Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change 2018

first_imgHow we make and use the products and goods we use in everyday life plays an important role in tackling climate change.Taking raw materials from the ground, manufacturing products and then throwing away our used products and waste materials can all add to greenhouse gas emissions. But there are low-carbon ways to design, produce, supply and recycle products.We can live more climate friendly lifestyles if we manage our natural resources sustainably, and be more energy and resource efficient during the entire life-cycle of the goods we consume.Submit videos that showcase your activities that contribute to responsible production and consumptionExamples of submissions:Carrying out climate friendly solutions/ideas on how to promote sustainable production or consumption;Campaigns to promote behavioral change;Initiatives to reduce emissions during the lifecycle of goods, in areas such as:unnecessary consumption;sustainable fashion;sharing economy;reusing goods and materials;transporting goods;locally focused economy;reducing waste; Pocket Deadline: 31 August 2018Open to: youth from all over the world between 18 and 30 agesAwards: road-trip travel to 24th session of the Conference of the Parties in Katowice, PolandDescriptionAre you 18-30 and taking part in activities to fight climate change? Send a 3 minute video for a chance to be a youth reporter at the UN Climate Change Conference in Poland in December.One winner in each of two categories: May 14, 2018 Published by Ivona Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change 2018 Green jobs can improve energy efficiency, limit greenhouse gas emissions, and help people adapt to the effects of climate change.New business ideas, green industrialization, and education can all add to the creation of safe and meaningful work in a low-carbon economy.Submit videos that showcase your activities that contribute to creation of climate friendly jobsExamples of submissions:Work or new businesses that improve the economy and addresses climate change;Green jobs and careers related to:Renewable energy;Food waste;Construction and infrastructure;Transportation;Green design; Round-trip travel to 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland, in December 2018;Assignment as a youth reporter, assisting the UN Climate Change team with videos, articles and social media posts.How to Apply?In order to apply fill the entry form.Send your video diary film with your name and email to [email protected] via the WeTransfer website.For more information please visit the official website. Share 0 New job opportunities are opening up in a range of environmentally-friendly sectors such as renewable energy, sustainable design, recycling, energy efficiency, electric vehicles or sustainable agriculture. Category One – Responsible production & consumption Reddit Climate Change PIX – 2021 Photo Competitioncenter_img Fourth Human Rights Youth Challenge Applications for 10th Anniversary Edition of the UN Global Climate Action Awards Now Open LinkedIn 0 Technical and job-based training for green jobs;Educational campaigns promoting sustainable employment;Research to develop a low-carbon economy.EligibilityYou must be between 18 and 30 on the closing date;Your video must be a maximum of three minutes;Your video must be in English or have English subtitles;You must be free and available to travel to Poland in December 2018;Your entry form and video must be received by 11pm GMT, 31 August 2018.Awards Similar Stories Category Two – Green and climate friendly jobs Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2018 → +1 Tweet ← Project manager at the European Association for local democracy (ALDA) Skopjelast_img read more

Eskom improves operational efficiency at Kusile and Medupi

first_imgThe Deputy President said efforts are underway towards ensuring that procurement savings are delivered on. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Finance and Policy The recently appointed transformation management office in Eskom has made significant inroads in improving the operational efficiency at the Kusile and Medupi power plants states the South African power utility. “For instance, Kusile Unit 2 has added 720 megawatts to the national grid since its commercial operation in October 2020. Major defects at Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme, have been addressed and each of the four units are now performing at full capacity of 331 megawatts from previous 245 megawatts,” explained Mabuza.  Edited by ESI Africa. Source   UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development This will further be complemented by a tariff increase of 15% for the 2022 financial year which has been granted to Eskom. Featured image: Eskom Have you read?High Court ruling sets Eskom 15.63% tariff hike in motion In terms of employee costs, the second round of voluntary severance packages are underway, and net savings are expected to be realised in the 2022 financial year. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Have you read?Op-ed: Medupi and Kusile, design modifications progress and problems As far as the restructuring of Eskom into three divisions is concerned, the Deputy President said the division of the power utility was completed by March 2020 as the first step towards business separation, with functional separation to be completed by March 2021. “Further, transmission network performance has returned to expected levels, and distribution performance remains stable,” he added. The Deputy President said with regards to efforts to improve the utility’s income statement, Eskom has realised savings of four billion Rands that was declared against a target of R3.1 billion. He said the finalisation of this process will create the required certainty for prospective investors in generation capacity, in turn ensuring that bids are fairly adjudicated, relative to Eskom generation. Processes are also underway to dispose non-core properties. TAGSelectricity tariffsEskomKusile Power StationMedupi Power StationSouth Africa Previous articleGazetted draft critical skills list omits key artisan skillsNext articleGlobal pandemic highlights battle of cities for cleaner air Nomvuyo Tena RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter “As the Political Task Team on Eskom, we are comfortable with the notable progress in Eskom’s recovery of its operational performance that has been made thus far,” he concluded. The Deputy President commented: “In line with achieving operational efficiency, five units at Medupi and Kusile power stations that had design defects have been corrected, and this will contribute to sustainable energy provision by our new build programme.” Deputy President Mabuza said, meanwhile, that in relation to strengthening the balance sheet, a savings of R7.5 billion has been realised in terms of capital expenditure. Generation The establishment of a separate Transmission subsidiary is still targeted for completion by December 2021, with Generation and Distribution by December 2022. From improving the balance sheet to correcting defects at the Kusile and Medupi power plants, Deputy President David Mabuza says the task team on Eskom is pleased with the progress of the recently-appointed transformation management office.  BRICSlast_img read more

