first_imgGuruOn 10 Dec 2002 in Personnel Today This week’s guru‘Brentisms’ expose manager madnessIt’s time to wind up our competition to find the best examples of real life‘David Brentisms’. What started out as an easy way for Guru to fill his columninches, has ended up as a disturbing insight into the fragile minds of our linemanagers. We’ve chosen the following five winners, who will receive signed copies ofThe Office (by Ricky Gervais, not Guru), but, more importantly, it’s clear thatdisciples have to get out on the ‘shop floor’ and help managers communicate. A former colleague of Andy Cook’s asked their boss if they could take aMonday off work to attend the funeral of his sister. The reply: “Could youchange the burial to Friday? That would be better for me.” Sue Daniel started a new job as a training officer and on her first day wastold by her new manager to attend an induction course. It was only when sheentered the room that she realised she was running the course, not attendingit. She babbled at the bored group of YTS trainees, until her new manager – whowas sitting in the front row – told her to show them a training film. She thenhad to search the building for the projector, and fit it with an old fashionedreel. Finally, she was able to turn it on. But instead of insightful traininginformation starting to roll, the opening credits to Blazing Saddles came up. While we’re on the subject of training, Nick Napper heard a training managersay to his group: “You’re not a very good bunch, are you?” David Brent would approve of the motivational techniques used by a companyAlick Jesson used to work for. On arriving for work, the telephone sales forcehad to hang their company car keys on a board – if the sales director deemed anindividual’s performance to have been inadequate that day, she would confiscatetheir car keys, leaving the under-performer to make their own way home. And then there is that old chestnut – the end of year appraisal. A ‘friend’of Tom Gemmell’s experienced the following assessment: Manager: “You’ve had a fantastic year, I’m really pleased with yourwork and your progress.” Friend of Tom: “Thank you.” Manager: “However, despite your all round abilities I can’t give youthe highest performance rating.” Friend of Tom: “Why?” Manager: “You’re missing something.” Friend of Tom: “What do you mean?” Manager: “Well, it’s hard for me to put my finger on it, but you don’thave it.” Conversion therapy is a big bonus for ‘dodge’ City boysGuru has encountered some tax dodges in his time but the latest Christmasbonus scam takes the biscuit – or should that be Biscotti. More than 20 leading City firms are paying staff in Turkish lira with sumsstretching to as many as 13 figures. City traders must never have seen cheques withso many noughts as a £1m bonus is equivalent to 2,388,000,000,000 lira.Employers pay staff using one of the world’s weakest currencies and thenthrough a clever loophole this can be converted into sterling without payingtax. With the purse strings being tightened by many businesses, Guru’s ‘TurkishDelight’ will be to still have a job in the New Year – although a 13-figurebonus would not go amiss. FBU hopes to strike it rich with AcasSo the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has finally allowed Acas to enter the frayand try to resolve the fire dispute. Guru feels sure the FBU has heard about the pay increases at theconciliation service, which has just increased its wage bill by 17 per centover two years. It didn’t take a strike to achieve it either, just acontroversial equal pay claim by a female employee… Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Delayed property industry networking app launches

first_imgHome » News » Delayed property industry networking app launches previous nextProptechDelayed property industry networking app launchesCosting £25 a month, the Eighth Door app claims to offer members access to a wide range of other professionals within the industry both in the UK and elsewhere.Nigel Lewis29th May 20200751 Views The Eighth Door, a new networking app for the global property industry aims to connect professionals and help take the place of face-to-face events.Due to launch at the end of last year, it has been delayed for testing and while extra services such as video calling were added.However, its founder reckons that its launch now is particularly timely with all networking events cancelled.Founder Andre Mansoori-Dara (above) explains: “We are a very sociable industry, with business made by meeting contacts at events and trade shows, which are sadly now non-existent for the foreseeable future. This is where the app can help, as we still need to connect in these strange and difficult times.”In development for 18 months, the app allows members to contact and conduct business directly.Aimed at like-minded professionals including architects, sales agents, building firms and sales and marketing agencies, members can search or be contacted by an individual, company, location, category or sector that matches their chosen criteria. Members can then send a request to call or meet them.He adds: “The Eighth Door can help you reach professionals, who now find themselves working from home with more time on their hands. These contacts, which may have not had the time to connect in the past, due to heavy workloads and being in back-to-back meetings, will now be open to new opportunities.”Members need to register via the website or download the app for free. Membership is £25 a agent networking property network app Eighth Door Club Andre Mansoori-Dara May 29, 2020Nigel 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

