NASA Marks Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary with #EarthDayAtHome

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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community Newscenter_img NASA science and technology is helping us all live more sustainably on our home planet and adapt to natural and human-caused changes. Credits: NASAAs the world observes the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, NASA is highlighting the agency’s many contributions to sustaining and improving our home planet’s environment with a week of online events, stories and resources.NASA’s investment in space – both the unique Earth science we conduct from orbit and the technology we’ve developed by living in space and exploring our solar system and universe – is returning benefits every day to people around the world, particularly those who are working on environmental issues. From documenting Earth’s changing climate to creating green technologies to save energy and natural resources, NASA is helping us all live more sustainably on our home planet and adapt to natural and human-caused changes.Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, no in-person NASA activities are planned for Earth Day. However, NASA is bringing people together virtually for Earth Day with new online content, programming and activities, including an extensive array of at-home projects in the #EarthDayAtHome collection, which debuts Thursday, April 16.NASA’s observation of the Earth Day golden anniversary began on March 3 with a “50-Day Countdown” of daily social media posts highlighting many of the agency’s Earth images and environmental projects. All of these posts are available on a blog updated daily on NASA’s Earth Day website, which also includes a toolkit of activities for students and families. New content will be posted to the site beginning Monday, April 13. The NASA Earth Facebook account and @NASAEarth on Twitter and Instagram also will have special content through Earth Day.Highlights of NASA Earth Day content and activities over the next two weeks:Monday, April 13NASA’s Curious Universe podcast- From the sights and sounds of the Amazon rainforest, where scientists study how this massive ecosystem is changing, to Los Angeles, where Annmarie Eldering – a scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory – found her calling to study air pollution, this episode takes listeners on a tour of the many ways the agency observes and studies our home planet.Wednesday, April 15Make Your Own Satellite View of Earth – Explore 20 years of satellite views of our home planet in NASA’s online data archive and create your own Earth Day snapshot or animated GIF with the NASA Worldview data visualization application. An easy-to-use map interface lets you explore this global archive to see hurricanes forming, wildfires spreading, icebergs drifting and more. A special Earth Day gallery of images will be available on April 15 for inspiration along with a tutorial to help you use Worldview to create your own Earth Day images.Thursday, April 16NASA’s Earth Day at Home – Although people around the world are socially distancing, NASA is creating an opportunity to observe Earth Day virtually with the #EarthDayAtHome collection of new and curated activities and information that debuts on Thursday, April 16 on The collection includes at-home science activities, videos from Earth and space, downloadable posters, social media engagement and more. Many resources will be available in both English and Spanish. Everyone is encouraged to share images of what they did to observe Earth Day using the hashtag #EarthDayAtHome.Lecture: “How NASA Observes Earth from Air and Orbit” – NASA’s JPL will host a livestream of its monthly von Kármán lecture on how NASA monitors global change from space and from closer to the ground, with aircraft, boats and buoys. This webcast will be conducted via video conference, with speakers joining remotely from home. Watch live at 7 p.m. PST (10 p.m. EST) via YouTube and submit your questions via the chat feature.Wednesday, April 22“NASA Science Live” broadcast – The Earth Day episode will feature experts from around the agency talking about how NASA science and technology are used to understand and improve our environment. The half-hour program will explore important discoveries about our home planet, advances in green technology and aircraft, and a new interactive app to let anyone at home help NASA map coral reefs around the world. The program airs at 12 p.m. PST (3 p.m. EST) on NASA TV, YouTube Premiere, Facebook Watch Party, Periscope/Twitter and Ustream.Earth Science Video Talks – NASA Earth science experts have recorded a series of short videos on a wide range of topics, from scientific advances since the first Earth Day to research expeditions in the air and on the ground. The series will be posted in a playlist on NASA’s Science Mission Directorate YouTube channel.Live Q&A with Astronaut Chris Cassidy – NASA’s Chris Cassidy, who just arrived at the International Space Station on April 9, will answer questions submitted by social media users wanting to know more about his spaceflight experience and his views of our home planet from 250 miles above. Viewers can tune in to NASA TV starting at 9:10 a.m. PST (12:10 p.m. EST) to see questions answered live from the orbiting laboratory.Tumblr Answer Time: NASA Earth Science – In collaboration with Tumblr, Sandra Cauffman, acting director of NASA’s Earth Science Division, and Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, will go live on NASA’s blog to answer questions submitted by followers about how the agency uses space to protect and sustain our home planet. Users across Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr will be able to submit questions starting Monday, April 13. The two experts will engage directly with users by recording video answers from their homes for the agency’s first-ever Answer Time hosted by NASA science leadership. Videos will be released from 10-11 a.m. PST (1-2 p.m. EST) on NASA’s Tumblr blog.Instagram Takeover with Astronaut Jessica Meir – In a collaboration with Instagram, NASA’s Jessica Meir created a series of short videos from the International Space Station about the science done on the station and how it relates back to Earth. The videos will be released from Instagram on Earth Day while NASA social media accounts share related content. Instagram will also feature a love letter to Earth from space written by Meir while on board the station.Learn more about NASA’s Earth science programs at Science and Technology NASA Marks Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary with #EarthDayAtHome From podcasts to live Q&A sessions to image galleries, the agency offers an entire world of ways to celebrate and learn more about our home planet. By NASA Published on Friday, April 10, 2020 | 1:19 pm CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Referendums And The Indian Constitution

