HR holds the solution for women to reach potential

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Surprise, surprise, another report shows that women are failing to achievetheir potential because of management attitudes and unfavourable workpractices. The research by Catalyst and Conference Board (News, page 1) findsthat male executives are unconsciously stereotyping the genders. The solutions lie with HR. First, HR must take a lead in tackling the longhours culture. This is not just an issue for women, but talented staff of bothgenders, whether or not they have a family. Organisations that encourage andreward long-hours working are discouraging the many talented individuals whowant to have a life as well as a job. The other key responsibility for HR is to develop a robust and credibleperformance management process, as Helena Feltham, Marks & Spencer’s HRdirector points out. This is how you ensure an objective approach to successionplanning and career development and maximise the number of people of bothgenders who can achieve their potential. It’s not about equality – it’s aboutorganisational effectiveness. Chicken outfits not always a good idea In an effort to instill passion and fun into work, and boost the motivationand performance of staff, companies have introduced all sorts of wacky ideas.Dressing up as a chicken or having an ‘Elvis Day’ has probably helped achievethese goals in particular companies. The problem is that corporate efforts toget people to be more ‘creative’ or ‘individual’ can sometimes result inhalf-baked social engineering. Often the most talented individuals tend not to respond to forced spontaneityand jolly japes organised from the top. As our feature on TV’s Inspector Morsesuggests, your next brilliant business innovation is as likely to come from thegrumbling trouble-maker in the corner as from the bright-eyed and bushy-tailedstar from the top business school. By Noel O’Reilly HR holds the solution for women to reach potentialOn 18 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Leafs deal fan favourite Matthew Naka to Kelowna

first_imgSometimes coaches and players just don’t see eye to eye.Which is the reason why Leaf center Matthew Naka is now a member of the Kelowna Chiefs.The three-year member of the Green and White was recently dealt to the Chiefs for defenceman Kyle Clayton and futures Wednesday.“Let’s just say we came to a mutual agreement between Matthew and myself,” Maida told The Nelson Daily Wednesday.“So Matthew is going to Kelowna for a defenceman and future considerations.”Naka’s offensive output has slipped since his first year in Nelson when the Vanderhoof native played all 52 games as a 17-year-old scoring five times while adding 33 assists for 38 points.Last season the 5’10” playmaking centerman was a key player on the Leafs until an off-ice accident caused Naka to miss most of the final games of the regular season. In Clayton, Nelson is getting another big body on the blueline as the 17-year-old Abbotsford product stand 6’4” and 200 pounds.Naka is the fourth player to be moved from last season’s team.Maida traded Dallon Stoddart and Seth Schmidt along with James Sorrey to Castlegar during the summer.Recently Matt MacDonald was dealt to Revelstoke Grizzlies.Maida also acquired Brad Rebagliati from the BC Hockey League’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs to replace injured Adam Maida.Rebagliati, a native of Cranbrook, played in 17 games last season, posting a 3.63 goals against average and goals against average of 0.894.This season the Bulldogs have struggled, winning just once in 17 attempts. Maida said Rebagliati, who has been practicing with Nelson all week, should see some action on Nelson’s three-game road trip through the Okanagan.Ironcially, Saturday’s game is against the Kelowna Chiefs.Nelson opens the trip Friday in Armstrong against the North Okanagan Knights.Sunday the Murdoch Division leaders face Summerland Steam.last_img read more

