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C:F Challenge: Design The Government of the Future

first_img ← PR and Media Internships at GEYC Resource Center Pocket July 3, 2013 Published by stefan Tweet Deadline: 3 September, 2013Open to: All applicants need to be 18-30 years old. Student status is not requiredAwards: The winner will have his vision become the cover page of the second edition of C:F Time, Challenge:Future’s golbal youth magazine plus a copy of Joel Barker’s book about the future: Five Regions of the Future C:F Challenge: Design The Government of the Future +1 Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. center_img How will the Government of the Future look like?A government is the system by which a state or community is governed, a set of institutions which affect every human activity in many important ways. With uprisings and social movements in many countries around the world, governments can’t keep up with the rapid changes in all spheres of life: economical, social or political. We feel the need of new governments that address the needs of future socities and represent well every individual. Can you imagine such a government? How should it look like?Your TaskDesign the government of the future. Visualize how the government of the future will look like, what will it do, how it will operate, what kind of 5 stars services it will offer? Think of particular and specific solutions. (Example: Think of governments offering services through mobile applications).Draw an image, create a sketch or take a photo with the government of the future. The picture should include the functionalities of the government and how it will operate. Include your entire vision in one jpeg file of minimum 2 MB.To apply, please click on “Post Idea“. (top right corner)EligibilityAll applicants need to be 18-30 years old. Student status is not required. All applicants need to be registered on C:F platform in order to apply. You can register at the platform HERE.Judging and Evaluation CriteriaThe Winner will be chosen among top 10 solutions, 7 chosen by youth judges panel and 3 by top votes. In order to select the best videos, Judges will look for:Creativity, innovation and vision for future governmentIs it realistic and feasible for the future?Submission, design and representation quality.AwardsThe winner will have his vision become the cover page of the second edition of C:F Time, Challenge:Future’s golbal youth magazine!Top 3 finalists will receive a copy of Joel Barker’s amazing book about the future: Five Regions of the Future.How to Apply?To apply, please click on “Post Idea” (top right corner) at the official call here. The application period is: 1 July – 3 September 2013.The Winner will be chosen among top 10 solutions, 7 chosen by youth judges panel and 3 by top votes. In order to select the best videos, Judges will look for:Creativity, innovation and vision for future governmentIs it realistic and feasible for the future?Submission, design and representation quality.Re-submission, taking into account community feedback, comments, suggestions is possible until the end of Application period (4 September 2013). Contact Helpdesk for any concerns which you might have.For more information please visit the official website. Share 0 Reddit Similar Stories LinkedIn 0 International Comics Festival Contest →last_img read more

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Join Mladiinfo’s Team: Community Builder Wanted! (Deadline Extended)

