Secret Player: “No one is laughing at the French these days”

first_imgJonny Wilkinson and Matt Giteau after Toulon’s Top 14 final victory in 2014But when I played over there, the stereotypes were all still present and correct. Away days in Europe were casual affairs. There was the optional glass of red with dinner the night before, bemusement/disgust at British hotel food and even more bemusement that anyone would choose to stay in a place like Belfast, Llanelli or Leicester. You got the impression that many of the guys didn’t really want to be there, and this was usually reflected in their performance.No one is laughing at the French these days, however. Now, the best that most clubs can hope for against the continental behemoths is to fill the stadium, avoid a thrashing and then look forward to the return leg, when the pressure will be off and you can enjoy some stinky cheese in peace. Changed days. I’VE BEEN around a bit in my career. I am, I’m not ashamed to say, what they call “a journeyman professional”. An honest plodder, unflashy, trusted to do a solid job of work. This sort of reliability has meant I’ve always been able to find a club, as most DoRs like a safe bet, but conversely it can work against you if you plan on becoming a long-term fixture.The cycle goes something like this. In year one of the contract, the coaches are pleasantly surprised by what you bring to the squad: you make your tackles, carry a bit of ball and don’t have hands like flippers. They imagine that once you’re bedded in properly, and under their own superior tutelage, your latent razzle-dazzle will start to show itself and you’ll be running in tries and spraying out imaginative offloads like a cut-price Sonny Bill.Crowd pleaser: Connacht’s John Muldoon celebrates the Pro12 win with fans. Photo: InphoThen, in year two (or even, if you have a good agent, into year three), they begin to realise that hitting/inspecting rucks is about all you’re good for. Where once your Ronseal-esque qualities were seen as a strength, the stolid yeoman bit eventually starts to get stale in the eyes of coaches, fans and team-mates alike. You can feel the low-level resentment slowly building, the feeling you’re taking up space and budget that could be better spent on a younger, more dynamic and better-looking model, and the time soon comes when you must pack your sports bag and go looking for another bunch of mugs in need of a Steady Eddie in their lives.In scrabbling around to find a job in this weird world
 of rugby, you can end up in unexpected places, and the fact I’ve played in all three major European leagues is more by expediency than design. My time in the different competitions means that I spend a lot of time on the sofa when the European Cup comes around as, after a decade of taking beatings at stadia across the continent, I can find an excuse to be interested in pretty much any team.Traditionally, clubs from each respective league have viewed the Cup in different ways. For those teams from the Pro12, European games have always been seen as the proper stuff amongst the vaguely Mickey Mouse business of the domestic season. With Sky doing their best to drum up interest in glamour ties like Dragons v Zebre, this is slowly changing, but the fact remains that the Pro12 clubs can’t wait to get into Europe and play some proper rugby. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS This column was first published in the November 2016 issue of Rugby World. Engine room: Richie Gray can add muscle to Toulouse’s front fiveThe excitement is generally short-lived, of course, as unless you’re Irish, any realistic hopes of progressing are likely to be quashed after the first couple of pool games. But that will never stop the Welsh and Scottish viewing them as highlights of the season.Contrast this with the English sides, grinding their way through week after week of unrelenting Premiership intensity. Rather than seeing each match in Europe
as a grand, stand-alone day out, a player’s reaction as they come in on a Monday to start preparations for playing one of the French giants is more likely to be a knackered, “Christ, here we go again”.The top English sides are getting better equipped to put up a fight on both fronts, but they’re still playing catch up with the Toulons and Racings of the world. These two are changing the old cliché perception of the French in Europe – ie, that they weren’t really that bothered, and the teams that did do well, like Toulouse, did so almost by accident.last_img read more

