National Skills Academy comes a step closer

first_imgThe baking industry has moved one step closer to establishing a National Skills Academy for Bakery, after a shortlist of academic institutions invited to bid to become the ’network champion’ was decided this week.Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association and Leeds Thomas Danby are now in the running for the role, which would initially involve acting as the pilot centre before co-ordinating the national roll-out of a wholly new skills agenda.As part of the process, current qualifications could be streamlined to better meet the needs of employers, including minimising the number of days employees spend away from work on training per week.Dave Brooks, chair of the National Skills Academy Bakery Steering Group, said he wanted to get the pilot up and running “as quickly as possible”, which would probably involve the Academy going live in 2009.Details of possible funding, training provision, curriculum and marketing are now being thrashed out, following feedback from employers and associations. The steering group is also in discussions with major retailers, including Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s.Despite stepping down as chief executive of Finsbury Food Group this week (News, page 6), Brooks will remain chair for the planned six-month lifespan of the group.last_img read more

L4LM Staff Picks: Our Favorite Albums Of 2018

first_imgAs the year comes to a close, it’s time to look back at the wild ride and whirlwind that was 2018. For this year’s Live For Live Music Staff Picks, we’ll be reliving some of our favorite musical moments, events, and releases of the past year. Today, we’re revisiting our staff’s favorite albums of 2018. Enjoy!Anderson .Paak – OxnardMulti-talented west coast hip-hop artist Anderson .Paak released his highly anticipated new studio album, Oxnard, in November via Aftermath/12 Tone Music Group/Atlantic Records. The follow-up to 2016’s multi-Grammy-nominated Malibu, the fourteen-track record marks Anderson .Paak’s first LP on Aftermath Entertainment, the imprint founded by Oxnard‘s executive producer, Dr. Dre.Anderson .Paak worked with Dre on the entirety of the project, bringing in an insane group of guests to collaborate on the record including rappers Kendrick Lamar (the collaboration earned a Grammy nomination for ‘Best Rap Performance’), Pusha-T, J. Cole, Snoop Dogg, Q-Tip, and BJ the Chicago Kid, as well as vocalists Kadhja Bonet, Norelle, Cocoa Sarai, and more. MF DOOM and Freddie Gibbs producer Madlib also participated in the production of the album. Listen to Anderson .Paak’s Oxnard here.Marcus King Band – Carolina ConfessionsThe Marcus King Band released their most recent album, Carolina Confessions, in October. Produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson), the album showcases the 22-year-old frontman’s maturation as a songwriter, as King takes writing credit on all ten tracks, in addition to on one co-written with The Black Keys‘ Dan Auerbach.“What’s really different about this record is the fact that the songs weren’t road tested before we cut them,” King told L4LM in a recent interview. “For Carolina Confessions, I wanted all the songs to be conceived right there in the studio, so that when we played them live we’d be able to approach them from completely different directions.”Considering Marcus King’s soulful and emotive vocals, some may be surprised to learn that the frontman never intended to be a singer. However, anyone that knows King personally or professionally wouldn’t be shocked to hear that his ambition to bring ever more to the table as an artist is what drives him. “What I wanted to do with this record was show the other side of who I am, which is a writer,” Marcus confided to L4LM. “I wanted to show that writing could be one of my strong suits and that I was more than just a singer or just a guitar player.”“This is the first record where I also really felt like a vocalist,” he confessed. “My first two albums, I felt like a guitar player that was singing almost out of necessity because no one else was going to do it. Carolina Confessions is the first album where I feel like my playing, my singing and my songwriting are all on the same level playing field.” Listen to Marcus King Band’s Carolina Confessions here.Khruangbin – Con Todo El MundoKhruangbin has been blowing up as of late, with the Texas trio gaining national recognition for their melodic, fun, and funk-driven tunes. Featuring Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald Johnson on drums, the trio is deeply psychedelic and draws from 1960’s Thai funk.In January, the band released