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Ronda Rousey attends US Marine Corps Ball, honouring guarantee to young Marine

Posted December 13, 2015 16:28:04

UFC fighter Ronda Rousey has attended the Marine Corps Ball in South Carolina, honouring a promise she produced to a bold young US Marine who asked her to attend the occasion with him.

It was Rousey’s initial public appearance since her defeat at the hands of Holly Holm in the UFC women’s bantamweight title fight in Melbourne last month.

In August, Lance Corporal Jarrod Haschert posted a video online asking his “celebrity crush” if she would be his date for the ball.

“I love everything you do and I believe that you are a phenomenal individual, which is why it would be my honour to take you to the Marine Corps Ball,” he mentioned.

“I really hope this does not get in the way of your education … but I hope you will take this into consideration since if you do, you will genuinely be creating my dream come correct.”

The video soon went viral, and in September, Rousey said she would “gladly accept” the invitation.

Rousey has kept a low profile because she was beaten in November — her 1st defeat — but she honoured her guarantee and attended the ball.

Rousey told TMZ, who spotted her en route to the ball, that she had promised she would go.

“I promised I’d go. It really is an honour to be asked,” she mentioned.

“Honestly, I’d probably stay on my couch, crying and consuming ice cream if he hadn’t asked me. So it’s probably a great issue.”

In an Instagram post following the occasion, Rousey thanked Lance Corporal Haschert for “becoming such a gentleman”.

“Thank you Lance Corporal Jarrod Haschert for taking me to the Marine Corps Ball, being such a gentleman, and placing a smile on my face once more,” she wrote.

External Hyperlink: Jarrod Haschert asks Ronda Rousey to the marine corps ball

Topics: human-interest, social-media, united-states

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Australia tends to make u-turn on Manus Island road renewal guarantee

Updated December 11, 2015 21:01:43

The Australian Government has renewed a pledge to fix Manus Island’s primary road following community leaders mentioned it tried to renege on the promise, portion of a package of incentives to host the asylum seeker processing centre.

The pledge to re-seal the 30-kilometre road from the Manus provincial capital Lorengau to Momote airport was made when the Papua New Guinea government agreed to permit Australia to reopen the centre in 2012.

Audio: Australian U-turn on Manus Island’s principal road (Pacific Beat)

The pledge was part of a $ 37 million dollar help package for Manus, efficiently a sign of appreciation from the Australian Government for the hosting of its asylum seekers and refugees.

Sixteen million dollars was committed to re-sealing the road and the rehabilitation of two bridges.

Manus Island officials told Pacific Beat that Australian officials lately informed them that cost blow-outs meant only part of the road would be re-sealed.

“They told us that it is only going to be sealed as far as Lolak Bridge, that would be just below two-fifths of the road,” stated Ronnie Knight, the MP for Manus Island.

But following inquiries by the ABC, the Australian Government has announced it will honour the pledge, with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) releasing a statement saying “Australia is funding upkeep to the road, including a re-seal”.

Asked to clarify if the complete road would be resealed, a DFAT spokeswoman said it would, “in line with community expectations”.

DFAT stated the roadworks must be completed about the middle of next year.

The governor of Manus Island, Charlie Benjamin, has welcomed the modify of heart.

“Firstly, I consider they could see that the government of Manus and the folks of Manus are not content at all. And I also think that possibly you coming in, as Australian media, I believe that almost certainly helped,” he said.

“We have by no means been informed of this news [the renewed pledge to total the roadworks]. In reality two weeks ago we had been informed they will not continue,” he stated.

Cease-commence roadworks

The road from Lorengau to Momote airport is the island’s primary transport artery and is in quite undesirable condition.

In some places the potholes are 80 centimetres deep, so deep that even heavy trucks get bogged.

So when the Australian Government announced as part of the help package that it would re-seal the complete road, locals rejoiced.

But senior local officials told the ABC that Australian gvernment representatives announced the downgrade in the course of a meeting with officials about two months ago.

“Nobody’s content with it. I can’t speak for the governor but I know that senior bureaucrats walked out of the briefing, they did not finish it, they walked out in disgust,” Mr Knight mentioned.

“The nearby men and women are very upset about it because all the gravel has been extracted from the Mamote location, and these trucks that they’ve been employing to extract gravel from those blocks have been [additional] tearing-up the road.”

