Two staunch defenders of the banks make it on to City A.M.’s inaugural awards shortlist

first_img Share TWO personalities who have fought steadfastly for the interests of banks have made it onto the shortlist to win City A.M.’s personality of the year, one of the biggest prizes at October’s City A.M. awards.Mayor of London Boris Johnson was chosen for springing to the defence of the banks in the aftermath of the financial crisis. In doing so, he clashed with the more populist element within the Conservative party.The second bank campaigner is Angela Knight, chief executive of the British Bankers’ Association. Knight has defended the banks’ position with a passion and she has rarely been off the media agenda.Both Knight and Johnson have reminded the nation just how important banks are to its economic well-being. Starting today, City A.M. will be publishing the shortlists for the awards, which will be handed out at the Grange Hotel in St Paul’s on 28 October. The shortlist for personality of the year also includes three businessmen who have led their businesses with courage and determination.There is Bob Diamond, president of Barclays Capital, who is likely to end up as one of the big gainers from the financial crisis. BA’s chief executive Willie Walsh is there for his determined effort to not be beaten by either the volcanic ash cloud or his own unions. The final contender on our short-list is Capita chief executive Paul Pindar. Further nominations will be revealed over the next few days. KCS-content whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Two staunch defenders of the banks make it on to City A.M.’s inaugural awards shortlist center_img whatsapp Monday 30 August 2010 9:30 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediaElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.com More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.com Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Computer Warehouse Group Plc (CWG.ng) 2013 Annual Report

first_imgComputer Warehouse Group Plc (CWG.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about Computer Warehouse Group Plc (CWG.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Computer Warehouse Group Plc (CWG.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Computer Warehouse Group Plc (CWG.ng)  2013 annual report.Company ProfileComputer Warehouse Group Plc is an information and communication technology company in Nigeria offering integrated ICT solutions to commercial enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa. The company operates through three divisions: CWL Systems, DCC Networks and Expert Edge Software. Cloud Services include OpenMall, a platform that aggregates all the stores hosted on an e-commerce platform; and SMERP, an Enterprise Resource Planning platform built to enable small and medium enterprises to manage their business operations efficiently. Software services includes software development and deployment, systems integration, software implementation, software support services and software enhancement and customization. Managed services simplify the management of a customer’s computing environment and optimises operations, reduces IT pressure and helps control costs while improving service levels. IT Infrastructure services is the flagship division of Computer Warehouse Group Plc, providing infrastructure and expertise in the supply, installation, integration and support of IT hardware for middleware systems, ATMs and servers and storage platforms. CWG Training offers training support for hardware and software installations. Computer Warehouse Group Plc has partnered with global IT companies the likes of Oracle, Infosys, Wincor, IBM and VMWare. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Computer Warehouse Group Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

I’d buy this 5.8% FTSE 100 yield, and this dividend growth hero, for my ISA RIGHT NOW