Benson leads as Jets take flight

first_imgFacing each other to close out the regular season, the (2-8) Bears and the (4-7) Jets had one last chance to prep for their JCC of Bayonne Jr. Division Indoor Flag Football playoff bout. Taking to the air, the Jets took an 8-0 lead as Christian Benson snared a 30 yard TD grab followed by a two point catch by Jack Kruchkowski. Trying to keep pace, the Bears’ David Matos hauled in a long TD toss making it 8-6, Jets. Kicking into high gear, the Jets quickly built a 22-6 advantage as Kruchkowski reeled in a goal to goal TD strike followed by Aviv Talmor’s 10 yard TD dash and a two point catch. With their passing attack bottled up, the Bears turned to their ground game as Matos sprinted wire to wire for a TD making it 22-16, Jets. Boasting a solid running game of their own, the Jets pounded the court for two rushing TDs as Toni Rivada and Christian Benson each raced to paydirt while Talmor’s two point grab put the Jets up 36-12. Down by a heap, the Bears countered with a pair of 20 yard TD runs by David Matos and Amir Asouti to cut the Jets’ lead to 36-24. With the pesky Bears once again nipping at their heels, the Jets put the “pedal to the metal” as two TDs by Christian Benson and a TD pass to Kruchkowski exploded the Jets’ lead to 54-24. Staring at a 30 point deficit with just three minutes remaining, the Bears used short tosses to Mariam Rasslan and Louai Asouti to work the ball into the “redzone.” With time running out, the Bears hit their mark as David Matos notched a TD and two point grab but the Jets would prevail for a 54-32 victory.last_img read more

In Short

first_imgBig supply dealDistribution company JJ Food Service has struck a multi-million pound deal, which will see it supply ambient, chilled and frozen products to Cooks the Bakery stores across the UK. The open-ended contract, worth £4m per year, covers 72 Cooks stores, previously supplied by 3663.Muntons’ investmentMuntons Malted Ingredients has invested £180,000 in its liquid extract packing area. The improvements are designed to help the firm maintain and improve its product quality, overall food safety and ensure shelf-life requirements are met.Cargill’s first deliveryCargill Cocoa & Chocolate has just taken delivery of its first sustainable cocoa beans, produced from UTZ-certified farming co-operatives. As the crop harvest continues into next year, Cargill has said the use of beans from these certified sources will be extended to the entire product portfolio.Apprenticeship driveEngineering firms across England are being urged to show their commitment to apprenticeships by displaying a new apprenticeship employer’s ’badge’ on their websites or stationery. Over 80% of people are more likely to use a firm if it offers apprenticeships to young people, according to The National Apprenticeship Service.SSP’s hospital focusMarks & Spencer franchise partner SSP UK is negotiating to open Simply Food stores in hospitals. Up to 20 could be opened over the next five years.Egg campaign’Time for Eggs’ is the theme of British Lion Eggs’ £1m marketing campaign for 2010. This will reinforce the health, cost, convenience and culinary benefits of eggs. with high-profile campaigns targeting consumers, health professionals and a range of opinion-formers.last_img read more

