Boldly going where no HR has gone…

first_img“Oh God, only about 10 stops to nirvana,” sighs one already jadedHR director crammed into the two-carriage train that putters from York toHarrogate. Personnel Today editor, Jane King, wedged into the toilet along with herluggage, murmurs: “I wonder if our US visitors think this is quaint?”Cue the start of HR’s biggest, boldest event of the year: the infamous CIPDconference and exhibition. For the uninitiated, this is the drinking junket, feared by financedirectors countrywide, as each year they sweat over resulting expenses andquery increasingly creative tales. As one marketing man puts it: “You haveto embellish the story, otherwise your expense claims just won’t holdwater.” Too right. Let’s face it. It costs a bundle to get to must-have fringe eventslike ’57 Varieties of Vegetable Soup’, and ‘Trust me, I’m a Doctor’. Day One, and Personnel Today’s news team is confused: has it found the rightconference? Better take time out to have another pint down The Old Swan andthink about it amid the heaving mass of HR’s great and good, ‘networking’ withunprecedented vigour. “Come to me if you ever want a proper job done,” slurs a oncedapper recruitment bloke, waving a card at the recruitment manager from a saladcompany. Lettuce man has been coerced into a blonde wig and fetching specs atthe late-night Sunday Times’ Austin Powers knees-up. “Save me,” hegrunts. “Anyone seen Guru? Is he real?” (see back page for more). Day Two, and our intrepid news hounds are dispatched to trudge theexhibition, mostly in search of stands sporting handfuls of paracetamol. Sadly, few have caught on to this gimmick, offering instead mountains ofautumnal leaves loosely connected to messages of change management, or lightlysweating staff trussed up in space outfits. “What’s the messagehere?” asks a hungover Personnel Today journo of a spacewoman. “Thecompany name is Jupiter,” she replies in disbelief. Doh! Time to retreat to the hotel boasting a sandwich board outside, reading:”Take your personnel to bed without a harassment charge.” Day Three, and Harrogate is still heaving, albeit with increasingly creased,pale HR people, networked-out at last night’s Grease night, flanked by the‘Funk night’. They are looking to make an exhausted exit from a tired town, on the Yorkexpress (!) bound for sense and sensibility. So, was the whole eventeducational? Probably. Useful? Mostly. Death defying? Definitely. A networkingtriumph? Undoubtedly. Farewell to another year! Comments are closed. Boldly going where no HR has gone…On 28 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Former USA Gymnastics head invokes Fifth Amendment rights at hearing about Nassar

first_img Written by — The former president of USA Gymnastics, Steve Penny, who resigned last month, appeared before a Senate Commerce subcommittee Tuesday after being subpoenaed, but he did not answer questions.Shortly after he responded to a series of queries by invoking his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination, he was dismissed.As Penny exited, a woman stood up and shouted, “Shame!”The former USA Gymnastics head resigned in March 2017 amid allegations of sexual abuse against the national team’s former doctor, Larry Nassar. Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts of child molestation later that year, but more than 130 women and girls, including Olympic gold medalists, had accused him of assaulting them. He was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison in January of this year.Rhonda Faehn, who served as Penny’s deputy at USA Gymnastics for only 37 days, also testified before the committee. She said she had brought up several allegations of misconduct to Penny, and each time had been told to keep quiet.“Each time I reported these incidents, I was told by Penny not to say anything to anyone for fear of possibly impeding any investigation of Nassar. I was not aware of any delay in contacting authorities or any efforts to misinform anyone of his departure,” Faehn said, as Penny sat next to her at the witness table.Faehn appeared along with former Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon, who was also subpoenaed. Nassar was also an employee at MSU.“I want to say to all the survivors that I am really truly sorry for the abuse you suffered,” Simon said during her opening remarks. Simon resigned from MSU hours after Nassar’s sentencing in January.Before the hearing, several female gymnasts who were victims of Nassar spoke at a press conference, slamming USA Gymnastics for failing to protect them from predators.“If Steve Penny cannot be convicted in the court of justice, he should be convicted in the court of public opinion,” gymnast and survivor Jeanette Antolin said.In a statement released Monday, USA Gymnastics president and CEO Kerry Perry noted that the organization is implementing steps to prevent athletes from being abused in the future, including revamping its safety policies and procedures and providing financial assistance for counseling to athletes who have been abused.“We want all of our members to know that gymnastics is an incredible sport for young women and men, and one that is taught by individuals who have their athletes’ best interests at heart,” Perry said.Faehn also noted that teams are beginning to bring adult chaperones on trips when young athletes compete in overseas competitions.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. June 5, 2018 /Sports News – National Former USA Gymnastics head invokes Fifth Amendment rights at hearing about Nassarcenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Korean Naval College Receives NAUTIS Simulator Classroom from VSTEP

