Future perfect

first_img Previous Article Next Article Future perfectOn 29 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Technology is revolutionising training and career development, even turningsome of the more progressive organisations into virtual corporate universities.But which are likely to be the key technologies in the future? We offer somepredictionsVisions of the future are notoriously off the mark. Twenty-five years ago wethought robots would be performing all our household chores. At about the sametime BT executives claimed that mobiles phones were not a practical reality. In some areas where new technology is emerging, however, we can make somefairly safe predictions. In the workplace we are on the brink of a revolutionin training and career development, thanks to technological advances.Progressive organisations, such as BAe Systems and BT, are creating virtualcorporate universities that will eventually give employees access to a hugerange of training materials through their PCs. With the Government placing sucha strong emphasis on lifelong learning and competitive advantage, we are likelyto see many more businesses follow suit. But this is just one way organisationsare harnessing technology to train staff.Making the most of new developments will not only entail a change in theattitude of staff and managers towards training, it will also require somephysical changes to the work environment. Here we take a look at what thelearning organisation of the future might look like.The digi-theatreAlthough classroom-based teaching will not disappear, the traditionalelements of the classroom will. Blackboards and flipcharts will be replaced byelectronic white boards, operated by a remote mouse or touchscreen technology.Course delegates in one of these “digi-theatres” will be able to plugtheir laptops into portals and download “handouts” direct from thetrainer’s PC while viewing the white board.Some schools are already using these multimedia white boards which allow theteacher to download animation from a PC or laptop and project videos, as wellas present normal text and pictures. Not all companies will need or wantdigi-theatres, but as the Government continues to push the concept of communitylearning and encourage greater interaction between industry and education,companies will be able to use digi-theatres at local schools and colleges.Mobile learnersThe new generation of mobile phones are linked to the Internet allowingusers to download information from the World Wide Web. In terms of theirpotential as a learning device, their use is limited – you would not want toread a whole research paper on the small screen of your phone. But thanks toadvances in audio technology, it will soon be possible for digital informationto be “translated” into sound. This means that rather thandownloading text from the Internet, it could be “read” to you viayour mobile’s earpiece. So, a sales executive driving to an important clientpresentation, say, could download useful information on the potential clientand listen to it en route to his meeting.Internets/intranetsPhysical limitations like size and distance will not restrict the learningorganisation of the future. Virtual corporate universities are already givingemployees at multi-site organisations access to information, although it is inrelatively small amounts and it is only in the form of text or pictures. Infuture, using the company intranet will be a more interactive process. Theremay be live on-line tutorials where students are linked throughvideo-conferencing. Alternatively, delegates may be represented by icons onscreen and communicate through real-time chat rooms.New computers will utilise their spatial and audio capacity much more thantoday’s machines, so computer-based learning will no longer simply be a matterof reading and learning text on-screen. Learning by game-play will become areality. A group of managers, for example, could act out scenarios with virtualemployees on screen. The employees’ actions on-screen will depend on thedecisions taken by the manager/player and will therefore encourage managers tothink through the consequences of their actions.Learning from homeAt the moment most training material within companies is available via theintranet rather than the Internet because of fears over security. But somecompanies are already overcoming security issues by becoming Internet serviceproviders themselves. It also means that employees will be able to access theInternet via their company IPS from their own homes. Digital television willbegin to play a much bigger role in learning at home, too. Technical collegescould transmit employer-approved training modules via the local cable systemenabling employees to study from the comfort of their armchair.MentoringMentoring has become a buzzword in progressive organisations. One reason itis so popular is that it allows senior managers to pass on vital cultural andbehavioural knowledge about a company that can be difficult to teach in thetraditional sense. One way technology will facilitate this is through videocameras. Board meetings and group discussions can be filmed and archived, to beplayed back as part of a management training course. Alternatively, traineemanagers could “shadow” an individual director. Cameras are so tinynow that they can easily be attached to a pair of glasses or a headset when thedirector wants to give trainees an insight into what is involved at their levelin the organisation.Virtual realityVirtual reality is already used by military and manufacturing to testproducts. As yet, virtual reality is not widespread in training but as costscome down employers will be keen to harness this technology. Wearing a pair ofdata glasses trainees will be able to practise medical techniques or learn howto operate expensive and complicated machinery without damaging the realequipment.Research being conducted at the Reading University takes virtual realityinto a new dimension. The department of cybernetics is developing a siliconchip that will be implanted into the body and attached to the nervous systems.The chip will allow a computer to record sensations and feelings experienced bythe individual. By the same token, it may be able to transmit messages from thecomputer via the chip to the person’s brain allowing them to experiencesensations at the press of a button. The use of this technology outside ofmedicine is many years away, but its very existence opens up all sorts ofpossibilities for learning. Could sales staff on a motivational training courseexperience the high of clinching a deal through a tiny chip inside theirbodies? Will chip technology develop to a stage when information can betransmitted directly into your brain from a computer? It sounds like sci-fi butsome experts believe it will become reality.By Isabel ChoatThanks to Kevin Warwick, professor of cybernetics at Reading University;Richard Scase, professor of organisational behaviour at the University of Kent;Dr Andrew Pember, manager learning networks at BAe Systems; Ed Gonsalvez,research associate Open University Business School; Geoff Crook, director ofthe sensory design research laboratory at Central St Martins; Graham Whitehead,advanced concepts manager at BT; and Chris Yapp, fellow for lifelong learningat ICL Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

