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Padenga Holdings Limited ( HY2020 Interim Report

first_imgPadenga Holdings Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the half year.For more information about Padenga Holdings Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Padenga Holdings Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Padenga Holdings Limited (  2020 interim results for the half year.Company ProfilePadenga Holdings Limited is the leading supplier of crocodile skins and meat in Zimbabwe, accounting for nearly 85% of the global supply of Nile crocodile skins used for high-end luxury fashion brands. The company operates three crocodile breeding and production farms in Zimbabwe; Kariba Crocodile Farm, Ume Crocodile Farm and Nyanya Crocodile Farm. Each farm has the capacity to breed close to 15 000 hatchlings per year. Nile alligators are bred at Lone Star Alligator Farm in Texas, USA. Padenga Holdings Limited produces crocodile skin and meat products for consumption by the local market and for export to European and Asian markets. Padenga Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Gary R. Hall named dean of Washington National Cathedral

first_img An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Tampa, FL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Smithfield, NC Tags The Rev. John Crist says: The Rev. Canon Gary R. Hall. Photo/Richard Weinberg, Washington National Cathedral[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Canon Gary R. Hall, Episcopal priest of 35 years and currently rector of Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, has been named as the 10th dean of Washington National Cathedral.The cathedral chapter made the announcement on July 30 after a search committee recommended Hall from “a diverse pool of candidates from across the country in a process that spanned more than seven months,” a cathedral release said.The Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation Board of Trustees is expected to approve the nomination on August 17. A 20-day review is mandated by the foundation’s bylaws.Hall, 62, is then expected to begin as dean on Oct. 1, succeeding the Rev. Samuel T. Lloyd III, who stepped down as the cathedral’s dean in September 2011 to return as priest-in-charge of Boston’s Trinity Church in Copley Square, where Lloyd had previously served as rector. The Rev. Dr. Francis H. Wade has served as the cathedral’s interim dean on a part-time basis since January. Hall’s installation service is expected to take place later in the fall.Prior to his post in Michigan, Hall served as dean and president of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, from 2005 to 2010. Before that he served as rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, from 2000 to 2005. And for 11 years prior, he served as the senior associate for education at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California. He started his ordained ministry in 1976 as a deacon intern and bishop’s chaplain in Los Angeles.Hall earned an A.B. in English at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1972; a M.Div. degree with distinction at the Episcopal Divinity School at Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1976. He later earned a master’s degree in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1984. He added a C.Phil. (Candidate of Philosophy) credential in 1987 and a Ph.D. in English in 1989, both from UCLA.In a letter to the cathedral community, Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of Washington, David J. Kautter, chair of the cathedral chapter, and Canon Kathleen A. Cox, cathedral’s executive director, said they are “thrilled” by the nomination, noting that Hall “joins us at a pivotal moment in the life of the cathedral, and we are confident that the Holy Spirit has led the search process to this joyous conclusion.”The letter said that Hall “possesses the spiritual and personal strengths to guide the cathedral toward the fulfillment of its great purpose” — in service to God’s reconciling mission in Christ.In the letter, Hall called Washington National Cathedral “an architectural treasure and a living symbol of worship and ministry in the nation’s capital … I am eager to begin conversations with all the cathedral’s friends about how we can strengthen our historic ministries and imagine and enact new ones. I look forward to working with Bishop Budde, Cathedral staff and volunteers, the entire Cathedral Close, the Diocese of Washington, and with the extended community of supporters across the nation both to advance the cathedral’s interfaith and national mission and to expand its ministry in Washington.”As dean, Hall will serve as the ecclesiastical leader of the cathedral and be its public voice, the letter noted. “He will preach regularly and lead the cathedral in convening people of all faiths and perspectives to examine and respond to important issues in the world. Gary will also lead the significant fundraising effort to restore and preserve the cathedral following $20 million of damage incurred from the August 2011 East Coast earthquake, in addition to responsibility for an annual operating budget of $12 million and approximately $30 million of pre-existing preservation needs.”Gary has been married to his wife Kathy for 34 years. She has more than 30 years of experience as an elementary school librarian and teacher. They have one adult son. July 31, 2012 at 9:10 pm Congratulations and a Most Hearty welcome! tom van alen Rector Washington, DC Rector Belleville, IL Rector Bath, NC August 1, 2012 at 12:18 am Congratulations, Gary. May God bless you in your new work.The Rev. John Crist, SWTS 68 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY George Waite says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 July 31, 2012 at 11:41 pm Excellent choice!GFW+ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Press Release Service Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York January 29, 2017 at 10:17 pm And he was gone within three years….. Rector Albany, NY Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Shreveport, LA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest center_img The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI People Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL tom van alen says: By ENS staffPosted Jul 31, 2012 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME August 1, 2012 at 1:24 pm The National Cathedral has hitched its wagon to a star. Gary is a creative, visionary thinker and a caring pastor who will bring excitement and forward thrust to the Cathedral’s vital role in the life of the Church and the Nation. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel The Rev. Fred Fenton says: Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Martinsville, VA Canon George F. Woodward III says: Comments (5) Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Events Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Curate Diocese of Nebraska Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit a Job Listing New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Comments are closed. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit a Press Release Gary R. 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Cochlear Implant Gives Child a New Life