Members of Lettuce, The Motet, & More To Lead Excursions With Fans At Fool’s Paradise

first_imgThe second annual Fool’s Paradise is set to bring the heat to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on March 31 & April 1, with genre-bending music from Lettuce x2, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (with Jeff Chimenti), The Floozies, The Motet, Manic Science (a special set with Manic Focus & Break Science) The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, and Oteil Burbridge & Antwaun Stanley as artists-at-large.Part of what makes Fool’s Paradise so unique is the one-on-one time fans get with their favorite musicians. The event itself is intimate, from the one-stage parameter to the nearby after parties – but there are also opportunities to have even more time with your favorite artists outside of the festival ground. Before the gates open on Saturday afternoon, Fool’s Paradise will offer three artist-led excursions for those in town for a full experience in St. Augustine, FL.The Shady Horns DJ Set At Sea: Kick back, relax and soak up the sun with The Shady Horns on the Schooner Freedom Charters! Join the jokesters as they DJ their favorite tunes on a two-hour nautical adventure at sea. Bring a pair of binoculars and look for dolphins, turtles, and birds, or take the helm for an unforgettable sailing experience. Beer and wine will be provided, though you can always bring more. The ship boards at 12PM ET. Space is limited, so sign up right HERE.Putt-Putt With Jesus, Antwaun, & Lyle: The Fiesta Falls Mini Golf Course is elaborately planted with Florida greens, ocean views, and waterfalls. Putt putt around a sunken pirate ship with Jesus Coomes (Lettuce), Antwaun Stanley (Vulfpeck), and Lyle Divinsky (The Motet) while you make the most of your Florida vacation. Everything is provided, including ice cream at the end! Putt-putt will start at 1PM ET. You can sign up NOW.Ping Pong Tournament with Deitch & Shmeeans: It’s no secret that Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science) and Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce) like to engage in competitive ping pong from time to time. If you think you have what it takes to go one-on-one, sign up TODAY for the chance to beat the pros and win various prizes! This event will be held at the Elk’s Lodge starting at 1PM ET. All proceeds will go to The Water Collective.With so much to choose from, St. Augustine will be crawling with adventurous opportunities. The oldest city in the United States and fabled home to the Fountain of Youth, St. Augustine’s unique scenery and historical presence sets the city apart from any other in the country. With over 42 miles of beaches, incredible restaurants and bars, jetskiing, kayaking, fort tours, parasailing, and its own distillery, attendees will have plenty to explore. See you there!last_img read more

LCD Soundsystem Debuts Three New Songs At Brooklyn Steel Opening

first_imgLast night, LCD Soundsystem played the opening night at NYC’s newest venue Brooklyn Steel. The evening also marked the first of five nights at the Bowery Presents establishment. With A+ sound and quality sight-lines, the venue proved itself to be well worth the wait. LCD properly used the opportunity to perform a mix of old-school favorites, like “Us vs. Them,” “Daft Punk,” “I Can Change,” “Someone Great,”and of course, “New York I Love You,” and even debuted a couple of new tunes.Before the show, the band sincerely asked their fans to refrain from videoing old songs, because they “already made a whole movie out of those,” and to please not film the new songs, calling it a “gutpunch to all the people who have been working insanely hard for the last 18 months to release this music in the way [they] want to release it.” Gloriously, last night was the debut of three new songs, “Tonight,” “Call Police,” and “American Dream” which they premiered during the first encore of the night. It was the perfect way for fans to experience the new tunes, which they’d been craving for seven years since the band’s 2010 This Is Happening. Frontman James Murphy announced that they are “almost done” with the new LP, making the first live performance even more exciting.The band returned for a second encore with “Dance Yrself Clean” and “All My Friends,” two house favorites that of course left the room buzzing with energy.The band is expected to play a similar setlist the upcoming four nights, so we won’t spoil the surprises until after the five-night residency is complete. All we can say is, you’ll thank us later.Setlist: LCD Soundsystem | Brooklyn Steel | New York City | 4/6/17Us vs. Them, Daft Punk, I Can Change, Get Innocuous, You Wanted A Hit, Tribulations, Movement, Yeah, Someone Great, Home, New York I Love YouE: Tonight, Call Police, American DreamE2: Dance Yrself Clean, All My Friends [photo via @deadheady]last_img read more

