot exist. Learning via the Web is not a replacement for learning in theclassroom -the two can complement each other, offering companies a powerfultool to unite people development with business goals.RuthSpellman is CEO of Investors in People UK and chairwoman of the VoluntarySector NTO England Committee read more

May 12, 2021 0

The oxygen isotope composition, petrology and geochemistry of mare basalts: Evidence for large-scale compositional variation in the lunar mantle

first_imgTo investigate the formation and early evolution of the lunar mantle and crust we have analysed the oxygen isotopic composition, titanium content and modal mineralogy of a suite of lunar basalts. Our sample set included eight low-Ti basalts from the Apollo 12 and 15 collections, and 12 high-Ti basalts from Apollo 11 and 17 collections. In addition, we have determined the oxygen isotopic composition of an Apollo 15 KREEP (K – potassium, REE – Rare Earth Element, and P – phosphorus) basalt (sample 15386) and an Apollo 14 feldspathic mare basalt (sample 14053). Our data display a continuum in bulk-rock delta O-18 values, from relatively low values in the most Ti-rich samples to higher values in the Ti-poor samples, with the Apollo 11 sample suite partially bridging the gap. Calculation of bulk-rock delta O-18 values, using a combination of previously published oxygen isotope data on mineral separates from lunar basalts, and modal mineralogy (determined in this study), match with the measured bulk-rock delta O-18 values. This demonstrates that differences in mineral modal assemblage produce differences in mare basalt delta O-18 bulk-rock values. Differences between the low- and high-Ti mare basalts appear to be largely a reflection of mantle-source heterogeneities, and in particular, the highly variable distribution of ilmenite within the lunar mantle. Bulk delta O-18 variation in mare basalts is also controlled by fractional crystallisation of a few key mineral phases. Thus, ilmenite fractionation is important in the case of high-Ti Apollo 17 samples, whereas olivine plays a more dominant role for the low-Ti Apollo 12 samples. Consistent with the results of previous studies, our data reveal no detectable difference between the Delta O-17 of the Earth and Moon. The fact that oxygen three-isotope studies have been unable to detect a measurable difference at such high precisions reinforces doubts about the giant impact hypothesis as presently formulated.last_img read more

May 9, 2021 0

Weber State; SUU, Represented on FCS STATS All-American Teams

first_img Brad James Written by Tags: FCS STATS All-American Team/Jonah Williams/Zach Larsen FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCHICAGO-Thursday, Weber State and Southern Utah were each represented on the FCS STATS All-American teams.The Wildcats were represented by senior defensive lineman Jonah Williams. Williams is the co-Big Sky Conference defensive player of the year and has 7.5 sacks, 57 tackles and 10 tackles for a loss.Williams has also amassed five quarterback hurries, three pass breakups and two fumble recoveries.The native of Meridian, Idaho has played in 53 career games for the Wildcats and has 27 career tackles for a loss, 189 total tackles, four pass deflections, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and three blocked kicks.Williams was also named to the HERO sports FCS All-American team.Southern Utah was represented by senior offensive lineman Zach Larsen who made this squad as well as The Associated Press FCS All-American team.Larsen was also named to the All-Big Sky Conference squad earlier this autumn. December 19, 2019 /Sports News – Local Weber State; SUU, Represented on FCS STATS All-American Teamslast_img read more

May 8, 2021 0

Full Schedule of Holiday Events in O.C. Starts ‘Earlier Than the Bird’

