As millions around the world raise their voices to celebrate women’s achievements on International Women’s Day March 8th, Vital Voices will pay tribute to co-founder the Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, honor Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan for her work on women, girls and refugees, and recognize four visionary women who are engaged in the most urgent issues of our time.Since 2002, Vital Voices has shined a spotlight on women who innovate, taking the road less traveled. Their voices are resounding and clear. In the face of adversity, they don’t step down, look away or watch from the sidelines. They innovate, they cross lines that divide. They lead. They create the world they imagine and drive transformation in their communities and beyond, improving the world for us all.What: 16th Annual Global Leadership AwardsWho: Speakers and Special Guests The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton; Kay Bailey Hutchison, Former U.S. Senator from TexasBeth Brooke-Marciniak, EY Global Vice Chair of Public Policy;Donna Langley, Chairwoman, Universal PicturesGary Muto, President & CEO of ANN brands; Alyse Nelson, President & CEO, Vital Voices Global PartnershipMary Robinson, Former President of Ireland; Deborah Rutter, President of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing ArtsAmb. Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and SecurityDiane von Furstenberg, Fashion designer;HonoreesHer Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan (Global Trailblazer Award);Ariela Suster (Economic Empowerment Award);ElsaMarie D’Silva (Light of Freedom Award);Nadia Bushnaq (Human Rights Award);Senior Chief Theresa Kachindamoto (Leadership in Public Life Award)When: March 8, 2017 (International Women’s Day) at 8:00 PMWhere: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – Eisenhower TheaterRSVP: For more information, or for credentialed members of the media who would like to RSVP, contact Katherine O’Hearn: 917.885.4489 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW YORK — Many small and independent retailers who are holding Small Business Saturday shopping events Thanksgiving weekend are banding together with others, believing that there’s strength in numbers.Small Business Saturday, started in 2010 to encourage consumers to shop in their small local stores rather than national chains and what are called big box stores, has become an event in neighbourhoods, towns, even cities as retailers recognize they can draw more customers as a cohesive group than by offering discounts and promotions on their own.Mama Java Coffee, an online coffee retailer, is joining with seven other online businesses that cater to mothers to offer a joint discount. A shopper spending $40 at any of the companies on Small Business Saturday will get $10 off purchases at the other seven. Kim Roman, owner of Mama Java Coffee, says the group, which will market the event on Instagram and other social media, came up with the idea just a few weeks ago.“We were chatting about ways to be unique and help promote each other,” she says.Many communal Small Business Saturday events have grown to the point where they’re organized by local chambers of commerce and community business organizations that have big marketing budgets. About 200 indie retailers throughout Portland, Oregon, are banding together in a marketing effort called Shop Little Boxes that will run from Friday through Sunday. The stores are offering discounts, many of them 10 per cent, and shoppers get raffle ticket numbers for each visit and purchase they make. Shop Little Boxes has a smartphone app that shoppers can use to find participating stores and to register their raffle ticket numbers.Retailers say they do see sales blip up during Small Business Saturday, but their aim is also to remind shoppers that they are there year-round.The event in Henderson, Nevada, like many others, is aimed at fostering goodwill; Shop Small Henderson will be a five-hour block party with activities for children. Parents may not be able to do much shopping during such events, but owners say they do return to shop after the party is over.Landlords also sponsor Small Business Saturday events at their developments. Pier Village, a residential complex in Long Branch, New Jersey, has about 30 retail tenants, and many will be taking part in a communal Small Business Saturday event.Some of the events aim at giving craft makers and artisans a place to sell their creations; about a dozen craft makers will take part in a pop-up event at Broadway Market, a retail complex in Seattle. And some companies with surplus space are inviting small vendors to set up shop on their premises — in Elmhurst, Illinois, Brewpoint Coffee is hosting small retailers in its roastery._____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press
OSU coach Kevin McGuff during a game against Nebraska on Feb. 18, 2016 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State women’s basketball might have played its best game of the season on Sunday against Nebraska. A season-high 23 assists led OSU to a 20-point win and the Buckeyes’ sixth-straight victory.The extra pass helped OSU put up 95 points, its second most in conference play. The team shot 47 percent from the field and had 10 more shots than Nebraska because of 19 turnovers.Coach Kevin McGuff said it’s not the number of possessions he wants. Rather, he looks for good shots off those possessions that has been a problem at times this season for the Buckeyes.