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STEMAspire Interview

first_imgWhen my colleague in the Glasgow office met Vardah Malik, my mentee, he was keen to understand how the program had been working for her and asked some questions about how her journey had been so far and what the future held. This gave me an idea to create a blog around these questions and to publish the answers from both sides of the fence – being a mentee and being a mentor.How have you found the journey so far?Pam: The Mentor journey has been a learning experience and a a valuable process to go through. From the excitement and anticipation of meeting Vardah and the enthusiasm of those early meetings, getting to know each other and working out the goals and objectives to seeing the confidence build in this young woman and watching her interact with the network of folks I have introduced her to – it gives me immense pride and job satisfaction to be part of this journeyVardah: The journey so far has been great. I have never imagined that I would be given this amazing opportunity to become a part of this programme. At first, I was quite nervous about how this will be like and how I will get on with my Mentor but I have been extremely lucky to have an amazing mentor like Pam.Pam has always supported me in every way possible. She has always focused on my progress within education or my career. She always listens to me and understands me which has always helped me to believe in myself and work hard to achieve my goals.Not only this has helped me built my confidence but also helped me a lot to communicate with new people easily without any hesitation. Through this programme, I have had the opportunity to get to know a lot of people working in the Dell’s office. It has now become a small family to me where I have a lot of people around me who support me and I know I can always look up to them if I needed help.The STEM program is a life changing experience for me because if it wasn’t for this, I would not have been able to figure out what I want to do exactly after finishing my degree. What has been the biggest achievement/success?Pam: The best success to date was introducing Vardah to the wonderful life that is Dell. Spending time with Vardah to showcase the life of working for Dell is a proud moment. This really ties into the objectives of the STEMAspire program with Vardahs drive to work in the Technology industry. From the Site Expo to the STEM Aspire workshop and introducing her to some of my internal network and seeing how this sparked real enthusiasm was what success looked like to me.Vardah: In my opinion, there were two big achievements after being in this program. First was when Pam helped me to write my personal statement for University and it helped me get a conditional offer for my dream course. Unfortunately, the circumstances changed and I was not able to go to university but still, if it wasn’t for Pam, I would have struggled to write such an amazing personal statement for the courses I applied for.Second big achievement was recently when I asked Pam about an internal job vacancy for an entry level role and she did some research which resulted in me finding an amazing job opportunity within the Dell’s office. If I get successful at the interview stage then it will be a huge lifetime achievement for me as it will be a start of my career within IT.What has been most challenging?Pam: The most challenging part of this journey has been getting my head around the Social Media platforms, the internal process and the amplifying of blogs on our main DellEMC platforms. Now I have finally got my head and actions around this, I plan to create a Social Media guide for STEM Aspire year 2 to help support the next generation of Social Media Ambassadors.Vardah: The most challenging part was to decide what exactly I wanted to do in the future because my course at college was IT which covers all the basics of different sectors of computing/software development. From those different units, I mostly enjoyed the project management and the web development/designing but finding jobs in that particular sector was not that convenient so then I had a talk with Pam and she suggested me to try the sales sector as it relates to my current job in retail which is challenging and customer based.What does the future hold?Pam: The benefits of being a mentor in an area I feel passionate about are unprecedented. The learnings and experience from STEMAspire Year 1 will be leveraged in Year 2 which I have signed up for – and very much looking forward to it!Vardah: I personally believe that if a person has a positive mind set, then it can change a lot of things in their life. I try my best to stay optimistic in all situations and believe that if it is not working right then it might not be the best thing for me. So for now, I am hoping that this job opportunity I have been granted, if I am successful after the interview then it will help me progress in my career and learn more about myself.Apart from that I hope that as a Brand Ambassador for the STEM Aspire Program, I can help bring other women in IT to join this program for next year. I hope I can inspire other women through my blogs and give them an insight of how amazing it is to be a part of this program/journey.last_img read more

