District to hold public meeting on Wekiva Basin

first_img Please enter your name here The St. Johns River Water Management District will hold a public meeting and field site tour, kicking off the Wekiva Basin Minimum Flows and Levels (MFLs) surface water model peer review.WHAT: Public meeting and driving tour of key sites to discuss Wekiva Basin MFLs surface water models.WHEN: September 26th beginning at 9:00 a.m.WHERE: Wekiwa Springs State Park 1800 Wekiwa Circle in Apopka.This kick-off meeting and driving tour is an opportunity to initiate the peer review for the Wekiva Basin surface water models, review key field sites with peer reviewers and take stakeholder comment.Four priority water bodies within the Wekiva River Basin are scheduled for adoption by the end of 2019, including the Wekiva River at State Road 46, the Little Wekiva River, Rock Springs, and Wekiwa Springs.Two surface water models were developed to support the reevaluation and determination of MFLs for water bodies within the Wekiva basin.MFLs define the limits at which further water withdrawals would be significantly harmful to the water resources or ecology of an area. Establishing MFLs is a requirement of the state Legislature and is required by the state Comprehensive Plan, the water resources implementation rule and a 1996 governor’s executive order for priority water bodies.For meeting agenda and field tour itinerary, please contact Andrew Sutherland at [email protected] the St. Johns River Water Management DistrictSt. Johns River Water Management District staff are committed to ensuring the sustainable use and protection of water resources for the benefit of the people of the district and the state of Florida. The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five districts in Florida managing groundwater and surface water supplies in the state. The district encompasses all or part of 18 northeast and east-central Florida counties. District headquarters are in Palatka, and staff also are available to serve the public at service centers in Maitland, Jacksonville and Palm Bay.Connect with the SJRWMD at www.sjrwmd.com. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear TAGSSt. Johns River Water Management DistrictWekiva Basin Previous articleApopka Burglary ReportNext articleCity Council to approve budget, millage at tonight’s meeting Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

Ridge House / Mork-Ulnes Architects

first_imgArchDaily “COPY” Houses Architects: Mork-Ulnes Architects Area Area of this architecture project Design Team:Casper Mork-Ulnes, Phi Phan, Signe Madsen, Monika Lipińska, Lexie Mork-Ulnes, Alicia Hergenroeder, Grygoriy Ladigin, Kyle Anderson, Erling Berg, Simon Reseke, Kristina LineSeptic Engineering:Greg Schram, Adobe Associates Inc.Plumbing Engineer:Interface EngineeringInterior Decorator:The Office of Charles De Lisle., Charles De Lisle, Sasha LankaBuilding Envelope Consultant:Neumann Sloat Arnold Architects, Amber AntracoliCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Bruce DamonteRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82Text description provided by the architects. In the heart of the Northern California wine country sits a charming small town surrounded for miles by the quintessential Sonoma landscape of rolling, golden hills and rows of grapevines. Climb a nearby winding country road and one finds a scenic survey of the entire region. It is atop one of these idyllic perches that a young Bay Area family has carved out a peaceful retreat away from the demands of everyday life. Save this picture!© Bruce DamonteThe 18-acre property mirrors the undulating hills beyond, providing little naturally flat, buildable area. Though it complicates construction, the topography affords expansive vistas and screens the property from the public view. Manzanita groves and pine-forested hillsides encircle a small plateau where the guesthouse and accompanying pool nest within their private panorama. With the wild, untouched California hillsides come the constant risk of wildfire. As the project was nearing completion, the 2017 Nuns Wildfire engulfed the property. The surrounding forests and meadows were devastated, but the all- concrete guesthouse survived the event. Save this picture!© Bruce DamonteThe owners requested three private guest areas each with a separate entrance, en- suite bathroom, and outdoor terrace. Given the existing ecology and desire for a low- maintenance project, the owners were interested in robust, fire-resistant building materials for the guesthouse from the onset of the design process. Eventually board-formed concrete was chosen for its organic quality, tactility, and inherent ability to integrate into the rocky hillside. The board-forming allows the concrete to be both modern and connected to the history of wood construction in the area. Save this picture!Site planSave this picture!Ground floor plan – furnitureBecause of their striking quality, the existing landscape and topography are indelibly present in the architectural solution. To accommodate the separate guest suites, the building is composed of three distinct, compact volumes. The site leads the form: the volumes step down with the grade progressively, nesting into the site’s natural contours so that the mass of the building is softened into the hillside. A continuous, multi-gabled roof joins the discrete units into a coherent whole while its peaks and valleys echo the hills beyond. Save this picture!© Bruce DamonteThe guesthouse’s siting, form, and materiality play with perception to craft dramatic, peaceful spaces within. From the shared perspective of the adjacent pool and garden plateau, the three volumes are solid, concrete prisms. Upon entering and passing through what feels like a heavy concrete threshold, space expands and gives way to complete openness and continuity with the landscape, offering arresting views of nature and taking full advantage of Sonoma County’s mild weather. Glazed enclosures delicately inscribe the rooms to enhance this spatial and material contrast, allowing the concrete planes to remain the definitive architectural element. The floor slabs, rooted in the hillside, float out over the steep ground below and poise each bedroom with its own privileged, private view. Save this picture!© Bruce DamonteThe volumes’ orientation away from the social zones of the garden and pool create seclusion but also enhance the thermal performance of the guesthouse. Solid concrete walls and roof shield the interior from the sun during the harshest times of the summer season, and a considerable thermal mass keeps the rooms cool in the summer and warm on chilly days. The roof’s deep overhangs shade the outdoor terraces and underscore the continuousness of the indoor-outdoor space in each guest suite. Save this picture!© Bruce DamonteThe southern and western exterior walls are entirely crafted of board-formed grey concrete. Only one small punched aperture for light into the bathrooms breaks up these sculptural planes. The board-formed texture is created from standard, rough lumber to give the guesthouse a domestic feeling and evoke the wood siding traditional in the region. The northern and eastern enclosures are entirely glazed, featuring sliding doors or fixed, frameless glazing. The roof is smooth-troweled concrete, creating a crisp textural break from the walls as the concrete turns from vertical to the horizontal surface. Its distinctive, oblique ridges orient guests out to the canyon. Save this picture!© Bruce DamonteTo create a more subdued texture on the interior, the concrete finishes in the bedrooms are smooth, formed with large panels instead of wood boards. Designed by the architects, light and warm pine doors form a contrast to the colder concrete and glass surfaces. All doors are made of solid pine with a lye treatment and punctuated with custom-designed carved wood door handles. The shape of the handles is rounded and chunky, a playful foil against the hard edges of the concrete. The bathrooms further celebrate the single, dominant material and underscore it with a monochrome approach. Mork-Ulnes designed the precast concrete vanities to match the structure and dark grey Vola faucets add a pop of glossy texture against the matte concrete. Save this picture!© Bruce DamonteProject gallerySee allShow lessREI House / CRUX arquitectosSelected ProjectsAesop Store Miami / Metro Arquitetos AssociadosSelected Projects Share Structural Engineering: RGH Consultants, Jared Pratt 2018 “COPY” Ridge House / Mork-Ulnes ArchitectsSave this projectSaveRidge House / Mork-Ulnes Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/927929/ridge-house-mork-ulnes-architects Clipboard Ridge House / Mork-Ulnes Architects Year:  Photographs United Statescenter_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/927929/ridge-house-mork-ulnes-architects Clipboard Photographs:  Bruce Damonte ZFA Structural Engineers, Kevin Zucco, Drew Fagent Civil Engineering: Save this picture!© Bruce DamonteCurated by Paula Pintos Share Area:  840 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•United States Surface Design Inc., Roderick Wyllie, Michal Kapitulnik Geotechnical Engineering: Projects Landscape: Adobe Associates Inc., Tim Schram CopyAbout this officeMork-Ulnes ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCaliforniaOn FacebookUnited StatesPublished on November 07, 2019Cite: “Ridge House / Mork-Ulnes Architects ” 07 Nov 2019. 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USDA Extends Flexibilities Amid Continuing COVID-19 Pandemic

