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Ralphs, Food 4 Less Stores Implement Stricter Capacity Limits

first_img Make a comment STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe Community News Ralphs, Food 4 Less Stores Implement Stricter Capacity Limits CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 | 11:54 am Community News HerbeautyThe Dos And Don’ts Of Tinder You Must KnowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAt 9 Years Old, This Young Girl Dazzled The World Of FashionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Community News 30 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Waiting in line to enter a supermarket has become the new normal in light of the coronavirus, but the waits could get a little longer at Kroger stores such as Ralphs and Food 4 Less, where more stringent capacity guidelines took effect Tuesday.The Kroger Co. implemented a rule that limits its stores to 50% of the designated building capacity “to allow for proper physical distancing in every store.”According to the company, the standard building capacity for a grocery store is one person per 60 square feet. Under the new guidelines, stores will limit capacity to one person per 120 square feet.That guideline will be even more strict at Los Angeles-area stores, which are reducing customers to 25% of the designated store capacity.“We are reducing the traffic in our stores to protect the safety of our associates, customers and community,” Ralphs spokesman John Votava said.Most grocery stores and other retailers that remain open during the pandemic have implemented capacity limits, forcing customers to wait in line — six feet apart — before entering to control the crowds inside.Kroger officials said in a statement that the company is also exploring the use of one-way aisles in an effort to reduce crowding. Although the concept is under consideration by Kroger, it has not yet been introduced at Ralphs stores.In Pasadena, there is a Food 4 Less at 1329 N. Lake Ave. and three Ralphs stores, at 3601 E Foothill Blvd., 160 N. Lake Ave., and 320 W. Colorado Blvd. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Huntington Hospital Provides over $109.9 million in Community Benefits in 2019

first_img Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  87 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff Make a comment HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Female Fashion Trends That Guys Can’t StandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe Non-Profits News Huntington Hospital Provides over $109.9 million in Community Benefits in 2019 STAFF REPORT Published on Monday, November 23, 2020 | 4:52 pm Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Pulse PollVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Huntington Hospital viewsAs part of its non-profit mission, Huntington Hospital provides significant benefits to the communities it serves, often in the form of health education, outreach, and low or no-cost hospital care for the uninsured and those with limited means. In 2019, the hospital provided an estimated total of $109,926,391 worth of health care services and support to residents of the San Gabriel Valley and beyond.“As a non-profit, community hospital, your good health is at the heart of all we do,” says Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, President and CEO, Huntington Hospital. “Our annual Community Benefits Report details the many ways we are able to support and care for our friends, families and neighbors. We know that well-being extends far beyond our hospital walls, and we are so pleased to share how our community can count on us to stay healthy.”These community benefits include charity care for those patients unable to pay, as well as care expenses underwritten by the hospital that reflect the differences between the actual cost of the care and the amount of money received for patients covered by Medicare and/or Medi-Cal.Community benefits support research, education, and training, including clinical research, graduate medical education programs, scholarships, and continuing education in nursing and many other disciplines as well as benefits directed to the community-at-large, such as seniors, other vulnerable populations or the underserved, and those suffering from specific diseases (such as heart failure).In 2019, Huntington Hospital provided:• 77,902 visits to Emergency & Trauma Center• 3,450 visits to Huntington Ambulatory Care Center for low- or no-cost primary and specialty care• 3,392 patients with free nurse navigation services• 2,049 people training to learn how to “Stop the Bleed”• 3,143 staff members with training in Trauma-Informed Care• 465 people with stroke support groups• 2,230 community members with complimentary flu shots• 219 new parents with Infant CPR training, plus over 100 community members learned Hands-Only CPR• 1,511 people with free health screenings and counseling• 3,120 mothers support from our breastfeeding support group• 3,489 callers who benefited from Senior Care Network Resource Center support and referrals• 1,794 people with free health education classes• 6,847 seniors with the 50+ Health Connection membership of Senior Care Network• 6 “pop-up” medical clinics at local schools, food pantries and community centers, in partnership with Huntington Ambulatory Care Center and medical residentsHuntington Hospital also supported our current and future caregivers by providing health education and training programs for our internal medicine, general surgery and pharmacy post-grad residents as well as for nursing students and departmental interns.These benefits, and many more, are described in detail in an annual Community Benefits Report submitted to the state each May. To review the complete 2019 Community Benefits Report , please visit: https://www.huntingtonhospital.org/community/community-benefit/ . STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *last_img read more

