Camden provides refugees with first step on job ladder

first_imgCamden provides refugees with first step on job ladderOn 9 May 2001 in Personnel Today CamdenBorough Council is running an innovative work placement scheme to give refugeesthe chance to get relevant experience in the UK. The council, in partnership with London-based charity City ParochialFoundation, has offered refugees three six-month placements in financial andaccounting roles in its social services and chief executive departments. Jennifer Muhammad, Camden’s employment project officer and a member of theHR team, explained that the council’s involvement in the work placement schemesprang from its commitment to valuing diversity. She said, “This is an employment initiative which reflects thecommunity in which we live.” Statistics from the London Research centre back this up. Currently, an estimated240,000 to 280,000 refugees and asylum-seekers live in Greater London boroughs.However, Muhammad stresses that there is no guarantee of employment at theend of the placements. During the placements, the council provides training in telephone skills andgives careers advice to the refugees. Their travel and subsistence is paid and,due to their unemployed status, the refugees are still available for other workduring the scheme. Once the pilot scheme is completed, the HR team will present a report toCamden’s equalities committee to evaluate the success of the project. Muhammad said, “We will discuss the viability of the scheme and whetherwe can run it on a regular basis as part of our existing work experienceprogramme.” Camden looked at the refugees’ expectations before placing them on thescheme. “The feedback from the refugees indicates that they wanted to improvetheir communication skills and find out how an office runs in the UK comparedwith their home countries,” said Muhammad. An Industrial Society report, Turning Refugees into Employees, found thatone of the main employment obstacles facing refugees is gaining UK workexperience. www.camden.gov.ukBy Karen Higginbottom Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

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Marco Benevento Shares Free Download Of Late-Night NOLA Set

first_imgIt’s been a few weeks since New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and we’re still wrapping our head around the magic that occurred throughout the city during all hours of the day and night. Marco Benevento especially had a powerful presence in the city during the two-week marathon, with multiple shows with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead as well as his solo band–which features Karina Rykman on bass and Andy Borger on drums.On Thursday night / Friday morning of the second weekend, Marco Benevento played a show with his band at the legendary Tipitina’s that started after 2:00 in the morning. That set was recorded live, and Marco himself mixed and multi-tracked the tape for fans to download for free. You can cop your own free download here via Royal Potato Family.Setlist: Marco Benevento | Tipitina’s | New Orleans, LA | 5/4/18The Story of Fred Short (Suite), Greenpoint, Heartbeats, Pepper, Dropkick, Coyote Hearing, RISD, Woah!!!, You Don’t Know How It Feels, Bus Ride, At The ShowUpcoming Marco Benevento Dates:May 19 – Miami, FL – Rhythm Foundation BenefitMay 25 – Chillicothe, IL – Summer CampJune 1 – Weston, MI – Camp GreenskyJune 14 – Baltimore, MD – 8×10June 15 – Hammonton, NJ – BeardfestJuly 14 – Greenfield, MA – Green River FestivalSeptember 8 – Austin, TX – Waterloo Music FestivalSeptember 14 – Telluride CO – Telluride Blues & Brews FestivalSeptember 15 – Denver, CO – Cervante’s Other Sidelast_img read more

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#62: Dell EMC Customer Corner with Ashley Furniture

first_imgVMworld 2016 provided the perfect opportunity to extend the Dell EMC Customer Corner. For the second installment, I was able to catch up with Jason Molitor, IT Infrastructure Architect for Ashley Furniture.Jason leveraged Dell EMC Converged Infrastructure to address growth and stability challenges while supporting new applications and providing high availability all while moving data centers. Learn more this week on Dell EMC The Source Podcast live from VMworld 2016.Top of FormDon’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store.  Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comEMC: The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)The Source Podcast: Episode #62: Dell EMC Customer Corner with Ashley Furniture Audio Playerhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/thesource/EMC_The_Source_Episode_62_audio.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.EMC: The Source Podcast is hosted By Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)last_img read more

