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* Are you a High school graduate or equivalent?YesNo Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). -Must be a resident of the State of Illinois.-Must be a High School Graduate or equivalent.-At least 21 years of age.-Must have obtained the Illinois Law Enforcement Training andStandards. Board police officer certification.-Must have a valid driver’s license-Must possess F.O.I.D. card. Position TypeCivil Service -Extra Help Position End Date (if temporary)05/31/2021 * Do you possess an F.O.I.D. card?YesNo * Do you have a valid Driver’s License?YesNo This is a posting to establish a qualified pool of temporary extrahelp Public Safety Aides/Police Officers to fill open slots innormal Department of Public Safety staffing rotation.As a Public Safety Aide/Police Officer, the responsibility ofpatrolling to provide public assistance is the major function. Thisresponsibility includes and requires an extreme amount of personalcontact whether providing service, protection, and/or enforcementof laws and rules. Public Safety Aides/Police Officers must becompetent of the duties and responsibilities required for thisposition. This position requires strong community policing andpublic relation skills. The Public Safety Aides/Police Officersmust be in excellent physical shape to endure the extreme physicalrequirements of the position. The Public Safety Aides/PoliceOfficers must be able to work long hours, endure extensive walking,long sitting, and be available to work on a moment’s notice. Dutieswill include walking, standing and driving, in extreme hot and coldtemperatures. Position’s Functional TitlePublic Safety Aides/Police Officers- Extra Help Open Until FilledYes Closing Date Position Start Date12/16/2020 * Are you at least 21 years old?YesNo Position Details Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsResumeCover LetterCertification/Professional LicenseOptional DocumentsTranscriptsVeteran’s Preference Points DocumentationOtherOther2Other3Other4Other5 DepartmentPlaceholder Quicklink for Postinghttps://employment.govst.edu/postings/5684 * When are you available to work? Please specify Days,Afternoons, Evenings and/or Weekends.(Open Ended Question) Posting NumberCS0481P Employee ID This is a temporary assignment which will end when funding or hoursis exhausted. Employees in this position performs a variety ofduties as assigned by their supervisor and outlined above. Pay rateis $19.06 per hour * Have you obtained the Illinois Law Enforcement Training andStandards Board police officer certification?YesNo Position Summary Classification TitlePublic Safety Aides/Police Officers- Extra Help Special Instructions to Applicants Type of SearchExternal * Are you a resident of the State of Illinois?YesNo Minimum Qualifications Posting Date12/02/2020 Preferred Qualifications
By Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaWhen singer Paul McCartney wrote a letter to fast food chain KFC in late July urging the company to ensure better treatment for the chickens it serves, it was just the latest media event in an animal welfare trend that University of Georgia animal behaviorist Bruce Webster has been watching unfold for years. “The issue of animal welfare has been around since the 1960s but until recently the U.S. meat and poultry industries were fairly unaware of it,” said Webster, a poultry scientist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Public pressure in Britain and Canada came to bear on the industry sooner than in the United States, he said, and “except for oddballs like me, few scientists here paid attention to this issue until recently.”The big change, Webster said, is public awareness.“Animal rights and welfare activists have captured the public’s attention,” he said.Although they’ve sometimes used smear campaigns, gross exaggerations or even untruths to do so, Webster said the idea that agricultural animals shouldn’t suffer unnecessarily has been commonly accepted.It’s all about who makes the most noise.“The louder groups get more attention and effect change,” Webster said.When animal welfare activists turn their attention to McDonald’s, Burger King or Wendy’s, these companies have to convince the public that they are responsible corporate citizens. Even, Webster pointed out, if they aren’t directly responsible.After all, fast food restaurants don’t produce chickens.“They are just purchasers of product,” he said. “They didn’t want to think about these issues particularly but they were forced to think about them.”Many fast food chains, including McDonald’s and Wendy’s, have formed their own animal welfare advisory boards. Webster has worked with both Wendy’s and KFC, both in an advisory capacity and by performing audits on poultry companies when requested. Other chain restaurant companies are doing audits as well, he said.“They don’t need public image problems,” said Webster.In 2000, when McDonald’s Corporation began to require that their poultry suppliers use larger cages and phase out beak trimming, it used the issue to boost its image as a responsible corporate citizen.The issue now facing the poultry industry is to determine a national standard.“Since there is a huge array of companies that sell poultry products in the United States, the work now is to standardize the standards,” Webster said.Many suppliers and purchasers in the poultry industry have recognized the need for unified animal welfare standards and are working together to develop industry criteria.“This has produced a voluntary movement, unique to the U.S. in that it’s almost purely market driven,” Webster said.The United Egg Producers is currently at the forefront of the poultry industry, said Webster. “Last year [UEP] offered a certification program with audits and time lines that producers could follow,” he said. “The National Chicken Council (NCC) is developing a similar program.”On the purchaser side of the fence, the National Council of Chain Restaurants and the Food Marketing Institute have developed the Animal Welfare Audit Program (AWAP). Audits are currently available for non-poultry slaughter (cattle, swine, lamb, etc.); chicken slaughter; egg production; chicken production and dairy production. Turkey slaughter and production, hog production, and feedlot audits are under development.For Webster, addressing the issue of animal welfare is the latest phase of the evolution of an industry.“The way we handle food animals has changed dramatically since World War II,” he said. “Essentially, federal and state governments and the electorate have strongly encouraged productivity. It’s been a society-wide effort and industry has responded and succeeded. Working animal welfare reform into that system is the new goal.”Cat Holmes is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
