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Thu, 10 May 2007 05:45:25 GMT

Discrimination in the Workplace

Discrimination in the Workplace
Let me share something with you, dear readers. If you have been with the corporate world for sometime now, I know that this issue is nothing new to you.

Discrimination is something which is not new in the workplace despite the campaigns and programs dedicated in eliminating such treatment. Even companies are adapting the "equal opportunity" policy which gives all people from different walks of life the right to be considered for employment.

This treatment is not healthy for the company because most people would lose motivation in their work thus producing non-qualitative results.

In outsourcing companies, some still practice such treatment and sadly, it really affects the company and their employees.

Posted by: Carol Kendrick      Read more     Source

Thu, 10 May 2007 05:43:29 GMT

The value of Social Networks

The value of Social Networks
There are so many social networks out there these days that it is getting impossible to use them all without having to quit your job or close your office, unleMichael Arrington, of course. Social networks can be divided in two main categories : the general ones and the ones with a specific purpose or topic. The general ones are myspace, hyves and such. The ones about a specific topic are everywhhelping out good causes, to religions, finding the better you to music, dating, hobbiesreligions falls in the latter category.

So what is so special about ? That all depends. I think it is safe to say that about 90% of us likes to listen to music, which makes an interesting target to a lot of people. If you are like me, you already know what music you look for an like, but still gives you that little extra - it enables users to form groups with a radio station. And there is more :Just listen to your music with your computer's music player or your iPod and will "scrobble" your playlists. This means that every song you listen to with will become part of your music profile.

Your music profile is the key to the world of Once you've started scrobbling, you can:
  • Create personal music charts automatically
  • Find your musical soulmates
  • Discover and explore new music
  • Generate your own personal radio station
  • See what your friends are listening to
I think is awesome !

Posted by: S.M. Schrama      Read more     Source

Thu, 10 May 2007 05:40:10 GMT

Toyotas City Car Concept to Debut in Frankfurt

Toyotas City Car Concept to Debut in Frankfurt
Toyota has already conquered Uncle defeating every compatriot in an emphatic fashion, be it General Motors or Ford. Yet, the quench is not over which means the next on card are the Germans, although this one would be a hard pill to swallow.

What makes me say this is the list of cars, which will be on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show at the Toyota Camp. The Asian giant characteristically does not want to miss any opportunity to impress the German public thus they will even have a City Car Concept on display at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.

The concept would measure 118 inches in length and it will have a unique 3+1 seating pattern, which depicts space for three adults and one child behind the driver.

Toyota unveiled the Endo at a similar venue back in 2005 and we have no news of it since then, but this one will speculatively be produced next summer and will com68bhp, 1-liter engine that already features in the Yaris and Aygo.

If this one manages to impress the crowd in South Western Germany, I would definitely take a bow hailing Toyota, for they seriously have no end to their global auto market-conquering spree!


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Thu, 10 May 2007 05:38:51 GMT

Ask a Question: Get An Answer

Ask a Question: Get An Answer
Have you ever asked a question and didn't like the answer?

You've heard it said that a lawyer doesn't ask a question to which they don't already know the answer. There's a reason. Sometimes we can't handle the truth.

A woman doesn't ask if she looks fat in these jeans because she wants the truth - she is looking for words of affirmation. By asking a question, we become vulnerable to the one from which we asked the question.

And yet it is important to know the truth. For with the truth we can take action. Many years ago as a Regional Manager for Pearle Vision I would conduct phone surveys as part of a business review. I called 25 recent customers and asked about their experience. I hated those calls and yet the answers were beneficial for my business.

I would ask about the service, their perception of the value versus the price and if they would return and/or refer us to their friends. Most callers were kind but there were a few that used the questions as an opportunity to vent. It was those honest callers that provided the most valuable information; knowledge that I could then act upon to improve my business.

That didn't make hearing the answers any easier. I recently asked a question. The answer has permanently altered my view of the future. Not so good. But at least I know.

Although in our head we may know the answer, once asked, the answer has to be dealt with. There is a reason lawyers only ask questions to which they know the answer. Sometimes surprises are not a good thing.

However, if you really want to know what people think of you, what customers think of your business, you have to ask - even if the answer is painful to hear.

So when was the last time you asked your customers what you could do differently?

Deborah Chaddock Brown
Professional Writer, Queen ofAllWrite Ink

Posted by: Deborah Brown      Read more     Source

Thu, 10 May 2007 05:36:16 GMT

Stop Global Warming

Stop Global Warming
This print advertisement campaign with a clever foresight was launched by World Wildlife Fund in Finland to create awareness regarding global warming and to urge people to step up their efforts to control it to evade any ecological imbalances. The campaign is drawing attention towards this looming ecological problem which has been largely caused by human actions and their irresponsible behavior. The advertisements are showing three species, penguin, seal and polar bear, which are immediately threatened due to global warming. These animals have been portrayed as homeless living on urban streets.

