UPDATE Playboy Forms Special Committee to Consider Hefners Acquisition Proposal

first_imgA pair of Playboy Enterprises board members have been selected to serve on a special committee tasked with evaluating Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s offer to take the company private.The two directors who make up the committee are Arnold & Porter law firm counsel Sol Rosenthal and global investor Kai-Shing Tao, who was elected to the board in May. Rosenthal has been chosen to serve as chairman of the two-person committee.“The board of directors cautions PEI’s shareholders and others considering trading in its securities that no decisions have been made by the board of directors or the special committee with respect to PEI’s response to the initial Hefner proposal,” the company says in a statement announcing the new committee. “There can be no assurance that any definitive offer will be made, that any agreement will be executed or that this or any other transaction will be approved or consummated.” No timeframe for a decision was made.Last month, Hefner offered to purchase all of the company’s outstanding shares of Class A and Class B common stock at $5.50 per share in cash. Hefner currently owns 69.5 percent of Playboy Enterprise’s Class A stock and 27.7 of its Class B stock. In his letter to the PEI board of directors, Hefner said he expected it to form such a committee to consider his offer.In its announcement about the special  committee, PEI did not  mention Penthouse magazine owner FriendFinder Networks, which later made its own offer to acquire Playboy. The offer was for $210 million—a 10 percent premium over Hefner’s offer.PEI is expected to report its second quarter earnings later this week.UPDATE: PEI on Thursday reported a $6.4 million net loss through the first six months of 2010, compared to a $22.4 million loss during the same period last year. The domestic magazine generated $17.3 million in revenue (down from $29.9 million during last year’s period) while digital pulled in $16.5 million, down slightly from $18.2 million.Its licensing business reported $22.3 million in revenue, up from $19.4 million through June last year. “The licensing group’s strong performance in the [second] quarter demonstrates the viability of our strategy to transform Playboy from a business operator into a brand management company,” CEO Scott Flanders says in a statement. The company expects the print/digital group to return to “modest profitability” over the second half.”last_img read more

Wenner Lays Off More Than a Dozen Staffers

first_img Despite last year’s high-profile editorial blunder around “A Rape on Campus,” Wenner’s titles haven’t lost any ground—at least in print—according to figures from the Alliance for Audited Media. Circulation for Rolling Stone (1.4 million) and Us Weekly (1.9 million) stayed flat last year, while Men’s Journal saw a 7.2-percent spike in readership in addition to a bump in price. Among those let go are Sasha Morrison, Albert Lee and Kevin O’Leary, all of Us Weekly, and David Fricke, a senior writer at Rolling Stone. Fricke will continue to write for both the magazine and website in a freelance role however. The cuts were spread across the company’s three titles—Rolling Stone, Us Weekly and Men’s Journal—and impact both the editorial and revenue sides of the business. More than a dozen staffers were laid off at Wenner Media in what’s being reported as a reallocation of resources toward digital media. No further layoffs are planned, says one source with knowledge of the situation. And, in fact, the Wenner’s corporate site has job postings for a number of multiplatform and digitally-focused positions.last_img read more

3Dprinted transparent skull lets scientists see a mouse brain work

first_img Share your voice What it feels like to kill 563 mice for science Scientists connect a human brain and ‘rat cyborg’ brain together Rodent experiments The See-Shell could aid scientists studying human brain conditions like concussions, Alzheimer’s and degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s disease. “These are studies we couldn’t do in humans, but they are extremely important in our understanding of how the brain works so we can improve treatments for people who experience brain injuries or diseases,” says neuroscientist Timothy Ebner. Post a comment Researchers at the University of Minnesota have figured out how to open a window into the brains of mice by using a transparent skull implant. It’s called the See-Shell.  “What we are trying to do is to see if we can visualize and interact with large parts of the mouse brain surface, called the cortex, over long periods of time,” says mechanical engineering professor Suhasa Kodandaramaiah, co-author of a study on the See-Shell that appeared in the journal Nature Communications on Tuesday.  A spider’s erection, and other cool things trapped in ambercenter_img A video released by the university shows a sped-up mouse brain scan as seen through the See-Shell. “Changes in brightness correspond to waxing and waning of neural activity. Subtle flashes are periods when the whole brain suddenly becomes active,” the school notes.The researchers digitally scan a mouse’s skull and use the data to create a matching transparent piece using a 3D printer. The skull is then surgically replaced with the See-Shell. The mouse studied by the team did not reject the implant, which allowed them to monitor its brain over several months. The researchers intend to make the See-Shell commercially available to other researchers. 20 Photos Sci-Tech Tags 0last_img read more

Edmund Shing The renovation of B and Q and Screwfix owner Kingfisher

first_img Kingfisher (UK code KGF), the owner of DIY businesses B and Q and Screwfix, has been taking flight over recent months, climbing from 286p in November 2014 to 374p today.But what you may not realise is that Kingfishers biggest business geographically is in fact not in the UK, but actually in France with the Castorama and Brico Depot Do-It-Yourself chains of stores. The companys chief executive, Véronique Laury, is also based in France and took the reins in January after previous boss Sir Ian Cheshire stepped down.Kingfishers performance of late can be best described as somewhat schizophrenic. On the one hand, its two UK businesses have been performing well, in particular the Screwfix catalogue/online building supplies division, which posted 25% year-on-year total sales growth in the third quarter (to end-September 2014).However, on the other hand, the French Castorama and Brico Depot DIY chains of stores have suffered from a weak French DIY market, hit by a triple whammy of fragile consumer confidence, higher taxes and declining house prices. These factors have led to an 8% fall in French retail profit in the third quarter (adjusted for currency movements).The good news for Kingfisher is French consumer confidence is now in fact surging and has touched a three-year high, due to falling petrol prices (boosting purchasing power) and unemployment that has finally started to decline (Figure 1).Mr BricolageWith some of these gains in French purchasing power likely to be found in better home improvement sales going forwards, combined with the ongoing restructuring programme (Creating the Leader self-help initiatives), Kingfishers French profitability should turn around sooner rather than later.Helping this rebound in French profitability is the recent acquisition of smaller French DIY retail chain Mr Bricolage, which should result in further cost savings across the groups three French operations from enhanced purchasing power and closing of weaker stores to focus on the most profitable sites. Kingfishers management has already indicated this acquisition should boost the groups earnings per share, delivering welcome profit growth from the other side of the Channel.UK DIY market looking sturdyAt the same time, the buoyant nature of the UK housing market and record high UK consumer confidence (at its highest level in 10 years) should continue to propel continued growth in the UK B and Q and Screwfix divisions, after strong 11% UK retail profit growth in the third quarter.Up to now, the push-pull effects of weak French performance and strong UK performance have seen Kingfishers share price go on a rollercoaster ride, falling from a 2014 high of 440p to a September-October low under 300p, before recovering of late to 374p (Figure 2). While it has lagged the FTSE 100 index over this period, it is catching up fast.As part of ongoing restructuring, Kingfisher has already taken action to curb its money-losing operations outside of Europe, agreeing late in 2014 to sell 70% of its China operations (including 39 B and Q home improvement stores) to local supermarket giant Wumei for £140m. This sale has allowed Kingfisher to launch a £200m dividend and share buyback program spanning fiscal year 2014-15, with £180m already spent in 2014, and more to be spent going forwards.Key to Kingfishers fortunes going forwards will be the strategy update that Laury is to deliver in a month – this could prove a true catalyst for further upside in Kingfishers shares, should her vision for Kingfisher, as DIY shopping habits change, prove revolutionary.Takeover target?The final wildcard that could play out in Kingfishers favour is that it could become a takeover target (according to the Evening Standard), given its dominant position in European DIY retail, with private equity groups holding record amounts of cash and looking for potential companies to buy. All in all, Kingfisher shares may prove more alluring than the challenge of some weekend DIY.Edmund Shing is the author of The Idle Investor (Harriman House), an expert columnist and a global equity fund manager at BCS AM. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. Closelast_img read more