first_imgOcean City kicked off a season of holiday events on Saturday with the Downtown Merchant Association’s annual “Earlier Than the Bird” celebration.A stiltwalker chats with Earlier Than the Bird shoppers on Saturday morning in Ocean City.Shoppers — many clad in pajamas — converged on Asbury Avenue to take advantage of discounts, turkey giveaways, free coffee and other contests.Clear and relatively mild weather helped draw good crowds to the Avenue. The event included free horse and carriage rides and free photos with Santa.A Christmas Arts and Crafts Festival on the Ocean City Music Pier continues 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The event feature 75 booths from leading crafters throughout the East Coast.The selection includes everything for the holidays including wreaths, floral decorations, jewelry, custom gift baskets, metal art and much more. A $3 donation benefits the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Ocean City Ecumenical Council Food Cupboard and the Wounded Warrior Project. Call 1-800-822-4112 for information. Pajama-clad shoppers competed for “best-dressed” prizes that included free turkeys.Special events in Ocean City continue through November and December: Nov. 23 — Ocean City Home Bank Annual Christmas Tree Lighting: The event takes place 6:30 p.m. at the corner of 10th Street and Asbury Avenue. Mayor Jay Gillian will light the tree. Cookies and cider will be in the lobby.Nov. 24 — Community Thanksgiving Service: St. Francis of Cabrini Church, 114 Atlantic Ave., will host the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Community Thanksgiving Service at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The service will include Thanksgiving Hymns, the Presidential Thanksgiving Proclamation and Thanksgiving sermon. Father Allen Lovell will be guest speaker. Mayor Jay Gillian will present opening remarks and read the Presidential Proclamation. Clergy from many Ocean City Churches will participate. A free will offering will be taken to continue the work of the Ocean City Ecumenical Council that includes the Food Cupboard and Clothes Closet. The Council and Ocean City Ministerium encourage you to bring non-perishable food items for the Food Cupboard. Dessert Fellowship will follow the service. All are invited. Nov. 27 — Christmas in the Downtown: “Our Miracle On Asbury Avenue.” Join merchants and Chamber from 2 to 5 p.m. in kicking off an old-fashioned downtown Christmas. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.Nov. 28-29 — Breakfast With Santa: 8 a.m. till 11:30 a.m., Sat., 11/28, Jon and Patty’s Coffee Bar and Bistro, 637 Asbury Ave., Sun.11/29, Sunrise Café 1200 Asbury. Nov. 28 — Small Business Saturday: Downtown and Boardwalk Merchants will celebrate the season by offering day-long specials. This is a national event sponsored by American Express and promoted by the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce for the day after “Black Friday.” For information, call (609) 399-1412.Dec. 4 — Christmas Parade: This parade brings Santa to town, horse-and-buggy style. Route is from  6th to 11th St. on Asbury Ave. Parade starts 6:30 p.m. Afterwards, Santa will be located at the Park across from City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave. He will pose for photos (bring your camera) and hand out treats. Downtown merchants, as the parade sponsors, invite bands, groups with floats, holiday-themed costumed marchers, local organizations, etc. to join the fun. This is an ideal opportunity to get exposure for your group or business before an appreciative crowd. For information, call (609) 399-6111 ext. 9283. Register at and click on events.Dec. 5 — Christmas Trolley Tour and Sing-Along:  Join the Ocean City Historical Museum for a Christmas History Trolley Tour led by John Loeper with songs led by Dr. Richard Stanislaw. There will be a stop at the historic Snodgrass home on Central Ave. The tour ends at the Museum, 17th and Simpson Ave., where visitors will see a new exhibit, “Home for the Holidays: Christmas 1945” and be treated to holiday fare. Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for non members. Call (609)399-1801 for information. Dec. 5-6 — Breakfast With Santa: In the Downtown, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 12/5 Yianni’s Café, 841 Asbury Ave. 12/6 Arlene’s on Asbury, 624 Asbury Ave.Dec. 5-6 — Jay Eggly / Ocean City Train Show: Features large Garden Railroad Display on Music Pier Stage, 30 ft. Lionel display with working accessories in Solarium of Pier and vendors exhibiting and selling trains, train parts, holiday decorations, memorabilia and more. Repairs made on site by technician Dick Yard. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun. Admission: $3 for adults, $1 children 12 and under.Dec. 5-6 — Free Horse and Carriage Rides: Noon to 3 p.m., in front of City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave. For information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.Dec. 6 — Joy to the World: The Ocean City Pops presents an orchestral and choral celebration of the glorious sounds of Christmas. Maestro Scheible and the Pops are joined by Heraldic Trumpets, Glorious Choirs, Dazzling Bells, featuring tenor Cody Austin. Showtime: 3 p.m. at the Ocean City High School Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave. Tickets $20, available at For more information call (609) 399-6111.Dec. 11-13 — Swingin’ to the Holidays: 2015 Spectacular at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Presented by the Greater Ocean City Theater Co. An enchanting cast of professional singers and dancers will present a high energy, family-oriented, song and dance tribute to the holidays directed and choreographed by Michael Hartman. Through dazzling costumes, familiar songs and special effects, the show will kindle the holiday spirit as the magic of the season comes to life in a brand new musical journey through seasonal favorites. Tickets $18 general admission, $15 children 12 and under. Show times Dec. 11&12-7:30 p.m., Dec.13-2 p.m. Call (609) 399-6111 or visit 12-13 — Breakfast With Santa: 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Sat. 12/12, Sunrise Café, 1200 Asbury Ave., Sun., 12/13 Jon & Patty’s Coffee Bar & Bistro, 637 Asbury.Dec. 12-13 — Free Horse & Carriage Rides: Noon to 3 p.m. in front of City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave. For more information call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.Dec. 12-13 — Photos With Santa: Noon to 3 p.m. in front of the Music Pier. There will be a $10 charge per photo. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ. Dec. 13 — Angelus Chorus: The 65-voice Angelus Chorus will be featured in a program of traditional Christmas music and scriptures at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave. at 3 p.m. The chorus will be directed by Richard Stanislaw and feature tenor, John Taylor and the Tapestry String Quartet. Admission is free, offering received.Dec. 18 — Swingin’ to the Holidays: A Christmas spectacular by the Ocean City Theatre Company will be repeated at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier.Dec. 31 — First Night New Year’s Eve Celebration: REMINDER: Get your FIRST NIGHT ADMISSION BUTTONS NOW! for Ocean City’s Gala New Year’s Eve Celebration that provides continuous family entertainment from 4 p.m. until midnight capped by a fireworks display. Buttons are now available for $15 from or by calling 1-800-BEACH-NJ. Buttons are also available at the City Hall Welcome Center, 9th and Asbury Ave. After December 15, buttons will be priced at $20. Downtown Asbury Avenue is decorated for the season.last_img read more

