Rainbow Tourism Group Limited (RTG.zw) HY2013 Interim Report

first_imgRainbow Tourism Group Limited (RTG.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the half year.For more information about Rainbow Tourism Group Limited (RTG.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Rainbow Tourism Group Limited (RTG.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Rainbow Tourism Group Limited (RTG.zw)  2013 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileRainbow Tourism Group Limited (RTG) is a well-established tourism and hospitality management company in Zimbabwe, with an extensive portfolio of owner-managed or leased hotels and conference facilities in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, aswell as a tour operator company. RTG operators in two sectors; Zimbabwe and Outside Zimbabwe. Its marketing and channel management division operates out of South Africa. Well-known hotels in its portfolio include Rainbow Towers Hotel and Conference Centre, A’Zambezi River Lodge, Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel, Bulawayo Rainbow Hotel, Kadoma Hotel and Conference Centre, New Ambassador Hotel, Rainbow Beitbridge Hotel and Rainbow Hotel Mozambique. Rainbow Tourism Group Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Video: Rob Radtke on the enthronement

first_img Tags By Matthew DaviesPosted Mar 21, 2013 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET [Episcopal News Service] Rob Radtke, president of Episcopal Relief & Development, reflects on the enthronement of the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Archbishop of Canterbury, Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Belleville, IL Video: Rob Radtke on the enthronement The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Justin Welby Enthronement, Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Martinsville, VA Submit an Event Listing An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Anglican Communion, Curate Diocese of Nebraska Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Shreveport, LA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Featured Events TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit a Job Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Pittsburgh, PA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Albany, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Tampa, FL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit a Press Release Rector Collierville, TN Director of Music Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Washington, DC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Bath, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Video Rector Smithfield, NC Press Release Servicelast_img read more

Creative ways to add salads to your summer menus

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear 5 reasons Summer is salad seasonSummer is the perfect time to turn over a new you. With the arrival of warm weather, a relaxed schedule and summer vacations, this is the moment to invest in a new wardrobe and, of course, a new, healthier menu. When you think of summer cuisine, light and flavorful is the order of the day, and nothing captures that order quite like a fresh, vibrant salad.Salads can be so much more than just a healthy lunch or dinner choice, thanks to their minimal prep requirements and the boatload of benefits they can deliver, such as the five posted below. So, take a mindful turn toward salads this summer and enjoy their many perks.* A great source of vegetables — and fruits, too. You’re constantly hearing you need to eat more fruits and vegetables, so make it easy by including them in whichever kind of salad you choose. Peppers, cucumbers, carrots and tomatoes are all popular salad staples, but no matter which vegetable you crave, feel good knowing that it’s a natural fit on your salad plate. And if you’re trying to up your fruit intake, you’ll find plenty of reasons to add strawberries, grapes and other delicious treats to your salad serving.* A window of opportunity. If the idea of a salad seems same old same old, it’s time to get creative. And it’s so easy. There are virtually no rules when it comes to whipping up a salad, so don’t always settle for what you think “just has to go in there.” Seize the day and mix in what you truly want, instead. The inclusion of seafood is an easy way to add both a lean protein and the omega-3 fatty acids that are good for your body. Plus, seafood flat-out tastes great. Salmon, shrimp and crab are all excellent options.* Easy, carefree meals. With so much to do during the summer, your life is constantly on the go. When you don’t have much time, a salad can be your best friend. Simply toss those ingredients together and grab a fork. It’s the perfect quick fix when you just want to relax after a fun-filled summer day.* Loaded with health benefits. You already know salads are an easy, scrumptious way to satisfy your recommended vegetable intake, but did you know they can also be your path to numerous other nutritional benefits? Adding spinach to your salad, for instance, has been proven to support your need for vitamins A and K, which help your bones and your vision. Meanwhile, romaine lettuce has been shown to lower the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease, and arugula can reduce the chance you’ll get diabetes.* New tastes every single day. Even if you don’t consider yourself the creative type in the kitchen, you can still enjoy the limitless options that salads present. The web is loaded with unique salad recipes, allowing you to sample a tasty combination you may have never tried before. For example, you can start your summer salad stretch with this inventive Island Coconut Shrimp Salad.Island Coconut Shrimp SaladIngredients1/2 of 18-ounce package of SeaPak Family Size Jumbo Coconut Shrimp2 packets orange marmalade sauce (included in coconut shrimp package)2/3 cup bottled ranch salad dressing1 package (10 ounces) bagged mixed salad greens (or 1 head of lettuce, chopped)1 mango, peeled and sliced1/2 red bell pepper, diced4 tablespoons macadamia nuts or pecan halves (if desired), choppedDirectionsPrepare coconut shrimp according to package directions. In small bowl, whisk together the orange marmalade sauce and salad dressing.Divide the salad greens, mango slices and diced peppers among 4 serving plates. Evenly top each plate with shrimp.Pour the salad dressing mixture over each serving of the coconut shrimp salad.Sprinkle chopped nuts over the salads and serve immediately. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSSaladSummer Previous articleJoin The Apopka Voice team: Office Manager and Sales Manager neededNext articleTips for a Healthy, Safer Summer Picnic Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

