IOC Board Meeting: Tokyo Olympics main topic on agenda, follow for…

first_img Cricket Formula 1 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bengaluru WTC Final IND vs NZ: Virat Kohli displays his dancing skills on the beats of Bharat Army’s Dhol; Watch video ISL: Sunil Chhetri extends Bengaluru FC stay until 2023 Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crore Tokyo Olympics: Deepika Kumari to be sole entry to Tokyo Games as Indian women’s recurve team fails to qualify Cricket Cricket Previous articleWomen IPL : New Zealand captain Sophie Devine says, women IPL is the need of hourNext articleBrett Lee signs as brand ambassador of SportsAdda Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. Latest Sports News BCCI to form committee to take call on compensating domestic cricketers YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsoredUndo WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 3 Live: Roach removes Markram in the first over; SA 20/1 (6 ov)- Follow Live Updates By Kunal Dhyani – July 15, 2020 Also Read : Football Cricket The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board will meet today over teleconference to discuss issues surrounding Tokyo Olympic Games postponement and other important matters. The IOC board meeting is taking place two days before the first virtual IOC Session on 17th.IOC Board Meeting : Tokyo Olympics to be discussed threadbare  International Olympic Committee Board Meeting : How to follow the updates ?The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) will meet remotely by videoconference through a secure electronic system on Wednesday 15 July and Wednesday 22 July 2020. The IOC EB will meet on 15 July to prepare for the 136th IOC Session, which will take place two days later, on Friday 17 July 2020.The IOC Session on 17 July will be streamed live on YouTube. Please click here to see the schedule for the IOC Executive Board meeting on 15 July and the IOC Session on 17 July.  The IOC President will hold media teleconferences after both events.IOC EB meeting media teleconferenceDate: Wednesday 15 JulyTime: 5 p.m. CEST IOC Session media teleconferenceDate: Friday 17 JulyTime: 5 p.m. CEST Latest Sports News PSL 2021 Playoffs: Schedule, Timing, LIVE streaming, list of champions; all you need to know Cricket Latest Sports NewsSport WTC Final Live- Ind vs NZ: Kyle Jamieson bags 5th five-wicket haul in 8th Test, rattles India in WTC final F1 French GP 2021: Max Verstappen pips Lewis Hamilton to win French GP, Perez finishes 3rd TAGSFollow IOC Board MeetingInternational Olympic CommitteeIOC Board MeetingTOKYO OLYMPICSTokyo Olympics Postponement SHARE Euro 2020, Switzerland vs Turkey LIVE: Shaqiri doubles Switzerland’s lead after Seferovic opener at HT; Follow Live Updates Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likecio.comUnlocking the Success of Digital Transformation with Active Intelligencecio.comUndoE! 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OnlineUndoCapital One ShoppingThis hack can uncover JOANN discounts you don’t know aboutCapital One ShoppingUndoTokyo 2020 was delayed by a year by the IOC and organisers in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.In today’s IOC Executive Board meeting, Coordination Commission chair John Coates will present a report on progress made by Tokyo 2020. Tokyo 2020 presented to the IOC Executive Board last month, with chief executive Toshiro Muto promising a “simplified Games” amid claims there were 200 ideas on how to achieve this and reduce costs.Last week, reports claimed that Tokyo 2020 were close to securing all of the sporting venues for the Games next year, but this was downplayed by organisers. They had previously confirmed that 80 per cent of venues were in place, with the Athletes’ Village, due to be sold off as housing after the Games, and the Tokyo Big Sight, the location of the Main Press Centre and International Broadcasting Centre, proving to be particular stumbling blocks.IOC Board Meeting : Issues surrounding Tokyo Olympics to be discussedA survey this month found that 77 per cent of Japanese believe that Tokyo 2020 “cannot be held” next year. Some have suggested that a vaccine must be developed for the Games to go ahead safely, while other Japanese experts have suggested the Games could lead to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.The rearranged Tokyo Olympics cost escalation is impacting and hitting sporting ecosystem of Japan badly. According to the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) chairman Yasuhiro Yamashita the organizers will cut down all the extravagance from the games. The JOC chairman also admitted we are suffering financially and ‘may have to borrow monies’ next year. Not only this, JOC has also reduced the annual training budgets for the national sporting federations of Japan due to these financial struggles.The IOC Board meeting will discuss all these issues threadbare and will update the board members. IOC Board Meeting: Tokyo Olympics main topic on agenda, follow for updates Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

World Council of Churches delegation arrives in Zimbabwe for ecumenical…

first_img Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Collierville, TN Ecumenical & Interreligious Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Anglican Communion, AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis World Council of Churches delegation arrives in Zimbabwe for ecumenical visit Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Tony Oberdorfer says: Africa, Featured Events Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Knoxville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA Press Release Service [Anglican Communion News Service] The World Council of Churches general secretary, the Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, has arrived in Harare, Zimbabwe, leading a delegation of church leaders from Europe, Africa and North America. The two-day trip is an ecumenical solidarity visit to manifest Christian churches’ support for the people of Zimbabwe.Full article. Posted May 19, 2017 Rector Belleville, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Jobs & Calls The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Job Listing Submit a Press Release Rector Washington, DC Rector Bath, NC Submit an Event Listing Rector Smithfield, NC May 23, 2017 at 11:40 am Good luck with the “holistic salvation” so long as dictator Mugabe remains in power! Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Comments (1) Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Tags Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Albany, NY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Curate Diocese of Nebraska Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Comments are closed. Rector Tampa, FL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CAlast_img read more

