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The Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2014 powered by Thomson Reuters includes only institutions in countries classified as “emerging economies” by FTSE, including the “BRICS” nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The top universities ranking uses the same methodology as the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, covering all core missions of a world-class university - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook – using 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators.
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Presently, the whole world is emphasizing on malnutrition, food safety and health security. Several programmes have also been launched in this regard. The year 2008–09 was declared as the ‘Food Safety and Quality Year’ by the Government of India. Most fruit sellers use Calcium carbide for ripening the fruits. Calcium carbide is extremely hazardous to the human body as it contains tracesof arsenic and phosphorus. It is banned in many countries of the world, but it is freely used in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and other countries. Thus we are at risk of short-term and long-term health effects simply by eating fruits that are induced to ripen. This article discusses the com-mon yet most important fact related to fruits – how nutrition changes over to malnutrition?
Fruits, no other class of food has a variety of pleasant and attractive flavour. With their delicate colour-ing, fruits please the eye as well as the plate. Withmodern transport and cool chain management system, itis possible to have fresh fruits practically all the yearround, where it is produced and also in areas where it isnot possible to grow fruits. As a consequence, consump-tion of fruits has increased considerably in our country.Studies have indicated that people do not consumeenough vitamin C not because of increased cost orunavailability, but because they are often unaware of thenutritious value and sources.There is growing interest and concern among peopleregarding foods and their relationship to nutrition anddiseases
Food security used to be the primary concernof countries and individuals alike. But, as agriculturalresearch succeeds in alleviating the effect of diseases andadverse climate, food security is generally not perceivedas a problem any longer; instead concern over quantity hasbeen replaced by preoccupation with quality
Simultane-ously, people are more conscious about issues such asecology, energy conservation and management practicesfor food production, including pretreatment, which facili-tates or increases the attractiveness and ultimately presen-tation.
Fruits are the best natural food for all. Nowadays fruitsare deliberately being contaminated by chemicals causingserious health hazards. Toxic chemicals are indiscrimi-nately used to grow, ripen and make fruits appear fresheror even last longer, particularly during early and off-season
Among the pretreatments, which are mostly fol-lowed for fruits intended for better consumer acceptanceand facilitating better marketing, is artificial fruit ripen-ing. Artificial ripening is done to achieve faster and moreuniform ripening characteristics
Ripening, in general, is a physiological process whichmakes the fruit edible, palatable and nutritious
In naturefruits ripen after attainment of proper maturity by asequence of physical and biochemical events and theprocess is irreversible, ultimately leading to senescence.Whether fruits ripen on the plant or after harvest, thegeneral ripening changes associated with the ripeningprocess are easily recognizable. During ripening fruitssoften, change colour and develop characteristic aromaand flavour. There is also a reduction in sourness (acids)and increase in the sweetness, etc.
Underlying thesechanges, there may be changes in hormone levels, respi-ration and cellular organization.
Factors influencing theprocess of ripening include stage of fruit maturity andthe environment where it has to be allowed to ripen,including temperature and relative humidity
Unsaturated hydrocarbons, particularly acetylene, ethyl-ene, etc. can promote ripening and induce colour changeseffectively
Although the cosmetic quality of suchartificially ripened fruits was found to improve, theorganoleptic quality was impaired especially when har-vested fruits were subjected to treatment without consid-ering their maturity status
Besides, the quantity of ripening agent required to induce ripening for better cos-metic quality, including appearance, etc. will be muchmore than the conventional dose, when properly maturefruits are not used for such purposes. The internal ethy-lene concentrations, measured in several climacteric andnon-climacteric fruits are presented in Table 1.The following are the sources of ethylene or acetyleneproduction
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Humor Theories and the Physiological Beneﬁts of Laughter is one that we encounter surprisingly often. There are many television shows based on this very form of humor— Candid Camera and the multitude of spin-offs, for example, base their comedy on people caught in foolish and embarrassing situations. Gutwirth provides a classic example of this type of humor in Chaplin’s ﬁlm Limelight
The imperturbable Keaton, who has the sole comic role in the ﬁlm, goes on playing as the music sheets become scrambled, as the piano disintegrates. The comedy in this pointedly ignored disaster scene lies in his imperiousness. It makes calamity a joy for the onlooker
We can laugh to our heart’s content.
To further explain the source of humor in this Chaplin ﬁlm, Dixon states that it is based on “the exaggerated perspective and reduction of elements to their iconic or cartoon level.” In other words, the actor’s exaggerated foolishness is a source of humor,and according to the superiority theory, it is funny to viewers precisely because they are not part of the calamity; all those on the other side of the humorous event become connected over their shared experience as fellow onlookers.
Research supports these bonding functions of laughter. Smoski and Bachorowski conducted a study of 204 pairs of friends and strangers while they played games and watched movies together. It was found that members of the friend pairs exhibited morelaughs than members of the stranger pairs while engaged in these activities, and the degree at which antiphonal laughter was produced varied signiﬁcantly depending on the pairings.
