Web site of the week

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. It’s late,and if your department’s Christmas party hasn’t yet been organised you could befor the high jump. Fear not, this site could be your seasonal saviour. Head forthe “Find a Party” section, opt for “corporate” and then select other details,such as number of guests, type of venue (pub/bar/nightclub/dancefloor etc) andit will return a list of venues. We asked it to come up with a nightclub formore than 100 guests in the South West and it returned 17 reasonably good hits.It even has an on-line invitation facility to help you complete the task. And,if you want to pick up some party tips, it has 101 of them, beginning with“whatever you wear, wear it inside out”. Web site of the weekOn 12 Dec 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Students’ site helps firms make the perfect match

first_imgStudents’ site helps firms make the perfect matchOn 9 May 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Most HR managers have had good and bad experiences of the student placementsystem. When the student fits in, works well and is given a full-time job at the endof it, the system has provided an effective and low-cost method of recruitment.But when the student doesn’t fit in or have the attributes to secure a jobafterwards, it can do more harm than good – the company has wasted time andresources and the student goes back to college telling his or her peers that heor she wouldn’t work for the company if you paid them. Four students from Manchester, however, are set to change the face of theplacement system via an Internet-based matching service, which will enable HRdepartments to target the right kind of students for their company. The ukplacements idea is based on a model they’ve seen in the US, wherebycompanies can potentially save $6,200 (£4,320) by recruiting undergraduatescompared to what it would cost to recruit them as a graduate. “When we were setting up our own placements we found it was difficultto find which companies offered which placements and corporate websites didn’tshow sufficient interest in this area,” says one of the founders, UsmanMalik, 22 who, like co-founders Adeel Quyoum, 21, and Shabir Ahmed, 25, haveyet to graduate from Salford University, having taken a year out after theirown placement to set-up and run the business. The fourth director, Mohsin Siddique, 21, has already graduated from Umistand did his placement at Kimberley Clark. At the end of 1999, they came up with the idea of a network that wouldfeature profiles of the kind of students the companies are looking for andwhich gave them the chance to match their abilities and desires with vacancies.They progressed the business plan and, despite the dotcom doom and gloom inthe second half of last year, impressed Carabiner Capital enough to get thebacking they needed. “We decided that rather than partner student websites, we’d go tocorporates and let them tap into the talent,” explains Malik, who addsthat it enables a company to target a good student two to three years inadvance. Revenue comes from a flat fee charged to the corporate, rather than aper-vacancy charge, and packages range from £3,000 to £10,000. Students sign upfor free. The service has been live since February, and firms including Accenture,Eaton Corporation and Fidelity Investment have already signed up. Accenture recruitment manager Helen Glasgow says she is impressed. “Youcould tell they’d really thought it through. We’ve signed up for a year,because I feel you’ve got to give it that long to analyse the results, butalready we’ve had quite a few CVs that have come via ukplacements.” Corporates can post news and updates on the site, so they can be in directcontact with the student community. Glasgow says, “We’re trying to broadenour reach because a lot of people think we’ll only be interested in students onbusiness or senior management-related courses, but Accenture recruits from anydegree, so it helps us get that message across. It’s also helping us build ourprofile in the IT and technology sector.” Usman believes this service will become increasingly significant in an ageof self-funded higher education. “Many students come out with debts of£4,000 plus, so they are looking to secure a job much earlier to get a returnon their investment. They’re also looking at the companies that they might liketo work for much earlier,” he says. At some point, Malik, Quyoum and Ahmed have to find time to go back touniversity, but they remain committed to the business, which has a natural fitin the age of e-HR and corporate websites. “I could certainly see it working at intranet-level,” says Usman.”Basically, we’ll listen, and do whatever firms want us to do.” Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

