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Access Bank Limited ( Q32011 Presentation

first_imgAccess Bank Limited ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2011 presentation results for the third quarter.For more information about Access Bank Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Access Bank Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Access Bank Limited (  2011 presentation results for the third quarter.Company ProfileAccess Bank Plc is a leading financial institution offering banking products and services for the retail, private, corporate and institutional and non-institutional sectors in Africa and Europe. The company offers solutions for corporate and investment banking, commercial banking, personal banking and business banking. In addition to transactional banking, Access Bank Plc offers cash management and treasury services, project and structured finance, supply chain and trade finance as well as insurance, brokerage services, liquidity management and debt management programmes. The company was established in 1989 and has grown its national and international footprint to approximately 300 branches. Access Bank Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Access Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

United Bank for Africa PLC ( Q32018 Interim Report

first_imgUnited Bank for Africa PLC ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about United Bank for Africa PLC ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the United Bank for Africa PLC ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: United Bank for Africa PLC (  2018 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileUnited Bank of Africa Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services to the personal, commercial and corporate sectors. The company provides a full-service product offering ranging from transactional accounts, overdrafts and mortgage finance to domiciliary deposits, treasury services, asset management services, bonds, money market deposits and risk management solutions. United Bank of Africa Plc supports the agricultural sector through an agricultural credit support scheme which includes agro processing, an outgrowers scheme, equipment and mechanisation scheme and a tree crops replacement scheme. Founded in 1948, the company  now has an extensive network of some 1 000 branches in the major towns and cities of Nigeria. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. United Bank of Africa Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Starwin Products Limited ( Q32019 Interim Report

first_imgStarwin Products Limited ( listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Pharmaceuticals sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Starwin Products Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Starwin Products Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Starwin Products Limited (  2019 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileStarwin Products Limited manufactures and markets generic pharmaceutical and consumer health products for the local Ghana market and for export. The company produces a range of analgesics, antacids/laxatives, anti-allergies, multivitamins and haematinics. Its analgesic range includes Rapiriol, Paracetemol and Painoff; anti-allergics include Asmadrin and Star Cold tablets; antacids include Starwins Milk of Magnesia and Starwins Liver Salt; syrups include Paraking, Expectolyn and Starprovite. The company was founded in 1960 and was formerly known as Sterling Pharmaceuticals Ghana Limited; its name was changed in 1993. Dannex Limited is a majority shareholder (71.3%) in the business. Starwin Products Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Computer Warehouse Group Plc ( Q32020 Interim Report

first_imgComputer Warehouse Group Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Computer Warehouse Group Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Computer Warehouse Group Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Computer Warehouse Group Plc (  2020 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileComputer Warehouse Group Plc is an information and communication technology company in Nigeria offering integrated ICT solutions to commercial enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa. The company operates through three divisions: CWL Systems, DCC Networks and Expert Edge Software. Cloud Services include OpenMall, a platform that aggregates all the stores hosted on an e-commerce platform; and SMERP, an Enterprise Resource Planning platform built to enable small and medium enterprises to manage their business operations efficiently. Software services includes software development and deployment, systems integration, software implementation, software support services and software enhancement and customization. Managed services simplify the management of a customer’s computing environment and optimises operations, reduces IT pressure and helps control costs while improving service levels. IT Infrastructure services is the flagship division of Computer Warehouse Group Plc, providing infrastructure and expertise in the supply, installation, integration and support of IT hardware for middleware systems, ATMs and servers and storage platforms. CWG Training offers training support for hardware and software installations. Computer Warehouse Group Plc has partnered with global IT companies the likes of Oracle, Infosys, Wincor, IBM and VMWare. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Computer Warehouse Group Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Research on charity fundraising events

