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first_imgThis month’s Training Magazine news in briefMovie win for Ealing Ealing Council has won praise and gold and silver medals for its videopromoting a customer service change initiative known as the Response Programme.After watching the video, 90 per cent of Ealing Council employees said theyunderstood the new vision and 85 per cent said that they felt committed to it.The awards were presented at the International Visual Communications Awardsceremony.  www.livebrand.co.ukCoaching tops training Coaching is seen as a more effective method of learning than trainingcourses, according to a survey from the CIPD. The 2004 Training and DevelopmentSurvey finds that only 16 per cent of respondents thought that training courseswere the most effective way for people to learn at work, whereas 96 per centthought that coaching was a key way to reduce ” leakage ” fromtraining courses and therefore improve their effectiveness.  www.cipd.co.ukGreen fingers online Architects can now branch out into interior landscaping thanks to an onlinecourse from the Royal Institute for British Architects written by experts fromRentokil Initial. The five-module course is to help architects understand thepower of plants and what must be provided in a building to keep plants healthy. www.plants-in-buildings.comSales academy launch Sales improvement specialists Huthwaite International is celebrating its30th Anniversary by launching a sales academy for smaller organisations. Fromnext month it will introduce a 10-module day-release training programme knownas the South Yorkshire Sales Academy.  www.huthwaite.co.ukLearning partnerships Modern Apprenticeships and Employer Training Pilots look like being top ofthe agenda when a cross-section of training specialists meet for the Partnersin Learning 2004 event this month. The combined conference and exhibition willbe held at Harrogate International Conference Centre on 19 and 20 May. www.partnersinlearning2004.com Related posts:No related photos. In briefOn 1 May 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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O.C. School District Discusses 3-Year High School Option

first_imgThe job fair will be livestreamed on April 14. By MADDY VITALEThe Ocean City school district is considering something that may be of interest to incoming freshmen for the 2021-22 school year.Students may have the option of attending school for three years in an accelerated track, not the traditional four years.And if approved by school officials, it could be offered as early as the new school year.“Over the years, what I am most proud of is taking a look at the high school program and providing opportunities for not just traditional students, but all students. Most of us have a perspective that high school is for four years,” Ocean City High School Principal Dr. Matt Jamison explained during Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting.He continued, “For the most part, the majority of students hold that same perspective, but every year we have one or two students who would like to graduate early. One thing the pandemic has taught us is how flexible education can be, especially senior year.”Currently, there is no official option for a three-year track.“What we wanted to do was make it official,” Dr. Jamison said.Specifically, he is proposing to add a three-year track with a 120-credit requirement, versus the existing 135 credits, to graduate.“The only difference is the elective base,” he said. “In the three-year track, the students would still meet all the state requirements, including testing, to be awarded a high school diploma.”Ocean City High School Principal Dr. Matt Jamison, standing, says schools in other districts have been successful with the abbreviated high school track. (Photo courtesy of Martin Fiedler, Just Right TV Productions)Ocean City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor pointed out that the three-year track, if offered, would be one of many opportunities high school students have to achieve greater success in high school and college careers.“We have offered virtual classes, virtual high school, and a dual credit program with a number of universities,” Dr. Taylor said.Most recently, the district began a dual program with Atlantic Cape Community College that allows students to receive a high school and associates degree at the same time.“We would like to offer another flexible opportunity to move through high school and have a post-secondary career,” Dr. Taylor noted.She also pointed out some reasons students may want to finish school quicker. A three-year track would allow a student to get out in the workforce quicker, get into college a year earlier or even spend a “gap” year saving up for their chosen college and the cost of living.Dr. Jamison further detailed how the track has proven successful in other New Jersey school districts, including Cherry Hill East.The shortened track to a high school diploma is something that students seem to want more now than in the past, he said.Board of Education member Greg Whelan asked about the track.“For the kids who have done it, has it had any impact on what types of colleges they got into?” Whelan asked.Dr. Jamison responded, “Most students will stay in college for four years and do the traditional route. These colleges are more moderately competitive.”The next step is a review of the policy by the district’s Policy Committee.“The Policy Committee will look at the policy and continue the conversation,” Dr. Taylor said, adding that the program could start as soon as next year.last_img read more

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Press release: Disconnected: online advertising company shut down in public interest

