first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. The Government has announced an “open door” policy to make iteasier for companies to recruit staff from overseas, including lower skilledworkers. Home secretary David Blunkett told last week’s Labour Party conference thathe would launch talks with employers and unions over how a system of managedimmigration might help sectors facing severe skills shortages. “We will start discussions on ways in which we can allow skilledmigrants into the country deal with the pressures in sectors of the economywhere there are labour shortages and allow temporary workers into the countryfor seasonal employment,” said Blunkett. He said he would reform the work permit system to make it easier forimmigrants to fill labour shortages as well as to combat illegal immigrationand clandestine working. Discussions with employers would also focus on the issue of allowingtemporary workers into the UK for seasonal employment by building on theseasonal worker scheme used in agriculture. A new work permit system allowing highly-skilled people find jobs in Britainis being introduced next January. Blunkett also said he was exploring ways to enable overseas students who graduatein the UK to apply for a work permit without having to leave the country first.He is due to speak to the House of Commons at the end of this month aboutreforms to immigration and asylum. By Noel O’Reilly Work permit reform to tackle UK skills crisisOn 9 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

first_imgIf the demeanor of the women’s tennis team is any implication of how it will fare in the Big Ten Tournament, then the situation is looking good. While head coach Brian Fleishman mentioned it briefly, it is the unspoken confidence in the eyes of both players and coaches alike that is carrying the team into the tournament with hopes of success.The Badgers are scheduled to play Iowa on Thursday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium, a team they defeated 4-3 earlier in the season.After winning three of their past four matches, the lone loss being a hard fought battle with Ohio State, the team appears to be back on track after losing its first seven Big Ten matches.“The girls now are more confident,” Fleishman said. “It’s a great time to be confident at the end of the season, and carrying that confidence into the match against Iowa is going to be big for us.”One of the main catalysts behind the Badgers’ recent success and newfound confidence is senior Liz Carpenter. Carpenter has won her past three singles matches, and is 6-4 in Big Ten play.“We finished the season on a high note and have been playing really well, and we are going to try and continue that into the conference tournament,” Carpenter said. “Everyone is going to be really focused and come fired up for their match.”As one of three seniors on the team, Carpenter is going to be playing with some extra urgency this tournament.“In the conference tournament, any match can be your last,” she said. “I am going to be making sure when I am on the court I am really pumped up and not worrying about the other person, just focusing on playing my game.”Along with leading the team by example, Carpenter is not forgetting her role as a verbal encourager of the younger players.“I’m really big on cheering — I’m always screaming at the other players trying to pump them up,” she claimed. “So really I’m just going to continue with what I have always been doing, which is cheering really loud.”Nevertheless, while Carpenter provides motivation for the underclassmen, one of the younger players on the team, freshman Angela Chupa, is far from lacking confidence.“We are just going to go out there and compete,” Chupa said. “We already beat Iowa a few weeks ago, and we are going to go out there and prove we deserve to beat them a second time. I am more excited than nervous for this weekend. This is our last chance to prove ourselves this season, and we want to go out with a bang. This is the time to do it.”Fleishman is confident his players can prove themselves if they remain concentrated on their tasks and avoid too many unforced errors.“We are going to focus on not giving free points away, trying to make the other team play more balls, and not thinking we need to hit winners,” Fleishman said. “I am pretty confident the girls are going to step up and do exactly what I said, keeping things in play and keeping things in perspective.”Hosting the tournament is also giving the players confidence. Chupa believes the home court advantage will give the team a clear upper hand against its Big Ten opponents.“It is absolutely an advantage playing on our home courts,” Chupa said. “We are trying to get a lot of fans to come out, and we played well this past weekend on our home courts.”“It’s going to be really fun playing on our home courts for the tournament,” Carpenter said. “We practice every day out there, and are familiar with the wind and temperature and I definitely think it will be to our advantage.”“Our girls are pretty focused right now,” Fleishman added. “They know they are in a position to do good things, and I think they’ll go out there and do it.last_img read more

first_imgSyracuse advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third time in four years after wins over UNC Asheville and Kansas State in the second and third rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The Orange will now battle No. 4 seed Wisconsin (26-9) at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at TD Garden in Boston.UW knocked off No. 13 seed Montana and No. 5 seed Vanderbilt to get to Boston. The Daily Orange spoke with Elliot Hughes, sports editor and Wisconsin basketball beat writer for UW’s student newspaper, The Badger Herald, about the Sweet 16 matchup.The Daily Orange: What was the lasting impression you got from Wisconsin’s first two wins of the tournament?Elliot Hughes: I think they’re on a rich stretch right now. These last two games have been as high of a performance as I’ve seen out of them. They’re shooting over 45 percent (sic) right now. They’re playing pretty tough basketball, which is saying something for Wisconsin in rebounding and hustle plays and that kind of thing. The last thing, it felt like (Mike) Bruesewitz and Ben Brust, two guys who were kind of in a funk recently, those guys stepped up. Josh Gasser played well. Apparently he had the flu the night before. The team is on a pretty nice roll right now.The team was in a slump in the middle of the season when it lost three in a row. What was the main cause of that?