Previous Article Next Article Training news in briefOn 28 May 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. This week’s training news in brief.Online learning Staff at insurance giant Royal & Sun Alliance are getting access to anew e-learning package to cover formal and informal learning. As many as 50,000employees across 50 countries are set to benefit following the implementationby Saba. The company has designed the system to turn its training content intoan online format. www.royalsunalliance.com Open qualification The Scottish Executive Health Department has teamed up with the OpenUniversity to offer 200 NHS managers a nationally recognised qualification. Themanagers are being offered 100 per cent bursaries to study for the ProfessionalCertificate in Management. The certificate is seen as the first step towards anMBA and is a mix of residential and online learning. www.open.ac.uk Banking on NVQ Up to 200 youngsters are to be given the opportunity to work in retailfinancial services as part of a Modern Apprentice scheme at Barclays. The16-18-year-olds will be given experience at around 200 branches across the UKas part of a TTC Training course that leads to an NVQ qualification. www.ttctraining.co.uk Housing staff link up IT training has led to 1,000 housing department staff in London being ableto work remotely from various locations. Staff at Camden Council received MSOutlook training from provider E-cademy to enable the agency to work from morethan 64 offices. The department manages 30,000 council homes and the newtraining will allow better communication and electronic meetings. www.camden.gov.uk Distance no object Lloyds pharmacy is launching a distance learning programme available tomanagers at 1,300 stores. The Professional Management Development Programmeconsists of four modules and deals with a series of key managerial competenciesincluding motivation, managing change, teamwork and time management. Eachmodule contains case studies and exercises. www.lloydspharmacy.co.uk Apprenticeship first Up to 200 first-level distribution workers are expected to be the first tostudy for the new Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in International Trade andServices. The programme, designed by Quantica, will train 16-to-24-year-olds inthe basic skills needed to work in import, export and shipping. The scheme issupported by 150 companies around the country as well as the National TrainingOrganisation for the distribution sector. www.dtno.com
Excess vomiting in Lincoln bar caused the college Dean to take drastic measures when he shut the bar from Saturday until Monday this week In future, students are encouraged to report any of their ‘accidents’ around college and risk incurring a small fine rather than lead to mass punishment for the actions of a few of them, and that if they must vomit in college, to do so in their own rooms.ARCHIVE: 3rd Week TT 2003
A mass of Christian burial was offered May 26 at St. Francis RC Church, Hoboken, for Onofrio Favuzzi, 94. He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, May 23. Born in Molfetta, Italy, Onofrio immigrated to Hoboken in 1948 and worked as a carpenter and was a member of union local 926 in Brooklyn for thirty-two years. Predeceased by his wife of fifty-five years, Rose, in 2006, surviving are his sons, Frank, Dennis (Domenica), Leonard (Teresa). He was the eldest son of Francesco and Dorotea Favuzzi (nee Magarelli). He also leaves to mourn his passing; siblings, Cosimo Favuzzi (Italy), Rita Tammacco, Antonietta Marceca (Italy), Mauro Favuzzi, Suora Clelia (Anna) Favuzzi (Italy), Susanna DePalma (Italy). His two predeceased sisters Innocenza Andriani and Maria DeSario have surely welcomed him into the gates of heaven. Onofrio’s greatest joy were his grandchildren, Rosa (Peter) Morin, Angela Favuzzi and Adam Favuzzi. He was also blessed with two great-grandchildren; Sofia and Ella.Services arranged by the Failla-McKnight Memorial Home, Hoboken.
