Thumbs down for training revamp

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Thumbs down for training revampOn 29 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today The Government has come under more fire over its training strategy as itlaunched a major shake-up of vocational training.Education and Employment Secretary David Blunkett made the expected promiseof more financial incentives for employers to offer Modern Apprenticeships(News, 1 February).But specialist trainer and consultant Paul Kearns said the Government hasfailed to learn from previous initiatives which bolster the supply of schemeswithout checking if employers need them.”Saying ‘We need Modern Apprentices’ and then trying to find people totake them on is very different from businesses demanding them,” saidKearns.Kearns’ criticisms follow those of training managers who hit out at theplans to coerce employers into forcing more trainees through apprenticeships.But the DfEE denied it is neglecting employers’ needs. It argued that thesewill be built in to the strategic National Learning and Skills Council, toreplace the Tec system from April 2001.Lifelong learning minister Malcolm Wicks last week announced thatemployer-led national training organisations will have a formal role in informingthe strategy of the new Learning and Skills Council.The new programme of skills dialogues – forums run by NTOs to assess theskills needs of each sector – “will produce first-class credibleassessments of industry’s skill requirements,” said Wicks.The restructure of vocational training, announced by Blunkett, includes thefollowing changes:• National Traineeships will become known as Foundation ModernApprenticeships.• Entry requirements for Modern Advanced Apprenticeships will be tightened,and minimum periods of learning will be specified.• GNVQs will now be known as Vocational A-levels.Writing in this issue, Blunkett said critics ignored the remedial worknecessary on basic skills. “More than 30 per cent of adults do not havefive good GCSEs or the vocational equivalent.”By Philip Whiteleylast_img read more

Climate variability features of the last interglacial in the East Antarctic EPICA Dome C ice core

first_imgWhereas millennial to sub-millennial climate variability has been identified during the current interglacial period, past interglacial variability features remain poorly explored because of lacking data at sufficient temporal resolutions. Here, we present new deuterium data from the EPICA Dome C ice core, documenting at decadal resolution temperature changes occurring over the East Antarctic plateau during the warmer-than-today last interglacial. Expanding previous evidence of instabilities during the last interglacial, multi-centennial sub-events are identified and labelled for the first time in a past interglacial context. A variance analysis further reveals two major climatic features. First, an increase in variability is detected prior to the glacial inception, as already observed at the end of Marine Isotopic Stage 11 in the same core. Second, the overall variance level is systematically higher during the last interglacial than during the current one, suggesting that a warmer East Antarctic climate may also be more variable.last_img read more

iXblue navigation systems for Spanish Navy’s F-110 frigates

first_imgThe Spanish Navy and Spain Directorate General for Armament and Material (DGAM) have selected iXblue’s Marins Series inertial navigation systems (INS) and Netans navigation data distribution & computation systems to provide critical navigation capabilities to the five new F-110 class multi-mission frigates.  View post tag: Frigates Photo: Navantia Authorities Each ship will measure 145 meters in length and displace 6,100 tons. They will be equipped with a 5-inch main gun, Harpoon missiles, torpedo launchers, two 30mm guns and a 16-cell vertical launch system (VLS). Photo: Navantia View post tag: F-110 Spanish F-110 frigates View post tag: navigation The first frigate is expected to be handed over in 2026 while the remaining four will be delivered up until 2031. iXblue Marins inertial navigation systems, based on the fiber-optic gyroscope (FOG) technology, combined with the Netans data distribution & processing units, will provide the F-110 frigates with highly accurate navigation information, regardless of the environment, including within GNSS denied areas, the company said. Related Article Posted: over 2 years agocenter_img The frigate quintet is being built by Navantia for the Spanish Navy under a EUR 4.3 billion contract awarded in 2019. View post tag: iXBlue Posted: over 2 years ago In November 2020, Norwegian technology company Kongsberg Maritime was also selected to supply propeller systems for the five frigates. The multi-mission frigates and their anti-submarine warfare capabilities will be used for missions such as fleet protection and maritime security and will be deployed to counter conventional and asymmetric threats. Spain authorizes EUR 4.3B for five F-110 frigates “The F-110 frigates are going to be equipped with the most advanced technologies available to naval platforms today and will need to be able to face the threats posed by the spoofing and jamming of GNSS signals. Our INS and data distribution units will help do just that,” Carlos Lopes, Regional Sales Manager at iXblue, commented. Categories: View post tag: Spanish Navy The contract has been signed by Grafinta, S.A., iXblue’s official distributor.​​​​​ Share this articlelast_img read more

