White Stone Studios / Benjamin Hall Design

first_img “COPY” Architects: Benjamin Hall Design Area Area of this architecture project Projects White Stone Studios / Benjamin Hall DesignSave this projectSaveWhite Stone Studios / Benjamin Hall Design “COPY” Year:  Manufacturers: Maytag 180 Degrees Inc United States General Contractor: White Stone Studios / Benjamin Hall Design Contractor: Benjamin Hall design + build 2015 CopyAbout this officeBenjamin Hall DesignOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousingApartmentsHousingWoodPhoenixHousesUnited StatesPublished on May 21, 2015Cite: “White Stone Studios / Benjamin Hall Design” 21 May 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Area:  3000 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses, Apartments•Phoenix, United States Plumbing/Mechanical Engineering:Otterbein EngineeringDesign Team:Benjamin Hall, Matt O’BrightUnit Area:450 ft2Plumbing Engineering:Otterbein EngineeringMechanical Engineering:Otterbein EngineeringCity:PhoenixCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Matt WinquistRecommended ProductsMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedLightsLonghiLamp – AkileleSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Ceiling SailsLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – AJ CollectionText description provided by the architects. Architecturally trained and with a tooth-and-nail approach to construction, master builder Benjamin Hall converted an empty lot into an elegant urban infill project in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Offering six studio apartments, White Stone Studios is the epitome of micro-dwelling made easy. Located in downtown Phoenix, in a neighborhood that locals call the Triangle, White Stone Studios furnishes a modern, clean aesthetic amidst what is likely to become the city’s new urban hub. Save this picture!© Matt WinquistSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Matt WinquistThese 450-square-foot rentals are flanked with additional 200 square feet of private interior and exterior greenspaces. The atriums and patios are carved out of the solid exterior shell to provide an abundance of natural light, while maintaining a private and protective mass. The walls are built of polished double-sided white concrete masonry units that double as both the interior and exterior finish and are foam-filled for maximum insulation value. The roof also makes use of foam insulation, rendering the building super insulated. The residential complex is optimally positioned for natural daylight while still mitigating direct solar exposure.Save this picture!© Matt WinquistThese two approaches help reduce heating and cooling costs in the Sonoran desert climate. Custom oversized white oak doors welcome renters to their units, while aging raw steel awnings protect residents from the elements. Hall designed and fabricated all steel components – some of which were built years prior to breaking ground, like this custom door jam, deadbolt and mail-slot piece. The rough wood fencing that wraps the perimeter of the complex is constructed of pallet wood that Hall reclaimed from existing job sites around Phoenix.Save this picture!© Matt WinquistThe architecture was designed with affordable commodity items in mind, including Ikea cabinetry, Ace Hardware gas pipes and Home Depot appliances. Laundry, storage and entertainment were integrated into a monolithic pod that can be screened by the translucent curtains to create layers of privacy and separation.Save this picture!© Matt WinquistPerceptually, the cozy bathroom increases in dimension due to the full-height window that looks into the private atrium, ideal for a long soak in the bath tub. Hall customized countertops from Ikea into luxury barn door sliders. In addition, he recessing mirrored Ikea medicine cabinets into the block to create a full-height mirrored panel. Parking is accommodated from the alley to ease street congestion. Additionally, the community’s common spaces are secured by fencing and custom steel gates.Save this picture!© Matt WinquistProject gallerySee allShow lessAssemble to Construct a Brutalist Playground at RIBAEventArchitect + Entrepreneur: A Field Guide to Building, Branding, and Marketing Your St…Publications Share Struktur Studio ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/632805/white-stone-studios-benjamin-hall-design Clipboard ArchDaily Save this picture!© Matt Winquist+ 29 Share Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/632805/white-stone-studios-benjamin-hall-design Clipboard Structural Engineering: Photographs:  Matt Winquist Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Photographslast_img read more

ePolitix announces Charity Champion award winners

first_img Howard Lake | 7 December 2003 | News Tagged with: Awards Giving/Philanthropy Recruitment / people Parliamentarians have been praised for their work in promoting and assisting charitable causes at the first ePolitix Charity Champion awards.A lifetime achievement award was presented to veteran disability campaigner Lord Ashley of Stoke by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP. There were also written tributes for Lord Ashley from the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.The Chancellor of the Exchequer was himself voted the ePolitix Children’s Champion. Advertisement The ePolitix Charity Champion awards, sponsored by Charity Logistics, were based on nominations by charities large and small for parliamentarians who they felt had championed charitable causes. Parliamentarians themselves then voted online for the winners.The winners were:Animal Welfare Champion – John Greenway MPChildren’s Champion – Gordon Brown MPDisability Champion – Tom Clarke MPHealth Champion – Dr Ian Gibson MPInternational Champion – Tony Baldry MPOlder People Champion – David Heathcoat-Amory