Money, Power, Respect: The Importance of Financial Education

The month of April is synonymous with many things — spring, taxes, April showers — but what it should perhaps be most associated with is financial empowerment. In 2004, the Senate did precisely that when it officially recognized April as National Financial Literacy Month. This is of particular importance for the Black community. When 21 percent of Black households are unbanked and 34 percent are under-banked, we can no longer ignore the immediate need for financial awareness and enfranchisement. Last week, National Action Network (NAN) held its 25th annual convention…

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THE ENFORCEABILITY OF RESTRAINT OF TRADE AGREEMENTS

In many instances an employer requires its employees to sign a certain restraint of trade agreement which in essence bind the employee from not being employed by the employers competitors. What to take note of here would be the fact that an employer would invest its time and money in training the employee to best fit the particular market and just as the employee has sufficient training and insight into the field the employee would resign and go and work for a competitor. What many employers have now decided to…

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Africa mass withdrawal from ICC must be stopped

Former UN general, Kofi Annan has said that an apparent African exodus from the International Criminal Court (ICC) must be stopped or the most heinous crimes will go unpunished according to a report by the Guardian. “Most of the continent’s democratic governments stand by the ICC. I stand by the ICC, because the most heinous crimes must not go unpunished.” Said Annan writing for the Guardian Koffi Annan who is one of the founders of the ICC warns that Burundi, Gambia and South Africa’s withdrawal from the court risks giving…

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The Best Thinkers Have These 7 ‘Thinking Dispositions’

Harvard education scholar Shari Tishman says there are seven such thinking dispositions. They are: 1. The disposition to be broad and adventurous: The tendency to be open-minded, to explore alternative views; an alertness to narrow thinking; the ability to generate multiple options. 2. The disposition toward sustained intellectual curiosity: The tendency to wonder, probe, find problems, a zest for inquiry; an alertness for anomalies; the ability to observe closely and formulate questions. 3. The disposition to clarify and seek understanding: A desire to understand clearly, to seek connections and explanations;…

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Africa’s ICC concerns are ignored at everyone’s peril

17 November 2016 Pretoria, South Africa – African states’ concerns with the International Criminal Court (ICC) are well publicised, but often badly understood and all too easily brushed aside. That must change; and the responsibility for changing it rests with African states themselves, the ICC and the international community at large. The most effective way to resolve Africa’s concerns is not by withdrawing from the court, but through the mechanisms available to ICC members: the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) and the Rome Statute. The 15th Session of the ASP…

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8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M.

Do this and you’ll have done the important stuff first. Life is busy. It can feel impossible to move toward your dreams. If you have a full-time job and kids, it’s even harder. How do you move forward? If you don’t purposefully carve out time every day to progress and improve, without question, your time will get lost in the vacuum of our increasingly crowded lives. Before you know it, you’ll be old and withered,  wondering where all that time went. As professor Harold Hill has said,  ”You pile up…

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