U.S. and European Oil Giants Go Different Ways on Climate Change

HOUSTON — As oil prices plunge and concerns about climate change grow, BP, Royal Dutch Shell and other European energy companies are selling off oil fields, planning a sharp reduction in emissions and investing billions in renewable energy.

The American oil giants Chevron and Exxon Mobil are going in a far different direction. They are doubling down on oil and natural gas and investing what amounts to pocket change in innovative climate-oriented efforts like small nuclear power plants and devices that suck carbon out of the air.

The disparity reflects the vast differences in how Europe and the United States are approaching climate change, a global threat that many scientists say is increasing the frequency and severity of disasters like wildfires and hurricanes. European leaders have made tackling climate change a top priority while President Trump has called it a “hoax” and has dismantled environmental regulations to encourage the exploitation

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Cornerstone Skills Graph Helps Organizations and Their People Instantly Map Skills and Effectively Respond to Rapid Change

The world’s most comprehensive skills engine is built directly into Cornerstone’s people development solutions and leverages AI to help customers implement “strategic skilling” to uncover skills across their organization, pivot their people faster and optimize career development

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ – Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSOD), a global leader in people development solutions, today announced the availability of the Cornerstone Skills Graph, an AI-powered skills engine that has been built into the company’s portfolio of products. The Cornerstone Skills Graph enables organizations and their people to implement “strategic skilling” — the practice of matching skills to people, learning content and job roles — to predict, prepare for and quickly respond to dynamic business changes.

As the world rapidly evolves, high-performing businesses and the people who work for them will need to adapt and shift quickly to meet current demands. For businesses, this means they need

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How an unprecedented, indefinite crisis forced education leaders to change the ways school districts operate

Snowstorms. Hurricanes. Shootings. Educators and the students they serve have long been at the mercy of crises; most have some sort of plan for disasters.

But with coronavirus, a new national emergency forced districts to rewrite their playbooks. While it’s obvious how COVID-19 changed the structure of school, what’s less known is how districts had to overhaul their operations.

To continue working safely, they had to change, and fast: Lengthy in-person meetings went online, where districts had more control over interactions and public input. Transparency laws changed. Some districts, like Seattle Public Schools, enabled superintendents to spend large sums of money without bureaucracy through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. And many local districts did not let reporters observe their first days of classes, citing privacy concerns and technical issues.

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Schooling solutions amid COVID-19

This story was produced with support from the Education Writers Association

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How to Build the Right Mindset to Change Careers and Learn New Skills Fast

There’s a reskilling revolution happening. The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 has spurred the evolution of how business is done. Whether positioning a new brand or as an authority in the marketplace it’s critical to realize there is a new awareness of the skillsets required by both staff and clients.

Businesses large and small are rethinking the requirements of employees as well as the technology necessary to deliver products and services to clients. This awareness is driving entrepreneurs in the technology and training industries to position themselves to win by offering courses specific to those skills.

Related: 4 Ways ‘Fake It Till You Make It’ Can Backfire

Businesses aren’t the only ones rethinking their futures. Given the significant disruption in the workforce

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How to realistically completely change jobs during the pandemic

Although the current job market is 'tricky' there are still opportunities out there. Photo: Getty
Although the current job market is ‘tricky’ there are still opportunities out there. Photo: Getty

Changing jobs is never an easy task, but it’s particularly difficult now. The UK is facing a huge economic downturn because of coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdown, with unemployment predicted to spike at 2.5 million by the end of the year.

With so many people furloughed, made redundant or working in industries hit hard by COVID-19, changing careers or jobs isn’t always a choice. And while finding a new job might be hard right now, but it’s not impossible — if you’re willing to be flexible. 

“Many of the furlough schemes are ending and the UK is entering into what’s set to be the biggest recession of our lifetime, so it is definitely a tricky job market,” says career and business coach Emily Button-Lynham.

