Prominent Local Leader Passed Away Sunday

first_imgThadious Wayne Hooper, 86, of the Speedwell community, Cullowhee, died Sunday February 7, 2016 following a period of declining health.Wayne was born August 21, 1929, in Speedwell to the late William Clinton and Maude Bumgarner Hooper. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Kenneth, Raymond and Ralph Hooper, an infant sister, and a nephew, Anthony Hooper. Wayne was a 1948 graduate of Cullowhee High School. He joined the US Army in 1951 and served as a tank commander during the Korean War. He attained the rank of staff sergeant. Following an honorable discharge from the Army, he graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial technology. He served as postmaster of the Cullowhee Post Office from 1961 to 1973 then spent the next five years in the construction business. He built and ran the Speedwell General Store during that time. In November, 1978, Wayne was elected Chairman of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners. He held that elected position until his retirement in 1994. During his tenure as commissioner, he served as President of the NC Association of County Commissioners and was a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Wayne was a member of the Speedwell United Methodist Church and a 50-year member of the East LaPorte Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed fly fishing, hunting, camping and travel, and always kept his family members his highest priority.Wayne is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sue Smith Hooper, daughters Dana Hooper Wiseman and Christi Hooper (husband, Billy Freeman), and a brother, Gordon Hooper (wife, Sue). He is also survived by grandchildren, Brent Wiseman, Mary Grace Davis, Bo Wiseman and Ellie Freeman, twenty-two nieces and nephews and their families.A memorial service is planned for Friday, February 12, 2016, at 2 pm, at the chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services in Sylva, with the Reverend Verlin Bryson officiating, assisted by Dana Tucker. The family will receive friends Friday from noon until 2 pm at Appalachian Funeral Services. A private interment will take place at the Hooper-Speedwell Cemetery.The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hooper-Speedwell Cemetery Fund, care of Janette Fox, 376 Silver Fox Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723. An online registry is available atwww.appalachianfuneralservices.comlast_img read more

