2010 Forum examines global marketplace

first_imgNotre Dame has a history of exploring issues of academic interest, but the University hopes this year’s annual Forum will also demonstrate its ongoing commitment to issues of interdisciplinary and global importance. The Notre Dame Forum, a signature event for the University, has returned after a year’s absence. This year, the Forum will directly address the role ethics and morals should play in the reshaping of the global economy, said Ed Conlon, associate dean at the Mendoza College of Business and chairman of the Notre Dame Forum working committee. Conlon said the University selected this year’s topic, “The Global Marketplace and the Common Good,” because it is a timely issue and as a result of Pope Benedict XVI’s 2009 encyclical, “Caritas in Veritate,” which directly addressed the Catholic Church’s view on the issues raised by business ethics in the light of the financial crisis. “Notre Dame wanted to build on the issues raised in ‘Caritas’ by having a year-long conversation about the role of the economy and business in furthering human development,” Conlon said. “Basically we want to discuss how markets and economies play into the overall development of humankind.” The format of the Forum will look a little different than in previous years. Instead of a single panel discussion, it will be a yearlong conversation in an attempt to bring a broader scope to the issues facing the global marketplace, Conlon said. The University modified the Forum’s format at the request of University President Fr. John Jenkins. This year’s Forum will feature several satellite events taking place before and after the signature event, a Nov. 3 lecture by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. “There was a sense that the Forum should not be a single event and there was a lot of discussion how Notre Dame should really dig into a topic of importance that would go beyond having a single event,” Conlon said. “The idea was to enlarge the scope of the Forum to encompass a lot of different things in relation to one topic over the course of the academic year.” Conlon said the satellite events are intended to give the students various perspectives and background on the topics that Friedman will address in his November talk. “People will leave the satellite events knowing the Catholic Church’s point of view on the topic but also knowing what theology has to say about the economy and the connections it draws to public policy,” he said. Junior Shannon Crotty, a member of the working committee, said she thinks the satellite events are beneficial because they encompass multiple areas of study on campus. “The satellite events are designed to be focused on different areas that the global economy touches,” she said. “It involves multiple different colleges and brings many different arenas together.” The satellite events have been the primary focus of the working committee, as students and faculty worked to make sure the discussions encompass a variety of issues and appeal to the students. The first event took place on Sept. 6 in conjunction with the fall Career Expo and featured companies talking about corporate social responsibility. The next event, a panel discussion titled “Morals and Markets,” will take place Sept. 21 in Washington Hall. The addition of satellite events was an attempt to achieve one of the main goals of the Forum, to better engage students in scholarly discussion. Working committee member senior Shanna Gast said she thinks adding satellite events before and after the signature discussion night rectified this problem. “In the past, the Forum has always had this buildup and has been a huge event, but then discussion was started and ended with that one event,” she said. “But these issues won’t go away through a panel that comes and goes on campus. Now, there will be an ongoing dialogue all year.” The day following the Friedman talk, there will be discussion groups between brother and sister dorms with designated student leaders to facilitate discussion about the issues Friedman raised, Gast said. While the working committee continues to develop events and bring awareness to the student body about the Forum, Conlon said University officials are excited about this year’s topic and believe the expansion in the scope of the Forum better fulfills the University’s mission. “One of the things I’ve heard from people is that this is the way it should be,” he said. “Notre Dame should be having yearlong discussions on topics of importance and this topic is not one that’s going to go away. A great university should make information like this available to the student body, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”last_img read more

Eagles Participate In 3-Way Track Meet With Shiners At SC

first_imgJCD Varsity Track traveled to Switz for a 3-way with Rising Sun.Final Results:Men: JCD 69, SC 59 , RS 28Ladies: SC 75, JCD 51, RS 32Top performers for JCD.  100 D – 2nd Adrian Peetz -11.28, 3rd Tanner Dilk 12.01; 1600 2nd Damon Hughes-5:13, 4th Nathan Laswell*5:32; 400 D 2nd Christian Comer-1:00.15, 4th Luke Comer – 1:01.2; 800R 2nd Lorenzo Bernaardini 2:39, 3rd Jared Weston 2:40, 4th Seth Polhe- 2:41; Shot 1st Schmitt -42’11 PR, 4th Dylan Parcell-37’1; Discus -2nd Schmitt 110’10, 3rd Dylan Parcell – 105’2; Long 1st Garrett Boor- 17’2, 2nd-Christian Comer-17.0.5, 4th Adrian Peetz 16’4.5; 4×800 1st, 4×100 2nd, 4×400 3rd; 100D – Lauryn Dilk 4th; 1600m Shianna Bellingham 1st 6:24, Christina Bellingham 4th-7:15; 400m Kerigan Foster 3rd-1:17; 300 H Kara Merkel 4th- 1:08; 800R Dillan Hughes 2nd-3:00, Autumn Hammond 3rd- 3:11; 200D Lauryn Dilk 4th 31.11; 3200 Shianna Bellingham 1st 13:48, Katie Minch 3rd 15:36; Shot Shaylee Volz 2nd 28’4, Elizabeth Newhart 28’3, Kelsey Sebastian 4th -27’5; Disc Shaylee Volz 2nd 81’6, Elizabeth Newhart 78’10, Kelsey Sebastian 4th 69’10; 4×800 3rd, 4×100 3rd, 4×400 2nd.Courtesy of Eagles Coach Larry Hammond.last_img read more

