Serena Williams fights back against sexist attacks

first_imgSerena Williams demands a public apology, Sept. 8.The 2018 U.S. Open will be most remembered for how the 23-time Grand Slam tennis champion Serena Williams challenged the sexist behavior of chair referee Carlos Ramos — rather than for how her opponent, the young, talented Naomi Osaka, won the championship on Sept. 8 in Flushing Meadows, New York.Ramos accused Williams of cheating when her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, admittedly made a coaching gesture to her from the stands. Williams stated repeatedly that she deserved an apology for being accused of cheating, since many coaches have made similar gestures for decades without retribution.Ramos called a second violation after Williams smashed her racket on the court out of frustration. The third violation, after Williams called him a “thief” for taking a point away from her, resulted in having a full game taken away from her.On Sept. 9, the tournament referee fined Williams $17,000 for three code violations: $4,000 for the coaching violation, $3,000 for racket abuse and $10,000 for verbal abuse.In her postgame interview, Williams stated, “I’ve seen other men call other umpires several things, and I’m here fighting for women’s rights and for women’s equality. … For me to say ‘thief’ and for him to take a game? … It was a sexist remark. He’s never took a game from a man because they said thief. For me, it blows my mind. But I’m going to continue to fight for women.” (thecut.com, Sept. 9)Williams’ actions and words on and off the court must be viewed within a historical context. Serena Williams and her sister, Venus, have endured at least 20 years of both sexist and racist abuse as tennis champions who happen to be African American. Despite these obstacles, they are currently the collective winners of an unprecedented 30 Grand Slam titles. Serena is considered by many to be tennis’s GOAT — greatest of all time.A year ago Serena was punished by tennis officials by having her No. 1 ranking stolen after giving birth to her daughter, Olympia, on Sept. 1, 2017. The GOAT was given an outrageously low 421 ranking.The form-fitting cat suit, black from neck to toe, that she wore in the French Open to help control her chronic blood clots exacerbated after child birth, was later banned by French Open officials. This is not the first time that authoritative male sports figures have policed Serena’s powerful, muscular body.Legendary tennis player Billie Jean King, who is a lesbian, wrote a Sept. 9 op-ed piece in the Washington Post in defense of Serena Williams. It reads in part, “Did Ramos treat Williams differently than male players have been treated? I think he did. Women are treated differently in most arenas of life. This is especially true for women of color. And what played out on the court yesterday happens far too often.”After the match, King tweeted, “When a woman is emotional, she’s ‘hysterical’ and she’s penalized for it. When a man does the same, he’s ‘outspoken’ & there are no repercussions.”Kudos to Serena Williams for not being afraid to defend herself, inspiring other women, especially women of color, to do the same.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

2014 Food Trend Predictions from the Supermarket Guru

first_img Previous articleEthanol Debate Continues in 2014Next articleIndiana Tech Company Helps Farmers Farm Data Andy Eubank 2014 Food Trend Predictions from the Supermarket Guru Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Jan 2, 2014 Home Indiana Agriculture News 2014 Food Trend Predictions from the Supermarket Guru SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter According to self-proclaimed Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert, protein is a focus among 2014 food trends. Lempert has released his Top 10 food trend predictions for the year and protein plays a role in several of the trends he says are coming for U.S. consumers. He sees more brands offering protein-rich breakfast options based on several consumer surveys that show more than three-quarters of Americans now recognize that eating breakfast at home is an important way to start the day. In addition, with an NPD Group survey indicating increased snacking leads to better overall health, Lempert suggests supermarkets will look for ways to replace high-sugar, high-fat snacks at the checkout counter with healthier on-the-go options, including protein sources. Food packaging is also expected to evolve to offer more information about ingredients and health claims for consumers on their mobile devices as they shop – possibly including the meat case.Lempert also predicts brands will find greater purpose in serving the larger community in 2014; grocery stores will create community cooking centers where shoppers can collaborate and learn from each other; consumers will see more private label brands creating new unique products; and consumers will eat more international inspired foods.Source: NAFB News Servicelast_img read more