Seed Consultants Market Watch 2/19/2013 Evenging Comment With Gary Wilhelmi

first_img Previous articlePurdue Ag Dean Thrilled with Landmark GiftNext articleNorthwest Indiana Regional Dairy Meetings Coming First Week of March Hoosier Ag Today SHARE Facebook Twitter FinancialDow over 14,000, S&P above 1525 and NASDAQ north of 3200 were all break outsMerger and acquisition talk motivated the trade, but the OfficeMax-Office Depot deal is not constructive as both are struggling4Q earnings are wrapping up with about 75% beating estimates, but expectations were modestGerman sentiment exceeded forecasts and ran the DAX up 1.6%, or vice versaWTI crude firms to $96.67 up $ .80Gold dawdles off $5The dollar index trimmed its sails off 17 at 80.45 with an 81 resistanceLivestockApril cattle dove to $129.30 just above limited supportApril hogs powered down to $83.07 and showed no signs of lifeThe markets are over sold, but a takes a demand spark to light the fuseHogs have dropped about $8 this monthLarge snow storm may impair movement and curb weight gainSpring demand timing is about as reliable as the ground hog (39%)Grain and soybeansMarch soybean romp up $.45 to $14.69 with resistance at $14.90Grains were ground down to support at $9.95 in March corn and $7.32 wheatHeavy snow starting Thursday in Nebraska, E Colorado, and Iowa going on a northeast tract would help some winter wheat and parts of dry western Corn BeltWeekly export inspections were positive in soybeans at 40 million bushels, fair in wheat at 30 m and abysmal in corn at 9.5 mChina bought 120,000 tons of 12/13 soybeans as they come off their lunar holidayThe wild and wooly soybean trade was a resumption of speculative excessive volatilityA disappointing rain event added to the strength in soybeans11:38 updateArgentine rains fall short of expectations and Chinese coming off of lunar holiday drive soybeans up 30 centsGrains fall 6 cents in March corn and 11 cents in wheatAt $6.92 March corn is just over support at $6.90April hogs have dropped $7.00 this monthApril cattle $.77 lower at $129.67 eyes support near $129Morning CommentFinancial German sentiment index rises to 48 from 32 with 35 expectedDAX up 1.2%Dow pre open little changedEarnings winding down and 75% have beat estimates versus low expectationsCrude little changedGold near steadyDollar up 2 at 80.61 with resistance at 81LivestockWinter storm ads to woes of northeastClear in feedlot country raises weightsSpring demand improvement aheadConsumers may be tiring of chicken specialsCash offers at $127Choice beef down $1.58 and select up $.80Weekly kill 3000 higher in cattle and 6000 in hogsPork cutout 34 loads with carcass off $.10, loins down $1.41 and hams up $.23Grain and soybeansMarch corn steady at $6.98, March beans up $.19 at $14.43 as China comes off holiday and March wheat unchanged at $7.42USDA Ag outlook Friday is expected to be bearish, but it is just best guesses so be mindfulOver sold indications are presentSelling in Nov beans at $12.82 and Dec corn has resistance at $5.70Brazilian soybean harvest nears 25%Brazilian port delays will begin to be relievedLow water makes it hard to float a boat on the MississippiBefuddled US financial (politics) markets no help to Ag By Hoosier Ag Today – Feb 19, 2013 Seed Consultants Market Watch 2/19/2013 Evenging Comment With Gary Wilhelmi SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Market Market Watch Seed Consultants Market Watch 2/19/2013 Evenging Comment With Gary Wilhelmilast_img read more

