The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means and how to respond We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society. The First Industrial Revolution used water and steam power to mechanize production. The Second used electric power to create mass production.
Teachers' Day: Where teachers are paid well and valued most October 5, is World Teachers' Day, so here's a look at how the world values teachers. A 2013 study by the Varkey Foundation looked at the social status of teachers and found that there was great respect for teachers in many Asian societies -- especially in China, South Korea and Singapore. For much of the Western parts of the world, levels of respect were lower. Professor Peter Dolton, author of the Global Teacher Status Index which compared attitudes to teachers in 21 countries, said that teacher status measures differently "based on the history and values and mores of a particular culture". For example, he cites New York City, where society is focused on financial earnings, status correlates to how much a teacher is earning. Whereas in China, where cultural norms are to respect your elders, teachers are given higher status despite the lack of a high salary.
Forex Trading: A Beginner's Guide Forex is short for foreign exchange, but the actual asset class we are referring to is currencies. Foreign exchange is the act of changing one country's currency into another country's currency for a variety of reasons, usually for tourism or commerce. Due to the fact that business is global there is a need to transact with most other countries in their own particular currency. After the accord at Bretton Woods in 1971, when currencies were allowed to float freely against one another, the values of individual currencies have varied, which has given rise to the need for foreign exchange services.
"My secretary will fax you the details" In a recent social media post, ELT writer Katherine Bilsborough was bemoaning the appallingly sexist images that came up when she was searching for secretary on a stock image site. I won't share the images, but I'm sure you can imagine the kind of thing. The post prompted a lot of equally appalled reactions about the actual images, but there were also a couple of comments about whether we even use the word secretary anymore anyway. Which, of course, got me thinking and sent me off to check ... My immediate reaction and that of several people I spoke to was that secretary, to describe someone who does an admin job, has been replaced as a job title nowadays by 'assistant' of some kind - admin assistant, personal assistant, executive assistant. A bit of googling very quickly turned up several articles to back up my hunch.
16 Times Countries and Cities Have Banned Single-Use Plastics We’re going to hit you with some plastic stats. Each year, around 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the world’s oceans. It’s like dumping a rubbish truck full of plastic in the water every single minute. In the US, which accounts for just 4% of the global population, 500 million plastic straws are used every day. Take action: Call on Governments and Business Leaders to Say No to Single-Use Plastics
Broker-Dealers: Why They Ask for Personal Information Brokers generally request personal information from their customers, including financial and tax identification information, to comply with U.S. government laws and rules, as well as rules imposed by self-regulatory organizations (SROs). Brokers request personal information from new customers as well as from customers who have had long-standing relationships with their firms. Here are some of the reasons why brokers need to gather this information: Compare countries - Hofstede Insights Please note that culture is defined as the collective mental programming of the human mind which distinguishes one group of people from another. This programming influences patterns of thinking which are reflected in the meaning people attach to various aspects of life and which become crystallised in the institutions of a society. This does not imply that everyone in a given society is programmed in the same way; there are considerable differences between individuals. It may well be that the differences among individuals in one country culture are bigger than the differences among all country cultures.
How We Share the World This interactive graphic shows how the world is divided according to six different socioeconomic variables. The land area of each country represents its share of the worldwide total. Click on a circle to reshape the map For attribution and data sources, scroll to the bottom. I have been having fun experimenting with cartograms lately. 10 tips for beginner investors If you are frustrated by pitiful returns on your savings accounts, it might be time to make your first foray into the stockmarket. 1. Investing isn't just for high rollers You don't have to have Warren Buffett's bank balance to dabble on the stockmarket. Most investment funds will accept monthly deposits of £50 or lump sums of between £500 and £1,000. You do, however, have to be able to stomach watching your savings fall in value as well as rise.
Top 10 Soft Skills for Customer Service Jobs The customer service industry requires employees to have a number of soft—or interpersonal—skills. Whether you interact with customers in person, on the phone, or via email or online chat, it's important that you be able to relate to others on a human level. The customer should feel as if they are interacting with someone who genuinely cares and wants to solve their problem. Developing these customer service skills and emphasizing them in a job interview can help you rise above the job market competition. What Are Soft Skills?
Te Kupenga: 2018 (provisional) – English Provisional benchmarks The release of the post-enumeration survey (PES) results and the 2018-base estimated resident population (ERP), following the 2018 Census, have been delayed. The delay reflects the need to modify the 2018 PES methodology. This is needed to address the complication of the administrative data enumerations used to enhance the 2018 Census dataset, and to address an issue with how dwellings were selected to be surveyed by the PES. The ERP is used to provide benchmarks for Tatauranga Aotearoa Stats NZ household surveys, including Te Kupenga, which allow us to weight data from survey respondents so that it is representative of the population as a whole.
The Central Role of Politeness in Business Communication The paper focuses on practical consequences of exploitation of applied linguistics, and moreover intercultural linguistics, in everyday business communication and modern management from the viewpoint of politeness principles. The authors assume that the intentional use of the theoretical principles of intercultural linguistics concerning politeness strategies can possibly improve business communication efficiency in the current intercultural environment. Therefore, intercultural linguistics is a pragmatic discipline with potential utilization in everyday business communication and international management practices. Politeness as a basic communicative principle has recently experienced a wide interest of scholars as the area of interactional pragmatics examining a vast range of topics connected to languages and their varieties and their interaction in the context of culture; however, the practical implications are still missing. Thomas L. Within rapport management we can distinguish: