When hiring a new staff member, what are the key criteria you look for outside of the competence or experience in fulfilling the job description?We live in an age of collaboration and knowledge sharing and so the ability to positively influence situations and navigate your way around day to day scenarios with tact and diplomacy are fundamental to success. Intelligence, experience and skill are essential for success but we must stop thinking of intelligence as knowledge gained in academia. It is now widely accepted that the most successful among us have a blend of IQ and EQ, the proportions of which are widely disputed. We define and measure EQ in 5 areas. They are Self-awareness/self-control, Empathy, Social skills, Personal Influence & Motivation. So how do you screen for EQ? Here are a few questions that may help:Tell me about a time when your actions positively impacted someone else?Have you ever been in a situation where you realised that you have had to change or modify your behaviour? How did you notice this?Tell me about a time you have had to prepare yourself for a situation you knew would be negative. What did you do? How did it work out?Have you ever received criticism? What was it? Were you surprised?Tell me about a time that you were angry with someone at work. What did you do?Situational questioning will require you to observe not just the answer but how the interviewee is answering and how comfortable they are with the questions, but you will be ensuring best possible chance of securing a well-rounded professional who will flourish and succeed in a broader range of environments and circumstances. Read full article HR: Why The IQ/EQ balance is importantShared from missc on 23 Feb 2015 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.
SACRAMENTO – The day has mostly consisted of studying new scouting reports, new playbooks and new rules. Then, the Warriors young draft picks either pick up their phones, turn on their televisions or scour the web. Then, they learn they have a new teammate.“I have to follow it, knowing who’s going to be part of the team,” Warriors rookie Eric Paschall said in amusement. “You have to follow who’s on the team now. I think it’s a good group.”It might be a good group. But it is a dramatically …
Here are some recent stories about human evolution. Some might deserve to be in the comics.1. Lucy walked up right into the trees: Nathaniel Dominy thinks Lucy’s ankle bones don’t rule out the possibility she was a tree-climber. By studying the Twa tribe in Uganda, whose members routinely climb trees looking for honey, Dominy and colleagues found the fossil evidence of Australopithecus afarensis ambiguous. That’s because the muscle and tendon changes associated with habitual tree climbing don’t fossilize. PhysOrg posted a video clip explaining the problem. Dominy’s work was published in an open-access paper in PNAS, where the abstract states,Paleoanthropologists have long argued—often contentiously—about the climbing abilities of early hominins and whether a foot adapted to terrestrial bipedalism constrained regular access to trees. However, some modern humans climb tall trees routinely in pursuit of honey, fruit, and game, often without the aid of tools or support systems… Here we show that Twa hunter–gatherers use extraordinary ankle dorsiflexion (>45°) during climbing, similar to the degree observed in wild chimpanzees…. [O]ur results imply that derived aspects of the hominin ankle associated with bipedalism remain compatible with vertical climbing and arboreal resource acquisition. Our findings challenge the persistent arboreal–terrestrial dichotomy that has informed behavioral reconstructions of fossil hominins and highlight the value of using modern humans as models for inferring the limits of hominin arboreality.“Not so fast,” PhysOrg put it. Claiming that Lucy didn’t climb trees “may be a rush to judgment in light of new evidence” in the paper.2. Clothes make the Peking Man: The Homo erectus specimens collectively dubbed Peking Man apparently exhibited another human trait: they were fastidious about fashion. Reporter Owen Jarus said in Live Science,“Peking Man,” a human ancestor who lived in China between roughly 200,000 and 750,000 years ago, was a wood-working, fire-using, spear-hafting hominid who, mysteriously, liked to drill holes into objects for unknown reasons.And, yes, these hominids, a form of Homo erectus, appear to have been quite meticulous about their clothing, using stone tools to soften and depress animal hides.Jarus pointed out that these people made spears like Heidelberg Man, but they’re not sure if they learned the skill independently or at the same time. As for the drilling of holes, just because living humans can’t figure out why they did it doesn’t mean the cave dwellers didn’t have good reasons. They apparently made tools for their fashion industry. “‘If they are depressing the hides, if they are softening hides, they can use the hides for their clothes,’” something no sophisticated hominids would dare live without.” Alley Oop wore clothes, we remember from the cartoons, but since the hides didn’t fossilize with the skulls, we can’t really know how chic Mrs. Oop looked.3. Climate makes the man: If you can believe a headline on PhysOrg, we are what we are because the weather was what it was. “Fluctuating environment may have driven human evolution,” it reads; “A series of rapid environmental changes in East Africa roughly 2 million years ago may be responsible for driving human evolution, according to researchers at Penn State and Rutgers University.” How did they come up with this notion? By looking at leaves in an ancient