US Chamber of Commerce Launches ‘Talent Finance’ to Invest in Future Workforce

Frustrated that training, to the tune of $80 billion, isn’t doing the job for both employers and employees, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is doing something about it.

On Sept. 21, the group announced a new program, Talent Finance, to figure out ways to invest in skills that will help employers fill open jobs.

“In the 21st-century economy, jobs—and the skills required to fill those jobs—change rapidly, but the preparation of students and workers is based on a different era and economy,” the group said. “We are launching this initiative to catalyze business-led solutions to close that skills gap.”

The group wants an up-to-date model to address the skills gap.

“Public and private sector financing innovations combined with access to better data and more robust employer leadership, set the stage for restructuring how we finance and manage the risks in talent development for all relevant stakeholders,” says Jason Tyszko,

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Signant Health Launches New eCOA Master Class Web Series Taught by Clinical Research Science and Technology Experts

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Signant Health today introduced “eCOA Explained,” a new Master Class web series designed to elevate the understanding and skills of clinical operations professionals interested in electronic clinical outcome assessments (eCOA).

The educational and complimentary class launches with three courses and 16 on-demand lessons designed for all levels of eCOA experience, as taught by 13 clinical research science and technology experts. To enroll and start learning, visit 

Lessons available now include:

Build Your eCOA Solution

  • eCOA 101: The Basics (Jill Platko, PhD)
  • How to Build an eDiary: What’s Involved (Brandy Morneau)
  • From Paper to ePRO Measures: Licensing, Migration and Translation (Alex Kalpadakis-Smith, PhD)
  • How to Make Translations Work for Everyone (Adina Tapalaga)
  • To BYOD or Not to BYOD? (Bill Byrom, PhD)
  • Complex Diaries: Best Practices and Considerations (Jill Platko, PhD)

Ensure Successful Operations

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TUI launches savings plan, 8,000 jobs may be hit

TUI AG said on Tuesday that it was launching a global realignment program which will affect up to 8,000 jobs and aims to permanently reduce its overhead cost base by 30%.


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The London-listed German travel company said that it was targeting permanent annual savings of more than 300 million euros ($353.1 million), and that it expects the first benefits to be delivered from fiscal 2020, and the full benefits be delivered by fiscal 2023.

The company said it was reducing its capacity for summer 2020 and winter 2020-2021 due to the volatile changes in travel restrictions stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. It added that destination availability is presently being influenced by government policy stemming from the pandemic, and that this was likely to remain the case for the next few quarters.

The travel operator said that summer bookings are down 83% versus the prior year, and that its

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Amazon launches wellness band that can read emotions from your voice

Amazon is entering the health wearable business with a fitness band which listens to a person’s voice to analyse their emotions.

The device comes part of a subscription service called Halo and has no screen and notifications like other fitness trackers on the market.

It is launching in the US initially with no word on whether it will be rolled out globally as yet.

The tech giant says the platform uses AI-powered health features and “multiple advanced sensors” that provide insight into overall wellness, viewable from a dedicated app.

These include an accelerometer, a temperature sensor, a heart rate monitor, two microphones, an LED indicator light, and a button to turn the microphones on or off.

Tone, as the voice sensoring feature is called, uses machine learning to analyse energy and positivity in the wearer’s voice, allowing them to “better understand how they may sound to others, helping improve their

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American Farm Bureau Foundation Launches ‘Easy Button’ for Elementary Ag Education

New at-home learning resources are now available to parents and teachers clamoring for content. The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture unveiled a new webpage featuring weekly lesson plans dedicated to helping students in kindergarten through fifth grade learn where their food comes from while helping parents and teachers keep children engaged.

“We are thrilled to be launching this weekly series of virtual learning tools for parents, teachers and students,” AFBFA Executive Director Daniel Meloy said. “Providing engaging lesson plans and exciting content helps support our goal at the Foundation for Agriculture to provide an ‘easy button’ for at-home learning during this time so many of us are juggling priorities while trying to ensure kids enjoy virtual learning.”

