Lack of resources pushes corporate learning outside

first_imgMostcorporate learning is being outsourced, according to a study.Thereport shows external providers are being used in this area because of a lackof in-house resources, volume of work and credibility and knowledge.Fifteensenior HR professionals  from firms suchas AstraZeneca, Vodafone, Iceland Foods and Bupa were interviewed. The surveywas carried out by Brathay, in partnership with Lancaster University ManagementSchool and Personnel Today.Halfof the organisations surveyed have no rules or policies concerning theselection of a provider of corporate learning, but many are seeking tointroduce a preferred supplier list.Allrespondents believe business benefits have been achieved due to investing incorporate learning and most had formal evaluation measures in place. Those thathad not, realised that they should, claims the report.Allthe respondents claim that they either have or are developing an intranet.  Theresearch also shows that top-level board members, not HR directors, are morelikely to start culture change initiatives to improve learning. Only chiefexecutives or managing directors took decisions about company-wide initiatives.HR managers are more likely to be in charge of decision-making formanagement-development initiatives.Butin all cases and all levels, HR was involved in the decision about who was tobe learning and development provider. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Lack of resources pushes corporate learning outsideOn 3 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Comment on Shaw J., Pugin, A. and Young, R. (2008): “A meltwater origin for Antarctic shelf bedforms with special attention to megalineations”, Geomorphology 102, 364-375

first_imgThe submarine glacial geomorphology and sedimentology of the cross-shelf troughs and the adjacent continental slope around the Antarctic Peninsula and West Antarctica have been the focus of a series of marine geophysical and geological investigations over the last decade (e.g., [Shipp et al., 1999], [Canals et al., 2000], [Wellner et al., 2001], [Lowe and Anderson, 2002], [Ó Cofaigh et al., 2002], [Dowdeswell et al., 2004], [Heroy and Anderson, 2005], [Evans et al., 2005], [Domack et al., 2006], [Mosola and Anderson, 2006], [Wellner et al., 2006], [Dowdeswell et al., 2006], [Ó Cofaigh et al., 2007], Ó Cofaigh et al., 2008 C. Ó Cofaigh, J.A. Dowdeswell, J. Evans and R.D. Larter, Geological constraints on Antarctic palaeo-ice stream retreat, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 33 (2008), pp. 513–525.[Ó Cofaigh et al., 2008] and [Dowdeswell et al., 2008]). These studies have interpreted sets of characteristic streamlined glacial bedforms and sediments on the shelf, which in numerous cases occur in front of modern ice streams, as largely the product of fast-flowing palaeo-ice streams that drained across the shelf during or following the last glacial maximum. A key feature of these studies is the observation of highly attenuated bedforms known as mega-scale glacial lineations (MSGL), formed in soft sediment on the outer continental shelf. These lineations are regarded as key evidence for streaming flow. In their recent paper, Shaw et al. present a radically different interpretation of the glacial geomorphology of Antarctic cross-shelf troughs in terms of catastrophic discharge of subglacial meltwater floods across the shelf. In their interpretation, MSGL are regarded as the product of erosion by turbulent meltwater flow. The following comment discusses a number of the key assertions made in their paper.last_img read more

