At least two people are dead and 22 have been injured, according to the Boston Globe (23, according to NBC Nightly News, citing Boston police), in what appears to be an attack at the Boston Marathon. Boston.com, which is liveblogging the race, reports that two explosions were heard close to the marathon’s finish line. advertisement advertisement Media are currently being held in lockdown at the Fairmont Copley Hotel, and ambulances are arriving. Bystanders reported a large explosion and more information will be posted as it becomes available. One marathon participant, Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley, tweeted that a large number of racers are in corral close to the finish line. Unconfirmed reports from Twitter users are reporting “unspeakable horror.” One of the explosions was captured on local television and turned into a Vine. A Boston police spokesperson told Reuters that “There was an explosion. Police, fire and EMS (emergency medical services) … [Read more...] about Twin Explosions, “Blood Everywhere” At Boston Marathon Finish Line
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Merit is supposed to cut across everything, determining who reaps the most rewards and who leads in business. Gender shouldn’t matter. But of course it does. advertisement advertisement “Gender is under the surface, or not so much under the surface,” says Howard Aldrich, head of the sociology department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “When taken into account, it can distort the effects of merit. Instead of having the discussion of who will take the lead, these things tend to just bubble up.” There’s been a lot of discussion lately about the paucity of women who snag venture capital to start their own companies, the few women in positions of authority in the cliquey tech sector, as well as the low percentage of women holding corporate board seats–only 16.9% in the United States–according to Catalyst, a research group studying opportunities for women in business. Broadly, 30% of all U.S. businesses are … [Read more...] about Why Women Often Don’t Lead The Companies They’ve Founded
As legalization spread throughout the states, marijuana emerged as the big new food ingredient of 2014. In Seattle, a marijuana restaurant opened for customers. Don’t want to make the trek? Residents of states where marijuana is legal can also get a buzz from Legal’s line of cannabis-infused beverages. Meanwhile, Rohan Marley, one of Bob Marley’s sons, attracted attention last year not only for his new marijuana business, but also for his successful coffee company. advertisement advertisement A number of stories also examined the future of food, from Soylent-like meals and devices that can scan food for nutrients to grilled cheese delivered by parachute and other on-demand meals. In the meantime, Americans are still struggling to figure out the food system (we thought they might figure it out after last year’s list, but no)–in fact, most people don’t know what “organic” means even though they’re willing to pay more for it. … [Read more...] about The 11 Most Delicious Food Stories Of 2014
Innovation and technology have contributed to the evolution of nearly every industry in the world. From advancements in medicine to greater access to information, global collaboration to enhanced efficiency, the lines and boundaries that once separated us have been blurred. advertisement advertisement While it’s true that technology has made us “global citizens,” turn on the television or tune into Twitter and you’ll discover no shortage of negativity. Hate, anger, racism, and discrimination are capturing headlines. From the political strife in Washington to protestors on the streets of Ferguson, there is a rising swell of disconnect. Where the global lines that once divided us have been blurred, it seems we are constructing invisible fences that separate us from our neighbors, colleagues and communities. Though these fences can’t be seen with the eye, they can be felt, and they’re contributing to a cultural divide at a time when we should … [Read more...] about What Athletes Can Teach You About Embracing Diversity
Home for the holidays takes on a whole new, depressing meaning when businesses layoff employees during December. advertisement advertisement Losing your livelihood during the “happiest time of the year” is pretty awful for employees, so why would a company be so Scrooge-like? We asked several HR professionals to weigh in on whether or not it’s acceptable, or advisable, to conduct layoffs during the holiday season, and if so, how to do it compassionately. They had a lot to say. Why Companies Conduct Layoffs During The Holidays The vast majority of organizations run on a calendar year budget, explains Steve Spires, a managing director of outplacement solutions with BPI group, and year-end coincides with the need to achieve year-end numbers. “Business cycles are agnostic, and focused on results without bias, emotion, nor sentimentality,” says Jason Hanold, managing partner at executive search firm Hanold Associates. Because companies may want to … [Read more...] about Fired For The Holidays: Is It Acceptable For Businesses To Downsize In December?