Administration works to fulfill campaign goals

first_imgThirty-two pages. That was the length of the campaign platform that Pat McCormick and Brett Rocheleau outlined during the spring student body elections. The document, titled “Hope in Action,” detailed major promises for the team to fulfill when they stepped into their positions in April, but they insisted their platform was feasible. Since April, McCormick and Rocheleau have accomplished only some of their goals, while others remain abstract. Playing 4 Peace The first and most ambitious goal in the duo’s platform was to “make Notre Dame the premier forum for nationally-recognized events uniting athletes, entertainers and policy-makers of behalf of social justice.” This semester, McCormick’s administration has continued and developed its Playing 4 Peace movement that combines Notre Dame athletics with peace efforts in Sudan. “The athletics department as a result of Playing 4 Peace has also invested … professional staff support into Playing 4 Peace, which was originally just a project between two athletic teams, student government and social concerns through [the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies],” McCormick said. The fledgling project now hosts regular events, like a soccer tournament earlier this fall, that are well attended by both students and local community members. However, McCormick’s campaign touted his plans for a large charity concert in Notre Dame Stadium, which has been relatively unspoken of this semester. McCormick still promised the concert is in the works in student government. “While there is still work to be done, I am very excited about what is going to happen in January and February of this year,” McCormick said. Fighting for quarter dogs Another major item on the McCormick-Rocheleau platform was their plan to expand student government’s capacity to work with constituent services. “It must also be the case that we not only deliver on issues of a more routine nature, but that we do so even more passionately,” McCormick said. “I think substantively what that looks like is that on midnight of transition, quarter dogs were restored.” McCormick and Rocheleau did this by the newly created Department of Constituent Services, chaired by sophomore Heather Eaton. The new department extended the previous administration’s tradition of “Whine Week” into “Whine Wednesdays,” and Eaton collected student opinion via surveys and an online suggestion box. McCormick and Rocheleau visit Hall Councils in different dorms each week as well. “We’ve been trying to update dorm by dorm on the progress we’re trying to make in building a new student government this year,” McCormick said. Rocheleau said he feels these conversations with students and the work in Constituent Services connects to the complaints students have each day. “It becomes rewarding when I feel like it actually makes a difference, and I enjoy seeing the difference it can make,” Rocheleau said. Concrete progress — quarter dogs and Puppy Days, for example — have come out of this administration and its constituent services projects so far. Taxi reform Student safety both on and off campus was another priority for this administration, and McCormick said he has tried to develop the strong relationships the previous administration built with local officials and law enforcement. “The relationship has been continued to be developed and deepened,” McCormick said. “For the first time, the Safety Summit took place right here on campus on Irish Green.” The Safety Summit in August was hosted at the Robinson Community Learning Center in South Bend in the past. Student met with local police and leaders to talk about how to live safely in South Bend. Outside of engaging with local law enforcement, McCormick said his administration contributed to city taxi reforms that will protect students in the future. “These were cases where sometimes student safety was being jeopardized, cases where students were being gauged in terms of their prices,” McCormick said. “What we ended up being able to come up with is something that ultimately emphasizes now a predictable cost structure and accountability on the part of the taxi companies that students know their rights.” However, the city of South Bend compiled these reforms long before McCormick’s administration began and McCormick’s role was primarily to support the project. Additionally, students have little input in the reforms themselves. Unaddressed issues Highlighted in the 32-page platform is also the promise to “enable students to customize our curriculum.” The University’s curriculum has been a non-issue in the administration’s major projects thus far, and it lies dormant with several other details in the “Hope in Action” blueprint. The administration’s final promise in its campaign was its most vague — to “amplify student voices in charting a course for the Notre Dame project.” The promise to “amplify student voices” has seen some concrete results as the administration tries to include the student body in larger conversations. McCormick and many sustainability clubs on campus participated in conversations surrounding the University’s recent comprehensive sustainability strategy. However, these conversations began in the Office of Sustainability in 2008, and McCormick’s involvement only began this summer when the plan was in its final stages. Overall, it is commendable that McCormick and Rocheleau set a high bar for their administration and have made strides toward achieving even the most ambitious goals. However, the student body has yet to see the monumental vision that the duo campaigned on come to fruition. Next, the administration should target its energy into a few actionable projects to leave its legacy on the student body.last_img read more

