SumikoPhoto/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A hiker who died at Grand Canyon National Park last week succumbed to suspected heat exposure, officials said.The victim was identified as Catherine Houe, 49, of Daly City, California. According to park officials, Houe, her husband and a friend were planning to spend the night at Phantom Ranch, a lodge inside the Grand Canyon. They had hiked about four miles down the South Kaibab Trail on Wednesday when Houe “became dizzy, disoriented, and then stopped breathing,” officials said.The Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a call about the incident a little after 5:30 p.m. local time. CPR was performed and the National Park Service personnel responded via helicopter.The cause of death is believed to be heat-related, park officials said. The high at Phantom Ranch that day was approximately 114 degrees, according to the officials.The National Park Service said it is investigating the incident with the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office.National Park Rangers are urging visitors to the Grand Canyon to be prepared for high temperatures in the coming weeks. Temperatures on the trails can reach over 120 degrees in the shade during the summer, officials said. Hiking in extreme heat can lead to heat exhaustion, heatstroke, hyponatremia and death.This is the first death reported by the National Park Service this year in the Grand Canyon, which closed on April 1 due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. It started partially reopening to visitors on May 15. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Previous Article Next Article As shareholders’ dissatisfaction with directors’ benefits grows, HR willneed to demonstrate a clear link between rewards and company performance if itis to throw off accusations of fat cat pay-offsThe furore on thesubject of executive pay and incentives has made this year’s AGM season highprofile. Companies in the spotlight for handing out fat cat pay have foundthemselves alienated from their shareholders and employees. The press has been keen to pin the blame for excessive incentive payments onremuneration committees and their advisers, but in most companies, the HRdirector will be a pivotal internal figure. The fat cat fuss is not going todiminish – in fact, it will increase significantly. It will become vitallyimportant for companies to ensure their future reward strategies add, ratherthan detract, value. This is the time for HR directors to make a significantimpact on their companies’ reputation and effectiveness. The HR director will have to deal with two major changes to the executivepay scene. The value of share options will hit companies’ profits and lossesand the new lifetime limit on pensions will prevent them from paying anythingfurther into some senior executives pension schemes. As a result, we shall witness growing shareholder dissatisfaction overexcessive executive pay; unfavourable reaction from other stakeholders –including employees; the staple parts of the executive pay package-options anddirect benefit pensions under threat; and the inevitable disclosure of everyaspect of executive reward. The chairman of one major company’s remuneration committee told me recentlythat in his experience, companies tend to deal with executive remuneration on apiecemeal basis “…tinkering each year to keep up or follow the latestfashion”. He said it is time to take an overall look at the whole issue. In many cases the problem lands in the HR director’s lap, and will do soincreasingly in the future. Does he or she see this as a threat or anopportunity? I believe the forward-thinking HR director will opt for the latterand use it as a catalyst to initiate some fundamental thinking. They should first consider that there would be little criticism for rewardsthat are clearly linked to performance. Therefore, companies must ensure thisis demonstrably so. Executives do not exist in isolation, and therefore theirrewards must have a general and total relationship to those of other employees.A reward programme should also be looked at as a whole, and the merits (orotherwise) of individual components such as base pay, incentives, shares orpensions need to re-evaluated. The need to change a pension deal because of the proposed lifetime limitwill give a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change the way packages arestructured. An increasing number of organisations are already instigating reviews of thefundamentals of their remuneration programmes, and are developing robust modelsto assist them in determining what is linked with, and what encourages, goodperformance. A compellingly attractive study shows performance is boosted when there is arelationship between total employee cost and shareholder value. The latterincreases employee reward and should maintain its share, while the growth inemployee reward is shared by directors and other staff. From these three factors the appropriate levels of reward and return can befairly established and all parties can sing from the same hymn sheet. Thechallenge now for the HR director, is to establish what is right for theircompany, and to win support from above and below for its implementation. Get it right and an organisation’s performance and reputation will grow. Getit wrong and…By Richard Cockman, Partner, Watson Wyatt Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Forward-thinking HR should head off shareholder rebellionOn 3 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today