Infiltration in JK reduced by 43 in 2019 Home Ministry

first_imgReutersA week after the United Nations report on human rights violations in Kashmir was published, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Tuesday, July 16, released data on the number of militant infiltration in J&K.Minister of Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy said that the number of armed infiltration in the valley has increased from 119 in 2016 to 143 attacks in 2018. The number of militants killed also increased from 35 in 2016 to 59 killed in 2017. The data claims that 32 militants were killed in military operations in 2018, reported ANI.Reddy also revealed that the number of security officials killed in military conflict has decreased from 15 personnel in 2016 to five in 2018.The Ministry said that the armed conflict in Kashmir valley is mainly due to cross-border sponsored terror activities and only four militants have been arrested since 2016. The MHA data showed that militant infiltration in the valley reduced by 43 per cent in the first half of 2019.On Tuesday, July 16, Union Minister Manish Tiwari submitted a Zero Hour notice in the Lok Sabha to discuss the UN report on human violation in Kashmir. India has rejected the claims made by the report, which said that civilian casualties due to the armed conflict in Kashmir in 2018 were the recorded in a decade.Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar slammed the report and called it “false and motivated.” He condemned the UN body for its ‘failure’ to recognise the independent judiciary, human rights institutions and other mechanisms in the state that “safeguard, protect and promote constitutionally guaranteed fundamental rights to all citizens of India.”UN Report on human rights violationStating that 160 civilians were killed in 2018, the report cited data collected by Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS). It stated that around 586 people, including 267 militants and 159 Indian security personnel, were killed due to the violent conflict in the region. The number is the highest since 2008.Official data published by the Indian Union Ministry for Home Affairs was also accused by UN of deliberately stating “lower casualty figures, citing 37 civilians, 238 terrorists and 86 security personnel killed in the 11 months up to 2 December 2018.”CriticismIt was claimed that the report did not appropriately substantiate arguments of security officials violating human rights in Kashmir. The report was accused of being soft on Pakistan despite its evident role in cross-border terrorism.It was highlighted that the UN report said NGOs, human rights defenders and journalist in India are able to operate and document the ongoing human rights violations. But in Pakistan occupied Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan region “restrictions on the freedoms of expression, opinion, peaceful assembly and association” have obstructed the ability to monitor human rights abuses. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/3:58Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-3:58?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img Our Fight is for Kashmir not against the Kashmiri’s says Narendra Modilast_img read more

Hasina Modi Mamata open power station

first_imgBangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina, her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. UNB File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina, her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday jointly inaugurated the HVDC (2nd Block) station at Bheramara in Kushtia.The power station has been set up for the import of additional 500MW of power from India by Bangladesh.The Bangladesh and Indian prime ministers also jointly inaugurated the rehabilitation of Kulaura- Shahbazpur section of Bangladesh Railway.Besides, the Bangladesh and Indian PMs and Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Dey jointly inaugurated the construction work on Akhaura-Agartala dual gauge railway link (Bangladesh portion).last_img read more

Swechchhasebak League leader murdered in Pirojpur

first_imgJony Talukdar. Photo: CollectedA Swechchhasebak League leader was stabbed to death allegedly by his rivals at Kabutarkhali village of Mathbaria upazila of Pirojpur on Monday, reports UNB. The deceased Jony Talukdar, 25, was vice-president of Gulishakhali union unit Swechchhashebak League and son of Hashem Ali Talukdar of the village.He was a supporter of upazila polls independent candidate Rezaul Islam, who had rivalry with Awami League candidate Hossain Mosharraf Shakku.Jony was critically injured after supporters of Shakku reportedly attacked him around 8:45am, said Shawkat Anwar, officer-in-charge of Mathbaria police station.He succumbed to his injuries around 1:00pm while being taken to Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital.Police arrested Jahangir, a supporter of Shakku after the attack.last_img read more

OC Moazzem denied bail sent to jail

first_imgSonagazi police station former officer-in-charge Moazzem Hossain is produced before the court on Monday. Potho: Prothom Alo -5d07651c581f9A Dhaka court on Monday sent former officer-in-charge of Sonagazi police station Moazzem Hossain to jail, rejecting his bail petition in a case filed under the Digital Security Act.Judge of Dhaka Cyber Tribunal Ash-Shams Jaglul Hussein passed the order when Faruk Ahmed, a lawyer for Moazzem Hossain, sought bail for him, reports UNB.The court also fixed 30 June for hearing on charge framing in the case.Earlier, police arrested Moazzem Hossain from the High Court area on Sunday in a case filed over circulating a video on social media on Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s statement at Sonagazi police station.On 27 May, a Dhaka court issued an arrest warrant against Moazzem Hossain in the case. But he could not be traced after the issuance of warrant for his arrest.Allegations brought against Moazzem after Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s murder was found to be authentic by the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI).Supreme Court lawyer Syeddul Haque Sumon filed the case against Moazzem under the Digital Security Act on 15 May.The former OC was accused of illegally interrogating Nusrat and recording the episode on his phone. The video was later circulated on the social media.Moazzem summoned Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa’s principal Sirajud Doula and Nusrat to the police station after the latter accused her teacher of sexually harassing her.The OC interrogated Nusrat in the absence of her lawyer or any other woman. She was crying but the OC paid no heed and kept questioning her using inappropriate language.Nusrat’s mother had filed a case with Sonagazi police station over her daughter’s sexual harassment. On 6 April, the girl was set on fire at an exam centre in Sonagazi upazila, by people loyal to Siraj Ud Doula. She died on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital.Moazzem was withdrawn the same day and suspended a month later on charge of negligence of duty.last_img read more

