Jason White’s big tackle on Chris Wyles

first_imgSunday Jan 23, 2011 Jason White’s big tackle on Chris Wyles It’s been a while since big hitting machine Jason White has been featured here on Rugbydump. He’s back though after this great tackle he made on Saracens’ Chris Wyles on Friday night was much requested. Scotsman White, now 32, has had a rough time since moving to Clermont in France, with injury derailing his attempts to be a regular first choice player for the club. Last year he broke his leg and was out for a lengthy period, but has since made good progress. “To miss eight months it is always going to take any player time to get back up to speed and that was the case with myself, but I have now been involved in the last 10 club matches and I am feeling good,” White said recently. “Of course I would like to be starting more matches, but we have a top quality pack and I just have to take my chances to impress when they come along.” While out with injury last year White wasn’t completely inactive, as during his recuperation he’s been busy off the pitch with fatherhood as he and his wife now have two little girls. He also says that despite a disappointing 2010, he loves life in France. “Playing matches in France is something else. Every clubs fans are so passionate and almost look to the team to defend the local areas honour and as a result there are some great atmospheres. It really spurs you on as a player and makes each occasion different.” The former Scotland captain would love to play for his country again, and if all goes well he could end up being at the World Cup later this year, but for now his focus is on Clermont. “There is serious competition for places at Clermont and nobody can take their place for granted. Thats one of the reasons why I dont want to get ahead of myself as regards Scotland. “Of course I would love to play for my country again and there isnt anybody with more national pride than me, but my initial objective is to get into the Clermont first XV on a regular basis, and that will be a huge challenge in itself,” he said. With hits like this and a typically high workrate, White seems to be on the right path and will no doubt regain his well earned reputation as being one of the hardest men in the game. Time: 01:00 ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life Reports30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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2D or Not 2D / M.I.G. Architekt

