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Equal e-learning for the disabled

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Equal e-learning for the disabledOn 1 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today NETg is claiming to be the first company to enhance its complete IT anddesktop e-learning courses to ensure that workers with disabilities have equallearning and development opportunities. The Thomson Learning Company recently hosted a roundtable event at whichrepresentatives from the disability, training and learning sectors unanimouslyagreed that many UK companies are unaware how to address the issue ofaccessibility when implementing learning programmes for the disabled. “Many organisations believe there are huge cost and time implicationsinvolved in introducing accessible learning solutions – something which doesn’thave to be the case,” says Richard Orme, head of technology in learningand employment at the Royal National Institute of the Blind. “Unfortunately, this fear means that accessibility is quickly thrownout of the window. The result? The wrong learning solutions are in place forthe wrong people, which not only ends in disabled workers being at adisadvantage, but all workers.” Organisations don’t have to buy separate NETg courses for disabled usersbecause the accessibility functionality is built into every course and can besimply switched on. NETg worked with TecAccess, a technology companyspecialising in accessibility for the disabled, and the functionality ispresent on a range of its IT and desktop programmes ranging from MicrosoftOffice applications to C++ programming courses. “Many UK companies are neglecting the training requirements of theirdisabled staff. This is leading to many workers not reaching their fullpotential,” says Jon Buttriss, operations and services director at NETg. “As we have shown with our courses, UK plcs shouldn’t be ignoring theneeds of disabled workers, but neither should they be making a special case forit. All learners should be able to use the same course and enjoy the sameresults regardless of any disability.” NETg has partnered with Safari Books Online to provide an electronic referencelibrary to supplement its portfolio of courses. www.netg.com Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

A Tropical Mess for Memorial Day

first_imgSundayIncreasing clouds, humid. Showers after 8pm.Temps around 70.Wind: South 10 mphUV Index High We’ve had great start to the Memorial Day weekend, unfortunately it will not last. A Tropical Depression (or could be Tropical Storm Bonnie if it strengthens) located off the coast of South Carolina will hamper the end of our vacation weekend. With “Bonnie” to our south and an approaching cold front, a persistent southeast flow will pump ample moisture through the region. The threat of heavy rain exists heavy along with scattered storms into Ocean City late Sunday night into Monday. Wind will not be a factor with this system only localized heavy rain. Until then we still have a great Saturday and a decent Sunday as clouds will increase along with the humidity.Today:Sunshine, breezy, pleasantTemps: around 70.Wind: South 10mphUV Index: Very High Memorial DayShowers, t’storm mainly early in the day.Temps in the upper 60s.Winds: SE 10 mphUV Index Lowlast_img read more

Haiti: 3 Years, 6 Months

first_imgLiving in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, most of Haiti’s nine million people are subsistence farmers. Poverty and malnutrition are exacerbated by poor health care and a low vaccination rate.last_img

College announces three valedictorians for upcoming commencement

first_imgSaint Mary’s students strive for academic success, but every class has students whose academic devotion puts them at the top of their class. On March 25, the College released the names of the three young women who will be the class of 2019’s valedictorians.Though all three students wanted to excel academically, none of them set out to receive this honor. Communicative science and disorders (CSD) major Elizabeth Priester was simply looking for individual success in each of her classes.“I just wanted to be really successful in all of the classes I was in. It just kind of led to being valedictorian,” Priester said.A similar sentiment was reiterated by fellow CSD major and valedictorian Natalie Dock.“I definitely didn’t think that I would be valedictorian coming into Saint Mary’s — I was just looking to get the most out of my experience,” she said.Monica McGrath, the third valedictorian, also said she did not seek the title of valedictorian but instead had more personal motivators.“[I am] always looking for self-improvement,” she said.In the summer between their junior and senior year, the students were told there was a possibility they would be named valedictorians of their class.Dock said she tried to make sure this possibility did not change the way she went about her day-to-day life.“I tried not to let it affect me, because I didn’t want to be motivated by that,” Dock said. “I wanted to do the best that I could. … I didn’t want that to be on my mind.”Although honored to receive the title, Dock tried not to place much value on the award. Though she considers it an accomplishment, she said she wanted to evaluate it against some of the other things she has done in her life both academically and personally.“I think in terms of a title it is a great accomplishment,” Dock said. “I guess I try not to be too proud of titles and those big things but also the little things in my life, but this is definitely one of my greatest accomplishments.”All three women recognized they did not get to the top of their class without help. McGrath said she wanted to share her pride with the people who surround her life.“I am really proud for my friends and family who supported me,” McGrath said. “I am almost more proud for them than for me. My parents and my friends were always pushing me helping me when I was struggling just being there when I was stressed or just helping me.”All three valedictorians said being at Saint Mary’s was crucial to their success, and it means something different to each of them. Priester appreciated that the College allows for all students to express themselves and their talents, and said the school offers them a place to show what they have to offer.“One thing that I really cherished about my Saint Mary’s education is Saint Mary’s is a place that truly recognizes all the gifts and talents that we bring to the world, and it’s a place of community,” Priester said. “It sets up a network of belonging where students feel recognized as both who they are and who they plan to become. I just love this environment and how they allow us to explore and dream and discover our passions.”Though all of the students said that they focused on academics throughout their career, McGrath said the College also helped them to grow as individuals and people.“I feel like there was a very good balance here,” she said. “Saint Mary’s helped me grow academically and I definitely feel very prepared for any challenges that I am going to face. I feel educated as a whole. That is something that Saint Mary’s always said on the tours — ‘We don’t just educate academically but as a whole person.’ I have grown to be a better version of myself than who I was when I came here.”When describing themselves, none of the valedictorians used the words intelligent or smart — they instead focused on traits that helped them get to where they are. They spoke about patience, focus and drive.“I’m pretty positive, I like to reflect on things that I am grateful for … I’m pretty patient,” McGrath said.Dock said her grades have always been a primary focus.“I have always considered myself a very detailed-orientated person. I have always been fairly focused on my grades — maybe that is just in my nature, I always wanted to strive to do my best,” Dock said.Priester said her academic career has taught her important life skills. McGrath, Dock and Priester will deliver a joint address to their class during commencement on May 18.“[The road to becoming valedictorian] definitely has given me a good work ethic and a drive for success,” Priester said.Tags: 2019 commencement address, Saint Mary’s College, smc valedictorian, valedictorianslast_img read more

