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Effective Church Finances: FundRaising and Budgeting for Church Leaders: Fund-Raising and Budgeting for Church Leaders

first_img Howard Lake | 26 October 2007 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Effective Church Finances: FundRaising and Budgeting for Church Leaders: Fund-Raising and Budgeting for Church Leaders  10 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Two newspaper journalists freed on bail

first_img News Follow the news on Iran IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists to go further News News Receive email alerts Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa center_img June 9, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News March 18, 2021 Find out more June 13, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two newspaper journalists freed on bail Help by sharing this information Mohessen Dorstkary, the editor of the weekly Tamadone Hormozgan, and Elham Afrotan, one of its journalists, have been released after paying bail of 30 million toman (30,000 euros). Dorstkary was freed on 7 June, while Afrotan was freed yesterday. No date has yet been set for the verdict and sentencing in their trial.————————————————————————–31.01.2006 Seven provincial journalists arrested for insulting Ayatollah KhomeiniReporters Without Borders today condemned the imprisonment of Elham Afrotan and six other journalists employed by the provincial weekly Tamadone Hormozgan, who were arrested on 29 January for “insulting Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic” and who face heavy prison sentences if not the death penalty.“We call for the immediate release of these seven journalists and the dismissal of all charges against them,” the press freedom organisation said. “It is regrettable and disturbing for press freedom that the media have been taken hostage by politics and clan rivalry and that journalists risk the death penalty for what they put in a newspaper.”Misled by the headline of an article on a website dedicated to combatting AIDS, the staff at Tamadone Hormozgan reproduced it in the newspaper’s health section. It turned out to be a satirical piece comparing the advent of Ayatollah Khomeini to AIDS.The journalists were arrested in the southern city of Bandar Abbas, where the newspaper is based, as soon as the issue appeared on the streets. Pro-government media, governmental organisations and Koranic schools reacted by staging demonstrations that ended with the newspaper’s offices being ransacked and torched.The newspaper’s editor, Ali Dirbaz, who is also parliamentary representative for Bandar Abbas, was questioned by the Tehran prosecutor’s office and then freed on bail.The day all this took place happened to be another journalist’s 47th birthday and his 148th day in solitary confinement in a special wing of Tehran’s Evin prison. The conditions in which Akbar Ganji is being held are deplorable and contrary to all international human rights treaties, and his ill health has been aggravated by a lack of treatment.Ganji’s wife, Massoumeh Shaffi, has written many letters to the judicial authorities ever since he was put in solitary confinement, but they have not responded. Reached by telephone, she told Reporters Without Borders that officials at the Tehran prosecutor’s office have forbidden her to give any interviews or inform the press about her husband’s release, which is due to take place at the start of the Iranian New Year in 50 days’ time. February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