Special unit “interrogates” six-year-old son of murdered journalists

first_img to go further Follow the news on Bangladesh Organisation Reporters Without Borders deplores the lack of progress in the investigation into the murders of husband-and-wife TV journalists Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi in their Dhaka apartment on 11 February. It also deplores the fact that the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), the special crime unit handling the investigation since April, has concentrated for the past few weeks on interrogating their six-year-old son, Megh, who was in the apartment at the time and discovered their bodies.Reporters Without Borders calls for an immediate end to these interrogations by Bangladesh’s most violent police unit, which are being seen by the family as an additional punishment.“Repeatedly interrogating a six-year-old child who is already traumatized by his parents’ murder is an illegal and inhuman act that defies all rational logic,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge home minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir to intervene and stop this aberration without delay. The Rapid Action Battalion should not even be in charge of the case. A special commission of enquiry should have been set up right from the outset.”Addressing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed, Reporters Without Borders added: “You rightly said that the government cannot mount a guard outside every bedroom but you have a duty to protect your citizens and, above all, to end the almost systematic impunity enjoyed by those responsible for crimes of violence against journalists.”The journalist and blogger Abu Sufian told Reporters Without Borders in an email today: “Using a traumatized kid as an investigating tool at RAB headquarter has astonished the entire nation. His being quizzed in front of TV cameras by RAB personnel dressed in black and used as a tool for investigating the brutal killings is a gross violation of the rights of the child.”Sufian added: “According to family members, Megh is already a traumatized kid. This nonsensical and unprecedented process is just making him relive the nightmare again and again, leading him into a more deeply traumatized and complicated mental state.”The interrogations of Megh began on 31 October when, according to his uncle, he was questioned for nearly three hours at RAB headquarters in the northern suburb of Uttara without being able to answer any of the questions. Megh’s doctors have warned the authorities that these repeated interrogation sessions could cause him psychological and physical harm.The RAB’s spokesman refuses to describe these sessions as “interrogations,” arguing that Megh had already been to RAB headquarters and that his uncle was present on 31 October. His uncle nonetheless said Megh was disturbed by the questions and expressed anger several times while at RAB headquarters.Stalled investigationWhen Sarowar, Maasranga Television’s news editor, and Runi, the senior reporter for ATN Bangla, were murdered on the night of 11 February, the then home minister Shahara Khatun said the killers would be captured within 48 hours but they still at large nine months later.In the immediate aftermath of the double murder, the country’s journalists staged demonstrations to demand the arrest of those responsible. Since then, they have steadily lost confidence in the ability of the authorities to conduct an effective investigation and continue to express their discontent.New home minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir’s announcement of the arrest of seven suspects on 9 October was greeted with disbelief from the media and the victims’ families, who think the arrests were just a diversion designed to protect the real killer.Journalists also criticized the fact that the RAB sent DNA samples found at the murder scene to a US laboratory on 12 June and 17 July because the Bangladeshi police have no DNA database to search for matches to the samples.The threats to journalists are becoming more and more alarming in Bangladesh, which is ranked 129th out of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage February 22, 2021 Find out more BangladeshAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information News BangladeshAsia – Pacific November 16, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Special unit “interrogates” six-year-old son of murdered journalistscenter_img May 19, 2021 Find out more Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention News RSF_en February 26, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

Abdelghani Al-Shamiri kidnapped

first_img Organisation RSF_en March 31, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Abdelghani Al-Shamiri kidnapped Help by sharing this informationcenter_img Abdelghani Al-Shamiri, the former news director of the state-owned radio and TV service, was kidnapped by national security officials while on his way home in Sanaa and was taken to an unidentified location. He was released the next day after pressure from the Union of Journalists. He had recently resigned from his positions within the ruling party and declared his support for the protesters who have been calling for President Ali Abdallah Saleh’s resignation. Thereafter, he had been getting many messages threatening him or members of his family with reprisals if he continued to support the opposition movement. Newslast_img read more

Karen Benjamin and Alan Chapman Kick Off [email protected] Concert Series at First United Methodist Church

first_img Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe Top of the News HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Religious Music Karen Benjamin and Alan Chapman Kick Off [email protected] Concert Series at First United Methodist Church From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 | 1:55 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Community News The historic Sanctuary of Pasadena’s First United Methodist Church will be filled with the sound of classic American songs on Saturday afternoon, September 19 at 4:00 p.m. The opening event of the second season of [email protected] concerts features the husband and wife duo, Karen Benjamin and Alan Chapman.Alan and Karen have prolific and accomplished careers individually and collectively. As a husband and wife duo, they have performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, L.A.’s Music Center, and the Ford Amphitheater. Alan is familiar to Los Angeles area residents as the host of the morning program on KUSC radio. http://www.karenandalan.com.First United Methodist Church is located at 500 E. Colorado Blvd, in the Playhouse District of Pasadena. Off-street parking is available behind the church and may be accessed from Green Street (a one-way street that runs east; accessible from Los Robles Avenue).Admission is free; voluntary offerings will be received.For more information about events at First UMC, visit www.fumcpasadena.org. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *last_img read more