Donegal local election candidate to run for the Seanad

first_img Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Pinterest By News Highland – September 18, 2014 News Donegal local election candidate to run for the Seanad Google+ Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Fine Gael’s John McNultyFine Gael is planning to appoint a losing Donegal local election candidate to the Seanad.The party’s candidate in the Seanad by-election is expected to be John McNulty, a 37-year-old businessman from Donegal.The vacancy arises as a result of the election of Fine Gael MEP Deirdre Clune to the European Parliament.Mr McNulty ran for Donegal County Council but was well beaten. In the six seat Donegal electoral area, he came tenth and got just over 800 votes, which was well under half a quota.Group Political Editor with the Independent, Fionnan Sheehan says his appointment to the Seanad will come as a huge surprise:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/fionn.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Twitter Google+center_img Previous articleFor the first time in 15 years Harps reach cup semi finalNext articlePeople with contaminated water could be in line for reductions News Highland WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector publishedlast_img read more

Kotiya Dispute- No Question Of Contempt As No Direction Was Passed By Supreme Court: Andhra Pradesh Responds To Odisha’s Contempt Plea

first_imgTop StoriesKotiya Dispute- No Question Of Contempt As No Direction Was Passed By Supreme Court: Andhra Pradesh Responds To Odisha’s Contempt Plea Srishti Ojha17 Feb 2021 9:17 PMShare This – xThe Andhra Pradesh Government has submitted its response before the Supreme Court in the contempt plea filed by the State of Odisha alleging that the former had taken over certain villages belonging to the latter in violation of an order of the Apex Court. A Bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar on its last hearing had heard the matter and directed the State, to file a response to…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 Andhra Pradesh Government has submitted its response before the Supreme Court in the contempt plea filed by the State of Odisha alleging that the former had taken over certain villages belonging to the latter in violation of an order of the Apex Court. A Bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar on its last hearing had heard the matter and directed the State, to file a response to the plea. Through their affidavit before the Court, the proposed contemners of the case have argued that there is no question of committing a contempt on their part as no direction was passed by the Court. They have submitted that through the present petition, the State of Odisha is seeking to achieve what it failed to achieve when its suit before the Apex Court was dismissed in 2006 for not being maintainable under Article 131 of the Indian Constitution. However according to the statement recorded by the Court, it is evident that the statement regarding status quo was made after dismissal of suit by the Court, and the Court did not intend to pass any direction to that effect. The Affidavit has relied upon these statements recorded by the court: “…The parties now consent that the order of status quo may continue until it is varied by an appropriate authority in accordance with law. Since we have dismissed the suit, we can only and do hereby record this agreement between the parties. … it is most respectfully submitted that assuming that there was any undertaking given to the Hon’ble Court by the parties, it is settled law that an action for contempt can only taken in respect of breach of undertaking if this Hon’ble Court has passed an order on the basis of such an undertaking. There was no such undertaking in the present matter. To the contrary, the Hon’ble Court was not at all influenced by the agreements by the parties in passing the 2006 judgement. The Hon’ble Court categorically noted, after dismissal of the suit, that it was merely recording the fact that parties had entered into a contract” – The affidavit reads. Therefore according to the State of Andhra Pradesh, by no stretch of imagination can it be stated that there was a breach of undertaking or of any order passed by the Court, and the contempt petition alleging contempt on their part is liable to be dismissed on this ground alone. Andhra Pradesh Government has further informed the Court that it has taken no step in violation of any agreement and has been duly administering its own territory without infringing upon the territory of Odisha. Through its affidavit, the state of Andhra Pradesh has further contended that the three concerned villages including Ganjaybadra, Pattuchennuru and Paguluchennuru fall within the jurisdiction of Andhra Pradesh and not within Orrisa. To support its contention, the State has submitted that the Andhra Pradesh Government has consistently held elections to both Lok Sabha and State Assembly since 1952. The local body Elections have also been conducted since the inception of Panchayati Raj. The Andhra Pradesh government has provided the Court with the results of these elections, the persons elected through them, electoral rolls, list of votes cast and extract from several Census that show that these villages fell within Andhra Pradesh. The Andhra government has argued that the state of Odisha appears to be raising a substantive dispute in respect of these villages in the guise of a contempt petition, and as already ruled by Supreme Court through its 2006 judgment, the Court doesn’t have jurisdiction to entertain such matters. ‘It is settled law that what cannot be done directly- can certainly not be done indirectly’ – the affidavit reads. The affidavit has been filed by two of the proposed contemners, District Collector Mude Hari Jawaharlal and Chief Secretary of State Adityanath Das, through their Counsel Advocate Mahfooz A Nazki. Supreme Court Bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar had on 12th February 2021 directed Andhra Pradesh to file a response after Senior Advocate Vikas Singh, appearing on behalf of the State of Odisha, alleged that local body elections were going to be held in the three villages which the Andhra Pradesh Government took over from Odisha in violation of a status quo order of the Supreme Court. The contempt petition relates to Kotia group of villages which was a subject matter of an original suit filed by Orissa(as it was called then) in 1968 against the undivided state of Andhra Pradesh. Supreme Court had in 2006 through its judgment dismissed the suit as non-maintainable under Article 131 of the Constitution. However, the Court recorded in its order passed on March 30, 2006, an earlier undertaking given by both the states in 1968 to maintain status quo with respect to the dispute. The Odisha has now alleged that Andhra Pradesh has violated this status quo order, which was passed on the basis of consent of both parties. The contempt petition, filed through Advocate Sibo Sankar Mishra, has stated that while issuing notification for local body election in Vizianagaram district last year, the Andhra Government “clandestinely roped in” three villages from the Kotia group of villages falling within Koraput district of Odisha and have included them in Vizianagaram district with new names. It is alleged that these notifications, issued on March 5, 2020 by the government under YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, were kept a “dead secret”. The plea contended that these villages have always been its part administratively and that it has undertaken several developmental activities in the region over the years. The elections for the Parliament, State Assembly and local bodies have been taking place in these villages since inception. There has been no impediment whatsoever legally or otherwise in conducting election either to the assembly, parliament or for the local body at any point in time created by the state of Andhra Pradesh and this is for the first time that the election have been sought to be held in the disputed villages by the AP Government.Next Storylast_img read more

16 year old in intensive care following Derry assault

first_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook By News Highland – December 18, 2017 Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Two men are expected to appear in court in Derry today after a 16 year old boy was assaulted in the city on Saturday night.The youth was rushed to Intensive Care with facial and head injuries after the assault in the Violet Street area at 7 o’clock on Saturday night. Police say he is in a stable condition, and his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.A second man, aged 22, suffered a suspected broken nose.Two males, aged 17 and 23, were subsequently arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent; and assault, occasioning actual bodily harm.Anyone with information is asked to contact police. Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleLetterkenny AC to hold mile challenge with a differenceNext articleMaguire named Coach of the Year at BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards News Highland center_img Google+ WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Google+ Twitter 16 year old in intensive care following Derry assault Harps come back to win in Waterford DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODAlast_img read more