their second full-length album, Con Todo El Mundo, via Dead Oceans. Following 2015’s The Universe Smiles Upon You, the group cemented their place in our hearts with another worldly release that puts forth some of the greatest, most chilled-out grooves of the year.Since releasing Con Todo El Mundo, the band has gone on its own headlining tour, while also touring in support of Leon Bridges, and, in 2019, will perform one show with Trey Anastasio’s newest band, Ghosts of the Forest.The Wood Brothers – One Drop Of TruthThe Wood Brothers released their new album, One Drop of Truth, back in February via Honey Jar/Thirty Tigers. The ten-track collection marks the trio’s sixth record to date, and was self-produced by bandmates and brothers Oliver and Chris Wood as well as Jano Rix. The album has been nominated for ‘Best Americana Album’ in the 2018 Grammy Awards.EXCLUSIVE: Oliver Wood Talks New Album, Storytelling, & The Wood Brothers’ OriginsBuilding off the success of their previous studio album, 2015’s Paradise, and 2017’s live release, Live At the Barn, recorded at Levon Helm‘s barn, The Wood Brothers found themselves at a fortuitous crossroads. Following a tour with Tedeschi Trucks Band, high profile festival dates and sold out headline shows, the band felt free from the cyclical album release, tour, write, record and do-it-all-over-again pressures.With all three members living in Nashville, they were afforded easy access to each other as well as a wealth of local independent studios at their disposal. This allowed them to start work on the album in January of 2017 with a new approach.“Instead of going into one studio and recording it all at the same time, we picked a couple studios, and started to experiment,” said Chris Wood in a press release about the album. “Sometimes we’d just make demos of songs to see if we got anything we liked. There was no pressure, and that really freed us up. We just did one or two songs a day, put it aside, let the songs simmer, and then we’d have a fresh perspective on what was working or not working. You need time to go by to gain objectivity.”The band extended this approach to the mixing process, sending tracks to four different mixing engineers, each selected based on what the song demanded. Scotty Hard (who’s worked extensively with Medeski Martin & Wood, among others) was recruited for the “edgier, funkier tunes,” “Sky High” and “Happiness Jones.” Mike Poole (who worked on The Wood Brothers album ‘The Muse’) mixed “Sparkling Wine” and “Strange As It Seems.” Their old friend Brandon Belle from Zac Brown’s Southern Ground studio took on “Laughin’ Or Crying”. The remainder of the album was mixed by Grammy Award-winning engineer Trina Shoemaker, especially sought after by The Wood Brothers for her work with Brandi Carlile. Listen to The Wood Brothers’ ‘One Drop of Truth’ here.Aqueous – Color WheelBuffalo-based groove rock quartet Aqueous released their newest studio album, Color Wheel, back in October. The new album, the band’s first full-length studio effort since 2014’s Cycles, was recorded at Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac‘s GCR Audio in Buffalo, NY, the band’s hometown, and was released in three parts. The band explores hip-hop, progressive rock, and jazz influences in this newest release, which features a collaboration with the Turkuaz Horns on “Weight Of The Word”, a song we’ve seen in Aqueous’ live rotation.“The general concept was kind of a critique or analysis of our habits as humans with the Internet right now,” guitarist Mike Gantzer shared in a recent interview with Billboard. “For me, a color wheel represents a palette of emotions. So we were looking at how we present this perfect version of ourselves on the Internet; We set out to make a cookie cutter version of our life that’s really idealized, but that does not represent at all the emotional complexities of a person’s life – the color wheel of different emotions.”The record was written and produced by the band, but this time they took a new approach – “Seventy percent of the songs were written weeks or even days before we went into the studio, so there weren’t many preconceived notions going in this time, which made it pretty exciting,” added Gantzer, making the album their freshest material to date. Listen to Aqueous’ Color Wheel here.Honorable mentions, based off the results from our recent reader poll, include Circles Around The Sun‘s Let It Wander, David Byrne‘s American Utopia, Lotus‘ Frames Per Second, Mac Miller‘s Swimming, Mungion‘s Ferris Wheel’s Day Off, Turkuaz‘s Life In The City, Umphrey’s McGee‘s It’s Not Us and It’s You, and Vulfpeck‘s Hill Climber.last_img read more

