An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Faith & Politics, Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Donald Trump, Posted Jan 12, 2018 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET January 13, 2018 at 12:39 pm There is so much fear at the base of xenophobia; fear of what inclusion will cost ME, fear of how accepting the Other will change ME, fear of having to interact with someone different from ME.. And the common denominator here of course is “ME AND MY THREATENED NORMAL” at the center of it all. Christians, in baptism, are asked to move their center from Self to Christ – to allow our body to be his body and his body to be our body. And then the whole world becomes our body also and there is no Outsider. Thank you for this, Bishops. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Carolyn Metzler says: Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Featured Events January 20, 2018 at 7:58 pm Reality Check-in–Govt Shutdown=Blame Game…If this were a “vote” on assistance for Israel there would be 99% support–No question/debate… but simply/basically we American citizenry have a Corrupt Congress…and now as scripture “reminds” us “what one sows one will reap” and thus we have cultivated/supported govt of hypocrisy–how capitalism is the generating force and now we have that in Trump–forget about any clergical/spiritual base/inspiration as our clergy has been intimidated throughout these years–certainly not speaking from the pulpits, rather following Reagan’s mantra, “Might Makes Right” targeting the weak voiceless/vulnerable vis-a-vis Israel military forces occupation in Palestine where women & minor children are imprisoned along with thousands of other Palestinian resisters to this illegal occupation; and UNRWA is denied providing survival support to Gaza! Zionism has proven its 70-year dominance over U.S. policy providing $Billions to Israel at American taxpayers burden/expense. Yes, we are increasingly experiencing where the weak/vulnerable in U.S. are the bargaining chips notably in DACA, CHIP, homeless, veterans … where is the voice and compassionate action from our Clergy/Bishops?? Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Comments (4) Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Hopkinsville, KY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Bath, NC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Knoxville, TN Featured Jobs & Calls Refugees Migration & Resettlement, Temporary Protected Status Erna Lund says: January 18, 2018 at 11:14 am I’ve read three articles about Bishops from sanctuary states/cities being triggered or outraged at the US finally taking a stand on immigration. The Bishop states, “The U.S. government, in an act of mercy and compassion, has in recent years has granted temporary asylum to refugees from some countries.” Temporary means short term. The Bishop then follows up with, “After many years of being here legally and building lives for their families, nearly 200,000 across the country face either deportation or a grueling bureaucratic task applying for a green card. In either case they face an uncertain future.”What is wrong with requiring temporary status immigrants to follow our immigrations laws and apply for green cards? Why do American citizens have to take a back seat to migrants? Once again we are accused of being un-Christian if we don’t agree. Its not xenophobia, Its the law! Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Bill Louis says: [Episcopal Diocese of Maryland] We’re told more than 65 million people around the globe are on the move. They’ve left their homelands due mainly to war, famine, and natural disaster.Just last week many Christians celebrated the feast of the Epiphany. It’s the biblical story of three wise men making a trek, following a star, to witness the newborn Savior. They’d been enlisted by a frightened King Herod to bring back information on where this child was.But they didn’t.Instead, they went home by a different road. Thus began the effort to kill all the young children in Bethlehem to get rid of a possible threat to the existing powers. We call it the feast of the Holy Innocents.Jesus survived because his parents left their country for safety and protection in Egypt. They became refugees fleeing for their lives.Refugees are still fleeing for their lives today. The U.S. government, in an act of mercy and compassion, has in recent years has granted temporary asylum to refugees from some countries. El Salvador has experienced war and earthquakes in the past nearly 40 years. Many of their refugees were granted “temporary protective status” (TPS).That’s now being threatened. After many years of being here legally and building lives for their families, nearly 200,000 across the country face either deportation or a grueling bureaucratic task applying for a green card. In either case they face an uncertain future. The U.S. government has been extending their legal status as residents here for 17 years; now it wants to get rid of them. One of the largest populations of Salvadorans is in Maryland and Virginia.In 2010 the bishops of the Diocese of Maryland penned a pastoral