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEH: I don’t think they shot the ball that well. I think they attempted over 20 3-pointers in all three of those games, and they didn’t hit many of them. That’s kind of their kryptonite. They take a bunch of shots from the perimeter every game, and they don’t always make them. They’re not always consistent really. When they do make them, they’re pretty difficult to beat. And I think during that period, the offense kind of sputtered a little bit. They missed Keaton Nankivil and Jon Leuer, two graduates, during that period. Taylor didn’t really have anyone to dish it out to or anything like that. I think the offense just sputtered a lot.Jordan Taylor’s had a down year from what expectations were. Has he figured things out now toward the end of the season?EH: He still doesn’t have guys like Leuer and Nankivil around him, so defenses are focusing on him more than they could afford to last year. He didn’t shoot particularly well in the last game, but he’s still as smart of a point guard as he used to be. He’s protecting the ball well, and he knows when and when not to shoot. Although sometimes he’s kind of forced into it because his teammates aren’t as aggressive as Taylor’s past teammates.Wisconsin has the best scoring defense in the country, but Syracuse has said the last couple of games it would much rather play against a man-to-man defense than a zone. How do you see that matchup going?EH: Syracuse likes to run a faster game, and whenever Wisconsin plays anyone, they’re always the one trying to slow the other team down. They’re used to that. The Badgers are one of the top teams with field-goal percentage defense, but the thing with Syracuse is they’re so athletic. They’re a lot more athletic than the Badgers are in my opinion. They probably have pretty good size on (Wisconsin), too. It’s going to be a pretty big challenge for (UW). They haven’t seen many athletic teams or teams as deep as Syracuse in the Big Ten. That’ll be a very interesting matchup.Is there an X-factor player or an X-factor stat where you can say, ‘If this happens or this player gets going, then Wisconsin likely will win this game?’EH: I think an important part of this game will be Wisconsin’s turnovers. Syracuse, they cause as many steals as anybody else in the country. They’re (No. 3) in the country, and Wisconsin is No. 2 in least amount of turnovers given up. When you consider that the Badgers might have some chances with offensive rebounds, if they can execute there and protect the ball, then the Badgers might be able to get by, even if they don’t shoot particularly well. I think turnovers will be pretty [email protected] Comments Published on March 20, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The small business sector in Ohio is vital to many stakeholders. The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation sponsored the Ohio Signature Food Contest which showcases many new, innovative products ready to take that next step — actual product development.CIFT President & CEO, Rebecca Singer announced the winners selected in recognition of their product concepts: Sarah Steinbrunner and Taylor Crooks of Sandusky, Ohio with their Bean Nut Butter: A delicious non-GMO and vegan nut butter that is free of the top eight allergens. Uniquely incorporates garbanzo beans which are high in protein and fiber, but lack high calorie and fat content association with regular nuts. Tina Smith and Nate Bissell of Jefferson, Ohio with their Sweet and Spicy Maple BBQ Sauce: A unique, all-natural barbecue sauce made with a kick of hot peppers but offering a special ingredient – the sweetness of pure Ohio maple syrup. Following a review of written applications and presentations by food entrepreneurs and chefs to a panel of judges, the highest scoring concepts were selected based on the viability of the product, commercialization potential, business strategy, and overall appeal to the marketplace.As a result of the award, technical assistance from CIFT will be provided to the startup businesses ranging from business planning, product/process development, shelf stability testing, labeling review, regulatory assistance, and batch product preparations for sampling. Later, production will take place at the Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen (NOCK) in Bowling Green, Ohio. The NOCK is a commercially-licensed kitchen that educates and provides technical assistance to new and growing food businesses.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mark Sulc, Ohio State University ExtensionI’ve been hearing more reports from around the state of winter injured forage stands, especially in alfalfa. The saturated soil during much of the winter took its toll, with winter heaving being quite severe in many areas of the state. So, what should be done in these injured stands?The first step is to assess how extensive and serious is the damage. Review the CORN issue of the week of April 2, the damage is extensive and throughout the entire field, it usually is best to destroy the stand, rotate out, and plant an emergency forage. In these cases, corn silage is the number one choice for an annual forage in terms of yield and nutritive value. But corn silage won’t be an option in some situations. Forage might be needed before corn silage can be ready, or the equipment and storage infrastructure is not available.Other acceptable short-season forage options include spring oat, spring triticale, spring barley, and Italian ryegrass planted as soon as possible now in early spring and harvested at the proper stage of maturity this summer. For more details on these species, see the Ohio Agronomy Guide and a related article in the latest issue of Buckeye Dairy News ( options, particularly for beef cattle or sheep, include the brassicas. When planting in late May and June, the summer annual grasses will do better, such as sudangrass, sorghum-sudan, forage sorghum, pearl millet, and teff.If the forage stand is damaged, but still salvageable, here are a few suggestions to increase forage production this year and longer term that I’ve adapted from an article by my colleague Bruce Anderson, the University of Nebraska Forage Extension Specialist:For fields planted last year, try to interseed this spring to thicken up the thin spots. Even in alfalfa, autotoxicity is not a problem until after stands are more than one year old.For older fields, autotoxicity and other problems make interseeding alfalfa risky. But in other