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Say hello to the new ‘smart’

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Technology has transformed how we view intelligence.Technology has transformed how we view intelligence, says University of Virginia Professor Edward Hess. To earn a reputation of being “smart” in the modern workplace, you need to upgrade your capabilities by embracing 21st-century learning skills.“What matters is being an adaptive learner—someone who knows what he or she doesn’t know and how to learn the answers by asking the right questions, someone who can think critically and innovatively, and someone who can listen with an open mind and collaborate well with others,” says Hess, author of “Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization.”Follow these six tips from Hess to become an active learner:1. Get comfortable with “not knowing.” You’re never as smart as you think you are. To learn, you need to know what you don’t know—and not get defensive. Actively develop your critical thinking and innovative thinking skills.2. Quiet your ego to embrace open-mindedness. Learn to stress-test your beliefs and preconceived notions, not constantly seek to confirm them. Separate your ideas from your self-worth.“Changing a previously held belief doesn’t mean you’re a bad person,” Hess says. “It simply means you’ve learned to adapt your thinking based on new information or facts you’ve received.” continue reading »last_img read more

Matrix applies vision to decisions

first_imgNeighbors Federal Credit Union has introduced a decision grid to guide executives and managers to assess how well potential initiatives, products, services, pricing structures and procedures align with the CU’s organizational vision.The nine-square matrix provides a practical, visual device—a “quick pass/fail system”—for evaluating whether and to what extent new ideas would contribute to operational efficiency and member value, says CUES member Steve Webb, president/CEO of the Baton Rouge, La., credit union with $730 million in assets and 78,000 members. (click on image to enlarge.)For example, executives used the grid in assessing whether to bring a mortgage service in house. “After we applied the matrix, we could easily see this option wouldn’t save money or improve member service by speeding up the mortgage process, so we decided not to pursue it,” Webb says. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Australia begins wide-ranging enquiry into deadly bushfires

first_imgPrime Minister Scott Morrison said the six-month Royal Commission will investigate preparedness for future bushfires and the need for any changes to the law to clarify who is responsible for overseeing emergency authorities.A two-week hearing of the royal commission, sitting in Canberra but being conducted electronically, has started with a focus on the changing global climate and natural disaster risk.Topics : Australia on Monday began the first hearings of a powerful inquiry into the causes of catastrophic bushfires that swept across the country, killing 33 people, destroying some 2,500 homes and razing an area the size of South Korea.Fuelled by three years of drought, which experts have attributed to climate change, hundreds of fires, some massive in size, burned across Australia’s east coast for months before finally being extinguished in February.”The tragic loss of life, the destruction of homes, the significant loss of livestock and millions of hectares of forest has been devastating and continues to deeply affect people and their recovery,” Mark Binskin, chair of the inquiry, said in an emailed statement.last_img read more

