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SugarHouse begins PA online sportsbook test

first_imgSports betting Regions: US Pennsylvania SugarHouse Casino has moved a step closer to becoming the first gambling operator to roll out an online and mobile sportsbook service in the regulated state of Pennsylvania after beginning a series of test launches.As instructed by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), SugarHouse took its first interactive wagers yesterday (May 28) afternoon during an eight-hour testing period that ran from 4pm to midnight.Further tests are due to take place today (May 29) from 2pm to midnight, then tomorrrow from 12pm to midnight. A full launch of the online and mobile service offering is expected to take place later this week.Developed in partnership with sports betting technology provider Kambi, the new offering will run alongside a land-based sportsbook that launched at the venue in December of last year, which is also powered by the supplier.Consumers are required to first register in-person at the SugarHouse Casino in order to place interactive bets.The launch marks the latest step in the ongoing partnership between Rush Street and Kambi, which began in May last year and also covers sports betting activities in New Jersey, as well as potentially Illinois and New York should the states opt to legalise sports wagering.SugarHouse is widely regarded as one of the leading operators in Pennsylvania since the state launched its regulated sports betting market.In April, the venue generated revenue of $781,163 (£617,606/€700,183), which, despite being down 36.9% on the previous month, still ranks SugarHouse as the third most successful operator in Pennsylvania in April.Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment’s Parx Casino sportsbook, also powered by Kambi, was the market leader last month with revenue of $907,298. Rivers Casino, the sister property of SugarHouse that also runs a Kambi sportsbook, raked second with revenue of $871,753 and a market-high handle of $8.2m.Reports in Pennsylvania suggest that Rivers Casino will join SugarHouse Casino in launching an interactive sports betting service in the coming days. The PGCB was unable to confirm this, but said that it expected additional licensees to begin online roll-outs over the coming weeks. 29th May 2019 | By contenteditor SugarHouse begins PA online sportsbook test Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Topics: Sports betting Tech & innovation SugarHouse Casino has moved a step closer to becoming the first gambling operator to roll out an online and mobile sportsbook service in the regulated state of Pennsylvania after beginning a series of test launches. Should this soft launch be completed without any issues, it could officially launch its offering later this week. last_img read more

MCB Group Limited ( HY2013 Interim Report

first_imgMCB Group Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Financial sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the half year.For more information about MCB Group Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the MCB Group Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: MCB Group Limited (  2013 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileMCB Group Limited is a financial holdings company that, together with the several subsidiaries running under it, operates in three clusters; banking, non-banking financial and other investments. The non-banking financial sector is involved in factoring and leasing while the MCB Capital Markets Limited offers services such as corporate finance advisory, asset management, stockbroking, private equity and registry. The Group also assists micro and small entrepreneurs. The services offered by the company include, offers current, savings, and foreign currency accounts; fixed and term deposits; personal, educational, motor, green, and housing loans; term loans; and working capital finance, term funding¸ structured finance, private equity finance, and leasing services, as well as credit and prepaid cards. MCB Group Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Why the Boohoo share price still looks cheap

