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The Science and Philosophy of Friendship: Lessons from Aristotle on the Art of Connecting; “Friends hold a mirror up to each other; through that mirror they can see each other in ways that would not otherwise be accessible to them, and it is this mirroring that helps them improve themselves as persons.”

The Science and Philosophy of Friendship: Lessons from Aristotle on the Art of Connecting

“Friends hold a mirror up to each other; through that mirror they can see each other in ways that would not otherwise be accessible to them, and it is this mirroring that helps them improve themselves as persons.”

“A principal fruit of friendship,” Francis Bacon wrote in his timeless meditation on the subject, “is the ease and discharge of the fulness and swellings of the heart, which passions of all kinds do cause and induce.” For Thoreau, friendship was one of life’s great rewards. But in today’s cultural landscape of muddled relationships scattered across various platforms for connecting, amidst constant debates about whether our Facebook “friendships” are making us more or less happy, it pays to consider what friendship actually is. That’s precisely what CUNY philosophy professor Massimo Pigliucci explores in Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to A More Meaningful Life (public library), which also gave us this provocative read on the science of what we call “intuition.” Read more of this post

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Hong Kong Braces For Worst Storm In 34 Years As Typhoon Usagi Approaches, “Astronomical” Storm Surge Forecast

T8 signal raised in Hong Kong as Typhoon Usagi closes in

Hong Kong Observatory has issued No 8 storm signal for Typhoon Usagi

Sunday, 22 September, 2013 [UPDATED: 6:52PM]

Tanna Chong, Ada Lee and Joanna Chiu

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The Hong Kong Observatory issued the T8 Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal at 6.40pm today. The government advises members of the public with long or difficult journeys home or having to return to outlying islands to begin their journey now. “The water level may rise and cause flooding in the evening,” said Sandy Song Man-kuen, the observatory’s senior scientific officer. The Macau Observatory said the No 8 northwest storm signal would be hoisted before 7pm. The Hong Kong Obsevatory said that Usagi would make landfall to the east of Hong Kong and will skirt the territory at around 100km or less to the north later tonight and early tomorrow morning.  Read more of this post

Global lockmaker seeks key to future profits in the cloud; Electro-mechanical locks like key cards in hotels now account for almost half of Assa Abloy’s sales compared with 13 percent a decade ago

Global lockmaker seeks key to future profits in the cloud

6:18am EDT

By Alistair Scrutton

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Despite the rapid pace of technology that has overhauled many consumer goods, the front door lock and key is little changed since the 1800s. That is about to change – to virtual keys in data clouds, if the world’s biggest lockmaker gets its way. Assa Abloy, which makes one in ten locks worldwide, is the muscle behind brands such as Yale. But the lock technology it is now developing means consumers will be able to open doors with a tap of their mobile phones, visitors will be able to download a key online and business owners will be able to lock and unlock their premises remotely. “I think most people will go digital. People will rely more on a secure identity than a physical key, provided over the net into your mobile phone,” says Johan Molin, Assa Abloy’s lean 54-year-old chief executive. Electro-mechanical locks like key cards in hotels now account for almost half of Assa Abloy’s sales compared with 13 percent a decade ago, and the company believes this is just the start of growing demand from consumers for more flexible, high-tech locking mechanisms. Read more of this post

China milk makers including Yili, Mengniu to get state support: report

China milk makers including Yili, Mengniu to get state support: report

5:15am EDT

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese milk powder makers, including Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co Ltd (600887.SS: QuoteProfileResearchStock Buzz) and China Mengniu Dairy Co Ltd (2319.HK: QuoteProfile,ResearchStock Buzz), are set to get 30 billion yuan ($4.90 billion) in official funds to support sector consolidation, media said. As well as Yili and Mengniu, the first group of firms to benefit would include Feihe International Inc (ADY.BE:QuoteProfileResearchStock Buzz), Heilongjiang Wondersun Dairy Co Ltd and Treasure of Plateau, the official China Business Journal said in its Saturday edition, citing an unidentified source. Authorities have said they want to consolidate the domestic milk powder sector to increase the ability of companies to compete with international rivals who dominate the lucrative premium end of China’s $12.4 billion infant formula market. Read more of this post

China Development Bank Pulls Back From Commercial Push; Bank Keeps Low Profile After Financing Some of Asia’s Biggest Deals

September 21, 2013, 10:27 p.m. ET

China Development Bank Pulls Back From Commercial Push

Bank Keeps Low Profile After Financing Some of Asia’s Biggest Deals

PRUDENCE HO

HONG KONG—China Development Bank Corp, the government-owned policy bank, made waves last year lending billions of dollars to private companies ranging from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. to Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd. 0388.HK +0.69% But after a high profile blowup in January when it tried to fund the sale of a stake in insurer Ping An Insurance 601318.SH -0.24% (Group) Co. of China, the bank has been noticeably absent from big deals this year. If this year is any indication, CDB’s move into going commercial, along the way financing some of Asia’s biggest deals, is over. Last year, investment bankers around the region said they often lost out to CDB, which could either afford to charge lower interest rates or could lend a huge amount of money. This year, CDB has kept its profile low. Read more of this post

Farid: A guide to investing in developing economies around the world

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A GUIDE TO INVESTING IN DEVELOPING ECONOMIES AROUND THE WORLD

Author: Muhammad Farid, Published: September 16, 2013

Ever since the financial crisis, developed economies have failed to recover as they would have liked to. Investors are reluctant to invest, consumers are wary of spending and macroeconomic indicators have not been very encouraging. In such times, an investor needs to be proactive rather than reactive, and find new places to invest in order to get enough returns to cover himself against financial fluctuations. This sounds like a good idea but it is very difficult to keep finding new territories to make good, high-returning investments. It may seem difficult, but it is certainly not impossible. All it needs is a bit of researching – finding out trends – and using common sense. Before the financial crisis hit the world, the developed economies were booming; investors were investing, consumers spending and economies growing. But after the crisis, the developed economies were no longer investors’ ‘safe havens’ that they once used to be. Investors needed to switch to better places.

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15 Things Inspiring Leaders Do Differently

15 Things Inspiring Leaders Do Differently

LEE COLANINC. 14 MINUTES AGO 19

Over the past fourteen years, I have worked, coached, trained and studied well over 20,000 leaders. In that time, there are some common practices that I’ve observed from inspiring leaders at any level in any size of organization. Think of this as a to-do list if you aspire to inspire.

Inspiring leaders…

Install a rigorous selection process to ensure they hire only the best and brightest.

Set a clear and compelling vision.

Collaborate with their team to define a plan for realizing that vision.

Keep the plan visible.

Keep score along the way to keep the team energized and accountable.

Look for people doing something right and recognize it.

Eliminate barriers to getting work done.

Address even minor performance issues with proactive coaching.

Listen more than they talk.

Uncompromisingly uphold the team’s values by using them to make big and little decisions.

Give credit for and reward successes.

Get to know the person behind the employee.

Care about their people as much as their people’s performance.

Focus on the organization’s purpose as much as (if not more) than profits.

Consistently and frequently communicate even when they is apparently no news. Read more of this post

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