London estate agent stars in last night’s Rich House, Poor House TV show

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » London estate agent stars in last night’s Rich House, Poor House TV show previous nextAgencies & PeopleLondon estate agent stars in last night’s Rich House, Poor House TV showPatrick Henry, who runs an estate agency in Clapham, joins a property developer pal to swap lives with a benefits mum.Nigel Lewis29th March 202107,316 Views A leading estate agent and his property developer pal featured last night on Channel 5’s TV show Rich House, Poor House in which two sets of people swap homes and lives for a week.Patrick Howell, who is MD and founder of Clapham estate agency Patrick Henry Estates and a Negotiator Awards winner, joined friend and millionaire developer Ayo Gordon to swap homes with single mum Jodie Hannibal who lives on Universal Credit.Estate agency Henry was featured on the programme at his branch and at Ayo’s luxury apartment prior to the swap, explaining how both men had come from humble backgrounds to achieve financial and business success.Hannibal, who featured on the programme with best friend Leah (both pictured, below), lives on a disposable income of £53 and drives an unreliable Ford Kia to drive to Ayo’s apartment overlooking Battersea helipad while Ayo and Henry arrive in her Hatfield home in the latter’s brand new Tesla.They leave behind Ayo’s disposable income of £1,400 and £6 million property portfolio, Howell’s estate agent work life and the pair’s development deals in Croydon.Surprisingly both Patrick and Ayo appear to have no cooking skills and Patrick fails at rustling up a fully-cooked baked potato, while Ayo’s washing up skills are virtually non-existent.Their budgeting skills are also questionable – the pair go shopping with their £53 weekly budget for food and spend £30 on food for just two days.The two women spend a lot of their time spending their £1,400 including a river cruise, online shopping and an upmarket dining experience, all under Covid restrictions.They also find out about Ayo’s mentoring programme, which helps people become property investors and developers like him and the TV show features a former postman who has followed his programme.Ayo Gordon Parick Henry Estates Patrick Howell March 29, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

New College trademarks its name

first_imgNew College Oxford has succeeded in trademarking its name in response to the establishment of the New College of the Humanities, the ‘university college’ set to open its doors in autumn 2012.The dispute began in the summer, when New College Oxford became worried that students might think they had “set up an offshoot in London”. The application to trademark their name was submitted after that of the New College of the Humanities (NCH), but was accepted just before Christmas.The trademark protects the use of the name ‘New College Oxford’ and prevents other institutions using it for other purposes. The term ‘New College’ is too broad to be trademarked, and there already exist other ‘New Colleges’ such as those in Durham and Swindon.The application of the NCH, although submitted in May 2011, was blocked by the Intellectual Property Office, though not formally rejected. The NCH, however, said that it was re-applying, and this time was “confident of success” despite the initial setback.A spokesman from New College Oxford explained that the college had done “what it reasonably could and should do” and has “laid down a marker” to protect its name.NCH says that “it was not a surprise that their trademark application was successful” and that it does not believe that “there will be any confusion between ourselves and New College Oxford” partly based on the fact that New College Oxford offers sciences as well as humanities. Yet New College Oxford still felt prompted to apply for a comprehensive trademark, something which the University as a whole has but that few colleges do.The NCH, based in Bloomsbury, London, said it was not considering changing its name in order to attain a trademark, and that it believes that reapplication will be successful because “the idea has now been launched, and awareness is increasing, and the institution will be open with a full cohort of students by the time we reapply”.The NCH is set to charge £18,000 a year, a figure which caused rancour and incredulity when announced, especially given the highly charged atmosphere surrounding the increase in tuition fees. It also does not officially have university or university college status, though it refers to itself as a ‘university college’ on its website. It is to prepare students for degrees from the University of London as well as “the unique New College of the Humanities Diploma”. However one university official wondered whether UCL would wish to grant “a cuckoo in the nest” any buildings, given that they would be in direct competition.Students at New College Oxford were dismissive of any threat posed by the NCH with Freddie Fulton, a student at New College claiming “I’m not overly fussed about the name” and JCR President Oscar Lee believing that New College Oxford already had an “excellent reputation” and that greater focus should be given “to improve the college’s image for access purposes rather than worrying about competition from this new organisation”.Another student also did not object to NCH in principal and welcomed the high fees, saying “It is a lot of money, but if people are willing to pay for it then go for it” and that “people will only pay for it if they think it is worth it, and no harm done at all, especially given the literally hundreds of alternatives that school leavers are presented with”.last_img read more

Oxford launches new social enterprise support scheme

first_imgOxford University has launched a new social enterprise support scheme in order to enable academics the opportunity to create new “spinout companies” based on their research.Previously Oxford University Innovation (OUI) has primarily supported the development of start-up companies (founded by students but incubated in the university) and spinout companies (those seeking to generate profit from new technologies developed by faculty members).This new project aims to allow staff in the humanities and social sciences, who the university have described as being “often underrepresented in university innovation”, the opportunity to translate their ideas into new companies focused on social impact.To support this, OUI has launched a new fund, named SE2020, which has been given £550,000 to support the development of new social and environmental ideas seeking to have a positive real-world impact. It aims to add another 10 spinout companies a year to Oxford’s already substantial share of the academic spinout market.Unlike regular start-up and spinout companies, these social enterprises would seek to create companies placing societal or environmental missions at the heart of the business rather than profit.Dr Mark Mann, the Innovation Lead for Humanities and Social Sciences at Oxford University Innovation said “Colleagues at the University want to get as many of these great ideas deployed as widely as possible. To do that, you need a broad range of methods to maximise an idea’s impact.”“With our new social enterprise service, we can now get far more of the great ideas generated in Oxford deployed across the world and improving people’s lives”.Professor Chas Bountra, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Innovation at the university, added that “In 2016, this University created an unprecedented number of new spinouts, more than any other university in the UK” and said that he “anticpates the… number will double in the coming years”.last_img read more