West New York man accused of sexual assault now indicted on…

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By John Heinis – January 30, 2020 11:12 am 1 Bayonne man busted with cocaine, heroin, semi-automatic handgun after fleeing from cops John Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say CrimeWest New York Bayonne Comments are closed. Previous articleBayonne High School victorious in first ever girls wrestling dual meet in Hudson CountyNext articleBayonne police investigating early morning incident where bus driver punched in the nose John Heinis A West New York man accused of sexual assault in relation to a woman’s death back in November has now been indicted on murder charges following an indictment by a grand jury. By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewOn January 29th, a Hudson County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Edwin Velasco-Salazar, 22, of West New York, charging him with four counts related to the November 1st, 2019 death and alleged sexual assault of Irma Contreras Flores in West New York, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a statement.The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be compression of the neck and the manner of death to be homicide. Velasco-Salazar is expected to be arraigned on the indictment at a date to be determined in February.The indictment charges Velasco-Salazar with murder, sexual assault, felony murder, and endangering an injured victim.On November 1st, at approximately 3:40 a.m., members of the West New York Police Department responded to 214 63rd Street on reports of an unconscious woman.Upon arrival, West New York police officers discovered an unresponsive female in the vestibule area at that location, officials said.The female was identified as Irma Contreras Flores, 32, of West New York. She was transported by Emergency Medical Services to Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen and was pronounced dead at approximately 4:20 a.m, authorities said.On Monday, November 4, 2019, following the preliminary investigation, members of the HCPO arrested Velasco-Salazar and initially charged him with aggravated assault, sexual assault, and endangering an injured victim.Velasco-Salazar was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny where he has been in custody since his arrest. He was ordered to be detained on November 13th, 2019.Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit with the investigation, as well as the West New York Police Department for assisting. 1 COMMENTcenter_img Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Bayonne Police: Queens man impersonates NYPD officer, assaults and bites Bayonne cops over towed car Facebook Twitter TAGShudson county prosecutor’s officemurdersexual assaultwest new york police SHARE Bayonne January 30, 2020 5:09 pm at 5:09 pm Great You caught him. But will the courts keep him Locked up or bail Reform ? West New York man accused of sexual assault now indicted on murder chargeslast_img read more

2 mental health patients chained in back of sheriff’s van drown as deputies rescued: Police

first_imgGoogle Maps(MULLINS, S.C.) — Two female mental patients chained in the back of a county sheriff’s van drowned when the vehicle in which they were traveling was overcome by floodwaters, police said. The deputies who were transporting the two women to a different facility in South Carolina were saved, local law enforcement officials told ABC News late Tuesday.The two women have not yet been identified. The pair of Horry County Sheriff’s deputies who were in the van tried to extricate the patients, but, due to rapidly rising floodwaters, were unable to open the van’s doors to reach the shackled women, according to a statement from County Sheriff Phillip Thompson. Rescue teams responded in time to save the deputies.The coroner in neighboring Marion County confirmed the two deceased patients were female, and the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident, according to the statement. “Tonight’s incident is a tragedy,” Thompson said in the statement. “Just like you, we have questions we want answered. We are fully cooperating with the State Law Enforcement Division to support their investigation of this event.” According to ABC affiliate WPDE, the patients were being transported from Loris Hospital Waccamaw Center for Mental Health to McLeod Health, which runs multiple facilities in the region.The van was traveling west on Highway 76 into neighboring Marion County when floodwaters overcame the vehicle.The incident happened in the area of the Little Pee Dee River, which branches off from the Lumber River, in Mullins, South Carolina. The Lumber River overflowed its banks following the record rains dumped by Hurricane Florence. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Hamptons builder pleads not guilty to assaulting Andrew Saunders

first_imgJeffrey Collé and Andrew Saunders (Credit: Hampton’s Real Estate, Facebook, and iStock)Hamptons luxury homebuilder Jeffrey Collé pleaded not guilty to an assault charge in an East Hampton courtroom Thursday after he and broker Andrew Saunders got into a fistfight last week.Collé pleaded not guilty to one charge of assault in the third degree, people familiar with the matter told The Real Deal. The judge in the case granted an order of protection barring Collé from being in the presence of Saunders and his wife.A status hearing in the case is scheduled for Nov. 21.A spokesperson for Collé told TRD, “A false narrative has been put forth, and the facts will show that Mr. Collé acted in self-defense.”The charges stem from an incident that happened last Thursday evening at the East Hampton Grill. Accounts of the altercation differ, but sources said the two men got into a physical fight that included shoving and punching each other. Both sides claim the other was the instigator.Saunders’ attorney, Anthony LaPinta, said Collé’s claim of self-defense is “as ridiculous as his other versions.”“Mr. Collé continues to change his story,” LaPinta said. “Collé’s unprovoked attack was witnessed by many people and captured by security cameras. His failure to take responsibility for this targeted and intentional assault, as well as the outrageous lies he has told about it, concerns us.” This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Ridleys back on growth track

first_imgIt is putting in an application at the end of the year to increase its vehicle authorisation from 28 to 40 to be based at its new 1.2-acre site on Stratford Road, Warwick, which started operating fully in August.“I am going to say that it is the biggest we are going to get and we are going to stop there, but I have said that a few times before,” acknowledges Jordan Ridley, the Warwickshire-based company’s Founder and Managing Director, who started the operation about 10 years ago as a one-man owner-operator, and has seen it grow to own 34 vehicles, including what he describes as “a few toys.”“What had stopped us growing before was our premises. We didn’t have the room for the vehicles.”Need for new homeIn fact, 12-18 months ago, Jordan was facing a major dilemma at his then ‘yard’ on a half-acre site in Kenilworth.“We were wedging in 30-odd vehicles on the site. We had a workshop, an office and a drivers’ room, Some of us had to stay every night to park the vehicles because they had to be parked up so tight. Every morning we had to get there for 0430-0500hrs to move the vehicles so they were all in line as to what time they were going out. It was an absolute nightmare,” Jordan recalls.“I had got to the point where I thought we are either going to have to cut the fleet right down or put it up for sale and hope someone came along and took it off our hands because of the fact that we couldn’t find a yard.”A search for a new alternative started about five years ago when the company was already outgrowing its Kenilworth site with 12-15 vehicles at the time.But now, after a few false dawns, Jordan can happily see his fleet of mainly coaches but also some double-decker buses able to be comfortably lined up on the new Warwick site, which is close to the M40-A46 Interchange.Ridleys has a five-year lease and Jordan is hoping that he might be able to buy the whole four-acre site at some stage.New facilitiesFacilities that have been created include a large two-bay garage workshop for the maintenance team, with a smaller bay being used for body repairs and can handle vehicle repairs if needed. The workshops were supplied and installed by South Yorkshire-based BlueLine Buildings, who also provided Ridleys’ smaller workshop for its Kenilworth site. “It was a quarter of the size we have now but worked well for us, so we went back to them when we moved in,” says Jordan.On top of the lease payment, Ridleys spent about £250,000 on getting the new site ready, including installing a surface, putting concrete pads down for the new buildings, including the workshops, offices, toilet and drivers’ room, having a wash bay and steam clean facilities, installing fire alarms and security system, and bringing in telephone lines, and bringing in electricity and water to the site.A new addition last week was a fuel tank, supplied and installed by Gloucestershire-based Oil Tank Supplies, that holds 15,000 litres of diesel and 5,000 litres of Ad-Blue. There was no space for a fuel tank at Ridleys’ old Kenilworth home, and Jordan estimates that having on-site re-fuelling and fuel in bulk instead of using fuel stations will save the company £1,000 a week“It has been an expensive move, but a move that needed to be done without a shadow of doubt,” says Jordan of the company’s relocation.