The science of dating

first_imgWell, the title is a little catchy and it is one hundred per cent intentional. But I’m really sorry that you are not going to find anything here about how to successfully woo your girlfriend or how to get women admiring you. But if you are looking for that kind of material, I think I can direct you in the right way – maybe you could start with Neil Strauss’s ‘The Game’, or if you are interested in a more serious kind of thing it’s better to be yourself rather than searching for tutorials. Anyway, I am not a relationship consultant. So here we’ll be dealing with real science. The science of dating means the science of determining ages.Now the question is — Ages of what? And why do we need to determine them? The simplest answer is we must determine the ages of various things around us in order to understand the world around us and its evolution. Oh, is it? Then why do we need to understand the world around us? Ha… that’s what science is all about – understanding the world around us. We need to understand the world around us in order to make useful predictions. Now again the sceptic mind – what do we need predictions for? These predictions can save lives or can make life better for us. And how is that? For example, let’s take the case of a natural disaster. Cyclone Phailin (2013) was the largest to hit India after the 1999 Odisha cyclone. But despite the enormous scale of Cyclone Phailin, its death toll in India was just 23 while that of 1999 was more than 10,000. So how did we manage to go from more than 10,000 deaths in 1999 to keeping the number of causalities within double digits in 2013? It was because of the improvements in weather forecasting. The meteorology department of India had been tracking Phailin for weeks and they issued a timely warning to move people out of the way. That was a clear demonstration of how scientific predictions save lives. This prediction was possible in 2013 because we had a better understanding of the world around us at the time than in 1999. So understanding the world around us is important. Now, age determination or dating is an important process in understanding the world around usThe notion of time had always puzzled philosophers throughout human history. But until recently they had very little data to constrain their speculations. And this data came through the study of fossils which is defined as an artefact of life preserved in the geologic record. It was in 1667, a Danish scientist Nicholas Steno, demonstrated that a particular ‘tongue stones’ found in certain Mediterranean sediments were identical to the teeth of modern sharks. He concluded that the ‘tongue stones’ were ancient shark teeth preserved in the sediments. The ‘tongue stones’ got their name because, earlier, people thought they were the tip of tongues of monsters that lived under the Earth. However, Nicholas Steno rightly identified them to be ancient shark teethes and thus gave birth to the study of fossils.These ‘tongue stones’ were found inside sediments. So, what are sediments? They are naturally occurring materials which were broken down by the action of physical forces or chemical reactions and are subsequently transported by the action of wind, water or ice. For instance, at the time of rainy seasons in tropical areas, the rivers will be full and brown in colour. This brown colour is due to the presence of a huge amount of sediments which were broken down from the catchment areas by the eroding action of the river water. As the flow rate of the river decreases these sediments will gradually settle to the bottom. Similar things happen world-wide. The ‘tongue stones’ in the earlier picture were found in marine or sea sediments, which means that after its death, sediments covered the body of the shark which decayed quickly but the teethes got preserved in the form of ‘tongue stones’.At that time, Nicholas Steno even wrote a book to convince people of his ideas. Two of his very simple principles were that:(i) sediments are always deposited as nearly horizontal beds and(ii) each sedimentary layer of an undisturbed sequence is younger than the one below it and older than the one above it.So now, what are these sedimentary layers and why do they occur?  