No explosives found at Library

first_img Misunderstanding????? Really???? How did that happen??? Please enter your name here Updating Breaking News from last nightFrom The Orange County Sheriff’s OfficeYesterday, at 4:52 pm, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1211 E Semoran Blvd (Orange County Library) in reference to a suspicious person. It was alleged the subject may have been in possession of an explosive device and made threats to harm others in the immediate area.After the library was evacuated for precautionary purposes, contact was made with the subject. He was taken into custody without incident and interviewed extensively by investigators.Upon further investigation, it was concluded the subject was not in possession of any explosive devices and his alleged threats to harm others were unfounded and determined to be a misunderstanding.While the initial allegations were unfounded in this particular instance, we continue our efforts of encouraging citizens “if you see something, say something.”No other details are being released at this time. If further information is learned, The Apopka Voice will update this story. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Mama Mia December 8, 2016 at 8:02 pmcenter_img Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 1 COMMENT TAGSNorth Orange County LibraryOrange County Sheriff’s Office Previous articleCity Council votes 5-0 to accept COPS grantNext articleCommissioner Nelson Tours County Jail Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply last_img read more

Leicester vs Wasps EDF Cup Semi Final highlights

first_imgTuesday Mar 25, 2008 Leicester vs Wasps EDF Cup Semi Final highlights Leicester Tigers booked a place in this year’s EDF Energy Anglo-Welsh Cup Final with a 34-24 victory over London Wasps in an entertaining clash at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.Andy Goode featured prominently as he overshadowed England’s new star flyhalf Danny Cipriani. Goode scored one try, created another two and kicked 14 points, his inspired performance showing his class, maturity and of course, experience.Cipriani did show touches of brilliance though, scoring a great try of his own as well as putting Paul Sackey away for a try with a neat flick pass on one occasion.Wasps battled to the end but tries from Seru Rabeni, Dan Hipkiss and Martin Castrogiovanni sealed Leicester’s win.The Tigers will meet Ospreys in the final at Twickenham on 12 April, which is set to be quite an occasion. 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Final round of the Gallagher Premiership hit by a second match cancellation The final round of the Premiership lost the Worcester-Gloucester match on Tuesday and now Bristol versus London Irish is off. Leicester vs Wasps EDF Cup Semi Final highlights | RugbyDump – Rugby News & Videos RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Sitemap Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Sign In Username or Email Password Stay logged in Forgot password Thank you for registering Click here to login Register Register now for RugbyDump commenting & enewsletter. * Required fields. 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WillAid set for November

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis WillAid set for November Indeed, given that most charitable Wills include more than one charitable beneficiary, it could be in all charities’ interests to promote this campaign. The chances are that some of your supporters will still not have made a Will: a recent survey for WillAid of more than 19,000 people between 25 and 64 years old found that 75% of men and women under 44 do not have an up-to date Will. This year the campaign organisers hope to recruit 1,800 solicitors and 5,500 Will makers. Howard Lake | 10 September 2002 | News  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis WillAid, the biannual Will writing partnership between charities and solicitors, will take place in November this year.WillAid is a free Will making campaign where solicitors throughout the UK give their time for free to draw up simple Wills in the hope that Will makers will donate to a consortium of seven overseas development charities.The campaign to recruit solicitors began in January 2002, and the public campaign itself will take place this November. Although it’s not open to other charities, it’s a valuable initiative and worth supporting if you haven’t yet made a Will. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

£3 million programme announced for disabled entrepreneurs

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis £3 million programme announced for disabled entrepreneurs Disability charity Leonard Cheshire and Barclays have created a £3 million initiative to assist 600 disabled people over three years to start their own businesses. “Ready to Start” will be introduced in 27 towns and cities across England and Wales and the first Ready to Start project will be launched in Wandsworth in October 2006.Each client will be linked with a “Barclays Buddy” and given a tailored support programme enabling them to produce an effective business plan, test ideas, and get their businesses off the ground.Ready to Start’s tailored training packages will cover key modules such as keeping accounts, marketing and developing a business plan and the Barclays Buddies will help support clients to gain the extra confidence they need to make their businesses a success. Advertisement Howard Lake | 3 September 2006 | News Rachael Barber, Head of Global Community Investment at Barclays, said: “It’s a great opportunity for our best and brightest to use their professional skills to help in a good cause. Our employees are looking to use their know-how to make a real difference to the lives of hundreds of potential entrepreneurs.”The partnership complements similar initiatives that Barclays announced earlier this year with Help the Aged and NCH to promote financial literacy and debt advice. A total of over £5 million in funding will be provided to all three programmes and thousands of Barclays volunteers will be involved.Two further Ready to Start projects are due to be launched in Derby and Newcastle by the end of 2006 and all 27 projects will be rolled out by the end of 2007. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Local Plastic Surgeon Wins Award For Work With the Nonprofit Mending Kids International

