• British American Tobacco Zimbabwe Limited (BAT) HY2014 Interim Report

    first_imgBritish American Tobacco Zimbabwe Limited (BAT.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the half year.For more information about British American Tobacco Zimbabwe Limited (BAT.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the British American Tobacco Zimbabwe Limited (BAT.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: British American Tobacco Zimbabwe Limited (BAT.zw)  2014 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileBritish American Tobacco (BAT) Zimbabwe Holdings Limited manufactures, distributes and sells tobacco products for local consumption through a network of independent retailers and distributors. Zimbabwe is the 6th largest tobacco grower in the world and the largest in Africa. Three types of tobacco are grown in the country; Virginia flue-cured, burley and oriental tobacco. Over 95% of Zimbabwe’s tobacco is flue-cured; and more than half of its production is exported to China. The company has recently adopted a mutually-beneficial contract system which is reaping rich rewards; the entire crop is bought from the farmer at the end of the season in return for a supply of seed and fertilizer, and expert training by an agronomist on agricultural techniques. Its head office is in Harare, Zimbabwe. British American Tobacco is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

  • Future Faces – Matt Kvesic and Paddy Jackson

    first_imgIreland Under 20 Headshots 24/1/2011 Paddy JacksonMandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie Matt Kvesic(England U20)England U20 – Matt KvesicConfidence is a commodity that shouldn’t be underestimated in sport. It’s not a skill or technique that can be taught, but usually comes as a result of a string of good performances and victories. Back-rower Matt Kvesic, 19, was involved in two successful teams last season. Worcester lost just two games on their way back to the Premiership, while England U20 won a Six Nations Grand Slam before heading off to Italy for the Junior World Championship. And Kvesic made his mark in both sides.A regular for Worcester in their title-winning XV, Kvesic’s work-rate, ball-carrying and tackling impressed the Warriors and England coaches, and he was named Young Player of the Year at Sixways. Kvesic was born to English parents in Germany, where his dad Mark, an Army rugby player, had been posted. In November 2009 he became the youngest Warrior in the pro era when facing the Scarlets in the LV= Cup and last season he marked his first full Championship match with two tries against Esher.“Kvesic is a modern back-row who can play six or eight,” says England U20 coach Rob Hunter. “Playing in the Championship was very beneficial to him. His lineout has improved a lot, and there could be a lot more to come from him.”Having led England U18, Kvesic became a fixture for the U20s this year – making a try-scoring debut against Wales – and he captained the side for the first time in their win over Scotland in Treviso in June.Rugby World Verdict: This all-action back-rower should graduate to full England honours. Bea Asprey Paddy Jackson(Ireland U20) Leinster/Ulster played their rivals off the pitch, winning 68-0, and fly-half Paddy Jackson, just 18 at the time, was the star of the show. Not only was his kicking display nervelessly solid but he kept a cool head in front of a big crowd.Jackson’s composure is just one of the reasons why he stood out last season, and he’s also a real threat in attack. He’s quick to exploit gaps in the opposition defence, and never shirks away from a tackle.These attributes haven’t been lost on the national selectors, and Jackson featured in every game of Ireland’s U20 Six Nations campaign this year before heading to Italy for the Junior World Championship. He also made his Magners League debut for Ulster in the 18-16 away victory over the Scarlets in February, filling in for the injured Ian Humphreys, and once again it was notable how quickly he settled into the big occasion.“He’s very attack-minded and his passing and decision-making are both first class,” says Ireland U20 coach Mike Ruddock of Jackson. “His kicking is a few per cent off being top drawer yet, but he’s a brave lad and that will improve. He’s an old-fashioned player with his own style, and has good instincts.”Rugby World Verdict: The future of Ulster and Ireland looks bright with Jackson in it. Bea AspreyThis article appeared in the August 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Ireland U20 – Paddy JacksonThe first game at the brand-new Aviva Stadium in Dublin last July involved players from all four Irish provinces, as a Leinster/Ulster team took on Munster/Connacht in a great showcase for Irish rugby. It was also a great opportunity for youngsters to grace the big stage. Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visitlast_img read more

