International news: On-line learning launched for US naval staff

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. The US navy has launched an on-line learning service for its 1.2 million personnel. The Navy Learning Network will provide round-the-clock access to on-line training courses in command, control, communications, IT and intelligence for sailors on active duty and reserve and navy civilians worldwide. The system electronically captures details of performance, enabling the navy to track individual training and skills development across each individual’s career.IT skills crisis case presented to Irish PM Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern met with representatives from an IT training company recently to discuss the IT skills shortage and what can be done about it. Research carried out by QA Training and presented to the prime minister at the meeting showed that nearly six out of 10 managers in IT companies see the skills shortage as a major problem and more than half are finding it difficult to retain staff.Australian firm eases stress with rain forest In an attempt to make its staff more productive, Australian utility company Powerlink has recreated a rain forest in its offices. Two levels of open-plan offices have been built around a central 850m2 atrium containing a running stream and rain forest plants known for their ability to absorb large quantities of carbon dioxide. Research by Washington State University in the US has shown that introducing plants into sterile working environments not only cuts stress but improves concentration and productivity.Non-standard contracts on the rise in States Temporary and other non-standard contracts of employment are increasingly being used by US companies, with three in 10 staff being employed in this way, the Bureau of Labour Statistics has found. The number of people working through temporary agencies grew from 250,000 in 1973 to 3 million in 1997. Meanwhile, thousands of other people are working as day labourers, independent contractors, part-timers and on-call workers. International news: On-line learning launched for US naval staffOn 5 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Gilltown Stud sire Azamour dies

first_img Press Association He finished his racing career with a third place to Shirocco in the Breeders’ Cup Turf of 2005. A tweet from Aga Khan Studs read: “We are sad to announce that the stallion, Azamour, was put down after sustaining a serious injury in his box this morning. ” Despite the best efforts of both vets and attending staff, the four time Group 1 winner had to be euthanised on humane grounds today.” Multiple Group One winner Azamour was humanely put down at the Aga Khan’s Gilltown Stud in Ireland on Saturday.center_img Trained by John Oxx, the son of Night Shift won the Beresford Stakes as a juvenile before claiming the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown in his three-year-old career. Kept in training as a four-year-old, he won the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at the Royal meeting when it was run at York and triumphed in the King Georve VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes which was run that year at Newbury. last_img read more

Football News Qatar organisers plan to privately resist FIFA’s attempts to expand 2022 World Cup

first_img Qatar: Concerned by political and logistical impediments, Qatar World Cup organisers are planning to privately resist FIFA’s attempts to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams and spread games across the Persian Gulf, a person with knowledge of the talks told The Associated Press. FIFA President Gianni Infantino was given the backing of the governing body’s ruling council on Friday to pursue his mission to enlarge the 2022 tournament from 32 to 48 teams, requiring at least two more stadiums in at least one additional country.FIFA and Qatar have until June to come up with a joint proposal to present to the Congress of soccer nations, but the concept is mired in complexities stemming from the blockade of Doha by neighbors, tension highlighted in a report considered by the council Friday. During this next phase of the consultation process, Doha-based World Cup organizers plan to highlight insurmountable issues involved in adding more venues outside of Qatar and hope the concept collapses, a person with knowledge of the talks told the AP. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because public statements on this topic were not authorized.While the Doha officials involved in the World Cup want to keep it as a purely Qatari event, FIFA is also negotiating on a political level ? making direct contact with the country’s emir, who hasn’t publicly discussed the sharing concept. Qatar is working to complete eight stadiums for a 64-match schedule. The tournament was moved from its usual June/July dates to Nov. 21 through Dec. 18 because of the fierce summer ahead and shortened to 28 days because of the interruption it causes to the European club season. Adding 16 additional teams and 16 more games necessitate more venues. The United Arab Emirates has two stadiums with capacities over 40,000, but FIFA accepts the UAE along with Bahrain and Saudi Arabia cannot be considered unless they restore the diplomatic, economic and travel ties with Qatar that were severed two years ago. Kuwait and Oman have remained neutral in the dispute and would be options politically, but their stadium infrastructure is lacking.Kuwait City’s Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium has 60,000 seats but Sabah Al-Salem Stadium only 26,000. The venue in Oman identified in a FIFA study seen by the AP is the 34,000-capacity Boshar-Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex.”We are in the lucky situation that I can speak to anyone in the Gulf region and talk just about football,” Infantino said.”I don’t even want to say that football might help to build some bridges or to bring people together or this kind of things.I just think that it’s important for the whole region in the Gulf that the World Cup 2022 in Qatar will be a success. It is important for a region which today, unfortunately, is the headlines more for negative than for positive reasons.”The Gulf crisis stems from Qatar’s support for extremist groups in the region, charges denied by Doha.The boycotting nations also have pointed to Qatar’s close relationship with Iran.”I think if football can contribute to open up some doors and to make people meet and discuss with each other,” Infantino said, “we will not solve all the problems of the world but maybe we’ll get a little step closer in at least starting to understand each other a bit.”After coming under pressure from human rights groups since winning FIFA’s hosting rights vote in 2010, Qatar was forced to improve worker rights and improve labor conditions. FIFA has told potential new co-hosts they have to provide human rights guarantees, which have yet to be specified publicly. FIFA Vice President Greg Clarke of England raised the issue in Friday’s council meeting.Qatar World Cup organizers said in a statement they remain “open to the process of discussing a potential expansion” but stressed they are pressing ahead with planning for only a 32-team tournament.”It has always been our mission to ensure that this World Cup belongs to the entire Arab World and the Middle East,” the organisers said.”We will work with FIFA to determine whether or not a viable operating model does exist and, importantly, whether it is in the best interests for football and for the tournament, and for Qatar as the host nation. After these consultations, the final decision will be made by Qatar and FIFA.”FIFA decided in January 2017 that the World Cup will be 48 teams, but only starting in 2026 before the hosts were chosen. The United States, Canada, and Mexico won a vote last year. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Qatar organisers are planning to privately resist FIFA’s attempts to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams.FIFA President Gianni Infantino was given the backing of the governing body.Kuwait City’s Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium has 60,000 seats.last_img read more