MPLifetime achievement award – Lord Ashley of Stoke Lord Ashley said: “ePolitix has simulated parliamentary interest more and more and more. They have got MPs, Peers and the public to be interested in supporting charities like never before. This interest is absolutely crucial.” Commenting on the awards, ePolitix’s Managing Director Michael Hepburn said:“At a time of increasing cynicism towards politics and politicians, these awards shine the spotlight on the hard work many parliamentarians devote to promoting charitable causes and campaigns in Parliament, to constituents and to the wider public.”The ePolitix Web site features articles from charities who nominated parliamentarians for these awards. These charities include BAAF, Barnardos, British Horse Society, Cancer Research UK, Counsel and Care, Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, MENCAP, Rotary Club, Teenage Cancer Trust, VOICE, and Womankind Worldwide. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.center_img  32 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis ePolitix announces Charity Champion award winnerslast_img read more

National Endowment for the Arts Funds “My Pasadena” Art Projects

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News From Top Clockwise: Mann, Lisa – Roto Pasadena; Willcocks, Angela – Blotnbyte; Betsy Medvedovsky & Steve Campos – Pop-Up Museum Pasadena; Glass, Michelle & Hataya Tubtim, Everyday Monuments. Photo courtesy Side Street ProjectsArt lovers are encouraged to visit the Pasadena Civic Center area to view nine new temporary public artworks now through September 2016 that will enliven the area as part of the “My Pasadena” project funded by a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant. The City’s Cultural Affairs Division of the Planning Department is implementing the project with its partner, Side Street Projects, under the NEA’s Our Town grant program.My Pasadena includes a total of 12 public art projects displayed around the Civic Center on Garfield Avenue, from Walnut Street to Green Street, and on Holly Street, from City Hall to Raymond Avenue. Go to www.cityofpasadena.net/arts or www.sidestreet.org/my-pasadena for project details and dates.On Saturday, April 9, two projects will be available for public enjoyment and interaction, including:• Everyday Monuments, by Hataya Tubtim and Michelle Glass, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., City Hall.Since December, the artists have collaborated with people at the Pasadena Senior Center, Lake Avenue Community Center, Pasadena Mother’s Club and Pasadena High School to create small fiber art that re-imagines Pasadena’s existing monuments and honors significant people, places and events. The collaborative installation is available for one day only.• PopUp Museum by Betsy Medvedovsky and Steve Campos, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., City Hall.Where do you come from and where are you going? How have your origins influenced where you are now? Join the artists for an interactive art installation at City Hall. Bring an object or a story to share; make art, chat and discuss. This will repeat on May 14 and June 11.The goal is to create a series of events and changing artworks to make the Civic Center district more walkable, enjoyable and culturally fulfilling as a creative, vibrant public arts forum that expands community awareness and involvement in the contemporary role of government in civic life.The projects are innovative and varied in inspiration to reflect the diversity of civic engagement themes. Produced in a variety of media, the projects include live performances, walking tours and visual art installations as well as dance, theater, animated projection, oral history and audio sounds.“Just imagine walking down Garfield Avenue on a beautiful evening, encountering 10-foot-tall projections of bright and colorful animated characters,” said Lisa Mann, one of the featured artists, who described her project. “The figures are clearly ‘real’ people: they are moving and talking, yet they are yellow and green, striped and polka-dotted, charcoal smears, and pastel smudges, psychedelic swirls, and geometric patterns, flickering, playful projections, little snatches of My Pasadena!”Side Street Projects is creating a mobile outpost to gather community input, work with the artists to market and publicize projects, and create an archive of images and stories on the program. Other organizations involved include Pasadena Heritage, the City’s Northwest Programs Office, the Pasadena Unified School District, the Pasadena Public Library and Armory Center for the Arts.My Pasadena began last fall with an enchanting multimedia display of projected images and sounds of lions at City Hall and a temporary “parade float” made of recycled yarn exhibited at Paseo Colorado.NEA Our Town My Pasadena Public Art Projects include:(Artist Name, Project Title and Description)1. Mann, Lisa, Roto Pasadena, animated projections of Northwest community members2. Medvedovsky, Betsy & Steve Campos, PopUp Museum, exploring themes of origins, time, conflict & family3. Parson’s Nose , Staged reading of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town with professional actors and high school students4. Marin, Betty, TellMeNovella, an outdoor projection of telenovelas at City Hall and Villa-Parke, followed by audience engagement activities5. Willcocks, Angela, Blotnbyte, audio tours and vinyl portrait drawings telling stories of Northwest residents6. Forsyte, Joey, video mapping on Pasadena Civic Auditorium focusing on the young artists of the Northwest community as they explore the concept of civic engagement7. Glass, Michelle & Hataya Tubtim, Everyday Monuments, a collaborative, City Hall installation and tour using embroidery and fiber arts to build a shared tableau.8. Lineage Dance, Our Pasadena, narrative