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Charitable superpowers get it wrong

first_imgJeffery Sachs, who spoke at the  Oxford Union on Sunday, is the intellectual guru of the ‘Drop the Debt’ campaign and the world’s most famous development economist. He began his career as a hard-line free marketeer. As an advisor to Boris Yeltsin’s government in the early nineties he was responsible for the introduction of the disastrous “shock-therapy” of instant deregulation and privatisation which sent the Russian economy into freefall. A market Bolshevik no longer, Sachs has since turned his attention to Africa and the elimination of global extreme poverty within twenty years through a combination of debt relief, increased aid, and trade reform. For Sachs, democracy is not a part of this equation. He states bluntly in his new book, The End of Poverty, that “the links from democracy to economic performance are relatively weak” and that “the charge of authoritarian rule as a basic obstacle to good governance in Africa is pass”. Sachs’ fondness for railing against the neo-liberal “Washington Consensus” and the Bush administration might thus be explained by an enthusiasm for an earlier Republican ideologue, Henry Kissinger. Kissinger, who would be brought to the Hague on charges of war crimes if the US ever signed up to the International Criminal Court, did not care about democracy either. For Kissinger, monstrous dictators like Pinochet, Mobutu, Amin, and Papa Doc Duvalier may have been “bastards” but it didn’t matter because they were “our bastards”. Sachs, and his bleeding heart fellow travellers Blair, Bono and Bob Geldof, have their own set of “bastards”: rulers like Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Paul Kagame of Rwanda. None of these have been fairly elected and all are pumped full of praise and aid by Britain and the US. Until recently, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda would have been on this list. His attempts to rid Uganda of condoms no doubt still ingratiate him with the Americans. But now that he has decided to turn twenty years of dictatorial rule into a life presidency, he has been mildly rebuked. At the launch of the Commission for Africa report in Addis Ababa in March, Geldof declared, “Get a grip Museveni – your time is up, go away”. He has since apologised. Sitting alongside Geldof was fellow Commission member, Zenawi, who was returned to office in May courtesy of a rigged election. His security forces mowed down dozens who had the temerity to protest. These men are just the West’s presentable allies. In blatant contradiction with its avowed wish to see democracy flourish the world over, Washington embraces the vile dictator, Obiang Mbasago, of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea. Jacques Chirac, who wants to slap a fiver on every plane ticket to fund poverty reduction, described the brutal Gnassingbe Eyadema, deceased President of Togo, as a “personal friend” when he died in February after 38 years in charge. This may have been related to Eyadema’s generous funding of French political parties and the benevolence shown to individual French politicians who happened to be passing through his palace. Eyadema could afford this because he had amassed a fortune believed to be in the region of $3 billion; that is thrice Togo’s annual GNP.The example illustrates why Sachs’ view that dictatorship is no bar to economic development is false. The reason Africa is so poor is that kleptocratic dictators and elites, often with Western connivance, have looted their own countries. They are also inclined to be incompetent. The simple virtue of democracy is that it allows people to get rid of bad governments peacefully. The number of functioning democracies in Africa can be counted on two hands. Among them are Africa’s most prosperous and stable states: South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Senegal, Ghana, Benin and the Cape Verde islands. Sachs regards China as an example of how a ruthless dictatorship can prosper. However, he admits in The End of Poverty that poverty has increased in rural areas there because of the abandonment of the public health system. A democratic government would never have been able to disregard public welfare so heartlessly.        The triumvirate of Sachs, Bono, and Geldof is immensely powerful. Able to influence both governments and public opinion, they are right to attempt to combine high-level lobbying with mass politics. It is thus dismaying that such potential for real change has been squandered on fringe issues in the war on poverty. The only reason debt is a problem is that the money was stolen and dissipated. The torrent of criticism directed against them for endorsing the status quo of Western power is similarly misguided. It is the very Western status quo of democracy and human rights which is lacking in Africa. More than any amount of charity, this is how to make poverty history. ARCHIVE: 1st week MT 2005last_img read more

Outspan extends line to drinks

first_imgIndependent supplier of hot and cold beverages Aimia Foods has launched a new range of Outspan juice drinks. The drinks come in 330ml PET bottles in apple and orange flavours and are the first in a series of launches in the Outspan range. They contain no artificial colours, preservatives, flavourings or sweeteners.”This is the first time that Outspan, a South African brand, has ventured in to the drinks market,” said Neal Haworth, cold drinks category marketing manager at Aimia Foods. “We’ve worked hard on every aspect of the drinks, from the recipe through to the packaging design.”The drinks are available in cases of 24 and a support package is available from Aimia for vendors and food-service operators.RSP: 85p per bottle[]last_img read more

