Donors to get their paws on ZSL London Zoo

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis ZSL London Zoo is offering donors the chance to make their mark on the zoo with their new ‘pawprint trail’ around its £3.3 million tiger exhibit, due to open in 2013.As part of its Tiger SOS campaign, the zoo will offer 150 paw prints to acknowledge donations of £400 or more to the zoo’s Tiger SOS campaign. Donors will see their name marked permanently on a plaque in this flagship exhibit.The zoo is inviting donors to acquire a PawPrint as a gift, a way to remember a loved one, or simply a legacy of a family visit to the zoo.ZSL London Zoo’s Zoological Director, David Field said: “The Tiger SOS PawPrints will allow us to highlight the generous donations to this crucial campaign with a truly unique legacy in the Zoo. Sumatran tigers are critically endangered, and here at ZSL London Zoo we have the expertise and the passion to change this – we just need the funds.” Donors to get their paws on ZSL London Zoo  33 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: donor Individual giving About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 19 September 2011 | Newslast_img read more

Allahabad HC To Conduct Both Physical & Virtual Hearings From Monday, July 27 [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesAllahabad HC To Conduct Both Physical & Virtual Hearings From Monday, July 27 [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK24 July 2020 4:17 AMShare This – xThe Allahabad High Court has intimated that it will resume hearing of matters both, via physical hearing as well as through video conference, starting from Monday, July 27. The decision comes days after the High Court decided to hold hearings through Video Conference only, with effect from July 22. “From 27th of July 2020, there shall be physical hearing of matters as well…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Allahabad High Court has intimated that it will resume hearing of matters both, via physical hearing as well as through video conference, starting from Monday, July 27. The decision comes days after the High Court decided to hold hearings through Video Conference only, with effect from July 22. “From 27th of July 2020, there shall be physical hearing of matters as well as hearing through Video Conferencing. Physical as well as e-filing of matters shall also be permitted from 27th of July 2020, onwards. The detailed modalities for functioning of the Courts shall be notified under a separate notification,” an administrative order issued by Chief Justice Govind Mathur on July 23 states. This is in supersession of order dated July 19 where the decision to halt physical functioning was taken in view of gravity of the situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is noteworthy that on July 22, the Hony. Secretary as well as the President of the High Court Bar Association had addressed separate letters to the Chief Justice, highlighting the plight of Advocates due to “chaotic” VC facility and “impractical” system of e-filing. They had pointed out that the “VC Cubicles” set up by the High Court to enable those Advocates to appear before the High Court who do not have internet access or other technological infrastructure, was disorderly. Presently, the High Court has arranged 29 VC Cubicles. Those, who wish to avail the option of VC facility, may place a request at the following link: Click Here To Download Order Read Order Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Head to head

