Office of Research Services October podcast Autism

BrockUResearch: Consider This is a monthly podcast series launched Sept. 25 by the Office of Research Services and co-produced with Brock University’s radio station, CFBU.Each month, our researchers tackle an issue of interest to the community. They draw upon their findings, insights and experiences to broaden and deepen understanding in a particular area.Hosted by Mike Saunders, the podcast departs from the traditional question-and-answer approach. Our researchers – typically from different departments and disciplines – sit at the table and discuss and debate the issue with one another, each adding their unique piece of the puzzle.October’s podcast is: Autism. A common challenge for children and young adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) face is to recognize and develop social skills so that they can interact effectively with others.Check out our upcoming podcasts and the BrockUResearch: Consider This homepage.Got a podcast idea, a comment or want more information? Contact: cmajtenyi@brocku.ca read more

Senate committee approves FAA nominee over Dem objections

A Senate committee is voting along party lines to approve President Donald Trump’s nominee to run the Federal Aviation Administration, with Democrats objecting.The 14-12 vote Wednesday by the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee means Stephen Dickson’s nomination moves to the full Senate.Democrats questioned Dickson’s commitment to air safety while head of flight operations for Delta Air Lines. They say he was involved in retaliating against a pilot who reported safety problems. If approved, Dickson also would head an agency that is investigating allegations that Delta failed to implement required safety procedures.The FAA is under intense scrutiny over its approval of the Boeing 737 Max airliner. Two of the planes crashed within the past year in Indonesia and Ethiopia, killing 346 people.The Associated Press read more

Mexican airline Grupo Aeromexico reviewing PLM Premier partnership with Aimia

Companies in this story: (TSX:AIM) MONTREAL — Grupo Aeromexico is reviewing its partnership with Aimia Inc., the latest problem for the loyalty analytics company which is facing a fight with a group of its shareholders.The Mexican airline says it is “re-evaluating all aspects of its customer loyalty strategy.”Aeromexico holds a 51.9 per cent stake in PLM Premier which runs Club Premier, the airline’s frequent flyer program. Aimia holds the remaining stake.The airline says it’s looking to minimize reliance on PLM Premier going forward and ensure a seamless transition away from it as soon as possible.Aimia says it was disappointed by Aeromexico’s comments and called PLM Premier a highly successful partnership.It added that it will uphold its rights under the various contractual arrangements regarding its joint investment in PLM, which has a contract with Aeromexico that runs to 2030.Last year, the Montreal-based company rejected a US$180-million offer by Aeromexio for its stake in PLM Premier.The comments by the Mexican airline come as Aimia faces a fight over its annual meeting which was held last month. Aimia says the meeting was held by the book, however a group of dissident shareholders wants the company to redo the meeting because they say it was “plagued with irregularities.”Mittleman Brothers LLC, Aimia’s largest shareholder with a 23.3 per cent stake, has also raised concerns about the way two new directors were appointed to the board less than a month after the annual meeting. The Canadian Press read more

Not highprofile but a target for violence small businesses

NEW YORK — Although mass shootings do happen in workplaces like the Walmart in El Paso, Texas, where 22 people were killed earlier this month, small businesses are more likely to be the setting for gun violence — dozens of attacks happen at companies every year, killing hundreds of people. Many of the attackers are disgruntled current or former employees, or staffers’ angry relatives or rejected lovers.Still, it’s the high-profile attacks that get business owners’ attention and convince some that they need to prepare their employees for the possibility of an active shooter at work.Owners have plenty of resources, starting with local police and sheriff’s departments who will visit small businesses to help them prepare. Owners can also hire consultants, many of whom have worked in law enforcement. Consultants will talk to employees about active shooters, and even inspect the work place and point out the safest places for shelter and escape routes.Active shooter training teaches employees about the mind of someone who’s intent on killing as many people as possible. They’ll learn about mistakes that could cost lives — for example, assuming that there’s only one person with a gun. Or, not turning off a cellphone (frightened relatives hearing about a shooting are likely to call, revealing your position).Preparedness includes being on the lookout for signs that employees are struggling with emotional issues that could result in violence, says Tom Miller, CEO of ClearForce, a company that makes software to help employers determine if an employee might be a risk.A staffer who is angry and isolated could be a cause for concern, for example. Similarly, if a staffer confides to another that they’re being subjected to domestic violence, or is being threatened by a relative or partner, owners need to know.Business owners should set up a system where employees can confidentially or anonymously report potential signs of trouble, says Julie Cirillo, vice-president of risk management at Engage PEO, a human resources provider.Owners tend to think about active shooter preparedness when there’s a mass shooting, Miller says. But as time goes by, their fears subside and many won’t follow up and get their companies prepared.“Anything you can do in advance of that situation is going to be 100 times better than the moment when it becomes a critical situation for an organization,” he says._____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.comJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press read more

