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I’ve been made a manager for the first time – what do I do?

Get your team fired up, says Sharmadean Reid, then give them tangible targets

Oooooh, I love this stuff. It’s like becoming the new general of an army. OK, here’s what I would do to win your new team over. First, have a plan. You’re a manager for a reason. Figure out what the company needs and turn that into a strategy. Make a great presentation and have a rousing team meeting to present it. Ask for your team’s ideas: they should contribute and help shape the direction of the work. Get them fired up that you are going to make a change.

After the meeting, take your team out. Make an effort to speak to everyone and find out what motivates them. Some people are driven by money, some by targets, some by family expectations. This will be useful for you to know.

Quietly leave at a respectable time and write up all the notes from the meeting. You’re the manager: they need to know that you got this role because you go above and beyond. Earn their respect. Also, it will be fresh in your head because you were drinking lemonade – you’re the responsible one now.

Draft an email to send the next day, which is a recap of the meeting. (Send it at 7am so they can read it on the way to work and not waste desk time doing so.) Call out and praise specific people who contributed great ideas: this shows you’re not afraid to give credit. Make sure you end with an action list, so everyone knows what to do.

Schedule one-to-one meetings with everyone. In these chats, make sure they know what their part of the strategy is and the tangible targets to measure their success. Ask them what they think might be in their way – note it down, because it’s now on you to help them do their job.

Let a fortnight go by and repeat. Good management doesn’t happen by accident, and it’s also never-ending. Congrats and good luck.

Former pilot flew passenger jets for 20 years despite being an alcoholic – now he faces jail


Arntson had flown from San Diego to Portland for Alaska Airlines on the day he was caught

A retired commercial pilot flew passenger jets for more than 20 years while battling alcoholism, an investigation has found.

Despite his problem, David Hans Arntson managed to never fail an alcohol test until June 2014.

Following an Alaska Airlines flight form San Diego, California, to Portland, Oregon, he was caught with a blood alcohol level of 0.142 per cent when the limit for pilots in 0.04.

Arntson, 62, now faces a year in jail.

He retired from fling following the incident.

But Nicola Hanna, U.S. attorney for the Central District of Los Angeles, said his drinking could have had catastrophic consequences during his career.

“This pilot worked for the airline for more than 20 years, and we now know that he was an alcoholic who flew commercial flights while under the influence of alcohol,” Hanna said in a statement.

“Thankfully, Mr. Arntson was never involved in an accident, but his conduct could have resulted in tragic consequences. Very few people will ever hold the lives of so many people in their hands at one time,” Hanna said.

Arntson’s attorney, Dyke Huish, told Reuters that his client had a perfect safety record during his 20-year career as an airline pilot and had never tested positive for alcohol until the incident that led to his arrest.

“He has taken full responsibility for his mistake as any good pilot would do,” Huish said.

The airline removed Arntson from his duties as a pilot following the test failure and the Federal Aviation Administration revoked his ability to fly a plane.

Arntson will formally enter his guilty plea and be sentenced at a later hearing in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, California.

Having hairy nipples could signal a serious health problem – what to look out for

Hairy nipples are pretty common and are usually nothing to worry about 


You may not like it, but the human body is covered in hair .

Without this protective layer, we’d feel the cold more. It also provides cushioning from abrasions and in some locations, this hair helps to keep dirt and other nasties out of bodies.

But that still doesn’t make us like it any more.

Especially nipple hair which is, rest assured, normal and a by-product of our pesky hormones.

In a woman, hairy nipples could simply be down to an over-production of the male sex hormone testosterone, which we ALL have.

Fitness blogger hasn’t shaved any body hair for a year

In abundance testosterone stimulates hair growth. Equally, a drop in ostroegen could be behind a sudden hair growth.

However, hairy nipples could also be a sign of more serious health issues.

1. Cushings syndrome

According to The Sun , excess nipple hair could be a symptom of Cushing’s syndrome, which is caused by having too much of the hormone cortisol in the body.

Others include increased fat on your chest and tummy, a red, puffy face, bruising easily, purple stretch marks , weakness in the upper arms and legs, low libido, depression and body hair.

Another symptom of Cushing’s syndrome is depression (Image: Getty Images)

If not treated, Cushing’s syndrome can become serious, and it may take a while for medication to have an effect.

It can also be caused as a result of steroid medication – or because of a tumour on the pituitary gland in the brain or a tumour on the adrenal glands in the kidneys.

2. Polycystic ovary syndrome

Affecting one in five women, PCOS occurs when ovulation can’t happen, as the sacs the ovaries sit in are unable to release an egg.

In severe cases, sufferers of PCOS may experience a heavy hair growth on their faces, chest, back and bottom.

PCOS affects one in five women (Image: Stocktrek Images)

If you feel self-conscious about your nipple hair, then there are several ways of removing it, such as plucking.