Community remembers service, life of Randy Hale

first_imgLatest Stories Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell A good guy is gone.And, nobody is going to argue with that.The death of Randy Hale on Friday sent shock waves throughout Pike County and then spread a blanket of sadness over the community. Print Article Community remembers service, life of Randy Hale Book Nook to reopen Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Published 3:00 am Tuesday, February 5, 2019 Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Sponsored Content “And a good guy is gone,” said Keith Roling, a friend and member of the Pike County Farm City Committee that Hale has chaired for several years. “I’ve never heard anyone say an unkind thing about Randy. He was as good a guy as you can find. He was dedicated to his Lord, his family, his work and his community. You can’t say more about a man than that.”Hale retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Troy but remained active with the Pike County Farm City Committee and the Pike County Chapter of Treasure Forest.“Randy and I were in Montgomery last week at a Farm City meeting and it amazed me how he fit in so well with everybody,” Roling said. “Randy was one of a kind. He touched a lot of lives. Randy Hale will be missed by a lot of people and in many ways. What a good guy.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Email the author “And, of course, he was a member of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce Farm City Committee for more than 40 years,” Sanders said. “Seven of those years, he served as the committee chair.“Mr. Randy was a friend. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone. His presence will be greatly missed. We know that our next chairman will have very large shoes to fill.”Deborah Huggins-Davis and Hale worked together as members of Treasure Forest and Farm-City.“Randy was a friend,” she said. “He was involved in many things in the community and he also did a lot of things that people didn’t know about. There were people who had washers and dryers and other things because of Randy.“Taking care of others was a big part of his life. Randy always put others above himself. We have lost a good friend. Who will fill his shoes?” Tammy Powell knew Hale through his work with NRCS and her work with the Pike County Extension Office.“I met Randy when I came to work with Extension here and I’ve been retired several years, so I’ve known and appreciated him for a long time,” Powell said. “Not many people know this but Randy was in 4-H in Cherokee County and was a state 4-H winner. He was very supportive of 4-H here in Pike County. We worked together often and he was always dependable, knowledgeable and willing to do whatever he could do to contribute.”Powell said Hale was a leader of the Pike County Farm-City Committee and took care of ticket sales for the annual Farm-City Banquet almost single handed.“Randy was a strong supporter of all agriculture and the Pike County farming community,” she said. “He enjoyed going out and talking to folks and they enjoyed him. Randy did what he could to make life better for the people in Pike County and he made life better for a lot of us. His influence will be missed and we’ll all miss Randy. You won’t find many people like him anymore.”Dana Sanders, Pike County Chamber of Commerce president, said Hale was extremely involved in agriculture-related activities and organizations. He served Pike County in many roles with the USDA, as a charter member of the Pike County Chapter of the Treasure Forest Association, the Pike County Cattlemen’s Association and the Soil and Water Conservation Society. You Might Like Infusions cocktail bar opens in former location of Trojan Tavern Infusions cocktail bar may be in the same location and have the same ownership as Trojan Tavern did, but owner… read more By The Penny Hoarder Skiplast_img read more