George Floyd: ‘Gentle giant’ killed in US police custody

first_img“I remember him saying he wanted to touch the world. He wanted to have a worldwide impact,” Jonathan Veal, a friend since the sixth grade, told broadcaster KPRC in Houston, where they attended Jack Yates High School together.Floyd, at an imposing two meters, became a star athlete in basketball and football, and dabbled in hip hop music. But he left Houston when it became hard to find work.Veal said he last communicated with Floyd in January, when they exchanged text messages.”A few things I gotta get strait for my lil ones,” Floyd wrote Veal.”My faith is getting back where it supposed to be.”But on May 25, following nine agonizing minutes caught on video, Floyd was gone, after an officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes as he lay on the street, unarmed and handcuffed.”Please, please I can’t breathe,” Floyd is heard saying in the viral video.Police have described him as the suspect in a forgery case at a grocery store, where the clerk called 911 Monday after Floyd apparently used counterfeit money to buy cigarettes.Bridgett Floyd said her brother wasn’t perfect, but that it was “heartbreaking” for him to die at the hands of police.”That’s exactly what they did,” she told NBC News. “They murdered my brother. He was crying for help.”Four policemen were fired over the incident. One, Derek Chauvin, was arrested Friday and charged with third-degree murder.Floyd’s girlfriend, Courtney Ross, was adamant that he had remained a shining light in the community.”This is nothing but an angel that was sent to us on earth,” she told CBS News. “And we demonized him, and we killed him.”Floyd reportedly had two children. Roxie Washington, the mother of his six-year-old daughter in Houston, described him as a devoted father.”People mistake him because he was so big that they thought he was always a fighting person,” Washington said, according to the Houston Chronicle.”But he was a loving person… and he loved his daughter.”One of Floyd’s longtime friends, Stephen Jackson, became an NBA basketball star, but Floyd never let that change their friendship.”We called each other Twin,” Jackson said in an emotional video post on Instagram.”He was changing his life,” moving to Minnesota for work so he could support his children, Jackson added.”My boy was doing what he was supposed to do, man, and you all go and kill my brother.”Topics : The black man who left Houston for fresh beginnings in Minneapolis, only to end up begging for his life before dying under the knee of a white policeman, was a generous soul laid off during the coronavirus crisis.”Everybody loved my brother,” Philonese Floyd said Tuesday, one day after George Floyd perished, sparking massive protests and renewing accusations of systemic racism in America.”He’s a gentle giant,” he told CNN. “He don’t hurt anybody.” The late 46-year-old had come north and found work as a trucker and more recently a security guard at a restaurant, Conga Latin Bistro, before business dried up during Minnesota’s stay-at-home order.”He would just keep us safe there, you know?” Luz Maria Gonzalez, who regularly ate at the restaurant, told National Public Radio.”At the end of the night, he’d say, ‘Hey, Luz, I want to wait until you get into your cab.'”Others close to Floyd described him as taking steps to improve his life.last_img read more

