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HHI wins deal to build Korean Navy’s newest frigate

first_img navaltoday South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has secured a KRW 400 billion (about USD 325 million) deal to construct one frigate for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN).HHI signed the contract for the design and construction of the vessel with the country’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) on March 16, 2020.As informed, the Ulsan-class Batch-III frigate is scheduled to be delivered in late 2024.The newbuild is the first of six 3,500-ton ships to be built for RoKN. Vessels of this class are 129 meters long, 15 meters wide and can reach a speed of up to 55 km/h. Share this article View post tag: Frigate According to HHI, the frigate will feature a four-sided fixed multi-function phased array radar capable of 360-degree omnidirectional detection, tracking and engagement. What is more, the unit will have a hybrid propulsion system design to avoid detection by submarines. It will also be able to operate at high speeds using gas turbine in case of emergency, the shipbuilder explained. View post tag: Republic of Korea Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today HHI wins deal to build Korean Navy’s newest frigate Naval Today Staff March 17, 2020, by Vessels View post tag: HHI View post tag: ROKN HHI wins deal to build Korean Navy’s newest frigatelast_img read more

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Gender gap in graduate employment

first_imgFemale graduates are notably less likely to get a graduate level job than their male peers, a study by Oxford University’s Careers Service has revealed. The research showed that new female graduates earn on average £4,000 a year less than new male graduates.The study, which involved 17,000 students from seven different universities, found that 90 per cent of men are employed in a graduate level job six months after graduation, with an average starting salary of £25,000. By contrast, just 81 per cent of women were in a graduate level job after six months, with an average salary of £21,000.The study took into account several possible factors before concluding that gender had the biggest impact, as Jonathan Black, director of Oxford’s Careers Service, explained, “We set out to explore the possible drivers of securing a graduate-level job, and considered gender, ethnicity, social background, degree class, subject, and disability.“We were pleased to find that social background appears to have no significant effect on securing a graduate-level job: a finding that we should celebrate. Indeed, of all the factors we explored, gender has the biggest effect, with a statistically significant lower proportion of women than men achieving a graduate level job within six months.”In addition to the statistical analysis, the Careers Service also conducted interviews with hundreds of Oxford students regarding their attitudes towards careers. This research found that men tended to think about and make career choices earlier in their university degrees than women, who were more focused on academic work and extracurricular activities. Men were also found to be more confident in approaching the recruitment process.In terms of career priorities, women had a greater focus on job security and getting a job they considered to be helping a worthwhile cause compared to their male colleagues. These attitudes also appear to be prevalent among sixth form girls, whose views were revealed in a separate Oxford Careers Service survey of around 3,200 male and female students across 42 independent and state schools.Oxford is involved in a number of projects that aim to close the graduate gender gap. Oxford pioneered the Springboard career development programme for female undergraduates. This project is now running at several other universities.An Oxford University spokesperson told Cherwell, “Oxford University’s Careers Service has been a leader among UK universities in its efforts to support female graduates in their career choices – which is why it undertook the research to see what factors affect graduate destinations and salary.“While a disappointing graduate pay gender gap persists, Oxford is in an excellent position to address some of the attitudes and concerns that affect female students’ career destinations thanks to programmes like its Springboard assertiveness and self-confidence training.”last_img read more

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Mission E4 Prepares to Launch Four New Elementary Schools in Haiti

