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Let’s put the human factor back into HR

first_img Comments are closed. Inthese times of economic change HR finds itself in the spotlight. But ratherthan turn to gimmicks to prove its worth, it needs to focus on people Asthe HR mantra “to be even more exclusively business-driven” bec-omeslouder and louder the profession should be braced for more self-flagellation. PersonnelToday’s panel discussion of senior HR professionals, (“Tool Order”,24 July) showed this most clearly. But as Financial Times journalist RichardDonkin points out in his new book Blood, Sweat and Tears, the externalcriticism and constant self-doubt in the HR community is nothing new.  Fiftyyears ago in the first “modern” management textbook The Practice ofManagement, Peter Drucker slated the personnel profession for being tornbetween its administrative and HR activities.Hemocked its “constant worry as to its inability to prove it is making acontribution to the enterprise”. This led the function to a preoccupationwith the “search for ‘gimmicks’ to impress their managementassociates” – the same tool-addiction and lack of business focus referredto in the Personnel Today debate.Donkin’spessimistic conclusion is that HR has always been about “sweating the mostvaluable assets of the company”. He traces a disturbing line of managementthinking all the way from the sweatshops of inhumane industrialists in theindustrial revolution, through FW Taylor’s narrow-minded scientific managementand its deliberate agenda of smashing the power of skilled labour, right theway up to business process re-engineering and our current obsession withshareholder and economic value-added and HR’s “bottom-linecontribution”. Employeeslooking for respite from the enslaving effects of the new knowledge andinformation-driven work revolution (including e-mail overload and voicemailasphyxiation) can only look to themselves for salvation.Isee examples in my work every week of HR departments seeking the magic-bulletsolution from consultants and being unwilling to pay to uncover the problemsthey face; of companies turning down business-aligned and innovative rewardschemes because “nobody else uses them”. Ialso regularly meet line managers who ludicrously over-estimate the role ofmoney in motivation at work and who oppose work-life balance or job redesign ortraining programmes because they can’t see beyond that month’s profit and lossaccount.Itis precisely at these times of major economic and industrial change that theneed for specialists who focus on the human dimension, who understand humanbehaviour and motivation becomes most vital. Thisis as true in the current industrial revolution as it was in the first. Risingrates of workplace injuries and deaths, tribunal claims and stress-relatedcompensation payments are all evidence of the pressures our businesses areunder. Yet now, as London Business School’s Lynda Gratton has pointed out, isprecisely the time for organisations to recognise the unique features of humancapital – that we have feelings and we seek meaning in our work and in ourlives.Fiftyyears earlier even than Drucker, Edward Cadbury, one of the founding fathers ofpersonnel management in the UK, observed that, “employee welfare andcompany productivity are different sides of the same coin”. If HR is toprove Donkin wrong, it needs to be creating more work environments where, as heputs it, people can “work at what they love doing and what is important todo” – and in the process create the financial returns their employers lustafter.  Weneed to avoid any more “dark satanic mills” being built in the guiseof call and tele-centres, and recession-induced management styles.Sopay attention to your business needs and your managers’ desires, but do not beafraid to remind them of Cadbury, and of the human in human resources.ByDuncan Brown is principal of Towers Perrin and chairman of the CIPDCompensation Forum Let’s put the human factor back into HROn 30 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Refilling of the slot region between the inner and outer electron radiation belts during geomagnetic storms

first_imgEnergetic electrons (≥50 keV) are injected into the slot region (2 < L < 4) between the inner and outer radiation belts during the early recovery phase of geomagnetic storms. Enhanced convection from the plasma sheet can account for the storm-time injection at lower energies but does not explain the rapid appearance of higher-energy electrons (≥150 keV). The effectiveness of either radial diffusion (driven by enhanced ULF waves) or local acceleration (during interactions with enhanced whistler mode chorus emissions), as a potential source for refilling the slot at higher energies, is analyzed for observed conditions during the early recovery phase of the 10 October 1990 storm. We demonstrate that local acceleration, driven by observed chorus emissions, can account for the rapid enhancement in 200–700 keV electrons in the outer slot region near L = 3.3. Radial diffusion is much less effective but may partially contribute to the flux enhancement at lower L. Subsequent outward expansion of the plasmapause during the storm recovery phase effectively terminates local wave acceleration in the slot and prevents acceleration to energies higher than ∼700 keV. A statistical analysis of energetic electron flux enhancements and wave and plasma properties over the entire CRRES mission supports the concept of local wave acceleration as a dominant process for refilling the slot during the main and early recovery phase of storms. For moderate storms, the injection process naturally becomes less effective at energies ≥1 MeV, due to the longer wave acceleration times and additional precipitation loss from scattering by electromagnetic ion cyclotron waves. However, during extreme events when the plasmapause remains compressed for several days, conditions may occur to allow wave acceleration to multi-MeV energies at locations normally associated with the slot.last_img read more