first_imgColumnsReferendums And The Indian Constitution Swapnil Tripathi20 July 2020 8:45 PMShare This – xEarlier this month, Russia voted on an important referendum that brought significant changes to its Constitution. The Russians decided to grant President Putin the option of leading the country until the year 2036, by limiting a President’s Rule to two six-year terms in total rather than two consecutive terms. They also voted to effectively ban same-sex marriages in the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginEarlier this month, Russia voted on an important referendum that brought significant changes to its Constitution. The Russians decided to grant President Putin the option of leading the country until the year 2036, by limiting a President’s Rule to two six-year terms in total rather than two consecutive terms. They also voted to effectively ban same-sex marriages in the country. Interestingly, some scholars believe that a referendum was not needed to amend the Russian Constitution. However, President Putin went ahead with it to secure legitimacy and more importantly show the nation’s faith in him. Majority of democratic nations across the world, follow the system of an indirect democracy, wherein the citizens elect their representatives, who in turn make laws, determine policies and carry on administrative work. On the other hand, in some countries citizens directly take part in the administration of the country, decide on policy issues and make laws as well. This form is called a direct democracy and a referendum is a facet/means of it. In a referendum, the citizens are called to vote in person (rather than through their elected representatives) on a policy decision to be taken by the government (for instance, United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union) or an amendment to their Constitution. Several nations have incorporated provisions for referendums in their Constitution. Scholars have often debated and discussed the need to have a referendum on key policy issues in India. There were talks of a referendum on issues such as the grant of statehood to Delhi and the bifurcation of undivided Andhra Pradesh, however, they did not materialise. It has long been believed, that conducting a referendum is not possible in India, as the Constitution has no provisions for it. However, there have been few instances wherein a referendum has indeed been carried out in India. In the present post, I shall discuss the position of referendums in India, starting from the discussions in the Constituent Assembly. I shall also discuss instances wherein referendums were carried out and also the attempt to include a provision for referendums in the Constitution. A.Constituent Assembly and Referendums- The Constituent Assembly while debating upon the provisions of the Constitution, witnessed a lengthy discussion on the position of a referendum. It should be noted that the original draft placed before the Assembly, had no such provisions. During the discussions on adopting a National Language in India, a member suggested conducting a referendum. Dr. Rajendra Prasad (President of the Assembly) responded to this demand, by stating that any discussions on a referendum would be futile, since there is no provision for one in the Constitution (14 September 1949). Referendums came up again, during the debate on the provisions for amending the Constitution, wherein Shri Brajeshwar Prasad advocated for referendums and listed out its advantages. He stated that a referendum recognizes the sovereignty of the people and curbs absolutism of parliamentary majority. He remarked, “Sir, I am in favour of a referendum, because referendum has many advantages. Referendum is democratic as it is only an appeal to the people, and no democratic government can have any objection to resorting to referendum in order to resolve a deadlock, when there is a conflict between Parliament and provincial governments. Secondly, I am in favour of referendum because it cures patent defects in party governments. People think that it is too radical a weapon and that a conservative people like ourselves ought not to use it without proper consideration and thought. It is conservative since it ensures the maintenance of any law or institution which the majority. of the electors effectively wish to, preserve. Therefore it cannot be a radical weapon. Thirdly, Sir, referendum is a clear recognition of the sovereignty of the people. Fourthly, it would be a strong weapon for curbing the absolutism of a party possessed of a parliamentary majority.” (17 September 1949) Dr. Ambedkar cited the examples of the Irish Constitution, Swiss Constitution and the Australian Constitution, to argue that a referendum involves an elaborate and difficult procedure and hence, has not been included in our Constitution. The idea of referendum was hence, dropped. The Assembly’s underlying belief was that the elected representatives in the Parliament would be truly reflective of the will of the people, and hence, there was no need for a separate referendum procedure. B.Independent India and Referendums- The Constitution as adopted by the Constituent Assembly, did not have any provisions for a referendum. However, the nation witnessed referendums on five key occasions. First, during the incorporation of Chandernagore within the territory of India. In 1946, Chandernagore (then a French territory) was declared a free city and the French Government decided that it intended to leave the people of French establishments in India, with a right to decide their future fate and status. Therefore, in the year 1949 a referendum was conducted in Chandernagore in 1949 wherein the citizens voted in favour of merging with the territory of India. Subsequently, the administration of Chandernagore was transferred to India (In Re Berubari, AIR 1960 SC 845). Similarly, the second instance was of the princely state of Junagadh, wherein the citizens voted to accede