Prue Leith, Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig join The Great British Bake Off

first_imgPrue Leith, Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig will join the upcoming Channel 4 version of The Great British Bake Off (GBBO).Chef and author Prue Leith will join Paul Hollywood on the judging panel, while writer Sandi Toksvig OBE and comedian Noel Fielding will co-host the show, GBBO production company Love Productions has confirmed.Leith said she was thrilled to be joining Paul, Sandi and Noel on the “biggest show on TV”.“I cannot wait to see what the real stars of the show – the bakers – are going to create for us,” Leith said. “It is such an honour to be part of The Great British Bake Off team.”Leith’s agent, Hilary Knight Management, told British Baker in February 2017 that she was a contender to replace Mary Berry as a judge for the show.Toksvig revealed on Twitter: “It’s an extraordinary honour to be part of this national treasure of a show.”Toksvig is a Danish-British presenter and producer who took over Stephen Fry as host of the BBC television quiz show QI in October 2016. She was also part of BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz from 2006 to 2015.Fielding, best-known for comedy series The Mighty Boosh, said Bake Off was one of his favourite shows and that landing the job was “a dream come true”.The trio will replace Mary Berry, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc for the Channel 4 series that is set to be broadcast in Autumn 2017 (an official date is yet to be announced).last_img read more

Rubin awarded honorary doctorate

first_imgDonald B. Rubin, John L. Loeb Professor of Statistics, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Economics, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Germany, in recognition of his work in the social sciences and economics, and, in particular, for his outstanding contributions to the field of applied statistics. The award ceremony will be held May 31.last_img

