Should we rethink the concept of work-life balance?

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Expert tips for integrating your professional, family and social Robin MadellThe latest results from the Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll beg the question: Is the concept of work-life balance a mere fantasy, or is there any reality to it left at all?Forty percent of the Americans surveyed for the poll in October 2014 feel that, “in today’s economy, it’s not possible for most people to succeed at work, make a good living and have enough time to contribute to their family and community.”The poll resulted in many other striking statistics as well:One-third of those polled (33 percent) said they would likely work on Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Day.More than half (56 percent) work after hours frequently or occasionally.About half (49 percent) checked in with work or read work email while on their last vacation.Certain fields may lend themselves even more to work-life imbalance than others. A 2014 survey by The Creative Group found that 62 percent of marketing and advertising executives work weekends at least once a month. Regardless of your industry, Scott Eblin, author of “Overworked and Overwhelmed,” writes in his book: “For the majority of leaders and other professionals, their circumstances are compelling them to make lots of changes at once on a nearly continuous basis. Sounds like a pretty good prescription for being overworked and overwhelmed.”These are among the reasons the concept of work-life balance remains a fantasy for so many people in the U.S. What’s more, many career experts believe that the “balancing” metaphor no longer applies to today’s hectic, caffeine-fueled realities. Instead, they advocate terms like “work-life blend,” “work-life integration” and “work-life management” to describe finding the right personal mixture that comfortably makes time for work, family, leisure and personal activities. continue reading »last_img read more

Russian doping cover-up `helped more than a thousand athletes’

first_imgBy Mitch PhillipsLONDON, England (Reuters) – More than 1 000 Russian competitors across more than 30 sports were involved in an institutional conspiracy to conceal positive drug tests as Moscow ‘hijacked international sport’ over the course of five years, an independent WADA report said yesterday.The second and final part of the report for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) by Canadian sports lawyer Richard McLaren provided exhaustive evidence of an elaborate doping scheme sponsored by Russia’s Sports Ministry.It included switching and changing samples by opening “tamper-proof” bottles – using a method devised by the Russian secret service – and numerous other methods to bypass and cover up drugs tests.“We are now able to confirm a cover-up that dates back to at least 2011 that evolved from uncontrolled chaos to an institutionalised and disciplined medal-winning conspiracy,” McLaren told a news conference.“It was a cover-up of an unprecedented scale ….“We have evidence revealing that more than 500 positive results were reported as negative, including well-known and elite-level athletes and medal winners, who had their positive results automatically falsified.“Over 1 000 athletes competing in Summer, Winter and Paralympic sport can be identified as being involved in or benefiting from manipulations to conceal positive tests.”WADA president Craig Reedie called the report “alarming” and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it had shown evidence of “a fundamental attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and on sport in general”.But Russia showed no sign of accepting its conclusions.The Sports Ministry said it would study the WADA report and cooperate fully with anti-doping bodies, but “denies that any government programmes exist to support doping in sport”.“UNFOUNDED ACCUSATIONS”Track and field chief Dmitry Shlyakhtin said he had not yet seen the report, but conceded that Russian athletics’ problems “did not start yesterday”. However, he said it had now fulfilled all the demands made of it.Yelena Isinbayeva, double Olympic pole vault champion and newly-elected head of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency supervisory board, said shortly before the report was released: “It is well known to us that many foreign athletes have a history of doping but compete at an international level with no problems.“If we want to clean up world sport, let’s start … we don’t need to concentrate on just one country.”Dmitry Svishchev, a member of parliament and president of Russia’s Curling Federation, said: “We haven’t heard anything new. Unfounded accusations against us all. If you are Russian, they accuse you of all sins.”McLaren accepted that there could be widespread doping elsewhere, though not on the same level as in Russia, the sole focus of his investigation.McLaren pointed out that Russia had won 24 gold, 26 silver and 32 bronze medals at London 2012 and no Russian athlete had tested positive.“Yet the Russian team corrupted the London Games on an unprecedented scale, the extent of which will probably never be fully established,” he said.“For years, international sports competitions have unknowingly been hijacked by the Russians. Coaches and athletes have been playing on an uneven field.”The IOC on Wednesday extended provisional sanctions against Russian sport over the scandal, and an international ban on its track and field athletes remains in force pending a reform of its anti-doping programme.Yesterday, the IOC noted that it had already set up two commissions to prepare “appropriate sanctions and measures”. One of these will go beyond the scope of McLaren’s investigation and retest all the samples of Russian athletes who participated in the 2014 Winter Games, which Russia hosted in Sochi.Forensic investigations by McLaren’s team detailed how a bank of clean urine samples was kept in a Moscow laboratory, where salt and coffee were added to try to fool officials testing ‘B samples’ in supposedly tamper-proof bottles.DNA MISMATCHESThe report included cases where a doctored B sample did not match the DNA of previous specimens, and of samples that contained a mixture of male and female urine.It added that analysis of the samples from four Russians who won gold in Sochi had shown salt readings that were physiologically impossible, while there was evidence that the samples of 12 Russian Sochi medallists had been tampered with.More than 1 100 items of evidence contained in the report have been made available to the public at the website here, including details and pictures of how microscopes were used to detect the tiny scratch marks made when opening the “tamper-proof” sample bottles.Yesterday’s report provided extensive evidence to support the original July report, which said Moscow had concealed hundreds of positive doping tests ahead of the Sochi Winter Games in 2014.The IOC declined to impose a blanket ban on Russia competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics, letting international sports federations decide which athletes should be allowed to compete. Only athletics and weightlifting banned the entire Russian teams.The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) did ban Russia completely from its Rio games, however, and said yesterday the full findings of the report “strike right at the heart of the integrity and ethics of sport”.McLaren accepted that Russian authorities had taken many steps since his first report, removing officials who had been involved in the cover-up, setting up a new anti-doping commission and proposing a ‘gold standard’ doping control regime.However, when asked about the comments of Svishchev and Isinbayeva, he said: “The findings are not challengeable … my impression is that there is a certain embedded cultural aspect to what has been going on, so there probably does need to be cultural change.“That doesn’t mean change won’t occur, but it might take longer than a few months or a year.”last_img read more

