South Asian Anglicans receive culturally sensitive theological training

first_img Rector Collierville, TN Rector Hopkinsville, KY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 [Anglican Communion News Service] Clergy and lay leaders from Anglican churches in South Asia are taking part in a pioneering program designed to increase culturally sensitive theological training. Modelled on the Ecumenical Institute at the Château de Bossey near Geneva, in Switzerland, the Asian Theological Academy  was created to help Asian Christians think together about theological issues in a local context. “This is a chance to explore different ways of thinking,” Dr Rienzie Perera, the founder and director of the ATA said. “It is about interaction. Yes, we live in Asia, but there is [currently] no cross-fertilisation between us.”“This is a chance to explore different ways of thinking,” said, Rienzie Perera, the founder and director of the ATA. “It is about interaction. Yes, we live in Asia, but there is [currently] no cross-fertilisation between us.”Full article. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit an Event Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Tampa, FL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Washington, DC Submit a Job Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Smithfield, NC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Bath, NC Rector Knoxville, TN Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Featured Events Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books South Asian Anglicans receive culturally sensitive theological training Press Release Service Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Posted Nov 18, 2016 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Theological Education Rector Martinsville, VA Submit a Press Release Course Director Jerusalem, Israel An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Anglican Communion, Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Asia, last_img read more

Nicklaus Britt Tied For 31st After Day 1 of Rose Invitational

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWAIKOLOA, Hawaii-Monday, Dixie State’s men’s golf team competed at the Dennis Rose Invitational at the Waikoloa Kings Course and finds itself in 7th place with a collective score of 298 (+10).Former Millard High star Nicklaus Britt is in the middle of the pack and tied for 31st at 75 (+3).Hawaii-Hilo’s Jared Kinoshita is in first place with a score of 65 (-7).The current team leader is Western Washington as the Vikings are at 280 (-8).The tournament resumes Tuesday for one more day of competition. Written by Brad James Tags: Dennis Rose Invitational/Jared Kinoshita/Nicklaus Britt/Waikoloa October 29, 2018 /Sports News – Local Nicklaus Britt Tied For 31st After Day 1 of Rose Invitationallast_img read more

Liberal Democrats vote to scrap Section 21

first_imgThis is one of those political issues where any professional experienced person in the particular sector under discussion could in fact be enraged or desperate, that some politicians have any idea of the facts or the positives and negatives of the matter.Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, has already confirmed that Labour is considering giving private tenants the right to buy their homes. He insisted property owners would not lose out, but suggested longterm tenants could be allowed to buy at a sub-market rates.Yesterday (Tuesday 17th September) at the Liberal Democrats Autumn conference took time out from the sunshine on Bournemouth seafront (pictured) to vote on the party’s motion – which creates the party’s new policy F44: Protecting Private Tenants.David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark responded to the Liberal Democrats motion to scrap Section 21 ‘No Fault Evictions’ saying: “Today’s vote at the Liberal Democrat Conference is another attack on the private rental sector and landlords operating within it. The effects of the tenant fees ban have not yet been felt, and yet more proposed legislation could deter landlords from operating in the market.“Although in the majority of cases there is no need for Section 21 to be used, there are times when a landlord has no choice but to take action and evict tenants from a property. The proposed commitment will only increase pressure on the sector and discourage new landlords from investing in buy-to-let properties.“This comes at a time when demand is dramatically outpacing supply, and rent costs are rising. ARLA Propertymark will be engaging with the Liberal Democrats to ensure they fully understand the consequences of any changes, and all changes are based on evidence, so landlords have the ability to regain their properties if needed.”liberal democrats ARLA Propertymark Section 21 Sheila Manchester David Cox eviction September 18, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Liberal Democrats vote to scrap Section 21 previous nextRegulation & LawLiberal Democrats vote to scrap Section 21Another attack on the private rented sector, as the Liberal Democrat party conference passes its new policy, ‘F44: Protecting Private Tenants’.Sheila Manchester18th September 201901,496 Viewslast_img read more