first_img Area:  344 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects Photographs CopyHouses•Budva, Montenegro CopyAbout this officeM.I.G. ArchitektOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesBudvaMontenegroPublished on December 17, 2012Cite: “2D or Not 2D / M.I.G. Architekt” 17 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ SandShowerhansgroheShowers – Raindance SelectWoodEGGERTimberSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Bre-ClassMetallicsTrimoMetal Panels for Roofs – Trimoterm SNVLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt PlazaStonesMikado QuartzQuartz Slab – MarbleWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Long-Span StructuresWoodBlumer LehmannAssembly and Logistics of Wood ProjectsHandlesKarcher DesignDoor Handle Madeira ER45Chairs / Benches / CouchesArperModular Sofa – LoopMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Montenegro “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/306935/2d-or-not-2d-m-i-g-architekt Clipboard ArchDaily 2012 Save this picture!© Ana Kostic+ 24 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/306935/2d-or-not-2d-m-i-g-architekt Clipboard Year:  Houses Architects: M.I.G. Architekt Area Area of this architecture project 2D or Not 2D / M.I.G. Architekt Photographs:  Ana KosticSave this picture!© Ana KosticRecommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareApavisaBetonPorcelain StonewareApariciPorcelain Tiles – JacquardPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural Solutions3D Facade PanelText description provided by the architects. There are few weekend-houses in the general area of this residence in a small place near Budva, a town in Montenegro. The residence is located in an amphitheatric ally within reasonable distance from the rest of the buildings. The design decisions were influenced by the trajectories of sun rays, the Mediterranean winds (“bura” and shiroko”), the view and sounds of the sea, and the odor of the surrounding plants and trees.Save this picture!© Ana KosticThe main motivation for the spatial experiments shaping the building was the manipulation of depth perception (dimensionality of space) allowing the enigmatic notion of phenomenology to be directly experienced. In this regard, the project is exploring Kojin Karatani’s notion of “parallax”.Save this picture!© Ana KosticFrom the notion of parallax, each time when we observe “the thing” (the house) from different angels, we perceive its dimensions to be different. This incommensurability results from the relation between the contained space of the inside and the enclosure by the outward skin. The incommensurability between inside and outside, enclosed and enclosure, is based on our elementary phenomenological experience of reality as a space that confronts us. For this reason, when we observe nature from the inside (view framed by the window) we are always distanced from “the thing” itself (from the sublime aspects of nature). In this context, when we open the window, the direct impact of the external reality creates a minimal shock putting us in the position being overwhelmed by nature’s proximity. According to these aspects, this residence is positioned and designed in such manner so that formal aspects always prevent the complete experience of space. This constraint of experience is reflected in two aspects.Save this picture!© Ana KosticOn the one hand the project questions the observer’s expectations concerning his/her perception of space. When approaching the residence, one is left with only two dimensions of a space (concrete facade enclosing the space). This notion of the two-dimensional frame is assisted by the construction process of the facade (suspended walls of the residence). Concrete walls were constructed by formwork which wood was burned in order to leave wooden imprint on the surface. In this process of constructing retaining walls at the same time was created a skim (envelope) of the residence. In this way, the formal experience of the facade affects all our senses and thus conceals the spatial dimension of space.Save this picture!© Ana KosticOn the other hand, the residence is framed by a concrete envelope which limits the inside space, but at the same time opens the scope to a deeper comprehension of that space. This is present in the position of doors and windows within the facade. Through this openings the main volume of the project, partially restricted by white walls with rounded edges (child friendly design), is confronted with the harshness and the roughness of an envelope and masonry wall which is spatial frame of the residence. In other words, smoothness of the inside walls opposes roughness of outer surfaces, in that way outer hardness of selected materials resists interior softness of surface treatment.Save this picture!© Ana KosticThe gap between skim (envelope) and volume indicates that inside and outside do never fully cover the entire space. This indicates that there is always the “third dimension” in the relation between outside and inside. The project experiments with this in its relation to the properties of the site. In this sense, the relationship between the residence and 250 years old olive threes, orientation, formal affection, and its relation to the topography fulfill the measure which already existed on site. In other words, the residence is designed in order to highlight some spatial qualities which are already enclosed in the multiple dimensions of the place.Save this picture!First Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow less’Wolf D. Prix & Partner: 7+ Projects, Models, Plans, Sketches, Statements’ Coop Himm…ArticlesWuhan Marine Science and Research Tower Proposal / ACID + AaL + Studio méta-Articles Share “COPY” 2D or Not 2D / M.I.G. ArchitektSave this projectSave2D or Not 2D / M.I.G. Architektlast_img read more

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Algarrobo House / GA estudio

first_imgArchDaily Algarrobo House / GA estudio Houses Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/778444/algarrobo-house-garcia-de-la-huerta-and-gleixner-arquitectos Clipboard Algarrobo House / GA estudioSave this projectSaveAlgarrobo House / GA estudio Manufacturers: Agro industrias Casablanca, Construcción y Hogar, Costalum, Dimasa, ImperialCollaborator:José Miguel PintoConstruction:Juan BustosProject Architects:Tomás García de la Huerta, Xaviera GleixnerCity:AlgarroboCountry:ChileMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Sebastián Aedo / Estudio ApulsoRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panels – concrete skinWoodEGGERWood-based materials in EGGER HeadquartersWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40WindowsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Unit-Glaze SystemText description provided by the architects. The home sits on a plot in Algarrobo, in a place with a strong presence of trees, vertical and dense, and a clearing, marking a naturally assigned departure point.Save this picture!Planta 1º Piso+ 25The client is plural, it consists of a family made up of several elements, personalities and needs. They are grandparents, children and grandchildren, so we had to do something big in possibilities but small in size and budget.Save this picture!© Sebastián Aedo / Estudio Apulso+ 25The project consists of two volumes that embrace the clearing: a public one, which unifies all common programs of the house and opens onto the outdoor courtyard, and a private one, where each enclosure is separated from the other by introducing terraces and courtyards that shape the privacy of each family element.Save this picture!Corte ConstructivoThe shape of the house is as family relationships and movements: some more distant, others closer, sharing the same center that unites and guides them.Save this picture!Cortesía de Tomás García de la HuertaProject gallerySee allShow lessThis SOM Archive Video Offers a Look Back at the Early Days of 3D VisualizationVideosMX_SI + SPRB Arquitectos Design Papalote Children’s Museum in Iztapalapa, MexicoUnbuilt Project Share Chile “COPY” Architects: GA estudio Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Algarrobo, Chile Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/778444/algarrobo-house-garcia-de-la-huerta-and-gleixner-arquitectos Clipboard Projects Photographs:  Sebastián Aedo / Estudio Apulso Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Save this picture!Cortesía de Tomás García de la Huerta+ 25 Share 2015 “COPY” CopyAbout this officeGA estudioOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAlgarroboTop100ChilePublished on December 10, 2015Cite: “Algarrobo House / GA estudio” [Casa Algarrobo / GA estudio] 10 Dec 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsCompositesMitrexPhotovoltaic Solar Cladding – BIPV CladdingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BronzeBathroomsGeberitBathroom Series – ONESkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight F100 CircularMetal PanelsTrimoQbiss One in Equinix Data CentreSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassAluminium CompositesAmerican MetalcraftAluminum Panels – Decorative Fencing for BridgesPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsWater Facade PanelDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Concealed Sliding Door | MareaWall / Ceiling LightsiGuzziniExterior Light – WalkyWoodPlycoWood Boards – Birch LaserplyMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

