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Monday, 30 September 2013

Delighted couple Karen and Ian beat the odds of 200 MILLION to one to give birth to IDENTICAL triplets

The happy couple from Pontypool, South Wales named their bouncing baby girls Ffion, Maddison and Paige

Despite doctors warning parents Karen and Ian on the possibility of unborn tots stealing fluid off each other in the cramped space they shared, killing one or more of them the babies
arrived safely. The triplets were formed in the uterus when a single egg split into three, an extremely rare occurrence.

The determined couple twice rejected pleas to terminate their girls. Here is the picture of Karen with her huge bump.
The toddlers were born two months early at Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, weighing a little over 3.8lbs each. Karen is 32 years old and her partner Ian is 34, a business manager by profession, they both have another daughter named Faye, she is three.
Show them some love and affection ASBers





Video: My Philosophy on Globalization of Marketing by Theodore Levitt (Standardization)

It seem to me that the author is extremely bias in favour of standardization, and goes to any length to prove that it is the only way forward for companies wishing to sell goods globally. This might be because 1/3 of businesses used national standard in support of international trade and support economic integration of region.

The fact that he is for standardization allows him to overlook valid disadvantages and issues such as:
- Although there may be standardized products which are sold successfully globally, companies will still need to examine how well these products sell as demand and profit levels will differ depending on the country in which the item is being sold, thus where the demand is less there may be certain features in a product that consumers would like to alter in order for them to purchase.
- Selling a standard product means that the price of the product will be similar in each country, although depending on the country, disposable income levels will differ, thus a standardized product could limit the number of sales and therefore profits where consumers are unable to purchase a product that has not been adopted to suit income levels, they may not be able to afford it.
- Religion and deeply rooted culture will not change, bearing this in mind there will always be need for adaptation. For example, many cultures have traditional dress and foods which have been worn and eaten for decades.
Things learnt from the paper
He does open up a new argument and i have learnt some valid points which could open avenues for marketers, as he states that marketers should not sell what they think the customer wants, but instead should sell what they think they would like. If marketers were to instead sell what they thought consumers would like it would indeed be cheaper for them as they would not need to alter products to suit different tastes.
This paper allows one to question… is the world being homogenized a good state? or should we globally like the same things and should we retain our culture and different identity?
Deeper reality of this paper highlights the fact that for the sole purpose of profit, multinational companies are willing to prompt nations to sacrifice their national identity, culture and beliefs. Or is it the reverse that for the sake of purchasing the latest technology nations are willing to loose their cultural identity.
Theodore also highlights the fact that there may now be less need for marketing departments as Japanese companies operate almost entirely without marketing departments or research of the kind in the western worlds and simply produce things that the western world purchase. He highlights the fact that there may not be a need to research.
Author agrees that it would be silly to agree totally to standardization
In the mist of the paper the author confesses in the financial times article that when implementing his ideas he assures that this would be done with common sense. At this point it highlights that indeed the author is aware that as personally earlier stated, his comments are bias in favour of standardization, and have not fully accommodated the disadvantages of such an approach.

With the authors confession in mind the article should be read as he intends, and be used as a tool for the multinational company in highlighting the possible benefits of selling standardized product in some international countries although not taken literally as there are many disadvantages of solely adopting this approach for international markets.
At the point that the author confessed that the paper should not be read literally it highlights he is trying to show a different angle of production for multinational corporations, being standardization and illustrate that it may be the way forward in some markets and cheaper where it can be utilised.
 Business and Management Student, what do you think about this article? A penny for your opinion.

Amphibious tourist vessel in flames on London's River Thames

 Thirty people have been rescued after a tourist vessel on the River Thames caught fire close to the Houses of Parliament.
Some of the people on board jumped into the water to escape the flames. Those on board included visitors from the UK, Brazil, Russia, Australia and Sweden.
About "five or six" young children were among the passengers.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Nigeria attack: Gunmen have attacked a college in north-eastern Nigeria, killing up to 50 students as they slept.

