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Back to the future

first_img Previous Article Next Article Back to the futureOn 1 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Many e-learning courses are designed in a style that was contemporary over adecade ago, bemoans Steven price of Xebec McGraw-Hill.  Now it’s time to demand more, he saysWhen I first became involved in e-learning 12 years ago, it was calledcomputer-based training. For technical reasons, most CBT courses were textonly, contained minimal (monochrome or four-colour) graphics and generally ranfrom a single floppy disk. The companies that produced good CBT courseware were the ones that realisedthat delivering training via a computer is only engaging and effective when theunique opportunities of the medium are exploited. They understood thatinteraction has to be integral to the process, not just a “Mary had alittle lamb, what did Mary have?” means of confirming that learning hastaken place. Over the years, the acronyms have changed – from CBT, to TBT, CBL and WBT –but essentially the same fundamental design principles have been recognised andvalued. That’s until e-learning and the online bandwagon rolled into town.E-learning, we’re told, is a revolution in the way we deliver learning becauseit breaks down the old paradigms. Sorry, but could someone tell me how runninga training course across a wire from a CD-Rom is fundamentally different fromrunning it across a wire from a Web server? OK, the wire from the Web servermay be longer and narrower, but from a learner’s perspective, what’s different?One thing is clearly different. Gone are the media-rich, interactive,visually engaging multimedia CD-Roms and in are the “micromedia” textcourses I thought we’d waved goodbye to nearly 10 years ago. Is this progress? At a recent e-learning exhibition and, with a few notable exceptions, muchof the “state-of-the-art” and “groundbreaking” coursewarebeing proffered was merely a sequence of basic text screens, punctuated withtick box assessment questions (what did I say Mary had?). It’s no wonder thedrop-out rate from online courses is reported to be so high – learners must bejumping out of windows! Delivering learning to the desktop does have implications for how coursesare structured and it means rethinking aspects of delivery to take account ofthe dreaded “b” word, bandwidth. But this isn’t an excuse forbypassing all the hard-won design principles that have been developed over thepast decade. Online delivery offers better accessibility, centralised administration,synchronous and asynchronous learner support, all of which undoubtedly offer usnew and exciting ways of enhancing the learning experience. But please, let’s wake up from the collective amnesia that seems to havedescended over the entire training industry and start building on what wealready know. Steven Price is manager of Xebec McGraw-Hill’s bespoke and customisationarm. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Ascend Properties reports a record 2018

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Ascend Properties reports a record 2018 previous nextAgencies & PeopleAscend Properties reports a record 2018The Negotiator22nd November 20190375 Views Ascend Properties has announced a record year in 2018, with a 62% year-on-year increase in turnover and 400 new units being added to their property portfolio.The company also signed agreements for further Build To Rent (BTR) and the record year was further complemented by a strong lettings and sales performance across all branches, with almost 1,400 agreed lets and 200 completed property sales in 2018.Ascend has also recently opened a new office in Leeds, planning to build the brand further in the Yorkshire region.Staff levels across its Manchester, Salford, Liverpool and Leeds branches increased by 40% in 2018, with new appoints at all levels of the business and particular growth in the company’s dedicated Built To Rent team. Ascend’s Managing Director, Ged McPartlin said, “These figures reflect the great team we have at Ascend and their hard work and professionalism. 2018 was a phenomenal year for the business, but we don’t plan to stop there. We’ve already got new, exciting projects in the pipeline and our branches continue to exceed their targets.”Ascend Ascend Properties Ged McPartlin BTR build-to-rent November 22, 2019Jenny van BredaWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Where Doctors Can Recommend Marijuana to Replace Opioids

