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Killing the leadership crazy cycle

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Task saturation. It runs deep in every organization. It’s a topic that has come up in every strategic planning session we’ve conducted this year. When we start identifying things that can hold us back from achieving success at the next level, task saturation consistently ranks near the top of the list. Since it appears to be such a common challenge, you may be wondering: What is task saturation?It’s the thing or things that absorb your time and attention and keep you from working your strategy. The constant stream of emails that you have to answer. The knocks on your office door that demand your immediate attention. The mundane tasks that eat away at your time. If this sounds like a typical day in your life, you, my friend, are smack dab in the middle of the Leadership Crazy Cycle. That’s the bad news. Fortunately, there’s good news: You can kill the crazy cycle. How can I be so sure? Because I’ve done it myself.A few years ago, I was right where you are. I was putting in long hours and still not getting everything accomplished. When it came to business priorities, working our strategy came dead last. Then, after years of frustration, I decided to make a change. I killed the cycle. continue reading »last_img read more

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UK: Cause of first H5N1 outbreak still uncertain

first_imgApr 19, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The final epidemiologic report on the United Kingdom’s first H5N1 avian influenza outbreak says the source of the virus remains unknown but might have been contaminated turkey meat imported from Hungary.Investigators from the National Emergency Epidemiology Group explored all possible ways the virus could have arrived at the Bernard Matthews turkey farm in Suffolk in February, the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said in a press release.”No specific proven source has been found,” the agency said. But the 32-page epidemiologic report concludes that contaminated turkey meat could have been imported and that it could have come from birds that had subclinical H5N1 infections from exposure to wild birds that spread the virus to two Hungarian goose farms in January.According to a Feb 12 report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), two goose farms in Csongrad province in southern Hungary reported H5N1 outbreaks in late January. The report said the source of the infection was unknown.In a previous press release, DEFRA said the H5N1 strain found on the Bernard Matthews farm was similar to an Asian one detected on a goose farm in southeastern Hungary in late January.The investigation, which included authorities from the European Commission and Hungary, found no evidence of undisclosed H5N1 infection in Hungary and indicated that undetected infections in turkeys there would be “a rare event,” DEFRA said today.Debby Reynolds, DEFRA’s chief veterinary officer, said the results of the investigation are helpful for increasing experts’ understanding of avian flu. “Most potential routes of infection are controlled through current procedures. However, the outbreak in Suffolk appears to be the outcome of a series of normally low probability events and circumstances which cumulatively led to the introduction of disease,” she said in the news release.Reynolds said DEFRA would continue to work with the poultry industry and transportation firms to examine all areas of biosecurity.In its press release, DEFRA also said Bernard Matthews would be compensated 589,356 pounds (about US $1.18 million dollars) for culling its flocks to prevent the spread of the disease. According to an OIE report, the company culled 152,000 birds after the H5N1 outbreak was detected.Some groups in England have criticized the government’s payment to Bernard Matthews as too large, according to several English media reports today. However DEFRA said compensation incentives, required by law, are useful for inducing companies to report disease outbreaks early.DEFRA said it was working with industry on a proposed animal disease tax intended to balance the burden on taxpayers and industry in the event of animal disease outbreaks.The February H5N1 outbreak was the first within English borders, though a series of avian flu events in the past few years have kept the country on alert for the disease. In September 2005, H5N1 was detected in some finches that were quarantined in Sussex after importation from Taiwan. In March 2006 a dead mute swan that had washed up on a Scottish shore tested positive for the virus. And in April 2006 a low-pathogenic form of H7N3 avian influenza struck three English farms, leading to the culling of 50,000 poultry.See also:Feb 5, 2007, CIDRAP News article “England reports first H5N1 poultry outbreak”OIE reports on Hungarian outbreakhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2007_AI.php#OIE reports on English outbreakhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2007_AI.php#last_img read more

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JetBlue adds checked bag fee

