February 27

Ginkgo Trees Were Going Extinct on Their Own; Then Humans Saved These ‘Living Fossils’ So Now They’re Everywhere

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreLining the streets of many American city suburbs are living fossils, which unlike many stories of man’s interaction with nature, involves nature as the destroyer, and mankind, the savior.Jerry WangWhile some people take ginkgo leaf as a nootropic supplement, few people would imagine it’s the equivalent of eating a horseshoe crab, that is to say it’s an organism that, unlike every other member of its family, made it out of the time before mammals.Ginkgo Biloba stands alone in its family Ginkgoaceae; the last of its relatives dying out likely during the last ages of the dinosaurs. Understanding of the tree’s heritage suggests it would have gone the way of T-rex without a brush with homo sapien. The evidence for this comes down to the slow arms race observed in evolution. There are five types of plants which produce seeds on the Earth today. Flowering plants, conifers, cycads, and gnetales are joined by the lonely ginkgo family, which scientists suggest may have contained many different species based on the fossil record, specifically in China.About 130 million years ago, flowering plants really started stealing the show, developing sweet nectar in their flowers to attract pollinators, and sweet fruit to attract animals for dispersing seeds. Ginkgo on the other hand relied on the wind to blow pollen from male to female trees.This was hypothesized as being an inconsistent strategy, as ginkgo are sometimes observed to change sex, perhaps a failsafe mechanism to increase the chances of reproduction.These respective evolutions likely pushed the ginkgo family to the back of the evolutionary bus. By 66 million years ago, according to National Geographic, ginkgo was gone from most of North America and Europe, and by the end of the last Ice Age, clung on only in China.MORE: For First Time Ever, Scientists Identify How Many Trees to Plant and Where to Plant Them to Stop Climate Crisis It’s theorized that it was the Paleolithic residents of China who, removing the reeking outer layer of the ginkgo nut in search of a food source resembling a pistachio, began eating and replanting them to harvest the nuts. Ginkgo is now one of the most common trees in cities along the U.S. East Coast after botanists brought the tree back from China in the 17th century. Good for almost nothing, besides offering a bounty of beautiful yellow leaves in fall when they all change in a very short time, it nevertheless is resistant to pollution and can thrive under concrete.Peter Crane, author of the book Ginkgo and one of the world’s foremost Ginkgo experts, described the human intervention as a “rescue from natural oblivion” and “a great evolutionary [and cultural] story.”RELATED: Rooftop Panels of Tiny Plants Can Cleanse Polluted Air at 100 Times the Rate of a Single TreeThe IUCN still recognizes the tree as Endangered in the Red List–the world’s largest threatened species catalogue, largely due to a lack of ginkgo trees surviving in the wild in undomesticated forms.However a 2012 study confirmed there are trees surviving in southeast China that may represent the only truly wild population left.CHECK OUT: Tree-Planting Drones Have Successfully Planted Thousands of Saplings – and They’re About to Plant MoreThe story shows that while humans often receive blame for sending plants and animals into oblivion, we also have a reputation for saving them too.PLANT Some Good News for Your Friends–Share This Story on Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