Expanding student learning abroad

first_imgFor David Cutler, grants from the President’s Innovation Fund for International Experiences have been critical in developing three programs that give Harvard undergraduates international experiences in global health.Cutler, the Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics, has developed an international research experience for undergraduates in Botswana, Bangladesh, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda. He created a global health “boot camp” in collaboration with the Harvard Global Health Institute that prepares students for international experiences, and, most recently, along with Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine Paul Farmer, a program that will put students in active global health care delivery sites run by the nonprofit group Partners In Health, which Farmer co-founded.“For many students, this is the single most transformative experience in their lives,” Cutler said. “It will change who they are as human beings and what they do in the world.”For Caroline Elkins, professor of history and chair of the Committee on African Studies, the fund has provided critical support so that she and John Mugane, professor of the practice of African languages and cultures, can develop an eight-week study abroad program in East Africa that will expose students to Kenya’s culture and place in the modern world, give them training in Swahili, and allow them to study wildlife conservation.Elkins, Cutler, and Farmer are among six faculty members who received the grants during the 2010-11 award cycle. The application deadline for the 2011-12 awards is Oct. 28. A full overview of the program, including policies and application requirements, can be found on the website of the vice provost for international affairs. The President’s Innovation Fund is seen as a key part of Harvard’s effort to give undergraduates quality international experiences.“These awards are part of our commitment to ensure students are prepared for today’s increasingly globalized world,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “We are proud to assist these six innovative faculty members as they design high-quality programs that lead students to greater understanding of both their subject matter and the countries in which they study.”The grants range from $5,000 to $60,000 and are intended to provide faculty members with the support needed to investigate and set up new international programs. Jorge Domínguez, vice provost for international affairs, said that quality programs require appropriate planning, site visits, and interaction with local partners, all expenses incurred before the first student ever steps onto a plane.The fund was established through the gift of David Rockefeller, most of which went to establish the David Rockefeller International Experience Grants Program in 2009, which funds student study abroad travel, Domínguez said. This year, the grants will fund nearly 400 students, in 50 countries. Since the fund was established three years ago, the grants have funded more than 1,200 undergraduates to pursue summer international experiences of more than eight weeks. The grants can go toward participating in a Harvard Summer School study abroad program taught by Harvard faculty, a Harvard-run internship program, a study abroad program organized by another institution, or an independently designed internship, service project, or research project.“For hundreds of Harvard College students each year, study abroad has become an integral part of their undergraduate education and their development as engaged citizens in today’s globalized world,” said Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds. “Being able to study abroad with Harvard faculty really enhances students’ international experiences in significant ways because it provides a direct link to their work on campus.”Some of the money from that original Rockefeller donation was designated for faculty members to develop quality study abroad experiences, Domínguez said. The funds are distributed by Faust, on the advice of a steering committee made up of Domínguez, Tamara Rogers, vice president for alumni affairs and development, Hammonds, and John Lichten, PEPFAR executive director and senior adviser for international health programs.“The idea is to provide resources to faculty to create experiences abroad for Harvard undergraduates that would not have come up in the normal course of events,” Domínguez said. “It is making sure there are good programs over there, wherever over there is.”Rogers said the programs are required to be at least eight weeks long so they are immersive to the students, allowing them to emerge with an understanding of the culture of the country in which they studied or conducted research. Rogers said her past work as director of international admissions in Harvard College has given her a firsthand view of the impact that Harvard has had on international students, the impact international students have on their peers here, and the effects that international experiences have had on current students.The faculty and programs that received 2010-11 funding are:Harvard Summer School in Trento, Italy: This is the second year that a program will run in collaboration with Harvard Summer School, the University of Trento, and Harvard’s Mind/Brain/Behavior Interfaculty Initiative. Organized by Alfonso Caramazza, the Daniel and Amy Starch Professor of Psychology, the program will have students living and studying alongside Italian students, learning research methods for the study of the mind/brain and other relevant topics, and exploring the culture and history of northern Italy.