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Political power game

first_imgImmigration minister: Get your sponsor licence applications in nowThe minister for future borders and immigration has advised employers wishing to continue to recruit skilled workers from abroad next… Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Political power gameOn 27 Feb 2001 in Blacklisting, Personnel Today Over 1,000 UK redundancies expected at G4S Cash SolutionsSecurity company G4S is planning to cut more than a quarter of jobs in its cash handling business amid the… Inmany ways getting promoted is similar to getting elected. You have to act and speakconvincingly, and be seen in the right places with the right people. So withthe General Election looming, and with tongue firmly in cheek, we present ourown promotion-winning manifesto for the profession. By Jane LewisPERSONNELOFFICERWhereto be seen At the annual CIPD conference – acting on the principle that thebest way to get ahead is by behaving as if you’ve already been promoted. Whatto wear On the same principle as above, dress like your manager. If this isa disaster-zone (probably quite likely) dress in the way you think your managershould be dressed. At this stage it’s important to play safe with appearance.Pay particular attention to grooming. For women: A pair of well-shaped eyebrowscan prove a very useful indicator of efficiency, dedication to detail and pridein oneself. But don’t overdo it or you’ll be perceived as a hard-liner.Whatto say “I’ve got a few problems with this title ‘personnel officer’. Is itpossible for me to have a title that doesn’t sound like it’s come from anepisode of Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em?” Or: “HR is the new marketing.”Whatnot to say “Clear off, you little troll.” (HR is notorious for preachinghow to treat people nicely – and then doing exactly the reverse).Whoto be seen with That astonishingly able New Dealer you argued for, hiredand brought on, and who now considers you his mentor.Whonot to be seen with Other members of your own department. What a waste ofnetworking opportunity! For your own good, get in with the business groups.Whatto carry The latest Nokia phone (still the most stylish). Ideally youshould be seen to be habitually texting away in business-like fashion. Thishints at a great range of contacts.Pitfallsto avoid Appearing on The Weakest Link (involves a 90 per cent chanceof humiliation).Opportunitiesto grab Shift all that tiresome payroll stuff over to that obliging doormatin accounts. Make sure you do your CCP and CIPD qualifications. Eye-catchinginitiatives Run a prominent charity scheme and get it written about in thelocal paper.PERSONNELMANAGERWhereto be seen Inspiring your team in a range of transformational exercises inretreat at Babington House, Gloucestershire. – scene of BBC2’s recent programmeConfidence Lab. Make sure you make an impression at any conference specific toyour industry. Have a distinctive view on how business ought to work from thepeople point of view.Whatto wear For women: Show your cutting edge by dressing up while everyoneelse is dressing down. This season’s fashion is on your side, the 1980ssemi-androgynous look is back, so an ideal outfit this spring would be apin-striped trouser-suit. If a return to 1980s style is more than you can bear,suits with zip-fronted jackets still look modern and on the pace. Above all,ditch last year’s feminine frippery look – beaded/braided cardigans and prettyskirts.  For men: Dressing down withstyle is still where it’s at. Nobody ever got fired for wearing Paul Smith.Whatto say The priority here is to get across a credible explanation as to whyyou are in middle HR management (possibly the worst strategic position to be inif you want to make it to the top). Something like “If you have to set policyyou should also have to implement it,” might do. Or: “I believe in doing theday job well.”Whatnot to say “The unions are our partners” (recent events at Corus show thesheer wrong-headedness of this). Whoto be seen with Any fast-track HR director (choose one from another firm ifyours isn’t up to pace). Being seen as a camp-follower of someone good is oneof the best ways of eliciting interest from headhunters.Whonot to be seen with One of the many hordes of business psychologists nowstalking the business scene. The point is you can take “soft” only so far. Thelosing brief at a high-profile industrial tribunal.Whatto carry The latest executive toys – especially a next generationpalm-pilot like Visor Handspring. That said, you should also still offerproperly printed business cards.Pitfallsto avoid Exposing flabby arms in a spaghetti strap dress at professionalaward ceremonies. Assuming responsibility for yet another failed implementationof the HR software that was supposed to issue in a new era of knowledgemanagement.  Becoming known among staffas the person who insisted on e-mail content scanning.Opportunitiesto grab Change management of any sort. It might be worthwhile campaigningfor any sort of change, just so you can say you managed it. Shape the companyintranet into something really worthwhile logging on to.Eye-catchinginitiatives Champion any scheme guaranteed to help build up your personalpower-base among staff. Delta Airline’s idea of putting a PC in everyemployee’s home is a winner – especially if they log onto your zappy, happeningintranet.HRDIRECTORWhereto be seen Out and about in the City (whether your company is listed ornot). Standing up to Paxman on Newsnight (but make sure you do).Whatto wear Time to up the dress stakes. Women: Need to inspire respect fromother women, whether senior or junior, by wearing recognisably designer suitsand choosing exactly the right kind of heel for their court shoe (conical thisyear, apparently). If you’re dealing with men, don’t worry – they won’t notice,so just look smart. Men: Need at least two properly tailored suits, severalshirts from Pinks, and discreet cufflinks. On no account wear gimmickcufflinks. If you’re feeling racy you might consider a pair of braces: MichaelDouglas’ Gordon Gecko character in Wall Street is still an icon in terms of thego-getter business executive look.Whatto sayThereare two opposing schools of thought here. One insists that most successful HRdirectors are characterised by their ability to talk (often meaningless)strategic babble – it doesn’t matter if you can’t put it into practice as longas it sounds good and includes the phrase “human capital”. Buta second school of thought insists this approach is an absolute no-no – unlessyou’re in the position to back up your nebulous remarks with hard evidence.“When I hear the phrase ‘people capital’ it makes me reach for the sick-bag,”says one investment banker.Whatnot to say“Peopleoften ask how I cope with the administrative and, let’s face it, psychological burdenof having some 1,200 souls in my care…but I can just about manage if all theMyers Briggs indicators add up.”Whoto be seen with Any self-respecting HR director needs to have a couple oftame academics in tow. Big cheeses to aim at: David Norburn, Dean of ImperialCollege London; Lynda Gratton at London Business School (being associated withher Leading Edge Forum will boost your business HR credentials). If you canhook up with a prominent international academic, so much the better forgravitating upwards to a global position. Any inspirational change agent:George Davies (ex-Next and Asda, now M&S hoped-for saviour is a goodexample.)Whonot to be seen with Geoff Armstrong: or any of the old guard at CIPD.Unless: a) you’ve been brought in to overhaul the organisation b) you’re aftera role in a super-trad Blue Chip. Headhunters: It’s bad business manners towear your disloyalty on your sleeve (and an even worse move to be suspected ofmaking a career change into headhunting).Whatto carry A copy of Harvard Business Review with your influential article on“Transformational Business Practice” in it.Pitfallsto avoid Giving out tickets to the opera or ballet to people in the Cityyou want to influence (unless female). “I’ve slept through Giselle six times,”is a common refrain. Much better to play safe with big sporting events thateveryone wants to attend.  Having yourcompany blacklisted as unethical by student unions – predicted to be a newlypotent political force.Opportunitiesto grab Lunch with Unilever chief executive officer Niall Fitzgerald in thepenthouse conservatory of the company’s Blackfriars’ HQ. Not only is Fitzgeraldconsidered the new wave CEO, but he’s credited with trying to get to grips withthe HR Paradox (whatever that might be). Also, the food is among the bestserved in corporate Britain.Eye-catchinginitiatives Follow BAe Systems’ example and announce you intend to subjectyour company’s senior management to “trial by workforce” to establish salary levels.(Important caveat: make sure you keep senior management sweet by ensuring thescheme has no teeth).GLOBALHR DIRECTORWhereto be seen Taking part in any international “arts in business” installation– being a patron of the avant-garde arts has huge snob value in top corporatecircles and also ensures access to quasi-political circles. On board theinaugural flight of the re-vamped Concorde.Whatto wear Women: At this stage you can afford to look haughtilyunapproachable: and you need to stress your international glamour. AmericanVogue editor Anna Wintour (dark glasses, severe fringe, cashmere everything)might be a good role model. Men: Tailored suits as before, but you might go fora more interesting colour, so long as it is taupe, beige or stone. Look as ifyou’re ready to do a TV interview at any time – and wear Paraboot shoes (Frenchequivalent of Church’s –  but much moresassy). Whatto say “The main conundrum facing HR is how to deal with the very differentperspective on loyalty. We need to find ways of encouraging those employees wholeave to build up their careers to see us as their alma mater.”Whatnot to say “Doesn’t anyone speak English round here?”Whoto be seen with For ultimate new-business credibility: Naomi Klein, authorof No Logo. Any international hard-hitter from the Murdoch dynasty through toex-Pearson chief Valerie Scardino and Oracle chief Larry Ellison.Whonot to be seen with Any dodgy, or potentially dodgy, politician. BillGates.Whatto carry A copy of The Economist with you pictured on the cover shakinghands with Nelson Mandela. Any number of Louis Vuitton luggage accessories. Pitfallsto avoid Over-exposure to air travel: continually bloated stomach, becomingan airport bore, forgetting to take off your Virgin long-haul snuggly slippersbefore attending an important meeting. Spending too much time away from HQ andlosing your grip on boardroom politics. Doing any kind of texting whatsoever –no senior executive should risk arthritis of the thumb by sending stupid messages.Opportunitiesto grab Managing a massive global expansion programme. Hiring a really goodfirm of due diligence people: useful to get some dirt on rivals for the CEOjob.Eye-catchinginitiatives Organising an international office swap. Broadcasting a regularpersonal message to staff worldwide over the intranet. Related posts:last_img read more