Surfers Paradise penthouse offers bird’s eye view over the Gold Coast

first_imgThe Sun City penthouse is on the market.IT’S sprawled over the 39th and 40th levels, there’s 5m floor to ceilings windows and a spectacular 270-degree vista.Welcome to the Sun City penthouse.What a view!The prestige residence offers ever-changing vistas from every room with an array formal and informal living and dining areas throughout.The main bedroom is tucked away in its own secluded wing and features a spa ensuite overlooking the ocean and city.The other two ensuited bedrooms also offer sweeping views, from Mt Warning to North Stradbroke Island.Cook up a storm in the kitchen.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoViews from every room.The second floor is an entertainer’s haven with a heated pool, sauna, and outdoor barbecue kitchen.A fourth bedroom or office and undercover entertaining areas are also on this level.Agent Tolemy Stevens said the penthouse offered a luxurious yet relaxed beachside lifestyle.“This penthouse is the last word in spacious contemporary elegance, combining a celebrated ocean-side address with the vibrancy of Surfers Paradise living, and would suit families, professionals or downsizers as the ultimate holiday home or permanent residence,” Mr Stevens said.Relax in the living area.3902/3400 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise.last_img read more

This suburb has been identified as one of Australia’s most consistent property markets and it’s on the Gold Coast

first_imgClear Island, where this home at 8 Istana View is listed for sale is among Australia’s most consistent property markets. Picture: realestate.com.auONE of Australia’s most consistent property markets is on the Gold Coast and is primed for future price growth.Clear Island Waters has been identified in the latest Hotspotting Price Predictor Report in the top four most consistent Australian suburbs for property sales.According to Terry Ryder of Hotspotting the suburb was one which recorded a consistent level of sales and demand quarter after quarter.It has recorded about 40 property sales every quarter for the past two years, despite its high median house price of $1,150,000.It’s median house price increased by 16 per cent in the past 12 months.Mr Ryder said consistent sales patterns were generally a precursor to price growth and that suburbs such as Clear Island Waters “represented safety for investors’’. TOP THREE COAST HOMES GOING TO AUCTION More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“They are usually not boom markets, but have the valuable quality of solidity. And markets with this high level of even performance often have good price growth over time,’’ he said.Mr Ryder said it was an exampled that consistent markets could produce good price growth in the short-term and steady long-term capital growth rates.Real Estate Institute of Queensland Zone Chair Andrew Henderson predicts a lift in buyer activity on the Gold Coast during spring. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:15Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:15 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThe Gold Coast has grown up02:15 “Historically as the weather warms up moving into springtime we also see an increase in buyer market activity and there is a rise in the number of properties being listed for sale with planned spring auction dates,’’ he said.“We are anticipating continuing buyer activity with the strong migration numbers to the Gold Coast form interstate and also with the number of auctions being conducted increasing each week.’’Mr Henderson said units close to the beach were in demand from owner occupiers, property investors and also those looking for a beachside “weekender”.last_img read more

APRA lifts limit on interest-only mortgages starting January 1

first_imgHappiness is having a home and mortgage locked and loaded.Christmas has come early for thousands of Australian property investors — and banks — after APRA confirmed it would lift the floodgate on interest-only borrowing from January 1.The move could prove a boon to banks as well, with the sector considered a cash cow for lenders, raking in an extra billion dollars just in higher rates for interest-only loans last year.The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority on Wednesday issued a statement to all lenders informing them it was removing its 30 per cent benchmark on growth in interest-only loans, saying it had “served its purpose” to dampen risky lending.APRA threw the investor lending growth restraint over the entire market last year over concerns about the rise in “higher risk lending” and growing levels of debt among Aussie families.APRA chairman Wayne Byres said “the proportion of new interest-only lending has halved, and interest-only lending at high loan-to-valuation ratios (LVR) has also declined markedly” since that time. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Investor, principal and interest 4.60% Average rates according to borrower Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoCredit growth for housing is the lowest it’s been since the 1983 recession according to the Housing Industry Association. Picture: AAP Image/Glenn Hunt.Housing Industry Association principal economist Tim Reardon said the move was necessary to stem the falls in the housing market in southern capitals.“Credit growth across the market is the lowest it has been since the 1983 recession,” he said. “Credit growth to investors is the lowest on record.”But he warned that more needed to be done with the time taken to get mortgage approval having now blown out “from two weeks to more than two months” with half of applications being rejected.“With the Royal Commission scheduled to release recommendations early next year there is a risk that the credit squeeze may drag on into 2019. The residential construction sector is already cooling. Policy makers will need to proceed cautiously when responding to the Commission’s recommendations.”Meanwhile, APRA will continue to watch how lenders respond — and it wants self-imposed limits on both interest-only periods for owner-occupiers and interest-only loans with low deposits.“Interest-only periods should be of limited duration, particularly for owner-occupiers, and serviceability assessments should test borrowers’ ability to repay principal and interest over the actual repayment period (excluding the interest-only term),” Mr Byres said.center_img Owner occupier, interest-only 4.68% Owner occupier, principal and interest 4.27% Wayne Byres from APRA leaving the Banking Royal Commission in Melbourne at the end of November. Picture: David Geraghty/The Australian.RateCity research director Sally Tindall said interest-only loans now made up 16.2 per cent of new lending compared to the record high of 45.7 per cent in June 2015.“This announcement today will see banks re-open their books to more interest-only lenders, particularly investors.”But, she said, “whether they drop their interest-only rates to attract more borrowers on to their books will be interesting”.“Banks have grown accustomed to charging borrowers more for interest-only loans. The final ACCC report into residential mortgage pricing released last week found that the big four banks collected an extra $1.1 billion over the last financial year as a result of hiking interest-only rates.” Investor, interest-only 4.84% Source: RateCity.com.aulast_img read more

