2 Feb
2016

Professional golfers who join the PGA Tour obtain distinct advantages. These benefits continue to make participation highly competitive. Just consider some of the rewards you might receive by taking this step:

Significant Potential Compensation

Members of the PGA Tour sometimes earn lucrative compensation as a result of their participation. These returns come in several forms. First, they enjoy an opportunity to win impressive tournament purses and honors like Phil Mickelson. Second, their performance may allow them to enter into lucrative long term contracts endorsing and promoting products. Third, becoming a PGA pro may boost a golfing pro’s popularity as a golf instructor or local club professional.

Although individual compensation during any given year varies widely, some professional golfers fare quite well. In 2011, Briton Luke Donald reportedly earned over $6 million on the PGA Tour. Less than five years after she joined the LPGA, golfer Yani Tseng reportedly earned over $8 million.

Enhanced Name Recognition

Members of the PGA tour also sometimes gain widespread fame and name recognition. They may join the ranks of celebrities and obtain an opportunity to position themselves as in-demand experts in the field of golf.

The acclaimed golfer Arnold Palmer’s career illustrates this point. Even following his retirement, he earned an impressive $36 million in 2011, in part by making public appearances and licensing and endorsing a variety of products. His successful career has become a financially rewarding retirement.

Travel Opportunities

Another attractive reason to join the PGA Tour involves the opportunity to travel to luxurious golfing resorts located around the nation. Members of the tour visit some of the most exciting cities and locales in the USA. They may even obtain invitations to participate in international tournaments and gain the opportunity to visit exotic vacation destinations as a result of their decision to turn pro.

For example, the American golfer Phil Mikelson participated in the British Open at Royal St. George’s in England in July, 2011. He has traveled widely during his golfing career, winning victories on many courses. Tiger Woods and others have also traveled extensively.

The Chance to Compete Against Talented Competitors

Joining the PGA Tour or the LPGA Tour also provides talented golfers with the chance to compete against the very best and most highly skilled competitors in the sport.

Golfers network with some excellent players during this process. Tiger Woods, Phil Mikelson, Keegan Bradley, Yani Tseng and many others display impressive golfing skills.

22 Jan
2016

The United States Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Yousef Al Otaiba, recently spoke at a conference on world relations and the need for unity. The UAE is one of the richest nations in the world, and it has become a backdrop for amazing development that is recognized on a global level. These developments are going to be much easier for the world to enjoy if the world comes together as one, and the ambassador spoke up about these issues.

The World Needs to be Less Divisive
The world has become divided over the years due to civil wars over religion and politics. However, political leaders like Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, are trying to facilitate unification. In fact, the West is working with the Arabian countries that are most progressive in their development and laws.

Cooperation in Trade
Countries that are willing to cooperate over trade and other matters are going to see much more success just because they are able to work with the west to have normal trade relations. The UAE has normal trade relations with the US. In fact, many people from the West travel to the UAE each year, contributing to the country’s economy. There is no major division between the West and these countries, but there are pundits who want the Arabs and the west to believe that they are vastly different. The ambassador wants people to ignore these people because the differences are minor.

World Peace Will Come Through Talking
The talks that are going to happen outside of the media will be the ones that are going to make the world peaceful again. Anyone can be convinced to talk under the right circumstances, and there are many people who are not willing to talk. The ambassador is more than willing to talk to anyone who wants to have normal relations with his country, and the country is actively fighting against extremism.

The world is not as divided as we believe, and people like the ambassador are going to help to lead these talks. The world will become much more peaceful, and the world could finally get past issues that have attempted to divide it in the past.

22 Jan
2016

UUMMANNAQ, Greenland – “When I was a young man,” a fisherman named Ole Qvist tells me, “I was a champion dogsled racer. But now,” he sighs, “it takes seven dogs to pull me.”

I’m unfamiliar with dogs as a measure of weight, but I gather from the way he palms his belly, mounded like his native Greenland’s polar ice cap, that seven dogs indicates a serious body-mass index.

Uummannaq, where Qvist has lived his whole life, is a settlement 400 miles north of the Arctic Circle in western Greenland. The July sun hangs like a fixture spraying light from the top of the world. At midday, it could be midnight. It’s a balmy 65 degrees, warm enough for short sleeves and smoothies. Just offshore, an iceberg three stories high and as wide as a small apartment building floats in a fjord like a late delivery from last winter.

As a child, I’d look on maps at the great wedge of land over America and wonder just what, and who, was there. Later, I flew en route to Europe over its massive ice cap, like a vast desert of frost. That ice, melting and cracking and calving island-size icebergs, has lately focused attention on the world’s largest island. As remote from the rest of the planet as it may be, it is a crucible of global issues: As Greenland gets greener, it’s becoming a hothouse of change. There is a nationhood movement for independence from Denmark, which has ruled it since 1927 (among Greenland’s 57,000 residents are about 7,000 Danes). Economic development and environmentalism, globalization, and heritage grind against one another like the tectonic plates deep below the softening permafrost.

