Previous Article Next Article This week’s guruFeisty mayor gives hacks the bird It is said that you should never work with children or animals. Guru has hadnumerous management seminars interrupted by little tykes, and can only agree.The kindergarten-speaking circuit just isn’t what it used to be. However, two stories prove that Dr Doolittle may have been on to something.Take, for example, the mayor of Ecuador’s biggest city, who has hired a parrotto speak on his behalf when he is asked ‘undesirable questions’. Jaime Nebot, mayor of Guayaquil, wheeled out the parrot to speak tojournalists. “Here is the parrot that will be in charge to answer all theundesirable questions that I have no time to answer,” he said. “Somepeople only approach me with nonsense talk, so the parrot will answer back inthe same way.” And would your staff show the dedication and coherence of the animals in thecharge of llama farmer, Graham Bailey? He fell in a rabbit hole on his farmnear Kettering, Northants, and was stranded for two hours before the emergencyservices were called. His four loyal llamas leapt to his aid and formed a cordon to prevent anyfurther harm coming to him. Unfortunately, Milo, Bertie, Horatio and Felix,refused to let the ambulance crews anywhere near him. Sleeping partner may be out on ear John D Bellenie, personnel manager at the State Bank of India (UK), admittedwhat many of us know to be true by e-mailing Guru about a survey regarding whatUK workers do when faced with a boring meeting: Dear Guru, I was alarmed at the lack of honesty among those responding to the ACTsurvey, particularly as we all know that personnel is renowned for its honesty!I can only assume that none of the respondents were from the function. Nowhere does it mention a percentage of those who take a nap. Perhaps Iam the only one who attends afternoon meetings, arranged by others to impressattendees with how brilliantly they are performing and to give them theopportunity to blame others for the fact they are not. My personal record todate is sleeping through 50 per cent of a meeting. Guru hopes that by printing this letter, Mr Bellenie’s meeting problems willbe over; as it is unlikely he will be invited to any more meetings (apart,per-haps, from the one to explain the details of a P45 to him). Love in the fast lane for hospital workers A Norwegian hospital is hoping to lift employees’ spirits by providingfacilities for a bit of R&R next to the A&E. St Olav’s Hospital in Trondheim has opened ‘kiss and drive’ lanes so staffcan say goodbye to loved ones without blocking ambulances. Managers hope thatproviding a place for a kiss goodbye will stop traffic impeding the kiss oflife in the emergency entrance. The special lanes on both sides of the road have pink hearts painted on thepavement and will serve the needs of the hospital’s 5,500 staff. “A kiss is a good way to start the day,” states a brochure thaturges staff not to “get in the way” while they are doing it. E-mail is the key to most office friction Alienating people at work is something Guru knows a little bit about.Whether it is refusing to let Guru smoke cigars at his desk or complaints aboutGuru’s hammock between the yucca plants, some people really know how to rubGuru up the wrong way. Just in time, recruitment consultancy Office Angels has released a study onhow not to alienate people at work. The top five pet hates are listed below: – 85 per cent hate being e-mailed by people who sit three feet away – 75 per cent are frustrated by people who listen to voicemails onspeakerphone – 71 per cent are irritated by colleagues who swear at their computer – 68 per cent are annoyed by people’s choice of radio station – 60 per cent are frustrated by colleagues who don’t share tea-makingduties. You have been warned. Comments are closed. GuruOn 4 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.
Campbells has launched a campaign to teach more people to become extraordinary estate agents across the Midlands. Plans include new showrooms and ‘show windows’ across the Midlands.Campbells’ Hybrid Estate Agency model mixes the values of traditional estate agents with the more modern techniques of online estate agents.‘Today’s customers who are moving, whether they are a seller, a buyer, a landlord or a tenant would still prefer to have their hand held, so to speak, through the challenges of moving. We are not a budget agent or online model where you are often paying a cheap fee where generally you have to do a lot of the work yourself. Clients who have already tried these methods have now realised the value and benefit of using a properly trained agent,” said Paul Campbell.Existing successful Associates are already operating in Daventry, Clifton upon Dunsmore, Crick, Weedon Bec, Braunston, Brackley and Bugbrooke.midlands campaign Campbells extraordinary agents 2017-01-05The Negotiator Related articles Laptops donated by Hunters in memory of murdered York estate agent28th April 2021 Your Move parent group posts extraordinary profits surge28th April 2021 TPFG boss: Why we’ve joined rival LSL’s mortgage network27th April 2021What’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. Home » News » Agencies & People » Campbells seeks ‘extraordinary agents’ Campbells seeks ‘extraordinary agents’5th January 20170520 Views
The companies both supply UK airlines and airports with support services, including the de-icing of aircraft engines and wings; ground handling (including baggage, ramp, passenger and airside cargo handling); and the cleaning and maintenance of aircraft interiors.Following its initial (phase 1) investigation, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has identified competition concerns regarding de-icing services at Edinburgh, Glasgow and London Heathrow airports, and ground handling services at London Gatwick and Manchester airports.The merger of Menzies and Airline Services, which are close competitors at these airports, could lead to less choice for the airlines operating there, potentially leading to higher prices and lower quality service.Menzies has until 14 August to offer acceptable solutions to address the CMA’s concerns; otherwise the merger will be referred for an in-depth phase 2 investigation.More information can be found on the Menzies/Airline Services case page.
