A ‘forest instead of the trees’ viewpoint may motivate change after negative feedback

first_imgShare Share on Facebook LinkedIn Share on Twitter Emailcenter_img Negative feedback can sting, but thinking about the big picture may help transform criticism into positive change, according to new research published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.“People are defensive when they are told about something they did wrong,” said lead researcher Jennifer Belding, Ph.D., from Ohio State University. “Listening to negative feedback requires self-control because you have to get past the fact that hearing it hurts and instead use the information to improve over time.”In three experiments, researchers found that people were more likely to accept criticism and make steps toward changing their behavior if they took a broad “forest instead of the trees” view and thought change was possible. The study was published online in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin on April 24, 2015. Pinterest In the first experiment, 85 undergraduate students at Ohio State University (47 female, 38 male) were randomly divided into two groups with one group encouraged to think in a broad view, which is known as high-level construal. They were asked to name a category for 20 different objects. For example, these participants would say that a soda is a type of drink. The other group was encouraged to think in a narrow view, or low-level construal, by picking a specific example for each object. These participants might have said that an example of a soda is a Coke.After reading about the dangers of skin cancer and tanning, participants were asked if they were motivated to reduce their risk by using sunblock and other means. Participants who enjoyed tanning were more motivated to change their behavior if they had been encouraged to think in a broad perspective.People also need to believe change is possible to motivate them to alter their behavior, according to the findings of a second experiment with 133 undergraduate students (58 female, 72 male, three unrecorded). One group read a message suggesting that skin cancer could be prevented through applying sunblock and avoiding tanning, while the other group was informed that skin cancer was caused by predefined characteristics, such as genetics and ethnicity. When participants were given the option to read about skin cancer prevention tips, participants with a family history of skin cancer spent more time reading the materials if they had been told that skin cancer was preventable.Two additional experiments conducted online with more than 600 participants had similar results. People who tanned were more motivated to seek information about skin cancer prevention tips if they had been encouraged to think in a broad view and if they believed skin cancer could be prevented.“Thinking about the big picture is going to make people more open to negative feedback when it’s something you can and should improve,” Belding said.The research findings have practical implications. When delivering negative feedback to an employee, a supervisor should speak broadly about why these improvements are needed and possible before addressing specific steps, Belding said. Screaming and blaming never helps because it makes employees more defensive and less likely to change their behavior, she added.In a similar vein, health education campaigns should focus on the large picture and inform people that change is possible to motivate action, Belding said.last_img read more

International Bar Association takes aim at Trump

first_imgIn criticism of a US head of state unprecedented in recent years, the International Bar Association (IBA) has called for a halt in what it says is President Donald Trump’s undermining of the US judiciary – and consequently the rule of law – through ‘personal attacks on respected jurists’.In a statement after the decision of the judges of the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals not to reinstate the president’s executive order banning nationals travelling to the US from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, the IBA cautioned against ‘further diminishing public confidence in the vital institution of an impartial and independent judiciary’.The IBA, established in 1947, represents practitioners and professional bodies in 160 countries. Its president, Martin Šolc, founding partner of Czech firm Kocián Šolc Balaštík, said: ‘The rule of law, the centuries-old legal principle that law should govern a nation, is something that is being chipped away at each time Trump publicly attacks and disrespects a judge. Not only is this demoralising for the individual who is the target of the contempt, but more widely it damages public confidence in the judicial system. ‘For all the president’s statements opposing elitism, he needs to remember not to attempt to place himself above the law.’IBA executive director Mark Ellis said: ‘The US president, though not having received the decision of his choice, should be reassured that, despite unrelenting public attacks, a component of the US judiciary held true to the oath sworn to safeguard the rule of law; an example which legal professionals everywhere should seek to emulate.’Supporting the independence of the judiciary and the right of lawyers to practise their profession without interference is one of the three core objectives of the IBA.However although the IBA’s Human Rights Institute frequently calls attention to governments’ failures to uphold these principles – most recently in Myanmar, following last month’s murder of Muslim lawyer U Ko Ni – attacks on named heads of state are rare.last_img read more

