Delay in PATH Payments

first_imgDelay in PATH Payments LabourDecember 14, 2014Written by: Ministry of Labour & Social Security,Public Relations Unit RelatedJCPD Wants Greater Access to ICT for the Disabled Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Beneficiaries of the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) who are paid by cheque or Keycard Cash are being advised that due to technical difficulties, payments for the month of December will be made on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. RelatedJCPD to Get Board of Management The Ministry apologizes for any inconvenience which may be caused by this extended delay. Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Labour and Social Security, the Hon. Derrick Kellier. RelatedPassage of Disabilities Act Most Significant Achievement – JCPD Delay in PATH PaymentsJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaylast_img read more

Jimenez, Mediate tied in Champions Tour opener

first_imgKAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii – Miguel Angel Jimenez shot an 8-under 64 in windy conditions Saturday for a share of the lead with Rocco Mediate in the Champions Tour’s season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship. Jimenez had nine birdies and a closing bogey to match Mediate at 11-under 133 at Hualalai Golf Club. Mediate, the first-round leader after a 66, had a bogey-free 67. Jimenez is making his third Champions Tour start. The Spaniard won the Greater Gwinnett Championship last year, a week after finishing fourth in the Masters. In May, he won the Spanish Open at 50 years, 133 days to break his own record as the oldest European Tour champion. Mediate won twice on the 50-and over tour in 2013. Olin Browne was third at 9 under after a 67. Fred Couples, Colin Montgomerie and Mark O’Meara were another stroke back. Couples shot 64, Montgomerie 66, and O’Meara 67. Defending champion Bernhard Langer was 7 under after a 65. He had a 10 on the par-5 seventh hole in his opening 72. The 40-player field features major champions from the last five years, other tournament winners in the last two seasons and sponsor invitees.last_img read more

