Speaker examines ethical decisions

first_imgAnn Tenbrunsel, director of the Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide, discussed the discrepancy between promises and actions in her talk titled “Ethical Blind Spots,” which took place in the Mendoza College of Business on Wednesday as part of Notre Dame’s Ethics Week.Tenbrunsel said ethical knowledge does not always translate to actions.“People that think a lot and know a lot about ethics are not necessarily immune to unethical behavior,” she said.She asked the audience to rate themselves on a scale of zero to 100 of how ethical they consider themselves to be, with zero being not ethical, 50 being average and 100 being the most ethical.“People rate themselves higher than they should,” she said. “Not only do we inflate how good we are relative to other people, we hyper inflate our own ethicality.”Tenbrunsel said the three steps of ethical decision-making are prediction, action and reflection.“Studies show a large discrepancy between prediction and action, and this is known as forecasting errors,” she said.Tenbrunsel said people often make forecasting errors when they think about charitable giving. Most people predict that when the time comes, they will donate a dollar or so to a charity, but less than half of them actually end up doing so, she said.This phenomenon has to do with the difference between desirability and feasibility, Tenbrunsel said. Visceral forces, such as hunger, tiredness and fear, even influence our ethical decisions.“The more sleep-deprived you are, the more likely that you will behave unethically,” she said.Another reason for the discrepancy between prediction and action is “ethical fading,” Tenbrunsel said.“[Ethical fading is] a process by which the moral colors of an ethical decision fade into bleached hues that are void of moral implications,” she said.Tenbrunsel said she aims to help people to recognize their ethical illusions and thus avoid ethical fading and correctly compartmentalize ethical questions.“[Then] we can work to become the people that we want to be,” she said.Tags: business, Ethics weeklast_img read more

21 Donegal construction companies qualify for CIRI construction competence mark

first_imgOver 21 Donegal contractors are now qualified for the highly regarded ‘Construction Industry Register of Ireland’ (CIRI) competence in construction quality mark, it has been revealed. Only 850 companies across Ireland currently have qualified for the CIRI register.CIRI Spokesperson Lorraine Hosty said: “The consumer knows if a contractor or builder is on the CIRI register that they have passed the rigorous examination of their financial, administrative and construction competence. “With over 45,000 construction companies in Ireland, those 850 +  on the CIRI register stand out and have demonstrated their competence and been approved by an independent board of experts, some of which are nominated by Government.“In other words, the consumer should keep an eye out for the CIRI mark when they are considering home renovation or new build or looking for specialist contractors or tradespeople to carry out construction works.“From the builder’s perspective, the CIRI mark is useful when trying to secure work as CIRI is now gaining momentum with public and private sector clients and is often been sought as a competency standard during the procurement process.”To date, CIRI comprises of over 40 categories covering everything from plastering, plumbing, masonry, roofing, piling, demolition, masonry, glazing, carpentry, flooring, tiling, scaffolding, fire safety, and much more Mr Aidan O’Connor, Chairperson of CIRI said: “CIRI has been a very positive initiative for the construction sector, and the Government, in recognising the role CIRI is playing in improving standards, has committed to supporting its wider adoption throughout the industry.“CIRI has an extensive system of checking contractors to make sure that locals are hiring a reputable worker that they can trust.“Not only does CIRI check the basic requirements regarding Insurance, Health and Safety, and Financials, it also looks for project references, qualifications and experience of key personnel.“When you choose a CIRI approved contractor, you know you are choosing someone who is capable of carrying out the work.“The requirements for staying on the CIRI register include annual Continuous Practice Development (CPD) requirements to be fulfilled.” 21 Donegal construction companies qualify for CIRI construction competence mark was last modified: June 29th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Half-time: Chelsea 1 Swansea City 1

first_imgDiego Costa’s fifth goal in four games hauled Chelsea level after a frustrating first half. John Terry’s clumsy own goal saw Swansea lead after 11 minutes but an out-of-sorts Blues began to dominate possession and territory and levelled through Costa’s 45th-minute header from a Cesc Fabregas corner.Swansea settled much better after a frantic opening 10 minutes and led when Ki Sung-Yeung’s purposeful run freed Neil Taylor on the right and the full-back’s cross was needlessly slid in by Terry.Oscar could easily have levelled from the resumption but dragged a good chance wide from the edge of the box.However, the Welsh side looked the more cohesive and Wayne Routledge and Bafetimbi Gomis both missed good opportunities to double the lead.The Blues, who like Swansea are hoping to extend their 100% league record, found some fluency, with Eden Hazard looking a constant danger despite some ruthless and cynical treatment from the away side.He created several half chances and threatening positions but the closest Chelsea came to an equaliser before Costa struck was when Andre Schurrle’s free-kick was tipped over.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Warriors-Rockets series largely hinges on whose math formula works best

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – As the Houston Rockets have clanked repeatedly from 3-point range, the Warriors have felt further validated with their offensive system.On the surface, it appears the Warriors’ offense relies on Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson making shots. The Warriors believe they maximize those scorers by emphasizing quality passes, sharp cutting and …last_img

Snag in flight throws passengers into tizzy

first_imgKolkata: Passengers landing at the city airport were gripped by a sense of fear as they felt a sudden jerk when the Singapore Airlines flight in which they were travelling, suddenly came to a halt on the runway with a loud sound. The 200-odd passengers had to wait for more than half an hour before they could come out of the flight.According to sources in the airport, the Singapore Airlines SQ 516 landed at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport at around 10.28 pm on Saturday night, but passengers could not vacate the flight as it had developed a hydraulic snag. The hydraulic leakage resulted in drainage of fuel from the flight on the runway. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA senior official said that the snag had developed a few minutes before the flight was scheduled to land, when the fuel started leaking. As it landed, the nose wheel of the flight got locked and the flight came to a halt with a sudden jerk. The pilot stopped the engine of the airline to mitigate any risk. After sometime, the flight was towed across the runway by a special vehicle. “The passengers could not be taken near the aerobridge. They were brought out of the airport in a special bus,” a source informed.A spokesperson of the airport, however, said that there was not much of a problem as the alternate runway was handed over for operation soon. “There was no impact on any other flight as the alternate runway was put in use. The runway was handed over back for operation after being vacated, proper cleaning of the fuel leakage and inspection,” the spokesperson said.last_img read more