Both Argonaut Teams Debut in Top 5 of NCAA Regional Rankings

first_imgNCAA REGIONAL RANKINGS: WOMEN | MENITA NATIONAL RANKINGS: WOMEN | MENPENSACOLA, Fla. – The UWF men’s and women’s tennis teams appeared in the top five of the first edition of the 2018 NCAA Division II Regional rankings that were released by the organization Wednesday. The women’s team, which remained No. 2 nationally in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Top 25, is ranked No. 2 in the South Region ranking. Barry is No. 1 in the region and grabbed the No. 1 position in the ITA Rankings as well this week. The Argonauts are 20-1 overall, with a 9-0 mark against Gulf South Conference foes. UWF has won 90-consecutive matches against GSC competition entering this Friday’s home tripleheader against West Georgia, Delta State and Christian Brothers. The UWF men’s team found itself slotted at No. 5 in the regional rankings and climbed two spots to No. 6 in the national poll. UWF is 17-2 on the season and 9-0 in GSC play, and will look to secure its seventh-straight regular-season league title this Friday with a doubleheader against DSU and CBU.The NCAA will announce region rankings for the next two weeks – on April 11 and 18 – leading up to the NCAA Selection Shows on Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. (Women) and 7:30 p.m. (Men) Central time on NCAA.com.The region polls will help determine the at-large bids to the NCAA South Region Tournament in late April. The women’s regionals are held April 28-29 and the men’s are April 30-May 1.center_img  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Yuvraj Singh announces retirement

first_imgMUMBAI,  (Reuters) – Yuvraj Singh, India’s middle-over batting lynchpin in two World Cup triumphs, retired from international cricket with immediate effect today  although he will look to play on in Twenty20 leagues around the world. The 37-year-old all-rounder, accompanied by his wife and mother, told reporters of his decision at a city hotel close to the Wankhede Stadium where India lifted their last 50-overs World Cup title in 2011.“After almost 17 years of international cricket on and off, I have decided to move on,” he said after being reduced to tears by a video of the highlights of his career.“Cricket has given me everything and that’s the reason why I am standing here today. It’s been a love-hate relationship with the sport in retrospect.”Yuvraj Singh Yuvraj, who played the last of his 304 one-day internationals two years ago, was a key cog in India’s World Twenty20 triumph in 2007 and was player-of-the-tournament at the World Cup four years later.In his heyday, Yuvraj was one of the cleanest strikers of the ball in the game — as England’s Stuart Broad discovered when he was bludgeoned for six sixes in one over during the 2007 World Twenty20.That was one of the highlights of his career, Yuvraj said, along with scoring his first test century against Pakistan at Lahore in 2004 and the 2011 World Cup triumph. His lowest point, he added, came in the World Twenty20 final of 2014 when he scored 11 runs off 21 balls and was widely blamed for India’s six-wicket loss to Sri Lanka in Dhaka.Yuvraj revealed that his first love had been roller-skating and he only reluctantly played cricket because his father, one-test bowler Yograj Singh, would not let him take up any other sport.“FUN CRICKET” Part of the victorious Mumbai Indians squad in the recently completed Indian Premier League, Yuvraj played in only four matches during the 2019 campaign.That would be his last foray in the IPL, he confirmed, but he would seek release from the Indian board to play in other, lower profile, Twenty20 leagues.“At this age I can manage some kind of fun cricket,” he added. “I am going to go and enjoy my life, it has been too stressful just thinking about my international career, performing in big tournaments like IPL.“Hopefully I can just enjoy myself. Obviously with the BCCI’s permission I would love to go and play this year. Next year I don’t know.”Yuvraj made an emotional return to the game in 2012 after a lengthy fight with a rare germ cell cancer in his lungs and played the last of his 40 tests that same year.He scored 1,900 runs in the longest format of the game after making his debut against New Zealand in 2003 with three hundreds — all against Pakistan — and 11 half-centuries.last_img read more

HSI opening hours over Christmas

first_img 24 December 2015, 13:40 The Horse Sport Ireland offices will operate as follows over the Christmas and New Year period:24th & 25th December – Closed28th December – Closed29th, 30th & 31st December – Open1st January – Closed4th January – Offices reopenA very Happy Christmas from all in Horse Sport Ireland. Home  »  HSI News  »  HSI opening hours over Christmas HSI opening hours over Christmas Tags:last_img read more

Jose Garay kicks way to semipros

first_imgThe Rattlers have two players with professional experience: midfielder Gustavo Lomeli, who played in Mexico, and forward Hady Mendoza, who played in Guatemala. “It’s really exciting. The PDL is a step closer to playing at the professional level,” said former Lancaster High defensive standout Leo Arabia, who also made the cut. The Rattlers will begin training-camp team practices Aug. 21. They have another tryout scheduled for the early part of 2007 and will try out individual players on a case-by-case basis, team owner Gerald Brunner said. “We’re very pleased with what I saw out there – with their ambition and talent, especially in that heat,” Brunner said. “We’re very excited about what this may bring for the team.” Lancaster Rattlers Goalies: Sam Campanelli (Highland), Ian Lovers (Quartz Hill), John Vedin (Palmdale), Zach Brunner (Lancaster). Defenders: Leo Arabia (Lancaster), Brandon Howell (Lancaster), Montana Dennis (Lancaster), Josh Hernandez (Paraclete), Tony Larson (Littlerock), Randell Davis (Quartz Hill), Salvador Gonzalez, Russell Welbourn (Quartz Hill), Tim Knittle (Palmdale), Casey Jenison (Quartz Hill), Dustin Miranda (Lancaster). Midfielders: Kevin Muenguia (Littlerock), Luis Bojorquez (Antelope Valley), Jamie Hernandez (Palmdale), Chayoth Chantakamo, Mathew Hiss (Palmdale), Julio Robles, Lino Montes De Oco, Rey Garcia, Cody Jenison (Quartz Hill), Gustavo Lomeli, George Medina, Juan Ruiz (Palmdale). Forwards: Mauricio Harrie (Highland), Hady Mendoza, Jose Gomez, Jose Garay (Palmdale), Jose Sanchez, Mathayo Huma (Lancaster), Victor Otieno (Antelope Valley).160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“My plans were just to go to (college),” Garay said. “I never really thought I’d get this kind of opportunity out of high school so fast.” Garay, a league MVP and first-team All-Daily News selection, will soon head to Kansas Wesleyan, where he will play as a freshman. The PDL is structured to accommodate collegians’ academic and soccer schedules, and its semipro status protects players’ eligibility. The Rattlers are the Antelope Valley’s first PDL franchise. “I’m proud of myself to be able to say I’m playing for the team that’s representing the Antelope Valley,” Garay said. “There’s a lot of great players out here, and to be one of the chosen few is definitely an honor.” Garay was among about 80 players – most of them with local ties – who participated in the grueling four-day tryouts. The tryouts were cut from four to three hours because of the scorching heat, with temperatures well into triple digits all four days. LANCASTER – Jose Garay is just months removed from leading Palmdale High to a Golden League title in his senior year. He is now a step closer to playing professionally. Garay was among 33 players selected for the Lancaster Rattlers training-camp team. The Rattlers, a Premier Development League soccer team under the Major League Soccer umbrella, will start their inaugural season in April 2007. last_img read more

