first_imgThis week’s guruLondon teachers get help with lifestyleWestminster Council is considering offering teachers lifestyle managers forfree in a bid to attract them to work in one of the UK’s most expensive areas. Personal helpers will drop the car at the garage, find a plumber, takedelivery of a new washing machine or even book a restaurant table. But the proposals, that have yet to be approved, have come under fire fromthe National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, which hascalled on the council to put any spare cash into teachers’ wage packets to helpthem afford to live in the area. A spokesperson for the union said: “The only thing that does not seemto be on offer is the service of an escort agency.” If Guru were a teacher he would welcome the idea and ask his lifestylemanager to spend a few hours babysitting his boisterous kids each weekday. Cruel employers ban Backus from imbibingGuru was fascinated to read about thecase of a US publisher who is claiming he was ordered to sleep with his wifeevery night by his employer after he started experiencing marital difficulties.Marty Backus Jr is suing Lancasters Newspapers Inc overwrongful dismissal after 21 years’ service. He claims he was fired after bossesbegan to question his loyalty.He alleges that company representatives told him they would notemploy a publisher who had marital problems. As well as confining him to theconjugal bed and banning him from touching alcohol, they said he must havedinner with his family five times a week.Guru is all in favour of a strict moral code and is thinkingabout imposing a similar regime at home after Mrs Guru banished him to thespare room over his (alleged) snoring and other questionable bedtime habits.Womb with a view defenceThe next time Guru is shouted at by his boss after being caughtslumped in his chair gazing out the window he will have a good comeback .Researchers in New Zealand have found that slacking in adultscan be traced back to the foetal stages.An Auckland University study shows under-nourishment in thewomb results in a resistance to a hormone called leptin, leading toover-eating, obesity and sedentary behaviour in adults.Guru will be able to inform his employer that he shows allsigns of having suffered from foetal malnutrition and thus cannot help beingworkshy.Of course Guru is fibbing, he was a very  well nourished infant – 8lbs 12oz at birth. Output is up – at least at the barA West Midlands firm claims profits soared 200 per cent afterstaff were encouraged to hug each other every day.Farrelly Facilities and Engineering, Sutton Coldfield, alsoplays soothing music, bans overtime and gives employees expenses to socialisetogether.Owner Jerry Farrelly, 44, got the idea from a management coursebased on the Chinese philosophies of Tao Te Ching.The 44-year-old said: “Staff respond by giving their all.There is a lot of love in the office so people do not fall out.”Guru would be more concerned about love outside the office –you’re asking for trouble if you encourage staff to hug, then give them moneyto go and get drunk together. GuruOn 16 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Coffee Talk: Extell’s Gary Barnett and Ryan Serhant

first_img Tags You can count on Extell Development’s Gary Barnett not to mince words: The hard stop that the coronavirus pandemic put on construction last spring has been a “pain” for the construction industry, and it may take time for the new development industry to recover.In an interview with The Real Deal founder and publisher Amir Korangy, Barnett predicted that the slowdown will go for another couple years. “There will be very little supply,” in the wake of the pandemic, Barnett said during the latest episode of Coffee Talk. “For a period of time — it could be another year, it could be two years, it could be three years — we’re going to see very little development going on.”That may sound surprising coming from Barnett, whose firm is responsible for some of Manhattan’s most ambitious, expensive residential towers in recent history, including One57 and Central Park Tower on Billionaires’ Row. But he’s optimistic about what this means for the future.“It’s good for the overall market, because we will absorb the supply that’s come on the market, and it will stabilize,” he said.When the time came to find a brokerage for Brooklyn Point, Extell’s first condo in Kings County, Barnett placed his bets on “Million Dollar Listing” star Ryan Serhant, who recently left Nest Seekers International to launch his own namesake brokerage.Why not go with a more established firm? Because in a sea of brokerages and agents, Serhant was “not just another pretty face.” Barnett recognized him as someone “who does the work,” with a fresh perspective on selling properties. “Ryan is someone who stands out from the crowd,” Barnett said.The risk paid off: Extell and Serhant announced Brooklyn Point on Instagram Live and pulled out all the stops — “a ballerina, a string quartet and a million-dollar listing” — and Barnett said since the broker came on board, signed contracts have accelerated.“I’ve always responded well to pressure,” Serhant said. Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Commercial Real EstateDevelopmentVideolast_img read more