first_img Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Similar Stories MOOC: Discover Yourself: Build a Career and Make an Impact! Tweet Deadline: 26 October 2017Open to: young enthusiasts, interested in virtual communities, content development, and marketingRemuneration: to commensurate with experienceDescriptionAnd… VOILA! Mladiinfo is making a huge step ahead! After having empowered more than 4000 youth around the globe, sent over 300 volunteers abroad, and organized 100 international youth events within our network, we wanted to create something that will be for YOU and from YOU. And we aspire it to be the biggest and the most impactful project for young people – a digital community of empowered youth! Sounds exciting? Would you like to lead this initiative that will change lives of youth around the globe? If so, join us and become our Online Community Builder!We got your attention and now you want to know more? This is not a job opportunity but a lifestyle, identity, and passion. Therefore, we are looking for a community builder that will not count hours and work only to earn the salary, but a person who firmly believes in our vision of “contributing to a better world in which empowered young individuals use new technologies, digital learning and non-formal education to act together and improve the quality of life in their communities and the world they live in”.What will you do?Planning: Developing a plan for community building, setting tasks and activities for the defined aims, objectives, timeframe, indicators and resources.Profiling: Defining target group and identifying channels to reach it.Branding: Giving a face to the community that will be connected to the identity of Mladiinfo, but it will bring its own added value. Identifying services and different user packages.Community focus group: Identifying and working closely with the first 50 community members, delivering them tasks, following their progress.Content development: Together with the community focus group, you will be planning, organizing and developing the starting content of the community platform. You will be also encouraged to invite contributors.Creating structure: Defining roles within the community, identifying active members.Promotion: Promoting the community via an outreach campaign.Communication: Maintaining regular communication with the existing members and welcoming new members of the community.Coordination: Collaborating with Mladiinfo’s core team on the community building and jointly developing the upcoming steps.Who are we looking for?You are the right candidate for this position, if:You are passionate about youth work;You strongly believe that “sharing is caring”;Empathy, creativity, responsibility and personal development are high on your values’ scale;You are creative, communicative, open to challenges and eager to learn;You value positive working atmosphere and uncompetitive environment.The community builder should also:Have experience in organizing communities through civic activism or other community development channels. Experience developing virtual communities is highly desirable;Have interest in mobility, education, youth and community development;Posses compelling written and verbal communications skills and experience with developing regular communications (newsletters, blogs, monthly reports, etc.);Have at least 2 years of experience in web content development: writing and editing. Knowledge of CMS is required;Posses experience in managing projects from concept through execution;Have at least a year of experience on leadership/managerial position which makes him/her experienced to organize processes, do planning, implementation and follow up of activities, deliver tasks and coordinate a small team;Have solid knowledge in marketing, sense for business and entrepreneurial spirit;Have excellent knowledge of English, and preferably, one more language beside the mother tongue;RemunerationThe call is open for all interested candidates who fulfill the above-mentioned criteria from all over the world;However, due to the primary target group of Mladiinfo: youth aged 16-35 from Central and South East Europe, slight preference would be given to candidates coming from these regions;The position is part-time and it foresees 20 working hours per week (Note that this is not entirely office-based position, the community builder can work on its project and coordinate with the team virtually, or can combine its hours by being in Mladiinfo’s office or working online);The remuneration will commensurate with experience and availability of the candidate (Please note that Mladiinfo prefers to employ candidates that would like to grow both personally and professionally within our team and who see themselves working in the civil sector).How to apply?If this sounds like your dream job, don’t hesitate to apply by sending us the following documents:CV;Short cover letter answering the following three questions:A) Why Mladiinfo needs a virtual community?B) Why I should be Mladiinfo’s Community Builder, what added value I will bring to the community process?C) Where do I see the community in 2-year time?      3. Samples from published texts / organized digital community activities;4. Contact details of two previous employers (if this is your first job experience, please let us know).Please send all the requested materials on e-mail: [email protected] no later than 26 October 2017 (Note that only complete applications will be taken into consideration).Only the best candidates with most inspiring profiles will be invited for an interview (Please use the same address to write us if you have any questions or concerns).Join us on this unforgettable journey and help us give birth to a unique youth initiative Pocket Share 0 Redditcenter_img October 5, 2017 Published by sanja +1 LinkedIn 0 Join Mladiinfo’s Team: Community Builder Wanted! (Deadline Extended) ← MOOC “Diffusion and Impact of Internet Voting” Senior Research Adviser at Amnesty International →last_img read more

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Japan edges closer to solar auction introduction

first_imgJapan edges closer to solar auction introductionCommittee of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) concludes meeting discussing the introduction of an auction process for large-scale solar projects. System likely to begin in FY 2017. December 16, 2015 Ian Clover Installations Legal Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has concluded another round of talks regarding the future of the nation’s solar sector, with the likelihood now growing that auctions for large-scale solar projects will be introduced by fiscal year (FY) 2017. A subcommittee of METI gathered in October to first discuss changes to Japan’s renewable incentives. This discussion focused on four key issues, most notably a revision of the current feed-in tariff (FIT) and the introduction of an auction tender process. A key concern for METI is to rein-in expenditure on the Japanese FIT, which has been wildly successful since its introduction in 2012. “The FIT program led to a rapid expansion of commercial solar and there has been a need for balance between different renewable sources,” read a draft proposal outlined by METI. The new proposal on the table outlines a procedure whereby solar power producers that can operate at the lowest cost will be selected to develop new large-scale solar project in Japan. Effectively, this means an auction tender process will be introduced, replacing the current regressive FIT and cherry-picking those clean energy developers who are able to secure grid connections. Japan’s grid has experienced a series of bottlenecks this year as a result of a sustained PV push in many regions. This new mechanism could help taper off the huge pipeline of currently approved projects in Japan, but may be unlikely to deliver an initial boost to installation rates, believes Izumi Kaizuka of RTS Corporation. “If the current pipeline of approved utility-scale projects is not canceled under the new auction approval scheme that METI is planning, then extra bidding would be unlikely to boost installations,” Kaizuka told pv magazine. A scheduled reduction of the FIT for the residential sector is also likely, Kaizuka added, rather than a complete cancellation of the mechanism. “To introduce a bidding process, METI first has to revise the FIT law,” she said. “METI will submit its proposal to the Diet in 2016 in order for the new auction system to begin in FY 2017. 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Koko disciplinary hearing: fair and transparent

