Go Life International Limited (GOLI.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about Go Life International Limited (GOLI.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Go Life International Limited (GOLI.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Go Life International Limited (GOLI.mu) 2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileGo Life International Limited is a multi-faceted healthcare company that offers products serving market needs in pharmaceuticals, generics, nutraceuticals, and medical consumables through to high end sophisticated hospital equipment. Go Life International Limited has a primary listing on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius and a secondary listing on the AltX of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange
Hamsa’s House / Biome Environmental Solutions ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/772257/hamsas-house-biome-environmental-solutions Clipboard Area: 172 m² Area: 172 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Structural Engineer: 2010 Save this picture!© Vivek Muthuramalingam+ 22 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/772257/hamsas-house-biome-environmental-solutions Clipboard Design Team:Sharath Nayak, Chitra VishwanathCity:BengaluruCountry:IndiaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Vivek MuthuramalingamRecommended ProductsDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreText description provided by the architects. A dense urban context, a small site of 140 square meters, and a brief requiring individual multipurpose studio spaces for a brother and sister required that the building be tall.Save this picture!© Vivek MuthuramalingamSince building with earth was the preferred choice of the client,the chosen method of construction was rammed earth in place of bricks which would have demanded space for making as well as storing the bricks. The earth was sourced from another site where a large basement was excavated and wherein extra soil was available.Save this picture!© Vivek MuthuramalingamIn aesthetic sense the rammed earth walls strike the eye at first and then the horizontal layers, shades and hue lend a repose. The palette for this house is of the most basic materials used– of exposed concrete, rammed earth, wood and glass.In terms of layout, the two are extremely identical studio units placed one above the other. Each unit has a double height living space with a kitchenette and a powder room at that level. An L-shaped mezzanine space above has a sleeping space and a bathroom.Save this picture!SectionThe house is really a box which includes the good views and discards the urban eye sores with strategic location of openings and mix match of frosted and clear glass. The double upper mezzanine is almost a revelation as one walks around the house. This home is different from the rest in the neighbourhood on the count of technique and material use, as well as it’s scale. Save this picture!© Vivek MuthuramalingamProject gallerySee allShow lessExhibition: The Art of ArchitectureEventCreate+Construct 2015: dwellEvent Share photographs: Vivek MuthuramalingamPhotographs: Vivek Muthuramalingam Architects: Biome Environmental Solutions Area Area of this architecture project Ravindranath B.V Year: 2010 Year: Projects India Houses CopyHouses•Bengaluru, India Narayan M.C. CopyAbout this officeBiome Environmental SolutionsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBengaluruIndiaPublished on August 24, 2015Cite: “Hamsa’s House / Biome Environmental Solutions” 24 Aug 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
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Pinterest More volunteers needed for Big Brothers Big Sisters TAGS Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Local News Big Brothers Big Sisters 2018 logo.jpg Getting more volunteers and students lined up is one of Susan Miller’s goals this summer. Miller is the Big Brothers Big Sisters Odessa program coordinator. The school-based program started at Blackshear Elementary Magnet this fall. With close to 700 students and only one counselor, Miller said it took longer than anticipated to get set up. “Right now, we have four active matches at Blackshear. We actually have one child there that’s waiting. I have an active match at Sam Houston (Elementary) and one that’s waiting and I have a … probably seven or eight kids scattered at different schools. My plan is to visit with them over the next month, get them enrolled in the program, so when school starts in August, they’ll be ready to go,” Miller said in a recent interview. “Our goal this summer is volunteer recruitment. That seems to have been the hardest part. It takes a commitment to be a school-based volunteer and it also takes a job where you have an ability to leave work in the middle of the day and be able to go to the school for an hour once a week, so that’s been the challenge of just recruiting volunteers,” Miller said. She added that she’d like to have 10 to 15 volunteers ready to go by the end of the summer. Miller said getting the students is not the issue. She noted that having an office in Odessa at Connection Christian Church will help. Volunteers must undergo an extensive screening process to be a big brother or sister. “There are