Umeme Limited (UMME.ke) 2016 Annual Report

first_imgUmeme Limited (UMME.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2016 annual report.For more information about Umeme Limited (UMME.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Umeme Limited (UMME.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Umeme Limited (UMME.ke)  2016 annual report.Company ProfileUmeme Limited is a power utility company managing the distribution of electricity, electricity supply and after-sales service in Uganda and power sharing with Africa sub-regions. Its electricity distribution division manages the operation, maintenance, upgrading and expansion of the distribution network in Uganda. It consists of approximately 26 202 kilometres of medium- and low-voltage transmission lines which covers the major towns and cities of Uganda. The electricity supply and after-sales service divisions connect new customers to the distribution network, read meters, bill customers and collect revenue as well as deal with customer complaints, restoring power interruptions, managing customer care and educating customers on saving energy. Umeme Limited targets customers in the domestic, commercial, medium industrial, large industrial and street lighting sectors. Umeme Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Water Management District Uses Horses to Fight Fires

first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Previous articleSwamped this summer? 7 tips to keep your family healthyNext articleWekiva Island Wins Environmental Award Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply Please enter your name here Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply June 3, 2016 at 4:23 pm Angry Citizen Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear June 3, 2016 at 5:26 pmcenter_img The St. Johns River Water Management District has a unique group of firefighters helping to conduct prescribed fires on its conservation lands. Yeller, Joe, Maude, Grumpy and Kid are fire-trained working horses.“A unique feature of the district’s prescribed fire program is our long tradition of using fire-trained horses to carry district land managers into the burn,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “Using horses helps to increase staff’s efficiency and the speed at which they can travel. The higher perch also improves staff’s visibility during a burn.”District land managers conduct periodic prescribed fires as a safe way to apply a natural process to ensure ecosystem health to meet the needs of many plants and animals while also reducing the threat of wildfires. Prescribed fire’s benefits include restoring and maintaining natural communities, reducing chances of destructive wildfires, perpetuating fire-adapted plants and animals, cycling nutrients, controlling tree diseases and opening scenic vistas.For 23 years, fire horses have been used by district land managers in the burn program. Over the years, 18 horses have been an integral part of the program. The horses belong to Danny Mills, a district land management specialist who trains horses with his wife, Ruby, to work fires.Today’s working horses are Sunshine Kid (Kid), Doc’s Little Legacy (Joe), Freckles Moon Dust (Grumpy), Prince San Badger (Yeller) and Maude aka Mule. Mills also has two backup horses, Eli and Tank, and “junior fire horses in training,” Little Man, Uno and B.B. There are also four fire horses enjoying retirement — Jeff, Little Boy, Fat Boy and Hank.In addition to prescribed fires, the horses are used to post boundaries and inspect logging on district lands. When they aren’t working, they graze on district-owned pastureland in Volusia County.The district owns or manages nearly 700,000 acres of land, acquired for the purposes of water management, water supply, and the conservation and protection of water resources.For information about the land management program, which includes prescribed burns, visit the district’s website. Angry Citizen 3 COMMENTS June 10, 2016 at 8:49 pm I don’t think SJWM is the ones who are burning the Ocala National Forest, but over 600+ acres either have already been burnt, or will be burnt this week. This confirms to me another bear hunt will happen! That is what I believe. They are deforesting the underbrush to make it child’s play to kill a bear. Another bear hunt this year is unethical! How many more animals were burned, killed, or suffering and this before the BEAR HUNT again this year? Poor little orphaned bear cub, Smokey Jr., separated from his mama because of a brush fire earlier, has been rehabbed only to be released around Homasassa , to be shot and killed later this year, most likely. Don’t even go there and state that they don’t kill cubs! Governor Rick Scott could stop this if he would! Also, there was a fire just the other day which I think was in Rock Spring Reserve, but I did not drive out there to see. Too depressing to me, to view the carnage. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Angry Citizen I don’t like it at all. They are over burning the natural lands. Horseback may be better than the overhead burning from the air, but it causes the same results, which is animal nests burnt and destroyed, possible animal deaths, and wildlife habitat destroyed. Yesterday it was reported that the area on 46 near the bear overpasses was to be burnt, and also scheduled yesterday was the area of Welch and Thompson Roads to the north of Welch. It wasn’t very long ago that they burnt the area near there, due east. It is getting beyond ridiculous. I understand the need to control wildfires, but this is overdo. There are deer along there all the time, lying in the shade, because it is so hot. What do they do? Destroy their shade. That is the state’s answer for “protecting” our wildlife. With the heat the fires generate, along with the summer’s extreme heat, I will not be surprised if the horses fall out with heat stroke. What would they do if a horse collapsed from the heat? They could pick up the rider, but how would they pick up the horse with the fires already set and burning? Are they prepared for something like that? You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Odessa man dead after Saturday hit-and-run

