ALFA International Publications

March 2, 2023
The term “going green” is everywhere these days. A large portion of going green will involve developing and maintaining a renewable energy model. Such models can significantly slow the growth of global warming. The World Health Organization (WHO) has theorized that failure to properly negate climate change and its effects would lead to as many as 250,000 deaths per year from malnutrition, malaria,…
March 2, 2023
For more than one hundred years, highway vehicles have been powered by internal combustion engines that burn gasoline or diesel fuel. In the last 20 years, however, vehicles powered by alternative fuels have proliferated, viewed as a means of reducing the world’s dependence on fossil fuels, lowering fuel costs, and lessening environmental pollution. The most widely used alternative vehicle fuel is…
March 2, 2023
The ready availability of construction equipment and the materials used to construct projects is critical to construction project delivery in every corner of the world. Whether by pandemic, inflation, war, protective tariffs or increased competition for a finite supply, scarcity of parts and materials and their price volatility have triggered project delays, and worse still, project cancellations.…
March 2, 2023
The “process of Creative Destruction is the essential fact about capitalism.” Joseph SchumpeterCapitalism, Socialism, and Democracy Over the past decade, society, its members, and the economy have undergone what seem to be unprecedented shocks, changes, transitions, and disruptions. Brexit, the “Great Recession” triggered by the mortgage-backed securities meltdown, Covid-19, immigration, the war…
March 2, 2023
The Jetsons, Dick Tracy, Blade Runner, Star Wars and numerous other fictional characters and stories forecast a picture in the 1960’s and 70’s of what our future world would look like with computers, robots, communication devices, holograms and other “whimsical” inventions. We are now seeing these fantasies of the past become our reality as smart phones, tablets, laptops and virtual meetings have …
March 2, 2023
The world today is a global village. The rapid advance in technology has only made it easier for companies and corporations to conduct business across the borders of their domestic countries. Trade, transactions and partnerships occur every day between entities from different countries.  Of course, with increased interactions, there can be an increasing number of problems, sometimes resulting in l…
March 2, 2023
For better or worse, in modern society more and more of social and business interaction is conducted through our cell phones. While we may cringe when looking at data about how many times we pick up and look at our phones each day, or how much time we spend on social media, as business people and legal professionals it is important to recognize how this digital interface drives business and the le…
March 2, 2023
Generations are defined not only by the time period in which their members were born, but also by the characteristic traits of those members. There are generally five different categories of current generations: (1) the Silent Generation, (2) Baby Boomers, (3) Generation X, (4) Millennials, and (5) Generation Z. Although the boundaries vary, the Silent Generation is typically defined as having bee…
March 2, 2023
Why There Is a Need for a Wellness Program? As John Williams Davis, an American politician and lawyer, said, “True, we [lawyers] build no bridges. We raise no towers…. [But] we take up other [people’s] burdens and by our efforts we make possible” a peaceful life in a peaceful state. Many lawyers have substantial responsibilities that often have major consequences for clients. The demands that flow…
March 2, 2023
Pandemic Impact on Employee Mental Health The COVID-19 pandemic, which emerged in December 2019, caused a global health crisis.  By July 2022, the number of confirmed cases was over 561 million and the death toll exceeded six (6) million worldwide [i]. Studies continue to show that large employers remain concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic’s long-term impact on employee well-being, retention, a…