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Source: Philly.com

22 Jan
2016

Ten years ago, only a handful of Fortune 500 companies issued sustainability reports. Now, a large number of businesses — large and small — have integrated corporate social responsibility as part of their daily business routines. Today, more consumers than ever are demanding that companies change their practices, become more transparent and communicative and take a more hands-on approach to making the world a better place.

According to a 2014 Nielsen survey, more than half of online consumers around the world surveyed (55 percent) said they would pay more for products and services from companies that are socially and environmentally responsible.

So, is corporate social responsibility (CSR) a sign of changing consumer demands or just a knee-jerk reaction?

Not too long ago, I would have said the latter. Many business leaders used to refer to CSR as “hypocritical window dressing” and shove it back into its place (they thought) as a small offshoot of the public relations or philanthropy department

CSR was an afterthought to many and was dusted off only if leaders needed to minimize their companies’ negative impact following a scandal. But that’s changed: CSR is now more of a direct corporate response to consumers’ ever-growing demands for transparency.

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Source: Entrepreneur.com

16 Dec
2015

The Stimson Center was founded in 1989, and over the past 25 years has been able to enhance international peace and play a strong role in developing policy and solving international problems. During its existence, the Stimson center has hosted a variety of programs and esteemed guests such as United Arab Emirates Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, Japanese Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae, and Co-chair of the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance Madeleine K. Albright.

One important meeting at the Stimson Center is the Chairman’s Forum. This meeting serves as an opportunity for important political leaders to discuss foreign policy issues with Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Stimson Center. These forums, and other similar events hosted by the Stimson Center, give Ambassadors and other policymakers such as Yousef Al Otaiba the opportunity to discuss the challenges facing their countries and find ways to reach mutually beneficial policy changes.

This is especially important for foreign ambassadors such as Al Otaiba who are heavily involved in improving the relationship between the United States and their respective home countries.  To that effect, in the most recent forum with UAE Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, he and Ambassador Bloomfeild were able dive deep on such policy issues affecting the United States.

Open discussions such as these are very important to the mission of the Stimson Center. The center has established itself as a trusted source of knowledge on security issues facing the globe. In fact, the center has multiple forums every month that range on topics from humanitarian crises, nuclear weapons, and global health. Some other topics discussed and challenged by the Stimson Center include:

  • Foreign Policy Deals
  • American Diplomacy
  • Global Water and Energy Resources
  • Nuclear Weaponry

Due to the efforts of the Stimson Center, there is a forum for policy leaders to discuss the many complex barriers that stand in the way of achieving global peace, accelerating the way to a more peaceful and secure world.

1 Aug
2015

inclusive-societySome problems are not easy to be solved and can’t be hidden among mankind, as many of those problems transcend the national boundaries of the different countries that have them.

For solving these kinds of problems, there have appeared different organizations and different forums that are trying to ease the situations in the less developed countries from all around the world, where these problems were identified.

Here are some of the global society issues and their meaning, just to see a little in the depth of these problems.

Aid

Some countries or some regions of this planet are in a dire need of aid, depending on their situation. There are different forms of aid, from a long-term development aid to humanitarian emergency assistance. Some of the societies_type_transparentorganizations provide them with military assistance or food aid, medical assistance or basic schooling. However, not all the areas can be covered, and sometimes there is a delay in helping them due to the political agendas, inefficiency of delivery and so on.

Causes of Poverty

As many of you know, the poverty is a serious problem in different place all around us. You will see the countries from the third world, where they lack even the drinking water or simple basic food, but you will also see developed countries which tend to split their population in two – big-societythose who have more than enough and those who have nothing to sustain themselves. There are more than 3 billion people – about half of the population of the Earth – who lives with less than $2.5 per day. Due to this reason, less and less children receive a basic education – they don’t know how to read or write.

Racism

Even if we live in the 21st century, racism has not disappeared entirely. Racism is that belief that says that some people from different racial groups are superior to others, no matter their educational background or the fact that they prove to be qualified for one job or another. As far as things go, racism is hand in hand with discrimination, and these represented powerful and efficient weapons to encourage hatred or fear of others, in a time of war and conflict.

Women’s Rights

llscdThere are still countries in this world who still believe that the woman is made only to take care of the house and the children. They don’t have access to education and sometimes not even to medical care. In some places, women are not allowed to work to sustain themselves or their family, they can’t be alone on streets and in some Islamic or Muslim places, and they need to be covered from head to toe in special clothing to not show off their body. Gender discrimination is spread more widely than anyone can think or comprehend.

Environmental Issues

CivilSocietyIconThis can be a large subject and it can surely touch different areas. The truth is that we take less and less care of the planet that we live on. Because of our lack of concern, this can easily turn against us. Our waters are polluted, our air is full of toxic elements and the soil can’t sustain any more of the debris that we deliver at it. There are many things that we should do, but there are even more things that we should not to. If we continue to pollute the nature that surrounds us, we will be facing extinction for different species pf plants, microorganism and animals – as all of this is known as the biodiversity.

There are many more things that can be filed under global society issues, but the power to make a difference and change the world is in all of us. Just consider that a better and cleaner world would be better for us than no world at all.