Not backing down

first_imgJapan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) today, explaining his efforts to resolve the country’s numerous economic and political challenges. He discussed bolstering relations with the United States, China, India, and Russia, and he boosted more tourism for Tokyo, site of the 2020 Summer Olympics.As part of the event hosted by the Institute of Politics (IOP), HKS Dean David Ellwood joined Joseph Nye, the University Distinguished Service Professor, and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy in offering effusive praise of Abe’s leadership.“When my mother and uncles created this institution as a living memorial to my father, they imagined days like this when global leaders, both men and women, would engage students on the critical issues of the day,” and they imagined “that engagement would inspire the students to enter public life, committing themselves to public service,” said Kennedy, who called Abe “a once-in-a-generation leader.”Abe’s morning stop in Cambridge followed visits to the John F. Kennedy Library in Dorchester and the Boston Marathon bombing site in Boston’s Back Bay. His visit was part of a strategic eight-day state visit to several U.S. cities that will culminate in a speech before a joint session of Congress in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, the first ever by a Japanese prime minister. The trip comes amid some public criticism of Abe’s handling of contemporary domestic affairs and the country’s treatment of women during World War II.Pushing ahead with major economic, political, and social reforms, Abe strongly defended his ambitious governmental agenda during a nearly 9-minute address in Japanese to HKS students, faculty, and dignitaries. Acknowledging frequent criticisms from what he called Japan’s “vested interests” and the historic difficulty leaders have in successfully pushing forward more than one or two meaningful reforms, Abe said he’s confident that those who support what he’s doing constitute a “silent majority.”“I have tenaciously engineered a succession of reforms coming one after another, and I will be fearless going forward. It is because now, more than at any time before, I believe there is in Japan among its people a strong and growing desire to pursue reforms,” Abe said through an English translator. Noting the country’s economic troubles, including prolonged deflation and flagging consumer demand, as well as an aging population that has tilted Japan’s macroeconomic balance, Abe said, “My role in these circumstances is to lead the nation to think of itself again as ‘the little engine that could.’”Taking inspiration from the notion of “grace under pressure,” Abe said he doesn’t intend to back down from his policies. He called for a “more robust” alliance with the United States through trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and he encouraged more foreign capital investment, steps designed to improve the economy by “changing diehard business habits.”“Reform never comes without resistance. There will always be pressure from society to suppress it,” he said. “Still, once you have reached a decision after of course having given it much thought, you must carry through on it.”Security was tight at HKS, as Abe’s address came just days after Japanese police arrested a man suspected of landing a drone carrying traces of radioactive material on the roof of the prime minister’s office building. Abe was out of town at the time of the incident and unharmed. According to reports, the suspect said he was protesting Japan’s nuclear energy policy.During and after the speech, about two dozen demonstrators stood outside HKS, holding signs that called on Abe to formally apologize for the Japanese government’s role in the sexual enslavement of thousands of women who were forced to work in military brothels as so-called “comfort women” during World War II. Inside, Harvard College sophomore Joseph Lee Choe asked Abe to address the issue.Abe said, “My heart aches when I think about those people who were victimized by human trafficking and who were subject to immeasurable pain and suffering beyond description,” a feeling “no different” than previous administrations. He said he “upholds” the 1993 Kono Statement on the issue and noted that at the United Nations General Assembly last year, he pledged that Japan would help to lead the international community to fight against sexual trafficking and has contributed $34 million since then to that effort.The statement was Japan’s first acknowledgment of the coercion of women into military sex camps, and it was a controversial apology that some conservatives want retracted. In 2007, Abe had said he didn’t agree with the statement’s findings and ordered it to be reviewed in 2014, leading some to accuse him of trying to whitewash history in the name of national pride and political advantage. But that review left the statement intact.In an interview via email after Abe’s speech, Choe said he wasn’t satisfied with the response.“Yong Soo Lee, a former comfort woman, spoke to a group of Harvard students yesterday about how she was literally dragged from her home and forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military during World War II,” Choe said. “Hearing her speak and seeing her tears made me empowered to seek justice for her and other former comfort women. What the Japanese government did was horrific, and an apology is the least they can do to give closure to women like Yong Soo Lee.”When asked about Japan’s relationships with Brazil, Russia, India, and China (the BRIC nations), Abe said he hoped Russia will reach a peaceful agreement with Ukraine, and expressed a strong desire for a peace accord between Japan and Russia, noting the 70 years since the end of World War II.He was optimistic about strengthening relations with India, saying that he talks frequently with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and that the two countries are eager to expand economic and national security ties.Concerning China, that country’s rapid development is a “major positive” for Japan and the world, Abe said, but he added that China’s conduct in the South China Sea and East China Sea and its “military display” there concern Japan and other nearby nations. “As a responsible major power in the region, I hope sincerely that it would find a peaceful answer to its challenges,” he said.Lastly, Abe touched on a favorite theme: bringing more women into the Japanese government and workforce, particularly in leadership roles. He touted a goal he set for government ministries to field at least 30 percent of female candidates for executive positions, a benchmark all have now cleared, he said. Further, while the number of women in the National Diet, or Japanese parliament, is still “very small,” Abe said women hold two of three major party posts. And in the two years since he took office, companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange have doubled the number of female directors from 90 to 180, he said.Abe said he hopes that companies will build upon that effort, “not because of social policy, but because hiring women would improve the corporate performance,” he said.“I often say that had Lehman Brothers been Lehman Brothers and Sisters, they would still be around.”last_img read more