lake. Presuming the dates of those leaves tell a climate story, and presuming they match epochal periods of human evolution, they placed cause with effect. But if anthropogenic climate change is a big modern debate, perhaps the hominids caused the climate change, not the other way around.It seems this idea could be testable. See if people in the polar regions are regrowing fur. Without asking questions like this, the researchers convinced themselves that they had found natural “forcing mechanisms” to drive hominid evolution toward scholarship. They didn’t explain why other species didn’t simultaneously learn abstract language and philosophy.4. Out of “Out of Africa” theories: A new find musses up common ideas about humans emerging out of Africa. Pamela Willoughby has found evidence of continuous habitation at two sites in Tanzania between 200,000 years ago and the present. According to PhysOrg, this “may lead to a rethinking of how, when and from where our ancestors left Africa.” Many paleoanthropologists believe a genetic bottleneck after the Ice Age shows there was a migration into Europe at around 50,000 to 60,000 years ago, but Willoughby’s evidence includes the whole period before and after the bottleneck – all the way to the present. She explained why this represents an upset:“It was only about 20 years ago that people recognized that modern Homo sapiens actually had an African ancestry, and everyone was focused on looking at early Homo sapiens in Europe who appeared around 40,000 years ago,” she said. “But we now know that as far as back as around 200,000 years ago, Africa was inhabited by people who were already physically exactly like us today or really close to being the same as us. All of a sudden, it’s not Europe in this time period that’s really important, it’s Africa.”What were hominids identical to us doing for 200,000 years against the inexorable forces of evolution? Didn’t they read the bumper stickers, “Evolve or perish?” Willoughby’s upset is just the latest upset until the next upset.5. Annus horribilis, a new endangered species: Latin speakers will know that Annus horribilis means “terrible year,” not a Linnaean classification name. But according to Science Magazine (Dec. 21), it was a terrible year for Homo sapiens var. anthropologist – a recent entry in the endangered species list. A lot of anthropology graduates can’t find work. There just aren’t that many jobs labeled “anthropologist,” so graduates are evolving into subspecies that adapt their image to a changing environment. With multiculturalism a buzzword in certain quarters, anthropologists can advertise themselves as ones able to “research human life, history, and culture, and apply that knowledge to current issues” such as “diversity in the world”. The article did not describe the plight of a minor subspecies of the clade, paleoanthropologists.None of these stories really matter, because paleoanthropology is a field where every year or two they announce, “Everything you know is wrong.” Since there are infinitely more wrong ideas than correct ones, changes to this pattern are unlikely when the blind lead the blind. We offer paleoanthropology stories less as scientific discovery as much as funny pages. (Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
6 June 2012 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa celebrated World Environment Day on Tuesday by announcing plans to create over 60 000 new jobs this year – and 300 000 new jobs by 2020 – with the focus on women, the youth and people with disabilities. “It is a programme that has exceptional returns on investment, and I want to emphasise that these jobs are vital for our long-term economic future,” she added. Working for Wetlands was founded in 2004 and has rehabilitated over 800 wetlands, creating 15 000 jobs for mostly marginalised rural communities. The project focuses on the rehabilitation, protection and sustainable use of South Africa’s 110 000 wetlands. Molewa attended the annual World Environment Day celebrations in Mangaung, Bloemfontein and spoke about the department’s plans to step up environmental protection and preservation efforts. “We as South Africa are part of the global campaign to promote sustainable development and also are proponents of the global drive towards a green economy,” Molewa said. Job creation is an integral part of South Africa’s efforts to join the global drive towards sustainable development. “This year the department, through the entire suite of programmes within our environmental programmes branch, aims to create job opportunities for about 62 860,” she said. “We also aim to ensure that 55% of beneficiaries from our programmes are women, 40% are youth and 2% are people with disabilities.”Environmental protection programmes These targets will be achieved through the department’s programmes and sub- programmes. Working for Water, Working for Wetlands and Working on Fire are the department’s biggest and most successful initiatives so far, but the sub-programmes of the environmental protection and infrastructure programmes were heralded as growing contributors to sustainable development and job protection. These are made up of Working on Waste, Working for the Coast, People and Parks, and Sustainable Land Based Livelihood. “We are a country endowed with a rich and diverse biodiversity that enables thousands of jobs in different sectors,” she said. “Our diverse biodiversity is our competitive edge in growing our economy while at the same time addressing climate change and we are doing that through our environment programmes.” Working for Water is particularly successful: it was established in 1995 and has