Governor Signs Bill To Pay Cash For Higher Education Capital Projects

first_imgGovernor Signs Bill To Pay Cash For Higher Education Capital ProjectsStaff Report TheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—The General Assembly is reaching the midpoint in the 2020 session as legislation allowing the state to pay cash for some capital improvement projects is signed by the governor and bills dealing with abortion and prescription drug prices advance:House Bill 1007: Allocates money from Indiana’s surplus to pay cash for $291 million in projects at the state’s colleges and universities.What it does: By paying cash instead of financing higher education capital improvement projects through bonds, Indiana will save money in interest payments, the state budget office has said. The projects had been approved by the General Assembly in the 2019 session.Governor signs bill to pay cash for higher education capital projectsWhat happened: Gov. Eric Holcomb signed HB 1007 into law Wednesday, the first legislation of the 2020 session to reach his desk.“By paying off these one-time expenditures, we’re ensuring our state remains the fiscal envy of the nation by saving Hoosier taxpayers more than $135 million in borrowing costs, which in turn frees up money to be spent on other priorities,” Holcomb said in a news release.Democrats tried and failed to amend HB 1007 to use some of the surplus to raise teacher pay and spending on other programs.“Republicans are prioritizing paying cash for these projects over the needs of Hoosier teachers, parents and seniors who have been battling low pay, expensive early childhood education programs and skyrocketing prescription drug prices,” said Rep. Gregory Porter, D-Indianapolis, in a news release.What’s next: The money can now be spent on the capital improvement projects.* * *Senate Bill 299: Deals with the disposal of fetal remains after a chemical abortion.What it does: The bill, authored by Sen. Liz Brown, R-Fort Wayne, clarifies that a woman who has a chemical abortion at home can take the remains to the health care provider or abortion clinic for cremation or interment.What happened: After a hearing in the House Health and Provider Services Committee, the bill passed by a 10-1 vote. Brown, saying the bill also clarifies existing state law, expressed concern that abortion clinics are still treating aborted remains as waste even though state law requires that they be cremated or buried. Sen. Jean Breaux, D-Indianapolis, cast the only no vote, saying that when a woman has an abortion at home she is expelling a large blot clot.What’s next: SB 299 advances to the full Senate for consideration.Sen. Liz Brown, R-Indianapolis, explains SB 299 to the Health and Provider Services Committee Wednesday. Photo by Haley Carney,* * *House Bill 1005: Would require hospitals and off-campus hospital facilities to be more transparent with medical service pricing.What it does: Authored by Rep. Donna Schaibley, R-Carmel, HB 1005 first provides the definition of off-campus facility of a hospital. The legislation lists requirements for hospitals to provide select medical service pricing in their websites. Also, medical facilities or practitioners that treat patients with non-emergency care would be required to inform the patient of a best-estimated price of the care no more than three business days after the patient first seeks care.What happened: An amendment to allow Indiana to import lower-priced prescription drugs passed 49-44 in the House on Wednesday. The amendment was authored by Rep. Ryan Hatfield, D-Evansville, and stems from President Donald Trump’s recent efforts to look into allowing states to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada that would be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The amendment allows Indiana to import certain prescription drugs, already used in the United States, from Canada to help lower prescription drug prices. Similar legislation was passed in Florida last year.“Hoosiers have been crippled by the high cost of prescription drug prices for far too long,” Hatfield said.Schaibley asked members of the House to vote against the amendment, saying the bill itself was already “hefty,” and she would like to discuss prescription drug pricing with different legislation.What’s next: HB 1005 is eligible for a final vote in the House.Haley Carney and Emily Ketterer contributed to this report. They are reporters for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Saint Mary’s chemist Toni Barstis elected to Council of Undergraduate Research