NBA: Clippers are in compliance with league resting policy as Kawhi Leonard plans to sit out another national TV game

first_imgNovember 6, 2019 /Sports News – National NBA: Clippers are in compliance with league resting policy as Kawhi Leonard plans to sit out another national TV game FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWillard/iStock(NEW YORK) — The NBA says the Los Angeles Clippers are in compliance with rest rules, despite star forward Kawhi Leonard sitting out a pair of national television games in the span of eight days.Leonard will sit out the team’s game on Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks. It will be the second week in a row where Leonard will sit out a nationally broadcast game because it is the second game of a back-to-back for LA. “Kawhi Leonard is not a healthy player under the league’s resting policy,” league spokesman Mike Bass told ESPN Wednesday, “and, as such, is listed as managing a knee injury in the LA Clippers injury report.”“The league office, in consultation with the NBA’s director of sports medicine, is comfortable with the team medical staff’s determination that Leonard is not sufficiently healthy to play in back-to-back games at this time,” Bass added.The Clippers will manage Leonard’s minutes as part of a long-range plan. He was managed in a similar way last season with the Toronto Raptors, helping to bring the phrase “load management” to the mainstream.Leonard hasn’t played on back-to-back days since April 2017 with the San Antonio Spurs. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Africa wants 10 World Cup places

first_imgInfantino met Nigeria’s Buhari when he visited Africa last year. Africa wants 10 places at the World CupJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Africa wants 10 places in the 48-nation World Cup from 2026, FIFA president Gianni Infantino was told in Johannesburg Wednesday.The Swiss-Italian was attending a two-day meeting of African national football association presidents behind closed doors.“All associations back an expanded World Cup and Africa hopes for 10 places,” said South African FA president Danny Jordaan, according to a Johannesburg radio station.The expansion of the World Cup, passed by the FIFA Council last month, comes into effect for the 2026 tournament.The Infantino proposal will feature 16 first-round groups from which winners and runners-up qualify for the knockout phase.Africa has had five places since the 1998 World Cup in France without making a significant impact on the four-yearly tournament. No African country has gone further than the quarter-finals and the 2014 World Cup was the first in which two teams from the continent reached the knockout stage.Infantino used the summit to explain his expanded World Cup from the current 32, and to spell out new development projects.“The gathering was a worthwhile exercise,” said one national football association president, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity.“It was good talking directly to the FIFA president about matters that concern us in running our organisations.”Infantino, who did not speak to the media while in Johannesburg, flies to Harare Thursday for the birthday party of Zimbabwe FA president Philip Chiyangwa.On Friday, the FIFA president visits Uganda and is expected to meet President Yoweri Museveni.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