first_imgOrganizations around the globe have always been looking for ways to give back. In the present, many have been inspired by the events of the ongoing pandemic and a commitment to uplifting disenfranchised members of the community. Groups that have had prior experience organizing humanitarian efforts serve as a blueprint for these organizations.Mission E4 stands out as one such group. Utilizing its commitment to scripture and a firm dedication to the people, members work to positively impact Haitian communities. In 2020, the organization completed work on a temporary school in Baussan, Haiti- and Mission E4 has its sights set on launching additional schools in 2021.Mission E4’s GoalAs is the case for most organizations that perform mission trips, Mission E4 uses scripture as the primary inspiration of its work. Ephesians 4:11-13 stands out as the passage most central to the organization’s message.“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. “Mission E4’s leaders share the meaning of the scripture with each of its one-week visitors, maintaining that “God calls all Christians to be missionaries”.In upholding this message, they realized just how willing team members are to drop denominational boundaries to focus on sharing the Gospel of Jesus and helping individuals currently in need. Assisting the local church in its efforts to equip God’s people for service, instill maturity in believers, and bring unity, continues to serve as the main theme and call of Mission E4. Commitment to these values allow Mission E4’s team to provide the assistance necessary to bring sustainable change.What Have Mission E4’s Haitian School Programs Accomplished?Since its founding in 2005, Mission E4 has completed crucial infrastructural work for the people of Haiti through its mission trips. Mission E4 currently has ten elementary schools, a high school, and a trade school located in Haiti, with over 3000 children being served between these facilities. The organization also provides access to employment opportunities for over 200 full-time indigenous workersMuch work has been done to further improve facilities completed by the organization as well. This includes the construction of new bathrooms with improved handwashing stations at five schools, a new generator and trash incinerator at Mission E4’s Leogane campus, and vast improvements to its orphanages in Batso, Fauche, and Leogane, Haiti.Mission E4 Board Member, Ed Rarick, speaks to the scope of the improvements the organization has made between his first mission trip in October 2010 and his seventh in April of 2020.Rarick’s first trip was just months after the devastating earthquake that had an estimated death toll of 250,000. Unfortunately, the earthquake effected millions more. He recalls that many people were living in tents due to the destruction of their homes, and that there was a lack of potable water, toilets, and electricity throughout the region that he visited.Scott Long, Mission E4’s late co-founder, spoke with Rarick about the organization’s goal of bringing sustainable improvements to Haiti- both for its team members and individuals in the communities that they serve.As of 2020, Long made good on those promises of helping to bring sustainable development to the region. Mission teams now stay at the Mission E4 Administrative Campus, in buildings that contain showers and toilets. A garbage incinerator is scheduled to be operational in a few months, ensuring that Mission E4 can effectively dispose of trash. In addition, the organization has completed development on several schools and facilities since Ed Rarick’s first visit.Mission E4 recognizes the impact that widespread hunger has on the communities it serves and has worked to improve the public’s access to hot meals as a crucial part of missionary work. Morning and evening meals are served by the staff of Christella’s Restaurant, a woman that grew up in Mission E4’s girls’ orphanage. She manages the restaurant, which provides jobs for as many as 15 community members during its peak times, serving both missionaries and members of the public.Looking to the FutureMission E4 continues to embody the philosophy that inspired the organization since the beginning. To this point, the group continues to look to ways that it can make practical improvements to aid the Haitian community.Currently, Mission E4 is dedicated to several projects that will continue to build upon the foundation it has laid in the time since its founding in 2005.One such development is the goal of completing a permanent school building in Lafferonay, Haiti. This is a major undertaking by the organization, and its team will collaborate with the mission’s Haitian workers to ensure the project is completed in 2021. Mission E4 is also working towards completing development on four new elementary schools this year, one of which has recently launched.Perhaps the largest project that Mission E4 currently has in development is the construction of a new church across from its Administrative Center. This church is being paid for and built by members of the community that Mission E4 has continued to serve for 16 years. By buying the land, the materials, and facilitating construction, the community is proudly showing that Scott Long’s vision is still in motion.The organization acknowledges that there is still much work to do, both in Haiti and at Massachusetts-based ministries that require assistance. Fortunately, a variety of organizations are seeing the importance of assisting communities local and abroad with the wide range of challenges that exist in the present. The organization maintains that with a strong mission, a commitment to goals, and a dedication to the work, groups just getting started can bring positive change.last_img read more

