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How stand-up comedy can help with your career

first_imgIn the last eight months, I have gone from being sick at the thought of speaking in front of five people to making my stand-up debut at my favourite comedian Mark Watson’s Comedy Marathon show in the Pleasance Theatre, as well as pitching myself professionally for all those events I’ve regretted not doing – all for the price of a half-day course. Photo by Mat Szwajkos/Getty Images Vix LeytonVix Leyton is head of PR at Carwow. Once you’ve had crickets chirping in response to a beloved personal story about your childhood in front of an audience of edgy Shoreditch types, if no one goes wild for your point, you know you’ve lived through worse. I’m the first to complain about meetings, but even the dull ones are better when you actively listen, rather than worry about what you’re going to say. For years, I have been phobic of public speaking. To be honest, the speaking didn’t even have to be that public – giving an update at a meeting could start a leg tremor that would take minutes to abate.  Thursday 22 August 2019 6:07 am From how you “set up” and present a problem, to how you propose to solve it, down to the message you want your audience to take away, knowing how to frame what you want to say is a cheat code to making a strong case – whether it is for a laugh, a pay rise, or sign-off on a project. Tell your story well I alighted on the Stand Up to Stand Out workshop, which promised to teach storytelling techniques that you could use in your career.  Tags: Higher education The principles were simple but transformative, and while it kickstarted an interest in performing actual stand-up comedy, it also taught me lessons that can apply to any professional environment. People want you to succeed whatsapp whatsapp Life after death The liberating thing about stand-up is that you cannot predict how you will connect with people and there will always be those who just don’t get you. Jokes that kill it five times can be dead air on the sixth. But while you might feel tumbleweeds, no one will know that was meant to be your “mic drop” moment unless you give yourself away.  Knowing how to tell a story is at the heart of comedy, but it’s also an amazing tool to get what you want.  In a typical panic about my turn to speak, I’ve often been so fixated on what I’m going to say that I’ve inadvertently stopped paying attention to anything else. I’ve missed everything from minutes of meetings to inspirational talks, and it’s a bad habit that I was glad to break out of.  It was a shameful secret, because as an otherwise confident PR I knew it would be hard for people to understand. And working in successful startups opened up a world of public speaking opportunities, which I quietly excused myself from.  NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 27: Comedian Sarah Silverman performs at the Nokia’s Live Music Series “Nokia Unwired” in Times Square on September 27, 2005 in New York. (Photo by Mat Szwajkos/Getty Images) Learn stand-up comedy to stand out in the office If something doesn’t land, plough on. The same applies with corporate conversations – people don’t even have to laugh, they just have to listen.  But as a woman working in fields dominated by high-profile male speakers, I was becoming increasingly frustrated at events where panels lacked diversity.  The thing to remember is that, by braving the mic, you have automatically earned respect at what seems to be universally acknowledged as a white-knuckle situation. Whether it is on the open mic circuit or at a conference, everyone is willing you to do well and to forgive and forget if you falter. Share Practise active listening Public speaking is a deeply emotive thing, and the more I have talked about it, the more I have realised that even the most competent people are racked with the same worries as me.  Of course, by declining spots on panels myself, I knew that I was part of the issue, so tackling my fear became my resolution for 2019.  Sometimes your New Year’s resolutions do stick.last_img read more

UK social distancing eased in new ‘coronavirus roadmap’