first_img LinkedIn the company had been abandoned by its director despite customers being sold annual advertising space in the online directory it purported to operate customers received little or no commercial benefit to the advertising space that they purchased from TBL on an annual basis TBL failed to make clear to customers that they were agreeing to a 12-month rolling contract which automatically renewed with customers stating these terms were not explained to them TBL improperly sought payment from members of the public where they had not agreed to purchase services from the company and used inappropriate and objectionable methods of debt collection TBL had continued the objectionable business model previously carried on by Movette by continuing to target the customers of Movette Twitter Email [email protected] Having seen all the relevant evidence filed by the Secretary of State and in the absence of evidence submitted by the company, which was not present or represented at the hearing, District Judge Obodai wound-up the company, in the public interest.Commenting, David Hope, Chief Investigator with the Insolvency Service, said: You can also follow the Insolvency Service on: Press Office Office currently closed during the coronavirus pandemic. This service is for journalists only. For any other queries, please contact the Insolvency Enquiry Line.For all media enquiries outside normal working hours, please contact the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Press Office on 020 7215 1000. TBL (UK) Ltd (TBL) was incorporated in March 2016 and traded as UK Business Locator, a derivative of its business directory: www.ukbusinesslocator.com.However, TBL shared a common director and continued similar business to that previously carried out by a linked company, Movette Ltd (Movette), which was wound up on 28 July 2017 on the grounds that it operated against the public interest.The Insolvency Service investigated the company’s affairs following complaints from customers. But the investigation was severely limited due to a lack of co-operation from TBL’s director who failed to produce business documents.On 20 August 2018, the High Court sitting in Manchester heard the petition presented on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy.The investigation established, and in winding up the company the Court accepted, that: Media Manager 0303 003 1743 The Insolvency Service will take action to shut down such rogue businesses.Additionally, the business community should take steps to verify the credentials of any third party that contacts them claiming to be continuing the services previously provided by Movette Ltd and/or TBL (UK) Ltd. This company engaged in behaviour designed to extract money from advertisers under false pretences. Organisations contacted were duped into booking advertisements they had no need of placing, and which were of little or no commercial benefit to them. Notes to editorsTBL (UK) Ltd – company registration number (10084021) – was incorporated on 24 March 2016. The company’s registered office is at Unit 77 Cariocca Business Park, 2 Sawley Road, Manchester, M40 8BB.The petition to wind-up TBL (UK) Ltd was presented under s124A of the Insolvency Act 1986 on 5 July 2018. The company was wound up on 20 August 2018 and the Official Receiver, Public Interest Unit (North) has been appointed as liquidator.Movette Ltd – company registration number 08705982 – was incorporated on 25 September 2013. The company’s registered office is at 86 Stonemere Drive, Radcliffe, Manchester M26 1QX and it traded from 23 New Mount Street, Manchester M4 4DE.The petition to wind-up Movette Ltd was presented under s124A of the Insolvency Act 1986 on 12 May 2017. The Official Receiver was appointed as provisional liquidator of the company on 18 May 2017. The company was wound up on 28 July 2017 and the Official Receiver has been appointed as liquidator.UK Business Locator Ltd – company registration number 08010418 was incorporated on 28 March 2012 under the name Marston & Law Ltd. It changed its name to UK Business Locator Ltd on 11 October 2012. The company’s registered office was Unit 77 Cariocca Business park, 2 Sawley Road, Manchester, M40 8BB. The company was dissolved on 24 May 2016.Company Investigations, part of the Insolvency Service, uses powers under the Companies Act 1985 to conduct confidential fact-finding investigations into the activities of live limited companies in the UK on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).Further information about live company investigations is available hereThe Insolvency Service, an executive agency sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), administers the insolvency regime, and aims to deliver and promote a range of investigation and enforcement activities both civil and criminal in nature, to support fair and open markets. We do this by effectively enforcing the statutory company and insolvency regimes, maintaining public confidence in those regimes and reducing the harm caused to victims of fraudulent activity and to the business community, including dealing with the disqualification of directors in corporate failures.BEIS’ mission is to build a dynamic and competitive UK economy that works for all, in particular by creating the conditions for business success and promoting an open global economy. The Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions team contributes to this aim by taking action to deter fraud and to regulate the market. They investigate and prosecute a range of offences, primarily relating to personal or company insolvencies.The agency also authorises and regulates the insolvency profession, assesses and pays statutory entitlement to redundancy payments when an employer cannot or will not pay employees, provides banking and investment services for bankruptcy and liquidation estate funds and advises ministers and other government departments on insolvency law and practice.Further information about the work of the Insolvency Service, and how to complain about financial misconduct, is available.By virtue of the appointment of the Official Receiver all public enquiries concerning the affairs of the company should be made to: The Official Receiver, Public Interest Unit, 2nd Floor, 3 Piccadilly Place, London Road, Manchester, M1 3BN. Tel: 0161 234 8531 Email: [email protected] Press OfficeMedia enquiries for this press release – 020 7674 6910 or 020 7596 6187 YouTubelast_img read more