Richard Levins, John Rock Professor of Population Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, died January 19, 2016 at 85. He was known throughout his lengthy career for his ability to make connections between seemingly disparate topics such as biology and political theory. An ex-tropical farmer turned ecologist, biomathematician, and philosopher of science, Levins described the subject matter he focused on as “looking at the whole.”Colleagues and former students organized a symposium last May to mark Levins’ 85th birthday and honor a career that included 40 years at Harvard Chan School. Read tributes to Levins on the symposium’s website.In the early 1990s, Levins and others formed the Harvard Working Group on New and Resurgent Diseases. Their work showed that alarming new infections had sprung from changes in the environment, either natural or caused by humans.His research had the goal of making the obscure obvious by finding ways to visualize complex phenomena. Recent work examined the variability of health outcomes as an indicator of vulnerability to multiple non-specific stressors in human communities.Levins was a member of the Board of Directors of OXFAM-America and former chair of their subcommittee on Latin America and the Caribbean. Working from a critique of the industrial-commercial pathway of development, he promoted alternative development pathways that emphasized economic viability with equity, ecological and social sustainability, and empowerment of the dispossessed. As part of the New World Agriculture and Ecology Group, he helped to develop modern agroecology, concentrating on whole-system approaches to gentle pest management. Read Full Story
Growing up in the mostly white city of Lethbridge in southern Alberta, Canada, Julian SpearChief-Morris often felt out of place.With an African-American father from Los Angeles and a Canadian mother from the Blood reserve, one of the four indigenous nations that make up the Blackfoot Confederacy, SpearChief-Morris found it hard to feel completely at home either at the reserve or in the city where he was raised.“It was pretty difficult, especially in high school, because there weren’t many people who looked like me, or came from a background like mine,” he recalled. “I often felt I didn’t fit in.”But after graduating from a local college and coming to Harvard Law School (HLS), with its diverse student body, SpearChief-Morris felt right at home. And when he was admitted to the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, one of the three honor societies at the School, he found a family. It’s a place that SpearChief-Morris has made his own.In his last year at the School, SpearChief-Morris has left a mark in the storied history of the organization, which was founded in 1913 to provide legal services to low-income clients in the Boston area.He is the first indigenous student to lead the bureau.Like the Harvard Law Review and the Board of Student Advisers, the bureau is a highly selective organization that has featured among its members former first lady Michelle Obama, J.D. ’88, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick ’78, J.D. ’82, and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch ’81, J.D. ’84, all of whom represented low-income clients before the courts.A Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rule allows student attorneys to work under the supervision of clinical instructors. As a student attorney with the bureau, SpearChief-Morris has taken on a home-removal case, child-support disputes, custody matters, and eviction proceedings.As the bureau’s president, SpearChief-Morris worked to build bridges with other student organizations on campus. Esme Caramello ’94, J.D.’ 99, the bureau’s faculty director and clinical professor of law, praised him.“Julian is brilliant, organized, and mission-driven,” Caramello said in an email. “Because of his personal experience, his relationships with other indigenous leaders and people, and his own careful study and reflection, he brings an important sensitivity to the way that historic injustices manifest in modern legal problems. He also helps us see our clients and our mission in ways that are more complex and that transcend whatever might be in the headlines at any particular time.”His leadership is a source of pride for indigenous students at Harvard, said Leilani Doktor, co-president of the Native American Law Students Association. SpearChief-Morris was co-president of the association last year, and during his term made unique contributions, said Doktor. “He spearheaded initiatives to collaborate with other student organizations, build community for native students, and infuse public service into our everyday lives,” she said.For SpearChief-Morris, being at the helm of the bureau is both a privilege and a responsibility. His stint there, he said, is a continuation of the work he did as a guidance counselor in his hometown’s school district, where he advised indigenous students. He finds similarities between populations mired in poverty and marginalization.