Retracing a path of destruction

first_imgIn his new book “Black Earth,” Timothy Snyder, Housum Professor of History at Yale University, explores the ideological roots of Nazism and the conditions that allowed the Holocaust to happen. Snyder will deliver this year’s Zaleski Lecture in Modern Polish History at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES). His talk is titled “The Holocaust in Poland: Controversies and Explanations.” He will also take part in a panel discussion about his book at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday at CES. Snyder spoke to the Gazette by phone. GAZETTE: How is “Black Earth” different from other books that deal with the Holocaust?SNYDER: Essentially, the Holocaust is written as an episode in German history, something that flowed somehow from the 1930s. What I tried to do in my book is to present Germany in the 1930s in a different way, not as some kind of authoritarian or national project but as the preparation of a racial war. I’m also presenting a particular planetary idea of anti-Semitism, which could only be implemented during a very special kind of war, in which other states were destroyed. I’m shifting the emphasis away from the strong state and toward a deliberate policy of destroying other states.GAZETTE: Let’s focus on state destruction, which is one of the big factors, according to your book, that led to the Holocaust. How does this theory help us understand what caused it?SNYDER: Most history is written nationally. If you write the history of the Holocaust as a German national history, then you’re constrained to German sources and to questions such as: to what extent was it Hitler’s ideas or to what extent was it German institutions? To me, neither answer explains the Holocaust. And if you’re writing about the Holocaust from another national perspective, the Jewish point of view, very often you’re not after explanations so much as you’re after experience.In the 1930s, Germany as a state not only did not, but could not have carried out a Holocaust, and in fact the Holocaust did not happen until the war against the Soviet Union in 1941. You only have a Holocaust as German power moves into Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and the Soviet Union.When you look at what happened to states that were destroyed, for example, how the loss of property rights allowed the government to move Jews into ghettos, how the destruction of interior ministries meant that police forces can be used in different ways, and how the politics of state destruction tended to encourage collaboration with the new rulers and so on, it all makes more sense. Also, consider the numbers. The whole Holocaust happened in a stateless zone and the Jews who didn’t live in a stateless zone have to be shifted to a stateless zone to be killed. The rule of thumb was to send Jews to places that the Germans had already made stateless. And if you look at the percentages, the places where states were destroyed had the highest percentages of Jews that were killed. And vice versa, the places where occupation was more conventional were the places where the fewest Jews died. Those are some of the ways the state argument works.GAZETTE: Some may say that your book downplays anti-Semitism as one of the factors that caused the Holocaust. What role did anti-Semitism play in the events leading up to the Holocaust?SNYDER: No matter what you say about the Holocaust, someone will say that you’re downplaying anti-Semitism. It’s a kind of unfortunate tendency in this field, which is meant to intimidate and to prevent serious discussion of the causes of the Holocaust. Of course, anti-Semitism matters, and it matters at the level of Hitler’s ideas, which involved from the very beginning the notion of complete extermination of the Jews.However, if you want to explain how the Holocaust happened, one has to account for why so much killing suddenly happened in 1941 and 1942 as opposed to the previous five or six hundred years of Jewish settlement in Central and Eastern Europe. So we’re looking at an event that can’t be explained with just anti-Semitism. When the state is destroyed, precisely local prejudices come into play, and that’s why the argument of state destruction is so important. If you take away the institutions that make Jews citizens, whether it is in Latvia, Poland, or the Soviet Union, no matter what kind of system it is, those Jews are suddenly vulnerable. I think any serious historian has to insist that an event such as the Holocaust has multiple causes, and if I insist on the multiplicity of these causes it is not because I’m minimizing one thing or another. It’s because I’m serious about trying to explain the Holocaust as a phenomenon, and I worry very much that the Holocaust falls into a discursive game where you say the things that everybody expects you to say, and everyone has given up on causality.GAZETTE: What are the causes of Holocaust, according to your research?SNYDER: At the most abstract level, there are three factors: ecological crisis, anti-Semitism, and racial struggle, but they’re all bound together. In the very beginning of “Mein Kampf,” Hitler describes the world as a limited space with limited resources, and he describes human beings as being divided into races, and the races are species, and therefore should compete with one another for limited resources. And then his proposition is that, if we think that’s not true, if we think there are religious, or moral, political, or legal reasons why we shouldn’t be killing each other all the time for resources, that’s because our minds have been infected by Jewish ideas. So anti-Semitism, racial struggle, and ecological panic are really all part of one big idea. Now the reason we don’t remember the ecology factor is that we live in a different ecological situation than Germans in the 1930s. For them, anxiety about food was a normal part of life. The country had been blockaded during and after World War I and was unable to feed itself. We look at the Holocaust and we see discourse, symbols, and ideas, and, of course, that’s very important, but the material side we tend not to see at all.GAZETTE: You have mentioned racial struggle, scarcity of resources, and anti-Semitism as forces behind the Holocaust. What about Hitler’s role in this? Without Hitler would the Holocaust have taken place?SNYDER: It’s pretty unlikely. Here I take a view which is similar to that of most of my colleagues. The idea of “No Hitler, No Holocaust” is pretty widespread. Referring to your previous question, it’s something that people who wish to consider anti-Semitism to the exclusion of other factors should ponder because if, for example, Hitler had been killed in the assassination attempt of November 1939, then we wouldn’t have had the Holocaust but we would likely have had more anti-Semitism than we do now. What I’m trying to show is that Hitler’s ideas matter because