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE By USDA Communications – Dec 31, 2020 SHARE Facebook Twitter USDA Extends Flexibilities Amid Continuing COVID-19 Pandemic Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Extends Flexibilities Amid Continuing COVID-19 Pandemic USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) is extending crop insurance flexibilities for producers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, relief provided for electronic notifications and signatures is extended through July 15, 2021; organic certification, replant self-certification and assignment of indemnity are extended through June 30, 2021.“We recognize that American agriculture continues to face challenges due to the pandemic,” RMA Administrator Martin Barbre said. “RMA remains committed to providing flexibility that supports the health and safety of all parties while also ensuring that the federal crop insurance program continues to serve as a vital risk management tool.”RMA is also allowing Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) further flexibilities for production reporting, submitting written agreement requests and obtaining producer signatures for written agreement offers. Producer signatures for written agreement offers, issued by RMA on or before June 30, 2021, with an expiration date on or before July 30, 2021, will allow producer signatures to be accepted after the expiration date with proper self-certification or documentation. However, all documentation and signatures for these offers must be completed no later than August 2, 2021. AIPs also have 30 business days to submit written agreement requests and applicable documentation for requests with submission deadlines prior to July 1, 2021.For more information about these and other flexibilities, please refer to Manager’s Bulletin MGR 20-030, RMA’s Frequently Asked Questions, or contact your crop insurance agent. Previous articleWill There be Money for Rural Broadband in This Budget Year on the HAT Thursday PodcastNext articleFood Prices Rise During COVID-19 USDA Communicationslast_img read more

Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Thursday June 20th

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Google+ Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Previous articleNumber of planning permissions increases in DonegalNext articleFurther searches into INLA criminality carried out in Derry today News Highland Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Thursday June 20th DL Debate – 24/05/21 Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Thursday June 20th:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/20news.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Twitter By News Highland – June 20, 2019 center_img Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Facebook Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNewsPlayback Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty last_img read more

Florida Secretary of State Michael Ertel resigns after blackface images emerge

first_imgtraveler1116/iStock(TALLAHASSEE) — The newly-appointed Florida secretary of state has resigned after photos showing him dressed in blackface more than a decade ago have emerged.Michael Ertel, who was appointed late last month by Gov. Ron DeSantis, submitted his resignation “effective immediately,” according to an email he sent to Florida Director of Executive Staff Diane Moulton on Thursday afternoon, which was obtained by ABC News.DeSantis accepted Ertel’s resignation, according to a statement from the governor’s press office.The photos were taken at a private Halloween party in 2005, which Ertel attended dressed up as a “Hurricane Katrina victim,” two months after the hurricane had left New Orleans in devastation, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.Ertel, 49, had just been appointed as supervisor of elections for Seminole County in February 2005, according to the local newspaper, which confirmed with Ertel that the man in the photos — in blackface, wearing false eyelashes, red lipstick, a New Orleans saints bandanna and a purple T-shirt stuffed with fake breasts — was, in fact, him.At a press conference on hurricane relief in Marianna, Florida on Thursday, DeSantis described the situation as “unfortunate,” adding that he believes that Ertel regrets his actions.“I think he’s done a lot of good work, but at the same time, I’ve gotta have an administration that’s focused on what matters to Floridians, and I don’t want to get mired in kind-of side controversies, and so I felt it was best to just accept the resignation and move on.”The racist photos are “the sole blemish” on Ertel’s “seemingly spotless public career,” according to the Tallahassee Democrat. His Twitter account became inactive after the news broke of his resignation.Ertel did not immediately respond to an ABC News request for comment. He did not offer additional comment to the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper. “There’s nothing I can say,” he concluded.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Coronavirus updates: State Department issues new travel rules