“The President’s Innovation Fund for International Experiences provides our program with the financial support needed to work out and put in place at the Italian site a stable infrastructure that will serve the specific needs of our students and faculty abroad and ensure that their experience in Italy is very enjoyable and educational — an experience that they will never forget,” Caramazza said. “Our program is structured to combine an intensive academic curriculum with variegated extracurricular activities and active cultural involvement. This allows for an academically and culturally productive summer, full of adventures and novel experiences.”Harvard Human Rights Studies Summer Program in Argentina: Located in Buenos Aires, the program expands to Argentina the existing eight-week human rights internship currently offered in Chile. In addition to their internships, students take part in a course focusing on core aspects of human rights.“The [President’s Innovation Fund] helped launch human rights summer programs abroad by providing support for new curriculum, new linkages with human rights scholars abroad, and synergistic programming with Harvard offices abroad,” said organizer Jacqueline Bhabha, the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, director of the Harvard University Committee on Human Rights Studies, and director of research at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health. “Students have loved the opportunity to combine foreign language exposure, situated internships, and human rights coursework. We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to develop these pilot programs.”Harvard Study Abroad Program in Kenya: In collaboration with Aga Khan University, East Africa, the Kenya program will be offered in the summer of 2012. It will have students enroll alongside local students at Aga Khan University and participate in hands-on fieldwork concerning rural resilience and sustainability. Other aspects include Swahili training and a course on East Africa in the global world.“We’re really excited about this,” said program organizer Elkins. “The support from the President’s Fund was really huge. It will make the difference in properly planning it and getting it off the ground.”Harvard Europe Program: Taking place in Freiburg, Germany, the program will be the first to occur during the school year rather than the summer and to be taught by a Harvard faculty member. Beginning in spring 2012, it will be conducted in collaboration with the University of Freiburg, with options for students to take courses in Basel, Switzerland, and Strasbourg, France, and will include courses, language tutorials, internships, and excursions to Istanbul and Warsaw focused on introducing students across all concentrations to the ways in which Europeans address today’s challenges.Organizer Sven Beckert, the Laird Bell Professor of History, said the seed funding from the Presidents’ Innovation Fund was key to his ability to conduct the site visits needed, consult with European partners, arrange for student housing, and hire an internship coordinator.“The activity necessary to develop and implement a program of this nature and scope requires several years of commitment and a great deal of combined energy,” Beckert said. “I am grateful to the committee, and to President Faust, for supporting these important activities for faculty, and especially for our students.“In establishing this award, President Faust took an important step to encourage Harvard faculty to develop international programs for Harvard undergraduate students. Students really do want to study abroad, but they also want to study at Harvard with a Harvard professor  — and there is no better way to do this than to have Harvard faculty design and direct a program in some other part of the world.”Global Equity Option in Scholarship Abroad Program (GEO Scholars): The GEO Scholars program will put students in active health care delivery sites, managed by the global nonprofit Partners In Health, which has close ties to Harvard. Students will take the course “Societies of the World 25 — Health, Culture and Community: Case Studies in Global Health,” and combine coursework with experiential learning in the field. The program, administered by the Harvard Global Health Institute and organized by Cutler and Farmer, will launch in the spring of 2012.“We are trying to get students out in the world to be not tourists, but people learning about global health and integrating that with what they’re learning in class,” Cutler said. “This money is critical. Without it, we can’t do anything.”last_img read more