The researchers concluded that positive experiences in social settings were more related to people’s experiences of antiphonal laughter than to the funniness of events.Laughter is a method of communication that promotes afﬁliative and cooperative behavior, and antiphonal laughter—laughter that co-occurs or immediately follows that of a social partner— speciﬁcally, has the potential to reinforce mutually pleasurable experiences, as well as conveying emotional information about oneself, laughter elicits similar emotions in others and therefore serves abounding function.
Provine noted from observations of 1200 episodes of laughter expressed by people interacting in public places that most laughter occurred during routine comments rather than in response to joke-telling, which provides further evidence of the bonding functions of laughter.If laughter serves a social bonding function, it should be no surprise that it also serves to increase people’s likability. Reysen found that viewers rated individuals who were laughing in photographs and video clips as higher on likability than individuals who were not laughing, and it did not matter if the laughter was genuine or fake.
In addition, individuals who displayed genuine laughter in the videos and photographs were rated signiﬁcantly higher on likability than were those with neutral expressions.Overall, ﬁndings from these studies indicate that laughter plays an important role in social interactions,both in terms of unifying members of a group, as the superiority theory suggests, as well as in inﬂuencing people’s perceptions of others as likable. If the physiological beneﬁts of this situation are not immediately obvious, consider the role of social support in maintaining people’s sense of well being.
Low social support has been associated with high levels of stress and depression and negative mood hostility is a risk factor for the development of coronary heart disease (CHD) and poor survival of those with coronary artery disease (CAD).
People with negative mood hostility are likely to have low levels of social support and people who are liked by others are likely to have high levels of social support.
Loneliness has been related to unhappiness and a range of mental and physical problem.
Conversely, people who are liked tend to be happy–an emotional state that has been associated with numerous positive outcomes,including immunity and physical well-being.
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Cultural Disharmony Undermines Workplace Creativity
In today's global work environment, it's a given that companies need culturally diverse teams to succeed. Both scientific studies and common sense tell us that having people with different viewpoints onboard increases the creativity that teams will employ in solving problems. Of course, that's assuming all members of the team are pulling in the same direction.
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Creating a successful JV entails taking seven steps.
Identify strategic logic and drivers. It is very likely that an organisation and its JV partner(s) have adopted two different marketplace approaches in terms of how they compete. One company may be competing on the basis of economies of scale; another on the basis of a low-cost offer, another on the basis of branding and marketing flare, another on the basis of sales and servicing — and yet another on its product features and design or some combination of each in different compositions. These differences in the strategic logic of each firm permeate all aspects of practices in each organisation, affecting the way decision-making is executed and what is considered an operational priority. These differences can be either complementary or a hindrance to the alliance. It is critical to understand the strategic logic operating in each organisation for the success of the venture. To succeed, a JV must clarify the important drivers for the joint venture over and above the profit potential.
Valuate each firm’s product architecture. If each company in a JV breaks down its individual products and offers to customers, the component parts could potentially be repackaged into a new (and very attractive) offer to customers. For two firms to do this, it is critical to understand the possible effects of each component on the new product mix of the JV because of potential changes in the business environment as a result of the recombination of components. This will help each firm to forecast better, reflect the evolving nature of the JV business and set the right expectations of volumes and terms of agreement. Furthermore, this process provides critical insights and boundaries for protecting the intellectual property of each firm. This evaluation may lead to adjustments in the product architecture itself and may open up new avenues of other possibilities as a by-product.
Construct an effective operating structure. Each organisation in a JV normally separates and aggregates its operating activities (also called the operating model) in unique ways and for a myriad of reasons. For example, one credit card company may have the chargeback activity as part of its disputes resolution department and another firm may have the two separated.
Define the new business model. The firms in a JV must define the nature of the new venture including the proposition to the customer, the channels and relationship management, the value chain, the structure and roles, investments, income, costs and payments, success factors and the timetable for delivery. This agreed-upon new business model provides the backdrop for the legal and financial frameworks that will be the true borders of the joint venture.
Create an economic system that will work for all. Key players in the JV must build a congruent economic system that includes a risk-adjusted cash flow model, break-even analysis, unit costing and economic value-added rationale for the new business.
Ensure that all negotiations are win-win. For each player in a JV, the art of negotiating joint ventures (just as in mergers and acquisitions) is to know yourself, know what is important to you and know your limits and boundaries — then go on to have some knowledge of the same for your counterpart. The goal, at all times, must be for no firm in the JV to feel that it is losing by engaging in the new commercial union.
Shake hands and lock arms. The contracting phase of a JV represents the formal contractual agreement underpinning the JV and is carried out by commercial lawyers. Yet, for all good joint ventures, behind every contract on paper is a strong relationship between the different players. And it is this relationship — as much as it is the contractual terms and conditions — that truly solidifies the JV as its strength and mettle are tested in the marketplace.
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