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first_imgThe LAUSD lacks any coherent system for spending its money wisely. The minidistrict plan that was supposed to bring decentralization and parental involvement has been a sham, delivering neither. Worst of all, there is simply no accountability within the LAUSD. As the study describes it, “directives are given but few, if any, consequences are enforced for noncompliance.” From this springs a 50 percent dropout rate, atrocious test scores, millions of wasted dollars, the incalculable squandering of young people’s opportunities, and the heroic efforts of committed, talented teachers thwarted by an indifferent and unresponsive bureaucracy. Brewer’s study has ably documented in a comprehensive, professional way what even casual observers already knew: This is a district in need of a radical overhaul. We can only hope that this documentation will make it easier for him to achieve that overhaul. But it will be a brutal, uphill battle. As the many ignored studies before it demonstrate, it’s much easier to write a report than to right the LAUSD. Brewer is going to need all the help he can get, especially from the school board, which ultimately calls the shots. That’s one more reason why San Fernando Valley voters should elect reformer Tamar Galtazan to the school board next month. She brings the sense of urgency, the commitment to priorities, that the LAUSD desperately needs.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And those key words – “not responding to priorities” and “no sense of urgency” – strike at the heart of what’s wrong. The LAUSD is an entity unto its own. It exists not so much to educate children or to serve the public, but to serve itself, which is why it’s so averse to change and to correction, and has been for so long. As the report’s authors note, if there’s one thing the LAUSD hasn’t been lacking, it’s suggestions for improvement. Over the past few years alone, there have been multiple audits, exhaustive studies and long lists of recommendations for how to turn the district around. All have been ignored. Meanwhile, the school board has micromanaged the district and failed in its real responsibility to set policy. `THE current culture in LAUSD is one typified by not responding to priorities and deadlines, and there is no sense of urgency among managers.” That damning sentence says all you need to know about the state of the Los Angeles Unified School District. It comes from an independent study commissioned by new Superintendent David Brewer III. The report is a 115-page catalog of horrors about the lack of accountability, standards, organization and competence within the bureaucratic behemoth to which we entrust the care and education of our children. It makes for scary reading. last_img

Watch Cameras are not for spying – Muscat

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Prime Minister and Leader of the Partit Laburista Joseph Muscat declared his support for increased surveillance in public places since this would help keep order where there was anti-social behavior. Referring to the introduction of abortion, he said that the party has no mandate for such legislation.Speaking at a party political activity in Qawra, part of the campaign for the MEP and Local Council elections, Muscat said that while he believed in diversity, one should not turn a blind eye to mis-behavior. This, he said is the primary reason for the need for increased vigilance.Muscat said that the PL manifesto for the general election contains a proposal for security cameras for surveillance in different localities. He said that this will be implemented in different areas and may be extended to St Paul’s Bay if the Local Council request the service. He said that the cameras will not be there for spying on the citizens and listed a number of occasions when these may come in handy.A microcosm of Maltese society.Muscat compared the transformation of St Paul’s bay to the changes which Maltese society is undergoing. He said that the different areas of this locality are as diverse as the multitude of cultures it embraces. He said that there are areas in Qawra where the residents are foreigners while the centre of Bugibba is a thriving commercial hub.The PL leader said that Europe brought with it free movement of people and this means that as Maltese can go to live and work abroad, so, too, can foreigners come to Malta. No mandate to introduce abortionMuscat referred marginally to the issue of abortion saying that the government had no mandate to introduce abortion so discussion is futile. He said that government is in favour of live, which is why, he said, government had introduced IVF.The Embryo Protection Act was promulgated in 2012Leader of the Labour Party Joseph Muscat is addressing a political activity in St Pauls Bay.The event is broadcasting live from 18.30PM.WhatsApplast_img read more

