first_imgRegency Alliance Insurance Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about Regency Alliance Insurance Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Regency Alliance Insurance Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Regency Alliance Insurance Plc (  2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileRegency Alliance Insurance Plc is an insurance company in Nigeria licensed to cover all classes of non-life insurance. The company also has business interests in property investments in the form of real estate development and leasing, finance leasing, retail and microfinance banking and vehicle tracking and fleet management services. Regency Alliance Insurance Plc covers aviation, bonds, goods in transit, motor vehicles, employer’s liability, plant and industrial all-risk, marine, oil and energy, contractor all-risk, director’s liability, fidelity guaranty, professional indemnity, public liability, erection all-risk, machinery breakdown, business interruption, burglary, personal accident and fire and special perils insurance as well as occupier’s and builder’s liability, healthcare professionals, motor third party insurance and property and family protection insurance. RIC Properties & Investment Limited is a subsidiary of Regency Alliance Insurance Plc. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Regency Alliance Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSAmendmentsLeague of Women Voters Previous articleAre you a fall back person?Next articleWhy health apps are like the Wild West, with Apple just riding into town Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter From the League of Women VotersEditor’s Note: This is a 12-day series that looks at each amenement the League of Women Voters analyzed and made a recommendation. Today their analysis and recommendation is on Amendment 3Our board examined every amendment that voters will decide on and determined positions on each. We weighed already established League positions heavily in our decisions.The Supreme Court has removed Amendment 8 from the November 2018 Ballot, upholding the decision by a lower court that Amendment 8 misled voters by not clearly stating its true purpose and never mentioning charter schools by name. The Court approved three other appealed amendments, 6, 10 and 13. They will stay on the ballot.Twelve proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution remain on the Nov. 6, 2018, ballot, 8 more than appeared on the 2016 ballot.However, voters face more questions than is apparent.That’s because Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission (CRC), which convenes every 20 years, is allowed by law to bundle more than one issue into each question. This practice, also known as “logrolling,” is prohibited when amendments are placed on the ballot by citizen initiative or by the Florida Legislature. Those amendments must contain just one distinct question. To learn more about the 2017/18 CRC, click here.In 1978, the first CRC proposed eight amendments, at least half of which had multiple questions. All were defeated by voters. Twenty years later, in 1998, the CRC proposed nine amendments, all of which had multiple questions. All but one passed.An example of the CRC’s issue bundling in 2018 is Amendment 9, which asks voters to decide whether to ban offshore oil drilling, and whether to ban e-cigarettes at workplaces. Like the CRC’s other bundled amendments, voters cannot cast separate votes on drilling and vaping. These are all-or-nothing propositions.Of the 12 amendments on this year’s ballot, eight were proposed by the CRC, three by the Florida Legislature and two by citizen initiative. To pass, each of them must receive at least 60 percent approval by voters. This is the first time that constitutional amendments proposed by a CRC have faced the 60-percent hurdle, which voters approved in 2006. Before then, amendments just needed a simple majority for approval. Unless otherwise indicated, changes to the Constitution take effect on Jan. 8, 2019.Amendment 3 – SupportRequires approval of any new casino gambling through a citizen-initiative constitutional amendment, effectively barring the Legislature from making those gambling decisions by passing laws.This amendment would require a constitutional amendment, through a citizen initiative only, for any new casino gambling in Florida. A citizen initiative is the process where signatures are gathered to place an amendment on the ballot.Amendment 3 would effectively stop the Legislature from either passing laws to allow casino gambling or placing its own casino amendments on the ballot. It also would preclude the CRC, which meets every 20 years, from putting casino amendments on the ballot.If this amendment is approved, for example, a gambling company that wanted to open new casinos in Florida would have to get hundreds of thousands of petition signatures, then mount an expensive statewide campaign and get approval from 60 percent of voters.Amendment 3 defines casino gambling as games such as slot