US Navy funds new research to tackle oxygen toxicity

first_img View post tag: US Navy Authorities View post tag: Oxygen toxicity October 27, 2017 US Navy funds new research to tackle oxygen toxicitycenter_img The US Navy is funding new research aimed at tackling the threat lethal levels of oxygen present for special operations divers like Navy SEALs while they dive at depth and pressure.Oxygen toxicity stems from navy divers’ most precious asset-oxygen itself. Breathable air consists primarily of oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide. While divers need oxygen to breathe underwater, the ratio of gasses can become hazardous the deeper they plunge.A professor at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, is conducting a new type of research that may protect Navy divers from this deadly threat. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is sponsoring the work, being carried out by Dr. Blair Johnson, who teaches exercise physiology at the University at Buffalo.“Recent evidence suggests that hormone levels critical to maintaining breathing and heart function drop sharply when someone is immersed underwater,” said Dr. William D’Angelo, who manages ONR’s Undersea Medicine Program. “Dr. Johnson’s groundbreaking research will expand on how water immersion triggers oxygen toxicity.”Special operations divers are especially vulnerable. They can encounter deadly levels of nitrogen and carbon dioxide gasses, requiring a rebreather to mitigate the toxicity.The divers use a closed-circuit rebreather that filters out the gasses in such a way that bubbles don’t appear on the water’s surface-useful when trying to avoid detection by adversaries. However, this additional stealth increases how much oxygen the divers breathe and, combined with mission stress and physical exertion, can lead to seizures, convulsions, nausea, dizziness and even coma or death-all symptoms of oxygen toxicity.Johnson’s research focuses on the human body’s sympathetic nervous system, which controls the instinctive “fight or flight” response-a physical reaction to an attack, survival threat or perceived harmful event-in order to maintain proper heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and body temperature.Johnson and his team built a special water-immersion tank in the University at Buffalo’s Center for Research and Education in Special Environments, where scientists can study simulated extreme environments-like breathing different gas mixtures underwater.During the experiments, which started this month, volunteers sit in the tank for four hours, with their head and one arm above water. They endure changes in water temperature, and breathe air through a rebreather that contains 100-percent oxygen. Their dry arms are outfitted with sensors to measure vital signs.Johnson’s research is unique because his team also sticks acupuncture needle-like microelectrodes directly into nerves-a process called microneurography. This allows them to measure real-time impulses to muscles, skin and blood vessels-and record reactions to shifts in water temperature as well as breathing high levels of oxygen and other gas mixtures.“It’s been shown that breathing 100-percent oxygen on land reduces sympathetic nerve activity, heart rate and blood pressure, which could lead to oxygen toxicity in the water,” said Johnson. “How does that apply to someone immersed in water? What impact does cold water have? What impact does breathing different gas mixtures have? We’re looking at all these factors to prevent or mitigate oxygen toxicity risk.”Johnson’s research is the first to directly measure sympathetic nerve activity through microneurography-with someone immersed in water and breathing different gas mixtures. Each of his 50 volunteers will participate in up to eight immersion sessions. Afterward, Johnson will evaluate the data to come up with potential preventative measures against oxygen toxicity. Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy funds new research to tackle oxygen toxicity Share this articlelast_img read more

