first_imgThis week’s guruTop five New Year resolutionsA plethora ofconsultants have come up with a list of five key New Year’s resolutions for thecommitted HR professional. At number one,pop-pickers, is aligning your training to support business objectives by MaSTInternational. Number two is valuedifferences in perspective by that crazy beat combo Synopsis CommunicationConsulting. Up next is the promiseto support a charity for a year through payroll-giving, by those worthy RebusHRtypes. Like Guru, they do a lot of good work for charity, but don’t like totalk about it (except in press releases). In at number four isdon’t let your CV get out of date, from that grungy group the University ofPlymouth Business School, bringing us all back down to earth with businessrealities. And, finally, atnumber five, take time to notice how your colleagues feel by Coutts Corecare(this doesn’t mean the blindfold game in TV programme They Think It’s All Over).Guru thinks these areall valuable messages but has a different five – the first of which involvesbusiness process re-engineering and the last of which tackles his love handles.Got any out there you think we should know about?Officepests reunited.comRememberTim from marketing? Guru winces every time that office pest’s name ismentioned. Hewas such a card the way he’d always shout: “Thanks for dropping by”,across the office if you tried to leave early. Then he’d regularly e-maileveryone with pictures of people who had been hideously injured in accidentsand call all bald colleagues ‘chrome dome’. Wellnow Guru and Tim can be reunited through a new website. The couple who set upthe incredibly successful – which has nearly 4 millionmembers – are about to launch the same service for old work colleagues. Theoriginally named is expected to go live next month. Itwill be operated in the same way as the school friends website, which chargesan annual fee of £5 to let members e-mail anyone else listed on the site. Guru,however, will not bee-mailing Tim, particularly following that hilariousincident with the toupee, the stuffed squirrel and the fire extinguisher. Strippersfind euro attractive Theeuro is causing chaos in Italy. Last week, Guru reported on the problems ofItalian bank workers who were losing their sex drive due to the stress ofconverting to the new currency. Thisweek, it’s strippers. Accepting the euro proved a problem for the ladies of theMille Lira Club in Preganziol. Customers used to pay by tucking a 1,000 liranote into an item of their apparel – but that only equates to a 50 euro coin. Luckily,the problem has been overcome by the introduction of magnetic knickers to which‘donations’ can be attached. Guru,who regards himself as something of a lady magnet, advises customers at theMille Lira Club to secure their watches, loose change and keys before enteringthe premises. Finnishsweat over the minutes AFinnish company aims to take the stress out of top-level business meetingsafter designing a sauna with videoconferencing facilities. MediaTampere’s creation features a webcam inside looking out at a screen. DirectorJarko Lumio said his execs use the sauna and he is optimistic other firms willtake the opportunity to talk business while clearing their pores. Guruis all for it, although he is concerned the dress code may be a problem – it’sFinnish tradition to sauna in the nude. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. GuruOn 15 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more


Diabetic marathoner to compete in all 50 states

first_img EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Bio Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest Postscenter_img Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Ross Baker of Charlotte trains for the Mount Desert Island Marathon set for Oct. 18.PHOTO COURTESY OF MOLLY O’CONNORCHARLOTTE, N.C. — When Ross Baker was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 19, his doctors told him all the things he would no longer be able to do.One of those things was eat pizza.“I was in college,” Baker says. “That’s all we ate.”Baker, now a 42-year-old federal probation officer, has spent the past two decades exploring what he still can do with diabetes. Fifteen years ago, the North Carolina native set a goal of running a marathon in each of the 50 states. With 45 down, he will scratch Maine off his list on Oct. 18 after finishing the Mount Desert Island Marathon.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBaker was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a freshman at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Like many college students, he recalls “staying out too late and having too much fun.”So when Baker, an athlete who regularly worked out, began feeling unusually tired and thirsty, he figured he was just worn down and dehydrated from the warm springtime weather.Baker realized something was wrong when he stepped on the scale at the gym. He had lost 15 pounds.“That’s when I called my dad,” Baker says. “He told me I needed to get home and have my blood tested.”An average person’s blood sugar level should range between 100-110 mg/dL. Baker’s had reached 700.Baker’s father knew the warning signs because at age 14, he also was diagnosed Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is genetic and not the result of an unhealthy lifestyle, which Baker says is a common misconception.“I didn’t really fit the profile,” Baker says. “Growing up, my dad always talked about how limiting diabetes was. I’m not rebellious by any means, but I didn’t want to buy into that.”In some ways, Baker didn’t have a choice. He stopped drinking alcohol because even the slightest buzz might take his mind off his blood sugar. He began carrying around his insulin and needles, regularly excusing himself from social settings for injections. And when it came to his diet, pizza no longer served as the base of his food pyramid.“A lot of times, diabetics become so consumed by diabetes,” Baker says. “Whatever they do, from a health standpoint, revolves around their blood sugar.”Baker says it was that mindset that caused his dad to die at an early age from cardiovascular disease. While he was good about keeping his blood sugar within a healthy range using insulin, he didn’t exercise, as physical activity could have unpredictable consequences.“It’s a guessing game managing your blood sugar,” Baker says. “Especially with Type 1 diabetes. Your body can really fluctuate when you’re not careful.”Unlike his dad, Baker never gave up his active lifestyle. He began using a tubeless and waterproof pump called OmniPod, which allowed him to run, swim and play sports.In 2000, Baker decided to run his first marathon — the New York Marathon.“At that point, I was about eight years into managing diabetes, though certainly not in something that involved an endurance event,” Baker says.Baker didn’t know what to expect, but he wanted a challenge. He cried when he crossed the finish line of the 26.2-mile course. Hooked on that sense of accomplishment, he decided to set a goal to run 49 more, hitting every state.“I didn’t travel a lot as a kid,” Baker says. “I thought this would be a good way to do it.”Baker says running with diabetes can be complicated. When training, Baker knows the convenience stores located on his route and how far he is from home. However, race course maps don’t often specify where snacks will be available if his blood sugar drops.“When you’re running a race, there’s a lot of things you can’t anticipate,” Baker says. “I don’t think there is any way people can really realize how much it is always in your head.”Baker says his blood sugar is the first thing on his mind when he wakes up and usually the last thing on it when he goes to bed. He compares it to his battle with thyroid cancer years ago.“Once cancer goes into remission — even though there’s always a chance it could come back — you’re past it,” Baker says. “Diabetes is an endless thing.”Baker has seen firsthand the mental toll Type 1 diabetes can take.“It wears people down,” Baker says. “I know diabetics who have committed suicide because of the day-after-day grind of trying to keep up.”Baker says running helps him manage his diabetes, as he doesn’t have to constantly take extra doses of insulin to compensate for spikes in his blood sugar.“It also keeps me at ease,” Baker says. “Running, for me, is just a healthy mental and physical outlet.”Baker’s best marathon time is three hours and 43 minutes.When asked which his favorite marathon was, Baker replies, “That’s like asking, ‘Which is your favorite child?’”Baker says he is excited to visit Maine for the first time.“I hear it’s beautiful,” he says.Left on Baker’s list after Maine is Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Hawaii.Baker says he won’t stop running after he accomplishes his goal. He hopes to someday compete in an Ironman triathlon.“I’ll still stay active,” Baker says. “Running will always be a part of my life.”For more information about the MDI Marathon, visit read more