they stand behind a truly alternative vision of politics in which there are no ideas, no virtues, there is only struggle. That worldview was incorporated into institutions, in the Nazi Party and into the SS. In my telling, the SS are very important because they’re not just a police force. They’re an institution whose purpose is to destroy other institutions, to help bring about a state of things closer to anarchy.That Hitler was necessary for the Holocaust is true, though one has to tell the story of how he mattered. Thus far the story has been simply about how he came to power in Germany and how he transformed the German state. That’s part of the answer, but in order to get the whole answer you have to explain what happened beyond Germany because the Holocaust happened beyond the pre-war German state. Ninety-seven percent of the Holocaust victims were Jews who had no experience of the German state until it came for them. These are people who lived beyond pre-war Germany. So one has to have an account of Hitler and his ideology and his institutions, which takes us beyond the 1930s and beyond the confines of the German state.GAZETTE: What are the most common misconceptions about the Holocaust that your book is trying to dispel?SNYDER: Let me start with what people believe that is true. People believe that about 6 million Jews were deliberately murdered, and that there was a German policy to murder Jews who were under German political control. Those two fundamental things are true.After that, almost everything that is generally believed is at least partially false. People believe that the victims were German Jews whereas in fact most German Jews survived, and German Jews were not very numerous, just a few hundred thousand. People believe that Jews were killed as a result of a kind of powerful, mechanized, and perfectly organized German state. That’s largely false. The German state is important, essentially because of its ability to destroy other states. So it does matter but not in the way that people think. The German state was actually never able to discriminate against, classify, and murder all of its own Jewish citizens. They could only do that after they destroyed other states. In that way, the murder of German Jews is actually not just a chapter in local German history; it’s a chapter in the destruction of Latvia, Poland, and the Soviet Union.But the main mistake that people make is the identification of Auschwitz with the Holocaust. It’s true that a million or so of Jews were killed there, and that Auschwitz was the last stage of the Holocaust. But it happened after 2 million Jews had already been shot and after death facilities like Treblinka and Belzec had long been established in Poland. The reason why people concentrate on Auschwitz is that Auschwitz has become a kind, ironically speaking, of non-place, something separated from history with its own memory as opposed to an episode in the history of the Holocaust. Paradoxically, Auschwitz allows people to minimize the Holocaust because it’s associated with the idea of mechanized killing. It allows people to overlook the basic fact that hundreds of thousands of Germans and other European were killing Jews at very close range for several years before Auschwitz ever happened. As horrible as Auschwitz was, Auschwitz becomes, in a terrible way, almost an alibi for all the horrors of the Holocaust. If we focus on Auschwitz we ignore the other killings. People imagine machines, bureaucracy, something impersonal, but Auschwitz was personal not just for the victims but also for the perpetrators. I’m trying to insist that the Holocaust is the central event in the Europe of the 20th century, and that it does require us to remember certain important things. In a way, our memory of it has already gone wrong before the history has been fully established.GAZETTE: In your book, you say that the Holocaust is not only history, but warning —what do you mean by that?SNYDER: The first thing I’m saying is that it’s important to see the Holocaust as history and not just as memory. The paradox of memory is that it tends to allow us to put an event away in the past, in a manner that can’t be recovered. Memory is subjective, not objective. When you characterize the Holocaust as memory, you’re saying it’s not about things that happened, but it’s about how we react or remember things that happened, and it removes it from the objective world. When I say the Holocaust is history and warning, I’m insisting on the history part because if you can convince people that the Holocaust is history then the warning follows very naturally.We all accept that the Holocaust is something from which we can learn. But if we don’t know what caused it, it’s not clear what we can learn from it. Ideology is something that most people agree with, but if I say state destruction matters, too, that means that in 2003, Americans should have thought differently about invading Iraq. They shouldn’t have thought, “We’re destroying an authoritarian state like Hitler’s authoritarian state.” They should have thought, “We’re destroying a state just like Hitler did.” And that would have given people a moment to consider the whole enterprise in a different way. When in 2014, Russia declared that the Ukraine state is illegitimate and invades part of it, we should be thinking, “State destruction was part of the end of the European order, part of the history of World War II,” but no one is thinking that way because we haven’t learned that about World War II.Nothing exactly like the Holocaust will ever happen again, of course, but things very much like it certainly could. If climate changes leads to a situation in which people in developed societies, like the United States or China, are anxious about supplies, that could brings us closer to the world of the 1930s.GAZETTE: Finally, how will your book contribute to our understanding of the Holocaust?SNYDER: I hope to make a contribution toward understanding the Holocaust with arguments drawn from political theory or larger claims about politics and societies as well as from the recollections, which are more numerous and more available than people think, of Jews themselves. I am trying to distinguish this history from our particular national conversations or our particular political needs for one kind of memory or another kind of memory. More broadly, my hope is that people take from this book the realization that if history never ends our only chance is to learn from it. My book might not seem terribly optimistic but there’s an element of epistemic optimism. We can learn from this. We have to. There are clear and articulate things that we can say about the sources of the Holocaust, which might help understand the present. As we walk through the almost indecipherable chaos of the everyday, there are actually some clues we can draw from this historical event of the recent past.last_img read more