first_img TAGSCochlear ImplantFlorida Hospital – Apopka Previous articleDebate Teams Qualify for National Tournaments – Need FundingNext articleSign Up Now for The Apopka Fire and Police Summer Camps Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jessica Cardoza was diagnosed with profound hearing loss. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate From Florida Hospital – ApopkaJeslyn Cardona is no stranger to motherly instinct. When her baby daughter, Janelys, stopped responding to her calls, she knew something was wrong.“Janelys was 8 months old when she began having trouble hearing. She wasn’t talking. I’d call but she wouldn’t look back,” Jeslyn says.Doctors in Puerto Rico were unable to determine anything wrong and suggested the baby just had a late start developing speech and socializing skills. But Jeslyn was persistent.Because hearing loss tests weren’t available until age 3 in Puerto Rico, Jeslyn compensated, using hand motions and visual cues to help her baby understand.At age 3, tests indicated Janelys had severe profound deafness. There were no pediatric specialists on the island, so her family moved to Orlando in search of specialized care. After searching, Jeslyn discovered Joshua Gottschall, MD, pediatric otolaryngologist, at Florida Hospital for Children. Soon afterward, Janelys underwent testing again.“The next step was to put hearing aids on her and see how her language developed,” says Dr. Gottschall. “For the first time, Janelys knew her name.”Joshua Gottschall, MD, pediatric otolaryngologist, at Florida Hospital for Children.However, the hearing aids did little to improve her hearing loss. If Janelys would have a chance of speaking or hearing, she’d need a cochlear implant.WHAT IS A COCHLEAR IMPLANT?The cochlear ear implant is an electronic device inserted into the cochlea itself. There are two pieces to the implant: the processor worn behind the ear, and the implant placed under the skin also behind the ear, which includes a tiny tube of electrodes inserted into the cochlea.“It’s not like a hearing aid in a traditional sense, because hearing aids just amplify sounds,” Dr. Gottschall says. “This enables people with severe to profound hearing loss to hear by replacing the function of the damaged cochlea.”The procedure takes just a few hours. To allow time for the ear to heal, the external processor is typically turned on two weeks after surgery. ”As soon as the implant was turned on, Janelys was instantly happy,” Jeslyn exclaims. “Three days after surgery she went outside to play and within a week she was fine.”After the implant was activated, Janelys began to imitate sounds and words. Her mother says that she is progressing greatly. She now attends speech therapy and a school for the hearing impaired. Since attending her new school, she’s developed an interest in music and loves watching the television show Dora the Explorer.center_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

LC House / Cristián Romero Valente

first_img Projects “COPY” ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeCristián Romero ValenteOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLo BarnecheaChilePublished on August 05, 2019Cite: “LC House / Cristián Romero Valente” [Casa LC / Cristián Romero Valente] 05 Aug 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Construction:C1 ConstructoraStructural Calculation:Ruiz y SaavedraCity:Lo BarnecheaCountry:ChileMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Pablo Casals AguirreRecommended ProductsWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensText description provided by the architects. The LC house is located to the eastern side of Santiago, Chile. It is built on the upper part of a slope making it higher than street level. Maximizing the most of this condition, a street-level entrance to underground parking was built. The house entrance is accessible through a flight of stairs which start at the street and ascends until it reaches the main access. Save this picture!© Pablo Casals AguirreSave this picture!First Level PlanSave this picture!© Pablo Casals AguirreTo make the entrance stand out, the area was pulled outward from the main volume, framing the sky and giving it natural light. The shape of the house is defined by overlapping simple volumes. The frontal view shows a solid face that expresses privacy and intimacy. These walls were created to cast shadows for cooling the house. Save this picture!© Pablo Casals AguirreBy contrast, on the other side, the house opens to large windows facing the Andes Mountains. The upper volume is slightly extended running along the length of the entire perimeter, allowing for light to enter the house. The first floor of the house is a double-height space that links the hall, living room and an interior courtyard. Skylights in this area add to giving it a luminous atmosphere. Save this picture!© Pablo Casals AguirreThe east wing is made up of the dining room, kitchen, barbecue area, and pool. At the same time, the north-facing west wing is formed by the bedrooms on the first and second floor. The material used for the construction was reinforced concrete, leaving the underground with the concrete in its natural state. The second floor was painted white so as to enhance the luminosity in the interior of the house and its relationship with the mountain scenery.Save this picture!© Pablo Casals AguirreSave this picture!Sections A and BSave this picture!© Pablo Casals AguirreProject gallerySee allShow lessRefugio Loft / Consuelo Jorge ArquitetosSelected ProjectsDeca Lab Pavilion / Studio Ricardo Bello Dias + GTM CenografiaSelected Projects Share Photographs:  Pablo Casals Aguirre Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project LC House / Cristián Romero ValenteSave this projectSaveLC House / Cristián Romero Valente Photographs Houses Area:  621 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!© Pablo Casals Aguirre+ 20Curated by Clara Ott Share Chile Lead Architect: Manufacturers: Gorenje, Porcelanosa Grupo, Artepal, Coggiola Mármoles, Italinnea 2018 CopyHouses•Lo Barnechea, Chile Cristián Romero Valente LC House / Cristián Romero Valente Year:  Architects: Cristián Romero Valente Area Area of this architecture project “COPY”last_img read more

