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first_imgGaining an MBA can be a real career accelerator and gain you a place on theboard but as Nic Paton discovered, it is also essential to ensure you graspfundamental strategic and business objectivesHeather Salter, HR director at entertainment company Clear ChannelEntertainment, graduated in September as an MBA from the Open UniversityBusiness School. A former secretary, she has worked her way up through GrandMetropolitan (as was), Scottish & Newcastle and Apollo Leisure to a pointwhere, if it wasn’t for the fact Clear Channel is owned by a US parent, shewould now be on the board. For her, securing an MBA on top of her OU degree and IPD qualification wasnot simply an option, it was a necessity. The course, three years of distance learningmodules, tutorials once a month and a residential element, was a tough jugglingact. But if she wanted to have credibility with the people who mattered – theboard – to go onwards and upwards, she felt she needed the qualification. “I now have a language that lets me communicate with them. The MBA hasalso changed my whole way of thinking. I am much more likely to look at whatthe business needs are and tailor the solution to them rather than thinkingsomething is just good to do,” she says. Yet, in the three years of studying, she did not meet a single other HRprofessional. While it is impossible to know with any certainty what percentageof high-level HR professionals hold MBAs, Salter’s experience does not seemunusual. Fewer than 2 per cent of those who studied at Henley ManagementCollege in recent years have HR or personnel backgrounds and just three of the300 people who graduated through the latest London Business School MBAprogramme came from an HR background. The Association of MBAs (AMBA) estimatesthat, out of a total membership of around 11,000 people, fewer than 40 of itsmembers work in HR. “It is true, very few people in HR either have an MBA or intend to doone,” agrees Linda Holbeche, director of research at the Roffey Park Institute.”They tend to get their qualification through the CIPD or an MSc inorganisational development or whatever. But they are reinforcing the usualproblem of HR being apparently disconnected from the business.” The HR profession is increasingly being urged to talk the language ofbusiness. HR professionals in turn often bemoan the fact they are perceived bychief executives, financial directors and chief operating offices as non-core –a useful, if slightly, well, woolly adjunct to the real business of makingmoney. Management often sees HR in much the same way it views public relations– glad it’s there, particularly in a crisis, but for God’s sake don’t let themget too close to the big stuff. For Mike Jones, director general of AMBA, the fact this view still prevailsin many boardrooms around the country, is “a real shame”. But HR canbe its own worst enemy, preferring to focus on “technical”qualifications such as the CIPD and ignoring the need for general businessskills, he argues. “It is essential that the HR director or manager has a very strongunderstanding of the constituent parts of the organisation. In many largecompanies, having an MBA is a prerequisite for getting on the board. It is theonly management qualification that gives a broad perspective on the variousfunctions and functionalities of the business,” he says. Julia Tyler, director of the MBA programme at London Business School,agrees. “What the MBA will do is move you out of the HR ghetto and giveyou knowledge of the general business functions,” she says. Yet in one sense the MBA has become a victim of its own success. The rangeand breadth of courses now offered by a plethora of organisations andinstitutions, some good and others distinctly less so, has devalued thequalification’s currency. It is important, therefore, to pick a well-respectedcourse. Out of 124 schools in the UK offering MBAs, AMBA only accredits 34. Andthese 34 account for two-thirds of all MBA students. “The MBA has lost its exclusivity, but against that it has become themainstream management qualification,” admits Jones. The qualification is increasingly becoming a must-have for the younger,up-and-coming executive, adds Professor Leo Murray, director of the CranfieldSchool of Management. To become a board-level director without an MBA or otherhigh-level business qualification is the exception rather than the norm. HRprofessionals who want to get on should consider studying for an MBA earlierrather than later – perhaps even at HRM level. “If you are about to get on the board of a FTSE company the probabilityis that you are 35 to 40 years of age and are pretty high up your chosenladder. You will probably already have done a general management programme oran MBA. Typically, people who do an MBA are the high-fliers in the 25-to-35 agebracket,” says Murray. An alternative option is the executive MBA, or eMBA. This is the samequalification studied part-time on a modular basis and often throughe-learning. Many colleges have linked up with other institutions around theworld to offer eMBAs that are truly global, designed to attract high-fliersworking for multinationals. Ultimately, though, it is the qualification and theschool it is from, not how you got it, that matters, argues AMBA’s Jones. “AnMBA is an MBA is an MBA.” So, it’s easy, then; an MBA is a passport to the board. Not necessarily.Cranfield’s Murray and LBS’ Tyler agree an MBA can be an enormous careeraccelerator, but getting to the board is a different matter altogether. “You cannot just say that HR directors are not on the board becausethey do not have MBAs – that is deeply far fetched. It is about knowledge,skills and persuasiveness,” says Murray. “An MBA is extremely useful.It gives you a vocabulary, an agenda that lets you relate to the business. Butthe further up you go the less it is about qualifications and the more it isabout your experience, determination and drive.” Neither can the qualification teach an executive what life is really like onthe board, whether from an HR background or not, argues John Weston, head ofthe centre for director development at the Institute of Directors. An MBA willgive you a sound under-pinning of effective management, but the IoD also runs adiploma in company direction that aims to offer clear, distinct guidance on howto lead and be a director. About 300 people a year go through the course. “Most MBAs miss the unique difference of being on the board. Managingand directing are not the same thing. There is the collective responsibility, differentlegal duties and responsibilities. It is about operating beyond your functionand specialism,” says Weston. HR people need to start to emphasise HR’s strategic nature, he adds.”Managing directors and financial directors tend not to understand thatconcept very well. HR professionals really have to blow their own trumpet more.They have to say, ‘This company will not work unless you have an effective HRstrategy in place’. They could be leaking their best people like a sieve andnot know it.” For the HR professional looking to progress up the greasy pole, it appearsthe question of acquiring an MBA is increasingly becoming one of when ratherthan if. Of course, some HR high-fliers will continue to make it to the boardwithout MBAs. But, if HR professionals want to win the battle to become anintegral part of their organisation’s strategic and business objectives, thenthe MBA must become a key weapon in their arsenal. Where MBAs come in THE pecking orderMBA: Gives a credible grounding in general management and administration skills.Graduates will be expected to be able to “think outside the box” whenit comes to their function, be real business players and, probably, on afast-track to the board* * * * *Doctorates: PhDs can be a useful tool for focusing on business issues or problems, butthey are more usually for the serious academic. Nevertheless, they can addgravitas to an already solid CV*Specialised Masters Degree: Graduates should be able to show an advanced  level of academic and conceptual thinking and understand theirfunction inside out. But while they should give a sense of the broader businesspicture, they may also be tightly focused on a specific function or discipline* * * *CIPD: A vital qualification for any self-respecting HR professional, but worthgetting behind you as fast as possible and then moving on * * Management Diploma: Shows you’re thinking widely about your field and how best to work withinyour organisation * * *Key:* * * * * stand for excellent, through to* which has less relevanceMBA skills need continuousupdatingOnce achieved, an MBA will needupdating. Indeed, a central tenet of any good MBA programme is an expectationfor life-long and continuous professional development. Former MBA students are generally encouraged to remain in touchwith their colleges throughout the rest of their professional working life.Four months ago, AMBA launched MBAcademy as a specificinitiative to tap into this need for life-long learning among MBA graduates.The academy offers members a series of five-day refresher courses designed toupdate their management skills with the latest thinking, open them up to newideas and simply allow them time to rethink some of their management beliefs.Among other initiatives, Roffey Park launched its Strategic HRNetwork in September. This forum comprises some 30 HR professionals who can shareviews, contacts, best practice and hold discussions at least twice a year. Themembers will also be given software to allow them to keep in touch throughtheir computers outside the meetings. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. What price education?On 1 Feb 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Brown’s 3-pointer lifts Celtics to 97-94 win over Jazz