Facebook signs contracts for 806MW of new renewable energy in U.S., Ireland

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Facebook has signed contracts to buy 806 MW of solar and wind power from projects across Utah, Ohio, Illinois, Tennessee and Ireland. All of the contracts will support its goal of becoming 100% powered by renewables by the end of this year.The projects are geographically diverse and span a wide range of developers. Facebook signed the contracts with Brookfield Renewable Partners, D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments, and Apex Clean Energy.To date, Facebook has secured deals for more than 5 GW of renewables, with 2 GW currently operational. It expects another 1.5 GW of wind and solar power to come online by the end of this year.Facebook has invested in a number of notable solar projects across the United States. In New Mexico, it has 100 MW spread across two projects to feed the Los Lunas data center. It has also partnered with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) on two solar projects, totaling 377 MW, to support its data center in Huntsville, Alabama.In November, Facebook announced two of the largest solar projects that it has taken on to date – the 300 MW Prospero Solar project in Andrews County, Texas, and the 122 MW Cove Mountain 2 solar project in Iron County, Utah. Both projects are expected to be completed this year. Facebook will also get power from what will be one of the largest solar projects in Texas, the 497 MW Roadrunner solar project, located in Upton County.[Tim Sylvia]More: Facebook announces nearly 1 GW of new energy deals Facebook signs contracts for 806MW of new renewable energy in U.S., Irelandlast_img read more

Bad year for anthrax outbreaks in US livestock

first_img Animal health officials are urging farmers to report suspected cases of anthrax infection and adhere to quarantine restrictions. “Producers should also consult their veterinarians as soon as possible about having their animals vaccinated against the disease,” Dr. Holland urged in the South Dakota press release. Dr. Keller, of North Dakota, reminded farmers that “Burning carcasses and burying both the burned remains and the soil immediately under the carcass is the best means to clean a site.” TAHC regulations call for burning of an infected animal’s bedding and nearby manure in addition to the carcass itself. Human inhalational anthrax from spores in the soil is extremely rare. And although consumption of anthrax-contaminated meat is another potential source of gastrointestinal infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports there has never been a documented case of gastrointestinal anthrax in the United States. An article in Morbidity Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) says the primary reasons are that “Livestock are vaccinated for anthrax in areas where the disease is endemic; animals routinely are inspected by federal and state meat inspectors before, during, and after slaughter; and raw meat is eaten infrequently.” Aug 4, 2005 (CIDRAP News) –Weather and soil conditions in several areas of the United States are leading to record livestock losses from anthrax. This summer, approximately 400 animals have died in North and South Dakota, Texas, and Minnesota. North Dakota’s producers are also experiencing extensive livestock losses from the disease. So far this year, approximately 200 grazing animals have died in 10 southeastern counties, according to an Aug 3 ProMED posting from Dr. Keller. A previous severe outbreak in North Dakota in 2000 killed nearly 150 animals. South Dakota State Veterinarian Sam Holland said his state’s outbreak began with a 660-head cattle and bison herd in Sully County. Since Jul 20, 155 animals from that herd have died, according to a Jul 29 press release. Anthrax has been confirmed in five additional herds, and laboratory test results are awaited for another four. Affected counties are located in the central and northeast parts of the state; Brown, Hyde, Marshall, Potter, and Sully counties all have confirmed or suspected infections. Nearly 200 animals have died in the state. Minnesota has also lost animals to anthrax this year. The outbreak includes an unusual case of apparent co-infection of a herd with bovine tuberculosis. Though not yet confirmed by the veterinary lab at North Dakota State University, anthrax is suspected in a herd of cattle already under quarantine for infection with bovine tuberculosis, according to Terry Boldingh, district veterinarian for the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. Bovine tuberculosis has not been seen in Minnesota since 1971. In Texas, the anthrax outbreak this year is notable not for the numbers but for the location. Anthrax in Texas livestock is reported nearly every year in the southwest region of the state, but recent discovery of the disease at two Sutton County ranches marks the first occurrence in that west central area in more than 20 years. Anthrax is endemic in grazing animals in some regions where previous cases have occurred. If animals that die from anthrax are not properly buried or incinerated, the bacterium that causes anthrax, Bacillus anthracis, can contaminate the ground under and around the carcass. The spores formed by B anthracis survive in the soil for decades, and heavy rain or construction-related disturbance can bring them to the surface, where grazing animals inhale or ingest them. The disease can be rapidly fatal in infected animals even before significant signs of illness have been noticed. MMWR article “Human ingestion of Bacillus anthracis–contaminated Meat—Minnesota, August 2000” The state has experienced heavy losses of deer and cattle in prior years, including severe outbreaks in 1997 and 2001, according to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). See also: Anthrax outbreaks among grazing animals present little threat to human health. “Visitors to the area should not be alarmed by anthrax,” said Texas’ Dr. Fancher. “Just leave dead animals alone, and don’t pick up shed antlers or old animal bones.” Standard protective equipment is sufficient to protect persons handling infected carcasses. These mortality figures more than double the South Dakota figures from a severe outbreak in 2002, when 53 animals in three counties died. That year also saw a rare case of cutaneous anthrax in a veterinarian who had examined an infected carcass. His infection responded to antibiotic treatment. Though transmission to humans is uncommon, Susan Keller, state veterinarian in North Dakota, said in a press release, “We recommend wearing long sleeves, gloves, and a face mask when handling carcasses.” Thurman Fancher, Area 6 director for the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), said in a press release, “Anthrax is under-reported, because many ranchers in this area automatically dispose of carcasses and vaccinate livestock. . . . Anthrax is a reportable disease, however, and it’s important to know when an outbreak occurs, so other ranchers can be notified to vaccinate.”last_img read more

