Zambeef Products Plc ( Q22019 Interim Report

first_imgZambeef Products Plc ( listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Agri-industrial sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the second quarter.For more information about Zambeef Products Plc reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations visit the Zambeef Products Plc company page on AfricanFinancials.Indicative Share Trading Liquidity The total indicative share trading liquidity for Zambeef Products Plc ( in the past 12 months, as of 1st May 2021, is US$37.71K (ZMW773.05K). An average of US$3.14K (ZMW64.42K) per month.Zambeef Products Plc Interim Results for the Second Quarter DocumentCompany ProfileZambeef Products Plc, listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange, is the largest vertically integrated food retailing brand in Zambia. The Group is principally involved in the production, processing, distribution and retailing of beef, chicken, pork, milk, dairy products, eggs, stock feed and flour. The Group also has large row cropping operations (principally maize, soya beans and wheat), with approximately 7,971 hectares of row crops under irrigation which are planted twice a year, and a further 8,623 hectares of rainfed/dryland crops available for planting each year.last_img read more

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem as fresh talks start

first_img Rector Belleville, IL Rector Bath, NC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Martinsville, VA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Anglican Communion, Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit an Event Listing martha knight says: August 2, 2013 at 8:46 pm I pray for the peace of Jerusalem at last. May our Palestinian brothers and sisters live as our God intended as full bodied human beings and not treated as less than human. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 [Anglican Communion News Service] Fresh talks aimed at reaching a permanent peace agreement in the Holy Land have begun under the sponsorship of the United States government. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry convened talks in Washington, D.C., this week between Dr. Saeb Erekat of the Palestinian Authority and Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni. Those talks paved the way for an agreement on talks on a permanent agreement.“I know the path is difficult. There is no shortage of passionate skeptics. But with capable, respected negotiators, like Minister Tzipi Livni and Dr. Saeb Erekat, standing side by side here today . . . with their efforts, their expertise, and their commitment, I’m convinced that we can get there,” Kerry said.“The Israeli people and the Palestinian people both have leaders willing to heed the call of history, leaders who will stand strong in the face of criticism and are right now for what they know is in their people’s best interests,” he said. “Their commitment to make tough choices, frankly, should give all of us hope that these negotiations actually have a chance to accomplish something.”Welcoming the talks, Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem Suheil Dawani told ACNS: “For our area, for the Middle East as a whole, it is important that there is now a serious start to the peace talks between Israel and Palestine, which have been on hold for several years.“The re-start of the peace talks will help to ease the tensions here and provide everyone with some hope that peace is still possible. Generally, people are wearied by the constant conflict and lack of peace. They are tired of the killing and loss of life.“The renewed peace talks will keep hope alive that a better day is coming for everyone involved. With peace and reconciliation both peoples will have a better life, where everyone can live in freedom, with equal opportunity to build their future, and to advance the well-being of their families and communities.”Dawani continued: “These peace talks will help indigenous Christians as well, who also are negatively impacted by conflict and the lack of peace and reconciliation. Our prayers are with those who are directly involved in the negotiations, that they will be successful in reviving and refreshing the Two-State Solution, and that a true and genuine agreement will be reached which enables both peoples to live side by side, each in a vibrant state of their own, and with peace, justice and security.”Kerry said that the Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have agreed to “remain engaged in sustained, continuous, and substantive negotiations on the core issues.” Formal negotiations will begin within the next two weeks in Israel or the Palestinian Territories, where “all of the final status issues, all of the core issues, and all other issues are all on the table for negotiation,” Kerry said.“They are on the table with one simple goal: a view to ending the conflict, ending the claims. Our objective will be to achieve a final status agreement over the course of the next nine months.”He continued: “We all appreciate . . . the challenges ahead. But even as we look down the difficult road that is before us and consider the complicated choices that we face, we cannot lose sight of something that is often forgotten in the Middle East, and that is what awaits everybody with success. We need to actually change the way we think about compromise in order to get to success. Compromise doesn’t only mean giving up something or giving something away; reasonable principled compromise in the name of peace means that everybody stands to gain. Each side has a stake in the other’s success, and everyone can benefit from the dividends of peace.“We simply wouldn’t be standing here if the leaders – President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu – and their designated negotiators . . . didn’t believe that we could get there.“We can envision a day when Palestinians can finally realize their aspirations for a flourishing state of their own, and the ground-breaking economic initiative that we’ve been working on . . . can help transform the Palestinian economy and build up unprecedented markets and unblocked waves of foreign investment. And we shouldn’t forget that the new jobs, the new homes, the new industries that can grow in a new Palestinian state will also benefit Israelis next door, where a vibrant economy will find new partners.“We can also envision a day when Israelis actually can truly live in peace – not just the absence of conflict, but a full and a lasting peace with Arab and Muslim nations, an end once and for all to the pernicious attacks on Israel’s legitimacy.” Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Israel-Palestine, Comments (1) Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Comments are closed. An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Press Release Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET By ACNS staffPosted Aug 1, 2013 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Washington, DC Featured Events Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Hopkinsville, KY 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 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Advocacy Peace & Justice, Course Director Jerusalem, Israel 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 Praying for the peace of Jerusalem as fresh talks start Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Albany, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Knoxville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Press Release Service Tags Director of Music Morristown, NJ Featured Jobs & Calls The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit a Job Listing Rector Collierville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA Middle East Rector Tampa, FLlast_img read more