Springboks give Meyer a winning start

first_img11 June 2012The Springboks gave Heynecke Meyer a winning start in his first match as national coach, beating England 22-17 at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday evening.It was a tight contest and the teams were level at half-time, but the Boks lifted their game in the second half to pull away from the tourists, who scored a late consolation try to pull within seven points of the home side.After the game, Meyer admitted that he had delivered a half-time blast to his charges, which clearly had the desired effect, as South Africa dominated the third quarter of the contest to pull clear.“At some stages I really thought we played great rugby,” he said after the test. “We moved the ball around and I was happy with the result, but we butchered one or two tries and you need to finish those in test match rugby.‘Very high standards’“I think that this team has been so great from the start, they have got very high standards, so, although there were some hard words, they knew that they had to step up in the second half.”Assessing England’s performance, Meyer said: “I thought that England were brillant in the way that they put pressure on the nine [scrumhalf], and they pressed very hard in midfield, so we made a few changes to our tactical kicking in the second half, which worked.“I thought the first 20 minutes they pressed very hard and we should have played more tactically, but the plan was always to open up the game in the second half.“I thought England’s tactical kicking was much better than ours in the first half, they put the ball in behind us and moved us around, so we couldn’t get any quick ball or momentum, but once we changed things in the second half, it went much better.”ScrumsThe Springboks’ tight scrums, especially, were impressive as the front row of Beast Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis and Jannie du Plessis ruled the roost. Later, replacements Coenie Oosthuizen and Adriaan Strauss ensured the Springboks remained in the ascendancy.All three South African debutants – Marcell Coetzee, Eben Etzebeth and Juandre Kruger – delivered in their first matches in the green and gold.Importantly, the more established players showed strong leadership and contributed significantly to the South African victory, with men such as captain Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana and Francois Steyn standing out.England competed intensely at the breakdowns in the first half and did a good job of making matters difficult for the Springboks, but once the Boks started protecting their own ball better and challenging the English ball more effectively, they were able to play more of the game on the front foot.Flyhalf Morne Steyn, very unusually for him, had an off day with the boot in windy conditions. Had he kicked to his usual high standards, the game would not have been as close as the final scoreline suggests it was.The matchEarly on, Habana launched a good counter-attack after fielding a kick. The ball was moved wide to Pietersen, but the big wing was forced into touch.A couple of minutes later, England were awarded a penalty after the Boks were blown up for playing the ball on the ground at a ruck. Owen Farrell took a shot at goal and was successful, putting the tourists into a 3-0 lead.In the 12th minute, flank Willem Alberts made a strong break from a ruck after Habana had put good pressure on fullback Mike Brown from a high-up-and-under launched by flyhalf Steyn. When Alberts went to ground, the English slowed the South African ball and referee Steve Walsh awarded a penalty against them.LevelMorne Steyn was on target with his kick at goal and the sides were level at 3-3.England hit the front once more in the 27th minute after winning a penalty at a breakdown and Farrell again hit the target.South Africa stormed back onto the attack and within three minutes were on level terms once more thanks to a Morne Steyn penalty.Just before the break, Steyn had an opportunity to put South Africa in front, but a shot of goal drifted well wide of the right hand upright.Springbok tryThe Springboks upped their intensity in the second half and it paid off after eight minutes when Morne Steyn went over for a try. It began when captain De Villiers made good ground up the left flank. The ball was then brought back to the right where Alberts broke through a tackle before finding Jannie Du Plessis on the charge.The big prop barrelled towards the tryline, but was stopped just five metres short of the whitewash. Etzebeth did well to make some ground from slow ball and then Patrick Lambie, on for Zane Kirchner, was stopped mere centimetres short of the line.Francois Hougaard was then stopped and Beast Mtawarira came within sniffing distance of the line. The ball was moved right again and Morne Steyn, with JP Pietersen outside of him, sold a dummy before going over for the five-pointer. His conversion attempt passed to the left of the posts and South Africa led 11-6.The men in green and gold had a chance to extend their lead when they won a penalty 10 metres out and right in front of the posts, but scrumhalf Hougaard inexplicably took a quick penalty instead of the almost certain three points, which left coach Meyer gesturing unhappily towards the field.Second tryOn the hour mark, Francois Steyn fielded a high-up-and-under from England scrumhalf Ben Youngs midway between the English 22-metre line and the 10-metre line. He neatly off-loaded to Habana, who hit the ball at speed.When he was tackled midway inside the English 22, Ruan Pienaar, on for Hougaard, moved the ball swiftly to the right. De Villiers received it in space, pinned his ears back, cut in slightly and bashed his way over the line for the Springboks’ second try.South Africa led 16-6 after Steyn missed the conversion, but England were soon within seven points when Farrell slotted a third penalty to make it 16-9.Two penalties by Steyn followed in the next 10 minutes, leaving South Africa 22-12 ahead with only two minutes to play.England tryWith time up, England finally crossed the Springboks’ tryline. They made ground into the South African 22 and forced a ruck before passing the ball out wide to Ben Foden, who crashed over in the corner despite a desperate tackle attempt by Francois Steyn.Farrell’s attempt to go five from five in the difficult kicking conditions was wide and the final whistle sounded with South Africa 22-17 winners.It was hard-hitting contest and unfortunately for England’s South African-born centre Brad Barritt, formerly of the Sharks, he was one of two big casualties for England on the day.SurgeryBarritt suffered a lacerated eyeball, which required surgery. He is, however, expected to be fit for the third test. Fullback Mike Brown injured a thumb and will miss the rest of the series.Zane Kirchner’s fitness is questionable after he injured a knee.The Springboks and England next meet on Saturday at Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg. Before that, the tourists play a midweek match against the SA Barbarians South in Kimberley on Wednesday.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Maverick Awards give recognition to young SA entrepreneurs