Comments are closed. Are the multi-skilled, or the specialists among us, more future-proof & better equipped for organisational evolution?I believe there are two trains of thought on this. These days with organisations advocating agile or iterative processes, we have witnessed a shift in not just how we meet deadlines and time restraints but in our professional mentalities. Everything is quicker, processes more streamlined and we are always looking for ways to create new efficiencies as we all deal with ever changing goalposts on a day to day basis. With this we of course become more than just what our defined position descriptions would have meant 5 to 10 years ago and instead we must be broader skilled, dynamic, out-of-the-box problem solvers who have to turn our hands daily to tasks which historically wouldn’t have been ours.On the other hand, we have a growing trend of positions being broken up into several roles where in the past they may all have been taken care of by one position. An example of this could be the role of an internal recruiter. In years gone by, a recruiter would be responsible for the end to end process of finding candidates for any given role – engaging them, appropriately screening them, interviewing them, coordinating interviews with relevant hiring managers – and thereafter would also be responsible for “closing” or hiring. However these days, a large number of recruitment roles are broken up more distinctly into sourcing, recruiting and account managing.There is merit in both methods but I will be interested to see moving forward whether it is the specialist or the broader-skilled that demonstrates more staying power. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Position Descriptions of Christmas PastShared from missc on 19 Dec 2014 in Personnel Today Read full article
View post tag: Naval Share this article Training & Education July 18, 2013 View post tag: Defense View post tag: Defence View post tag: Departs View post tag: Guam View post tag: News by topic View post tag: BRP View post tag: Ramon After spending four days in Hawaii, BRP Ramon Alcaraz departed for Guam on Tuesday, the last port stop before she finally arrives to her new home, the Philippines on the first week of August.Alcaraz with 90 Officers and Enlisted personnel headed by Captain Ernesto Baldovino, arrived in Hawaii last July 12 for a port visit and reprovisioning. Upon their arrival, they received a warm welcome from the Commander of Joint Base Hickam Pearl Harbor, Captain Jesse James along with Colonel Restituto Padilla, the AFP Liaison to US PACOM and the Filipino Community as well.On the evening of their arrival, the Fil-Am community hosted a welcome reception aboard the ship wherein more or less 250 Fil-Am celebrated an enchanting evening of fun, music and photographs.The acquisition of the BRP Ramon Alcaraz along with our previous acquisition, the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar symbolizes the strong determination of the government to upgrade our military and achieve the minimum credible defence capability for our Armed Forces.Both ships will be primarily important for the Philippine Navy’s maritime security and sovereignty patrols in line with our mandate to protect the people and the state.The acquisition of BRP Ramon Alcaraz is in line with the revised and extended AFP Modernization and Capability Upgrade Program signed into law by President Benigno Aquino in December last year. The law will significantly contribute to the development and transformation of the AFP into a multi-mission-oriented force, capable of effectively addressing internal and external security threats.[mappress]Press Release, July 18, 2013; Image: Philippine Navy View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today BRP Ramon Alcaraz Departs Guam View post tag: Alcaraz BRP Ramon Alcaraz Departs Guam
“YOUR TIME HAS COME” By Jim Redwine“The American Creed”I believe in the United States of AmericaAs a governmentOf the people,By the people,For the people,Whose just powers are derivedWith the consent of the governed;A democracy in a republic;A sovereign Nation of many sovereign states;A perfect Union;One and inseparable;Established upon those principlesOf freedom, equality, justice, and humanityFor which American patriotsSacrificed their lives and fortunes.Therefore, I believe it is my dutyTo my country to love it,To support its Constitution,To obey its laws,To respect its flag,And to defend it against all enemies.This poem by William Tyler Page was adopted by a Resolution of the United States House of Representatives on April 03, 1918 as America was helping to end the Great War to End all Wars (WWI).It was recited by Ann Greenfield who is Posey County, Indiana’s First Lady of Political Service during the impressive and appropriate Fourth of July program sponsored by the Friends of the New Harmony Working Men’s Institute, University of Southern Indiana/Historic New Harmony and the New Harmony Kiwanis.Ann is of that generation where capable women believed they could best serve by supporting capable men. The demographics of history support this regrettable reality. Fortunately, at