Villa in an Historical Park / Dost

first_img Houses Photographs Photographs:  Ilja Tschanen | moduleplus, Andrin Winteler | bürobureau Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project “COPY” Villa in an Historical Park / Dost Save this picture!© Ilja Tschanen | moduleplus+ 20 Share Villa in an Historical Park / DostSave this projectSaveVilla in an Historical Park / Dost Products used in this ProjectDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ClassicArchitect In Charge:Dominic MeisterCity:SchaffhausenCountry:SwitzerlandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Ilja Tschanen | moduleplusText description provided by the architects. This project started with a very special commission to build a house for a family that collects art. It is located on a steep hillside in a very silent and peaceful park.When Dost started designing the villa, there were two very clear core themes: on one hand the position of the villa on a steep terrain, and on the other, the owners’ wish to have an interior picture gallery.Save this picture!Ground floor planThe result is an impressive two storey high courtyard that becomes the villa’s centre. All the spaces revolve around this gallery, which is built with acoustic perforated panels that allow the pictures to be hanged. Furthermore, cubic openings are carefully positioned to grant visual connections between the house’s different habitats and the gallery. The strong dialogue between the space and its content evolves through the house and at the same time defines it.Save this picture!© Andrin Winteler | bürobureauHowever, the views are not only oriented towards the inside, but also towards the outside. Thanks to the building’s large frameless windows, the nature is continuously captured and transformed into dynamic art pictures.Save this picture!SectionRegarding the house’s internal organization, the entrance is at the terrain’s highest point and the living area is therefore on the top floor. As for the ground floor, it is reserved for the bedrooms and private areas.Save this picture!© Andrin Winteler | bürobureauIn conclusion, it is impossible to refer to this house as simply architecture, but as a project where topography, nature, and art become one.Save this picture!© Andrin Winteler | bürobureauProject gallerySee allShow lessEMBT Unveils Proposal to Revitalize Seven of Milan’s Disused Railway YardsUnbuilt ProjectIn the Swedish City of Järfälla, Ten Radical “Superbenches” Are Unveiled as Communit…Architecture News Share Architects: Dost Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses•Schaffhausen, Switzerland Switzerland Area:  432 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Manufacturers: Sky-Frame, BASWA acoustic, Boffi Products translation missing: 2010 ArchDaily “COPY” CopyAbout this officeDostOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSchaffhausenSwitzerlandPublished on May 02, 2017Cite: “Villa in an Historical Park / Dost” 02 May 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalShelvingZeitraumWardrobe – Hide & ParkSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Qd-ClassConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Stone SeriesWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – FerroFinestra W20Panels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelUrban ShadingPunto DesignPavilion – TentChairsInterstuhlConference Chair – Low With CastorsWoodreSAWN TIMBER co.Pre-Weathered Wood CladdingMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Equal Pay Fund launches to fight wage discrimination