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Thisweek Stuart Priday, HR director at Odeon Cinema, and Lynn Jack, HR director atBlockbuster Europe, compare notes on their careers in the film and entertainmentbusiness1 What are your main responsibilities? SP To deliver HR solutions that meet Odeon’s objectives and promotebest practice at over 100 locations across the UK. LJ Providing HR support to both the UK and European markets andcovering the whole spectrum of HR functions. We look after all aspects fromreward and recognition to training and recruitment. We’re a one-stop shop forhuman resources within the organisation. 2 What’s the pay like? SP Reasonable LJ Pretty favourable 3 How flexible are the hours? SP Very flexible. Essentially it is down to me to manage my time andresources effectively in order to get the job done. I can’t be accused offlouting the working time regulations! LJ There’s a lot of flexibility in the way I work. Our core openinghours are 11am to 11pm, seven days a week, so I have to be responsive to thatand play fair. 4 What do you like about the job? SP I work with a fantastic bunch of people and never cease to beenthused by the passion and commitment of Odeon employees at every level. LJ I love the look on people’s faces when they are really recognisedfor what they do and fulfil their potential. I also enjoy it when actions aretaken at a high level in the company because of suggestions or ideas from staffon the shopfloor. 5 What are the challenges? SP Consolidating two businesses following the sale of Odeon by theRank group last year and the subsequent merger of Odeon and ABC cinemas. Whileboth companies were essentially in the business of exhibiting films, thecultures were hugely different. LJ Identifying the needs of every single employee in the company allof the time. You have to keep your eye on the business to keep a broad strategywithout losing touch with what’s going on inside your own company. 6 What is your biggest headache? SP The continued increase of regulation. LJ Being a perfectionist! It’s difficult to manage my own impatience.7 What size is your team? SP There are eight of us, we have a very flat structure and I guessyou would say we are a bunch of generalists. The majority of our resources aredeployed in the field where I believe we can have the most influence over the deliveryof best practice. LJ We have an HR team of 20 people. 8 Who do you report to? SP Richard Segal, chief executive. LJ Alex Sparks, managing director, and Chris Wyatt, the internationalexecutive president. 9 What qualifications do you have? SP City & Guilds in Hotel and Catering. LJ Post graduate diploma in HR and CIPD qualified. 10 What are your career aspirations? SP I enjoy what I do and don’t give it much thought. Maybe one day Iwill fulfil a dream to own and manage my own hotel. LJ To build a legacy of HR at Blockbuster. In the future I’d alsolove to live in Canada one day, but still work for an international company. 11 What training and development opportunities are there? SP Adapting in an atmosphere of rapid change brings with it constantdevelopment opportunities, so much so it is now becoming the routine. LJ We have lots of training for different levels, so when someone newjoins they learn and develop in a very structured way which is also linked topay. I’m really proud of our induction system which is very comprehensive. 12 What is your holiday entitlement? SP 25 days LJ 25 days 13 What is your working environment like? SP Challenging and fun. LJ It’s a high-energy environment and also very informal. 14 What other benefits do you get? SP All the normal stuff, plus the odd invite to film premieres at theOdeon Leicester Square and the occasional after-show party, if I’m lucky. LJ A company car, health care and insurance, a pension and, best ofall, free video rental! 15 What’s the best part? SP The variety and the people I work with. LJ Getting out and being with the people in the stores. Stuart PridayDirector of HR, Odeon CinemasJob at a glanceSize of team: 8  Qualifications: City & Guilds in Hotel & CateringLeave: 25 daysBest part: The variety and the peopleCurriculum Vitae 1999 HR director Odeon Cinemas1998 Resourcing and development manager, Rank Entertainment1996 Training and development manager, Grosvenor Casinos1994 HR manager, Forte Heritage Hotels1992 District personnel manager, Forte Posthouse HotelsLynn JackHR director, Blockbuster EuropeJob at a glanceSize of team: 20 Qualifications: Post graduate diploma in HR and CIPD qualifiedLeave: 25 daysBest part: Getting out and being with the people in the storesCurriculum Vitae 2000 HR director, Blockbuster Europe1995 Head of leadership and development, The Body Shop1985 Variety of HR roles, Lloyds TSB Related posts:No related photos. Head to headOn 13 Nov 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

HBOS Retail looks to HR to tackle absence cases

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. TheHR department at Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) Retail has shown that in morethan two-thirds of absence cases, doctors need not be involved.Afterreappraising the root problems of absence, HBOS Retail found that in 70 percent of cases, absence was due to non-medical problems and could be tackled byHR.Lastmonth, research by Personnel Today and Doctor magazine found that 80 per centof doctors do not want to write sicknotes, while 77 per cent admit to issuingsicknotes too easily.Undera new ‘management by cause’ approach, HBOS Retail now recommends that staff goto HR first, rather than their GP, to see if it can resolve the underlyingcauses of their problems.Thecompany measured ab-sence in 15 designated project areas, containing 6,000workers, against non-project areas, and found a 35 per cent drop inabsenteeism, as well as annual savings of £800,000 and 21,000 days inproductivity.Toprepare HR staff, HBOS Retail gave training on the wider issues of absence andoffered best practice models, and put this in context with HR’s role insupporting managers.MaryMcFadzean, organisational health manager, Retail HR at HBOS, said employersoften feel their hands are tied because absence is related to health issues,when a large majority is actually linked to the organisational culture.”HRneeds to be brave enough to dig beneath the surface and find out what’s reallywrong,” she said. “For example, stress is a symptom of a problem, notthe problem itself.”McFadzeannow hopes the project will be rolled out to all 60,000 employees at HBOS.ByMichael Millar HBOS Retail looks to HR to tackle absence casesOn 11 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Repossession levels plummet