TV station faces possible closure for 90 days

first_img Two months before Assange’s extradition hearing, RSF calls for his release on humanitarian grounds and for US Espionage Act charges to be dropped News Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Follow the news on Ecuador The privately-owned national TV station Teleamazonas has just been told it is being fined 40 dollars for “broadcasting unverified information.” The notification comes just a few weeks after it was fined 20 dollars on 3 June for “broadcasting a bullfight outside permitted viewing times.” The station, which is owned by banker Fidel Egas, could be shut down for 90 days if it receives a third sanction for a similar reason.President Rafael Correa, who takes over the rotating presidency of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) next month, has meanwhile proposed the creation of a UNASUR body to defend citizens and governments against press abuses. News to go further EcuadorAmericas Organisation News June 26, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 TV station faces possible closure for 90 days ———————-12.06.2009 – TV station in open conflict with president could be stripped of its frequencyReporters Without Borders urges the government and National Council for Radio and Television (Conartel) to withdraw the latest administrative proceedings against the privately-owned national TV station Teleamazonas, which could force it off the air. The offensive comes amid a war of nerves between the station and President Rafael Correa, who has said he wants to “put an end” to news media he regards as “corrupt” and “mediocre.”“President Correa has had to face very harsh criticism from the privately-owned media since he first took office, but his desire to punish them for this violates the very principle of press freedom,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This is the unfortunate backdrop to the three proceedings brought against Teleamazonas.”The press freedom organisation added: “If the final objective is to withdraw the station’s broadcast frequency, it will in no way solve the problem of ‘false information’ decried by the president, and will never eliminate the criticism, fair or unfair, to which all governments are exposed. It could even fuel more radical polarisation beyond the reach of the media’s filtering.”The latest administrative proceedings against Teleamazonas got the green light from Conartel chairman Antonio García on 9 June. The station has already been punished once, but this time it could be silenced for good.The proceedings are in response to a recent Teleamazonas report about the environmental consequences of a project by the Venezuelan oil company PDVSA in the southwestern Gulf of Guayaquil. The issue was already raised by the daily El Universo, which is also in the president’s sights. Teleamazonas has said it will refer the case to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.The first case brought by Conartel against Teleamazonas, for broadcasting a bullfight at a peak viewing time, resulted in the imposition of a modest fine of 20 dollars in April. The station’s appeal was rejected on 3 June.A second case was brought against the station in May because it reported the existence of a “clandestine” vote-counting centre and the possibility of fraud after the 26 April general elections. In this case, it faces the possibility of a three-month suspension under a provision of the radio and TV broadcasting law that punishes “reports based on presumption, liable to cause harm or to cause social or public disorder.”The situation is all the more delicate as an independent report by experts that was submitted to President Correa on 18 May accuses Conartel of serious irregularities in the allocation of broadcast frequencies, to the detriment of community media.Correa, who takes over the rotating presidency of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) in July, has meanwhile proposed the creation of a UNASUR body to defend citizens and governments against press abuses. Although the proposal has little chance of being approved, it has been backed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who is himself trying to silence the privately-owned Venezuelan TV station Globovisión News December 24, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts June 15, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources April 10, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Help by sharing this information EcuadorAmericas last_img read more

Strolling through history along Kilmallock’s West Wall

