ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » “One of the challenges with talent development is that it can be really hard to measure on an organizational impact scale,” said Jennifer Stangl at the most recent CUES Symposium in Hawaii.Stangl, director of professional development at CUES, asked participants in her breakout session, “The Impact of Talent Development on Your Organizational Climate,” to stand up if they thought of talent development as an expense at their organizations. Nobody stood. She then asked participants to stand if they thought of talent development as an investment—nearly the whole room rose.This is the correct mindset if you want to foster a healthy organizational climate—i.e., the employee experience, or how it feels to work at your credit union. “When you think of talent development as an investment, you recognize that it really has an impact on the organization, including the bottom line,” Stangl noted. Unfortunately, most organizations and industries “haven’t identified a financial statement line item that helps quantify the importance of talent development.”In contrast, the impact of employee engagement is well documented. “Engaged employees are always looking for ways to become more productive and more efficient,” said Stangl. Engaged employees also have a positive impact on organizational goals, recruitment and commitment, individual development, the organization’s future leadership pipeline and member experience.
“Some roads are submerged and you cannot drive through them.”In one of the hardest-hit areas, residents wrote out the words “rice, water, SOS” on the ground, while others waved towels and called for rescue and relief goods.At a nursing home for the elderly, 14 people were feared dead when water from a nearby river inundated the ground floor, leaving those in wheelchairs unable to reach higher ground.Emergency services, aided by locals in rafts, managed to rescue around 50 staff and residents from the facility, bringing them to safety by boat.Heavy rain is expected to continue through Tuesday afternoon and the Japan Meteorological Agency issued a non-compulsory evacuation order for around half a million people in southwestern Japan.Up to 250 millimeters of rain is expected in the 24-hour period through Tuesday morning in the southern part of Kyushu Island, which includes areas already hit hard by the flooding, the agency said.”It’s such a mess,” resident Hirotoshi Nishi told public broadcaster NHK as he swept debris from his mud-strewn front room. “Many pieces of wood came into my house. I don’t know what to do.”Hirokazu Kosaki, a 75-year-old bus driver in the town of Ashikita, told Jiji press: “It was nothing but water as far as I could see.” Topics : Evacuation orders Evacuation efforts are also being hampered by fears of spreading the coronavirus that has claimed almost 1,000 victims in Japan, with close to 20,000 cases.Partitions have been set up at evacuation centers to keep distance between families and evacuees are made to wash their hands frequently, sanitize and wear face masks.For some local business owners already battered by coronavirus, the natural disaster has compounded their problems.Yuji Hashimoto, who runs a tourism bureau in the hot-spring resort in Yatsushiro, one of the flood-hit cities in Kumamoto, told AFP that the “beautiful tourism spot dramatically changed overnight.””The damage was beyond our imagination. It’s literally a bolt from the blue… The disaster is a double-whammy as our hot spring resort was struggling to weather the impact of coronavirus. We don’t know what will happen to us next,” he said.Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters that 19 people had been confirmed dead from the floods while a further six were in a state of “cardio-respiratory arrest” — a term often used in Japan before a doctor officially certifies death.Suga said officials were investigating another 24 deaths to confirm a direct link to the floods.He said more than 40,000 personnel from police and fire departments, the coast guard and Self-Defense troops were conducting search and rescue operations throughout the night.Around 800 people had been rescued, Suga said, adding that 4,600 households were still without power and 7,000 without water.Japan is currently in the middle of its annual rainy season which frequently delivers deadly floods and landslides.Climate change is also playing a role because a warmer atmosphere holds more water, increasing the risk and intensity of flooding from extreme rainfall.In 2018, more than 200 people died in devastating floods in the same region of Japan. Driving rain hampered the efforts of tens of thousands of rescue workers in southwestern Japan on Monday as they searched for survivors from deadly floods and landslides, with more torrential downpours forecast.Around 50 people were feared dead after heavy rain lashed areas of western Japan beginning early Saturday, causing rivers to burst their banks and flood low-lying regions.Bad weather was preventing some rescue efforts, local officials said, with at least 13 people still unaccounted for. “Because of the heavy rain, we were forced to cancel some emergency flights of helicopters over the disaster zone,” Tsubasa Miyamoto, an official from the Kumamoto region, told AFP.Although the rain has eased from its peak, the floods washed away roads and bridges, leaving many in isolated communities cut off.A local firefighter in the western region of Kagoshima told AFP they had deployed boats to rescue 11 people, but conditions were making it hard to reach others stranded. “Calls came from people telling us that they wanted to flee their home but they could not do it on their own,” he said.
