Peon Served For 20 Yrs On Temporary Basis Despite Clear Vacancy- “It Amounts To Employee’s Exploitation”: Orissa High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesPeon Served For 20 Yrs On Temporary Basis Despite Clear Vacancy- “It Amounts To Employee’s Exploitation”: Orissa High Court Sparsh Upadhyay4 April 2021 8:41 AMShare This – xThe Orissa High Court last week expressed its displeasure with the state government for employing a person (as a Night Watcher-cum-Peon) on a temporary basis for 20 years despite there being a clear vacancy against the post. Hearing the plea of one Jambeswar Sahoo who worked for 20 years-long as an ad hoc employee, the Bench of Justice Biswanath Rath observed, “The matter…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Orissa High Court last week expressed its displeasure with the state government for employing a person (as a Night Watcher-cum-Peon) on a temporary basis for 20 years despite there being a clear vacancy against the post. Hearing the plea of one Jambeswar Sahoo who worked for 20 years-long as an ad hoc employee, the Bench of Justice Biswanath Rath observed, “The matter of taking out service from the petitioner for long 20 years on a temporary basis in the presence of a clear vacancy in the post of Peon amounts to exploitation of employee.” Facts in brief The Petitioner was engaged on 10th September 2001, as a Night Watcher-cum-Peon, however, he worked in the office of the child development project officer (CDPO), as a peon since 1990. Thereafter, he moved High Court seeking direction for regularisation of his service. His lawyer submitted that he had been in service for more than 30 years on a temporary basis. Pursuant to this, the Court noted that he had been working as a night watchman-cum-peon on a temporary basis since 2001, while a regular post of peon had remained vacant. Court’s directions Taking into account Apex Court’s rulings in the cases of Secretary State of Karnataka and Others Vrs. Umadevi and Others (2006) 4 SCC 1 and State of Karnataka & others Vrs. M.L. Kesari & others, involving SLP(C) No.15774 of 2006, the Court observed that taking his services for 20 years amounts to exploitation. Further, taking into consideration that there was one vacant post in the position of Peon in the particular establishment, the Court directed the Child Development Project Officer, Kakatpur, “To take a decision to regularize the petitioner in the vacant post of Peon by completing the entire exercise within a period of six weeks from the date of communication of the order.” The Court further directed that the petitioner, who had already completed more than 20 years long as an ad hoc employee, be considered for grant of appropriate pension. With the above observation and direction, the writ petition stood disposed of. Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderNext Storylast_img read more