dance performance telling the stories of the people of Pasadena performed at City Hall followed by discussion9. Martin, Arnold & Crystle, Now and Then: Connecting the Visual Past with the Present, Binocular-like viewers showing historic images of Pasadena located in Civic CenterArchived (Past) Projects include:10. Phillips, Cat Chiu, Plarn Float, temporary parade float created by Pasadena youth with recycled plastic yarn11. Freewaves, Lions, Tigers and …, a multi-media performance exploring the site of local power, imagery and history through an exploration of the lion symbols on City Hall12. Armory Center for the Arts, Parlor at the Armory: The World that Begins Where Our Skin Ends, artist residencies and programs with Women’s Center for Creative WorkThe NEA is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation. The NEA received 275 applications for its Our Town grant program during this funding cycle. Recommended grant amounts ranged from $25,000 to $200,000. For a complete list of projects recommended for Our Town grants, including project descriptions, grants by state and by project type, visit www.arts.gov.Don’t forget to be social when visiting the My Pasadena projects or any of the NEA Our Town projects in the USA. Send a Tweet with a picture of the artwork and use the hashtag #NEAOurTown14.Stay connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit the City of Pasadena online at  www.cityofpasadena.net; follow the city on Twitter @PasadenaGov, www.twitter.com/pasadenagov, and like the City on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofpasadena. Or call the Citizen Service Center, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (626) 744-7311. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment More Cool Stuff Government National Endowment for the Arts Funds “My Pasadena” Art Projects Published on Thursday, April 7, 2016 | 5:07 pm Community News 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Top of the News center_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week HerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Fashion Trends You Should Never Try And 6 You’ll LoveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Gorgeous Looks That Have Been Classic Go-tos For DecadesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. 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Hess Corporation Donates $2 Million to Houston’s Winter Storm Relief Efforts

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 24, 2021– Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) today announced that it is donating $1 million to the Houston Harris County 2021 Winter Storm Relief Fund and $1 million to the Houston Food Bank following the severe winter storm that has significantly impacted communities already suffering from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company will also match donations made by employees through its matching gift program. “Our hearts go out to the many families who are struggling to recover from this devastating storm,” said CEO John Hess. “We are making these donations to help people in need whose lives have been so severely impacted.” “We are proud to support Mayor Turner and community leaders across Houston in providing relief for our most vulnerable neighbors,” said COO Greg Hill. Hess Corporation is a leading global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. The Houston Harris County 2021 Winter Storm Relief Fund, established by the City of Houston and Harris County, and overseen and administered by United Way of Greater Houston and the Greater Houston Community Foundation, is supporting families needing additional help to recover, including plumbing and home repairs, temporary housing, and other basic needs. The Houston Food Bank collects and distributes food and other essentials to those in need through a network of 1,500 community partners. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210224005929/en/ CONTACT: Media Contact: Lorrie Hecker (212) 536-8250 [email protected] KEYWORD: EUROPE UNITED STATES UNITED KINGDOM NORTH AMERICA TEXAS NEW YORK INDUSTRY KEYWORD: OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES OTHER ENERGY UTILITIES OIL/GAS FINANCE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY ENERGY PROFESSIONAL SERVICES OTHER PHILANTHROPY PHILANTHROPY OTHER NATURAL RESOURCES FUND RAISING FOUNDATION NATURAL RESOURCES SOURCE: Hess Corporation Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/24/2021 01:58 PM/DISC: 02/24/2021 01:58 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210224005929/en WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – April 6, 2021 Hess Corporation Donates $2 Million to Houston’s Winter Storm Relief Efforts Facebook Pinterest Pinterestcenter_img TAGS  Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleGlobal Social Media Analytics Market Report 2021: Focus on Sales and Marketing Management, Customer Experience Management, Competitive Intelligence – ResearchAndMarkets.comNext articlePatients with Complex Chronic Illnesses Can Now Receive More Affordable Medications and New Pharmacy Services With No Added Costs Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Fed Owns Nearly 30 Percent of All Outstanding MBS