UKPA launch will support PropTech businesses

first_imgThe UK PropTech Association (UKPA) will support businesses and individuals working within the PropTech industry.It aims to promote engagement between technology businesses and the property industry, whilst representing the interests of both parties at home and abroad.Eddie HolmesEddie Holmes, Chairman, said, “Today’s climate of increasing investment in PropTech businesses is mirrored by a boom in the adoption of new technology by property professionals and consumers.“It’s more important than ever to make sure that the companies and people driving innovation in PropTech have a body which can help them succeed.“It’s one of the key goals of the UKPA to bring technology and property businesses closer. For too long each group has viewed each other with some trepidation. We will work to build bridges between, and create opportunities for both industries.”The UKPA steering committee comprises: Dan Hughes – RICS; Edwin Bartlett – kykloud; Juliette Morgan, Cushman & Wakefield and James Dearsley – The Digital Marketing Bureau, who said, “I’ve seen how important it is to help the property industry work with technology companies during my time working in both sectors.“I hope to bring this insight to the UKPA steering committee and help PropTech to flourish in the UK.” www.ukproptech.comHouseviz presents affordable Virtual RealityHouseviz is helping estate agents to take advantage of Virtual Reality (VR) technology, with a pricing model which, they say, pays for itself.3D virtual walkthroughs deliver an experience very much like the virtual tours on Google Street View. Creating extraordinary experiences, 360 VR property tours add a new dimension to estate agency marketing. More immersive than standard video, with VR, estate agents can offer prospective buyers the chance to explore properties online in great detail; Saving valuable time, agents can reduce the time they spend on casual property viewings while pricing is accessible to all agents.Houseviz Director, Amanda Lindsay said, “We’ve been leading the way when it comes to bringing VR and AR to the UK property market. VR is now science fact and it won’t be long before vendors expect this service as standard. But it’s not enough to just offer the industry something new; we have to make it affordable.”Houseviz offers DIY immersive VR walkthrough for £10 per property and camera equipment for £199. The PropTech can also provide agents with custom branded Google VR glasses and training where required. aims to raised £310k in its first funding round and aims to rival high-street letting agents. This is a free to use service for landlords to advertise their student property on and other portals. They have ‘created robust property management packages for landlords at a fraction of the cost of high street letting agents; disrupting a market.’With 2,000 properties, claims to be the largest student-only property letting agency in the UK and it has forged strong relationships with Emoov, Uber and Norwegian Air to offer customers promotions.Danielle Cullen, Managing Director said, “Our goal is to use technology to make the rental process easier, more accessible, more transparent for all parties. The new funds allow us to advertise and grow our database of landlords, expanding our brand awareness.Having recently taken on board Shelly Suter-Hadad (COO of a global online entertainment company) as a non-executive director, I’m extremely confident in our future. With her experience in digital marketing and business development, as well as running an international online company, this will drive us even further forward.” www.studenttenant.comNested set to build brandNested, a chain-breaking PropTech company has appointed Instinctif Partners as PR adviser to raise its profile.Matt RobinsonThe start-up was founded by established entrepreneur, Matt Robinson, who previously co-founded the successful payment transfer firm, GoCardless.Nested guarantees vendors a sale of their property within 90 days, through a process which provides an instant online valuation for a property, based on a combination of publicly available data, information entered by the homeowner and an internal algorithm.Nested then guarantees the vendor 95-98 per cent of this valuation (dependent on area and property type) and puts the property on the market, with all the ‘traditional’ estate agency services and with further services available, such as investigative digital sales tracking.Nested guarantees to sell for 95-98 per cent of market value within 90 days – or they will give the homeowner the money themselves.Any profit above the guaranteed price is split 70/30 in favour of the vendor with a 2.5 per cent sales fee.Matt Robinson, CEO, Nested, says, “The process of selling a property in 2017 is little changed from 30 years ago and it remains far too hard to sell.“This is particularly painful for people caught in chains who frequently miss out on the property of their dreams.“Our proposition is truly groundbreaking, within four months we have already helped many people take control of their sale, allowing them to escape their chain and move on their timeline and we look forward to helping many more.”www.nested.comproptech Houseviz Nested The UK PropTech Association UKPA virtual reality April 18, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’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 » UKPA launch will support PropTech businesses previous nextProptechUKPA launch will support PropTech businessesThe Negotiator18th April 201701,107 Viewslast_img read more

