Nissan apprenticeships harder than a place at Oxford

first_imgResearch conducted by Lord Adonis suggests that Nissan apprenticeships have become more competitive than a place at Oxford University.The report, “More and Better Jobs: North-East International” revealed that with 1,000 applications for 20 places, the candidate’s chance of success is just 2%.By contrast, Oxford receives on average 17,200 applications for 3,200 places, giving an approximately 18% chance of a place. In fact, in recent years, Oxford has seen a slight decline in applications – down 5% from 2010 to 2011.However, as well as highlighting the quality of the apprenticeship programme offered by Nissan, these statistics also draw attention to a lack of opportunities in the vocational sector. Adonis commented that “Nissan’s apprenticeship programme is regarded as one of the best in the country so you would expect to see it oversubscribed, but it is scandalous that so few apprenticeship places are available at companies across this region.”He hopes to create 13,000 apprenticeships in the North-East every year in order to “get young people on the road to a job, not the road to the dole.” His research focused specifically on the North-East: he is keen to see a higher proportion of the population going on the higher education as well as vocational work.Claiming that these internships are harder than Oxford University could be a controversial statement. However, on closer inspection, it seems that they were a provocative statement rather than a genuine comparison between the two institutions. His allegation that “The competition for places is unbelievably fierce, more even than for Oxford University’ is more to do with numbers than application process.Quality and quantity are not necessarily synonymous, as confirmed by Adam Tyndell, Lord Adonis’s Assistant who alleged that “Andrew was referring to the number of applicants per place, only.”Jonathon Metzer, Co-Chair of Oxford University Labour Club, was supportive of Adonis’ research. “Lord Adonis is absolutely right to highlight the need to expand apprenticeships so that there are clear pathways to success for less academically-inclined people and I strongly hope that his ideas will gather cross-party support.”Metzer also confirmed that Adonis will be speaking at the OULC on Monday of 3rd Week.last_img read more

New species

first_imgHis drinking water smelled like old bait-shrimp, and the Putnam County homeowner wanted Keith Fielder, the local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent, to tell him why. What they found swimming around in his well still hasn’t been identified.Water quality specialists with the UGA Environmental Services Laboratory used a submersible camera to help identify the problem at the waterfront home on Lake Sinclair. “As we lowered the camera, we noticed flashes coming by the lens,” Fielder said. “When we reached the bottom, something swam by the lens, stopped and then swam by again. We all looked at each other like ‘What in the world was that?’ When we looked at the tape later, they were everywhere.”It turns out what they saw back in May 2006 was an unidentified isopod, similar to a small shrimp. They were being chewed up by the well pump, collecting in the filter and causing the smell and concern. A large crack in the well casing was found, too, which allowed water to flow in and maybe the creatures. Wire traps baited with bits of fresh fish were used to catch some of the isopods. Eleven specimens were caught and sent to experts at universities and research facilities across the U.S. Scientists at Penn State University and Texas A&M University at Galveston identified the organism as an asellid isopod. But it didn’t match any known species. George Wilson, a scientist at the Center for Evolutionary Research at the Australian Museum of Natural History, determined the organism didn’t match any specimen in any catalog of known asellid. Both female and male organisms were identified of what was determined to be an unknown species of asellidae and possibly a new genus.Back in Georgia, Fielder and other UGA Extension agents continue to use the camera as a diagnostic tool to solve well mysteries.“We’ve had a lot of fun with this camera and we’ve seen a lot of interesting things,” Fielder said. “It was really neat to find the isopod. The more we use it, the more unusual things we will find.”The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences provides access to five cameras stationed across Georgia, one in each of the four UGA Extension districts and another at the AESL in Athens. UGA Extension agents have access to the cameras and the training to operate them. The brainchild of the late Paul Vendrell, a CAES water quality program coordinator, the concept grew from a camera fishermen use for scouting. Similar cameras are also used by professionals in the drilling industries. “Vendrell developed the methodology to use it in an extension environment to help homeowners,” he said. “It is a simple, efficient, practical tool and has become a very real way of helping people.”The camera has an automatic depth-tracking feature, which helps precisely locate problem areas. In addition to isopods, the camera has pinpointed faulty sub-surface geology, well casing failures, surface water intrusion and bad well equipment.“We find all kinds of stuff down in wells,” Fielder said. “We find some pretty well-established bacteria colonies that link and chain up into bio-films. They are almost sponge-like and attach to walls and casings. Folks just don’t want to see that down their wells.” Fish have been found in some wells and tree roots are a common find. Pieces of metal or trash have also been found, along with cell phones, hair dryers and dead rodents. “Most people don’t care to know they have stuff swimming in their drinking water,” Fielder said. “The more wells we drop a camera down, there is no telling what we will find.”last_img read more