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Even in Colorado — where residents voted to legalize medical marijuana in 2000 and recreational pot in 2012 — many physicians remain reluctant to recommend marijuana. In July, just under 2% of licensed doctors in the state had recommended cannabis to registered medical marijuana patients, according to a Stateline analysis of state data.It’s not clear whether the new law will convince them to embrace marijuana and move away from prescribing opioids — especially for young people.“There’s no condition right now where I feel there’s enough information for me to recommend marijuana to a family for a child or an adolescent,” said Dr. Jennifer Hagman, medical director of the eating disorder program at Children’s Hospital Colorado.Hagman testified against the Colorado bill on behalf of the Colorado Psychiatric Society, the Colorado Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Society, the Colorado Medical Society and the Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.She told Stateline she occasionally treats young people experiencing psychosis and depression related to marijuana use. “I know that the vast majority of physicians would very much like to know what specific parts of the marijuana plant, and which kinds, are useful for different conditions — or not,” Hagman said.Doctors who embrace alternative treatments, such as herbal supplements and acupuncture, tend to be more open to marijuana. Dr. Melissa Milan runs a holistic medicine practice in Colorado and said she’s comfortable recommending marijuana because the overdose risk is negligible. “As a physician, I really want to help people,” she said. “And I want to do no harm.”People seeking a medical marijuana card also can turn to clinics that specifically employ doctors to issue them.Many patients are convinced of marijuana’s healing powers. Mindy Mysinger, a 40-year-old former nurse who testified in favor of the Colorado bill, told Stateline that marijuana helped her kick an opioid dependency she developed after multiple back surgeries. At one point, she said, she was taking up to 30 pills a day — a mix of painkillers, pills to address their side effects and over-the-counter drugs.Mysinger said she decided to reduce her opioid intake after surviving a post-surgery infection. “I realized I had done everything those specialists had said, I took all the pills they told me to take, and I almost died,” she said. Over the past four years, she said, she has adopted a healthier lifestyle and switched from opioids to marijuana. She feels great.But for many medical professionals, inspirational stories aren’t sufficient proof. “As it relates to pain, the jury is still out,” said Finn, the Colorado Springs doctor. He noted that the placebo effect, or patients’ belief that a certain treatment will make them well, plays a big role in how people experience pain. Over the past decade, however, Weber said she’s dramatically cut back on pills by instead using marijuana. “It took care of the pain,” said Weber, executive director of the Colorado chapter of NORML, a national group that backs marijuana legalization.Spurred partly by stories like Weber’s, policymakers in Colorado, Illinois and New York now allow health professionals to recommend marijuana instead of addictive, potentially deadly pain pills such as OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin. Forty-six people in the United States die every day from overdoses involving prescription opioids, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania allow people with opioid addiction to qualify for a medical marijuana card.But many physicians and medical experts strongly oppose such policies, pointing out that science hasn’t yet shown that dispensary-bought marijuana can deliver the same pain-killing punch as a prescription drug, nor that it can help people kick an opioid addiction.“We have given marijuana the status of medicine with none of the standards,” said Keith Humphreys, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University. Other medicines, he pointed out, must undergo rigorous clinical trials and win federal approval before being sold to patients.Health care professionals can’t prescribe pot because the federal government classifies it as an illegal drug. But under 33 state medical marijuana laws, providers can verify that patients suffer from certain conditions, which allows patients to grow pot or buy it from a medical marijuana dispensary.In states that allow both medical and recreational marijuana, the products are typically regulated separately, sold separately and taxed separately. In Colorado, medical marijuana patients can legally possess more cannabis than other adults, and the pot they buy is cheaper.Severe or chronic pain are qualifying conditions for a marijuana card in almost all states with a medical marijuana program, according to the Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that advocates for marijuana legalization. Colorado’s new laws allow doctors and other health professionals with prescribing power to recommend marijuana instead of opioids in all cases, including after minor surgery.“We’re talking about an alternative to managing symptoms to a narcotic, or to pharmaceutical with severe side effects,” said Colorado Democratic state Rep. Edie Hooton. Her bipartisan bill allowing doctors to recommend pot instead of opioids easily passed the legislature and was signed by Democratic Gov. Jared Polis in May, despite some opposition from the medical establishment.Dr. Ken Finn, a pain medicine specialist based in Colorado Springs, called the bill “the worst policy I’ve ever seen.” Finn said many of his patients have tried using marijuana to dull their pain, but find it doesn’t help or can’t replace opioids. Their willingness to try an unproven remedy, he said, “tells me what lengths people will go to, to try to get some relief.”Marijuana as a PainkillerNearly 3.1 million medical marijuana patients are registered in the United States and its territories, according to the Marijuana Policy Project.Many have turned to marijuana because they’re in pain. Over 93% of Colorado’s more than 87,000 medical marijuana patients suffer from severe pain, according to the state Department of Public Health and Environment.Other people are seeking to ease their pain with recreational pot. Almost two-thirds of a thousand Colorado retail marijuana customers said they used marijuana to relieve pain, according to a survey published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Psychoactive Drugs this year.Some studies have shown a link between marijuana and pain relief. Many of the about 40 randomized controlled trials that have tested whether cannabis and its chemical compounds, called cannabinoids, reduce chronic pain have found that they work as a pain reliever, said Ziva Cooper, research director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative.But many of those studies involve discrete or synthetic cannabinoids, rather than the flower, edibles and concentrates sold at dispensaries, she said. For the most part, the studies have been short, looking at cannabis used once or over a few weeks. And they involve patients also taking prescription pain medications.“We don’t know yet how effective cannabis and cannabinoids are for pain when they’re administered by themselves,” Cooper said. “We also don’t know how cannabis and cannabinoids stack up next to opioids for pain relief.”Many medical experts say more research is needed. “The science is thin,” said Robert Valuck, executive director of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. Marijuana also can be addictive, he said. “We’re seeing increases in what people call cannabis use disorder.”As for state laws that allow people addicted to opioids to buy or grow medical marijuana, there’s not strong evidence to suggest that marijuana helps people kick an opioid addiction, Cooper said. “It’s more based on anecdotes — people reporting that they can wean themselves off opioids.” Reluctant Doctors, Eager Patients Where Doctors Can Recommend Marijuana to Replace OpioidsSTATELINE/PEW ARTICLEAugust 18, 2019By: Sophie QuintonDENVER — A car accident 17 years ago shattered Ashley Weber’s spine and left her confined to a wheelchair. After the accident, she said, she was prescribed strong opioids, developed an addiction to them and spent her days in a narcotic-induced mental fog.last_img read more