While more expensive, electrolysis or laser hair removal are two more long-term solutions.

If you think you have nipple hair in addition to any of the other symptoms for PCOS or Cushing’s syndrome, then contact your GP.

Miracle survival for driver and passenger after train ploughs into their car at level crossing

Miracle survival for driver as train ploughs into car

This is the shocking moment that a car was rammed at speed by a train on a level crossing but both driver and passenger miraculously survived.

CCTV recorded the scene early in the morning as a white Skoda drove towards the level crossing on a snow-covered road.

The clip shows the car’s brake lights come on as the driver sees the train approaching.

But he is unable to stop in time and the speeding locomotive crashes into the car’s left front wing.

The Skoda is smashed aside but does not overturn.

A lucky driver and passenger survived being rammed at speed by a train on a level crossing (Image: CEN)

The car was damaged but the driver and passenger escaped serious injury (Image: CEN/360TV)

The dramatic incident took place at around 5am in the Odintsovsky District in western Russia’s Moscow Oblast region, just outside the Russian capital.

Employees of the regional station called an ambulance for the car driver and his passenger, neither of whom were named in reports.

It is not known what injuries they suffered but their lives are not thought to be in danger.

Employees of the regional station called an ambulance for the white Skoda’s driver and his passenger (Image: CEN/360TV)

The collision did not cause any serious damages to the train, as it continued its route just 10 minutes after the accident.

Police report that the Skoda driver is the one to blame for the collision as he ignored the stop signal that indicated a train was coming.

It was not clear whether he would face charges.

Mom shares heartbreaking pictures of her teen daughter who was mortified over super-short haircut after the girl’s father ‘forced her to chop it off’ when she got highlights for her birthday

By Clemence Michallon For

Published: 16:56 GMT, 6 February 2018 | Updated: 02:20 GMT, 7 February 2018



A mother has shared heartbreaking photos of her daughter, saying the girl’s father ordered her to have it chopped off after she got highlights for her birthday.


Christin Johnson, from Fostoria, Ohio, took to Facebook to share the images, writing: ‘This is what my daughter looked like Sunday when I took her home and the other two pics is what happened today before she was brought to me… All over me having highlights put in her hair for her birthday!’

Two additional photos posted by Christin appear to show her teenage daughter Kelsey with a very short haircut, burying her face in her hand in one of the frames.

Pictures: Christin Johnson, a mother from Fostoria, Ohio, shared heartbreaking images of her daughter Kelsey (pictured) saying the teen was forced to have a haircut after getting highlights

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Heartbreaking: Two additional photos posted by Christin appear to show her teenage daughter with a very shot haircut, burying her face in her hand in one of the frames

Christin said her daughter’s father Schaffen Frederick and her stepmother Sarah Murray ordered Kelsey to get her hair cut as punishment, Haskins Police Chief Colby Carroll told Fox8.

The police department as well as Wood County Children’s services are now investigating a possible child abuse complaint.

Meanwhile, the father and the stepmother, who are both volunteer firefighters, have been placed on leave pending the results of both investigations, the fire chief said.

Christin’s original post, which she shared last week, has gone viral and received 33,000 reactions while being shared more than 24,000 times.

‘I’ve been doing this since ’92 and I’ve never had a case I would say that’s like this,’ Carroll said.

Allegations: Christin said her daughter’s father, as well as her stepmother, ordered the girl, Kelsey, to get her hair cut as punishment, Haskins Police Chief Colby Carroll said

Locks: The mother, who created a public Facebook page documenting her daughter’s story, later shared another update saying she took Kelsey to pick out a wig (above)

Kelsey’s mother said the girl’s father Schaffen Frederick and her stepmother Sarah Murray (pictured above with Kelsey in 2015) ordered to get her hair cut as punishment

Facebook users have left dozens of compassionate comments, wishing Kelsey well and telling her she is beautiful regardless of her haircut.

Christin, who created a public Facebook page documenting her daughter’s story, later shared another update saying she took Kelsey to pick out a wig.

She also shared photos of the girl posing with a bright smile on her face and a new mane of darker hair.  

‘I’d like to thank the ladies at Lady Jane’s on Glendale in Toledo, Ohio for making my baby feel more like herself!’ Christin wrote in a thank-you note to the salon’s employees.

‘Especially Haylee Ann for taking her to pick out her new hair. She got her smile back because of you ladies and your selfless acts of kindness! We truly appreciate you ladies so much!’

In a comment, Christin explained that Kelsey picked out the wig herself and kept going to that specific model, adding: ‘She feels a lot better with it and doesn’t take it off often.’