“(What) I try to focus on most (is) are we getting the right shots or not,” McGuff said. “With the talent we have, if we get the right shots over the course of a 40-minute game we’ll make enough of them.”Up next for OSU is Penn State. Last year, the Buckeyes had little trouble with the Nittany Lions, leaving University Park with a 77-63 victory.This year, the Nittany Lions are led in scoring by sophomore guard Teniya Page with 18.5 points per game and followed by senior guard Lindsey Spann averaging 11.3 ppg. Penn State is 14-7 overall and 4-5 in the Big Ten and is coming off a lost at home versus Illinois 88-69.Junior guard Kelsey Mitchell could get a lot of the attention from the Nittany Lions, but sophomore forward Stephanie Mavunga could be the X-factor against Penn State. Mavunga is averaging a double-double with 11.3 rebounds and 11.7 points per game, while shooting 56.8 percent from the field. Her inside scoring could be a problem for the Nittany Lions.“I try to focus on the rebounds, the points just kind of happen,” Mavunga said. “A lot of people worry about points, I just worry about rebounds second chance points are really the key or taking away other team’s second chance opportunities.”Penn State will face the second-best rebounding team in the Big Ten, with Mavunga leading the conference in rebounding. Even with her own individual accomplishments, Mavunga credits team play for her success.“We are playing good team-basketball,” Mavunga said. “Throwing that extra pass, and not being selfish is a key on big teams.”Although Penn State hasn’t won a Big Ten game on the road this year, the Buckeyes are taking them seriously.“I like Penn State’s roster. They’re very talented,” McGuff said. “I anticipate a very difficult game. They have a great program and a history of success and their kids are used to winning, and I know they will be excited to come here and compete.”Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Related Items:gus lightbourne gym, Mattie, North caicos, Talking Potatoes, The Adventures of Auntie Fannie Science Fair open to public viewing by noon New Government contracts mean new clinic for Kew in North Caicos PNP open North & Middle Caicos causeway in tribute Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Jun 2015 – Today a new Turks and Caicos author is officially introduced; his name Bradley Handfield and he is the writer of a new children’s folklore set in North Caicos called, The Adventures of Auntie Fannie, Mattie and the Talking Potatoes. “I practiced telling stories to my children and I would always see how excited they would become when I would say that old thing that we used to say back then, ‘once upon a time was a good old time, Babookie chew tobacco and he spit white lime. Monkey neck choke, dog neck broke and they all went to heaven in a little white boat.’ And I would see my children’s eyes light up every time I do that and they would begin to anticipate a story but then I began to run out of stories and I would have to tell the same stories over and over; so the idea came to me that I should write my own stories, make up my own stories and not just share them with my children but to share them with the children of the Turks and Caicos Islands and indeed the world.” Scores of children will fill the Gus Lightbourne Gym today to hear a reading and to accept presentations of copies of the illustrated book for their school libraries. Dozens of individuals, community and civic leaders, businesses and politicians have purchased copies of the book for schools as a donation to their cultural education. The Official launch and book signing is this morning at the Gus Lightbourne Gym, 10 a.m., all are welcomed to attend the event where the Director of Education is expected to bring remarks.
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Sony, in a bid to drive Bravia televison sales in India, will now be manufacturing the TV sets locally, giving a fillip to the “Make in India” initiative of the Modi government. The TV sets will be manufactured at Foxconn’s plant near Chennai. “With Bravia television being locally manufactured in India from this year, we expect sales to accelerate over the next few years,” said Satish Padmanabhan, Sales Head at Sony India. In a related development, home-grown smartphone maker Micromax said it will manufacture all its handsets in India by 2018, said Micromax co-founder Rahul Sharma.South Korean consumer electronics firm Samsung already has a significant presence in India for manufacturing and research and development in India at Noida, Chennai and Bangalore.”Samsung made investments in production and research and development at our factories in Noida and Chennai and in our R&D Center in Bangalore and Noida. This includes expansion at the Noida mobile phone facility. All these points to our commitment to India, and our firm belief that India is the future,” PTI quoted a Samsung spokesperson as saying. India is witnessing a spurt in manufacturing since the last few months, as was evident from the second quarter GDP numbers. While the GDP grew 7.4%, manufacturing grew at 9.3%.The likely implementation of the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission is expected to give a boost to demand for consumer products, encouraging companies to invest more.”Obviously, there is a growth but had then been able to access the global market, the situation would have been far far better and I think that there is an opportunity to do so because make-in-India as China is getting more expensive now,” EY India Partner and National Leader Retail and Consumer Products, Pinakiranjan Mishra said.”The surge in aspirations of youth in small towns and tier-II cities, who clearly understand their gadget needs, have led to a greater number upgrading the technology products, be it smartphones, televisions and home appliances, among others,” said Samsung India spokesperson, adds PTI.