Up at the top

first_imgHome Education ECISD Up at the top Twitter Facebook Twitter Facebook WhatsApp 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Crockett Middle School Taking their studies seriously propelled Nataly Sotelo and Tamara Arenivas to the top two spots at the early college high school Odessa Collegiate Academy.Formerly on the University of Texas Permian Basin campus as Falcon Early College High School, it was moved to the Odessa College campus. It offers students a chance to earn college credit and/or associate degrees while they are still in high school.OCA’s commencement is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 21 at the OC Sports Center.Sotelo, 18, plans to attend UTPB to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology to become a physician assistant with the ultimate goal of becoming a doctor.“I’ve always had a leaning towards the medical field and I’ve been through a couple of careers. I really wanted to become a physician, but I plan to start off as a physician assistant and maybe in the future go to med school to become a physician,” Sotelo said.Odessa Collegiate sounded like somewhere Sotelo wanted to go when a presentation was made at her middle school.“… I really liked the atmosphere that they spoke about; how we would have like smaller classes. I really (liked) the idea of taking college classes and just getting ahead in my career, especially since I wanted to go into the medical field, so I knew that would get me ahead,” Sotelo said.Sotelo will also graduate with an associate degree from OC in general studies.She said she didn’t realize she would be graduating with an associate degree until recently.“I was like, wow, the OC graduation is actually before high school (graduation). I think that’s really crazy and … a really good accomplishment,” Sotelo added.Having earned a two-year degree, she said, will make it easier and faster to go through the university.“… It really gave all of us experience in knowing what college is like, how the professors are and how college classes go, so I think we’re going to be really prepared …,” Sotelo said.Earning valedictorian status shocked her, she said.“I was super surprised and excited when I found out,” Sotelo said.Among the top five or top three, she said, there was competition to see who would be valedictorian and salutatorian, but they didn’t know.“… It could be anyone, so it was a lot of attention, I guess. And then whenever they announced that, it was … a surprise,” Sotelo said.She has two younger sisters.“I’m the oldest. My parents are always saying they’ve got big shoes to fill,” Sotelo said.In high school, she was part of Phi Theta Kappa, which is an Honor Society. Sotelo also is part of Student Council, the National Honor Society, on an AVID action team and an officer in Academic Decathlon.AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.Sotelo said she is excited and nervous about going to college in the fall.“It’s really like we’ve been in college here, but it’s going to be really different, just going out on our own and not having the high school to fall back on,” she added.Arenivas, 18, is the Odessa Collegiate salutatorian. She plans to attend UTPB and study criminal justice to become a forensic science technician.“I’ve always known that I wanted to go into law, or into criminal justice, but recently I’ve taken a forensic science class and I feel like that sparked the interest,” Arenivas said.“I feel like it’s an honor and I’m very grateful for this opportunity,” Arenivas said of achieving the salutatorian designation.She added that she feels this is the result of the hard work that she’s put into her education.There wasn’t any competition between her and Sotelo.“I would say (from) my perspective, I didn’t really see it as much as a competition. I was really surprised that I was the second person, just because I was more focused on doing my best on every assignment. So when it came to ranks and stuff, it was just kind of a surprise and I was able to see my hard work come (into) play,” Arenivas said.She has two older sisters and an older brother. All of her siblings are going to, or are in, college.Arenivas also will graduate from Odessa College with an associate degree in general studies before graduating from OCA. She will be graduating with one of her sisters from OC.“I would say that graduating from Odessa College is really exciting because I know that I’m already a few steps towards earning a bachelor’s degree, and even starting this career. … And graduating from high school is also really exciting because it’s the page turner into a new chapter, and starting adulthood and going to university …,” Arenivas said.She added that earning the college credits will make it easier to get through the university faster and be less expensive.What appealed to Arenivas about OCA was the program.“It was really new and I wasn’t really sure what I was getting myself into at first, but I was willing to take on the challenge. I wanted to try something different and the school really spoke to me,” she said.Arenivas is in the National Honor Society, is secretary of student council, earning Texas Scholar hours and was in the Academic Decathlon as an alternate for this year’s competition. 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Nimitz Middle School WhatsAppcenter_img Odessa Collegiate Academy Valedictorian Nataly Sotelo, right, and Salutatorian Tamara Arenivas pose for a photo Friday, April 30, 2021, at Odessa College. (Eli Hartman|Odessa American) Pinterest EducationECISDLocal News Up at the top OCA top 2 hit the books for distinctions Previous articleOdessa native graduates from US Naval AcademyNext articleTraining ecosystem, teacher strategy in the works Ruth Campbell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Ector College Prep Success Academy By Ruth Campbell – May 18, 2021 Pinterest Southern Style Potato SaladFoolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinFruit Salad to Die ForPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

