first_imgE.A. Cables Limited ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2007 annual report.For more information about E.A. Cables Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the E.A. Cables Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: E.A. Cables Limited (  2007 annual report.Company ProfileEast Africa Cables Limited manufactures electrical cables and conductors in Kenya and sells its products through retail outlets in East and Central Africa. The company produces utility cables which include aluminium overhead conductors for aerial transmission lines and service drop cables for secondary overhead transmission; feeders to residential homes; cables for power and lighting circuits; home electrical appliances; and armoured and non-armoured cables for electricity distribution. East Africa Cables also provides automotive cables for electrical harnesses, battery cables and ignition cables. Telecommunications and data cables sold by the company include structured cabling systems, LAN cables, fiber optic cables, aerial bundled cables, XLPE insulation products and halogen-free fire-retardant cables. East African Cables Limited is a subsidiary of Cable Holdings (Kenya) Limited and its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. East Africa Cables Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

first_imgCAL Bank Limited ( listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the half year.For more information about CAL Bank Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the CAL Bank Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: CAL Bank Limited (  2016 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileCAL Bank Limited is a leading financial institution in Ghana offering products and services for the investment, corporate and retail banking sectors, as well as custodial, treasury, security brokerage, fund management and asset management services. The banking group underwrites securities and provides financial solutions for corporate finance operations, loan syndications and securities portfolio management, acquisitions and mergers, acceptance of bills of exchange, bullion dealings, export trade development and financing, hire-purchase finance and leasing. CAL Bank Limited provide a counseling and financing service for industrial, agricultural, mining, services and commercial ventures. The financial institution was founded in 1990 and is based in Accra, Ghana. CAL Bank Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

first_img Wales would support George North’s early return according to Warren GatlandWales head coach Warren Gatland has said the Welsh Rugby Union will offer George North support if he decides to leave his club, Northampton Saints, ahead of the off-season.The giant wing is set to move back to Wales on a national dual contract next season. North – who starts on the wing against Italy on Sunday – was left out for Saints’ loss to Sale at the weekend.After that match, Saints director of rugby Alan Gaffney was asked by BBC Northampton why North did not feature. Gaffney responded: “You’d better ask George that. We picked a side who actually wanted to be out on the pitch and the best side for the game.”Related: Wales team to face ItalyWales announced their squad today and Gatland took the opportunity to say: “The message I have said to George is if he wants to come home quicker than next season, we will look after him.”Pressed on whether he thought a quicker return was actually on the cards, Gatland replied: “I’ve just said, we’re here for him. He is comfortable in our environment and we’ll support him and the union will support him 100% whatever happens to him.” Man management: Warren Gatland is looking out for his player“It’s a great club and I know any conversations I’ve had with George he’s always talked hugely positively about his time at Northampton and just how great the club’s been and the fans have been.”Asked by BBC Northampton today on whether North was done as a Saint, Saints stand-in head coach Alan Dickens said: “That’s a pretty direct question. That’s a question I can’t really answer. George is contracted to the club and when he comes back we’ll need to talk.” Running hard: George North in action against England (Getty Images) Try time: George North scores for Saints against London IrishWales have made ten changes to their team following the loss to Ireland in round three of the Six Nations. It is North’s first start for Wales since the Six Nations loss to France in March last year. He has not scored a Test try since his brace against Ireland in last year’s competition.Talking further on North, Gatland said: “I think he is just focused on getting on the field and starting on (Sunday) and then looking to get back to Northampton.“I understand from Northampton’s perspective, they are under their own pressure in terms of trying to get things back on track.Related: Shane Williams tries sumo wrestling“George has given a huge amount of commitment to them in the first place by leaving Wales to go up there and he’s enjoyed his time up there. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

