LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 24: Chris Robshaw, the Harlequins and England captain, poses in Richmond Park on April 24, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) Joe Ansbro – The Scots put their heads together and won on tour – but this man went a bit far!Tech Zone – Dan Cottrell’s top tips on how to be a better full-backMini Zone – Get your minis playing rugby Olympics. Plus, lineout skillsFitness Zone – A strength-building workout and tips on how to sleep betterSevens Rugby – Mike Friday, Tom Varndell, Will Greenwood and Toby Booth on all things sevensWorld XV – The best players on the planet right now – will you agree?Heineken Cup – Stephen Jones on the need for a European competition shake-upZac Guildford – The New Zealand wing on why he’s cut alcohol out of his lifeSuper Rugby – Enjoy our picture special from the southern hemisphereIan McGeechan – The Lion king says next year’s schedule must change to give the tourists a chance to succeedAustralia – Olympic hopeful to Wallaby contender – lock Cadeyrn Neville’s incredible journeyMemorabilia – Saracens chairman Nigel Wray exhibits some of his enviable collection of sporting relicsExeter – Matt Jess talks us through the secrets of the Chiefs’ successGlasgow – Gregor Townsend’s plan for success as the man at the helmAlex King – How the former fly-half has made the transition from player to coach at Clermont AuvergneNaked Truth – After leaving wet Wales for mild Melbourne, Gareth Delve talks birthdays, boarding school and body buildingThe Backs…Armchair zone – The latest books and productsNaked Truth – Gareth Delve on his ‘superhero’ moment out in MelbourneTour Tale – Why this tighthead could have ended up in the doghouse———————————————————————————————————————————————–Click here to subscribe to Rugby WorldClick here to find out where to buy Rugby World Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here.Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or iPad? If so click here. [imagebrowser id=27]THE NORTH are still playing catch-up – that’s the message from Stuart Barnes as Rugby World digests the lessons of the home nation summer tours in our August 2012 issue. We have exclusive interviews with Chris Robshaw and Sam Warburton , two back-rows growing into great national captains. Ireland star Cian Healy tells us about a change of approach while Joe Ansbro gives us the inside story of Scotland’s fabulous fightback – and that shocking clash of heads in Australia. Young England centre Jonathan Joseph heads our four Spotlight personalities.Elsewhere, Will Greenwood, Toby Booth, Mike Friday and Tom Varndell discuss the explosion of sevens, Stephen Jones investigates the Heineken Cup row that’s dividing Europe, Gregor Townsend explains why Glasgow are destined for big things, and Saracens chairman Nigel Wray shows us his astonishing collection of sports memorabilia.We also have plenty of stories from the southern hemisphere, including All Black Zak Guildford’s redemption and the Aussie rower who might have been competing in this month’s Olympics had he not chosen to pursue professional rugby. See who makes our World XV – and how much the best players are worth!All this and lots more make our August issue one not to be missed.———————————————————————————————————————————————–The Front Row…30 minutes with Fergus McfaddenNorth v South divide – The great divide might be narrowing, but how can the North beat the South this autumn?Junior World Cup – The JWC in South Africa produced the mother of all upsetsGonzalo Camacho – The Argentine discusses the upcoming Rugby ChampionshipHotshots – Sam Hill (England) and Luke Hamilton (Wales)Gwyn Jones – What Wales must do nextOlly Barkley on running his own coaching campHeineken Cup rantPaul Wallace – Why bigger’s better for IrelandSpotlights…Jonathan Joseph – England’s new centre has received a big billing but he’s living up to the hype, says Sarah MockfordDarren Cave – The Ireland centre has put in the hard yards and now he’s living the dream. Sarah Mockford reportsBradley Davies – It’s all change at Cardiff Blues right now. Their Wales lock tells Sarah Mockford why he’s so excitedRyan Grant – After years in the wilderness, the new Scotland prop is getting his just deserts. By Richard BathThe Centres…Stuart Barnes – The former England fly-half gives a no-holds-barred review of last month’s summer toursChris Robshaw – We sit down with the flanker who has turned Quins’ and England’s fortunes aroundSam Warburton – The Wales captain on heroic defeats, his raised profile and how he’s learning on the jobCian Healy – Will the Irish loosehead’s new regime earn him a spot on next summer’s Lions tour? LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PFRA) has just completed a test campaign of mystery shopping in London, with the result that almost a third scored full marks for politeness with the average score being as high as 92% when taken across all the fundraising agencies working in London.Mystery shopping is a quality control technique where trained canvassers allow themselves to be approached on the street by face-to-face fundraisers in order to assess them against the PFRA Code of Practice. The results described 296 as friendly and courteous and when asked, fundraisers made it clear that they are paid whenever asked and highlighted this issue without prompting in a further 72% of cases. Advertisement Howard Lake | 22 June 2003 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 24 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Full marks for the best Face-to-Face Fundraiser in London Tagged with: Individual giving