several different background checks that they go through. … It’s a tiered background, so we do one at the national level; we do one at the state; then we do a local. We check references. We talk to whoever they give us as references. There’s an interview process. That gives me a chance to get to know them. The orientation interview takes an hour and a half to two hours. There is training, but that is online. Once they enroll with us, they’re automatically sent the link to the online training so that eliminates a lot of time …,” Miller said. She added that it may take extra time, but the bottom line is child safety. “We do everything we can to make sure that the people that are coming into our program are going to work well with our kids. What we gain from that interview is information about them, their history, their interests, their hobbies. That helps us make a better match with the child. We try to find something they have in common with the child. … The more we get to know the volunteer, the better match we can make with the child,” Miller said. In this program, volunteers have to be 18 or out of high school and there is no limit on age, she said. “I think my oldest volunteer in Midland is 86. She’s a retired school teacher and she just keeps going. It doesn’t take a lot to plant a seed in a child. Most of our kids, have, they come from all different backgrounds. They come from all different places in their life. We have stories about the impact of life changing experiences that kids have been turned around from what could have been a life of crime have now moved toward something more healthy and productive. But there’s also the kids that they just need that little bit of extra one-on-one attention,” Miller said. Annie Stanley, the educator at the Ellen Noel Art Museum, started giving of her time this fall. “The program in Odessa differs from the one in Midland because Odessa is school-based. You don’t meet them outside school, so it’s a smaller time constraint. And you meet during the week, so the way it was first described to me was that you could do it during lunch hour, which I thought to mean I would eat lunch with the child,” Stanley said. “I go during my lunch hour, but we don’t eat lunch. She’s already had lunch by the time I get there, so we get to spend time doing fun things. We’re not just eating and I leave, so it’s actually better,” Stanley added. Initially, Stanley said she wanted to see what the student she was matched with was interested in, so Stanley bought a lot of different things. “And it’s kind of stayed that way, so when I bring a bag I have a book that’s at her grade level that either we read together, or she reads to me. I always bring some kind of art activity. She really likes to play games, so I’ve got a good deck of Uno and I have Monopoly Junior,” Stanley said. She added that the young girl likes everything she brings, so Stanley just tells her what she has and sees what she wants to do. But she always wants to have time for art. “We stop and draw together, make Christmas ornaments at Christmas. Sometimes we’ll read together. Sometimes she’ll take a book and bring it back when she’s done. Sometimes we’ll read part of it together and she’ll take it home and finish it,” Stanley added. At first, her student was reserved and doubted that Stanley would return. Over time, though, the girl got used to Stanley. “I’ve gotten a lot out of it. The reason I had said I would do this in the beginning when I was approached about volunteering is that I know the history of Big Brothers Big Sisters. I think it’s really important program and I feel like if you see something that you want to have in your town, there’s lots of different ways that you can support that. But the real easy way is to go volunteer for it,” Stanley said. She added that she knew it would just be an hour a week and she would encourage anybody to try it. “But I don’t think I was prepared for how rewarding it would be because it’s really fun. Kids are fun. It’s fun to go and play Monopoly in the middle of the day. I love to read. It’s fun to share that with someone. I love to do art. And if she hadn’t liked those things, we wouldn’t be doing them … This is supposed to be a fun time. It’s supposed to be supportive.” WhatsApp Previous articleTRACK AND FIELD: Cepero Memorial track meet enters 15th yearNext articleCombine graceful forms and slender proportions for mid-century style Digital AIM Web Support
Bank of America Predicting Q3 Trading Losses Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: United States District Court Dismisses CFPB Enforcement Claims Over Discovery Abuses Next: REO Update: RES.NET Launches Asset Strategy Tools Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Joey Pizzolato Bank of America is expecting to report trading revenues down 15 percent when the third quarter of the year ends on September 30, says to the bank’s CFO, Paul Donofrio, according to a report by the Motley Fool.This isn’t an uncommon trend, says the Motley Fool. Trading revenues can be affected by a number of influences, including consumer sentiment, and ordinary and regular changes in the market.The report points to past instances where this has occurred. For instance, in Q1 of 2016, the bank’s trading revenue fell by 16 percent, largely