first_imgThe awards were held in Edenvale, to the east of Johannesburg on 26 June, with 19 finalists vying for awards in 10 different categories, as well as for the overall Maverick of the Year AwardBevan Ducasse, the CEO of wiGroup walked away with the inaugural Maverick of the Year Award, which seeks to “recognise, acknowledge as well as celebrate the entrepreneurial genius and prowess displayed by young, hard-nosed entrepreneurs”.Ducasse also won the the Technology Innovation award for wiGroup, which is a platform provider the specialises in point-of-sale mobile transactions, that includes money transfers and payments, coupons and vouchers, and loyalty programmes.The awards were held in Edenvale, to the east of Johannesburg on 26 June, with 19 finalists vying for awards in 10 different categories, as well as for the overall Maverick of the Year Award. The Awards were hosted by Under 35 Mavericks, a 100% youth-owned specialist enterprise development consultancy focused on the sustainable development of young, innovative, high impact, high growth entrepreneurs throughout Africa. Sponsors included Brand South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Mercedes-Benz South Africa, South African Airways and others.The MC for the night was Sisa Ntshona, the former head of enterprise development at Absa, with the main speaker for the night being Gauteng MEC for Infrastructure and Development, Nandi Mayathula-Khoza. Other speakers included Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Sello Hatang; Mercedes-Benz SA group corporate affairs manager Mayur Bhana; Wits Business School’s Centre for Entrepreneurship director Chimene Chetty; and under 35 Mavericks founder Bokang Seritsane.Winners in the categories included:The Emerging Maverick (Entrepreneur) Award – Lize Fouche, founder of Number 1 Foods, a Port Elizabeth-based foodstuffs company that manufactures muesli.Employment Creation Award – Josh Cox, founder of Trade-Mark Trust, a non-profit organisation (registered as a Trust) that connects homeowners wanting to do renovations with the very best, handpicked artisans from the townships.People Planet Profit Award – Misha Teasdale, founder of Greenpop, a social business that plants trees and invites everyone to join the “treevolution”.Without Borders Award – Misha Teasdale, founder of Greenpop.Marketing Innovation Award – Gareth Moll, founder GroundUp Media, which provides photography and videography services to both small and large businesses.Service Innovation Award – Alex Fourie, founder of iFix, a South African company that specialises in repairing Apple devices and RiCharge, a designer and manufacturer of mobile charging solutions.Green Innovation Award – Brian Mpono, founder of Khwezi Oils, which refines waste cooking oil into biofuel.Technology Innovation Award – Bevan Ducasse, founder of wiGroupBlue Ocean Innovation Award – Murray Legg, founder of SA Cardiosynthetics, a venture financed business that is pursuing the commercialisation of a patented heart valve design.last_img read more

Health Care: The Rush to Achieve “Meaningful Use” (and Payout)

first_imgShort term there are big incentives for health care providers to implement electronic health records.  But after the initial burst of stimulus money is gone, will these new systems really be sustainable and at least as cost effective as existing systems?  The answer seems obvious since the advantages and efficiencies of electronic data management are typically superior to equivalent paper-based systems.A problem is that in order to maximize any stimulus payouts, EHR systems must be in place before the July 2011 deadline.  The worry is that many health organizations may be rushing ahead too quickly, looking only at the stimulus dollars and not being careful enough in their planning.Beacon Partners, a health-care consultancy, survey 200 hospitals to find how they are approaching electronic health records and IT management.Currently most health organizations spend less than 5 percent of their capital budgets on IT.  Clinical equipment and facilities is where most of the spending dollars go.70 percent worry most about the quality of application reporting in order to qualify for “Meaningful Use”, the criteria for receiving stimulus funding80 percent say if they achieve “Meaningful Use” that they will maintain or increase their IT investments60 percent said that they are working on implementing health information exchanges (HIE), 15 percent already have an HIE,  and 25 percent are in the planning stages.More than three-quarter of  hospitals prefer single-vendor solutions for inpatient applications rather than best of breed solutions.40 percent plan to enhance their patient and physician web portalslast_img read more

While Facebook & Twitter Sit on Sidelines, MySpace Jumps Into Bulk User Data Sales