first_imgLawrence 210 minutes for England = 1 kick / 2 passes / 9 runs for 5m / 20 tackles Lawrence 160 minutes for Worcester this season = 3 kicks / 9 passes / 17 runs for 94m / 2 clean breaks / 7 defenders beaten / 4 offloads / 18 tackles— Russ Petty (@rpetty80) February 11, 2021The coach has reverted to the 10-12-13 combination of George Ford, Owen Farrell and Henry Slade, while Courtney Lawes replaces Wilson at blindside flanker.Jones has also changed his entire front row. Mako Vunipola and Kyle Sinckler return from injury and suspension respectively while Luke Cowan-Dickie starts at hooker with Jamie George dropping to the bench.Italy have made two personnel changes to their team after losing 50-10 to France last week – both injury-enforced.Carlo Canna comes in at inside-centre, with Juan Ignacio Brex shifting to 13. The two playmaker combination favoured by England also worked well for Italy last autumn with Canna partnering fly-half Paolo Garbisi, so the pair have been reunited following an injury to Marco Zanon.Up front, prop Andrea Lovotti will play his first Test in almost a year after being named at loosehead. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. England need to win and to win in style against Italy after their Calcutta Cup defeat What have the coaches said?England head coach Eddie Jones: “As always, we’ve picked what we think is our strongest 23 to try and win the game.“We’ve trained very well this week, I’ve been very pleased with the players’ attitudes and work-rate.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img England captain Owen Farrell moves to inside-centre for the Italy match (NurPhoto/Getty Images) Anyone else underwhelmed by Eddie Jones latest selection? Same faces. Same style. Same results. Why no fresh faces v Italy? @EnglandRugby— Kyran Bracken (@KyranBracken) February 11, 2021Italy head coach Franco Smith told the Telegraph: “Our main opponents are not England but ourselves. That is who we must focus on.“We must also not be worried about getting the monkey off our back, looking to get one win in the championship at any cost. If that is all we work towards then it will be another five or six years before the next victory. It is time for new faces, new icons in Italian rugby.”What are the odds?England are overwhelming favourites for this match, with odds of 1-500 on Bet365. If you think Eddie Jones’s side are going to win comfortably, you can get 13-8 odds with a -43.5 handicap. An Italy win is 33-1 while a draw is 66-1.If you fancy putting some money on the fixture, Bet365 have a welcome bonus of up to £100 in Bet Credits.Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.Over-18s only. BeGambleAware.Any interesting statistics?England are the only team not to have lost to Italy in the Six Nations and they have won all 27 matches in all competitions against the Azzurri. They have also scored 109 tries against Italy in the championship – no other team has scored more than 100 tries against a single opponent.Both teams paid for their ill-discipline last weekend, England conceding 15 penalties – the most of any team in round one – and Italy 12.England didn’t make any line breaks in their opening match against Scotland while Italy made seven against France.Italy have scored at least two tries on their last three championship visits to Twickenham.England have a scrum success rate of 98% in the championship since 2018, winning 80 of 82 scrums on their own feed to top that stats chart.Italy’s Monty Ioane (137) and Juan Ignacio Brex (132) made more metres in round one than any player bar James Lowe (155).Italy’s Monty Ioane made 137 metres against France (LightRocket/Getty Images)If Jonny May scores a try against Italy, he will become England men’s standalone second highest try-scorer behind Rory Underwood (49). He is currently level with Will Greenwood and Ben Cohen.What time does it kick off and what are the TV details?England v Italy, Saturday 13 February, TwickenhamThe match kicks off at 2.15pm (UK & Ireland time) and will be broadcast live on ITV1 in the UK and Virgin Media One in Ireland. You can also listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.Former Scotland sevens player Mike Adamson is refereeing his first Six Nations match and he will be assisted by France’s Romain Poite and fellow Scot Ben Blain. Another former international, Ireland’s Joy Neville, is the Television Match Official.What are the line-ups?England: Elliot Daly; Anthony Watson, Henry Slade, Owen Farrell (captain), Jonny May; George Ford, Ben Youngs; Mako Vunipola, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, Jonny Hill, Courtney Lawes, Tom Curry, Billy Vunipola.Replacements: Jamie George, Ellis Genge, Will Stuart, Charlie Ewels, Ben Earl, Jack Willis, Dan Robson, Max Malins.Italy: Jacopo Trulla; Luca Sperandio, Juan Ignacio Brex, Carlo Canna, Monatanna Ioane; Paolo Garbisi, Stephen Varney; Andrea Lovotti, Luca Bigi (captain), Marco Riccioni, Marco Lazzaroni, David Sisi, Sebastian Negri, Johan Meyer, Michele Lamaro.Replacements: Gianmarco Lucchesi, Danilo Fischetti, Giosuè Zilocchi, Niccolò Cannone, Federico Ruzza, Guglielmo Palazzani, Tommaso Allan, Federico Mori. Six Nations England v Italy PreviewEngland haven’t lost back-to-back matches at home in the championship since 1983 but if Italy were to end a 38-year run in the way Scotland did last weekend when they