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: What’s on the Horizon for Existing Home Sales? Next: Building Not Keep Up With Inventory Needs Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Bing bai Federal Reserve Laurie Goodman MBS Securities The Urban Institute U.S. Treasury 2017-11-03 Dean Terrell The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Journal, News Fed Owns Nearly 30 Percent of All Outstanding MBS November 3, 2017 2,996 Views Related Articles  Print This Post Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Federal Reserve’s plan to reduce the amount of agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and U.S. Treasury securities (Treasuries) it owns will run off slower than its targeted amounts, according to a recent report from the Urban Institute titled “Normalizing the Federal Reserve’s Balance Sheet: The Impact on the Mortgage-Backed Securities Market.” The authors of the report, Laurie Goodman, Codirector of the Housing Finance Policy Center, and Bing Bai, a research associate for the Urban Institute, examine the Fed’s near-term path mortgage portfolio to understand when the portfolio will normalize.Starting in November 2008 and ending in September 2014, The Federal Reserve began buying large quantities of assets from the private sector as a method of quantitative easing. As of September of this year, the Fed now owns $1.77 trillion of MBS (nearly 29 percent of all outstanding MBS) and $2.45 trillion of treasuries. Based on similar assumptions made by the Fed, Goodman and Bai believe there will still be $1.18 trillion of MBS on the Fed’s books after their balance sheet normalizes. The researchers also believe the Fed should take advantage of the investment period left to do more rebalancing, as well as take additional action to help launch the single government-sponsored enterprise security.Based on assumptions from two separate surveys of primary dealers and market participants released by the Fed in July 2017, the researchers found the Fed’s baseline portfolio in 2025 will be $2.84 trillion. This is larger than levels prior to the crisis but smaller than the current level of $4.46 trillion. As the winding down of begins, the projected mortgage runoffs during the first year will total $197 billion, providing a $120 billion runoff and a $77 billion reinvestment. The Institute believes for the first year and the year after, the paydowns in this base case generated by the portfolio will be insufficient for covering the targeted runoff. Regarding treasuries, Goodman and Bai project there will be $369 billion in paydowns in the first year, producing a $175 billion runoff and $194 billion reinvestment. To read the full report and the researchers’ recommendations, click here.      The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Bing bai Federal Reserve Laurie Goodman MBS Securities The Urban Institute U.S. Treasury About Author: Dean Terrell Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Fed Owns Nearly 30 Percent of All Outstanding MBSlast_img read more

Pearse Doherty says his Dail ban is unfair

first_img Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Previous articleFather tells how he witnesses the shooting of his son in DerryNext articleDonegal allocated 4.5 million to tackling racism and sectarianism News Highland WhatsApp Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Facebook LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Facebook Google+ Deputy Pearse Doherty has said he believes he was unfairly treated after he was banned from the Dail for two days yesterday.He was ordered to leave yesterday for failing to quit his questioning into the background of Ireland’s most senior civil servant.The Donegal South West Deputy wanted to know whether he could ask questions about the newly appointed Secretary General to the Department of Finance, under new Fitness and Probity legislation.He failed to comply with the Ceann Comhairle orders to resume his seat and was told to leave:Fine Gael and Labour voted with the Ceann Comhairle to suspend the TD, the vote was carried by 80 to 36.Deputy Doherty says he has been unfairly treated:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/pdoc830dail.mp3[/podcast] Twitter Pearse Doherty says his Dail ban is unfair Google+center_img Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also WhatsApp Newsx Adverts RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Twitter By News Highland – March 9, 2012 Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Pinterest Pinterestlast_img read more

Man arrested three times in one day under CA’s coronavirus-based zero-bail policy

first_imgGlendora Police DepartmentBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(GLENDORA, Calif.) — Officers in Los Angeles County arrested and released a suspect three times in one day after he was repeatedly let go based on the zero-bail policy that California has put into effect due to the coronavirus pandemic, police said.The policy is intended to keep the jail population lower due to COVID-19 concerns, officials say. On Wednesday, officers responded to a call of a man attempting to break into a vehicle in the city of Glendora, in the San Gabriel Valley. According to the police, Dijon Landrum, 24, was allegedly attempting to drive away in the stolen vehicle.Landrum was arrested, issued a citation and released, officers said.About an hour after Landrum was released, the department said it received a call about a man allegedly taking items from residences’ front yards. The responding officers allegedly found Landrum at the scene in possession of stolen items.The officers issued Landrum a citation and recovered the property.Later that night, a car was reported stolen out of a parking lot. Glendora officers tracked the car on the freeway in nearby La Puente, and the Los Angeles County Sheriffs and California Highway Patrol pursued the vehicle.Landrum was arrested in Pasadena for alleged possession of a stolen vehicle and for evading officers. He was issued a citation and released for the third time that day, police said.In early April, California’s Judicial Council temporarily set bail at zero for most misdemeanors and lower-level felonies to reduce jail populations and limit the spread of COVID-19 during the coronavirus pandemic. Glendora Police Department officials said they were acting in accordance with the policy. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Political correctness – have we gone mad?