Wig: Christin also shared photos of the girl (center) posing with a bright smile on her face and a new mane of darker hair

“Police and children’s services are now reportedly investigating a possible child abuse complaint after Kelsey’s father Schaffen (above in 2015) allegedly forced her to cut her hair

Schaffen and Sarah, who are both volunteer firefighters, have been placed on leave pending the results of both investigations

  • ‘We owe it to their memory’: family stories 100 years since the suffragette movement

Stories of readers’ relatives as the nation marks a century since the act that paved the way for universal suffrage

The fight for the right to vote for all was a long one, with many ideological – and physical – battles along the way.

A century on from one of the key legislative moments for the cause, the 1918 Representation of the People Act, we asked readers to share stories about their families’ involvement in the movement that eventually led to universal suffrage, and to tell us what it means to them today.

As part of our coverage of the anniversary, here are three of their stories.

Joanna Wickenden Ibarra, London – Granddaughter of Dora Spong

It was my brother, Peter, and his wife, Zulma, who discovered our grandmother Dora’s magnificent Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) certificate, signed by Emmeline Pankhurst. It was a bit torn, lying at the bottom of a drawer.


Suffragette brooch passed down among the family of Dora Spong. Photograph: Joanna Wickenden Ibarra/GuardianWitness

They had the certificate restored and framed – it measures 26 x 20 inches (60cm x 50cm) and commemorates Dora’s dedication to the cause “ever ready to obey the call of duty”.

We know that Dora and her sister, my great aunt Florence Spong, joined the WSPU in 1908 to fight for the right to vote and spent some time in prison for their actions.

All the women in their family attended WSPU demonstrations. Irene, another great aunt, gave concerts for the cause, and both Florence and Dora were arrested several times and sent to Holloway prison. Florence was charged with stone-throwing at the WSPU deputation of 29 June 1909, sentenced to a month’s imprisonment and went on hunger strike. This did not stop her from repeating the action in protest at the way suffragettes were treated in Parliament Square on “Black Friday” in November 1910, which got her another two months’ imprisonment.

Florence embroidered her signature on the WSPU banner made in Holloway prison that is still on display at the Museum of London.

Among the artefacts that have stayed in the family is a brooch, a portcullis with the symbolic broken chain which, we understood as children, celebrates victory in the fight for women’s suffrage.

Sheila Perry, Edinburgh – great-niece of Jenny McCallum

Family picture taken around 1900 of Janet ‘Jenny’ McCallum (top right) just behind her father. McCallum is reader Sheila Perry’s great aunt. Sheila’s grandmother is top left. Photograph: McCallum family/GuardianWitness

My great-aunt, Jenny McCallum, joined the Women’s Freedom League and travelled to London in 1908 to take part in a demonstration outside Parliament with other suffragettes. She and the others in the group were arrested for “riot” and most were sent to Holloway prison for a month after refusing to pay the £5 fine.

I first heard about her from my mother, her niece, who grew up in Dunfermline and knew her from childhood. When I started to research family history further I found mention of Jenny in a few books. I looked at a Dunfermline newspaper to find out more about politics at the time, and found there were many political meetings going on, some of which became very heated.

I have always cast my vote when possible, even at times when I didn’t really like any of the available options

At the National Archives in London, I also found a copy of her prison record and a copy of a report from the Times about the 1908 demonstration. I am very grateful to them for obtaining the above family photograph taken in about 1900, as it means I can identify all the children from the census record for 1901! I recall my mother having what was probably one of the original prints in her possession for years, probably since my grandmother’s death. She would sometimes talk about the people in the picture, mostly about her own grandmother, who was apparently very fierce!

I have recently been to Dunfermline library, where I discovered they have information about the Rosyth rent strike of 1919, which Jenny helped to organise. I hadn’t known about this before. There are photographs of quite a big procession and banners saying “Rosyth Rent Strike Never Surrender”. Apparently she also got Sylvia Pankhurst to speak on behalf of some men who ended up in court afterwards.

I have always cast my vote when possible, even at times when I didn’t really like any of the available options. I feel we owe that to the memory of these women and others who advanced women’s access to education and professional careers. In 2009, I took part in a recreation of the suffragettes’ march through Edinburgh of 1909, which was quite exciting for me.

David Adamson Redgrave, Massachusetts – grandson of Jennie Adamson

Sash made by Jennie Adamson. Photograph: David Adamson Redgrave/GuardianWitness

I still have this Votes For Women sash made some time before 1914 by my grandmother, Jennie Adamson, a suffragist and politician. My mother told me they had sash-making parties, where many women made their sashes by batik. She was present at some of them and has told me the events actually weren’t party-like at all, but actually rather serious occasions.

My mother lent this sash to Philippa Fawcett House for an exhibit in Cambridge in about 1968, but since then it has stayed in the family.

My grandmother’s husband, William Adamson, was a union leader, and became a member of parliament in 1922. He introduced private member’s bills several times to extend the franchise to 21-year-old women. Grandma was elected to Parliament in 1938 (I believe the 36th female member) and in fact they were the only married couple in parliament during the second world war. She died in 1962 aged 79, and there’s a portrait of her in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

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