First Quantum Minerals Q32013 Interim Report

first_imgFirst Quantum Minerals (FQMZ.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about First Quantum Minerals (FQMZ.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the First Quantum Minerals (FQMZ.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: First Quantum Minerals (FQMZ.zm)  2013 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileFirst Quantum Minerals Limited is an international holding company overseeing the extraction of copper, nickel, gold, zinc and acid through mining operations in Zambia, Australia, Finland, Turkey, Spain and Mauritania. The mining corporation operates six mines: Kansanshi copper-gold mine, Guelb Moghrein copper-gold mine, Las Cruces copper mine, Pyhasalmi copper-zinc mine, Ravensthorpe nickel-cobalt mine and Cayeli copper-zinc mine. Its subsidiary divisions have interests in evaluating and acquiring mineral properties, regulatory reporting, treasury and finance, corporate administration, and a metal marketing division. Copper is the main commodity mined by First Quantum Minerals in Zambia, and gold is a by-product commodity. First Quantum Minerals Limited is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

WCC deputy chief speaks on ‘tragic reality’ of violence against…

first_img In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Posted Jun 19, 2017 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Rector Albany, NY Rector Bath, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Rector Columbus, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Featured Jobs & Calls Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Washington, DC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Tampa, FL Rector Martinsville, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Ecumenical & Interreligious Rector Hopkinsville, KY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Children, AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis [Anglican Communion News Service] The World Council of Churches deputy General Secretary Isabel Apawo Phiri has told a Geneva-based event that churches and organizations working together can prevent and address “tragic reality” of violence against children.As part of a World Vision campaign called “It takes a World to End Violence against Children” speakers included children who told their stories.Full article. Anglican Communion, Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Smithfield, NC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel 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 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK 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 Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Press Release Service Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY WCC deputy chief speaks on ‘tragic reality’ of violence against children at Geneva event 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 Submit a Press Release Rector Belleville, IL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit an Event Listing Rector Knoxville, TN An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Featured Events Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Shreveport, LA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, MElast_img read more

Julian Savea on the rampage as Wellington reach final

first_imgFriday Oct 20, 2017 Julian Savea on the rampage as Wellington reach final Wellington advanced to the Mitre 10 Cup Championship final thanks to a six-try 49-21 win over Northland at Westpac Stadium earlier today. Julian ‘The Bus’ Savea was back in fine form as be burned and bumped defenders to help Wellington’s powerful second half charge.Despite the win, it’s been a long time since Wellington have captured silverware, so celebrations were muted as they still have a big job to do.“We’ve got to keep our feet on the ground. History tells us we can’t win, so that’s the inconvenient fact,” said impressive wing on the night, Savea. “It would mean everything. It’s an exciting challenge and we shouldn’t take it as a burden… we’ve got to relish it,” Savea added.He played his part to show some sensational form, putting his hand up for the All Blacks coaches.He set up Trent Renata with a sublime run down the wing, and linked well in midfield too. He also picked on anyone he could find, with some strong carries, including this one shown above.While Northland started the better of the two sides, the hosts managed to pull things back through Tolu Fahamokioa, Regan Verney and Wes Goosen, who picked up a brace on his 22nd birthday.Verney’s try in particular was freakish, as he had to run around the posts then back in field to collect the pass from Jackson Garden-Bachop that was initially meant for him.Wellington now wait to see who they will meet in the final, as they face the winner of Saturday’s semi final between Bay of Plenty and Otago in Tauranga.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe 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

