How to stay civil when others don’t share your political views

first_img Previous articleState Democratic chairman John Zody to step down in MarchNext articleHealth Department official concerned about COVID-19 spread after Notre Dame fans rush football field 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. How to stay civil when others don’t share your political views Twitter Twitter WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – November 8, 2020 4 509 Pinterest Facebook Google+ WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Google+ Facebook Pinterest (95.3 MNC) You’ve probably witnessed or experienced some not-so-great conversations with people who have different views than you this year. A college professor at St. Mary’s College is trying to help others remain civil during those difficult and frustrating chats.Professor Megan Zwart at St. Mary’s College in South Bend has been teaching a class about civil discourse since 2016. In 2020, her students have been discussing some of the big topics.“Abortion. Gun rights. Immigration. Environmental policies,” Zwart said. “We’ve talked about ‘cancel culture’ which was an interesting one.”Once a week, her students get together for class, and go through a variety of stories, from “high-quality sources across the political field,” regarding some of the hot topics. Then they have an open dialogue about where they stand on those topics. Then, the conversation molds into listening exercises and teaching moments.“These things want to evolve into debates,” she said. “But for us, it’s really important to have a dialogue, not a debate.”“In a debate, somebody wins and somebody loses. But in a dialogue, everyone can learn something.”Zwirt says one of key things is to have an unbiased mindset heading into the discussion.“You have to have a good context in which everybody is up for it, everyone is willing to listen and learn,” she said. “If you try to persuade somebody, if that’s your aim, then you’re not in control of the outcome and you’re more likely to become frustrated. But if your intent is to understand, then you can ask curious questions to the other person that help you connect the dots. Why do they believe what they believe? How do their values and core beliefs give rise to their views on a specific issue?”She adds that we should live in a world where people have different views, but if you go into a conversation with the intent to try to understand the other view, then you’re going to come out of it thinking you got value out of that discussion.Another key factor is how you’re having this conversation. She advises that to try to do it in-person and not on social media.“It’s much more likely that people are there just to score points or to troll or to make their opponent look foolish.”You can read more about Professor Zwirt’s class, and their tips, at last_img read more

PIMCO, Lombard Odier, Northern Trust unveil ESG, climate change funds

first_imgAlex Struc, portfolio manager and co-head of the ESG initiative at PIMCO, said: “Historically, this type of strategy has been pursued by equity investors but we firmly believe that engagement as a debtholder is equally important. Across the vast fixed income universe, small change can have an enormous positive impact.”In a statement, Eric Moen, managing director of ESG research at MSCI, told IPE: “We believe we are seeing a tipping point for ESG integration with many of the world’s leading equities and fixed income investors realising the value of incorporating ESG signals into their investment processes to identify risks and opportunities not normally flagged by conventional financial analysis.”Also in fixed income, Lombard Odier Investment Managers (LOIM) today announced a partnership with Affirmative Investment Management (AIM), a fixed income manager dedicated to impact strategies.The aim of the partnership is to add to Lombard Odier’s impact investing capabilities and to launch a new fund “designed to help combat climate change in a verifiable way”, the Swiss firm said. No further information has been provided about the fund.  In a statement, Carolina Minio-Paluello, global head of sales and solutions at LOIM, said that “a major shift in capital” was required to bridge the funding gap standing in the way of meeting the COP21 target of limiting the global temperature rise to two degrees.“Our investors are keen to understand how they can be involved,” she added. “We are extremely pleased to be partnering with the specialists at AIM and together with our own robust impact investing expertise, we are seeking  to develop a compelling and competitive proposition for investors.”Stephen Fitzgerald, co-founder and chairman of AIM, said: “Responsible capitalism has often been perceived as coming at a cost; either lower returns or increased risk.“Our approach seeks to combine mainstream portfolio management and impact, without compromising either.”AIM describes itself as “the first dedicated green bond manager focusing solely on bond and cash investments that generate positive environmental and social externalities”.Its CEO, Stuart Kinnersley, created the first dedicated green bond fund at Nikko AM in 2010, and its head of sustainability Judith Moore originated the criteria for the creation of green bonds when she was head of the corporate responsibility team at the World Bank.Finally, Northern Trust Asset Management has teamed up with GRESB for the launch of a new sustainable real estate index incorporating ESG factors, with a Dutch-pooled fund tracking the index.The fund is designed to provide passive investors with exposure to the performance of listed real estate companies in developed markets whilst integrating responsible investment criteria.The index is being described as an “industry first”. It uses data from GRESB, an organisation based in Netherlands that assesses the ESG performance of real estate and infrastructure assets.Sander Paul van Tongeren, managing director of GRESB, said: “This new fund will, uniquely, allow investors to passively gain exposure to companies that are highly transparent about their ESG performance and reducing environmental and social impact while also incorporating broad geographic and sector diversification.”He also said the use of GRESB’s ESG data “further institutionalizes the important role of environmental, social and governance information in the financial market”. A flurry of ESG fund announcements from major asset managers yesterday underscores the mainstreaming of responsible investment, including through its integration in asset classes beyond equities.   US fixed-income investment manager PIMCO announced that it had launched an environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investment platform that aimed to offer “a range of fixed income solutions to investors seeking attractive returns while making a positive social impact”.In a statement, the asset manager said it had launched a global bond ESG fund for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region as part of the move, and modified two of its socially responsible funds in the US to incorporate a wider range of ESG considerations into the investment process.The PIMCO GIS Global Bond ESG Fund invests in sovereign and investment grade corporate bonds, the company said. It aims to maximise total return while favouring bond issuers that are deemed “best-in-class” with respect to ESG practices, and those working to improve them.last_img read more