ZPG and OTM integrate with Facebook Marketplace

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » ZPG and OTM integrate with Facebook Marketplace previous nextMarketingZPG and OTM integrate with Facebook MarketplaceOnTheMarket and Zoopla are now listing their rental properties on Facebook’s MarketPlace, the social platform’s answer to both Ebay and Craigslist.The Negotiator16th October 20180759 Views OnTheMarket and Zoopla are now listing their rental properties on Facebook’s MarketPlace, the social platform’s answer to both Ebay and Craigslist.Although OnTheMarket says it will be adding ‘tens of thousands’ of properties, Zoopla has said its deal will upload 300,000 homes to rent onto MarketPlace, making it in one go the largest rental property platform outside of the big three portals in the UK.OTM and Zoopla rental stock will join homes offered by private landlords who are keen to bypass agencies.Facebook’s data suggests that approximately 35per cent of its active users around the world visit Marketplace on average, which points to some 14 million people in the UK using its selling channel every month.OTM and Zoopla’s rental stock will be joining rented properties offered exclusively – until now – by private landlords keen to bypass letting agents.“This is great news for our agent members who will now get wider distribution of their listings as well as increased brand exposure with people looking for property to rent on Facebook Marketplace,” says ZPG Property Services MD Charlie Bryant.“This integration extends our position as the best value digital marketing partner in the UK for agents. We will continue to provide our agent partners with maximum exposure for their listings and brands along with the widest range of services to help them generate additional leads and revenues.”John Millsom, OTM’s Brand Director, said, “We are excited to be working with Facebook Marketplace and to be a listing partner. We believe the quality of OnTheMarket agents’ property content integrated with the considerable scale and reach of Marketplace’s brand and service is a perfect fit. We look forward to working with Marketplace to create world-class value for property-seekers and value for both of our businesses.”Charlie Bryant, MD of ZPG Property Services said, “This is great news for our agent members who will now get wider distribution of their listings as well as increased brand exposure with people looking for property to rent on Facebook Marketplace. This integration extends our position as the best value digital marketing partner in the UK for agents.” October 16, 2018The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

OUR BEST ENTERTAINMENT By Jim Redwine

first_imgOUR BEST ENTERTAINMENTby Gavel Gamut By Jim Redwinewww.jamesmredwine.comMany of you have read JUDGE LYNCH!, the historical novel Peg and I wrote about the lynchings of four Black men on the campus of the Posey County, Indiana courthouse in 1878. And several of you even participated in the making of our short movie about the murders. That was our first effort at movie making and probably yours too.To those of you who volunteered to endure the cold, rain and tedium of my directorial debut, thank you! Please do not forget the compensation you received; wasn’t Shawnna Rigsby’s bar-b-cue good? You might be interested in some of the behind scenes manipulation I engaged in to get my friends to commit suicide, get shot, get chased by night riders on horseback and to even get lynched.For example, early on I called our sons’ one-time boxing teammate and our good friend, Danny Thomas, and said, “Danny, I need some Black men to shoot and lynch on camera. Would you, your family and friends care to do that?” Danny did not hesitate. Then there was our neighbor, Chuck Minnette, who was minding his own business when I told him he surely must feel depressed and possibly even suicidal. Chuck thought I was kidding until we filmed his suicide scene. The scene involved Chuck firing a pistol with a blank cartridge near his head while my wife, Peg, laid on her back on the floor puffing on a cigar and blowing the smoke up toward Chuck’s face.Chris Greathouse was called upon to have his neck broken by Danny Thomas and several “soiled doves” played their parts with such enthusiasm I will leave them unnamed. Jerry King generously offered his amazing Pioneer Village for several scenes and Jerry and his wife, Marsha, even donned their costumes of General and Mrs. Hovey. Dan Funk, whose father was a minister, played his preacher part convincingly. Dr. Bill Etherton and his wife, Judy, attended Dan’s frontier church and Dr. Bill along with Nurse Bonnie Minnette attended to “injured” patients.  Through it all the only person who actually knew anything about video cameras, Rodney Fetcher, managed to get the whole nineteen-minute movie filmed and, along with Peg, edited. My eldest brother, C.E. Redwine, is a professional musician and he wrote and performed a marvelous score for the film. There were numerous other budding Academy Award winners who contributed time, talent, tips, and immense patience; I appreciate you all!Now, Gentle Reader, you may have noticed that I had little to do with the finished product. But let me suggest the same is often true in other movies where those who get the acclaim may not be those who do the real work. In my defense, I just wish to state, “Hey, I wrote the book!”Anyway, our little movie does tell the horrific story of murdered African Americans by the powerful white community of Posey County, Indiana in 1878 and brings to light the long hidden tragedy. I am proud of our effort and will always treasure the experience. However, it is not JUDGE LYNCH! that is impetuous for this week’s column but Peg’s and my attempt to research the making of a full-length movie about the infamous Osage Reign of Terror that occurred in Osage County, Oklahoma where I was born.Author David Grann has written an excellent exposé of the murders of numerous Native Americans of the Osage tribe in Osage County, Oklahoma in the 1920s and ’30s. Peg and I were at our cabin in Osage County when the casting call came out for extras for the Martin Scorsese directed film that will star Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. While growing up in Pawhuska, the county seat, I often heard whispered rumors of these crimes. Kudos to Grann, Scorsese, DiCaprio and De Niro for having the courage to lift the veil from this great evil.In preparation for this column, Peg and I did go to the Osage County Fairgrounds on Sunday, November 10, 2019, for the advertised casting call for movie extras. Our purpose was to gain information about the making of the movie that we could include in this column. We were met by several extremely polite and pleasant people who were not authorized to answer our questions but they did suggest we might want to experience the casting call process from the inside by filling out applications ourselves. We did so and had an interesting and fun time. Of course, the staff at the door, the numerous tables, and chairs, the clear directional signs and the four enclaves of people photographing, taking prospective extras’ measurements and interviewing the hundreds of hopeful locals were just a little different than the process I used for getting actors for JUDGE LYNCH!. My method was pretty much, “You are my friend. I need you to lynch someone (or be lynched), shoot someone (or be shot) or stand out in the cold rain and try to fathom my directions.”In my opinion, Peg is a possible Barbara Stanwyck double and after a beer or two, I can find a remarkable resemblance between myself and Robert Redford. Of course, we both have movie experience. Therefore, we are excited and waiting for the phone to be discovered. Hey, it happened to Norma Jeane Mortenson didn’t it? And while you may not know it, before Gone With The Wind, Clark Gable worked as an oilfield roustabout in Barnsdall, Osage County, Oklahoma which is the nearest town to our cabin. Can you say kismet? Further, since I am an experienced fellow director, maybe Marty will want another perspective for a scene or two. Next week we may dig a little deeper into the film noir that has Osage County, Oklahoma buzzing.For more Gavel Gamut articles go to www.jamesmredwine.comOr “Like” us on Facebook at JPegRanchBooks&KnittingFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Mouthing off

first_img“We weren’t using our food display cabinets so I tried putting one or two cakes in there and when I saw the response I thought, ’There’s a market here’. All the cakes are made here. It’s got so popular now that people come in just for the cakes and don’t bother stopping for a drink!”with pubs closing hand over fist, landlord Andy Fox of Doncaster pub The Woodfield Farm finds success by wooing his punters with a range of 45 cakes”Our physiology encourages us to consume, and, the truth is, some of us are better at saying no than others”give the man a cake! Peter Rogers, head of experimental psychology at the University of Bristol, shares with The Mail his ground-breaking views on why some office workers are overweight”Pete just loves coffee. He’s been planning this for years. He has a business head and his strategy is top-notch”Peter Andre goes toe to toe with Costa Coffee, which used him for a PR launch in 2010, by opening his New York Coffee Club in East Grinsteadlast_img read more

Elkhart Police Officer injured in suspected drug arrest

first_img Google+ By Tommie Lee – July 20, 2020 2 526 Facebook Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Twitter Google+ Previous articleCovert man arrested after deadly motorcycle crash on I-94Next articleTwo little league parks in Elkhart damaged Tommie Lee Elkhart Police Officer injured in suspected drug arrest Pinterest Pinterest (Photo supplied/ABC 57) A police officer in Elkhart has had his jaw wired shut after he was punched and injured during a marijuana investigation.It happened on July 15 shortly before 9 p.m.The suspect in the case, 26 year-old D’Micah Jones, faces charges of battery and possession of a synthetic substance.The Goshen News reports the officer was patrolling in the 500 block of South Fifth Street when he allegedly saw the suspect rolling something to smoke. Jones allegedly refused to stop rolling it when ordered and punched the officer repeatedly while resisting arrest.The officer underwent surgery for facial injuries. The suspect awaits a day in court.last_img read more

Five people suspected in rash of shootings arrested in Benton Harbor

first_img Twitter (Photo supplied/Michigan State Police) Five people believed to be responsible for a rash of shootings in Benton Harbor have been arrested.Michigan State Police troopers were headed to a disturbance call at River Terrace Apartments, late Thursday night, Sep. 3, when they spotted the suspect vehicle while en route to the complex.Investigators say the driver had a pistol in plain sight. A search of the vehicle turned up 8 guns, 4 long guns, extended magazines, ammunition and body armor. The driver and four passengers were arrested on a slew of charges.Police believe their arrests thwarted a planned shooting that was going to take place. Twitter Pinterest Facebook Facebook Google+ Previous articleCoronavirus support scam reported at Indiana UniversityNext articleAttempt to serve warrant leads to stand off in Mishawaka Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Google+ IndianaMichiganNews WhatsApp Five people suspected in rash of shootings arrested in Benton Harbor Pinterest By Jon Zimney – September 5, 2020 3 1139 WhatsApplast_img read more

Standing up for ‘Selma’

first_imgThe controversy surrounding Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” — which depicts Martin Luther King Jr.’s campaign to secure voting rights for African-Americans — hasn’t dampened the director’s spirits.DuVernay stood firmly by her film last week, through what many have called a snub by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — the film received only two nominations, for best picture and best original song — as well as a bitter backlash over the movie’s portrayal of President Lyndon Baines Johnson.The director arrived at a Harvard discussion on Martin Luther King Day fresh off two emotionally charged events.First, on Friday, she showed the film at the White House for President Obama. As the opening frames rolled, DuVernay couldn’t help but remember that the first motion picture ever screened at the White House was the 1915 silent “The Birth of a Nation,” originally titled “The Clansman.”“To be a black woman filmmaker screening [my] work and telling this story in that place was very emotional.”On Sunday she was back in Selma, Ala., to march with members of the film’s cast from City Hall to the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where on March 7, 1965, hundreds of peaceful protestors were attacked by police. The singers Common and John Legend also took part in the event, performing their Oscar-nominated song from the film “Glory” and Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.”“It was something beyond spectacle; a reigniting of a fire, that’s what we were hearing,” DuVernay said Monday at the AMC Somerville Theater, where she’d come for a screening of “Selma” sponsored by the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research and hosted by its director, Henry Louis Gates Jr.The film tracks King’s campaign to march from Selma to Montgomery in an effort to expose state harassment of African-Americans who attempted to register to vote. It also explores King’s efforts to persuade Johnson to push forward the Voting Rights Act. Some critics — among them historians and former presidential aides — have complained that DuVernay distorts the historical record, casting Johnson as an obstacle to King’s plans instead of a partner in the effort.Gates waded into the controversy, asking “What is the director’s responsibility to making feature films to the historical record?”“I did not go into it trying to rehabilitate, celebrate anyone. … I am just telling the story the way I see it,” said DuVernay.”A narrative that places African-Americans at its heart was bound to generate some negative reaction, she said.“I think it’s so much about this uncomfortable space of people of color, women, people on the margins being at the center of their own story and allowing each person to have their own gaze upon history. Everything doesn’t have to be through one lens.”DuVernay said she regretted that the “faux” controversy surrounding the film has deflected attention from the protests in response to police shootings in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City.“It’s knocked off the front pages and out of the discussion the fact that black lives matter, because instead we are talking about the fact that this president’s life mattered so much … [instead] of the toxicity and tragedy around the breaking of the black body, around police aggression, all the things that are happening right now.”Controversy swirled around the film’s poor showing in Thursday’s Oscar nominations. Fans flooded Twitter and Facebook, angry at the lack of diversity among the honorees, in particular DuVernay’s absence in the best director category. Having worked as a publicist in the industry for several years before becoming a director, DuVernay said she is “really clear on what [an Oscar nomination] is.”“I wasn’t really tripping about everything that folks are up in arms about, because I didn’t expect it.”She said she was disappointed for the film’s star, David Oyelowo, who was left out of the best-actor nominations despite receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews in the lead role.“I did have pain over David because I know what he did, I know what it took, I know what we were facing. … I know what he gave, and I wanted that for him as my friend.”Asked by Gates why King hasn’t been at the center of more films, DuVernay cited complicating factors in budgeting and scheduling, as well as estate and copyright issues, and then said, “I don’t think that studios have historical dramas with black protagonists at the top of their to-do list, that’s a big one.”In fact, “Selma” was a personal departure. Before accepting the job, DuVernay was only interested in “contemporary images of black people.” But in figuring out a way into the story as a filmmaker she came to realize, “it was about the very basic idea that you do not know who you are unless you know where came from.”As for her future, DuVernay said she hopes to emulate 84-year-old Clint Eastwood, the star-turned-director whose most recent film is “American Sniper.”“I intend to be here for a long time.”last_img read more