TD Banknorth Donates $48,000 to Vermont Charities

first_imgTD Banknorth Donates $48,000 to Vermont CharitiesBurlington, VT – TD Banknorth, through the TD Banknorth Charitable Foundation, recently donated a total of $48,000 to several charitable organizations across Vermont. The funding will help strengthen Vermont communities through the support of the cultural arts, youth development programs and literacy initiatives.”At TD Banknorth, we believe it’s important to invest wisely with organizations that keep our communities strong and vital.” stated Philip R. Daniels, President of TD Banknorth in Vermont. “But our commitment is more than just a financial investment. Our employees are committed to making a difference by volunteering their time to mentor a child, teach financial literacy or offer their business expertise to local non-profits. We’re very proud of our employees and their commitment to the communities where they live and work.”TD Banknorth awarded grants to the following organizations:* Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, Burlington* Everybody Wins!, Montpelier* Nordic Spirit Soccer Club Inc, Essex *unction* Recycle North YouthBuild, Burlington* Shelburne Museum, Shelburne* Vermont Adult Learning, Montpelier* Vermont Campus Compact, Middlebury* Vermont Small Business Development Center, Randolph Center* Windham Child Care Association Inc, BrattleboroTD Banknorth Vermont is proud to support the Vermont Campus Compact, lead agency for Vermont’s 1st Annual National and Global Youth Service Day (GYSD). Scheduled for April 25th-27th, the 2008 Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world. Across Vermont, it will feature multiple and varied youth-led service projects focused on literacy, the environment, healthcare, hunger, elder services and more. Through a generous gift from the TD Banknorth Charitable Foundation, participating youth project leaders may apply for funding to put their “Ideas into Action” by creating and implementing projects for the 1st Annual National and Global Youth Service Day For more information about the 2008 Global Youth Service Day is available at is external).About the TD Banknorth Charitable FoundationThe TD Banknorth Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Banknorth Inc., a leading banking and financial services company headquartered in Portland, Maine. The Foundation’s mission is to serve the individuals, families and businesses in all the communities where TD Banknorth operates, having made over $22 million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002. The efforts of the Foundation are coordinated locally through TD Banknorth’s community development department and are focused on the areas of economic empowerment, youth development and community support. More information on the TD Banknorth Charitable Foundation including an online grant application is available at is external).About TD Banknorth Inc.TD Banknorth Inc. is a leading banking and financial services company headquartered in Portland, Maine, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of TD Bank Financial Group headquartered in Toronto, Canada. TD Banknorth is one of the 25 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States, with over $58 billion in assets. TD Banknorth’s banking subsidiaries include TD Banknorth, N.A., which operates banking divisions in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont, and TD Bank USA, N.A. TD Banknorth and TD Banknorth, N.A. also operate subsidiaries and divisions in insurance, wealth management, merchant services, mortgage banking, government banking, private label credit cards, insurance premium financing and other financial services and offers investment products in association with PrimeVest Financial Services, Inc. For more information, visit is external).###last_img read more