South Africa raises women’s health awareness at UN

first_img29 September 2015Thobeka Madiba-Zuma, South Africa’s first lady, has used her presence in New York City, where she is attending the 70th session of the United Nation General Assembly (UNGA), to promote women’s health awareness.Arriving in #NYC for historic #UNGA#UN70 Adoption of 17 new global goals for sustainable development by 2030— TMZ Foundation (@tmzfoundation)September 28, 2015Two issues relevant to women’s health, namely cancer, especially cervical and breast cancer, and HIV prevention and treatment, were in focus.Madiba-Zuma participated in UNGA meetings such as “Putting cancer on the global agenda: the time to act now” on 27 September, as well as the Organisation of First Ladies Against HIV and Aids roundtable event, “Building on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to invest in the post-2015 development agenda”, on 28 September. The latter had a focus on adolescent and young people’s health.African #firstladies use our voices for continued advocacy for a #cancersmart world— TMZ Foundation (@tmzfoundation) September 28, 2015“The only way we are going to address women’s sexual and reproductive health including cervical and breast cancer, HIV, Aids and TB, is to ensure that policies, programmes and services are integrated,” she said. “When a woman visits a health care provider, whether it is a GP or a nurse at a clinic, she should be treated as a whole person with a range of health needs.“It is my responsibility to the people of South Africa to ensure that women’s sexual and reproductive health is kept high on the national and global agenda,” she said.South Africa’s progressSouth Africa has the biggest HIV treatment programme in the world and has managed to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV at six weeks from 8% in 2008 to 2.6% in 2013. Currently, though, adolescent girls and young women between the ages of 10 and 24 are being left behind by the national Aids response.Madiba-Zuma advocated for strategic yet innovative and flexible strategies for adolescent girls and young women with regards to HIV prevention and treatment, with a clear link to sexual and reproductive health.Through the Thobeka Madiba-Zuma Foundation, she works locally and globally with partners to advance the agenda on breast and cervical cancer, HIV and TB.UNGA 70This year’s General Assembly is historic for two reasons: it marks the 70th anniversary of the UN and the MDGs make way for the adoption of new global goals for sustainable development.“The 70th anniversary of the UN is an opportunity to reflect – to look back on the UN’s history and take stock of its enduring achievements,” said secretary-general Ban Ki-moon. “It is also an opportunity to spotlight where the UN – and the international community as a whole – needs to redouble its efforts to meet current and future challenges across the three pillars of its work: peace and security, development, and human rights.”More than 150 world leaders have gathered for the UN Sustainable Development Summit at UN Headquarters in New York to formally adopt the new sustainable development agenda. This agenda will serve as the platform for action by the international community and governments to promote shared prosperity and well-being for the next 15 years.Vaccination programmeThe first round of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination campaign ran from 23 February to 20 March this year. The campaign was conducted by the national Department of Health to protect young girls from getting cervical cancer caused by HPV. All girls in Grade Four who were nine years and older were to be vaccinated provided their parents had signed the consent forms. An estimated 500 000 girls in 18 000 public schools were to be vaccinated.South Africa took a major step towards protecting women against cervical cancer on 12 March 2014 when Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi launched the government’s HPV vaccine campaign, targeting girls aged between nine and 12 years old.HPV is a major cause of cervical cancer, which is responsible for the deaths of over 3 000 women in South Africa every year. The vaccination campaign will run during March and April. After six months, the same girls will receive the second dose of the vaccine.“Today, South Africa [becomes] one of the few countries on the continent to provide this vaccine to all Grade 4 learners,” Motsoaledi said at the launch. “The one country which provides this vaccine is Zambia, and it only gives 25 000 vaccines. It’s a serious disease affecting women around the world.”About 3 000 health workers have been trained to administer the vaccine, according to the Health Department. The Treasury has allocated R400-million for the campaign.Madiba-Zuma was at the launch in 2014, and said that many women died painful deaths as a result of breast and cervical cancers. “South Africa today is witnessing a huge milestone, a step towards the right direction, which is prevention is better than cure,” she said at the time.Source: and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