first_img As a shareholder in Barratt Developments (LSE: BDEV) I’m quite looking forward to the release of interim results on Wednesday, February 5. The other housing stock that I own, Taylor Wimpey has also put in bright financials of its own recently. Though it’s of course not alone in this regard and newsflow from across the sector has been quite brilliant.Barratt certainly impressed the market again last time out in September. With completion rates up (and running at 11-year highs) and work to improve margins paying off, pre-tax profit at the FTSE 100 firm jumped around 9% in the first half of 2019 to £909.8m. Average selling prices have been more subdued of late to thanks to weakness in the London market. Though signs of improvement have emerged here following last month’s general election.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Whether or not the so-called ‘Boris Bounce’ will persist, though, it’s likely that Barratt’s property prices will remain robust enough to keep profits moving higher. The competition to offer the country’s cheapest mortgages continues to hot up, meaning that demand for homes continues to outstrip supply. And there’s nothing to suggest that this supply shortfall will be solved any time soon.Too cheap!City analysts expect earnings to dip 1% in the fiscal year ending June 2020. This negative prediction fails to worry me, though. Unexpected resilience across the housebuilding sector has seen brokers steadily upgrade their annual forecasts since the Brexit referendum of summer 2016. I fully expect them to steadily upgrade their estimates for Barratt again, and possibly as soon as when those fresh financials come out next week.At current prices the Footsie business trades on a mega-low forward P/E ratio of 11.2 times. It also sports a monster 5.8% corresponding dividend yield. These great readings allow plenty more space for Barratt’s share price to rise and add to the 51% advance it has enjoyed during the last 12 months.Dividend growth heroI’m also tipping Coca-Cola HBC (LSE: CCH) as a top Footsie share to buy today. Indeed, I reckon it’s a good share to load up ahead of full-year trading details on Thursday, February 13. I reckon another set of solid numbers could be in the offing.I’ve long lauded the titanic brand power of the Coke stable. So beloved is the firm’s range of drinks that annual profits continue to grow by double-digit percentages, and City analysts expect this to remain the case. A 12% earnings rise is currently forecast for 2020, and the strong third-quarter update of November shows exactly why they are so bullish.Coca-Cola has lit a fire under annual dividend growth in recent years. And is expected to keep doing so, too (a 10%-plus increase in the total payout is currently forecast for 2020). A forward P/E ratio of 20.8 times might make it expensive on paper, but the potential for hot profits and dividend expansion in the near term and beyond still makes this FTSE 100 share an attractive buy in my opinion. And an inflation-beating 2.1% dividend yield provides an added sweetener. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I’d buy this 5.8% FTSE 100 yield, and this dividend growth hero, for my ISA RIGHT NOW “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Royston Wild owns shares of Barratt Developments and Taylor Wimpey. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Royston Wild | Sunday, 26th January, 2020 | More on: BDEV CCH Image source: Getty Images. 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Canada: New monastic project calls young women to grow in…

first_img Youth Minister Lorton, VA By ACNS staffPosted Oct 12, 2015 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby meets members of the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine in Spring 2014. Photo: SSJD[Anglican Communion News Service] Women aged between 22 and 40 are being invited to “spend a year in God’s rhythm” while they learn to pray, serve others and study, while living in intentional community alongside the Sisterhood of Saint John the Divine in Toronto, Canada.The community is offering up to 10 places a year as part of the “Companions on the Way” formation program, which begins in September 2016.The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine (SSJD) was founded in 1884 in Toronto, as part of the second generation of Sisterhoods emerging out the Oxford movement. It is a prayer and Gospel-centered monastic community bound together by the call to live out the baptismal covenant through the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.Over the past 130 years they have founded and ministered in hospitals, homes for the aged, schools, and community missions. Today, their focus is primarily on spiritual formation, spiritual direction, retreats, and spiritual care at a rehabilitation hospital founded by the sisters.“We feel strongly that God is calling us to this companions ministry for young women at the same time that we desire to renew our own mission as a contemporary monastic community,” the Rev. Sister Constance Joanna Gefvert, the coordinator of the SSJD companions, said. “We will be formed as much by them as they will by the experience of living among us.”While a number of contemporary communities have been formed as a result of the new monastic movement, the SSJD companions program is thought to be unique in offering a contemporary intentional community for women within an inherited monastic community.“The women who participate will build community among themselves and develop leadership skills that can be used in the emerging church at the same time that they are mentored by an existing community,” Gefvert said. “The closest thing I can think of is the St. Anselm community at Lambeth, being mentored by Chemin Neuf; but in our case the new provisional community is actually a part of an established permanent community.”The existing SSJD community is relatively small: it comprises 21 sisters plus three “Alongsiders” who are discerning entering the community and three other seriously engaged “Discerners.” And yet it is probably the largest of the Anglican/Episcopal communities in North America, apart from the Order of the Holy Cross.“Most of the sisters live at St. John’s Convent, with a few in Victoria,” Gefvert said. “There is a great deal of interest among the sisters in reclaiming our earliest mission to the poor and the sick, and that is one thing the companions will help us do.“If we have the full complement of 10 women coming for a year, there is not nearly enough work to be done at the home base. Partly for that reason, and even more importantly to meet the longing of young people to care for those on the margins of society, we are setting up volunteer opportunities in a number of ministries in Toronto – some of them part of our diocese, under the umbrella of FaithWorks, some connected with parish churches’ outreach ministries and Fresh Expressions, and some ministries of other denominations and agencies.”The community first began exploring the companions program in 2011, but felt it was important to evaluate its new “Alongsider” program first. Gefvert explained: “Our experience with Alongsiders has been very good, and has in fact brought some new [mostly middle-aged] members into the community.“Now we are ready to launch a program for younger women which will allow them to develop their own community within SSJD.“As the Archbishop of Canterbury said in his letter to religious orders a year ago, when he announced the St. Anselm community, we too hope that this program will plant new seeds of the religious life within the Anglican Communion.“We will be very happy if a couple of women decide to stay and help renew SSJD. However our main motive is a ministry to the church. I, and the sisters as a whole, believe strongly that the renewal of the church, and a healthy future, will come from the religious orders.“The current Archbishop of Canterbury said this to us when he was with our community last spring, as have the past two archbishops of Canterbury.”The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine will provide room and board for companions, who will share their gifts and skills with the community. The program is open to women who are members of the Body of Christ, whether through intention or baptism and regular participation in a spiritual community; and is open to both Canadians and international participants.There is also the opportunity for participants to receive academic credit for study undertaken through Wycliffe College at the Toronto School of Theology. Rector Belleville, IL Canada: New monastic project calls young women to grow in Christ Rector Knoxville, TN Comments are closed. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Press Release Service October 19, 2015 at 1:56 pm “The existing SSJD community is relatively small … And yet it is probably the largest of the Anglican/Episcopal communities in North America, apart from the Order of the Holy Cross”. Okay, so it’s not “relatively small” then. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Opposition journalist freed after getting presidential pardon