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New faculty deans appointed

first_imgDanoff Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana announced today the appointment of new faculty deans for Dunster and Mather Houses. Sean Kelly and Cheryl Chen will shepherd Dunster, while and L. “Maha” and Amala Mahadevan will do the same at Mather. They will take up their posts this fall.“Harvard’s House system is one of the unique features of our undergraduate experience,” Khurana said. “Ensuring its excellence and vitality in the 21st century is critical to our educational mission. I am delighted that these four thoughtful and talented members of our Harvard community will be serving as faculty deans. They are devoted teachers, scholars, and community members, and are committed to ensuring that each Harvard House feels like a home where students can bring together their academic, social, and personal passions and pursuits.”Sean Kelly and Cheryl ChenSean Kelly is the Teresa G. and Ferdinand F. Martignetti Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. Kelly earned an Sc.B. in mathematics and computer science and an M.S. in cognitive and linguistic sciences from Brown University in 1989. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1998. Before coming to Harvard in 2006, he taught in philosophy and the humanities at Stanford University and in philosophy and neuroscience at Princeton University. His work focuses on various aspects of the philosophical, phenomenological, and cognitive neuroscientific nature of human experience. Kelly has a special interest in the student-athlete experience, having been a varsity swimmer at Brown.Cheryl Chen is a senior lecturer on philosophy at Harvard University. Chen received her B.A. from Amherst College in 1994 and her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2002. She was an assistant professor at Bryn Mawr College before coming to Harvard in 2006. Her areas of interest include the philosophy of mind, epistemology, metaphysics, and the philosophy of religion. Since 2014, she has served as associate head tutor for the Philosophy Department, where she is responsible for advising the department’s 80 concentrators. Chen enjoys running in her spare time, most recently with the philosophy department’s team, The Runaway Trolleys.They have two children, Ben, 12, and Nathaniel, 7. Ben is an avid soccer and cello player. Nathaniel also plays the cello, and loves reading, drawing, and Legos.“Our whole family is thrilled to become a part of the Dunster House community,” said Sean Kelly and Cheryl Chen in a statement. “The students, tutors, and staff we have met so far have been incredibly warm and welcoming, and we can’t wait to meet all the Dunsterites in the fall.”“We feel honored to be the next faculty deans of Mather [House],” said L. Mahadevan, who will share the role with his wife, Amala Mahadevan. Photo courtesy of L. MahadevanL. “Maha” Mahadevan and Amala MahadevanMahadevan is the Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics, of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and of Physics at Harvard University, where he has been since 2003. He also is the area dean for applied mathematics in the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  He received his Ph.D. at Stanford University in 1995 and began his career as an assistant professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), after which he was the Schlumberger Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University, and a fellow of Trinity College. Mahadevan’s work seeks to understand the shape and flow of physical and biological matter in space and time, from the mechanics of graphene to the dynamics of tectonic plates, from the morphogenesis of  a cell to the cognition of geometry. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of London. At Harvard, Mahadevan has taught more than 15 different courses in mathematics, physics, biology, and engineering at the undergraduate and graduate level, and advised more than 50 Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows.Outside academics, Mahadevan enjoys swimming, biking, and learning about the history of human conflict and the history of science.Amala Mahadevan is an oceanographer, a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and a faculty member in the Joint Program in Oceanography between MIT and Woods Hole. She received her Ph.D. in environmental fluid mechanics from Stanford University in 1995 and consequently worked at the University of Chicago, Cambridge University, and Boston University, before moving to Woods Hole in 2011. Her research addresses the dynamics of the ocean and the implications for climate. She participates in research cruises to gather data, uses computational modeling to unravel the interaction of physical and biological processes in the oceans, and enjoys working with her students and postdocs. She is a recipient of a 2014-15 fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.  She is particularly interested in increasing awareness about the role of the ocean in the Earth’s changing climate and is writing a book on the subject. Outside science, Amala trained professionally as an Indian classical dancer for more than 20 years. This has led to an abiding interest in promoting music and the arts, with a recent stint as chair of a South Asian performing arts organization at MIT.The Mahadevans have two children, both of whom attend Harvard College, and a dog who answers to a cat’s name, Cheetah.  They enjoy good food, stimulating conversations, classical music, and the outdoors, and are committed to sustainable living and conserving the environment.“We feel honored to be the next faculty deans of Mather,” the Mahadevans said in a statement. “We look forward to working with and learning from the remarkable students, tutors and staff, and collectively nurture the rich intellectual, social, and cultural communities that have thrived under the leadership of Faculty Deans Christie McDonald and Michael Rosengarten.”Dean of Freshmen Tom Dingman, who assisted in the search, said, “Everyone on the in-House advisory committees who met Sean and Cheryl and Maha and Amala were impressed by their warmth, depth of experience, high energy, and commitment to supporting students.”“We are thrilled with the selection of Sean Kelly and Cheryl Chen as the next faculty deans at Dunster House and are confident that the vibrant Dunster community will welcome them with open arms,” said current Dunster Faculty Deans Roger and Ann Porter in a statement. “They will find, as we did, that Dunster has a solid tradition of excellence in all it does and that its diverse students and tutors benefit enormously from a culture that values the many interests, talents, perspectives, and backgrounds that make it a truly exciting place to call home.”“Mather has been our home for seven years, and we have enjoyed the wonderful richness of the community,” said McDonald and Rosengarten in a statement. “We stand on the shoulders of past faculty deans going, back to the creation of Mather in the 1970s, and we are delighted to pass on the baton to Maha and Amala, who are superbly qualified to lead Mather into the future.”last_img read more

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Flash is Great, But Is Your Business Transformation at Risk?

