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Union Dicon Salt PLC ( 2016 Annual Report

first_imgUnion Dicon Salt PLC ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2016 annual report.For more information about Union Dicon Salt PLC ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Union Dicon Salt PLC ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Union Dicon Salt PLC (  2016 annual report.Company ProfileUnion Dicon Salt Plc processes and markets crude salt in Nigeria for the industrial and agricultural sectors. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Union Dicon Salt Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

How I think management’s key strategy change could affect the HSBC share price

first_imgHow I think management’s key strategy change could affect the HSBC share price Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Jay Yao has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended HSBC Holdings. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Jay Yao | Tuesday, 9th March, 2021 | More on: HSBA “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Jay Yao Image source: Getty Images Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Management at HSBC (LSE:HSBA) recently changed a key policy target. While the bank previously targeted a return on average tangible equity of 10%–12% by next year, management is now targeting “a return on tangible equity at or above 10% over the medium term”. Given how important the target is, here’s what I think the change means for the HSBC share price.Change in targetsOn one hand, I reckon the change in the target isn’t good. If HSBC doesn’t make as much return on average tangible equity, it won’t make as much profits, all else equal. If the bank doesn’t make as much profits, it won’t have as much money to buy back stock or to pay dividends.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…On the other hand, however, I realize that HSBC cut its goal due to an unforeseen circumstance. Due to the pandemic, central governments around the world have lowered interest rates substantially. As a result of the ultra-low interest rate environment, HSBC is making considerably less in interest rate-related income. In the bank’s fourth-quarter transcript, CEO Noel Quinn quantified the challenge. He said the bank “lost around $5.3bn of net interest income” due to lower interest rates. That headwind has also translated into a more than 2 percentage point decrease in return on tangible equity.Given the ultra low interest rate environment headwind, realizing a higher return on average tangible equity is considerably harder even if management has cut a lot of costs. As a result, I think management being practical is a good thing. If management weren’t practical, they might do riskier things to achieve their target.Were HSBC to make riskier loans to increase its return on tangible equity, for instance, the bank might achieve its previous higher target but ultimately not add as much value in the long term. If HSBC were to make a bad M&A deal to achieve a higher return on tangible equity, it would also not be a good thing. One of the reasons why the HSBC share price hasn’t done well since 2000 is due to bad M&A deals that have destroyed value.The HSBC share price: what I’d doI reckon HSBC has its fair share of risks. If Covid-19 variants prolong the pandemic, the expected economic recovery might not be as strong and the HSBC share price could disappoint. Although fintech in less developed parts of the world offers a potential growth opportunity, it could also disrupt HSBC’s business. If management doesn’t deliver the results that investors expect, the stock might not do well. In the long run, however, I like the stock at the current HSBC share price given its Asia business and its valuation. The bank trades at a price-to-book ratio of 0.73, which I think could increase if management grows profits and returns more capital back to shareholders over the coming years. I also reckon the lower target return on tangible equity could also mean potentially lower expectations. With lower expectations comes greater potential to beat them.last_img read more

Glasgow and Scotland prop Zander Fagerson

first_imgGlasgow and Scotland prop Zander Fagerson talks embarrassing moments, future plans and guilty pleasures To never get tired, to be awake all the time, so in the night I could play Fortnite and other computer games, and during the day I wouldn’t miss a beat. Life’s too short and you sleep half your life. So if you didn’t sleep it would be fun.Do you have any superstitions?Not superstitions but I have a game routine. I’ll always write my grandfather’s initials on my tape, and a Bible verse. It’s a sort of anchor; if I’m not having the best game, it gives me a bit of strength.What’s the daftest thing you’ve bought? It probably happened today. I got a paintball grenade and was hoping for a big bang, a paint explosion that went everywhere and got loads of lads out, but it was the most pathetic bang I’ve ever seen. I spent £7 on it.Another time, me and a mate got these battery-operated cars and thought we’d race them. But they were rubbish and died within half an hour, so we chucked them in the bin. £30 I never got back.Who’d you like to be stuck in a lift with? Kevin Hart – he’s hilarious and can cheer up the mood. Tom Brady, so I can pick his brain about things. Sofia Vergara from Modern Family; she’s hilarious too.Lift buddy? Actress Sofia Vergara (Getty Images)If you could be one of your team-mates, who would it be?I’d like to be Leo Sarto at Glasgow. He’s really chilled out and a great rugby player. He runs around like I’ve never seen before.What would you like to achieve outside of rugby?I’d like to be a good husband. We’re getting married in August. Yasmine’s planned everything, and her mum and dad have been really good too.I’d like to do a degree next year. Maybe something in construction as I’d like to go into that after rugby. So a good family man and a good guy.What’s your guilty pleasure?Clotted-cream scones! I have a fruit scone with a big serving of butter, then raspberry jam and lots of clotted cream. If I play well, that’s what I want! Last year we went to Cornwall and that was very dangerous. I’d have them twice a day! And we were there for five days. I came back a bit heavier for the summer tour.Do you have any hidden talents? TAGS: Glasgow Warriors Thumbs up: Zander Fagerson’s guilty pleasure is a clotted-cream scones (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Downtime with Glasgow and Scotland prop Zander Fagerson Who are the jokers with Glasgow and Scotland? Ryan Wilson likes a good laugh; he’s quite funny. He’s probably the biggest joker. He gives the big boys a hard time.What about practical jokes?John Barclay is good at getting Stuart Hogg. He gets scared pretty quickly.Do you have any nicknames?Zander. Or Z. My name is actually Alexander but everyone calls me Zander.What annoys you?People being rude; manners don’t cost anything. And cheap shots, especially when the ref doesn’t pick them up. There are a lot of things, probably too many.Do you have any phobias?I’m pretty good, I don’t spook easily. I hate horror films; ones with demons like Insidious freak me out. I’ll watch them but I don’t enjoy it – I prefer a rom-com.We have quite an old house and the floorboards are creaky. We’ve got two French bulldogs so they’ll be running around downstairs in the middle of the night. It sounds pretty creepy.What’s been your most embarrassing moment?For my last birthday we went bowling and there was a punchbag (that measured force). Being a prop, I’m not the smallest and thought we could give it a bash. I had some mates there who were back-rows and second-rows; they went first and I was the grand finale, hopefully setting a new record. I wound up for the first punch and missed. It was extremely embarrassing. I went bright red.I told everyone it was my birthday so they couldn’t tell a soul what had happened. I went to work the next day and one of the boys said, “I heard you got in a fight last night. I heard you missed him though!”Focal point: Zander Fagerson takes on Italy during the Six Nations (Getty Images)At least no one recorded it!That would have been £250 guaranteed by You’ve Been Framed!If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?  I played the violin, to grade six. I can also play the drums, recorder and trombone. I was a pretty good singer but not any more, now I’ve gone through puberty.This article originally appeared in the July 2018 issue of Rugby World magazine. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Virgin Money Giving is official fundraising partner of The Kiltwalk