Obese Eat peanuts to lose it

first_imgWhether your goal is overall weight loss or better overall health, researchers recommend snacking on peanuts or peanut butter, three to four times a week.According to a new study, teenagers at high risk for being overweight or obese reduced their Body Mass Index (BMI) when they adhered to a nutrition intervention that included a snack of peanuts, compared to those children who did not.“Obesity is the most pressing health issue facing us today,” said Craig Johnston from University of Houston in the US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“We’d like to think it’s preventable, but from where I sit right now, there hasn’t been a lot shown to be very effective on a large scale,” Johnston added in the paper published in the Journal of Applied Research on Children.The study acknowledged that snacking is more common during the adolescent years and that the unhealthy eating habit can lead to an unhealthy weight. In the 12-week study, instructors guided 257 adolescents from three Houston-area charter schools through a programme of physical activity and nutrition education. About half the students received a snack of peanuts or peanut butter three to four times a week, while the rest received the snack fewer than once a week.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixPeanuts were chosen because nuts are nutrient-dense snacks that promote a feeling of being full. Students spent 12 more weeks maintaining the healthy snacking habit. The findings showed that students who received the snack more regularly experienced a decrease in their overall BMI compared to those who did not receive the regular peanut snack. After school programmes and schools can replace energy dense, unhealthy snacks with peanuts to provide a healthier alternative for children — researchers in the study ensured students did not suffer from nut allergies, the researchers concluded.last_img read more

HC seeks reports on clash lawyers launch ceasework strike to protest police

first_imgKolkata: Calcutta High Court on Thursday sought judicial and administrative reports on the lawyers’ scuffle with police which took place at the Howrah court on Wednesday.Lawyers across the state launched a cease-work strike to protest against the police action during the Howrah incident. Later in the day, the state Bar association at Calcutta High Court called a meeting and it was decided that pen down movement would continue until action is taken against the police personnel. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe division bench of Chief Justice Thottathil B. Nair Radhakrishnan issued orders to submit the reports by Monday. Lawyer Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya mentioned about the incident before the Chief Justice and appealed him to take suo motu cognizance of the same to which he agreed. Following issuing the order to submit reports on the incident, the Chief Justice said an attack on the judicial system would not be tolerated. The High Court will take action in this regard. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateOn Wednesday, a major clash took place between the lawyers and staff of Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) over vehicle parking at Howrah Court area. The lawyers had allegedly attacked cops with bricks during the fight with Howrah Municipal Corporation employees. Around 10 am, when a lawyer parked his bike at the HMC’s free parking area, an employee of HMC asked him not to park his vehicle there. This led to a fight between the two and the argument further heated up when some lawyers and law clerks joined them and allegedly assaulted the HMC staff and a security personnel. Within minutes more civic body staff members joined and a clash ensued between both the parties. It was alleged that bricks were hurled during the incident. The police rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control. Later around 5 pm, when some mediapersons and HMC staff were moving out of the HMC, the lawyers allegedly assaulted them. Some lawyers allegedly hurled bricks at them which hit some police personnel who were duty. Having no other option, the police resorted to lathi-charge. The situation took an ugly turn when the lawyers retaliated and attacked the police personnel. To disperse the violent mob, the police fired a few tear gas shells on the Howrah court premises.last_img read more

A Drone Unlike Any Youve Ever Seen

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. June 4, 2015 If I saw one of these flying overhead, I’d much sooner duck and call animal control than think I was being surveilled. But this is no living animal.A team of engineering professors at the University of Illinois are working on a fully autonomous drone like you’ve never seen before. It looks and flies just like a living bat. No joke. Bats were the inspiration behind the architecture of these drones because of “their unrivaled agility and maneuverability during flight,” the university says.“When a bat flaps its wings, it’s like a rubber sheet,” professor Seth Hutchinson said on the school’s website. “It fills up with air and deforms. And then when the wing gets to the end of its motion, that rubber wing pushes the air out when it springs back into place. So you get this big amplification of power that comes just from the fact you are using flexible membranes inside the wing itself.”Related: What the Heck Are Drones Good For, Anyway?In other words, it’s a drone that’s equal parts powerful and power efficient. The professors say their bat drones should have longer battery power than traditional quadcopter drones “because of their ability flap and glide instead of relying on constantly rotating propellers.”Take a look at the drones in action. They’re fascinating and, despite the upbeat music in the video, also a little frightening.OK, so people are creating bat drones. Now what? The professors plan on using the bats to monitor progress on construction sites.“Building construction projects are complicated, and rarely do they happen the way they are intended to happen,” Hutchinson said. “Keeping track of whether the building is being put together the right way at the right time is not trivial. So the bats would fly around, pay attention, and compare the building information model to the actual building that’s being constructed.”Related: Senators Push Bill to Legalize Commercial DronesThe professors believe their robo-bats could also someday be used for delivering packages, should such regulations be passed.Between drones that fly like bats and robots that run like cheetahs, well, what’s next? If you don’t believe me about the cheetah thing, see what I mean here. It’s crazy stuff.Related: These Giant Robotic Ants Could One Day Replace Factory Workers 3 min readcenter_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more