Camden Council signs up to support SocialBox.Biz’s laptops to the homeless initiative

first_img About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Melanie May | 23 March 2020 | News  407 total views,  2 views today Advertisement Camden Council is the latest organisation to sign up to support SocialBox.Biz’s 1000 Laptop Handover to the Homeless Initiative.London-based community interest technology venture SocialBox.Biz aims to collaborate with as many organisations as possible, partnering with IT departments and suppliers to send a percentage of outdated or unneeded but still useful laptops and other items on an ongoing basis to help the homeless, elderly, and refugee population in England today.Peter Paduh, Founder of SocialBox.Biz said:“We have been working for many years towards reaching our 1000th laptop goal by working in association with accommodation services, we hope to ensure that homeless people are finally able to apply to jobs, reconnect with family, in a more independent and sustainable ways.”“Thanks to Camden Council, in partnership with The Stone Group one of the Council’s IT partners, our resources just grew, which means more people are going to be supported and delivered with the help they deserve in 2020.”Through this council partnership, SocialBox.Biz will now have a city council handover model it can replicate with all future partnering councils.It will also be hosting the official 1000th laptop handover this April.  408 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Donated goods Camden Council signs up to support SocialBox.Biz’s laptops to the homeless initiativelast_img read more

Seed Consultants Market Watch 1/24/2013 Evening Comment with Gary Wilhelmi

first_img SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Market Market Watch Seed Consultants Market Watch 1/24/2013 Evening Comment with Gary Wilhelmi FinancialS&P closes about unchanged after trading over 1500NASDAQ falls 24 points as Apple dominated index responds to Apple’s 12% lossDow held tentatively on to a 46 point gain at a 5 year high.Brent crude cycled up over $113 at the conclusionGold dropped by $19The dollar index stayed home at 79.98US PMI 56 up from 54 and European measures were also positiveThe deferment of the debt ceiling crisis had no cache.LivestockCash cattle traded $3 lower in Texas and Kansas, but futures bottomed out and bounced on short covering, the weakest form of buyingBoxed beef is acting as drag on valuesCOF tomorrow afternoon: total seen at 95.6%, placements 104.1% and marketing’s 93.2%April hogs held onto a $1.50 rally coming off the lows—again short coveringResistance is at $90Grain and soybeansMarch beans sold off despite a 510,000 tons sale to China and 113,000 tons to an unknownMarch wheat continued its retreat as export demand is absentFeed wheat usage has picked up in the southern plains and the East Corn BeltArgentine rains are good for soybeans but too late for some cornMato Grosso is 3% harvested with yields above averageEthanol production was up 1% after a weal trendExport sales will be out FridayEarly indications are that corn will be more profitable to plant this spring, but it is a long way to fruition1:51 updateStocks in a mixed wobbling patternUnder tow in beefLower 4Q pork productionPork cutout highest since DecemberFrench wheat leads in Mid East salesEthanol production up 1% has been tending downMato Grosso 3% harvested with better than average yieldsRains forecast for Argentina in next two weeks would be well timed10:48 updateDow up 69, NASDAQ down 7 and S&P at 1500 resistanceCOF: total 95.6%, placements 104.1% and marketing’s 93.2%Some Texas and Kansas cattle trade at $122 off $3Cash hogs called steadyApril hogs up $1China buys 510,000 tons of soybeans and 113,000 were sold to an unknownChinese PMI at 2 year high is good for demandExport sales FridayVolume light uninspiredMorning CommentFinancialStocks mixed Dow up 45 and NASDAQ down 22 as Apple falls 11% on weak reportJobless claims at 5 year low at 330,000PMI expected to slip slightly from last at 54Leading indicators called up .3%Natural gas and crude inventories todayIMF projects lower global growth in 2013WTI crude $95.83 up $.67Brent crude $112.58 after trading over $113 yesterdayDollar index 8-.02 up 9 and neutralDAX up .3%LivestockCash cattle falls $3 to $122 with offers remaining at $126Choice boxed $190 little changeCOF Friday with larger placements expectedRussian threat to ban US beef and pork, but they don’t buy muchSlaughters 123,000 and 426,000Pork cutout up $.27 with loins $.19 higher and hams up $.31 on light volumeGrain and soybeansLight profit taking extended overnight50% of Argentina gets rain but corn out put is seen shrinkingEthanol production in decline trendPositive crush margins boost Chinese soybean demandLight fund trade as markets consolidate in a trading rangeCorn profitability to exceed soybeans in 2013Feed wheat demand noted in S plains and East Corn BeltStock markets at highs have little effect Seed Consultants Market Watch 1/24/2013 Evening Comment with Gary Wilhelmi Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Jan 24, 2013 Previous articleAnnual Fish Fry like a Purdue Ag Family ReunionNext articleAFBF Has New Public Policy Leadership Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Journalist sentenced to four years in prison and 253 lashes

