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Ministers Support Increased Federal Funding for PostSecondary Education

first_imgThe Atlantic ministers of education and training reinforced the Atlantic premiers’ call to increase federal funding to provinces and territories for post-secondary education and training at a meeting in Brudenell, P.E.I. The ministers also announced a number of regional initiatives to improve student achievement in Atlantic schools. Post-Secondary EducationThe Atlantic ministers of education and training were unanimous in their praise of provincial and territorial premiers for the high profile given to post-secondary education and skills training at the August meeting of the Council of the Federation (COF). Ministers noted that the themes communicated by COF closely match the ministers’ desire to engage the federal government in support of greater investment in education. Ministers of education and training met with Jean-Marc Fournier, Quebec Minister of Education, and shared their regional post-secondary and training needs with their Quebec counterpart. Quebec and Ontario have been tasked by the premiers to co-chair a summit on post-secondary education later in the fall. The Atlantic ministers noted that they have been working together for some time and have identified a number of priority areas, including: The Atlantic ministers, who co-operate through the Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training (CAMET), also emphasized that Atlantic Canada has unique challenges that need to be recognized in any debate on federal funding transfers. The ministers of education and training also met with the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU), Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC), and Atlantic Provinces Community College Consortium (APCCC) to consult on Atlantic Canada’s priorities relating to post-secondary education and training. These discussions allowed for a constructive dialogue and a better understanding of how the various organizations can work together in response to the pressing needs of students and institutions. Improving Student PerformanceAs one measure of achievement, Atlantic Canadian students have participated in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and School Achievement Indicators Program (SAIP). These assessment programs are administered by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada. The ministers of education and training met with Robert Crocker of Atlantic Evaluation and Research Consultants, and Doug Willms, director of the Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy at the University of New Brunswick, both acknowledged experts in the study of student assessment, public policy and school effectiveness. Ministers of education and training recognized that success in learning is impacted by numerous factors, none of them decisive. Measurable improvement requires attention to many factors simultaneously. The ministers agreed that CAMET will pursue five new projects that are intended to address concerns shared by Atlantic departments of education and training: -30- Post-secondary infrastructure and deferred maintenance — in partnership with institutions and the federal government, the Atlantic provinces acknowledge an urgent need for renewal of facilities and an upgrade of technology to increase the ability of the region’s institutions to provide adequate access and relevant training; Adult literacy programs — with an emphasis on broadening the delivery of services and raising adult literacy levels in a meaningful and measurable way; Skills development — by investing in resources to improve recognition of prior learning, increase the quality of on-the-job training, and harmonize apprenticeship training programs across the provinces; R&D capacity — to support Atlantic R&D activity and increase economic development in the area of advanced manufacturing, enhancing the level of knowledge industries, life sciences and value-added natural resources. These projects will complement existing and planned provincial initiatives in the area of student performance. CAMET ActivitiesThe ministers of education and training also reviewed the progress of the CAMET work plan and noted the completion of several important initiatives: Social Studies Classroom Resource — Entry to Grade 2 Changing Your World Trousse d’appréciation de rendement en lecture: immersion française L’emploi du français en classe de français de base. Use of Instructional Time Improving Student Learning through Homework Learning in Rural Schools Teacher Assignment Student Motivation and Persistence.last_img read more

SKF at Bauma new lubrication controller and optimised bearings

first_imgSKF has announced the introduction of the LMC 301 controller for lubrication applications where sophisticated control and feedback are required. Designed for use with pumps that have no internal controller, the LMC 301 is very suitable for mining and large process industries.Compatible with single-line, dual-line and progressive lubrication systems, the LMC 301 can operate three different pumps, and each of those pumps can control up to three zones. Because one unit manages up to nine separate zones, fewer controllers are needed, which reduces system investment. Also, each pump can function as a different system type.The versatile LMC 301 is an efficient solution for systems that have lubrication points requiring different lubrication intervals or varying types of grease. This controller can handle multiple greases and diverse temperature ranges, and is ideal for critical bearings where it is essential to know that they have been lubricated properly.SKF also demonstrated a comprehensive range of solutions designed to extend the service life of machinery, improve productivity and reduce unplanned downtime and maintenance in mining.A featured bearing solution is the upgraded SKF Explorer spherical roller bearing. With improved heat treatment, the upgraded SKF Explorer spherical roller bearings can have a service life twice that of the previous industry leading SKF bearings, especially under contaminated or poor lubrication conditions. The upgraded bearing is also available in a sealed version. This protects the bearing from contamination during assembly into the machinery and during operation with considerably less maintenance.In addition, with a new design in the smaller sizes, the sealed SKF Explorer spherical roller bearings have up to 50% less seal friction, resulting in reduced operating temperatures by up to 20 °C, enabling doubled operating speeds.Another solution for the mining and construction industry is the range of SKF Explorer steel/steel plain bearings. With improved corrosion resistance and heavy-duty sealing, these bearings now have a dynamic load rating 50% higher than conventional steel/steel bearings. These bearings can operate maintenance-free and can last significantly longer than even regularly relubricated conventional bearings in applications with low to moderate contamination levels.“SKF continues to improve our products to provide OEM and end user customers increased reliability and reduced maintenance” says Keith Meyers, SKF’s Global Industry Manager Mining, Mineral Processing and Cement. “This improves their productivity and the safety of their workers.“last_img read more