machines, blackjack, roulette, craps and keno, as well as an array of electronic and video games of chance.Under current law, the Legislature could vote to approve new casinos with a simple majority, although such legislative efforts in recent years – including this year – have mostly failed.The amendment doesn’t change the Legislature’s authority over dog- and horse-racing, the Lottery or fantasy sports. Nor does it affect casinos owned and operated by Native-American tribes. It also doesn’t hinder the state from taxing or regulating any type of gambling, including casinos.Various iterations of constitutional amendments to approve casinos appeared on the ballot in 1978, 1986 and 1994, each of them defeated. In 2004, voters narrowly approved an amendment allowing slot machines at pari-mutuel facilities – dog- and horse-racing tracks – in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.If the casino amendment on November’s ballot is approved, it will take effect immediately. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name herelast_img read more

first_img Organisation UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia News Help by sharing this information Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term May 11, 2021 Find out more UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia RSF_en to go further Follow the news on Uzbekistan More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption News A crackdown against independent journalists has persisted since the 13 May bloody events in Andijan, said Reporters Without Borders urging the interior minister to put an end to the abuse. Uzbek police arrested Gafur Yuldachev, of Radio Free Europe in Andijan on 26 June 2005 and questioned him for about four hours before seizing his dictaphone. Independent journalist Ulugbek Khaidarov (photo) was severely beaten by thugs in Karshi as he was on his way to visit a colleague Tulkin Karaiev.”Brutality against journalists continues since the events in Andijan on 13 May,” the organisation said. “We urge the Interior Minister, Zakir Almatov, to launch an impartial investigation into the abuse of power by police officers against independent journalists. President Islam Karimov should also be concerned about this policy of systematic repression that seriously damages press freedom in his country.”The Radio Free Europe correspondent was due to interview two representatives of banned opposition party Erk (Freedom) Isroil Holdorov and Sadirohun Sufiev in the Yangibozor bazaar in Andijan on 26 June when he was arrested by eight police officers who took him to the interior ministry office in the city. They searched and then questioned him several times over a four-hour period. They threatened him with immediate imprisonment and confiscated his dictaphone before finally releasing him.Khaidarov was attacked in the evening of 26 June in Karshi, some 200 metres form the home of Tulkin Karaev, an independent journalist placed under house arrest by the local authorities. Two thugs accosted him hit and begun beating him about the head. After he fell to the ground, they kicked him saying, “What are you doing in Karshi? Get back where you came from!” Passers-by, who were alerted by the noise, drove off the attackers. Khaidarov returned to his home in Jizzakh the following day. “I have no intention of making a complaint because it would be a waste of time and energy,” he told Reporters Without Borders.It was the second time the journalist, who contributes to two opposition websites, and, had been physically attacked in two months. He was severely beaten by an unidentified assailant overnight on 23-24 April 2005, in Jizzakh. He was taken to hospital with a broken collarbone and two broken ribs.Local governor, Ubaidulla Yamankulov, called him on the phone on 20 April telling him to stop writing his articles and threatening to “settle scores with him”. Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders condemned systematic harassment that is seriously damaging press freedom in Uzbekistan after journalist Ulugbek Khaidarov (photo) was beaten up by two assailants on 24 June in Karshi and Uzbek police arrested Radio Free Europe correspondent Gafur Yuldachev in Andijan two days later. News News February 11, 2021 Find out more New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council June 28, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Crackdown persists against independent journalists October 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