first_img Howard Lake | 20 September 2003 | News New Philanthropy Capital has published ‘Just the ticket’, a research report on fundraising events.Written by Daniel Webber, the 29-page report aims to increase understanding of charity fundraising events in terms of motivations for support, costs, income and their efficiency.The report is based on interviews with events organisers at 20 charities of different sizes. Interviews were also carried out with fundraising consultants, event committee volunteers, and professional events organisers. UK Fundraising’s Howard Lake was one of those consulted on how the Internet can help fundraisers run and promote events. Advertisement The report is aimed at trustees, charity professionals and those on volunteer fundraising committees.The report acknowledges that fundraising events can open up streams of income that other fundraising methods cannot. However, events are often risky: often costly to run both in terms of money and time they can fail to yield a sufficient return.The author looks at the general characteristics of fundraising events, including what kind of people attend events, and the issue of raising awareness as an objective. He then goes on to detail the costs involved and looks at the fairest methods of reporting and allocating the costs of events. Finally he discusses how to maximise event income, before summarising current UK legislation and accounting practices for events.Webber’s report is a useful attempt to bridge the gap between the various ‘how-to’ guides and the academic literature on fundraising. The report costs £22.50.New Philanthropy Capital is a registered charity which provides independent, research-based ./guidance to philanthropists, foundations, grant-making trusts, corporations, government and other donors.  56 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Research on charity fundraising events About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Events Research / statisticslast_img read more

Federal shutdown: Who gets paid and who doesn’t

first_imgAs the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history enters month two, Trump and congressional leaders appear incapable of resolving the crisis they have created, and unwilling to do more than repeatedly trade barbs or blame each other for the crisis.  But then, unlike some 800,000 federal workers, neither Trump nor members of Congress have been financially hurt by the shutdown.Salaries of the president and his office staff, including appointees, members of Congress and Supreme Court justices, are guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and will be uninterrupted throughout the shutdown.  While some Congress people have said they will forego being paid during the shutdown, it is their choice to make.No one is forcing Trump, his staff or the members of Congress to work without pay or risk losing their jobs.  None are living paycheck-to-paycheck like 78 percent of all U.S. workers, according to a Jan. 11 report by  No one in the White House or in the halls of Congress faces the loss of food and housing security resulting from the extended shutdown.In fact, a majority of the members of Congress, including both Republicans and Democrats, are millionaires. In 2016 the median net worth of U.S. Congress members was $1.2 million and continuing to grow, at the same time that net incomes for most workers in the U.S. were on the decline.  The recent November election may have resulted in some lower-income people being elected as representatives in the House, but by and large it remains a millionaires’ club.The majority of political appointees are also guaranteed to be paid by the Office of Personnel Management, which considers them to be “entitled to the pay of their offices solely by virtue of their status as an officer, rather than by virtue of the hours they work.” While 400,000 federal workers are forced to work without pay, political appointees get paid whether or not they show up for work.Furloughed and unpaid federal workers line up for free, hot meals at the World Central Kitchen in Washington, D.C. Over 4,400 meals were served on Jan. 16.War and espionage essential to ruling classThe administrators of this capitalist state aren’t the only ones whose incomes are protected from the impact of the extended shutdown. In September 2018, legislation was passed to guarantee funding for a few select programs considered “essential” to the capitalist state.This advance funding protected two key areas of state repression: the National Security Agency and the Department of Defense, which funds the military. Because 43,000 Coast Guard employees fall under the Department of Homeland Security, and not Defense, they were not extended the same protection so they are not receiving paychecks.Trump announced Jan. 17 that all U.S. diplomats and other State Department employees would be called back to work, as money had somehow been found to guarantee their salaries. Given recent stock market fluctuations, it appears that Trump wants to assure his friends on Wall Street that he can protect their overseas investments.In the 2018 budget, and proposed again for 2019, the military brass received everything they wanted and more — $700 billion in 2018 and $716 billion this year. Contrary to Trump’s recent claims, this increased funding is not going to raise GIs’ pay.  It is lining the pockets of top executives of weapons contractors like Boeing, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and more. This benefit for the rich comes on top of massive cuts in the tax rate for corporations.Assistance for food, housing, water called ‘nonessential’While programs like WIC programs, housing assistance, and protection of food and water are treated as “nonessential” services, spying on the entire civilian population is seen as “vital” to ruling-class interests.  The NSA, the U.S. government’s surveillance tool, is also exempt from the shutdown. Wiretapping phones, collecting mega amounts of electronic communications personal data, and tracking the whereabouts of people through their cell phones are all seen as “vital” to the interests of protecting the capitalist class.The budget of the U.S. government’s other major spy network — the Central Intelligence Agency — is largely hidden from the public record, so it’s not possible to know if any staff (other than janitors, etc.) are impacted by the shutdown. It is probably safe to guess that the answer is no.Shutdown = war on workersIn reality, Trump’s government shutdown is a war on workers, and not just those employed by the federal government. Meeting the needs of the population for food security and safety, health care, education, housing, environmental protection and public safety are not considered “essential services” by the capitalist class.To Trump and members of the bourgeois ruling class, the functions they value most, and have sustained funding for, are the tools of state repression, both domestic and international.The shutdown lays bare the true reason for the existence of the capitalist state. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Dissident Saudi journalist not seen since entering Istanbul consulate

