FPSC honours financial planning professionals

first_img800x600-red-carpet-awards-41791403 - red carpet event with spotlights award ceremonypremiere nobeastsofierce/123RF The award pays tribute to the late Donald J. Johnston, the FPSC’s founding president and CEO, and is considered the highest honour the FPSC gives out.The award recognizes a financial professional for his or her lifetime advancement of CFP certification and positive impact on the financial planning profession.De Goey, a portfolio manager with Industrial Alliance Securities Inc. in Toronto, has worked for two decades to raise awareness on the importance of the CFP designation among consumers, government representatives and the financial services community.He has also written four editions of the book The Professional Financial Advisor and contributes to various media outlets, often as a financial commentator.“Receiving the Donald J. Johnston Lifetime Achievement Award in Financial Planning is a huge honour and a source of pride for me,” says De Goey, in a statement. “There are many people working to gain professional recognition for financial planning and I’m proud to count myself among them.”As in previous years, the FPSC will make a $10,000 donation in the award winner’s name to a charitable organization of his or her choice. De Goey has selected The Daily Bread Food Bank and Community Living Essex County as recipients of the donation.In addition, Dawn Hawley, a financial planner with Edmonton-based Angus Watt Advisory Group, which operates under the umbrella of National Bank Financial Ltd., was also recognized during the dinner event as the only Fellow of FPSC honouree for 2017.Read: Dawn Hawley named 2017 Fellow of FPSCThe lifelong distinction, created in 2011, recognizes individuals who have helped further the FPSC’s purpose and advance CFP professional standards.Members of the President’s List — candidates who achieved the highest marks on the CFP examination — were also recognized. The Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC) recognized several financial planners for their achievements and contributions to the financial planning profession in Canada during the organization’s annual Financial Planning Week last week.Most notably, John De Goey was awarded the Donald J. Johnston Lifetime Achievement Award at the FPSC’s Celebration of the Profession Dinner held on Nov. 21 at the Toronto Reference Library. Related news FP Canada names Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Joseph Bakish named 2020 winner of IIAC Top Under 40 award Leah Golob Frank Ryan wins 2020 Distinguished New Advisor Award Keywords Awards,  Financial Planning WeekCompanies Financial Planning Standards Council Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Very limited tickets available for the GamesIndustry.biz UK Marketing Summit

first_imgVery limited tickets available for the GamesIndustry.biz UK Marketing SummitSpeakers include 20th Century Fox, BBC, McLaren and more set to appearChristopher DringHead of Games B2BMonday 10th December 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareGamesIndustry.biz will be bringing its behind-closed-doors Marketing Summit back to the UK next month.The networking and conference event will feature an overnight stay at Stoke Park, talks from marketing experts working outside of video games, plus numerous networking opportunities. Tickets cost £600 each, and includes the overnight stay, food and drink. It runs from January 31st – February 1st at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire.The event will be conducted under Chatham House rules.Talks include:Gaming in the attention economy – Opportunities and Pitfalls (Karol Severin, Midia Research).The effects of streaming on movie and TV Home Entertainment (Robert Price, 20th Century Fox)The Future of Extended Reality (Howard Sulivan)Live Q&A on Influencer Marketing (Seb Carmichael-Brown, Hashtag United).How McLaren Changed Gear To Engage A New Audience Via Esports (Ben Payne, McLaren)It’s About Time: Regenerating The Doctor Who Franchise (Gwenaelle Boissel and Vanessa Hamilton, BBC)Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Plus sessions on responsible marketing and re-launching a major movie IP.Already senior directors at major games publishers and platform holders have signed up to the event. We now have just a handful of tickets remaining.For those interested in speaking at the event, we have a sponsor package remaining. For tickets and sponsorship details, contact: [email protected] Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesActivision no longer working with Call of Duty actor after hateful sexist commentsA video resurfaced on social media showing Jeff Leach making offensive, sexual and threatening remarks targeting women By Marie Dealessandri 2 days agoHow Women in Gaming survived its publisher’s demiseMeagan Marie explains how Crystal Dynamics stepped in after Prima Games, the original publisher of her book, shut down right after launchBy Brendan Sinclair 4 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Associate Director of Admission – Diversity & Access Recruitment