“Marginalized individuals have a lot of in common, regardless of where they are,” said SpearChief-Morris. “We serve low-income individuals in Boston, and the majority are people of color. In the Blood reserve, which is my family’s reserve, unfortunately there are a lot of poverty issues. I see a lot of parallels between what happens there and what we see in Boston.”Dealing with indigenous students at home slightly younger than he was as they endeavored to earn high school diplomas or equivalency degrees, find jobs, or apply to colleges helped steer SpearChief-Morris’ life in a new direction. It was that experience that drove him to apply to law school, in hopes of deepening his understanding of the roots of social inequality.“The kids I was helping were 16, 17 years old, and some were 19, 20 years old, and they were working hard to better themselves, but oftentimes they were stuck,” said SpearChief-Morris, who graduated from the University of Lethbridge with an urban and regional studies degree in 2013.“Working with them showed me that there were deep-seated issues that I didn’t know how to address at the time,” he said, “and it also underlined the fact that I didn’t have all the tools to make the impact I wanted to make.”After more than two years at HLS, SpearChief-Morris said he has learned how the law can level the playing field for everyone and the role it plays in strengthening communities.“The law is one piece of the puzzle to build strong communities,” he said. “My goal was to be better prepared to change the things that I wanted to change.”After he graduates in May, SpearChief-Morris plans to work at a law firm in Washington, D.C., as part of the Native American Practice Group. But his long-term plan is to go back to southern Alberta to keep working to improve the living conditions of aboriginal communities.“I don’t want to be a practicing attorney for the rest of my life,” he said, “I may start an organization or work in the government, but wherever I end up, I plan to work to strengthen my community.”
VEDA APPROVES $8.3 MILLION IN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT FINANCINGMontpelier, VT (June 30) – The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has approved $8.3 million in business development financing to support commercial, agricultural and small business projects throughout Vermont. The approved projects total $22.8 million.”We are pleased to help leverage a significant amount of private financing through the Authority’s investment in these business development and expansion projects,” said VEDA’s Chief Executive Officer Jo Bradley.Among the projects approved for financing are:Hawkeye International, Ltd., North Hyde Park – Hawkeye International, Ltd., North Hyde Park – Financing of $328,629 was approved to support the plans of an established California manufacturer to expand operations into Vermont. Hawkeye International, manufacturers of pressure-sensitive tape and composite products used by the aerospace, defense, recreational and housing industries, will construct a 9,600 square foot manufacturing facility on property the company owns in North Hyde Park Industrial Park. Hawkeye will maintain a warehouse in southern California, but will move all manufacturing and processing to Vermont, allowing the company to expand its global operations. Within three years of the $855,000 project, the company expects to create eight new jobs at the North Hyde Park facility.Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation (FCIDC), St. Albans – FCIDC was approved for $700,000 in VEDA financing related to the purchase of 93 acres adjacent to the St. Albans Town Industrial Park. The existing industrial park is completely filled, and the now-permitted additional acreage is expected to help FCIDC provide for business expansion at the park for the next fifteen to twenty years.Springfield Printing Corporation, North Springfield – Final approval was given for issuance of a $2,240,000 tax-exempt industrial revenue bond to support a major equipment upgrade at a long-established printing facility. The $2,365,000 project will support Springfield Printing Corporations purchase of a 6-color sheet-fed printing press, expanding the printing capabilities of the company. People’s Capital and Leasing Corporation has committed to purchasing the tax-exempt bond. Located in the North Springfield Industrial Park, Springfield Printing Corporation has been a family-owned operation since it was purchased in 1967. The company serves clients throughout the Northeast, including museums, colleges and universities, and high-end retailers.Bolton Valley Resort, Bolton – Mountain Operations Development, LLC will invest in capital improvements at Bolton Valley Resort with the help of $400,000 in VEDA-approved financing. Bolton Valley Resort owners will spend $1.1 million to purchase and install a variety of new snowmaking equipment and piping, pave the Timberline parking lot, make lodge improvements, lease a new snow groomer, and make a variety of other capital equipment purchases. Within three years of the investment, Bolton owners foresee increasing employment at the resort from 37 to 52 jobs.VEDA also agreed to insure a portion of a Chittenden Trust working capital line of credit for Global Resource Options, Inc., a White River Junction distributer and installer of photovoltaic electric panels. And, the Authority approved almost $2 million in financing for five commercial real estate development projects totaling $5.9 million, with $941,000 of the financing approved through VEDA’s Vermont 504 Loan Program.In addition, close to $1.5 million in farm ownership and operating loans were approved through the Authority’s agricultural financing program, the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation, and $249,100 was approved for two drinking water system improvement projects through the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund.VEDA’s mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises. Since its inception in 1974, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling over $1.3 billion. For more information about VEDA, visit www.veda.org(link is external) or call 802-828-5627.- end –