Soul Repair Center looks to expand reach on campus

first_imgprintWhile hospitals and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs spend much of their focus on the physical injuries Armed Forces suffer, Brite Divinity School continues to emphasize the need for healing of the soul.Established in 2012, Brite’s Soul Repair Center works to help people understand the moral injuries that can be inflicted on soldiers. The center argues that soldiers can suffer “moral injury,” or “the violation of what is right by someone in legitimate authority in a high stakes situation which is accompanied by a physiological response of feeling attacked.”According to the TCU Registrar’s Office, there are about 440 total GI benefit users on campus, including 297 veterans enrolled this fall. This fall semester marks the highest number of veteran benefits users ever at TCU, said veteran affairs officer Ricardo Avitia.The center wants to increase student involvement at Brite conferences on moral injury and connect with more veterans on campus, said Soul Repair Center director Nancy Ramsay. The center is working on forging a relationship with TCU colleges, such as the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences.Director, Dr. Nancy Ramsay, stands at the entrance to the Brite Divinity Soul Repair Center. Photo Credit: Michelle Carter, transfer journalism major.Ramsay said there are also plans for a spring conference on campus.Earlier this month, the center held a training session in Princeton, New Jersey for those who work with people who have experienced moral injuries.“TCU is about helping persons to better understand and to better serve the world,” said the divinity school’s president Newell Williams. “Helping to understand moral injury and how persons can be helped to recover from moral injury, helps individuals, families, and their communities.”Brite Divinity School graduate and veteran, Michael Yandell, said he has found the Soul Repair Center to be a useful space to start conversation and think about his past experiences in a new way.The center is not a counseling center, though, Yandell added. It is focused on, “equipping the people in the fields of pastoral care and other types of counseling to better understand what veterans might be going through and how to better help them,” he said. Facebook TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Previous article‘Pyramid of Success’ guides football’s seasonNext articleEquestrian wins season-opening scrimmage Kelsey Emery RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Melt ice cream shop embraces Halloween with magical flavors + posts Kelsey Emery ReddIt Kelsey Emery is a Senior Journalism major from the San Francisco Bay Area, passionate about world relations and social justice issues. When she’s not in the news room, though, she enjoys hanging out on Magnolia and exploring the Fort Worth area. Kelsey Emery Patch Hat Co.: ‘Just two dudes sewing some hats’ ReddIt Linkedin World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Kelsey Emery Room 218, home to the Soul Repair Center, is where you will find Dr.Nancy Ramsay working to further public education on moral injury. Facebook Transfer students reflect on their first semester at TCU Twitter Linkedin Kelsey Emery Kelsey Emery Twitter Students gather for free food, conversation at annual Fall Faith Festivallast_img read more

Veracruz reporter becomes sixth journalist murdered in Mexico this year

first_img Receive email alerts A reporter with 20 years experience, Torres worked for TV Azteca, and several regional and local media including the daily newspaper Noreste, covering court cases and clashes between organized crime and the police. He also edited his own news website, Noticiasmt, and worked for the Poza Rica city hall.His murder, by a single shot to the head as he returned home, confirmed Mexico’s status as one of the world’s deadliest countries for the media. He was the second journalist to be killed this year in Veracruz, regarded as Mexico’s most dangerous state for reporters.“It is vital that the Veracruz police and judicial authorities identify those responsible for this murder and bring them to trial,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America desk.“Torres’ death, like those of the many other Mexican journalists killed in recent years, will not be forgotten. This is a state of emergency for the media in Veracruz. We appeal to all those who defend media freedom to support Mexico’s journalists and to denounce this deadly spiral of violence.”Astonishingly, the Veracruz Prosecutor-General’s Office issued a statement about Torres’ murder that identified him simply as a Poza Rica city hall employee, without saying he was a journalist.The Veracruz State Commission for the Protection of Journalists issued a statement “energetically condemning this journalist’s murder” and calling for a swift investigation to find out who did it. The commission was created by the Veracruz state government but in principle is independent.RSF remind that on 25 april, the journalist Francisco Pacheco Beltrán was also found dead in front of his house in the city of Taxco, in Guerrero state.Mexico is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. MexicoAmericas Protecting journalists Organized crimeCorruptionImpunityViolence News Follow the news on Mexico Reporters Without Borders (RSF) sounds the alarm about the growing violence against Mexican media personnel after freelance reporter Manuel Torres was gunned down in Poza Rica, in the eastern state of Veracruz, on 14 May, becoming the sixth journalist to be murdered in Mexico since the start of the year. Organisation MexicoAmericas Protecting journalists Organized crimeCorruptionImpunityViolence May 5, 2021 Find out more Reports NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say to go further Help by sharing this information News Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies May 13, 2021 Find out more News May 16, 2016 Veracruz reporter becomes sixth journalist murdered in Mexico this year RSF_en April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