first_img View post tag: VSTEP View post tag: College View post tag: Navy VSTEP in cooperation with its Korean partner Dongkang M-Tech  have successfully delivered and installed a full NAUTIS Naval Task Force maritime simulator classroom at The Korean Naval College in Seoul, Korea. The classroom consists of 20 NAUTIS Naval Task Force Trainee Stations and Instructor Station. The Korean Naval College has selected NAUTIS for efficient maritime training and preparation of cadets and naval personnel in ship handling and navigation.The Korean Naval College is one of Korea’s most renowned Naval Academies. Having used traditional legacy simulation technology in the past, the Korean Naval College selected the NAUTIS Naval Task Force simulators for its new simulation center, because of the cost effectiveness of the solution, its user-friendliness and the high quality of realistic maritime training it provides. NAUTIS Naval Task force is tailored specifically to the needs of Naval Forces and offers a wide range of navy specific simulation and training options.VSTEP CEO, Cristijn Sarvaas: “We are happy to add the Korean Naval College to our client portfolio and rejoice in the fact that such a renowned national naval college has selected NAUTIS maritime simulators for training of its cadets. NAUTIS is a new generation of simulation technology that meets the high standards of today’s maritime professionals. The Korean Naval college has evaluated and recognized the powerful benefits of NAUTIS, such as low cost, flexibility for the user and superior visuals in training.”About NAUTIS The NAUTIS range of advanced maritime training simulators offers an affordable and effective alternative for training maritime professionals, officers and crews. With a full range of simulators, from desktop trainer to full mission bridge simulator, VSTEP has a cost-effective training solution fulfilling the training requirements of both the civilian and military maritime industry, including nautical colleges, naval academies, maritime training centres and individual ship owners.About Dongkang M-Tech Dong Kang M-Tech Co.,Ltd was established as a reliable supplier of the advanced shipping technology and information in 1986. Since then we have provided high-tech equipment and system to Korea for modernization and management improvement of the shipping equipment at home and abroad.About VSTEPVSTEP is a leading European developer of simulators and virtual training software. Using interactive 3D technology, VSTEP creates awardwinning training applications that allow people to build their skills in a practical and cost effective way.  Since its founding in 2002, VSTEP has delivered numerous simulator solutions for leading industry clients and governmental organisations worldwide. As one of the industry leaders, VSTEP continues to innovate the virtual training world with professional, accurate and groundbreaking new simulation technology. A winner of multiple innovation prizes and awards, VSTEP sets the standard for virtual training and simulation and advocates more effective training through enhanced virtual reality.[mappress]Source: nautis, October 14, 2011 View post tag: Classroom Equipment & technology Korean Naval College Receives NAUTIS Simulator Classroom from VSTEP View post tag: News by topic View post tag: NAUTIS October 14, 2011 View post tag: Simulator View post tag: from Back to overview,Home naval-today Korean Naval College Receives NAUTIS Simulator Classroom from VSTEP View post tag: receives View post tag: Naval View post tag: Korean Share this articlelast_img read more

Holcomb extends emergency declaration to December

first_img Google+ Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Facebook Google+ By 95.3 MNC – October 31, 2020 2 383 WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp (Photo supplied/State Of Indiana) Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb today extended the state’s public health emergency through December 1st.In the full order, which you can read here, Holcomb sites the “still prevalent” amount of cases of COVID-19, which has seen consistent case number increases over the past few weeks.Indiana reported more than 3,000 new coronavirus cases for the second straight day Friday as the state’s new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continued to surge. Holcomb extends emergency declaration to December Twitter Previous articleDaylight Saving Time ends this SundayNext articleTwo people hospitalized after being shot early Saturday morning in South Bend 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.last_img read more