Santa’s visit to Mullaghmore delayed because of hoax

first_img Pinterest Twitter News 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – December 20, 2011 Twitter WhatsApp Santa’s visit to Mullaghmore delayed because of hoax Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firecenter_img Google+ Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest It’s emerged that Santa’s arrival to Mullaghmore on board the Bundoran lifeboat last Sunday was delayed because of what’s believed to have been a hoax call.Santa eventually arrived at the Sligo pier after the rescue mission was stood down.The RNLI say that just as the four person Bundoran Lifeboat crew were about to embark on their trip to Mullaghmore with Santa, they were diverted and tasked to an alleged incident in Donegal Town where, following a phone call to the Coast Guard at Malin Head, it was believed that four people were in an upturned boat near the quay in the town.The lifeboat sped to the scene, as did the Sligo based Rescue 118 Helicopter and the Killybegs Coastguard. However, as they reached the scene, the call was declared a hoax and they were stood down.A spokesperson said it’s sad that people still get a kick out of making hoax calls to the rescue services, and on this occasion, not one, but three services were tasked, making them all unavailable had a real emergency occurred elsewhere. Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleDomestic Violence Service in Donegal facing 6% funding cutNext article£250,000 granted for emergency works on Derry wall News Highland WhatsApplast_img read more

The President’s quiet crisis

first_imgGeorge W Bush has won public support for his handling of the war againstterror. But as the head of a crisis-ridden organisation, the US government, howdoes he fare in dealing with fundamental HR issues? By Paul SimpsonPut yourself in George W Bush’s shoes. You are the President,commander-in-chief and chief executive of an organisation, which has 3.6memployees and is facing its biggest crisis for 140 years. You have a threat to deal with which, if you blunder, could cost you yourjob and endanger the very existence of your organisation and the lives of manyof its staff. The vast, cumbersome bureaucracy you are supposed to command isfinding it hard to focus on the real enemy and not turf wars. Hundreds of youremployees have already died and thousands more are in danger from anthrax, thesource of which your best and brightest experts have so far failed to identify.And that’s not all. In the next four years, half of your workforce couldretire. It’s hard to recruit because, until recently, the public thought yourstaff were – in the words of US journalist Tom Jacobs – “wasteful,inefficient, no-account, ne’er-do-wells, who make scads of money ripping offtaxpayers and doing stuff any private sector company could do better”. In the rarefied air of Washington DC, crises are as frequent as abuses ofthe English language, but even before the attacks of 11 September, the word”crisis” was already being bandied around to describe the state ofthe USGovernment’s human resources. Indeed Senator Fred Thompson of Bush’sRepublican party publicly warned last June that poor workforce management was”threatening the government’s ability to function”. But since 11 September, says Ruth Lea, head of policy at the UK Institute ofDirectors (IoD): “America’s world has completely changed. It has never hadto deal with this on its own shores before. Whereas for those in Britain thethreat of terrorism has been around since the 1970s, for the US, this iscompletely unprecedented.” So unprecedented, it would be no exaggeration to say that the US governmentis facing its biggest HR crisis since the American civil war started in 1861.As Senator George Voinovich, the senior Republican on the Senate governmentaffairs subcommittee on government management, says: “If we are going towin the war, we have got to have the people.” So behind the dramatic headline-grabbing crises, Bush has to deal with whatJoseph Nye, dean of Harvard University’s John F Kennedy School of Government,calls “a quiet crisis” in HR. “And the problem with a quietcrisis is you can’t get anyone to do anything about it.” Nye is hosting aseries of seminars with private and public executives to see what can be done. A year ago, the General Accounting Office, the investigative arm ofCongress, recommended improving pay and benefits, more aggressive recruitmentof young people and the dismantling of certain bureaucratic restrictions whichmeant, for example, that it could take a year to offer someone a job even afterthe right candidate had been identified. Some government departments have woken up to the problem. The Department ofDefense (DoD), while masterminding the war against terror, has pledged toimprove the way it recruits, retains and trains employees and is drafting a newset of personnel rules. Ironically, the DoD is also trying to change the waypay is set, against the wishes of unions, including the American Federation ofPublic Employees. The US Treasury is set to roll out a new HR system in thenext fiscal year, while the Interior