over the years created 397 146 work opportunities. It aims to combat the impact of alien invasive species on our water security, diversity, use of land, wild fires and erosion. It is through these partnerships and the government’s joining of the Green Economy Accord – dubbed as one of the most comprehensive social pacts on green jobs in the world – that the department plans to create 300 000 new jobs by 2020. Working towards this will provide exciting new opportunities for the country’s youth and Molewa urged all young South Africans to get involved. “Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare themselves today.” SAinfo reporter “Working on Fire also recruits from disadvantaged backgrounds and offers work opportunities to 4 800 fire fighters in 107 bases around South Africa in 2011/12 alone,” Molewa said.Working for the future Working on Waste looks at waste collection, disposal and recycling initiatives. “In this regard we provide support to the municipalities in terms of handling of waste and this includes assistance in the construction of landfill sites and buy-back centres where appropriate.” Working for the Coast programmes deal with cleaning and rehabilitating coastal environmental assets and infrastructure; People and Parks projects support the development of infrastructure in and around protected areas; and Sustainable Land Based Livelihood focuses on projects which encourage restoration, rehabilitation and re-vegetation of degraded areas. The bigger picture enjoyed the same success. According to Molewa, 26 896 jobs were created overall by the environmental protection and infrastructure programmes in 2011/12. It is full steam ahead for the department going forward, and the injection of R800- million over the next two years from the National Treasury’s Green Fund will assist its green economy implementation plan. “We will utilise this funding in a manner that seeks to attract new and additional investment, stimulate job creation and lay the foundations for South Africa’s transition to a low carbon, job-creating and resource-efficient growth path,” she explained. “We are extending partnerships to key international funding institutions such as the World Bank Clean Technology Fund and the newly established Green Climate Fund.” A total of 2 788 jobs were created in the implementation of these sub-projects. “All the employed people have been trained on various skills programmes ranging from bricklaying in the construction sector to waste management in the environmental sector,” she said. “Although we can still do more and we certainly will, we are delighted with this achievement because it debunks the myth that environment management hinders development. When you work for the environment, the environment will work for you.”
Mahikeng, Wednesday 26 March 2014 – Brand South Africa, in the fourth Play Your Part/Sowetan Dialogue on Wednesday 26 March 2014, hosted a robust discussion on fundamental human rights and the responsibility of citizens in our country.Participating in the discussion at the Mmabatho Civic Centre were the Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission – Advocate Pansy Tlakula, Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission – Advocate Lawrence Mushwana, Southern Africa director of the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch – Ms Tiseke Kasambala, and Ms Folusho Mvubu of the Department of Public Service and Administration responsible for Service Delivery Improvement Support.In the discussions, Advocate Tlakula invited participants to reflect on South Africa’s journey towards a human rights culture over the past two decades. In this, it is important to counter-balance, amongst others, rights and culture. “We must also remember that values are important in building societies. The protection and safeguarding of human rights should not mean we lose core values like respect and discipline. Perhaps we need to have a very deep conversation on these issues,” said Advocate Tlakula.Meanwhile, the issue of human right and culture was also brought into focus by Ms Kasambala. “What is however important is the fact that human rights are important to protect all human beings and South Africa has created an enabling culture for this,” said Ms Kasambala.Advocate Mushwana advised the audience that the Human Rights Commission has prioritised the education of citizens about their rights because one cannot protect and defend what they do not know. “With each right comes a responsibility.” Awareness of your rights is also crucial to strengthen our reconciliation and build a cohesive society which will contribute to active citizenship.Saying that human rights are intrinsically linked to responsibility – in how one exercises these rights in addition to ensuring that the human rights of others are protected – Ms Mvubu of the Department of Public Service and Administration,also stressed that an informed and responsible citizenry is key to an active citizenry which is essential to the implementation of the National Development Plan.Comments by the panel were followed by thought provoking insight from the audience including, despite our differences we are essentially all human beings. This means that while it is easy to demand our rights, we must as human beings, first and foremost protect the rights of our fellow human beings. Legislation can only go so far in ensuring a redress of our country’s past inequalities – we must each play our part in making society safe for ourselves and others.A strong theme that emanated from the conversation was that a human rights based culture is our collective responsibility. Government cannot create this society