first_img I have always thought that the problem is in the minds of those of us without disabilities; not with those who are disabled. I have vivid memories of such situations, when I served on the judging panel for the National Fit for Work award scheme. We had a chairman for the panel, Sir Geoffrey Gilbertson, who used a wheelchair. He used to say that whenever people helped him up steps, they would put him down gently and act as if the next move was to pop a sweet into his mouth.Years later, at the innovative factory for Komatsu in Birtley, north east England, we found we had a “white elephant” office block at the front of the factory which the Japanese did not want to use for its original purpose. The “executive” offices sat there unused and eventually we were able to persuade Tokyo and the Department of Employment to put money into converting the block into a one-stop-shop for people with disabilities to use for assessment, training, job hunting and business start-ups. The Pinetree Centre celebrated its 10th anniversary last year. It has helped thousands of people and facilitated over 200 successful start up businesses. The point of all this is that a couple of years into the project, we had a combination of tremendous “free” offers of technology to help with this work from a combination of Komatsu, BT and IBM. The board of the Pinetree Centre saw this as a great opportunity for people with disabilities who clearly had a physical struggle to get into the centre on a daily basis.We all got quite excited about this and outlined the opportunity to those in training at the centre, expecting an enthusiastic response. We found we had floated a lead balloon. Despite the physical struggle of getting to the centre, nothing was going to get in the way of trainees seeing their colleagues and friends. We had completely underestimated the value of social interaction. This “brainwave” never materialised and we learnt a lesson from it – don’t assume you know what other people want. Talk to people and listen to what they have to say.The JobCentre staff at Walsall were probably working with the best of intentions. But nobody likes to be patronised and legislation like the Disability Discrimination Act is supposed to provide a framework for sensible action. The key is not over weaning legislation, but a sensitivity about how other people feel and the grace to ask for views so that crass errors are avoided. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Political correctness – have we gone mad?On 20 Jun 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Desktop Decisions

first_img Previous Article Next Article E-learningis being heralded as the new method for training staff in virtual classroomsutilising the capabilities of the Internet or intranet, thus cutting the costsof training expenditure. John Robinson looks at the pros and cons of using thislatest technological innovationAswith everything related to the Internet, it seems, e-learning has been hyped asrevolutionary. It will supposedly change the way organisations delivertraining, improve the learning experience of millions of employees in thousandsof organisations around the world and make us wonder how companies ever managedwhen all they had were books, classrooms, flip charts and trainers.Aglance at some of the e-learning courses available can be enough to convinceeven the most ardent sceptic of their value. A mixture of flashy graphics,vibrant colour, video and audio and barely a boring text page to be seen comescomplete with sophisticated testing and monitoring software. Bulletin boards,chat rooms and virtual classrooms complete an impressive looking array offeatures for students and training managers. And the best thing is, so the sellgoes, that because e-learning is Internet-based you should also be able toslash training costs.Soshould you believe the hype? Or will e-learning drift into obscurity asnumerous other much-acclaimed technology-based training methods have in thepast?Asa clue, a similar level of brouhaha was attached to online recruitment when itemerged six years ago or so. But while it has certainly had an impact, newspapersand trade magazines still have healthy-sized job sections and recruitmentagencies are doing better than ever. Online recruitment will never be thecomplete solution for most organisations and the same principle applies toe-learning.Butthis is not necessarily the message HR and training managers will hear frome-learning vendors. “Eighty per cent of e-learning providers are simply jumpingon the bandwagon,” says Jan Hagen, head of the solutions group at e-learningcourse producer Widelearning.com. “There are a lot of very clever people in theworld of technology who have come up with some very clever solutions to thingswhich are not yet problems.”Amajor problem with the market at the moment, contends Hagen, is that someproviders offering e-learning solutions are managed by technology expertsrather than trainers. One outcome is that many courses have hundreds of back-upfeatures, monitoring systems and other flashy management features but poorcontent. Training management is all very well but it is a distant second inimportance behind the quality of the courses.E-learninghas many advantages over classroom-based training methods, including theability for the user to learn in short bursts, at their own pace, in their owntime and be able to put that learning into practice immediately they finish themodule. MatsJohansson, CEO of e-learning provider Futuremedia says that online learning hasthe additional benefit of allowing firms to train suppliers and customers aswell as in-house staff. “I would call it the best opportunity for training andHR to get more involved in other aspects of the business,” says Johansson.