Lt. Governor Choices get Initial Thumbs Up from Villwock

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – May 22, 2012 Home News Feed Lt. Governor Choices get Initial Thumbs Up from Villwock The Indiana number 2’s have been selected. Tuesday Democrat candidate for Governor John Gregg announced State Senator Vi Simpson (l) is his running mate. One day earlier Republican candidate Mike Pence chose State Representative Sue Ellspermann. (r)The next Lt. Governor will succeed Becky Skillman as the state’s Secretary of Agriculture. Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock told HAT Tuesday that both candidates have a great understanding of agriculture.“Indiana Farm Bureau has worked with both of these candidates during the tenure in the legislature and so we have a basic understanding with them where they stand, and we’re looking forward to hearing more of what their vision is for agriculture and how much importance it will play in their administrations.”At this point Villwock doesn’t see a downside to either candidate related to agriculture.“Vi Simpson has been in the senate for a long time and has been a leader there. Sue is relatively new but we had a few issues that we worked with her very closely on in the last legislative session. She was in the Farm Bureau office and we had a great discussion and she’s a great listener, so I’m encouraged by both and we’ll see where this all goes.”Sometimes Farm Bureau endorses a ticket, but Villwock said most of the time they don’t. That would only come about if there is a groundswell of support for an endorsement at the county level.“It takes two-thirds of our county presidents to ask for a meeting that we would have a discussion, and then it takes two-thirds of those who attend that meeting to endorse. So it’s kind of rare that we do that. We have attempted that in the past so we’ll just see how this all develops.”Villwock said any sort of movement toward an endorsement wouldn’t materialize until around the Indiana State Fair and IFB delegate session in August.Regardless of who the next Indiana agriculture leader is the past eight years is a hard act to follow.“Mitch Daniels and Becky Skillman have been really the true leaders in the country actually promoting agriculture. I’ve been with both of them at non-ag events where they always talk about agriculture being our largest industry in the state, how important it is to our economy, and we’ve been very blessed for these past eight years. Hopefully we’ll get that out of our next administration.”Ellspermann is from Ferdinand in Dubois County, and Simpson of Monroe County lives in Ellettsville.[audio:|titles=Don Villwock on LG candidates]Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: RSS SHARE Lt. Governor Choices get Initial Thumbs Up from Villwock Previous articleMonsanto Declare the Decade of the SoybeanNext articleClean Fuels Critical to National Security Andy Eubanklast_img read more

100 new jobs announced in Limerick

first_imgNewsBreaking news100 new jobs announced in LimerickBy Staff Reporter – December 1, 2014 701 Twitter Print Email Linkedin SOME 100 new jobs have been announced in Limerick by Information Technology Shared Services, a Division of Johnson & Johnson Services.The company plans to create the new jobs through the creation of a Development Centre at the National Technology Park, Plassey, Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Recruitment for the information technology positions will start immediately, and the positions are expected to be filled over the next two years.This investment is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, through IDA Ireland.Making the announcement Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton, who has met Johnson &Johnson a number of times in Ireland and the USA since taking office, said:“Today’s announcement that Johnson &Johnson, one of the biggest names in thecorporate world, is creating a further 100 jobs in Limerick to add to the 2000 people they already employ across Ireland, is a great boost. Multinational investment plays a key part in our jobs plan, and in recent years we have seen a very strong performance in this area.”Welcoming the announcement, IDA Ireland CEO, Martin Shanahan said:“Limerick is a great place for foreign companies to locate – IDA Ireland will continue to work hard to make sure that the city continues to enjoy investments like this in the future.”Commenting on the announcement Finance Minister Michael Noonan TD said jobcreation is a priority for the Government.“Today’s announcement is another welcome boost for Limerick and further proof that the Governments strategy in relation to job creation is working”.center_img WhatsApp Advertisement Facebook Previous article#Video Seasonal cheer at Lough Gur Christmas villageNext articleIRFU target talent with sevens X Factor Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

