Supreme Court rejection of military tribunals at Guantanamo hailed as a victory for the law

first_img News News Receive email alerts Organisation June 30, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Supreme Court rejection of military tribunals at Guantanamo hailed as a victory for the law NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 28, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas June 3, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on United States News United StatesAmericas to go further Reporters Without Borders welcomed the decision of the US Supreme Court declaring illegal the military tribunals which were due to try prisoners detained by the US military at the Guantanamo military base.The press freedom organisation hailed the decision as a victory for law, which would perhaps mark a first step towards release for Sami Al-Haj, a Sudanese cameraman of the Qatari-based al-Jazeera TV, who has been held there without charge since 13 June 2002. “This decision is of crucial importance in that it will not allow any country to get round international law, in this case the Geneva Conventions on prisoners of war. However we fear that the Congress, which will now decide on the legal framework for the Guantanamo detainees, which will in turn contradict the Supreme Court.“In providing this triumph of law over injustice, the top jurisdiction has implicitly condemned the judicial and humanitarian scandal which Guantanamo represents. We hope that in future this decision, which will not unfortunately lead to the closure of the camp, will at least force the US authorities to urgently release Sami Al-Haj, held for no reason for four years,” it said.The federal Supreme Court voted five to three on 29 June, saying that President George W. Bush had “exceeded his powers” and “violated the Geneva Conventions on prisoners of war” by setting up military tribunals to try those whom the US Administration calls “enemy combatants.”The decision follows an appeal by Salim Hamdan, a former driver for Osama Bin Laden, who was arrested in Afghanistan in November 2001 and charged with “plotting against the United States” in July 2003 by a military tribunal. The accused contested the emergency procedure that was put in place after the 11 September attacks without the backing of Congress.As soon as the Supreme Court ruling was given, the US Senate presented a first draft of a new law to provide a legal framework for the Guantanamo prisoners. The study, drawn up by Arlen Specter (Republican, Pennsylvania), chairman of the upper chamber judicial committee, would officially allow the US president to set up “army exemption tribunals” to try detainees at a first hearing and on appeal.The Senate’s draft would put in place, in addition to these army exemption tribunals, two new special jurisdictions, one to decide within 30 days if a prisoner is an “enemy combatant” and comes under the Geneva Conventions, the other responsible for reviewing every six months whether a prisoner should be sent back to his own country.Guantanamo currently holds 440 prisoners including the Sudanese al-Jazeera cameraman Sami Al-Haj, arrested by Pakistani security forces on the Afghan border in December 2001 and handed over to the US Army in January 2002. The journalist is suspected of being an “enemy combatant” on the basis that he had entered Afghan territory illegally in October 2001 at the time of US air strikes, that he allegedly ran a website supporting terrorism, that he was allegedly involved in arms-trafficking and that he interviewed Osama Bin Laden. There was no investigation and no witnesses to back up the accusations.Al-Haj, who has throat cancer and has been denied treatment and contact with his family, has told his British lawyer, Clive A. Stafford Smith, that he has been interrogated 130 times since the start of his imprisonment. The interrogation sessions designed to get him to confess to links between al-Jazeera and al-Qaeda, were punctuated with torture and threats against his family. Finally, the journalist told his lawyer in April that he had thought about suicide.The London-based Reprieve, which provides free legal representation to 36 Guantanamo Bay detainees, welcomed the 29 June Supreme Court ruling. “The Bush administration has tried to say the men have no rights, have no access to the courts, have no power to challenge the fact that they have been held for over four years without charge, without trial. The Supreme Court rejected that stance once and for all”, said senior counsel Zachary Katznelson. Reporters Without Borders hails the Supreme Court decision on 29 June that military tribunals intended to try Guantanamo Bay detainees were illegal. The organisation said it hoped the decision would also lead to the release of Sami Al-Haj (photo), a cameraman for al-Jazeera, imprisoned at the Cuban base for four years. 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Here’s What You Missed at Designer Con

