Dispatches from #SHRM14 Day Two: Keynotes, Conversations & Cultural Sensitivity?

first_imgThe second day of large conferences has always been my favorite day. Everything is still fresh and new, the speakers are excited, and the attendees are excited… well let me rephrase that, the attendees are excited until they realize that their next session is across the convention center.Day two here at #SHRM14 was another excellent day. One of the more innovative things that I’ve seen this year is the programming in the “Connection Zone”. While this idea and iteration is not new (the last two conferences in Atlanta and Chicago had “The Hive”) it’s great to see and hear some fresh voices and ideas and to see individuals get some stage time.Finally, I’m trying to get over a quote that Tuesday’s Keynote speaker Mr. Thomas Friedman. His quote got reworked to be a bit more “twitter friendly” and it didn’t sit well with me. His original quote “Think like a new immigrant; stay hungry” is innocuous when read in its original form. The quote that’s causing me angst is the one that’s being passed around it is simply “Think like an immigrant”Let’s pretend we’re not in a state where immigration is a pretty big deal, hell let’s pretend we’re not at an HR conference (with international attendees), can someone share with me just how “immigrant’s” think? Do they think different? How do I know if someone is an immigrant? Do they have a….. See what I mean? See how ridiculous and culturally insensitive the quote appears.It’s hard to hear quotes like “HR must exercise expertise and influence” at the conference and see an internet meme that starts with the line “Think Like an Immigrant” .Let’s see if we can “Transform” our thinking to something a bit more culturally sensitive…To read the original blog post, please click here.last_img read more

Howard criticises Afro-Asian bloc for ICC leadership snub

first_imgFormer Australian prime minister John Howard on Wednesday hit out at the Afro-Asian members of the International Cricket Council for not disclosing the reason why they rejected his candidature for the ICC vice-president’s post.Howard’s ambition to head the International Cricket Council after India’s Sharad Pawar was thwarted by the powerful Afro-Asian bloc at an ICC Executive Board meeting in Singapore on Wednesday.”Those who’ve indicated they don’t support it have not given a reason. Even in private discussions, they’re very reluctant to give a particular reason. It’s certainly an unusual situation because I haven’t been told, nor have the representatives of Cricket Australia been told, why this attitude at this stage should be as it is,” he said.”My nomination went forward with the full support of both Australia and New Zealand and I’m disappointed at the outcome. I wanted to do this job, I felt I could do it well and I would have devoted my full time to it,” Howard was quoted as saying by the ‘Sky News’.Howard said if his candidature was rejected because of his past link with politics, it would set a “bad precedent”.”That’s not been said although it’s been widely speculated. If it was in some way based on past political positions, well that’s a very bad precedent to be establishing,” he said.Howard’s tough stance against Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and past criticism of Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan were believed to be the key factors behind ICC’s decision.But a defiant Howard said he would wear it as a “badge of honour” if African members rejected him because of his hardline stance against Zimbabwe President Mugabe while in office.advertisement”I wear the criticism as a badge of honour. I don’t apologise in any way for the criticism I offered of the Mugabe regime. If it was in some way based on past political positions, well that’s a very bad precedent to be establishing for the ICC,” he said.”I’m out of politics. I don’t have any political agenda internationally other than of course promoting good relations between Australia and our long-term friends, many of which are cricket-playing nations in both Asia and Africa.last_img read more

BAHAMAS American woman drowns in Berry Islands Police investigating

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 30, 2017 – Berry Islands – An American woman died on Sunday while swimming in waters of Great Sturrup Cay in the Berry Islands.  The woman became unconscious while enjoying a swim with family, she was taken to shore and despite CPR, she was declared dead by a doctor.   There is an autopsy to come for an exact cause of death, police say they are investigating.  A Sunday armed robbery around 1pm in Nassau has Police on the hunt for two males responsible for the crime at a web shop on Cowpen Road.  The duo robbed the cashier and sped away in a silver colored car. #MagneticMediaNews#americanwomandrownsinBerryIslands Related Items:#americanwomandrownsinBerryIslands, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