first_imgAdmission Job Description Job SummaryInitiate and oversee public relations, marketing and effortsdirected particularly towards the recruitment and selection ofstudents of color who are US citizens, undocumented or permanentresidents of the United States. Responsible for developing astrategic plan to ensure students of color are well-represented inthe entering class. Coordinate relevant efforts across the collegeregarding the enrollment of students of color.Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce andparticipate in the College’s efforts to create a respectful,inclusive, and welcoming work environment.This position has been regraded as a Grade H.Essential Functions50% RecruitmentCoordinate the recruitment of students of color. Develop andmaintain a network of recruitment sources that extend beyondtraditional secondary schools. Expand and nurture the partnershipswith agencies and community based organizations that work withstudents of color. Develop targeting student of color effortsinvolving faculty, students, staff and alumnae. Collaborate withcoordinator of Alumnae Volunteer Program and Transfer Coordinatorto identify and attract under-represented students. Plan andexecute approximately eight weeks of travel to recruitstudents.20% Supervision and Program oversightSupervise an assistant director and admission counselor as part ofthe Access Recruitment Team. Serve as a liaison to the Offices ofMulticultural Affairs and Office of Inclusion and Equity as anactive participant in campus organizations and events addressingissues especially relevant to students, faculty and alumnae ofcolor. Develop and maintain partnerships with alumnae relationsoffice in support of multicultural recruitment. Current on-campusand virtual program responsibilities include coordinating DiscoveryWeekend admitted student program, and oversight of the virtual andon-campus Women of Distinction recruitment program and virtual andon-campus Bridging Access to Smith, a program for directors ofcommunity based organizations, when these programs occur.20% Reading and SelectionRead and evaluate admissibility of candidates for admission to thecollege. Interview and evaluate prospective applicants in personand virtually. Lead on-campus and virtual informationsessions.Other Functions10% AdministrativeCoordinate admission officer recruitment travel. Train new staff,monitor itineraries and expense reports and consult with travelerswhen problems or concerns arise. Work with off-site travel agencyin containing travel costs. Consult with senior staff for strategictravel planning and in managing annual travel budget. Handlecorrespondence with students, parents, counselors, and otherconstituencies. Keep abreast of pertinent developments at SmithCollege, in higher education, and in the field of professionaladmission work. Cooperate with other administrators of the Collegewhere necessary, especially Student Financial Services, Office ofMulticultural Affairs and the Alumnae Relations office. Supervisean assistant director of admission and admission counselor, jointlysupervise an administrative assistant. Serves on the admissionsenior team. Perform related duties as required.All employees are expected to participate in the College’s effortsto create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming workenvironment.Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education,experience, certifications, licenses)Bachelor’s degree; minimum three years of experience in admissionor related field with evidence of progressively increasingresponsibility. Experience working with multicultural communitiesin the United States required.Experience working with individuals from diversebackgrounds.Preferred QualificationsExperience working with multicultural recruitment process aplus. Supervisory experience a plus.SkillsStrong communication, counseling, organizational, administrativeand supervisory skills. The ability to effectively and efficientlydevelop and execute several key projects simultaneously. Must beable to work independently, have strong organizational and planningskills, excellent writing and oral communication skills, stronganalytical and computer expertise including familiarity with MSOffice suite and Slate CRM. Excellent interpersonal skills and beable to effectively interact with people of all backgrounds.Ability to use sound judgement creativity and vision.Additional InformationValid drivers license required. Must be eligible to obtain apassport. Willing to work some nights and weekends as needed.Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter inorder for your application to be considered for this position .You may combine your resume and cover letter into a single fileor attach multiple files to your application, but BE SURE you haveprovided all attachments BEFORE SUBMITTING your application.You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you havehit the Submit button.Review of applications will beginMay 7, 2021Compensation Grade:Grade HPosition Type:RegularAbout Smith CollegeLocated in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largestwomen’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence inteaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty ofoutstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, asadvisors, and through student-faculty research projects. TheCollege is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst,Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University ofMassachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and facultycross-teach across the Five Colleges.Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employerand does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color,religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genderidentity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment andemployment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of itsprograms and activities, as specified by all applicable laws andregulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals withdisabilities are encouraged to apply.last_img read more