LA Autism Walk Hosts 40,000 Attendees and Raises Over $1.8M for Autism

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News LA Autism Walk Hosts 40,000 Attendees and Raises Over $1.8M for Autism From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 | 5:25 pm More Cool Stuff 35 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 40,000 community autism supporters united for a single cause at the 11th annual Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on Saturday, April 20, 2013. The event raised more than $1.8M for autism.Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum, this fundraising effort generates vital funds for autism research and raises awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism, the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the US, and the need for increased research funding to combat this complex disorder.Notable walk attendees included:– Holly Robinson Peete: actress, co-author of My Brother Charlie and Autism Speaks National Board Member– Phillip Palmer: ABC7 Eyewitness News Anchor– Gabriella Teissier, Teresa Quevedo: Univision 34 Los Angeles news anchors, both have children on the autism spectrum– Tisha Campbell-Martin: actress, well known for playing “Gina” in the show Martin– Charlene Tilton: actress, well known for playing “Lucy” in Dallas– Kurt Yaeger: actor, currently plays “Greg the Peg” on Sons of Anarchy– Shawn Stockman: singer, well known as a member of Boyz II Men– Jamie Brewer: actress, well known for playing “Addie” on American Horror Story– Dee Walace Stone: actress, well known for playing “Mary,” Elliot’s mother, in E.T.– Erin Murphy: actress, well known for playing “Tabitha” in Bewitched– David Zimmerman: actor, credits include playing cousin “Dom Focker” in Meet the Fockers– Brian Gutierrez: State of California Councilmember, on the autism spectrumFor a tenth year, Palmer served as the Master of Ceremonies.Registration began at 8 a.m. and entertainment and stage programs began at 9 a.m. Walk starts began at 9 a.m. and continued on a rolling basis every ten minutes through 11 a.m.For more information on the LA Autism Walk, go to Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks was presented by Vons. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Herbeauty10 Easy Tips To Help You Reset Your Sleep ScheduleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCouples Who Stuck With Each Other Despite The Cheating ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News Make a comment Community Newslast_img read more

Obituary | Mother Ella Velma Goodman: A Life Well Lived

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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. ~ Matthew 25:21The grand First Lady of Holy Assembly Church of God in Christ in Pasadena, Mother Ella V. (Riley) Goodman, was called from labor to reward just before Holy Week and before her 89th birthday on March 22, 2021. Married to the late Bishop Floyd J. Goodman, she leaves behind a legacy of faithful pastoral and community service, dedicated work to the Los Angeles Unified School District, and encouragement to an extended and blended family that will miss her constant love for them.Born March 23, 1932, Mother Goodman was a native of Marion, Louisiana-Union Parish. She was the eighth of twelve children born to the late Joe Lee Riley Sr. and Lucinda Smedley Riley.In 1955 she moved to California, and there she raised her three beautiful daughters Ella (Louise), Lorraine, and Patricia.On December 17, 1977, she married the late Bishop Goodman, and they blended their families, now adding Floyd, David, Joyce, Larry, and Samuel Goodman, to her care.Two years later, Bishop Goodman was called to assume the pastorate of the Holy Assembly Church of God in Christ in Pasadena, California, where Mother Goodman took pride in being the First Lady and a Bishop’s wife for the next 27 years. Always working beside her husband in ministry, this Louisiana beauty was fashion-forward yet prayerful with a soulful, sultry singing voice that could make your heart smile.She led the Holy Assembly Church’s Women’s department with passion and purpose, working hard throughout the years to raise money for her Annual Women’s Day event, which provided funding for critical church expenses.Most importantly, she is fondly remembered for her tireless hospitality and jurisdictional work alongside her husband. She was a member of the Jurisdictional Women’s Department Advisory Department and a member of the Executive Board, significantly assisting both their past and current supervisors at the Jurisdiction level.Mother Goodman was not only a devoted Bishop’s wife and mother, but she was also a dedicated and hard-working factory worker. She later retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District, where she worked as a plant manager at Haddon Elementary School for over 20 years.Since cooking down-home, southern-style meals was one of her favorite pastimes, in 2010, Bishop C.E. Milton and the Holy Assembly parishioners honored her by naming the executive dining area as the Mother Ella V. Goodman Prayer Room. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the room has become home to the regional Holy Assembly food program, where more than 7,500 boxes of food are distributed every week throughout Southern California.Mother Goodman was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, and encourager. She will be missed by a host of children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends, along with the Holy Assembly Church of God in Christ family and the Southern California Evangelistic Jurisdiction.She is preceded in death by her husband Bishop Floyd J. Goodman, her parents Joe and Lucinda Riley, her brothers Roosevelt Riley, Floyd Riley, Andrew Riley, Joe Lee Riley Jr, and Booker T. Riley; her sisters Roxie Staten, Elizabeth Riley, Beulah Riley, Knether Lee, Marguerite Riley Milton, and Emma Lewis and her stepchildren Joyce Ann Smith, Michael James Goodman, and Larry Goodman.Left to cherish her legacy and memory are her three daughters. Ella Louise Payne (Robert), Rancho Vista CA, Lorraine Williams, Palmdale CA and Patricia Wood (Charles), Salem, North Carolina; her stepsons Floyd Goodman Jr., Pacoima CA, and David Goodman (Donna), Valencia CA.; brother Clemon T. Riley (Gloria), sister Eugenia Riley Goodman; grandchildren, Robert Da’Vonne Payne Jr., (Jamie), Brandon Payne (Lindsey), Tierney Caldwell, and Tanisha Elliott (William); and Charles “Chip” Wood (Brittany); great-grand Children Isaiah, Brendon, Marissa, Kathryn, Haley, Reginal, Makiya, Heaven, Zuri, Arya, and Charles “Cash,” Corbin and Lucy. Business News People Obituary | Mother Ella Velma Goodman: A Life Well Lived Published on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | 8:00 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribelast_img read more