first_imgSocial distancing do’s and dont’s as of Wednesday Meet at the park with a group of friends that don’t live in your householdGo over to someone else’s household Hold a house partyHug the one friend you are meeting up with in a public place “It is clear that the only feasible long-term solution lies with a vaccine or drug-based treatment,” he said. And they come alongside an instruction for employees who cannot work from home to return to their workplaces. That measure is most likely to affect staff in the manufacturing and construction sectors. UK social distancing eased under lockdown exit strategy (Getty Images) If the coronavirus rate of infection, known as R, continues to reduce then the next stages of the plan can be implemented. “So our plan must countenance a situation where we are in this, together, for the long haul, even while doing all we can to avoid that outcome.” UK social distancing eased under lockdown exit strategy (Getty Images) Also Read: UK social distancing eased under lockdown exit strategy Listen to our daily City View podcast as we chart the economic fallout and business impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Monday 11 May 2020 2:50 pm The government’s 60-page coronavirus strategy, released today, also revealed that people will be able to meet one friend not from their household in a public space if they keep a safe distance. The new social distancing measures form part of the first stage of the government’s plan to ease the lockdown. Stefan Boscia The new phase of lockdown includes a 14-day quarantine for anyone who enters the UK, except for people coming from a list of exempt countries, such as France. The renewed guidance also includes advice from the government that everyone should wear “face coverings” when on public transport or in any shops. Do’s Don’ts Two households could meet up UK social distancing eased under lockdown exit strategy (Getty Images) Also Read: UK social distancing eased under lockdown exit strategy Go to the park, beach or other public space with your household, while staying two metres apart Go to the park, beach or other public space with your one friend not from your household, while staying two metres apart Play sports like golf, fishing or tennis with housemates, while staying two metres apartExercise as many times as you wantWear face masks on public transport if you have to go to work When will cinemas and pubs reopen? UK social distancing eased under lockdown exit strategy (Getty Images) Also Read: UK social distancing eased under lockdown exit strategy Social distancing measures will persist The coronavirus roadmap read: “The government has asked Sage (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) to examine whether, when and how it can safely change the regulations to allow people to expand their household group to include one other household in the same exclusive group. The government has eased its social distancing measures, announcing that households will be able to socialise in the park at a two-metre distance or play sports like tennis and golf. This could be implemented on a regional basis. Chief medical officer Chris Whitty said the government was confident the new measures, if followed properly by the public, would not cause a second spike in infections. One option being considered in the second stage is to create so-called household bubbles where two or more households could meet up under relaxed social distancing measures. The dates given in the guidance are only a first draft and may change depending on the trajectory of England’s coronavirus infection rate. More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes It is believed that the current R rate is between 0.5 and 0.9, meaning each person who has coronavirus infects between 0.5 and 0.9 other people. whatsapp However, the government has warned it would not hesitate to reintroduce tougher social distancing measures if the R rate increases. “We are confident that the risk of being outdoors and in terms of meeting people providing social distancing is going to be lower than indoors,” he said. The second stage of easing the lockdown could start as early as 1 June, the government document says. It could see primary schools and non-essential retail shops reopen and sporting events resume behind closed doors. whatsapp The new guidance comes as the UK’s coronavirus death toll reached 31,855 yesterday. Johnson wrote in today’s report that Brits should be prepared for some form of social distancing for a long time to come yet. People in England will also be allowed to drive to “outdoor open spaces irrespective of distance” with their household. But they cannot drive into Wales or Scotland under the new lockdown rules. Show Comments ▼ New infections have decreased rapidly from their high point, with Boris Johnson announcing last month that the UK was “beyond the peak” of coronavirus. Share “We’re confident these small changes won’t have an effect on their own if people follow the rules on social distancing.” “A mass vaccine or treatment may be more than a year away. Indeed, in a worst-case scenario, we may never find a vaccine. “The intention of this change would be to allow those who are isolated some more social contact, and to reduce the most harmful effects of the current social restrictions, while continuing to limit the risk of chains of transmission.” A Downing Street spokesman said that one person cannot meet up with another entire household, however. UK social distancing eased under lockdown exit strategy UK social distancing eased under lockdown exit strategy (Getty Images) Also Read: UK social distancing eased under lockdown exit strategy The third stage, which will not be before 4 July, will see a wider opening of the economy to include some pubs, restaurants and cinemas. UK social distancing eased under lockdown exit strategy (Getty Images) Also Read: UK social distancing eased under lockdown exit strategy last_img read more