About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Atlantic Philanthropies records its giving in Ireland Howard Lake | 30 July 2015 | News Atlantic Philanthropies has produced two publications recording its support in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland between 1987 and 2014.Between 1987 and 2014, Atlantic Philanthropies invested over $1.2 billion in the Republic of Ireland to strengthen and grow the higher education system, stimulate a knowledge economy, protect and expand human and civil rights, and transform the design and delivery of services for children, older adults and people with disabilities.The average grant since 1987 was $1.2 million with universities top of the donation list. University of Limerick received $178 million, Trinity College $160 million and Dublin City University $128 million. $610 million was provided in 153 capital grants.Between 1991 and 2014, Atlantic invested more than $554 million in Northern Ireland to support the peace process, address the legacy of violent conflict, protect and expand human and civil rights, spur economic growth through higher education, create a stronger ageing sector and transform children’s services through prevention and early intervention.The $554 million in Northern Ireland was given in 578 grants, just under an average of $1 million per grant. Capital grants totaled $166 million.Queen’s University topped the grant list at $131 million, the University of Ulster received $62 million while the Community Foundation NI received £30 million.Atlantic will conclude grant giving in 2016 and cease all operations in 2020. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Funding Ireland Northern Ireland 23 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
News June 27, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Is the Thai junta opting for the Burmese censorship model? to go further Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar August 21, 2020 Find out more Organisation Thailand’s military junta, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), announced on 25 June that it is creating panels to control media content and to prevent the media from being use to spread false information that could incite hatred and violence against the monarchy. ThailandAsia – Pacific May 12, 2021 Find out more News News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom News ThailandAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Thailand RSF_en The junta said each media sector – radio, TV, print media, online media, social networks and foreign media – will be monitored by a different panel and each panel will have representatives from the police, army, navy, air force, foreign ministry, prime minister’s office, public relations department and other state bodies.Criminal proceedings may be brought against media that broadcast inappropriate content. The panels will prepare regular reports for Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, the head of the junta, while reporting cases of “false” information to him immediately.“The creation of these panels constitutes a new stage in the gagging of news and information by the Thai military junta,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “Is the junta in the process of creating a system of censorship based on the former Burmese model?”The composition of the panels and complete absence of media representatives suggest a level of freedom approaching zero. No details have been given on how the panels will operate. Reporters Without Borders urges the NCPO to abandon this plan altogether as it could introduce an unprecedented degree of censorship in Thailand.Many measures violating freedom of information have already been taken since the 22 May military coup, including a broadcasting ban on many TV stations that refused to comply with the military’s demands, and the interrogation and arrests of journalists critical of the army or monarchy.The news website Phuketwan is currently the target of a libel suit by the Thai navy for quoting a paragraph from a Reuters report on the smuggling of Rohingya refugees from neighbouring Burma. The initial hearings have been set for March 2015.Thailand is ranked 130th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. June 12, 2020 Find out more
Top of the News Make a comment An artist’s representation ultrafast electron crystallography: using ultrafast 4D imaging, the technique allows researchers to “film” the atomic mechanism behind the recording process in memories based on phase change materials. Credit: Jianbo Hu, Giovanni M. Vanacore, and Ahmed H. ZewailDVDs and Blu-ray disks contain so-called phase-change materials that morph from one atomic state to another after being struck with pulses of laser light, with data “recorded” in those two atomic states.Using ultrafast laser pulses that speed up the data recording process, Caltech researchers adopted a novel technique, ultrafast electron crystallography (UEC), to visualize directly in four dimensions the changing atomic configurations of the materials undergoing the phase changes. In doing so, they discovered a previously unknown intermediate atomic state—one that may represent an unavoidable limit to data recording speeds.By shedding light on the fundamental physical processes involved in data storage, the work may lead to better, faster computer memory systems with larger storage capacity. The research, done in the laboratory of Ahmed Zewail, Linus Pauling Professor of Chemistry and professor of physics, will be published in the July 28 print issue of the journal ACS Nano.When the laser light interacts with a phase-change material, its atomic structure changes from an ordered crystalline arrangement to a more disordered, or amorphous, configuration. These two states represent 0s and 1s of digital data.