first_img The Kiltwalk, the Scottish charity that runs sponsored walks and treks to raise funds for children’s charities, has chosen Virgin Money Giving as its official fundraising partner.All the charity’s events, whether in Scotland or abroad, involve the participants wearing kilts.Set up in 2011, The Kiltwalk, a Scottish charitable incorporated organisation (SCIO), has secured support from The Sunday Post, including a mascot featuring “Scotland’s most famous wee boy, Oor Wullie”, a cartoon character from the newspaper.Carey McEvoy, Founder and CEO of The Kiltwalk explained why they had chosen Virgin Money Giving:“At a time when every pound is important both to charities and to the people who make the donations, we are delighted to be teaming up with Virgin Money Giving.“Its not-for profit business model means a low two per cent commission compared to five per cent with other some online fundraising platforms. This difference equates to potentially £120,000-a-year to The Kiltwalk and our partner charities, and Virgin is a brand that we will be proud to work alongside.”Cary McEvoy of The Kiltwalk and Jo Burnett of Virgin Money Giving  43 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Events Scotland Virgin Money Giving Virgin Money Giving is official fundraising partner of The Kiltwalk Photo: kilts by Brandon Bourdages on Howard Lake | 28 January 2014 | News Advertisementlast_img read more

Do we really love curries and all things hot

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook WHAT YOU NEED1lb large diced boneless chicken breast1 oz garlic1 oz ginger4 tbs fresh natural yoghurt2 small fresh green chillies1 tsp salt1 tbs lemon juice1 tsp coriander powder1 tsp cumin powder1 tbs red paprika4-5 fresh green corianderFor the sauce4 oz chopped onions 3 oz ghee1 oz ground garlic1 oz ground ginger3 oz yoghurt1/2 tsp cumin powder2 tbs desiccated coconut4 oz fresh single cream2 medium tomatoes (liquidised)1.2 tsp salt1/2 tsp chilli powder1/2 tsp coriander powderpinch dried methiWHAT TO DOGrind fresh green chillies, fresh coriander, garlic and ginger with 2-3 tbs water until a thick paste is formed. Marinate the chicken in the paste then add the salt and yoghurt. Next add the lemon juice, cumin, coriander powder and red paprika and mix thoroughly. Leave chicken to marinate in the paste overnightTake marinated chicken and cook on skewers in tandoor or 10-12 minutes under a grill on a moderate high heat. Fry onions in the ghee Add tomatoes and yoghurt and mix on low/moderate heat. Add cumin powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, salt, desiccated coconut, dried methi and fresh single cream and mix thoroughly. Water may be added if more liquid is required. Add cooked pieces or chicken to the sauce and mix well. Leave to simmer on low heat. Transfer to serving dish garnish with a little single cream and sprinkle liberally with fresh coriander and garam masala. Email NewsDo we really love curries and all things hotBy admin – April 12, 2011 558 WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleCoastal cottages with sea views in West Clare for €130,000Next articleBrothers to be charged over threat to kill admin NATIONAL curry week UK was announced for the middle of October recently and it made me hunt down a really good recipe for what is just as much a favourite here as it is across the water. This Chicken Tikka Masala is an original and the best. When you can avoid the jar, it’s worth it in the end. In saying that, there are some really good convenience versions out there. So for those of you with the time, here’s the recipe.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Linkedin Printlast_img read more

PIL In Gujarat HC Seeking Live Streaming Of Virtual Court Proceedings [Read Petition]