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Jaylen Brown made a 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left to lift the Boston Celtics to a 97-94 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.Brown scored 21 points and Jayson Tatum added 16 for the Celtics, who won their fifth straight despite a short-handed roster. Terry Rozier chipped in 13 points.With Kyrie Irving out after knee surgery, and Marcus Morris and Al Horford both sidelined with ankle injuries, the Celtics finished a 4-0 trip to the West in what would have been Gordon Hayward’s return to Utah had he not been injured in the season opener.Donovan Mitchell scored 22 points for Utah. Ricky Rubio tallied 14 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, and Jae Crowder added 16 points off the bench. The Jazz (42-33) lost for the third time in five games.Utah seemed in control in the third quarter, forcing 10 turnovers and turning them into 15 points. It helped the Jazz rip off a 15-0 run, also fueled by three 3-pointers from Rubio and Crowder, to take a 69-58 lead.Boston charged back in the fourth quarter. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Rozier and Shane Larkin helped trim the deficit to 85-84. Crowder and Mitchell answered with back-to-back layups to keep the Jazz in front.Boston kept coming and tied it at 94 on Tatum’s dunk with 1:09 left.Utah had a 13-0 run in the first quarter. Boston missed 14 of 17 shots and scored six total points over the final 8:53 of the quarter.The teams reversed roles during the second quarter. Boston found its shooting rhythm and shut down Utah on the other end of the court. The Celtics surged in front behind a 16-2 run, taking a 46-34 lead late in the quarter. Brown put Boston in front with back-to-back baskets and capped the spurt with his second 3-pointer of the game. Utah missed six of seven shots during the run.TIP-INSCeltics: Boston committed 18 total turnovers and gave up 24 points on those turnovers. . Rozier scored 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter.Jazz: Utah made five 3-pointers in the third quarter after shooting 4 of 16 from the perimeter in the first half. . Mitchell set up the third quarter Jazz rally by scoring 10 points in the first four minutes of the second half. . The Jazz shot 20 free throws in the second half after attempting one free throw before halftime.UP NEXTCeltics: Host the Raptors on Saturday.Jazz: Host the Grizzlies on Friday. March 28, 2018 /Sports News – Local Brown’s 3-pointer lifts Celtics to 97-94 win over Jazz Tags: Basketball/NBA/Utah Jazz Associated Press Written bylast_img read more

Xmas fundraiser: Estate agency asks industry to back 100k challenge

first_imgEstate agents across the UK are being asked to take part in a property industry fundraiser to run or walk 100 kilometres between Boxing Day and the end of January and raise at least £10,000 for the British Heart Foundation.Over 130 agents have already got involved including industry figures such as Kristjan Byfield, Simon Whale, Josh Phegan, Gary Barker, Stephen Hayter, Pete Fenwick and The Negotiator’s publisher, Grant Leonard.Organisations taking part in the fundraiser so far include Dawsons, Newton Fallowell, Iamproperty, Reapit, Brief Your Market, and Moneypenny.The Christmas charity appeal is being organised by estate agency Pygott & Crone in Lincolnshire which is urging as many people within the industry as possible to take part.How to join inAgents can join in by joining its dedicated JustGiving page and promoting the challenge on social media via the hashtag #BHF100k.There is also a growing club on the Strava fitness tracker app where agents can share their progress through the challenge.The inspiration for the challenge came from Jamie Aspland, manager of the agency’s Sleaford branch, together with Gary Burr, the charity’s fundraising manager for Lincolnshire.Agents Giving, the charity for the property industry, is supporting the challenge.“As a charity we have struggled badly during COVID but these funds will be a much needed boost,” says Burr.Pygott & Crone director Kevin Scrupps (pictured) says: “We have had an amazing response so far from our staff, local businesses, and our friends in Lincolnshire; the support from our industry and associated suppliers has been amazing,” he says.Further details on the challenge including a full list of participants, and instructions on how to join the challenge, can be found at https://www.pygott-crone.com/bhf100k/Josh Phegan Stephen Hayter Jamie Aspland Kevin Scrupps iamproperty gary barker Newton Fallowell Moneypenny Agents Giving Pygott & Crone Reapit brief your market Simon Whale. Dawsons December 17, 2020Nigel LewisAny comments? 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 » Agencies & People » Xmas fundraiser: Estate agency asks industry to back 100k challenge previous nextAgencies & PeopleXmas fundraiser: Estate agency asks industry to back 100k challengePygott & Crone has 100 agents signed up including senior industry figures and is urging more agents to get involved to support BHF.Nigel Lewis17th December 20200441 Viewslast_img read more

USNS Guadalupe Overhaul Deal Awarded

first_img Authorities View post tag: Overhaul View post tag: Vigor Marine April 27, 2015 Back to overview,Home naval-today USNS Guadalupe Overhaul Deal Awarded View post tag: deal USNS Guadalupe Overhaul Deal Awarded View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: americas View post tag: USNS Guadalupe Vigor Marine LLC is being awarded an $8,7 million firm-fixed-price contract for a 55-calendar day regular overhaul and drydocking availability of the USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200), a Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler. Work will include port main engine overhaul; docking, undocking, and underwater hull cleaning and painting; and cargo tank preservation.This contract includes options, which if exercised, would bring the total contract value to $9,177,702. Work will be performed in Portland, Oregon, and is expected to be completed by Aug. 1, 2015.Fiscal 2015 operation and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of amount of $9,177,702 will be obligated at the time of award, and funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Navy’s Military Sealift Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.The primary mission of USNS Guadalupe is to provide fuel to Navy ships at sea and jet fuel to aircraft assigned to aircraft carriers.[mappress mapid=”15790″]Image: US Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

