Wednesday, 18 April 2018

9 Practices that Make Great Leaders Great

Positive leadership is not Pollyanna leadership. Positive leadership is the way to lead if you want to build a great team and organization. It's the stuff that makes great leaders great. In this spirit here are 9 practices that make up the positive leadership framework that you can begin to implement today.

Trump reflects America at the moment, which has hardly anything to do with traditional values: Neil Macdonald

He personifies few if any of the values for which Americans are brought up to believe their country stands


Former FBI director James Comey, on the other hand, the man Trump now calls 'slippery' and 'a slimeball,' has hardly been about anything other than public service, law and order and fidelity — traditional American values. But to many Republicans, he's the bad guy. (Getty Images)
 Quick: is or is not the following statement an insult to the United States?

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Expanded Panama Canal Feels Benign Impact Of U.S. Oil And Gas Exports To Asia

Even by the harshest of gauging parameters, the Panama Canal is nothing short of an engineering marvel and testament to human ingenuity. Currently in its 104th year of serving as a man-made marine shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, this fascinating inter-oceanic artery operates through a system of dual-lane lock complexes.

Those privileged enough to have traveled on the waterway, as your correspondent recently did, would notice the locks – including the iconic Miraflores and Pedro Miguel locks – serve as water lifts to raise or lower ships from the Pacific or Atlantic Oceans, depending on their North or Southbound routes, either side of the Isthmus of Panama, to the artificial Gatun Lake 27 meters above sea level; the Canal's connecting water body for transit.

The entire process and interim journey takes 8 to 12 hours depending on traffic, saving shippers time and money. For example, a voyage from Houston, Texas, U.S. to Chiba, Japan, takes about 30 days via the Panama Canal, compared with 45 to 48 days via the Suez Canal, 50 to 52 days via the Cape of Good Hope and 54 to 56 days via Cape Horn, on average depending on maritime conditions.

Ship transits through the Panama Canal's Miraflores Locks © Gaurav Sharma, 2018.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Youth sports referees across the US are quitting because of abusive parents

Youth referees across the nation are packing up their whistles and going home in response to increased instances of verbal and even physical abuse from volatile parents and coaches.

The shrinking pool of officials has become a national crisis that threatens to alter the landscape of youth sports as leagues scramble to find enough referees to hold games.

Eighty percent of high school officials are quitting before their third year, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations, which launched a national recruitment effort last year to attract more officials.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

China’s Built a Road So Smart It Will Be Able to Charge Your Car

The road of the future is likely to become the brain and nerve center of an autonomous-driving revolution.



The road to China’s autonomous-driving future is paved with solar panels, mapping sensors and electric-battery rechargers as the nation tests an “intelligent highway” that could speed the transformation of the global transportation industry.


Saturday, 14 April 2018

The Valley of Darkness


An unthinkable tragedy struck Humboldt when a bus crash killed 16 members of the Broncos junior hockey team. As the small city recovers, it doesn’t want to be defined by the crash; it wants to be defined by how its heartbroken community responds.

The night before the accident, Leroy and Shirley Haugan had their son and his family over for dinner. Shirley laid out chicken wings, turkey, ham and salad, while her two grandchildren, 12-year-old Carson and 9-year-old Jackson, scooted around the living room, oblivious to the NHL game playing on TV.


Friday, 13 April 2018

700-plus cadets seek glory, camaraderie in West Point contest

U.S. Military Academy cadets participate in the water-crossing event during the 2017 Sandhurst Military Skills Competition at West Point, N.Y., April 7, 2017. This year, 64 teams from the Academy, and other service academies and universities from across the country as well as 14 other nations are expected to compete. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Michelle Eberhart)



A U.S. Military Academy cadet participates in the 2017 Sandhurst Military Skills Competition at West Point, N.Y., April 7, 2017. This year, 64 teams from the Academy, and other service academies and universities from across the country as well as 14 other nations are expected to compete. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Michelle Eberhart)

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- When Cadet Ross Poulin vies against hundreds of cadets from around the world Friday and Saturday during the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition here, the memory of one special cadet who is not competing will help push him through the grueling events.