first_img Local News Odessa man dead after Saturday hit-and-run ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Pinterest An Odessa man is dead after a crash early Saturday morning near downtown Odessa.Manuel Reyes, 78, was pronounced dead on the scene after being struck by a silver Ford truck in a crosswalk at the intersection of 8th Street and Golder Avenue, an Odessa police release states.The release reports that the driver of the Ford truck failed to render aid and left the scene without meeting necessary legal requirements.Police are searching for the vehicle in connection to the death. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Odessa Police Department.The incident occurred around 4 a.m. Saturday. Facebook Facebook Pinterest By admin – March 24, 2018 OC employee of the year always learning Twitter Twitter 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleMeals on Wheels to celebrate 20th annual MudbugNext articleCOLLEGE SOFTBALL: Odessa College improves in sweep of Frank Phillips College admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home Local News Odessa man dead after Saturday hit-and-run Upside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakeCreamy Fruit SaladSouthern Style Potato SaladPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

OPD searching for burglary suspect

first_img Pinterest Pinterest By admin – May 23, 2018 Twitter WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp 7-Eleven burglary suspect Police are searching for a man who reportedly broke into a 7-Eleven, stealing merchandise and causing around $3,000 worth of damage to the store window.Officers received an alarm call around 10:52 p.m. April 29 at 7-Eleven, 651 W. 42nd St.An OPD news release stated a man entered the business by throwing a rock at the front window, causing it to shatter, and took merchandise from the store before fleeing the scene.Police are asking anyone who recognizes the suspect to call Detective L. Gonzalez at 432-335-3345 or Odessa Crime Stoppers at 432-333-TIPS and reference case No. 18-17917. Local NewsCrime OPD searching for burglary suspect Twitter Facebook Previous articleMan charged after reportedly holding knife to mom’s throatNext articleSuspect found in hit and run case adminlast_img read more