first_img Finance and Policy Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Featured image: Eskom AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Previous articleHow to fix Ghana: it’s not rocket scienceNext articleNigeria: VP alerts possible tariff increase Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. Generationcenter_img BRICS RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Eskom is concerned that some media reports have suggested that the disciplinary hearing of the company’s suspended group executive Matshela Koko has collapsed. The South African state-owned utility said today that “the Koko disciplinary hearing is being conducted in a fair and transparent manner.”Eskom’s Interim Chairperson, Zethembe Khoza, said: “Eskom wishes to unequivocally state that this disciplinary hearing is being conducted in a fair, professional, and transparent manner, with the media being granted permission to attend in a matter that would ordinarily be treated as an internal matter.”Khoza added that: “It is worth noting that the chairperson of the hearing, together with the evidence leaders from both parties, are competent and independent professionals who belong to highly regulated organisations that would take a dim view of any misconduct by anyone of their members.”The parastatal added in a statement: “It is regrettable that the events of 20 October 2017, where Eskom’s previous evidence leader was involved in an altercation with a journalist, have overshadowed the integrity of the disciplinary enquiry.“Eskom took immediate action and replaced the former evidence leader in order to protect the sanctity of the hearing and to maintain the independence and freedom of expression of the media as enshrined in the Constitution of our country.”Furthermore, Eskom notes with concern the allegations that have been made regarding the witnesses who have declined to testify in the proceedings.It is important to note that the current evidence leader was duly instructed to do all that was necessary to obtain the attendance of all the identified witnesses. Some witnesses have chosen to decline the request based on legal advice they received from their lawyers.“Eskom accordingly has had no option but to continue with the hearing in the absence of these witnesses and to close its case on 25 November 2017. Accordingly, Mr Koko will be testifying in his defense on 30 November 2017 at 09h00,” said Khoza.Eskom interim chairKhoza is currently being questioned for his alleged involvement in a bribe to close the current Eskom Inquiry.Earlier this week, the interim chair refuted claims that suggest he had instructed the then ordinary ANC MP Mr Bongani Bongo to offer parliamentary inquiry evidence leader Advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara a bribe to collapse the investigation into the alleged capture of Eskom. Read more…According to Khoza, Eskom supported the parliamentary inquiry, adding that Eskom had previously written to the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises expressing its willingness to give evidence before the committee once the process got underway. Read more… UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

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Indiana panel backs ban on drivers using handheld phones

first_img A proposal to ban drivers from using handheld cellphones on Indiana roads is advancing in the state Legislature.A state Senate committee voted 8-1 Tuesday to endorse the bill that only permits cellphone use with hands-free or voice-operated technology, except in emergencies.Tina Smith of Indianapolis testified from a wheelchair about how she and her husband had stopped their motorcycle along a road when they were hit by a minivan whose driver was looking at a cellphone. Each lost a leg in the crash.Smith echoed other supporters of a ban who compared it to the impact of speed limits and laws requiring seat belt use on making highways safer. Indiana panel backs ban on drivers using handheld phones Google+ IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Facebook Google+ By Associated Press – February 19, 2020 0 261 WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Twitter Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleAverage rent in Granger is highest in the stateNext articlePotawatomi Zoo looking for volunteers Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications.last_img read more