Bayonne Briefs

first_imgBayonne High School awarded $10,000 for Sustainability ProjectSustainable Jersey for Schools and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) announced that Bayonne High School has been awarded a $10,000 Sustainable Jersey for Schools grant. Ten $10,000 grants were distributed to fund a variety of projects throughout the state, though Bayonne High School is the only recipient in Hudson County.The grant, proposed and written by Bayonne High School Academy for Fine Arts and Academics Biology teacher Alex Kuziola, will fund the installation of filtered water bottle filling stations throughout the entire Bayonne High School complex to improve water drinking quality, reduce the risk of contamination, and reduce plastic waste generated by BHS students and staff by encouraging the use of refillable water bottles.Proposals were judged by an independent Blue Ribbon Selection Committee. The Sustainable Jersey for Schools grants are intended to help school districts and schools make progress toward a sustainable future in general, and specifically toward Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.Alex Kuziola, accompanied by Supervisor of Special Programs Laura Craig, attended the grant awards ceremony in Trenton on Thursday, February 2. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia L. McGeehan said in a statement, “The Bayonne Public School District is pleased to put the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grant award to good use for Mr. Kuziola’s worthy project to encourage healthy water drinking habits at Bayonne High School. This grant supports our continued district mission to build a cleaner, greener, and brighter future for the students and families of the Bayonne Schools community.”With this contribution NJEA has provided $500,000 to support a sustainable future for children across the state through the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. “NJEA is proud to continue to work with Sustainable Jersey on this important program that directs resources into our schools,” said NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Sean Spiller. “It is our job to help create a new generation of engaged citizens and leaders. By emphasizing the value of sustainability, we also help ensure that we leave a better world for our students.” In addition to the grant funding, NJEA supports Sustainable Jersey for Schools as a program underwriter.“Sustainable Jersey grantees help advance our continued goal to create a more sustainable New Jersey and world,” said Donna Drewes, co-director of Sustainable Jersey. “We look forward to the innovative projects and work that these schools and school districts will accomplish and we will share the tools, models and activities with other schools across the state.” × Cashless tolling at the Bayonne BridgeThe Bayonne Bridge will become a cashless tolling facility in the coming weeks. The old toll booths that accept cash will be replaced with overhead equipment that will either read drivers’ E-ZPass sensors or send the driver a bill in the mail by photographing drivers’ license plates. The mail service is called Tolls By Mail, and drivers will have 30 days to pay the toll online, by mail, phone, or at certain retailers. Bills not paid on time will incur a $5 late fee for the second due date, while a $50 fee will be imposed for each unpaid toll thereafter.The majority of people use cash to pay bridge tolls, according to data provided by the Port Authority. Without motorists stopping to pay tolls, crossing the bridge is likely to become more efficient. The Bayonne Bridge will be the first crossing managed by the Port Authority to implement cashless tolling. New law restricts correctional facilities ability to deny drug treatment to inmatesLegislation to help NJ inmates overcome substance use disorders was signed into law last week. The law (A-2619) was sponsored by 31st District Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti, along with Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora, Benjie Wimberly, Jamel Holley, Elizabeth Muoio, and Shavonda Sumter. They hope the new law will help reduce recidivism rates and improve the health of the many New Jerseyans suffering with substance abuse.Right now, many inmates are not allowed treatment for substance abuse while in prison. In order to participate in a drug treatment program as part of the residential community release program, the mutual assistance program or the therapeutic community substance abuse disorder treatment program, an inmate is required to meet eligibility criteria, including a requirement to be classified as “full minimum custody status,” which requires having no detainers or open charges.The new law changes all that. State correctional facilities are now prohibited from denying an incarcerated person access to a drug treatment program solely because the individual has a detainer or open charge issued against him or her and thus does not have full minimum custody status.“The purpose of a correctional facility should be to make sure people leave better than they were when they came in,” said Chiaravalloti (D-Hudson). “Drug treatment should be regarded as a necessary part of rehabilitation for those who need it, not a reward based on custody status.” “A person with a chronic disease like addiction should not be barred from receiving drug treatment simply because of his or her custody status,” said Wimberly (D-Bergen/Passaic). “In the same way that all inmates can receive dental or pharmacy services in a correctional facility, they ought to be able to receive treatment for substance abuse.”