Governor Charlie Benjamin backs Mr Knight’s story that Australian officials told his bureaucrats that the complete road would no longer be sealed.

“That was for the duration of that meeting when all of the stakeholders met and we were advised that they can no longer construct to the airport,” he said.

“The explanation that was offered was that they had committed the 36 million kina ($ 16 million) to the road, but at the time of the assessment the road was in a great situation. But following the plan was on, then all of the large autos came and broken the road.”

Mr Benjamin stated the announcement outraged locals.

“The reaction of the provincial government was that this was just unacceptable. They just had to stand up and [get] out of the meeting. The folks are extremely upset.”

Topics: refugees, immigration, community-and-society, road-transport, international-help-and-trade, papua-new-guinea, pacific

1st posted December 11, 2015 20:58:04

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Constructive team mood does not guarantee far better performance

Posted December 03, 2015 08:41:41

A highly positive team atmosphere can be beneficial, but only if the members have the skills to manage that emotion productively, according to new research.

And whether a positive group mood is good for productivity or not may be influenced by what type of task a team has to carry out, said organisational psychologist Associate Professor Ashlea Troth of the Griffith Business School.

The findings were published recently in the journal Cognition and Emotion.

“Positive mood does not always link to performance. It very much depends on the type of task and on the emotional skills of the group as well,” said Dr Troth.

“In some situations it might be a distraction. It’s not a one size fits all.”

Since the early 1980s, psychologists have been studying what they call the “affective tone” of the workplace, where entire groups of people take on emotions including happiness, enthusiasm, anger or apathy.

It’s good to muck around and be incredibly cohesive but it can lead to poor performance if you can’t rein it in.

Associate Professor Ashlea Troth

“It’s almost like this process of emotional contagion happens where people within a team start to catch each others’ emotions and they start to converge in terms of the emotions they experience,” said Dr Troth.

And as team-based structures in the workplace become more common, there is increasing interest in how emotion in teams affects productivity.

While you might be forgiven for thinking a more positive team mood would lead to better team performance, actual research on this has produced conflicting results.

Team mood and productivity experiments

Dr Troth’s PhD student Ms Amy Collins ran two different studies involving 70 groups of students (ranging from three to six members) to investigate how a positive team mood affected productivity.

In one experiment, groups had to make a team decision where they were faced with a hypothetical survival situation involving a plane crash-landing in a wilderness area.

Each group had to rank 12 items — including a compass, hand axe, newspapers, ball of steel wool, cigarette lighter, loaded pistol, piece of canvas, chocolate bar and a bottle of whiskey — for their importance in surviving that scenario.

They had 15 minutes to come to both individual and consensus rankings, which were then compared to those from survival experts.

In another experiment, groups had to generate ideas about what new business should replace a hypothetically bankrupt campus restaurant. The group had to come up with as many creative solutions as possible within 10 minutes.

In both experiments researchers measured the team’s mood and emotional skills.

Overall, the results were mixed. Some groups with a more positive mood performed better, but others performed worse.

Managing the emotion of others is important

Regardless of the task, however, one specific emotional skill consistently determined if a positive mood delivered better performance: the ability to manage the emotions of others.

The ability to manage the emotion of others is part of the set of skills called emotional intelligence.

The skill is important, for example, in being able to calm down an angry colleague or settle down someone who is having the sort of fun at work that distracts from the task at hand.

Having people with this ability in the group also guards against groupthink, in which members of a group don’t independently express their views.

“They can pick up on cues more, and are more likely to get other people to express their views,” said Dr Troth.

She said groupthink, which can stifle creative thinking and problem solving, is particularly common in highly cohesive groups, and cohesiveness is in turn more common in groups with a positive mood.

Dr Troth said the “counterintuitive” finding that some positive groups did worse than less positive groups (found in the consensus decision-making task) made sense once the researchers realised this was the case only when the group was low in the ability manage each others’ emotions.

One way a lack of such emotional intelligence could have hindered productivity with this task is by there being no moderation of the impact of someone joking around so much they distracted focus from the task at hand.

“It’s good to muck around and be incredibly cohesive but it can lead to poor performance if you can’t rein it in,” said Dr Troth.

The sense of oneness felt by a happy group could also have led to them becoming complacent, or a victim of groupthink.