Henrikh Mkhitaryan on whether he will return to Arsenal after Roma loan finishes

first_imgOn where he hopes to line up for Roma, he continued: ‘I am ready to play in every position. I’m ready to help the team because the club is great, the team is very good and I am going to try to do my best to help the team to achieve.’The deal that saw Mkhitaryan move to Roma is believed to have included a clause that would require the Italian side to buy him outright if he plays 25 or more matches for the club.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Comment Henrikh Mkhitaryan on whether he will return to Arsenal after Roma loan finishes Mkhitaryan will train with Roma for the first time when he returns from international duty (EPA)However, he has not given up completely on having a future at the Emirates and says he will discuss his future at the club once again next summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked if he’d prefer to stay at Roma or return to Arsenal if he has a good season, the Armenian told VBET News: ‘Well, let’s first see about what I can do in Roma.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Then at the end of the season I think we can talk if I will have the possibility to stay or to go or to do something else, I don’t know.‘But now I cannot say about my future. It is better to be focused on the upcoming games.’Henrikh Mkhitaryan on his future and expectation after joining AS Roma #Mkhitaryan #Arsenal #ASRoma #Roma #Armenia #ARMITA @footballitalia @Football_LDN @MirrorFootball @goal @Gazzetta_it @CorSport @ASRomaEN @CmdotCom_En— VBET News (@VBETnews) September 5, 2019center_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 5 Sep 2019 11:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link963Shares The Armenian playmaker completed a deadline day move to Italy (Picture: Getty)Henrikh Mkhitaryan has opened the door to the possibility of staying at Arsenal next season once he has returned from his loan with Italian giants Roma.The Armenian completed a rather surprising deadline day move to Serie A on Monday, despite having played for Arsenal against Spurs in the north London derby just 24 hours before.Manager Unai Emery had told Mkhitaryan that he could expect a reduced role this season due to the arrivals of £72million signing Nicolas Pepe and Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos. Advertisementlast_img read more

