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Worker Participation Committee discusses labor policy improvement

first_imgIn the early 1990s, amidst growing concerns over sweatshop labor in the developing world, University President Emeritus Fr. Edward Malloy convened a subcommittee to study the factories where Notre Dame licensed gear was produced. The subcommittee eventually settled on freedom of association for workers as the goal all manufacturers would have to follow, banning manufacturing in 11 countries — China included — which did not allow worker organization.Tuesday evening, in the auditorium of the Eck Visitors Center, the Worker Participation Committee, convened by executive vice president John Affleck-Graves, spoke on attempts to reform their manufacturing policy and better address workers’ rights.Affleck-Graves said the recommendation to make changes came from a University partner in protecting labor rights.“What the Fair Labor Association was pushing me on was to move less to a country-centric approach and more to a factory approach,” he said. “I guess that was the seed of where this came from — it was pressure from our partner at the Free Labor Association.”In order to resolve this problem, the University set up a test program in Chinese factories with the fair labor group Verite, in order to test how these factories fared on a case-by-case basis.“We asked our licensing companies if they had factories that would want to participate in the survey, and six factories were nominated and Verite did surveys of those factories and sent the results back,” Affleck-Graves said. “Two met our criteria, two were close but needed to do some work and two did not meet our criteria.”After this experience, the committee came up with three options to pursue in terms of their policy towards foreign labor. First, maintain the same policy. Second, continue to work with Varite in a select number of factories. Third, join with another compliance company, Summera, to join universities together to focus on labor rights. The panel stressed that none of these options had been chosen yet and that they were considering hybrid options.Christine Cervenak, committee member and associate director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights in the Eck School of Law, said one of the biggest challenges in their assessment was applying labor standards across countries.“[Our problem was] distinguishing between what we, first world people in South Bend, might believe to be [our] own standards,” she said.Cervenak said this was most evident in their visitation of Chinese factories.“When our team visited the dormitories of migrant labor factories in China, there was a slight sense of being appalled,” she said. “Our community came to understand that they were really not so bad, and much better than even the national norms.”Affleck-Graves said the decision to test the waters in China was, in some part, motivated by Under Armor’s desire to consolidate manufacturing in the country.“Under Armour and the other licensees we want to be with — they want to manufacture goods in one place,” he said. “[In these factories] you don’t see Notre Dame hats only, you see every school you can think of in the world … and so they want us to be part of that, so it’s very difficult for them if we say, ‘No, we don’t want to do that.’” Graduate student Chris Iffland, a committee member, described the process all factories would be put through in order to pass Verite tests.“The five general areas covered by the Verite assessment are as follows: workers’ right for freedom of association and collective bargaining, workers’ right to form and operate a union, good faith negotiations between factory management and union or worker representatives, effectiveness of union or worker representative body and worker grievance feedback and participation,” he said.Affleck-Graves cited student participation as key in helping the decision making process. Representing the Student Workers Participation Committee was Junior Niko Porter, who outlined the students’ main concerns.“The SWPC exists as an intermediary organization between the administration and the student body so students are able to have a voice in this conversation about manufacturing abroad,” he said. “Students’ foremost concerns are about the rights of workers, including but not limited to, freedom of association [and] safety in the workplace.”No matter what decision the committee reached, Porter said, dignity ought to be at the center of the decision.“It [must] all be based around the idea of [workers] … being treated like human beings,” he said. Tags: China, fair labor, Notre Dame licensed gear, Worker Participation Committeelast_img read more

How to stay mentally fit

first_img continue reading » Mental health is just as important as physical health. For many years now, offices have offered incentives and benefits to encourage employees to take better care of their physical self – from discounted gym memberships to more sick days and better health care benefits. More recently, that awareness has shifted to mental health, and companies are now working to ensure employees have the resources to address those needs.While physical exercise can support your mental fitness – it awakens and energizes you, fills you with positive endorphins – it’s important to dedicate time to keeping your mind strong.Unsurprisingly, ways to keep your mind fit track closely with staying physically fit. Leadership guru Wally Bock offers six ways to get the most out of your mental energy, plus some additional resources for support. Here they are:Develop your mental energy. Just like running or lifting weights, the more often you work your mind the stronger it will be. However, overexerting your limitations comes with consequences. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Bodies of children and others found in Libyan town after LNA retreat, Red Crescent says