“When I look at where e-learning is happening, HR and training managers areonly getting into 50 per cent of the action. Delivering e-learning courses tothe supply chain and customers will be bigger than in-house training and yet HRis never involved in those discussions.”Aprimary weakness though, is that because learning is a solitary experience infront of a computer screen, people will switch off if they are not stimulatedwith something new throughout the course. “Factually correct content does notmean a good course. It is the instruction, design and other methods that keepthe learner interested,” says Hagen.“Ifyou teach via a screen you do not have that human interaction, so you have toassume the user is getting bored all the time. Companies go out of their way tochoose a trainer who can present in an engaging and valuable way, then they areevaluated at the end of the course. With e-learning it is often the other wayround.”Criticsof e-learning even doubt whether the technique offers anything in the way of alearning experience for users. They argue that technology is dictating the wayindividuals learn rather than supporting the educational process.DrPaul Taylor, lecturer in sociology of technology at the University of Salford,states that levels of cognition are lower with e-learning than traditionalmethods of teaching. “It is the ‘Macdonald’s-isation’ of the educationprocess,” he says. “It is cheap and a quick fix but of no value.” This line isoverly harsh but there is no doubt that there are courses out there which wouldstruggle to hold even the most dedicated learner’s attention.Anotherdownside of the dominance of technology in e-learning is that employers areencouraged to buy a whole suite of training packages – as if they were buyingMicrosoft Office, say – rather than picking the few which are most suitable fortheir needs. “Companies move away from what is the logical way forward, whichis to look at which courses they need to achieve their objectives. Suddenlythey buy everything the vendor has because they are looking for total coveragerather than single, quality courses,” says Hagen. “It’s an insane way of buyingtraining but this is the way e-learning is sold by the vendors.”Theprocess of buying and implementing e-learning courses should be no differentfrom any other training courses. There has to be a business need for deliveringthe course and a desired outcome for all those who attend. No training managerin his or her right mind would buy every classroom course on offer, telleveryone in the company the courses exist and leave it up to staff whether theywant to attend. The same applies to e-learning, yet as is so often the casewith Internet-related activities, logic can be lost amid the desire torevolutionise.Ife-learning courses are introduced en masse, the benefits will probably be lostbecause the culture of most organisations cannot support such a huge change. Alot of money will be wasted in the process.Learningfrom the desktop rather than the classroom requires discipline from staff tolog on to the courses regularly and not be distracted by their other duties. Italso takes trust on the part of managers that employees are not wasting time onirrelevant courses and are getting real value out of the learning. Mostimportantly, staff need to know what modules are there, how to get to them,what they are for and which ones are for them.“Youcannot just put all the training onto the Net and then expect everyone to useit. Organisations need to realise what training culture they have ande-learning should be delivered in the same way,” says Hagen. “If you don’t havea self-study culture in the company, e-learning is not going to create it.”Ifemployees are used to being told they are going on a two-day course, then inthe same way they should be told they are going on an e-learning course. Or,more likely, that they are going on a one-day instructor-led course which willrequire some preparatory work via an e-learning module over the next month andfurther e-learning module(s) and a test after the classroom day. The time toundertake this can then be arranged with line managers.Toavoid a costly culture clash and dozens of expensive unused courses, e-learningneeds to be implemented on a small scale first with individual high-qualitycourses which meet a specific business need. If the first one works thenfurther modules, if they are of the required standard, can be introduced later.This builds up a culture of self-learning in the organisation and preventsstaff becoming cynical about the technology.“Thegolden rule is to pilot, test and acknowledge what you can and cannot do. Don’tjump in and put 46 courses on a server before you know how, who and where theyare going to be used,” says sales and marketing director of knowledge=powerNicholas Thurlow. “Unlessyou do this, the whole area will be rubbished in the same way CBT was 10 yearsago. The end-user will rebel and you will spend two years navel-gazing aboutwhy it doesn’t work.”Ifstaff feel their only learning option is to plough through a host of boringcourses which have poor content and little user interaction they will also loserespect for the organisation. Employees feel valued when they are sent ontraining courses because they can see the investment being put into theirdevelopment. By the same token, they will know they are being short-changed ifthey are force-fed inadequate e-learning courses. “Peoplereally enjoy classroom training – it is a big perk. Staff can get their handsdirty, work through scenarios and speak to a knowledgeable consultant,” saysHagen. “The way e-learning is being delivered at the moment in some organisationsis like a punishment to the end-user. What too many employers are saying is‘You do your 40- or 50-hour week and find half-an-hour in your own time to workthrough this course’”.Goode-learning vendors should insist you start slowly in introducing e-learning,provide one or two quality courses and work with you to build up a biggerlibrary of modules over time. Those who place coverage of