May 2, 2021 0

What I did on my Summer Explorations

first_imgOn a beautiful, blue-sky day in late July, Ryan Dell sat on his bicycle alongside several other excited novice cyclists, eagerly waiting for the three words that would set them off across the parking lot of the Harvard Ed Portal in Allston.“Ready, set, go!” yelled the 8-year-old from Brighton. “Let’s go, let’s do this!”Ryan and his twin sister, Kaylee, were two of the children who participated in the “Beginners Biking Workshop,” one of nine Summer Explorations offered by the Ed Portal. While some of the rising second- through fourth-graders were just learning to ride, the twins had already developed some biking skills. But there was still much to learn — why it’s important to wear a helmet, hand signals, and about all the moving parts of a bike. Then, just outside the Ed Portal’s back door, the young cyclists got to spin around the parking lot, with plenty of adults close by to lend a hand.You can see the wheels turning in Brian McKenzie’s bike safety workshop. Junior Santiago (from left), Sarah Dechantsreiter, and Kaitlyn Ruane. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe beginners’ workshop was one of a range of Ed Portal offerings that let Greater Boston youth explore everything from clay-making to play-making. For older riders, the “Bike Mechanics and Safety 101 Workshop” looked deeper into the mechanics and repair of bicycles, with a five-mile ride on the nearby bike path designed to expand technical riding skills.“The kids in both workshops have so much energy, and they’re super excited. It’s fun to see them learning and hear what they have to say about riding a bike,” said Sophie Massey, a Summer Explorations instructor and program manager at CommonWheels, a nonprofit community bicycle collective based in Allston.More than 80 kids participated in this year’s program, which featured nine weeklong workshops that gave students in grades one through 12 the opportunity to learn not just for fun, but by having fun. Taught by Harvard-affiliated students and staff, the free workshops ran through the month of July.Cooking and codingThe sessions kicked off with Science and Cooking, where middle school students learned how to prepare food, and got to hone their science and math skills while learning about nutrition and health.Right next door to the burgeoning chefs, kids in grades four through six were busy learning to code. The Creative Coding Studio workshop used the Scratch programming language to teach them to code doing things they already love to do — uploading pictures, adding sounds, creating games or animations, even telling stories.Sabah Vitale blends science, math, and nutrition in a cooking class. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerThis was Grace Hammack’s second year in the Creative Coding Studio. The 11-year-old from Brighton wanted to keep developing her computer skills and said she likes to “learn fun things” from people at Harvard.“Grace learned coding was possible, she could create movement and things on the screen on her own,” said her mother, Tammy Hammack. “We love the Ed Portal, even though we are in Oak Square and could argue that it would be easier to go other places. We think it’s a great thing that Harvard does this. It’s exposure to some really bright students and Grace really loves it.”Grasping soft roboticsFor a little more hands-on action, “Soft Robotics” gave sixth- through eighth-graders a chance to fabricate an SDM Finger — a shape deposition manufacturing robot that grips and grasps — using tubing, cardboard, Kevlar, tape, and glue sticks. Instructor Sara Berndt, a research fellow at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, said kids are attracted to the oozy-gooey part of soft robotics, which she likened to using Silly Putty, only the putty is silicone.“This is my first year teaching this course, but I really love that we’re able to expose kids to something they may not have had access to,” she said. “At this age they are exploring through play, which is really important to encourage. They bring a fresh mindset and creativity to stuff that research fellows may have been working on for a long time.”Patty Huang (left) works with Julia Davis in Soft Robotics. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerAbigail Hill, an 11-year-old from Brighton who is going into sixth grade at the Park School in Boston, had previously taken the Creative Coding workshop, but this time opted for Soft Robotics.