Department urged to be ‘generous’ in CPO for three school campus

first_imgThe Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council is urging the Department of Education to be ‘generous’ with the landowners of the proposed new site for the three school campus in Buncrana. The public advertisement for the site was published this week and follows recent confirmation by the Education Minister that a compulsory purchase process has commenced to secure a site for the new campus.Securing the site is said to be the first essential step in the process.But local Cllr Rena Donaghy says at this stage it would be ideal to have an agreed CPO:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Department urged to be ‘generous’ in CPO for three school campus Previous articleSF call for paid leave for domestic violence victimsNext articleInvestigation continuing into tyre slashing incident News Highland Twitter Twitter By News Highland – December 8, 2020 Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pinterest AudioHomepage BannerNews FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Harps come back to win in Waterford Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty last_img read more

Coronavirus updates: Los Angeles to shut down in-person dining

first_imgNov 23, 9:19 pmUS marks 2 weeks of record hospitalizationsThe COVID Tracking Project announced that 85,836 people are currently hospitalized in the United States with COVID-19.This marks the 14th consecutive day of record-setting hospitalization numbers in the country, according to the health data.“Only 4 states—Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont—have fewer than 100 people per million hospitalized with COVID-19,” the COVID Tracking Project tweeted.The U.S. recorded 105,975 new coronavirus cases and 956 new deaths Monday. The seven-day average of deaths is now over 1,500, an 87% increase since Nov. 1, according to the health data.Nov 23, 8:02 pmFauci warns it’s ‘conceivable’ that country will run out of bedsDr. Anthony Fauci warned during an interview on the PBS NewsHour Monday that the country could run out of beds and nurses as coronavirus cases go up.“It is really conceivable that if we don’t turn around the trajectory that that will happen,” he said.Fauci also said that families that are gathering for Thanksgiving with those outside their household are putting themselves at risk.“We really can do something about it if we adhere to the public health measures,” he said. “It’s within our power to do something about it.”Nov 23, 6:41 pmLos Angeles to shut down in-person diningLos Angeles County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer announced the county will shut down in-person restaurant dining starting Wednesday as cases continue to rise.The county recorded 6,124 new cases and eight new deaths Monday, according to the local Health Department. There are 1,473 patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in L.A. County, the Health Department said.Eateries and bars will be able to offer take-out options, according to Ferrer. The order will be in effect for at least three weeks, she said.The Los Angeles County Board will meet Tuesday to discuss further shutdown measures. If the five-day case average is 4,500 or higher, a more restrictive stay-at-home order will be issued for three weeks.“The problem is, we have such a high rate of transmission and so many people are infected that it will take a lot to get us back down,” Ferrer said.Nov 23, 6:16 pmMaryland sees 19 straight days with over 1,000 new casesMaryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced his state will launch an education campaign and additional enforcement action this week, as the state sees a surge in COVID-19 cases.Maryland has seen 19 straight days with over 1,000 new daily cases recorded, Hogan said. The positivity rate is 6.8%, hospitalizations have increased by 80% in the last two weeks, and 29 hospitals are at 90% capacity, according to the governor.Federal and state officials have announced they will enforce compliance rules over Thanksgiving. A wireless alert will be send out on Wednesday that reminds the public about the pandemic and the state’s enforcement.“Following the public health directives is the only way we will be able to stop this virus, keep Maryland open for business, and keep hospitals from overflowing,” Hogan said in a statement.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Myriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected over 57.4 million people and killed more than 1.3 million worldwide.Here’s how the news is developing Monday. All times Eastern:last_img read more

