How to take precautions to avoid a toxic work environment

first_img About Beth Hale & Pooja Dasgupta Beth Hale is partner and general counsel and Pooja Dasgupta is an associate at CM Murray How to take precautions to avoid a toxic work environmentBy Beth Hale & Pooja Dasgupta on 20 Feb 2019 in Sexual harassment, Corporate governance, Equality & diversity, Latest News, Bullying and harassment, Personnel Today, Human rights, Violence at work, Whistleblowing View all posts by Beth Hale & Pooja Dasgupta → No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website An independent review of work practices at Amnesty International found the charity did not live up to its valuesAijaz Rahi/AP/REX/Shutterstock Independent investigations into misconduct at both Amnesty International and Oxfam suggest that toxic workplace cultures can have serious consequences. What practical measures can employers take to foster a healthy and open environment, ask Beth Hale and Pooja Dasgupta? A recent review of Amnesty International’s working practices, undertaken by KonTerra Group, found that the charity had a “toxic” work culture. It revealed that there had been widespread bullying, public humiliation, discrimination and abuses of power within the organisation.Dealing with misconductCharity scandal: can employers inform others about misconduct? Line manager briefing: MisconductNot only that, but it uncovered an adversarial culture, failures in management and pressures of workload significantly contributed to wellbeing issues, which is particularly surprising given Amnesty’s mission; namely, campaigning to end abuses of human rights.Tragically, the report was commissioned after two Amnesty staff members, Gaëtan Mootoo and Rosalind McGregor, killed themselves last year. Troublingly, a review undertaken following Mr Mootoo’s death found that “a serious failure of management” had contributed to his death.Amnesty is not the only charitable organisation under scrutiny – only last month an independent review into conduct at Oxfam deemed it a “toxic work environment” where bullying went unreported.Culture concernsAlthough the situation it describes appears extreme, the Amnesty report should give all employers pause for thought. What can employers do to avoid similar issues in their own workplace and what should employees who have concerns about workplace culture do?Employees with similar concerns should initially refer to their employer’s policies on raising issues; for example, any grievance and anti-bullying and harassment/dignity at work policies. In the absence of such policies, they should speak to their line manager or HR about any mistreatment without delay, perhaps initially on an informal basis, depending on the circumstances and particular sensitivities.It is vital for employees to speak up, if they feel able, to avoid matters being repeatedly swept under the carpet. It is also a good idea for employees to keep a record of events to support their account in any future investigation.While matters may be resolved on a relatively informal basis, it is often worthwhile for employees to seek legal advice at an early stage; for example, in respect of whistleblowing protection, if they are contemplating disclosing details of any malpractice within their organisation.Risk and reputationFrom an employer’s perspective, businesses should already be taking active steps to prevent discrimination and other misconduct in the workplace, in accordance with their legal obligations.Failings such as those highlighted in the Amnesty report could mean exposure to a variety of claims, including in relation to discrimination, breach of contract, constructive dismissal, harassment (including potential criminal liability) and personal injury.The reputational impact can be equally damaging – and seeking to implement a wholesale change in culture can be extremely challenging. Prevention is far easier than cure. Businesses should consider the following:Implement and maintain robust policies and procedures that encourage alleged victims to raise their concerns and offer reassurance that their concerns will be dealt with properly and without risk of backlashEnsure that staff receive effective training on policies and company values, also focusing on the consequences of non-compliance – it is important that this should not just be treated as a tick-box exerciseConsider delivering enhanced training for senior staff members, highlighting potential individual, criminal and regulatory liabilities; and possibly separate training on bystander reporting, encouraging those who witness wrongdoing to speak up, creating a culture of opennessPromote staff wellbeing – consider specific training directed at managing work-related stress so that situations likely to cause stress and symptoms of stress can be easily identified; offer support through occupational health or confidential counselling; consider introducing health-related benefits such as access to a wellbeing programme or gym membershipMonitor staff wellbeing, and equality and diversity – support this by undertaking audits and spot checks.If, despite taking appropriate preventative measures, allegations are raised internally regarding discrimination or other wrongdoing, those with relevant authority should properly consider the employer’s duty to investigate and any further obligations they might have – from an employment law, criminal and potentially regulatory perspective.Be sensitive and offer supportThese situations require a considerable level of sensitivity, both from the perspective of the complainant and the alleged perpetrator, and employers should consider offering counselling or additional support to all parties involved in an investigation. There may also be issues regarding confidentiality and employers should consider seeking specialist advice regarding managing internal and external communications concerning workplace disputes.Unfortunately, there will be numerous businesses to whom the issues at Amnesty seem sadly familiar.For these businesses, it would be advisable to consider undertaking a comprehensive review of their working practices and prepare a robust reform plan. However, it is important to remember that businesses can, and should, always take steps to prevent matters from reaching this point.It is not acceptable for companies to feign ignorance, particularly considering their own exposure to vicarious liability and reputational damage, and senior management should be mindful of their responsibilities to lead from the front.Furthermore, taking an active interest in the wellbeing of their employees will inevitably be of long-term benefit to both the affected individuals and their employers, hopefully boosting productivity and morale. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

