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Students at Patriot Elementary School tried three different kinds of carrots as part of a salad bar dedication event sponsored by Bayer in coordination with the United Fresh Start Foundation
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Investment Announced at Patriot Elementary as part of a Salad Bar Donation Ceremony and Carrot Variety Taste Test

Bayer is donating salad bars to four schools in the Rosedale Union School District of Bakersfield, California as a strategy to increase children’s access and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The announcement was made during an assembly at Patriot Elementary School, which received a salad bar last year and has experienced success with students selecting fresh produce from the salad bar during their breakfast and lunch service.

The four schools in the Rosedale Union School District receiving new salad bars include:

  1. Almondale Elementary School
  2. American Elementary School
  3. Independence Elementary School
  4. Rosedale North Elementary School

“After implementing a salad bar at one of our schools, and seeing how well the students responded, we look forward to this opportunity to bring salad bars to additional schools in our district,” said Dr. John Mendiburu, Superintendent, Rosedale Union School District. “Our students enjoy being able to self-select fruits and vegetables from the salad bar. Anything that encourages our students to make healthy choices is a plus.  And since we’re located in a community surrounded by agriculture, it was nice to connect with our local businesses and discuss ways to incorporate locally grown produce on our menu.”

As part of the announcement, Bayer arranged a local grower from Grimmway Farms to speak to the audience of more than 50 fourth- and fifth-grade students about how and where carrots are grown, as well as coordinated a carrot variety taste test in which students were able to try several varieties of Grimmway carrots and vote on their favorite.

“Bayer is committed to supporting initiatives that provide children with access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and with kids eating a majority of their daily calories at school, the salad bar makes it easy for them to choose something that’s healthy and fresh,” said Jennifer Maloney, food chain and sustainability manager, Bayer. “This partnership is also meaningful because with today’s salad bar announcement, we’re able to collaborate with one of our grower partners and support healthier choices for children in one of our nation’s most prolific agricultural communities.”

To coordinate the salad bar contributions, Bayer worked with the United Fresh Start Foundation, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the United Fresh Produce Association. As part of the foundation’s partnership in the national Salad Bars to Schools initiative, they are working with the produce industry, non-profits and allied businesses to support salad bars to schools across the United States. To-date, Salad Bars to Schools has helped facilitate the donation of salad bars to more than 5,500 schools, benefitting 3 million children in all 50 states. The Bayer salad bar investment supports the national initiative.

The first salad bar donated to the Rosedale Union School District was made possible by the Kern County Chapter of California Women for Agriculture, also in partnership with United Fresh Start Foundation.

Current research indicates that the use of salad bars in schools promotes healthy food choices in school-aged children. With access to a salad bar, students are encouraged to try new items and are empowered to make their own healthy choices now, and in the future. The Salad Bars to Schools initiative aims to help school districts meet USDA school lunch nutrition standards, which require offering students a wide variety of colorful vegetable choices each week, and which promote a healthier lifestyle for students nationwide.

The Bayer commitment to sustainability and agricultural education begins with the people it serves every day. This commitment extends to fighting food insecurity and encouraging healthier food choices for a happier and well-educated community. For additional information and background on Bayer and its other programs, please visit www.bayercropscience.us/our-commitment/bayer-initiatives.

Bayer is committed to bringing new technology and solutions for agriculture and non-agricultural uses. For questions concerning the availability and use of products, contact a local Bayer representative, or visit Crop Science, a division of Bayer, online at www.cropscience.bayer.us.

Visit the Bayer Connect – Social Hub for social media, recent news, blog posts, videos and more from Crop Science, a division of Bayer.

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Two-Thirds of Digital Experts Would Move Abroad for Work, a Global Study Reveals

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Digital experts are not only among the most in-demand talent in the world, they are some of the most willing to relocate, with two-thirds open to moving to a different country to advance their careers, according to a new study by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and The Network. The US is the top country destination for digital experts worldwide, and London is their preferred city for a work-abroad assignment, according to the study.

A report based on the study, Decoding Digital Talent, is being released today as part of the ongoing Decoding Global Talent series from BCG (one of the world’s leading management consultancies) and The Network (a global alliance of more than 50 leading recruitment websites). As part of the study, BCG and The Network polled 27,000 people in 180 countries with expert-level knowledge in such skills as programming and web development, mobile application development, artificial intelligence, and robotics and engineering.

Digital experts have several things in common. Eighty percent have a college degree, and 68% are men. Contrary to popular wisdom, their top preference is working for a large company, not a startup. Just 9% are in upper management, and 41% work in positions with no management responsibilities.

Subgroups of digital experts have skills in areas where demand is growing significantly and urgently, specifically in agile ways of working (18%) and AI (14%).

On average, 67% of digital experts would relocate for a better career opportunity, but interest varies greatly by country. More than three-quarters of residents in places including India and Brazil would relocate for work, while in countries such as China fewer than one in four would consider such a move. By contrast, only 55% of nonexperts would relocate for work.