A slice of the action

first_imgA slice of the actionOn 10 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. HR director Nick Taylor’s elevation to the Pizza Expressboard has allowed him to influence company strategy and implement trainingschemes to enable the company to expand worldwide. DeeDee Doke reportsFor most HR directors, a seat on the company board represents the pinnacleof their ambitions – a ‘final destination’ of sorts, and the successfulculmination of a career. But for Pizza Express HR director, Nick Taylor, beingselected to a board seat was just the beginning of a journey to help hisambitious, UK-headquartered restaurant and retail food company realise its ownfuture. And as a straight-talking pragmatist, Taylor would probably be thefirst to admit that since his ascent to the board in February 2001, the newposition has proved more of a hot seat than an easy chair. “On Monday morning, I was a very happy HR non-board director, doing myjob. The next day, I was a main board director. Great,” Taylor recalls.”Get a bit of grooming and development, perhaps? No. While I had muchexperience of the front line, I had the problems of not being groomed for amain board role. So it would have been good if I’d been told the year before,‘You’re board material. It’s time to develop you’. That would have made life alot easier.” (See box on p24) So, not only is Taylor still learning the ropes of being a director, but hehas also taken on a major, high-profile project that could make the differencebetween future success and failure for his company, and himself, as the firstHR director at Pizza Express to achieve a board position. Founded in 1965, Pizza Express now has about 300 restaurants in the UK andIreland, as well as other branches – mostly franchise-owned eateries –elsewhere around the world, including Cyprus, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary,India, Japan, Poland, Spain and Saudi Arabia. It also owns the Café Pastarestaurant chain, and has begun a retail operation in which Pizza Express foodproducts are sold in several supermarket chains in the UK and Hong Kong. Aggressive expansion plans anticipate hundreds of additional Pizza Expressrestaurants in the UK and Ireland. Internationally, short-term plans call forthe opening and operating of more company-owned restaurants in France andSpain, with continued expansion elsewhere through franchise agreements. Overthe long-term, the international outlook suggests future investment of companyequity in “other territories”, which are as yet undisclosed. The very nature of this corporate strategy forced Pizza Express’ leaders toconsider the company’s future in terms of its people. Who did they have on handto carry out their ambitions? What skills did they need? And if there were gapsin people or skills, how were they going to fill them? Early this year, with the help of the London-based Institute of Directors(IoD), Taylor launched a new development programme for Pizza Express’s mostsenior managers. It was a completely new training concept for the company.”Ironically, the one target group we had never done any work on was thevery senior. Beyond area manager, the training rather fell off,” saysTaylor. “It really became apparent that we needed to do some development workfor the future, particularly as the business became more complex. We have sixdivisions now. You’ve got to make sure your top people have got the skills todo all of this, not simply run one restaurant,” he continues. “It was that recognition – that we are going to be a global player, weare going to have more divisions – that sowed the seed,” Taylor says.”And it is my job to make sure we’ve got the right people in place.” Devising and getting a plan approved for the senior management developmentprogramme took Taylor nearly a year. “There was, pretty much, totalagreement on the need for development, even prior to my appointment to theboard,” Taylor says. “Indeed, my appointment was part of thatprocess, in recognition that we needed to develop for the future. That was theeasy part. Where the battle came, was how we were actually going to carry outthat development, or training, call it what you will.” There was no shortage of educational or training providers who wanted thePizza Express business – from universities offering MBAs, to corporate trainersdelivering executive coaching. As Taylor found out, the toughest part wasselecting the right development for his company’s specific needs. He knew, however, that a purely academic approach was not the right answer.Pursuing the academic avenue would have gone against the cultural grain ofPizza Express’ traditional informality, unstructured environment and pragmatism– not to mention a hierarchy of primarily self-made business people, most ofwhom had succeeded without an advanced degree. “It was critical that we got the right fit. If it was too high a level,it would have switched our people off – they wouldn’t have listened, theywouldn’t have learned anything. They would have just said: ‘It’s typical HRgobbledy-gook, it’s not relevant to our business, Nick’.” Taylor saw the potential of involving the IoD after he and anothernewly-appointed Pizza Express director began a director development coursethere. He began exploring the training and development options with the IoD tosee if a good match could be made. The IoD’s director of development, John Weston, says: “We actually satdown with them right at the beginning and asked, ‘What is it you want? What isit you need?’ It’s a sort of diagnosis process. Because often when you sit downwith somebody, they don’t quite know what they want. But maybe they’ve got areasonably good idea, and you’ve got a reasonably good idea of what you can do– the skill is finding where we can help. “We ended up with a programme that has evolved out of the diagnosisprocess, that they own as much as we do. You’ve got to tailor it to the needsof the organisation.” An interesting difference in the IoD’s experience with Pizza Expresscompared to its usual dealings with companies, was who was calling the shots indeveloping the programme, says Weston. “The HR director is usually not the decision maker. What is differentin this case, is that Nick actually had the genuine responsibility andauthority to do that programme. If the programme ‘sponsor’ is not the decisionmaker, or isn’t the person who identified the need, then you can sometimes dowhat’s not actually required. It helps when the person you’re talking to is thedecision maker – and he was.” The pre-launch portion of the programme included group meetings, andone-to-ones between Taylor and each of the 18 participants. The diagnosisprocess also required these Pizza Express managers to undergo in-depthinterviews and profiling by IoD representatives – an early trial by fire forthe participants. “It was a long, drawn-out process,” says Taylor, “extremelyexpensive, and quite painful in a couple of cases. It is quite daunting to haveto look at yourself in the mirror; what you see is not always very nice. But itwas well worthwhile, because it really did set the scene. It made theindividuals feel it was serious. They also began to see some areas fordevelopment, and gave the IoD and the trainers some very good material to workwith before they launched the programme.” All of the company’s most senior managers – those reporting to the mainboard – were invited to participate. Only one turned down the offer. Twoparticipants, who had been external appointments to their current roles, hadadvanced degrees. Another participant had his last training in the 1970s. Thenumber of years in service at Pizza Express ranged from one year to 25. “From an HR practitioner’s perspective, it was a group from hell. Youcould not get a more diverse group in a room all at once.” The main skillin need of development was strategy, Taylor says. “We’d been a veryinward-looking company. The majority of the candidates were internallypromoted. Therefore, the issue for us was preparing people for that awfulconcept, ‘thinking outside the box’. We made it clear we were not there to makethem better wholesale directors or HR managers; they were learning businessskills about strategy, and developing strategic leadership skills.” By the end of this month, the group will be more than halfway through theyear-long programme. “I lay awake in a cold sweat at night during thefirst couple of modules, waiting for the feedback,” he admits. “ButI’ve spoken to virtually all of them after each module, and generally, I’vebeen delighted by the feedback. Overall, it has been great, and they’ve allreally enjoyed it.” Once this initial programme ends, it will be reviewed for fine-tuning.Taylor would like to see it become an annual offering, with the group ofparticipants roughly a third of the size of the first. One possibility is thatthe initial in-depth interviews and profiling of prospective participants willeventually be used to screen out some of the candidates. “Bearing in mind this was the first time we had done this, to suddenlyhave gone from no development at all, to saying ‘right, it’s you and you butnot you’, could have been desperately unfair and deeply divisive,” Taylorsays. The managers involved in the programme are now working better together as agroup, Taylor notes. However, immediate results were not expected, heemphasises. By the same token, his own coursework at IoD is nearly complete, but he sayshe does nothing differently in his day-to-day role in spite of being”aware of an awful lot more”. Look ahead to five years time though,he adds, “and the difference will be immense”. This feature first appeared in Personnel Today’s sister publication GlobalHR.  To subscribe call 01444 445566 or fax 01444445447 Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Gas pipeline blast kills more than 26 in Bangladeshi mosque