Nano nights detail a world of tiny wonders

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728E-MAIL: mikewilliams@rice.edu Nano nights detail a world of tiny wondersGlasscock School offers state-of-the-art overview from Rice expertsFans of nanotechnology can hear about the latest research from the source through a course offered this fall by Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.In conjunction with Rice’s Year of Nano celebration of the 25th anniversary of the buckminsterfullerene molecule discovery – the buckyball – the Glasscock School is offering a course to the public featuring lectures by Rice’s top nano scientists. The course will cover applications of nanotechnology and the underlying scientific principles that relate to medicine, electronics, materials and energy. Participants will explore the environmental, health and safety aspects of nanotechnology, how Rice is leading the way in understanding and assessing the risks and how applications are brought to market and create jobs.First among the lecturers is one of the buckyball’s discoverers, Robert Curl, Rice’s University Professor Emeritus and Kenneth S. Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor Emeritus of Natural Sciences, who shared the Nobel Prize with the late Richard Smalley of Rice and Harold Kroto, then of the University of Sussex and now at Florida State University. Curl will discuss the team’s work and subsequent impact of the buckyball, a 60-atom carbon molecule shaped like a soccer ball and one of the hardest substances in the universe. Wade Adams, director of Rice University’s Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, co-sponsor of the course, will join Curl for the presentation.In successive weeks, students will hear from:Vicki Colvin, Rice’s Kenneth S. Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor of Chemistry and director of Rice University’s Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology, on how material properties can be controlled on nanometer-length scales and how these properties can be exploited to develop new technologies. Doug Natelson, professor of physics and astronomy, who will present his research on the electronic, magnetic and optical properties of nanoscale structures and discuss the possibilities of probing the crossover between classical mechanics and quantum mechanics on the nanoscale. Michael Wong, professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering, who will explore the impact of nanotechnology on the production, transmission and storage of energy derived from hydrocarbon and nonhydrocarbon sources. Pulickel Ajayan, Rice’s Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, who will relate real-world applications to core scientific principles that guide the development of novel materials and tools.Jennifer West, the Isabel C. Cameron Professor of Bioengineering and chair of bioengineering, who will discuss biomedical applications of nano for whole-blood bioassays, controlled drug delivery and optically controlled valves for microfluidic devices, as well as cancer therapy using gold nanoshells. Daniel Mittleman, professor of electrical and computer engineering, who will discuss potential applications offered by the unique relationship between light and matter. Kristen Kulinowski, faculty fellow in chemistry and executive director of the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology and the International Council on Nanotechnology, who will explore the impact of nanotechnology on the environment and potential health risks. She will discuss society’s response to the technology, industry’s development of best practices for handling nanomaterials and how the public can access resources about nanotechnologies. Thomas Kraft, director of technology ventures development at the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, who will explain the commercialization cycle and the barriers faced by high-tech products associated with nanotechnology and highlight resources to achieve success. Steve Garfinkel, director of community programs for the Glasscock School, said the course is filling up. “We’re very early in our registration period for the fall, and it’s already got a pretty good start. It’s one of the more popular courses,” he said.Garfinkel expects the course to draw participants with a wide range of interests. “Our students are well-educated in general,” he said, “and I think this will appeal to a pretty wide swath of people.“We have some wonderful, high-powered speakers from the Smalley Institute presenting these lectures, and we think people are really going to be wowed.”Classes will be held on nine Tuesdays beginning Sept. 14 (with the exception of Oct. 12). The fee is $105; $85 for members of NanoFANS, co-sponsoring organizations and Rice alumni. Register at www.gscs.rice.edu.Co-sponsors include Lockheed Martin, the Rice Alliance and the Houston Technology Center. Rice’s Year of Nano, presented by Lockheed Martin, will bring the world’s most celebrated nanotechnologists together for a week in October for the Buckyball Discovery Conference and a host of associated events, including the Buckyball Discovery Gala and a Bucky ‘Ball’ Celebration that will feature the formal designation of Smalley’s former lab as a National Historical Chemical Landmark.  For details about October’s events, visit www.buckyball.smalley.rice.edu.last_img read more