South Korea’s Doosan Heavy, SK E&C link up to target floating offshore wind projects

first_imgSouth Korea’s Doosan Heavy, SK E&C link up to target floating offshore wind projects FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:Doosan Heavy Industries will link with compatriot infrastructure giant SK Engineering & Construction (SK E&C) to develop and equip floating wind projects, in another move by South Korea’s industrial heavyweights to grab a share of what’s set to be a huge build-out off its coasts. SK E&C will develop projects, including obtaining licences, and Doosan Heavy “manufacture key equipment” for the wind farms under the joint push, described as a “technical cooperation agreement”.For Doosan Heavy the announcement marks a big statement of ambition in floating wind by the power systems giant, which is currently undergoing a major corporate restructuring that will see it pivot to renewables as part of a bail-out by the South Korean government. Doosan Heavy is working on an 8MW turbine and said it would invest in R&D and production facilities to support growth of its floating wind business.Inwon Park, CEO of Doosan Heavy’s Plant EPC business group, said: “Given the rising interest in floating offshore wind farms, the signing of this agreement will open up more business opportunities for us in the market. We will endeavor to successfully pursue the floating offshore wind power business, including projects in the Ulsan and Southeast region of Korea, where we expect to see phased growth starting in 2023.”For Doosan Heavy, attempts to carve out a significant position in offshore wind mark a return to an industry it walked away from in 2012, citing a lack of confidence that the sector would take off. At that stage it was talking about launching a 6MW turbine by 2015 and building a turbine factory in Scotland.Doosan and SK E&C – the latter a global player in power plants and civil engineering construction – are not the only South Korean big-hitters to target floating wind, backed by the determination of the country’s government to secure a role for domestic players.South Korea is expected in the second half of the decade to deploy major floating projects as part of the country’s plan to install 12GW of offshore wind by 2030. Floating is seen as big opportunity for a nation where the best winds are in deep waters and fixed projects nearer to shore have met with fierce opposition. The world’s biggest portfolio of floating wind so far was unveiled by Total and Macquarie when they linked to develop 2GW off the nation’s coasts.[Andrew Lee]More: Doosan Heavy in floating wind push with fellow South Korean giantlast_img read more

House passes Perppu on COVID-19 response amid concerns of embezzlement

first_imgUnder the Perppu the central government is allowed to allocate more funds for coronavirus aid in this year’s state budget through a presidential regulation (Perpres), which does not require House approval.The government seeks to disburse Rp 405.1 trillion (US$24.6 billion) for COVID-19 measures, most of which would be allocated to support the economic recovery rather than health care.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said in the plenary session that, in such a critical situation, all countries in the world should take extraordinary measures in accordance with their fiscal capabilities.Read also: Indonesia will emerge out of pandemic highly indebted. Every rupiah counts The House of Representatives has passed an executive order that will expand the government’s authority to allocate emergency coronavirus spending despite mounting public pressure to drop the regulation due to concerns of budget misappropriation and embezzlement.Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) No. 1/2020 allows the government to extend the state budget deficit beyond the normal 3-percent-of-GDP limit and allocate extra spending to the COVID-19 response, while protecting officials from any legal charges as long as they act “in good faith and according to the law”.”Eight political party factions have agreed [to pass the regulation], while one faction, the PKS [Prosperous Justice Party] raised objections,” House Speaker Puan Maharani said at the House’s plenary session on Tuesday. “Countries that are fiscally prudent are now forced to widen their deficits,” Sri Mulyani said, adding that the government would maintain a debt-to-GDP ratio of below 60 percent.Two party factions from the government coalition, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the Gerindra Party, previously voiced objections to the executive order, saying that it infringed the House’s right to deliberate the state budget and gave officials excessive power over the matter.However, both factions eventually agreed to endorse the Perppu in Tuesday’s plenary session following a House budget committee hearing with Sri Mulyani on May 4, in which lawmakers and the government agreed to pass the 2021 and 2022 state budgets through the normal process, not through a Perpres as in the case of the revised 2020 budget.The Perppu, however, has prompted a chorus of criticism from activists and civil society groups lambasting what they deem an absence of government oversight in the regulation that might lead to corruption.The objections revolve particularly around Article 27 of the regulation, which stipulates that the funds spent by the government to counter the economic impacts of the pandemic are considered to be “economic costs” rather than state losses. The article also shields officials responsible for fiscal and monetary policies from any legal charges behind the argument that they have acted in good faith.The Center for Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia (PSHTN FHUI), noted that the regulation had the potential to restore excessive power for the president, citing Article 12 of the Perppu that allows the state budget to be determined through a Perpres.Read also: COVID-19: Govt to allow people under 45 to work outside to prevent more layoffs“Such [provisions] will certainly give the president space to have absolute power in the state budget without the House’s approval” PSHTN FHUI chairman Mustafa Fakhri said.The Constitutional Court is currently reviewing the controversial provisions in the Perppu under a petition filed by a group of anticorruption activists, who argued that Article 27 violated the 1945 Constitution and several prevailing laws, including the 2003 law on state finances and the 2006 law on the Supreme Audit Agency.Boyamin Saiman from the Indonesian Anticorruption Community (MAKI), one of the plaintiffs challenging the Perppu, said they would immediately withdraw their petition from the Constitutional Court and submit a new one to demand that the court scrap Article 27.”We are happy that the House has passed the Perppu into law. Our petition will be more solid, because we are now facing two parties, the government and the House,” he said.Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly, however, asserted on Tuesday that the Perppu would not give officials impunity from graft charges if any of them were found to have committed corruption, saying that Article 27 only meant to ensure that the government could make swift decisions during the health crisis.”Corruption at the time of a disaster can be punished with the death sentence,” Yasonna said, citing a provision of the 2001 Corruption Law that stipulates that those committing corruption or self-enrichment that cause state losses during a national disaster may face capital punishment.Topics :last_img read more