Trojans get out the vote

first_imgStudents gathered in Hahn Plaza Tuesday afternoon to cast their votes for Undergraduate Student Government presidential and senatorial candidates. Voting is incentivized with free food such as In-N-Out, which USG is offering on Wednesday.  Polls will remain open until Feb. 11.last_img

KCCA aim for home victory against CNaPS in Champions League tie

first_imgMike Mutebi (left) and KCCA captain Timothy Awanyi (right) addressing the media ahead of Wednesday’s encounter with CNaPS in the CSF Champios league: PHOTO BY SHABAN LUBEGACAF Champions leagueKCCA FC vs CNaPS SportStarTimes Stadium, LugogoWednseday, 04:00pm KCCA FC will take on Madagascan side CNaPS today in the return leg of the CAF Champions league preliminary rounds at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.The two time league defending champions’ trial in the fixture after succumbing to a 2-1 loss in Madagascar.KCCA’s preparation have been nothing short of troubles as they have lost some of their star players to injury.In their last encounter when they won 2-1 away to Bug league side Simba in the Uganda Cup, the Kasasiro Boys lost both Saddam Juma and Jackson Nunda to injuries which have ruled them.Julius Poloto and Muzamir Mutyaba are the other notable absentees for the garbage collectors as they await this evening’s tie.“We are a bit disappointed that some of our players will not be available for the game. Said KCCA FC coach Mike Mutebi, while addressing journalist ahead of the game.“But we know that we are a strong side and have got a squad full of well-educated players who can step in a get the job done.“In terms of preparation, I think we have had the best prep we could have asked for and I am sure the boys are all set.“The game itself is not going to be easy because CNaPS is a team that knows how to use the ball and the fact that they hold a 2-1 advantage from the first leg, they will surely give us a lot of problems.Mike Mutebi also came out and lauded the influence of Allan Okello and the fact that the team will look to him for inspiration.“We are lucky that we have a player like Allan Okello in our team. Mutebi said.“We will be counting on him to unlock their defence and I am sure he will.KCCA captain Timothy Awanyi also highlighted the importance of the game.“It is a very important fixture for us as a team because it is the first step to trying and match last season’s performances.“We lost the first leg 2-1 but since then, we have had a chance to correct the mistakes we made in that game and hopefully we will execute our play better.KCCA FC head into the fixture with a superb home record that has seen them not lose a continental game since March 2014 when Nkana Red Devils of Zambia came out 2-1 winners in Lugogo.In that period, KCCA has won six of the seven games they have played, drawing 1-1 with Mamelodi Sundowns in the other.CNaPS enjoyed their last visit to East Africa when they defeated Gor Mahia of Kenya 2-1 but that is their only away victory in their last six games that have seen them lose five matches.Both teams progressed passed this round last year as KCCA eliminated Angolan side  Clube Desportivo Primeiro de Agosto and CNaPS saw off  Township Rollers of Botswana.The winner of this fixture takes on the team victorious between St George of Ethiopia and South Sudan’s Al-Saalam Wau.Comments Tags: CNaPSKCCAsports toplast_img read more

