CIEL Limited (CIEL.mu) HY2012 Interim Report

first_imgCIEL Limited (CIEL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2012 interim results for the half year.For more information about CIEL Limited (CIEL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the CIEL Limited (CIEL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: CIEL Limited (CIEL.mu)  2012 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileCIEL Limited is an investment company headquartered in Ebene, Mauritius. The company operates in the following segments: agriculture and property, financial services, hotels and resorts, textiles, and healthcare businesses. The activities of the company are spread out over five countries that include Mauritius, Madagascar, Asia, Maldives and South Africa, just to name a few. CIEL Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

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Donations to hurricane Katrina relief “to top $1 billion”

first_img Tagged with: Digital Research / statistics Howard Lake | 1 September 2005 | News Donations to hurricane Katrina relief “to top $1 billion” According to the Christian Science Monitor, online donations to the American Red Cross for its relief work in the wake of hurricane Katrina already total $15 million. Giving USA estimates that individual and corporate donations could reach $1 billion.The Christian Science Monitor adds that US companies have contributed more than one million pounds in weight of groceries through food banks, and the US Chamber of Commerce expects initial corporate donations to the relief effort to reach $100 million. 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisementlast_img read more

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The spirit of Jerry Brookshire in Milwaukee

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Twenty-five thousand people marching in Milwaukee after Dr. King was assassinated.On Christmas Eve in 1974, Black teenager Jerry Brookshire was killed by white Milwaukee policeman Raymond Marlow. The cop claimed his gun fired — by accident — as he fell because Brookshire resisted arrest.Eyewitness Ola Mae Davis said that Marlow deliberately shot Brookshire as the unarmed 16-year-old was climbing a fence. For telling the truth, “Davis had her house firebombed, along with the motel she moved into, and she also received countless threatening phone calls.” (“Black Panthers in the Midwest” by Andrew Witt)That same December two African Americans were killed during a police raid on an apartment building. Cops claimed they were looking for a murder suspect — who wasn’t found. As a result, Johnnie Starks was shot to death by police, and Mary Pendleton died of smoke inhalation from a fire ignited by police tear gas canisters.Two years before, Jacqueline Ford — a 22-year-old Black woman — was shot and killed in her own home by Snead Carroll, a white detective who claimed he had slipped on the stairs. (New York Times, May 28, 1972)More than 500 people jammed St. Mark A.M.E. Church — Milwaukee’s oldest Black congregation — on Jan. 2, 1975, to protest all those atrocities. Even Mayor Henry Maier was there. (Workers World, Jan. 10, 1975)But no cops were ever jailed for these killings.Last hired, first firedMilwaukee was the last big manufacturing center that the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to Northern cities reached in large numbers. In 1940, the city had just 8,821 Black people, 1.5 percent of Milwaukee’s population.The small size reflected the deliberate racism of Milwaukee’s capitalist class. During World War I, only 11 out of the city’s 2,000 factories employed any African Americans.In 1923, three detective squads arrested 39 African Americans for “vagrancy,” meaning they were unemployed. Twenty-seven were sentenced to 90 days of slave labor by Judge Michael Bienski, who also said Milwaukee had no use for “their kind.” (“Black Milwaukee, the Making of an Industrial Proletariat 1915-1945” by Joe William Trotter Jr.)What made this discrimination all the more repulsive was that Milwaukee then had a so-called socialist mayor, Daniel Hoan. This Milwaukee type “socialism” was called “sewer socialism” by genuine revolutionaries like those in the Industrial Workers of the World.Hoan was proud of the city’s new public baths and sewage plant. But he said nothing about racist landlords that confined African Americans to the city’s 6th Ward.While Milwaukee had a strong labor movement, many unions in the American Federation of Labor in the 1920s and 1930s prevented Black workers from joining.“Workers of All Countries, Unite!” was emblazoned across the letterhead of Milwaukee’s Brewery Workers Union, yet no African Americans were hired in the city’s breweries until 1951.During the labor upsurge of the 1930s, communists and other activists organized some of Milwaukee’s big plants. They fought racism in hiring and promotion. Albert Stergar and Earl Plaster — both of whom joined Workers World Party — fought alongside Communist Party members to force the Nash car body plant to hire Black workers in 1947. Nash was later merged into American Motors.Boycotts led by Assemblyperson Lloyd Barbee shut down the city’s segregated schools in 1964 and 1965. When Dr. King was assassinated in 1968, 25,000 people marched through downtown.In that period, the Allen-Bradley company — whose owner Harry Bradley was a founder of the racist John Birch Society — still refused to hire Black workers. When Father James Groppi led a sit-in there in 1968, less than 1 percent of the plant’s 6,000 workers were African American.Milwaukee’s Black community had increased twelvefold by 1970 as local factories, like A.O. Smith, American Motors and Briggs & Stratton hired Black workers.Today, almost nobody works at Allen-Bradley. The Bradley family sold the company to Rockwell Automation in 1985 and used the dough to expand its Bradley Foundation, an $800 million slush fund for right-wingers.Long fuse leading to Sherman Park rebellionMilwaukee continues to be grossly segregated. The City Council voted down fair housing bills introduced by Vel Phillips — the council’s first African-American member — until the Black community rebelled in 1967.The A.O. Smith, Allis-Chalmers and American Motors factories have shut down. Deindustrialization and joblessness went hand-in-hand with mass incarceration. One out of every 25 African Americans in Wisconsin are locked up.In 1979 ex-cop Thomas Grady finally went to jail for killing 22-year-old Daniel Bell in 1958, whom he stopped for a broken tail light. Grady told his partner Louis Krause that Bell was “just a goddamn n—-r kid anyhow.” (New York Times, Dec. 21, 1981)As crack poured into Milwaukee in the 1980s — helping to fund Reagan’s dirty war against Nicaragua — the number of murders increased from 44 in 1984 to 163 in 1991.Ernest Lacy was beaten to death by three members of the Milwaukee Police Department’s “tactical squad” in 1981. Derek Williams died in police custody, “gasping for breath and begging for help,” in 2011. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Oct. 27, 2012) No cops were charged.In 2014 policeman Christopher Manney fatally shot Dontre Hamilton 14 times in Milwaukee’s Red Arrow Park. Manney was fired but didn’t face any charges.Police racism and homophobia allowed the notorious Jeffrey Dahmer, who actually ate his victims, to kill 16 people, almost all youth of color. Police officers John Balcerzak and Joseph Gabrish turned 14-year-old Konerak Sinthasomphone back to Dahmer despite the pleas of two women who were trying to help the youth. Later that night the Laotian immigrant was tortured to death and dismembered by Dahmer, who was finally arrested in 1991.The cops were fired after tapes of their homophobic “jokes” about “reuniting the lovers” were revealed. Judge Robert J. Parins, former president of the Green Bay Packers football team, reinstated the bigots.Gabrish is now a captain in the Grafton, Wis., Police Department. Balcerzak was elected president of the Milwaukee Police Association in 2005 and served until 2009.Millies was a member of the Milwaukee WWP branch from 1968 to 1978.last_img read more

