first_imgDo you have an e-learning problem? Then ask our experts to find a solution.E-mail it to the address at the bottom of the page Q I’d like to go for bespoke e-learning but have been advised it will becost-prohibitive for a group of 50. Is this true? A To a certain extent, yes. However, let’s consider this in moredetail. For a group of 50 learners, a generic e-learning solution is acost-effective proposition. This solution is quick and easy to implement andsuits urgent training needs, particularly for mainstream systems-basedtraining. A bespoke solution is almost always a more expensive option. When a smallgroup is involved, the costs are amplified, and the time taken to develop andimplement the training may be difficult to justify. However, the subject matterand target audience are a critical consideration when deciding the value oftaking the bespoke route. As an example, one of our customers needed to train 200 people in a business-criticalprocess. This group was dispersed and required constant refresher training. Thetarget audience preferred to take the learning when they needed to use it. Inthis situation the business case for bespoke e-learning was easy to make andthe solution was still more cost-effective than running the training in aclassroom. Faced with a target audience of 50 users, it is also important to ask youre-learning developer to think creatively. It may be able to offer alternativesto ‘traditional e-learning’ approaches. Voice-based support tools, web-basedassessment, virtual class-rooms, message boards or intranet-based knowledgelayers, for example, may provide an effective learning intervention at a lowercost than a complete bespoke course. Collaboration with other customers may be an option. Your supplier may beable to bring together a number of customers who will share the same corecontent. Each can then pay for their own customisation. This model works wellfor compliance type training and core business skills. Alternatively, a generic course topped and tailed with bespoke learning canprove very effective, and offers the strengths of both bespoke and genericsolutions. Response by Sunil Mehta Saffron Interactive, www.saffroninteractive.com Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Professional dilemmasOn 1 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Nic Paton profiles top supermarkets Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s, and looks at their HR strategies and what they have planned for the futureThe UK supermarket and grocery market is worth an estimated £5.7bn, of which, according to researcher Verdict, Tesco accounts for more than half – an astonishing £3.1bn of sales.The dominance of Tesco has been the primary story of the sector for the past decade, ever since it first overtook Sainsbury’s in 1995. As the first UK company to report profits of more than £2bn, the first (and so far only) UK supermarket chain to become a truly global player and increasingly dominant in non-traditional grocery areas – such as convenience stores, clothing and non-food – Tesco has been a success story without parallel.With an enviable track record when it comes to HR and leadership development, it is arguably Tesco’s investment in its people – its ‘Every Little Helps’ slogan sums up the sort of mentality it is trying to engender in its staff – as much as its ethos of ‘pile ’em high, sell ’em cheap’ that has been behind much of its growth in the past few years.“What really helped Tesco get off the ground in the 1990s was that it recognised that its staff were not as well trained as those at Sainsbury’s,” says Andrea Cockram, an analyst at Verdict. “It put a lot of effort into that, and it has paid off.” Perhaps the biggest HR story of the past couple of years, however, has been Morrisons’ swoop on Safeway in March 2004, which consolidated the sector into four key players.Back in 2002, Morrisons did not even get a mention in Personnel Today’s profile of the sector. At the time, the Bradford-based chain, led by veteran retailer Sir Ken Morrison (son of founder William), although highly respected in retailing circles, was for the most part a northern supermarket chain. That all changed in 2003, when the company pounced on the ailing Safeway, which was four times its size. Finally completing the tortuous 14-month, £2.9bn deal in March last year, it catapulted Morrisons into fourth place in the sector, and it now has 435 stores and employs 150,000 staff. But if it was designed to be a glorious finale in the career of 74-year-old Morrison, it has proved sorely misguided. A string of five profit warnings followed – with latest forecasts down as low as £50m, from £320m last year.One of the criticisms of Morrisons since the integration began has been a lack of