“Today, nanosecond lasers—lasers that pulse light at one-billionth of a second—are used to record information on DVDs and Blu-ray disks, by driving the material from one state to another,” explains Giovanni Vanacore, a postdoctoral scholar and an author on the study. The speed with which data can be recorded is determined both by the speed of the laser—that is, by the duration of each “pulse” of light—and by how fast the material itself can shift from one state to the other.Thus, with a nanosecond laser, “the fastest you can record information is one information unit, one 0 or 1, every nanosecond,” says Jianbo Hu, a postdoctoral scholar and the first author of the paper. “To go even faster, people have started to use femtosecond lasers, which can potentially record one unit every one millionth of a billionth of a second. We wanted to know what actually happens to the material at this speed and if there is a limit to how fast you can go from one structural phase to another.”To study this, the researchers used their technique, ultrafast electron crystallography. The technique, a new development—different from Zewail’s Nobel Prize–winning work in femtochemistry, the visual study of chemical processes occurring at femtosecond scales—allowed researchers to observe directly the transitioning atomic configuration of a prototypical phase-change material, germanium telluride (GeTe), when it is hit by a femtosecond laser pulse.In UEC, a sample of crystalline GeTe is bombarded with a femtosecond laser pulse, followed by a pulse of electrons. The laser pulse causes the atomic structure to change from the crystalline to other structures, and then ultimately to the amorphous state. Then, when the electron pulse hits the sample, its electrons scatter in a pattern that provides a picture of the sample’s atomic configuration as a function of the time.With this technique, the researchers could see directly, for the first time, the structural shift in GeTe caused by the laser pulses. However, they also saw something more: a previously unknown intermediate phase that appears during the transition from the crystalline to the amorphous configuration. Because moving through the intermediate phase takes additional time, the researchers believe that it represents a physical limit to how quickly the overall transition can occur—and to how fast data can be recorded, regardless of the laser speeds used.“Even if there is a laser faster than a femtosecond laser, there will be a limit as to how fast this transition can occur and information can be recorded, just because of the physics of these phase-change materials,” Vanacore says. “It’s something that cannot be solved technologically—it’s fundamental.”Despite revealing such limits, the research could one day aid the development of better data storage for computers, the researchers say. Right now, computers generally store information in several ways, among them the well-known random-access memory (RAM) and read-only memory (ROM). RAM, which is used to run the programs on your computer, can record and rewrite information very quickly via an electrical current. However, the information is lost whenever the computer is powered down. ROM storage, including CDs and DVDs, uses phase-change materials and lasers to store information. Although ROM records and reads data more slowly, the information can be stored for decades.Finding ways to speed up the recording process of phase-change materials and understanding the limits to this speed could lead to a new type of memory that harnesses the best of both worlds.The researchers say that their next step will be to use UEC to study the transition of the amorphous atomic structure of GeTe back into the crystalline phase—comparable to the phenomenon that occurs when you erase and then rewrite a DVD.Although these applications could mean exciting changes for future computer technologies, this work is also very important from a fundamental point of view, Zewail says.“Understanding the fundamental behavior of materials transformation is what we are after, and these new techniques developed at Caltech have made it possible to visualize such behavior in both space and time,” Zewail says.The work is published in a paper titled “Transient Structures and Possible Limits of Data Recording in Phase-Change Materials.” In addition to Hu, Vanacore, and Zewail, Xiangshui Miao and Zhe Yang are also coauthors on the paper. The work was supported by the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and was carried out in Caltech’s Center for Physical Biology, which is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Science and Technology Caltech Researchers Invent Better Memory with Faster Lasers By JESSICA STOLLER-CONRAD Published on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | 1:08 pm Herbeauty6 Fashion Trends You Should Never Try And 6 You’ll LoveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Female Celebs Women Love But Men Find UnattractiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyVictoria’s Secret Model’s Tips For Looking Ultra SexyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? 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Twitter Texas Business Professionals of America logo.jpg Dozens of students from Odessa and Permian high schools will be heading to the Texas Business Professionals of America competition next week.The contest runs Feb. 28 through March 4 in Corpus Christi, Executive Director of Career & Counseling Services Carla Byrne said.Students compete in areas such as banking and finance, personal financial management, business law and ethics, digital publishing, fundamental desktop publishing, entrepreneurship and interview skills, Byrne said.