Brad James Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTORONTO (TSN.CA)-Per an official report from Canadian sports network TSN, Wasatch Academy’s Tyrese Samuel has been chosen to compete in the 4th annual Biosteel All Canadian High School basketball game.This game is open to the top 24 male athletes (born 1999 or later) who are either Canadian nationals (Canadian-born) or enrolled in a Canadian institution.Samuel, a native of La Salle, Quebec, is 6’8″ and ranging from 210-215 pounds per various reports, and reportedly has interest in continuing his basketball career at Syracuse, because he’s always tried to pattern his game after former Orange star Carmelo Anthony.In 18 games for the Tigers this season, Samuel averaged 12 points and 3.61 rebounds per game as Wasatch Academy went 24-2 on the season.The game is slated for Monday April 9 and will be broadcast on TSN (Canada’s version of ESPN). Tags: Canadian All-Star Game/TSN/Tyrese Samuel/Wasatch Academy April 3, 2018 /Sports News – Local Wasatch Academy Star To Compete in Canadian All-Star Game
It’s official – after several days of speculation, Countrywide CEO Alison Platt has resigned from the company and will stand down from the board.Until a successor is found Executive Chairman Peter Long is to run the company.He is believed to have been instrumental in challenging the company’s strategic direction of recent, and a key figure in persuading Alison Platt to go.Clearly talking to the City, Peter says that although some parts of the company have been performing well, its core sales and lettings business has “lost focus” and that “a key priority will be to implement changes that will enable this area to start delivering once again,”.Profitable growth“Working together with this experienced executive team I feel confident we can return the business to profitable growth.“We have a strong and successful business in Financial Services, B2B and Commercial led by an experienced and committed management team.”There is speculation that Paul Creffield (pictured, left), who has been Managing Director of its Commercial Development team and joined the company in 2006, may be in the running to be the next CEO.During his time at Countrywide he has led most of its divisions and before joining the company worked at Rightmove and the Nationwide Building Society.He has been made Group Operations Director and will now also run Countrywide’s key Sales and Lettings Division.On leaving, Alison penned a rueful goodbye to the company she has lead since 2014, saying: “I have worked hard, within a difficult market, to structure a fragmented business into one set for success.“I believe those actions will serve Countrywide well in the future. However, the time is now right for me to step aside. I look forward to seeing the business build back and return to growth.”City commentsCity analyst Jefferies International was this morning upbeat about the prospects for Countryside, despite the recent share price slide.“We appreciate that to some the common or garden sales and lettings sector often looks rather old hat compared to some of the colourful hybrid agents, however, in our view, agency remains a people business,” it says.“Countrywide, with hindsight, tried to modernise too quickly and in its desire to stay relevant in a fast-changing market, probably took the business backwards not forward.“The intention of change was to create value and we should not be overly critical of management teams trying new ways of creating value. The key is that lessons have been learned and we believe today marks the first step of a new journey.”Peter Long Paul Creffield Alison Platt Countrywide Countrywide CEO January 24, 2018Nigel 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Countrywide CEO Alison Platt quits after sales and lettings ‘lose focus’ previous nextAgencies & PeopleCountrywide CEO Alison Platt quits after sales and lettings ‘lose focus’No mention made by company of plummeting share price, but City worries over sliding profits likely to have persuaded CEO to go.Nigel Lewis24th January 201803,996 Views
View post tag: Naval Industry news View post tag: maintenance View post tag: shipyard View post tag: Colonna View post tag: Monsoon View post tag: contract Colonna’s Shipyard Receives USS Monsoon Maintenance Contract Share this article View post tag: USS Colonna’s Shipyard Inc., a full service ship repair facility located in the Port of Norfolk, Virginia, is being awarded a $17.9 million fixed-price contract by US Navy for a dry-docking phased maintenance availability on the USS Monsoon (PC 4) for the accomplishment of miscellaneous structural, electrical and mechanical repairs, including dry-docking.This contract contains options, which if exercised, would bring the contract value to $18.6 million.Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., and is expected to be completed by February 2014.This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website with two offers received, Naval Ship Support Activity, being the contracting activity.Colonna’s lifts over 225 vessels a year on average and is one of the leading propulsion conversion yards on the East Coast.USS Monsoon is the fourth CYCLONE – class patrol coastal boat. From November 2001 on, the CYCLONE – class ships were temporarily operated under US Coast Guard control for homeland defense. On October 8, 2004, the Monsoon was decommissioned and officially transferred to the US Coast Guard where she was recommissioned as USCGC Monsoon (WPC 4). Transfered back to the Navy and recommissioned as USS Monsoon on August 22, 2008, the Monsoon is presently homeported in Little Creek, Va.General Characteristics:Builder: Bollinger Machine Shop & Shipyard, Lockport, LouisianaPropulsion system:4 Paxman dieselsPropellers: fourLength: 170 feet (51.8 meters)Beam: 25 feet (7.6 meters)Draft: 7.5 feet (2.3 meters)Displacement: approx. 331 tonsSpeed: 35 knotsArmament: 2 25mm Mk-38 machine guns; 2 .50 cal machine guns;2 Mk-19 automatic grenade launchers; 6 stinger missilesCrew: 4 officers, 24 enlisted and 8 Special Forces personnel[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 13, 2013 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: receives February 13, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today Colonna’s Shipyard Receives USS Monsoon Maintenance Contract View post tag: Navy
The Ocean City Beach Patrol will continue to guard the following beaches after Labor Day:· St. Charles Place· Brighton Place· 8th Street· 9th Street· 10th Street· 11th Street· 12th Street· 34th Street· 58th StreetLifeguards will be on duty from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekends and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. The Beach Patrol strongly urges bathers to swim only at guarded beaches. If you have any questions, please call 609-525-9200. First Aid Stations are located at 1st Street, 12th Street, 34th Street and 59th Street lifeguard headquarters. For all emergencies, call 9-1-1. Lifeguards will remain on duty at a number of beaches after Labor Day.