December 17

Morgan’s three turnovers lead to 24-14 loss to Wildcats

first_imgMorgan’s three turnovers lead to 24-14 loss to WildcatsMorgan threw two interceptions in the first quarter and gave up a fumble in the fourth.Jack RodgersQuarterback Tanner Morgan looks to throw the ball on Saturday, Nov. 17 at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers were defeated by Northwestern with a final score of 24-14. Jack WarrickNovember 17, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintQuarterback Tanner Morgan dug the Gophers into a hole when he threw two interceptions in the first quarter of the senior day game against No. 22 Northwestern on Saturday. He left the turnover woes behind him for much of the game, but a fourth quarter relapse in the form of a fumble given up by Morgan was enough to seal the Gophers loss.“Those two plays are unacceptable, both of them are, and they killed our drives,” Morgan said. “It happened in the first quarter, but after that you just got to keep going one play at a time. Can’t focus on it, can’t dwell on it, because then you’re just going to keep making more mistakes.”Minnesota lost to the Big Ten West division-champion Northwestern 24-14 on Saturday afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers lost the turnover battle, something head coach P.J. Fleck harps on, and it led to a loss in the seniors’ final game playing at home.“If you don’t turn over the ball over, you have a 78 percent chance of winning,” Fleck said. “We turned the ball over three times, and they turned it over zero. That would give us basically a zero percent chance of winning that football game.”Wildcats defensive lineman Joe Gaziano strip sacked Morgan in the fourth quarter and carried it to the 17-yard line, where Morgan jumped on the 280-pound defensive end’s back and managed to tackle him. They kicked a field goal and took a 24-7 lead with 7:49 left in the game.Morgan hit receiver Tyler Johnson with a pass in the end zone at 4:32 left in the fourth to make the score 24-14. However, that was all the offense would score, and Morgan lost his second game as a starter. It was the least amount of points Minnesota scored since Ohio State on Oct. 13, when the team lost 30-14. The Gophers finished with 306 total yards of offense, and 197 passing yards.Morgan threw four picks before Saturday, but he never threw more than one in any of the seven games he played. Morgan averaged about 37 points per game in his first three starts. The defense often bailed Morgan out. After the first turnover, the Minnesota defense made Northwestern punt. After the fumble at the Minnesota 17-yard line, they held the Wildcats to a 29-yard field goal for a 24-7 score.“You never want to see that. It can be frustrating, but we’re always going to have our offense’s back, and we expect the offense to have the defense’s back,” said Gophers linebacker Blake Cashman.Cashman set a TCF Bank Stadium record with 20 total tackles on his final day playing in the stadium. He set up the first Gophers’ score when he sacked Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson on fourth down for a 14-yard loss, giving the offense the ball at the Minnesota 38-yard line midway through the second quarter.Morgan threw back-to-back interceptions to the same player, linebacker Nate Hall, in the first quarter of the game. The second resulted in a touchdown as Hall picked Morgan off at the Minnesota 45-yard line.“I’d be lying to you if I said it didn’t come into your mind, because you only have two quarterbacks,” Fleck said about if he thought about putting other quarterback Zack Annexstad in. “Again, if (Morgan) didn’t respond well, probably. But, I thought he responded really well.”The Gophers will play their final game of the regular season against Wisconsin in Madison on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Minnesota needs to win to ensure a bowl game berth.“As I walked off the field, [I] kind of grabbed some of the seniors and I just looked back at the stadium knowing that it was my last time ever putting on the maroon and gold [there],” Cashman said of his last moments at TCF Bank Stadium as a player. ” [I] was kind of overwhelmed with emotions, and also part of that was just from frustration, from not getting the win today and bowl eligibility.”last_img read more

August 14

Schneiter, Weir are locals to watch at PGA Championship

first_imgSteve Schneiter has never made it to the PGA Tour, but the Sandy professional has become sort of a regular at the PGA Championship.The 45-year-old, who is a teaching pro at Schneiter’s Pebblebrook Golf Course in Sandy, will be playing in golf’s fourth major for the 10th time when he tees it up today at Hazeltine Golf Club in Minnesota.Schneiter qualified for the PGA by finishing in a tie for second at the PGA Stroke Play Championship in Florida in January. The top 20 club pros from that tourney earn berths in the PGA in what is arguably the strongest field of the four majors.For today’s opening round, Schneiter will tee off at 1:05 MDT in a threesome with France’s Thomas Levet and South Korea’s Y.E. Yang.Schneiter’s best finish at the PGA — in fact, the only time he made the cut — came in 2005 at Baltusrol in New Jersey in 2005, when he finished in a tie for 40th place at 286. In his most recent appearance, in 2006 at Medinah (Ill.), Schneiter missed the cut with a second-round 79 after an opening 72.The other golfer at the PGA with local ties is another Sandy resident, Mike Weir, who is coming off a solid 10th-place finish at the Bridgestone Invitational.Weir tees off at 7:55 a.m. today with fellow Masters champion Zach Johnson and Boo Weekley.Weir will be playing in his 11th consecutive PGA. He came close to winning in 1999, when he paired in the final group before shooting a final-round 80 and tying for 10th. His best finish was in 2006, when he tied for sixth place. Last year, he tied for 42nd place.last_img read more