first_imgTopics : The town served as an important stronghold for the LNA during its attack on Tripoli and the Kaniyat fought alongside the LNA in the southern suburbs of the capital.A GNA justice ministry official, Nasser Ghaita, said it had issued 23 arrest warrants over the case and asked for UN technical help. The GNA said on Saturday that “entire families” had been killed.The LNA has denied its forces were responsible for any of the bodies found in the mass graves and has called for the United Nations to investigate reports of violations committed by pro-GNA forces in Tarhouna. GNA forces found 106 bodies in the hospital and local people discovered eight mass graves around Tarhouna, prompting the United Nations to call for an urgent and open investigation.Libyan Red Crescent representative Faisal Jalwal told a news conference that 29 of the bodies found in the hospital had been identified and that they included women and children.Kamal Al-Siwi, head of the GNA’s missing persons bureau, said about 10 bodies had been disinterred from one of the eight mass graves that had been found.Tarhouna had for years been controlled by the local Kani family and its armed group, popularly known as the Kaniyat, which had been loyal to different sides during Libya’s chaotic civil war.center_img Bodies of children were among those found in the Libyan town of Tarhouna after eastern-based forces and their local allies withdrew this month, Red Crescent and Tripoli government officials said on Tuesday.The evidence of what rights groups have called possible war crimes came as Libya’s frontlines suddenly shifted, displacing thousands of civilians and leaving a trail of landmines hidden in residential areas.The internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) retook Tarhouna, southeast of Tripoli, on June 5 as an offensive by the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) to capture the capital collapsed.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger breaks silence on Unai Emery’s handling of Granit Xhaka at Arsenal

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 6 Nov 2019 11:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Xhaka is no longer Arsenal captain (Getty Images)When it was suggested that Xhaka should not have reacted in that manner, Wenger said: ‘You can always but it doesn’t mean in any club… it’s not the motorway,‘You have people with passion, with the pressure they are under, with the disappointment they carry out, they have sometimes reactions you don’t want.‘But you have to remind people of the behaviour you want. Arsene Wenger says Granit Xhaka is an ‘intelligent’ player (beIN Sports)Arsene Wenger has come out in support of Granit Xhaka after Unai Emery decided to strip the midfielder of the Arsenal captaincy this week.Xhaka has not played for Arsenal since he hit back at supporters as he was booed off the pitch during the draw with Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium last month.Emery confirmed that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has now replaced Xhaka as captain, while the Switzerland international’s future at the Gunners is in major doubt.Wenger, however, insists Xhaka is an ‘intelligent’ player and understands why the midfielder lashed out at Arsenal supporters during the game.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I don’t talk a lot about Arsenal, I just support them,’ Wenger told beIN Sports. Arsene Wenger breaks silence on Unai Emery’s handling of Granit Xhaka at Arsenal Unai Emery is under pressure at Arsenal after a run of poor results (Getty Images)‘I think Xhaka is an intelligent player, contrary to what I heard in recent weeks.‘Finally he apologised and that’s what he [Emery] wanted from him.’Asked if he felt Xhaka was captain material when he signed him, Wenger said: ‘He was captain at [Borussia] Monchengladbach.‘I don’t think he was captain with me, it depends maybe in Europa League games or League Cup games, I don’t know.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Granit Xhaka gestures to Arsenal fans after getting booed off against Crystal Palace (NBC)‘I’m a supporter who wants a team to win, so that’s all.‘For me it’s very difficult to have any assessment on Arsenal because it will be straight away interpreted when you’ve been at the club for such a long time.‘So I’m just a supporter, when they don’t win I’m not happy, when they win I’m very happy.’But when asked about Emery’s decision to remove Xhaka as captain, Wenger replied: ‘As a manager you have to face these kind of decisions.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We always face the unexpected as a manager, you have to make quick decisions.‘I think Arsenal Football Club is respected all over the world because it’s built on values and everyone has to respect these values and the manager has to get them to be respected.‘Arsenal, for me, had always had a touch of class, for me football today in the modern era has a huge responsibility on the way we behave, the way were are examples, Arsenal are part of the big clubs in the world and we have to show that.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Visit PA to Enjoy the Spirit of the Holiday Season