first_img12:55 p.m.: Fauci: ‘Do not abandon’ distancing, masks in anticipation of vaccine Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is urging the public to “not abandon” public health measures “in anticipation of a vaccine.”“When you’re talking about public health measures, there are many, many things that we can do,” Fauci said at a briefing Thursday hosted by the Alliance of Public Health. “But you can distill them down to five or six that everyone should be doing: masks, physical distancing, avoiding crowds, outdoor better than indoor, washing your hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based type of sanitizer.”Fauci said we could see different scenarios as we get into flu season this fall, including a situation where the seasonal flu is crowded out by COVID-19 infections. But he said he hopes to see more people getting the flu shot this year. Approximately 170 million people did last year.That combined with COVID-19 public health measures could result in a “blunted” season for both, he said.“That’s a goal that we should aspire to that I think is possible,” Fauci said.12:32 p.m.: Ohio governor tests positiveOhio Gov. Mike DeWine tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday as part of the protocol to greet President Donald Trump at a Cleveland airport, his office said.DeWine has no symptoms and plans to quarantine at his home for the next two weeks, his office said.11:25 a.m.: Florida has 3 counties with no ICU bedsIn Florida, 17.4% of the state’s ICU beds were open as of Thursday morning, according to the state’s Agency for Healthcare Administration.Forty-two hospitals had no available beds while 35 hospitals had just one available bed, the agency said.Three counties — Monroe, Nassau and Okeechobee — had no available ICU beds.These numbers are expected to fluctuate throughout the day as hospitals and medical centers provide updates.10:50 a.m.: Birx warns about increases in percent-positivity in 9 cities, CA Central Valley Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, is warning states about an increase in test-positivity rates in nine cities across the country, as well as in California’s Central Valley.According to Birx’s Wednesday call with state and local officials obtained by the Center for Public Integrity, Baltimore, Atlanta, Kansas City, Portland, Omaha and California’s Central Valley all remain at a “very high level.” Three other cities, Chicago, Boston and Detroit — which Birx described as in the “green zone” — have seen a “slow uptick” in their rate of positivity. Washington, D.C., is not considered in the “green zone,” but has also seen an increase in its rate of positivity.Birx stressed that local officials must look at the increases “very carefully” to ensure they are kept under control.She specifically referenced several states, including California, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia, noting that their COVID-19 trends are “concerning.” The new concerns come as the country sees “encouraging” news across the South, according to Birx, as cases and test-positivity decline.10 a.m.: School district moves to virtual learning when over 90 staff members forced to quarantineOver 90 staff members in Georgia’s Barrow County School System are in quarantine due to a confirmed COVID-19 case, a suspect case or direct contact with a confirmed case, prompting the district to make a last-minute switch to virtual learning, district officials announced Wednesday.The district had planned to begin the year with in-person and virtual learning.“If today was the first day of school, we would have been hard-pressed to have sufficient staff available to open,” superintendent Chris McMichael said.Distance learning for all students will begin Aug. 17.On Friday, district officials will “present a phased approach to bring students back into the classrooms as quickly as possible,” the school system said.8:22 a.m.: France reports highest single-day rise in cases in over two monthsFrance on Wednesday reported its highest single-day rise in coronavirus infections in more than two months amid concerns about a resurgence in Europe. According to data published by France’s national public health agency, the country recorded 1,695 new cases in 24 hours, the largest daily increase since May 30 when 1,828 new cases were identified in a 24-hour reporting period.Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals and intensive care units across France has decreased over the past 24 hours, according to the agency’s data. Overall, more than 194,000 people in France have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. At least 30,305 of them have died — the third-highest death toll in Europe, according to the agency’s data.8:07 a.m.: ‘We cannot at all exercise fatigue,’ Africa CDC warnsJohn Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned Thursday that “we cannot at all exercise fatigue” in the response to the coronavirus pandemic, as the number of confirmed cases on the African continent nears one million. More than 992,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported across the continent of 1.3 billion people since the start of the pandemic, with more than half in South Africa, according to the latest data from the Africa CDC. A tally kept by Johns Hopkins University shows South Africa with the fifth-highest number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases in the world.Africa has seen an 11% jump in cases over the last week, which is lower than in recent weeks, but Nkengasong cautioned that the data must be observed over several weeks to determine the real trend. Nkengasong also noted concerns over the low rate of testing across the continent and the rising number of cases in several African nations including Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan. He