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At a fundamental level, however, Parole Board decisions should be treated with the same respect for integrityand independence as any other judicial decision. Independence is the bedrock of all that you do and should be the bedrock of the Parole Board. There should be no improper influence or interference, whether from the media, the public, or politics, in your decision-making process.Decisions should be, as I said earlier, made without fear or favour. The last few months have been an exceptionally busy and challenging period for the Board and for me as Chief Executive. Heightened scrutiny and significant change bring their own challenges, but they also bring opportunities to better explain the work we do and focus on lasting changes that are going to improve the experience of prisoners and victims.Two weeks ago, I presented at the University of Cambridge to academics and practitioners who are interested in parole. I talked about where we are now and how we can ensure we are effective and efficient in our independent decision making. It was particularly interesting to hear their thoughts and ideas about where things are working well, but also how the Board can improve its practice whilst focused on our primary duty; making independent and fair decisions which ensure the protection of the public.We have also published our 2017-18 Annual Report and Accounts this month. Last year we held a record number of hearings and have made good progress on IPPs. One of the Parole Board’s biggest achievements over the last year has been the steady elimination of the backlog. This means prisoners are not waiting unnecessarily for their case to come before a Parole Board. However, some cases are still being delayed through unnecessary deferrals and adjournments. This is a priority and we are working hard to look at how we can progress cases more effectively and there are a number of initiatives ongoing within the Board to tackle this problem – trying to bring cases to a fair and early resolution.The Government is considering potential options for an internal review mechanism and possibly changing the rules that we are governed by. These will take some time to work through, I am keen to ensure that any changes improve the way we do things and are properly thought through and resourced. The Board has submitted its formal response to the Ministry of Justice but in essence, we think it is important to have a simple and process, that doesn’t create unnecessary delays for victims or prisoners.This month has also seen our annual staff and members strategy day, outlining where we are focusing our efforts for the year ahead. 2018-19 will see us being a more transparent organisation, so the public can really understand our work and the decisions from our members. I would also like to pay special tribute to Sir Brian Leveson who round off our 50th anniversary celebrations with a fantastic speech dedicated to the work of the Board.Whilst Sir Brian’s speech makes for excellent reading one of the things he said resonated with me:
Here they are – the businesses, brands and individuals that have reached the final frontier at the 2019 Baking Industry Awards.There’s a great big universe of talent in the bakery trade – and British Baker is delighted to be able to recognise and reward some of the brightest stars in the 2019 Baking Industry Awards.Hundreds of guests – including many of the top figures from the UK’s biggest bakery manufacturers, suppliers and retailers – gathered at the Royal Lancaster hotel in London last night (4 September) for a fantastic awards ceremony, which featured a dazzling intergalactic theme.This year’s host, former Pussycat Doll and Strictly Come Dancing finalist Ashley Roberts, presented the awards across 11 categories, including Baker of the Year, Supermarket Bakery Business of the Year and Bakery Manufacturer of the Year.Roberts was aided in making the presentations by representatives from our sponsor companies.As it does every year, the ceremony followed months of judging – with hundreds of product tastings, and judges conducting dozens of interviews and travelling an incredible 20,000 miles in total to visit businesses and ensure those companies and individuals recognised on the night were worthy of their accolades.“Thank you to all those who have made the awards a reality,” said British Baker editor Vince Bamford.“Each year, the judging becomes increasingly challenging and this year was no exception. So our thanks go to our sponsors, expert judges and the bakers and businesses who enter the awards, without whom this event simply could not happen.”See below for a list of the 11 category winners – click on each one to see a profile of the winner and the finalists in each category.Baker of the Year – Aidan Monks, Lovingly Artisan, CumbriaThe Bakery Innovation Award – Kombucha Sourdough, Lovingly Artisan, CumbriaBakery Manufacturer of the Year – Wrights Foods, StaffordshireCelebration Cake Business of the Year – Shuga Budz, WolverhamptonFree-from Bakery Product of the Year – Vegan Vegetable Quiche, Taylors Artisan Free-From Bakers & Pie Makers, StaffordshireOutstanding Contribution to the Baking Industry – Paul Heygate, Heygates Mills and Fine Lady BakeriesSpeciality Bread Product of the Year – Beetroot Multiseed Sourdough, Seasons Bakery, North YorkshireSupermarket Bakery Business of the Year – Marks & SpencerThe Craft Bakery Business Award – Reeve the Baker, WiltshireThe Customer Focus Award – Great British Biscotti Co, DorsetThe Rising Star Award – Megan Roberts, AB Mauri
On April 28th, STS9 was continuing their Southern tour supported by hybrid-electronica duo Modern Measure. Both bands were stationed in Houston, Texas for the night, putting on a raucous show at the House of Blues for the crowd eager to see Sound Tribe’s return to Magnolia City. For Friday’s performance, Modern Measure, composed of Kyle Holly and Charlie Thornton, had a special surprise in store for folks who made it out to the show—a special sit-in by Tribe’s percussionist Jeffree Lerner. Lerner and the duo teamed up for the song, “Daze,” an original featuring Lerner off the pair’s latest album For The Moment, which Live For Live Music premiered in February.Modern Measure has just officially released footage of the collaboration that went down in Houston, giving those of us who missed out a chance to catch up on the action. You can check out the video below, courtesy of the band, and head over to Modern Measure’s website for more information, tour dates, and a full-stream of For The Moment.