first_img 41 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! BusinessLifestyleTravel JetBlue adds checked bag fee by: Associated Press – July 2, 2015 Tweetcenter_img Share Share (Photo: AP)NEW YORK, United States (AP) — The era of free checked suitcases on JetBlue has come to an end.The airline proudly proclaimed itself a holdout on fees for years, allowing passengers to check one bag for free. Now it will charge up to US$25 for checked luggage.The move leaves Southwest Airlines as the only major US carrier not to charge a bag fee.JetBlue Airways had announced the change in November but didn’t detail how it would be implemented until Tuesday. The fee only applies to new bookings; existing reservations still get one free bag.Passengers will pay less if they plan ahead. Those with the cheapest tickets will pay US$20 each way if they check in online or at a kiosk. The fee jumps to US$25 if they go to the counter. A new fare class that costs about US$15 extra each way would include one free bag.Fees for a second checked bag and reservation changes are being lowered.The airline plans to reinvest the millions of dollars it will collect from bag fees into new seats and TVs, according to Marty St George, JetBlue’s executive vice president of commercial products and planning.“Some of these changes are going to help pay for what’s the biggest product upgrade JetBlue has had in the history of the company,” he told The Associated Press in advance of the announcement.Under pressure from investors and Wall Street analysts, JetBlue has been slowly adopting the practices of other airlines. It has launched and then expanded a first class product called Mint. It has reduced legroom on some planes to fit more passengers. Now it is charging for bags, something other carriers started doing in 2008.The New York-based airline still stands out in other ways. By the end of next year, it will offer free Internet on all its Airbus A320 and A321 jets. Passengers also get free access to more than 100 channels of live satellite TV and radio and JetBlue still has more legroom than its competition.JetBlue doesn’t have a fixed bag fee like other airlines. Instead, it has rolled out three new fare classes. The cheapest, called Blue, doesn’t include a checked bag — although passengers can always add one later at a higher cost. The next fare, Blue Plus, includes one free checked bag, more frequent flier points and lower fees if passengers want to make changes to the reservation. The most-expensive tier is called Blue Flex and comes with two free checked bags and allows changes without penalty.The fare difference between Blue and Blue Plus will change based on route and demand but should be “about US$15,” according to JetBlue. Blue Flex would cost about US$100 more each way than the cheapest tickets and is fully refundable.Online travel agencies like Orbitz, Priceline and Expedia, will — for the foreseeable future — only sell the cheapest fares, those that don’t include a checked bag. Passengers will still have to pay at the airport for their checked bags but St. George notes that about 75 per cent of passengers book directly with JetBlue.Some fees are being cut. The charge for a second checked bag will drop from US$50 each way to US$35. JetBlue used to charge US$75 to US$150 to make changes to a reservation, based on the price of a ticket. That fee is dropping to US$70 to US$135 for the cheapest tickets and US$60 to US$120 for the Blue Plus fares.last_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs Volleyball Teams Win Against Lady Lions

first_imgThe Lady Dogs make short work of The Lions on their home court.The JV team started slow but was methodical in their play till they finally prevailed in the first set. The second of the two sets was a lot more up tempo on our side and aggressive, and the scores showed. Dogs over Lions 25-23, 25-13.Batesville vs. Rushville JV VB (9-23)In the varsity match we finally saw some of the potential show thru and a bit of understanding take place. The girls played with a little more confidence in their steps as they were learning more to give it all during play and have no regrets. This saw them completing plays and patterns in their offence and several girls serving 100% on the evening. It was good to see a bit of swagger return to the court. Dogs over lions 25-14, 25-18, 25-14.Batesville vs. Rushville Varsity VB (9-23)All three teams will be in action thursday evening at South Dearborn. Freshman & JV start times will be 5:00pm, with varsity to follow.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.last_img read more

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‘Autism Awareness Picnic’ to be held Saturday

first_imgGreensburg, In. —The Autism Awareness Picnic will be held Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dasi Center at 1314 North Liberty Circle.The event includes tree planting ceremony to recognize the growth of the organization since 2008, a silent auction featuring original artwork by students and food. There will also be opportunities to learn about ABA Therapy (Applied Behavior Analysis, the steps to take to pursue an Autism diagnosis, enrollment in ABA Therapy Services, how to become a Registered Behavior Technician and additional resources for families with special needs.All proceeds will be used to purchase outdoor playground equipment.last_img read more