They occur because sediment deposition is often a periodic process. Consider the earlier example of tropical rivers. The river carries large amounts of sediment in the rainy season, which will be deposited in the river mouth where the flow rate decreases. But throughout the summer the sediment content in the river remains low. Come the next flood time, sediments will again get deposited at the river mouth over the older sediments. Thus making a new layer. These sedimentary layers are very prominent in certain areas. A typical example is the Grant Canyon, Colorado. An Indian equivalent is Gandikota in Telangana, where we can see the beautiful layering of the sediments exposed by the eroding action of the Pennar river.Geologists still use Steno’s principles to interpret sedimentary strata. But those two principles alone can’t give us the whole picture. What if there are time gaps between sedimentary layers? Yes, there could be time intervals that had gone entirely unrecorded. They can be short, such as a period of drought between two floods, or can be millions of years wide such as sudden uplift of the area due to an earthquake followed by a long period of erosion removing a large portion of the past deposited sequences. So, it’s necessary to expand the ideas of Steno to tackle these problems.Over a century later, in 1793, William Smith, a surveyor working on the construction of canals in Southern England, recognized that fossils can help us to order the relative ages of sedimentary rocks. He observed that different layers of sediments contained different sets of fossils. So he put forth another simple principle that the layers of sedimentary rocks in an outcrop contain fossils in a definite sequence and if the same sequence of fossils were found in rocks at other locations, the layers can be matched. That is, if sedimentary layers from two locations contain the same set of fossils, then we could infer that both of them formed during the same period of time. The geologists who followed in Steno and Smith’s foot-steps described and catalogued hundreds of fossils and their relation to modern organisms, establishing a new field of science – palaeontology, which is the historical study of ancient life forms. This systematic study of fossils affected science far beyond geology. Charles Darwin studied palaeontology as a young scientist which later helped him in formulating his theory of evolution which revolutionized the science of Biology.So, can we stop here? No, of course not. There are also factors other than the fossils within the sedimentary rocks which can provide clues for determining their relative age. There is Magma which is molten rock that causes volcanoes. They can intrude the sedimentary sequences. Further, there can be faults which are fractures that divide the sedimentary sequences into blocks along which relative movements have taken place. Since these deformations or intrusive events can take place only after the affected sedimentary layers are deposited, they must be younger than the rocks that they deform. Or, if the intrusions or fault displacements are eroded and then overlain by sedimentary beds, then we know that the intrusions or faults are older than the younger sedimentary strata. Geologists call these relations as cross-cutting relationships.Early in the nineteenth century, geologists began to apply Steno’s and Smith’s principles along with the cross-cutting relationships to outcrops all over the world. By the end of the century geologists pieced together a worldwide history of geologic events, which they published as the geologic time scale. This geologic time scale divides the history of our earth into intervals marked by a distinctive set of fossils, and it places the boundaries of these intervals at times when these set of fossils change abruptly.The basic intervals of this relative geologic timescale are eras. Eras are named as old, middle and new life. Eras are subdivided into periods. Periods are usually named for the geographic locality in which the formations were first or best described. Paleogene and Neogene periods of the ‘new life'(Cenozoic) are exceptions which mean old origin and new origin respectively. Periods are subdivided into epochs. Today we are living in the Holocene epoch of the Neogene period of the Cenozoic era.However, this geologic time scale did not tell us how long the eras, periods or epochs were in actual years. It only told us what happened first and what happened next. But, even that was a big breakthrough in those times. How old our Earth was is a major question that puzzled scientists of that time. Several wild guesses and speculations were there but no precise data to back them up. Then in 1896 came a major development in physics. Henri Becquerel, a French physicist discovered radioactivity in Uranium. And then in 1905, the physicist Ernest Rutherford suggested that the absolute age of a material can be determined by measuring the decay of radioactive elements in that material. This marks the start of isotopic dating, the use of naturally occurring radioactive elements to determine the age of materials. Isotopic dating is itself a broad subject and it is quite fascinating to know how the radioactive atoms act like clocks in dead materials. Even so, I’m stopping here for the time being and hope to continue this discussion on another post.Good day to all.last_img read more