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The Glitch Mob Flip the Stage with Dell and Alienware

first_imgThe music, the lights, the people. They all add up at an electronic dance music (EDM) event to create an experience that takes us away from our everyday life. We get to dance and escape for a bit.“But, after a few shows, this novelty wore off. You weren’t as excited anymore; you knew what to expect. So what does one do?” asked one music psychology enthusiast.Well, if you’re the pioneers in live performances of electronic music like Boreta (Justin Boreta), edIT (Edward Ma), and Ooah (Joshua Mayer), aka The Glitch Mob (above), you look for new technology that lets you further break down the wall between the performers and the crowd.“The Glitch Mob are consistently pushing the boundaries of live electronic performance, with The Blade 2.0 another of their ingenious creations once again putting their live show in a league of its own,” says Broadway World.Blade 2.0 is the new custom-made live performance rig that follows (obviously) Blade 1.0. The new tour also brings a custom stage designed by Martin Phillips, the same man behind Daft Punk’s legendary Pyramid on their iconic 2006/2007 Alive tour; he’s also worked with the likes of Kanye West, Nine Inch Nails and others.The band also collaborated with Dell and Alienware on the project to provide the elite computational power needed to perform their music the way it was intended to be received with the utmost precision and sound quality.As gamers, in addition to musicians, The Glitch Mob have been fans of Alienware and started working with the brand in 2011. Impressed with the performance of those systems, they began looking at more Dell technology for the Blade 2.0.They were using hacked Apple iPads and Macbook Pros in the Blade 1.0, but felt limited by their ecosystem and infrastructure. The systems were barely powerful enough to keep up with the demands of the live show and weren’t updated or refreshed frequently enough.At their 2015 New Year’s Eve show, The Glitch Mob used three Dell XPS 18s for the first time in a live performance in front of 19,000 fans. Success then gave them confidence that Dell would be a reliable technology partner for a monumental 36-date 2018 world tour on a next-level stage.“Everything has been flipped around so the crowd can see what the group are playing in real timeShareTraditionally, a stage has a conceptual barrier between those who are on it and those in front of it that is referred to as the fourth wall. What’s going to be really fun about Blade 2.0 is that it breaks that imaginary barrier.“Everything has been flipped around so the crowd can see what the group are playing in real time,” Broadway World noted. “The Blade 2.0 acts as both a custom-made instrument and stage, which creates a uniquely immersive experience.”I first got to see a sample of this effect when The Glitch Mob demonstrated our Dell XPS 27 at CES 2017. For Blade 2.0, however, they’ve evaluated many other Dell technologies and landed on the following configuration for the end-to-end design:Dell Canvas and Alienware 17s as primary controller for each performer (running emulator on the Canvas/Alienware pairing allows the touchscreen to act as a flexible and reconfigurable MIDI controller)Alienware 15s to run the live musical set in Ableton and do the bulk of the computingXPS All-in-Ones (AIOs) as secondary controllers for each performerFor venues and events where Blade 2.0 won’t fit, The Glitch Mob will perform DJ sets on Dell XPS 15s.Go behind the scenes and see how the flips stage with Dell + Alienware technology“Every time we step on stage, we are grateful beyond words to have the opportunity to perform our music to the world on our own terms.  We’re always trying to find new and interesting ways to play our music, and more importantly, connect with people through it.  Since the very beginning, we’ve been fueled by curiosity and connection. This is the story of our collaboration with Dell on Blade 2.0.” – The Glitch Moblast_img read more