North Korea’s Party publication reduces criticism of South Korea

first_imgNorth Korean merchants sell seafood in Rason’s general market. Image: Daily NK file photo, 2014 By Daily NK – 2018.05.02 5:41pm News North Korea’s Party publication reduces criticism of South Korea North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News Facebook Twitter AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store Unification Media Group (UMG): It’s time for another weekly update and we’re speaking with reporter Kang Mi Jin to hear about the newest social and economic trends in North Korea. Mi Jin, can you tell us the latest? Kang Mi Jin (Kang): Recently, North Korea has been projecting itself as a “normal country” in state propaganda, and part of that involves a conspicuous reduction in the level of criticism aimed at South Korea in state media. Since April, the publication put out by the Workers’ Party, the Rodong Sinmun, has ramped up its criticism of Japan and while reducing criticism of South Korea. The sheer level of intensity of the criticism has also weakened. This reflects the changing relations between the North and South following the Moon-Kim summit meeting. In the wake of these developments, many North Korean residents are feeling hopeful. When I was still living in North Korea, the sections of the Rodong Sinmun that I read the most carefully were Page 5 and 6, because that’s where I was able to learn about the outside world. Reflecting on those times, I think the rapid changes occurring at the moment might be confusing for the residents. UMG: Are ordinary North Korean residents really able to learn about the outside world from reading the Rodong Sinmun? Kang: From the point of view of North Koreans, who have been shut off from the world for decades, their only legal avenue to learn a little bit about South Korea and the outside world is to follow state media, such as the Rodong Sinmun. For this reason, residents tend to pay a great deal of attention to these particular pages. And they can learn important details from them. For instance, many previously saw pictures of South Koreans protesting in the streets and learned that South Korea is a place where citizens are allowed to engage in civil disobedience. Now that the Rodong Sinmun is no longer criticizing South Korea, I wonder if the residents are bored of the content. However, the improvement in relations between North and South Korea are making them think about unification and exchanges with the South, and it’s a good thing. UMG: Is there any other news to report?Kang: The start of the spring semester has brought with it an increased demand for school supplies in the markets. Although the semester began on April 1, it seems that some students weren’t able to purchase everything beforehand. Consequently, school supplies are still selling strong. Also, the spring weather brings people into the markets who are searching for new summertime products. One trend on the rise is products with bright colors. One source reported that the sheer number of brightly colored products on display has the effect of lifting one’s spirits. Recently, we have been hearing reports that residents were struggling during the farm hardship period, so this good news goes a long way.   UMG: We’ve been hearing reports lately that Chinese-made products have become less popular and North Korean-produced goods have been on the rise. Is this the case with school supplies? Kang: Yes, that’s correct. The last few years has seen an influx of domestic goods into the markets, and school supplies are no different. Notebooks, pencils, colored paper, bookbags, and other items are made with design in mind and are capturing consumer interest. There are still lots of good Chinese products available, but the North Korean products tend to be more sensibly priced, and this is important because North Korean consumers are generally very careful with their money. North Korean manufacturers respond to the demand by making pencils, bags, and notebooks that are of similar quality to their Chinese counterparts but cost less. UMG: What are the hottest products in the markets these days?Kang: There’s a diverse range of goods out there these days, but inside sources say that electronic scales are quite popular. In most cases, there are two different types available. The first is able to weigh items up to 7 kilograms, and the second is able to weigh items up to 50 kilos. I left North Korea just eight years ago, but at that time it was totally different. We were using manual scales. But now most merchants use electronic scales, according to inside sources. It makes a helpful difference for sellers who quickly need to weigh goods like grains, tofu, or meat. The source who reported this information said that, in the past, using the imperfect manual scales often led to miscalculations and mismanagement. That’s why the residents prefer the electronic scales. UMG: So these merchants got different weights for the items when they weighed them at home and then at the market using the manual scales?Kang: North Korean merchants will know this all too well, but it is commonplace to spend a day in the markets and come back without much profit. So some merchants try to advertise fake weights in order to increase their profit margins. I fell victim to this kind of scam multiple times myself. In particular, this form of deception is common outside the official markets when people sell on the streets. I thought that it was odd, so I did a little experiment. By measuring things quickly, it’s possible to get a different weight, by a difference of about 300 to 500 grams. By using beam balance scales, there were other ways to trick the customer as well. But this is all less common now that electronic scales are the norm. Customers prefer to buy from merchants who use them, which is causing a surge in demand.   UMG: How much are these scales?Kang: According to recent information, electronic scales that weigh up to 7 kilograms in North Hamgyong Province, Chongjin City and Ryanggang Province, Hyesan City sell for 19,500 KPW.  Leaf tobacco and pepper merchants are among the vendors who use the smaller scales. But the smaller scale is not suitable for other vendors, like rice vendors. They tend to use the 50 kilogram version. These tend to sell for about 190,000-200,000 KPW. They are definitely on the expensive side, but the fact that they are popular nonetheless is testament to the development of the markets.  North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55%last_img read more