“More than half of all people imprisoned in the United States have a history of substance abuse and addiction. For many of them, incarceration is a result of an attempt to feed that addiction,” said Holley (D-Union). “We know that substance abuse is the underlying problem. Refusing to treat someone because he or she has a detainer or pending charges doesn’t solve it.”“Keeping people out of drug treatment hurts those individuals directly, but they’re not the only ones affected. Taxpayers pay the price for high recidivism rates, and the criminal activity associated with the sale of illicit drugs is a threat to public safety,” said Muoio (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). “In addition to saving the lives of those who struggle with substance abuse, giving more inmates the opportunity to get on the road to recovery while they’re in prison ultimately would have a positive effect on all residents of New Jersey.”“Within criminal justice populations, access to drug treatment can be a major determinant of an individual’s ability to lead a successful life after leaving prison,” said Sumter (D-Bergen/Passaic). “No one would deny the necessary medical care to someone with diabetes or hypertension, due to custody status. Addiction also is a health condition, and access to treatment should be available accordingly.”Free diabetes program at Bayonne Medical CenterCarePoint Health, in conjunction with the Diabetes Foundation of New Jersey and ShopRite Inserra Supermarkets, invites area residents to a free program offered for those with type 1 or type 2 diabetes to be held on Thursday, April 6 at CarePoint Health at Bayonne Medical Center.There will not be another program held in March.The CarePoint diabetes program is comprised of monthly seminars to help attendees manage diabetes. Meetings are usually held the first Thursday of each month, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Bayonne Medical Center, 29th Street and Avenue E. Dinner is included.Individuals who would like to attend should register with CarePoint Diabetes Educator Maureen Williams at (201) 858-5319 or with the Diabetes Foundation at (800) 633-3160. Preference will be given to first-time residents.This comprehensive program often begins with the response of McCabe Ambulance, a CarePoint partner. It continues with care from the Bayonne Medical Center Emergency Department, diagnostic departments, and inpatient and outpatient services.NJ PTA to hold leadership conferenceNew Jersey PTA has announced its’ 116th Annual Leadership Convention, which will be held at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch, NJ on Friday, March 3 through Saturday, March 4, 2017.This is an important time for New Jersey PTA delegates to help set PTA policy, guiding advocacy and the organization’s focus. Delegates will be voting on resolutions and discussing critical issues facing New Jersey’s children, families, and educators. Delegates representing their local PTAs will be educated and better equipped to help shape the future of education and to support our children.NJPTA will be presenting a variety of training workshops, keynote presentations, including four College and Career Readiness Initiatives aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of the College and Career Readiness Standards, Aligned Assessments and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).PTAs across the state will be asked to take significant action to help drive the College and Career Readiness movement forward, and will receive significant support from National and NJPTA.Mexican ConsulateThe Mexican Consulate will hold a satellite office from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bayonne City Hall from Tuesday, February 14 through Friday, February 17, to assist Mexican-Americans who may be inconvenienced by traveling to the consulate in Manhattan on 37th Street.The Mexican Consulate provides protection services to aid Mexican nationals abroad. The consulate issues Mexican identification cards, passports, officially stamps and notarizes legal documents to be used in Mexico, and shares information about protections afforded to Mexican nationals in the U.S.For more information on services offered at satellite consulate offices, contact the Mexican Consulate in NYC at (212) 217-6400.Zoning Board to vote on mosque March 6The Bayonne Zoning Board is scheduled to continue its hearing to vote on major site plan approval for a new Muslim Community Center. The meeting will be at Bayonne High School on March 6 at 6 p.m. The last meeting, held on January 23, ended after five hours with one expert witness left to testify, along with the public comments portion.Bayonne Muslims, a nonprofit organization, has been renting the basement of St. Henry’s School on Avenue C for community and prayer services for six years. The group proposed to convert what is currently an unoccupied warehouse on the East Side at 109 East 24th Street into a community center, including a mosque, classrooms, and a soup kitchen.At the meeting on the 23rd, opponents of the plan cited concerns about traffic and noise. Residents asked how long and frequent prayers might be, how much traffic increase they can expect, and whether mosque-goers will be walking through their yards.last_img read more