least in America, history is being rewritten and the wisdom of such women as Ann, my sister Jane (Redwine) Bartlett, my wife Peg, and many more may be what guides us through the troubled waters we appear to prefer to curse instead of carefully navigate. Perhaps it is provident that as we face our current challenges involving technology, health care, the environment, military deployments, immigration, equal justice and more issues than can fit in one column, we have in reserve a fount of experience, knowledge, self-sacrifice, and wisdom whose time to spring forth is just now arrived.The generation of women who helped end the Viet Nam War started us on the road to equal justice, began to demand equal opportunities for everyone while still managing to bind our wounds brings unique talent, experience, perspective and courage to today’s bitter divisions. Of course, huge numbers of women have always personally joined the fight while many others saw their place as spear carriers. But the current challenges require a general call to arms where all the available soldiers are engaged. I respectfully suggest that we encourage women in their 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and maybe even some elderly women, to step forward on their own. Your time has finally come and we need you; more importantly, your country is hurting and it needs you to lead on the field not cheer from the sidelines.For more Gavel Gamut articles go to www.jamesmredwine.comOr “Like” us on Facebook at JPegRanchBooksandKnittingFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
?Crafts like bakery, patisserie and chocolate are the result of decades of rich tradition. But being an artisan in these sectors has become a very specific and personal choice. Artisans now clearly differentiate themselves by the way they work and present their products.At Puratos we are committed to these craftsmen and to the development of their identity. Our products and solutions offer them the possibility to conduct their profession as they want to do it, and this is why we wholeheartedly support and are proud to be a sponsor of National Craft Bakers’ Week. Since the 1950s, The Reynard Group – one of the UK’s leading packaging suppliers – has been actively involved with supporting and promoting the craft baker.Independent local bakers are the very heartbeat of our business. The Reynard Group has actively supported local and national associations, the Bakers’ Benevolent Society, the Baking Industry Awards as well as the training of future craft bakers.So it was a natural progression for us to take an active part in the drive to promote the cause of the independent craft baker and an honour to be invited to join the steering committee. A healthy, thriving industry is good for all of us. ?British Bakels is delighted to be part of this initiative to assist the craft bakery businesses within the UK.The profile of the craft baker needs to be enhanced and the plan to target school children through the internet will get the message to grass roots. It will get across the importance of locally-produced quality products, a wider product choice and freshness. We hope that any interest from children can radiate through to their parents, who will show more interest in shopping at their local craft baker. It is important that the Master Bakers themselves get on board, to play their part in making the whole exercise successful. ?Marriage’s is pleased to be supporting National Craft Bakers’ Week, as we want more consumers to realise there are great local bakers who sell a wide range of freshly baked bread and cakes. This is why the 185-year-old family firm already sponsors Norfolk Baker of the Year and Essex Baker of the Year.Marriage’s wants National Craft Bakers’ Week to help the public understand the way real bread is baked and why craft bakers work through the night to get their products out fresh every morning. Once customers taste the difference, they will be encouraged to come back for more.While Marriage’s is known for its stoneground wholemeal and organic flours, it sees National Craft Bakers’ Week as an opportunity to promote the traditional bakery lines. Marriage’s wishes to support its customers and celebrate good bread. ?In recent years the independent craft bakery sector has come under pressure from various sectors within the industry. This has led to many companies struggling and has created a poor perception of the industry to customers and potential employees.Therefore, various members within the baking industry have agreed that an action group should be set up to address some of these issues. The action group consists of all the supporters you see on this page, who have been meeting for the past six months to discuss the various ways of assisting craft bakers within the UK. The cost of this exciting venture has been met by all these suppliers.”I urge all members to take part in this very exciting first launch of a national craft bakery week from 8 – 13 June,” says NAMB CEO Gill Brooks-Lonican. “Free marketing kits will be given to all, as well as the support you need to promote your shop. Extensive advertising starts now!” We are delighted to build on our strong relationships with the national associations and industry by getting behind National Craft Bakers’ Week, helping to design point-of-sale materials, posters