Australian judge: Suggested China links defamed billionaire

first_imgCANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Chinese-Australian billionaire has been awarded $450,000 in damages after winning his defamation case over an a state broadcaster’s investigation that suggested he was a member of the Chinese Communist Party who bribed Australia lawmakers to make decisions in China’s interests. Chau Chak Wing sued Australian Broadcasting Corp. and Fairfax Media over the investigation broadcast on the “Four Corners” program and published in newspapers in 2017. The court rejected two of his claims but found four of them were defamatory. The ABC and Nine Entertainment were considering whether to appeal. The publishers had previously had their truth defense struck out, leaving only the question of whether Chau’s claims had been suggested in their reporting.last_img

Long Lines at Job Fair in Eastern Kentucky

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Brad Myers for WSAZ:A long line of job seekers waited outside the Big Sandy Community and Technical College Wednesday, long before a job fair even opened.“It tells me there are jobs here,” Kelli Hall, BSCTC Dean of Career Education and Workforce Development said. “There are people wanting to work. We have a good strong work ethic here. There are employers here who want to hire our folks.”Hall says with coal on the decline, it’s important the people of this region focus on the future.“The coal industry has declined as we all know in eastern Kentucky, West Virginia and surrounding areas,” Hall said. “We get that, but it’s our job to create new industry and diversify our economy. That’s what were doing here today is getting coal miners back to work in new careers.”More than two dozen employers turned out for the job fair, which was hosted by Kelly Services in partnership with Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky. Toyota is looking for applicants for various positions in Georgetown, Kentucky. There are various positions, which start at $16 an hour.Another company looking to hire is Team Fishel, a Utility Construction Company out of Louisville.“We were overwhelmed when we saw it when we first got here,” Christa Druin, who serves as the Kentucky Division Manager for Team Fishel said. “We were thinking this is fantastic because in Louisville, the unemployment rate is so low. The labor pool is so small, and that’s one of the reasons we come to these job fairs is because we know there’s people that are willing to work and want to work.”Druin says Team Fishel is leading the way in a project called Kentucky Wired, an initiative to bring broadband Internet by way of fiber optics throughout the state of Kentucky. An effort that means hundreds of well-paying jobs right here in our area.“Don’t just think that it’s just for fiber,” Druin said. “There are multiple opportunities. We need mechanics. We need operators. We need directional drill people, overhead electric. There are so many positions. We’re looking for people that will show up every day. Don’t think that you have to have the experience, because we will teach you.”Full article: Hundreds of job seekers turn out to job fair in eastern Kentucky Long Lines at Job Fair in Eastern Kentuckylast_img read more