  • Will Mebane to serve St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo, as interim…

    first_img Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Posted Jul 18, 2014 Tags [St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral press release] The Rev. Will Mebane will assume interim leadership of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral on July 1. Mebane comes to Buffalo from Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio, where he has served as Canon since 2011.Mebane entered ordained ministry in The Episcopal Church after an eclectic career in media.  After receiving his B.A. degree in Radio,Television and Motion Pictures from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he held positions with several radio and television stations, including WKBW-Channel 7 here in Buffalo in from 1977 to 1980.Mebane’s heart was always drawn to social justice. And he is a founding board member and served as vice president of AMISTAD America, Inc. It was this thirst for social justice that originally led the teenaged Mebane to the Episcopal Church.  He had wrestled since childhood with a call to ordained ministry and entered a formal discernment process just short of his 50th birthday. He was accepted into Yale Divinity School and earned his Master of Divinity along with an award for excellence in preaching. He received a Diploma in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale at that same time. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2010.At Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland he shared in serving as a pastor, prophet and priest to the more than 900 individuals that gather there. He worked with clergy, staff and laity on neighborhood ministry, congregational life and social justice programs. He served as chaplain to the Wilma Ruth Combs Union of Black Episcopalians Chapter in Northern Ohio and served on the Strategy Leadership Team of Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC). He was also an active diocesan leader.Recently, Mebane was appointed by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and President of the House of Deputies, the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, to The Episcopal Church’s new Task Force on the Study of Marriage.Mebane and his wife Paulette (aka “Ronnie”), a registered and master’s prepared nurse affiliated with University Hospitals Case Medical Center, have parented two sons during their 40+ years of marriage.Mebane’s first Sunday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral will be Sunday, July 6th. Summer Eucharist Hours are 8:00 am in the Richmond Chapel, and 9:00 am in Cathedral Park. All are welcome.Mebane’s full bio may be read at http://www.stpaulscathedral.org/article/2/welcome/ Rector Tampa, FL Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Collierville, TN Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit a Job Listing An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Washington, DC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Albany, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Bath, NC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Martinsville, VA Featured Jobs & Calls Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Featured Events Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Rector Columbus, GA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit an Event Listing Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Press Release Service Will Mebane to serve St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo, as interim dean Course Director Jerusalem, Israel The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Knoxville, TN Submit a Press Release Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Belleville, IL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 People Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Youth Minister Lorton, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis last_img read more

  • Maori All Blacks dominate Canada with seven try win in Vancouver

    first_imgMonday Nov 6, 2017 Maori All Blacks dominate Canada with seven try win in Vancouver The Maori All Blacks scored seven tries to romp to a 51-9 victory over Canada to start their Northern Hemisphere tour. Despite a yellow card, the Maori side took a 27-9 halftime lead, before piling on more points in a dominant second half. In a tough physical contest, the Maori team hit their straps in the second half, in front of a 28 000 strong crowd in Vancouver. Ihaia West ended with 14 points from four conversions and two penalties.“Really stoked with the performance,” said Maori captain Ash Dixon. “Canada put a lot of pressure on us in that first half. A couple of times we got a bit lucky.”Canadian coach Kingsley Jones said he was disappointed as it was a good performance at times. “I’m a bit disappointed in the end. I have to take the scoreboard away from it… because there’s chunks of the game where we were good.”Canadian skipper Phil Mack felt the ruthlessness of the opposition.“A couple loose kicks really hurt us, a couple turnovers. They want to play a fast, up-tempo game. If you don’t kill that right away it turns into points against you.“I just want to thank the fans — 30,000 people showing up to a rugby match in Canada is pretty awesome. We definitely appreciated the support. Unfortunately it tipped in their scales. I thought we played some pretty positive rugby at times,” said Mack.Canada travel to Europe now for matches against Georgia, Spain and Fiji. They then face Uruguay in January, for the next shot at 2019 Rugby World Cup Qualification.The Maori All Blacks face the French Barbarians in Bordeaux in the next fixture of their tour.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