Utah Baseball Visits #1 UCLA This Weekend

first_img Written by The Bruins come into this series as the top-ranked team in the nation for the sixth consecutive week. Junior infielder Michael Toglia (a team-best 6 home runs and 37 RBI) bolsters the UCLA offense as well. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOS ANGELES-Friday through Sunday, Utah baseball (12-22, 4-14 in Pac-12 play) has a tall order as they visit #1 UCLA (31-7, 11-4 in Pac-12 play) at Jackie Robinson Stadium for a weekend series. The Bruins have traditionally dominated the Utes, leading the all-time series 25-5. April 25, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah Baseball Visits #1 UCLA This Weekend Junior right-handed pitcher Ryan Garcia (a 4-0 record, a 1.35 ERA and 55 strikeouts) is the Bruins’ best overall pitcher. Freshman right-handed hurler Jesse Bergin (a 5-0 record and a team-best 61 strikeouts) has also been spectacular for head coach John Savage’s squad. Additionally, senior outfielder Erick Migueles (6 home runs, 34 RBI) leads the Utes in both of those categories.center_img Offensively, junior infielder Jack Stronach (a .380 batting average) and freshman catcher Noah Cardenas (a .375 batting average) provide a consistent presence for the Bruins’ offense. The Utes, who are coming off of a disappointing 6-3 defeat to non-conference foe Utah Valley Tuesday, continue to be led on the season by junior infielder Oliver Dunn (.370 batting average, also 3 home runs/20 RBI). The Bruins’ pitching staff is among the best in the nation, sporting a collective ERA of 2.71, the fourth-best in the country. Tags: Erick Migueles/Jack Stronach/Jackie Robinson Stadium/Jesse Bergin/Joshua Tedeschi/Michael Toglia/Noah Cardenas/Oliver Dunn/Pac 12/Ryan Garcia/UCLA Baseball/Utah Baseball Senior left-handed pitcher Joshua Tedeschi is the ace of the Utes’ staff as his 5-3 record is the best on the squad as are his 30 strikeouts. Brad Jameslast_img read more

Toscafund tops up ownership to over 50% of Guild parent company

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Toscafund tops up ownership to over 50% of Guild parent company previous nextAgencies & PeopleToscafund tops up ownership to over 50% of Guild parent companyEprop Services Plc, which owns both the Guild and Fine & Country, says it is business as usually following the latest shares acquisition.Nigel Lewis10th September 20190880 Views City investment vehicle Tosca Fund has increased the number of shares it holds in Eprop Services Plc, the parent company of the Guild of Property Professionals and Fine & Country.The additional shares were added after Toscafund acquired 1.9 million shares from founder and former Eprop director Rob Ellice.This then took the fund’s holdings above the shareholding threshold at which point any remaining shareholders must be offered the same deal and, Eprop Services have confirmed, several did take up the offer, helping increase Toscafund’s holdings to more than 50% of the company’s shares.“Toscafund has been one of the key share holders in Eprop right from the beginning but their acquisition of the shares from a single holder triggered what’s called a Rule 9 of the takeover code,” a spokesperson said.Larger shareholder“So now this means Toscafund is a slightly larger shareholder than they were before but otherwise everything is carrying on as before.“In terms of strategy and going forward, Tosca Fund has always been very supportive of the Eprop management team and what we’re doing.”The Negotiator also enquired if the way Eprop Services operates had changed following the sale of to Evolve in July.“David at Evolve and his team are pushing forward and we’re still obviously in a close working partnership with him, but he’s someone who Jon Cooke has had a great relationship with for many years and who has supported everything we’re doing.”Eprop Services Plc Toscafund September 10, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

California Raisins’ Las Vegas comp

first_imgCalifornia Raisins has launched a new competition  – the California Raisin Bread Competition – in which craft bakers can win a trip to Las Vegas for producing the best looking and tasting raisin bread. First prize is a trip to IBIE – a comprehensive baking expo in Las Vegas, held in 2010, combined with a study trip to California. You will also receive PR for the product and your business. Second and third place will both receive free PR and advertising for the company and winning product.The final judging and award ceremony will be held at the National Association of Master Bakers’ annual conference in Bournemouth in May.If you are a craft baker, retail shop owner or manager, part of a commercial bakery or a bakery technician, then you’re eligible to enter.For more information please contact The California Raisin Administrative Committee on 020 8741 8513 or email [email protected] deadline for entries is 19 March 2009.last_img read more

Ween Plays Four Songs For The First Time Since Reuniting, At Riot Fest [Videos/Setlist]

first_imgOne day after the band made their return to St. Paul, MN, Ween headed down to Chicago, IL to play the first night of the famed Riot Fest. Going from a predominantly jam-oriented festival like Lockn’ to a predominantly punk/metal-oriented festival like Riot Fest is no easy feat, but Ween pulls it off with their unique style and tight musicianship.The show at Riot Fest was particularly unique, as it contained four songs that hadn’t been played since before the band’s 2012 break up. The songs “I’m Dancing In The Show Tonight,” “I’ll Be Your Jonny On The Spot,” “Marble Tulip Juicy Tree,” and “You Were The Fool” each hadn’t been played by Ween since 2011, making their inclusion all the more special. As the reunion tour continues on throughout 2016, it will be interesting to see what other songs Ween adds into the rotation!Check out some video highlights from Riot Fest, streaming below.Doctor Rock (by Hail Boognish)Marble Tulip Juicy Tree (by Hail Boognish)Check out the full Brownbase setlist, below.Setlist: Ween at Riot Fest, Chicago, IL – 9/16/16Set: I’m Dancing in the Show Tonight, The Golden Eel, Happy Colored Marbles, Baby Bitch, Doctor Rock, Touch My Tooter, I’ll Be Your Jonny on the Spot, Object, With My Own Bare Hands, Marble Tulip Juicy Tree, A Tear For Eddie, The Stallion pt 3, Zoloft, Back to Basom, The Grobe, Tick, Wayne’s Pet Youngin, Frank, You Were the Fool, Buenas Tardes Amigo– Marble Tulip with Up on the Hill lyricslast_img read more

Saint Mary’s students petition for change in Commencement policy

first_imgTags: Attire, Honor Cords, Saint Mary’s Commencement, Stoles This week, Saint Mary’s students will present letters to College President Jan Cervelli and her cabinet, arguing for a policy shift regarding commencement attire.Currently, the College allows for graduates to wear stoles, honors cords and medals at the Baccalaureate Mass and Honors Convocation, but only honors cords and medals at the commencement ceremony. As outlined in the Saint Mary’s Governance Manual, the only exceptions to this rule are on a case-by-case basis and must be recommended by an academic department with approval from the President. These exceptions are in place so as ”not to distract from the general uniformity of the academic regalia,” according to the Manual. “Based upon this, it’s how ‘discrete’ whatever else we’re talking about is, and how distracting ‘from the general uniformity of the academic regalia,’” College Marshal Joseph Incandela said in an email. “The judgment has been made that things like honor cords and medals for presidential scholars fall into that category [of discrete attire] while things like stoles do not.”Seniors MaKayla Roberts and Taylor Thomas are among the students that disagree with this policy. “Yes, when we graduate we will all be class of 2018, and yes, we’ll all have the identity of being Belles, but that stole recognizes that not everyone’s experience on Saint Mary’s campus was the same,” Thomas said. “…There are things that need to be improved, and we need to recognize the differences that each Belle brings to Saint Mary’s. And while we’ve improved over the years, we still have lots of improvements to make. And that’s what the stoles represent when we wear them at graduation.” Roberts said in an email that wearing a stole would recognize her achievements beyond her schoolwork, including founding the Black Student Association. “It shows all the hard work and accomplishments that we have done out of the classroom,” Roberts said. “The stoles mean something different for everyone, but for me, it shows all the hard work I have done to build a new club — The Black Student Association — and to bring awareness to campus.” Thomas and Roberts argue that there is no difference in recognizing honors cords versus extracurricular engagement. Roberts said that stoles would allow students to celebrate their entire college experience at Commencement.“Students should be able to showcase individual accomplishments at Commencement because college is so much more than just grades and what students do in the classroom,” Roberts said. “Everyone who is graduating from Saint Mary’s has a different story and the different stole that we wear show that. Not everyone who is graduating has honors cords, but this day is something so much more than just displaying academic honors.”Allowing students to wear stoles at Commencement, Roberts said, would demonstrate the role Saint Mary’s has in developing the whole woman. “Saint Mary’s brings people together and helps them find their identity,” Roberts said. “These stoles show where everyone found their place. When we came here we received a shirt that said, ‘We promise you discovery: the discovery of yourselves, the discovery of the universe, and your place in it.’ These stoles show where we found our place in the universe and at Saint Mary’s, so them telling us we can’t wear them is like them taking away a part of our identity.”The current policy places the emphasis on the class of graduates as a group, Incandela said. “The point is that at Commencement — which is the most formal academic ceremony the College holds — the focus is on students as members of a class,” Incandela said. “There are other opportunities, such as the Honors Convocation, where individual achievement is the main focus. Commencement, however, primarily celebrates a new class of graduates.”While Thomas sees the value in the idea of sisterhood, she said she finds the emphasis on group identity during Commencement to detract from the individual experiences of the graduates. “I also think the use of sisterhood kind of masks the struggles that a lot of students who are from low-income backgrounds, or students of color, or girls who have a different sexuality on this campus —the struggles they go through on this campus,” Thomas said. “It masks all of that when we just keep claiming sisterhood.”Thomas said that while some of her friends do not understand the importance of donning a stole at Commencement, she feels it represents her experience in an authentic way. For her, it shows that she can make a difference. “I guess it’s not that big of a deal when you’ve had a perfect experience on Saint Mary’s campus,” Thomas said. “But for someone who hasn’t, like me, and who wants to see change on campus it’s important to be able to proudly show that though it was not perfect, I made it, and I’m here and I want to improve it for the next girl who comes.”last_img read more

Committed to Border Defense

first_img The BDF believes that completion of a Joint Operations Center in Ladyville in early 2013 will improve information exchange with Mexico to a 24/7 capability. Security forces from the BDF, the Coast Guard, Customs, Police and Immigration will plan and direct operations from the center. In addition, Belize plans to open forward operating bases near the Mexican border to support tactical operations. Geography is a challenge for Belize when it comes to securing its 251-kilometer border with Mexico, a landscape of thick jungles with sparse population and multiple crossing points. To the east, drug traffickers store their supplies in the dense vegetation of Ambergris Caye, on the southernmost tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. To the north, only the narrow Hondo River divides the nations, creating a porous border where smugglers may see security forces approaching. “It is very difficult to be there without the locals noticing our presence,” said Captain Roberto Beltran, chief of military intelligence of the Belize Defence Force (BDF). Belize is a transshipment point for illegal drugs en route to the United States and has limited resources to combat well-financed drug traffickers. But Belizean and Mexican military leaders say improving their communications infrastructure, acquiring equipment and increasing training will help improve control over the porous border. In May 2012, military leaders from both nations met in Belize City to discuss joint security initiatives. Officers from Canada and the United States also attendedthe Belize and Mexico Cross Border Workshop, organized by U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). Major Charlton Roches, BDF operations and training officer, said coordination of security efforts in the region is important to win battles against transnational criminal organizations. The Belize Coast Guard and other law enforcement agencies have been working closely with their counterparts from Mexico and Guatemala to combat illicit activities. Commanders meet monthly, quarterly and annually, Maj. Roches said. “We really promoted different ideas that weren’t there before and the accomplishments of some of the goals from the previous meetings,” said Lieutenant Colonel Steven Ortega, second in command of the BDF. “Belize is committed on all fronts.” By Dialogo October 01, 2012 At the workshop, a high-ranking Mexican Marine who concealed his identity for security reasons told attendees to be agile in protecting the air, land and sea borders. In Mexico, combining X-rays with other nonintrusive equipment, such as the GT-200 remote substance detector, and pairing sniffing canines with Soldiers have been effective at checkpoints and naval security posts. “The combination of the three allows us a high degree of certainty,” the official said. “Monitoring the air domain for us is crucial,” said Brigadier General Dario Oscar Tapia, commander of BDF. “A lot of these aircraft will come under the cover of darkness, landing along the border areas where they can quickly get their cargo into Mexico.” Three Fronts Make One Operations with Neighbors Belize and Mexico currently carry out joint operations, which have resulted in large cocaine seizures, according to the International Narcotics Control Board. “Foot patrols in the northern west area of Belize, river patrols on the Rio Hondo, and the Coast Guard conducts blue water patrols in the Bay of Chetumal and the region of Bacalar Chico,” Maj. Roches said. In mid-2012, an unauthorized aircraft landed in Belize near the Mexican border. Belize informed Mexico about it, and Mexico responded with information about a suspicious helicopter in the area. “It is unfortunate that we didn’t catch anyone other than seizing the aircraft,” Maj. Roches said. “However, this effort shows the clear communication link that we have with Mexico.” Increase air and maritime surveillance. Conduct joint exercises. Establish secured communications channels. Improve exchange of information, as well as cooperation in technology and equipment. Drug traffickers use the Belize Barrier Reef, which is roughly 300 kilometers long, as a guide for the maritime route. Unauthorized aircraft use the same reef as a landmark. To stay ahead of the traffickers, security forces move quickly to destroy clandestine airstrips, which they estimate to number in the hundreds, Capt. Beltran said. With the flags of their nations serving as a backdrop, senior officers carefully listened to the conclusions reached during the workshop. The recommendations that emerged included: last_img read more

Valley Stream Man Shot, Killed in NYC

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A New York City livery cab driver from Long Island was reportedly shot and killed in Brooklyn early Monday morning.Carlos Nunez, 37, of Valley Stream, was picking up a fare when he was shot in the face at the corner of Decatur Street and Irving Avenue in Bushwick shortly before 1 a.m. Monday. He then crashed his vehicle into several parked cars.He was pronounced dead shortly later at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center.NYPD investigators believe he may have been targeted. Authorities are offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.last_img

Credit union loan officer helps police arrest accused ‘con artist’ pastor

first_imgThe sharp eyes of a credit union loan officer led to the arrest of a pastor who attempted to take out a loan for a pontoon boat with a power of attorney document allegedly signed by a 91-year-old member of the $721 million ELGA Credit Union based in Burton, Mich.Raymond M. Vliet Jr., 55, of Flint, was charged last week with two felony counts of alleged embezzlement from a vulnerable adult, according to Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell. Vliet is the pastor of the Old Beth-el General Baptist Church in Flushing.“This is another case of a con artist and swindler masquerading in a profession that allowed him to disguise his scam with relative impunity,” Pickell said during a news conference posted on YouTube by MLive, a news site.According to police, Vliet took the elderly man, a church member who reportedly has dementia, to ELGA CU’s Flushing branch to apply for a loan to buy a boat. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more