August 6

PSG confirm they no longer pursuing de Ligt

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty ImagesAdvertisement 9lg8hNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8jmyWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3xck2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8eblWould you ever consider trying this?😱mCan your students do this? 🌚9b1k3a5Roller skating! Powered by Firework Paris Saint Germain’s new sporting director Leonardo Araújo has confirmed  that they are no longer in the race to sign Matthijs de Ligt.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesFollowing a spectacular campaign for Ajax and Netherlands, de Ligt became one of the hottest targets for European heavyweights this summer window, namely Barcelona, Manchester United and also PSG.However, agent Mino Raiola confirmed that the 19-year old Amsterdam skipper had his heart set on a move to Juventus, agreeing personal terms with the Serie A champions, and also expressed his desire to become a teammate of Turin talisman Ronaldo.Advertisement “I always wanted to be Cristiano Ronaldo” – the Dutch defender spoke to Voetbal International.Leonardo, who recently joined the post of sporting director for the Ligue 1 giants, confirmed that de Ligt will not arrive at Parc des Princes.Advertisement In an interview with French outlet Le Parisien, the 49-year old Brazilian said they will stop pursuing the Ajax center back.“De Ligt will not come to PSG. There was a possibility. He is a great player but it was not a good time to make a big investment.”“We must calm down a little. We don’t have an envelope of €200 million to spend.”“We need a defensive midfielder and maybe a player to complete the central defense. In attack, we have many solutions. It will also be important this season to see young players get on the main team.”“But there is also important data, it should not be hidden: it is financial fair play. The rules and criteria in force must be respected.” he added. Advertisementlast_img read more

August 4

LVR rocks Rockers en route to Kootenay Rugby Championship

first_imgThe game was never in doubt as the host Bombers ran all over the Rockers from the opening kick off.Eli Wilson, Ryan Lewis, Ray Bisonette and Sam Woodward also scored for LVR.Kicker Darian Johnson converted several scores.The Bombers were ready for the Rockers after returning from a successful road trip to Alberta where LVR won the Cougar Classic tournament Saturday in Red Deer, Alta.In Junior Boy’s action, the Bombers blasted both Stanley Humphries and Selkirk Storm of Kimberley by identical 54-0 scores.In Girls action, LVR bounced Grand Forks Wolves 20-10 and Stanley Humphries 30-0 before playing to a 5-5 tie against Selkirk Storm. Chase Gilbertson scored two tries to lead the L.V. Rogers Bombers to a convincing 43-0 romp over Castlegar’s Stanley Humphries Rockers in the Kootenay High School Boy’s Rugby Championship Wednesday afternoon at the Lakeside Pitch in Nelson.LVR, the defending Kootenay Champion, now advances to the BC High School Boy’s AA Rugby Championships May 27-30 in Abbotsford.last_img read more

