Incorporation of Employment Non-Discrimination Act Into Law

The employment non-discrimination act seems to be converted into a law early on in the Government of President Obama, and this will turn out to be one of the major employment change, this will be an unpresented change in the all time legal history.

This act is stated as "Title VII", and currently it is missing the sexual orientation as a secluded class. This bill would create some adjustments to "Title VII" to forbid biasing based upon sex orientation. President Obama has pointed out that he would prefer this law to forbid both sexual point of reference and the sex identity discrimination. Whether gender identity is originally incorporated will be amazing to watch for.

Even though federal law does not now include sex orientation or gender identity as a secluded class, a lot of state laws do offer that sexual compass reading, gender identity or both are protected classes. Until now, there are almost 13 states and Washington, DC that defend against both sex orientation and gender identity. These states are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

In addition, there are already seven states that guard against sexual orientation but not gender identity. The names of all these states are Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York and Wisconsin.

What will be the effects of this new federal law to your company? In turn to have high-quality training, employers must follow these instructions:

1. They should add sexual orientation as a protected class in their EEO rules.

2. They should add sexual orientation as a secluded class in Anti-Harassment Policy

3. Amend their Employment Application EEO paragraph to prohibit sexual orientation discrimination;

4. Give preparation for managers and workers so that they should fully understand what sexual orientation discrimination and harassment is exactly mean.

Finishing employment discrimination is high-quality social and business rules. All employees may get advantages psychologically if discrimination based on sex orientation were eliminated in the work place.

Corporate Boards and CEOs Say – Blame It On The Weather!

Good companies on proper foundational footing should be able to weather a storm. A real one or an economic sector rotation hitting their industry – however, it’s often easy to blame missed earnings in any given quarter on the weather, yes, the weather – or some freak of nature – a natural disaster for instance. Okay so, let’s talk shall we?

Do you remember the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami a year ago? Well, the people of Fukishima sure do. So to do all the companies in Japan, all the manufacturing companies of high-tech electronics and automobiles. The power was out for a long time, and then there was energy rationing, and everything was shut down. These Japanese industrial manufacturing companies’ losses were staggering; in the hundreds of billions of dollars.

Supply chain disruption can be an economic disaster for a large corporation. It can set a new trajectory with the growth trends of the company, and cause complete chaos in any given industry moving forward. Especially as many of the component makers are in various countries. When the big floods came in Bangladesh there were shortages and companies scrambled making new vendor partners in other parts of the world. It is quite possible that much of that will never come back again to the country.

The cell phone industry, right at the birth of the smart phone age was devastated by wildfires in New Mexico taking out a chip plant. Some companies never fully recovered, for instance Motorola, which was sold many years later to Google. At the time of that wildfire disaster other companies scrambled like mad to find smaller vendors to make up the difference. That changed things for years to come, and the industry has never been the same sense. Today there are even new players which may not have had a niche opening to get their foot in the door. There will always be winners and losers when there are disruptions in supply chains.

Nevertheless, I would submit to you that there is no excuse for being unable to overcome natural disasters or massive supply chain disruptions. A smart company with a strategic mindset should always have a plan of attack in case something of this magnitude occurs. Now then, there was an interesting article in The Wall Street Journal on November 14, 2012 titled; “Beware of Companies Bearing ‘Sandy’ Excuse” by Specer Jakab.

Right, just as there is no excuse for not having a secondary plan, it’s not okay for companies to use a big weather event or natural disaster to bring out previous hidden losses blaming it on something beyond their control. In discussing all this recently with a group of college business students I was reminded and reiterated something that General Electric’s Jack Welsh once stated; “I don’t care what the economy is going to do, we’re going to do well, you show me what the economy is doing, and I’ll show you how we will overcome it.”

Indeed, I think that’s the right attitude whether you are trying to win a war, market share, or maintain shareholder’s equity and quarterly profits. There’s just no excuse, and we have far too many excuses and blame games going on in our major corporations, and even with our own government. There is no excuse for losing a war because at that point excuses don’t matter anyway.

Indeed I hope you will please consider all this on a philosophical and business level, and stop making excuses for your corporation – because quite frankly I don’t want to hear it. Either perform, or quit, and if you make excuses you should expect to be fired.

Review of the Globe Trekker Year Book – 2010

For the adventurous traveller, the world really is your oyster nowadays. Virtually no part of the planet is left untouched but travellers in search of adventure and something new. I even read of someone from New Zealand who had travelled to Iraq because he didn’t believe it was a dangerous as the media was making out. Luckily for him, he was plucked to safety by a British Army patrol.