Just Desserts plans growth

first_imgBakery and patissier firm Just Desserts, based in Shipley, West Yorkshire, has invested £20,000 in new equipment to support its growth plans.The firm, which supplies premium handmade desserts and pastries to the hospitality and foodservice sector, said it is now trading 25% ahead of its 2010 performance, and is looking to double its turnover by 2015. It has doubled capacity at its site, with a new energy-efficient freezer, enabling the business to service a larger customer base.James O’Dwyer, managing director, Just Desserts, said: “We are enjoying an encouraging period of growth and we needed to invest in new equipment to respond quicker to increased customer needs and to carry greater stock levels of key lines.”last_img read more

News story: £18m for OneWeb satellite constellation to deliver global communications

first_imgA global communications network in space, the system will be comprised of approximately 650 satellites initially and scale to more than 900 satellites over time.Science Minister Chris Skidmore is visiting the European Space Agency in the Netherlands today. He will say: Providing access to people everywhere has been the mission and vision of OneWeb since the very beginning. We will be able to realize this vision in part because of important partnerships like this one with the UK Space Agency, ESA and a range of other important partners including our European and Canadian partners. Thanks to this support, we will focus together on next generation technologies that will be game changers for realizing global 5G connectivity. We are excited about the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to develop novel automation techniques that could help manage our constellation in future and ensure we do so safely and responsibly so that we can protect space for future generations. Fast internet access is something many people take for granted but in many areas of the world connectivity is still hit and miss. This new £18m investment will go towards meeting the significant technical challenges of the project, putting the UK at the forefront of cutting-edge research and development. The commercial potential for a cost effective worldwide telecoms satellite system is huge, and the UK space sector is playing a leading role in delivering it. It is made possible by our ongoing commitment to the European Space Agency and our world-leading capabilities in space and telecommunications, which we are supporting through our modern Industrial Strategy. Sunrise is a prominent endeavour falling under our Satellite for 5G Initiative. It represents the exciting and required new direction ESA is taking in support of our Member States’ industry to remain at the forefront of not only the most advanced developments within the space world, but also to enable the necessary complement to the terrestrial networks that satellites will have to play to ensure a successful and fully inclusive digitalisation of industry and society. Today’s announcement comes as a result of the UK’s leading investment in the European Space Agency’s telecommunications research programme (ARTES).ESA is independent of the European Union and hosts its European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications (ECSAT) in Harwell, Oxfordshire, furthering the UK’s world-leading position in satellite communications.Magali Vaissiere, ESA Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications said: UK business OneWeb, which is headquartered in London and will employ up to 200 staff at its’ White City offices, is poised to take advantage of cost effective spacecraft launch and manufacturing to deploy hundreds of satellites that could provide more affordable internet connectivity to people and businesses across the world.The OneWeb Sunrise programme will initially focus on technologies for the next generation of satellite payloads, ground connections and space debris removal.The UK Space Agency investment will also support novel automation techniques and artificial intelligence to manage the proposed constellation of spacecraft and its interaction with terrestrial networks to realise global 5G connectivity.OneWeb videoAdrian Steckel, CEO, OneWeb said: This ESA project will span seven nations including Canada and is an example of how the UK will continue to work across Europe and globally.The news comes as the first batch of 6 satellites of the OneWeb constellation are due to be launched on an Arianespace Soyuz rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana next week (26 February).The UK is a world leader in telecommunications satellites. Last month EUTELSAT QUANTUM, the first satellite capable of being completely reprogrammed after launch left the UK for final assembly and testing in France.And in November last year, Eutelsat and Airbus signed a new contract worth hundreds of millions of pounds that will see components and parts for two further communications satellites assembled in the UK. This means that 6 out of 7 of the company’s next satellites will be partially built in Britain.The UK space sector is growing rapidly, employing 42,000 people and playing a major role in the global shift towards the commercialisation of space activities – known as ‘New Space’.The UK space industry is commercially focused with 82% of income from sales to consumers and businesses. The latest industry figures show it has an income of £14.8 billion, employment of 41,900 and exports worth £5.5 billion, while supporting a further £300 billion of UK GDP through the provision of satellite services to other sectors.last_img read more