Ivy League school joins UCT to fight HIV

first_img6 November 2013 The University of Cape Town has teamed up with US Ivy League school Brown University to develop a new cadre of HIV social scientists who can provide sustainable, interdisciplinary solutions to HIV/Aids in South Africa, where one in six adults has HIV. Around 6.2-million South Africans live with the disease – the world’s largest HIV-positive population. The project, named “Partnership for the Next Generation of HIV Social Science in South Africa”, will see the social sciences playing a greater role in the response to HIV. It will be run in UCT and Brown’s public health schools, and will be funded by the National Institute of Health at a cost of US$1.9-million over five years. The co-principal investigator from UCT is senior researcher Dr Christopher Colvin, an anthropologist in the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research (CIDER) in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine. Colvin’s work integrates social science perspectives into public health research on HIV/Aids, gender, community health workers and health activism. “The social science and public health responses to HIV have both been tremendously important, and many at UCT are at the forefront of this research,” says Colvin. “However, these responses have often developed in parallel, rather than in close collaboration. This grant aims to integrate the social sciences into the core of our public health teaching and research on HIV in the school.” Brown’s participation will be led by South African-born Professor Mark Lurie, who has studied sub-Saharan Africa’s HIV epidemic for more than a decade.Opportunity “The new grant is a wonderful opportunity for Brown to contribute to training the next generation of South African social scientists, whose work is aimed at better understanding and preventing HIV infection in the country with the most severe epidemic,” says Lurie. The partnership will contribute to curricular development, training and professional development through collaborations with HIV-focused social and behavioural scientists at Brown. Outside of the classroom, it will also create opportunities for collaborative, interdisciplinary and innovative research in HIV social science, particularly at postgraduate and postdoctoral levels. Edited version of a story first published in UCT’s Monday Monthly. Published here with kind permission.last_img read more

Solutions Snapshot: PPS – Product Protection Solutions

first_imgSolution providers offer a wide spectrum of mission-critical products and services designed to help meet the rising demands of the asset protection function and the retail business in general. We use these resources to increase efficiencies, improve performance, enhance productivity, support safety, lower costs, and discourage theft.By the same respect, our vendors can offer much more than simply providing mission-critical products and services. They have become an extension of our team and partners in the success of our department, our program and our company. They work with us to find solutions to both the simple and complex challenges we face on a daily basis. These relationships have become an essential factor in the success of today’s loss prevention programs, and it is more important than ever that we effectively manage all aspects of our vendor relationships—from selecting the right vendor to achieving optimal results that best meet our business objectives.Product Protection Solutions (PPS), a veteran and family-owned solution provider, provides both consultative services and physical loss prevention technologies to support customer needs in the application of AM, RF, and RFID technologies throughout the loss prevention, electronic article surveillance, and supply chain arenas. With more than 60 years of combined EAS, Logistics and Finance experience, PPS is a formidable ally to have. By offering effective solutions that address a wide range of loss prevention measures from multi-purpose to individual custom applications, PPS is focused on enabling retailers to keep more of what matters, creating a better shopping experience for customers, and driving overall profitability through increased sales and reduced loss.- Sponsor – True partnership requires a commitment beyond simply selling products. Ultimately, a true solution provider must evolve throughout the relationship with their clients, striving to better understand an organization’s specific needs, wants, and requirements. By sharing this vision, PPS is poised to better support the culture of the organization, current business needs, and future business trends as the loss prevention landscape changes.With the introduction of the Keepsafe™ series, PPS continues to demonstrate its focus on deploying enhanced security products. The Keepsafe™ series has demonstrated reduced shrinkage against both amateur and professional shoplifters targeting retail spaces by maintaining its security where other standard and super applications have failed. Keepsafe™ products include:Hard Tags and Detachers: The PPS Keepsafe™ Tags provide high-level theft protection for everything from delicate intimates to durable sporting goods. While beneficial for use in any traditional hard tags application, the Keepsafe™ Hard Tags are especially effective where standard or super locks are being defeated or removed, and are available in AM, RF, and RFID technologies. H-Tags are only detachable using the Keepsafe ™ H-Tag Detacher and cannot be removed with traditional standard or super detachers.Beverage Protection: The PPS Keepsafe™ Beverage Protection is the ideal solution for protecting bottled beverages and other similar bottled items. The multi-purpose Protection are available as collar tags, caps and full bottle coverage. The reusable Beverage Protection allow for full product visibility, while providing the highest level of anti-theft protection.Safers: The PPS Keepsafe™ Safers provide high-level theft protection for everything from health and beauty aids to razors and small electronics. The reusable safers house products in a transparent case, allowing retailers to openly showcase products while reducing shrinkage from theft. PPS has also developed a micro-safer series that is ideal for small cosmetics that typically cannot be effectively protected. PPS Keepsafe™ Safers are made with the highest quality of polycarbonate which makes them highly resistant to scratching and discoloration unlike traditional safers, keepers and vaults currently on the market.Alarm Series: The PPS Keepsafe™ Alarm Series is designed to provide additional layers of security for high-shrink, not easily protected products that require more than the traditional application of safers and tags. Each device integrates with existing RF or AM EAS systems and provides 1, 2, or 3-alarm protection. The Alarm Series offers the added benefit of knowing when and where someone is attempting to defeat your security solutions and steal your products.Specialty Tags and Devices: PPS offers a full range of tags and labels in AM, RF, and RFID. PPS also offers an RF Field Tester that can be used to evaluate non-alarming RF deactivator pads and antennas. PPS is focused on providing solutions that specifically address our partners pain points. Whether this requires modification of an existing solution, or development of a new one, PPS is committed to Protecting Products, Preventing Loss, and Securing your Bottom Line.The global reach of the retail world drives us to stay current in all aspects of the business. It takes a diverse and collective effort to accomplish our goals and objectives, expanding our knowledge and our resources when necessary in order to accomplish critical tasks and improve results. We must carry the ability to continually upgrade our knowledge and skill sets, building a professional plan that drives us forward to meet the changing needs of our current position—and the one after that.We encourage you to take the steps to learn more about our solution provider partners and improve your awareness regarding the products and services available to support the loss prevention industry. The time spent reviewing these brief summaries can add new perspective to the products and services that help shape our industry, and long-term value to your career development.For more information on our industry solution providers, visit LP Magazine’s Business Directory. 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Low MR Charter Rates Hurt Pyxis Tankers Earnings