Call centres in UK among worst in EU

first_imgCall centres in UK among worst in EUOn 3 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Lack of regulation means call centre staff in the UK suffer worse working conditions than their counterparts on the Continent.A study published by European Industrial Relations Review looked at staff conditions in call centres in 15 countries. It found they were better in countries where a “restricting legal environment” regulates working time and opening hours.The report’s author Andrea Broughton said that staff in countries including Belgium, Denmark and Finland – where there are strong collective agreements – are usually employed on permanent contracts and enjoy the same terms and conditions as employees in other sectors. She said controversy over the working conditions of call centre staff is widespread in only a few countries including the UK.Broughton links this to the relatively high number of call centres in the UK and that they can be operated with less regulation than those in the rest of Europe.Another survey by Incomes Data Services found some call centres in the UK have turnover rates as high as 80 per cent, although the average is 20 per cent. It recommends improving conditions by allowing staff to spend more time off the Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Soft robotic arm acts as extension of human hand

first_imgThe human arm can perform a wide range of extremely delicate and coordinated movements, from turning a key in a lock to gently stroking a puppy’s fur. The robotic “arms” on underwater research submarines, however, are hard, jerky, and lack the finesse to be able to reach and interact with creatures such as jellyfish or octopuses without damaging them.Previously, the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and collaborators developed a range of soft robotic grippers to more safely handle delicate sea life, but the devices still relied on hard, robotic submarine arms that were difficult to maneuver into various positions.Now, a new system built by scientists at the Wyss Institute, Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Baruch College, and the University of Rhode Island (URI) uses a glove equipped with wireless soft sensors to control a modular, soft robotic “arm” that can flex and move with unprecedented dexterity to grasp and sample fragile creatures. The research is published in Scientific Report.“This new soft robotic arm replaces the hard, rigid arms that come standard on most submersibles, enabling our soft robotic grippers to reach and interact with sea life with much greater ease across a variety of environments and allowing us to explore parts of the ocean that are currently understudied,” said first author Brennan Phillips, an assistant professor at URI who was a postdoctoral fellow at the Wyss Institute and SEAS when the research was completed.The apparatus Phillips and his colleagues developed features bending, rotary, and gripping modules that can be added or removed easily to allow the arm to perform different types of movements — a significant benefit, given the diversity of terrain and life in the ocean. Other improvements over existing soft manipulators include a compact, yet robust, hydraulic control system for deployment in remote and harsh environments. The whole system requires less than half the power of the smallest commercially available deep-sea electronic manipulator arm, making it ideal for use on manned undersea vehicles, which have limited battery capacity.,The arm is controlled wirelessly via a glove equipped with soft sensors that is worn by a scientist, who controls the arm by moving his or her wrist and the grippers by curling his or her index finger. Those movements are translated into the opening and closing of various valves in the system’s seawater-powered hydraulic engine. Different types of soft grippers can be attached to the end of the arm to allow it to interact with creatures of varying shape, size, and delicacy, from hard, brittle corals to soft, diaphanous jellyfish. Related The first autonomous, entirely soft robot ‘Aliens’ of the deep captured Soft robot helps the heart beat “The currently available subsea robotic arms work well for oil and gas exploration, but not for handling delicate marine life — using them is like trying to pick up a napkin with a metal crab claw,” said co-author David Gruber, a professor of biology at Baruch College, CUNY,  a National Geographic Explorer, and former Radcliffe Institute Fellow (2017-18). “The glove control system allows us to have much more intuitive control over the soft robotic arm, like how we would move our own arms while scuba diving.”The robotic arm and gripper system was field-tested from a three-person submarine in the unexplored deep-sea ecosystems of the Fernando de Noronha archipelago in Brazil. It was able to interact with or collect mid-water and deep-sea organisms such as a glass sponge, a sea cucumber, a branching coral, and free-floating bioluminescent tunicates. Different modules were quickly and easily swapped into the arm to better maneuver the grippers, or, in the case of any one module being damaged, without needing to dismantle the entire arm.,“This low-power, glove-controlled soft robot was designed with the future marine biologist in mind, who will be able to conduct science well beyond the limits of scuba and with a comparable or better means than via a human diver,” said Robert Wood, a senior author of the paper who is a founding core faculty member of the Wyss Institute as well as the Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at SEAS.The researchers are continuing to refine their designs and are incorporating noninvasive DNA and RNA sampling capabilities into the actuating units of the arm system, with the goal of being able to capture fragile sea creatures, experiment on them in an “underwater laboratory,” and release them unharmed.Insights from this work could potentially have value for medical device applications as well.Additional authors of the paper include Kaitlyn Becker, Griffin Whittredge, Daniel Vogt, Clark Teeple, and Michelle Rosen from the Wyss Institute and SEAS; Shunichi Kurumaya from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan; and Vincent Pieribone, director of the John B. Pierce Laboratory, professor at the Yale University School of Medicine, and vice chairman of OceanX.This research was supported by an NSF Instrument Development for Biological Research Award, the National Geographic Innovation Challenge, and OceanX/The Dalio Foundation. Sleeve attaches directly around the heart Folding polyhedron sampler enables easy catch and release of delicate underwater organisms Powered by a chemical reaction controlled by microfluidics, 3D-printed ‘octobot’ has no electronics last_img read more