first_imgTwo weeks ago, we declared 2016 “The Year of All Flash in Primary Storage” and made some big bets with our product portfolio. Flash is revolutionizing the data center and empowering businesses to do more, faster and with large volumes of data.  But, as businesses leverage the power of flash to deliver massive scale, performance and reliability, traditional data protection can’t keep up with the amount of data they need to protect while, at the same time, their tolerance for downtime and data loss shrinks.This can leave businesses with an uncomfortable choice: scale back their plans for flash deployment or leave workloads vulnerable to loss or corruption by rolling the dice on traditional backup solutions and hoping all their data is protected. One way to avoid this and ensure data is protected quickly, reliably and efficiently is to leverage a flash-optimized data protection solution. Three steps to safetyEMC is advising businesses to make data protection a key criteria when evaluating flash storage architectures to ensure that they do not leave mission-critical data vulnerable.  This can be accomplished by following these simple steps:Step 1: Choose a flash array that includes rich data services and storage-integrated data protection to maximize investment.Step 2: Match your flash array with protection storage that is open to consolidate all your protection needs, has dedupe technology to minimize storage requirements, and is designed as a “storage of last resort” to help ensure recovery, no matter what.Step 3: Leverage intelligent protection software to help ensure protected copies are application consistent for fast, simple granular recovery.Unleashing the potential of flashEMC has developed industry-leading solutions so our customers can use flash to its full potential AND enjoy the peace of mind that comes with flash-optimized data protection.  That’s why EMC has offered EMC ProtectPoint since 2014. ProtectPoint combines industry-leading primary storage technology and best-in-class protection storage with software, to enable customers to back up directly from their all-flash array to Data Domain.ProtectPoint offers 20 times faster, more efficient backup for mission-critical applications while completely eliminating backup impact on application servers. In addition, ProtectPoint empowers application owners by giving them direct control of backup and recovery. By eliminating traditional backup applications, ProtectPoint dramatically reduces cost and complexity. Finally, all ProtectPoint backups can be instantly accessed, providing fast granular recovery directly from Data Domain.  Overall, ProtectPoint is designed to protect data at the speed of flash.ProtectPoint is fully integrated with EMC’s flash offerings and comes as optional protection software with the recently launched EMC VMAX All Flash as well as for EMC XtremIO.  ProtectPoint is additionally available for EMC VMAX3.Ensure you’re not at risk by investing in a data protection solution that protects at the speed of flash.last_img read more

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We Went Big and Won Big in September

first_imgLast month was one for the books! We had so many exciting things happening in September, most notably, combining Dell and EMC to create the largest IT organization in the world.  In addition, we became the top vendor in server shipments last quarter according to Gartner and IDC. We also announced several new solutions and updates with our technology partners at their conferences held last month. Read on to learn about all the great things we’ve accomplished since becoming Dell EMC.A New DawnSeptember 7, 2016 marked a new era in the history of Dell and EMC as a new company was born comprised of a unique family of businesses including Dell, Dell EMC, VMware, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks and Virtustream. As we begin this exciting chapter, our goal is to be your strategic partner on the journey into the next industrial revolution.A New Name, a New #1Not even a week into the new company, we were named the leader in worldwide server shipments for the second quarter of 2016 by both Gartner and IDC. This ranking couldn’t have come at a better time. The combination of Dell’s enterprise business with EMC is truly unmatched, helping customers with their transformation to the next wave of IT, where servers and data center infrastructure become the backbone for business innovation and success. The industry-leading technology of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers addresses emerging technology demands of workload optimization, performance, manageability and security with a long-term investment in the business outcome of our customers.Dell EMC Heats UpKeeping up with this month’s theme of excitement, Dell EMC introduced new solutions in support of Microsoft environments with new Microsoft Azure Services and Validated Systems for Microsoft Exchange and SQL at Microsoft’s annual enterprise conference, Ignite, in Atlanta, Georgia. The new services and validated systems enable customers to increase business agility, improve efficiencies and lower costs with highly customizable hybrid cloud and infrastructure solutions. These new solutions were all on display at the conference, which drew thousands of customers, partners and Microsoft users to the event.The Sharing CommunityAt Strata-Hadoop World in New York City, we had the opportunity to hear from our customers about what’s really important to them, which most notably is that they value options. The Dell EMC Hadoop portfolio allows customers choice from direct-attached storage to shared storage to virtualized environments to hybrid clouds. With all of these options, Dell EMC has had great success helping customers get the most out of their Hadoop environments. At this conference, we demoed our latest products, had on-site experts to speak about them and held several presentations focused on digital transformation.SAP UpdatesAt SAP TechEd in Las Vegas, Dell EMC announced the availability of new products to help mid-market companies make the most of their data analytics. Dell EMC was the first to offer customers a fully integrated appliance with the newly packaged SAP HANA Edge edition, advanced version and SAP Predictive Analytics. This product was first announced at SAPPHIRE NOW 2016 and will begin its worldwide rollout in October.  The system speeds turnaround time for new reports and synchronizes data to dramatically reduce the cost of gaining business insights. The Dell EMC Validated System for SAP HANA Edge includes SAP’s predictive analytics libraries native to SAP HANA, SAP Predictive Analytics with advanced data modeler capabilities, and services from Dell EMC to deliver rapid time to value. Additionally, Dell EMC helps customers deploy, implement, migrate, support and train with Dell EMC ProDeploy, ProSupport and custom service offerings.Winning in HPCOver the past few months we posted a blog series on high performance computing (HPC), highlighting all the different industries that rely on this technology. In the third and final blog of that series, we highlighted the oil and gas industry. HPC plays an important role in this industry’s innovation. From workstations to large clusters, Dell EMC is proud to work with some of the world’s top oil and gas providers, as well as some emerging ones, to enable them to scale by choosing with confidence when, where and how to integrate new HPC capabilities to complement or replace existing capacity to help with this rapidly evolving industry.The excitement continues this month as we gear up for our annual conference, Dell EMC World (October 18-20 in Austin). It’s not too late to register! We hope to see you there.last_img read more