first_img Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Pulse PollVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 69 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it 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. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News Community News Community News Make a commentcenter_img More Cool Stuff CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena-based plastic surgeon Dr. Andre Panossian has been recognized by the worldwide nonprofit Mending Kids International for his dedication in providing his surgical expertise to the group that sponsors free life-changing, and often life-saving surgical care for children in need across the globe.Panossian received the organization’s Mend Award last Saturday, April 16, during Mending Kids’ Imagine Gala 2021. The awarding coincided with the organization’s 16th anniversary celebration and came with a special opportunity to showcase the group’s work.Mending Kids International taps high-level specialists to provide medical care to children in need.Compared with other healthcare services that many organizations provide, free surgery is rare and is invaluable for the communities that Mending Kids serves.Being of Armenian heritage, Panossian started a Mending Kids mission to Armenia in 2015. Since then, apart from surgical procedures in Yerevan, the capital city, he has also been providing vital education for medical students during his yearly pilgrimages to Armenia.Panossian is a board-certified plastic surgeon. He combines his Harvard training with the experience derived from his practice and his use of the latest medical technology, allowing him to achieve life-changing results. He has received recognition from news organizations and medical publications alike.In Pasadena, his clients include A-list celebrities and top public figures. His reputation as a caring and highly competent surgeon makes him a respected figure in the medical community.To find more about Panossian’s services or volunteer work, visit his website, www.drpanossian.com or call (626) 765-6885. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Non-Profits News Local Plastic Surgeon Wins Award For Work With the Nonprofit Mending Kids International By ANDY VITALICIO Published on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 2:58 pm HerbeautyRemove Belly Fat Without Going Under The KnifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeauty STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website last_img read more

Caisson Biotech, LLC and Heparinex, LLC Announce Positive Examination Report of European Patent and…