to India rather than Pakistan in the year 1948 [State of Saurashtra v. Memon Haji Ismail, (1960) 1 SCR 537]. The third instance was of Pondicherry (a former French territory) voting to join the Indian Union in the year 1954. The fourth and the most debated referendum concerned the future of the territories of Goa, Daman and Diu, and whether they would continue as a Union Territory or join the state of Maharashtra or Gujarat, respectively. Since the Constitution of India had no provisions for a referendum, the Union government passed the Goa, Daman and Diu (Opinion Poll) Act, 1966, giving the electors the choice to showcase their opinion. Interestingly, the constitutional validity of the Act was unsuccessfully challenged as well (PIO Fernandes v. Union of India, 1967 SCC Online GDD 7). The electors decided in favour of continuing as a Union territory. It should be noted that the government did not call the above exercise a ‘referendum’ but an Opinion Poll. However, in effect it was a referendum. The last referendum happened in the year 1975, wherein the inhabitants of Sikkim decided on their merger with India (Anjan Banerjee v. Union of India, 1993 SCC Online Cal 397). An unsuccessful attempt at a referendum was also made regarding the inclusion of Udham Singh Nagar to Uttaranchal, during the bifurcation of the state of Uttar Pradesh [Pradeep Chaudhary v. UOI, (2009) 12 SCC 248]. It should be noted that while the Constitution does not allow for referendums, the tribal areas in the states of Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram, recognised under the Sixth Schedule have incorporated provisions allowing referendums in election matters [For instance, United Khasi Jaintia Hills Autonomous District (Appointment and Succession of Chief and Headman) Act, 1959]. These areas have been given such autonomy so as to protect their distinct culture. C. Demand for Re-instating Referendums in the Constitution of India- The time of the 1960s and 70s was very significant for constitutional law in India. The Union government at the time tried to usurp complete authority over the Constitution, including its complete overhaul. In the famous case of Kesavananda Bharti v. State of Kerala (1973) 4 SCC 225, the Supreme Court laid down the Basic Structure Doctrine according to which certain basic features of the Constitution could not be taken away by the Parliament, under its amending powers. In this very case, Justice Dwivedi (at par. 1784) had also remarked that in India there can be no law for a referendum, as the exclusive procedure for amending the Constitution is Article 368. Two years later, a State of Emergency was imposed in India during which grave human rights violations were committed by the government and its officials. The Union government passed the infamous 42nd Amendment [Constitution (Forty Second Amendment) Act, 1976 that gave unbridled powers to the Parliament. Therefore, when a new Union government came to power in the year 1977, it tried its best to undo the wrongs of the past. Parts of the 42nd Amendment were repealed through the 44th Amendment [Constitution (Forty Fourth Amendment) Act, 1978]. Interestingly, during the discussions on this amendment, the debate on referendums also resurfaced. Law Minister Shanti Bhushan was keen on granting additional protection to the provisions of fundamental rights and introduced a provision in the 44th Amendment that fundamental rights could be amended only through a referendum. Bhushan was also sceptical about letting the judiciary decide the components of the basic structure. He was of the view, that under the guide of protecting the basic structure, the Supreme Court could prevent a much-needed constitutional amendment. Therefore, he introduced a provision stating that wherever an amendment affected the basic features of the Constitution i.e. secularism, democracy, fundamental rights, free and fair elections, independence of the judiciary etc., the final call on it would be taken through a referendum. These provisions were part of an intense debate in the Parliament. Experts believed that the idea of a referendum was unconstitutional, as the Court in Kesavananda had categorically established that the basic structure could not be amended. Ultimately, the provisions on referendum were defeated in the Rajya Sabha and the 44th Amendment Bill was sent back to the Lok Sabha with changes. Arguably, this became the first instance in India’s parliamentary history, wherein a Constitution Amendment Bill passed by the Lok Sabha was changed and returned by the Rajya Sabha. The issue of incorporating referendums in the Constitution, was put to rest. Concluding Remarks- The Constitution of India is silent on a referendum, therefore theoretically a referendum is neither allowed nor prohibited. In other words, the government can theoretically conduct one so as to ascertain the will of the people towards a policy or a possible amendment. Based on the response, the government can take appropriate decisions, as witnessed in Goa, Daman and Diu. The only caveat with this exercise is that a referendum should not be considered as a formal tool for amending the Constitution, as that would go against the views of the Supreme Court. A country like India does not need a referendum. The periodical elections conducted, act as the referendum where people express their views at large. Constitutional expert Shri Subhash Kashyap has rightly remarked that, every election is a referendum on the basis of agenda, policy, programme and ideologies of the parties concerned. In my opinion, referendum in India shall carry the risk of stifling the voice of minorities. Even the Courts will be hesitant to interfere, knowing that the law in question is backed by the sovereign i.e. the people of India.(The author is a Delhi-based lawyer. The article was first published in his personal blog ‘The Basic Structure’. He may be reached at [email protected])  Next Storylast_img read more

