Aug 21, 2014

Critics of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge need to chill

I love the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

What I noticed just recently, however, is that not everyone loves the challenge. Why did they need to act silly? Why did they need to brag about caring?

Hpwever,raising money is hard. The beauty of the Ice Bucket Challenge is that it’s ridiculously easy.Like it or not, money is how diseases are cured. It’s how medications are developed. It’s how lives are improved.

And whether you see it as a goofy sensation, a craze or a fad, you should understand it was actually instigated by a 29-year-old Boston man, who was diagnosed with ALS at 27.

“Charity is a long-term and continuous thing. Just keep your mind on it. There is no need to hype it up.”


Aug 20, 2014

About Executive search

Executive search (informally headhunting) is a specialised recruitment service used to source candidates for senior, executive or other highly specialised positions in organizations. The method usually involves commissioning a third-party organization, typically an executive search firm but possibly a standalone consultant, to research the availability of suitable candidates working for competitors or related businesses. Having identified possible recruits that match the client's requirements, the executive search firm may act as an intermediary to investigate whether the individual might be interested in moving to a new employer and also carry out initial screening of the candidate, negotiations on remuneration and the employment contract.

An executive search firm is a type of company that specializes in recruiting executive personnel for their client companies in various industries. Executive search agents/professionals typically have a wide range of personal contacts in their industry or field of specialty; detailed, specific knowledge of the area; and typically operate at the most senior level of executive positions. Executive search professionals are also involved throughout more of the hiring process, conducting detailed interviews and presenting candidates to clients selectively, when they feel the candidate meets all stated requirements and would fit into the culture of the hiring firm, as well. Executive search agencies typically have long-lasting relationships with clients spanning many years, and in such cases the suitability of candidates is paramount. It is also important that such agencies operate with a high level of professionalism. When corporate entities elect to use an outside executive search firm, it is usually because they lack the internal research resources, networks, or evaluative skills to properly recruit for themselves. Using an outside firm also allows the corporate entity the freedom of recruiting from competitors without doing so directly, and the ability to choose among candidates that would not be available through internal or passive sourcing methodologies. Some executive search firms are regional, while others are global. Many specialize in a particular sector.

High-end executive search firms get a retainer (up-front fee) to perform a specific search for a corporate officer or other senior executive position. In a retained search the fee is for the time and expertise of the search firm. The firm is employed to conduct the entire recruitment effort from startup until the candidate has started working.Retained recruiters work for the organizations who are their clients, not for job candidates seeking employment, in some countries, such as the UK, recruiters are not legally permitted to charge candidates. In the U.S. job candidates may pay an up front retainer to consulting or counselling firms to assist them in their job search. Such firms are not typically known as retained recruiters but may provide recruiting services to organizations and therefore share the descriptive nature of the title.

Fee payments may be made in thirds, 1/3 of fee paid on initiation of the search, 1/3 paid thirty days later, and the final 1/3 paid thirty days later or upon placement of the candidate. Alternatively the fee may be paid upon the new employee starting work with a clawback if they leave within a defined period, sometimes with a clause in the contract which states that the search firm will find an alternative if the first employee fails to remain with the employer for the initial period.

Another form of high-end executive search, delimited or engaged search, is often improperly categorized as retained search, although there are distinct differences.Both retained and delimited/engaged searches involve partial payment prior to filling the job, and the contracted recruiter has the search exclusively. Therefore, the search can be customized to the client organization’s needs, with the search professional providing a consultative service throughout the process.While both retained and delimited/engaged searches serve client employers rather than job-seeking executives, delimited/engaged search contracts always (as opposed to sometimes) state a future date when the project must be completed or the downpayment refunded.

Clients (companies seeking to hire) often tend to work with contingent search firms when filling mid-level positions. As contingent search firms generally rely heavily on their contacts, and seldom work on an exclusive basis, it is not rare for a client to work with a large number of contingent recruiters on the same search at the same time, in order to maximize the volume of candidate (job seeker) resumes they receive. Beyond the increased volume of candidates that such an approach allows, contingent firms do not get paid until the placement is made (a candidate is successfully hired), and thus the search risk is shifted almost entirely to the search firms. Moreover, contingent search firms often work with clients on higher percentage fee basis, relative to retained and delimited search firms as they shoulder more risk.

For senior level roles, clients often prefer to work with Recruiters who have performed in the past for them and usually will end up in the hands of a retained or delimited recruiter. By working exclusively with one firm on such searches, the client generally develops a much deeper relationship with the recruiter, and receives a much higher level of service. With all methods, retained, delimited, and contingency, clients rely on search professionals to provide not just resumes, but also insightful, consultative information about the market in general.