information given to the City about what is going on. This shyness also extends to the chain’s media relations, it appears, with Personnel Today’s request for an interview with HR director Mike Greenwood being declined – we had hoped to run a page profiling the supermarket.As the former Safeway HR director, Rebecca Ivers, revealed in Personnel Today last year, people were “scared because it happened out of the blue”, rumours were flying around of stores closing and jobs being cut, and everyone was in limbo for 18 months. At the very least, such uncertainty, fear and tension required the sort of sensitive touch that unfortunately appears not to have been forthcoming from Morrison and his team.What is clear is that 2005 is set to be a crunch year for the supermarket sector, argues Verdict. Morrisons may be languishing at the moment, but if or when it pulls things around, it is likely to change the whole complexion of the sector. Of course, Morrisons may yet defy the doomsayers and come out the other end, ready to take on Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco. At the company’s last results, Morrison, in a masterly moment of understatement, conceded the past year had been “exacting” for staff. Next year, he added, would be just as hard. For Greenwood and his HR team, too, no doubt.In such a competitive industry, where every customer lost or gained counts, supermarkets have long recognised the value of giving HR a high profile. They all spend vast amounts of time and effort on coaching, leadership, talent management, retention and reward strategies. Retail is an area where HR, successfully at Tesco and less so at Morrisons, is in the spotlight, like few others.   Related posts:No related photos. Supermarket sweepBy Nic Paton on 5 Jul 2005 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

first_imgThe Antarctic Circumpolar Current is the strongest current in the ocean and has a pivotal impact on ocean stratification, heat content, and carbon content. The circumpolar volume transport is relatively insensitive to surface wind forcing in models that resolve turbulent ocean eddies, a process termed “eddy saturation.” Here a simple model is presented that explains the physics of eddy saturation with three ingredients: a momentum budget, a relation between the eddy form stress and eddy energy, and an eddy energy budget. The model explains both the insensitivity of circumpolar volume transport to surface wind stress and the increase of eddy energy with wind stress. The model further predicts that circumpolar transport increases with increased bottom friction, a counterintuitive result that is confirmed in eddy-permitting calculations. These results suggest an unexpected and important impact of eddy energy dissipation, through bottom drag or lee wave generation, on ocean stratification, ocean heat content, and potentially atmospheric CO2.last_img read more

first_imgMarch 6, 2021 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 3/6 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys Basketball1-A State Championship Game @ SVCRICHFIELD, Utah-Paxton Wolfley posted 15 points and 6 rebounds as the Panguitch Bobcats gashed Wendover 56-42 Saturday to win their eighth all-time state boys basketball championship. The Bobcats have won state titles in 1924, 1957, 1990, 1998, 2001, 2017, 2018 and 2021 as one of the more storied programs in Utah High School Activities Association history. Pedro Alvarez had 16 points for the Wildcats in the loss.1-A 3rd-4th Place Game @ SVCRICHFIELD, Utah-Gavin Hoyt posted 17 points and 12 rebounds as the Valley Buffaloes pounded Manila 48-30 at the Sevier Valley Center to earn third place at the 1-A state tournament Saturday. Cody Muir had 14 points and 4 rebounds in the loss for the Mustangs. Valley ends the season at 10-10. Manila’s season concludes with a record of 15-7.1-A 5th-6th Place Game @ SVCRICHFIELD, Utah-Treyson Roberts posted 16 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists as the Bryce Valley Mustangs clobbered Rich 55-24 Saturday at the Sevier Valley Center, earning fifth place. John Scott had 10 points and 6 rebounds in defeat for the Rebels.Girls Basketball1-A State Championship Game @ SVCRICHFIELD, Utah-Kassidy Westwood posted 14 points and 5 rebounds on 3-6 from the field as the Piute Thunderbirds earned their first state championship since 2010, prevailing 44-40 over Valley in the 1-A state championship game Saturday at the Sevier Valley Center. Tera Morgan added 13 points and 5 rebounds on 5-8 from the field and Ashley Talbot had 12 points and 3 rebounds on 4-7 shooting for the Thunderbirds. This is Piute’s second all-time state title in girls basketball in school history. Paige Harris had 11 points and 6 boards in the loss for the