Footprint Announces Its Ocean Hero Award Winners

first_img Facebook Footprint Announces Its Ocean Hero Award Winners WhatsApp Twitter TAGS  Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 GILBERT, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– Footprint, a sustainable technology firm specializing in materials science engineering, today announced its six 2021 Ocean Hero Award winners. The award recognizes innovators that are improving the environment to create a healthier planet. The award recipients were honored during Footprint’s third annual Ocean Hero Awards ceremony. The recipients earned the Ocean Hero Award for their exemplary efforts to improve the environment on a global scale. Their leadership spans replacing plastic with plant-based solutions, thus reducing the carbon emissions; technical innovations to clean up plastic pollution at scale; and an overall commitment to increasing education and awareness around sustainability. “Innovative leadership will create a sustainable future,” said Footprint CEO and Co-Founder Troy Swope. “These champions are executing on a vision to eliminate single-use plastics in our environment by providing alternative sustainable plant-based products and cleaning up the existing debris. Consumers can now choose to improve the health of our planet without giving up any of the convenience.” View the entire list of 2021 Ocean Hero Award recipients and accolades below:Daily Harvest – Customer Award for the company’s dedication to helping consumers stock their home with clean, delicious food that’s built on fruits and vegetables, all while reducing plastic waste.GloriAnn Farms – Customer Award for implementing plant-based, compostable, biodegradable and marine degradable produce packaging for multiple products sold at major North American grocery chains.SAMBAZON – Customer Award for the company’s commitment to eliminating single-use plastics and caring for the planet we live on.sweetgreen – Customer and Social Impact Award for the company’s dedication to plant-based compostable food ware in healthy fast-casual dining and feeding hospital staff during the pandemic through sweetgreen’s Impact Outpost Fund.The Ocean Cleanup – Innovative Engineering Award for this non-profit organization’s efforts to not only cleanup the legacy pollution in the oceans built up over the past decades, but also to prevent new plastic from entering the ocean through the 1,000 most polluting rivers over the span of five years.Vivobarefoot – Innovative Engineering Award for developing the first footwear made from algae, a renewable aquatic resource. “At Daily Harvest, our mission is to take care of food, so food can take care of all of us. That means taking care of the planet on which that food grows. Convenience and sustainability are often at odds and we don’t want anyone to have to choose between preserving themselves and preserving the planet,” said Daily Harvest Founder + CEO, Rachel Drori. “Last year, we began rolling out 100% home compostable and recyclable packaging that breaks down naturally, instead of sitting in a landfill for thousands of years. We’ve worked towards kicking off our Re:Generation initiatives for a long time and we are incredibly excited about all that is yet to come so it’s an honor to receive the Ocean Hero Award.” “As farmers, we are stewards of the land and take this responsibility very seriously,” said GloriAnn Director of Marketing, Katie Veenstra. “We are passionate about providing a safe, nutritious, and wholesome product and in order to do that, we must take care of the resources we’ve been given. To that end, we’re reimagining our packaging to deliver the freshest product without the plastic waste.” Ryan Black, SAMBAZON CEO and co-founder said, “We are thrilled to receive this recognition for our commitment to reducing plastic waste. As a triple bottom line business, reducing our impact through packaging is a priority. Our partnership with Footprint has enabled us to pave the way for a zero-waste future, in CPG. Our customers are increasingly looking for plastic alternatives and understandably so. Ocean plastic is a huge issue with predictions that there could be more plastic than fish in our oceans by 2050 if we don’t change to a circular economy.” “We’re honored to receive an Ocean Hero Award from a company like Footprint,” said Kevin Quandt, VP of supply chain & sustainability at sweetgreen. “Our mission is to connect people to real food and we’re on a constant journey to ensure that what we eat, where it comes from, how it’s prepared and how it’s packaged have a positive impact on the world around us.” “To truly rid the world’s oceans of plastic, we must approach the problem from several angles. At The Ocean Cleanup, we believe that technology is a powerful solution for a problem at this scale, which is why we have developed our ocean cleanup and river Interceptor systems to remove pollution at the source (rivers) and from the ocean garbage patches,” said Boyan Slat, founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup. “Because plastic pollution is a global concern, it does require collective action from many sectors, so we are happy to see Footprint and the other Ocean Hero Award winners doing their part to tackle this problem.” Dulma Clark, head of Livebarefoot Foundation at Vivobarefoot said, “We are committed to continuously investing in disruptive regenerative materials to create footwear that reconnect people with nature. We are deeply grateful to our Vivobarefoot team for joining us on the journey of building a world with less padding and more feeling.” As plastic debris continues to pollute our oceans, the list of impacted birds, sea turtles, and other marine life continues to grow. The debris largely comes from the 91% of plastic that isn’t recycled 1, much of which ends up in the environment as litter. Oceana estimates that annually 17.6 billion pounds of plastic waste are leaking into the marine environment from land-based sources – roughly equating to “dumping a garbage truck full of plastic into the oceans every minute.” In addition to the ocean, roughly 107,000 to 730,000 tons 2 of microplastics are dumped onto agricultural soils in the U.S. and Europe, which ultimately work through the environment and circle the globe’s waterways. Footprint has already prevented over 61 million metric tons of plastics from entering the ecosystem by the development and manufacturing of sustainable technologies that do not harm the environment or our food supplies. For more information about Footprint, visit www.FootprintUS.com. About Footprint Footprint has a clear vision: eliminate single-use and short-term use plastics. Footprint designs, develops and manufactures technologies that are biodegradable, compostable, and recyclable. We make it easy for companies to switch out of plastic to preserve our future. We love our oceans and our planet, that’s why we are revolutionizing industries to eliminate plastic pollution. The company was founded by former Intel engineers Troy Swope and Yoke Chung and employs more than 1,200 people. In 2019, Footprint was announced a winner of the prestigious NextGen Cup Challenge for its Plant-based alternative manufacturing process for making cups and lids. Footprint was also named to the 2020 Fortune “Change the World” list. Footprint has already helped eliminate over 61 million pounds of plastic. The company is based in Gilbert, Ariz. For more information and a complete portfolio of Footprint solutions visit www.footprintus.com. 1. “ A whopping 91% of plastic isn’t recycled,” National Geographic (Dec 2018) 2. “ Microplastics in farm soils: A growing concern,” Environmental Health News (Aug 2020) View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005289/en/ CONTACT: Stephanie Reynolds TrailRunner International for Footprint [email protected] +1.775.343.5886 KEYWORD: ARIZONA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: CHEMICALS/PLASTICS ENVIRONMENT MANUFACTURING SOURCE: Footprint Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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The Effect of Compliance Costs on Households