Negotiation tips when buying or selling a book

first_imgOne of Chan’s negotiation tips was to understand rational economic principles, so you’re organized and can keep a cool head amid the emotions that arise during a transaction.For example, both seller and buyer should understand such things as demand for the business, their motivations to sell/buy, their required rates of return, how well prepared the employees on both sides of the transaction are, and whether the timetable to close the transaction works for both sides.To effectively negotiate, advisors also need to know how well the business value will transfer. Transferability involves examining revenue mix, such as more “consistent and predictable” fee versus commission income, Chan said.He also suggested advisors understand how to evaluate the return generated by the business — an important part of assessing value and negotiating a purchase price. This evaluation involves examining the compensation that the business provides for both labour and ownership, he said.To more easily demonstrate return, advisors who are considering selling in several years could aim to retain earnings in the business — “a fantastic signal to send to a potential acquirer,” Chan said.Another tip was to enter a negotiation with clarity about risks, and “preparation is key if you want to mitigate risk,” he said.For example, buyers should consider how long it will take to earn back their payment, and sellers should consider the rigorousness of the payment structure and whether there’s potential for default.Assessing less tangible risks may require advisors to dig deep. For example, a buyer’s automated digital platform may not be effective when a seller’s book consists largely of clients who expect to meet in person twice a year over dinner and drinks, Chan said.A final negotiation tip was to be prepared to articulate your deal-killers, sharing them early so they can be addressed. Deal-killers are transaction objectives you’re not willing to compromise on, such as how staff or clients will be treated after the transaction.Defining your deal-killers allows you to quickly eliminate candidates who don’t meet your criteria, Chan said.Investment Executive and sister publication Advisor’s Edge were summit sponsors. Related news Jim Ruta to join forces with Norm Trainor If you’re planning to sell your book of business, putting a price on your lifetime’s work can be an emotional endeavour. Yet, sellers — and buyers too — can better negotiate through preparation, not passion.Roland Chan, founder and CEO of FindBob, offered negotiation tips at the 2021 Independent Financial Brokers of Canada (IFB) Spring Virtual Summit on Tuesday, as part of his session on selling/buying a book. FindBob is an online platform that helps advisors and firms with continuity and succession planning, and IFB partners with the platform as part of its offering to members. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Michelle Schriver RRSP contributions remain steady despite Covid-19, advisors say Keywords Practice management,  Advisor coaching 123RF Wellington-Altus hires advisor coaching firm Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

New Gran Turismo trailer drops, leaves us a little worried

first_img advertisement Trending in Canada However, the game features stunning 4K graphics, yet will only be offered only on the Playstation 4 console. As for a release date, the trailer will only say to expect the game sometime in 2017. Here’s hoping Polyphony Digital will add a wider spectrum of cars and tracks before. Trending Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The Gran Turismo franchise of video games is famous for two things: Incredible realism, and incessant product launch delays.There was a five-year gulf between Gran Turismo 4 and 5 and a three-year chasm between the fifth and sixth installments. Gran Turismo 6 came out in 2013 and a new trailer for its succesor, Gran Turismo Sport, has been unveiled at the annual Playstation Experience conference today.Worryingly, only four race tracks are shown in the 2-minute-long trailer – the famous Nurburgring, Willow Springs, a grand canyon-themed rally circuit and an oval track called Northern Isle Speedway. Also notable absent from the trailer are vintage cars of any era; Gran Turismo 6 featured 1,226 cars and Gran Turismo Sport is expected to hold only 140. RELATED TAGSNewsBusinessCars and Car DesignClassic and Antique CarsCulture and LifestyleGamesGran Turismo 6Hobbies and PastimesMarketingMotorsportsNurburgringProduct ManagementSony PlayStationSportsVideo Gamescenter_img See More Videos Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Gran Turismo Sport Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

