Bayer’s business-driven roll-out

first_imgGlobal healthcare and chemicals company Bayer plc is installing acompany-wide e-learning system – provided by Global Knowledge – followingassessment by one of Global’s certified business partners, Trainers ITServices. Bayer was precise in the business objectives of the solution, which had tofulfil the following criteria: to identify a skills gap – monitor existingskills and build on them; offer sufficient flexibility to provide consistenttraining to office and field staff; to save time by tailoring contentspecifically to user requirements; maximise learning retention by providing apost-course support tool; and assist users with the cultural move to e-learningvia mentoring and support. “Besides meeting our training objectives, the services and productsproposed by Trainers IT Services ensured this solution could be used globallyby Bayer,” said Karen Murphy, business development consultant at Bayer’sinternal consulting group, BBS. “This is especially pertinent given thatwe wish to expand our e-learning programme to include our SAP, Siebel and Notesapplications.” A pilot project, introduced and managed by Trainers, looked at Bayer’sinfrastructure and cultural concerns and identified that a combination ofGlobal Knowledge’s web-based training product SPeLWEB and application supporttool OnDemand, plus Trainers’ own blended learning services, which includesmentoring, would meet the objectives. Previous Article Next Article Bayer’s business-driven roll-outOn 1 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Reproductive endocrinology of the Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans in relation to biennial breeding and deferred sexual maturity

first_imgThe reproductive endocrinology of the Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans was studied at South Georgia to investigate the potential endocrine correlates of biennial breeding and of the acquisition of sexual maturity. Gonads of breeding birds and of known‐age immature birds of both sexes were examined by laparoscopy throughout the period that they were at the nest site. Blood samples, subsequently analysed to determine concentrations of luteinizing hormone (LH), prolactin, progesterone, testosterone and oestradiol‐17/i, were obtained from samples of breeding birds of both sexes at regular intervals from first arrival until the chicks fledged nearly a year later. Before laying in December, breeding birds had mature testes and ovarian follicles and high concentrations of LH, prolactin and sex steroids. Gonadal regression and a rapid drop in hormone levels (except for LH in females) occurred in early incubation (January). Testes (and follicles to a lesser extent) enlarged in mid‐incubation, coinciding with high levels of LH and increases in prolactin and testosterone. Gonads finally regressed completely near hatching time. LH, prolactin and testosterone remained at low levels throughout chick rearing (April to November), but females had several periods of active progesterone and oestradiol secretion, and progesterone was detectable in males only late in the chick‐rearing period. Although some changes in hormone levels are difficult to explain, the patterns are fairly typical of temperate birds. The persistence of progesterone secretion in both female breeders and non‐breeding ‘immature’ birds is viewed as part of a mechanism inhibiting an ovary from becoming vitellogenic. Although testis size and testosterone concentrations increased with age in immature males (of ages 4–10 years), birds of 5 years and older are probably physiologically mature, even though breeding does not start until they are 7 years of age and only half an age group has bred by an age of 11 years. Immature females (of age 4–7 years) had undeveloped follicles, very low oestradiol concentrations but high progesterone levels, providing further support for the role of this hormone in inhibiting gonadotropin secretion. The condition of the female is therefore probably decisive in determining when a pair first attempts to breed but it is unknown what factors initiate normal ovarian development.last_img read more

Total ozone measured during EASOE by a UV-visible spectrometer which observes stars

first_imgTotal ozone was measured from Abisko, Sweden (68.4°N, 18.8°E) from January to early March 1992, by a new instrument which uses stars and the Moon as sources of UV-visible light for absorption spectroscopy. In addition, some zenith-sky observations were made. Ozone measurements obtained using both techniques are presented and compared with those from other instruments. Good agreement with simultaneous ozonesonde measurements is observed, but the stellar measurements appear systematically higher than total ozone measured by both SAOZ and TOMS.last_img