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Giles Foods rolls out new dough balls

first_imgChilled and frozen manufacturer Giles Foods has added limited-edition Tomato and Chilli dough balls to its standard range.The bite-size dough balls are sold chilled in 145g packs of 12 and will be available in Asda from mid-May.Giles Foods marketing director David Marx says he expects the product to be rolled out nationally later in the year to both the retail and foodservice markets.The move follows hard on the heels of the company’s previous limited-edition Garlic and Herb and Caramelised Onion and Mozzarella dough balls.’’www.gilesfoods.com’’last_img read more

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In Short

first_imgEquipment from 1913The Beamish Museum is working on reconstructing a 1913 bakery and is trying to find old bakery equipment from 1900-1914 that might still be around. If you can help them out or have any equipment you could donate, please contact Kate Reeder on 0191 370 4009 or email [email protected] trainingActor-based training has helped sandwich chain Pret A Manger boost sales through improved customer service, according to head of the group’s learning academy, Ian Watson, who said that since 350 front-of-house managers had done a theatre-based training workshop in March to improve customer service, the company had broken sales records.Leakers wins awardBridport-based Leakers Bakery has triumphed at this year’s Taste of Dorset competition, picking up the accolade for Best Artisan Baker. Rick Payne, marketing manager for Hall and Woodhouse Brewery, who judged the category said that Leakers “epitomises everything that is local, fresh, healthier and seasonal”.Consultancy launchesFormer managing director of Bako Northern & Bako Scotland Harry Cowan is back helping bakers with a new venture HAC Consulting. The company will evaluate purchases made by bakers and arrange for potential suppliers to tender for business. For more information contact Cowan on 07872 448287 or [email protected] grain campaignA Go with the Grain campaign has been launched in the US to encourage people to eat six servings a day. Research shows that only 4% of US adults eat enough grains.last_img read more

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first_imgFreeman to lead NAChristopher Freeman, of Dunns of Crouch End, has been nominated as president-elect of the National Association of Master Bakers (NA). Chief executive Gill Brooks-Lonican said: “He has been a staunch supporter of the NA, the ABST, and the Worshipful Company of Bakers for many years, and is an excellent ambassador for the craft baking industry.”Dorset bakery closesThe Cottage Loaf bakery in Gillingham high street in Dorset has been forced to close after being hit by the economic downturn and rising business rates. Owner Alan Thorn had run the shop since 2008, but said it had struggled in recent months as regular wholesale customers stopped their orders.’Fat tax’ dodgedOldham Council says bakery chains are not likely to be covered by a possible ’fat tax’ of £1,000, which it is considering placing on takeaway food shops in the town. Only those outlets that sell at least 70% hot food to takeaway could be forced to pay up if the plan gets the go-ahead.Hovis to lose HaleJohn Hale is retiring after 47 years with Rank Hovis, mainly in the sales division, where he was latterly responsible for both the north and south teams, and restructuring them into business units following the acquisition of the company by Premier.Allied supports natureAllied Bakeries has partnered with Conservation Grade, a nature-friendly farming scheme, by investing £400,000 in a new marketing campaign through its Allinson range. From February to April, all Allinson rolls and loaves will feature an on-pack promotion for consumers to collect tokens, which they can then send off to claim a free bird feeder.last_img read more

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Ground broken for South Shore Line expansion in northwestern Indiana

first_img WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Twitter Google+ Facebook Google+ Previous articleTrick or Treat event set for Friday at Elkhart County FairgroundsNext articleNumber of older adults getting vaccines in lower than normal Network Indiana Ground broken for South Shore Line expansion in northwestern Indiana Facebook By Network Indiana – October 29, 2020 0 395 Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest (Photo supplied/ABC 57) Indiana has broken ground on a billion-dollar extension of the South Shore commuter railroad:The South Shore runs along Indiana’s northern border, from South Bend to Chicago. The new West Lake Corridor will add two more stations in Hammond, and create an eight-mile southern leg to Munster and Dyer. The extension will bring rail service 10 minutes closer to Crown Point, the county seat.The new line is scheduled to start service in five years.State, local and federal governments are each paying roughly a third of the cost. Legislators included 200-million dollars for the project in the current two-year budget. Governor Holcomb predicts a significant return on the investment. He says creating easier connections to Chicago, which he notes is the nation’s third-largest economy, will instantly make Lake County more marketable.South Shore president Michael Noland says the new service from Munster will let travelers reach Chicago in 45 minutes, faster than the city’s notoriously congested expressways will allow. Pinterestlast_img read more