first_imgNews April 29, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist sentenced to four years in prison and 253 lashes RSF_en IranMiddle East – North Africa Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Reporters Without Borders today strongly deplored new attacks on journalists by the Iranian authorities, including the sentencing of one to four years in prison and 253 lashes, as well as further prosecution of two others already in jail and suspected bogus confessions of a fourth. “These new moves by the hardliners cannot be tolerated,” said the organisation’s secretary-general, Robert Ménard. “The reformers in the regime are clearly unable to defend the journalists. The situation is disgraceful.”Alireza Jabari, a translator and freelance contributor to several independent newspapers, including Adineh, was sentenced on 19 April to four years in prison, 253 lashes and a fine of six million rials (1,000 euros) for “consuming and distributing alcoholic drinks” and for “adultery and incitement to immoral acts.” Such charges are routine against non-religious people. In fact, he was being punished for belonging to the Writers’ Association and sending material to foreign-based news websites, especially articles defending a jailed lawyer, Nasser Zarafshan.Jabari’s lawyer said he was arrested illegally and that he himself had not been allowed to attend Jabari’s trial. He was arrested at his office in Teheran last 28 December and freed on 6 February this year. He was arrested again on 17 March. An interview with him had appeared on 25 December in a Persian-language newspaper in Canada, Charvand, in which he said the country’s hardline spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Guide of the Islamic Revolution, wanted the crisis in Iran to get worse. His latest arrest came soon after he told the press about his conditions of detention and the pressure exerted on him to make confessions.Journalists Hossein Ghazian (arrested last October) and Abbas Abdi (arrested in November) are being tried in secret and without their lawyers present for “possessing secret documents belong to the intelligence ministry.” Early this month they were each sentenced on appeal to four years and six months in prison – four years for “passing information to enemy countries,” and six months for “making propaganda against the Islamic regime.” Ghazian, a director of the Ayandeh public opinion firm and a journalist on the daily paper Nowrooz, and Abdi, another Ayandeh director, ex-editor of the daily Salam who has worked on many reformist papers, were accused of “receiving money from the US polling firm Gallup or from a foreign embassy.” They were arrested after the official news agency IRNA, published last 22 September an Ayandeh poll that showed 74.4 per cent of Iranians favoured a resumption of ties with the United States.Sina Motallebi, editor of the news website and formerly on the staff of the banned reformist daily Hayat-é-No, has been in preventive detention since 20 April. His lawyer was barred from the start of his trial on 26 April because the judge, Saberi Zafargandi, said it was “pointless at this stage of the case.” Motallebi agreed with the judge, leading his family to fear he had been subjected to psychological pressure in jail. The judge has tried several other journalists, including Siamak Pourzand, Kambiz Kaheh and Said Mostaghasi, all of whom made alleged confessions. After Hayat-é-No was shut down in January, Motallebi revived the website on which he had defended one of the paper’s journalists, Alireza Eshragi, who was arrested on 11 January, and other imprisoned journalists. This angered the country’s hardline judiciary but also some reformers, who he criticised for remaining silent about the arrests. He was accused of undermining national security through “cultural activity” and had been summoned several times in the past four months by legal officials and the Adareh Amaken branch of the Teheran police. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Receive email alerts February 25, 2021 Find out more to go further News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists March 18, 2021 Find out more June 9, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa News Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Iran Organisation last_img read more