spurred by oil prices and the United Kingdom’s potential exit from the European Union.In the first quarter of 2017, however, Bank of America’s trading revenue grew 23 percent year-over-year, proving that the market’s volatility isn’t necessarily indicative of long-term trends.The Motley Fool also predicts that JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup will also report drops in trading revenue, at 20 percent and 15 percent, respectively.According to the report, trading revenue for Bank of America accounts for only 16 percent of their profits, even though that figure amounts to $3.2 billion in revenue. Given past trends in trading revenue, the numbers for the third quarter most likely don’t indicate a trend.It should be noted that financial guru Warren Buffet recently became the largest shareholder of the bank. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Bank of America Q3 Trading Home / Daily Dose / Bank of America Predicting Q3 Trading Losses Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Joey Pizzolato is the Online Editor of DS News and MReport. He is a graduate of Spalding University, where he holds a holds an MFA in Writing as well as DePaul University, where he received a B.A. in English. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in a variety of print and online journals and magazines. To contact Pizzolato, email [email protected] in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago September 18, 2017 1,548 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily Bank of America Q3 Trading 2017-09-18 Joey Pizzolato Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Print This Post Subscribe
News UpdatesSupreme Court Directs Delhi University To Declare 5th Semester Results Of Law Student Who Had Attendance Shortage Due To Pregnancy LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK23 Jan 2021 10:45 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court directed the Delhi University to declare the 5th Semester result of a law student who could not meet the requisite 70% attendance criteria due to her pregnancy.Ankita Meena could not obtain requisite attendance since she missed many classes during the 4th Semester due to her pregnancy. She approached the Delhi High Court seeking a direction to the University to permit her…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?LoginThe Supreme Court directed the Delhi University to declare the 5th Semester result of a law student who could not meet the requisite 70% attendance criteria due to her pregnancy.Ankita Meena could not obtain requisite attendance since she missed many classes during the 4th Semester due to her pregnancy. She approached the Delhi High Court seeking a direction to the University to permit her to appear in the 4th Semester LLB Examination. The High Court had refused to grant her any reliefs. In appeal, the Supreme Court, passed various interim orders which enabled her to attend the examinations of the 4th, 5th and 6th Semesters.When the case was taken up last week, it was submitted that the University has declared the results of the 4th and 6th Semester examinations, but has not declared the results of the 5th Semester Supplementary Examination. Therefore, the student sought a direction to the University to declare the results of the petitioner for the 5th Semester Supplementary Examination and to grant the provisional degree, consolidated mark sheet and character certificate.Taking note of these developments, the bench comprising CJI SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian noted as follows: “(i) that the petitioner has completed the course in entirety; (ii) that the results of all the semester examinations except the 5th Semester Supplementary Examination has already been declared; and (iii) that the lis in the SLP, though relates to the 4th Semester, does not actually survive for an active adjudication on account of the subsequent developments. Once the petitioner has completed the course and also written the 5th and 6th Semester Examinations and even got the results of all the semester examinations except the 5th Semester Supplementary Examinations published, the adjudication of the dispute in the SLP will only be a matter of academic interest.”Allowing her plea, the bench directed the University to declare her 5th Semester supplementary Examination results and issue the provisional degree along with necessary certificates, if she had passed the examinations, subject to the her clearing the other formalities. The Court clarified that the order was passed in the peculiar facts and circumstances of the case.AOR Ashish Virmani and Adv. Himanshu Dhuper appeared for the petitioner. CASE: ANKITA MEENA vs UNIVERSITY OF DELHI [SPECIAL LEAVE PETITION (CIVIL) NO. 26484 OF 2018] CORAM: CJI SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna and V. RamasubramanianCITATION: LL 2021 SC 41Click here to Read/Download OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