Baking pink birthday cakes modelled on My Little Pony is not what usually springs to mind when thinking of pastimes of adult, male prisoners. Yet this does not seem to faze prisoners at Lindholme’s category C, medium security prison, which also holds prisoners serving life sentences.Nearly three years ago, the £1.5 million fully functional bakery was built in response to a skills shortage in the Yorkshire and Humberside area, which was jointly funded by the Prison Service and Yorkshire Forward, the regional development agency. Since its launch, Fosters Bakery, Greggs, Jackson’s and Warburtons have taken an interest in supporting learners and some have employed ex-prisoners. Located approximately 10 miles north of Doncaster, the prison is now able to train 30 prisoners in the bakery at a time. The total number of qualifications gained by prisoners at the bakery so far is approximately 800 NVQ Units.high standards”I’m very impressed with what the men can do after such a short period of training,” says Tony Watts, bakery manager. “One of the men got married the other day, so we sought permission for his cell mate to make his wedding cake. You really would be shocked at the standard achieved in such a short period of time. It was stunning.”The men start to dabble in bakery and realise they actually enjoy it. When they find they are good at something, sometimes for the first time in their lives, it motivates them to do well. Many of the men have had a very bad start in life and have left school with no qualifications, so the kick I get from the job is actually seeing the men start to learn and enjoy the learning process. I’ve seen grown men cry when they’ve been handed their qualification. Imagine that, suddenly, for the first time in your life, you have a qualification that says you’re good at something. It can be quite emotional.”vocational trainingThe bakery teaching staff are employed by City College Manchester, which holds the education contract at the prison. The prison offers a variety of vocational training, matched to identified skill shortages and developed through engaging with employers and offering qualifications which meet their needs. The prison aims to develop personal responsibility, encourage the prisoners’ interests and skills and improve their chances of finding a job on release, to help prevent re-offending.According to Home Office research, 90% of prisoners face unemployment on release and 60% of those re-convicted are unemployed. Research also suggests that employment reduces the risk of re-offending by between a third and a half.”Working in the bakery here makes me want to get out of bed in the morning,” says prisoner Chris, who has an NVQ qualification at Levels 1 and 2 in Bakery, and Levels 1 and 2 in Food and Drink Manufacturing Operations. Chris worked in a bakery for six months after leaving school when he was 15. He says: “The bakery is great; it is an escape from prison routine.”Another prisoner at Lindholme, Andrew, who has the same qualifications as Chris, has also completed a course in sugarpaste work at Level 1 in cake decorating and has an OCR – Oxford, Cambridge and Royal Society of Arts – for preparation in life and work, which includes subjects such as health and safety. Andrew has also achieved a diploma in Information Communication Technology while at the prison. “This time last year, I had no qualifications. Now I have 25 certificates,” says Andrew. “When I am released, I definitely want to use my baking skills. I love it in our bakery. Of course, I have good days and bad days, but I gave it a go and have not looked back since. Maybe I will try a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science when I get out. I’ve had enough of wasting my life. I’m doing something about it.”The bakery products made by prisoners go to the kitchen as part of the daily diet. The only bakery products bought in are snacks and biscuits. There are currently 930 prisoners. The bakery makes 4,000 bread buns a day, 240 demi-baguettes, 200 large white loaves, 100 brown loaves and about 1,200 items of confectionery and pastries including Danish and croissants. The bakery makes cookies and muffins for training purposes and the ingredients are supplied by Bako and the flour by Rank Hovis. “We train men as realistically as possible, so they know what to expect on the outside,” says Watts. “To name some of our equipment, we have Tagliavini ovens, Star planetary mixers and Effedue spiral mixers. We teach things such as Continental breads, sourdoughs, baguettes, pitta breads, croissants and ethnic breads, such as naans. One of the lessons they most enjoy is making croissants. At the moment I have two Portuguese prisoners who have had bakery experience at home and one actually leads a group in the production of croissants.”In March 2005, the partnership behind the bakery received the Leeds ’Big Difference Award’ aimed at public sector organisations for making a ’big difference’ to people’s lives. “We didn’t even realise that we had been nominated,” adds Watts. “To give you an idea of the project, Leeds United was taking young kids off the street to give them football training. We were given the award for our training with prisoners and were very proud to win it so soon after opening the bakery .”Watts was also awarded the Butler Trust Certificate, which recognised the exceptionally dedicated and creative work with prisoners.”I want the baking world to know that we exist, because we hope to have more support in finding employment for these men. Yes, they have committed crimes. But when they leave, they have served their sentence and want to re-enter society. I wish there were more employers out there prepared to give them an opportunity and a chance to prove themselves. Our doors are open for anyone in the industry to visit and see the work produced. I would love bakers to visit, so I can show them what our men can do.” n