South Africa’s global ‘brain bank’

first_img9 January 2008Priceless human capital has left South Africa. The Homecoming Revolution and skills-hungry employers are trying to get it back. Global South Africans, a complementary initiative by the International Marketing Council of SA, is harnessing the capital where it now resides.The Global South Africans (GSA) project is being piloted in the United States. The aim is to build a worldwide network or “brain bank” of a thousand or so of the best and brightest minds in the South African diaspora and connect them to where they can make a difference back home.Membership recruited in the US since April 2007 stands at 120. The recruits might not be coming home just yet, but they are useful where they are. They have knowledge, deep Rolodexes, the respect of their peers, and the capacity to mobilise resources. Important people take their calls. They are willing to put those assets to work for a country to which they still feel strongly attached.An impressive castIt is an impressive cast. Members indude Pieter de Villiers, founder and president of Clickatell, the SMS messaging innovator; Stanley Bergman, chief executive of Fortune 500 firm Henry Scheinand Co, the largest dislributor of health care products in the US; Bain Capital principal John Tudor, who drove Bain’s acquisition of Edgars; Khayapa Molapo, vice-president of Merrill Lynch Global Markets; and Lara Logan, CBS News chief foreign correspondent.There is a strong business and finance orientation to the network, but as Logan’s inclusion suggests, GSA is casting a wider net. We have members from the entertainment industry, but would like more. A significant proportion of South Africans living in the US are in medicine and academia, and this is reflected in GSA’s membership.Professor Daniel Bradlow, for example, directs the international legal studies programme at American University in Washington. He is developing a sophisticated debt instrument that will enable South Africans abroad to invest in job-creating projects in poor communities back home.Dr Michael Levy came to Washington in the mid-1980s from Johannesburg’s Wits Medical School, interned at DC General Hospital – the local equivalent of Chris Hani Baragwanath – and then went on to found one of the best known in vitro fertilisation clinics in the US.Levy has been keen to give something back to South Africa. At one point he offered to arrange donations of used but still top of the line medical equipment to South African hospitals. His offer got lost in the bureaucracy. Now he is interested in doing some pro bono teaching in South Africa – and recruiting colleagues from his substantial database to do the same. Global South Africans will help him to make the right connections.Skills development back homeThe network is expected to make an important contribution to skills development. Members will get the chance to adopt schools, place South African students in US universities, offer internships in their companies, help graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds develop connections in the world of work, and give lectures and seminars when they are in South Africa.The network will play a significant role in promoting South African entrepreneurs and innovators, spread word of what South Africa has to offer, give strategic advice, and help find partners and finance. We see members opening doors for trade missions from the official and private sector.Some might be able to help South African exporters make fuller use of the African Growth and Opportunity Act. Others will promote investment in South Africa.The list of possible contributions is limitless, and it would be rash to dictate in advance what the network should produce. Networks are like brains, whose neurons connect in unexpected ways to produce previously unimagined insights and ideas. What is important is that South Africans know that the resource is out there, waiting to be tapped.A human interfaceWork is still being done on the interface between the network and whoever wants to access it. While the initiative will be web-enabled, it will not be web-dependent like the SA Network of Skills Abroad, a website where South Africans abroad can post their credentials and contact details on an online database. GSA, by contrast, will have human beings acting as intermediaries between the network and its customers.At present those human beings are myself and Lee Gillespie-White, an attorney formerly with Bell, Dewar and Hall. John Battersby, former editor of the Sunday Independent, will start recruiting in the United Kingdom.The diaspora has a major impact on how South Africa is perceived abroad by investors and others. The fact that successful and influential expatriates want to continue being a part of the South African story sets an important example and sends a positive signal.The more expatriates feel part of Team South Africa, the better they will play for Team South Africa.Simon Barber is the IMC’s country manager in the US. This article was first published in the Mail & Gaurdian.last_img read more