first_img Twitter WhatsApp Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 23, 2021 Caisson Biotech, LLC and Heparinex, LLC Announce Positive Examination Report of European Patent and the Discovery of a New Class of Sugar Polymers TAGS  AUSTIN, Texas and OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., Feb. 23, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Caisson Biotech and parent company Heparinex are pleased to announce that they have received a positive examination report from the European Patent Office for a patent covering the chemoenzymatic production of heparosan utilized in the HEPtune® drug delivery platform. Once certified, the new patent family will increase patent coverage across Europe, adding to the U.S. holdings. The HEPtune platform, which utilizes heparosan, a naturally occurring polysaccharide, has been validated as a novel half-life extension and drug delivery alternative to commonly used polyethylene glycol (PEG). Unlike PEG, heparosan is naturally found in humans, is completely biodegradable, and will not trigger anaphylactic shock or anti-drug antibodies. The HEPtune platform has been applied to numerous drug classes including biologics, and small molecules via nanocarriers, including liposomes. In addition to positive news received by the EPO, Heparinex is excited to announce that it has created a new class of sugar polymers, sulfated hepbiuronic acid (sHBA) that mimic some, but not all, of the desirable activities of heparin, a drug employed to treat many diseases including the fight against severe COVID-19 and influenza. These novel patent-pending drug candidates can quell the initiation of inflammation, but do not inhibit blood coagulation, thus can be used to protect organs such as the lungs, heart, and kidneys that are often damaged by the body’s own defenses during disease without the risk of bleeding. The sHBA should be a useful addition to the arsenal of drugs currently dispensed to treat hyper-inflammation spawned by infectious, cardiovascular, and auto-immune diseases. Heparosan conjugation was developed by Presidential Professor Dr. Paul DeAngelis at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) and includes a robust U.S. and international patent portfolio. “Our goal is to decipher and harness the natural ‘sugar codes’ in the body in more selective, customized fashion to target diseases and reduce side effects. We are excited by the possibilities for better medicines”, said DeAngelis. He was named as one of the most influential researchers in the world according to a study led by an investigator at Stanford University and published in PLOS Biology. About Caisson Biotech, LLC Caisson Biotech, LLC is a collaboration driven biotechnology company specializing in the development of heparosan polymers to improve therapeutic drug delivery and performance. Caisson’s HEPtune® technology was invented by Chief Scientist and University of Oklahoma Professor Dr. Paul DeAngelis, a world renowned glycobiology and enzyme specialist. Visit: http://www.caissonbiotech.com/ Caisson Biotech is a subsidiary of Heparinex, LLC. About Heparinex, LLC Heparinex, LLC is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the novel recombinant synthesis of sugar-based compounds for markets including anticoagulation, inflammation, and cancer treatment. Dr. Paul DeAngelis originally discovered and patented Heparinex’s core technology platforms of proprietary carbohydrate production. Visit: https://heparinex.com/. Heparinex and Caisson are funded and managed by Emergent Technologies, Inc. an innovation solutions and technology commercialization leader headquartered in Austin, Texas. Visit: http://www.emergenttechnologies.com/ *LOGO link for media: https://www.Send2Press.com/300dpi/21-0223s2p-caisson-logo-300dpi.jpg NEWS SOURCE: Caisson Biotech LLC This press release was issued on behalf of the news source (Caisson Biotech LLC) who is solely responsibile for its accuracy, by Send2Press® Newswire. Information is believed accurate but not guaranteed. Story ID: 68845 APDF-R8.2 © 2021 Send2Press®, a press release and e-marketing service of NEOTROPE®, Calif., USA. To view the original version, visit: https://www.send2press.com/wire/caisson-biotech-llc-and-heparinex-llc-announce-positive-examination-report-of-european-patent-and-the-discovery-of-a-new-class-of-sugar-polymers/ Disclaimer: This press release content was not created by the Associated Press (AP). Twittercenter_img Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Local NewsUS News Previous articleSutro Biopharma to Participate in the Cowen 41st Annual Healthcare ConferenceNext articleHasbro Named as One of the 2021 World’s Most Ethical Companies for 10th Consecutive Year Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Public urged to keep am eye on their neighbours

first_img WhatsApp Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pinterest Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook News Pinterestcenter_img Public urged to keep am eye on their neighbours By News Highland – December 15, 2009 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleGarda McLoughlins remains return homeNext articleResidential planning permissions down by almost half News Highland 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Donegal’s Crime Prevention Officer has urged people to keep an eye on their neighbours in the run up to Christmas to help avoid crime.There have been a number of reports of people, particularly the elderly, being targeted by callers to their homes pretending to offer a product or a service in an effort to gain entry to their homes.Sergeant Paul Wallace says one of the best ways for to combat this type of crime is for members of the community to keep an eye on each other a report suspicious activity to the gardai: [podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/paul.mp3[podcast] WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