Esquires Coffee continues expansion with new sites

first_imgFranchised coffee chain Esquires Coffee has added two stores in Balham, London, and Esher, Surrey.Esquires acquired the pre-existing coffee house Lavish Habit in Balham on 7 August, while the second store in Esher will open on 25 August and will be the fourth Esquires Coffee house for franchise owner Chris Rance.The stores will specialise in organic coffee, hot chocolate, fruit smoothies and brunch-inspired menus including avocado on toast and smoked salmon bagels as well as “coffee shop sweet treats”.“With rent and rates in main city centres becoming increasingly unaffordable, creating destination coffee shops that serve and act as the hub of the community in suburban locations makes better business sense for Esquires Coffee franchise owners,” said Esquires Coffee marketing manager Kerry Noble.The openings will take the firm’s total number of sites to 31 and it aims to open three more in Yate (Glos), Hanley (Staffs) and Liverpool by the end of the year.“We are recruiting new franchisees for single and multistore units, as well as through the acquisition of smaller existing coffee chains should the opportunity arise,” Noble added.The company revealed to British Baker that it has ambitions to have 200 outlets by 2021 in the UK.last_img read more

Not afraid to switch focus

first_imgAsk him, and he’ll tell you.“I’m a jack of all trades.”An information technology support associate for University Information Systems, Jeff Mayes transcends what people typically think of as “the computer guy.”Mayes is a campus nomad, a technical virtuoso whose busy schedule repairing, tending, and upgrading Harvard’s vast computer system belies an artist’s world, a place where few computer technicians dare to tread.Mayes stumbled onto computers like he stumbled into photography. Back in the early ’90s, Mayes was a freelancer, rigging lighting and technical production for the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) Institute.“I was what they called a ‘casual laborer,’ ” recalled Mayes. He learned the ins and outs of computers through tracking paperwork for the A.R.T. “People started asking me questions about computers,” he said, adding that offers for work soon followed. “I’m a self-taught man.”Similarly, taking pictures was always just a hobby for Mayes. He proudly has no degree in anything, just assorted passions and an ethic to try it all.“I started out taking pictures of objects, landscapes,” he said. “I hated taking pictures of people.” Mayes was uncomfortable approaching people for snapshots, but that quickly passed. A friend employed by the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) contacted Mayes, and suggested that he send some photos along. Mayes sent his friend one, “a picture of a tech medic on a bike.” That led to a bigger assignment, photographing Boston’s new ambulances in front of local landmarks.He traveled via ambulance all around the city, taking pictures at Faneuil Hall and in front of the State House. That day, recalled Mayes, was the opening of the Zakim Bridge — not then a Boston landmark, but a sight to see.“I drove there, right past the State Police, turned the ambulance around, hopped out, and started snapping,” he said.The shot of the imposing Zakim made it onto the cover of JEMS, which reaches a worldwide audience.“If I talk to an EMT now in another country, they remember that image,” he said. “It’s become sort of iconic.”Mayes began exclusively photographing EMT runs, documenting their work. “My wife would say, ‘What did you do today?’ and I’d reply, ‘Oh, I was at a heroin overdose,’ ” he said.But a photographer friend told Mayes he needed to expand his horizons, so he did.In sleepy Ayer, where Mayes lives, he took an interest in local politics. “This was my way of being involved in the community,” he said. “I give my time, they get my talent.”He quickly became chairman of the committee for communications. His first order of business was revamping the town’s Web site. He spent three months behind the scenes, drafting blueprints for a more interactive site.Most recently, Mayes photographed Attorney General Martha Coakley’s U.S. Senate campaign. Mayes still brightens when he talks about the exposure his work has received, citing the day when Coakley removed her “official” portrait from her Facebook page and replaced it with one of his.Mayes’ photographs have appeared all over, but can regularly be found in the Lowell Sun and the Public Spirit in Ayer. A hobby no more, photography has become Mayes’ second job, an incognito passion he carries as he travels the campus, tooling and typing on Harvard’s computers.last_img read more