Share Lucas Jackson/Reuters via The Texas TribuneU.S. President Donald Trump addresses the National Rifle Association convention in Dallas on May 4, 2018.Six Texas Republicans in Congress received a show of financial support from their party’s leader this week.President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign announced Thursday that it was donating the maximum contribution possible to around 100 House and Senate Republican candidates ahead of midterm elections in which multiple polls suggest Democrats could be poised for big wins. Republican National Committee spokesperson Christiana Purves confirmed Friday that six of those candidates are incumbents from Texas: U.S. Reps. Michael Burgess of Lewisville, John Carter of Round Rock, Michael Cloud of Victoria, Mike Conaway of Midland, John Culberson of Houston and Pete Sessions of Dallas.Three of those Republicans – Carter, Culberson, and Sessions – recently learned they had been outraised by their Democratic challengers in the second quarter of the year, the latest sign that Democrats are aiming to compete in more Texas congressional districts than they have in a generation. Veteran MJ Hegar reported raising $1.1 million from April to June, more than four times Carter’s haul over that period. Hegar, a veteran, posted a campaign video last month that went viral, drawing national attention to her bid to win in a district that has long been reliably Republican.Democratic attorneys Lizzie Pannill Fletcher of Houston and Colin Allred of Dallas also both outraised their opponents, Culberson, and Sessions, respectively. Those districts became prime Democratic targets this year after Democrat Hillary Clinton drew more votes than Trump in both in 2016.Cloud was sworn into Congress just this month after beating out eight other candidates to win a special election to complete scandal-tarnished Blake Farenthold‘s term, which ends in January. Democrats are hopeful Eric Holguin may have a shot at the seat for a full term in November.Burgess and Conaway are somewhat more surprising picks for being singled out by Trump as both represent solidly Republican districts.
Louisville is the top seed in the tournament for the third time in five years since joining the league in 2015. The Cardinals are searching for their first ACC Tournament title after reaching the championship game last season. Tickets are available by calling 919.956.Bull (2855), ext.3, or online at https://www.milb.com/durham/ballpark/acc-baseball-championship Print Friendly Version LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After capturing the top seed in the ACC Baseball Championship on Saturday, the schedule is set for the seventh-ranked Louisville baseball team this week at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina. Head coach Dan McDonnell led the Cardinals to a 43-13 record during the regular season, marking the 12th time UofL has crossed the 40-win mark in 13 years under McDonnell’s guidance. Only three teams finished the regular season with more wins than the Cardinals, and only one power five program tallied more than Louisville’s 21 wins in conference play. The top-seeded Cardinals will take on 12th-seeded Boston College on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m., ET and eighth-seeded Clemson Thursday at 11:00 a.m., ET. Pool play runs Tuesday through Friday with the semifinals and championship set for Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Story Links Regional Sports Networks from across the conference footprint and across the nation will carry all 14 games on Tuesday through Saturday. Sunday’s noon championship game will be televised nationally by ESPN2. All games will also be available on the ACC Network Extra. 2019 ACC Championship Bracket
Beyonce will perform again at the two-weekend festival this coming Saturday, but Coachella only streams its first weekend. Chances are her performance last weekend added at least two or three zeroes to the secondary-market price for tickets to the sold-out festival.Not surprisingly, this year’s livestream drew the biggest audience in its history, with more than 41 million live views — and during Beyonce’s performance there were 458,000 simultaneous global viewers, making it the most viewed Coachella performance as well as the most viewed live music festival on YouTube, according to a rep.It seems impossible that such a world-beating, meaning-laden, meticulously planned and executed — not to mention completely f—ing awesome — performance could just vanish into the ether, existing only in the memories of those who saw it before the livestream expired, but that’s at least the official word at the moment.However, if we were to take bets on this, we’d say one possible outcome would be: Allowing anticipation and exasperation to build throughout this week leading up to her Saturday performance — and then an announcement that the stream will be exclusively available on Tidal, the streaming service owned by Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z and in which she is a principal. While many other outcomes are certainly possible — maybe involving YouTube’s still-under-development subscription service? — Tidal seems a likely bet, considering that Beyonce was willing to forsake untold millions of dollars in streaming income making her “Lemonade” album a Tidal streaming exclusive “forever,” according to a statement around the time of its 2016 release.In the meantime, get it where and while you can. Owing to the late hour that it took place, the impact of Beyonce’s mind-blowing performance at Coachella Saturday night was a bit diffuse — it ended after 4 a.m. East Coast time, although YouTube re-aired the show on its livestream Sunday afternoon and viewers were able to scroll back and watch it in its entirety. But once that stream timed out, it was gone, except for brief segments of the official livestream in news reports and lots of wobbly fan-shot footage (and a few sites that illegally archived the livestream and have managed to elude Beyonce’s web police, probably not for long).So how can anyone who missed the livestream watch it now, at least legally? Well, apparently, you can’t.“It was a one-time livestream,” a rep for the singer tells Variety. “Unfortunately the livestream is not available on demand,” a rep for YouTube says, noting that certain on-demand clips from other artists — not Beyonce — are available for a 60-day window. No further details were provided, although that policy is in line with Coachella’s standard procedure since YouTube began livestreaming the festival in 2011. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