The resource page contains free weekly activities, which focus around a central theme and can be done independently of one another. The first lesson, which is live now, is titled “Who is

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NanoString Launches Whole Transcriptome Atlas under GeoMx Technology Access Program and Names First GeoMx Premier Access Sites

NanoString Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:NSTG), a leading provider of life science tools for discovery and translational research, today announced the establishment of the GeoMx Premier Access Sites, a global service network that will provide access to the GeoMx Cancer Transcriptome Atlas and future GeoMx commercial assays. The company also announced the availability of the new GeoMx Whole Transcriptome Atlas through the Technology Access Program (TAP) for the GeoMx Digital Spatial Profiler (DSP). Together these initiatives provide expanded access to next generation sequencing readout on GeoMx DSP.

The GeoMx Premier Access Site (GPAS) partners will enable a broader user base to try the Cancer Transcriptome Atlas (CTA) and evaluate the applicability of GeoMx DSP in their research. Eight global sites have been selected and include Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, University of Minnesota, University of Pittsburgh, University Medical Center Utrecht, University of York, FynnBio and Griffith University. Each site will

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Dept. of Education launches probe after Princeton president acknowledges systemic racism

The U.S. Department of Education has launched an investigation into Princeton University after its president acknowledged that systemic racism is “embedded” in the university’s structures.

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Dept. of Education launches probe after Princeton president acknowledges systemic racism

The department informed Princeton of the investigation in a letter Wednesday, citing Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber’s open letter earlier this month discussing the school’s efforts to address systemic racism.


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Officials said the university “repeatedly represented and warranted to” the department that it was complying with nondiscrimination mandates under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but asserted that Eisgruber in his letter had admitted the university is “racist.”

The Department of Education expressed concern that the university has received tens of millions of dollars in federal funds despite the potential lack of compliance.

“Based on its admitted racism, the U.S. Department of Education (‘Department’) is concerned

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Education Department launches investigation after Princeton’s president confronts ‘systemic racism’ on campus

“On September 2, 2020, you admitted Princeton’s educational program is and for decades has been racist,” the Education Department stated in a letter to the university. It cited school President Christopher L. Eisgruber’s statements that racism and the damage it does to people of color persist at Princeton, and that racist assumptions remain embedded in the structures of the university.

Like many universities and other institutions across the country in a summer of racial reckoning, Princeton has been delving into its history and asking what changes it could make. The department’s letter comes at a politically fraught time, weeks before the election, when President Trump has moved to overhaul federal agencies’ racial sensitivity trainings and called for a “pro-American” curriculum in schools that “celebrates the truth about our nation’s great history.”

On Thursday, Trump said that U.S. schools are indoctrinating children with a left-wing agenda and that the result could

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Prime Minister Imran Khan launches Pakistan-Austria institute to promote science and technology education

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday inaugurated the state-of-the-art campus of Pak-Austria Fachhochschule Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology (PAF-IAST) in Haripur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, the premier said the government is committed to promote science and technology education to equip the youth with future skills to enhance their productivity. He termed the science and technology critical for country’s development. The institute aims to improve credible technical education infrastructure both at tertiary and hi-tech industry levels.

Collaborative venture for skills training

The campus, located nearly two hours away from Islamabad, is nestled in the mountains with lakes in its surroundings, offering a conducive environment for academic activity and innovation. The institute is a collaborative public sector venture in partnership with top Austrian and Chinese universities for quality education, research and technology advancement in Pakistan.

Artificial Intelligence centre

The research centres at the PAF-IAST will

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Voximplant Launches Voximplant Kit for No-Code Contact Center Development

Voximplant, a cloud communications company, has transformed Voximplant Kit into an omnichannel cloud contact center solution.

Voximplant Kit helps companies customize and deploy omnichannel cloud contact centers in minutes with no-code programming, artificial intelligence, and out-of-the-box automation. It offers an interface for engaging customers anywhere with AI-powered conversational interactive voice response (IVR), messaging, and comprehensive skills-based omnichannel routing from voice and popular messenger apps.

“The current generation of contact center solutions lack the required features and flexibility to incorporate the latest AI-enhanced capabilities to meet shifting demands of today’s business environment,” said Alexey Aylarov, CEO of Voximplant, in a statement. “Worse still, those offerings require a high level of integration expertise and effort. In contrast, Voximplant Kit delivers a complete cost- and time-saving solution that can be deployed by a company’s technical and non-technical departments in minutes.”

Voximplant Kit includes the following:

  • A drag-and-drop visual editor;
  • Faster routing with smart
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