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Paul Summers | Tuesday, 15th June, 2021 | More on: BOO One FTSE “Snowball Stock” With Runaway Revenues Why the Boohoo share price still looks cheap See all posts by Paul Summers Looking for new share ideas?Grab this FREE report now.Inside, you discover one FTSE company with a runaway snowball of profits.From 2015-2019…Revenues increased 38.6%.Its net income went up 19.7 times!Since 2012, revenues from regular users have almost DOUBLEDThe opportunity here really is astounding.In fact, one of its own board members recently snapped up 25,000 shares using their own money… So why sit on the side lines a minute longer?You could have the full details on this company right now. Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images center_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Paul Summers owns shares in boohoo group. The Motley Fool UK has recommended boohoo group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Grab your free report – while it’s online. The Boohoo (LSE: BOO) share price barely moved in early trading this morning. That’s despite the company providing what I believe to be another encouraging update on trading over the first quarter of its new financial year. Personally, I think the investment case here remains compelling.“Phenomenal growth”Total revenue hit just over £486m in the three months to the end of May. That’s a rise of 32% from the same period in 2020. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…According to CEO John Lyttle, this “phenomenal growth” is even more impressive considering the strong comparatives from the previous year as more people shopped online under lockdown. It also represents a 91% jump over the last two years. Fueled by the gradual lifting of restrictions, sales in the UK (Boohoo’s most established market) jumped by 50% to £274.6m. Across the pond, US revenue rose by 43% to just short of £132m.  In the rest of Europe however, sales weren’t so stellar, with revenue declining 14%. This was most likely due to ongoing concerns over the pandemic. In its ‘Rest of the World’ markets, sales declined by a similar percentage.This rather mixed performance, combined with the lack of change to guidance, goes some way to explaining why the Boohoo share price isn’t climbing today.What next for the Boohoo share price?Going against its reputation for increasing forecasts over the year, the company said it still expected revenue to grow by 25% in the full financial year.I’m still optimistic that this number will be lifted later in the year and Boohoo’s share price will react accordingly. The acquisition of the Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Burton brands should begin bearing fruit. The launch of the new Debenhams website, featuring beauty and homewares as well as clothes, also adds some product diversification to Boohoo’s portfolio. Combine all this with those rocketing sales in the US and the opening of two new distribution centres in the UK and I think Boohoo’s valuation of 30 times earnings still looks ‘cheap’ for the growth on offer. Tellingly, the company’s PEG (price/earnings to growth) ratio is 1.1. This implies new investors are getting a good deal. Making amendsI’m also heartened by today’s update on the progress made by Boohoo in addressing concerns over its supply chain. In his third report on the matter, Sir Brian Levenson said that the company was now “demonstrating a degree of due diligence which may well go beyond that which is undertaken by other retailers or in other industries.” As a shareholder, I find this very comforting. So long as the company proceeds to publish its full (revised) global supplier list in September as planned, I suspect previously nervous fund managers will be willing to add the stock back to their portfolios. This should do no harm to the Boohoo share price.  Happy holderAs a holder of the stock, I’m naturally biased. But it’s clear Boohoo could still face headwinds in 2021. A full re-opening could (temporarily) see fewer people heading online and wanting to spend their hard-earned cash on other things, such as foreign holidays. One also needs to keep in mind that sales in some markets could get worse before they get better, due to relatively sluggish vaccination rollouts.With near-£200m in net cash and a runway for ongoing growth however, I’m very relaxed about staying invested in Boohoo. last_img read more

30 Minutes with… Jon Welsh

first_imgThe Glasgow and Scotland prop proves reveals his deadpan humour Strike a pose: Jon Welsh plays it straight when he receives a Man of the Mach award LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS What’s the funniest thing that you’ve seen or heard on the pitch?I remember playing against Munster away and the TMO’s communication link to the referee had broken. I don’t know where he got it from but the next thing you knew, the referee had a mobile phone out and was calling the TMO to get the decision.Who are the jokers in the Glasgow squad?Ryan Wilson and Henry Pyrgos are a couple of jokers who stand out but there are probably too many to mention. The craic in the changing room is always good!Can you tell us about any practical jokes?There will always be something going on but I remember once boxer shorts were going missing from players’ bags after training and some guys went home commando. After two months we walked out of our changing room and saw all of the boxers hanging from a clothes line just above the walkway.It was definitely guys from another changing room. We couldn’t pin those responsible – I have my suspicions!If you could be any team-mate, who would it be?Mike Cusack’s a hit with the ladies…Who was your childhood hero?The rugby players I looked up to were Os du Randt, Tony Woodcock and Gavin Hastings. But my heroes were in boxing, such as Muhammad Ali and Rocky Marciano. Joe Calzaghe came into training last season to talk to the team, which was pretty amazing.Do you have any phobias?I’m scared of flying and light mayonnaise.If a film was made of your life, who would play you?I’d love to say Leo DiCaprio or Brad Pitt but if I’m honest I think I’ll have to say Ricky Gervais (below) as he’s got a good sense of humour.center_img What’s been your most embarrassing moment?For a team run one day I wore a pair of boots I’m convinced were cursed. I was kicked where it hurt, tripped up and got punched in the face. It was all caught on camera as well! Suffice to say the boots went straight in the bin.What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever bought?I once went shopping with Al Kellock and bought a few questionable things as his dress sense isn’t the best. He didn’t provide very good guidance.Who are your dream dinner party guests?Leone Nakarawa as he’s a great singer, Fraser Brown because he never stops smiling and Tommy Seymour as he’d bring happiness.What’s your guilty pleasure?Definitely a chicken salad.What is the best gig you have been to?Bruce Springsteen at Hampden Park.What would you like to achieve outside of rugby? That is an avenue yet to be explored. I used to be an electrician but I wouldn’t want to go back to that.This interview was published in the February 2015 edition of Rugby World. Click here for the latest subscription offers.last_img read more