Top 10 ways to avoid card fraud – A checklist for members

first_imgAs a credit union, securing member data is a top priority. Yet, with fraud as pervasive as it is, and the tactics of fraudsters becoming more sophisticated by the day, protecting cardholders increasingly requires all hands on deck.How can credit unions provide the safety net members need to transact securely wherever their daily travels take them?“Integration and innovation go hand in hand when it comes to securing member data,” said John Buzzard, industry fraud specialist for CO-OP Financial Services. “A great way to improve security and minimize fraud is to integrate financial solutions, including debit, credit, P2P and personal finance products, under one technological roof and then police this ecosystem comprehensively.”To that end, CO-OP’s recent acquisition of TMG unites the industry’s best in credit processing with the best in debit processing and network delivery. continue reading » 66SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The Pitches, Promises & Personalities Of The Fall 2014 National Publicity Summit

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Who wants to be healthier, wealthier and sexier? Millions and millions of people, of course, and to reach that potential market—and maybe make a few million in the process—is the driving ambition behind many dreamers and schemers who say they have the answer.Success is elusive for even the best idea, considering that failure is the norm and that hard work alone is seldom enough, so that’s why twice a year 100 people gather in New York City for a three-day event called the National Publicity Summit, where authors, experts, entrepreneurs, consultants, and other professionals have the chance to pitch their projects, proposals and ideas to an array of representatives from media outlets that range from the top network morning shows to small radio stations, mass-market magazines and idiosyncratic bloggers with a dedicated following.For more than 13 years, Steve Harrison, a very clean-cut, even-tempered public relations professional, has been organizing and hosting the summit, which is sponsored by Bradley Communications, a company based in a suburb of Philadelphia. Before the participants get the privilege to “personally meet over 100 top journalists and producers” in the media capital of the world, Harrison reportedly screens them first because the cost is steep and the reward is not immediate. As one entrepreneur told me after he’d completed the fall session that I attended: “Is it worth 10 grand to my bottom line? Not yet!”  My participation as one of the journalists did help mine: I got a stipend to be on the receiving end of all those pitches.The “pitchers” had come from around the country to the Hotel Pennsylvania, across the street from Madison Square Garden, to meet media mavens and minions—I was certainly the latter. Since the public mostly holds the media in 50 shades of contempt, it was unnerving, and I admit, surprisingly gratifying, to enter the ballroom upstairs just as Harrison was proclaiming to the ensemble, “And now, let’s give a great big hand for our media representatives!” The audience burst into resounding applause before we’d even taken our places on the podium.After that introductory session, I was assigned to booth 6 for one-on-one encounters. I think 30 people pitched me their presentations during my morning session. It was kind of a blur, but their earnestness was certainly real—and that, along with their promotional material, has stayed with me months later. Whether their claims could live up to the scrutiny of professional skeptics was beyond my ken. But I wanted everything to live up to their expectations—if for no other reason than to keep hope alive.I figured they believed in themselves or they wouldn’t be there, so the least I could do was listen. I learned long ago, from a veteran newspaper man, that there are two kinds of editors in this world: those who say no, and those who say yes. I’m clearly in the affirmative category, but the industry I’m in, with fewer and fewer people paid to keep up with the information explosion, makes journalism today a frantic, frustrating task of triage. Being a “gatekeeper” for the Fourth Estate is no piece of cake.During my morning session, I was peppered with intriguing inquiries and challenging conundrums in the story ideas these participants presented. Take this one: “Can trusting your gut help you make millions?” That question came from May McCarthy, a self-proclaimed “successful entrepreneur, investor, speaker and author who has grown six profitable companies to as large as 250 employees and over $100 million in annual revenues.” All my stomach tells me is that I’m constantly hungry, which is not the answer Ms. McCarthy is providing in her book, The Path to Wealth: Seven Spiritual Steps for Financial Abundance. According to her flyer, following her steps “in just 30 minutes a day” can lead to financial freedom, something I would love to achieve if only I could spare the time.I definitely resonated with Michigan’s money master, John Jamieson, an admitted “high school failure and college dropout”-turned-successful businessman and author, whose book has the appealing title, The Perpetual Wealth System: Your Path to Systematic and Guaranteed Riches. I have no idea if his path is any better than any other but I enjoyed reading his flyer, which said the following: “Millions of Americans are being robbed by banks, Wall Street and Uncle Sam and don’t even know it! What if the financial system was set up to make you struggle your whole life?” Who can’t relate to that?Jorge Newbery, who calls himself a real estate entrepreneur, author, anti-debt slavery crusader and ultra-marathoner, has a more radical solution for those stuck in a deep hole. He says he was once $26 million in debts that he “could not pay.” What did he do? “I simply stopped paying. Then, I sifted through all the loan documents and legal pleadings in search for deficiencies to exploit. This