Joseph L. Henry

first_imgNothing about Joseph L. Henry was ordinary. In his academic career he excelled noticeably above others — as a student, teacher, department chair, dean, board member, national policy adviser, and as a mentor to many health professionals and policy makers.The valedictorian of every class in every school he attended, Joe Henry routinely completed the graduation requirements years ahead of schedule and moved up to the next academic challenge. He completed high school in New Orleans at age 15, Xavier College at age 18, Howard College of Dentistry at age 22, and then, while on the Howard Faculty, a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at age 26.Joe Henry’s national prominence was quickly felt in Washington, D.C. as he rose through the Howard University academic ranks from Instructor to Professor. In these years he served as the Director of Clinics and Coordinator of Research at the Howard College of Dentistry. When he became the Dean in 1966, he was much looked to as a national health policy leader, having served on several White House Conferences and a number of select national advisory committees for the VA, HRSA, NIH, DOD, and health professions schools across the country.Among many other honors, Professor Henry was elected to the Institute of Medicine and served on committees for several of their studies including The Future of Dental Education report which advised the closer integration of medicine and dentistry.  The White House called on his service three times, not as a leader in dentistry or the health professions, but as a national figure known for his ability to grasp major issues.   Accordingly, the White House asked him to serve on the White House Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health, the White House Conference on Employment of the Handicapped, and the White House Conference on International Relations.Dr. Henry was a national leader, but he was often found championing local city and neighborhood causes.  His commitment to his local community was strongly evident wherever he lived.  The Mayors of both the City of New Orleans and of Washington, D.C. celebrated Joseph L. Henry day in 1965 for Joe’s significant and valuable service to their communities and to the local government, in grateful acknowledgment of his many acts of service.In 1975, Dean Paul Goldhaber recruited Joe Henry to Harvard University to become Professor of Oral Medicine, Department Chair and Associate Dean for External Affairs. He was the first black professor on the Harvard School of Dental Medicine faculty, and one of only two at that time on the Harvard Medical Faculty.From July 1990 to June 1991, Joe served as Interim Dean of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.  At that time, there were serious discussions within the Harvard Medical Area to close the dental pre-doctoral program.  Joe Henry’s effective leadership during that transition period, secured the future of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and allowed it to retain its position as the first dental school established within a University setting.  His mentoring of students and junior faculty at Harvard during those years resulted in many who are now serving throughout the nation and world as productive faculty members, innovative deans and executive directors of important national and international professional associations.Joe’s innate understanding of people served him well as a mentor.  He was a master of timing his advice:  timing of mentoring within a career, timing of incremental steps taken in social justice actions, timing of organizational changes, and timing for leadership transitions.  Those who were mentored by Dr. Henry during times of stress, were often challenged by Joe to “make the best of it”, to “pull yourself together, focus, and apply your skills.”  Joe Henry believed for all of us, that every achievement involves overcoming some adversity and that breaking through those barriers is what makes the accomplishment satisfying.  With this supportive, but “you must rise to the occasion” attitude, Joe stimulated many students and colleagues to try harder and do better than we might have without his mentoring.Joe Henry was a calm but persistent leader within his profession during the Civil Rights Movement.  Being the first African American to break through a number of professional barriers, he carried the civil rights movement into the health professions.  In 1968, Dr. Henry established a dental clinic at Resurrection City, the tent city in D.C., as part of the Poor People’s Campaign initiated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   He mentored hundreds of “up and coming” men and women of color throughout the health professions, including among many others, the first African American woman to become dean of a U.S. school of dentistry.  Dr. Henry believed in the importance of mentoring and cared about the academic and career advancement of students, trainees and junior faculty without regard to race, ethnicity or gender.  He was the consummate teacher, clinician, researcher and role model.Joe Henry was a nationally ranked contract bridge player.  He combined his steady activism as a civil rights leader with his massive intellectual ability to desegregate the bridge playing world.  From 1952 to 1967, he was the leading American Bridge Association (ABA) player, which was the national association of black bridge players.  As a young Howard University faculty member, Joe Henry led the effort to integrate the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL), which did not accept blacks as members or players.  Finally, after years of debates, motions and efforts to register for competitions, the Washington D.C. local chapter of the ACBL voted, in 1961, to admit blacks, just in time for the ACBL Summer National Tournament held that year in Washington D.C.    The black players wasted no time making their presence felt.  Joe Henry’s team finished second in the Sub-Senior Masters.  Then, in 1962, Joe Henry led a team to a national title at the ACBL Nationals.Often, when Professor Henry advised and mentored, he did it in association with food.  Joe Henry’s culinary skills were central to many of his most meaningful personal interactions.  Literally thousands of students, faculty, friends and leaders in national decision making positions have enjoyed his home-made New Orleans Creole gumbo, prepared with special ingredients flown in from Louisiana and Maryland.   An invitation to an evening featuring Joe Henry’s gumbo was a valued invitation, and his home was open on Sunday afternoons for students and their families to enjoy.Joe Henry did not discriminate or hold back in his interactions with others.  He was tall and elegant and greeted everyone with a gracious familiarity.  He had a wry sense of humor, and managed to deliver his points of view with a straight face and a twinkle in his eye.  He knew the family histories of everyone, regardless of who they were, or their position within the school.  Joe’s leadership style taught us that we were all contributors to the school environment, and our primary purpose was to improve the lives of others.Joseph Henry knew the importance of loyalty.  He was, in particular, a dedicated and loyal adviser, and thus was sought out to serve in this capacity by many colleagues, decision makers, government leaders and institutional boards.  His skillful mentoring, visionary leadership and dependable loyalty resulted in many leaders who were grateful for his contributions which resulted in literally hundreds of awards, statements of appreciation and several honorary degrees.The Joseph L. Henry Oral Health Fellowship in Minority Health Policy has been established at Harvard Medical School by Delta Dental and private contributors.  This Fellowship continues his legacy by providing resources for the next generation of leaders who will improve the capacity of the health care system to address the health needs of minority and disadvantaged populations.Joseph L. Henry lived what he taught:  that health professionals should be clinically competent, civically active, politically informed and serve the community with a socially conscious commitment.   Nothing about Joseph L. Henry was ordinary.  He stood head and shoulders above most of us.  And he was equal in his career achievements to the very best of us.Respectfully Submitted,Memorial Minute CommitteeChester Douglass, ChairLeon DogonBruce Donoff, Dean, Harvard School of Dental MedicineChristopher FoxWalter GuralnickLeonard KabanLinda NiessenJoan ReedeBrian SwannRichard Valachoviclast_img read more