species interseeding is still possible, and older alfalfa stands can also be interseeded with species other than alfalfa. Consider adding red clover for longer term stands, or if shorter term production of legume is desirable for this year, consider interseeding crimson clover or berseem clover (they will not do much after this year though). Annuals like oats and Italian ryegrass can be interseeded right away; or plant summer annual grasses right after the first cutting. Italian ryegrass planted now will establish rapidly and will continue to produce all year and might even continue into next spring. Oats will produce only a single cutting. Perennials like orchardgrass, festulolium, meadow fescue, and red clover can bring long-term help but won’t add much to this year’s production. If you do interseed damaged stands, the competition by the surviving plants for sunlight could be a serious threat to success. It only takes about one week of shading by a full canopy to kill seedlings below. About the only way to open up that canopy once it develops is to harvest extra early. This will lower first harvest yield and may further weaken already stressed plants. But it’s the only way to get enough sunlight to the new seedlings.In some situations, it might be better to wait until late summer to interseed damaged stands (this of course doesn’t help forage supplies this year though). Forage cut in late August or early September regrows more slowly than in spring, thus causing less competition. Interseeding right after that last harvest has a better chance of succeeding, provided adequate moisture is available.Winter injury has reduced stands and will reduce forage production in many forage fields this year. Make a careful assessment of the existing stand, but then act quickly and properly to minimize long-term losses.last_img read more

first_imgTags:#E-Books#web As our reading habits become increasingly digital, many book-lovers are wondering how this will impact libraries’ ability to lend materials, particularly since many of the popular e-readers and e-booksellers have rather restrictive loan policies. And some publishers too have expressed their own concerns about e-book sharing, with one going so far as stating that if libraries start lending e-books, it could serve to “undo the entire market for e-book sales.” These questions and concerns over e-book lending are bringing attention to libraries’ services, a good thing I’d argue, as the role of libraries expands from “repository of printed books” to include other technological services (most importantly, perhaps, community access to Internet). So here’s some good news today for libraries, right on the heels of good news for publishers from holiday sales: digital distributor OverDrive reports today that e-book checkouts at libraries were up 200% in 2010 from the year before. Audiobook loans were also up, by 52%. Proof, perhaps, that you can lend e-books and not “undo the entire market for e-book sales.”The statistics come from the over 13,000 libraries, schools and retailers that use OverDrive’s digital distribution services. And according to these figures, more than one million new users signed on to access e-books and audiobooks via “virtual library branches”. Over 718 million titles were viewed in the company’s Web-based catalog and over 15 million digital titles were checked out.The most popular fiction title: Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The most popular nonfiction title: Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love. These were the most popular titles for audiobook downloads as well.OverDrive says that it makes over 400,000 copyrighted e-books, audiobooks, music, and video titles available to libraries, which patrons are able to download to their phone, PC, or e-readers. OverDrive is one of several options that libraries can pursue in order to make digital content available to their patrons. In November, we reviewed the Bluefire Reader app that uses Adobe Digital Editions in order to facilitate library checkout of e-books. Related Posts audrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgEnforcement of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule has so far yielded three noncompliance claims against contractors, with the first dated May 6.However, as noted in a summary of a recent webinar presented to remodelers by the National Association of Home Builders, the agency will be stepping up inspections in 2012 and following through on tips likely to lead to enforcement action. Don Lott, associate director of the EPA’s Waste and Chemical Enforcement Division, told webinar participants that the agency already has conducted 1,000 compliance inspections of job sites and contractor-training certifications, as well as audits of records that contractors must keep for projects requiring lead-safe practices.The RRP rule applies to residential renovation, repair, and painting on properties built before 1978. Contractors, landlords, and property managers are subject to the rule, although individual homeowners and tenants doing work on their personal residence are exempt.Collecting and culling tipsThe EPA is enforcing the rule in all 50 states, although 12 states (Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin) administer the rule on their own.One indication of the potential scale of enforcement action, NAHB noted, is that the EPA has been receiving an average of 400 tips a month (many of them submitted via the agency’s compliance and enforcement page) and has found that 60% of firms inspected so far have not yet been certified to perform RRP work. NAHB maintainson online database on RRP compliance, training, and certification requirements.NAHB says members can access for free a recording of the webinar – and download related documents and slides – on the group’s “Webinar Rewinds” page: material is available to nonmembers for $44.95.last_img read more

first_imgGarner on target as Man Utd beat Lincoln in EFL Trophyby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJames Garner helped Manchester United to victory over Lincoln City in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night.It was United’s second consecutive win in the competition after beating Rotherham in the opening game.Neil Wood fielded a back four with the average age of 17.5 years, but it didn’t matter as Garner’s first-half strike was enough to seal victory.United also struck the woodwork on two occasions against the League One Club. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more