No-deal Brexit is ‘grisly prospect’, warns FDF

first_imgThe Food & Drink Federation has said government advice for businesses on a no-deal Brexit will have frightened many small and medium food businesses.The government has today (23 August) published the first in a series of Technical Notices advising businesses and individuals how to prepare for a ‘no deal’ scenario.In such circumstances, the UK would leave the EU on 11pm on 29 March next year without a withdrawal agreement and framework for a future relationship in place between the UK and the EU.Speaking in London today, Brexit secretary Dominic Raab said that the government had plans to mitigate any risk of disruption to supply chains, and that the suggestion there would be a “sandwich famine” was misleading.The first technical notes covered topics including producing and processing organic food, and specific importing and exporting matters (trade remedies; trading with the EU; classifying your goods in the UK trade tariff; and exporting controlled goods).The notice about organic food certification made it clear that UK organic exporters could face a ban on exports to the EU for at least nine months after a no-deal exit, while new approvals for certification were sought, said the Food & Drink Federation (FDF).And it warned the issues would also affect any UK food that currently displayed EU marks or logos.“The government’s laudable decision to publish these Technical Notices nevertheless confirms what a grisly prospect for UK food and drink a no-deal exit from the EU would be,” said FDF chief executive Ian Wright.He added there was no sign of further progress on negotiating frameworks with devolved administrations, and no substantive information on mitigating the impact of no-deal on the island of Ireland. “Moreover, the UK food industry will doubt that the government could replace TRACES (the EU Trade Control and Expert System that tracks the entire trade and certification process for animals, food, feed and plants) with a new, comprehensive, functional UK alternative IT system in time for the end of March,” said Wright.The FDF warned the new burdens potentially facing food and drink exporters and importers set out today would frighten many SME food businesses.“The piecemeal release of these notices indicates that many are not yet ready and agreed for publication. That hardly inspires confidence. As the consequences of a no-deal exit from the EU become ever clearer it is vital that, to protect the interests of shoppers and consumers, the government must deliver a deal with the EU.”The FDF’s words were echoed by the Soil Association, which said a no-deal Brexit would be the worst possible scenario for UK food and farming.“The technical notices offer no further clarity to businesses and provide neither reassurance nor advice on how to prepare for a potential ‘no deal’ scenario,” added head of standards Chris Atkinson.“The information outlined raises concerns that imports and exports to and from the EU may be held up for months. We are also concerned that a new UK-owned imports traceability system to replace the current EU system would need to be in place by 29 March 2019. In our view this is an unrealistic goal within the time frame. Delays could significantly hinder trade.”last_img read more