BUSA Blues for Oxford?

first_imgA quick question for you: what links Edinburgh, Nottingham and UWIC? Answer: according to the BUSA league table, they’re all better than Oxford at sport. Of course, Loughborough is in first place on the BUSA table, closely followed by Bath and Birmingham, both universities renowned for sporting success; perhaps it would be unfair to expect Oxford to beat any of these three. But when did Edinburgh and Nottingham become excellent universities for sport? And do you even know what the letters UWIC stand for? (University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, for those of you who, like me, didn’t know). Why is Oxford University worse at sport than six other universities? Should we be happy at being seventh out of 149 – and, what’s more, five places above Cambridge – or should we have a right to expect Oxford to be better?First things first, though: how is the table compiled? Well, the British Universities Sports Association takes all the results from the biggest competitions in BUSA-accredited sports, allots points accordingly and the universities with the most points come top. All fine and dandy, you might think. But, of course, not all sports are included: among the forty-nine sports included are Tenpin Bowling and Ultimate Frisbee, but Dancesport, a sport in which Oxford excels, is not recognized by BUSA. According to Mark Brian, Head of Sports Programmes at BUSA, this isn’t BUSA’s fault: “When new sports want to be considered for accreditation, they have to put forward a paper to us and then there are criteria they have to reach – they will then be considered on a case-by-case basis. A group from Dancesport hasn’t yet come forward.”But then there’s the problem of how the sports are weighted. 66154.5 points are awarded overall, but sports aren’t given an equal allocation of those points: Football is given the most points, with 5886 overall, while the most minor sport, with only 60 points, is considered to be Fives. Out of those 5886 points given for Football, how many do you think Oxford got? I’ll tell you – six, for coming fifth equal in the Men’s Shield competition. In fact, in the 2006-07 season Oxford got far fewer points for Football than it did for Women’s Boxing (twenty out of a possible forty). Rowing, meanwhile, although it is arguably the highest calibre and most important sport in Oxford, ranks quite lowly on the national stage: it is allocated just 1900 points, fewer than fifteen other sports, including Golf (2336 points) and even Table Tennis (2265 points). Mind you, BUSA has given it far more points this year than it had last year, when it had fewer points than Cycling, Sailing, Water Polo, Canoeing and Rugby League, all of which it has now overtaken. Mark Brian told me why BUSA now puts more weight on Rowing: “At the top end of the team programme there’s a very good standard but in the Individuals Competitions, competitors who may be of world status were only getting three points. We’re trying to recognize the standard of individual competitors, and so sports like Rowing have benefited fairly significantly from this year’s restructuring of the league table. The points allocated to the Regatta are now 1090 points, whereas football’s Knockout points are only 925 points [the other points are all won from how well teams do in the leagues].”So, is Oxford happy with its ranking? According to Kate Filochowski, Sports Federation President, the answer is yes: “This was another very, very strong year for us. We came fourth last year, but we always knew we weren’t going to do as well this year after the restructuring [of the way in which sports are allocated points by BUSA]. We always aim to punch above our weight, but it’s not realistic to hope to beat Loughborough, for example, or other sport-specific institutions – they’ve got specific sports departments, sports scholarships and that sort of thing. At Oxford we don’t have sportspeople first and foremost, but scholars and academics, and still we manage to come seventh – it’s pretty awesome, really.”The Sports Federation President is happy with seventh place, then – are Oxford sportspeople happy too? Well, in any case, a lot of them are being acknowledged by BUSA: out of the 49 BUSA-accredited sports, Oxford gained points in 34, including Windsurfing, Pool and Korfball – it certainly seems as if Oxford has breadth and depth. Even so, there were fifteen sports in which Oxford failed to win any points. Mainly this is because more minor sports have fewer points to give away and therefore often only the best four universities get any points, whereas in football more than twenty-four universities can get points for the same competition, never mind the same sport; sometimes, though, this is for more prosaic reasons – as Rob Dixon, Vice-President of the OU Trampolining Club, told me, one member of the Trampolining team made it through to the BUSA National Finals but didn’t go because nobody else from Oxford was going.So, apart from turning up to competitions, is there anything else Oxford can do to improve its student ranking? According to Richard Howell, Sabbatical Officer at Bath University Students’ Sports Federation, not very much: “Well, Bath’s success is very much a long-term thing – it didn’t happen overnight. Bath’s a young university – only forty years old – but it’s always focused on sport as an aim, and the Sports Department and the Federation work together to achieve the best results we can.” But he did have one piece of advice for us: “At Bath we’ve got reresentation in almost every sport, and we encourage participation in diverse sports, even trying to send individual competitors in sports where we haven’t got a university team.” Considering Oxford doesn’t field competitors in all of BUSA’s 49 sports, perhaps this is something we should be looking to: anyone fancy competing in Tenpin Bowling?We shouldn’t place too much importance on the BUSA league table, though – as Kate Filochowski told me, “BUSA isn’t everything for us; other competitions and national leagues are just as important.” Of course, BUSA doesn’t take into account Varsity matches, surely the most prestigious events in the Oxford sporting calendar (after all, to become a Blue you have to have taken part in a Varsity Match); also, it doesn’t recognise Oxford’s achievements in sports which aren’t played on a large scale nationally, such as Aussie Rules Football and Lifesaving. But we shouldn’t disregard the BUSA league table completely – after all, losing out to institutions like UWIC which, even if not well-known, put a lot of resources into sport, is nothing to be ashamed of. And, in any case, there are plenty of Tabs left to beat.last_img read more