However, you don’t need to go to places like Iraq for adventure travel, there are plenty of other much safer countries in the world. That said, it is quite difficult to decide where to go when planning travel so having a book like the Globe Trekker Year Book is a handy resource to have.

The book is small and light so if you want to take it away with you, its not going to take up much space or weight allowance. Globe Trekker is also a source of information you can trust as since the 1990s, they have travelling around the planet making TV recordings of various sites, rituals and events.

The Globe Trekker Year Book is very well laid out for the traveller in search of inspiration. It lists events from around the planet by month so if you are looking to travel somewhere in July, you can just flick to that section and see what is happening. The book doesn’t go into events in too much depth but its a starting point for you to research your trip. For example, among the events for July is the Roswell UFO Festival in New Mexico, USA. So if aliens are your thing, you know where to go in July. There are also some reference websites to help you start your research. The sections also have a simple recipe of a dish from one of the places mentioned so you can get into the kitchen and get a taste of your destination before you leave.At the back of the book is also a list of TV channels and social media websites such as Facebook and YouTube where you can have access to Globe Trekker TV.

So, if you are planning a trip in 2010 and are in need of a bit of inspiration, the Globe Trekker Year Book is a good place to start with ideas from the Notting Hill Carnival in London, the Oktoberfest in Munich, a motorbike road trip in Vietnam and much more.

New Arizona DUI Law

Alcohol-related accidents have been extremely increasing in Arizona. It is right time that the Arizona legislators have taken precautionary measures to avoid such accidents in future. Last year Arizona ranked sixth in the nation for alcohol-related deaths. On September 19, 2007 the new DUI law, targeted on first time DUI offenders – “super extreme”, came into effect in Arizona which was signed into law by Governor Janet Napolitano on 18 May of 2007. It is now convincing that Arizona has become one of the toughest DUI laws in the country.

NEW DUI LAW:

According to the new law, if you are convicted of DUI with a BAC of 0.08% or higher, you will be legally required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. Having the device installed in your vehicle’s ignition, you are required to provide your breath sample before every time you start your vehicle. If the device detects alcohol in your breath, your vehicle will not start. Even while driving you are required to provide your breath sample periodically, so as to make sure that you are sober. If you do not provide your breath sample or if your breath sample exceeds the already programmed BAC of your ignition interlock device, it warns you, logs the event and starts up an alarm until the ignition is turned off.

On the other hand, if you are arrested for DUI with a BAC of 0.20% or higher, you will be regarded as “super extreme” and you will be forced to spend a mandatory 45 days in jail which cannot be suspended by a judge.

Previously, the ignition interlock device were only meant for those convicted of extreme or repeat DUI. But the current law requires interlock device for all DUI offenders. This new DUI law is formed in Arizona after when New Mexico’s alcohol-related fatalities decreased to 12% on the enactment of ignition interlock law.

Arizona DUI law only gets tougher each year. Tougher DUI laws means fighting DUI even harder. So, it is safe not to drive when drunk.

Cheap Flights From El Paso: Guide to the ELP Airport, Airlines, and Affordable Destinations

Whether you are from El Paso or traveling through, you can use the internet to help you find discount airfare. The ELP serves as the gateway to West Texas and Northern and Southern New Mexico. You can fly to other parts of the country as well; there are six airlines that fly in and out several times a day. It’s usually not difficult to find cheap flights from El Paso to every region of the US.

If you want to fly to Vegas, Orlando, or San Diego, Allegiant Airlines offers some great deals. American Airlines offers nonstop flights to major cities like Dallas, Los Angeles, and Chicago, and connections to international destinations. Other airlines that serve ELP include Southwest, Frontier, Delta, and United. Southwest Airlines is the top carrier flying out of ELP, offering more than 1,200 flights per month.

If you need to get to Dallas or certain cities in NM from other parts of the country, decide whether it would be cheaper to fly direct or to first fly to El Paso and then onwards to Dallas. Since airfare can change on a daily basis, you might want to be as flexible with the dates and times as possible. One day you might find that there are no cheap flights from El Paso to your destination, and on the very next day there could be several to choose from.