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Milliondollarhomepage creator applies idea to fundraising

first_img  73 total views,  1 views today Alex Tew, the creator of the successful Milliondollarhomepage.com website which raised $1 million in 2005 by selling 1 million pixels on one web page, is reprising the idea. The first time he was generating money to pay for his university career. This time he is trying to raise funds for his cousin Maggie. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.center_img Howard Lake | 13 January 2012 | News  74 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Milliondollarhomepage creator applies idea to fundraising Maggie Thomas, 46, is a mother of six, and has terminal breast cancer. Tew set up maggieshomepage.com to help fund her medical bills and to help ensure that the debt for her treatment does not cause financial problems for her family. She has already cashed in her life insurance and remortgaged her home to raise the $100,000 she and her husband David have spent so far on alternative remedies.Like the MillionDollarHomePage.com, supporters are able to buy a space and post an image of their choice. Each square of 10 by 10 pixels costs £5 and “all of the money raised will go to Maggie and her family”.“Our appeal is not to ask for big sums, but a small amount from as many friends, family and even kind strangers as we can reach,” said Tew.Others have emulated Tew’s pixel-selling idea, and Tew himself worked on a variant of the idea last year, ‘Pay it Forward‘, with charity: water.www.maggieshopepage.comlast_img read more

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Southern Rust Arrives in Indiana

first_img Southern Rust Arrives in Indiana Home Indiana Agriculture News Southern Rust Arrives in Indiana SHARE Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jul 25, 2017 Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for July 26, 2017 Gary Truitt SHARE Dan EmmertIt was only a matter of time as the yield-robbing fungus moved northward through Kentucky. This week it was confirmed in several locations in the Hoosier State. Dan Emmert, with DuPont Pioneer, reported that “While scouting fields in Perry County yesterday, I found these suspicious looking lesions. The Purdue Plant and Pest diagnostic lab confirmed it is Southern Rust.” It was found in a field that was replanted on June 1. He added, “With 6 weeks of grainfill left in this field, Southern Rust could cause premature plant death if conditions are favorable.”Brian bushThere have also been reports of rust in Spencer County. Brian Bush, with Dupont Pioneer, reports he found a field in Bartholomew County that contained rust, “Before you get worried, this is the only field I have seen in the many I have scouted. But now that it’s here, please check yours.” After the disease devastated corn in Southern Indiana last year, many growers have been spraying fungicides this summer as a preventative. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Road closed overnight following serious crash in Letterkenny

first_img Facebook Facebook One person has been injured in a serious road traffic collision which occured outside Letterkenny on Thursday evening.The two vehicle crash occured at Dooballagh between Letterkenny and Drumkeen shortly before 8pm.Gardai say the road will be closed overnight.Diversions are in place  – traffic travelling from Ballybofey will be diverted at Drumkeen with traffic from Letterkenny diverted towards Glenaquinn.The diversions are not suitable for HGVs which are asked to travel via Lifford. Previous articleMan charged with stealing 35 sheep in Milford areaNext articleNearly 200 new recruits graduating from Garda College today News Highland Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Twitter By News Highland – September 6, 2018 Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Google+center_img Twitter Google+ Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Road closed overnight following serious crash in Letterkenny RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennanlast_img read more