created leverage to settle the debts for pennies on the dollar.” And that’s the inspiration for his book: Debt Cleanse: How to Settle Your Unaffordable Debts for Pennies on the Dollar (And Not Pay Some At All). He was certainly an engaging, fit and trim man who looked like he could do a marathon in well under seven minutes a mile, I’ll credit him that.In her flyer, Dr. Valerie Martin-Stewart, a former professional athlete now turned keynote speaker and Christian minister, posed this query: “Is fear holding you hostage?” Probably so, in my case, and she had the answer: “So you’re afraid, do it anyway!” She certainly looked confident enough to inspire almost anyone.Dr. Judy Cook, a psychiatrist for 35 years who calls herself the “Give A Damn Doc,” asked these questions for further consideration: “Are medical commercials making people sick?” and “What lessons about life can people learn from orchids?” She’d come up from Sherman, Texas, to promote her first book, To Die or Not to Die, Ten Tricks to Getting Better Medical Care.Wanda Cooper Another dynamic Texan woman whom I met was Wanda J. Cooper, a former cancer survivor with a background in finance, who’s written her first book, Broken Vessel Restored: How to Overcome Depression, Illness, Infertility, and Hormonal Imbalance and Reclaim Your Connection to God. She claims that she can help “empower women to not only heal physically, but also emotionally and spiritually.” I wish her well; she certainly has an inspiring story to tell.One earnest middle-aged man who stood in line to see me was Timothy Frantz, M.D., an ear, nose and throat physician from northern California who calls himself “The Hear Doc, America’s Ear Doctor.” He was at the summit to promote his book, Hearing Loss: Facts and Fiction, now in its second edition, which promised to provide “7 secrets to better hearing.” He’s right about the extent of this malady, which he calls “an epidemic.” From teenagers who’ve blasted their ear drums with unbearably loud ear buds to nonagenarians who can never get their hearing aids adjusted to their satisfaction, I’ve dealt with this problem firsthand. I was impressed by Dr. Frantz’s genuine concern. I’ve only glanced through his book, but it seemed helpful enough. If I had a TV or radio show, I’d have him on as a guest. The more we can do to lower the volume of our discourse and turn up our mutual understanding, the better.Donald Liebell I was a little taken aback when Dr. Donald Liebell handed me his promotional flyer and I immediately saw this question: “Could you catch arthritis, chronic fatigue or depression from your backyard?” It turns out that this Virginia specialist in acupuncture, chiropractic and homeopathic techniques has been treating people with Lyme disease who were reportedly misdiagnosed. As he put it, “Lyme is the most misunderstood and medically mismanaged epidemic of our time.”Now practicing at his clinic in Virginia Beach, Liebel is from Little Neck, N.Y., and told me that he knows “my home town, Long Island, is a ‘hot bed’” for infected deer ticks. In his book, Biting Back: The Chronic Lyme Disease Disclosure, which comes out in February, he promises the details on how his treatment succeeds “with absolutely no antibiotics, no side effects, no controversy, and no politics!” Given my lack of expertise, I’ll leave it to others to hold his claims to the proper scrutiny, but I will say that he makes a good case and the patients’ testimonials on his website certainly show they have suffered enough.“Coach Julie” Julianne Soviero Two self-described coaches met with me individually: “Coach Julie” (Julianne Soviero) and “Coach Chris” (Christopher Klesh). The former is an intense, very athletic-looking Long Island woman who says she was “part of the coaching staff that took LIU Post to the College World Series in 2011” and has studied “nutrition, kinematics, performance, recovery and hypnosis to help athletes of all levels and in all sports perform to the best of their abilities.” She was on hand to promote her book, Unleash Your True Athletic Potential. That’s about all I had time to learn, but I liked the list of story ideas she handed me: “Hamburger Hangovers: 5 foods you should never pack or order for lunch” and “Run From Zombies to Improve Your Fitness” were two of my favorites.“Coach Chris” Klesh is a dynamic older guy, with Farmingdale and Massapequa roots, who’s been promoting what he calls “Lifetime Leisure Experiences: Travel in luxury for 10 cents on the dollar.” He actually did show up at the summit wearing a whistle around his neck to reinforce the idea that “he coaches the deals.” And his deals sound like steals: “play golf for free,” “dine in gourmet style for very little money,” “stay in luxury suites for little more than what you would pay at a Motel 6” and “insider secrets to flying for free.”“Coach Chris” Christopher KleshOn his publicity flyer, Coach Chris is seen posing with a pair of skis—his major passion, he says—with Lake Tahoe in the background, his home when he’s not gallivanting around the world. Not bad for a kid who once caddied at Bethpage State Park. He told me he got the travel bug when he was 13 and spent six weeks on vacation in Europe. I do like his philosophy: “The best things in life aren’t things…They’re your health, family, friends, memories and experiences.”Greg Durocher Most of the pitches were for books and programs but Greg Durocher, a firefighter and paramedic from Arizona, and his wife Aimee were on hand to promote a roughly three-pound “car seat” for toddlers, the RideSafer® Travel Vest, which this “child passenger safety technician and instructor” claimed could be folded up and stuffed in a day bag or a carry-on luggage. It wasn’t too heavy for me, certainly more manageable than a cumbersome car seat, but I wondered how I’d feel if I were lugging it around all day through the American Museum of Natural History. For pregnant women, he and his wife Aimee were promoting a product called the Tummy Shield, which is designed to redirect seat belts so