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News story: New free website for schools to advertise vacancies

first_imgEducation Secretary Damian Hinds has launched a clampdown on agencies charging schools “excessive” fees to recruit staff and advertise vacancies, in a drive to help save money and enable teachers to focus on what matters in the classroom.Many schools rely on supply teachers at some point in the year to cover short and longer term vacancies, or pay for adverts to recruit the staff they need. Some agencies charge schools costly finder’s fees if headteachers want to make supply staff permanent and do not set out how much they are charging on top of the basic wages paid to supply staff.To help combat these costs, the Secretary of State has announced a free website has been launched to advertise vacancies, which currently costs schools up to £75 million a year. This website will include part-time roles and job shares to help keep experienced teachers working in the classroom and make schools attractive 21st Century workplaces.In another step to tackle unnecessary costs, Mr Hinds will launch a new nationwide deal for headteachers from September 2018 – developed with Crown Commercial Service – providing them with a list of supply agencies that do not charge fees when making supply staff permanent after 12 weeks.The preferred suppliers on the list will also be required to clearly set out how much they are charging on top of the wages for staff. This will make it easier for schools to avoid being charged excessive fees and reduce the cost burden on schools of recruiting supply teachers through agencies.Today’s announcements follow the Education Secretary’s pledge at the National Association of Head Teachers’ annual conference in May to work with schools and drive down unnecessary cost pressures so schools can get the best value for every pound they spend and bring in the best staff.Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: Great schools are made by great teachers, so I want to reduce teacher workload to make it a more fulfilling profession and help schools bear down on costs so they can invest more on their frontline. Every pound that’s spent on excessive agency fees, or on advertising jobs, is a pound that I want to help schools spend on what really matters: making sure every child, whatever their background, is inspired to learn and to reach their potential. We have the most talented generation of teachers yet, and there are record numbers working in our schools. These measures will help us to build on this, making it easier for headteachers to recruit the staff they need and ensuring teaching continues to be an attractive, rewarding profession. The vacancies website will initially be launched in Cambridgeshire and the North East, with a view to rolling it out nationally by the end of the year.By 2020, core school funding will rise to a record £43.5 billion – its highest ever level and 50% more per pupil in real terms than in 2000 – and the introduction of the National Funding Formula will address historic disparities in the system.Today’s announcement is the latest in a series of steps taken by the department to help schools deliver the best value for money and ensure resources can be targeted at the frontline.This includes national deals, which can save a typical school 10% on energy and up to 40% on printers, piloting new ‘buying hubs’ to bulk buy and help schools get best value for money from procurement as well as a network of advisers to working with schools and provide practical support on how to use their budgets more effectively.last_img read more

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Snowden is a ‘polarizing force,’ says Post’s Barton Gellman

first_img Read Full Story As one of only three people with direct contact to Edward Snowden, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bart Gellman shared with the Shorenstein Center how the Snowden leaks about the NSA have affected the U.S. government, marketplace, and democracy.Snowden’s greatest fear, Gellman said, was that either “he would be preempted” in his attempt to “drop a dime on the surveillance state without being surveilled,” or that he would be “greeted by indifference.” Snowden wanted a “substantial debate on where the boundaries should be drawn in terms of secret intelligence gathering in a democracy,” Gellman said, and he acknowledged that as a result of the Snowden leaks, a significant debate has indeed taken root in both the national and international arenas.“Snowden is a polarizing force,” Gellman said. But stepping back to look at the big picture, he pointed out that what we have learned is that we are “living increasingly behind one-way mirrors in which we are more and more transparent to our government and to large corporate interests,” Gellman said, “and they are more and more opaque to us because the surveillance is accompanied by extraordinary levels of secrecy.”Gellman concluded by saying that “there is a conflict of core values at work here, which is self-government and self-defense. And while he does not consider himself to be an advocate, he did acknowledge himself to be an “advocate for truth telling and also for sufficient transparency to allow the public to govern itself.”Listen to the audio via SoundCloudlast_img read more

