e-learning news in brief

first_img Comments are closed. e-learning news in briefOn 1 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article e-learning news in brief  – Gareth Harris, a member of the training team at the Chelsea BuildingSociety, has become the first UK employee to win a European Diploma ine-learning. Harris was awarded the Certified e-Learning Professional (CeLP) Diplomaby the UK Institute of IT Training and this led to a further award from theEuropean Institute for e-learning (ElfEL). The latter recognised the highstandards achieved by Harris in creating, operating and managing e-learningprogrammes for the building society.  www.eife-l.org   www.trainingfoundation.com– The Virginia Institute of Social Services Training Activities (VISSTA) atVirginia Commonwealth University is installing a Pathlore learning managementsystem (LMS) to track and report on the training of more than 40,000 people.These include day-care providers, adoptive parents, foster care parents,lawyers, judges and 8,000 social workers. It previously ran five differenttracking systems that made it difficult to get a state-wide view of trainingand development needs.  www.pathlore.com– Techshare 2004 is calling for papers for its November conference that willconsider the role technology plays in learning, work and society for peoplewith sight problems. Those areas in which the Content Steering Groupparticularly welcomes presentations include innovation in education, webauthoring accessibility, mobile technology and technology in the workplace.  www.rnib.org.uk/techshare Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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These were the largest Manhattan real estate loans in March

first_img1440 Broadway and One Park Avenue (Google Maps, Vornado)The 10 largest Manhattan real estate loans recorded in March totaled $1.95 billion, more than double February’s total and about the same as January’s.For the fifth time since September, the commercial mortgage-backed securities market produced the month’s largest loans. The top two deals, both single-asset CMBS loans for Midtown office buildings, accounted for nearly half of the total dollar volume of the top ten.Here were the borough’s largest real estate loans in March:1) Roth CMBS | $525 millionVornado Realty Trust and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board secured a $525 million refinancing for One Park Avenue, a 22-story office tower. The five-year, single-asset CMBS debt was provided by Deutsche Bank and Barclays. New York University’s Langone Medical Center inked a 633,000-square-foot lease renewal at the property in October.ADVERTISEMENT2) CIMBS | $392 millionCIM Group and Australian pension fund QSuper refinanced the 740,000-square-foot office building at 1440 Broadway with a $392 million CMBS loan from JPMorgan Chase. CIM acquired the 25-story tower in 2017 as part of New York REIT’s liquidation, and has since increased its occupancy from 50 to 93 percent by bringing in tenants like WeWork, which leases space to two Fortune 500 enterprise tenants at the building.3) Bank to bank | $198 millionWells Fargo provided a $198 million refinancing for the 23-story office building at 125 West 55th Street in the Plaza District. The property is owned by JPMorgan Asset Management and Waterman Interests, who formed a joint venture for the property in 2014. JPMorgan put the property on the market last January, seeking a valuation of about $550 million. Tenants include the Australian investment bank Macquarie Group and iHeartRadio.4) ReFrak | $150 millionWells Fargo, which originated four of the month’s top 10 loans, provided $150 million to LeFrak to refinance 40 West 57th Street in the Plaza District, home to the landlord’s headquarters. The new debt replaced a $150 million loan provided by Capital One in 2013.5) Columbus collateral | $149 millionColorado-based REIT UDR secured a $149 million loan from Wells Fargo to refinance the residential portion of 808 Columbus Avenue, a 359-unit rental tower on the Upper West Side. The property is part of the five-building Columbus Square complex. Wells Fargo also provided two smaller loans for other buildings in the complex, bringing the total to $197.5 million.6) Loan science | $139 millionJackson National Life Insurance Company provided a $139 million loan to Taconic Partners, Nuveen and LaSalle Investment Management for 125 West End Avenue, a 400,000-square-foot life sciences hub on the Upper West Side. The landlords reportedly landed $393 million in construction financing for the property as part of a $600 million recapitalization, but that has yet to be reflected in public records.7) Yard maintenance | $108 millionWells Fargo provided a $107.5 million inventory loan for 99 residential and two commercial units at 15 Hudson Yards, owned by Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group. Sales at the 285-unit condo building launched in 2016. The new debt replaces an $850 million construction loan from 2015 provided by New York State Housing Finance Agency and the Children’s Investment Fund.8) Lent to the Kent | $105 millionExtell Development also received a condo inventory loan last month. The landlord secured a $105 million mortgage from Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies and GTIS Partners for 49 unsold units at the Kent, a 104-unit, 30-story condo tower at 200 East 95th Street on the Upper East Side.9) Potamkin mortgage | $95 millionAthene Annuity and Life Company provided a $95 million loan for 706 11th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen, a two-story retail building owned by the auto dealer Potamkin Group. The new financing more than doubles the debt on the property, replacing $44 million in loans previously provided by AmeriCredit Financial Services.10) Dunbar debt | $86 millionFairstead refinanced the 538-unit Dunbar Apartments complex in Central Harlem with an $86 million loan from MF1 Capital, a mortgage REIT backed by CBRE Capital Markets, Limekiln Real Estate and Berkshire Group. The new debt replaces $85 million provided by American General Life Insurance Company in 2018.Contact Kevin Sun Full Name* Share via Shortlink ManhattanMortgagesReal Estate Finance Tagscenter_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* Message*last_img read more