“The Ed Portal is intriguing because you can do stuff that is relatively hard, but when you actually get into it, you can understand it better and it’s easy,” she said. “Robotics is fun because you can make stuff and see the outcome, which is really cool. It’s hard to tell which workshops I like more.”“Opportunity to talk and participate”In another program, 19 high school students worked with Harvard University Department of Philosophy scholars and utilized HarvardX online courses to learn about consent and civic participation. The workshop, called “ThinkerAnalytix,” explored issues such as free speech, sexual assault, harassment and racism, and different ways to approach consent.Anne Sanderson, a Harvard philosophy research fellow and co-director of ThinkerAnalytix, a nonprofit organization, partnered with the Ed Portal to create this workshop as an internship for high school students. The program is helping Sanderson and her colleagues design a high-school level course on consent.Nate Otey’s ThinkerAnalytix workshop explores consent and civic participation. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer“I have spent several years working with the philosophy department and noticed how philosophers can take arguments to a fundamental level that challenges students to think and make difficult connections intellectually that they are capable of making,” she said.The curriculum offered collaboration, debate, discussion, and an opportunity to act out case studies. Students had nightly assignments that prepared them for the next day’s material, and ThinkerAnalytix paid them a small stipend to provide feedback at the end of the week.“I really like this, it’s different from my regular classes in school,” said Joedding Neal, an 18-year-old from Charlestown who’ll be a junior at Brighton High. “When they’re teaching something new they approach it in a different way than how they would a regular class. They give us more opportunity to talk and participate in a group setting.”Alia Qatarneh leads a discussion in “Discover your DNA.” Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerIn “Discover Your DNA: An Adventure in Laboratory Biology,” middle schoolers came together to use laboratory equipment to isolate their DNA and learn how genes control what humans can taste. They even took a field trip to the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab in Allston to check out the 15,000-square-foot space where Harvard faculty, alumni, students, and postdoctoral scholars work on innovations in biotech and life sciences.Voice, body, mind, and imaginationWhile biotech inventions were on the minds of some summer explorers, others used their imaginations to turn piles of clay into works of art. In “Clay Creations!,” students in the fourth through sixth grades designed and made garden-inspired pieces that were fired in the Harvard Ceramics Program’s on-site kiln. Some of the clay creations even became art installations at the Ed Portal.For eight first- and second-graders, the sessions included spinning like planets. During a week of space-themed creative play, craft projects, reading and improvisational games, participants at the “A.R.T. Kids Company Jamboree” learned about the different elements of theater — voice, body, mind, and imagination. The workshop culminated in a live performance.Bryce Lee and other first- and second-graders got creative in the American Repertory Theater program. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer“This is the very first year of ‘A.R.T. Kids Company Jamboree,’ which is a half-day program modeled on a curriculum we have been using with younger students for many years,” said Brenna Nicely, the A.R.T. education and community programs manager. “Support, encouragement, and expertise from the Ed Portal have been essential as we are developing this wacky new program, aimed at teaching students different ways to express themselves creatively, further develop reading comprehension, and work together with their peers.”Although the American Repertory Theater has long partnered with the Ed Portal, this year was the first it took part in the Summer Explorations program. Nicely said she was thrilled that the A.R.T. could be a part of it.Massey could not agree more.“The Ed Portal offers a lot of important resources for community members, and it’s so awesome that all the programming is free, it’s such a great thing,” she said. “I wonder what would have happened if I had this when I was a kid.”last_img read more