Jakarta parents protest age ‘discrimination’ in school enrollment

first_imgAge is more than just a number for aspiring high school students in Jakarta.Last week, the city administration rolled out the zoning system for this year’s public school enrollment (PPDB). Unlike previous years, a potential student’s age is now a main factor in the registration process, sparking protests from parents caught unaware.Before 8 a.m. on Thursday morning, 60-year-old Sugiharto and his wife sat down at their computer to register their youngest daughter at three state senior high schools (SMA) within their designated enrollment zone, based on proximity to their residence in the Kebayoran Lama subdistrict of South Jakarta. At first, the registration appeared to be going smoothly. Their daughter was placed on all three of the schools’ enrollment lists. Two hours later, however, Sugiharto found that his daughter’s name had been removed and replaced by the names of other potential students.Soon it became apparent that their daughter’s age had cost her a spot, even though her average grades were higher than some of the older students who had pushed her off the list.“It’s unfair that age has become a main factor in school enrollment. How do you even explain that? “Why can older kids get into the same schools [at the expense of] younger students?” Sugiharto told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.The couple’s daughter is 15 years and three months old. There has been no clear explanation from the provincial government about why the age policy was adopted, Sugiharto said.Some parents have heard arguments that age cannot be manipulated, unlike the distance between home and school. “But just because it can’t be manipulated doesn’t mean it’s the fairest measurement,” Sugiharto said.Now the couple’s only hope is for their daughter to try her luck enrolling through the academic merit system, which fills only 20 percent of school seats and where potential students from throughout the city must compete for spots.The Jakarta administration has allocated 40 percent of the total school seats to be filled by the zoning system, compared to 5 percent for non-academic achievers, 25 percent for poverty preference admissions, 20 percent for Jakarta-based high achievers and another 5 percent for non-Jakarta high achievers. The remaining 5 percent is reserved for the children of state officials.Prior to this year, the proximity of a student’s residence to a school was considered an important criterion for enrollment. Schools used Google Maps to locate and verify a student’s home address to ensure that those living in the vicinity had priority in enrollment.This year, the Jakarta education agency has argued for the use of age in enrollment because of Jakarta’s complex demographic makeup.The head of the agency, Nahdiana, said the distribution of schools was different in each area and schools had varying intake capacities.“Population density is not the same in every community of Jakarta, and then we also have vertical housing,” she said in a recent online briefing.Age was used instead because it was a “neutral variable” that could not be manipulated, she said.In a later response, the agency argued that students from lower income families would lose out on spots through the zoning system because of lower average grades, hence the switch to the age-based policy, reported.Some 31,000 students have been accepted to state junior high schools (SMP) and 12,684 students have enrolled in public senior high schools through the zoning track this year, the city administration reported.About 52 percent of the SMA students who entered through the zoning track were 16 year-olds, followed by 15-year-olds (39.7 percent), 17-year-olds (6 percent) and 18-to-20-year-olds (1.4 percent), according this year’s data.Despite strong protests from parents and education experts, Nahdiana confirmed that the agency would continue to use age in its zoning system and would only evaluate it after this year’s enrollment concluded.“They called it the zoning track and said it would be based on proximity, but now they’re using age to screen students for enrollment?” said Dian Priandini, 35, a parent who lives in Pekayon, East Jakarta.Dian tried to register two of her children at every public high school in her zoning area – to no avail.“I’m so disappointed with this policy. […] I need them to go to a public school. I’m a single parent and can’t afford to send my kids to a private school,” she said.Retno Listyarti, a commissioner with the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI), said that her office had received many complaints about the school enrollment policy.She said the commission had met with the Jakarta education agency on Thursday to address the problem and added that the agency would seek to mediate with students who were not accepted because of their age.Satriawan Salim, the deputy secretary general of the Federation of Indonesian Teachers Associations (FSGI), said Jakarta’s zoning system possibly violated Education and Culture Ministerial Decree No. 44/2019 on student enrollment.He said the decree stipulated that age could only be used if the entire quota for seats had been filled and there were students on the waiting list whose homes were located a similar distance from a particular school.“Using age as the main requirement in enrollment could potentially violate the decree,” Satria said in a statement.The zoning system, which aims to end elitism at certain schools favored by well-off families, has remained controversial since its introduction in 2016. In 2018, it was discovered that some parents had falsified their wealth and income information so that their children would be included in the special quota for underprivileged families in certain school districts.Topics :last_img read more

Trade body takes pension policy ‘wish list’ to Dutch coalition partners

first_imgThe Pensions Federation explained that mandatory participation was crucial for sharing risks, would enable pension funds to invest for the long term, and would prevent marketing costs as a result of competition between schemes.The Federation’s letter comes in the wake of the collapse of coalition talks between the liberal party VVD, the Christian Democrats (CDA), the liberal democratic D66 party, and the left-wing Green party GroenLinks.Elsewhere on its wish list, the industry organisation said it only supported a one-off payment at retirement date as an additional choice for participants. Deploying pension assets during the accrual phase for paying off a mortgage would be undesirable, it said.The Pension Federation advocated a new “entry mechanism” for self-employed workers, who lack automatic access to pension saving in the second pillar.It also urged the new government to provide clarity on the legal feasibility of an average contribution combined with gradually-decreasing pensions accrual. The Federation said its own research suggested that this would be difficult.The lobbying organisation also asked the government to create a merger option for mandatory sector schemes and limit pension funds’ VAT burden and supervisory costs.It reiterated that a new pensions system can’t be introduced in a “big bang” and that every pension fund would need a tailor-made transition.Last week, Gerard Riemen, the federation’s director, said that it was unlikely that a new pensions system could be established before 2020, adding that the whole implementation could take up to 10 years. The Netherlands’ new coalition government should keep mandatory participation in industry-wide pension funds, the Dutch Pensions Federation has argued.In a “wish list” to parliament, the pension fund trade body also urged politicians not to further reduce tax benefits during pensions accrual.The Federation said further fiscal limitation would mean a “false start” for a new pensions system, and would erode faith in both the system and the reforms.Currently, scheme members can accrue 1.875% of annual salaries into their pension tax-free, down from 2.25%.last_img read more

Peru ships three more LNG cargoes to Spain

first_imgImage courtesy of Peru LNGPeru’s only liquefaction facility at Pampa Melchorita shipped three cargoes to Spain in the last two weeks. According to the data by the state-owned Perupetro, the GasLog-owned, 155,000-cbm GasLog Shanghai was the first of the three to leave for Spain on August 16.The vessel was followed by the 138,000-cbm Golar LNG’s carrier Methane Princess on August 17.The third cargo was dispatched earlier this week, on August 22, aboard the 136,600-cbm LNG carrier Galea.With the three latest cargoes Peruvian facility has shipped a total of six vessels during the month of August, five of which headed to Spain and one to Mexico.In total, the export plant shipped 415 cargoes since it started operations in June 2010.The 4.45 million tons per year gas liquefaction plant is located 170 kilometers south of Lima and receives gas via a 408-kilometer pipeline built across the Andes. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