first_imgLocal backlash over Aer Lingus threat Cathaoirleach of the Cappamore-Kilmallock Municipal District Cllr Eddie Ryan and Minister of State at the Department of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Patrick O’Donovan TD who performed the official openings of The West Wall Walkway and The New Footbridge in Kilmallock.Pic: Don MoloneyPARTS of the historic town wall in Kilmallock are visible again for the first time in generations following the completion of the town’s West Wall Walkway project.The conservation of more than 500 metres of the town’s mediaeval defences will allow public access to a section of the wall that had been on private property.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Kilmallock was an important Norman settlement and was at the centre of Ireland’s political development from the 13th through to the 17th centuries. That rich history is evident through the rich architectural heritage and national monuments around the town.The original circuit of the town’s defences was 1,700 metres and of this, about 1,200 metres remains standing.In addition, there are a further four local monuments in State ownership, King’s Castle (15th century) which stands astride the main street, The Stone Mansion (16th century), The Collegiate Church (13th century, with an earlier round tower) and the Dominican Priory (late 13th century).What makes this project unique is that visitors to the West Wall Walkway will see the same landscape as existed centuries ago, as Kilmallock never really expanded outside its original walled boundary.A new pedestrian bridge has also been opened downstream from the existing road bridge on the Limerick Road close to the Fire Station. 28 metres in length with a two-metre wide hardwood timber deck, it provides a crossing point for pedestrians over the River Loobagh and a safe passage to the recently developed Riverside Walk.The bridge and the walkway are part of a larger plan by Limerick City and County Council to provide a series of linked walks in and around Kilmallock. The town is ideally situated in the heart of Ballyhoura Country and a hugely attractive destination for heritage tourism.The overall costs of the West Wall Walkway and the Footbridge amounted to almost €900,000, with funding from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Irish Walled Towns Network, Rural Economic Development Zone, Hinterland, and Limerick City and County Council own funds.Cathaoirleach of the Cappamore-Kilmallock Municipal District Cllr Eddie Ryan said that the official opening of the West Wall Walkway would make Kilmallock’s rich heritage more accessible to the public.“The West Wall Walkway is set to become a new thoroughfare for Kilmallock, providing a wonderful amenity to residents and visitors alike.”“The people of Kilmallock value their heritage and know that it makes the town unique, beautiful and magical and the town wall is central to that vision.”Minister of State and local TD Patrick O’Donovan TD said that over the past number of years, there had been “a massive metamorphosis in Kilmallock, with a huge amount of projects finished or nearing completion.“The ideas have come from the bottom up and facilitated by the government. There has been a new fire station, courthouse, library, new primary and secondary schools, sewerage treatment plant and now a new pedestrian bridge and a new walkway by the wall.”“There is more to be done such as with the medieval mansion in the town. I know the contribution that building can make into the future, as much as it made in the past.“Over the last number of years we have been developing a rural strategy for our towns and villages and it is out of that that some funding will be secured for projects in Kilmallock,” he said.Limerick City and County Council Area Manager Sean Coughlan added: “It is a great source of pride to see the completion of the bridge, the walkway and the restoration of the West Wall.“And there is a pipeline of other projects for Kilmallock, such as the Stone Mansion and the East Wall,” he added.“The projects show the important engagement that goes on between Limerick City and County Council, Kilmallock Tourism, the local community and the local development company Ballyhoura, to bring these ideas to fruition.”He paid tribute to council architect Sarah McCutcheon, “whose passion and drive to have the walls of Kilmallock preserved for generations to come has almost singlehandedly guaranteed the completion of the project.”by Tom [email protected] Linkedin TAGSKilmallockLimerick City and Countylocal newsNews Twitter TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! WhatsApp Facebook Advertisement Limerick on Covid watch list center_img Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Email NewsLocal NewsStrolling through history along Kilmallock’s West WallBy Staff Reporter – October 15, 2018 1690 Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Print Previous articleSinging their hearts out for Limerick’s homeless familiesNext articleFrom Meelick to Morocco for Irish FootGolfer Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