Dominica requires $45M for rehabilitation

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share 307 Views   one comment The river flowing through Bath Estate overflowed its banksThe estimated cost for rehabilitation works, in the wake of a trough system which affected the island on Christmas Eve, is in the region of forty-five million dollars, the Prime Minister has said.The total estimated cost for clean-up however, which includes “clearing of the roads, dredging some of the rivers and ravines” is at eight hundred and thirty thousand dollars. This estimate is as per an assessment and report conducted by the Ministry of Public Works and presented to Cabinet on Friday, December 27, 2013.Mr Skerrit reported, following Friday’s Cabinet meeting, that the value just for Tuesday’s clean-up was at two hundred and seventy-five thousand which is included in the eight hundred and thirty thousand estimate. There were thirty-five reported landslides and the Public Works Corporation crew was deployed early Tuesday morning to assist in clearing the roads.In the Pointe Michel area inclusive of Champagne, Green Valley and Siboulie; “we will be constructing river defenses there, retaining walls, river walls, excavation for slopes stabilization, culverts, and bridge structure”.“The Ministry of Public Works has indicated to the Cabinet the total estimated cost for rehabilitation and mitigation of the affected areas is valued at EC$45 million,” Mr Skerrit said.In that amount, rehabilitation and mitigation works will be conducted in a number of communities.“You’re talking about Fond Canie, Cabanis, Trafalgar, Laudat area; you’re talking about river walls, retaining walls, excavation for slopes stabilization, culvert replacements, drains, road works, river control works”.In Beau Bois, Castle Comfort, “some extensive work will have to be done there, retaining walls, culvert replacements, road works and river control works”.In the Pointe Michel area inclusive of Champagne, Green Valley and Siboulie; “we will be constructing river defenses there, retaining walls, river walls, excavation for slopes stabilization, culverts, and bridge structure”. A bridge will also be built in the Hollywood area to mitigate against any future challenges there as well as road works, river control works and the dredging of the ravines.In Soufriere and Scotts Head; retaining walls, drains and road works will be constructed.River walls, excavation for slope stabilization, drains, road works and drains will also be conducted in Giruadel, Eggleston. There will be a heavy focus on drainage works in the Giruadel/Eggleston area, Mr Skerrit stated.“We have to construct river walls in Fortune and of course we have a better control of water from Fortune across the road in Newtown to the sea so there will be some extensive work will be done there”.Additionally, in Wotten Waven, Morne Prosper, Copthall; there is a “serious challenge there I’m advised by the Ministry of Public Works”.This challenge has to do with the control of water coming all the way from Morne Prosper into Wotten Waven, into Copthall.Thus, “extensive drains and water control works will have to be done there, culvert replacements and the construction of new water crossings”. Further, in Grand Bay, the area after Maranatha Square, “we’ll be doing a crossing there because that area is prone to disaster and it was also affected by the recent storm as it has been by other storms”.“So, we’re talking a total based on advice from the Ministry of Public Works to be in the area of EC $45 million for rehabilitation of the infrastructure and rehabilitation and to clean-up we’re talking about $830, 000,” Mr Skerrit stated.These works are expected to commence in the New Year.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share LocalNews Dominica requires $45M for rehabilitation by: – December 28, 2013 Tweetlast_img read more

Billy Joe Saunders set for huge world title fight against Canelo Alvarez, predicts Eddie Hearn

first_imgEDDIE HEARN predicts Billy Joe Saunders is set for a huge world title fight against Canelo Alvarez.The pair have been tipped to meet after Alvarez vacated the WBO light heavyweight title earlier this week.Billy Joe Saunders has been tipped to face Canelo AlvarezCredit: Getty ImagesEddie Hearn reckons Alvarez will continue at his current weightCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdIt seems the Mexican will continue forward as a super-middleweight.And he is likely to fight again on Cinco De Mayo weekend in 2020.Boxing supremo Hearn reckons there are three potential opponents for Alvarez.He has tipped Saunders to get the nod after the Brit defeated Marcelo Esteban Coceres on his US debut last month. Alvarez is also in flying form after KO’ing Sergey Kovalev in November.Hearn believes the two would put on a treat of a spectacle for boxing fans.The Matchroom chief told BoxingScene.com: “The feeling I get is that Canelo’s next fight will come between Demetrius Andrade, Callum Smith or Billy Joe Saunders.“Probably the last two. I think he’ll want to fight at 168.“If he doesn’t fight Smith or Saunders, they’ll fight each other in the UK in a unification fight.“[A third fight against Gennady Golovkin next?] For me, I don’t think so.“I think that’s something DAZN will push. My business is with Golovkin. I can’t talk on behalf of Alvarez.”Billy Joe Saunders talks about fighting Callum Smith, Gennady Golovkin and Saul Canelo Alvarez after beating Shefat Isufi Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicoptercenter_img What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Source: Boxing – thesun.co.uklast_img read more

