VT Agency of Transportation HR Chief Joins Criterion

first_imgCriterion announces that Rick Carey has joined the company as a senior consultant. Carey will concentrate on management coaching, advising on policy and procedure and management training seminars for the public sector.Carey holds SPHR certification and brings to Criterion three decades of experience in Human Resources administration within Vermonts Agency of Transportation. He most recently served as the agencys Human Resources Chief. In that position he was responsible for a staff that served the HR needs of 1,300 employees and provided expertise in many areas of management and career coaching.I am thrilled to add Rick to our team, says Dianne Kenney, founder of Criterion. Those who have worked with him know that Rick has exceptional skills in leading, motivating and managing individuals, as well as the ability to drive business results with innovative processes and cost-effective solutions.Criterion is Vermonts only consulting firm dedicated primarily to serving public sector entities. They specialize in business coaching, human resources strategy and management education. For more information call 802-280-3061 or visit www.criterion.biz(link is external).###last_img read more

Chilean Army Tests First Unmanned Aircraft

first_imgBy Dialogo November 28, 2012 Chile’s Minister of National Defense, Rodrigo Hinzpeter, arrived in the region of Biobío on November 23 to witness the test flight of the Army’s first unmanned aircraft, a prototype called “Lascar,” which has been manufactured since 2008 and is currently undergoing tests. The “Lascar” prototype was developed by the Chilean Army, with the collaboration of the University of Concepción and a private enterprise. Among its multi-purpose applications, the aircraft can monitor water sources, volcanic eruptions, natural disasters, rescue operations, fires, and fishing explorations. “We are proud of the Army, our Chilean Army, working together with the University of Concepción, an outstanding and traditional institution in the region, and the private enterprise, to jointly develop an unmanned aircraft that will benefit our country, which faces so many challenges in terms of natural disasters,” concluded Minister Hinzpeter. The Minister of Defense added that the joint development of this prototype “is proof that Chile has the intelligence and innovation capabilities for entrepreneurship of this nature, which is sometimes thought of as being assets or a monopoly of highly developed countries.”last_img read more

4 ways cash is being disrupted by digital

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The push toward a cashless economy is already well underway in some parts of the world. India’s prime minister issued a ban on the largest currency notes late last year, for example. The result of that action was an 86 percent reduction in paper money.Other countries have embraced their own cash-free campaigns. Cork, Ireland, launched a three-month pilot project to become the country’s first cashless city. Likewise, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark and Norway are on their way to becoming less cash-centric nations.Cutting cash means consumers must find another way to pay. Digital payments quickly become a go-to option. The “Cork Cashes Out” initiative boosted digital payments by 522 percent. On the other hand, card transactions only saw a 17 percent lift.While cash in the U.S. isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, digital is shaking up the payments landscape. Below are a few ways cash payments are being disrupted by digital. continue reading »last_img read more

WHO reports 30 Ebola cases in Sudan

first_imgJun 11, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in southern Sudan had increased to 30 cases with seven deaths as of yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. See also: The outbreak has grown slowly since it was reported in Yambio County of Western Equatoria province in May, according to WHO reports. The agency originally reported 19 cases with four deaths on May 24. By Jun 7 officials said there were 28 cases with seven deaths. A total of 157 contacts of patients are being followed up, the WHO said. In addition, “intensive social mobilization activities are being carried out” to contain the outbreak. These include workshop for teachers, counseling for patients and their family members, and distribution of educational materials in schools and community centers. WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2004_06_11/en/last_img

H5N1 virus in Maryland ducks confirmed as mild

first_imgSep 13, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Final tests confirmed that a mild strain of H5N1 avian influenza virus, not the deadly type, was found in wild mallard ducks in Maryland last month, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said yesterday.In August, investigators found the virus in fecal samples from resident mallards on the state’s eastern shore that showed no signs of illness. The samples were sent to the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, where nine tested positive for an H5N1 virus. Subsequent genetic analysis suggested that the virus was a mild strain, but more tests were slated to characterize the pathogenicity.In yesterday’s announcement, the USDA confirmed the samples contained the “North American strain” of low-pathogenic H5N1 virus. Low-pathogenic strains commonly occur in wild birds and cause only minor sickness or no noticeable disease. However, they can evolve into lethal strains.The same low-pathogenic form of the virus was confirmed in Michigan swans in late August. Also, test results are pending on samples recently taken from Pennsylvania ducks, which tested positive for the mild strain on initial screening tests in early September.The rash of positive tests for the mild strain of H5N1 avian flu comes amid expanded wild bird testing programs spearheaded by the USDA and the Department of the Interior in collaboration with state game personnel.In other news, chickens in southern Sudan have tested positive for the lethal form of H5N1, according to a Reuters report today. A Sudanese agriculture official said the samples were taken in August. He also said his department had received more reports of deaths and sickness in domestic birds last week and that test results are pending.According to data from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Sudan’s last report of avian flu outbreaks in poultry was in April.A health official in Egypt, Sudan’s northern neighbor, reported last week that H5N1 had resurfaced at a chicken farm in the southern part of the country.See also:Sep 12 USDA press release on H5N1 test results in Maryland ducksSep 5 CIDRAP News story “Tests indicate mild H5N1 virus in ducks in 2 states”Dec 30, 2005, CIDRAP News story “H5N1 avian flu viruses: What’s in a name?”last_img read more

Americans represent a variety of races

first_imgThe 14th Amendment says that if you are born in the United States, you are an American. Period. You are not a German-American. You are an American of German descent. You are not an African-American; you are an American of African (name the country) descent.Suppose a court takes the first 50 people arrested at the next protest (preferably 25 from each side of the conflict). At arraignment, have the judge offer all of them all a “Get out of Jail Free” card. To get it, they must agree to a mouth swab. Then DNA testing will determine just how “pure” they really are. Also, they must agree, in writing, to allow the results to be published in their hometown newspapers, as well as a national one (say USA Today).Most will be surprised by the results. There might be some African in their Aryan blood. Perhaps, they are 20 percent Jewish. Or maybe some may have American Indian blood running through their veins.David Duke, are you reading this? Will you be the first to get swabbed? What about you, Al Sharpton. Did your grandparents really come from Africa? How about you, Donald Trump? Can we swab you, as the “First Birther?David LucierNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation I think I have a solution to the problem with those siding with Nazi sympathizers, the KKK or the so-called “skin heads,” claiming they are 100 percent of the Aryan race. The same may true with other believers in their racial purity. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

JER spending reaches £1bn with two buys

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