Women in aviation week

first_imgWomen in aviation week On the 8th of March 1910, French woman Raymonde de Laroche became the first woman to earn a pilot licence. This date now marks the first day of Women of Aviation Worldwide Week which runs through to the 14th, today.While progress has been made since Ms de Laroche received her licence, female participation rates within the aviation sector remain low. Women account for only around three per cent of pilots and one per cent of aircraft engineers in the worldwide aviation industry.Since 2010 the Women of Aviation Worldwide Week has provided an opportunity to raise awareness amongst girls and women of all ages that aviation can be a rewarding career.This year, the theme for Women of Aviation Worldwide Week was recognising culturally and linguistically diverse women aviators. It has been 100 years since Bessie Coleman, the first woman of colour, and Tadashi Hyodo, the first Asian woman, received their pilot licences.“On International Women’s Day and in Women of Aviation Worldwide Week, celebrating the achievements of women pursuing careers in aviation is important,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack said.“While I acknowledge there is still a lot of work to do, I am confident that the Australian Government’s Women in the Aviation Industry Initiative – a landmark four-year, $4 million investment announced in 2019 – will have a positive impact.”Despite a disruptive year in 2020, leading industry stakeholders have been supported to actively encourage women into the industry. Since the beginning of the program in 2019, a range of activities have been undertaken, including the Women in Aviation International (Australian Chapter) National Conference in November 2019, and, during 2020 stalls at two face-to-face careers fairs in Adelaide and in Perth and three virtual seminars for students in Western Sydney, Sydney, and Melbourne. Over 400 women have been reached through women in aviation network seminars and mentoring programs, and over 4,700 face to face career conversations have been held between young women, their parents and aviation industry representatives.2021 will see the Women in the Aviation Industry Initiative ramp up its activity with materials already having been developed for students and attendance at careers events one of the key priorities.“It takes a long time for someone to become a commercial pilot or engineer,” Mr McCormack said, “so raising the awareness of young women in senior high school is important. In 2021 the Women in Aviation Initiative will have a presence at career fairs around the country, including in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, and Townsville.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Adelaide, Asian, AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, conference, Deputy Prime Minister, French, Government, infrastructure, Melbourne, Perth, Prime Minister, regional development, Sydney, Townsville, Western Sydney, womenlast_img read more

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PICA to offer mobile passport service at Diaspora Conference

first_imgRelatedPICA to offer mobile passport service at Diaspora Conference RelatedPICA to offer mobile passport service at Diaspora Conference PICA to offer mobile passport service at Diaspora Conference Foreign AffairsJune 14, 2011 By CHRIS PATTERSON, JIS Reporter FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Jamaican nationals overseas, who are attending the June 15 to 17 Diaspora Convention at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios, will be able to apply for or renew their passports. Director of Customer Service at the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), Carole Saunders-Hammond, said that the agency’s mobile passport service will be offered to accommodate the Diaspora. “We recognise the short time the delegates will be in attendance at the Diaspora conference and we also recognise that there may be a need for the service, so we want to extend ourselves to the Diaspora and this is a very good opportunity to be able to do so,” she said. She explained that the service will be available from June 14 and persons, who submit applications up to June 15, will be able to pick up their new passports on June 17, as long as all the supporting documents are in order. “Persons will be able to submit their applications, pay for the services and… we will be delivering the passports to delegates, who have applied,” Mrs. Saunders-Hammond informed. Those, who make submissions on June 16 and 17, will be required to collect their passports at the PICA office at 25 Constant Spring Road in Kingston. Applicants will need a completed passport form, which can be obtained at the agency’s website at: www.pica.gov.jm. The application must be accompanied by an original birth certificate or Jamaican citizenship certificate; a marriage certificate or the divorce decree; deed poll or naturalisation certificate. Applicants will also need two passport photographs, one of which should be certified by the person certifying the application form. A fee of $4,500 is applicable for the seven-day service; $6,000 for the three-day service; and $7,000 for the next day service. Jamaicans from the United Kingston, the United States and Canada will meet for the fourth biennial convention, which is being staged under the theme: ‘One Nation: Jamaica and its Diaspora in Partnership’. The event, which seeks to expand partnerships between Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora, was last held in 2008. This year will mark the first time that the conference is being held outside of Kingston. Activities will include plenary sessions, as well as panel discussions and presentations by members of government, regional Diaspora representatives, and specially invited presenters. Key topics will include governance and operational structure of the Diaspora, engaging future leaders as well as national economic and social initiatives and the Diaspora contributions. RelatedPICA to offer mobile passport service at Diaspora Conference Advertisementslast_img read more