Natural Selection Is Empty

first_imgOrigin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Evolutionary science is (in part) natural history, and in natural history real evolutionary understanding can be found. But we must keep in mind that natural history is history. It is the recounting of real events, which are generally “one damn thing after another.” True things, and important things, but narrative, not law. Natural history is not law-based science. It is narrative science.  The adaptive value of a phenotype depends critically on its ecological niche. Fins help if you live in water. Fins don’t help if you live in the desert. Are fins adaptive? It depends. There is no “Law of Fins” that determines the adaptiveness of fins, independent of the ecological niche the finned critter inhabits. Jerry Fodor and Massimo Piatelli-Palmarini’s book What Darwin Got Wrong was published in 2010. Having read it now, perhaps belatedly, I can report that it is a masterpiece. Fodor is a leading philosopher, and Piatelli-Palmarini is a leading cognitive scientist. Their analysis of natural selection is meticulous and devastating. They are both atheists — they do not come to this debate with theistic presumptions. They demonstrate that natural selection is, in their word, empty. It’s a meaningless concept that should be abandoned. F&P-P propose that there are two ways in which natural selection could be a genuine explanation: if natural selection can be understood as acting on counterfactuals, or if natural selection can be understood as acting according to physical laws (of evolution). When we say that natural selection acts, how do we know which phenotype is the object of selection, and which are free-riders? Preservation of one trait preserves linked traits. Gould and Lewontin recognized this dilemma. In their paper “The Spandrels of San Marco and the Panglossian Paradigm: A Critique of the Adaptationist Programme” they take to task the adaptationist (strict natural selection-ist) view that natural selection can select for specific phenotypes that are linked to other phenotypes. They call the ostensibly selected phenotypes arches, and the free-rider unselected phenotypes spandrels, referring to the difference between the structural arches in cathedrals and the decorated spandrels — the spaces between the arches — that serve an artistic, but no structural, purpose.  Endogenous constraints, of course, raise the specter that haunts evolutionary biology: namely, teleology. Endogenous constraints are front-loaded. Evolution hews to ends. So merely invoking “natural selection” fails to provide an explanation for the survival of a trait, because natural selection is blind to the difference between traits that enhance survival and traits that are free-riders and irrelevant to survival, as long as the traits are linked. But F&P-P point out that there seem to be no laws of selection: TagsScience,Trending And there is another way to understand evolution: Gould and Lewontin point out, correctly, that phenotypes in nature are composed of arches and spandrels — traits that enhance survival, and traits that are linked to survival traits genetically, but which provide no survival advantage themselves. They argue that adaptationist (natural selection-ist) explanations fail to take into account the fact that natural selection cannot distinguish between arches and spandrels, and that therefore invocation of natural selection, which is blind to the arch/spandrel dichotomy, is often an inadequate evolutionary explanation. F&P-P unpack Gould’s and Lewontin’s critique, applying logical rigor. They point out that genetically linked traits are coextensive. Ya’ select for one, ya’ select for the other. They come as a package. F&P-P ask: How can natural selection distinguish between, on the one hand, phenotypic traits that affect fitness and, on the other hand, their endogenously linked phenotypic correlates… selection [cannot] apply differentially to coextensive properties. Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man The explanation for a critter’s phenotype vis-a-vis its fitness is its natural history, not its history of natural selection. But natural history is a narrative, not a law. I’ll try here to give a précis of their argument. I heartedly recommend buying their book. It’s available on Kindle, and although it’s not an easy read, it is written with as much clarity and brevity as the subject permits. The last chapter is a very nice summary of the argument. What follows is a summary of the summary. Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share [I]f you wish to explain the effects that a phenotypic trait has on a creature’s fitness, what you need is not its history of selection but its natural history. And natural history offers not laws of selection but narrative accounts of causal chains that lead to the fixation of phenotypic traits. Although laws support counterfactuals, natural histories do not; and, as we’ve repeatedly remarked, it’s counterfactual support on which distinguishing the arches from the spandrels depends.  Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Natural history is just one damned thing after another. This should seem, on reflection, unsurprising since, to repeat, natural history is a species of history, and history is itself just one damned thing after another… Darwin made the same sort of mistake that Marx did: he imagined that history is a theoretical domain; but what there is, in fact, is only a heterogeneity of causes and effects. Natural selection is not a level of explanation. In F&P-P’s cogent phrase, natural selection is empty.center_img F&P-P sum up their argument: So natural selection can’t select according to counterfactuals. “If these traits weren’t linked, this is the trait I’d select for” is a thought specifically denied to a blind watchmaker. Natural selection is mindless, and is blind to counterfactuals. [T]he problem is that it’s unlikely that there are laws of selection. [I]t’s just not possible that there are laws that relate phenotypic traits per se to fitness. What (if any) effect a trait has on fitness depends on what kind of phenotype it is embedded in, and what ecology the creature that has the trait inhabits. So How Do We Understand Evolution? A counterfactual is a statement of what would be the case if something untrue happened. An example of a counterfactual is: “If I were PZ Myers, I wouldn’t say such silly things on Pharyngula.” I’m not PZ Myers, but if I were…. For natural selection to be a genuine explanation for the survival of a specific trait that is linked to other traits, it would be necessary to invoke a counterfactual about natural selection: “If the selected trait were not linked to free-riders, it would still be selected.” Which is the way that we generally try to invoke natural selection of linked traits. Selection is for the pumping function of the heart (selected trait), not for the sound it makes (linked free-rider). If pumping and noise-making weren’t linked, it is the pumping, not the noise-making, that would be selected. Evolution Natural Selection Is EmptyMichael EgnorAugust 30, 2013, 12:59 PM “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide F&P-P are surely right. Endogenous constraints are profoundly important to phenotypes and to adaptation, and much of the rational study of evolution is properly the study of endogenous factors that establish adaptation. What’s essential about adaptationism, as viewed from this perspective, is precisely its claim that there is a level of evolutionary explanation. We think this claim is just plain wrong. We think that successful explanations of the fixation of phenotypic traits by ecological variables typically belong not to evolutionary theory but to natural history, and that there is just no end of the sorts of things about a natural history that can contribute to explaining the fixation of some or other feature of a creature’s phenotype. Natural history isn’t a theory of evolution; it’s a bundle of evolutionary scenarios. That’s why the explanations it offers are so often post hoc and unsystematic. F&P-P begin their argument with the observation that phenotypic traits on which natural selection acts are often linked at the genetic level. It is unusual to find a specific trait that can be selected without selecting for other traits. Cellular genetics is a complex interconnected affair. A change at the level of the gene generally has complex effects on phenotype. Michael EgnorSenior Fellow, Center for Natural & Artificial IntelligenceMichael R. Egnor, MD, is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at State University of New York, Stony Brook, has served as the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, and award-winning brain surgeon. He was named one of New York’s best doctors by the New York Magazine in 2005. He received his medical education at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital. His research on hydrocephalus has been published in journals including Journal of Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, and Cerebrospinal Fluid Research. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Hydrocephalus Association in the United States and has lectured extensively throughout the United States and Europe.Follow MichaelProfile Share A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All But F&P-P point out that counterfactuals are intentional statements — they refer to concepts in a mind, not to external physical things. And of course natural selection has nothing to do with a mind. That is the whole point of natural selection. It pays no mind at all. Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis F&P-P point out that the other way that natural selection could provide an evolutionary explanation is if selection followed a natural law, like a law in physics. If there is a law-like correlation between a type of trait and selection for that trait, then a correspondence between natural selection and one of several linked traits could be established. If we are to provide real explanations for evolution — natural history and teleology — we need now to go to the closet and get out the dustbin. We need to discard some junk. Natural selection is empty junk, and no explanation at all.  Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share There aren’t, and never were, pigs with wings. That there aren’t and weren’t needs to be explained; but the explanation surely cannot be selectionist. Mother Nature never had any winged pigs to select against; so pigs not having wings can’t be an adaptation. We think such considerations strongly suggest that there are endogenous constraints — quite possibly profound ones — on phenotypes. As far as we can tell, this is slowly becoming the received view in evolutionary biology. Recommended F&P-P put it succinctly:last_img read more

