first_imgTrainingOn 20 Aug 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article This week’s training newsRetailer’s inside job Food retailer Julian Graves is putting 150 supervisors through an in-house‘rising stars supervisory programme’ to help build sales and improve customercare. Part one of the £50,000 scheme will take place at the company HQ and willfocus on motivation, leadership skills, and communication, with the secondphase being a practical, work-based project. plan is kid’s play As part of an ongoing staff development programme 60 employees from theBBC’s factual and learning division are working with schools on the White Cityhousing estate in London. The scheme includes training 50 staff as readingpartners to help more than 300 children improve their reading skills. BBC staffare also involved in a student mentoring scheme, in which they meet with 14year-olds once a fortnight, and are setting up a media village for localpeople.’s class action The Torquay Hotel Group is sending senior staff back to the classroom tohelp spread training through the organisation. Six people are studying for theCraft Trainer Award, which will enable them to train staff within their owndepartments. THG brought the scheme in house after 34 managers successfully completedthe scheme externally. line training A new rail training centre capable of taking more than 7,000 people a yearhas been opened by Wynnwith Rail in Woking, Surrey. The £120,000 centre hasbeen purpose built and is fitted with a range of catering facilities to handlethe large number of people passing through. The centre will operate severalRail Training Audit Courses including personal track safety, workplaceassessment, and emergency and electrical first aid. facilities Facilities management provider City is investing £2m in the training anddevelopment of its 5,000 staff. The firm will set up training academies at fourlocations around the UK, provisionally at Southport, Leeds, Birmingham andLondon. City employs 7,000 staff in the UK and services Asda’s 254 stores amongother contracts. gets in the loop Loop Customer Management has teamed up with the Chartered ManagementInstitute to provide a two-year training scheme for 60 of its team managers.Loop has invested £500,000 in the management development programme. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Easter Events Mark Start of Season in Ocean City