first_imgTags: Council of Undergraduate Research, pads, Paper Analytical Devices Project, Toni Barstis Saint Mary’s chemistry professor Toni Barstis was selected as one of eight new councilors for the chemistry division of the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR), a press release Friday said. Chemists from private liberal arts colleges founded CUR in 1987 to facilitate information-sharing about faculty research, the release said. The council currently consists of over 13,000 faculty and administrators from more than 700 schools and has expanded to other disciplines. CUR councilors have three-year terms, where they “work to shape the future of the organization and undergraduate research,” the release said. “This is a testament to the level of scientific research undertaken at Saint Mary’s,” Barstis said of her election as a councilor in the release. “I am grateful for the support of colleagues, administrators and the talented, enthusiastic students for making this honor possible.”Barstis’ research oversees the College’s five-year dual degree engineering program in coordination with Notre Dame and heads Saint Mary’s Paper Analytical Devices (PADs) Project, which aims to create “simple, inexpensive, paper-based tests to screen for low quality pharmaceuticals and contaminated food and water,” according to the release. Over 100 students have been involved in the PADs project and are working to develop technology to improve health care in developing nations, such as Nepal, the release said. Barstis currently has two patents in PADs technology, one of which she shares with 2013 graduate Mary Bevilacqua, who was an undergraduate when the technology was invented.Provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs Nancy Nekvasil said Barstis was renowned for her research.“Toni is highly regarded both on campus and in the wider research community for her cutting-edge contributions to the improvement of health and welfare for people around the world,” Nekvasil said in the release. “Her commitment to teaching inspires our students to join her in becoming world-class problem solvers.’’last_img read more

TransCanada making changes to proposed pipeline based on public feedback

first_img“If the project is approved, construction should start at the very beginning of 2015,” she says. “It will be a four year construction plan. The first year will be clearing and things like that then three years of construction. They say the end of 2018.” “In some areas towards the west, they’re really concerned about salmon habitat, and so we’re looking at what we call marine alternatives there,” Herzog explains. “Instead of going into a specific migratory area for the salmon, were looking at alternate areas.” Divona Herzog is in charge of External Communications for TransCanada. She says the project is pending approval, but if given the go ahead, things should be up and running by the end of 2018. Herzog adds the organization has started to make some changes based on some of the thoughts expressed at previous open houses. Herzog says those suggestions vary based on the area, but she points to citizens in the west expressing concerns over salmon habitat, and that TransCanada has made alterations to the potential pipeline based on those thoughts.  “Based on the feedback that we’ve received so far, we’ve actually started to make some adjustments to what we think the pipeline route will be, and so we’re exploring a bunch of alternatives based on some of the feedback we’ve gotten.” she says.  The potential pipeline would transport two billion cubic feet of natural gas a day, with the ability to expand to 3.6 billion if needed. It’s estimated the project would generate $22 million per year in property taxes.- Advertisement –last_img read more

