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Simbisa Brands Limited (SIM.zw) 2015 Prospectus

first_imgSimbisa Brands Limited (SIM.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2015 prospectus For more information about Simbisa Brands Limited (SIM.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Simbisa Brands Limited (SIM.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Simbisa Brands Limited (SIM.zw)  2015 prospectus Company ProfileSimbisa Brands Limited is the largest fast-food restaurant operator in Zimbabwe and owns, operates and franchises a selection of well-known Quick Service Restaurant brands. These include Pizza Inn and Chicken Inn, and Nandos and Steers of South Africa. Simbisa Brands Limited has an extensive footprint in Africa, with outlets in Zimbabwe and 10 African countries including Kenya, Ghana, Mauritius, Botswana, DRC, Malawi, Swaziland, Lesotho and Zambia. The fast-food restaurant group is a spin-off from Innscor Africa, a ZSE-listed manufacturing group in Zimbabwe. Simbisa Brands Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Introverted House / XPIRAL

first_img Projects ArchDaily Year:  Introverted House / XPIRAL “COPY” “COPY” Houses Introverted House / XPIRALSave this projectSaveIntroverted House / XPIRAL photographs:  David Frutos | Bis ImagesPhotographs:  David Frutos | Bis ImagesRigger:Felipe SaezPromotor:Andrés Caravaca ParellónStructural Engineering:Jose+Juan CutillasWooden Structure:Miguel NevadoSteel Structure:Antonio LópezBudget:140,722.36 €Architect In Charge:Javier Peña GalianoDesign Team:Maren Kläschen, Javier Jimenez, Malte EglingerCity:MurciaCountry:SpainMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© David Frutos | Bis ImagesRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreThe initial idea for this house was to outline all its views toward the interior, to live invested toward a patio, since the views of the environment that it surrounds were not anything attractive. We outline to create a housing with it own interior landscape.Save this picture!© David Frutos | Bis ImagesThe housing is projected with a helical geometry that pivots on a great interior patio, a inclined journey in which go spilling spaces, each of one characterized by its form, by its way to look and by its program.Save this picture!© David Frutos | Bis ImagesIt’s really a housing in a single plant that it has stretched out in height, where natural light guides us inside, although hiding the windows in the circulation address, and sliding on the white curved geometries, inside and outside. This absolute loss of the frontal perspective transforms the interior spaces in a “continuous changing one”, in which the users movements and the light speak to us about time, seasons or climate, to every minute…Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanThe garden completes the construction of this introspective look, locating different plant species in a complementary way to the interior program.  Through soft unequal green surfaces, they consent as much people as vehicles toward the house, passing below the pool and their beach.Save this picture!© David Frutos | Bis ImagesWe have brought near to the sky the pool, looking for the maximum sun but also creating a sensual privacy through a microperforated corrugated steel sheets that for their geometry curved interact with the external user to the parcel. Save this picture!© David Frutos | Bis ImagesThe variety interior and external landscape is reinforced through three structures (armed concrete, I steel and wood) that are alternated in the spaces in a three-dimensional and flowing way. The massive target of plasters to the interior and oversees mortar reinforces flowing of the light in an elementary way. Save this picture!© David Frutos | Bis ImagesAll the thermal inertia of the housing is toward the interior, since a thick isolation is located to the exterior (under the mortar) what assures us an excellent effect cave, reinforced by the selection of holes that you/they have been carried out, the placement of the vegetation or the waterflows of cover and garden. Save this picture!SectionI believe that the Architecture requires to be visited to be understood, but all these three-dimensional fluctuating concepts that this memory tries to explain, are magnified in this house…Project gallerySee allShow less’Under the Cloud’ Railway Station Proposal / Arthur KupreychukUnbuilt ProjectCABII House / Nacho Carbó arquitectoSelected Projects Share Save this picture!© David Frutos | Bis Images+ 26 Share 2012center_img Architects: XPIRAL Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs Year:  2012 CopyHouses•Murcia, Spain ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/334925/introverted-house-xpiral Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/334925/introverted-house-xpiral Clipboard CopyAbout this officeXPIRALOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMurciaHousesSpainPublished on February 21, 2013Cite: “Introverted House / XPIRAL” 21 Feb 2013. 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NPPC Applauds Delivery of First Significant FMD Vaccine Bank Purchase to…