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BUILDING PERMITS: April 25 – May 1, 2021

first_img Facebook Twitter BusinessBuilding Permits WhatsApp BUILDING PERMITS: April 25 – May 1, 2021 Pinterest Pinterest NEW RESIDENTIALSHilda Aranda, 608 Amburgey Ave., $140,000; Ruben Morales/R&W Construction1804 Bourbon St., $300,000; Greg Baier/Betenbough Homes, 1125 Big Easy St., $232, 950; Alexa Guillen/John McKnight/Silver Leaf Homes, 5200 Lamont Ave., $311, 150; Morgan Warrick/DR Horton/4 Desert Rose Court, $161, 420; Morgan Warrick/DR Horton/4 San Saba Drive, $216,330; Morgan Warrick/DR Horton, 6 Coyote Court, $172,275; Alexa Guillen/John McKnight/Silver Leaf Homes, 5302 Congress St., $281,250; Morgan Warrick/DR Horton Homes, 1808 Ebbets Drive, $158, 235; Morgan Warrick/DR Horton, 7513 Horton Ranch Road, $151,100; Morgan Warrick/DR Horton Homes, 7517 Horton Ranch Road, $157,000; Alexa Guillen/John McKnight/Silver Leaf Homes, 2013 Twin Falls Drive, $289, 725; Morgan Warrick/DR Horton, 3 La Fauna Drive, $178,765; Morgan Warrick/DR Horton, 6 La Fauna Drive, $172,275; Morgan Warrick/DR Horton Homes, 24 La Cresta Ave., $161,940; Greg Baier/Betenbough Homes, 1213 Big Easy St., $223,950; Greg Baier/Betenbough, 1208 Big Easy St., $209,950; Greg Baier/Betenbough, 1206 Big Easy St., $251,950; Greg Baier/Betenbough Homes, 1211 Big Easy St., $232,950; Morgan Warrick/DR Horton Homes, 1 Coyote Court, $193,010; Morgan Warrick DR Horton, 7518 Horton Ranch Road, $144,390; Greg Baier/Betenbough, 1210 Big Easy St., $224,950; Morgan Warrick/DR Horton Homes, 8618 Rutland Drive, $218,425; Morgan Warrick/DR Horton, 8625 Rutland Drive, $204,450; Morgan Warrick/DR Horton, 8629 Rutland Drive, $172,210; Morgan Warrick/DR Horton. 8633 Rutland Drive, $183,715; Morgan Warrick/DR Horton, 1814 Ebbets Drive, $179,295Total: 27 permits, $5,523,660RESIDENTIAL ADDITIONS, ALTERAIONS & CONVERSIONSLizette Carrasco, 311 N Lauderdale Ave., $0; Isaac Reyes/Habitat For Humanity, 301 N Lauderdale Ave., $0; Daniel G. Carrasco/Leighann Melton/DG Flooring Blooming Rose Dg Flooring, 1312 Tanglewood Lane, $32,500; Daniel Carrasco/Leighann Melton/DG Carrasco Flooring/Blooming Rose, $0; 1314 Tanglewood Lane, $32, 500; Val Gonzales, 1316 N Texas Ave., $0; Francisco Lopez, 4101 E 42nd St., $45,000; Albert Muniz, 2516 Redbud Ave., $4,700; Juan Garcia, 1311 S Crane Ave., $1,000; Emileo Aguirre, 127 W Odessa St., $0; Linda Perry, 924 Honeysuckle St., $3,000; David Campbell/Wesley King 360° Construction, 1203 E 56th St., $10,000; Rosalinda Cano, 715 Wabash Ave., $0; Naty Madrid, 2803 Ranchland Ave., $0; Jose Anibal Santos, 1304 N Lauderdale Ave., $0Total: 15 permits, $128,700NEW COMMERCIALDaniel Orozco/Aldo Montoya/Twin City Construction, 2421 W. Fifth St., $200,000Total: 1 permit, $200,000COMMERCIAL ADDITIONS, ALTERAIONS & CONVERSIONSMiguel Garcia/Bernadito Getigan/Quality Roofing Installation Llc/St. Mary’s Catholic Church/Quality Roofing Installation Llc, 612 E 18th St., $300,000; Rene Rodriquez/Shawna Covos/Taylor Big Red/Eric’s Construction/2810 E I H 20, $15,000; Graciela Kessler/Shem Culpepper/Dlr Group/First Basin, 7100 Highway 191 Sr Eb, $423,500; Jennifer Joyce/William Douglas/Neon Tiger Coffee, Llc/Havens Group Inc./Custom Container Living, Inc, 1609 E 8th St., $60,000; Joshua Garza Luxury Homes & Construction Ideal Odessa 1011 Holding, 1011 E 7th St., $5,000; Luis Delvalle/John Smart/Dewayne Patterson Construction, Inc./Texas Tierra Iii, Ltd/Dba Midland Water Vendors, 804 N Grandview Ave., $15,600Total: 6 permits, $819, 100CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCYRay McKnight Steel Goode Products, Llc, 2506 Van St., $0Total: 1 permit, $0Total for the week: 50, $5,852,360center_img By Odessa American – May 9, 2021 Twitter Facebook TAGSbuilding permits WhatsApp Previous articlePET OF THE WEEK: ShinerNext articleLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Letter was just nonsense Odessa Americanlast_img read more

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“Pathetic Situation In State, Non-Availability Of Remdesivir Injection, Medicines”: Jharkhand High Court Issues Directions On COVID Management