A delimited search is often preferred by clients who are seeking a retainer-style service level, while not willing to accept the level of risk that retained search entails. While delimited search does entail up-front fees, they tend to be much smaller than total pre-placement fees that retained search entails. Moreover, delimited search professionals shoulder the risk of their own failure to execute the search within a specified time-frame, offering to refund the up-front fees in such an event. While delimited search is not as desirable for searches that are open-ended in nature, the “ticking clock” is often seen by clients as an incentive that motivates delimited search recruiters to stay more active and involved throughout the hiring process.


Aug 19, 2014

The times of year that make single Japanese women feel the loneliest

Japan is big on seasonality.Like the blossoming of the cherry trees, each year sees certain repeating situations for which popular opinion holds the best way to spend is “with your boyfriend.
However, not every woman in Japan has a special guy in her life, which can be all the more of a downer when you keep hearing about how romantic those particular times of year are.

Christmas was a frequent survey response, and while plenty of singles around the world get the blues waiting for Santa alone, things are on a whole different level in Japan, where Christmas Eve is the biggest date night of the year. There’s also the fact that Japanese cities go all out with their Christmas light displays, so there’s no way to avoid being reminded that the big day is just around the corner, and you still don’t have a date lined up.There is, however, an upside to being single in Japan at Christmas. The standard Christmas Eve dinner in Japan is fried chicken, which while undeniably delicious, is just the sort of oily, messy thing most people don’t look particularly attractive eating. Freed from the concerns of maintaining demure composure, though, singles can enjoy their bird with gusto.

Unfortunately, singles receive another blow to the spirit just a week later on New Year’s Eve. While traditionally people go back to their home towns and visit their relatives, you can often spot couples making trips to the local shrine together at the stroke of midnight to pray for a happy year. If being stuck at home has got you feeling frustrated and angry, you can blow off some of that anger by watching one of the mixed martial arts tournaments that are annually broadcast on December 31.

Unattached women aren’t quite out of the lonely winter woods yet, though, as February brings us to Valentine’s Day. While it’s true that in Japan men are the ones who receive gifts and chocolate on February 14, that doesn’t mean it’s any less depressing for the lovelorn women without someone to give them to. Recent years, though, have seen an increase in the number of single women buying confectioners’ fancy Valentine’s creations as a treat for themselves.Oddly enough, March 14’s White Day, in which guys reciprocate for the Valentine’s Day gifts they received, didn’t make the list. Whether this says more about the unselfish nature of women or men’s complete ineptitude at choosing presents is up for debate.

Spring isn’t without a couple of bumps on the lonesome road, though. The school year starts in spring in Japan, as does the business year in most companies. This means new classmates or, given the propensity of human resource departments here to annually shake things up, oftentimes a new set of coworkers. Some women said that in the midst of this interpersonal stability, they longed to have a steady, supportive boyfriend.The annual blooming of the sakura, or cherry blossoms, is one of Japan’s most beloved events, with the whole country watching nightly forecasts on the news as to just when the flowers will bloom. It’s easy to see why, as not only are the sakura beautiful, they’re incredibly romantic, blanketing the country in endless streams of pink petals drifting down in one of those rare, “Wow, Japan really is like anime!” moments.

But not everything about cherry blossom season is romantic. Not being with your boyfriend means you don’t have to worry about the mood being shattered by one of the noisy drunks that often appear in Japan’s parks when the flowers bloom (it also means you don’t have to worry about sabotaging your love life if you yourself become said noisy drunk while at a sakura viewing party).The last vernal problem patch is Golden Week, the string of connected holidays that straddles the end of April and beginning of March. Along with New Year’s and Obon in August, Golden Week is one of Japan’s three longest vacation periods. Unlike the others, though, there’s no established custom of visiting your relatives during Golden Week, and you can only get your group of friends together so many days in a row, meaning singles are often left with a handful of dull days alone at home.

June brings rainy, incredibly humid weather to Japan, making most people miserable regardless of whether or not they’re in a romantic relationship. The heat stays for the entire season, but once the rainy stage passes at the beginning of July, there’s a rush of events.Early August sees the summer vacation period, with couples either heading for the mountains on camping trips or hitting the beach to swim in the sea. But before you turn green with envy at those cheery pairs, remember that being outdoors in the summer also means being at the mercy of the nation’s ravenous mosquito population. And while they can’t follow you into the sea, swimming in the Pacific presents its own problem in Japan: painful stinging jellyfish that appear each summer.There are also festivals going on almost every week in late summer, often with dazzling fireworks shows. Many couples attend these together dressed in yukata, lightweight summer kimono. We’ve got no “but on the other hand” words of encouragement for this one. Yukata dates are awesome, and we totally get the disappointment of having to wait a whole year for another shot.

