God and Walmart

first_imgWhat has made Walmart the world’s largest corporation? According to scholar Bethany Moreton, the reason largely is a strong religious base.“If you want to reach the Christian population on Sunday, you do it from the church pulpit,” said Moreton, quoting the executive director of the Christian Coalition from 1995. “But if you want to reach them on Saturday, you do it at Walmart.”Moreton, author of “To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise” (Harvard University Press, 2009), was on campus Tuesday (Nov. 17) to explore the ideological foundation behind the company’s corporate ethos, one that she said has successfully fueled the megacorporation’s bottom line.She appeared at Harvard Divinity School as part of its Business Across Religious Traditions colloquium series.The connection, she said, is largely the product of Walmart founder Sam Walton, who started the discount retail chain in Arkansas in 1962, and gradually tapped into the strong fundamentalist Christian culture across the Sun Belt.Moreton, assistant professor of history and women’s studies at the University of Georgia, said Walton worked into the company’s corporate structure the notion of “service leadership” that ties worker roles into the concept that “Christ was a servant leader,” and emphasizes the importance in Christian tradition of serving others.With this vision, said Moreton, men at the company “earned their power through their superior ability to serve,” while women had “an enthusiastic audience for labor that was formally considered unskilled.”Even an ongoing sex-discrimination case against Walmart illustrated the strong religious connection many of its employees associate with the company. Many of the plaintiffs in Dukes v. Walmart Stores Inc., a class-action discrimination suit filed in 2000 that alleged that the firm offered women fewer promotions and lower pay than men, admitted to an initial strong attraction to Walmart’s “values.”According to Moreton, citing a story on the suit that appeared in The Nation, the plaintiffs’ “original enthusiasm for their jobs had much to do with Walmart’s reputation as a pro-family, Christian company.”Another critical element of Walmart’s success, she said, was Walmart’s savvy ability to connect into the underlying social structure of Christian families.In the 1980s, during regular business meetings with Walmart managers and their spouses, Walmart’s director of family living spoke on the changed relationships between husbands and wives, which were, Moreton noted, “fundamental to the company’s business model.”Meeting attendees were told, “Men should start expressing their appreciation to their overburdened wives. After all, hadn’t they been motivated this very weekend by Sam Walton’s thanks for their own hard work at Walmart? Did they in turn show that appreciation to their wives? Did they show it to the women working in the stores?”The message, Moreton said, picked up on the notion of the Christian model of “headship” and submission in Christian marriage with a similar one developing in secular management texts. It then married them “within a service workplace.”last_img read more

“It’s now Golden Opportunity for Assam’s shuttlers”: Krishna Hazarika

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Former international shuttler from Assam Krishna Hazarika feels 90’s was the ‘Golden Period’ for Assam Badminton. During an interaction she also feels that present time is the ‘Golden Opportunity’ for Assam shuttlers and they should take advantage of it. Here is the excerpt. Q. Why did you give first preference to badminton instead of other games? Krishna: It’s decision perhaps surprised many. My cousins Madalasa Hazarika, Gautam Hazarika, Ghritachi or Mitali or Latu were all in Table Tennis and were already a National name when I decided to take up Badminton. In fact my father too thought that I would play Table Tennis. But when I used to visit the stadium with him I was more attracted to the green courts and the shuttle. Finally I decided to become a shuttler. Q. Share your playing experience in national circuit. Krishna: I was comfortable with all the opponents except Manjusha Kanwar. Her game never suited mine. The match that got me into the senior league was against Seema Bhandari. She was ranked India no 1 in seniors at that point of time and I was a wild card entry. The tournament was in Bareilly. No one had beaten Seema Bhandari till then. I reached the finals beating Nancy, Lakshmi and a host of top ranked players. None expected me to win against Seema Bhandari. She was extremely fast and lots of energy. But from the word go I just had it and defeated her in straight games. The performance helped me to get selected for India for the first time and it was in the World Juniors in Jakarta, Indonesia. Only I and Gopichand were selected for the tournament. Unfortunately Gopi couldn’t go due to an injury whereas I flew alone to Indonesia. Q. Your comment on the current scenario of badminton in Assam. Krishna: I always say the 90’s was the ‘Golden Period’ for Assam Badminton when Assam had a host of International players, There were national champions and highly ranked national players wherever you looked at. Present times are the ‘Golden Opportunity’ for Assam Badminton because now the entire Indian Badminton circuit is managed by Assam. If our players are not able to perform and take advantage from the authority of the State Badminton then I will really think it’s a pity, a great loss of the opportunity. Q.You watched closely the stalwarts of Assam badminton like Dipankar, Madhurya,Susanta, Mallika…How would you rate them? Krishna: Mallika ba was a very good doubles player whereas the 3 men were really awesome. You cannot like one more than the other. All 3 had very distinct awesome qualities as Badminton player, Dipankar, a very hard worker, hard hitter, lots of energy and punch; Sushantada, extremely deceptive. His matches are unique, and the strokes were amazing. On the other hand Madhurjyada was very natural on the court with beautiful strokes. Q. Asmita Chaliha is now the new badminton sensation from the State. What is your expectation from her? Krishna: I saw Ashmita play against PV Sindhu during the National championship in Guwahati; of course Ashmita has the steam in her. But I should say that we need to produce a base of good players so that a pyramid can be formed with many Assam players at the top Indian rung. It will help the state to become a dominant force in national badminton. Also watch: The Mores: Let’s Talk Lifestyle & Fashionlast_img read more

Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton wins Styrian Grand Prix

first_imgThe Ferraris retired early after colliding with each other on lap one. RelatedPosts Hamilton led from pole position, headed only at the pit-stops, as team-mate Valtteri Bottas overtook Red Bull’s Max Verstappen late on for second. Source: BBC Sports ‘We want to play in big competitions’ – Jordan Ayew targets European spot with Crystal Palace It was another dark day for the Italian team, after an uncompetitive showing in qualifying, as Charles Leclerc apologised for a rash move on the first lap that took out both cars.Another anti-racism protestHamilton led the majority of drivers in taking the knee ahead of the race – and then raised his fist in a black-power salute twice after the race, as he stood on the front of his car with his helmet still on, and again on the podium.The drivers’ pre-race anti-racism protest was not as well coordinated as it had been at the same track for the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix last weekend, but the message was clear.A handful of drivers were not present for the moment ahead of the playing of the Styrian regional anthem, but all who were wore “end racism” T-shirts other than Hamilton’s, whose said “Black Lives Matter”.Of those who were there, only Charles Leclerc, Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen and Daniil Kvyat chose not to kneel.Hamilton celebrated his first win of the season by raising his fist on the podium, reminiscent of the 1968 Olympics when two African American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised a black-gloved fist during the US national anthemNo problems for Hamilton on trackHamilton, who has pledged to continue the fight against racism this year in parallel with his quest for a record-equalling seventh world title, was in total control of the race from the start.He converted his pole position into a lead at the first corner, survived an early safety car period following a collision between the two Ferrari drivers, and never looked back.The fight was all behind him, as Mercedes sought to get Bottas ahead of Verstappen.The Finn had qualified fourth in the rain, 1.4secs slower than Hamilton, passed McLaren’s Carlos Sainz by lap six, but was not able to make much progress towards the Red Bull.When Red Bull made Verstappen’s pit stop for fresh tyres on lap 24, Hamilton was brought in three laps later, while Bottas was left out 10 laps longer than the Dutchman.The aim was to give him a tyre off-set and greater pace at the end of the race.And it worked. Bottas crept up on Verstappen and was with him with five laps to go.Bottas looked to have the move down on the straight towards Turn Four on lap 66, but Verstappen fought back around the outside of the corner and held on to the place.But his valiant defence lasted only another lap before Bottas was able to storm past to complete a Mercedes one-two.He retains the championship lead over Hamilton, but it is now down to eight points.The Ferraris collide during the first-lap meleeCalamity for FerrariFerrari had worked flat out to bring upgrades to their car ahead of this race, after showing a dismal pace the week before.But they did not have the effect they had hoped and the cars could qualify only 10th and 11th. Leclerc started a further three places back after a three-place grid penalty for blocking in qualifying.But things got much worse in the race. Leclerc made an over-ambitious move up the inside of Turn Three on the first lap as Vettel was hemmed in on the outside and the two cars collided.Vettel’s rear wing was torn off and Leclerc suffered floor damage and both had to retire.Sergio Perez was passed by Lando Norris at the end of the Grand PrixFlying Racing PointsSergio Perez in particular and Racing Point, in general, did not have a good day in the wet in qualifying, with the Mexican down in 17th on the grid, but the so-called ‘Pink Mercedes’ was soon making up ground.The likes of McLaren and Renault said before the race that they were concerned about the Racing Point’s pace, and their worries were well-founded.Perez picked off driver after driver in a car that has drawn criticisms because of its likeness to last year’s Mercedes – which Racing Point admit they have copied – until he was up into the top six after the pit stops.He passed Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault on lap 48, with just over 20 to go, and set off after Alexander Albon.Perez was soon with Albon, but while the Anglo-Thai had been having an unremarkable race in the second Red Bull, he picked up his pace and was able to hold Perez back.The Mexican finally made a bid for the position with two laps to go but came to grief as he tried to pass at Turn Four in a mirror of the collision between Hamilton and Albon at the same point last week.Perez was alongside Albon, on the inside, but the Red Bull driver tried to hang on around the outside of the turn and tagged Perez’s front wing on the exit.Perez limped around the remaining two laps but was passed by McLaren’s Lando Norris for fifth at the final two corners of the last lap.Their scrap was part of a hectic midfield battle in the closing laps, as Norris took advantage of Perez’s team-mate Lance Stroll racing with Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo for seventh and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz, who qualified a brilliant third, faded in the race to finish ninth.The driver of the daySuperb as Hamilton was, let’s give it to Perez for his clinical drive up from the back of the grid, which included a superb overtaking move around the outside of the fast Turn Six on Ricciardo. A shame it came to grief in the collision with AlbonWhat happens next?The races are coming thick and fast in this coronavirus-interrupted season, and another follows this coming weekend, the Hungarian Grand Prix.What they saidLewis Hamilton: “Firstly big thank you to my team. What a weird year but great to be back driving with this kind of performance. The team did a fantastic job, it was just for me to bring it home. I tried to get the fastest lap but not going to get it with 40-lap-old mediums compared to someone with fresh tyres.”Valtteri Bottas: “It was a good battle with him [Max Verstappen]. I had a bit more space at the end than him. Racing so close is always good fun. It could’ve been more satisfying and I could’ve been more satisfied but I’m looking forward to next week.”Max Verstappen: “I tried to push for victory but we are just a bit too slow. I pushed as hard as I could. I tried to make it difficult for Valtteri to pass me, even though I knew he was going to get me the next lap. It was fun because the rest of the race was a bit boring.”Drivers took the knee or stood once again before the racecenter_img Ivory Coast FA elections: Asamoah Gyan backs Didier Drogba Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton cruised to a comfortable victory in the Styrian Grand Prix.The world champion’s first victory of the year was founded on a stupendous performance in wet qualifying, in which he took pole by more than 1.2 seconds. ‘I’m happy at Crystal Palace’ – Jordan Ayew says amid transfer speculation Tags: Lewis HamiltonSytrian Grand Prixlast_img read more