Buffaloes.1-A 3rd-4th Place Game @ SVCRICHFIELD, Utah-Abby Stevens netted 22 points and 6 rebounds on 8-15 from the field and 6-6 at the foul line as the Wayne Badgers earned third place by besting Milford 53-47. The Badgers finish the season 20-6 and 14-2 in Region 20 play. Jaleana Tsosie had 12 points and 12 rebounds and Kinley Spaulding added 12 points on 5-10 in defeat for the Tigers. Milford ends the season with a 16-10 record and an 8-8 mark in Region 20 play.1-A 5th-6th Place Game @ SVCRICHFIELD, Utah-McKina Stacey posted 19 points and 4 rebounds on 5-6 shooting as the Rich Rebels waxed Tabiona 53-42, earning fifth place Saturday at the Sevier Valley Center. Abbie Rhoades had 16 points and 6 rebounds in defeat for the Tigers. Written bycenter_img Brad Jameslast_img read more

first_imgThe Marcus King Band made a Saturday morning appearance on the news and talkshow CBS This Morning for the program’s Saturday Sessions. Their brief performance perfectly captures the essence of the band, with smooth horns, a soulful sound, and Marcus King’s powerful voice all combining to make heartfelt music with widespread appeal. The band’s performance of the song “Rita Is Gone” went live on the air, while CBS has posted other songs from the performance online. You can check out videos of The Marcus King Band’s appearance on CBS This Morning below.“Rita Is Gone” “Plant Your Corn Early”last_img read more

first_imgYonder Mountain String Band Upcoming 2018 Tour Dates:10/17 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room Lounge10/18 – Kansas City, MO – The Madrid Theatre10/19 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s10/20 – Owensboro, KY – Bluegrass Museum Hall of Fame10/21 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note10/24 – Davenport, IA – Redstone Room10/25 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom10/28 – Live Oak, FL – Suwannee Hulaween11/7 – New York, NY – The Bowery Ballroom11/8 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground11/9 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club11/10 – Ardmore, PA – The Ardmore Music Hall11/11 – Fairfield, CT – The Warehouse FTC11/14 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage11/15 – Washington, DC – Union Stage11/16 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Rex Theater11/17 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar11/18 – Grand Rapids, MI – Elevation at The IntersectionView All Tour Dates Today, the jamgrass juggernauts of Yonder Mountain String Band have announced their upcoming 2018 fall tour, hot off the group’s fiery performances at Northwest String Summit over the weekend. As noted by the band in their announcement, “This year is no different as we will be touring through some of our favorite venues and cities… as well as a few new ones.” For their fall tour, Yonder Mountain String Band will be joined by The Lonesome Days from October 17th to 25th and Brad Parsons from November 7th to 18th.The group will kick off their tour on October 17th at Omaha, Nebraska’s The Waiting Room Lounge, followed up by performances in Kansas City, MO; Des Moines, IA; Owensboro, KY; and Columbia, MO from October 18th to 21st. From there, the band will detour through Davenport, Iowa, on October 24th and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on October 25th ahead of their triumphant return to Suwannee Hulaween on the 28th.After a week’s break, Yonder Mountain String Band picks up their fall tour at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom on November 7th, continuing on to Burlington, Vermont; Boston, Massachusetts; Ardmore, Pennsylvania; and Fairfield, Connecticut, in the days following. The group’s upcoming fall tour ends with a five-night run from November 14th to 18th, which will see the band hit Annapolis, MD; Washington, DC; Pittsburgh, PA; and Columbus, OH, before the tour-closing show at Grand Rapids’ Elevation at The Intersection on the 18th.Fan ticket pre-sale begins tomorrow, July 25th, at 11 a.m. (ET). You can purchase pre-sale tickets here. For more information and additional ticketing, head to Yonder Mountain’s website here.last_img read more

