Finance courses take to cyberspace

first_imgFinance courses take to cyberspaceOn 1 May 2002 in Personnel Today The City-based training organisation, the Center for Interactive FinancialTraining (CIFT), is making its training programmes available online toindividuals and corporate clients from its website. CIFT provides face-to-face financial training programmes to organisationssuch as Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and ABN Amro, and has accumulated morethan 250 hours of online training covering the full range of financial topicsfrom fund management and capital valuation to risk management, regulation andcompliance (including money laundering) and finance for non-finance managers.The training can be taken solely online or as part of a blended programme. Anonline pre-course can be followed by a face-to-face meeting with the trainerbefore the remainder of the training is carried out online. Online discussionforums and chat rooms allow learners to discuss related issues with otherlearners. Course modules cost from £39 to £89 and full details are available on thewebsite. www.ciftweb.com Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

New homes orders recover after Brexit

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » New homes orders recover after Brexit previous nextLand & New HomesNew homes orders recover after BrexitBuyers return to market as Post-brexit worries subsideNigel Lewis4th October 20160685 Views The post-Brexit rise new in new homes orders has been so strong it’s helped the construction sector return to growth despite a decline in commercial non-residential  work.Latest figures reveal that the new homes sector has bounced back after four months of declining orders with many buyers reporting increased confidence in the economy as Brexit fears subside.This has led house builders to revise their outlook for business and homes construction and many now have the most optimism in the future since May, just before the Brexit vote. Some 45% of builders surveyed said their output would rise this year while only 9% said it would reduce.The research, which is carried out regularly by Markit/The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), says that the increase in housing activity was the strongest recorded since January, with a number of builders citing “resilient demand for residential building work and generally improving market conditions”.“A number of survey respondents noted that Brexit-related anxiety has receded among clients, although it remained a factor behind the ongoing decline in commercial building work,” says Tim Moore, Senior Economist at IHS Markit and author of the report (pictured, left).But David Noble, Group Chief Executive of the CIPS, believes the construction sector isn’t out of the woods yet, saying that the “continuing pressures of input prices resulting from the weaker pound and the lingering uncertainty of the Brexit process” were still a factor.   IHS Markit new homes Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply CIPS PMI Tim Moore October 4, 2016Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

HMS Argyll deploys to Asia

first_img View post tag: Royal Navy Share this article View post tag: HMS Argyll Photo: Photo: Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll became the third Royal Navy ship to deploy to Asia as she got underway from her Devonport Naval base on June 18.The frigate will be spending the next nine-months in Asia, sailing as far as Japan as part of a national push to strengthen military and diplomatic ties in the region.Argyll will also visit Australia and New Zealand.Two other Plymouth ships, HMS Sutherland and HMS Albion, are now deployed to the East Asia region. HMS Argyll is due to arrive later this summer and depart early next year.The deployment follows Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit to Tokyo last year when she and her Japanese counterpart discussed defense, security co-operation and open access to the oceans. The ship will also undertake military exercises with the Japanese Defence Force.A highlight of the deployment will be Exercise Bersama Lima, a joint naval exercise between the UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand as part of the Five Powers Defence Arrangement.Before reaching the Far East, the ship will patrol in the Red Sea and the Gulf, protecting civilian shipping from piracy and terrorist activity.These operations are part of an on-going effort by the Royal Navy and the British Government to support international efforts promoting stability and security in the Middle East.HMS Argyll, with 230 crew members, will be the first Royal Navy warship to deploy with Sea Ceptor, a supersonic missile defense system developed for the Royal Navy by MBDA Missile Systems, a partnership between BAE Systems, EADS and Finmeccanica.“This deployment, sharing the Royal Navy’s expertise and experience with our partners and allies right across the world, emphasises the UK’s commitment to promoting international security and stability,” Commander Toby Shaughnessy, commanding officer of HMS Argyll, said.last_img read more

Assistant Professor of Education

first_imgLetter of interestCurriculum VitaeG raduate TranscriptsNames and Contact Information for Three ProfessionalReferences Questions may be sent to Dr. Timothy Nichols, Chair, Division ofEducation, [email protected] Reviewof applications will continue until the position is filled.Alfred University is a comprehensive university, located 75 milessouth of Rochester in southwestern New York State. The universityoffers extension graduate programs in the Greater New York Cityarea and Coming, NY, as well as on the main campus.Alfred University actively subscribes to a policy of equalemployment opportunity, and will not discriminate against anyemployee, student or applicant because of race, age, sex, color,sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, physicalor mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin,marital status, genetic information, military or veteran status,domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction status,political affiliation or any other characteristic protected byapplicable law. Protected veterans, minorities and women areencouraged to apply. The Division of Education at Alfred University invites applicationsfor Assistant Professor of Education in Literacy and SpecialEducation. Position responsibilities will include teaching graduatecourses in literacy and special education, assisting with programcoordination at our Coming, NY and other extension locations, andrevising and reactivating our M.S.Ed. in Special Educationprogram.This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated individualwho enjoys teaching and program development. Position requirementsinclude a doctoral degree in Literacy with a Special Educationbackground (ABD will be considered) and experience in teachingliteracy and working with children with special needs in schoolsettings. College teaching experience is desirable, as isfamiliarity with alternative teaching modalities, including onlineand blended instruction. The successful candidate must becomfortable teaching learners from diverse backgrounds and inalternative settings. Skills in student outcomes assessment, andworking with various campus and community teams are highlyvalued.To Apply, Please Submit:last_img read more