first_imgNews Updates”Pathetic Situation In State, Non-Availability Of Remdesivir Injection, Medicines”: Jharkhand High Court Issues Directions On COVID Management Sparsh Upadhyay20 April 2021 10:56 PMShare This – xDays after it took note of the issue of non-availability of CT Scan machine in RIMS, the Jharkhand High Court last week expressed concern over the manner in which the State of Jharkhand has been handling the recent surge in Covid-19 cases. A division bench comprising of Chief Justice Ravi Ranjan and Justice Sujit Narayan Prasad called it a “serious issue of concern” that while the…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?LoginDays after it took note of the issue of non-availability of CT Scan machine in RIMS, the Jharkhand High Court last week expressed concern over the manner in which the State of Jharkhand has been handling the recent surge in Covid-19 cases. A division bench comprising of Chief Justice Ravi Ranjan and Justice Sujit Narayan Prasad called it a “serious issue of concern” that while the Drug Controller submitted that Remdesivir Injection and Favipiravir Tablets were being made available to top medical shops but people were not getting them. This remark by the Jharkhand High Court has come days after it had observed that Jharkhand was heading towards a health emergency and that the non-availability of a CT scan machine was a matter of serious concern. U-Turn taken by the Drug Controller The Court expressed its surprise at the U-turn taken by the Drug Controller of the State of Jharkhand regarding the availability of Remdesivir Injection. Importantly, initially, she submitted that there was rationing of Remdesivir Injection from the Central Government, therefore supply was inadequate. She also submitted that other medicines like Favipiravir Tablets were ordered to the respective CNFs. but there was no adequate supply from the CNFs leading to scarcity of this medicine However, when A.S.G.I (appearing for the Union of India) apprised the Court that there was no rationing of Remdesivir Injection by the Central Government and that, in fact, no order had been placed by the State of Jharkhand for the supply of Remdesivir Injection, the Drug Controller changed her stand In this backdrop, the Court observed, “The Drug Controller took U-turn by making a submission that there is no such control by the Central Government with respect to Remdesivir Injection rather her submission is that order is being placed to CNFs but they are not providing adequate supply and the same is the situation with respect to Favipiravir Tablet.” Further, the Court directed her to apprise as to on what basis the statement had been made that there was rationing of Remdesivir Injection by the Central Government. Court’s other significant observations The Court, in its order, noted that the situation was pathetic in the State of Jharkhand, due to the non-availability of beds, oxygen supported beds. The Court also noted that even the patients are not in a situation to live in isolation in the house since they are not made available with the required medicines due to the non-supply of such medicines. The Court was also informed that that injection like Remdesivir and tablets like Favipiravir were being black-marketed and that Doxycycline, Fluguard, Vitamin-C and Zinc tablets ere out of the market. Importantly, the Court raised the following two issues: On what basis the medicines are being supplied to top medicine shops and which are those top medicine shops and if according to the State, some of top medicine shops are being supplied such medicines whether the list of it has been circulated to the public in general so that they could be able to purchase the same from the said so-called top medicine shops. Why there is only supply to top medicine shops and why not the adequate supply to all medical shops so that people may get adequate medicine for their treatment from every corner of the State, even residing in isolation. Directions issued by the Court Significantly, noting that the State of Jharkhand had not taken any sincere effort to procure the adequate supply of essential medicines, the Court passed following directions: The State Authorities to bring on record, by way of filing an affidavit, as to what steps have been taken up to 17th April, 2021 to secure adequate supply of Remdesivir Injection to combat the situation of Covid-19 Pandemic, as also what steps have been taken for the adequate supply of Favipiravir Tablets. The Drug Controller shall bring on record up-to date details of supply of Remdesivir Injection and Favipiravir Tablet to the medicine shops/hospitals, supported by relevant documents. Whether the name of shops had been notified for people in general, by publishing in Daily Newspaper, to know as to in which medicine shops the medicines like Remdesivir Injection and Favipiravir Tablet have been notified. If yes, furnish its details, and if no then why? The Principal Secretary, Department of Health, Medical Education and Family Welfare, Govt. of Jharkhand as also the Drug Controller of the State of Jharkhand shall ensure adequate supply of Remdesivir Injection and Favipiravir Tablet, and also other medicines like Doxycycline, Flugaurd, VitaminC and Zinc tablets; as also adequate supply of Oxygen forthwith. What steps have been taken to put check black marketing of these medicines at the time of scarcity of such medicines and what steps will be taken to put a check on black-marketing of such medicines? What are the parameters to decide as to which medicine shop will be provided with said medicines?The Deputy Commissioner, Ranchi and of other districts, are directed to monitor the rate of CT-Scan and other pathological tests, which is being charged by Private Hospitals in order to put check in charging exorbitant rates, by reflecting the rates in the daily newspaper. They are further directed to make arrangement for entertaining complaint in this regard to deal with the issue by taking immediate steps. The Principal Secretary, Department of Health, Medical Education and Family Welfare, Govt. of Jharkhand is further directed to monitor the steps taken by Deputy Commissioner(s) in this regard. “State Heading Towards Health Emergency, Non-Availability Of CT Scan Machine A Matter Of Serious Concern”: Jharkhand HC Seeks Response Of State Authorities Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderNext Storylast_img read more