‘At Napoli, why not?’ – Spurs star’s agent makes sensational claim

first_img AFP or licensors stalemate And it seems there are question marks surrounding Son’s future at Spurs too.Serie A club Napoli have been linked with a move for Spurs’ No.7 particularly after Son’s agent flirted with the idea of his client moving to southern Italy.Thies Bliemeister told Italian station Radio Marte, as reported by Goal, he could see Son moving to Serie A in the future.Bliemeister said: “I’ve never brought a player to Napoli, but I’d like to because [Diego] Maradona, my favourite player, played for them. targets He scored 12 goals and assisted six in the Premier League last season and played a huge role in helping them reach the Champions League final.But things are not going well at all for Spurs this season and their 3-0 defeat at Brighton on Saturday capped off a miserable week which also saw them lose 7-2 at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.Spurs also suffered a shock Carabao Cup exit at the hands of League Two side Colchester United.Their recent downturn in form has led to suggestions that manager Mauricio Pochettino’s future is uncertain. AFP or licensors 3 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS rookie error The Spurs boss insists he doesn’t fear losing his job though.Pochettino said: “No I am not worried, what worries me is life, not football.“Football is a game that sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. The problem for us – it was win, win, win and it was praise for everyone.“Now in the last two games it was a tough situation to accept. But I don’t want to be a philosopher or talk in a way that is not good.” BIG PRESENTS UP TOP 3 It’s complete chaos at Tottenham Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Getty Images – Getty Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship latest appointed 3 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Son in action during Tottenham’s defeat at Brighton Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Heung-Min Son’s future at Tottenham has been thrown up in the air following comments made by his agent this week.The South Korea international joined Spurs in 2015 and has established himself as a fan favourite and won the Tottenham Hotspur Player of the Season award in 2018/19. Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Spurs supporters would be gutted to see Son leave Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ on target statement “I’ve talked to Napoli in the past, with executives who are no longer at the club. I’ll take advantage of this double-header with Salzburg [in the Champions League] to talk to them.“As for Son at Napoli, why not? You can never say never in football.“Son likes Italy, the food and Italian people. It’s not easy to take him from Tottenham because he costs a lot but, one day, who knows?”last_img read more