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s College alumna’s talk was set to begin at 2 p.m. The classroom was full of chatter, as Saint Mary’s students, faculty and staff awaiting the visitor. As 2:09 p.m. rolled around, hosting professor Laura Haigwood gave her opening statement.“Adriana [Trigiani] is a gifted and prolific writer,” she said, “whose distinguished career includes outstanding professional achievement in multiple genres of media, including television, documentary film, feature film screenwriting and directing, a wonderful family memoir cookbook, ‘Cooking with My Sisters,’ and more than a dozen enchanting and entertaining, wise and warm, beautifully written and deeply engaging, highly popular and published novels, including the best selling ‘Big Stone Gap’ series.”At 2:10 p.m., Haigwood prompted the group to share why they attended the talk. Sophomore Claire Linginfelter shared her reasoning.“Actually, my grandmother is a huge fan of her,” Linginfelter said. “She actually introduced me to her writings when I was a freshman in high school, and I didn’t have any idea that she was an alumnus of Saint Mary’s. I came to get [Trigiani] to autograph this book of her’s for Christmas [for my grandma].”At 2:11 p.m., the New York Times bestseller Adriana Trigiani arrived.“They’re all too pretty,” she said. “I’m out of here.”Trigiani, a 1981 College graduate, visited the campus Tuesday afternoon to share her writing tips with the community. Trigiani began with what she said is essential.“You really don’t have anything unless you understand where it comes from,” she said. “If you understand where it comes from, then you’re always going to be able to do it.”She then addressed writer’s block, which she said does not exist. Trigiani said one must engage their subconscious to help with the process.“Engage that subconscious to work for you,” she said. “When I go to sleep at night is when I write a book. I don’t write it when I’m sitting [at a computer]. By the time I’m here, it’s just the coal mining part. I’m already done; all the decisions have been made. My subconscious does all the work. It’s the most powerful entity within you.”Once accessing the subconscious, Trigiani said the next step is deciding what to write about and what matters to the author.“Only you know what matters, because you’ll know if it’s false and unauthentic or phony or fake. Now that you don’t have any writer’s block because you’re going to use your subconscious, what are you going to tell your subconscious that you’re want to create? What’s important? What you want to say to each other? I like to just say to one person because I think that’s effective. You try to tell a lot of people something, and it’s noise. If you’re just talking to one person, you usually just cut through something.”Trigiani addressed the notion of having nothing to say and quickly disregarded it.“Everybody has one common denominator,” she said. “Our common denominator is pain, grief, loss, which forces us to need to connect. The subconscious is fed by whatever you read, listen to, who you hang out with, what you’re looking at, what you choose to write about. … You decide what the subject is based upon whatever you’re feeding it.”She said her writing process heavily involves character development and world building.“I like characters. I name them, and I let them live, and then I think about what their lives are. Then I put them in rooms together,” Trigiani said. “You will have your own technique to it, but I think whatever triggers you to stay in the world of the people is good. … I want to create a specific world from something. Then, seriously, I dream of them, and I outline. Then I let the subconscious do it. I know everything, and I’ll go to bed, and I’ll go, ‘Okay, what happens to Chi Chi Donatello tomorrow morning?’ Then I wake up with the answer, and I go do it.”Trigiani advised the audience not to force themselves to write certain kinds of characters. She said she was once told she wrote “working people” and rebelled against the idea at first, wanting to write “all kinds of people.” Later, Trigiani said she grew to love the fact.“You’ll figure it out, who your people are that you’re writing,” she said. “It can’t just be all people. It’s got to be the people that you know. The ones who your voice is in and only you could do. That’s what’s so great about it.”Trigiani said she lets her characters and stories take turns as she writes, and it may not always go as she planned.“I’ll think that this is going to happen, and then it’s three in the morning, and then something entirely different happens,” she said. “I didn’t see it coming, but I go with that. Let it happen. If somebody’s got to go, somebody dies, I didn’t mean for them to die. They die. I cry. Oh, you had to go? Bye. He’s gone. Just let him go. You have to because that’s the gig. That’s what it is. If I’m crying, I know you’re going to be crying. I didn’t see it coming.”Trigiani said hope lies in a similar path of people doing what they want, not what may have been planned for them.“Don’t let anybody define your life,” Trigiani said. “Don’t do anything with your life that somebody else told you to do just because you can’t think of a better idea. Don’t get scared and just do what appears in the moment. Don’t do things because somebody says it. I’d rather do something I’m doing to get to my goal.”Tags: Adriana Trigiani, Laura Haigwood, Saint Mary’s alumnalast_img read more