Santa Finds it hard to be jolly in a Modern World:…

first_imgAs for that famous workshop, the image of happy elves working all year long making toys is a joke.  It is likely that the Federal authorities would have raided the place looking for undocumented workers.  It is also possible the elves would be unionized and have paid vacations, sick days, 401Ks, workman’s comp, grievance procedures, and sexual harassment policies.  Santa would also have problems because the Affordable Care Act does not recognize heath plans for elves as being in compliance. Even Santa himself would find it hard to exist in our world today.  PETA would be after him because he wears fur.  The Surgeon General would be after him for the secondhand smoke spread by his pipe.  Since he spends his time in the “ashes and soot,” OSHA would have required him to wear a respirator.  Then there is that paunch that “shakes like a bowl full of jelly.” The Food and Drug Administration would have had something to say about Santa’s eating habits.  Santa Claus has been an honored and revered folk hero for centuries; but, increasingly, he is portrayed as a symbol of materialism, over-consumption, and racism. And speaking of race, Santa’s ethnicity is now a controversial subject. SHARE First of all, Santa would have not been allowed to use reindeer.  Given the current situation with animal diseases, Santa would have never been permitted by APHIS to move his animals from state to state and country to country.  Coming from the North Pole, it is likely he would have been stopped at the US/Canada border and prevented from bringing his livestock across the border.   If that were not enough to stop him, it is likely HSUS would have lobbied Congress for legislation that prevents reindeer from being used to pull a sleigh.  Mercy for Animals would have produced and placed on the internet an undercover video of elves at the North Pole calling Rudolph names and keeping him in isolation from the rest of his herd. Santa Finds it hard to be jolly in a Modern World: 2016 Update From all of us at Hoosier Ag Today: Merry Christmas!!!By Gary Truitt Old Saint Nick would be downright flummoxed when it came to choosing gifts for today’s modern children.  Toys that aim or shoot would be too violent. Even gifts that in any way resemble the shape of a gun would cause a media frenzy.  No candy or sweets; they are bad for the teeth. Fairy tale books are not acceptable because they promote traditional values, and video games turn kids’ brains to mush.  Dolls are too sexist, and anything religious is bound to offend.   With baseballs and soccer balls, one might get hurt; and these games discriminate against non-athletic children.   Even gifts for adults would be hard to find.  Nothing with fur, leather, tobacco, or alcohol would be acceptable. Most holiday food gifts would not be acceptable.  Cookies, fruit cake, and eggnog are leading causes of obesity and could result in Santa getting sued. If by some chance, Kris Kringle did figure out what gifts he could bring without violation or offence, where would he put them?  More and more the Christmas tree is being banished as environmentally unsustainable. “Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.”  Clement Clark Moore would have found it impossible to write his classic “A Visit from St. Nicholas” poem today.  Government regulations, social activists, and political correctness would have kept that “jolly old elf” from making his annual trip. That master list that Santa checks twice would be obsolete. First, the kind of behavior that used to be considered as naughty is now acceptable, and many parents would be offended to have some strange old guy say their kids were naughty. Poor old Santa would also not be able to label gifts for girls and boys since this would not be inclusive. Those children who sat on Santa’s lap at the mall and whispered their wishes to the jolly old elf would also be disappointed on Christmas morning since Santa would not be able to repeat the children’s list to his elves without running afoul of the government’s privacy protection procedures. Although, Santa’s list has likely already been hacked by the Russians and put on the internet by WikiLeakscenter_img Facebook Twitter SHARE When I was growing up, we always left hot cocoa and cookies out for the Christmas Eve visitor.  Today, it would likely be soy milk waiting for Santa; and, if the cookies contained any genetically modified ingredients, trans fats, antibiotics, nuts, or gluten, they would have to be labeled. Thank goodness the tradition of Santa Claus developed at a time when people were more important than policies… a time when ritual was as important as rights and regulations… a time when the Christmas season was about joy and love instead of parties and presents.  This week, don’t let the cacophony of our modern world drown out the real message of God’s gift of His Son to redeem a lost, sinful, and really confused world. Home Commentary Santa Finds it hard to be jolly in a Modern World: 2016… By Gary Truitt – Dec 23, 2016 Facebook Twitter Previous articleFarm Bureau Seeks Delay of Unlawful EPA RuleNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for December 23, 2016 Gary Truittlast_img read more