Council flat Airbnb host fined £100,000

first_imgWestminster City Council tenant, Toby Harman, 37, who became ‘Lara’ on Airbnb, let his studio apartment in Victoria since 2013 – and received more than 300 reviews.Westminster City Council said, “Anti-fraud software had found Harman’s first name in reviews and connected the listing to him.”His bank statements showed he had been receiving payments from Airbnb for a number of years.He had been taken to court and, after a failed appeal, evicted and ordered to pay £100,974 in unlawful profits.Airbnb responseAirbnb told BBC News that the council property listing had been removed from its website earlier this year.“We regularly remind hosts to check and follow local rules – including on subsidised housing – and we take action on issues brought to our attention,” said a spokeswoman.“Airbnb is the only platform that works with London to limit how often hosts can share their space and we support proposals from the mayor of London for a registration system to help local authorities regulate short-term lets and ensure rules are applied equally to hosts on all platforms in the Capital.”Westminster City Council is on the case(s)Westminster Council said it is investigating 1,500 properties in the borough regarding short-term letting, “Social housing is there to provide much-needed homes for our residents, not to generate illicit profits for dishonest tenants,” the council’s Andrew Smith said. “It’s illegal for council tenants to sublet their homes and we carry out tenancy checks, as well as monitoring short-term letting websites for any potential illegal sublets.”Private lettingsLondon’s Airbnb market has quadrupled since 2015, from 20,000 to 80,000 listings. Louise Hebborn, partner at the law firm Stephensons said that almost all “well-drafted” Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreements include a provision that bans this ‘activity’ which would cover listing rooms on Airbnb.Louise said, “Landlords in general are very cautious of having multiple people in properties because the implication of that is that the landlord has to have a Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence. There would also be concerns about whether the property was adequately insured.“Westminster City Council is absolutely clear on what homeowners, private tenants and council tenants are permitted to do, regarding letting and sub letting and equally clear on their management of those who ignore the rules.”Note: stock photo, the precise location of the apartment in this report is not known.airbnb council flat Toby Harman Lara Airbnb sublet airbnb Sheila Manchester Westminster Council July 30, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’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 » Council flat Airbnb host fined £100,000 previous nextRegulation & LawCouncil flat Airbnb host fined £100,000Westminster Council in London evicts the council tenant who had over 300 Airbnb reviews over several years of illegal subletting.Sheila Manchester30th July 201901,079 Viewslast_img read more

Admissions Representative

first_imgWednesday, April 21, 2021 Visit todayto learn more about what makes us stand apart as a place toBelong, Believe and Become, a place where you canmake a difference in the lives of students eager to learn andgrow. Our 120-year story—past, present and future—is ahistory formed by the many individuals who have developed theeducation and spirit of community that have become our pledge tothe students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters of SouthUniversity. Online and at our 8 locations and 2 learning sites, wetake pride in our welcoming environment; one-on-one support andpersonalized attention that helps students define goals andidentify the means to pursue them. Our small classes featurehands-on experiences that not only shape students’ skills andexcellence in their chosen fields but also shape their charactersthrough encouraging community involvement, volunteerism and thepursuit of life-long learning. Ability to interacteffectively as either a leader or as a member of a team and workcollaboratively with other departments. Goal oriented and highlyethical. Sincere interest in helpingothers achieve life goals. ENVIRONMENT:The work environmentcharacteristics described here are representative of those anemployee encounters while performing the essential functions ofthis job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualifiedindividuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.The term “qualified individual with a disability” means anindividual with a disability who, with or without reasonableaccommodation, can perform the essential functions