As virus rages in US, Trump finally wears a mask

first_imgUS President Donald Trump wore a face mask in public for the first time Saturday, finally yielding to intense pressure to set a public health example as the coronavirus rampages across America.Trump had on a dark mask featuring the presidential seal as he walked through the corridors of Walter Reed military hospital outside Washington to meet with wounded veterans.  Trump strode past reporters and did not stop to speak to them about what had become a hotly anticipated moment–would he have a change of heart on a practice recommended by the government’s own medical experts, even as he resisted?”I’ve never been against masks but I do believe they have a time and a place,” Trump said as he left the White House.News reports this week said aides practically begged the president to relent and wear a mask in public — and let himself be photographed — as coronavirus cases soar in some states and as Trump trails Democrat Joe Biden badly in polls ahead of the November election.Trump has steadfastly defended his administration’s handling of the pandemic even though the US is the hardest-hit country in the world. The country has recently seen several days of more than 60,000 new cases, nearly 135,000 people have died and states have been left to figure out on their own how to reopen without a clear and coherent strategy from the White House.To wear a mask or not has become a sort of political fulcrum for a deeply divided America.Conservatives who back Trump often refuse to don one on grounds it impinges on their freedom, while progressives tend to back the practice as a show of collective responsibility at a time of a life-or-death crisis.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend people wear masks in public when they cannot engage in social distancing.But Trump — at political rallies, media briefings and elsewhere — has repeatedly avoided wearing a mask, even after staffers at the White House tested positive for the virus and as more aides, including Vice President Mike Pence, have taken to wearing them.In May Trump even made fun of Biden when the latter started wearing a mask in public, sharing a tweet that featured an unflattering photograph of the former vice president in a black face covering.Trump has reportedly told aides that wearing a mask would make him look weak and he could not stomach the idea of letting the media photograph him in one.Even Saturday as he left the White House to head to Walter Reed, Trump made it sound like he would wear a mask only because he would be in a hospital — not that he had come around and embraced the idea of donning one regularly.”I think when you’re in a hospital, especially in that particular setting, where you’re talking to a lot of soldiers and people that, in some cases, just got off the operating tables, I think it’s a great thing to wear a mask,” Trump told reporters.Topics :last_img read more