Aargh! Tampa delays Gasparilla pirate festival until 2022

first_img Twitter Aargh! Tampa delays Gasparilla pirate festival until 2022 Local NewsUS News Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleVandy set for another deep run, but Gators are team to beatNext articleSHAZAM Selected to Help Shape the Future of Instant Payments Digital AIM Web Support By Digital AIM Web Support – February 16, 2021 Pinterest Facebook Twitter TAGS  WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

“Interim Order Posing Difficulties”: RBI Tells SC While Seeking Lifting Of Restrictions On Declaration Of Accounts As NPAs In Loan Moratorium Plea’s

first_imgTop Stories”Interim Order Posing Difficulties”: RBI Tells SC While Seeking Lifting Of Restrictions On Declaration Of Accounts As NPAs In Loan Moratorium Plea’s Sanya Talwar5 Nov 2020 5:40 AMShare This – xThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) informed the Supreme Court today that it was seeking lifting of restrictions imposed by the Supreme Court whereby it, protected those accounts from being declared as Non-performing Assets (NPAs), which were not classified as NPAs on August 31.Senior Advocate VV Giri who appeared for the RBI told the Court that the Top Court must hear the RBI’s stand on the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) informed the Supreme Court today that it was seeking lifting of restrictions imposed by the Supreme Court whereby it, protected those accounts from being declared as Non-performing Assets (NPAs), which were not classified as NPAs on August 31.Senior Advocate VV Giri who appeared for the RBI told the Court that the Top Court must hear the RBI’s stand on the next date of hearing.”The Interim Order imposed by My Lords is causing great difficulties for the RBI. My lords may kindly hear us on the next date,” he said.A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, MR Shah and Subhash Reddy adjourned the plea(s) seeking extension of the Covid19 induced loan moratorium & waiver of accruing interest upon request of the Solicitor General’s office, which informed the Court that the Law Officer was on his legs in a part heard matter (Central Vista).When the hearing began, Senior Advocate Rajiv Dutta appeared for individual borrowers and expressed his gratitude for the Scheme Of Waiver Of ‘Interest On Interest’ For Eligible Borrowers.The Central Government had filed an affidavit stating that the Ministry of Finance had approved the policy decision for granting various reliefs for Covid pandemic, including a policy decision whereby waiver of interest on interest would be effectuated for eligible borrowers of loans up to Rs. 2 Crore. This scheme comes into force today, i.e. November 5.”I am extremely grateful to the Union of India, Ministry of Finance & RBI for holding the hands of small borrowers. My lords may kindly dispose of my writ today,” said Dutta.Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi appearing for Power Producers Association said that he was seeking 5 minutes to argue today. However, the bench said that since it was adjourning the case, it will not hear any party.The bench went on to adjourn the case for November 18 and granted liberty to parties to file short notes.On October 14, the Bench had told the Centre that even though it had welcomed its decision of relieving the smaller borrowers, there was no reason to delay the implementation of the said decision.”Their Diwali Is In Your Hands, Mr. Mehta,” the bench had told the Solicitor General.The law officer had then informed the bench that there was diversity in lending and different modalities are required to be followed. “Consultations are on between the required stakeholders,” he added.Bench then went on to indicate that they will take up the case on November 2 and that, it expected the Government to tell the top court about the implementation of the aforesaid benefits.On November 2, the bench had adjourned the petitions for today.The affidavits which have come on record have been filed in response to a batch of pleas in the apex court, raising issues pertaining to validity of RBI’s March 27 circular which allowed lending institutions to grant moratorium on payment of instalments of term loans falling due between March 1, 2020 and May 31 this year due to the pandemic.Later, the period of moratorium was extended till August 31.Next Storylast_img read more