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Subscribe Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  A full crowd came out for the first day of the Designer Con show. The event took place at the Pasadena Convention Center where over 300 vendors set up stands to display and sell their artwork.For some artists, it was a first time experience; such was the case for Abraham Lopez. “Past few years I had just been an attendee,” said Lopez, “but this time I felt like it was the time to do it and be a part of all the other talented masses here.” Lopez is a freelance artist who has been creating art since he was in the second grade.As for Audrey Miller, this was her third year participating in Designer Con. “I like drawing super cute stuff,” said Miller. Her “super cute stuff” included “kitties and Totoro.”Just a few stands over, J. Salvador’s “Super Emo Friends” stand featured his own version of a Super Emo Totoro. A small, framed drawing of a forlorn Totoro with a caption underneath that read: “Just let me sleep.”Over on the other side of the room, a few curious passersby stopped to admire the artwork of Valency Genis with her taxidermy animals. Genis explained that she had always liked this form of art, but that it always really made her sad. Her artwork, however, features “vegan taxidermy” animals. “There are no dead animal parts, no dead animal bones or anything,” explained Genis. Her animals are “faux taxidermy.” Her artwork included a taxidermy worm, a taxidermy bull, and according to Genis, “they are fun, happy animals. They are enjoying themselves on the wall.”Designer Con is an event that takes place annually and combines collectible toys and designer goods with art. Some of the artwork on display included works by Jeff Soto (Owl Guardian), Mab Graves (The Feral Exodus) and Buff Monster (Self Portrait).The event will continue Sunday from 10:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. For more information please visit their website at www.designercon.com. Design Here’s What You Missed at Designer Con By MONICA TERADA Published on Sunday, November 22, 2015 | 9:48 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Celebrity Body Parts Insured For Ridiculous AmountsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment Business News More Cool Stufflast_img read more

Global Information Services Market Report 2021: Market is Expected to Grow from $136.48 Billion…