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleAg Provisions in the COVID-19 Stimulus PackageNext articleAg Provisions in the COVID-19 Stimulus Package and Colder Weather Ahead on the HAT Tuesday Podcast NAFB News Service SHARE NPPC Applauds Delivery of First Significant FMD Vaccine Bank Purchase to USDA Earlier this year, the USDA announced the first significant purchase for its foot and mouth disease (FMD) vaccine bank. This month, the purchase worth $27 million was delivered.The establishment of a robust FMD vaccine bank has been a top, long-term priority for the National Pork Producers Council, which was instrumental in advocating for its establishment as part of the 2018 Farm Bill.Currently, USDA, which has prescribed vaccination for dealing with an FMD outbreak, does not have access to enough vaccine should an outbreak occur.FMD is an infectious viral disease that affects cloven-hooved animals, including cattle, pigs and sheep, it is not a food safety or human health threat. The disease is endemic in many parts of the world and would have widespread, long-term fallout for livestock and crop agriculture, including the immediate loss of export markets.NPPC says the organization “looks forward” to continuing to work with the agency to ensure the FMD vaccine bank is adequately stocked. By NAFB News Service – Dec 21, 2020 Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News NPPC Applauds Delivery of First Significant FMD Vaccine Bank Purchase to USDAlast_img read more

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Reconstructing The ‘Right To Shelter’