DS News Webcast: Friday 5/16/2014

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[Automatic Vacation Of Interim Orders] Is Article 226(3) Directory or Mandatory? Gauhati HC Refers Issue To Larger Bench [Read Judgment]

first_imgNews Updates[Automatic Vacation Of Interim Orders] Is Article 226(3) Directory or Mandatory? Gauhati HC Refers Issue To Larger Bench [Read Judgment] Ashok Kini28 Jun 2020 2:13 AMShare This – x”This provision hits at the very heart of the inherent and discretionary power of the Court to grant appropriate relief in exercise of judicial review, if this provision is to be considered to be mandatory in nature.”A division bench of the Gauhati High Court has opined that the Clause (3) of Article 226(3) which deals with automatic vacation of interim orders, is directory. As an earlier division bench judgment had held that the provision is mandatory, the division bench comprising of Justices N. Kotiswar Singh and S. Hukato Swo referred the issue to a larger bench.Background In this case,…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?LoginA division bench of the Gauhati High Court has opined that the Clause (3) of Article 226(3) which deals with automatic vacation of interim orders, is directory. As an earlier division bench judgment had held that the provision is mandatory, the division bench comprising of Justices N. Kotiswar Singh and S. Hukato Swo referred the issue to a larger bench.Background In this case, an interim order was passed by a single bench in a writ petition. The respondents filed a petition seeking vacation of interim order. Before the Single Bench, it was contended that, the application for vacating of stay orders was served on the Counsel for the writ petitioners on 21.01.2020 and as such, 2 weeks would have expired on 04.02.2020, and since the application was not disposed of within 04.02.2020, that is, within 2 weeks of furnishing of the application for vacating the stay orders, by virtue of the provision under Article 226(3), the said interim orders passed by the Court would stand automatically vacated. This plea was dismissed by the Single Bench. Assailing this order of the single bench, and also seeking to vacate the interim orders, the respondents approached the Division Bench filing an intra court appeal. One of the legal issues that arose for the consideration of the Division Bench was whether the Clause (3) of Article 226 is directory or mandatory. Article 226(3)Article 226(3) provides that when a party makes an application to the High Court for the vacation of an interim order (which was passed ex parte) and furnishes a copy of such application to the party in whose favour such order has been made or the counsel of such party, the High Court shall dispose of the application within a period of two weeks from the date on which it is received or from the date on which the copy of such application is so furnished, whichever is later, or where the High Court is closed on the last day of that period, before the expiry of the next day afterwards on which the High Court is open; and if the application is not so disposed of, the interim order shall, on the expiry of that period, or, as the case may be, the expiry of the said next day, stand vacated.Many HCs Have Held That Article 226(3) Is Mandatory At the outset, the bench noted that there is an early decision of the Gauhati High Court itself in South East Bus Association and Ors. Vs. The State of Assam, that the provision is mandatory. The Bench also observed that the High Courts of Rajasthan, Calcutta, Kerala, Gujarat, Allahabad have taken the similar view that if the Court does not dispose of the application for vacating the interim order within 2 weeks of the furnishing a copy of the application for vacation to the party in whose favour the earlier interim order was passed, the said interim order will stand vacated automatically. It also referred to a Madras High Court judgment in T. Gnanasambanthan (Dr.) v. Board of Governors, in which a contrary view was taken. It was observed therein that, if the application could not be disposed of by the court within 2 weeks because of reasons attributable to the Court, no party should be made to suffer and hence there would not be an automatic vacation of the interim order. The bench said that it is inclined to subscribe to this view taken by the Madras High Court. The bench said: “If this wide discretionary power of the High Court to reach injustice wherever it is found, is curtailed by imposing an inflexible procedural provision under Article 226(3) that the High Court has to dispose of an application within 2 weeks, otherwise the interim order passed by it will automatically get vacated, it flies in the face of the wide discretionary power of the High Court to grant appropriate relief to reach injustice wherever it is found. It amounts to putting a procedural restriction on a wide discretionary power and thus negates the very essence of discretionary power given to the High Court…….The power to grant interim relief is inherent in the High Court which has the jurisdiction and authority to finally determine the lis and rights of the parties and grant appropriate final order. This discretion to pass appropriate interim order for such period as the Court may deem fit is an inalienable part of the inherent power of the Court which in our opinion could not be curtailed by a processual provision. This provision, thus, hits at the very heart of the inherent and discretionary power of the Court to grant appropriate relief in exercise of judicial review, if this provision is to be considered to be mandatory in nature. However, if it is read to be directory in nature, this limitation on the power of the Court can be reconciled and harmonised.” Observing thus, the bench concluded that even though there are facets of law which support the view that Clause (3) of Article 226 of the Constitution of India is mandatory in nature, there are more overwhelming attributes to show that this provision is directory in nature. Since there is a contrary earlier view taken by the High Court, the bench directed the Registrar to place this matter before the Chief Justice. However, in facts of the case, the bench dismissed the appeal holding that the single judge was right in holding that a copy of the application was served upon the respondents on 31.01.2020 and not 21.01.2020, and thus there would not be vacation of interim order by default, in any case. Case no.: WRIT APPEAL 3(K) OF 2020Case name: Rukuvoto Ringa vs. MeyalemlaCoram: Justices N. Kotiswar Singh and S. Hukato Swo Counsel: Sr. Adv R. Iralu, Adv Z. Zhimomi and State Counsel N. MozhuiClick here to Read/Download JudgmentSubscribe to LiveLaw and help us provide quality journalism. Click here to subscribeRead JudgmentNext Storylast_img read more