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Purplebricks finance chief departs just three months after £1m payday

first_imgPurplebricks’ Finance Director Matthew Farrow has quit the company just three months after pocketing a £1 million payout when the company floated on the AIM stock exchange.Farrow was one of several key directors of Purplebricks who made significant fortunes from the flotation including CEO Michael Bruce (£11 million), Kenny Bruce (£6.4 million), CFO Neil Cartwright (£3 million) and CIO David Shepherd (£900,000).Farrow was also key in appointing financial services giant Grant Thornton to help grow the business after the AIM listing. It worked on the successful flotation with the hybrid agency.Rapid growthIn 2014 Farrow was a key hire for Purplebricks. He brought with him 20 years’ experience in the IT industry as an accountant, and in October last year he was touted by a conference organiser as one of the key figures that had driven the rapid growth of the company.But clearly Farrow thinks his work is done and he’s off to Newark-based managed cloud server firm Timico, which provides its service to wide range of industries including property.Before joining Purplebricks the Chartered Accountant was Finance Director and Group M&A Director at the Phoenix IT Group where he is credited with increasing turnover from £40m to £250m.It is believed that Farrow’s old role is now being filled by James Davies, who joined Purplebricks in May 2017 with the title CFO, having joined from betting firm William Hill Online.Matthew Farrow James Davies Neil Cartwright Purplebricks Kenny Bruce Michael Bruce David Shepherd finance April 20, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’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 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks finance chief departs just three months after £1m payday previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks finance chief departs just three months after £1m paydaySenior IT industry accountant Matthew Farrow has joined cloud storage firm four years after joining the hybrid agency.Nigel Lewis20th April 201803,239 Viewslast_img read more

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Experts lay out future of health IT at PHAT conference

first_imgPaper medical records—the 19th century tools still used by most 21st century medical providers—are a big part of what’s ailing the United States’ health care system, Harvard School of Public Health Associate Professor Ashish Jha told an audience of representatives from academia, government, and industry gathered at the Harvard Club of Boston for the 3rd Annual Public Health & Technology (PHAT) Conference. Hosted by the Public Health and Technology Student Forum at HSPH on April 25, this year’s event focused on enabling the adoption of health information technology to transform patient care.Jha described difficulties that he has faced as a physician that could have been prevented if patients had an electronic medical record accessible by any health care provider. For example, he once prescribed expensive tests for a confused, elderly woman in the emergency room only to discover that she had already had them at another hospital. More than 400 studies have shown that health IT improves the quality of health care, he said.The keynote speaker was David Blumenthal of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, who spent two years as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology under President Barack Obama. He discussed his challenging mandate to build an interoperable private and secure nationwide health information system and to develop guidelines for “meaningful use” of electronic health records, which doctors and hospitals must meet by 2012 in order to receive financial incentives through Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. The guidelines include 14 core functions, such as prescribing electronically and keeping a medication list for patients.Throughout his tenure, Blumenthal worked to keep health care quality a higher priority than the technology, he said. Two years later, the concept of heath information technology is widely accepted and the pace of doctors and hospitals adding systems is accelerating. The government is providing assistance to help providers navigate their options as more companies jump into the health IT marketplace, he said.last_img read more