The Best Days for Cheap Flights from El Paso

A lot of travel experts recommend flying out on certain days of the week in order to get the cheapest rates. For instance, departing in the middle of the week and returning on a Sunday or Tuesday will usually yield you a good deal for a roundtrip. However, this is not always the case, especially around holidays, so you’ll still want to take the time to go over your options and compare rates.

ELP is a nice airport, so you can enjoy yourself while you wait for the boarding process to begin. There are two history galleries with artifacts and images, as well as a shopping center on the Main Floor, which can be accessed pre-security checkpoint. High speed Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the terminal.

The rates are set by the individual airlines themselves rather than the airport. Sometimes you will find additional discounts and promotional codes from third party travel bargain sites. Don’t just look for cheap flights from El Paso – look into hotel + airfare combo packages. It’s possible to save on the trip as a whole if you book everything at once.

You can find all of these packages and deals online. The airfare search and comparison tools are very easy to use. You’ll find cheap flights from El Paso to just about any destination in no time.

Review of the Globe Trekker Year Book – 2010

For the adventurous traveler, the world really is your oyster nowdays. Virtually no part of the planet is left untouched but travelers in search of adventure and something new. I even read of someone from New Zealand who had traveled to Iraq because he did not believe it was a dangerous as the media was making out. Luckily for him, he was plucked to safety by a British Army patrol.

However, you do not need to go to places like Iraq for adventure travel, there are plenty of other much safer countries in the world. That said, it is quite difficult to decide where to go when planning traveling so having a book like the Globe Trekker Year Book is a nice resource to have.

The book is small and light so if you want to take it away with you, its not going to take up much space or weight allowance. Globe Trekker is also a source of information you can trust as since the 1990s, they have traveling around the planet making TV recordings of various sites, rituals and events.

The Globe Trekker Year Book is very well laid out for the traveler in search of inspiration. It lists events from around the planet by month so if you are looking to travel somewhere in July, you can just flick to that section and see what is happening. The book does not go into events in too much depth but its a starting point for you to research your trip. For example, among the events for July is the Roswell UFO Festival in New Mexico, USA. So if aliens are your thing, you know where to go in July. There are also some reference websites to help you start your research. The sections also have a simple recipe of a dish from one of the places mentioned so you can get into the kitchen and get a taste of your destination before you leave.At the back of the book is also a list of TV channels and social media websites such as Facebook and YouTube where you can have access to Globe Trekker TV.

So, if you are planning a trip in 2010 and are in need of a bit of inspiration, the Globe Trekker Year Book is a good place to start with ideas from the Notting Hill Carnival in London, the Oktoberfest in Munich , a motorbike road trip in Vietnam and much more.

Building Strategies to Address the "Silver Wave"

Is your community ready to address the needs of older adults, the fastest growing age group in the US?

It's the "Silver Wave"

Most communities are already seeing a growth in the percentage of older adults in their population. And this is just the beginning of a multi-decade trend that will reshape our population profile and our communities. Ken Dychtwald, an expert in the field of aging, has called this demographic trend the "Age Wave." And, popular culture has termed the trend the "Silver Tsunami." I call is the "Silver Wave."

Between 2000 and 2010, the percentage of the country's population aged 65 and older grew by just over 15%, and is expected to grow even faster in the coming years. Within that group of older adults, the subgroup of the very old (85 and older) is growing faster than the group as a whole. Having a population that is older and more frail has significant implications for community services and resources.

According to the US Census Bureau, the states with the fastest growing older adult populations between 2000 and 2010 include:

  1. Alaska 53.9%
  2. Nevada 48.2%
  3. Idaho 33.4%
  4. Colorado 32.1%
  5. Arizona 32.0%
  6. Georgia 31.4%
  7. Utah 31.1%
  8. South Carolina 30.2%
  9. New Mexico 28.3%
  10. North Carolina 27.3%

It is estimated that, between 2000 and 2030, New Mexico, where I live, will move from being 39th to being 4th in the US in the ratio of older adults to the state's total population. There are many other states that are facing a similar situation, such as the states listed above. And, those states that have fast-growing older adult population coupled with a significant state budget difficulties are facing even greater challenges.

It is critical that communities begin now build strategies to address the "Silver Wave." Communities need to develop a plan for older adult services. Many of those retiring now do not have the base of assets that their parents, the WWII generation, built over the years. And, community services for older adults are already "maxed out" in many locales. Consider the impact of trying to serve many more people in another five, ten or twenty years.