Survey signals confusion over retirement issue

first_imgSurvey signals confusion over retirement issueOn 23 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Chief executives should be forced to retire before 65, according to morethan three-quarters of people taking part in a survey by the Employers Forum onAge. But when asked about their personal retirement plans, nearly 75 per cent ofrespondents say they should be allowed to choose when they stop working. Retirement in the 21st Century reveals that 40 per cent of respondents wantretirement ages abolished altogether. Nearly half of the 1,000 surveyed believe a set retirement age encouragesage discrimination. A similar proportion, however, think that politicians and judges shouldretire at 60. Only one in 10 believe these professions should carry no maximumage limit. Sam Mercer, campaign director for the EFA, said, “There seems to bemass confusion and unrealistic expectations of being able to work for 30 yearsand retire for 30 years. This is clearly not sustainable and it is a situationthat will only get worse.” www.efa.org.uk Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

News story: Civil news: relaunch of electronic escape case claim1 forms

first_imgWe have redeveloped the electronic versions of the EC Claim1 forms for providers to use when submitting escape case claims for controlled work matters.These forms are web based and: mental health civil Does this affect processing of work?There are no changes to the way this category of work is processed. The electronic forms provide a more efficient way to submit the claim, which providers should find more convenient.Although no changes to the assessment process are being made the current Word-based versions of the form will eventually be withdrawn.Using digital escape case claim forms will then be mandatory for submitting your claims for controlled work.Important to learn new processWe recommend that providers begin to make themselves familiar with the process for submitting digital claims before the paper option is withdrawn.There are separate electronic claim EC Claim1 forms for these escape case categories: make the completion and submission process simpler and quicker reduce the chances of the form being rejected have been redeveloped to be more user-friendly immigration and asylum Once the form is completed providers should use the submit button so that the form can be assessed. You can find a link to the new forms below.Submitting your case filePaper case files should be submitted to the usual escape cases postal address.The assessment will be completed and results issued to you in the same format as at present.Electronic case files should be placed in a secure cloud based system and details of how to access the account provided with the electronic EC Claim1.Alternatively, electronic files can be provided on compact disc and sent through the post.Assessment of the claim will then be completed without the need for a paper case file. We will then email you with the assessment result.Further informationEscaped cases – online [email protected] – email for advice on using electronic claim forms 0151 235 6750 – urgent enquiries onlylast_img read more

Oteil Burbridge Expands 2018 NYE Run With 2 New Dates, Adds Natalie Cressman To All-Star Lineup

first_imgBack in mid-August, Dead & Company and Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge announced his plans for New Year’s Eve. At the time, the famed bassist detailed an NYE run with Oteil & Friends, his all-star collaborative solo project, spanning from December 29th to New Year’s Eve proper.As previously noted,On December 29th, Oteil & Friends will perform at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York before heading to NYC’s Brooklyn Bowl on December 30th and 31st. The band will feature keyboardist Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), guitarists Eric Krasno (Lettuce/Soulive) and John Kadlecik (Furthur, Dark Star Orchestra), drummer Jay Lane (Furthur Primus), vocalist Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), and percussionist Weedie Braimah (Trombone Shorty, The Nth Power).However, today, Oteil has expanded his upcoming 2018 New Year’s Eve run. The all-star supergroup will be joined by fan-favorite trombonist and vocalist Natalie Cressman on December 30th and 31st. Furthermore, the band has added a second night at The Capitol Theatre on December 27th and announced that it will support Gov’t Mule at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia on December 28th. For the band’s forthcoming New York dates to ring in 2019, Oteil & Friends will also be supported by visual artist Johnathan Singer, who will lend his legendary visuals to the mix.The pre-sale for Oteil & Friends’ upcoming show at The Capitol Theatre (12/27) will begin on Thursday, September 20th, at 10 a.m. (ET)—the password for the presale is “OBNY”. Tickets for the band’s show with Gov’t Mule in Philadelphia on December 28th go on sale on September 28th at 10 a.m. (ET). For more information and ticketing for the other shows, head to Oteil Burbridge’s website here.last_img read more

Spread The Word Music Festival Announces 2019 Lineup: BoomBox, Bill & Jilian Nershi, The Werks, More

first_imgSpread The Word Music Festival will return to Denver, CO this spring, and is scheduled to take place on May 17th, 18th, and 19th. The ever-evolving event takes on some new changes this year, as the events on Friday, May 17th will be held at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom; Saturday, May 18th at Denver Coliseum; and Sunday, May 19th at the Levitt Pavilion.The first wave of artists announced by event organizers for 2019 include BoomBox, Bill & Jilian Nershi, The Werks, Wookiefoot, Mike Love, and A-Mac and the Height topping the bill. The three-day festival will also see performances from Spread The Word Family Band featuring members of The String Cheese Incident, Sunsquabi, and Thievery Corporation, The Jauntee, Yak Attack, Analog Sun, The Reminders, Rob Drabkin, Eldren, Aaron Bordas, Mama Magnolia, Dog City Disco, Brothers Of Brass, Float Like A Buffalo, Collidoscope, Metafonics, Shuj Roswell Live Band, Chewy & Bach, and Future Joy. Expect another headliner plus more artists to be announced in the coming weeks.Spread The Word Music Festival is an annual extravaganza highlighting Colorado’s thriving music scene and its rising artists. Returning for its seventh year in 2019, the festival has taken the grassroots approach to putting together a massive party that brings attention to the incredible amount of musical talent in Colorado. Spread The Word has featured the likes of Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Jeff Austin Band, Everyone Orchestra, Magic Beans, Euforquestra, and many more.For tickets and more information on Spread The Word Music Festival 2019, head to the event’s website.last_img read more