LHV Pension Funds, Swedbank Estonia invest in Karma Ventures

first_imgLHV Pension Funds Estonia (LHV) and Swedbank Estonia Pension Funds (SEPF) have invested in Karma Ventures, the €40m European early-stage venture capital firm.Karma Ventures, based in Estonia and domiciled in Luxembourg, focuses on European Series A investment opportunities.It will invest in companies using unique technologies to develop IT products and services with a large addressable market, and that have already demonstrated the ability to attract customer interest before a full product rollout.It is managed by Margus Uudam, Tommi Uhari and Kristjan Laanemaa. Uudam and Laanemaa previously worked together managing Ambient Sound Investments’s global venture capital portfolio.Ambient Sound was created to manage the stake in telecoms start-up Skype held by its four founding engineers, and subsequently to invest the proceeds of its sale.Two of the founding engineers of Skype are exclusive advisers to the new fund.The key investors in Karma Ventures are Ambient Sound Investments and the Baltic Innovation Fund, an initiative created between the three Baltic republics and the European Investment Fund (EIF).Several pension funds and family offices are also investors.LHV – the second-largest pension fund manager in Estonia – has committed €5m to the fund, out of assets under management of €550m.It has an average 20-30% invested in Baltic countries in its fixed income portfolios and up to 50% of assets in funds with exposure to stock markets and alternative assets. LHV currently holds multiple positions in private equity funds, invested in the Baltics and Balkans.Kristo Oidermaa,
 portfolio manager at LHV Asset Management, told IPE: “The EIF has recently helped to set up new managers in the Baltics, and we have become a key investor in some of those funds.“Over the past decade, a large number of IT companies and start-ups have emerged from the Baltics and found recognition on the international stage. This has created a knowledgeable community of specialists here.“Karma Ventures offers a perfect way to invest into this trend, as its team includes people who have helped to establish, manage and also exit some of those success stories.” Meanwhile, Karma is the first venture capital investment for SEPF.Kristjan Tamla, chief executive at Swedbank Investment Funds in Estonia, told IPE: “We decided to commit to the fund mainly because of the very coherent and professional investment proposal the team put forward.“Although it is a first-time team, the key people possess a wide and strong experience in venture capital investments. Each person in the team has their own clear role and a different angle in adding value.”He said the commitments from experienced private equity/venture capital investors like the EIF and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development also helped in building SEPF’s confidence.Tamla said that, in a small country like Estonia, private equity/venture capital investments were not considered to be an asset-allocation decision.“Because quality investment managers are scarce, it is more an instrument-selection decision,” he said.“We are always happy to discuss good private equity/venture capital business proposals from the region. Since Karma is our first venture capital investment, it will definitely be a steep learning curve for us throughout the – hopefully successful – lifetime of the fund.”Karma Ventures expects to close a second funding by the end of 2016.last_img read more

