Barclays starts to account for staff learning

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Barclays starts to account for staff learningOn 2 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Barclays has opened its first regional learning centre at its centralBirmingham office. Similar learning centres, which are part of Barclays University (bu), willbe launched around the country over the next 18 months, offering staff a rangeof training opportunities. John Stewart, deputy chief executive of Barclays who opened the first centresaid, “Making this commitment to the ongoing learning and development ofour people brings us closer to achieving our aim of being the employer ofchoice in financial services.” Andrew McClellan, programme manager for bu, said, “We’re trying tochange the old world way of thinking where people are sent off for training bytheir boss. We want a change of culture.” The bu concept includes a whole raft of training initiatives includingresidential classroom learning, e-training and workplace training. read more


first_imgTodays “Readers Poll’ question is: Do you agree with the developer of the Rathbone apartments that the Area Planning Commission is an antiquated and bloated bureaucracy?If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] We hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way.WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY? Footnote: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. Personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language and insults against commenters shall not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer, our media partners or advertiser:FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_img× Funeral services were held April 22 for Joseph Riley Gibbs, two-and-a-half years old, of La Plata, Md. He died suddenly at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC on April 13. Affectionately known as Joey, he was born in Boise, Idaho to Marcia and Marshall Gibbs. In addition to his parents, Joey is also survived by his brother Jack Riley Gibbs; grandparents Margarita and Gerardo Irizarry (Hoboken), Linda Gibbs and Tim Sharpe (Clive, IA) and Monte and Katherine Gibbs (Ames, IA).Services arranged by the Raymond Funeral Service, La Plata, Md.last_img read more

Division of Recreation to host a free youth ultimate frisbee clinic

first_imgNo previous ultimate or disc throwing experience necessary. This is a great way to improve your skills, try out ultimate, and meet Gridlock players! Bring a friend and join in the fun! Attendees receive a free disc or headband. Supplies are limited.For information, contact Pete Amadeo at (201) 858-6129 or email [email protected] The Division of Recreation to host a free youth ultimate frisbee clinic with the NY Gridlock, the women’s professional ultimate frisbee team! The clinic is open to Bayonne residents, boys & girls, 2nd grade through high school and will be on May 29 at 5:30 p.m. at 16th Street Park. RSVP to [email protected]last_img read more

South Bend motorcyclist, 37, seriously injured in crash At LaSalle & Niles Avenues

first_img Google+ WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – October 9, 2020 0 582 WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Facebook South Bend motorcyclist, 37, seriously injured in crash At LaSalle & Niles Avenues Pinterest IndianaLocalNews (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) A South Bend man was hospitalized in critical condition after a crash involving two motorcycles and a Jeep.The collision happened around 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, at East LaSalle Avenue and Niles Avenue in South Bend.Officers arrived to find the Jeep with damage to the right front and two downed motorcycles.The Jeep driver was traveling eastbound on LaSalle and was trying to turn left on Niles when the crash occurred with the first bike.The impact caused the first bike to hit the second bike.The 28-year-old Jeep driver and the second motorcyclist,  44, suffered minor injuries.The first motorcyclist, the 37-year-old South Bend man, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and remains in critical condition.The St. Joseph County Fatal Crash Team was activated to assist with the investigation. Facebook Pinterest Google+ Previous articleUPDATE: Teenager dies following crash on Indiana Toll Road ThursdayNext articleGranger man, 50, sentenced for producing child pornography Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Gary Oldman Reveals David Bowie’s Final Thoughts On Music