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#MySpace#news#NYT#social networks#web Related Posts The 22 sets of data being made available are cheap. Prices range from $10 for raw dumps from the MySpace API to $300 for everything broken out by latitude and longitude. Subsequently derived data sets can be put on sale by InfoChimps users as well, with a revenue split.Analysis coming from the data could include things like music trends per zipcode, popular URLs being shared, etc. MySpace is generally thought of as a social network on the decline, but if it is able to position itself as the place to do music still then its hundreds of millions of users could remain engaged. Will data scientists want this data, though? Time will tell, but MySpace has long done cooler things with data than competitors Facebook and Twitter and people haven’t gotten terribly excited about it yet.Related: See today’s coverage of the cancelation of the Netflix Challenge due to privacy concerns.Bulk user data has tremendous analytical potential and both Facebook and Twitter have thrown the breaks on 3rd parties offering up their user data more than once. We covered InfoChimps’ offering of bulk Twitter data in depth this Fall, but the marketplace quietly removed that data after Twitter asked them to “wait” for a second time.In February we profiled Pete Warden (The Man Who Looked Into Facebook’s Soul), a developer who planned on putting a huge pile of Facebook user data online for academic analysis. As we wrote in that article:If what people call Web 2.0 was all about creating new technologies that made it easy for everyday people to publish their thoughts, social connections and activities, then the next stage of innovation online may be services like recommendations, self and group awareness, and other features made possible by software developers building on top of the huge mass of data that Web 2.0 made public.Days later Facebook contacted Warden days later and asked him to hold off on release of that data as well. Last week Warden posted open source code for harvesting the same type of bulk user data from Google Profiles, so the game’s not up yet, not by a long shot.Why is this kind of big data interesting? This rational may be less applicable in the case of MySpace given its focus on music, or it may be more applicable given the allegedly poorer user demographics on the site compared to Facebook, but here’s how I explained my interest in big social network data analysis in general, as part of a discussion about an excellent special report on big data in the Economist this month.I think in big data there lies a lot of hidden patterns that represent both opportunities for action and for reflection. At RWW we’re working on trying to find ways to mine data to find news first (we’ve got some interesting methods employed already) and personally, I think the world is an awfully unfair mess and I’m hoping that data analysis will help illuminate some of the hows and the whys. Like the way that real-estate redlining was exposed back in the day by cross referencing census data around racial demographics and housing loan data. That illuminated systematic discrimination against black families in applying for home loans in certain parts of town. So too I think we’ll find a lot of undeniable proof of injustices and clues for how we might deal with them in big data today.What will we see come out of MySpace’s bulk data? What could we see come from Facebook and Twitter data if only they would let people get their hands on it? Time will tell. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification MySpace has taken a bold step and allowed a large quantity of bulk user data to be put up for sale on startup data marketplace InfoChimps. Data offered includes user playlists, mood updates, mobile updates, photos, vents, reviews, blog posts, names and zipcodes. Friend lists are not included. Remember, Facebook and Twitter may be the name of the game these days in tech circles, but MySpace still sees 1 billion user status updates posted every month. Those updates will now be available for bulk analysis.This user data is intended for crunching by everyone from academic researchers to music industry information scientists. Will people buy the data and make interesting use of it? Will MySpace users be ok with that? Is this something Facebook and Twitter ought to do? The MySpace announcement raises a number of interesting questions. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

Cure for a common turtle cancer takes a lesson from human cancers

first_imgJen Zuber Cure for a common turtle cancer takes a lesson from human cancers A one-two punch can knock out a common cancer in sea turtles. Just as some human cancers are best treated first by surgical removal of the tumor and then by chemotherapy, surgery and treatment with the anticancer drug fluorouracil reduced the reoccurrence of the sometimes deadly turtle cancer fibropapilloma from 60% to 18%, researchers report today in Communications Biology.The cancer often leads to rapidly growing tumors on the mouth, in the eyes, and on the flippers that interfere with eating, swimming, and other functions—at times so much that the animals ultimately die. Biologists in Florida first noticed the disease in green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas, pictured) more than a century ago and by the 1990s had learned it was spread by a herpeslike virus. Today, this cancer is found all over the world, particularly in warmer places.When researchers working at a sea turtle hospital in Florida compared gene activity in tumors with gene activity in healthy green sea turtle tissue, they discovered that the tumors thrive thanks to a network of proteins that is very similar to the network of proteins that promote a human skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma. 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Other environmental factors, such as pollution, likely come into play as well, they note, as the tumors are rarely seen in animals living in pristine environments, even though those animals carry the virus.The incidence of these tumors has increased 10-fold over the past decade, but the disease doesn’t seem to be making much of a dent in the green sea turtle’s recovery from near extinction. Thanks to regulations to reduce the number of turtles caught for food or trapped in fishing gear, their numbers have grown exponentially in recent years.center_img By Elizabeth PennisiJun. 7, 2018 , 9:00 AMlast_img read more

Tourism Minister Highlights Ocho Rios Seafood Festival

first_img “Gastronomy is a US$150-billion business across the world. Events like the Ocho Rios Seafood Festival are the perfect fit to draw some of that business to Jamaica, giving us more opportunities to improve the country’s earnings and also give tourism another reason to smile,” the minister said. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the upcoming Ocho Rios Seafood Festival represents a unique opportunity for Jamaica to make further inroads into the lucrative gastro-tourism market. Story Highlights The Ocho Rios Seafood Festival will be held on Tuesday, August 1 (Emancipation Day), at the Turtle River Park in Ocho Rios, St. Ann. The event is sponsored by Hah-R-Mony Entertainment, and Marksman. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the upcoming Ocho Rios Seafood Festival represents a unique opportunity for Jamaica to make further inroads into the lucrative gastro-tourism market.Speaking to JIS News following the press launch of the festival in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on June 22, Mr. Bartlett added that with food festivals now becoming an attractive draw for tourists, the island is now on track to become one of the world’s major gastronomy destinations.“Gastronomy is a US$150-billion business across the world. Events like the Ocho Rios Seafood Festival are the perfect fit to draw some of that business to Jamaica, giving us more opportunities to improve the country’s earnings and also give tourism another reason to smile,” the minister said.Mr. Bartlett said he is very impressed with how the Ocho Rios Seafood Festival has broadened its appeal for an international audience, noting that “bringing in reputable chefs from overseas, as well as having an international film crew here to participate in the event, is a big move that will give both the festival and Jamaica a major push globally”.“The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport are both on board as sponsors, and we see where the Ocho Rios Seafood Festival can also be used as a template for other culinary events that will assist in broadening our gastronomy network,” he added.Mr. Bartlett said that Jamaican food, rum and music are all critical ingredients in the building out of the gastronomy experience, and that the plan is to have food festivals and other culinary events year-round, “giving us that big opportunity to secure a piece of the gastro-tourism pie”.He pointed out that an enterprise team, led by former President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Nicola Madden-Greig, has been appointed “as our gastronomy gurus” to put Jamaica on the map as a major gastronomy centre.For her part, Marketing Manager of the Ocho Rios Seafood Festival, Camille Miller, said the event, which is also celebrating its 10th anniversary, has been moving from “strength to strength”, to where it is now one of the premier family-oriented festivals in the country.“What we have long recognised is that there is a vast market out there for quality events that cater for the entire family. This also rings true for families overseas who want to come to Jamaica for vacation and having an event of this magnitude to look forward to. Since our roll-out in 2007, we have consistently stuck with our family-oriented theme and this is not about to change anytime soon,” she said.The Ocho Rios Seafood Festival will be held on Tuesday, August 1 (Emancipation Day), at the Turtle River Park in Ocho Rios, St. Ann. The event is sponsored by Hah-R-Mony Entertainment, and Marksman.last_img read more

26 to receive awards at inaugural service in Grand Turk

first_img Related Items:national honors and awards, premier rufus ewing Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Oct 2015 – Twenty-six individuals will be bestowed a medal as the first recipients of a home grown national awards program when it unravels this morning at the Parade Grounds in Grand Turk.The National Honors and Awards committee, under the unction of the Premier, Hon Rufus Ewing will celebrate outstanding islanders in five of the seven categories created by a special commission. Five young people will receive the National Young Achievers Medal which boasts mainly the famous Turks Head Cactus and spiny lobster in its design. Four individuals will receive the Meritorious Service Medal which has a design of shiny silver and turquoise. There will be eleven individuals honored in the Long Service Medal category; it boasts the TCI coat of arms and a sun inspired design. The Patriotic Award or Cayos Medal will go to four people each year, the quota is filled for 2015. There is also the Order of Turks and Caicos Islands with two recipients who will now be called ‘The Most Honorable’ as they get the badge which features a royal crown and beautiful pink flamingoes. There was no one named to receive the honor of National Hero this year; the country remains with JAGS McCartney as its lone national hero and after today, the country will refer to the late, first chief minister as the Right Excellent JAGS McCartney. Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliament Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Recommended for you Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pierlast_img read more

GST on imports IAF objects to over Rs 100 crore bill for

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:36Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:35?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Can Lockheed Martin F-21 meet Indian Air Force’s long-term strategic goals? Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 fighters.ReutersThe Indian Airforce has made an objection against more than Rs 100 crore of integrated goods and services tax (IGST) levied on various imported items. The IAF imported these items from various countries and has shown as “parts of aircraft” in its financial books. Financial daily, the Economic Times reported that the issue is expected to be tabled at the ministerial level where IAF and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) would discuss more on the issue.As per the sources privy of the development, the IAF argued that these items including electrical and mechanical parts, antennas and electronic spares come under customs tariff heading 8803 which calls for nil or 5% IGST. In contrast, the DRI is of the opinion that these imported spares are not “parts of aircraft” and are imported completely separate items. Notably, these goods are exempted of any duties under the harmonized system nomenclature (HSN) code followed by GST while classifying the goods in five slabs: nil, 5%, 12%, 18%, and 28%. Sukhoi-30MKI (Su-30MKI) fighters integrated with BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles will give Indian Air Force total air superiority on subcontinental air space.@IAF_MCC/twitterOne official said: “The IGST levied on these items is from the period of the inception of GST. The matter is being probed since August last year and, last month, the IAF made a representation before the DRI, Mumbai, contesting the duty citing that these were parts of aircraft and are well within the common HSN code which guides the GST slabs and that these goods attract GST under chapter 8803 that allows nil or 5 % GST.”The issued would be discussed at the ministerial level meeting and IAF would highlight the need of Rs. 100 crore to buy other critical equipment. “Unlike commercial planes where these items are fitted in the aircraft for commercial purposes, IAF aircraft is mainly used for defense purposes and there is a view in the forces that the matter should be taken at the highest level so that IGST on accessories imported by the IAF are exempted,” the official further added. The DRI is arguing that it is following the routine process wherein all the other government agencies are also asked to pay IGST on imports. One of the officials said the IAF could pay the proposed duties and then seek a claim from the government. “The IAF has not been singled out, the DRI found duty evasion of over `300 crores by various private airline and aerospace firms,” he said.last_img

Gratitude is the Attitude to Promote Honesty in the Workplace

first_imgEmployee theft, whether from occasional cash-skimming or meticulously orchestrated embezzlement schemes, costs US businesses up to $50 billion annually. But cheating, like companies themselves, often starts small, and research in Psychological Science suggests that cultivating feelings of gratitude can encourage employees to be content with what they have. Past research has shown that feelings of gratitude mayenhance self-control, supporting the equal exchange of resources and improvingour ability to make financial decisions that involve delaying gratification toa later date. Reference In a follow-up study of 141 online participants, the researchersfound that recalling moments of gratitude from their past also reducedparticipant’s willingness to lie about a coin flip in exchange for extracompensation. Gratitude was once again found to boost ethical behavior in adose-dependent way, although rates of cheating were higher overall. This mayhave been because participants knew that lying about their compensation wouldnot directly harm another participant, the researchers write. These findings suggest that cultivating a culture of gratitudemay serve as an effective bottom-up “honesty nudge” in educational and officesettings by devaluing dishonest behaviors rather than requiring individuals toactively repress unethical impulses to avoid consequences, a more taxingtop-down process. In the gratitude condition, however, the computer appearedto crash and the participant was informed they would need to redo the task — thatis, until the confederate “messed with a few wires” and got their score toappear on screen, leaving the participant with the impression that they hadnarrowly escaped another brush with boredom. Gratitude may also function as a “parent virtue,” writes APSFellow David DeSteno, a professor of psychology at Northeastern University, whodiscussed his research in the HarvardBusiness Review. “Gratitude may work rather effortlessly to alter people’sdecisions about the value of cheating and, thus, stem unethical behavior withless internal conflict,” the authors wrote. At this stage in the experiment, participants were told theywould need to flip a virtual coin in order to randomly assign themselves andanother (fictional) participant to each of two tasks after the researchers leftthe room: a 10-minute numbers game or 45 minutes of challenging math and logicproblems. What the participants didn’t know was that the coin was preprogrammedto assign them to the longer task. To complete the shorter task instead, theywould have to cheat and lie their way to 30 minutes of freedom.center_img In the first of two experiments on the subject, DeSteno andcolleagues had 156 students complete a test of general knowledge with a confederateteammate (who was actually a member of the research team). Then, they completedan intentionally tedious word recognition task on their own. As the computerappeared to be calculating their scores, the participants were exposed to anexperimental manipulation intended to induce a particular mood: DeSteno, D., Duong, F., Lim, D., & Kates, S. (2019). Thegrateful don’t cheat: Gratitude as a fount of virtue. Psychological Science. In the happiness condition, the computer calculated the participants’scores as expected, and they spent the next several minutes watching anddiscussing funny clips of babies and animals. The neutral condition proceededsimilarly, with participants watched an excerpt from a slightly less excitinggeology documentary. “We believe that gratitude might enhance certain moralactions outside the realm of exchange — actions that are also characterized bythe need to resist a temptation to satisfy a selfish urge for immediategratification,” the study authors write. Gratitude was also found to decrease participants’likelihood of cheating in a dose-dependent manner, with those who ratedthemselves as low in gratitude cheating 50% of the time, and those who rated themselvesas very high in gratitude cheating in just 5% of trials. While 16% of those in the happiness or neutral conditionscheated on average, just 2% of people in the gratitude condition put their ownneeds above those of their supposed co-participant. The prevalence of cheating amonghappy participants further suggests that this effect is specific to feelings ofgratitude, rather than to positive affective states as a whole, the authorscontinued. “The gratitude that people feel directly impacts theirhonesty,” the authors write.last_img read more