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RJRGLEANER, JWN foundations partner for youth mentorship programme

first_imgJ. Wray & Nephew (JWN) Limited has struck a double deal with the RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation to host mentorship sessions for the nation’s youth, and deliver a special prize – the Joy Spence Appleton Estate Pioneering Award – at the yearly RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Award. The wines and spirits company has been an event sponsor of the annual RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards since its inception 57 years ago and JWN Chairman Clement Lawrence highlighted the initiatives during the event launch on Wednesday, November 28, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston. “I am happy to say that the RJR Foundation and the J. Wray & Nephew Foundation will be collaborating to host a mentoring session in 2019. This session will see an athlete or athletes sharing their experience with youngsters from the JWN communities, and in so doing inspire the next generation of leaders and nation-builders,” said Lawrence. The JWN Foundation is hugely involved in philanthropy and focuses largely on communities surrounding its business operations at Spanish Town Road in Kingston, Appleton Estate in St Elizabeth and New Yarmouth in Clarendon. Lawrence, who is also chairman of the JWN Foundation, highlighted its mantra of ‘transforming lives and communities for a better Jamaica’, under the pillars of education, social inclusion and culture. “Sports, although not specifically named, is integral to all three – our sports heroes often have personal stories of triumph over tremendous adversities; they often come to the fore via an educational institution; and without a doubt they become cultural icons,” he outlined. “J. Wray & Nephew recognises the fact that sports can teach lessons that are applicable to all aspects of life,” Lawrence added. The company’s upgraded sponsorship package also includes an award to the guest speaker, which is named in the honour of JWN’s world-renowned Master Blender, Joy Spence. Guest speakers have included prime ministers P.J. Patterson and Dr Keith Mitchell, as well as other notable and inspirational personalities, such as former men’s 400m hurdles world record holder, the United States’ Edwin Moses, Jamaica-born British Olympic gold medallist Tessa Sanderson, Jamaica-born US Olympic gold medallist, Sanya Richards-Ross, UWI Vice-Chancellor, Sir Hilary Beckles, former West Indies fast bowlers Courtney Walsh and Michael Holding, now international cricket coach and commentator, respectively, and Senator Don Wehby. Four men and eight women have been nominated for this year’s awards. They are (men) – Fedrick Dacres, Ronald Levy and O’Dayne Richards (track and field), and Chris Binnie (squash). The women are Alia Atkinson (swimming), Khadija Shaw (football), Stafanie Taylor (cricket) and track and field athetes Aisha Praught-Leer, Shanieka Ricketts, Kimberly Williams, Danniel Thomas-Dodd and Janieve Russell. There were four nominations for the People’s Choice Awards – Reggae Girlz (football), Brianna Williams (track and field), Nico Yeyo (boxing) and, AndrÈ Russell (cricket).last_img read more

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Defense Minister Wants Non-Lethal Support for Security Sector

first_imgDefense Minister Brownie J. Samukai, Jr, has called on the European Union (EU) for non-lethal support to the security sector as UNMIL drawdown plan takes effect on June 2016.Minister Samukai made the appeal when the European Union (EU) Ambassador accredited near Monrovia, Her Excellency Tiina Intelmann, paid a courtesy visit on Wednesday, April 22, to the Barclay Training Center, on UN Drive in Monrovia.Minister Samukai said it is indispensible for the EU to lend logistical support as Liberia’s security sector trains to play its constitutional role in defending the strategic depth of the country.According to Minister Samukai, outstanding interactions among Defense Ministers of the Mano River Basin, coupled with the democratic space, including freedom of speech, political tolerance among others, being provided by the current Liberian government serve as an incentive for the Liberian military to engage in community road rehabilitation rather than focusing on internal security matters which are in the purview of other law enforcement agencies.Minister Samukai said “Given the quality of work being done in various communities by the Armed Forces of Liberia Engineering Company in partnership with the Ministry of Public Works, particularly concerning road rehabilitation, all that is needed is capability enhancement and the AFL engineers will do more.”He told the EU Ambassador that there is a broad framework being crafted by the security sector aimed at beefing up the numerical strength of various security agencies between now and 2016 as UNMIL draws down.For her part, Ambassador Tiina Intelmann lauded Minister Samukai and the defense family for the level of work being done and assured the minister that EU remains supportive of the Defense Ministry’s role in the infrastructural development of Liberia.Ambassador Intelmann through Minister Samukai, congratulated the people of Rivercess County for what she described as the “peaceful and orderly manner” in which the by-election was conducted in District #2.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Yester Me, Yester You, Yesterday