NZ tourism boosted by same-sex marriage

first_imgOneNews 19 August 2014The tourism industry has been given a boost by the legislation of gay marriage with new figures revealing a quarter of same-sex couples married have been Australian.Nearly 1,000 same-sex couples have been married since the passing of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act one year ago.The Department of Internal Affairs says provisional figures show 532 of the couples were New Zealanders while 237 were Australian.Same-sex marriage stats:• Female-Female = 520 (of these 119 were a change of relationship from civil union)o 333 couples from New Zealando 118 couples from Australiao 11 couples from Chinao nine couples from Singaporeo seven couples from United Kingdom• Male-Male = 406 (of these 95 were a change of relationship from civil union)o 199 couples from New Zealando 120 couples from Australiao 17 couples from Chinao six couples from Thailando six couples from the United Kingdom• Civil Unions = 66 (equivalent period 2012/13 = 331)o 15 were female coupleso 13 were male coupleso 38 were male/female couples read more

CFO pitches SpaceX jobs to students

first_imgSpaceX Chief Financial Officer Bret Johnsen joined other SpaceX executives Wednesday to give a presentation to students about the commercial space travel company. SpaceX became the first private company in May 2012 to send a spacecraft to the international space station.Aspirations · Bret Johnsen, chief financial officer of SpaceX, explains what it takes to pursue a career in the aerospace industry to a student audience at an event held Wednesday. – Priyanka Patel | Daily TrojanJohnsen spoke at a recruiting event in Mudd Hall hosted by the Trojan Scholars Society and PlushMoney, an organization focused on empowering women in the workplace. After the presentation, students had the opportunity to network with Johnsen, who majored in accounting as an undergraduate at USC, and other executives.“This type of event is very unique to USC because I haven’t done any at any other campus,” Johnsen said. “I’m a firm believer in the Trojan Family, so for me, it’s one of the ways I can give back to the university that was such an unbelievable supporter of me and my education as well as my career.”Given the nature of SpaceX’s work, Johnsen said it isn’t hard to sell the company to students.“It’s not hard to find exciting things about SpaceX,” Johnsen said. “I would say the most exciting [thing] by far, though, is standing there with 1,000 of your fellow employees and watching a successful launch. There’s nothing really like that that I have experienced in my whole business career before. The thrill of it is awesome.”In addition to presenting facts and figures about SpaceX, Johnsen and his colleagues explained the different career opportunities that are available at the company, which can be found on its website.“We have an unbelievable hiring ramp going right now,” Johnsen said. “We’re local, we’re probably one of the most exciting — if not the most exciting -— companies going on in Southern California and we’re hiring in all areas, so I would say my advice is to get the resume over right away.”Johnsen said after having the support of the Trojan Family throughout his career, it is nice to be in a position to give back through hiring.“I’ve been able to hire more Trojans than anybody else in both of my previous jobs and at SpaceX as well, so it’s fun to give back in that regard,” Johnsen said.last_img read more