The History of Criminal Gang Attacks – Part I

first_img In that period of time, the intelligence service of the Military Police in São Paulo discovered that leaders of the PCC were planning on sabotaging energy transmission and telephone towers, with the intent of causing a massive power outage in the city and detonating homemade explosives in the stock market building to cause panic and instability in the financial market. The third major attack, in 2006, was largest ever attack in the country’s criminal history. The criminals carried out simultaneous and coordinated actions, including the execution of public safety agents, detonating homemade explosives in public buildings, using firebombs on public transportation, kidnapping a journalist from O’Globo television network and other smaller offenses, causing terror and panic among the population. Within a five-month range, the Capital’s First Command (PCC) criminal gang performed 14 attacks, resulting in four deaths and 17 injured. The following year, the same gang led its second major attack, this time with a broader scope. The targets were members of the public safety forces, prosecutors, and members of the judiciary, as well as some of the facilities of state-owned organizations. There are records of 12 attacks and damage to several vehicles by fire or detonation of homemade explosives. Four months after the incidents in São Paulo, in December 2006, similar violent acts took place in the state of Rio de Janeiro with the same modus operandi. Members of the Comando Vermelho (Red Command) criminal organization that dominates the penitentiaries in Rio de Janeiro and focuses their attacks in the Alemão slums (over 700 slums and 400 thousand residents), performed 36 attacks in three days, killing 19 and injuring 32 others, while setting fire to 10 public transportation vehicles and two other privately owned vehicles. (To be continued…) center_img *André Luís Woloszyn, Strategic Affairs Analyst By Dialogo February 27, 2013 At the time, the PCC led 1,022 attacks throughout the capital of São Paulo and nearby cities, with a total of 56 deaths. Seventy-nine people suspected of participating in the attacks were killed during confrontations with the Police, and another 135 were arrested. This caused the gang to react by bombing and shooting 11 public buildings, torching 56 public transportation vehicles, and looting 26 stores, as well as leading simultaneous rebellions inside 73 penitentiaries. The first major attack by a criminal organization in Brazil, with asymmetric conflict and intimidating characteristics, occurred in 2002, a period in which several attacks took place in São Paulo and other cities in the metropolitan region, with gunshots and homemade explosives detonated in public buildings. last_img read more

New age leadership: Our way vs my way or the highway!

first_imgOver the years as an organizational foot soldier I have worked under numerous supervisors and managers—good, bad and ugly. None was what I would consider a true visionary leader. Many of them were marginally effective due to one missing trait—they lacked empathy for their people. Their leadership style was more command and control thinking the fear factor was a prime motivator of why we work and stay on our jobs.In today s business world bullying tactics consistently backfire as a method to motivate workers.Inspiration vs intimidation is the new mantra in getting a staff team to maintain performance and achieve business results.The new age leader who can use empathy as a tool for his/her employees will be the winners in the future.The C in new age CEOs should stand for your credit unions Culture. And that culture should be a place where all can learn and contribute lead by the leader.The effective organizational leader is the champion of culture and strives to drive it throughout the organization.Creating a culture where all are valued starts with constantly having a mindset of listening and learning from employees. Look for ways to highlight and recognize employee best practices in the workplace.Patience is a virtue for the leader in taking time to develop subordinates and productive systems.And don’t be afraid to show weakness by admitting mistakes and learning from them going forward. Being empathetic towards employees fosters a collaborative spirit of us where all ideas are valued and funneled into business practices and solutions.Have a growth mindset for your people and nurture their development. Encouragement and having high standards goes a long way to get the best out of your people. Good leaders get what they expect not what they accept. Set high expectations and empower your employees to believe and achieve.Empathetic CEOs are in a good position because along with the staff and board team they have an incredible opportunity to improve the experience and lives of thousands of our members.Having a credit union team mantra of “Purpose, Passion & Service” will lead to long term success for the credit union.So I would suggest avoid being a “boss-hole” in trying to motivate your people. Successful leaders know how to use empathy, encouragement and admiration by championing these concepts into reality throughout the credit union.And that can lead to a culture of “Member-Centric” human resource performance and excellence.“Empathetic Leadership” Traits That Contribute to Employee MotivationReward InitiativeEncourage Risk TakingListen to EmployeesChallenge Employees to ImproveEncourage TeamworkLearn from FailureCommit to Training/Professional DevelopmentValue Feedback SessionsTrumpet AccomplishmentsGive Earned Positive Feedback/Recognition“Boss-Hole Leadership” Traits That Inhibit Employee PerformanceUsing Bullying TacticsOver Focusing on ProblemsIgnoring or Belittling SuggestionsBeing Too Directive or ControllingNot Clarifying ExpectationsOver Focusing on SeniorityFailure to Develop/Mentor EmployeesCreating A Self-Centered Workplace CultureRefusing to Take Responsibility for Mistakes 55SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Vardallas John A. Vardallas CAE, CUDE is Founder/CEO of The AmericanBoomeR Group, a Madison, Wisconsin based speaking/consulting firm. He is also Senior Faculty Advisor/Project Evaluator for SCMS and … Web: Detailslast_img read more