All you movie buffs in the Capital, get set for yet another film festival. Called the Delhi International Film Festival, it was inaugurated on Friday by telecom minister Kapil Sibal. Sibal addressed the media and shared his fondness for Amitabh Bachchan’s films.The seven-day long festival will kickstart with 74 films and documentaries from 32 countries including India, US, Israel, Iran, Spain, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey, Mynamar, Spain, Japan, Greece, Cyprus, Poland, Ukraine, Italy, Germany, Australia, Canada, Lebanon and China. The festival will see over 30 short documentary films from India and around 10 from Pakistan. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A film from Poland — 80 million — shall be the opening film of the festival while Lamha, a film from Pakistan will be the closing film.A total of 16 feature, animation and art films are scheduled for screening during the festival. Around 15 films in the NRI Section will also be screened. Special emphasis in the NRI section is on women filmmakers. Some of their films include The Gran Plan by Sangeeta Nambiar, Mauams by Shilpa Krishnan from Singapore and Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixChildren of God by Faukia Akhtar from UAE.A few of the films to be screened on the first day of the festival include Black Spot on white Saree, a 13-minute documentary and Rajula, a 102-minute documenatry from India. Foreign films marking their entry will be Bhool, directed by Raju Ahmad from Bangladesh and Art=(Love)2 directed by Mumtaz Hussain from Pakistan.Day 3 of the festival will have films from the US and Mexico like In the Family and Asalto Al Cine, respectively.The Delhi International Film Festival will have 14 competitive sections of films out of which the best films shall be awarded with Golden and Silver Minar Awards, respectively.DETAILAt: NDMC Convention Centre, Parliament Street When: 22 December- 27 December Timings: 10 am onwards
Darjeeling: Another student succumbed to bullet injuries in the wee hours of Friday in the unrest that had taken place over the recruitment of teachers in a school in Islampur in North Dinajpur.The Superintendent of Police, North Dinajpur, on Friday declared that police had not resorted to firing in the incident and it was the outsiders who had mingled with the students, pelted stones, hurled bombs and even fired. Seven persons have been arrested in connection with the incident. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeTapash Burman (20 years) succumbed to his injuries in the wee hours of Friday morning in North Bengal Medical College and Hospital. He was a former student of Daribhit High School and was studying in third year at Islampur College.Incidentally, the students of Daribhit School were protesting against the appointment of Sanskrit and Urdu teachers in the school, demanding other subject teachers to be appointed instead. On Thursday, when the two teachers arrived at the school premises, the students started protesting. A large police contingent arrived to quell the clashes that took place. In the clashes, both the protestors and students suffered injuries. One Rajesh Sarkar (19), a former student of the school and first year student at Islampur College, died on Thursday evening from an alleged bullet injury. As the news of Burman’s death surfaced, locals vandalized the school building and even torched furniture inside the school building. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe BJP called for a 12-day bandh in Raigunj, the district head quarters. The bandh evoked mixed responses. The BJP supporters vandalized four state government buses and two bikes. There was heavy police and RAF deployment. The Chief Minister, who is on a business tour of Europe, has been keeping a close tab on the situation and even had a telephonic conversation with the District Magistrate. Sumit Kumar, Superintendent of Police, North Dinajpur talking to media persons on Friday evening stated: “The police had not resorted to firing on Thursday.” He stated that there was tension in school since the past few days over the recruitment of teachers. “On Thursday too, the students were agitating and even gheraoed the school when a police team had arrived to bring out a teacher who had suddenly fallen ill. When the police were escorting the teacher, they were attacked. Outsiders had infiltrated in the student group and started pelting stones, hurling bombs and even firing. It was a well-chalked out plan,” stated the SP. He further stated that 14 personnel were injured and a constable, Parimal Adhikari, had even sustained bullet injuries and is admitted to Islampur Hospital. The seven persons arrested are being interrogated. “When the police were attacked we used minimum force and non lethal weapons,” claimed Kumar. Majority of the arrested owe allegiance to the BJP party. The parents of the deceased have demanded that the culprits be brought to book.State Education minister Partha Chatterjee, who is heading the group of ministers in absence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, blamed Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha for fomenting trouble that led to the violence.”We are certain that RSS had a role in Thursday’s trouble,” Chatterjee said. He blamed the district inspector of schools Rabindra Kumar Mondal, who had first informed students that Urdu teachers would not be recruited but later went ahead with the appointments keeping the administration in dark. “We have put him under immediate suspension,” he added.The minister reiterated that the guilty would not be spared. “It seems that the entire incident was pre-planned. The role of the headmaster of the school is also being examined,” he maintained.