St. Nicholas 8th grade volleyball team won the Oldenburg Academy’s 8th Grade OA Classic volleyball tourney on Saturday, August 16.The day ended in a 3-way tie for 1st place between St. Nicholas, Sunman-Dearborn, and St. Louis. Sunman-Dearborn defeated St. Louis, St. Louis defeated St. Nicholas, and St. Nicholas defeated Sunman-Dearborn.St. Nicholas ended up with the best “win-loss” set record and defensive “point differential” of those teams to claim 1st place.It was an exciting day for all of the teams to kick off their school season!Members of St. Nicholas team include Maria Purdy, Grace Kraus, Molly Gregg, Coach Debbie Gregg, Maria Weisbrod, Sydney Bauman, Abby Hudepohl, Ashley Dudley, and Margaret Weisbrod.Courtesy of STN Coach Debbie Gregg.
Manchester City clinched an eventful win at Arsenal to keep up the pressure on leaders Manchester United.The Gunners had Laurent Koscielny sent off after 10 minutes for hauling down Edin Dzeko in the box, but Dzeko saw the resulting penalty saved.City poured forward and James Milner put them ahead with an angled finish.Dzeko made it 2-0 from close range but Arsenal dug in after half-time and Vincent Kompany’s late red card meant both sides finished with 10 men.Kompany will feel the decision, for what referee Mike Dean adjudged to be a reckless tackle on Jack Wilshere, was harsh but it gave the Gunners hope in the last 15 minutes.Even then, the home side struggled to create chances, and their first serious shot on target came in the 90th minute when Theo Walcott beat Joe Hart but saw Joleon Lescott clear off the line. City’s win did not end up being as resounding as it had threatened to be, but it was still a crucial result in the title race.Manchester United’s victory over Liverpool earlier on Sunday had increased their advantage at the top of the table to 10 points, piling the pressure on City to respond with a positive result.The defending champions’ appalling record at Arsenal – they had not beaten the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium or Highbury in the league for more than 37 years – did not offer Roberto Mancini’s men much encouragement of managing that before kick-off.But Koscielny’s 10th-minute sending off, after he had wrestled Dzeko to the ground inside the area by wrapping two arms around the Bosnian striker to prevent him running on to a Gareth Barry header, handed City the perfect platform to change that awful statistic, and keep their neighbours in sight. Dzeko made a hash of the resulting penalty, firing it straight at Wojciech Szczesny’s legs and seeing the Gunners keeper grab the ball after it rolled back towards him along the goalline. It did not take City long to make their extra man count, however. Arsenal switched off at a free-kick, which Barry took quickly, and Carlos Tevez slid Milner clear to beat Szczesny with a powerful angled finish.More chances followed, with Javi Garcia heading the best of them wide. Arsenal could do little but try to halt the relentless pressure, but they conceded a second goal after 32 minutes.Again, more could have been done more to prevent it. Milner fired in a dangerous cross after Pablo Zabaleta got the better of Kieran Gibbs down the right and, although Szczesny kept out Tevez’s initial effort, Dzeko was on hand to tap home the rebound.Only a Wilshere header off the line stopped Garcia heading home a third before half-time and, at the interval, City might have been thinking of how they could give their goal-difference a boost.Instead, Arsenal showed commendable spirit to stop the flood of City attacks, even if they rarely threatened at the other end. Szczesny did well to dive at the feet of Tevez when he ran clear but, aside from an Olivier Giroud header that flew over Hart’s bar, that was the most meaningful incident of any kind until Kompany saw red.City’s captain got the ball when he slid in on Wilshere and protested his innocence to referee Dean, but the official made it clear he felt it was a dangerous challenge.With parity restored in terms of men on the field, the home fans tried to roar their side forward.But the closest Arsenal came to a reply was when substitute Lescott denied Walcott, leaving Arsene Wenger’s men six points adrift of a top-four spot, albeit with a game in hand on fourth-placed Tottenham.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: ” “It was frustrating [to go down to 10 men] but we got away with it [with the penalty miss]. “We were down to 10 men with 80 minutes to go and knew it would be a difficult game. “We gave away two cheap goals, at 10 men you keep it 0-0 and you never know.“But we were too timid and did not have enough authority on the game. We let them dictate the game to us and when we went 1-0 down it was difficult.”Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini: “If you play with 10 players it is very difficult [like Arsenal had to do for most of the game].“But, we started with a good attitude and pressed high as we wanted to win the game, it was easier after the sending off. Second half we were too soft and I thought the game could re-open.“It was an important victory. We knew it was difficult to play here [at Emirates Stadium].”