Groundskeeper

first_imgPosting DetailsPlease view posting details below. To apply to this posting, pleaseclick the link above.Job TitleGroundskeeperPosting NumberF003923Position StatusFull TimeAssignment LengthThis field only applies to FacultyGrant FundedNoCategoryPlant OperationsClass Code66Pay Rate$13.41LocationNortheastDepartmentDT Physical PlantJob SummaryGroundskeeper is responsible for the upkeep and appearance ofoutdoor areas by performing groundskeeping tasks. This entry-levelposition reports to the Campus Lead Groundskeeper under thesupervision of the Campus Facility Manager.Essential Duties and Responsibilities• Performs tasks to maintain the grounds and landscapes• Ability to safely handle/operate grounds vehicle/equipment andgroundskeeping tools• Follows written or verbal directions or specifications• Removes trash and debris from public areas and performsinspection of grounds regularly• Transports trash or debris to designated central collectionlocation on a daily basis• Removes snow, ice, or debris from walkways, driveways, parkinglots, and spreads salt in those areas to prevent slip, trip, andfall accidents• Follows planned landscape designs for specific designatedgroundskeeping tasks• Performs irrigation maintenance• Performs proper upkeep of sidewalks, driveways, parking lots,fountains, planters, water features, or other groundsfeatures• Performs furniture, fixture, and equipment ( FFE )transfers• Assists with both indoor and outdoor event set up and teardown• Completes work orders as assigned• Wears appropriate safety items and protective clothing.• Performs all other related duties as assigned• Attends the workplace regularly, reports to work punctually andfollows a work schedule to keep up with the demands of theworksite• Completes all required training and professional developmentsessions sponsored through Tarrant County College ( TCC )• Supports the values of the College: diversity, teachingexcellence, student success, innovation and creativity and serviceto the College• Supports the College mission, values, and 3 Goals and 8PrinciplesThe duties listed are intended only as illustrations of the varioustypes of work that may be performed. The omission of specificstatements of duties does not exclude them from the position if thework is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.The job description does not constitute an employment agreementbetween the employer and employee and is subject to change by theemployer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the jobchange.Required Education, Experience, Certifications,Licensures• Six (6) months groundskeeping experience• Valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving recordDesired Education, Experience, Certifications,Licensures• Prior experience with the operation of fork-lifts andtractorsKnowledge, Skills and Ability• Excellent customer service and interpersonal skillsAccommodationsReasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals withdisabilities to perform the essential duties andresponsibilities.Special Instructions SummaryPosted04/16/2021ContactDagny M Jackson*[email protected] DocumentsRequired DocumentsResume / Curriculum VitaeOptional DocumentsCover LetterUnofficial TranscriptsCertification / Licenselast_img read more

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Quarter of French Muslims follow hardline Islam: study