first_img Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions News RSF_en News to go further News YemenMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Reporters Without Borders today welcomed President Ali Abdallah Saleh’s decision to pardon newspaper editor Abdulkarim Al-Khaiwani yesterday, a day after a court upheld his one-year prison sentence. Al-Khaiwani, the editor of the opposition weekly Al-Shura, was freed today.”We are very relieved and we hope that the happy outcome to this case will open the way to greater tolerance for Yemeni journalists,” the press freedom organization said, adding that, “legislative reform would really benefit press freedom in Yemen by preventing other journalists from being sentenced to prison terms.”———————22 March 2005 – Appeal court upholds one-year prison sentence for newspaper editorReporters Without Borders voiced shock at the decision today of an appeal court in Sanaa to uphold the one-year prison sentence imposed last September on Abdulkarim Al-Khaiwani, the editor of the opposition weekly Al-Shura.”This prison sentence proves to what degree press freedom is in danger in Yemen,” the press freedom organization said, calling on the supreme court to quash the ruling.Reporters Without Borders also voiced concern that the appeal court president ordered the interrogation of Abdallah Ali Sabri, the editor of a new weekly newspaper, Saout Al-Shura, which has appeared in the place of Al-Shura, as well as the interrogation of six well-known figures who used to wrote for Al-Shura”The journalists with Saout Al-Shura should be able to work in peace and the former contributors to Al-Shura should not be harassed in this fashion,” Reporters Without Borders said. Banned for six months last September, Al-Shura itself did not reappear when the period of the ban expired.”We call on President Abdallah Saleh to stop the authorities in his country from resorting to repression and systematically throwing journalists in prison,” the organization added.Al-Khaiwani, who has been detained since 5 September, is alleged to have used his newspaper to support Shiite leader Badr Eddin al-Hawthi’s revolt against the authorities in Sanaa and to defame President Saleh.—————————4 March 2005 – Call for release of editor after six months in prison Reporters Without Borders called for the immediate release of a newspaper editor who has been in jail for six months and for the lifting of a ban on his weekly paper, Al-Shura.Abdulkareem Al-Khaiwani, was sentenced to one year in prison on 5 September 2004 and his newspaper was banned for six months.”We strongly condemn the use of imprisonment in cases of defamation and we can on the Yemeni authorities to reform the criminal code so that prison terms are abolished for press offences.In the case of Al-Khaiwani, such a heavy sentence and the issuing of a committal order appear to us to be completely disproportionate to the charge against him,” the organisation said.The organisation also objected to the fact that he had to wait six months to make an appeal. Since the six-month ban on the newspaper had now expired, it also called on the government to authorise its reappearance.After six months in prison, on 2 March, Al-Khaiwani had his first hearing before the appeal court in Sanaa. Several journalists and defence lawyers travelled to support him but the case was transferred to a small courtroom to limit the demonstration of support. The judge had several people forcibly removed, including one of the journalist’s main lawyers. The verdict was postponed until 22 March.The journalists’ and lawyers’ union are organising a rally in the editor’s support and to protest at what they call a violation of the press code and the Constitution in this case. It will be held on 5 March at the offices of the Yemeni journalists’ union.Al-Khaiwani was sentenced by a court in Sanaa on 5 September on the basis of a complaint lodged by the Yemeni Information Ministry. He was found guilty of supporting, through his newspaper, the Shiite leader Badr Eddin al-Hawthi’s revolt against the authorities in Sanaa and of defaming President Saleh. A committal order was made against him at the end of the trial even though his lawyer, Jamal al-Goabi, immediately told the judge that he would be lodging an appeal. February 11, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Yemencenter_img News March 24, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Opposition journalist freed after getting presidential pardon February 26, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information YemenMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF January 6, 2021 Find out more Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five monthslast_img read more

Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman To Speak Today On “Great Women of History” At 26th Justice Sunanda Bhandare Memorial Lecture

first_imgTop StoriesJustice Rohinton Fali Nariman To Speak Today On “Great Women of History” At 26th Justice Sunanda Bhandare Memorial Lecture LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK15 April 2021 9:03 PMShare This – xJustice RF Nariman of the Supreme Court of India will be speaking on the theme “Great Women of History” on the occasion of the 26th Justice Sunanda Bhandare Memorial Lecture today at 5. 30 PM.The event will be live-streamed here. About Justice Sunanda Bhandare Born on November 1, 1942, the year of the quit India movement, Sunanda was freedom’s child. Later, much later, she…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginJustice RF Nariman of the Supreme Court of India will be speaking on the theme “Great Women of History” on the occasion of the 26th Justice Sunanda Bhandare Memorial Lecture today at 5. 30 PM.The event will be live-streamed here. About Justice Sunanda Bhandare Born on November 1, 1942, the year of the quit India movement, Sunanda was freedom’s child. Later, much later, she would carve a reputation for herself as a judge known for her independence and impartiality; as someone who believed that the law was an instrument of social progress and as a woman who would brook neither exploitation nor discrimination. But the seeds of these ideas had been sown much earlier. Her father, Hari Ramchandra Gokhale went to jail for the first time as a freedom fighter. After India won Independence he was imprisoned again this time as a trade union leader. On both occasions Sunanda would accompany her mother and sisters to visit him in jail with food not only for him but also his associates. When he was appointed a judge in the Bombay High Court he inspired in her a belief in affirmative action. “In developing societies which are impatient for progress, judges can be the sentinels of progress, “Sunanda was fond of saying. She was the fourth generation in an unbroken line of judges. While still an undergraduate in Bombay, Sunanda married Murlidhar. She graduated after their first child, Rahul, a son was born. The birth of a daughter Manali followed soon after and it was only then that she joined the Law College, subsequently getting a first division in her law examination. At 26, this mother of two enrolled on the rolls of the Maharashtra Bar Council. The family moved to New Delhi in 1970 and Sunanda began practicing in the Supreme Court. Very soon she established a reputation as not only a dependable lawyer but as someone who was sensitive to discrimination against women. “A woman has to excel before she can be regarded as equal to a man,” she would say to her friends. For Sunanda, women’s issues were crucial even before the term became fashionable. She appeared in the Bai Tahira Vs. Ali Hussain Fissalli Chothia case {AIR 1979, SC 362} in which the Supreme Court’s Justice Krishna Iyer ruled that divorced Muslim woman was entitled to maintenance from her former husband. This was a precursor to the more famous Shah Bano case. She also fought for the inclusion of women into the Armed forces. But though she did not win this case, she lived to see the first batch of women officers being commissioned to the Indian Air Force. Speaking at a seminar on the problems and concerns of women organized by the United Lawyers Association she remarked, “A woman’s place in society marks the level of civilization”. Yet, Sunanda was hardly a typical feminist. She shattered the widely held belief that a woman succeeds at work only at the cost of her home. Throughout her rise as a lawyer and later elevation to the Bench, she continued to devote time to her home, and even did such courses as cooking and embroidery. Sometimes she would rush off straight from court to attend an Ikebana exhibition so that she could improve her own flower decoration skills. And often she bought her vegetables and other grocery at the I.N.A. market where the shopkeepers would remark with respect and affection, “Aaj adalat sabzee kharidne ayee hai.” (Today, the court has come to buy vegetable.) Her interests in life were varied. She was elected to the Supreme Court Bar Association as Vice President with the highest percentage ever in favour of any candidate. She was also the President of the All India Women’s Federation of Lawyers for several years and was actively involved with such organizations as the All India Council for Legal Aid and Advice and the Guild of Service. In 1975 she was one of India’s delegates to the First International Women’s Conference in Mexico. In 1989 she presented a paper on “Judges as Instruments of Social Change” at the Conference of National Association of Women Judges in Washington. Throughout, Sunanda remained a passionate collector of art. She would willingly sacrifice buying anything for herself to save to buy a painting that she