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Edition of 31 March 2002 #107

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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Business - Employment

2. Latest Immigration News

3. What You Can Do With Old PC

4. Construction- Sick Building Syndrome

5. Never mind Horoscopes

6. Global Trade-The Great Debate, Loans or Handouts?

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1. Business - Employment
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Three issues have come across our desk in this past few months and attention should be given to every one if you intend being successful in your career and business.

(a) A very serious problem related to sexual harassment in the workplace has been reported to us many times. The issue should really be dealt with under the heading "discrimitary harassment" as the techniques used in handling one issue also covers other areas. Every country if effected by this problem and we have recommended that business managers take advantage of a free online demonstration of how to handle and implement a company policy which is successful. If you are interested in this issue, please visit our site

(b) Another very useful service was recently referred to us, which relates to overcoming the problems of securing that necessary employment you really desire, especially in this difficult economic climate. This new service is known in the trade as the "Insider Career Network" and the service reviews your resume and covering letter for that job application, plus excellent advice on career coaching. Many of our clients are now using this service. Check it out.

(c) It appears that an increasing demand is being experienced for experienced oil industry workers plus also a need for trainees to enter this lucrative and high paying career. Perhaps the reason for the shortage is because of the new war against terrorism, which seems to be taking place almost exclusively in Moslem and Arab influenced areas of the world. If this type of career attracts you, we have recently used the service of a world leading company called "Oil Careers" and we strongly recommend you click here for more details.

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2. Latest Immigration News - The problems of tracking foreign students while residing in the US
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The issue of accepting foreign students to study in the USA and to later find our that the "student" did not even attend college but simply used the cover of obtaining a F1 Visa to penetrate the American system was brought to light by the event of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center. In order to combat this weakness in the Immigration System we have recently learned that the system is being tightened up.

Foreign students already in the USA are now facing scrutiny on campus from the FBI, and could soon find themselves under the watchful eye of private detectives.

Background-check companies and gun-toting bounty hunters are just two of the businesses vying for contracts from the US Immigration and Naturalization Service to help track foreigners who come to the US on student visas. Improved surveillance of students has become top priority in Washington after the discovery that some of the Sept. 11th hijackers entered the US via student visas and didn't pursue their studies.

Although the immigration service has not specified the precise systems it hopes to build, a spokesman says it plans to upgrade its very limited student database. Some companies say their businesses would fit with the task of finding foreign students who fail to show up for class, or did not enroll at all.

This is in line with the recent law passed by Congress calling for a database to track when students receive visas and enroll in school and what subjects they are actually studying.

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3. What You Can Do With Old PC - Update
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Legislation may force computer makers to recycle. In our Newsletter of 31 January 2002 we reported that the problem of getting rid of old computers was becoming of serious concern to environmentalists.

If you missed the article go to "What You Can Do With Old PC".

We now have information that pressure is building up on computer and electronic makers to recycle old equipment to curb toxic electronics waste. California State Senator, Gloria Romero, a democrat from Los Angeles has proposed legislation to force manufacturers to take back used PCs, televisions and other high-tech junk for recycling, called e-waste, which often contains toxic chemicals, is clogging US landfills and, environmental groups say, polluting developing countries.

But recycling is expensive, about $30 per PC, and manufacturers say they will have little choice but to pass the costs on to consumers, which could hurt sales. However the move forward to introduce laws to control waste goes ahead and lawmakers in Massachusetts, Nebraska and South Carolina are also considering passing bills into law similar to what Romero is introducing in the California legislature.

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4. Construction, Sick Building Syndrome
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We have received information from clients who have experienced or have associates who have experienced this strange and hard-to-define condition of "sick-building syndrome".

Government and health experts link the condition to indoor air quality, but as illness caused by an unhealthful office-building environment remains hard to prove, in part because the various governments have not set standards to enforce office air quality, beside efforts by various environmental groups and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the USA.

Sick building syndrome is a condition in which the occupants of a building experience acute health and comfort problems that seem to be linked to actually being in the building, but whose cause isn't known. By comparison, building related illness involves symptoms that can be clinically diagnosed and linked directly to the source

Investigations are at last underway and involves extensive interview with building occupants, medical testing to determine specific problems, examination of employees medical records, observation of work habits and air testing for specific contaminants. The basic recommendations for resolving the problems include better maintenance, cleaning and proper operation of the air conditioning systems, increased ventilation, cleaning the air and educating building management.

The twelve indoor air-contamination sources affecting homes and businesses are.

(1) inadequate maintenance of heating and cooling systems, (2) lead paint, (3) asbestos, (4) car exhaust, pollen, mold, pollution and bird droppings from outside, (5) new carpet, paint paneling, furniture, (6) carbon monoxide, (7) lack of housekeeping, (8) pests such as cockroaches or mice, (9) pollen or plant debris, (10) tobacco smoke, (11) excess water that allows mold and fungi to breed, (12) cleaning supplies and other households chemicals.