‘These are our brothers and sisters’

first_imgFor months, the Islamic State group commonly referred to as ISIS has made shockwaves in the Middle East and around the world with its swift, merciless and religiously-motivated violence. On a recent trip to the Middle East, Notre Dame professor of theology Fr. Dan Groody witnessed the human face of the victims of the Islamic State group’s brutality so he could share their story with Catholics in the United States and the Notre Dame community.Photo courtesy of Fr. Dan Groody ‘Christ gives me peace’“When we were in a Bulgarian refugee camp, this guy came up to me and said ‘I’m a Christian.’ … I didn’t have my clerics on, but he said ‘I’m a Christian,’ and so I said, ‘Tell me more,’” Groody said. “And he said ISIS asked him if he was a Christian and he said yes, and they asked him why he was a Christian and he said, ‘I don’t find peace in Islam. I want to find peace. I’m tired of the fighting, I’m tired of the violence, I’m tired of all the hatred. I want to find peace and Christ gives me peace.’“He said he came back later than evening and [ISIS] killed his mother, his father, his sister and his two brothers. He said ‘I have no one else left in the world.’ He was very much alone in the midst of Bulgaria. He couldn’t go back to his homeland, and he really couldn’t go forward at this point, either.”Groody travelled to Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece from Sept. 21 to Oct. 3 with a delegation of six people from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) that focuses on migrant and refugee ministry.As Christians visiting the region, Groody said the delegation faced some of the same threats the refugees they encountered did, but nothing compared to their reality.“There’s always a risk. Life’s a risk,” he said. “I didn’t feel threatened at any time, but we were aware that some of the towns we were in, ISIS was there, and even some of the houses we were in it wasn’t clear who we were dealing with.“But still, our job was not to play it safe. Our job was to find out what was happening, and unless we were able to hear the stories of the people where they work, we really couldn’t offer anything substantial. But whatever risks we took, they were nothing compared to what people we were talking to were going through. … Anything we faced was just so miniscule in comparison.”Groody said members of this committee travel to different parts of the world with pressing migrant and refugee issues each year. In the past two years, they have been to Central America to examine the issue of migrant children coming to the U.S. and the Middle East to address the overflow of refugees from the Syrian Civil War.On each trip, Groody said delegation members meet with high-level United Nations (U.N.) and government officials, aid workers with groups such as Catholic Charities and the Red Cross and with refugees themselves.Groody said these encounters with refugees were the most moving aspect of the experience. He said a medical student from Syria fleeing ISIS violence with his brother, both of whom Groody met in Greece, told him a particularly powerful story.“I asked, ‘Was God present at any point’ and the one brother, who was Muslim, said, ‘Yes, absolutely. We were constantly looking death in the face, and death was in front of us everyday,’” Groody said. “This is someone who was a medical student in Syria and now a refugee in Greece. I said, ‘What did you say to God or what did you hear from God?’ And he said, ‘I prayed everyday, and it was this: you are my God, my life is in your hands, help me.’ It’s those kinds of stories, for me, that are particularly important.”‘These are our brothers and sisters’Unlike the United States, Groody said countries such as Turkey, which has about 1.7 million refugees, willingly accept large volumes of refugees.“I’ve often asked the government leaders — we’ve met with Prime Ministers and Secretaries of State on previous visits — why is it that you accept [the refugees],” he said. “I mean, [the U.S.] goes crazy over 60,000 children coming across the border.“So I said, ‘Why do you accept them?’ They said ‘These are our brother and sisters.’ So it’s really rather striking to see the level of humanitarian commitment they have, even with the political costs that are involved. And that was one of the things I paid close attention to. If you look at the calculus between humanitarian costs and political costs in both Turkey and in the United States, Turkey — even though I’ve got a lot of issues with Turkey — Turkey has really said, ‘We will welcome these people even if there’s nothing to gain politically because they are our brothers and sisters,’ whereas we’ve said, ‘Because we have something to lose politically, we will not do anything for these people.’”Groody said United States and the USCCB still do accept and help resettle millions of refugees, making the delegation an important tool for understanding where the refugees come from.“The United States resettles more refugees than any other country in the world, and the Bishop’s conference resettles more refugees than any other organization in the United States,” he said.“If you just took the number of resettled refugees that the Bishop’s conference resettles, it would be larger than any other country in the world other than the United States. So it’s a tremendous amount of work that the Bishops do, so these kinds of delegations are important because they give us firsthand accounts of what’s going on with the refugee situation in various parts of the world.”‘What more can Notre Dame do’Though he travelled with the USCCB and continues work with them, Groody said he also made the trip to the Middle East as a Notre Dame faculty member with an eye towards the University’s role, or lack thereof, in the refugee crisis.“While I went as a member of the Bishop’s conference, and while I went as a member of the committee, I actually also went there as a member of the faculty, and I can’t help but go to these places and continually ask, ‘What more can Notre Dame do, and what can we do as human beings, as Christians, as Catholics,’” Groody said.When he visited a school on the border of Turkey and Syria, overflowing with 3,000 refugees, Groody said a classroom full of young girls told him what they would want to tell the U.N.“They looked at me and said, ‘First of all, don’t forget about us, but secondly, what we really want is an education, and we want to have a future with hope. We want to have a peaceful place to live,” he said. “What I heard again and again is they want an education. I ask what can we do to contribute to that.”Groody said he could envision Notre Dame playing a role in establishing satellite learning opportunities for refugees. He also said he thought the Alliance for Catholic Education could help give migrant and refugee children an education in the United States.Overall, Groody said the refugee crises in the Middle East, Central America and other parts of the world call Catholic communities such as Notre Dame to examine their role as advocates for the marginalized.“I think the presence of the refugee crisis is very significant right now,” he said. “We live in age of migration and we live at a time when there are pressing human needs. And I think it’s a time when our government is doing something — it is trying to respond to some of these issues — but it raises the question of how much of a responsibility is upon us to not be indifferent and to really rise up to the humanitarian challenge that’s there, and I think even more so from a Christian perspective, to see how central that is to our own life of faith.”Tags: Bulgaria, Fr. Dan Groody, iraq, ISIS, Migrant, Refugee, Syria, turkey, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCBlast_img read more