first_img Holidays,  The Blog The holidays have arrived and Pennsylvania has plenty to keep you in the spirit of the season while giving you a break from the usual hustle and bustle. Bundle up, hit the road, and pursue your happiness at the various charming attractions open now across the state.Christmas Magic – A Festival of Lights, York, York CountyWarm up with some hot chocolate and enjoy a stroll through 600,000 Christmas lights, holiday scenes, train displays, and more during Christmas Magic – A Festival of Lights at York County’s Rocky Ridge Park. The half-mile walking trail, accessible to anyone, wanders through a forest nestled on a quiet mountaintop. The annual holiday celebration has earned acclaim in The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Wall Street Journal. The event runs through December 31, but is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.Shadrack Christmas Wonderland, Prospect, Butler CountyThe second annual Shadrack Christmas Wonderland at Big Butler Fairgrounds in Prospect is the world’s largest drive-through, fully synchronized light and music show of its kind. Featuring hundreds of thousands of environmentally friendly LED Christmas lights, guests can sync their radio with the show and watch the lights dance in perfect harmony with the music. Shows are held nightly through January 8.Winter Lights Spectacular, Schnecksville, Lehigh CountyDuring the holiday season, the Lehigh Valley Zoo transforms into the Winter Lights Spectacular. The winter wonderland boasts giant snow globes, “snowballs” for children to toss, and milk and cookies with Santa. The annual event will be open Wednesday to Sundays through January 1, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.Hershey Sweet Lights, Hershey, Dauphin CountyExperience NOEL in Hersheypark, a breathtaking light show featuring more than 200,000 dancing lights synchronized to your favorite Christmas music. Nightly shows take place every half hour starting at 5 p.m. in The Hollow of Hersheypark. For those who want to stay warm in the car, explore Hershey Sweet Lights. This two-mile wooded driving path provides a twinkling journey where visitors can view more than 600 animated displays.Illuminaire Nights in Scenic Skippack Village, Skippack, Montgomery CountyThe annual Illuminaire Nights in scenic Skippack Village takes an already picturesque main street and dusts it with extra holiday charm. Hundreds of candles line the pathways and retail spaces of this alluring Montgomery County spot, where shoppers and carolers tap into the warm feeling of the holidays. See the spectacle Wednesdays and Fridays until December 23.Winter Flower & Light Show at Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh, Allegheny CountyGet into the spirit of the holiday season at the Winter Flower & Light Show at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh. Go on a magical stroll through the vibrant holiday light displays throughout the Conservatory, and marvel at the holiday decor illuminating the Outdoor Garden. This enchanting celebration of the winter season will be open until January 8.Koziar’s Christmas Village, Bernville, Berks CountyThe night sky above Pennsylvania’s Americana Region is brightened each holiday season thanks to the beautiful light displays of Koziar’s Christmas Village in Bernville. Koziar’s is an extraordinary seasonal attraction filled with delightful displays, a train, a kissing bridge, and thousands of twinkling lights. Koziar’s is open seven nights a week through January 1.Overly’s Country Christmas, Greensburg, Westmoreland CountyMake a new holiday memory at Overly’s Country Christmas. In Greensburg, the event features a Christmas Village for visitors to explore that’s filled with an array of old-fashioned traditions and treats. Sing carols around the bonfire, revel in the model train display, have your picture taken with Santa, take a horse-drawn wagon or sleigh ride, and shop for gifts in the General Store.To stay connected with more holiday ideas, follow Pennsylvania’s updates on our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube) and use the hashtag #PAHolidays to help spread the word about this special time of the year. Or signup for our monthly newsletter for PA road trip ideas and events that are happening across our great state. December 07, 2016 Visit PA to Enjoy the Spirit of the Holiday Season HOLIDAYS SHARE TWEET By: First Lady Frances Wolf Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