Related Shows The Rockettes are back at Radio City, tap shoes, antlers, sparkles and all! Whether audiences eagerly return to see the beloved Christmas Spectacular or experience the magic for the first time, they are sure to leave the theater starry-eyed. The iconic production officially opened on November 15. Dancing bears, toy soldiers, camels and Santa Claus himself are all taking the stage, and we couldn’t be happier that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas—at least at Radio City.To honor the holiday classic, Broadway.com Resident Artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson gave the Rockettes, Santa and Mrs. Claus the ink treatment. Enjoy his swirling winter wonderland, chock-full of kaleidoscopic colors.Broadway.com wishes the entire company of the Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes a magical holiday season filled with everything they wished for! Experience the always-enchanting production through January 2, 2017. About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. View Comments © Justin “Squigs” Robertson Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020
“It’s important for society to know the impacts (of correct application),” said C. WayneJordan, head of the Agricultural Services Labs with the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. The test, Jordan said, helps everyone. It’s inexpensive, user-friendly and readily availablethrough your countyextension office. If you’re a homeowner or farmer, you may be wasting your money. You may be amongthe many Georgians who squander thousands of dollars annually by using fertilizersimproperly. Money isn’t the only issue. Using fertilizers wrong hurts the environment, too. “At the same time,” he said, “many Georgia soils need lime. You need to make sure you’reputting on the right amount of the right material.” “The more you apply, the more potential you have for runoff into streams and lakes,”Jordan said. “Landowners and farmers should determine the soil’s fertility levels anddecide what its needs are in terms of fertilizer or lime. We need to limit the likelihood ofgroundwater and stream contamination.” Private labs are also available in some areas. Certain elements consistently show up in levels that are either too high or too low forcertain crops. Jordan said you should know how much to add for each situation. “The soil is drier and fields are cleaner in fall,” he said. “And because such materials suchas lime take time to react in the soil, it’s best to test early in the fall rather than waitinguntil winter or spring.” Not having a soil test means not knowing what to do for your plants, said Henry Hibbs,Extension Service coordinator in Oconee County. “So many people treat their plants’ poor growth symptoms when all they need is a goodfertilizer program,” Hibbs said. “They miss the core problem — an unbalanced soilnutrition program.” The best time to test is now, Jordan said. “People think only farmers need to know this,” Jordan said. “But people with gardens,lawns and ornamental plants need to know this just as much.” The results are easy to read, understand and apply to your soil. “After the test you can goto your fertilizer or garden supplier and know exactly what to buy and how to apply it,”Jordan said. “Your test is only as good as your sample,” Hibbs said. “The more specific you are withyour sample information, the better the results and recommendations.” “We’re concerned with the amount of phosphorous that goes on the soil over the longterm,” he said. “Many of our soil samples from homeowners and some field crops areshowing high phosphorous levels. “Testing your soil can help you accurately match the requirements of the soil and plantsand limit excess runoff,” he said. “Farmers can also maximize their profits and keep costsdown for themselves and consumers if they know how much (fertilizer or lime) to add tothe soil.” Hibbs said the UGA test is free for farmers and commercial horticulture growers. There isa small charge for others. “It costs $4 per sample,” he said. “But you can save money byconsolidating your samples and not overfertilizing by guessing.” Avoiding costly mistakes is easy with a soil test, Jordan said. “You will receive instructions, the proper paperwork and sample bags,” he said. “Theextension agents will mail the samples, provide the results and answer questions.”