come to Twickenham on Saturday it would be the biggest shock in Six Nations history.The Azzurri are on a 28-match losing run in the Six Nations that dates back to 2015, have never beaten England and are an inexperienced team as Franco Smith puts his faith in youth.There may have been glimpses of improvement in their attacking game, but Italy do not look capable of ending that losing streak, even against an England team that has just produced the worst performance of the Eddie Jones era.Scotland may have dominated in all facets in winning the Calcutta Cup last Saturday, but even when England did have ball with which to attack Owen Farrell and his cohorts looked devoid of inspiration.Surely this fixture against Italy represents a prime opportunity to try something new, perhaps see if Harry Randall and/or Paolo Odogwu can recreate their Premiership form on the Test stage. Or give Max Malins a chance to show his talents from the first whistle.Instead, Jones has returned to familiar territory and picked an all-too predictable line-up, a line-up that upon reflection has been underperforming for a while but has previously been able to mask that with results.Only three-and-a-half months have passed since these two sides last met, England’s 34-5 win in Rome ultimately enough to see them lift the Six Nations trophy in 2020.England kicked more than 18% of their possession that day, just as they did against Scotland. So practically one in every five times they get the ball, they kick it away.Yes, Scotland kicked more against England – 43 times to 39 – but they had more ball to kick with as they had a 62% share of possession. They were kicking one in every seven times they had the ball.And it’s not just about how many times you kick, but the effectiveness of those kicks. England need to show more intensity in the chase to put pressure on the opposition back three, to find space with the boot like Stuart Hogg did so masterfully and to recognise when it is better to keep the ball in hand.Defeat is unfathomable for England this weekend but this match is not solely about the result. A comfortable win won’t be enough to silence the critics, they need to win with style. They need to perform.Now the scene is set, here’s what else you need to know in our Six Nations England v Italy Preview…What’s the big team news?Eddie Jones has changed a third of the starting team that lost to Scotland. Mark Wilson and Ollie Lawrence drop out of the match-day 23 all together, which seems particularly harsh on the latter when the centre simply wasn’t given any ball to show what he could do last weekend.Lawrence’s stats for Worcester and England make for an interesting comparison, as Russ Petty shows here…last_img read more

first_imgArchDaily Broadmoor Residence / David Coleman Architecture Houses General Contractor: Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard United States “COPY” “COPY” Architects: David Coleman Architecture Area Area of this architecture project Photographs CopyHouses, Houses Interiors•Seattle, United States Broadmoor Residence / David Coleman ArchitectureSave this projectSaveBroadmoor Residence / David Coleman Architecture Structural Engineer:Gary GillCity:SeattleCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Steve KeatingRecommended ProductsWindowsRodecaAluminium WindowsDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoText description provided by the architects. Our design explores the notion of merging building and landscape. The original house, designed in 1956 by a prominent Seattle architect, is located in the private enclave of Broadmoor. It was conceived as a meandering, one-story structure on a pastoral, ½ acre site. The original plan was rather ambiguous, gesturing toward the landscape but never fully embracing it. A 1970’s remodel further eroded the integrity of the plan, resulting in a muddled house with little coherent spatial integrity.Save this picture!© Steve KeatingOur goal was to clarify the plan, add on where needed to improve livability, merge interior and exterior space where possible, and elevate the feeling-tone of the building. To accomplish that we set in motion a series of interventions that had the effect of better defining access to the house, movement through the house, and the relationship between interior and exterior space. This resulted in a transformation of the whole, elevating the overall quality of the building and landscape, allowing the promise of the original structures and site to be fully realized.Save this picture!© Steve KeatingFrom the street, one ascends the original, meandering stone stair from the sidewalk to a new courtyard, defined by building and stone landscape walls. A portion of this courtyard was excavated 30” deep to create space for a long, low window opening into the lower level yoga room, and to allow construction of a bridge between garden and home. This bridge acts as a threshold, a point-of-arrival, and a clean demarcation between public and private space.The interiors are organized around a gallery on the street side of the building. The rooms have a processional quality, opening to one another and to the great outdoors. Most rooms overlook the meadow, located in the back yard. Oversized lift-slide doors and large planes of glass dissolve the line between inside and out and allow free movement, physically and visually.Save this picture!