first_imgThe embrace of hardline Islam was strongest among young Muslims who lacked jobs or strong qualifications, added El Karoui. Overall, a plurality of French Muslims — 46 percent — considered the practice of their religion totally compatible with local rules and customs.Groundbreaking silenceThe study should be causing waves. It’s the first major snapshot of how French Muslims view their own beliefs to be published in France, and it comes after a wave of Islamist-inspired terrorist attacks.Its publication also follows a lengthy, anguished debate about whether or not Muslim women should be allowed to wear the burkini — an Islamic swimwear garment that some French politicians criticized as the symbol of a militant, invading religion.And yet, public reaction to the study is partial, and strained.Robert Ménard, a far-right mayor known for his provocative positions, tweeted a link to the report, followed by the question: “Is a confrontation [with Islam] inevitable?”Left-wing magazine Télérama took a sarcastic stance, calling the findings “unsurprising” and criticizing the study’s methodology. And public officials? They did not react at all.“For the time being it’s total silence from the administration,” Fanny Anor, one of the study’s co-authors, said. “What we are trying to do is create data that allows us to analyze these questions based on solid evidence, so we can avoid debating purely on impressions.”“But that’s a very uncomfortable position for the government,” she added.Statistical Catch-22The discomfort stems from an unwillingness to accept the intrusion of evidence into a debate long ruled by the abstract principles of “equality” and “secularism.”While Prime Minister Manuel Valls has repeatedly voiced alarm over the spread of “political Islam” in France, the Montaigne study shows where it’s coming from: young Muslims who lack jobs and professional skills, and feel as though the French state has turned its back on them.To rekindle faith in the French system, the study’s authors argue, France should bring the alienated population into the workforce by overriding hiring discrimination through the use of ethnic and religious statistics. But Republican orthodoxy forbids using ethnic statistics — even when other studies proved the link between poor hiring prospects and having a Muslim-sounding last name.Religious statistics are not forbidden, on condition that information is given willingly by the subject. But that fact was lost on some Twitter users, who criticized the report for using “illegal” methods.“They [politicians] feel trapped,” added Anor. “After the terrorist attacks, it’s an awkward camp to be in, arguing for measures to fight discrimination.”Until the taboo is lifted, debates on what it means to be French are likely to remain abstract, passion-filled — and devoid of policy-based solutions. Also On POLITICO Nicolas Sarkozy offers migrants Gallic ancestry By Carter Stoddard and Hortense Goulardcenter_img PARIS — A study showing that more than a quarter of French Muslims follow hardline Islam is causing discomfort for the political class, which is united in ignoring its conclusions.Among the survey’s eye-catching findings are that 28 percent of Muslims questioned follow an “authoritarian” interpretation of texts advocating a break with French society; or that more than 40 percent of young Muslims (aged 15-25) consider Islamic Sharia law more important than the secular law of France.“They (young French Muslims) feel rejected,” Hakim El Karoui, who co-authored the report for the Institut Montaigne think tank, told TF1 TV Sunday. “French society is sending them the message: you are not French. In a way they are getting revenge by hanging on to the identity they have.”last_img read more

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New label-free method tracks molecules and drugs in live cells

first_imgA new type of highly sensitive microscopy developed by Harvard researchers could greatly expand the limits of modern biomedical imaging, allowing scientists to track the location of minuscule metabolites and drugs in living cells and tissues without the use of any kind of fluorescent labeling. The technique, based on stimulated Raman scattering (SRS), works by detecting the vibrations in chemical bonds between atoms. SRS microscopy could provide scientists with a potent new form of real-time, three-dimensional bioimaging free of fluorescent labels that can hinder many biological processes. The work is described this week in the journal Science by a team led by professor X. Sunney Xie, graduate student Christian W. Freudiger, and and post doctoral fellow Wei Min, all of the department of chemistry and chemical biology, in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “SRS microscopy is a big leap forward in biomedical imaging, opening up real-time study of metabolism in living cells,” says Xie. “We’ve already used the technology to map lipids in a live cell, and to measure diffusion of medications in living tissue. These are just two early examples of how SRS microscopy may impact cell biology and medicine.”Xie, Freudinger, and Min’s mapping of saturated and unsaturated fats in live cells offers exciting new opportunities for metabolic studies of omega-3 fatty acids, required but not produced by the human body. Despite a growing body of evidence suggesting that omega-3 fatty acids provide many health benefits such as dampening inflammation, lowering blood triglyceride levels, and killing cancer cells, almost nothing is known about how fats like omega-3 are actually processed by our bodies. “Our diets have changed greatly in recent decades,” Xie says. “As a unique technology capable of observing fat distribution in live cells — and of differentiating between types of fat — SRS microscopy could prove useful in helping understand and treat the growing imbalance of saturated and unsaturated fats in our diets.”SRS microscopy could also prove useful in neuroimaging, since neurons are coated with fatty myelin sheaths. The researchers’ use of SRS microscopy to analyze skin tissue could also open new frontiers in drug development. Xie and colleagues used SRS microscopy to view how well retinoic acid, a topical acne medication, is absorbed into skin cells. They also used the technique to capture deep-skin penetration by dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), a compound added to many topical medications and ointments to enhance absorption.Scientists currently use a variety of techniques to visualize biomolecules, but most have significant limitations that are sidestepped by SRS microscopy.A jellyfish protein first discovered in 1962, green fluorescent protein (GFP), is now used extensively as a label for observing the activity of biomolecules. GFP labeling provides sharp images, but the bulky protein can perturb delicate biological pathways, especially in cases where its heft overwhelms smaller biomolecules. Also, GFP’s characteristic glow subsides with time, making it infeasible for long-term tracking.Much like SRS microscopy, conventional infrared (IR) and Raman microscopies measure the vibrations of chemical bonds between atoms. But they are low-sensitivity imaging techniques, and require either desiccated samples or high laser power, which limits use in imaging live specimens. Coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) microscopy, a field pioneered by Xie’s own group, cannot provide clear enough contrast for most molecules.Xie, Freudiger, and Min’s co-authors on the Science paper are Brian G. Saar, Sijia Lu, and Gary R. Holtom of Harvard’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology; Chengwei He and Jing X. Kang of the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School; and Jason C. Tsai of Pfizer Global Medical.The work was funded by Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds, the Army Research Office, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Pfizer Global Medical.last_img read more