SA present at Timbuktu unveiling

first_imgAbdel Kader Haïdara, one of Timbuktu’s leading manuscript experts. Haïdara inherited his family’s collection and opened the city’s first private archive, the Mamma Haïdara Memorial Library, in 1998. (Image: Library of Congress) The Haïdara family library houses over 5 000 manuscripts covering topics such as astronomy, geography, chemistry, medicine, poetry, travel journals, and legal and philosophical documents. (Image: Library of Congress) A number of manuscripts are elaborately detailed with gilded script. (Image: Ford Foundation) Janine ErasmusSouth African president Kgalema Motlanthe was recently in Timbuktu, Mali, to take part in the handover of that country’s newly completed archival and library facility, custom built for the priceless Timbuktu Manuscripts. The ceremony took place on 24 January 2009.Motlanthe officially inaugurated the state-of-the-art facility, built to house one of Africa’s greatest cultural treasures, and handed it over to President Amadou Touré and the people of Mali. He was accompanied by his predecessor, former president Thabo Mbeki, and Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Ntombazana Botha.South Africa has played an important role in the construction of the building, as well as the training of Malian staff. The unveiling of the new facility sees an important collaborative programme come to fruition.“It is in the spirit of African cooperation and with the desire to preserve Africa’s ancient manuscripts, that this building is the outcome of collaboration between the peoples and governments of the Republic of Mali and the Republic of South Africa to make them accessible for the promotion of the African Renaissance,” commented Botha, who coordinates the project with Minister in the Presidency Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.The Timbuktu library project is a flagship cultural initiative of the New Partnership for Africa’s development and started when then President Mbeki made a state trip to Mali in November 2001.Mbeki took time to visit Timbuktu and witnessed firsthand the conditions under which the collection of medieval documents were kept at the time. Battling not only inadequate facilities but also the harsh climate of the region – Timbuktu sits on the western edge of the unforgiving Sahara desert – staff were nonetheless diligent in their work and devoted to their task.Mbeki later confessed to being immensely moved by the efforts of staff to preserve the precious slice of African history, and decided there and then to assist in the conservation of the documents. The South African government issued a pledge to build a new library to ensure that the fragile manuscripts were kept under climate-controlled conditions.About 25 000 manuscripts now have a new home. The building reportedly houses an auditorium, administration offices, conservation storage and workshop spaces, exhibition spaces, an outdoor auditorium for public events, and a general public library for residents. It also offers advanced facilities for visiting scholars.Cultural co-operationMbeki and his Malian counterpart, former president Oumar Konare, signed a bilateral agreement in 2001, which saw the establishment of the Timbuktu Trust. The Trust was chaired by South Africa’s former Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad and its mission was to raise funds for building. About R60-million (US$6-million) but 60% was donated to the fund through the generosity of the private and public sectors.The agreement also set out the areas of co-operation between the two countries. These included skills training, raising public awareness, and providing proper protection for the manuscripts.South African archivists supervised specialised training in conservation techniques for Malian representatives between 2003 and 2005. At the same time the two countries organised a series of conferences, cultural exchanges and publications to raise awareness of the importance of the collection. In 2008 a selection of 40 manuscripts left Mali for the first time ever to tour museums in South Africa.Historical documentsThe Timbuktu Manuscripts are written in Arabic and local languages, and cover topics as diverse as ethical behaviour, Islamic doctrine, Sufism, the use of gold as currency, treatment of disease, and local correspondence. More than 700 000 documents survive under the care of archive staff and in private libraries, providing a rich commentary of life at the time. Most are in a fragile condition.Timbuktu is a city steeped in cultural history, and is inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (Unesco) register of World Heritage sites. The manuscripts themselves are part of Unesco’s Memory of the World project, which aims to preserve irreplaceable archive holdings and library collections around the world.The city was founded around 1100 C.E (Common Era, equivalent to A.D.) and quickly established itself as an important stop along the lucrative gold-salt trade routes in the region.Even before the European Renaissance, the ancient city was an important centre of spiritualism and learning during the 15th and 16th centuries. This was the heyday of the Songhai Empire, one of the largest African empires ever known.Timbuktu was home to the renowned Koranic Sankore University and other institutions, and became a hub for the propagation of the Islamic faith throughout Africa. Scholars came from all over the Islamic world to improve their knowledge. The existence of the manuscripts is important in that it indicates a history of the written word in Africa, in contrast to the belief that the oral tradition took precedence.Timbuktu boasts three magnificent mosques, Djingarey-Ber, Sankore and Sidi Yahia, which attest to the grandeur of the city during its golden age.The new library is built in the adobe style of Timbuktu, blended with contemporary architectural styles. It is designed to protect the manuscripts against the threats of insect damage, natural elements such as dust and wind, chemical dangers such as acidity and moisture, and the perils of careless human handling.Curator, artist and writer Riason Naidoo, the project manager, said, “It’s a melange of old and new.”Do you have comments or queries about this article? Email Janine Erasmus on [email protected] storiesSaving priceless African historyUseful links:Timbuktu FoundationUnesco – Timbuktu ManuscriptsLibraries of TimbuktuLibrary of Congress Timbuktu Manuscripts exhibitionNew Partnership for Africa’s DevelopmentThe city of TimbuktuFord Foundationlast_img read more

