How to woo the budget holders

first_imgE-learning is a revenue generator, says Macromedia’s Sue Thexton, we justhave to convince the right peopleAnalysts predict that e-learning will be one of this decade’s killerapplications – Gartner believes that “online learning will be the mostwidely used web application by 2005” and IDC predicts a market value of$18.5bn in the same year. To meet such expectations in today’s economic climate, we need to convincebudget holders that what they are buying into is a revenue generator and abenefit to their business. From day one, it is essential an enterprise clearlydefines what its particular learning needs are and how training will link intoexisting business models. In reality, poorly-defined training can frustrate revenue generators inbusiness units who don’t see its value. This can lead to great content beingdeveloped, but to no predetermined ends, so the content is not used and moneyis squandered. E-learning champions need to internally promote how e-learning can savemoney. This can be achieved by preparing some dummy costings. Take a globalsales force within a pharmaceutical company – bringing the whole team togetherphysically for new product training could cost millions of pounds, whereasdeploying a CD-Rom alongside online web-based seminars, sometimes calledwebinars, will save time and money (and if used correctly, can be veryeffective). Also, corporates should move towards the idea of ‘learning objects’ in orderto maximise return on investment – this will help combat the cost argument usedby e-learning doubters. If corporates treat the content as assets (learningobjects) that can be moved across a number of platforms – for example, a FlashMX movie clip – then they will increase in value the more they are re-purposed.It is a case of greater use equals lower cost, equals greater return oninvestment. E-learning’s worth must be measured against improvement in employees’ coreskills. Within an enterprise, there must be key people who understand eachindividual’s development needs, and who should be responsible for building anddeveloping the e-learning modules to address pre-determined development areas.By creating specific content, the target audience will use the modules andprogress can be measured accordingly. The bottom line is that unless e-learning can be measured as delivering ahealthy return on investment, its adoption will never match analysts’ expectations.Sue Thexton is vice-president Europe at Macromedia, www.macromedia.com How to woo the budget holdersOn 1 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Stephen Curry to have MRI following adductor strain

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAnthony Causi / ESPN Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry will undergo an MRI Friday to evaluate the severity of an injury he sustained during Thursday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks. The team’s star guard didn’t return to the game in the third quarter due to an adductor strain in his left leg, ESPN reports. Curry briefly tried to stay in the game after he injured himself while challenging a move by Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe. But the injury to his leg proved to be too much for Curry, and forced him to leave the game without returning. Curry’s teammates and coach don’t seem to be too worried about the seriousness of his injury. Warriors coach Steve Kerr downplayed his concern to ESPN, despite having little experience with the type of injury Curry suffered.“I’m not nervous. I have nothing to go off of. If this was an ankle, I could tell you four days, 12 days,” Curry said. “But I will see tomorrow. …I’ve honestly never done this before, so I have nothing to go off of.”Teammate Kevin Durante said Curry “seemed good to me,” but added that he’d have to talk to Curry Friday as they await the MRI results.“I have to talk to him [Friday] to see how he’s doing, but hopefully he’s doing well,” Durante told ESPN.The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Golden State Warriors Thursday night 134-111.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by November 9, 2018 /Sports News – National Stephen Curry to have MRI following adductor straincenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Add New Fall Dates Including 2018 Halloween Show

first_imgOn Monday, Baltimore-based jam quartet Pigeons Playing Ping Pong announced a new batch of additions to their 2018 fall tour.The band will now mount a two-night run around All Hallows Eve, including a Halloween night performance at The National in Richmond, VA and a November 1st show at Charlotte, NC’s The Neighborhood Theatre, both featuring support from The Kitchen Dwellers. Then, over Thanksgiving weekend, the band will hit Rams Head Live in their native Baltimore for a pair of shows on Friday, November 23rd (with lespecial) and Saturday, November 24th (with Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers).This latest addition to the band’s fall tour comes in the wake of the announcement of their first-ever headlining show at Port Chester, NY rock palace The Capitol Theatre.See below for a full list of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s upcoming tour dates. For more information, or to grab your tickets, head to the band’s website.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Upcoming Tour DatesNewly added dates bolded8/30 – Garrettsville, OH – Summerdance Festival 20188/31 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom9/1 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt9/2 – Lake George, NY – Adirondack Independence Festival9/26 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic *9/27 – Dallas, TX – Granada *9/28 – Houston, TX – Last Concert Cafe *9/29 – Austin, TX – Mohawk *10/2 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom *10/3 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern *10/4 & 10/5 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom *10/6 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom*10/8 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst10/10 – Arcata, CA – Arcata Theatre+10/11 – Bend, OR – The Domino Room+10/12 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom+10/13 – Seattle, WA – Neptune+10/14 – Missoula, MT – Top Hat Lounge+10/16 – Bozeman, MT – Rialto10/18 & 19 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater10/31 – Richmond, VA – The National *11/1 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre *11/2 & 11/3 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse11/16 & 11/17 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts11/[email protected] & 11/24$ – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live11/29–12/1 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club12/12 – 12/16 – Puerto Morelos, Mexico – Holidaze1/26/19 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre^ w/ moe.* w/ The Kitchen Dwellers+ w/ Andy [email protected] w/ lespecial$ w/ Joe Hertler & The Rainbow SeekersView Upcoming Dateslast_img read more

Modest Job Market Anticipated for Burlington

first_imgModest Job Market Anticipated for Burlington December 14, 2004 Burlington area employers expect to hire at a moderate pace during the first quarter of 2005, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. From January to March, 20% of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees, while 17% expect to reduce their payrolls, according to Manpower spokesperson Susan Cram. Another 46% expect to maintain their current staff levels and 17% are not certain of their hiring plans. In the Burlington area, employers expect less hiring activity than in the fourth quarter when 27% of the companies interviewed intended to increase headcount, and 13% planned to decrease it,” said Cram. “Employers are more optimistic about hiring than they were a year ago when 13% of companies surveyed thought employment increases were likely and 17% intended to cut back.” For the coming quarter, job prospects appear best in Non-Durable Goods Manufacturing, Wholesale/Retail Trade and Finance/Insurance/Real Estate. Employers in Education plan to reduce staffing levels, while those in Durable Goods Manufacturing and Services voice mixed hiring intentions. Hiring in Construction, Transportation/Public Utilities and Public Administration is expected to remain unchanged.National results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey for the first quarter of 2005 predict a slight boost in the hiring pace. Of the 16,000 U.S. employers that were surveyed, 24% anticipate and increase in hiring activity for the first quarter, while 10% expect to decrease staff levels. Fifty-nine percent of employers surveyed foresee no change in job prospects, and 7% are unsure of their hiring plans. When seasonal variations are removed from the data, the outlook for the first three months of 2005 reveals that employer confidence is expected to inch upward from last quarter and improve greatly from a year ago.last_img read more

Wood Mackenzie: Solar will soon ‘be cheaper than gas almost everywhere’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:The days of new gas-fired plants keeping up with utility solar will soon be over. But the rise of competitive renewables auctions means profits will be hard to come by, even in an expanding market.Solar will soon be able to out-compete gas-fired plants around the world. That doesn’t mean it will be any easier to make a living in the solar business.“By 2023, we think solar’s going to be cheaper than gas almost everywhere around the world,” Tom Heggarty, senior solar analyst for Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, said Tuesday at GTM Solar Summit in Phoenix.New gas plants remain competitive with new utility solar in a number of big markets today, from China to the U.K. to South Korea. But that will no longer be the case by the early 2020s, as equipment costs continue to fall and competitive auctions proliferate, Heggarty said.Yet for all that signifies, the news has not all been good for the global solar market recently.The annual market failed to crack the 100-gigawatt mark in 2018 as it was expected to do, due chiefly to a policy-induced slowdown in China. India, too, put up weaker-than-expected growth last year as 14 gigawatts of auctions were canceled or postponed, or awarded projects were annulled.But setbacks in any one market — even China — are becoming less important as the industry takes root around the world. China accounted for 35 percent of global solar installations through 2018, but that share will fall to 27 percent in the 2019 to 2024 period, WoodMac predicts.More: WoodMac: Solar plants cheaper than natural gas ‘just about everywhere’ by 2023 Wood Mackenzie: Solar will soon ‘be cheaper than gas almost everywhere’last_img read more

Should you get a car loan through a credit union?