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University awards 2012 Laetare Medal

first_imgKen Hackett, former president of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), will receive the 2012 Laetare Medal during the 2012 Commencement Ceremony. The Medal, established at Notre Dame in 1883, is the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics. It is awarded annually to a Catholic “whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the Church and enriched the heritage of humanity,” according to a University press release. University President Fr. John Jenkins praised Hackett’s compassion and strong commitment to worldwide outreach throughout his tenure at CRS. “Ken Hackett has responded to a Gospel imperative with his entire career,” Jenkins said in the press release. “His direction of the Catholic Church’s outreach to the hungry, thirsty, naked, sick and unsheltered of the world has blended administrative acumen with genuine compassion in a unique and exemplary way.” After serving CRS in various capacities since 1972, including a stint as its regional director for Africa and in several posts throughout Africa and Asia, Hackett was appointed president of CRS in 1993, according to the press release. He held the position for 18 years until his retirement in December. Hackett was succeeded by Carolyn Woo, former dean of the Mendoza College of Business.  Hackett, a native of West Roxbury, Mass., became interested in international service when he enrolled in the Peace Corps following his graduation from Boston College in 1968 because he said “it seemed like an interesting thing to do.” Hackett’s experiences living in a Catholic mission and working in an agricultural cooperative project in rural Ghana demonstrated the “actual impact of American food aid on the health and well-being of very poor kids in a very isolated part of a West African country,” he said in the press release.  After completing his Peace Corps assignment, he continued his commitment to service by beginning his CRS career in Sierra Leone, where he administered both a maternal and child health program and a nationwide leprosy control program.  While serving as CRS regional director for Africa, Hackett addressed the agency’s response to the Ethiopian famine of 1984-85 and supervised CRS operations in East Africa during the Somalian crisis of the 1990s, according to the press release.  During his tenure as the agency’s sixth president, Hackett oversaw the redoubling of CRS efforts to engage the American Catholic community in worldwide service work by reaching out to Catholic organizations, dioceses, parishes, and colleges and universities throughout the country. CRS also incorporated lay people into its board of directors under Hackett’s supervision. The organization, one of the world’s most effective and efficient in global relief and development, now operates in more than 100 countries with a staff of nearly 5,000, according to the press release.  In addition to his service as CRS president, Hackett also served as the North America president of Caritas Internationalis, the coalition of humanitarian agencies of the Catholic Church. He continues to serve as an adviser to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and as a board member of the Vatican Pontifical Commission Cor Unum. Hackett was awarded an honorary degree from Notre Dame in 2007. He also holds honorary degrees from Boston College, Cabrini College, University of Great Falls, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Mount St. Mary’s University, New York Medical College, Siena College, University of San Diego, Santa Clara University, Villanova University and Walsh University. The Laetare Medal is named in celebration of Laetare Sunday, the fourth Sunday in Lent and the day Notre Dame announces its recipient each year. The 2011 Medal was jointly awarded to Sr. Joan McConnon and Sr. Mary Scullion, founders of Project H.O.M.E. Previous recipients include President John F. Kennedy, Catholic Worker founder Dorothy Day, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin and jazz composer Dave Brubeck.last_img read more