first_imgNews News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Paris, 26 May 2011 Reporters Without Borders wrote on 26 May to Massoud Barzani, the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, voicing deep concern about a bill for the creation of a High Council for Information in Iraqi Kurdistan that was unveiled on 13 and 14 May in Sulaymaniyah.Read the letter:President Massoud BarzaniKurdistan Regional GovernmentErbil Follow the news on Iraq RSF_en December 16, 2020 Find out more June 6, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concerns about a bill for the creation of a High Council for Information in Iraqi Kurdistan IraqMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security”center_img Organisation December 28, 2020 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders, an international press freedom organization, would like to share with you its concern about a bill for the creation of a High Council for Information in Iraqi Kurdistan that was unveiled on 13 and 14 May in Sulaymaniyah.Our organization hails the government’s declared desire to encourage media diversity and respect for freedom of opinion and expression, while putting the emphasis on reinforcing the principles of media ethics and professionalism.However, we are of the view that, in its present form, the proposed law would not help to achieve these goals.We are very worried about some parts of this bill, particularly those concerning this Council’s independence.It is clear from its make-up that this High Council for Information could not be regarded as an independent body. According to Article IV of the bill, the Council will have nine appointed members, of whom the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government will name three for six-year terms, the Speaker of Parliament will name three for five-year terms and the Prime Minister will name three for four-year terms.Our concerns about the Council’s lack of independence are increased by the provisions of Article V, according to which the President of the Council and its members will be sworn in by the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government. Nowhere is it specified that the persons chosen should be experts in the field of media and information. Nowhere is it said that membership of the Council is incompatible with certain positions, especially political ones. Why the terms of office of the Council’s various members are of different length is not explained. It reinforces political influence over this body, which is supposed to be independent.We fear that this Council will be directly controlled by Kurdistan’s two main political parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party, which you lead, and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, led by Jalal Talabani.Like the appointment of its members, the way the Council is funded raises more doubts about its independence. Article III refers to the administrative and financial independence that the Council is supposed to enjoy, but it is clear from Article XIII that part of its funds will come from the region’s general budget. Other funding provisions will necessarily have to be approved by the Cabinet. The bill makes no provision for a budget, not even a minimal one.We are also concerned about the principles underlying the creation this Council. Article VII alludes to the many fundamental principles that the Iraqi media must respect, both those based on international principles and those that are proper to the region’s characteristics. But the bill does not define these general principles, nor does it mention the sanctions that could be imposed on those who violate them.The bill does not specify whether the Council’s responsibilities will extend solely over the broadcast media or whether they will apply to the print media and online media as well. It should be pointed out that self-regulation is preferable for the print and online media.The wording of the Council’s goals in Article VIII is vague. No mention is made of the resources available to the Council to achieve these goals. And some of the goals seem to contradict the Council’s independent nature. Article 8 A-4, for example, says the Council will “serve the region’s media goals in all domains.”Similarly, the bill is also completely vague about the Council’s powers and responsibilities and the procedures it uses.The wording of the powers listed in Article IX is very imprecise. There seems to be a confusion between the Council’s goals and powers. While it says that the Council contributes “in cooperation with the competent authorities in the formulation of information policy” (IX-A) and helps “draft professional conduct codes in cooperation with the competent authorities” (IX-C), there is nothing in the bill about the tools available to the Council for fulfilling these goals. We are not told whether the Council recommends or advises, or whether it has the power to impose sanctions.Subsections H and I of this article say the Council will have the power to examine complaints that are submitted to it, and to “reconcile the parties involved in conflicts over media issues,” but they cast doubt on its role and purpose. It is meant to mediate, arbitrate or have the powers of a court? There is also no mention of mechanisms for appealing against its decisions.Reporters Without Borders believes that, as it stands, this bill repeatedly opposes the cause of media pluralism, the cause we defend. Such a council would violate the principle of media freedom because the imprecise wording of this proposed law could be used to control and punish journalists and news media. We therefore urge you to refrain from creating the Council as defined in this bill.We stand ready to discuss our observations and continue the debate on this subject with you,Respectfully, February 15, 2021 Find out more Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Dear President Barzani, Jean-François JulliardReporters Without Borders secretary-general News to go furtherlast_img read more