News UpdatesMadras High Court Dismisses DMK’s Plea Challenging Postal Ballots Provision In RP Act Akshita Saxena18 March 2021 3:48 AMShare This – xThe Madras High Court on Wednesday dismissed a writ petition filed by political party Dravida Munnetara Kazhagam (DMK) against Section 60(c) of the Representation of Peoples Act which permits issue of postal ballot to electors above the age of 80 years, electors with physical disability, electors in quarantine due to COVID-19 and electors rendering essential services. A Division…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?LoginThe Madras High Court on Wednesday dismissed a writ petition filed by political party Dravida Munnetara Kazhagam (DMK) against Section 60(c) of the Representation of Peoples Act which permits issue of postal ballot to electors above the age of 80 years, electors with physical disability, electors in quarantine due to COVID-19 and electors rendering essential services. A Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy held, “all that the Election Commission has done here is to be inclusive and allow certain classes of persons who would have been excluded from exercising their franchise the right to use the postal ballot and participate in the celebration of the festival of democracy” It added, “if the process is made inclusive without compromising on either the secrecy of the ballot or the fairness in the conduct of elections, it would be a greater cause to celebrate and compliment the conducting body” The Bench rejected the contention that the Election Commission has no jurisdiction to issue guidelines in light of the “plenary authority” conferred on the Commission by Article 324 of the Constitution. In this regard it referred to the Supreme Court’s observations in A.C.Jose, recognising the authority of the Election Commission to pass any orders in respect of the conduct of elections when there is no parliamentary legislation or rule made under the said legislation. Findings At the outset, the Court remarked that the nature of attack on the validity of Section 60(c) of the Act falls way short of the exalted tests that a person questioning the propriety of a statutory provision must meet. The Bench noted that DMK had failed to establish that the provision is in derogation of any constitutional provision or principle or even against the grain of the statute which has made room for it. “There is no credible suggestion that the impugned provision falls foul of Article 14 of the Constitution in any manner or form,” the Bench added. No question of Excessive delegation In its plea, the party had submitted that the Government has excessively delegated power on the EC to name any one to be entitled for postal ballot. It was argued that under the guise of the impugned provision, the Government has created a “class of persons” as postal ballot voters, without any guiding principle. Rejecting this argument, the Bench observed that the authority of EC has to be seen to be plenary, in the sense that within its domain the Election Commission has primacy and the Parliament can only enact such laws as would aid in its functioning as envisaged in the Constitution. It observed, “the delegation in the present case is not as is usually found in a statute where the legislature empowers the executive or a branch of the executive to devise measures to implement the purpose of the statute. The discussion here pertains to a high constitutional authority as the Election Commission and the venerable position conferred to such Commission by the constitutional provisions in Part XV of the suprema lex.” It added, “The expressions “superintendence, direction and control” as used in Article 324 of the Constitution are of the widest amplitude and the fullest latitude has to be seen to be granted thereby to the Commission in the matter of conducting such of the elections as have been entrusted to it. There is no doubt that the Election Commission has to abide by the laws made by the Parliament; but the laws made by the Parliament can only be such as may facilitate the conduct of the elections by the Election Commission in the milieu of the expansive domain carved out for the Commission in the wide words of Article 324 of the Constitution.” Creation of sub-classes not excessive delegation The party had argued that the Election Commission has brought a new and surprising class of voters called “absentee voters” who are not of class themselves. It was submitted that the term persons employed in essential services is very vague and no definition is given in the Act and/or the Rules. Further, when the lower age limit of a senior citizen is 65 years, the Election Commission has no business to create a new sub-class of persons above 80 years of age. The party had also raised issues with respect to the third category of persons with disability inasmuch as the authority has not prescribed the “extent of disability”. Lastly, it objected to the fourth category, i.e. persons affected/ suspected of Covid-19 as being “too vague as date of acquiring disease or affected is not said in the rules.” The Court has rejected these arguments with the following observations: “The clear words of Section 60(c) of the Act of 1951 permit any person to be chosen by the Election Commission from a class of persons indicated in the Rules to be conferred the privilege of voting by postal ballot as long as the choice is preceded by a consultation with the Central Government and followed by a notification in such regard being published. If the statute confers the right to indicate classes of persons to the executive and the