www.pain-delice.com Polarbröd, which translates as Polar Bread, is a Swedish company that produces bread from within an area of the same name in the Arctic Circle. Distributed by Pain Delice, the bread is promoted on healthy credentials, but the company said it does not compromise on taste.The round flat bread has a soft texture, is naturally sweet tasting and features a high rye and fibre content, said the firm. The range is made using recipes handed down from traditional people from a place called Nordkalotten – the last wilderness area in the northern part of Scandinavia – and contains no bleached flour, additives or preservatives.Polarbröd can be used to make wraps, sandwiches or pizza bases for example, and stays fresh for seven days from defrosting.
Despite a major drop in the number of top companies with all-male boards, many are still refusing to move with the times – and some of the worst explanations firms have made for not having women among their top employees have been revealed today (Thursday 31 May).Outrageous explanations for not appointing more women include suggestions they are not able to understand the ‘extremely complex’ issues FTSE boards deal with and the idea women do not want the ‘hassle or pressure’ of sitting on a top board.The explanations, which come from a range of FTSE 350 Chairs and CEOs, were heard by the team behind the government-backed Hampton-Alexander Review, which has challenged all FTSE 350 companies to make sure at least a third of their board members and leadership are women by 2020.The explanations include: ‘I don’t think women fit comfortably into the board environment’ ‘There aren’t that many women with the right credentials and depth of experience to sit on the board – the issues covered are extremely complex’ ‘Most women don’t want the hassle or pressure of sitting on a board’ ‘Shareholders just aren’t interested in the make-up of the board, so why should we be?’ ‘My other board colleagues wouldn’t want to appoint a woman on our board’ ‘All the ‘good’ women have already been snapped up’ ‘We have one woman already on the board, so we are done – it is someone else’s turn’ ‘There aren’t any vacancies at the moment – if there were I would think about appointing a woman’ ‘We need to build the pipeline from the bottom – there just aren’t enough senior women in this sector’ ‘I can’t just appoint a woman because I want to’ Chair of the Hampton-Alexander Review Sir Philip Hampton said: As a major investor in the UK we see diversity as a key business issue. LGIM has been active in the diversity debate since 2011, and has been voting against all male boards since 2015. Boards made up of just men, from the same socioeconomic backgrounds, cannot be the optimal forum for challenging debates. Although we have seen good progress at non-executive level there is still much more to do on the senior leadership pipeline. Therefore we continue to encourage companies to tap into the whole talent pool. The number of women on boards has more than doubled in the FTSE 350 since 2011 according to the most recent statistics (November 2017). In that time, the number of all-male FTSE 350 company boards also fell from 152 to 10.But Business Minister Andrew Griffiths said such appalling explanations as those released today proved companies have more work to do.He said: Around a third of FTSE 350 companies still have very few women either on their boards or in senior leadership roles. We used to hear these excuses regularly a few years ago, thankfully much less so now. However, leaders expressing warm words of support but actually doing very little to appoint women into top jobs – or quietly blocking progress – are really not much better. These explanations have been published ahead of the announcement of the latest figures for the number of women on FTSE 350 boards on 27 June, which will mark the halfway point of the independent Hampton-Alexander Review which launched in November 2016.Many companies reporting their gender pay gap earlier this year explained to the Hampton-Alexander Review team that the pay gap was due to insufficient women in senior roles, and/or a predominance of women in lower paid work. Ensuring women are selected in more equal numbers for senior roles, significantly reduces the pay gap.Chief Executive of Business in the Community Amanda Mackenzie said: These shocking and pathetic excuses for not appointing women to FTSE company boards highlight the necessity to keep driving home the message that women must be in senior roles. However, with the number of women on boards doubling in the FTSE 350 since 2011, there has been solid progress. The UK government will continue to build on this as a key part of our modern and diverse nation. It’s shocking that some businesses think these pitiful and patronising excuses are acceptable reasons to keep women from the top jobs. Our most successful companies are those that champion diversity. Thankfully, there has been great progress in recent years and through our modern Industrial Strategy