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Donald Ingber wins 2011 Holst Medal

first_imgDonald Ingber, the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at Harvard Medical School and founding director of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, has been awarded the 2011 Holst Medal in recognition of his pioneering work exploring the cellular mechanisms that contribute to mechanical control of tissue and organ development, and his groundbreaking development of bioinspired technologies, ranging from Organ-on-Chip replacements for animal studies, to new engineering approaches for whole organ engineering.Holst Medal winners are among the most eminent researchers who have made major contributions in the natural sciences for the benefit of industry and society.  The prestigious annual award was presented on Dec. 16 at the High Tech Campus Eindhoven in the Netherlands during a ceremony at the close of the 2011 Holst Symposium. As the medal winner, Ingber also presented the 2011 Holst Memorial Lecture titled “From Cellular Mechanotransduction to Organ Engineering.”For the full release.last_img read more

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Virus Control Is Crucial For A Strong Economy, Chamber President Says

first_imgA small business owner places an open sign in his window. Photo: USAFJAMESTOWN – The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President says that controlling the COVID-19 outbreak is crucial to maintain a strong economy.Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Todd Tranum, says he is very concerned to see Coronavirus cases increase dramatically across the country, and, region. He fears that could lead to another shutdown.“The shutdown of businesses and schools statewide last spring dealt a devastating blow to our people and our economy. People lost jobs. Businesses lost revenue. Students and teachers struggled with remote learning. We must not let that happen again,” explained Tranum. “Why should business associations like the Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association care about this? Because a strong economy and strong business climate relies on a healthy workforce and healthy customers. There is no way around it. Our economic recovery depends on our ability to get and remain healthy.”Tranum says as we head into the cold weather season it is important to take precautions that will keep people healthy and keep businesses and schools running. “The science behind virus control is clear now: this virus spreads through airborne particles as we breathe in and out. That means we need to wear face coverings in public, physical distance with others, keep communal objects and spaces clean, and wash hands frequently,” furthered Tranum. “We may be tired of the virus, but the virus is not tired of us. Let’s all work together to help stop the spread and make the upcoming holiday season happy and healthy.”In March, New York State, through a order called “New York on PAUSE,” required all non-essential businesses to close in an effort to slow the virus spread and not overwhelm the hospital system. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Toe to Toe