If the master’s degree is the new bachelor’s, is the doctorate now the new masters?

first_imgBy Michelle Mielly, Associate Professor in People, Organizations, Society, Grenoble École de Management (GEM) and first published on theconversation.com The US Census Bureau can tell us a thing or two about how the American and European populations are aging – the proportion of those older than 50 continues to outpace that of those younger than 50. Indeed, the number of US residents 65 and over is projected to double by 2060. AARP president JoAnn Jenkins has suggested that we need to “disrupt aging” – to rethink what getting older means and to dispel the many received ideas we have. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 50-plus shades of greying…With rising percentage of Americans living longer than previous generations, their working lives are longer as well. Their educational attainment has also risen, as they pick up a new diploma or two later in life.Paradoxically, a number of reports on the US education sector have revealed a stagnation or even decline in the number of MBA programs, with several renowned schools discontinuing full-time two-year programs. This is in part due to a crisis of college affordability in the United States. With increased mobility, a rising number of American students, young and old, are considering countries with lower tuition rates. For those interested in obtaining an MBA, this has led to a thriving sector in other parts of the world, as well as alternatives such as the MIM (Master’s in International Management) and Professional Science Masters.According to the 2015 US Census, 32% of US residents hold at least a bachelor’s degree, 9% a master’s degree, and 2% a doctorate. This increase in people boosting their educational qualifications has resulted in a kind of “credential one-upmanship”. If the master’s degree has been called the “new bachelor’s”, then a mere bachelor’s degree may be devolving into the equivalent of a high-school diploma.Doctor who?With the rise in the number of Americans over 60 remaining in the workforce and those holding master’s degrees, it seems safe to say that the demand for doctoral qualifications for older students will increase as well. This trend will, in turn, put new pressures on universities to design part-time alternatives for professionals, rather than the traditional Ph.D. programs that require 4 to 6 years of full-time commitment. Country case studies show the need to design professional doctorates to meet this growing demand.A 2016 study in the United Kingdom indicated that professional doctoral programs are on the rise in fields like engineering, psychology, education, medicine and business administration. As the program director of a Doctor’s of Business Administration (DBA) in France’s Grenoble Ecole de Management, I have witnessed first-hand the growing demand from the United States, with an increasing number of highly qualified candidates from a range of backgrounds.The DBA is a part-time program that trains executives and professionals in research methodology for the social and management sciences, and enables those seeking new challenges the possibility of reaching the upper echelons of learning while continuing to meet professional and familial obligations. Many of our candidates and graduates evoke an existential “quest for meaning” after years of corporate service, or the desire for an “Act 2” that would allow them to move toward a career in academia or consulting. For them, the doctorate can be the ultimate item on life’s “bucket list”, where professional identity and a personal narrativeconverge.Practiced in theory vs praxisHowever, many programs can push professional doctoral candidates toward the same playing field as PhDs looking for tenure-track positions in the ever-competitive academic job market. Instead of moving the professional doctoral candidates towards topics rooted in practice and leveraging their life experience, academic supervisors and employers – alongside peer-reviewed publications, conferences, and hiring committees – push them toward making theoretical contributions.As indicated in a recent article by Valérie Sabatier, Mark Smith and Michel Albouy, also with the Grenoble Ecole de Management, such hide-bound approaches can result in less innovative, more conservative thesis topics and subsequent publications. Yet PhD graduate programs have been critiqued for flooding the market with ill-prepared, inexperienced candidates.Navigating the currents flowing between theory and practice while overseeing the tricky relationship between supervisors and students means that doctoral programs, whether targeted at younger or older students, have their work cut out for them.Brain drain – from the United States to Europe?As supply-side economics would have it, the number of doctoral candidates is growing because the number of Ph.D. programs is on the rise. It follows that the more doctoral candidates there are on the market, the more aspiring researchers will flock toward good programs.While online-only DBA programs are promoted as being more cost- and time-effective, it seems neither possible nor desirable to train individuals 100% remotely for a career in which rhetorical skill, debate and critique, and peer review are required on a daily basis. While I’m far from a neo-luddite, it seems that replacing the physical presence of the analogue with the remoteness of the digital is next to impossible when it comes to the development of high-quality, original ideas. What is required to foster innovative research proposals is good old fashioned face-to-face discussion and debate of one’s with peers and mentors.It seems that many Americans interested in late-in-life doctoral degrees agree, judging from growing demand for professional programs such as Grenoble’s DBA, where 100% of the teaching is face-to-face and where students are trained to iteratively “socialize” their research. Add to that the fact that European programs are dramatically more affordablethan many US options, we expect that a steady stream of highly qualified Americans looking for their “Act 2” will continue to grace our hallways in the future. The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.center_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSCollegetheconversation.com Previous articleAsian Pacific Heritage Month highlighted by 6th Annual celebrationNext articleJacobs to deliver final State of the County speech Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Editor’s note: Today we continue a new series in which we ask the leaders of our country’s colleges and universities to address some of the most pressing issues in higher education. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name herelast_img read more