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 17, 2021– The “Information Services Global Market Report 2021: COVID-19 Impact and Recovery to 2030” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. Information Services Global Market Report 2021: COVID-19 Impact and Recovery to 2030 provides the strategists, marketers and senior management with the critical information they need to assess the global information services market as it emerges from the COVID-19 shut down. Major companies in the information services market include Bloomberg; RELX Group; Wolters Kluwer; Associated Press and Thomson Reuters. The global information services market is expected to grow from $136.48 billion in 2020 to $147.04 billion in 2021 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.7%. The growth is mainly due to the companies rearranging their operations and recovering from the COVID-19 impact, which had earlier led to restrictive containment measures involving social distancing, remote working, and the closure of commercial activities that resulted in operational challenges. The market is expected to reach $196.7 billion in 2025 at a CAGR of 8%. The information services market consists of the sales of information services by entities (organizations, sole traders or partnerships) that provide news reports, articles, pictures, public historical documents, photographs, maps, audio material, audiovisual material, and other archival material of historical interest. These entities include news syndicates, libraries and archives. The information services market is segmented into news syndicates; libraries and archives and all other information services. Asia Pacific was the largest region in the global information services market, accounting for 37% of the market in 2020. North America was the second largest region accounting for 26% of the global information services market. Africa was the smallest region in the global information services market. Many universities, colleges and independent libraries are facilitating access to books, audio and video content through digital platforms. They are offering platforms and technologies that can offer access to content through various devices Applications are being developed for desktops, mobile phones and tablets irrespective of the size of the device screen. Responsive design and device compatibility are being incorporated to enhance user experience, accessing content through digital platforms. For example, Grand Valley State University Libraries, University of Toronto’s Library Catalogue, Princeton University Library and University of Arizona’s Special Collections incorporated responsive design to enhance user experience. Rising use of social media for people to connect and communicate with each other is expected to drive the demand for information services during the forecast period. Individuals are using social platforms to share information and to be in touch with their families and friends. More time is being spent on social networking sites is boosting the growth of the internet publishing and broadcasting industry. As of 2019, there were around 3.48 billion people using social media, indicating widespread usage of social media. Rising social media usage is expected to drive the growth of the information services market through rise in demand for news syndicates and online libraries and archives. Key Topics Covered: 1. Executive Summary 2. Report Structure 3. Information Services Market Characteristics 3.1. Market Definition 3.2. Key Segmentations 4. Information Services Market Product Analysis 4.1. Leading Products/ Services 4.2. Key Features and Differentiators 4.3. Development Products 5. Information Services Market Supply Chain 5.1. Supply Chain 5.2. Distribution 5.3. End Customers 6. Information Services Market Customer Information 6.1. Customer Preferences 6.2. End Use Market Size and Growth 7. Information Services Market Trends And Strategies 8. Impact Of COVID-19 On Information Services 9. Information Services Market Size And Growth 9.1. Market Size 9.2. Historic Market Growth, Value ($ Billion) 9.2.1. Drivers Of The Market 9.2.2. Restraints On The Market 9.3. Forecast Market Growth, Value ($ Billion) 9.3.1. Drivers Of The Market 9.3.2. Restraints On The Market 10. Information Services Market Regional Analysis 10.1. Global Information Services Market, 2020, By Region, Value ($ Billion) 10.2. Global Information Services Market, 2015-2020, 2020-2025F, 2030F, Historic And Forecast, By Region 10.3. Global Information Services Market, Growth And Market Share Comparison, By Region 11. Information Services Market Segmentation 11.1. Global Information Services Market, Segmentation By Type, Historic and Forecast, 2015-2020, 2020-2025F, 2030F, $ BillionNews SyndicatesLibraries And ArchivesAll Other Information Services 11.2. Global Information Services Market, Segmentation By End-User, Historic and Forecast, 2015-2020, 2020-2025F, 2030F, $ BillionB2BB2C 12. Information Services Market Segments 12.1. Global News Syndicates Market, Segmentation By Type, 2015-2020, 2020-2025F, 2030F, Value ($ Billion) – 12.2. Global Libraries And Archives Market, Segmentation By Type, 2015-2020, 2020-2025F, 2030F, Value ($ Billion) – 12.3. Global All Other Information Services Market, Segmentation By Type, 2015-2020, 2020-2025F, 2030F, Value ($ Billion) – 13. Information Services Market Metrics 13.1. Information Services Market Size, Percentage Of GDP, 2015-2025, Global 13.2. Per Capita Average Information Services Market Expenditure, 2015-2025, Global Companies MentionedBloombergRELX GroupWolters KluwerAssociated PressThomson Reuters For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/u08qf8 View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210217005756/en/ CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager [email protected] For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900 KEYWORD: INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY HARDWARE DATA MANAGEMENT SATELLITE SOURCE: Research and Markets Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/17/2021 11:37 AM/DISC: 02/17/2021 11:36 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210217005756/encenter_img Previous articleFormer LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan hired as next CEO of USGANext articleArrivalist Announces Jeff Summerson as Company’s Vice President of Product Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp Global Information Services Market Report 2021: Market is Expected to Grow from $136.48 Billion in 2020 to $147.04 Billion in 2021 – ResearchAndMarkets.com Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 17, 2021 TAGS  last_img read more

Pixie Jingles is a right girly elf

first_img Lauren Prawius at Family Ties said Santa dropped Pixie Jingles off at Family Ties with specific instructions to let him know what little girls want most of all this Christmas.“When our Elf of the Shelf came to Family Ties, we had a contest to name her,” Prawius said. “We liked Pixie and Jingles but couldn’t decide which we liked better so we named her Pixie Jingles. She listens very carefully when little girls are in the shop. She is doing all she can to make the Christmas wishes of good little girls come true.”At the shop, Pixie Jingles seats herself near items like braceletes, necklaces and bows that she thinks are especially girly. She likes things that are shiny and sparkle and she loves earrings that dangle. She likes scarves that keep her warm on her flights back to the North Pole. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Latest Stories Book Nook to reopen Sponsored Content Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Jaine Treadwell Email the author Published 11:00 pm Friday, December 20, 2013 Pixie Jingles would make a very good sales person, if she had the chance.At night, when everyone has gone home and the lights are dimmed, Pixie Jingles goes all around the shop and puts “Sale” signs on the items that little girls want most of all. And, after she puts a lot of items on sale, she flies back to the North Pole to take Christmas wish lists to Santa. Santa has assigned a lot of elves to stores and shops and they will be keeping, keen eyes open from now until Christmas to make sure children don’t go from nice to naughty right before Santa visits.Pixie Jingles said now is the time for boys and girls to be on their best behavior at home and in the stores because Santa Claus is coming to town … and soon. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Pixie Jingles is a right girly elf Christmas is just around the corner, and kids everywhere are putting on their best behavior in hopes that Santa will come to them on Christmas Eve.Santa sends elves all around the world to find out what boys and girls want for Christmas – and, to check on their behavior no matter where they are.Santa dropped Pixie Jingles off at Family Ties in Troy because she is a girl elf and Family Ties is a “girly boutique.” Pixie Jingles wears blush and lipstick and pearl earrings. She’s a real girly-girl elf. Skip Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Print Article You Might Like Brundidge VFD seeking support for local soldiers The Brundidge Volunteer Fire Department has one of its own serving with the 1103rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB) in… read more By The Penny Hoarder Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