“Wine Speak Paso Robles” Announces Event Schedule for January 2020

first_imgReddIt Facebook Email Linkedin Pinterest Home Industry News Releases “Wine Speak Paso Robles” Announces Event Schedule for January 2020Industry News ReleasesWine Business“Wine Speak Paso Robles” Announces Event Schedule for January 2020By Press Release – August 13, 2019 707 0 Share Twitter Advertisement3rd Annual Trade Event Builds Momentum with All-Star Cast of Master Sommeliers and Wine Industry LeadersCentral Coast, CA—Wine Speak Paso Robles is set to return for a third annual campaign on January 14-16, 2020, advancing its momentum as a premier trade event featuring an all-star cast of master sommeliers, wine industry leaders and hospitality professionals. The full schedule was published today at Speak is a trade-focused event featuring winemaker seminars, personal interviews, interactive tastings and workshops, and a public “Wines of The World” grand tasting—all geared toward fostering community and collaboration in the wine industry.“Wine Speak is all about gathering luminaries from around the world to share their knowledge, wisdom and experience, so that everyone attending can have an opportunity to learn,” said master sommelier Chuck Furuya, who co-founded Wine Speak with Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins.The second annual Wine Speak last January featured 30 speakers, up from 15 in the inaugural year—and now the 2020 edition promises to showcase the most dynamic cast yet. “While all of the speakers and panelists may know each other by reputation, Wine Speak presents a unique chance for everyone to come together and share ideas,” Furuya said.Snapshot: Wine Speak 2020Wine Speak 2020 spans three days in the Paso Robles wine country, kicking off with a regional open house, followed by two days of winemaker-sommelier panels. The event will conclude with professional development seminars and workshops on the final day. Wine Speak also features a “Wines of The World” grand tasting on January 14, where local chefs will present wine-friendly small plates and an international cast of winemakers will showcase some of their finest reserve and library bottlings.Featured winemaker-sommelier panels at Wine Speak 2020 include:“Sense of Place” with Tegan Passalacqua (Turley Wine Cellars, Paso Robles) & Laura Catena (Bodega Catena Zapata, Argentina)“Paso Robles Overview” with Jason Haas (Tablas Creek), Jordan Fiorentini (Epoch); Steve Peck (J. Lohr) and Mike Sinor (Ancient Peaks), moderated by Amanda Wittstrom Higgins (co-founder of Wine Speak / VP of Ancient Peaks)“Talk Story” with Bruce Neyers (Neyers Vineyards), the Wine Yoda“Talk Story” with Lionel Faury (Domaine Faury, Northern Rhône Valley, France)“Inside/Outside—From the Wine Journalists’ Point of View” with Matt Kettmann (Wine Enthusiast) and Randy Caparoso (The SOMM Journal), moderated by Amanda Wittstrom Higgins (co-founder of Wine Speak / VP of Ancient Peaks)“Dream Big, Darling—Wine from a Different Perspective” with Master Sommelier Madeline Triffon, Master Sommelier, moderated by Amanda Wittstrom Higgins (co-founder of Wine Speak / VP of Ancient Peaks / President and Founder of Dream Big Darling)“Inside/Outside—Crazy Red Blends” with Stephan Asseo (L’Aventure, Paso Robles) and Emanuel Kemiji, Master Sommelier (Clos Pissarra, Priorat, Spain)“Inside/Outside—Cabernet Sauvignon” with Thomas Brown (Rivers Marie, Napa Valley) and Fred Dame, Master Sommelier (DAOU, Paso Robles)The full schedule for Wine Speak Paso Robles 2020 is available at“In two short years, Wine Speak has become a draw for those looking for a refreshing wine experience,” said Fred Dame, famed master sommelier and global wine ambassador at DAOU Vineyards & Winery. “The participants here truly ‘participate’ in all the events. This is a true wine community experience.”Said co-founder Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins, Ancient Peaks Winery’s VP of operations, “Our aim remains the same: to create a premier experience for wine industry professionals to grow and learn together.”Wine Speak would like to thank its generous sponsors for helping make this event possible: Visit Atascadero; City of Atascadero; Pavilion at the Lake; Somm Journal; Tasting Panel Magazine; Paso Robles CAB Collective; Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance; Farm Credit; TricorBraun; The Carlton Hotel, Umpqua Bank; American General Media; Holiday Inn Express Atascadero; and Glenn Burdette.Wine Speak Paso Robles is a premiere industry summit that brings sommeliers, wine industry leaders and hospitality professionals together for a three-day educational journey. Join master sommelier Chuck Furuya and his peers as they steer winemaker seminars, hospitality classes, wine tastings and special vineyard excursions—all designed to advance professional collaboration, knowledge and performance throughout the wine industry. Visit TAGSWine Speak Paso Robles Previous articleAfternoon Brief, August 13Next article1st in the World Blind Taste Test: Wine from a Bottle vs. Wine from a Can Press Releaselast_img read more