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Obesity linked to higher prostate cancer mortality

first_imgMen who are overweight or obese when diagnosed with prostate cancer are at greater risk of death after treatment, according to a new study in the Dec. 15 issue of Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The study, by Jason Efstathiou from Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital and colleagues, found that a greater body mass index (BMI) at the time of cancer diagnosis was an independent risk factor for prostate cancer-related death. Overweight and obese men (men with BMI > 25 kg/m2) at the time of diagnosis were nearly twice as likely to die from locally advanced prostate cancer as patients who had a normal BMI at diagnosis.In 2007, more than 218,000 American men are expected to be diagnosed with prostate cancer and over 27,000 will die from the disease. While obesity has been identified as a risk factor for more clinically aggressive prostate cancer, the impact of obesity on survival following treatment is less understood. These treatments may include the complete surgical removal of the prostate, external beam radiation, and hormonal therapy.Efstathiou and co-investigators reported on 788 patients with locally advanced prostate cancer followed for over eight years to examine any independent relationship between BMI and prostate cancer-specific mortality. The study is the first to use data from a large randomized prospective treatment study with long-term follow-up to investigate this relationship.The authors found that being overweight or obese at the time of diagnosis was a unique, independent risk factor for death from prostate cancer. Compared with men having normal BMI (BMI<25), men with BMI between 25 and 30 were more than 1.5 times more likely to die from their cancer. Similarly, men with BMI> 30 were 1.6 times more likely to die from their disease compared with men having normal-range BMI. After five years, the prostate cancer mortality rate for men with a normal BMI was less than 7 percent compared with about 13 percent for men with BMI > 25.Efstathiou and his co-authors conclude that their data support population-based studies that report similar associations between obesity and disease-related mortality. “Further studies are warranted to evaluate the mechanisms for this increased cancer-specific mortality among overweight and obese men and to assess the impact of BMI on survival following other management strategies and in clinically localized disease. Whether weight loss after prostate cancer diagnosis alters disease course remains to be determined,” conclude the authors.last_img read more

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CEO lectures on corporate integrity

first_imgJim Hackett, Chief Executive Officer of Steelcase, Inc., delivered a lecture Monday night about his company’s success as part of the Mendoza College of Business’s 2013 John A. Berges Lecture Series in Business Ethics. Hackett whose global company specializes in furniture and interior architecture, said integrity and career consciousness allowed his company to be successful for over 100 years without a single scandal. He said the 2001 audit failure of the Enron Corporation demonstrates how crucial it is for businesses to ask a fundamental question. “What are the boundaries that you won’t compromise?” he said. “Trust comes with integrity. People won’t work with a business they can’t trust.” Hackett said each employee must evaluate “how [he] sees [himself] in the context of business.” His experience as the leader of Steelcase for 20 years taught him that businesses should follow variable changes which could affect the whole nature and “physics of business,” he said. Hackett also said integrity plays a key part in responding to external changes. “When cheating is easier than playing by the rule, when [they] don’t believe in [themselves], people tend to believe virtues can be given up,” Hackett said. “Do you think everyone in Enron was broke? But, there [was] too much pressure on the goal. “There [was] illiteracy for the rules. And they’ve become a crooked organization. Most people cheat because the idea of not succeeding is too excruciating.” Hackett said unlike Steelcase, Enron did not choose to pursue the ethical way to achieve its goal. He said ethics is the ultimate pillar that keeps businesses going and enables people to trusts the businesses they collaborate with  and corporations can remain ethical onnly when every member keeps his or her integrity.  “If you make a mistake, don’t double down.” Hackett said. “There’s no softer pillar than career conscience.” Contact Jessica Roh at [email protected]last_img read more

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Citizens Financial provides $22.5 million for colleagues and communities

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Citizens Financial Group, Inc (NYSE: CFG) announced a year-end decision to make additional investments in its colleagues and the communities it serves following the new law on federal tax reform.Specifically, the bank plans to:Grant approximately 12,500 colleagues a one-time $1,000 cash bonus, a cost of $12.5 million. This grant will benefit colleagues below a certain compensation threshold, covering over 70% percent of Citizens’ workforce.Contribute $10 million to the Citizens Charitable Foundation to further the impact it makes on its communities, and to benefit its partners. The Foundation focuses on improving financial literacy, helping to provide affordable housing and fight hunger, and supporting economic development across the Citizens footprint.“Corporate tax reform provides us with an opportunity to recognize the role our colleagues have played in delivering better results for customers and shareholders, and to positively impact the communities where we live, work and play,” said Bruce Van Saun, chairman and chief executive officer of Citizens Financial Group.More information on Citizens giving programs can be found here. About Citizens Financial Group, Inc. Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $151.4 billion in assets as of September 30, 2017. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. Citizens helps its customers reach their potential by listening to them and by understanding their needs in order to offer tailored advice, ideas and solutions.In Consumer Banking, Citizens provides an integrated experience that includes mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and the convenience of approximately 3,200 ATMs and approximately 1,200 branches in 11 states in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Consumer Banking products and services include a full range of banking, lending, savings, wealth management and small business offerings. In Commercial Banking, Citizens offers corporate, institutional and not-for-profit clients a full range of wholesale banking products and services, including lending and deposits, capital markets, treasury services, foreign exchange and interest rate products and asset finance.Source: PROVIDENCE, RI — Citizens Financial Group, Inc . More information is available at www.citizensbank.com(link is external) or visit us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.last_img read more