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Election to bring large crowds to polling sites

first_img “All poll workers have been trained and are ready for Pike Countians to come vote,” Bunn said. “We can’t require the wearing of masks but we will have a limited supply of masks and gloves for those who want them. It will be up to the voters whether or not to wear masks.”Bunn said voters who have concerns about using available pens to mark their ballots may bring their own pens.“But the pens must be black, not blue,” he said. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration “We have 23,000 registered voters in Pike County and 1,300 absentee ballots have been requested,” he said. “While that seem to be a rather large number, percentage wise, it’s not that many.”No matter the number of voters who turn out to vote in the 2020 Presidential Election, Bunn said expectations are that Pike County voters will conduct themselves, “as always, with mutual respect.”State Representative Wes Allen encourages voters to go to the polls.“Voting is a right that most people in the world would give anything to have the right to do,” Allen said. “Take a few minutes today (Tuesday) and go to the polls and exercise your Constitutional right to determine who leads our government at the federal, state and local levels.” Sponsored Content Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the author By Jaine Treadwell Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Print Article Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Skip Published 6:29 pm Monday, November 2, 2020 Bunn said the poll workers are not required to wear masks but most all of them have indicated they will.“Masks, face shields and gloves are available for all poll workers if they choose to use them,” he said.Voters are encouraged to get in and out of the polling sites as quickly as possible with no hanging around.Bunn said all polling sites expect to be busy. You Might Like Brundidge mayor, council members take office Brundidge Mayor Isabell Boyd was installed as a second-term mayor in Brundidge at an impressive ceremony at the city’s Knox… read more By The Penny Hoarder Book Nook to reopen Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The 2020 Presidential Election will be like none before.More than 100 million early votes have been cast and millions more of the country’s 320 million people are expected to either flood the nation’s polling sites or ooze in like a slow-moving mud slide.Pike County Probate Judge Michael Bunn said lines could be slow at polling places around the country and asks for patience in those incidences. Election to bring large crowds to polling sites Latest Storieslast_img read more

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Black women finally getting their due for their work to secure women’s right to vote