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Frederik van Zyl Slabbert will be remembered for his liberal thinking and academic prowess. (Image: Stellenbosch University)Former opposition leader Frederik van Zyl Slabbert died in Johannesburg on 14 May. The pioneering politician died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family, according to his daughter Tania. She survives her father, together with her brother Riko and stepmother Jane.Slabbert had been ill and had spent time in the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg just prior to his death at the age of 70.The ruling African National Congress paid tribute to the liberal-minded politician, describing him as “legendary” and saying it deeply mourned his passing.“As leader of the Progressive Federal Party, not only did he make an indelible mark in shaping opposition politics against apartheid in South Africa, but he fought for constitutional democracy to be realised,” said party spokesperson Brian Sokutu.“He will also be remembered as one of those white South Africans who facilitated contact with the African National Congress at the time it was banned inside the country,” said Sokutu.Academic careerFrederik van Zyl Slabbert was born in Pretoria in 1940 and grew up in the Limpopo town of Polokwane – formerly Pietersburg. In 1958 he matriculated from Pietersburg Afrikaans High School, and enrolled at the Witwatersrand University for a BA degree after a brief flirtation with theological studies, with the intention of becoming a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church.An enthusiastic sports fan who had captained his school’s cricket and rugby teams, he transferred to Stellenbosch University at the end of his first year, mainly in order to play rugby. He obtained his BA in 1961, followed by an honours degree in 1962, a masters degree two years later, and a PhD in philosophy in 1967.For 10 years Slabbert lectured in sociology at Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Rhodes and Witwatersrand Universities and took up a professorship in the latter’s sociology department in 1973. Despite his brilliant political career, he retained a love for academia and was appointed chancellor of his alma mater Stellenbosch University in 2008.A heart attack at the end of that year prompted him to relinquish the post in order to spend more time with his family.Vocal oppositionWhile still studying Slabbert became interested in the plight of the Western Cape’s coloured community, an interest which led him to campaign for a position of Stellenbosch University’s Student Representative Council. But even in those days his views were considered too liberal, and he lost his bid.In 1974 he decided to make a full-time career of politics and joined the Progressive Party. In that year’s general election he stood as the party’s Parliamentary candidate for the Rondebosch constituency, snatching it from under the nose of the United Party. Slabbert managed to keep this seat for the next two general elections in 1977 and 1981.He made his name as a politician with the Progressive Party, steering it through two name changes – to the Progressive Reform Party in 1975, and then to the Progressive Federal Party in 1977. The Progressive Party’s other famous member was the late Helen Suzman who for many years stood as its only representative in Parliament.Slabbert took over as party leader in 1979 and retired unexpectedly in 1986 after declaring that a tricameral Parliament, then being mooted, was useless in the South African situation of that time. In the following year he co-founded the Institute for a Democratic Alternative for South Africa, together with fellow Member of Parliament Alex Boraine.This was the start of his secondary political career as a consultant, facilitator and analyst. In 1987 the institute organised the historic Dakar Conference, which saw Slabbert travelling with a group of white – mostly Afrikaans – South Africans to Dakar for 10 days of talks with the then-banned African National Congress.Influential businessmanFrom then on he held positions in various philanthropic organisations, such as the Open Society Foundation of Southern Africa, a funding body that promotes democracy and strong moral values, and also sat on the boards of a number of influential commercial companies, among them the Caxton CTP publishing group and Metro Cash ’n Carry.In 1990 he co-founded the black empowerment and investment company Khula, which in 1994 became a 15% shareholder of the JSE-listed Adcorp Holdings, a group that Slabbert chaired from 1998.Slabbert was also a published author who wrote or co-wrote several books including The Last White Parliament: The Struggle for South Africa, by the Leader of the White Opposition in 1986; Comrades in Business: Post-Liberation Politics in South Africa in 1998; and The Other Side of History: An Anecdotal Reflection on Political Transition in South Africa in 2006.His political and academic work earned him worldwide acclaim, and a number of awards. He was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in November 1982 and was elected as a Fellow of Oxford University’s All Souls College. He has received honorary doctorates from KwaZulu-Natal and Free State Universities, as well as the Simon Fraser University in Canada.