The virus pandemic had scuttled plans for scheduled repairs in China.Japanese health authorities are testing the rest of its crew.Those who test positive with slight symptoms or who are asymptomatic will stay aboard for monitoring, while those in serious condition will be taken to medical institutions, Nakamura said, with those testing negative sent to home nations.Suga told a separate news conference that Japan’s health ministry is cooperating with the Italian government and had sent specialists and cluster infection experts to the ship. “There are a lot of infections on board, and we don’t have the medical system to confirm the health situation and to separate,” those who test positive and negative, he added.”We’ll also need a system for transporting patients. It’s difficult for the prefecture to carry out decontamination work so I want to seek the country’s support.”Nakamura had requested support through Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, he said.Only crew were on the Costa Atlantica, operated by Costa Cruises SpA, when the ship was taken into a shipyard in Nagasaki city in late February by Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a unit of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Authorities in Japan’s western prefecture of Nagasaki have confirmed 33 coronavirus infections on an Italian cruise ship docked for repairs, they said on Wednesday, appealing for help from the central government to tackle the incident.Tests proved positive for 33 of the 56 close shipboard contacts of a single one of the vessel’s 623 crew whose infection had been confirmed on Tuesday, they added.Nagasaki’s governor, Hodo Nakamura, told a news conference the central government, the prefecture and Nagasaki city all needed to do their part to quickly resolve the situation. Topics :
Investors responded favourably to a new type of environment-linked bond as Italian energy giant Enel became the first corporate to issue a euro-denominated bond with a coupon linked to sustainability objectives.The bond, which was split into three tranches, was sized at €2.5bn and was four times oversubscribed with orders totalling around €10bn, the electricity company reported last week. It said there was “significant participation” by socially responsible investors. The bonds feature a coupon that is linked to two of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A step-up clause means that if Enel fails to meet the stated target for the given tranche, investors receive 0.25% extra interest. The SDGs the bond links to are goal number seven (affordable and clean energy) and 13 (climate action). This is the same as for the dollar-denominated version of the new “general purpose SDG-linked bond” that Enel issued in September — the first of its kind. Enel, which has already issued three green bonds for a total outstanding amount of €3.5bn, last month said this new financing instrument was better suited to its business than green bonds, which were useful for firms with a segregated sustainable business they wanted to develop.“For those companies like Enel, instead, where the strategy and business model are clearly sustainable, we strongly believe that innovative general corporate purpose financing products which create financial incentives for the company to fulfill its sustainable business model are the best way to progress the evolution of sustainable capital markets,” the company said.‘An important evolution’Joshua Kendall, senior ESG analyst at Insight Investment — which invested in Enel’s SDG-linked euro issue — said his firm gave Enel’s bond a green rating under its scorecard, a model it developed for evaluating what the asset manager calls impact bond issuance.“We recognise the importance of aligning business sustainability strategy with financing and this bond helps Enel to achieve it,” he said.Even though there was no single project directly targeted by this bond, unlike conventional green bonds, Kendall said the way it had been structured, with coupon steps, meant it would gradually help shift Enel over time to a more sustainable business.“We therefore regard it as an important evolution in the market,” he said.In Denmark, academics pension fund MP Pension was positive about the new debt format when asked about it by IPE. Pernille Jessen, head of fixed income at the pension fund’s subsidiary MP Investment Management, said MP Pension has earmarked part of its portfolio to focus on climate-linked opportunities including green bonds.“It is fundamentally positive and also warranted that issuers like Enel are making an effort to be innovative in order to enhance this agenda”Pernille Jessen, head of fixed income at MP Investment Management“With the amount of financing needed in the endeavour of achieving the SDGs — and the diversity of investors on the global scene — I think it is fundamentally positive and also warranted that issuers like Enel are making an effort to be innovative in order to enhance this agenda,” she said.She said the size of the step-up in Enel’s SDG bond coupon was noticeable, but not very material.