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Briefs

first_imgEach year in Broward County more than 6,500 people charged with traffic violations beat the system because arresting officers don’t make it to trial.That prompted County Court Clerk Howard Forman to launch a new computerized court calendar system to coordinate the appearances of all law enforcement agencies. Forman said it should reduce the number of cases that are tossed out.The Web-based program for coordinating schedules of the court dockets and the arresting officers from agencies includes the police departments of 16 municipalities, 18 Broward sheriff districts, and the Florida Highway Patrol.The system, created by Infocom Systems and called the Judicial Automated Court Scheduling (JACS) Module, applies just to traffic court, not criminal court, proceedings. It is hoped the program will reduce scheduling conflicts between the court docket and officers’ availabilities, and reduce the need and costs for rescheduling hearings.Here is how it works: At each of the law enforcement agencies, no more than two supervisors will be trained to input officer schedules. The individual officers will not be able to access the system. At the same time, the docket supervisors in the Office of the Clerk of the Court load in the cases that need to go to trial. The system will then set a trial date within the 180-day limit and coordinate it with the availability of the law enforcement officer who issued the ticket. Ultimately, schedules for 3,000 officers will be tracked by the system, which costs about $470,000. Forman said it is anticipated that costs will be recaptured by the enhanced efficiency of the traffic ticket process. On an average day, 400 traffic pre-trial and trial hearings are held at each of the county’s four courthouse locations.Orange County honors bro bono volunteers Animal law Committee gets okayed The 19th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications for a circuit judge position.Applicants must be a registered voter, live within the 19th Circuit, and have been a member of The Florida Bar for the past five years.Applications may be downloaded from The Florida Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org or pick them up from the office of Nita Denton, JNC Chair, at 100 E. Ocean Blvd, Ste 400, Stuart 34994. The applications may be obtained from Denton’s office anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.An original plus a copy must be received by Denton and one copy delivered to each member of the JNC by September 10 at noon. Briefs Creation of a new Animal Law Committee for The Florida Bar and the renewal of the Education Law Committee have been approved by the Board of Governors.The board acted on the recommendation of the Program Evaluation Committee at its August 13 meeting.PEC Chair Richard Tanner said the committee’s recommendation for the Animal Law Committee came after a careful review and assurances that the committee will not be a platform for lobbying animal rights matters.There is a whole area of animal law, ranging from veterinary matters to estate planning, he said, and the committee will be focused on those issues. He said the recommendation was to approved the new panel as an interim committee, which means the PEC will review it after one year, instead of the normal three-year review for new sections and committees.The board approved the committee’s recommendation.On the Education Law Committee, Tanner said the PEC was satisfied the group was fulfilling its functions, although it had suffered a decline in membership. The board, on the PEC’s recommendation, also approved the continuation of that panel.On other matters, Tanner said the PEC was reviewing Board of Legal Specialization and Education operations, and was recommending a minor change in how CLE courses are classified as advanced, intermediate, or beginner. The board approved that change.The committee also completed its review of the Clients’ Security Fund and found it operating well with no need for changes, Tanner said.Board member Henry Latimer asked if the PEC was looking at the diversity of certification committees as part of its BLSE reviews. He noted there is a lack of women and minority lawyers on many of those committees. Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson said the Bar needs to encourage more women and minorities to become certified so there is a bigger pool of applicants for those committees.Board member Mike Glazer, chair of the Communications Committee, said that panel is also looking at that issue.Personal solicitation of storm victims is a Bar rules violation The Bar’s Young Lawyers Division is now accepting nominations for its YLD Pro Bono Award.The Florida Bar YLD Pro Bono Award recognizes public service or legal aid performed by a young lawyer (under the age of 36 or one who has not practiced for more than five years in any jurisdiction) who provides outstanding contributions to those in need of free legal services.The purpose of this award is to encourage more Florida young lawyers to freely contribute their time and expertise in providing legal services to people in their community who cannot otherwise afford those services. In some instances, this will include legal services to charitable organizations which serve the poor. The award is intended to provide recognition to young lawyers who have made an outstanding contribution in this area. The emphasis of these awards is on legal services to the poor.Nomination forms may be found on the YLD Web site at www.flayld.org/Scholarships/probonoawards.htm and nominations must be submitted on or before October 15 to The Florida Bar, Austin Newberry, Young Lawyers Division Program Administrator, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300.19th JNC seeks judge applicants The Bar’s Education Law Committee will present a CLE program September 10 at the Tampa Airport Marriott beginning at 1:30 p.m., immediately following the committee’s business meeting.The presentors will include Bob Minnix, associate athletic director for compliance at Florida State University, who is responsible for overseeing the Department of Athletics compliance issues. Also Luis “Tony” A. Cabassa will be making a presentation on the Fair Labor Standards Act and regulations and their impact on educational entities, and Daniel Woodring, general counsel for the Department of Education, will discuss the new Florida education system. Woodring is responsible for providing legal advice and representation to the State Board of Education, the Florida Board of Governors, the commissioner of education, and the Department of Education.