Late Holocene palaeoclimatic records from lake sediments on James Ross Island, Antarctica

first_imgSediment profiles from several lakes/ponds in the northern, ice-free area of James Ross Island, Antarctica, were the subject of a multi-disciplinary palaeoenvironmental investigation. The results, obtained from lithological, geomagnetic, geochemical and diatom analyses, and the frequency of Branchinecta eggs, were evaluated with multivariate statistics and provide a fairly detailed picture of climate change during the last 5000 years. New radiocarbon dates are combined with previously published 14C dates, so as to date the palaeoenvironmental and palaeohydrological changes identified by the stratigraphic studies. In combination with the findings of glacial geological studies our data suggest that the Brandy Bay glacier began to recede rapidly just before 5000 yr B.P., due to calving and moisture starvation caused by cold and arid conditions. In one of the ponds studied gypsum began to precipitate as a consequence of these conditions when the influence of glacial meltwater ceased. This hypothesis was tested by hydrochemical modeling. At approximately 4200 yr B.P. the climate became more humid (and warmer) and the pond supported a fairly diverse biota, which included a variety of diatom species and, for example, Branchinecta gaini, a crustacean that feeds on benthic cyanobacterial mats. The Brandy Bay glacier probably advanced during this humid period, but the advance was interrupted by subsequent arid conditions which started at 3000 yr B.P. During this arid phase, glaciers became completely absent from the study area. As a result formerly large lakes, fed by glacial meltwater, transformed into small, enclosed, brackish water bodies that contained B. gaini. The arid and fairly cold conditions lasted for 1500–2000 years, until approximately 1200 yr B.P. when the aquatic systems expanded and their salinity was lowered as a result of increased snow accumulation and glacial expansion. The increased deposition of minerogenic matter caused by glacial erosion and meltwater inflow probably caused the disappearance of Branchinecta on James Ross Island. We regard this most recent phase as a period of increased humidity and warmth compared to the previous period, although the conditions appear to be less warm and humid than those which prevailed during the climatic optimum between 4200 and 3000 yr B.P. In spite of certain correlation problems we tentatively correlate our results to other studies of Holocene environments in Antarctica, and from that it can be suggested that the climatic optimum was of circumpolar significance. Therefore the climatic oscillations recorded in sediments on James Ross Island may reflect oscillations in the anticyclonic stormtracks and the strength of the high pressure cell over the inland ice sheet.last_img read more

SUU Men’s Basketball Returns To Road Thursday

first_imgPortland State’s statistical leaders, headed into Thursday’s game, are sophomore guard Holland Woods (14.3 points per game) and junior guard Michael Nuga (10.6 points per game). February 13, 2019 /Sports News – Local SUU Men’s Basketball Returns To Road Thursday The Vikings, coached by former SUU standout Barret Peery, score 76.6 points per game while surrendering 75.1 points per contest. Senior guard Marcus Graves is the Hornets’ leading scorer (16 points, 4.7 rebounds per game) while junior forward Joshua Patton (13.3 points, 5.5 rebounds per contest) has also been solid for Sacramento State. Tags: Andre Adams/Barret Peery/Big Sky Conference/Brandon Better/Cameron Oluyitan/Holland Woods/Joshua Patton/Marcus Graves/Michael Nuga/Sacramento State/SUU Men’s Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSACRAMENTO, Calif.-Thursday, Southern Utah men’s basketball seeks to continue in their recent hot streak as they visit Sacramento State Thursday and Portland State Saturday. Redshirt sophomore forward Andre Adams (10.9 points, 6.4 rebounds per game) has also been coming on of late for the Thunderbirds. Sacramento State scores 70.5 points per game and surrenders 69.6 points per contest. Presently, the Thunderbirds score 77 points per game while surrendering 76 points per contest. The 12-10 (7-6 in Big Sky Conference play) Thunderbirds have won three straight games and seem well on their way to finishing above .500 for the first time since the 2006-07 season. Written by The Hornets come into Thursday’s game at 10-11 and 4-8 in Big Sky play. Redshirt junior guard/forward Cameron Oluyitan (13.1 points per game) and senior guard Brandon Better (12.6 points per game) are the Thunderbirds’ leading scorers on the season. Brad James Headed into Thursday’s home game against Northern Arizona prior to hosting the Thunderbirds Saturday, Portland State is 9-14 and 3-8 in Big Sky play.last_img read more