“It does, however, point to the accountability of the issuer when setting long-term targets,” she added. “A potential financial penalty that would reallocate funds from equity investors to bond investors may prove to be an effective tool to ensure focus is sustained.”She continued: “While the step-up feature might not be the silver-bullet for promoting the SDG agenda in bond investing, it marks a trend of increased mainstreaming of incorporating SDGs into business plans while acknowledging that bond investors believe it matters,” she said.APG anchors dollar predecessorDutch pension manager APG was an anchor investor in the first deal, investing in the dollar-denominated bonds on behalf of its pension fund clients ABP, bpfBOUW and SPW, and receiving its full $50m (€45m) allocation despite that issue being three times oversubscribed.APG said that over the previous year, its credit team had worked with parties involved on structuring the transaction, and that Enel hoped the bond concept would catch on in the market and encourage other corporate issuance.“In the future, Enel hopes more of its bonds will contain these types of SDG commitments, perhaps also related to other SDGs,” APG said.“This way, Enel signals to the investment community that they are a sustainable company and serious about their commitment to advancing the UN SDGs,” it said.The targets that are integrated into Enel’s new bond issue are: for installed renewable generation capacity to exceed 55% of the total consolidated installed capacity by the end of 2021; and for its greenhouse gas emissions to be equal to or less than 125g of carbon dioxide per kWh by 2030.
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As a professional of over 14 years, Defoe knows a lot can change in football in 12 months. This time last season Defoe was on top of the world. The striker had scored twice for England in three appearances and he had nailed down a first-team place at Spurs, where he found the net three times in his opening four matches. The fact that Defoe cut short his summer holidays to spend two weeks in France with fitness guru Tiberius Darau only heightens his disappointment at not playing regularly. “It’s frustrating when you have worked really hard in pre-season,” he said. “A boxer trains for eight weeks before a fight and then on fight night he wants to be ready and perform, but he actually wants take part. “I went away, worked hard and made sure I was fit. I felt sharp and stronger than ever so it’s difficult when you are in and out of the team.” Gareth Bale’s annoyance at the slow pace of transfer negotiations with Real Madrid led him to skip training last month. But with this being his ninth season at Spurs, Defoe’s love for the club means he will not let his frustration get the better of him. “It’s important for me to stay cool and keep focused,” Defoe added. “When players go mad they take their eye off the ball and it’s difficult to come back from that because when you are angry you can’t perform. “There have been times when I have been angry and you are in training and you don’t feel great, but at the same time it’s important for me to keep sharp because if someone gets injured then you are in, so you have to be ready.” The fact that Defoe still has a chart up in the gym that tracks his climb up the Spurs’ top scorers’ list – he is now sixth – suggests his love for the club still remains strong. Another topic close to his heart is the Jermain Defoe Foundation, which he set up in the summer. The foundation is aiming to raise money to build a new children’s home in St Lucia, where his mother Sandra is from. St Lucia was devastated by Hurricane Tomas in 2010, which claimed the lives of 14 people on the Caribbean island. “That was the spark that made me decide I wanted to set up the foundation,” Defoe said. “It’s my second home there. All the kids had their education taken away from them and they are still suffering. Hopefully we can raise some money and change their lives.” Jermain Defoe admits his chances of going to the World Cup will be hampered if he continues to be denied first-team football at Tottenham. Now the picture is quite different. The 30-year-old is yet to start a Barclays Premier League game and he did not feature against Moldova and Ukraine despite the absences of Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Andy Carroll. Defoe is desperate to make the cut for what would be his last World Cup, but the Tottenham forward knows his chances of making the plane to Rio – should England qualify – are not being helped by his lack of first-team action. “It’s important for me to play this year,” the striker told Press Association Sport at a fundraising gala dinner for the Jermain Defoe Foundation. “I want to play games because it’s a World Cup year. “Having gone to a World Cup, it’s something you want to experience again as a player. “It’s the best thing ever, representing the country when the whole world is watching, so I understand the importance of actually playing in a World Cup year.” Roberto Soldado has repaid a chunk of his £26million transfer fee by scoring four goals in his first five games since moving from Valencia. Consequently, Defoe’s Premier League game time this term consists of seven minutes at Crystal Palace, nine against Swansea and a 21-minute cameo in the north London derby. Press Association