For more information on how to assist your company and business premises to make a meaningful contribution to overcoming this problems of "sick building syndrome " click here

 

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5. Never mind horoscopes!
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Never mind horoscopes, just look at your desk. The state of your desk is a key to your personality, new research reveals.

According to research commissioned by global business center group Regus, which operates some 30, 000 workstations world wide, your desk says rather a lot about you. It's like an open book that will tell immediately if you are a team player, hard worker, ambitious mover or insecure wallflower. Psychologist Donna Dawson, who analyzed hundreds of photographs of desktops, conducted the research. She found staffers' immediate working environments reflected distinct personality and character traits. Of course we knew that!

Can you identify yourself among the six main desktop types and personalities?

(a) The business-like organized desktop. This functional desk, typically in neutral or bland colors, usually features few personal touches, has little paperwork on it and is likely to be dominated by equipment and technology. Most usually, this desk will belong to an accountant or a PA who is good at his or her job has little patience and doesn't tolerate fools. Not a team player, he or she will like to be left alone to work, focusing on one thing at a time.

(b) The organized chaos desktop. This along with the in/out tray and the surrounding shelves and floor, will be overflowing with papers and folders, but there will be few personal effects, mainly due to lack of space. This is the desk not of a sloppy person but of an overworked one who wants to be liked and finds it hard to say no to anyone. Flexible and efficient, he or she will nevertheless lose time trying to find things and worrying about meeting deadlines.

(c) The creative chaos desktop. This cluttered desk features a variety of differing projects, often with books, papers, drawings, notes and photos piled on top of each other as evidence of likely to belong to an independent creative person such as a journalist or public relations consultant who spends a lot of time out of the office. Energetic and lively, he or she will tend to be work-focused and reluctant to socialize, but highly capable of improvising and lateral thinking.

(d) The personality extension. This desk is a "home from home" and is loaded with personal items such as postcards, amusing epigrams, personalized mouse-mats and drawings. Certain jobs, such as advertising and marketing, will encourage this kind of personalized environment. This desk is thus likely to belong to a person who is outgoing, sociable, talkative and ready to socialize at a moments notice. But who can also get depressed quite easily and needs a lot of praise and encouragement to feel motivated.

(e) The show desktop. Often large and imposing, and made of good wood, this desk has very little on it and is used to show status, the clear space indicating that someone lower down the corporate ladder takes care of the paperwork. This could be a boss's desk, that of a doctor, or that of someone who interviews others, such as a recruitment consultant. But whoever it is, it will probably be an enigmatic individual that others find somewhat intimidating. Such a desk may, however, also be buffer for a defensive, inadequate or insecure personality.

(f) The trophy desk. Slightly messy, this features lots of things designed to broadcast how well the owner is doing professionally, socially or financially. There will be a careless air to the desk, as if the owner is too busy planning and executing big things to be bothered with tidying up. This is the desk of a high-powered sales or media person, friendly, energetic, ambitious and sometimes noisy. Possibly pushy and probably bossy, he or she will love a challenge, never take no for an answer, socialize easily and be an excellent leader.

 

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6. Global Trade-The Great Debate, Loans or Handouts?
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The great debate on "Direct Grants" or "Loans" to the developing nations continues.

After years of watching economies crash and burn, world leaders are rethinking their lending policies to the developing world.

The debate at the UN Conference on Financing for Development has divided the Western world. The United States wants to replace loans with direct handouts. European countries and lending institutions worry that would leave them with little to give as money is given out and never paid back.

Last week, President Bush pledged $5 billion more in foreign aid and suggested the money be given away in the form of grants to countries with relatively stable financial and political systems.

"Many have rallied to the idea of dropping the debt. I say let's rally to the idea of stopping the debt," he said. U2 singer Bono, who has argued against saddling poor nations with debt, stood by the president's side.

European leaders, who pledged last week to increase levels by $20 billion by 2006, argue the move could eventually drain World Bank coffers at a time when development and levels are already declining in real terms.

"We may not be able to do as much for the least-developed countries," EU development Commissioner Poul Nielson said on Tuesday on the sidelines of the conference being held in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey. "The role of the bank is a bank." The World Bank says more than 95 percent of all loans are repaid, allowing it to continue to hand out credit to needy countries. Europe also says poor counties are more careful with loans than with handouts.

There were 171 nations at the Monterrey conference, as well as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, business leaders, and non-governmental organizations. Together they discussed how to prevent economic collapses and debt problems in the developing world, and how to use dwindling aid resources more efficiency.

Bush has said he wants 40 percent of all World Bank funds for poor nations to be distributed in the form of grants instead of loans they wont be able to repay.

Bank officials have expressed concern that too many grants could cause future shortages. "You end up shortchanging the poor in the future," said World Bank spokeswoman Caroline Anstey.

(This material was forwarded by the Associated Press)

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