letter called “Welcoming the Stranger.” It’s a thorough examination of our religious conviction as informed by our Holy Scriptures and the life of Jesus that should direct followers in how to treat refugees.That work has been consulted by many religious leaders as well as the bishops of The Episcopal Church. It also offers wisdom to legislators considering immigration reform.Our core beliefs are that all people are created in God’s image, and the teachings of Holy Scripture should shape the way we welcome people who may come into our lives. We are all children of God. We are all seeking basic needs of food, shelter, clothing, safety and security.In the Bible, God is described as the one “who loves strangers, providing them food and clothing…you shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 10:18-19)Jesus, in keeping with the teachings of the prophets, spent a lot of time preaching and showing people how to treat people who are in need of help. He called blessed those who are poor in spirit, who are meek, who hunger and thirst after righteousness, and says they shall see God. (Matthew 5:1-11)Later on in the same gospel Jesus says, “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” (Matthew 25:35-36)He clearly had a special love for those who were displaced.And when asked what was the most important commandment, Jesus said, “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31)It’s in that tradition and strong admonition that we who follow Jesus are compelled to welcome the strangers among us. TPS refugees have been residing here legally, but we are reminded by the Bible that all refugees, no matter their status, deserve compassion and respect. No human being is “illegal.” There are only children of God with whom we are connected by God our Creator.It seems ironic that the country with most TPS designees is named El Salvador, “The Savior.”That country now has the highest per capita murder rate in the world for a country not at war. And yet our elected officials are considering returning these refugees—many of whom own homes and businesses, pay taxes, and have lived here most of their lives—to a country where they have nothing and will be at risk.Such an action is not only un-Christian, it is immoral and downright mean. It goes against the clear teaching of Scripture. It isn’t in the spirit of basic human decency. And it’s certainly not in the spirit of a nation of people who have come from every corner of the globe.We urge everyone to advocate through the Episcopal Public Policy Network or Episcopal Migration Ministries to stop this threatened action. We pray that our displaced sisters and brothers will continue to live their productive lives under our protection, without fear, and with dignity and respect.Faithfully yours,The Right Rev. Eugene Taylor SuttonBishop of MarylandThe Right Rev. Chilton R. KnudsenAssistant bishop of Maryland Press Release Service Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit a Press Release Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Tags Rector Albany, NY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Richard McFarland says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Displaced people…a 2,000 year-old story: message from the Diocese of Maryland bishops Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit an Event Listing Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Shreveport, LA January 12, 2018 at 7:13 pm Amen! 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January 27, 2017 at 12:06 pm TAGSMarch for Life Previous articleHigh risk for Florida doctors who order medical marijuanaNext articleSolar Bears game decided in shootout Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Pence to make historic appearance as the first Vice President to address the March for LifeThe March for Life organizers have announced that Vice President Mike Pence will be the first Vice President or President in history to speak at the 2017 March for Life, the world’s largest annual pro-life demonstration, in Washington, DC.Pence is expected to join other prominent pro-life figures, including top-ranking White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson, former Planned Parenthood Director and founder of ‘And Then There Were None’ Abby Johnson, Mexican Telenovela star Karyme Lozano, author and radio host Eric Metaxas, and Bishop Vincent Matthews of the Church of God in Christ, who advocates for adoption in the African-American community, at the March for Life rally on the National Mall.“We are very pleased to welcome Vice President Mike Pence to speak at this year’s March for Life. His appearance marks a historic moment for the pro-life movement as Vice President Pence will be the first Vice President or President to speak at the March for Life,” said Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life.