50 students have been killed in the attack that began at about 1.00am on Sunday Morning. The students were shot dead as they slept in their dormitory at the College of Agriculture in Yobe State. North-eastern Nigeria is under a state of emergency amid an Islamist insurgency by the Boko Haram group. Boko Haram is fighting to overthrow Nigeria's government to create an Islamic state, and has launched a number of attacks on schools.
Classrooms were burnt and casualty figures from the latest attack vary, but a local politician told the BBC that around 50 students had been killed.  The politician said two vanloads of bodies had been taken to a hospital in Yobe's state capital, Damaturu.

Boko Haram regards schools as a symbol of Western culture. The group's name translates as "Western education is forbidden".



Wonders of the Post Office: Soldier's last letter to his daughter finally arrives - 70 years late

A letter from a soldier to his daughter has finally reached its destination - almost seven decades late.
John Eddington wrote to his child Peggy in 1944 while serving with the US army in Italy during the second world war. He never got to meet his daughter, having left for Europe before she was born, and being killed shortly afterwards.

But even though his letter wasn't delivered, it somehow survived, turning up 14 years ago in a box of memorabilia in a house in Montana. Only this week did it make it into the hands of its intended recipient, along with an assortment of Eddington's personal belongings, including his high school diploma and draft card.

"I love you so much," the letter says. "Your mother and daddy... are going to give you everything we can. We will always give you all the love we have."

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Social Integration Failure: Debate surrounding Roma immigrants is heating up in France

Socialist Interior Minister Manuel Valls, stated that Roma immigrants are inherently “different” and “will have to return to Bulgaria and Romania”.In support,according to
a new poll published on Saturday whopping 77 percentage of French people agreed with this statement.

According to the survey, carried out by French polling agency BVA and commissioned by TV channel i-Télé and daily newspaper Le Parisien, only 22 percent disagree with Valls, saying “he should not stigmatise a segment of the population”.

As for the issue of how well this particular group of immigrants adapts to French society, 93 percent of those polled responded that the Roma are poorly integrated. That opinion crosses political lines, with 98 percent of right-leaning participants and 84 percent of left-leaning participants in agreement on the question.

poll referred specifically to Valls’ September 24 statement, which said it was “illusory to think that we will solve the Roma problem through integration”, since, according to the interior minister, only a minority of Roma want to assimilate into French society.

42 dead bodies were found as Nigeria boat sinks in River Niger.

A boat has sunk on the River Niger in central Nigeria, leaving at least 42 people dead, officials say. Rescue teams are searching for a further 100 people reported missing. The boat capsized on Friday evening as a result of overloaded, high waters on the river and carrying twice the number of passengers allowed.

Mohammed Shaba, head of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency, told AFP that the boat "split" in two after setting off from Malilli village.
I pray that the soul of the departed rest in peace.

Cardiff-Peking universities: Cancer treatment hopes for Chinese medicine

Prof Wen Jiang from Cardiff University has discovered how a formula of traditional Chinese medicine works to stop cancer spreading. The formula, consisting of 14 herbs, has previously been shown to be beneficial to cancer patients but until this latest research, the way in which it works had remained unknown.

Prof Jiang, the director of the Cardiff University- Peking University Joint Cancer Institute at Cardiff, explained: "Traditional Chinese medicine where compounds that are extracted from natural products or herbs  and have been practised for centuries in China, Korea, Japan and other countries in Asia.
                         The Prof described the breakthrough as "ancient medicine, modern thinking".


Demand grows in UK for baby Chinese classes

One classroom saw the teacher singing a Chinese song while infants are crawling around, with parents sitting in a circle participating.

From (ECNS)

Small classes for infants at Chinese language schools are becoming more popular among Chinese British in London, the British edition of Nouvelles D'Europe reported.

Ding Huici, head of Huaxia Chinese Language School, said they opened classes last year for babies age six months to 3 years old, to meet the demands of Chinese British parents. The number of students doubled this year, Ding said.

Some parents applied to get on the waiting list when their baby was only four months old, in case no spots are available two months later, he added.

Hu Yuying, a teacher at Yuhua Chinese Language School, said some parents who are second generation Chinese British disagree with the way they had been taught -- no Chinese in childhood to assimilate with the mainstream -- and insist that their children should study Chinese as early as possible.