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Weekly unemployment claims keep falling, down to 1,552

first_imgby Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine As Governor Scott continues to open up the economy, the weekly unemployment insurance claims have continued to subside. Initial and ongoing claims have now decreased every week since the peak in early April.The weekly claims report indicates that for the week ending May 23, 2020, the Department processed 1,552 Initial Claims, down 647 from the previous week but 1,122 more than the same time last year. Total new and continuing claims are 51,837, a decrease of 5,465 from the previous week and 48,204 more than the same time last year.Since March 1, over 90,000 claims have been filed. The official Vermont March unemployment rate was only 3.1 percent, but the April rate is 15.6 percent. The US April rate is 14.7 percent. Vermont Labor Commissioner Michael Harrington said he expects the Vermont rate to continue to rise because the unemployment survey was done in the middle of the month. The rate does not include the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance filers.The recently-launched Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) has added to the ranks of those receiving benefits. The PUA serves the self-employed who previously did not qualify to receive UI benefits.State officials said while UI payments might be late, all money owed will be paid eventually back to the actual start date. Harrington said that some PUA recipients were initially overpaid but that all those claims should be rectified by May 23.This surge during the Great Recession for the entire year in 2009 spiked at 38,081 claims.The claims back in 2009 pushed the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund into deficit and required the state to borrow money from the federal government to cover claims.Right now (see data below), Vermont has $423.6 million in its trust fund and spent $15.2 million on claims last week. Payments lag claims typically by a week.Vermont currently has more than double the Trust Fund it did when the economy started to slide in 2007.The UI Trust Fund would not fall into deficit under these trends, but the governor has acknowledged that they simply cannot predict it given how economic conditions could swing if there is a second surge of COVID-19.The US unemployment rate for April jumped to 14.7 percent in April, the highest rate since its was first calculated in 1948 and the highest unofficially since the Great Depression of about 25 percent. The US and Vermont (15.6 percent in April up from 3.1 percent in March) unemployment rates are expected to surge further.But with Governor Scott’s order to at first close all restaurants March 17 and all non-essential workers have been ordered home. He has slowly started to reopen the economy and is expected to add to that list already this week and expects to announce more on Friday. He also extended his Emergency Order to June 15.See the latest business guidance HERE, and Scott’s $400 million economic recovery plan HERE.The impact on jobs from the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Vermont on weekly unemployment claims is expected to be profound and the federal aid package more than doubles current UI payments to Vermonters.The federal government will add $600 a week to the Vermont benefit. That federal benefit is set to expire July 31(link is external).Nationwide, according to the US Labor Department for the week ending May 23, initial claims for state unemployment benefits were 2.1 million. Economists were expecting 2.05 million. Last week they were 2.7 million, before that it was 2.98 million, from 3.18 million the week before, and 3.85 million and 4.4 million the previous weeks. (The weeks previous to that were 5.2 million and 6.6 million. The weeks before that there were 3.3 million and before that 282,000 claims.)About 40.8 million Americans have filed for claims since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak.UI claims by industry last week in Vermont were not calculated.All these numbers of course are expected to take a precipitous turn for the worse over the next few months, especially when the April report is released in May.Stories:Vermont’s unemployment rate increases to 15.6 percent in April General Fund tax revenues fall by more than 50 percentBusinesses to see double-digit rate decrease in workers’ comp insurance in 2020Tax revenues finish year nearly $60 million above targetsUI tax rates for employers fell again on July 1, 2018, as claims continue to be lower than previous projections. Individual employers’ reduced taxable wage rates will vary according to their experience rating; however, the rate reduction will lower the highest UI tax rate from 7.7 percent to 6.5 percent. The lowest UI tax rate will see a reduction from 1.1 percent to 0.8 percent.Also effective July 1, 2018, the maximum weekly unemployment benefit will be indexed upwards to 57% of the average weekly wage. The current maximum weekly benefit amount is $466, which will increase to $498. Both changes are directly tied to the change in the Tax Rate Schedule.Vermont’s minimum wage rose to $10.78 on January 1, 2019.The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)NOTE: Employment (nonfarm payroll) – A count of all persons who worked full- or part-time or received pay from a nonagricultural employer for any part of the pay period which included the 12th of the month. Because this count comes from a survey of employers, persons who work for two different companies would be counted twice. Therefore, nonfarm payroll employment is really a count of the number of jobs, rather than the number of persons employed. Persons may receive pay from a job if they are temporarily absent due to illness, bad weather, vacation, or labor-management dispute. This count is based on where the jobs are located, regardless of where the workers reside, and is therefore sometimes referred to as employment “by place of work.” Nonfarm payroll employment data are collected and compiled based on the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, conducted by the Vermont Department of Labor. This count was formerly referred to as nonagricultural wage and salary employment.last_img read more