Dr. Phillips Cautions Unions Against Unrealistic Expectations

first_imgRelatedPSOJ Urges Accountants to Help in Tax Compliance RelatedGovernment Committed to Protecting Most Vulnerable Dr. Phillips Cautions Unions Against Unrealistic ExpectationsJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedSSF to Rebrand Itself Story HighlightsFinance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, has again given the Government’s commitment to doing “everything possible” to accommodate claims for salary increases to civil servants for the 2015 to 2017 contract period.He, however, cautioned unions that while there is a “good basis” for the increases being sought, they must recognise that “there has to be a reasonable limit to the increases and expectations.”This is in reference to the administration’s commitment, under the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Extended Fund Facility (EFF), to reduce the ratio of public sector wages to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), to nine per cent. Dr. Phillips Cautions Unions Against Unrealistic Expectations Finance & Public ServiceFebruary 13, 2015Written by: Douglas McIntoshcenter_img Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Finance and Planning, Hon. Dr. Peter Phillips. (FILE) Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, has again given the Government’s commitment to doing “everything possible” to accommodate claims for salary increases to civil servants for the 2015 to 2017 contract period.He, however, cautioned unions that while there is a “good basis” for the increases being sought, they must recognise that “there has to be a reasonable limit to the increases and expectations.”This is in reference to the administration’s commitment, under the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Extended Fund Facility (EFF), to reduce the ratio of public sector wages to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), to nine per cent.He underscored these points while addressing Wednesday’s (February 11) special forum at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, to mark Diplomatic Week 2015.In noting that the negotiations, “and moreso, the settlements”, could prove challenging to the administration’s continued implementation of the Economic Reform Programme (ERP), Dr. Phillips said the claims which the Ministry has received, to date, “show a mixed picture.”“Obviously, there are some trade unions that understand that it makes no sense to have sacrificed…, and then abandon that sacrifice with unrealistic claims. But there are others who may…not…have grasped the full extent of the situation,” he stated.While noting that the “unrealistic claims” were “few”, Dr. Phillips, nonetheless, stressed that “we can’t pay what we don’t have.”“But, we will, nevertheless, enter, in good faith, into (the) negotiations and see to what extent we can accommodate the claims. If there are non-cash elements that can be accommodated, we will do so, but there is a limit. (We) certainly don’t intend to have gone this far in the programme and not…complete the course…we intend to complete the course available to us,” he underscored. Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail last_img read more