Department announced plans to beginworkforce planning. That’s right – begin workforce planning, not improve it. The HR crisis is the San Andreas fault which could fatally undermine the USgovernment’s campaign against terror over the next decade. But Bush also hasmore immediate problems to deal with, which, on the whole, pundits say he’shandled reasonably well. Richard Chiumento, a British HR specialist, says Bush scores well if youassess him as the chief executive of a crisis-ridden company. “If you lookat a checklist of things you would advise a CEO to do in a similar situation,he has done most of them. The first thing you want a leader to do is tell thetruth and communicate it consistently, and he has largely done that. He hasappointed one person to handle the media [Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld]and made sure he is well informed. There’s a great pressure to act in a crisisand he has done what a good CEO would have done – taken a step back, analysedhis intelligence, identified his target and gone for it.” And like a good CEO he is delegating, even at such a critical moment in hisnation’s history. “He has experienced people around him,” says theIoD’s Lea, “and he has called on them. If you compare him to, say, PresidentCarter, it’s a completely different approach. Carter tried to do everything andit wore him out, by the time he left office in 1981 he had aged much more thanfour years. He looked older then than he does now.” But the hardest HR issue Bush must confront is what Chiumento calls‘managing destabilisation’. “People are having to come to terms with thecertainty that things will never be as certain again,” says Chiumento,”and he’s done the right thing by letting everyone know about subsequentalerts. People know they are in an emergency situation but they also feel theyare kept in the loop.” The President has also encouraged departments to bring in stress counsellorsto help employees to deal with the loss of colleagues or the burden of extrawork. Civilian workers in the Pentagon have been encouraged to stroke”therapy dogs” at special assistance centres. The government’s Office of Personnel Management has called special sessionsof its Human Resource Management Council to give managers the information neededto reassure staff about anthrax. Departments such as the Postal Services havelaunched massive screening programmes and information initiatives to reassurestaff who fear for their lives. Sadly, government scientists have now changedtheir minds on how anthrax spreads so the Postal Service’s initial advice toits staff was obsolete and, given that two postal workers died, dangerous. Yet one anonymous employee e-mailed the Washington Post to complain that”since 11 September, our office and most of our agency has done nothing toimprove security. Our office manager is terminally apathetic and is of theopinion that nothing serious would ever happen here.” Bush can’t be held responsible for the apathy of a single office manager butthis single e-mail is telling evidence that he may find it easier to swaypublic opinion than to change how his bureaucracy works. There have been turfwars in Washington DC ever since it officially became the federal capital in1802. Like most bureaucracies, the departments and agencies of the USgovernment are better at defending their own prerogatives than anything else. Arms negotiator Richard Holbrooke told The New Yorker magazine:”Bureaucracies have a natural tendency not to co-operate, co-ordinate orconsolidate with each other. Think about hijacker Muhammad Atta [who directedone of the planes into the World Trade Center]. They [the CIA] had his name onthe watch list. Somehow that didn’t get communicated to the FBI or theairlines.” But Bush has begun to initiate change. Creating an Office of HomelandSecurity to co-ordinate national security had been mooted for decades butsomehow always slipped off Washington’s agenda. Bush now has such an office,even if it isn’t yet clear how it will work with the 40 agencies involved innational security – agencies like the FBI, CIA and Immigration andNaturalisation Service (INS) – or whether it can somehow pool intelligence andco-ordinate the actions of customs, border patrol and the coast guard, whichare all run by different departments. The evidence that much work is still to be done accumulates daily. FBIdirector Robert Mueller has admitted that his agency had “unacceptablyturned away local police offers of help” while the Bureau is furious withINS officials who arrested six men in the Midwest who had “suspiciousequipment” and material about nuclear power plants in their cars, and letthem go because their Israeli passports were valid. Even those who support the creation of such an office, such as Vietnamveteran and retired Colonel David Hackworth, have reservations. “It shouldbe a good thing as long as it doesn’t end up like the drugs czar, creating justanother layer of bureaucracy. What’s needed is a lean, mean, outfit which canget all the other agencies pulling in the same direction.” Tom Ridge, head of the new Office of Homeland Security, admits he has”no technical