  • 5 things learned from this weekend’s Autumn Nations Cup

    first_imgMonday Nov 23, 2020 5 things learned from this weekend’s Autumn Nations Cup The Autumn Nations Cup continues next weekend with a final round of group games. Here is a look at some of the key talking points from the round of action that just passed, as we saw England, Wales, Italy (Fiji unable to play) and France win their games.ADVERTISEMENTHere are some takeaways from the weekend.England overwhelming favourites to beat WalesEngland, driven by six successive victories and 13 wins from their last 15 Tests, are racing towards an appearance in the first Autumn Nations Cup final.They look unstoppable at the moment, opening up a five-point lead at the top of Pool A following emphatic victories over Georgia and Ireland. Wales, in contrast, were brushed aside by Ireland before claiming an 18-0 win against Georgia, and they have only defeated England twice in the last eight attempts.Wales have defied the odds in this fixture many times before, and they will need a Herculean effort to halt the juggernaut next Saturday as England make a first appearance in Llanelli since 1887.Mayday alert for WalesEngland possess threats pretty much everywhere in their team, but arguably none greater than the one posed by wing Jonny May. The 30-year-old Gloucester speedster needs one try to move second on his own behind Rory Underwood as England’s most prolific try-scorer, having amassed 31 touchdowns in 59 Tests.His double against Ireland on Saturday took him level with 2003 World Cup winners Will Greenwood and Ben Cohen, and the second of those touchdowns – a spectacular solo effort – ranks among the finest tries scored at Twickenham. Wales have been warned.Tournament needs a game of the highest qualityIt is safe to say that the inaugural Autumn Nations Cup has struggled to capture the imagination. Fiji have been unable to play any games so far following a significant Covid-19 outbreak in their squad, while Georgia have not yet scored a point and Wales are struggling for form. England look a class apart, but the tournament’s overall standard has hardly set pulses racing.It needs something spectacular to give it lift-off, and maybe that will happen at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday when Wales and England go head to head. Wales will be written off, but that might be exactly how they like it.Plenty for Ireland to work onIreland will wind up their Nations Cup pool phase with a home game against Georgia next Sunday, and it should be a comfortable bonus-point victory. But their toughest games of the past month – against France in Paris and England at Twickenham – produced comprehensive defeats.When the Nations Cup is done and dusted and the 2021 Six Nations build-up begins, they are games that head coach Andy Farrell is certain to take most from when it comes to analysis. Ireland have some exciting newcomers in their ranks like James Lowe and Hugo Keenan, but Farrell’s assessment will focus on a bigger picture as Ireland strive to challenge Six Nations top-dogs England and France.Nigel Owens set for century landmarkHistory will be made in Paris on Saturday when Welshman Nigel Owens becomes the first official to referee 100 rugby union Tests.ADVERTISEMENTThe 49-year-old reaches the landmark figure when he takes charge of France against Italy. Owens made his Test debut 17 years ago – a low-key encounter between Portugal and Georgia in Lisbon – and he has gone on to officiate in four World Cups, highlighted by him refereeing the 2015 final between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham.One of the sport’s great characters, Owens also remains at the very top of his game.-PARELATED VIDEO:ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error News Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of… 25 WEEKS AGO Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate… 25 WEEKS AGO ‘Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

  • House of Resonance / FORM | Kouichi Kimura

    first_imgPhotographs:   Takumi OtaText description provided by the architects. This is the small house for a couple, child, and cat. The client lived for a long time in the old house that was built on the site. As the house became older, they decided to build a new house. Save this picture!©  Takumi OtaWith such a background, a proposal was made to build “a house with fresh feeling in the familiar surroundings”. The external appearance is established by assembling several volumes and laying out colors. Careful arrangement of colors from volume to volume gives the façade depth, and produces as well an effective sequence to the entrance. Save this picture!For the internal configuration, the stairway and open ceiling, which are positioned in the center as the core of the building, are surrounded by each room and courtyard. The material, color, and light that match each room are selected to strongly express the space’s design. As a result, the space sterically rises and horizontally creates migration, which mixes variety of material textures, colors, and lights together, succeeding in generating various feelings. Save this picture!©  Takumi OtaThe migration of light and shadow, makes the space and life resonant with each other, and adds richness.Project gallerySee allShow lessDenmark Pavilion / Shanghai 2010ArticlesCommon Boston Common Build CompetitionArticles Share ArchDaily Houses Area:  23552 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!©  Takumi Ota+ 29 Share House of Resonance / FORM | Kouichi Kimura 2010 “COPY” “COPY” Year:  Architects: FORM | Kouichi Kimura Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/63580/house-of-resonance-form-kouichi-kimura Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/63580/house-of-resonance-form-kouichi-kimura Clipboard CopyHouses•Japan Photographs Projects House of Resonance / FORM | Kouichi KimuraSave this projectSaveHouse of Resonance / FORM | Kouichi Kimura Japan CopyAbout this officeFORM | Kouichi KimuraOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesJapanPublished on June 09, 2010Cite: “House of Resonance / FORM | Kouichi Kimura” 09 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Talis SVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Solid ColorPartitionsSkyfoldRetractable Walls – Stepped & Sloped SpacesDining tablesZeitraumWood Table – TautBathroom AccessoriesBradley Corporation USARoll Towel Dispenser – Electronic TouchlessWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesAluminium CompositesSculptformClick-on Battens in Victoria GardensMetal PanelsLongboard®Metal Ceilings – DauntlessWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Mass TimberPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsPerforated Facade PanelFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Rainscreen Cladding Panels for Lightweight Facades in Apartment BlockBricksAcme BrickModular Size BrickMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?共鸣之屋 / FORM | Kouichi Kimura是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