DineL.A. Restaurant Week kicks off with 25 local restaurants taking part

first_imgHomeFeaturedDineL.A. Restaurant Week kicks off with 25 local restaurants taking part Mar. 01, 2021 at 6:00 amFeaturedFoodNewsPeopleDineL.A. Restaurant Week kicks off with 25 local restaurants taking partClara Harter3 months agodineL.A.outdoor diningrestaurant weeksanta monica travel and tourism The dining event of the season has arrived and for the next 14 days dozens of local restaurants will be serving up sumptuous meals for shockingly good deals.DineL.A. ‘s restaurant week is an annual event that entices Angelenos to become more adventurous diners through bargain prix-fixe menus at top restaurants across the city.This year’s event takes on increased importance as organizers strive to support L.A.’s hard-hit restaurant community by encouraging Angelenos to frequent local establishments.“We have participated in dineL.A. for 13 years,” said Susan Feniger, chef and owner of Socalo. “More than ever before, dineL.A. Restaurant Week ties our entire community together, from chef to diner. It’s a beautiful and much needed moment that we can all support.”Restaurant week lunch menus range from $15 to $35, while most of the three course dinner menus range from $25 to $65.In light of the pandemic, dineL.A. is expanding its restaurant week programming to include takeaway options. The organization has partnered with Grubhub to allow Angelenos to support local restaurants and enjoy exclusive deals from the comfort of their homes.Those interested in al-fresco dining, but worried about health risks will be pleased to know that several of the participating restaurants have earned the Santa Monica Shines COVID-19 Assurance Seal. These businesses have all demonstrated their commitment to providing the highest level of safety to their customers and employees.“We’ve always enjoyed being a part of dineL.A.,” said Raphael Lunetta, owner of Lunetta, which is a SM Shines approved business. “It’s a great way to introduce restaurants to new communities and have people enjoy the great menu we put together specially for the event.”Other participating SM Shines restaurants include Meat on Ocean, Tiato, Water Grill, and Blue Streak at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.“Meat on Ocean participates in restaurant week because we give a chance to experience our unique Dry Age and Meat eccentric program on a level unparalleled by other steakhouses,” said Chef Samuel Thomas. “We Dry Age all our product and have our own butcher in restaurant.”“Blue Streak just launched a new Mediterranean inspired menu that is highlighted on the dineL.A. menu,” said Elaine San Jose, PR area director for Loews Hotels. “During the weekend, guests can also enjoy Blue Streak’s al fresco ocean terrace featuring 13 fire pits and our signature beachfront location.”A full list of Santa Monica restaurants taking part in DineL.A. and their menus can be found at Monica Travel and Tourism is a firm supporter of the event and encourages all residents to take advantage of the great deals and do their part to support local restaurants.“We as consumers are needed to help support these efforts and just as important, frequently dine at our Santa Monica restaurants, where we will be putting people back to work by dining outdoors, ordering to go or for delivery, picking up a gift certificate, and, if you have the means, treat a neighbor in need,” said Misti Kerns, president and CEO of SMTT. “Each one of us can make a difference.”[email protected] :dineL.A.outdoor diningrestaurant weeksanta monica travel and tourismshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentResidents beg L.A. city services to remove burnt out RV ‘drug den’ on Rose AveDeal reached to get California children back in classroomsYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agolast_img read more