Investigation: Disability provision at Oxford

first_img[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%8561%%[/mm-hide-text]This week Cherwell analysed the provision offered by the University of Oxford to disabled students, and how disabled students at Oxford rate this provision. As part of our investigation we phoned up individual colleges to find out what facilities are provided for students at a college level; however, much of the time we were referred to the University Press Office, which provided information and statistics for the university as a whole, but referred us back to individual colleges for more specific information. While speaking to individual students about their personal experiences, Cherwell found that this lack of coordination between University and College authorities is currently the biggest hindrance to provision for disabled students.The 2010 Equality Act defines disability as “a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.” This can range from dyslexia or ADHD to long term physical impairments.Admissions statistics show that 150 students with a declared disability were admitted into the university in 2012, compared to 181 in 2011. Disabled students applying for 2012 entry had a success rate of 18.7%, very close to the 18.8% success rate of applicants overall. However, students with mobility impairments had an unusually low acceptance rate of 8% in 2012. In previous years this has been much higher, at 18.8% in 2011, and was as high as 21.9% in 2010.However, these statistics are clouded by the fact that many disabilities, especially those related to mental health, go unreported: these are the so-called ‘invisible’ disabilities. The Disability Advisory Service (DAS), which provides support for disabled students at the University of Oxford, has 1730 registered students, which suggests that many students only report their disabilities once they have started their course.On a national scale, the NUS has campaigned against this discrimination, highlighting the fact that one third of disabled people between the ages of 16-24 feel they have been discouraged because of their disabilities. The NUS also stresses the fact that it is against the law for universities, colleges and students’ unions not to be accessible to disabled students. The Disabled Students’ Allowance provides students with special needs with up to £10,000 in financial support, and the University matches this for non-UK students who require it. One student told Cherwell that there should be “better joined up action between each branch of the university. A guide book of entitlement.” They added, “It’s hard enough working out what I’m entitled to from central and local government, let alone having to wade through yet more information in terms of the university.”One student was even more critical of the university’s provision for disabled students. They stated, “It’s all too bureaucratic. The university is well aware of my dyslexia but college (until recently) were not. My tutor seems to have no idea what dyslexia is. One of the key difficulties faced by dyslexic students is the misconception that they’re ‘slow’ or ‘not listening’ when in fact these kind of criticisms relate to working memory deficit typical of dyslexics. My experience so far has been that of frustration mainly, I don’t feel my tutors appreciate how much harder I have to work at things they find simple. I hate being called ‘lazy’, I thought I’d left that behind at school.”[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%8562%%[/mm-hide-text]One of the most important issues with disabilities in Oxford are the ‘invisible disabilities’ which often go unreported because students feel afraid to approach a specialist about their issues. As one student put it, “The support provided by Oxford is exceptional once you find your way into the system. The hardest thing to overcome is self-discrimination. ‘Imposter syndrome’ as it is commonly known is a big problem. This leads to isolation — which in turn impacts productivity — it’s very hard to feel fully part of university life.”Another major issue facing students with disabilities is the lack of information provided for students who don’t suffer from disabilities themselves. One student commented, “Communication with students needs to be improved; too many people assume that Oxford’s ‘disabled students’ are the ones that you see in wheelchairs, whereas the reality is that most physical conditions are not visible and mental conditions affect a huge number of people across the University. JCRs need to collaborate with the University to ensure that people are properly educated about the diverse range of conditions that affect the student body, so that people can be sensitive, understanding and informed.” Indeed, provision for disabled students varies greatly across Oxford colleges. A number, such as Somerville, Queens and Balliol have disabilities representatives which work with JCRs to improve services and accessibility. Given the old age of most college buildings, adaptation is often hard, although a number of colleges have gone to considerable effort to improve their accessibility. For example, in 2005, Christ Church established a three-year plan in order to improve accessibility in the college. Access to Magdalen’s library is limited, something which is set to be addressed as the new library is currently in construction. Most colleges provide disabled accommodation for students with special needs.In terms of accessibility to libraries, the Radcliffe Camera, a crucial library for History and English students, was not accessible to disabled students until this term, whilst plans for the New Bodleian Library intend to address accessibility issues. Ramped access to the English Faculty Library is enabled, although students on wheelchairs generally require assistance to access the reading room. Two passenger lifts are available to disabled students in the Music Faculty, whilst the Philosphy and Theology faculty library is fully accessible to wheelchair-users. Students with disabilities are entitled to special loan periods, assistance with finding books and are allowed to take a nominated person into the library with them. Guide dogs are also allowed into libraries and disabled students are permitted to eat and drink in all Bodleian Libraries. The Accessible Resources Acquisition and Creation Unit (ARACU) create alternative formats for disabled students who cannot access printed materials. However, the Bodleian Libraries online page detailing which libraries are accessible to disabled students has been offline all week, and when Cherwell approached staff in the Bodleian we found no printed material available.Does Oxford take mental health seriously? The official statistics seem to draw a positive light on Oxford’s provision for disabled students: 9.8% of Oxford students currently have a disability, a figure which is in line with the Russell Group average. Furthermore, 4.7% of Oxford students have a mobility impairment, which is above the national average of 3.5%.A spokesperson for the University of Oxford told Cherwell, “The budget of the central disability advice service is £1 million and the service employs four full time specialist disability advisors, two part-time disability advisors, and the head of the Disability Advisory Service. There are many more disability contacts in colleges.“The central disability advice service works in collaboration with disability contacts in colleges to ensure that appropriate adjustments are in place for all students with a disability and offers workshops and training for staff in colleges and departments to help them support disabled students. The service runs an assessment centre that ensures a timely assessment is made of each student’s needs and that they get the support they need to study at Oxford.”The University has a number of online resources specifying in detail the services it provides for students and applicants alike. This includes an interactive site with videos of current disabled students, as well as a wealth of documents and information pages for students with disabilities. The Oxford University Students’ Union (OUSU) runs a campaign for students with mental health issues, called Mind Your Head, as well as employing a Disabilities Officer, and holding a Disability Awareness Week, which is running this year in 6th week of Michaelmas.In an anonymous survey directed at disabled students within the University, Cherwell found that a number of students felt that there is an issue of communication and collaboration between the different support mechanisms provided both by the University and individual colleges. Whilst efforts have certainly been made to provide support for disabled students, many feel that there is a lack of communication with students.center_img Charlotte Hendy, OUSU Vice President for Welfare & Equal Opportunities, told Cherwell “OUSU is working alongside the Disability Advisory Service and in co-ordination with the University and Colleges on a newly established Working Group for the Provision for Disabled Students. Created to produce a common framework that all endorse, and designed to standardise access and provision for disabled students across the University, its intention is to improve the experience of disabled students at Oxford.”Provision for disabilities also appears to vary widely depending on the disability. In particular, students with sensory disabilities feel that their needs are not adequately met. One student told Cherwell, “I have a visual impairment and in general the organisation and communication between my department and the university disability service has been very poor. There has been a lack of knowledge or awareness of the support needed for students with a sensory impairment.”Sam Dickinson, a student at Merton, acquired severe disability issues as a result of an accident which occurred shortly after he received his offer to study at Oxford. He highlighted the varying levels of support recieved by students depending on their college. He said, “Merton in particular have been brilliant, they’ve done all they can (and more) to make the college accessible and help me feel comfortable, including completely re-landscaping the area in front of my building to give level access and putting a lift on the stairs into hall despite some fairly stiff opposition from English Heritage. The provision across different colleges seems incredibly varied, and there are plenty of potential improvements, although in general the University is pretty good.” [mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%8555%%[/mm-hide-text]Cherwell’s anonymous survey of disability provision at Oxford produced particularly negative feedback in relation to the provision of support for students with mental health issues.One student wrote, “My illness made it necessary to intermit study for a year. During that time I have had no contact, support or counselling. Before intermission, the deterioration of my condition had a large negative impact on my work. Despite asking for additional help to catch up and provision to make it easier for me to fit my work around my illness, I have received no support. I believe there is a lack of respect for the serious nature of mental illness amongst university staff.”Another student highlighted communication problems in university provision for disabled students, saying, “I think greater contact with students, possibly through holding information sessions — not only for freshers — at a college level, would be a great way to improve university provision for students suffering from mental disabilities.”Mental health issues can be hard to address because they often go unreported; as one student highlighted, “I feel that I am not alone in having had issues which I did not feel I could approach someone about”. Indeed, only eight out of 3233 successful applicants for 2012 entry declared a mental health related issue in their application, whilst seventy two declared a learning disability. This is in stark contrast to recent NUS statistics which suggest that up to twenty per cent of UK students suffer from mental health related problems.Mind Your Head, OUSU’s campaign for helping students with mental health issues, aims to co-ordinate between colleges and the university, as well as holding information sessions for students suffering from mental health issues. A spokesperson for the Mind your Head Campaign told Cherwell, “At Mind Your Head we feel that there are valuable resources available to those seeking help with mental health issues at Oxford, ranging from peer support to long term mental health monitoring.“Despite this, there is still unnecessary and damaging stigma associated with mental illness. This stigma, especially with, but not limited to, college administration bodies may dissuade students from seeking help. We hope that by raising awareness the Mind Your Head campaign can help to tackle this.“Our It Gets Brighter campaign collects and publishes short video testimonials documenting experiences of mental illness. By bringing people face to face with others who have experienced mental illness, the It Gets Brighter project aims to combat the stigma surrounding the issue.“Our university campaign is working on a leaflet summarising help available to students and organises university-wide events and talks. The college campaign collects data about students’ experience with mental illness and liaises with colleges to help improve their welfare provision. We continue to maintain our website, which publishes ‘Student’s Stories,’ a collection of articles about student’s experiences with mental illness whilst at Oxford and has a comprehensive list of resources available to students.”The University also provides a number of services for Oxford students with mental health issues. The Student Counselling Service is a free service which focuses on providing individual counselling sessions, although workshop sessions, group-counselling and self-help resources are also available . The point of the service is not merely to help students to get back to the libraries. The Counselling Service states on its website: “You can come to us with any problem […] whether specifically related to study or not.” They also employ a consultant psychiatrist, at the equivalent of full-time.Another function of the Counselling Service is to provide training for the 250 ‘peer supporters’ in JCRs and MCRs. There is also specific training provided for the graduate medical school and the Said Business School.last_img read more