of the position.While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularlyrequired to communicate professionally in person, over thetelephone, through email and other electronic means, move about theoffice or school, handle various types of media and equipment, andvisually or otherwise identify, observe and assess. The employee isoccasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds unless otherwisespecified in the job description. Required Education Associate Degree Accurately forecast projectednew students on a periodic basis for admissionsleadership. Schedule and conductinterviews, pursue qualified candidates for enrollment, anddetermine appropriateness of candidates for enrollment based uponcareer goal compatibility. Secure new inquiries(Personally Developed Referrals) by directly asking phone andin-person contacts about referrals of others to contact that may beinterested in programs offered. Consistently conductfollow-up meetings, monthly at minimum, with all applicants toensure successful matriculation. Accurately and completelyexplain educational programs, expected outcomes, student services,and financial consideration to students, parents, andeducators. Participate in appropriaterecruitment and enrollment activities including: open houses,regional presentations, training sessions, orientation programs,career days, community outreach, employer partnerships,etc. South University is an EqualOpportunity Employer and embraces diversity as a critical step inensuring employee, student and graduate success. We are committedto building and developing a diverse environment where a variety ofideas, cultures and perspectives canthrive. POSITIONSUMMARY:Responsible for recruitingqualified applicants for admission to the University in accordancewith state and federal accreditation and institution policies andregulations, consistent with the highest ethical standards. TheAdmissions Representative is responsible for managing time andinquiry resources to generate interest in our programs. Thisposition will conduct a high quantity of prospect phone contacts tosecure appointments and interview activity, and conduct follow-upactivity with unresolved interviewees and future class applicants.They will work interdepartmentally with student support services toensure students are maintained and successfullymatriculated.Incumbent must assure that the South University philosophy isconsidered in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of thisposition: quality services to clients; development, growth,involvement, and recognition of employees; sound economicprinciples; and maintenance of an environment which is conducive toinnovation, positive thinking and expansion. This position is remote temporarily due to COVID-19. This positionwill eventuallyreturn to being office based. KEY JOBELEMENTS: Ability to adapt to changingassignments and multiple priorities. Strong expertise with MSOffice as well as field related hardware and software packages andsystems for reporting features. Superior organizational andproblem resolution skills. JOBREQUIREMENTS: Ability to listen tocustomers (e.g. staff, etc.) and to understand and respondpositively to their requests. Other duties asassigned. What’s next for you is the first priority for us!With over 45 programs from associate to doctoral degrees, SouthUniversity located in Savannah, GA is a private institutiondedicated to providing educational opportunities that spark theintellectual, social and professional development of a diversestudent population. This position supports South University’sOnline Student Support Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Bachelor’s degree inBusiness or a related field and one year successful admissions orsales experience OR Associate’s degree and three year’ssuccessful admissions or sales experience. (Salary level will bebased on degree level). Manage inquiries to achieveprompt contact and performance activity weekly goals; utilizeapproved recruitment policies/formats; make prompt and effectivecontact with inquiries and redirect unqualified candidates basedupon incompatible career goals. Assist other personnel anddepartments with data collection and problemsolving. Ability to manage multipletasks and successfully meet deadlines. South University, the right direction for abrighter future.Benefits:*Medical*Dental*VisionFSA/HSATuitionAssistant ProgramLong/ShortTerm DisabilityLifeInsuranceEmployeeAssistance Program401KGenerousPaid Time Off12 PaidHolidaysPaidParking* includesdomestic partner coverage Strong interpersonal skillswith both faculty and student populations. Other details Excellent written and verbalcommunication skills.last_img read more