Altice separates US arm in business revamp

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 09 JAN 2018 Kavit Majithia Altice founder looks to take company private Related Previous ArticleTelenor targets further cost-cuttingNext ArticleFitbit user base tops 25 million Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Cellnex compra las torres de Altice por 5.200 millones Debt-laden Altice detailed plans to spin-off its US business and create a new structure for its struggling European operations, in a company-wide shake-up intended to help curb a recent slump in performance.The telecoms and cable group, which struck deals across the US, France, Portugal and Israel in recent years to boost its presence, experienced a drop in its share price in recent months largely due to declines in Europe.Weakness in France and Portugal, revealed in its Q3 results, saw the company’s stock drop by a third and it is also carrying a debt load of around €50 billion.Plans to overhaul the group follows an announcement in November, which saw the company shake-up its management and governance, with founder Patrick Drahi reasserting his power over the group. Michel Combes, CEO, also left the company: just last week he was announced as the new CFO of US operator Sprint.Altice Europe and US spin-offAs part of the most recent reorganisation, Altice said in a statement it would separate Altice USA by spinning off its 67.2 per cent holding in the unit to existing shareholders.Altice USA went public in June 2017, around two years after it was formed through the acquisition and merger of cable operators Cablevision and Suddenlink Communications in the country.Drahi will remain in control of the group overall, serving as the chairman of Altice USA and president of the board of Altice, which in turn will be renamed Altice Europe.As part of the separation, Altice USA directors also agreed in principle to the payment of $1.5 billion in dividends to shareholders, expected to be shown in the company’s Q2 2018 results, in addition to a share repurchase programme of $2 billion, following the completion of the separation expected in the second quarter.The newly-formed Altice Europe will comprise Altice France, Altice International (including operations in Dominican Republic, Portugal and Israel) and a new Altice pay-TV subsidiary, with the move made “in the spirit of enhanced accountability and transparency”.Altice said the new unit will integrate its support services businesses into their respective markets and bundle Europe’s premium content activities into one separately funded operating unit with its own P&L.Dennis Okhuijsen, group CFO, was named CEO of Altice Europe, while Dexter Goei will continue to serve as CEO and director of Altice USA. Both will report to Drahi.Speaking to Financial Times, Goei acknowledged the internal revamp had become a necessity: “I think I’ve got so many different hats on right now, I’m not sure where I live. It’s clear that focusing my time and Dennis’s time on specific jurisdictions is critical,” he said.The restructure also sees the company backtrack from plans announced in May 2017, when it said it would group its business units – including US operations – under a single name at the start of 2018, as part of a unified global strategy. Shareholders approve Altice Europe buyout move Tags Author Home Altice separates US arm in business revamp Alticelast_img read more

Xiaomi spins off Redmi as sub-brand

first_img Tags Xiaomi off the hook in the US AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 11 JAN 2019 Previous ArticleSprint hits 5G milestone with OTA data testNext ArticleMobile Mix: What happens at CES… Joseph Waring Author Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Relatedcenter_img Smartphone shipments to ride 5G wave Xiaomi smartphone surge bears fruits Home Xiaomi spins off Redmi as sub-brand Xiaomi announced its bestselling Redmi smartphone series will operate as an independent sub-brand as the company moves to accelerate its global expansion.Lu Weibing, the former president of Gionee (pictured, right), joined as GM of the Redmi brand.Lei Jun, Xiaomi founder and CEO (pictured, left), said Lu’s experience will assist Redmi in penetrating overseas markets faster and capture opportunities for further development and expansion. He noted Redmi will continue to focus on R&D of “extremely cost-effective smartphones with superior quality, and accelerate the pace of global expansion”.Lu said that by focusing on the e-commerce market and targeting internet users, Redmi will continue to pursue the “ultimate price-performance ratio”.The company said as of 30 September 2018 it sold a total of 278 million Redmi series smartphones globally, making it the top seller.Android Authority said the move was rather interesting and could mean more independence for the division’s device and business strategy, while still taking advantage of Xiaomi’s supply chain and research.Huawei, the second-largest smartphone maker in the world, introduced the Honor sub-brand in 2013, a trend others have followed. In August Xiaomi announced the global rollout of the first smartphone from its Poco smartphone brand, shortly after the device was unveiled in India.Latest NoteTo mark the shift, Redmi released the latest iteration of its Note series, the Redmi Note 7, featuring a 48MP rear camera; Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC; and a 4000mAh battery.It is also comes with an 18-month warranty, which the company claims is the first for a smartphone in China.The Note 7, which launches in China on 15 January, comes in gold, blue and black, with a 32GB version retailing for CNY999 ($148).At a time of rising trade tension between the US and China, Lei said in an interview in Beijing that Europe is its main focus for international expansion this year, South China Morning Post reported.Lei also said today (11 January) the device maker will invest CNY10 billion in artificial intelligence and IoT initatives over the next five years. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Devices RedmismartphoneXiaomilast_img read more