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West Nile virus outbreaks

first_imgSouthern house mosquitoes often develop in storm drains, which make better homes when they’re not flooded with storm water. When there’s not much rain, these mosquitos thrive in the puddles and basins of standing water left in slow moving drainpipes. The Georgia cities that have seen the most West Nile virus activity over the years are those with older storm sewer systems, like Albany, metro Atlanta and some of the older parts of Savannah and Augusta, Gray said. Birds — the southern house mosquito’s favorite prey and the main carriers of West Nile virus — also crowd around water sources during a time of drought. A more concentrated bird and mosquito population means the virus can spread from birds to mosquitoes to people more quickly, Gray said. While southern house mosquitos are more prevalent in some regions than in others, Gray warns that everyone in the state should take precautions against being bit by mosquitos and possibly contracting West Nile virus. Wearing light-colored clothing will help keep mosquitos at bay, but the most effective thing people can do to protect themselves is use insect repellent whenever they’re outside in a mosquito-prone area — like on a ball field, out in the yard or out in the woods, Gray said. Gray prefers products with DEET because they have been tested and proven safe for children as young as two months old. There are several other commercially available, EPA approved repellents, like picaridin, lemon eucalyptus oil and IR3535. “I don’t recommend trying a homemade repellent,” Gray said. “Mosquito-born diseases are serious. They cause encephalitis — an inflammation of the nervous system. People need to take this seriously.” In addition to repelling the pests, people can help cut down on the mosquito population by getting rid of anything around their home that could hold standing water and provide the insects with an additional breeding habitats. They can also purchase larvacidal briquettes to use in fishponds, rain barrels or rain gardens that can’t be emptied. Homeowners also need to make any needed repairs to window screens to keep mosquitoes from coming inside the house. For more information about West Nile virus, visit Georgia’s Public Health website at http://health.state.ga.us. West Nile virus usually peaks between Aug. 15 and Sep. 15 in Georgia, but this year doctors are seeing an earlier start. Entomologists and public health officials are worried that a near record number of Georgians will be sickened with West Nile virus this year. “Having 14 human cases (in Georgia) by mid-August is very unusual,” said Elmer Gray, a public health entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “We’re just entering peak mosquito season — and certainly peak West Nile virus season — and it will keep going on until the days start cooling off and getting shorter.” Nationwide, public health officials have reported 693 West Nile virus diagnoses in almost 40 states, with Texas bearing the brunt of the outbreak with 537 cases and 19 deaths as of Aug. 22, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Public health officials in Dallas County, Texas, have declared a public health emergency as they grapple with the mosquito-born, flu-like illness, according to a news release issued by Dallas County. Older people and people with suppressed immune systems are particularly vulnerable to the disease, but it has seriously sickened some healthy people, too. About 1 in 5 of the people exposed to the virus through a mosquito bite will show symptoms, but most of those will be minor. Many people assume they have a summer cold or flu and will go undiagnosed, Gray said. Since West Nile virus was first recorded in Georgia in 2001, the state’s reported caseload has varied from as few as six cases to as many as 55 in 2003 and 2007, respectively. In 2011 Georgia saw 25 cases. The severity of this year’s outbreak has to do with the weather. “The species that transmits West Nile virus — the southern house mosquito — actually does well when it is drier,” Gray said. last_img read more