Defensive struggles lead to Border Battle split

first_imgDefensive struggles lead to Border Battle splitThe Gophers allowed a combined 78 shots in two games against the BadgersJack RodgersJunior Rem Pitlick works to keep the puck away from Wisconsin on Friday, Jan. 25 at 3M Arena at Mariucci. Paul HodowanicJanuary 27, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe border battle had become a one-sided affair in recent months, as P.J. Fleck and the football team went into Madison and trounced the Badgers in November. That was followed two months later by the men’s basketball team knocking off their rivals on the road. The men’s hockey team (10-11-4) hoped to be the latest team to follow the trend, but were unable to complete the sweep on Saturday night, losing to the Badgers (9-11-4) 4-3. “We had plenty of chances to stretch the game, we just made three critical mistakes,” head coach Bob Motzko said. “It was a tough hockey game.”Motzko described the mistakes as “elementary,” alluding to two missed back checks and a missed puck off the stick.Minnesota kicked off the scoring barrage in the first period. Rem Pitlick worked his way through the Wisconsin defense and into the slot, found an opening on the glove side and put it away for his 14th goal of the season. The Badgers answered in the second period with two scrappy goals, getting ahead 2-1. The first came as the puck got lost under goaltender Mat Robson and snuck past him. The second followed a large scrum right in front of the goal. As the puck squirted out, Wisconsin forward Linus Weissbach was there to put it away. The Gophers were able to answer quickly to halt the Badgers’ momentum. Moments into a power play, Brannon McManus found a streaking Brent Gates Jr. in the slot. Gates corralled the puck and beat Wisconsin goaltender Daniel Lebedeff under the glove. The Gophers and Badgers exchanged goals once again in the second period. Pitlick lit the lamp for the second time in the game for the Gophers, and Mick Messner caught the Gophers’ defenders sleeping and slipped behind the defense to tie the game at 3-3.The game-winning goal came early in the third period as defenseman Peter Tischke found an open window in the slot and buried it for the 4-3 lead.Rem Pitlick continued his strong play. He scored twice in the game, and for the seventh time in as many games, Saturday’s game brought his season total to 15.  “You know what you’re getting out of Rem [Pitlick], he’s so consistent,” senior forward Tyler Sheehy said. “He brings our line to the next level and he can do just about anything out there. He could’ve had five tonight.”The power play shone for the Gophers Saturday as they converted on their first three power play chances but couldn’t convert after that, finishing 3-5. “We got to do a better job 5-on-5. Obviously, we can’t have all our goals on the power play and that cost us tonight,” Sheehy said. “They were blocking a lot of shots … that’s what a good penalty kill does.”The Gophers were without one of their top forwards because Sammy Walker was out with an undisclosed injury.“It’s a big loss for us,” Motzko said. “He and Rem [Pitlick] have been two of our most dynamic players night-to-night.”Saturday’s attendance of 10,686 marked a facility record for Gophers hockey, surpassing a crowd of 10,587 against Wisconsin on Nov. 6 2004. “I’ve played a lot of games here and there have been some good [crowds],” Sheehy said. “They were loud and they were into it and that’s always fun when you can get the student section into it and getting rowdy.”With the loss, the Gophers have lost 3 of 4. The team will be searching for answers next weekend as they take on Michigan at home.“I think we are right there, we’ve seen it from our group,” Pitlick said. “Sometimes we have it, sometimes we don’t but we are just trying to put an emphasis on the end of the year, we got to play our best hockey then so that is what we are working towards.”last_img read more

Abaco Upgrades AXISLib to Deliver Enhanced Performance for Radar, Signals Intelligence Applications