Willingness to move is highest for digital experts in developing economies, who would relocate to gain access to better opportunities to advance their careers. “When we dug deeper into the data, we also saw that in many parts of the world people with expert digital skills are most interested in moving to a nearby country or to a place where they share the language or culture,” said Rainer Strack, a BCG senior partner and coauthor of the report.

The US and Germany Are Popular Countries for Working Abroad
In addition to the US, other top destinations for digital experts include GermanyCanadaAustralia, and the UK. The same five countries are also the most popular destinations worldwide for anyone interested in relocating for work, as determined in the 2018 Decoding Global Talent study.

London, the top city globally for anyone willing to relocate, is also the top work destination for digital experts, whose next choices are New YorkBerlinAmsterdam, and Barcelona. The study’s findings make it clear that the appeal of some top-ranked cities exceeds their countries’ attractiveness among digital experts.

Digital experts appreciate having an equitable work-life balance and opportunities for learning and training over any other aspects of work, according to the study. Digital experts also put a high value on opportunities for career development, and good relationships with colleagues and managers.

Employers and Countries Must Act to Attract and Retain Digital Experts
Digital experts who can code software or run advanced AI data analytics are a valuable asset. Companies that need digital experts to run or expand a business face stiff competition for talent with those skills. In addition to recruiting, companies can meet their need for digital experts by offering upskilling or reskilling programs to teach current employees needed skills, aligning what they offer with the organization’s broader strategies.

Likewise, cities and countries must compete with other areas to recruit or retain the digital experts who could be crucial to their economic development. Undertaking a country- or area-wide strategic workforce plan to map out digital expert supply and demand is the first step toward that effort. Governments should also launch education programs and create a city or national “brand.”

“How companies, countries, and individuals will adapt their strategies to the scarcity of digital skills will be crucial for the years to come,” said Pierre Antebi, managing director of The Network and a coauthor of the report. “Recruiters are already on the frontline of this battle. Their everyday duty is finding, attracting, and retaining digital experts in their own countries and, more and more, internationally. They need to be more inventive than ever and need data to make the relevant choices. This study and the data in it are particularly dedicated to them.”

 

SOURCE Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

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Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla Promises to be the Best Hangout Destination for Kids This Summer

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– A host of exclusively crafted entertainment packages and engaging activities to make summer vacation more exhilarating

It’s summer time and Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla is geared up to help adults and kids beat the heat in a luxurious, adventure-filled and entertaining way. The destination mall is ready to welcome visitors with a rip-roaring summer festival – ‘Summer City’ that will have all the little ones googly-eyed with wonder and jumping with joy. The mall promises to thrill the young and the young-at-heart with exclusively crafted entertainment packages and month-long engaging workshops. And, of course, the retail paradise won’t disappoint with over 600 brands for both kids and adults.

Increasing the fun quotient this summer, the mall introduces specially curated fun packages offering a never-ending list of entertainment – bowling, flying experience, valo climbing, arcade games, krazee whirl, sand play, ice skating, snow sledding, snowboarding, snow play and many more. Avail entertainment worth INR 999 at just INR 499/- and activities worth INR 1999 at just INR 999/-.

These packages are available on #BookMyShow (http://bit.ly/SummerCitydeals), so that kids can make the most of this summer.

The mall is hosting a gamut of workshops and events for children to engage in and enjoy this summer vacation. Children can discover the art of creating robotic, alien and scientific three-dimensional objects at an art and craft masterclass conducted by the famous sculptor Arzan Khambatta. Hone the paper art skills under the watchful eye of the ‘Miniature Paper Sculptor’, Rajendra Gole as he conducts the paper art workshop.

Children can attain better academic performance and control over various challenges in their life by attending a Brain Booster Programme by Master Vindya Ballal. They can explore mother nature and flex their green thumbs in the world of Bonsai art under the guidance of some of the most skilled practitioners. The class will focus on skills and techniques required for bonsai development. Last but not the least, a dance workshop – Little Feet, for kids will be conducted by Nirali Bharat Someshwar. Registration to these workshops is open to all through RSVP, on a first come, first served basis – https://forms.gle/uHN1pvfSS6gwj3dc7

Summer City Activity Calendar  

   
    ACTIVITIES                                       DATE     TIME
    Spiritual parenting workshop by Tamanna Chandhok 2nd may  11.30 am - 1 pm
    Art & craft masterclass with Arzan Khambatta     3rd may  11.30 am - 1 pm
    Brain booster programme by Vindya Ballal         5th may  4 pm - 7 pm
    Paper craft workshop with Rajendra Gole          7th may  11.30 am - 1 pm
    Bonsai making workshop                           9th may  11.30 am - 1 pm
    Dance workshop with Nirali's Happy Feet India    15th may 5.00 pm - 7 pm


SOURCE: Phoenix Marketcity

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SAS invests in humans, powered by AI and analytics education

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SAS Viya for Learners users get access to a suite of integrated machine learning, text analytics, forecasting, data mining and visualization tools.
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SAS GLOBAL FORUM – SAS announced its latest plans to invest in the people behind the analytics, to help educate the new generation to change what’s possible, and to train a workforce for a transformed economy. Several new programs and initiatives – all part of the overall commitment SAS has to promoting analytics education for all – were introduced during SAS® Global Forum 2019.