first_imgColumnsReconstructing The ‘Right To Shelter’ Areeb Uddin14 Dec 2020 6:46 AMShare This – xIn India, where majority of the population belongs from the rural areas, and the wealth is endowed with only 2 to 3% of the financial holders. It is expected that the most valuable thing one owns, is the shelter over their head, which acts as a dignified shield. The debate around ‘Right to shelter’ has always been tabled in context with the poor or the vulnerable class, because they…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?LoginIn India, where majority of the population belongs from the rural areas, and the wealth is endowed with only 2 to 3% of the financial holders. It is expected that the most valuable thing one owns, is the shelter over their head, which acts as a dignified shield. The debate around ‘Right to shelter’ has always been tabled in context with the poor or the vulnerable class, because they are mostly exploited and neglected by the stake holders. Recently, the Karnataka High Court directed the State to reconstruct the huts, which were burnt due to misinformation/rumors. This direction is not only a positive ray for those dwellers, but also another brick into the ‘Shelter-jurisprudence’. The Indian Constitution guarantees every individual a dignified life without any external exploitation. Article 21 which has been the grundnorm of personal liberty under Part-III, also the Right to Shelter is implied a fundamental right under the garb of Article 21 itself. Recently, an incident took place around January, which continued up to March- April in the State of Karnataka where some poor migrant labours (who were mainly migrated from districts of North Karnataka, Hubli and other States) were evicted from their native houses/shelters and the concerned huts were demolished. On 19th January, this happened in daylight that too in presence of the BBMP and Marathahali Police (as contended by the Petitioners in the Writ Petition). These migrants were targeted and rumors were circulated that they are living illegally with a Bangladeshi identity, in pursuance of this misinformation the authorities took such coercive steps.Right to Shelter has been one of the most important facet of Article 21 and there having been some landmark decisions by the Supreme Court which have upheld it as a fundamental right. When the Karnataka High Court got to know about the incident, it took Suo Moto cognizance and directed the authorities to provide the concerned information. Lately, when the matter was posted before the bench, it was observed by the court that: “Prima facie it appears to us that this is a very high handed action on the part of the interested persons of destroying the huts, thereby, violating the fundamental rights under Article 21 of the Constitution of India of the hut-dwellers.” Ignorance is not a ‘bliss’ There were more than 300 slums which were burnt down, along with them, the hope, ray of light and livelihood of many shredded away. A student, Thimmappa B, told the Times of India that he lost of all his belongings, including the uniform, study material and all the concerned accessories. The bench noted that the State is obliged to compensate these hut-dwellers accordingly and opined that “The State must make inquiry to ascertain the whereabouts of the occupants of the huts which were destroyed in the fire. The State will have to ensure that compensation is paid to them on account of destruction of their goods, they will also have to be rehabilitated. The statement of objections should state steps taken in this behalf. “Apart from compensation to the affected families for loss of household articles, there was no genuine effort by the state to rehabilitate the families. The huts were destroyed by third parties, thus the state ignored high handed conduct on part of miscreants who were interested in destructing the huts.” On December 4, the High Court directed the State to reconstruct the huts at its own cost, and such compensation should be paid without any restraints. The time limit which has been given is two months, within which the construction should take place. Coming down heavily on the State, the court had rightly observed that “The State government remained passive for a long time and made no effort in order to take action against miscreants who destroyed the structures/huts. Houses were erected on lands vested with the state government, therefore in our view prima facie, the state failed to uphold Fundamental Rights, governed under Article 21 of Constitution.” On the other side, the State pleaded that it had no knowledge about the said destruction, to which the court retaliated and observed that – “It is not as if houses were destroyed in one day. On March 28, some huts were burnt and on March 30, few more huts were burnt. This is not a case of solitary incidents. All this was done while the state was aware of this incident. Till this court intervened there was no attempt made for compensating the persons affected.” The whole incident was based of ‘presumption’, the concerned authorities presumed that these poor migrants are illegal Bangladeshi residents. For instance, even if they were, is this the procedure to evict anyone who’s residing somewhere in an unorganized sector? The same incident took place in Delhi, where 100-150 Jhuggies were demolished without any notice being served, also in such cases, is it not the duty of the authorities to keep a check that whether these poor migrants are able to understand the conditions of the said notice or not? Apart from eviction, there are statutes which call for rehabilitation of such dwellers, if their land is taken, but no such policies are implemented in reality. For instance, Under the Delhi Slum and JJ Rehabilitation and Relocation Policy, 2015 there are certain conditions which have been prescribed for those who are residing in these Jhuggies. The relocation policy states that if – JJ clusters which have come up before 01 January 2006 shall not be removed without rehabilitation. The ‘Shelter-jurisprudence’ at par In the times when the world is tackling against the global virus, such decisions are always welcoming and acts as the ray of hope for these sinking dwellers. The observations made by the Supreme Court in Chameli Singh v. State of U.P,[1] is pertinent to note, which was also referred by the Karnataka High Court during the course of hearing. The Supreme Court had rightly observed that “Shelter for a human being, therefore, is not a mere protection of his life and limb. It is home where he has opportunities to grow physically, mentally, intellectually and spiritually. Right to shelter, therefore, includes adequate living space, safe and decent structure, clean and decent surroundings, sufficient light, pure air and water, electricity, sanitation and other civic amenities like roads etc. so as to have easy access to his daily avocation. The right to shelter, therefore, does not mean a mere right to a roof over one’s head but right to all the infrastructure necessary to enable them to live and develop as a human being. Right to shelter when used as an essential requisite to the right to live should be deemed to have been guaranteed as a fundamental right.”Everyone has the right to fair hearing, and the other party should always be heard without any restraints. The Supreme Court in, Shakthivelnagara Gudisalu Nivasigala Kshemabhivrudhi Sangha, Bangalore v. State of Karnataka, had rightly observed that even those who are living in an unorganized sector are entitled to ‘notice’ or ‘fair-hearing’. It was noted by the bench that: “I therefore see no reason to confine the right of hearing or notice only to those who own either the land or the buildings in the slum area. If what is important for any such right to accrue is a possible prejudice on account of the issue of a notification, there is no denial that such a prejudice is bound to be suffered even by a person who does not own the land nor even a building in the strict sense of the term but is simply surviving more often than not in sub human conditions, in some hut or such other structure which he may have put up for a shelter. After all how can we forget that a slum takes birth almost invariably by the poorest finding some open space for a small tent, a mud hut, or a wooden or other structure to take shelter in. Merely because such a structure may not be capable of being described as a ‘building’ can hardly warrant denial of a right which must belong to all no matter there station in life.” In one of the landmark cases, the Supreme Court dealt with the poor dwellers in Mumbai who were residing on the pavements. In Oliga Tellis v. Bombay Municipal Corporation, the court observed that — “An equally important facet of that right is the right to livelihood because, no person can live without the means of living, that is, the means of livelihood. If the right to livelihood is not treated as a part of the constitutional right to life, the easiest way of depriving a person of his right to life would be to deprive him of his means of livelihood to the point of abrogation. Such deprivation would not only denude the life of its effective content and meaningfulness but it would make life impossible to live. And yet, such deprivation would not have to be in accordance with the procedure established by law, if the right to livelihood is not regarded as a part of the right to life. That, which alone makes it possible to live, leave aside what makes life livable, must be deemed to be an integral component of the right to life. Deprive a person of his right to livelihood and you shall have deprived him of his life. Indeed, that explains the massive migration of the rural population to big cities. They migrate because they have no means of livelihood in the villages. The motive force which people their desertion of their hearths and homes in the village s that struggle for survival, that is, the struggle for life. So unimpeachable is the evidence of the nexus between life and the means of livelihood. They have to eat to live: Only a handful can afford the luxury of living to eat.” [4] Hence, the directions laid down by the Karnataka High Court to the State government accelerates the ‘Shelter-jurisprudence’ and it has also been directed to pay a compensation of Rs. 14,000 per family, those who have been suffering or are at a loss because of the said eviction. It is important to note that previously, the State finalized the compensation at Rs. 6,000 which was not accepted by the High Court and the bench retaliated accordingly: “Prima facie it appears to us that for an act of violation of fundamental rights under Article 21 of the Constitution of India, the destruction of the houses of poor people, the compensation is unreasonably low. The State must reconsider the decision to pay only Rs. 6,100 and we make it clear that the reconsideration shall be done within two weeks accordingly. To conclude, it is noteworthy to note that shelter is something which is really an essential element of one’s life, one may live without a job, but without a shelter, the dignity hits back. As the court had rightly observed in Shantistar Builders v. Narayan Khimalal Totame, that “the right to life would take within its sweep the right to food, the right to clothing, the right to decent environment and a reasonable accommodation to live in. The difference between the need of an animal and a human being for shelter has to be kept in view. For the animal it is the bare protection of the body, for a human being it has to be a suitable accommodation, which would allow him to grow in every aspect – physical, mental and intellectual.”[5] Views are personal.(Author is a law graduate from Aligarh Muslim University. He can be reached at uddin,[email protected])Image Courtesy: Media India Group [1] [2] (1996) 2 SCC 549 [3] 1996 SCC OnLine Kar 511 [4] 1985 SCR Supl. (2) 51 [5] (1990) 1 SCC 520 Next Storylast_img read more