Decline in Asian coal prices a big threat for U.S. exporters, analysts say

first_imgDecline in Asian coal prices a big threat for U.S. exporters, analysts say FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The price on thermal coal sold into Pacific markets recently dropped below $75/t, signifying headwinds in a region home to several of the recent top growth markets for U.S. coal producers.While pricing on steam coal sold into Europe declined in the first quarter and has remained low, Asian thermal coal prices have started to drop as well due to high inventories, weaker Chinese demand for coal imports and lower natural gas prices, analysts told S&P Global Market Intelligence. Should Asian steam coal prices remain low, it could affect U.S. miners’ ability to sell into the Pacific market as contracts roll off.Gregory Marmon, a Wood Mackenzie senior research analyst, said the Newcastle prompt month pricing, which tracks the price on thermal coal sold from Australia’s Port of Newcastle, is at its lowest level since June 2017. He projects pricing will remain low for about the next six months, which means U.S. producers will struggle to compete in the Asian markets until winter demand heats up.U.S. coal exports to Europe have been “out of the money for some time,” Marmon said, and low Asian pricing will affect Powder River Basin shipments out of the West Coast and any Gulf Coast exports that move through the Panama Canal. Lower-cost miners in Indonesia, Colombia and South Africa, though still affected by the drop in pricing, will out-compete the U.S.“So, this is going to further limit U.S. exports,” he said.Domestic miners’ contracts in the region will be rolling off this month and next, resulting in “significant drops in exports,” Marmon said. Wood Mackenzie expects U.S. coal exporters to average about 1.2 million tonnes less per month in the second half of the year from the first six months.More ($): Pacific thermal coal prices drop to 2-year low, limiting export options to Asialast_img read more

Making room for the new generations

first_imgMillennials are now pretty firmly entrenched in the workforce and Gen Z is hot on their trail. These new generations of workers have brought new outlooks, perspectives, ideals and enhanced tech skills to the credit union industry.Millennials and Gen Z’s have grown up fully immersed in a technologically driven and connected world. They are used to instant communication and information at their rapidly-moving fingertips via texting, Instagram, SnapChat, and Skype. They are confident, fast paced and often feel entitled to quite a lot from their employers. When deciding on career opportunities, they value a sense of purpose, making an important contribution and work/life balance.Millennials and Gen Z’s seek flexible work schedules, benefits that enhance their quality of life, and frequent promotions. They do not buy into a “paying your dues” mentality for getting ahead. Given the rapid social and economic changes today, younger generations are not inclined to wait patiently for anything, including employer opportunities. Overall, this has reduced employer loyalty and long-term employee retention. And this is a problem for companies looking to find and keep top talent.So how do credit unions attract and retain this new workforce without compromising their values and established best practices?To start with, keep an open mind regarding your policies, procedures and benefit packages. Don’t get stuck in an old fashioned way of thinking that could keep you from retaining good people. Adapting to the current job market should have a positive impact not only on your new hires, but also your current staff and your bottom line.During the selection process, adopt a direct approach in interviews and use an employee behavioral assessment, like The Omnia Profile, to discover if the candidate is a good fit with your company culture. Discuss your credit union’s work culture and expectations. Review work hours, especially if there is limited flexibility. Ask questions that screen for work ethic as well as the values that align with your credit union’s mission.For example:What do you expect to get out of this job?After you’re hired, how do you plan to advance from this position to the next? What qualities and actions do you believe are necessary to continue moving up in this organization?Where do you see yourself in two/five/ten years? Explain how you’ll get there.How would you describe your ideal job? How do you define success? What qualifications do you have that will make you successful?What motivates you to go the extra mile on a project or job? Ask questions regarding preferred communication methods, work style, feedback and reward structure, and problem solving style to gauge how this fits within your organization. These generations are used to both giving and receiving constant feedback; think online reviews of purchases, books, movies and articles, as well as blogs and texting. Constant interaction is their way of life, and really it has become so for many of us as well. As a result, more people expect it from their work too.How do you primarily communicate with friends? How often?When you have a dilemma to solve, how do you approach it?How do you spend your free time? (Do you prefer doing things alone, with friends, or in bigger groups?)When you do an exceptional job, how do you want to be rewarded?Describe your ideal feedback scenario (i.e., format, frequency, who delivers it?)Describe the ideal work/life balance.Is the concept of “paying your dues” outdated? Why?If you are recruiting directly out of college, here are some questions that draw on the candidate’s experience as a student to help you determine future work habits.Why did you choose the courses you took? What 5 adjectives would your favorite professor use to describe you? Your least favorite professor? What was your most memorable classroom experience? How has your college experience prepared you for your career? What are two or three accomplishments that have given you the most satisfaction — and why? What was your favorite class — and why? What was your least favorite class — and why? What changes would you make in your college? What skills have you acquired from your internships and part-time jobs? Describe your favorite professor or favorite supervisor. Do you think your grades are a good indication of the type of employee you’ll make? Why?Look at these generations for new ideas and fresh perspectives that make sense for your organization. Think outside the box and adapt where feasible to stay competitive, current and to keep your employees engaged. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Carolyn Eagen Carolyn Eagen is an Account Executive with Sogeti USA, a Capgemini Group Company. Carolyn and Sogeti help clients identify a best practice approach to complex business challenges through advanced technology … Web: Detailslast_img read more