HSE says Winter Plan is working as rate of surgery cancellations is confirmed

first_img FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 WhatsApp Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Google+ Hospital waiting lists have dropped by a third compared to this time last year.The HSE has given an update on its Winter Plan, with figures showing 224 patients were waiting to be admitted to hospital from Emergency Departments.South Tipperary Hospital and University Hospital Limerick were among those with the highest waiting numbers.Over the weekend, 5,700 patients attended our EDs, with over 1,400 admitted for further treatment.The Health Minister Simon Harris says the lower rate of flu so far this season may be contributing to the figures……………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/16harriswinterplan.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.25 procedures had to be cancelled every day in the first 9 months of the year because of overcrowding in hospitals.New figures released to the Irish Daily Mail show a total of 7 thousand operations didn’t go ahead because of what the HSE calls “capacity issues”.The Irish Medical Organisation says it’s a “national disgrace” – President Peadar Gilligan says it highlights the need for more bed space……………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/15gilligan.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. DL Debate – 24/05/21 Harps come back to win in Waterford HSE says Winter Plan is working as rate of surgery cancellations is confirmedcenter_img AudioHomepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleBuncrana fire being treated as maliciousNext articleREA says Brexit will impact on Donegal house prices in 2019 News Highland Google+ Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction By News Highland – December 31, 2018 Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR cliniclast_img read more