NBA Finals hilarity: Are Warriors excited for a ‘three-some’?

first_imgSo are you bummed out over the Warriors’ Game 3 loss to the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals? We have something that might cheer you up just a bit.As it has done for years, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” sent intrepid correspondent Guillermo Rodriguez to NBA Finals Media day to get the scoop and ask the tough questions. Media Day is where reporters from all over the globe get the chance to talk to the players.Guillermo, of course, isn’t interested in box-and-one defenses, or the health of Kevin …last_img

Local and international leaders to confront Africa’s challenges and develop collective solutions

first_imgThe list of local and international leaders attending this year’s second annual Brand Africa FORUM™ is growing. Esteemed individuals such as Ajai Chowdhry, chairman of HCL (India); Dr. Vijay Mahajan, author of Africa Rising; Amadou Mahtar Ba, CEO of the African Media Initiative (Kenya); Dr. Namanga Ngongi, president of AGRA (Kenya); Prof. Richard Mkandawire, NEPAD; Dr. Joseph Samuel Annan, deputy minister of Trade & Investment (Ghana); Geoffrey Qhena, chief executive officer of IDC (SA); Malik Fal, managing director of Endeavour (SA); and Alex Okosi, senior vice president and managing director of MTV Networks Africa, along with many others, will participate at the Forum.Hosted by Brand South Africa, and Brand Leadership Academy, the Forum will take place on Thursday, 29 September at Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Centre and will tackle key issues affecting Africa’s growth, reputation, competitiveness.This provides a unique opportunity for pan African decision makers in media, business, nation branding and civil society to interact and engage with topics and opportunities that are catalytic to the future of Africa as well as explore lessons from emerging markets such as India.Accomplished broadcaster, Tumi Makgabo will facilitate the programme which will kick off with an opening address from Anitha Soni, Brand South Africa.Keynote addresses will anchor each of the four panels which will focus on governance and sustainability and how to enable policies that will foster growth and development; the role of business in shaping our economic future; youth and their vision for Africa; and the significance of BRICS and lessons for South Africa and Africa.An outline of the programme:Please visit for the detailed programme and profiles of the speakersItemIndividual(s)TimingOpening AddressAnitha Soni, chairman, Brand South Africa08:30 – 08:45Keynote AddressDr. Vijay Mahajan, author, “Africa Rising”08:45 -09:15Governance  & SustainabilityPanelEnabling policiesDr. Namanga Ngongi; Geoffrey Qhena; Prof. Keith Dinnie and othersChair: Dr. Jackie Chimhanzi, Africa Lead, Deloitte09:15 – 10:45REFRESHMENT BREAKBusiness Panel Keynote Dr. Dambisa Moyo, author & economist 11:00 – 11:30Business PanelRole of BusinessDr. Reuel Khoza; Rakesh Wahi; Nigel Hollis and othersChair: Prof. Nick Binedell, founding director of GIBS 11:30- 13:00   LUNCHAfrica Vision 2020Africa 2.0:  Kenya ReportMalik Fal14:00 – 14:15Youth Panel KeynoteRe-Imagining AfricaAlex Okosi14:15 – 14:30Youth PanelYouth Vision for AfricaGertude Kitongo (Bright Young Minds Kenya), Erik de Ridder (One Young World SA) and othersChair: Alex Okosi14:30 – 15:30BRICS KeynoteContextualise BRICS and regional integrationDr. Arthur Mutambara, Deputy Prime Minister: Republic of Zimbabwe15:30 – 16:00BRICS PanelLessons for SA/AfricaAjai Chowdhry; Vijay Mahajan and otherChair: Abdullah Verachia, director, Frontier Advisory16:00 – 17:30Brand Africa 100™ AwardsThebe Ikalafeng, David Haigh, founder & CEO of Brand Finance and Kim MacIlwane, CEO Africa Middle East, TNS Research Surveys17:30 – 18:30 About the brand africa™ initiativeBrand Africa™ is an independent pan-African brand-centric initiative for African leaders, decision makers, citizens and influencers to shape the agenda and change perceptions of Africa by proactively driving Africa’s image, reputation and competitiveness in the continent and in the world.Brand Africa™ aims to create and facilitate opportunities and platforms to share insights, thought-leadership and best practises in shaping the growth, reputation and competitiveness of sovereign nation brands and, ultimately, the collective African brand. Brand Africa™ is an African initiative for Africa, by Africans and supporters of Africa.www.brandafrica.netAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa was established in August 2002 to help create a positive and compelling consolidated brand image for Brand South Africa.There are many benefits to having a consolidated brand image, with the most important being that a consistent Brand South Africa message creates strategic advantages in terms of trade and tourism for the country in an increasingly competitive marketplace.The primary mandate of Brand SA is to build South Africa’s nation brand reputation in order to improve SA’s global competitiveness.To develop and articulate the Value Proposition and positioning that will drive the long – term reputation of Brand South Africa.To build pride and patriotism amongst South Africans with the aim of uniting the nation by encouraging all South Africans to live the Nation Brand, and in so doing, define a South Africanness.The ultimate aim is to increase South Africa’s global competitiveness by developing symbiotic partnerships with all stakeholders (government, business, labour and civil society) who deliver on (and are able to leverage) the nation brand and aligning them to enhance South Africa’s reputation. Brand Leadership AcademyThe Brand Leadership Academy, a division of Africa’s leading brand development, media engagement firm, The Brand Leadership Group. The Brand Leadership Academy provides brad-driven, customer centric leadership development.Brand Leadership Academy works with distinguished globally respected scholars, decision makers thought leaders to inspire and empower established and emerging leaders with cross disciplinary, world class insights that help them build great brands in Africa and the world.Brand Leadership Academy™ is the founder of the Brand Africa and Public Sector Excellence™ initiatives. www.brandleadershipacademy.orgAbout Ajai ChowdhryMr. Ajai Chowdhry, one of the six founder members of HCL began an exciting journey three decades ago with a dream to give India its very own microcomputer. The sheer clarity of vision and hard work led to a revolution and laid the foundation for the Indian IT industry, taking India to the league of major economies of the world.Mr. Chowdhry led the foundation of HCL’s overseas operations, starting with Singapore in the 1980s to extensively covering the other South Asian Markets including Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and the People’s Republic of China, expanding business operations. HCL, India’s original IT garage start-up founded in 1976, today is an US$ 6bn global enterprise and Mr. Ajai Chowdhry has been a key force in driving the growth of HCL.He has received numerous awards including the prestigious Padma Bhushan, one of the highest civilian honours, as recognition of his consistent contribution in building the IT industry of the nation.In recognition of his key role in championing the cause of the domestic Indian IT market and relentless efforts towards the cause of electronics in India, Mr.Ajai Chowdhry has been awarded the ‘Electronics Man of the year by ELCINA-EFY for the year 2010’. He has also been conferred the Honoris Causa Doctorate of Science (D. Sc.) in the year 2010 by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee for his thought leadership for the development of an unmatched ecosystem for IT products, computer hardware and software domain in the country.About professor Vijay MahajanVijay Mahajan holds the John P. Harbin Centennial Chair in Business at McCombs School of Business, University at Austin.He has received numerous lifetime achievement awards including the American Marketing Association (AMA) Charles Coolidge Parlin Award for visionary leadership in scientific marketing. TheAMA also instituted the Vijay Mahajan Award in 2000 for career contributions to marketing strategy. In 2006, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur) for his contributions to management research.He served as dean of the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad from 2002-2004. Mahajan is author or editor of ten books including his recent book Africa Rising published by the Wharton School Publishing in 2009. His last book on market opportunities in developing countries (also published by the Wharton School Publishing),The 86% solution, received the 2007 ‘’Book- of –year’’ Award(Berry AMA)from the American Marketing Association. He is one of the World’s most widely cited researches in business and economics and has been invited by more than 100 universities and research institutions worldwide for research presentations. He edited the journal of Marketing Research, and has consulted with Fortune 500 companies and delivered executive   development programs worldwide.Vijay is also author of Africa Rising. In Africa Rising, Vijay reveals this remarkable marketplace in all its richness and complexity, and helps companies understand the massive opportunities it presents.He tells the stories that western executives and managers rarely hear: stories of African entrepreneurs, executives, and enterprises that are identifying powerful market opportunities and capatalizing on them. He teaches the lessons that Africa’s successful and failing ventures have learned about succeeding on the continent …. He uncovers what may be your largest untapped growth opportunity.Mahajan received a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur, his M.S. in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D in Management from the University of Texas at Austin. Issued by:Lebo MahlaelaMeropa CommunicationsContact: +27 11 506 7300last_img read more