said if countries do the right things to prevent further spread of the virus, “we have a good chance of beating back this pandemic.”7:34 a.m.: Weekly testing rate falls for first time in US, data showsThe number of COVID-19 tests being conducted across the United States has apparently taken a plunge. A total of 664,272 tests were conducted around the country on Wednesday — the lowest figure since July 8, according to data collected and analyzed by the COVID Tracking Project, a volunteer organization launched from The Atlantic.The group attributed some of the drop in testing to technical issues with reporting systems as well as storm-related closures in some states. “Still, the problem is broader. Weekly testing declined for the first time ever in our dataset,” the COVID Tracking Project wrote in a series of posts on Twitter. “There are widespread problems right now in the top-level data. In different ways, California and Florida have had trouble reporting complete data because of storms and IT problems. Because they are populous states with large outbreaks, that influences the national numbers.”6:03 a.m.: Number of babies testing positive has nearly doubled in this Texas countyThe number of babies testing positive for COVID-19 in Nueces County in southwest Texas has nearly doubled since mid-July, according to a report by Corpus Christi ABC affiliate KIII-TV.Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 85 children under the age of 2 had tested positive for the virus in Nueces County by mid-July. Now, that number is “close to 167,” according to Annette Rodriguez, health director of the Corpus Christi Nueces County Public Health District.“That number has almost doubled and that hasn’t been a very long time period,” Rodriguez told KIII.5:28 a.m.: FEMA memo shows disproportionate number of non-white children dying from virusA disproportionate number of non-white children are dying from the novel coronavirus in the United States, according to data released in an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News on Wednesday night.Nationwide, the number of COVID-19 cases among people under the age of 18 from March 1 to Aug. 3 were 40% Hispanic, 34% white and 19% Black. The ethnicity breakdown of those patients who died from the disease is 38% Hispanic, 34% Black and 25% white, according to the memo.The gender breakdown of those cases is 50% male and 50% female. However, just as in adults, COVID-19 is more fatal among males under 18, making up 64% of the deaths compared to females under 18 accounting for 36%, according to the memo. 3:39 a.m.: US records over 52,000 new cases in a single dayMore than 52,000 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in the United States on Tuesday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the second straight day that the United States has recorded over 50,000 new cases. However, the latest daily caseload is still under the country’s record set on July 16, when more than 77,000 new cases were identified in a 24-hour reporting period.A total of 4,823,892 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 158,256 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July.Many states have seen a rise in infections in recent weeks, with some — including Arizona, California and Florida — reporting daily records.However, new data suggests that the national surge in cases could be leveling off, according to an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News on Tuesday night. Nationwide, the last week saw a 9.2% decrease in cases from the previous seven-day period. There was also a 7% increase in new deaths compared to the previous week, but the figure is lower than the 20-30% week-over-week increase the country has seen of late, according to the memo. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Ovidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 708,000 people worldwide.Over 18.8 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 4.8 million diagnosed cases and at least 158,445 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing today. All times Eastern.4:42 p.m.: Ohio governor tests positiveOhio Gov. Mike DeWine tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday as part of the protocol to greet President Donald Trump at a Cleveland airport, his office said.DeWine has no symptoms and plans to quarantine at his home for the next two weeks, his office said.DeWine has “no idea” where he may have contracted coronavirus, he said at a news conference.4:06 p.m.: State Department lifts global level 4 travel advisoryThe State Department on Thursday lifted the level 4 health advisory which was put in place on March 19 to advise Americans to avoid all international travel.“With health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the Department is returning to our previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice (with Levels from 1-4 depending on country-specific conditions),” the State Department said.3:24 p.m.: 1st large-scale testing of front-line health care providers finds 13% had antibodiesThe first large-scale testing of front-line health care providers found that 13% of them tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, New York’s Northwell Health said.Northwell Health said it offered free antibody testing to its 72,000 employees. More than half of them were tested for coronavirus antibodies and 13% of them tested positive.The positive sample pool was 28.4% nurses and 9.3% physicians, Northwell Health said.In the general New York state population, 12.3% of people had antibodies, according to a recent state antibody screenings study.Among New York City firefighters and EMT members, 17.1% tested positive for antibodies, according to a report from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.last_img read more

Leadership in crisis

first_imgMajornew research describes management and business leadership development in the UKas ‘a dysfunctional system’. Simon Kent reportsThefindings of a two-year study across the public, private and voluntary sectorspaint a bleak picture of the management development industry’s ability todeliver managers and leaders to meet existing needs, let alone UK industry’sfuture needs.Carriedout by the Council for Excellence in Management and Leadership (CEML) thesurvey describes management and business leadership development in the UK as”a dysfunctional system” and believes the failure to nurture or valuetop management skills is holding back overall economic performance. Whenit comes to ‘dealing with work problems’, 24 per cent of managers are poor; 30per cent are poor at ‘keeping every one up-to-date about proposed changes’; andthere is still prejudice within the management talent pool, with managersaccounting for 18 per cent of male employment but only 9 per cent of femaleemployment. And only 2 per cent of FTSE 100 company directorships are held byethnic minorities. Thereport also found that although the number of non-vocational and vocationalqualifications is rising among managers, dissatisfaction with the skills heldby company leaders persists.CEMLchairman Sir Anthony Cleaver says there is no single area that could beaddressed in order to improve the situation, and the final report, Managers andLeaders: Raising Our Game, addresses the entire supply and demand chain fordevelopment. Thereport recommends not only seeking to improve the standard of training offered,but generating improved demand among firms and individuals. Without this twinapproach there will be no incentive for training providers to address theresources currently offered. And while the principal of Henley ManagementCollege and a member of CEML’s Council, Professor Stephen Watson, admits anaversion to quangos, CEML concludes that it is imperative that a new strategicbody be created to direct and co-ordinate activities to improve managementtalent. “Thereis no single body concerned with this issue that has an unclutteredagenda,” says Watson. “We need to look at the chain of causality inthis area and none of the existing bodies are constituted to do that withoutbeing in conflict with their primary purpose.”Themajority of CEML’s recommendations signal work ahead for government bodies,professional associations and business schools. But independent HR functionsmust address their own role in the current dysfunctional system if the UK is togenerate top management and leadership talent for the future.Fourbarriers to better management1. “…many organisations think that evaluating their investment inmanagement and leadership is desirable, few either do it or know how to goabout it”CEMLnotes that while business failure, low productivity and customerdissatisfaction is blamed on bad management, investment in managementdevelopment is not understood or analysed as professionally as other businessindicators. TheCEML Toolkit, developed with the help of the Centre for Business Performance atCranfield, proposes a number of measures which can be recorded and analysed toindicate management and leadership capability. These indicators come underbroad headings such as morale, motivation, and long-term management developmentand are based on data including absenteeism, turnover of managers, employeesatisfaction and training spend per employee.ProfessorAndy Neely of Cranfield believes this data is important for internal andexternal use. “Measuringthis capability is about performance review and performance planning,” hesays. “If you have the right measures in place you will stimulate theright kind of discussions and see how better to manage the business.”Onthe external side, Neely argues there is increasing demand from investors andindustry analysts for clear information on all aspects of company operations:”There is a growing recognition that it is the non-financial elements ofan organisation that determine financial performance.”Unfortunately,organisations not only forgo the potential performance enhancement thisinformation can bring, it appears some are simply unable to collect thenecessary information. “Itis surprising how many companies do not have good absenteeism data or employeesatisfaction information,” says Neely. “One company was recordingabsenteeism, but only 40 per cent of those who were absent ever returned thenecessary form.” Insome cases it may be that HR management needs to improve substantially beforemanagement can be competently measured and developed.2.”Evidence shows that a structured approach to management and leadershipdevelopment, linked to the organisation’s strategy, produces better results.Yet many organisations neither have a written policy statement, nor a budget tomatch it”Withthe battle for HR recognition at board level still ongoing, the absence of apolicy linking people management to the direction of the company would seem afatal flaw. Thereare infinite resources and case studies explaining how this link can beachieved, not least CEML’s own Leadership Best Practice Guide launched inSeptember last year.RaisingOur Game highlights the role of organisations including the DTI, the Chartered ManagementInstitute and Investors in People, in promoting awareness of this strategiclink. However, the report also finds that “a significant number ofindividuals exercising management responsibilities at all levels inorganisations are not receiving management training and developmentopportunities”, suggesting that HR is even failing to ensure the rightperson is in the right position with the right skills.”Largecompanies should carefully study examples of best practice and take on boardthe appropriate lessons,” says Watson. “HR must look at what it doesand why it does it.”Thistask should become easier if CEML’s recommendation for the identification andpromotion of Centres of Excellence in Management and Leadership development isrealised, but Watson is aware that if organisations and individuals are tovalue management education in this context, there needs to be greater structureto the training qualifications. “Thereis a clear need for a more coherent structure which allows someone who knows littleabout management education to understand what is available and what isappropriate,” he says. “At the moment it can be difficult to knowwhether to take an MBA, a certificate of management competency or a CIMqualification.”3.”The confusing plethora of government-funded initiatives for small firms,estimated by the Treasury to cost more than £600m, appear to be driven bygovernment agenda and funding rather than by direct demand fromentrepreneurs… there is a crucial absence of demand-led solutions that  reflect the needs of the entrepreneur”CEML’sview on small firms is that managers and leaders in this sector are usually fartoo busy running their companies to take up training and developmentopportunities. However, since businesses employing fewer than 50 employees makeup 99 per cent of all businesses and contribute 37 per cent of UK turnover, itis clear that steps must be taken to raise the skills of managers in this areaas well.”There’sno point addressing workforce development in SMEs unless you engageowner-managers in their own learning,” says Sarah Anderson, chiefexecutive of the Mayday Group and CEML Council member. “And you do thatnot by flogging qualification-based learning but through informal means –networking, skill swapping and non-executive directorships.”CEMLhas created BITE (the Business Improvement Tool for Entrepreneurs) anon-technical questionnaire providing needs analysis for SME managers.Crucially for Anderson, BITE does not lead the manager into the path of formaleducation – for which they have little time and which may not even be relevant– but stimulates demand from a variety of resources.WhileSMEs are certainly a special case – frequently without a dedicated HR functionand no resources for performance appraisals – this model of just-in-time skillsdevelopment and knowledge transfer from diverse sources could also prove usefulin larger companies. In addition, large companies have a role in supportingtheir smaller contemporaries by acting as one of the available trainingresources.”Largecompanies such as Ford have done fantastic work,” says Anderson,”They have invited local SMEs to learn alongside their own people. Thathas been part of a regeneration agenda, but it is also a very important part ofknowledge transfer.” 4.”…despite the scale of the management development industry, it is notadequately meeting the current need for more and better managers and leaders,let alone future needs”Itis all too easy for companies to hide behind the argument that businessschools, universities and training resources are failing UK industry. Employersnot only have a duty to provide these establishments with a clearer view of theskills they require, but they must also be actively involved in developing educationresources and knowledge transfer throughout the wider management community.Thereport notes that large employers tend to have the resources to solve their owntraining issues regardless of the marketplace: “If you are big enough youcan build something to suit your needs,” says Cleaver. “The problemis for medium-sized organisations, where there is a mismatch between whatcompanies want and what the suppliers deliver.”Thereport outlines a number of ways in which this gap can be filled, not leastthrough the creation of a National Forum, where employers and providers woulddiscuss ways to improve supply. “The HR function needs to be aware of thatdiscussion and I would think they are the people to represent the employer atthe Forum,” says Sir Cleaver.Theexistence of the report in itself provides an opportunity for stakeholders inUK management to address the problem of skill shortages in a practical andeffective way. However, Cleaver notes that at least one of the report’srecommendations is only now a possibility thanks to business internet use.”Wewant to see an online sign-posting system developed,” he explains.”The system would be used by individuals and HR to locate appropriatetraining and by suppliers who would post details of courses available.”Ambitious, expensive and dependent on accurate information, the system wouldmean company e-learning systems could key into external as well as internalresources. “The opportunity is certainly there,” says Sir Cleaver,”And it is an opportunity that did not exist a few years ago.” Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Leadership in crisisOn 18 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Antarctic Peninsular cryosphere: Early Oligocene (c. 30 Ma) initiation and a revised glacial chronology