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Studies on consumer auto financing show most buyers prefer to get their car and truck loans directly from auto manufacturers – mostly because they can cut a better deal, dollar-wise.But the next preferred landing spot for auto finance consumers isn’t big banks – it’s credit unions.For example, a new study from Wallet Hub shows that vehicle consumers “should start their search for financing with car manufacturers,” where they’ll find lending rates that are 44% below the industry average. Credit unions should “be next,” Wallet Hub reports, with lending rates 21% below industry average. Meanwhile, big bank auto lending rates are 10% above the industry average, while regional banks offer loans that are 25% higher than the industry average.Maybe that’s one reason why credit union membership is growing so fast, as U.S. credit unions have added 4.6 million members in the past year (through June 2017), according to the Credit Union National Association, based in Washington, D.C. Credit unions had a grand total of 111.7 million members at the end of June, and continue to grow. continue reading »last_img read more

The power of proactivity

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Ironworkers USA Federal Credit Union($40M, Portland, OR) has a simple strategy for getting business from its members. “We ask them for it,” says president and CEO Teri Robinson. “And then we earn it.”This little lending engine that could has earned enough business to go from the brink of extinction to sharp growth and now nationwide expansion as it keeps a tight focus on the particular needs of its labor union membership.Until recently, Ironworkers USA was Pacific Northwest Ironworkers FCU. The new name results from a 2018 charter expansion that allowed members to join from beyond the original FOM of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. There now are members in 17 states and one Canadian province.Marketing consists primarily of word-of-mouth – in person at union halls and on the job, and on the internet. The credit union has been gaining two or three new members a day online, Robinson says, and a single posting recently on closed Facebook page for union ironworkers generated 40 new members in one day.last_img read more

Fight Over Gig Workers Persists Despite Win for Uber and Lyft

first_imgBut under Mr. Biden, who has longstanding ties to labor unions and who opposed Prop. 22, the labor board and the Labor Department are likely to back away from these positions. The president-elect has also come out in favor of the Pro Act, a proposal that would make it harder for companies to misclassify workers as contractors and effectively make gig workers employees under federal labor law.The situation in Washington is not entirely clear cut, however. Some advisers to Mr. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris also have ties to the gig companies or have written favorably about a compromise. Ms. Harris’s brother-in-law is Uber’s chief legal officer. Some labor activists worry that the Biden administration could be amenable to a deal with gig companies.“We are trying to lead the way in California but it is necessary to deal with misclassification on a national level,” said Ms. Gonzalez, the assemblywoman. “I am hopeful that Joe Biden will do what his platform said and address these issues.”- Advertisement – The ultimate outcome in this fight could hinge on a sometimes-bitter debate on the left: Is it essential for gig workers to enjoy the status of employees, and the benefits and protections that guarantees? Or can gig workers win a living wage and favorable working conditions if they aren’t employees but have collective bargaining rights that allow them to demand these things from the gig companies?Brendan Sexton, the executive director of the Independent Drivers Guild, an organization affiliated with the International Association of Machinists that has received funding from Uber and Lyft, has argued in testimony before the New York Legislature that “collective bargaining rights is the only way to stop the exploitation.” “Tens of thousands of drivers in New York State, who as independent contractors were getting hundreds of dollars less, as employees are entitled to up to $504 a week,” said Bhairavi Desai, the executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, which helped bring the lawsuit. “The state would have to roll back a right that people have already enjoyed.”The victory of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. also appears to have given labor additional leverage. The National Labor Relations Board under President Trump has deemed gig workers to be contractors, which denied them a federally protected right to organize. The Labor Department has taken a similar approach, suggesting in an opinion letter that some gig workers were not protected under federal minimum wage and overtime laws. In September, the department proposed a regulation that would codify and expand that finding.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Dutch trial seeks justice for MH17 families