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Some folks are a ‘whole other kind of crazy’

first_img How anybody could do such a mean, hateful, shameful thing as poison a couple of century oaks and destroy a hundred years of football tradition in the greatest college football state of them all is beyond comprehension.It’s one thing to pull a prank, like putting a Newton on the Bear. But it’s a whole other thing to murder trees and tradition. Not even the most “rabid” Alabama fan could take pleasure in that.Junior has been arrested and could be facing a $50,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison. That would be far too good for him.He needs to be painted orange and blue, have War Eagle tattooed on his tongue and put in the stocks on Toomer’s Corner and exposed to the scorn of all of those who abhor what he has done.Jaine Treadwell is features editor at The Messenger. Emai her at [email protected] Alabama storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham said that there are three things that distinguish us as Southerners – well, maybe “set us apart” might work better.Three things, Mrs. Windham said. We Southerners announce when we have to go to the bathroom, eat off each other’s plates and take our loony relatives out and parade them around in public.We do like to parade our more “interesting” relatives but not in the sense that we make fun of them. We just enjoy their antics and sharing them. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Email the author Sponsored Content Out of nearly five million people, the news nose can sniff out a whiskered, beer-bellied Bubba in overalls and a “Hell no, I ain’t forgettin’” oil-stained baseball cap, with a mouth full of missing teeth, tobacco juice running out of the corners of his mouth and with his subjects and verbs in complete disagreement and his participles dangling. This Bubba is chosen to speak for all of us.Then, there are those unclaimed relatives who parade themselves and provide more fodder for the “grits mill.”And, just when Alabama has something to really brag and boast about, out come the lunatics. When the Alabama Crimson Tide was playing for the national championship in the Rose Bowl last January, the flying nut soared over the “Bowl” trailing a sign bashing the state’s governor. And, now that the Auburn Tigers are the national champions of the college football world, another nut drops out of nowhere and brings blight to Alabama the Beautiful.Nutty people are one thing but crazy, stupid people are animals of a whole other kind. Al Updyke Jr. is one of “them other kind.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Jaine Treadwell Print Article Latest Stories By The Penny Hoarder But, collectively, Southerners have been paraded on a national stage since long before the first bowl of grits was fully digested. And Alabama usually leads the parade.We are made fun of for the way we talk and drag-tail around. We are portrayed as illiterate rednecks that sit around in “overhalls,” picking fleas off dogs and drinking moonshine whiskey. Our image is that of kicking up dust in pickup trucks with shotguns mounted in the back window and a Rebel flag flying from the radio antenna.That image of Southerners is expounded by the news media. Every time there’s a tornado, a flood or a hurricane in the Heart of Dixie, CNN, Fox and every other news network send a star reporter to flush out the story and they parade out one of our own – straight from “Deliverance.” Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Some folks are a ‘whole other kind of crazy’ You Might Like What will redistricting hold for state? Many times I marvel at the magnitude of brilliance displayed by our founding fathers in their drafting of our Constitution… read more Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 9:35 pm Friday, February 18, 2011 Book Nook to reopen Skip Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Smart management