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Repossession levels plummet previous nextHousing MarketRepossession levels plummetThe rate of repossessions has dropped by more than a quarter to the lowest level for nine years.PROPERTYdrum20th February 20150576 Views The number of homes repossessed by lenders last year fell to their lowest level since 2006.The latest data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) shows that the number of repossessions fell to 21,000 in 2014 – 26 per cent fewer than the 28,900 in 2013. At 0.19 per cent, the repossession rate was also lower in 2014 than at any time since 2006.Out of the 21,000 repossessions, 16,100 were on owner-occupied properties, and 4,900 were on buy-to-let properties. The improvement in the rate of repossession was attributed to falling unemployment levels and continuing low interest rates. Low inflation and delays in raising interest rates are continuing to fuel a mortgage price war, with various mortgage providers slashing their borrowing rates to some of the lowest levels they have ever offered.A glance at the Bank of England’s latest quoted interest rates shows that have begun the year with a strong appetite for growth, and newcomers are going head-to-head with established names to launch attractive new deals.“Rising competition is pushing pricing to new lows, and it means consumers can choose from record-breaking fixed rate deals regardless of whether they have a 5, 10 or 25 per cent deposit,” said Brian Murphy (left), Head of Lending at Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB).“There has also been a seismic shift in the average two year variable rate at 75 per cent loan-to-value, which has fallen by 112 basis points over the last year to 1.64 per cent, a price cut of more than 40 per cent,” he added.Murphy believes that the next six months are shaping up to be “the best-ever window to secure a low interest rate” if you are looking to buy or remortgage.Today’s prices have never been bettered in modern times and given that a base rate rise is inevitable at some point, it is unlikely they will be surpassed in the years ahead,” Murphy concluded.Despite record-low borrowing rates, borrowers are being urged to consider their options carefully in order to avoid falling into financial difficulty once interest rates do start to rise.CML Director General Paul Smee (right) commented, “No-one should be lulled into a false sense of security that the current low interest rates we are experiencing will last forever, though. Rules are in place to ensure lenders assess future affordability, but these are not a substitute for careful borrowing.”The CML is urging homeowners to plan ahead for a hike in rates.Smee added, “It’s essential for borrowers themselves to have one eye on the future. Think through any borrowing taken on now to ensure it will still be affordable if and when rates rise.”mortgage_price_war repossession low interest rates February 20, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’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 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicensed rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more

Governor Echoes Need For Workforce Development

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare By Adrianna PitrelliTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS — More than a million people in Indiana alone have unfinished high school and college diplomas, an issue Gov. Eric Holcomb is tackling head on.“We have 350,000 Hoosiers who are 18-to-64 years old who don’t have a high school diploma,” Holcomb said. “Prime working age Hoosiers who don’t have the skills for not just tomorrow, but today.”Another 712,000 Hoosiers started college but didn’t finish.The issue of Hoosiers with an unfinished education led Holcomb to focus on workforce development as he sat down with Tom Bevan, co-founder and publisher of Real Clear Politics. The conversation took place Wednesday at a luncheon at the Columbia Club titled “How Indiana Wins with Software.”Holcomb again touted the Next Level Jobs Initiative. The state in August launched the Next Level Jobs website to help Hoosiers become qualified for high-demand jobs by receiving more education.“The state of Indiana will pay for it,” Holcomb said of the program. “We will get you to Ivy Tech or Vincennes and we will help you get a job.”Since the program rolled out, 213,000 Hoosiers have visited the website. However, there are still 92,000 unfilled jobs.“I’ve been surprised, positively so, by the number of folks that are going to the website,” Holcomb said. “This is an all hands on deck effort.”Holcomb said he and the administration continue to work with employers and educators each day to find ways to raise awareness of the unfilled jobs and find ways to fill them.Developing a skilled and ready workforce is one of Holcomb’s five goals for 2018 that were announced earlier in the month. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce and leaders from both parties also share workforce development as one of their main objectives.Another one of his goals, which was also brought up at Wednesday’s conversation, is attacking the drug epidemic — an issue which Holcomb said also affects the workforce.“The drug epidemic has morphed into a business crisis, truly,” Holcomb said. “It is a personal individual and family crisis which means it will become a community crisis.”The issue has arisen because opioids were overprescribed. Holcomb said he would like to see doctors not prescribe more than a week’s worth of opiates at a time. States like Kentucky and New Jersey have already implemented programs limiting the number of opioids that can be prescribed.“We have to do more for prevention,” Holcomb said. “There are enough pills for every adult in America to have them for a month. There are too many pills out there available.”To attack the drug epidemic, Holcomb plans to strengthen enforcement, expand recovery options and make it easier for Hoosiers to locate and access treatment.“All the money in the world will not solve this problem,” Holcomb said. “This has to do with partnerships and collaborations.”FOOTNOTE: Adrianna Pitrelli is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. November 29, 2017last_img read more

