web site of the week: www.thinkers50.com

first_imgweb site of the week: www.thinkers50.comOn 9 May 2001 in Personnel Today If you’re looking for some inspiration in your coffee break, or want a quickfix of management wisdom before your next executive meeting, the Thinkers 50website is the perfect destination. Created by Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove,who’ve done so much to make business writing accessible and digestible, it isthe first ranking of management gurus. They sent around 4,000 e-mails tobusinesspeople, consultants, academics and MBA students across the globe andasked them to vote. From the responses, a shortlist of 68 names was drawn up,then an expert panel ranked them against 10 criteria, including originality,practicality and impact of ideas and guru factor. There are also biographiesand plenty of substantive material, as well as quick links to specific subjects,like the absence of women and the triumph of academics. So who’s number one? Wewouldn’t dream of stealing their thunder – or ruining your coffee break. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Looking Star Jonathan Groff to Finish Off-Broadway Run of Hamilton

first_img View Comments Related Shows Hamilton (Off-Broadway) Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015 Jonathan Groff How’s this for a royal entrance? Jonathan Groff will assume the role of King George in Hamilton off-Broadway beginning March 3, taking over for Tony nominee Brian d’Arcy James, who leaves to star in Broadway’s Something Rotten. The Public Theater production will conclude its run on May 3.The musical, written by and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, recently announced that it will play Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre this summer following its off-Broadway run. Performances are scheduled to begin on July 13. Groff is not currently confirmed for the show’s Broadway run.Groff won three Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards and was nominated for a Tony Award for playing Melchoir in the Broadway musical hit Spring Awakening. For the Public Theater, he previously starred in Hair at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park and The Bacchae. Other off-Broadway credits include The Submission, The Singing Forest and Prayer for My Enemy. He was also see in Deathtrap in London’s West End and Red at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. This summer, he will headline William Finn’s A New Brain at City Center. He can currently be seen in the second season of the gay-themed drama Looking on HBO.Directed by Thomas Kail, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The new musical follows the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America, from bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy.In addition to Miranda, the cast includes Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson and Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler. Star Fileslast_img read more

Sleep Well

first_imgHeart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, resulting in one out of every four deaths. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences agents, like me, spread the word year around about how to help keep your heart healthy.Well-known tips include maintaining a diet low in saturated fat and sodium, getting enough physical activity and eating plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Many people do not fully realize, however, the importance of getting enough sleep to your heart’s health.Sleep is your body’s way of restoring itself. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most Americans need at least seven hours of sleep a night. Research has shown that those who get less than the recommended seven to nine hours are more prone to chronic disease conditions, including obesity, Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. The CDC reports 31.4 percent of adults in Georgia are obese and 34.4 percent are overweight. Being obese or overweight contributes to the development of chronic conditions such as heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.Not getting enough sleep can lead to unhealthy weight gain resulting in obesity. Some studies have shown that lack of sleep may affect a part of the brain that controls hunger. Also, sleep-deprived people may be too tired to exercise, which results in being less physically activity. Furthermore, there are opportunities to consume more calories when one is awake longer, and temptations from technology and television can trigger overeating.Type 2 diabetes causes sugar (glucose) to build up in the blood, eventually damaging blood vessels and leading to other serious health problems, such as heart disease. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that acts like a key to let blood sugar in the body’s cells be used as energy.However, in Type 2 diabetics, these cells do not respond normally to insulin  –  they are insulin resistant. The pancreas makes more insulin to try to get cells to respond. Eventually the pancreas cannot keep up, resulting in high blood sugar (blood glucose) levels. Stress and lack of sleep also have been proven to make blood glucose management difficult. Some studies show that getting the recommended number of hours of sleep may help people improve blood sugar control, particularly when measuring A1c levels.High blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the leading risks for heart disease and stroke. Approximately 75 million Americans — one in three adults — have high blood pressure.  Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries which carry blood from the heart to other parts of the body. Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day, based on various factors including stress and diet. When blood pressure stays high for extended periods of time, damage can occur. When you are asleep, your blood pressure decreases. Difficulty sleeping can lead to blood pressure staying higher for longer periods of time.All three of these chronic conditions are interrelated. Obesity is a risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes, and heart disease is the leading cause of early death among people with diabetes. Nearly 75 percent of people with diabetes have high blood pressure, a risk factor for heart disease. This is information you can sleep on.For more information on home, health, nutrition and food safety, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