first_img June 9, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Middle East – North Africa Organisation WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Saudi ArabiaTurkeyMiddle East – North Africa Europe – Central Asia Protecting journalists Saudi ArabiaTurkeyMiddle East – North Africa Europe – Central Asia Protecting journalists Missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s Turkish fiancee Hatice (L) and her friends wait in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, on October 3, 2018. (c) AFP June 8, 2021 Find out more News News News Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) wants to know what has happened to Jamal Khashoggi, a well-We call on Saudi Arabia to end its violence against journalistsSign the petitionknown dissident Saudi journalist who has not been seen or heard from since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul at 1 p.m. yesterday to request the papers he needs in order to marry a Turkish citizen. to go further One of his country’s best-known dissident journalists, Khashoggi fled to the United States in 2017, at the start of a crackdown on journalists, intellectuals and activists in Saudi Arabia that is still under way. More than 15 journalists and bloggers have been arrested since last summer, many of them unofficially. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Saudi Arabia is ranked 169th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Turkey is ranked 157th. October 3, 2018 – Updated on October 24, 2018 Dissident Saudi journalist not seen since entering Istanbul consulate Personnel at the Saudi consulate refused to comment when contacted by RSF today about Khashoggi, who nowadays is normally based in the United States and often writes opinion pieces for the Washington Post. Receive email alerts RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance RSF_en News “Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance is extremely worrying,” said Sophie Anmuth, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “Until otherwise demonstrated, he is still inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and the Saudi authorities are responsible for his safety and well-being. We call on both the Saudi and Turkish authorities to shed all possible light on this matter and to do everything to ensure that this journalist reappears – free – as soon as possible. » June 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Limits of Christmas magic – RSF’s new campaign video

first_img Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is today launching an end-of-year holiday campaign video to raise awareness of media freedom violations and to appeal for donations. The video shows some of the world’s best-known press freedom predators disguised as Father Christmas to remind the public that, for journalistic freedom and independence, “the magic of Christmas sadly has its limits” in many countries. Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Predators December 15, 2017 – Updated on January 27, 2020 Limits of Christmas magic – RSF’s new campaign video Denouncing attacks on the freedom to informWith nearly 70 journalists killed worldwide in 2017 and more than 300 currently detained, the threats to media personnel keep on growing. This short video reflects this reality in an incisive and ironic way by showing Kim Jong-un (North Korea), Donald Trump (United States), Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Turkey), Vladimir Putin (Russia) and Xi Jiping (China) in Father Christmas costumes.The solidarity campaign starts 15 DecemberProduced by RSF and its ad agency, BETC, the campaign video will begin screening on French TV channels today (15 December). As every year, RSF counts on the general public’s generosity in order to continue its work.Help us to support information and journalists all over the world: Campaigns Organisation Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Predators RSF_en last_img read more

Odessa American phones are now working

first_img WhatsApp Facebook TAGS  Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Odessa American phones are now workingcenter_img Telephone file photo The Odessa American’s new location is at 4001 E. 42nd St., in the Southwest Office Building on the second floor. Our phones are now working. You can call us, stop by our office between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or email us: For Circulation/Subscriptions, email [email protected], 432-333-7737 or call our customer service center at 888-693-7191. For the Newsroom, email [email protected] or call 432-333-7770 or 432-333-7775. For Retail Advertising, email [email protected] or call 432-333-7602. Please include your contact information. For Classifieds, email [email protected] or call 432-333-7621 or 432-333-7628. Local News By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleGARDENING: Hardy shrubs, trees love the cool temperaturesFloyd is a horticulturist with Texas AgriLife Extension Service. He can be reached at 498-4071 in Ector County or 686-4700 in Midland County or by email at [email protected] articleThree Texas Sheriff Deputies Shot_3 Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Watching the detectives