March 1, 2021 0

Holiday Shopping? Don’t Let Your Old Gadgets Become Garbage

first_imgThe following is a guest post by actor, filmmaker, entrepreneur and sustainability champion Adrian Grenier. As Dell’s Social Good Advocate, Grenier collaborates with us to promote healthier, more sustainable choices and actions through digital storytelling and advocacy. Dell also supports Adrian’s ocean conservation work through technology. You can follow Dell and Adrian’s work together using hashtag #legacyofgood.************It’s holiday season, which means that most of us have our hearts set on giving and receiving shiny new gifts. I love an electronic upgrade as much as the next person, but we also need to be mindful of just how much impact these purchases can have on the planet. Especially with technology, the rapid pace of innovation leaves still-working electronics feeling obsolete, which contributes to our growing e-waste problem. The United Nations reported that the world created almost 42 million metric tons of e-waste in 2014, and only one-sixth of that was recycled!But what people don’t think about is that those gadgets are still full of life and value. Many of our gently used or “broken” electronics can be repaired, refurbished and given to those who might otherwise not had access to technology. For example, the National Cristina Project provides an easy nonprofit locator to help businesses and individuals find nearby organizations that can put your old electronics to good use.So before you hit the shopping centers or your favorite online retailers, here’s a short list of ways to make sure those heart-warming holiday gifts lift receivers’ spirits but not their environmental footprint.1) Does this gift fill a need?Overconsumption is a huge problem in the U.S. and beyond, and the holiday season only makes it worse. So before you give a gift out of social obligation, ask yourself if it’s really necessary. Does the recipient really need or even want the gift? Will he or she really use it? Especially if you’re considering buying new electronics, make sure that your careful selection won’t end up in a drawer gathering dust.If you’re looking at the newest generation of internet-connected devices like smartwatches or smart-home technologies, keep in mind that “internet of things” (IoT) gadgets promise to make us more efficient and more connected, but they also make up a huge class of electronics that will need to be properly disposed of at the end of their lives. (I talk a lot more about recycling below!)2) Will it last?A big part of our overconsumption problem is due to buying products with planned obsolescence or that just aren’t built to last. In the world of electronics a device that’s built to last for a decade is priced just high enough to make it easier for budget-conscious shoppers to buy a cheaper, flimsier option.What you can do: Buy better gadgets. If you’ve decided that the gift is really something your loved one will use, spend the few extra bucks to get the durable, well-rated version. And do the research to understand whether the products consider the environment in how they’re designed, shipped or manufactured. For example, Dell recycles excess carbon fiber from other industries into their Latitude and Alienware notebooks.Or consider buying refurbished! When you buy “used and improved” products, you extend the life of all the resources used to make the gear, and save major money at the same time. Research from the Consumer Technology Association studied the lifespan of different electronics, and found that laptops, tablets, and smartphones last longer than we might expect them to.3) Does this brand reflect your values? Just as it’s important to make smart purchases as far as buying gear that will last (or not buying it in the first place if it’s not necessary), where you spend your money also makes a powerful statement. Although shoppers are always seeking the best value for the dollar, when it comes to buying new electronics, consumers should ask ‘how does this brand address working conditions, human rights, e-waste and recycling?’What you can do: Do the research! Groups like Ethical Consumer and Green America provide useful rankings to determine how a manufacturer matches up to your values. And be sure to look through a company’s sustainability website to see what they have to say about their actions. (Pro tip: If a company doesn’t have a sustainability or social responsibility website, that’s a pretty good sign they’re not performing up to snuff….)4) Is it really garbage yet? Although your three-year-old tablet may not be performing up to your high standards, it’s still got plenty of life left, and there’s a huge demand for reused electronics in other parts of the world that people in the U.S. might consider garbage.What you can do: Sell, trade-in, or donate your working but unwanted electronics. Sites like Amazon, Gazelle, Glyde and eBay will give you an instant price for your old smartphones, tablets, computers, and gaming consoles, and make it easy to trade them in for cash.5) Recycle it rightIf that gadget is really broken or too old to sell again, you’re going to want to recycle it – and do it the right way. Improper disposal can result in electronics being shipped overseas, where people harvest the valuable metals from your gear using unsafe, unhealthy, and highly polluting methods.So once you’ve determined that recycling is the only option for that old gadget, make sure you do it the right way.What you can do: Find a responsible recycler. There are plenty of online resources – Call2Recycle and Earth911, to name just two – that help you find a place to responsibly recycle almost anything, including your electronics. Make sure you choose a recycler that commits to skip shipping hazardous waste to developing countries, and ideally one that recycles electronics in the U.S. in an environmentally friendly way. The e-Stewards certification will help you find a good recycler, and Dell also makes it easy through its Dell Reconnect partnership with Goodwill. You can bring any brand of computer, as well as monitors, keyboards, mice, cables – just about anything that can be connected to a computer – to any of the 2,000 Goodwill locations nationwide and they’ll make sure it gets recycled properly. Before you recycle any electronics, make sure you erase your personal data first!To show how well this works, last year I joined Dell in a NYC Tech Takeback program, where we partnered with Uber and Goodwill to collect unwanted electronics from across the five boroughs and deliver them to Goodwill locations across the city to be responsibly recycled. Through that program, we managed to collect more than 6,000 pounds of e-waste and keep it out of landfills.This holiday season, let’s embrace the joy and love that gift-giving brings – but let’s do it in a way that protects the planet for the future. Happy holidays!&nbsp;</p><p>last_img read more

