• Trump Administration’s Impact on American Education

    Trump Administration’s Impact on American Education

    The impact of the current President of the United States and his administration on education is causing a great deal of concern to students, teachers and academics alike. Staying true to his promise of cutting the budget for education, President Trump has followed through on this promise by slashing funds for the Education Department by 13.5 percent, or $9.2 billion in his administration’s new “America First” budget.The US’s Education Department comprises 5,000 employees, a $73 billion annual budget, and is responsible for some 98,000 public schools in the country. The proposal budget plan would remove $2.4 billion in grants for teacher... Read More

  • The New Immigration Policies Impacting Students

    The New Immigration Policies Impacting Students

    President Trump’s March 6 Executive Order effectively bans entry into the U.S. for nationals of six Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. This has received widespread condemnation from higher education organizations and has been temporarily blocked by federal judges. However, there are still provisions in the order that are still in effect.Extreme Vetting: One provision of the order calls for the development of new screening and vetting procedures (the subtext being to prevent entry of terrorists into the country) for “all immigration programs.” According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), this... Read More

  • HR and Employee Teamwork

    HR and Employee Teamwork

    “Teamwork” can be defined as the collaboration between members of a group of people with the task of accomplishing a defined objective or target. This can be further elaborated as:Collaboration between employees within or between departments, between employees in the entire organization, and between management and lower level employeesEmployee willingness to help each other in the course of performing their job rolescross-functional collaborationvertical and horizontal cooperationWorking together for mutual benefitResearch shows employee collaboration is a goal for most organizations and there are benefits of Employee... Read More

  • Blockchain, cryptocurrencies and the future of banking

    Blockchain, cryptocurrencies and the future of banking

    The current conventional banking system makes it hard for banks to interoperate with each other. In order to overcome those issues, banks set up huge back offices with lots of staff to deal with huge piles of paperwork. Now a new technology is being tested that is set to change the entire system. Blockchain technology makes it possible to transfer funds between one wallet to another within minutes without having to go through the red tape. All it takes is the initial consent from both the parties and a confirmation from the participants of the network.Blockchain technology undermines the ‘middle-man’ business model. It makes it... Read More

  • 6 Steps To Stay Ahead Of Regulatory Change

    6 Steps To Stay Ahead Of Regulatory Change

    Regulation persists as a major challenge for the banking industry and Financial Services Institutions. The sheer volume and the complexity of these updates are often a laborious and up-hill battle. A recent survey polled the responses of 123 compliance professionals across North America & Europe where 19% of the respondents reported taking up to a year to implement regulatory changes!Over the last few years, banks have had to deal with an ever-increasing number of overlapping regulations established by a diverse, uncoordinated set of regulators across many locations. In short, the pace and complexity of regulatory change significantly... Read More

  • Get ready for non-browning GMO Apples

    Get ready for non-browning GMO Apples

    We all get put off when freshly cut apples start browning moments later. Now there is a new entry of genetically engineered apples set to arrive in select markets of the midwest this February and March.   These genetically modified Golden Delicious variants are called the Arctic Apples and are produced by the Okanagan Specialty Fruits, based in British Columbia, Canada. The Arctic Apple uses a technology called RNA interference, sometimes called gene silencing. The target is the gene in the apple that controls production of the enzyme that makes it turn brown. When scientists added an extra strand of RNA, that gene was effectively switched... Read More