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Equal Pay Fund launches to fight wage discrimination Melanie May | 14 November 2018 | News Tagged with: equality The Fawcett Society has teamed up with employment law charity YESS Law to launch a new Equal Pay Advice Service, funded by a newly created Equal Pay Fund, to help fight wage discrimination.The fund has been started through a donation of backdated pay from former BBC China Editor Carrie Gracie.Launched on the eve of Equal Pay Day on Saturday 10 November, the day in the year when women effectively start to work for free, the service will be targeted at those on low incomes who believe they are experiencing pay discrimination and who do not have access to legal advice, enabling them to resolve the situation with their employer.A fundraising drive has also launched on GoFundMe with the Fawcett Society and YESS Law asking people to donate to the new fund and help fight wage discrimination for women on low incomes.Sam Smethers, Fawcett Society Chief Executive, said:“In workplaces all over the country, pay discrimination is able to thrive and is more common than people realise because of a culture of pay secrecy which persists.  People do not know their basic rights and do not know what their colleagues earn.”“We are asking you to talk about pay at work, share news about the Fund with #GetEqual on #EqualPayDay and donate to support via our GoFundMe page.  With your help we can ensure many more women have access to justice and get equal pay.”  171 total views,  1 views today Advertisement  172 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

Holden’s Dual Enrollment Expansion Legislation Clears First Policy Committee

first_img STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Government Holden’s Dual Enrollment Expansion Legislation Clears First Policy Committee STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | 1:53 pm Top of the News Herbeauty10 Reasons Why Selena Gomez Has Billions Of FansHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPretty Or Not: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Sea Salt Scrubs You Can Make YourselfHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyJennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez’s Wedding DelayedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff 28 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Assemblyman Chris Holden’s legislation, AB 2019, that would increase access to dual enrollment opportunities for students in juvenile court schools passed with bipartisan support in the Assembly Education Committee today.The measure would allow county offices of education to participate in College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) partnerships in the same way local school districts do.“Despite the high aspirations of youth in the juvenile justice system for postsecondary educational attainment, the system fails to support access to college,” the former Pasadena City Councilman said in a prepared statement. “This legislation provides an opportunity for a uniquely vulnerable population to make academic progress and jump-start their college education.”Students in juvenile court schools experience high rates of educational instability, and are likely to be behind in credits. As the quality of court school education varies widely, many students express that they feel disengaged from school, or that they are constantly repeating material that they have already covered. Increasing educational opportunities, like dual enrollment, for students in juvenile hall could provide a turning point that leads to academic success and future employment.Holden first established the College and Career Access Pathways program in 2015 (AB 288) and has since passed numerous bill to increase and expand dual enrollment opportunities through this program.“Dual enrollment increases the number of college graduates, reduce time and money spent for college, and help close the achievement gap,” said Holden. “My bill makes this a reality for all students in California.” Make a commentlast_img read more

Education is the key to combating drug abuse in Limerick

first_img Previous articleNew Limerick school building for St Paul’s primaryNext articleLimerick heroin users milk city shops dry of yogurt Alan Jacques TAGSCllr Daniel ButlerMusic LimerickSouth Court Hotel Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Twitter Email Happy ever after for Limerick’s last Metropolitan Mayor #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Cllr Daniel ButlerFINE Gael county councillor Daniel Butler will move outside his local authority role to help parents educate their children about drugs at an hour long talk in the South Court Hotel on this Thursday, April 10.According to Cllr Butler, a drug education and prevention worker in the city, education is the key to overcome most health challenges, and drug abuse, he says, is no different. The Limerick City West councillor believes drugs is a word banded around so much these days that people have become “desensitised” by it.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Life can turn on one decision. A drug is a mood-altering substance that can change the destiny of any of our children like it has for some of our friends from our childhood whether they were legal drugs such as alcohol or illegal drugs such as cannabis. It’s a risk, a gamble. So how can we as parents be prepared?” Cllr Butler asks.The answer, he reveals, is education.“As parents we can educate ourselves to understand the different drugs; their effects and some warning signs in our young people. We can educate our son or daughter on drugs and exactly why they are dangerous. We need to avoid hearsay and scaremongering which do not work,” he insists.Cllr Butler warns that drug use is a “social issue that knows no boundaries in terms of address, economic status, age or race”. And with children as young as eight using drugs it’s an issue that’s not going away.“I see in my work, particularly in schools, how young people fear drugs but are still tempted into experimenting. Why? As a young person our natural instinct is jump into life in all its shapes with two feet and think later. But with a good, accurate and engaging education we can equip our son or daughter to make a better life choice when we are not there to make it for them,” said Cllr Butler, who has a four-year-old stepdaughter.He will host ‘Talking to your child about drugs’, a free hour-long talk open to the public in the South Court Hotel this Thursday at 7.30pm.center_img Advertisement WhatsApp Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch NewsLocal NewsEducation is the key to combating drug abuse in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – April 10, 2014 602 #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Facebook Linkedinlast_img read more