Egypt boils over

first_imgThe tension and unrest that arose in Egypt last month after the army ousted democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi exploded this week, with hundreds of people killed as security forces broke up camps of protesters demanding Morsi’s return.The widening violence raised questions about the democratic future of a key American ally and an important partner in Middle East peace efforts, and also cast a shadow over the durability of changes wrought in the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings.To better understand what’s going on in Egypt, Gazette staff writer Alvin Powell spoke with Harvard’s E. Roger Owen, A. J. Meyer Professor of Middle East History Emeritus, about the fighting and about what Egypt’s future might hold.GAZETTE: What is at the roots of the clashes going on in Egypt today?OWEN: Well, I think there are two roots. One is a very long antipathy — or fight to the death — between the army and the Muslim Brothers. Most of the time since the [Gamal Abdel] Nasser revolution of 1952, the army has been involved in putting Muslim Brothers in jail. So there’s no love lost between them.But the other thing is that in any popular revolution in the Arab world at this moment, when you get to elections and constitutions and elections to the Constituent Assembly, the first elections are almost bound to be won by the religious parties, who will then be emboldened to use the constitution to try and shape Egyptian society in ways that they want, but which are resisted by other Egyptians.GAZETTE: Who are the major players involved?OWEN: The army, or an army-backed regime, which would be any of the modern presidents of Egypt — so Gamal Abdel Nasser, Anwar Sadat, Hosni Mubarak, and now General [Abdul Fattah al-] Sisi. And the Brothers are a rather loose organization associated with mosques and so on, but under a supreme guide.GAZETTE: And the deposed president, Mohamed Morsi? Can we call him deposed?OWEN: The Americans refuse to call it a coup. But it was a coup, in which he was clearly deposed and arrested, and nobody quite knows where he is.GAZETTE: What’s your sense as to the likelihood the violence will abate, continue, or worsen?OWEN: I think it will go on. I think the Muslim Brothers are fighting for their lives. They had their moment, and they feel they’ve been unjustly deprived of the fruits of their victory. They’re opening up other fronts already, one of which is attacks on government buildings. Another, unfortunately, is attacks on Christian churches. And a third is, no doubt, a lot of activity in places not under government control, like the Sinai Peninsula or along Egypt’s southern borders.GAZETTE: Was this confrontation inevitable once the army acted to remove Morsi?OWEN: Probably at that stage, but there were plenty of people like [U.S. Sen.] John McCain who felt that the Americans had a great deal of influence over the Egyptian army. They knew these guys very well and provided Egypt with so much military support. I think the significant change is that Sisi was able to use the American intervention to mobilize a kind of Egyptian nationalism or patriotism to say, for once, that we’re not going to be told what to do by the Americans. We will do what we think is in our interest and the country’s interest.GAZETTE: Does this action put the U.S. in a difficult position?OWEN: It does, yes. It shouldn’t, but it does. What happened right at the beginning of the spring was that the American administration, President Obama and the Department of Defense, told the generals not to fire on the demonstrators in Tahrir Square 2½ years ago, in January 2011, and they were obeyed. If it hadn’t been for that, this might have happened then.But this time, Sisi has decided to call the Americans’ bluff. Though the $1.3 billion or $1.5 billion in military aid seems a great deal, it consists of F-16s and Abrams tanks, which the Egyptians can’t use, most of which are in crates. Lots of them aren’t even in Egypt. It’s the prestige of getting weapons from the U.S., but it’s not anything that they can use. The only point of having them is that one day, notionally, they might want to attack Israel or defend themselves against Israel. But nobody in their right mind believes that that’s about to happen.GAZETTE: Can you address the difficulty to the U.S. — after having an Islamist president, democratically elected — in this situation?OWEN: I think the Americans did their best. There is one argument that in a Muslim country, with political Islam, it’s better that it be represented in the political process — properly, as it were, in an inclusive way — than be excluded. It sounds like