HOA Opens slew of Health Bills on Agenda Key questions to Border

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppHouse of assembly is opened for business today and there will be six first reading of bills most of which come from the Ministry of Health & Human Services and include the Mental Health Bill and Health Appeals Tribunal Bill.There are eleven parliamentary questions including a request for update on the escaped detainees from the Detention Center; whether there will be more police added to the squad in South Caicos; how many new people were hired in the public sector and of the Border Control Minister, why he suddenly ceased processing of status documents for a month this past April, with less than a day’s notice.Top on the HOA agenda is the presentation by the Finance Minister of Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority Financial Statements for the year ended, March, 2015. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Related Items:HOA, house of assembly, Minister, ministry of health, politicslast_img read more

Things not to eat before going to bed

first_imgOne should eat carefully to stay fit and fabulous but keeping a check on your diet before going to bed needs extra attention as some food items have the tendency to disturb your sleep if taken regularly.Chocolate: Dark chocolate is considered to be healthy for containing magnesium and antioxidants, but it also contains caffeine, which could keep you awake. So one should avoid it specially during night time as it may create hindrance in your sound sleep. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfNut Butter: Nut butter is a healthy source of fat. Also, it may help in losing weight but fats digest slow and may remain present in your stomach all night if consumed in large quantities, hence, may lead to disturbed sleep. So keep high fat foods like (nuts, cheese, cream sauces) relatively low at night.Chilies and spicy foods: Chilies are healthy if made with the right mix of ingredients, but they are spicy, and may end up causing heartburn, if consumed late in the night and may result in killing your sleep. Heavily spiced foods should be avoided at night because if your sleep is disturbed, your health will deteriorate. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveGreasy or fat-filled foods: Greasy, heavy, fatty foods would make your stomach overwork throughout night, resulting in disturbed sleep and making you sluggish next morning. So fast food, nuts, ice cream, or super cheesy foods should be avoided before bed. Chinese Food: This is another food item that is important to avoid during night as the MSG (Monosodium Glutamate, flavour enhancer) found in Chinese food works in a similar manner as the caffeine would do in the body, making it really difficult to fall asleep.  Milk: Though we consider milk to be a rich source of protein and calcium, it may kill your sleep if you drink it before bed because of its lactose content that can create digestive issues in many individuals. Especially if you are lactose intolerant, you should avoid it.Red meat and other non-veg items: Eating red meats and other non veg items in large amounts at night will remain in your digestive system for long time and it will make it hard for you to get sound sleep while you’re digesting. So red meat and eating a large portion of chicken or pork may affect you the worst leading to troubled sleep along with weight gain.Celery: Celery is a vegetable that acts as a diuretic in the body, which results in making you pee a lot. Hence you should avoid taking celery at night.Rice: If large amounts of rice is consumed at night, it encourages your body to store excess fat that it doesn’t need and make it harder to lose weight. It can also lead to water retention.last_img read more