Adjunct Faculty – Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

first_imgJob DescriptionEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Arizona campus isseeking to create a pool of local adjunct (part-time) facultytalent to join the College of Engineering. Embry-Riddle’s PrescottCampus is respected worldwide for cutting-edge instruction andtraining for tomorrow’s aviation, aerospace, security andintelligence leaders. Prescott is a mile-high city and its climatereflects seasonable weather excellent for flying. Daytime averagesare 80°F in the summer and 45°F in the winter. At 5,000 ft. abovesea level, it boasts a mild climate, clean air, pristine wildernessareas, and nearby national forests. The university is a small,private, residential university in the mountains of Arizona withapproximately 3,500 students. Staff/faculty/student interaction ishighly valued and is a central theme of our campus. It is located100 miles north of Phoenix and 120 miles south of the GrandCanyon.Description: The college has degrees in computer, electrical, andsoftware engineering and teaches service courses in computerscience and information technology.QualificationsApplicants should possess a master’s degree with 18 graduate hoursin the discipline they intend to teach, or significant experiencein the discipline in addition to a BS degree in the appropriatefield.last_img read more

Business Consultant-International Trade

first_imgEffective End Date (for Limited-Term postings) Posting NumberF0804P Tenure StatusNon-Tenure Track Anticipated Start Date03/01/2021 About the University of Georgia Posting Specific QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Job Closing Date College/Unit/Department website Actively participate in the development and execution ofsponsorship acquisition strategies in support of the state goals.Initiate co-sponsorship of programs with private businesses,economic development organizations, and other government entities.Seek and apply for grants relevant to entrepreneurship and businessdevelopmen Percentage Of Time How did you hear about this employment opportunity?Public Job PostingInternal Job PostingAgency ReferralAdvertisement/PublicationPersonal ReferralWebsiteOther Benefits EligibilityBenefits Eligible Duties/Responsibilities A master’s degree in business or a related field is preferred; abachelor’s degree in business or a related field is required.To be considered for the rank of Public Service Assistant,candidates must have a master’s degree.Candidates with a bachelor’s degree are eligible for Public ServiceProfessional position. This is a public service provisional facultyposition that is offered for no more than 6 years withoutcompletion of an advanced degree or review. You may apply for aregular service faculty appointment upon completion of an advanceddegree or successful progression through the public servicepromotion process. See the University of Georgia Guidelines forAppointments and Promotions for Public Service and OutreachAcademic Rank for complete details: Document activities via electronic information system (Unity) in atimely, accurate, and comprehensive manner. Maintain client filesas per SBA and SBDC guidelines. Provide impact information forrequired SBA reporting including but not limited to successstories. EEO Statement Faculty RankOpen Rank Is this a Position of Trust?Yes Percentage Of Time Special Instructions to Applicants The cover letter should address the following: Our employees sayempathy—an understanding of and service to others—is important intheir role at the SBDC . In your letter, please describe instanceswhere empathy is evidenced in your work or elsewhere and discusswhy you are interested in supporting the mission and culture of ourorganization.Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibilityof materials related to this search are encouraged to contactCentral HR ([email protected]). Please do not contact the department orsearch committee with such requests. Applicants must have a good working knowledge of all businessfunctions, including: financial analysis, business research,marketing, and accounting. Knowledge of the area economicdevelopment community, prior banking or accounting background andthe ability to network is a plus. Knowledge of University and SBDCprograms and operating philosophy and/or relevant managementbackground preferred. Duties/Responsibilities Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety,IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access tochemicals and medications)No Percentage Of Time Duties/Responsibilities Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/orCertification Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions withfinancial responsibilities. For additional information about thecredit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website. Credit and P-Card policy Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position?No Job Posting Date01/19/2021 Duties/Responsibilities Position Summary About the College/Unit/Department Duties/Responsibilities Retirement Plan Duties/Responsibilities Additional Requirements Underutilization Determine and initiate topics, agendas, instructors, instructionalmaterials, location, time and other resources required. Create andproduce instructional materials. Serve as an instructor ofinternational business training programs and secure qualifiedoutside instructors, as needed. Effectively market businesstraining programs within assigned communities, so as to meet annualgoals. Duties/Responsibilities Percentage Of Time Does this position require a P-Card?No Develop and deliver high quality business training programs thatare responsive to the needs of the business community served.Generate curricula for business programs, seminars, conferences,etc. for the local business interests. Position Details Employment TypeEmployee The University of Georgia ( UGA ), a land-grant and sea-grantuniversity with statewide commitments