Back to overview,Home naval-today UAE: UKMTO Royal Navy Personnel Join Celebrations of Armed Forces Day 2012 On 27 June, Royal Navy personnel deployed to UK Maritime Trade Organisation (UKMTO) joined in the celebrations for Armed Forces Day 2012 by hosting a charity cake sale and tea party at the British Embassy in Dubai and were joined by some very distinguished visitors.The event took place at the Embassy’s on site community centre, and the team invited Embassy staff, relatives and visitors to join them for tea, coffee and a variety of cakes generously baked and donated by diplomatic staff and RN personnel.The team raised a grand total of 1655 Emirati dirhams, nearly £300, which will be donated to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines (RNRM) charity.Also joining in the celebrations were Henry Bellingham MP, Minister for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and Mike Penning MP, Minister for Shipping at the Department for Transport. Both Parliamentarians were in the UAE for an international conference on Somali piracy and, whilst there, took the opportunity to visit UKMTO and see for themselves their contribution to multi-national efforts to counter piracy.Speaking at the UAE conference later in the day, Henry Bellingham commented that it was a “pleasure to tour the UK Maritime Trade Operation (UKMTO) facility based here in Dubai.“Reporting to UKMTO remains a key element of the Best Management Practices (BMP) developed by industry for industry.“I take this opportunity to not only commend the work of UKMTO, but also the ongoing work of industry to encourage ships to engage regularly with UKMTO as part of their wider self-protection regime.”Mr Guy Warrington, Her Majesty’s Consul General in Dubai, added:“I’m very pleased to be able to take this opportunity to celebrate Armed Forces Day alongside serving military personnel and congratulate all those from the Embassy and UKMTO who helped raise money for charity.“Armed Forces Day is not only about honouring serving personnel but veterans, too, and charities like the RNRM Charity do great work for veterans, relatives and all those who have or continue to serve their country in the Armed Forces.”Commander Mark Stuttard RN, Royal Naval Liaison Officer (Gulf), said:“Congratulations to all my team for their hard work in ensuring Armed Forces Day 2012 didn’t go unrecognised and for raising such a valuable contribution to charity. Outstanding.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 11, 2012; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Navy Authorities UAE: UKMTO Royal Navy Personnel Join Celebrations of Armed Forces Day 2012 View post tag: Celebrations View post tag: UKMTO View post tag: day View post tag: 2012 View post tag: join View post tag: forces View post tag: Naval July 11, 2012 View post tag: personnel View post tag: UAE View post tag: Royal View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Armed Share this article
There is something quite paradoxical about a place which is one of the leading research centres in the world, where academics are constantly pushing the boundaries of what we know, helping to shape the way we will live in the future and what we think of the past, but which nevertheless seems quite happy to stay just as it is.Many of Oxford’s relics of the past, such as matriculation, sub fusc, May Day morning on Magdalen Bridge, and Oxford terminology are endearing little anachronisms that serve to remind us of what a unique place this is. But Oxford is also home to some other antiquities that we could probably do without. One is the enduring gender gap that we see each summer when the examination results come out and when we look over at High Table in Hall. Men continue to get more first class degrees than their female counterparts, and they continue to heavily dominate the high positions in academia. Still, you cannot have a ‘gender gap’ at an institution that members of only one sex can be a part of, and it is quite perverse to think that great advances have already been made in order to bring about a gender gap at all. Not until 1920 were women admitted to membership of the university and it took almost thirty years for a woman, Agnes Headlam-Morley, to be elected to a full professorship. A quarter of a century then passed before the first of the traditionally all-male colleges, Balliol, elected a woman as a Fellow and Tutor. Twenty years later in 1993, Professor Marilyn Butler, former Rector of Exeter, became the first female head of a former all-male college at either Oxford or Cambridge. Progress, one might say, though painfully slow.In 2001, the percentage of female Oxford professors was 8.5% and, after several years of highly public initiatives to improve this gender imbalance, a few months ago it stood at 8.6%. In the mathematics faculty, only three out of over twenty professorships are held by women; in the faculty of modern history the ratio is two to fifteen and in the department of chemistry only one professor is female. Five years ago 22% of men achieved firsts in finals compared to 17% of women. Feminists would be appalled, but could it be that men are simply more intelligent than women? Recent research carried out by Paul Irwing and Richard Lynn at Manchester University, claims that men are on average five IQ points ahead, and the gap widens as the higher levels are considered. At IQ scores of 125 – the level that they think seems to correspond with people getting first-class degrees – there were twice as many men as women. At scores of 155 and above – levels associated with genius – there were 5.5 men for every woman. But how are we defining ‘intelligence’ here?What we can definitely say is that men do better in tests designed by men attempting to measure one aspect of human intelligence – namely, spatial and verbal ability. This, however, is not what any Finals examination is designed to assess, and so we cannot use research on IQ scores to explain away the discrepancies between something like the number of firsts achieved by men and women at Oxford or Cambridge.Recent studies have shown that there are real gender differences which may be interpreted as putting women at a disadvantage: for example, the difference in the way that men and women approach certain challenges or the difference in their behavior, which in turn reflects their different goals. “Women who seek deep understanding will ask more questions than men, may advance more tentatively and are initially more receptive to the authority of teaching staff,” suggests Dr. Chris Mann, who carried out a three-year study at Cambridge looking into the issue. Men, in contrast, are more likely to make suggestions in tutorials, advance their own theories on subjects and challenge the opinions of tutors and other students. This “intellectual muscle-flexing,” the study argues, is typically seen as an indicator of excellence by a predominantly male teaching staff, rather than the “softly softly” approach adopted by many women. Men, perhaps as a consequence, generally have higher expectations of what they will achieve than women. This was the only factor that was predicative, albeit weakly, of finals marks in a study carried out in Oxford in 2000 by Mellanby et al. It found factors such as intelligence, differences in work ethic, anxiety, depression, happiness, academic motivation, competitiveness, exam strategy and risk-taking in revision unable to explain the gender gap in Firsts. “We therefore thought,” said Dr Mellanby, “that the gender gap must result from factors outside individual differences between sexes and was more likely to be related to a ‘male’ style of answers being deemed more worthy of First Class marks.” Interestingly, the gender gap is also highly subject specific. For example, it’s big in PPE, English, History and Maths and non-existent in Engineering, E&M, Biochemistry and Geography. Surprisingly, there seems to be no evidence to support the popular notion that extended essays favour women more than ‘sudden death’ exam papers – subjects for which there is no coursework and the degree class depends solely on exams sat in the final year. They are part of the assessment in English and History here and in History at Cambridge, yet all three still have big gender gaps in favour of men and so women have fared no better since the introduction of this system.What is it that gives men in general the confidence to aim for the very top? There is a danger of making sweeping statements that ignore men who advance tentatively and women who expect to do well and succeed, yet the research seems to agree that men and women appear to have different experiences of academia at Oxford. Perhaps the fact that most Oxford tutors are men is significant when considering that women achieve fewer of the degrees the higher class they are. Female undergraduates at Oxford, it seems, have fewer female academics to look up to and use as role models. Dr Mellanby suggests that “the whole Oxford experience might be more conductive to males than females excelling academically.” He continues, “People have talked of the confrontational tutorial being more likely to ‘put down’ females.”The gender gap in Finals is something that OUSU’s women-only Finals Forums each Hilary Term try to address. However, the effort seems like a drop in the ocean. Acknowledging this, Ellie Cumbo, OUSU VP (Women), said, “This year, Women’s Campaign is going to put the pressure on. We have compiled and formatted the most up-to-date results and plan to submit a paper asking the University to thoroughly investigate the Finals gap.” OUSU see the gender imbalance among the academic staff as the biggest problem and Cumbo went on to say, “As previous generations catch up with ours, the gender discrepancy among tutors is already evening out; it’s crucial that those in charge do all they can to speed this process up, however.” This situation is by no means particular to Oxford. The Times Higher Education Supplement published survey results in 2004, which reveal that female academics are paid less than male academics at every British university. The pay gap stretches to almost 25% at some institutions and 18% is average. Women were also found to be more likely to take on pastoral and teaching-based roles than the more lucrative research-led positions, which often lead to promotions. The roots of the problem, however, probably lie much deeper than just simple pay discrimination. Most importantly, commitment to academia is not conducive to a busy family life. Women who want to have children are forced to make compromises between the two, meaning they have less