NASA is preparing for first all-female spacewalk

first_imgFirst fit check of our actual spacecraft – the Soyuz rocket! This will be the last time we test the systems while wearing our launch and landing space suits. Great to see the real deal with the crew! pic.twitter.com/H7SdhgFuSn— Christina H Koch (@Astro_Christina) March 6, 2019McClain also joined NASA in 2013, the year NASA’s astronaut class was 50 percent female. She is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and a Senior Army Aviator with more than 2,000 flight hours, according to NASA. She has been stationed at the International Space Station since December.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. I just found out that I’ll be on console providing support for the FIRST ALL FEMALE SPACEWALK with @AstroAnnimal and @Astro_Christina and I can not contain my excitement!!!! #WomenInSTEM #WomenInEngineering #WomenInSpace— Kristen Facciol (@kfacciol) March 1, 2019 If while I was growing up someone told me that one day I would get to represent the #Canadian and #NASA flags in a single photo, I would have never believed them. Today I proudly get to do just that. @csa_asc @NASA_Johnson pic.twitter.com/gbDJO5ERpk— Kristen Facciol (@kfacciol) June 12, 2018Koch, a Michigan native, was selected as a NASA astronaut in 2013. She is scheduled to launch next week and will join the International Space Station as a flight engineer, according to NASA.center_img STR/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) —  A trio of ladies will take three giant leaps forward for women in space later this month.NASA has announced the first-ever all-female spacewalk will take place on March 29, right at the end of Women’s History Month.NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will carry out the spacewalk with the assistance of Kristen Facciol, a Canadian Space Agency flight controller.Facciol will be on the console at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. McClain and Koch are part of the Expedition 59 crew at the International Space Station.McClain and Koch’s spacewalk is expected to last seven hours, according to NASA. A spacewalk is defined by NASA as “anytime an astronaut gets out of a vehicle while in space.”The goal of McClain and Koch’s spacewalk is to upgrade batteries on the space station, a NASA spokeswoman told Good Morning America.The spacewalk will also be led by two more women, Mary Lawrence, lead flight director, and Jackie Kagey, lead spacewalk flight controller, according to NASA.Facciol, the flight controller, celebrated her history-making assignment in a tweet with the hashtags #WomenInSTEM #WomenInEngineering and #WomenInSpace.last_img read more

Army makes changes to prioritize missing soldiers after Vanessa Guillen’s death

first_imgpowerofforever/iStockBy LUIS MARTINEZ, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — In the wake of the high-profile disappearance of Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen earlier this year, as well as other high-profile incidents, the Army will soon list soldiers who fail to report to duty as “missing” and will prioritize taking “immediate action” to locate them, according to an internal Army message.“ln the coming weeks, HQDA (Headquarters, Department of the Army) will publish guidance on absent Soldiers to clarify that when one of our teammates fails to report for duty, we will consider them missing and take immediate action to find them,” top Army leaders said in a message to soldiers stressing the importance the Army places on its people.Army leaders have acknowledged that the disappearances of Guillen and Pvt. Gregory Wedel-Morales, who disappeared from Fort Hood last year, led them to reassess the current practice of quickly listing soldiers who do not report for duty as absent without leave, or AWOL.“How quickly can you see is it involuntary or voluntary? Are they missing?” Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told ABC News’ 20/20 in an interview in September.Gen. James McConville, the chief of staff of the Army, told reporters on Thursday that the upcoming changes will address “confusion” about the existing AWOL policy among commanders.McConville said that under the change in policy the default will be to consider soldiers as missing.“They only become AWOL after thorough investigation, thorough looking for the soldier, dealing with the family, dealing with law enforcement, we can prove that they are absent without leave,” said McConville.“If a soldier is not present for duty, they are missing,” said McConville. “And we will continue to do all we can do, just like we would in combat, to find them and get them back.”He encouraged junior commanders to reach out to the families of soldiers in their units to establish relationships that could help determine a soldier’s state of mind if they don’t report for duty.Though Guillen was not listed as AWOL after her April disappearance, and her unit quickly carried out a broad search for her whereabouts, her family complained that base officials did not initially make a major effort to find the missing 20-year-old soldier. Guillen’s remains were eventually found several months later, allegedly murdered by a fellow soldier who took his own life as law enforcement officials closed in.Going AWOL is a frequent occurrence in the military; through the end of August there had been 830 AWOLs reported throughout the Army worldwide. Many service members in that status end up returning to duty and some face disciplinary action for their absence.A service member who does not return to duty after 30 days is dropped from the rolls and listed as a deserter. The military services do not make it a priority to look for deserters.Wedel-Morales disappeared from Fort Hood in August 2019, just weeks before he was to leave the Army. He was listed as AWOL and dropped from the rolls after the 30-day period.His remains were uncovered in June of this year based on information provided as part of the investigation into Guillen’s disappearance. Army investigators later determined that his death was the result of foul play while he was on active duty.That conclusion led to the restoration of his rank and military benefits for his family, that included the costs associated for his military funeral.“They failed on every level. To look for him. To protect him. And if nothing else, just to call and say we’re sorry, we screwed up,” his mother Kimberly Wedel told 20/20 in September.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Pink-slip party