‘Farther Along’ we’ll understand why

first_img And, that was a good thing because we would sit in his packed office for hours, days and weeks without ever being called “back.”Ruth, in her white, starched uniform, white crepe-sole shoes and white stockings, would slowly open the door to “the back,” and poke her head out.In those days, there were two waiting rooms, one for “colored” and one for “white.” Ruth would lean out the door and look way over in the colored waiting room. Then, she would turn and look way over in the white waiting room. Then, she would close the door without calling one person “back.”I figured she was looking to see how many people had heard Dr. Jackson’s voice from behind the sheetrock wall and had gone home healed. Or how many who had given up and gone home to heal themselves or just kill over and die.Mama said it didn’t matter that Ruth never called anybody “back.” Most of the people in the waiting rooms weren’t sick anyhow. They were just there to visit.But, coming home from Ruth’s 100th birthday celebration Sunday, I realized I had missed a “farther along” chance to ask her if she ever called anybody back to see the doctor. But, maybe, it’s better not to know “all about” everything. Maybe it’s just better to leave it to the lore of the land. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content By Jaine Treadwell “Nowhere, honey,” she said when I asked where she went to nursing school. “I didn’t go to nursing school. I got all on my training on the job working for Dr. Jackson. I learned as I went.”“Farther along,” Ruth Brock told me all about it.Back then, if a lady had enough money to buy a white, starched uniform, white crepe-sole shoes and white stockings, she could be a nurse. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson So, farther along, I understood why my granny never worked in hospitals, why she was a “private” nurse. And, she nursed for some of the most prominent, most influential, and most well-know people in the Wiregrass and in other high places. She even nursed the mother of one of our governors.Farther along, I understood why my aunt would say, “Lord, Mother’s going to nurse them into their graves.”Nurse Ruth Brock celebrated her 100th birthday Sunday at Elam Baptist Church and being there brought back memories of the tortured times I spent at the doctor’s office in Clio.Mama was a disciple of Dr. Jackson. She believed if she could just hear his voice, she would be cured of whatever ailed her. Skip Print Article One of the trademark songs of Louisiana’s Singing Governor Jimmie Davis was “Farther Along.” Mama sang it a lot, “Farther along, we’ll know all about it. Farther along we’ll understand why.”I was sure the song wasn’t about bringing understanding to things I wanted to know about – things like where butterflies go when it rains and how my granny could be a nurse when she didn’t even go all the way through grammar school.I never figured out about the butterflies but, farther along, Ruth Brock, who was Dr. Stroud Jackson’s nurse at his office in Clio for a hundred years, told me “all about it.” This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Published 3:00 am Saturday, April 25, 2015 Book Nook to reopen Latest Stories By Secrets Revealed ‘Farther Along’ we’ll understand why You Might Like There’s no free lunch when making cuts The question of how to balance the state’s General Fund has divided Alabama Republicans. Governor Bentley has proposed tax increases… read more Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

