For love of the creepy, crawly

first_imgMore than 200 biologists who study the creepy, crawly world of insects, clams, snails, and other invertebrates are at Harvard this week, exchanging ideas and getting to know each other in the 2nd International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology.The biologists, who hail from about 20 countries, are participating in a four-day event ending Thursday (June 23) that is packed with technical presentations and discussions on invertebrate form, function, and development.Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Gonzalo Giribet, the incoming president of the International Society of Invertebrate Morphology, organized the event, which is hosted by Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ), the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and the Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH).Attendees will hear discussions of neurophylogeny, or the study of the nervous system and its use to determine how creatures are related to each other, developmental biology, the morphological evolution of arthropods, and invertebrates as parasites, among other topics.Giribet said attendees not only will share new findings and discuss scientific trends, but will also be able to examine special collections at the MCZ and at its Ernst Mayr Library. They’ll also examine the glass sea creatures, a lesser-known collection created in the 1800s by the artists who created the HMNH’s famed glass flowers, the Blaschkas.last_img read more

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WNY News Now Moving To Remote Production Following Positive COVID Test

first_imgWNY News Now’s Justin Gould anchoring our daily ‘News Now @Noon’ broadcast. File photo.App users, tap here to watch the video interview.JAMESTOWN – WNY News Now News Director Justin Gould says that he found out Thursday morning that he’s tested positive for COVID-19, less than 24 hours after being tested at Jones Memorial Hospital. The announcement came after his girlfriend, McKenzie, received a positive test Wednesday evening. Gould says he wanted to share his status with the community in an effort to provide transparency throughout the process, including the precautions that the he and the WNY News Now staff have taken to minimize the spread of the virus.Gould explains that his girlfriend started exhibiting symptoms of the virus over the weekend, which resulted in her getting tested. Gould, himself, started to experience symptoms earlier this week, which ranged from a “tickle” in the throat, to a temporary loss of taste as well as cold symptoms. “Both of us are doing well, minus general cold symptoms,” Gould told me Thursday. “A lot of people say what separates COVID from a cold can be loss of taste, without a stuffy nose. This morning I have a stuffy nose. Last night I didn’t have a stuffy nose, and it was within an hours time, my taste faded. I was busy working on my computer here, and then I went to eat dinner and I couldn’t taste anything, and at that point, I had a pretty good suspicion I was going to test positive.”Gould is the first person to be exclusively interviewed by WNY News Now after receiving a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. I asked him to guide us through the emotions that he and his girlfriend were experiencing after receiving the diagnosis.“It is upsetting. Very upsetting,” Gould said. “Last night, when my girlfriend learned she tested positive, we were both pretty upset, mainly because with PPE and precautions that we’ve taken, we like many other people, are out in the community. And we’re very concerned for the loved ones that we’re in contact with. It’s not so much we are concerned for us because we are young and healthy and, thank God, right now our symptoms are mild, but our concerns were for other people.”The News Director says that he began the transition of working from home Tuesday afternoon in preparation of a positive test for himself, as well as his girlfriend. Gould additionally details how he worked remotely from home that evening as WNY News Now provided live coverage of the 2020 Chautauqua County election night.Gould explains that his contagious period is considered to have begun on Monday, according to information that he’s received from contract tracers.At the start of the pandemic, WNY News Now implemented sanitation, social distancing and other CDC guidelines for the staff when working for the company, whether it’d be in or out of the newsroom.Gould did wear extra PPE Monday and Tuesday as he transitioned to working from home.“As essential workers, we still go into work, but I’m still very much afraid for you guys, (others who work in the newsroom) all of you, because I don’t want us to have bad side effects of it,” Gould said. “And it’s not even so much I think about us, but I think about the people that we’ve come into contact with. That’s what was going through my mind.”A journalist who is writing a story very rarely uses the words “I” or “Me” in their articles, simply because the story is not about the writer. In this case, the story really isn’t about Gould or myself.I am making an exception in this case, though. I want to inform those who’ve watched the interview and who’ve read the article that I am also quarantining myself effective last night, other than working in any essential capacity, pending a negative test. I will be tested through my other place of employment Thursday afternoon, with the results expected by Friday evening.As of publish time, I am awaiting an expected call from a contact tracer. The rest of our staff will also be working from home for the time being as a precaution.The video above contains the full 22-minute Zoom interview with myself and Gould. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Lara Denning & More Will Join West End’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

first_img Additionally, current cast members Ross Dawes and Derek Hagen will take over in the roles of Mr. Salt and Mr. Bucket, respectively. Also joining the cast on May 4 is Mark Oxtoby as Jerry. View Comments Some new faces are about to visit Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. On May 4, the West End production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will welcome Lara Denning as Mrs. Buckett and Kraig Thornber as Grandpa George. They take over for Kirsty Malpass and Billy Boyle, respectively, and join the previously announced Jonathan Slinger, who will assume the role of the whimsical candyman. The musical features a book by David Greig and music and lyrics by March Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Based on Roald Dahl’s 1964 children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory follows the adventures of young Charlie Bucket as he and four other children win golden tickets to visit the strange and eccentric world of Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory. The West End production officially opened on July 25, 2013, starring Tony and Olivier Award winner Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka. Denning previously appeared on the West End stage in Matilda. Thornber’s London credits include Return to the Forbidden Planet, Guys and Dolls and Oh! What a Lovely War.last_img read more