News Scan for Sep 23, 2020

first_imgFlorida reports more dengue cases in Miami-Dade and Monroe countiesThe Florida Department of Health (Florida Health) this week announced that a second local dengue case has been reported from Miami-Dade County, and last week it confirmed another local dengue case in Monroe County, raising the total in the county, which includes the Florida Keys, to 56.In a statement on the new Miami-Dade case, health officials urged residents to take precautions such as draining standing water, covering skin and clothing with repellent, and covering doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out. This is the county’s second locally acquired dengue case of 2020.Florida Health announced the new Monroe County case on Sep 17, noting that indications suggest that the patient contracted dengue locally and is expected to make a full recovery. It noted that dengue symptoms can resemble severe flu, with patients experiencing severe muscle aches and pain, fever, and sometimes a rash. Typically, there are no respiratory symptoms.Sep 21 Florida Health statement on Miami-Dade case Sep 17 Florida Health statement on Monroe County case Three countries report more high-path avian flu in poultry, waterfowlIn the latest highly pathogenic avian flu outbreak developments, the Philippines reports another outbreak involving H5N6, Russia confirmed more H5N8 detections in wild birds, and Taiwan reported more H5N5 events in poultry, according to the latest notifications from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).In the Philippines, the H5N6 outbreak began on Aug 10, affecting backyard poultry in Rizal province on Luzon, the country’s largest island. The virus killed 20 of 171 susceptible birds, and 10 owners have surrendered their flocks for culling. The source of the virus is thought to be contact with wild birds. The last H5N6 outbreak in the Philippines occurred in July and affected a commercial layer farm in Pampagna province.Russia reported six more H5N8 outbreaks in wild birds, with start dates ranging from Aug 14 to Sep 7, all in the southwest, where recent poultry outbreaks were reported. The virus killed five waterfowl and sickened a tufted duck, which was destroyed as part of the outbreak response.Finally, Taiwan reported two more H5N5 outbreaks, which struck poultry farms in Yunlin County, killing 5,728 of 27,477 susceptible birds. Taiwan reported its first H5N5 outbreak a year ago, followed by more sporadic detections, including earlier this month.Sep 22 OIE report on H5N6 in the Philippines Sep 22 OIE report on H5N8 in Russia Sep 21 OIE report on H5N5 in Taiwanlast_img read more