and window stickers to promote the event in your shops. Visit the special website via www.bakeryinfo.co.uk to find out more about the week’s events and to download logos and materials. BakeMark is already a strong ambassador for craft bakers and is committed to supporting independent craft bakers so that they can demonstrate to consumers their value and worth within the community. We recognise the importance the craft baker places on the quality of products they offer their customers.National Craft Bakers’ Week will be vital in educating craft bakers of their unique selling points and how to position themselves, drive footfall, increase sales and develop new customers through events, promotions, tastings and local media activity. ?Bako is delighted to be supporting National Craft Bakers’ Week. As the UK’s largest bakery wholesaler, we believe it is incredibly important for us to help the craft baker to succeed – especially in the current economic climate.The specialist skills of craft bakers should be celebrated and the launch of National Craft Bakers’ Week will help us to do that. We also believe that the independent baker has a social role in the local community, which cannot be replaced – so anything that helps them to raise their profile within their community can only be a good thing. Macphie is proud to support this exciting, new initiative. As a leading food ingredients manufacturer, we make it our business to support independent craft bakers to compete effectively and encourage young people into the baking industry.Craft bakers are highly skilled and have a lot to be proud of. Buying local makes sense and consumers are very receptive to local food.In the current climate of economic uncertainty, there is a real and distinctive role for the local baker and the great products and service they provide. Highlighting the freshness, provenance, superior quality and low food miles of their products will help tap into the associated feelgood factor. ? ? ? ?What’s the first local shop to open, and often the last to close? It’s your local baker. Britain’s craft baker is the heartbeat of every community, creating breads, rolls and sandwiches for the working day, and cakes and biscuits for fun. At BFP Wholesale, we’re very pleased to be supporting ’The Shop That Never Sleeps!’ campaign. As one of Britain’s leading national bakery ingredients wholesalers, our warehouses will be buzzing with activity, as our drivers check their orders, load their lorries with yeast, flour, nuts, seeds and fruit – in fact all of the right ingredients to get on the road and top up the craft baker. ?
Waitrose is set to compete with Tesco by matching the latter’s prices on all branded groceries.Mark Price, managing director of Waitrose, announced in a letter to customers last Wednesday (2 May) that the John Lewis-owned supermarket chain would be extending its initial 1,000 product price match on branded goods. The company’s Brand Price Match, which launched in September 2010, will now include almost 7,000 products in total, excluding promotions.Price said: “The tough economic climate is putting pressure on everyone, so this is excellent news for customers. Extending Brand Price Match, alongside Essential Waitrose, increased promotions and free delivery for online orders, will give customers even more confidence that they can do their entire weekly shop with us, with no sacrifice of quality, range and inspiration or service.”The letter went on to say: “As you would expect from Waitrose, there are no gimmicks, no coupons to redeem against a later shop, and no need to check your receipt online. We simply match the prices on the shelf, so you benefit immediately.”
The Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of State to develop a blockchain-based platform that will enable a holistic and secure approach to tracking workers’ health and well-being. This is the first-ever opportunity via a State Department grant to leverage this state-of-the-art technology to address the challenge of insufficient protection for workers’ well-being and poor audit procedures.About blockchain & SHINE’s well-being survey The SHINE well-being survey currently offers a workforce-wide view of factory conditions and individual health and well-being reported directly from workers. Implementing a blockchain solution as part of the survey will make it possible to verify that employee data is secure and free from external manipulation. Employees will be able to maintain their privacy while providing data that would help employers serve their needs better.Thanks to blockchain’s secure architecture, SHINE’s solution will be easily transferable across industrial sectors making it possible for the survey to establish itself as a universal benchmark and communicate how businesses impact their employees’ well-being. With wide adoption and use of this technology in the future, compliance audits could be supplanted by a more effective and efficient process for business and worker well-being.A new approach to measuring worker well-beingIn collaboration with the Blockchain Trust Accelerator, ConsenSys, and Levi Strauss & Co., SHINE aims to create a scalable framework for accurately monitoring worker health and well-being, a crucial right afforded to workers under Article 24 of the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights.SHINE