Dumas teen painting up for auction

first_imgMarlene Dumas is one of the world’s top female artists, and her talent was evident even in her earliest work.(Image: Bonhams) A fun birthday greeting painted by a teenager nearly 40 years ago for a friend is expected to fetch between US$11 100 (R79 000) and $15 900 (R113 100) when it goes under the hammer as part of a London sale of South African art in two months’ time. According to Bonhams auction house, which will handle the sale on 23 March, the work “would be of no great significance were it not for the fact that the then budding schoolgirl artist, Marlene Dumas, now has an international reputation that assures her work of six-figure sums at auction”.Dumas – renowned as one of the world’s leading female artists – painted the “charming picture of a girl” way back in 1971 while still a schoolgirl, as a 16th birthday present for a friend, Alida Louw, the auction house said in a media release on the sale.At the time, the teens attended the Afrikaans-medium Bloemhof high school for girls in the picturesque town of Stellenbosch, in South Africa’s Western Cape winelands region. The town is South Africa’s second-oldest after Cape Town, and was named in 1679 by the then Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, in honour of himself after he fell in love with the beautiful surroundings while on a visit to the early victualling station outpost.The historic Bloemhof was founded in 1874, as an English school, switched to Afrikaans in 1925, and moved to new buildings in 1960.Earliest known workThe humble painting, on which the year is indicated along with the words “Happy birthday” and “Baie geluk, met liefde Marlene” (Afrikaans for “Congratulations, with love Marlene“) is now the earliest known work by the ex-patriate Dumas.Nearly 40 years after its creation, its owner told Bonhams that when it was painted it seemed like a light-hearted work that took a few moments “but now Marlene Dumas is a major figure in the art world and I am still greatly flattered she took the trouble to capture this image for me”.“I would like to see this picture find a loving place between other Dumas works in the home of a passionate collector, rather than remaining in obscurity,” she said of her decision to part with the gift she has kept all these years.Its personal message and the motivation of friendship behind its creation will add to its interest and value, says Bonhams. However, the amount it is expected to reach is a far cry from the $3.34-million (now calculated at R24-million) ) paid in 2005 for a Dumas artwork on a Christie‘s sale after a surprising bidding war between two dealers – a price that made her the highest-paid living female artist in the world. Dumas had completed the work, a 160cm x 200cm oil on canvas titled The Teacher, in 1987.Another of her works, titled The Benefit of the Doubt, can be seen in South Africa’s Constitutional Court in Johannesburg. The giant three-piece tapestry was donated to the country’s new court, which opened in 2004, by the Dutch government and is a replica of a Dumas work that graces the Dutch Court of Justice in Den Bosch.Top South African artistDumas was born in South Africa in 1953 and grew up on a wine farm in the Kuils River area, near Cape Town. After school she studied at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art before leaving her home country in 1976 on a scholarship for further studies at Haarlem’s Atelier 63. Now a resident of Amsterdam, she has lived in the Netherlands ever since.Dumas was in South Africa last month to open an exhibition titled Mother Nature: Art and Psychology in Conversation, at the Sasol Art Museum in Stellenbosch. Located in a beautiful neo-classical building that was once home to her alma mater Bloemhof, the museum houses a permanent collection of more than 3 000 artworks belonging to the University of Stellenbosch. The collection features pieces relating to South Africa’s history, as well as works by foreign artists who resided in the country. Many of South Africa’s top artists are represented.Along with Dumas, the current exhibition features works by, among many others, photographer Jodi Bieber, sculptor Claudette Schreuders, visual artist Lyn Smuts, video artist Sonya Rademeyer, and Benedicte Kurzen, a French photographer living and working in Johannesburg. It may be viewed until 14 February 2011.The University of Stellenbosch also recently conferred an honorary doctorate on Dumas. This was for “her commitment to interrogating representational tropes of gender and socio-political identity“, according to information from the university. Known particularly for her depictions of the human form, Dumas’s works have been seen in some of the world’s top art museums including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, and London’s Tate Modern.Local art in international demandAs the country’s artists continue to make their creative mark around the globe, Bonhams says the success of previous sales indicates clearly that South African art is no longer only of domestic interest. “Record-breaking prices and worldwide bidding have propelled modern South African art into the frontlines of the global art market,” it says.Proof of this is the record-breaking $3.7-million (R26.4-million) fetched by Irma Stern’s 1945 painting Bahora Girl after brisk bidding at a Bonhams auction of South African art in London in October last year.Before the sale Bonhams had said it believed the painting, painted during Stern’s sojourn in Zanzibar, could set a new record for South African art sold at auction if current trends continued. The painting far surpassed expectations of $930 000 (R6.6-million) to $1.39-million (R9.9-million) and indeed made history for South African art, which according to Bonhams “can be said to have truly come of age in London”.The October auction of 151 pictures and sculptures realised a total of $9.29-million (R66-million).After the sale, Bonhams said the unprecedented price fetched for Bahora Girl would cause the art world to take a fresh look at art out of Africa and that it “marked a massive milestone in the journey of recognition for South African art”.Entries are currently being accepted for the sale in March 2011, which already includes pieces by Stern, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, Gerard Sekoto, William Kentridge, Cecil Skotnes and other South African masters.Founded in 1793, Bonhams is one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The firm is based in London but has offices in countries around the globe.last_img read more