first_imgNews UpdatesPIL In Gujarat HC Seeking Live Streaming Of Virtual Court Proceedings [Read Petition] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK29 Jun 2020 4:29 AMShare This – xA public interest litigation has been filed before the Gujarat High Court, seeking open-public access to courts by permitting live streaming of virtual court hearings. The petition has been filed by a third year law student at Nirma University, Pruthvirajsinh Zala, stating that the present system of virtual hearings, whereby the video link to proceedings is shared only with…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA public interest litigation has been filed before the Gujarat High Court, seeking open-public access to courts by permitting live streaming of virtual court hearings. The petition has been filed by a third year law student at Nirma University, Pruthvirajsinh Zala, stating that the present system of virtual hearings, whereby the video link to proceedings is shared only with the Advocates concerned, is “inaccessible” to public at large including litigants, media personnel and law students etc. Even in normal parlance, the Petitioner states, physical hearings ought to be made more accessible by setting up live-streaming mechanism, in terms of Section 327 of CrPC and Section 153-B of CPC, that relate to open trials and access to the public during hearing of cases before the Court. “The right of access to justice flows from Article 21 of the Constitution. The concept of justice at the doorstep, would be meaningful only if the public gets access to the proceedings as it would unfold before the Courts and in particular, opportunity to witness live proceedings in respect of matters having an impact on the public at large or on section of people,” the plea states. The submission is made in light of various precedents including Swapnil Tripathi v. Supreme Court of India, (2018) 10 SCC 639, whereby remarking that “Sunlight is the best disinfectant”, the Top Court had permitted live streaming of court hearings. It was held as under: “By providing “virtual” access of live court proceedings to one and all, it will effectuate the right of access to justice or right to open justice and public trial, right to know the developments of law and including the right of justice at the doorstep of the litigants. Open justice, after all, can be more than just a physical access to the courtroom rather, it is doable even “virtually” in the form of live streaming of court proceedings and have the same effect.” Significantly, the High Court of Kerala is the only court in India which has successfully started live-streaming of court hearings through the Zoom App. Following the lead, a single Bench of the Bombay High Court had also held open for-public video-conferencing hearing on 9th April 2020. The Calcutta High Court has also agreed to live stream the proceedings of a case seeking entry of children born to Parsi women and non-Parsi men into a fire temple, a Zoroastrian place of worship, in the city. However, the date for the final hearing has not yet been fixed. The Petitioner has prayed the Gujarat High Court to frame apposite guidelines or rules to administer live streaming of court proceedings. Click Here To Download Petition Read Petition Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Police warn Austin residents of suspicious boxes after 3 package explosions

first_imgABC News(AUSTIN, Texas) —  Residents of Austin, Texas, are being asked to report any suspicious packages as police investigate three explosions that took place after people handled boxes that had been delivered to their homes.Two people have died and two others have been hospitalized with injuries from the three blasts, the first of which happened on March 2. The two other incidents were reported today.All three blasts involved “box-type deliveries,” Austin police chief Brian Manley said at a news conference today.“We don’t want to have people be overly alarmed. But it is important that people be vigilant and be aware of things that look suspicious. If you had a package at your home and you were not expecting a delivery. If the package delivered to your doorstep looks suspicious in any way. Call 911 and report it. We will respond,” Manley said.Manley would not go into the specific details about the boxes because of the ongoing investigation but said that “they’re an average-size delivery box. They’re not exceptionally large.”Police do not believe that the packages are being delivered by “any of the official mail services” including the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx, UPS or DHL, Manley said.The suspect (or suspects) is not ringing the doorbell with the delivery, Manley said, so it is unclear how long the packages were on the victims’ porches before they saw and moved them.“What we know is when the victims have seen these packages on the front porch, they have gone out and handled them in some way or another and have had the explosions occur,” Manley said.There was “significant damage” to the porch involved in the March 2 blast as well as at least one of the blasts this morning, Manley said.“These devices can explode in many ways, either by being moved or being opened so that’s why I want to reiterate the importance that if you see something that’s out of place, do not handle it, do not move it, do not touch it. Call us,” Manley said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

What price education?

