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first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article This week’s guru.Justyou, me – and a few hundred othersSocpo’sKeith Handley came up with an excellent excuse last week for why he couldn’tspend his wedding anniversary with his wife at a romantic French restaurant. Hewas busy being inaugurated as the society’s new president.ButGuru was impressed with his multi-tasking abilities – his wife and childrenalso came to the Socpo conference dinner in Brighton. Gurumust remember that one when it comes to his own anniversary. “Darling,let’s go out for a fabulous meal at a top hotel to celebrate – just ignore the1,000 other people, the fact that I might have to stand up and make a speechand the possibility that everyone will keep breaking into For He’s a Jolly GoodFellow. “It’llbe marvellous.”Inhindsight, perhaps they overdid itGurufully supports events that encourage mentoring and new skills development, suchas Campaign for Learning’s Learning at Work Day on 17 May. He’ll personally beputting in a call to Royal Opera House, following his ballet exploits lastweek, to see if his talents are needed for a day. ButGuru is concerned firms like Specsavers might be taking “back to theshopfloor” days just a little too seriously. Ninemembers of the board squeezed into the Southport branch of Specsavers Opticiansto run it for a day.Whilethe official line is that the board members learned loads about the operationof the business and customers didn’t notice the difference, there are rumoursthat customers were quizzed over whether they wanted daily disposal contactlenses, monthlies, or a five-year business plan. Cafe‚ offers a little food forthoughtIndustrial disputeshave a familiarity the world over. But Guru was impressed by the standard ofcuisine being produced to support sacked Indonesian hotel workers.On a recent sojourn toJakarta, Guru visited the Solidarity Food Stall and tucked into Dim Sum ofStruggle for starters, followed by Stop the Dismissal Fried Rice. The cafe‚ makes adaily profit of £60 that is being used to support the struggle of 500Shangri-La Hotel staff. They want the hotel to take them back after threemonths of strike action for better pay. It definitely beatsthe rubbery bacon butties found on UK picket lines.Weall want to be spoilt at embassy  Theglitterati of the training world were in attendance at the HRD Conference atOlympia last week.AsGuru chomped his way through a plateful of canapes at a launch do, he gottalking to a diplomat. Apparently,the Foreign Office is snowed under with job applications at the moment. Researchhas revealed that it is the public perception of diplomats sipping cocktailsand nibbling Ferrero Rocher chocolates for a living that is fuelling theapplications.Gurulaughed at their naivety, until he noticed that the diplomat was wearing awhite dinner suit, had a Scottish accent, and was drinking a vodka martini… GuruOn 10 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Retail bloodbath will continue with 10,000 closures this year: report

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Last year was a bloodbath for on-the-ground retailers. The pandemic exacerbated competition from e-commerce, and job losses and restrictions on non-essential shopping threw salt on the wound.Examples were everywhere. One in every seven chain stores closed in New York City in 2020. Brookfield Property Partners, a major mall owner with 170 retail properties in 43 states, laid off 20 percent of its retail division in September. Store closures from Macy’s, Bed Bath & Beyond and Gap alone accounted for 4,200 store closings.Analysts predict that closures in 2021 could increase by 14 percent, but there are some segments of retail doing well. Discount stores like Dollar General will add 4,000 stores in 2021, the report estimated. Such stores typically fare well during a recession; 1,669 opened last year. Grocery stores are also expected to fare well.[BI] — Georgia Kromrei 8,741 retail stores closed in 2020. (Photo Illustration by The Real Deal, Photos via Getty)Don’t expect brick-and-mortar retail to escape from the discount rack this year, a new report warns.An analysis released this week predicted that as many as 10,000 retail stores could close nationwide in 2021, Business Insider reported. The study, by Coresight Research, found that 8,741 retail stores shut their doors last year, led by 3,151 apparel store closures.Read moreNew York’s Covid-fueld retail apocalypse hits condo and co-op ownersRetail foot traffic tanks on Black Friday Tagsretail bankruptciesRetail Real Estatelast_img read more

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Raising Cancer Awareness by Wendy McNamara

first_imgSadly, cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S.To raise awareness about the importance of screenings and promote activities that reduce the risk of cancer, I joined my fellow legislators and paired my suit with my sneakers at the Statehouse.Sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the Suits and Sneakers challenge works to increase awareness and support for those affected by the disease.This session, the Indiana House of Representatives took steps in fighting cancer in Indiana by unanimously voting in support of a proposal to reduce the number of Hoosier deaths resulting from cervical cancer.Many of us have been personally impacted by cancer. Let’s come together to continue to fight this disease through awareness, prevention and treatment.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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One-Man Debate Opens Series of Ocean City Candidate Events