  • Only two dog fouling fines issued in Limerick in 2014

    first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mairead O’Donovan, Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Kevin Sheahan and Mary Noonan with Patrick O’Donoghue and ButtonsDESPITE dog fouling being one of Limerick councillors’ favourite topics of discussion, only two litter fines were issued by the local authority last year to pet owners who failed to clean up after their animals.Of the two litter fines issued in relation to dog fouling in 2014, neither were paid and legal proceedings were not initiated.Surprising, considering the issue of dog fouling comes up at almost every other council meeting.However, Limerick City and County Council is now stepping up its campaign to encourage dog owners to clean up after their animals when they foul in public areas.Environmental control officers and council officials will be out in force over the coming weeks speaking to dog walkers and advising them to carry bags and clean up after their dog. They will also distribute dog bags and deliver the message that failure to clean up after a dog is an offence under the Litter Pollution Act.Welcoming the initiative, Mayor Kevin Sheahan called on all dog owners to act responsibly.“Many dog owners already clean up after their pets but not all do and we need to get the message out there that everyone needs to have respect for their neighbourhood.  If you own a dog, you need to care for them but you also need to do that extra bit and pick up after them if they foul.  Dog waste sticks to shoes, buggies and bicycles and is very difficult to clean”, he explained.Mairead O’Donovan, Administrative Officer with the Council’s Environment Department, said that failing to clean up after your dog is an offence under the Litter Pollution Acts.“Pooper scoop bags are available in supermarkets, pet shops and in some of the euro/deal shops. Dog litter bags can be bought as cheaply as €1 for 100. People may also use nappy sacks, reused plastic bags or something similar. Basically any bag will do as long as you pick it up”, she said. Print TAGSdog foulinglimerickLimerick City and County CouncilLitter Pollution Act Facebook WhatsApp Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Twitter Linkedin Previous articlePipe-bomb trial halted over transcript delaysNext articleOur Field of Dreams Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie center_img Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsLocal NewsOnly two dog fouling fines issued in Limerick in 2014By Alan Jacques – May 22, 2015 925 Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement Emaillast_img read more

  • Action group concerned windfarm development could worsen Finn Valley flooding

    first_img Pinterest Action group concerned windfarm development could worsen Finn Valley flooding Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Twitter Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterestcenter_img By News Highland – December 11, 2015 WhatsApp Previous articleDungloe house fire victim namedNext articleSpecial meeting of Donegal County Council due to get underway News Highland Google+ The Finn Valley Wind Action Group say they are concerned at the possible impact that the development of the Carrickaduff Wind Farm could have on flooding in the Finn Valley area.Cork based company Planree Limited is proposing to build the Carrickaduff wind farm with up to 49 turbines but there has been considerable local opposition.It would be the largest on shore windfarm in the country.Marie Scanlon of the Finn Valley Wind Farm Action Group says there is concern the development could worsen flooding in the area:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/wind1pmFLOOD.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

  • Council urged to utilise disused army barracks in Lifford

    first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleAlmost 40 people awaiting admission to LUHNext articleProgress on significant social housing project for Letterkenny News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donegal County Council is being urged to explore options to utilise the old army barracks in Lifford.The historic building has been discussed for a number of years now and is currently in Council ownership.While money is being spent for the upkeep of the building, there are calls locally for its full potential to be realised.Speaking on the Nine Till Show earlier, Cllr Gerry Crawford says a great deal of Council services are currently housed in the Lifford area, so it makes sense to establish a facility which would compliment that:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/geghnjghjghjghjrryshorter.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Facebook By News Highland – November 5, 2018 WhatsApp Council urged to utilise disused army barracks in Lifford Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+center_img Google+ Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th AudioHomepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

