More than 135 newly elected municipal councillors are gatheringin Halifax on Saturday, Nov. 20, to learn more about their newjobs. From balancing a budget to barking dog bylaws, the 2004Municipal Orientation Workshop provides an informative overviewof the roles and responsibilities of municipal councillors. “Municipal government is democracy in action at the communitylevel,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Service Nova Scotia andMunicipal Relations. “There’s so much to learn about the way municipal government works. This workshop will help our newlyelected councillors get off to a good start with a betterunderstanding of their role and the responsibilities of council.” The workshop includes sessions on the roles and responsibilitiesof council and administrative staff, an introduction to municipalfinances, and the legal authority and liability of council. Aswell, there will be a presentation by Lawrence Mawhinney, Mayorof the Town of Lunenburg, on making council meetings work. “Municipal councillors play a vital role in keeping ourcommunities strong and vibrant,” said Charles Crosby, presidentof the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. “This orientationworkshop will help our municipal councillors make informeddecisions to better serve their communities.” Mr. Barnet and Mr. Crosby will address the councillors as willGreg Keefe, deputy minister of Service Nova Scotia and MunicipalRelations and George McLellan, president of the Association ofMunicipal Administrators. Guest speakers at the Municipal Orientation Workshop includeLinda Parker, former president of the Association of MunicipalAdministrators; Jamie Campbell, solicitor for the Union of NovaScotia Municipalities; Dale MacLennan, director of finance forHalifax Regional Municipality; Greg Herrett, director of financefor the Town of Amherst and Jack Novack, director and professorof public sector programs at Dalhousie University. The 2004 Municipal Orientation Workshop is a partnership ofService Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, the Union of NovaScotia Municipalities and the Association of MunicipalAdministrators. SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Orientation Workshop for NewlyElected Municipal Councillors
Students can now apply for the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship, which helps them pursue careers in Nova Scotia’s energy sector. “We want more young Nova Scotians to stay here and build successful careers in our energy sector,” said Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette. “Their ideas will become Nova Scotia’s innovations, and together we will move toward a more prosperous and cleaner energy future.” Eight university students will receive scholarships valued at $2,500 per year for four years. Eight other students enrolled in trades and technology programs at the Nova Scotia Community College will be awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,500. Pengrowth Energy Corporation, Pengrowth Management Limited and the province have together invested more than $4.8 million to give students the opportunity to pursue their passions in the energy sector. Since 2005, about 265 scholarships have been awarded. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on academic standing, community involvement and interest in the Nova Scotia energy industry. Applications will be accepted until May 3. For more information visit https://energy.novascotia.ca/career-development/scholarship-program .
Celebrity Auction specializes in driving the online charity auction the extra mile along the red carpet. By matching up everyday people with their favorite stars and their special charities, Celebrity Auction allows anyone to give a little and get a life-changing experience in return.Video: Celebrity Auction – What We DoImagine getting a private tour of Jay Leno’s Big Dog Garage car collection, going to a concert and having a meet and greet with Andrea Bocelli, or attending a star-studded event like the Maxim Hot 100 Party. These are the one-of-a-kind experiences you will find at Celebrity Auction and the list will keep growing.“It’s been a long time coming but we are excited to finally make our debut,” says founder, Nick Batchelor. “Often for Celebrities their aim is more than fame. Many want to use their notoriety to make a real difference and do something that is close to their heart. We are here to help them put the spotlight on a cause they really care about.”Musicians and bands can donate a slice of their time at a scheduled event for a meet and greet backstage experience and sign on memorabilia. Sport stars can give back by allowing their fans to a private practice and maybe even give a lesson. Movie and TV stars can donate a set visit experience and have coffee with them. Models and fashion designers can give a behind-the-scenes look at what happens at a fashion show. Think of something big and Celebrity Auction can help to make it happen.“Collect moments in life not just things.” says co-founder, DeAnna Batchelor. “Our tagline is: Meet your HERO + Be a HERO. Celebrity Auction is excited to make this possible. We want to make what is normally inaccessible, accessible!”Celebrity Auction is looking to partner up with anyone, artist to zoologist, who has a big following. Celebrities can donate experiences but they can even get paid for an experience where a portion of the purchased price still helps a charity. Celebrity Auction splits commissions with anyone who brings them a fabulous experience so that it truly is a win-win experience for everyone.Charities and foundations are the big winners and they are welcome to contact Celebrity Auction to see how they can help raise funds for their non-profit and at zero cost to them. Their goal is to make dreams come true, while helping the underprivileged realize theirs.Find out more here.