Tutor gives advice to students

first_imgRonald Tutor, whose name graces both the Ronald Tutor Campus Center and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Tutor Hall, shared his experience in a talk to USC students on Thursday night at the Campus Center.Homecoming · Ronald Tutor discusses how the business world is much more complex than it was when he graduated from USC. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanAfter graduating from the USC Marshall School of Business in 1963, Ronald Tutor dedicated his entire career to the construction industry. He currently serves as president, CEO and chairman of Tutor-Saliba Corporation, and chairman and CEO of Tutor Perini Corporation.Organized by the Marshall Business Network, Tutor’s speech attracted many students who are trying to start their own business careers and others who recognized his name from USC buildings.“Since we have seen his name on campus every day, we are curious about who he really is,” said Alex Curiel, president of the Marshall Business Network.Tutor discussed his own path after graduation in an attempt to inspire students thinking about what to do after USC. Coming from a low-income family living in the San Fernando Valley, Tutor said he was fascinated with the football culture at USC and enjoyed every minute of college. Fraternity experiences also made him realize that to stand out from his peers, he needed to be competitive and self-disciplined.After working his way up the ladder in the construction industry for most of his life, Tutor came to some conclusions about how to make it in the profession.“Playing everybody straight is the direct course to get success,” Tutor said. “Integrity brings in trust, and trust directs you to bigger achievements.”Life, however, wasn’t always easy for Tutor. In 1972 he almost went bankrupt, but he filed a lawsuit and fought hard to eventually earn his fortune back.“When you have no choice, just do whatever you have to do,” Tutor said.Tutor said he learned a lot through trial and error and that making mistakes is part of life.“Just learn from them and guarantee you never make the same mistake twice,” he said.Tutor admitted the world has become much more complex now, but as long as students are smart, hardworking and ambitious, they will be successful.“His experience makes me feel more connected to him,” said Tyler Soosman, a junior majoring in business administration. “He’s like us, starting from an ordinary graduate and worked hard to achieve all these.”Tutor also used to be in the film industry but is “stepping out.” Earlier this year he sold his stake in Miramax. Tutor said focus is what makes him different and that focusing on the construction industry is what made him successful.Tutor has been a longtime benefactor of USC and said that the university also gave him invaluable memories and experience.“What I can do is to make it a better place,” he said of the university.Many students said they found Tutor’s speech to be a meaningful one.“His personality inspires us that everyone has the potential to be great by doing the right thing,” said Zach Miller, a sophomore majoring in accounting.last_img read more

Alumna’s book follows family struggle

first_imgJean Guerrero, a USC alumna and PEN Award-winning writer, explains how writing allowed her to better understand her father. She spoke Tuesday at Wallis Annenberg Hall. (Dimple Sarnaaik | Daily Trojan)Jean Guerrero grew up knowing her father as a paranoid schizophrenic. To better understand him and his story, the USC alumna wrote “Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir” and returned to USC to debut her book at a talk at Wallis Annenberg Hall Tuesday. Guerrero’s book rejects the notion that the world is composed of dualities. Using the underlying metaphor of crossing the border from Mexico to the U.S., Guerrero said the writing process taught her that human beings should never be labeled or stereotyped. Guerrero said her father, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, always told her stories of his alleged travels to “escape CIA operatives.” Because of her father’s condition, Guerrero believed it was her job to learn more about his past. “I felt that it was my duty as his daughter and as a journalist to investigate the possibility that what he said was true,” Guerrero said. While Guerrero was conducting research for her book, she learned to separate journalistic work from her obsession with her father and the parallels she found between their lives. “I started being extremely self-destructive, experimenting with drugs, self-mutilating, and I saw the book as an opportunity to finally separate myself from my father,” Guerrero said.During the talk, Guerrero focused on a chapter depicting the garden her family tended during her childhood. She said that the animals they owned began to die when her father became depressed. According to her, the excerpt was written to link the lives of the animals to the loss of their main caretaker, her father. “My awareness of death arose from my father’s deterioration,” Guerrero said. Guerrero explained that developing her book involved a lot of research and traveling, including going to Mexico to learn more about her father’s past, especially his childhood. Through her research, Guerrero discovered that her father’s great-grandmother was clairvoyant. Although his great-grandmother was praised and celebrated for her ability to “speak to spirits,” Guerrero said she thought it was ironic how her father was viewed as ill and dangerous for telling similar stories. “The book is all of the different rabbit holes I went into trying to figure out the truth about what was going on with my father,” Guerrero said. “One of those rabbit holes included going to Mexico where he’s from and learning that he had a great grandmother who was allegedly a curandera, clairvoyant … but she was attributed with having a gift, whereas my father was always seen as having an illness.” Guerrero hopes that her book will allow readers to feel less lonely and imbue them with a sense of hope. She also said she wants readers to reflect on the idea that reality is never as simple as it seems, and that people must open themselves up to different perspectives and outcomes.last_img read more