A cocktail of corruption? Networking ‘is immoral’

October 1, 2013 – 5:00PM

Markus Mannheim

Public service editor

 

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Schmooze founder Phillip Jones says disclosing relationships will skirt any dilemmas that arise from networking.Photo: Katherine Griffiths

Envelopes stuffed with cash; covert deals to award lucrative government contracts: these are familiar archetypes of corruption.

But what about rocking up to a workplace cocktail night, hoping to impress the executives?

A Canberra ethicist says career networking is akin to bribery; an immoral attempt to gain an illegitimate advantage over others.

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The University of NSW’s Ned Dobos, who lectures at the Australian Defence Force Academy, also compares such networkers with legal “earwigs”: lawyers who try to influence a judge outside the courtoom.

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In an essay in this month’s Public Sector Informant, Dr Dobos said a briber sought “advantage by conferring benefits upon the relevant decision-makers”.

“He is trying to buy something that should not be bought and sold … The only difference, then, may be that the networker appeals to psychological interests, while the briber appeals to material ones.”

Dr Dobos said there were important differences between socialising and career networking, adding ethical problems only arose when the intent was to gain economic advantage.

Effective networkers tried to make themselves “known to, and liked by, potential employers, selection panellists, etc”.

“If all goes according to plan, these people will take their fondness for the networker into account when making decisions that affect his/her career,” Dr Dobos said.

“That is precisely the point. If those decisions include the awarding of jobs that are the objects of competition, the networker will have successfully garnered non-merit-based favour.”

In Canberra, federal bureaucrats are required by law to make “decisions relating to engagement and promotion that are based on merit”.

Yet many government agencies, including the Public Service Commission, host and promote career-networking events.

Phillip Jones is the director of Schmooze, a group that helps connect businesspeople and professionals.

He eschews the term “networking”, saying most people who attend his events are not “dollar-driven; we’re about building mutually beneficial relationships”.

Mr Jones said people were “hard-wired to try to connect with each other”, but some professionals, especially amid a transient population like Canberra’s, felt isolated.

“That’s where we come in. People have limited time and money to spend. So they want to be in the right room with the right people.

“But what people are looking for is very varied. It might have nothing to do with the dollar; they might simply be looking for market intelligence or to swap ideas about business, or be looking for a mentor.”

He agreed that some networkers might ultimately be to trying to win jobs or contracts, which could present quandaries for public servants.

“It would be idealistic to assume that external relationships don’t affect our decisions, whether consciously or not. The trick is to make them overt.”

Mr Jones said government staff involved in contract or job selections could skirt ethical dilemmas by declaring any relationships.

“Especially in the public service, and even more so in a small place like Canberra, where there’s only two degrees of separation between everyone.

“If you disclose clearly who you know and how, then you’re protecting yourself against claims that you’ve acted inappropriately.”

 

Canberra Times

Charitable Campese wins prestigious award

October 1, 2013

Jon Tuxworth

Sports reporter at The Canberra Times

Terry Campese with the Ken Stephen Medal.

Terry Campese with the Ken Stephen Medal. Photo: nrlphotos.com

Canberra Raiders skipper Terry Campese could have been excused for wallowing in self-pity after injury wiped out two years of his career.

Instead, he deservedly won the Ken Stephen Medal at the NRL’s One Community awards on Monday after launching his own charity to help people worse off than him.

When knee problems ruined his 2011 and 2012 seasons he set up the Terry Campese Foundation, which this year has raised about $100,000 for local causes.

Terry Campese with Bailey Whitton.

Terry Campese with Bailey Whitton.

After a time in his career he would prefer to forget, Campese, 29, is aware how fortunate he is.

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After a Raiders season littered with mass sackings and off-field turmoil, Campese’s work is one of the many feel-good stories gone unnoticed.

”That’s what my passion is, trying to help people in need,” Campese said in a video placed on the club’s website after his nomination earlier this year.

”We’ve helped a few people along the way, it’s definitely one of those things which puts a smile on your face, and puts life in perspective as well in how lucky we are.”

Campese used some of the initial funds raised to help fund a wheelchair for Queanbeyan seven-year-old Bailey Whitton, who was born with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and Tourette syndrome.

He invited Bailey’s family to a Raiders game, something his mother Tracy said the family would always remember.

”I was blown away Terry introduced Bailey to his family, it meant a lot to me he included Bailey and thought of him as normal,” she said.

”He’s teaching his kids that others with disabilities are normal, they’re to be included.”

Campese received $5000 for himself and the same amount for a charity of his choice for winning the game’s biggest honour for community work.

He edged out St George Illawarra captain Ben Creagh and Newcastle skipper Kurt Gidley. Fifteen players had been nominated for the award.

Campese is an ambassador for children’s charities Ronald McDonald House, CanTeen and Raising Hope.

Like many of his Raiders teammates he is also heavily involved with Menslink’s ”Silence Is Deadly” campaign, which targets teenage male depression.