“We’ve had national champions before, so knock on wood, I’m sure we’ll have some kids go to nationals. …,” Byrne added.She added that the national competition is in Dallas this year.“There are a lot of positive things that come through this. One of them is that kids have the opportunity to earn scholarships while they’re there … and even just participating looks beautiful on their resumes when they’re applying to college, which is something that they’re going to need,” Byrne said.The contest also helps ECISD showcase the “terrific” programs it has.“They’re terrific because of our teachers and the students. We’re just really proud of them,” Byrne said.Permian High School graphic design teacher Candy Thompson said 35 students are going from Permian. She added that she’s looking forward to journey, although it’s hectic because she’ll have to keep track of dozens of students and make sure they make it to the right competitions on the right days in the right locations.She’ll also be judging other competitions while there.“Hopefully, we’ll be taking a few to nationals,” Thompson said.Dana Estep, career and technical education department chair at Odessa High School, said 13 students from her campus will be participating in the state contests. Estep also teaches accounting 1 and 2, career prep and touch systems.She said she thinks some of the students have a good chance of making nationals this year.The Texas conference is huge with 3,000 to 4,000 students, Estep said. She added that the students usually take in some attractions when they’re not at a contest.“It’s a great group of kids going this year,” Estep said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”More Information WhatsApp Local NewsEducation Previous articleGUEST VIEW: Debt collection companies have hijacked the justice systemNext articleCHAREN: Is Trump guilty, or does he just look guilty? admin Pinterest Dozens of students going to state BPA contest Facebook Pinterest Facebook By admin – February 27, 2018 Texas Business Professionals of America. WhatsApp Twitter
Top StoriesNon-Resumption Of Physical Hearing: Punjab & Haryana High Court Bar Association Passes Resolution Against Chief Justice; Removes Advocate General Atul Nanda As Member LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK1 Feb 2021 5:47 AMShare This – xAssociation also dis-membered Advocate General Atul Nanda for allegedly continuously acting against the interest of the Bar.The Punjab & Haryana High Court Bar Association, Chandigarh has passed a resolution seeking transfer of Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha. The development comes against non-resumption of physical hearings in the High Court. “The continuous closure of the Hon’ble Punjab & Haryana High Court which is the custodian of the Constitution and protector of fundamental rights is…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 Punjab & Haryana High Court Bar Association, Chandigarh has passed a resolution seeking transfer of Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha. The development comes against non-resumption of physical hearings in the High Court. “The continuous closure of the Hon’ble Punjab & Haryana High Court which is the custodian of the Constitution and protector of fundamental rights is sending wrong signal in the society apart from taking away the livelihood of Lawyers, Stenos, Clerks and other persons associated with the legal field and has become a continuous means of denial of justice,” the Bar Association said today while passing the resolution. The member-Advocates have decided to boycott the Chief Justice’s Court until complete opening of physical courts or until his transfer. Further, the Association has removed Advocate General Atul Nanda as a member of the Association for allegedly acting against the interest of the Bar and working against physical hearings. It is also stated that all such Members of the Bar, who appeared in the Chief Justice’s Court today despite the call given by the Executive Committee of HCBA shall be dis-membered from the Bar Association. “The Executive Committee of HCBA would only meet the Hon’ble Judges, Bar & Bench Co-ordination Committee and Hon’ble the Chief Justice and would not attend a meeting where the State representatives i.e. Advocate Generals, Additional Solicitor General, Standing Counsel of U.T. are present,” the Resolution states. The decision was taken at a General House Meeting of the Bar Association on Monday, i.e. February 1, 2021. The Bar expressed displeasure at the fact that Courts continue to remain closed and affect the lives of lawyers, litigants, and other staff such as clerks, stenos, etc. while all the sectors of economy such as Movie Theatres, Primary Schools, Universities, Pre-Nursery Schools, Gyms, Religious Places, Political gatherings, Malls etc. are functioning to their full capacity. As per the resolution, all the speakers present at the meeting spoke in the favour of immediate physical opening of the courts and despite repeated request for any contrary view, not a single member spoke against the motion. Click Here To Download Resolution Read ResolutionSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Have you noticed that everyone is involved in a major, hush-hush e-business or e-commerce initiative that will change the way they do business, transform their organisation and their careers? Your company will be no exception.The most important factor in any such project is people. Do they have the collective mindset to succeed in the new world? Above all, can your organisation unify its resources, focus and energies around these mission-critical projects, on which the future of your company will depend?This is great news for HR leaders, who can take on a powerful, new coordinating role, ensuring key people are recruited, retained and motivated. By working closely with IT and marketing you can bring together the thinking in your organisation like never before, increase your personal and departmental profile and ensure success.Too many organisations are not involving HR in these plans – that is a huge mistake. I know of companies that are full of internal politics and power struggles about who “owns” e-business. Such an attitude sounds the death knell for the future. The whole company must own these projects. While IT is outstandingly placed to make new technology initiatives succeed, and marketing understands the customer imperative, HR can adopt a strong, coordinating, cultural role. These three departments, supplemented by external skills, can translate all of the industry hype into commercial reality.Window of opportunityIf you are bypassed in planning and discussions on e-initiatives, you must act quickly. The window of opportunity for e-business to succeed is short, possibly only three months. But just as it is not enough to moan and shout that IT should, or has, an automatic right to be involved, HR leaders and teams also have to earn that acceptance.There are proven ways to achieve this: come up with the answers yourselves; make a joint board level presentation with IT and marketing on the possibilities that e-business holds for you as an organisation. Include real bottom line benefits in the areas of increased revenue, improved information and knowledge and/or closer alignment with your customers.Place people at the heart of everything – become a passionate champion of new thinking in your company by leading a programme of cultural transformation. • Schedule an external speaker to ignite your board’s interest in its possibilities. Make sure the importance of people and a one-company approach are emphasised.• Find out what your rivals are doing, and tell your CEO – make him/her paranoid.• Use this exciting new world as an opportunity to rename, reinvent and reposition HR.The front page headline in a recent issue of The Economist was, “Who owns the knowledge economy?” The answer is everybody who takes action and brings together the various strands of the Internet, technology and new business culture. As an HR leader, you are perfectly placed to do this. If you are not at the heart of your organisation’s thinking, planning and delivery, you are at the heart of nothing.David Taylor is president of the association of IT directors, Certus. [email protected] e-vangelist: Forget the hype, make it happenOn 18 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article
Back to overview,Home naval-today Navy Training Programs Receive Recognition at 2012 ASTD Awards Ceremony Share this article View post tag: Ceremony View post tag: awards Navy training earned several awards during the 2012 annual American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) awards ceremony at the Colorado Convention Center, May 7.Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) subordinate commands were acknowledged for initiatives and programs developed in 2011 in career development, workplace learning, organizational learning and learning technologies.“These awards are a national recognition of the hard work and dedication of our instructors and support staff, as well as our partnerships with the fleet commands in identifying training needs,” said Rear Adm. Donald P. Quinn, NETC commander.Accepting the awards on behalf of the Navy and NETC was Rear Adm. David F. Steindl, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) commander, along with staff members from the training directorates of NETC.“I could not be more pleased that the Navy’s commitment to training has again been recognized by the American Society for Training and Development,” said Steindl, who oversees 98 percent of all accessions training in the Navy. “To be recognized as one of the top training organizations is an incredible honor and validates the Navy’s investment in education and training.”ASTD is the world’s largest association dedicated to workplace learning and performance professionals. ASTD members come from more than 100 countries and connect locally in more than 130 U.S. chapters and with more than 30 international partners. Members work in thousands of organizations of all sizes, in government, as independent consultants, and suppliers. In 2010, Navy training was also recognized with five awards.There were 159 submissions received by ASTD from training organizations around the world in 2011. Nineteen award recipients were announced, with the Navy receiving three awards and three citations for Excellence in Practice. This category recognizes results achieved through the use of practices and solutions from the entire scope of workplace learning and performance.Applications are accepted for both new and proven practices in these categories: Career Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Integrated Talent Management, Learning Technologies, Managing Change, Organizational Learning, Performance Improvement, Technical Training, Training Management and Workplace Learning and Development.Steindl said some of the nation’s largest companies and some international organizations attended the awards ceremony.