had liked. Her art collection including such artists as Bendre, Ara, J. Swaminathan, B. Prabha, B. Vithal, Jatin Das as well as a host of younger artists is admired by connoisseurs. And of course, there was music. Sunanda surrounded herself with the echoes of classical music and her day never ended without listening to the soothing strains of a raga. Important occasions in her life the marriages of her children, her fiftieth birthday and the birth of her granddaughter were celebrated with performances by such formidable artistes as Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Jasraj and Shruti Sadolikar. As a Judge Sunanda combined compassion with common sense. She stood for transparency and when delivering judgements did so without caring whether they would be upheld by the Supreme Court or not. She decided on the basis of what appeared to be just and right. She was quick with the disposal of cases pending before her but not at the cost of granting counsel a fair hearing. She is remembered today as a judge who was humane and independent. She believed passionately in the dignity of individuals and the right to equality. It was with this sense of dignity that she plunged headlong into her battle against cancer. Although she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 1992, she swore her family and close friends to secrecy. She did not want to become an object of pity and she was determined to go out fighting and with dignity. A few hours after doctors confirmed that she had cancer she was at a party, singing old film songs along with her husband. “I want you to add life to my years, not years to my life,” she told her doctors. Until the very end she continued to attend court and when the disease spread to such an extent that she could no longer move about freely, she asked the court to construct a ramp for her so that she could attend on her wheelchair. Two days before she left for her last treatment in England, Sunanda Bhandare delivered a judgement of the full Bench over which she had presided on a complex army matter. Wracked with pain and a body ridden with disease she pushed all other thoughts aside and wrote a 78-page judgement ruling against an old Army Act that allowed personnel to be dismissed without assigning reasons. The Judgement was widely reported and hailed as an instance of upholding individual liberty and rule of law. One week after her death it was upheld by the Supreme Court. On November 1, 1994, her 52nd birthday, she shared a few quiet moments with her husband, Murli. He asked her what she was thinking about. “Of going back to court” she replied. Ten days later she was no more. Name Sunanda Bhandare Husband Name Shri Murlidhar Chandrakant Bhandare Date of Birth 1st November, 1942 Educational Qualification B.A. (Hons.), LLB Family Background Married Shri Murlidhar Chandrakant Bhandare on 28th April, 1961, two children one son Rahul and one daughter Manali. Born in a family of distinguished lawyers, father late Shri H.R. Gokhale was the former Judge of Bombay High Court and Union Minister of Law, Justice & Co. Affairs. Grandfather late Shri R.H. Gokhale was the Chief Justice of Baroda High Court. Shri Murlidhar C. Bhandare is a senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India and has been Member of Parliament and Governor of Odisha. Professional Experience Enrolled as an Advocate on the roll of Bar Council of Maharashtra on 17th December, 1968. Passed Advocate-on-Record Examination in May 1970. Since enrolment practiced as an Advocate in the Supreme Court and High Court of Delhi. Appeared in a large number of important Constitutional, Labour, Election, Criminal and other matters. To mention only a few In the Presidential Reference in the Special Court’s Bill.In the Anticipatory Bail Cases.In the Northern India Caterers Case;In Sirajuddin & Company case;In SAMSA Case;In Excel Wear Case;Appeared for late Smt. Indira Gandhi in the Supreme Court of India in her personal matters. Appeared before the various Commissions of Inquiry.Appeared before the Godavari Water Disputes Tribunal for the State of Odisha.Counsel for the State of Orissa in the Supreme Court of India Has given evidence before the Select Committee of ParliamentOn Direct TaxesOn Dowry Prohibition ActCriminal Law Amendment Bill Other Professional & Social Activities Vice President of the Indian Federation of Women Lawyers, Delhi Branch 1972-1977.Represented India as a delegate to the United Nations First International Women’s Conference (1975) at Mexico.Member, Standing Committee (Law) All India Women’s Conference.Member of the Governing Board:Bhagat Singh College, 1976-1977Gargi College, 1980-1981Miranda House, 1982-83.Director, National Children’s Foundation, Bombay. Travels Widely traveled in U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Mexico, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, USSR and USA. Interests Music, reading and legal aid. Next Storylast_img read more