Voice of reason

first_img Previous Article Next Article Voice of reasonOn 21 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. HR professionals stand to learn some valuable lessons from the way hostagenegotiators work in hijack situations. And the parallels go further than simplydefusing situations of confrontationYou probably think you’ve survived some tough negotiations in your time butcan you imagine what it’s like trying to negotiate the release of 150 hostagesfrom a plane hijacked by two strangers making threatening noises in a foreignlanguage over the radio? As David Learmount, operations and safety editor ofFlight International magazine, who has followed these incidents for more than20 years, says, “The hijackers will insist they’re armed and for all youknow they’ve got nothing more threatening than a brown paper bag, but you haveto assume they have a gun or a bomb.”In a third of cases, according to a study by Louisville University inKentucky, the person you are negotiating with will threaten to kill themselves– and, in one in 10 cases, that threat is carried out. The stakes are higherthan the richest no-limits Las Vegas poker game and the negotiators are there,with no opportunity to throw in their cards, until the very end. And therealways is an end because, unlike many conflicts in business, this is a dramawhich cannot be deferred or avoided, there has to be a resolution and, for thesake of the members of the public caught in it, the sooner the better.Most of us think of hostages as airline passengers or captives in Beirut butthe tactic of hostage-taking goes back at least as far as the Crusades and, forexample, the holding of King Richard I to ransom. Simon Adamsdale, director of Control Risk, a security consultancy founded in1975, says thousands of hostages are taken around the world every year.”But in 90 per cent of the cases the motivation is money. You could say itis one of the more unpleasant side-effects of globalisation, with a growingnumber of expat executives as a target.”While ransoming is common in south America, say, hostage-taking is notunknown in the UK. In 1995, residents in the drought-stricken village of CefnHengoed, near Swansea, took two water workers hostage until the water board’s”head boyo” turned up. Two years later, a Lambeth man held a gasfitter at knifepoint until he fitted new parts to his central heating system.It sounds almost comic but the fitter in question needed six months ofcounselling afterwards.Hijacking is an even more recent phenomena than the technology it preys onand, as a crime, has its own complex psychology. As Learmount says, “Ahijacker is usually someone who wants publicity, wants something to happen forhis cause or someone who is somewhere they don’t want to be and thinks a hijackis their best way of getting somewhere else.” The latter must apply to the sadly anonymous hijacker who stood up on aninternal American flight three years ago and told the pilot, in a menacingvoice, to take the plane to Detroit. He was rather nonplussed when the pilottold him that was where they were heading. “The one thing hijackings arevery rarely about,” concludes Learmount, “is just money and nothingelse.”The drama unfoldsEach hijacking has its own peculiarly awful moments of drama and yet theyare all essentially a play in three acts – seizure, negotiation and resolution,violent or peaceful. The moment of maximum danger is when the hijackers maketheir play, an event described by a victim of the 1996 hijack of a Sudaneseairliner as “like a football riot. People were hitting one other andfighting the terrorists, and the other hijackers began standing up, shiftingseats all the time”.The crew are under instructions not to take risks either with their own orpassengers’ lives and will stay on the sidelines, hoping the hijackers begin negotiations.This is a good sign because research conducted by the Los Angeles PoliceDepartment, which monitors all kinds of hostage situations, shows that in fourout of five cases these talks lead to a peaceful settlement. This is some feat because, in many cases, the concessions made by thenegotiators to secure the hostages’ release are minute and the hijackers facethe near certainty of 20 years in prison. Where hijackers escape with theirfreedom, and a car, as happened with the Indian Airlines plane last December,Paul Kearns of Personnel Works says, “It’s like a company makingshort-term concessions which store up trouble for the future.”The basic premise of the negotiators is summed up most effectively by theLAPD’s Michael Albanese, who says, “The emotion-based solution thehostage-taker chooses to resolve his or her problem can be modified given theright verbal and/or tactical strategy. The goal of crisis negotiation is to buytime so that emotions can decrease, rationality can increase and a defensible,viable, surrender and/or tactical resolution can be implemented.”There is a lesson for business here: buying time and using it constructivelycan help achieve the right outcome. Although every crisis creates its owndemand for an instant reaction, students of decision-making say companies mightbe better off buying time, as long as they use it constructively. The sametactic can be seen in another famous negotiation, the 1962 Cuban missile crisiswhere both President Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khruschev used time towear down their hawks and construct a peaceful compromise (“You take yourmissiles out and we won’t invade your ally”).Negotiators usually begin hijack talks knowing nothing for definite aboutthe hostage-takers except the country where the plane was seized. This soundslike a weakness but they are trained to turn it into a strength. “Theywill want to know: ‘Who are these hijackers?’, ‘What do they really want?’,‘Are they amateurs or professionals?, How do they see us?, What do theyrealistically think we can give them?’,” says Learmount. This is almost the exact opposite of what happens in most companies, where amanager knows something about whoever is sitting opposite – be they a talentedemployee who is about to quit or a union negotiator – and assumes, therefore,that they know everything. As countless surveys of the workforce have proved,most managers delude themselves about their relationship with their employeesand their grasp of staff motivation. Sometimes, the only way to shed thesedelusions is to start from scratch by asking the basic