© Steve KeatingSave this picture!Floor planSave this picture!© Steve KeatingThe plan retains the openness that one expects in a modern home, but also contains a semblance of intimacy that is not expected in such a large, open building. This is accomplished by the insertion of subtle yet effective architectural devices, all lending a more human and approachable scale. Changes in ceiling height, changes in wall and/or flooring material, the insertion of free-standing cabinets, a floor-to-ceiling wall here, a twist and turn in the plan there, all help to create this quality of intimacy.Save this picture!© Steve KeatingThe master suite retains the openness characteristic of the rest of the plan. One enters rather uniquely into a dressing room, complete with vanities, access to the bath, walk-in closet and sleeping chamber. The bath is conceived as a wet room, and contains a free-standing bathtub that opens onto a private courtyard. The sleeping chamber opens on to the meadow.Save this picture!© Steve KeatingThe children’s wing is located in a 2-story suite, the lower level containing a play/art/work space that opens onto the kitchen and side-entry, complete with a laundry/mud room. An open stair ascends to two bedrooms and a bath, all wrapping around a two-story, light-filled atrium overlooking the play room.Save this picture!© Steve KeatingThe material pallet was kept decidedly simple to create a unified ambiance, reduce visual noise, and minimize distraction to the outdoor views. Sapeli windows and doors provide a warm frame for those garden views; complimentary dark wood floors create continuity, warm gray ceramic tile recalls the concrete slabs on the exterior; clean white plaster ceilings and wall partitions help to maintain brightness on the bleakest days; blackened steel hardware and trims provide contrast and visual interest.Save this picture!© Steve KeatingProject gallerySee allShow lessLè Architecture / AedasSelected ProjectsClimate Tile Designed to Catch and Redirect Excess Rainwater From Climate ChangeArchitecture News Share Area:  6058 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Steve Keating+ 23Curated by Fernanda Castro Share New Town Builders, John Korhumel 2015 Year:  Manufacturers: Bocci, Moooi, Quantum Windows & Doors, Subzero/Wolf, Baldwin ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs:  Steve Keating Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyAbout this officeDavid Coleman ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlass#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsSeattleUnited StatesPublished on September 20, 2018Cite: “Broadmoor Residence / David Coleman Architecture” 20 Sep 2018. 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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 19 July 2004 | News DEC launches Sudan emergency appeal About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.center_img Tagged with: Digital The DEC charities benefiting from the Sudan Emergency appeal are British Red Cross, CAFOD, CARE International UK, Christian Aid, Concern, Help the Aged, Merlin, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision. The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has launched a public appeal to provide emergency aid to people in Darfur, Sudan.The appeal was launched with television appeals by BBC Breakfast presenter Natasha Kaplinsky and actress Joanna Lumley.This is the DEC’s 50th appeal since it was established in 1963 to co-ordinate the UK’s national appeal in response to disasters overseas. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi HC Issues Notice In Plea Seeking Adequate Facilities for Homeless Persons With Mental Illnesses To Deal With COVID19 Karan Tripathi25 Jun 2020 1:37 AMShare This – xDelhi High Court has issued notice in a plea seeking adequate testing and other facilities for homeless persons who are suffering from various forms of mental illnesses. The Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan has issued notice to the Delhi Government, Union of India, and the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHAB). Filed by Mr Gaurav…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?LoginDelhi High Court has issued notice in a plea seeking adequate testing and other facilities for homeless persons who are suffering from various forms of mental illnesses. The Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan has issued notice to the Delhi Government, Union of India, and the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHAB). Filed by Mr Gaurav Bansal, the petition sought court’s directions to the Delhi Government to ensure adequate testing for homeless and mentally ill persons for COVID19. The Petitioner argued that it is the responsibility of the government under both the Mental Healthcare Act as well as the Persons with Disabilities Act to ensure that needs of the persons suffering from mental illness are included in the Disaster Management Strategy. ‘The government has to ensure that the specific needs of the mentally ill and homeless persons are addressed by the state while formulating policies for COVID19’, the Petitioner argued. It is submitted by the Petitioner that despite the directions issued by this court on June 09, no policy has been formulated by the Respondents to address the grievances raised by the Petitioner. It is further argued by the Petitioner that homeless persons with mental illnesses are part of the vulnerable section of the society, hence, they require special protection of the state. Emphasising upon the need to address the issue, the Petitioner argues that the lack of policy on the grievances raised in the petition is also causing inconvenience to the government run mental health establishments as they are confused about that sort of health services to be provided to such individuals. The court will next take up this matter on July 09. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

first_img Tagged: concert, festivals, grassroots festival, music Before the festival officially begins the GrassRoots “Culture Camp” will return July 14 to 17, with instrument, dance and movement workshops and themed dinners and dances.Here’s the full music lineup:Headliners:Donna the BuffaloTaj Mahal QuartetWillie WatsonRailroad EarthRising AppalachiaTodd SniderRyan Montbleau BandHayley Jane & The PrimatesDriftwoodTony Perez Band BKOKeith Frank & The Soileau Zydeco BandGiant Panda Guerrilla Dub SquadGarifuna CollectiveNativos Jammin’ OrchestraSammusNew Acts:Jose Albizu Jazz TrioSwamp KidsRoot ShockFeufolletThe TurbansThe Crucials Ephniko DJ Evo EvolutionOliver Bates CravenAaron Lipp & The Slack TonesDirty Blanket¡Viva Mayhem!Ruth Rosenblatt & George CookePA Line DrankThe Gold Tattat FolkfacesVicious FishesAllStars:Jim LauderdalePreston Frank & His Zydeco Family BandRichie & Rosie CortaditoSim Redmond BandGunpoetsThe Campbell BrothersThe Blind SpotsMosaic FoundationKeith Secola & His Wild BandIthaca Bottom BoysSihasinFall Creek Brass BandJones Benally Family Dance TroupeThe Flying Clouds Of South CarolinaMoontee SinquahWalter Mouton & The Scott PlayboysKevin KinsellaHank RobertsTenzin ChopakEmpire Kings Double TigerTraonachMac Benford & Up SouthMary LorsonKidBess & The Magic RingBubba George String BandNery ArevaloPlastic NebraskaThe Fly Rods Laila BelleThe SutrasIthaca UndergroundMove-Along Songs w/John & DianeGrassRoots Chamber OrchestraFeatured image: The Blind Spots perform at Grassroots 2018 (Ed Dittenhoefer/Ithaca Voice). Devon Magliozzi Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] or 607-391-0328. More by Devon Magliozzi Your Arts & Culture news is made possible with support from: ITHACA, N.Y. – The Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival will return to Trumansburg for its 29th year this July, with a packed lineup of dozens of bands.The festival, which will take place July 18 to 21, will feature four stages of music along with camping, yoga, dance, workshops and healing arts.In a press release announcing the year’s acts, organizers said the festival “is designed to dazzle you with diversity rather than wow you with big names.”Related: VIDEO: GrassRoots Festival returns with packed lineup of music and activities“We are excited to announce our 2019 Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance Lineup, which includes the Grammy-winning island-infused-blues stylings of Taj Mahal Quartet, the improvisational Americana, country, bluegrass and rock & roll of Railroad Earth, the harmonious-soulful-folk of activists and songstresses Rising Appalachia, the traditionally-rooted folk of ramblin’ man and storyteller Willie Watson, and the cajun-flavored-country-folk-rock of Donna the Buffalo!” the press release reads.In addition to music, the festival will offer plenty of entertainment options, including camping, food and craft vendors, kids’ activities, yoga, healing arts, visual art exhibits, and workshops.Related: VIDEO: An interview with Valerie June at GrassRoots last_img read more

first_imgBarron County Sheriff’s Office(BARRON, Wisconsin) — One week after 13-year-old Jayme Closs was abducted from her rural Wisconsin home, authorities are asking for 2,000 volunteers to help search for evidence in the case.The volunteers must be able to walk on uneven terrain, the Barron County Sheriff’s Department said Monday.This comes after an initial search by 100 volunteers on Thursday. It’s not clear if any evidence was found in that search. The mysterious case began in the early hours of Oct. 15 when Jayme’s parents, Denise and James Closs, were shot dead in their home, authorities said.Police responded to the house after a strange 911 call in which no one spoke. A dispatcher, however, could hear yelling, according to records. Jayme was believed to be home at the time of the killings but had been abducted by the time police arrived just minutes after the 911 call, according to authorities.“Jayme remains missing and endangered and has been added to the top of the FBI’s Missing Persons list, and is currently on digital billboards nationwide,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement Sunday. In the week since she vanished, over 1,200 tips have been submitted, the sheriff’s office said. Community members are set to come together at a “Gathering of Hope” event Monday night to pray for the missing girl.