PREMIERE: Mike Gordon, Robert Walter, & John Kimock Join Barika On “Angatta” In Burlington [Pro-Shot Video]

first_imgOn Wednesday, January 30th, Burlington, VT’s own Barika lent support to Robert Walter’s 20th Congress at Higher Ground. While the two bands play very different styles of music, members of the two groups are quite familiar with playing together. Members of both Barika (percussionist Craig Myers) and the recent iteration of Robert Walter’s 20th Congress (keyboardist Robert Walter, drummer John Kimock) tour the country with Phish bassist Mike Gordon as part of his solo band, so who better to show up and lend a musical hand than Mike Gordon himself? Well, that’s exactly what happened.Barika—comprised of Craig Myers, Dopapod’s Rob Compa, Caleb Bronz, Giovanni “Johnny” Rovetto, Chris Hawthorn, and Matt Davide—kicked off the evening’s festivities with their unique blend of “funky, dubbed out, psychedelic West African” sounds. The first guest of the night came early in the set when Daby Touré joined in on vocals. Midway through their set, Barika was joined by Mike Gordon, Robert Walter, and John Kimock for a collaborative rendition of original number “Angatta”, which the collected musicians frequently performed together at Mike Gordon shows.Today, Live For Live Music is pleased to premiere Barika’s multi-cam video for “Angatta” featuring Mike Gordon, Robert Walter, and John Kimock. Craig Myers shared his thoughts on the special “family affair” sit-in, explaining:It was a joy playing with Mike, Johnny, and Robert in the setting of Barika, and I love the energy they bring to this song. Both bands, Mike Gordon’s band and Barika, play ‘Angatta’, but in very different ways. Mike is such a creative and interactive player that it makes for great collective musical conversations. Not to mention Robert’s organ playing and Johnny’s deep pocket grooves. Always a pleasure to play with all of them.Mike Gordon adds,I love working with Craig; he brings a lot of fire and passion, not to mention innovation. And he often has great intuition about what’s working and what isn’t… So it makes sense that his own band would create a thoughtfully constructed, firey flow of sound! Mixing his traditional African instrument with all the fix-ins of a good dance band – horns, guitar, etc. – makes for a fun night, and always a fun sit-in!You can check out the Live For Live Music premiere of Barika’s new video for “Angatta” below:Barika ft. Mike Gordon, Robert Walter, & John Kimock – “Angatta” [Pro-Shot Video]For a full list of Barika’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Barika | Higher Ground | Burlington, VT | 1/30/2019Set: On The Move, Hit The Ground, Bless The Child, Gotta Be Another Way (ft. Daby Touré), Dark Star, Angatta (ft. Mike Gordon, John Kimock, Robert Walter), Bamanakélast_img read more

DW Brooks 2013

first_imgOn Oct. 1, the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences recognized its staff and faculty who have demonstrated excellence in the college’s teaching, research and Extension missions with the annual D.W. Brooks awards. Georgi Austin, Classified Staff Award for Excellence, administrative or professional category During her seven years as business manager for the department of crop and soil sciences, Austin has overseen grant awards, payroll, purchasing and accounting compliance for the department’s 48 faculty members. She first began working in the department as an administrative specialist and was promoted to business manager. She previously worked in UGA’s Feed and Environmental Water Laboratory as an accounting assistant. College administrators established the D.W. Brooks Faculty Awards for Excellence in Teaching in 1981 to recognize faculty members who made outstanding contributions to the college’s teaching mission. In 1983, administrators expanded the awards to include research, Extension and county Extension programs. An award for international agriculture was added in 1988. “Some think world-changing innovators like Norman Borlaug, Glen Burton and D.W. Brooks are a rarity that may never again be seen in our high-tech world,” said J. Scott Angle, the college’s dean and director. “But we know differently. If you look down the list of those we honor today, and dozens of others among our faculty ranks, you will see great potential, innovation and success that will matter in this world and in agriculture for generations to come.” Steve Stice, D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor Award Stice is a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in the college and director of the UGA Regenerative Bioscience Center. His current research activities range from working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to developing disease resistant livestock in sub-Saharan Africa and stem cell therapies for stroke and Parkinson’s disease. Sammy Aggrey, D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Research. Aggrey’s research interests include mapping poultry genes for growth and development, microRNA predictions and nutrigenomics—an emerging field that researches the interaction between genomes and nutrient use. Aggrey co-edited the definitive text “Poultry Genetics, Breeding and Biotechnology” and regularly writes and speaks globally on the molecular basis of nutrient and feed use. Clint Waltz, D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Extension. Waltz joined the UGA Turfgrass Team in 2001 as a turfgrass Extension specialist. He conducts research projects in many areas of turfgrass management, especially evaluating how various turfgrass species respond to the environmental stresses of the Southeast. He has published in scientific journals and trade magazines, regularly presents to turfgrass professionals and homeowners, and manages the UGA turfgrass website www.GeorgiaTurf.com. This year’s award winners were honored at a ceremony at the UGA Center for Continuing Education. William Graves, D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Teaching Graves has been on the faculty of the UGA department of animal and dairy science since 2001. He teaches four classes and three labs and serves as a graduate and undergraduate student adviser, Dairy Science Club adviser, Dairy Judging Team coach and departmental Extension coordinator. When not on campus, he works with dairy producers and organizations across Georgia and coordinates the Georgia 4-H Dairy Youth Program. center_img This year’s D.W. Brooks Award winners are listed below. John Rema, Classified Staff Award for Excellence, technical category Rema has served as a research technician with Miguel Cabrera in the department of crop and soil sciences for 19 years and has worked in the department for more than two decades. He is responsible for field and lab work related to the application of animal manures to crop and pasture land. His area of work focuses on poultry litter and a mixture of poultry litter and bedding material. James Jacobs, D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Public Service Extension. Jacobs is the agriculture and natural resources agent for the UGA Extension offices in Pierce and Ware counties. He began his Extension career in 1995 and has since gained recognition for his research and educational efforts on a variety of crops. He is also recognized as an Extension leader, serving as a mentor for new county coordinators and promotion candidates. Since 1998, Jacobs has been involved in 15 research trials evaluating suppression methods for tomato spotted wilt virus. He also has assisted a local olive producer since 2007 on the first, commercial olive planting in Georgia. Chris McKenzie, Classified Staff Award for Excellence, skilled trades category. McKenzie has served as the feed mill supervisor at the UGA Poultry Research Center since 2007. He blends custom formulations of corn, soy and nutrients, allowing poultry researchers to test the effect of different ratios on growth and other variables. McKenzie’s role is critical to faculty researching livestock nutrition. The mill, which produces specialty feed for poultry and swine research projects, turns out 8 to 10 tons of feed a week. The annual awards are named after D.W. Brooks, who graduated from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 1922. Brooks founded the agricultural firm Gold Kist Inc. while serving as a professor of agronomy at the college. He also founded Cotton States Insurance Co. Yao-wen Huang, D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Diversity. Huang is a professor in the department of food science and technology and an adjunct professor in the department of marine sciences. His research areas include food safety and microbiology, seafood technology and product development. He currently is focusing on the application of nanotechnology in rapid detection techniques for foodborne pathogens and toxins. Huang teaches several classes on new product development and the science behind flavors and serves as program director for the CAES China study abroad program. Terry Centner, UGA Outstanding Academic Adviser As a professor in the department of agricultural economics, Centner developed the college’s pre-law program, environmental law minor and agribusiness certificate. He currently serves as director of those programs and teaches environmental, public health and agribusiness law courses. His research program involves the policy analysis of current issues confronting agriculture and the environment, including the application of findings that enhance agricultural performance. He has delivered lectures, seminars and papers in 30 countries.last_img read more