questions hostagenegotiators have to answer.This is especially true because, as Kearns says, “When you read aboutthese hijackings it often reminds me of my days in industrial relations wherethe union would turn up with a shopping list and it was up to you to work outwhat they really wanted and which items on that list you could live with.”An employee who is unhappy may not clearly identify the source of theirunhappiness. Instead, they will start with a tirade or a demand which may seemoutrageous, just as the hijackers of the Indian Airlines plane last Decemberasked for $200m and the return of the body of a colleague, only to have bothrequests turned down flat by Afghanistan’s Taliban government.Often, hijackers’ first demands are boiled down – through time, pressure andexhaustion – to one final yet trivial demand. The recent Stansted airporthijack ended when the hijackers were persuaded to release the remaining 85hostages in return for stating “their fears about what would happen tothem if they went back to Afghanistan for the record”.The essential first step is to build trust. Given the gulf that is oftenfelt to separate a manager and an employer, or two sides of industry, theremarkable thing is how consistently crisis negotiators persuade the hijackers– who they usually cannot see and sometimes may be communicating with through atranslator or a pilot – to place their faith in them. By 2.30am on Thursday 10 February, three days after the Ariana plane hadlanded at Stansted, negotiators and hijackers were “sharing confidencesabout their personal relationships”. Indeed the rapport became so strongthat at 3am two of the hijackers left the plane for a face-to-face meeting withtheir “favourite” negotiators. This puts the task of building trustbetween manager and employee into some kind of perspective.Trust is often built out of small gestures because in the drama of a hijackeverything seems, and is deliberately made out by the negotiators to be, ofimmense significance. “You can see a similarity with business,” saysKearns. “Personnel departments are often stigmatised as offering nothingbut tea and sympathy but as you find in hijacks, the small stuff matters.Things like cups of tea don’t sound important but they can become important ifthey’re not handled well.”The difference is that in a hijacking, a cup of coffee is not something tobe delivered as a matter of courtesy to create the right ambience, it is anegotiating tool. “The process, which is taken from the way intelligentinterrogations were conducted in the Second World War, is to raise their hopes,dash them and keep raising them and dashing them again,” says Learmount.”If they want supplies delivered, you say, ‘Oh yes, they will be heresoon’ and then you do nothing until you sense that it’s becoming dangerous andthen you sort it out so that the delivery of some water seems, to thehijackers, a major triumph. The trick is to do everything slowly. You couldcall it talking them into submission.”Talking them into submission is, in the UK, usually the job of two teamleaders on 12-hour shifts, each of whom has five other team members – one ofwhom will be a psychologist. There is a coordinating committee attached to theHome Office called Cobra, which sometimes gets involved. A specially trainedSAS unit is also usually on hand in case the plane has to be stormed and, atStansted, up to 120 Essex officers were on duty at the airport. Talks werereported to be led by Essex Police Detective Chief Inspector Wynn Bernard butthe force’s press office refused to confirm this.Heart-stopping momentThe point at which even the negotiators began to fear the Stansted hijackmight end badly came in the early hours of the morning of 9 February, when thecrew of the Ariana airliner slipped out of the cockpit. Soon after, a flightattendant was pushed down the plane’s steps falling onto the tarmac and cuttinghis face.Inside the plane, said David Stevens, chief constable of Essex, “Thehijackers were screaming, making clear threats to injure the passengers”.Talks stopped for three hours until the negotiators finally managed to open upa conversation about food, just to get them talking. Less than 24 hours later,all 150 hostages had been released and the hijackers arrested. Talking the other party into surrender is not, alas, a trick that often worksin industry. In business, outcomes should not, ideally, be as one-sided. Nor,for that matter, do managers have access to the kind of spy technology said tobe used in some hijackings – James Bond’s Q would be proud of the microphonesrumoured to have been hidden in baskets of fruit delivered to hijacked planes.But most HR managers would be improved if they could, as hostage negotiatorsare trained to do, handle tough conversations without fear and withouttherefore being unduly defensive.By Paul SimpsonHijacks – triumphs and tragedies1976, Air France, EntebbeIsraeli commandos stormed the plane and killed all the Palestinian hijackersbut one commando and three hostages were killed in the raid.1985, Egypt Air, MaltaFifty-nine passengers were killed when three Palestinians hijacked flight648 and it was stormed by Egyptian commandos. Passenger Jackie Nink Pflug, whowas shot in the skull and left on the tarmac for dead, miraculously survivedand is now a motivational speaker in the US.1995, Olympic Airways, AthensEthiopian journalist Samsu Kapre took a stewardess hostage for 90 minutesand threatened her with a knife. His main demand was to be interviewed by themedia about the plight of his country. Greek authorities sent a fake TV crewcomposed of anti-terrorist officers on to the plane and overpowered Kapre as hegazed into the camera. No one was hurt.1996, Ethiopian Airlines, Comoros IslandsTwo hijackers refused to believe pilots’ claims that flight ET 961 fromAddis Ababa was running out of fuel until it crashed, killing 130 of thepassengers and crew. “They didn’t believe the crew even when the pilotpointed to the controls,” says Learmount, “they were drinking gin bythen and having a good time. Nobody was really sure what they wanted.”1999, India Airlines, KabulFlight IC-814 was seized by hijackers and flew to Kabul where eventually,the Indian government agreed to demands to free some Islamic activists. Thehijackers drove away to freedom and India Airlines was left trying to explainhow five hijackers could have got on to the plane with boarding passes bearingthe same name.last_img read more