on its own. We must all work together to achieve an equitable, human rights society. This is a challenge to society as a whole as we commemorate 20 years of democracy.The discussion concluded with the sense that while South Africa has come a long way in 20 years, much work remains to be done to build a human rights based culture strongly rooted to the principle of responsibility based rights. Let us all play our part in this quest.Note to EditorsThe Constitution of South Africa can be accessed at: http://www.gov.za/documents/constitution/1996/a108-96.pdfAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide campaign created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing – because a nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates to individuals, NGOs to government, churches to schools, young to not so young. It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.There are numerous opportunities, big and small, for each and every South African to make a positive difference in the communities in which they live and operate. Play Your Part encourages them to act on these opportunities.The campaign is driven by the Brand South Africa. Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement. Kindly attribute to Brand SouthAfrica.Join the conversation at:Follow Brand South [email protected]_SAhttps://twitter.com/Brand_SAhttps://www.facebook.com/BrandSouthAfricaTell us how you Play Your [email protected]://www.playyourpart.co.za/tellus-someoneFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Sandisiwe GugushePublic Relations International: Brand South AfricaTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0) 73 126 9128Email: [email protected]
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There were many people who worked together to coordinate the baffling logistics of organizing the incredible good will efforts from Ohio to Ashland, Kansas last month, but probably none more than Rose Hartschuh of Crawford County. Along with her husband, Greg, she tackled the massive task as the main contact for the effort, organizing the incredible donations of money and supplies and coordinating the extensive accommodations in Kansas. She also coordinated efforts with the Kansas Farm Bureau, the Kansas Livestock Association and the generosity of the towns of Minneola and Ashland in Kansas.Here is an update Rose provided after the trip:We are still getting tons of calls from people wanting to donate hay or fencing materials, which is awesome! However, at this point, Greg and I are not organizing any more loads. I have been encouraging people to post to the Facebook page if they have materials to donate or if they are willing to truck. The Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/OhioansHelpingKansas. Hopefully people can start to match themselves up.We are also going to organize and support more groups like we just sent. We just scheduled one for May 19 though May 23. After fuel expenses have been reimbursed, we plan to send checks from the funds raised to young and beginning ranchers that Ashland community leaders identified. Hopefully these funds will help them begin to rebuild their operations. We are also going to make a cash donation to the Kansas Livestock Association. Our group left a donation with the church in Minneola and the volunteer fire department in Ashland as well. We will zero-out the donations we collected by cutting a check to the Ashland Community Foundation after the next group travels.I think the best thing that came out of our trip is the awareness here in Ohio. It is awesome to see so many people lining up their own groups because they were inspired by what we did. I hope people realize that anyone can make a difference. You don’t have to have a convoy of 40-plus vehicles. Anyone can pitch in when there’s a need, whether it’s next door or across the country. How you can help Kansas wildfire victims Collect suppliesThe need for hay will continue for nearly a year. No hay donations will be turned down if the hay is transported to Ashland, Kansas. Feed and milk replacer donations are not as important at this point.Perhaps a bigger need than hay is the need for fencing supplies. Specific materials needed include:• Galvanized barbed wire, 14 gauge or heavier, with two- or four-point barbs• Osage orange or creosote treated wooden posts or steel t-posts, at least six foot in length• Preference is for new fencing materials.All hay and fencing supplies should be delivered to Ashland Feed and Seed: 1975 County Road U Ashland, Kansas 67831 at 620-635-2856You do not need to call ahead with supplies unless you are bringing several truckloads. Ashland Feed and Seed will unload supplies during their business hours. VolunteerRecovery efforts will last for years and costs tens of millions of dollars. Volunteer labor can be used to reduce the financial burden on ranchers. Volunteers will be used to tear out damaged fence and eventually replace it with new fence.Free accommodations are available in Ashland at a church camp. Volunteers will need to provide their own bedding items, towels, and toiletry items. Each volunteer should plan to take a pair of durable gloves and fencing pliers.To volunteer, contact Holly Fast at 620-408-6021. Holly can provide up-to-date information about the projects and accommodations. DonateSeveral organizations have wildfire relief funds set up to help ranchers. Here is a list of some:• Ashland, Kansas Community Foundation: Ashlandcf.com• Kansas Livestock Association: Kla.org• Kansas Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers: kfb.org.For more from the trip, including the amazing list of sponsors, click here.
