Washington D. C, Mar 12 : Reward systems that focus on individual performance can boost employees' work zest, raising the performance of the team as a whole.
Co-author Bradley Kirkman said that the findings are based on laboratory and field experiments in China and those findings tell them that recognizing individual team members can supercharge team performance.
In lab experiments, the researchers at the University of Iowa, Texas Christian University and Tsinghua University had 256 students at a large Chinese university perform individual tasks (making small boxes) and then combine into groups to perform a team task
(building the boxes into towers).
San Francisco: In a hate-fuelled attack, a 66-year-old Buddhist monk was assaulted in the US with the attacker apparently mistaking him for a Muslim.
Kozen Sampson, a Buddhist monk, said he was attacked during a visit to Hood River in Oregon state.
The brown robe-clad Sampson's car door was kicked into his head by a man who abused him and then fled on foot, according to the Hood River Police Department.
Police described the assailant as a white male with brown hair. Investigators are probing the incident that took place on February 29 as a possible hate crime.
Sampson told the New York Daily News he suffered a small cut, some memory loss and was "stunned for a minute or two" after the man attacked him on his trip to take his dogs to obedience training.
Washington, Mar.11 - The United States Senate has rejected by a two-thirds vote a resolution to block the proposed sale of eight F-16 aircraft to Pakistan.
Lawmakers voted 71 to 24 against an attempt introduced by Republican Senator Rand Paul to prevent the sale under legislation known as the Arms Control Act, reports Dawn.
President Barack Obama's administration announced on February 12 that it had approved the sale to Pakistan of the aircraft, as well as radars and other equipment. It drew immediate criticism from India and concern from some members of Congress.
Republican Senator Bob Corker said he would use his power as the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to bar the use of any US funds for the deal.
Washington D. C., Mar. 11 : Bristol Palin and Dakota Meyer's custody battle has come to an end with an Alaskan judge granting the joint custody.
The judge ruled that the former couple would share interim joint legal and physical custody of their daughter Sailor Grace, reports E! Online.
Palin previously requested that Meyer should only receive reasonable visitations and no overnight stays, but the judge said it would be in the baby's best interest to have equal access to both the parents.
Meyer will make the trip to Alaska from Kentucky twice a month and stay for four days on each visit. His visits are set to start this month, but sleepovers won't commence until May.
Sailor was born in December, seven months after Palin and Meyer called off their engagement. (ANI)
Washington D. C., Mar. 11 : Kate Middleton and Prince William's recent pictures from their family ski vacation might have wooed many, but they ended up upsetting PETA.
PETA U. K. was not pleased to see the Duchess of Cambridge wearing a pair of Restelli Guanti gloves lined with possum fur, reports E Online.
Mimi Bekhechi, the director of PETA said that if the gloves are indeed made of real fur, they will be contacting Middleton, who they imagine is unaware that possums killed for their fur are often caught in bone-crushing steel-jaw traps.
Meanwhile, according to an online portal WhatKateWore. com, the Duchess has been wearing these particular gloves since 2008.
Washington, March 10 : Five people were killed after a shooting at a home in Pennsylvania state, the media reported on Thursday.
The incident took place on Wednesday night in Wilkinsburg borough of Allegheny county, CNN reported.
According to police, there were multiple gunmen involved.
A senior police official said a "backyard party" was underway at the time of the shooting.
The victims were four women and a man. Three other people were hospitalised. Two of them are in critical condition.(IANS)
Washington, Mar. 10 : In a bid to tackle the growing terrorist networks, India and the United States have decided to deepen their counter-terrorism, particularly the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM).
India's Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and American National Security Adviser Susan Rice held a meeting at the White House in Washington. D. C. on Tuesday, where the two also affirmed their commitment in deepening bilateral cooperation on climate change, trade, and defense.
The White House, after the meeting, issued a press release where it said that both officials discussed US-India collaboration against LeT, JeM, and other terrorist threats.
India has blamed the two terrorist groups orchestrating a number of attacks on Indian soil.
Washington D. C., Mar. 10 : Dory is on the search to find her family again, but in the newest 'Finding Dory' poster by Disney-Pixar she seems to be a little lost.