Woman caught smoking in flight detained

first_imgKolkata: A woman was caught smoking inside the washroom of a flight on Sunday afternoon. She was handed over to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport police station and was released on bail later.According to airport sources, the woman is a teacher by profession in a English medium school in South Kolkata and was travelling from Guwahati in an Indigo Airline’s flight. While the flight was in the air, she was caught smoking by the crew members inside a washroom. She was immediately detained. After the flight landed at NSCBI Airport, the pilot of the flight lodged a complaint at NSCBI Airport police station and handed her over to the police. A case was initiated against her based on the Smoking and Tobacco Consumption (Prohibition) Act.last_img

Bureaucratic reshuffle Mamata rings in changes

first_imgKolkata: Alapan Bandyopadhyay has been appointed as the new Home Secretary replacing Atri Bhattacharya who was transferred by the Election Commission of India (ECI) and Chief Secretary Malay De was looking after the Home department.Bandyopadhyay, who was in charge of the MSME & Textiles department with the additional charge of Industry, Commerce and Enterprises will also look after these departments, a notification issued by the state government said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to the order published on Monday, Atri Bhattacharya has been made the Principal Secretary of the state Tourism department. Apart from Bandyopadhyay, former Additional Chief Secretary of state Panchayats and Rural Development department Sourav Das has been made the state Election Commissioner, replacing Amarendra Nath Singh who had been appointed in 2015. As per the regulations, a person can hold the post of Election Commissioner for up to six years from the date of appointment or till 65 years of age. This month, Singh will be completing 65 years and hence, he has been replaced. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSeveral other IAS officers’ postings have also been reshuffled on Monday. Principal Secretary of Youth Services and Sports Ajit Ranjan Bardhan has been posted as the Principal Secretary of North Bengal Development Department (NBDD) along with the additional charge of Commissioner of Jalpaiguri which was already there. He has been replaced with P B Salim who was holding the charge of Secretary in Minority Affairs. Barun Kumar Ray who was posted as Principal Secretary of NBDD has been made the Commissioner of Malda. Choten D Lama who was holding the post of Secretary in the Panchayats and Rural Development Department with additional charge of Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of West Bengal State Rural Livelihoods Mission (WBSRLM) has been posted as the Secretary of Backward Classes Welfare with additional charge of Secretary, Tribal Development. P Ulganathan has been made the District Magistrate of South 24-Parganas who was earlier DM Murshidabad. J P Meena, who was holding the post of DM Hooghly, replaced Ulganathan and has been made DM Murshidabad. DM South 24-Parganas Y Ratnakara Rao has been posted as DM Hooghly. Chaitali Chakraborty who was posted as DM Howrah has now been made DM North 24-Parganas. She will be replaced by Mukta Arya who was posted as DM, Bankura under the order of the Election Commission. DM North 24-Parganas Antara Acharya has been posted as Additional Secretary in the state Finance department. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stated that Acharya did not want to continue as DM for personal reasons. Another IAS officer, Vijay Bharti, who was holding the post of Director in MSME & Textiles has been made the DM of East Burdwan. Anurag Srivastava who was holding the charge of DM East Burdwan has now been made the Director of MSME & Textiles. Vishwanath who was posted as DM Kalimpong has been appointed as the Director of Census Operations. Lalita Lakshmi will be joining as DM Kalimpong. Umashankar S who was removed by the EC has been reinstated as DM Bankura.last_img read more