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy of Shaah Shahidh on Unsplash. Due to lower MR charter rates, Greek product tanker company Pyxis Tankers ended the second quarter of this year with a widened net loss.The company posted a net loss of USD 1.3 million in Q2 2018, compared to a net loss of USD 0.8 million seen in the corresponding period a year earlier.Voyage revenues stood at USD 7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018, representing a decrease of USD 1.4 million from USD 8.4 million reported in Q2 2017. As explained, the decrease in gross voyage revenues during the second quarter of 2018 was primarily due to lower time charter equivalent rates, as well as to a slight decrease in total operating days attributed to increased idle days between voyage charter employments.“Overall, our operating results for the second quarter of 2018 were mixed. As the quarter unfolded, the time charters for our medium range tankers (“MRs”) rolled-off into a very difficult spot market at much lower rates,” Valentios Valentis, Pyxis Tankers’ Chairman and CEO, commented.“Weaker demand for MRs was caused by temporary market disruptions in the Atlantic basin, led by lower activity in the Gulf of Mexico, continued drawdown of inventories of refined petroleum products in storage and intrusion of larger ships, mainly newbuild crude carriers, which transported clean products on their maiden voyages. Three out of four of our MR tankers are currently in the spot market, which we hope will improve by this fall,” Valentis added.“As for our small tankers, we experienced a nice improvement in trading activity compared to the first quarter of 2018. We have continued to focus on our costs during this challenging period. The success of our efforts was clearly demonstrated during the second quarter as our total operational costs (…) improved,” Valentis continued.The company’s CEO further said that chartering activity is expected to be challenging, however, with a modest upward trend when moving into the fourth quarter. Additionally, a long-term improvement in charter rates is expected as a result of attractive market fundamentals.“We remain optimistic about the fundamentals of the product tanker market, specifically for MRs, and believe that Pyxis Tankers has the platform and position to take advantage of them,” Valentis concluded.Focused on growing its fleet of MR vessels, Pyxis Tankers currently owns a fleet of four MR and two small tankers engaged in seaborne transportation of refined petroleum products and other bulk liquids.last_img read more