Was this really the best you could do?

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr So, the young associate finished the project. He walked to the partner’s office and handed him the memo.The next day, the partner called the associate to his office.“Was this the best you could do?” he asked?The associate sheepishly said there was likely some extra work that he could put in toward the memo’s analysis. He took the memo and headed back to his office.The next day, he brought back the memo to the partner.The next day, the partner called back the associate.“Was this really the best you could do?” he asked again.The associate sheepishly took the memo back again. Yes, there was more work to be done.The process repeated itself again! The associate delivered the memo, the partner called the associate back the next day, and he asked the same question.“Yes,” the associate announced! “I can’t think of anything else I could do to improve the memo. That is my absolute best.” continue reading »last_img read more

Pandemic drives broadest economic collapse in 150 years: World Bank

first_imgChina still growing, barely China is nearly alone in seeing modest growth this year. However the World Bank warned the depth of the slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy will hinder recovery prospects in developing nations, especially commodity exporters.While China will see GDP rise just one percent, the World Bank said, the rest of the forecasts are grim: US -6.1 percent, eurozone -9.1 percent, Japan -6.1 percent, Brazil -8 percent, Mexico -7.5 percent and India -3.2 percent.And things could get worse, meaning the forecasts will be revised even lower, the bank warned.Though dramatic, the current forecast falls short of the Great Depression, which saw a global contraction of 14.5 percent from 1930 to 1932, while the post-war downturn in 1945-1946 was 13.8 percent, according to the World Bank.But because of the pandemic there remain some “exceptionally high” risks to the outlook, particularly if the disease lingers and authorities have to reimpose restrictions — which could make the downturn as bad as eight percent.”Disruptions to activity would weaken businesses’ ability to remain in operation and service their debt,” the report cautioned.That, in turn, could raise interest rates for higher-risk borrowers. “With debt levels already at historic highs, this could lead to cascading defaults and financial crises across many economies,” it said. But even if the 4.2 percent global recovery projected for 2021 materializes, “in many countries, deep recessions triggered by COVID-19 will likely weigh on potential output for years to come.” The depth of the crisis will drive 70 to 100 million people into extreme poverty — worse than the prior estimate of 60 million, she told reporters.And while the Washington-based development lender projects a rebound for 2021, there is a risk a second wave of outbreaks could undermine the recovery and turn the economic crisis into a financial one that will see a “wave of defaults.”Economists have been struggling to measure the impact of the crisis they have likened to a global natural disaster, but the sheer size of the impact across so many sectors and countries has made that difficult.Under the worst-case scenario, the global recession could mean a contraction of eight percent, according to the report. The coronavirus pandemic inflicted a “swift and massive shock” that has caused the broadest collapse of the global economy since 1870 despite unprecedented government support, the World Bank said Monday.The world economy is expected to contract by 5.2 percent this year — the worst recession in 80 years — but the sheer number of countries suffering economic losses means the scale of the downturn is worse than any recession in 150 years, the World Bank said in its latest Global Economic Prospects report.”This is a deeply sobering outlook, with the crisis likely to leave long-lasting scars and pose major global challenges,” said World Bank Group Vice President for Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions Ceyla Pazarbasioglu. But Pazarbasioglu cautioned: “Given this uncertainty, further downgrades to the outlook are very likely.”Meanwhile, a group of American economists who are the arbiters of when a recession starts and ends said Monday the United States entered a downturn in February, ending 128 months of uninterrupted growth, the longest streak in history.Recessions typically are defined by several months of declining economic activity.But the Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a non-profit, non-partisan research organization, called the current situation in the world’s largest economy “unprecedented” due to the severity of the drop in employment and production, even if it might turn out to be shorter than other recessions. Topics :last_img read more

Ministry of Health launches maternal and child health manual

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 56 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews Ministry of Health launches maternal and child health manual by: – March 1, 2012 The Ministry of Health has launched a Maternal and Child Health Manual; a revised edition which was first published in 1992, will provide guidelines for efficient administration of health care for mothers and children, in keeping with current trends, and in addressing emerging needs of mothers and children.Director of Primary Health Care Dr. Martin Christmas receives a copy of Manual from Maternal and Child Health Coordinator Nurse Carol Jno. Baptiste.The objectives of the manual are three fold to facilitate decision making for health care providers at all levels most specifically at primary health care levels, to facilitate the early identification/detection of high risk cases, abnormal or pathological conditions, their accurate diagnosis and institute appropriate course of action and; to standardized norms and procedures, calculate needed resources, improve quality care and strengthen efficiency of the health system.Senior Community Health Nurse and Maternal and Child Health Coordinator, Carol Jno Baptise in delivering the overview of the manual, stated that the manual is divided into three sections, namely, Maternal/ Neonatal Care; Child Care and Guidelines for the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV.She affirmed that during the period 2007 to 2009 there were three maternal deaths, and having one maternal death is reason for concern. She stated further that it requires the health worker and the client to do all in their power to prevent maternal death.The Director of Primary Health Care, Dr. Martin Christmas, who represented the Minster for Health read the Minister’s remarks. The Minster called on health care worker to put the guidelines to good use and follow them diligently. If this is done we expect to see some of the kind of improvement in health care indicators which will surely make this venture worth the while.” He continues “We know that change is a difficult condition to accept, but these are the changes deemed necessary to keep the Maternal and Child Health Programme effective and efficient in a changing Dominica.The manual is intended for use by skilled providers including midwives, doctors and nurse, working at any level of the health care system which caters for woman during pregnancy, childbirth and post partum period to include newborns.last_img read more

Racist Chant Mars Chelsea’s Away Win at Spurs as Man Utd…

first_imgIt was different fortune for two top sides Chelsea and Manchester United aiming better their respective placement on the log last night but Tottenham’s Premier League game against the London side appeared to be marred by racist behaviour from the crowd.While Frank Lampard got the best out of the crucial encounter against his former Manager, Jose Mourinho with 2-0 win at Spurs new stadium, the racist even and another red card against Son was the talking point of the encounter.Referee Anthony Taylor stopped the game in the second half after an object was thrown on to the pitch and he was approached by Blues defender Antonio Rudiger. An address made over the public address system then warned “racist behaviour is interfering with the game”.Second and third announcements followed with the game heading towards its end.Uefa’s three-step protocol says that a game can be abandoned if fans have been warned twice before.Speaking at the game, former Newcastle and Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas said: “With the technology they have in this stadium, I would be shocked if they could not pinpoint the individual.“That person will be isolated and dealt with accordingly. There is no place for it but I want more than an announcement.“I do not want them back in the stadium ever again – sadly some people are that ignorant.”A supporter was arrested and bailed over allegations of racist abuse against Manchester United players during their Premier League match at Manchester City on 7 December.A video had been circulated on social media of a man appearing to make monkey gestures and sounds towards United players at Etihad Stadium.Earlier in the day, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came to the defence of David De Gea after the goalkeeper’s blunder proved pivotal in a 2-0 loss away to Premier League bottom side Watford.The Vicarage Road clash was still goalless when De Gea somehow allowed a tame, spinning effort from Ismaila Sarr to creep through his hands and in at the near post.Watford doubled their lead four minutes later when Troy Deeney fired home from the penalty spot after Aaron Wan-Bissaka brought down Sarr with a misjudged sliding tackle and not even the returning Paul Pogba, on as a second-half substitute, could prevent defeat.But what irked Solskjaer more than De Gea’s mistake was the pace of United’s play.“We started the game slow,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.“The first half was very, very poor from both sides and when you concede two goals like we did in quick succession with their two shots on target we gave ourselves too much to do.“It was too slow, it was like a testimonial in the first half from both teams,” he added after a defeat that left United in eighth place and continued their run of poor results against lower-ranked teams in the top flight – a marked contrast to their recent wins over Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.“I’m very disappointed because we have to get more points against teams, like today,” said Solskjaer.“I’m sure they were low in confidence because they must be when you’re bottom of the table.“We were high in confidence because we’ve done well lately but it just wasn’t there. There was no intent or urgency to make us deserve to win the game.”“There’s no excuses at all,” he added. “We prepared well and there’s nothing I can put my finger on.”United’s five league losses this term have come against Crystal Palace, West Ham, Newcastle, Bournemouth and now Watford.As for Spain international De Gea’s howler, Solskjaer said: “It was a mistake, it happens in football and it is what we train for every day to make sure they don’t happen again. David has been very good lately, it is just one of those things that happen.“You have to earn every point on the pitch and today we didn’t deserve that.This was just Watford’s second league win this season and first of the campaign at home as they marked new manager Nigel Pearson’s first match in charge at Vicarage Road in style.Although the Hornets remain at the foot of the table, they are now level on points with second-bottom Norwich and a mere six shy of safety.Victory followed an impressive display in a defeat last time out at leaders Liverpool and Deeney said: “We’ve been close (to winning) for ages now.“People are looking and see us at the bottom of the league but performances like Liverpool, Leicester before that, there are games we’re thinking we should have won.”“It was a great team performance, lots of people did a proper shift and I’m happy for everyone here that they can have a decent Christmas.”Deeney’s goal was his first since April but the striker insisted he had not felt under pressure to score.“Real pressure is watching my mum work three jobs trying to make ends meet for Christmas,” he said.“This is football.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Women’s soccer kicks off Big Ten season at Purdue, Indiana

first_imgWisconsin goalkeeper Lauren Gunderson started the Badgers\’ four-game shutout streak, against UW-Milwaukee.[/media-credit]If last year is any indication, Wisconsin will be just fine after some early non-conference losses. In 2009, the Badgers lost four non-conference games before heading into Big Ten play. However, that same year they advanced to the Sweet 16, which was the best finish in 16 years for UW.This year, Wisconsin faces a similar situation, having lost three games during the non-conference schedule. However, two key wins last weekend on the road against Tennessee and Vanderbilt have given the team momentum heading into the Big Ten season openers at Purdue and Indiana.“As a coach, you always hope you have momentum,” Wisconsin head coach Paula Wilkins said. “Having success on the road in a hostile environment and playing in bad weather will help us in the Big Ten, because that’s exactly what the Big Ten is all about.”A large reason for the Badgers’ recent success is the play of senior goalkeeper Michele Dalton, who is currently on a three-game shutout streak. Last weekend, she recorded 14 saves in both games combined and was named the Co-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.“Dalton made four key saves that helped us get the results last weekend,” Wilkins said. “Something most people don’t know about Dalton is that she has great management and communication skills, which helps her get out of tough situations. Those are intangibles most people don’t see.”While Dalton is playing spectacularly in goal this season, the backline defense of the Badgers may be playing just as well. The defense has been given a boost with the play of freshman Catie Sessions, who recorded the first assist of her career against Tennessee. In the nine games they’ve played so far, the Badgers have only given up five total goals and are currently on a four-game shutout streak as a team, which breaks last year’s record of three straight games.“It’s not just me making saves, it’s a combined effort,” Dalton said. “They [the defenders] are clearing balls out of the back, just as much as I’m making saves. After watching film there are obviously areas where we need to improve, but as a defensive unit we are playing really well.”One of those areas in need of improvement is set-pieces, where four of the five goals the Badgers have given up occurred this season.“I think just by looking at the box score, it’s easy to see that set pieces have obviously been our weakness so far this season,” Dalton said. “However, I think we have corrected those mistakes and we are turning over a new leaf.”One area that doesn’t need improvement for the Badgers is their frontline, namely junior forward Laurie Nosbusch, who has already scored three goals in this young season. She scored a goal in each game last weekend en route to being named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. Nosbusch has led the Badgers in scoring the past two seasons, with 13 goals combined as a freshman and sophomore.“Nosbusch is a goal-scorer and a leader on this team,” Wilkins said. “I think those types of players have more demanded of them. She has risen to the level she needs to be at and is opening up opportunities for other players.”One of the players that has benefited the most from Nosbusch is freshman Kodee Williams, who has played in all eight games this season scoring her first career goal against Washington. Williams has seen time up front with Nosbusch while also playing in the midfield. Heading into the Big Ten season, Wilkins is content with having the flexibility to switch players like Williams around on a game-to-game basis.“The lineups aren’t necessarily set at this point,” Wilkins said. “We have a lot of flexibility with the depth of our bench. Our goal is to attack the other teams’ weaknesses, so our lineup will depend on matchups.”Wisconsin may have three losses heading into this weekend’s road trip to Purdue and Indiana, but as far as the Badger players and coaches are concerned, this weekend is the start of a new season.“I’m excited for the Big Ten season,” Dalton said. “The 2010 season is one season, but I think we can put the non-conference schedule behind us now. This Big Ten conference season is a new season for us. We can put bad losses or mistakes that we’ve made behind us and just look forward.”last_img read more