February 27, 2021 0

Working Together for Water and a Cleaner Lake Taihu

first_imgImagine if a toxic microcystis algae bloom left 2.3 million people (about the population of Paris, France) without drinking water for a week.After years of poor sewage systems, fertilizer runoff and wastewater from industrial processes, this is exactly what happened at China’s Lake Taihu in 2007, near some of our suppliers. Incidents like this have far-reaching consequences, especially when you consider that only 0.5 percent of world’s freshwater reserves are accessible (according to WBCSD) and more than half of the world’s population will live in areas of significant water shortage by 2025, according to the United Nations.Dell’s supply chain sustainability team is keenly focused on the importance of this issue and the role freshwater plays in the social, economic and environmental issues Dell must address – both for ourselves and across our supply chain.A 2016 McKinsey study suggested that 90 percent of air, soil, and land impacts associated with consumer goods are supply chain-related. Meanwhile, organizations such as Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) are highlighting dynamics such as the competition among supply chains for limited water supplies, alongside other key sustainability challenges such as climate change and population growth.We have an opportunity for real impact here, and focus on addressing both our direct water use, as well as driving positive change among our supply base.Dell’s own water useOur offices focus on efficiency programs to reduce water use – everything from reduced irrigation and low-water landscaping to rainwater harvesting and greywater use.For our direct operations, we focus our water conservation efforts in regions where there are water scarcity concerns due to weather or infrastructure issues. Our Dell-operated facilities in India are a great example, where each facility has an on-site wastewater treatment plant because nearby cities lack central treatment facilities.  At four of our largest campuses in the country, we reuse about 80 percent of the wastewater, repurposing it to water landscapes and flush toilets. Of course, we also track the water consumption in the buildings we own or manage, and have implemented water conservation actions globally, such as replacing less-efficient fixtures with low-flow sinks and toilets and converting portions of the landscaping in drier climates to xeriscape or native vegetation.Understanding water in our supply chainWhile we hold ourselves to account for strong water stewardship, we do the same for our suppliers.  In 2014, we surveyed our suppliers’ water use to understand how much water they were using, how they were using it and what they were doing to reduce usage. This allowed us to better map our supply chain both against water use-intensity and geographic water stress.Beyond better information provided by the survey, we also developed a methodology and toolkit for our suppliers to help them monitor and report their own water use. Often, effective monitoring of water use can lead to great improvements at low costs, especially by identifying previously undetected leaks or finding ways to improve wastewater quality via filtering and purification (potentially allowing for greater reuse vs. discharge). We also asked our suppliers to put together 5-year risk mitigation plans focused on water.We first distributed the new methodology and toolkit in 2016 with manufacturers, including those making LED and LCD monitors and hard drives. We are continuing to roll it out to suppliers of processors, connectors, batteries, cable and power units. So far, our program has engaged 150 of the most intensive water-users identified in our survey; last year alone saw 110 projects implemented by them, leading to an aggregated reduction in freshwater use by 815,000 cubic meters – enough to fill 350 Olympic swimming pools. Our suppliers also reduced wastewater discharge by 2.4 million cubic meters – enough to fill up the Great Pyramid at Giza! What about Lake Taihu?Of course, impressive improvements like this only go so far if the communal water supply isn’t cared for. We wanted to show how working together could not just reduce water use, but actually improve water quality.Enter Lake Taihu.In 2017 and again in 2018, we brought together a group of our suppliers, local community representatives, other consumer brands, and industry groups who are present in this water basin to address the ongoing risks and challenges that led to the 2007 algae outbreak.The roundtables provided the basis for discussions on increasing use of recycled water, implementing water metering management, and storing and treating wastewater sludge, with progress on agreed initiatives tracked accordingly. The participants underwent further training on data collection and analysis as well as water risk assessments, with companies such as Dell sharing their in-house tools on monitoring, evaluation and engagement techniques.Dell is also working with our suppliers in the Lake Taihu catchment to become certified to the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) International Water Stewardship Standard, a global standard that demonstrates efficacy to water stewardship. We had two of our suppliers in the region certified earlier this year. Dell is also partnering with AWS in the area, to leverage their network to engage more stakeholders and benchmark their mechanisms to treat wastewater effectively.“Collaboration is essential to our efforts to address water risks,” says Jason Ho, Director of Supply Chain Social & Environmental Responsibility, Dell. “Developing and sharing tools to help suppliers and Dell track progress, and connecting suppliers with the right resources for improvement, allows us to partner with our supply chain to holistically address water risks. We’re continuing to align with all our stakeholders on actions to leave the environment better than we found it and looking forward to continuing to extend our activities across Dell’s supply chain.”We are now reviewing the opportunity to increase impact across other watersheds around the world, as well as encouraging suppliers to take a similar approach in their locations.More information about our activities is available on our website. Our Water Policy Principles outline the actions we’re taking to understand and manage the impact of our business on water use and quality.We are committed to driving transparency, accountability and continuous improvement throughout our global supply chain. Explore our approach to Supply Chain Responsibility including our Dell Supply Chain Sustainability Progress Report.last_img read more

February 27, 2021 0

Engelberth Recognized for Safety Excellence

first_imgEngelberth Construction, Inc. was recently awarded three safety awards by the Associated Builders and Contractors. Engelberth received second place in the SIC Code 15 Over 100,000Man-Hours, the most improved award in the SIC Code 15, Over 100,000 Man-Hours and the S.T.E.P. (Safety Training and Evaluation Process) awardat the Gold level, a National ABC award, for Engelberth’s achievement and ongoing efforts in the development of a quality safety program for the year 2001. Engelberth has been a recipient of this prestigious award since the program’s inception eight years ago. This marks the thirteenth consecutive year that the NH/VT Chapter of ABC has recognized Engelberth for our commitment to safety excellence.Providing a safe, healthy work environment for employees, contractors, and clients is our number one goal. Our team members know that their workpractices and behavior must safeguard everyone at the job site, and in doing so will support the efficient completion of each project. Ourentire safety team, safety director, Steve Murray; assistant safety director, Chris Gordon; risk manager, Chuck Huizenga, every employee from supervisors to field crews, and vendors and subcontractors continuouslystrive for an injury-free work site.Engelberth Construction, Inc., is a Construction Manager/General Contractor with full-service offices in Colchester, Vermont, Bedford NewHampshire and Keene, New Hampshire. Engelberth employs over 270 people on projects throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, Northeastern New York andMassachusetts.last_img read more