first_imgAbaco has released an upgraded version of its AXISLib signal processing and math libraries for Intel-based system architectures. The enhancements will help developers of sophisticated, high intensity, mission critical applications such as radar and signals intelligence to achieve even higher performance from the underlying hardware. AXISLIB is part of Abaco’s AXIS software development environment for HPEC (high performance embedded computing) applications.Release of AXISLib-AVX 2.6 delivers:Faster FFTs: the new release delivers double the performance of the previous version of AXISLib for 32 point FFTs, and now outperforms the Intel Math Kernel Library (MKL) – the gold standard – by 20%. This can be vital for radar applications such as pulse compression and other compression- and pattern matching algorithms.New matrix math functions: also targeted at advanced radar applications, these can lead to a 300 µs (microsecond) saving in compute time when working with 128 x 128 matrices.New ‘half float’ conversion functions: these make data translation from sensor to CPU more efficient, and can double the data throughput from sensor to CPU, reducing latency and increasing data processing capability.AXISLib 2.6 enables users of Abaco’s SBC347D – based on the Intel Xeon-D processor – as well as Abaco’s entire family of platforms based on latest generation Intel Core i7 processors – to take maximum advantage of the performance these processors offer while reducing development time, cost and risk.In today’s demanding defense applications, saving even a few microseconds in processing time can make the difference between mission success and mission failure. These enhancements to AXISLib provide those savings in several ways that, cumulatively, add up to a very worthwhile increase in system performance.AXISLib provides architecture-agnostic, highly optimized signal processing and math libraries that utilize the underlying SIMD acceleration unit in the CPU without requiring the developer to explicitly optimize code. It includes over 600 functions with a choice of API, and high performance algorithms can be developed with minimal effort, and that are portable across different operating systems. The library supports multi-core threading, so algorithms can run on a single CPU core or be scaled across multiple CPU cores on an Intel device for parallel processing.AXIS – Advanced Multiprocessor Integrated Software – is a set of software modules that can be used to accelerate the design, development, testing and deployment of complex DSP and multiprocessing platforms for real-time applications such as radar, sonar, communications and image processing. AXIS development tools allow engineers to focus on application functionality by taking away a large portion of the software development burden, speeding time-to-deployment while reducing development cost and risk.last_img read more

SEC Media Days: Hot topics on opening day

first_imgSEC commissioner Greg Sankey will have an opportunity to address topics such as athletes’ cost of attendance and the state of basketball within the conference.SEC commissioner Greg Sankey will have an opportunity to address topics such as athletes’ cost of attendance and the state of basketball within the conference. Sankey’s debut This year’s SEC Media Days begins with a new face at the helm. Greg Sankey took over as SEC commissioner on June 1 for Mike Slive. This will be his first public media appearance in the 42 days since. While he was commissioner in waiting, Sankey didn’t reveal his vision for the future of the conference. Media Days presents a perfect opportunity for Sankey to address topics such as athletes’ cost of attendance, the state of basketball within the conference and the SEC Network. New look Gators Greg Sankey won’t be the only person making his SEC Media Days debut on Monday. Jim McElwain will address the crowd in Hoover, Alabama, for the first time as Florida’s head coach.The Gators look to move on from the three-year Will Muschamp era. McElwain comes from Colorado State and brought with him a revamped coaching staff. The fourth-year head coach pried defensive coordinator Geoff Collins from Mississippi State to accept the same position in Gainesville, Florida. Ironically, Auburn will also take the stage Monday, Muschamp’s new home as defensive coordinator. Upcoming star Last year Dak Prescott was the rising star at last year’s Media Days. This year, it’s Auburn’s Jeremy Johnson. The quarterback inherits a team many project will contend for a national title. Johnson takes over for Nick Marshall, who earned preseason first-team All-SEC honors during last year’s Media Days. Johnson jumped Prescott in the latest Heisman Trophy odds according to Bovada. The newcomer is at 10/1 while Prescott is 12/1. Johnson threw for 436 yards total last season. Prescott tallied 453 passing yards in the last game he played. Year two Vanderbilt failed in its attempt to maintain the success built by former coach James Franklin. Derek Mason takes the stage Monday after a winless SEC slate in his first season. The Commodores three wins last year came against UMass, Charleston Southern and Old Dominion. Vanderbilt hasn’t won an SEC game since Nov. 23, 2013. There are no layups on this year’s schedule with road trips to Ole Miss, South Carolina and Florida. Vandy hosts Georgia, Missouri, Kentucky and Texas A&M.Michael Bonner/The Clarion-Ledgerlast_img read more