August 3

Top Names In Rallying Set To Compete In Circuit Of Ireland Rally

first_imgCraig Breen/Scott Martin (Peugeot 208 T16) will compete in Estonia this weekend in the latest round of the European Rally Chjampionship. Picture: Martin Walsh. Competitors vying for the title are expected to include European champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz, last year’s winner Craig Breen, Welsh driver Elfyn Evans, young Finnish competitor Max Vatanen and top French driver Robert Consani as well as local stars Keith Cronin and Alastair Fisher. Entries for this year’s Circuit of Ireland Rally officially open today (Friday 12th February), with organisers expecting an influx of entries for both the International and National events, including some of the world’s top names in rallying.center_img Craig Breen is expected to defend his title. The 26 year old Irish driver already has two World Rally Championship class titles to his name and will be competing with PH Sport Citroen.Kajetan Kajetanowicz was the 2015 FIA European Rally Champion as well as last year’s FIA ERC Gravel Master and FIA ERC Ice Master. He was also Poland Champion four consecutive years from 2010 – 2014.Welsh driver Elfyn Evans is also in championship contention.  Last month, he and his co-driver Craig Parry secured an epic victory in the WRC 2 Category at the Rallye Monte-Carlo in spite of two punctures.Three-time British Rally Championship winner Keith Cronin, who is from West Cork, is also set to compete at this year’s Circuit. Keith first competed in the World Rally Championship in 2013 and has been tipped as one to watch. County Tyrone driver Alastair Fisher, the nephew of the late Bertie Fisher who was a three-time winner of the event, will be hoping to follow in his late uncle’s success. Alastair recently secured second place in the Galway Rally.The 2016 Circuit of Ireland builds on last year’s hugely successful Rally which enjoyed a record number of entries as well as spectator numbers increasing by 7% to 78,000.  It’s also more than doubled its global television audience from 15 million to 40 million.Event Director Bobby Willis said he was looking forward to welcoming local and international competitors to this year’s Circuit of Ireland; “In 2015, we had a record number of entries which spanned 20 nations worldwide and we hope to build on that success. It has been wonderful to see the Rally attracting growing international interest and we fully expect the sport’s best drivers to be competing in this year’s event. Spectators can look forward to outstanding rallying from some of the top names in the sport.”Now in its 85th year, the Circuit of Ireland Rally’s international status has grown significantly in recent years.  The Circuit is now part of the prestigious FIA European Rally Championship and also features in the British Rally Championship, the Irish Tarmac Championship series and the Northern Ireland Rally Championship.The Rally will take place across County Down, County Antrim and Belfast from 7th – 9th April. For full details on this year’s Circuit of Ireland Rally, visit www.circuitofireland.net . Follow on www.facebook.com/circuitofireland or www.twitter.com/CircuitIreland .Entries for the 2016 Circuit of Ireland close on Tuesday 15th March.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

August 3

Galway U21s ready for historic Leinster Championship bow

first_imgHistory will be made in O’Connor Park in Tullamore tomorrow evening (Wednesday at 7.30pm) when Galway play Offaly in the quarter finals of the Leinster U21 Hurling Championship. It will be the first time ever that Galway will play in Leinster at U21 level, having always started the competition at All Ireland semi final stage. Offaly haven’t won a Leinster U21 title since 2000 and have never won an All Ireland at this level, while Galway were unlucky to lose out to eventual champions Limerick in last year’s All Ireland semi final by 2-23 to 2-19. Six of the Galway players who saw action in that U21 game last August are selected by Manager Tony Ward to start tomorrow evening, with no fewer than 9 of the All Ireland winning minor team of 2015 still involved with their county 3 years later. The Galway U21 team to play Offaly is: 1. Eanna Murphy – Tommy Larkins2. Ian O’Shea – Athenry3. Fintan Burke (Capt) – St Thomas4. Shane Bannon – Clarinbridge5. Caelom Mulry – Abbeyknockmoy6. Mark Hughes – Liam Mellows7. Sean Loftus – Turloughmore8. Thomas Monaghan – Craughwell9. Jack Grealish – Gort10. Sean Blehane – Ahascragh Fohenagh11. Brian Concannon – Killimordaly12. Ciannán Fahy – Ardrahan13. Evan Niland – Clarinbridge14. Ronan Murphy – Tommy Larkins15. Kevin Cooney – Sarsfields*Jack Coyne, Jack Fitzpatrick, Jack Canning (pictured above at the Championship launch) & Cian Sammon are on the injured list and Leaving Cert Students were not consideredGalway management: Tony Ward (Manager), Frannie Forde (Trainer), Cyril Donnellan, Fergal Healy, Stephen Creavan, Brendan Egan (Strength & Conditioning)Ahead of tomorrow night’s game, Galway manager Tony Ward has been speaking to Sean Walsh…Audio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/Tony%20Ward%20Before%20Offaly.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