executive allows the Election Commission to choose sub-classes in consultation with the executive, no case of excessive delegation is made out. At any rate, such a choice cannot be seen to be arbitrary as the logistics may not permit the full complement of the class to be immediately accommodated.” The Bench also found that such sub-classes were formed and duly notified in the Official Gazette, upon consultation with the Central Government. Moreover, the Election Commission sought the views of the State, but the State refrained from giving any. Historical basis of a statutory provision has no impact in its subsequent implementation Another argument raised by the Petitioner was with respect to an amendment proposed to be made to the Act in the year 1999. The said Amendment Act pertained to persons who had moved from one State to another and were no longer ordinary residents of the State of origin. It was argued that the words used in Section 60(c) of the Act have now been twisted out of context to imply much more than what the 1999 amendment intended. Rejecting this submission, the Bench ruled that in the year 2021, it matters little as to what may have impelled the 1999 Bill, as long as the ordinary meaning of the words permit the measures now taken. It observed, “The historical basis for the introduction of a statutory provision has no impact in its subsequent implementation and interpretation as long as the subsequent interpretation does not militate with the language of the provision the purpose of the statute and the object that the impugned measures seek to achieve.” It added, “There does not seem to be any arbitrariness in the classification of the persons permitted by the Rules of 1961 to cast their vote by postal ballot. The consideration appears to have been as to who may not be able to physically attend a polling booth to cast her vote. If such is the consideration, there is no arbitrariness in the classes of persons enumerated by the amendments of 2019 and 2020, particularly, as the object appears to be to afford such classes of persons their basic right to participate in the democratic process.”No violation of free and fair elections The Petitioner had lamented that the secrecy in casting a vote, which is the fulfillment of the right to choose by an ordinary citizen, is seriously compromised in the voting process designed by the Election Commission for absentee voters. It submitted, “in the usual polling at an election booth, the election agents of all political parties would be present and there would be a secluded place where a citizen would cast her vote in complete peace and privacy and not be required to indicate the choice she made to any other. This fundamental premise will be lost in the methodology devised by the Election Commission.” The Bench rejected this argument based on a submission made by the Centre that postal ballot can no longer be regarded as that ballot which would be entrusted by the Election Commission to the Department of Posts to be delivered to a voter, for such voter to indicate his choice of candidate therein and return the postal ballot in identical mode to the Election Commission via the Department of Posts. The Government submitted, “there is no harm in a postal ballot being physically delivered by personnel engaged by the Election Commission and the postal ballot being collected in similar manner as long as the fairness of the system is ensured.” Antecedents of the petitioning party In its order, though the Bench found that the challenge to the vires of Section 60(c) of the Act of 1951 was not made on firm grounds, it remarked that the overall challenge in the petition cannot be brushed aside since it has been brought by a party that has played a considerable role in nurturing and guiding this preeminent State. The order stated, “The petitioning party must be seen to be aware of the psyche of the voter, the difficulties that the Election Commission may face in implementing the manner of voting through postal ballot, as indicated in the impugned guidelines, and the endeavour here has to be respected as an attempt to ensure a free and fair election, where the secrecy of exercising the right of franchise is not compromised by the complications in the manner of exercise of such right by postal ballot.” It was further observed, “The petitioner appears to be concerned that the implementation of the new sets of guidelines may not be in tune with the geography of the State or its climate. The petitioner must be seen to be sufficiently aware of the local logistics for its concerns to be addressed with the degree of seriousness that they deserve.” The Bench then proceeded to observe that the only area which is of some concern in the instant matter is the manner in which some personnel from certain areas have been notified as belonging to the essential services without several others being included. “If there is any criticism which the Commission deserves in the present context, it may be in its constricted approach in covering the entire gamut of essential services. There are many who go about their normal duties, whether on an election day or a holiday, so that the rest of the population can exercise their rights or enjoy their freedom. Such people also serve who only stand and wait, and it may do well for the Election Commission to include the larger section of personnel involved in essential services to allow them the right to vote when they are away from their constituencies in discharge of their duties as part of the essential services,” it observed. The Bench cautiously added, “To be fair to the Commission, it could not elicit any views from the State Government despite invitation. The submission of the Commission in such regard is that it considered all those who applied to it to be regarded as part of the essential services.” Case Title: Dravida Munnetara Kazhagam v. Union of India & Ors. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderNext Story