Big pharma + big money = no blame

first_imgThis commentary was originally posted on prisonradio.org on Sept. 15. In recent days, we’ve heard of proposed settlements in civil suits involving big pharmaceutical companies, the very sources of opioid products (like OxyContin®, for example) that have left tens of thousands of people gripped in the hold of addiction.Similarly, these products have led to tens of thousands of deaths, some 70,000 annually, according to some reports.No man or woman on death row has come close to such a tally, and no corporate exec, no matter his legal liability, has come even close to such a fate.This is especially vexing when we consider the ravages of the drug war, which has fueled mass incarceration for decades.Young men, wearing hoodies and baseball caps turned backwards, engage in retail sales of untaxed drugs in the ghetto and tenement streets of America. For this they have been attacked by police and federal agents with all the ferocity of war. In fact, it was a war, and people were treated like enemies of the state, and cast into prison for at least decades — some for life.Enter Big Pharma, which launched drugs upon America on an industrial scale and made billions to boot!Consider this simple fact: In one year, more Americans have died from corporate opioid products than the number of Americans who died in Vietnam, after 10 years of war!For retail sellers of drugs, decades in prison await; for wholesale drug merchants, civil suits are the states’ responses.Since when is the killing of thousands of people a civil tort?When we witness the parameters of the drug war, we see it had nothing to do with drugs — and everything to do with state repression of the People, those from the ghettos and barrios of America.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Ecuador election: Analysts debate why neoliberal banker won