“Vice President Pence has been a friend and champion of the pro-life cause his entire career. Pro-life leaders, activists, volunteers and marchers will be thrilled to hear from Vice President Pence and are bound to leave the March for Life even more energized than when they came,” Mancini noted. “Our theme this year is the “Power of One,” highlighting how every individual has the ability to make a difference in the cause of life. As a former Member of Congress, Governor and now Vice President, Mr. Pence has demonstrated throughout his entire career how one person can, indeed, make a difference in the ultimate human right — the right to life.”Tens of thousands of Americans are expected to travel to DC for the 44th annual March for Life. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Mama Mia You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here January 27, 2017 at 11:27 am UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Reply Check out the Doomsday Clock info on google search bar…..or “fake news” if that is what you choose to believe……. Use this link to learn more. 2 COMMENTS Reply Mama Mia Please enter your comment! If Vice President Mike Pence, along with the rest of the Trump administration, who proclaim to be so pro-life, then why do they plan to promote and increase the build up of nuclear arsenals? How can that be considered pro-life? The count down clock is ticking……….. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply
Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter I think Vero Beach is in Brevard County, and on tv today, the governor announced there would be 22 Publix giving the shots there in Brevard. Orange County Publix aren’t giving them yet. If Vero isn’t in Brevard County, it isn’t too far from there. I have been to Vero Beach in the past. Good luck getting your appointment and vaccine. I am not sure about trying to get one or not, the more I read about them. I never was afraid of other vaccines, and as a diabetic, I am used to lots of needles and shots, just don’t want any horrid unexpected side effects. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Reply The Anatomy of Fear 2 COMMENTS Catherine Schofield TAGSBusinessCOVID-19Governor Ron DeSantishealthPublixPublix Super Markets Inc.Vaccinations Previous articleFederal financial aid for college will be easier to apply for – and a bit more generousNext articleCity of Apopka ranks in top 15% for 2020’s safest small city in Florida Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here January 19, 2021 at 6:45 pm Why is it always on northern Florida!!! When is it coming to Vero beach!!! Please enter your comment! TENITA REID January 15, 2021 at 6:01 pm By John Haughey of The Center SquarePharmacies in 105 Publix grocery stores across Florida each will offer between 100 and 125 COVID-19 vaccine inoculations a day as part of the state’s ramped-up vaccine distribution plan.Gov. Ron DeSantis announced during news conferences this week 56 more Publix stores had joined the effort. Appointments for those age 65 or older, the only members of the general public who can receive the vaccines, can be made at the 105 stores at www.publix.com/covid-vaccine.“Our goal would be, let’s do it everywhere,” DeSantis said. “They have 750 stores, so if we did it everywhere, you could do the math, that’s hundreds of thousands of doses just to Publix. They run out in four/five days on that clip that they’re doing. We told them, use it, get it done, and then we’ll fight to get more.”Publix began offering vaccines last week, with 22 stores in Citrus, Hernando, and Marion counties and in five Panhandle counties without the medical infrastructure in cities such as Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa, and Miami.“We looked at counties that were maybe a little bit more medium size, that have a lot of elderly people as a percentage,” DeSantis said. “We saw a gap there that we could really get the shots up right now.”According to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), 650,000 people have been inoculated in Florida. The state is ramping up vaccinations this month, surpassing 60,000 doses several days last week.DeSantis said another 250,000 doses will be distributed by week’s end, noting Publix has stepped up in an effort to get “shots into arms.”“The appointments go very quickly, so just be forewarned about that,” DeSantis said. “But once they’re out of appointments, that’s just out of appointments for whatever shipment they’re getting. They’re going to be opening them up to do more in the future, so hang in there.”Of the 650,000 people inoculated in Florida, the FDOH said 400,000 are seniors. DeSantis, by executive order, opened vaccine eligibility to those age 65 and older, varying from federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that placed essential workers in line before general public seniors.Updated U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) guidance now calls for prioritizing those age 65 and older, essentially validating DeSantis’ emphasis.“We’ve led the way, 65-plus is where we need to focus,” he said. “We didn’t follow (CDC guidance) because it would have allowed a 20-year-old healthy worker to get a vaccine before a 74-year-old grandmother or grandparent. That does not recognize how this virus has affected elderly people.”DeSantis called allegations of rampant “vaccine tourists” in Florida “overblown.”The Washington Post and New York Post reported New Jersey developers, brothers David and Bill Mack, used a nursing home connection to get themselves and fellow Palm Beach country club members vaccinated, and TV personality Yanina Latorre disclosed online her 80-year-old mother got vaccinated in Miami-Dade County while visiting from Argentina.DeSantis said Wednesday the vast majority of alleged “vaccine tourists” are seasonal residents, or “snowbirds,” and he’s “totally fine” with them being vaccinated.