How to tame addiction to subscriptions that can be a hidden drain

TORONTO — When it comes to spending, it’s often easy to overlook the small, routine expenses because they happen without requiring much thought.“We often say that people can nickel and dime themselves to death,” says Laurie Campbell, CEO of Credit Canada.“Because it’s those small expenses that eat away at your budget.”Although there have always been many opportunities to spend a few dollars here and there without much thought, Campbell says “this is becoming much more challenging in our digital age.”As a result, she and other experts say it’s critical to track your actual spending.“It’s usually a shock for people to find out what portions of their money is going to certain areas that they never knew about,” says Gary Rabbior, president of the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education.The technology, media and entertainment industries, for instance, have been offering a wider variety of paid subscriptions for everything from music, to news, to television.In fact, Canada is getting more choice in video-on-demand subscriptions as Netflix gets more competition from Amazon, Disney and Apple — not to mention domestic over-the-top services such as Bell’s Crave TV.And technology itself, be it anti-virus software, office applications or ink cartridges, is often available as a subscription.Although these are products of a digital age, the subscription business model has been around for a long time.It is an effective way to spread the cost of a good or service over time, through a series of scheduled payments that may seem easier to swallow than one big expense.“When we’re looking at a spending plan, we have to look at our rent or our mortgage, our debts, the utilities we pay (and) the food we eat before subscriptions,” Campbell says.“If you’re in a deficit or in a hole before those subscriptions, you can’t afford them.”Both Rabbior and Campbell say there’s value in looking at what’s being spent each week, or at least on a monthly basis.“You can be reminded of expenses you have previously approved and decide if you still want to incur those,” Rabbior says.“You can see if any of your previously agreed-to charges have increased — as they may have sent you a notice of the changes, maybe in fine print, and you may not be aware of the increased monthly charge.”Tips for managing subscriptions include:— Watch for unnecessary duplications. Two members in the same household may be able to share a subscription.— Compare offerings. Music, video or publication subscriptions from different sources may have significant overlap.— Calculate what a monthly or weekly subscription costs for a full year, including taxes and price increases.— Make sure that the vendor is delivering what you thought was promised.Campbell says people must learn to take advantage of what’s available in this digital age to ensure they are meeting their own needs.“Getting a subscription online may be really important to you . . . because you’re going to (use) it every day and take advantage of it and it’s something enjoyable for you,” Campbell says.“I think it’s about balance. And the problem is that a lot of people don’t have that balance.” David Paddon, The Canadian Press read more

Ericsson Q3 result will be hit by 12B from US probes

HELSINKI — Telecoms equipment maker Ericsson AB says its third-quarter earnings will be hit by a 12 billion Swedish krona ($1.2 billion) provision to settle U.S. investigations into past corruption allegations.The Stockholm, Sweden-based company said Thursday that the probes started in 2013 by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and in 2015 by the Department of Justice were linked to Ericsson’s compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, or FCPA.Ericsson said it expects to have to pay about $1 billion to settle the U.S. investigations, with the remainder of the provision going to cover related costs.The investigations cover a period up to the first quarter of 2017 and were related to Ericsson’s alleged business ethics breaches in six countries: China, Djibouti, Indonesia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam.The Associated Press read more