first_imgThe year was 1969. The year Stevie Wonder penned and recorded “Yester Me, Yester You, Yesterday”. The song haunted me then.Today I get an eerie feeling when I hear “Yester Me, Yester You, Yesterday”. It has the ability to make me hurry up my steps and go and finish whatever I still have left undone.I enjoy reflecting on my past. Nearly every preteen and teenage girl in Monrovia played nah foh (knock foot). For you who do not know our culture knock foot is like double dutch without the rope. They also played “haa ska” (hop scotch) which has mutated into a game now that I just don’t recognize. Well for us the boys we had to walk around with our hands covering our butts all day. “Oh so that now you can’t remember free kick?” If your hand was not covering your butt, your friend came and gave you a good kick, thus free kick.And who can forget blade. We took a piece of wire, or cord and made it into a circle. That circle was buried in the sand. All the players had a stick to “juke” into the sand hoping to find the buried ring. The one whose stick found the ring was the winner (usually the one who buried it in the first place). He then had the privilege to pound all the losers’ palms with his folded knuckles. It was called “konking your chicken thigh”, the fat area of the palm just above the thumb.We seem to have transcended the need to provide food, clothing and shelter; to have gone from “Mat” to “Mattresses”; to have ascended to “Higher Heights” as sanctioned by the government of the late President Tolbert. Against the tide of their refusal to vacate the eroding “West Point”, residents missed the opportunity to occupy and own estate housing in Gardnersville, Barnersville and New Georgia, newly built by the government on previously uncharted lands close to Monrovia. Monrovia had become the City That Did Not Sleep compared to New York for this particular characteristic. We staged The Sound of Music with Vasti McClain starring as Maria. TheNational Cultural Center was in full bloom producing Yata Zoe and then the indomitable Nimba Bird. Agnes Nibo, a Kru girl who married Von Ballmoos turned the choir at LU into a high performance act presenting Handel’s Messiah as expertly as they delivered a Bassa or Kpelle song. We were cultured. “Bia Moh Flee”, a song sung by the LU choir in the local vernacular was hailed wherever the LU choir performed in the USA and other parts of the world. The LU choir even recorded a record album in the USA.Luminaries like Hugh Masekela, Mariam Makeba were residents of Monrovia. I saw Nina Simone and played with her daughter Lisa. I had beers with the actor Calvin Lockhart. Hugh could be found on any given evening at the hangout “Attitude” next to Charles Williams’ house. Jimmy Yhap and Bongie Makeba also hung out together and it was Bongie who introduced us to the “click” sounds of South Africa”. RIGHT HERE IN MONROVIA. And, yes we had advanced socially but politically the government had become too comfortable. Basically, we had gotten used to being called The Most Peaceful Nation on Earth.Enter the “Progressives” and the spirit of adventurism. The Progressives had the ability to excite the people politically in ways that the True Whig Party could only imagine and after nearly a century of rule did not have the desire to. Their promise was that the world we knew would be melted away and sort of immediately replaced by basically , utopia. Now I can say that little did the Progressives know that their then political naivety to their own influences was comparable to the True Whig Party’s unpreparedness to deal with situations as they developed. And the situations were developing fast.The people began to feel that nothing was impossible and all could be achieved immediately. Finally the spirit of adventurism fueled the people to challenge the government’s right to lead. And the government fell.Nothing seems to be left from that Great Transition inaugurated by the Spirit of Adventurism and the Progressive. It gave birth to Samuel Doe and The People’s Redemption Council which assimilated the movement and eventually killed it. However, the Revolution’s (as it was remembered) enduring legacy, it has claimed, is the multi party system we “enjoy” today.Finally, The Progressives gave us a healthier appreciation of our traditional names. Rudolph Roberts (Doc) became Togba Nah Tipoteh, Joseph Chesson, Jr. a.k.a Chea Chepoo, Bacchus Matthews (considered the Father of the Movement) remained Bacchus Matthews after convincing everyone else to change their names, and Samuel P. Jackson could not become Samuel P. Tubman; as is rumored he was sired by Vat himself. Uncle Randolph McClain a.k.a. Randolph Kpokpo Weah Worjloh. Quiwonkpa was a “Cooper”; Chris Neyor was a “McGill”; Tom Woiwoyue was a “Smith”; Trohoe Kpaghai was a “Jones” and was recommended for a scholarship abroad by E. B. McClain, Sr., and so