first_img[via CoS] Before Lorde‘s surprise, stunning performance of “Life On Mars?”, David Bowie was posthumously honored at this week’s BRIT Awards for his contributions to music and to society. On his behalf, Bowie’s longtime friend and well-known British actor Gary Oldman accepted, while lending some words to console hurting hearts with snapshot memories and inspiring Bowie-esque wisdom.“The world lost an artist, a man, of transcendent talent,” Oldman emotionally began. After describing his career, lifepath, and legacy, defining him as the singular word “icon,” he went on to describe Bowie’s relationship with music, and the words he left before leaving our planet.“In recent years David sparingly spoke about music and his process; but in one of these rare instances, he graciously and elegantly expounded,” Oldman explained before narrating Bowie’s final words.”’Music has given me over 40 years of extraordinary experiences. I can’t say that life’s pains or more tragic episodes have been diminished because of it, but it has allowed me so many moments of companionship when I have been lonely and sublime means of communications when I have wanted to touch people. It has been my doorway of perception and the house that I live in.’”Oldman eloquently added to this profound statement, that “Over his career, David challenged and changed our understanding of the medium, whether in music or life, he emphasized originality, experimentation, exploration, and in his very unique way, he also reminded us to never take ourselves too seriously.”He continued, “David faced his illness with dignity, grace and his customary humor, even in dire circumstances. When he wrote to tell me he had cancer, he added, ‘the good news is I have my cheekbones back.’”You can watch the full speech,alongwithAnnieLennox’stributeandLorde’s performance here:last_img read more

A captain for our planet

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.As a kid, Christina Chang was already a mini-sustainability activist. She recycled and reused. She turned lights off in empty rooms. She screened  “Captain Planet and the Planeteers” at her school on Earth Day. And, for two years in high school, she showered sustainability-style, turning the water on just long enough to get wet, then lather up, and rinse off under a quick burst of cold water.“I was unwarrantedly stoically proud of my extreme shower practices,” Chang said, “until I learned about the order of magnitude that is needed to make a real difference.”Most individuals won’t clench through two years of sustainability showers. But it doesn’t matter. Compared to industrial production, livestock farms, and highways jammed with cars, a cold shower won’t foot the climate bill. That power gap might deflate the most ardent environmentalist, but for Chang, it was a call to action: Instead of just changing her behavior, she set out to change the aluminum and steel mills, coal plants, and concrete and plastic industries.“I realized that my habits as an individual will not make a big enough difference to matter,” Chang said, “but maybe my inventions could.”As an undergraduate at Princeton University, she invented a water decontamination process. As a master’s student and Marshall Scholar at Cambridge University, she created a new solar-to-hydrogen technology. Then, as a chemistry Ph.D. candidate in the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) Chang was working in the lab of  Roy Gordon, the Thomas Dudley Cabot professor of chemistry and professor of materials science, when she co-invented a method that could enable the production of cheaper, longer-lasting solar panels that can be mass produced at a rate of a few feet per minute.“Switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy has many benefits,” Chang said, “but it’s still somewhat expensive for the majority of people.” Her invention could drop the price and speed production. “I realized that my habits as an individual will not make a big enough difference to matter, but maybe my inventions could.” — Christina Chang, Ph.D. ’20 Yet that was still not enough. Chang filled her nights and weekends chasing curiosities that extended beyond her Ph.D. work and even beyond her discipline. When she learned how much carbon dioxide the steel industry emits — production generates between 7 and 9 percent of global emissions, according to steel industry figures — she invented a sustainable chemical steel manufacturing process that could decrease