16 additional Covid related deaths and 257 new cases in North

first_img Previous articleDCC agrees to explore idea of twinning with Bani Ziad, PalestineNext articleDeputy Doherty tables amendment to Covid Restriction Support Scheme News Highland Facebook By News Highland – January 27, 2021 WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter 16 additional Covid related deaths and 257 new cases in North 16 additional Covid related deaths have been reported in the north.527 people have tested positive for Covid 19 in the last 24 hours in Northern Ireland.There are 775 patients being treated in hospital for the coronavirus, with 68 people in ICU with the disease. WhatsApp Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Harps come back to win in Waterford center_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Homepage BannerNews Google+last_img read more

326 new Covid 19 cases in ROI, 22 of them in Donegal

first_img WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Google+ By News Highland – September 25, 2020 326 new Covid 19 cases in ROI, 22 of them in Donegal Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic 326 new Covid 19 cases have been reported today in the Republic today, 22 of them in Donegal.There are no new deaths.That brings the total number of cases to 34,315, and the number of Covid related deaths to 1,797.The highest daily number of COVID-19 cases has been announced in the North today, with 273 new cases today.There has now been more than ten thousand cases in Northern Ireland since the start of the pandemic, according to the Department of Health.Over 10% of those infections have been diagnosed in the past week.No new Coronavirus related death were announced today North of the border today.**********************Statement from the National Public Health Emergency TeamThere have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.There has been a total of 1,797 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.As of midnight Thursday, 23 September, the HPSC has been notified of 326 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 34,315* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. Of the cases notified today;162 are men / 152 are women69% are under 45 years of age33% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case49 cases have been identified as community transmission152 cases are in Dublin, 32 in Cork, 22 in Donegal, 21 in Galway, 15 in Meath, 11 in Kildare, 9 in Kerry, 8 in Louth, 8 in Westmeath, 6 in Limerick, 6 in Mayo, 6 in Tipperary and 5 in Wexford, with the remaining 25 cases in 8 counties.The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “Today I am asking people everywhere but particularly in Donegal and Dublin to pay special attention to the public health advice.“I ask every individual to take personal responsibility to prioritise who you need to see, limit the size of your social network and reduce your social contacts over the coming days and weeks.“Because while there is every chance that other areas will have to move to level 3, there is nothing inevitable about it. We have seen previously how people working together can turn the tide on this virus and bring increasing trajectories back under control.“Know how valuable your individual actions are. Your choices and your actions are part of how we will succeed.”  WhatsApp Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ Twitter Pinterest Previous articleNews, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries on Friday September 27thNext articleGAA confirm National Football League fixtures to resume next month News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Failing to talk business