Bayern crush dispirited Arsenal 10-2 on aggregate

first_img(REUTERS)-Bayern Munich ran riot with a second successive 5-1 hammering of Arsenal to reach the Champions League quarter-finals 10-2 on aggregate at a stunned Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.Trailing 5-1 from the first leg and striving to become the first team in Champions League history to overturn such a deficit, Arsenal led at halftime through Theo Walcott’s goal.But once Robert Lewandowski equalised from the penalty spot and Arsenal skipper Laurent Koscielny was sent off, the Bundesliga leaders ran amok against their dispirited hosts.Robben capitalised on a defensive mistake in the 68th minute before substitute Douglas Costa curled in a third to send Arsenal’s fans streaming towards the exits.Bayern were not finished though and Arturo Vidal struck twice as Arsenal slumped to a seventh successive elimination at the last-16 stage in humiliating fashion.last_img read more

Upcoming Lecture Looks at Early Days of Presque Isle

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — Historians John Porter and Judith Kimball will dive into the history of Presque Isle on Thursday evening at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center.The two historians will discuss their book “Postcard History Series: Grand Lake and Presque Isle.” The book looks at the extensive history of the region and the waters that help makes this area a hot spot for maritime activity.“This is a really fun book,” said Director of Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Director Katie Wolf. “Just reading through the postcards, the background history, anybody that’s from this area or not, it’s just fascinating.”Kimball and Porter will explore industries like fur trading, logging, and tourism through imagery and stories from their book.“There’s many families who are part of this history still today and then those who don’t know about the area but would like to know, it’ll be a great way to find out,” said Wolf.Doors open at 6:30pm and the lecture begins at 7:00pm. The event is free and open to the public. Popcorn will be provided. For more information, visit the Facebook event AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending for July 23Next PREVIEW: On The Deck Episode 7 ‘Loretta’last_img read more