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Director, Diversity and Equity Center

first_imgTo apply, please visit: https://careers.cwu.edu and search job 3992. Director, Diversity and Equity Center: Central Washington University, located in beautiful and historicEllensburg, Washington, is looking for a new Director of theDiversity and Equity Center. The Director will provide leadershipfor the Diversity & Equity Center, which directly supports thedivisional efforts around student success, retention, andinclusion. The vision of the DEC is to provide high impact,transformational, community building and educational programs forthe CWU community and to nurture leaders grounded in the coreconcepts of intersectional identity development, diversityeducation, equity, and social justice. The position reports to, andpartners with, the Associate Dean for Access and Equity in StudentSuccess to develop the vision, direction, and actualization of aninclusive co-curricular learning environment. In addition, theposition will work collaboratively with the campus community inaddressing issues related to historically underrepresented,marginalized and/or underserved students.  All employees areexpected to support CWU’s commitment to diversity and to bring andsupport inclusion into the university environment. CWU is anEEO/AA/Title IX/Veteran/Disability Employer.last_img read more

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Phish ‘Dinner And A Movie’ Stream Companion: Hampton Coliseum 10/20/13 [Video]

first_imgTonight (Tuesday, July 21st), Phish will air their memorable performance at the iconic Hampton Coliseum on October 20th, 2013 as the seventeenth episode of their ongoing archival webcast/cooking series, Dinner and a Movie. Tune in below at 8:30 p.m. ET and scroll down to follow along with our 10/20/13 Stream Companion.Phish Dinner and a Movie Episode 17: 10/20/13, Hampton Coliseum [Full Show]The seventeenth episode of Dinner and a Movie follows the 8/31/12 “F— Your Face” show, the 7/27/14 Merriweather “Tweezerfest”, the 7/25/17’s Baker’s Dozen “Jam-Filled” night, Magnaball night two (8/22/15), last year’s first night at Mohegan Sun (7/9/19), the first night of the band’s 2016 Halloween run in Las Vegas (10/28/16), the final night of 2017’s Mexican destination event (1/15/17), the band’s first of three nights in Alpharetta, GA in 2018 (8/3/18), the out-there 1997 U.S. tour opener featuring a guest appearance by LeRoi Moore of Dave Matthews Band (7/21/97), the improv-heavy second night of their 2018 Madison Square Garden New Year’s run (12/29/18), 2013’s Friday night at The Gorge (7/26/13), the band’s 1995 debut at Deer Creek Music Center (6/19/95), the fiery Wednesday night at The Mann in 2015 (8/12/15), an evening at the iconic Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA from 2010 (8/7/10), and an “avant-garde” set two video from Northampton, MA back in 1989 (5/1/89), and 2019’s wild Alpine Valley finale (7/14/19). You can often gauge the energy in the room at a Phish show by how long the band sits back and basks in that mid-song respite. The 2.5-minute runtime of this interlude reflected the electricity of that moment of connectedness between the four men onstage and the thousands in the audience, still just as glad to see Phish back at Hampton four years later. After finishing the song and taking a moment to deliberate, the band opted for a set-closing cover of Jimi Hendrix‘s “Bold As Love”, sung with gusto by the Chairman of the Boards.While this first set is nothing to thumb your nose at, the second set on 10/20/13 was what put this performance in the conversation for “Show of the Year.” When the band stepped back onstage for set two, Trey stepped to the mic to address a group of fans in the crowd. “Are you guys, like, in jail stripes,” he asked, “Or are you Waldo?” When the crowd roared back, “Waldo!” Trey let out a sigh. “Ah, we thought you were in jail stripes, so we were gonna play a song for you.” Then, pointing to the back of the arena, where a “Paul and Silas” sign had been hanging over the balcony all weekend, he added, “We’ll play it anyway, we’ll play it for those guys.” With that, the band opened set two with “Paul and Silas”, the traditional gospel tune about the two biblical prisoners saved by their faith. As always, the rule rang true: The best way to get your request played is to request songs the band wants to play.The brief moment of crowd banter ahead of “Paul and Silas” proved to be the only pause for the rest of the set, as Phish got down to business with a pair of fantastic, stylistically wide-ranging jams on “Tweezer” and “Golden Age”, together clocking in at more than 41 minutes of thrilling improvisation.With the band feeling loose, cohesive, and creative, the “Piper” that followed seemed destined to follow in