How Science Reports the SchoolControversies Over Darwinism

first_imgIn the Feb. 28 issue of Science,1 Constance Holden reports on the battles over Darwinism vs. creationism in schools across the United States.  The tone is one of military alarm.  Here is the score as Science sees it (emphasis, underlining and brackets ours):Georgia school officials took a big step back from opening the door to creationism last week.  They provisionally restored evolution and some other key scientific concepts to the state’s proposed curriculum standards, after dropping them from earlier drafts.  But although science educators see it as a victory, the Georgia dispute is just one of several ongoing battles over the teaching of evolution in the nation’s schools. …    On 19 February, the Georgia Board of Education approved proposed curriculum standards consistent with support of evolution after initially proposing standards that not only left out the word “evolution” but omitted major concepts in both physical and biological sciences.  The ensuing uproar (Science, 6 February, p. 759) drove State Superintendent Kathy Cox to restore the “e” word.  Scientists continued to press for restoration of key features such as plate tectonics and the age of Earth, however, and last week the board approved a version that contains most of the omitted material.  A final vote is set for June.[see 01/30/2004 entry.]In Ohio, where ID promoters were beaten back 2 years ago, the state Board of Education this month voted 13-4 to approve a chapter called “Critical Analysis of Evolution” in the model teaching guide for 10th grade biology.  Critics have complained that the chapter relies heavily on a popular ID text, Jonathan Wells’s Icons of Evolution, and refers students to Web sites that promote the concept.  A final vote is scheduled for next month.The issue has also raised its head in neighboring Michigan, where Grand Blanc school officials are weighing proposals that would add both creationism and Bible study to the curriculum.  A petition asking for equal time for creationism and evolution was presented to the school board by a high school student who is also the daughter of a board member.In Darby, Montana, a nasty dispute has broken out over a proposal by a local minister, Curtiss Brickley, to encourage teachers to look at evidence for and against various scientific theories, evolutionary theory in particular.  “We’ve been told that fights have actually broken out on the school grounds,” says Skip Evans of NCSE, which monitors the issue.Missouri Representative Wayne Cooper has introduced a bill, HB911, that would require “equal treatment” for ID and evolution, starting in 2006, and would sack teachers who refuse.An Alabama bill, SB336, would protect teachers from getting into trouble for teaching creationism.  “I think there is a tremendous ill balance in the classroom,” says the bill’s sponsor, Democratic Senator Wendell Mitchell.In Minnesota … the latest state science teaching standards may be weakened if the legislature chooses to include a minority report authored by ID supporters.  The current commissioner of education, Cheri Yecke, believes the decision on whether to teach creationism should be left up to local school districts.[see 01/22/2004 entry.]And in Texas, a citizens’ group this week alleged that antievolution members of the state board of education have been ordering textbook publishers to correct “errors”, quotes in original] identified by creationist groups.  [See Constance Holden’s account of the Texas controversy, 11/15/2003 entry; also see 11/05/2003 entry.)The article expresses the mood of alarm felt by evolution-only advocates:The flurry of fights at both local and state levels reflects the pervasiveness of resistance to evolutionary theory, says biologist Randy Moore of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.  “It’s relentless.  It comes up just about everywhere.  And it’s not going away,” he says.Eugenie Scott, director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) in El Cerrito, California, believes that the timing is not a coincidence.  “It’s an election year,” she says, meaning that there is a heightened awareness of hot-button issues among both politicians and the public. …There’s a lot of support out there for this view, says Scott: “The ‘Teach the strengths and weaknesses of evolution’ language appeals to the spirit of ‘fairness’ in American culture.”Scientists should not underestimate the threat to science from such grassroots efforts, says Moore: “In every survey that I’ve seen data for, 15% to 20% of high school biology teachers teach creationism.  University faculty have no idea what is happening in high school classrooms across the country.”The article includes a map that shows that “Proposals to encourage teaching creationism and ‘intelligent design’ have been advanced in 37 states since 2001.”1Constance Holden, “CREATIONISM: Georgia Backs Off a Bit, But in Other States Battles Heat Up,” Science Volume 303, Number 5662, Issue of 27 Feb 2004, p. 1268.It’s always interesting to watch the spin the Darwin Party Defenders put on this issue.  This article is not as bad as some, but the imagery is still not subtle.  Here are the tricks of their trade:Portray creationists as religious zealots.  (Name Calling.)Portray them as sneaky.  (Fear Mongering.)  All ID and creation material is readily available and out in the open in the marketplace of ideas.Portray them as radical fringe groups with an agenda.  (Darwin Party members, of course, are always “mainstream” and have no agenda.)Always put “ism” on “creation-ism” but use “evolution” without the suffix.  (Loaded Words.)Conflate “evolution” with “science”; lump in age of the earth for good measure.  (Association.)Use quotes to indicate doubt: intelligent design, fairness, equal treatment, errors.  ID proponents don’t want to present scientific criticisms; they want to present “scientific” criticisms.  (Suggestion.)If all else fails, lie.  (See Big Lie and Half Truth).  Example: “The current battle lines are the result of a 1987 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that creationism is religion and can’t be taught in science class.”  False.  The decision banned equal-time laws; it explicitly stated that teachers had the freedom to present any scientific approach to origins, including creation.  (See Discovery Institute’s response to Darwinist claims in Ohio that teaching ID is illegal.)  “Since then, the antievolution movement has gathered adherents under the rubric of “intelligent design” (ID) [quotes in original].  Instead of going to court, ID supporters are trying to build grassroots support.”  Is that so bad?  Is persuasion based on evidence and logic no longer worthy activity?  Are courts supposed to be the referees in the marketplace of ideas about origins?  The perception is that this is a devious group of zealots trying to lay siege to the peace-loving inhabitants of scientific utopia.  “And their success, says Moore, is premised on the perception that, ‘on its face, ID is not linked with religion.’”  (Notice the hidden assumptions that religion and science are mutually exclusive, and that evolutionism is not religious.  These assumptions would make for lively debate.)You cannot understand these kinds of reports without being alert to the gimmicks of misdirection and obfuscation used.  To Science and other Darwin Party organs, evolutionists are the citizens fighting off the intellectual barbarians.  They should read the account of how Darwin and his Four Musketeers (see 01/06/2004 entry) waged a subversive coup of the scientific institutions between 1859 and 1870 (see 01/15/2004 entry), letting in the Starving Storytellers (see 12/22/2003 entry).  With that history, a revolutionary war is overdue.  It’s time to kick the rascals out of their cushy ivory towers and put science back on a search for the Truth.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Building South African brand champions