Eating Dirt

first_img Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Adam Forrester, assistant professor of photography/video at Troy University, is creating a documentary titled “Eating White Dirt,” in an effort to give the traditional practice its just due. Below, White dirt is sold in stores all across Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. But it is usually sold as a novelty and labeled “Not for human consumption.”Local professor fascinated by traditional practice of consuming white dirtEverything has a beginning and an ending.For Adam Forrester, his fascination with the age-old tradition of eating white dirt began when he was running a paper route in Columbus, Georgia. His hope is that his fascination will come to fruition via his “Eat White Dirt” documentary created in an effort to bring sensitivity and understanding to the tradition and cultural practice of eating white dirt. Forrester, laughingly, said the more he “dug” into the tradition or practice, the more fascinated he became.The tradition of eating white dirt has a scientific or medical term Forrester said.“Pica is an eating disorder where there is a craving for things with no nutritional value,” he said. “Geophagy is specific to the earth such as eating white dirt.”The practice is “traditionally” assigned to the rural areas of the South where poor people would dig the white dirt or chalk from clay banks and eat it for “whatever reason.” “But the practice actually dates back to ancient Greece,” Forrester said. “And it is mentioned in novels by such noted writers as John Steinbeck and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. In my research, I’ve found that people as far north as New York and as far west as California are eating white dirt.“So the tradition spans time and culture. It reaches across the globe and into other species.”As to why people eat white dirt, the practice is rather specific to cravings in pregnant women, but it is believed by some to have medicinal value for others.Forrester said his research supports the belief that pregnant women do have unnatural cravings for white dirt.“The pregnant women that I’ve talked to say they crave it,” Forrester said. “One woman said she has to have white dirt and a Coca-Cola everyday. But there’s the possibility that pregnant women eat the white dirt just because their mothers and grandmothers did and it is thought be good for them and their babies.”The cravings for white dirt could be caused by a mineral deficiency. The white dirt is thought to have a calming effect that would be desirable for pregnant women.Forrester said Sera L. Young of Cornell University has done extensive research into the tradition of eating white dirt and has found “strange cravings” in pregnant women.“So it makes you wonder if there’s not something to it,” he said, with a smile.But white dirt is also thought to be a good digestive aid and an anti-diarrheal.“White dirt has the ability to coat and sooth the stomach,” Forrester said. “It is absorptive and can absorb toxins in the body. If you havea virus, it could absorb the virus until it leaves the body.”However, the medical community warns that too much white dirt could cause anemia.“Too much white dirt could absorb iron from the blood and cause a deficiency,” he said.But whether white dirt is being eaten for its almost non-existent mineral properties or to cure a griping stomach, there continues to be a market for it and especially in the South.“We get white dirt from kaolin mines that are incredibly abundant in a belt of deposits that stretch across Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina,” Forrester said. “The mines are beautiful scenes of mounds of white dirt. Kaolin has many uses including the shiny coating on magazines. It has many industrial applications.However, the curiosity that surrounds the eating of white dirt is that it is, for the most part, tasteless and odorless.”But because, white dirt absorbs odors, it often acquires the taste of the odor.“The white dirt can absorb the odor of the store where it is sold,” Forrester said. “One lady in Georgia told me that there are a lot of stores that sell white dirt in her area but she drives a long distance to buy white dirt that tastes like her favorite store smells.”Forrester said dirt that is dug fresh from a clay bank might have the taste of fresh rain or of warm sunshine.“Fresh dug dirt is soft and pliable but, as it loses moisture, it becomes hard and is more chalky to the taste,” he said. “The white dirt that is sold in stores is smooth but hard. And, it is usually sold as a novelty with the wording, ‘Not for human consumption’ on the label. That’s probably done to cover butts.”White dirt has been around for centuries and, in all likelihood, it will be around as long as there are pregnant women or those who just enjoy the novelty of things.Forrester’s research continues into the why of eating white dirt. Does white dirt actually have medicinal properties? Is it a mind game pregnant women play? Is if folklore or fact?“As for me, I can’t discount it,” Forrester said. “There has to be something more to eating white dirt than a craving. If white dirt goes away, how will that affect people? Those unexplainable mysteries make the best stories, don’t they?” Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel You Might Like CREEPY CRAWLERS Spiders and their webs are driving Pike County residents ‘bananas’ Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet eating her curds… read more Latest Stories Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Email the author Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Eating Dirtcenter_img Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Sponsored Content Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Jaine Treadwell Next Up“There are many quirky, strange traditions that add to the mystery of things,” said Forrester, assistant professor of photography/video at Troy University. “Through this documentary, I hope to give the practice of eating white dirt its due.”Forrester had just graduated college when he was introduced to white dirt.“My paper route was in neighborhood where grocery stores were less regulated,” he said. “The owners sold pretty much what they wanted to sell. In almost every one of the small stores, there was a cardboard box with white dirt. I wanted to know why anybody would eat ‘dirt’.” Print Article By The Penny Hoarder Book Nook to reopen Published 11:50 pm Friday, September 27, 2013last_img read more