Triple C initiative inspires outdoor activity

first_imgLocal youths have a new opportunity to engage in the outdoors through Triple C, an initiative founded by Victoria Lam, a Notre Dame Ph.D. student in biology. Triple C – which stands for camping, climbing and cameras – is a “501(c)3 backed program that takes a three-pronged approach to connecting youth to the outdoors,” according to the organization’s Facebook page. The initiative brings together the Notre Dame Climbing Club, the Robinson Community Learning Center and La Casa de Amistad to provide local youths with photography lessons and outings, a stream ecology trip to Juday Creek and a rock climbing trip to Grand Ledge, Mich. Lam said she was inspired to start the initiative by Lisa Coleman-Puhvel, co-director and chief instructor of Yo! Basecamp, an organization that teaches rock climbing to youths in California. “I learned that [Coleman-Puhvel] has a wonderful program … serving children from the Tenderloin, an inner-city neighborhood in my hometown of San Francisco,” Lam said. “I found the work of her organization to be incredibly inspiring and felt that engagement in the outdoors would be a wonderful way too reach out to our community here in South Bend.” Lam said that 15 children from sixth grade to high school are enrolled in Triple C. She works alongside 12 Notre Dame undergraduates who serve as mentors to the kids throughout the program, five graduate students who volunteer on select days of the program, 56 graduate participants in rock climbing training and four graduate and Ph.D. students who serve as instructors in photography and ecology. “I submitted two grant proposals: one [to the Merrell Pack Project] through Outdoor Nation, a non-profit dedicated to reconnecting millennials with the outdoors … and the other to [Notre Dame] Grad Life [grants program],” Lam said. “Ultimately, we were generously granted funding by ND Grad Life and Merrell Pack Project and were able to provide all the equipment and gear, transportation and digital cameras for the kids to use for the program.” Triple C was chosen for funding from among 200 grant proposals submitted to Outdoor Nation for being part of the “top five that were most innovative, impactful and sustainable projects focusing on increasing outdoor recreation while also creating significant relationships with the environment,” Lam said. Lam, who is studying blood stem cell development and maintenance, said Triple C doesn’t tie in directly with her academic interests, but having served as the Philanthropy Chair for the Biology Graduate Student Organization, she has experience with community involvement programs. Lam said students should be inventive when pursuing their own community involvement initiatives. “In general, I would encourage everyone inspired to start their own initiative to just go out and do it,” Lam said. “There are many grant opportunities available and all you need is an idea you are passionate about and some good friends to help make it happen.” For more information on Triple C, check out Contact Nicole McAlee at [email protected]last_img read more

The Physical Therapy Practice Personalized PT Debuts A New Website

first_imgPersonalized PT debuts a comprehensive new website designed to inform the community about physical therapy techniques, injury prevention, and performance enhancement at work or is external) went live this week as part of ongoing effort by Personalized PT (of Stowe and Morrisville) to inform, engage, and enlighten their patients and the community on preventing injuries& and the benefits of manual physical therapy if one should occur.Stowe and Morrisville, VT November 17, 2005 Personalized PTServing the Stowe and Morrisville communities since 2001 treating orthopedic injuries with manual therapy techniques, Personalized PT launches a new website: is external). The site offers a comprehensive overview of the therapy techniques used by the Personalized PT therapists, a fun and informative clickable man which discusses various joints, possible injuries, and how to prevent them. The site also offers a Body Links section that provides information and programs for performance enhancement and injury prevention in the work place as well as for various sports.The site is designed to give the public a better understanding of the role of proper posture and body mechanics in their overall health, and the role of physical therapy in restoring and maintaining that gives us an opportunity to reach out to those in the community who may not have attended one of our clinics by helping them understand how we provide quality care. Our relationship with our patients is one of a working partnership& this is a step toward delivering the information a patient needs online at any time. The site even allows a new patient to download our initial interview questionnaire so they can arrive at their first appointment fully prepared which gives us even more time to work directly with them. Keith Geissler, MPTWith the proliferation of online guides to health, Personalized PTs website is designed to be a reliable source of information for the local community.Visitors to the site are invited to contact Personalized PT with their questions, or to schedule appointments.Corporate SummaryKeith Geissler, MPT opened Personalized PT in 2001 to provide quality orthopedic care to the Stowe and Morrisville communities. The therapists at Personalized PT specialize in manual therapy, including the practice of myofascial release, muscle energy techniques, and positional release therapies in a private and supportive setting.Contact InformationKeith Geissler, MPT; Personalized PT, PC;802.253.6852 or 802.888.5230P O Box 1485, Morrisville, VT [email protected](link sends e-mail) is external)last_img read more