Essential reading

first_img Previous Article Next Article What were the most important books for HR professionals in the last millennium? Stephen Overell spoke to a range of key figures in the industry to compile a near-definitive listIdentifying the most influential HR books of the millennium is riddled with problems. First, “personnel” in the everyday sense has only really existed for the past 75 years or so. But if you take “personnel” in its widest sense, its most human sense, you find antecedents of the discipline everywhere you look, looping back to Adam and the Fall – Virgil mentored Dante, Falstaff was brutally sacked after all those years of loyal service, Antony Trollope knew a thing or two about low office cunning, Ovid’s Metamorphoses becomes a treatise on change management, while Christ took some bold recruitment decisions with the Twelve.Then there is the problem with the terrible truth about the HR profession. It is widely felt by those who do read that many of their peers do not. Reading appears to be either a holiday phenomenon or reserved for work-related reports, which perhaps goes some way to explaining the ubiquity of jargon. In fact one candid business academic betrayed his frustration with HR people by claiming he had come across “more cultured primary schools”. Some are strangely secretive. A total of three prominent personnel directors begged that their reading preferences should not be revealed, such is the intimacy in which reading is held.Business publishing is widely held in contempt. Too much low-brow, you-can-do-it, self-improvement, too many exclamation marks. Yet many HR people seem caught between the bibliographic equivalent of a rock and a hard place: they are tired of the “Employment Law in a Morning” type books, yet claim they do not to have time to read anything but synopses; everything has to be filleted but they recognise how unsatisfactory this is.Ergo, this exercise, like all similar ones, inevitably leaves out most books that have helped shape the profession in the hope of finding one or two that have moulded it profoundly. It is obviously entirely subjective, based, as it is, on soundings and prejudices. Apologies for a million omissions in advance. The selections are not in any order of importance.Human Resource Champions: The Next Agenda for Adding Value and Delivering Results• By Dave Ulrich • Harvard Business School Press • ISBN 0 8758 4719 6This emerged as the single pure HR book that many people said was big, important and germane on both sides of the Atlantic. First published in 1977, it represents a powerful statement about HR as the key to future success transcending the most crucial business challenges of today – globalisation, technology, profitability and change. Ulrich urges a shift of the profession’s mentality from “what I do” to “what I deliver” and identifies four distinct roles that HR professionals must take on in order to make the transition: strategic partner, administrative expert, employee champion and change agent. It is widely praised as tying together all the most pertinent challenges for the profession and setting out a path. It is also one of the clearest statements of how HR is to assume the much-vaunted strategic role due to its heavy use of case studies. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire• By Edward Gibbon • Modern Library• ISBN 0 6796 0148 1This epic work of historical narrative was published in six vol- umes between 1777 and 1788 by the dapper British soldier and parliamentarian. It takes the reader from the second century AD up to the fall of Constantinople in 1453. In his day Gibbon was famous for rapping his snuff box, but his masterpiece is distinguished by its rigorous scholarship, vast perspective and beautiful cadences. The relevance for institutions and organisations is self-evident but in particular Gibbon, in his exact way, reflected at length on questions of values, purpose and especially organisation. His work has formed a devastating critique of Christianity, with his implicit contrasting of the “civilisation” of the pagans with the “barbarity” of some of the main Christian players. People interested in questions of “value” and “culture” would do as well to start here as with Plato.The Prince• By Niccolo Machiavelli • Penguin Classics• ISBN 0 1404 4107 7 This is, of course, the classic text about statecraft, the Bible of realpolitik. The fact that The Prince is a statement about what governments do, rather than what they profess to do has done Machiavelli no favours in the eyes of history – his name has been identified with Satan. As a Florentine statesman, Machiavelli admired efficiency at all costs and those who managed to sustain their power – through a variety of techniques. For example, he was keen to set out the limits of how much of a role fortune plays in human affairs and how much fortune can be opposed, or whether it is better for rulers to be feared or loved. Drawing on the lessons of the ancients who, he believed, had never been equalled in political, artistic and legislative grandeur, Machiavelli set out the rules of behaviour for power – lessons which obviously have their relevance to the workplace. Machiavelli has inspired much of the crude power psychology of later generations: the division of rulers into foxes and lions and so on. Mussolini famously kept a copy of the book by his bedside.Competitive Advantage: Creating and Sustaining Superior Performance• By Michael Porter • Free Press• ISBN 0 6848 4146 0This hefty tome is often thought to be the ultimate coffee table book: to be seen, but never read. But those who have read it say it has revolutionised their understanding of competitive advantage. Porter’s main argument is that a firm can be “disaggregated” into discrete functions that represent the elemental building blocks of competitive advantage, that make up “the value chain”. It aims to provide managers with the tools to be able to isolate the underlying sources of value that will command a premium price. He also argues that value lies in the way activities relate to each other. The fact that “sustainable competitive advantage” has become a cliché shows the power of the book, but he is also revered for the ability to capture the complexity of strategy in adding to competitive advantage.The Art of War• By Sun Tzu • Oxford University Press• ISBN 0 1950 1476 6Sun Tzu was a Chinese general from about 500 BC, who cannot have known that his collection of essays on warfare would turn into such a fashionable oeuvre in business, politics and sport psychology. The book is built around the 36 Classical Strategems of Ancient China, but probably the two best known principles are that “all warfare is based on deception” and “the supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting”. No