the American ambassador, Anne Patterson, was pursuing that in association with the Obama administration. They realized there was no point worrying about an “Islamic tide,” because the religious parties are so much better organized that if you want democracy, you also have to have religion, as you do in Tunisia.They made sure by sending messages to Morsi not to do anything like attack Israel or help the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and in fact he went out of his way to show he wasn’t going to do anything like that. So he was regarded as something like safe by the Obama administration. And so this coup is very upsetting to them that their efforts to encourage democracy in the Middle East have been defeated in this way.GAZETTE: Is there a danger that, whatever future administration comes to power in Egypt, it will be viewed as illegitimate no matter what?OWEN: I think the business of creating a new political order is very difficult. The Arab revolutions of 2011 were big, world revolutions like the French of the late 18th century. You have a revolutionary process in which you destroy one political order and you move to another. So you can look at what’s going on at the moment in two ways. Either you haven’t destroyed the old order at all — the old order has come back, in which case you have to start all over to destroy it — or this is just part of a messy process of accommodation that still has a long way to run until you get a new legitimate order.GAZETTE: Do you come down on one side or another?OWEN: No, what I realize more is what a messy business republican government is. Sovereignty belongs to the people, and the people in a revolution are all over the place jumping around. You want the people to go home [after the fighting] but also to vote for a legitimate — and vote to legitimize — the new order. In this particular case, the people voted, certain people didn’t like the way the people voted, and so you’re bound to have a period of confusion.GAZETTE: Was there a precipitating act that led to Morsi being removed, or has this been coming since the election?OWEN: Most people point to something that happened in a presidential decree in November last year. If you look at the public opinion polls, he had a great deal of support, and then suddenly he didn’t. I think probably significant parts of Egyptian society felt threatened by the fact that the Muslim Brothers were involved, increasingly, in government. I think this business of having Muslim Brother provincial governors was one of the reasons why the army finally intervened. It seemed like they [the Brothers] weren’t just part of the government, but they were taking over the whole government.GAZETTE: Was that the November decree?OWEN: Yes, that’s right.GAZETTE: And did that install people from the Muslim Brothers to head the provinces?OWEN: It led to or encouraged more Muslim Brothers to move into government. The system embraced initially by the Muslim Brothers was supposed to be parliamentary, [under] which, if you follow the English model, the president should be like the queen, and the prime minister should be in charge. What I don’t understand is how the president emerged as strong — or nearly as strong — as his predecessor, Mubarak. And the one thing those in the middle of the Egyptian political spectrum do not want is another strong president like Mubarak. The whole point of this thing was to get rid of a strong president.GAZETTE: What does this tell us about the Arab Spring uprisings?OWEN: I think it’s that the business of establishing a democratic system after a revolution in countries that don’t have a tradition of a system with built-in checks and balances or a built-in tradition of political accommodation is extremely difficult and has failed for the time being in Egypt — but not necessarily in Libya, not necessarily in Tunisia.GAZETTE: So you’re saying this is what happened here, but it doesn’t invalidate what happened that spring?OWEN: No, it doesn’t [invalidate what happened]. I would see the Arab Spring as a revolutionary process, which still has some way to go. I think the big question is: Can you go back? I think there are now some people in Egypt who think you can. You may not want to go back, but it has gone back. My own argument is you actually can’t go back to the old system. You can have a version of the old system, but a very unstable one, because a significant part of the people have been mobilized.GAZETTE: And you can’t take that away from them?OWEN: They’re fighting not to allow you to do it. And you have doughty opponents in the Muslim Brothers, because they’re willing to risk death, it seems.last_img read more