TJB launches support for Penn Relays

first_imgNEW YORK (CMM):As part of ongoing preparations for the annual Penn Relays, Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) recently launched its 2016 season at a private reception held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston last Monday.A 20-member team travelled to the island to the annual ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, which took place from March 15-19 at the National Stadium.Minister of Education, Youth and Information Ruel Reid spoke of his admiration for the organisation, and wished for its continued success.Stephen Drummond, a special guest of TJB, presented a cheque for US$10,000 to the organisation and announced a major financial boost by his law firm, Drummond & Squillace, PLLC, to Herbert Morrison (of which he’s an alumnus) to provide free lunch for one year to the entire student body.Dervan Malcolm, a host on Power 106 FM and the extremely popular ‘Diaspora Live’ programme, was presented with the TJB Award for using that platform to give the diaspora a greater voice.Now in its 22nd year, TJB has over the years formed numerous strategic partnerships to support not only Jamaican athletes, but the schools from which many ofthem hail.Support for athletes at the annual Penn Relays Carnival, held at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, includes meals, transportation, booking and coordinating hotel accommodation and chiropractic care.Having had the distinction of being the first Jamaican/Caribbean sponsor at the Penn Relays, TJB opened the doors and, consequently, the very lucrative Diaspora and mainstream markets to mega brands such as Grace Foods (now title sponsor), Jamaica Tourist Board, VMBS, LIME, Digicel, Jamaica National, Western Union/GKRS Money Services, Caribbean Food Delights, Golden Krust, Tower Isles and others, who now participate or have participated in the three-day carnival, gaining exposure to the over 115,000 spectators on hand and millions more through the NBC Saturday national broadcast.This year, the organisation welcomed on board Philadelphia International Medicine, which will provide two sports medicine physicians to assist with the care of the athletes at the Penn Relays on Saturday, April 30.The Penn Relays will be held on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, from April 28-30.last_img read more

Local Roundup: St. Bernard’s undefeated in Little 4 after doubleheader sweep of Ferndale

first_imgEureka >> Baseball, complex in so many ways, is simple at its core.Field the ball, catch the ball, hit the ball.Typically, the teams that do the most basic of fundamentals the best, wins championships.Case in point, the St. Bernard’s Crusaders, who are out to a 6-0 record in the Little 4 after sweeping Ferndale in a doubleheader on Saturday at St. Bernard’s Academy. In the opener, St. Bernard’s (9-7 overall, 6-0 Little 4) got a solid outing by starting pitcher Caleb Ruiz, who …last_img read more

a month agoTwo Liverpool fans assaulted in Naples

first_imgTwo Liverpool fans assaulted in Naplesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTwo Liverpool fans were assaulted prior to the Champions League clash with Napoli on Tuesday.Both fans were assaulted before kick-off but were able to attend the game.The police statement read: “At around 6pm local time (5pm GMT), it was reported a number of males on scooters approached the fans at a bar in the city before assaulting them.”Two men from the UK, aged 26 and 46, sustained superficial cuts and grazes to the head and were treated at the scene before continuing to attend the match.”Local police are aware and Merseyside Police are working with police colleagues in Naples to assist in the policing of the Champions League fixture.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Here’s Who Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith Are Picking To Win The NCAA Tournament

first_imgSkip Bayless and Steven A. Smith discuss who will win the NCAA tournament.bayless smith ncaa tournament picksSkip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith may be 1-seeds in our 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media bracket, but it’s also true that they have a very highly-rated morning show on ESPN. Earlier this week, the duo made their NCAA Tournament picks – and neither picked a 1-seed to cut down the nets.That being said, they did pick big programs. Bayless took a shot on 4-seed Kentucky relying on talent to make its way through the tournament. Bayless cited Tom Izzo’s experience, taking Michigan State. You can view the segment below.Do you agree with either? Or will another team be winning it all in early April?last_img read more