Will Arbitral Award-Holder’s Claim Be Extinguished On Approval Of Award-Debtor’s Resolution Plan Under IBC? Yes, Rules Calcutta High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesWill Arbitral Award-Holder’s Claim Be Extinguished On Approval Of Award-Debtor’s Resolution Plan Under IBC? Yes, Rules Calcutta High Court Lydia Suzanne Thomas9 May 2021 4:19 AMShare This – xOn Friday, the Calcutta High Court settled an important question of arbitration law, viz., whether an arbitral award-holder’s claim would stand extinguished upon the approval of a Resolution Plan for the award-debtor’s revival, when it was not pressed during the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP). Relying on Supreme Court rulings from 2020, Justice Moushumi Bhattacharya ruled that the claim would get extinguished once the Resolution Plan was accepted by the National Company Law Tribunal. Ruling to this effect, the Court remarked, “This can be seen as a necessary and an inevitable fallout of the IBC in order to prevent, in the words of the Supreme Court, a “hydra head popping up” and rendering uncertain the running of the business of a corporate debtor by a successful resolution applicant. In essence, an operational creditor who fails to lodge a claim in the CIRP literally missed boarding the claims-bus for chasing the fruits of an Award even where a challenge to the Award is pending in a Civil Court.” Facts An Award-debtor moved High Court seeking to withdraw its earlier application to the High Court under Section 34 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act (Arbitration Act). In 2008, the Award-debtor had moved Court to set aside an arbitral award pronounced on July 7, 2008. Stating that the Section 34 proceeding was infructuous, the Award-debtor averred that the award-holder’s claim is extinguished upon the approval of Resolution Plan that vested control of the Award-debtor with another entity. The CIRP leading up to the Resolution Plan lasted from September 18, 2017 to May 16, 2018. Senior Advocate Jishnu Saha for Award-debtor/Petitioner relied on Committee of Creditors of Essar Steel India Limited v. Satish Kumar Gupta to contend that all existing claims against judgment debtor get extinguished upon the approval of Resolution Plan. Advocate Sudip Dev, who represented for the Award-holder/Respondent stated that the same arguments were made by the award-debtor on two earlier occasions as well in 2020, when they sought to withdraw their application for setting-aside the arbitral award. He argued that res judicata would apply since the facts were the same. Advocate Dev also contended that as per the law prevailing prior to the 2016 Amendment of the Arbitration Act, once an application under Section 34 was presented, the arbitral award was automatically stayed. Hence, there was no ‘claim’ in terms of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code for the award-holder to press before the Insolvency Resolution professional, he asserted. How the Court applied Essar Steel and Ghanshyam Mishra The Court first examined whether the principle of res judicata would apply since the petitioner had moved court with the same prayer at an earlier instance. Justice Bhattacharya, in her judgment, limits the operation of res judicata stating that the principle was to be “read down in fit cases where orders are capable of being altered or varied on the emergence of new facts or situations.” Pointing to two decisions from the Supreme Court that were pronounced following the petitioner’s earlier litigation, Committee of Creditors of Essar Steel India Limited v. Satish Kumar Gupta, Ghanshyam Mishra and Sons Private Limited v. Edelweiss Asset Reconstruction Company Limited. In Essar, the Supreme Court declared that a Resolution Plan, once approved under Section 31 of the IBC, is binding on the corporate debtor and its employees, members, creditors, guarantors and other stakeholders, the Court highlighted. Ghanshyam adopted the principle propounded in Essar, the judgment additionally states. Justice Bhattacharya explained that the view of the Supreme Court in these cases was that the successful resolution applicant who takes over the business of the corporate debtor must start running the business of the corporate debtor on a “fresh slate”. Since there was a significant shift in the law between the petitioner’s earlier litigation and the case at hand, the Court ruled that res judicata would not apply. The judgment elaborates, “A decision-making process must be attuned to a dynamic legal landscape shaped by legislative intervention and judicial pronouncements. The most predictable aspect