“It’s not like they’re just vacationing for two weeks,” he said. “They have relationships with doctors, get medical care, in Florida. So that’s a little bit different than somebody just doing tourism.”Four percent of the 650,000 people inoculated in Florida listed an out-of-state residence, FDOH said.Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, Florida’s only statewide elected Democrat and possible 2022 gubernatorial challenger, is among the critics pointing to reports of “vaccine tourists.”“This is a major issue,” she said. “We are seeing lines all across the state of Florida. I’ve talked to seniors who’ve waited hours upon hours.” Reply Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Photo by mpi04/MediaPunch / AP
NewsLocal NewsWoman and kids safe following gun attackBy admin – December 19, 2008 625 Facebook Previous articleNew life heralded for old city landmarksNext articleRe-engineering Christmas for life admin Advertisement Print Email WhatsApp GARDAI are investigating an incident in which a woman and three small children have escaped unhurt from a gun attack on a house early this morning.It is understood at least 12 shots were fired on the house in St Munchin’s Street in St Mary’s Park at around 5am.The occupants have been moved to other accommodation while a forensic examination is being carried out at the scene. Linkedin Twitter
The Shifting Sentiments in Housing Home / Daily Dose / The Shifting Sentiments in Housing The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe About Author: Radhika Ojha Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: The Broad Impacts of Falling Home Prices Next: The “Meaningful Attorney Involvement” Standard Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago January 10, 2019 1,174 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Home Home Prices Homebuyers Homeowners HOUSING Natural Distasters Renters Sales Trulia The dynamics of the housing market, which had grown over the past few years fueled by high demand, limited inventory, and low mortgage rates, shifted gears by the end of 2018, according to a study by Trulia that looked at how last year shaped the 2019 outlook of homebuyers, sellers, and renters.The study, which surveyed more than 2,000 adults across the U.S. revealed that while Americans still dream of owning a home, the dream was getting more distant for younger adults who made up the biggest chunk of first-time buyers. Home sellers were also less optimistic as home price appreciation slows.Despite the spate of natural disasters in 2017 and last year, the study found that the fear of wildfires, hurricanes, tornados, and floods aren’t deterring homebuyers. In fact, 52 percent of those surveyed said that they are no more or less concerned than in past years about the potential threat of natural disasters affecting their home.What they are less optimistic about, however, is the overall housing market, the study found. Even though they intend to buy a home regardless of the current housing market trends, 19 percent of those surveyed said they would do so only next year, up from 16 percent a year ago. However, a majority (60 percent) said they planned to wait until after 2020 to buy a home.Among home sellers, 29 percent said they believed 2019 would be a better year to sell than 2018, compared to 21 percent who said next year would be worse than 2018. However, last year American home sellers were much more bullish on selling, the study revealed, with 31 percent saying this year would be better than last.As to what would be a key factor to hold back homebuyers this year, the study listed money as a key challenge for would-be homeowners. Nearly all (92 percent) of the U.S. renters surveyed said that while they wished to buy, they perceived barriers in homeownership related to personal finances.Click here to read the full study. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Home Home Prices Homebuyers Homeowners HOUSING Natural Distasters Renters Sales Trulia 2019-01-10 Radhika Ojha Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago
8-year-old applauded for asking to report on aviation pioneer Bessie Coleman instead of Amelia Earhart