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The Photo – November 2013

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It’s all about the “fit” – get the absolute best out of employees!

first_imgIf you’re a sports fan like me, it’s interesting to see how players can struggle with one team, get traded to another, and all of a sudden blossom into a superstar. That process is especially maddening if a player started with your team and blossoms while playing for your rival! Often, the explanation for this occurrence is that he/she was a better “fit” with the new team.When thinking about it further, that player could’ve been a better fit with the new team’s coaching, system/style of play, or structure and discipline – in other words, they fit better with the culture. Additionally, the reference to fit could also apply to his/her new teammates or maybe a slight change in positioning – in other words, they fit better into a new role.Both of these issues – culture and role – are vital to your credit union’s ability to attract and retain the best talent … to produce your version of “superstars”!Before any long-term success can be attained, you need to do two things:Clearly define your desired culture. And be specific about the qualities you will demand in future employees who will perform within your culture.Identify the desired competencies for each role. Again, specificity is important but so is prioritization. Don’t create a list of 20 competencies; create a list of the most critical one or two.Consider the following retail examples and how they may apply to your organization:For their retail stores, Nike hires people who are passionate about sports. They may not be great athletes themselves, but they love sports, both as a player and fan. Are your employees passionate about working at the credit union and serving your members?Apple knows that most customers come into their stores with a tech problem – either their current tech isn’t working and/or they need new, better tech. As a result, the number one quality they look for in a retail associate is empathy. Your employees are tasked with solving member’s financial problems, too … is empathy the number one quality possessed by each employee?Regardless of the position, Disney says their candidates must immediately demonstrate friendliness in the interview process. If a candidate doesn’t freely and obviously smile, make eye contact, be genuinely warm, etc. they will not advance to a second interview (regardless of how much experience they have). Do your employees immediately and obviously demonstrate friendliness?Unlike other restaurants, Chick-fil-a does not look for previous experience in their recruiting process. In fact, they would prefer to hire someone who has never worked in fast-food before. They don’t want to break old habits; they want to shape new ones. How important is previous credit union or banking experience in your selection process?As each of these companies has done, your credit union should identify what’s most important to you and your culture. Then, once you’ve identified it, don’t waver from it – don’t give in to the temptation to hire someone who looks/sounds good but isn’t passionate or empathetic or obviously friendly. As an old boss used to tell me, “Your biggest fear will be an empty chair. But don’t make hiring decisions out of fear.” You only get one chance to fill that empty chair; make sure you do it right the first time by sticking to what you said is most important to your culture and organization.The retail examples above focus on the need for a strong culture fit; now let’s talk about the equally important need for position or role fit. In the sports analogy mentioned in the first paragraph, the new team wants to acquire a player who possesses the talents, skills, and competencies that are appropriate for the game plan they want to deploy – not what the other team(s) deploy. What game plan is your credit union looking to deploy?During a recent culture assessment with a client, we received the three following responses to survey questions:I enjoy the sales aspect of my job – 74% of member facing staff and 75% of branch managers could not agree with thisI enjoy the service aspect of my job – 89% of frontline staff agreed with thisI’m motivated by offering the right products and services to members – only 43% agreed with thisThink about the impact of this dynamic and how it would impact your credit union’s ability to execute your game plan. Largely, they have employees who do not like offering or selling products to members. Well, if their “game plan” is to become the PFI for their members, they have people who don’t fit. Conversely, if their game plan is be all about service, they may have the right people fit. At best, the wrong people-fit will restrict your ability to succeed; at worst, it will sabotage all other efforts to become top-of-wallet with your membership.There are various ways to address this issue of “fit” and there are multiple layers to it but here are four quick recommendations as you think about the culture you need to create for optimal success in 2021:Defining your culture fit and role fit is not something defined and executed by the HR exec only. This must be a collaborative process that is strategic in nature (especially the culture piece of it) and needs to be decided and supported by the entire executive/leadership team.When determining the role fit, be sure to recognize the various sales and service roles within your credit union and accept the fact that the primary talents, skills, and competencies are likely distinctly different for each role. (The top quality for a Call Center Rep is different than a Universal Banker, for instance.)Make the future process of recruiting and selection of talent a highly collaborative one. Yes, it is ultimately HR’s responsibility but everyone needs to play a role in making sure you get the right people for your culture and they get into the most appropriate roles.Referring back to the empty-chair metaphor above, be patient in your recruiting and selection process but also be proactive – seek out talent even when you don’t have an immediate need and when you do find the right fit, act swiftly to hire that person.It can be very challenging for most organizations to work through this process of defining your culture and role fits. Politics often get in the way; loud voices influence the final decision; execs can get distracted by chasing purple squirrels. If you need an outside, unbiased facilitator to keep you focused and lead you to a successful completion of this critical process, we can help. Please reach out to www.fi-strategies.com/contact-us. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Paul Robert Paul Robert has been helping financial institutions drive their retail growth strategies for over 20 years. Paul is the Chief Executive Officer for FI Strategies, LLC, a private consulting company … Web: fi-strategies.com Detailslast_img read more