Kolkata: The state government on Friday announced a slew of measures undertaken for revamping security measures in state hospitals, with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stressing on love and compassion on the part of the doctors while dealing with patients.”It is not always right to take penal measures, which are very much in the ambit of law. The relation between the doctors and the patients should be based on love and compassion rather than a purely profession relation. People come from far with a hope to get good treatment and a compassionate attitude can solve a lot of problems. We need to behave politely and nothing can win over hearts more than love,” said Banerjee, who is also the Health minister, in reply to a question raised by leader of the Opposition Abdul Mannan in the state Assembly, about the government initiative to ensure safety for the doctors. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMannan raised the issue of a junior doctor who was allegedly beaten up at NRS Hospital, following which the junior doctors had gone on a week-long ceasework. He lauded the initiative of Banerjee, who held a meeting with the agitating doctors and solved the stalemate. Banerjee referred to several BJP ruled states like Gujarat and Rajasthan, where the government had imposed laws like ESMA (Essential Services Maintenance Act) and forced striking doctors to join work. She said that the state government is trying to make arrangements for counselling of both the doctors and patients. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateShe said that the government is ready to take similar initiatives for private hospitals, if they approach her department for assistance in this regard. “Private hospitals have their own security mechanism. Our Additional Chief Secretary Health Rajiva Sinha had already spoken with private hospital authorities,” she added. Minister of state for Health Chandrima Bhattacharya said that the West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission, which was formed in 2017 to address the grievances in the health sector, has disposed of 150 out of 402 cases that have been lodged with it till November 2018. Bhattacharya said that the state government has taken a 17-pronged security measure to curb any kind of untoward incidents in medical colleges and hospitals. “A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is being made where entry and exit protocols will be formulated, which will indicate the number of the people to be allowed with the patients’ families. Specific colour cards will be issued for entry in the wards,” she said. According to the security measures undertaken, there will be one nodal officer for each medical college, apart from CCTV monitoring and a 24×7 public grievance cell. “One officer of the rank of DC will be responsible for formulating the security arrangements in the city and it will be supervised by an Assistant Commissioner rank officer. The hospital authorities have also been asked to depute professional agencies for providing security in the hospitals,” Bhattacharya said. She stressed upon the need for sensitising the doctors and other support staff and guidelines on how to go about lodging FIRs in case of assault on doctors or patient party grievance against doctors, if any. “The security arrangements will be monitored every fortnight,” the minister added.