Storm moves into Northeast, while another brings severe weather to South

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Severe storms moved through the Deep South on Thursday bringing flash flooding, damaging winds and hail — mostly to Louisiana.The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency on Thursday in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where a whopping 6.42 inches of rain fell, making it the fourth-wettest April day the city has ever seen. Some areas in southern Louisiana got up to 7 inches of rain.The same storm moves into the Northeast on Friday with rain, wind and even some mountain snow in New England. It’s going to be a raw and nasty day for the Northeast.A new storm system and energy from the west will combine in the South later Friday and into Saturday to bring more severe weather to the area.Severe storms will bring hail, damaging winds and maybe an isolated tornado to parts of central and western Texas later Friday.The storm system will barely move Saturday as it expands into eastern Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.The biggest threat Saturday will be damaging winds, large hail and a few isolated tornadoes. Flash flooding is also possible.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

West Bromwich Building Society

first_img Previous Article Next Article Shortlisted team for Award for HR strategy: Personnel Today Awards 2000 Sponsor profileRebus HR Services, part of the Rebus Group, has developed a range of services that respond to the changing demands being placed on businesses in respect of human resource, payroll and pension management.It provides ongoing support, consultancy and training to about 500 clients, which include more than 50 of The Times Top 100. Rebus is a market leader in providing outsourced payroll services – both bureau and fully managed – specialising in large organisations with complex payroll requirements. It offers a flexible service tailored to the exact business needs of the client.With employment legislation becoming more complex, the need for expert advice and guidance is also increasingly important. Rebus Personnel Services offers a service for some or all of the core areas of the HR function. It provides a flexible service at a strategic policy, operational management or purely administration level. The 150-year-old West Bromwich Building Society recovered well after the recession of the early 1990s – but was faced with having to rethink its personnel policy after experiencing enormous growth towards the end of the decade.The building society’s pre-tax profits rose by 19 per cent to £15.6bn in the year to March 2000, with assets up 16 per cent to £2.8bn.But with 700 employees, Paul Turner, general manager of the company’s people development division, saw there was a need for a radical personnel programme to keep pace with the company’s growth and technological development.Turner recognised that developing the skills of the workforce in line with West Bromwich’s corporate business plan would allow the company to maintain its position as one of the top 10 building societies in the UK.Under his leadership the people development division set about developing a targeted plan to bring the company’s HR philosophy in line with chief executive Andrew Messenger’s corporate plan and vision.The aim was to achieve a uniting HR policy which began at board level and flowed seamlessly down through departments to individuals. Turner’s team looked at what skills individual staff had that contributed to the company’s success, identified personnel issues and began moving towards establishing a competency framework in the company. This allowed them to draw up sets of objectives at every level – for divisions, teams and individual members of staff.Turner’s department monitored trends within the company in areas including staff turnover, ethnic origin, absenteeism, employees’ qualification studies and training and evaluated programmes such as Investors in People.By benchmarking against the rest of industry, his team set targets for each of those areas and decided upon a number of major initiatives, including a new staff survey, a new health care package and the restructuring of the people development division to deal with internal changes in the company.These included appointing a new IT trainer and a new recruitment and diversity officer. The team used employee focus groups to gain feedback about the impact of the change programme and find new policy ideas.And a new targeted selection process was developed in the company to improve staff retention and customer service. This allowed for better staff development, allowing people to progress within the company according to their individual skills. Employees were given an incentive to stay within the company by providing them with career objectives within the West Bromwich.The result was an HR policy featuring an innovative mix of ethics and business targets, which are aimed to maximise the potential within the building societyWhile retaining and training staff is still high on its agenda, encouraging them to fulfil their role in an organisation that values its community awareness is equally important.Turner has not just set out to create a workforce of highly-trained staff – he has attempted to create a set of employees who act as ambassadors for their company. Company fact fileTeam People Development Division, West Bromwich Building SocietyTeam leader Paul TurnerNumber in HR team 18Number of employees responsible for 680Main achievements Integration of a people development strategy derived from the corporate plan. Ideas raised by the board were integrated into the operations of divisions, teams and individuals in the company Priorities for next 12 months Continuation of people development programme to ensure staff are properly cared for and commitment to a recruitment policy based on individual skills West Bromwich Building SocietyOn 26 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Dredging Contract for Ocean City’s Lagoons Up for Council Approval