first_imgIbarra, EcuadorApril 30 — In the wake of the April 11 second round of the presidential election won by right-wing banker Guillermo Lasso, Ecuador has been torn by cleavages and violence from organized crime, whose roots are in the extreme poverty, rampant inequalities and elimination of the social welfare programs introduced by the 2007-17 government of Rafael Correa. Workers, Indigenous people led a general strike in Ecuador in October 2019 against austerity measures.The COVID-19 pandemic is a continuing nightmare, with hundreds of people on wait lists for a hospital bed. Here in the northern Andean city of Ibarra, more and more people are begging in the streets. Although progressive young economist Andrés Arauz of United for Hope (UNES) — the party associated with former president Rafael Correa — led in the first round of the election and was leading in polls, Lasso won the second round with a 5% margin or approximately 420,000 votes. There were many more null votes — 1.75 million — than usual. But Arauz won hardly any of the 1.8 million votes that went in the first round to the third-place candidate, Yaku Pérez of the Pachakutik party (PK). Pachakutik is the political arm of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE). A regional analysis of the vote revealed Arauz won a large percentage of Afro-Ecuadorian votes.Lasso’s electoral victory increases U.S. hegemony in Latin America and legitimizes Lasso’s four-year unofficial co-governance with the unpopular President Lenín Moreno. This leaves the Ecuadorian working class, the Indigenous movement, and the “authentic left” or “other” left (to the left of Arauz and Correa), weakened and divided. CONAIE, the PK and the “other left” advised a null vote April 11. South American rightists praise Lasso’s winThe first to congratulate Lasso included rightist Colombian President Iván Duque and his fascist predecessor Álvaro Uribe, rightist President Sebastian Piñera of Chile and the nefarious U.S. agent Juan Guaidó in Venezuela. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed his plans to restore Venezuelan “democracy” with Lasso April 23.Lasso’s CREO party and the Social Christian Party suffered huge losses in the first round. They only control 30 seats (22%) in the National Assembly, compared to 49 (36%) for Arauz’ party. Only 2 out of 10 voters chose Lasso in the first round. Lasso’s election increases the misery for the working class, whose precarious downward slide during the last three years is well documented. The index that measures precarity rose at an unprecedented rate of 15% in 2020, the year of the pandemic. This rise reflects layoffs of hundreds of thousands of public sector workers, the continuing loss of private-sector jobs and International Monetary Fund-imposed austerity. The Moreno regime consciously failed to enforce existing labor protections during the pandemic, and his new legislation allowed bosses to easily discharge workers. Official data shows pauperization dramatically increasing since the Correa government — which had lifted 1.14 million out of poverty in ten years. Moreno drove 1.87 million people back into poverty in less than four years. And 1.17 million people are now in extreme poverty.Nonetheless, Moreno’s government survived the Great Uprising of October 2019. The worst president in Ecuador’s history, rejected by 90% of the population, repressed the rebellion and imposed even harsher austerity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning on May 24, with the inauguration of Guillermo Lasso as president of the Republic, the new government of Ecuador will be directly in the hands of the elite class of big businessmen, bankers and the corporate media, aligned with imperialism and the Latin American political right. Lasso will deepen the neoliberal business model. Lasso’s right-wing CREO party and the Social Christian Party led the cabal that has now privatized the Central Bank following April’s election. Lasso aims to privatize Social Security next. Both steps violate the 2008 Constitution on the way to dismantling the social program of Correa’s Citizen’s Revolution.Even the Public Defender of Ecuador condemned the Moreno regime’s repression of the plurinational October 2019 rebellion as a crime against humanity. The next year, during the terrible days of the pandemic, the class struggle evaporated. Moreno won and Lasso won. The October 2019 uprising was never discussed in the general election by any of the 16 parties. Yaku Pérez, the Indigenous candidate for PK, even supported the regime’s indictments against the leaders of the rebellion. But it was that October 2019 uprising that catapulted the PK into the National Assembly as a force, with 27 deputies.Corporate media liesThe dominant discourse promoted by the media painted Arauz as a puppet of Correa. And yet the Lasso-Moreno tight connection during Moreno’s rule was successfully hidden by a slick campaign supported by the corporate press, with millions of dollars spent on social media. Years of media lies have convinced many voters that Moreno’s right-wing regime was a continuation of Correaism. The corporate mass media began viciously attacking Correaism for waste and corruption during the latter half of Correa’s second term with great success. This tactic effectively covered up the violent neoliberal attack on the people. Indigenous communities in numerous provinces voted for Lasso. Many social organizations, including feminists and environmentalists, abstained or voted for Lasso in protest. No one has measured the depoliticizing effect of NGOs operating in the country. There isn’t a simple way to explain why