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The new SAT: Aptitude testing for college admissions falls out of favor

first_imgThe Washington Post:There’s a reason the College Board scrubbed “aptitude” from the name of its big admission test two decades ago. The idea of a Scholastic Aptitude Test left the organization open to criticism that it believed some people were born to go to college and some weren’t.The latest version of what is now simply called the SAT drops questions about arcane vocabulary, continuing a long move away from testing for aptitude as the College Board seeks to tie the exam more closely to what students learn in the classroom. Previous revisions had dropped antonym, analogy and quantitative-comparison questions that were also seen as detached from the nation’s school curriculum.…“If students’ preparations differ (e.g. at good schools vs. bad schools), achievement will go down in the bad schools. That is why we call them ‘bad,’” Earl Hunt, professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Washington, said in an e-mail. “Aptitude tests, which emphasize more ‘on the spot’ reasoning over recall of facts, can be used to identify talent or lack of it amongst students with poor preparation.”Read the whole story: The Washington Post More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Eustace ‘definitely not’ eyeing QPR job

first_imgJohn Eustace has suggested there is little prospect of him getting the QPR manager’s job.Eustace has stepped up from the role of assistant boss to take caretaker charge following the sacking of Steve McClaren as manager.Tim Sherwood is director of football Les Ferdinand’s preferred replacement and there is also strong interest in Gary Rowett, Mark Warburton and Michael Appleton.AdChoices广告Eustace has been asked to prepare the team for Saturday’s game at Norwich and insists he does not see it as an opportunity to establish himself as a contender for the manager’s job.“No. Definitely not. Les has asked me to help out until they find somebody else and that’s what I’ll be doing,” he said. See also:A look at the contenders – and potential contenders – for the QPR jobFour in the running for QPR job after sacking of McClarenCharlton boss Bowyer linked with QPR job – but is there anything in it?Bircham interviewed for QPR manager’s jobHall a doubt for Norwich game but Cameron set to returnSherwood indicates he is interested in QPR job Embed from Getty Images “The club have asked me to help out until they find someone else to take the role.“At the moment all I’m thinking about is Norwich – it’s a big game, we’ve got lots of big games coming up, this week has been a tough week, and the last thing I’ve thought about is taking the job full-time.“All I’m focused on is making sure the boys are very competitive against Norwich.”McClaren was axed after a run of 11 league defeats in 14 matches – a run which has left Rangers still not entirely safe from relegation.“As a group we’ve been disappointed with the results,” said Eustace.“There’s a determination to get as many points as we can, quickly, because we are in a relegation fight and the boy are disappointed with what’s been happening.”Click here to subscribe to West London Sport’s YouTube channel Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Band spans generations

first_imgThe Cardinia Civic Concert Band will perform a variety of music including rock, swing and classical at the Pakenham Show….[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Survivors, carers, loved ones in relay

first_imgBy Bonny Burrows Casey Relay for Life 2017 proved there is strength in numbers. The annual Cancer Council fund-raiser, held…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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