Batesville Tool & Die earns international quality rating

first_imgBatesville, In. — Batesville Tool & Die, Inc. was recommended to be certified to the International Automotive Task Force 16949 certification which is one of the industry’s most widely used quality management standards. The standard checks internal processes from start to finish ensuring we are being held to the highest standard possible.Risks associated with our customers were a main focal point for the upgrade audit. Therefore, our internal audit team started preparing and evaluating all of our internal processes a year in advance.Our week-long audit consisted of checks and balances for all departments with a focus on a thorough process. Auditors asked numerous employees questions about our policy statement, process controls, and documentation and all of them answered them flawlessly. Auditors evaluated our overall risk towards our customer satisfaction and reviewed all required documentation to demonstrate how we manage each step of the process.In an industry with several safety critical parts, there is little room for error and our process and employees proved we can be held to this precedent standard. President/CEO Jody Fledderman commented, “Batesville Tool and Die takes Customer requirements and expectations very seriously and it was critical for our management and workforce to embrace and achieve this certification. This accomplishment will allow us to continue to be a premier supplier in the automotive industry. For that reason, we are proud to have completed and received our IATF 16949 Certification.”last_img read more

Ms. Edna Ruth (Ledbetter) Turner

first_imgMs. Edna Ruth (Ledbetter) Turner, age 66, of Rising Sun, Indiana, entered this life on May 24, 1953 in Crossville, Tennessee. She was the loving daughter of the late Kenneth Gary Ledbetter and Josephine Mary Jane (Rodgers) Ledbetter-Melton. She was raised in Crossville, Tennessee and attended school in Patriot, Indiana. Edna was united in marriage on November 21, 1970 in Patriot, Indiana to Fred A. “Freddie” Turner. This happy union was blessed with two daughters, Jennie and Susie and two sons, Johnny and Darrin. Edna was employed for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay, Indiana, for several years. She attended the Grant’s Creek Baptist Church near Rising Sun, Indiana. Edna was always proud that she wrote and recorded a song called, Fourteen Roses. Edna was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed sewing, watching Racheal Ray shows and Judge Judy, bird watching, reading and gardening. She also enjoyed listening to gospel and country music. Edna passed away with her loving family by her side at 3:40 a.m., Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at her residence.Edna will be missed by her daughters, Jennie Turner of Rising Sun, IN and Susie Turner of Rising Sun, IN; her son, Johnny Turner of Vevay, IN; her grandchildren, Heather Turner, Meranda Turner, Darrin Wayne Turner, Jr., Mary Ann Dole and her husband, Jason, and Lily McFadden; her great-grandchildren, Hayden, Nevaeh, Annelise and Eleanor; her sisters, Kathy Turner and her husband, Wayne of Patriot, IN, Anna Smith of Madison, IN, Carrie Lynn of Madison, IN, Karen Sue Mahoney of Madison, IN, Ethel Jo Reed of Madison, IN and Tina M. Ledbetter of Scottsburg, IN; her brothers, Kenneth O. Ledbetter of Madison, IN and Robert G. Ledbetter of Madison, IN and her numerous nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death her parents, Kenneth Gray Ledbetter and Josephine Mary Jane (Rodgers) Ledbetter-Melton; her step-father, Charlie Melton; her ex-husband, Fred A. “Freddie” Turner; her son, Darrin Wayne Turner; her grandson, Spencer William Turner; her sister, Barbara Marie Young and her brother, Charles Albert Ledbetter.Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., by Rev. Mike Jones at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Eastview Cemetery, Patriot, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Monday, December 16, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to Ms. Edna Ruth (Ledbetter) Turner Memorial Fund c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more