first_imgGaining an MBA can be a real career accelerator and gain you a place on theboard but as Nic Paton discovered, it is also essential to ensure you graspfundamental strategic and business objectivesHeather Salter, HR director at entertainment company Clear ChannelEntertainment, graduated in September as an MBA from the Open UniversityBusiness School. A former secretary, she has worked her way up through GrandMetropolitan (as was), Scottish & Newcastle and Apollo Leisure to a pointwhere, if it wasn’t for the fact Clear Channel is owned by a US parent, shewould now be on the board. For her, securing an MBA on top of her OU degree and IPD qualification wasnot simply an option, it was a necessity. The course, three years of distance learningmodules, tutorials once a month and a residential element, was a tough jugglingact. But if she wanted to have credibility with the people who mattered – theboard – to go onwards and upwards, she felt she needed the qualification. “I now have a language that lets me communicate with them. The MBA hasalso changed my whole way of thinking. I am much more likely to look at whatthe business needs are and tailor the solution to them rather than thinkingsomething is just good to do,” she says. Yet, in the three years of studying, she did not meet a single other HRprofessional. While it is impossible to know with any certainty what percentageof high-level HR professionals hold MBAs, Salter’s experience does not seemunusual. Fewer than 2 per cent of those who studied at Henley ManagementCollege in recent years have HR or personnel backgrounds and just three of the300 people who graduated through the latest London Business School MBAprogramme came from an HR background. The Association of MBAs (AMBA) estimatesthat, out of a total membership of around 11,000 people, fewer than 40 of itsmembers work in HR. “It is true, very few people in HR either have an MBA or intend to doone,” agrees Linda Holbeche, director of research at the Roffey Park Institute.”They tend to get their qualification through the CIPD or an MSc inorganisational development or whatever. But they are reinforcing the usualproblem of HR being apparently disconnected from the business.” The HR profession is increasingly being urged to talk the language ofbusiness. HR professionals in turn often bemoan the fact they are perceived bychief executives, financial directors and chief operating offices as non-core –a useful, if slightly, well, woolly adjunct to the real business of makingmoney. Management often sees HR in much the same way it views public relations– glad it’s there, particularly in a crisis, but for God’s sake don’t let themget too close to the big stuff. For Mike Jones, director general of AMBA, the fact this view still prevailsin many boardrooms around the country, is “a real shame”. But HR canbe its own worst enemy, preferring to focus on “technical”qualifications such as the CIPD and ignoring the need for general businessskills, he argues. “It is essential that the HR director or manager has a very strongunderstanding of the constituent parts of the organisation. In many largecompanies, having an MBA is a prerequisite for getting on the board. It is theonly management qualification that gives a broad perspective on the variousfunctions and functionalities of the business,” he says. Julia Tyler, director of the MBA programme at London Business School,agrees. “What the MBA will do is move you out of the HR ghetto and giveyou knowledge of the general business functions,” she says. Yet in one sense the MBA has become a victim of its own success. The rangeand breadth of courses now offered by a plethora of organisations andinstitutions, some good and others distinctly less so, has devalued thequalification’s currency. It is important, therefore, to pick a well-respectedcourse. Out of 124 schools in the UK offering MBAs, AMBA only accredits 34. Andthese 34 account for two-thirds of all MBA students. “The MBA has lost its exclusivity, but against that it has become themainstream management qualification,” admits Jones. The qualification is increasingly becoming a must-have for the younger,up-and-coming executive, adds Professor Leo Murray, director of the CranfieldSchool of Management. To become a board-level director without an MBA or otherhigh-level business qualification is the exception rather than the norm. HRprofessionals who want to get on should consider studying for an MBA earlierrather than later – perhaps even at HRM level. “If you are about to get on the board of a FTSE company the probabilityis that you are 35 to 40 years of age and are pretty high up your chosenladder. You will probably already have done a general management programme oran MBA. Typically, people who do an MBA are the high-fliers in the 25-to-35 agebracket,” says Murray. An alternative option is the executive MBA, or eMBA. This is the samequalification studied part-time on a modular basis and often throughe-learning. Many colleges have linked up with other institutions around theworld to offer eMBAs that are truly global, designed to attract high-fliersworking for multinationals. Ultimately, though, it is the qualification and theschool it is from, not how you got it, that matters, argues AMBA’s Jones. “AnMBA is an MBA is an MBA.” So, it’s easy, then; an MBA is a passport to the board. Not necessarily.Cranfield’s Murray and LBS’ Tyler agree an MBA can be an enormous careeraccelerator, but getting to the board is a different matter altogether. “You cannot just say that HR directors are not on the board becausethey do not have MBAs – that is deeply far fetched. It is about knowledge,skills and persuasiveness,” says Murray. “An MBA is extremely useful.It gives you a vocabulary, an agenda that lets you relate to the business. Butthe further up you go the less it is about qualifications and the more it isabout your experience, determination and drive.” Neither can the qualification teach an executive what life is really like onthe board, whether from an HR background or not, argues John Weston, head ofthe centre for director development at the Institute of Directors. An MBA willgive you a sound under-pinning of effective management, but the IoD also runs adiploma in company direction that aims to offer clear, distinct guidance on howto lead and be a director. About 300 people a year go through the course. “Most MBAs miss the unique difference of being on the board. Managingand directing are not the same thing. There is the collective responsibility, differentlegal duties and responsibilities. It is about operating beyond your functionand specialism,” says Weston. HR people need to start to emphasise HR’s strategic nature, he adds.”Managing directors and financial directors tend not to understand thatconcept very well. HR professionals really have to blow their own trumpet more.They have to say, ‘This company will not work unless you have an effective HRstrategy in place’. They could be leaking their best people like a sieve andnot know it.” For the HR professional looking to progress up the greasy pole, it appearsthe question of acquiring an MBA is increasingly becoming one of when ratherthan if. Of course, some HR high-fliers will continue to make it to the boardwithout MBAs. But, if HR professionals want to win the battle to become anintegral part of their organisation’s strategic and business objectives, thenthe MBA must become a key weapon in their arsenal. Where MBAs come in THE pecking orderMBA: Gives a credible grounding in general management and administration skills.Graduates will be expected to be able to “think outside the box” whenit comes to their function, be real business players and, probably, on afast-track to the board* * * * *Doctorates: PhDs can be a useful tool for focusing on business issues or problems, butthey are more usually for the serious academic. Nevertheless, they can addgravitas to an already solid CV*Specialised Masters Degree: Graduates should be able to show an advanced  level of academic and conceptual thinking and understand theirfunction inside out. But while they should give a sense of the broader businesspicture, they may also be tightly focused on a specific function or discipline* * * *CIPD: A vital qualification for any self-respecting HR professional, but worthgetting behind you as fast as possible and then moving on * * Management Diploma: Shows you’re thinking widely about your field and how best to work withinyour organisation * * *Key:* * * * * stand for excellent, through to* which has less relevanceMBA skills need continuousupdatingOnce achieved, an MBA will needupdating. Indeed, a central tenet of any good MBA programme is an expectationfor life-long and continuous professional development. Former MBA students are generally encouraged to remain in touchwith their colleges throughout the rest of their professional working life.Four months ago, AMBA launched MBAcademy as a specificinitiative to tap into this need for life-long learning among MBA graduates.The academy offers members a series of five-day refresher courses designed toupdate their management skills with the latest thinking, open them up to newideas and simply allow them time to rethink some of their management beliefs.Among other initiatives, Roffey Park launched its Strategic HRNetwork in September. This forum comprises some 30 HR professionals who can shareviews, contacts, best practice and hold discussions at least twice a year. Themembers will also be given software to allow them to keep in touch throughtheir computers outside the meetings. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. What price education?On 1 Feb 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Brown’s 3-pointer lifts Celtics to 97-94 win over Jazz