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Pilot recalls early days of ‘jet stream’

first_img By Jaine Treadwell Sponsored Content Skip Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By The Penny Hoarder Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Book Nook to reopen “We were flying a four-engine plane from Kunming, China, back to our home base across several mountain ridges and rivers that sloped from the Himalayan Mountains down to the ocean, nicknamed the ‘Hump,’” Folmar said. “The plane was empty because we were returning home from flying a load of wartime supplies to Chiang Kai-Shek’s army.”The plane’s flight level was about 30,000 feet to avoid the extremely rough turbulence caused by strong winds across the tops of the ridges, which averaged 15,000 feet in height.“We were having a relaxing flight in clean smooth air with good scenery in all directions, including mountains off to our right that reached nearly up to flight level,” Folmar said. “Then I noticed that our plane was moving backwards over one of the ridges below us. I alerted the co-pilot. Then we called the engineer and radio operator and all four of us verified for several minutes that while our airspeed indicator was showing 187 miles per hour forward motion through the air, we could see that the plane was moving to the rear over the ridge, roughly estimated at more than 20 miles per hour.” Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Email the author Print Article Published 7:32 pm Tuesday, July 26, 2011 Folmar said that he dropped the plane down near the mountaintop and flew against the rougher and slower headwinds to finally reach home base.“I reported all details to the debriefing officer but none of us thought of reporting it any further,” he said. “Much later, research revealed that meteorologists knew a little about some fast winds aloft and pilots planned flights to use them. But, nobody knew then about the higher, shallow streams of fast wind, later named ‘jet streams’ or the small faster cores of wind near their center, which can travel over 200 miles per hour, now called jet streaks.“They were discovered and named well after our 1945 flight and have proved to be very useful in planning high altitude flights and understanding movements of weather fronts on earth.”Folmar delights in telling others that he flew in the jet stream before anybody knew that anything like that existed. At age 92, Bill Folmar continues to make the long drive from Florida to Troy and Goshen for the Folmar and Sanders family reunions.He was in Goshen July 16 and 17 for the annual reunion of relatives and, as always, Folmar had a story to share.He let his memory slip back to when he was 25 years old and a pilot stationed at Jorhat Air Force Base, located in the Brahmaputra River Valley in northeast India. You Might Like Debt crisis shines light on disconnect The disconnect between America and Washington D.C. continues to grow. For the past several weeks, everyday Americans have watched and… read more Pilot recalls early days of ‘jet stream’ William Erastus (Bill) Folmar and Mary Emma Sanders Folmar graduated from Goshen High School with honors. They married shortly after he graduated from the University of Alabama. She finished later.They were in the U.S. Air Force for about 25 years then had another long career in real estate in the Orlando, Florida area. They moved to the Mayflower Senior Citizens Center at Winter Park, Fla. in 1998.Mary Folmar died in 2008 and is buried at Elam Church Cemetery. Bill Folmar and other members of the family continue to come to the family reunions.last_img read more

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Human Society spay/neuter clinic ongoing

first_img Book Nook to reopen Email the author You Might Like Break-in at Brundidge pharmacy A recent break-in a Pharmacy in Brundidge may be part of a chain of late night break-ins across small communities…. read more Brockmann said the annual Pet Photo Contest has greatly reduced the number of unwanted and, often, abused animals in Pike County.“We encourage pet owners to plan now to enter their animals in the Humane Society of Alabama’s 2022 Pet Photo Contest, beginning in June,” she said. “The entries don’t have to be dogs or cats. One of our very popular winners was a pair of matching mules.” Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By Jaine Treadwell Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Skip The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… “Due to COVID-19 and the inability to sponsor our annual Pet Photo Contest fundraiser, the spay/neuter clinic would not have been possible without the donation,” she said. Funds were equally allocated to each of the practicing veterinarians in Pike County which paid $50 of each spay/neuter procedure.“The purpose of the spay/neuter program is to greatly reduced the number of unwanted and unloved animals throughout the county,” Brockmann. “We thank those who have participated and encourage other pet owners to call Drs. Maddox and Johnson and take advantage of the remaining opportunities to have their animals spayed/neutered.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Human Society spay/neuter clinic ongoing Sponsored Content Published 9:18 pm Wednesday, April 28, 2021 Brockmann said more good news is that the Humane Society of Pike County will, once again, sponsor its very popular Pet Photo Contest for 2022.“The theme is going to be ‘The Animals Are Counting on You in ’22,’” Brockmann said. “The funds raised from the Pet Photo Contest and the calendar sales fund our annual spay/neuter program. So, we are counting on the success of the Pet Photo Contest to fun next year’s spay/neuter program.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By The Penny Hoarder The good news from the Humane Society of Pike County is that residents of Pike County and students at Troy University have taken advantage of the humane society’s 2021 spay/neuter program to the tune of more than $9,000.Pike County veterinarians Joe Maddox, Trojan Animal Clinic, and Lawrence Johnson, Pike Animal Hospital, still have some funds available, said Donna Brockmann, HSPC president. “So, we encourage those who have dogs and cats that have not had the procedures done to contact these veterinarians for these $50 cost-saving procedures.” Brockmann said thanks to a generous, anonymous donation of $15,000, the local humane society was able to sponsor the spay/neuter clinic in 2021.last_img read more