Sustainable land management

first_imgLand degradation and desertification are some of the greatest environmental challenges for the world in light of climate change, rapidly growing population and increasing demand for food, fibre and biomass energy. As the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says, land “provides the principal basis for human livelihoods and well-being, including the supply of food, freshwater and multiple other ecosystem services, as well as biodiversity.” Also Read – A special kind of bondBut the problem of land degradation and desertification is acute in Asia and Africa. Under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 15.3, a land degradation-neutral world by 2030 would not only depend upon the success of Africa and Asia to combat it, but the overall success would be critically determined by the success in achieving them in the two continents. UN agencies and the scientific community have been in a continuous discourse on identifying and generating empirical and scientific methods for monitoring, assessing and reporting the progress on land degradation and desertification. Also Read – Insider threat managementIn Asian countries, the degraded areas mainly include the deserts of China mainland, India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan; the sand dunes of Central Asia; the steeply eroded mountain slopes of Nepal; and the deforested and overgrazed high-lands of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Asia holds almost 60 per cent of the world’s population. Of this, nearly 70 per cent live in rural areas and depend directly on land and land-based ecosystem services. As a result, Asia is most severely affected by land degradation, desertification and drought in terms of the number of people. In Africa too, the situation is alarming. Agenda 2063 – Africa’s blueprint for transforming the continent into a global powerhouse – talks about creating a prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development. The continent meeting the SDGs is in line with the aspirations of Agenda 2063. At the sixth special session of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment held in April 2016, the ministers decided to use outcomes of the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The 2015 ELD study provides a vehicle for the generation of policy-relevant information that links the biophysical aspects of land degradation with the economic drivers of change and subsequent implications for society. Africa is particularly vulnerable to soil erosion and is the most severely affected continent. Two-thirds of productive land has degraded, as per a UNCCD estimate. To achieve SDGs and to realise the aspirations of Agenda 2063, Africa needs to sustainably manage its natural resources. Desertification has affected 45 per cent of Africa’s land area, of which 55 per cent is at high or very high risk of further degradation. The socioeconomic consequences of land degradation are food insecurity, poverty, social tension, reduced availability of clean water and increased vulnerability of affected areas. Soil, especially topsoil, is an important natural resource base in the production of food, fibre and biomass energy. It takes 200 to 1,000 years to form 2.5 cm of topsoil under cropland conditions. Land degradation is causing loss of topsoil and the nutrients it contains, which, in turn, leads to reduction in crop production. Nutrient depletion from 105 million ha of cereal crop-lands in 42 African countries is causing a loss of 280 million tonnes of cereal crops a year. The economic value of this was estimated at US$ 127 billion per year by the ELD study. It shows that benefits of action against land degradation through sustainable land management are seven times higher than the costs associated in the next 15 years. Economic appraisal (cost of restoration v benefit of restoration) in the ELD Asia study indicates that if all Asian countries invest and develop sustainable land management technologies on its 487 million ha of agricultural land in the next 13 years, the total cost would be $ 1,214 billion, that is, $ 2,494 per ha. The present value of the flows of total benefits from investing in sustainable land management is estimated at $ 4,216 billion, or $ 8,663 per ha. This means Asia could create a net present value of $3,008 billion, equal to $6,169 per ha with a benefit-cost ratio of 3:5. China mainland, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Iran, Myanmar, Indonesia and Japan together account for 88.34 per cent of the net present value, with the ratio ranging from 3:02 in Japan to 6:75 in China mainland. The study also indicates that investing in sustainable land management technologies and becoming agricultural land degradation-neutral by 2030 would help countries reduce the poverty gap to zero, increase the total per capita domestic food crop production to 858 kg across Asia, and result in economic growth and expansion in the agricultural sector. The drop in annual production in Asia due to topsoil loss-induced loss of NPK (nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium) amounts to 16.7 million tonnes of crops with a total value of $ 9.9 billion at the weighted average price of crops produced in the region. In other words, preventing topsoil loss-induced NPK loss would increase productivity by 0.68 per cent per year. Annual production loss due to topsoil loss-induced NPK loss is 1.31 billion tonnes or close to 53 per cent of the annual total crop production in the region. The corresponding value of this annual loss at the weighted average crop prices amounts to close to $ 732.7 billion. Thus, Asian countries need to act against topsoil loss-induced soil nutrient depletion that is aggravating agricultural land degradation. This may require investment in sustainable land management technologies on agricultural lands. For both Africa and Asia to attract investment in sustainable land management practices, the study suggests that sustainable land management is the key to control land degradation and to achieve land degradation neutrality. The benefits of action through sustainable land management to control land degradation outweighs the cost of action in all studied African countries. The net present value of action is non-negative against changes in the discount rate, prices of cereals and planning horizon. The cost of inaction measured in terms of cereal crops loss due to soil erosion-induced nutrient depletion over 15 years (2016-30) is equivalent to 12.3 per cent of the GDP of the 42 countries, as studied. Investment in sustainable land management practices will only be equivalent to 1.15 per cent of the GDP of 42 countries in Africa. The scientific data and economic analysis indicate that in addition to achieving SDG 15.3, investment in sustainable land management on agricultural land would enable most Asian countries to achieve other related SDGs as well. Moreover, results of this study have an important contribution in providing the methods, indicators, and results for measuring and reporting SDG target 15.3 and for integrating particularly the value of soil as a natural capital in the nations’ social accounting matrices. (The author is Chief Environmental Economist, United Nations Environment Programme. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Sun Life expects 200M onetime charge in Q4 due to US tax