first_imgMarilyn Nieves/iStock(NEW YORK) — “What if black women, it turned out, really always have been at the forefront of the struggles over American women’s voting rights, and what if we as a nation are just catching up to that?”That is the question posed by Martha S. Jones, one of the many historians now rewriting the history books on the role black women played in the women’s suffrage movement.“Historians of African American women, like me, on the one hand have known many parts of this story for a very long time,” Jones, a history professor at Johns Hopkins University, told ABC News’ Good Morning America. “Like with a lot of subjects, how we get that from our classrooms and our professional journals and our books and into the popular mind is always a challenge.”The effort to highlight the work of black suffragists is in the spotlight as the U.S. marks the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote this year, during a presidential election year in which women voters will play a critical role.Historians like Jones say black women played a crucial role in getting women the right to vote and run for office; they just didn’t do it alongside white women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, who for decades have been idolized as the movement’s leaders.“Black women are present and they are doing public work and they are deeply engaged in questions around women’s rights,” Jones told Good Morning America. “They simply just are not doing that work in the organizations that call themselves suffrage associations.”“[The associations] were not an easy or welcoming or comforting or hospitable place for African American women,” said Jones, who delves into the divisions in a new book out this fall, Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All.Black women were speaking out about women’s rights at the same time the women’s suffrage movement was unfolding in the mid-1800s, but because of their race they were not equally heard. Black women also did not get white women’s support as they fought for other equality measures, like the 14th and 15th amendments, which granted former slaves citizenship rights and gave black men voting rights.“We know that even during major marches at the height of getting the 19th Amendment passed, black women were segregated,” said Nancy G. Abudu, deputy legal director of voting rights at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). “And white women weren’t there, really, to promote anti-lynching and other campaigns important to black women.”Stanton and Anthony left black women’s efforts out of their influential “History of Woman’s Suffrage,” which became the historical account of the movement. As a result, black women were later left out of history books too.“To include the ways black women were working, you have to be more creative and look beyond the white suffrage groups,” said Kimberly Hamlin, author of Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener and associate professor of history at Miami University. “Look at the black women’s club movement and the temperance movement, where you see black women all along are working not just for women’s right to vote but for the civil rights of African Americans.”Black women’s clubs like the National Association of Colored Women were hotbeds of political activism, historians say. Some of those clubs are just now unearthing the incredible details of the roles their own members played in gaining women the right to vote.“It’s an untold story,” said Beverly Carter, a retired attorney and the historian for Dubois Circle, a Baltimore-based black women’s club founded in 1906. “And it’s a totally fascinating story.”In spending the past five years going through every note and document in the club’s history, Carter discovered the club had nearly one dozen active suffragists who held suffrage meetings in their homes, spoke publicly and joined marches.“What has surprised me is how much involvement that just this one club had,” said Carter. “I’m trying to bring to light the monumental tasks that these women did, especially with the odds against them.”And once the 19th Amendment passed in 1920, the work of black women, for the benefit of all women, was not done. They had to continue their fight for full voting rights all the way to 1965, with the passage of the Voting Rights Act that prohibited racial discrimination in voting.The hard work done by black women suffragists left a mark that is still being felt in politics today. In the 2018 election, 55% of eligible black women voters cast ballots, six percentage points above the national turnout, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.Their work also continues today in the effort to ensure every person has an equal right to vote. It can be seen in the work of women like Stacey Abrams, who last year launched Fair Fight, a multimillion-dollar initiative aimed at increasing voter protection efforts, after losing the Georgia gubernatorial race in 2018.“You can’t explain Stacey Abrams by the story of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton,” said Jones. “[Abrams] doesn’t come out of nowhere and she herself says this, that she comes out of a tradition of African American women’s activism and politics.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Proving that people drive profits