Start the new year with a bang

More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago There are five bedrooms including a master suite, four bathrooms, and space for four vehicles.Caesar stone benches, marble flooring, extensive timber cabinetry, a breakfast bar and a full range of top grade appliances can be found in the kitchen.Residents only amenities include a heated pool, sauna, spa, BBQ facilities and onsite manager. The agency hosted the launch party for the property on Sunsuper Riverfire night on September 29, and the campaign photographs have some serious wow factor. The view from the penthouse during RiverfirePlace Kangaroo Point agent Michael Bacon is marketing 701/21 Pixley St — a luxurious two-level penthouse in the Watermark Residences building. “This is probably the crown jewel of city apartments,” he said.“It is the perfect house alternative and at 686sq m is substantially bigger than the average family home.“And the location … I think it could be the best view in Brisbane.” Not a bad spot to get over a hangover“It goes to auction on October 25 and the new owner could easily be in by Christmas and the New Year,” Mr Bacon said. Mr Bacon said the penthouse has 220sq m of terrace space, and had hosted numerous parties for special events like Riverfire and New Year’s Eve.The penthouse has an open plan, two level design with multiple living spaces and floor-to-ceiling windows providing exceptional views of the river and city. How’s that view?WANT to say goodbye to 2018 with a bang? This penthouse at Kangaroo Point could have one of the best vantage points in Brisbane.Today marks 80 days until New Year’s Eve, and a penthouse with arguably the best vantage point recently hit the market. read more

Eighty Injured after Japanese Ferry Hits ‘Whale’

first_imgEighty people were injured when a Japanese jetfoil ferry hit what seemed to be a whale in the Sea of Japan. The incident occurred on March 9, 2019, when Ginga, operated by Sado Steam Ship company, was en route from Niigata Port to Sado Island, Japan.The ferry was carrying 121 people at the time of the incident. Six out of the eighty hospitalized sustained severe injuries, the company said in a statement.Ginga managed to arrive at Ryotsu Port in Sado Island under its own power. Sado Steam Ship company informed that all further voyages of Ginga have been canceled.As a result of the collision with the “marine creature”, the ship’s hull was damaged and needs to be repaired.An investigation into the cause of the incident has been launched.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

The Latest: 16 NBA players test positive as restart nears

first_img___Diamond League track meets in France and the United States have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers say the Sept. 6 event in Paris and the Prefontaine meet on Oct. 4 in Eugene, Oregon, cannot be held because of the current restrictions on mass gatherings and international travel.A meet in Gateshead, England, has been postponed from Aug. 16 to a possible date in mid-September.The next possible Diamond League meet is scheduled for Aug. 14 in Monaco. Ivanisevic won the Wimbledon title in 2001. He says he twice tested negative for the virus over the past 10 days but has now tested positive.Ivanisevic says “I would like to inform everyone who has been in contact with me that I tested positive and ask them to take extra good care of themselves and their loved ones.”The Croat says he has no symptoms but will self-isolate.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Associated Press Those 16 players were part of a pool of 302 tested on Tuesday. Tests are continuing for all 22 teams that will be participating in the restart at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida, next month. The player names were not disclosed; some, such as Malcolm Brogdon of Indiana and Sacramento teammates Jabari Parker and Alex Len have publicly acknowledged they have recently positive.That was a 5.3% rate of positive tests leaguewide. The league did not announce results of testing on staffers and other members of team travel parties, all of whom are also part of the mandatory testing program.The league and the union say that “any player who tested positive will remain in self-isolation until he satisfies public health protocols for discontinuing isolation and has been cleared by a physician.”___The Carolina Hurricanes will begin “voluntary small-group training” at PNC Arena on Tuesday. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association say 16 players tested positive for coronavirus in the first wave of mandatory tests done in preparation for the restart of the season. The Latest: 16 NBA players test positive as restart nears ___This year’s Fed Cup finals have been rescheduled for 2021 because of “challenges” related to the coronavirus pandemic.The International Tennis Federation says the women’s team competition will take place April 13-18 in Budapest, Hungary.The 2020 event was originally scheduled for April but was postponed because of the pandemic. Officials had hoped to squeeze the competition in this year.The ITF says there are “significant logistical and regulatory challenges” to holding “an indoor mass gathering” at the Laszlo Arena. The tennis body says “guaranteeing the health and safety of all involved will not be feasible.” The team said Friday those sessions will be closed to the public and media. Sixteen players, divided into two groups, are expected to participate.Players and staff permitted inside the arena will be tested for COVID-19. Team personnel will follow safety guidelines outlined in the second phase of the NHL’s return plan, as well as those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services.The team says the arena has received “extensive cleaning” during the suspended NHL season and there will be “enhanced cleaning and sanitation efforts” going forward.___The Davis Cup men’s tennis competition has been canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic and will pick up again in 2021. The Fed Cup finals feature 12 national teams competing in a new format.___Tennis great Goran Ivanisevic says he has tested positive for the coronavirus.The former Wimbledon champion coaches top-ranked Novak Djokovic and was at the recent Adria Tour exhibition series in Serbia and Croatia.Djokovic and three other players have also tested positive for the virus after playing in the events. Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki are the others. June 26, 2020 Matches were scheduled for this September and the Davis Cup finals were set for November in Madrid.Now the World Group I and World Group II preliminary matches will be played in various sites in either March or September 2021. The finals will be in Madrid during the week of Nov. 22, 2021.The International Tennis Federation says the 18 nations that already qualified for the 2020 finals will get a spot in 2021.The ITF has also scrapped the women’s Fed Cup finals for this year and says they will be played April 13-18 in Budapest, Hungary.The Fed Cup originally was supposed to be played this April but was initially postponed because of the pandemic.last_img read more