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Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,162.31, up 18.76 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 72 cents, or 10.00 per cent, to $7.92 on 11.9 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up $2.90, or 8.75 per cent, to $36.04 on 6.4 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Up 37 cents, or 3.11 per cent, to $12.26 on 5.4 million shares.OceanaGold Corp. (TSX:OGC). Miner. Down one cent, or 0.31 per cent, to $3.26 on 5.1 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down 11 cents, or 0.77 per cent, to $14.21 on 4.7 million shares.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Up one cent, or 0.01 per cent, to $75.60 on 4.5 million shares.
Kanpur/Hardoi: SP chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday lashed out at the Congress over its big ego while continuing his attack on the BJP, suggesting that voters will walk away this time from the tea being offered by the chaiwala’ prime minister Narendra Modi.Mocking Modi at a public meeting in Hardoi, he said people voted for the ‘chaiwala’ in 2014. “As you know the taste of the tea now, will you vote for him again?” the Samajwadi Party president asked. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He also called the prime minister a prachar mantri , or a publicity minister. At his Kanpur rally, Yadav sharpened his attack against the Congress, which has been kept out by the SP and the Bahujan Samaj Party from their alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha elections. “Like the BJP, the Congress too believes in threatening political opponents,” he said. “We had an alliance with the Congress, but found that their ego is too big,” Yadav said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe SP had an understanding with the Congress during the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. In the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, the alliance of the SP, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal has shunned it. However, the alliance decided not to field any candidate from Rae Bareli and Amethi, the bastions held by Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. “The Congress is not stopping the BJP, it’s the SP-BSP alliance which is stopping the BJP,” the SP leader said. He accused the Congress of initiating a CBI probe against his father and SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav when it was in power at the Centre. He claimed that a Congress activist was doing this even now. The apparent reference was to Vishwanath Chaturvedi’s attempt to revive an old case, alleging amassing of disproportionate assets by the Yadav family. Chaturvedi had sought a Supreme Court direction to the Central Bureau of Investigation to place the status report on a probe in the case against Mulayam Singh Yadav and his sons Akhilesh Yadav and Prateek Yadav.
9 April 2008Statisticians from India and Cambodia today completed the first video conferencing course provided by a new United Nations programme that aims to boost the quality of information received from Governments of developing countries. “It has been found that there is a substantial need to improve the ability of government statisticians in data analysis and manipulation by taking advantage of statistical software,” said Chultemjamts Davaasuren, Director of the UN Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP). “This training course addresses that need and we hope it will serve as a model for other courses throughout the region,” he added, noting that the programme has already trained about 11,000 people from more than 120 countries and territories through more conventional methods. In the trial distance-learning course, 30 statisticians from India and Cambodia completed a nine-day training course taught by lecturers based in Japan, in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Cambodia’s National Institute of Statistics and India’s Central Statistical Organisation. The students attended their classes in videoconferencing facilities located in local JICA offices, using an integrated statistical software package known as STATA. SIAP, a subsidiary body of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), was created to strengthen the capability of the developing countries to collect, analyze and disseminate timely and high-quality statistics by providing fellowships, training courses and workshops, and course design and materials. The Institute is planning to hold two similar training programmes later this year.
The Minister is now expected to appear before the commission on August 2. Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake failed to appear before the Presidential Commission investigating the alleged bond scam today.The Minister informed the commission he was unable to appear owing to official duties.