The measure of the man

first_imgIt was only when he was overseas that James Kloppenberg began seriously thinking about Barack Obama.“When I was in England in the fall of 2008, I discovered that there was so much interest in Obama as a phenomenon,” he recalled. “In order to understand him better, I re-read his books.”At the time, Kloppenberg, chair of the History Department and Charles Warren Professor of American History, was lecturing at the University of Cambridge in England. “I had given seven lectures on American political thought and was about to write my eighth and final lecture when I discovered that all of the themes in the preceding seven lectures are played out in Obama’s books,” said Kloppenberg.“Obama is a sophisticated and incisive student of American history, American law, and American political thought,” he said. “It’s somewhat surprising that people consider him to be enigmatic, because we haven’t had another president who has given us as full a record of both his life — in ‘Dreams from My Father’ — and how he thinks, as he does in ‘The Audacity of Hope.’ ”Kloppenberg’s simple undertaking to better familiarize himself with the United States’ current president resulted in his latest book, “Reading Obama: Dreams, Hope, and the American Political Tradition.”The book, a study of Obama’s ideas, “is the kind of book an intellectual historian would write about someone 200, 100, years ago,” said Kloppenberg, who noted that “it’s unusual to write about a living figure.”But nothing Kloppenberg had read on Obama addressed the question of how Obama is situated in American history.“In the last month, I think it’s become even more urgent to get out the message of this book because so many journalists, who frankly don’t know very much about American history, are making wild claims about how he’s influenced by his Kenyan father, and is a radical socialist, and an anti-colonialist,” Kloppenberg said.“But after I read his books, I began to see that his commitment to bipartisanship is rooted, not just in a desire to be strategic, but instead in what I see as a really sophisticated and robust conception of deliberation — that you cannot have at the beginning of a process of debate the same understandings that you have at the end of that process.”Kloppenberg acknowledges the demonization of Obama in recent months, but is optimistic for his re-election prospects in 2012.“There’s been a sustained campaign that conservative journalists have been waging to persuade the American people that what Obama is doing is un-American,” he said.But Obama is a problem solver, according to Kloppenberg. “That’s been his characteristic approach to politics from the time he was still a student. Instead of invoking dogmas, he offers solutions. And that’s the theme that runs through both of his books — that we don’t know the truth in advance of discussion or experimentation.”“A part of the reason I’m happy to have written this book is it provides the counter-narrative that locates Obama in a vibrant and vital and continuing American democratic tradition.”last_img read more

Not Just Another G: What Users Want

first_imgThis is the third installment in our series Not Just Another G, which provides insight into 5G and what it means to the service provider industry so they can help the end users achieve what they want. Missed the first two posts? Catch up here.User experiences and workloads are driving the next generation of mobile computing. They have a direct impact on the evolution of wireless architecture and compute infrastructure to best meet the connectivity, latency and compute processing needs. 5G is a direct manifestation of what users want and Dell Technologies is helping service providers build their network to achieve this end goal.Users want on-the-go access to their data and applications. They want access to work, family, social connections, entertainment, sports, communities, health data…literally everything and they want to access it right away from anywhere. To deliver optimal user experiences, some application use cases need higher throughput (e.g. content delivery), while others need lower and predictable latency (e.g. AR/VR, gaming, telehealth). Users want access to new applications and increasing amounts of data, while keeping the costs roughly the same as they are used to paying today.This requires telecommunication companies and other connectivity providers to look at innovative ways to meet these demands. Modernization of their network infrastructure is key, as is finding ways to monetize the user behavior and bits. New, vertical-focused applications are emerging to make use of the higher-performance 5G networks. Many of these use cases are mission critical (e.g. healthcare, finance, Intelligent connected vehicles, industrial IoT).This emerging connected world thrives on an ever-increasing need for speed of access (low-latency), and ever-increasing access bandwidth (throughput). Capacity revolutions in silicon transistors, magnetic and now silicon-based media, and the available radio spectrum that began in the second half of the last century, have continued unabated in the 21st century and show no signs of slowing down. Like a universe that is expanding and accelerating at the same time, both the network access latency and throughput are improving at the same time!5G mobile access technology is the latest manifestation of this trend. 5G promises to deliver download speeds of 10Gbps—1000x faster than 4G, enabling an entire HD film to be downloaded in under 10 seconds. 5G also promises to deliver latency less than 1ms–50x better than 4G latency of 50 milliseconds. But let’s be clear, these super-fast speeds go well beyond faster internet. It’s truly Not Just Another G.As network speeds increase, the amount of data that is produced and needs to be processed is also increasing. 5G is enabling this massive amount of data  produced by devices and sensors to be delivered to the edge locations or edge clouds where it can be analyzed. Similarly, 5G enables an increasing amount of media and gaming content to be delivered to users wirelessly.Dell Technologies excels at bringing to market infrastructure hardware and software on which many of these services will be hosted and optimized. Critical technologies such as software-driven network optimization and scaling, novel memory and storage technologies such as persistent memory, and lightweight container software that has the security characteristics of the virtual machine are being created by our global engineering labs. We can’t wait to share this exciting future with you!Thanks for tuning in to our Not Just Another G blog series. Stay tuned for a variety of 5G use cases highlighting the lifesaving capabilities as well as an exploration of our technology solutions from the edge to the core to the cloud. The possibilities are endless!last_img read more