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Supreme Court JNC sends the governor four names

first_img Supreme Court JNC sends the governor four names The Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission February 2 forwarded the names four candidates to the governor to fill the vacancy created by Justice Charles Wells’ retirement.Those recommended for the vacancy are:* Daniel Gerber, an attorney from Orlando.* Alan Lawson, a judge on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal from Daytona Beach.* Debra Nelson, an 18th Judicial Circuit judge from Sanford.* James Perry, an 18th Judicial Circuit judge from Longwood. February 2, 2009 Regular News Supreme Court JNC sends the governor four nameslast_img read more

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Johnson honored by event naming

first_imgHe found out about four months ago that he is suffering from terminal lung cancer.“You can never take it, it’s never easy,” Johnson said of the news. “But you have to do what you have to do… you just got to live with it.”Johnson said the athletes help him stay strong and feel young.“He would always ask us how our day was going,” Williams said, “and anything he could do to help us… equipment-wise or about the upcoming race.”Williams said Johnson’s case has helped the team succeed at a higher level.“Our goal and his goal is to see us win a Big Ten championship at some point,” Williams said. “It’s been kind of an inspiration for our team, probably both indoor and outdoor, to get him that Big Ten championship.”Wilson said the team created “JACK” T-shirts to support Johnson, which they will wear for the remainder of the year.Johnson said he appreciates all that Wilson has done for him and calls him a “brother.”“He takes care of me and has been very helpful with me to fight this,” Johnson said. Johnson honored by event namingThis weekend’s track and field event is now named after former manager Jack Johnson. Robert MewsJanuary 18, 2006Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintHe doesn’t hold any records and his name is not in the ranks with other Minnesota track and field legends.But Jack Johnson’s place on the track and field program is as resounding as that of any other person.Having retired last fall after 29 years as the track and field manager, Johnson is now more of a spiritual leader for the team, especially while coming to grips with the news that he has terminal lung cancer.This weekend’s meet at the University Field House has been renamed the Jack Johnson Classic. Johnson also donated $25,000 to the athletics department to start a scholarship fund for student-athletes.“I feel as though he became extra close to the track program,” junior distance runner Lauren Williams said.“I think the least we can do is name a meet after him, just to kind of show him how much he means to the program.”Coach Gary Wilson has worked with and been a friend of Johnson’s for more than 20 years, and said the money and time he spends with the team means a lot to him and the athletes.“He is just such a tremendous leader by example,” Wilson said. “The kids are just drawn to him because they know that he is out there working for them for very little salary, and yet, he does it as though he is making a million dollars.”The tough part is that Johnson does not have too many days with the team before his number is called.last_img read more

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Study offers new psychological explanation for men’s tendency to overestimate women’s romantic interest