of law is its constant evolution. It would hence be judicial short-sightedness, even stubbornness, to hold on to a view when the law, in the meantime, has transformed into a different avatar.” The Court goes on to hold, “The principle essentially is to guard the court from abuse of process where the same matter in issue, which had been heard and finally decided by a court, is urged again between the same parties. This is unlike the present case as the question of maintainability of the application under Section 34 of the 1996 Act can be considered at any point of time on the legal aspect and particularly on the pronouncement of a decision relevant to the matter.” Whether the Award-Holder was precluded from pressing his claim in light of the erstwhile ‘automatic stay’ on awards after a Section 34 application was presented On the question of whether an automatic stay on the enforcement of an arbitral award precluded the respondent award-holder from enforcing his claim, the Court relied on Board of Control for Cricket in India v. Kochi Cricket Private Limited & Ors. to hold that it would not. In BCCI, the Supreme Court ruled that pending applications under Section 34 would be governed by the amended Section 36, which did away with the ‘automatic stay’ existing prior to the amendment. Since the award-debtor’s Section 34 application was pending during this time, and the CIRP was ongoing, the award-holder could have pressed its claim during the CIRP in terms of the CIRP Regulations, the Court concluded. “These facts would show that from the date of the admission of the application of initiation of the CIRP against the petitioner namely 18th September, 2017 until approval of the resolution plan on 16th May, 2018, the respondent, as an Award-holder had sufficient opportunity to approach the NCLT for appropriate relief… The Award-holder hence was under an obligation to take active steps under the IBC instead of waiting for the adjudication of the application under Section 34 of the 1996 Act.” These are other observations the Court makes in the tail-end of the judgment, on the question of whether or not to consider the Section 34 application – “Every litigant has a right to argue that an action commenced in a court of law or a statutory forum is not maintainable by reason of the law existing as on that date. A challenge to maintainability of an action must be considered by the court before the substance of the dispute is adjudicated on merits. A court must also decide whether the argument pertaining to maintainability is such that the entire proceeding is rendered infructuous. The present proceeding is precisely such a case where deciding on the merits of the application, i.e. whether the Award should be set aside or sustained, would be a complete waste not only of judicial time as well as of the parties since the claim of the Award-holder has been extinguished upon approval of the Resolution Plan under Section 31 of the IBC. Further adjudication on the legality of the impugned Award cannot lead to its logical conclusion and would hence be irrelevant. The parties would only be compelled to travel the road to further proceedings (appeal, enforcement etc.) without an end-point in the resolution to the dispute or any consequent relief to either of the parties. This surely cannot be the objective of any proceedings before any court of law.” On these terms, the Section 34 application was disposed as infructuous. CASE: Sirpur Paper Mills Limited v. I.K. Merchants Pvt. Ltd. (Formerly Known as I.K. Merchants) COUNSEL: Senior Advocate Jishnu Saha, Advocates Sakabda Roy, Trisha Mukherjee for the petitioner. Advocates Mr. Sudip Deb, Deepak Jain and R. Ghosh for respondent.Click here to download the judgmentTagsIBC Resolution Plan Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP) Arbitration and Conciliation Act Justice Moushumi Bhattacharya Calcutta High Court Automatic Stay of Arbitral Award Res Judicata Next Storylast_img read more

Chicago woman accused of trying to hire undercover cop to murder another woman

first_imgCook County Sheriff’s Office(CHICAGO) — A Chicago woman has been charged for attempting to hire someone to murder another woman whom she apparently blamed for the breakup of her previous relationship, prosecutors said.Lissette Ortiz, 54, is facing a felony charge of soliciting murder and, if convicted, she could spend 20 to 40 years behind bars. A judge ordered she be held without bond during her first court appearance Sunday.ABC News has reached out to Ortiz’s public defender for comment.Ortiz allegedly sought to have a woman kidnapped and killed prior to Thanksgiving so that the victim could not celebrate the holiday in the Chicago home that Ortiz once shared with her ex-partner, according to court documents filed Sunday by the Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney’s Office.Last week, Ortiz approached a man identified in court documents only as “witness 2” and offered to hire him, or