In a statement read at an open meeting by the Council President for May, Ambassador Munir Akram of Pakistan, the 15-member body urged the Congolese and Rwandan Governments to investigate jointly, with the assistance of the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC), recent reports of armed incursions across their border.”The Security Council further calls on both Governments to establish border security mechanisms to prevent the recurrence of such incidents,” the Pakistani Permanent Representative said.The two governments should “take all necessary measures to facilitate the swift and voluntary repatriation of Rwandan combatants from the DRC,” after disarming and demobilizing them, the Council said.Clashes last month between DRC forces and a Rwandan rebel group accused of genocide and known as the Interahamwe led to the displacement of some 25,000 people in the DRC’s South Kivu area, the UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said last week.The Security Council commended the DRC for arresting long-sought fugitive Yussufu Munyakazi on charges he took part in the Rwanda genocide of 1994 and transferring him to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, based in Tanzania. It encouraged the two governments to continue working towards normalizing their relations, Mr. Akram said.Earlier this week, Foreign Ministers from Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC met for normalization talks in Washington, DC.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “Unacceptable” failings by NHS screening programmes mean smear test results for more than 150,000 women have been left in a backlog, instead of being checked.A damning report by the National Audit Office (NAO) warns that most women participating in the national screening programme are now being forced to endure long waits for the results.Take up of cervical cancer screening is at a 21-year low, with more than 1 million women missing tests in the last five-years.NHS officials have repeatedly urged those eligible to come forward.After women undergo a smear test, they should receive their results within two weeks.But today’s investigation reveals that this target has been missed for more than three years – with just 33 per cent getting results on time in March of last year, compared with a target of 98 per cent.Figures for last December show 55 per cent of women receiving results on time.The report found that a backlog of samples was allowed to build up, after NHS laboratory staff went in search of new work after being told most centres would close.The NAO study said every NHS screening programme – including breast, bowel and cervical screening – is failing to meet take-up targets.The report said delays modernising “complex and ageing IT systems” meant a risk that screening programmes could not identify and invite those eligible for screening.It follows serious incidents reported last year regarding the cervical and breast cancer screening programmes, when thousands of women were found to have not been sent invitations. The NAO said the NHS handling of changes to the cervical cancer screening programme had led to a backlog of samples, amid growing shortages of laboratory staff. The problems occured after staff left “in search of greater job security” after being told the number of laboratories would be cut from 48 to nine.This has led to a “decline in performance against turnaround time targets” and a build-up of samples waiting to be tested, the NAO said.Its report said: “In October 2018, there was a backlog of 98,000 cervical screening samples waiting to be tested by laboratories across England.”NHS England told us that it is working to reduce the backlog, which has been reduced from 152,742 in March 2018 by moving the analysis of samples around the country, to reduce the burden on those laboratories under most pressure.”Labour MP Meg Hillier, chairwoman of the Commons public accounts committee, said the failings were “unacceptable” and “worrying”.Robert Music, chief executive of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, said: “Over the past year we have had many women contacting us with concerns over delays in their results and it is simply not fair that women should be put under undue stress as a result of failings in the programme management.”Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Now, said it was “extremely worrying” that NHS performance targets for breast screening continued to be missed, with “completely unacceptable” waits for some patients.A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: “Our screening programmes are widely recognised as among the best in the world, and we are committed to making any improvements needed to keep our offer to patients world-class.“Prevention and early diagnosis of cancer are key priorities for this Government, and we are already working closely with NHS England and Public Health England to address the issues this useful report highlights. “An independent review announced by NHS England is looking at cancer screening services. We expect this to lead to an overhaul of the system so it meets the high standard NHS patients rightly expect.”
Scotland Yard has urged people to remain vigilant after a fifth person was stabbed in north London right under the noses of a police patrol.A man in his 30s was left in critical condition after being knifed in the back just yards from the scene of a previous incident, prompting fears the attacker could be taunting the police.It was the fifth knife attack in the area since Saturday evening, in a spree that has left three people critically ill.A man in his 30s was arrested in connection with the attacks on Tuesday morning, but police have warned people to remain on their guard in case the person responsible is still at large.Another suspect who was arrested on Sunday remained in custody last night after police were given more time to question him, while a third suspect was bailed by police.The spate of stabbings has led to widespread concern in the local community, with schools put into lockdown and children warned not to walk home alone. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The fourth victim was stabbed yesterday morning just after 5am as he was walking with a friend close to the scene of the first incident.After being stabbed in the back he was able to make his way to a police cordon, where officers were able to provide first aid and alert paramedics.The first incident took place in Aberdeen Road in Edmonton, when a 45-year-old woman was stabbed in the back.Around four hours later the same man attacked a man in nearby Park Avenue and he struck again just before 4am in the Silver Street area of Edmonton.The fourth attack took place at 9.43am on Sunday in Brettenham Road, when a man was stabbed in the back.Children at schools in Edmonton are being restricted from leaving the premises during breaks and lunchtime and are being advised to walk home in pairs or small groups. “It could happen to anyone, my friends, my family, it could happen to me. It’s really scary. We don’t even know this guy they are talking about, so it’s really scary.”The latest attack comes just a day after the Prime Minister hosted a knife crime summit at Downing Street to address mounting concern over the number of attacks.But just hours after the event a man in his 20s was stabbed to death by a group of attackers in Kentish Town, north London.Figures released under Freedom of Information laws also revealed that hospitals are treating up to 21 young knife victims a day.Almost 8,000 children and young people aged eleven to 25 years attended hospitals last year after being assaults with knives and other weapons. Police are carrying out a huge search of the area Five people have now been stabbed at random in Edmonton, north LondonCredit:Getty Images Referring to the latest Edmonton incident, Helen Millichap, borough commander for Enfield and Haringey, said: “The victims appeared to have been approached from behind, they do not appear to have been engaged in conversation, these are currently very unprovoked attacks.”The actions of the suspect, the fact the incidents are in a similar area and the descriptions given meaning we are only potentially looking for individual perpetrator.””However, until these investigations have developed further and we are in a position to speak with certainty about this, I have a duty to ask the public to remain vigilant and to please continue to report anything suspicious to us.” She added: “My message to the public here in Edmonton is that the police are here, the police are out and about.”We want the public to stay alert, I do want people to report anything suspicious to us, but I also do want them to feel as safe as they can. We are not advising people to stay indoors.” They are also being warned to stick to main roads rather than take shortcuts and not to listen to music or be distracted by their smartphones when walking. Local residents close to the scene of yesterday’s stabbing said they were scared to go about their day to day activities.Kelvin Ojo, 36, said: “It’s scary now, this is not normal. They can’t find this person, it’s just one guy. Now I’m starting thinking about moving from this area, I’m not liking it.
via TheJournal.ie/YoutubeYOU MAY REMEMBER we reported last month on a proactive trend being promoted by the Student Network, called #RAKnominations.The ‘RAK’ stands for Random Act of Kindness and was a direct and positive reaction to the dangerous #neknomination craze that saw young people put themselves at risk by daring each other over social media to throw down shots or pints of alcohol.The Student Network decided to get a different ball rolling with a Random Act of Kindness, and took to the streets of Dublin to distribute food to the homeless.Then, they got to nominate three others to carry out a #RAKnomination. One of those three – Slattery Communications – took up the challenge and at the end of their rainy day cheer-spreading project (see video), nominated another three, including…. TheJournal.ie!So, never shy of adventure, TheJournal.ie staff have been volunteering at Age Action’s superb Getting Started programme, which aims to get older people comfortable with going online. They learn everything from email to searching the web, to shopping for groceries online, to Skype-ing the grandkids abroad.See how we got on in the video at the top of the article.Thanks to Pauline Power of the Getting Started programme and all the folks from Age Action – if you would like to volunteer like we did, you should visit AgeAction.ie or click here for details.The Getting Started programme also has some excellent easy-to-use guides and exercises for beginners and learners if you fancy a bit of online tutoring. Click here to see.And now for OUR #RAKnominations…. TheJournal.ie #RAKnominates The Department of the Taoiseach, Enda KennyTheScore.ie #RAKnominates athlete Derval O’RourkeDailyEdge.ie #RAKnominates TV personality Daithí Ó SéTake it away, folks! If any of the three above send us pics, video or any other proof that they were up to the challenge, we’ll be sure to carry them on TheJournal.ie.Dublin company starts random acts of kindness… nominations>
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This Saturday is the Kenai Peninsula’s 27th annual Industry Appreciation Day at the Kenai Park Strip, from Noon to 4pm. The Industry Appreciation Celebration was established many years ago to acknowledge and show thanks to local industries for their contributions to the local community. Outstanding businesses, support organizations, and individuals will be honored at Industry Appreciation Day festivities on August 25. It’s a free, family-friendly event with kids activities, info booths, prize giveaways & free food sponsored by local businesses. Michelle Glaves with Jack White Realty: “We’ve been recognizing and giving awards for commercial fishing, oil and gas, and tourism for several years. Last year we added medical because it is a growing industry on the Kenai Peninsula.”
New Delhi, Jan 9 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 4.47 points down to stand at 20,724.91. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 6.25 points down to stand at 6,168.35. Muthoot Finance Ltd. and Financial Technologies were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 19.98% and 10.00% along with Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd. and Cadila Healthcare Ltd. with an increase of 5.20% and 5.11% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Prestige Estates and HDIL with a decrease of 5.40% and 5.35% along with Future Retail and Jaiprakash Associates Ltd. with a decrease of 4.68% and 4.22% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 84.81 points at 12,065.58 while the banking sector is down 75.56 points at 12,550.31 and the realty sector is down 33.49 points at 1,368.37. The Indian currency is up 0.11% at Rs 62.00 per dollar.