first_img12 May 2008The “South Africa – Alive will Possibility” campaign continues to evolve as the International Marketing Council of SA (IMC) launches a multifaceted campaign aimed at building South African “brand champions”.The campaign, produced for the IMC by Kaelo Worldwide Media, uses mass media as a tool to educate, stimulate debate and inspire, extended by direct training and engagement in organisations in order to have a powerful influence on behaviour.Inspirational storiesKicking off the media component, inspirational stories highlighting South African people and organisations who are making the country “Alive with Possibility” are being featured during’s Sunrise Edition for the rest of the year, every Wednesday and Thursday morning at 6.42am.The stories feature the likes of fuel cell “Social Innovator” Rolf Papsdorf, “Trailblazer” Thabang Skwambane, an investment banker who cycled to Kilimanjaro for HIV/Aids orphans, and “Community Builder” Miriam Cele, the founder of the Gozololo Daycare Centre.Alive with Possibility Stories“South Africa needs to build an image of the nation, both within and beyond our borders, that matches its potential to grow,” says Margaret Dingalo, IMC stakeholder relations director.“Through the Brand Champion campaign, we aim to communicate successes to potential brand ambassadors in an engaging way, both through a mass media campaign and through direct training activities.Movement for Good“The campaign is further linked into the recently launched Movement for Good, which offers audiences practical ways to get involved.”In addition to the 90-second inserts broadcast on, the campaign will include story inserts on community radio, regular national print media features in community papers, a book, and online coverage on, linked to the Movement for Good.“Multimedia content focuses on those who embody the behaviours and attitudes South Africans need to embrace, emphasising that individuals can take action with the rallying cry: ‘It starts with you’,” says Dingalo.Direct trainingThe Brand Champions campaign incorporates a direct training component delivered by specialist training organisation Converse. At corporate staff level, training takes the form of experiential theatre sessions to help staff develop “greater awareness of their own influence, and greater skill and motivation for shaping positive investor/visitor experiences.”At executive level, targeting individuals with a direct influence on foreign direct investment in South Africa, masterclass presentations provide training on “issue management” in order to help drive the reputation of Brand SA.Masterclass presentations are illustrated by real-life case studies, video material and storytelling.According to Converse, training is currently being conducted throughout all levels of government with great success, while the issues management masterclass is being rolled out with leading executives across the country.The multifaceted Brand Champions campaign extends the work already completed for Brand South Africa, and forms part of the Movement for Good, of which the IMC is a founder member.“We are excited about this campaign, particularly as it links into a bigger picture that fuses multimedia communication with direct training and SMS technology,” says Dingalo.“We are adding our voice to the broader Movement for Good, and hope to create a groundswell – connecting and mobilising people to work for good, and bringing their stories into the mass media to further inspire others.”Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