2G and 3G Spectrum Auction Expected in February

first_imgThe department of telecom is likely to start the auction of 2G and 3G spectrum bands from February 2015.Proposed timeline for February’s auction:- 17 October ( Finalisation of new auctioneer)- 1 December (Notice for auction applications )- 8 December (Pre-bid conference)- January 12 ( Last date for bid submission)- January 28 (List of final bidders)- February (Auction starts)The government has projected ₹9355 crore as revenue receipts from 2G auctions in its budget estimates from current fiscal and is hopeful of raising a further ₹5000 crore through the sale of 3G airwaves.The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is expected to direct the price of 900 and 1800 MHz spectrum by October.”We will write to Trai (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) as soon as the swap comes through,” The Economic Times quoted an official.”On 800 MHz we will write to the regulator for some more clarity once the Telecom Commission has ratified the findings of the Dot (Department of Telecommunications) committee.”The Department of Telecommunication is scheduled to auction a total of 184 MHz of spectrum in the 900 MHz band presently owned by Idea Cellular and Vodafone, the permits for which are due to expire next November.The official also explained that in the previous auctions held in February, the government sold three fourths of the total airwaves available in the 1800 MHz band and the remaining one fourth would be put up for auction next year.There are about 29 licences that would expire across 18 circles in 2015-2016, reported Business Standard.last_img read more

RR vs MI Dream 11 and MPL Fantasy tips live stream preview

first_imgRajasthan Royals are on the cusp, they are now at a point of no return. It is a very bleak scenario facing Ajinkya Rahane and team and they are now facing Mumbai Indians – a side which has finally found its groove and has players who pop up in every match to get the side over the line. On paper, Mumbai Indians are the favourites, but cricket matches are seldom won on paper.Both sides will have to sort out their playing combinations depending on the conditions on offer:Predicted XI of both sides:Rajasthan Royals Predicted XI: Rahul Tripathi, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (wk), Ajinkya Rahane (c), Steve Smith, Ashton Turner, Stuart Binny, Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Dhawal KulkarniMumbai Indians Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting, Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit BumrahFantasy tips and suggestions: File photo of Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya.IANSWicket-keeper: Quinton de Kock is consistent for Mumbai at top of the order and should be considered as the wicket-keeper in the squad. Also, he could be an attacking option for Mumbai in the powerplay overs and sets up the tone perfectly.Batsmen: Rohit Sharma and Jos Buttler are the definite inclusions in the side, both batsmen are in form and both are extremely crucial for their respective sites. Also, apart from Rohit and Buttler, Steve Smith and Kieron Pollard should be included.While Smith can be the anchor in the middle order, Pollard’s big hitting can take apart an otherwise fragile bowling attack of Rajasthan Royals.All-rounders: Hardik Pandya has been a revelation this season, his six hitting ability has taken off and has already won a couple of games single-handedly with the bat. Also, on his day, he has the ability to chip in with a couple of wickets too. Rahane will be heavily dependent on his team’s English recruits Stokes and Buttler.Rajasthan Royals InstagramSpinners: On the Jaipur surface, as many as three spinners should be included. Shreyas Gopal and Rahul Chahar are definite entrants as both these leggies have been amongst the wickets and have shown the ability to control the flow of the game in the middle overs.Also, young Mahipal Lomror could be included as he could be the differential in the fantasy side.Seamers: Jasprit Bumrah saunters into the side, he has been superb for Mumbai Indians with his consistency and match-winning abilities. Also, Jofra Archer should be the next pick as he too has been in brilliant rhythm for Rajasthan Royals.last_img read more

Ashok Leyland wins 170 million order from Tanzanian government to supply vehicles

first_imgChennai-based commercial vehicle maker Ashok Leyland said on Thirsday that it has won an order worth $170 million from the Tanzanian government to supply vehicles and related items. The company informed about the order minutes before trading hours; the share price of Ashok Leyland closed 1.72 percent higher at Rs 85.65 on the BSE.The order will be financed by the EXIM Bank of India under National Export Insurance Account (NEIA) Scheme, the company said in the regulatory filing to the BSE. The company, belonging to the Hinduja Group, said export orders will enable it to make up for falling volume sales in the domestic market. “Exports to key international markets is an essential part of Ashok Leyland’s strategic intent to globalise its product portfolio and derisk itself from supplying only into India,” Vinod K Dasari, managing director at Ashok Leyland Limited, said.The company had won a similar order worth $200 million from West African country Cote D’Ivoire, formerly known as Ivory Coast, in November last year.Three days ago, Ashok Leyland launched the first Made-in-India electric bus. The buses will be priced in the range of Rs 1.5 to Rs 3.5 crore.Volume sales at Ashok Leyland declined for the third straight month in September this year, indicating sluggish demand in the overall commercial vehicle segment.The company sold 12,057 units last month, a fall of 18 percent from 14,783 commercial vehicles it sold last September. The fall was steep in the medium and heavy commercial vehicle segment at 26 percent (8,963 units) and was partly offset by light commercial vehicle (LCV) segment that grew 17 percent.On the positive side, the company, along with Tata Motors and VE Commercial Vehicles, has benefited from new orders for buses placed by state transport undertakings. In September, the Mint reported that the three companies bagged orders for supplying 10,600 buses in the preceding three months. The orders are to be executed by the end of the current financial year.last_img read more