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A TOTAL of €44 million was generated by Limerick National City of Culture last year, according to a economic impact study launched this week.Published by Grant Thornton, the major economic impact assessment shows that almost €30m was spent by people attending City of Culture events in Limerick. On top of that, the€12m invested into the cultural services sector during the year-long programme generated a minimum €13.4m benefit to the regional and national economy including €1.4m indirect and induced benefits.The study also revealed that Limerick City of Culture generated a €13m cumulative advertising value (AVE) based on a total of 4,887 press and broadcast articles during 2014.Over 3,000 events took place in Limerick in 2014 as part of 156 projects with an estimated audience of 1.8m people. Royal De Luxe Giant’s Journey in September 2014 attracted the largest audience ever assembled in Limerick for a single event with 230,000 people.Welcoming the report, National City of Culture 2014 board chairman Pat Cox said it was evident that the 2014 programme not only promoted Limerick as a cultural centre but also improved its image, perception, supported social inclusion and boosted the region’s economic recovery.“We have exceeded our expectations and the objectives and I’m confident that Limerick is now being looked at locally, nationally and internationally with a fresh eye after undergoing its very own renaissance as a result of this successful designation,” said Mr Cox.“I’m also confident that the continuation of various cultural activities and community involvement is already generating a long term positive effect on the city and I wholeheartedly welcome this. Limerick can take confidence from it and can do so much more.”Meanwhile, a separate social impact study also published this week revealed 364 new local partnerships were formed and 2,504 Limerick artists were employed in various projects as a result of the Limerick City of Culture 2014. The study’s findings show that 156 funded projects took place with 85 more supported in kind. It also shows that 1,630 performances and 2,589 exhibition days took place.Limerick City and Council chief executive Conn Murray says it is now vital that Limerick grasps the momentum and ensures that the benefits generated from the successful hosting of the year long 2014 programme are maintained.“Limerick was presented with a unique opportunity during 2014 to attract national and international attention and I’m particularly pleased with the feedback from the business community, the cultural vibrancy between practitioners and in communities, the scale and impact of the year and huge economic and social benefits that were generated,” he said.“We are in the midst of preparing a bid to host the European Capital of Culture title for 2020 and the experience and knowledge gained by the organisation and management of more than 3000 events will no doubt be brought to bear by Limerick’s team in our bid for the European title,” Mr Murray concluded. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Twitter WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livecenter_img Previous articleClub life and flamenco fire Killaloe Chamber FestNext articleFrom Wild Geese to dead ducks Alan Jacques NewsLocal News€44 million generated by Limerick City of CultureBy Alan Jacques – June 19, 2015 725 Print Facebook Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin Email TAGSlimerickLimerick National City of Culture 2014royal de luxe last_img read more

first_imgTop Stories[Suo Motu Extension Of Limitation] Have Reservations Against Whatsapp For Effectuating Summons/Service, Centre Tells SC Sanya Talwar7 July 2020 4:45 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Monday took up its Suo Motu Case pertaining to the applicability of extension of of limitation period owing to the Coronavirus induced lockdown, effectuated from March 23.A bench led by Chief Justice SA Bobde took on record, a consolidated reply filed on behalf of the Union of India detailing its stand on several IA’s with regard to limitations pertaining to Section 29A…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Monday took up its Suo Motu Case pertaining to the applicability of extension of of limitation period owing to the Coronavirus induced lockdown, effectuated from March 23.A bench led by Chief Justice SA Bobde took on record, a consolidated reply filed on behalf of the Union of India detailing its stand on several IA’s with regard to limitations pertaining to Section 29A & 