first_img The Effect of Compliance Costs on Households Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Regulations in the housing market are not only an added responsibility for mortgage companies, but it seems that compliance costs are spilling over into American households.A recent study titled, “Government Regulation in the Price of a New Home” by Paul Emrath, Ph.D., VP of Survey and Housing Policy Research for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), estimates that 14 million households are “priced out” of the market due to regulation.The report showed that government regulations increase the new home price by an average of 24.3 percent, or and additional $84,561. This number is up significantly from 2011 when regulatory costs were $65,224. This phenomenon prices out households so they no longer qualify for a new home mortgage because of higher prices.Emrath wrote, “Regulations come in many forms and can be imposed by different levels of government. At the local level, jurisdictions may charge permit, hook-up, and impact fees and establish development and construction standards that either directly increase costs to builders and developers, or cause delays that translate to higher costs. State governments may be involved in this process directly or indirectly. Several states, for example, have adopted state- wide building codes. And although impact fees are imposed by local governments, such fees typically cannot be imposed without enabling legislation at the state level. The federal government can also impact the price of a home—for example, by requiring permits for stormwater discharge on construction sites, which may lead to delays in addition to the hard cost of filing for a permit.”According to the NAHB Priced Out Model, approximately 48.4 million U.S. households can qualify for a new home mortgage in the absence of government regulation.But after regulatory costs are factored in, only 34.4 million households will still be able to qualify for a mortgage. This leaves 14 million locked out the housing market thanks to rising home prices due to regulation.The report suggest two possibilities may be occurring in the market that is causing regulatory requirements to price out households:The costs embodied in a new home are understated because some types of regulation impact costs in a way that is difficult for builders to see.The pace of regulatory cost increases is accelerating due to the number of regulations in the pipeline.Emrath noted, “builders and developers have probably not yet felt all the impacts of regulations looming on the horizon. A substantial number of regulations have been implemented recently, are in the process of being implemented, or are under active consideration by key policymakers.”He continued, “Based on this it would be reasonable to argue that the rate of increase in regulatory costs embodied in the price of a new home is accelerating.” About Author: Xhevrije West Tagged with: Compliance Homeownership Regulation Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Previous: What Does the Future Hold for Existing-Home Sales? Next: Center-Right Coalition Urges GSE Reform Compliance Homeownership Regulation 2016-05-12 Brian Honea in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Home / Daily Dose / The Effect of Compliance Costs on Householdscenter_img Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Xhevrije West is a talented writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. She has worked for a number of publications including The Syracuse New Times, Dallas Flow Magazine, and Bellwethr Magazine. She completed her Bachelors at Alcorn State University and went on to complete her Masters at Syracuse University. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago May 12, 2016 1,491 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Update on Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Update on Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities RMBS Securities 2019-05-14 Seth Welborn Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Credit performance of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) backed by nonqualified mortgage loans remained strong in Q1 2019, according to the latest report from Morningstar Credit Ratings. According to Morningstar’s research, while high prepayment levels may typically indicate poor loan quality, the trend of recent relatively high prepayments hasn’t impacted credit quality. The report states that prepaid loans and the remaining loans have a similar credit quality, noting that many deals have seen prepayment rates above 20%.Non-QM RMBS issuance also climbed in the first quarter, as several first-time issuers launched transactions. Morningstar rated seven new transactions that quarter, which brought the total number of non-QM RMBS deals we rated through the end of March 2019 to 23. The weighted average Morningstar loan-to-value ratio, or LTV, was 68.5% and the weighted average FICO score was 693, though the average loan size of $395,662 is below that of most other deals, while the weighted average coupon rate of 7.1% was the highest amongst the deals Morningstar rated. “As noted in our RMBS outlook for 2019, we expect non-QM RMBS issuance to continue to increase in 2019, with the credit quality of the collateral weakening somewhat but remaining overall consistent with the prior year,” said Morningstar in a release. “Also, we expect the non-QM RMBS transaction structures to evolve as issuers explore ways to optimize funding costs and maximize proceeds from securitization.”Government-back loans as a whole have seen a resurgence. Kroll Bond Ratings Agency reported 63 percent increase in residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) issued in 2018 over 2017. The report indicated that if the U.S. GDP was to grow at the steady pace it has this year, until July 2019, the year could see “another robust issuance year in 2019.” However, factors such as higher interest rates, home price moderation, and widening spreads that have been experienced by the market in the last few weeks are likely headwinds that might pull down the performance of RMBS next year, the report revealed.”Given the potential downside risks, we aren’t forecasting issuance growth in 2019, but believe issuance will be comparable to 2018 levels,” KBRA stated in the outlook. in Daily Dose, Featured, News, REO, Secondary Market Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: RMBS Securities Previous: The GSEs’ Homeowner Assistance Efforts Next: The Renter/Investor Relationship  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Update on Residential Mortgage-Backed Securitiescenter_img May 14, 2019 2,792 Views Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agolast_img read more