August 2

Kieran Trippier compared to Sergio Aguero by England fans after shirt rip

first_imgWatch fans at Boxpark Croydon go wild as they celebrate Eric Dier scoring winning penalty for England in the World Cup Did Aguero rip Trippier’s collar too— yao (@howboutnoandno) July 3, 2018 6 Trippier grabbed a new shirt in time to take his penaltyCredit: PA:Press Association6 Aguero pulled the same shirt trick against FranceCredit: Getty – ContributorTrippier, 27, played the full 120 minutes and scored a penalty in the shoot-out as England won on spot-kicks for the first time ever at a World Cup.The Tottenham right-back tore his shirt at the collar during the game to cool him down and England fans immediately saw a comparison with Argentina striker Aguero.Aguero had pulled a similar trick in his country’s 4-3 loss to France, nettingBut Trippier fared far better, as England won their first knockout game at a tournament since 2006.6FROM RUSSIA WITH LIVE All the latest action, news, goals and gossip from the World Cup latest world cup newsRU BEAUTYWho is Ruby Mae and how long has she been with Dele Alli?PRETTY WOMANAmanda Holden spotted in £85 Forever Unique ‘Pretty Woman’ dressCheap as kitsHere’s where you can get England’s 2018 football kit the cheapestHIGH PRAISEObama brands Messi ‘wonderful’ as he offers advice over World Cup strugglesQuizRUSSIA REWINDSee how much you can remember about the craziest moments at World Cup 2018’Dark spot’Laurent Koscielny admits he wanted France to lose  World Cup after injury KOtark a lookWho is James Tarkowski? Burnley ace named in England squad by Gareth SouthgateExclusiveGood causeEngland heroes including Kane donate entire World Cup match fees to charity’impossible decision’Croatia hero Mario Mandzukic announces international retirementSweet FAFA play down England’s fantastic World Cup as they warn things need to get better 6 Trippier’s chest was clearly visible after he tore his shirtCredit: Getty – ContributorSkipper Harry Kane put England ahead from the spot in the second half but Yerry Mina’s 93rd-minute header cut short any celebrations as Trippier, stationed on the line defending a corner, could not quite keep the ball out.England were forced into a fourth World Cup shoot-out by their South American opponents, but set the record books straight by winning one for the first time.While Trippier was handed a fresh jersey in time to take the crucial fourth spot-kick, he kept his cool regardless and put England back level at 3-3 after four kicks each.Jordan Pickford then spectacularly denied Carlos Bacca before Eric Dier slotted in to send England through to the World Cup quarter-finals.6 The Tottenham wing-back appeared up for a scrap in a feisty encounterCredit: ReutersWhat a special night!Love this team! Roll on Saturday 🦁🦁🦁 pic.twitter.com/DAxPQFUbVV— Kieran Trippier (@trippier2) July 3, 2018 KIERAN TRIPPIER drew comparisons to Sergio Aguero on Tuesday night after tearing his shirt to handle the heat in England’s penalty shoot-out win over Colombia.Three Lions fans spotted the rip as Trippier kept cool in Moscow during a historic night for Gareth Southgate’s side.6 Fans spotted the rip and were immediately reminded of Sergio AgueroCredit: Getty Images – GettyTrippier looks up to Aguero I see.— Taka Ria (@M_uyazi) July 3, 2018 Ian Wright, Gary Neville and Lee Dixon go crazy as England beat Colombia in dramatic World Cup penalty shootout Who wore it better—Trippier or Aguero? @bumpypitch #worldcup #eng— Hogan Rutherford (@HoganRutherford) July 3, 2018last_img read more

December 18

SA Airways wins ‘on time’ award

first_img SAinfo reporter 28 February 2013 South African Airways (SAA) has won the On Time Performance Service Award in the “Middle East and Africa major airlines” category, handed out by global flight and airport information services firm FlightStats. SAA has a 91.17% On Time Performance average, which bagged it the prize in its category against stiff competition from Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Gulf Air Company. The category looks at airlines which operate at least 30 000 scheduled flights annually in the Middle East and Africa and with a flight status coverage threshold of 80%. Airlines are recognised and awarded for delivering the highest percentage of flights to their arrival gates within 15 minutes of the scheduled arrival time. “SAA is absolutely thrilled to win this prominent award as on time performance is a critical factor considered by customers when selecting which airline to fly,” SAA’s general manager of operations, Zuks Ramasia, said in a statement on Wednesday. SAA also said it has clamped down on baggage irregularities and theft in the last year thanks to a system-wide, structured approach to baggage handling. Collaboration between the Airports Company South Africa, airport ground handlers, outstations and SAA’s baggage services and group security services departments has ensured the improvement of surveillance and dealing with operational challenges. “SAA is grateful to its employees and partners for helping it to achieve this outstanding on time performance and baggage handling success,” Ramasia said. “It is only through collaboration and teamwork at all levels that SAA has been able to achieve these important goals. “But we will not rest on our laurels – rather, we will continue to apply a laser focus on providing our valued customers with reliable and high-quality service in every aspect of the travel experience.”last_img read more

