Turkey’s fragile economy worries voters before election – BBC News
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Turkey’s economy will be the biggest issue in elections that take place on 24 June, opinion polls say.
The Turkish lira has fallen dramatically this year and inflation has risen. The situation became so bad that one struggling farmer took matters into his own hands.
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BA Gatwick Airport double vodkas pilot jailed – BBC News
BA Gatwick Airport double vodkas pilot jailed 12 June 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Yui Mok/PA Image caption Monaghan (right) was seen being led to a prison van at court in Lewes after he was jailed A British Airways pilot who turned up for work after drinking three double vodkas has been jailed.
Julian Monaghan boarded a plane to Mauritius at Gatwick Airport but was led away in handcuffs after colleagues smelled alcohol and called police.
He had 86mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in his system in January – the legal limit for a pilot is 20mg.
Monaghan, 49, admitted being over the prescribed limit and was jailed for eight months at Lewes Crown Court.
During sentencing Judge Janet Waddicor told Monaghan, who resigned from his British Airways job, “you took a risk and it didn’t pay off because you were caught”.
“You are in charge of a huge aircraft. The safety, if not the lives, indeed, of passengers and crew members are in the hands of the pilot. They are entitled to feel that they are safe.” Image copyright PA Image caption Monaghan insisted he obeyed the airline’s eight-hour “bottle to throttle rule”
On arrest, Monaghan, from South Africa, told police he drank a glass of wine on his overnight flight as a passenger from Cape Town to Heathrow.
He said he consumed “a measure” of vodka with diet Pepsi in his hotel room on an empty stomach and barely slept before he was due on board the long-haul flight to Mauritius.
The court heard Monaghan had since remembered drinking three miniature bottles of vodka.
He insisted he obeyed the airline’s eight-hour “bottle to throttle rule”, which forbids pilots from drinking for that amount of time before going on duty.
He had initially queried the results of tests but resigned two months after his arrest when further tests confirmed the samples were accurate.
Amy Packham, prosecuting, said the reading taken at 22:30 GMT remained so high that he must have drunk a “significant amount” just before the eight-hour limit.
Some 300 people were on the 12-hour flight, which had been scheduled to leave at 20:20. ‘Up in smoke’
But the Boeing 777 was left waiting at the gate while airline staff looked for a third pilot. It eventually took off just before 23:00.
Monaghan would not have had to take up the role of pilot until three-and-a-half hours into the flight, the court heard.
Emlyn Jones, defending, said Monaghan – whose childhood dream was to be a pilot – had been “extremely stupid” and bitterly regretted his actions.
“Certainly he will never fly as a commercial pilot again. His career and livelihood and personal and professional reputation are all up in smoke.”
Det Con Stuart Macpherson, of Sussex Police, said: “Had Monaghan been required to take control of the aircraft in the event of an emergency on the flight deck in the early stages of the flight, his judgement and abilities would have been impaired.”
A British Airways spokeswoman said: “This behaviour is completely unacceptable and not what we expect from our highly professional fleet of pilots.
“The safety and security of our customers and colleagues is always our top priority.” Related Topics
Woman dies in M4 car crash between Porthcawl and Margam – BBC News
Woman dies in M4 car crash between Porthcawl and Margam 12 June 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Chris Bell Image caption Traffic was brought to a standstill following the one-car crash A woman has died and a man is in hospital with life-threatening injuries following a crash on the M4.
The 28-year-old died at the scene and the 31-year-old driver was airlifted to University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff after the crash at about 15:00 BST.
The accident happened on the westbound carriageway between junction 37 for Porthcawl, Bridgend, and junction 38 for Margam, Neath Port Talbot.
The M4 was closed for almost seven hours after the one-car crash.
South Wales Police closed the westbound carriageway about 30 minutes after the accident, which involved a grey BMW X5.
The eastbound carriageway was closed for a short period of time to allow the air ambulance to land.
Four fire engines were called to the scene at about 17:10, including crews from Bridgend, Kenfig and Port Talbot.
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said its crews left the scene just after 20:30.
The westbound carriageway remained closed to allow police to carry out an investigation and recover the vehicle, but was reopened by about 22:00. Image copyright Samantha Oakes Image caption Police said there was “significant queuing traffic on the westbound carriageway” Related Topics
Why some job adverts put women off applying
Image copyright Atlassian Image caption Aubrey Blanche says some job ad words indicate “hostile work environments” to women Words matter. And the way we use them in job adverts can dictate whether or not people bother to apply. This is a big problem if you’re a business trying to recruit more women and ethnic minorities into your workforce. So can tech help remove these unconscious biases?