envisions this solution as a first and crucial step in a transparent evaluation of workforce well-being and factory conditions that draws directly from the experience of workers instead of an external auditor. This new perspective, incorporating the workers’ direct experience, has the potential to revolutionize the current compliance audit procedures that commonly lack objectivity.The blockchain-based solution will be first tested at Levi Strauss & Co. factories in Torreon and Nazareno, Mexico, which collectively employ more than 5,000 workers. A successful implementation in Mexico will create opportunities to scale this pilot across industries and countries. SHINE’s long-term goal is to establish the blockchain-based system as a universal benchmark for labor rights protection across industries and countries, improving accountability and creating a virtuous cycle of positive competition to improve workforce well-being worldwide. Read Full Story
Once a year, the lounge of a Saint Mary’s residence hall is transformed to host a Renaissance-themed meal featuring a show with a holiday twist. The event will take place this weekend with the College’s 45th-annual madrigal dinners. The dinner consists of a three-course meal with stages of entertainment between, Nancy Menk, one of the dinner’s coordinators, said.“The Madrigal dinners are a recreation of a Renaissance era feast, probably [hosted] in some English manor house, overseen by royalty where there are a lot of performers that are gathered there for the evening,” she said.Throughout the evening, there will be performances from Saint Mary’s Women’s Choir, instrumentalists and Renaissance dancers. The dinner will also feature a play written by communication studies professor Susan Baxter and and produced by director of special events, Richard Baxter. The story revolves around the master of the house, his wife and the fool, Feste.History professor Bill Svelmoe said he is playing the role of Feste. “In this particular play, it’s the second one we’ve done in a series that follows this family,” Svelmoe said. “The master starts out very grumpy. He’s not in the Christmas spirit. So he welcomes everyone, but he’s grumpy about it and all the bills that are rolling in for this big meal. … The master … eventually gets into the Christmas spirit. It’s just this fun skit that weaves its way in and out during the meal.”Though Svelmoe is a part of the play, he said his favorite part of the dinners is the performance by the Saint Mary’s Women’s Choir.“It’s just fun to play the fool,” he said. “That’s a lot of fun, but I think just hearing the choir every year is probably my favorite part, especially at the very end when they sing ‘Silent Night.’ All the people at the feast join in. It’s just really, really lovely.”The dinners are the perfect way to kick off the holiday season, Svelmoe said.“It’s a fun way to start the Christmas season,” Svelmoe said. “I know it’s at a very busy time of year for students and people here at the college. … It’s just a terrific way to kick off Christmas.”Extending beyond Saint Mary’s into the South Bend community, the event gets people into the Christmas spirit, Menk said.“I see people in the audience there that I’ve seen every year for years,” she said. “They come and they start to bring their kids and their grandkids. It’s just something they do every holiday, and it’s become a tradition.”Menk said the traditional aspect of the dinner is one of her favorite things about the event. It brings back childhood memories of her father singing a carol from a madrigal dinner.“I love the procession of the boar’s head,” Menk said. “It represents the bringing in of the main course. It’s led by a procession of the boar’s head on a platter, and it processes all around the room. It’s very majestic, and we sing a beautiful carol about that called ‘The Boar’s Head Carol.’ “ … I love the looks on the people’s faces when that pig’s head comes around, especially the little kids. It’s just surprising to see that on the platter. It’s such a traditional part, and that’s probably my favorite part when that boar’s head comes out.”Though the dinner does not change much from year to year, Menk said the tradition is what keeps people coming back.“It doesn’t change much from year to year,” she said. “It’s a very traditional thing. People keep coming back because they just love it.”The final day to purchase tickets is Wednesday. Call the Saint Mary’s College box office to check for availability.Tags: christmas, Madrigal Dinner, Renaissance, Saint Mary’s Women’s Choir