After 13 long years, a direct airline between Dubrovnik and Budapest is being reintroduced

first_imgAfter 13 years, Dubrovnik and Budapest will again be connected by airline in the summer flight schedule. Also, LOT recently announced a direct line Warsaw – Rijeka, more about the attachment. RELATED NEWS: This was announced by Michal Fijol, Commercial Director of the Polish LOT at Liszt Ferenc Airport in Budapest, where he presented the increase of existing and the introduction of new flights of this airline in 2020. The line Budapest – Dubrovnik will operate on Sundays, the ride will take 1 hour and 15 minutes, and the first flight is announced for June 7, 2020. Embraer aircraft will operate on the route, departing from Budapest to Dubrovnik at 7:00 am, while departure from Dubrovnik to Budapest is scheduled for the same day at 8:55 am. “Our goal is to further position Croatia as an air destination, and the introduction of a direct flight between Dubrovnik and Budapest after 13 years will greatly contribute to this. I am sure that this flight to our country will attract an even larger number of always dear Hungarian guests who are among the top 10 markets from which we realize the largest tourist traffic.”, said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić. By the way, in the previous part of the year, we had about 640 thousand arrivals from the Hungarian market and more than 3,2 million overnight stays, which is an increase of 3 percent compared to the same period last year. According to the current LOT plans, this flight will be current until the end of September 2020, but the option of traffic is left during the entire summer flight schedule. Flights are already available on the website LOT. LIST OF DIRECT AIR CONNECTIONS WITH EMITTING MARKETS 2019 WINTER – 2020 POLISH AIRLINE LOT INTRODUCES NEW DIRECT FLIGHT FROM WARSAW TO RIVER Next step? First and foremost, all tourist workers from the wider area of ​​Dubrovnik must share this great news, because air connectivity is the first condition to extend the tourist season and bring better guests. Inform your current guests from Hungary via direct communication, social networks… that Dubrovnik is now closer than ever. Also, the more information is spread, the more the word about it will spread, and that is what influences the most whether the line will survive and be well filled. If not, logically and justifiably, the line will be shut down if there is no interest. last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Monday, Dec. 16

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNations like America take care of the poorWealthy, compassionate, civilized nations, do not deprive their citizens of food stamps.Rich LeonGlenville A big NO to county pay raise proposalRegarding the Dec. 6 Gazette editorial “Pay hike timed just right to pass,” greedy public servants just don’t get it. Greed is what brought a once mighty and powerful company to its knees at our neighbor GE. GE executives over the years have whittled away longtime workers’ health care and earned pensions, but cash out with millions in benefits and compensation.How can you ever justify an obscene 35% pay raise? Who gets that in the real world?  In August, I had to close my small business, the G&S B&B, the only legal B&B in the city and county. Why? Because our school’s property tax doubled. Why should I give more to a failed schools system?I’ll support your raise if all of you support: a 35% reduction of city property taxes and SUNY tuition as well. Sound crazy? Sure is. Just like your offer of a 35% pay raise. Let’s fix the problems that permeate the city first. Stop ripping off property owners and students.Just remember, last week New Yorkers were put on notice by the governor’s office that the state’s budget has ballooned from an initial $4.1 billion to an almost $7 billion deficit. Who’s gonna pick up the tab for that scary scenario?No to any pay raises. What part of ‘NO’ don’t you understand?Gerald PlanteStan ChristySchenectadyA week is plenty of time to clear walkOK, it’s been over a week since the snowstorm. My wife and I attended a family function at a State Street restaurant Sunday morning. We parked a few blocks above Proctors just past the Hampton Inn. We had to walk on the barely shoveled sidewalk in front of the Hampton Inn. I’m quite sure it is their responsibility to keep that part of the sidewalk clear. It was not only us, but several other people who were stuck in the middle as they shuffled along trying not to slip on this portion on the sidewalk. All the other sidewalks around were cleared down to the pavement.Whoever’s responsibility it is, shame on you for being so lazy that you can’t get out there a week later and clear your sidewalk.When we returned, we walked in the road up State Street where it was safe.Joseph KellySaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

PLN cuts power to flood-affected areas over safety concerns

first_img“We urge people who live in areas affected by floods to switch off their power supply through the miniature circuit breaker, unplug electrical devices from the electric sockets and move them to a safer place,” Ikhsan said.He added that residents in flooded areas should contact the PLN call center at 123 or the nearest PLN office to switch off the power supply in their area and contact them again once the water had receded to turn the power back on. “Make sure that all electronic devices and power circuits are dry,” he said.Topics : State-owned electricity firm PLN has cut off the power supply in several areas in Greater Jakarta following widespread flooding on Tuesday morning. According to PLN Greater Jakarta distribution general manager M. Ikhsan Asaad, 326 electricity substations have been switched off in flood-affected areas for safety concerns. They include Pondok Kopi in East Jakarta, Cempaka Putih and Menteng in Central Jakarta, as well as Pondok Gede in Bekasi, West Java.last_img read more