Ask the Economist with Skylar Olsen

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Previous: HUD Approves $8.2B Puerto Rico Recovery Plan Next: The Week Ahead: CFPB Director Headed for Capitol Hill Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Donna Joseph Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Ask the Economist with Skylar Olsen in Daily Dose, Featured, Print Features Affordability Ask the Economist Homeownership Skylar Olsen Student Debt Zillow 2019-03-01 Donna Joseph Related Articles The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Donna Joseph is a Dallas-based writer who covers technology, HR best practices, and a mix of lifestyle topics. She is a seasoned PR professional with an extensive background in content creation and corporate communications. Joseph holds a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Mass Communication, both from the University of Bangalore, India. She is currently working on two books, both dealing with women-centric issues prevalent in oppressive as well as progressive societies. She can be reached at [email protected] Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Ask the Economist with Skylar Olsencenter_img Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Affordability Ask the Economist Homeownership Skylar Olsen Student Debt Zillow Editor’s note: This feature originally appeared in the March issue of DS News, out now.Skylar Olsen is the Director of Economic Research and Outreach at Zillow. She investigates housing markets all across the country and the importance of place in economic outcomes. Olsen is also dedicated to sharing housing data with policymakers as well as academic and nonprofit researchers to further understanding on a whole host of issues. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington, specializing in econometrics and environmental economics and was honored for teaching excellence by the University of Washington. Olsen spoke to DS News about the trends in the housing markets, the homelessness crisis, and what she loves most about being an economist.What does your day-to-day role look like as Director of Economic Research and Outreach? As a housing economist at Zillow, I and my team have access to the richest housing and consumer dataset in the world. With that dataset at our fingertips, we keep an eye on economic and policy developments in the news, and through the grapevine, and perform analyses to comment on those rising issues. But we also are constantly brainstorming deeper and more complicated questions we can explore, such as, how do rising rents impact homelessness or what impact do land use regulations have on home prices and our ability to build. We have a sense of humor too though looking at the best places to move for love or hot markets for dogs. Personally, I spend some of my time playing in the data, some of it managing and guiding others, a small chunk of it vision setting, and a fair share simply talking about all the insights we’ve explored, whether on a stage or on the phone with a reporter.What are some of the markets poised for homeownership growth this year?I expect to see homeownership rates rise in places where housing is still affordable, but have good job prospects. Southern markets like Dallas and Atlanta still have fairly affordable homes, but really strong job markets–so people are earning enough to buy a home, and the homes themselves are within their reach.With properties getting more expensive, it’s taking longer for consumers to save for a down payment. How will this trend play out for millennials who are struggling to become homeowners? Millennials are facing the one-two punch of rising housing costs and record levels of student debt. We just saw a Fed report that about 400,000 young Americans didn’t buy a home because of student debt. The homeownership rate for young people, despite a recent turnaround, is far from reaching the level it was at in the early 2000s, before the housing bubble. Home values are still growing faster than incomes, and our research shows that the median household income often isn’t enough to break into the housing market. So, already you need to be at a higher income bracket than the average household. Another challenge is that lower-priced inventory is in higher demand, so while the more expensive price range is less competitive, there’s still plenty of competition for affordable homes. This could mean multiple bids, escalation clauses, and a lot of stress for first-time buyers, though with the market cooling down this means buyers should be able to make a calmer more considered decision. The best thing first-time buyers can do is to be super educated about the market and their own finances and work with great professionals who can help guide them through the process.What are the major barriers to homeownership in the current housing market?Affordability is the number one challenge, and it comes from a few different angles. Home prices are outpacing income gains, and that puts homeownership further out of reach for hopeful buyers. Rents have essentially leveled off or even dipped slightly, but they’re at or close to record highs, which makes it harder to set aside money to save a down payment. There is a bit of a positive though, in that mortgage rates have come down from the heights they reached late last year, so once you get a home, your monthly costs won’t be as high. Low inventory, especially at lower price points, is keeping upward pressure on the housing market, too. Some of the most inventory deprived markets–like Seattle–have seen a recent resurgence in the number of homes for sale, which has slowed the frenetic pace of sales. If this trend spreads across the country, buyers will have more breathing room.What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? The most rewarding aspect of my job changes from day to day. I love working with my team supporting their career development and imagining what we together can be or do. I like it when research we’ve done starts spreading through the media and the community or when someone I meet outside of work tells me about something interesting that they’ve heard or read, and it’s the work we did. If we can take a complicated topic, such as housing vouchers and affordable housing supply, and break it down into clear parts, policymakers can work with that to inform changes. Sometimes they do, and I can see it happen. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago March 1, 2019 1,816 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