first_img The gas pipeline explosion killed several people inside the Pashchim Talla Baitus Salam Mosque. (Credit: Bangladesh Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources) At least 26 people have lost their lives following the explosion caused by an underground gas pipeline operated by Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution near a mosque in the Bangladeshi city of Narayanganj on Friday evening.The accident took place during evening prayers at the Pashchim Talla Baitus Salam Mosque.As per media reports, the impact of the blast triggered the explosion of more than six air conditioners inside the mosque.A senior fire service official named Abdullah Al Arefin, has been quoted by AL JAZEERA, to have said: “We primarily suspect that gas leaked from the pipeline and accumulated inside the mosque since the windows were shut. When the air conditioners was turned on, due to sparks the gas could have exploded.”It has been alleged that the blast resulted from the gas that leaked from the underground gas pipeline and had accumulated inside the ground floor of the Pashchim Talla Baitus Salam Mosque, reported The Daily Star.As per the publication, a Supreme Court lawyer filed a writ petition as a public interest litigation with the Bangladeshi high court, appealing the government to identify the people responsible for the negligence in completing repairs to the gas pipeline involved in the blast.The lawyer Mar-um Khondaker, in the petition, said that Titas Gas’ officials had reportedly asked BDT50,000 ($589) from the mosque committee for repairing the leakage of the gas pipeline.Titas Gas, which is a Bangladeshi government-owned firm, did not repair the alleged faulty gas pipeline as its officials were not paid the money, the lawyer Mar-um Khondaker told the publication.The Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources in Bangladesh said that a five-member committee headed by Titas Gas’ general manager has been formed to investigate the cause of the blast. The committee has been asked to report its findings within five working days. As per media reports, the impact of the gas pipeline blast triggered the explosion of more than six air conditioners inside the mosquelast_img read more