first_imgElton and Kim Anglada, of Ocean City, along with their children, Chance and Felicity, carried on a family tradition by dressing up for Easter. This picture was taken last year. Egg Hunt, Sunrise Service and Fashion Promenade ScheduledOcean City’s Easter Fashion Promenade takes place with judging at 1 p.m. Sunday (April 1) in front of the Ocean City Music Pier on the boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace. The annual event pays tribute to an era when families showed off their finery during strolls on the boardwalk.Anybody is welcome to enter the free event, and no advance registration is required. Awards will be given the following age categories: newborn-to-2, 3-to-5, 6-to-8 and 9-to-12 (everybody wins in these categories). Other divisions include: Best Dressed Teen Male, Best Dressed Teen Female, Best Dressed Gentleman, Best Dressed Woman, Best Dressed Couple, Most Unusual Bonnet, Best Easter Bonnet and Best Dressed Family.The Philly Keys will return to Ocean City with their hit dueling piano show to start the festivities at noon Sunday. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for photographs after the Promenade.Ocean City’s Easter events start at 6:30 a.m. Sunday with a nondenominational Sunrise Service on the Music Pier.  The speaker is United Methodist District Superintendent Brian Roberts. Music will include: Jeff Seals on piano, Jack Melton and Laura Olivero on trumpets, and seventh-grader Treasa Hayes as a soloist. Participants include Mayor Jay Gillian, Sr. Joelle Thren, Pastors Mark Bruesehoff, Terry Lothian, Elizabeth Mallozzi, Larry Oksten, John Sheldon and Marcia Stanford. All are invited to attend.The second of two Great Egg Hunts on the beach starts promptly at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (March 31). The free annual event invites children ages 7 and under to search for 100,000 eggs scattered in the sand and stuffed with candy and items from local merchants. Separate areas are set up for different groups: 2-and-unders (11th Street), 3-year-olds (11th Street), 4- and 5-year-olds (12th Street), 6- and 7-year-olds (13th Street), and special-needs children (14th Street). The event is sponsored by the Boardwalk Merchants Association. The rain date is Sunday, April 1.Arrive early or on time, as the hunt often goes quickly. Remember that the 34th Street Bridge is under construction and limited to an alternating one-lane traffic pattern. The Ninth Street Bridge will provide unrestricted access. All street parking and municipal lots are free at this time of year.TICKETS ON SALE FOR IMAGINATION MOVERS AND BROADWAY ON THE OC BOARDWALKThe Emmy-award winning Imagination Movers will bring their family-friendly rock concert to the Ocean City Music Pier on July 14. The innovative show includes some high-flying (toilet paper that is), smoke ring-skying (can you say, “Vortex!”) and new song stylings. The interactive show includes lots of fun, favorite music and is appropriate for all ages.Tickets ($18 to $23) go on sale Thursday (March 28). Visit, call 609-399-6111, or stop by the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway. Meet-and-greet passes are available.Tickets ($18 to $20) are also on sale now for “Broadway on the OC Boardwalk” at 7:30 p.m. June 27 at the Music Pier. The show includes professional performers from Ocean City Theatre Company’s 2018 Summer Season bringing Broadway favorites to life.This year’s show features Michael Lee Brown, who once spent his summers in Ocean City attending the OCTC theater camps and eventually performing with the professional company in “Seussical” and “Cinderella.” Brown went on to achieve success on Broadway. He is currently the alternate Evan Hansen, performing weekly as the title role in the six-time Tony Award and Grammy-winning musical “Dear Evan Hansen.”He has been seen on television in shows like “Happyish” and live with the “Dear Evan Hansen” company on the “Today Show.”  Michael just released his solo EP, “Way It Used to Be,” comprised of his original songs and produced by Matthew James Thomas (star of “Pippin”).UPCOMING EVENTSLIVING LAST SUPPER (March 29 and 30): Live actors sit “frozen” in a depiction of Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous painting. One-by-one, they break their freeze to speak their mind on the fateful evening. At the Ocean City Tabernacle auditorium at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday.GIRLS WEEKEND (April 6 to 8): The event features hotel and bed-and-breakfast packages, dining offers, shopping discounts, a popular fashion show, prizes, yoga and wellness classes, craft projects and demonstrations at various locations throughout Ocean City. It provides a great reason to escape to the shore early in the season and to see what Ocean City’s downtown retail district has to offer. For a detailed schedule of Girls Weekend events, accommodations and participating businesses, call 609-399-1412, visit the Girls Weekend blog at or check out the Facebook pages “Downtown OCNJ” and “OceanCityNJVacation.” Tickets ($20) for a Fashion Show Kickoff at Glazed Over Studios (704 Asbury Avenue) at 7 p.m. April 6 are on sale now at City Hall, the Route 52 Welcome Center, Ta-Dah (1040 Asbury Ave.) and the 7th Street Surf Shop (720 Asbury Ave.).‘DEFYING GRAVITY’ (April 7): Kelli Rabke’s “Defying Gravity” show is part of the third annual Girls Weekend. The show stars Rabke, a Broadway star and Bergen County mom of two young children. Rabke will weave tales of motherhood, music, and the misadventures of life and love. She performs 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7 on the Ocean City Music Pier. For tickets, visit, call 609-399-6111, or stop by the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.DOO DAH PARADE (April 14): The Doo Dah Parade was first held in Ocean City in 1986 as an event to herald the end of income tax season. It featured unusual entries like beach chair drill teams and fan clubs of legendary comedians. The parade begins at noon on Asbury Avenue at Sixth Street, proceeds to 12th Street and turns east to the boardwalk, finishing at Sixth Street. For more than a decade, the parade has been anchored by a legion of dogs from the Basset Hound Rescue League. Registration is open for any individuals, groups or businesses who want to participate in the parade. Joining is a great way to bring awareness to your business or cause before the summer season. Sign up at Allen, 64, of Newtown, Pa., is crowned Mr. Mature America in 2017.MR MATURE AMERICA PAGEANT (April 14): The event is the first and only pageant of its kind in the United States. Erik Estrada, who captured the hearts of millions of fans worldwide in his six-year run as highway patrol officer Frank Poncherello in the TV series “CHiPs,” will be host of this year’s show. The historic Flanders Hotel returns as a founding sponsor this year. The Flanders will cater meals for contestants and will offer special rates for attendees during the pageant weekend. Tickets for the show ($18 to $30) are on sale now and available at, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.last_img read more

Paris in the spring

first_imgFrom March 6-10, Europain will welcome hordes of craft bakers to its popular site at Parc des Expositions near Paris. It will fill almost four halls. And it is certainly not an exclusive craft show indeed, Hall 4 is given over to industrial bakery. But just as Iba leans more towards machinery, the character of Europain is different and, as the French are keen to say, “Vive la différence”.At Europain there is more of an emphasis on new products, crusty products, high-class pastries and patisserie and creative ways with ingredients and chocolate. Hall 3 is for artisan bakery and it is the biggest hall.The French are very proud of their skills and their lengthy training to become a skilled boulanger or patissier. So Hall 2 is patisserie, pastry and a shop ’Le Magazine’. It is also the Rue des Ecoles the street of schools so look out for the end-result of all that training: demonstrations and competitions. This is where it promises to get really lively.Europain always plans to be a show that inspires and measures quality, as well as informing visitors about everything from mechanical updates to ovens and mixers. However, Hall 1 is a little different: sugar, chocolate and ice cream sit under the umbrella of sister show, Intersuc, but visitors can wander freely between the two.International flavourHave you heard of the Lesaffre Bakery World Cup? The selection procedure takes place in 40 countries around the world, including our own Baking Industry Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham from March 2124. It takes place over a two-year period and is narrowed down to nine teams of finalists, each comprising three people.The competition also takes place at Europain but the next Europain in two years’ time, not this one. Instead, at this show, there is the Bakery Masters event, where 24 candidates from seven countries, all renowned professionals aged between 18 and 55, will perform individually in their specialist category: bread-making, Viennese pastries and an artistic piece made from dough.The competitions will take place on the opening on Saturday, 5 March through to Tuesday 9 March. The winners will be announced on Wednesday 10 March at 11am.Judges will include Peter Becker, a master baker, past-president of the German Bakers’ Association and now president of the International Union of Bakers, and Christian Vabret, a master baker who holds the title Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Trade Craftsman in France), having beaten all other craft trades to win the title.According to the organisers, the competition events each day require “the highest level of professional expertise, but also great emphasis on imagination, reactivity and the ability to adapt”.Hopefully UK bakers will find some interesting innovations among the equipment and products or will simply enjoy watching fellow craftsmen at work. Events and registration The Bakery Masters Event: Experts make bread and pastry.The Rue des Ecoles: Brings together some 25 training institutions, covering every level of experience. They will give talks and demonstrations.The French Schools Cup: Features three categories bakery, Viennoiserie and pastry. The competition is directed at students in education aged up to 22 years. International Confectionery Art Competition: Takes place over three days and 21 hours of competition and comprises mixed-doubles teams (one male, one female contestant) from around the world. The pieces to be made will include: 1 pastillage piece; 1 sugar piece; 3 fresh petits fours (1 tartlet, 1 choux pastry and 1 free choice); 1 pistachio trilogy (1 dessert, 1 small cake and 1 petit four); 3 chocolate sweets (1 fruit ganache, 1 praline and 1 free choice); 1 chocolate piece; 1 plated dessert with small verrine (presented on the plate). Innovation area: Devoted to innovative products and equipment. This future-oriented area showcases actual products or photos of products. The organisers state: “It is a big hit with attendees, with 58% visiting this sector in 2008. After all, it responds to one of their main reasons for being there: in 2008, 65% of visitors stated they came to the exhibition on the look-out for innovative products and equipment.”To register for show atten-dance: go to the website at or tel: +33 (0) 1 40 16 44 48; fax: +33 (0) 1 42 85 29 00; or email: [email protected]last_img read more

Top football recruit dies in fall

first_imgIrish football coach Brian Kelly said his program was “in a state of disbelief and incredible sadness” following the tragic death of top recruit Matt James, who fell from a fifth-floor hotel balcony and died while on Spring Break in Panama City Beach, Fla., on Friday.Police said James, 17, was “drunk” at the time of the fall, which occurred around 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Days Inn Motel in Panama City Beach. An autopsy showed James died of brain injuries. He was vacationing with six parents and 40 fellow students from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, police said.“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Matt James in this most trying of times,” Kelly said in a statement Saturday. “On a personal level, I got to know Matt quite well over the past few years, and he was a wonderful young man from a great family. Matt was an extremely talented person who was very bright and possessed a great dry sense of humor. He could not wait to join the Notre Dame family.”Visitation will be held at St. Xavier High School on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., and a funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Xavier Church in downtown Cincinnati, according to a Tuesday press release from the high school.“We are united in our grief over Matt,” St. Xavier president Fr. Tim Howe said in the release. “Our community is strong, and I know that the strength we receive from our faith in Jesus’ resurrection will help us get through this difficult time. Our love and prayers are for Matt and his family as we accompany them in the coming days of shared mourning.”James, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle, was set to enroll in the fall as Kelly’s first major recruit at Notre Dame. The All-American chose the Irish on National Signing Day over Ohio State and Cincinnati.“We would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this tragic time, particularly the family at St. X,” James’ parents, Jerry and Peggy, said in a statement Saturday. “Matt was a very special young man, and it is gratifying to us that you all could see that as well. We are touched by this outpouring of love.”James’ high school classmate and quarterback, Luke Massa, is an Irish commit and was also on the Spring Break trip, according to the Associated Press.“This is just such a tragedy because he was just a wonderful, wonderful kid,” Massa’s mother, Mary, told the AP. “It’s heartbreaking.”last_img read more

Club fosters Wall Street networking

first_imgThe Notre Dame Wall Street Club is planning trips to New York, Boston and Chicago to allow current members to visit firms, connect with alumni and increase the University’s presence on Wall Street. Although the club is in the early stages of planning, the trips will be daily trips for small groups, and include visits to four or five financial firms in each city to form a network for Notre Dame students. Senior club co-president Lauren Baldwin said the club wants to keep the group small in order to facilitate personal communication between group members and Notre Dame alumni working on Wall Street. Senior Shawn Cappello, another one of the club’s three co-presidents, said these trips will “take the club to the next level.” “These trips are part of a larger plan to legitimize the club and increase Notre Dame’s presence on Wall Street,” Cappello said. The club, which was founded in 2010, currently has an estimated 300 active members and 880 students on the email list, making it the largest undergraduate business-oriented club. Three co-presidents and 9 vice presidents make up the club structure. These members communicate with the Investment Office, Career Center, Notre Dame alumni and senior mentors in order to form a network for group members. Sixty percent of members are freshman and sophomore, which Baldwin said is an emphasis of the club. “We’re connecting freshmen and sophomores with firms they will potentially be interviewing with,” Baldwin said. Cappello said the club’s rapid growth is proof of its necessary role it serves for so many students. “The club is a long overdue resource for students,” Cappello said. “This allows for students to get internships and receive great support from Notre Dame alumni.” Baldwin said weekly club meetings are divided into two halves. The first half is devoted to teaching financial skills and the second half focuses on interview skills. “This club helped me so much in the past two years,” Baldwin said. “This is the reason I have become so involved.” Cappello said senior members of the club conduct mock interviews to help improve underclassmen’s interviewing skills. The club also plans to introduce workshops to teach members financial modeling skills, like comparable companies analysis, discounted cash flow, and LGO modeling skills, that are not taught until senior year. “These are skills I had to teach myself like other finance majors,” Baldwin said. “This will give freshmen and sophomores important skills they need.” The club has also introduced new initiatives in order to attract non-business major members, a group that makes up 8.3% of the group. “Executives want a wide array of experiences,” Cappello said. “We’ve gone to non-business related classes and let students know about the resources we have.” Cappelllo said the club will begin its speaker series in the second semester, which will include information on topics like real-estate, private equity, and hedge funds. Contact Ben Horvath at [email protected]last_img read more

Student Union Board hosts annual AnTostal event in hopes of creating on-campus bliss

first_imgThe Notre Dame Student Union Board (SUB) is hosting AnTostal, its annual spring festival full of food, giveaways and events this week.Senior Bethany Boggess, outgoing executive director of SUB, said in an email that she “had very little to do with the nitty gritty planning of AnTostal,” as the responsibility for panning the event fell largely upon junior Eric Kim, the outgoing co-director of programming for SUB, who will serve as SUB’s executive director for the 2019-2020 academic year, as well as senior Bridget Naylor-Komyatte, who has served as lead programmer of AnTostal during the 2018-2019 academic year. Mike Dugan | The Observer Student Union Board serves breakfast Tuesday as a part of its annual AnTostal celebration happening throughout this week.This year’s edition of AnTostal, dubbed “BlissTostal,” focuses on what the email sent to the student body described as “all things bliss” — five different food giveaways throughout the week, a Zumba Class in the Duncan Student Center on Tuesday, mindfulness meditation Wednesday, inflatables and a zip line on South Quad on Thursday and stress relievers Friday.Naylor-Komyatte said the title “BlissTostal” was chosen to the focus on wellness in this year’s AnTostal programming. “We kinda realized that [for] a lot of our events we wanted to focus on wellness, so, we really tried to fit a theme centered around that,” she said. “We narrowed it down to a few choices, and ‘BlissTostal’ was the one that kind of stuck. We think that our events speak to bliss — well-being, happiness, joy — from different areas of wellness.” Naylor-Komyatte said the theme of “bliss” was not determined until well into the second semester, which is unusual for AnTostal — an event that takes over seven months to plan.“[BlissTostal] wasn’t our original theme,” Naylor-Komyatte said. “We had decided on a theme in September and then, because of difficulties coordinating with different clubs and different vendors, the events basically didn’t fit with that theme anymore. So, we had to change our theme, less than two months before [AnTostal]. … Typically, you stick with the theme from the first semester into the second semester.”Naylor-Komyatte said there were other SUB events budgeted for at the beginning of the fiscal year that failed to materialize. As a result, she said there was more than enough money to put on AnTostal without worrying about tight budgetary constraints that she otherwise would have expected.“At first, AnTostal had a bit of a more limited budget,” she said. “But then, due to some events that fell through in other [SUB] committees, we ended up having some extra resources that we were able to allot to AnTostal. That’s been really helpful in terms of being able to expand some of our events, like the one on the quad with the zip line and the inflatables, and not being worried about how much food we buy for breakfast and stuff. We kind of ended up with more money than we thought we would. Definitely, budgeting was a big concern when planning up to the event, but now actually executing it we ended up with more money — more resources — than we thought we were going to have.”Naylor-Komyatte said the theme of bliss and late changes in planned programming served as two key distinguishing factors from previous years’ AnTostals.“I think there’s just something special about this — our theme arose from our events,” Naylor-Komyatte said. “I think our events are really centered on student needs and trying to create a memorable experience at the end of the year for students — and I know that’s what AnTostal does every year, but I think something about this year is just how much it changed so rapidly at the end … how much we had to rework it, but then how it still came together.”The goal of the AnTostal committee’s work was to put on one of SUB’s longtime signature events in a way that would make students’ lives a more blissful experience, Naylor-Komyatte said. “AnTostal has been a tradition for over 50 years,” she said. “There’s something special about this just in the very name, ‘BlissTostal.’ I hope everyone comes away a little happier from the events. Come out, enjoy AnTostal — we’d love to see you there.”Tags: Antostal, BlissTostal, Student Union Board, SUBlast_img read more

Queensland auction results

first_imgMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours ago36 Mindi Rd, EumundiThe Auction Group’s Gordon Macdonald called the successful sale of a large Eumundi property at 36 Mindi Rd.The 6387sq m fully-fenced land sold for $500,000 to a family “wanting a slice of the rural lifestyle”, according to Mr Macdonald.“There’s a real trend at the moment with vacant land being desirable,” Mr Macdonald said. 36 Mindi Rd, EumundiHinternoosa Real Estate Cooroy’s Lisa Jones was responsible for the marketing of the property and described the auction as being like a, “mexican wave”.“Everyone was bidding,” Ms Jones said.“Once it kicked off, it ramped up and happened relatively quickly.”The auction opened with an offer of $350,000 and five parties registered, including a phone bidder. Haesley Cush calls the auction of a Wavell Heights home on Saturday.BRISBANE’S auction market is ramping up following the seasonal slow period over the Christmas holidays.A total of 99 auctions were scheduled to occur across the city last week, with preliminary data showing a clearance rate of 58.2 per cent from the 67 results recorded to date.The clearance rate for Brisbane over the same period last year was 54 per cent from a total of 111 auctions.Regionally, the Gold Coast recorded a 47.9 per cent clearance rate for the past week from 48 results, while half of the 26 Sunshine Coast properties sold under the hammer. last_img read more

Surging Danish equities drive first-half returns at PFA

first_imgPFA, Denmark’s biggest commercial pensions provider, has said it made a 21% return on holdings of Danish shares in the first half of this year, and expects the growth to continue in the second half.Jesper Langmack, director of the firm’s investment division PFA Asset Management, said: “It has been a really good first half for our investments in Danish shares, and this has been driven particularly by our investments in a range of big companies such as Novo Nordisk, Danske Bank and Coloplast.”The 21% return equates to a profit of more than DKK2bn (€134m) in absolute terms, said PFA, which has around DKK417bn in assets under management.The domestic equities market outperformed shares elsewhere in Europe, which rose by an average 6% over the same period. PFA customers with savings in unit-link product PFA Plus benefited in particular, Langmack said, with the allocation to Danish shares in its highest risk pool – PFA Plus profile D – having been raised to 18% from 8% at the beginning of 2013.Langmack said this allocation was increased because PFA took the view that several of the country’s largest stocks had the potential for high returns.Following the returns over the last six months, PFA now has a total of DKK15bn invested in Danish equities.Langmack said the second half would also see prices rise on the domestic stock market, albeit at a slower pace.“We expect the return on Danish equities to be in single figures for the second half of the year,” he said.last_img read more

Elder Abuse – Left penniless by daughter

first_imgFather, 85, speaks of daughter’s betrayal: ‘I never dreamt that she would do it’Stuff 28 October 2016Family First Comment:  “It is estimated up to 25,000 older people in New Zealand experience abuse or neglect each year. The abuse can be psychological, physical, financial or neglecting basic health and welfare needs.”Imagine the effect of euthanasia laws!Elder abuse in New Zealand is predicted to get worse and its impact can be devastating. Deena Coster shares the heart-breaking tale of what one man endured because of his daughter’s greed.When Ray Thomson lost his life savings, he also lost the daughter he thought loved him the most.“I was led to believe she was doing everything for me. She was alright but she was doing everything for herself – with my money,” he says.Over two years, Thomson’s daughter Helen Williams robbed her father of everything he had, cleaning $320,000 out of his bank account, leaving him with just $20.The blind man now lives in a rest home, in a single, sparsely decorated room, a transistor radio among his meagre possessions.In January, Williams was sentenced to 12 months’ home detention for her deceit, a crime she says was motivated by a gambling and drug addiction.Thomson can’t talk about what his daughter did without breaking down. She was going to get half his money when he died but she couldn’t wait, Thomson says – her “plain greed” got in the way.READ MORE: read more

Tennis Star Andy Murray to miss Australian Open due to pelvic injury

first_imgLondon: Tennis star Andy Murray has pulled out of next month’s Australian Open due to a pelvic injury.“Unfortunately I’ve had a setback and as a precaution need to work through that before competing,” the Scot was quoted as saying by BBC.“I’ve worked so hard to get myself into a situation where I can play at the top level and I’m gutted I’m not going to be able to play.”Murray, who is a three-time Grand Slam winner, had his eyes on playing a first Grand Slam singles event since Melbourne 12 months ago.“After the Australian Open earlier this year, when I wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to play again, I was excited about coming back to Australia and giving my best, and that makes this even more disappointing for me,” he said.Murray will now not be in action until February at the earliest. IANSAlso Read: The Legacy that is Andy MurrayAlso Watch: Anti-CAA protests: AASU and Artistes Society of Assam jointly conducts protest meeting in Sualkuchilast_img read more