Creative block

first_imgCreative blockOn 16 May 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Caught up in the 21st century’s creative revolution, companiesare faced with a balancing act in attempting to marry innovative culture withbusiness ethicsCreativity is the modern corporate equivalent of the philosopher’s stone – amythical substance so powerfully imbued with magic that it was believed itcould transform base metals into gold and silver. Just as medieval alchemistsspent lifetimes in hopeful pursuit of this elusive commodity, so it is becomingthe norm for 21st century management to devote huge chunks of timeand resource to fostering a creative environment at work, in the hope that itwill lead to that most critical of competitive success factors – innovation.If you want to make your fortune in the current business climate, forgetthat great dotcom idea you’ve been nurturing and concentrate instead ondistilling Essence of Creativity. It will sell by the gallon.The problem facing companies is that the formula for this most elusive ofelixirs remains as intangible and remote as the original philosopher’s stone –indeed, many people question whether it exists at all. Key influenceYet “creativity” has already assumed such a pivotal position inthe new economy that its presence – or absence – in organisations is becoming akey determinant of such make-or-break metrics as stock price. As the partners of ?What If!, an “invention” consultancy set up tospur on the creative revolution at work, point out, the so-called creativesectors – chiefly communications, information, entertainment, science andtechnology – are already worth $360bn a year in the US, making them morevaluable than automobiles, aerospace and agriculture.Even relatively staid UK management experts are jumping on the creativebandwagon. According to a recent report by management consultancyPricewaterhouseCoopers, there is now such an inextricable link betweeninnovation and value creation that a failure to invest in the former”could be the death knell of many organisations”. But how do you go about forming such an environment, without falling prey tosome of the wilder excesses of creativity?Can you create an environment dedicated to innovation within the establishedcorporate framework, or does the process lead inevitably to disorder andanarchy? Even the movement’s greatest proponents concede that a certain amount ofdisruption and disorientation is inevitable. “The whole point ofcreativity is that you are stepping into the unknown,” says ?WhatIf!partner Dave Allan. “It is an incredibly wasteful discipline – nine out of10 things will fail.”This might be one reason why, despite its current ascendancy in fashionablethinking, creativity at work has established such a bad name for itself in theUK. For some people the very idea of attempting to channel such an elusivecommodity into formal business constructs is risible. The problem is that oneperson’s idea of a stimulating creative environment, is another’s idea ofoffice hell. “I’ve been on training programmes where people come in dressed in funnyclothes, in the spirit of bursting through the creative block. But for manypeople it is not inspiring, it’s embarrassing,” says Brian Baxter, apartner with organisational development and business psychology expert Kiddy& Partners.”A lot of this stuff is based on an extroverted model of the world –the extrovert needs contact and a lively atmosphere in which to bounce ideas. “But there’s another type of person, the introvert, for whom time,space, silence and privacy are key to ideas. They cannot handle a glamorous,colourful and jazzy environment. If you create that kind of wacky atmosphere,you raise levels of anxiety. I don’t think it’s just British reticence – peoplehave simply realised that on this level the creativity is contrived, and theyknow contrivances don’t work.”Divisive dangerFormer Radio 1 marketing manager, Sophie McLaughlin, agrees. Indeed, shemaintains the attempt to impose a creative environment often leads to moredivisiveness than cohesion in organisations.One major problem is how quickly creative ideas and images can go out ofdate. “At Radio 1 we were trying to steer the station into the futurewhile still surrounded with the “wacky” paraphernalia of the past. Itwas quite difficult to feel creative when you had pictures of Dave Lee Travisand Floella Benjamin staring down at you.”Moreover, the station’s new wave of modernisers, as epitomised by McLaughlinand her boss Matthew Bannister, endured flak for trying to stamp their ownbrand of creativity on the organisation.”I had a call from Andy Kershaw, who I had never met, accusing me ofbeing ‘a typical pony-tail-wearing, red-bespectacled marketing type’. Peoplewho try to enforce creativity, especially in a place like the BBC which doesn’thave the heritage, invariably get it wrong.”Now a partner with Blinc Media Intelligence, McLaughlin – also a stalwart ofthe London advertising scene – has seen her fair share of redundant creativeconstructs at work over the years. At advertising agency Chiat Day (now St Luke’s) she recalls “a sunkenbit in the floor, with fish at the bottom made of red carpet, designed to be athink-tank. After two weeks it was completely defunct. In many ways, she concludes, “creativity” is still perceived asthe antithesis of “cool”, and that is what turns people off. The moreexperts tell us to forget our adult assumptions and re-enter the inventiveworld of childhood, with its bean bags, bouncy balls and wide-eyedencouragement of ostensibly lunatic ideas, the more we revert to sulkingadolescence.Some commentators like Baxter, who has been round the block in terms ofliving through repetitive business cycles, believe such cynicism is justified. He claims the last time creativity was in vogue, at the height of the 1980sboom, the atmosphere of Friday night beer busts and morning doughnuts with theboss created “a trivialisation of business”. People were so busycongratulating themselves on the positive vibe they had created, they forgotwhat they were supposed to be using it for.Widespread cynicismNo wonder creative work gurus, such as David Firth of Leigh FirthAssociates, and author of How to Make Work Fun! and The Corporate Fool, claimit is virtually impossible to push creativity too far in the corporate world.Far from leading to disruption and anarchy in companies, he says the realproblem is getting people to think creatively at work in the first place. “Ten years ago business struck me as a pretty stuffy place,” hesays. “It has loosened up since then, but we are still dealing withbusiness people with an eye on the bottom line. They could never be so creativeas to damage the company.” He claims effective corporate creativity is about finding the right balancebetween structure and creativity. “Too much of the first and you getrigidity. But too much creativity leads to chaos. “I don’t think thebusiness world has got the ability to move all the way over to chaos. People inbusiness are conditioned by rationalism.”But some companies have taken significant steps in that direction. Allanadmits when he and his co-partners quit the stuffy corporate world to form?WhatIf!, they took the creative impulse a little too far when dealing with theaccounts. “We thought it would be fun to have a random invoicing system:we would go straight from invoice 272 to invoice 1,000,000.” The group was only dissuaded from this apparently cockeyed idea when itsaccountant reminded them the Inland Revenue might not look too favourably uponsuch a zany arrangement.Structure need”The story illustrates how creativity needs structure,” concludesAllan. “When you have complete creativity everything’s possible – but theworld is too big. There might be blue sky, but you get lost if you have noreference point.”Jazz musicians complain people think improvisation is flighty, freestuff. In fact it cannot exist without structure. The same is true ofcreativity,” says Firth. And Allan agrees, “Creativity has been dressed up as a sunken room withbean bags – it is easy to be cynical about that because there are no results.People think being creative is about having really good fun. But actually it’shard work.” He claims his research demonstrates that real creativity in companies stemsfrom the ability of team leaders to create “benign structures”.”The teams which do well on our MBA courses have got a level of leadershipdistinct from the others. The leaders do not typically come out with the ideasthemselves, but they are the facilitators. In our jargon, they build a‘platform of understanding’, create a shared vision and a positive andsupportive environment. They are also characterised by their resilience.”The real question, of course, is how to structure this framework forfreethinking. ?WhatIf!, which has coached such blue chips as Heinz, ColgatePalmolive, ICI, Pepsi Co and Cadbury Schweppes in the art of formulating aproductive creative environment, suggests making a clear distinction betweenthe rules which apply in the “emergency room” atmosphere of the dailybusiness environment, and those in the creative “greenhouse”.”Greenhousing was born out of a realisation that creativity needs adifferent environment from that offered by normal business behaviour. But the greenhouse need not be a physical place, nor do participants necessarilyhave to book a formal time in which to storm ideas. In fact, it is a state ofmind that can be switched on and off. “The knack to informal greenhousing lies in recognising a creativesituation and putting up a pocket greenhouse on the spot. It may last just afew minutes, but it is a safe haven for creativity.” The most important thing, however, is that in the greenhouse environmentanything goes – “normal” business judgement is suspended. Allan points out that the modus operandi of the greenhouse also needs toreflect the common culture of the company if it is to find real acceptance.”Define what you think creative means in your culture,” he advises.”Identify where you are in current creativity and where you want to go.Ask how people will act and behave differently than before. Ask what structuresyou need to put in place.” For example, one client, Bass Brewers, while generally accepting much of the?WhatIf! theory, found the notion of expressing these ideas in “Londonagency speak” unappealing. It consequently adopted its own greenhouse ruleterminology to discourage people from treading on the ideas of others. Anyonemaking a negative remark was shown a yellow card, while persistent offendersgot a red one, and were asked to leave the meeting. “This was done veryplayfully, but there was a very serious intent behind it.”Allan notes that encouraging creativity comes much easier to smallercompanies “where everyone knows each other. But in larger companiesefficiency becomes the dominant paradigm. The key challenge is how to encourageentrepreneurialism in a large environment. Companies that are successful arethose learning to create acorns from old oaks. Big firms should experiment morewith doing smaller things.”Creative spin-off operations that have been used to good effect includeBritish Airways’ Go operation, and the Saturn branch of General Motors.Separating these more dynamic environments from the main body also has theeffect of reducing corporate tension, claims Andrew Parker, a senior partner atForrester Research. “A separate structure creates a level of insulationfrom the rest of the company and makes it less problematic if things gowrong.”Sharing ideas When it comes to implementing a creative strategy, Allan advises a”land and expand” approach. “One thing we have noticed withclients is that when we have started on one section of the company, others havesaid, ‘this clearly works, we would like to do it too’.”Other creative thinkers have taken a different approach to the problem. InThe Corporate Fool, for example, the authors explore the idea of using anindividual to question existing assumptions in an organisation, thus encouragecreativity. It was an idea famously taken up by British Airways head ofstrategy Paul Birch, who restyled himself “Corporate Jester”. “My only objective was to swan around, sticking my nose into otherpeople’s business and being a pain in the rear,” he said in 1997.”Humour in business is necessary. It will become the big issue as peoplerealise much more gets done when people have fun.”Birch left the operation in 1998, but many of his ideas influenced the ethosbehind the £200m new BA building with its free-flowing cafe structure, dubbed”the biggest friendly building in the world”.Corporate Fool author Firth concedes that much of the “foolish”nomenclature in the book was a mistake “because it made peopletitter”, but it masked a serious purpose, namely the importance ofbringing independent judgement to bear.”A fool has three principles – first, to see things as they really are,second, to say them as they really are, third, to communicate.” It is the sort of role which might usefully be taken up by a non-executivedirector, he adds. “They have that objectivity. They are sort of in thecourt, yet out of it. This is one of the roles with the potential to change thestatus quo. As soon as you put the ‘foolish’ concept to one side and look atthe characteristics, you will see these people are common in companies.” What’s in a name?The most obvious way to demonstrate your creative corporate credentials isto come up with a zany job title or two.This might sound frivolous, but there is growing evidence that companies arebeginning to take the issue of job nomenclature very seriously indeed. In a recent survey quoted in The Guardian, an astonishing 70 per cent ofoffice workers claimed they would be prepared to forgo a pay rise for the sakeof a more “motivational” title.Unsurprisingly companies at the forefront of this movement are oftenmarketing companies looking to use their own organisations as a showroom forwhat they might do for clients. At the Fourth Room consultancy, for example,titles are informal, colloquial and ad hoc – designed to indicate a person’sbasic job function. They include “managing directors” (someone whoorganises senior management) a “members only” (the person responsiblefor customer lists and marketing), a “man of ideas” and “apath-finder”.A similar situation also exists within ice-cream maker Ben & Jerry – thoughit will be interesting to see whether such quaint titles as”flavourmeister” and “serving supremo” survives thecompany’s recent takeover.Proponents of ad hoc job titling claim the system helps boost self-esteemwithin individuals, as well as breaking down corporate hierarchies. And thereis evidence that the practice is gaining ground in established blue-chipoperations as well as new wave companies. At Polaroid, for example, thereexists a “senior creatologist”. Meanwhile, at US software house Netscape, the dreary connotations ofHR/personnel have been replaced by the unforgettable “director of bringingin cool people”. The Virginian-based marketing company Play boasts a “whatif”, a”checkplease” and (more traditionally) a “growth officer”.The one caveat to this informal approach to nomenclature is what happens ifa person’s performance or behaviour fails to live up to their title. Should itthen be changed to a more realistic one? How long before someone gets saddledwith “office lech” or “official team loser”? As a final word of warning, whatever happened to the Major administration’sMinister of Fun? Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Oxford marches for an end to NHS crisis

