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Solution within reach to murder of Thai journalist

first_img ThailandAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Thailand ThailandAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders notes the progress announced by the authorities in the investigation into the murder of Wisut “Ae Inside” Tangwittayaporn, a freelance journalist and member of the “Red Shirts” political movement shot dead by two men on a motorcycle in Phuket on 12 January. “The information in possession of the investigators should allow them to identify those behind the murder and their motive,” the international press freedom organization said.“We hope the investigation will continue in this direction and avoid the impunity that still surrounds the deaths of the last three journalists killed in the country.”Yesterday a suspect, Noppadon “Pae” Praisri, gave himself up to the police after learning that they were on his trail and had traced him as far as the person from whom he rented the machine used in the attack.After first admitting the crime, Noppadon then retracted the confession at a press conference where he said that he was the one driving the motorcycle.He was reported to have been paid 50 000 baht (just over 1,200 euros) from someone called “Mr. Boy” in the latter’s home. He subsequently identified the alleged gunman as Sanya Klinchum and said both of them had kept the journalist under observation for two months before the attack.Police today carried out a reconstruction of the crime with Noppadon present. The authorities are looking for Sanya and Boy, who had fled by the time police arrived at the location pointed out by Noppadon, according to Phuket News. RSF_en Help by sharing this information News Organisation News to go further Receive email alertscenter_img June 12, 2020 Find out more Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years January 17, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Solution within reach to murder of Thai journalist May 12, 2021 Find out more News News August 21, 2020 Find out more Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmarlast_img read more

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New philosopy can eliminate mistakes, waste and rework

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. New philosopy can eliminate mistakes, waste and reworkOn 31 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. It is not the magic bullet, but a US strategy claims to improve both top andbottom lines of a business.  By Dr JamesB RieleyRunning a company today is much like driving a car on a foggy night on awinding road through the woods at high speed. Quite often, business leaders andHR practitioners struggle to keep their car on the road. To make betterdecisions, they look for “magic bullets” – management practises ormethodologies – that will ensure their organisation can survive. As leaders constantly look for the “latest thing” in prioritisingdecisions, “buzz-words” become attached to the decision-makingprocess. Some of these refer to a way to look at business philosophy. One ofthese is called “Six Sigma”, which focuses on eliminating mistakes,waste and rework. Six Sigma is not a magic bullet and is not even that new. The author isbased in Michigan, USA and the philosophy has been picked up by many of theFortune 500 companies, including General Electric CEO Jack Welch. It claims itcarries on from TQM and ISO 9000 “with a powerful philosophy for the neweconomy”. It does have a certain sense of mysticism about it, but it will not cure allof an organisation’s ills. It is hard work and requires a business disciplinethat few organisations have today. But it can enable an organisation to doseveral things. When implemented effectively and appropriately, Six Sygma can improve boththe bottom and top lines of a business. An organisation can reduce the time andresources that are deployed in manufacturing and service rework. Rework,whether it is in a manufacturing process or in a service-based decisionprocess, is a major problem in that it wastes valuable time and resources thatcould be applied to moving an organisation forward to achieve its goals. The philosophy can help to instil a level of discipline in thedecision-making process in an organisation as it forces decision-makers toexamine how they make their decisions. The pay-off is excellent, both in theshort-term and the long-term. There is increased employee satisfaction (theyclearly understand the decision process and can see that their efforts are notin vain) and customer satisfaction (they understand the meaning of having theirneeds met – the first time). Supporters of the philosophy claim that it enables an organisation todifferentiate itself from its competition in both emotional and effectivenessareas. As competition in all industries and sectors is constantly increasing,either in real or perceived terms, the ability to increase effectiveness, whileat the same time reducing costs, is a real differentiator in any marketplace.Being able to differentiate an organisation, especially in today’s businessworld, can quite often make the difference between being good or being thebest. Six Sigma can help to ensure that an organisation can realise its potentialto be sustainable over time. As organisations who have embarked on this routehave found, the management philosophy instils in an organisation a commonlanguage that helps to ensure that there is a solid understanding of what istruly important in the company. Additionally, it can have a major impact on anorganisational culture and instil a feeling of cohesiveness in “why”an organisation has embarked on the road it has. This latest management philosophy requires commitment and high levels oftraining in both the philosophy and the methods. And it requires a strongvision of what an organisation can be. It is not the magic bullet, but it can enable senior business leaders tokeep the car on the road and help the drivers to see through the fog, in thedark, around the curves. Dr James B. Rieley is the vice president for leadership development withCelerant Consulting and author of Gaming the System. The power of Six Sigma by Subir Chowdhury is published by Financial TimesPrentice Hall, £12.99last_img read more

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Welcome Weekend aims to engage freshmen in campus life

first_imgKathryne Robinson | The Observer A student rides his bike across Notre Dame’s campus Thursday, the first day groups of new students arrived at the University.Senior Drew O’Connell is a member of the Orientation Steering Committee ­­­— a group of students who help oversee Welcome Weekend programming — and planned events as a summer intern. O’Connell said one of the committee’s main focuses this year is the Day of Community, which allows students to travel into the South Bend community.“We’re looking at about 2,200 students that will have the opportunity to go to 22 different organizations out in the Notre Dame and South Bend community and … hopefully make those connections, so it’s a four-year connection instead of a one-day event,” he said.Sustainability was also one of the committee’s main objectives this year, O’Connell said. Last year, first-year students and their parents received reusable water bottles during Welcome Weekend as part of the committee’s sustainability efforts, he said.“We actually reduced plastic bottle waste by about 15,000 bottles with some of our water conservation efforts,” O’Connell said. “We’re looking to continue those types of results this year again with some of our water trucks.”Sophomore Brandon Davis, also a member of the Orientation Steering Committee, said the committee is taking advantage of the new stadium to host some of this year’s events.“The first-year cookout, in the past, used to be held on South Quad, and there used to be problems with rain — events would get rained out or there wouldn’t be enough tents — and the lines would be horrendously long,” he said. “So we kind of revamped that event, and now it’s going to be held in the concourse of the new stadium.”The class of 2021 will also take a class photo on the football field, Davis said.“It’s going to be one of those photos where you have all 2,000 of the first years standing, so it all makes a picture,” he said. “They’ll make the Notre Dame logo on the football field, and then we’ll take the bird’s eye picture of it.”While the class photo is a new event, the general Welcome Weekend schedule is similar to past years, Davis said.Junior Emily Okawara, Cavanaugh Hall’s Welcome Weekend co-captain, said one of her favorite Welcome Weekend traditions is move-in.“I think move-in is really fun — just all the music playing outside on Friday morning and people driving up with their cars,” she said. “Everybody is so nervous and so excited, and then they’re all greeted by these crazy residents in their hall. I think it just really showcases the welcome Notre Dame gives and also kind of how much fun they’re going to have in the next four years.”Okawara said she hopes first years will find communities that will support them throughout their entire time at Notre Dame.“I hope they feel comfortable enough to be able to be fully and truly authentically themselves this weekend and kind of use that to make friends and enter into the community that is Cavanaugh and is Notre Dame,” she said.Junior Juan Esteban Baus, Keenan Hall’s Welcome Weekend co-captain, said he remembers experiencing this feeling of community when he was a first-year student. Notre Dame, he said, is “more than just a school.”“It’s a family where everyone sticks up for each other, and you feel welcomed from the very beginning,” he said. “All these events reassure, I think, not only the students, but also the parents, that you are in the best place possible.”Baus said one of his favorite Welcome Weekend traditions in Keenan is the dorm’s knighting ceremony, which takes place on the Friday of Welcome Weekend.“They [first years] take turns going up to the rector, and it’s really that process of becoming a Keenan Knight,” he said. “It’s really making sure you know what that stands for and what values you will uphold as a Keenan Knight and as a Notre Dame student.”Even though Welcome Weekend is heavily focused on dorm life, new students should not feel discouraged if they don’t immediately adjust to life in their residence halls, Davis said.“It’s very easy for [students] to think that if they don’t really kind of click right away in their dorm that they just don’t fit in,” he said. “Sometimes, it’s just a matter of finding the people that don’t necessarily live in your section or on the same floor as you.”Davis said other optional Welcome Weekend events can also offer opportunities to find a sense of community on campus.“I would also really encourage any first year not to go just to the events that are mandatory,” he said. “Go to some of the optional events that we have on the schedule just to see if there’s another place on campus that you like a lot or think you’re going to click in.”Tags: division of student affairs, First year cookout, First Year of Studies, Keenan Knighting Ceremony, Welcome Weekend 2017 Hosted by the Division of Student Affairs and the First Year of Studies, Welcome Weekend will introduce approximately 2,000 first-year students and 200 transfer students to life at Notre Dame. The orientation began Thursday for transfer students — who started moving in at 11 a.m. — and Friday for first-year students, who will begin moving in at 9 a.m., according to the Welcome Weekend app.last_img read more