Mountain Research / General Design

first_imgCopyAbout this officeGeneral DesignOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMinamisaku DistrictWoodHousesJapanPublished on December 30, 2012Cite: “Mountain Research / General Design” 30 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ SandShowerhansgroheShowers – Raindance SelectWoodEGGERTimberSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Bre-ClassMetallicsTrimoMetal Panels for Roofs – Trimoterm SNVLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt PlazaStonesMikado QuartzQuartz Slab – MarbleWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Long-Span StructuresWoodBlumer LehmannAssembly and Logistics of Wood ProjectsHandlesKarcher DesignDoor Handle Madeira ER45Chairs / Benches / CouchesArperModular Sofa – LoopMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?山脉研究所 / General Design是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ArchDaily Houses Japan Photographs:  Daici Ano Text description provided by the architects. Mr. Setsumasa Kobayashi, client of this project, told me that he wanted a simple place in the woods where he can set up his 2-meter dome tent by The North Face and live in there.  Save this picture!© Daici AnoThe site, approximately 5,300 square meters, is located in the mountain in Kawakami Village of Nagano Prefecture. Here I provided a wood deck to set up the 2-meter dome tent, kitchen, storage, bathroom and toilet, shelves for firewood, and a solar panel system.   Save this picture!© Daici AnoBasically the client and his wife spend most of their time outside.  Wood deck is their living room, and the 2-meter dome tent is their bedroom and shelter from wind and rain.   Save this picture!© Daici AnoI did not intend to design a regular weekend house, and didn’t want comfortable and protected rooms with beautiful views. I was determined to support his clear and powerful vision on the nature, so I eliminated anything that would interfere with his thoughts.   Save this picture!© Daici AnoWhat I created here is a simple and comfortable base for his active outdoor lifestyle in the woods.  Save this picture!PlanMinimum essentialsI placed two boxes of built-up 120mm X 120mm local larch lumber, and connected them by placing large wood decks for the 2-meter dome tent in between. Since I didn’t want to touch the existing landscape, I set various floor levels along the mountainside, and these floors become places for various activities; they can sit and rest there, or they can store firewood underneath, or they can simply stay there and enjoy ever-changing beauty of the surrounding scenery. Save this picture!SectionAll doors are collapsible panels, so when all doors are collapsed, all rooms are totally open-air.  All is made of unfinished larch, and it already started to fade naturally into grey.  In a long course of time, it will eventually dissolve into the woods and return to the earth. Save this picture!SectionSome parts of this house does not fulfill basic residential requirements such as waterproofing, insulation against weather, and durability.  But in this project I focused on thinking what important things I might lose by trying to achieve all basic standards.  What I needed was to really think about minimum essentials for life in the woods. Naturally they might find some inconvenience, but I believe that people really understand true sense of liberation and freedom under some inconvenient circumstances.   I don’t want architecture to be convenient “tools” which guarantee safe and ordinary lives. I hope that  architecture will be a place where people discover something new, and make innovations in their life styles.Project gallerySee allShow lessRenova Energia Proposal / Sotero Arquitetura e UrbanismoArticlesEscola Senai Proposal / NPC Grupo ArquiteturaArticles Share 2008 Projects Mountain Research / General DesignSave this projectSaveMountain Research / General Design “COPY” Save this picture!© Daici Ano+ 10 Share Architects: General Design Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyHouses•Minamisaku District, Japan Year:  Photographs Mountain Research / General Design Area:  261 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY”last_img read more

