Russia enters 19 for athletics worlds despite doping ban

first_imgKawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite FILE – In this Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 file photo, Russia’s Maria Lasitskene smiles with her gold medal after winning the women’s high jump competition at a Russian Grand Prix track and field indoor event in Moscow, Russia. Russia plans to send 19 athletes, including Sergei Shubenkov and Maria Lasitskene, to the track and field world championships in London in August 2017 despite its suspension from international competition over widespread doping. The 19, including three former world champions, have been given exemptions from Russia’s suspension after the International Association of Athletics Federations reviewed their history of drug testing. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)MOSCOW — Russia plans to send 19 athletes to the track and field world championships in London next week despite its suspension from international competition for widespread doping.The 19, including three former world champions, have been given exemptions from Russia’s suspension after the IAAF reviewed their history of drug testing.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ NCAA: EAC snaps two-game slide, clips Mapua McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Maria Lasitskene is the overwhelming favorite to retain her high jump title, following an unbeaten season in the Diamond League. No other woman has leapt over two meters this year, but Lasitskene has done it at 11 different competitions.Sergei Shubenkov leads the charge for Russia’s men as he tries to win a second world title in the 110-meter hurdles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Russian Athletics Federation director Elena Orlova told Tass news agency on Monday that, besides the 19, it also filed paperwork for doping whistleblower and 800-meter runner Yulia Stepanova, but the federation isn’t in contact with her and believes she doesn’t intend to compete.Since they’re officially “neutral athletes” under IAAF rules, the Russians won’t be allowed to wear national colors and the Russian anthem won’t be played if they win gold. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A total of 38 Russians had exemptions that could have allowed them to compete at the championships, but many didn’t make the qualifying standards. Eleven more were approved only for youth events, and 106 applications were declined.Russia has been suspended since November 2015, when the first in a series of World Anti-Doping Agency investigations alleged drug use and cover-ups were common on its track team.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

How to Combat the Growing Epidemic of Loneliness in the Workplace

first_img November 12, 2018 Next Article Guest Writer 6 min read Over the past several decades, connections with our work colleagues have become increasingly virtual and electronic in nature. Whether “shooting the breeze” occurs in a cubicle, or via instant messaging with an associate sitting across the room — or whether it occurs with no face-to-face interaction at all, because of the many people now working remotely –the social phenomenon of gathering around the water cooler has dwindled.Related: Everyone Is Getting Lonelier. Here’s How Entrepreneurs Are Helping to Reverse the Trend.And the result of this social shift? It’s making employees lonely, and impacting employees across the board, from entry level to executives.Blame the evolution of communication channels, whereby work is so often now completed virtually via text and email — with a video chat or phone call falling into the category of a last resort.In businesses’ continuing quest for increased productivity,  meetings are structured around bullet-point agendas, and small talk is limited to the moments before the meeting organizer arrives. What’s more, there’s that issue of teammates working remotely, in another office or even another country.All of this has fostered a slow-creeping but nevertheless growing trend, with the result being the shrinking social dynamics of the American workplace. What’s arisen is a new business reality that’s being coined “Corporate Loneliness.” And it’s crushing morale, productivity and impacting employee happiness at work. So, what can leaders do?Related: This Accidental Entrepreneur Is Tackling the Problem of LonelinessIs workplace loneliness really an addressable issue?While little formal research has been done on how this loneliness affects productivity in the workplace, there’s an increased awareness that it is real. Earlier this year, British Prime Minister Theresa May created a new Minister for Loneliness post, and one of America’s foremost physicians, former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, identified workplace loneliness as an emerging health issue that business leaders need to address.Humans are by nature social animals and feel most fulfilled when verbally communicating, or using non-verbal cues, or learning, feeling valued, trusting and sharing a laugh with others face to face.What actions can be taken?At first, it would seem that HR executives and other business leaders are in a bit of a quandary. How can they embrace the competitive advantages digital communication channels provide, while supporting the essence of what makes their valued employees, well, human?It’s easy to assert that office environments are already suitably vibrant and teeming with social contact and interaction opportunities. However, those studying the phenomenon suggest there is a genuine difference between the passive human “touch points” the digital world has established — comprised of witty out-of-office notifications or the latest memes being shared over company email — and quality human relationships.To achieve those quality human relationships, here are steps companies can take:Foster collaborative teams.While it’s easy to rely on apps like Slack to help coordinate team productivity in the workplace, it’s important to build-in some face-to-face interaction as well. Launches and project completion celebrations are great for pulling members of the team together. So are post-mortems. The idea is that the players get to know one other, connect faces to online personas and participate in handshakes and smiles. Encourage your teams to meet so that individuals can get to know one another in the flesh.Make it a point to celebrate individual employee milestones.Birthdays, engagements, marriages, births, a new hire’s first day and final days before retirements are events that should not pass unheralded.These milestones are perfect opportunities to gather employees together and acknowledge people’s accomplishments, outside the office as well as in. Monthly staff meetings are a great time to commemorate these life events. Make the act of recognition an integral part of your company culture. It will help lonely employees understand that others do see them as actual people, not just a name on an email header.Develop a company-mentoring program.In an attempt to satisfy the professional development needs of all generations in the workforce, many companies have started building employee mentoring programs that match rising stars with experienced professionals. In a structured and well-managed program, mentors and their protégés share knowledge, help each other grow, and (in the best relationships) definitely share a few laughs as mentor and mentee get to know each other on a personal level.It’s that kind of personal knowledge that helps a mentor provide the best guidance based on an understanding of how career decisions will impact the mentee as a person. Employee mentorship programs promote personal bonds that eliminate loneliness and create a feeling of community in the workplace, which increases employee engagement, retention and professional growth.Offer informal social spaces at work.In workplace environments that feature hoteling and hot seating, it’s important to provide informal spaces where both resident and nomadic workers can step away when necessary. These lounges provide an arena for face-to-face communications, whether it’s business related or just a quick social chat during a coffee break.This can be as simple as throwing a couple of bean-bag chairs into a break room or setting up a corner with couches and loungers. The idea is to create safe, neutral spaces — away from the rigid conformity dictated by cubicle etiquette — where employees can flex a bit, socialize, brainstorm or take care of personal matters.Related: 7 Parts of the Job Every Entrepreneur Hates (and How to Never Do Them Again)In an age when communication takes place on a mobile screen, via the written word or through data sent wirelessly around the world, promoting genuine engagement and battling corporate loneliness will cut down on employee turnover and create the type of culture that will attract top talent at all experience levels. Add to Queue –shares Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. loneliness Image credit: alvarez / iStock.com Phil George We’re in an age when communication takes place on a mobile screen, via the written word or through data sent wirelessly around the world. What’s the effect on our personal lives? How to Combat the Growing Epidemic of Loneliness in the Workplace Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Co-Founder, MentorcliQ, Mentoring Expert Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more