Most communities are not prepared to respond effectively to the increasing level of older adult needs now, much less cope with an increased level of need that the future holds in store. And, because many states and municipalities are faced with budget challenges, community and state leaders need to be able to create plans that can leverage resources in new, more productive and innovative ways.

Building Strategies to Address the Silver Wave

Here are some things that most communities can and should be doing this year and over the coming years to be prepared for the Silver Wave.

  • Start or build upon your discussion among community leaders, and continue to develop interest and support for this issue.
  • Ensure that current and planned older adult needs, services, and gaps are included in all community plans, including health, housing, transportation, and economic development plans.
  • Engage community agencies, businesses, local government groups, initiatives, faith communities and civic groups in a discussion about the growing needs of older adults and involve these groups in discussing creative ways to develop and fund resources.
  • Develop your community plan, with goals for older adult services, priorities, implementation strategies, and a timeline.
  • Analyze a range of funding options for priority services, and build a funding plan that identifies a diversified base of revenues and leverages current community assets.

Involve the community in an ongoing discussion, while working with specific government offices, nonprofit agencies, foundations and expert groups. This will enable you to engage a large base of stakeholders, build interest and commitment, and develop more creative solutions. In my work as a community planning consultant, I've found that communities can develop effective plans and breakthrough solutions using a combination of research, discussions, simulation games and a group process that engages people in "out-of-the-box" thinking . It is this process that enables groups to focus on innovative ways to build services and funding. And communities find that this process will inform community stakeholders, and build support for strategies developed to address this very important demographic trend.

Plastic Sheeting to Prevent Evaporation on Rivers and Water Storage Sources

The World Think Tank is solicitating ideas on preventing evaporation and needs you intellectual input. We need High Tech Solution to a Low Tech Problem.

We all know of the serious drought issues in much of our country. We are also half way through the harshest hot weather of summer for many states. New Mexico has problems that are very severe and are in need of greater technology to keep the water supply intact. The Governor’s Office has asked for new ideas and concepts.

There is some new technology in Solar Energy which is of value. It is called Copper Indium Diselenide? You say what, come again? Super duper thin solar cells can be made with a thin sheet about 2-3 microns coated with Copper Indium Diselenide. What is that? Exactly what we thought but it is a thin material similar to glass. It reaches conversion percentages as much as 18%. Now we have terrible evaporation problems with water in NM out of rivers and Lales. We can cover those with a thin sheet and on one side hook it to a sheet of this on top. You prevent evaporation and make electricity.

Now this may sound like a really hard thing to do, but if you study Berry Farming, such as Strawberries you see a giant sheet rolling mechanism which can dispense the sheets of plastic with the Solar coated Copper Indium Diselenide. Strawberry Farming is a multi million dollar business and the R and D that they have done is of benefit to all mankind.

http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/95nov/strawber.htm

Since 95 Strawberries have had some good years thanks to these innovations. It is good to know that because of market hardships strawberry farmers have gotten even more progressive and their hardships can now be our gains. Now then here are some of the plastic sheeting used. We propose we use non-clear plastic sheeting so that algae will not grow underneath the sheets and as long as the water flows it should be fine. There are many a US Company making this plastic sheeting. And by using a non-clear sheeting across the river flows in New Mexico where water is a huge issue we can kept the water from getting too hot and killing fish when it gets too low meaning we can use the water down to a lower level and protect the water from evaporating.

These plastic sheetings have been used in art with one artist using it for five miles and other large projects have used the plastic sheeting. Farmers of strawberries use these for many reasons, birds will not eat seeds, less pesticides can be used when crops are smaller and growing, which is an issue in any soft skin fruit, keeps moisture in the ground and uses the increase in UV light, you can read about it here;

http://www.aces.edu/department/ipm/soils.htm

There are many ways to use such sheeting to protect our water levels during the summer months and drought years. We need your help to solve these problems. The World Think Tank needs you.

Oklahoma Panhandle Trivia

The Oklahoma Panhandle is rich in panhandle trivia. It’s about 150 miles wide and 50 miles tall and almost became a state in its own right.

It even boasts its own university–Oklahoma Panhandle University, no less, home of the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Aggies.

While all that may not be hardcore panhandle trivia, some of the info listed here is. The Beaver State is Oregon, Boise is the capital of Idaho, and Canada is… well, Canada. But the Oklahoma Panhandle has a Beaver County, a Boise City, and a North Canadian River–quite a ways south of Canada! The Panhandle even has a Texas County. Rather appropriate given that Texas had to let go of what then became the Panhandle.