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All Donegal routes to be gritted from 6pm

first_img Google+ By News Highland – January 1, 2019 WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Donegal County Council have confirmed that all major routes across the country are to be gritter from 6pm this evening.Met Eireann forecasts suggest temperatures could fall as low as -2 degrees in places tonight.As always, motorists are being urged to drive with caution and assume no road is ice-free. WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Pinterest Twittercenter_img Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articleEvening News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday December 31stNext articleMajor wind farm near Barnesmore Gap set to get go-ahead News Highland Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme All Donegal routes to be gritted from 6pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows last_img read more

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Car scrap ‘mobility credits’ scheme proposed for Wales

first_imgMinisters in Wales are being asked to introduce a mobility credits scheme as part of their Clean Air Plan. The Urban Mobility Partnership, made up of the likes of Stagecoach, Enterprise, Bosch and Brompton Bike Hire, have lobbied members of the Welsh Assembly to allow older cars to be scrapped in exchange for credits to use on buses, trains and daily car and bike hire, to combat pollution.It comes days after the Welsh Government declared a Climate Emergency.The Urban Mobility Partnership aims to create an integrated, national, multi-modal transport policy that improves air quality and reduces congestion.The ‘mobility as a service’ (MaaS) scheme would allow people to trade in their older, polluting cars for mobility credits in excess of the car’s value.They could use the credits on trains, buses, car clubs and bike hire. The Urban Mobility Partnership envisages either an Oyster-style pre-paid card, or an app that doubles as a route planner, to deliver the scheme.The Urban Mobility Partnership’s Ben Lawson says: “The partnership represents all modes of transport and we have a ready-built MaaS proposition that can be implemented almost immediately.“This would be a concrete step that the Welsh Government could take as part of its Clean Air Plan to help drive modal shift which will lower congestion and improve air quality. We’re looking forward to discussing with ministers how we can help Wales make these proposals a reality.”Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport Lee Waters AM heard the proposal at the Sustain Wales Summit.Mari Arthur, Director of Cynnal Cymru, who chaired the meeting, says: “Wales has long led the way on sustainability. Now is a chance to create viable alternatives to private car ownership, and encourage people to scrap their older, polluting cars and get them into more efficient vehicles and modes of transport.“We need radical solutions to change behaviour, tackle air pollution and climate change; mobility credits gives Wales an opportunity to once again lead the UK on sustainability actions.”last_img read more

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Let’s Talk About HyFlex: Fall 2020 Classroom Solution and Beyond