We have declassified a picture of the wonderful dog (name not declassified) that did such a GREAT JOB in capturing and killing the Leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi! pic.twitter.com/PDMx9nZWvw— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2019The dog used in the al-Baghdadi raid is not the first to have been involved in a high-profile terrorist operation, nor was it the first Belgian Malinois.In 2011, Cairo — a Belgian Malinois attached to Navy SEAL Team 6 — was credited with helping the elite team find and kill al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. U.S. Military (WASHINGTON) — It played one of the most crucial roles in a top-secret U.S. military operation in Syria on Sunday, racing through an underground tunnel and cornering one of the world’s most sought-after terrorists faster than any human or robot could.It’s a dog — a Belgian Malinois, to be exact — and although top brass is withholding its name, it’s being hailed as a hero in the operation that ultimately resulted in the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death.President Donald Trump, in a hastily-arranged address to the nation on Sunday, called it “a dog, a beautiful dog, a talented dog,” and — though it sustained injuries of its own — he gave it credit for ensuring that the dozens of operators on the ground completed the two-hour mission unscathed. The president tweeted a declassified photo of the dog on Monday afternoon.“We had nobody even hurt and that’s why the dog was so great,” Trump said.According to Trump, the dog was injured when al-Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest, killing himself, three children and causing the dead-end tunnel they occupied to collapse.Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at a Pentagon briefing Monday that the dog was “slightly wounded and fully recovering,” and explained that because it was returned to duty as part of a classified military unit, he would not be disclosing its identity.And then he, too, praised the canine.“The dog, the canine, the military working dog performed a tremendous service, as they all do in a variety of situations,” Milley said.Man’s best friends are used in a variety of tactical situations at home and abroad, trained from a young age to complete oftentimes dangerous tasks, including sniffing out contraband and explosives, tracking missing persons and — as was the case Sunday — chasing enemy personnel.David Petraeus, the former CIA director and retired Army general, told ABC News in 2011 that, “by all measures of performance,” military working dogs outperform “any asset we have in our industry.”“The capability they [the dogs] bring to the fight cannot be replicated by man or machine,” he said at the time.
David Ryder/Getty ImagesBY: JULIA JACOBO, ABC NEWS(SAN FRANCISCO) — California fire officials are emphasizing the historic nature of the devastating wildfires currently raging through the state as the death toll and total number of scorched acreage continue to grow.More than 3.3 million acres have been burned in the Golden State this year — more than 27 times more than in 2019, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Firefighters in the state have not seen anything like this season in more than a century, when the Great Fire of 1910 blazed through more than 3 million acres.Currently, 29 major fires are burning in California. The August Complex Fire in Mendocino and Humboldt counties is now the largest in state history — currently at more than 877,000 acres and 28% containment — while three other fires this season rank in the top 10 all-time, according to the department.More than 13 people are currently missing in Butte County, where the North Complex Fire has raged through more than 258,000 acres. It is currently at 26% containment.Residents in the City of Arcadia were ordered to evacuate Sunday morning due to the Bobcat Fire, which has been causing poor air quality in Los Angeles for the past week. That fire has scorched through more than 31,000 acres and is 6% contained as it travels up the mountains.Crews in California are currently exhausted, with some battling fires for nearly two months. Nearly 8 million gallons of water and 4.6 million gallons of retardant have been used so far.Fire crews attempted to get the containment up over the weekend as temperatures cooled and humidity levels increased.However, the season is far from over, as the Santa Ana wind season has yet to begin. Monday could bring elevated fire risk while a fire weather watch is in effect over the Northern Sierra, potentially impacting the North Complex with gusty winds. A red flag warning is also in effect this afternoon through this evening for much of Northeastern California due to gusty winds and low humidity, which could bring the return of critical fire next week.The death toll on the West Coast also continues to climb. In the past week, 25 people in three states have died. Thirty-three people have died this year.On Saturday, Oregon state fire marshal Jim Walker was placed on administrative leave for unspecified reasons and then submitted his resignation. Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton appointed Mariana Ruiz-Temple as Walker’s replacement.More than a million acres have burned in Oregon. On Sunday, the Riverside Fire burned more than 133,790 acres and was 0% contained and the Lionshead Fire had burned through more than 146,000 acres and was 5% contained.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. What price education?On 30 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Gainingan MBA can be a real career accelerator and gain you a place on the board butas Nic Paton discovered, it is also essential to ensure you grasp fundamentalstrategic and business objectivesHeatherSalter, HR director at entertainment company Clear Channel Entertainment,graduated in September as an MBA from the Open University Business School. Aformer secretary, she has worked her way up through Grand Metropolitan (aswas), Scottish & Newcastle and Apollo Leisure to a point where, if itwasn’t for the fact Clear Channel is owned by a US parent, she would now be onthe board.Forher, securing an MBA on top of her OU degree and IPD qualification was notsimply an option, it was a necessity. The course, three years of distancelearning modules, tutorials once a month and a residential element, was a toughjuggling act.Butif she wanted to have credibility with the people who mattered – the board – togo onwards and upwards, she felt she needed the qualification.”Inow have a language that lets me communicate with them. The MBA has alsochanged my whole way of thinking. I am much more likely to look at what thebusiness needs are and tailor the solution to them rather than thinkingsomething is just good to do,” she says.Yet,in the three years of studying, she did not meet a single other HRprofessional. While it is impossible to know with any certainty what percentageof high-level HR professionals hold MBAs, Salter’s experience does not seemunusual. Fewer than 2 per cent of those who studied at Henley ManagementCollege in recent years have HR or personnel backgrounds and just three of the300 people who graduated through the latest London Business School MBAprogramme came from an HR background. The Association of MBAs (AMBA) estimatesthat, out of a total membership of around 11,000 people, fewer than 40 of itsmembers work in HR.”Itis true, very few people in HR either have an MBA or intend to do one,”agrees Linda Holbeche, director of research at the Roffey Park Institute.”They tend to get their qualification through the CIPD or an MSc inorganisational development or whatever. But they are reinforcing the usualproblem of HR being apparently disconnected from the business.” TheHR profession is increasingly being urged to talk the language of business. HRprofessionals in turn often bemoan the fact they are perceived by chiefexecutives, financial directors and chief operating offices as non-core – auseful, if slightly, well, woolly adjunct to the real business of making money.Management often sees HR in much the same way it views public relations – gladit’s there, particularly in a crisis, but for God’s sake don’t let them get tooclose to the big stuff. ForMike Jones, director general of AMBA, the fact this view still prevails in manyboardrooms around the country, is “a real shame”. But HR can be itsown worst enemy, preferring to focus on “technical” qualificationssuch as the CIPD and ignoring the need for general business skills, he argues.”Itis essential that the HR director or manager has a very strong understanding ofthe constituent parts of the organisation. In many large companies, having an MBA is a prerequisite for getting onthe board. It is the only management qualification that gives a broadperspective on the various functions and functionalities of the business,”he says.JuliaTyler, director of the MBA programme at London Business School, agrees.”What the MBA will do is move you out of the HR ghetto and give youknowledge of the general business functions,” she says.Yetin one sense the MBA has become a victim of its own success. The range andbreadth of courses now offered by a plethora of organisations and institutions,some good and others distinctly less so, has devalued the qualification’scurrency. It is important, therefore, to pick a well-respected course. Out of124 schools in the UK offering MBAs, AMBA only accredits 34. And these 34account for two-thirds of all MBA students. “TheMBA has lost its exclusivity, but against that it has become the mainstreammanagement qualification,” admits Jones.Thequalification is increasingly becoming a must-have for the younger,up-and-coming executive, adds Professor Leo Murray, director of the CranfieldSchool of Management. To become a board-level director without an MBA or otherhigh-level business qualification is the exception rather