first_imgBeyond Oxfordshire, NHS services across the country havebeen battling a staffing crisis for a number of years. Hundreds took to the streets last Saturday to protest the state of the NHS. Growing opposition to the privatisation of cancer-scanningservices at the Churchill Hospital was exacerbated last month when it wasannounced the twelve-bed ward in Headington would temporarily close due to ashortage of NHS nurses. Acknowledging the significance of the crisis, Drew went onto say: “We have a clear workforce plan in place for the year ahead whichincludes ongoing recruitment of international nurses, a significant growth inapprentices, and continued efforts to ensure that OUH is a great place to workso that our existing staff want to stay with us. In April, Oxfordshire’s Health Overview and ScrutinyCommittee was presented with a petition, which had amassed 10,000 signatures, opposingthe plans. The belief of the petitioners is that privatisation of such serviceswould mean that the NHS would become an inferior service. Latest NHS figures show that the trust employs 5,343 staffwith just over 13% of posts being vacant. Following the meeting, the OUH Chief Executive, Dr Bruno Holthof, said: “I would like to thank the Oxfordshire HOSC for agreeing to our request to examine this issue. “Moreover, we have seen a reduction in staff turnoverrecently and we want to see that trend continue by retaining our staff andhelping them to develop and build their careers here in Oxfordshire.” Protestors also marched against the privatisation of cancer(PET-CT) scanning at the Churchill Hospital. The OUH told Cherwell that due to the decision “no changes will be made to the current PET-CT service at the Churchill Hospital while this process is ongoing.” Yet as well as the high cost of living, the OxfordUniversity Hospitals Trust, which runs the John Radcliffe and Churchillhospitals, recently revealed that amidst the growing uncertainties of Brexit, agrowing number of Spanish nurses were leaving the organisation to go home. Responding to the worsening staffing crisis, a majorexpansion and redevelopment of housing for NHS staff in Oxford is beingplanned. Health campaigners had raised concerns that more than twothirds of nursing posts were vacant by the end of May. Extremely high costs of living in Oxford have been cited asthe main barrier to attracting new staff. Under banners calling for action to Oxfordshire’s NHSstaffing crisis, protesters marched through the city centre. With the closureof Oxford’s community hospital fresh in people’s minds, the town’s access tomedical care was at the top of the list of concerns. Scanning services for cancer (PECT-CT) have been provided atthe Churchill Hospital since 2005. In a meeting between the UOH and theOxfordshire Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC), it was decidedthat the matter would be referred to the Secretary of State for Health. Last week, John Drew, Director of Improvement and Culture at Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) told Cherwell: “Recruiting and retaining staff is a challenge both for the NHS nationally and for us here in Oxfordshire.” “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the many patients who have contacted us to say how much they value the current PET-CT service at the Churchill. We are grateful for their support and also that of our local MPs and our governors who have spoken out on this issue.” A plan, submitted to the Oxford City Council in April,involves the demolition of the original hospital accommodation and the creationof an additional 51 homes. last_img read more