the path of the two Type II behemoths that preceded it. Instead, at the 7-minute mark, that creativity took the band in a different, seemingly unexpected direction. After locking into boogieing rock groove, the band rode that thought seamlessly into a cover of Bachman-Turner Overdrive‘s 1973 smash, “Takin’ Care Of Business”.Despite how well the two seemed to fit together here, “Piper” > “Takin’ Care Of Business” isn’t a common Phish pairing. Before this moment, “Takin’ Care Of Business” wasn’t even part of the band’s repertoire. Was it rough? Sure, but it was hot. At the time, some fans wondered if the new cover may be a clue about the surprise “Costume Set” on Halloween night in Atlantic City [Spoiler Alert: They were wrong… Wingsuit’d].Whether they planned the pairing before they stepped onstage or simply found themselves in that progression and collectively decided to run with it, this organic debut is the sort of thing that keeps fans coming back again and again, year after year.As “TCoB” wound down, a funky “2001” rose from the vapors to keep Hampton dancing, and the funk continued full-force from there into and ominous “Sand”. Finally, with time for one more, the band shifted from demonic to angelic for a stellar, set-closing “Slave To The Traffic Light”.Much like the first set ended, the encore began with a fan-favorite classic rock cover as sung by Page McConnell—this time, The Beatles‘ “A Day In The Life”—before closing out the show and the weekend with the emphatic punctuation known as “Tweezer Reprise”.Grab a ticket off the tree and tune in tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET to relive 10/20/13 at The Mothership.Setlist: Phish | Hampton Coliseum | Hampton, VA | 10/20/13SET 1: Julius, Funky Bitch, Back on the Train, Roses Are Free > Sample in a Jar, Ginseng Sullivan, 46 Days, Divided Sky, Bold As LoveSET 2: Paul and Silas > Tweezer > Golden Age[1] > Piper -> Takin’ Care of Business[2] > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Sand > Slave to the Traffic LightENCORE: A Day in the Life > Tweezer Reprise[1] Fish on Marimba Lumina.[2] Phish debut.Back on the Train contained a Jean Pierre tease from Trey. Golden Age featured Fish on Marimba Lumina. This show featured the Phish debut of Takin’ Care of Business. This week’s Dinner and a Movie takes us back to the opening run of the band’s 2013 Fall Tour. Of course, the narrative among fans leading into this three-night run was less about the start of the tour and more about a triumphant return: These three shows marked Phish’s first return to Hampton Coliseum—”The Mothership”—since the return. While it would be tough to top the emotion of the band’s 2009 reunion shows at the Virginia arena after a 5-year “breakup,” the fact that Phish was back at Hampton for three nights was enough to push fan excitement for this run to a boiling point.The difference between the ’09 reunion run at Hampton and the ’13 reprisal was apparent as soon as you hit the lot. While the ’09 Hampton lot was flooded with ticketless hopefuls waving fistfuls of cash and a finger in the air, the Hampton 2013 scene was awash with extras. Literal “ticket trees” dotted the lots, with extras tickets tucked under pieces of bark, ripe for the picking.While the demand for Hampton tickets may have flipped from ’09 to ’13, the band’s track record for delivering memorable performances at The Mothership held as true as ever. The first two nights of the run were solid, but the third night, Sunday, October 20th—the show we’ll revisit this evening—blew them both away and set a high bar for the remainder of the year.The band hit the stage with pep in their steps to kick off the show, nailing a string of upbeat selections including “Julius”, “Funky Bitch” (Son Seals), and “Back On The Train”. A hint of exploratory jamming on the always-welcome cover of Ween‘s “Roses Are Free” kept the GA crowd on its toes before the sing-along train kept chugging with “Sample In A Jar”, “Ginseng Sullivan”, and a brief but hearty “46 Days”.The undeniable highlight of set one followed, as the band delivered a sublime rendition of “Divided Sky”. Though played to virtual perfection, the takeaway from this version of the classic Phish composition would be the “pause,” as the entire arena raised their lighters amidst a delirious chorus of cheers. Following a somewhat-unsuccessful fan campaign on various Internet forums to get fans to raise their lighters during setbreak the previous night, the stars finally aligned during this “Divided Sky”. With the idea already planted in fans’ heads, many were quick to meet the composed break in the music with a flame held skyward. Those who hadn’t heard quickly followed suit, leading to a powerful scene to behold. Get a taste below:Phish – “Divided Sky” Pause Lighters at Hampton 2013last_img read more