Making financial literacy fun

first_imgWhat important lessons will you teach your children this summer? Riding a bike? Sharing with others? How about teaching them important financial skills. Financial literacy may not immediately come to mind when many parents think of essential skills for students but what children know about money at a young age can shape the way they manage money in adulthood. As children develop, they are strongly influenced by what they learn in their formative years, and studies have shown the same holds true for financial matters. In fact, a 2015 study by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) found that credit scores among young adults improved in states with mandatory financial education. However, not all states implement financial education, and when it comes to financial literacy, American education falls short. A 2012 study by the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) found that American students performed below the world average on a simple financial literacy assessment. Additionally, over 7,000 American youths earned a grade average of just 60% on a 2014 financial literacy test administered by the National Financial Educator’s Council. Yet with students today graduating with an average student debt of $48,172 having strong financial skills is equally important as the degree they earn. continue reading »center_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Extravagant home has sprawling interiors and designer pool

first_imgThe in-ground swimming pool has a designer feelThe home has polished timber floors and high ceilings in the central living area, which includes a rumpus room, formal lounge with fire place and formal dining room. The kitchen has stone benchtops, pendent lighting, a walk-in pantry and stainless steel appliances. Mr Davie said the master suite was bigger than an apartment. It has a dedicated sitting area, walk-in robe and a huge ensuite with dual shower and Villeroy and Boch basins and bathtub. “It’s the biggest ensuite I’ve seen in my life,” Mr Davie said. There is also a separate makeup area with Hollywood style lights. Polished timber floors feature in the downstairs living areaThe young family were initially looking to build but the Rigney St home was too perfect to pass up. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“It was a magnificent house,” Mr Davie said. “It ticked every box except it didn’t have a pool — but it did have space for a pool.“We designed a pretty glamorous pool for ourselves and that really finished off the home — there was nothing else to do.” The home at 8 Rigney St, Underwood is up for auctionMODERN, bright and airy, this two-storey home is new to the market in Underwood. Anthony and Jung Davie bought the property at 8 Rigney St when their daughter Alicia, 4, was just a baby. “It was built with a lot of thought by an owner builder,” Mr Davie said. “The way it was designed and set up certainly appealed to us.” center_img The ensuite can only be described as massiveOutside there is a patio with outdoor kitchen and a balcony off the upstairs living area. “We love to sit on the deck in the afternoon with a glass of wine and watch our daughter in the pool,” Mr Davie said. “The media room is also fantastic. It’s been built as a proper cinema with full sound proofing.” The property has an iPhone-controlled alarm system, water tank, ducted airconditioning and solar power.last_img read more