first_imgWatching the detectivesOn 6 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Itmight be the world’s most famous crime fighting force but the FBI is also anemployer, and in the robust US economy it finds itself facing the same humanresources issues as more conventional organisationsEff-bee-aye.”The acronym, pronounced almost as if it is a phrase, is one of the most famousin America if not the world. In movies, newsreels and our collectiveimagination, these three letters are usually accompanied by the proud displayof a badge which reassures respectable citizens and strikes fear into thehearts of, as the Thirties cartoon serials would say, evildoers everywhere.Butthese are strange times for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Bureau,once the epitome of buttoned-up respectability, has had to live with thepossibility that J Edgar Hoover, the director with whom the it is still mostclosely identified, and after whom its head office is named, may have been atransvestite homosexual. His idea of a good time, it is said, was to slip on ablack dress, slap on some make up, and turn up at parties frequented byorganised crime figures who would be instructed to address this pillar ofpublic rectitude as “Mary”.Withall the hype, it is sometimes easy to forget that the FBI is, like many lessfamous organisations, also just another employer. And R Stanley Harris, thesection chief for personnel resources, says the Bureau has to cope with many ofthe same problems as other big employers. “We still have more applicantsthan we have positions,” he tells Personnel Today, “but we are notimmune to the pressures of what has been, for the last eight or nine years, avery robust economy. And, especially when we try to fill specialist positions,we find ourselves competing for scarce talent with the likes of IBM andMicrosoft.”UnlikeBill Gates, the FBI also has certain physical standards that make it harder torecruit agents. For example, an agent’s uncorrected vision must be no worsethan 20/200 and there are also stipulations about hearing and colour blindness.At the same time it also insists that recruits will not have taken marijuana inthe past five years or steroids since 1991.Asof 30 November 2000, the FBI had 16,105 support employees and 11,412 specialagents which means the real life counterparts of Fox Mulder and Dana Scullyform more than 40 per cent of the Bureau’s workforce. Almost alone among publicorganisations in the US, the FBI has been relatively immune to the pressures ofcost cutting. While the total federal government workforce fell by 18 per centduring President Clinton’s eight years in office, the percentage increase inFBI employees is about 14 per cent. Part of this has been the growth in whatthe FBI calls intelligence officers who now number more than 1,000.LifeexperienceButsurely the Bureau’s constant exposure in series like the X Files and movieslike Men in Black and Silence of the Lambs must help recruitment? Harrisadmits, “We do get much interest through the Internet and the post butmany applicants may want to work on X Files or become profilers and we have toassess their motivation in applying.” Indeed, one of the count- less youngAmericans inspired to apply for a job as an FBI agent was the young RichardNixon who was turned down in 1937, because, records suggest, he was deemed notto be aggressive enough.Althoughits agents, Mulder and Scully apart, are often portrayed as white-shirtedbureaucratic clones, the Bureau does its best to ensure applicants have someexperience of real life. They are not eligible to apply until aged 23, forexample, and typically, you will have a degree in law, accountancy or languagesand have held down a job for at least a year. The application process is notfor the faint-hearted (or those unwilling to take a polygraph) but Harris saysthat in no way does it resemble a witch-hunt. “We do not visit the sins ofthe parents on the children, so whether your father was a member of theCommunist Party is less relevant than whether you have the integrity andquality we require to do the job,” says Harris. That said, he adds,”Everybody who works for the FBI, be they support staff or agents, have tobe able to be given clearance to handle top secret material.”Thereis a background check where FBI agents follow an applicant’s paper trail (fordetails such as any criminal record) and interviewing current and ex-employers.But as one agent, Doug Rhoads, stresses, “The biggest reason applicantsare knocked out isn’t because they have been selling drugs it’s because theiremployees said they didn’t perform as well as applicants believe theydid.”TheBureau’s biggest recruitment problem is still with ethnic minorities, whichHarris admits is not surprising given the “negative publicity” theFBI has had in this area over the years. In the 1960s, the Bureau had oneoperation, Cointelpro, devoted largely to bugging black civil rights leadersand at Hoover’s behest, tapes of Martin Luther King’s extra-marital dallianceswere circulated to various people including King’s wife Coretta. He alsorefused to appoint more than a handful of black agents. When attorney generalRobert Kennedy asked Hoover in 1960 how many black agents the FBI empl-oyed,there was uproar because, as one agent recalled, if you ignored Hoover’s officeboy and chauffeur, there were none.Harrissays, “We go to great lengths to get the word out to communities where wehave not been strong. Ideally, the Bureau should be a fair representation ofthe society it serves.” That ideal isn’t quite being delivered although tobe fair, the FBI has come a long way from the Hoover years when, in 1962, thenumber of black agents stood at 10. As late as 1977, that number had risen toonly 300. In March 1998, the FBI employed 640 black agents (5.7 per cent of thetotal), 787 hispanic agents (7.0 per cent) and 1,777 female agents (15.8 percent of the total). The split is more even among support personnel with 22 percent of that group being black and 67.9 per cent being female.LandmarksettlementsPerhapssurprisingly, the Bureau does not practice positive discrimination. “Wemake special efforts to make sure we get as wide a range of applicants aspossible in terms of ethnic background, gender and sexual orientation,”says Harris, “but every applicant is treated equally.”Twolandmark settlements have reinforced the FBI’s drive to improve its performanceon ethnic issues. In 1990 the Bureau settled a case by a hispanic agentalleging that he and his colleagues were being discriminated against forpromotion and confined to the “taco circuit” in the south-westernstates. Three years later, another settlement with a group of agents calledBadge (Black Agents Don’t Get Equality) led to a federal judge monitoring theFBI’s personnel practices. In 1993 the Bureau agreed, in response to anothersuit, that homosexuality would no longer be regarded as a form of misconduct.Underpresent director Louis Freeh, appointed for a 10-year term in 1993, the FBI haspublicly insisted that its “very, very bad historical track record”must come to an end. Back in 1990, when FBI staff were surveyed, 26 per centsaid they had seen sexual or racial discrimination in the workplace. The Officeof Professional Responsibility is charged with making sure the workforcedoesn’t let the Bureau down and in 1999 it investigated just five cases ofsexual harassment or misconduct, down from 21 the previous year. Last year oneagent was dismissed after the OPR found he had been driving under the influenceof alcohol while on duty.TheFBI has since beefed up its employment opportunity affairs office toinvestigate complaints and revised its selection procedures to try to removeany kind of bias. Last year, in a move which suggested that the Bureau reallywas confronting the darkest part of the Hoover legacy, Freeh announced that allnew agents would be trained in the lessons of the holocaust in general and therole played by law enforcement in that tragedy.Inthat 1990 survey, most FBI staff said they were dissatisfied with the Bureau’spersonnel policies, suggesting that, despite valiant effort, all traces ofHooverism had not been eradicated. But morale at the FBI in his later years wasmuch lower than the public realised: former agent William Turner says turnoveramong support staff in 1970 was 30 per cent – astonishingly high for public service.Freehhas cut middle management and transferred many office-bound agents out into thefield. At the same time, he has encouraged a more professional app-roach to HRissues begun in the 1980s. Harriscites one small but telling example of progress: the emotional support given toagents who have suffered trauma. “The level of support is completelydifferent to what it was when I joined the Bureau 20 years ago, not just foragents but also for their partners and families.” As 46 FBI agents havedied either doing their job or in work-related situations since the firstBureau of Investigation was founded in 1909 and, given the nature of thetypical agent’s case-load (even though they are not all profiling serialkillers), it is astonishing that the FBI has not pioneered this service ratherthan playing catch up, as it has since the 1980s. TheBureau’s problems need to be put in perspective. The staff turnover rate is nowpretty low even by the standards of government organisations. Among agents,Harris says, it could be as low as 2 to 3 per cent.TheBureau does, at least, appear to have made a decent fist out of shaking off thelegacy of the 48-year reign of J Edgar Hoover. It is no longer a virtualdictatorship, it no longer promotes employees on a matter of whim (the drynessof their palms, the size of their head ñ see the panel on the Hoover legacyabove for more details) or sycophancy and directors can only serve for amaximum of 10 years.Hoover’scorps of cronies has also long since left the Bureau which, after debacles likeWaco in 1993, probably has a better public reputation now than at any timesince the 1930s when its agents were the stars of countless movies and comicbooks. And, probably most important of all, the gap between public perception andreality as experienced by the FBI’s staff, has narrowed considerably.TheFBI’s head office in Washington DC may still be named after him but the spiritof J Edgar Hoover has long since left the building.FBI fact file –Section chief for personnel resources is R Stanley Harris–More than 40 per cent of the 27,517 strong workforce are special agents–The number of FBI employees has grown by 14 per cent in the past eight years–You are not eligible to apply until you are 23, have a degree like law orlanguages and have been in a job for a year–TV series like the X Files, movies like Men in Black helps boost recruitment–The FBI has more more applicants than positions but it has to compete forscarce talent with companies like IBM and Microsoft–Staff turnover is low compared to other US government organisations – 2-3 percentTheHoover legacy : when Hoover left a vaccum TheFBI’s longest serving and most famous director J Edgar Hoover used to becomeagitated if an employee stepped in his shadow. The task for the FBI, in the 28years since his death, has been to try and escape from his spectre.WhenHoover, a national icon in his own lifetime, died in harness in 1972, he leftbehind an institution whose morale had been sapped by mounting publiccriticism, controversy over the Bureau’s attitude to the civil rights movementin general (and the late Martin Luther King in particular) and by Hoover’s ownincreasingly bizarre and dictatorial whims.Inhis sensational biography of Hoover, Official And Confidential, Anthony Summersquotes a prominent psychiatrist who compares Hoover’s personality to HeinrichHimmler’s. This is probably going too far (and is based, after all, on thetestimony of experts who had never met either of the people mentioned). Fromthe 1960s onwards, Hoover’s bizarre behaviour and strong right-wing beliefsbegan to undermine the Bureau and affect the very people who had always beenits most potent public symbol – the special agents.Someof the stories are simply too weird to believe. Such as, the time he visited afield office, for instance, inspected a parade of agents and told the manager,”One of these men is a pinhead. Fire him.” The manager, wanting totake no chances, took their hat sizes: three men all had size 6 1/2 hats so hefired all three of them.Summersalleges that one agent died after following a crash diet introduced by ahealth-conscious Hoover in the late 1950s while another was hounded out of theBureau because he refused to lose what the director (but not the agent’sdoctors) considered a suitable amount of weight.Onenew agent, according to former FBI agent William W Turner, was fired for”looking like a truck driver”, while others were penalised for havingmoist palms.Norwere the agents the only victims. Turner recounts the case of a clerk, firedfor the crime of allowing a woman from his home town to sleep in his flat fortwo nights while she found accommodation. Turner also alleges that when Hooverfound himself sharing the elevator with an employee with acne, the ensuingbrouhaha was so great that an assistant director was forced into prematureretirement. Some of his policies were also odd: staff were forbidden to eatsnacks at their desk until his successor Patrick Gray revoked the ban.Hoover’smegalomania and eccentricity were largely concealed from the public until the1960s but his insistence, for example, that there was no such thing as theMafia had begun to seem absurd both inside and outside the Bureau as long agoas 1962. By then, Turner says, the Bureau began to suffer a recruitment crisiswhich forced it to cancel three recruitment classes for new agents in one year.Hesays the Bureau only solved this crisis by lowering its entry standards. (Theirony here was that Hoover had refused a request from the then-attorney generalRobert Kennedy to hire more black agents by saying that to do so, the Bureauwould have to lower standards.)Thecrisis became official in 1969 when a group of agents in Los Angeles wrote tothe attorney general complaining that Hoover was a senile megalomaniac. Hooverdid make one gesture to the spirit of the times, he finally agreed in 1971 thatfemale staff could wear trousers – although the first female agent was notemployed until after his death. President Nixon was still trying to screw upthe courage to fire Hoover when the FBI’s most famous director died, of anapparent heart attack in 1972.FurtherreadingHoover’sFBI William W Turner, Thunder’s Mouth Press ISBN 1 5602 5063 1OfficialAnd Confidential Anthony Summers, Gollancz £18.99 ISBN 0 5750 4236 2TheFBI Athan G Theoharis, Checkmark Books ISBN 0 8160 4228 4Theofficial FBI web site can be found on Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more