Five areas where the Jazz can improve as they head out on Eastern road trip

first_imgWe’ve had an identity, we just have to demonstrate it. – Jazz coach Quin SnyderSALT LAKE CITY — Having just concluded their worst home stretch since early in the 2014-15 season, the Utah Jazz will try to turn things around as they head out on the road for nearly a week beginning with tonight’s game against the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden (5:30 p.m. MT).It’s been a rough spell for the Jazz, who fell to 6-8 with their latest loss, a 109-98 home defeat Monday to Minnesota in a game they were never in after the opening minute. It marked the fourth home loss in their last five games at Vivint Arena, the worst home stretch since a six-game losing streak in late November and early December of 2014, and fifth loss in six games overall.Coach Quin Snyder said the Jazz need to get back to their identity as a defensive team that is unselfish and shares the ball on offense.“We’ve had an identity; we just have to demonstrate it,” he said. “Part of an identity is your habits, and we have to stay true to that and hang on as tight as we can.”The Jazz have several areas that need improving, but five in particular to get back on the winning track.Make basketsThere’s nothing more basic than putting the ball in the hoop. And the Jazz haven’t been doing that very well lately.After a good start to the season, when they shot 46.8 percent over the first seven games and were among the top 10 in the league, the Jazz have shot just 40 percent over the last seven games. They now rank 26th in the NBA in field goal percentage at 43.2 percent and are tied for 21st in 3-point shooting at 34.7 percent.Some of Utah’s best shooters are struggling as Joe Ingles went 6 for 23 from 3-point range in the recent four-game homestand and 14 for 41 overall, while Rodney Hood was just 11 of 30 from 3-point range and 21 of 58 overall.Then there’s Ricky Rubio. Though not known as a shooter, he started off fairly well before the last six games when he’s made just 14 of 56 shots (25 percent) and an atrocious 1 of 23 (4.5 percent) from 3-point range.Play defenseWith not as much talent as most other teams in the league, the Jazz hang their hat on playing tough defense. When that’s not happening, they have little chance of winning most nights.Snyder called it “a messy game defensively” Monday when the Timberwolves got inside for several dunks on their way to a 52-percent shooting night and said the Jazz were more concerned with offense than defense.“Whether we’re thinking about our offense letting that affect our defense, it has to be the other way around,” he said. “When someone gets beat really bad or has a breakdown, that compromises the whole defense. If we can’t keep people in front of us in those situations, it’s difficult to get stops.”Rebound the basketballThis is even tougher with Rudy Gobert sidelined for the next month or so. Right now, the Jazz rank 29th in the league in rebound percentage, 26th in offensive rebounds and 27th in total rebounds.Gobert has ranked among the NBA leaders in rebounding for the last few years. Derrick Favors is a capable rebounder and had 12 and 10 in the last two games, but other inside players such as Thabo Sefalosha, Epke Udoh, Jonas Jerebko and Joe Ingles need to step up. Those four combined for just 12 boards in Monday night’s defeat.Get to the free throw lineWhen you lead the league in free throw percentage (83.3 percent), it would be nice to get to the line as often as possible. However, the Jazz only rank 21st in free throw attempts with 20.6 per game.Against the T-Wolves Monday, the Jazz only got to the line 11 times, making 10 shots. In the win over Brooklyn Saturday, the Jazz had 39 free throws.The Jazz are best when their attacking the basket and not settling for 3-point shots as they have more than ever this year. They tied the franchise record with 39 attempts against Philadelphia last week and broke the record for a non-overtime game with 40 3-point tries Monday night.Improve chemistryThis is easier said than done. Teams need to be connected to play well, and that’s been a problem for the Jazz, whether is has to do with the disruption of injuries or that they’re still trying to get to know each other with half of the team being new this season.“Where we are right now, it’s going to be difficult if we don’t compete together,” said Snyder.Favors said going on the road, after playing 10 of the first 14 games at home, might help the team.“We’re going to be on the road for a long time, so we need to build some chemistry,” he said. “We can go to the movies and go out to eat or something. We’ll be fine if we just stick together and the wins will come.”JAZZ NOTES: New York is coming off a disheartening 104-101 home loss to Cleveland when they led by 23 points in the second half. … After playing the Knicks Wednesday night, the Jazz will move across town to play Brooklyn on Friday night, then fly to Orlando for a Saturday night game. Then it’s back up the coast to play Philadelphia Monday night before returning home for a pair of games on each side of Thanksgiving Day next week. Related 3 keys in the Utah Jazz’s 109-98 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves Road winless Jazz look to end streak in New Yorkcenter_img Rudy Gobert Q&A: ‘I think I’m the best defensive player in the league’ Home isn’t so sweet for Jazzlast_img read more

His dreams aren’t over yet

first_imgBy Nick Creely Matt Chasemore first made a century in 1999 at the age of 16. He was just a…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Home cooked sausage sizzle

first_imgHungry residents recently tucked into some delicious snags for a worthy cause. Barry Plant Pakenham’s fund-raising sausage sizzle on 28…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Backsberg’s ‘green’ wine