first_imgEric Rosina, project manager for ACT Engineering, the consulting firm that is overseeing the city’s dredging program, talked to residents during an Aug. 20 town meeting. By Donald WittkowskiCity Council is expected Thursday to award a multifaceted consulting contract that will be a crucial part of Ocean City’s dredging program to clean out lagoons and channels choked with muddy sediment.ACT Engineering Inc., of Robbinsville, N.J., will supervise the city’s dredging work this year and design the next round of projects slated for 2017 as part of the $467,500 contract.ACT will also oversee the removal of dredge spoils from a temporary disposal site that is currently loaded to capacity. Site 83, as it is known, must be emptied out before it can begin accepting new sediment that will be dredged from the lagoons and channels in 2017.Eric Rosina, ACT’s project manager, said in an Aug. 19 memo to Mayor Jay Gillian that it will take about 31 weeks to complete the emptying of Site 83.Site 83, located near the 34th Street Bridge, is a centerpiece of the city’s long-range dredging strategy. It can hold about 300,000 cubic yards of dredge spoils. In the meantime, a much-smaller disposal site underneath the Ninth Street Bridge will handle dredge spoils this year.Construction is underway on a temporary road that will allow more trucks to serve Site 83, speeding up the removal of Ocean City’s dredge spoils to a Wildwood landfill.The road is being built on the soft soil of the marshlands. However, a section of the roadway has been sinking, which has delayed its completion by about two months, Rosina said in his memo to Gillian. ACT Engineering will supervise the road’s construction as part of its new contract.Council is scheduled to award the ACT contract at its meeting 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. The contract will continue the city’s relationship with ACT, which has already been serving as the consultant for other phases of the dredging program.Overall, the mayor has proposed spending $20 million in the next three years to dredge the lagoons and channels along the back bays from one tip of the island to the other.Residents have complained to the city that some waterways are so shallow that their boats scrape the bottom or are trapped at the docks, particularly during low tide.For 2016, the city will focus on dredging three areas that are choked by muddy sediment. They include Snug Harbor, Glen Cove and South Harbor. Trident Marine Piling Co., the dredging contractor, has announced plans to begin work on Snug Harbor and Glen Cove this month and finish the projects by Oct. 1, the date that the city’s environmental permit expires for those projects.However, the city already plans to seek an extension of the permit to December from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.Snug Harbor, between Eighth and Ninth streets along Bay Avenue, was partially dredged last year by another contractor. Trident will deepen the center of the channel in Snug Harbor to finish the job.Like Snug Harbor, Glen Cove, between 10th and 11th streets along Bay Avenue, has been clogged by sediment buildup over the years.After the Snug Harbor and Glen Cove projects are done, Trident will begin dredging the entrance to South Harbor, a bayfront area between Tennessee Avenue and Spruce Road. The city’s environmental permit for South Harbor’s dredging runs until December, giving Trident more time to complete the work.Trident owner Joe Stewart announced the timetable for all three dredging projects during a town meeting Aug. 20. ACT Engineering representatives, who also attended the meeting, gave residents a step-by-step overview of the dredging program.According to ACT Engineering, residents will be able to piggyback on the city’s environmental permit to dredge their own boat slips at their cost. The city is not requiring residents to dredge their slips, so it will be an individual choice by the property owners.While Snug Harbor, Glen Cove and South Harbor are all scheduled for dredging this year, the residents of another bayfront neighborhood will have to wait at least until 2017.The Nor’easter Marina area along Bay Avenue between Seventh and Eighth streets is considered one of the most badly clogged areas. But currently, there is no permit to allow dredging there, ACT Engineering officials told residents at the Aug. 20 town meeting.ACT officials assured the Nor’easter residents that their area remains a high priority for dredging and likely would be among the projects recommended for 2017.In his Aug. 19 memo to the mayor, Rosina noted that potential sites for 2017 and the dredging costs “are currently being evaluated.”“It is currently anticipated that the city will conduct an extensive hydraulic and mechanical dredging program in 2017,” Rosina wrote.In other business at Thursday’s meeting, Council is expected to award a nearly $300,000 contract for six city fireworks displays in 2017 and 2018.The fireworks shows will take place on the Fourth of July, at the annual Night in Venice boat parade in July and at the Indian Summer Weekend celebration in October.Pyrotecnico Fireworks Inc., of New Castle, Pa., was the only bidder and will be awarded the contract, according to a resolution attached to City Council’s meeting agenda.last_img read more