African Development Bank will not fund proposed Kenya coal plant

first_imgAfrican Development Bank will not fund proposed Kenya coal plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters: The African Development Bank (AfDB) will not fund a coal-fired power plant project in Kenya and has no plans to finance new coal plants in future, senior AfDB officials told Reuters.The Abidjan-based lender published an environmental and social impact assessment in May for the Lamu project, which was planned near a UNESCO World Heritage Site but which was halted by a local environmental tribunal.The project to build a 1,050 megawatt plant in eastern Kenya was backed by Kenyan and Chinese investors. Construction was originally planned to start in 2015.Dozens of top banks, insurers and development finance institutions are restricting coal investments, as climate activists and investors voice growing concerns about the impact of burning fossil fuels, particularly coal.AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina told Reuters at a conference in South Africa the bank took environmental concerns seriously and was focusing on renewable energy, adding that coal projects risked becoming “stranded assets” on the AfDB’s balance sheet. The AfDB president had told U.N. climate talks in September that the bank was “getting out of coal,” but he did not give a timeframe or specify whether the Lamu project would be affected.The AfDB’s retreat from coal will make it harder for the Lamu project to progress.More: African Development Bank decides not to fund Kenya coal projectlast_img read more

Skiing in a Pandemic

first_imgIn other parts of the East Coast, where skiing is a major economic driver, like Vermont, which is home to more than 25 ski resorts—Virginia has four; North Carolina, six—such discussions are well underway.   Uncertainty loomed over full-time employees too. Mandatory stay-at-home orders were issued to last through early June on March 24. Was there going to be a mountain biking season? Would the waterpark, pool, and lake be able to open? “Everything was so up in the air,” says Hess. Trying to plan ahead felt futile.  “They won’t survive the pandemic unless we give them some resources to do things differently,” Brady told the Vermont House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development. For instance, establishing heated winter tents for restaurants and day-lodge operations, as well as adapting new ticketing platforms and socially distanced line systems.  “Most locals and day-trippers buy passes for half-days or night skiing,” says Kimberley Jochl, vice president of Sugar Mountain Resort in North Carolina. Season passholders typically visit for a few hours at a time. Dividing the day into sections could provide a much-needed boost in sales. “Suddenly I’m going around telling people they don’t have jobs,” says Hess. Some were counting on extra paychecks to pay bills. Others had to grapple with travel bans and restrictions.  These are the types of issues that Isaac, the National Ski Areas Association spokesperson, is trying to solve. To do it, she’s working to connect resort managers to one another as well as state officials. “We do not want to be caught off guard, or find ourselves needing to make reactive changes,” Katz said. “Consistency and predictability for guests will be extremely important.” Kenny Hess sat in a conference room at Massanutten Resort surrounded by top-level staffers watching a television showing Virginia governor Ralph Northam’s live March 13 press conference. The mood went from grim to alarmed as schools and nonessential businesses were ordered to shut down for at least two weeks.   “Ski season is going to be very different this year,” says National Ski Areas Association spokesperson Adrienne Isaac. Her organization works with 470 U.S. ski areas across 37 states. She’s been helping them share ideas, pandemic-related best practices, and safety plans.  To survive the COVID-19 downturn, “we must have detailed new safety precautions that can be in effect throughout the entire winter,” said Rob Katz, CEO of Vail Resorts, in a September statement. The company manages 34 ski areas in North America and has lost more $200 million in revenue since the pandemic began.  Cover Photo: New safety measures will be in place for skiers and snowboarders at Virginia’s Massanutten Resort (pictured above). Photo courtesy of Massanutten Just how different is the 2020-2021 ski season going to look? One of them is pivoting to online-only ticket sales and eliminating walkup and open-date lift ticket purchases. The move will help resorts keep better track of visitors, maintain social distancing, and comply with capacity limits. “Some resorts may require season passholders to check in as well,” says Isaac. While Snowshoe Resort in West Virginia has no such plans, tighter rules in neighboring Virginia may force Massanutten to do so.  “Getting there required a ton of patience and constant adaptation,” says Hess. Ensuring visitor safety and complying with state regulations posed significant challenges. A lack of specificity in state guidelines meant constant communication with public health officials, other resorts, and industry trade associations. And finding workers was tough.  “It’s hard to tell,” says Isaac. That’s because, with no unified federal pandemic strategy, states have responded individually. Compliance and safety measures can vary significantly from place to place. For instance, New York currently imposes a 14-day quarantine for out-of-state visitors. Most Southeastern states, including Virginia and North Carolina, have lifted travel restrictions. Other states, including Maryland and Pennsylvania, urge travelers to observe a period of isolation. “Usually, passholders can walk up and hit the slopes right away,” says Hess. Depending on restrictions, “we might ask them to make advance reservations online, or through a new app. Alternatively, it could just be having someone scan passes at entry points.” “Is that per day, at any given moment, or what?” says Hess. How that question gets answered has major economic ramifications. Like most Southeast resorts, Massanutten’s success depends on busy weekends. A good Saturday features about 5,000 people on the slopes at any given moment. Cutting attendance by 80 percent would be hard to stomach, especially when you consider the operational realities of ski areas. center_img Luckily, Hess says the effort brought a silver lining. It was a trial run for what will invariably be the oddest ski season in modern history. Facing concerns about a winter resurgence of COVID-19, having some experience is a plus.  “This ski season is going to be unlike any we’ve ever experienced, and we’re asking visitors for their understanding and patience,” says Kimberley Jochl, the Sugar Mountain Resort vice president. “In return, you can count on us to do everything in our power to help keep you safe and make skiing and snowboarding a reality throughout the winter.”  COVID-19 blindsided regional snowsports resorts last spring. Here’s how they’re preparing for winter.  Additional safety measures will likely include cashless transactions, expanded takeout and delivery options at restaurants, scheduled temperature checks for employees, sanitation regimens, and more. In 2018, the industry was the state’s second largest economic driver, generating more than $1 billion in wages and $391 million in tax revenue. According to Vermont deputy commerce director Ted Brady, the state has prioritized the creation of specific guidelines for social distancing and capacity restrictions, allowing ski areas to prepare for the upcoming season. Next comes a funding package to help smaller resorts adapt. More certainties are masks and hand sanitizing. The former will be mandatory indoors, as well as in high-traffic areas like outdoor dining spaces and lift lines (luckily, a balaclava or raised neck-scarf will work for the latter). Sanitizing stations will be situated at entrances and exits to lodges, hotels, eateries, shops, bathrooms, and lifts. Most resorts will allocate additional sites for rentals and use computerized technology for contactless fittings. Lift lines will feature spacing markers and added attendants to ensure skiers and snowboarders maintain proper social distance while waiting. Lift rides pairing strangers won’t be optional.  Looking ahead, that worries resort managers like Hess. What if a state experiences an uptick in COVID-19 cases and reimposes travel constraints? “Keeping track of who’s coming from where and how we’re supposed to treat them would be very complicated,” he says.  Yes, pivoting to online-only systems for lift ticket purchases brings the ability to filter sales by geographic area. But should resorts ban homeowners from affected states too? Meanwhile, ambiguity in regulatory mandates adds further complication. The biggest of these gray areas is capacity limits for slopes. “It was so unprecedented,” says Hess, Massanutten’s director of sports and business operations, who has worked at the Harrisonburg-area resort since the early 1980s. Dealing with finicky weather and warm spells was par for the course. But this was different: The closure’s abruptness was blindsiding. In Virginia, attendance for outdoor entertainment venues has been capped at 1,000 people. But how should that number be interpreted when it comes to skiing? Trying to swiftly shutter operations proved a logistical and emotional nightmare. Though the end of the season was near, a run of cold weather had inspired plans to keep slopes open into early April. The resort relies on seasonal employees to clean lodges, operate lifts, and staff restaurants, gift shops, and rental facilities. Located in a college town, most were locals. But around 20 percent were workers from foreign countries using temporary H-2B visas.   But time went on and the picture got clearer. State officials released safety guidelines for sporting facilities, restaurants, hotels, and retailers. Phased re-openings began in mid-May. Massanutten’s mountain bike park opened a month later.  State governments in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic have yet to offer specific guidance for ski resorts, says Isaac. Interpreting blanket regulations leaves too much margin for error. “Which is why we’re working closely with public health officials to target gray areas and try to eliminate as much uncertainty as possible.”    “There’s definitely going to be a degree of inconvenience,” says Isaac. But if resorts implement proper practices, she’s confident they can keep slopes open through the winter and ensure the safety of skiers and snowboarders. Despite the ambiguities, some changes are certain.   last_img read more

You asked us tons of questions about the coronavirus. We’re answering them.

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As the coronavirus pandemic spreads around the world, hundreds of our readers across the nation have asked us questions about COVID-19.To answer many of your concerns – What are the symptoms? How should you prepare? How is it spread? – we’ve put together an explainer on the virus. We’ve also debunked some of those viral coronavirus myths you’re seeing on social media. (No, it’s not related to Corona beer. And no, it didn’t escape from a Chinese lab.)But you’re curious, so we wanted to address more of the important questions you submitted via our newsletter, Coronavirus Watch.What else would you like to know? Ask us by filling out the form here.What is involved in testing for the coronavirus? Is it the same as when they do a nasal swab for influenza?last_img read more

Planning: Bath pours cold water on coffee shops

first_imgTo access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week. Would you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletterslast_img

Is Wolves vs Arsenal on TV? Channel, live stream, time, odds, team news and head-to-head

first_img Head-to-head in last five meetings 11 Nov 2018 – Arsenal 1-1 Wolves – Premier League11 Apr 2012 – Wolves 0-3 Arsenal – Premier League27 Dec 2011 – Arsenal 1-1 Wolves – Premier League12 Feb 2011 – Arsenal 2-0 Wolves – Premier League10 Nov 2010 – Wolves 0-2 Arsenal – Premier League MORE: Jurgen Klopp happy to sell £34.7m Liverpool outcast Marko Grujic to Atletico Madrid this summerMORE: Manchester United identify PSG right-back Thomas Meunier as potential summer signing Is Wolves vs Arsenal on TV? Channel, live stream, time, odds, team news and head-to-head Advertisement Shkodran Mustafi has had a difficult time (Picture: Sportimage)When is Wolves vs Arsenal?The match is on Wednesday 24 April with kick-off at 7.45pm at Molineux.AdvertisementAdvertisementIs Wolves vs Arsenal on TV and is there a live stream?Unfortunately not, Sky Sports are showing the Manchester derby at 8pm, while there are not matches being shown on BT Sport.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityTeam newsWolves have no injury problems to deal with at this point of the season.Arsenal are without Aaron Ramsey and Denis Suarez, while Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck all remain out.Granit Xhaka is not fully fit but could be available, while Sokratis Papastathopoulos returns from suspension.What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)19/10 Wolves5/2 Draw31/20 Arsenal Wolves have not beaten Arsenal since 1979 (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)Arsenal are looking to bounce back into the top four of the Premier League when they travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday night.The Gunners are currently fifth in the table after their shock defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday but can leapfrog Chelsea into fourth with victory at Molineux.However, Wolves have European ambitions of their own as victory will take them to seventh in the table, which will likely be a Europa League spot for next season.Wolves have not beaten Arsenal since 1979, going 20 games without a victory against the Gunners.ADVERTISEMENT Phil HaighWednesday 24 Apr 2019 8:14 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Four-fifths of DC members in UK opt for default funds