The road to zero harm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Andersons has always held employee safety as our number one priority. As a business, we exist to serve our customers — but the goal is to give them safe and excellent service. Our recent safety journey has been very fruitful, with a 50% reduction in employee injuries for each of the last three years. However, we also recognized that having a goal to reduce injuries by half might imply that some injuries are still expected or unavoidable. This is not the case, since we believe that all injuries can be prevented.Here is a summary of a few of our recent safety efforts that may be translated into actions that you can take to improve safety at your business or farm. The first step on the road to zero harm required us to take an in-depth look at our past employee injuries. We dissected the data by injury type (lacerations, fractures, etc.), injured body part (hands, eyes, etc.), years of experience on the job, time of day, etc. The following trends became very apparent:Fingers and hands represented 41% of injured body parts.Cuts/lacerations accounted for 31% of the injury types.Almost a quarter of our injuries happened when an employee was working alone.Half of all our injuries occurred with employees who had less than one year of experience.The first two hours of the morning represented the most common time period for injuries.Almost three-quarters of the injuries occurred while performing routine work.These trends represented obvious opportunities to improve, so we rolled up our sleeves and dug in deep to implement the following corrective actions.We implemented a mandatory glove policy. Any employee performing work must be wearing gloves. We also focused on providing the right glove for the job; knowing that this might require the use of multiple glove types (leather, chemical, mechanic, etc.). This effort produced immediate improvement in the number and type of hand injuries.We know that we can’t prevent employees from working alone all of the time, but we have put an increased emphasis on establishing communication measures for remote or lone workers. This includes using the buddy system (whenever possible) and checking in via phone or text message on a regular basis. High risk jobs were delayed until additional resources or help could be provided.New employee training programs were enhanced to ensure that expectations and safety practices were reinforced regularly. New employees may be afraid to ask questions, for fear of looking ignorant or incompetent. So we check-in regularly with job observations and shadowing to verify competencies. We also made sure to include a review of documented procedures and task-specific hazard analysis as part of the onboarding process.Daily toolbox talks have proven to be a very effective way to get our employees’ heads in the game, first thing in the morning. Rather than just clocking-in and wandering out to the plant, we meet as a group at the start of each shift. The prior day’s issues are shared as well as a review of the upcoming tasks for that day. We discuss high risk work and ensure that remote work communication methods are established. Not only has this improved overall communication and engagement, it has reduced the number of injuries that occur in those first few hours of the day.Routine work is often assumed to be low risk. However, our experience would indicate the opposite. Worker fatigue and repetitiveness often cause us to “zone out” and lose focus on what we are doing. This is when we tend to see the most injuries. Therefore, we have implemented job rotations and frequent breaks to help breakup the monotony and bring focus back to the task at hand.So how can this journey to zero harm be implemented at your business or farm?Identify the right types of personal protective equipment (PPE) for the work that you are doing and then make sure you wear it, every time. The most common PPE at the farm would be gloves, eye protection and hearing protection. Keep an ample supply of PPE at the point of use. Inspect and replace as needed.Establish a communication plan with your employees and/or family members. Remote work is par for the course on the farm, but that doesn’t mean you can’t check in with a quick call or text. Let your family know which fields you are planning to visit or work that day. Consider smart phone software like the Life360 app (it’s free!) to give real-time and geographically accurate information about where you are.It’s common to hire seasonal employees on the farm. However, don’t assume that experience at other farms or with other equipment will carry over to your specific operation. Take the time to review all the safety features of your equipment. Ask questions, to ensure that they understand what you are teaching them. Check in regularly and observe their work.Host your own toolbox (aka tailgate) talk at the start of each day. Make sure all the daily tasks are fully communicated and understood. Review any high risk tasks in more detail, to ensure they will be completed safely. A 10- to 15-minute conversation over coffee can go a long way to getting everyone on the same page and in the right frame of mind.Take frequent breaks. Even when the work is not physically hard, it may be mentally exhausting and that can put you at higher risk for injury. Take a short walk, do some stretches or rotate the tasks that you are working on. Any of those options will force your mind to re-engage and improve focus. The best part about these recommendations is that they cost little or no money to implement. It all boils down to recognizing the hazards of the work —and then adjusting your behaviors accordingly.I hope you have learned something from The Andersons journey down the road to zero harm. We look forward to serving you safely at our facilities. This is the first story in a series of safety related articles in cooperation with the Ohio AgriBusiness Association and its members.last_img read more