New York City’s open streets policy could be permanent fixture, experts say

first_imgBen Gabbe/Getty ImagesBy ELLA TORRES, ABC News(NEW YORK) — As a new normal takes shape in New York City under the novel coronavirus, experts in urban planning believe miles of open street for foot traffic will become a staple of the Big Apple even after the novel coronavirus pandemic ends.Mayor Bill de Blasio recently said the city is aiming to open up 100 of the 6,000 miles of city streets for pedestrians. The idea is to create more space for people to walk around while maintaining social distancing, which proved to be a challenge on tight sidewalks. Mitchell Moss, a professor of urban policy and planning at New York University, said the virus has “mobilized support for converting streets … into an extension of the sidewalk for pedestrians or other activities.”“I think that where these streets are converted, if they’re being well-used, they’ll stick,” Moss said.New York City, he said, could become a semblance of Paris, “with much more outside dining and drinking.”The city’s Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg similarly said during a budget hearing Tuesday that the agency was “re-thinking our streets” with a focusing on biking and walking. She later said the agency was “absolutely” thinking about turning over parts of the streets and sidewalks for restaurant space, according to the New York Daily News.Sylvia Morse, an urban planner in New York City, noted that if restaurants were to expand to the streets, the city’s public drinking laws would have to evolve. How that evolvement happens, and who is allowed to access the result, should be a focus, she said.“This has always been concerning for me around the private enterprises that we see like cafes in public parks,” she said, noting that “if you’re able to buy an $8 glass of wine, you can have a drink in the park and enjoy,” but for others who can’t it would be considered illegal drinking just outside those parameters and could then become a matter of who is policed.Morse emphasized that these are not new questions, but there is more urgency to address them as special provisions are made.Moss said the most effective way to utilize open streets would be to expand the space around already-existing public parks.The streets opened so far are both within and adjacent to parks. Throughout the five boroughs, 4.5 miles of street have opened inside six parks, according to de Blasio. Another 2.7 miles of street opened adjacent to seven public spaces.De Blasio had previously pushed back on opening streets up, saying that New York City could not follow other U.S. cities, such as Oakland, California, because it is “profoundly different.”However, public spaces carved from necessity is nothing new. Central Park, an 843-acre park in Upper Manhattan is the city’s most famous, and Prospect Park, a 526-acre park in central Brooklyn, were created after ferry service linked Brooklyn — once one of the six villages on the western end of Long Island — to its neighbor, New York City. Overcrowding and unsanitary conditions sparked America’s first attempt at urban planning, resulting in both parks.“Public green space [was] seen as a health necessity more than an aesthetic one,” according to Prospect Park Alliance. Moss echoed that notion, saying, “We have to make the city work for the people who live here.”Julio Salcedo-Fernandez, director of the City College of New York’s graduate urban design program, told ABC News opening the streets could be the first of many steps in bringing the notion of a city back to the idea that it is ever-changing rather than a fixed space.“You see the large infrastructures and you see the solid buildings, so a lot of times people think of cities as places of fixity, places that are set,” Salcedo-Fernandez said. “But in fact, it’s interesting to think of cities as locales that are influx, that are moving, that are always changing.”One way to make better use of the streets is to rethink transportation, he said. In some international models, cities have a tram moving through a public square while pedestrians are also allowed in the same streets.Though unlikely in New York City’s foreseeable future, it is that kind of thinking that should be encouraged in any city, Salcedo-Fernandez said.“There are a lot of ways to reconfigure the street scape and to make it a lot more innovate and multi-tasking,” Salcedo-Fernandez said. “I think that the answer is keep pushing ahead and keep pushing ahead with new ideas.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