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McIlroy outscored by Knox

first_imgRory McIlroy suffered the embarrassment of being outscored by his marker in the third round of the Masters at Augusta National on Saturday. Jimenez went to the turn in 34 and birdied the 10th, 11th, 13th and 14th, with a bogey on the 12th his only blemish, while Poulter had carded four birdies and a bogey on the front nine before a birdie on the 10th took him alongside Jimenez on two under. Woodland’s front nine was even more spectacular, four birdies and an eagle seeing him equal the lowest front nine in Masters history of 30 shots, previously achieved by Johnny Miller, KJ Choi, Greg Norman and Phil Mickelson. When he also holed from two feet for birdie at the 10th the course record of 63 – held by Norman and Nick Price – or even the first sub-63 round in major championship history was in his sights, only for the 29-year-old to bogey the 11th and double-bogey the 12th. Press Association As the last of 51 players to make the halfway cut on the mark of four over par on Friday evening, McIlroy was in the first group out this morning, with club member Jeff Knox alongside as a non-competing marker. And Knox, who performed the same role for defending champion Bubba Watson last year, proceeded to show the two-time major winner exactly how to play the course, carding a two-under 70 to McIlroy’s 71. McIlroy had to birdie three of the last four holes to keep it that close – in match play he would have lost 4&3 – and said: “Jeff was a great player and beat me by one. I thought he was going to be nice and three-putt the last so we could have a nice half. “I don’t think I have ever seen anyone putt the greens as well. I was thinking of getting him to read some of mine. He looked like he should be playing in the Masters.” McIlroy got off to a good start with a two-putt birdie on the second, but his approach to the short third ran over the green and he was unable to get up and down for par, while birdie chances went begging on the fourth and sixth. An errant tee shot led to another bogey on the seventh and an outward nine of 37 completed in 90 minutes, with Knox – who holds the course record of 61 from the members’ tees – out in 35 after matching McIlroy’s birdie on the second. McIlroy dropped another shot on the 10th after missing the green left for the second day running, and smiled wryly when he missed for birdie on the 12th only to see Knox casually hole from 30 feet. A visibly frustrated McIlroy drove into Rae’s Creek on the left of the 13th and although he saved par after a penalty drop, another birdie putt catching the edge of the hole on the 14th and staying out summed up his day so far. The 24-year-old two-putted the 15th for birdie and finally holed a long putt for another on the 17th, while a superb approach to four feet on the 18th ended the day on a high note. McIlroy felt conditions would make it hard for the later starters to shoot low scores, but Ryder Cup team-mate Ian Poulter, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Gary Woodland were showing what was possible. last_img read more

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Tennis News Sania Mirza Confirms Her Sister To Marry Mohammad Azharuddin’s Son In December

first_imgNew Delhi: Sania Mirza, India’s best Tennis player and Shoaib Malik, the former Pakistan cricket team captain are already one of the most celebrated sporting couples in the world. Now, there is some more good news coming their way. Sania has confirmed that her sister, Anam Mirza will marry Asad, the son of former India cricket team captain Mohammad Azharuddin. Speaking to Times of India, Sania confirmed the news. “She is actually getting married in December. We just came back from her bachelorette trip in Paris. We are really excited. She is marrying a lovely boy. His name is Asad and he happens to be the son of Mohammad Azharuddin and we are really excited about it,” Sania said. The news was already making rounds in September. Anam had shared on her Instagram page a photo where she wore a “bride-to-be” sash, with pink “bride-to-be” balloons decorating a glass window in the background. Anam and Asad, also known as Mohammad Asaduddin, have been reportedly dating, with the couple sharing pictures on social media.Also Read | Sania Mirza makes BIG statement on her path-breaking careerSania recently said in an interview that she believes she has achieved everything in her path-breaking career and has “nothing to prove” in her second innings, which is likely to begin by January 2020. In her quest to make a comeback to competitive tennis after more than two years, the 32-year-old Sania is training vigorously for about four hours a day and has shed 26 kilos in the process.Also Read | Pulwama Terror Attack: Remove Sania Mirza as Telengana Ambassador – BJP MLABefore taking leave from the circuit to start a family, Sania won six doubles Grand Slam titles — including three mixed — achieved the number one rank, won medals at multi-disciplinary events apart from laying hands on a year-end WTA Finale title with Swiss great Martina Hingis. “In my career, I have achieved everything which I could have dreamt of. And whatever happens next will be a bonus for me. I thought I will be able to comeback by August but probably by January, it looks like a possibility,” Sania told PTI in an interview. “Having (son) Izhan is the biggest blessing I could have. If I am able to come back, it will be amazing. He’s (son) my inspiration to get back to being fit. If I do comeback, it will not be to prove anything. The only reason to comeback would be that I love playing and competing.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Frankie Fredericks Suspended from IAAF Council

first_imgIn March, French newspaper Le Monde claimed former sprinter Fredericks received a payment days before voting on the 2016 Olympics host city.The four-time Olympic silver medallist says the payment was legitimate and related to his role in the promoting of several athletics events.He told told Le Monde the payment had “nothing whatsoever to do with the Olympic games”.Fredericks stepped down from two key administrative roles in March following the accusations.He quit as head of the evaluation commission for the 2024 Olympics, and left a taskforce helping Russia return to international competition.As head of the IOC evaluation commission, Fredericks was to lead an inspection visit to 2024 candidate cities Los Angeles and Paris.In his written judgment, the chairman of the IAAF Disciplinary Tribunal, Michael J Beloff, said Fredericks’ suspension was not a presumption of guilt.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram ETHICS VIOLATION INVESTIGATIONSIAAF Council Member, Frankie Fredericks, has been provisionally suspended from athletics pending an investigation into a potential ethics violation, the sport’s governing body announced Monday.The Namibian is being investigated by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) over payments he received from Papa Massata Diack, the son of ex-IAAF President Lamine Diack.last_img read more