After tough UCLA loss, USC plays in Pac-12 Tournament

first_imgLing Luo | Daily TrojanRaking up points · Sophomore forward Nick Rakocevic drives in for a layup against UCLA. He’s averaging 7.5 points per game off the bench.The USC men’s basketball team fell short by double-digits in its season finale against UCLA last Saturday at the Galen Center, 83-72. A 34-point performance from UCLA All-Pac-12 junior guard Aaron Holiday propelled the Bruins to their fourth consecutive victory over the Trojans. “We just needed to be more locked in and play better defense,” said USC senior guard Jordan McLaughlin, who was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team Monday. “We’ve watched the tape [from the UCLA game], and we’re aware of what we need to do better going forward.” Yet despite the loss, the Trojans did finish the 2017-18 regular season in second place in the Pac-12 conference standings. The second-place conference finish is the highest for the USC basketball program since 2002. By finishing near the top of the Pac-12 regular season standings, USC clinched a first-round bye in this week’s Pac-12 Tournament, which will be held in Las Vegas from March 7 to 10. The Trojans will take on either Washington, a No. 7 seed in the tournament, or No. 10 Oregon State in the quarterfinal round on Thursday. “It’s a great accomplishment for us to finish second-place in the Pac-12,” USC head coach Andy Enfield said, “And getting that bye is really helpful for our team.[Having the bye] helps save some of our guys’ legs, and it should build up our confidence to play well on Thursday.”Regardless of the opponent, USC is familiar with both Washington (20-11 overall, 10-8 in Pac-12) and Oregon State. In its Pac-12 season opener on Dec. 29, USC lost to Washington at the Galen Center, 88-81. The Trojans swept Oregon State (15-15, 7-11) in the regular season series between the two teams. USC topped the Beavers at the Galen Center on Feb. 17, 72-59, in a game that saw USC senior guard Elijah Stewart score 28 points. “Whichever team we play, they’re both very physical, have great guard play and have really put together some solid seasons,” Enfield said. In the eyes of many, the Trojans’ regular season-ending loss to UCLA (20-10, 11-7) put a sting into USC’s hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament for a third consecutive season. Despite being a second place team in the Pac-12, many NCAA Tournament bracket projections have USC as a current bubble team when it comes to qualification. In the March 6 version of ESPN’s Bracketology, USC is projected as a No. 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament and is slated for a play-in game against Texas. Trojan players and coaches alike feel that the team has already proven itself worthy of qualification for the NCAA Tournament. “We can only control what we do on the court,” Enfield said. “We’re very proud of our team and where we are right now: 21 wins, second in the Pac-12 and a chance to go out and compete in Vegas this week.” Junior forward Chimezie Metu thinks a strong performance in the Pac-12 Tournament will be essential. “I think second place in the Pac-12 should be enough to get you into the NCAA Tournament,” said Metu, who was also named to the All-Pac-12 First Team on Monday. “All that last four in, first four out, whatever. We’re not worried about that. We’re worried about what we have to do.” Should the Trojans come away with a victory against either the Huskies or Beavers on Thursday, they will advance to the Pac-12 Tournament semifinal game, which will be held on Friday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.last_img read more