time to devote to research and networking – especially networking that is usually done over dinner. It is hard to resist the conclusion that in Oxford it is still largely a man’s world, and a woman’s success is to some degree dependent upon her ability to adapt. There seems to be something amiss at a university where research concludes that men get more first class degrees than women, but not because they are more able or work harder.The solution to this problem in the long run seems to be a better gender balance within the senior academic positions so that the University can move on from being so male-dominated. In the meanwhile, however, the current female undergraduates may just have to figure out for themselves what it is that men are doing proportionally more than women, the thing that the assessment system manifestly deems more deserving of the top degree.ARCHIVE: 1st week MT 2005
Baking Industry Awards finalist Megan Roberts has been appointed a student ambassador at Dawn Foods.Roberts, who was a finalist in the Rising Star category in last year’s Baking Industry Awards, has joined fellow University College Birmingham (UCB) student Rebecca Orrell, who has been working with Dawn for the last six months.Roberts and Orrell are working with Dawn, while continuing their studies, to gain insight into the operation of a major bakery manufacturer and are also partnering with Dawn on NPD projects.They will work closely with Dawn Foods’ application chef Robin Loud on developing new recipe ideas, as well as blogging about seasonal recipes and their experiences in the professional bakery world.“My love of bakery started with competitions at school and then I discovered the bakery course at UCB and decided to study my passion,” said Roberts.“I love to create and there’s nothing more exciting than watching people eat and enjoy the food you have created. The science element of bakery – how ingredients work in a certain way for example – is also fascinating and the baking industry allows me to combine creativity with science and I love being part of it.”Dawn Foods marketing manager Jacqui Passmore said the business was committed to supporting young people in the industry.“It’s their passion for knowledge and desire to experiment that keeps product ideas exciting and fresh,” she added. “Our student ambassador project has been a great success, with both Dawn and the students gaining a great deal from it. We’re delighted to have Megan and Rebecca on board.”The search is currently under way for the Baking Industry Awards 2019 Rising Star – for more information on this and other categories see here.
February 1, 2005 Regular News Campaign to promote certification Campaign to promote certification The Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization & Education recently launched a statewide strategic communication plan to raise public and lawyer awareness of the Bar’s board-certification program.The campaign, using certification program funds, is based on research about attitudes and opinions related to certification, according to Lisa Garcia, the public relations consultant hired to implement the plan, which includes:• An online resource kit for certified lawyers that includes media tips and PR strategies.• A streamlined link to the Bar Web site’s certification page at www.flabar.org/certification.• Media-relations teams of board-certified lawyers by market who generate story ideas, write Op-Ed articles, and serve as interview contacts.• Ongoing news promotion to consumer reporters statewide.• The creation of a bimonthly e-newsletter for certified lawyers.• Redesign of the BLSE’s exhibit booth for Bar meetings.• Providing information to lawyers to dispel myths about the certification process and encourage applications.“The Bar’s Public Information Department oversees the campaign,” Garcia said. “All of our implementation tactics complement overall Bar communication strategies as approved by the Communications Committee.”Garcia said the BLSE created the communication plan to encourage the growth of certification by demonstrating its value to consumers, lawyers, employers, and referral sources and educate consumers of legal services about lawyer specialization so they can make informed choices in selecting a lawyer. The plan also will clarify the value of standards for certification so the Bar and Supreme Court can consider them in implementing certification programs, she said.“Florida’s ratio of certified lawyers to eligible attorneys is one of the nation’s highest,” Garcia said. “Raising awareness about the program can result in greater numbers of certification applicants and can give consumers more information to assist in their selection of attorneys.”For more information about the certification plan, contact Garcia at (850) 561-5769 or [email protected]
DECATUR COUNTY, Ind. — Lightning is being blamed for a fire that destroyed a small barn late last week.Fire officials say that crews were called to 2497 East County Road 400 South, south of Greensburg around 11:00 AM Thursday morning.When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found a small barn that was still burning, but had already burned to the ground.Firefighters quickly extinguished the remaining flames. Officials say the barn, owned by Dale Riedeman, was primarily used for storage.
Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil IOC spokesman Mark Adams said the inquiry into finance, governance and ethics by a three-member panel “can lead to the withdrawal of recognition” of AIBA. The full IOC membership next meets in June in Lausanne, Switzerland.One option for the IOC is to organize an Olympic boxing tournament, including qualifying, outside of AIBA’s control.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAIBA member federations voted for Gafur Rakhimov of Uzbekistan as president in Moscow on Nov. 3 despite being on a U.S. Treasury Department sanctions list.Rakhimov denies links to organized crime networks and the international drug trade. The long-time AIBA executive committee member was prevented from attending the 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2012 London Olympics by Australian and British government authorities. Franz Pumaren gives UAAP Finals edge to Ateneo over ‘tired’ UP “They are the focus of everything we are doing here,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ The American federal sanctions bar U.S. citizens and companies from doing business with him.IOC sports director Kit McConnell said the Olympic body is concerned because AIBA has been struggling to open or maintain bank accounts in Switzerland. AIBA is based near IOC headquarters in Lausanne.During the IOC-appointed inquiry, the Tokyo Olympic boxing program will be frozen: No tickets will be sold, no test event held and no qualifying format approved. The IOC had previously suspended payments to AIBA from Olympic revenues.The inquiry will be chaired by IOC board member Nenad Lalovic, the Serbian president of wrestling’s governing body. It includes IOC member Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico and IOC athletes commission member Emma Terho, an Ohio State graduate who represented Finland in hockey at previous Olympics.Protecting the sport and boxers preparing for the Tokyo Olympics was the IOC’s priority, McConnell said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, right, escorts Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) President Tsunekazu Takeda during an IOC Executive Board meeting in Tokyo Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. The focus of the meeting was a decision on what to do with boxing’s corruption-plagued international federation. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO— The International Olympic Committee ordered an inquiry Friday into the amateur boxing federation, which elected an alleged heroin trafficker as president four weeks ago.The IOC said AIBA cannot contact organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics during the inquiry.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award
Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Back in the very old days, young people were encouraged to have pen pals. A young student might write to a person in some far away place to develop a relationship and get to learn about that person, often a person from another country where the cultural norms might be different. Back then, the costs of communicating via telephone were higher than they are now.But you weren’t hired to find pen pals. You weren’t hired to write to people in hopes that they write you back. You were hired to learn about the other person, to develop a relationship, and then create opportunities to create value for that person.Now, the cost of communicating by telephone is essentially free. The cost of an email is the same, with the exception that communicating by email instead of the telephone isn’t effective, it demonstrates that you believe you have no real value to offer, and that you are afraid to engage with your dream client.Unsolicited emails are no better than unsolicited phone calls. “Spam” is not a term of endearment. You believe you are doing less damage with email, when it fact you are hurting yourself.The most important conversations you need to have with your dream clients are best held face-to-face. If that’s not possible, then video conference is second best. Neither of those are good options for you when you prospect, making the telephone your next best choice.The cost of communicating a lack of confidence is more than you can afford. The price you pay for being perceived as lacking the chops to create value is even [email protected] from PipelinerCRM retweeted my post on the 15 things I would train salespeople to do instead of teaching them social selling. A young man from across pond replied that he believes that cold calling is “both demoralizing and woefully ineffective.” @salesgravy (Jeb Blount) tweeted that “being broke is even more demoralizing–and that is why we dial.”You don’t need pen pals. You need clients.And you think cold calling is old school.
There is a complicated client issue. You’re not sure what you should do. Doing nothing exposes you to the risk of losing the client. Taking some action may also put the client at risk. Being stuck between a rock and a hard place, you do nothing.An A-player who is putting up the numbers is also seriously abusive to the people they work with–especially those they believe have no power and who they believe are the source of their problems because they don’t give this person what they want when they want it. You don’t want to deal directly with the A-Player because they are delivering. You also can’t allow them to destroy the people with whom they work. You wait, hoping the problem will resolve itself. It doesn’t.Another employee colors way outside the lines. They make deals that are out of line with what is possible, and they create situations that are a potentially legal liability. You’ve spoken to them about staying within the boundaries of what they are permitted to negotiate, but each deal brings more problems than the last. You’re not sure what it is going to take to change their behavior, and what you have tried hasn’t worked. You are paralyzed.You’ve fallen behind your competitor who continues to innovate. Keeping pace–or leaping ahead–would mean that you have to change your overall strategy. Addressing this competitive mismatch is complicated, time-consuming, and it comes with a good amount of risk. To move, you need the support of the board. Doing nothing means the board is eventually going to act–and potentially that action will be a negative event for you.Leaders make hard decisions. It means you deal with complicated client issues, doing what is right, even if it is unpopular, and even if it isn’t easy. You deal with problem employees based on your values, even if it costs you an A-Player. You make decisions based on non-negotiables by making them known, and by holding people accountable. You make decisions, knowing that you have incomplete information, and knowing that you cannot always be 100 percent certain that you are making the right decision at the right time.Right or wrong, you must decide. This is what leaders do.
Personal trainers have been a part of professional sports for decades. Personal data analysts are newer.As a trained mathematician, Justin Zormelo provided Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder with personalized analytics during Durant’s MVP season. And in his most recent undertaking, Zormelo is training a 17-year-old, 7-foot-1-inch Sudan native named Thon Maker. Zormelo’s story is told in the latest “Signals” film from FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films: “By The Numb3rs (With Justin Zormelo),” directed by Jamie Schutz.