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Meet Scott Adams

first_img Comments are closed. World-famous cartoonist Scott Adams explains to DeeDee Doke how he canrelate the world of his cartoon characters to the world of human resources andgives his definition of key HR conceptsThe northern California neighbourhood where cartoonist Scott Adams lives isAmerican suburbia perfected to the highest possible gloss – a world far removedfrom the beyond-bland cubicle city inhabited by Adams’ sad-sack creationDilbert and his woebegone, evil or incompetent co-workers and bosses. Through the worldwide circulation and wild appreciation of Dilbert, Adamshas unquestionably earned his success, his millions and his right to live in abeautiful, big house – but somehow, it’s a relief to find wayward grass pokingits way through the flagstones on his patio. Too much polished perfection wouldnot be worthy of the cynical voice of the modern workforce. Adams is no longer merely a best-selling artist and author, however. He ownsa restaurant and is building a second. He also heads up Scott Adams Foods,which makes and sells the vegetarian Dilberito, a product Adams believes hasthe potential of becoming “the blue jeans of food”. In short, he’sjoining the ranks of dreaded management through entrepreneurial enterprise. Buthe follows a few HR rules of his own making to create his ideal workplace. “The fewer the employees the better,” says Adams “So for myfood company, we have national distribution but just one employee – and he ownsa percentage of the company – and he’s qualified. So I know he knows what todo. And I know he knows he wants to do it because his income is directlyaffected. So it practically manages itself. Anything that he wants to do, hejust has to make a case, and I almost always say yes. So that’s actually prettyeasy. “The restaurant’s a similar deal. I’m primarily the financial investor,and my business partner does all the managing. Then we split the money.” Boyish and bespectacled, Adams laughs easily. Although he originally hailsfrom upper New York State, his speech has acquired the Californian lilt of aquestion at the end of every sentence. He earned a Bachelor’s degree ineconomics from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, then an MBA fromUniversity of California at Berkeley “just for the credentials”, heconfesses. He shares his home with the fabled Pam, whom he always thanks in thecredits of his books, and two cats – one who likes visitors and one who hidesfrom them. At six, Adams knew he wanted to be a world-famous cartoonist. “Thatkind of went away when I realised there were only a few of them. There werefour billion people on earth at that time, and there were maybe six with thejob I wanted, so the odds didn’t look good,” he explains. “So Ithought I’d be a be a lawyer or something. But I always thought that, at somepoint, I would do something entrepreneurial and that I would be wildlysuccessful. I always irrationally believed that.” Dilbert was launched in 1989, when Adams worked for the telecoms companyPacific Bell, and the cartoon became a true international hit between 1995 and1998. Adams left in 1995 at the company’s request. “I had an arrangementduring my last year or so that whenever I was more trouble than I was worth,they just had to ask me to leave because I didn’t need to work there at thatpoint. One day, they needed the budget more than they needed me, and my bossasked me to leave,” he says. But did he go quietly? Not quite. His bearded boss’ last words to Adams were”please don’t introduce a character with a beard”. So the firstcharacter he introduced after leaving had a beard. “Except it was aspecial beard,” Adams says, perhaps a shade too deadpan. The character, headds, was “too dumb to be able to grow it down his chin, so it came out ofhis forehead”. Adams’ perception of the HR professional is reflected in Dilbert’s worldthrough the character of ‘Catbert, the evil director of HR’. “The fewtimes when I leave out ‘evil’, just for space, I get letters from people saying‘Why isn’t he evil anymore? We like him evil!’” Originally drawn into the cartoon as an anonymous cat for a one-day stand,reader interest spurred Catbert’s addition as a regular member. Adams wonderedwhat kind of job the character should have. Then it struck him.”Personality wise, the cat seemed like the perfect director of HR, becauseif you think about it, a cat doesn’t really care if you live or die, but itwouldn’t mind playing with you before you go. So that seemed to fit the HRpeople I’d been familiar with. And it hit a chord because the HR peopleembraced it. It was a perfect marriage.” The ‘evil’ in the title is no mistake, Adams insists. “Catbert reallyconveys pure evil, and at some level, I think HR people are relating to thefact that they are the agents of evil. I mean, the whole point of anyleadership is to get people to do things they didn’t want to do on their own.Otherwise, why would you need leadership? So if there could be a more perfectdefinition of evil, I don’t know what it would be. I don’t think theynecessarily enjoy being evil all the time, but they’re fully aware that they’rethe carriers of evil.” Both in his early banking career and during his stint at Pacific Bell, firstas a budget analyst and then as an engineer, Adams encountered the kind ofsurreal workplace scenarios that give Dilbert its ‘been there, done that’credibility. “This is a good HR story,” he says about when he leftPacific Bell. “It was a time when the company was downsizing. So if youever downsized anybody, since they were trying to downsize by attrition, youcould never hire anybody to replace them. So within a group, if you had more ofa need for engineers than for budget analysts, your best bet was to take yourbudget analyst and make him an engineer – which is what happened to me. Theysaid: ‘You can use a computer, right? You’re an engineer now.’ “I was the most incompetent engineer ever,” he says. “I wasgame for anything because I have no normal sense of embarrassment for failure.Perhaps it was bred out of me. They threw me in a lab, and customers would comein, with all this high-tech stuff around – we were working on ISDN lines at thetime. I’d be desperately trying to connect cables and make things work, with noidea what I was talking about.” Adams’ own experience demonstrates how, when it comes to story material,downsizing and Dilbert are a match made in heaven. “Dilbert did the worstduring the dotcom frenzy because I couldn’t find anyone to complain about theirjob.” The HR tenet of diversity poses an ongoing dilemma for Adams, however,because of the push-pull of reader demand for a mixed bag of characters againstthe cloud of political correctness. Most of Dilbert’s characters are whitemales, with several exceptions: Asok is Indian, Juan Delegado is Hispanic andAlice is a woman. But don’t expect to see greater ethnic or racial diversity inAdams’ cartoon workplace. “There are two reasons I don’t do morediversity, and one of them is the worst reason in the world: diversity isharder to draw. With a little black and white cartoon, to show somebody beinganything other than the generic white person, you would have to do it partlywith features. If a white person draws anybody who is non-white with featuresthat are their interpretation of what their features look like, it’s nothingbut trouble. “It doesn’t matter what I do, it would just be a world of hurt,”he says. “And in any case, all the characters are flawed: Wally is lazy,Dilbert has no social life, and Alice is mean. That’s what makes theminteresting. Imagine having an African-American character. What flaw do I givethem? What could I get away with, me being the whitest person in the universe?”The answer is, I can’t get away with it. I would love to do it, and Iwould love to make all characters as despicable as the Caucasian characters. Ijust can’t get away with it. Someday the world will allow it, but that worlddoesn’t exist now. “I get lots of complaints whenever I have Asok do anything that makeshim look inexperienced,” Adams continues. “His flaw, if you can callit that, is that he’s new – and that’s not even that much of a flaw. He’s notas cynical and beaten down as the others. But with political correctness, logicisn’t really part of the equation.” Bravely, Adams was the first American cartoonist to give his mass audiencehis e-mail address. As a result, he receives hundreds of messages a day fromreaders, with about 15 per cent writing to him from outside the US. What he’slearned is that workplace issues are pretty universal, and he reciprocates byleaving out Americanisms that could dilute Dilbert’s universality. “Idon’t do Fourth of July jokes, and if I’m doing a sport, I’m more likely to dosoccer. They might change the word, but at least they’ll recognise it becauseeven things like baseball don’t always translate.” Of his life today, he most loves being able to control his own schedule.”I found, for example, there’s a time of the day when I’m really creative,and there’s a time of the day when I can’t do anything except staple andcollate. And if you’re in the business world, and you work for someone else,they will invariably want you to be creative during your tired time and collateduring your creative time until you’re virtually worthless. My ability to dowhat I’m best at when I’m best at it makes me very happy. The hardest aspect of life now, however, is the fact that “you can’tcomplain” he says. “Nobody wants to hear it because, relativelyspeaking, things are going so well. My complaints are so petty that they soundlike luxuries to other people. I believe that everyone has a certain amount ofcomplaining they need to get out before they die. You’re born with a store ofcomplaints, and if you get rid of all of then, then you die. So I’ll probablylive forever because I can’t expunge them quickly enough. “So,” he adds, “that’s really not a big problem.” GlobalHR asked Scott Adams to play jargon association with key HRconceptsHuman capital: “It’s likeresources. All these words that try to turn human beings into fuel,essentially.”Empower: “The manager’ssolution to the fact that sometimes things would be the manager’s fault, andthat was not good. So by inventing this sacred word, empowered, they could tellthe employees that it was their responsibility for their own decisions. Then,of course, they still had to do what the manager wanted them to do, except nowthey had to guess what things would get them in trouble and what thingswouldn’t. Then when they did things the manager didn’t like, the manager couldyell at them and blame them, so it’s like the perfect management trap. Youstill had all the control you ever had but now you had more credibility inblaming your employees.”Value added: “Expensivephrase for ‘What are you good for?’ I confess I’ve used that phrase. Once in awhile, you want to convey that you’re making a point and also that you’re avery business-minded person. So you say something is ‘value added’. But it’salso a fairly useful thing. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in asituation where I’ve had to ask somebody what value was being added. It’s funnythere’s even a phrase for it because it should be built in.”Performance management:”As far as it goes, performance management is like its own littlecategory, because everybody, when asked, who’s been involved either as manageror employee, will tell you they (appraisals) don’t work. And everyone willstill do them. That’s the part I don’t get. Where’s the value added, you mightask?”Succession planning: “Thething that you want to pretend you’re doing but don’t actually do because ifthere’s a succession plan then you can be canned. So it’s the last thing youwant to do by the time you’ve become an executive, when it actually startsmattering. You’re certainly smart enough to not have a successor. You’d be afool. So you want to have somebody who’s totally incompetent, but at least hasgood hair or is tall or looks good or something, so it’s not as if you haven’tdone your job. But you want everyone to know it’s big trouble if that persontakes over.”Talent management: “Maybe that’s another phrase fortaking care of the prima donnas.”Managers: “You have tohave them, I’m not advocating getting rid of them. I’m just thinking that thebest kind of management could be to show up every once in awhile. Do a goodhour of managing and then go play golf. And it probably would be just as good,but you wouldn’t look like a manager, and you would be fired if you did that.”Management books: “I’veperused many. If you could become a better manager by reading management books,then the only people who would be bad managers would be the illiterate. Andeven they could get books on tape. So, really, if they worked, you could solveeverybody’s problem. You could say ‘Hey, you really suck as a manager. Read abook. Try a book, that’ll fix you up’. There’s just so much evidence that itdoesn’t work that I’m amazed, amazed, that anybody can think that it wouldwork.”Further informationDilbert: The Way of the Weasel byScott Adams (out in October 2002)God’s Debris: A Thought Experiment by Scott Adams,Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2001  Excuse Me While I Wag  by Scott Adams, Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2001Random Acts of Management by Scott Adams, AndrewsMcMeel Publishing, 2000The Joy of Work by Scott Adams, Andrews McMeelPublishing, 1998www.dilbert.comwww.dilberito.comwww.Staceyscafe.comE-mail Scott Adams at [email protected] Meet Scott AdamsOn 1 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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HMS Bulwark Returns to Plymouth, UK