first_imgCity Hall in Ocean CityAn opportunity for Ocean City voters to hear the city’s two mayoral candidates debate on Monday night turned into a question-and-answer session with one candidate.Incumbent Mayor Jay Gillian was unable to attend or reschedule an event organized by the Fairness in Taxes community group April 7 at the Ocean City Free Public Library.“The Committee to Re-elect Jay Gillian Mayor received an invitation on Monday, March 24, from Fairness In Taxes for a debate on April 7,” Gillian’s campaign said. “Unfortunately, Mayor Gillian had a prior commitment and will be out of town.”Moderators David Nahan of the Ocean City Sentinel and Doug Bergen of OCNJ Daily took turns asking Gillian’s challenger, Ed Price, questions on a wide range of Ocean City issues.About 30 people attended the 80-minute event.In the May 13 municipal election, the two candidates are running for mayor, and five candidates will vie for three at-large seats on City Council. Before the election, voters will have the following opportunities to learn more about the candidates. FORUMS AND DEBATESApril 14: Fairness in Taxes will host its debate for City Council candidates 7 p.m. Monday, April 14, at the Ocean City Free Public Library. Four candidates will participate (Pete Madden, who had planned a family vacation during the school district’s Easter break before he received the invitation, will be unable to attend). The event will be rebroadcast on local access Channel 97.April 23:  The Ocean City Community Association will host a City Council candidates forum from 6 to 7 p.m. and a mayoral candidates forum from 7 to 8 p.m. on April 23 at the Ocean City Free Public Library auditorium. Questions have been solicited from its members and the public prior to the meeting.  The forum is open to the public and attendees will be invited to sign up for annual membership ($10) at the door.The mission of Ocean City Community Association is to protect and promote the best interests of the property owners and residents of Ocean City.  For further information, e-mail [email protected](Correction: An earlier version of this story included incorrect information about public access to the forum.)April 29: The Ocean City Democratic and Republican clubs are joining forces to sponsor a forum for the five City Council candidates 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School (beach block of Sixth Street). The event will be rebroadcast on local access Channel 97.May 7: The Ocean City Democratic and Republican clubs are joining forces to sponsor a forum for the two mayoral candidates 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School (beach block of Sixth Street). The event will be rebroadcast on local access Channel 97. VIDEOTAPED STATEMENTS Videotaped statements from all candidates will be replayed on several occasions on the city’s government access channel (Channel 97 on the Comcast cable system).The city established the policy of providing access to the channel for local election candidates in 2006. The city provides candidates the opportunity to have a five-minute statement professionally recorded at their cost and then replayed on Channel 97.The candidates’ statements will air on Channel 97 on the following dates and times:Friday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.Friday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.Saturday, April 19, NoonWednesday, April 23, 7:30 a.m.Friday, April 25, 7:30 a.m.Sunday, April 27, NoonWednesday, April 30, 7:30 p.m.Friday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.center_img CANDIDATE PROFILESMayor:Jay GillianEd PriceCity Council:Michael AllegrettoKeith HartzellMike HysonPete MaddenEric Sauderlast_img read more

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2 of 3 officers at Blake shooting in Wisconsin back on duty

first_imgKENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say two police officers who were on the scene when a white officer shot and partially paralyzed a Black man in Wisconsin have returned to duty. The update announced Wednesday comes as Officer Rusten Sheskey, who shot Jacob Blake seven times on Aug. 23 in Kenosha, remains on administrative leave while a police review board examines the case. Sheskey was placed on administrative leave following Blake’s shooting along with Officers Vincent Arenas and Brittany Meronek. Police said in a statement Wednesday that Arenas and Meronek returned to duty Jan. 20. Hundreds of people were arrested and multiple businesses were destroyed during protests following Blake’s shooting. Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley this month declined to file charges against Sheskey.last_img read more

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Berger to Americans: Stand together during coronavirus pandemic

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » “The challenges that lay ahead are no match for the will and perseverance of the American spirit. This belief has never been truer than it is today,” wrote NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger in an editorial published in CEO World.As the coronavirus outbreak continues to impact our economy and the everyday lives of the American people, Berger penned an opinion piece to encourage our nation to remain united and stand together during these uncertain times.“It is, like the pandemics before it, threatening our nation and the social fabric of our communities as we have come to know them,” wrote Berger. “[But] with this bad can come a lot of good. Everyone – and I mean everyone – has a part to play in making sure we get through this and that we come out better.”Berger went on to encourage readers to soldier on and be the best versions of themselves for their fellow Americans. “Our mission right now is to do our best, to be our best, and to make the sacrifices necessary. Because, as the saying goes, ‘a rising tide lifts all boats,’” said Berger.last_img read more

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A sad day in history

first_imgToday is the forty-first anniversary of the infamous Roe v Wade decision of the United States Supreme Court which decriminalised abortion. A sad anniversary. We should Choose Lifelast_img