Guidance: NHS Test and Trace app: privacy information

first_img the personal data the app collects and how we use it measures taken to ensure the use of the app respects your privacy, is secure and in line with data protection law This privacy notice sets out privacy information for the NHS COVID-19 app. It covers: The data protection impact assessment formally documents how the app works and how it protects the privacy of its users.last_img

Insight on triple-negative breast cancer

first_imgScientists from Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and their colleagues have found a genetic marker that predicts which aggressive “triple-negative” breast cancers and certain ovarian cancers are likely to respond to platinum-based chemotherapies.The report is being published in the April issue of Cancer Discovery, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.The marker, found on chromosomes within the cancer cells, could lead to a test for identifying patients whose cancers could be effectively treated by a single platinum-based drug, allowing them to “avoid the toxicities of other chemotherapy combinations,” said co-senior author Andrea Richardson, a surgical pathologist at Brigham and Women’s and Dana-Farber and associate professor at Harvard Medical School (HMS).Many cancer treatments work by damaging DNA within tumor cells, rendering the cells unable to grow and divide. While some cancer cells can repair broken DNA molecules, allowing them to survive drug or radiation therapy, others have lost this repair capacity, making them vulnerable to DNA-damaging agents.The new marker, Richardson says, flags breast and ovarian cancer cells that can’t repair the type of DNA damage caused by treatment with platinum drugs, including cisplatin and carboplatin. A clinical test for the marker could be particularly valuable in treating triple-negative breast cancers, which are resistant to anti-hormonal therapies and targeted drugs such as Herceptin.“We currently do not have any targeted therapies for patients with triple-negative breast cancer, so if these laboratory findings are confirmed and an assay is created to predict sensitivity to drugs that target defective DNA repair, it would be a major step forward,” says Richardson, the primary pathologist for the study. However, such an assay isn’t likely to be developed soon, she said.The new genetic marker was discovered when Richardson and others studied tumor tissue collected from triple-negative breast cancer patients who participated in two clinical trials of platinum drug therapy. Triple-negative tumors develop in approximately 80 percent of women who carry the mutated breast cancer genes BRCA1 and BRCA2. These tumors are characterized by a lack of estrogen, progesterone, and HER2 receptors, making them unresponsive to targeted treatments that block those receptors.The trials, led by Judy Garber of Dana-Farber and HMS, investigated whether platinum drugs would also be effective in so-called sporadic triple-negative tumors — those that develop in the absence of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations. Overall, about 20 percent of breast cancers are triple negative. Some of these cancers respond to standard chemotherapy drugs. Patients whose triple-negative tumors do not go away after chemotherapy have a particularly poor prognosis.A total of 79 patients in the two trials received cisplatin alone or in combination with bevacizumab (Avastin) to shrink their tumors prior to removing them surgically. In both trials, approximately 40 percent of patients had a complete or near-complete disappearance of the cancer after the cisplatin therapy.The researchers analyzed tissue from the patients before and after the cisplatin treatment, looking for features in the cancer cells’ DNA that predicted a favorable response to the preoperative chemotherapy. They found one — a high level of partial chromosome losses in the tumor cells that responded to the cisplatin treatment.The telltale pattern, or genetic marker, was finding a high number of chromosome regions showing allelic imbalance, meaning that instead of the normal equal distribution of DNA from both parents, the tumor cells had lost one parental copy of the DNA in parts of many chromosomes. This didn’t surprise the researchers: In fact, they expected it, because allelic imbalance is also found in triple-negative breast cancers associated with BRCA 1 and BRCA2 mutations. Specifically, the strongest indicator of defective DNA damage repair was in cancer cells when the regions of allelic imbalance included the tips of the chromosomes, called telomeres.The scientists also analyzed data on tumor characteristics and treatment outcomes from the Cancer Genome Atlas, a federally funded database, to demonstrate that allelic imbalance predicted defective DNA damage repair and sensitivity to platinum drugs in serous ovarian cancers.In the future, the scientists say, allelic instability “may prove useful in predicting response to a variety of therapeutic strategies exploiting defective DNA repair.”Along with Richardson, co-senior authors of the report are Daniel Silver of Dana-Farber and Zoltan Szallasi of Children’s Hospital Boston. First authors are Nicolai Birkbak and Zhigang Wang of Brigham and Women’s and Dana-Farber. All are Harvard-affiliated hospitals.The research was supported by grants from the National Cancer Institute and several foundations.last_img read more