first_imgThe first step in Backsberg’s green wineinitiative was a carbon audit, whichassessed the amount of CO2 producedfrom all winery activities, from vineyardto bottle. Michael Back, proprietor of BacksbergWine Cellars and environment nut. Vineyard planting systems have beenadapted to reduce the number of woodenpoles needed. A selection of carbon-neutral Backsbergwines.(Images: Backsberg)Susan de BruinRed or white wine? At South Africa’s Backsberg Wine Cellars there’s another choice: green. That’s because Backsberg has become one of only five wine producers in the world making carbon-neutral wines.Carbon neutrality means all the carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere in the wine-making process is balanced by planting trees to absorb the equivalent amount of CO2 from the atmosphere. The other four carbon-neutral estates are Grove Mill Winery in New Zealand, Parducci Winery in California, ConoSur in Chile and Elderton Wines in Australia.Backsberg, which lies between Paarl and Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, is owned by Michael Back. Known as something of an “environment nut” on the estate, Back began his green wine initiative in 2004.“Care for the environment means care and concern for succeeding generations,” he says. “As custodians of the land, it is our duty to understand and recognise potential threats, and to mitigate against them for the benefit of the next generation.”The first step was a carbon audit, to assess the amount of CO2 produced from all winery activities, from vineyard to bottle – its “carbon footprint”.A carbon technician measured everything from electricity and fuel consumption to grape fermentation and transport of wine bottles to local and international destinations. Each activity was then calculated to produce a specific amount of CO2. The entire process followed the strict guidelines set out by the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emission.From the audit results, the carbon technician calculated the number of trees that should be planted every year to absorb the same amount of CO2 Backsberg produced in that year. This is known as “offsetting”.Backsberg then enlisted the help of South African non-profit organisation Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA). In 2006 FTFA was honoured with the Chevron Conservation Award in California for improving the quality of life for disadvantaged South Africans by planting 2.5-million trees.FTFA and the estate began a village greening programme in nearby Klapmust, an impoverished village that is home to the surrounding wine farms’ seasonal workers. The Klapmust community took the more than 900 trees on a voluntary basis, trees the estate continually monitors to ensure they remain alive and continue to keep Backsberg’s carbon offset in balance. On the estate itself, 3 442 additional trees have been planted over the last 10 years.All these trees finally won Backsberg classification as a Carbon Neutral Estate in 2006, with the right to display the “Carbon Neutral Approved” logo on its bottles. To keep its classification, Backsberg is required to submit a carbon audit every year.Package of green ideasBut Back wanted to do more than simply get a logo on his bottles. A committed environmentalist, he was determined to reduce the estate’s carbon footprint as much as possible. The estate now employs a fulltime environmental consultant to look at all aspects of the business and assess how they could be done in a more environment-friendly way.The estate now has a package of creative green ideas. All farm vehicles and tractors are run on biofuels made from recycled vegetable oil, and the large fuel-guzzling tractors have been traded for smaller ones. The estate now generates its own energy from solar power, and is looking at wind power. Energy demand has been reduced by implementing timers, low-energy bulbs and skylights.The old hot-water “donkey” system, last used over a half a century ago, has been reintroduced, using waste wood to heat the water for washing barrels. Vineyard planting systems have been adapted to reduce the number of wooden poles needed.Back has also reserved 10% of the estate for conservation of the natural habitat, some 40 hectares of Swartland alluvium fynbos. This delicate fynbos environment, one of only a few left in the area, will never be cultivated, even though it might hold soils suitable for more vines.Good economic senseBacksberg remains the only carbon-neutral wine producer in South Africa. But according to John Spiers, chief executive of the estate, other South African winemakers are increasingly interested in environment-friendly production. He said Backsberg’s green initiatives were fairly inexpensive, and will save money in the long term. “It makes good economic sense if you look at where the fuel and energy prices are going,” he says.More than this, Backsberg exports 35% to 40% of its wine to the US, UK and Europe. Recent market feedback from Wines of South Africa (Wosa), which markets South African wine internationally, indicated that the British, American and especially the German markets seek environmentally responsible products. “These three destinations want products that are not only linked to social issues, but also environmentally responsible,” says Andre Morgenthal, Wosa communications manager.Spiers believes it is still early days for the carbon neutral logo to play a deciding role in the minds of the international consumer. But he adds: “In future it will become very important, and then we will definitely benefit from it.”Useful linksBacksberg Wine CellarsFood and Trees for AfricaWines of South Africalast_img read more

Workplace Culture Ain’t Noise Pollution

first_imgOriginally posted on the Reach West Blog. Then comes the part where you train to be a professional musician, receive a degree in Vocal Performance & Education, and then find out you have to actually be good at it to make a living. Where after a few years of substitute teaching, you land a part-time job at the Hard Rock Cafe, where you get to look and act however you want — to embody a rock and roller — and then you find out how good you are at training, and run with it. Eventually you become a leading training and development expert, having worked with some of the world’s largest brands, eventually writing an acclaimed workplace book titled Culture That Rocks.This week, Reach West Radio host Kevin W. Grossman has a special episode from the SHRM Talent Management Conference & Exposition featuring Jim Knight, a leading training and development expert, author and sought-after keynote speaker. Listen below.last_img read more