iStock(NEW YORK) — When 8-year-old Noa Lewis was assigned a school project on Amelia Earhart, she flipped the script and asked instead to report on Bessie Coleman, who was the first female African American and Native American pilot.Noa and her second-grade class were given the assignment to create and be a part of a “wax museum,” with each student embodying their assigned historical figure. Noa had originally been assigned Amelia Earhart, the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.“Noa knew about Amelia Earhart but she told her teacher she wanted another figure but couldn’t remember the name,” Moniqua Lewis, Noa’s mother, told Good Morning America.Lewis was picking up her daughter from school when Noa told her mom about the project and about how she wanted to report on a person who was once featured in her favorite Disney show, –Doc McStuffins. Lewis was naming names, trying to help her daughter remember who it was.It turns out it was Bessie Coleman, or “Queen Bessie,” as Noa refers to her. Coleman was the first female African American and Native American to hold a pilot’s license.Lewis saw how passionate Noa was about Bessie Coleman, so as Noa’s teacher was exiting the school, she asked her if her daughter could instead report on Coleman.“My job is to support my child,” Lewis said. Luckily, Noa’s teacher agreed.Noa dove right into researching Coleman, gathering books from the library and articles from the internet, but a lot of books were “too hard” for the 8-year-old to read, Lewis told Good Morning America.So Noa and her mother reached out to the National Aviation Hall of Fame and National Women’s Hall of Fame to find out some additional information about Coleman to complete her project.The National Aviation Hall of Fame and National Women’s Hall of Fame responded to Lewis, giving Noa articles that matched her second-grade reading level, and Noa excitedly absorbed all the information she could about “Queen Bessie.”As part of the project, Noa had to dress up as Bessie Coleman to be part of the “wax museum.”So Noa donned a white dress blouse topped with a green trench jacket, along with brown casual dress trousers and high-top black boots.“My best friends were Georgia O’keeffe and Nancy Reagan,” Noa told Good Morning America, doing her very best Coleman impression.For all of Noa’s hard work and willingness to report on Coleman, the National Aviation Hall of Fame Museum decided to fly Noa and her family to the museum in Dayton, Ohio. There she got the privilege to meet a relative of her hero.Bessie Coleman’s great-niece, Gigi Coleman, greeted her when she arrived and awarded Noa a medallion for her outstanding project.Gigi Coleman has a one-woman show dedicated to portraying the legacy of her Great-Aunt Bessie Coleman. She also runs a 501(c)3 program, The Bessie Coleman Aviation All-Stars, to encourage disadvantaged youth to learn about career opportunities in the field of aviation.After meeting Coleman and learning even more about her hero, Noa also got to have a private closed tour of the facility.“I was so happy when Gigi Coleman put the medal around my neck,” Noa said. She says she was even more excited when Coleman called her “Little Bessie.”As a token of appreciation, Noa drew a portrait of Bessie Coleman and gifted it to Gigi Coleman.After all her hard work, Noa ended up receiving an “A” on the project at North Cobb Christian School.“Noa is an overachiever! When you’re assigned homework, it’s homework — but when you are in love with something and have a passion for it, it is much more,” Lewis said. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Things can only get betterOn 1 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Asiahas a lot of business potential for multinationals. And the culture in theregion is starting to change for the better, says Ed PetersMultinationalsseeking to take a dive into Asian waters need to look before they leap,although most of the major multinationals are in the region already – in oneform or another. The most popular country in the region appears to be China.Indeed, China’s admission to the World Trade Organisation is provoking astampede of smaller and medium-sized companies (from suppliers and contractorsto the law firms and multinationals). US real estate companies are alsosuddenly waking up to the potential Asia has to offer. Thosemultinationals wanting to enter into this region for the first time should beaware that they will encounter many HR challenges. The region is a crossroadsof cultures; its many different countries are at vastly different levels ofdevelopment; and financial upheavals may well be on the horizon. Ontop of this, local politics can add spice to an already precarious situation.For example, at one stage the Indonesian government was considering legislationwhich decreed that no corporation could employ more than three foreigners. Thescheme was little more than a pre-election vote catcher, but it did cause variousmultinationals – who would have been unable to continue operations withouttheir full complement of expatriate executives – more than a little heartache.Thisexample serves to illustrate one of the major problems multinationals canexpect to encounter: the pool of labour – apart from the inexpensive manualkind – is limited. While Asians place a high value on education, localresources are often insufficient, whether because of poor funding or inadequateteaching methods. Foreign study is highly prized, but those lucky and cleverenough to attend school overseas very often stay put once they have graduated,or come home to start their own businesses. Multinationals are thus often facedwith the choice of a painstaking local headhunt and possibly having to train upnew recruits