5 savings tips from a leprechaun

first_imgAutomate your savingsYour ability to make savings automatic is enough to make any leprechaun jealous. Piggybacking on the last point, when you put money into a saving account with the mindset of goals you are less likely to spend it. Now with the ability to automatically transfer a percentage of deposits into most accounts and you are on your way to never reaching into your savings pot o’ gold.I am not qualified to speak on the existence of Leprechauns, though many believe that they do. But while their presence is only questioned around this time of year, the financial lessons taken from them are applicable year-round. Remember saving effectively is all about having the right mindset, not chasing rainbows. Be safe this St. Patty’s Day! There are many things people think when Saint Patty’s day comes to mind; wearing green, kissing an Irishman, four leaf clovers, etc. But before you spend a ton of money this St. Patrick’s Day on green beverages or an impulse purchase of a kilt, perhaps take a page from the leprechaun’s book on spending with these simple finance tips. Make a date with your moneyThe humble leprechaun spends his free time counting the pot of gold he is protecting, and you should do the same. Well, maybe not to that extent, but setting up a specified time of the week to update budgets, review accounts and track your savings progress is crucial to achieving your financial goals. Like any relationship, you have to spend time with your money, but perhaps a little less than a leprechaun might. Stay isolated from fadsEvery once and a while there is a new spending trend. Something people don’t need, but buy due to the influence of their peer group. An example of this trend would be the most recent hoverboard craze. While rolling around on the ground on a two wheeled potentially explosive device may not be your cup of tea, it perfectly sums of the subconscious ‘I need that too’ mentality that the media can create within us all. The social temptation to spend doesn’t affect all of us, but can be easily avoided by simply avoiding the trend that is driving the spending. This doesn’t mean you have to hide from everyone like the leprechaun, but just identify a threat to your savings and distance yourself. Work moreBy staying busy you have less time to even think about spending. This doesn’t necessarily mean getting a second job, which absolutely can help with financial goals, but can simply mean just staying active. Did you know that leprechauns cobble shoes when not guarding gold? He simply doesn’t have the time to spend even a single coin from that pot, and you can do the same. Goal orientated savingSaving becomes a lot easier when you don’t think of is as storing money away. Whether your goal is a down payment on a house or a trip to the Caribbean, the way you view your savings can change the rate in which you save drastically. When you see your pot o’ savings growing and growing it can be easy to dip into it for other expenses. Try not seeing it as money, view it as progress bar toward your goal. Not as dollars and cents but as a growing percentage toward that house or trip. 403SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tyler Atwell Web: Detailslast_img read more

Rescued dogs on the road to recovery and adoption

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — After being rescued from terrible living conditions, 20 dogs were taken to the Delaware Valley Humane Society for treatment. “They get a routine course of flea treatment, de-wormers, and we just kind of get them stabilized. Then, beyond that, we monitor them for any other health conditions and we get them scheduled for their spays and neuters. Basically, if they’re deemed healthy by the veterinarian, then we put them up for adoption,” Matson told 12 News. “They’re a very small shelter, they don’t have a ton of space,” explains Broome County Humane Society Executive Director Karen Matson. The Broome County Humane Society traveled to the Delaware Valley Humane Society to accept the dogs. Seven of the dogs came to Binghamton, in varying conditions. “When they go into homes, many adopters come back and say this is the best animal I’ve ever adopted. So that’s the rewarding piece for us, that we know these animals, they know, they have an intuition that this is going to be better,” says Matson. “So far they’re good, they’re a little shy, you know, in a little bit of shell shock,” says Matson. However, the facility they were taken to could not accept all the dogs. So, the Broome County Humane Society stepped in to help.center_img “They got here, a lot of them are underweight. Some of them have some visible wounds, some health conditions,” Matson says. “What we all do best is network with one another, and they basically said ‘hey do you have space’? ‘So we said absolutely,” she says. With all that energy and cuteness, these furry friends will go from rescues to new homes in no time. Humane Society workers have started medical treatments on the pups to put them on the road toward adoption. Once medically cleared, putting each dog in a much better situation is the reward for all the work.last_img read more