German Pensionskassen, BaFin in ‘uncharted territory’ over solvency

first_imgThe German pension fund for a Catholic aid organisation in Cologne is one of three Pensionskassen in talks with the country’s regulator BaFin regarding the potential impact of 2017 losses.The €546m Caritas Pensionskasse (Caritas PK) is currently discussing its 2017 balance sheet “in close coordination with the actuary, the accountants and the BaFin”, the pension fund told IPE in a statement.Last week, BaFin issued a statement saying it had banned Caritas PK from taking on any new business since May, after finding that its recovery plan for meeting its solvency requirements was “inadequate”.It is the first time BaFin has issued a Pensionskasse with such a ban. However, over the past year the regulator has frequently issued warnings to insurance-based pension funds regarding their funding structures. BaFin’s office in BonnA detailed account of the solvency issues will only become available once the annual reports for both pension funds have been approved. A spokesperson for Caritas PK told IPE that its annual report would only be published once the general assembly had approved it. However, the general assembly was not due to hold another meeting this year, the spokesperson said.Industry sources told IPE that it was unlikely the Caritas PK would take on new business any time soon.Kölner PK blames rulebookThe Kölner PK is also currently not taking on any new business as it lacks funding to continue operations under the regulatory framework for mutual insurance companies.If this situation continues, the fund will have to start planning for internal runoff.In its 2016 annual report the Kölner PK’s board blamed – in part – “nonsensical measures” deriving from regulation for starting the fund’s solvency problems.Some regulatory requirements had forced the fund to sell off assets at the wrong point in time, the pension fund said, while some money put aside for the Zinszusatzreserve – the interest rate buffer – could have been better spent on filling the funding pool. Germany’s Bundesrat building in BerlinThe regulatory burden and reporting requirements for Pensionskassen and other German pension vehicles are unlikely to reduce any time soon.Germany’s lower chamber of parliament, the Bundestag, this month approved the government’s draft rules implementing the EU’s IORP II pension directive, known as the EbAV II.The pension fund association aba said “there is hope” that its objections to the prospect of EU-wide harmonisation for occupational pension funds had been heard.The draft bill has to be passed by the upper chamber of parliament (the Bundesrat) in a vote scheduled for today, with BaFin then due to issue circulars and guidelines on the actual implementation and industry-specific issues.What is already certain, however, is that the EbAV II will mean more reporting and internal risk assessment requirements for pension funds.“Overall the requirements for providers will increase significantly,” said Michael Hoppstädter, managing director of consultancy Longial.– Barbara Ottawa Earlier this year Caritas PK and its affiliated pension fund, the €329m Kölner Pensionskasse (Kölner PK), informed members about difficulties regarding the funding situation and possible cuts to pension payouts. Cologne’s Caritas and Kölner Pensionskassen face solvency problemsBoth the Caritas and Kölner funds are structured as mutual insurance companies – Versicherungsverein auf Gegenseitigkeit (VVaG) – which brings with it certain solvency and interest rate “buffer” requirements.The talks with BaFin now fall under the remit of Olaf Keese, who takes over joint management of the Caritas and the Kölner Pensionskassen this month. As a result of his appointment Keese will resign his seat on the board of the Peugeot pension fund in Germany at the end of the year.Tax consultants’ fund talking to BaFinFunding problems have also been reported at the pension fund for German tax consultants, the €992m Steuerberater Pensionskasse VVaG, with BaFin involved in negotiating a recovery plan. The fund itself declined comment.“All this is completely uncharted territory for the industry and the regulator,” one source told IPE.Insurance-based Pensionskassen had been performing well in Germany despite the funding requirements placed on them by their guarantees, but a mix of the low interest rate environment, challenging demographics and regulatory requirements has caught up with them.Some providers have chosen to sell their Pensionskassen business to run-off companies, with Frankfurter Leben having bought two funds earlier this year, from AXA Germany and Cofra Group.More regulation incoming as Bundestag passes IORP II billlast_img read more