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Unemploymentis no longer a stigma thanks to the new breed of high-tech job seekers –casualties of the dot-com collapse. Professor Lisbeth Claus reports Thesedays the Silicon Valley headlines focus on lay-offs, downsizing, dot-comimplosion and economic downturn. Having successfully crossed into themuch-anticipated new millennium, the high-tech industry was not prepared atall, just a few months later, for the NASDAQ stock crisis, the rapid downturnof the new economy sector and recent implosion of many dot-com companies. Thisengendered a chain reaction in many companies that were closely connected tothe meteoric rise and success of the dot-coms. As statistics indicate, sincethe dawn of the year 2000, many new-economy knowledge staff have received theproverbial pink slip due to the demise of their dot-com company or the extremecost-cutting measures resulting in lay-offs and high-tech downsizing. Othersworkers have left for jobs at more secure, traditional companies. Thisdownsizing phenomenon, although reminiscent of economic recessions of the past,is different from a number of perspectives. It is different because of the typeof laid-off employee, the way in which the terminations are being handled andthe changed perception of potential employers towards the unemployed. InSilicon Valley style, the dot-com pink slips offer a few lessons for HRprofessionals. Forthe first time in employment history, the profile of most of those maderedundant is that of young knowledge worker who has participated in one of themost exciting technological revolutions and entrepreneurial global workenvironment experiments. Whilethese workers can be divided into two camps – those with technical skills andthose with general business skills – both groups tend to be highly skilled,electronically savvy and multiculturally diverse. They have worked on teams,functioned in a very fast-paced environment and are project-driven. Althoughtheir competency profiles should be an asset for traditional companies, theautonomy they have enjoyed in their dot-com companies may not easily fit themore corporate culture of the traditional economy. The lure of foregoing the24/7 for a more balanced work life and the security of a larger company may counteracttheir apathy towards a more structured traditional work environment.  Dot-coms,in their demise, are also changing the way in which terminations are beinghandled. True to their dot-com creativity, with very little HR expertise, andoften with a three-month severance package (considered generous for firedAmerican employees with such short tenure) and no union representation,companies and laid-off employees have resorted to a number of copingmechanisms. The most notorious one is the now-famous pink-slip party. The WordSpy (www.logophilia.com) defines pink-slip party as “a party where eachattendee is a person who has recently lost their job, particularly because of afailed or downsized dot-com company”. Althoughthe term dates back to the late 1980s, the pink-slip party was introduced tobring together people who have lost their dot-com jobs (wearing red dots) andrecruiters (wearing green dots) who are still hiring and looking to fillhigh-tech positions. At these monthly parties, former staff not only gather tomeet recruiters but also to find mutual support and put their networking skillsto use in the search for suitable employment. Other, more virtual, networkingactivities are evident in the many Web sites that have sprung up providing support,advice and survival tips for the casualties of the new economy. Once past theshock of termination, laid-off knowledge workers are using their networkingskills to find virtual or live support in making a career transition.Finally,this group is changing the perception towards the stigma of unemployment. Theirterminations were in general not labelled as being performance-related. Afterall, they were volunteers in a new work experiment. They wear their new-economybattle scars with the pride of war veterans. Their future employers, HR andother managers, remember their own lay-off experiences a decade or more ago. Theessence of HR is to balance the strategic human capital requirements of thecompany and the needs of the employees. As the traditional economy is beingchallenged to embrace new-economy technologies in order to increaseproductivity, HR professionals can be the linchpins in the reintegration oftalented laid-off dot-commers into the new workplace.GlobalHR trivia poserWhatis the origin of the term “pink slip”?Theterm is used in English (companies) to refer to a laid-off employee. When Ihave asked HR colleagues about the origin of this Anglo-Saxon term, responseshave varied from “I don’t know” to strange looks (how could I be soignorant!) and a multitude of unrelated explanations. Please send your responseto this HR trivia question as a Letter to the Editor ([email protected]).Sincemany of our readers are global HR professionals who are not native Englishspeakers, I challenge them to share a vernacular term in their language thatcorresponds to the English “pink slip” and explain its origins. Welook forward to hearing from you. Pink-slip partyOn 1 Jul 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more