first_imgOver the past several weeks, the higher ed world has become more widely acquainted with the term “HyFlex.” For some, it’s a vague word that leads to more confusion than clarity. Let’s take an opportunity to think about it and what type of AV installs and equipment would support a HyFlex classroom.Interestingly enough, this is not a new model of thinking about the classroom. It was introduced as early as 2006 by Brian Beatty of San Francisco State. In May of 2013, three researchers (Miller, Risser and Griffiths) from The Ohio State University expanded upon this model. They defined it very well as “The primary feature of the HyFlex model is to combine synchronous online and face-to-face components (“hybrid”) in a single course and allow students to choose when and how they attend (flexible).”This is the key as to why it suddenly has become the new catchphrase. As higher ed tries to determine whether to bring students back, most institutions will attempt to create a hybrid model.Hybrid — some students may come to campus and be in the classroom while some students may choose to stay home and learn remotely, and some students may not be able to be present in the class during specific (quarantine) periods.Flexible — students who are home may have other familial responsibilities, be in different time zones, or be ill and have to watch a recording.This blog is not necessarily about the difficulties that faculty will face in converting their teaching to this format, but more about the technology that will be needed. Faculty will indeed be challenged with this transition. A HyFlex classroom is not, “Let’s turn on Zoom and let the people who could not be here today listen in.” HyFlex means you never know who will be in the class, who will be remote and who will watch a recording later. So, faculty will need to completely redesign how they teach and what they expect from their students. The good news is that just about every school has local experts to train and educate the faculty on how to make those changes. It is our job, as AV technologists, to make sure the technology enhances, not hampers, these changes.The AV designer has three different audiences to think about when designing a HyFlex classroom, the in-person students, the synchronous remote student and the asynchronous remote student.Over the past several months, I have written a few times about what I believe the most significant challenge our classrooms will face this fall (audio). HyFlex only highlights that problem. To create a truly equal environment for all three audiences, we will need clear, audible sound coming from the instructor, the in-person students and the remote students. This has to be the designer’s priority. Video, cameras and computer input are all critical, but if the audience is struggling to hear, then this will not be a success. Bear in mind that the instructor and the students will likely be wearing masks for the next year. I am a proponent of “using what people have.” To that end, I think that designing a system that allows all of the students to use their cell phones or computers with a headset (complete with a microphone), is a must. It provides the close mic sound while eliminating passing anything around. Perhaps a product like Crowd Mics from Biamp would be an option when designing the audio system.I am going to consider content as the second most crucial point. I am placing content over camera views. We will get to cameras in a moment, but we need to think about the point of what we are doing. A classroom is a place where people share thoughts, ideas and content with one another. If you are discussing a model, a math problem or even a passage from text, sharing that content is necessary. Designers will need to partner with experts in schools to talk about how this is accomplished. I believe that this will be the biggest challenge for our faculty: thinking about how they change their instruction from writing on a chalkboard to using technology. Fortunately, there are amazing products like the Solstice Active Learning product from Mersive that allows everyone to share content and join in the active discussion. Other devices like iPads will enable “whiteboard” activities to be incorporated into the system.See related  Higher Ed Updates: December 2020Finally, I think the last thing that the designers need to think about is cameras. We have all experienced months of meetings and learning sessions with various quality videos from the people we are meeting with. Therefore, we understand that desire to have a face-to-face meeting, where our eyes are not bouncing around a screen of 24 people trying to figure out which one is speaking. Unfortunately, I also think — to do it well — this is likely the most expensive piece of a HyFlex classroom. Gary Kayye has written quite a bit over the past several days on a product called the Arena from Hypersign. (As a side note, I am always amazed when companies put out a new product, but don’t include much information about what it does and what comes with it. So, there are still many questions to be answered, but the product seems promising.) It is a series of monitors that can display a person, similar to sitting in an arena. The people can even choose where they sit, and they get the perspective from that seat. The presenter — in our case, a faculty member — can clearly see each person’s face. In a classroom, this set of monitors would best be installed in the back of the room, thus giving the remote person the same view of being in the room. There are also displays so that the faculty member could see what they are presenting while facing the entire class, including both the remote and in-person students. I am not sure that this product solves all the video needs, but it does demonstrate the type of installation that would be valuable in a HyFlex classroom. I recommend that designers move away from attempting to record a faculty member who moves around the room or writes on a physical surface (chalkboard, whiteboard) in the room. This will not work well for the synchronous or asynchronous students. The faculty member will need to change to a digital whiteboard.To that point, one of the last notes that designers need to think about is that HyFlex changes how our faculty will teach. A big mistake when designing these spaces would be to try and put all types of technology in place to mimic precisely what we do today. That is NOT what HyFlex is. Trying to accomplish that with all kinds of technology will simply lead to failure, frustration and valid questions about return on investment. Also, by working with partners in the schools, we can train the faculty to use different technologies. When we do this, we will likely be able to make the technology even simpler. An excellent example of this is not to try to follow a faculty member and record what they are writing on a chalkboard. That technology is clunky, does not provide for a quality recording and involves more interaction by the faculty member.There are options for this technology outside of the classroom as well. Some students who can not return to campus may miss the on-campus experience. We could set up similar technology in creative places. Think of the dining rooms, where students who live on the same floor of a dorm may be allowed to eat together. By using some of the same HyFlex technology, we could bring in remote students to give them a similar experience. Athletic teams may not be able to practice or compete in person. Still, they could work out, watch videos and have as much of a real experience as possible if we are creative in making this technology available.last_img read more

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Montréal automated metro contracts signed

first_imgCANADA: CDPQ Infra signed the contracts for the Réseau Électrique Métropolitain automated metro project in Montréal on April 12, and a groundbreaking ceremony was held on the same day.The 67 km network is intended to link the south shore suburbs, the city centre, the airport, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and Deux-Montagnes, serving 26 stations. Testing is due to start at the end of 2020, ahead of the first phase opening in mid-2021. Construction is budgeted at C$6·3bn, and operations and maintenance costs have been confirmed at C$0·72 per passenger-km. In February CDPQ Infra announced the winning bidders for the two contracts. The NouvLR General Partnership won the C$5bn infrastructure engineering, procurement and construction contract. This consortium includes SNC-Lavalin, Dragados Canada, Groupe Aecon Québec, Pomerleau and EBC. The Lemay Perkins + Will Bisson Fortin Architectes consortium is responsible for design and urban integration. The Groupe des Partenaires pour la Mobilité des Montréalais comprising Alstom and SNC-Lavalin has signed a contract covering rolling stock, signalling, operations and maintenance. Alstom’s share of the C$2·8bn contract is estimated at C$2·2bn. Alstom will supply 106 two-car Alstom Metropolis trainsets and Urbalis 400 CBTC signalling. The contract also covers a control centre, platform screen doors, wi-fi connectivity, depot equipment, and 30 years of operations and maintenance. Alstom intends to establish a centre of excellence in Montréal to undertake R&D in urban transport control systems.last_img read more