“I haven’t seen anything like this in rural western Wisconsin,” Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told reporters last week. “We just don’t see this.” An Amber Alert has been issued for Jayme. Anyone with information is asked to call the 24-hour tip line at 855-744-3879.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s a small, small world: ‘the new new thing’ for HR (Adapted froma recentpresentation to the Global Mobility Roundtable of the National Foreign TradeCouncil, New York)With the growth of business and infrastructure activity in countries such asChina, the Asia Pacific region is taking on a global economic significancepreviously unheard of. This scale of social and economic change has profound,yet familiar, implications for HR service providers and for the clients andemployees we serve around the world. There is good news in the present climate for HR professionals. Thecompetitive landscape among HR service providers has shifted and ‘customerservice’ is making a comeback. The path of globalisation is filled with… change and adaptation Globalisation has become a reality in a way that just wasn’t possible a fewshort years ago. It is making significant political and social inroads into howwe view our world and, specifically, how we conduct our international businessdealings. Consider the following: – The emergence of China as a major trading power in the world economy andChinese being taught in progressive children’s schools outside China- alongsideFrench, Spanish and other ‘mainstream’ languages – The idea that China could ‘make Mexico look expensive in relative terms’in relation to the cost of production of hard goods, in particular, electronicdevices and parts – The suggestion that Shanghai could become the regional business hub forthe Asia Pacific region, displacing its competitors – Recent and visible thawing of relations between North and South Korea – The not-so-distant fall of the Berlin Wall, once more creating a unifiedGermany – The economic might of the European Commission and emergence of thelong-fabled euro – The reality of ‘super-size’ global companies reporting their dealings inone financial denominator – the US dollar – The ability not just to e-mail, but also to ‘instant chat’ from London orNew York with a colleague or family member in China, India or Japan What does this all demonstrate? Perhaps, that advances in technology andinvestors’ seemingly endless appetite for finding and subjugating ‘new markets’(at least in certain ostensible ways) have been successful to a materialdegree. And there’s no sign of abatement. It demonstrates a change in commonlyperceived horizons and expectations on the part of businesses and othereconomic powers – that is governments – and when expectations change,complacency and common practice have to go out the window or catch up fast. The ground-breaking, new-world philosophy that got us where we are now willdrive demand for international employee support systems and astute serviceproviders that meet the needs of increasingly global workforces comprised oflocal workers and managers – not just expats and international assignees. Will this change HR’s Monday mornings? Even if China or Korea isn’t top of your Monday to-do list yet, it isreasonable to expect that such significant global economic changes will impacton your company’s business and the employees you support over time. There’s no mistaking that even the hitherto ‘domestic’ HR landscape will notbe insulated from the reality of the changing world and the events and fiscalcharacteristics that are driving radical and permanent changes – changes inboth corporate and individual consumer education and expectation as it relatesto ‘value’, underpinned by broadly-accepted changes in attitude to businesspractices and support expenditures. The latter changes are no more clearly seen than in the significant andincreasing momentum towards out-sourcing of HR support services and, mostrecently, towards ‘exporting’ of service functions to service hubs in India,for example, and ‘bundled outsourcing’ of ‘total support services’. The outsourcing dilemma Love it or hate it, outsourcing represents a key feature of HR’s recent pastand a significant measure of its future – especially in terms of providing aviable means for supporting growing international business operations. Historysuggests a good way to meet change is to embrace it, figure out what it meansand how to work with it – not against it. Black Mountain’s own philosophy is that no two clients are exactly the sameand a one-size-fits-all solution is probably flawed in terms of meeting aclient’s needs. The key is to focus on what the ‘need’ is and continually adaptto meet the need as it changes. Looking back to look forward If it is accepted that the world is changing and that clients will expectsolutions that reflect that change, it is as important to look back as it is tolook forward in terms of understanding why many companies are already outsourcingtheir HR support solutions and what they need and expect from it. Consider thefollowing common reasons offered: – Reduce and control costs/share risks – Gain access to world-class capabilities/resources not available internally– Improve company focus/free resources for other purposes – Accelerate re-engineering