The Risk Hangover: The Invisible Dilemma of Workplace Alcohol Abuse in Europe

first_imgThere are few workers who think “one for the road” is a good idea these days, as targeted drinking-and-driving campaigns and stringent police enforcement have rendered the practice a taboo. Most people would not even think about getting behind the wheel after having consumed two or more alcoholic beverages, but paradoxically, the same attitudes do not stretch to the workplace, even though the influence of alcohol may impact performance and productivity. Workplace alcohol abuse could put staff in danger and even risk brand reputation if fatalities are suffered as a result.It is the paradox of the modern world that the use and misuse of alcohol in the workplace is visible by its very invisibility. Drinking culture forms such a major part of the fabric of most societies that its abuse is often hidden in full view, seldom acknowledged, and even when it is suspected, not confronted.In fact in some industries, a drinking culture is widely accepted as simply part of how business is done or given and received as a reward for positive results. In short, alcohol mixed with certain industries is a heady cocktail. Unlike drugs, alcohol is not universally condemned as a corporate taboo. Occupations involving repetitive work, irregular hours, or high-stress environments are the most likely places for a drinking cult.- Sponsor – Workplace Alcohol Abuse by the NumbersFrom the boardroom to the shop floor, alcohol continues to be a prop for some individuals who, according to experts, are in denial as to its impact on their performance, despite the fact that it is widely recognized as a depressant.Strong mints, chewing gum, or aftershave cannot mask their unkempt appearance and slurred speech, yet they seldom get reported, even though alcohol abuse represents a major issue for a significant number of the working population.Between 5 and 20 percent of workers across Europe are regularly involved in drinking beyond the limits of social and health acceptability, and it is especially prevalent in some sectors and occupations. However, the fact that the variance in figures is so wide indicates why few scientists and medical professionals have been able to thoroughly research its true impact.Different countries have different cultural attitudes to alcohol, which is reflected in their myriad approaches and laws to control the use and misuse of alcohol as it impacts different sectors—from construction to shop and bar workers to forklift truck operatives and drivers, all of whom feature in the most at-risk industries.In the UK in January 2016, the chief medical officer reevaluated the government’s position on the harmful impact of alcohol for the first time in twenty years and drew the conclusion that there is no “safe” level of consumption when it comes to our health. However, because of the strong relationship the British enjoy with alcohol, the government immediately came under fire as a “nanny state,” trying to remove people’s enjoyment. Aquarius, a UK charity dealing with business education on alcohol in the workplace, said the problem was endemic and was costing the UK economy £7.3 billion (~ $8.9 billion) a year in alcohol-related sickness and loss of productivity.According to its figures, drug misuse cost the economy a smaller £1.4 billion (~ $1.7 billion), but because of the taboo surrounding illicit substances, employers are taking more proactive steps to address this specific problem, with many retailers employing sniffer dogs in their back-of-store operations and distribution centers to identify offenders.Conversely, no company has yet gone down the road of random alcohol testing of staff, possibly because of the inherent human resources issues that would ensue–despite the fact that there are almost 9,000 workplace deaths linked to alcohol each year in the UK.Aquarius, which works with companies to provide workplace strategies to help workers overcome their issues, argues that most businesses have no formal process in place to identify and support staff.According to Eurofound, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, 76 percent of Europeans had consumed alcohol at work or during breaks. Each session represented an average of two drinks per person and was more prominent among men and older workers, the so-called Baby Boomers. A staggering 10 percent of the sample owned up to having five drinks or more.According to the organization’s survey, 24 percent of British workers admitted to having at least four drinks per day, a figure only eclipsed by Ireland, where more than a quarter of the workforce made the same admission. Indeed, a study of Irish construction apprentices revealed that 40 percent of those sampled admitted to “feeling drunk” at work. Back in the UK, 32 percent of the employees sampled admitted to turning up to work with a hangover.This level of drinking, most reasonable people would accept, would put the individual over the driving limit, yet they believe they “can handle it” at their desks, workbenches, or on the factory or shop floor, even though they may be working with dangerous equipment or be responsible for people occupied in risky environments.More than 11 percent of Austrians drink every day at work, but this figure increases to a massive 75 per cent when special social events take place at work. In Belgium, workers are often served wine and beer by their employers during the working day, and one in seven Danish workers regularly drank beer at work.In Malta, around a fifth of employers were aware of staff who drank in the workplace, while in the Netherlands, around 4 percent of staff consumed alcohol before they went to work. In the country as a whole, 21 percent of Dutch workers admitted to drinking excessively, which was defined as someone who consumes in excess of 20 alcoholic drinks per week or six per day.Around 8 percent of Polish workers consumed alcohol at work, but this was higher in the professional sectors and larger corporations. Conversely, in Portugal, around a quarter of construction and public sector workers