”I’m very honoured to have won the Ken Stephen Medal and represent the huge number of players who spend time in the community helping those less fortunate than us,” Campese said.

”I didn’t set up my foundation for the accolades. The recognition I love is seeing people’s face when you know you’ve made a difference.”

It is the second successive year Campese has been nominated. North Queensland captain Johnathan Thurston won the medal last season.

Terry Campese Foundation director Pamela Slocum admitted on Campese’s video she ”had a few hesitations” when Campese first approached her about setting up a charity.

She now knows she needn’t have worried.

”It’s hard to run these events every year and I thought I hope he’s really into it and not just putting his name to it, because often that is the case,” she said.

”He’s smart enough to know the name Terry Campese does help a lot, but that’s not the reason he does it.”

 

Canberra Times

Clive Palmer seven votes ahead in battle for Fairfax

October 1, 2013 – 5:25PM

Judith Ireland

Breaking News Reporter

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Clive Palmer was 36 votes ahead of his LNP competition before the full distribution of preferences. Photo: Glenn Hunt

 

The fight for the Fairfax continues, with the Queensland seat going to a recount after Clive Palmer finished just seven votes ahead of Liberal National  Party candidate Ted O’Brien following a full distribution of preferences.

The Australian Electoral Commission announced on Tuesday that a formal recount would begin first thing on Thursday morning.

Recounts are automatically triggered if there is less than 100 votes between the two leading candidates.

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This will see the commission go through more than 89,000 votes cast in the Queensland seat.

The recount comes after a full distribution of preferences for Fairfax, which began on September 23 and wrapped up on Tuesday.

This saw the AEC reexamine about 27,000 formal votes cast for the six candidates ranked behind Mr Palmer and Mr O’Brien.

Before the full distribution of preferences, Mr Palmer was 36 votes ahead of his LNP competition.

In statment released on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Palmer renewed his call for a review of Australia’s voting system, saying the AEC was archaic, and lacked proper transparency.

“It’s been nearly four weeks since the people spoke in Fairfax and still they are waiting on an outcome,” Mr Palmer said.

Almost all lower house seats have been declared by the commission, with Fairfax the only one where the winner is uncertain.

 

Brisbane Times

Catedral de Fortaleza estende obra em torres

Como a deterioração é maior que o previsto, a igreja não sabe o tempo que a reforma, iniciada em abril, deve durar

As obras de recuperação estrutural das torres da Catedral Metropolitana de Fortaleza, no Centro da Cidade, ainda estão em andamento. Iniciados em abril deste ano, os trabalhos não têm prazo de término estipulados, pois a deterioração na estrutura era muito maior do que foi previsto. O orçamento é totalizado em cerca de R$ 350 mil.

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Desde a inauguração da igreja, em 1978, as torres ainda não haviam recebido reparos. Segundo o assessor financeiro da paróquia, Francisco Eymard Silva, “há mais de 40 anos as torres sofrem com a ação do tempo que tem danificado a estrutura”. A maresia é a principal responsável pela avaria da infraestrutura.

Com o tamanho de 76 metros, o perigo de acidentes no entorno da Catedral é eminente. A queda de pedaços de concreto dessa altura é um risco, pois pode causar danos graves para frequentadores da igreja. No ano passado, o carro de um fiel foi atingido por um fragmento de argamassa, causando rachaduras no vidro do veículo, segundo o assessor financeiro.

O orçamento inicial foi estipulado em R$ 200 mil, mas quando as obras foram iniciadas, os operários constataram um agravo bem maior que o esperado. O pároco da Catedral, Clairton Alexandrino, afirma que a informação sobre o estado da estrutura uma “surpresa”. “Quando chegaram lá em cima, o estrago era muito maior que o suposto”. O padre conta que a parte estrutural estava toda danificada. “Bastava tocar na torre que ela se desmanchava”, acrescentou.

Por isso, o valor da restauração aumento R$ 150 mil, passando a custar cerca de R$ 350 mil. Este preço inclui a implantação do sistema de proteção contra descargas atmosféricas e sinalizadores de emergência para aeronaves, para que não exista riscos de colisão com as torres da igreja. O prazo preliminar para conclusão era entre 90 e 120 dias, mas devido às dificuldades encontradas, a primeira torre ainda está sendo concluída.

O projeto realizado é feito por uma pessoa especializada, segundo o assessor financeiro. “O trabalho é basicamente artesanal”, revela. Para que o serviço ocorra com a segurança necessária, os operários precisaram passar por treinamentos específicos voltados a obras em grandes alturas, além de teste físicos.

Sem possuir nenhuma verba oficial, todo o dinheiro para a realização da restauração vem da doação dos fiéis, informa o assessor. Para conseguir arrecadar essa quantia, a Catedral organiza festejos e rifas. Na festa de São José, a igreja recebeu cerca de R$ 60 mil, enquanto durante o Tríduo de Nossa Senhora, por exemplo, foram R$ 30 mil. Ao todo, até agora, a Catedral arrecadou cerca de R$ 200 mil, faltando R$ 150 mil para o preço final da recuperação estrutural.