Offering something for everyone including academic institutions, professionals, and future programmers of tomorrow, the new programs will help create talent to drive analytical innovation and exploration:

  • SAS® Viya® for Learners offers free access to AI software for higher education teaching and learning.
  • Cortex, a new simulation game, allows educators to gamify the analytics learning experience.
  • New certifications and badges help professionals showcase their AI skills to the world.
  • And a new philanthropic partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs introduces kids to coding.

“Analytics is changing work and our current and upcoming workforce as we know it,” said SAS CEO Jim Goodnight. “But humans will always be the heart and soul of innovation. Our commitment to analytics education from kids to educators to professionals unleashes the power of learners to build a better world.”

Free access to AI and machine learning for academic institutions
SAS is helping educators prepare students to seize new career opportunities, at no cost, with SAS Viya for Learners. SAS Viya for Learners is a full suite of cloud-based software that supports the entire analytics life cycle – from data, to discovery, to deployment – and lets users access the most advanced SAS® AI and machine learning analytics tools, for free.

Education is a key pillar of the company’s recently announced $1 billion AI investment. To support the successful use of SAS Viya for Learners at academic institutions, a substantial portion of the education portion of that investment will go towards free educator workshops and teaching materials.

With SAS Viya for Learners, academic institutions can boost graduate career placement rates by building a complete advanced analytics program within a single software environment. SAS Viya for Learners provides support tools like online chat, web tutorials, e-learning opportunities, documentation, communities and technical support, freeing educators to teach creative applications of analytics, and critical thinking skills. Educators can access a private forum to share experiences and best practices.

Students gain expertise in the most popular software languages today, including SAS and open source options Python and R. They learn to explore data, discover insights and deploy AI and machine learning models. Students gain real-world experience through true business use cases and showcase their skills with badges and certification opportunities.

Louisiana State University (LSU) is an early adopter of SAS Viya for Learners. A SAS Global Forum panel will include several LSU graduates who used their advanced analytics expertise to land jobs at a Fortune 500 financial services company. The alumni will share best practices from their time at LSU, highlight what they found most beneficial for their current careers and provide insights into transitioning from graduate school to a career.

Professors can apply for access to SAS Viya for Learners via the home page.

SAS Viya for Learners is also available to those who enroll in a new SAS machine learning course, available now. Learners can also soon gain AI and machine learning skills via two new Coursera courses that will offer access to SAS Viya for Learners.

Introducing Cortex, an analytics simulation game
SAS and Canadian business school HEC Montreal have launched Cortex, an online simulation game that teaches analytics and predictive modeling skills. Educators can bring real-world experience into the classroom by having students compete to create the best model to support a fictional charitable foundation’s fundraising efforts. The game provides students with information on the nonprofit and a data set of potential donors, as well as access to SAS data mining tools. Students are ranked on a leaderboard based on the quality of their model and its results.

Educators can begin integrating Cortex into instruction now at no cost. Students can access it on a desktop or in the cloud for a small fee.

SAS Global Forum attendees can check out Cortex at HEC Montreal’s booth in the Quad and learn more about gaming as a learning tool during a presentation on Monday, April 29. There is an educator training session on Tuesday, April 30.

New certifications and badges signal AI expertise to employers
A SAS AI, big data, advanced analytics or data science credential fosters lucrative opportunities across industries. The SAS Global Certification program has long been the standard for industries like banking and life sciences, having awarded more than 142,000 SAS credentials to individuals in 112 countries.

Learners can amplify their marketability through three new specialist-level SAS certifications in machine learning, natural language and computer vision, and forecasting and optimization. The learners who pursue the certification automatically earn the professional-level credential, SAS Certified Professional: AI and Machine Learning. An immersive two-week classroom experience or flexible, online option taken over 12 months are available. Both options include certification exams.

In addition, SAS has partnered with Acclaim to create digital badges for SAS credentials. Professionals can add badges to online resumes, social media and email signatures to showcase expertise in a variety of analytical skills.

Building tomorrow’s programmers through new Boys & Girls Clubs partnership
To succeed in the analytics, AI and data science jobs of tomorrow, young students need a strong foundation in STEM and coding fundamentals.

To help build that foundation, SAS is bringing a fun coding experience to the AustinDallas and Houston chapters of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). CodeSnaps is a free app from the makers of Curriculum Pathways® that teaches coding basics by enticing students to actively work together to control Sphero, an app-enabled robotic ball that students command using code and an iPad®. SAS is donating CodeSnaps kits, which include Sphero robots and iPads with accessories. SAS volunteers from the local city offices will train BGCA staff to conduct the lessons themselves.

Today’s announcements were made at SAS Global Forum, the world’s largest analytics conference, with more than 30,000 business and IT users of SAS software participating on-site and online.

 

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