A bit of give & take

first_img Negotiations represent a minefield of twisted emotions and subtle manoeuvres. Stephen Overell provides a guideTwo sisters have one orange. Both sisters want it but they cannot decide who should have it. They squabble and wrestle over the problem but in the end are forced to settle the dispute in what seems the only obvious way – they halve it. The first sister takes her half, peels it, squeezes it and makes orange juice. The second takes her half, peels it, throws the orange away and puts the peel in a cake.The world of negotiation is full of such homely parables. This one, the favourite of Chris Lake, assistant director of Roffey Park Management Institute, is designed to illustrate some of the key principles of successful negotiating.The sisters failed to focus on interests rather than positions and consequently failed to find “the win-win solution”. They failed to identify the core problem by not considering a variety of possibilities. They failed to separate the person from the problem and did not explore the best and worst resolutions that could have been acceptable to both. Both were unsatisfied.“Too many negotiations fail because people are so worried about being taken advantage of that they forget their needs,” says professor Edward Wertheim, of the College of Business Administration at Northeastern University (UK).The main starting point in becoming a better negotiator, according to the academic literature on the subject, is to understand the inevitable nature of conflict at work. Interests will always differ, and there is often no right or wrong response. Bargaining aimed at winning and defeating the opponent is obviously a skill in itself, but there are negative consequences, especially if you have an on-going relationship with the other party. As a general rule, negotiations will go best if both sides approach it with a problem-solving attitude and aiming at a win-win.Reason vs emotionAnyone who has done it before will know that reason plays an equal role with emotion in negotiation. The failure of two people to find an optimal solution usually stems from intangible factors such as the assumptions each makes about the other, likes or dislikes, how important “winning” is to one of them. Classically, disagreements are often constructed on trivial things to provide a justification for conflict over something else.Getting around such problems involves a great deal of self-examination and thought about the central problem. Negotiation experts talk repeatedly about a “Batna” – the Best Alternative To Negotiated Agreement. Understanding and countering the attractions of not reaching an agreement can help prevent conflicts escalating into the realms of magnified differences, lies, threats, distortions and people becoming locked into positions.Thus it is vital to increase lines of communication and set about building trust and cooperation. Careful note must be taken of the flow of negotiation with a clear understanding of minimum and maximum positions and the relative weaknesses of both sides. Think about low-cost alternatives that might have a high value to the other person – the alternatives that allow the opponent to declare victory.If the agreement does not satisfy both sides, the chances are it will not endure. Beneath hardened positions are often common interests. It is a mistake to attack an opponent personally because if the other person feels threatened, it makes attacking the real problem more difficult.The books tend to counsel that if you are attacked, it is the wise response not to take it personally but to let the other party blow off steam and try to understand the problem behind the aggression. Taking the time to define the problem in a mutually acceptable way can prevent the other person becoming defensive. The famous example is with a student-teacher relationship. It is politic for the student to say, “I don’t understand this”, in preference to, “You’re not teaching me well”.Assertiveness, stubbornness or wheedling has little place in successful negotiating. Careful thought about the opponent does. The negotiator needs to know how far the opponent can be pushed, how open or concealed the position should be and which constituencies the other party is trying to appease as well as whether they can be trusted.If people are pushed to the extent that they feel they are going to lose, they will fight back. Losers are not committed to the bargain and it can harm the reputation of the negotiator. In this sense, conflict needs to be seen as a process.So how are win-lose situations to be turned into win-wins? Viable techniques include humour, letting the other vent their feelings, acknowledging their views, making a small concession as a signal of good faith, listening hard in the middle of conflict, rephrasing the other’s comments and mirroring their views. It is worth establishing common ground, finding a common enemy – anything which lets you focus less on the position and more on the other’s needs.It is a useful technique to try to control the issues by slicing the larger bits into smaller pieces. You can refine their demands, reformulate, repackage, sweeten.Similarly, it is possible to try some negotiating “jujitsu”: when the other side pushes, don’t push back. Use their attack as an attack on mutual problems. Ask questions instead of making statements and respond with prolonged silence in the face of unreason.As to the old question about whether it is acceptable to mislead for the sake of negotiation, the answer will depend on where the line between discretion and misrepresentation is drawn. Perhaps it is worth reflecting on the guidance contained in an ancient copy of the British Diplomatic Service manual. “Nothing may be said which is not true,” it advises. “But it is as unnecessary as it is sometimes undesirable to say everything relevant which is true.”Gerald Atkinson, visiting tutor in negotiation at Henley School of Management, says: “The best negotiators are born, not made. But most of us regard it as a necessary evil and so we might as well get better at it. Those who regard themselves as good negotiators tend to get the best deals.”Key lessons from skilled negotiators• Be unconditionally constructive• Respect the right to differ• Deal with equals and be receptive• Share responsibility for solving the problem• Learn from successes and mistakes.