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Another 14 deportees get help from Diaspora program

first_imgAttorney Wayne Golding Plans to move program to GuyanaThe Jamaican Diaspora Advisory board has continued their outreach efforts for Jamaican deportees, picking up 14 more cases for U.S. reentryAdvisory Board members and attorneys Wayne Golding and Joan Pinnock offered free council with over 350 deportees at a recent session in Kingston at the Jamaica Theological Seminary. The attorneys were assisted by attorney Cecil Rowe from New York, Seminary president Dr. Garnett Roper and founder of the Family Unification Resettlement Initiative Carneta Abarus. Golding said despite the “marathon forum,” the team was able to review each deportee’s case, with some participants traveling from as far as Negril by bus.The 14 individuals identified for possible reinstatement in the U.S. “derived citizenship from their parents,” said Golding. “And numerous other deportees were identified, whose cases have developed relevance because of changes in the interpretation of U.S. immigration law.”The program is in response to data collected at the recent Jamaica Diaspora Conference, showing a majority of deportees were removed for various criminal offenses, but those offenses were not necessarily permanent bars to returning to the U.S. legally.“Deportation from the U.S. has had a devastating effect on Jamaican families, and has led to some deportees illegally returning to the U.S. only to be imprisoned up to twenty years for the offense,” notes Golding. “Some individuals have even died attempting to return to the U.S. illegally.”The popularity of the Board’s initiative has grown to such an extent that the attorneys have been invited to meet with deportees in Guyana later this week. They also are scheduled to return to Jamaica to hold another forum next January.“The success of these forums will effectively afford the Jamaica Diaspora the opportunity to form partnerships in and outside Jamaica,” says Golding. “So we can address U.S. immigration policies affecting Caribbean families.”last_img read more

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Spurs rally to keep Lakers winless with LeBron

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (left) falls as San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan drives toward the basket during their game Monday, Oct. 22 in Los Angeles. AP LOS ANGELES – LeBron James hit the tying 3-pointer late in regulation. He led a Lakers lineup of three second-year pros and a rookie making his NBA debut to a 142-136 lead with 55 seconds left overtime.James was then reminded in spectacular fashion that nothing will be easy in this West Coast chapter of his career.Patty Mills hit a go-ahead jumper with 6.8 seconds left and the San Antonio Spurs kept the Lakers winless with LeBron, rallying from a 6-point deficit in the final minute of OT for a wild 143-142 victory Monday night.James tied it on a magisterial 3 with 2.4 seconds left in regulation, and he finished his second Lakers home game with 32 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds. But the superstar missed two free throws with 12.8 seconds to play before Mills coolly put the Spurs ahead. James then missed a step-back 3-pointer at the buzzer, thoroughly deflating Staples Center as the Lakers fell to the first 0-3 start in James’ career since his second season with Cleveland in 2004-05.After cooling down, LeBron did not seem discouraged by the Lakers’ last-minute failure against a quality opponent – and while Los Angeles was missing suspended starters Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram.“It’s not” discouraging, James said.“I know what I got myself into,” he added. “It’s a process. I get it, and we’ll be fine. I didn’t come here thinking we were going to be blazing, storming right out of the gate. It’s a process, and I understand that.”LaMarcus Aldridge had 37 points and 10 rebounds, and DeMar DeRozan added 32 points and 14 assists before Mills made the biggest shot. The Australian guard did it while playing Tony Parker’s traditional role on a familiar San Antonio play.“It’s always good when you make shots or make an impact,” Mills said. “Other than that shot, it was a team victory. It was a gutsy win. Everyone participated.”Kyle Kuzma had 37 points and eight rebounds for the Lakers, and Josh Hart added 20 points and 10 rebounds.James’ dramatic 3 from a full step beyond the arc capped the Lakers’ improbable rally from an 8-point deficit in the final 1:04 of regulation. The Lakers then took a 142-136 lead late in overtime with huge contributions from unsung rookie big man Johnathan Williams, who played important minutes in his NBA debut after JaVale McGee fouled out.But the Lakers sputtered and the Spurs rallied. Rudy Gay’s 3-pointer cut the Lakers’ lead to 142-141, and James missed his free throws before the jumper by Mills, who had 12 points.“It’s always fun to play close games and have them be that type of atmosphere, and overly competitive,” Aldridge said. “It was nice to get a close win. It just builds character and makes guys be more confident.” (AP)last_img read more

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