operation authority” but he does have direct access tothe President, and some say over agencies’ funding. Linda Holbeche, director ofresearch at Roffey Park Institute, says persuading agencies to share knowledgeis far from simple. “They might need taskforces or other initiatives toencourage people to share knowledge, but it won’t be easy, you really have to changethe culture of the organisations they’re employed in. People can only cope withso much change at once.” Ridge’s job will be tougher because two of the agencies – the FBI and theCIA – are more jittery and defensive than ever. Despite public support from thePresident, they have been made scapegoats for the failures (real and alleged)of intelligence which left the US at the terrorists’ mercy. Holbeche says similar cultural problems may hamper the administration’squest for creative new ideas with which to fight the war. “Research showsthat the biggest barriers to creativity come when employees don’t feelconfident that their idea will get to the right place in the organisation or,if it does, that they will get any of the credit for it.” In the headline-hoggingworld of the US capital, such suspicion may be hard to erase. Rumsfeld has reportedly complained to his military commanders about the lackof innovative ideas with which to fight the war against terror. And the Pentagon has launched a public competition for ideas to fightterror. More than 4,000 ideas have been submitted so far. The prize for winningideas is a defence contract. To some this is good open-minded government, toothers, it smacks of desperation. This has been a strange first year in office for George W Bush. The 43rdPresident has been the first who has been obliged to say “I do not haveanthrax”; probably the most famous presidential denial since Nixon’s”I am not a crook”. Even those like Colonel Hackworth, who doubt the quality of US troops (seebox), believe he will be successful: “We will learn the lessons, even ifit takes a disaster but this may be a 30-year war and we aren’t even throughthe first year. We know from Vietnam that we lose wars when we lose the publicsupport.” If the war lasts even a third as long as Hackworth suggests, the battle tomake effective use of its human resources is almost as critical as the conflictnow being played out outside the US. HR issues facing president Bush and the US governmentThe recruitment crisisWith 50 per cent of federal employees eligible to retire in thenext four years – and the workforce’s average age rising to 52 years – the USGovernment has some serious hiring to do. It normally recruits 300,000-400,000people a year, but that may have to rise to 500,000-600,000 just to keep theGovernment at its current size. Some restrictions on recruitment will be liftedby Bush’s ‘freedom to manage’ initiative but at the same time theadministration’s Office of Management and Budget wants to outsource 5 per cent(42,500 positions) of all federal jobs by October 2002.The morale crisisEven before employees were exposed to the threat ofbioterrorism, morale was in the words of one insider “about as low as alizard’s armpit” thanks to job cuts, the fact that the average publicemployee is paid 30 per cent less than his privately employed counterpart andthe poor public image of the federal government. Bobby Harnage, president ofthe American Federation of Government Employees union, testified to Congressthis summer that his members are “abused, ridiculed, and routinelyvilified as the enemies of freedom, democracy and American values”. Nowthe administration stands accused of not consistently extending protection fromthreats like anthrax to its employees.The skills crisisLast winter, the General Accounting Office identified theGovernment’s management of its “human capital” as a “highrisk”. Last March former US Defense Secretary James Schlesinger warnedthat national security was “on the brink of an unprecedented crisis ofcompetence”. This problem has been exacerbated by 11 September. One smallexample – it’s pointless having a Defense Department full of Russian linguistswhen the war against terror requires staff who speak Farsi.The cultural crisisReorganisation initiatives abound. A new Office of HomelandSecurity and Office of Computer Security have been founded and there is talk ofa new Army command to defend the US’ own territory. The administration is alsorecognising that Americans, after decades of agreeing with the Republican rightthat ‘big government is bad government’, have suddenly raised theirexpectations of what governments can and should do. Some Washington insidersthink successive cuts have left a ‘hollow government’ which can just about copewith business as usual, but not a crisis like the war on terror. The wayfederal employees work may change too. There is talk of encouragingtelecommuting and building what Richard Finn, of Penna Change Consulting, calls‘virtual teams’. “People are going to travel less and the competencieswhich will become important will be building teams through technologies such ase-mail, or video-conferencing”.The military HR crisisAs the number of US troops beingdeployed in Afghanistan grows, so