• Bargain over interests, not positions• Depersonalise the situation• Separate problem definition from the search for solutions• Generate alternative solutions• Try to use objective criteria• Never corner an opponent• Assist them in face-saving• Put yourself in the opponent’s shoes and see yourself in their eyes• Avoid self-righteousnessSome types of negotiatorAggressive: unsettle people with personal remarks, put them down and be unreasonable.The long-pauser: listen but don’t answer, appear to give it considerable thought with long silence in the hope of getting more information.The mocker: mock and sneer and hope the other gets so upset that they will say something they might regret.The interrogator: meet all proposals with searching questions that imply holes in their argument; always ask them to explain further.The cloak of reasonableness: appear reasonable while making impossible demands.The divide-and-conquer technique: produce dissension among opposition so they have to pay attention to internal disagreements. Play one member off against the other.The act dumb technique: hope the opposition finds increasingly simple ways to describe proposals with each repeated elaboration and simplification.Expert facilitators offer some advice on dealing successfully with different types of situationSituation: The union-management meetingFacilitator: Chris Lake, Roffey Park Management Institute• Before the meeting begins, Lake advises that it is necessary to separate the person from the problem. The union negotiator may have represented someone in a difficult tribunal case and won, but has come to talk about something else. It is important not to let personal reactions about one thing influence your behaviour in another.Pay attention to things like the positions of the chairs – don’t position the union negotiator’s chair towards sunlight, because he or she will sense a trap. Similarly, if someone uses such a trick on you, try not to let it bother you; say, “Do you mind if I move my chair?”Focus on interests rather than positions; seek to understand the other person’s interests which underlie their position. For instance, if the union negotiator says, “We are not doing that unless we get £2,000”, there is a clear mixed message and a room for compromise: it is not “no”, it is “no, but maybe”.Understand their interest in face-saving and cooperate with it – they may have a vote mandating them which they cannot easily sidestep. People are often constrained by their own definitions of success that prevent them seeing win-win situations. For instance, if management wants to relocate and the union says no, it would appear that there are two intractable positions and two options. But by introducing other options, such as relocating to somewhere else, it might be possible to satisfy both sides.Similarly, by widening the discussion – more bus services, subsidised parking, outplacement – it lays the ground for a mutual problem-solving approach. But Lake advises that is also important to know your Batna, your walk-away position, which you must attain at all costs.Situation: Changing the terms of a contractFacilitator: Gerald Atkinson, visiting tutor in negotiation at Henley School of Management• If it is you that wants to change the contract, Atkinson says it is often useful to try to get the other person to make the first move towards change, to “develop the wobble” in the other – the sense that the status quo is not an option.Next it is important to understand the full range of discussion. Is it one item on the contract or many? And what is your fall-back position if you don’t achieve what you wanted: to impose a contract?Then there are broadly two options. First there is the general approach, aiming at a win-win. You can adopt a strategy of progression, moving from the least contentious issue up to the more contentious. In doing this, it is worth emphasising the good relations, the value of the employee, the pressures that are on you, the benefits for the future, what you have to offer them – in other words, try to make a rational case.Often a persuasive argument is that change is necessary to prepare for the future; sowing the seeds for a stable future, and so on.The second option is the use of straight pressure: we are not happy with this aspect of the contract, but we can help you in another. But he advises to remember that, whatever the reality, people have to believe they have the best contract possible. He quotes the Scottish philosopher, David Hume: “Reason is and always will be the slave of passion.”He warns that while it is nice if you can think in terms of interests, on the whole people tend to think in terms of narrow issues; positions are usually mandated and people are not interested in items beyond set parameters. They will not move unless they are getting something in return, and you should do the same.To create movement, it is worth linking items of roughly equal value to create “a tension of movement”, if you give me this, I will concede that, so to speak.Situation: Convincing the board of a new HR policyFacilitator Roy Webb, PSC Negotiate• This situation is not quite the same as a negotiation, argues Webb. It veers rather into the territory of persuasion, which is not the same: a negotiation is about an exchange.“Negotiation relies on the perception that one side has what the other wants,” he argues. “Persuasion relies on convincing the other side of the merits of the case, rather than a quid pro quo.”Thus, while the first step again is establishing the joint interest in solving a given problem, in this case the common interest can be taken for granted. The board almost certainly has the same goals; the only thing to negotiate over is the amount of money to be spent on it.The second phase would be to identify each individual inhibition that prevents action. These have to be worked on individually, as, he says, each inhibition translates into a “no”. Once the problems are identified, the process has begun.The key act in any negotiation situation is that someone makes a proposal. Webb advises to remember this can put the proposer in a position of power, as they are entitled to an explanation why it is not acceptable. The explanation can be worked on as part of an on-going process. Negotiation is a process and once you have defined the scope of the discussion, the bargaining can begin.” A bit of give & takeOn 11 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Safe Night Cab Ride Program Sponsored By Woods & Woods