first_img Comments are closed. Line managers and development professionals are frighteningly at odds overwhat makes a good business leader, according to new research. Catherine Baileyand Martin Clarke reportLeadership development is a big-ticket item in anybody’s book. Notsurprising, perhaps, at a time when the need for futuristic vision, innovationand change at all levels of a business seem vital for companies to survive. As the need for these capabilities is understandably greatest at the top ofan organisation, it is usually high on the agenda of most HR development (HRD)practitioners. It is high-profile work, but is it high impact? According torecent research undertaken at Cranfield School of Management, 60 per cent ofmanagers described business leader development (BLD) in their organisation ashaving a low impact on personal behaviour, and 54 per cent as having no impacton business performance. Unfortunately, Cranfield’s research suggests that HRD may be part of theproblem, but it also highlights how this can be dramatically reversed. Insimple terms, there is a choice, Either stick to the safe ‘best practice’advice or take a risk and challenge some of HRD’s assumptions. Startling findings Cranfield’s two-year, two-phase study into innovations in BLD examined theviews of more than 400 UK and US line managers and HR professionals. Thestartling picture that emerged revealed a high degree of disconnection betweenthe strategy, implementation, content of BLD and what managers see as businessneed. As a result, much BLD is simply too fragmented and unfocused to make adifference. When leadership is at such an organisational premium and there isno shortage of development advice and expertise, what explains this alarmingfinding? Cranfield found three clear reasons. 1. BLD value and processes are poorly understood at executive level In Cranfield’s first survey, less than half (48 per cent) of respondentsbelieved their organisation to have a strategy for developing leaders, and fewof these could clearly articulate it. Only 20 per cent could identify any sort of strategic driver for BLDactivity. For many, it was viewed as simply a response to tactical short-termpressures or initiatives. Few appeared to understand the choice of developmentactivities. While this highlights the importance of the HRD professional’s rolein educating his executive colleagues about how to release the potential of theorganisation’s leadership cadre, Cranfield found that many HRD practitionersdid not always have a good grasp of the issues in business leader development.In particular, they were often stymied by how to align the development of thedifferent managerial populations and the use of different methodologies withbusiness needs. The resultant ‘misalignment’ might well account for much of thedisconnection reported by line managers. Even with a good grasp of the issues, trying to educate corporate colleaguesis hugely difficult and frustrating if they don’t possess the businessleadership capabilities necessary to take a strategic view in the first place.In these ‘unfavourable’ circumstances, the HRD professionals who made the mostimpact with BLD were those who put aside the mantra of ‘senior managementbuy-in’ and were prepared to get political. They built support for theirinitiatives from the bottom up, and were prepared to be covert about theiractivities until they had proved the viability and value of the initiative. 2. Failure to discriminate between short- and long-term BLD Most of the executives surveyed, felt BLD should be driven by short- ormedium-term business goals. Yet, 70 per cent believed their company’s stock offuturistic thinkers was lacking. It is not difficult to see how basing BLD onshort-term/medium-term goals may well impoverish longer-term strategic thinkingand perpetuate a short-term perspective. Equally understandable is the impact of this executive short-termism on anHRD preference for development activities that deliver more immediate businessresults such as in-house, on-the-job, project-based, action learning‘one-size-fits-all’ approaches. Not surprisingly, the survey found apredominant view among managers that HRD didn’t have a strategic contribution,they simply provided a series of (apparently) disconnected development activities.This view was exacerbated by the methods used to evaluate BLD. Managers didnot generally distinguish between evaluating individual or organisationalimpact, or both, and whether they were focusing on immediate measures orultimate outcomes. This confusion might account for the low expectation ofevaluation activity and the real difficulty that managers had in relatingbusiness benefits to the development of future-focused business leaders. There were examples of organisations that had greater clarity. One highstreet retailer, focusing on leadership development as a method of majorcultural alignment, appropriately used staff attitude surveys and a balancedscorecard to track substantive movements in employee behaviour. Another, giving preference to high- potential development for longterm-leadership capability and succession planning, usefully measured successin terms of retention and job moves. Those HRD individuals who were able to be more discriminating about long- andshort-term business development goals were careful to distinguish between theneeds of the business and different leadership development populations (seebox). One financial services organisation, recognising its business’s long-termneed to be more innovative and entrepreneurial in its strategy-making, forexample, focused on developing a small group of senior managers who would havethe capability to embrace high levels of ambiguity and curiosity. These leaders would, in turn, use their organisational visibility to rolemodel these behaviours to others. These personal attributes were developedthrough individually tailored development plans, not a standardised internalprogramme. Early signs suggest being selective about the group and development contentcan lead to changed behaviour in the business. Of course, such differentiationcan often seem to cut across HR concerns for organisation-wide consistency andinclusion, but failure to take a discriminating and targeted stance at bestonly leads to diluted impact, at worst, wasted investment. 3. HR thinking at odds with senior managers A third reason for disconnection and fragmentation of BLD emerged insignificant differences in thinking between HR and executive colleagues.Staggeringly, only 48 per cent of HRD professionals saw a direct link betweenexecutive development and business performance, for example, in contrast to 67per cent of line managers. This alone would make the task difficult foreducating executive colleagues in the value of BLD. A difference of perspective was also evident in preferences for internaldevelopment activities. For example 94 per cent of the HRD respondents ratedinternal business projects of high value, in comparison to only 67 per cent ofsenior line managers, while only 42 per cent of HRD professionals viewedexternal business school programmes of value, in contrast to 64 per cent ofsenior line managers. Does this suggest that line managers place greater value on externaldevelopmental experiences than HRD? Is HRD driven more by concerns to reflectin-vogue management development ‘best’ practice advice than by business needs?At best, this kind of disconnection from the views of business leaders reducesHRD’s ability to influence the BLD agenda. At worst, HR professionals riskbeing seen as an increasingly irrelevant player in what really matters – thestrategic leadership of the business. Neither are these findings isolated. Other research suggests line managementis often largely ambivalent or negative about the influence of managementdevelopment specialists in the organisation and their ability to take astrategic overview. In the US, advice for executives trying to achieve greaterbusiness alignment in their BLD includes placing line managers in HRD roles. Wherewill this leave HRD professionals? Difference If HRD is to realise the business impact potential of BLD, it needs todevelop its capabilities as leaders of leadership development (see box). Thelessons from this research are clear; HRD must enhance its strategicperspective of the business. In doing so it will be better placed to challengethe short-term thinking of senior management colleagues and forge closeralignment between BLD content and longer-term business needs. Alternatively, iffaced with intransigent top management myopia, it may well mean taking personalrisks to drive development without senior buy-in. HRD professionals need to face the possibility that if they are unable torespond to these challenges, then enlightened executives could take the lead.Which way it will go has yet to be determined – the door is still open in manyorganisations for HRD professionals to step in to make a real impact, butalready there are sounds of doors shutting. One influential US research team suggests leadership development is tooimportant and strategic to be left to HR! According to Cranfield’s research,what isn’t up for debate is the overwhelming need for businesses of tomorrow tohave futuristic, innovative and change-hungry leaders at every level who canalso meet the short-term delivery of business certainty. Sooner, rather than later, it will no longer be an issue of whetherleadership development is the key to this strategic capability, but aquestionof who is leading the cause. You must decide. Leadership ploysA discriminating approach toleadership development:– Requires the will to make hard choices about thosedevelopment activities that deliver immediate pay back and those that buildsustainable strategic capability– Means challenging short-term managerial thinking aboutdevelopment – this needs resilience and clarity– Requires you to deal with the conflicting demands ofnurturing an inclusive approach to leadership development and the need fordeveloping diverse and innovative thinking– Requires clear communication of the rationale for yourapproach to all management populations so they can see how their needs areaccommodated and what your role is in the processLeading leadership development– Examine your own approach to BLD.To what extent are you influenced by HRD ‘best practice’ solutions at theexpense of alignment with business needs?– Tune into longer-term business needs and harness yourprofessional drive for innovation and leading-edge methods in the service ofbusiness strategy, not professional dogma– Don’t collude with short-term management thinking, challengeit, and learn to use politics constructively in the long-term interests of thebusiness (See ‘Smart Management, how to be a good corporate politician’Training Magazine, March 2002). – Build strategic as well as functional expertise. If you wantto influence those with influence, then you need to operate in the same arena.This means building an ‘external’ leadership perspective; understandingbusiness positioning, the competitive landscape, having a view of your industryand business innovations from outside yourindustry. An external perspectivehelps you to understand your organisation’s strategic issues and therefore tosegment the needs of your BLD population more acutely. (Ideas on developing anexternal perspective will feature in a later edition of Training Magazine)– Become an ambassador for the value of this externalperspective in the development of your own business leaders Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Failing to talk businessOn 1 Mar 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Production of extracellular hydrolase enzymes by fungi from King George Island