Dressage Horse Dies Day After Winning Grand Prix CDI3* at AGDF

first_img SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email* Horse Sport Enews Rebroff 6, a 12-year-old Rhinelander gelding, passed away in his stall on Jan. 30th, a day after winning the FEI Grand Prix CDI3* for Freestyle with his rider Frederic Wandres (GER) at the AGDF in Wellington, Florida. The suspected cause was a cardiac event.It was the first competition together for the 33-year-old Wandres and the German-bred gelding (Robespierrot x Nimfa, Oula Owl), and the first time Wandres had competed in the United States.A statement released by the organizers on Saturday, January 30th reads:“Equestrian Sport Productions management regretfully announces the passing of Rebroff, a 12-year-old gelding owned by Hof Kasselmann GmbH & Co. KG, on the horse show grounds at Equestrian Village at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center during the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) on Saturday, January 30.The horse was found to be in need of care in its stabling at 11:30 a.m. The FEI official veterinarian for AGDF as well as the treating veterinarian were on-site immediately. The horse did not die in the course of competition.While the cause of death is unknown, it is a suspected cardiac event. The horse will be sent to the Kissimmee, FL, pathology laboratory for a necropsy per FEI regulations.Equestrian Sport Productions and everyone involved at AGDF expresses their great sympathy for the loss of Rebroff.”Wandres wrote on Facebook: “Yesterday he was the winner … today he is not anymore with us. Hopefully he reaches the other side of the rainbow well. We tried our very best to make his life as nice as possible since we have him. Lars (Ligus, his groom) and François (Kasselmann) were with him until the end.” Tags: Dressage, AGDF, Rebroff 6, Frederic Wandres, cardiac event, More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!last_img read more

Northern Foods reveals Christmas pudding plans

first_imgNorthern Foods said in its annual report for the year to 31 March that it would test market the “definitive Christmas Pudding” this year.The pudding will draw on nearly 120 years of experience and original Victorian recipes. A successful test will result in a full launch in 2008.Northern Foods owns the Matthew Walker pudding brand and claims to make two thirds of Christmas puddings in the UK.Reduced factory costs will result from offering the brand to smaller trade customers, who currently have their own bespoke recipes at high cost to both partners, it said.Northern Foods said last year was one of “real progress”, following a restructure in 2006, which saw it sell off 40% of its businesses, including bakery operations.last_img

In the swim of things

first_img Little swimmers Amanda Garparino tries some strokes for instructor Courtney Otto ’15. One-on-one Courtney Otto ’15 gives one-on-one lessons to Jacy Hoffman. Looking up Helen Colbert, 8, listens to the advice of her instructor, Clare Foster ’13. Kickin’ it Daniel Sickenberger, 8, of West Brookfield, practices with a kickboard. School’s in session The Swim School is an instructional program for ages five and up, including adults, and is run by Harvard coaching staff and taught by the men’s and women’s varsity swimming and diving teams. Diving in Blake Sundel ’15 illustrates proper diving form to his young charges. Immersed David Evans ’61 (left) and Dan Paulsen get some pointers. center_img How good does the prospect of visiting Puerto Rico sound in the middle of January? Or Hawaii? That’s where the Harvard men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams traveled, respectively, this winter. It wasn’t exactly a vacation, but their annual training trip — funded with the money they raise working as instructors in the Harvard Swim School.“The Swim School has been operating since the mid-’70s when former swimming and diving coaches decided it would be a good way to make money and help pay for training trips” by offering lessons to the community, said assistant diving coach Keith Miller, who has helped to oversee the program since arriving at Harvard in 1991.“Our athletes work really hard during the school year. They have morning practices, afternoon practices here … six days a week, which they work around their school schedules. But then during January break, we get to go on a trip someplace where we can really focus on training, get a lot of team bonding, and get a lot of work done in preparation for the big meets at the end of the season.”The school runs twice a year for six weeks, once in the spring, with lessons taught by freshmen and juniors, and once in the fall, taught by sophomores and seniors. “The vast majority of our students are 5 years old through 15 years old, but we also have adults. We probably have 15 or 20 adults each session,” said Miller. Offerings range from beginning nonswimmer instruction to advanced technique, and the school is open to the community.“One of the things I love most about participating in Harvard Swim School is that it bridges a gap between the Harvard undergraduate population and the Cambridge community at large,” said swimmer and co-captain Kristi Korsberg ’12.“Each year, when Harvard students have about five weeks off between fall and spring semesters, the swim and dive team remains on campus to practice,” she said. “Luckily for us, it also means that we have the opportunity to relocate ourselves to a warm climate for a week in the middle of winter. Our goal is simple: to do nothing but focus on quality training without any distractions. These training trips are crucial to our team’s success.”“Puerto Rico was beautiful,” said swimmer and co-captain Matthew McLean ’12. “It’s great to be able to train outdoors, especially during the winter, as it’s a much-needed change to the dreary weather Cambridge provides during that time. We have a bunch of traditions that we carry out, and we always have a meet against another team in Puerto Rico. On an afternoon off, we went to the beach and relaxed. It was great.”Swim students receive top-notch instruction, like that from Olympic qualifier Mike Mosca ’15, a diver. “Mosca is an Ivy League champ this year; he’s excellent,” said Miller. “And I like to have the divers demonstrate on the final day. The kids love that.”But instructing the community has benefits for the swimmers and divers, too.“In a way, it makes us think about our stroke and focus on technique, more so than we would while doing a set in practice. It’s great to have a few hours a week to look at technique and the fundamentals that we learned so long ago, and do it through teaching others,” said McLean.“Verbalizing and explaining particular aspects of stroke technique or justifying why that technique is valuable has enhanced my understanding of swimming,” said Korsberg. “It’s really proved to me that there’s always something to be learned, no matter how much personal experience I think I have.”“I love teaching something that we’re good at, and it feels awesome to have these kids look up to us,” added McLean.For these outgoing seniors, their character has been strengthened through years of instructing, and lifelong memories have been made on the resulting jaunts to St. Croix and Barbados, where the teams have previously gone. There’s dinner with the team every night, followed by activities as a group, and, of course, snorkeling ventures.“In the hotels, we live with multiple other members of the team for an extended amount of time. This always forges friendships that didn’t exist prior to January. So many team memories are made during this time, which is why I already look back on the experiences so fondly,” said Korsberg. “Training trip is without a doubt one of the most important aspects of our season, and it would not be possible without Swim School.” Drying off Matt Karle ’15 (left) and Courtney Otto ’15 conclude a class as Jacy Hoffman of Belmont gets toweled off by her mother, Jing (right). Swimmingly Adult swim Slava Chereukhin (from left), Dan Paulsen, and David Evans ’61 prepare to begin their class. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