“Education Law Committee members should find these presentations very beneficial to their practice,” said Committee Chair Virginia Tanner-Otts.The committee’s business meeting and CLE presentations are offered at no cost to members or guests. E-mail [email protected] for more information.Citizens Forum to help out with Bar Communications The Communications Committee is looking at ways to better utilize the Bar’s Citizens Forum, a mostly nonlawyer group that reviews and advises on Bar-related activities.Glazer told the Board of Governors at its Ponte Vedra Beach meeting that the Bar is always looking to get feedback from residents about law- related issues, ranging from lawyer advertising to merit selection, and the forum is an excellent way to get that.The Communications Committee is asking the forum to review the Bar’s Advertising Task Force 2004, which is reviewing Bar advertising rules, and the Clients Security Fund.“We think they are an underutilized resource and we want to work more closely with them and take more issues to them,” Glazer said.On other matters, Glazer said final details have been worked out for a promotion campaign for the certification programs run by the Board of Legal Specialization and Education. He said BLSE funds will be used to hire a part-time contract worker who will be housed in the Bar’s Public Information and Bar Services Department and will work to increase awareness of certification among both lawyers and the public.“I’m very committed to moving that forward,” Glazer said.The committee also is continuing to audit the Bar communications activities, including its Web site, and the Bar News, Journal, and directory publications. Glazer said the main finding of the audit is that the Web site needs to be updated and redesigned to improve access and ease of use.The Bar also has hired a staffer in the public information office, Ann Baxter, whose duties include increasing and improving Hispanic media relations.Grant will assist abused women in Hillsboroughcenter_img September 1, 2004 Regular News The Hillsborough County area will receive $1.2 million in two awards from the president’s Family Justice Center Initiative, in a new pilot program to prevent and respond to violence against women, according to Tampa lawyer Michael Bedke, who spearheaded the effort to create the Hillsborough County Family Justice Center.“We are pleased and grateful that our area’s program has received this award, which will enable us to embark on this important new approach to helping the victims of domestic violence,” Bedke said. “It will save lives and help transform victims into survivors.”Of the two awards under the Family Justice Center Initiative, $1,098,000 will go to Hillsborough County and $150,000 will go to Bay Area Legal Services, Bedke said.The Family Justice Center Initiative is a new pilot program intended to make it easier for domestic violence victims to find support and aid by gathering in a single location the full array of professionals who provide them services. These include victim services advocates, law enforcement officers, civil attorneys, clergy, and others, all based under one roof. Pilot Family Justice Centers are being put in place in 15 communities across the country, and this week they received a total of $20 million in awards from the Department of Justice.Speaking in Washington, D.C., U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft said, “The Family Justice Center Initiative Awards will make a tremendous difference for women in these communities who are victimized by domestic violence, allowing those who desperately need help to find it in one place…. The Family Justice Centers will ease their burdens and demonstrate that the most compassionate way of helping victims can also be the best and most effective way.”Broward launches court scheduling for traffic cases The Legal Aid Society and the Orange County Bar Association honored the annual recipients of pro bono awards at a recent ceremony.The winners included James Magee, winner of Judge J.C.‘Jake’ Stone Distinguished Service Award; Tiffany M. Chill and Gayle A. Owens, winners of New Lawyer Awards; Mark L. Graham, winner of Government Attorney Award of Excellence; Jeannteer Churn, winner of Volunteer Advocate for Children Award; Fisher Rushmer Werrenrath Dickson Talley & Dunlap and Nebel & Bachman, winners of Law Firm Award of Merit.Individual Award winners included Joseph L. Amos, Jr., Grady G. Ayers, Craig Brams, Andrew Cameron, Mary Ann Morgan, Jon M. Oden, Leslie O’Neal-Coble, John J. Reid, and Nick Shannin.Nominees sought for YLD pro bono award Board of Governors also renews Education Law Committee Florida lawyers are being strongly cautioned against engaging in solicitation of hurricane victims.Solicitation, whether by the lawyer personally or by someone else on behalf of the lawyer, is prohibited by Rule 4-7.4(a), according to Elizabeth Tarbert, the Bar’s ethics counsel.“Solicitation includes any direct contact face-to-face, by telephone, by fax or telegraph,” Tarbert said. “It includes passing out business cards or other law firm information.”Lawyers also cannot mail solicitations within 30 days of the disaster, according to Rule 4-7.4(b)(1)(A). Any direct mail solicitations must comply with Rules 4-7.2 and 4-7.4(b) and must be filed with The Florida Bar for review.“I would caution lawyers not to in-person solicit victims, including sending runners,” Tarbert said, noting that a Florida lawyer was suspended for one year for in-person solicitation in the wake of the tornados that hit the Orlando area a few years ago ( TFB v. Wolfe, 759 So.2d 639 (Fla. 2000), Tarbert also said fees from solicitation, as with any form of advertising that does not comply with the rules, are also subject to forfeiture.Tarbert noted, however, volunteer lawyers offering their services to accident victims at no charge do not violate the anti-solicitation rule.Tarbert said it is her office’s position that if attorneys are simply advertising that their offices are open, or where they are practicing, that doesn’t have to be submitted for review.“We view that more in the nature of a client service — informing their existing clients where they are located and how they can be contacted,” Tarbert said. “The rules would still apply if they are advertising for the purpose of offering legal services to new clients.”It is also anticipated some lawyers will directly advertise toward other lawyers, saying, “We lost all our records, and if you were on the opposite side of any cases we were on, would you please make copies of your records available to us.”Those ads also would fall outside the usual ad review process, Tarbert said.“Anyone with information that a lawyer is engaging in solicitation should report the lawyer to The Florida Bar,” Tarbert said.Questions or complaints about a lawyer’s conduct can be made toll free to (800) 342-8060, ext. 5839, or contact the closest Bar branch office. Lawyers with questions concerning whether their own future conduct violates Bar rules may call 1-800-235-8619.Education Law Committee sets September 10th CLE programlast_img read more