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Send a Live Singing Telegram For Valentine’s Day for $5

first_img Typically, songs can be ordered the day before delivery. If they are sold out for a particular date, delivery for that date will no longer be an option for all songs. As of this writing, Valentine’s Day is still open. (I sent Cupid’s Arrow to my husband… Shhh!) On top of being economical to send, TajTunes are eco-friendly too. They use Paypal for payments. Check out their wonderful Valentine’s Day song, called Cupid’s Arrow, on TajTunes.com AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore A company based in Boston and Bangalore offers a cool way of sending a Valentine or Birthday wish to someone special in the United States. Send live singing telegrams from India to any mobile phone or land line for only $5.  TajTunes.com features an original lineup of songs written by Boston songwriters. The songs are quirky, fun, and out of the ordinary and the sender receives a digital recording of the song, including the recipient’s reaction, after the call is made. last_img read more

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Boa Reel Pink, Change Your Reels To Pink, Fight Cancer

first_imgPhoto: Graham Watson – grahamwatson.com Earlier this week, Specialized put out a video on Alberto Contador’s special pink shoes that they had created for the Giro. As Contador continues to lead the Giro, his pink shoes perfectly match the pink leaders jersey. Alberto is also sporting some pink Boa Reels on his shoes, but those are for a much more important cause: fighting breast cancer.We’ve all probably known someone one way or another, who has been affected by breast cancer, so with a $10 minimum donation to the Breast Cancer Network of Strength you can show your support with the custom pink reels. Currently the reels only fit low profile shoes from Specialized, Lake, and Scott, among a few other non cycling footwear brands. Installation of the pink reels couldn’t be any simpler, and the kit even includes the needed allen wrench.If you own a pair of Boa equipped shoes, this is a no brainer as it is always good to have an extra reel or two, and this way you’re helping people out in the process.Want to see Contador’s pink shoes? Spy them after the break!last_img read more

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The Fans Have Spoken! Your Top 10 Favorite Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty Musicals

first_imgSeussical the Musical A Man of No Importance Dessa Rose The Glorious Ones Anastasia View Comments Rocky Once on This Island Ragtime  Little Dancer It’s already a huge day for music duo Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty! As previously reported, their musical Once on This Island will bow on the Great White Way on November 9 at a theater to be announced. In addition, Anastasia has officially started Broadway performances. Now, it’s time to reveal the fans’ top 10 favorite Ahrens and Flaherty musicals; both Anastasia and Once on This Island nabbed spots in the top 10. The show that won the number one spot earned Audra McDonald her third Tony Award. Do you know which one, Audra super fans? Here’s a hint: it’s the same show for which Ahrens and Flaherty for which garnered their Tony Awards. Check out the full list below! (Photo: Matthew Murphy, Caitlin McNaney & Joan Marcus) My Favorite Yearlast_img read more

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Waitress’ NaTasha Yvette Williams on Her ‘Midweek Hump Day Party’ Cabaret Show & Making B’way History

first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 22:43Loaded: 0%00:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -22:43 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Original Photos Before making her Broadway debut in The Color Purple in 2007, Williams spent her time in education. “I was a double major in speech communications, theater arts, and math education,” she said. “I was an educator for just a year after school but I didn’t really know about Broadway until college, and when I started to get on stage I knew I found my people. Ragtime was my first Broadway show I saw after moving to the city. At intermission, I ran down to the payphone and called my mom crying, saying, ‘This is what I want to do. This is why I’m here.’ I had this feeling of, ‘Oh my god, this is everything.’ And I still get that feeling.”Since that pivotal moment, Williams has gone on to appear in several Broadway productions and has even made Broadway history twice. In 2017, Williams played Mama Morton to Brandy Norwood’s Roxie Hart and Lana Gordon’s Velma Kelly in Chicago, marking the first time all three characters were played by women of color. Recently, when Jessie Hooker-Bailey went on in Waitress as Dawn, she was joined by Williams’ Becky and Jordin Spark’s Jenna to once again make history as the three waitresses were played by women of color. “It does feel like I’m making history,” Williams said. “But I feel like every day that we’re here and able to do anything positive we’re doing that. It was an incredible realization for me that 20 years ago, I didn’t see any of that on stage. I saw Audra McDonald and saw Adriane Lenox and Lillias White and LaChanze and all those people are so much a part of my journey. But it was always one or two in the whole show. Being able to have people come and see three women of color on stage is a big deal for any other woman of color. And I hope it’s a big deal for all of us because there’s room for all of us. Stories don’t have color. Life doesn’t have color. To think that someone is sitting out there as I was when I ran down to that payphone to call my mom, that’s why I do what I do.”See Williams at her 54 Below show and in Waitress!Watch the full #LiveatFive episode below! Related Shows View Comments NaTasha Yvette Williams NaTasha Yvette Williams returned to the Waitress stage as Becky on September 16 and is getting ready to celebrate with an extra special birthday concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below on September 25. In honor of being back on Broadway and her show at the cabaret venue, Williams stopped by Broadway.com’s #LiveatFive to talk about all of her exciting projects. “We’re going to invade the space,” Williams said to Beth Stevens. “There will be some show tunes, some jokes and pranks. Jordin [Sparks] and Caitlin Houlahan are going to come and bring some of our Waitress magic. It’s a midweek hump day party.”For Williams, doing concerts requires an extra push from her loved ones to step out of her comfort zone. “I just love to get up and sing, but it’s always scary to me,” she said. “Deciding what to sing was easy. I just returned to Waitress and my mother had passed three days before my original opening so it brought back a lot of emotions. The show was so healing for me and my birthday is here and everything’s changing, just like the show says. I’m doing songs that are a part of my childhood, my middlehood, my marriage and motherhood. It is the things that give me relief, relaxation and redemption.” Star Files Waitress Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020 NaTasha Yvette Williams (Photos: Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com)last_img read more