Lowell wind power opponents protest at GMP headquarters

first_imgGreen Mountain Power Corp,More than a hundred opponents of a proposed wind farm staged a rally on the lawn of Green Mountain Power’s headquarters Wednesday afternoon, hoping the utility would abandon plans to build 21 turbines on Lowell Mountain. Bearing signs and chanting ‘Solar, not wind,’ the group was at GMP to deliver a letter addressed to president and CEO Mary Powell and signed by 120 opponents of the plan.‘The desecration of the Lowell Mountains that will result if the Lowell project moves forward is, to us, irreversible and unacceptable,’ the letter stated. ‘Our efforts to resist this project will not fade if this project moves forward.’The group had also stopped in Montpelier Wednesday morning to hold another rally and to deliver a similar letter to Governor Peter Shumlin. Seventy of the protesters traveled in two buses from Craftsbury and Albany; another busload carried members of Bread and Puppet Theater who came in costumes representing the wind, the sun, and the bears whose habitats they said would be destroyed.‘We are opposed to the destruction of the ridgeline,’ said Robbin Clark, a Lowell resident who attended three weeks of hearings on the project. ‘Solar power is much more favorable and doesn’t have the impact wind does on water and wildlife.’Under the proposal known as Kingdom Community Wind, GMP plans to install 21 turbines on Lowell Mountain. The company says it will generate 63 megawatts of power ‘ enough electricity for 24,000 homes. Last Friday the project received five environmental permits from the state Agency of Natural Resources.‘Wind energy will have minimal effect on our carbon emissions,’ said Steve Wright of Craftsbury, a leading opponent of the proposed wind development. ‘Some 96 percent of Vermont’s carbon emissions come from driving our cars and burning oil for heat. We should not be looking to wind as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. What we should do is reducing our driving and heating oil.’Wright said he believed Vermont should take some responsibility for its energy production, but said the focus should be on solar, not wind. He said subsidies should be expanded so solar panels are more affordable for lower-income consumers. And he disagreed that employers, especially large manufacturers that consume a lot of power, would benefit from wind.‘Manufacturers like Green Mountain Coffee Roasters can’t depend on wind energy, anyway,’ Wright said. ‘They need a steady, reliable source. There is no storage system for wind ‘ either the electrons flow or they don’t.’Lowell held a vote on the project on Town Meeting Day in March 2010, and 75 percent of voters were in favor of it.Green Mountain Power says the project still needs final approval from the PSB, but it is moving forward.‘We know there’s a group of people opposed to the project, but the majority of Vermonters want wind,’ GMP spokeswoman Dotty Schnure said. ‘They had participated in the hearings before the Public Service Board and presented their case, but the regulators determined the project is in the public good.’Story and photos by Kate Duffy. Photos: Robbin Clark of Lowell rallies against a proposed wind farm.Members of Bread and Puppet Theater dress as the wildlife they say would be dislocated by the turbinesSteve Wright reads a letter to GMP CEO Mary Powell signed by 120 opponentsProtester carries sign: “These mountains belong to you and me”last_img read more