ECM: Basic Content Services

first_imgLooking for a Content Management System but don’t need all the bells and whistles or the high cost of an EMC Documentum or IBM Filenet?  Maybe what you’re looking for is what’s now being called Basic Content Services (BCS).Basic Content Services is just that — basic document management functions like check-in/check-out, versioning, search and retrieval that are sold at relatively cheap commodity prices.  This is a market that Microsoft is targeting with their SharePoint 2007 product and Salesforce is going after with their Apex Content.  The cost of entry for a full-blown ECM system can be high.  BCS offers a much lower entry point that can fit into many more company budgets.For many users, these basic capabilities are good enough for their needs.  Because of their simplicity, BCS applications have streamlined user interfaces that are easy to navigate and interact with, and hence require little or no end user training.  BSC is a perfect candidate for an SaaS deployment.It sounds good, but is BCS right for you?  That depends.  If you’re considering Content Management to assist with capabilities like Records Management, BCS might not be the answer.  For example, BCS generally can not deal with the requirements of assigning the appropriate metadata needed to track document lifecycles and managing document disposition.  BCS systems also tend to lack or be weak in handling indexing, classification and long-term archival.BCS can act as a good front end for managing active current documents but providing a way to identify certain documents that are better managed within a more robust, but more complex, ECM solution.  Possibly only a limited number of documents maintained in the BCS are true company records that need to be managed under the tight control of a complete ECM system.  These documents can be identified and offloaded into the ECM.  That’s the thinking behind such products as the EMC SharePoint Backup Server.So BCS isn’t a cure all, especially when it comes to managing regulatory compliance.  But it is generations ahead of ad hoc file management schemes now used by many companies.  BCS can move files and documents that are scattered across people’s desktops and multiple file servers into a central easily-searchable repository that enables easy access and better control.last_img read more

Philippines claims gold, silver in men’s triathlon

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Ravena lauds Standhardinger’s efforts in Gilas cadets’ opener win LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH bags 2nd Gold as triathletes Nikko Huelgas (right) and John Chicano (left finish at 1-2 at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. – marianne bermudezKUALA LUMPUR — Nikko Huelgas and John Chicano dominated the men’s triathlon here in the Southeast Asian Games Monday as the Philippines picked up its second gold of at Putrajaya Water Sports Complex here.READ: PH bets also snatch gold, silver in women’s triathlonADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Huelgas, who along with Chicano has been training around the region for the last two months, clocked one hour, 59 minutes and 30 seconds to win his second straight SEA Games gold medal.READ: Favorites to win, PH triathletes reminded not to be complacentFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChicaco checked in four minutes later to make it a 1-2 finish for the Filipinos. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games View comments SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

a month agoReal Madrid boss Zidane hails goalscorers Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid boss Zidane hails goalscorers Vinicius Junior and Rodrygoby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was delighted with their Brazilians for the 2-0 win over Osasuna.Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo stole the show with their goals and Zidane praised the Brazilian pair.”I”m happy for them,” he explained.”Sometimes we forget that they’re both teenagers and we saw the emotion of scoring at the [Estadio Santiago] Bernabeu.”I liked Rodrygo’s control, and scoring here for Vinicius was very important so he’s very happy.”Madrid were tight and compact defensively, finally keeping a clean sheet, which pleased the coach.”It’s what we’ve been looking for,” Zidane admitted.”I think we’re better and we’ll try to continue this way.”When we don’t have the ball, everyone is worried about recovering it and then with the ball we know the quality we have.” last_img read more

Consumers Urged to Beware of Cybercrime

first_img “Ransomware is where software is installed on the user’s computer and it will encrypt all the critical data on the user’s device and prevent them from accessing their own data. Following that, the user is contacted and told they will have to pay a ransom fee to regain access to their device,” he explained. The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is advising individuals and businesses to exercise due diligence to reduce the likelihood of being affected by cybercrime. Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, CAC, Information Technology Manager, Andrew Evelyn, explained that ransomware is one element of cybercrime that impacts local consumers. Story Highlights The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is advising individuals and businesses to exercise due diligence to reduce the likelihood of being affected by cybercrime.Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, CAC, Information Technology Manager, Andrew Evelyn, explained that ransomware is one element of cybercrime that impacts local consumers.“Ransomware is where software is installed on the user’s computer and it will encrypt all the critical data on the user’s device and prevent them from accessing their own data. Following that, the user is contacted and told they will have to pay a ransom fee to regain access to their device,” he explained.The issue of fraud support was also highlighted as a cybercrime that has affected local consumers.“Fraud support is where you go on a site and you get a pop-up alerting you that your computer needs immediate attention and that you can access free online support by calling a number or sharing your contact. This is an attempt to install ransomware or malware on your device and gain control over your device,” he disclosed.Mr Evelyn recommended that users contact a local information technology specialist if they encounter incidents of fraud support while using their device.“We also advise consumers to back up their data in a cloud or a third-party device such as USB, memory device or external hard drive because it is very critical to not have all your data in one place,” he added.Mr Evelyn indicated that there were eight reports of ransomware to the Jamaica Constabulary Force between 2015 and 2017.last_img read more