I didnt vote for blowhard Trump Bush senior

first_imgFormer United States Presidents George HW Bush and George W Bush throw out the ceremonial first pitch before in game five of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. AFP file photoFormer US president George H.W. Bush voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election and called Donald Trump a “blowhard” who was driven by “a certain ego.”His son George W. Bush left his ballot blank and said of Trump: “This guy doesn’t know what it means to be president.”The revelations, contained in historian Mark Updegrove’s “The Last Republicans,” available in bookstores later this month, represent the strongest criticism to date from the Bush clan on why their Republican successor is uniquely unfit to hold office.“I don’t like him,” the elder Bush told Updegrove in May 2016 before the elections in November of that year, according to excerpts of the book obtained by AFP.“I don’t know much about him, but I know he’s a blowhard. And I’m not too excited about him being (our) leader.”While traveling to Tokyo on Air Force One, Trump walked back to the press cabin and responded to the Bushes’ criticism.“I don’t need headlines. I don’t want to make their move successful,” he said.‘Doesn’t understand the job’The younger Bush was skeptical about then-candidate Trump’s chances in a race in which his younger brother Jeb was an early favorite.“Interesting, won’t last,” was his initial reaction when Trump entered the race.Once the bombastic billionaire real estate magnate secured the Republican nomination, Bush expressed surprise and worried about Trump’s lack of humility, and thus his inability to recognize his own limitations and surround himself with more knowledgeable people.“As you know from looking at my family,” Bush said, humility “is a certain heritage, that’s what they expect, and we’re not seeing that” in Trump.After Trump said, “I’m my own advisor,” Bush quipped: “Wow, this guy really doesn’t understand the job of president.”The comments are sure to escalate a long-running feud and come after George W. Bush gave a speech last month that condemned bigotry, bullying and lies in US politics in what was widely seen as a broadside against Trump even though the president was not mentioned by name.The book’s title was inspired by the younger Bush’s concerns that he had been “the last Republican president”-not just because Clinton was seen as favorite to win the election, but because Trump represented a major break from traditional conservatism.A White House official hit back, telling CNN: “If one presidential candidate can disassemble a political party, it speaks volumes about how strong a legacy its past two presidents really had.”“And that begins with the Iraq war, one of the greatest foreign policy mistakes in American history,” the official added.The younger Bush also pushed back hard on the widely-held perception during his time in office that his vice president Dick Cheney and secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld controlled the White House from behind the scenes.They “didn’t make one fucking decision,” he told Updegrove.last_img read more