Sinn Fein Ardfheis taking place this weekend in Derry

first_img Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows AudioHomepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+ WhatsApp Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Twittercenter_img Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Sinn Fein Ardfheis taking place this weekend in Derry Pinterest Previous articleAdditional accommodation granted for Dungloe schoolNext articleProgress on bringing more facilities to New Mills Corn & Flax Mill News Highland A Sinn Fein TD believes there is enough time before the next general election for the party to recover from it’s poor showing in the local elections.The Party’s Ardfheis is taking place this weekend in Derry.A range of issues will be discussed at the gathering which will also see a challenge to the Vice President, Michelle O’Neill.Housing Spokesperson, Eoin O’Broin says they will work to improve the fitness of the party for the campaigns ahead:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/ogfhgfhghfghbrion10.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By News Highland – November 15, 2019 Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+last_img read more

Light snow possible for Midwest and Northeast, rain along the East Coast

first_imgABC News (HUNTSVILLE, Ala.) — A pair of cold fronts moving across the eastern U.S. brought another round of heavy rain and some flash flooding on Friday. Over 3 inches of rain was reported outside of Huntsville, Alabama. This comes after parts of the Jackson, Mississippi, area saw daily rainfall records on Thursday with over 4 inches of rain in spots.Meanwhile the colder air behind these fronts is supporting a couple areas of light snow. Locally 6 to 8 inches of snow is being reported in northern Iowa this morning due to a fast moving but intense burst of snow in the colder air.Some more rain is expected along the East Coast today. A couple of gusty thunderstorms will also be possible in the Southeast — especially in parts of northern Florida, where very mild air will help fuel the storms. Jacksonville, Florida, reached a high of 85 degrees, a new record for the day, and 19 degrees above average.Meanwhile, as some of this moisture interacts with the colder air in the north, some snow is expected to move across the interior Northeast today, near the Canadian border. Snow will also sneak in behind the fronts and likely be enhanced along the Appalachians as well. The result of this is locally 2 to 4 inches in the far interior Northeast along the Canadian border, as well as along parts of the Appalachians into parts of West Virginia.On Sunday, as these fronts clear the East Coast, lingering snow squalls will be possible in the Northeast, as well as gusty winds locally over 30 mph. It should remain too warm along the coastline for any snow that does fall to accumulate.Then by early Monday a quick-moving clipper system will bring another round of snow showers to parts of the Northeast. A burst of light snow is possible with an additional 1 to 2 inches of snow from the Great Lakes to the Canadian border in the Northeast. There could be a very light accumulation in the lower Hudson Valley from this.On Tuesday another quick-moving system will develop in the Ohio River Valley and bring a burst of light snow from Indiana to the Northeast. Even though this storm will try to organize and expand its snow shield, it’s likely all snow accumulations for the Northeast will remain on the low end, with mostly rain or brief mixing in the Northeast cities. There is no indication at this time that this storm becomes a significant event.The next pronounced weather story is actually the unusually quiet sensible weather across much of the U.S. next week. Outside of rounds of storms in the Northwest U.S., there is no significant or widespread winter storm threat, which is somewhat unusual for this time of the year. Typically, January can be quite turbulent with round after round of storm threats moving across the country.Perhaps an even more significant story is the likelihood of well above average temperatures for the Eastern U.S. as we head into the middle of the month. This is also quite notable, as mid to late January is climatologically the coldest time of the year. Typically, there are brutal cold blasts tracking eastward across the country. However, as we head into late next week and beyond, it is look quite mild. At this time, widespread 50s are likely for the Northeast for several days in the middle of the month, which would be approximately 20 degrees above average.It’s important to note that although this looks like a prolonged mild trend, weather can change quite abruptly and dramatically. Simply said, there is still 7 weeks of meteorological winter to go. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