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HMS Bulwark Returns to Plymouth, UK [mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 3, 2012; Image: UK MoD December 3, 2012 Training & Education Share this article View post tag: Plymouth View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Returns View post tag: Bulwark View post tag: Navy View post tag: UK View post tag: HMS HMS Bulwark Returns to Plymouth, UK The amphibious warship HMS Bulwark returned to her home base of Plymouth last week after two months with the largest Royal Naval deployment of the year in the Mediterranean.The command and control ship led the UK’s Response Force Task Group (RFTG) on Exercise Cougar 12, consisting of the helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious, Plymouth-based HMS Montrose and HMS Northumberland, Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Mounts Bay and the heavy-lift ferry Hartland Point.HMS Bulwark’s Commanding Officer, Captain Andrew Burns, said:“It has been an immensely successful deployment. We have proved we have the professionalism and the tools to do the job that we are here to do. We have come a long way in the two months since we sailed from Devonport, and we have honed the skills that make HMS Bulwark a capable and formidable amphibious platform and fleet flagship.“We now look forward to 2013 and the opportunities that we are presented with to develop and build upon our capabilities even further.”Sailing fully loaded with 550 sailors, Royal Marines and Commander United Kingdom Task Group staff officers, 62 Land Rovers and armoured vehicles and eight amphibious landing craft, HMS Bulwark departed as a fully loaded amphibious assault platform ready to grasp every opportunity available on the exercise to train and prove her capabilities.Having trained off the south west coast of England, where the task group took the opportunity to exercise the key elements of amphibious operations, the RFTG sailed for the Mediterranean, taking the opportunity to train with the Danish, French and Spanish navies along the way.The culmination of all the rehearsing took place in Corsica, testing the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force concept developed under the UK and France Defence Cooperation Treaty.The British and French navies were successfully able to examine and test the maritime element by demonstrating the task group’s ability to project air power from the sea using the French Carrier Strike Group and the British Amphibious Task Group, with HMS Bulwark at the centre of amphibious operations.The 13-day exercise in Albania involved Royal Marines from 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group and 45 Commando, a full land and air assault on the Vlore Peninsula, and simulated small boat attacks against the ships in the task group by the Albanian Navy, playing the role of smugglers and insurgents.Exercise Albanian Lion allowed HMS Bulwark to demonstrate her prowess in amphibious operations, command and control, and surface defence against maritime attack.The crew of HMS Bulwark also enjoyed port visits to Gibraltar, Toulon, Corfu and Malta for diplomacy duties, memorial services and sporting events. The crew are now taking some well-earned leave.last_img read more