into the bargain, or bringing in staff from abroad, with all theextra expense that entails.JohnAmbler of the New York-based Social Science Research Council has made anextensive study of the problem of Asian educational practices. “Asia isnot alone in placing great respect on the teacher. However, while rote learningfacilitates the transmission of state values and doctrine and facts, it doesnot encourage creative thinking and problem solving,” he says.”Criticismand scepticism are threatening to societies which see educational systems asmechanisms for social control, but it is the critics and the sceptics who willbecome the problem solvers that Asia needs to stay competitive in a worldmarket and to handle the new social and technical issues arising from rapidchange within its societies,” he adds.Ambleralso points out that skill levels need to be increased if Asian countries areto move from labour-intensive to skill-intensive industries, and not simplyrely on attracting multinationals through cheap rents and staff costs.Thailand, for example, has the infrastructure for continued growth but suffersfrom a lack of skilled personnel, which in turn hampers its ability to bring innew investment. “Management talent, which requires integrative thinkingand initiative, will be in short supply as many Asian countries that have basedtheir economies on cheap labour try to make the jump to more value-addedindustry,” he notes.Labourlaws can also provoke problems. A certain xenophobia prevails in most Asiancountries, with multinationals welcomed for the business they bring in yetresented solely on the grounds that they are foreign. This is even the case incountries like Thailand, which has never been colonised. In South Korea, theport manager for an international airline was once flabbergasted by a demandfrom the union leader that all the local staff should receive an immediate payrise to compensate for the “indignity” of working for a foreigncorporation. And even when disputes get taken to court, the judiciary oftensides with the local underdog, as multinationals are seen as having a lot ofmoney, so it won’t hurt them to pay some more to their relatively impoverishedemployees.WhileKorea and Thailand are more developed than some of their neighbours, countrieslike Vietnam can provide examples of business practice that apply tomultinationals right across the region. Irwin Jay Robinson, an internationaltrade lawyer based in the US who has had long experience of business dealingsin Vietnam, offers a number of pointers for multinationals thinking of basingthemselves in the country, but who want to “lose a little lessmoney”. “It’svital to select tough, experienced, ‘Asia-smart’ management staff for any majorproject,” he says. “Doing business in Vietnam is so complicated thatthe educational experience can be costly – it’s by no means a place forweaklings or beginners.” Headds that once in place, managers should be savvy enough to wring everypossible tax concession and tax benefit available under Vietnamese law, withthe proper documentation from the appropriate national and local governmentagencies, before they even think about going ahead with any investment. “Ifthe managers are not tough enough to get everything they want – and they shouldinsist too that the foreign-language version of any agreement should prevail inthe case of a dispute – then the project will founder. Getting the rightmanager is the key,” he says.Robinson’swarnings are echoed by independent consultant Alun Lee Wing, who has worked fora number of multinationals setting up in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).Lee stresses that many corporations had moved into China because economicrestrictions had been lifted and a business culture was encouraged, but theyhad then run up against unforeseen hurdles.”Quitea lot of companies think that it will be the same as doing business at home butwith fewer overheads – they couldn’t be more wrong,” he says.”Managers can get burnt out by the culture in China, as business operatesvery much on who you know. Plus, it is only in the past couple of decades thatthe PRC has started to look at things in a commercial light. “Alot of people who are working for state corporations are political appointees withno idea of how to do business. Their reaction to a foreigner coming in to do adeal with them is to back off and see what he or she has to offer. It can bevery frustrating to somebody from abroad with their eye on the bottom line!”ButLee does offer some hope for the future: “The culture is changinggradually, and in fact, in China and all over Asia, there is a school ofthought that says the way of doing business doesn’t have to be just the localway. “As long as Asia can avoid any more financial crises, andmultinationals continue to move into the region prepared to tackle HR and otherproblems head on, business here can only get better.”Who’sgoing where?Aswell as the multinationals – many of which are already in the region – lawfirms and US real estate companies are making their way into Asia Pacific. Themost popular destinations are:–China–Thailand–Taiwan–Korea Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.