Governor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Arnold Palmer

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all Commonwealth flags at the Capitol Complex, Commonwealth facilities, and all public buildings and grounds throughout the state lowered to half-staff immediately in remembrance of Latrobe, Pennsylvania native and golfing legend Arnold Palmer.“Arnold Palmer was the son of a groundskeeper from Latrobe, Pennsylvania, who went on to win 62 PGA tournaments, including four Masters’ green jackets, and will be remembered as one of Pennsylvania’s most beloved ambassadors,” Governor Wolf said. “On behalf of all Pennsylvanians, Frances and I extend our deepest condolences to his family, his friends and the people of Latrobe. Arnold Palmer was known as ‘The King’ across the world but to the people of Western Pennsylvania, he was Arnie – their native son who never forgot where he came from and loyally chose to invest so much in the community where he was born and raised.”Flags will return to full-staff at sunset on Friday, September 30, 2016.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Governor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Arnold Palmercenter_img September 26, 2016last_img read more

New tolls on I-65 bridges greet spring break travelers

first_imgCLARKSVILLE, Ind. — Spring break travelers driving south on Interstate-65 to or through Louisville should be prepared for some changes this year.Three bridges over the Ohio River offer new and improved travel options, with tolls in place on all three.Tolled bridges include the two I-65 bridges and the new Lewis and Clark Bridge connecting the Gene Snyder Freeway with State Road 256.RiverLink is the name of the tolling system. There is no stopping, no slowing, no lines, and no coin machines. Tolls range anywhere from $2-$12 depending on the vehicle.Vehicles with a RiverLink transponder or E-ZPaSS transponder will have better rates than vehicles without. Vehicles without transponders will be sent an invoice in the mail.last_img

Drueke delivers Sprint win at Eagle

first_imgGunnar Pike became a two-time Sam’s Club IMCA SportMod winner. By Greg Soukup A lap three restart opened the door for Tyler Drueke in the Tuesday night IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature at Eagle Raceway. (Photo by Joe Orth) EAGLE, Neb. (June 25) – Tyler Drueke celebrated a Duros Dent Works IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car vic­tory on Party Time Tuesday at Eagle Raceway. Jeff Ware extended his Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stock winning streak to six, leading the last two circuits after the front two cars got together and spun into the infield. Anthony Roth raced from 12th starting to top the Hoosier Tire IMCA Modified main. Drueke took over the lead following a lap three restart; Trevor Grossenbacher moved up to second with nine laps to go but wasn’t able to deny Drueke a second win this season at Eagle.last_img read more

Sunman woman pleads guilty to dealing meth

first_imgVersailles, IN—An accused meth dealer chose to admit in the middle of her jury trial on Wednesday, December 18th. Defendant, Tosha Richardson, 39, of Sunman, pleaded guilty to Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Level 4 Felony. She was immediately remanded to the Ripley County Jail to await sentencing. She faces up to 12 years in prison.Richardson’s charges stemmed from an Indiana State Police investigation in October 2018. During that investigation, ISP troopers located over 4 grams of methamphetamine, a glass-smoking pipe, multiple plastic baggies, and a digital scale.The lead investigator testified that the seized evidence demonstrated an intent to distribute methamphetamine. Richardson admitted that she had purchased the meth from Cincinnati and gave it to at least 3 friends other than herself. Richardson also admitted to troopers during the investigation that she used the digital scale to weigh methamphetamine.The trooper also testified that methamphetamine is commonly dealt with in a manner similar to the evidence discovered. Firearms were discovered at the residence, but May testified that Richardson’s boyfriend claimed ownership of those. Police discovered in Richardson’s purse a small number of prescription pills and a small amount of marijuana. As evidence was unclear that Richardson ever possessed a firearm along with methamphetamine, prosecutors agreed to drop Richardson’s charge regarding firearm possession. Richardson’s boyfriend also claimed ownership of a jar of marijuana, consistent with personal use.Richardson pleaded guilty at her trial after hearing the evidence from just one of the State’s three witnesses. Prosecutors were going to call 2 more witnesses including a lab analyst and another officer to testify, but Richardson’s admission made that unnecessary.last_img read more