MidMichigan Medical Center Alpena’s ER Has New Renovations Thanks to Besser Foundation

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe Emergency Department at MidMichigan Medical Center Alpena has some new and improved renovations thanks to generous donations from the community.Reporter, Star Connor has more on this wonderful story.Thanks to the Besser Foundation more renovations of the Emergency Department at the Medical Center in Alpena have been updated. The foundation presented $125,000 to MidMichigan Medical Center Alpena to complete their pledge in assisting.“About 2 years ago we underwent a renovation of the Emergency Department, a well needed renovation in the Emergency Department and the Besser Foundation stepped to the plate once again as they do with any major project and they pledged $375,000 to the Emergency Department. The really cool thing about that too, is they did a match for that too. Anybody that gave, was also matched with that funding,” Fund Development Director, Ann Diamond said.The 7.5 million dollar renovation project started back in 2014 and was completed in fall of 2016. Diamond said the change was much needed.“The Emergency Department was in dire need of repair and renovations. Now we’ve got all new private rooms, and new equipment, a new layout, and the Besser Foundation recently paid their last installment to their pledge. We’re just really proud with the folks of Besser Foundation. They are so generous, not just with the hospital, but with many institutions in our community,” she added.The donations made are just a few that the community has given to the hospital in the past. Diamond said that she would like all of the donors to know that their generosity will stay at MidMichigan Medical Center Alpena.“You know, I’ve got the best job in the world. It’s just so heartwarming to be able to not only make the hospital a better place, but also work with donors that are so generous giving their hard earned money to foundations and institutions, and to make the community a better place for everybody. It’s just very heartwarming to know that people are that invested in our community, and care that much. With our affiliation with MidMichigan Health it’s been outstanding.We just want to ensure donors that the money that’s raised at the Alpena hospital stays and will be used at the hospital,” Diamond said.For WBKB News in Alpena, I’m Star Connor.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Besser Foundation, MidMichigan Medical Center, MidMichigan Medical Center AlpenaContinue ReadingPrevious City of Alpena Plans For Dog ParkNext Alpena Senior Center Continues to Raise Funds for the Food Bank in Their Luxury Eventlast_img read more

B52s complete weekend sweep

first_imgThe Humboldt B52s came from behind to beat the visiting San Francisco Seals 16-8, completing a two-game series sweep of the Seals Saturday night at Bomber Field. The B52s trailed for the majority of the game after surrendering an early two-run lead in the third inning, not re-taking the lead until an explosive eighth inning when they scored nine runs.“I felt like we were in the game the whole time,” B52s manager Scott St. John said. “Our pitching did just enough and our hitting was much …last_img read more

Takeaways: Logan Couture speaks bluntly about Sharks defensive struggles

first_imgST. LOUIS — Pete DeBoer often uses colorful language to describe games in which the Sharks have put forth the type of performance they threw out on the ice in St. Louis Friday.He’s called his team’s most-lopsided losses “eggs” and “clunkers,” telling reporters to “burn the tape.”On Friday, he spoke in more sober terms about the Sharks back-to-back losses to the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues.“Yesterday, we were reckless, but we had energy. Today, we were reckless without energy,” the …last_img read more