By contrast, said Dr Troth, the link between positive mood and good performance (found in the brainstorming task) was accompanied by high group emotional intelligence, which could have created a supportive environment where people felt free to express their ideas.

As well as the moderating influence of emotional intelligence, the impact of positive team mood on productivity could also be influenced by the specific tasks being carried out.

For example, she said, the need to contain jokes and maintain focus on a task may have been more important in reaching consensus than a brainstorming exercise.

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Topics: science-and-technology, psychology, anthropology-and-sociology, community-and-society, australia

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Only a separate regulator can guarantee BBC independence, says Tony Hall

‘The truth is that a five-year charter would successfully dangle a Sword of Damocles more than the BBC’s head – calling our future into query at every single election.’ Photograph: Reuters

Tony Hall is to turn out to be the very first director basic of the BBC to argue for complete external regulation of the corporation, in an intervention intended to defend it from political interference.

In a speech on the independence of the corporation, Hall will argue that key reforms to the governing charter must in future be approved by a two-thirds majority of parliament. He will add that public oversight by way of on the web polls should also be introduced prior to important alterations are created to the BBC.

Hall’s words are likely to add to growing help for media regulator Ofcom to take over from the a lot criticised BBC Trust following charter renewal at the end of 2016. His apparent help for the move tends to make him the 1st director general to argue for a totally separate regulator that “holds our feet firmly to the fire on distinctiveness”.

Connected: The battle for the BBC | Charlotte Higgins

The speech in Cardiff on Monday evening comes soon after controversial negotiations that have currently seen the government impose the £700m price of totally free licence costs for the more than-75s on the BBC before publication of a wideranging green paper. Even though the government agreed some financial concessions in return, the size and scope of the BBC is now firmly in the spotlight.

“Despite the cuts, we can nevertheless provide our audiences a greater BBC for significantly less,”Hall will argue. “But not if we are bound down with tie soon after tie. Not if, getting reduce our cash, the charter also cuts our creative freedom to reinvent our solutions, or our industrial freedom to make up the shortfall.

“I don’t want a system that stifles us … that tells us how to do our job, rather than the job we need to be carrying out. That freezes today’s BBC in aspic so that we can not respond to tomorrow or says that our services must be scheduled by our competitors rather than for our audiences.”

Hall will counter critics who wanted to constrain the BBC and make a pitch for inventive decision-creating free of charge from political or market forces. “Some think that the BBC should only be able to create what the marketplace does not. That our creativity should begin only where other people fail, constantly second-guessing the industry and backing away from the most promising concepts.

“Some want every single part of the nation to have an precise proportion of the licence charge spent on it, regardless of where the ideal suggestions are located. Or they want to decide on how to ringfence our spending. Or even just decrease our audience, regardless of regardless of whether – as in the last charter – we got there by becoming more distinctive.”

Only a BBC totally free from interference, he will say, would be best in a position to contribute to the UK economy. “It is independence that should allow us that creative freedom. Aware of the marketplace, but not led by it. Answerable to parliament, but totally free from political influence. Not obtaining to navigate no-go places or define “good” in advance … but enabling programme makers to concentrate on creating their programmes, and letting danger of failure be the price of achievement.”

Hall will use comedies such as Blackadder and The Office as examples of material the BBC was able to take a danger on and enable time to create.

In an try to stay away from producing the complaint sound party-political, Hall will point out how the relationship amongst government and the BBC has deteriorated more than the previous two decades. He returned to the corporation as director basic in 2013 and was “struck by a key change”.

“The foundations of the BBC’s independence became weaker. The traditions and informal arrangements which protected it had been eroded. Politicians had not done this deliberately – it happened below all parties.

“First, the licence fee was spent on factors that had been not straight to do with broadcasting. On digital switchover. On rural broadband and local Television. Then twice it was settled with no a full process.”

The culture secretary, John Whittingdale, has said he regrets the manner in which the behind-closed-doors negotiation to agree a monetary settlement was created this summer time. Hall is to say that regulation must be removed from politics by ending the commitment to review the charter each 5 years. Instead, the BBC reiterated calls to extend the charter to an 11-year period.

“The truth is that a five-year charter would successfully dangle a Sword of Damocles more than the BBC’s head – calling our future into query at each election and stopping the corporation from organizing or investing in any extended-term, sustainable way.”

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