For Ohio State mens club rugby brotherhood leads to success

OSU fullback Ronan Forrestal during a game against Wisconsin on Oct. 24. Credit: Courtesy of GJ HildebrandtFor the second year in a row, the Ohio State men’s club rugby team is preparing to play in the Big Ten Universities Rugby Conference Championships on Saturday.A tight race for the top two spots in the conference came to a close Saturday when the Buckeyes narrowly defeated Michigan 35-31 to solidify their opportunity to play for the conference title.Senior flanker and co-president of the rugby club Jake Berlin said the final minutes of the game against Michigan were a culmination of the squad’s season.“In the final seconds, your position on the field didn’t matter; it was all about grabbing the man next to you and doing whatever you could to crush that seed of doubt and prevent Michigan from crossing that line,” Berlin said. “Everything we worked toward came together in those final seconds.”Last season, the Buckeyes fell short in the championship game against Wisconsin, but this year the team feels stronger and better prepared after instituting a tougher practice schedule and 6 a.m. workouts three days a week.“Last year, I’d say we wanted to have the focus of being out here and being competitive, but it wasn’t there. This year it’s incredible,” sophomore lock and co-president Nathan Grose said. “Doing that stuff just brought everyone together, you show up at 6 a.m. and yeah it sucks, but it sucks with everyone else. We know we’re all getting better.”Berlin said he’s seen the work ethic of the program grow over time.“I can say right now the team is probably closer than it’s ever been in my four years, there’s kind of this old rugby culture that was around before I came in. It was a lot about more fun than actually working hard,” Berlin said. “I think myself and the captains have kind of gotten rid of that and started a culture that’s ‘work hard, play hard.’”Coach Ron Bowers, who played rugby at OSU from 1987-1991, said he is impressed with how the level of collegiate rugby has risen both since his playing days and over the last few years.“There are bigger, faster, stronger athletes,” Bowers said. “In Ohio now, there’s a lot more high school rugby, so they’re coming to us with three or four years of experience already, which makes a huge difference.”Despite the rise of high school rugby, many of those athletes got their starts playing football in high school, including senior 8-man/flanker and captain Santino Cua.“In high school I kind of wanted to play collegiate football and thought rugby would be a good way to hone in my skills. But I fell in love with the sport and chose to play it over collegiate football,” Cua said.While rugby is growing — plans for the first professional league in North America were announced Monday — it remains a relatively unknown sport in the U.S. However, Grose said those who start with it usually stick with it.“In high school, you see guys quit football to play rugby, but nobody ever quit rugby to play another sport,” Grose said. “I decided to try it out here, and I fell in love with it, fell in love with the team and it’s been awesome.”Cua said the team’s camaraderie and passion for the sport and team were the keys against Michigan and will be the keys moving forward.“The win over Michigan only happened because we had 15 guys who refused to let their brothers down. The bond amongst our players proved stronger than Michigan on Saturday,” Cua said. “It is one of those intangible characteristics that define a championship team, which is exactly what we plan to be come Saturday afternoon.”The Buckeyes are set to take on the Indiana Hoosiers for the Big Ten Universities Rugby Conference Championships on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Rockford, Illinois. read more

Simeone on Arsenal They are a very strong rival

first_imgAtletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has acknowledged that they face a very difficult encounter against Arsenal for the semi-finals of the Europa LeagueThe two sides have been heavily fancied as the favourites for the tournament and have been been drawn to face each other to determine a place in the final at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais on 16 May with Arsenal set to host Atletico for the first leg at the Emirates.Unlike the Gunners, however, Simeone’s side are assured of Champions League football for next season with Atletico currently in second place in La Liga and four points ahead of Real Madrid with just six games remaining.But Simeone is refusing to get carried away and believes that going up against a coach of the calibre of Arsene Wenger with quality squad in Arsenal promises to be a difficult challenge.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“With their history they are a very strong rival, they have a very important coach who is very capable with plenty of experience and quality footballers,” said the Argentine, according to Marca.“We will use the squad as always. With it being near the end of the season, the footballers have more desire and we will go out trying to give the best for the team and thinking in winning.“This is the season where I am learning most about being a coach and improving.”Atletico delivered a 3-0 win over Levante on Sunday to maintain their four point lead over local rivals Real in second place in league standings.last_img read more