first_imgPinterest Share on Twitter LinkedIn Share “This study was motivated by a paper published by Carin Perilloux and Rob Kurzban in Psychological Science in 2012. The conclusion of that paper was that men have evolved the tendency to overestimate women’s sexual interest, and women under-estimate that of men’s,” Lee told PsyPost.“My thought on this was that there are a lot of differences between men and women that could explain this bias without appealing to inherent sex differences. For instance, people (regardless of their sex) who are interest in short-term sexual encounters may be more likely to overestimate sexual interest, it just so happens that men tend to be more interested in these types of relationships.”A speed-dating study was conducted among a sample of 1,226 heterosexual young adults with an average age of 19. Each participant met around three to four members of the opposite sex for a total of 3 minutes each, adding up to 3,850 interactions. After each meeting, subjects rated their sexual interest in their partner and the perceived sexual interest of their partner. Subjects also completed the Sociosexual Orientation Inventory which measured their willingness to partake in uncommitted sex by assessing their past experiences, their attitudes towards casual sex, and their desire for sex. Finally, subjects rated their own attractiveness.Results were consistent with previous studies, showing that men, overall, perceived higher levels of sexual attraction from women than women did from men. Effects were also found for each of the three potential mediators. When it came to sociosexual orientation, those with an inclination towards short-term relationships perceived more sexual interest from their partners. As the authors point out, this could indicate that people who are more open to casual sex overperceive other’s interest in them in order to maximize opportunities for mating.Next, those who rated themselves as higher in attractiveness also perceived greater sexual interest from their partners.“If we assume that individuals have some insight into their own attractiveness (indeed, self-rated attractiveness was positively associated with received sexual interest from partners in our sample), this finding could suggest a learning effect in which individuals who have received interest in the past raise their internal representation of their own attractiveness, which in turn influences their perceptions of sexual interest from potential partners in future interactions,” Lee and associates say.The final and largest effect on perceived interest from a partner was the rater’s own sexual interest. In fact, subjects’ perceptions of a partner’s sexual interest were more strongly associated with their own interest in that partner than the partner’s actual sexual interest. This effect is consistent with the idea that people tend to project their sexual interest onto others, and could “reflect a broader tendency for individuals to assume that others think like themselves” rather than an evolutionary adaptation.Importantly, when researchers took the three mediators into account, the effect for sex disappeared. This suggests that sex differences in perception of sexual interest can be completely explained by the factors of sociosexual orientation, self-ratings of attractiveness, and projected sexual interest. This challenges the idea that sex differences in misperceptions of sexual interest have evolved solely to accommodate the different mating strategies of men and women.“There doesn’t appear to be an inherent difference between men and women regarding perceptions of sexual interest, and any misperceptions in sexual interest appear to be more due to more individual differences, such as that in motivation,” Lee said.“While our particular paper identified some individual differences that helped explain differences in misperceptions in sexual interest, we did not investigate an exhaustive list.”The study, “Sex Differences in Misperceptions of Sexual Interest Can Be Explained by Sociosexual Orientation and Men Projecting Their Own Interest Onto Women”, was authored by Anthony J. Lee, Morgan J. Sidari, Sean C. Murphy, James M. Sherlock, and Brendan P. Zietsch.center_img Email Share on Facebook New research suggests that men’s tendency to overestimate women’s sexual interest is more than just an evolutionary adaptation. The study found that differences in sociosexual orientation and the tendency to project one’s interest onto others completely explained sex differences in the misperception of partner’s interest. The study was published in Psychological Science.Previous research has consistently found that when it comes to gauging a partner’s sexual interest, men and women display different biases. Men tend to overestimate women’s sexual interest, while women underestimate men’s sexual interest. Some researchers have speculated that these differences have evolved to serve the mating strategies of each sex. From an evolutionary perspective, men have more to lose by underestimating a partner’s interest and potentially missing a mating opportunity than women do. Women, on the other hand, have more to lose by overestimating a man’s interest and engaging in sex with an uncommitted man.Study author Anthony J. Lee, a lecturer at The University of Stirling, and his team wanted to explore whether there might be other factors involved that can explain men’s and women’s differences in perceptions of sexual interest.last_img read more

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James McElya of Cooper Standard Elected 2008-2009 MEMA Chairman