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IS IT TRUE APRIL 24, 2017

first_imgIS IT TRUE at tonights City Council meeting a presentation will be made by a representative of the Evansville Redevelopment Commission and VenuWorks to update Council members on recent changes to the newly amended contractural agreement between the City and the new owners of the Thunderbolts? …we hope that the presenters will give Council members a true and accurate line item breakdown on how the Thunderbolts have lost many hundreds of thousands of dollars this season? …we would also like to know if the taxpayers of this community have been subsidizing any of the financial losses of the Thunderbolts? …we also hope that the above individuals will come forward and tell Council members who ready owns the Evansville Thunderbolt hockey team? …it would be extremely helpful to find out who are responsible for covering any financial losses of the Thunderbolts at the Ford Center? we also hope that the presenters will tell Council if they have any past or present bills they haven’t paid?…we hope that presenters will include the $8 million annual bond payment in their profit and lose statements they present to Council this evening?IS IT TRUE we predict that the upcoming city budget shall be a financial disaster because of excessive past and present spending habits of the current Administration?  …we wonder how Mayor Winnecke and Council Finance Chairman Dan McGinn are going to come up with the money to build the new Lloyd Swimming Pool at Robert’s Parks, build the Penguin display at the Zoo and pay for the excessive financial shortfall of City employees Healthcare coverage for the coming budget year?IS IT TRUE that the majority of Council members are going to attempt to  take an additional 2% of our Homestead Tax Credit money so they can cover their excussive spending habits?IS IT TRUE that it should be blatantly obvious to anyone who has been paying attention that the City of Evansville can’t seem to figure out how to make a buck or break even on any sports related activity?…the latest revelation is that the public golf courses are costing the Evansville Park and Recreation Department a boatload of money?IS IT TRUE specifically speaking the golf courses had a positive balance of $300,000 in 2011 when Mayor Winnecke was first elected and now 5 years later the balance is NEGATIVE $700,000?…That means the golf courses have lost $1 Million in 5 years?…a loss of $200,000 per year to subsidize a bunch of loser golf courses is nothing less than taking money from those who don’t play golf and giving that money to a golfer?…it is time for the City of Evansville to either figure out how to make a profit on the city owned and operated golf courses or lease them to a private developer?…there are only two ways to make a moneymaker out of a losing operation and those either increase revenue, cut expenses, or preferably both?IS IT TRUE it isn’t just golf that is a subsidized losing operation in the City of Evansville’s portfolio of investments?  …sports entities that have been reported to lose money are Thunderbolt teams, the Evansville Bluecats (arena football), outdoor football, and a couple of now defunct basketball teams?…even the NFL Evansville Crimson Giants couldn’t make a go of it?…it has also been reported on many occasions that the Evansville Otters baseball operation struggles financial?…profits and sports are not two things that have gone together in many years?…repeating the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity?Todays ‘Readers Poll” question is: Do you think the City should consider leasing City golf courses to private developers?FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Breweries in Indiana dealing with beer can shortage

first_img Twitter Breweries in Indiana dealing with beer can shortage WhatsApp By Network Indiana – March 17, 2021 0 151 Pinterest Twitter Google+ IndianaLocalNews Facebook By Paul Joseph from vancouver, bc, canada (08-mar-31) [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons Breweries in Indiana, and across the country, had to adapt in 2020 because of the pandemic. Now, they’ve had to adapt again.With a lot of bars and restaurants closed for most of last year, breweries and other beverage companies focused on producing more drinks in cans to sell in the stores.“In August 2019, Sun King utilized 600,000 beverages cans,” Clay Robinson, co-CEO of Sun King Brewery in Indianapolis, told Inside Indiana Business. “In August 2020, we utilized 1.2 million cans.”He said breweries and companies focused on cans, not just throughout the United States, but throughout the world. However, that threw “a wrench in the works,” Robinson said.There is now a shortage of aluminum cans.“There’s not enough run time on machines that make cans, so what a lot of beverage manufacturers have had to do in order to keep their primary packages flowing is kind of shed some of their ancillary brands and really focus on core products,” Robinson said.That means not as much production of specialty products, meaning you might not see your favorite seasonal beer as much.He added that even though bars and restaurants are opening back up, he doesn’t anticipate the sales of aluminum cans to go back to pre-pandemic levels. Facebook Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleHartford City man arrested after high speed chase near New ParisNext articleSt. Mary’s planning traditional pre-pandemic commencement for late May Network Indianalast_img read more

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