An effort to reduce flood risks and improve floodplain management is getting a boost from researchers at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Researchers at UL Lafayette, Tulane University and a range of state and federal agencies are informing a six-year, $15 million project to install 100 rain and river gauges and 15 water quality sensors across Louisiana, according to a statement from the university. The project is part of a scientific modeling program being overseen by the Louisiana Watershed Initiative and the U.S. Geological Survey. Gov. John Bel Edwards created LWI in 2018 in response to unprecedented flooding in 2016 that inundated 56 of 64 parishes, killed 13 people and caused billions of dollars in damage. As part of the initiative, local, state and federal agencies are collaborating to improve Louisiana’s flood assessment and mitigation practices and policies. Researchers from UL Lafayette’s College of Engineering and the University’s Louisiana Watershed Flood … [Read more...] about UL Lafayette researchers help create flood mitigation network
Kindly Share This Story: Former Vice President Namadi Sambo has advocated for a dynamic approach of the Nigerian educational system to produce employees with skills and ability to handle complex jobs and create opportunities for others. Sambo made the call in his goodwill message at the 22 nd Matriculation of Igbinedion University, Okada, on Saturday in Edo. The former vice president noted that it was the best time for the country to refocus from one size-fits-all approach that creates employees that are not fit for complex jobs. READ ALSO Zamfara abduction: Police intensify aerial surveillance to rescue schoolgirls – PPRO According to him, Nigerian universities must refocus on building of graduates that will create and end poverty among the people and ultimately close the wide social inequality and promote social coefficient in the communities. “As a nation, we must focus our educational system to one that shifts to prepare our students in … [Read more...] about Ex-VP Sambo advocates shift in Nigerian educational system
WASHINGTON: U.S. private payrolls increased less than expected in November as soaring new COVID-19 infections led to a wave of business restrictions, adding to signs of slowing economic activity as a turbulent year winds down. The slowdown in private hiring in the ADP National Employment Report on Wednesday puts pressure on Congress to agree on additional fiscal stimulus to aid the recovery from the worst recession since the Great Depression. Republicans and Democrats in Congress remained unable to reach agreement on a fresh relief package on Wednesday, with top Republicans supporting what the Senate's top Democrats dismissed as an "inadequate, partisan proposal." President-elect Joe Biden will inherit a struggling labor market and public health crisis when he takes over from President Donald Trump on Jan. 20. "The rapid spread of the virus across the nation is making it harder to find employment this fall and this puts the entire economic recovery from recession in … [Read more...] about US private payrolls miss expectations as COVID-19 infections spread
SINGAPORE: Hawker centres are an iconic part of everyday Singapore life. There is huge national consensus that hawker culture must be preserved and hawkers allowed to thrive, yet also huge disagreement on the approach to take. This is the context behind the recent controversy where the look to social enterprise to transform and run hawker centres has met with some backlash, amid rising costs and new, uncomfortable rules for hawkers – some of whom now have to apply for leave and adhere to pricing guidelines, for instance. READ: Grumbling and rumbling at social enterprise hawker centres — what’s the rub? WHO SHOULD SOCIAL ENTERPRISE HAWKER CENTRES SERVE? Some have asked if the social enterprise model is just wholly unsuited to running hawker centres. To answer that requires figuring out three questions. A first question we ought to ask is who is the social enterprise hawker centre supposed to benefit? It is not diners. Pioneering US trade association Social … [Read more...] about Commentary: Can the real social enterprise hawker centre please stand up?
DevOps and agile methodologies certainly have shifted the priorities and practices of technology teams. Now, as organizations prepare for the post-Covid boom in activity ahead, these efforts will need to be at the forefront of cultural change and engaging customers. DevOps and agile need to break out of the IT department and become everyone's best practices. The role of IT professionals and managers in the year ahead will be to apply their learnings and educate and demonstrate the power of these philosophies to the rest of the enterprise. There's no question that DevOps and agile are everywhere now, at least within the IT world. As discussed on our previous post , 74% of organizations now report having an active DevOps program, up from 47% five years ago -- and the Covid crisis of 2020 only put an exclamation point on these efforts. Agile is more widespread, with the most recent data showing 95% of organizations practice agile development methods. However, only 33% report that … [Read more...] about DevOps and agile for all: technology professionals need to lead the way in the post-Covid era ahead