‘Still a long way to go’ with access targets for disadvantaged students at Russell Group universities

first_imgRecent modelling done by Russell Group universities has suggested that they will have to accept students with low A-level grades or no academic qualifications in order to meet the access targets set by the Office for Students. The group of universities, representing the top 24 academic institutions in the country have addressed the need for an approach focused on narrowing the attainment gap between children of disadvantaged and privileged backgrounds at an earlier point in the education system. As part of their response, they have called for the government to create a new Office for Tackling Inequality, and to launch a new 10-year strategy aimed at addressing these issues. Dr. Tim Bradshaw, Chief Executive of the Russell Group, said on this issue:  Office for Students has in recent years set out to decrease the gap between those from underrepresented backgrounds and their more privileged peers. Their latest target for universities has been a requirement for this ‘gap’ to be eliminated by the 2039-40 academic year. Universities may face financial penalties if they fail to meet the targets. Chris Millward, Director for Fair Access and Participation at the OfS, in response to the new report said: “I welcome this report and the commitments made by Russell Group universities in the plans they have agreed with us to transform opportunities for students who are underrepresented in higher education. There has been clear progress in opening up opportunities to study at the most selective universities, but where you come from continues significantly to determine where you end up. There is still a long way to go before these opportunities are genuinely available across all parts of the country. “The current crisis has revealed different experiences and outcomes across our educational system, so it is more important than ever to make progress on tackling inequality in higher education. We are working to ensure that vulnerable and disadvantaged students receive the best possible support during the coronavirus outbreak, and we will be looking to universities to get back on track with their plans to address equality gaps as the nation moves out of lockdown.” A spokesperson for the OfS also addressed the specific concerns from the Russell Group’s report: “Educational inequality undermines the pipeline of talent into the UK’s world-class universities when we should be unleashing opportunities to anyone with the drive and determination to access higher education, regardless of their circumstances. “The Russell Group is right to highlight the importance of collaboration. That’s why we are funding Uni Connect partnerships to give impartial information, advice and guidance to 1,613 schools and colleges, reaching over 180,000 young people and their parents in areas where fewer people go to university. We are also funding the Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education (TASO), an independent what works centre which will generate and share evidence of effective approaches used by different universities, and working with the higher education tracking services to ensure that universities can demonstrate the benefits of their outreach work – wherever the student ends up. Oxford University chose not to make a comment but said that they would shortly be releasing their Undergraduate Admissions Report which contains their approach to access and the rest of the sector. This report has now been delayed due to “world events”. Image credit to Mike Peel/ Wikimedia Commons. “Russell Group universities will continue to do their part but breaking down the barriers created by educational inequality that start early in life is not a job for universities alone. The exact figures from the report suggest that the most selective institutions will need to recruit all applicants from the most underrepresented areas, who have received three A-levels by 2026, regardless of the grades they have achieved. By 2035, this would require the universities to recruit all applicants from these backgrounds, regardless of whether they have studied for academic qualifications. “We have set out bold plans to address this issue but we must work with government and as a whole society to level up opportunity for every community across the country. “People and ideas will be fundamental to our economic growth and recovery after the Covid-19 crisis. It is more important than ever to tap into every scrap of potential and talent and ensure that nobody’s future is restricted by their background, ethnicity or income level.”  “It is true that Russell Group universities because of their high entry requirements don’t currently have enough disadvantaged applicants who meet those requirements. This is why – as the report itself acknowledges – they need to both engage in attainment raising activity so that more disadvantaged pupils become applicants, and operate contextual admissions to recognise and address the systemic inequalities in educational outcomes. It’s also important to note that our target won’t be met if universities only focus on admitting more school leavers – they need also to embrace students who are looking to return to education later in life and provide more flexible learning opportunities for them. Reducing the attainment gap in schools is a government priority addressed through the pupil premium in particular and a focus of work by the Education Endowment Foundation too.”last_img read more