hardworking, poor Ecuadorians chose the neoliberal class enemy over Andrés Arauz.The burning issue of access to abortion was barely mentioned in the general election, with the exception of Xavier Hervas, whose Democratic Left (ID) party won 16% of the first-round votes, attributed to his slick TikTok appeal to youth. The Constitutional Court waited until after the Lasso’s victory to declare the law prohibiting abortions in the case of rape unconstitutional.Debate among Ecuador’s political analysts Various Ecuadorian analysts are examining the lessons of the election from the viewpoints of the sectors of society they represent. We present some of them here.Marxist thinker Alejandro Moreano in an interview with Línea de Fuego said, “Moreno . . . will turn out to be more intelligent than all of us, because he survived the fiercest criticism.” Dr. Moreano observed that the day after the election, Moreno rubbed Lasso’s victory in the faces of the masses by raising the price of gasoline, which was a bitter reminder of the issues that triggered the October 2019 social explosion.Moreano called the election “an abominable thing. . . . Many Indigenous sectors voted for Lasso. How to explain that? After carrying out the gigantic strike that shocked all of Latin America? How do we explain that an Ecuadorian voted for neoliberalism after striking in October?”Moreano said, “All the Ecuadorian people opposed neoliberalism. Then Moreno responded using anti-Correaism . . . It’s not about Correa. No, no, no, no. It is a triumph of the Latin American extreme right.”In an April 16 Zoom forum, economist Gabriela Montalvo said, “There is a significant vote of women in favor of Lasso.” She faulted Correaism’s lack of appeal to women, saying “the urgent questions concerning feminism [must] be taken into account as a political priority. . . . “It is not just violence or abortion. There is the economy. Economic programs always aim at correcting unemployment by promoting construction.” She urged special attention to finding the jobs women want: “We have to start looking at their demands.”At the same April 16 forum, Franklin Ramírez identified three key aspects underlying the election outcome: (1) the neoliberal advance was catalyzed by violent “necro-politics,” the death-dealing politics of the pandemic that prevented any opposition from forming in the Indigenous movement; (2) the polarized Indigenous movement is torn apart by tendencies of the left, right and the center; and (3) the defeat of the Citizen Revolution by Lasso should have been anticipated. Ramírez said, “We knew that a unified right wing was coming, supported by the official apparatus and by the big media. The popular camp is fragmented.”Leonidas Iza,  president of the Movement of Indigenous and Campesinos of Cotopaxi, which supports his bid to be president of the powerful CONAIE, made the controversial claim that the “authentic left” didn’t lose. On April 5, Iza had criticized Arauz for not distinguishing himself from Correa, “who separated our organizations from their leaders, deepened the mining in Indigenous territories, persecuted and criminalized our leaders, struck down the intercultural bilingual education and did not respect the [Constitutionally protected] right to free, prior and informed consultation.”Iza tweeted: “Correaism lost but not the left. We continue to fight! It is time for unity of all popular sectors, we will make the streets and territories our field of resistance.” Pedro de la Cruz, an Indigenous leader in Cotacachi, Imbabura Province, tweeted a reply to Iza: “Mashi Leonidas, you are wrong. The Correaism that you are talking about has more than 4,232,000 brave citizens, who are not cowards, in the face of so much defamation and persecution, and who will be confronting the fascist right wing.”Ecuadorian historian Juan Paz y Miño is critical but optimistic. He writes: “Finally, it would be too naïve and unscientific to conclude that Lasso’s triumph is the ‘fault’ of any of the leftist sectors. . . . But the fact that Lasso’s triumph is the direct work of all the powerful forces that supported him has been underestimated.”Paz y Miño notes that Alejandro Moreano severely criticizes the actions of Yaku Pérez, and the alliance of Pachakutik with the Lasso forces, and credits Moreano for recognizing that, in spite of everything, conditions have been created for a “great anti-neoliberal front,” which regroups the left, a matter which, however, Moreano sees as difficult. Paz y Miño says that Moreano’s “approach is timely and true. Therefore, the political groupings that lead and guide the broad spectrum of the Ecuadorian left — the ones responsible for this task — will face the urgent challenge of achieving the unity and convergence that for decades has remained unconsolidated.” Political struggle inside CONAIEIn the first week of May, a new president of CONAIE will be chosen. CONAIE will debate its relationship with its political arm PK. If Iza is chosen president over Yaku Pérez during the CONAIE Congress, the Indigenous movement will have a leader with a class analysis. Iza says he will seek to consolidate the unity of the 180 social movements that constitute the Parliament of the People, which was instituted by CONAIE after the October uprising. That Parliament excluded Correaistas at the time. Now the divide between the two powerful forces that oppose Lasso is even greater, as reflected in the twitter exchange between Iza and Pedro de la Cruz. Both the CONAIE and Correaism are facing hard times. The future is uncertain. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Ballyshannon seminar to seek innovative job creation ideas