23(4)of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, Section 12A of the Commercial Courts Act, 2015, Service of all notices, summons and exchanges of pleadings, Clarifications with regard to the earlier March 23 order & Extension of Limitation under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881.The Attorney General appeared on behalf of the Union of India and stated that since the period of one year within which the Arbitral Award is to be delivered is not a period of limitation as such, it may be clarified that the times period under Section 29A is being extended until further orders on account of COVID19. On the issue of service of statutory notices, summons and pleadings through fax and emails, the AG submitted that the same be allowed until further orders.The IA by HDFC which made a specific averment stating that if the limitation stands extended in regard to cases where limitation has already expired during lockdown or is about to expire, the bank has to undertake an enormous exercise of obtaining Letters of Acknowledgement of Debt (LAD) from thousands of borrowers, the Union stated that the entire period of lockdown should be excluded in all such cases.AG KK Venugopal: “Regarding HDFC’s plea, since 1000s of cases are involved, and they haven’t been able to act during lockdown, they want the period of extension to be extended for the same period of the entire period. My suggestion is extend the period by 45 days. Since there have been different periods of lockdown in different places. There was no uniform period of lockdown everywhere wherein an extension of 45 days may be given to obtain Letters of acknowledgement of debt”Further to this, the AG also added that with respect to the issue of service through other apps such as Whatsapp and Facebook, the Union had “reservations” as there are apprehensions of terrorist activities being carried out and pornographic content being circulated via these apps, even though the apps claimed to be encrypted.Additionally, the union also added that the order passed in the matter or Harsh Nitin Gokhale V. RBI stipulated that the RBI was the appropriate body to deal with the issue with regard to extension of limitation under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881.Bench noted that the union had asked RBI to decide on the period of extension under s. 138 of Negotiable Instruments Act.At this juncture, Senior Advocate VV Giri appeared on behalf of RBI & submitted that the RBI was looking to clarify the validity of a cheque which has been reduced to 3 months from 6 months. Giri sought permission to respond in a one page note, on behalf of RBI, on the limited question of cheque validity. In this backdrop, the Court adjourned the matter to July 10 with permission to the AG and the RBI to submit a 1 page note on the issues mentioned herein above.On June 19, the Supreme Court held that its suo motu order extending limitation and the lockdown restrictions of the government will not affect the right of an accused to seek default bail under Section 167(2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure.On June 8, the Court had sought the response of Attorney General in an application seeking service of demand notice in “dishonour of cheque” cases through Email and Whatsapp under section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881.With the objective of reducing physical filings in courts and tribunals across the countries during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court on March 23 had passed a general order extending the limitation, whether condonable or not, with effect from March 15, until further orders.”To obviate such difficulties and to ensure that lawyers/litigants do not have to come physically to file such proceedings in respective Courts/Tribunals across the country including this Court, it is hereby ordered that a period of limitation in all such proceedings, irrespective of the limitation prescribed under the general law or Special Laws whether condonable or not shall stand extended w.e.f. 15th March 2020 till further order/s to be passed by this Court in present proceedings”, ordered the bench comprising CJI S A Bobde, Justices L Nageshwara Rao and Surya Kant.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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first_img Pinterest Snow-ice warning in place for Donegal Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleCllr hits out over possible reintroduction of water chargesNext articleCalls for extension to primary schools’ Christmas holidays News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsAppcenter_img AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter A status yellow snow-ice warning is in place for Donegal and 12 other counties this morning.The warning from Met Eireann covers counties in the north-west as well as south Leinster and East Munster.Alan O’Reilly from Carlow Weather says cold temperatures could be an issue this morning:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA By News Highland – December 30, 2020 last_img read more