December 18

A Sure Way to Annoy Workers: Think Outside the Box

first_imgThe next time one of your employees admires your business suit, it’s OK to wonder if she’s sucking up. More than one in five U.S. employees admit to complimenting managers to get on their good side—even if the flattery is a bunch of hooey. Just be glad you aren’t a supervisor in India: Almost half of workers there (46 percent) say they sweet-talk their bosses even if they don’t mean it. Those are among the findings in a 2013 Kronos Boss’s Day Survey of more than 4,000 workers in the U.S., Australia and India. Harris Interactive conducted the survey with 2,041 full-time and part-time U.S. workers and 2,100 full-time and part-time Australian and Indian workers Sept. 24-26, 2013, on behalf of the Workforce Institute at Kronos Inc., which helps companies with workplace issues such as labor costs, regulatory compliance and productivity. The Workforce Institute is a think tank that provides research and education on the workplace. Irritating IdiomsWorkers in all three countries get truly annoyed when managers use inside business jargon, according to the survey, whose release coincided with National Boss’s Day, which is celebrated Oct. 16. The phrase that irks them the most? “Think outside the box.” Twenty-five percent of U.S. employees can’t stand it when managers tell them to do this. Other annoying phrases cited were: “I don’t care how— just get it done” (24 percent). “I need you to be more proactive” (17 percent).“I’ll circle back with you” (17 percent). “I’d like to task you with this project” (11 percent). Indian employees get far more irritated by corporate jargon (95 percent) than do Australians (83 percent) and Americans (76 percent). Age, Geography MatterThe older the worker, the more he prefers honesty in a boss: U.S. employees 55 and older value this trait in a manager (90 percent) more than U.S. Millennials do (69 percent). And the younger workers are, the more they prefer a boss who’s “direct” and has a sense of humor: Among different age groups, “directness” is most important to Millennials (43 percent), as is “humor” (34 percent). All that talk about Southern hospitality and manners? Maybe it doesn’t translate to the workplace. A thoughtful boss was least important in the South (26 percent) and most important in the West (41 percent). As for those stereotypes about the laid-back West Coast? Maybe there’s something to them. A goal-oriented boss isn’t as important to those living in the West (26 percent) as it is to those in the Northeast (45 percent), Midwest (51 percent) and South (48 percent). What about that workplace buzzword “transparency”? It isn’t as important in the Midwest (17 percent) as it is in the South (31 percent). In a press release, Kronos highlighted these findings among U.S. workers: A large majority of employees (69 percent) say their managers set a good example, agreeing they are ethical, honest, collaborative, creative, empowering, innovative, dedicated and trustworthy. Given the choice between a manager who is a high achiever but demanding, or one who’s nice but ineffective, 75 percent chose the former. When respondents ranked the three most important attributes of a good manager, honesty was at the top (78 percent), followed by goal-oriented (44 percent) and compassionate (40 percent).Asked if they’d prefer a manager who invests in their professional development or one who invests in programs to make work more fun, 61 percent chose the former, while 39 percent chose the latter. Four out of 10 employees (43 percent) prefer direct individual praise from managers, 32 percent favor praise from their manager’s manager, and 25 percent prefer praise in front of peers. Indians are most likely (39 percent) to want recognition among peers. “One of the interesting aspects of this survey is that U.S. employees would choose a high-performing and demanding boss over a nice but ineffective one,” said Sharlyn Lauby, president of ITM Group Inc. “In the same vein, they’d prefer a manager who invests in their professional development over one who invests in making a fun working environment. Employees are saying they don’t need their boss to be their best friend; rather, it’s important to them that they are able to work effectively, be challenged and grow.” Dana Wilkie is an online editor/manager for SHRM.To read the original article on shrm.org, please click here.last_img read more