2008 Best of the Outdoors : Biking

first_img BEST MOUNTAIN BIKE RACEShenandoah Mountain 100One of the first 100-mile endurance mountain bike races, the Shenandoah Mountain 100 attracts the best pros and hardiest amateurs in mountain biking. The course is classic Harrisonburg singletrack and fire roads.“Many bikers just want to hang out, drink beer, and ride slow—which is great, but the race is tough, no matter what pace you ride. The first one [ten years ago] was epic. None of us knew whether anyone would finish. There are so many more riders doing it now, and every year, they get faster and faster. More singlespeeds too. I’ve been riding it since its  first year, and I’m still getting passed by 50 year olds, so I don’t see why I should quit now.”—Mike Buchness, one of only four SM-1,000 Club members NEXT BEST2. Night Train, Fontana, N.C.3. Snake Creek Gap Time Trial, Dalton, Ga.4. Wild 100, Slatyfork, W.Va.5. Cohutta 100, Cohutta, Ga.6. Black Bear Rampage, Ocoee, Tenn.7. Stump Jump, Spartanburg, S.C.8. Off-Road Assault on Mount Mitchell,Old Fort, N.C.9. Massanutten Hoo Ha!, Harrisonburg, Va.10. 24 Hours of Big Bear, Hazelton, W.Va.FAVORITE BIKE CLUBSORBASORBA (Southern Off-Road Biking Association) is the largest and most successful bike club in the region, with chapters in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. For decades, SORBA has led the charge for mountain bike advocacy in the Southeast.BEST ROAD CYCLING RIDETour de Tuck This century ride (actually 105 miles) through Western North Carolina is arguably the toughest century in the Southeast. Most agree it’s one of the best. The Tuck has more Blue Ridge Parkway miles of any century in the region.“Cyclists are masochists. The more elevation gain, the happier we are. Starting at mile 20, you’re climbing for the next 60 miles. It separates the fast pack from those that are just looking to finish. The highlight of the course is the descent from Waterrock Knob to Balsam Gap. It’s a totally unadulterated, no-need-to-put-on-your-brakes downhill. You’re cruising at 40-45 miles per hour the whole way. It’s one of the best descents anywhere.” —Scott Baker, Sylva cyclist and creator of the Tour de Tuck route NEXT BEST2. Three-State, Three-Mountain, Chattanooga, Tenn.3. Bridge to Bridge, Lenoir, N.C.4. Six Gap Century, Dahlonega, Ga.5. Mountain Mama, Monterey, Va.6. Cheat Mountain Challenge, Snowshoe, W.Va.7. Miracle Hill Cycling Challenge, Greenville, S.C.8. Big Walker Century, Wytheville, Va.9. Smoky Mountain Wheelmen Fall Century, Loudon, Tenn.10. Blood Sweat and Gears, Boone, N.C.BEST TRIATHLON1. Sandman Triathlon, Virginia Beach, Va.2. Nation’s Triathlon, Washington, D.C.3. Duke Live Center Half-Ironman, Raleigh-Durham, N.C.4. XTERRA East Championship Triathlon, Richmond, Va.5. Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon, Va.6. 3Sports Triathlon, Richmond, Va.7. Big Lick Triathlon, Va.8. Tsali Challenge Triathlon, Wesser, N.C9. Watauga Lake Triathlon, Boone, N.C.10. Beast of the East Triathlon, Hiawassee, Ga.BIKING HEROTrail Builder Woody KeenWoody Keen has established himself as one of the leading trail builders in the country. He and his staff have worked in 25 states and two foreign countries, doing everything from building trails to developing trail management plans for land managers. In the Southeast, Keen is responsible for designing and building some of the most popular trails in Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Forest. How did you get involved with trail building?When I got into mountain biking, I started looking at what was working on trails and what wasn’t working, then asking why? Why did certain trails hold up while others eroded? I studied at a number of workshops, one thing led to another, and I started leading volunteer trail days at DuPont State Forest. Then I got a call from Biltmore Estate. They had an expanding trail system with some problems and needed a consultant. We’ve been working with them for six years now. Not a bad first client to have.What kind of shape are our trail systems in?We have really bad trail systems in the Southeast. 