first_imgInstagram/@thebigticket205(MONTGOMERY, Alabama) — UFC fighter Walt Harris is opening up about the “unbearable” pain of losing his stepdaughter, 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard, whose remains were found one month after she vanished.“Right now nothing makes sense and I’m so lost,” Harris wrote on Instagram. “I just want you back.”Blanchard, an Alabama college student, was last seen at a convenience store in Auburn on Oct. 23. Her car was found Oct. 25 near an apartment complex in Montgomery, about 50 miles away from the convenience store.After a month-long search, including rewards offered from Harris’ UFC colleagues, Blanchard was found dead on Monday in Macon County, Alabama. Her death is being investigated as a homicide.Harris wrote on Instagram on Thursday, “My sweet baby girl… I just wanna thank you for helping me change my life for the better.”“For teaching me how to be a man and a better father! For being my biggest fan win, lose, or draw! For always knowing what to say to put a smile on my face and lift me up when I was down and wanted to give up,” Harris wrote. “You light up my world I’m so many ways.”“I hope I made you proud,” he said. I’m gonna keep going daddy just needs time. I love you so much. Look after us like you always did. We need you now more than ever. My lil mighty mighty tiger is a angel now. I love you baby girl forever and ever!”Three people have been charged in Blanchard’s disappearance.Ibraheem Yazeed was arrested on Nov. 7 in Florida and was charged with kidnapping in the first degree, a designation that includes the intent to inflict physical injury. Surveillance video from inside the Auburn convenience store showed both Yazeed and Blanchard inside at the same time, and a witness outside the store said he saw Yazeed force her into her car, according to an arrest affidavit.Antwain Fisher was arrested last week and charged with first-degree kidnapping. He is accused of “providing transportation to Yazeed, and disposing of evidence,” according to a charging affidavit.David Johnson Jr. was charged on Monday with hindering prosecution. Yazeed was allegedly at Johnson Jr.’s home before he left for Florida, ABC Birmingham affiliate WBMA reported, citing court documents. Authorities allege Johnson Jr. knew that Yazeed was wanted by police at the time.Upgraded charges are expected after the medical examiner determines Blanchard’s cause and manner of death, police said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgWhen new ideas break in the US, youcan be sure that they will hit our shores soon after. David Falkus looks intothe future as forecast by the recent TechLearn conference in FloridaTechLearn delegates flying fromLondon to Washington DC and on down to Orlando, Florida, with British Airwaysand United Airlines were treated to a double helping of the disaster movie ThePerfect Storm. This in-flight entertainment is in turn the perfect metaphor forthe business world as it enters 2001 under the impact of the Internet, itselfless than 2,000 days old, and became a theme to permeate the whole conferenceproceedings.Addressing his audience of some3,250 delegates, mainly trainers from 42 countries, representing over 100million workers, TechLearn 2000 speaker Tom Peters warned, “We’re in the midstof a hurricane, a white-collar revolution in which over the next few years 95per cent of white-collar jobs will go or be transformed. And no-one knows wherewe’re going.”Said Peters, business thinker andlifelong trainer, (quoting management guru Peter Drucker), “The period 2000 to2002 will bring the single greatest change in worldwide economic and businessconditions since we came down from the trees. Forgetting the past is essential. Asone US delegate put it, “The problem is not how to get new thoughts into yourhead, but how to get the old ones out”.TechLearn 2000 – organised byElliott Masie, business entrepreneur and skills adviser to the US government –developed a number of themes. These included the need to “focus on people,performance and business models. E-learning is more than a smarter way oftraining. It is about changing our lives and the way we do business”.So the task is not merely to trainstaff, but to train customers and to train suppliers; to train in a interactive peer-to-peer way (known as P2P), inwhich trainees train each other, with content created by users (so it needs tobe as easy as Powerpoint). What began as simple e-mails between students andtrainers, and between students in chatrooms, is being replaced by two-waybroadband versions.Participants were advised thattrainers presenting proposals to top management should avoid referring to“e-learning” and “getting involved in technology”. Instead they should focus onthe business model, on “ROI” – return on investment – on shorter time to marketof new products, and on shorter time before newly-recruited staff are up tospeed and productive.The vision, in the words of WayneHodgins, strategic futurist for Autodesk Inc, is “to have the right stuff”,with