and responsibilities is thestate’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversifiedinstitution of higher education ( ). UGA is currentlyranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News &World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens,approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campusesin Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-charteredUniversity in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-timestaff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 studentsincluding over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate andprofessional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools andcolleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta Universityhoused on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens. Serve as an advocate of business development, expansion andretention in the state, thereby becoming a visible leader in thebusiness community. Work collaboratively with private-sectorbusinesses, other economic development assistance units of theUniversity System, and other units of State Government, as well asFederal trade agencies, to further the economic well-being ofGeorgia’s citizens. Engage in public relations activities such as, speeches,presentations, active committee participation, and directdiscussions. Relevant audiences include bankers, colleges anduniversities, chambers of commerce, economic developmentauthorities, government agencies, local political offices, civicorganizations, local media and potential program sponsors. Advertised Salary$80,000.00 Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies Provide high quality individual instruction and educational supportto entrepreneurs, business owners, and business managers. Analyzesituations, make recommendations, and educate clients with regardto export operations (including marketing, distribution, logistics,export compliance and finance) and with regard to importingprocesses. Maintain an appropriate level and mix of clients asnoted by annual goals and strategic plan objectives. Responsiblefor developing and refining a consulting practice that yieldsimpactful results. Duties/Responsibilities Open until filledYes FLSA Duties/Responsibilities The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction employer. All qualified applicants will receiveconsideration for employment without regard to race, color,religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, geneticinformation, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation orprotected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations orassistance with the accessibility of materials related to thissearch are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]). Assist in the continued development, implementation, and updatingof the organization’s strategic plan. Ensure that organizationalgoals and objectives are accomplished in a timely and thoroughmanner. Work with colleagues to develop and deploy annual actionand marketing plans that align with the organizational strategicplan, are tailored to meeting the specific small business needswithin the assigned geography, and capitalize on the skills of SBDCpersonnel. Prepare and execute individual work plans, includingprofessional development initiatives, which align with area officeobjectives. Percentage Of Time Duties/Responsibilities In addition to maintaining a broad base of international businessknowledge, develop specific and relevant area(s) of expertisewithin the arena of business development. Apply this knowledgethrough development and delivery of new training programs,consulting tools, research projects, co-consulting and/or otherimpact measures. Percentage Of Time Does this position have direct interaction or care of childrenunder the age of 18 or direct patient care?No Physical Demands Percentage Of Time Duties/Responsibilities Duties/Responsibilities Does this position have operation, access, or control offinancial resources?No Duties/Responsibilities Working TitleBusiness Consultant-International Trade Is driving a responsibility of this position?Yes Support organizational improvement efforts through activeinvolvement with internal committees, center reviews, specialprojects, and various assessments as directed by the stateoffice. Percentage Of Time Direct clients to other appropriate sources of business informationand assistance. Disseminate pertinent information to the businesscommunity via various media. Posting TypeExternal Classification TitlePublic Service Professional AC Minimum Qualifications Posting Details Contract TypeFiscal (12 mo.) DepartmentPSO Small Business Dev Center Percentage Of Time Percentage Of Time Percentage Of Time A Small Business Development Center ( SBDC ) International BusinessConsultant is a public service faculty position responsible forproviding counseling and delivering programs related tointernational trade to individuals, businesses, communities,organizations, and other public agencies throughout the state. Thischarge requires a broad base of business knowledge, excellentanalytical skills, and the ability to effectively manage multipleprojects simultaneously. These duties require the integration ofbusiness theory and practice, thus necessitating professionaldevelopment activities. Statewide travel is required. Percentage Of Time Master’s degree (bachelor’s degree is sufficient for provisionalhires) Perform all responsibilities efficiently and effectively withinprogram office. Ensure that administrative policies are followed,that programs are innovative and responsive, and that top-qualityservices are delivered. Utilize client and management feedback instriving for continuous improvement. Maintain positive,professional relations with other institutions.Represent the SBDC when required. Location of VacancyGwinnett County Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResume/CVCover LetterOptional Documentslast_img read more