“The ceremony was very energetic,” Steindl said. “Many people I talked to afterward had no idea about the training initiatives of the Navy and were very impressed with the results of our programs. Maintaining NETC’s presence within this organization will continue to show the civilian sector the Navy’s cutting-edge training programs and practices in the future.”The ASTD Excellence in Practice award recognizes results achieved through learning and performance solutions that are proven to have delivered measureable results. All 159 submissions were vetted by an industry panel, with 19 awards and 61 citations handed out. Navy training had more Excellence in Practice Awards (3) than any other corporation or government entity.The three Navy ASTD Excellence in Practice award winners were:Surface Warfare Officer School (SWOS) Newport was honored in the Learning Technologies and Training Management category for their development and use of technology to provide training in ship handling, engineering and surface warfare tactics. Among their technologies are the Conning Officer Virtual Environment Intelligent Tutoring System (COVE-ITS), and the Tactical Action Officer Intelligent Tutoring System (TAO-ITS) Learning Management System (LMS).COVE-ITS uses voice recognition technology with a virtual tutor to assist students who wear virtual head mounted devices in learning to recognize conditions requiring ship handling orders, anticipate responses of other crewmembers, and make the ship respond according to plan in a wide range of situations and environmental conditions. The system allows students to practice repetitions of basic level skills.Using TAO-ITS, SWOS instructors have the ability to review, evaluate and remediate a student’s overall performance following the completion of a tactical scenario. In addition to determining an overall grade, the LMS provides a performance review, which includes providing detailed feedback on a student’s understanding of key individual warfighting principles.The Center for Naval Engineering’s Basic Engineering (CNE) Common Core Course received an award for Performance Improvement. The course instructors noted an increase in failure rate and conducted an assessment on the course and remediation procedures. By restructuring the course and adding subject matter experts during remediation to work with Sailors, the staff was able to decrease overall non-graduation rate from 2.21 percent to .02 percent.In the Performance Improvement and Technical Training category, the Center for Naval Intelligence (CID) detachment in San Diego was recognized for their Business Case Analysis (BCA) on computer use and maintenance. The facility changed from a process of loading student workstation software classroom-by-classroom to one with a virtual desktop loaded from a centralized server, resulting in a 50 percent reduction in information technology (IT) support workload. A BCA was conducted examining the feasibility of extending the San Diego project to include the Virginia Beach facility.“Being recognized by the world’s largest association dedicated to workplace learning and development, and winning three Excellence in Practice awards and three citations is a great tribute to the instructors and staff that dedicate their careers transforming civilians into highly-skilled combat-ready warfighters,” said Michele Harrison, NETC planning and metrics branch head, who for the fourth straight year managed submission of the ASTD Excellence in Practice applications.Training programs also received citations recognizing excellence in training.The Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) Dahlgren received praise in the Organizational Learning and Performance Improvement area for their Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Advanced Warfare Training (AWT). According to the submission to ASTD, during a capabilities readiness assessment, a formal graded assessment process identified deficiencies in combat systems operations and maintenance training. Former personnel reductions resulted in insufficient manning. The Integrated Air Missile Defense (IAMD) Advanced Warfare Training (AWT) and evaluation process was created as a comprehensive curriculum to correct these training deficiencies. It is delivered in three phases and is designed to be repeated on an 18 to 24 month cycle.The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N. C., received a citation for their excellence in Organizational Learning. The center used a continuous process improvement practice to identify and remove bottlenecks in the training progression while students waited for training. Prior to the review, the average wait time for students to begin training was 22 days. After the review and process changes, the average time has been decreased to less than 13 days.Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) received a citation for Learning Technologies and Organizational Learning, for its use of a Student Response System (SRS) during accession training at the Navy’s only boot camp, Recruit Training Command (RTC), at Great Lakes, Ill., and Officer Training Command (OTC) at Newport, R.I.During the orientation phase, recruits and officer candidates endure long hours of training. As a result, they are often mentally and physically exhausted when entering the classroom. To improve learner engagement and retention, NSTC tested and implemented a practice incorporating the use of student response systems (SRS). The technology includes response pads which the students use to respond to questions created and integrated into the existing lesson plan. In addition to using SRS to create more collaborative environments, this practice has been designed to align with existing curriculum, reinforce learning objectives through research proven questioning methods, and provide immediate feedback to instructors and recruits.