Posluszny brothers propel Comets to victory

first_imgGetting things started for the 2017 season, the Rockets and Comets took to the court in a JCC of Bayonne Sr. Division Indoor Soccer bout. Storming out of the gate, the Comets took a 3-0 lead as Damian Posluszny quickly hit the “Hat Trick” mark with three goals as Kasper Hooks (2) and Joyce Gabreal (1) notched assists. Dusting off after a slow start, the Rockets’ offense perked up as Raul Cortinas assisted Matteo Capurso on a scoring gem to make it 3-1, Comets. Frozen at 3-1 for over ten minutes, the Rockets tried to gain some ground as Aaliyana Cifuentes, Christopher Caballero and Jason Herbert unleashed shots on net but goal tender Sebastian Posluszny and his defensive troops led by Jacob Kowal and Khaled Rasslan helped the Comets hold the high ground. With the clock becoming a huge factor, the Rockets rolled the dice and poured all their resources into the offensive zone with Ezekiel Lupainez and Anthony Baez joining the charge. Weathering the barrage, the Comets took advantage as Sebastian Posluszny sailed a long pass to Kyle O’Hara who drilled in the game clinching goal for a 4-1 Comets’ win.last_img read more

Sitting Down with Mayor Gillian

first_imgRecently, the OCNJDaily had the pleasure of sitting down with Mayor Jay Gillian to discuss his campaign to seek his third consecutive term as the Mayor of Ocean City. As a lifelong resident of Ocean City and a highly regarded member of the business community, Jay shared his thoughts and reflected upon the upcoming election.After 8 years, some people wonder why you still want to continue on as Mayor….what drives you to want to continue? I want to see through what I started. So much of the infrastructure needs to be finalized including the complete rebuilding of our road and drainage systems, continued protection of our beach, dredging of our back bay waterways and maintenance of all our city resources. It’s important to me to make sure all of this gets done and done right. It’s a job that I want to complete fully and I feel it’s my responsibility to the taxpayers. Since becoming Mayor, are there any aspects of the job that you have learned to handle differently over time? All of the decisions I have made over time were based on the information that I had available to me at that time. I am diligent in trying to assess a situation and gain all of the information I can to make the right decision. But working in the public sector with a sea of regulations, bidding requirements and other red tape has been a true learning experience. Having been at this for some time now, I feel that level of experience is invaluable to the City. What would you describe as your most difficult time as Mayor? Hurricane Sandy. It was a very challenging time for everyone in Ocean City. I am really proud of how resilient our entire community was and how quickly the city was able to get things moving forward with the cleanup, the rebuilding and, most of all, the return of displaced Housing Authority residents to their homes. It was an event like no other in my life and something that I think all of us hope we don’t need to endure again, but we are certainly well-prepared if we do find ourselves in that situation again.  In 8 years as Mayor, what would you say are some of the accomplishments you are most proud of?I look at the harmony we have within City Council and throughout the entire community. We work together to get things done and our goals are to spend less time arguing and more time accomplishing things. There are a lot of things that I am proud of including the development of the Community Center, the resurfacing of the boardwalk, the beach replenishment, the new turf field at the High School. We have put together a great union contract for labor and the school system has thrived. We’ve taken on a historic capital improvement plan while maintaining responsible budgets. About JayA lifetime of service to the communityMayor, 2010 – 2018Ocean City Library Board of Trustees, 2010 – 2018Ocean City Board of Education, 2002 – 2010, Served as PresidentShore Memorial Hospital / Shore Medical Center Board of Directors, Served as ChairmanFirst Night Ocean City, Board of DirectorsMiss New Jersey Pageant, Board of DirectorsFirst Tee of Greater Atlantic City, Board of DirectorsNew Jersey Amusement Association, Board of Directors, PresidentOcean City Historical Museum, Board of DirectorsOcean City Boardwalk Merchants Association, Past PresidentOcean City Business and Neighborhood Development, Inc., Board of Directors, Past PresidentAWARDS:2009 Exchange Club Book of Golden Deeds2008 Bailey Award for Community Service1999 Ocean City Citizen of the Yearlast_img read more