Here is some of the more unusual panhandle trivia:

  • The town of Beaver located in Beaver County of the Oklahoma Panhandle is host of the annual World Cow Chip Throwing Championship.
  • Boise City hosts a Post Hole Digging Contest during their annual Santa Fe Trail Daze.
  • The old Beaver County encompassed the whole Panhandle from 1890 until statehood in 1907. Before 1890, it was originally called Seventh County, and before that, No Man’s Land.
  • he American Western television series, Cimarron Strip, that aired from 1967 to 1968 was set in the late 1880s in the Cimarron Territory, which would become the Oklahoma Panhandle in 1890.
  • A River With Four Names: The North Canadian River rises in New Mexico where it is known as Corrumpa Creek. From there, it flows eastwardly through Cimarron County where it is known as the Beaver River. It flows briefly through the Texas Panhandle, then back to the Oklahoma Panhandle in Texas County. A seven-mile portion of the river flowing through Oklahoma City was renamed the Oklahoma River in 2004.
  • Oklahoma, by virtue of the Panhandle, borders four states: Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas.
  • At 4,973 feet, the summit of Black Mesa is the highest point in the state of Oklahoma. It is located in the very northwestern tip of the Panhandle.
  • And speaking of Black Mesa, it was once a hideout for outlaws–in a fort called Robbers Roost.
  • A large quantity of dinosaur fossils and dinosaur bones have been discovered at Black Mesa.
  • Boise City was accidentally bombed by a B-17 Flying Fortress during World War Two. Fifty years later, the crew of the bomber were invited back. All declined. Possibly out of embarrassment?

Route 66 Adventure Handbook

“Get Your Kicks on Route 66” was a popular song from the 40’s, sung by Nat King Cole, that helped bring that long stretch of road – Route 66 – to fame. Now you can get your own kicks on Route 66 if you bring along the Route 66 Adventure Handbook, as it will lead you to many of the hidden, and not-so-hidden, gems along this road.

Route 66 was one of the first highways in the United States, with completion coming in 1926. It runs from Chicago to California, and travels through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, on its way to Santa Monica, California. In the 1950s, following President Eisenhower’s signing of a bill which saw the creation of the “Interstate Highway system” and numerous major, “super highways” being built, many people assumed the famous road was all but dead. But while these new highways challenged the reign of Route 66 and as the author of the Route 66 Adventure Handbook notes, it seemed for a while that the famous road was fading into oblivion, thankfully, travelers eventually recognized the unique qualities of this famous route, and now it is enjoying a resurgence.

Now in its fifth edition, the Route 66 Adventure Handbook is divided into chapters by state, running southwest from Illinois to California. Each chapter includes multitudes of attractions, far more than I’ve seen in other travel books. And many of these attractions are spots that are missed by other books, places that are about as unique as Cadillac Ranch where car “art” shows real Cadillacs partially buried, “… which are said to be positioned at the same angle as the sides of the Great Pyramids of Egypt.” (pg. 290) In addition, each chapter also includes a “Further Afield” section where attractions, just a short distance away from the famous route, can be found.

The Route 66 Adventure Handbook is written in an easy-to-read/follow style and the layout is easy on the eyes which makes this book perfect for picking up and referring to over and over. There is so much to choose from for your road-trip visits within its pages that you’ll want to start searching through the book long before your trip begins. My top pick from the plethora of attractions in this book has to be “Big Brutus” – a giant, and I mean GIANT! (“the second-largest ever built”) – power shovel in West Mineral, KS. A photograph of Brutus shows a car parked next to it which gives you a good idea of just how large Brutus is. And I must mention all the photographs because this book is chock full of them – almost every attraction mentioned is accompanied by a good, clear photo. To make it even easier to find, below each photo is the GPS location of the attraction. If you’re planning a trip to explore Route 66, whether a quick escape along a portion of the road, or an adventure enjoying the full, 2,000-plus mile route, be sure to take the Route 66 Adventure Handbook with you so you won’t miss a single attraction on this famous road.

Quill says: John Steinbeck called Route 66 “The Mother Road” in The Grapes of Wrath, and for good reason. Now, with the Route 66 Adventure Handbook, you can explore this fantastic stretch of asphalt and enjoy all the unique jewels it has to offer, jewels that others without the handbook may miss. Get the book, hop in your car, and start driving!