See Adobe AIR 2’s Best New Features Demoed in 9 Sample Apps

first_imgToday Adobe released new beta versions of the company’s Flash Player and AIR. The Flash Player 10.1 technology now includes HTTP streaming and hardware decoding of H.264 video. The company plans to bring the updated Flash Player to mobile devices too, starting with the Palm Pre and then completing versions for other major smartphones by the first half of 2010 (with the notable exception of the iPhone, of course). However, out of the two updates, it’s Adobe AIR 2 that received the biggest overhaul. The new runtime allows developers to create entirely new types of applications that simply weren’t possible using AIR 1. What sort of apps are those? Adobe’s gallery of sample apps should give you some ideas of what’s to come. 1. Mass Storage DetectionIn Adobe AIR 2, apps can now detect when a mass storage device has been inserted into the computer. That means the app can “see” your USB flash drives, external drives, and even some digital cameras. For example, developers could build an app that recognizes when your Flip camera is plugged in and lets you automatically upload videos to YouTube. To demo this capability, Adobe has released FileTile, a sample app that does just this (minus the video uploading). FileTile recognizes external devices and lets you see the files and open them with their default application. Other FeaturesOther features in Adobe AIR 2 include the following (courtesy of Rob Christensen):A new API lets you open documents with its default application Global error handling Enhanced printing support, including vector printing support on Mac and new APIs to query the local machine for a list of printers or print without a dialog box. WebKit in AIR 2 is now based on the version shipped with Safari 4.0.3 which includes support for JavaScript profiling, SquirrelFish Extreme JavaScript engine performs 50% faster using SunSpider tests, CSS3 Module support (2D transformations, transitions, animations, gradients, zoom and WebKit CSS selectors), styling scrollbars via CSS and Canvas enhancements. IPv6 format addresses can now be used with all APIs that accept an IP string as input. Increased maximum size of NativeWindow: AIR 2 apps can have a window size of 4095 x 4095 where before the maximum was 2880 x 2880. DNS lookup Network interface enumeration Database transaction savepoints Screen reader support in Windows IME API and IME text input enhancement Smaller runtime installer sizes More efficient CPU usage and reduced memory size Download Installer | Source | How to5. Peer-to-Peer Networking CapabilitiesAdobe AIR 2 also adds support for new networking capabilities including UDP, secure sockets and peer-to-peer. To demonstrate the possibilities, Adobe released KeePIPE, a javascript app that lets users on the same network share files using peer-to-peer technology. It also lets VMWare users transfer files between a virtual machine and a host computer. Related Posts Tags:#Adobe#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A sample app called S3E provides a graphical front-end to your Amazon S3 account to demonstrate this feature. sarah perez Download Installer | Source2. Native Process API The native process API allows developers to better integrate their AIR apps with existing code libraries or extend their apps using native code. With the new native process API, this can now be done without compromising the cross-platform capabilities of AIR which allows it to run on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Developers using this new functionality can now deploy their apps with operating-specific installers like .exe, .dmg, .rpm, and .deb instead of an .air installer file. To demonstrate the native process API, Adobe released SearchCentral, an application that taps into Mac OS X’s Spotlight feature for desktop searches. It also lets you do web searches on Google and Wikipedia. Installer | Source | How toHere’s a video explaining in more detail how the native API works:3. Microphone Data AccessLike it sounds, the microphone data access feature lets you acquire the sound data from a computer’s microphone without the need of a server. For example, a developer could build a note-taking application that lets users record audio clips even when they’re offline. To get started, a simple app called Microphone is now available which does recording and playback with variable playback speeds supported. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Download Installer | Source | How to4. Drag-and-Drop Support for Remote FilesThe new “file promises” feature of AIR 2 lets you drag remote files out of an AIR application. A file promise, as described by Adobe’s Christian Cantrell, is “what you put on the clipboard when you want the user to be able to drag and drop files that do not yet exist, or that exist elsewhere (not locally on your machine).” It’s a promise to deliver a file at some point, but not an actual file. For example, an app could generate a CSV file but only when a user tries to drag and drop the file. It could also refer to files on a remote server, like an FTP server. When a user grabs that remote file and pulls it into the AIR app, the app could then download the data. It even supports files accessible via a URL like those hosted on Google Sites. Unfortunately, this feature is Windows and Mac only. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Download Installer | Source | Read me6. Multi-TouchPerhaps the most exciting enhancement in AIR 2 and in Flash Player 10.1 are the new multi-touch APIs. In Windows 7, AIR apps can respond to multi-touch and in both Windows 7 and Mac OS X Snow Leopard, they can respond to gestures. In this video (below), Adobe’s Kevin Lynch demos a multi-touch app on an HP TouchSmart computer:Obviously, Adobe is excited about this new feature, too, because they’ve released not one but four sample applications that demonstrate multi-touch in action:GeoTest: Lets you move images around the screen using a built-in physics engine. Download Installer | SourcePhotoPhysics: A multi-touch app with a built-in physics engine. Download Installer | SourceSpriteFract: A multi-touch app with a built-in physics engine that demonstrates a mouse-compatible, direct-manipulation interface. It also uses PixelBender to asynchronously process a large amount of geometry data. Download Installer | SourceTouchTest: Lets you drag, scale, and rotate images on the screen. Download Installer | Source Adobe AIR 2 is available for download here on Adobe Labs. You can send Adobe feedback here or participate on the user-to-user forums here.last_img read more

Rajasthan universities to adopt villages

first_imgAll public universities in Rajasthan will adopt one village each in the State every year to convert them into “smart villages”. Their focus would be on the creation of infrastructure and evolving facilities for education, Chancellor of universities and Governor, Kalyan Singh, has said.Mr. Singh, who visited Bharatpur over the week-end, said the Maharaja Surajmal Brij University had adopted two villages, Halena and Barso, in the district and launched efforts to improve the quality of life of villagers. He said he would himself review the progress of work every month.Interacting with the residents of the two villages, the Governor said tubewells would be installed in Halena to resolve the problem of drinking water scarcity and action taken for rain water harvesting. He said the lone government school in Barso would be upgraded and the Chambal drinking water project would be extended to the village.last_img read more