first_img Comments are closed. How to be a good corporate politicianCompany politics is about reconciling different stakeholder interests. DavidButcher and Martin Clarke look at how to encourage employees to play the gamehonourably and how to win a few points yourselfImagine the impact of a corporate briefing that goes something like this:”We, the board, recognise that this company is a loose federation ofcompeting interest groups through which we negotiate to move forward towards acommon strategy. So if you see some good alternatives, feel free to challengewhat is being proposed by us, or by anyone else. Bear in mind that you may wellget some opposition, so it will be important to lobby the right people andbuild some alliances to make your agenda count” Unlikely? Yes, of course it is. Surely briefings from the board are aboutcorporate mission and vision. Yet in many senior managers’ experience, the coming together oforganisational opinion makers through alliances and coalitions is exactly howstrategy is created, or more exactly, given the inevitable differences invested interests at senior levels, how else could it happen? Somehow, however, despite all the talk in the past few years about thestakeholder organisation, the urge for corporate unity can blind us to thevalue and inevitability of diverse interests. This is not surprising in so faras partisan interest is traditionally the stuff of politics, the organisationalvariety of which often means dirty deals and backstabbing. It is the enemy of aunified organisation. But that misses the big point about politics. For in itspositive sense, political work, whether parliamentary or organisational, is allabout reconciling different stakeholder interests. Managers who understand thisknow that it is the essence of their job. Opposing agendas Many trainers and training managers appreciate the significance of politics.They encounter opposing agendas every day, positioning their causes in thebudget round, in executive meetings and development committees. Yet theirexperience rarely seems to translate into organisational insight that candirectly help managers understand the centrality of politics to managing. Forwhile managers, too, perceive their work to be all about the management ofconflicting interests, they do not usually think of politics as the legitimateprocess of reconciling these different agendas. A major reason for this developmental gap is that organisations can easilytake for granted the motivations that truly drive managerial behaviour. Why domanagers do what they do, and how much are they driven by organisational goalsrather than self-interest? These are inconvenient questions in a managerialculture still firmly adhering to ‘rational’ values. For in the ‘rational’mindset, organisational goals are supposed to take priority, and managers workon objectives that support these goals, exercising their power in the interestsof the wider organisation. But as every manager knows, problems arise when theyare faced with accountability for a collective outcome when their colleaguesare motivated by different priorities. The more trying these problems become, the greater the test of managerialmotivations. Take the case of Carlo who works for a small furnituremanufacturer. In Carlo’s new role as operations manager, he was asked to contribute tobusiness strategy, working more with senior colleagues in the organisation.However, he quickly found that they had different agendas to him, and graduallythis started to weigh him down. He failed to persuade them to give greaterpriority to manufacturing issues that seemed to him to be holding back thebusiness. In consequence, he lost interest in working with them and focused on hisown direct responsibilities. That is where his effort should be going anyway,he reasoned, and set out to drive through improvements he could control. Detailed involvement Over the next few months he came to know every aspect of what was happeningin production, and would constantly be involved with the detailed work of hisstaff. He did not see that he was interfering, since his motives were toimprove the effectiveness of his operation. Inevitably there was a backreaction from both his own staff and colleagues at the business level and hewas met with a string of further problems. He found himself working 60 hours aweek but not moving operations forward. Managers faced with diverse agendas find themselves in similar situations.Bewildered and frustrated, the obvious reaction is to absorb themselves inoperational detail, engage in destructive political games, or simply sulk. Butthe constructive alternative can transform their understanding of managing. Politically fluent managers are guided by a different set of assumptionsabout organisations. They understand how the rational mindset can saturatemanagement attention and diminish the value of individual motivations ingetting results. Above all, they recognise the need to shape their own goals forthe organisation, and that achieving them requires the principled use ofwhatever power they possess. For when power is used for purely selfish ends,personal goals are justifiably perceived as divisive. The more transparent theabuse of that power, the greater the risk to those who misuse it – own goalsbecome just that – own goals. Inevitably, in the cut and thrust of business, principles can be opaque;after all it is possible to produce an organisational justification for almostany kind of action. But politicians are able to create a meaningfuljustification for their actions built on a clear understanding of the agendasof others and how these relate to key business issues. Consider Kate,organisation development director in a financial services firm: The culture of Kate’s company reflected a priority towards the salesdivisions, such that other functions in the business saw themselves as reactiveoperations that added less value. Consequently, the role of Kate’s function hadmainly been to provide basic training. She began to realise that this amountedto little more than an order chasing