Stepping inside this Southport home is comparable to entering an art gallery

first_img74a Melinda St, Southport.STEPPING inside this recently-completed home is comparable to entering an art gallery.Natural light floods through a private central courtyard into a shared kitchen and lounge space.Director of Innova Projects, Danny McKanna, has been building prestige residential projects on the Gold Coast for the past decade and said architect Adam Beck did a stellar job.74a Melinda St, Southport.“He made the most of the northern aspect through the courtyard,” McKanna said.“Creating a centralised courtyard has allowed natural light to flow through the property each morning and the huge amount of glass allows for a great indoor-outdoor connection.”McKanna has a special attachment to 74A Melinda St, Southport.“We’re living next door,” he said. “We built one as a family home and this one is basically exactly the same floor plan with a slightly different style of finishes and colours.74a Melinda St, Southport.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“The design itself is probably one of the best features, as we designed it for ourselves.”McKanna was building both homes at the same time, as well as juggling life as a new father following the birth of his first child mid-2016.“We definitely had a busy nine months as we were still fulltime building, running our own business, and doing both with a first baby,” he said.74a Melinda St, Southport.What McKanna has managed to achieve under such pressure is quite extraordinary.The two-storey Coco Republic-styled home is comprised of a beautiful mix of materials including stone, timber and glass.With shared living spaces on the ground level, all four bedrooms are positioned upstairs in what is a practical layout for a family.74a Melinda St, Southport.McKanna said he’s passionate about building quality homes and his business focus remains firmly on creating further residential projects in the Southport region.“I think the Southport CBD area is going ahead a lot,” he said.“There are plenty of changes in the area with the amount of renovations that are happening, even in our street.”last_img read more

‘Shabu’ worth P95K seized

first_imgResident John Rey Panaligan yielded thesuspected illegal drugs, a police report showed. Panaligan was nabbed after he sold suspectedshabu to an undercover cop for P500 on Sept. 26, the report added. The suspect was detained in the custodialfacility of Police Station 8, facing charges for violation of Republic Act9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNcenter_img BACOLOD City – Six sachets of suspected shabuvalued at around P95,000 were seized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Singcang-Airport.last_img read more

Luzon under ‘enhanced’ community quarantine

first_img“The barangay captain should call anumber, at least food, rice, and some ulam,pwede niyo ibigay para sa ating mga kababayan,” he added. “There will be nohunger in the coming weeks because there will be enough supply.” MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte hasplaced the entire island of Luzon under an “enhanced community quarantine” againstthe fast-spreading coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), saying Under the “enhanced communityquarantine,” strict home quarantine will be implemented in all households,transportation will be suspended, provision for food and essential healthservices will be regulated and the presence of uniformed personnel to enforcequarantine procedures will be heightened. the community quarantine was not enough tocurb the “dangerous” illness. The Chief Executive also assured thepublic that there will be enough food supply during the “enhanced communityquarantine” as he tasked the barangay captain to provide the food to theirconstituents. “Remember, this is an emergency. Andduring an emergency, tumabi kayong lahatand give it to the people who are responsible for protecting the country, alleviatingthe suffering and enforcing public order,” Duterte said. President Duterte also said that mayorscan issue executive orders to protect public health, public order, publicsafety to curb COVID-19 infections under a state of public health emergency. Exempted from the declaration arefrontline health workers, authorized medical officials, and those traveling toget basic necessities as well as for medical or humanitarian reasons. “This is not a matter of business, but amatter of helping one another,” Duterte said. “We want to do business, we wantto make money…but there is no interaction now and there is no trade to speakof.” “The problem (with community quarantine)is they continue to go out when our purpose is really to secure them in theirhomes,” Duterte said. “Mahirap itongCOVID-19. Baka minanaliit niyo angproblema at sabay-sabay puputok ang mga kaso.” “This is a mandatory duty (for barangaycaptains). It does not have to have a law because the proclamation itselfsuggests that there is really a need for you to work with government,” Dutertesaid. “Maybe not as really a serious as theother medical crisis noon, we are puton notice that it is really dangerous for now,” he added. “There is danger. Ifyou want to test the waters and end up getting sick… Ang sinasabi namin huwagmunang lumabas ng bahay.” Duterte appealed to companies to pay the13th month or give half the salaries of workers even if they can’t show up forwork, while he also appealed to business owners to give their workers’ salariesin midst of the community quarantine. Commuters queue at the MRT North Ave Station in Quezon City on March 13, 2020, a day after President Rodrigo Duterte announced a resolution that places Metro Manila on “Community Quarantine” starting March 15. MARK DEMAY/ABS-CBN NEWS The Philippines has so far recorded 142patients with COVID-19, including 12 fatalities, according to the Department ofHeath./PNlast_img read more