Kolkata: Diabetes and Endocrinology Forum (DEF) will start a cardiac diabetes course for the doctors at Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and will also provide free insulin to patients suffering from type 1 diabetes under KMC area.DEF will sign a memorandum-of-understanding (MoU) with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Monday in this regard. It has been learnt that the DEF will train permanent doctors of KMC on cardiac diabetes. The total duration of the course will be between four and twelve months. Apart from diabetes, the training course will also include COPD and thyroid. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAs per plan, a special clinic will be opened at all the borough offices of KMC, where patients with chronic history of diabetes would be referred to. There will be specially trained health employees of KMC, who will make people aware on how to take insulin at home. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients under the jurisdiction of KMC will be provided treatment at the clinic.The patients suffering from type 1 diabetes will be provided insulin completely free of cost. When a patient comes to the primary health care centres at various wards, he/she will be inquired by the KMC doctors about their ailments in detail. Only those requiring insulin will be sent to the special clinics, which will come up at the borough level. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedOne of the main purposes behind organising the training is to mitigate cardiovascular risk in diabetes. DEF is organised its 8th ‘Diabetes Update 2018, Kolkata’, at a city hotel on Sunday.According to a survey, there are over 62 million people with diabetes in India, projected to be over 79 million by 2030. An estimated 11.7% prevalence of diabetes is in Kolkata, 11.6% in Delhi, 12.4% in Bangalore and 13.4% in Chennai. Also, there are one million deaths in India every year due to Diabetes. Even the younger population is being affected by diabetes in India.
Kolkata: Tension was triggered at Bally area after a woman’s body parts and head was found inside two travel bags. Till Thursday night, the identity of the deceased could not be established. Five knives were also found inside the bags.According to sources, local residents saw two bags filled with something at the Jetia Ghat under the Bally bridge on Thursday morning. A few of them subsequently went close and dragged the bags out of the water. As soon as they opened the bags, they saw the horrifying sight of the decapitated head and some body parts of a woman. Immediately, the Bally police station was informed. Police soon went to the spot and sent the head and body parts for autopsy examination. After preliminary investigation, it is suspected that the woman might have been aged between 25-30 years. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShe was likely killed very recently as the body parts and the head was found in only partially decomposed condition. It is almost clear that the miscreant or miscreants involved in the crime had tried to hide her identity and thus had chopped up the body parts. However, it is not clear that whether the bags were thrown into river Ganges from somewhere or if they had been dumped at the Jetai Ghat during the dark hours. Police took a picture of the head and circulated it in all police stations of Howrah, Barrackpore and Kolkata Police. As there are no CCTV cameras installed in and around the Jetia Ghat, police are facing trouble cracking the case. It is suspected that the woman might have been killed over some old rivalry and the motive behind the murder might be revenge. Though it is almost confirmed that the body parts found inside the second bag are of the woman, police may go for a DNA test to establish it officially.
Lifting the look of your house can be easy with a change or two in soft furnishings. Play around with a rug or throw in cushions to style it well, suggest experts. Interior designers share some tips: Style the windows: The windows are the eyes of the home, letting in light and confining the world outside. Try and pick trendy curtains for your windows – for example, strong textures or wild examples, Venetian blinds or manor screens. Make a statement with a rug: Your eyes will normally be attracted to walls and furniture, but did you realise that a carpet/rug can truly integrate the room? Pick something that you can manage the cost of. Only buy if you adore it. A rug encompasses the furniture arrangement and makes the decor look complete. Important points to note while selecting a rug are size, colours, texture and most importantly, its maintenance. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfScatter cushions: In case you are becoming weary of a plain, uninviting room, a simple method to add positivity is by introducing some cushions or throws. Revive a favourite sofa or chair: We all have that one most loved household item that we just couldn’t stand to dispose off. Regardless of whether it’s a legacy wingback seat or a comfortable Chesterfield couch, there’s no requirement for a substitution. Pick squashed velvet, an extravagant print or much calfskin -–maybe pick something swanky to make the thing emerge significantly more to give a special style to your living room. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOne of the easiest things to look for while decorating is curtains, things you might have already stashed away in your cupboards. There are plenty of things already in your home you may not have considered wall-worthy. Take another look at curtains, scarves and fabrics you’ve collected and use one large, or several smaller pieces by hanging them on a rod or directly onto the wall with small hooks sewn onto the back. Complementary bed linens accentuate the decor. A printed bedspread really uplifts a space when it comes to décor. Pile on the pillows, and don’t shy away from mixing patterns. This is one of the easiest ways to accessorize and brighten a room, whether you buy them or make your own. Combine large prints with small ones, geometrics and florals. Bright, fuller pillows in varying colours and textures, blend different groupings. Another quick hack to make a throw pillow seem so much more luxurious is to replace the original insides with a feather insert. They will look and feel so much better than foam. Using objects such as musical instruments and album covers makes a fitting display in your living room – particularly when hung together in a grouping arrangement.
