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Love in the crosshairs

first_imgWhat are the secrets for long-lasting love? Lean closer to find out.— Keep curiosity alive.— Never assume anything about each other.— And, last but not least, open a joint bank account.With Valentine’s Day near, experts in negotiation, mediation, and lasting marriage shared that advice to a rapt audience at a panel called “Negotiating Love: Interpersonal Negotiation and Romantic Relationships,” held today at Harvard Law School (HLS).The session was organized by the Harvard Law School Negotiators, a student group, to spread the word that effective techniques in interpersonal negotiation apply not only to the vagaries of international trade agreements and mergers and acquisitions but also to people’s everyday lives and to relationships with family, friends, and romantic partners.The panelists said that practicing negotiating skills such as conflict management, mediation, and dispute resolution can help to decrease the number of quarrels that couples have, and they said that partners can start moving in that direction simply by avoiding making assumptions about each other. Perhaps surprisingly, the panelists said, the latter practice is more common among long-lasting couples.“The longer people are together, the less accurate they are about their partners,” said Richard S. Schwartz, a psychiatrist and part-time associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS), drawing laughs from the audience.“The longer you’re together, the stronger your assumptions are that you know everything about your partner,” he said. “You lose your curiosity and your wish to explore.”By keeping curiosity alive, partners are less inclined to make assumptions, the root of many misunderstandings that can create havoc in relationships. Assumptions such as “If you loved me, you should know what I like” or “If you loved me, I wouldn’t have to tell you” should be avoided, the speakers warned.Instead, couples should speak frankly about their likes and dislikes. If that fails to produce understanding, they at some point can move on to try couples counseling or negotiation skills, said David Hoffman, founding member of the Boston Law Collaborative and the John H. Watson Jr. Lecturer on Law.When Hoffman asked the audience members how many have taken a negotiation course, half the people in the room raised their hands. Then he asked them to raise their hands if they have used what they learned in their personal lives, and they all indicated they did.Partners should also practice compassion and appreciation for one another instead of being judgmental and quick to criticize, the panelists suggested.“We’re experts in what’s wrong with the other,” said Jody Scheier, teaching consultant at the Program on Negotiation at HLS. “When we tell our partners we want to have a conversation with them about something they did, it’s because we want them to change. And that conversation is not going to work.”One thing that does seem to work is having a joint bank account, according to Hoffman.“There is strong data that shows that a joint bank account is a robust predictor of success in the marriage,” he said. “When couples open a joint bank account, there is a sharing of responsibility, time, and money, and that’s a positive indicator.”A student asked whether it was a good idea to start using negotiation skills early on in a relationship.“Negotiation is not the path, early on,” said Jacqueline Olds, associate professor of clinical psychiatry at HMS. “You could accidentally kill your relationship.”Having more positive than negative interactions also helps to nourish the romantic bond, Hoffman said, recommending a ratio of 5:1 for a healthy relationship.Since the event took place three days before Valentine’s Day, organizers offered chocolate to all who attended.Rishi Shroff, a student in the master of law program, came with his wife to see if they could learn something.“I negotiated a few agreements as a junior lawyer,” he said while his wife listened intently. “This is more interesting.”last_img read more