someone he knew, to abduct the woman then bring the victim to her so that she could “take care of the rest,” prosecutors said.Ortiz, who told the man she planned on fleeing to Puerto Rico after the kidnapping, offered him either $5,000 to abduct the woman or $500 and a television to introduce her to someone who would do the job, according to court documents.The man immediately contacted the Chicago Police Department and alerted them of Ortiz’s plan. He later told Ortiz that he had found a guy to do the job. But unbeknownst to Ortiz, that guy was an undercover cop, prosecutors said. The undercover officer met Ortiz in a parking lot near home in Chicago on the evening of Nov. 20, after she had gotten off work. Ortiz got into his vehicle where they spoke for about an hour and, after asking him for a loaded handgun, she devised a new plan, according to court documents.In an apparent effort to cover her tracks, Ortiz now wanted the officer to kidnap the woman in a car, drive to a remote location and then set the vehicle ablaze with her inside. Ortiz told the officer that “this would be better for her, as she was sure that authorities would be looking for her after the murder, and she wanted to have an alibi,” prosecutors said. But Ortiz made clear that she wanted the target to know she was “responsible for these events prior to the murder,” according to court documents.When the undercover cop asked if the victim should be killed before or after the car was set on fire, Ortiz indicated that she preferred the woman “still be alive at the time of the car fire,” prosecutors said.During the taped conversation with the officer, Ortiz confirmed “multiple times” that she was committed to going through with her plan, and even told the officer that she had already paid someone else in advance to carry out the hit but they had run off with the money, prosecutors said. Ortiz then made plans to meet with the cop on Friday night so that she could give him a portion of the $5,000 fee and show him where the target lived and worked, according to court documents.During Friday’s meeting, Ortiz again reiterated her commitment to the plan and told the undercover officer she was leaving the area until Sunday. She was then taken into custody, prosecutors said.Ortiz also faces an unrelated retail theft charge elsewhere in Cook County. She was previously convicted of theft and forgery and sentenced to two years of probation, according to court documents. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Tracking the major holiday storms set to the US

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — The first storm that we have been tracking that moved from the Plains to the East Coast Tuesday and Wednesday is now moving off the New England coast and will be clearing out soon.A few rain and snow showers continue to impact parts of New England from upstate New York to Maine this morningThe main issue now is the winds behind the storm — Wind Alerts are in effect from North Carolina to New Jersey for 30 to 50 mph.New York City is not under a Windy Advisory at the moment but winds are still quite gusty. This morning gusts have already reached near 31 mph. Later this morning gusts could reach 35 to 40 mph during Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade so we will have to see what they decide to do about the floats.Twenty states from California to Michigan are under alert as the major storm out West continues to bring heavy mountain snow, blizzard conditions ice, flooding rain, and gusty winds across the region.Parts of California, Arizona, and new Mexico are under Flash Flood Watch as rounds of heavy rain are expected to continue there today through Friday. Flash flooding and debris flow is possible during the heaviest downpours.Winter Storm Warnings are in effect from the Sierras to the Central and Southern Rockies where heavy mountain snow is forecast Thursday to Friday, locally 2 to possibly more than 4 feet of snow in the highest elevations.As this storm moves east into the Plains by the weekend, Winter Storm Watches are in effect from Montana to Michigan with blizzard conditions possible. Some spots could see a foot of snow and strong winds. As of this morning we are watching unsettled weather moving across parts of the Southwest and Southern Plains from California to KansasIn the Los Angeles area, a few daily rainfall records were broken and more rain is on the way today. With heavy snow hitting Albuquerque today, they will likely have their snowiest Thanksgiving on record. Texas, the Oklahoma panhandle and parts of Kansas are also getting in on some snow and ice action this morning with 1 to 3 inches of snow possible with freezing rain which could make for dangerous travel getting to Grandma’s for Thanksgiving this morning.The flash flood threat will continue through Friday, especially across southern Arizona and New Mexico with more rounds of heavy rain moving through the region. Douglas Airport near Tucson, Arizona