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#startups Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro When most of us hear the words, “For as little as 50 cents a day…” our brains conjure up solemn images of Sally Struthers. For as little as 50 cents a day MixMatchMusic is offering starving and made musicians a chance to reach their fans via a customizable iPhone app maker. Between now and tomorrow morning, MobBase will offer musicians with no programming skills the ability to build sleek-looking band apps. Features will include videos, images, bios, band news, streaming playlists, concert schedules and perhaps most importantly, links for music purchases. Best known for its web-based remixing service, MixMatchMusic is expanding to help bands further engage their fans. The company is offering a drag-and-drop interface with a number of different app templates. Musicians customize application designs by switching out page backgrounds, buttons and even features. FeaturesAlthough products are created using the template tool, no two applications look alike. Some of the available features include: 1. Music: Artists can offer samples of their collections and connect fans to album artwork, liner notes, lyrics and download links. 2. Videos: With MobBase, artists can pull in their YouTube video streams as well as encourage fans to tag their video content. From here bands can aggregate videos from a fan’s point of view. 3. Photos: Band accounts on Flickr and Picasa can be instantly streamed to the photo feature. This way concert pics and backstage exclusives automatically upload as new events occur. 4. News / Info: Artists can create biography pages and pull in related RSS feeds from blogs and traditional media sources. They can also integrate multiple Twitter accounts and import fan tweets based on a band’s designated hashtag. 5. Shows: The tool also allows bands to import concert event streams from MySpace and MixMatchMusic’s ArtistData tool. From here concert listings are automatically updated including ticket purchase links and Google maps. Approval and Pricing While a number of DIY-app platforms may appear on the horizon, part of the MobBase service is that MixMatchMusic handles the App store approval process. In the event that you’d like to change your app, co-founders Charles Feinn and Alan Khalfin assure us that there is no need to resubmit your app for approval. You simply log-in to the MobBase dashboard and change your pages. The company currently has 32 pilot apps pending approval including customized products for bands like Pepper and Everclear. MixMatchMusic also has partnerships with the Independent Online Distribution Alliance and a number of other indie labels. The company will look to forge deals with web 2.0-related service providers like Bandcamp and Topspin Media in the coming months. As for fees, applications are $20 dollars to activate. Free apps are priced at $15 dollars a month for the first 500 installs with $5 dollars per additional 1000 downloads. Meanwhile, paid apps cost $20 dollars per month for the first 500 installs and $6 dollars per month for each additional 1000. MobBase does not take any application sales fees in regards to revenue share. As per the standard iTunes affiliate music program, the company receives 5% of purchased music downloads. To get started visit MobBase.com for details. For a sneak peek at the design process check out the below screenshots: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
An Australian TV channel has claimed that its crew got past security personnel and entered the Commonwealth Games village with crude explosives bought in New Delhi a few days ago, raising questions over safety at the event venues.Channel 7 journalist Mike Duffy claimed that he walked into one of the Games venues with a case of explosive which could have triggered explosions if fitted with a detonator.The video footage put up in a website called 3news.co.nz showed Duffy secretly filming the purchase of the case from the boot of a car in New Delhi.The video also showed how Duffy was even given a demonstration by the vendors.”If I need to blow up this car, all I need further is a detonator and explosive,” the vendor told Duffy in the video.Duffy claimed that he was easily able to buy the items, including ammonium nitrate and explosives used for mining, in New Delhi, which is scheduled to host the Commonwealth Games from October 3 to 14.”We found that without too much trouble one can purchase these explosives and equipment on the streets of New Delhi. At the mining areas, they sell it almost alongside groceries,” he said in the news footage in the website.On Sunday, two Taiwanese nationals were injured when two motor-cycle borne attackers fired at a bus carrying foreign tourists outside Jama Masjid, raising fresh concerns about security in the wake of the Delhi Games.
APTN National NewsDemonstrations have been on going across the country in support of the anti – fracking protestors in New Brunswick.From British Columbia to the east coast hundreds of Aboriginal and non – Aboriginal activists have been hitting the pavement to show they’re in solidarity with the Mi’kmaq people.As APTN’s Shaneen Robinson reports, it looks like a resurgence of the Idle No More movement.