Health Hacks and Fitness Secrets from Top Coaches, Athletes, and Experts to make your New Year’s Resolutions Stick.A new year is here and everyone is busy making plans to make 2019 better than ever. Whether you want to spend more time outdoors, focus on your mental health, or hike the entire A.T., these athletes, coaches, and instructors have tips for keeping the momentum going throughout the year.Figure out your motivation“What are your goals?” Aaron T. Ostwald said. “Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to get stronger? Do you want to get faster? Know that going into it, let’s focus on that.”Since 2011, Ostwald has taught thousands of exercise classes at the YMCA and OrangeTheory in Asheville, N.C. Whether it’s cycling, TRX, or high intensity interval training, he focuses on keeping people engaged with the activity at hand.Once you figure out the why behind your resolution, the next step is to figure out how you are going to accomplish those goals.“How do you find motivation at home if you’re surrounded by your television, your cell phone?” Ostwald said. “We’ve got to remove all those external factors that are going to pull our attention away. How self-motivated are you to dedicate 20 to 30 minutes of your time every day to working on something?”That starts with recognizing your own strengths and weaknesses. “Knowing, hey I’m a morning person, let’s keep this motivation going. Get me in there, get my workout in, and I don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day,” Ostwald said. “Whereas maybe you’re a night person. With your work schedule, how does that come into play?”If you’re someone who struggles with self-motivation and finding time in a busy day, look for “somebody to help you along and hold you accountable.” It might be a friend, a loved one, or an instructor that challenges you to make the time.“It’s not about speed, it’s not about how many reps you can bang out here in the fastest amount of time,” Ostwald said.Instead, focus on good form and technique, practicing safely and having fun. Ostwald also suggested mixing things up, trying new ways of exercising and being active.“Don’t get hung up on one specific thing because that’s how we get in a rut and we get bored and then we just quit altogether,” he said.Start slowlyIn completing the A.T. three times, hiking on six continents, and setting a number of fastest known times while on the trails, Jennifer Pharr Davis has learned a lot about preparation through her own success and missteps. She is also the author of The Pursuit of Endurance, a book about incredible human feats of physical and mental strength, and founder of Blue Ridge Hiking Company.“A big mistake is biting off something that is too big around the start of the year,” she said. “It’s a lot more important to create an exercise routine that’s going to be sustainable and meet you where you’re at in your life as opposed to signing up for this really big challenge and getting hurt or burnt out within the first two months of the year. Being realistic, sustainable, starting small, and building your way up is really important, even if you want to do something really long and extreme and intense.”Starting off slowly not only helps build a routine, it is also better for your body.“Injuries are more common when you start off trying to do too much too quickly and you don’t build up to it,” Pharr Davis said. “We encourage them to start with any kind of cardio, anything they can fit in their day. Going for walks, getting on a bike, running around their neighborhood, anything to get their heart rate up.”When preparing for longer hiking trips, she focuses on adding weight to her pack and elevation training to build up climbing muscles in the leg. Through it all, she said, listen to what your body is telling you.“Have a relationship with your body and try to give it what it needs,” Pharr Davis said. “Some days it’s going to need days off and rest. Then some days you’re going to be able to push it beyond where it wants to go. Be a willing participant in a relationship as opposed to always trying to force your will on your body.”The small things add up Anna Levesque, author of Yoga for Paddling, has more than 25 years of paddling and yoga experience. She also produced Girls at Play, the first whitewater kayak instructional DVD for women.In addition to teaching SUP yoga and whitewater kayaking, the woman behind Mind Body Paddle consults with individuals on their specific health concerns.“The small things we do every day, like drinking warm lemon water to help the detoxification process and help strengthen the kidneys, is going to contribute to your health more than doing an hour and a half of yoga class once a month or once every two weeks,” Levesque said. “Walking or running on a consistent basis, getting outside on a consistent basis, is going to do more for you than sitting at your desk all week and then spending all day outside on Saturday.”The “what” you do every day is not as important as making sure you do something every day.“The idea is to not give up,” Levesque said. “If you can only do 10 minutes, do the 10 minutes… There’s this myth that if I don’t do the whole workout, I shouldn’t do it at all.”Levesque follows the same routine every morning:1.“I get up and I scrape my tongue. It helps clear the bacteria that causes bad breath out of the mouth and it just feels good. The first time you do it, you’ll never go back to not doing it. You’ll see what comes off your tongue.”2.“Then I swish oil, sesame or coconut, in my mouth for ten minutes, brush my teeth, and then I drink warm lemon water.3.“I do a yoga practice every morning. Sometimes it’s 10 minutes; sometimes it’s an hour. I meditate every morning, 15 to 20 minutes. Then I start my day.A bedtime routine is just as important.