A job description that uses the phrase “We’re looking for someone to manage a team” may seem innocuous enough.
But research, based on an analysis of hundreds of millions of job ads, has shown that the word “manage” encourages more men than women to apply for the role.
Changing the word to “develop” would make it more female-friendly, says Kieran Snyder, chief executive of Seattle-based Textio, an “augmented writing software” company.
Textio uses artificial intelligence to pore over job descriptions in real time, highlighting any terms that could come across as particularly masculine or feminine. The software then suggests alternatives.
“We don’t explain why this or that phrase excludes women,” says Ms Snyder. “We just provide the data and the company in question can come up with their own theory on why that sentence doesn’t work.”
Image copyright Textio Image caption Textio’s Kieran Snyder (right) with co-founder Jensen Harris When Australian software giant Atlassian used Textio’s software for its job-ad copy, the results were striking. It saw an 80% increase in the hiring of women in technical roles globally over a two-year period.
“We wanted to create a work culture where diverse ideas get shared,” says Aubrey Blanche, Atlassian’s global head of diversity and belonging.
She says Textio taught her company to avoid terms such as “coding ninja” – a common phrase in Silicon Valley job ads.
“These words send a message to women that these are hostile work environments for female staffers,” says Ms Blanche.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Job ads that use the phrase “coding ninja” are not female friendly, says Aubrey Blanche And the word stakeholder apparently “serves as a signal to people of colour that their contributions may not be valued”, adds Ms Blanche.
“We don’t know why, but this is what the data shows.”
Back in 2011, researchers from Canada and the US found that job posts using more masculine wording “led women to have a lower sense that they would belong in the position or company than the same ads using more feminine wording,” the report stated.
The researchers also found that gender preferences can be conveyed subtly through words such as “competitive,” or “leader”, usually associated with male stereotypes, while words such as “support” and “interpersonal” are associated with female stereotypes.
Building on this kind of research, another recruitment tech company, TalVista, assesses job descriptions and highlights “discouraging” terms in red and “inviting” terms in green, assigning an overall thumb up or thumb down score to the text.
Image copyright TalVista Image caption TalVista boss Elaine Orler says recruitment is prone to “unconscious bias” For example, replacing a word such as “build” with “create” achieves a better overall score, the company says.
“Diversity and inclusion are always critical for talent acquisition,” TalVista chief executive Elaine Orler says.
“But when a job post uses words like ‘strong’ or ‘dynamic’ many candidates are repelled but they don’t know why; it’s in their unconscious bias but they can’t pinpoint why.”
Tech firm Applied also offers gender-balancing advice for job ads and a tool that scores the overall reading age of the ad.
“It’s remarkable the number of job descriptions that are written with the same density and complexity as a Harvard Law Review article when you definitely don’t need a PhD to do the job itself,” says Applied chief executive and co-founder Kate Glazebrook.
Image copyright APpied Image caption Applied boss Kate Glazebrook wants to rid job ads of dense management speak Applied numbers the UK government, Transport for London, Hilton Hotels and Penguin Random House among clients who’ve benefited from more inclusionary language in their job ads.
Even the format of a job ad can make a difference.
Textio’s analysis reveals that ads with lengthy bullet points detailing the role’s responsibilities will face a drop-off in women applying for the job.
All this matters because a more diverse workforce has been shown to foster a wider variety of ideas and improve a company’s profitability, recent research has shown.
Companies boasting the most ethnically diverse executive teams are 33% more likely to outperform their peers, according to McKinsey & Company.
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One report by US economists found that moving from an all-male or all-female office to one split evenly along gender lines could boost revenue by roughly 41%.
Dr Wendy Hirsh, principal associate at the Institute for Employment Studies in Sussex, remarks: “There is a growing awareness in the UK to be inclusive. Employers realise, with the rise of a skill shortage here, that if you skew a job ad to only one group of applicants, you could be missing out on some very talented workers.”
Data analytics and machine learning have certainly enabled far greater scrutiny of the language we use in recruitment, with decisions based on hard evidence rather than hunches.
But as helpful as these writing services may be, some human resources (HR) experts caution against their overuse.
Image copyright Heather Bussing Image caption William Tincup worries that an over-reliance on software analysis could make job ads boring William Tincup, an HR tech consultant and president of recruitment news outlet RecruitingDaily.com, says editing these job ads so thoroughly “could water them down and make them so vanilla no one feels emotionally attached to them.
“You don’t want applicants to get bored by the text.”