first_imgFungi are known to produce a range of extracellular enzymes and other secondary metabolites. Investment in extracellular enzyme production may be an important element of the survival strategy of these fungi in maritime Antarctic soils. This study focuses on fungi that were isolated from ornithogenic, undisturbed and human-impacted soils collected from the Fildes Peninsula, King George Island, Antarctica, during the austral summer in February 2007. We (1) describe fungal diversity based on molecular approaches, (2) describe the thermal characteristics of the fungal isolates, and (3) screen extracellular hydrolase enzyme production (amylase and cellulase) by the isolates. Soil samples were cultured using the Warcup soil plating technique and incubated at 4 and 25 °C to allow basic thermal classification. In total, 101 isolates were obtained. All the isolates were screened at culture temperatures of 4 and 25 °C in order to detect activity of extracellular hydrolase enzymes. At 25 °C, ornithogenic penguin rookery soils recorded the lowest diversity of fungi, with little difference in diversity apparent between the other soils examined. At 4 °C, an undisturbed site recorded the lowest and a human-impacted site the highest diversity of fungi. The majority of the fungi identified in this study were in the mesophilic thermal class. Six strains possessed significant activity for amylase and 13 for cellulase at 25 °C. At 4 °C, four strains showed significant amylase and 22 significant cellulase activity. The data presented increase our understanding of microbial responses to environmental temperaturelast_img read more