on and so on.Yes all these did happen but there was one thing that was not to occur back then in 1969.Our generation was to live forever; at least that’s what we thought. I talk about Michael Itoka, Saku Sillah, Samuel P. Jackson, Morris Saytumah, Chucks and Nuks, Nat and Harry, Sekele, Ben Pursur’s brother, Jimmy Yhap, Steven Pelham, Boikai Fahnbulleh, Rupert Hoff, Amara Freeman, Ian, Fahmare and Renold, Gbo Youh and many others. However just as the sixties was to end and Yester Me, Yester You, Yesterday hit the air waves we came face to face with death. Darling Cole, Patricia Stewart’s sister died from either diabetes, or sickle cell and I for one learned about fear.I had gone up on Benson Street, just above Newport Street and one house from the back of Chief Justice James A. A. Pierre to see Charles Martin. His father, Senator Levi Martin, said that Charles had gone to work at Street and Walker Company and so I left. At the corner of Robert’s Street, a parked car was blaring off Yester Me, Yester You, Yesterday. The words said, “I had a dream, so did you, life was warm and love was true, two kids who where breaking all the rules of yester dreaming”.It was about 9:00 a.m. vacation time. Monrovia was blanketed with a gray hue brought by the dust from the harmattan wind that blew across the Sahara. There overlooking the Masonic Temple on West Benson Street, I thought I saw a man who seemed at least one hundred feet tall. I recognized the spectra even though he had his back turned to Monrovia. He wore a black frock coat that hung just below the knees and just as suddenly he turned and looked at the city. His face had the sadness of a broken heart and wounded spirit. You know when you tell your two year-old, “I will not play with you”. They go and stand in a corner dejected and alone until you run and hug them again. That kind of sadness. But no one hugged President Joseph J. Roberts. With his head bowed in shame and rejection, President Roberts seemed to turn, walk towards the Atlantic and disappeared over the horizon.Scared, I, too, turned and ran over Newport Street and down Benson Street near Ada and Irene Watts’ house where Itter Pharmacy is now. Darling Cole’s mother had just moved down there. The song by Stevie Wonder was on some one’s radio. The words said,” now it seems those yester dreams were just a cruel and foolish game we used to play, Yester Me, Yester You, Yesterday”.I take public transportation into Monrovia every day. The bus puts us down either on the corner of Broad and Johnson Streets or on Buchanan Street. We then walk into Monrovia in groups of five because at any time Zogos can attack and jerk your bag, snatch your phone or juke you.In Monrovia we are not stabbed but get juked.One bus has earned the reputation of being the most deadly transporter after causing the deaths of at least 7-10 pem-pem boys alone this year. The bus is known as Killer Bean. Killer Bean is actually the Yellow School bus from America, perhaps the friendliest symbol in the western world but in this culture of “Me, Myself and I”,WHICH IS PRESENT DAY MONROVIA, the Yellow School bus has taken on the persona of the evil Killer Bean.Let me tell you what I see at 5:30, right before the sun rises. Monrovia seems to wake up from a dream. A dream where “life was warm and love was true.” The city seems to dream of a time of peace as opposed to the hellish reality that night time Monrovia is without a police officer in sight to assist a citizen from getting raped or assaulted or juked.At 5:30 a.m. with C.W.A. on your right, the Baptist Church on your left, the air heavy with the smell of Kalla being fried on an open fire, you have one last glimpse of colonial Monrovia. The city where everyone knew each other.Then the sun comes up from over the Ducor and you have got to side-step a plastic bag of fresh ‘boot’ flung into the streets the night before. And of course now you can see the used up condom on the church’s steps, testimony to last night’s frolic. And no one can miss the fresh peepee scent as it wrestles for control of the morning air against the Sweet Palm Butter “cold bowl” odor from the Lappa-Be-Door near C.W.A. Then I recall what we had and how I feel lost and I feel sad with nothing left but the memories of Yester Me, Yester You, and Yesterday. Dedicated to Connie Yhap “One Bad APPLE”, Joy Grimes, Tanji Bull, Jimi Bull, Lady Richards, Gledy Badio, Cia, Nathan Crawford, Bruce Williams, William Ward, Henry Kesselly, Kolu Basseh, Purple Haze, Kapingdi, The Gardners, Psychedelic Six, Moby Dick, Christine Clinton, Mills (Police band), Mackinley A. Deshield, Jr. (the Saw) and all of you whose contributions continue to infuse fond memories in these challenging times. God Bless You All. Amen.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Deepavali is all embracing – Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha

first_imgFestivals are an integral part of Hinduism. Each festival is associated with several legends and Hndu scripture. Deepavali is primarily Lakshmi puja, when homage is paid to the Goddess Maha Lakshmi whom the Vedas describe as the eternal source of fortune and abundance. The intention in Lakshmi Pua is not merely to seek material benefits, but equally spiritual exaltation. We must worship Lakshmi Ma to strengthen our spiritual power, which will make us triumph against all obstacles. Negative actions are the road to ruin. A wise and intelligent approach will bear the fruit of eternal success.Deepavali in its many dimensions addresses questions which are not only philosophical, but also economical and social. Deepavali as such, is all embracing in its significance. Socially not only is the whole family involved in its observance, but rather the entire community participates in a spirit of visible cordiality and joy, illustrating the refreshing content of the festival. Deepavali is celebrated close to the gravest and at a time when historically the commercial community closed their books and opened new accounts.Apart from these facets, Deepavali threatens darkness in all its names and forms and influences the emergence of an illuminate society in which there exists understanding, respect, love and cordiality. Societies are built and sustained on foundations such as these. Deepavali serves to rekindle hope and expectation, and influence society in a positive direction. It revitalises and renews the spirit of optimism from which a new beginning can be constructed, based on equity and noble intentions.Observed on Amawasya (New moon – the darkest night or the 15th day of the Hindu month of Kartik), the word Deepavali literally means a cluster of lights. The festival is deeper in significance than the word suggests.It is our fervent hope that love and fraternity which permeate this lovely festival can be nurtured and developed, to extend beyond the festive five-day period which concludes on November 1, with Bhai Dhuj and imposes a lasting influence on minds and hearts.Deepavali ka shubh kamnayea, a Happy Deepavali.last_img read more