Special Weather Statement: Coastal Flood Advisory

first_img(Image courtesy National Weather Service) The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Advisory in effect for Ocean City from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday.A new moon tide and steady northeast winds will combine to push water levels into the “minor” tidal flooding category. The current advisory forecasts water levels to peak in the hours around high tide on the bay side of Ocean City at 9:39 a.m. Tuesday. Forecasters project a level of 6.1 feet on the mean low water scale (MLW). By comparison, tides reached 5.43 feet on Monday morning and 5.71 feet on Sunday morning. The forecast for high tide at 10:25 a.m. Wednesday is 5.5 feet. Visit to compare these predictions to other recent and historic tide levels. Residents should monitor conditions and be prepared to move vehicles from areas that typically experience tidal flooding. The roads closer to the beach including Central and Wesley avenues are typically at higher elevation.For your safety and the protection of your vehicle and neighboring properties, never attempt to drive through flood waters, and do not drive around barricades. For Police and Fire Department emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 609-399-9111.last_img read more

Michael Franti Celebrates 1000th Recipient Of “Do It For The Love Foundation” In Atlanta [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Michael Franti & Spearhead performed a sold-out show at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday night. The evening also served as a very special occasion for the Do It For The Love Foundation,. Do It For The Love is a wish-granting nonprofit organization that brings people living with life-threatening illnesses, children with severe challenges, and wounded veterans to live music concerts. The foundation was started by Franti and his wife, whose experience as a Registered Nurse bridges the couple’s passion with expertise. Tuesday night’s show doubled as an awareness gathering and celebration of their 1000th recipient, with the first-ever recipient from the foundation (who has ALS and was too sick to attend the concert) thanking everyone for their amazing work. It was a complete family affair, and you could clearly see Franti’s wife and son enjoyed the celebration as well. The emotional event also included Zac Brown Band percussionist Daniel de los Reyes for the entire show, which helped the musical experience reach new heights.Photographer Emily Butler was on-site to capture the special evening. Enjoy her photos below:last_img read more