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The car rental industry is looking for urgent measures to save jobs

first_imgPhoto: Pexels.com By the way, it is good to know that Rent-a-car annually orders about 15-18 thousand new vehicles, with a total purchase value of approximately 250,000.000 euros, which includes large amounts of paid VAT and PPMV, as well as vehicle registration. Rent-a-car activity is one of the most important business segments for leasing companies and insurers, and in the last ten years the rent-a-car industry is responsible for 30-45% of all newly registered vehicles in Croatia, which is again very important for the functioning importers, distribution, transport, service and repairs. The following 4 emergency measures are needed to preserve the car rental industry: Rent-a-car The HUP Coordination therefore proposes the adoption of urgent additional assistance measures for the sector, in order to ensure the retention of employees and the preservation of rent-a-car companies until the normalization of operations. Also, Petreski emphasizes that due to the suspension of tourist arrivals, they demand that the collection of rent for counters and parking spaces at airports be suspended. In the financial aid package, it is extremely important to present to the Government of the Republic of Croatia the real illiquidity of tourism in the first part of the year and the positive cash flow where possible surplus (profit) is realized only at the end of summer. waiting until September 2021 because other options are not realistic, he points out Mladen Petreski, President of Rent-a-car Coordination of HUP He adds: The car rental industry in Croatia generates as much as 90 percent of its rental income, and due to the crisis, the entire sector is completely blocked. Rent-a-car annually orders about 15-18 thousand new vehicles “The consequences of this crisis will be much deeper and more far-reaching than anyone could have expected. It is difficult to predict the beginning of the normalization of business in tourism, so it is necessary to plan a new set of measures as soon as possible so that the tourism-dependent sector can preserve jobs and welcome 2021.”Concludes Petreski. “We welcome the April package of Government measures that have brought major shifts and help for the economy. We expect that significant relief in the area of ​​parafiscal levies will be brought soon. As vehicles are our main means of work, it is important for our industry to relieve all vehicle-related benefits. Therefore, we hope to soon consider the proposal to postpone the obligation to register new vehicles and extend the validity of registrations during the time when the vehicles were out of order. Although Leasing is also included in the Government’s measures of moratorium and reprogramming, leasing obligations of leasing companies for now approve a delay of 3 months, which is not enough for our companies. It is necessary to ensure a moratorium of at least 18 months for the period of suspended revenues and low liquidity. ” The annual income of rent-a-car activities in Croatia is estimated at approx. 150,000.000 euros including VAT – most of the foreign currency collected directly from tourists and agents from abroad. Leasing moratorium should be agreed for a realistically feasible period of 18 months through changes in moratorium measures and loan repayment rescheduling of all those affected by the crisis Suspend the collection of rents at airports during the suspension of commercial flights and the percentage reduction after the start of passenger traffic (2019/20)Extension of the duration of vehicle registration for a period of 1 to 3 months as long as the vehicles are out of order and extension of the deadline within which a new vehicle must be registeredSuspension of payment of the RTV feelast_img read more

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Paternoster Square redevelopment under way