SA 2nd in world for budget transparency

first_img29 January 2013 South Africa ranks second out of 100 countries for the transparency and accountability of its budget processes, according to the latest Open Budget Index Survey by the Washington-based International Budget Partnership. South Africa scored 90 points out of a possible 100 points in the Open Budget Index report of 2012, standing out as one of only six countries worldwide that releases extensive budget information to the legislature and the public in general. The African democracy institute, Idasa, works in partnership with the International Budget Partnership on the Open Budget Index. Produced by independent experts, it is the only independent, comparative and regular measure of budget transparency and accountability in the world.Encouraging citizen participation The National Treasury said on Monday that it strived to constantly improve public finance management processes to ensure that there was a clear understanding of how public funds were used. “The Open Budget Index Survey is a welcome review of our budgeting processes. This respected international assessment encourages South Africans – parliamentarians, the media, civil society and the general public – to use the information published in the budget documents more often and more effectively,” the Treasury said in a statement. The survey, which was started in 2006, is conducted every two years to measure how well governments around the world ensure that budget information is publicly available, thereby encouraging citizen participation in the national budget process. In 2012, South Africa came second, with New Zealand taking the top spot in the index that analysed 100 countries worldwide. The United Kingdom came third, Sweden fourth and Norway fifth. In the last edition of the index, in 2010, South Africa achieved top honours. “South Africa continues to do well because of the strong foundation provided by the National Treasury, the government’s determination to continue with their budget reform programmes, and a realisation that open budgets are a necessary condition for our vibrant democracy,” said Russell Wildeman, the lead researcher on the project at Idasa.Concerns raised Wildeman noted that external reviewers had raised concerns about the quality of the country’s non-financial information and the consistency with which the Auditor-General’s recommendations were addressed. He said the results should not be viewed in a negative light, seeing that South Africa was a world leader in budget transparency and openness. Instead, he said, weaknesses needed to be addressed. An area where South Africa had significant room for improvement was in the public’s overall participation in the budget process. One of the researchers on the survey, Thembinkosi Dlamini, noted that poor levels of public participation should not necessarily be attributed to actions taken by the government. “It is a well-known fact that the pace of budget reform in the 1990s and continuing into the 2000s has outstripped the ability of ordinary citizens and citizen groups to make a meaningful input into the budget and budget processes,” said Dlamini. The index, now in its fourth edition, bemoans the general lack of budget transparency globally, describing the situation as “dismal”. It further notes that gradual changes are taking place, but the pace at which this happens means that only the next generation of citizens are likely to reap the full benefits of open budgets and budget processes. “The National Treasury will continue to improve on our budgeting processes so that we achieve a top ranking again … Importantly, we aim to ensure that the information made available to the public continues to be comprehensive and enables the public to assess government’s achievements and accountability,” it said. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will deliver the 2013 Budget to Parliament at 2pm on 27 February. Source: read more