Be seen and heard or face extinction

first_imgIrecently read a report, which, while not hugely scientific and a bitAmerican-centric, made worrying reading for HR the world over. Theresearch by online career centre Execunet indicates that job demand for seniorHR executives fell in 2001 by more then 36 per cent on the previous year. OnlyIT had a bigger drop. Since the firm started tracking such data in 1997, HR haseither trailed the averages in growth or led them in contraction every year. Whenthe CEO calls in the finance director to talk about reducing cost structures,the dialogue frequently raises two key questions: “Where can we afford tomake cuts?” and “Where can we not afford to make cuts?”.Usually, those departments not seen to be adding value – particularly if theyhave failed to market themselves – are brought up in those discussions. In manycases it is HR.Ofcourse, there are many organisations where HR is doing a stellar job, but it istoiling in the background and going dangerously unnoticed. I believe HR has an obligationto itself and its company to market and position its work and its successes ina visible way.Itis typical that as personnel data is established and improvements documented,monthly updates are sent out to the HR team. But does the team then share theseresults with their line managers? Just as quarterly numbers are circulated fromthe finance team, quarterly statistics and highlights should be circulated fromHR.WhenJ Randall MacDonald (now at IBM) was head of HR at telecoms giant GTE, he introducedone of the most robust HR scorecards I’ve seen. It took clear measures fromevery corner of HR and rolled them into a four-page report which wasdistributed around the company. It meant that when discussions took place onwhich areas of the business were adding value, there was never a question aboutwhat HR did, what its value was, and how it was improving.IfHR fails to market its value, business could well marginalise it, orrationalise it completely. The administrative function of HR’s remit is alreadybeing outsourced to the Accentures and Exults of this world. Furthermore, manyemployee-centric areas of ‘traditional HR’ are being redirected to intranetsites, where employees are given self-service privileges. In manyorganisations, primary manager tools are now Web-based, no longer requiring HRinvolvement.Thisleaves the profession with highly specialised areas such as employment law andemployee relations – these are hard areas to quantify. So,HR has to become more adept at voicing the value of good HR, proving to theboard that HR actively participates – and leads – in the company’s mission.This is essential to its survival as a profession.ByLance Richards, member of the board of directors for SHRM Global Forum and the EditorialAdvisory Board of Personnel Today sister publication GlobalHR Previous Article Next Article Be seen and heard or face extinctionOn 19 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Responsibility index to set benchmarks

first_img Comments are closed. Companies are being invited to sign up for a new Corporate ResponsibilityIndex. The index aims to define what corporate responsibility means in practice andform a benchmarking system. It has been developed by Business in the Community, working with 80companies, including Aviva, Diageo, HBOS, Powergen, Severn Trent and Unilever. All companies in the FTSE 350 have also been invited to join. It is hoped the index will collate a benchmarking service that covers allsectors, operating on a worldwide scale. Companies will be able to go online and compare their management processesand performance with others in their sector, measure their level ofresponsibility, and identify any potential gaps in their performance. Business in the Environment’s senior adviser Derek Higgs, said: “Seniorbusiness leaders realise now more than ever that corporate responsibility ispart of running a successful business.” www.bitc.org.uk/crindex Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Responsibility index to set benchmarksOn 15 Oct 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Watch out: Thai grads are ready for your job