business strategy that looked increasinglylimited and dangerous for the long term. So as well as doing training shestarted to invest energy in organisational development initiatives that cutacross the culture. Delivering results Having identified those managers she thought could deliver results, shespent a large amount of her own time helping them achieve significantimprovements in their areas of the business. What then started to happen isbest described in her own words: “I get a real buzz working with thesemanagers. We are working on some big strategic issues that are sending outshock waves across the company. It’s a small but powerful network and I thinkwe are really getting somewhere. We have to negotiate all sorts of politicalminefields and because I have encouraged them down this route I feel a realcommitment toward them.” And her conclusion? As she put it: “Becausewe are working somewhat against the conventional ethos of the firm I have tospend a lot of time networking, making sure I put a positive spin on our work.It’s too easy to get squeezed out if senior management don’t think you’re ‘oneof us’.” Developing credibility Kate believes she still has much to do but finds it easier to achieve herown aims because she is seen as a key player who asks questions about importantissues. She has developed visibility and credibility with a group ofinfluential managers. Kate and Carlo illustrate very different motivations for working through thediversity of stakeholder interests inherent in organisations. Carlo worked froma rational perspective and was motivated to take responsibility for activitiesthat promoted organisational alignment. When faced with competing interests hedealt with his frustration by focussing on those few activities where hismotivations could remain true. Kate, by contrast, worked from a politicalmindset and was able to capitalise on the differing agendas she saw all around her.She was motivated to move beyond the organisational hurdles and takeresponsibility for activities that were outside of her area of control. So what are the implications of accepting the centrality of politics tomanagerial work? How can well-intentioned managers such as Carlo be moreeffective in working in the stakeholder organisation? Politically able managers recognise the fallacy of pursuing corporate goalswithout acknowledging the prime importance of their self-interest. They arequick to appraise projects and assignments that have little chance of success,avoiding them in favour of more realistic alternatives. Like Kate, they arelikely to feel a responsibility toward a select group of like-minded people whoshare a common cause, self-styled pockets of good practice that stimulatechange from sometimes lowly starting points. Such initiatives may run counterto formal policy and those managers involved inevitably risk being taken formavericks. This leads them at times to use stealth to build their case, much asKate did in ensuring that senior management saw the ‘positive spin’ in herwork. For smart political managers, organisational change is not an activityscheduled in for half a day a week. It is a ceaseless process. What thepolitically inept describe as dead time, they regard as prime time.Conversations in corridors and around coffee machines are all opportunities toposition ideas and understand others’ points of view. Networking inside andoutside the organisation becomes the motor of political fluency: a vehicle thatprovides access to power, identifies key issues, and locates resistance. Managers who fail to understand the idea of stakeholders and theinevitability of politics are out of touch with the prevailing conditions inmost organisations. Unfortunately, they are plentiful, hanging on to the mythof corporate rationality; or having abandoned it, frustrated by the lack ofadvice on how to deal with the misappropriation of power they see around them. The relative few who discover political mastery usually seem to learn thehard way – by landing a senior role and finding it has little to do withmanagement as they thought they knew it. It amounts to an interesting challenge for training professionals, who oftensee the results of poorly managed stakeholder activity, and political ineptnessamong their clients, right across the spectrum of the organisations they workin. It is a double challenge. For not only do they have to find learningprocesses to enable managers to become able politicians, but before they get togrips with that, they may have to go through the process themselves. Making the transition to a constructive political mindset may seem daunting.It means ‘unlearning’ the rational model of management, and grasping verydifferent capabilities. It is usually a test of a managers commitment topersonal development. Constructive politicsThe key capabilitiesConceptual understanding– Power and politics – evaluating the complexity of influenceand motives– Relationships – evaluating the different barriers toorganisational relationships– Political mechanisms – recognising the value of lobbying andstealth – Pockets of good practice – appreciating the value ofestablishing worthy causes to stimulate organisation changeAwareness– Stakeholder knowledge – knowing the agendas and motivationsof key players– Organisational knowledge – knowing the ‘who’ and ‘how’ behinddecisions– Business knowledge – knowing the critical organisationalissues Interpersonal Skills– Persuasive presentation – developing collaborative outcomesthrough personal enthusiasm, logic and the disclosure of motives– Productive challenge – causing others to analyse theirassumptions– Reading others – a continual observation and evaluation ofmotives and actions Self understanding– Balanced motives – clarity about personal and organisationalmotivations– Managerial irreverence – a healthy scepticism about theconventions of what is possible Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. 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University Of Evansville CiSM Project Receives $1 Million Grant for Scholarships from the NSF…