On March 28, the International Code Council released the 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC), aimed at helping state and local governments provide direction and oversight of green design and construction.The ICC notes that the 2012 IgCC is written to offer flexibility to jurisdictions that adopt the code by establishing several levels of compliance, starting with the core provisions of the code, and then offering requirement options that can be customized to fit the needs of a local community.A jurisdiction can also require higher performance through the use of “project elective” provisions based on the code.In other words, the ICC adds, the IgCC is intended to act as an overlay to existing code, including the International Energy Conservation Code and the ICC-700 (National Green Building Standard). It also incorporates ASHRAE Standard 189.1 as an alternate path to compliance for new and existing buildings (though Standard 189.1 is not written for low-rise residential buildings).Another tool in the code toolboxThe 2012 IgCC was shaped over three years by public hearings and input from specialists in code development and enforcement, and from experts in all disciplines in the building industry and environmental advocacy. The American Institute of Architects and ASTM International cosponsored the project with the support of ASHRAE (the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers), the U.S. Green Building Council, and the Illuminating Engineering Society.“Coordinated with the ICC family of codes, the IgCC is designed for use in communities that are pursuing sustainable construction above and beyond the traditional level of requirements in our codes,” William D. Dupler, president of the ICC board of directors, said in a press release.Roger Platt, USGBC’s senior vice president of global policy and law, added the IgCC will be key to informing building codes nationwide and encouraging policy makers to up the ante for building performance, construction practices, and materials use in their communities, whether the projects are striving for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification or not.“We need public policy that rewards this beyond-code leadership alongside codes that redefine what we should expect of our buildings,” Platt said. “The IgCC and Standard 189.1 are an important and intentional complement to LEED.”
India might have 10 lakh active companies but 600-odd firms alone account for more than half of the total authorised capital of Rs 44.31 lakh crore, according to official data.The total authorised capital of 10.17 lakh active companies touched Rs 44.31 lakh crore at the end of February this year. Generally, firms that are regular in making their statutory filings with the Corporate Affairs Ministry are considered as active.Latest data from the Ministry shows that out of the total active companies, just 604 entities have an authorised capital of over Rs 1,000 crore each. These 600-odd companies together have an authorised capital of Rs 26.3 lakh crore, accounting for nearly 60 per cent of the total authorised capital of all active entities. Out of the total active companies, more than 3.46 lakh entities have an authorised capital of up to Rs 1 lakh. As many as 6.68 lakh companies have authorised capital of less than or equal to Rs 10 lakh each. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashEven though there are 14.52 lakh registered companies in the country, only 10.17 lakh are active. Most number of firms are in business services. All firms are required to be registered under the Companies Act, which is implemented by the Ministry. Last month alone, 6,138 companies were registered with collective authorised capital of Rs 4,037 crore. In terms of states, Maharashtra has the highest number of active companies at 2.15 lakh, followed by Delhi (1.97 lakh) and West Bengal (1.37 lakh) as on February 28. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsJanuary-March PE investments grow by 20% to $2.65 billionPrivate equity (PE) firms have invested about $2,646 million spread across 124 deals during the quarter ended March 2015, clocking a growth of 20 per cent over the corresponding period last year, says a report.According to early data from Venture Intelligence, a research service focused on private company financials, transactions and their valuations, the investment in the said quarter registered a year-on-year jump, but declined on a quarter-on-quarter basis. The figure is 20 per cent higher than the same period last year when $2,212 million were invested across 132 transactions, but 36 per cent lower than the immediate previous quarter, which saw $4,120 million pumped in through 112 deals.There were six PE investments worth $100 million or more during the first quarter of 2015 as compared to four in the year-ago period. The largest investment was IFC’s $260 million commitment to microfinancier-turned-bank licence holder Bandhan Financial Services.
It’s time to celebrate! The Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival is back and it’s more spectacular than ever! Produced by Teamworks Productions the 15th Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival marks the 30th anniversary of the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust. Since 2001, the trust has supported and nurtured the festival, which, from humble beginnings, has grown into the country’s leading established platform for Indian and International puppetry. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhether you’re age nine or ninety – get ready to be entertained with a variety of sensational, inspirational and magical shows. From the traditional to modern forms of puppetry, ranging from rod to string puppets; to mixed performances with dance, theatre, music and more – the festival has a dazzling line up of pioneering puppetry entertainment and storytelling for all ages. Alongside the best talent India has to offer, puppeteers, artists and performers from across the world will come together to celebrate the art of puppetry. Over 150 international puppetry companies have already performed at the festival since its inception. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCountries that have participated include the UK, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Turkey, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Israel, Iran, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, Afghanistan, Ireland, Australia, Switzerland & USA.India is a world-renowned centre for puppeteers, artists and performers, and is an ideal choice for such a gathering of talent on the planet. The country boasts a historic association with puppetry and the arts which stretches back to the 2nd century B.C. This year the festival will take place from February 3 to 10 at the Indian Habitat Centre in New Delhi, Artemis Hospital Auditorium, Gurgaon and the Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh.