The Postdoctoral Researcher in Computational-Theoretical area isavailable immediately in the Center for Molecular Magnetic QuantumMaterials (M2QM), Department of Physics at the University ofFlorida. M2QM is Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the USDepartment of Energy. https://science.energy.gov/bes/efrc/The Center focuses on the science for using molecule-based magneticsystems as the basis for the next generations of quantumtechnologies, with a program ranging from the synthesis andcharacterization of these emergent new materials to a systematiccomputational understanding of their many-body quantum behavior.M2QM will concentrate on fundamental scientific problems related totwo technological challenges: 1) how to create qubits forintrinsically quantum computing, and 2) how to replace elements oftraditional computers and sensors with intrinsically quantum,molecule-based, devices that are energy efficient as well as fastand adaptive. In this setting, reliable, swift, all-electroncalculations of magnetically complex materials are crucial.(1) Theory of magneto-electric-elastic couplings. First-principlescalculations of molecular magnetic systems. Candidates withexperience in the development and application of high-throughputDFT and atomistic materials simulations are desired. Knowledge ofmachine-learning is a plus.(2) Theory of magnetism. First-principles calculations of molecularmagnetic systems. Extensive experience in DFT applicationsincluding Wannier and downfolding procedures, spin-transport,first-principles based many-body methods is desired.The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications andexperience, and includes a benefits package.PhD in PhysicsFor full consideration, applications must be submitted online athttp://apply.interfolio.com/67186an it must include (1) a letter of application summarizing theapplicant’s qualifications, interests, and suitability for theposition, (2) a complete curriculum vitae, (3) a statementon teaching and research goals, and (4) three confidential lettersof recommendation.This position is tenable for up to two and half years dependingupon significant achievement and mutual interest. The postdoc isexpected to interact with other members including students in theM2QM center.All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employmentscreening which includes a review of criminal records, referencechecks, and verification of education. This position is open untilfilled. Review of applications will begin on September 3,2019.The selected candidate will be required to provide an officialtranscript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript willnot be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued toStudent” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institutionoutside of the United States require evaluation by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by the National Associationof Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found athttp://www.naces.org/ .The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institutiondedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty andstaff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s SunshineLaw. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order toapply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the FloridaRelay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).#category=72The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.
Photo of Bryan Singer from Wikimedia Commons.The USC School of Cinematic Arts announced that it removed director Bryan Singer’s name from its Division of Cinema & Media Studies program Friday after new sexual assault allegations emerged.SCA said in a statement that Singer requested for the school to suspend his name affiliation until the allegations were resolved.“The School means a great deal to Bryan, and while he intends to defend himself vigorously against these claims, he does not want the pending litigation to have a negative impact on his alma mater,” said the statement, which was acquired by the Daily Trojan.Since November, over 4,000 students, alumni and members of the USC community have signed a Change.org petition requesting the University remove Singer’s name from the institution, citing former allegations of sexual assault, harassment and pedophilia.“We have known about the allegations against Singer for some time, as have many students — 20-plus years of media coverage on the multiple allegations against Singer have made his history a highly public topic,” petition co-writers Emily Halaka and Adrian Vega-Albela Osorio wrote to the Daily Trojan in November.In response to the petition, SCA acknowledged its appreciation of the Trojan community’s concerns and stated it was monitoring the situation.The latest lawsuit, obtained by The New York Times on Thursday, accused Singer of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy in 2003.Singer has faced multiple lawsuits throughout his filmmaking career, including one in 1997 concerning child nudity on a film set, according to Entertainment Weekly. In 2014, Singer also faced allegations of sexually abusing a minor, according to court documents obtained by The Wrap.
Sporting CP midfielder Nani: Mourinho right manager for Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSporting CP midfielder Nani insists Jose Mourinho is the right manager for Manchester United.Nani won everything in the game at United.“Obviously the goal is to be Premier League champions, but the competition is fierce,” Nani told Goal.“Although last year United managed to finish in second place, this year isn’t going as expected. I’m sure though that if there is a coach able to turn things around and put the club on the right path it’s José.“Like Sir Alex, he has charisma and a very strong character. Those elements are key for success.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
jarmal reid trips refereeWe’ve all been there. In the heat of the moment, after you think you’ve been fouled on the basketball court, you look to the referee to plead your case. Oregon State’s Jarmal Reid went one step further – however. He’s in trouble for it today.Reid, during Oregon State’s contest against Utah Sunday night, was unhappy after being bumped following a steal. After falling down and seeing that no foul had been called, he intentionally stuck his foot out to trip the referee. He was promptly ejected.Jarmal Reid of Oregon State was ejected for tripping an official. Never seen this before. https://t.co/y24JrRH7Ex— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) January 18, 2016Utah went on to win the game. Reid’s decision is now being reviewed by the Pac-12. Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t see the court for quite some time.
Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says infants who enrol in Brain Builder Centres will stand a better chance at acquiring National School Leaving Certificates and successfully read for their degrees at the tertiary level.He was speaking at the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) Regional Focal Point Meeting for the Caribbean on Thursday (August 30), at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.“Those students [who start with the Brain Builders Programme] would have acquired those [cognitive] skills. They are ready to learn and they [will] read for their degrees, so I am saying it will empower,” Senator Reid said.“By the time the child reaches age three, their whole cognitive construction would have already been far advanced… That is what I have discovered. That is what the experimenters [have] said,” the Minister added.Senator Reid also noted that Brain Builder Centres will help students with identifying skills that they are comfortable with from the basic and primary schools, and be able to choose skill-based courses easily, which are being offered through the Career Advancement Programme (CAP).“My mantra is to work this thing [for] every young person in Jamaica to feel that they can aspire and get to higher education. We are doing some reform in terms of higher education and … they can go to the alternative called the Career Advancement Programme (CAP). We’ll give you [students] a menu. You can do a composite or you can decide if you’re going to focus on the technical side,” he said.The Jamaica Brain Builders Programme was launched at a cost of approximately $540 million by the Ministry, in partnership with the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) on July 6.The objective of the programme is to reduce cognitive learning challenges among infants in the country. It is also a framework for action in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, which starts from conception in the womb to age two years.Under this initiative, the ECC is responsible for establishing 126 Brain Builder Centres, with two in each constituency across the island.Meanwhile, the National School Leaving Certificate will commence in September. It will consist of a certificate with data on the performance of students over their five years of secondary education, which will take into consideration their academic achievement, co-curricular participation and behaviour. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says infants who enrol in Brain Builder Centres will stand a better chance at acquiring National School Leaving Certificates and successfully read for their degrees at the tertiary level. He was speaking at the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) Regional Focal Point Meeting for the Caribbean on Thursday (August 30), at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Story Highlights “Those students [who start with the Brain Builders Programme] would have acquired those [cognitive] skills. They are ready to learn and they [will] read for their degrees, so I am saying it will empower,” Senator Reid said.
MONTREAL – The Montreal area’s construction boom is threatening to permanently evict Quebec’s “most urban” species of snake, according to a biologist working to protect the population in the province.The brown snake is found in only one place in the province, and that’s the Greater Montreal area, according to Pierre-Alexandre Bourgeois.“Scientists can’t find the reason,” he said in a phone interview.“The other populations are found in Ontario, Vermont, and New York state. But in between, there are no brown snakes.”Since 2015, Bourgeois and his team at the Ecomuseum Zoo in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Que. have been working to protect and enhance the snakes’ habitat, which is increasingly threatened by development.The snake, which reaches 25 to 35 cm in length, thrives in areas with long grass where it feeds mainly on slugs, snails and earthworms.Unfortunately, those open areas are usually the first to be developed, Bourgeois says.“We protect the forests first, and of course the wetlands,” he said. “But open areas are the ones we tend to destroy more rapidly, and right now there’s a very rapid decline.”While the ideal solution would be to preserve open fields — which are also important to other species such as birds and monarch butterflies — Bourgeois acknowledges that’s not always realistic.So for now, he and his team are focusing on adding some infrastructure to existing conservation areas to make them more hospitable to the reptiles.They’ll use a grant from Hydro-Quebec’s environmental foundation to install underground hibernation sites in three nature parks in the Montreal area, as well as adding rocks where the snakes can bask in the sun and hide from predators.Bourgeois says the Quebec government is evaluating whether the brown snake should be put on the endangered species list.He says the brown snake’s shy nature and habitat make it difficult to count exactly how many are left, but biologists believe the species is already endangered.Part of the grant money will also go to education, in a bid to help the public understand the importance of preserving a species that isn’t fluffy or cute.Bourgeois says brown snakes aren’t venomous and they serve an important role in urban ecosystems by feeding on common garden pests.In turn, the snakes become prey for other species, including foxes, raccoons and birds of prey.“Brown snakes are brown, it’s not the most charismatic colour,” he said. “But if you look closely, it’s a very beautiful and useful species.”
CHICAGO – One woman recalls how a general manager at a Chicago-area restaurant where she worked told her that if security cameras recorded him reaching between her legs and grabbing her genitals, he could simply “edit that out.”Another woman worked at an Atlanta restaurant and says her boss did nothing when two dishwashers kept making vulgar comments, so she quit wearing makeup to look less attractive and hopefully end the verbal abuse.In the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against several prominent men in entertainment, politics and journalism, accounts like the ones these women share quietly play out in restaurants, bars and hotels across the country and rarely get the headlines.Court documents and interviews with the women and experts on the topic show hospitality industry workers are routinely subjected to sexual abuse and harassment from bosses, co-workers and customers that are largely unchecked. The nature of the work, which often has employees relying on tips, can make them especially vulnerable to abuse.“I was absolutely humiliated,” said Sharonda Fields, who said the abuse at the Atlanta restaurant began shortly after she started working there last year. “It was degrading. I felt embarrassed. I felt low. I just felt like nothing happened when those guys talked to me that way, and especially when the staff and the managers knew what was going on. It made me feel like dirt.”She filed a lawsuit against the restaurant last spring. Calls to the restaurant from The Associated Press went unanswered.Joyce Smithey, an Annapolis, Maryland, attorney who has handled several sexual harassment lawsuits, said those accused of misconduct “have a great sense of who the victims are, who the women are who will put up with this, who need the job, are so scared they don’t fight back.”That’s especially true in an industry where immigrants are a large part of the workforce. In a 2014 federal lawsuit in New York that was ultimately settled, a woman alleged that the general manager of a fast-food restaurant where she worked asked about her immigration status regularly and knew that she was “even more vulnerable” partly because she had no family in the United States.Many accusers think fighting back is futile. According to a survey in Chicago, not only had 49 per cent of hotel workers reported incidents in which guests “exposed themselves, flashed them or answered the door naked,” but just 1 in 3 of the workers who had such experiences reported it to a boss.Sarah Lyons, a research analyst with UNITE HERE Local 1, the union that conducted the survey last year and represents more than 15,000 hospitality workers in the Chicago area and northwestern Indiana, said the most common reason these workers didn’t come forward is because they knew someone who tried to report sexual misconduct and nothing changed as a result.Often things can get worse for those who report misconduct. Attorneys and advocates for workers say waitresses who speak out risk facing retaliation: Their shifts can be taken away or they might be scheduled for slower business times when there are fewer opportunities to receive tips.In a 2011 lawsuit against a Maryland yacht club, Victoria Tillbery reported that a boss had told her she would “never have to worry about your shifts” if she let him perform oral sex on her. She refused and after she reported her allegations to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, her job started making her do her prep duties during shifts and not before them. That took her away from waiting tables and earning tips.Attorneys say the goal in these situations is to prompt the employee to quit and, if that doesn’t work, the worker is often made the target of an effort to discredit her character.After Fields, the Atlanta restaurant worker, refused to quit, “false and bogus reasons to terminate her” surfaced, her attorney said.“They enlisted another employee to falsely state that she (Fields) had come up to her and said, ‘If you agree to back me up on my claim I’ll pay you $100,’” said Fields’ attorney, Brad Dozier.The other worker, hoping to gain favour with the bosses and get a promotion, made the false claim and the restaurant used it to fire Fields, Dozier said.The woman who recounted the story about the Calumet City, Illinois, restaurant general manager, who suggested he would edit security camera footage of him inappropriately touching her, said she rebuffed the man’s advances. After that, Vger Williams said, a job opportunity she was promised at one of the restaurant chain’s other locations never developed and she was fired.Williams filed a lawsuit last month. Restaurant officials declined comment when reached by the AP.Workers who are sexually harassed by customers are often under pressure to remain quiet, too.David Craver, president of the National Bartenders Association, said companies don’t want to lose business so “they roll out the red carpet to every customer.”“It’s just like if a family member said something inappropriate, you can’t get rid of family,” he said.A lot of harassment occurs in situations in which the workers are underpaid, said Saru Jayaraman, co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, a national organization that works to improve industry conditions. She said managers often encourage waitresses to dress sexier to get more tips, which can lead to sexual misconduct. If the workers were paid more, they wouldn’t have to rely on tips and the misconduct would decrease, she said.Improvements have shown up in other ways. In October, following the lead of voters in Seattle the year before, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance requiring hotels to develop anti-harassment policies and to provide panic buttons to workers by next summer if they work alone in guest rooms.Also in October, celebrity chef John Besh stepped down from the company he founded after 25 women alleged that male supervisors at Besh’s New Orleans restaurants sexually harassed them. One woman says Besh pressured her into a sexual relationship, but Besh has said he believes it was consensual.While suing is one way victims of misconduct can fight back, most settlements contain nondisclosure clauses that prevent them from talking about what happened to them. So the incidents are not publicized.“It fosters the problem we are seeing so much of (because) these serial harassers, bullies and predators aren’t talked about,” Boston employment attorney James Weliky said.