One classroom saw the teacher singing a Chinese song while infants are crawling around, with parents sitting in a circle participating.

Hu said that in addition to patience, teachers should accumulate experience, as no quick feedback can be expected from infants.

Ding said they edited a textbook urging parents to speak Chinese or play Chinese songs at home for the babies.

The word is really turning into a global village or what do you think ASBers?

'I refuse to have serving alcohol to pregnant women on my conscience': What bartender 'told humiliated banker after she asked for a small glass of red wine'

Jane Hampson usually has one 125ml glass of red wine a week with a meal

From Daily Mail

A mother-to-be has said she was left 'humiliated' after she was refused a small glass of wine because she is heavily pregnant.
Jane Hampson, 37, said she would usually enjoy one 125ml glass of red wine a week with a meal after reading research which suggested it was medically acceptable.
But the Deutsche Bank worker, who is overdue with her first baby, was left dumbfounded after a barman at Pi bar, in Liverpool, told her: 'Sorry, I can't serve you.'
When she asked him why, the bartender said: 'I refuse to have serving alcohol to pregnant women on my conscience.'
The exchange attracted the attention of other customers at the busy bar as Miss Hampson and her partner Alistair Townend, 37, asked for an explanation.
Miss Hampson said they eventually left the bar out of embarrassment and bought a glass of red wine elsewhere.
The NHS currently advises pregnant women should drink no more than one to two units of alcohol once or twice a week - the equivalent of a 125ml glass of wine.

Research: Miss Hampson, who describes herself as health-conscious, said she has done 'extensive research on the effects of drinking alcohol when pregnant'


According to NHS guidelines, too much exposure to alcohol can seriously affect an unborn baby's development.
Pregnant women are therefore advised to avoid drinking alcohol if pregnant or trying to get pregnant.
For those who do choose to drink, the NHS advises not to drink more than one to two units of alcohol once or twice a week.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) advises pregnant women should avoid alcohol in the first three months in particular.
Women who drink heavily during pregnancy risk their baby developing foetal alcohol syndrome. Children with this syndrome have restricted growth, facial abnormalities and learning and behavioural disorders.

Is it really worth the risk to consume ANY alcohol while pregnant?

Friday, 27 September 2013

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge get 'married' coat of arms

From BBC News;
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a new coat of arms to represent them as a married couple, Kensington Palace has announced.

The conjugal coat of arms was approved by the Queen earlier this year.

It combines Prince William's coat of arms and his wife's shield, from the Middleton family coat of arms.

Designed by the College of Arms in London, conjugal arms traditionally combine the separate shields of a royal husband and wife.

Prince William's shield, on the left of the coat of arms, is his version of the Royal Coat of Arms, granted to him by the Queen on his 18th birthday.

It shows the various royal emblems of different parts of the United Kingdom - the three lions of England, the lion of Scotland and the harp of Ireland.

It is surrounded by a blue garter bearing the motto Honi soit qui mal y pense - Shame to those who think evil of it - which symbolises the Order of the Garter, of which he is a Knight Companion.

The Duchess of Cambridge's shield comes from the Middleton coat of arms, which was granted to the family in 2011, ahead of her marriage.

It is divided vertically, with one half blue and the other half red, and includes a gold chevron across the centre with white "cotises" either side.

It also includes three acorns - representing the duchess and her siblings Pippa and James - with gold stalks and leaves.

The conjugal arms was made by putting the Middleton shield next to Prince William's, in what is known as an impaled coat of arms.

The duke and duchess along with their son, Prince George, are expected to move from Anglesey to Kensington Palace within weeks.

Spencer family tradition
In the couple's arms, the Duchess of Cambridge's shield is surrounded by a wreath of oak, to balance out her husband's garter - a tradition for royal spouses who are not themselves entitled to surround their arms with an order of chivalry.

Both shields are supported by the royal lion and unicorn, each wearing a three pointed collar, known as a label.

The label has a red escallop shell derived from the Spencer coat of arms, which has been used by Prince William's ancestors on his mother's side for many centuries.

The couple will keep the coat of arms forever, but parts could change as their own circumstances and roles change.

They will also keep their own coats of arms to represent themselves as individuals, Kensington Palace said.