first_imgUniversity Of Evansville CISM Project Receives $1 Million Grant for Scholarships from the NSF S-STEM ProgramThe University of Evansville’s Computers in Science and Math (CISM) project has been awarded a grant totaling $999,934 to fund scholarships for academically talented students with financial need majoring in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, environmental science, mathematics, physics, or statistics and data science.The project, funded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program, is led by UE faculty members Joyce Stamm, professor of biology; Angela Reisetter, associate professor of physics; Adam Salminen, associate professor of mathematics; and Sarah Wilson, assistant professor of chemistry.The CISM scholarships will be available beginning in the fall 2020 semester and will provide up to $10,000 per year for four years to two cohorts of seven or eight students. These students will be part of an interdisciplinary learning community established through an all-expenses-paid bridge course during the summer before the freshman year and maintained as the students live together in UE’s honors residence hall and enroll together in computational problem-solving courses. CISM students will also receive summer research and conference attendance funds, and CISM-specific academic advising, career preparation, and mentoring.“This interdisciplinary cohort approach will prepare our students for a real work setting, where biologists and mathematicians may work alongside chemists and physicists toward a common goal,” said Stamm. “The interpersonal skills developed from living and working together are just as, if not more, important than the technical skills gained through coursework. It allows them to learn to speak the same language.”Reisetter added, “Computational problem-solving skills are not currently emphasized in UE’s math and science curriculum, so we’re particularly excited to develop additional talents in our students, which will translate into broader career opportunities and workplace success upon graduation.”To develop these skills, the project will introduce a scaffolded curriculum with four interdisciplinary computational problem-solving courses. The first three courses will focus on the power of computational and data visualization skills in the sciences, and introduce students to interesting data-centric scientific projects. The fourth course will be part of the UE ChangeLab program and will pair student and faculty teams with a local business or nonprofit clients. Students will work with the clients to solve a problem involving experimental design, data collection, and/or data analysis. Because these courses will be open to all math and science majors at UE, the CISM project will have an impact beyond the scholarship recipients“The digital revolution has allowed scientists and businesses to collect vast quantities of data,” said Salminen. “Marketing firms, educators, and sports teams have gleaned knowledge and insights from this data for application to business techniques for many years. Of particular importance here is the growing need of these skills in the sciences.”Data scientists and statisticians work to develop new statistical approaches and develop new software and techniques of analysis. However, a scientist in other areas such as genomics, particle physics, and neuroscience need to use these techniques to unravel the massive amounts of data that they collect. Moving forward, scientists will need to have a better understanding of working with large data, and statisticians and mathematicians, with proper training and interest, can help tackle difficult problems throughout the sciences.In line with the NSF’s mission to improve STEM undergraduate education, another important goal of the project is to determine the impacts of the learning community on CISM scholars.“We will assess each of the project’s activities using a mixed-methods approach, to examine how involvement in the CISM community affects students’ science and mathematics self-efficacy, sense of community, retention, success, and progression to STEM careers,” said Wilson. “We hope that the CISM project will serve as a model for interdisciplinary STEM education at institutions similar to UE.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Geary’s Bakery revamps Jason’s sourdough range