has already had 3.6 inches of rain so far this month making it the rainiest November on record and more rain is on the way before the month closes out.Very heavy mountain snow will continue later today through Friday from the Sierra mountains across Utah, northern Arizona and Minnesota and into Colorado and Wyoming with several more feet of snow and whiteout conditions on the way.By Saturday, the major Western storm is moving into the Central U.S. stretching from the Northern Plains to the Gulf Coast with heavy snow, heavy rain and severe weather.Blizzard conditions and a foot of snow is possible for parts of the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. Severe weather with damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are possible across Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.By Sunday, the major storm continues to move across the country and reaches the Northeast with a mix of rain and snow. Widespread travel delays are possible as people try to get home from the Thanksgiving holiday.While the East Coast now deals with that major cross country storm on Sunday, the West Coast will likely be seeing yet a new round of unsettled weather to impact holiday travel for them on Sunday too.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Providers raise their game

first_imgSophistication and innovation are the new watchwords indevelopment exercises. Lucie Carrington analyses the latest trends inteam-buildingTeam-building is the black polo neck of the training world – it’s perenniallyfashionable and can be dressed up or down to suit the occasion. But while polonecks haven’t changed much since the Beatles, team development that firmsinvest in today has little in common with what satisfied them even 10 yearsago, when it was all about being cold, wet and adventurous. “It used to be that firms simply wanted a group of people to be moreeffective. That’s not what’s going on now,” says John Atkinson, chiefexecutive at Yorkshire-based Fusions Training. “It’s much more likely tobe about some sort of cultural change, with organisations looking for people tobehave differently.” The nature of what makes up a team has shifted too. Teams are much morefluid now than they used to be, Atkinson says. “We still have long-termteams but we also have project teams and short-term teams, such as a cabin crewthat changes from flight to flight. Then again, we have teams that are simplynetworks of people within an organisation.” Endless raft building has also left a sense of activity fatigue, accordingto some experts. Julia Middleton, who heads up the leadership organisationCommon Purpose, has specialised in creating senior cross-sectoral teams.”Among the senior people who participate in our programmes, there isalways a whole group who have done team-building, and as soon as they see theBig T exercise coming up, know how to behave and so switch off learning modeand move into performance mode,” she says. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean they know how to behave when they get backto the office. Middleton’s view is that if team development activities are towork, they have to have some other objective as well. In addition, the market has also become intensely competitive. This hasenabled employers to demand more for their money and forced suppliers to addmore value. The result is that team development has become much more focused onbusiness aims and outcomes. It has also become more measurable. Supermarket giant Tesco’s approach is a case in point. “We do quite alot of different team-type activities,” says Kim Birnie, group learningdirector. These range from what Birnie calls ‘me-and-my-team’ stuff, whichhelps managers deal with particular issues, to divisional programmes that cancascade down through thousands of staff, through to corporate leadershipdevelopment. “We use creative learning techniques so that people will enjoyit,” Birnie says, but it’s very much about business benefit andreinforcing Tesco’s corporate values. “We say that if you are trying tocreate a new team, then there’s a Tesco way of doing it.” As a result, most team-building is delivered in-house. For example, Tescohas developed its own team development tool, called High Performing Teams, thatmanagers can use. They don’t have to use it all but can pick and choose thebits they want – those which are appropriate for their team. Outcomes are also very important, Birnie says. “We are very good atholding people to account and follow up on what they said they would dodifferently.” Suppliers have understood that their clients want team-building that addsvalue to their business. Programmes and activities are now much more tailoredto the needs of individual teams, says Gary Platt, a senior consultant atWoodland Grange. As a result, there is now a massive emphasis on helping participantsunderstand more about where they fit into the team. With this comes an array ofpsychometric measures and team analysis tools that are