Twisters Tame Tigers In Girls Tennis

first_imgOA won 5-0.1 singles: Angela Wanstrath won 6-3, 6-22 singles: Margaret Glaser won 6-1, 6-03 singles: Kathryn Wilder won 6-0, 6-01 doubles: Hanna Hurm/Sarah Preston won 6-0, 6-12 doubles: Carsen Thompson/Sarah Price won 6-3, 6-2JV singles winners: Claire HollingsworthJV doubles winners: Maddy Furlow and Meg Flannery, Samantha Sheets and Stephanie Gray, Jayden Rose and Gigi Dreyer, Alexa Miles and Claire Hollingsworth.Record: 9-2District rank: 7Next match: Franklin County 5/3 (senior night)Courtesy of Twisters Coach Mark Wilder.last_img read more

Walcott: We need to fight for Wenger

first_img Press Association The Gunners boss has seen his position come under severe scrutiny this season after the squad crashed out of both cup competitions to lower league opposition, which was then followed by a comprehensive 3-1 defeat at home to Bayern Munich in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League clash. Walcott maintains it is down to the players to deliver their potential. And they will have no better place to start than in a showdown against north-London rivals Tottenham at White Hart Lane this Sunday. Speaking in the March edition of the official Arsenal magazine, Walcott said: “The boss has always had so much belief in me from a young age, but we haven’t won anything for a long time now, so we want to pay him back by winning something.” He added: “If we don’t perform he always takes it back on himself, but at times it is not fair because we are the players that go out there and do it. “He definitely let’s us know when we are not performing, though, which is the right way to do it.” While hopes of a first trophy since 2005 are now all but over once again, Arsenal could yet force their way back into the top four of the Barclays Premier League and with it at least salvage something from another campaign of frustration for the Emirates Stadium faithful. Walcott added: “Once the team wins the first trophy, you will start to see us coming back to where we should be. When your team is playing well it makes your job easier and when you are winning games it is fantastic to be a part of it. “However, it is when things aren’t going too well that you need to stand out and get your team back involved. We have got players in the dressing room who can create something out of nothing, and I want to be part of that backbone. “You see it when we go a goal down, everyone thinks ‘right, we need to step up here because it is not goo enough’, but if we do that from the start we can beat absolutely anyone. “I think we will get to a stage when we win games even when we haven’t dominated. We are starting to get there and as soon as we hit that target, I am sure we are going to be flying.” center_img Theo Walcott feels it is about time Arsenal players paid back the faith of under-fire manager Arsene Wenger.last_img read more

Lukaku a hit at Southampton

first_img The Toffees made light work of a tough-looking trip to St Mary’s, coming away with a first Premier League win of the campaign in comprehensive fashion. Ross Barkley wrapped up a surprise 3-0 win late on, but it was Lukaku’s first-half strikes that did the damage against shell-shocked Southampton. Romelu Lukaku showed his compassionate side by going into the stands and apologising to a fan hit with his stray shot – a moment manager Roberto Martinez joked the Everton forward may need to repeat every game after his match-winning display at Southampton. It was quite a display from the £28million striker, who made headlines before the match when he went into the stands to check on a Southampton fan he hit with a wayward effort during the warm-up. Lukaku ran up the steps to check the woman was okay, handing over a shirt by ways of apology – a moment Martinez found about when told by Press Association Sport in the post-match press conference. “No, I wasn’t aware,” the Everton boss. “If that was the case, maybe he will have to hit a woman every game! “I’ll make sure that happens in the finishing routine.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more