“The move is massive for the company. It has just made us look more professional,” says Jordan, who adds that it is “fantastic” being at the new site and the staff – 35 full and part-time drivers, six mechanics and four in the office – are enjoying their new surroundings.“We can grow for a start because we have room to grow.”Fleet expansionThis growth is already happening with the development of the company’s business operation and fleet.While school contracts and school trips have always been Ridleys’ “bread and butter” and private hire and rail replacement work are part of its business mix, it has bought 14 brand new vehicles in the last three years.“So you look at your fleet and think: ‘These vehicles can do a lot more than just school runs’. So we have got into the tour market, and started working for tour companies with the new vehicles,” says Jordan.  It has signed a deal with a tour company starting in April 2019 for five vehicles a week through the year taking international tourists around the UK.This will partly be undertaken using four of Volvo’s newly-launched MCV-bodied B11R 53-seaters that Ridleys has bought for its tour contract work and are expected to be delivered in March and April.“Volvo and MCV have done a very good job of putting together a cost-effective tour coach,” says Jordan.This purchase forms part of a £1.3 million, six-vehicle order that Ridleys has made through Volvo Coventry, with the feature being two of the 57-seat 9900 coaches, which Jordan describes as the “best looking coach I have ever seen” and which will also be used on the tour contract. Ridleys is among the first operators to order 9900s and the pair will be delivered in September 2019.Volvo 9900 ‘flagships’“The 9900s will be our flagships definitely. We will make a big fuss of them when they come in and get them out there to people. They are the cream of coaches. In my opinion; they best you can buy. Volvo have done a fantastic job in putting together a very, very good product.”Volvo coaches make up the large proportion of Ridleys’ fleet – including the 1994-registered B10M Jonckheere, nicknamed Lottie, that Jordan started his company driving and has just returned after an extensive refurbishment and is still driven by him on school runs when required.Ridleys has just bought two Van Hool double-decker coaches, ex Stagecoach, from Procters with the vehicles hoped to arrive this week. The 87-seat vehicles will add to the five double-decker buses that Ridleys operate around West Midlands, and have already attracted interest from clients wanting to use them, including the Coventry City FC supporters club from Leamington Spa and Warwick, and will also be used for tour work among other tasks.“I have never bought a coach without having the work for it first,” says Jordan about the latest fleet additions.“I think we have one of the best fleets around, regionally certainly, and with the new vehicles, I think we are getting up there with the ‘best of the best’.”Future thoughtsJordan sees the market as “unbelievably challenging” and thinks Euro 6 will have more impact on his business – which is purely UK focused – than Brexit.Ridleys will have 20-plus Euro 6 vehicles in the fleet by April 2019 when London “goes Euro 6”. Jordan thinks that should be fine for his company, which only has about 20 vehicles in London at any one time during peak summer time.However, potential possibilities of West Midlands cities like Birmingham and Coventry going into Euro 6 would present a few issues for Ridleys with its double-decker buses currently running school contracts in the area.Brexit wouldn’t impact on Ridleys as much as operators who go abroad, he thinks, but the possibility of it pushing new vehicle prices up would have a “huge impact” and possible fuel price rises could be an issue.Ridleys have made a lot of investment in its operation recently with the new site and fleet expansion, but Jordan is “confident” about the future.“I am a bit of a risk taker, but I take calculated risks. I will sit down and calculate everything to the penny. We do push ourselves sometimes. The new site certainly pushed boundaries and my bank account as well.“You don’t get anywhere in business unless you push yourself and take risks. If you don’t do that, in my opinion, you don’t get anywhere.”FIND OUT A move to a much bigger ‘yard’ has helped open the doors for new growth opportunities for Ridleys Coaches, with fleet expansion including the purchase of two new 9900s as ‘flagship’ vehiclesWhat a difference a year or so can make. That is certainly true for Ridleys Coaches, which has just revealed it is spending £1.3 million on six newly launched Volvo coaches – two of the super luxury 9900 model and four of the MCV-bodied B11R for tour contracts –  as part of business and fleet growth plans.Ash Brown, General Manager, and Jordan Ridley, Managing Director, with some of the fleet at Ridley Coaches’ new Warwick baselast_img read more

Move to seize proceeds of crime

first_imgThe proposed measures, which would extend existing legislation on the seizure of the proceeds of drug-related crimes to include other offences, stem from an action plan approved by EU leaders at the Amsterdam summit in June last year.But while the Austrian presidency says it is hopeful that a deal can be reached, other EU diplomats say divisions between member states over what crimes should be covered by any new legislation make agreement next week unlikely.Although there are already laws on member states’ statute books governing the seizure of proceeds in certain instances, EU governments agree on the need for tougher legislation.“It shouldn’t matter whether the proceeds of the crime come from drug offences or environmental offences,” said one diplomat. “If it is an illegal act, I see no objection to criminalising money laundering.” But while most governments support the idea in principle, tough negotiations are likely over precisely which crimes should be included when ministers discuss the proposal for the first time at their meeting next Thursday (24 September).Under the draft plan now on the table, offences subject to prison sentences of four years or more would be covered.“The main problem is the threshold. There are some member states which would like to have a shorter period and some even longer,” said one EU official. She added that she was “not too optimistic” that the proposal would be agreed by ministers at next week’s meeting.However, the Austrian presidency insists that it is confident ministers will be able to agree on the four-year threshold as an appropriate medium ground. “There are some states that want to expand the scope even further,” said an official at Austria’s justice ministry in Vienna. “We believe this is the compromise that is politically feasible.”The draft proposal, drawn up after more than a year of talks in working groups made up of national officials, calls on member states to adopt their own laws on the confiscation of criminal proceeds both in purely domestic cases and in those initiated by other member states. It also urges national authorities to cooperate with one another in investigating money-laundering cases.last_img read more

Boris Johnson Announces Delay In Return Of Indoor Concerts To England

first_imgBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday that indoor concerts will not return to England as early as anticipated. Indoor events, including movies and museum openings, were scheduled to return beginning on August 1st.This delay comes barely two weeks after Johnson announced that socially distanced, indoor events could resume on August 1st. That decision has now apparently been overturned by the U.K.’s Chief Medical Officer, Chris Witty, who warned that England has “reached the limits of opening up society.”Related: German Scientists Recruit 4,000 Concertgoers For Coronavirus ExperimentIn a press conference on Downing Street on Friday, Johnson stated that the return of indoor events will be pushed back at least two weeks. This comes in addition to the extension of face mask requirements past the previously-announced August 8th. Therefore, whenever indoor leisure businesses do reopen, attendees will be required to wear face masks, and police will supposedly enforce the requirement more stringently.“So what that means, potentially, is if we wish to do more things in the future, we may have to do less of some other things,” Witty said. “And these will be difficult trade-offs, some of which will be decisions of government and some of which are for all of us, as citizens, to do.”Britain’s leading venue-advocacy organization, the Music Venue Trust (MVT), issued a statement in response stating disappointment, but not surprise. A test concert earlier this week featuring Frank Turner at London’s The Clapham Grand was deemed “not a success” financially by the venue’s manager. Rather than lobbying to reopen as quickly as possible which, given the extensive social distancing measures introduced by the government would not be economically viable, the MVT is instead pushing for further government assistance to independent venues.“Since May 2020, Music Venue Trust has repeatedly informed the government that live music events in grassroots music venues would be extraordinarily difficult to stage, not economically viable, and at risk of being cancelled at short notice during the current pandemic,” the organization said in a statement.In fact, the MVT has lobbied that indoor venues not reopen until at least October 1st, or such a time when they can get more than 20 percent capacity in the door.“A number of venues across the country have attempted to stage such events based on advice from the government, incurring substantial costs to make their venues safe,” the MVT said. “That expenditure now adds to the growing mountain of debts accrued by those venues working within the government guidelines.”Last month, the U.K. government approved a £1.57 billion rescue package for the arts. The first £2.25 million is earmarked for independent music venues, which will benefit up to 150 businesses with loans of up to £80,000 distributed over the next few months.[H/T NME]last_img read more

The Power of Acknowledgment – Another Reason to Love Thanksgiving

first_imgIs there a price to be paid for overlooking the contributions of people we work and live with? Gallup surveys suggest a strong link between full productive loyal engagement and acknowledgement. Moreover, reports and exit interviews show unacknowledged high performing employees often leave their jobs even when extrinsic rewards and intrinsic satisfaction are high. How many other important relationships unravel for the same reason?Like every important change in our lives, learning to practice acknowledgement is often difficult. Consider the ingrained culturally sanctioned habits that prompt criticism over appreciation, starting with ourselves. Gratitude is crucial to acknowledgement. But we need to embrace the habit to realize its importance. Umlas summarizes what it takes to practice acknowledgment as five Cs: consciousness, choice, courage, communication and commitment. Courage especially.Corporate Culture or Laziness?Judy Umlas lists several excuses associated with a reluctance to acknowledge. Some suggest it is cheapened by overuse or looks like favoritism.Yet the author says simple thanks, plus recognition, plus acknowledgement constitute a three part “appreciation paradigm.” It is far more than a management tool, even though it very much contributes to the bottom line. The army, for example, has asked Judy to teach her acknowledgment approach in its program of suicide prevention.In his forward Doug Rauch, retired Trader Joe’s president and current CEO of Conscious Capitalism Inc., expresses his belief that capitalism is changing. He observes that, “When you create a true culture of care, of gratitude, unbelievable things occur.”Other CEOs agree. Leaders at Whole Foods Market, The Westervelt Company, General Mills and Prudential Annuities have all lent their profiles to this book. Their experiences remind us of the happiness dividend which is enabled by gratitude.Judy Umlas is on solid scientific ground, too. She begins with citations from Martin Seligman’s landmark letter of gratitude study, and continues through Tal Ben-Shahar’s Even Happier: A Gratitude Journal for Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment. She cites specific studies including the 2003 Miami University study by Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough on gratitude’s effects on physical and emotional well-being.All this research underscores the role that unambiguous, heartfelt enunciation of achievement can play in this virtuous cycle. For acknowledgement is much like mercy as Shakespeare writes in The Merchant of Venice, “…it is twice blessed; it blesseth him that gives and him that takes”.Read the full article, with references, at Positive Psychology News – Photo Credit: Baby with sign by Amber B McNamara via Flickr-CCDonald Officer, MA ’89 is a strategic thinking practitioner who melds problem solving and emerging research models to help clients anticipate unexpected scenarios and opportunities. In addition to coaching, facilitation, consulting and teaching, Don writes and blogs at Strategic Praxis, where he welcomes comments. He is a certified facilitator and member of the International Coach Federation and the Canadian Positive Psychology Association.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreCan you remember how it feels when someone tells you how wonderful you are, or when you receive an unexpected thank-you gift  in the mail?  You felt really happy, right? But, how can we sustain those feelings of happiness longer and more consistently on our own?One author says we can actually generate those feelings more abundantly when we give them away. Judith Umlas studies why it is important to give positive acknowledgment to our fellow human beings. With Thanksgiving coming up this week in the US, Americans will be given ample opportunities to prove this theory and see if they can keep up their own happiness while boosting others. Check out this article by Donald Officer that first appeared in Positive Psychology News:Gratitude must be paid forward so you can keep itGratitude has long been appreciated as a powerful implement in the happiness toolkit. From early on Positive Psychologists have recommended the keeping of a gratitude journal. However, as Martin Seligman and others concede, after a while just recording blessings starts to lose luster. To keep energy high, gratitude must be paid forward – expressed as open acknowledgment which takes on a vibrancy of its own.Judith Umlas, author of Grateful Leadership: Using the Power of Acknowledgment to Engage All Your People and Achieve Superior Results, has forged a successful, rewarding career out of acknowledging acknowledgement. As Senior Vice President at New York based International Institute for Learning Inc., she has lived her credo for 20 odd years. I heard it in her voice when I interviewed her. This is no mere mantra: she believes deeply in the value of actual practice to both the praiser and the praised.In this book, Judy buttresses her own largely anecdotal evidence with several well known gratitude and acknowledgment studies. Her material is thoroughly documented, often in the words of her clients. She has distilled her experiences into principles that even the gratitude averse can apply, which will be helpful to consultants, managers, coaches and other professional practitioners.Umlas has written about acknowledgement before. She published The Power of Acknowledgment in 2006. Her focus was transformed, however, while working at CBS as an executive producer well into the final weeks of her pregnancy. She began to realize how many people go without acknowledgement throughout their working careers. Even while devoting the utmost care and a high-level of personalized service, working people are routinely let-down when their dedication is ignored.last_img read more