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Jaylen Brown made a 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left to lift the Boston Celtics to a 97-94 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.Brown scored 21 points and Jayson Tatum added 16 for the Celtics, who won their fifth straight despite a short-handed roster. Terry Rozier chipped in 13 points.With Kyrie Irving out after knee surgery, and Marcus Morris and Al Horford both sidelined with ankle injuries, the Celtics finished a 4-0 trip to the West in what would have been Gordon Hayward’s return to Utah had he not been injured in the season opener.Donovan Mitchell scored 22 points for Utah. Ricky Rubio tallied 14 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, and Jae Crowder added 16 points off the bench. The Jazz (42-33) lost for the third time in five games.Utah seemed in control in the third quarter, forcing 10 turnovers and turning them into 15 points. It helped the Jazz rip off a 15-0 run, also fueled by three 3-pointers from Rubio and Crowder, to take a 69-58 lead.Boston charged back in the fourth quarter. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Rozier and Shane Larkin helped trim the deficit to 85-84. Crowder and Mitchell answered with back-to-back layups to keep the Jazz in front.Boston kept coming and tied it at 94 on Tatum’s dunk with 1:09 left.Utah had a 13-0 run in the first quarter. Boston missed 14 of 17 shots and scored six total points over the final 8:53 of the quarter.The teams reversed roles during the second quarter. Boston found its shooting rhythm and shut down Utah on the other end of the court. The Celtics surged in front behind a 16-2 run, taking a 46-34 lead late in the quarter. Brown put Boston in front with back-to-back baskets and capped the spurt with his second 3-pointer of the game. Utah missed six of seven shots during the run.TIP-INSCeltics: Boston committed 18 total turnovers and gave up 24 points on those turnovers. . Rozier scored 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter.Jazz: Utah made five 3-pointers in the third quarter after shooting 4 of 16 from the perimeter in the first half. . Mitchell set up the third quarter Jazz rally by scoring 10 points in the first four minutes of the second half. . The Jazz shot 20 free throws in the second half after attempting one free throw before halftime.UP NEXTCeltics: Host the Raptors on Saturday.Jazz: Host the Grizzlies on Friday. March 28, 2018 /Sports News – Local Brown’s 3-pointer lifts Celtics to 97-94 win over Jazz Tags: Basketball/NBA/Utah Jazz Associated Press Written bylast_img read more

Xmas fundraiser: Estate agency asks industry to back 100k challenge

first_imgEstate agents across the UK are being asked to take part in a property industry fundraiser to run or walk 100 kilometres between Boxing Day and the end of January and raise at least £10,000 for the British Heart Foundation.Over 130 agents have already got involved including industry figures such as Kristjan Byfield, Simon Whale, Josh Phegan, Gary Barker, Stephen Hayter, Pete Fenwick and The Negotiator’s publisher, Grant Leonard.Organisations taking part in the fundraiser so far include Dawsons, Newton Fallowell, Iamproperty, Reapit, Brief Your Market, and Moneypenny.The Christmas charity appeal is being organised by estate agency Pygott & Crone in Lincolnshire which is urging as many people within the industry as possible to take part.How to join inAgents can join in by joining its dedicated JustGiving page and promoting the challenge on social media via the hashtag #BHF100k.There is also a growing club on the Strava fitness tracker app where agents can share their progress through the challenge.The inspiration for the challenge came from Jamie Aspland, manager of the agency’s Sleaford branch, together with Gary Burr, the charity’s fundraising manager for Lincolnshire.Agents Giving, the charity for the property industry, is supporting the challenge.“As a charity we have struggled badly during COVID but these funds will be a much needed boost,” says Burr.Pygott & Crone director Kevin Scrupps (pictured) says: “We have had an amazing response so far from our staff, local businesses, and our friends in Lincolnshire; the support from our industry and associated suppliers has been amazing,” he says.Further details on the challenge including a full list of participants, and instructions on how to join the challenge, can be found at Phegan Stephen Hayter Jamie Aspland Kevin Scrupps iamproperty gary barker Newton Fallowell Moneypenny Agents Giving Pygott & Crone Reapit brief your market Simon Whale. Dawsons December 17, 2020Nigel LewisAny comments? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Xmas fundraiser: Estate agency asks industry to back 100k challenge previous nextAgencies & PeopleXmas fundraiser: Estate agency asks industry to back 100k challengePygott & Crone has 100 agents signed up including senior industry figures and is urging more agents to get involved to support BHF.Nigel Lewis17th December 20200441 Viewslast_img read more

USNS Guadalupe Overhaul Deal Awarded

first_img Authorities View post tag: Overhaul View post tag: Vigor Marine April 27, 2015 Back to overview,Home naval-today USNS Guadalupe Overhaul Deal Awarded View post tag: deal USNS Guadalupe Overhaul Deal Awarded View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: americas View post tag: USNS Guadalupe Vigor Marine LLC is being awarded an $8,7 million firm-fixed-price contract for a 55-calendar day regular overhaul and drydocking availability of the USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200), a Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler. Work will include port main engine overhaul; docking, undocking, and underwater hull cleaning and painting; and cargo tank preservation.This contract includes options, which if exercised, would bring the total contract value to $9,177,702. Work will be performed in Portland, Oregon, and is expected to be completed by Aug. 1, 2015.Fiscal 2015 operation and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of amount of $9,177,702 will be obligated at the time of award, and funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Navy’s Military Sealift Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.The primary mission of USNS Guadalupe is to provide fuel to Navy ships at sea and jet fuel to aircraft assigned to aircraft carriers.[mappress mapid=”15790″]Image: US Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