surprise then that one man who has done much to propagate Sun Tzu is Henry Kissinger. The Art of War has given Sun Tzu the dubious honour of being the most quoted Chinese personality, eclipsing Confucius, Lao Tze and Chairman Mao. Its position in this list is really deserved by the fact that many people cite a knowledge of military strategy as a useful tool in the commercial world: union reps be warned.The Age of Discontinuity• By Peter F Drucker • Heinemann• ISBN 0 1560 0061 88The Viennese sage is the management guru’s management guru. Now a very old man, he is known for inspiring the whole subject of management, and by extension, HR. Drucker has succeeded in predicting most of the management themes that have subsequently emerged, as well as the biggest economic developments of the age such as privatisation, decentralisation and the role of information technology. Summarising the vastness of his thought is impossible, but the five basic principles are setting objectives, organising, motivating and communicating, establishing measurements of performance and developing people. While The Age of Discontinuity is credited with inventing privatisation, his 1946 work, The Concept of the Corporation, also remains one of the most perceptive analyses of successful large corporations. Throughout his 25 books, he has always emphasised the effectiveness of managers, especially in making good use of their human resources, which he has long regarded as the key to productive and profitable organisations.Alice in Wonderland• By Lewis Carroll • North South Books• ISBN 0 7358 1166 0This might seem out of place in this august list but several people said it merited inclusion, not least because the use of the characters of children’s books in development exercises is becoming so popular. First published in 1865, generations of children have become fascinated by its weird assortment of nutty personnel and learned to grasp the quirks and ticks of individuals through how Alice conquers her obstacles. The Duchess, the Mad Hatter, the Hare, the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts people dozens of workplaces across the land. It is also a book of great humanity.The Age of Unreason• By Charles Handy • Harvard Business School Press • ISBN 0 8758 4301 8HR people tend to like Handy because of his emphasis on the hu- man side of enterprise and the way he extrapolates organisational principles into wider social implications. Heavily inspired by leadership expert Warren Bennis, who he regards as his “godfather”, he has also been affected by a religious background (born in Kildare to an Irish Protestant clergyman). Like Drucker, his work has veered away from pure management into areas of social responsibility, the future of work and “when enough is enough”. Within management, The Making of Managers (1988) has been his most influential book, as it crystallised unease about the British culture of amateurism in how it develops its managers. The Age of Unreason sets out his well-known theories on the future of work – he coined “the portfolio career” – and the core-periphery model, which he calls the “Shamrock organisation”. Some readers find his work irritatingly mystical and slight.When Giants Learn to Dance• Rosabeth Moss Kanter • Simon & Schuster • ISBN 0 6716 9625 4This is part of a trilogy of books, but has particular relevance for HR. Kanter started her career through discovering that the key attribute US companies valued in their managers was “predictability”. Moss Kanter has led the way in pinpointing how traditional, bureaucratic organisations stultify individual talent and how the “post-entrepreneurial corporation” needs to release and empower talent in flatter, less hierarchical structures.This is received wisdom, now, of course, but Kanter has had a huge influence on it being so. She has also fearlessly pushed the line that management needs to be opened up to those who are normally excluded, be they women or ethnic minority workers or junior clerical staff – anyone with bright ideas. Kanter is also a big believer in decentralised authority and autonomous work groups. In this particular book she explains how big companies can be agile: “combining the power of an elephant with the agility of a dancer”.The Fifth Discipline• By Peter Senge • Doubleday Books • ISBN 0 3852 6095 4This book shows the commercial power of meditation and the resulting dull throb of inspiration. Senge claims that he was meditating one morning and he saw the possibilities inherent in the “learning organization” which used “systems thinking”. The tills have not stopped ringing and the learning organisation has snowballed into a movement in its own right. Senge uses a corporate framework built around “personal mastery”, “mental models”, “shared vision” and “team learning”. He defines the ability to respond to change as the crucial issue of the 1990s and offers a cure for what he calls “learning disabilities”. Like many fashionable management books he culls from a vast range of sources, from ancient spirituality to science to support ideas that businesses can beat the odds of failure. It could only take on in the America, you might think, but the book is revered in the UK too.DIRECTORS’ CHOICEBruce Warman, personnel director, Vauxhall Motors:Choice: The Machine that Changed the World • By James Womack, Daniel Jones and Daniel Roos, • MacmillanISBN 0 8925 6350 8“This is compulsory reading in the motor industry. It pulls together and clearly explains lean production. Western companies did a lot to improve in its wake.”Andrew Forrest, director, The Industrial Society:Choice: The Age of Unreason (as before)“I think there are many excellent business books around but in terms of influence, I have to go for Handy. He has taken HR beyond procedures and into philosophy and I think he has done much to influence its development.”Linda Holbeche, research director, Roffey Park Management Institute:Choice: Competitive Advantage (as before)“He has been immensely influential in shaping ideas about the competitive marketplace. His principles may seem at odds with collaborative ideas about work, but there is no question he has had a real impact.”Paula Cook, HR director, Bacon and Woodrow:Choice: The Fifth Discipline (as before)“This is a truly inspirational, seminal book with so much in it it would take a spell on a desert island to make the most of it.”Mike Emmott, adviser, employee relations, IPD:Choice: Human Resource Champions (as before)“He gets away from the negative anxieties about HR and sends out a very challenging message on turning strategy into action.” Essential readingOn 11 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Survival of Heleomyza borealis (Diptera, Heleomyzidae) larvae down to -60oC