The month of October saw a wave of violence, with the pipe bomb scare, the Tree of Life synagogue shooting and the shooting of two African Americans in Kentucky that is “being investigated as a hate crime,” according to NPR.In response to these events, members of the Kroc Institute organized a panel Tuesday to discuss the rise of populism and means to combat it, including redefining dominant social narratives, eliminating segregation and enacting grassroots political change.Professor David Anderson Hooker said in order to fight racism, xenophobia and far-right extremism, society must abandon its “narrative[s] of superiority.”“We have a narrative of superiority that has constructed us in ways that allow that there’s always going to be a superiority and an inferiority,” he said. “There’s a narrative we celebrate at Thanksgiving, we have all of the war holidays … that celebrate the glorification of violence that supports a narrative of manifest destiny and doctrine of discovery that allows for superior glorification of violence as the way we show up in the world.”In order to overcome this narrative, individuals must abandon certain identities — such as whiteness grounded in a sense of racial superiority — and reimagine themselves.“For most of you, I would ask, in your imagination, if you weren’t white, who would you be? Do you have a way of even knowing yourself?” Hooker said. “We’re going to need an imaginative capacity to know ourselves outside of the constrictions of whiteness. Otherwise, you have to continue participating in the reproduction of the hegemony that emerges from that, that we label as racism, populism and xenophobia.”Eliminating segregation is also key to combatting rising far right population, professor Rory McVeigh argued.“When a crisis hits, an economic crisis or something else, it makes it possible for some people to kind of buy into the notion that ‘It’s only our group that is suffering’ and they don’t see the suffering of other people in distant locations,” McVeigh said. “It makes it hard for them to recognize that there’s a common problem that could be solved through cooperation rather than through conflict.“And also [there is] the kind of segregation where maybe you’re actually spatially approximate but positions in the hierarchy overlap substantially with racial identities or religious identities that makes different groups affected differently by the transitions that are taking place in society.”Following the economic recession, those without college degrees had a difficult time finding employment, McVeigh said. As a result, he said, far right ideas gained more traction in the United States.“While we saw the unemployment rate going down and we saw a lot of things that suggested the economy was on the rise, there were a lot of other people who experienced something different and nobody was speaking to them,” McVeigh said. “And a demagogue came along and started speaking to them about their economic circumstances in racist terms and sexist terms and has enjoyed quite a lot of success in doing so.”Ann Mische, associate professor of sociology and peace studies, pointed to the political process as a means of addressing the rise of the far right.“My two recommendations are … try to construct insider-outsider coalitions. Pursue both electoral strategies, as we did in the U.S. in the most recent elections, but don’t just leave it to the elected representatives,” she said. “Also work on grass roots mobilization, community organizing and growing different kinds of social mobilization, including more conversational forms.”Mische traced the rise of right wing extremism in Brazil, which most recently elected Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right president. In recent years, Mische said, protests around the world have advocated for less partisanship, resulting in debates over whether theses movements have supported dictatorships.“In many of these cases, the movements that started with a kind of radical autonomy articulated with strong anti-partisanship and often strong anti-corruption themes,” she said. “In many of these countries around the world, you saw the growth of populism, sometimes from the left, as in Spain, but sometimes from the right.“So whether they were talking about Argentina, Brazil, India, other countries, you saw the articulation of anti-partisanship and anti-party sentiment coming from the right and these many of these countries as well, you see declines in democracy and the rise of the far right.”While Brazilian protests of the party system led to anti-corruption laws, the far-right also capitalized on this extremism, Mische said.“In many of the pro-impeachment rallies, [you saw] the rise of sectors that were defending the return to dictatorship, that were defending military intervention and articulating it with the claims and critiques of corruption,” she said. “And Bolsonaro was just a marginal politician. Nobody took him seriously. But he was articulating the [message] of the extreme right, back in these anti-corruption demonstrations that contributed to the impeachment of the president of the worker’s party.”Professor Atalia Omer discussed anti-Semitic stereotypes. While anti-Semitism does not manifest itself in the same ways as racism, it still plays out in society through several stereotypes, Omer said. Jews are often regarded with suspicion, and seen as mysterious and disproportionately powerful and destructive, Omer said.Anti-Semitism and other forms of scapegoating are a means of distracting from the real sources of oppression, Omer said.“Why is scapegoating appealing? Because it helps simplify the world’s problems and divert attention from those systems and groups actually complicit in direct structural, cultural forms of violence,” she said. “Instead of examining the structures of exploitive capitalism, militarism and toxic masculinity, to name a few causes of injustice, is it by far easier to direct blame to a group whose dehumanization has deep roots and readily available religious, cultural and historical grammar and vocabulary.”Tags: far-right, Jair Bolsonaro, Kroc Institute, populism