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The Internet of Things in retail banking

first_img 67SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Austin Wentzlaff Austin J. Wentzlaff joined OnApproach in 2013 as a Business Development Analyst and is now currently Director of Business Development. He is responsible for developing marketing strategies, driving prospects to … Web: www.onapproach.net Details The Internet of Things (IoT) has gained a considerable amount of hype as the “Next Big Thing” to change the world as we know it. Applications of IoT are thought by some to be limited only by the human imagination. From simply controlling your home (e.g. – lights, thermostat, etc.) with a smartphone, to life saving medical and healthcare systems, IoT is pervasive and growing rapidly.The financial services industry has recently started experiencing the IoT disruption in the form of mobile banking. While mobile banking is seen as an incredible advancement in financial services, it may only be the tip of the iceberg for the Bank (or Credit Union) of Things.In recently published whitepaper, The Bank of Things: How the Internet of Things will Transform Financial Services, Author Ian Webster of Accenture discusses what he refers to as ‘Customer 3.0.’ Much like I discussed in one of my pervious articles, Why Attracting Millennials Requires Big Data/Analytics, Webster’s ‘Customer 3.0’ is “hyper-connected, highly informed, very demanding and spoilt for choice. They expect to be engaged as individuals, and on their terms — when, where and how they want.” This new information expectation is requiring banks/credit unions to think of innovative ways to transform their data into valuable assets that provide a better customer experience.Examples of IoT in Financial Services‘Customer 3.0’ is being conditioned to expect much more information in all areas of their lives with retail banking being no exception. IoT is still in its adolescence in the financial services industries but there are several practical example of IoT in banking that do not seem far-fetched, consider the following example:Loans are a major source of revenue for financial institutions but with interest rates at historical lows, differentiating one loan from another is difficult. So how do you ensure someone uses your financial institution for their next loan? By being the first image a customer sees when deciding to make their next big purchase. With advanced geo-tracking using beacons (IoT technology), financial institutions can send out the most accurate and timely marketing alerts.Imagine walking onto a car dealership and receiving an alert from your mobile banking app that automatically tells you how much financing you’ve been approved for. Even better, the auto loan application can be completed using your smartphone and contain prepopulated data stored from previous transactions (e.g. current address). Imagine an app offering you a deal if you purchase the exact car you’re looking at. With beacon technology you can send offers such as, “Save $1,000 on that new 2015 Chevy Impala if you use Sample Federal Credit Union financing.” This may seem like a “too good to be true” scenario, but with IoT (beacons) and Big Data, this is something retail banking institutions could start doing today.Living in Harmony: Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data & AnalyticsIoT presents a tremendous opportunity for financial services, but it also presents a serious challenge. In addition to the countless new applications for internet connected banking, IoT is also expected to generate a plethora of data. This data is coming from a variety of new sources, at high-velocity and in increased volumes (also known as Big Data).“…Internet of things-related technology and services revenue is forecasted to grow from US$4.8 trillion in 2012 to US$8.9 trillion by 2020. The future is coming fast — and to capitalize on these opportunities, today’s banks need to invest in developing the ecosystems and capabilities that will drive tomorrow’s Bank of Things.” -Ian Webster, AccentureTime is of the EssenceWithout the proper technology to store, process, and analyze the data generated from Internet of things-related banking, retail banking institutions will not be able to serve ‘Customer 3.0’ in the way they desire.Failure to address the needs of ‘Customer 3.0’ will challenge the future viability of most banks and credit unions. The financial services industry is at a cross roads and needs to think about how to reinvent itself before it’s too late. There are several companies that have noticed this tremendous opportunity and have started investing in similar technology. A few of these companies worth mentioning are Apple (Apple Pay), PayPal, and Lending Club (backed by investment from Google).As we enter the era of IoT and the ensuing massive data explosion, how will your institution react? Will it sit on the sidelines and wait for the innovators of the industry or will it get ahead of the curve, start investing in Big Data/Analytics, and be one of those innovators?last_img read more

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Five ways to expand your payment capabilities with confidence

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As payment methods evolve, new risks and challenges continue to emerge. In fact, today, less than 50 percent of breaches are known. Debit card compromises at ATMs are up 546 percent year-over-year. And, 91 percent of the losses our customers report are card-present counterfeit.With so many unknowns surrounding payments, your confidence may falter when you think about expanding the payment capabilities of your business. So, what can credit unions do to overcome these challenges? Here are five considerations.Understand the fraud landscape. Understanding the current landscape is necessary prior to expanding capabilities. Know what’s happening with breaches, card compromises, fraud and more.Layer key elements of protection. A one-size-fits-all solution for preventing fraud doesn’t exist today. So, fight from every angle using fraud management services, EMV, card-not-present tools and mobile wallet offerings.Embrace EMV. Despite EMV’s slow implementation, we already see staggering drops in counterfeit fraud, with EMV-based merchants reporting a 35 percent decline. continue reading »last_img read more

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