first_imgHeleomyza borealis Boh. (Diptera, Heleomyzidae) overwinters as larvae in Arctic habitats, where they may experience winter temperatures below − 15°C. The larvae freeze at c.− 7°C but in acclimation experiments 80% survived when exposed to − 60°C. Of the larvae exposed to between − 4 and − 15°C, only 3% pupated. However, when cooled to − 20°C this increased to 44%, with 4% emerging as adults. Larvae maintained at 5°C contained low levels of glycerol, sorbitol and trehalose, which did not increase with acclimation to low temperatures. However, levels of fructose increased from 6.1 μg mg−1 fw in control animals to 17 μg mg−1 fw when exposed to − 2°C for 1 week. Larval body water (2.2 ± 0.1 g/g dw, mean ± SD, n = 100) and lipid content (0.22 ± 0.002 g/g fw, mean ± SE) showed no significant change during acclimation to low temperatures. Larvae maintained at a constant 5°C survived for over 18 months with little loss of body mass (from 7.5 ± 1.2 to 7.0 ± 1.2 mg fw, mean ± SD, n = 20), but none pupated. Heleomyza borealis larvae appear to feed and grow until they reach a body mass of about 7.5 mg and then become dormant. They remain in this state until they experience a low temperature stimulus (< − 15°C) followed by a warm period (≈ 5°C). This ensures that the larvae pupate and adults emerge in early summer, allowing the maximum growing period before the following winter. Heleomyza borealis are adapted to survive long winters in a dormant larval state. They have a low metabolic rate, can conserve body water even at subzero temperatures but do not synthesize large quantities of cryoprotectants.last_img read more

Theodore Roosevelt carrier strike group begins COMPTUEX

first_img View post tag: USS Higgins Back to overview,Home naval-today Theodore Roosevelt carrier strike group begins final deployment workups View post tag: COMPTUEX Theodore Roosevelt carrier strike group begins final deployment workups U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and ships from its carrier strike group got underway on August to start the final work-up phase prior to deployment scheduled later this year.Composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) evaluates the strike group’s deployment readiness by testing command and control functions, crew safety evolutions, search and rescue operations, damage control testing and operational capabilities of a carrier strike group, ultimately certifying the TRCSG for deployment.“COMPTUEX is the ultimate test before we go forward,” said Rear Adm. Steve Koehler, commander, Carrier Strike Group Nine. “Throughout work-ups and after a highly successful Group Sail, the TRCSG is integrated across all warfare areas into a comprehensive warfighting force ready to carry out the nation’s tasking.”Surface, air, and anti-submarine elements began training for COMPTUEX separately at first, and then employed different exercises to integrate the teams for mission success.“Each of the units has a role to play,” Koehler said. “COMPTUEX evaluates our ability to engage in operations safely and effectively while providing our crews with additional focus areas so as a team we are prepared for anything.”Joining the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)for the COMPTUEX are sailors aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), and guided-missile destroyers USS Halsey (DDG 97), USS Higgins (DDG 76), USS Preble (DDG 88), and USS Sampson (DDG 102). View post tag: USS Theodore Roosevelt August 2, 2017 View post tag: USS Bunker Hill Authorities View post tag: USS Preble View post tag: USS Halsey View post tag: USS Sampson Share this articlelast_img read more