PBA approves deal that sends Erram to NLEX

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The three-team trade had Blackwater acquiring the rights to big man Philip Paredes from TNT KaTropa in exchange for the 2022 second round pick the Elite drew from San Miguel Beer as part of the Paul Zamar swap.The Elite then shipped Erram and Paredes to NLEX in exchange for first-round draft picks Paul Desiderio and Abu Tratter and the vastly-improved Michael Miranda, who Road Warriors coach Yeng Guiao had developed into a bruising defender and a stretch 5.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe Elite then shipped Miranda to TNT, which got a big man it badly needed, in exchange for Alfrancis Tamsi and the KaTropa’s 2022 second round pick.A source said the committee that approves trades made slight adjustments to the deal so that Blackwater gets more than just a pair of high-profile rookies for Erram, who has had a breakout season with the Elite that earned him a stint with the national team. MOST READ Erram was one of the marquee big men in the Philippine Cup, averaging 14.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game.With the acquisition of Desiderio and Tratter and if the Elite gets to sign its top pick, Ray Parks, Blackwater can build a very young core that will include forward Mac Belo and shooter Mike DiGregorio. But Blackwater will have to draw a lot from bigs Reymar Jose, James Sena and Dave Marcelo to make up for the absence of the 6-foot-7 Erram gone.Under the radar though in that three-team trade was TNT’s acquisition of Miranda, who had evolved into a quality big man under Guiao. Miranda gives the KaTropa a serviceable big man to match up with the likes of June Mar Fajardo and the San Miguel Beermen and Greg Slaughter and the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening JP Erram (left) will bring his shot-swatting prowess to NLEX, which surrendered its two first-round rookies this year to Blackwater. AUGUST DELA CRUZIt took a few more minor modifications but NLEX will finally get its hands on a prized big man that the team badly needs.The PBA commissioner’s office finally approved a trade that will send Gilas Pilipinas standout JP Erram from Blackwater to the Road Warriors in exchange for two promising rookies.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Yulo gets cash bonus for bronze medal triumph BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?last_img read more

a month agoChelsea boss Lampard: Hudson-Odoi, James will face Grimbsy

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard: Hudson-Odoi, James will face Grimbsyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi will make his first-team return in the League Cup on Wednesday against Grimsby Town.This follows his recovery from an Achilles injury.The England international was forced off during the draw against Burnley in April and underwent successful surgery days later. The winger will feature alongside Reece James, who is yet to make a competitive appearance for Chelsea’s senior side following a season on loan at Wigan.Asked about the duo, manager Frank Lampard told Chelsea’s official website: “They’ll be involved on Wednesday night.”We need to look at players that haven’t been playing so much. We will pay Grimsby due to respect but it certainly is minutes for certain players that haven’t been there.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Toronto urged to take action after string of pedestrian and cyclist deaths