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Mosquito Season

first_imgSubtropical Storm Alberto has departed, and the rains will eventually subside. What happens next is predictable: mosquitoes.Every possible container around our homes, yards and neighborhoods is holding water and offering its services as a mosquito breeding site. It is up to all of us to ensure that this does not occur. Mosquitoes in their larval and pupal stages require standing water, and the most efficient, effective technique to cut down the adult mosquito population is to eliminate standing water.   But this can be trickier than it appears, and eliminating standing water will take everyone’s combined effort. This year’s mosquito season has had a relatively slow start. Despite a warm February, a cool March slowed development, and winter was dry across middle and south Georgia, where many of Georgia’s natural mosquito habitats occur. The recent rains have made the upper portion of the state relatively wet and left water standing in low-lying areas. These temporary habitats can be very productive for mosquitoes due to the lack of fish and other aquatic predators. Localized rainfall events play a major role in most mosquito populations and their potential for disease transmission.All mosquitoes need moisture, either standing water or boggy soil, to develop from eggs to adults. Only adult mosquitoes bite. Georgians often remember to rinse birdbaths and dump out buckets and toys, and there are many other potential mosquito habitats that people often forget. The most common larval habitats around homes and gardens are the dishes and trays associated with potted plants. Other habitats include tarps, downspouts, underground drainage systems and boats. Basically, anything that can hold water can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Used tires are a particularly problematic habitat for container-breeding mosquitoes. Residents should contact their local solid-waste departments to find out about scrap tire amnesty days or other ways to dispose of old tires.In addition to containers, some low-lying areas will hold water, allowing flood-water species of mosquitoes to emerge. Flood-water mosquitoes commonly deposit their eggs in low-lying areas with moist soils. When these areas become flooded, the eggs hatch and a brood of mosquitoes develops. These types of mosquitoes are more common along river bottoms and across central and south Georgia. While local transmission of the Zika virus was never observed in Georgia during the recent outbreak, the risk of being exposed to the West Nile virus (WNV) continues to be a real threat. Last year the Georgia Department of Public Health recorded 64 human cases of WNV and seven deaths. The number of people exposed to the virus was surely much greater, as only 1 in 5 people exposed to the virus typically become ill. Peak transmission of WNV occurs between Aug. 15 and Sept. 15 annually, but suppressing mosquito populations now can help to prevent larger mosquito populations and the compounding effects on disease transmission. The best way to prevent mosquito-borne disease is to avoid mosquito bites. Wearing pants and long sleeves that are loose-fitting and lightly colored minimizes our attractiveness to the host-seeking female mosquito. Only female mosquitoes bite. They need a blood meal to develop eggs. Using Environmental Protection Agency-approved insect repellents is also extremely important. When used as directed, EPA-registered repellents are proven safe and effective. Approved repellents include the long-time standard DEET, picaridin (widely used in Europe) and three materials that are classified as biopesticides by the EPA: lemon eucalyptus oil, IR3535 and 2-Undecanone. The 2-Undecanone material is the newest EPA-approved active ingredient, composed of natural compounds from the leaves and stems of the wild tomato plant. When using any of these products, it is important to always follow the label instructions. Adults should always apply repellents to children and avoid their hands, eyes, mouth and irritated skin. For more information about reducing mosquito populations, visit www.extension.uga.edu/publications.last_img read more

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Guardian ad litem program lost in Art. V funding shuffle

first_img April 15, 2004 Managing Editor Regular News Guardian ad litem program lost in Art. V funding shuffle Guardian ad litem program lost in Art. V funding shufflecenter_img Mark D. Killian Managing Editor The state’s guardian ad litem program needs $7.5 million more than the about $20 million already in the House and Senate budget plans to ensure it can continue to represent abused, abandoned, and neglected children at current levels.That’s the dire message Angela Orkin, executive director of the Statewide GAL Office, is telling anyone who will listen.Children’s advocates see a potential crisis and are lending their voices to the cause.“If the state doesn’t find a way to replace the lost money, a large percentage of the most vulnerable children won’t have representation at all,” said Gerard Glynn, executive director of Children First!“The effects on the kids will be enormous,” said Glynn, noting there would be an increased risk of more sexual abuse, the development of mental problems, and delinquent behaviors.Longtime child advocate Jack Levine said Florida’s GAL program is a national model for how to recruit and supervise citizens who volunteer as guardians ad litem, and it would be a shame if that system is undermined by a lack of funding.“They cannot do their job unless they are monitored, managed, trained, and supervised by quality professionals because of the vulnerability of these children,” said Levine, president of Advocacy Resources. “Our concern is. . . the core of supervision and oversite that needs to be done by trained professionals may suffer.”Levine said it would be unfortunate if the GAL program gets lost in the Revision 7, Art. V. funding transition.“I would hate for any part of it to be dissolved,” he said.Orkin said because of the transfer out of the court system, the GAL program stands to lose approximately $6 million in county support.“This includes rent, expenses, and 54 and one-half GAL staff positions,” Orkin said.Orkin said the GAL program also lost all its administrative support in the transfer from the court system to the Justice Administrative Commission in the executive branch, and the state so far has not provided “one single position” for the state office to take over those functions.“We estimate that $1.5 million is needed to fund the administrative functions and to continue representation at current levels,” said Orkin, noting that right now only about 40 percent of all foster kids have guardians, who serve as a voice for children in dependency proceedings.“If this funding is not provided, we will not be able to continue representing as many children.”Orkin said another $500,000 is needed for representation in Orange County because the Orange County Bar lost state money when a pilot guardian project there was eliminated.Orkin said both House and Senate leaders say they are continuing to work on the issue, “but we are concerned that as quickly as the budget is moving that we are going to get left out in the cold.”Orkin said all the House has set aside for the program is funds for the continuation budget, which includes none of the $7.5 million needed to maintain current levels of service, but did include the half million for Orange County.“We are about $7 million short in the House,” Orkin said. “On the Senate side, they initially just included our continuation budget, but Sen. [Rod] Smith, [D-Gainesville] — who I’m working closely with — included another million as a place- holder to continue looking at our program.”Orkin said the program also is keeping in contact with the counties to encourage them to continue at least funding some of the GAL program expenses, but most are unwilling to make any kind of commitment until the legislative session closes.“They would like the state to pick up everything,” Orkin said. “We are really caught in the middle between the legislature and the counties at this point, as to who is going to make sure we are held harmless in the implementation of Art. V.”Guardians ad litem serve a vital role in all 67 counties by looking out for the best interest of foster kids in dependancy court, said Howard Talenfeld, president of Florida’s Children First!, in urging lawmakers not to let the program become lost in the Art. V funding transition.“We want to encourage lawmakers to find a way to keep the guardian ad litem program fully funded so it can at least maintain the current level of service,” Talenfeld said.“If we leave this session, and we take this massive step back and discharge thousands and thousands of cases, we are just going to turn around and come back next session and ask for the funds to get us back up closer to 100 percent,” Orkin said. “We need all the support we can get before the legislature and the counties.”last_img read more

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Thaler writes Congress on retailers’ failing grade on data security

first_imgNAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler urged the leaders of the House and Senate to review a report that showed four out of every five global retailers – 80 percent – fail to meet widely accepted Payment Card Industry (PCI) data security standards.The Verizon 2015 Payment Card Industry Compliance Report also found that out of every data breach it studied during the past ten years, every company in question also failed to meet PCI standards when the breach occurred.“This should cause serious pause among lawmakers as failing to meet these standards, exacerbated by the lack of a strong federal data safekeeping standard, leaves merchants, and therefore consumers, more vulnerable to breaches,” Thaler wrote.Thaler also noted the report’s finding that EMV cards in other countries have not served as a “silver bullet” in presenting fraud; rather, they lead fraudsters to find other means. “The report shows that once EMV use increases, criminals shift their focus to card not present transactions, such as online shopping,” Thaler wrote. “NAFCU has long argued that any technology standards must be accompanied by strong data safekeeping standards for merchants akin to what credit unions comply with under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA).” continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Last year, 18 percent more passengers were realized at airports

first_imgIn the period from January to December 2017, 116 thousand aircraft landings and take-offs were realized at Croatian airports, which is 7,1% more than in the same period of 2016, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).More than 9,5 million passengers were embarked and disembarked at Croatian airports in 2017, which is 17,6% more than in 2016.Zagreb Airport generated the most passengers, with over 3 million passengers, which is 12 percent more than last year. After Zagreb, Split had 2.8 million passengers, an increase of 23 percent, and in third place is Dubrovnik Airport with 2.3 million passengers, an increase of 20 percent.last_img

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Duterte ready to deliver 5th SONA on July 27

first_imgThe President of the Philippines is required by the Constitution to give an annual report to the nation and disclose policy directions before a joint session of Congress. MANILA – Amid threats of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to physically deliver his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa on Monday, July 27. Photo shows protesters holding rally during President Rodrigo Duterte’s previous State of the Nation Address. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque yesterday urged the critics of the Duterte administration to hold their protest online to avoid possible spread of COVID-19. CNN PH Meanwhile, the Palace spokesperson has also urged the critics of the administration to hold their protest online to avoid possible spread of COVID-19. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a virtual press conference yesterday that Duterte opted to be present at the Batasan instead of delivering his speech via video conferencing.center_img Roque added that there could be limits in the members of the Congress to be present, which could possibly be eight senators and 50 members of the House of Representatives. “Palagi nila tayong binabatikos na mabagal sa pagpapatigil ng COVID-19 transmission kaya dapat na maging ehemplo sila at huwag nang magsagawa ng mass gathering,” Roque said./PN “I can confirm for the first time that the President will be physically present in Batasan for the SONA pagdating sa ika-27 ng buwan na ito,” Roque said. “Naka-schedule po ang rehearsal at patuloy po ang preparasyon.”last_img read more

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Herbert sweeps Wheatshocker Nationals at RPM

first_imgBy Mike HughesHAYS, Kan. (July 16-17) – Brian Herbert pulled off a sweep in the annual Wheatshocker Nation­als at RPM Speedway during the Ellis County Fair races.In the Sunday night United Rebel Sprint Series main event, Jed Warner looked to have the $2,000 winner’s check in sight. Warner took the lead from Koby Walters on the second lap of the 30-lap event.Warner pulled away following a lap four restart and continued to lead at the halfway mark. With four laps to go, Tracy Hill came to a stop to bring out a caution. Herbert, who was running se­cond, took advantage on the restart and shot to the lead and held on for the win. Walters finished se­cond, followed by Luke Cranston, Darren Berry and Mike Peters.Herbert had inherited the win on Saturday after John Carney failed post-race tech. Zach Blurton, Warner, Walters and Cranston rounding out the top five.Feature ResultsSaturday – 1. Brian Herbert; 2. Zach Blurton; 3. Jeff Warner; 4. Koby Walters; 5. Luke Cranston; 6. Darren Berry; 7. Keefe Hemel; 8. Lance Davis; 9. John Webster; 10. Steve Richardson; 11. Kaden Taylor; 12. Jeff Radcliffe; 13. Kris Moore; 14. Tracy Hill; 15. Austin McClean; 16. Ryan Wal­ters; 17. Jeremy Huish; 18. Nate Berry; 19. Mike Peters.Sunday – 1. Herbert; 2. Walters; 3. Cranston; 4. Darren Berry; 5. Peters; 6. Jake Bubak; 7. Blurton; 8. Ty Williams; 9. Jed Warner; 10. Hemel; 11. Webster; 12. Huish; 13. Richardson; 14. Hill; 15. Radcliffe; 16. John Carney II; 17. Davis; 18. Nate Berry; 19. J.D. Johnson; 20. Taylor Ve­lasquez.last_img read more

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