first_imgRESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – James McElya, executive chairman of Cooper-Standard Automotive in Novi, Mich., has been elected 2008-2009 chairman of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Board of Directors. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement McElya served chief executive officer of Cooper-Standard Automotive from December 2004 through June 2008. Prior to this, McElya had been a corporate vice president of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., which was the parent company of Cooper-Standard Automotive until 2004. McElya has more than 30 years of automotive experience and was previously president of Siebe Automotive Worldwide, a division of Invensys, PLC. He spent 22 years with Handy & Harman in various executive management positions, including president, Handy & Harman Automotive, and corporate vice president and officer of the parent company. In addition to his involvement with MEMA and the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), McElya has served as a board member of the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) and an advisor to the National Alliance for Accessible Golf (NAAG). Other MEMA board officers include: • Vice chairman – Terry McCormack, CEO, president and director, Affinia Group • Vice chairman – Gordon Ulsh, president, CEO and director of Exide Technologies • Treasurer – Eugene Ezzell, president, Mikronite Automotive Technologies Charles “Charley” Johnson, president, CEO and director of Proliance International Inc., will remain on the board as immediate past chairman. New members of the board are: • John Corey, president and CEO, Stoneridge Inc. • Dennis Michaels, president and CEO, Link Manufacturing Inc. • Peter Morse, president, Morse Automotive Corp. • Tom Ward, president, Snap-on ToolsAdvertisement Directors continuing to serve on the board include: • Robert Devenney, senior vice president, Danaher Corp., Professional Tool Group • Joseph McAleese, president and CEO, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems and HDMA chairman • Robert “Bob” McKenna, president and CEO of MEMA • Alfred “Al” Stecklein, president, Schrader and Plews, Tomkins Plc. • James Orchard, CEO, Dayco Products – Mark IV Auto • Francisco “Frank” Ordonez, president, Delphi Product and Service Solutions and vice president, Delphi Corplast_img read more

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Riding the Mexican wave

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What’s Important

first_imgNational news articles chronicling the recent escape from New York to the Hamptons amid the COVID-19 pandemic have left a wave of emotion in their path. Articles like “Coronavirus Leads To Class Warfare In Hamptons,” “Hamptons Food Stores Ransacked By The Wealthy Amid Coronavirus Pandemic,” and “Wealthy New Yorkers Flee To Hamptons, Hudson Valley To Escape Coronavirus” have been published by the New York Post, Bloomberg, and CNBC. It’s true the East End has seen an influx of residents, with weekenders setting up shop and summer stayers coming back early. And yes, they are buying large quantities of food and other necessities, leaving many locals angry. But to declare class warfare by pitting the rich against the poor — insinuating that every local is poor and all wealthy are greedy — at a time like this is just not helping the situation. As a community, we should be sharing and discussing how our local fishermen are feeding the community rather than falling hook, line, and sinker for the clickbait. The public’s health is what’s important right now. Share a link to a local food pantry. Share a resource for a senior citizen. It’s unrealistic to think that anyone who owns a second home is not going to use it at a time like this. A pandemic could have easily happened in July, and we should be as prepared as possible any time of year. The grocery stores may not have been ready for the inflow of patrons, but none in the country were, and we all can, and will, adapt going forward. If New York City residents want to use their Hamptons home to quarantine, by all means do so, but please also respect the local community. Stay home. Do not congregate in public spaces and do not hoard groceries and supplies. And this should go without saying, but do not, please, under any circumstance hop on public transportation to the East End or anywhere if you’ve been exposed to, or worse, tested positive for COVID-19. A specifically cringe-worthy moment happened when we spotted a sponsored Instagram post from Blade helicopter service Sunday evening advertising “WFH = Work From the Hamptons,” offering a two-night stay at a luxury hotel and a round-trip ride from Manhattan. This is unacceptable. It is a time for everyone to stay home, not head out on vacation. Sharelast_img read more

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Chart, ExxonMobil and Indian Oil collaborate

first_imgVirtual pipelines deliver LNG by road, rail, and waterways not connected by physical pipelines.“We believe this collaboration with ExxonMobil, a major LNG supplier with a local presence in India, coupled with our ongoing work with IOLC will accelerate India’s ability to offer a cleaner energy solution within the growing cities and networks,” said Jill Evanko, Chart’s President and CEO.“We are excited to offer our cryogenic equipment to support what each party in this collaboration believes will accelerate clean energy progress while doing so with localised equipment manufacturing in India. Source: Chart Industries, Inc.In early 2019, Chart signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IOLC to promote the development of the LNG market in India, focusing on modular liquefaction, regasification applications, LNG bunkering, fuelling stations and alternative LNG mobile transportation.The letter of content announced this week expands the reach and potential scale within a significantly growing country that has committed to clean energy options.Read more like this – subscribe todayEnjoyed this story? Subscribe to gasworld today and take advantage of even more great insights and exclusives in industrial gases.Visit www.gasworld.com/subscribe to access all content and choose the right subscription for you.last_img read more