Business Owner Helps Police Find Stolen Property

first_imgUpdate (4:12 p.m.)The three suspects were not arrested. According to the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office, charges are pending review by the prosecutors office.The incident remains under investigation.First Report (10:14 a.m.)Authorities say the watchful eye of a business owner led them to solving a theft in Versailles.Ripley County Communications received a call Tuesday morning from Steve Arney, owner of Versailles Dunbrik. He told dispatchers he was following a vehicle that he believed had stolen property from his business at 3484 S. U.S. 421.Arney remained on the call following the vehicle until law enforcement was able to intervene. A deputy stopped the suspect vehicle driven by Jacob Street, 26, of Moores Hill.Two passengers were in the car, Noah Davidson, 28, and Samantha Combs, 24, both of Milan.During the traffic stop deputies found metal they believe was stolen from the business. The metal was returned to the business.last_img read more

ISP: Protective vest saved officer’s life

first_imgNew Castle, In. — A protective vest saved the life of New Castle police officer over the weekend.A report from the Indiana State Police says officers were investigating a report of a man breaking into cars in the area of “K” Avenue and Columbus Street Sunday morning around 4:15 when Jarred Burke, 24, fled on a bicycle.A police canine officer was able to apprehend Burke behind a church in the 1700 block of Columbus Street. As officers approached to call the dog Burke pulled out a handgun and fired a single shot striking one of the officers in the chest. The officer returned fire striking Burke.Burke and the officer were taken to Henry Community Health Hospital where Burke later died. The officer was treated and is expected to make a full recovery. Initial reports credit the protective vest with saving the life of the officer.The incident remains under investigation.last_img read more

Juventus star agrees Barcelona switch

first_imgMiralem Pjanic is on the verge of joining Barcelona this summer, with reports that the midfielder has agreed to leave Juventus to move to Spain. Barca have been keen to sign the midfielder in the past, and have reportedly failed on three occasions to sign the Bosnian, but now look to have got their man. Pjanic could soon be on his way to Spain According to Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, the midfielder has agreed to leave Italy for Nou Camp and the move is now dependant on Barcelona midfielder Arthur agreeing to move in the opposite direction. The Brazilian is wanted by Juventus and each club value their midfielder at 60 million euros so the swap makes a lot of sense but so far Arthur has refused to accept leaving the Spanish champions. Recently the 23-year-old reiterated his desire to stay, saying, “There are always speculations but honestly my idea is very clear. The only option that interests me is to continue in Barcelona . I am very safe and calm. I feel very good here and I also thank the club and the coaching staff for their trust. This is another reason to be totally clear that my only wish is to continue. “The supposed interest of big clubs is always a compliment to anyone and a positive sign but my mind is only playing here for many years.” Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?Underappreciated Movies You Missed In 201914 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms? Loading… center_img Mundo Deportivo claimed last month that Barca had tried three times in the past to sign the former Lyon midfielder and Arthur was one of the signings they made when failing to sign him on one of those occasions. Should the former Gremio man not agree to move then both Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal could be used as part of the deal going the other way. One negative for Quique Setién’s side is that it would increase the age of the squad, something the club have been trying to reverse in recent years. Lautaro Martinez has also been linked with Barcelona Read Also: Boxing: Legendary heavyweight hints at comeback The Catalan giants, who currently lead La Liga from rivals Real Madrid, are also believed to be on the verge of agreeing a move for highly rated Inter forward Lautaro Martinez. Once again those reports have claimed that the move will involve players going in the opposite direction, which could happen more and more often considering the financial issues that clubs could face after the Coronavirus pandemic. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Merger creates largest community bank in region

first_imgBrookville, IN—Two community banks in southeast Indiana are joining forces. The parents of FCN Bank N.A. in Brookville and Dearborn Savings Bank in Lawrenceburg have signed a merger agreement which they say will create the largest community bank headquartered in the region.Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed, however, the merger is expected to close in the first quarter of 2020. As part of the deal, Dearborn Savings Bank will merge with and into FCN Bank. Two directors of Dearborn Savings Bank will also be appointed to FCN’s board of directors.“Today as community banks face ever-increasing challenges to remain independent, it is exciting to see our institutions combine to face these challenges together,” Thomas Horninger, chief executive officer of FCN Banc Corp., said in a news release. “There is such a commonality between FCN and Dearborn Savings Bank in our cultures, and our commitments to serve our customers and communities. We look forward to working together to continue this legacy as the premier community bank in the region.”FCN Banc Corp. is the parent of FCN Bank and DSA Financial Corp. is the parent of Dearborn Savings Bank.last_img read more