Maple Leaf UK rides out cost pressures

first_imgCanadian-owned Maple Leaf Foods has announced fourth-quarter results for 2007, which revealed an 11% increase in Bakery Product Group sales to $393m (£200m) up from $355m (£180m) in the last quarter of 2006.The group does not separate out the earnings of its UK divisions. In the past two years Maple Leaf has acquired five UK businesses: the Harvestime bakery in Walsall in 2006, Avance (UK) and the French Croissant Company in December 2006, La Fornaia in August 2007 and the Bernard Matthews bakery in Dunstable in November 2007.Adjusted operating earnings for the year rose 16% to $116.7m. Maple Leaf’s report said: “In the UK, the benefits of price increases were not sufficient to offset the impact of higher input costs and investments in promotion and advertising. However, these headwinds were offset by the positive contribution of acquisitions and organic growth in bagel and other speciality bakery categories.”The company expects to see continued growth in the speciality and bagel markets.Marketing and innovation director Guy Hall said the firm will launch new products in its New York Bagel range this year.Hall added: “The general sentiment would be that we’ve had stable economic conditions for 10 years but in the last 12-18 months it has been turned on its head. What the future holds we cannot say. We’re into choppy and uncertain waters. If we’ve got one overriding concern it’s the cost of price increases coming into the business.”Maple Leaf has negotiated price rises with its customers, including the major retailers, he added.last_img read more