KZN app developer takes his products to global conference

first_imgXolile Xaba explores problems in his community and then devises ways to solve them using technology. He is heading for the One Young World Summit in Colombia, taking place in October, to show off his work.Xolile Xaba is a second year Bachelor of Commerce Law student majoring in business and management accounting at the Pearson Institute of Higher Education. To him, coding is a super power. He has been invited to the One Young World Summit, 4-7 October 2017, to show off his two innovations. (Image supplied)Melissa JavanA young South African who developed an app for his grandmother to help her find her car, has been invited to the One Young World Summit, to be held in Bogotá, Colombia from 4-7 October, to display his innovations.Xolile Xaba, 22, grew up in Newcastle in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Along with Car-Park, he has also designed BizzPort, an app that connects African entrepreneurs with each other and with events near to them. The business news app also has an online boardroom.Xaba represented South Africa at the same summit in Ottawa, Canada in 2016. He was one of 2,500 young leaders and innovators from around the world, invited to attend. This year, he will be attending the summit to showcase his apps on the world stage.The summit, according to online entrepreneur news platform SME South Africa, is geared towards empowering promising and creative young leaders from around the world, aged between 18 and 30, who have a passion for global issues and who possess a track record of having a significant impact in their communities.Young leaders are also introduced to mentors at the summit. Previous mentors include Bob Geldof, Kofi Annan, Sir Richard Branson, Professor Muhammad Yunus, Emma Watson and Arianna Huffington, as well as Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.The appsIn 2015, Xaba founded Prefect Communications and Developments Inc, after he had created BizzPort. “The company is currently focused on developing BizzPort as a product that will be distributed throughout the continent,” he said.“We are driving the company to a position where we will be able to focus on the social side of things by creating apps and distributing them for free to various markets, especially developing economies. That’s where my passion lies.”BizzPort“My granny was the first person I told about idea. From there, I never stopped programming and I realised how exciting it was to just sit down and build something completely new.”He came up with BizzPort after reading an article in his business studies class about how African countries were more connected to countries outside Africa than to others on the continent. “My response to that was to create a solution that could easily be accessed and distributed.”Car-ParkFollowing BizzPort, Xaba created the car park app as a gift for his grandmother. “It wasn’t created for commercial purposes. I was just trying to solve a problem that we have been facing for ages; we even forget it’s a problem and that it needs to be solved.“I realised that a lot of people who owned cars struggled with locating their cars in huge parking lots, whether it was in a shopping mall or at a festival. My granny is part of the statistic,” he explained.“I was just looking at creating a quick solution for the problem, specifically for her. I showed my friends the app and they were so excited about it.“Basically with everything I build I aim to solve a particular problem. Even though it was just a hobby it has taught me a lot about how people of different ages react to different technologies.”The beginningBy 2010, when Xaba was in Grade 7, he was already seeking solutions for everything. By the time he was in matric, he had finished BizzPort. “I wasn’t even sure it was going to work out or not.”Growing up, he looked up to innovators such as Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey and Travis Kalanick. “I just liked their creations and the impact they had on the world at large. I’ve always wanted to build something for my country as well,” he said.“Locally I am inspired by Ludwick Marishane.” Marishane is the inventor of DryBath, a waterless shower gel that lets people wash without having to use water.Xaba did not have a computer at home, so he used the ones at his school to teach himself computer languages. Later, when he started a technology business, he found that it was a challenge working in a small town; another issue was financing the business. He sought help in Johannesburg: “I found it hard for people to listen to me. Sometimes people would show up for a meeting, we’d be evaluated. Then someone would tell me this was way too ambitious.”But he was grateful for the contribution from Brenda Bertels of BDO South Africa. “She made sure I received a laptop. She said she liked how passionate I was. Last year, I attended the pitching den hosted by the SA Innovation Summit because of Mrs Bertels.”ExpectationsHis expectations of the One Young World Summit, Xaba said, was to meet people and engage with young leaders from around the world. “I want to listen to the daily problems they face in their respective countries and how they plan to solve these problems.“We have also created solutions to problems that we have encountered here in South Africa and I think other delegates will be interested in hearing how we did this. For me, that would be the best place to be because people there discuss different things that go way beyond my technological expertise.”Learning like this led you to your next big idea, he said. “Even though funding such initiatives proves to be expensive, the experience is worth it.”Staying motivatedXaba said: “I’m thrilled by how one can just sit down and build something really new, seeing it appear in my hands. And then the next thing it appears in other people’s hands.“It is a bonus is that I live in South Africa, a developing country that is in demand of the skills we possess. Waking up every day and working towards the goal of building our products to what we have imagined them to be, like using our BizzPort to connect entrepreneurs from all walks of life.”Advice to entrepreneursPeople should follow their passions, no matter the conditions. “If a goal already exists in your mind, just go for it with everything you have,” is Xaba’s advice to entrepreneurs, according to Channel Africa’s Change your Game show.“If it’s something you love, trust me, you are bound to stumble across great things along the way… Whatever obstacles you might be facing right now, they are just temporarily putting you to the test.”Sources: SME South Africa and Channel Africa: Change your game.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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3 Keys That Will Help You Survive the Fourth Industrial Revolution