as many topics aspossible before quality are to be ignored.Implementingone or two courses will also give the organisation time to put in place therequired IT infrastructure. The demand online learning places on companynetworks is a prime reason why most are not ready to implement the technologyyet. For a start, an employer needs an intranet or access to the Internet onthe desktop before it can even entertain the idea of e-learning. E-learning isnot CD-Rom-based training. Equally, it is not a learning centre stuffed full ofPCs with courses loaded on the hard drive. Internetor intranet delivery of courses is the differentiating factor with previoustechnology-based training and, as a result, implementing e-learning requires arobust IT infrastructure. For companies which do not have an intranet, thee-learning vendor can usually host the courses on its own Website. Employeesthen access these via their PC using a password and do the relevant modules,which are still tailored to the company as if it were running them on its ownnetwork. Evenso, most networks do not have the capacity, or bandwidth, to deal with some ofthe technology e-learning providers can supply, irrespective of who hosts thecourses. Video, for instance, is a non-starter unless the organisation hasmassive network bandwidth and high specification PCs. If it has not got these,the end-user will have a highly frustrating experience. “Themost impressive e-learning content in the world is useless if people cannot getat it easily or if the bandwidths it requires to run cause the organisation togrind to a halt,” says Kevin Young, managing director of e-learning firmSkillSoft. “Organisations have to ensure training can be made available throughthe existing network and can be deployed with minimum effect on networkperformance.”Theneed to get the technology right before you take on e-learning is one reasonwhy the prime misconception about e-learning – that it is a way to slashtraining budgets – is false. For most employers a sizeable investment innetwork infrastructure, PCs and software will be needed to implemente-learning. In the long term it might reduce training expenditure but thestart-up costs are high. IT and high-tech firms are the main adopters at themoment precisely because they already have the technology in place.JamesHunt, head of capability development at insurance company Pearl says it isdeveloping an e-learning strategy but with a high degree of caution. “Thestart-up costs are astronomical and we will not get the return until later. Itbecomes a very ineffective tool with users who don’t use it,” he says.Hiscaution is well placed. E-learning can be an invaluable asset to training if itis implemented methodically, with a sharp focus on what learning goals it is tomeet and with no pretensions that it will replace all other methods.Thehistory of training delivery in most firms will be stained by a botched attemptto use new technology to improve training delivery. Learning centres with rowsof CD-Roms neatly lined up and sparkling PCs virtually untouched by human handstand as testimony to how an apparently failsafe training idea can turn into amassive white elephant. And an intranet stuffed full of e-learning coursesno-one uses is a less visible, but just as costly, virtual white elephant.Thepace of change is placing fresh demands on training in the telecoms industry.To learn how one firm is reacting, see John Robinson’s article Siemens and itslifelong e-learning relationship at www.personneltoday.com/featuresFor a list of e-learning solution providers go to www.personneltoday.com/directoryCasestudy: Philips adopts e-training to speedily update staffTelecomsfirm Philips Business Communications adopted an e-learning strategy because itwanted to expand its capabilities as an organisation from being simply asupplier of communications systems to a provider of additional systemintegration and value-added services. Thecompany had previously relied on predominantly classroom-based training butthis approach alone was deemed too slow to quickly upskill its 1,500 staff innew products and services.Duringthe first phase of the process, Philips identified the competencies itsemployees would need to develop, market, install and maintain a bigger and moresophisticated range of products and services.Itthen assessed the existing skills of each individual to build a profile of thehuman capabilities of the organisation. After comparing the findings of the twophases, Philips’ HR team identified the weaknesses and hired e-learningprovider SmartForce to come up with a training solution.HRmanager Christoph Bonert says the organisation chose e-learning as a method ofdelivery because training could begin as soon as competency gaps wereidentified. “It is becoming more important for companies to create the toolsand methodologies for employees to take greater responsibility for their owndevelopment.” “Forthis to happen, learning tools must be flexible and promote more efficient andproductive use of time.” Thee-learning programme initially focused on employees involved in sales andservice functions at the company’s National Service Offices and will ultimatelybe deployed as a tool for company-wide competence management.DefinitionsTBTTechnology-based training is a broad term which encompasses any learningtechniques which involve computers and electronic tools. Most TBT applicationsare distributed via CD-Roms and the Internet. Using a multitude of media suchas text, animation, audio and video, TBT seeks to deliver information with ahigh degree of user involvement and interaction. Thepopularity of TBT has historically been driven by a need for quick, reliableaccess to learning in a low-cost manner. Many organisations use designatedlearning centres containing all the required technology to deliver this form oftraining.CBTFor as long as there have been computers, there has been computer-basedtraining