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Street Hype-Nov 18-30, 2012.pdf

Street Hype-Nov 18-30, 2012.pdf

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‘Community Lifestyle Newspaper’
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Street Hype’s publisher Patrick Maitland and Colette Cyrus-Burnette CEO, NYSuper Wings showoff were honored by the members of the Society For theAdvancement of the Caribbean Diaspora (SACD) for their contribution to theCaribbean Diaspora. Maitland was honored for his contribution to local journal-ism and Cyrus-Burnette for entreprenurship. The presentation took place at theSACD Annual Awards Dinner Gala on Saturday (November 17) at the BrooklynCampus of the Long Island University in Brooklyn.
Food Co-op Votes to BoycottCoca-Cola
The meeting is the top decision-mak-ing body of the co-op. The vote continuesthe banning of Minute Maid juices,Odwalla juices and smoothies and HonestTea, which used to be sold at the PSFC.Co-op member Lew Friedman,described Coke's ongoing global labor,human rights and environmental abuses,which clash with the Mission Statement of the Co-op, which states:"...We seek toavoid products that depend on the exploita-tion of others....We oppose discriminationin any form..."Friedman distributed literatures high-lighting the horrible abuses that Coke triesto hide and cover up. "These abuses," hesaid, "include complicity in murder of union leaders in Colombia and Guatemala;over exploitation and pollution of water indrought-prone areas of India; trampling onworkers rights in the United States andelsewhere; racial discrimination andaggressive marketing of unhealthy prod-ucts to children, especially in black andLatino communities that fuel the childhoodobesity and diabetes epidemics."Friedman spoke of The Coke 16, agroup of black and Latino present-and- for-mer Coca-Cola employees in bottlingplants in Queens and Elmsford, New York,who are suing Coke for racial discrimina-tion. The New York Daily News dubbedthem The Coke 16 in "Coke's not it: 16workers sue, call giant 'cesspool of racialdiscrimination.'These workers described how theysuffered from biased work assignments,unfair discipline and retaliation and a caus-tic work environment.The Coke 16 claim that minorityworkers at Coca-Cola are typicallyassigned to the most undesirable and phys-ically dangerous jobs and that managerscontravene the seniority system by givingbetter jobs and more overtime hours toCaucasian workers with less seniority.Minority workers become the objectof racial slurs and are denied opportunitiesfor promotion. When workers dare to speakout against the abuse, Coca-Cola retaliatesagainst them through unwanted scrutiny,unfair disciplinary actions, suspensionswithout pay and firings based on fraudulentcharges.
Continued page 4 By Pat Clark, Contributing Writerinfo@killercoke.org
he Park Slope Food Coop (PSFC) in Brooklyn, with a membership of more than16,000 working members, voted on November 27 at its general meeting with300 members present to boycott all Coca-Cola products.
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his is a quote written in an article thatI recently read in Forbes Magazine.Although we have heard this statementbefore, somehow it is considered notimportant or it is forgotten by small busi-ness owners, managers in organizationsand people in leadership positions.You cannot look at the bottom linewhich is creating revenue and disregardthe importance of employees’ retention.Running an organization is no easy taskbut being fair to employees should alwaysremain top priority. When employees startto express that they are not happy in theirwork environment it is up to the superiorto assess and address their concerns.I have seen top employees resign fromorganizations. The key stakeholders knewthe resignation was in the pipeline but didnothing before or after the employee leftthe organization. Other employees makenote of this and start reciting these sadwords, “they wouldn't miss me if I wasgone.”When employees start saying thesewords usually productivity decreases.Other words that are expressed are, “Idon't get the support I need to get my jobdone.” As an employer you need to learnthe skills necessary for your employees tofeel appreciated. Of course you can’tplease everyone, but people know whenyou are doing your best to support them.Let us not forget other reasons keyemployees resign.They are for lack of opportunity foradvancement and compensation.If you are not being compensated foryour education and experience, you are outthe door, so why would you expect youremployees to stay.As a boss, help your organizationgrow by giving your employees an oppor-tunity to build a career. A good boss triesto identify his or her employees’ expertiseand allow them to utilize it. Once utilized,allow them to build a career around it atyour organization.How can you identify your employ-ees’ strength? Being the boss, communi-cation needs to be used effectively. Listento your employees and have an open doorpolicy.It is important that you as the superiorcommunicate your expectations withoutletting your employees feel fearful. Lastbut not least, be fair. As John C. Maxwellsaid, leaders must be close enough torelate to others, but far enough ahead tomotivate them.
Planning and preparing for natural disasters
The opinions expressed in this newspaper, except for the above, do not necessarily reflect the views of Street Hype Newspaper and its publishers. Please send yourcomments or suggestions to editor@streethypenewspaper.com. Responses should be no longer than 400 words. Not all articles will be published
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Community Lifestyle Newspaper
urricane Sandy wreaked havoc withtotal cost of damage put at $71 billion.Governor Andrew Cuomo said New Yorkneeds some $32.8 billion to restore damagedhousing, parks and infrastructure and tocover lost revenue and other expenses.Another $9.1 billion will be used to mit-igate potential damage from future severeweather events.The horrific destruction and floodingcaused by Hurricane Sandy continue toimpinge on thousands of residents in NewYork counties of Bronx, Kings, Nassau, NewYork, Richmond, Suffolk and Queens and thepeople in New Jersey’s counties of Atlantic,Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex,Monmouth, Ocean and Union.While, the State and Cities have beenproviding assistance including federal fund-ing, a significant number of the victims arecrying out for more help.The situation is becoming terrifying, asmost of the victims don’t have adequateinsurance protection for their businesses,homes and personal items.Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office hasestimated that New York City alone had $4.8billion of uninsured private losses, $3.8 bil-lion of insured private losses and $4.5 billionin losses to City agencies.As the victims of Sandy seek to put theirlives back on track, they are expected to facemore challenges and setbacks.The City will also be hard pressed forresources, included an estimated $800 mil-lion needed now to fix damaged roads.Therefore, everybody is being affectedin some ways as a result of Sandy.Natural disaster and other act of Godwill continue to be a way of life for every-body.We cannot stop them or predict their pre-cise occurrence.Therefore, planning and preparing fornatural disasters are among our only viableand long-term solutions.Although there were rooms for improve-ment, the State and City authorities performreasonable well in their preparation andresponse to the hurricane.Governor Cuomo’s formation of threecommissions charged with undertaking acomprehensive review and making specificrecommendations to overhaul and improveNew York State’s emergency preparednessand response capabilities are steps in theright directions.The State should however, considerworking with insurance companies to devel-op and implement affordable insurance pro-grams to mitigate losses.We are not suggesting any further com-pulsory insurance policies or a new ‘naturaldisasters taxes.’An aggressive education and trainingprograms on natural disasters would alsohelp people to better manage and prepare formajor weather incidents.
Dr NevaSpeaks
Treat your employees how you’d want to be treated
• Dr. Neva Helena Alexander (Dr. Neva) is cur-rently a faculty member at Prince Mohammad University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia asa Coordinator for Core Humanities and SocialScience in the College of Arts and Science. Herresearch interest and specialty includes femaleleadership, leadership styles and entrepreneur-ship.

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