Francisco Eymard diz que a quantia será arrecada, pois afirma que os fiéis nunca faltaram nesses momentos. As pessoas que quiserem fazer doações para a obra, podem procurar o padre Clairton Alexandrino na própria igreja, ou depositar o dinheiro na conta da Arquidiocese.

História

A Catedral Metropolitana de Fortaleza foi inaugurada em 1978, levando quase 40 anos para ser construída. Considerada um monumento histórico, ela tem capacidade para 5 mil pessoas.

 

Diário do Nordeste-Cidade-01/10/2013

Errata: Globo não vai reformular o “Fantástico”; jornalismo segue em 2014

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Contrariando informações divulgadas pelo jornalista Daniel Castro e repercutidas pelo NaTelinha, o “Fantástico” não será reformulado pela TV Globo.

Os boatos davam conta que as mudanças no dominical seriam mais profundas que as simples saídas de Zeca Camargo e Renata Ceribelli e a chegada de Renata Vasconcellos.

Segundo o jornalista, em um comunicado enviado pela direção da Globo nesta última segunda-feira (30), foi determinada uma nova linha editorial na qual o jornalismo, de reportagens especiais e investigativas, perderia espaço em prol do entretenimento.

Mas a Central Globo de Comunicação negou a informação em contato com o NaTelinha: “Nunca houve nem haverá isso de priorizar entretenimento. Muito menos um comunicado da direção da emissora determinando uma nova linha editorial neste sentido. O Fantástico preza pela sua relevância jornalística, com matérias investigativas exclusivas que pautam, não só a mídia brasileira, como também jornais internacionais. É o caso recente da revelação sobre a espionagem do governo norte-americano a empresas e ao governo federal brasileiro“.

Consolidados 01/OUTUBRO/2013 GRANDE SP

Dia de share (número de televisores ligados) baixo nesta terça (01). Confira as audiências comentadas com base nos dados do Ibope da Grande São Paulo:

Globo

Pela manhã, o “Mais Você” liderou a audiência dentre os programas matutinos da Globo, com 7 pontos. O “Bem Estar” ficou com 5, enquanto o “Encontro” marcou 6.

À tarde, a “Sessão da Tarde” registrou apenas 9 pontos. A novela “Joia Rara” ainda não mostrou a que veio e deu 19. “Amor à Vida” cravou 36 pontos. A série “Tapas & Beijos” foi bem no Ibope e registrou 25 pontos, enquanto a volta de “Pé na Cova” deu 15,5.

Mais Você – 7
Bem Estar – 5
Encontro – 6
Globo Esporte – 10
Jornal Hoje – 10,5
Vídeo Show – 10
O Cravo e a Rosa – 12
Sessão da Tarde – 9
Malhação – 13
Joia Rara – 19
Sangue Bom – 24
Jornal Nacional – 26
Amor à Vida – 36
Tapas & Beijos – 25
Pé na Cova – 15,5

Record

No canal dos bispos, o “Hoje em Dia” deu 4 pontos pela manhã e o “Programa da Tarde” marcou apenas 3 no período vespertino. O “Cidade Alerta” segue se destacando e ontem atingiu 8 pontos, enquanto o “Jornal da Record”, logo após, deu 7.

A novela “Pecado Mortal” também marcou 7 e a volta do “Aprendiz” teve 5,5.

Balanço Geral – 4
SP no Ar – 5
Fala Brasil – 5
Hoje em Dia – 4
Programa da Tarde – 3
Cidade Alerta – 8
Jornal da Record – 7
CSI – 5
Pecado Mortal – 7
O Aprendiz – 5,5

SBT

Na emissora da Anhanguera, o “Bom Dia & Cia” não sai da mesma: 4 pontos. A novela “Cuidado com o Anjo” e “Rubi” deram 6 e 8 pontos, respectivamente. O jornalístico “SBT Notícias” ainda não decolou e manteve 4.

Ontem, a novela “Chiquititas” marcou 11,5 pontos e é a “ilha” do SBT. “Rebelde” teve 7 e o “Cine Espetacular” com o filme inédito “A Lenda dos Guardiões” registrou apenas 6 pontos.

Bom Dia & Cia – 4
Três é Demais – 5
As Visões da Raven – 4
Maria do Bairro – 5
Cuidado com o Anjo – 6
Rubi – 8
O Privilégio de Amar – 6
SBT Notícias – 4
Chiquititas – 11,5
Rebelde – 7
Programa do Ratinho – 5
Cine Espetacular – 6

Band

No canal do Morumbi, o destaque do dia foi “Os Donos da Bola” com 4 pontos, mesmo número do “Brasil Urgente” e “Jornal da Band”. “A Liga” marcou 3 e o talk-show “Agora é Tarde” registrou 2.

Jogo Aberto – 3
Os Donos da Bola – 4
Brasil Urgente – 4
Jornal da Band – 4
A Liga – 3
Agora é Tarde – 2