Infamous Stringdusters, LCD Soundsystem Win First Grammy Awards

first_imgBruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar were the big winners at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, with Mars taking home six statues and Lamar earning five awards. While their victories didn’t come as that big of a shock, there were a few first-time winners that caught our eye.Festival favorites The Infamous Stringdusters picked up their first Grammy last night when their 2017 release Laws of Gravity was named Best Bluegrass Album. Founded in 2007, the band—Andy Hall (dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (upright bass)—has put out eight studio albums and recently announced the launch of their new record label. “Cannot thank you all enough for being along for this ride!,” The Infamous Stringdusters said in a statement. “Winning this award was made even better by sharing the honor with Rhonda Vincent.” (In a rare tie, Vincent’s’ All The Rage – In Concert Volume One also won a Best Bluegrass Album award). After a handful of past nominations, LCD Soundsystem earned their first-ever Grammy for their 2017 single “Tonite”, which took home Best Dance Recording. Their comeback album American Dreams was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album, though it lost to The National‘s Sleep Well Beast.Interestingly, electronic music legends Kraftwerk earned their first in-competition Grammy at last night’s show, despite having already been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award and a spot in the Grammy Hall of Fame. The pioneering German outfit beat out a much younger field to win Best Electronic/Dance Album for their 2017 release 3-D The Catalogue, a record that was borne out of a retrospective project the band showcased at museums and music venues.In a less surprising move, the winners in the blues categories were decidedly on the older side as well. Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ picked up Best Contemporary Blues Album for their collaborative release TajMo, while rock icons The Rolling Stones won Best Traditional Blues Album for Blue & Lonesome, their first studio release in 11 years.Portugal. The Man beat out rising pop stars The Chainsmokers and Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee to win their first Grammy, an award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their single “Feel It Still”. Evidently, the group didn’t take the honor very seriously, as their acceptance speech saw frontman John Gourley pretend to wipe his butt with the trophy while bassist Zach Carothers declared “Hail Satan!”.Other winners at last night’s ceremony included John McLaughlin (Best Improvised Jazz Solo), Alabama Shakes (Best American Roots Performance), Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit (Best Americana Album and Best American Roots Song), The War on Drugs (Best Rock Album), and many more. You can check out the full list of winners here.last_img read more

Staff art is focus at Radcliffe Institute

first_imgStaff members from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study gathered in the Byerly Hall art gallery on June 15 to view something familiar: photographs, acrylic paintings, pencil sketches, and chromogenic color prints decorating the walls.Deans and development officers mingled with manuscript cataloguers while nibbling pastries. The Latin-flavored stylings of the Di eVano String Quartet brought a taste of spice to the festivities.This time, though, something was different. The artwork surrounding the chattering crowd wasn’t produced by an institute fellow (like sculptor/photographer Leslie Hewitt, RI ’10, whose show appeared in Byerly in February, or filmmaker Kamal Aljafari, RI ’10, whose movie stills graced the walls in May). Rather, the prints, paintings, ceramics, and architectural models were created by the staff members.Radcliffe human resources generalist Myra Garza organized the show, along with seven colleagues. “The idea stemmed from various staff members with different ideas but the same objective: to celebrate the artists among us,” she said. She and her team sent out a call for artists in mid-May and then began to plan the show and soiree.The Radcliffe community’s response was remarkable. Bill Bebout, who has worked in the mailroom for more than 30 years, brought five original paintings — and a mobile made of foam core and music wire. Susan Landry, a Schlesinger Library administrative assistant, contributed several watercolor pieces and three hand-cut block print tablecloths. Debra Smith, a staff assistant in the educational programs department, signed up to read three of her poems.Among the 19 artists who answered the call was graphic designer and production coordinator Jessica Brilli, whose exhibition of oil paintings “Before 30” appeared in the Holyoke Center in the summer of 2007. “I always knew how talented my Radcliffe colleagues were, and this show absolutely confirms that,” she said. “I feel honored to display my work with them.”The exhibition continues at 8 Garden St. in Radcliffe Yard through the summer.last_img read more