Innovation ‘funding, incentives needed’

first_img17 May 2012 South Africa must boost support and funding for research and innovation, and strengthen its public-private sector links, if it is to compete with its developing country peers, says Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor. “We would like to create conditions that will encourage the private sector to invest its research funds in South Africa,” Pandor said during her department’s budget vote in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday. Pandor said South Africa had “very able, world-class” researchers in a range of disciplines, but that, compared to many developing countries, the country did not allocate enough resources to research and innovation. She said one of the most repeated comments of a ministerial committee report on science, technology and innovation – the Nongxa report, which would soon be published public comment – was that the public science and technology sector needed to strengthen its links with the private sector.Incentives for private sector research investments “They also propose an examination of international practice with respect to incentives for private sector research investments,” Pandor said, adding that South Africa needed to draw on lessons from successful emerging economies such as China, Brazil and India. She said the Department of Science and Technology intended to improve incentives for South African researchers and entrepreneurs, and would be liaising with the board of the Technology Innovation Agency, which is tasked with funding innovation in the country, to develop a framework for an early review of the agency. Of the department’s R4.96-billion budget for 2012/13, R2.6-billion or 53% has been allocated to its public entities, but Pandor said South Africa needed a significant increase in science and technology expenditure if the country was to meet its national goals. “We are alert to the economic crisis confronting all economies, but it is vital to increase support for research if we are to retain the critical edge of an emerging world-class research destination,” she said. However, she said a welcome sign was the insertion of a spending category for science and technology in the Budget Review, which proposes that R10.7-billion – just over one percent of national expenditure – be allocated to science and technology in 2012/13. To fund local companies to develop technology, the department had also secured a commitment of R60-million over the next three years from the Treasury’s competitiveness fund, announced this year by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. “This will enable us to increase the number of companies we have on our register by a further 50 by the end of this financial year and grow them to 100 by the end of the 2014/15 financial year,” she said.Fluoro-chemicals, titanium initiatives The department was also implementing a fluoro-chemicals development programme targeting human capital development, new business formation and the development of novel processes and products. A multi-purpose fluorination pilot plant had been completed and would be launched this year. South Africa has an abundant fluorspar reserve and is competent in the handling of fluoro-chemical processes and products, Pandor said, and the government was looking to convert this strategic advantage into increased industrial activity and job creation. The department had also invested close to R108-million in titanium initiatives, including the commercialisation of a novel process for low-cost production of titanium powder, and over R100-million would be made available for the initiative over the next three years.Public-private ICT partnerships Pandor said the country’s research capacity in information and communication technologies (ICT) was also becoming a competitive advantage. Over the last 18 months, the government had announced targeted partnerships with global ICT companies including SAP, Microsoft and Nokia. These companies and others had, in the last financial year, invested over R15-million in cash and kind to the government’s ICT research and development programme, which had been matched by government funds. She said the department hoped to announce a partnership with IBM and one other multinational firm later this year.Biotechnology strategy Pandor said she would also announce a revitalised bio-economy strategy this year, adding that the department was exploring the possibility of developing human vaccines in South Africa, drawing on the experience of Biovac and other institutions. “We have initiated a feasibility study on a Cape based biotech park for health innovation, and expect to receive the team’s report in July this year,” she said, adding that the department would continue its support for the country’s tuberculosis vaccine initiative. The department would also add six new Centres of Excellence to the eight that had been set up since 2004.Research chairs, graduate programmes The South African Research Chairs Initiative would be expanded by the addition of 60 chairs, Pandor said, and the department would be partnering with the Swiss government to create two joint South Africa/Swiss research chairs, which would bring the number to 62. The National Research Foundation had also established an additional 25 post-doctoral fellowships each worth R180 000 a year for three years. In addition, the first group of 50 interns had been accepted into the department’s one-year science and technology graduate internship programme in partnership with the Da Vinci Institute and the TT100 companies. The department would spend a further R110-million on the internship programme over the next three years, drawing on the R9.5-billion economic competitiveness package announced in February’s National Budget. The minister said the implementation of the Scientific Electronic Online (SciELO) open access platform had provided free access to South African academic journals, with 22 journals currently on the platform, and with plans to grow this to 180 South African journals. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more