do Colonel David H Hackworth’s fears for theArmy in which he served with such distinction.Hack, as he signs his e-mails, is the most decorated soldier inUS Army history (his collection of medals includes two Distinguished ServiceCrosses, 10 Silver Stars, four Legions of Merit, one Distinguished Flying Crossand eight Purple Hearts) and he is convinced US armed forces are getting theirHR all wrong.His big worry is the quality of training US soldiers now get.”Our conventional military have had so much emphasis on ‘Consideration ForOthers’ that standards have been so gutted that most basic-training graduatesno longer have the right stuff to survive on fields of strife.” The rigourof old has been replaced, he feels, by “fun summer camps for softies”.Laudable though “Consideration For Others” might be he says,”it’s not the name of the game; the name of the game is killing theenemy”.Just as worrying for the Pentagon is its continued difficultyin finding and training recruits. One in three recruits don’t actually completetheir term of service in the armed forces and despite some $60,000 retentionbonuses in the Air Force, and $20,000 joining payments to Army recruits thesupply of volunteers has been inconsistent and hasn’t massively picked up since11 September.The other HR dilemma posed by relying on volunteers is that sixout of 10 armed forces personnel are married (compared to 20 per cent in thedays of the draft), a shift which has sent budgets for housing and day carefacilities booming.Hackworth is not a fan of men and women training together or ofwomen fighting in the front line. “My advice is to take a page from theIsraeli Army and leave the women at home,” he says, adding that the sightof American women running around in T-shirts, as they did in the Gulf War, will”really inflame the Muslim world”. Men and women fighting alongside each other is a conundrumwhich many national armies, including Britain’s, have still not solved butHackworth fears that political correctness imposed by Washington may cost lives.The absurdity of making the forces politically correct has, hesays, been exacerbated by a class of senior officers interested only inadvancing their own careers. “At least three out of four military types inand around the Pentagon should be on their way to fighting units,” heinsists, adding that Army division HQs should be slimmed down to release morefighting men. Even the Pentagon admits it probably has 20-25 per cent too manybases and proposes to close some in 2003.He draws an analogy with his experiences in Vietnam. “My884 man infantry battalion had 250 soldiers when I took over. After much armtwisting, we got our combat strength up to 400, half of our authorisedstrength. The rest were sick, lame, lazy, on R and R (rest and recuperation),at school, transferring in or out or detailed to higher headquarters.”Officially, the US Army has 480,000 personnel on active duty, in reality, saysHackworth, who knows?William Moore, a retired US Armygeneral, says the challenge facing the armed forces is great: “Soldierssee their relevance as warriors questioned; fascination with technology isleading to the belief that anyone can be a warrior.”As if all these challenges weren’t enough to tax any largeemployer, the atrocities of 11 September have changed the armed forces’ missionand may yet change the way it is organised with less emphasis on massivedivisions and more funds for Marine-style units of 1,000 soldiers or less whocan be mobilised within 24-72 hours.A Pentagon review, under way when the attacks occurred,concluded that the armed forces’ “primary mission” is to defend thehomeland, an objective which hasn’t been central to US defence policy since theAmerican Civil War.If this really is, as President Bush says, a new kind of war,it will need new tactics and, in the longer term, perhaps a new kind of armedforces. But the bombing of Afghanistan fits into what former defence adviserLarry K Smith describes as the US military establishment’s traditional doctrineof “application of overwhelming force. That won’t work now. We’re going toneed a much greater emphasis on closework, extremely precise missions whichdemand the highest standards of intelligence, training, preparation andexecution. We haven’t been particularly good at this.”Indeed, when President Clinton’s national security team askedthe military chiefs for special operations to deal with on terrorists in asemi-urban environment they were told, an official claims, “That’s notwhat we do. We’re not organised for that. We need a brigade.”So the Pentagon may need, to use a management clich‚, to thinkoutside the box. They must also, says former Army general and NATO’s top leaderin Europe, Wesley Clark, be prepared to take risks: “The attitude was ifyou take losses you’re a loser.” The meagre consolation for commanders isthat, after 11 September, that attitude may seem obsolete. Features list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a… Comments are closed. Related posts:center_img The President’s quiet crisisOn 1 Feb 2002 in Military, Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Corpus gets a royal respite