Populists eye upsets in EU elections

first_imgComposition of the outgoing European Parliament, as of 20 May.Voters in Brexit-bound Britain cast ballots Thursday at the start of 28-nation EU elections in which eurosceptic, anti-immigration forces have vowed to create a political earthquake that will shake the Brussels establishment.With Prime Minister Theresa May’s resignation appearing imminent after she postponed a forlorn attempt to push her divorce deal through parliament, Britain joined the Netherlands in kicking off four days of voting across the continent.The elections were a surreal spectacle for a country that voted almost three years ago to leave the European Union, with May vowing on countless occasions to honour the result in time to avoid the election.The Brexit crisis mirrored deep divisions across the continent.Rising anti-establishment forces across the continent are bidding to make significant gains, in a threat to closer EU integration.More than 400 million European voters are eligible to elect 751 Members of the European Parliament, with the first results announced late Sunday once voting in all 28 member states has been completed.These are the ninth European parliament elections since they began in 1979 and voter turnout has dropped each time, hitting 43 percent in 2014.’Peaceful political revolution’Having opted to leave the EU in a seismic referendum in 2016, Britain was originally meant to depart on March 29 and therefore not take part in the contests.But MPs have rejected May’s withdrawal agreement and the country now finds itself in the absurd situation of electing lawmakers to an institution it plans to leave.The issue looked set to dominate how Britons vote.”Once you’ve made a decision to leave I felt that we should have executed it,” said Neil Rodford, 49, as he cast his ballot in southwest London.Accountant Margaret Clark, 64, felt the opposite as she voted in Northern Ireland.”What’s mostly on my mind is the fact that I would like to remain in the European Union,” she told AFP.The Brexit Party, formed only this year by eurosceptic figurehead Nigel Farage, is leading the latest opinion polls with 37 percent of the vote.Amid widespread frustration at the political gridlock, the ruling Conservatives are in fifth place with just seven percent while the Labour opposition also lag behind on 13.”We are attempting a peaceful political revolution in this country,” Farage told the party’s final rally this week.”The establishment: they’re not frightened — they’re absolutely terrified!” he said of his new party’s rise.Opposed to closer EU integrationAround the continent, national leaders are scrambling to mobilise their supporters to resist the populist surge, with opinion polls showing nationalist parties in the lead in France, Italy and Hungary, among others.Pro-European leaders fear a good showing for the eurosceptics will disrupt Brussels decision-making, threatening reform efforts at closer integration.In the Netherlands, flamboyant populist Thierry Baudet, a classics-quoting climate sceptic, is on course to win the same number of seats as Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s Liberals.Once best known for naked Instagram selfies and controversial comments about women, Baudet, 36, stunned Europe in March when his Forum for Democracy became the biggest party in the Dutch senate.Matteo Salvini of Italy’s anti-immigrant League and Marine Le Pen of France’s far-right National Rally (RN) want their Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) group to become the third largest in Brussels. The League has topped opinion polls in Italy.Meanwhile Le Pen wants to strike a blow to Emmanuel Macron’s faltering French presidency by overtaking his centrist, pro-European party Republic on the Move.Polls give her RN party a slight edge, with around 23 percent support.”Everything has changed,” Le Pen told AFP.”In the space of a few months, a whole range of political forces have risen up in spectacular fashion.”Centre-right set to winHowever, the strong showing by eurosceptics is not expected to sweep the whole bloc, with voters from Spain to Ireland and the former Soviet Baltic states indicating solid backing for the EU.In Germany, surveys show Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party — a heavyweight in the EU-wide centre-right EPP group — in first place, with the Greens second.The latest Eurobarometer survey commissioned by the European Parliament found 61 percent of respondents calling their country’s EU membership a good thing — the highest level since the early 1990s.The polls will open on Friday in the Czech Republic and Ireland, and on Saturday in Latvia, Malta and Slovakia.But most countries will be voting on Sunday, with the results expected overnight into Monday.Nine different projections this month gave the EPP the most seats ahead of the main centre-left PES bloc and then the ALDE liberals.Former Luxembourg prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker is stepping down after five years as president of the European Commission.EPP leader Manfred Weber is their candidate to replace him, while the PES is putting up former Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans.The hunt will also be on for someone to replace former Polish premier Donald Tusk as head of the EU leaders’ councillast_img read more

Google tries new approach with real time traffic estimates for Google Maps

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Microsoft says Google is bypassing its cookie stopping technology too Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — It used to be when using Google Maps to plan your route, i.e. driving from one destination to another, Google Maps would also try to give you an estimate for how long it would really take you to make that trip using historical data trends it had built up over time. The problem was, real world travel times often varied greatly from the historical data, leaving drivers frustrated with the results. Because of that, Google finally pulled the plug on the feature altogether last summer. Now, it appears Google is ready to try again, though this time it’s taking a much different approach, using data generated in real time via third party reports and data it obtains via drivers who have phones running Android and who also choose to opt in to Google’s “My Location” feature by enabling it voluntarily on their phones. More information: Google’s blog: google-latlong.blogspot.com/20 … ration-based-on.htmlcenter_img © 2012 PhysOrg.com One of the nice features of Maps’ new real-time traffic monitoring is that users don’t have to go looking for it, the numbers show up automatically. Thus to use it, all a user does is click on the same links they always have, type in both departure and arrival destinations and Google will give both the average driving time in ideal conditions (in good weather with no other cars on the road) and what it believes to be the driving time based on current conditions. Obviously, there are some caveats. One is that in order for the whole thing to work, drivers must live in an area that Google has included, namely a major city. The other is that an awful lot of Android users must choose to opt in.For Google to make this announcement now, they must be confident that enough users are now already choosing to enable the “My Location” option. As for living in one of the cities that Google has included, it appears most of the larger ones in the United States are currently included as are several in Europe, most notably Great Britain. Google says it’s adding more as time passes, which carries a lot of weight coming from the company that has spent a veritable fortune building up images around the world for no better reason than to post them to its Street View feature.Because it’s based on real live user data, it’s likely Google’s new driving time estimates will be more accurate than in the past, and for the same reason, it’s likely those estimates will get better over time as more data points become available from Android users, which should hopefully outweigh any objections some might have over Google even having “My Location” as a feature on their phone which allows Google to not only collect GPS data on users, but to save that data and use it for other purposes. Citation: Google tries new approach with real time traffic estimates for Google Maps (2012, April 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-google-approach-real-traffic.htmllast_img read more