Sohel Taj wants nephew picked up by RAB to return unharmed

first_imgSyed Iftekhar Alam SouravFormer state minister for home affairs Sohel Taj has called for the safe return of his nephew, Syed Iftekhar Alam Sourav, who was allegedly picked up on 9 June by plainclothes men over his relationship with a woman.He made the call at a press conference in the capital’s Dhaka Reporters’ Unity on Monday.Sohel Taj, son of Bangladesh’s first prime minister Tajuddin Ahmed, said that abduction is not expected in a country which was liberated for establishing democracy and justice.”Family background is not a big matter. The state will run as per rule of law and it will, hopefully, be applied equally for all. I want my nephew Sourav to come back alive and unharmed soon. That’s what I expect from the state and law enforcement,” he said to the press conference.Sourav went missing on 9 June on his way to Chattogram city’s Mimi Super Market.His mother, Syeda Yasmin Arjuman, in her written statement said, “Members of Rapid Action Battalion contacted my son in the afternoon and told him to go to the shopping centre at 7:00pm. Sourav did not come back from there. Since then, his phone has been found switched off.”When contacted, officials of RAB’s media branchs asked to send them the general diary filed for Sourav’s disappearance.Asked about Sourav’s connection with RAB, Syeda Yasmin Arjuman said that her son was in a relationship with a woman, Sauda, in 2017.”Her father forcefully married her off in 2018 but the marriage did not last long. Sauda’s father blamed Sourav for the break up and threatened my son,” she said. “On 7 February 2019 when Sourav was staying in Banani, was called to Uttara RAB office and asked to cut ties with Sauda. Banani police station officer-in-charge also threatened him with life on the same grounds on 12 February,” she added.last_img read more

Texas Firefighters Highlight Increasing PTSD Rates At A Houston Conference

first_img 00:00 /01:13 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Ed Mayberry Houston Public MediaFire department vehicles parked in front of a home in Conroe that collapsed during a fire, killing three children and critically injuring three others.Firefighters in Houston and across the state are experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and other health issues similar to that of military veterans.That’s according to Marty Lancton of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association. Lancton says with the sheer volumes of calls area departments receive, a firefighter’s daily job can be just as traumatic as a soldier in the line of duty.He says firefighters are expected to respond immediately to a call at a moment’s notice – and be 100% right, 100% of the time.“We have a large majority of our firefighters that are ex-military,” says Lancton. “So when they’ve gotten out of the military, they’re now coming in and — they serve their country and they’re serving the citizens of Houston. And that’s admirable. And what we’ve said is we cannot leave firefighters behind and we cannot not address these issues.”Members from the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association along with national experts and more than 30 firefighters from across the state held a ‘peer-support’ training conference in Houston last week designed to help add resources for firefighters in need.The conference covered topics like job-related post-traumatic stress, substance abuse, family problems, treatment options as well as establishing measures of trust and confidentiality.According to the latest report by the International Association of Fire Fighters, almost 20 percent of firefighters and paramedics had PTSD, compared with the general population’s rate of 3.5 percent. Listen Sharelast_img read more

Cardinals Set For Hoosier Hills Invitational

first_img Live Results Link Half of the Cardinals’ wins at the Power Five Invitational came from jumping events. Alivia Ash won the women’s high jump with a mark of 1.72m/5-07.75, while Renate van Tonder took the top spot in the women’s triple jump at 12.62m/41-05. Antony McRoberts won the men’s long jump with a leap of 7.27m/23-10.25 and Alexis Gibbons won the women’s side with a mark of 6.13m/20-01.50. Last weekend at the Power Five Invitational, Donald McClinton ran 21.49 in the 200m to capture his second school record, breaking the 21.58 record set by Jacques Caldwell in 2009. Noah McBride also surpassed the previous record, crossing the finish line in 21.52 for a second-place finish. The Hoosier Hills Invitational will take place on Friday, beginning at 4 p.m. with the 60m hurdles and weight throw. The meet features host Indiana, Notre Dame, Butler, and Tennessee State. Aurilla Wilson won her second 3,000m race of the season over the weekend with a time of 9:50.15. The pole vaulters will compete at the Doug Raymond National Qualifier starting at 1 p.m. Saturday. Competition includes Buffalo, Central Michigan, and Akron, among others. Halee Hudson earned her first win of the season in women’s weight throw with a heave of 20.15m/66-01.50. Gabriela Leon cleared 4.30m/14-01.25 to win women’s pole vault to round out the weekend wins. Print Friendly Version Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Following an eight-win showing at the Power Five Invitational, the University of Louisville track and field team will head to Bloomington, Ind. to compete in the Hoosier Hills Invitational on Friday. The Cardinal pole vaulters will travel to Kent State for competition on Saturday.last_img read more