Affirmative action

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Affirmative actionOn 1 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today South Africa’s post-apartheid laws mean companies are having to undergoradical reforms to ensure equity in the workplace. By Nicole Itano. Photographsby Jon HrusaSitting in the cockpit of the Boeing jet he pilots daily between the SouthAfrican cities of Johannesburg and Durban, Mpho Mamashela has already reachednew heights for a black South African. Ten years ago it would have been unheard of for a black man, or woman, topilot a passenger jet for South African Airways, the country’s nationalairline. Today, eight years after South Africa’s first free, multi-racialelections, Mamashela is the airline’s first black captain and one of about 12new black pilots. While Mamashela’s rise is a cause for celebration at the formerly all-whiteairline, the still small numbers of black pilots at the company shows howdifficult the road to reconciliation has been for South African businesses, andhow much work is still to be done. New post-apartheid laws mandate that companies in South Africa take steps tomake their workforces reflect society’s racial make-up, particularly inmanagement. Such changes however, will require an almost complete turnaround incompany workforces. More than 70 per cent of South Africans are black, another15 per cent are Indian or coloured – a South African term for people of mixedracial heritage – yet at the end of apartheid nearly all management and skilledpositions were in the hands of whites. Under a set of new laws passed in 1998, South African companies must developan empowerment plan and set diversity goals for themselves. They also levy a 1per cent payroll tax on companies for skills training, which companies canreclaim by proving they have spent a certain amount of money on training andeducation programmes targeted at previously disadvantaged groups. These laws are far more aggressive than their US counterparts, but theproblem they are seeking to redress is far more severe. Unlike US affirmativeaction laws, South African laws advocate the use of quotas and state that theirgoal is not only to redress past discrimination, but achieve racial and genderequity in the workforce. There is even a provision for the inclusion of thedisabled, at a rate equivalent to their representation in society, about 1 percent. “It is very difficult to do business without worrying about it,”says Chris Todd, chief executive of Laser HR Solutions in Johannesburg, whichhelps companies adhere to equity laws. “Everything is aimed at forcingchange, so that the demographics reflect those of the country. It’s very much anumbers-based issue.” Nearly four years after the laws were first passed, progress is being made.The number of non-whites and women in professional and management positions isrising, and an increasing number of top positions are held by non-whites.According to statistics from the South African Department of Labor, 53 per centof new recruits in 2000 were black and 20 per cent were coloured or Indian. But HR professionals warn that the path to equality will be long anddifficult. There are not enough educated non-whites to fill demand, sometimesleading to unqualified people being promoted. There is growing resentment amongwhites who feel their own job opportunities are shrinking. “It isn’t working as fast as parliament wants it to, but I don’t thinkit ever will,” says Mark Kerruish, senior consultant at BrentwoodAssociates, which works with small and medium-sized companies on their affirmativeaction programmes. “But it is working, slowly. Attitudes arechanging.” The challenges for South Africa as it tries to reach employment equity areenormous. The entire apartheid system was designed to protect and createwhite-collar security for South Africa’s white minority, and nearly everyaspect of apartheid society – from housing policies to its education programmes– was designed to keep whites and blacks in their ‘proper places’. Unfortunately for South Africa, the apartheid government did its work toowell. Not only were non-whites excluded from high-paying jobs in business andthe civil service, the majority were also denied access to education. Under thecountry’s ‘Bantu education’ system, black South Africans were taught what thegovernment thought they needed to know, which for people expected to becomemaids and mineworkers wasn’t much: enough English to understand directions, andperhaps a few numbers. A few elite South Africans, such as former president Nelson Mandela, managedto acquire higher degrees through correspondence schools or one of the fewall-black colleges run by missionaries. Others went into exile and acquirededucation there, but their numbers are few. Most non-whites were never giventhe skills necessary to enter a modern, educated workforce. For companies trying to diversify their workforce and adhere to SouthAfrica’s new employment laws, one of the biggest challenges is finding enoughqualified non-whites to fill new positions. Educated blacks, coloureds andIndians are in high demand and rise quickly through the ranks, often leavingcompanies that have trained them for better jobs. “The skills you need to fill positions aren’t there. You want to fillup your management team with black managers, but there are just not enough ofthem,” says Kerruish. “And then, as soon as you have a highly trainedblack person, they become highly marketable and they’re gone. Some of ourclients are saying: ‘why should we pay to train them? We’ll just wait forsomeone else to do it’.” Although the skills shortage among non-whites exists across the board, HRprofessionals say filling generalist positions is easier than those requiringspecific technical skills. South Africa has a massive shortage of non-whites infields such as accounting and engineering, which require special training thatmust be done outside the company. Skills for general management positions aremore easily acquired within the working environment. For a company like South African Airways, which needs people with specificskills and experience, the challenge of diversification is extremely difficult.It was almost impossible for a black person to acquire a pilot’s license inSouth Africa during apartheid; Mamashela was one of