first_img ‘There will be more trials’ Prosecutors say the suspects were all linked to the separatists and were instrumental in bringing the missile to Ukraine even if they did not pull the trigger.Girkin, also known by his pseudonym “Strelkov”, is the most high-profile suspect — a former Russian spy and historical re-enactment fan who helped kickstart the war in Ukraine.Dubinsky, who has also been tied to Russian intelligence, allegedly served as the separatists’ military intelligence chief and was allegedly responsible for requesting the delivery of the missile.Pulatov was an ex-Russian special forces soldier and one of Dubinsky’s deputies who allegedly helped transport the missile system to Ukraine, while Kharchenko allegedly led a separatist unit in eastern Ukraine and secured the missile launcher.Investigators say they are still trying to track the crew of the BUK, which originated from the Russian army’s 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade based in the city of Kursk.They are also seeking information implicating “high-ranking” Kremlin officials.”I am convinced there will be more trials in the coming years,” Ploeg said. The Netherlands will put four people on trial next week over the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014, giving families hope of justice even if the suspects are not in the dock.For more than five years relatives have called for the prosecution of those responsible for shooting down the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with the loss of all 298 men, women and children on board.The jet travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was torn apart by a Russian-made missile over part of eastern Ukraine held by pro-Moscow rebels, spreading bodies and debris over a wide area. A Dutch-led international probe last year made its first charges in the case, accusing Russians Igor Girkin, Sergei Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov and Ukrainian citizen Leonid Kharchenko of involvement.None is expected to be at the high-security court near Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on Monday, but family members will be out in force for the start of what is expected to be a year-long trial.”For the next of kin this is a very important moment,” said Piet Ploeg, head of a foundation for MH17 victims who lost his brother, sister-in-law and nephew on the doomed flight.”We will hear what happened, why it happened, what was the role of the Russian state. I hope, I am convinced, we will get all the answers that we have not had for five-and-a-half years,” he told AFP. Topics :center_img Ploeg, who says he will attend every day of the trial, added: “It’s a bloody shame that the four suspects are having a good time and parties in Russia, but we can’t do anything about it, they won’t be extradited. It’s a fact that we will have to deal with.” ‘Some sort of closure’ Relatives will be allowed inside the courtroom to watch, while a media center has been built outside the stark concrete building to house more than 400 journalists from around the globe.The downing of MH17 on July 17, 2014 horrified the world, with its images of wreckage strewn across Ukranian sunflower fields and some victims including children still strapped into their seats, their faces masks of agony.Of the dead, 196 were from the Netherlands, and Dutch authorities aided by Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine have relentlessly pursued the case ever since.Investigators say the BUK anti-aircraft missile was fired from rebel territory and was supplied by Russia, while the Netherlands and Australia have said they hold Moscow responsible.Russia has long denied any involvement.”We have always questioned the objectivity of the work of the investigative team, as we were deprived the chance to participate in it,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.The first week of the trial is expected to deal with so-called “housekeeping” issues rather than hearing evidence, but it will include the crucial detail of whether the suspects will turn up.One is known to have appointed a lawyer but since neither Russia nor Ukraine extradites its nationals, it is almost certain they will be tried in absentia.”For the victims there will at least be a decision and the possibility for some sort of closure,” said Marieke de Hoon, assistant professor of international law at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.last_img read more

Otto takes remaining interest in Gulf of Mexico lease

first_imgAustralia-based oil and gas company Otto Energy has acquired the remaining 50% working interest in the VR 232 license located in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico from Byron Energy.Otto said on Thursday that the lease is subject to a 12.5% Federal Government royalty and the lease rental is $31,681 per annum. The lease expires in June 2023.VR 232 is adjacent to South Marsh Island Block 71 (SM 71) oil field and production platform. Byron is the operator of the SM 71 and Otto is a partner with a 50% interest. The platform has capacity to produce up to 5,000 bopd from up to six wells.Over 2 Bcf of gas and 30 Mbbls of oil have been produced from VR 232 between 1995 and 1997, according to Otto.Otto has recently acquired a modern 3D seismic data set over the SM 71 area (including VR 232) and part of the work being done will focus on the prospectivity of VR 232 given its proximity to SM 71.Otto Energy’s Managing Director, Matthew Allen, commented: “Otto is pleased to take its interest in VR 232 to 100% and assume operatorship of the license. Otto’s geoscience team have significant experience in the area with strong local prospect calibration.“There is the potential for any discoveries from VR232 to be within tie-back range of our SM 71 facility where there is with capacity for up to 5,000 bopd and six wells.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more