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Product Line Manager at Saucony

first_imgBased in Lexington, Massachusetts, run shoe giant Saucony is seeking a Product Line Manager to work in the company’s Product Design & Development department.Saucony has provided some background to the role and the company’s requirements from candidates:At Saucony, we exist for runners. This focus and passion fuels us as we strive to create the best running shoes and apparel on the planet. The Saucony Product Line Manager (PLM) reports directly to the Vice President of Product and is responsible for all areas of the footwear product creation process primarily: business planning, concept/design, line building and merchandising. The position will be responsible for developing seasonal line plans based on consumer trends that meet margin requirements to drive the Global Brand Strategy. The role will also partner with Sales, Marketing and retailers to continually calibrate products to market dynamics. As a part of the Saucony team, the Product Line Manager position will strive to inspire every runner on every run, on every day. At Saucony, we run.The role has a number of requirements that include:Bachelor’s Degree in Business or equivalent4+ years’ experience in the performance athletic industry with 2+ years of product line management experience preferredEstablished understanding of the footwear market with a strong passion for running footwearStrong business acumen, merchandising and analytical skill setsProven ability to evaluate prototype products and make necessary recommendations for improvementAbility to effectively convey information through written and verbal communications including formal/informal presentationsStrong work ethic with the ability to work interactively with various disciplines (Design, Marketing, Sales, etc)Highly organized, versatile and flexible, enjoys working on variety of projects and is the ‘ultimate team player’Strong MS Office Skill-Set – Excel, Word, PowerPointFrequent domestic and European travel with limited travel to Asia (approx 30%)Individuals interested in the Product Line Manager at Saucony role can apply directly online.www.saucony.com Relatedlast_img read more

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What traits do people expect from your credit union?