She shoots, she scores — freshman Taylor wins again

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsLast week Lauren Taylor became the first freshman in Portland State school history to capture a women’s golf tournament.Tuesday, the Nelson native added another first beside her name in the Portland State record book.Taylor shot a final round 75 to claim the top prize at the Big Sky Conference Anteater Invitational title at Dove Canyon Country Club in Dove Canyon, CA.With the victory the Granite Pointe at Nelson golfer becomes only the third Viking player to win twice in a career.“I knew she was good, I didn’t know she would be this good, this soon,” Portland State head Coach Kathleen Takaishi said on the university website. “She struggled a little down the stretch, but 17 and 18 aren’t easy holes.”Taylor, the leader following Day one of the two-day tournament, finished with a 218 total, following round of 71, 72 and 75. She won the event by two strokes over Joyce Chong of Nevada and Kayla Mortellaro of Idaho.Taylor had eight birdies over three rounds led the Vikings and now has a 75.75 scoring average in 12 competitive rounds to lead the team.Portland State was also a winner in the team category, edging out Nevada by six shots.The Viks started Tuesday shots being Day one leader Long Beach State by two shots. However, Portland State roared to the top of the leader board to finish the event with an 890 total. UC Irvine was thirds at 899 followed by Long Beach State at 900.Taylor won as a freshman in Irving, CA., at the Folino Invitational Tourney hosted by Cal State Fullerton.The achievement garnered the L.V. Rogers Bomber grad Big Sky Conference player of the week honours.Prior to her win in Irving, Taylor’s best finished was a tie for seventh at the OSU/Washington Triangle event. In two other tournaments in Colorado and Fresno State, the 19-year-old golfer finished 24th and 30th.The Vikings continue the season Monday and Tuesday at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic before traveling to the Big Sky Championship on April 18-20. Both tournaments take place the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, AZ.Taylor attends Portland State on a golf scholarship. The West Kootenay Junior Golf graduate is enrolled in first year studies. [email protected]last_img read more

Antonio Brown pleads on Instagram for another chance; Tom Brady, man without a receiver, likes post

first_imgObservation No. 2: He … Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Antonio Brown wants another chance.“First and foremost,” Brown posted on Instagram, “I’d like to apologize to my family, friends and anyone who I offended.”Observation No. 1: His English seems to be improved since he went back to Central Michigan. A few months ago, he requested help for an assignment thusly: “My English paper do by tonight 12am. “Need a prof reader make sure As and Bs #Eng303.”Tomorrow, the dean’s list.last_img

Mercury Messenger: Surprise!

first_img By contrast, Richard Kerr’s summary article in Science was titled, calmly, “Mercury Looking Less Exotic, More a Member of the Family” (30 September 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6051 p. 1812, DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6051.1812).  Judging from abstracts and reports, the following discoveries seem the most interesting: Science Daily: “Mercury Not Like Other Planets, MESSENGER Finds.” PhysOrg: “Epic volcanic activity flooded Mercury’s north polar region” BBC News: “‘Hollows’ mark Mercury’s surface.”  The article begins, “Hands up who thought Mercury was just a dull rock circling close to the Sun?  The latest data returned by Nasa’s Messenger probe shows that view couldn’t be further from the truth.” National Geographic: “Mercury ‘Hollows’ Found—Pits May Be Solar System First.” New Scientist: “Bright ‘hollows’ on Mercury are unique in solar system.” “Planet Mercury Full of Strange Surprises” As boring as the moon?  Just a burned-out cinder?  Not Mercury.  True to tradition for planetary exploration, the MESSENGER spacecraft has served up a plate of surprises about the innermost planet.  In orbit since March, the ship is sending theorists back to the drawing board to figure out a number of puzzling phenomena, some unique to Mercury.  Commentators fall into two categories: those that are flabbergasted, and those who say all is well. Science magazine published the first seven papers this week since the orbital tour began.  Here were the headlines that resulted on various news outlets: Science Daily began its coverage with this summary that emphasized the theoretical challenges: Only six months into its Mercury orbit, the tiny MESSENGER spacecraft has shown scientists that Mercury doesn’t conform to theory. Its surface material composition differs in important ways from both those of the other terrestrial planets and expectations prior to the MESSENGER mission, calling into question current theories for Mercury’s formation. Its magnetic field is unlike any other in the Solar System, and there are huge expanses of volcanic plains surrounding the north polar region of the planet and cover more than 6% of Mercury’s surface…. Theorists need to go back to the drawing board on Mercury’s formation,” remarked the lead author of one of the papers, Carnegie’s Larry Nittler. “Most previous ideas about Mercury’s chemistry are inconsistent with what we have actually measured on the planet’s surface.” Science Daily ended with a quote by Sean Solomon: “Mercury is not the planet described in the textbooks. Although a true sibling of Venus, Mars, and Earth, the innermost planet has had a much more exciting life than anyone predicted.” It could be argued that planetary scientists need surprises to justify their jobs.  Would the public continue to support space exploration if everything was as boring as predicted?  Reporters, too, need to fan the hype with exciting headlines, or else advertisers might not get their return on investment.  That doesn’t seem to be the case here.  Long before this mission was conceived, planetary scientists had their theories based on the 1970s data from Mariner 10.  And it’s not like they were all waiting with nothing to do before MESSENGER got there.  Many of these things seem like genuine surprises that are important.  While we join the revelry of new discoveries and applaud the many designers, engineers, scientists and assorted workers for a job well done getting this ship into orbit and delivering the data, we think much of the hand-wringing about textbooks being blown out of the water is a result of thoughtless adherence to the old Moyboy* Myth, that old Law of the Misdeeds and Perversions that Cannot be Altered.  To keep the data in the ASS (age of the solar system, 4.5 billion years), believers have to tell fantastic tales: lava erupted quickly and suddenly all over the north, then shut off for billions of years, while depressions are being hollowed out in a process that could still be ongoing today.  Inside a planet smaller than Saturn’s moon Titan, they have to keep an iron core liquid long enough so that a global magnetic field can survive.  They have to make a planet out of volatile elements that were believed not possible to exist so close to the sun, but then keep vast deposits of it intact after billions of years of solar heat and bombardment. MESSENGER is just the messenger.  The sender, Mercury, is saying, “Think outside the moyboy* box.” *Millions of Years, Billions of Years(Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Hollows:  The hollows spoken of are unique structures found within some craters.  Irregular in shape and up to miles across, these depressions with sharp rims, often found in clusters and found across Mercury, appear to be collapse pits – as if volatile substances escaped from underground and caused surfaces to fall.  The closest analogues are on Mars, where similarly shaped features result from sublimation of ice at the poles; but here on Mercury there is no ice.  Science Daily called them “an unexpected class of landform on Mercury and suggest that a previously unrecognized geological process is responsible for its formation.”  New Scientist said of them, “They may have been formed by processes still active today, and change our view of the small rocky planet’s history.”  Science Daily quoted a scientist who believes they are actively forming today – further evidence that “Mercury is radically different from the Moon in just about every way we can measure.”  National Geographic quoted David Blewett (Johns Hopkins): “”The old thinking was, Oh, Mercury, it’s an old burned-out cinder and not so interesting… here’s this jaw-dropping thing that nobody ever predicted.” Sulfur: introduced this surprise: “Mercury is not just hellishly hot but apparently covered in brimstone. A vast part of the planet is covered with dried lava  – enough to bury the state of Texas under 4 miles of the stuff, scientists say.”  Richard Kerr in Science said “Surprisingly, it has 10 times the sulfur of Earth’s rock.” Reducing conditions:  Mercury doesn’t fit another expectation.  Richard Kerr explained, “The combination of high sulfur and low iron in Mercury’s rock must have come from minerals that could have existed only if Mercury formed under chemically reducing conditions. That sounds bizarre, because all the other rocky planets formed under the opposite conditions: oxidizing ones.”  He was quick to find a scientist who “showed that probably only water-free, organics-rich, comet-dust–like stuff would have survived near the sun to make Mercury. With no oxygen atoms from water around, reducing conditions would have prevailed.”  Still, it makes Mercury a special case compared to nearby Venus and Earth. Potassium:  Science Daily explained why elevated potassium levels seen on the surface is a challenge to explain: “Measurements of Mercury’s surface by MESSENGER’s X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Spectrometers also reveal substantially higher abundances of sulfur and potassium than previously predicted. Both elements vaporize at relatively low temperatures, and their abundances thus rule out several popular scenarios in which Mercury experienced extreme high-temperature events early in its history.” Lava flows:  Evidence of volcanism had been observed on the previous three flybys, but the extent of lava plains exceeded expectations – some five million cubic kilometers.  The BBC News had a comparison some angry voters might like: “This is enough lava to cover the City of Washington DC to a depth of over 26,000 km, which is about 72 times higher than the orbit of the International Space Station.” Seen primarily in previously-unseen northern regions, the lava is thought to have oozed out of fissures, rather than coming from eruptive centers that produce familiar cone-shaped mountains. explained, “Based on the way this lava apparently eroded the underlying surface, the researchers suggest it rushed out rapidly.”  Lead scientist James Head (Brown U) thinks the flows date from billions of years ago, but remarked, “We can’t say if it took 2.7 days or 15 years or any exact time from orbit, but it wasn’t hundreds of millions of years.” Why extensive volcanism would turn on like that, last a few years, and then stop – only to remain unchanged for billions of years – seems odd. Magnetic field:  Of the rocky planets, only Earth and Mercury have global magnetic fields.  Unlike other magnetic fields, Mercury has one that is only 3% offset from its polar axis, but is inexplicably displaced some 300 miles northward from the center of the planet.  Mercury’s is also much weaker than Earth’s – too weak to provide protection from the solar wind.  See Science Daily for details.last_img read more

Searching for Life for Personal Glory

first_imgAre origin-of-life seekers really trying to understand life, or are they seeking fame and prizes?Two guys from University College London sure got a lot of recognition when they boasted, “How we discovered the world’s oldest fossils” (The Conversation). Matthew Dodd and Dominic Papineau were scrounging for rocks in northeast Canada and found some stripey ones they thought might have markings that possibly were made by early organisms. Never mind that the markings are made of hematite (iron) and silicon—two unlikely minerals for life—and that the alleged “microfossils” are half a millimeter long and half the width of a human hair; never mind that similar markings might be found in rocks of your back yard of along a road cut in Alabama; if you can find something very old that might have been alive, you win 15 minutes of fame. Look how the world responded:4 billion year-old fossils found in Canadian quartz: These fossilized microorganisms could be the oldest record of life we have (Engadget).Traces in rock may be the oldest evidence of life on Earth ever (New Scientist).World’s oldest fossils unearthed (Science Daily).Earliest evidence of life on Earth ‘found’ (BBC News). Reporter Pallab Ghosh, faithful Darwin disciple at the British news service, got some juicy quotes out of Matt Dodd to make this one of the most significant discoveries in the history of the universe:“This discovery answers the biggest questions mankind has asked itself – which are: where do we come from and why we are here?“It is very humbling to have the oldest known lifeforms in your hands and being able to look at them and analyse them,” he told BBC News.Humility, that is, as in Look at us! We won a world record! And look at all the media hits on their publicity page: “Matthew Dodd and Dr Dominic Papineau (UCL Earth Sciences and the London Centre for Nanotechnology) led a team that discovered remains of microorganisms at least 3,770 million years old, providing direct evidence of one of the oldest life forms on Earth.”Dodd and Papineau look unassuming in their video clip. They don’t appear outwardly boastful. According to their paper in Nature, they exercised some diligence to falsify their hypothesis about organisms making the patterns. Dodd even allows for the possibility that these one-off markings, if they are fossils, don’t prove life is ubiquitous:Matthew Dodd concluded, “These discoveries demonstrate life developed on Earth at a time when Mars and Earth had liquid water at their surfaces, posing exciting questions for extra-terrestrial life. Therefore, we expect to find evidence for past life on Mars 4,000 million years ago, or if not, Earth may have been a special exception.”But other boasts to the press seem over the top. Look what Matt said to Pallab:He described how he felt when he realised the significance of the material on which he was working: “I thought to myself ‘we’ve got it, we’ve got the oldest fossils on the planet’.“It relates to our origins. For intelligent life to evolve to a level of consciousness, to a point where it traces back its history to understand its own origin – that’s inspirational.”Aren’t we the greatest scientists of all? Go, UCL! We just won the superbowl. Time for a victory tour! Maybe a book! Even a TV special!How long before another team scores with an even earlier date, demoting the UCL team to second place? How long do you suppose before other scientists look at these rocks and claim they have nothing to do with life?Few are commenting on the problems this early-life idea creates. If believed, it pushes the origin of life very close to the beginning of earth history, when the planet was hot and presumably hostile to life. Colin Barras in New Scientist, who apparently espouses the Popeye Theory of the evolution of life (3/17/09, 5/31/05), points out the ulterior motives behind this ‘science’ of discovery while he rattles off the uncomfortably-early dates:Explaining the origin of life is one of the biggest unclaimed prizes in biology, and one that many scientists – including Nobel prizewinners – are chasing. The only thing we know for certain is that life must have popped into existence sometime between Earth’s formation 4.5 billion years ago and the appearance of the first undisputed fossils, about 3.4 billion years ago.But these new ‘fossils’ are said to be 3.77 billion Darwin Years old, pushing the origin closer to the volcanoes and meteors of the so-called Hadean era. Barras continues the squeeze, saying, “The rocks here, on the coast of Hudson Bay, are at least 3.75 billion years old, and some geologists argue they are about 4.29 billion years old, which would mean they are just slightly younger than the planet itself.” So yes, one would have to say that, despite the extreme improbability (see Illustra’s film Origin), life must have “popped into existence” like magic soon after the planet formed.The UCL team also ties its hypothesis to the controversial hydrothermal-vent scenario for life, which some researchers consider highly implausible (the heat problem, the dilution problem, the genetics problem, more). But if they are not microfossils, they cannot be used as evidence for the hydrothermal vent scenario. Conversely, if the rocks are not from past hydrothermal vents, they cannot be used as evidence that life formed there. If they are neither, they cannot be used as evidence of either. Claims these rocks are hydrothermal in origin seem based on circumstantial evidence alone.As the Origin film explains, the essential molecules of life (proteins and nucleic acids) could not have formed in water, because water breaks the bonds that holds amino acids and nucleotides together. Ribose, essential for the ‘RNA World’ scenario, is particularly unstable. Nobody has any idea how it would form naturally. Yet so great is the faith of materialists—and so complete the indoctrination of the public—reporter Timothy Seppala ends his article at Engadget with these irrational words: “Where there’s water, there’s a way.”We keep telling you. They’re not really materialists. They’re pantheists and animists. In their religion, the spirits of emergence imbue matter with wishful fancies. It’s just waiting to “pop into existence” — just add water! The spirits will find a way.These days, you don’t even have to prove it. Just pick up a rock in Canada, run divination on it, and claim it’s alive (or it was). Instant fame! The priests and prophets of pantheistic materialism will love you, because you have glorified the Force. You have taken the answers to the biggest questions out of the hands of the despised theists, and offered them in homage to the Emperor, Charles the Great, master of the forces of nature, forever worshiped because he leaned over a warm little pond, uttered his incantations, and like a golden calf, out came Popeye.May the farce be with them, not with you.(Visited 51 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Paul Lee shrugs off Star’s struggles