OK, so is autumn safe, at least? After all, it’s often considered to be a season of quiet introspection. It’s even widely held to be the best season in Japan for relaxing with a good book.But alas, even fall has its days that keep singles’ hearts from soaring, in the form of the numerous three-day weekends and holidays that show up during the season. There’s the Autumnal Equinox in September, Health and Sports Day in October, and both Culture Day and Labor Day in November. Spending one of those curled up on the couch with a new novel isn’t bad, but a late November afternoon, with a cold wind blowing and the darkness of night coming before you know it, can seem awfully lonely for singles.That said, sitting at home alone all day can be pretty depressing for people in a loving relationship, too. Sure, a lot of the events on this list are more enjoyable with someone you love, but that’s not to say they aren’t enjoyable with a group of friends, too. There’s no couples-only policy for the beach in summer, shrines at New Year’s, or parks during cherry blossom season.

Also, unless every guy in Japan is simultaneously dating a half-dozen women (a feat accomplishable by only the most handsome and suave of movie stars and RocketNews24 writers), for just about every single girl, there should be a single guy, somewhere. As long as they’re getting themselves out of the house, too (an admittedly more difficult thing to convince a guy to do, especially if he has beer in his fridge and sports on TV), you just might find that special someone.


Aug 18, 2014

Portuguese man-of-war creating beaches of sadness in Japan with its terrible toxic tentacles

With just a few weeks left before September, beach lovers in Japan are trying to sneak in a few last trips to the coast. A late summer trip to the shore means you’ll have to be on the lookout for jellyfish, but the good news is they don’t seem to be out in full force yet.
The bad news, though, is that Kanagawa Prefecture has something that looks sort of like a jellyfish but is even worse, with some people having spotted the Portuguese man-of-war. The Portuguese man-of-war is a colony of interdependent marine creatures that band together to survive and look hideous. Usually, it makes small fish its target, paralyzing and then consuming them. They aren’t regular visitors to Kanagawa, but lastweek Twitter users found specimens washed up onshore in Shonan, the prefecture’s most popular string of beaches and recreational coastline. One was largely buried in the sand at Kamakura’s main beach, Yuigahama, and was only spotted because of its eye-catching blue hue.

As you’d expect from its name, the stings from the man-of-war pack a serious punch. The man-of-war can even continue fighting on dry land from beyond the grave, with its tentacles still potent days after death. Aside from leaving painful red welts on the skin, the creature’s toxins can affect the function of the lymph nodes, as well as the heart and lungs, which in extreme, and thankfully rare, cases can even cause death.
Because the man-of-war looks like a jellyfish, some people’s first reaction is to treat a man-of-war’s sting in the same way by washing the affected area with vinegar. Despite their somewhat similar appearance, though, the man-of-war and jellyfish are completely different creatures with different toxins, and pouring vinegar, or even room temperature fresh water, onto a man-of-war sting will speed up the toxin delivery and make things worse.
Instead, the stung area should be rinsed with salt water, then with water heated to 45 degrees Celsius, which will help to break down the toxins and ease the pain. It seems like a trip to the hospital wouldn’t be a bad idea either.


Aug 17, 2014

Government project aims to promote translations of Japanese books abroad

The government has launched a project to translate Japanese-language books about culture, history and advanced technology to bolster international understanding of the country.The government is using the project to counter increased efforts by China and South Korea to publish works with their viewpoints about history and territorial issues with Japan.

The Cabinet Office set aside ¥80 million in the budget for this fiscal year to help fund translations of Japanese books, which is difficult for private companies because the profit margin is poor.The government plans to introduce books that target general readers and works aimed at experts.

Topics will include “washoku” Japanese food and technologies used in precision equipment and the auto industries, an official said Thursday, noting that the government eventually wants to expand the categories of books for English translation to include those about territorial issues.A panel was formed late last month with seven diplomatic and scientific experts who by the end of the month will each recommend a few books to be translated. The government will then decide which ones to have translated into English.
The government plans to donate the translated books to libraries and research institutes overseas.


South Korea earlier this month said it will publish a white paper about the country’s women forced to work in Japan’s wartime military brothels, and plans to translate it into English and other languages.China issued a white paper in September 2012 that claimed the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea belong to China. It came along with an English version.


Aug 16, 2014

Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.


Success isn’t something you chase. It’s something you have to put forth the effort for constantly. Then maybe it’ll come when you least expect it. Most people don’t understand that.To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don’t isolate.Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.

If you quit ONCE it becomes a habit. Never quit!!!Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.If you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.



Aug 15, 2014

Work and life

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.

Circumstances – what are circumstances? I make circumstances.I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.When we go into that new project, we believe in it all the way. We have confidence in our ability to do it right. And we work hard to do the best possible job.If you have no critics, you’ll likely have no success.

Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.I am a great believer in luck and the harder I work the more I have of it.Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.

One repays a teacher badly if one always remains nothing but a pupil.It marks a big step in your development when you come to realize that other people can help you do a better job than you could do alone.In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it.


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