Getting the REIT advice

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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Manchester City v Arsenal and Leicester City v Manchester United

first_imgJames Ward-Prowse scored against Crystal Palace during the week (Getty Images)Two of the most improved sides in the division go head-to-head at Turf Moor although the Clarets will be disappointed to have dropped points from a 2-0 lead at Old Trafford for the second successive season.Only United (7) are on a longer unbeaten run in the Premier League than Burnley (5) but the Saints came from a goal down to pick up a point at home to Crystal Palace midweek and I feel this is a game that has draw written all over it.Michael’s prediction: Burnley 1-1 Southampton – odds at 11/2.Chelsea vs Huddersfield Town Troy Deeney will be looking to fire Watford past Brighton (Getty Images)Brighton must still be wondering how they let a two-goal lead slip at Fulham midweek while Watford were a goal up with ten minutes to go at Wembley and lost. I feel it will be the Hornets who bounce back and pick up all three points in what promises to be an entertaining game.A quick word on the evergreen Seagulls’ striker Glenn Murray whose brace at Craven Cottage ended a barren eight-game drought.He has scored with ten of the 17 shots he has had on target this season – that is some record.Michael’s prediction: Brighton 1-2 WatfordBurnley vs Southampton Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Manchester City v Arsenal and Leicester City v Manchester United Denis Suarez is in line to make his debut for Arsenal (Getty Images)Strange as it seems, I wonder if City scored too early against Newcastle midweek?Whatever the reason for their lethargic almost complacent performance they never brought their ‘A’ game to St James’ Park although that shouldn’t take anything away from a terrific win for the Magpies.City have now lost three league games having taken the lead and, when the dust has settled on the 2018/19 Premier League season, that might just be the difference as to whether they retain their title or not.Arsenal were no match for City on the opening day of the season and I can’t see them stopping a City side who will have been wounded by their north-east reverse.Michael’s prediction: Man City 4-1 ArsenalWest Ham vs Liverpool Comment Michael OwenFriday 1 Feb 2019 9:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link58Shares Gonzalo Higuain is still looking for his first Chelsea goal (Getty Images)You must go back to 1996 for the last time Chelsea lost a Premier League game by a four-goal margin, but I expect the Blues to bounce back from their mauling at Bournemouth midweek against bottom of the table Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge.The Terriers have failed to score in their last five Premier League games and could not break down 10-man Everton at the John Smith’s Stadium earlier in the week. Things look bleak for new Town manager Jan Siewert although they certainly played with plenty of passion against Marco Silva’s side.Chelsea’ superior class to prevail.Michael’s prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Huddersfield TownAdvertisementAdvertisementCrystal Palace vs Fulham Heung-Min Son is Spurs’ talisman while Harry Kane is sidelined (Getty Images)Two late goals gave Spurs a welcome three points against Watford midweek and they have picked up four more points at this point of the season (24 games) than they have ever had at the corresponding stage of the Premier League – and they are still seven points behind leaders Liverpool.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Magpies gained a famous win at home to Manchester City on Tuesday when they played with great discipline and organisation and took their opportunities when they arose roared on by the Toon Army.United left nothing out on the St James’ Park pitch midweek, however, have lost their last seven games at Wembley and I think the hosts will keep the points in the capital.Michael’s prediction: Tottenham 2-0 Newcastle UnitedBrighton vs Watfordcenter_img Arsenal face Manchester City in the weekend’s big match (Getty / Metro)A number of surprise midweek results in the Premier League, but Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the table to five points after their draw with Leicester following Manchester City’s surprise defeat to Newcastle United on Tuesday evening.Once again Brand Ambassador Michael Owen shared his thoughts on all the weekend action exclusively with BetVictor.Tottenham vs Newcastle United Anthony Martial signed a new deal with Manchester United this week (Getty Images)Both sides came from behind to pick up a point midweek and Leicester impressed me enormously at Anfield where I felt they were good value for the draw.That said they have lost their last couple of home league games and I enjoy watching this new Manchester United side – something I couldn’t and wouldn’t have said earlier in the season.United have won their last five away games in all competitions and are clinical on the break.I feel the Red Devils will edge what promises to be a hugely entertaining game.Michael’s prediction: Leicester City 1-2 Manchester UnitedManchester City vs Arsenal Michy Batshuayi could make his debut for Palace (AMA/Getty Images)Palace must do without their talisman Wilfried Zaha who was sent off late in the game at St Mary’s earlier in the week, but I think they can show they are no one-man band and keep the points.Fulham came from two-down at halftime to beat Brighton midweek, but they continue to leak goals although they are likely to play their part in a cracking London derby.Michael’s prediction: Crystal Palace 2-1 FulhamEverton vs WolvesBoth sides gained valuable wins midweek with Everton grinding out a much-needed win at the John Smith’s Stadium.Wolves were more fluent in their 3-0 home win over West Ham and I feel they will get a result at what is sure to be a tense Goodison Park.The sides played out a thrilling 2-2 draw on the opening weekend of the season and I feel the points will again be shared on Saturday.Michael’s prediction: Everton 1-1 WolvesCardiff City vs BournemouthIt is sure to be an emotional Cardiff City Stadium. Neil Warnock said it had been the most difficult week of his managerial career prior to the Bluebirds trip to Arsenal midweek and it will be the first home game for the club since the plane flown by David Ibbotson and carrying striker Emiliano Sala went missing over the English Channel ten days ago.The Cherries stuck four past Chelsea midweek, but I don’t see a repeat in the Welsh capital where one goal might be enough.AdvertisementMichael’s prediction: Cardiff City 0-0 BournemouthLeicester City vs Manchester United Mohamed Salah has been in fine form for Liverpool (Getty Images)West Ham have lost their last four league games against Liverpool and conceded four goals in each of those losses, but they have won their last couple at the London Stadium and will be going all-out to put behind their recent away defeats at AFC Wimbledon and Wolves where they didn’t manage to muster a single shot on target.AdvertisementThe Reds will have been disappointed not to have taken full advantage of Manchester City’s slip-up at Newcastle against Leicester, but they are five points clear with fourteen games to go and the title is in their hands.I expect to see Jurgen Klopp’s side return to winning ways on Monday evening.Michael’s prediction: West Ham 1-3 LiverpoolMichael’s weekend wager: Man City, Chelsea and Spurs at 6/4Michael Owen is a BetVictor Brand Ambassador. For more tips read his column here.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Pixar animator discusses his work on upcoming film