used as the basis formany programmes. Some suppliers are more attached to these diagnostic tools than others.Woodland Grange uses a mixture of Myers Briggs personality types, Belbin teamroles and the Strength Deployment Inventory. But they are simply a means to anend, insists Platt. “Whether these models are true or not, I couldn’t care less. They arean important way of getting people to think about what they are doing, how theyare behaving and how that might be affecting the people they work with.”Along with other experts, he believes that’s a crucial step in the teamdevelopment process. Taking account of organisational culture is also important when developingand delivering team-building activities – especially when using outdoorchallenges. Platt talks about ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ organisations. Values and abelief in letting people get on with things drive hot organisations, Plattsays, and Virgin Atlantic is probably one. However, cold organisations, such asthe Civil Service, are driven by rules, codes and hierarchy. “There would be no point in using team-building activities that fosterideas about values, beliefs and empowerment for a cold organisation when itsimply doesn’t fit into the way they work,” Platt says. In fact, the use of team-building activities at all can be questioned.”You can resolve many team issues without picking up any activity, throughreviewing how people work and facilitating discussions and problem-solvingprocesses,” he says. This is the approach Jan Matthews takes in what she calls ‘team therapy’.This has come out of her work as a trained counsellor and therapist. “Teamtherapy is about helping people find ways of doing things differently,”Matthews says. “The work I do is very much about getting individualswithin the team to stop moaning about situations they aren’t happy with anddoing something about it.” Matthews has developed this approach working with Warwickshire CountyCouncil Social Services. She offers a minimum of three sessions with a team ofabout 10 spread over six months. Impact also offers this sort of team coaching as part of its work withsenior teams. “More and more, we are becoming coaches of teams and workingalong side them,” says senior account manager Ian Cook. The greater sophistication of team development hasn’t completely squeezedout the motivational approach to team-building, especially for more junior orfront-line teams. “It’s still useful if you’ve got a bunch of people whowork hard and need to work well together,” Cook says. “It’s about giving them a strong shared experience that they can referback to.” Which is pretty much where team-building started all thosedecades ago. Tips for top-notch activities– Plan ahead – do not contact your supplier at the last minute because youhave just found that you have some extra cash – you are not going to get goodvalue for that – Know what you want to achieve – is it genuine team-building or a problemmanager who needs help? – The clearer you are about your objectives, the more focused the suppliercan be – Whenever practicable, involve the team in defining objectives – Get the backing of team managers – Find a supplier who wants to get to know your business and invest in thatbackground research – Do not consider a firm that is not prepared to tailor its team-buildingactivities to suit your people – Ensure activities are clearly relevant to your workplace build in time andmoney to review the success of the programme – Measure your results – if the aim was to reduce the number of mistakes andincrease revenues – has it happened? The right motivationTeam-building and motivation wenthand-in-hand when Cereal Partners, manufacturers of breakfast cereal, called inFusions Training to run a series of workshops for the Welwyn Garden Cityfactory last autumn.”The workshops were targeted at getting the new bonusscheme to work,” says Daryl Richards, training and development manager.The scheme is based on reducing wastage and saving energy, and the activitiesFusions developed were designed to meet that objective. For example, a simpleexercise of getting water from ‘a’ to ‘b’ had obvious parallels with productwastage.”We opted for a motivational day with a bit of fun,”Richards says. “Staff weren’t keen at first and there were plenty ofpeople who insisted they weren’t running anywhere. But it worked brilliantly.””It was incredibly motivational but it was also a way ofgetting people to think twice about what they do and how they do it.”There has been some lasting impact too, Richards says.Relationships have improved, and so too has productivity. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Providers raise their gameOn 1 Feb 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Timberwolves fire head coach Tom Thibodeau