Tangs of New York

first_imgFirst came cupcakes, then whoopie pies; it’s no wonder New York is being hailed by British retailers as inspiration for innovative baked goods.”We travel the world to find new products and New York is one of the best cities,” says Matthias Kiehm, business unit director for food at Harrods. “There is definitely a New York lifestyle for sweet treats a lifestyle that British consumers are attracted to, and that retailers are tapping into.”Harrods, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer send product developers and buyers to New York to unearth bakery trends and, after establishing cupcakes, retailers and bakeries are now looking for the next best-seller from the US. “There is an array of US baked goods that Brits have never heard of, but are well-known to the American consumer,” says Tarek Malouf, founder of London’s The Hummingbird Bakery. Having recently visited New York, Malouf believes traditional American pies are making a comeback. “Pies are a great part of the American baking tradition, where American baking really excels.”Momufuku’s Milk Bar in New York’s East Village is proof of the popularity of pies. Its menu includes: candy bar pie a chocolate crust filled with caramel and peanut butter nougat: grasshopper pie a mint cheesecake and brownie filling; and crack pie a toasted oat crust, with a butter, sugar and vanilla filling. There’s not a single cupcake for sale.Since crack pie was mentioned on national television and consequently featured in the LA Times it has been a best-seller. Milk Bar has couriered pies across states and copyrighted the name in light of its success. At $40 (£30) for a 10-inch pie, these aren’t cheap, but they are very much in vogue.In Brooklyn, hip bakery Baked, whose menu includes pumpkin, apple and chocolate pecan pies, alongside cakes, says it, too, is seeing more customers choosing pie over cupcakes. “All signs are pointing to the pie,” says Renato Poliafito, co-founder of Baked. “Even at weddings, we’ve already catered for couples who have asked for pie as the main dessert. Meanwhile, I don’t think cupcakes are going anywhere; the spotlight has definitely shifted.”The US National Association for the Speciality Food Trade (NASFT) listed pies in its July food trends update, citing the opening of a New York pie bakery, Four and Twenty Blackbirds, as indicative of a fresh focus on homely American baking. However, Malouf, who is considering introducing more pies for Thanksgiving, says the challenge for UK retailers is how to sell them. “Pies are for the real fan of the baking esoteric and not the mainstream. We like to do pies, but we’ve never had a huge take-up on them. Perhaps because pies aren’t individual portions, like cupcakes, they might not be as popular.”The sweet-salt mixBack in Brooklyn, Baked’s best-seller is sweet and salty chocolate cake, which won the ’Best Bakery Recipe’ accolade from New York’s French Culinary Institute. The sponge is infused with salted caramel, then topped with caramel chocolate ganache and crunchy fleur de sel. Sweet and Salty, as the cake is called, has proved so popular that the bakery has created smaller cupcake, tart and brownie versions.”There’s a real craze right now in American food for slightly experimental flavours,” says Alex Leger, Baked’s manager. “We’ve expanded that to cake. The chocolate tastes deeper because of the salt, and vice versa; we’ve also introduced that sweet-savoury combination using rosemary in our apricot bar.”The NASFT’s Fancy Food Show, which took place in New York in June, also highlighted sweet-and-salty flavours, with artisan food producers displaying chocolate bacon and burnt salted caramel. “Consumers are constantly looking for new, unusual combinations and salt adds a certain zing to sweetness,” says Louise Kramer, from the NASFT. “The counterbalance of sweet and savoury has long been popular for meats, but now we’re seeing salted cakes, salted chocolate, salted caramel even cold salted desserts. Bakers always want something exciting to attract customers.”In the UK, M&S is re-introducing a salted caramel range for Christmas, but could sweet and salty cake ever work in the UK? “Definitely,” says Chris Seaby, product developer for bakery produce at M&S. “The key element is to master the balance but the UK guidelines on salt content are tight, and we wouldn’t be able to achieve the same salt levels as seen in the US. However, we are trialling more and more sweet and salty combinations, starting with peanut butter cupcakes in September.”It’s not just salt content that is high in the US; the sugar also has to be tweaked for British tastebuds. “Americans like their cakes achingly sweet,” explains Bea Vo, an American who runs the Beas of Bloomsbury bakery in London. “Most American bakeries use processed, artificial ingredients, which just wouldn’t fly here. In the UK, ingredients must be more natural, which is what the British customer wants.”However, in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a tiny but busy bakery, Babycakes, is introducing Americans to healthier cake, free from dairy, eggs, soy and gluten, with sugar replaced by agave syrup, and fat substituted with coconut oil. The bakery has had its credentials boosted by celebrity customers, including actresses Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel. After its success in the US, the Babycakes book (Recipes from New York’s Most Talked About Bakery) was published in the UK this February.”Food sensitivities are very topical, as an increasing number of people are discovering what they cannot eat that’s true for the UK as it is for the US,” explains Babycakes’ founder Erin McKenna. “My advice is if you can be helpful by offering delicious cakes that people with food allergies can still eat, then you will be popular.”Kramer says the gluten-free trend has recently gained momentum in the US, especially in ready-mix baking. Last month in the UK, M&S released an improved gluten-free bakery range, including muffins and brownies, although the largest producer of gluten-free bakery products remains Mrs Crimble’s.Jeremy Wood, MD of Mrs Crimble’s, Hampshire, says he believes ’free-from’ ranges will become mainstream, as awareness of food allergies continues to grow: “Gluten-free could be the next premium tag, like organic, or Fairtrade. There have been a lot of new free-from products in the market in the last year and this will continue.”Meanwhile, The Hummingbird Bakery believes the cupcake will remain the biggest American baking trend: “Decorating and flavours will come and go, but ultimately, the cupcake is definitely here to stay,” says Malouf.Yet some warn the novelty of American baking on British consumers could wear off. Vo says: “The UK is five years behind the food scene in New York, and ultimately British consumers do love cupcakes, but they still want lemon drizzle over anything else.” Size matters Portion sizes in New York are huge cakes are no exception. “What can we say? We just really enjoy our cakes,” says Alex Leger, from Baked. Marks & Spencer had to dramatically shrink whoopie pies into bite-sized rounds, while London’s Beas of Bloomsbury bakery used to offer American-sized portions, but says, “Customers just couldn’t finish what they’d ordered, so we started making them smaller.” Why are American cakes so big? “Good question,” says Renato Poliafito, also from Baked. “Have you seen us lately? We’re turning into monsters!”last_img read more