first_imgJurassic film · Matt Nolte, character art director for The Good Dinosaur, speaks at the School of Cinematic Arts Thursday evening. – Dina Colunga | Daily TrojanAn animation team from Disney Pixar was on campus Thursday night to show an exclusive behind-the-scenes screening of their upcoming adventure animation film The Good Dinosaur. To promote the film’s upcoming release, Pixar invited the USC community to the screening to learn about the character animations in the film.Character Art Director Matt Nolte presented the film and several of his animations at the event and answered questions from the audience after the screening.Several students and School of Cinematic Arts staff and faculty attended the event held in the SCI building. The attendees were treated to short clips, sequences and concept art created by Nolte and his animation team.The protagonist of the film is a young dinosaur, Arlo, who is accidentally separated from his family and home. Journeying to find his way back home, Arlo befriends a human cave-boy that he names Spot.Nolte said that a lot of the great ideas for the drawing and animation of his characters came from Peter Sohn, the director of the film.Jurassic film · Matt Nolte, character art director for The Good Dinosaur, speaks at the School of Cinematic Arts Thursday evening. – Dina Colunga | Daily Trojan“He is an amazing craftsman and writer. He allows us to help him and I think that is pretty cool,” Nolte said.Nolte pointed out the primary drawings and sketches that were used in developing the characters. He also mentioned the difficulties in the process of making the characters come to life.Nolte debated with his animation team over how to design the jaw structure of the dinosaurs in the film. He had to deviate from scientific accuracy in order to create a suitable character for the film.“We had fun working [to] create these dinosaurs. I grew up a dinosaur fan … I was a T-Rex fan, so I was very stoked to work with these characters,” Nolte said about his enthusiasm for creating the characters of Arlo and his dinosaur family members.Jurassic film · Matt Nolte, character art director for The Good Dinosaur, speaks at the School of Cinematic Arts Thursday evening. – Dina Colunga | Daily TrojanWhen showing clips from the film, Nolte highlighted scenes of nature depicted in the movie. Nolte said that he is satisfied with the movie’s depictions of the environment as the director wanted to make the world in the film feel natural and real, a world before human civilization.“A lot of Pixar films talk a lot. I think it is really cool that this one doesn’t during the first few moments” Nolte said.Nolte explained that this would allow the audience to appreciate the vivid and realistic depiction of natural scenery in the movie.This screening at USC is part of a promotional tour for the film that Walt Disney Studios and Pixar is sponsoring at several college campuses.Nolte told the USC audience that he enjoyed being on tour showing his animations to different audiences.“It’s been really fun to see the responses … it’s fun for me to see,” he said.The Good Dinosaur is scheduled for release on Nov. 25.Jurassic film · Matt Nolte, character art director for The Good Dinosaur, speaks at the School of Cinematic Arts Thursday evening. – Dina Colunga | Daily Trojanlast_img read more