and the term is now seen by many as rather tired. CBTis any training that uses a computer as the focal point for instructionaldelivery. Coursesare provided through the use of a computer and software, which guides a learnerthrough an instructional program. Typically these are stored on a CD-Rom whichthe student loads to begin the course. CBTis especially effective for training people to use software applicationsbecause the CBT program can be integrated with the applications so thatstudents can practice with it as they learn. E-LearningThe distinctive feature of electronic leaning is that courses are deliveredover the Internet or an in-house intranet. Students can choose e-learningpackages, which typically involve a fast-changing mix of audio, graphics, textand occasionally video, from their desktop computer. They can be any length oftime from five minutes to hours, enabling the user to dip in and out as theyneed. Courses usually include tests and software to enable managers to monitorwho is using the system and the progress of students. Courses can either behosted on the company intranet or by the course provider on a designatedInternet site. The user then logs into the courses via a password.FlexibleLearningFlexible learning is a catch-all term for training in which the student hasgreater choice over what to learn, how it is learned and assessed, and when andwhere the learning happens. It is virtually interchangeable with the term openlearning. Any media can be used in flexible learning depending on the learningoutcome desired. Students tend to study primarily in their own time and placewith infrequent or no face-to-face contact with one another or with trainers. Ahigh degree of self-assessment may also be involved. Flexible learning isstrongly linked with distance learning.DistanceLearningThe central tenet of distance learning is that the learner can access trainingmaterials away from the workplace. To do this they will use telecomstechnologies and more commonly e-mail, electronic forums, videoconferencing andother forms of computer-based communication. Most distance learning programsinclude a CBT system and communications tools to produce a virtual classroom toprovide some interaction with other students and trainers. The Internet is nowserving as the foundation for many distance learning systems because it can beaccessed from all computer platforms.Yourguide to e-learningAsthis feature shows, e-learning is a confusing concept to grasp. Multipledefinitions, hundreds of suppliers, thousands of products, a great deal ofjargon. As with all technologies, it will take time for the dust to settle,allowing a clearer view of exactly what e-learning is, what it involves and howit can directly benefit your business or organisation.PersonnelToday has got together with easycando to produce a comprehensive guide toe-learning which explains how to deliver high-quality targeted knowledge andtraining direct to individual desktops using Internet or intranet connections.Free with next week’s issue. 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OCHS Girls’ Lacrosse Team Dominates

first_imgOcean City’s Danielle Donoghue (45), who was a standout on offense, controls the draw against Egg Harbor Township. By Lesley GrahamThe Ocean City High School girls’ lacrosse team defeated the Egg Harbor Township Eagles, 20-6, Friday evening at Carey Stadium. The 19th ranked Red Raiders improved to 6-1 (2-0 in conference play), while EHT dropped to 4-3 overall (2-1 conference). Ocean City Senior Danielle Donoghue contributed five goals and two assists while teammate Emily DiMarino added six goals and one assist. During the open half of play, Ocean City started strong, amassing a 7-2 lead with under 10 minutes to play. EHT called a timeout and used the break to adjust its game plan. Coming out with a new-found fire, the Eagles scored the final three goals of the half to cut the lead to 7-5. Ocean City found its groove in the second half, finding the back of the net just 20 seconds into the period. On the ensuing possession, after a quick shot by Ocean City and a save by the goalie, the Red Raiders intercepted the clear and put the ball in the back of the goal to grab an 8-5 advantage. Dominating the draw control in the second half, Ocean City rattled off the next 11 goals before the Eagles were able to put another one on the scoreboard. EHT chipped in one goal with seven minutes to play, but the lead was insurmountable as Ocean City would go on to win 20-6. Ocean City plays tough defense against an EHT attacker.Ocean City Head Coach Alyssa Morrison was proud of the turnaround effort the team showed in the second half. “We tend to play to the level of our opponent and so we got off to a slow start, underestimating EHT, who came out with a fire to play,” Morrison said. Luckily for the Red Raiders, they were able to kick it into gear and finish out the second half strong. “I was impressed tonight with the play of Reese Bloomstead and Molly Reardon back on defense and Danielle Donoghue on the draw,” Morrison said.  “Donoghue is one of the top drawers in South Jersey and I was happy to see her light it up on the circle,” she added. Donoghue, a senior who is taking her lacrosse talents to Mount Saint Mary’s University next fall, is excited for her final season with the Red Raiders. “I’m really looking forward to coming together with this team, working together to have the same goals and winning games before I head off with a whole new group of girls for the next four years,” said Donoghue after a dominant performance on the draw and in the offensive end.  The Red Raiders have a short rest period before a quick turnaround for a game on Saturday. They will face the 18th ranked Eastern High School Vikings in a top 20 match. The game is slated for a 1:30 p.m. start. Ocean City’s Emily DiMarino looks to feed a teammate near the net.last_img read more