Responses of plants in polar regions to UVB exposure: a meta-analysis

first_imgWe report a meta-analysis of data from 34 field studies into the effects of ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation on Arctic and Antarctic bryophytes and angiosperms. The studies measured plant responses to decreases in UVB radiation under screens, natural fluctuations in UVB irradiance or increases in UVB radiation applied from fluorescent UV lamps. Exposure to UVB radiation was found to increase the concentrations of UVB absorbing compounds in leaves or thalli by 7% and 25% ( expressed on a mass or area basis, respectively). UVB exposure also reduced aboveground biomass and plant height by 15% and 10%, respectively, and increased DNA damage by 90%. No effects of UVB exposure were found on carotenoid or chlorophyll concentrations, net photosynthesis, F-v/F-m or Phi(PSII), belowground or total biomass, leaf mass, leaf area or specific leaf area (SLA). The methodology adopted influenced the concentration of UVB absorbing compounds, with screens and natural fluctuations promoting significant changes in the concentrations of these pigments, but lamps failing to elicit a response. Greater reductions in leaf area and SLA, and greater increases in concentrations of carotenoids, were found in experiments based in Antarctica than in those in the Arctic. Bryophytes typically responded in the same way as angiosperms to UVB exposure. Regression analyses indicated that the percentage difference in UVB dose between treatment and control plots was positively associated with concentrations of UVB absorbing compounds and carotenoids, and negatively so with aboveground biomass and leaf area. We conclude that, despite being dominated by bryophytes, the vegetation of polar regions responds to UVB exposure in a similar way to higher plant-dominated vegetation at lower latitudes. In broad terms, the exposure of plants in these regions to UVB radiation elicits the synthesis of UVB absorbing compounds, reduces aboveground biomass and height, and increases DNA damage.last_img read more

Retired soccer star Abby Wambach says women can be grateful and still make demands