  • Uniformity is not the answer

    first_imgUniformity is not the answerOn 1 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. The internet has made community-based collaborative learning possible on a globalscale, but this does not mean cultural diversity cannot be accommodated, sayPatrick Dunn and Alessandra MarinettiThere is a bad joke circulating in the training community: what’s thedifference between e-learning and Martini? “One can be consumed anytime,anywhere… and the other uses new technologies to help people learn.” To many in the e-learning arena, this is a joke with a bitter ring of truth.E-learning vendors have been roundly criticised for over-selling e-learning’sbenefits. Half of corporate users surveyed in a recent survey1 by the CharteredInstitute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) said their e-learningimplementations did not represent value for money. The pressure is one-learning vendors to focus on genuine business benefit, and key to this willbe to deliver on ‘the Martini promise’. For large global organisations, the ‘anywhere’ part of the promise isn’tprimarily about working at home, in the office or in hotel rooms. It’s aboutbeing able to scale up cost-effectively to meet the learning needs of diverse,globally spread workforces. If this were possible, so the argument goes, itcould radically alter the cost/benefit equation of training. But, like many of e-learning’s benefits, global scale has been hard toachieve. One problem is that the benefits of scale have been outweighed by thecosts of overcoming diversity of language and culture within organisations. Atlast year’s Dublin E-learning Festival, the chief executive of one of theworld’s largest e-learning companies made it clear that he simply couldn’tbuild different courses for every country in the world. LocalisationThe first step to globalising e-learning is what is called ‘localisation’.This usually consists of translating content, altering key graphics and changingsome elements of context – so a mention of Sainsbury’s in the UK would becomeAuchan in France or Daiei in Japan. Companies are taking an increasinglysophisticated approach to localisation, such as designing learning content andprocess from the start to accommodate localisation, instead of producing asingle language version (usually English) and then modifying it. This cuts costand reduces development time. However, localisation is only a first step. Current best practice inlocalisation does not take into account the fact that people in differentcultures learn differently and, in many cases, need to learn different things. Culture theorists such as Geert Hofstede and Fons Trompenaars have knownthis for some time. They talk about culture influencing our ‘mentalprogramming’ and shaping the way we perceive the world – including, of course,how we learn. Fortunately, they have also provided robust conceptual models tohelp analyse the dimensions along which cultures differ.2 Such models have been used extensively by specialist consultancies such asITAP International3 and ITIM4 to help organisations shape their training anddevelopment activities for different cultural contexts. There are nowindications that models of cultural difference are starting to be used to adaptinstructional design approaches to e-learning. But even if we know how company’s values differ, how can e-learning beglobalised without breaking the bank? The answer lies in changing only a smallproportion of content for each culture – just enough to make the overallexperience convincing – using some form of Pareto analysis (the 80/20 rule). If courses consist of collections of learning objects, the costs ofadaptation quickly become more acceptable, as swapping objects in and out ofthe course presents no technical challenge. A course aimed both at US and French learners, for example, would mostlyconsist of common content, but certain key components would be different,including: – Tutor introductions. In France authority figures may be seen as remote(what Hofstede calls high-power distance); in the US those in authority tend tobe seen as informal and friendly (low-power distance) – Background information. In France a large amount is given (Trompenaars’high-context dimension) in the US a direct and brief approach (low context) isfavoured. If industry gurus such as Stephen Downes5 are correct, we may in the futurebe trading course components in a “learning object economy” wherepurchasers of e-learning need buy only the objects they require. This willfurther drive down the cost of adaptation, thereby removing a key barrier toeffective, highly scaleable globale-learning. Adapting e-learning to different cultures is perfectly feasible. However,the real issue is that globalisation presents e-learning, and its close cousinKnowledge Management, with the opportunity to fulfil their over-hypedpotential. According to Jim Flood of Corous, (an Open University company): “Itmight be that classroom/lecture theatre-based models of teaching and learningare eventually seen as a temporary aberration in the historical development ofeducation.” 