first_imgDrunk driving isn’t an accident; it’s a decision that’s made without concern for the safety and well-being of others. Make one New Year’s Eve resolution early – don’t drink and drive.” – Mike Woods, LawyerDesignating a sober driver has never been easier thanks to the Safe Night Cab Ride Program sponsored by Woods & Woods Injury Lawyers. Entering its 18th year of service, the program provides free cab rides home for those who have been drinking or who don’t feel they have a safe way home this New Year’s Eve.Need a ride? Here’s HowSafe Ride will be available in Evansville and Vanderburgh County, Indiana from 11 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2015 through 4 a.m. on Friday, January 1, 2016.To request a free cab ride home, call Unity Taxi at (812) 421-9999 and tell them Woods & Woods Injury Lawyers is picking up the tab. Please remember:· Cab rides are provided to adults who otherwise might attempt to drive home after drinking. People MUST call Unity Taxi and mention the Safe Ride program to get a free ride home.· Cab rides are provided from a bar or restaurant to an individual’s residence – not to other drinking locations.· Due to the high number of ride requests on New Year’s Eve, rides cannot be guaranteed to everyone who calls; however, every attempt will be made to accommodate all requests.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

DE STEFANO, JUDITH A.

first_img78, of Bayonne, formerly of Jersey City, passed away on October 1, 2017. Judith was born in Jersey City and was a graduate of Ferris High School. She was a faithful and devoted member of Holy Rosary Parish in Jersey City and longtime member of both The Rosary Society and Holy Rosary Senior Citizens Club. Judith worked in her family owned business, the Keyhole Restaurant as a pizza maker, also as a cashier for Shop Rite in the downtown section of Jersey City. Later she was employed as a custodian for the Jersey City Medical Center and then as a custodian for the Jersey City Board of Education, retiring in 2007. Judith is predeceased by her parents, Anna (nee: Dempsey) and Nicholas De Stefano, her sister, Arlene Gentile and her nephew, Austin De Stefano. Judith is survived by her brother Dennis De Stefano, (retired JCPD) and his wife Christine; aunt of Robert Gentile, Evan and Blaise De Stefano, Denise and Debbie Gentile, Doreen Kinon and Nicole De Stefano. In lieu of flowers, donations in Judith’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Funeral arrangements by MC LAUGHLIN Funeral Home, 625 Pavonia Ave, Jersey City.last_img read more

Maple Leaf Bakery sees volume decline

first_imgVolumes continued to fall at Maple Leaf Bakery UK, as parent company Canada Bread announced declining sales across frozen bakery.Group sales for the six months to 30 June 2010 fell to C$402.1m (£246.4m), from C$435.9m (£267.1m), for the same period last year.The Canadian firm’s frozen bakery operation, which includes Maple Leaf Bakery in the UK, saw sales fall to C$244,275 (£149,684) over the period, from C$295,782 (£181,248) in 2009. Its fresh bakery sales also fell from C$553,261 (£339,025) to C$539,719 (£330,727). The firm’s fresh bakery business delivered steady results, but overall sales continued to be affected by volume decline in its North American frozen business and UK speciality bakery operations, explained president and CEO Richard Lan.He said the firm was taking steps to reduce costs, as well as building sales, in its UK operations.Maple Leaf Bakery UK produces a range of speciality breads, including the bagel brand New York Bakery Co.Canada Bread Company Limited, is 90% owned by Canadian firm Maple Leaf Foods Inc>>Maple Leaf takes direct action on bagel brand>>Union to ballot staff at Maple Leaf for strikelast_img read more