first_imgApril 9, 2019 /Sports News – National Retired soccer star Abby Wambach says women can be grateful and still make demands FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailDuane Prokop/Getty Images for Hello Sunshine x Together Live Tour(NEW YORK)– Abby Wambach delivered a powerful call to action last year for women to demand equality and celebrate success, a point she drives home in her new book, Wolfpack, that flips the script on what we learn from a young age in fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood.“If I could go back and tell my younger self anything it would be, ‘Abby, you were never Little Red Riding Hood. You were always the wolf,’” she said Tuesday on GMA.“It’s trying to flip the fairy tale on its head. Little girls and boys are given messages when we’re young and growing up of what it means to be a girl and what it means to be a boy,” she said. “Little Red Riding Hood is one of those very common fairy tales we all hear, and for me the most success that I’ve ever gotten has only been when I’ve ventured off the path and took risks.”Last May, the two-time Olympic gold medalist called upon the graduating class of 2018 at Barnard College to “claim the success of one woman as a collective success for all women.” Those powerful words inspired her to write this new book.“The beautiful thing,” Wambach said, “is that speech got turned into this beautiful book that I’m so proud of — I’m so excited the world gets to see it now.”She explained that one of the central messages in Wolfpack is that gratefulness can hold women back.“I try to tell women — you can be grateful and also demand what you want,” she said.Wambach, 38, recalled an event where she was honored alongside fellow legendary athletes Kobe Bryant and Peyton Manning.“I felt this overwhelming sense of gratitude, and when we turned to walk off stage, I realized we were walking into very different retirements, and anger started to bubble up towards the top, because the only emotion that women oftentimes are allowed to feel is this idea of gratitude,” she said. “For me, that moment kind of led me down the path of figuring out what it was I wanted to do for the rest of my life. It’s fight for equality, and not just in my sport, but for women everywhere in every industry,” the retired U.S. soccer star said.Wambach said she made a point in her book’s note to the reader “for men to be a part of this process” to empower women.“What better way to teach your daughters, to teach your sons about what it means to be a woman, than by reading content that’s been created for women by women,” Wambach posited. “Also this is an invitation for men to step into understanding what women have been going through for time immemorial.”Wambach, a profound activist for gender equality, also celebrated the current movement by the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team as they fight for equal pay.“The big argument that I hear,” Wambach said of the lawsuit that blasts the governing body for paying the men’s team more and offering them more institutional support, “is that the men’s team brings in more money than the women’s team and at the end of the day that’s why the men’s team should make more money.”“Well the truth is, in 2015 the women’s team brought in $6.6 million and the men’s team brought in only $2 [million],” she said. “That’s just evidence that it’s a discrimination case.”Wambach said she knows it can be difficult for current players to be openly vocal about the issue.“I want to be able to say the things that I can say — I’m proud of them and they’re pushing the game forward,” she said.Her time as a member of that star team and “beautiful ecosystem” taught her an invaluable lesson that also inspired the title of this book.“They were still learned skills. They were things that I witnessed and I saw other people do and try to impart that into my life,” she said. “I have to create my own wolfpack to make those kind of things that are essential in life, to feel less like suffering.”She continued, “I wrote this book, so that women everywhere have a place to go, something to look at, a playbook to carry with them throughout their day, and to give them the invitation to create the wolfpack, that I know I needed to be successful.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Postdoctoral position at the Institute for Quantum Matter

first_imgThe Institute for Quantum Matter at Johns Hopkins University (http://iqm.jhu.edu ) combinesspintronics, materials synthesis, spectroscopy, and theory todevelop new materials functionality based on quantum correlations.An outstanding postdoctoral fellow is sought to participate incoordinated research at the interface between spintronics,experimental condensed matter physics, and materials science. Thesuccessful candidate will design, synthesize, and analyze thin filmstructures based on topological quantum materials under theprincipal supervision of Prof. Satoru Nakatsuji. There will beopportunities to work both in Baltimore and Tokyo and tocollaborate with leading scientists with a wide range ofcapabilities and interests.A Ph. D. in electrical engineering, physics, materials science, orchemistry and familiarity with sputtering and the tools ofspintronics and modern experimental physics are required. We seekcandidates with strong interpersonal and communication skills. TheJohns Hopkins University is an Affirmative Action/Equal OpportunityEmployer of women, minorities, veterans, and individuals withdisabilities and encourages applications from individuals withinthese and other protected groups. Consideration of applicationswill start immediately and will continue until the position isfilled. Interested candidates should submit a CV, a list ofpublication, and a research statement, and arrange for two lettersof recommendation to be sent via Interfolio to https://apply.interfolio.com/60211. If you have questions concerning interfolio, please call (887)997-8807 or email [email protected] .The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity forits faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university doesnot discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status,pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age,disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity orexpression, veteran status or other legally protectedcharacteristic. The university is committed to providing qualifiedindividuals access to all academic and employment programs,benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability,performance and merit without regard to personal factors that areirrelevant to the program involved.The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfmlast_img read more