than the norm. HRprofessionals who want to get on should consider studying for an MBA earlierrather than later – perhaps even at HRM level.”Ifyou are about to get on the board of a FTSE company the probability is that youare 35 to 40 years of age and are pretty high up your chosen ladder. You willprobably already have done a general management programme or an MBA. Typically,people who do an MBA are the high-fliers in the 25-to-35 age bracket,”says Murray.Analternative option is the executive MBA, or eMBA. This is the samequalification studied part-time on a modular basis and often throughe-learning. Many colleges have linked up with other institutions around theworld to offer eMBAs that are truly global, designed to attract high-fliersworking for multinationals. Ultimately, though, it is the qualification and theschool it is from, not how you got it, that matters, argues AMBA’s Jones.”An MBA is an MBA is an MBA.” So,it’s easy, then; an MBA is a passport to the board. Not necessarily.Cranfield’s Murray and LBS’ Tyler agree an MBA can be an enormous careeraccelerator, but getting to the board is a different matter altogether.”Youcannot just say that HR directors are not on the board because they do not haveMBAs – that is deeply far fetched. It is about knowledge, skills andpersuasiveness,” says Murray. “An MBA is extremely useful. It givesyou a vocabulary, an agenda that lets you relate to the business. But thefurther up you go the less it is about qualifications and the more it is aboutyour experience, determination and drive.”Neithercan the qualification teach an executive what life is really like on the board,whether from an HR background or not, argues John Weston, head of the centrefor director development at the Institute of Directors. An MBA will give you asound under-pinning of effective management, but the IoD also runs a diploma incompany direction that aims to offer clear, distinct guidance on how to leadand be a director. About 300 people a year go through the course. “Most MBAs miss the unique difference ofbeing on the board. Managing and directing are not the same thing. There is thecollective responsibility, different legal duties and responsibilities. It isabout operating beyond your function and specialism,” says Weston.HRpeople need to start to emphasise HR’s strategic nature, he adds.”Managing directors and financial directors tend not to understand thatconcept very well. HR professionalsreally have to blow their own trumpet more. They have to say, ‘This companywill not work unless you have an effective HR strategy in place’. They could beleaking their best people like a sieve and not know it.”Forthe HR professional looking to progress up the greasy pole, it appears thequestion of acquiring an MBA is increasingly becoming one of when rather thanif. Of course, some HR high-fliers will continue to make it to the board withoutMBAs. But, if HR professionals want to win the battle to become an integralpart of their organisation’s strategic and business objectives, then the MBAmust become a key weapon in their arsenal.WhereMBAs come in the pecking orderDoctorates:PhDscan be a useful tool for focusing on business issues or problems, but they aremore usually for the serious academic. Nevertheless, they can add gravitas toan already solid CV*SpecialisedMasters Degree: Graduatesshould be able to show an advanced level of academic and conceptual thinking and understand their functioninside out. But while they should give a sense of the broader business picture,they may also be tightly focused on a specific function or discipline** * *MBA:Givesa credible grounding in general management and administration skills. Graduateswill be expected to be able to “think outside the box” when it comesto their function, be real business players and, probably, on a fast-track tothe board** * * *ManagementDiploma: Showsyou’re thinking widely about your field and how best to work within yourorganisation ** *CIPD:Avital qualification for any self-respecting HR professional, but worth gettingbehind you as fast as possible and then moving on **Key:** * * * stand for excellent, through to * which has less relevanceMBAskills need continuous updatingOnceachieved, an MBA will need updating. Indeed, a central tenet of any good MBAprogramme is an expectation for life-long and continuous professional development.FormerMBA students are generally encouraged to remain in touch with their collegesthroughout the rest of their professional working life.Fourmonths ago, AMBA launched MBAcademy as a specific initiative to tap into thisneed for life-long learning among MBA graduates. The academy offers members aseries of five-day refresher courses designed to update their management skillswith the latest thinking, open them up to new ideas and simply allow them timeto rethink some of their management beliefs.Amongother initiatives, Roffey Park launched its Strategic HR Network in September. Thisforum comprises some 30 HR professionals who can share views, contacts, bestpractice and hold discussions at least twice a year. The members will also begiven software to allow them to keep in touch through their computers outsidethe meetings.Thisarticle first appeared in the February 2002 edition of Global HRmagazine. To subscribe click here Comments are closed.