‘Lede’ing by example

first_img“I became a journalist to come as close as possible to the heart of the world.”— Henry Luce, founder of Fortune, Time, Life, and Sports Illustrated magazinesWhen seventh-grader Beatriz Ferreira saw the first issue of her school newspaper, The Tiger Universe, she remembers thinking, “Oh my God, there’s pictures of me and my friends!”The Tiger Universe also included an article Ferreira had written, a fact that impressed her family and friends. “My mom was proud, my grandma was happy, everybody that’s at school said ‘congratulations,’” said Ferreira.The students named their newspaper The Tiger Universe because the tiger is their school’s mascot, and the word “universe” implies that the newspaper will serve the entire school community.This past fall, more than a dozen Boston sixth- and seventh-graders got a taste of life as journalists. Participating in a program called Project Lede, the students learned just how much hard work goes into creating and publishing a newspaper.Founded in 2013 by Harvard student Jackie Schechter ’15 and her high school classmate, Elizabeth Quartararo, now a senior at the University of Delaware, Project Lede works with middle school students, teaching them how to conduct interviews, think like a reporter, come up with creative story ideas, and ask a lot of questions — finely honing that sense of curiosity that makes for a good journalist.Schechter and Quartararo developed the idea for Project Lede after working on their high school newspaper. “I learned a lot more than basic journalism skills from that experience,” said Schechter. “I became more engaged with the school community. I learned how to think creatively and be curious. I learned how to work with a large team of students.”The friends wanted to design a program that would bring a similar experience to middle school, which can be a formative time for students academically and socially.Quartararo and Schechter named their program Project Lede, a play on words with “leadership” and “lede,” a newspaper term for the first — or lead — paragraph in a news story. They received seed funding from the 2013 Harvard College Innovation Challenge. But it was in their hometown of Stamford, Conn., that the young women launched Project Lede as a pilot program based on a summer camp model.“The idea was to spend the summer having students learn the skills and perfect their trade. Then, when school began again in the fall, the students would form a newspaper club that continued to produce a regular school paper,” Quartararo said.Schechter and Quartararo designed the curriculum, found a faculty adviser from the middle school, and recruited and trained local high school mentors who would help keep the newspaper club up and running when the two women returned to college.That summer, they had 28 eager students ready to be journalists. “They wrote news articles, opinion pieces, profiles, and more,” said Quartararo. “To teach sports reporting, we hosted a Project Lede Olympics where the students rotated participating in the games and reporting on them. When it was time to write reviews, a local cover band performed and the students wrote about the concert.Students Gio Tammick (left) and Leonardo Da Silva look over the newspaper they helped create with Project Lede for the first time. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer“We also covered photography, layout, and journalism ethics,” said Quartararo. “The students said they had a great time and learned a lot, too.”Project Lede expanded this past summer to another Stamford middle school. In the fall, Schechter, with the help of classmate Hannah Borowsky ‘15, brought the model to Massachusetts and partnered with the Jackson/Mann K-8 School in Allston.“Harvard helped us get connected to the Jackson/Mann, and we’ve really loved working there,” said Schechter. “We were interested to see how we might use our same curriculum to run an after-school program instead of a summer camp. From September through December we [through Project Lede] are teaching the students journalism skills twice a week after school.“Starting in January, our faculty adviser at the Jackson/Mann — sixth-grade ELA [English language arts] teacher Aaron Cohen — is going to take charge, and the students will make the newspaper club their own,” Schechter added.Schechter said they have learned a lot about what does and doesn’t work in an after-school program as opposed to a summer camp. ????During the school year, students have a different set of responsibilities that aren’t an issue during the summer. They always have homework to do, for example, and are often tired after a full day of classes. We’ve been modifying parts of our curriculum to make it more engaging for them, and we’re learning as we go,” she said.Borowsky explained, “When we plan out activities for Project Lede, we’re trying to hit that sweet spot where students are gaining really important academic and interpersonal skills, while also having fun. For example, to teach about writing review articles, students got to taste-test and critique chocolate doughnuts from two different stores. Students have also gotten excited about the business aspect of producing a newspaper, becoming pros at contacting local businesses to sell advertising space in the paper.”“My favorite part was calling the businesses,” said sixth-grader Najeeb Noor.“My favorite thing is that it actually helped me get better at my ELA work,” sixth-grader Arthur Pauleus said.Jorge Lluberes, a seventh-grader in the program, agreed. “I think Project Lede is a good after-school program that helps you with your writing. It’s really fun [to do] after school — you learn how to make your own newspaper.”And because Cohen will continue the newspaper club after the Project Lede program ends, making this first newspaper was only the start.“I’ll be very glad to do it again,” Ferreira added.last_img read more

Dell Technologies and Splunk Go to the Races with McLaren

first_imgCome racing with us at conf20Read the McLaren case studyFind out how Dell works with Splunk Buckle your seatbelts for high-octane Formula 1 racing successIt’s no understatement to say that McLaren Automotive’s Formula 1 team runs on data—and that for them, performance is everything.Each of McLaren’s Formula 1 race cars carries more than 300 sensors and generates over 13,000 data points for fuel levels, tire pressure, speed, battery health and more. One car generates 1.5 terabytes of data over a race weekend, with the whole fleet generating 12 billion telemetry points during a single race season. But as McLaren’s Head of IT Infrastructure for McLaren Technology Group points out, “data is useless unless you apply some insight to it.” That’s why McLaren teams up with Splunk and Dell Technologies.The Splunk Data-to-Everything Platform will allow McLaren to capture unstructured data from across their infrastructure, in addition to data from the Formula 1 cars. Then, Splunk’s powerful insights and machine learning capabilities will enable McLaren to turn data into action, helping them make better decisions, anticipate and address problems faster, and — ultimately — accelerate performance.Of course, applying machine learning to massive amounts of raw data requires a huge amount of computational power and storage. But instead of just throwing more hardware at the problem, McLaren decided to take a strategic approach, making use of Dell Technologies solutions for high performance computing to provide the huge computational performance and storage capacity they needed. Even better, they were able to do it within the same footprint and with a public cloud experience delivered from their own on-premises data center.“McLaren decided to take a strategic approach, making use of Dell Technologies solutions for high performance computing to provide the huge computational performance and storage capacity they needed.ShareWith the partnerships with Splunk and Dell, McLaren can use every piece of data to deliver insights to the driver and racing support team, enabling split-second decisions to improve performance and edge out the competition. But McLaren doesn’t stop there. They take the same technology that powers their vehicles and use it to power innovation in other industries via McLaren Applied.According to Duncan Bradley, Health & Human Performance Business Unit Director at McLaren Applied, “In the F1 world, it’s all about maximizing race performance, but in healthcare it could be recovering from a surgical procedure, managing a disease or weight loss.”McLaren Applied is using technology that was created and tested on the racetrack to drive better patient outcomes in stroke recovery. They actually monitor patient progress using the same smart sensors developed for their Formula 1 race cars, then apply predictive analytics to the biometric data to provide a host of winning innovations for healthcare—all deployed, secured, managed and supported by Dell Technologies.Splunk is now teaming up with McLaren as an official McLaren Technology Partner, starting with the 2020 season. With this new partnership, McLaren is excited to continue its legacy of performance, using Dell Technologies and Splunk to bring data to every question, decision and action across its business.last_img read more