first_imgBrad is the editor overseeing contributed content at He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at Tags:#4th Industrial Revolution#Fourth Industrial Revolution#people skills#technology Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … On the heels of the steam engine, mass production, and electronic and digital technology comes the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Stemming from digital roots, this new era brings a wave of change that will once again revolutionize how we live and work. And technology is leading the charge.The Fourth Industrial Revolution introduces integrated adjustments to the way we interact with the world around us, including new advancements like the Internet of Things, the Internet of Systems, artificial intelligence, and more. We’re looking at not just technological assistance, but a flourishing form of technological assimilation. If the sci-fi throwback term of “assimilation” doesn’t make you sit up and take notice, it should, because the tides are changing fast. Here are three keys to ensuring you and your business stay afloat.Increase Your EQMove over, IQ; it’s not all about brainpower anymore. The Fourth Industrial Revolution will change how we interact with one another in conjunction with our technology, and it requires that we reconnect with our EQ (emotional quotient). As AI begins to make its way into the decision-making processes of modern business, emotional and social intelligence become two capabilities that can’t be automated — at least not yet. It’s one thing to have complex thinkers with lightning-fast computational skills and incomparable technical abilities, but it’s quite another to have an intercommunicative workforce that’s situationally aware and adaptive. Consider the example of FedEx, which took EQ to heart when designing its leadership program. By focusing on building emotional intelligence into its management team, the company has yielded an 8-11 percent increase in core leadership competencies. Employees also made vast improvements in their decision-making and influencing abilities and experienced a marked improvement in their quality of life. Take a look at your leadership program, and critically assess whether you’re nurturing your company’s EQ. To start, quiz your team to see where its EQ stands now, using assessment tools such as those from Psychology Today or the Institute for Health and Human Potential. Then, make sure your training includes lessons like how to stay calm rather than reactive when facing a difficult person or how to express difficult emotions when necessary. To help your team members focus on EQ, emotional intelligence expert Justin Bariso passes along this self-test from comedian Craig Ferguson: “You know before you say anything, you have to ask yourself three questions: Does this need to be said? Does this need to be said by me? And does this need to be said by me now?”Nurture the Signs of SpringToday’s Fourth Industrial Revolution brings exponential change to the ways we integrate technology with modern industry. Just look at the U.K.’s robotic farm, which harvested its first machine-tended crop a couple of years ago. Continuing to educate your team will be vital because the future of work will entail digital transformation, and your team will need more advanced skills to keep up with the rapid change. Just as sports teams come together for preseason training to brush up on skills and welcome new players to try out, so should you create a forum for your company’s employees to expand their talents and aim toward new goals.After all, your workers may not have the skills needed to do the jobs you need done, according to a World Economic Forum report.  Consider bringing in a consultant or trainer to update your entire team on a specific area or to work with employees individually to help them gain the necessary skills or earn relevant certifications. Try partnering with universities, city agencies, and nonprofits to educate your team members, or enable them to attend workshops that further their industry knowledge. You could even give each member of your team a professional development budget and time off each quarter to acquire new skills.Be the First — or at Least Not the Last — to Adopt New Tech StrategiesYou’ll see success in the Fourth Industrial Revolution if you lead your industry in incorporating emerging tech into your operations and business model in a big way. “Exploring the limits of technology is often a hefty investment, but adopting new tech and learning how to use it before the rest of the industry follows suit can provide businesses with an important competitive advantage,” says Saagar Govil, chairman and CEO of Cemtrex Inc., a global leader in innovative multi-industrial technology. As an example of this in action, Govil cites JPMorgan Chase, which is placing a heavy emphasis on bleeding-edge technologies such as blockchain, AI, and big data. Perhaps you can’t be the first in your industry to implement a new tech solution, but make sure you’re not the last.Look around you: Tech is being transfused into the veins of every industry. You need to make an educated guess as to how — and which — new technologies could impact your business and then act. If your company owns real estate, for example, you should consider automating your properties’ heating and cooling, lighting, security, and other building functions. Such “smart” office buildings are becoming increasingly common around the globe. In fact, Navigant Research estimates the smart building tech market will bring in $8.5 billion globally in 2020, up from 2016’s total of $4.7 billion. The benefits of this infrastructure investment? You’ll reduce your energy use, which means you’ll both spend less and lessen your buildings’ impact on the environment.Rapid change is inevitable, and the assimilation of technology into every aspect of modern business is unavoidable. The question is whether today’s business leaders can remain competitive in a technological world that’s rapidly and exponentially evolving. The tide is rising on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Will your business sink or swim? Follow the Puck Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Related Posts last_img read more