first_imgJanuary 7, 2019 /Sports News – National Timberwolves fire head coach Tom Thibodeau FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMichael Reaves/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Tom Thibodeau has been let go as the president of basketball operations and head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the team announced on Sunday.The shakeup came following Minnesota’s 108-86 win over the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday. League sources told ESPN Thibodeau had no idea he was going to be relieved of his duties.“We would like to thank Tom for his efforts and wish him all the best,” Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. “These decisions are never easy to make, but we felt them necessary to move our organization forward.”Along with Thibodeau, the Timberwolves also fired assistant coach Andy Greer.Assistant coach Ryan Saunders will step in as Minnesota’s interim head coach for the remainder of this season, the team said, while Scott Layden will stay put as general manager. However, sources tell ESPN Layden’s future with the team remains uncertain.Nearly halfway through the season, the Timberwolves are in 11th place in the Western Conference standings with a record of 19-21.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Outbreak of mumps plagues Oxford’s colleges

first_imgAn outbreak of mumps has left students sent home, cricket games cancelled, and preliminary and final exams under threat as students across Oxford come down with the infection.Cherwell has learned that major outbreaks have occurred at Exeter, Corpus Christi and St Anne’s colleges, with as many as several dozen students falling ill across the entire university.It is possible that the infection, an airbourne virus transmitted through coughing or sneezing, was spread at recent college balls. In serious cases, it can cause deafness and meningitis. Four Anne’s students have reportedly been confined to their rooms, while two have been sent home to recover in quarantine.At Corpus, at least three students are affected, all of whom have either been asked to remain in their rooms or go to home for a brief period.Jack Counsell is a second year mathematician at Corpus who has contracted mumps and is sitting exams this term.Speaking to Cherwell, he said: “How I got mumps is a mystery, as the incubation time is between 2-3 weeks.”Although the “the college has been supportive and useful” by rearranging tutorials and relaxing deadlines, he said, he is concerned about upcoming examinations. He added that he “can’t really work, and as it’s a viral infection, you can only treat the symptoms.”A post on the Corpus Christi College Cricket Club Facebook page announced that the St Anne’s side had had to concede this week’s scheduled match “[D]ue to an outbreak of mumps and food poisoning.”According to Jack Beadsworth, a second year at Corpus, feeling in college was relatively jovial.He told Cherwell: “Oddly enough people really don’t seem to be that worried about it at all. It’s more of a cause for humour than a genuine cause for concern.” Speaking exclusively to Cherwell, St Anne’s JCR President Pranay Shah said: “‘The mumps outbreak around a few Oxford colleges is a pretty terrible coincidence with finals, prelims and other exams for the majority of students, but the response from staff has been very helpful.“As well as warning people of the transfection methods and symptoms, advice from the NHS and college nurse has been provided too.”One student who has contracted mumps told Cherwell: “The first I heard about it, someone I knew caught it and had been shipped home.“Then one evening I got sharp pains in the corner of my jaw which were pretty uncomfortable but I didn’t think much of it. Overnight, I was pretty feverish.”“I woke up the next day with my face all swollen up on the right hand side. “I went to the doctor who confirmed it was mumps, so College told me to stay in my room in quarantine or go home.“College have been pretty good about it—they moved me to a room with en-suite so I could be a bit more comfortable, and the nurse has been around to check on me, but I’m not allowed to use kitchens or communal bathrooms.”The student was also concerned about their academic work.“It’s made it pretty hard to work, getting books from libraries isn’t easy—my friends have been amazing.They added: “I’ve been able to do some stuff but mainly I’ve had to cry off. I’m lucky, I don’t have exams so it’s not the end of the world but there probably will be some catching up to do.“The first couple of days of infection were pretty grim, I was really weak, walking to Jericho meant I had to sleep for almost the rest of the day, and everything ached. I had dizziness, headaches and a high temperature, and a large swelling around the back of my jawbone.”Both the Oxford University health guidelines and NHS website recommend that people entering higher education for the first time have the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine.In 2010, a similar outbreak saw forty-one students contract mumps. Students with symptoms are advised to seek medical assistance.last_img read more