benefits Source: The Outsourcing Institute Cost reduction and control/share risks Never more so than now, companies are looking for ways to reduce their costsand, in addition, get a greater level of control over their costs goingforward. Outsourcing provides clear opportunities to pass on or ‘share’ therisk of cost increases in service provision and productivity, includinginsistence on providers entering ‘fixed fee’ arrangements – particularlyattractive in the current market. Access to world-class capabilities/resources not available internally Outsourcing is not just about cost reduction, it is also about the provisionof a level of depth and expertise the client could not afford or access on itsown – obtaining expert local advice or providing employee support ininternational locations, for example. Often, it is a matter of response timeand sheer convenience. It is likely that the provider’s expertise and industrypositioning will enable it to scale up, across or down quicker and moreefficiently than a client within its area of expertise. Improve company focus/free resources for other purposes After the burgeoning of e-mail, internet and ‘silver bullet’ HRMS solutionsin the 1990s, it might be tempting to think that the complexity of the HRfunction might begin to ‘level out to a new continuum’. However, this is not so any time in the foreseeable future. The ROI andefficiencies of such systems is much debated, but whatever time and resourcesthey have freed up seems already to have been soaked back into the dailyactivities and projects of ever-more complex HR operations. The constantdilemma for many HR managers, especially those running operations in multiplejurisdictions is how to restore focus on the most strategic activities thatrepresent the most economically astute use of time for limited staff resources.Accelerating re-engineering benefits Some organisations have implemented ‘re-engineering’ of the HR function toprioritise good service to the employee base by positioning available HRgeneralists in a meaningful consultative, relationship management role –supported by ‘centres of excellence’ or similar. Some organisations adapt quicker and better to such paradigm shifts thanothers and some internal support functions are better or indeed, lesserequipped, than others to support this new way of doing HR business. The use ofoutsourcing can be a useful tool in the kit helping to achieve the new look andfeel of HR. In Black Mountain’s case, the shift in paradigm worked out fine. It was avoluntary outventuring of the department to provide outsourced benefitsmanagement to CSFB. As David O’Leary, global head of HR for Credit Suisse First Boston, describesit: “Here we had a benefits department that was perfectly fine, then theyliterally walked out the door, and the next minute they were actually betterbecause they owned the business.” The new new thing: ‘Service. Service. Service.’ Plus ça change… service is back with a vengeance (that is, it never went outof style in the first place). There is perhaps no more compelling lesson to be learned from the 90s’ zoomboom – and no better guiding light for judging future provider activity – thanthe importance placed on knowing your client and prioritising goodold-fashioned service. Service is the new new competitive landscape between providers and that isgood news for HR managers – whether you are buying HR services in dollars, yen,sterling or euros. There’s an increasingly mature and competitive landscape out there tosupport what you as HR managers want to do for your employees both domesticallyand internationally. On the basis that marketplace economics are on your sidein terms of securing good pricing, and there are some mature technologysolutions available now, you shouldn’t settle for second or third row back whenit comes to service. You really don’t have to. Steve Medici, president and CEO of Black Mountain Group and previously directorof benefits for Credit Suisse First Boston, firmly agrees. He sees the key tolong-term success for HR clients through up and down market cycles as beingmore than just cost reduction, technology and re-engineered processes. That’sall part of the basic toolkit and taken as read in his book. “Fundamentally, it’s about providing exceptional, not just good, clientservice. A position that is central to Black Mountain’s business model andday-to-day operations,” observes Medici. www.blackmountaingroup.comAbout the authorDavid Kinnear Business development director, Black Mountain Group Prior to joining Black Mountain Group, David was a director of Credit SuisseFirst Boston (CSFB) where he had been global head of finance and infrastructureand then chief adminis-trative officer for HR. During this period, a number of‘globalisation’ initiatives were undertaken, including outsourcing of Europeanbenefits, background checking, data entry and record keeping, together with theimplementation of PeopleSoft HRMS and an HR intranet globally. He started his careerin the UK, subsequently working for law firms Masons and Linklaters beforemoving to New York as counsel and CAO for CSFB’s highly successful move to itsManhattan headquarters.  [email protected] Supplier’s viewpointOn 1 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more