A weekend when things shake out

first_imgARCADIA – On this weekend a year ago, Barbaro still was a turf specialist trying to show little-known owners named Roy and Gretchen Jackson that he might have something to offer on the dirt tracks of the Kentucky Derby trail. Jazil was the proud owner of one desperate victory in four starts, running to long odds. And Bernardini was a month away from his first victory. They played a good game of catch-up, huh? The lineup, from the rail out: Ravel (Garrett Gomez riding), a strong maiden winner by Fusaichi Pegasus; Pirates Deputy (Victor Espinoza), the champion Cal-bred 2-year-old after his restricted-stakes victory at Santa Anita; Time Squared (Julien Leparoux), a $1.05 million New York-bred by Fu Peg seeking his first win; Silent Soul (Richard Migliore), mid-pack finisher in the Hollywood Futurity and the San Rafael; Song of Navarone (Jon Court), 2 for 3 at Zia and Sunland Park; Liquidity (Corey Nakatani), who missed by a photo to Stormello in the Hollywood Futurity; and Kolo (Jose Valdivia Jr.), 2 for 4 on turf for trainer Carla Gaines. The 1-mile, one-turn Holy Bull finds Nobiz Like Shobiz (Cornelio Velasquez) starting from the outside of a field of eight, while Scat Daddy (John Velazquez) comes from post 2. An impressive victory could vault Nobiz Like Shobiz to No.1 in this column’s Kentucky Derby Top 10, which debuts like this: 1. Street Sense – The 10-length Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner deserves at least a tenuous hold on the top spot, but we’ll find out how much he was helped by the rail bias at Churchill Downs and how much he’ll be hurt by the decision by trainer Carl Nafzger (Derby winner with Unbridled, 1990) to have only two Derby preps beginning with the March 3 Hutcheson at Gulfstream. 2. Nobiz Like Shobiz – Trainer Barclay Tagg (Funny Cide, 2003) is way ahead of the game with a colt who already has won big at 11/8miles in the Remsen. 3. Circular Quay – So far, the son of Thunder Gulch is the best hope for Pletcher, the Peyton Manning of thoroughbred trainers, still trying to win the big one. 4. Stormello – Winning the Hollywood Futurity made the Bill Currin owned and trained colt the leader of the Southern California crop. 5. Scat Daddy – After taking advantage of Nobiz Like Shobiz’s bad start to upset him in the Champagne, the Pletcher colt had his own trouble and ran fourth at the Breeders’ Cup. 6. Any Given Saturday – Another from Pletcher’s barn, Any Given Saturday is recommended by his close second in the Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill to Tiz Wonderful, an unbeaten who has been injured and is off the Derby trail. 7. Notional and 8. Great Hunter – Two stars for trainer Doug O’Neill and owner Paul Reddam, an equine team rounded out by Liquidity. Cal-bred Notional won the San Rafael three weeks ago, and Great Hunter was a busy and consistent 2-year-old. 9. EZ Warrior – The $1.2million son of Exploit, trained by Bob Baffert (Silver Charm, 1997; Real Quiet, 1998; War Emblem, 2002), is 3 for 3 but all in sprints. 10. Hard Spun – The Pennsylvania-bred has a chance to continue the mighty Penn trend in the Triple Crown, after Smarty Jones, Afleet Alex and Barbaro all had connections to that state. He’s 4 for 4, all by five lengths or more. This weekend: Horse of the Year Invasor makes his 2007 debut at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, and Southern California’s less imposing older horses run at Santa Anita both days. Invasor (Fernando Jara), seeking his fifth win in a row, drew post 1 for the $500,000 Donn Handicap and gives away five to 13 pounds in a nine-horse field that includes Magna Graduate (Velazquez), Strong Contender (Edgar Prado) and the rising Chatain (Velasquez). Brother Derek (Alex Solis) tries for his first win since the 2006 Santa Anita Derby, his six opponents in Saturday’s $300,000 Strub Stakes for 4-year-olds including Awesome Gem (Tyler Baze) and Midnight Lute (Espinoza), the two who beat him in the San Fernando. Sunday’s $250,000 San Antonio Handicap is one of the lesser runnings of the race that’s ostensibly the prep for the March 3 Santa Anita Handicap, with Preachinatthebar (Court) and Southern Africa (Aaron Gryder) the only probable entrants with as much as a Grade III win. Kevin Modesti is a Daily News columnist. His horse-racing column appears on Friday. [email protected] (818) 713-3616 SANTA ANITA LEADERS Through Thursday JOCKEYS, WINS Garrett Gomez 36 Victor Espinoza 31 David Flores 19 Corey Nakatani 14 Aaron Gryder 13 TRAINERS, WINS John Sadler 14 Bob Baffert 13 Doug O’Neill 12 Bobby Frankel 9 Paddy Gallagher 8 ON THE STAKES SCHEDULE SANTA ANITA Saturday $300,000 Strub Stakes, 4-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles $100,000 Sham Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles $75,000 Thunder Road Handicap, 4-year-olds and up, 1 mile (turf) Sunday $250,000 San Antonio Handicap, 4-year-olds and up, 1 1/8 miles GULFSTREAM PARK Saturday $500,000 Donn Handicap, 4-year-olds and up, 1 1/8 miles $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 mile $150,000 Swale Stakes, 3-year-olds, 6 1/2 furlongs A WEEK AT THE RACES Hank Moreno, who rode Dark Star to beat Native Dancer in 1953 in perhaps the biggest Kentucky Derby upset, died of cancer Thursday in Florence, Ore. He was 77. Lava Man has been named champion Cal-bred older horse for 2006, and it’ll be a shock if he isn’t the Horse of the Year at the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association awards dinner Monday at the Ritz Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. Brother Derek has been named champion 3-year-old, and Thor’s Echo champion sprinter. Russell Baze was expected to miss at least a week at Golden Gate Fields after cracking a rib in a four-horse accident Sunday. Baze, career record-holder with 9,590 victories, had to miss riding Bwana Bull in that horse’s California Derby win Sunday. Rosie Napravnik, runner-up in Eclipse Award voting for top apprentice, will miss eight to 12weeks with three compression fractures in her back. Napravnik, 18, was hurt when Look Out Lorie fell Friday at Laurel racetrack in Maryland. Garrett Gomez extended his Santa Anita lead by riding four winners Thursday, including the impressive 3-year-old filly Coco Belle for new top trainer John Sadler. Seabiscuit will be honored at the Willits ranch that was his home with a life-size statue scheduled to be unveiled June 23. The bronze will be a replica of a statue that stood at Ridgewood Ranch until 1951 and now is at the national racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Another Seabiscuit statue anchors the Santa Anita walking ring. Trainer Ron Ellis said off-form Declan’s Moon passed a physical at the San Luis Rey clinic, leaving the future up in the air for the 2004 2-year-old champion. – Kevin Modesti 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Barbaro won the Derby, Jazil won the Belmont, and Bernardini won the Preakness on his way to being the champion of all the 3-year-olds. It was this week in 2006 when Barbaro jumped onto Derby handicappers’ top 10 lists by winning the Holy Bull Stakes by three-quarters of a length on a sloppy surface at Gulfstream Park near Miami. So, if Barbaro’s fate has put you in a mood to quickly turn the page to the May 5, 2007, Kentucky Derby, it would be fitting to start paying attention Saturday. The campaign begins in earnest on both coasts when Liquidity faces California-bred leader Pirates Deputy and Todd Pletcher prospect Ravel in the $100,000 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita, and the widely popular Nobiz Like Shobiz has a rematch with Scat Daddy in the $150,000 Holy Bull at Gulfstream. The 11/8-mile Sham – won last year by Bob and John, on his way to winning the Wood Memorial before a disappointing Derby – drew seven horses this time, none of them big-race winners yet. last_img read more

Fishermen saved in co-ordinated rescue mission off Fanad

first_imgA team effort from emergency services and a nearby boat led to two fishermen being saved off the Donegal coast last weekend.The incident occurred off  Ballyhoorisky, Fanad on Friday afternoon, where the crew of a fishing boat got into difficulty and radioed for help when their vessel began taking in water.Thankfully, the two fishermen had shared their position with the Malin Coast Guard before they entered the sea. The Mulroy Coast Guard, Lough Swilly RNLI and Rescue 118 helicopter were dispatched to the scene. Lough Swilly RNLI Volunteer Joe Joyce confirmed that a nearby fishing boat heard the radio call from Malin and made their way to assist the men. The fishermen were rescued from the sea after being in the water for 15 minutes.The men were brought back to shore on the fishing boat, in conjunction with the Mulroy Coast Guard, and medically assessed by the Rescue 118 crew. The men were deemed safe and well at this stage.The 30ft vessel eventually capsized and sank.Mr Joyce added that both men were wearing lifejackets at the time of entering the water.  One of the lifejackets was fitted with a personal locator beam. This beam, when activated, sends a signal to the coast guard of the jacket’s exact location. Featured image via Mulroy Coast GuardFishermen saved in co-ordinated rescue mission off Fanad was last modified: October 1st, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Review of Beauty and the Beast-themed Red Rose Taverne Restaurant at Disneyland

first_imgShare This!This is a review of Red Rose Taverne, a new restaurant at Disneyland which opened to promote the 2017 film, Beauty and the Beast. It temporarily replaces the Pinocchio-themed Village Haus Restaurant. Red Rose Taverne brings some new decor, and thankfully a much improved menu. First, lets take a look at the menu:Red Rose Taverne MenuWhen I saw this menu it struck me at how packed with unique items it is. A Cauli-Flower sandwich? Poutine pizza? I never expected to see items like this at a quick service theme park restaurant. In the last couple of years Disneyland’s menus have become a bit bland and uninteresting, but Red Rose Taverne seems to have a perfect balance for those looking for items like basic hamburgers, and others looking for something slightly more adventurous.Watch our video review on the Red Rose Taverne menu.I’ll start off with what already is the most popular item by far, the Grey Stuff Gateau dessert. I was expecting this to be sickeningly sweet, but was pleasantly surprised to find it smooth, not too sweet, and overall very tasty. The cookies and cream-flavored frosting compliments the red velvet cake inside and I especially enjoyed the drop of raspberry filling. Overall a great dessert. Like I said this item is already very popular, walking around the restaurant I noticed 4 out of 5 tables had ordered it.The Lemon Rose Cake dessert isn’t as good as the Grey Stuff but I thought it was good and had a unique flavor and texture. Tom and Sarah Bricker reviewed this menu with me and they were also at a loss of how to describe it. The texture was almost like flan, but more lemon in flavor instead of caramel. As good as I thought this was, I would not spend $5.49 on it again.The Beast’s Burger is exciting for a couple of reasons. One, it comes with a side of Pommes Frites (aka garlic fries). Usually these are only available inside Disneyland at Cafe Orleans (a much more expensive full service restaurant). Two, the burger is fantastic. In fact, it’s easily the best quick service burger on property (yes, even better than the Carnitas Angus Cheeseburger at White Water Snacks). Beast’s Burger is topped with shredded beef, gruyère cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and horseradish aïoli.In my 33 years on this planet I’ve never had fries on pizza before, but now I’m a believer. It’s also topped with shredded beef, roasted garlic aïoli, cheese curds, gravy, and herb oil. It’s delicious, it has a lot of interesting flavors, and it’s under $10.The Slow-Cooked Beef Poutine was much better than I expected. I’m usually not a huge fan of poutine but this entree relied less on gravy, and more on a huge helping of shredded beef. I also really liked that they used seasoned waffle fries instead of regular fries.I was still skeptical about the Enchanted Cauli-Flower Sandwich, even after most of the Red Rose Taverne cast members said it was their favorite item on the menu. But wow was it good. Even Tom Bricker, who feeds his vegetables to his dog when Sarah isn’t looking, thought it was delicious. Speaking of Tom and Sarah Bricker, you can read their Red Rose Taverne review here.Chicken Sandwich A La Lumiere is arguably the weakest of the items on the menu, but it’s still much better than the other chicken sandwiches in the park. The fried cherry peppers give it a really nice kick. It also includes pommes frites, which is much appreciated.Overall I think Red Rose Taverne has the best quick service menu in all of Disneyland. Up there in taste and quality with French Market. Red Rose Taverne DecorThe former Village Haus Restaurant has had most of it’s decorations removed and covered in favor of Beauty and the Beast art and props. In the picture above you can see a rose has replaced the carving of Pinocchio. Overall the new decorations are good, but nothing outstanding. Which is understandable considering they probably will be removed by the end of the year.Figaro has been relieved of his exit sign pulling duties by Sultan. This is common around Red Rose Tavern, Pinocchio art has been covered up by decals like this.Gaston, antlers, you know the drill.More Beauty and the Beast art, and more antlers.  More props and things. Items like these are scattered all over Red Rose Tavern.I’ve always love the ordering area of Village Haus. I get major Epcot vibes from it.That’s Red Rose Taverne. I highly recommend you try it out because the menu is fantastic. Disney hasn’t given an end date for it yet, only saying it’s here for “a limited time.” Let me know what you think in the comments below.last_img read more

‘We must write our own history’

first_img18 February 2014Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile has encouraged South Africans, especially those who were close to or were part of the liberation struggle, to write more books about the political history of the country.Mashatile said this would help preserve the country’s heritage by imparting the story of the political struggle to generations to come.Speaking at the launch of The Future We Chose: Emerging Perspectives on The Centenary of the ANC in Cape Town on Friday, Mashatile said his department would support book projects that contributed to preserving South Africa’s arts and heritage.“The Department of Arts and Culture, among many of its responsibilities, encourages the writing of books – especially in indigenous languages – as well as the reading of books [that] tell the true story of who we are as South African people. I encourage us all to write books,” Mashatile said.He added that while there were books by people who were very critical about South Africa, “we should write more about ourselves so that there is proper discourse out there”.‘Tell a good story’“All those who have got the energy to write, please let us get together. Let’s write more and more books so that we can impart good heritage to the young generation. We must be able to tell a good story of this great nation,” he said.The Future We Chose was edited by commentator and writer Busani Ngcaweni, who approached ANC leaders and stalwarts to contribute chapters on their perspectives of the liberation movement’s centenary celebrations and history.The book explores the events and narratives that define South Africa’s oldest political organisation.Among the senior politicians who contributed to the 19-chapter book is Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who attended the launch. Planning Minister Trevor Manuel was also there.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Sheryl Sandberg and the Need for More Male Allies

first_imgOn the same day as the study was released, the Wall Street Journal published an article written by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg “Women Are Leaning In—but They Face Pushback.”  As almost everyone knows, Sandberg wrote (3 years ago) the ground-breaking book, Lean In:  Women, Work and the Will to Lead. Mentoring and sponsoring is essential, yet in many organizations the responsibility as it relates to women is placed almost solely on women.  This investment in others diverts women in or near leadership from their own goals.  Why should women bear this responsibility alone? When Sandberg wrote Lean In, she acknowledged the obstacles women who want to lead face.  She chose to focus more heavily on how women can navigate these obstacles. Women and men alike are hurt by gender bias.  Why should women alone tackle the problem? Too often the burden of eradicating gender bias is left to women.  This is wrong in so many ways. In her Wall Street Journal article, Sandberg focuses on the wall women hit when they lean in (a meme for “go for it if you want it.”)  Citing the McKinsey/LeanIn study, Sandberg states:  “women who negotiate are 67 percent more likely than women who don’t [negotiate] to receive feedback that their personal style is “intimidating,” “too aggressive,” or “bossy,” and they are more likely to receive that kind of feedback than men who negotiate.” This is consistent with what Sandberg wrote in Lean In: “She is very ambitious is not a compliment in our culture.” “Men are continually applauded for being ambitious and powerful and successful, but women who display these same traits often pay a social penalty.” “When a man is successful, he is liked by both men and women.  When a woman is successful, people of both genders like her less.” “But since women are expected to be concerned with others, when they advocate for themselves or point to their own value, both men and women react unfavorably.” Sheryl Sandberg has asked women:  what would you do if you were not afraid? This blog is not legal advice, should not be construed as applying to specific factual situations or as establishing an attorney-client relationship.Follow me on Twitter at:  Jonathan__HR__Law. Last month, a study on gender and leadership conducted jointly by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Co. was published.  Accordingly to the study, women account for only 19 percent of the C-suite executives (based on responses from 132 companies).center_img The numbers are even more distressing if one focuses narrowly on Fortune 500 companies.  The percentage of female CEOs dropped in 2016 to only four percent.  Yes, four percent. Men have a perspective that is needed to tackle the problem.  Gender diversity is a “plus” and that includes in tackling gender bias. We need more male allies.  Of course, that means at looking at systemic issues. Needless to say, women are grossly underrepresented at the top.  And, that hurts women more directly but men too, because companies indisputably do better when there is gender (and other) diversity at the top. Continue to call out successes by men who work for and/or with you.  But make sure you do the same for women and with the same enthusiasm.  If you are aware that unconsciously this may not be your proclivity, you can consciously overcome the bias. If you begin to think that a woman is too assertive, pushy, bossy (get the picture?), focus on what she is doing and then ask yourself:  how would I react if Jim rather than Jane were engaging in this behavior?  Again, with conscious awareness of the potential unconscious double standard, you can overcome it. Use your voice to speak loud and often about the business benefits of gender diversity.  Yes, it is a moral issue, but money talks so talk money. Speak up when you hear assertive women called “bitch” or worse.  To ignore is to condone.  There is no such thing as a passive bystander if you are a leader. Engage in cross-gender sponsorship and mentorship.  Where men hold disproportionate power, this is necessary for women with potential to have access to power. Plus, you will learn as much as you impart. But there is a lot men with influence can do “in the moment” on a day to day basis.  Here are just a few examples: Don’t wait for a formal program. Time is of the essence.  I ask men:  how much will you do if you are secure? Sandberg’s article is a clarion call for companies to do more.  In this blog, I want to narrow the focus:  men must do more.last_img read more

Corporate Greed Versus Giving Back

first_imgYou know (actually, you don’t; that’s why I’m writing this), sometimes I get unexpected responses to things I mention. A little tradition I have with you (you didn’t know we had traditions?) is, I conclude each holiday season column with “Be nice to the bell ringers.”Last year I got an email from someone who thought that was a pretty funny line. Unfortunately (on many levels), I was being sincere. I know, it’s a rare thing, and where was he anyways when I was trying to be funny?My now 15-year-old daughter and I have rung those bells for the last seven or eight years together. It’s a tradition (not between you and me, but her and me) that I think she looks forward to more than I do. Her 11-year-old brother sometimes gets into it, but not so much. We’ve been out there in 60-degree weather as well as in snow and single-digit temperatures.- Sponsor – I share this with you because, first, you should be nice to the bell ringers (they could be me!), and, second, it’s nice to start off a column about how much retail and LP folks give back. Working in LP, you should know and, hopefully, participate in the difference we make in people’s lives on a daily basis.For example, Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, has made a $2-billion-dollar commitment to hunger relief efforts in the United States. That’s over and above the almost fifty non-profits that have been recipients of $1-million-dollar contributions, and scores more who’ve received at least $250,000 from them.Elsewhere in the retail world, the Macy’s Foundation granted over $27 million dollars to non-profit organizations across the U.S. in 2010. Macy’s focuses their contributions on education, the environment, HIV/AIDS research, and women’s issues.Gap, Inc. can boast their foundation head serves on the White House Council for Community Solutions. Their employee-driven community investments topped $16.5 million dollars last year.My former employer, Limited Brands, donated $9 million dollars to non-profits along with over $3 million in product donations. Their international efforts include rebuilding orphanages in Sri Lanka, supporting the blind in Vietnam, summer camps in Israel, and donating boats to fishermen in Indonesia.My current employer’s TJX Foundation supports over 1,300 local non-profits in the U.S. alone. Last year, TJX committed to a multiyear partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, a world leader in searching for answers in research and advancing care.On a smaller scale, our LP team took a leadership role in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks across the country in supporting or leading twenty-seven walks. A few of us even took pies to the face in a 45-minute, $2,000 fundraiser for the walks. (Don’t pretend you didn’t notice the picture of yours truly. The collective sighs of missing your chance were unnecessary.)What’s your team or company involved in? You know, the next time you hear a comment about corporate greed, why not take a minute to educate the uninformed. Retail is about making money for our shareholders, but we as an industry do an awful lot to give back.This year’s just about over, so from me to you, if you have a favorite charity you support, thank you. If you don’t, please think about finding one for next year. You might find out you get just as much out of it as those you help. I know I do.Once again—Be nice to the bell ringers! Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more