“Turning off screens an hour before bed is a big one,” Levesque said. “Drink herbal teas, baths, take a gentle night walk, and make sure your room is really dark.”She recommends going to bed by 10 p.m. and sleeping eight hours every night to get all of the benefits from that restorative time.Practice mindful breathingBrandon Copeland’s personal yoga practice grew into Khepera Wellness when he started teaching his style of trap yoga around the D.C. area. This practice combines the traditional Ashtanga yoga poses with the intense beat of trap music.“Ultimately, the yoga practice is free,” Copeland said. “It serves as an opportunity for me to teach something to people that they can take with them and consistently better their lives.”Almost every day, through yoga and meditation, Copeland takes time to connect with his breath, controlling and valuing the in and out movement.“Your mind clears if you’re breathing correctly and then that gives you space to either delve into things that you feel emotionally and let them go or sit there and observe them and kind of be at peace with them,” he said.Mindfully breathing helps you connect further with the rest of your body.“You can feel all these things that you normally perceive through the body on purpose,” Copeland said. “That should physically take all of the stress out of you, mentally give you space to relax, and emotionally give you balance so that you aren’t necessarily feeling sadness or happiness or anything on a really high level. Once that is achieved, then you are able to just be still and observe the connection you have to this moment.”As with any kind of mental or physical exercise, the important thing is to figure out what your practice looks like.“I think it’s dangerous when people try to tell you how,” Copeland said. “Everybody is different. Go to a class and if it doesn’t feel right, now you know you don’t like going to classes. So do it at home. Maybe you try a private teacher or maybe you need to find another group… Some people will do that one arm handstand really well and they love that. Some people want to lie down for an hour and that’s just as valid.”photo by Emily VariscoEmbrace the fear“The lack of embracing the fear as it comes up first is the catalyst of what brings on the mistakes. We have to deal with self first before we can deal with equipment, before we can deal with the next move that’s way up there.” -Emily Taylor After more than 20 years of climbing and coaching climbers, Emily Taylor is now coaching the coaches to help gyms build up their youth programs. In addition to her own climbing accolades, the founder of Taylored Fit Solutions and Brown Girls Climbing has worked with climbers such as Kai Lightner to create individual training regimens.She works with clients, especially climbers of color, to address points of anxiety and panic instead of ignoring and pushing them to the side.“The lack of embracing the fear as it comes up first is the catalyst of what brings on the mistakes,” Taylor said. “We have to deal with self first before we can deal with equipment, before we can deal with the next move that’s way up there… My theory is we acknowledge it and we go oh, here it is again. Let’s embrace this as long as we need to embrace this, right here, right now. To do the other can become dangerous.”One way Taylor applies this in her own life is by keeping track of what she did and how she is feeling throughout the week.“Journaling is a huge part of practice,” she said. “Everybody has their own methodology. I enjoy actually physically writing with a pen or pencil in my hand… I have my very first tick list and climbing journal from 20 years ago, how and what I thought. I got started when I was 21. Some of it is still the same, some of it has changed.”Carrying them with her whenever she moves, Taylor still uses those journals in training other climbers. Reflecting back on them, she can see what worked and the progress she has made.Taylor said another important piece of working on her mental fitness is maintaining personal relationships offline.“The other part I find really important is disconnecting from media and connecting with social connections, things like making sure I check in with someone and making sure they’re okay at least once a day,” she said.Everyone’s process is different “It’s so individual,” Dr. Mark Cucuzzella said. “What are the drivers to someone becoming unhealthy? Is it stress, sleep deprivation, diet, all of the above? Each person has to identify the things in their life that is driving them to poor health. If you can get that stuff sorted out, then you can maintain your health.” Cucuzzella, a professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine, helps adults work on their metabolic health, obesity, and diabetes reversal. He said each person should work with his or her personal physician to address specific health concerns.“Some things are out of your control, but most things are actually in your control,” he said. “You don’t just randomly get high blood pressure one day. It’s a process.”Although health is individualized, Cucuzzella said there are a few things that apply to everyone.“The three things that together, are a disaster, are added sugar, processed carbohydrates, and refined vegetable oils,” he said. “Those three things really drive metabolic diseases. Trying to avoid those foods will go a long way to making your body work better.”Cucuzzella is also the owner of Two Rivers Treads, the country’s first minimalist shoe store, and works with runners to correct their gait. He says walking and running are the best forms of exercise because you can step out your front door and be outside. “If you don’t look forward to doing something, you’re not going to be able to keep doing it,” Cucuzzella said. “So whatever you decide to do, it needs to be fun, sustainable, and easily available to you. If it takes a half hour to drive somewhere and change, that’s probably not going to work. So it has to fit into your life.”