Researchers offer taphonomic degradation processes for mammalian hair

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B (Phys.org) —A team made up of researchers from the U.S. and Australia has put together what they describe as a complete outline of the taphonomic (post-mortem) degradation processes for mammalian hair. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, the group outlines the current state of post-mortem analysis of mammalian hair, including human and also offers some opinions on possible misinterpretations at both crime and archeology sites. Fungal invasion of hairs. (a) Woolly Mammoth (Jarkov) hair engulfed by hyphae, (b,c) partial removal of cuticle (arrow) and dissolution of cuticle (bracketed) on Q8 woolly mammoth (Jarkov) hair, (d) SEM image of a penetrating organ (arrow) embedded in a woolly rhino hair. (e) SEM image of a lateral fungal hypha with an eroding frond (arrow), ( f ) mycelial mass (arrow) on shaft of woolly mammoth (M10) hair. Scale bars: a ¼ 200 mm, b,c ¼ 100 mm, d ¼ 50 mm, e ¼ 5 mm, f ¼ 20 mm. Credit: Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published 22 October 2014 doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1755 Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2014 Phys.orgcenter_img Citation: Researchers offer taphonomic degradation processes for mammalian hair (2014, October 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-10-taphonomic-degradation-mammalian-hair.html Caught by a hair The authors note that while the taphonomic degradation process for teeth and bones has been well documented, the same cannot be said for mammalian hair. Their paper serves to fill that void.The research team notes that on its own, mammalian hair doesn’t degrade much, allowing samples to survive for thousands of years. But most hair is not left to its own devices, it comes in contact with soil (quite often due to burial) that harbors fungi that do break down hair—they’ve provided photos of individual hairs with holes along their length to demonstrate what happens. That fungi breaks down hair is not new information—archeologists and law enforcement have both known about it for quite some time and have used the process to further their goal of trying to understand what happened at a particular site. But, the researchers contend, not all information gleaned from such sites is interpreted correctly. They note for example that if crime scene investigators find a hair that has experienced degradation due to fungi, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the victim died, was buried (putting them in contact with soil fungi) and then dug up again, as has been assumed in many such cases. Instead they note, soil fungi can degrade hair on living mammals, including people—if a child plays in the dirt for example. They suggest the only true evidence of death of a victim using a hair sample is what is known as post-mortem banding, where bacteria leave a dark band at the root of the hair when someone dies.The team also notes that examination of hair at crime scenes, particularly from victims that have been buried or left on the ground can offer less obvious clues, such as how long the hair has been exposed to the fungi or whether it existed in a warm humid climate, versus one that was cool or dry.The researchers also note that many examples of mammalian samples from archeological sites that suggest the original owner had red hair, such as those for many woolly mammoths, are inaccurate. Tests have shown that most such instances are due to contamination of the hair after death, from bacterial biofilms or other processes—woolly mammoth hair had no pigment, after all. More information: Interpreting biological degradative processes acting on mammalian hair in the living and the dead: which ones are taphonomic? Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published 22 October 2014 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1755AbstractAlthough the taphonomic (post-mortem) degradation processes relevant to teeth and bones have been well described, those taking place with regards to mammalian hairs have not been characterized to the same extent. This present article describes, in detail, microscopic changes resulting from the actions of biological agents that digest and degrade hairs. The most noteworthy and prevalent agents responsible for the destruction of hair structure are fungi, which use a range of strategies to invade and digest hairs. One of the most important finds to emerge from this study is that taphonomic structures and processes can easily be interpreted by the unwary as ‘real’, or as class characteristics for a particular animal taxon. Moreover, under certain conditions, ‘taphonomic’ processes normally associated with the dead are also present on the hairs of the living. This work will improve the reliability of hair examinations in forensic, archaeological and palaeontological applications—in addition, the finding has relevance in the protection of mammalian collections susceptible to infestation. This article also addresses the popular myth that ancient peoples were often red-haired and discusses phenomena responsible for this observation. Insights gained from detailed characterization of taphonomic processes in 95 hairs from a variety of species demonstrate the range and breadth of degradative effects on hair structure and colour. Lastly, the study demonstrates that hairs often tell a story and that there is value of extracting as much morphological data as possible from hairs, prior to destructive sampling for biomolecules.last_img read more

Singer Shibani Kashyap enters fiction space on TV

first_imgSinger Shibani Kashyap is set to make her acting debut with fiction TV show Ek Veer Ki Ardaas…Veera. She will be seen as a mentor and says the character is close to her real life.Shibani’s character in the show will be called Megha, a famous singer who was boycotted from the industry due to her starry tantrums. When she meets the character Ranvijay, she realises his potential and agrees to mentor him. So, she takes it up as a personal challenge to make him popular, and also to make a comeback in the industry herself.Excited about the role, Shibani said in a statement: ‘The character is very reflective of me and how I am in real life. I am really excited to be making my fiction debut with ‘…Veera’ as the character comes easy to me and I am exploring it through the show.’ The track is expected to go on air next week onwards. The show airs on Star Plus.last_img read more

UPDATE Government negotiates peace agreement between farmers indigenous group in Salitre conflict

first_imgUPDATE, Monday, July 8, 2 p.m. Tico Times reporter Lindsay Fendt is in the conflict area and reported the following on Monday afternoon:Presidency Vice Minister Ana Gabriel Zúñiga is now meeting with the indigenous people who are still occupying the land. The farmers removed their roadblock last night, but they remain at the road at the entrance to the reserve. They are no longer prohibiting the passage of indigenous residents passing through the area.A group of indigenous people put up another roadblock further up the road. It consists of a giant rock guarded by a group of Bribrí residents with sticks and machetes. They let me and police pass, but checked my car for guns and wrote down my name. They said they were not creating a blockade like the farmers, but were ensuring none of the farmers were able to access the area. They turned away a taxi in front of me because they said he was going to pick up an indigenous person further in the reserve who was against the rest of the group. They didn’t want him to get out.When the vice minister, who is acting as a mediator in the conflict, arrived, she urged the Bribrí residents to take down the blockade, but it was still there when I left. Police are stationed every several hundred meters in the first section of the reserve where the conflict has been occurring.At this point, the vice minister is negotiating with indigenous residents about security. The Bribrí say they are vulnerable to attack and want more police officers to guard them.Representatives of the National Registry are here to begin mapping the area under dispute. They are currently demarcating the limits of the protected area to ensure that the land the indigenous residents have reclaimed is in fact within the reserve.Regional police chief Reynaldo González said that police are now patrolling the entire reserve because tensions have spread all the way up through the territory. He said that the house-burning was the height of the violence, and other than that, police have no reports of gunshots fired or physical altercations.The original story continues here:BUENOS AIRES, Puntarenas – Just before 1 a.m. on Tuesday morning, government officials successfully negotiated a peace agreement between indigenous Bribrí residents and local farmers in Costa Rica’s southeastern indigenous reserve of Salitre, where violence broke out Saturday due to a land dispute.Officials from the government’s Ministry of Peace have been in the area since June 28, when a group of indigenous Bribrí set up encampments on farms that had been occupied by non-indigenous people, a legal land reclamation according to Costa Rica’s indigenous law. Officials from the Presidency Ministry and the Ombudsman’s Office have since joined in the negotiations.“The issue is that what the law and the indigenous people see as a reclamation of land is seen as an invasion by the non-indigenous people who had been occupying that territory,” said Presidency Vice Minister Ana Gabriel Zúñiga, one of the agreement’s mediators. A week after the initial reclamation, a group of 80 angry farmers converged on the newly formed encampment, burning down at least one home. The farmers then set up a blockade on the main road into Salitre, building a small wall of stones and dirt that trapped indigenous people inside the reserve.After coming to an agreement with the indigenous group occupying the land, Zúñiga and the other government mediators held a meeting with the farmers to negotiate an end to the blockade. After more than five hours of talks, the farmers agreed to take down the blockade on Tuesday morning.In return, government officials agreed to review the reclamation to see if any of the disputed lands was owned by non-indigenous people before the indigenous law’s passage in 1977. Officials say the evaluation will take approximately three months, during which time the indigenous people still on the land will be permitted to stay. Related posts:Farmers invading Costa Rica indigenous reserve chase out families, burn crops Tensions ease in Salitre indigenous crisis, but the dispute is far from resolved Costa Rica struggles with indigenous land rights Human rights commission ruling gives hope for Costa Rica indigenous autonomy Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Rep Hughes memorializes fallen police officer during ceremony