TORONTO – GFL Environmental Inc. is getting new investors including the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and private equity firm BC Partners in a deal that values the waste-management company at about $5.125 billion.Under the agreement, GFL founder and chief executive Patrick Dovigi will maintain his role and leadership of the Toronto-based private company as well as a significant ownership stake.“Having founded the company, it was very important to me to find partners that shared the same principles, values and vision, along with having significant capital to fund our ambitious growth plans,” Dovigi said in a statement.Financial details of the transaction weren’t disclosed.The BC Partners-led investor group, which has worked with other Canadian pension plans in the past, will acquire the interests of funds managed or associated with HPS Investment Partners, Macquarie Infrastructure Partners III and Hawthorn Equity Partners.HPS Investment Partners acquired a non-controlling interest in GFL in November 2014. The Macquarie fund became an equity investor in GFL in February 2016 when GFL bought the Matrec solid waste business from Montreal-based Transforce, now called TFI International.“We think there are more and more opportunities to continue the geographic expansion, both in Canada — really coast-to-coast — but also select markets in the U.S.,” said Paolo Notarnicola, a senior partner at BC Partners, who led the investment.BC Partners typically invests in “defensive growth” opportunities that includes resilient market sectors plus the potential for mergers or acquisitions and organic growth of the underlying business, he said.In the GFL situation, there will likely be an initial public offering in a few years that will provides BC Partners with a gradual exist from the company — but only time will tell which route the management and investors will decide to take, Notarnicola said.There had been an unconfirmed report in January that GFL had hired advisers to lead an initial public offering, which would have sold GFL shares to be listed on a stock exchange.Ontario Teachers’ didn’t respond to requests for comment Monday.The transaction is expected to close by June 30, subject to customary closing conditions.GFL has more than 5,000 employees and provides local services to more than 2.5 million households under municipal contracts and to more than 60,000 industrial, commercial and institutional customers.A report by Moody’s Investor Services in February indicated GFL had about $1.35 billion of revenue last year, with 72 per cent coming from solid waste management, 17 per cent from soil remediation and 11 per cent from liquid waste.Canadian markets accounted for 80 per cent of GFL’s revenue, with 20 per cent from the United States, Moody’s said.Moody’s also said at the time that GFL’s long-term debt rating was B2, which is below investment-grade, with a negative outlook — mostly because of its high debt-ratio.On the other hand, Moody’s said GFL has a well-diversified business with margins comparable to its peers.
Dr. Tom Perry, a Vancouver medical specialist who led the pledge drive at the 3D Medical Conference, said he was excited that visitors to Tumbler Ridge helped raise a substantial contribution toward keeping the museum open.“The Peace River Palaeontology Research Centre and Tumbler Ridge Museum are not just provincial, but national treasures,” said Dr. Perry. “I think that the doctors, pharmacists and other health professionals attending our course recognized the tremendous value of this resource for science and education, and want to see it thrive over the long term.”Dr. Helm said that the Foundation’s long-term goal remains to work with municipal and regional governments to secure stable funding from the Province. TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – Officials with the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation say that after being closed since March due to financial difficulties, the Tumbler Ridge Museum was able to reopen its doors last weekend.Foundation spokesperson Dr. Charles Helm said that the Museum was able to reopen on June 14th after the Foundation was able to secure additional funding in the past couple of months. In early May, the District of Tumbler Ridge, which had denied the Museum’s application for $200,000 in grant funding earlier this year, offered the Foundation $50,000 to open five days a week during the summer tourist season. This followed a ‘challenge grant’ of $50,000 from The Dalglish Family Foundation, challenging government and other funding sources to contribute funds, with the Foundation’s goal to raise $150,000.Dr. Helm said that over $20,000 was pledged by the attendees of the Drugs, Dinos and Dinner Medical Conference held in Tumbler Ridge earlier this month. Kelly McManus and Roachelle LaPrairie pledged a substantial personal donation, supported by sizeable contributions from LaPrairie Crane and Northland Fleet. The Lions Club of Tumbler Ridge then came forward with a further major contribution. Coupled with a contribution from the District of Tumbler Ridge, Dr. Helm said that the goal had been reached.
CALGARY, A.B. – Ensign Energy Services Inc. says it will take control of Trinidad Drilling Ltd. after acquiring a majority of the company’s shares by its Tuesday deadline.The Calgary-based drilling company says 56.38 percent of Trinidad shares have been tendered. The 154.1 million shares are in addition to the 26.9 million it also owns, raising its stake in Trinidad to 66.18 percent.Each Trinidad shareholder will receive by Thursday $1.68 per share for a total of about $470 million, with the offer price representing a 17.2 percent premium over the all-share proposal by Precision Drilling Corp., the largest driller in Canada. With all conditions of its offer satisfied or waived, Ensign has extended the deadline until Dec. 10 for Trinidad shareholders who have not done so to tender their shares.Ensign had given Trinidad shareholders less time to consider its hostile takeover bid by pushing its offer deadline ahead of a planned Dec. 11 meeting where Trinidad shareholders will vote on the merger with Precision.If that meeting isn’t cancelled, Ensign says it will use its majority to vote down that offer from Precision.