first_imgArmy Bans Toe-ShoesThe United States Army has officially banned the use of Vibram Five Fingers, and any other “toe-shoes.” Soldiers aren’t allowed to wear shoes with separate compartments for their toes while in uniform or conducting physical training in military formation because they “detract from a professional military image,” according to the recent modification in policy for the Improved Physical Fitness Uniform (IPFU).Vibram Sues Fila Over Toe-ShoeIn other toe-shoes news, Vibram USA is suing Fila USA for patent infringement after Fila released the Skele-Toes, a minimalist running shoe that looks similar to Vibram’s Five Fingers. Fila’s version has individual compartments for four toes, sandwiching the two smallest toes into the same pocket. According to a press release from Vibram USA’s president, Tony Post, “Vibram innovated the technology and earned the patents. With our success, copyists and counterfeiters have come out of the woodwork. We will continue to take aggressive action against all who infringe upon our intellectual property.”Adidas has also announced their foray into the niche market with the Adipure Trainer, which is a toe-shoe designed for the gym. No word yet if Adidas will also be the target of a Vibram patent-infringement suit.Coolest Shirts EverWicking shirts are so last year. Your next hiking shirt will likely have Xylitol, a corn-based sugar substitute (it’s the stuff in gum that makes your mouth cool) that turns your sweat into a coolant, lowering the body temperature it comes into contact with by three degrees. And yes, it actually works…up to a point. Here’s what we found with two different cooling shirts.Ex Officio Sol Cool TeeHow many bells and whistles can you put into a t-shirt? This is a wicking shirt with UPF 50+ sun protection, and it’s treated with Xylitol. You can feel the shirt begin to cool as soon as you start to sweat, and it gets downright chilly if there’s a breeze. It’s a welcome sensation on a hot day, but the Xylitol stopped working after the shirt got soaked with sweat, so consider this a nifty option for low-output activities like hiking or fishing, but trail running on a hot day proved too much for the technology.$34; exofficio.com Columbia Omni-Freeze ICE Solar Polar Half-ZipColumbia has also released a series of cooling garments using an undisclosed corn-based agent. We tested the Solar Polar Half-Zip in a variety of conditions, and found, like the Ex Officio version, the shirt began cooling immediately after getting moist, but stops once it gets overloaded with sweat. The technology shines on a hike. Take a break in the shade after climbing some elevation, and you’ll feel the ice, ice baby.$70; columbia.comlast_img read more

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Podcast: From the eyes of a credit union: How to maintain business continuity

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Steve and Joe’s shared definition of digital – It’s not just about self-service. It’s about how digital can support the convenience and care that makes it possible for staff to focus on the member, know the member, and have an efficient way to work on behalf of the member. Looking for a better way to create business continuity?You’re in luck! On this week’s episode of Banking on Experience, CIO Steve Ervolino of Dupaco Community Credit Union joins CRMNEXT CEO Joe Salesky to share his expert opinion on the topic. And, you just might want to take notes. Some main points they’ll cover:Commitment to Relationships – It’s what Steve believes has made Dupaco so successful through these crazy times. As he says, “It’s in our DNA. It’s in every discussion: What’s in it for our members? What’s in it for our employees?” And that mentality well positions them to view CRM software for credit unions and other technology as enablers – tools that help staff talk to people, rather than just staring at their computer screens.center_img Steve’s definition of efficiency – Hint: It’s not really about saving money or saving staff time. As he puts it, “It’s about opening up opportunities to have conversations instead of data entry or moving from one screen to another…When we can take processes that interfere with conversations away, that really makes people feel good.” continue reading »last_img read more

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100 days later: Premier League returns after coronavirus exile

first_imgRelegation-threatened Aston Villa get the ball rolling on Wednesday with their home game against European hopefuls Sheffield United.Pep Guardiola’s second-placed City provide the star power when Arsenal visit the Etihad Stadium a few hours later.A City defeat would mean leaders Liverpool would clinch the title if they won at Merseyside rivals Everton on Sunday.It was the announcement that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta had contracted the virus in March that forced the Premier League to press pause. ‘A little bit weird’ Having followed the return of Germany’s Bundesliga and La Liga in Spain, City manager Pep Guardiola is well aware what an unusual experience it will be.”It was a little bit weird watching the games,” he said. “When you play at home you have that extra intensity and passion from the crowd. That is not going to happen.”But when the players were little kids they played in the streets without spectators and they played good. That is what they have to do. It is a football game. Try to follow what they know.”Concerned that the hectic schedule will impact his players’ fitness and the quality of their performances, Guardiola added: “The problem is not to play one game, it is to play another and another with a lack of physical training to be prepared. “They had six weeks [to prepare] in Germany, double what we had, and five weeks in Spain.”We have to adapt as quick as possible. In terms of the rhythm, if teams don’t rotate their performance goes down immediately. There will be a lot of ups and downs in the games.”The Premier League’s rush to finish the season has drawn criticism from some clubs and players, including City stars Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling.With England so badly hit by the pandemic and Guardiola’s own mother dying of the virus in Spain, the City boss was asked if he had doubts about whether the Premier League should return now.”Sometimes,” he said. “I understand we have to do it. Always you had the feeling the damage for the clubs was huge. You have to do it to reduce the impact as much as possible. “We were in contact with the doctors, the scientists. They allowed us to play so of course we do it.”But overall the health of the people (is most important). Nobody wants to die because they are contaminated. The social distance, the mask, the hand sanitizer. “We have to stay alert because the virus is still there.” Topics : The Premier League makes its eagerly anticipated return on Wednesday after 100 days in lockdown, with Manchester City’s clash against Arsenal taking center stage at the start of a frenetic dash to finish the season.While the coronavirus pandemic means the Premier League will look very different from three months ago, football-starved fans will be able to feast on 92 games crammed into less than six weeks.There is still much to decide over the rest of the season, with Liverpool on the brink of their first English title for 30 years, Champions League places up for grabs and a heated relegation battle going down to the wire. With all games being played behind closed doors, players will have to get used to the eerie silence in the usually noisy stands.Piping crowd chants into stadiums, cardboard cut-outs of supporters and live video fan walls will add color but the absence of fans will be a jarring sight at first.In total, about 300 people will be allowed in stadiums for each match, with strict health protocols in place.There will be widespread disinfection of changing facilities, dugouts, matchballs, goalposts, corner flags and substitution boards.People other than players and coaching staff on team benches must wear face coverings.Players have been told to maintain social-distancing during goal celebrations and encouraged not to spit.last_img read more