A good run for your money

first_imgA good run for your moneyOn 1 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Charlie Hockey, HR manager at Bio-Rad Laboratories, takes us behind thescenes of an Olympic-style team-building eventThe Athenian Akabusi Challenge The Akabusi Company, Unit 14, Doolittle Mill, Froghall Road, Ampthill, BedsMK45 2ND Phone: 0870 444 1975 E-mail: [email protected] Laboratories is a multinational manufacturer and distributor of lifescience research and clinical diagnostic products. Each year, the NorthernEurope region, covering the UK, Belgium, The Netherlands, Scandinavia, Israeland South Africa, stages a staff conference with the aim of building effectivemulti-disciplinary teams, sharing information and motivating employees. The annual conference provides employees with the opportunity to meetface-to-face with colleagues from other territories with whom they usuallycommunicate with by phone, e-mail and video conferencing. It enables them toshare experiences and overcome any language or cultural barriers. Previously, the conference had focused on having a motivational speaker fromoutside the industry, followed by a series of break-out training sessions foremployees. For 2004, the company wanted to take a different approach that wouldreally capture the audience’s imagination and would consequently improveeffectiveness across the territories. Different approach When we began developing a new conference programme we wanted to present somethingdifferent for employees who are target-driven and competitive by nature. So weapproached The Akabusi Company [founded by Kriss Akabusi, famous for hisathletics and subsequent media career], which appeared to meet the requiredcriteria. The Akabusi Athenian Challenge is a computer-linked interactiveteam-building ‘game’ designed to communicate information in a fun and engagingway. It is based on a concept of ‘edutainment’, which enables teams to completevarious timed challenges both in- and outdoors. The challenge is based on anathletic theme and has a live scoreboard running at all times, so teams arealways aware of their position. The activities were specially designed forBio-Rad to ensure that messages were both appropriate and inspiring. The aimwas to leave the participants motivated for challenges they would face in theyear ahead. Customisation The conference involved 210 delegates from across the Northern European region.Prior to the event, a panel was formed made up of representatives from everyarea of the business along with The Akabusi Company and its technology partnerCorporate Adrenalin. Together they developed the different customised themesthat would make up The Challenge. In total, 26 teams participated in the training. Each one comprised at leastfive different nationalities, and representatives from four differentdisciplines. A trained facilitator was also assigned to every team to help theexercises run smoothly and to reinforce learning points. As the teams were chosen from across the different territories, ouremployees were encouraged to collaborate prior to the event. Before arriving,each team member was given the name of an animal and the objective was toarrive at the event as an interpretation of that animal. Other activities included: – Matching pairs – delegates had to match the two Bio-Rad products thatwould normally be sold together from a selection of pictures. – Finding your way around the company website – a set of questions weredevised to which the answers could only be found on the company website – Employee photo-fit – finding out who’s who in the company. – Guess what’s in the box – a Bio-Rad product was placed in a box and teamshad to guess what it was, using only their hands. The vocational training was tailored to each specific job function.Non-technical employees used one of our Bio-Education products to ‘solve acrime’ by carrying out various experiments using the products in our DNAfingerprinting kit, while members of the sales team took the opportunity tocarry out a review of the year and develop common goals for the future. Results The event achieved its objective to build effective teams within thebusiness and to bring together the whole of the Northern European region. Itenabled UK employees to share their experiences and working practices withtheir counterparts from different countries and feel that they were animportant part of the Bio-Rad team. VerdictUnited we standThe Akabusi Athenian Challenge helpedto produce a strong team identity within a large, multinational organisation,allowing individual employees to feel part of a bigger whole.Ease of use       * * * *Ability to meet business needs   ** * *Value for money           ** * * *Impact  * * * * * Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more