first_img07Sep Rep. Hughes memorializes fallen police officer during ceremony State Rep. Holly Hughes today during a Sept. 11 ceremony in the Capitol honored a fallen Norton Shores police officer who died in the line of duty.Hughes, of Montague, read the name of Norton Shores Police Officer Jonathan Ginka, who died May 10 in a vehicle accident.“Officer Ginka served his community well, first as a member of the North Muskegon Fire Department and then as a law enforcement officer. He was the epitome of a selfless public servant,” Hughes said. “I hope honoring him in our annual ceremony will bring comfort to his family.”Hughes said the House began its Sept. 11 ceremony in 2011 to honor Michigan’s first responders and members of the military who died in the line of duty.“We honor these men and women who are heroes to us all for the selfless dedication they have to their communities and their nation,” Hughes said. “Just like the first responders and military members who rushed into the World Trade Center and Pentagon on that horrific day in 2011, these local heroes rush to the aid of people in their communities or defense of their nation.”PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Holly Hughes, of Montague, today was joined by Norton Shores Police Chief John Gale and Lt. Michael Kasher as her guests for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year. Categories: Hughes News,Newslast_img read more

Frank Foster TiVo subsidiary TiVo Research and Ana

first_imgFrank FosterTiVo subsidiary TiVo Research and Analytics has appointed former Comcast executive Frank Foster as its senior vice president and general manager. Based at the company’s New York offices, Foster will run TiVo Research and Analytics and drive development in audience measurement, data provisioning and programmatic advertising.Foster worked most recently as president and general manager of Crossbeam Media, a Comcast Company. Prior to that he was vice president, advanced media sales and planning at Comcast Spotlight, and head of television advertising sales and television product development for AT&T AdWorks.“The work TiVo Research is doing to provide advanced audience research and targeted data services and solutions is of utmost importance to TiVo’s future and is of increasing critical importance to the advertising industry,” said TiVo CEO and president Tom Rogers.“Frank brings with him tremendous experience in advanced advertising and deep insight into multi-platform entertainment that will be put to immediate use at TiVo Research. We are extremely pleased to have Frank leading this team.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe Internet has connected the world’s people, companies, and governments like never before. Is it any wonder then that it’s also a major focus for politicians?In his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, President Obama once again predictably called for a new package of cybersecurity legislation.We talked last week about some of the problems with new cybersecurity legislation and suggested the issue should be left to the market. While we stand by that position, it’s clear that many of the security products currently out there don’t do their jobs as well as they should. A survey of IT professionals published last week found that the average large organization wastes an enormous amount of time and money sifting through the nearly 17,000 malware alerts each week to find the 19% that are considered reliable.On top of cybersecurity rules, the president promised to push for net neutrality rules, as the White House has been doing for the last few weeks. Unlike so many of the programs listed in last night’s speech, this one could actually happen. The insistence on using ancient Title II regulations to do it is a message to Congress: the FCC has the power to make this into law all by itself, and if a Republican congress wants to stop it, it’ll have to either sue or pass a law, attempting to hand over more power to the telcos—something that probably won’t sit well come next election cycle. No wonder Obama waited six years to touch his campaign promise on net neutrality—it’s a powerful populist weapon.Last, Obama also promised more transparency in the government’s surveillance program. Considering the federal government’s record on transparency, I’d be skeptical about that one.As television viewership of the State of the Union has fallen steadily for years, the White House tried a new tactic to reach the American people on Tuesday: it broke its own media embargo by posting the entire text of the speech online before the president even began.Maybe one day they’ll realize we’re all tuning out specifically because we already know what they’re going to say.Windows 10—Free, with Lots of Bells and WhistlesMicrosoft is beginning to create a big buzz for the forthcoming Windows 10. It helps that the company will be giving it away for free to those with Windows 7 or 8 already… but only if they act fast and adopt it within the first year after release.Bribes to upgrade aside, the company is touting some pretty cool new features for the operating system, which will run on everything from cellphones to full-fledged PCs.First, it’s bringing its own personal assistant, Cortana, to the desktop. You can bet Apple will rush out a Siri app for OS X sometime before that happens. But with the possibilities available to Microsoft with Kinect’s array microphones and cameras, the company could finally get back ahead of its shiny Silicon Valley nemesis for some time again.The company is also doing away with the dated Internet Explorer, rebuilding and rebranding it as Spartan. Whether it can slow down the enormous growth of Google’s Chrome, which has soared to the top browser spot, remains to be seen. But with Firefox now defaulting to Yahoo search and Spartan most-likely doing the same for Bing, your browser choice may soon be more dictated by your search engine choice than its own features.The desktop isn’t the only place getting some love: Windows Phone is also getting its own version of Office, as well as deep Skype integration.The company also revealed the Surface Hub, a massive 84-inch, 4k resolution touchscreen for enterprise meetings. It uses Kinect-style sensors and its massive touchscreen to try and replace the whiteboard, the conference phone, and every other meeting gadget in one shot… when it will be released and for how much are still a mystery.And last but not least, it dipped even further into the research vaults to show off its own augmented reality headset and development platform: Windows Holographic and the HoloLens.The new OS won’t hit retail availability until late this year—much longer for the aforementioned gadgets, we’d guess. However, it already seems that—unlike the timid Windows 8 release cycle—this time the company is playing for keeps.Market-Moving FinancialsEarnings season is kicking back into gear once again, with the Q4 numbers starting to trickle in. On January 20, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) reported weak quarterly results. The chipmaker’s PC segment turned in a poor performance, despite stabilization in the PC market. AMD hopes to turn things around with its new line of Carrizo chips.In Q4, AMD’s sales totaled $1.24 billion, down from $1.59 billion in the year-ago quarter and roughly in line with the consensus. Adjusted EPS came in at $0.00, compared to $0.06 in the year-ago quarter and a penny less than the consensus. Revenue for the Computing and Graphics segment, which deals in laptop and desktop chips, was $662 million, declining from $888 million in the year-ago quarter.AMD’s turnaround plans include shoring up its position in PCs, the company’s core market. To that end, AMD is rolling out its Carrizo line of chips, which will ship in the second quarter. With Carrizo, AMD hopes to improve the battery life and performance on laptops. It’s also focusing on squeezing more graphics performance from the low-power chips—useful when playing games and watching high-resolution video.Following the report, AMD climbed over 5%.On January 15, Intel (INTC) reported a solid quarter, thanks to stabilization in the PC market and torrid growth in the data center segment. Mobile, on the other hand, was a drag on results.For Q4, Intel posted sales of $14.72 billion, up 6% from $13.8 billion in the year-ago quarter. Consensus called for sales of $14.70 billion. Adjusted EPS came in at $0.74, up 45% from $0.51 in the year-ago quarter and well ahead of the consensus of $0.66. For the full year, sales totaled $55.8 billion, compared to $52.7 billion in 2013, nearly a 6% increase. It was the first full year of revenue growth since 2011.In Q4, the company’s PC segment posted sales of $8.9 billion, up 3% from the year-ago quarter. This segment is benefiting from stabilization in the PC market, which stems from several factors, including Microsoft’s discontinuance of technical support of its Windows XP operating system, which encouraged users to upgrade to newer devices. Also, the rising popularity of hybrid tablet-laptop computers was a factor.The company’s data center segment was the main bright spot, at least in terms of growth. For Q4, revenues were $4.1 billion, up a whopping 25% from the year-ago quarter.Intel is desperately trying to make inroads into the mobile market. But revenues are heading in the wrong direction. For the quarter, mobile revenues actually totaled negative $6 million. That’s because Intel is paying subsidies to customers to take its mobile chips.On January 20, Netflix (NFLX) smashed earnings estimates and posted stellar growth, thanks to strong subscriber growth, especially overseas.In Q4, the company’s sales totaled $1.48 billion, up 26% from $1.17 billion in the year-ago quarter. Sales were roughly in line with consensus estimates. Adjusted EPS was $0.72, down 9% from $0.79 in the year-ago quarter, but well ahead of the consensus estimate of $0.44.Netflix continues to reel in loads of subscribers. For the quarter, the company added 4.33 million subscribers globally, ahead of the 4 million the company had previously forecast. International subscriber growth was especially robust, with the company adding about 2.43 million subscribers, a 40% increase from the 1.74 million added during the year-ago period. The company currently has 57.4 million subscribers globally.Netflix is making a strong push into original content, which provides a better ROI than licensed content. This year, the company will launch roughly one original series a month.On the heels of the report, Netflix soared 17%.On January 20, IBM (IBM) released financial results. In Q4, the company reported sales of $24.1 billion, slightly below the consensus estimate of 24.9 billion. Adjusted earnings per share came in at $5.81, well ahead of the consensus estimate of $5.41.For 2014, IBM’s sales were $92.9 billion, falling 7% from 99.8 billion in 2013. Adjusted earnings per share were $16.53, a 3% decrease from $16.99 in the prior year.Though the company blew away earnings estimates, share price slid over 5% in early trading. That’s because in addition to weaker than expected sales, the company issued a disappointing outlook for 2015, with midpoint guidance for earning per share at $16.13 versus consensus expectations of $16.51.Q4 marked the 11th straight sequential quarter that IBM’s sales have declined as the company fights to transition away from its traditional hardware, software, and tech services businesses to higher-margin and growth areas like cloud, security, analytics, and mobile. “We are making significant progress in our transformation, continuing to shift IBM’s business to higher value, and investing and positioning ourselves for the longer term,” says CEO Virginia Rometty.Analysts are worried, however, as they contemplate whether those new businesses can grow fast enough to keep up with deterioration of the old one. IBM’s destiny is beginning to look like a race against time.On January 20, Super Micro Computer (SMCI) posted top- and bottom-line results that smashed the Street’s estimates, thanks to strong demand for the company’s servers. For Q2 2015, Super Micro booked sales of $503 million, up a scorching 41% from $356 million in the year-ago quarter and miles ahead of the consensus estimate of $467 million. Adjusted EPS came in at $0.65, up 85% from $0.35 in the year-ago quarter and well ahead of the consensus estimate of $0.47.Super Micro makes servers, server boards, and power supplies. The company has a tight relationship with Intel, which allows it to be among the first to market products utilizing Intel’s latest chips. The close collaboration is paying off in spades, much to the dismay of server rivals such as Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, and Dell, all of which move much slower and charge much larger margins.Despite the strong quarterlies, Super Micro shares shed 5%.Bits & BytesIf you miss the satisfaction of snapping your phone shut like the good old days, you may be in luck. Rumors indicate that LG may be working on an Android flip phone.Meanwhile, Samsung is going on its own, dropping Qualcomm chips in favor of house-built ones.Amazon’s going greener. The company recently announced that it’s working with Pattern Energy Group to construct a 150MW wind farm in Indiana to help power its data centers.In other Amazon news, the company has also recently announced plans to make movies for theaters and Prime streaming. Amazon plans to produce up to 12 movies each year as part of the new initiative; the films will become available to US Prime subscribers just four to eight weeks after they hit theaters.For how much we talk about cyberwar, cybercrime, and cybersecurity in these pages, you regular readers may be shocked to read the list of the 25 most popular passwords of 2014. Spoiler alert: “123456” and “password” topped the list once again.Not quite as intimidating as The Terminator, this military cyborg biker that was presented to Russian President Vladimir Putin makes me think that our judgment day at the hands of killer robots is still a ways off.Apple has acquired the British startup Semetric, the company behind the music analytics service Musicmetric. The acquisition could be part of Apple’s plans to rebrand and relaunch the Beats Music streaming service it shuttered in September of last year.It turns out HealthCare.gov is more than just a crappy website. According to the Associated Press, it’s also quietly sending personal health information on millions of Americans to a number of third-party websites.SpaceX just raised $1 billion in new funding in a round that was four times larger than all its other rounds combined and included Google and Fidelity. The two new investors will now own just less than 10% of the company.Of course car-hailing service company Uber is in the news again this week… this time with its announcement that the four-year old company is already 3.5 times the size of the whole taxi market in its most mature market of San Francisco.Meanwhile, Bloomberg reports that VCs pumped $48.3 billion into US startups during 2014, up 61% from 2013 and the most since the $105 billion invested in 2000.The Sony hack is back in the news again. New reports suggest that the only reason US officials were confident that North Korea was behind the attack is because the NSA has been spying on North Korea for years.Speaking of the Sony hack, Netflix will begin streaming the movie that was at the center of the controversy, The Interview, this weekend. If you’re a Netflix customer, you’ll be able to watch it for free starting Sunday.Overstock has announced plans to launch its own video streaming service to directly challenge Amazon Prime Video. The company plans to have about 30,000 titles available for on-demand service by mid-2015 and then start a streaming service with both acquired and original content by year end.Google Glass is dead, at least for now. The company said it will stop selling the current version of Glass. But Google insists this isn’t the end. The Glass team will move out of its Google X labs and into its own independent division. And according to the company “we’re continuing to build for the future, and you’ll start to see future versions of Glass when they’re ready.”Last week we reported that CNN was going to begin to use drones in its newsgathering and reporting efforts. Now the New York Times, Washington Post, and NBC are getting into the drone game as well, through a partnership with Virginia Tech to test drones for news gathering.If you’re worried that our skies will be littered with drones in no time and that privacy even on one’s own property will be a thing of the past, take solace in the fact that a team of commercial drone developers are creating a drone whose sole purpose is to seek, intercept, and destroy other drones that get too close.Facebook is trying to juice its app numbers by blocking third party apps from using the WhatsApp service it purchased last year. Maybe those ad growth numbers are slowing?Last, in a sign that despite the rapidly changing times, high-school students are still mostly the same—picking on each other, sharing dirty pictures, and rebelling from the traditions of their parents’ generation (like Facebook and Twitter)—Apple has had to ban for the second time in a matter of weeks the pseudo-anonymous chat app “After School.” The service has also proven, thankfully, less than fully anonymous: it provided data to Detroit police after a third student used it to threaten to bring guns to school, which resulted in an arrest.last_img read more

One of the biggest miners unions in South Africa

first_imgOne of the biggest miners’ unions in South Africa is demanding doubled wages. The threat is for a massive strike like the one that had a big impact on platinum supply last year. Some gold bugs are hopeful this would boost the price of gold. Maybe even just the threat could give us a nice tailwind. Not so fast. Remember that while South Africa is the world’s top platinum producer, it lost that status for gold years ago. More important is that platinum is consumed as an industrial metal. Most of the gold ever mined is still within easy reach and in purified form, as bullion or jewelry. The potential supply of “recycled” gold is practically infinite, compared to the market. This makes mine supply a less important factor in the price of gold than it is for any other metal. For gold, it’s all about demand. That’s why we call it a “fear barometer.” As long as fear and chaos abound in global markets, demand will keep gold in high demand—and prices up. Place your bets accordingly.last_img read more

From Hollywood and Bollywood to the media NGO and

first_imgFrom Hollywood and Bollywood to the media, NGO and corporate worlds, stories about harassment and discrimination against women in the workplace have captured global attention for months. And rightly so.But what about the millions of rural women facing these injustices, who almost never make the headlines?Development agencies have struggled to find ways to help rural women overcome obstacles in male-dominated societies and to gain an education, to own land, to take out loans, to earn a living and to gain equal rights in all arenas.But what we’ve seen while conducting research in Western Nepal is that sometimes the best projects don’t lead to the best results – that a woman’s right to make decisions doesn’t always follow from the conventional measures of success like education or income.We also saw that some women gain power through unexpected pathways.The surprising stories of 3 womenWith respect to education, 26-year-old Sarita Chaudry, whom we interviewed a few weeks ago, would get high marks. She finished 12th grade and is now a first-grade teacher in Kuti village. The more advanced math skills she learned at school also enable her to handle the accounting for a women’s savings group on a volunteer basis. She is married and is a mom.But Chaudry does not lead a fully independent life. Despite earning more than her husband, she told us she can only shop for food and household goods in his company – and needs his permission to buy them. Furthermore, she does not challenge these norms but accepts them as “natural” because this is how things were for her mother.By contrast, 39-year-old Ujeli BK would seem to lack the resources that Chaudry has. She is not educated and owns only a small plot of land. She uses two initials as her last name instead of its spelled out form, which denotes her low social status as a dalit or “untouchable.” Ujeli’s husband works in India as many Nepali men do, especially in the south, because higher wages can be earned across the border. He only visits once or twice a year during the festival season.Life is tough for Ujeli, who lives in a small mud hut and has four children. She grows lentils, cauliflower, eggplant and rice, depending on the season, but has difficulty finding help to plow her land as labor is scarce. Women are not able to take on this activity as they are not taught to handle the equipment, and it is believed a woman plowing land can invoke disaster. Unable to afford her own irrigation equipment, she has to rent a pump to water her fields, but its owner lets her use it only at night.A male neighbor threatened violence against her when he wrongly suspected that she had been stealing vegetables from his land. While recounting the story, Ujeli remained calm and added that if her husband was present, her neighbor would likely not have felt emboldened to make threats against her.Despite these circumstances, Ujeli told us she has succeeded in cultivating the confidence to take on “male” responsibilities and make her own decisions. She said that even if she had no husband at all, she now feels like she could take care of herself. She developed this confidence, she remarked, because she had no alternative. She knew she had to coordinate the irrigation of her fields and perform other traditionally “male” roles or else she would not be able to provide for her family. Each new step, from beginning to drive her husband’s motorcycle to managing the irrigation equipment, gave Ujeli confidence to take on even more.Krishna Devi Chaudhary’s husband passed away years ago, while her two sons were toddlers. She entered uncharted territory, as she began managing the household and vegetable fields on her own. Like Ujeli, she struggles to gain access to the tools she needs. With limited funds, she has to bargain with her neighbors over the rental price of irrigation pumps. She carries the cauliflower and eggplant she grows on her back to local markets as she does not feel able to ride a motorcycle, which is usually a culturally taboo for women.Yet Chaudhary, now 41, told us she has found a hard-won sense of independence and authority. Knowing that the future success of her children was in her hands alone, she found courage to act outside the norms for women in her village, such as seeking out men to bargain for equipment. As further proof of this empowerment, she will attend the upcoming wedding of one of her sons, to which 500 guests have been invited. According to local tradition, the woman waits at home for the married couple to arrive, but as her husband is no longer with them, she feels she can attend in his stead.Rethinking the way to break down barriersThe experiences of these women, reflecting our survey results from 150 rural households, tell us it is time to rethink the way we assess and promote women’s empowerment. In rural areas, practical steps alone, like providing the means to bring goods to a market or to obtain equipment, cannot create lasting change as long as women remain largely unable to make decisions independently of their husbands and male family members.The first step toward empowerment is helping marginalized men and women recognize the injustices they face and realize that they have rights and choices.We and our partners in Nepal are working to improve upon the “Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index” – a method used widely by the Feed the Future initiative of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to measure progress toward gender equality in rural households. We believe that rural women’s inward determination to challenge oppressive gender norms — what we have termed their critical consciousness — is an important missing step in bringing about their empowerment.We believe that engaging men and women in the community through workshops and discussions on gender issues is a way to break down the barriers holding rural women back. We have used role playing successfully in communities to help both sexes become more aware that prevailing gender norms can be changed.”Women can work as well as men,” one male participant, Kamal Bishawkarma, told us. “That is what the training has taught me.”As the headlines teach us every day, apparent signs of progress toward gender equality are masking what can be oppressive and abusive realities for women. This is just as true in the remote farm households of Western Nepal as in the gleaming corporate offices of the industrialized world.”I make decisions. My sons listen, and they follow,” Krishna Devi Chaudhary, the 41-year-old single mom, told us. These words of authority and conviction should be the words by which women’s empowerment is measured, in any village and in any society.Floriane Clement is a social scientist with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), which leads the CGIAR Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE). Corey O’Hara is a doctoral candidate at Tufts University, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, USA. The journal World Development recently published their findings from Western Nepal on the measurement of women’s empowerment. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Workplace Violence How to Prepare for the Unimaginable

first_imgworkplace violence April 5, 2018 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Next Article Heather R. Huhman The entire country is on edge. The shootings at YouTube headquarters happened just this week.Related: YouTube Shooting Suspect Had Been Angry Over Filtering and DemonetizationPlaces that used to feel safe — from schools and churches to concert venues and workplaces — now feel anything but. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 500 workplace homicides in the United States in 2016, making violence the second-most-common cause of death in the workplace.Because April is Workplace Violence Awareness Month, there’s no better time than now for leaders to revisit how to handle and prevent dangerous situations. While no one can predict when a violent incident will occur at work, having the right precautions in place can help keep employees safe.Vet potential employees.The first step to avoiding workplace violence is keeping offenders out of your company. Perform thorough background checks to see if candidates have committed crimes in the past. If there are red flags or signs of violent tendencies, these people shouldn’t be hired.If a person has had (or has, while working for you) an isolated incident, leaders must make a judgment call. For example, you could require the individual to undergo anger management therapy so he or she can be a productive, rather than potentially violent, employee.Related: 12 Ways to Spot a Potentially Violent Person in the WorkplaceAlso, use the job interview as a way to assess a job candidate’s personality. Ask questions about previous terminations or gaps in employment and see how the person reacts. If innocuous questions make a person uncomfortable, he or she probably isn’t the best hiring choice.Have a clear plan, and consequences.“Even the best safety plans are only effective if they are put into practice,” Bob Folster, director of loss control services at small-business insurance company Employers in Sacramento, told me in an email.  To feel safe, employees need to know what policies are in place to protect them. This means conducting drills, no matter how unlikely an event might seem. Have employees practice where they’d go or how they would react to scenarios like a robbery or shooting. After each drill, leave time for questions so employees can discuss any concerns they might have.Also, make it clear what consequences employees face if they act violently. While most companies have zero-tolerance policies about workplace violence, gray areas still exist.For example, if an enraged employee throws a stapler, but doesn’t hit anyone, is that a fireable offense? No matter how unlikely a situation may seem, make sure everyone knows what will happen as a result. That way, employees will see there are no loopholes that excuse violent behavior.Know (and share) the warning signs.After a violent incident, people often say, “I should have seen the warning signs.” While leaders aren’t expected to be violence experts, they do need to know what behaviors signal an employee who’s struggling with anger.Some warning signs, like suddenly being late for work on multiple occasions, may seem harmless. But a change like this can show an employee is struggling. Taking the time to speak with this individual can potentially keep the situation from progressing to violence.Asa Sherwood, president of Chicago-based property management company FirstService Residential Illinois, said he likes to take an “it takes a village” approach. “We encourage colleagues to keep an eye out for each other and not be afraid to say something if they see something, so that, as employers, we can address concerns before they reach a tipping point,” Sherwood said via email. Educate employees about possible warning signs so they can help keep the workplace safe. In her book, Risky Business: Managing Employee Violence in the Workplace, Lynne McClure lists the following changes as precursors to violent behavior:Not taking responsibility for one’s mistakesDistancing oneself sociallyActing out of characterLying or partaking in risky behaviorRefusing to try new thingsHelp employees speak up.Leaders can’t be everywhere all the time. This is why employees need to feel safe coming forward if they feel threatened. They need to know there’s a way they can report incidents without fear of retribution.Jay Starkman, CEO of Hollywood, Fla.-based HR solutions company Engage PEO, said he believes this should be a part of employee training. In short: Everyone needs to know what the procedure will be after a violent workplace incident. “Violent behavior is common and must be dealt with promptly, uniformly and in such a way that employees feel comfortable in their ability to work, without the threat of violence or bullying,” Starkman said in an email.Related: Managing Conflict Is Essential to SuccessIf your employees are worried about coming forward, create a company email address where employees can anonymously report incidents that have made them feel uncomfortable. Knowing about these situations can allow you as a leader to address issues before the violence escalates. 5 min read Image credit: Justin Sullivan | Getty Images Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Career and Workplace Expert; Founder and President, Come Recommended Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. YouTube is only the latest workplace to experience violence. What are you doing to protect your workers? –shares Enroll Now for $5 Workplace Violence: How to Prepare for the Unimaginable Contributor Add to Queuelast_img read more