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. I’m writing from the Sasin Graduate School in Bangkok, where I’m watching 22bright Thai Master of HR Management (MHRM) candidates complete an exam. It isexcellent news that the course I teach, which focuses on metrics andmeasurements in HR, is a core requirement for the MHRM degree here. Yes, to get your Masters degree in HRM in this school, you must pass acourse in measuring HR contributions and alignment with the enterprise. I thinkthis speaks well of the growth and spread of cutting-edge HR practices, as wellas the impact that multinationals have on emerging market economies. Most of my students are from household-name companies, including Body Shop,Nestlé and Prudential, among others. Their roles range from HR assistant andattorney, to MD of a large manufacturer. These corporations are driving thecurriculum content at Sasin and other schools in Thailand. HR’s role and validation in the Thai enterprise is well understood andclearly pursued. Managers prowl about with an eye towards demonstrating HR’salignment with the business, and validating HR’s successes. I’ve witnessedsimilarly fast-moving HR practices in China. These may be called ’emergingmarkets’, but they are demonstrating the HR practices of established markets. A few years back, Thai HR metrics may have been more focused onactivity-tracking than on results and alignment. Now, it is crystal clear thefocus is moving towards understanding activity, and tracking and reportingrelevant results. This is an important point, as it is far too easy to get caught in a loop ofmeasurements that only validate that an activity has occurred, without anyregard for the results. This tendency to measure and report activity isdangerous as HR moves further up the value chain. While it’s important to show that we are doing things right, it is far moreimportant to show that we are doing the right things. It is essential that weare able to draw a link between HR activity, HR results, and the enterprise’sgoals. The frequent failure of HR managers to demonstrate what they do fortheir business is probably their biggest boardroom challenge. Ask yourself: Do you differentiate between measuring activity and measuringresults? Can your business compete, using the results coming out of your own HRshop? Can you truly compete with what my Thai friends are doing here? Are you managing results and reporting your successes? Are you showing HR’salignment with and contributions to the business? If not, these sharp youngThais may be in line to take over your job. By Lance J Richards, Senior director, International HR for KellyServices, and a director for SHRM Global Forum Comments are closed. Watch out: Thai grads are ready for your jobOn 14 Oct 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Austal completes design review for PPB-R project

first_img Austal completes design review for Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPB-R) Project View post tag: Austal Authorities View post tag: PPB-R Australian shipbuilder Austal announced on Friday that the detailed design review (DDR) for the A$306 million pacific patrol boat replacement (PPB-R) project has been completed on time and in accordance with the contracted schedule.The completion of the DDR marks the end of the design phase and the start of the production phase of the nineteen steel vessel program, awarded to Austal in May 2016.The contract also has an option for two more vessels to be built for a new member of the program, Timor-Leste. Austal would build the vessels at an agreed fixed price should Timor-Leste accept the offer.Announcing the milestone, Austal’s PPB-R project manager Matthew Klingberg highlighted the effective working relationship between Austal and the Commonwealth on the PPB-R Project.“Achieving DDR on a Commonwealth shipbuilding project is a significant milestone, particularly as this was achieved within 8 months from the contract effective date. This was made possible by the dedicated efforts of both the Austal and Commonwealth teams, working together in an open and collaborative manner,” Klingberg said.The PPB-R Project comprises the design, construction, delivery, training and sustainment of nineteen 40 metre patrol boats – to be gifted by the Commonwealth of Australia – to twelve Pacific Island nations as part of Australia’s new Pacific Maritime Security Program.Construction of the Austal design will commence in Western Australia in April 2017, with deliveries scheduled from 2018 to 2023. Sustainment of the new fleet of vessels will be carried out by Austal from facilities in Cairns, Queensland. Share this article View post tag: Commonwealth February 24, 2017 Back to overview,Home naval-today Austal completes design review for Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPB-R) Project last_img read more