the few who did. To try to increase the pool of non-white pilots, the company recently movedits flight school from Australia to a largely black, underprivileged part ofSouth Africa, the idea being it would stimulate growth in that area andencourage more blacks to train in aviation. But grooming new pilots will take along time. Many HR professionals acknowledge that the high demand for educatednon-white people is causing many companies to move people through the ranks tooquickly. Indeed, many HR consultants say most companies would rather hire orpromote a non-white candidate with just enough qualifications to do the job,than a more highly qualified white one. “I would say one of the biggest hurdles is that we have got people atlevels in an organisation with in theory the right skills, but very ofteninsufficient experience,” says Todd. “Essentially, it’s just aboutaccelerating people without providing the training and mentorship they need todo a really good job.” As non-whites move quickly up through the ranks, resentment is growing amongwhite people. Paul Viljoen, an engineer with Johannesburg Water, like manywhites in the workforce has bluntly been told his prospects for advancement areslim. “I was told the company needed more black managers and there was littlechance I would move up,” he says. “It is frustrating, but that’s thereality here.” Many young white people, especially those with little or moderate education,are facing the prospect of a life in South Africa that offers far fewerprospects for them than it did to their parents. Positive discrimination Low-level management jobs and positions in the civil service, once reservedexclusively for white people, are now being largely given to non-whites. Eventhose who recognise that the old system was little more than a complexaffirmative action programme for whites, find it hard to accept they are beingasked to pay the price for social re-adjustment. “It is ironic,” says a management consultant who works with amainly white consultant staff, helping companies design and implementemployment equity programmes. “We are going into companies to make sureour relatives don’t get jobs. My brother, who is 25, is incredibly angry atme.” Still, the perception that whites are being discriminated against in theSouth African workforce is not entirely true. While South Africa’s law callsfor equity, it also prohibits discrimination based on race. Whites cannot befired to make way for blacks, and at least one court case has upheld theirright to advancement based on ability. Additionally, while companies are trying hard to diversify their staff,whites are still being promoted and hired at rates far higher than equity woulddemand. Sixty-five per cent of management promotions in 2000 were given towhites, with 91 per cent of promotions to top management going to white men.Across the board, blacks still hold less than 30 per cent of managementpositions, even though they represent more than 70 per cent of the country. One of the biggest struggles for many companies, beyond adhering to theletter of the law, is changing their work environments to deal with the greaterdiversity of their workforces. South Africa has 11 official languages and thecultural divide between black, white, coloured and Indian grew deep duringapartheid. Wendy Luhabe, a black South African woman, started a company that preparesblack South Africans for the workforce and South African companies to acceptthem. Her company, Bridging the Gap, trains mainly young college graduates inbasic work skills such as how to act in an interview, and companies aboutdiversity sensitivity. Increasingly, companies are relying on third partieslike Luhabe to help them navigate the difficult new terrain of employmentequity and diversity. South Africa’s new employment laws have also placed an array of new demandson HR departments. The reporting demands of the Employment Equity Act are quiteexpansive and the implementation of diversity and training programmestime-consuming. The law specifically requires that companies appoint a managerin charge of employment equity, and many large firms have created whole newpositions, even departments, to deal with equity issues. But the majority of small and medium-sized firms are outsourcing the processto companies such as Laser, Brentwood or Bridging the Gap, who better know therequirements of the law and challenges of diversity. For most of thesecompanies, which are the majority of companies in South Africa, hiring afull-time equity manager or even a full-time HR manager is often out of reach. Theoretically, South Africa’s employment law recognises that training anddevelopment must play an essential part in bringing more equity to thecountry’s workforce. The Skills Development Levy, a sister act to the EmploymentEquity Act, imposes a 1 per cent tax on an employer’s payroll, which companiescan regain by putting more money into education and training programmes. Butmany HR professionals say too few companies see the link between this law andtheir equity requirements. “The market has not really seen that integration because they look atthe legislation as being two separate pieces,” says Steve Kgatuke, projectmanager at Picay, a company which helped the government draft employment equitylegislation and now works with companies to help them comply. “They don’tsee that they’re intertwined.” Management consultants say only a fraction of companies are actually takingsteps to reclaim their skills levies. For small and medium-sized companies inparticular, they say, it is simply too expensive to provide training.Programmes to bring smaller companies together so they can share trainingexpenses have seen some success, but even then, it is difficult to letemployees out of work for educational purposes. Despite the new demands on companies and ‘bumps in the road’, there is ageneral acceptance among South African companies that change is needed and thedebate is largely about the details, not the overall goal. “Most companies understand the importance of equity and are reallyworking to try to achieve it,” says Kgatuke. “They realise SouthAfrica has changed and they have to change with it.” Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Kosmos Energy makes gas discovery at Orca-1 exploration well, offshore Mauritania