Renowned critic visits campus

first_imgFor three weeks each semester, Notre Dame humanities students can interact with one of Britain’s most influential literary critics and a man who is the author of more than 40 academic books on topics ranging from the God Debate to Shakespeare to Marxist literary criticism. Terry Eagleton, Notre Dame’s Excellence in English Distinguished Professor, visits the University twice a year to teach a miniature graduate course and deliver lectures on campus. Despite his prestige in the literary world, Eagleton called himself “a bookseller’s nightmare.” “I’ve long since forgotten what field I’m supposed to be in,” Eagleton said. “I started out in literature, and in some ways I still am. Literature is an open-ended field, it continually merges into surrounding areas [and] a lot of my work is [in] the intersection of different fields.” This semester, Eagleton will be in residence at Notre Dame from Sept. 19 to Oct. 7. Chris Vanden Bossche, director of undergraduate studies in English, said Eagleton began traveling to the United States to teach in 1970. Since then, he has taught at more than 100 universities across the country. “The opportunity to hear from and interact with somebody of that stature is really valuable for our students, especially our graduate students,” Vanden Bossche said. Eagleton was a Visiting Professor at Notre Dame before his current title as the Excellence in English Distinguished Professor was created specifically for him, Vanden Bossche said. Eagleton became a distinguished professor in 2009, and the position will last for five years. “We created this [position] particularly because there was an opportunity to have Professor Eagleton join us,” Vanden Bossche said. “He has historically had some connections [with Notre Dame, and] he’s been here to give talks in the past, so there was an existing relationship between him and the department.” Eagleton is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Lancaster University, where he teaches for a few days a semester, and until recently was also a visiting professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is currently working on a book called “The Event of Literature,” which he said deals with “pure literary theory” and will be released next spring. Eagleton said he think the most interesting academic work crosses boundaries between disciplines. Throughout the 1990s, he focused on Irish Studies, but has since returned to an area he explored in the beginning of his career — theology. Eagleton recently completed a book on evil called “Reason, Faith and Revolution,” which focuses on the God Debate and the interconnection of religion and politics. “I wrote about theology in my early 20s at the time of the Second Vatican Council when things were very exciting in the Church, but over the years I’ve become sort of interested in political theology,” he said. Vanden Bossche said Eagleton is one of just three main influential figures in the area of Marxist criticism and literary theory, the other two being American literary critic Frederick Jameson and Raymond Williams, a Welsh academic, critic and novelist who died in 1988. “The leftist perspective has obviously been a consistent thing throughout his career, but in the broadest sense,” Vanden Bossche said. This year, Eagleton will teach his graduate course on psychoanalysis. He delivered a public lecture called “Jesus & Tragedy” Wednesday night, and will give an undergraduate lecture, “The Contradictions of Oscar Wilde,” on Oct. 5. “They’re on big topics, big questions that fit his strength as a thinker,” Vanden Bossche said. “He just always has something interesting to say that’s really useful for our students.” While Eagleton said forming relationships with students and colleagues may be slightly more difficult while he’s only on campus for three weeks, he said those three weeks are “terrific.” “It means I don’t have to spend a year in South Bend, it means I don’t have to be [away from] my children,” Eagleton said. “Whenever I go anywhere, I like to have an escape. I would like to have a way out rather than feeling I have been marooned.” Eagleton said his short-term stay actually has advantages for teaching. “One of the advantages of dipping in and out is it means my relationship to the place is a purely educational one. What I do is pure teaching,” he said. While the individual departments of universities restructured over the last 20 years, Eagleton said he believes humanities departments could be developed even further. Vanden Bossche said the Department of English at Notre Dame has been working towards a more interdisciplinary focus for a number of years. “I think that’s true [at Notre Dame] as well as elsewhere. People use various disciplines in their study of literature ⎯ philosophy, for sure, history, and so on … We tend to see literature in an interdisciplinary context,” Vanden Bossche said. “That’s definitely been the general trend in literary studies.” Not all of the writing Eagleton has published is academic. He has also written plays, film and television scripts, a memoir and a novel over the course of his career. “Writing for the theater is okay, writing for film is dreadful,” he said. “Actors don’t regard the writer as the most important person. The writer takes very much the back seat in the theater [and it] causes problems if he or she intervenes,” Eagleton said. Eagleton calls himself a “chameleon” when it comes to writing. “In some ways I think I’m just a writer ⎯ what I write is really not important to me,” he said. “I like to write in different styles. I just enjoy the act of writing so much.”last_img read more