Johnson family makes large donation to new women’s residence hall

first_imgThe University announced the Johnson family — Todd, Susan, Matthew and Hilary Johnson of Minnesota — made a large donation that will go towards the construction of a women’s residence hall that will be located east of Flaherty and Dunne Halls, Notre Dame announced in a press release on Friday.“The Johnsons, an exceptionally generous family, have exhibited that generosity in making possible this hall at Notre Dame bearing their name,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the release. “We are extremely grateful for this residence hall, a place for building community and contributing to the education of our students’ minds and hearts.”The dorm will be home to the Valkyries, a community of women currently living in Pangborn. It will house approximately 225 residents.Todd Johnson is the CEO of Capstan Corporation, a family business. He earned his bachelor’s degree in construction engineering management from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1981, according to the release.Susan Johnson is a speech-language pathologist, and earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 1987, the release said.Together, the Johnsons are members of Notre Dame’s Cavanaugh Council, Badin Guild and Boldly Notre Dame campaign cabinet.The Johnson children, Matthew and Hilary, each graduated from Notre Dame.Matthew Johnson graduated in 2012 and 2019 as part of the one-year accelerated MBA program. While on campus he was a tour guide and served as a a weekly reader to University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, the release said.Hilary Johnson graduated in 2015 from the University, and is attending Midwestern University to get her masters degree in biomedical science. She was a resident assistant in Lyons Hall while attending the University, as well as a weekly volunteer at Saint Mary’s Convent.Johnson Family Hall will be the 32nd residence hall on Notre Dame’s campus, and the 15th women’s hall. The dorm is expected to be opened in the fall of 2020, and will be nearly 70,000 square feet, the release said. The design of the building will be “unique, integrating elements of campus architecture and Notre Dame residence hall traditions, including a chapel, courtyard and various spaces for studying and socializing,” the release said.“We are deeply honored to share our family’s blessings with the University of Notre Dame for being the lead gift for the new women’s residence hall on campus,” Todd and Susan Johnson said in the release.Additional benefactors contributed to the construction of Johnson Family Hall. They include Celeste and Kevin Ford of Portola Valley, California, Carol and Bill Hoffmann of Minnetonka, Minnesota, Molly and Geof Meyers of Ottawa Hills, Ohio, Clare and Jerry Richer of Southborough, Massachusetts and Shayla and Chip Rumely of Atlanta, Georgia.“As the University continues to invest in strengthening our undergraduate residential communities and improving the quality of hall life for our students, we are extraordinarily thankful to Todd, Susan, Matthew and Hilary for the addition of Johnson Family Hall,” vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said in the release.Tags: Donations, Johnson Family Hall, women’s residence halllast_img read more

Minnesota co-op Great River Energy to close 1,146MW Coal Creek power plant by end of 2022

first_imgMinnesota co-op Great River Energy to close 1,146MW Coal Creek power plant by end of 2022 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Minneapolis Star Tribune:Great River Energy will shutter its big North Dakota coal-fired power plant several years early, an extraordinary move that underscores the waning cost-competitiveness of coal in electricity production.The Maple Grove-based company Thursday announced the closure of Coal Creek Station — one of the Upper Midwest’s largest power plants — in the second half of 2022. It will be replaced to a great extent with new wind farms, including four in Minnesota.The plant, which supplies power to hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans, has historically been a low-cost electricity producer — it’s adjacent to a coal mine, a big competitive edge. But due to dramatic changes in electricity markets in recent years, Coal Creek is losing money.“The real driver for this decision is economics,” said David Saggau, CEO of Great River, a nonprofit wholesale cooperative owned by 28 retail electricity co-ops, most of them in Minnesota.When the transformation is complete, Great River expects that two-thirds of its electricity will come from wind turbines. Much of the rest will come through purchases in the regional wholesale electricity market.U.S. coal plants are becoming increasingly uneconomic because of the rise of gas-fired power and renewable energy. Those developments, combined with coal’s environmental liabilities, are prompting more early plant closures.[Mike Hughlett]More: Minnesota’s Great River Energy closing coal plant, switching to two-thirds wind powerlast_img read more

The new URLA is coming – Is it a model application form?

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Good morning from NAFCU’s spring Regulatory Compliance School! Sometimes a question from a member leaves me digging around in the Federal Register looking for more information. Where a rule or its commentary still leave you wondering what is required, those old preambles can provide clarity. It’s pretty satisfying when that actually happens. Other Federal Register dumpster dives are less illuminating but helpful anyway. Today’s blog covers one of these recent research efforts.As credit unions who sell mortgage loans to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac (the GSEs) are likely aware, there is a new Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA) coming. For applications received on or after February 1, 2020, credit unions who sell loans to the GSEs will be required to use the new URLA. The GSEs are allowing lenders to start using the redesigned URLA as early as July 1, 2019. The URLA was updated in 2016 in anticipation of compliance with changes to Regulation C(HMDA) that require seeking specific race and ethnicity information from borrowers. However, these additional upcoming changes to the URLA are more significant.Many credit unions use the URLA for mortgage loans even though they are not selling to the GSEs. Why is that? Likely because of Regulation B, where Appendix B to the rule has model application forms including the 2004 version of the URLA. Regulation B has some general rules against seeking information from credit applicants. Use of one of the model applications in Appendix B is generally considered to be in compliance with provisions in the rule that limit credit unions from asking for certain information. While there are some exceptions, there are general rules against:last_img read more