“I’m excited,” said John Drake, the director for learning strategies at NSTC. “It’s nice to be recognized for our efforts to improve the quality of Navy training. I appreciate the command has allowed us to continue to focus on these kind of projects and initiatives.”The ASTD Excellence in Practice awards marked the second time this year the Navy has received recognition for training initiatives. In February, the sea service was lauded as a top training organization and ranked 13 out of 125 for excellence in employer-sponsored workforce training and development by Training Magazine at its 2012 Conference and Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.“One of our key strategic initiatives is for the Navy to be a Top 50 employer,” Drake said. “One of the [Chief of Naval Personnel’s] objectives toward obtaining that goal is to show that our training is on par with any other organization. Being cited for these awards by different organizations like ASTD and Training Magazine validates that the Navy is taking all the steps they can to ensure our staff and employees have the best training possible, and we’re doing everything we can to be that Top 50 employer. Anytime we can get recognized for our training initiatives at this command or out in the NETC domain, it is a feather in the cap of the Navy.”NETC’s vision is to be a global force empowered with the training and education to protect national security and foster peace and prosperity. The mission of NETC is to develop the Navy workforce through education and training that builds personal, professional, and leadership skills.The mission of NSTC is to transform volunteers into naval service professionals. NSTC instills and reinforces enduring core values, knowledge and skills to prepare them for the fleet.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , May 11, 2012 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: receive May 11, 2012 View post tag: ASTD Navy Training Programs Receive Recognition at 2012 ASTD Awards Ceremony View post tag: Programs View post tag: News by topic Training & Education View post tag: recognition View post tag: Training View post tag: 2012
Back to overview,Home naval-today US Warship Completes Ammunition Onload View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: completes US Warship Completes Ammunition Onload View post tag: Navy February 17, 2014 This evolution was an intricate part of the ship’s preparation to become fully operational for deployment.Sailors from weapons department worked around the clock, taking on approximately 878 pallets of conventional ordnance.“I am very proud of each and every ordnanceman and fire controlman onboard the USS Makin Island,” said Chief Aviation Ordnanceman (AW/SW) Mattie Hackney. “They worked more than 18 hours a day to ensure that the onload was completed safely and expeditiously. We had Sailors from the PCU America and the USS Peleliu to assist in this major logistical process that was necessary for the ship to become fully operational in its war fighting capabilities.”Teamwork played a major role in the success of the onload. The mission was completed by vertical replenishment with the assistance of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two Three (HSC-23) and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two One (HSC-21) transferring ammunition from shore to Makin Island. “On a personal note, I feel that even though we all came from different ships, different training we all came together as a team to accomplish the onload no matter how tired we were,” said Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Kana Boudreaux.Developing Sailors, training crews to fight and win, and providing warships ready for combat are the subjects of Vice Adm. Thomas H. Copeman III, Commander of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet’s “Vision for the 2026 Surface Fleet”, which consolidates a set of objectives and policies to maximize surface force readiness by concentrating on warfighting ability, sustainable excellence and wholeness over time.Makin Island has incorporated this vision into it’s day-to-day operations. “In order to prepare for the onload there was a significant amount of time spent training personnel and preparing our spaces and equipment for it,” said Hackney. “We had to ensure that each Ordnanceman was qualified in accordance with the qualification certification program to handle ordnance. There were numerous forklift classes and elevator classes conducted to ensure that we were ready for the evolution.”Commissioned in 2009, Makin Island is the Navy’s newest Wasp-class amphibious assault ship capable of utilizing surface and air assets to move Marine forces ashore. The ship is named in honor of the daring World War II raid carried out by Marine Raider Companies A and B, Second Raider Battalion, on Japanese held Makin Island Aug. 17-18, 1942. LHD 8 is the second ship to bear the name USS Makin Island.Makin Island is the flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Press Release, February 17, 2014; Image: Wikimedia View post tag: US USS MAKIN ISLAND (LHD-8)The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) successfully completed an ammunition onload, Feb 14. View post tag: Onload View post tag: Warship View post tag: Ammunition Share this article