Tim Firth’s Neville’s Island to Close in London’s West End

first_img The production stars Neil Morrissey, Adrian Edmondson, Miles Jupp and Robert Webb. Tim Firth’s Neville’s Island is set to close in London’s West End on January 3, 2015 at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Directed by Angus Jackson, the comedy began previews on October 10 and officially opened on October 21. Neville’s Island follows the misadventures of four out-of-condition, out-of-their-depth businessmen on an out-of-control team-building exercise. Shipwrecked in the Lake District and menaced by wildlife, the unlikely explorers battle the elements and each other as corporate bonding descends into a hilarious carnival of squabbling.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Court calls for 49 new judges

first_img Court calls for 49 new judges Senior Editor Florida’s courts need 49 new judges — two on the district courts of appeal and 47 for the trial courts — the Florida Supreme Court said in its annual certification opinion.The certification comes on the heels of 43 requested new judges in early 2000 — none of which were funded due to a legislative oversight — and 44 last year, of which 26 were approved.The court, in a unanimous per curiam opinion issued January 3, asked for one more appellate judge each for the Second and Fourth district courts of appeal.In the trial courts, the justices asked for 34 new circuit judgeships and 13 new county judgeships. Broward County would see the biggest increase, with five new circuit judges and three new county judges. Palm Beach County was certified for three new circuit judges and two new county judges.Other circuit certifications included three judges each in the Ninth and 20th circuits, two each in the Sixth, Seventh, 10th, and 13th circuits, and one each in the Eighth, 14th, and 18th circuits. In the county courts, the opinion asked for two additional judges each in Orange and Seminole Counties, and one each in Duval, Lake, Bay, and Collier counties.Chief circuit judges had asked for a total of 35 new circuit judges and 16 county court judges. The Supreme Court approved only one of the two new circuit seats sought in the 18th Circuit, and did not approve new county judgeships sought in Marion, Highlands, and Columbia counties.On the two DCA judgeships, the court noted that except for one new judgeship on the Fifth DCA in 1999, no new appellate judges have been added since 1993. During that time, total filings for all DCAs have increase by 24 percent.Using central research staff, retired judges, and improved procedures have helped cope with that influx, the court said, but the new judges are now needed in the Second and Fourth DCAs, where both filings and dispositions per judge are at or above the state’s average. The Second DCA has a higher caseload, while the Fourth is experiencing a rapid growth in population, filings, and the number of trial court judges.For the trial courts, the justices noted until 1999, they used criteria found in Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.035(l). In later years, that was modified at the request of the legislature and the courts used the “Delphi” method of weighting cases and measuring the time each filing takes to handle.“The Delphi-based case weighting analysis addresses the differences in the amount of time that must be spent on each case depending on the case type,” the opinion said. “We have applied the Delphi ‘reasonable workload’ standard in all case types, except for cases related to dissolutions of marriage, drug offenses, eviction, and civil traffic infractions. We have also adjusted for several factors that impact judicial workload, including differing jury trial rates in each circuit and county court and the number of judges actually requested by each circuit after careful consideration by the chief judge of the circuit.”If the strict Delphi criteria were followed, the court said the certification would have been for 67.5 new circuit judges and 27.6 new county judges.The court also said that many support services for the courts, including senior judges, general masters, trial court staff attorneys, hearing officers, mediators, and case management support, are essential.“These resources are necessary for the effective and efficient operation of Florida’s trial courts,” the opinion said. “Any diminution in supplemental resources from existing levels as a result of budget reductions or the implementation of the 1998 revision to Article V, Section 14 of the Florida Constitution [which shifted substantial trial court costs from the counties to the state] will increase the need for additional judges.”The court used the opinion to order further studies and tweaking of the evaluation method for new judgeships. Those include:• Asking for an appropriation to quantify how much judicial time is saved by mediators, hearing officers, and masters.• Establishing a new category to measure time needed for post-judgment matters in dissolution cases.• Directing the Drug Court Steering Committee and the Court Statistics and Workload Committee to study drug courts and develop standards for determining how much extra judicial time those courts require. The court noted that drug courts have been found very effective and the number is growing. But they require more than the 38 minutes per case allotted under the Delphi standards.In a footnote, the court said the requested number of judges this year certainly would have been lower had all 44 certified judges been approved last year. It continued, “The Delphi data for this year’s request indicates that at the circuit level there will be an overall increase in filings of 3.2 percent from 1999 to 2002. Once the ‘gap’ created by the transition to a case-weighted system is addressed, the numbers certified should reflect a more moderate increase in judicial need over time.”The opinion, In re: Certification of Need for Additional Judges, case no. SC01-2703, can be found on the court’s website by clicking here. January 15, 2002 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Court calls for 49 new judgeslast_img read more