Eagles Tabbed For Second Place In GLVC East

first_imgThe 23rd-ranked University of Southern Indiana baseball team is picked to finish second the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division in 2017 after a vote of the league’s 16 head coaches. USI also tallied five first place votes of a possible 16 and 108 points in the poll.The Screaming Eagles are coming off a 2016 season that saw USI finish with a 38-21 overall record and a GLVC mark of 20-8. For the fourth time in the past 10 seasons, the Eagles won an NCAA II Midwest Regional championship and moved on to the NCAA II Championship Series in Cary, North Carolina.The University of Indianapolis (114 points, 10 first place votes) was selected to finish first in the GLVC East after capturing the GLVC Tournament title a year ago. The Eagles were followed in the poll by Bellarmine University (90) who earned the final first-place vote in the East, Saint Joseph’s College (70) and Lewis University (66), respectively, while the University of Illinois Springfield (60), McKendree University (31) and University of Wisconsin-Parkside (29) rounded out the division.Quincy University, who are ranked 22nd nationally, took the top spot in the West Division with 116 points and 13 of the 16 first-place votes. Rockhurst University (85 points, two first-place votes) was picked to finish second in the West, while the University of Missouri of Science and Technology and William Jewel College were both picked third with 74 points. Missouri S&T also earned the final first-place vote.Drury University (70 points) was predicted to place fifth, while the University of Missouri-St. Louis (61), Truman State University (57), and Maryville University (31) round out the eight-team division.The Eagles start the 2017 campaign in Tampa, Florida for the second time in three years, taking on the second-ranked University of Tampa. The three-game series begins Friday, February 17.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Allstate RM Kellner Agency notches another win in BYSA Division 1…

first_imgNate Flores started in the net for Allstate before Ralph Mason took over due to a slight muscle pull. The two played admirably in bending but not breaking as Allstate found itself down by 3 goals before buckling down and to tie the score before the half.Once again, 4 players found the net for Allstate with Thomas Dorans leading the way with 4 goals and 2 assists. Mason has 3 goals before taking over net duties. Filip Milkowski scored 2 important goals for Allstate. Megan Feeley and Anthony Senerchia had a goal and 2 assists each in the 11-9 win over Shop Rite.Jordan Barreto, Noelle Breslin, and Megan Feeley excelled in defense for the RM Kellner Allstate Agency Team.last_img

Chile and U.S. Agree to Cooperate on Security in Central America

first_img Chile and the United States are working together to strengthen their cooperation on citizen security issues in Central America, the senior State Department official responsible for Latin America, Arturo Valenzuela, declared on 12 January. “Very concretely, what’s being looked at is how to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in Central America. This has to do especially with citizen security issues,” the U.S. assistant secretary of state for western hemisphere affairs said at a press conference. “For the United States, the Central American issue is very important right now,” he added, describing the issues discussed in his earlier meeting with the Chilean foreign minister, Alfredo Moreno, as part of an official visit to Chile. The official explained that the United States is already moving forward on these cooperation programs with Mexico and Colombia and is now seeking to expand them to Central America, where there are high levels of crime-related violence. By Dialogo January 14, 2011last_img read more

The top 10 marketing & tech trends that tickled our fancy in 2014! (part three)

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Gillian Smith2014 heralded in a wave of new disruptors across various industries. Industry disruptors are not new on the scene but disrupting an industry is easier than ever in the 21stcentury digital age. For part three of our look back series, we’re going to take a look at disruptions to a couple of industries close to our hearts here at RewardStream.6. Digital Disruption or Digital Transformation?Depending on which side of the table you are sitting at, you are either going to view disruption to your industry as a positive or a negative which begs the question: Are we in the era of digital disruption or digital transformation? Emerging technologies or innovative new uses for existing technologies helped alter the landscape of some well-established industries in 2014. Digital disruption has aggressive connotations for some people but many disruptors adopt subtle marketing and take-over campaigns so it’s possible you are not even aware that you are participating in an industry shake-up!The CloudDisrupting (or redefining, if you want a softer word) an industry is now easily facilitated by the cloud. The Cloud allows businesses that would not otherwise have the capacity or finances to go digital to do so quickly and relatively cheaply. This is especially useful for young entrepreneurs or start-ups with a business idea who want to enter the playing field with the big guys. With more and more businesses likely to adopt Cloud computing, we can expect the choices available to us in a number of sectors to proliferate over the coming years and for new businesses to poach customers from existing companies or service providers.Financial Sector DisruptorsTwo business ideas shaking up the Financial Sector caught our eye in 2014. Both have been around for a couple of years but received more buzz than usual this year. continue reading »last_img read more