first_imgThe majority of UK defined contribution (DC) fund members are investing assets in the scheme’s default option, despite the average number of investment options exceeding a dozen, according to a survey by the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF).The industry association’s latest annual survey, which covered nearly 1m DC members with £11bn (€13.2bn) in assets, found that 94% of schemes offered members a default option – with 80% of members opting for the fund.Joanne Segars, chief executive at the NAPF, said: “With 80% of DC members remaining in a default fund, the fund’s design and investment strategy are crucial.”“But charges also affect member outcomes – it is important that charges are both transparent and reasonable, and, while the average charge was 0.46%, the range in this year’s survey was wide.” The survey found that more than one-third of DC schemes chose a passive tracker fund as a means of investing, while the number of schemes’ multi-asset funds rose by 7 percentage points to 30% over the previous year.It also found that nearly four-fifths, 79%, levied an annual management charge, although, as noted by Segars, the cost varied significantly between schemes – from 0.004% to 1.2%.Examining the investment strategy employed by the nearly £700bn in defined benefit (DB) assets covered by the survey, the NAPF also found that the sector had continued to diversify, lowering UK equity exposure by 1.1 percentage points to 8.8%.More than one-third of DB funds moved into commercial real estate, and 23% explored infrastructure investments for the first time.Funds also showed an increasing interest in index-linked Gilts, increasing exposure while keeping overall fixed income exposure stable.“In an economic climate of long-term low interest rates, funds are considering how to broaden their investments,” said Segars.“The NAPF has argued strongly for some time that it should be easier for institutional investors to invest in infrastructure as an asset class, and our survey shows growing member interest in this form of investment.”last_img read more

Irish consultant seeks multi-asset manager for €30m mandate

first_imgTracking error should be between 5% and 10%.Managers should have at least €500m already in the strategy and at least a three-year track record. Respondents should state performance to 30 June 2018, net of fees.The deadline for responses is 16 August at 5pm UK time. The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email [email protected] An Irish consultancy has tendered for a €30m multi-asset, absolute return mandate via IPE Quest.According to search QN-2466, the unnamed consultant is searching for a global multi-asset manager running money on an active basis.Managers bidding for the mandate should run their portfolios with consideration for environmental, social, and corporate governance factors.The mandate will be monitored against a ‘cash plus 5%’ benchmark.last_img read more

Man hangs self

first_imgHe was 42-year-old Roque Postolero, a policereport showed. Police ruled out foul play in the incident./PN Postolero was found hanging inside his uncle’shouse around 1:55 p.m. on Sept. 13, the report added. center_img ILOILO City – A man who was believed to havecommitted suicide was found dead in Barangay Lanit, Jaro district.last_img

Bulldogs JV Football Team Wraps Up Season With Victory

first_imgThe JV Bulldogs beat Connersville 28-0.Josh Mobley started the scoring for Batesville with TD runs of 17 and 6 yards.  Evan Williamson then ran 1 yard for a TD right before halftime.  Trenton Kincaide scored the 2 point conversion to make it 20-0 at halftime.  The lone touchdown in the second half came on a 45-yard pass from Bryson Bonelli to Gabe Gunter.  Jacob Meer caught the 2 point conversion from Bonelli to finish the scoring. The offensive line led by Blake Hon, Quinn Steinkamp, Peyton Hornberger, Ryan Thayer, and Henry Dirkhising had an excellent game.Trent Roell had an interception and played an excellent all-around game on defense.  Nate Deputy, Williamson, Alex Siefert also played well for the defense while Kincaide had the tackle of the year.The Bulldogs finished their season with a 5-4 record.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tony Gausman.last_img read more

Chip seal preservation begins next week on S.R. 46, U.S. 421 in Ripley, Dearborn and Decatur Counties

first_imgDearborn, Decatur, and Ripley Counties— Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews will begin chip seal operations as early as Monday, June 8, on S.R. 46 in Ripley and Dearborn Counties. Work will take place between S.R. 101 at Penntown and S.R. 1 near St. Leon. Crews plan to start work on U.S. 421 mid-week in Ripley and Decatur Counties from just north of S.R. 229 in Napoleon to the Sand Creek Bridge in Greensburg.Chip seal operations typically last around three to four days per location depending upon weather. Work is completed under lane closures with flagging to prevent damage to both vehicles and the roadway. During operations, existing pavement is coated with liquid asphalt, which seals cracks and provides waterproof protection. This extends the service life of the roadway and lowers maintenance costs. Once the seal coat is complete, loose aggregate is applied and then swept from the road. After a curing period, crews will return to fog seal the new driving surface.Chip seal is a cost-effective pavement preservation technique that is utilized across the state of Indiana, saving an estimated six to 14 dollars in taxpayer expenditures for every dollar invested in extending the life of a roadway.Motorists should slow down, watch for stopped traffic and drive distraction-free through all work zones. All work is weather dependent and schedules are subject to change.last_img read more