first_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Newsx Adverts Previous articleArdara chip van owner will contest council legal actionNext article72% of Donegal leaving cert students went on to 3rd level News Highland Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North A two-day think-in is to take place in Ballyshannon this weekend aimed at addressing the difficulties facing the town.Organisers hope the conference will help identifying the issues that have seen the town lose hundreds of jobs in recent years.The ideas will then be presented to the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Batt O’Keefe.The event takes place this Saturday and Sunday in the Abbey Arts Centre with the Mayor of Ballyshannon Town Council Brendan Travers saying the days of laying blame are over, it’s time to look forward….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/travs1pm.mp3[/podcast] 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Ballyshannon seminar to seek innovative job creation ideas Google+center_img WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest Facebook By News Highland – November 18, 2010 last_img read more

Reports of traffic collision close to Manorcunningham

first_img Google+ By News Highland – November 23, 2018 DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Google+ Twittercenter_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Previous article‘The Lion King 2019’ Live Action trailer is here!!!Next articleNeed for more Home Help services discussed in Seanad News Highland WhatsApp Facebook Reports of traffic collision close to Manorcunningham WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic We’re getting reports of a traffic collision close to the picnic area at Manorcunningham on the Letterkenny to Derry Road.No details are available, but we understand emergency services are en route.Motorists are being urged to exercise caution in the area. Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

New images released of married murder suspects who allegedly escaped from transport van

first_imgU.S. Marshals(NEW YORK) —  Federal authorities have released new images of a pair of murder suspects who overpowered security guards and escaped from a prison transport van last week.The photos were taken at San Juan County Jail where Blane Barksdale, 56, and his wife Susan Barksdale, 59, were housed the night before they escaped last Monday, U.S. Marshals said Saturday.“These updated photos of Blane and Susan Barksdale were taken shortly before overpowering the transport team outside of Blanding, Utah,” U.S. Marshal David Gonzales said in a release Saturday. “We are asking anyone who knows of their whereabouts or sees them to call the U.S. Marshals Service or 9-1-1 immediately.”The couple was being extradited from New York to Pima County, Arizona, when they allegedly rushed two unarmed security guards in Utah, tied them up and took control of the transport van, U.S. Marshals said.The Barksdales then allegedly drove the van to northeast Arizona, where they abandoned it, with the guards still “tied up in the van,” according to the U.S. Marshals Service.The guards needed time to get free from the van, which gave the Barksdales “a six or seven hour head start,” the service said in a statement.The couple is wanted in connection to the murder of Frank Bligh, who vanished when his Arizona home burned down on April 16.They allegedly fled to upstate New York in May, where U.S. Marshals and a SWAT team surrounded their RV and took them into custody. They are wanted on charges first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, arson of an occupied structure, theft of means of transportation, criminal damage and prohibited possession.Federal authorities are offering up to $20,000 for information leading to their arrests.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Taking a new direction