first_imgTORONTO – Advocates, politicians and members of the public are demanding Toronto make its streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians after a string of recent deaths highlighted just how dangerous the city’s roads can be.Two cyclists and a pedestrian were hit and killed by vehicles in three separate incidents in just the past week, bringing the city’s total number of such fatalities this year to three cyclists and 17 pedestrians, according to Toronto police.Those figures were up from two cyclist deaths and 12 pedestrian fatalities by this point last year. In 2016, by June, there had been 21 pedestrian deaths and no cyclist deaths.For 29-year-old cyclist Connor Gregory, who said he has been struck by a vehicle three times on his bike and has had three more collisions with car doors, the fear of a fatal brush with motor traffic weighs on him every time he hits the road.“On an almost daily basis, there are situations that are fairly dangerous,” he said.“With the news last week, a lot of people were expressing just sort of being fed up with the lack of response that there’s been to road safety.”Advocacy groups like Cycle Toronto, meanwhile, have said the recent deaths have highlighted the need for the city to take action.Toronto’s mayor said he’s been horrified by the recent deaths and pledged an additional $13 million Friday to the city’s Vision Zero road safety plan, a five-year project adopted in 2016 that aims to reduce traffic-related deaths and serious injuries. The funds would bring total investment in the project to $100 million, his office said.“Any death on Toronto streets is absolutely unacceptable, no one should lose their lives in this way,” John Tory said. “The deaths of pedestrians and cyclists on our roads continues to be an issue which has been particularly troubling and, I’ll admit, very frustrating to me.”Tory also promised other measures that include enhancing bike lanes along ten cycling corridors and installing zebra markings at up to 200 intersections.But critics say road safety in the city is reaching a crisis point.“It’s just heartbreaking,” Cherise Burda, executive director of Ryerson University’s City Building Institute, said of the recent deaths. “It’s so sad, and it’s so unnecessary. We have the tools to change.”City leaders have dragged their feet or rejected road safety measures outright in the past, often in the name of protecting drivers, she said.“Most of streets are designed for cars, and this worked in the post-war world where we wanted to sprawl and (have) everybody get around in their car, but our streets are incredibly congested now and it’s really hard to get around,” she said.There were 43 pedestrian deaths and one cyclist death recorded in 2016 according to Toronto police. By the end of last year there were 36 pedestrian and four cyclists fatalities, according to police, who track only incidents on public roadways, and define traffic fatalities as ones in which the vehicle involved was moving or “ready to move.”As Toronto continues to grow, it will have to redesign its streets for better mobility, Burda said, noting that the Vision Zero plan needs to be efficiently carried out.“You can’t have a Vision Zero plan and not implement it and say that it’s failing,” said Burda, who uses multiple modes of transport, including bikes, to get around Toronto. “You have to actually implement it. And we’re not doing that.”Toronto has areas where sidewalks have been widened and protected bike lanes have been added, but the overhauled areas are often not connected to each other, making it hard for cyclists or pedestrians to get from one part of the city to another safely, Burda said.On the other hand, Vancouver — where there has been only one cyclist death since the start of 2016, and only four pedestrian deaths so far this year — has committed to continuous bike routes throughout the city.“The evidence shows that when you build the infrastructure, the cyclists come,” said Burda. “Imagine if you had a safe network of segregated bike lanes. So many more people would cycle.”Coun. Mike Layton said Vision Zero’s infrastructure and public education initiatives — which last year included launching school safety zones, upgrading intersections and adding red-light cameras — have moved too slowly, due to a lack of funds granted up-front.“If we’re going to make the streets safer for all road users, something’s got to change our infrastructure and something’s got to change with our attitudes towards other road users,” Layton said.“People are travelling too fast, they are too distracted and that’s leading to the accidents that we are seeing. That on top of our infrastructure (must change). It’s not one or the other. It has to be both.”Like many road safety issues brought to city council, increasing resources for Vision Zero was met with strong opposition he said.Last year’s ultimately successful motion to make permanent the Bloor Street Pilot Project — which saw bike lanes added to a section of the city’s busiest east-west streets — was a particular flash point.“Every inch of paint, every bollard on the road was a fight,” he said. “And it was a fight with fellow councillors. It was pushing the community to look at the change as something that will in fact save people’s lives.”—with files by Adina Bresge.last_img read more

Expanding horizons and engaging audiences at Montreals doc festival

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement “People have to feel they’re expanding their horizons,” Gourd-Mercado says of the spirit that guides RIDM. “Otherwise they can just watch Netflix.”RIDM was founded in 1998 by a group of documentary filmmakers, whose early gatherings had a definite entre-nous quality. The event is still well-attended by those in the business, but Gourd-Mercado, who worked for years as a film publicist before taking over the festival in 2014, is continuing a recent effort to raise the festival’s profile in the community. In the past five years, RIDM’s audience has doubled to around 63,000, she says, including those who watch its offerings outdoors, or in jail. ‘Our trademark is what we call creative documentary,” says Mara Gourd-Mercado, executive director of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM). To get an idea of what she means, consider El Futuro Perfecto (The Future Perfect), a film from Mara’s native Argentina, which is among 128 entries selected for this year’s festival.The film focuses on a young Chinese immigrant named Xiaobin Zhang, whom filmmaker Nele Wohlatz met in a Spanish language class in Buenos Aires. Wohlatz, who had immigrated as an adult from Germany, befriended Zhang and talked with her about a film based on her efforts to fit into Argentinian society and resist her family’s traditional expectations. The two worked out a scenario and scenes, and Wohlatz and Pio Longo wrote dialogue in the style of the flat practice exchanges in Zhang’s language textbook. Wohlatz also shot several alternate endings for the story, based on Zhang’s suggestions. In method and feeling, there’s a lot about El Futuro Perfecto that resembles a feature film. We’re not shown footage of real-life situations, but scripted simulations, some of which feel comically stiff and unrealistic. The film is a comedy about the two-dimensional zone one enters when first learning a new language and culture. But it’s also about the complex emotions that such dislocations can provoke and all of it is tethered more or less closely to Zhang’s experience.Or consider Pierre-Yves Vendeweerd’s poetic Les tourmentes, one of seven films by this Belgian cineaste in an RIDM retrospective. Vandeweerd’s subject seems to be existential malaise in a bleak northern environment, exhibited via brooding shots of people immobilized in their houses, clinging to large rocks or shearing sheep. A female voice-over murmurs a text that is both descriptive and prophetic. There’s no story and no main characters, unless the story is the human condition as borne by a nameless community. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more