Vermont Humanities Council awards $19,000 in grants

first_imgVermont Humanities Council grant awards will make a humanities  impact throughout Vermont this year. In all, VHC made nine awards to nonprofits for humanities programming, totaling $19,100.The Vermont Folklife Center has received a $5,000 grant from the Vermont Humanities Council for its online resource project, “New Vermonters from the Balkans.” The grant is one of nine awards given by VHC to Vermont organizations during its spring 2010 grant cycle.“New Vermonters from the Balkans” will make the Vermont Folklife Center’s research, photographs, and videos available via a new Web site to raise awareness of the refugee resettlement experience in Vermont. The project parallels VHC’s Vermont Reads 2010 program, which focuses on Katherine Paterson’s book, The Day of the Pelican, a novel about a family from Kosovo and its flight from Serbian aggression to refuge in Vermont.VHC’s spring grant awards also support three Vermont literary events this year: the Brattleboro Literary Festival; the Burlington Book Festival; and Bookstock: The Green Mountain Festival of Words, held in Woodstock. The Burlington and Brattleboro festivals have flourished for several years, and the festival in Woodstock looks forward to a second successful event.Other grant awards support a continuing series of county history films produced by Johnson State College students, an exhibit on Mexican migrant workers on Vermont farms, and a musicological lecture series through the Yellow Barn Music School. A full list of grantees and awards is provided below.Twice a year, through a competitive grant process, VHC makes awards to museums and libraries, film, music and literary festivals, and local historical societies, supporting public humanities programs that contribute to the achievement of its mission. The largest grant VHC will award for any one project is $5,000.VHC’s Spring 2010 grant awardees are as follows:Bent Northrop Memorial Library, Fairfield, (The Golden Cage: Mexican Migrant Workers and Vermont Dairy Farmers Exhibit), $500.Building a Better Brattleboro (2010 Brattleboro Literary Festival), $3,000.Johnson State College (Life in Essex County and Life in Caledonia County films), $1,000.Opera Theatre of Weston (The Magic Flute Storybook Opera Project), $2,000.Pentangle Council on the Arts, Woodstock (2nd Annual Bookstock: The Green Mountain Festival of Words), $1,600.6th Annual Burlington Book Festival, $2,500.Vermont Folklife Center, Middlebury,  (New Vermonters from the Balkans: An Online Resource), $5,000.Vital Communities, White River Junction, (Colonial Quest teacher workshops), $2,500.Yellow Barn Music School & Festival, Putney, (2010 Yellow Barn Musicological Lecture Series), $1,000.The next Vermont Humanities Council grant cycle is this fall. Organizations wishing to apply should visit or call 802.262.2626 x304. Letters of intent for the fall application round are due September 13. Final applications are due October 22 and grant awards are made in December.The Vermont Humanities Council is a private nonprofit working to bring the power and the pleasure of the humanities to all Vermonters – of every background and in every community. The Council envisions a state in which every individual learns throughout life – a state in which all its citizens read, reflect, and participate in public affairs.Source: Vermont Humanities Council, is external). 6.22.2010# # #last_img read more