first_imgStudents at Corpus Christi will join the rest of the country in getting the day off for the royal wedding, meaning that many will have to return earlier for Trinity collections. Senior Tutor John Watts explained in an email to students that no collections would be held on Friday 29th April, the date set for William and Kate’s nuptials, “to allow loyal subjects to celebrate the royal wedding”. The date was declared a bank holiday after the couple announced their engagement in November.Watts told Cherwell, “We were just mindful that it’s a public holiday and that, as a result, there won’t be any clerical or administrative staff around on Friday and Saturday when we would normally have held collections. “We also thought students might have felt rather sore at having to sit exams when most people are enjoying the day off and some will be watching the celebrations.”JCR President Jack Evans said, “Students don’t get many bank holidays in Oxford, so I’m sure that the JCR are going to celebrate appropriately. We have huge plans which are secret at the moment, but I can tell you that they will be tortoise-related.”He explained that the JCR respect that the support staff are entitled to a bank holiday and that the tutors are unable to man the collections by themselves.However, the news has not had a positive reception from all students. Upon discovery that he may have to cut short his Easter vacation to take exams, one Corpus PPE student, Sam Kelly, said, “Disgraceful. Yet another argument for republicanism.”last_img read more

More Rain Ahead This Week

first_imgIt seems we can get out of this stretch of frequent unsettled weather. Another two storm systems are expected to bring more rain this week.The first low pressure system is expected to arrive Monday night into Tuesday morning. Sunshine will give way to clouds during the day on Monday. A southerly wind will keep temperatures in the upper 50s with low 60s inland.Forecast highs for MondayRain will arrive after midnight with a thunderstorm possible.Most of the rain will fall during the overnight hours. A few leftover showers are possible Tuesday morning. However, we do not expect rain amounts to be as robust as last Friday’s event. Less than 1″ is expected Atlantic and Cape May Counties with higher amounts across Central NJ.We should begin to dry out Tuesday afternoon with some breaks of sun possible. The good news is breezy southwest winds will keep us on the mild side with temperatures in the mid 60s.Forecast highs for TuesdayWednesday we will get a brief sunny and dry day. Westerly winds will help temperatures to get into the low 60s.Our next chance of rain will come on Thursday as a stronger storm system in the Ohio Valley moves east. Onshore winds will keep us cooler as well. High temperatures are expected to remain in the 50s.Friday will remain on the cloudy, cool and showery side as the low pressure slowly exits the area. Highs once again remain in the 50s.Spring Ahead..A pattern change could be on the horizon. This weekend could mark the beginning of a milder, dry spell that could last for almost a week. Above normal temperatures will span across much of the East Coast which means high temperatures will reach the 60s.NOAA: 6-10 day forecast shows above normal temperatures across much of the Central and Eastern U.S.6-10 day precipitation forecast shows drier conditions across the East Coast.last_img read more

WDairy takes home state’s top environmental prize.

first_imgDairy cows are Everett Williams’ life. Whether he’s cutting hay, reusing water or finding more ways to make his dairy viable and environmentally friendly, his work circles around his family farm near Madison, Ga., and the cows that walk into the milking barn three times a day.He was honored for his environmentally friendly farming practices March 22 at Georgia Agriculture Day in Atlanta, where Gov. Nathan Deal announced Williams and his wife Carol of WDairy LLC as the 2011 Governor’s Agricultural Environmental Stewardship Award state winner.The state winner is chosen from five district winners. The other district winners were Will Harris of White Oaks Pastures in Early County, Andy Futch of R&A Orchards in Gilmer County, Cecil Stafford of Blueberry Hill near Ludowici and Jeff Herrin of L.L. Herrin Family Farm near Cornelia.“The farms are all great, great places,” Carol Williams said, “and to just pick one would be so hard. Winning this award is a great honor.”The Georgia Center for Innovation in Agribusiness coordinates the award and its judging. Nominees are chosen based on their farms’ environmental benefits, voluntary compliance to environmental measures, leadership and economic viability.“These farmers are good environmentalists,” said Donnie Smith, the center’s director and the agriculture liaison to the governor, “and that’s what we want to showcase. We want to show the practices they are using and share their stories with the state as they help make their farms better for future generations.”Williams has had a busy winter. Besides hosting the environmental stewardship judging team, he also rented a nearby farm and with the help of sons Justin and Daniel cleared out hedgerows to make room for a pasture. He’s also getting ready to plant corn and cut silage.“It’s starting to get busy around the farm,” he said.WDairy births an average of 100 calves a month. They have about 1,900 cows total.Recycling is a big part of his operation. “We’ve put the total package together,” he said. “We recycle sand, manure and water; and we do it in a manner that also makes money.”Sand covers the floor of his dairy barn, giving his cows soft places to rest and Williams a way to capture their waste cleanly. Several times a day, they spray down the barn floor with water. That water sweeps out cow manure and sand. The sand is captured, cleaned and recycled. The manure goes into a separator, where the dry parts are captured and later used as fertilizer. The liquid goes through several holding ponds until the sun and vegetation clean it, and it’s used to irrigate the corn, sorghum and rye that the cows eat.The Williams also use conservation tillage to protect the land and increase yields on the farm.“The Williams are the poster children for nutrient management in the state of Georgia,” said Bobby Smith, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent in Morgan County who works closely with the Williams and other dairy producers.“They do a great job,” he said, “and it’s nice that they’re being recognized for what they do every day, what they do because they want to, not because they have to.”Despite all the practices that he’s put into place, the one thing Williams is most proud of is that his children are involved. “We have two sons that have gone to school, and they’ve come back,” he said. “And we have daughters interested in agriculture.”last_img read more