Here we demonstrate the ability of stochastic reduced order models to predict the statistics of non-stationary systems undergoing critical transitions. First, we show that the reduced order models are able to accurately predict the autocorrelation function and probability density functions (PDF) of higher dimensional systems with time-dependent slow forcing of either the resolved or unresolved modes. Second, we demonstrate that whether the system tips early or repeatedly jumps between the two equilibrium points (flickering) depends on the strength of the coupling between the resolved and unresolved modes and the time scale separation. Both kinds of behaviour have been found to preceed critical transitions in earlier studies. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the reduced order models are also able to predict the timing of critical transitions. The skill of various proposed tipping indicators are discussed.
Real Good Food Company (RGFC) is selling its Five Star Fish division to British Seafood for £35 million.This sale leaves the company with bakery, baking ingredients and sugar companies. These include Hayden’s Bakeries, Seriously Scrumptious, Renshaw and Napier Brown Foods.RGFC said this week that it aims to grow both through acquisitions and organically.In 2003, RGFC acquired Hayden’s Bakeries and Seriously Scrumptious and, the following year, acquired Grimsby-based Five Star Fish.The fish company supplies value-added, prepared frozen fish to the foodservice sector. It deli-vers to 100 customers nationwide and employs approximately 200 people.RFGC also acquired Eurofoods in 2004, trading as Coolfresh Distribution, but closed it in 2005, when it bought Napier Brown Foods and Renshaw.
Two patients are in a critical condition following exposure to the nerve agent Novichok.Following events in March, we have a well-established response to this type of incident and a clear process to follow. Our priority at this time is to understand the circumstances surrounding how these 2 individuals became unwell, and to ensure there is no further risk to the public’s health from this incident.As the country’s Chief Medical Officer, I want to reassure the public that the risk to the general public remains low. I understand that those in Salisbury and its surrounding areas will be concerned at this news, particularly those who have recently visited the areas now cordoned off by the police.My advice for any individual that may have been in any of the areas now cordoned off from 10pm on Friday evening onwards is highly precautionary. As before, wash your clothes and wipe down any personal items, shoes and bags with cleansing or baby wipes before disposing of them in the usual way.This is the same public health advice I gave during the previous incident, a belt and braces approach. I should also warn that the public should be careful, as always, of picking up any unknown or already dangerous objects such as needles and syringes.You do not need to seek advice from a health professional unless you are experiencing symptoms – any individual who had been significantly exposed at the same time would by now have symptoms. Those people from that area who are concerned that they are experiencing symptoms should call NHS 111.I also want to highlight, that the areas of Salisbury already cleaned and back in use, like the Maltings, are safe.I’d like to commend the professionalism of our emergency staff as well as those at Salisbury District Hospital, particularly the intensive care unit.And I particularly want to reiterate, the police are still investigating how this event happened. The public should continue to follow the advice of the police and that of Public Health England. We will ensure regular updates as we get further information.