PREMIERE: Mike Gordon, Robert Walter, & John Kimock Join Barika On “Angatta” In Burlington [Pro-Shot Video]

first_imgOn Wednesday, January 30th, Burlington, VT’s own Barika lent support to Robert Walter’s 20th Congress at Higher Ground. While the two bands play very different styles of music, members of the two groups are quite familiar with playing together. Members of both Barika (percussionist Craig Myers) and the recent iteration of Robert Walter’s 20th Congress (keyboardist Robert Walter, drummer John Kimock) tour the country with Phish bassist Mike Gordon as part of his solo band, so who better to show up and lend a musical hand than Mike Gordon himself? Well, that’s exactly what happened.Barika—comprised of Craig Myers, Dopapod’s Rob Compa, Caleb Bronz, Giovanni “Johnny” Rovetto, Chris Hawthorn, and Matt Davide—kicked off the evening’s festivities with their unique blend of “funky, dubbed out, psychedelic West African” sounds. The first guest of the night came early in the set when Daby Touré joined in on vocals. Midway through their set, Barika was joined by Mike Gordon, Robert Walter, and John Kimock for a collaborative rendition of original number “Angatta”, which the collected musicians frequently performed together at Mike Gordon shows.Today, Live For Live Music is pleased to premiere Barika’s multi-cam video for “Angatta” featuring Mike Gordon, Robert Walter, and John Kimock. Craig Myers shared his thoughts on the special “family affair” sit-in, explaining:It was a joy playing with Mike, Johnny, and Robert in the setting of Barika, and I love the energy they bring to this song. Both bands, Mike Gordon’s band and Barika, play ‘Angatta’, but in very different ways. Mike is such a creative and interactive player that it makes for great collective musical conversations. Not to mention Robert’s organ playing and Johnny’s deep pocket grooves. Always a pleasure to play with all of them.Mike Gordon adds,I love working with Craig; he brings a lot of fire and passion, not to mention innovation. And he often has great intuition about what’s working and what isn’t… So it makes sense that his own band would create a thoughtfully constructed, firey flow of sound! Mixing his traditional African instrument with all the fix-ins of a good dance band – horns, guitar, etc. – makes for a fun night, and always a fun sit-in!You can check out the Live For Live Music premiere of Barika’s new video for “Angatta” below:Barika ft. Mike Gordon, Robert Walter, & John Kimock – “Angatta” [Pro-Shot Video]For a full list of Barika’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Barika | Higher Ground | Burlington, VT | 1/30/2019Set: On The Move, Hit The Ground, Bless The Child, Gotta Be Another Way (ft. Daby Touré), Dark Star, Angatta (ft. Mike Gordon, John Kimock, Robert Walter), Bamanakélast_img read more

DW Brooks 2013

first_imgOn Oct. 1, the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences recognized its staff and faculty who have demonstrated excellence in the college’s teaching, research and Extension missions with the annual D.W. Brooks awards. Georgi Austin, Classified Staff Award for Excellence, administrative or professional category During her seven years as business manager for the department of crop and soil sciences, Austin has overseen grant awards, payroll, purchasing and accounting compliance for the department’s 48 faculty members. She first began working in the department as an administrative specialist and was promoted to business manager. She previously worked in UGA’s Feed and Environmental Water Laboratory as an accounting assistant. College administrators established the D.W. Brooks Faculty Awards for Excellence in Teaching in 1981 to recognize faculty members who made outstanding contributions to the college’s teaching mission. In 1983, administrators expanded the awards to include research, Extension and county Extension programs. An award for international agriculture was added in 1988. “Some think world-changing innovators like Norman Borlaug, Glen Burton and D.W. Brooks are a rarity that may never again be seen in our high-tech world,” said J. Scott Angle, the college’s dean and director. “But we know differently. If you look down the list of those we honor today, and dozens of others among our faculty ranks, you will see great potential, innovation and success that will matter in this world and in agriculture for generations to come.” Steve Stice, D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor Award Stice is a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in the college and director of the UGA Regenerative Bioscience Center. His current research activities range from working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to developing disease resistant livestock in sub-Saharan Africa and stem cell therapies for stroke and Parkinson’s disease. Sammy Aggrey, D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Research. Aggrey’s research interests include mapping poultry genes for growth and development, microRNA predictions and nutrigenomics—an emerging field that researches the interaction between genomes and nutrient use. Aggrey co-edited the definitive text “Poultry Genetics, Breeding and Biotechnology” and regularly writes and speaks globally on the molecular basis of nutrient and feed use. Clint Waltz, D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Extension. Waltz joined the UGA Turfgrass Team in 2001 as a turfgrass Extension specialist. He conducts research projects in many areas of turfgrass management, especially evaluating how various turfgrass species respond to the environmental stresses of the Southeast. He has published in scientific journals and trade magazines, regularly presents to turfgrass professionals and homeowners, and manages the UGA turfgrass website This year’s award winners were honored at a ceremony at the UGA Center for Continuing Education. William Graves, D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Teaching Graves has been on the faculty of the UGA department of animal and dairy science since 2001. He teaches four classes and three labs and serves as a graduate and undergraduate student adviser, Dairy Science Club adviser, Dairy Judging Team coach and departmental Extension coordinator. When not on campus, he works with dairy producers and organizations across Georgia and coordinates the Georgia 4-H Dairy Youth Program. center_img This year’s D.W. Brooks Award winners are listed below. John Rema, Classified Staff Award for Excellence, technical category Rema has served as a research technician with Miguel Cabrera in the department of crop and soil sciences for 19 years and has worked in the department for more than two decades. He is responsible for field and lab work related to the application of animal manures to crop and pasture land. His area of work focuses on poultry litter and a mixture of poultry litter and bedding material. James Jacobs, D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Public Service Extension. Jacobs is the agriculture and natural resources agent for the UGA Extension offices in Pierce and Ware counties. He began his Extension career in 1995 and has since gained recognition for his research and educational efforts on a variety of crops. He is also recognized as an Extension leader, serving as a mentor for new county coordinators and promotion candidates. Since 1998, Jacobs has been involved in 15 research trials evaluating suppression methods for tomato spotted wilt virus. He also has assisted a local olive producer since 2007 on the first, commercial olive planting in Georgia. Chris McKenzie, Classified Staff Award for Excellence, skilled trades category. McKenzie has served as the feed mill supervisor at the UGA Poultry Research Center since 2007. He blends custom formulations of corn, soy and nutrients, allowing poultry researchers to test the effect of different ratios on growth and other variables. McKenzie’s role is critical to faculty researching livestock nutrition. The mill, which produces specialty feed for poultry and swine research projects, turns out 8 to 10 tons of feed a week. The annual awards are named after D.W. Brooks, who graduated from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 1922. Brooks founded the agricultural firm Gold Kist Inc. while serving as a professor of agronomy at the college. He also founded Cotton States Insurance Co. Yao-wen Huang, D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Diversity. Huang is a professor in the department of food science and technology and an adjunct professor in the department of marine sciences. His research areas include food safety and microbiology, seafood technology and product development. He currently is focusing on the application of nanotechnology in rapid detection techniques for foodborne pathogens and toxins. Huang teaches several classes on new product development and the science behind flavors and serves as program director for the CAES China study abroad program. Terry Centner, UGA Outstanding Academic Adviser As a professor in the department of agricultural economics, Centner developed the college’s pre-law program, environmental law minor and agribusiness certificate. He currently serves as director of those programs and teaches environmental, public health and agribusiness law courses. His research program involves the policy analysis of current issues confronting agriculture and the environment, including the application of findings that enhance agricultural performance. He has delivered lectures, seminars and papers in 30 countries.last_img read more