first_img Image: Kosmos reports new gas discovery at Orca-1 exploration well. Photo: Courtesy of KOSMOS ENERGY LTD. US upstream oil company Kosmos Energy has reported a major gas discovery at Orca-1 exploration well located in the BirAllah area, offshore Mauritania.Kosmos said that the recent discovery at Orca-1 is part of the successful series of nine wells targeting the inboard gas trend in Mauritania/Senegal.Kosmos Energy chairman and chief executive officer Andrew G Inglis said: “The Orca-1 well concludes a very strong year for exploration and appraisal in Mauritania and Senegal. Orca-1, which we believe is the largest deepwater hydrocarbon discovery in the world so far this year, further demonstrates the world-scale quality of the Mauritania gas basin.“With sufficient resource in place at the BirAllah hub, Kosmos looks forward to working with the Government of Mauritania and its partners to bring benefits to the people of Mauritania through the development of cost competitive, low carbon intensity projects.”New gas discovery at Orca-1 exploration wellLocated 125km offshore Mauritania, Orca-1 exploration well was drilled in nearly 2,510m of water to a total measured depth of about 5,266m.The well was drilled approximately 7.5km from the crest of the anticline and showed both the structural and stratigraphic trap of the Orca prospect. It was estimated to hold 13 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of mean gas initially in place (GIIP).The company said that its Orca-1 well is aimed at a previously untested Albian play, and encountered 36m of net gas pay in quality reservoirs, surpassing the pre-drill expectations.Also, the exploration well extended the Cenomanian play fairway by confirming 11m of net gas pay in a down-structure position, compared with the original Marsouin-1 discovery well.Following the new gas discovery offshore Mauritania, the company has extended the timeline of its Mauritania/Senegal sell down the process to 2020, to provide more time for potential bidders to analyse the new data.Kosmos is a full-cycle deepwater independent oil and gas exploration and production firm focused on the Atlantic Margins, and holds assets including production offshore Ghana, Equatorial Guinea and US Gulf of Mexico, along with a gas development offshore Mauritania and Senegal. Located 125km offshore Mauritania, Orca-1 exploration well was drilled in nearly 2,510m of water to a total measured depth of about 5,266mlast_img read more