and the Hampton-Alexander Review we are determined that everyone has an equal opportunity to reach the top. shocking explanations for not having more women on top company boards include ‘they don’t fit in’, ‘they don’t want the hassle’ and ‘all the good ones have already gone’ evidence has shown that bridging the gender pay gap could add £150 billion to the UK economy by 2025 and tackling the gender pay gap is part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy the Hampton-Alexander Review, which reaches halfway mark in June calls for bosses to ensure that one-third of FTSE leadership positions are occupied by women by 2020 number of all-male FTSE 350 company boards fell from 152 in 2011 to 10 in 2017 As you read this list of excuses you might think it’s 1918 not 2018. It reads like a script from a comedy parody but it’s true. Surely we can now tackle this once and for all. Maybe those that give credence to these excuses are the ones that are not up to sitting on boards and should move over: we are in the 21st century after all. However, we have plenty of reasons to be optimistic; the combination of gender pay gap reporting and the increased focus on equality and diversity in general by responsible businesses means there are more women on boards than ever before. While we still have a long way to go, with the collaboration between government, employers and their employees (both men and women), we could see true equality in our lifetime. Director of Corporate Governance, Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) Sacha Sadan said: UK government Minister Lord Duncan said: According to research by McKinsey bridging the gender pay gap could add £150 billion to the UK economy by 2025 and it could translate into 840,000 additional female employees.Under new laws introduced in April 2017, more than 8,100 private and voluntary sector companies reported their gender pay gaps by the 4 April deadline this year. All companies with more than 250 employees are required to report their gender pay gaps.Tackling the gender pay gap is a key part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy, through which the government aims to help businesses create better, higher-paying jobs while boosting people’s earning power and ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to progress in the workplace.
National Cupcake Week sponsor Orchard Valley Foods was named as a company to watch as part of the Sunday Times annual Fast Track 100 supplement.The table ranks Britain’s fastest-growing private companies by sales over the past three years, while the ‘Ones to Watch’ section highlights 10 companies who are bubbling under the main list, but showing potential to reach the top 100 in the future.The confections and ingredients supplier was established in 2004, and has current sales of around £12m.Mike Forrester, managing director, Orchard Valley, said: “We are currently expanding our staff base across all our administration areas to support our growth, at the same time finalising plans to develop the site in Tenbury providing additional warehousing, offices and new product development kitchens.“The directors follow a clear strategy towards business growth, working in markets we know well in the UK and across Europe. We make our decisions carefully and quickly and have a flexible, well-skilled team, who bring our plans to fruition.”Of the 10 companies chosen as ones to watch, a national winner is then selected from these by a judging panel and receives a special award at the Fast Track 100 national conference and awards dinner in May.
The 42nd season of Austin City Limits has been putting its best foot forward. With Paul Simon, Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, Alabama Shakes, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Los Lobos, and so many more performing already, this weekend’s episode kept the stride strong.Folk rockers My Morning Jacket and Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals both performed on the newest episode over the weekend. MMJ dove into “Wonderful (The Way I Feel)”, “Victory Dance”, and “Believe (Nobody Knows)”, while Ben Harper led his newly reunited band through “Steal My Kisses”, “Shine”, “When Sex Was Dirty”, “Goodbye To You”, and “Where Could I Go”.You can watch the full episode below:[H/T JamBase]
A 30-point, nine-rebound effort by co-captain Jeremy Lin ’10 may not have been enough to help the Harvard men’s basketball team defeat the University of Connecticut (UConn) in their 79-73 loss to the No. 13-ranked Huskies on Dec. 6, but it did earn the senior guard his second Ivy Player of the Week award this season.Lin, who also recorded three steals and two blocks, shot 11 for 18 from the floor and played all but three minutes in the game.The 6-foot-3 guard’s performance came just days after recording 14 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and four steals in the Crimson’s 85-64 blowout of Rice (Dec. 2).Lin currently ranks third in the Ancient Eight in scoring, seventh in rebounding, second in steals, and fourth in blocked shots.Off to its best start since the 2002-03 season, Harvard is beginning to look like an Ivy League contender with an undefeated home record (4-0) and an overall record of 6-2.Tonight (Dec. 9) Harvard will travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to take on the Boston College Eagles in a rematch of last year’s shocker, in which the Crimson upset the No. 17-ranked Eagles by a score of 82-70.