those emissions. Her side project won the 2019 President’s Innovation Challenge Ingenuity Award for ideas with potential to be world-changing. “The only way [the world] gets better,” said Harvard President Larry Bacow in his introductory remarks at the award ceremony, “is if good people like you are willing to make it so.”Chang is willing and more than able. At Harvard, she was president of the chemistry department’s Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Council for two years and then president of the Energy Journal Club for another two.Curious about psychological techniques to promote sustainability, she co-founded a cross-disciplinary conference called “Nudging Toward a Cleaner Future.” In March, she received her Ph.D. in chemistry, surprising no one.“[Professor Roy Gordon] graciously gave me the freedom to direct and develop my own interests, from my solar panel research to my professional interests like teaching and machine shop training,” said Christina Chang. Roy, who was also Chang’s mentor and adviser, is pictured here at her thesis party. Courtesy photoThough Chang decided to devote her life to sustainable technology at 19, that wasn’t her first unshakable commitment. At age 12, she decided to become fluent in Spanish and, with help from the Spanish-speaking residents in her native Austin, Texas, she did.At Harvard, to maintain a self-imposed rule to practice Spanish (and French) at least once every week, she co-organized GSAS Spanish and French language tables for fellow linguaphiles. Recently, her Spanish skills faced a high-stakes test.Two years ago, she found a new devotion: rock climbing, which she said taught her to plan for risk and prepare back-up systems for inevitable failures.In January, after defending her dissertation, Chang packed a backpack with clothes, anti-malarial pills, rock-climbing gear, sunblock, her passport, and 12 Clif Bars, and flew to Peru on a one-way ticket. When people asked if she felt safe as a woman traveling alone in Latin America, she said, “I hang off sheer rock faces — this trip is way less scary.”,From January to March, Chang backpacked alone through rural Latin America. She climbed volcanic cliffs in Peru and scaled 1,200-foot canyons in Mexico. In Guatemala, she taught chemistry to middle schoolers and installed ventilated “eco-stoves,” which improve respiratory health over traditional open-fire cooking.In the Peruvian Amazon, she joined Harvard Professor Joost Vlassak as a teaching assistant for his course on sustainability challenges. Together with Professor Carlos Rios from Peru’s University of Engineering and Technology, they took undergraduate students deep into the rainforest to talk to informal miners, who extract gold from the Amazon river’s basin with methods toxic to their soil and health, helping them to find safer methods.“If we’re going to help invent solutions for folks in the developing world,” Chang said, “we have to understand a little bit about what life is like there and not just assume we know what the problems are.”In mid-March, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Chang to cut her trip short, and she flew home to shelter in place.Soon, whether in person or virtually, she will begin her Department of Energy ARPA-E Fellowship. There she will develop sustainable technologies for industries that collectively account for one-third of global energy use — concrete, steel, aluminum, pulp and paper, plastics and chemicals.“For example,” Chang said, “if we could develop a technology eliminating the carbon footprint of steelmaking, we would save over 5 percent of global CO2 emissions. If steelmaking were a country, its emissions would rank fourth in the world, just below India and above Russia.“In spite of my naive sustainability fanaticism as a kid,” Chang continued, “today I don’t proselytize or chastise or advocate for everyone with the privilege of a career choice to adopt sustainability as their pet cause. My vision for the world is one where we lower our carbon footprint not through ground-up, individual actions, but by creating systems that make sustainability automatic, so that people can go about their lives and do the jobs they are called to do — doctoring, lawyering, homemaking — without needing to add sustainability to their list of worries.”Unlike Captain Planet, Chang no longer tries to save the world one small act at a time; instead, she’s helping to build a world that no longer needs saving.last_img read more

Venezuelan Interim Government Requests the Activation of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR)

first_imgBy Ricardo Guanipa D’erizans / Diálogo September 25, 2019 In 2012, Venezuela withdrew from the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR, in Spanish and also known as the Rio Treaty), which serves as a defensive shield to member nations of the Organization of American States (OAS). In July 2019, the Venezuelan National Assembly, under the leadership of Interim President Juan Guaidó, approved the return of Venezuela to the TIAR, as a way to strengthen cooperation with countries in the region and increase pressure on the regime of Nicolás Maduro. The Venezuelan delegation to the OAS requested the TIAR’s activation on September 9.The TIAR was created in 1947 as a system for mutual military aid to OAS member states (35 member nations in 2019) in the event that a foreign force attacks a country in the region.To know more about the topic, Diálogo spoke with Gustavo Tarre Briceño, Venezuelan ambassador to the OAS, who is in exile in the United States since 2014, after being accused of plotting against Maduro.Diálogo: What’s the importance of activating the TIAR to exert pressure on the Maduro regime?Gustavo Tarre Briceño, Venezuelan ambassador to the OAS: The TIAR is about completing the reinsertion of Venezuela into the Inter American system that it previously abandoned. The first achievement of the administration of Interim President Juan Guaidó was for Venezuela to be readmitted to the OAS. Then, the National Assembly requested its ratification at the American Convention on Human Rights. We are taking steps to summon the TIAR’s consultative body to take measures to help restore peace in the region, which is in danger due to the Nicolás Maduro regime.Diálogo: What specific measures could be applied?Tarre: An absolute majority of TIAR member states must agree to invoke the treaty, and this requires the support of 10 countries. Then, the approval of 13 countries is necessary to hold a session, and making a decision requires the votes of 13 countries. So this is about forming a collective decision. People think that because most TIAR member nations have recognized Juan Guaidó as the legitimate interim president of Venezuela, that this is a done deal, or that everything is ready, but it’s not like that. Each country has its own interests and problems, so that’s why it’s about building a coalition, talking with each country. Obviously, some countries like Colombia, the United States, or Brazil are helping us build that continental understanding to defend Venezuelan democracy. More specifically, TIAR’s Article 8 considers a series of concrete reciprocal assistance measures in the diplomatic, economic, and [even] military areas. At this moment, we are seeking to summon the consultative body and submit all the files we have been preparing that show Cuban interference in Venezuela, the migratory crisis, and narcotrafficking with narcoterrorist guerrilla groups operating inside Venezuelan territory. All this constitutes a threat to peace in the region, and clearly this threat is much more direct for some countries.Diálogo: What more can, or should, the OAS do to exert pressure on the Maduro regime?Tarre: The OAS is an international organization that has been making very important decisions: recognizing the representation of Interim President Juan Guaidó at the center of the organization is an important measure, as is rejecting the creation of a Constituent National Assembly and the sham elections where Nicolás Maduro was reelected. It has condemned the violations of parliamentary immunity; it has expressed its firm support for the report issued by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet; in other words, this shows political solidarity. OAS actions will be much more important once the usurpation is over; because the OAS has highly valuable technical teams specialized in organizing elections, supervising electoral processes, restoring an autonomous judiciary system, and fighting corruption. At the technical level in the OAS, there are factors that will be crucial to rebuilding a democratic Venezuela.Diálogo: So far, no measure taken by the OAS has changed the situation in real terms in Venezuela. Why?Tarre: The change we all want is a change of government. Has the situation changed in Venezuela? Yes, it has changed drastically. Three years ago, only a few countries in the world condemned the Maduro regime, but now a wide majority of nations condemn the Maduro regime. I would add that no one defends Maduro openly. Some take refuge in the principle of non-interference in foreign matters, but no one is saying at the OAS that the Maduro regime is a democratic government. I think that the OAS has made progress; it has had its successes.last_img read more

Texas grand jury indicts former VP of lending

first_img continue reading » More than five years after a Texas credit union was involuntarily liquidated, federal prosecutors are alleging that the former vice president of lending and five other persons ran a $2.2 million auto fraud loan scheme.A federal grand jury in McAllen, Texas returned a superseding indictment on Oct. 22 charging Soundra Lopez, 52, of Weslaco, with conspiracy to commit bank fraud. She was the vice president of lending and branch manager for the $47 million County & Municipal Employees Credit Union in Edinburg, which was involuntarily liquidated by the Texas Department of Credit Unions in October 2014.NCUA financial performance reports show that the credit union posted a net income loss of more than $3.3 million at the end of 2014’s third quarter. CMECU was assumed by the $3.1 billion Navy Army Community Credit Union in Corpus Christi. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Match Report – Queensland 18 – 14 NSW

first_img Queensland’s AJ Brimson and Kurt Capewell felt it was a ‘dream come true’ to win on debut against New South Wales in the State of Origin game Xavier Coates scores his first State of Origin try as he puts Queensland ahead against New South Wales The Blues were not done yet though and ensured it would be a tense finish when Gutherson sent NRL Grand Final winner Addo-Carr over for his second unconverted score with four minutes to go.However, Queensland were able to hold off some late pressure after Kaufusi was sin-binned for a professional foul to take their seventh win in an Origin opener since 2010, with the series now heading to Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on Wednesday, November 11.Post-match reaction Queensland’s players celebrate their win over New South Wales in Adelaide – Advertisement – Queensland's players celebrate their win over New South Wales in Adelaide
Queensland's players celebrate their win over New South Wales in Adelaide