10 months agoEx-Udinese chief Bonato: Losing Higuain to Chelsea would be AC Milan blow

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Udinese chief Bonato: Losing Higuain to Chelsea would be AC Milan blowby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Udinese sports chief Nereo Bonato has warned AC Milan about losing Gonzalo Higuain.On-loan from Juventus, Higuain is wanted by Chelsea this month.Bonato told TMW: “It’s been a complicated story from the beginning, I think Higuain was not happy to leave Juventus, but there’s also Milan’s unsatisfactory performance.”And Higuain will surely be tempted by Chelsea, looking for a central striker. “Milan need investment, they must try to enter the Champions League and it will be more difficult without the Argentine.” last_img read more

Monday Cheat Sheet: Everything That’s Gone Viral The Past 24 Hours (2/23/15)

first_imgScreen Shot 2015-02-21 at 10.09.04 PMTwitter/MiaKhalifaHere’s everything that has gone viral in college sports over the past 24 hours.1. Former Oregon player Kyle Long explained why he didn’t have to watch quarterback Marcus Mariota in the NFL combine over the weekend.2. Porn star Mia Khalifa poked fun at quarterback Jameis Winston for his slow 40-yard dash time.3. Louisville announced senior guard Chris Jones was dismissed from the team.4. Penn State’s Football team dropped an incredible dance routine at THON on Saturday.5. Ohio State football players reminded Michigan of the Buckeyes’ domination on the gridiron following its basketball loss.6. Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones made it clear over Twitter that he’s not impressed with the Knicks.7. Miami defensive back Antonio Crawford skipped practice and went on a Twitter rant.8. Nebraska students wore protective goggles at its basketball game to mock notorious Iowa eye poker Adam Woodbury.9. Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh was at the Ohio State-Michigan game yesterday.10. Ohio State outside linebacker Jamarco Jones was disgusted with its performance and loss to Michigan.Video of the Day: Miami’s Phillip Dorsett Ran 4.33 40-Yard-Dash At Combine. Tweet of the Day: 4-Star Ohio State Commit JaQuan Lyle Was Very Excited To See Thad Matta On His TV.Turn on the TV and see this guy..makes me excited to be apart of something special..#BuckeyeNation ⭕️— JaQuan Lyle (@JMamba5) February 22, 2015Girlfriend of the Day: Michigan’s Spike Albrecht, who once tweeted at Kate Upton, hasn’t lowered his standards. He’s isn’t dating Charlotte McKinney, but he clearly wishes he was.Check Out Friday’s Cheat Sheetlast_img read more