New agent-backed ‘local property portal’ goes live in the Midlands

first_imgThree Midlands estate agencies have launched a property portal for independent agents, developed in partnership with industry lead generation and website design platform Homeflow.Localmove.co.uk is initially being launched in and around Birmingham, and the agents behind it say they expect it to revolutionise how properties are marketed online at a local level for £150 a month per branch.They are also hoping to expand their platform through a system of local franchises, which will be offered to agents across the UK.The three agents behind it are Acres, Green & Company and Paul Carr which between them have 26 branches in and around Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands.The trio are now hoping to onboard other agents and say, as they already have 70% of all listing between them in the area, expect to reach 90% very soon.DisollusionedThey say their initiative is the latest ‘local portal’ to be launched as more and more agents ‘become disillusioned with local portals and their high fees’.Another is WeAreTheMarket, which launched with similar aims to disrupt the world of local property marketing last week.Nigel Deekes of Acres (pictured) says: “For far too long agents have been at the mercy of national portals who are strangling the independent agents and now is the time for these agents to be able to reduce their portal costs and take control back.”Paul Ivens of Green & Company, says: “All previous attempts to break the property portal duopoly have failed because being national is not appropriate; it doesn’t work.Paul Carr says: “Traditionally local property markets have been very competitive and there has been little collaboration between agents.“By teaming up to launch Localmove, we are ensuring a better service for the house buying/selling public and for other agents too.”Nigel Deekes Paul Ivens of Green & Company LocalMove paul carr portal January 21, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Marketing » New agent-backed ‘local property portal’ goes live in the Midlands previous nextMarketingNew agent-backed ‘local property portal’ goes live in the MidlandsThree estate agents behind LocalMove.co.uk say the project has been borne out of their frustration with national portal fees.Nigel Lewis21st January 202101,006 Viewslast_img read more

National Doughnut Week: Join the fun!

first_imgDon’t forget to register for this year’s event from May 6–13, sponsored by BakeMark. There’s a point of sale pack for all participating craft bakers with a selection of bright, eye-catching posters and banners, price tickets and counter top cards to entice customers through your door. Liz Haigh-Reeve, director of fundraising for supported charity The Children’s Trust, says: “National Doughnut Week is a great way to make a difference to children’s lives. The funds raised go directly towards providing care, education and therapy for children with multiple disabilities and complex health needs. With our help, children and their families can rebuild their lives following an accident or serious illness.”Next week: We will tell you more about 19-year-old James, a former RAF cadet from Hertfordshire, who suffered severe brain damage in a road accident. James spent eight months at The Children’s Trust undergoing an intensive rehabilitation programme to help him regain everyday skills. Top tips: Who Deserves a Doughnut? Ask your customers to nominate the person who they think most deserves a doughnut – a caring friend or neighbour, for example. A gift voucher, perhaps donated by a local shop, is awarded to the winner/s and a goodie bag of doughnuts goes to the nominator. Or challenge customers to eat a doughnut without licking their lips – the fastest time wins. Go mad for doughnuts!• To register, email Christopher Freeman at Dunns Bakery at: [email protected] or call: 020 8340 1614 or 07776 480032.LOOK WHO’S REGISTERED!Since last week’s issue, the following bakers have got involved:- The Kandy Bar, Saltcoats, Ayrshire- Barkers Bakery, Cottenham, Cambs- WT Endacott, Okehampton, Devon- P&A Davies, Chester, Cheshire- Biggs Bakery, Littlehampton, West Sussex- Graces Bakery, Ryde, Isle of Wightlast_img read more