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Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. August 2, 2016 Data is finding its footing in the workplace: A 2016 survey from i4cp found that 67 percent of organizations surveyed said they now use results from human capital analytics projects. This increase in the use of analytics shows a shift toward predictive practices that will likely have a huge impact on the way companies run their operations.Related: Without Good Analysis, Big Data Is Just a Big Trash DumpIn short, employers — recognizing that data is crucial in goal-setting and other business aspects — are using tracking information to made educated decisions. Here are some ways your company can use data to set and track your organizational and employee goals.1. Define ‘OKRs.’Objectives and key results (OKRs) is a popular technique that helps get whole teams moving in one direction. No more one-time “tips” and “tricks” for a quick boost that fails to sustain continued success. Instead, OKRs use data to create long-lasting solutions.This way, companies can set objectives and come up with key results that are metric-based indicators of success. Companies can then make those key results visible, to encourage accountability at all levels of their organizations.A May 2016 survey of 250 companies from Geckoboard found that those companies considered keeping their employees aware of key metrics and setting clear objectives the top important factors for company growth. When employees are given and are aware of specific targets to aim for, they are more engaged in their work and motivated because they know what success looks like.So, how should companies start setting their goals?The answer is to begin at the top. Set broad goals that are large in scale; then cascade the objectives down to your teams and individual employees. Define what the objective is and the key result you expect to be accomplished. For example, for marketers, that objective might be “Build brand awareness to create more leads and conversions.” The key result would be “Increase website traffic by X percent.”Related: 4 Things Data is Not and Where to Focus InsteadEnsure that each key result is trackable and has a time frame. As the Geckoboard survey found, 92 percent of participating companies that tracked their metrics in real time had met some or all of their goals in the previoius 12 months — compared to 64 percent of companies that did not track in real time.When tracking metrics like traffic, keep each team’s members informed about how their work is contributing to this goal. Objectives need to be large enough to break down into smaller steps; and these objectives should consist of several key results because every goal should have several possible routes to attainment.Overall, data can drive performance and help teams hit their goals. Keep a finger on the pulse of the OKRs at your company and focus on organizational alignment.2. Align and track team members.Set each employee up for success with realistic goals to aim for. When objectives seem out of reach, the team’s performance suffers. A study from the University at Buffalo School of Management found that even teams that had been successful in the past and had plenty of resources became less efficient when management set unrealistic expectations.Don’t let that be you. Instead, structure each goal to build toward the organization’s overall goals. Provide real-time tracking and visuals so your staffers can see how they are progressing, and take corrective actions if needed. This will help leaders see how work is allocated.Performance data adds depth and value to employee evaluations and informs better, more constructive feedback. It can also act as crucial evidence of, and show employees and employers alike where, each person is struggling — or succeeding. This information may help adjust organizational expectations and provide more accurate project-assignment and task allocation.3. Improve quality of hire.Goal-tracking data can inform your company’s post-hire quality metric to measure how your talent acquisition is progressing. Using performance data, hiring managers can provide detailed, informed opinions and solutions for newer employees to improve on, and determine what the hiring team should look for in future candidates.It’s important to conduct surveys to measure your workforce’s satisfaction levels and analyze how your employees align with the company’s culture and values. This gauges how well the team is hiring for cultural fit.Also, revenue-per-employee data helps determine your company’s costs of turnover and hiring. Recruiting goals factor into larger, organizational goals, which is why quality of hire is a crucial factor to measure and analyze.Predictive analytics can be analyzed to guide the talent acquisition team to make better hiring decisions and improve its entire recruitment process.Related: Not Using Big Data for Hiring? You May Be Missing Out on the Best Candidates.When used appropriately, data is the best tool in the toolbox for employers to set and track goals that contribute to organizational alignment and sustained growth. 5 min read