New South Park Features A Hilarious Hillbilly Send-Up Of Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” [Watch]

first_imgWhile there may be a lot of things wrong with the world we live in today, the new season of South Park just started last night, so thats at least one recent event that we can mark in the “win” column. Known for their bitingly clever satire and absurdist sense of humor, the show has frequently riffed on popular music and artists, from gay fish Kanye West, to the “mysterious” true identity of Lorde, to crunchy “Hippie Jam Fest 2005” headliners Phish.Last night, the show kicked off its 21st (?!) season, and while the kids are still somehow in elementary school decades later, their humor hasn’t lost step with the art of topical humor. In the episode, the main “joke” is that, in order to increase jobs, tasks for which we’ve gotten used to relying on electronics are replaced by actual human laborers. Perpeturally-spoiled and bratty character Eric Cartman learns of this “advancement” when his precious voice-activated “Alexa” device disappears and his mom informs him that she has replaced it with a “Jim Bob.”Watch Kendrick Lamar Perform Fiery Medley Of “HUMBLE.” & “DNA.” At The Video Music Awards“Jim Bob,” it turns out, is a fat redneck wielding a bunch of cell phones and other devices to “replicate” the functions of “Alexa.” As part of demonstrating the abilities of the “Jim Bob,” responds to a command to “Play Kendrick Lamar” with a hilarious twangy southern country reinterpretation of his recent smash hit, “HUMBLE.”You can watch the hillbilly “HUMBLE.” below, via Hulu:For comparison, in case you have been living under a rock since April, here’s the original version of Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” for comparison:New episodes of South Park air Wednesday nights on Comedy Central.Kendrick Lamar completed a full-blown national arena tour this summer behind his critically and commercially successful LP, DAMN., and recently won 6 awards at the MTV Video Music Awards, where he performed a medley of two DAMN. tracks complete with flaming ninjas and more pyrotechnic brilliance. The rapper has no tour dates or projects currently announced, but with his recent success, it’s hard to imagine that being the case for too long.[h/t – Pitchfork]last_img read more

Transition author Tope Folarin wins 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing

first_imgPrevious winners are Leila Aboulela (2000), Helon Habila (2001), Binyavanga Wainaina (2002), Yvonne Owuor (2003), Brian Chikwava (2004), Segun Afolabi (2005), Mary Watson (2006), Monica Arac de Nyeko (2007), Henrietta Rose-Innes (2008), EC Osondu (2009), Olufemi Terry (2010), NoViolet Bulawayo (2011) and Rotimi Babatunde (2012). Nigeria’s Tope Folarin has won the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing, described as Africa’s leading literary award, for his short story entitled ‘Miracle’ from Transition, Issue 109 (Bloomington, 2012). Transition is a publication of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University. Read Full Storycenter_img The chair of judges, Gus Casely-Hayford, announced Folarin as the winner of the £10,000 prize at a dinner held on July 8 at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.‘Miracle’ is a story set in Texas in an evangelical Nigerian church where the congregation has gathered to witness the healing powers of a blind pastor-prophet. Religion and the gullibility of those caught in the deceit that sometimes comes with faith rise to the surface as a young boy volunteers to be healed and begins to believe in miracles.Gus Casely-Hayford praised the story, saying: “Tope Folarin’s ‘Miracle’ is another superb Caine Prize winner – a delightful and beautifully paced narrative, that is exquisitely observed and utterly compelling”.Folarin is the recipient of writing fellowships from the Institute for Policy Studies and Callaloo, and he serves on the board of the Hurston/Wright Foundation. Folarin was educated at Morehouse College, and the University of Oxford, where he earned two master’s degrees as a Rhodes Scholar. He lives and works in Washington, D.C.last_img read more