News story: Thorp: One of the largest construction projects of the eighties

first_imgThorp was one of the largest construction projects of its day, ranking alongside the Channel Tunnel and Disneyland Paris in sheer scale and ambition.Thousands of workers descended onto Cumbria to help tackle some of the most unique engineering challenges in the world.Thorp: The largest construction project of the eightiesAt a third of a mile long, the cabling inside it could stretch from Whitehaven to Warsaw and parts of it were built knowing people would never be able to go back to those areas while it was operating as a reprocessing plant.Thorp changed communities, changed Sellafield and changed the face of the world’s nuclear industry.Archive clip on Thorp constructionlast_img read more

Hutchins Center announces second class of Du Bois fellows

first_img Read Full Story Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the newly launched Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, has welcomed 23 first-rate fellows for the 2014-15 academic year.“We are delighted to welcome one of our most distinguished and diverse class of Fellows of the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute, housed in the Hutchins Center,” said Gates. A memoir of Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver; biographies of legendary trumpeter-composer Woody Shaw, Mandela, and Toussaint Louverture; DNA studies to re-consider the racial history of Cuba’ hipohop in Senegal; the circulation of the black body in the global art economy; African American folktales; and the dramatic outcome of the Mau Mau torture trial in the British High Court are among the exciting projects which Fellows will be pursuing. “The Hutchins Center, with this class, has quickly secured its place as the preeminent locus for cutting edge thinking and research in African and African American Studies, “ commented Lawrence D. Bobo, the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences and chair of the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. “’Creative’ is the most appropriate word to describe these fellows,” said William Julius Wilson, the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard and chair of the Du Bois Research Fellowship Selection Committee.last_img read more

The Edge Gets Smarter

first_imgCo-authored with Bob Pike, GM, Smart Edge Division at IntelProgressive enterprises are pursuing software-defined Edge compute solutions with operating models powered by analytics, automation and machine communications to improve productivity, service-levels and cost structures. With hundreds of devices and sensors connecting to a network, wired connections are becoming expensive. At the same time, the mobile 5G networks are in early deployment and the existing 4G networks are not ready for the massive connections and the data associated with these connections coming their way.  This is where on-premises distributed computing with Cloud services (aka MEC) fulfills the need.Before the internet became a platform for services, the traditional compute models were always On-Premise. A large percentage of the enterprise workloads are still on-prem or in a Private Enterprise Data Center making the operations costly and complex. The dependency on the Public Cloud models for DevOps related activities makes it even more challenging for the Enterprise CIO. The fine balance for a CIO these days is to leverage Public Cloud and Private Cloud but at the same time, gaining greater control and security of the user/business data made possible by introducing on-prem Cloud. Except the on-prem Cloud has a new persona: “MEC” – Multi-access Edge Compute. This is where Cloud Computing becomes attractive to move certain data into the cloud and keep what is necessary on-prem.Telco’s are rapidly evolving and looking to “cloud-enable the last mile.”  Today with SD-WAN, Telcos have the opportunity to be positioned deeper into the Enterprise in front of the DMZ/Firewall.  They get to be application aware and can consider providing value added network services to address issues such as low latency requirements, network resiliency and building a higher level of network context and awareness.  This allows them to participate in new services and thereby net new monetization opportunities.What all of this means is that the boundaries are starting to blur, as customers demand better performance from the continuum between internet, public, private, hybrid clouds. Telco Networks must evolve to bring in the Cloud Fabric to extend connectivity seamlessly. One aspect of providing better performance is to reduce latency, which serves as a key KPI for the Telcos. One way to reduce latency is to make architectural adjustments and leverage Cloud, especially on-prem Cloud aka MEC. The 3GPP feature CUPS (Control and User Plane Separation) is not a new feature by any means.  CUPS, simply facilitates the Telcos’ ability to deploy what they can at the customer edge or provider edge and keep what they can in the central locations for orchestration and control. The main idea is to deploy the user plane (bandwidth and latency intensive) traffic local to the enterprise and leverage the existing ISP connectivity and only have the control function extended into the telco cloud. By making this simple architectural adjustment, two things emerge for a CIO to look at seriously:Keeping local data secured and leveraging existing connectivity modelsCosts and Operational efficiencies would vary based on the amount of control an Enterprise chooses to have in this model.As enterprises transform their networks, both Dell Technologies and Intel are enabling virtualization of workloads and greater flexibility via software defined networking. Dell has a Dual Prong strategy as it relates to the 5G Transformation which is essential for the Telecom Transformation and is Integral for the Telecom Digital Transformation.Intel offers a broad portfolio of technologies for the edge and collaborates deeply across the industry, including on tools and software optimizations. As an example, Intel has launched the OpenNESS toolkit under an open-source model to continue to drive its network transformation vision at the Edge of the network. Additionally, Intel Smart Edge Software, built on open standards, enables the delivery of Dell Technologies led private mobility services with a focus around on-prem Edge.By collaborating on technologies like these, Telcos can build a monetization engine to penetrate further into the Vertical Enterprise Markets (B2B or B2B2C) and capitalize on the investments they are making to evolve their networks into a Services Oriented Architecture for 5G.last_img read more

Bus crash in western Cameroon kills more than 50 passengers

first_imgYAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — At least 53 people have died and 21 others were injured after a bus collided with a truck early Wednesday in a village in Cameroon’s west, officials say. Awa Fonka Augustine, the governor of the West Region of Cameroon, confirmed the accident in the village of Santchou, saying survivors were rushed to the western commercial town of Dschang as well as Bafoussam. The truck was illegally transporting fuel and ran into the bus, he said. The truck driver, however, escaped after the crash and Augustine said he has called for his arrest. Road accidents are common in Cameroon. The government blames wreckless drivers and the poor state of vehicles, while drivers blame the poor state of the roads.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Shandong Women’s University, agreeing to partner in student and faculty exchange programs

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Alice Siqin Yang. On Monday, Interim President Nancy Nekvasil and Guo Cuifen, president of the Shandong Women’s University, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to pursue research collaboration and create exchange programs for students and faculty.“The cooperation between our two universities will provide a broader vision of our world and women’s development, and enhance women’s welfare,” Cuifen said.The Shandong Women’s University, located in Jinan, Shandong Province in China, is one of the three women’s universities in China offering undergraduate education for women. With more than 15,000 students currently enrolled, it is the largest women’s university in China.Founded in 1952 as a women’s leadership training school, the university now maintains 20 schools and offers 30 majors, including education, law, management, economics, art, literature, culture and communications, tourism, accounting and information and technology.Alice Siqin Yang, director of the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) at Saint Mary’s, said the memorandum is a formal agreement establishing a partnership between the College and Shandong Women’s University.“The purpose is to develop academic and educational cooperation and to promote mutual understanding,” Yang said in an email. “It is more formal than a verbal agreement, but it does not establish a formal legal relationship between the parties.”In signing this memorandum, Cuifen and Nekvasil agreed to work together in creating faculty and student exchange programs, joint research projects, teacher training, study abroad opportunities and dual-degree programs.“The delegation’s visit was very successful,” Yang said in the email. “They met with more than 20 faculty members and administrators on Monday and discussed a wide range of potential projects and programs. The partnership offers an opportunity for Saint Mary’s students and faculty to study, teach or do research at Shandong Women’s University.”Each semester, both institutions can send two students to the opposite host university, free of tuition, Cuifen said. Faculty will participate in a similar program, lasting up to one year, she said.Shandong Women’s University hopes to collaborate with Saint Mary’s in creating a dual degree program in early childhood education, as they currently have more than 1,700 students enrolled in this major, Yang said.“They are also interested in our courses/programs in business and administration, data science, art, gender/women’s studies, English, [and] social work, as well as the work completed by the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership,” she said in the email.This new relationship resulted from the College’s long-term partnership with China Women’s University in Beijing, on whose campus Saint Mary’s students and alumnae participated in cultural exchange activities, Yang said. Both China Women’s University and Shandong Women’s University are members of the Chinese Women’s University League.According to its website, Shandong Women’s University promotes the development of specialized women’s and gender research, and has won the All-China Women’s Federation “China Women’s Research Excellent Organization Reward.” The Shandong Women’s University Journal has also been noted as an “Excellent Social Science Journal of National Universities.”Cuifen and others at the university have conducted practical and theoretical research on women’s rights and gender equality. Additionally, she participated in the drafting and revising of local laws and regulations on women’s rights, filling a leadership role in the “12th Five-Year Plan” for the development of women and children in Shandong Province.“As a women’s higher education institution, both institutions share the mission of educating high-quality women students and future women leaders,” Yang said in the email. “Women should not only have access to higher education, but also have opportunities to develop their potential, talents and leadership to make a difference in the world. We would like to work with more women’s colleges around the world to promote women’s education.”At the reception dinner following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, Saint Mary’s faculty members presented the delegation with the College’s study abroad shirt, which read, “Women Going Global – Building Bridges for Global Peace,” Yang said.“We hope to maintain our institutional sisterhood to make a better and more peaceful world together,” she said.Editor’s Note: Cui Xiaohong, a professor of English language and literature at Shandong Women’s University, acted as Guo Cuifen’s English translator during her interview with The Observer.Tags: gender research, memorandum of understanding, Shandong Women’s University, study abroad, women’s development Guo Cuifen, president of Shandong Women’s University, joined by a delegation of visiting deans and faculty members from the university, joined Saint Mary’s College Interim President Nancy Nekvasil Monday in signing a Memorandum of Understanding to pursue research collaborations and exchange programs.last_img read more