first_imgProving that people drive profitsOn 4 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Investors In People week has just kicked off and its chief executive Ruth Spellmanhas teamed up with actress Joanna Lumley to encourage more companies to applyfor the standard.  Ross Wigham reportsActress Joanna Lumley and Investors In People (IIP) chief executive RuthSpellman may seem like an unlikely double act, especially for employers lookingfor advice on leadership and team building. But these two women have teamed up this week to urge employers to invest inpeople management and develop the next generation of leaders. The contrast between Spellman, who once ran for parliament, and Lumley –star of TV series Absolutely Fabulous – is marked, although IIP justifies thebizarre partnership by claiming a mutual passion for teamwork and leadership. The focus of the organisation’s latest campaign leans heavily towardsleadership and Spellman is keen to dispel the myths and traditional stereotypesthat currently dog the UK workplace. “We need to get away from the idea that only leaders lead,” shesays. “The best leaders I’ve met are rarely at the top and business needsto better recognise what good leadership really means.” The depth of the leadership quandary is illustrated by the level of demandfor the IIP’s new stand-alone leadership module, which has attracted 9,000employers in its first eight months of existence. “Leadership is a key area in business and it has become very complex. Thereare so many gurus and experts around that it has clouded an issue that isessentially fairly simple. “It’s a hugely important area because too many businesses areparachuting managers in and failing to develop their own talent,” sheexplains. Spellman believes that many organisations have stuck to old-fashionedleadership virtues, which often bear no relationship to how well people manageothers. She cites the deposed Conservative Party leader Ian Duncan Smith and Englandfootball coach Sven Goran Eriksson – two more unlikely names – as perfectexamples of her point. The former lost his job and failed to lead his party despite a command andconquer management style, while the latter (the original quiet man) inspiredhis team to the finals of the 2004 European Championships. “There’s something very impressive about his [Eriksson’s] leadershipstyle because it’s not about copying the traditional model. You have to be ableto do your own thing and take other people with you. “People often confuse bluster and shouting with leadership. If you havesubstance and offer support, you can lead in a quiet and confident way,”she says. Spellman believes there has never been a better time for employers to investin staff and potential leaders with a new skills strategy under way supportedby massive government investment. Around 34,000 organisations in the UK now have the IIP standard, andalthough this covers more than 10 million employees, Spellman still wants todrive up the numbers. While membership has increased by 47 per cent in the past two years, sheconcedes that IIP needs greater penetration among the FTSE 250 firms and moreawareness of what the standard actually achieves in business terms. IIP hopes to attract a further 11,000 organisations to its ranks and hasdeveloped a four-year strategy to fine-tune its offering and spread the messagefurther. “Initiatives live and die, but the key is what’s being delivered, andthat’s employers investing in people and increasing business success. I don’twant it to become an academic concept because it’s about adding value tobusiness,” she says. The IIP standard is currently going through a major internal review toensure it’s delivering to employers and is relevant in the modern economy. The results will be released in the autumn and used to revamp the standardand help further meet employer needs. Spellman says the evaluation will focus on the measurement aspects of IIP,basic skills and ways of making it more meaningful to modern business. She also hopes the redesigned IIP will be more focused on employees andbecome widely recognised by staff as the hallmark of a good employer. “Employee expectations are changing and we need to meet them as well asmaintaining the benefits for employers.” Communicating the benefits of IIP to individuals and how it works for themwill be another major part of the strategy for the next 12 months. “At larger companies, people may not know about IIP or the process ofachieving it, and we need to work on that to give it more depth,” saysSpellman. This culture of partnership and involvement will become even more importantwhen the EU Information Consultation Directive (ICD) – requiring firms toinvolve staff in business decisions – comes into force for larger companies in 2005.Spellman is convinced the IIP standard can forge a new role for itself anddovetail with the ICD regulations, helping employers to involve staff in thebusiness. “I hope IIP will be able to help organisations to engage with staff andgive employers advice on their options on compliance with the ICD. The standardwill be able to tie staff into the business,” she says. Spellman believes that a fundamental shift in employee relations andbusiness culture will also be necessary once the new rules are introduced. “At the moment, there are lots of requests coming from the top oforganisations, but these also have to come from staff. That’s very difficult toachieve because it has to become part of the culture. In this country I thinkwe’re just starting to scratch the surface,” she says. Companies must also close the gap between perception and application withalmost 96 per cent recognising people as the greatest asset, but significantlyfewer applying good people management policies. The latest IIP research, released later this week, also aims to prove thatpeople drive profit and that HR policy has a measurable impact on the bottomline. IIP is also launching a new scheme to attract CEOs, after identifying thatthe people leading companies are the best way to spread good people management.Spellman also welcomes the recent DTI productivity strategy, but says thereis still much work to be done if the UK is to catch its global competitors. Lambasting UK managers, who are already under pressure, is too simple andSpellman believes the problem is a complex one with many components. She calls on organisations to start measuring productivity year on yearbecause current metrics are disparate and unreliable. Despite this, the route to better productivity and high-performanceworkplaces is essentially HR related and this means a bright future for thefunction. “I still don’t think the alignment between HR and business is quitethere yet,” she says, “but it is becoming a facilitator, making surethings are happening. There’s now a lot more flexibility in the way HR canoffer solutions to employers.” Spellman emphatically refutes any talk of stepping down from the post thatshe’s held for exactly five years. Despite the challenges and criticism the role has brought, she is determinedto continue at a time that she is convinced is HR’s brightest hour. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Mesospheric winds derived from SuperDARN HF radar meteor echoes at Halley, Antarctica

first_imgMesospheric winds are derived from HF radar observations of meteor echoes at Halley (76°S, 27°W), Antarctica. These meteor echoes are observed within the first range gates of the radar (less than 500 km) and are characterised by lower spectral widths than echoes backscattered from plasma irregularities in the E region of the ionosphere. The derived winds show first order agreement with mesospheric winds measured independently over Halley. Gravity wave signatures (e.g. <2-h period) and smaller-scale structure in the winds are revealed within the spatiotemporal data formed by the 16 beams. A data base of such observations is being built up from existing radar data extending over nearly a full solar cycle from 1988 to the present day.last_img

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