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Sharapova drops out with injury

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s disappointing to have to finish this way,” Sharapova said. “I started to feel pain in the second game of the first set. I tried to go on, but you can’t get away with it when you are playing against a top player.” Fifth-seeded Ivanovic of Serbia will face second-seeded Martina Hingis in the final today. Hingis posted a 6-4, 6-3 win over defending champion Elena Dementieva of Russia. Sharapova, who reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the WTA Tour rankings on Monday, lost to Serena Williams in the final of the Australian Open. The Russian had 17 double-faults in her first match against Italy’s Francesca Schiavone and double-faulted 14 times in the quarterfinals against Japan’s Ai Sugiyama. Sharapova refused to blame the injury on her schedule. “I have a simple and easy schedule compared to the other girls,” she said. center_img TOKYO – Top-ranked Maria Sharapova retired during the second set of her Pan Pacific Open semifinal against Ana Ivanovic on Sunday because of a hamstring injury. After dropping the first set 6-1, the Russian star consulted with her trainer. She won the first game of the second set before retiring. last_img read more

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Man United defender Shaw admits fitness is a concern

first_imgManchester United newboy Luke Shaw claims he has no problem with Louis van Gaal – and admits his fitness does need improving.The Dutch chief criticised the 29-year-old, following his return from the World Cup, for his apparent lack of training.The 19-year-old admitted he underestimated just how challenging it would be to make the step up from Southampton to the Red Devils.However, Shaw has no qualms with his manager’s public criticism of him.“Obviously I have seen that, and it’s something I totally agree with,” he said when asked about Van Gaal’s press conference comments. “To play in this formation you have to be really fit. I am fit but I am not at the high level he demands.“I have got to get fitter to get up and down (the wing). It’s something I have got to work on.”Shaw became the fourth most expensive defender in history when he swapped Southampton for United in a deal that could cost the Old Trafford club £28million.Although he played for England at the World Cup, it is worth remembering Shaw only made his full Premier League debut in November 2012.Shaw admits he miscalculated just how physically demanding it would be to step up and become United’s first-choice left-back as part of Van Gaal’s new 3-5-2 system.“It was a surprise. I didn’t come into United thinking it would be much harder,” Shaw said.“That’s something that I think I made a mistake on.“I thought it was just going to be the same but it’s the biggest club in the world and there is world-class players in training.“That is something that is going to push me on and it’s something I am looking forward to doing.”To show just how much work he thinks Shaw needs to do, Van Gaal made the left-back partake in a gruelling fitness session on the morning of the win against Inter Milan, which came on penalties after a 0-0 draw.The England defender only made it onto the pitch when youth product Reece James pulled out of the match with an injury.Shaw thinks the extra training sessions are already paying dividends.“I want and need the staff to push me on so they can do what they want. It will only help me in the long run,” said Shaw, who impressed as a second-half substitute at the FedEx Field in Washington.“I wasn’t meant to play (against Inter) so I trained on Tuesday morning.“Me and the staff decided it would be better to push me in a harder training session.“But I came on and played 45 minutes. I felt great. I could have played another 45 so that’s something that shows there is a progression there after the last game.“The focus is now to get fitter and fitter and to be flying by start of season.”Shaw and the rest of his United team-mates were due to train in the US capital on Wednesday afternoon.They will fly to Detroit on Thursday ahead of their clash against Real Madrid, which is expected to take place in front of a crowd of over 100,000 people.A win for United, who beat Roma in their first match, will see them qualify for the final of the International Champions Cup, which takes place on August 4 in Miami. 1 Louis van Gaal and Luke Shaw last_img read more

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Law school to remain open despite loss of accreditation

first_imgWOODLAND HILLS – The president of the beleaguered University of West Los Angeles said Thursday the law school will remain open, despite losing a second key accreditation last weekend. The State Bar of California’s Committee of Bar Examiners voted last Saturday to withdraw its accreditation from the nonprofit university, which operates law and paralegal programs in Woodland Hills and Inglewood. Administrators said they plan to appeal, and that the school will remain accredited until the situation is resolved. “We’re going to continue and bring the institution within the standards of accreditation,” university President Robert W. Brown said. “We don’t see this as an adversarial process. We’re going to demonstrate the viability of the University of West Los Angeles. We believe we’ve turned the corner. “The real key is to have this university available for our communities and the law students of the future.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card If the school ultimately loses its California Bar accreditation, its students would be ineligible to sit for the State Bar exam. The State Bar’s action follows a decision in November by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges to terminate its accreditation of UWLA because of the school’s shaky finances. If the school loses its appeal of that termination, it could impact students’ ability to qualify for federal financial aid. Brown said the university’s income is exceeding its expenses for the first time in seven years, primarily because it has laid off all but one full-time faculty member. Adjunct instructors are teaching most of the classes, attended by about 300 law and 70 paralegal students. But Brown said UWLA also is working on a plan – as directed by the State Bar – on ways to transfer its students if the school closes. Although the State Bar’s decision was made Saturday, students said they weren’t told until late Thursday – after the Daily News made inquiries. William Goldstein, 54, of Los Angeles, works full-time as a computer consultant and is scheduled to graduate in May from the law school’s Woodland Hills campus. He fears that if the law school closes before then, only a limited amount of his course credits would transfer to another school. “I’m 10 units shy of my JD (law degree) and I would literally have to take a year and a half more of school if I were to transfer,” Goldstein said. “That’s why so many of us have been hanging on, even though we believed the institution was going down the tubes very quickly.” Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 lisa.sodders@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Motherwell sign Spanish midfielder Alex Rodriguez

first_imgMotherwell have signed Spanish midfielder Alex Rodriguez Gorrin on a one-year deal.The 24-year-old, who has enjoyed stints with Sunderland, Wellington Phoenix, Boavista and Sepsi OSK, is Stephen Robinson’s fifth summer signing at Fir Park.Rodriguez first linked up with the Steelmen in January when he trained with the squad at their Tenerife winter training camp.He eventually moved to Romania but remained in Robinson’s thoughts and has now put pen to paper on a move Lanarkshire. Robinson added: “We’ve been working to get Alex for a while now, so we are pleased to welcome him to the club.“We got to see him first hand with the squad when we were in Tenerife and were really keen to sign him if the opportunity arose.“He will give us real options in the middle of the pitch, where we now have a lot of competition for places. “He can break up the play, take ownership of the ball and has a good range of passing.” Rodriguez said: “I like both parts of the game. “I like to tackle and be aggressive, but I like to have the ball as well.“I know in Scotland you like to attack, and it’s something I can do as well.“Short term, I want to adjust to a new league and it will be different, maybe more physical. Then I’ll see after that. I will take it step by step, get pre-season under my belt and then have a good season.”last_img read more