Four years in review

first_imgLauren Weldon | The Observer Fr. Theodore Hesburgh dies at 97On Feb. 26, 2015, Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, 15th president of Notre Dame and one of the most influential figures in higher education, died at the age of 97. Friends, family and the Notre Dame community came together to celebrate his life at his funeral held at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on March 4, 2015.Former President of the United States Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, M.A. class of 1975, topped a long list of dignitaries who offered reflections at the memorial service for Hesburgh in Purcell Pavilion on March 4.University President Fr. John Jenkins described Fr. Hesburgh as a moral force in a statement sent to the student body.“Next to Notre Dame’s founder, Father Edward Sorin, C.S.C., no one has had a greater impact on the University than Fr. Ted,” Jenkins said. “With his appointments to the faculty, his creation of great centers and institutes for scholarship and research, his commitment to our Catholic character and, most of all, his leadership, charisma and vision, he turned what was a school well-known for football into one of the nation’s great institutions for higher learning.” Major Headlines in the last four yearsCampus Crossroads, Jan. 24, 2014On Jan. 29, 2014, the University announced the $400 million “Campus Crossroads Project.” The undertaking is a renovation to the stadium, which will include classrooms, recreational facilities, meeting rooms and a student center. The purpose of the endeavor is to centralize every element of campus life in one location.Notre Dame announced new school for global affairs, Oct. 1, 2014On Oct. 1, 2014, the University announced plans to open the Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs, the first new college at the University in nearly a century. It will be based in Jenkins Hall, and R. Scott Appleby will serve as the Marilyn Keough Dean at the school.ESPN sues Notre Dame for record access, Jan. 15, 2015On Jan. 15, 2015, ESPN filed a lawsuit against Notre Dame claiming NDSP violated Indiana’s public records law by refusing to release campus police records. Although the trial court judge ruled in Notre Dame’s favor in April 2015, ESPN won the appeal March 15, 2016 when the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled that NDSP is a public agency.Donald Trump elected President of the United States, Nov. 9, 2016In the early hours of Nov. 9, 2016, Donald Trump officially defeated Hillary Clinton to become the 45th U.S. President. The reactions of students ranged from excitement to shock to fear. In the aftermath of the election, students formed a new student group at the University, We Stand For.Jan Cervelli inaugurated as 12th Saint Mary’s President, Nov. 12, 2016After officially taking office on June 1, 2016, College President Jan Cervelli was officially inaugurated as the 12th head of the school. Cervelli succeeded College President Emeritus Carol Ann Mooney, who served for 12 years before retiring in 2016. Vice President Mike Pence announced as 2017 Commencement speaker, March 2, 2017The University announced Vice President and former Governor of Indiana Mike Pence as the 2017 Commencement speaker on March 2. The selection of Pence as Commencement speaker was met with mixed reactions, with some students citing Pence’s record on LGBT issues as a particular point of contention.Tags: Campus Crossroads, Commencement 2017, Donald Trump, ESPN lawsuit, Four Years in Review, Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, keough school for global affairs, Mike Pence, President Jan Cervelli Twelve ND, SMC students lost in four years2013 witnessed the death of one Notre Dame student. Connor Sorensen died Dec. 20, 2013 after a lifelong battle with lung disease, along with other health-related issues. Sorensen was able to graduate early, despite his deteriorating health. His friends described him as relentless in his motivation to find cures for diseases, due to his personal experiences.Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s lost two students in 2014. Third-year Ph.D. student Akash Sharma died Jan. 1. Sharma was studying chemical and biomolecular engineering and worked as a teaching assistant. He was from India.Saint Mary’s former first year Madelyn Stephenson died when her car was hit on the driver’s side by a semi-tractor Jan. 3. She had a passion for learning Arabic, and her loved ones described her as a shy, smart girl.Five Notre Dame students died in 2015. Sophomore Daniel Kim was found dead Feb. 6 in his off-campus residence. A former fencer, Kim was a business student from New Jersey.Senior finance major Lisa Yang died March 3; her death was ruled a suicide by the St. Joseph County Coroner’s Office. She was a resident of McGlinn Hall, and friends said she was naturally good at everything she tried.Senior Billy Meckling died in the early hours of May 16 after falling from the roof of the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center; he was set to graduate the following day. Meckling was a four-year member of the Irish varsity fencing team, winning two monograms.Rebecca Townsend, a member of the incoming class of 2019, died July 2 after she and a friend were struck by a car during a Fourth of July celebration. Her friend recalls Rebecca saving his life by pushing him out of the way of the car.Junior Jake Scanlan, a mechanical engineering major from North Potomac, Maryland, died in his bed in Siegfried Hall on Nov. 11. His friends said he treated everyone like an old friend and loved to make people smile.In 2016, Notre Dame lost two students. Third-year law student Karabo Moleah, 26, died March 31 in Philadelphia while studying in the Law School’s Washington D.C. program. His friends remember his questioning nature and intelligence.On March 9, junior Theresa Sagartz was found dead in her off-campus residence from natural causes related to a chronic medical condition. A third generation member of the Notre Dame community, her friends and family remember her as adventurous, self-assured and generous with her time.In 2017, Notre Dame lost two students. First-year law student Travis McElmurry, who was dual-enrolled at the business school, died in his off-campus residence on March 12. His friends said he had an easygoing nature and loved his dog.On March 31, former undergraduate student Edward Lim died at his home in Cincinnati. His friends said Lim had made a significant impact on the community during his time at the University, and remembered his love for music, philosophy and the Notre Dame Chorale.last_img read more