#TRASHTAG: Born in the Blue Ridge

first_img The idea was born by a Haywood Country, NC local Steven Reinhold. We asked the now social media hero how #trashtag all began.  Internet Challenges can sometimes cause trouble, but the ‘Trash Tag Challenge’ brings us nothing but positivity and inspiration for a cleaner Earth. How did you start it? Did it take off right away? Reinhold: This whole thing started in 2015 when my friend John Heyward and I were on a USA road trip. We lost a receipt out of our car window and vowed to pick up 100 pieces of trash to make up for the incident. As we traveled around picking up trash and tagging our locations the idea for #trashtag was born. Then, UCO Gear, one of my outdoor sponsors, jumped in to help springboard the #trashtag project into existence.  The campaign was created a few years ago in 2015 but was recently resurrected last week by an Arizona Facebook user. Boy, are we glad that he did! The challenge is spreading worldwide, and as of now, isn’t slowing down. Q&A with Steven Reinhold: the man who started it all Reinhold: I knew #trashtag was a great idea from the start but never dreamed it would go this far. By design, it had the potential to worldwide through social media but I don’t think the world was quite ready for it in 2015. After all of the ridiculous challenges that have been floating around the internet lately it was the perfect time for the #trashtag challenge to take off, which happened when a guy named Byron Román made the perfect #trashtag post at the perfect time.  What do you do in your day to day life? Is the outdoors a big part of your life? Have you thought of more ideas for a cleaner, greener future? Reinhold: I run the Appalachian Adventure Company which is based out of Western North Carolina. We take people on guided hikes, do photography workshops and shoots with our pro photographer, Steve Yocom. You can check us out at Did you expect it to go this far? Lets keep #trashtag ALIVE Steven Reinhold Reinhold: Our original plan was to get the outdoor community to sweep our trails, parks and wild places clean of trash. The original audacious goal was to get a million pieces of trash picked up. Thanks to the recent viral craze the number of pieces of trash that we could pick up are almost endless. Now that everyone’s picking up the planet I hope it shines a spotlight on our pollution paradigm and begins to shift the discussion to how we can create less trash from the beginning. An internet challenge that puts a smile on yours and Mother Nature’s face – and it all started in our neck of the woods Do you have a favorite #trashtag post? This challenge has already motivated thousands of people to clean and go green. Posts are blowing up on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit. What inspired the idea for #trashtag? Reinhold: The #trashtag project was sponsored by UCO Gear, which I represent as a Brand Ambassador, and it showed great results at first! The outdoor community really embraced the challenge and we had over 20,000 posts of #trashtag’s in the first few years—most of which came from National Parks.  Reinhold: It is hard to pick a favorite, but one that comes to mind was with Cassius Cash, the superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I got to ramble around the park with him and he was so cool with us picking up #trashtag’s on our hike! I truly admire him so, it was great to clean up the Smokies with him!  The ‘Trash Tag Challenge’ dares people of all ages to take a “before” picture of a littered outdoor location, then clean it thoroughly, and share an “after” photo with the hashtag #trashtag. We want to bring this challenge to our beloved Blue Ridge and see how you #trashtag! The weather is warming up, so get out there, get cleaning, and post with both #trashtag and #bluerigdeoutdoors so we can share the progress. We’ll see you out there!last_img read more

Brazilian Army Trains Female NCOs in War Studies

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo April 30, 2019 In 2016, the Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) made the entrance exam for its noncommissioned officer (NCO) classes in war studies available to women. At the time, 12,498 female candidates applied for some 100 spots. Each year, entrance exams have about 100 openings; the number of female candidates, however, continues to rise. According to the NCO Academy’s Communication Department, 17,144 women applied to the last 2018 entrance exam. “I’ve been dreaming of this career my whole life,” said student Stefanny Rodrigues, who passed the exam in 2018. “My father served and always encouraged me by talking about his experiences and how much the Army gave him,” said the future NCO, who started school February 23, 2019, along with 99 women. EB’s NCO training lasts two years. The first year teaches basic courses, while the second is for specialization. Of the 12 military institutions where students can attend the first year, two admit women in mixed classes. Among those is the 4th Light Artillery Group (4º GACL, in Portuguese), in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, where Rodrigues does her training. Her class has 54 women and 32 men. Daily routine In 2019, the new service members will learn about military techniques, weaponry, ammunition, and shooting. The curriculum also includes military leadership, military professional ethics, law, Brazilian military history, and English. Students take all subjects, including physical military training. “There is no distinction between male and female training. The physical training evaluation is the only activity that has different standards for men and women, to account for physical differences between genders,” said EB Major Fábio Cristiano Taffarel, Admissions chief at the NCO academy. “We have a busy daily routine that starts at 5 am with cleaning up, organizing our living quarters, instructions, physical training, music, and studies,” said student Bárbara Pinheiro, who just joined the 4º GACL. Her experience with colleagues, Pinheiro said, has been positive. “Unity and camaraderie are important values within military life, so student interactions have positive results,” she said. Future At the end of the 48-week basic period, students who met the intellectual, technical, and physical requirements with a minimum passing grade in all subjects move on to specialization. This period is the last stage of the course, said EB Captain Rodrigo da Silva, head instructor of the NCO Training and Graduation Course at the 4º GACL. At this stage, women can select two out of three NCO training institutions: The Logistics NCO Academy (EsSLog, in Portuguese), or the Army Aviation Training Center (CIAvEx, in Portuguese). EsSLog and CIAvEx train NCOs in technical and logistics areas, with special training in quartermaster, topography, military equipment, and telecommunications maintenance; and aviation maintenance and support for the aeronautics field. With quartermaster services training, NCOs can provide logistics and administrative support, in combat or peace time, to all EB combatant organizations. With war studies training, they can provide maintenance support to lightweight and heavy weapons, as well as vehicle maintenance, which make them responsible for troops’ operability when fulfilling their missions. NCOs trained in aviation support, can also carry out aircraft support activities such as fueling, firefighting combat, and air traffic control, and provide weather and aeronautics information to EB’s aviation branch. For Rodrigues, women’s presence in EB is an innovation received “respectfully and with rigor at the same time, considering the responsibilities we will have when we graduate as NCOs.” She still hasn’t decided which area of specialty she will select at the end of the basic period, and instead chooses to live in the moment and appreciate her current accomplishment. “I already fulfilled one of my dreams when I put on my green uniform.”last_img read more

Mobile deposit no longer just for millennials

first_imgA whopping 91 percent of millennials own a smartphone, and 75 percent use their mobile phone to deposit checks and check balances. It’s true this generation’s digital fluency means they’re leading the mobile deposit charge, but the last few years have shown demonstrated growth in this capability among all demographics.The Growth in Mobile Banking Among Gen X and BoomersMobile banking is no longer just for Millennials and Gen Z. In fact, recent findings from FindABetterBank indicate that well over 50 percent of consumers under age 54 consider mobile deposit to be a “must have” or “nice to have” feature.Only 12 percent of those aged 55+ utilize mobile banking, but these numbers are likely to increase as the use of smartphones, apps and mobile payments become more commonplace in years to come and the technology becomes even more user-friendly. continue reading » 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Jobs report shows labor market stronger than expected, as economy faces new surge in Covid cases

first_img– Advertisement – “One could argue it’s better to come from a stronger base into that,” said Briggs. The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield rose back above 0.80% and was at 0.82%. While stocks sold off, bond yields held at higher levels. The bond market has had a volatile week, with the 10-year yield rising to 0.94% Tuesday evening but falling back when it appeared there would be no Democratic sweep.A Democratic Congress and White House was expected to have boosted fiscal spending, increase inflation and result in a lot more U.S. debt, which would push interest rates higher. Yields, which move opposite prices, rose Friday as the jobs report suggest the economy may be on a more solid footing than some anticipate.- Advertisement – Stock futures temporarily erased some losses and bond yields rose as the report showed about 100,000 more jobs than economists expected and a much better unemployment rate. The report did include the loss of 268,000 government jobs, with 147,000 of those Census workers and many others in education.“The rebound continues to have strong momentum, more than people were thinking,” said John Briggs, head of strategy at NatWest Markets. “Private payrolls blowout, the participation rate went up 0.3… People are coming back into the economy, and [the unemployment rate] still went down a full percentage point.” Economists had expected an unemployment rate of 7.7%.Economists have been concerned the job market and economy will be impacted in coming months by the increasing spread of the coronavirus, now with a record 121,888 daily cases in the U.S. The Fed Thursday said in its statement that the course of the virus could impact the path of the economy.- Advertisement – The labor market was stronger than expected in October, showing good momentum ahead of the latest wave of coronavirus cases.The economy added 638,000 nonfarm payrolls and the unemployment rate fell by a full percentage point to 6.9%. The government compiled the data for the report in the middle of October.- Advertisement – Economists’ expectations for October employment were wide-ranging with some closer to 200,000 and others at 800,000. But they mostly agree the momentum looks set to slow, and the typical hiring that goes on in November and December for holiday shopping, travel and other activities will be much smaller this year.Quincy Krosby, chief market strategist at Prudential Financial, said the employment report, when coupled with stronger-than-expected third quarter GDP and stronger-than-expected corporate earnings, suggests the economy is growing on a solid trajectory.“If the Covid-19 surge jeopardizes the economic recovery, even at the margin, the employment landscape will slow down – but not stall the recovery,” she noted.Grant Thornton Chief Economist Diane Swonk said she is concerned about the potential for slowing momentum in hiring. She said the October report shows the quality of jobs has deteriorated. At the same time, the outlook for more fiscal help from Washington for the unemployed is uncertain, and many may be taking part-time jobs to get by.Leisure and hospitality hiring rose by 271,000, with 192,000 of those jobs at bars and restaurants.“Much of the recall for workers was hospitality and leisure. Many had to accept jobs even if they were part-time,” said Swonk. She said 376,000 workers joined the ranks of those working part-time for economic reasons in October, pushing the total to 5.3 million.“People unemployed for more than 27 weeks increased by more than 1 million,” she said. “We’re still 10.1 million jobs in the hole.”In the report, the number of people on temporary layoff fell by 1.4 million to 3.2 million, off from a high of 18.1 million in April but still 2.4 million higher than February.The labor force participation rate increased by 0.3 percentage points to 61.7 in October. still 1.7 points below February’s level.last_img read more

Joseph Mariathasan: Should the West blame China for the trade war?

first_imgJeffrey Sachs, in an impassioned article for CNN, makes the opposite case. “China is not an enemy. It is a nation trying to raise its living standards through education, international trade, infrastructure investment, and improved technologies,” he declares. The US administration’s strategy towards China appears to be hardening. Some commentators – such as Niall Ferguson in the Sunday Times – have argued that the trade war will last much longer than most people expect and could even escalate into other forms of warfare.Among Europeans there often appears to be some sympathy towards president Donald Trump’s objectives with regard to China – although pretty universal condemnation of his approach.The argument goes that Trump’s criticism of China’s behaviour with regard to trade is justified, and the impact post-WTO accession on the US and European economies has been pronounced, particularly in terms of job losses.The criticism of Trump has not been in his objective of reining in China’s exports, but rather of his unilateral approach to doing so. Some would say if he had taken Europe and Japan on board and adopted a joint stance towards China, that would have been more acceptable. Credit: Zhang KaiyvShanghai, ChinaThe sheer scale of China’s manufacturing capability has shaped the world. It has such large economies of scale that it can outspend its competitors on research, factories, fixed assets, marketing and other costs, creating an even stronger competitive advantage over time.Foreign manufacturers entering China tend to focus on first-tier cities such as Beijing and Guangzhou, but the medium- to high-end market this represents only accounts for 25% of the total Chinese market in, for example, medical equipment. Chinese companies initially win by cost, and they have the ability to distribute products to the smaller, hard-to-reach markets outside tier-one cities. The profits from high-margin businesses can then be reinvested in achieving scale and developing technology.Innovation often comes after the firm has achieved financial strength though the domestic market. Huawei is a good example of this approach, which has enabled it to succeed on a global basis. It now spends 10% of its annual income on research and development, so it can easily compete on innovation with its western peers. Trump’s attempts to hobble Huawei may backfire in the longer term if China is forced to replace key US components by developing their own.In some areas, China is already a leader: solar energy, wind power and related clean technologies are good examples. In biotech, Chinese innovation is still in the early stages – but it is coming.China is making the some of its biggest advances in areas such as the internet and artificial technology (AI), powered by the government and private sector. Some 43% of the top academic papers relating to AI in 2015 were published with one or more Chinese researchers, regardless of where in the world the research was conducted.As Sachs points out in his CNN article, a trade war with China won’t solve the economic problems of the US. Instead the US needs homegrown solutions: “affordable health care, better schools, modernized infrastructure, higher minimum wages and a crackdown on corporate greed.”And as he concludes, the US has far more to gain through co-operation with China than through reckless and unfair provocation.center_img US president Donald Trump has imposed a series of tariffs on Chinese goodsAs he then adds, China is merely doing what any country should do when confronted with the historical reality of being poor and far behind more powerful countries. It is unacceptable that China is being made a scapegoat for rising inequality in the US. The fact that certain workers face increasing competition due to changing global circumstances is a normal phenomenon of market competition.Instead of blaming China, says Sachs, the US should be taxing the soaring corporate profits of its own multinational corporations, and using the revenues “to help working-class households, rebuild crumbling infrastructure, promote new job skills and invest in cutting-edge science and technology”.The West is also wrong to portray China as purely as a low-cost manufacturer – and often as a low-tech, low-quality copycat that prospers through stealing western intellectual property.While there may be some truth in these stereotypes, the overall story has too often been dominated by ignorance and prejudice. Innovation in China is happening and the pace of it is increasing: one only has to look at the scale of China’s patent applications for some evidence (albeit crude).The West has to face up to the issue that the era of generating growth in China through manufacturing alone has come to an end as wage costs go up. Catching up with the West inevitably means climbing up the intellectual property ladder – and China is well positioned to do that.China’s growing advantagesChina has a strong focus on education and is producing more graduates than ever from its higher education institutes – eight times more than the US in science and technology, according to the World Economic Forum.last_img read more

Gender Bender Day causes controversy at school (US)

first_imgFox6 News.comStudents at Tippecanoe School have participated in several different theme days during School Spirit Week, but Friday, May 23rd’s theme of Gender Bender Day caused some controversy.Members of the Student Council decided on day’s theme. It called for boys to dress like girls and girls to dress like boys.“I was speechless actually, and I asked a few of the neighbors because I thought I was overreacting, stuff like that, and everybody was speechless,” said one mother, who asked not to be identified.The mother says she has no problem with teenagers having a fun day of dressing like the opposite sex, but her son is only seven and the theme confused him. She, as well as a few other parents, chose to keep their kids home on Friday.…One student’s father, who didn’t want to be identified, says he doesn’t want his son to dress as a girl.“I think it’s just teaching them the wrong lesson about gender. If you’re a boy, stay a boy. You shouldn’t have something like that at school,” said the father. read more

Prostitution victim leads charge against Amnesty International

first_imgLifeSiteNews 18 September 2015Her life in the sex trade, and her decision to get out, has made her a leading campaigner against Amnesty’s policy. The author of “Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution,” speaks openly of the violence, isolation, and drug abuse inherent in prostitution. What people like her need, she says, is help getting out.Once prostitution is legal, “there is no incentive for the government to provide exit strategies for those who want to get out of it,” Rachel wrote.Her path began as an orphan in Ireland. At 15, “I was on the streets with no home, education or job skills. All I had was my body.”Abusing drugs is “as common to women in prostitution as wiping down tables would be to a waitress,” she says. “The daily reality is trauma, and you want to escape that.”Amnesty’s resolution “supports the full decriminalization of all aspects of consensual sex work.” The group claimed it “addressed the issue from the perspective of international human rights standards.”Treaties, however, proscribe prostitution – especially of children – calling it “incompatible with the dignity and worth of the human person” and endangers “the welfare of the individual, the family and the community.”Amnesty’s pro-prostitution campaign focused on women who theoretically choose to engage in “sex work” and diverted attention away from pimps, brothels and johns – those who gain the most from normalizing the sex trade.“It’s nonsense to say a person can be empowered by allowing their body to be as open to the public as a train or bus station,” Rachel said. And consent requires viable choices and alternatives.When prostitution is socially endorsed, the market expands. “Where are these new bodies coming from?” Rachel asks. “Young women with choices are not going to say, ‘I’ll go into the sex trade instead of going to college.’”“No. Socially disadvantaged young girls are funnelled straight into prostitution.” read more