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Blood Diamonds December 21, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferlyn @ 7:20 pm

Blood diamonds are also known as “conflict diamonds.”  Conflict diamonds are diamonds that come from places that are controlled by people opposed to internationally recognized governments. Conflict diamonds are used to fund military action that is opposed to government.  These blood diamonds are used to fuel wars because they are often used by rebel forces to purchase arms and other illegal things. Neighboring countries can be used as trading grounds for blood diamonds. Once these diamonds are brought to market, their origin is difficult to trace and once they are polished, they can no longer be identified.

In July 2000, the global diamond industry dedicated itself to getting rid of the trade of conflict diamonds. It worked closely with the United Nations to create the Kimberley Process Certification System. This system was formally adopted in 2003. 

Certified diamonds from Africa are not a bad thing.  They do have benefits. Some benefits are money from diamonds enable every child in Botswana to receive free education up to the age of 13.  The diamond mining industry generates over 40% of Namibia’s annual export earnings.  Almost one million people in India are employed by the diamond industry.  The money from diamonds is extremely useful in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic.  Around 5 million people have access to healthcare globally thanks because of money from diamonds. 

I think that conflict diamonds are definitely not a good thing they cause major problems in African countries.  I think that certified diamonds are a good thing.  They help support poor African countries.  They are used to fund useful foundations and healthcare for Africans who can’t afford it.  Overall I think it is a good thing that the United Nations is tightening the restrictions on blood diamonds and making it harder for them to get in with the rest of the certified diamonds.

 

http://www.un.org/peace/africa/Diamond.html

 

Homesourcing…Wave of the Future or Problem for All December 13, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferlyn @ 6:45 pm

Homesourcing…the newest innovation in the business world, how will it effect us? Homesourcing will be a growing trend because it allows individuals to work from home.  While working they would be able to deal with their other obligations.  It would benefit many people.  For individuals with children they have the opportunity to stay home and take care of their children along with the chance to be a part of the child’s growing up experience.  As an added bonus they won’t have to pay for a babysitter or a daycare. 

Homesourcing could benefit my family because my mom’s job could definitely be homesourced as long as we would have the right internet connections and other communication connections, as well as the right computer programs (spreadsheets, etc.).  Her entire job is all done on the computer, so she would easily be able to do all her work at home and then e-mail it to the appropriate people.  I think homesourcing could benefit me with my future career if I decided to choose a career that involved computer technology.

 

Homesourcing could help save money because companies wouldn’t have to go through hassle of starting up an office.  They wouldn’t have to rent or buy and office space, they wouldn’t have to buy all the equipment for an office, and the employees wouldn’t have to waste gas to drive to an office building.  It would also save the company money if the employees already have the equipment they need at home ready to use.  The employees could save money by not having to drive and not having to pay for a babysitter or daycare.

 

Homesourcing has caused problems because people are isolated and they don’t get out and socialize if they work from home.  Homesourcing is also a problem when it comes to people with children.  If they are trying to work at home and their children are bothering them they may not be able to work as efficiently as they could in a quiet office.  Another problem with homesourcing is if the employees don’t have the right technology at home it makes hassles for the company.

 

Overall, homesourcing can be very efficient.  If you keep the employees happy, the company suffers less.