just the right content, to just the right person, at just the right time,on just the right device, and – because the scene is so fast-changing – to havegreat “course correction” capabilities in order to stay “on target.”Advice for those entering thise-learning new world included:– Start with a small project, ratherthan putting the most popular classroom programme on the Web, only to find thatattendances drop,– Talk to in-house IT professionals,getting them on-side, and “borrowing” existing delivery mechanisms wherepossible,– Outsource web-hosting and learningmanagement systems (LMS),– Don’t dismiss classrooms as dead,see them as part of “blended learning”,– Buying in modules is morerealistic, although standards like Scorm (shareable courseware object referencemode) with metadata attached to course modules describing contents andownership. The just-launched version 1.2 allows course modules to run underdifferent Learning Management Systems, reducing development times and costs ofnew courses. Students who have taken a particular module previously need nottake it twice.Among the delegates was DonaldClark, CEO of UK e-learning content production company the Epic Group. Hecompared the development of e-learning in the UK to the US and predicts that inthe UK, “The current phase is one of ‘laying track’, in that intranets andlearning management systems are being bought. In the second phase, content willbe king.”As he points out, we ignore theInternet at our peril. “The Internet is already the largest learning resourceon the planet, with content and delivery climbing to new levels, as were-conceptualise learning by focussing on good design, simulations and learningby doing.”Of course the US approach gives usan insight into a frantic world. What can we make of a conference wheredelegates enjoy an evening out at Disney’s The Magic Kingdom, and on the finalmorning welcome Mickey Mouse on to the conference stage? But in many respects we have similartastes. Recent research by Epic, in conjunction with the Department forEducation and Employment, predicted that the UK take-up of on-line learningwill be over 22 per cent within five years from its current usage by 5 per centof UK organisations. The current standing in the US is that 25 per cent of thatcontinent’s companies use on-line learning. So are we really so far behind?Five forecasts for 2001From the UK perspective, informationtechnologies will continue to define how business is done here and impact onworkers in a new global marketplace, according to British business coach JohnMiddleton, the founder of the Bristol Management Research Centre. Here are histop five predictions:1- The Internet is experiencing growingpains, not death throesMiddleton quotes the president of Intel Andy Grove, “Companies not using theInternet to improve just about every facet of their business operation will bedestroyed by competitors who do.”2 – The new economy is a work-in-progress“Globalisation has made suchspectacular progress that today you couldn’t talk of an international divisionof labour as we did before the      1970s,” says Middleton, quoting historian Eric Hobsbawm.3 – The new economy supplements thetraditional economyIt does not supplant it.4 – Size really doesn’t matterThere is no longer irony in the phrase “a one-person global business”5 – Blue-collars have felt the pinch– white-collars will be nextMiddleton points out Tom Peters’ prediction that 90 per cent of white-collarjobs in the US will be destroyed or altered beyond recognition within the next15 yearsTaken from Writing the New Economyby John Middleton, published by Capstone and distributed by Wiley. 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first_img16 students from Oxford University took part in the exhibition. One of them, Suzy Vanezis, said: “I thought the launch went really well. You don’t have to be traditionally good at drawing or painting to be an artist.“Some of the students weren’t very impressed but that was the whole point of it really. We wanted to shock and subvert the idea of what art is; that’s what sparks curiosity.” A group of Oxford University Fine Art students staged an ‘Open Source Artists’ exhibition this week to encourage more awareness of the need for art in the school curriculum. The project follows prolonged and severe cuts to arts education at a national level.The exhibition, closing today, was set up at the Oxford Academy, following a visit by Fine Art student Jose Mario Dello. Following the visit, Dello took to getting support from some of his fellow Art undergraduates.The Oxford Academy’s Head of Art, Jaclyn Wiid, said arts teaching was being “pushed out”. She added: “We are very fortunate in that we still offer arts and graphic subjects at GCSE whereas other schools have cut the subjects completely.”Wiid’s comments reflect concerns over cut-backs in creative funding in schools across the state sector. Between 2010 and 2015, funding to Arts Council England was cut by 32 per cent, with local authority arts funding cut by £56 million across the UK.last_img read more