Salon Series continues in Snite Museum of Art

first_imgOnce a month, Notre Dame students, staff and faculty gather in the Snite Museum of Art after hours to analyze a selected piece of artwork. Aimed at creating a relaxed space to view and discuss the works in the Museum, the Snite Salon Series began in January 2013, Bridget Hoyt, curator of education and academic programs for the Snite Museum, said.“The purpose is to give people the opportunity to dialogue with each other and dialogue with a work of art. … It’s an opportunity to get to know works of art in the Snite’s collection in a pretty intimate way, to build a relationship with a work of art over time and in conversation with others,” she said.The group focuses on a single work in the Snite’s collection each month, Hoyt said.“People can take a slow and long look at one work of art,” she said.“Through conversation, people end up with a different understanding of the work than they started with.”Hoyt said she leads the program every month but tries to remove herself from the conversation as much as possible in order to allow the group to come to its own conclusions.“I encourage the conversation to be driven by the viewers’ observations,” Hoyt said. “The more diverse the group, the more interesting the conversation.”The series attracts a wide array of undergraduate and graduate students from an array of majors and professors from all disciplines, Hoyt said.Catherine Mary Barr, a freshman engineering major, said she attends the event for the intimate setting in which to view the paintings and for the chance to learn from others.“If I were to just come here on my own and look at them, I would not get the rich insight that the other students bring to it — especially students who take art history or art in general, who know all the different techniques and uses of lighting,” Barr said. “Every time I come here, I walk away with really deep insights, not only on the painting but also on the time period, the artist and the theme and messages.”Hoyt said the series began as a way to engage students with the museum, but the Snite also holds other events to help immerse students in the museum.“We have a student advisory group that runs programming primarily for students,” she said. “We also have a group of student gallery teachers who teach other Notre Dame classes that visit the museum, and we have a student collecting group that acquires contemporary photography for the museum. …We also do yoga in the galleries and guided meditation in the salons.”The Snite Salon Series meets the last Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. in the lobby of the Snite Museum of Art.Tags: art history, Snite Museum of Art, Snite Salon Serieslast_img read more

Broadway Balances America Goes Behind the Scenes of Kinky Boots

first_imgThese boots were made for walking…on your television screens! Broadway Balances America, the special six-part series airing on The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television, continues its second season on September 22 (the episode will re-air on September 29) with an exclusive look at Broadway’s smash-hit musical Kinky Boots. Tune in as The Balancing Act takes viewers behind the scenes of the Tony-winning musical, featuring interviews with the show’s cast and creatives.In this episode, The Balancing Act’s Amber Milt digs into Kinky Boots’ uplifting message of embracing individuality and being true to yourself, proving that sometimes the best way to fit in is to stand out! Milt sits down with Tony and Grammy Award-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper to discuss the powerful story the show is bringing to audiences across the globe. Viewers will be treated to interviews with Kyle Taylor Parker, the triple threat performer who plays Lola in the Kinky Boots national tour, and Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig, Kinky Boots’ Tony Award-winning producers.The segment also offers a glimpse into the production’s “Raise You Up” Community Youth Program, a partnership with the True Colors Fund that gives LGBT youth and their allies a look at careers in the commercial theatre industry by spending a day with professionals involved in the show—from the advertising and marketing teams to the dance captain who teaches them how to strut their stuff on a Broadway stage.Kinky Boots follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from the most unlikely person. Together, these two become an unstoppable team, and find that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible…proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.Visit the official Broadway Balances America website to discover more about this exciting series and to find out which Broadway musicals will also be featured! View Commentslast_img read more

Red Wolf in the Crosshairs

first_imgRed wolves were once an endangered species success story, rebounding from the brink of extinction to a thriving population of over 200. Today, only 45 red wolves remain in the wild—and many hunters, along with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission would like to eliminate them all.Classified as endangered in 1973 and hunted to the brink of extinction, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rounded up about 20 red wolves to be bred in captivity in 1980. They were released in eastern North Carolina and thrived for several decades until hunters, landowners, and the hunting-focused North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission began taking aim at the imperiled species.They have pressured the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—the agency in charge of managing endangered species—to significantly scale back recovery efforts for the red wolf. They have proposed shrinking the animal’s wild territory by nearly 90 percent and sending most of the population to zoos. The Fish and Wildlife Service argues that the captive, zoo-based population of red wolves is facing extinction, and thus resources should be focused on captive wolves at the expense of wild ones.But Christian Hunt, the Southeastern Program Associate for Defenders of Wildlife, thinks that’s a false choice, because this doesn’t have to be a zero-sum game. And he says it’s special interests, not the health of the red wolf as a species, that’s driving the FWS proposal. “In recent years, the red wolf recovery program has been allowed to implode,” he says. The agency “has been derailed time and time again by a small but loud contingent of local, anti-government landowners who link the wolves and nearby wildlife refuges amount to government overreach.”Over 80 percent of North Carolinians support protecting the red wolf in the wild, according to a statewide poll last year.What’s more, Hunt says, the wolves have proven that they are able to survive in the wild if the FWS would merely take steps required under the Endangered Species Act to protect them. These include things like checking dens for new litters, fostering pups to add genetic diversity to the wild population, and collaring to provide crucial data on movement. Due to pressure from the state and a few vocal landowners, the agency has been doing none of this.Indeed, the Fish and Wildlife Service itself is “the greatest threat to the red wolf,” says Sierra Weaver, an attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center. “Even though the agency once successfully brought the species back from the brink of extinction by actively working to build the population, the Fish and Wildlife Service has now walked away from most beneficial conservation measures it was taking for the wolf.” Weaver also says the Fish and Wildlife Service is “misrepresenting the best available science” to justify its position, in particular a population viability analysis conducted in 2016 that clearly found that the wild red wolf population can be saved.Southern Environmental Law Center is currently representing the Red Wolf Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Animal Welfare Institute in a legal challenge of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s attempt to allow “dramatically increased” lethal and non-lethal removal of wolves from private lands. “The agency is required to implement rules that provide for the conservation and recovery of the species, yet that is not occurring,” she says. “It’s too soon to say whether there will be any future challenges, but the service’s current proposal to shrink the red wolf recovery area makes that seem likely.”Others take a different view. For example, in comments earlier this year to the FWS, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, which essentially lobbied to remove the red wolf from the endangered species list, claims—against the weight of the evidence and suspiciously in line with the interests of anti-government and private property advocates—that the best way to protect the remaining animals is to remove them from the wild and place them in a captive breeding program.For its part, the Fish and Wildlife Service claims it’s committed to “recovering” the red wolf in the wild, but that more animals are needed in the captive population to boost genetic diversity and support the wild population. The agency plans to take several steps this year to accomplish that, including completing a five-year species status review to guide the recovery plan, determining potential new sites for experimental wild populations beyond the existing one in Eastern North Carolina, and increasing the captive population.While all of this might sound good on paper, the FWS clearly isn’t committed to the wild red wolf population in practice and even questions whether it should be listed as an endangered species. That worries wildlife advocates like Red Wolf Coalition Executive Director Kim Wheeler, who urged animal lovers not to give up the fight. “The red wolf needs concerned citizens to let their representatives know that the red wolf is important and that they want to see the program continue with a wild and captive program,” she says, adding that there has been “overwhelming support” for continuing both programs. Over 80 percent of North Carolinians support protecting the red wolf in the wild, according to a statewide poll last year. “It is going to take a lot of hard work. But nothing worth fighting for is ever easy.”last_img read more