first_img It has long been said that knowledge management should be the preserve of people development specialists, not the computer buffs, but not many organisations have made this happen. Tesco has taken the plunge and it is now the responsibility of new learning director Kim Birnie. She explains what makes her job so specialIf you’re serious about becoming a learning organisation, then you need a learning director. So eight months ago supermarket chain Tesco took on Kim Birnie. She doesn’t come from a traditional training background, having spent the previous eight years filling a variety of HR roles for PepsiCo. But being learning director at Tesco is not a traditional training job. In addition to being in charge of all aspects of training and development for the firm’s 220,000 workers across the globe, Birnie is taking the lead in developing knowledge management at Tesco.”Learning is not just about finding and designing training products,” she says. “It’s much more about what happens before that – understanding the core capabilities and behaviours the business is trying to develop and building them into performance management, training and development systems.” VisionThe vision to turn Tesco into a learning organisation comes from the top – chief executive Terry Leahy. Essentially it’s about pushing up quality and developing a common way of doing things. “Everything we do around training, development and learning is to ensure that we reach a high quality and common way of improving the organisation’s capability,” Birnie says. Given the increasing complexity of Tesco’s business, this is not an easy job. Tesco has set itself two key, pioneering business tasks: to increase its international presence and build its e-commerce business. The supermarket chain has made no secret of its e-commerce ambitions, investing in the business-to- business end as well as home shopping for consumers.Its international plans are even more challenging – Tesco wants to be one of the first British retailers to succeed in international markets. It currently operates in 10 countries across Europe and Asia and 25 per cent of its business is outside the UK. Over the next five years it intends to grow this to 40 per cent of the business opening three times as much new space outside the UK as within. Developing quality standards and ways of doing things that cross-cultural boundaries is an ambitious task especially in an industry such as retailing, which depends so much on individual relationships with customers. But Birnie believes it is possible to establish a Tesco way of doing things that applies across the board, from senior management to the front line. This does not mean local differences are ignored. “We can’t apply everything in a blanket fashion,” she says. “Flexibility is the key.” Nor does it mean the UK imposes ideas on the rest of the business. The focus is on sharing learning, Birnie insists. “We want ideas that have portability and can be shared with other parts of the business. So, for example, in central Europe where the stores have a different front we have taken the methodology and adapted it for the rest of our business.”The result is a great deal of time spent in consultation with different parts of the business working out what’s negotiable and what isn’t. Not surprisingly, developing this common approach also means Birnie has high level of contact with Tesco’s main board.However, it’s one thing to work out what your common standards should be, but quite another to make them happen. It will be senior managers who are ultimately responsible, so Birnie’s head office learning team devotes a lot of its time to management development issues. In common with other big multinationals, Tesco puts a big effort into working out what makes a Tesco leader, irrespective of their nationality or function. And it has developed a leadership programme for its top 1,500 business chiefs. “That’s where we are really focused,” Birnie says. “This is how we will build our international and dotcom capabilities.” Core competenciesThe programme has involved, among other things, devising a new set of core competencies and introducing a 360-degree feedback process.A major front-line training initiative, called the training framework, is designed to drive up the skills and abilities of Tesco’s general sales assistants – again with common standards of behaviour and service in mind. “We are trying to take out the complexities in their role and encourage them to focus on the things that are of most value to the customer,” Birnie says.There are three levels – bronze, silver and gold. Bronze has been rolled out across the business (Training, April 2000), and silver is on its way. Meanwhile, Birnie admits, that gold is still aspirational. “We’re looking to see better informed staff doing things in a more effective and efficient way for customers.”Thus far it is hard to distinguish Birnie’s role from that of any successful training director – a focus on management competence and development, and lots of negotiation to get senior managers to take the ideas on board. But what makes Birnie’s job different and enables Tesco to call her a learning director is her emphasis on knowledge management. This is not a traditional part of the training role and it’s come about as a result of Leahy’s vision and Birnie’s personal interest in the link between technology and learning. It is, she suggests, a natural HR function. “Knowledge management has a systems aspect to it, but it also has organisational, business process and people aspects,” Birnie says. “If we bring all that together then knowledge management is about a different way of working, making sure we are being effective and using our experience to improve business performance.” By handing knowledge management to Birnie, Tesco has turned it from an IT project into a capabilities building system. So eight months into the job, Birnie is up to her armpits in technology. She is not a “teckie”, she insists, but she does understand enough to know what Tesco needs to be effective. There are two strands to the knowledge management project. The firm is already introducing new hardware and new software. This updates existing systems such as the company e-mail. It also includes some e-learning software – learning space – although it is still in the conceptual phase. The aim is to use it to deliver some technology training with a view to seeing if people use it and how effective it is.”We still have to understand what the e-learning opportunities are in this business and how people might tackle e-learning,” Birnie says.A far more ambitious project is the intranet that Birnie is working on. The vision is to link the entire business and give everyone down to the front line sales staff access to “the knowledge”. The physical aspect of this could see computer terminals in the staffroom or even on the shopfloor. Staff could find out a range of information about products, sales or maybe even their own personnel files. Your average Tesco customer could be forgiven for wondering why sales staff whose job it is to keep the shelves full and the check-out queues moving, might need to access this information on a regular basis. Birnie insists it is more than a motivational tool to make them feel loved. Reacting to changeOnce again, she insists it is about sharing information. For example, it could be used to run focus groups among front-line staff about customer reaction to new products. “This sort of technology would enable us to react to change much more rapidly,” Birnie says. “It’s a must for any organisation that has to react quickly to customers.”Despite her obvious enthusiasm for the intranet project, Birnie is cautious. Introducing knowledge management systems to the entire organisation has to be an evolutionary change and it will be some months before Birnie and her colleagues have worked out what knowledge needs sharing and how. Nor is she interested in technology for its own sake. It’s only relevant if it adds to Tesco’s effectiveness, she says. “We are fundamentally a relationships business. Therefore, while the technology might be good for x and y, it won’t necessarily work for z.”Being responsible for knowledge management has raised the profile of learning within Tesco. But it is also a good time to be taking on such a role in the firm – international expansion, the drive to become an e-commerce business and competition from Wal-Mart have focused the collective Tesco mind on change. So, where most training directors spend hours persuading their commercial, marketing, finance or production colleagues to take learning seriously, Birnie says that battle was won before she joined Tesco. “There’s a real momentum and support for doing things differently,” she says. “And there is a level of trust in my background experience and understanding of the business.”While Birnie’s role as a head of learning is unusual, it’s not unique – many US firms, for example, already boast chief knowledge officers who are able to link all the factors involved in building skills and knowledge. This is the way training and development has to go in the UK too, Birnie says. “Whether you have one or three people doing that isn’t the issue, it’s recognising the value of linking these factors together.” CVFeb 2000 Tesco Stores, learning director 1993-2000 PepsiCo Inc, various roles1998-2000 Frito Lay, director of organisation and management development1997-98 Walkers Snack Foods, head of HR 1995-97 Walkers Snack Foods, HR director, commercial 1994-95 Kentucky Fried Chicken, HR manager, operations1993-94 Pizza Hut, HR and compensation planning manager1990-93 Barclays de Zoete Wedd Services, international personnel manager1987-90 Organisation Resources Counsellors, consultant Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Taking a new directionOn 1 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more