first_imgTORONTO – Sun Life Financial Inc. says it will take a $200-million charge related to U.S. tax reform when it reports its fourth-quarter results.The company says the one-time hit is due to the impact of the tax changes on actuarial liabilities, deferred tax assets and liabilities and a one-time tax charge on deemed repatriation of foreign earnings.Late last year, the U.S. cut its corporate income tax rate to 21 per cent, from 35 per cent, as part of an overhaul of its tax laws.The move is expected to lift future earnings, but it also reduced the value of deferred tax assets held on company balance sheets, prompting firms to recognize one-time charges related to the change.Sun Life (TSX:SLF) estimates that it expects the lower tax rate in the U.S. will mean that the tax expense included in its 2018 underlying net income will fall by approximately $130 million.The company is expected to report its fourth-quarter results on Feb. 14.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgThe Canadian Press Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down six cents, or 3.11 per cent to $1.87 on 22.5 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Up $1.06, or 2.56 per cent, to $42.44 on 19.7 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Up 17 cents, or 8.5 per cent, to $2.17 on 11 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 30 cents, or 4.03 per cent, to $7.14 on 9.1 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Gold. Down 28 cents, or 6.76 per cent, to $3.86 on 8.1 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Up one cent, or 0.05 per cent, to $19.52 on 7.8 million shares. Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,264.06, down 152.83 points).center_img Companies reporting major news:Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG). Down $2.48 or 15 per cent to $14. Home Capital Group says Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is reducing its stake in the mortgage lender to less than 10 per cent. Buffett’s investment firm helped restore confidence in the lender following accusations that it misled investors by acquiring a nearly 20-per-cent stake in Home Capital in 2017. Buffett says with the full repayment of the $2 billion credit line, Berkshire’s investment in Home Capital is now not of a size to justify the firm’s ongoing involvement.Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY). Down $1.12 or 1.2 per cent to $92.68. Royal Bank is denying a report that it was able to read, write and delete users’ messages on the social networking website Facebook. The New York Times has published a story claiming Facebook gave RBC, along with Spotify and Netflix, the ability to see private messages between its users. RBC says it was given permission to send messages to Facebook users from 2013 to 2015 when it offered a mobile app service that enabled customers to send money to their friends through the social network. It says it did not have the ability to see users’ messages.last_img read more