first_imgPaul Lee. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPaul Lee isn’t putting too much thought on Star’s recent struggles in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.The Hotshots have now lost back-to-back games after a strong 4-0 start.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “We faced two strong teams in that stretch,” Lee said after Star’s 105-101 loss to Barangay Ginebra on Sunday night.“Coach told us earlier that it was a good game. We just didn’t get the win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Hotshots’ immaturity showed late in the game with import Malcolm Hill, who is only 21, fouled out with still 54.9 seconds left.Lee thinks that it’s understandable for Star to make such mistakes considering that the team is still in the stage of learning how to play as a cohesive unit after undergoing major changes in the offseason.center_img MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES The important thing for the Hotshots, according to Lee, is to learn valuable lessons from those tough situations.“We’re still a relatively new team. I think it’s unavoidable that some of these issues will come up and we’re working on it. Hopefully, if we encounter these situations again, we’ll be able to get good things from it,” he said.“We have to move on. This game is done, so we have to bounce back on our next game. Our game against Meralco is very important. They’re a strong team so it’s another test for us. We need to be ready,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Aguilar, Ginebra escape Star despite costly foul and poor FT shootinglast_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid hero Salgado: Solari and Isco need to talk

first_imgReal Madrid hero Salgado: Solari and Isco need to talkby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid fullback Michel Salgado says management must find a way to rebuild Isco’s confidence and commitment. After being dumped to the bench for victory over Rayo Vallecano on the weekend, Isco feels there’s no way back for himself under coach Santiago Solari. As such, he is now planning to quit Real next month.However, Salgado says: “Solari has to organise a meeting with Isco to find a solution to this problem.”They have to fix this problem as soon as possible!” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

The Reality Of FASHION The Reality Of AIDS

first_imgThe Reality of FASHION, The Reality of AIDS have announced their exciting reality star line up slotted to walk the runway on Saturday, February 9th 2013.The formal attire, red carpet event will take place at the Altman Building in New York City located at 135 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10001 with doors opening at 7:00pm. The featured designer for the evening will be Dominique Auxilly . A well-known NYC based designer who has dressed celebrity names such as Nicki Minaj, Adrienne Bailon , Coco, and Tamar Braxton. Known to pull inspiration from all aspects of life, Auxilly’s pieces most often reflect her love for old Hollywood, her obsession with architectural structures and her Jamaican roots. These elements and influences come together to create a label like no other. Created and produced by Beautiful Planning Marketing & PR (BPMPR), the first-of-its-kind philanthropic event has a fundraising goal of $300,000 for the evening to benefit this year’s charity of choice, AIDS United.The participating star lineup includes reality stars and celebrities that have appeared on reality shows such as Lil Kim of Dancing with the Stars and The Pussycat Dolls Present Girlicious, Vanessa and Angela Simmons, Draya Michele, Janice Dickinson, Brittany Brower, Keenyah Hill, Ramona Rizzo, Alex McCord, Adrienne Bailon, Aviva Drescher, Ramona Singer, Tiffany “New York” Pollard, Michelle Money, Courtney Robertson, Tracy DiMarco, Jessica Romano, Briella Calafore, Nikki Rae Walker and many more. The show will showcase anywhere from 20-30 reality stars gracing the runway in couture pieces that will be auctioned off two weeks following the show to also benefit AIDS United.“We are excited to work with each one of these stars and the additional names will grace the runway. With their help and the publics, we can raise funds that are much needed to assist in ending the AIDS Epidemic,” States Beautiful Planning Marketing & PR (BPMPR) CEO Monique Tatum.Tickets to attend the celebrity fashion fundraiser range from $450 for standing room, $800 for Priority Seating, to $1200 for VIP first and second row access with swag bags. Patron donations of $2500 or more receive priority row seating and VIP options such as backstage celebrity meet and greet access.Purchasers may use code HOLIDAY70 Between December 20th 2012 and January 1st 2013 for 70% off of Standing Room or Priority Seating tickets.To purchase tickets, sponsor or additional information on “The Reality of FASHION The Reality of AIDS” please click here, email [email protected], or call 877.841.7244.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more