The campaign has rightly equated the position and condition of these endangered animals with homeless people of urban areas since both are facing the same problem. The presentation of the campaign has taken a mixed approach in its depiction as it certainly evokes feelings towards the problem and at the same time there is light humor used in its portrayal.

The text of the advertisement reads, ‘You can help. Stop global warming. Animals around the world are losing their habitats due to climate change. By turning off your TV, stereo and computer when not using them, you can help prevent this. Take‘. The campaign was deEuroRSCG, Helsinki, Finland.

Via: Ads of the World

Posted by: Balendu      Read more     Source

May 9, 2007, 10:34 PM CT

Bridges that dance

Bridges that "dance" during earthquakes could be the safest and least expensive to build, retrofit and repair, as per earthquake engineers at the University at Buffalo and MCEER.

The scientists recently developed and successfully tested the first seismic design methodology for bridge towers that respond to ground motions by literally jumping a few inches off the ground.

The new methodology allows steel truss towers that support bridge decks to be built or retrofitted at far less expense than conventional approaches, where each leg of a bridge tower is strongly anchored to its footing.

The research is funded by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration.

The design recently underwent successful testing on a model truss tower that is 20 feet high and weighs nine tons.

Testing was conducted on a six-degrees-of-freedom shake table in UB's Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory (SEESL). One of the world's most versatile earthquake engineering laboratories, it is a facility within the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

"Our approach is unconventional, counterintuitive," admits Michel Bruneau, Ph.D., director of MCEER and UB professor of civil, structural and environmental engineering, who developed the new approach with Michael Pollino, a doctoral candidate in the UB Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering.........

Posted by: Edwin      Read more         Source

Tue, 08 May 2007 03:25:13 GMT

Risk and competitive advantage on a warming planet

Risk and competitive advantage on a warming planet
Regardless of whether you think global warming is true or a load of hog-wash, the markets are already taking it into account. Will investors pay less for companies poorly positioned to compete on a warming planet?

At this stage, most investors seem to regard global warming as a long-term problem unlikely to affect equities over the next year or two but that's likely to chaThe Economist.

Global warming not only redefines investment, it also changes the way we have to think about risk, say Jonathan Lash and Fred Wellington in the latest edition of Harvard Business Review.

ThCompetitive advantage on a warming planet, says that climate change should not be treated as your standard environmental risk because it's global, it's long-term and essentially irreversible. Ignoring that could result in a company and investors pricing risk too cheaply.

Furthermore, it holds true not only for utilities and energy intensive industries but also most sectors. Which means that the most important distinctions need to be made within sectors to determine which companies hold a competitive advantage.

The piece identifies six big risks: regulatory, supply chain, product and technology, litigation, reputational and physical.

It also outlines what companies have to do get a competitive advantage, starting off with an audit of their carbon footprint, and then adjusting accordingly.

Climate change, they say, is all about risk and opportunity.

Posted by: leon      Read more     Source

Tue, 08 May 2007 03:23:33 GMT

Jenna Jamesons Battle with Skin Cancer

Jenna Jamesons Battle with Skin Cancer
Porn star Jenna Jameson recently revealed her secret battle with skin cancer, which was the main cause of her losing her unborn baby.

The world famous adult movie actress Jenna Jameson was diagnosed with skin cancer in the year 2004, when she was two-months pregnant. Jameson was so shocked when the doctor discovered a mysterious mole that turned out to be malignant melanoma, that she suffered a miscarriage. The doctors inferred that the miscarriage was a consequence of the stress of learning that she had cancer.

Jameson was quoted in Us Weekly magazine,

If the pregnancy would have lasted, I wouldn’t have had the surgery. So it was all in God’s plan.

After the miscarriage, the actress was immediately operated to be cancer free.

The actress probably inherited the deadly disease from her mother, Judith, who lost her life to skin cancer even before Jenna turned two. Judith had worked as a Las Vegas showgirl, which motivated Jenna to work as a dancer before getting into the porn industry.


Image Via The Bosh

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Tue, 08 May 2007 03:22:14 GMT


I definitely mean to write something about skimmiThis poem - Small Boy by Norman MacCaig - has an interesting thought in it.

"He wasn't trying to fill the sea.
He wasn't trying to empty the beach."

Posted by: Russell      Read more     Source

Tue, 08 May 2007 03:20:10 GMT

Some Children Have It Harder Than Others

Some Children Have It Harder Than Others
Save the Children, Spain, had launched this print advertisement campaign to create awareness among people to save children from unfair treatment in society. The campaign is evidently based on fairytales in order to emphasize the fact when children ought to be in fairy world, they are left to face unfair difficulties in the society. The advertisements are showing how fairytales turned into nightmares for the underprivileged children. The campaign aims to draw a real picture of children who are deprived of privileges and rights of normal children in our society.

The presentation of the campaign is not hard-hitting but it conveys its message in an effective manner. The treatment and execution of the idea for the campaign though have been considerably good but it certainly struggles to depict the real plight of those children. The text of the advertisement reads, ‘Some children have it harder than others’. The campaign was developed by Contrapunto, Barcelona.

Via Hout Lust

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