regularly drank at work.Put simply, the consumption of alcohol at work can have negative impacts for individuals and organizations in terms of their health. There are more instances of sick leave, short-term absenteeism, reduced performance, colleague or customer conflicts, more workplace safety issues, company or brand image problems, and damage to equipment or products.Public authorities and social partners in EU countries have developed national legislation and agreements banning or limiting the use of alcohol in the workplace, with a focus on testing practices intended to control usage at work. Public authorities and social partners have also adopted various policy measures to prevent and combat the negative effects of alcohol and drug use at work. However, while alcohol is viewed as an acceptable social lubricant rather than a dangerous, drug-like substance, progress on this challenging issue will remain slow.Absenteeism vs PresenteeismOne of the key side effects of excessive use of alcohol in the workplace is absenteeism caused by hangovers from boozy weekends. This has a negative impact on work morale in the sense of colleagues having to work harder to cover for absence.An area not readily studied is the impact on “presenteeism,” or being at work under the influence of alcohol. This can manifest itself in obvious health and safety risks of operating heavy or dangerous machinery (a forklift truck in a warehouse, for example) where there are obvious dangers. But what about presenteeism creating conflict between other members of staff or customers? One ill-timed word combined with the limited mental capacity caused by the effects of alcohol could trigger a colleague or customer confrontation, which in a retail store or restaurant environment could also be brand damaging.Can of Worms?Aquarius says that tackling the issue can seem like opening a can of worms for most employers. If they go down the testing route, what type of regime would it be–breath, saliva, or urine? And who would take these samples—a trained occupational health officer, or an external provider? Would it be prompted by targeted suspicion of an individual or random testing? What are the consequences for a positive test result—suspension, dismissal, or police involvement? In terms of whistleblowing, could an employee who tests positive be the victim of malicious claims and therefore open the business up to potential litigation?The argument is further nuanced by the social stigma associated with alcohol abuse—the shame and embarrassment felt by an individual whose actions may be a cry for help.The answer to overcoming the barriers, Aquarius argues, is education and training awareness, bringing the issue and the unacceptable behavior into the open. It’s also important to establish closer working among departments (human resources, risk management, and loss prevention, for example), and positive promotion of help and well-being services to staff, so they know there is somewhere to go. Confidentiality and discretion must be used at all times.Help inside the workplace can also provide an antidote to other issues that may trigger drinking at home. A more empathetic approach can help break a cycle of despair. Positive examples of people who have reached out to alcohol support services prove the case in that individuals have felt benefits including being healthier and improved relationships with their work colleagues. There is also a sense of relief that they are back in control of their drinking and their lives and that they have a better relationship with alcohol. They are more motivated and have greater energy because the symptoms of alcohol abuse, such as sleepless nights, have disappeared.Workplace Alcohol Abuse: Retail Industry Case StudiesExamples of drink-related incidents are hard to come across because the issues are understandably dealt with discreetly, except in high-profile cases where death or serious injury has resulted.But it is fair to say that most businesses have strict alcohol and drug policies, wherein the alcohol policy is devised by the health and safety or corporate risk team, but the issue is “owned” by the human resources department in terms of the consequences or penalties.The head of health and safety for one prominent UK High Street business said, “In the last two years, we have re-emphasized our drug and alcohol (D&A) policy and enhanced it via a communication to the entire business. We have trained senior managers in the DCs on the process for legal D&A testing; however, we currently employ the services of an external company to come in and carry out the testing on our behalf.“This is routinely done immediately in cases such as if a forklift truck (FLT) driver has been involved in an accident. To date, there have been a few drivers tested, but none have come back with a positive result for D&A. In cases where there is an issue, we seek to assist the individual, but if felt absolutely necessary, we will dismiss them. This is reiterated in our D&A policy.”Another head of health and safety added, “In a previous life, a nightshift worker managed to overturn his FLT [forklift] while under the influence of alcohol. Due to it happening in the middle of the night, there was no effective management response to it, and by the morning, the root cause of the problem had been effectively covered up by the shift supervisor. It took extensive efforts by the team to identify a culture of drinking prior to a shift start and a poker club during work hours.”This last example highlights the fact that many cultures embrace alcohol as a social glue and form of cohesion, but this has consequences in the workplace when that glue begins to come unstuck. A structured approach including zero-tolerance to drinking at work supported by workplace education and helplines for all staff can keep a sense of perspective for affected individuals and help protect colleagues, the business, and the brand.This article was originally published in LP Magazine EU in the Spring 2016 issue and was updated January 18, 2017. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more