January 1, 2021 0

Blackfriars’ £100m Southpoint scheme prepares to go into orbit

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October 20, 2020 0

Gov. Wolf: Reinsurance Program Application Receives Federal Approval

first_img Healthcare,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the U.S. Department of the Treasury have approved Pennsylvania’s Section 1332 Waiver application for a reinsurance program. Pennsylvania’s Reinsurance Program (PA Re) is authorized to operate under section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) from 2021 through 2025.“By having a reinsurance fund that will directly pay some of the health care costs for high-cost individuals, we can lower premiums for other insured Pennsylvanians on the individual market and reduce the cost for subsidies to help low-income individuals,” Gov. Wolf said. “These savings further our goal of making sure health insurance is affordable and effective for all Pennsylvanians.”PA Re will strengthen Pennsylvania’s individual health insurance market through state-based innovation. The reinsurance program will partially reimburse individual market insurers for high-cost claims. Minimizing the risk gap for insurers will help lower premiums from what they would have been without PA Re, and will increase access to affordable, individual-market private coverage. The reinsurance program is also expected to encourage insurers to maintain and possibly expand geographic coverage areas, and may attract additional insurers to the state.Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman said, “This historic step towards a healthier Pennsylvania will expand access to affordable and comprehensive health care coverage, benefitting Pennsylvania’s health insurance consumers. As a result of the waiver approval, more Pennsylvanians may have access to coverage and consumers will see moderated premiums.”Pennsylvania is transitioning to run its own health insurance marketplace beginning this fall. The user fee insurers pay to have their products offered through the state-based marketplace will provide the state’s share of funds for PA Re. The “pass-through” funds the Federal government saves as a result of PA Re reducing premiums and thereby decreasing federal spending on marketplace subsidies will fund the greater portion of the reinsurance costs.Zachary W. Sherman, Executive Director of the new state marketplace, added, “We are excited to partner with PA Re and for what this partnership means for our state. Particularly now, amid a public health crisis, access to high-quality coverage is vital. Today, the marketplace is open year-round for individuals that experience a change in life circumstance, such as the loss of employer-based coverage. We continue to encourage all Pennsylvanians to visit to see if any changes in their employment or salary status may impact the resources available to help purchase coverage for the remainder of 2020. We look forward to serving Pennsylvanians later this year once we’re fully transitioned, but until then hope everyone gets, and stays, covered.”PA Re will be a claims-based, attachment point reinsurance program that will partially reimburse health insurers for claims costs of qualifying ACA-compliant individual enrollees, where a percentage of the claims costs exceeding a specified threshold (attachment point) and up to a specified ceiling (reinsurance cap) will be reimbursed.For the first year of the program, beginning January 1, 2021, the adopted parameters are an attachment point of $60,000, a cap of $100,000, and a coinsurance rate of 60 percent. PA Re projects that under the 1332 waiver, premiums will be about 5 percent lower in 2021 than they would have been without the waiver, thus making coverage more affordable in the individual market.In granting the waiver, the federal departments determined that the Pennsylvania 1332 application met the requirements to:• Provide coverage at least as comprehensive as the coverage defined in section 1302(b),• Provide coverage as affordable as would otherwise be provided,• Provide coverage to at least a comparable number of people as would otherwise be covered, and• Not increase the deficit.For additional information, please visit the Pennsylvania Insurance Department 1332 Waiver webpage.Ver esta página en español. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf: Reinsurance Program Application Receives Federal Approvalcenter_img July 24, 2020last_img read more

October 16, 2020 0