Posts Tagged ‘Business’

Growing opposition to Chinese businesses in Samoa

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Last week Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said he wants to protect local businesses from the increasing numbers of Chinese-owned businesses. He alluded to changing the regulations to keep smaller retail operations for Samoan business people only. He acknowledged there was growing resentment among local business owners over overseas operators, but  he encouraged them Read more

Mindfulness leading to increased productivity

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Since I started meditating two years ago, my practice has been shamefully sporadic. When I do manage to stop what I’m doing and sit down, device-free, I find following my breath to be a relief from—and a contrast to—what happens at work. But as David Gelles observes in his new book, that contrast is dissolving, Read more

Priests try to attract US businesses to set up in Ireland

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Two Irish priests and a parish administrator have started a trans-Atlantic church-based network which aims to attract American industry to Ireland. Frs Sean Heaney and Shane Crombie, with Tom Whelan, from Tullamore, have been writing to parishes in the United States. Fr Crombie said the Church is a ready-made network. The trio’s motivation is not Read more

US seminarians receive business training for future parish life

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Seminarians from three US states are receiving specialist business, law and administration training to help prepare them for running parishes. The first Seminarian Leadership Institute is being run at Villanova University in Philadelphia. By the end of the course in mid-July, the 11 students will have heard talks on finances, human resources, facilities maintenance and Read more

Truth behind NZ’s sexy global business image

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Economist Brian Easton says New Zealand’s sexy image on the global business stage does not necessarily translate to a better life for those on low incomes, particularly women and children. Easton, who’s recently published a user’s guide to economic inequality, says inequality is difficult to measure. One indicator might show it going up while another Read more

Work demands taking their toll of family life

Friday, October 4th, 2013

The results of an online survey, commissioned by Hyundai to look at Kiwis’ attitudes toward family life, found work pressure had a significant impact on family time. Mounting work schedules are straining quality family time, with parents missing dinnertime and working through the weekend. Almost 60 per cent of parents said their work commitments had Read more

The business of international aid

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

As president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, Carolyn Woo brings a strong sense of leadership and vision to the organization, which was founded by the U.S. Catholic bishops to provide international relief and development assistance. With a background in strategic planning and the experience of serving as dean of a major Catholic business school—the Read more

Economics is not moral theology

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Economics is not a business science, although it has applications to business. Rather, it is part of the liberal arts and is a science of human action. Economics studies the actions that most people take in response to circumstances in their lives, but especially those actions that are visible to us. This is why economists Read more