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Awful pick-up lines that actually worked

first_img 94 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Share LifestyleRelationships Awful pick-up lines that actually worked by: – April 17, 2012center_img Share Sharing is caring! They’re the worst pick-up lines… and yet, these seemingly awful come-ons actually managed to charm women. It just goes to show you, romance is always full of surprises. Read on and pick up an idea or two, guys.1. The corny-but-cute hello: “This guy who was so not my style came over to me and my friends and asked: ‘Do you happen to know how much a polar bear weighs?’ We said ‘no’ and kept walking, and then he said, ‘Well, it’s enough to break the ice. Hi, I’m Brian.’ We all cracked up and kept talking to him.” — Charity, 29, Cincinnati, OH 2. The line with artistic flair: “I was shooting pool with friends, and some guys offered us a friendly challenge. Midway through the game, one of them looked at me and said, ‘Do you remember Crayola crayons? Well, they used to have this color called Blizzard Blue. It was my favorite color, and your eyes are actually Blizzard Blue.’ I thought it was so cute! He had me right there.”— Erica, 21, Brunswick, OH 3. The overly confident come-on: “I was at an office party when a guest of a coworker introduced himself and said, ‘Blueberries or strawberries?’ Confused, I asked what he meant, and he replied, ‘I just want to know what kind of pancakes to make you in the morning.’ He said it with such a straight face that it was like a scene in a funny movie. I didn’t eat breakfast with him, but I did give him my number.”— Jan, 33, Cleveland, OH 4. The nonsensical approach: “This random guy came up to me at a party, looked me straight in the eyes and said, ‘Baby, you’re sexier than socks on a rooster.’ I had absolutely no idea what he meant, but I thought it was funny and I liked how unusual it was. It got us talking, trying to figure out what that line meant!”— Holly, 19, Milford, OH 5. The mom-approved intro: “I was at a local bar one night, and this guy sat next to me and said, ‘Would it freak you out if I said that I’ve already told my mother about you?’ I said, ‘No, why?’ Then he told me that he’d actually stepped outside, called his mother and asked her how to approach me. I thought it was adorable that he was a mama’s boy.”— Michelle, 25, Erie, PA 6. The “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” method: “I fought tooth and nail with a guy over a parking space and won. When I came back out to my car, there was a note on it that said, ‘I like your style. Call me.’ It was very unexpected, and I loved the approach. See, it pays to be a lover and a fighter.”— Lynn, 36, Boston, MA 7. The win-her-with-flattery strategy: “This poker party I was at started to get very crowded. As a group of girls walked in, this guy came up behind me and said, ‘I think you’re going to be asked to leave soon. You’re so pretty, you’re putting all the other women to shame.’ I tend to be very shy, so his compliment really helped crack my shell.”— Katie, 31, Chicago, IL By Matt ChristensenYAHOO Dating Tips and Advicelast_img read more

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UN secretary general voices concern at rights violations and rising crime during visit to Guatemala

first_img 24 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img NewsPrint UN secretary general voices concern at rights violations and rising crime during visit to Guatemala by: – March 17, 2011 GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday expressed appreciation of Guatemala’s contribution to United Nations peacekeeping operations, but also voiced alarm at the worsening rate of crime, insecurity and human rights violations in the Central American country.“Guatemalan troops are serving with peacekeepers in Haiti and in conflict zones such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and Côte d’Ivoire,” said Ban at a joint news conference with President Alvaro Colom in the country’s capital, Guatemala City.“A distinguished Guatemalan, Edmond Mulet, is my Special Representative in Haiti. I am especially pleased that a number of Guatemalan women are serving in UN peacekeeping operations.“I value this contribution, but I know it has taken a toll. Tomorrow I will solemnly dedicate a monument to the Guatemalan UN peacekeepers who died while serving the cause of peace. The only way to truly honour their sacrifice is to carry on our work for peace, security and justice, here in Guatemala and around the world,” said the secretary-general.Ban told reporters that at a meeting with members of the Guatemalan cabinet, he had expressed alarm over rising crime and insecurity and that he was particularly concerned about abuses of human rights.“Ending impunity is critical to protecting all Guatemalans from violence,” he said, adding that the UN will provide additional support.“We have to foster security for all Guatemalans and their children. I am sure the people of Guatemala agree they did not end 36 years of armed conflict only to see violence take other forms. Now it is time to end all violence,” said Ban.The secretary-general recalled that Guatemala is known throughout the world for its ecological diversity, its rich culture, and its proud history.“Our shared challenge today is to ensure that Guatemala also earns a reputation as a haven of justice, respect for human rights, and true security. We have serious work ahead,” he said.He described his talks with Colom as “constructive,” saying they covered important issues of concern to both of them, including insecurity, poverty, violence against women, regional issues, and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the global commitments to reducing extreme and boosting social-economic progress by the target date of 2015.He said that Colom and he were in full agreement on the importance of the work of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG).“I expressed the UN’s strong support for CICIG and Commissioner Francisco Dall’Anese,” Ban said.The secretary-general also met Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rigoberta Menchu and was due to have bilateral with several heads of state in Central America, including those of Costa Rica, Belize, El Salvador, Panama, the Dominican Republic and Honduras. He was also slated to launch the UN Peacebuilding Fund’s engagement in Guatemala.Source: Caribbean News Now Sharelast_img read more

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Madison named one of America’s Best Communities

first_imgMADISON, Ind. — The City of Madison was one of around 350 different communities that recently participated in a community revitalization competition called America’s Best Communities.The competition started back in September of 2014.The city made it all the way to the finals where they were selected as one of eight remaining communities.Being selected as a finalist, Madison earned $150,000 in prize grants.While the city was a finalist, it was not named in the top three.The competition was created to inspire revitalization and growth in small towns and rural communities across the country.last_img read more

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