Dr Hirsh points out that where a job post is listed can also make a big difference to who applies.
For example, if the post is announced on social media, those who aren’t on those networks, most likely older candidates, may not even see it, she says.
“Going to a specialist recruitment agency to post the job will also rule out those who don’t know about that agency,” she adds.
But despite his reservations, Mr Tincup welcomes services such as Textio and Applied.
“They’re trying to solve a problem that hasn’t exactly been solved, because these days so many people just cut-and-paste job descriptions, from one to the next.”
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Acupuncture improves the circulatory system by chartering energy pathways in the body – NaturalNews.com
Acupuncture improves the circulatory system by chartering energy pathways in the body
Monday, June 11, 2018 by: Carol Anderson Tags: acupuncture , alternative medicine , alternative treatments , blood flow , blood vessels , cardiovascular disease , Chinese medicine , circulation , circulatory system , energy pathways , goodhealth , healing arts , Health and Wellness , heart attack , heart health , Naturopathy , remedies , therapies , traditional practice
( Natural News ) Acupuncture is now a widely known medicinal alternative to relieve chronic pain. Through skin penetration using small needles, certain nerve endings in our body become stimulated which help relieve us from a lot of health conditions including cardiovascular diseases .
Acupuncture does a great deal in promoting a healthy circulatory system. In just one session, blood vessels are more dilated and our blood flow improves thanks to the stimulation of our energy pathways.
Here’s exactly how this traditional practice benefits our circulatory system: Helps in poor circulation in the legs – People often experience poor blood circulation in the legs since it’s located far from the heart. With the help of acupuncture, oxygen supply is restored in the tissues and lactic acid buildup is reduced. Different kinds of vascular diseases can also be treated by boosting the circulation. The healthier the blood circulation is, the less tendency for a person to suffer from diseases like restless leg syndrome, Type 2 diabetes, and develop varicose veins. Helps wounds heal faster – According to Dr. Jihad Abbas, “Sixty percent of the wounds we see are chronic or non-healing for vascular reasons.” This means that keeping the circulatory system healthy with the help of acupuncture will aid in wound healing. However, before relying on this medicinal alternative, it is best to first consult your healthcare provider to ensure that the treatment is suitable for you and won’t have any bad effects on your wounds. Relaxes blood vessels – Acupuncture helps the body reduce blood pressure. Even after the body goes through something stressful, the treatment manages to maintain a low level of blood pressure and even reduces muscular stress. Furthermore, once the blood vessels relax, the blood flow in our bodies also increase. Acupuncture as an all-around treatment
Puncturing various parts of the body with needles releases hormones that travel to the brain, which help increase our pain thresholds. This is the reason why people who suffer from severe back and/or neck pain seek acupuncturists. In fact, the treatment is so effective, it is said to increase the survival rates after a heart attack. Sponsored solution from CWC Labs: This heavy metals test kit allows you to test almost anything for 20+ heavy metals and nutritive minerals, including lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, aluminum and more. You can test your own hair, vitamins, well water, garden soil, superfoods, pet hair, beverages and other samples (no blood or urine). ISO accredited laboratory using ICP-MS (mass spec) analysis with parts per billion sensitivity. Learn more here .
Through preventive acupuncture, the impact of a heart attack can be reduced. The needling acupuncture point PC6, or what is called Neiguan, can effectively protect the heart. Moreover, the practice reduces the heart’s damage after suffering from a condition called myocardial ischemia-reperfusion which attacks the body’s tissues. It also addresses the issues of arrhythmia and infarction. (Related: Acupuncture found to promote weight loss by boosting appetite-suppressing hormones .)
Reperfusion is also a common problem which occurs in the circulatory system. It is commonly caused by the sudden return of blood after being deprived of regular blood supply. Acupuncture helps prevent possible inflammation and oxidative stress by regulating gene expression and enzyme secretion.
Other health conditions which can be treated by this traditional form of medicine are: Anxiety – Although experts cannot define exactly what the correlation is between anxiety and acupuncture, clinical trials have shown positive results between the two. Treatment and prescription for this illness also appeared to be more effective when combined with acupuncture. Insomnia – With the help of this treatment, the secretion of nocturnal melatonin increases which helps people fall asleep easier and faster. A previous study showed a significant decrease in the presence of insomnia on participants who had an acupuncture session. Arthritis and migraines – Acupuncture helps send signals to the brain saying that the muscles or other parts of the body are in pain. The brain will then release endorphins which are combined with normal neurotransmitters which may help stop the pain.
Find out more about acupuncture and other traditional practices at AlternativeMedicine.news now.