Dominica Stars in Action raise funds to produce their film

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share Photo credit: stcatharines.cityguide.caA group of over twenty young persons from the north are hoping to encourage the young people of Dominica through the performing arts.‘Dominica Stars In Action’, a group of young persons from the north-northeastern communities will on Saturday join their talents to feature a play entitled ‘I’m pregnant for my dad’ at Azille’s Country Club in Bourne.The play, written and directed by Matthew Laplume, a young man who is no stranger to the performing arts sector, will be staged at 6:30pm on September 3rd.Mr Laplume said that the play is aimed at raising funds to produce a film entitled ‘The Lil’ Mad Boys Return’.Mr Laplume says the message in the play targets youth who are going through social problems as well as parents and guardians.“In the play there is a little bit of everything. It teaches young people to make the right decisions and demonstrates what the consequences are when they make bad decisions. It encourages parents to also make the right decisions for their family and show them how bad decisions can influence the lives of their children.”Tickets for the play cost $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for children.Dominica Stars In Action was first formed in 2009 and consists of members between the ages of 10 to 33.Members come from the communities of Penville, Vieille Case, Paix Bouche, Portsmouth, Bense, Thibaud, Cottage and Anse Sol Dat.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share EntertainmentLocalNews Dominica Stars in Action raise funds to produce their film by: – August 30, 2011 20 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

FISU President Matytsin appointed Russian Sports Minister

first_img The 55-year-old takes over from Olympic fencing gold medallist Pavel Kolobkov, who was among the Government officials to step down following President Vladimir Putin’s  state-of-the-nation address last week. Kolobkov’s predecessor Vitaly Mutko, Sports Minister from 2008 to 2016 and who was implicated in the state-sponsored doping scandal, has lost his seat as a Deputy Prime Minister. Dmitry Chernyshenko, President and chief executive of the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, has been chosen as one of nine Deputy Prime Ministers. Chernyshenko was removed from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission for Beijing 2022 when the Russian Olympic Committee was suspended inDecember 2017. Matytsin was selected for the position by Mikhail Mishustin, the new Russian Prime Minister who had promised a major reshuffle. He is expected to be heavily involved with the Russian appeal against a four-year set of sanctions imposed on the country by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as  punishment for the manipulation of data from the Moscow Laboratory. Matytsin, a member of the IOC Olympic Education Commission, was re-elected to serve a second four year term at the helm of FISU in November told state-operated  domestic news agency RIA Novosti that he intends to hold both roles simultaneously. FISU secretary general Eric Saintrond said it was a “great honour to have our President appointed to help Russia handle its current challenges, and re-engage with the  world’s sport community”. Saintrond added: “Oleg Matytsin’s accomplishments at FISU have been remarkable. “With him as President, FISU has delivered exceptional competitions for thousands of elite university athletes. “Oleg has brought the university sports movement together to support the vision of positively shaping tomorrow’s leaders through their experiences of international  university sport.” Read Also:German bid for 2025 Summer Universiade still on track Matytsin’s first task will be dealing with the Russian doping scandal and the series of sanctions from WADA, which includes a ban on the country’s flag at major events  such as this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 International University Sports Federation (FISU) President Oleg Matytsin has been appointed as Russia’s new Sports Minister in a Government reshuffle following the resignation of the entire cabinet. Loading… Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime15 Extremely Surprising Facts About Disney Princesses6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right Now9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?last_img read more

New library addition opens today

first_imgBrookville, In. — The $3 million expansion at the Franklin County Public Library in Brookville will open today (Sunday, September 16). From 2 to 4 p.m. the public is invited to come out and look around.Local author Mark McLane will deliver remarks and talk about his summer research project about the library.The new facility includes sections for children and teens, meeting rooms and a Genealogy Department.last_img

Sean McDermott

first_imgIf you watch a Butler game today, you may not know what Sean McDermott went through just to be able to walk again, much less play basketball.  In 2013 when he was a junior at Pendleton Heights High School he went through a terrible night of practice.  On the way home from school he was too tired to even go into Wendy’s to eat with his brother.  He stayed in the car and slept.  The next morning his mom took him to the ER in Anderson which started a series of hospital visits and the eventual trip to Riley Hospital.  It was here that the doctors discovered a staph infection in his blood stream.  Had this gotten to his heart, it could have been fatal.  The skin-born virus that he had usually causes minor irritations, but to Sean it became a life and death experience.Sean is now at Butler University where his basketball skills are again delighting basketball fans.  It wasn’t until Sean was healthy and able to play basketball again that they revealed to him how sick he really was.  If you think you have had a tough time, just check with the McDermott family.  Not only did Sean have all of his problems, but his mom dealt with cancer during this time as well.Next time you see Butler on TV, remember the journey of Sean McDermott!!I want to thank the Indianapolis Star for some of this information.last_img read more