they don’t impinge on a protruding belly and connect instead across the thighs. It sounds more complicated than it looks, but it’s certainly worth exploring for those interested.One of the more striking people I met at the summit was Pamela Donnelly, a former model and soap opera star (One Life to Live and All My Children), now a mother of three based in Los Angeles, who was there promoting her second book, 4 Keys to College Admissions Success: Unlocking the Right College for Your Teen.As Donnelly tells it, she’d grown disenchanted with performing and “decoded the process necessary to gain admittance to Columbia University,” where she says she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in literature/writing and secondary education. Her first book came out last year, and I especially like the title, having just gone through the experience with our two sons: SWAT Team Tactics for Getting Your Teen Into College. If you can believe Larry King—yes, that “media legend”—then you’ll appreciate his blurb about Donnelly’s latest: “This book needs to be on the shelves of every library and high school in America.” Whether that means King actually read it is another story, but her book does seem packed with good, common sense advice and some hard-hitting observations, like: “What every parent needs to know about standardized testing’s death grip on college admissions, and what they can do to help their teens succeed,” and “Who actually ‘gains’ in our current secondary school system? Not students. How the federal government is pimping out education so corporations profit and teenagers lose.” More power to her, I’d say.Politics seemed to be far from the mind of the engaging Janine Regan-Sinclair, a “consciousness pioneer” from England who’s also “an intuitive channel, hypnotherapist, international transformational speaker, producer and internet radio/TV show host” of a program called Cosmic Truth. I got a big kick out of interacting with her, perhaps because the top of her promo flyer made this proclamation: “Expert reveals why some of your favorite celebrities are possessed!” And that was just the teaser. She added: “Did you know that you can become possessed by getting drunk, sleeping with the wrong person, or even just shopping in the mall?” I have to admit I did not know that, but it would explain a lot.Valda Ford North Carolina registered nurse and sex educator, Valda Ford, took the bull by the horns, so to speak, with her seminar topic that pulled no punches: “Sex Is Not for Sissies: Where Great Sex & Safe Sex Come Together.” A lively woman of substance with a diverse background, Ford embarked on what she calls her present mission after listening to a friend complain about getting back into the dating scene and “doing a lot of whining about the realities.” So she developed a seminar series that conveys clinical information with a style of humor and charisma to make the nation “smarter about sex.” Certainly a worthy goal, and, dare I say it, patriotic as well!The first words I heard out of psychiatrist Susan Edelman’s mouth must have thrown me for a loop because I know it was about sex and it surely sounded provocative, but I’ll be damned if I can recall what she said verbatim. Dr. Edelman, who has a private practice in Palo Alto, California, where she is also an adjunct clinical associate professor at Stanford University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was standing before me to promote her upcoming book, Be Your Own Brand of Sexy: A New Sexual Revolution for Women, which she began writing a decade ago. It’s timed to come out on Valentine’s Day, coinciding with the premiere of the movie Fifty Shades of Grey. She claims women today are suffering from “fifty shades of confusion” in their sexual relations and “it’s time to change the game.”She told me that a film like Fifty Shades of Grey encourages women to “lead with sex even though the emotional relationship is the prize. Putting sex first often makes women feel attached before they know what their partner’s issues are and that frequently leads to a lot of pain. It’s not wise to normalize jumping into a sexual relationship. Although it seemingly worked out for Anastasia and Christian, that was a fairytale. The more we perpetuate the fairytale, the more we think protecting your heart is unnecessary.”She started thinking about this book when the daughter of a close friend of hers entered college and asked her to explain what guys meant when they asked her “to come over and hang out.” It meant no-strings-attached sexual intimacy, Dr. Edelman explained. But the young woman was “careful about sex and held out for a guy to treat her with respect,” and as a result, she “missed out on a lot of the fun of dating. She also didn’t get the chance to learn about relationships.“I loved college dating, so this broke my heart,” Edelman told me, so she began to wonder about what had happened to courtship and romance. “This was not what we had in mind with the women’s movement and the sexual revolution. We dreamed that women would be treated better when we were seen as equals, not that many men would simply take casual sex for granted.“I was sad for my young friend,” she said, “and I knew from my work as a psychiatrist that it wasn’t just teenagers who were struggling. I was determined to figure out how we got here and what we could do about it.”So, to paraphrase Freud’s quintessential question, I asked this female psychiatrist: What do women want? And Dr. Edelman replied, “It’s no wonder we’re a mystery to men, because it’s often confusing to us as well, and we want conflicting qualities. We want men who are strong and virile, but also sensitive and loving. We want to be respected, desired, and loved. Getting that balance is complicated!”And getting to share that observation is just one of the reasons I’m glad I took up space at the National Publicity Summit. Whether my being there will do her or anybody else I met that day any good is a question someone else will have to answer.last_img read more