6 He’s not talking about replacing classroom with on-screen courses, but aboutcommunity-based learning; the “napsterisation” of learning, wherepeople learn informally from other people in rich, peer-to-peer networks. This vision of learning has been around a long time. In the 1970s, IvanIllich7 wrote about “learning webs”; in the 1960s, Paul Freire8advocated a conversational approach to learning; and as early as 1930, LevVygotsky’s9 Social Constructivism placed the community at the heart oflearning. What the internet has done is make community-based, collaborative learning possibleon a global scale. This explains the explosion of interest in Communities ofPractice and Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL). Further, thisview of learning as a primarily social function fits well with constructivisttheories of learning increasingly advocated by the major e-learning contentdevelopers. Constructivist theories propose that we learn by constructingmeaning within ourselves, not simply by absorbing knowledge. So, if learning is about construction, not transfer, and about social, notisolated activity, who should we best learn with? We’re only at the start ofour understanding of community-based learning, so it is difficult to answerthis question. But looking at many successful web-based communities, it isclear that collaborative learning is facilitated by working with those who havedifferent perspectives on our issues, those who approach learning in differentways, yet have similar concerns and needs to ourselves. Which is where culturaldiversity comes in. Global organisations are now able to provide experiences that encouragecommunities of learners with similar concerns but profoundly differentperspectives. Of course, this approach isn’t only the concern of trainingprofessionals. Organisations such as Innoversity10 cultivate diversecommunities of practice in organisations to promote innovation. And in theirbook Building Cross-Cultural Competence, Fons Trompenaars and CharlesHampden-Turner develop the theme that businesses “who focus on integratingrather than polarising values will make much better business decisions”.They argue that wealth is actually created by reconciling values in conflict. What these sources are pointing out, is that constructive, collaborativeengagement with those different from ourselves can help us learn more and learnbetter. The intellectual capital created by sharing experiences and knowledgeof diverse people can amount to far more than their separate parts. This ise-learning and the internet’s biggest opportunity. business school experiments in diversityIn 2001, students at Copenhagen Business School started acourse entitled Diversity in Organisations in a Knowledge ManagementPerspective. As the course was about the study of diversity, it was felt thatdiversity should become an integral part of the educational process. So the 35students from 19 different countries were put into work groups to createmaximum diversity of gender, business specialisation, Belbin profiles andnational culture.There were problems at first, as differences in knowledge,approach and culture came into play – and were not always fully acknowledged.But when the students had to choose whether to be examined in their diversegroups, the majority opted to do so. The results were exceptional, according toSusanne Justesen, one of the tutor team. “The students felt that it reallyincreased their learning and creativity,” she said. “The papers andmodels presented at the exam illustrated a range of unique and highly effectiveapproaches to knowledge management in organisations.”Patrick Dunn is an independentconsultant and researcher in the areas of networked learning and creativity.www.dunn.co.uk/pdconsultingAlessandra Marinetti is a learning strategist atDigitalThink in San Francisco [email protected] E-learning, The learning Curve. Summary and downloadavailable at www.trainingfoundation.com/research/default.asp?PageID=10042. For Hofstede’s work, see Culture’s Consequence: ComparingValues, Behaviours, Institutions and Organizations Across Nations, Corwin Press– March 2003. For Trompenaars, see Riding the Waves of Culture: UnderstandingCultural Diversity in Business Nicholas Brealey Publishing Ltd – Oct 19973. www.itapintl.com/4. www.itim.org/5. www.downes.ca6. Knowledge sharing and learning in the networked economy, Jim Flood.E-mail: [email protected] www.corous.com7. De-schooling society. Complete text available at www.reactor-core.org/deschooling.html#chapter68. www.infed.org/thinkers/et-freir.htm9. www.coe.uh.edu/~srmehall/theory/social.html10. www.innoversity.dk/innoversity.htmCase studyKeeping it simpleThe availability of global networks is one of the pressurespushing global corporations towards paying closer attention to the culturaldifferences within their organisations. But it is also a means to address thelearning needs that arise as a result. Solutions do not have to involve complextechnologies, such as learning management systems and simulations.A major global pharmaceutical corporation is globalising itsinternal consulting function. Although internal consultants now work in moresituations where they encounter different cultures, many haven’t had theexperience of working in other than their home culture. The organisation is using the global reach of its e-mail systemand intranet to support the development of the knowledge and skills required tooperate more effectively with clients from different cultures. The intranet isused to distribute tools – such as cross-culturally appropriate questionnaires,learning exercises, readings by thought leaders, consulting process guidelines,reference materials and checklists – and to share expertise and experiences. Consultants  receive anelectronic newsletter with a short reading, and/or case study, with links tomore detailed web content. A recent newsletter looked at consulting outlined bythought leader, Peter Block. His almost entirely US approaches were shownagainst a matrix of four cultural dimensions (individualism, power distance,certainty and achievement) based on the work of Geert Hofstede. This blended learning approach also includes the certificationof the internal consultants in the use of cross-culturally appropriate toolswith their global clients. The content, certification training and consulting for theseinitiatives is supplied by ITAP International (www.itapintl.com). CatherineMercer Bing, ITAP’s vice-president HR, points out: “This is a good exampleof keeping tactics simple and costs reasonable while achieving a key strategicinitiative – globalisation of this function. Creative use of the technology iswhat makes lowest technology, blended approach successful.” last_img read more