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‘It’s a very emotional time’: Hong Kongers pack memories for new life overseas

first_imgWong’s parents, an accountant and social worker, both have British National Overseas passports, providing them a path to citizenship in the United Kingdom, where they will fly to next year.Wong hopes to accompany them but says if he can’t due to visa issues, he will consider South Korea until he can join his parents and members of his extended family, who are also leaving for the United Kingdom.The speed at which Beijing raced through the legislation and a lack of transparency until it took effect close to midnight on June 30 drew criticism from all corners of the world, including Washington, Ottawa, London, Taipei and Japan.On Thursday, Canberra said it was suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and announced measures to attract people and businesses from the global financial hub.The Chinese government has condemned foreign interference in the affairs of its freest city.A Hong Kong immigration lawyer told Reuters she had been inundated with inquiries from people eager to get to Britain since the law was introduced, with a noticeable spike in the number of extended families seeking information.”One of my friends is a teacher in Hong Kong. She’s been teaching for over 10 years and she said she has four siblings and the five families altogether they want to move,” said Janine Miu, Managing Director at UK Immigration Specialist.Miu said she had also seen a shift in the demographic of people rushing for the exit, from more wealthy and experienced people to younger individuals and couples with small children.Critics of the law fear it will be used by mainland and local authorities to crush dissent in Hong Kong, while supporters say it will bring stability after months of unrest.Although China’s law also applies to activities abroad, Wong plans to lobby overseas support for those he leaves behind.”I will not turn my back on my own people,” he said.  When college graduate Wong, 23, leaves Hong Kong to escape Beijing’s new national security law, it will be his friends, the stunning views over Victoria Harbor and the city’s famous dim sum he will miss the most.Wong is joining a flood of fellow Hong Kongers fleeing what they see as a more authoritarian era under the legislation, which punishes acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and colluding with foreign forces with up to life in prison.China says the new law is vital to plug gaping holes in national security defenses exposed by months of sometimes violent anti-government and anti-China protests that rocked the city over the last year. Waving a Union Jack flag, Wong and his family attended some pro-democracy rallies and called on the British government to support residents of its former colony, an act that could now violate the vaguely defined law.Wong said while the prospect of a new life in a different country is exciting, his family is also fraught with sadness.”When you pack everything, you’re packing your memories in Hong Kong. You got photos and toys from childhood, you are packing your memories into a box and sending them to a foreign country, so it’s a very emotional time,” he told Reuters.”Hopefully I can pack up everything,” said Wong, who declined to give his full name for fear of retribution.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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