80 percent of our system is comprised of old timber roads that weren’t designed for sustainability. Literally, most of these trails were built before the word sustainability was even in the dictionary. The problems are exacerbated by high use and extreme weather. Every trail is supposed to be flowy. They should all go up and down because that’s how you shed water, and a trail that changes elevation quickly and frequently is more interesting to be on.What’s your favorite trail?Professionally, I think people love Green’s Lick in Bent Creek, N.C. near Asheville. That’s probably our signature trail right now.BEST ROAD CYCLING RACETwilight CriteriumA super-fast professional criterium on a loop through downtown Athens, Ga., at night. The Twilight has become the highlight of the USA Criterium Series, drawing thousands of spectators every year.“I wanted to put on an event that showed bike racing as a spectator sport. So we decided to run it at night for the added entertainment value. We had 40 riders in the first race. Now we cap the pro field at 150 riders and draw 35,000 spectators. Everything feels flashier because it’s at night. The colors, the lights, the riders feel like they’re riding faster. We used to call the race ‘cycling on steroids,’ but we’re trying to get away from that slogan now.”—Gene Dixon, creator of the Twilight Criterium NEXT BEST2. ING Capital Criterium, Washington D.C.3. Assault on Mt. Mitchell, Spartanburg, S.C.4. 24 Hours of Booty, Charlotte, N.C. and Columbia, Md.5. Tour de Georgia, Dahlonega, Ga.6. Mountain Road Classic, Kasson, W.Va.7. Greenville Classic, Greenville, S.C.8. Wintergreen Ascent Hill Climb, Wintergreen, Va.9.  River Gorge Omnium, Chattanooga, Tenn.10. Smith Barney Classic, Spartanburg, S.C.BEST MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILTea Creek Mountain, W.Va.Six miles of super-technical Slatyfork downhill with the South’s toughest boulder garden thrown in for good measure.“People want to ride the trails they hear about in magazines, but they don’t realize how hard it’s going to be. Tea Creek is fairly technical for the average rider. The big rock garden is fun to try to pick your lines and ride through, but really, it’s all about the descent. It can be fast if you’ve ridden it enough. No one that I know of locally can ride the whole rock garden, except maybe Jeremiah Bishop on a 29er full suspension. I’d like to get him up here and set that up.”—Kristy Lanier, pro mountain biker and owner of Dirt Bean in Marlinton, W.Va. NEXT BEST2. Squirrel Gap, Brevard, N.C.3. Pandapas, Blacksburg, Va.4. Mountaintown Creek, Ellijay, Ga.5. Pinhoti Trail, Dalton, Ga.6. Black Mountain Trail, Pisgah Forest, N.C.7. Torrey Ridge, Waynesboro, Va.8. Thunder Rock Express, Ocoee, Tenn.9. Forks Area Trail System, Edgefield, S.C.10. Raccoon Mountain, Chattanooga, Tenn.BEST ADVENTURE RACE1. Blue Ridge Mountain Adventure Race, Blue Ridge, Ga.2. Odyssey Endorphin, New River Gorge, W.Va.3. Goldrush 24-Hour AR, Woodstock, Ga.4. Lionheart 24-Hour AR, Ohiopyle State Park, Pa.5. Primal Quest Sprint Series, Various locations.6. SOAR, Highlands, N.C.7. Black Beard AR, Outer Banks, N.C.8. Overmountain Extreme AR, Morganton, N.C9. Red River Gorge American Classic, Pine Ridge, Ky.10. Muddy Buddy Adventure Race, Richmond/AtlantaBIKING MOMENTS OF THE YEARWill Frischkorn takes the yellow jersey at the Tour de France, proving to the biking world that clean riders can succeed…Jeremiah Bishop wins the national marathon mountain bike title…The final two loops at the Forks Area Trail System in South Carolina are completed, adding almost eight more miles of fast, flowing singletrack to this new system…Peace is settled between hikers, bikers, and land owners surrounding Mountaintown Creek Trail in North Georgia.last_img read more