first_imgSource: Geary’s BakeryGeary’s Bakery has refreshed its Jason’s brand with a new name and branding in a move which it said reinforces its sourdough credentials and heritage.Previously called Jason’s followed by the tagline ‘Baked with Love’, the three-strong range has been rebranded as Jason’s Sourdough. It first rolled out in M&S stores earlier this year, with an rsp of £1.80 per loaf.The ‘Ciabattin’ loaves – described as a classic ciabatta mashed up with a sourdough process – come in three variants: White, Grains & Seeds and Craft Beer. They are baked using a 24-hour fermentation process which Geary’s said is typical of small batch sourdough loaves. This ensures it has ‘full flavour’ without the need for added preservatives, sugars or additives, it added.Alongside the new name, the range also has updated packaging. Described as ‘punchier’ and ‘modern’, the refreshed branding showcases the family bakery’s history and each loaf has a recipe number, adapted from the family’s recipe book as well.The new packaging also features a transparent window and is resealable. It also highlights how Geary’s recommends consumers enjoy the loaves with the line ‘perfect for your toaster’.“We are delighted to be re-launching with new modern and striking packaging that really highlights the bread in its best light and showcases what we are all about – great tasting, properly made sourdough,” said Jason Geary, master baker and managing director of Geary’s – who the loaves are named after.“Jason’s Sourdough is really special, each ‘Ciabattin’ loaf is baked with a commitment to quality, time and patience and is a result of my personal passion to baking bread the right, time honoured way to deliver amazing taste. We are all really proud of this product and can’t wait to see the new packaging on the shelves.”last_img read more

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Watch The Infamous Stringdusters Cover Phish, Grateful Dead In Chicago [Videos/Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images The show concluded with an encore of Grateful Dead’s “Deal,” and you can watch the monster jam at the end of that cover thanks to Anjenete Wey.Check out a gallery of photos below, courtesy of Kristine Condon Photography: Last night, March 11th, The Infamous Stringdusters settled into the Park West venue in Chicago, IL for a barn burner of a performance. The show came along the band’s “Ladies & Gentlemen” tour, featuring the vocal stylings of Nicki Bluhm. Bluhm and the Stringdusters are a match made in heaven, as evidenced by their recent collaborative performance on Jam Cruise.Their performance in Chicago did not disappoint, as the group got their Phish on with a cover of “Bathtub Gin,” as captured by Phishatthemann below:The band also played a cover of “Ginseng Sullivan,” originally by Norman Blake but certainly popularized in the jam scene by its inclusion in the Phish repertoire. Watch that video below, though beware of the mislabeled title:last_img read more

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