With a small margin in Georgia, a recount is inevitable, state officials say.

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – “With a margin that small, there will be a recount in Georgia,” the secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, said on Friday at the state Capitol.He added: “The final tally in Georgia at this point has huge implications for the entire country. The stakes are high and emotions are high on all sides. We will not let those debates distract us from our work. We will get it right, and we will defend the integrity of our elections.”Gabriel Sterling, an official with the secretary of state’s office, said that a pool of about 4,200 ballots — most of them absentee ballots — remained to be tallied in four counties: Floyd, Cobb, Cherokee and Gwinnett, where the largest tranche is to be counted and which contains Atlanta suburban communities that have gone from leaning Republican to leaning Democratic in recent years. The state must also deal with ballots from military and overseas voters, which will be counted if they arrived in the mail before the end of business on Friday and were postmarked by Tuesday.Mr. Sterling said that the unofficial tally of the votes could be completed by the end of the weekend.Flipping Georgia, a state last won by a Democrat in 1992, and where Mr. Trump won by more than 200,000 votes four years ago, would represent a significant political shift this year. The state has shown signs of trending blue, and when Mr. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the state in 2016, he did so by five percentage points, a far slimmer margin than Republicans had enjoyed in previous presidential elections.- Advertisement – Stacey Abrams, who earlier this year was on the Biden campaign’s short list of potential vice-presidential candidates, was celebrated as Mr. Biden took the lead on Friday, a sign of her remarkable ascent as a power broker since her failed bid for governor of that state in 2018.Celebrities, activists and voters across Georgia credited Ms. Abrams with building a well-funded network of organizations that highlighted voter suppression in the state and inspired an estimated 800,000 residents to register to vote. ATLANTA — The presidential race in Georgia is so close that a recount is inevitable, Georgia’s secretary of state said on Friday.As of Saturday morning, Joseph R. Biden Jr. led President Trump in Georgia by more than 7,000 votes.- Advertisement – Ms. Abrams declined to comment on Friday. But in a tweet, she wrote, “My heart is full” and cited the work of other activists.last_img read more