Translating research for action: Ideas and examples for informing digital policy

first_img Read Full Story The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society is pleased to release this series of papers, which aims to build a bridge between academic research and policymaking in the networked world by helping to identify opportunities in key areas related to digital technology and innovation. The series builds on the center’s commitment to exploring new ways to communicate, educate, and inform in the public interest and are informed by conversations and collaborations with diverse stakeholders in each area. “Networked Policy Making Avenues” takes a process perspective and outlines different channels and methods available for academics to inform policymaking. The additional papers presented in the form of short, synthesizing research briefings have a substantive orientation and serve as examples in action. Focusing on critical topics such as how privacy intersects with issues related to students, open data, and cybersecurity, these briefings experiment with formats that may be more useful and accessible to decision makers than traditional research papers. Each can be viewed as resource that stands on its own, and we hope each will provide a navigation aid vis-a-vis some of today’s controversially debated topics in digital policymaking.last_img read more

Albert C. DeCiccio Named Provost at Southern Vermont College

first_imgAlbert C. DeCiccio, former Academic Dean of Rivier College in Nashua, N.H.,Named Provost at Southern Vermont College(Bennington, Vt.) — Southern Vermont College has selected Albert C. DeCiccio, the former Academic Dean of Rivier College, a Catholic liberal arts college in Nashua, N.H., to fill the newly created post of Provost. He assumed the position as the college’s Chief Academic Officer on July 7.DeCiccio earned his undergraduate degree at Merrimack College in 1974, his master’s degree in English from SUNY Albany, and his doctorate in English, Rhetoric and Composition from Arizona State University.”In Al DeCiccio, we have found a person with a remarkably wide range of talents,” SVC President Karen Gross said. “In addition to being a true scholar, he is deeply engaged in thinking about pedagogy and creative and thoughtful programmatic development. He is adept at helping others grow and learn, and he believes in small colleges and their capacity to change lives. SVC welcomes him to our community and looks forward to his wisdom, his good humor and his remarkable thoughtfulness. Students, faculty and staff will be enriched by the opportunity to work with him. The search committee, chaired by Professor Tom Redden, are to be commended for their efforts.”President Gross explained that the college replaced the position of Academic Dean with that of Provost in order to emphasize that “academic life is an institution’s primary asset an asset that must be nurtured and fostered each and every day. The chief academic officer must be an institution’s compelling and inspirational voice about the power and capacity of education, and must effectively engage students, faculty and the wider community in the enterprise of education expressed through a vision for the essential value of liberal arts colleges in the 21st century.”As Academic Dean for the past eight years, DeCiccio has been responsible for the development of all graduate and undergraduate liberal arts, sciences and professional studies programs at the 2,070-student college.Of the role of Provost, DeCiccio commented that “the Provost should establish the academic vision of the College for all constituencies, and broadcast that vision in the local civic community and, more nationally, in the higher education community. A Provost is very different from an Academic Dean, who is chiefly concerned with academic affairs and matters involving the faculty.”DeCiccio also explained that he is looking forward to coming to a small, liberal arts college, an environment where, as the first in his family to earn a college degree, he discovered the value of education.”I am a product of the small college, and I have thrived in that environment,” DeCiccio said. “Small, liberal arts colleges are staffed by faculty who love the classroom and the students in it from the first year through the last year. I am so pleased to have the chance to work with faculty who will take their roles seriously in the formation of their students.”Once he’s established in his new role, DeCiccio expects to teach classes himself.”I love to teach writing, fiction, writing center theory, rhetoric,” he said.And what advice does he give to students entering college? “The difference between high school and college is freedom, and the extent that students can negotiate that freedom, they will succeed in college,” he noted. “In high school, one learns how to find answers; in college, one learns how to ask questions.”In his spare time, he enjoys reading, live music, traveling and delving into the history of a place, but he’s also a sports fan.”I was thrilled with the Celtics winning the championship, but one of the great gifts of my life is to have seen the Red Sox win Two World Series,” he said.Founded in 1926, Southern Vermont College offers a career-enhancing liberal arts education with 19 academic degree programs for approximately 450 students. Southern Vermont College recognizes the importance of educating students for the workplace of the twenty-first century and for lives as successful leaders in their communities. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.last_img read more