The poster shows Dory surrounded by stingrays, turtles, sharks, bigger fish and even an octopus. There are some clown fish and Blue Tang on the horizon as well, reports E! Online.
Ellen DeGeneres, who voices Dory, unveiled the poster by tweeting, "They really captured my eyes And my tail fin. #HaveYouSeenHer."
'Finding Dory' is slated to be released on June 17. (ANI)
Washington: The White House has announced a new broadband initiative that aims to connect 20 million low-income Americans to high-speed internet by 2020.
"Connectivity is a path to greater opportunity," the White House said in a statement on Wednesday.
"Today, because of a digital divide, low-income Americans have a harder time accessing these tools, and unemployed workers without home internet access take a longer time to find employment."
As part of the ConnectALL initiative, the White House said it supports the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s proposal to reform a $1.5 billion per year phone subsidy programme to turn it into a national broadband subsidy to help low-income Americans get online, Xinhua news agency reported.
Washington D. C, Mar 10 : A shirt that can adjust itself according to your needs sounds like something that belongs in Hanna- Barbera produced animated sitcom 'The Jetsons' and now, it may also belong in the real world as a team of engineers developed a new technology that takes care of the thermal, moisture and flow-technical behaviour of smart clothing.
In its Smart Clothing project, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd developed a technology that can be utilised in smart fabrics and clothing, able to calculate whether the wearer needs to be cooled or warmed based on initial data measured from the person and the environment.
Los Angeles: In a shocking incident, two Muslim women were escorted off of a plane by police after a cabin crew member accused them of "staring" at her.
The pair had flown from Boston to Los Angeles in the US without incident but were singled out after the JetBlue passenger plane landed, witnesses said.
Passengers said they had heard a member of cabin crew tell a coworker that she "did not appreciate" being stared at by the women, "The Sun" reported. "The flight attendant had casually relayed to a coworker that she did not appreciate being stared at - she did not
seem rattled or scared - just smug," said Sharon Kessler, who was on board the flight.
California, Mar. 8 : A commuter train derailed in Central California last night, injuring at least 14 people, authorities said.
"It was dark, wet, it was raining. It was very chaotic. This is an absolute miracle that no one was killed, no passengers or first responders," said Ray Kelly, Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt, reported abc news.
Kelly said that the crew had to fight the creek's fast-moving currents to pull riders from the partially submerged rail car.
Four people were seriously hurt, while 10 others had minor injuries, he said.
Washington D. C., Mar 8. : Sudden insights are often more accurate at solving problems than thinking them analytically, says a series of experiments conducted by a team of researchers.
John Kounios, a team member, said conscious, analytic thinking can sometimes be rushed or sloppy, leading to mistakes while solving a problem.
"Insight is unconscious and automatic - it can't be rushed," he added.
Experiments with four different types of timed puzzles showed those answers that occurred as sudden insights, also described as Aha! Moments, were more likely to be correct.
New York, March 8 : Oil prices surged on Monday as data showed oil producers cutting output amid low prices.
The US energy firms cut oil rigs for the eleventh straight week, according to the data released by oil service company Baker Hughes Friday. Analysts expected major US shale oil companies continue to slash spending, Xinhua news agency reported.
The US crude production fell to 9.077 million barrels a day by the week ended February 26, a drop of 25,000 barrels daily, according to the report published by the US Energy Information Agency recently.
Market was also boosted as Saudi Arabia and Russia announced recently that they would halt increasing production, and encourage other major producers to follow the suit.
New York: A 69-year-old Indian-origin doctor in the US has been convicted of illegally receiving benefits for referring elderly patients to a financially struggling hospital in Chicago.
Venkateswara Kuchipudi of Illinois became the fifth physician and 10th defendant overall to be convicted for taking part in the massive Medicare and Medicaid fraud scheme at the now-shuttered Sacred Heart Hospital.
He was convicted after a five-week trial on one count of conspiracy to defraud the US and nine counts of illegally soliciting or receiving benefits in return for referrals of patients covered under a federal health care programme.
Each count carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a USD 250,000 fine.
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