Japan scrambles for workarounds after Abe urges March school shutdown

first_imgAngry Japanese parents joined bewildered teachers and businesses on Friday in a rush to find new ways to live and work for a month after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s shock call for all schools to close in a bid to stop coronavirus spreading.Abe’s unprecedented move late on Thursday to ask local authorities to shut down their schools means students will be out of school from Monday at least until the new academic year starts in early April.Earlier this week the government urged that big gatherings and sports events be scrapped or curtailed for two weeks to contain the virus while pledging that the 2020 Summer Olympics will go ahead in Tokyo. As of Friday, confirmed cases in Japan topped 200, with four deaths, excluding more than 700 cases and four more deaths from the quarantined cruise liner Diamond Princess. While the virus has hit China hardest so far, causing nearly 80,000 infections and almost 2,800 deaths, according to official Chinese figures, its rapid spread to a number of other countries around in the world in the past week has stoked fresh alarm.Abe’s move – issued as a formal request rather than an order – drew scathing criticism, with health officials left scratching their heads and analysts said the plan was politically motivated and made little sense.”We’ll just have to get our revenge at the next elections,” @Ayu49Sweetfish tweeted, as working parents with young children were left wondering what to do for the duration.In the northern Hokkaido prefecture, which has seen the largest number of coronavirus cases in Japan, the governor had already announced a closure of all schools until March 4. That left one hospital closing doors to patients without reservations on Friday because about a fifth of its nurses were unable to work while their children were out of school. “We don’t know how this could be extended further,” an official at the facility, JA Hokkaido Koseiren Obihiro Kosei Hospital, told Reuters.As the coronavirus spreads, more companies like Mitsubishi Corp have said they would allow workers to telecommute. But a survey in the Nikkei business daily published on Friday, conducted before Abe’s announcement, showed only half of major firms were telling all or some employees to work at home.As the government faced questions on how businesses would cope with a March shutdown of schools, Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co said they were still discussing how their factories would deal with school closures. The operator of Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea said it would close the theme parks from Saturday through March 15.”We will continue to urge public services and private companies to make it easier for people to take time off,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference, without disclosing further details.FILE PHOTO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Finance Minister Taro Aso attend the regular session of parliament in Tokyo, Japan, January 20, 2020. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)Abe under fireAbe has come under fire for what critics say is a lack of leadership as the number of cases in Japan rose and a package of steps announced on Tuesday that was seen as insufficient.He also caught flak in parliament and social media after revelations that an aide had held a buffet-style fund-raising party with about 200 attendees on Feb. 26 – the same day the premier asked for sports and cultural events to be scaled down.Jeff Kingston, director of Asian studies at Temple University’s Japan campus, said Abe’s move on schools was plainly political in the wake of surveys showing growing public dissatisfaction with the government’s handling of the outbreak.”Suddenly, he sees the political consequences of being seen as missing in action,” Kingston said, noting his support had fallen to around 36% in a weekend poll.”It’s still half measures – stay home, wash your hands, avoid other people. He’s outsourcing responsibility to local governments and corporations,” Kingston said.Experts also questioned the efficacy of the government’s move on schools.”This is one example of a nationwide plan that has a slim chance of succeeding because the extent the coronavirus has spread differs across regions,” Kentaro Iwata, a professor specializing in infectious diseases at Kobe University Hospital, tweeted.He added that it “made no sense” to close schools outside of Hokkaido.Meanwhile World Health Organization officials said they were working closely with organizers of the Tokyo Olympic Games and did not believe any decision would be taken soon on whether to hold the event starting in July as planned.center_img Topics :last_img read more