first_img continue reading » Credit union members who were once among the top law enforcement officials in Honolulu face years in federal prison after admitting they defrauded credit unions and banks through elaborate schemes to secure loans that funded their extravagant lifestyle.Last week, former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha, 59, pleaded guilty to bank fraud, and his wife, Katherine Kealoha, 49, a former Honolulu deputy prosecutor pleaded guilty to bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and drug charges.Plea agreement documents show that the couple spent more than $591,000 derived from loans fraudulently obtained from credit unions and banks, stolen funds from a reverse mortgage scam and money that belonged to two children for whom Mrs. Kealoha was the state court appointed trustee and guardian.The Kealohas used these funds to pay for their personal expenses, including a $26,000 induction brunch when Mr. Kealoha was appointed police chief, car payments for a Maserati and Mercedes Benz, concert tickets, restaurants, hotels and a trip to California’s Disneyland, according federal prosecutors. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Matic will miss both of Serbia’s matches (Picture: Getty)‘Nemanja Matic will not play in Wolfsburg, nor in Lisbon. He played the last match in the club but did not stay in the field until the end,’ said Serbia boss Mladen Krstajic.AdvertisementAdvertisementMatic joins Romelu Lukaku, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial in sustaining injuries during the international break.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsMarcus Rashford is also likely to miss England’s qualifier against Czechia on Friday with an ankle injury.The forward has been carrying the injury since United’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Old Trafford a month ago but has been playing through the pain barrier.MORE: PDC Premier League Darts week 7 fixtures, table, odds, TV channel and schedule Advertisement Nemanja Matic pulls out of Serbia friendly as Manchester United suffer fourth injury of international break Comment Nemanja Matic has just returned from injury (Picture: Getty)Nemanja Matic has become the fourth Manchester United player to sustain an injury in the international break after pulling out of Serbia’s upcoming matches.Matic missed nearly a month of action with a muscle injury but returned for the 2-0 defeat to Arsenal and started a week later in a 2-1 loss to Wolves.The 30-year-old had been a mainstay under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and was likely to start in Serbia’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Portugal after tonight’s friendly against Germany.However, the Serb has been forced to pull out of the squad, casting a doubt over his fitness for United’s clash against Watford on March 30th.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 20 Mar 2019 2:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link311Shareslast_img read more

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share Share 9 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet LocalNews AID Bank reports decline in nonperforming assets by: – November 8, 2011 AID Bank in Goodwill. Image via: Investdominica.comThe Agricultural Industrial and Development Bank (AID Bank) has reporting a steady decline in the level of nonperforming assets at the financial institution.Chairman of the AID Bank Board of Directors Ambrose Sylvester says proactive measures by the bank’s officials have now resulted in a 13% decrease in nonperforming loans.He says the AID Bank is hoping to reduce it by a further 10 percent within the next year.“Over the last 3 or 4 years there has been a steady decline in the level of nonperforming assets which today is now in the region of 13.5%-13.9%, coming from three years ago almost 24%. We have set ourselves a target of 10% within the next year or two. We have made frequent contact with customers, following up with them,” he explained.He explained that a loan only becomes nonperforming with interest in arrears after three months. “So there is a red flag by the second month and you need to follow up with them. There are a number of chronic delinquent customers but those in the more recent times; we try our best to follow up with the clients to ensure that they remain true to their obligations,” he said.Meantime the AID Bank has introduced a new mortgage plan for single persons earning 2,500 dollars or less and couples earning 4 thousand dollars or less.A number of persons stand to benefit from that facility.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more