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Premier League may see reduced crowds into next year: Govt adviser

first_imgCalder added that experiments were being conducted to determine whether chanting and singing at stadiums might lead to a greater risk of virus transmission.”Now if there is no massive droplet spread we can keep within the social distancing that we’ve put down for … the Crucible and The Oval,” he said.”But if it is a problem, then we need to rethink the social distancing within the stadia, and that becomes very difficult.” Sporting venues in England are unlikely to get the green light to fill to capacity this year and the entire 2020-21 Premier League season could be played in front of reduced crowds, a senior government adviser has said.The British government announced plans this month to allow spectators at selected trial events to ‘stress test’ new guidelines.Cricket was the first sport to bring back spectators, with 1,000 fans watching a friendly between Surrey and Middlesex at The Oval on Sunday. The World Snooker Championship at the Crucible and the Goodwood horse racing festival are also pilot events. “I would be very surprised if we could get full stadia back this year,” James Calder, who was part of the cross-sport working group with government and health officials that laid down protocols on the return of sports, told the BBC.”Realistically I think it probably will need a vaccine and also a high take-up rate of that vaccine before we can really see full capacity stadia.”Calder said it was possible the new soccer season might be played in front of reduced capacities.”I think realistically we will be under scrutiny for the next year … and probably for the rest of the season,” he added.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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LIAT resumes normal flights

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, June 11, CMC — A huge fire swept through a hangar of regional carrier LIAT which is based at Antigua’s international airport, late on Sunday night and into early Monday, destroying one of the airline’s planes and briefly suspending flights at Coolidge, just east of here. But the airline said it expected all flights to operate normally on Monday from the VC Bird International Airport, which is also the main hub of its 21-destination network.It said the hangar was unoccupied at the time and no one was hurt in the explosion.“It is expected at this time that all flights will operate normally today (Monday),” LIAT spokesman Desmond Brown said in an update issued at 2.15 am. “A further update will be given at 10 am.”Residents in the area told the Caribbean Media Corporation they heard several explosions shortly before 10.30 pm (0230 GMT Monday) and saw smoke billowing from the facility, located at the airport’s eastern edge.It took more than three hours for firefighters and tenders from the airport and from stations around the island to contain the dangerous fire, as explosions continued to ring through the gutted hangar.Observer Radio, which is located at Coolidge Industrial Park just north of the airport, reported firefighters had been hampered by strong winds as they fought the blaze.Brown said the fire broke out in Hangar Number One, which sits adjacent to the runway, destroying the facility and the aircraft it housed, together with two office buildings. But he said neighbouring offices and the airline’s cargo facilities were not affected.The hangar, which sits on the site of LIAT’s original headquarters complex, is used for the maintenance of the airline’s fleet of 18 Canadian-made Bombardier Q-400 and deHavilland Dash-8 aircraft. The airline’s administrative office had shifted to another part of the airport.The destroyed plane, registration V2-LGH, is, at 21 years and three months, the oldest of three Dash-8s still in LIAT’s fleet. The plane was undergoing a routine maintenance check at the time, according to radio reports.“The company is working with the investigative authorities of Antigua and Barbuda as well as the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) to ascertain the cause of the fire,” the airline spokesman said in a statement.Most flights in LIAT’s network fan out in the early morning hours from LIAT hubs at Antigua’s VC Bird and Barbados’ Grantley Adams airports.The raging fire forced the Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority to suspend operations at VC Bird until firefighters had managed to put it out and an initial assessment could be carried out.But Brown said the airport was expected to open later in the morning.The airline issued a public announcement it was calling out staff at Buildings One, Two, Three and Four at the LIAT Hangar to report the company’s Sealy Building head office at 8 am Monday.The fire comes as a blow to the 56-year-old island-hopping carrier, owned by the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados and St Vincent and the Grenadines, which has been saddled with financial and industrial relations problems over the years.Nation News 8 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img NewsRegional LIAT resumes normal flights by: – June 11, 2012 Share Sharelast_img read more

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Zidane set to offload four more Real Madrid stars

first_img Loading… Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is set to continue his policy of selling squad players ahead of the 2020-21 La Liga campaign. Brahim Diaz has already joined Serie A side AC Milan on a season long loan, with James Rodriguez set to join Everton in the coming days. However, as per the front page of Saturday’s edition of Diario AS, Zidane is aiming to raise up to €100m by offloading Gareth Bale, Sergio Reguilon, Mariano Diaz and Borja Mayoral. Reguilon has been linked with a move to Premier League side Manchester United, after returning from a season long loan spell at Sevilla in 2019-20. Diaz has been lined up to join Benfica on a 12 month loan, with Mayoral previously linked with Valencia, after spending the last two seasons on loan at Levante.Advertisement Read Also: Real Madrid deny splashing €160m to sign Hazard from Chelsea Bale’s future remains the most complex issue for Zidane to resolve in the coming weeks, with his agent Jonathan Barnett to discuss the Welshman’s future with Florentino Perez next week. The 31-year old still has two years to run on his current contract at the Santiago Bernabeu, however, Los Blancos are rumoured to be edging closer to allowing him to leave on a free transfer. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content15 Photos Of Amazingly Beautiful MutationsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Mesmerizing Facts About Hypnosis11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?The Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise Youlast_img read more

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