African Development Bank will not fund proposed Kenya coal plant

first_imgAfrican Development Bank will not fund proposed Kenya coal plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters: The African Development Bank (AfDB) will not fund a coal-fired power plant project in Kenya and has no plans to finance new coal plants in future, senior AfDB officials told Reuters.The Abidjan-based lender published an environmental and social impact assessment in May for the Lamu project, which was planned near a UNESCO World Heritage Site but which was halted by a local environmental tribunal.The project to build a 1,050 megawatt plant in eastern Kenya was backed by Kenyan and Chinese investors. Construction was originally planned to start in 2015.Dozens of top banks, insurers and development finance institutions are restricting coal investments, as climate activists and investors voice growing concerns about the impact of burning fossil fuels, particularly coal.AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina told Reuters at a conference in South Africa the bank took environmental concerns seriously and was focusing on renewable energy, adding that coal projects risked becoming “stranded assets” on the AfDB’s balance sheet. The AfDB president had told U.N. climate talks in September that the bank was “getting out of coal,” but he did not give a timeframe or specify whether the Lamu project would be affected.The AfDB’s retreat from coal will make it harder for the Lamu project to progress.More: African Development Bank decides not to fund Kenya coal projectlast_img read more

Skiing in a Pandemic

first_imgIn other parts of the East Coast, where skiing is a major economic driver, like Vermont, which is home to more than 25 ski resorts—Virginia has four; North Carolina, six—such discussions are well underway.   Uncertainty loomed over full-time employees too. Mandatory stay-at-home orders were issued to last through early June on March 24. Was there going to be a mountain biking season? Would the waterpark, pool, and lake be able to open? “Everything was so up in the air,” says Hess. Trying to plan ahead felt futile.  “They won’t survive the pandemic unless we give them some resources to do things differently,” Brady told the Vermont House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development. For instance, establishing heated winter tents for restaurants and day-lodge operations, as well as adapting new ticketing platforms and socially distanced line systems.  “Most locals and day-trippers buy passes for half-days or night skiing,” says Kimberley Jochl, vice president of Sugar Mountain Resort in North Carolina. Season passholders typically visit for a few hours at a time. Dividing the day into sections could provide a much-needed boost in sales. “Suddenly I’m going around telling people they don’t have jobs,” says Hess. Some were counting on extra paychecks to pay bills. Others had to grapple with travel bans and restrictions.  These are the types of issues that Isaac, the National Ski Areas Association spokesperson, is trying to solve. To do it, she’s working to connect resort managers to one another as well as state officials. “We do not want to be caught off guard, or find ourselves needing to make reactive changes,” Katz said. “Consistency and predictability for guests will be extremely important.” Kenny Hess sat in a conference room at Massanutten Resort surrounded by top-level staffers watching a television showing Virginia governor Ralph Northam’s live March 13 press conference. The mood went from grim to alarmed as schools and nonessential businesses were ordered to shut down for at least two weeks.   “Ski season is going to be very different this year,” says National Ski Areas Association spokesperson Adrienne Isaac. Her organization works with 470 U.S. ski areas across 37 states. She’s been helping them share ideas, pandemic-related best practices, and safety plans.  To survive the COVID-19 downturn, “we must have detailed new safety precautions that can be in effect throughout the entire winter,” said Rob Katz, CEO of Vail Resorts, in a September statement. The company manages 34 ski areas in North America and has lost more $200 million in revenue since the pandemic began.  Cover Photo: New safety measures will be in place for skiers and snowboarders at Virginia’s Massanutten Resort (pictured above). Photo courtesy of Massanutten Just how different is the 2020-2021 ski season going to look? One of them is pivoting to online-only ticket sales and eliminating walkup and open-date lift ticket purchases. The move will help resorts keep better track of visitors, maintain social distancing, and comply with capacity limits. “Some resorts may require season passholders to check in as well,” says Isaac. While Snowshoe Resort in West Virginia has no such plans, tighter rules in neighboring Virginia may force Massanutten to do so.  “Getting there required a ton of patience and constant adaptation,” says Hess. Ensuring visitor safety and complying with state regulations posed significant challenges. A lack of specificity in state guidelines meant constant communication with public health officials, other resorts, and industry trade associations. And finding workers was tough.  “It’s hard to tell,” says Isaac. That’s because, with no unified federal pandemic strategy, states have responded individually. Compliance and safety measures can vary significantly from place to place. For instance, New York currently imposes a 14-day quarantine for out-of-state visitors. Most Southeastern states, including Virginia and North Carolina, have lifted travel restrictions. Other states, including Maryland and Pennsylvania, urge travelers to observe a period of isolation. “Usually, passholders can walk up and hit the slopes right away,” says Hess. Depending on restrictions, “we might ask them to make advance reservations online, or through a new app. Alternatively, it could just be having someone scan passes at entry points.” “Is that per day, at any given moment, or what?” says Hess. How that question gets answered has major economic ramifications. Like most Southeast resorts, Massanutten’s success depends on busy weekends. A good Saturday features about 5,000 people on the slopes at any given moment. Cutting attendance by 80 percent would be hard to stomach, especially when you consider the operational realities of ski areas. center_img Luckily, Hess says the effort brought a silver lining. It was a trial run for what will invariably be the oddest ski season in modern history. Facing concerns about a winter resurgence of COVID-19, having some experience is a plus.  “This ski season is going to be unlike any we’ve ever experienced, and we’re asking visitors for their understanding and patience,” says Kimberley Jochl, the Sugar Mountain Resort vice president. “In return, you can count on us to do everything in our power to help keep you safe and make skiing and snowboarding a reality throughout the winter.”  COVID-19 blindsided regional snowsports resorts last spring. Here’s how they’re preparing for winter.  Additional safety measures will likely include cashless transactions, expanded takeout and delivery options at restaurants, scheduled temperature checks for employees, sanitation regimens, and more. In 2018, the industry was the state’s second largest economic driver, generating more than $1 billion in wages and $391 million in tax revenue. According to Vermont deputy commerce director Ted Brady, the state has prioritized the creation of specific guidelines for social distancing and capacity restrictions, allowing ski areas to prepare for the upcoming season. Next comes a funding package to help smaller resorts adapt. More certainties are masks and hand sanitizing. The former will be mandatory indoors, as well as in high-traffic areas like outdoor dining spaces and lift lines (luckily, a balaclava or raised neck-scarf will work for the latter). Sanitizing stations will be situated at entrances and exits to lodges, hotels, eateries, shops, bathrooms, and lifts. Most resorts will allocate additional sites for rentals and use computerized technology for contactless fittings. Lift lines will feature spacing markers and added attendants to ensure skiers and snowboarders maintain proper social distance while waiting. Lift rides pairing strangers won’t be optional.  Looking ahead, that worries resort managers like Hess. What if a state experiences an uptick in COVID-19 cases and reimposes travel constraints? “Keeping track of who’s coming from where and how we’re supposed to treat them would be very complicated,” he says.  Yes, pivoting to online-only systems for lift ticket purchases brings the ability to filter sales by geographic area. But should resorts ban homeowners from affected states too? Meanwhile, ambiguity in regulatory mandates adds further complication. The biggest of these gray areas is capacity limits for slopes. “It was so unprecedented,” says Hess, Massanutten’s director of sports and business operations, who has worked at the Harrisonburg-area resort since the early 1980s. Dealing with finicky weather and warm spells was par for the course. But this was different: The closure’s abruptness was blindsiding. In Virginia, attendance for outdoor entertainment venues has been capped at 1,000 people. But how should that number be interpreted when it comes to skiing? Trying to swiftly shutter operations proved a logistical and emotional nightmare. Though the end of the season was near, a run of cold weather had inspired plans to keep slopes open into early April. The resort relies on seasonal employees to clean lodges, operate lifts, and staff restaurants, gift shops, and rental facilities. Located in a college town, most were locals. But around 20 percent were workers from foreign countries using temporary H-2B visas.   But time went on and the picture got clearer. State officials released safety guidelines for sporting facilities, restaurants, hotels, and retailers. Phased re-openings began in mid-May. Massanutten’s mountain bike park opened a month later.  State governments in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic have yet to offer specific guidance for ski resorts, says Isaac. Interpreting blanket regulations leaves too much margin for error. “Which is why we’re working closely with public health officials to target gray areas and try to eliminate as much uncertainty as possible.”    “There’s definitely going to be a degree of inconvenience,” says Isaac. But if resorts implement proper practices, she’s confident they can keep slopes open through the winter and ensure the safety of skiers and snowboarders. Despite the ambiguities, some changes are certain.   last_img read more

You asked us tons of questions about the coronavirus. We’re answering them.

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As the coronavirus pandemic spreads around the world, hundreds of our readers across the nation have asked us questions about COVID-19.To answer many of your concerns – What are the symptoms? How should you prepare? How is it spread? – we’ve put together an explainer on the virus. We’ve also debunked some of those viral coronavirus myths you’re seeing on social media. (No, it’s not related to Corona beer. And no, it didn’t escape from a Chinese lab.)But you’re curious, so we wanted to address more of the important questions you submitted via our newsletter, Coronavirus Watch.What else would you like to know? Ask us by filling out the form here.What is involved in testing for the coronavirus? Is it the same as when they do a nasal swab for influenza?last_img read more