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Stratford wrestling rolls past Nekoosa

first_imgBy John KemmeterMARSHFIELD – The Stratford High School wrestling team rolled to a 58-12 win over Nekoosa on Dec. 5 in Nekoosa.Karter Stuttgen (120 pounds) won 12-4, Benno Wenzel (126) won by pin in 3:52, Gavin Drexler (132) won by pin in 1:49, Max Schwabe (138) won by pin in 1:09, Konner Stuttgen (145) won by pin in 2:31, Gavin Kirsch (152) won by pin in 2:52, Cole Marten (220) won by pin in 1:32, and Dawson Moen (285) won by pin in 2:22, while Jake Heiden (160) and Hunter Ford (182) both won by forfeit.last_img read more

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How to Prepare for a HR Assignment in Another Country

first_imgTo find out about U.S. labor laws, state laws, etc. the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) can be a great resource. The SHRM website has a Legal Issues and Public Policy tab that can share federal, state, and local resources. Members can “Ask an HR Advisor” questions or use the express requests feature.To learn about traditions and customs, consider reading local publications to get some sense of the events that happen in the city and the local issues residents are passionate about. Connect with the local Chamber of Commerce or other professional associations to find networking events that will allow you to meet people and visit different local establishments.The same applies if you’re making a move from the U.S. to another country. Ron Thomas is the chief executive officer of Great Place to Work – GCC Region (including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and Dubai). He serves on the Harvard Business Review advisory council and is a regular contributor to TLNT.com. I asked Ron to share with us what he did to prepare for his transition to Saudi Arabia.Culture: To get an understanding of culture and local issues, I started reading the English language ARAB News and expat blogs. They give you an open eye view of living within the region. However, no research will give you the real sense of what it is to live there. No movie theaters, no alcohol, and severe restrictions on women, etc.Coming from the U.S. there is severe culture shock. If you are an expat, you will be living in a compound of like-minded people. This is the important network since you can live within this subdivision free of outside laws.Business traditions: We have a saying that the logic you have learned in business does not equate here. For example, when someone promises to deliver by a certain date, do not take that as fact. You will receive, but sometimes there does not seem to be a sense of urgency.Saudi’s do not suffer work-life balance, because they come to work at their start time and leave at end of day. They are not tethered to their cell phone for work related issues. The vacation norm here is 30 days, unlike in the U.S. where we tend to take 1 week here and there.Labor Laws: Saudi Labor law is approximately a 40-page Word document. The various laws are written skewed towards the employee. It is a must read. The newspapers covers labor law violations extensively so that is why it is paramount to read as often as you can.The other issue here is Saudization, which is the national policy of Saudi Arabia to encourage employment of Saudi nationals in the private sector. As of 2006, the workforce was largely dominated by expatriate workers.The Saudi government has enacted policies to promote Saudization, including warnings that ‘companies which fail to comply with Saudization regulations will not be awarded government contracts’. This type law is prevalent throughout the Middle East since all countries depend on expat population and this program is designed to become less reliant on the outside worker.Even if you’re not planning to move to Saudi Arabia, I think Ron’s experience can give someone a real sense of what it’s like to work in another country and the actions you must take to be effective working as an expat. My thanks to Ron for sharing his expertise.For those of you who have worked in another country, how did you prepare? Share your tips and expertise in the comments. I recently spoke with a colleague in Canada who will be moving to the U.S. next year. We were talking about the differences between federal and state laws. So I thought I would share with you some resources on where to go if you’re planning for a human resources assignment in another country.In my career, I’ve worked with several professionals who’ve had global assignments. And, I’ve had some international responsibilities myself, although I’ve never lived outside the U.S. There are two main considerations when you think about international roles and responsibilities:The labor laws, etc. of the place you’re going to. And,The customs, traditions, etc. of the place you’re going to.They are both equally important. In my colleague’s case, it might be tempting to say that there’s very little difference between Canada and the United States, but that’s not true. There are many differences. I’m reminded of a time several years ago when I moved from Orlando, Florida to Cincinnati, Ohio. There were definite differences (and I stayed in the same country!) Not that there’s anything wrong with either location…but let’s face it, they are different.last_img read more

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