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Loyal cat won’t leave side of fatally struck companion

Loyal cat won’t leave side of fatally struck companion

2013-05-25 04:13:12 GMT2013-05-25 12:13:12(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

A pregnant cat was fatally struck by a vehicle and died on the side of a road in Changchun city, NE China’s Jilin province on May 23rd. A brown cat refused to leave the side of his companion for at least 7 hours and wouldn’t let any one, not even a dog, come close to the scene of tragedy.U47P5029T2D593509F28DT20130525121312U47P5029T2D593509F31DT20130525121312

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The age of smart machines: Brain work may be going the way of manual work

The age of smart machines: Brain work may be going the way of manual work

May 25th 2013 |From the print edition

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IN HIS first novel, “Player Piano” (1952), Kurt Vonnegut foresaw that industry might one day resemble a “stupendous Rube Goldberg machine” (or as Brits would say, a Heath Robinson contraption). His story describes a dystopia in which machines have taken over brain work as well as manual work, and a giant computer, EPICAC XIV, makes all the decisions. A few managers and engineers are still employed to tend their new masters. But most people live in homesteads where they spend their time doing make-work jobs, watching television and “breeding like rabbits”.

It is impossible to read “Player Piano” today without wondering whether Vonnegut’s stupendous machine is being assembled before our eyes. Google has designed self-driving cars. America’s military-security complex has pioneered self-flying killing machines. Educational entrepreneurs are putting enlightenment online. Are we increasingly living in Vonnegut’s dystopia? Or are the techno-enthusiasts right to argue that life is about to get a lot better? Read more of this post

P&G Looks for Steve Jobs-Like Sequel by Recalling ex-CEO

P&G Looks for Steve Jobs-Like Sequel by Recalling ex-CEO

Much like turning to Star Trek and Iron Man sequels for a safe way to ensure box-office sales, recalling popular former leaders has become a reliable corporate script in times of crisis.

“It’s about confidence,” said James Post, a professor at Boston University School of Management. “People have the confidence that they understand the challenges. They can put their reputation on the table and help stabilize the ship.” Read more of this post

China’s First Modern: Lu Xun was his country’s foremost revolutionary in literature, if not always in politics

May 24, 2013, 12:54 p.m. ET

China’s First Modern

Lu Xun was his country’s foremost revolutionary in literature, if not always in politics.

By JULIA LOVELL

It’s hard to find a precise Western analogue for Lu Xun (1881-1936). He is China’s Dickens, for his mercilessly sharp portrayals of the era he lived through; he is Joyce, a re-maker of language and form. He has a good deal of Orwell, too, for his political commentary and the plain vernacular style that he championed. And, as a writer who in his final years became a figurehead of the literary left and was sanctified by his the Chinese communist leadership after his death, he has a touch of Gorky.

Lu Xun owes his immense literary reputation in mainland China primarily to his satirical fiction but also to the prose poems and polemical essays that he wrote in the last two decades of his life. In 1918, his surreal first short story in vernacular Chinese, “Diary of a Madman,” portrayed Chinese culture as cannibalistically eating its young. Its iconoclastic premise propelled him to the center of the New Culture Movement of the late 1910s. The two volumes of short fiction he produced between 1918 and 1925, “Outcry” and “Hesitation,” were admired for their portrayals of a China in a state of spiritual emergency: backward, impoverished and complacent. Read more of this post

How to Set the Foundations for B Grimm’s Next 135 years; B Grimm was established in 1878 and now is one of the oldest corporate citizens in Thailand.

Ways to sustain family business

Kwanchai Rungfapaisarn
The Nation May 25, 2013 1:00 am

Academic offers advice at workshop on B Grimm

In the era of globalisation, family-owned businesses are facing major challenges to ensure long-term sustainability. Christine Blondel, adjunct professor of entrepreneurship and family enterprise at the global business school INSEAD, said family businesses had some specific strengths and weaknesses. She said the major problems in such ventures were caused by family fights that flared up because they had no clear rules of the game. These internal battles occur because some family members work for the business while some do not, and they have not communicated enough. They do not understand enough what is going on in the business. Another risk occurs when family members lose the entrepreneurial spirit that made their business a success. One of the most important points is that they have to ensure that this spirit is kept alive from generation to generation. Blondel this week held a workshop titled “How to Set the Foundations for B Grimm’s Next 135 years” for the management and executives of that family-owned business, which was established in 1878 and now is one of the oldest corporate citizens in Thailand. Owned by the third generation of the Link family – Harald Link, chairman of B Grimm, and Caroline Link, president of B Grimm Real Estate – it is a multifaceted business active in the fields of energy, cooling, healthcare, lifestyle, transport and real estate. Read more of this post

‘Meddling’ business owners hold back growth

‘Meddling’ business owners hold back growth

Entrepreneurs need to stop being “meddlers, heroes and artisans” and adopt more of a hands-off, “strategic” role so their businesses can grow, according to the Cranfield School of Management. Cranfield said “becoming a strategist is necessary for leaders to outline a vision in order to grow the business and effectively motivate employees”. Photo: © Chris Ryan / Alamy

By James Hurley

1:28PM BST 24 May 2013

Too many British business owners can’t let go of routine tasks and spend too little time managing staff and planning their organisation’s future, the business school said. Research by Cranfield, based on its work with more than 1,500 business owners, identified four common leadership styles among business leaders: ‘strategists’, ‘meddlers’, ‘heroes’ and ‘artisans’. Only a small proportion of entrepreneurs are ‘strategists’, the ideal category, Cranfield said. This group “gives their managers the tools to do their job”, leaving the business owner to carry out future planning. ‘Meddlers’ hold back the growth of their business by holding on to day-to-day management tasks. “Staff are hired to take responsibility but are not empowered to do so and the boss isn’t making time to plan,” Cranfield said. Read more of this post

Growth in Options Trading Helps Brokers but Not Small Investors; Brokerage firms say that options, traditionally used by professional traders, can be profitable for ordinary investors, but this does not square with many investors’ experience

May 24, 2013

Growth in Options Trading Helps Brokers but Not Small Investors

By NATHANIEL POPPER

Some of the brokerage firms that helped pique American’s interest in stocks are now luring them into something much riskier: stock options.

As the stock market soars to new heights, E*TradeAmeritrade and Charles Schwab are advertising the potential rewards of options, which give buyers the right to buy or sell stocks at predetermined prices in the future. Options, like their cousins, futures, have traditionally been the domain of Wall Street traders. But the brokerage firms say futures and options can be profitable for ordinary investors, too — a claim that, while true, does not square with many investors’ actual experience. Read more of this post

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