New Attacks by Criminal Gangs in Brazil

first_imgBy Dialogo February 07, 2013 The Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, located in the country’s south, faces new attacks by a criminal gang known as First Capital Group (PCG), who targeted over 18 districts by setting vehicles on fire and attacking public buildings, resulting in several injuries. These criminal acts, ordered from inside the penitentiary where the PCG leaders are incarcerated, are changing the daily lives of the population by imposing an unofficial curfew, leading to fear and concern. The incidents are similar to what occurred in São Paulo, which was sponsored by the PCC in 2012, and lasted approximately six months, killing over 300 people, mostly Military Police. The similarities suggest that they all originated from the same manual, a national doctrine to confront the society adopted by criminal organizations based in city of São Paulo. The actions have the same motivation: the transfer of inmates, how they are treated by state agents, and the terrible conditions inside Brazilian penitentiaries. This latest incident happened days after footage of the inside of a penitentiary in the city of Joinvile, where prison guards or police officers were attacking restrained inmates with blank bullets and tear gas was released on the Internet. Acts of this nature have been increasingly performed by different gangs over the past six years, in several states such as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and now Santa Catarina, creating the population to become restless, as well as causing major economic losses. The biggest anomaly of this violent scenario is that the perpetrators are arrested and returned to the criminal “headquarters,” where the orders and the planning for the attacks originated. *André Luís Woloszyn, Strategic Affairs Analystlast_img read more