Start Your Career at KPMG with an MBA

first_imgStart Your Career at KPMG with an MBA regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC RelatedBeyond the ‘Big Four’: What are the Other Major Consulting Firms You Should Know?Deloitte, PwC, KPMG, and E&Y: Together these firms make up the “Big Four”—the four biggest professional services firms in the world. The companies offer auditing, assurance services, management consulting, corporate finance, legal services and more. It’s no surprise, that many of these companies are also ideal destinations for many MBAs.…February 12, 2019In “A.T. Kearney”Industry Spotlight: Chicago Professional and Business ServicesThe nation is rebounding pretty well from the last recession and positive employment rates support that notion. According to Crain’s Chicago Business, the Windy City’s economy is charging ahead, especially in the professional and business services sector. In fact, recent figures showed that a huge number of new jobs in Illinois reflected…April 28, 2016In “Featured Home”Top MBA Recruiters: DeloitteIf there’s one thing that every MBA grad has in common, it’s the desire for a great job after graduation. While that concept is different in execution for each individual, there’s no doubt that Deloitte would top the list. It was just named by LinkedIn as the 13th most sought…August 26, 2016In “Featured Home” Last Updated Jan 22, 2018 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img Those of you who actively watch the stars and skies might not be surprised by the parallels between the business universe and our actual cosmos.If corporations are not unlike constellations—some just a memory, others aged but still burning, some in their prime, and a select few just beginning to coalesce and emit light—then perhaps MBAs are akin to astrophysicists who explore the great darkness to reveal potentially inhabitable environments. In terms of companies that occupy their own kind of “Goldilocks Zone,” MBAs should look no further than KPMG, which has garnered a stellar reputation—no pun intended—for launching careers.Established in 1897, KPMG is a conglomerate of audit, tax, and advisory services with a staff of 174,000 spread across 92 global sites. Fortune ranked the New York-based global professional services company 12th on their 2017 list of “Top 100 Best Companies to Work For.” The International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) also ranked KPMG as the world’s best outsourcing advisor.Why MBAs Love KPMGAbout 91 percent of KPMG employees love working with the company, according to Great Place to Work. When you take KPMG’s generous salary offerings into consideration, it’s not hard to see why:Average base salary – $140,000Performance Bonus – $25,000Signing Bonus – $35,000Relocation – up to $5,000In addition to KPMG’s excellent healthcare plan, PTO, and financial benefits, the company offers a wide variety of Executive-track positions at all its global sites with ample travel opportunities. Employees can also expand their skill-sets via KPMG’s unique training programs, which offer “upwards of 50 hours in training per year on average.”Life at KPMG“KPMG understands and recognizes the importance of MBAs to our firm and to our clients,” KPMG’s National Director of Campus Recruiting explained in a 2016 Global Workplace interview. “As we continue to position ourselves as a leader in the marketplace, we can anticipate that the demand for MBAs will only continue to increase.”CHECK THIS OUT: Hot MBA Jobs: Financial ManagerMBAs often start at KPMG as consultants. The company prizes its knack for staffing employees who have previous experience in data & analytics strategy, client handling and executive communication capabilities. As KPMG evolves with global technology, so does its need for skilled MBA professionals.KPMG provides accounting services to wide variety of companies in an equally wide variety of industries, such as:Asset ManagementAutomotiveBanking and Capital MarketsChemicalsConsumer & RetailEnergyFinancial ServicesFood, Drink & Consumer GoodsGovernment & Public SectorHealthcareIndustrial ManufacturingInfrastructureInsuranceLife SciencesMediaMiningPrivate EquityReal EstateRetailSportsTechnologyTelecommunicationsTransport & LogisticsLanding a Job at KPMGIn addition to an online application that includes standard-issue questions about your accountancy qualifications, employment history, language skills, education, KPMG candidates can expect to encounter a number of unique tests, according to Target Jobs:Multi-part Application and Personality Assessment Review.Situational Judgment Test, a 30-minute, “logic-based,” multiple-choice Q&A.Verbal and Numerical Reasoning Test, a 20-minute evaluation of numerical and verbal data skills.Telephone Interview.An all-day, fictional, interactive project at the Immersive Assessment Centre.Further conversations on market knowledge as part of the Partner Interview.KPMG hopefuls would do well to visit Wall Street Oasis in order to research testimonials from a wide swath of positions and gain deeper insights into the company’s hiring process. About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer last_img read more