Editorial: EPA’s Phony Promises to a Fading Industry

first_imgEditorial: EPA’s Phony Promises to a Fading Industry FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享New York Times: While environmental rules have played some role in the closing of coal-fired plants, the main driver is cheaper and abundant natural gas. Coal’s use in power generation has been declining since 2007, and by 2016 coal-fired plants produced only 30 percent of the nation’s total generation, compared with 50 percent in 2003.The trend will continue; an estimated 46-plus coal-fired units will close at 25 electricity plants in 16 states over the next five years, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. In its outlook for 2017, the institute skewered Mr. Trump’s campaign vows, saying, “Promises to create more coal jobs will not be kept — indeed the industry will continue to cut payrolls.”About 60,000 coal industry jobs have been lost since 2011, and three of the four major mining companies have gone bankrupt, according to a new study by Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy. Even so, Mr. Trump remains obstinate in his “war on coal” statements and steadfast to his bloated campaign promises to laid-off miners, despite expert opinion, expressed in the study, that lifting vital environmental controls “will not materially improve” the coal industry’s prospects.It is shocking that an administration led and staffed by supposedly shrewd business executives deliberately overlooks the blossoming of profitable and cleaner energy products simply because of Mr. Trump’s hollow showmanship before his campaign base.Until now, the E.P.A. and the environmental safeguards Congress has ordered it to enforce have been crucial to the development of new technologies. To have Mr. Pruitt sully that history with false promises to a fading industry is irresponsible.More: Using the E.P.A. to Prop Up Big Coallast_img read more

Ohio’s Last Planned Coal Plant Is Scrapped

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Ohio Public Radio:After years in limbo, a plan to build a new [600 megawatt] coal-fired plant in the state has been scrapped. That leaves no proposals for new coal plants in Ohio. Environmental groups see this as a critical turning point.Since the early 2000s, the Lima Energy plant has been on again and off again. But now the company behind the project is officially bowing out.Neil Waggoner with the Beyond Coal campaign says it’s clear coal is near its end.Waggoner: “We see there are no coal plants under consideration to be built. The current coal plants that are already in the state are struggling to be economic and are in a number of cases, seeking customer-funded bailouts.”Utilities have pleaded with lawmakers to help subsidize their financially struggling coal plants, saying it’s an important resource that helps diversify the grid.More: Plans To Build Coal-Fired Power Plant In Ohio Get Scrapped Ohio’s Last Planned Coal Plant Is Scrappedlast_img read more