A Dieters Dream?

first_imgThey’ve finally done it: fat-free fat.With the Food and Drug Administration’s Jan. 24 approval of olestra, a fat substitutedeveloped by Procter & Gamble, for use in certain snack foods, the door has beenopened to what some dieters may call the impossible dream.Good old fried snack foods — potato chips, crackers, tortilla chips and others — with”zero fats” on the label?Olestra is, in essence, fat-free fat to our bodies, said Elizabeth Andress, a foodsafety specialist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.”It’s the first fat substitute we can use in fried foods,” Andress said.”Other fat substitutes can’t withstand the cooking temperatures natural fats do. Butolestra actually is a natural fat — it’s been altered so we don’t digest it.”So you can have your fatty foods and eat them, too. A typical snack food with 10 gramsof fat and 150 calories per serving, Andress said, can now have zero grams of fat and onlyabout 70 calories.The fat-based substitute offers a better “mouth feel,” as it is known in theindustry — the look and feel of foods containing real, natural fats.But this wonderful, dream-come-true story isn’t all champagne and confetti. Olestradoes have its drawbacks, as pointed out in the FDA approval, which requires that fouressential vitamins be added to it and a warning label placed on all products made with it.”It has long been known that olestra can cause cramping and loose stools,”Andress said, referring to a decade of studies on the product. “A bigger concern isthat olestra inhibits absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.”The problem with a fat you can’t digest, she said, is that natural fats have someuseful roles in the diet. They carry vitamins A, D, E and K, for instance, and aid intheir absorption in the intestine.FDA evaluated more than 150,000 pages of data from more than 150 studies Procter &Gamble provided in its original 1987 food additive petition and in amendments filed sincethen.Studies showed olestra “may cause intestinal cramps and loose stools in someindividuals,” the agency noted. “These gastrointestinal effects do not havemedical consequences.”Other studies showed that the vitamin-inhibiting effect could be compensated for byreplacing the essential nutrients in olestra-containing snacks. While ruling the fake fat safe to use in certain snacks, FDA required the followinglabel on all products made with it: “This Product Contains Olestra. Olestra may causeabdominal cramping and loose stools. Olestra inhibits the absorption of some vitamins andother nutrients. Vitamins A, D, E and K have been added.”Andress said olestra inhibits absorption of some carotenoids, too. The role of thesenutrients, found in carrots, sweet potatoes, green leaf vegetables and some animal tissue,isn’t fully understood, but they’re known to be beneficial to human health.”I don’t think olestra offers a real health concern for consumers,” Andresssaid. “People just need to be aware of the label and the potential problems.”People need to remember, too, that fat-free doesn’t necessarily mean calorie-free.”Don’t be fooled into thinking you can eat all you want just because it’s fat-freeor low-fat,” she said. “There are still calories in these products, and thereare still potential problems associated with overconsumption.”last_img read more