Enroll Now for Free April 5, 2016 “Are disruptive technologies worth the disruption they cause?” is a question many HR professionals ask themselves when they hear promises of industry-changing technology.Although “disruptive technology” may sound intimidating, the term actually applies to the high impact it has, not the deployment process. In fact, some disruptive technologies can be implemented with minimal interference to daily routines, yet offer high levels of operational gains. Cloud deployment, social and collaborative tools, and predictive analytics are among the high-impact disruptive technologies which can be embraced by HR leaders, without fear of being buried in never-ending process management loops.The age of transformation.Technological change has driven new business implementations for the past decade. HR professionals today are bombarded with news accounts and analyst reports on the waves of disruptive technologies hitting the industry like mobile apps, analytic tools for people and data, and ever-evolving social networking platforms. This isn’t always perceived as good news by those who are fully entrenched in their current processes and workflows, especially if they seem to be operating with an acceptable degree of success.The term “disruptive technologies” can be worrisome, conjuring up images of operational chaos. The pessimists easily envision workflows being abruptly halted and daily routines shattered, leaving personnel confused and disgruntled. It’s not likely, however, that the phrase “disruptive technologies” was coined with the intent of scaring HR, but rather to describe new technologies that are expected to totally change operations and the underlying mindset, creating a lasting, positive transformation.Related: The Idea That Disruption Is Dead Is a MythChange does not have to be painful.While change does not have be something that is feared, it does need to be managed. Well-orchestrated change management or project management leads to smooth deployment of new systems. The value of change management surged in the 80s and 90s as countless numbers of books, seminars and training sessions were created on this topic. It is quite likely that every HR executive over the age of 50 has participated in at least one change management workshop.Today, we still talk about the importance of change agents in an organization and place high value on continual improvement. We track performance indicators so that we manage operations, finding opportunities to change practices for the better. Sometimes, small changes make big impacts, as we have learned through these exercises.A transformation—whether scaled down or extensive—does not have to be painful either. An underlying strategy helps keep the transformation controlled, measured, and manageable. Project managers, technology officers, change agents, talent science managers, and purveyors of the company culture all play a role in creating a landscape that is conducive to positive transformations and out-of-the-box thinking.Related: Want a Huge Boost in Efficiency? Make Some Small Changes.Disruption can be rewarding.As organizations consider investing in new HR technologies—whether ones being launched today or on the horizon–it is important to weigh the potential gains and look beyond the obvious financial considerations. Rewards can take the shape of many positives, including productivity, ease of use, reliability, and greater visibility. While it is hard to assign a dollar savings to some abstract gains, those benefits do need to be considered.Predictive analytics is one of those disruptive technologies that promises big impact, without major interruption to existing systems and workflows. By measuring the cognitive and behavioral characteristics of candidates, predictive analytics empowers HR organizations to truly identify best-fit employees, and then integrate the data gathered during the analysis process into other core HR systems for a holistic picture across the employee lifecycle. This insight is key in ensuring that employees get the appropriate onboarding materials, the critical learning and growth opportunities they need for success, and in facilitating ongoing engagement that helps to increase productivity, while reducing turnover.Related: HR Analytics: How Should Big Data Be Used in the Workplace?Final Take-Aways.Disruptive HR technologies will continue to be touted in newsletter headlines and analyst reports. This is an age of rampant change with new IT solutions being developed at breakneck speed with super-power impact. It is up to HR professionals to research and understand the true value of each—and they should also remember that just because a new technology is labeled “disruptive” it doesn’t have be painful to deploy. Change is often a very good, welcome thing. Thinking out of the box and continuous improvement are always good things, good for HR, personnel and profitability. Sometimes, it just takes a brave, bold mindset to take advantage of the many disruptive technologies being introduced. Go ahead, make the leap from traditional HR to the next generation of technologies. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read
2 min read Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. May 20, 2019 Visit any of the major digital music stores and you’ll find unauthorized copies of songs for sale and streaming. The stores know this is happening, but don’t seem to care. That’s the claim being made in a lawsuit filed by the estate of well-known composer Harold Arlen.As Forbes reports, the lawsuit was filed in the U.S. district court of California with a very long list of defendants including Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Pandora, along with the music distributors they work with. It accuses the companies of selling over 6,000 unauthorized recordings of songs Harold Arlen composed and that this counts as “massive music piracy operations in the digital music stores and streaming services.” The lawsuit goes on to claim that the defendants have “joined with notorious music pirates to sell and stream thousands of pirated recordings.”The piracy takes the form of recordings offered using alternative record labels at a cheaper price than the authorized copies. In some cases the cover art has been doctored to remove the legitimate record label logo.The lawsuit seeks to stop any and all copyright infringement by the digital music stores as well as seeking damaged for the infringements that have already occurred under the federal copyright statute. The total amount being sought is in the region of $4.5 million.On its own, losing this case would hardly be felt by the likes of cash-rich Apple, Google, and Microsoft. But in context, this is just one composer and over 6,000 songs. What happens if the Arlen estate wins and all the other composers out there start filing similar lawsuits? They’d likely win and all would want massive payouts. With that in mind, I predict a strong defense against the lawsuit while the digital music stores quickly review the legitimacy of all the songs they sell followed by the quiet removal of any that are of questionable origin. This story originally appeared on PCMag Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals