Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Artificial Intelligence, Borneo Orangutan, cameras, Conservation Solutions, Drones, Great Apes, Law Enforcement, Monitoring, Rainforests, Sensors, Surveying, Technology, Thermal Imagery, Wildtech A research team hailed a breakthrough in their imaging system’s ability to detect and identify orangutans in tropical rainforest.They now plan for computer algorithms to report back what a thermal camera has seen in real time.The researchers believe the system could also be used to spot poachers targeting rare species. A prototype system to identify rare species in real time using thermal-imaging cameras mounted on unmanned aircraft, or drones, passed its latest test when it successfully identified orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) in Borneo’s rainforest. Having previously used the technologies to detect spider monkeys in Mexico and riverine rabbits in South Africa, a team of scientists developing the system plan to have it ready for widespread use in two years.During field trials, the airborne thermal cameras detected 41 orangutans, each confirmed by observers on the ground. It also spotted proboscis monkeys, which it distinguished from the orangutans, and Asian elephants.Proboscis monkeys in Sabah, Malaysia. These monkeys are smaller than orangutan and they move in groups, while orangutans are typically solitary. Image courtesy of Liverpool John Moores University and WWF.Thermal-imaging cameras detect animals’ body heat, so they do not require sunlight or a flash to illuminate their subjects and can be used at night.The tropical rainforest trials demonstrated the cameras work in a challenging environment where animals are partially hidden by vegetation and where the heat of the wildlife could be masked by the temperature of the surrounding habitat.The research team found the camera was able to pick up animals’ heat signatures through gaps in the vegetation, and they worked at first light before the surrounding environment had warmed up. Orangutans’ arboreal nature also made them easier for aerial cameras to spot.An orangutan by day partially visible amidst the leafy vegetation. The thermal imagery used in the study could detect orangutans by their heat emission as well as humans could spot them on the ground but was faster and thus able to survey a much larger area of forest. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.“Two years from now, we’re hoping to roll this out as a ‘You tell us what you want, we can build a system that works for you,’” one of the team’s collaborators, Claire Burke, an astro-ecologist at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), told Mongabay in an interview. “We want this to be as useful as possible, which means we need to do field studies in as wide a range of environments, and with as many different species, as possible.”But it’s the scientists’ methods of processing the data that are ground-breaking, Burke said. As previously reported by Mongabay, this aspect of the project has come from the field of astrophysics.Different animals are warm and cold in different parts of their bodies, something which Burke calls their “unique thermal fingerprints.” The idea eventually is that object detection software on board the drones will be able to identify species from the images and notify researchers, saying what it has seen and where.An orangutan climbing in Sabah, Malaysia displays a unique thermal fingerprint. The underside of this animal is warmer than its back, which is covered by thick hair. Image courtesy of LJMU and WWF.“Every identification the system gives will come with a confidence value,” Burke said. “It will say, ‘I am 95 percent sure that was an orangutan’, or even ‘I am 60 percent sure that was a man hiding in the bush’, and if he’s not supposed to be there, then the local authorities can go and sort him out.”To date, the software has “learned” the thermal fingerprints of two species of antelope, rhinos, chimpanzees and baboons from trials conducted at a local safari park.Serge Wich, an expert in primate behavioral ecology also at LJMU and the project’s lead conservationist, told Mongabay that the system could allow researchers to obtain more precise estimates of orangutan numbers. Australian researchers have advanced a comparable method combining drones, thermal imagery, and machine learning to automatically survey koalas and other cryptic species in eucalyptus forests and estimate error rates.Currently, Wich explained, scientists estimate orangutan populations by counting their nests from the ground, but this method is cumbersome and time-consuming and may not detect declines of less than about 25 percent. In addition, many populations are counted by extrapolation because huge areas of habitat have not been surveyed.Counts from thermal images taken from drone-mounted cameras are potentially more accurate than ground counts and can also cover a much larger area in less time. Field workers counting animals in rainforest can cover about 200 meters (650 feet) in an hour, explained Burke, but a fixed-wing drone can cover a kilometer (0.6 miles) in 10 minutes – roughly 30 times quicker.The importance of flying in the evening or early morning. At 0700, the men walking are easily distinguished from the surrounding cool vegetation, whereas by 0930, the heat produced by the men is less obvious because the surroundings have also warmed up. Image courtesy of LJMU and WWF.“There are declines going on that we have not been spotting,” Wich said. “Our paper last year [in Current Biology] showed half the orangutan population of Borneo had disappeared between 1999 and 2015. That came as a big shock to us. By using this new system, we may be able to do more precise counts and over larger areas.”The team will next try out the system on bamboo lemurs, which live in marshy areas around Madagascar’s Lac Alaotra, providing a new challenge for the thermal-imaging and object detection technologies.Next steps in astro-ecology research Thermal-imaging cameras have trouble accurately picking up an animal’s heat signature in hot environments, and the current technology cannot capture images at high resolution. Wich said the system will probably work best for animals, such as other great apes, that are relatively large and usually found in the open or high up in a forest. The drones with thermal cameras they used to detect spider monkeys produced more reliable counts than ground surveys when monkeys were found in large numbers.The project’s Tarot X4 drone with TeAx Fusion Zoom dual thermal-visible spectrum cameras, ready to take off in the early morning when the air and vegetation are cooler than the warm bodies of orangutans and other large mammals. Image courtesy of LJMU and WWF.So far, the cameras have been attached to multi-rotor drones, which have a maximum flying time of 30 minutes. Once the software is fully developed, the team will switch to fixed-wing models, which fly for between one and two hours. Burke estimated a complete system could be assembled for about $13,000.The researchers are confident the system will also be able to spot and identify humans and could therefore be used by anti-poaching teams because poachers frequently operate under cover of darkness. “There’s lots of interest from national parks and private reserves,” Wich said. Article published by Sue Palminteri FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.
SACRAMENTO – Legislative leaders on Wednesday spent a second day in lengthy negotiations over a $140 billion state budget and said they were optimistic they would strike a deal before the end of the week. Earlier in the day, Democratic leaders of the Senate and Assembly canceled scheduled votes in their respective houses that would have signaled an impasse with Republicans. It was not clear exactly what concessions the two sides had discussed behind closed doors. But after three of the leaders unexpectedly emerged for a walk around the Capitol grounds, Senate Minority Leader Dick Ackerman said Republicans had proposed an across-the-board cut of 1percent to 2percent for all state agencies as a possible way to end the 18-day budget standoff. Republicans have been holding out for $2 billion in cuts, while Democrats want to preserve funding, especially for education and social service programs. Nu ez served a 2002 Insignia, a $150-a-bottle Napa red that won Wine Spectator magazine’s Wine of the Year award. The other bottle was a 2003 Quintessa Meritage valued at $224, according to the speaker’s office. Whether the two sides can agree in time to vote before Friday, when the Legislature is scheduled to leave for its summer recess, remains unclear. It typically takes two or three days from the time an agreement is reached for staffers to finalize all the numbers. That would mean a vote in the Legislature, if a deal is reached within days, would come Saturday or Sunday. The Legislature’s deadline to pass a budget was June 15, and Schwarzenegger was supposed to have signed it by July 1, the start of the new fiscal year. Hundreds of workers in the Capitol missed their first paychecks on Friday, and state contractors have not been paid since the beginning of the month. But under state rules, the vast majority of the state’s civil servants continue to get paid until a budget agreement is reached. Republicans have said they will not support a budget that fails to make significant progress in cutting the state’s operating deficit. Last month, a joint legislative committee controlled by Democrats approved a $140 billion state spending plan similar to the one Schwarzenegger released in May. The two Republicans on the committee voted against it, making it clear that party leaders and Schwarzenegger would have to hash out a deal to win the Legislature’s required two-thirds majority. California is one of only a handful of states to require a supermajority to approve the budget. Meeting that threshold requires two Republican votes in the Senate and six in the Assembly. The $140 billion budget plan approved by the committee last month was balanced in part by relying on $4.1 billion left over from a tax windfall from previous years. General fund spending in the 2007-08 budget year would exceed revenue by at least $1.5 billion. The general fund, the money the state uses to operate its ongoing programs, is about $104 billion, nearly the same as in the revised budget Schwarzenegger released in May. The larger budget figure includes special obligation funds and money to repay bonds the state has sold in years past to pay for a variety of projects. Democrats said their budget plan is a good one and has a larger reserve and smaller operating deficit than Schwarzenegger’s. Republicans, however, are insisting on the $2 billion in cuts. Economic data released last week emboldened their effort. Revenue estimates released Friday showed California collected $800 million less in tax money than expected in recent months. Republicans seized on the data, saying it proved the Legislature must do more to cut spending and balance the budget. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Everybody’s been using their imagination and looking for various ideas where we might be able to make some adjustments without necessarily hitting some of the programs that are important to Democrats,” said Ackerman, R-Tustin. “We want to try to make it a go, but all of these programs have had tremendous growth.” The legislative leaders said they would resume negotiations Thursday. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles, and Assembly Minority Leader Mike Villines, R-Clovis, promised to work together to quickly reach a final deal. “We’re doing as good a job as you can given the ideological differences,” Nu ez said. “We’ve made significant progress, and I’m feeling very good about it.” The joint appearance and upbeat attitude was a stark contrast to the past two weeks. It followed what apparently was a turning point Tuesday night in budget negotiations as the four party leaders discussed state finances over two bottles of fine red wine in Nu ez’s office. “The wine helped a little bit,” Ackerman said, chuckling to reporters. “He has good wine.”
This year the virus was detected in May in central Lancaster and in June in central Palmdale, both times in flocks of chickens kept by the mosquito-control district to detect mosquito-borne diseases, and in a dead starling in August in west Palmdale.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe virus was confirmed most recently in a chicken in a “sentinel” flock set out near 15th Street West and Avenue I to detect mosquito-borne diseases, and in two dead crows, one found near Avenue K and 10th Street West and one near Avenue K and 30th Street East. So far this year, five residents of Los Angeles County have been confirmed as infected with West Nile, but only one became ill enough to be hospitalized. Statewide, more than 170 people have been identified as infected and two have died – a decline from last year at this time, when nearly 600 people had been infected. Nineteen Californians died last year. The decline may be due to people taking steps to avoid mosquito bites or to efforts to kill mosquitoes and prevent them from breeding, Mellor said. Studies have differed over whether people are becoming more resistant to the virus. Since the virus first turned up in the Antelope Valley in 2003, it has sickened and killed birds and horses, but so far no people, officials said. LANCASTER – Three more birds have been confirmed as infected with the West Nile virus in Lancaster, mosquito-control officials said. The finds raise to eight the number of birds found with the mosquito-borne virus since spring in the Antelope Valley, but the nearest human cases have been in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys. “We hope we can get by again without any, but eventually there’s going to be a human case. We do as much as we can but there’s no way to eliminate all mosquitoes,” Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District entomologist Karen Mellor said. The virus is likely to remain a potential threat until about Halloween, when temperatures drop enough to end the mosquito season, she said.
1 Virgil van Dijk will join Liverpool from Southampton for £75million in January Jose Mourinho has responded to Virgil van Dijk’s £75million move by reminding Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp of his threat to quit football if astronomical fees became commonplace.The Reds have made the first significant move of the winter transfer window after agreeing a deal with Southampton to make Van Dijk the world’s most expensive defender.Confirmed: Liverpool to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton on January 1He will arrive at Anfield 18 months after Klopp insisted he wanted to “do it differently” following Paul Pogba’s then-world record £92.35million switch to Manchester United, with the German suggesting he did not want to be involved in the game if such amounts became the norm rather than the exception.Asked about Van Dijk’s move at his press conference on Friday, Mourinho said: “I think the one to speak about it in a specific way has to be Jurgen. If I was one of you I would ask him about his comments about one year ago (when Pogba signed).“Not speaking specifically about (the Van Dijk) case because in Liverpool they do what they want, and I am nobody to comment about what they do, (but) the reality is if they think the player is the right player for them, and they really want the player, they pay this amount or they don’t have the player. That’s the way the market is.“When we compare now the amount of money that certain managers and we try to compare that…not even with 10 years ago, (with) three years ago, it’s to compare the impossible.“Now you are going to say Virgil van Dijk is the most expensive defender in the history of football. Was he better than (Paolo) Maldini, (Giuseppe) Bergomi or (Rio) Ferdinand? You cannot say that.“It’s just the way the market is. You pay or you don’t pay. If you pay, you pay a crazy amount of money but if you don’t, you don’t have the player. It’s as simple as that.“No criticism at all about what Liverpool did. It’s just the way it is.”
ARCADIA – A mystery has taken root at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. Employees there are looking for a man known only as “Robert,” who showed up at the botanic gardens Monday with a fresh cutting of a highly invasive and poisonous weed never before seen in California. With a little help from Google Images, Arboretum botanist Frank McDonough quickly identified the two-and-a-half-foot branch as soda apple – a plant typically known for wreaking havoc in the South. “Nothing ever exciting happens when you’re a botanist,” said McDonough. “It’s kind of a black pleasure, finding something that could be a pest.” “I suspect he will be pretty willing to help,” Smith said, “once he realizes what a find he’s made.” firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4494 email@example.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Three to six feet tall when fully grown, soda apple has thorny stems with broad, droopy leaves and white flowers that develop into marble-sized, toxic fruits that are first green with white markings, then leathery and yellow when mature. Soda apple can spread quickly, displacing natural plants and covering fields with leaves that are noxious to livestock. This relative of the potato can also host diseases that attack vegetable crops. Naturally, McDonough was anxious to learn how it found its way to his office – and whether it’s taken root in California. “If this thing is spreading, it could cause a real problem,” he said. McDonough thought a quick call to the phone number Robert left would provide him answers to his questions. But his efforts have so far proven fruitless: He has been calling for three days now to no avail. On Thursday, McDonough dropped the plant off with the county for official identification. Protocol calls for a survey to be done around the area where the plant is first found to prevent its spread, said Ray Smith, deputy director of the county’s agricultural commission. But without help from Robert, officials have no idea where to start.
2 Getty Images – Getty Aston Villa vs Liverpool (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTLiverpool vs Monterrey (Wednesday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Leicester (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester United vs Colchester (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTMiddlesbrough vs Stoke (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Arsenal (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTAston Villa vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Cardiff vs Preston (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Leicester (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTSheffield Wednesday vs Bristol City (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 2 Ally McCoist believes Aston Villa should prioritise the Premier League and field a weakened team in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-final clash against Liverpool.Dean Smith’s side will face a young and inexperienced Reds team in the Villa Park clash – LIVE ON talkSPORT – as Jurgen Klopp has taken the majority of his first-team squad out to Qatar for the FIFA Club World Cup. Liverpool Under-23 coach Neil Critchley will take charge of a young Reds team against Aston Villa Some of the club’s youngsters who were expected to play against Villa were taken to the Middle East, including 18-year-old midfielder and U23s captain Curtis Jones and right-back Neco Williams, which means the Liverpool team led by U23s boss Neil Critchley will be even more under-strength than first thought.The Villans are therefore huge favourites to progress to the last-four and reach their first major semi-final since they were FA Cup runners-up in the 2015/16 season.But with their next four league games all coming against relegation rivals, Southampon, Norwich, Watford and Burnley, McCoist believes Smith should be cautious about playing his top stars.Villa currently sit 17th in the league table and are only above the relegation zone on goal difference.Speaking ahead of the talkSPORT’s live commentary game, McCoist said: “It’s as good an opportunity Villa will get [to win a cup] in a long time, but the league is the priority.“If Villa were sitting further up the table in relative safety, I would without a doubt play a strong side to win the game.“But financially everything would tell you Villa’s priority must be to remain in the Premier League and you’ve got to gear everything towards that.“What if you played Jack Grealish against Liverpool, he gets injured against and then misses those vital games?” McCoist says Jack Grealish and Aston Villa’s other top stars should be rested for the game against Liverpool’s youngsters LIVE on talkSPORT Getty Images – Getty Check out all the live commentaries coming up across our network this week… However, Sports Breakfast host Alan Brazil disagreed and argued: “If Villa get into the semi-final, Villa at Wembley, it would give the team a boost!”And McCoist replied: “There’s no argument about that, you’re absolutely correct, but what is Dean Smith’s priority?“I’m desperate for Villa to stay up, but it’s not guaranteed.“I would leave Grealish out. If it means they’ve got a better chance of winning their upcoming league fixtures, I think they should.”
Rising temperatures and sunshine are heralding the real beginnings of spring in Donegal today.Met Eireann have forecast mild weather for the beginning of the week, but it is not expected to last until St. Patrick’s Day.Temperatures are expected to reach a pleasant high of 13 degrees today and remain very mild until the end of the week. Daytime averages are forecast to be above 10 degrees from Monday to Thursday. Monday-Wednesday are forecast to have dry cloudy days with many spells of sunshine. Moderate breezes of 20-30km/h will keep up a fresh spring air. Rain is to return on Thursday afternoon and end the dry sunny spells.The luck of the Irish is not expected to be on Donegal’s side for St. Patrick’s Day. Rain is forecast to set in from the morning and spread throughout the county and remain persistent during the day. Winds will also be high for the day of festivities. Temperatures on Friday are forecast to be much cooler at 6-9 degrees.Spring has sprung in Donegal – but will it last until St. Patrick’s Day? was last modified: March 13th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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) Tags:springSt Patrick’s Dayweather
But for me, the biggest personal take-away happened after the session, and in the conversations with the folks that came up to the stage to chat with the panelists. During the session, an audience member asked about the value of Pinterest as a recruiting tool. As I recall, Jeremy indicated that he had not personally seen much usefulness there, and I made a (lame) joke about needing to delete my Pinterest account. But essentially our panel did not have much positive to say about Pinterest in the recruiting context. The last dispatch from me from #SHRM12, aka, the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition which wrapped up yesterday from Atlanta. Where was I? Oh, yeah, wrapping up the final day at #SHRM12 which for me was highlighted by the panel discussion I was fortunate to be asked to moderate, titled ‘Is Social Recruiting Really Working?’ and that featured industry leaders and experts Robert Hohman, CEO of Glassdoor.com, industry analyst and legend John Sumser, and Jeremy Langhans, who leads Global Brand and Talent Attraction for Expedia. But after the session an audience member, someone in Talent Acquisition from a major retail brand that you have absolutely heard of, told us that for them, Pinterest was, in her words, ‘gold’. The kinds of people that the brand would want to find and connect with were all over Pinterest, were really engaged, and definitely wanted more interaction and communication with the brand. So while for us guys on the panel, laughing off Pinterest might have made sense from our limited world view, but for this major organization, the platform is starting to represent an increasingly important source for recruiting. Every organization’s experience, approach, and results in social recruiting is going to be unique. While there are some general guiding principles and leading practices that are emerging, (and we talked about many of them on the panel), there are no true and repeatable recipes for success that will be successful in all situations. One size does not fit all. In fact, it hardly fits anyone. It was, I thought, a really good discussion overall, with some insights, shared experiences, and even a few laughs – particularly when Jeremy was getting talking points texted to him during the session! Aside: which major industry event will be the first one to actually adopt as its ‘official’ name the event hash tag? It would be kind of cool to see SHRM or some other organization to just drop the tired and formal sounding ‘Conference and Exposition’ part and just go with #SHRM12 as the event name. It was a good lesson to learn, and I am thankful for the attendee who shared her view with us after the session. The panel discussion was, I think, pretty lively from the start. It took about three minutes before the panelists were (respectfully) disagreeing with each other, which I’ve always felt is one sign of an interesting panel discussion. As the panelists stepped through and discussed some of the common perceptions and assumptions surrounding social media for recruiting, several common themes and best practices did start to emerge: the need for organizations to be more open and committed to engaging with candidates on social platforms, that trusting your employees to fairly portray the brand message is paramount, and that HR and Recruiting can — and should — work closely with their internal social media experts in Marketing and PR to help define, tune, and communicate the brand message. The bigger point? Thanks again to the panel members, and to the team at Glassdoor.com for making the panel possible, and for including me in the event. And I promise, no more on #SHRM12 from me!
Credit: Sharlyn Lauby’s HR Bartender Blog Delegation is an important activity for leaders. If managers want to be successful, they must learn how to delegate effectively. Here’s the reason why: managers will never be able to move up within the organization, take an uninterrupted vacation, participate in a special project, or enjoy a day of training if they are unable to delegate. Every time they leave their office, they will be pestered, emailed, texted, and voice mailed all day long.Don’t get me wrong, sometimes managers do have to be consulted about emergencies and out of the ordinary situations. But teams should be able to handle a few days without their manager’s constant glare. In fact, if a manager is on vacation and an emergency happens, their employees should be able to consult with another manager who is around and comfortable with making decisions – instead of contacting someone on vacation.Because delegation is such a critical skill, it’s important to identify the conditions that need to be present for a manager to delegate effectively. There are two key situations when managers should delegate:When the working relationship is strong and trusting. Managers should have confidence that their employees can do the task. They need to tell employees that they are confident the employee will do a great job. It’s okay for there to be a little apprehension. It’s the first time a manager is delegating the task. It’s the first time the employee is doing the task on their own. But delegation is moving in the right direction when it’s perceived in a positive way and as a growth opportunity (versus the employee is being set up to fail.)When the employee is ready to do the task. Managers need a working knowledge of the skills and abilities necessary to complete the work. An example would be if a manager wants to assign an employee to do a report. The report is completed in Microsoft Excel. Obviously, the employee needs to know Excel in order to do the report. Managers will want to make sure that the employee is capable of doing all the individual parts before delegating. And if there’s some skill the employee is missing, then make sure they get the necessary training to feel comfortable completing the work.So, the next time you’re wondering, “Should I delegate that or do it myself?” Answer these three questions:Am I confident that the employee can do the work? We need to trust that our employees have pride in themselves and their work. They will work hard to accomplish the task.Is the employee capable of doing the work? They might not be perfect the first time they complete the assignment. But chances are, we weren’t either. Keep in mind, it’s also possible they will do a great job.Does the employee want to do the work? Employees need to know how this new task fits into their existing workload. They want to understand how the task benefits them and the organization.If by chance, you ask yourself these questions and the answer is “no,” that’s not the end of the matter. While managers might choose not to delegate the task, the follow-up question is to ask “Why?” and “What do I need to do to delegate this task?” Not being able to delegate something isn’t as much a reflection on the employee as it is on the manager and their ability to develop their people.