first_imgEthical actors, community service providers, correct priorities, sense of fairness, a conscience. A recently released study performed by the Public Affairs Council with the support of Princeton Survey Research Associates International shows that these are the traits that the public feels are important and expect from business. What is amazing is that these are the qualities that credit unions have promoted and practiced for generations. Much of what this study illuminates is that the values and principles that are fundamental parts of credit union DNA are fully in-line with what the average consumer wants.The challenge for us is to continually promote the credit union “brand” and educate consumers on the value of credit union membership. After the financial upheaval of 2008, credit unions received an organic bump in brand awareness as bank’s dirty laundry was being aired publicly and credit unions were a natural alternative for providing services. As an industry we were able to capitalize on this situation with good success and membership increased.In a recent blog post, Public Affairs Council President Doug Pinkham highlights some of the study’s major findings. Below are excerpts from this post with my analysis on how they relate to credit unions.Companies as Ethical Actors – More than eight out of 10 people say it’s very important that companies make sure their employees behave ethically. This is especially important since more than 40 percent think corporate CEOs have low ethical standards. A reputation for integrity is pretty much non-negotiable. – PinkhamCredit Unions have always had an impeccable record for ethical standards and practices. Look at the 2008 financial crisis and, save a few bad actors, credit unions came through relatively unscathed from a reputation standpoint – certainly when compared to the bankers.Companies as Community Service Providers – In many cases, corporate responsibility programs have become “table stakes” rather than opportunities to differentiate a firm from competitors. Public support remains strong for corporate philanthropy, volunteerism and, in general, companies taking a leadership role in helping the world in ways that go beyond operating a business. At least 85 percent believe these steps are somewhat or very important. Yet only 42 percent believe big companies are doing a good job of contributing time and money to support their local communities.Expectations couldn’t be much higher. At a time when governments often don’t have the resources to tackle tough national problems, many Americans expect private businesses to take on more financial responsibility for health care (66%), community services (65%), education (63%) and disaster relief (56%). – PinkhamCredit unions are created and owned by the communities they serve. In some ways, just their existence is a community service. Along with organizations such as the National Credit Union Foundation leading the way, credit unions are at the forefront of community engagement.Companies With Their Priorities Straight – Corporate slogans often talk about “putting customers first,” but many customers don’t feel high on anyone’s priority list. Only 6 percent say major companies put customers’ interests first, while 49 percent say firms put the interests of stockholders first. Interestingly, one-third of respondents say the needs of top executives get the most attention from major companies. While the percentage assuming firms exist to help their own executives is down 10 percentage points from last year, it is still remarkably high — and it is another indication of the lack of trust in corporate leadership. – PinkhamAgain, our cooperative, member-owned model drives a service, member-driven focus. Without stockholders, such as in the bank model, credit unions direct service model reigns supreme.Companies With a Conscience – Because corporations have so many different stakeholders, they often struggle when they get involved in social issues. Taking a stand on a mainstream issue such as ending racial discrimination won’t be controversial, but it also won’t draw much positive attention. On the other hand, stepping into public debates over immigration or gay marriage may drag companies unwillingly into the culture wars. – PinkhamWhile credit unions, as an industry, do not generally engage in social issues, our battle for “the little guy” and Americans who are unserved or underserved by the financial services industry is part of our bedrock. Credit unions engage where the banks and other service providers are lacking or even taking advantage of the underserved.Companies With a Sense of Fairness – It’s hard to know what people mean when they use words like “justice” and “fairness.” Yet corporations face severe criticism when they act in a way that doesn’t seem evenhanded to many Americans.Where does the public’s sense of fairness play out? It shows up strongly in the issue of executive compensation. Only one out of four people think major companies do a good job of paying top executives fairly, without overpaying them. This is probably one reason why so many Americans question the honesty and ethical standards of senior management.In addition, only 37 percent say companies do a good job of paying their regular employees fairly. Not surprisingly, these rank-and-file employees are considered to have much higher ethical standards than their bosses.This is not to say that companies need to pay everyone the same salary. But they had better be able to defend their compensation practices, particularly as they relate to executive bonuses. Previous Pulse surveys have shown that the public disapproves of high corporate bonuses — particularly if they are awarded when a firm has not performed well. – PinkhamFrom the top down, with our volunteer boards to the relatively meager salaries of many credit union executives, any credit union member or outsider can see that running a credit union is as much of a mission or calling as it is a job. I have known a vast array of credit union leaders from around the world representing institutions large and small. From the CEO of Navy Federal to volunteers running a credit union out of a tent in Haiti, there is a dedication to the movement. The credit union ethos and adherence to the cooperative principles bleeds through in all that we do. Not for profit but for service!My friends, take a moment to review the findings in this study. Then, take another moment to reflect on the fact, that as a credit union representative, every day you embody what America wants and what America needs. The principles by which you operate are being sought out by consumers, and it is imperative, that we keep our heads high and our voices loud as we spread the good news. 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Daniel Mica Dan Mica, former head of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), established The DMA Group as a means to combine a myriad of experience into a one-stop consultancy. Elected in … Web: www.dmagroupdc.com Detailslast_img read more

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Pula is more connected by air than ever

first_imgLast week, Pula Airport announced that it has established an airline throughout the year with Split and Osijek, and on the first day of the New Year 2017, Pula is expanding its network and availability and is more connected than ever before.Namely, Pula Airport has established new direct flights with Bristol, Berlin, Munich and Warsaw.Thus, the British airline EasyJet will introduce direct flights from Pula to Bristol and Berlin. In total, this is the fifth destination of Easyjet, after the introduction of London Gatwick, Paris CDG, and Hamburg. Flights to Berlin start on June 27.06 and last until September 02.09.2017, 27.05, and will take place for three weeks on Tuesdays, Fridays and on Saturdays, while flights to Bristol start on 30.09.2017 and last until XNUMX, and will take place on Saturdays.Eurowings introduces a three-week flight to MunichAfter Lufthansa and the German airline Eurowings, it will open regular direct flights from Munich to Pula from May 02 to October 27, 2017, with three weeks of flights, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, with an Airbus A320 aircraft with a capacity of 174 passengers.The Polish national carrier introduces the line Pula – WarsawPula will also finally be connected with Poland and Warsaw. The Polish national airline LOT Polish Airlines will open regular flights to Pula from May 14 to October 15, 2017, with two weeks of flights, Saturdays and Sundays, with the Dash8 Q400 aircraft.last_img read more

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