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Another ‘Landry Day’ for Big Ten

first_imgIf Purdue’s Carl Landry keeps this up, the Big Ten Conference might have to name its Player of the Week award after him. The Milwaukee senior picked up his third consecutive POW laurel after averaging 22.5 points and 10 rebounds in Purdue’s wins over Loyola-Chicago and Missouri.”Rick Majerus made a very good comment to me in the airport that [Landry] is changing his identity,” Purdue head coach Matt Painter said during the Big Ten Teleconference call Monday. “He’s doing a better job on the defensive end; he’s doing a better job on the glass; he’s doing a better job taking charges.”Landry, the older brother of Wisconsin forward Marcus Landry, is averaging 20 points (second best in conference) and a Big Ten-best eight rebounds per contest this season.”He’s just leading by example,” Painter said. “He’s been fabulous. Hopefully, he can continue to be our rock down low on both ends of the court.”Painter was quick to credit Landry’s senior running mate David Teague for helping take pressure off of Landry and helping contribute to Purdue’s fast 8-1 start.”David Teague takes on defensive challenges, and we put him on the opponent’s best scorer,” Painter said.”Both of those guys have been great. … Our guys haven’t been there before. David Teague’s the only guy on our roster who’s played in an NCAA tournament game, and that was a long time ago.”Feeling fresh at OSUOhio State’s fab freshman Greg Oden, maybe the most hyped collegiate freshman ever, has gotten his career off to an amazing start, averaging 15 points and seven rebounds in 22.5 minutes. The McDonald’s All-American has hit 11 of his 12 shots and swatted away eight blocks.All this, mind you, occurred with his dominant hand all but immobilized.”I think every day he does something in practice that not only surprises our staff, but surprises his teammates,” said Ohio State head coach Thad Matta. “His left hand has continued to improve. I do think he’s gotten stronger. At one point, he was up to 280 points and only 5 percent body fat before the season started.”However, while Oden has attracted much of the hype, there has been another Buckeye freshman more key to Ohio State’s 8-1 start this season. That is Mike Conley Jr., Oden’s high school teammate at Lawrence North High in Indianapolis and also a McDonald’s All-American.Conley is currently second in the conference in assists, averaging 6.44 dishes per night, but has often been overlooked on the Buckeyes’ roster.”I do think that sometimes people pigeonhole him as Greg’s sidekick, and I think that put a chip on his shoulder and really motivated him to prove that he can play [point guard] just as well as anybody,” Matta said. “He fits us and our system perfectly. When Mike’s on the floor, he makes players around him better.”Knight timeAs Texas Tech head coach Bob Knight approaches Dean Smith’s all-time wins record of 879, needing only two games to tie and three to surpass the retired North Carolina legend, many have stepped back to examine Knight’s illustrious career.That includes some of the Big Ten coaches, who experienced Knight in the conference where most of his wins were accumulated in his 29 years coaching Indiana.”If you ever want to hike your basketball IQ, go watch his teams practice or watch his teams play,” Painter said, adding that he was recruited by Knight but not offered a scholarship. “He just has a unique way of putting the other team in a bind, especially on the offensive end.”Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo remembers Knight very fondly, having had the opportunity to begin his MSU coaching career while “The General” was still stalking the Bloomington sidelines.”The day I got the job, I got a call from him welcoming me to the job,” Izzo said. “First time I played him, I remember waiting for him to come out. So of course when he came out, the crowd went bananas.”And he came over and I was standing right by the three officials, and he rattled off each of three officials and told me why they weren’t very good,” Izzo added. “I was nervous, and they were laughing.”The Spartans head coach also recalled an experience from 2000. Following a Michigan State rout of Indiana in Bloomington, Knight called Izzo into the coaches’ “war room.” Not knowing what to expect, Knight told Izzo that he believed that MSU was a national championship caliber team and the three-time NCAA championship winning coach offered advice to Izzo as to how to manage the following weeks. The Spartans indeed went on to win a the national title and Izzo remains eternally grateful to this day.”I’m looking forward to him breaking it; I think he’s deserving,” Izzo said. “I know in some ways it’s controversial, but to me he’s one of the greatest of all time and a great guy too.”last_img read more

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