“However that doesn’t mean there isn’t opportunity out there. “Some industries

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Pace of change speeds up for further education and training

When Solas, the further education and training (FET) agency, was established in 2013, the sector began to grow in importance.

The new agency quickly began a long-overdue reform and overhaul of apprenticeships. Further education colleges strengthened their links with the higher education sector and, over time, post-Leaving Cert courses started to become a serious first-choice for more and more students.

The training sector opened up a whole new set of job opportunities for people who wanted to retrain or learn a new skill without necessarily having to go to college. And apprenticeships have grown from as low as 1,200 about 10 years ago, in a limited range of mostly craft courses such as motor mechanics and plumbing, to 16,000 last year and coming on 18,000 this year, with newer options including auctioneering, cybersecurity, supply chain manager, sales and laboratory analyst.

Under the recently-departed director of communications, Nikki Gallagher, Solas began

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Indiana education officials change school funding rules for virtual learning

Exercising special power granted during the pandemic, Indiana education officials rewrote school funding rules Wednesday to prevent cuts for virtual learning due to the coronavirus.

The State Board of Education created a new rule to address funding for students who would normally be in classrooms but are learning online because of the pandemic—including students in hybrid or all-virtual options, and those at schools that haven’t reopened for in-person instruction. The state will fully fund those students this fall, as though they were attending in-person.

The change aims to keep school funding steady through the pandemic and comes in response to a recent warning that schools could receive reduced state support if they don’t return to in-person learning.

Without the new rule, schools would see their per-student funding drop to 85% for online students—a loss that would equate, for example, to $28 million for Indianapolis Public Schools, which is staying all-virtual

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FEMA COVID-19 funding change hits subway, school cleanings: Schumer

A new FEMA policy change will scrub COVID-19 funds for disinfecting mass transit, schools and other public facilities, New York officials charged on Thursday.

“I have spoken with New York State and New York City and they are telling me that disinfection of the MTA, government buildings, and schools will now no longer be eligible expenses [for federal reimbursement], and that PPE for non-medical workers has been strictly limited,” Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.

The FEMA rule change, set for Sept. 15, eliminates federal support for the virus-safe operation of courthouses, public transit, public housing, schools and other public facilities, CNN reported on Wednesday — including funds for cleaning and protective equipment.

“The operation of schools and other public facilities, even with changes necessitated by the COVID-19 environment … are not immediate actions necessary to protect public health and safety,” the emergency management agency wrote in

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15 Essential Leadership Skills Everyone Should Develop To Better Handle Change

Business leaders need to be able to handle times of change. Whether they’re facing an internal issue or an external shift in the industry, they must be able to lead their employees through any circumstance. To do this successfully, managers and executives must actively cultivate various key leadership skills throughout their careers.

We asked the members of Forbes Coaches Council which essential leadership skills everyone should develop and why. Their best answers are below.

1. Flexibility

A business leader needs more flexibility, so they should adopt the phrase, “How you change is how you succeed.” The world is moving around us and if we sit still, we soon find that opportunity is passing us by. A mindset of change helps us be more receptive to new ideas and leads

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Huge fall in service sector jobs indicates more females seeking career change

a person sitting at a table using a laptop computer: SEEK data shows jobs in the consumer services sector are at 51.8 percent of pre-COVID levels.

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SEEK data shows jobs in the consumer services sector are at 51.8 percent of pre-COVID levels.

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A growing number of Kiwi job-seekers are considering a different career path in the wake of COVID-19.  

Research by online employment website SEEK of  4000 job-seekers in July showed one in three were rethinking their career as a result of COVID-19. Of those whose jobs were directly impacted, just under half (45 percent) wanted to move to an industry less impacted by the pandemic.

The data shows jobs in the consumer services sector have fallen the most, now at just over half of pre-COVID-19 levels. SEEK data from 2019 showed jobs in this sector attracted a higher number of female applicants than male.

“Prior to the latest restrictions, consumer services roles were at 58 percent when compared with pre-COVID levels, and now they’re down 6.2 percent to 51.8

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