The University of Evansville College of Engineering and Computer Science is offering a UExplore Engineering Program for high school students. The program is designed to give participants a better understanding of the fields of civil, mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering and computer science through activities, hands-on projects, and tours of local industry.The sessions in the program are October 16, November 6, November 27, January 22, February 19, March 12, April 2, and April 23. All sessions will be from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Room 100 in the Koch Center for Engineering and Science on UE’s campus.James Allen, UE associate professor of mechanical and civil engineering, is the advisor for the program. A registered professional engineer in the states of Indiana and Ohio, Allen has extensive work experience in industry. Allen will be assisted with the program by UE engineering students.The registration fee for the program is $50. Register online at www.evansville.edu/uexploreengineering or contact Kimberly Higgins for more information at 812-488-2661 or [email protected] LinkEmail
The UK is providing a new package of life-saving support to help treat patients in 11 hospitals under pressure in Gaza, by restocking vital medical supplies including surgical equipment, bandages and medicines following the recent surge in violence.The funding, announced by Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt today (Tuesday 29 May) on a visit to Gaza, will support work by the International Committee of the Red Cross to keep hospitals open and functioning at a time when the healthcare system is under huge strain.Today’s commitment of £1.5 million will also help provide physical rehabilitation services for around 4,000 people.Speaking from Gaza, Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt said: If you have an urgent media query, please email the DFID Media Team on [email protected] in the first instance and we will respond as soon as possible. I am deeply concerned about the worsening situation in the Gaza strip, and today’s UK aid package gives a message to the world, and to the people of Gaza, that we have not forgotten them or their plight. Today’s support will help to ensure that hospitals which are under immense pressure are able to cope with the increased number of casualties who need medical and surgical care. It is absolutely vital that the UK steps up to help those suffering and ensure that vulnerable Gazans are able to access treatment to keep them alive. We have been clear that a political settlement is the only way to ensure lasting peace for Palestinians and Israelis alike. All parties must redouble their political efforts and return to the negotiating table, not only to address the deteriorating conditions in Gaza, but to ensure tragedies of the past months are not repeated. General media queries (24 hours) Telephone 020 7023 0600 Email [email protected] UK support is already providing Gazans with access to clean water, and improving sanitation facilities to help stop the spread of deadly disease.Through the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA), UK aid is providing basic health and education to 1.3 million people in Gaza, as well as over 800,000 refugees in the West Bank.Minister Burt announced in March at the Rome Conference that the UK will deliver its next round of financial support to UNRWA earlier than originally planned to help meet the growing needs of Palestinian refugees across the region.Notes to editorsToday’s £1.5 million package is a new allocation from the Occupied Palestinian Territories programme budget for 2018/19.
Q: Dear Lindy, I have a Facebook page and put pictures of my cakes on it. I have noticed that another cake baker has lifted a couple of pictures of my cakes and displayed them as part of a gallery on her Facebook page. People might say that is flattering, but I am not happy about it. What should I do?A: You have every right to be unhappy about this, they are your cakes and your photographs.There’s a common misconception that because there are so many photographs on the internet they must be freely available for everyone to use! This is generally NOT the case as Copyright to photographs for example is an automatic right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. This basically means, if someone else is using your photographs on their website, blog or social media sites they are breaking the law!I have found, yes it’s happened to me too, that if you contact the person in question and enlighten them about copyright they are usually only too willing to remove the photos immediately, most people don’t realise they are breaking the law! If this doesn’t work, you can report a violation of the Facebook Terms to Facebook itself, instructions and help are on their site.Note: if someone simply shares a photo on sites like Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr that’s slightly different. I love it when my cake photos are shared on Facebook and Pinterest as it means many more people can be inspired by my work.Moving forwards, consider adding a watermark to your images, opinion is divided on this but I have found that people think twice about using an image that is obviously someone else’s.I hope the above suggestions help. Happy bakingVisit Lindy Smith’s website
Greencore has reported a strong performance from its food-to-go business in the first half of its financial year – although group revenue declined.Total reported revenue fell 4.6% year-on-year to £701.4m in the six months to 29 March, which Greencore said reflected the impact of site disposals. The company last year sold its cakes and desserts business in Hull to Bright Blue Foods and closed its desserts operation at Evercreech in Somerset. It also sold its entire US operation.Total pro forma revenue grew 5.4% year-on-year, while adjusted operating profit rose 0.9% to £44.7m.Revenue from food-to-go was £447.1m, with both reported and pro forma revenue growth of 7.0%.“The growth outlook for food-to-go categories remains encouraging, underpinned by favourable consumer trends and ongoing investment by retail customers,” stated the company.Reported revenue from other convenience categories – including ready meals, soups and sauces, quiche, ambient sauces and pickles, and frozen Yorkshire puddings – fell 19.8% to £254.3m, while pro forma revenue increased by 2.8%.Raw material and packaging costs rose by just over 1% in the half-year, reported Greencore, with the National Living Wage driving UK labour inflation of 5%. The company said it mitigated the effects of inflation by working with customers on cost and innovation programmes, and internal cost efficiency initiatives.Greencore also reported it had worked intensively with customers and other stakeholders to plan for potential Brexit scenarios, adding it closely monitors the potential implications of Brexit, particularly around volume, material sourcing and labour availability.“The group continues to believe the risks from Brexit are manageable in the medium-term, while acknowledging that the near-term challenges associated with a disorderly exit remain uncertain,” it stated.Greencore CEO Patrick Coveney said the business had a good first half of the year, with clear financial and operational progress.“We have extended our leadership position in key food-to-go categories in the UK, and now have a robust foundation from which to pursue a range of new food-to-go product and channel opportunities.“While recognising that trading conditions in the wider UK grocery sector remain challenging, the growth outlook for our business continues to be encouraging, underpinned by favourable consumer trends and ongoing investment by our customers.”The company also reported the shift of Peter Haden from UK CEO to chief operating officer.
The new PBS series “Blank on Blank” has done an excellent job of turning audio clips into vibrant animated video featurettes. We recently shared a previous installment of their series, highlighting an interview with Bob Dylan in 1962. The latest showcases American legend Leonard Cohen, with a poetry reading from 1974.Cohen reads his surreal poem “Two Went To Sleep” in the interview, at the request of interviewer Kathleen Kendal. The poem is from Cohen’s first poetry book, published in 1956, and Cohen reads the work in his tranquil voice. He also recalls the origins of 1967 song “Sisters Of Mercy” in the interview, a classic from his repertoire.Watch the new episode of “Blank on Blank,” streaming below.
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University has named Alison Franklin director of communications. A 1990 graduate of the College, she brings to the Radcliffe Institute 20 years of experience as a communications professional in government, politics, and the nonprofit sector.From 1996 to 2002, Franklin was communications director and press secretary for Massachusetts State Senate President Thomas F. Birmingham ’72, J.D. ’78 and was named Top Press Secretary by Beacon Hill, the Boston Phoenix, and the State House Press Association. She has also worked on statewide campaigns in California and Massachusetts.In 2003, Franklin began working in communications at City Year, the national organization that engages young people in full-time service to help students and schools in low-income communities. Prior to joining the Radcliffe Institute staff, she was City Year’s director of communications, leading media and messaging for the Boston-based headquarters and the organization’s 20 locations in the United States.Whether she was working for elected officials, campaigning for candidates, or growing a nonprofit, Franklin’s work involved developing and implementing communications strategies, assessing and revitalizing brands, creating effective messages, and working with media. She is eager to put that expertise to work at the Radcliffe Institute.“The ideas, people, and events that propel the Radcliffe Institute are characterized by excellence and energy, and I’m honored to be part of the institute and help share its work in new and powerful ways,” said Franklin. “We will be communicating the mission and messages to convey the intellect and innovation that are hallmarks of the institute.”
Related Shows View Comments Kinky Boots The Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots celebrated 1000 Broadway performances in style. The Cyndi Lauper-Harvey Fierstein show marked the milestone at the Hirschfeld Theatre with a fabulous footwear contest, custom cupcakes and this gorgeous pic of stars Billy Porter, Andy Kelso and the whole company. Congratulations, Kinky! Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Baiting Hollow man has been arrested for allegedly crashing his car into a 54-year-old Mastic woman, seriously injuring her and fleeing the scene in Shirley last week, Suffolk County police said.John Almeida was charged with leaving the scene of an incident involving serious physical injury and driving without a license.The 23-year-old suspect was driving a Nissan Maxima when he hit Marie Braccia while she was crossing Grand Avenue just north of Montauk Highway on Sept. 11, police said.Almeida allegedly fled the scene, but Seventh Squad detectives apprehended him three days later, police said.Judge Paul Hensley set bail for Almeida at $150,000.
The current economic crisis, she went on to say, had hit all kinds of businesses, adding that the government aimed to make sure businesses survived by reviving the demand side and restoring the supply side.The government has earmarked Rp 695.2 trillion ($46.6 billion) to finance the country’s COVID-19 fight and boost economic recovery, which is expected to widen the budget deficit to 6.34 percent.The coronavirus outbreak caused the country’s economy to shrink 5.32 percent in the second quarter this year as all components of economic activity fell significantly. The government expects the economy to contract 1.1 percent this year, or to grow 0.2 percent at best.The government recently announced that economic recovery and structural reform would be at the core of the 2021 state budget policy. Indonesia is aiming to capitalize on the coronavirus crisis to conduct structural reforms including in human capital and infrastructure, among other things, as the coronavirus pandemic posed a “short-term challenge” to the country’s economy.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati pledged on Wednesday the government would use all policy instruments to face the coronavirus pandemic, adding that the current economic situation was different than the 1998 Asian financial crisis and the 2008 global financial crisis.“We will use all of our policy instruments to face this short-term challenge without losing sight of what is really important such as human capital, infrastructure, efficiency of bureaucracy and the ease of doing businesses,” Sri Mulyani said during the webinar “Reimagining the future of Indonesia’s economy”, which is part of The Jakarta Post’s webinar series “Jakpost Up Close”. “Structural reform must also be carried out in education, health, social protection and budgeting and the taxation system,” President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said in his annual state budget speech before the People’s Consultative Assembly in Jakarta last week.Jokowi also stated in his inauguration speech last year that he aimed for the country to escape the middle income trap by 2025, becoming an advanced country with an annual income of Rp 320 million per capita, or a monthly income of Rp 27 million per capita.Sri Mulyani stated that the government would continue its plan to conduct structural reforms, including through the omnibus bill on job creation and infrastructure development.The omnibus bill is expected to help the government attract more investment by revising 79 laws and more than 1,200 articles deemed harmful to Indonesia’s ease of doing business, amid concerns over environmental and labor rights, among other things.“We are hoping that the omnibus bill can be passed [by next year],” she said. “Infrastructure development, budget support and ease of doing business can all create confidence for the business community and consumers” once the coronavirus crisis subsides, she added.Red tape prevented Indonesia from climbing up the World Bank’s ease of doing business ranking last year, hence why the country has been ranked 73rd since 2018. The President wants the country reach the 40th position this year.Topics :
First introduced in the Netherlands in 2004, the CDC underwent an “extreme stress test” during the financial crisis of 2008-09, offering “valuable learning opportunities” for UK legislators and regulators, Bennett and Van Meerten wrote. However, the credit crunch also brought up issues of “intergenerational fairness”, the authors warned.Within a CDC plan, the employer contribution was fixed either as a percentage or a specific amount, which has led “to the conclusion that the younger employee’s employer contribution is supporting the older employee’s target benefits”, wrote Bennett and Van Meerten. Yet the smoothing effect, achieved by the pooling of assets as well as mortality and longevity risks, could lead to higher annual benefits for scheme members, said Bennett.“The CDC scheme is between the two extremes [of DB and defined contribution plans],” he said. “Yes the income could go down, but the volatility should also be damped down – and it should be more stable.”Under the terms of existing Dutch schemes, members bear responsibility for any underfunding risks, rather than the employer. Unlike the UK, the Netherlands has no Pension Protection Fund that could step in to provide compensation in the event of company insolvency.A lukewarm receptionIn a written submission to the UK parliament’s Work and Pensions Select Committee, which conducted a recent consultation on the CDC concept, independent consultant John Ralfe claimed that the structure seemed “to require successive generations of new members, each able to pay the previous generation, if necessary – suspiciously like a Ponzi scheme”.In its submission, Willis Towers Watson offered qualified support for CDC but added: “We would not advocate one which compelled employers to replace defined contribution [DC], DB or risk-sharing designs with CDC, nor one which led to accrued DB benefits being converted to CDC target benefits without members’ consent.”However, the mooted scheme has received support.“If there were a CDC, then the employees would have more income security after retirement and employers would not have to take on open-ended risk,” said Alwin Oerlemans, chief strategy officer at APG.Yet concerns remain about further complicating an already-complex UK pensions system.“Existing legislation gives you enough tools and flexibility, so why people are looking to add another system is something that has me scratching my head,” said Ralph Frank, head of Cardano’s DC business.“In DC, it is the member that bears the risk of shortfall. In DB, it is the employer – and with CDC it supposedly sits somewhere in between.“For me, it’s like being pregnant: either you are or you aren’t. It needs to be clear who bears what part of the ultimate risk.” UK defined benefit (DB) scheme members could see higher and more stable pensions if the country learned from the Dutch approach to collective defined contribution (CDC) plans, according to the Pensions Institute.In a discussion paper comparing the legislative and regulatory framework for the Netherlands’ DB and CDC schemes with the UK’s DB plans, the paper’s authors Philip Bennett and Hans van Meerten suggested the Dutch experience could “usefully inform the thinking on the legal and regulatory framework for a UK CDC scheme”.The UK government announced in March this year that it was looking at how to implement CDC, following moves by the Royal Mail in partnership with the Communication Workers Union to launch such a plan.However, the government department responsible for pensions indicated this week that it was not seeking to legislate for CDC.