first_imgStrontium isotope stratigraphy provides a chronology for Cenozoic cryogenic strata in the northern Antarctic Peninsula and allows an assessment of diachronism in onset of glacial conditions between East and West Antarctica. The earliest observed event on the Antarctic Peninsula was late Early Oligocene (29.8 ± 0.6 Ma) (at least c. 4 Ma later than in East Antarctica), with a second in the early Early Miocene (22.6 ± 0.4 Ma). Both glacials and intervening interglacial were continent-wide phenomena. Two late Neogene glaciations are distinguished: early Late Miocene (9.9 ± 0.97 Ma) (Hobbs Glacier/Jones Mountains) and latest Miocene (Alexander Island). A further late Neogene glacial deposit (Weddell Formation) can be constrained only as read more

USU Football Closes Practices As of Monday

first_img Brad James August 20, 2018 /Sports News – Local USU Football Closes Practices As of Monday FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Per a report released early Monday, Utah State football announced all practices moving forward this week are closed to the public ahead of the August 31 game at Big Ten power Michigan State.This is a fairly experienced team for sixth-year head coach Matt Wells as the Aggies return 18 starters, nine apiece on offense and defense.Last season, the Aggies went 6-7 and 4-4 in the Mountain West en route to a berth in the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl at Tucson, Ariz.This game saw Utah State fall 26-20 to New Mexico State.The Aggies’ home opener, incidentally, is September 8 against this same New Mexico State squad. Tags: closed practices/Michigan State/New Mexico State/Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl/Utah State Football Written bylast_img read more

Michael Stoop takes over chair of Belvoir board as founder retires

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Michael Stoop takes over chair of Belvoir board as founder retires previous nextAgencies & PeopleMichael Stoop takes over chair of Belvoir board as founder retiresVeteran of industry with 40-year track record in franchising is to steer company’s board as co-founder steps down.Nigel Lewis17th May 201901,087 Views Industry veteran Michael Stoop (pictured above, left) has taken over as chairman of franchising giant Belvoir following the retirement of the company’s co-founder Mike Goddard (above, right).Stoop has been at the centre of the property industry’s franchising sector since 1986 when he first joined Winkworth as a franchisee and later became its Managing Director.In 1992 he jumped ship to Xperience Franchising which operated brands CJ Hole, Ellis and Co, Parkers and Whitegates, and which was later bought by Belvoir.Stoop became Group Managing Director of rival Martin & Co in 2014 while also joining The Property Ombudsman as its Vice Chairman. In March last year he joined the board of Belvoir as a non-exec.“Belvoir was founded by Mike in 1995 with his wife Stephanie, and I have had the pleasure of working alongside Mike since 2005,” says Dorian Gonsalves (left), CEO of Belvoir.“Through his entrepreneurial spirit and his passion for franchising, Belvoir has become the largest property franchise group in the UK.“I would like to express my personal and the Board’s sincere gratitude for all that Mike has done and achieved as founder, CEO and Chairman over the past 24 years.“We welcome as Chairman, Michael Stoop, who has over 40 years’ experience of the property franchise sector and has already made a significant contribution since joining the Board in March 2018.”The promotion of Stoop coincided with the release of Belvoir’s latest trading update, which reveals a ‘robust’ performance from the business, which it claims has outperformed the market in both lettings, sales and financial services. Martin & Co Mike Goddard Michael Stoop Belvoir May 17, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more