Women’s tennis starts off strong in Big 12 play

first_imgKennedy Stadler Women’s tennis to begin conference play at Baylor Women’s tennis downs UT-Rio Grande Valley Kennedy Stadler Facebook Kennedy Stadler TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks printTCU women’s tennis jumped out to a perfect start in conference play for the first time since the 2014-2015 season with wins over Baylor, Iowa State and West Virginia. This is the third time in program history that TCU has started 3-0 in Big 12 play. Texas Tech and Oklahoma State are also currently undefeated, sitting at 2-0 in conference play. The Frogs kicked off conference play with a victory over rival Baylor, who sat at No. 50 in the Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings (ITA). Not only was this TCU’s first road win of the season, but it also their first win in Waco since 2013. A key to the Frogs’ success in March has been their ability to lock down the doubles point in all three matches. Ellie Douglas and Aleksa Cveticanin rank at No. 41 in the Oracle/ITA poll, and the duo earned its fifth straight victory with a 6-0 win on the top court over West Virginia. “Ellie and Aleksa are a great one-two punch, and I’ll put them up against anybody,” coach Lee Walker said after the match. First-year Mercedes Aristegui secured another singles win in the West Virginia match. Aristegui continues to lead the team with 14 singles wins on the season. TCU’s biggest challenge came from the Iowa State Cyclones, who secured three first set wins. Five of the six courts went three sets, but the Frogs climbed back and secured the match win with Douglas’ 5-7,6-1,7-6(2) victory on the top court. Even though TCU was favored over the Cyclones, Walker said that the team needs to bring passion and motivation to each match regardless of the opponent. “If we remain hungry and humble down the stretch, we are going to be extremely tough to deal with,” Walker said. The team continues its five-game homestand against Dartmouth at 3 p.m. Wednesday on the Bernard J. ‘Tut’ Bartzen Varsity Courts.      Kennedy Stadler Previous articleAssistant coach fired amid connection to fed​eral investigationNext articleTCU assistant dean remembered for bettering lives of others Kennedy Stadler RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Women’s tennis power past Dartmouth Kennedy Stadler is a second year student at Texas Christian University studying journalism and Spanish. Kennedy is from Danville, California and enjoys sports as well as traveling.center_img Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Kennedy Stadler + posts Linkedin Twitter ReddIt ReddIt Linkedin Facebook Women’s tennis prepares for ASU, Ohio State TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

Arson attack on independent media group’s printing press

first_img October 20, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Arson attack on independent media group’s printing press News Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about increasing harassment of Sri Lanka’s independent news media in the run-up to a presidential election on 17 November, condemning a 16 October arson attack on the printing press of a media group that publishes two weeklies critical of the government, the English-language Sunday Leader and Sinhalese-language Irudina.“We call on the authorities to put a stop to these acts of intimidation against independent media in order to allow journalists to work freely and ensure diversity in the press coverage of the election campaign,” the press freedom organisation said.Around seven or eight armed individuals entered the printing press in Ratmalana, near Colombo, at about 8 p.m. on 16 October, according to the police and employees present at the time. They hit and threatened publication manager S. A. Dias, demanded that printing of the newspapers should stop, and set fire to 40 bundles of newspapers before leaving. The employees were able to put the fire out before it could spread to the presses.In recent years, the Sunday Leader has developed a reputation for investigative reporting that has often upset President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s government, and it has been the target of threats or violence on more than one occasion in the past. There was a murder attempt on its editor, Lasantha Wikramatunga, in 1998, while Dias wrote to the police chief in May saying his life was in danger as a result of threats from a pro-government parliamentarian who was accusing him of supporting the Tamil Tigers.The police say they are investigating the attacks. Help by sharing this information News to go further News Follow the news on Sri Lanka Receive email alerts Sri LankaAsia – Pacific center_img July 15, 2020 Find out more Organisation Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists News RSF_en Sri LankaAsia – Pacific January 13, 2021 Find out more Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial July 29, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Greve returns to head Pioneer Museum

first_img By Jaine Treadwell By The Penny Hoarder Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author Latest Stories Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Rachel Jordan Greve is coming home to Pike County as director of the Pioneer Museum of Alabama.Greve, a Brundidge native, will take the museum reins on July 1. She is presently director of the Brenham Heritage Museum in Brenham, Texas where she lives with her husband, Brian.Jeff Kervin, Pioneer Museum of Alabama board chair, said the board is proud to have Greve on board. “So much has been done right at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama for 40 years, so I want to hear from them what works, what could be improved and the critical areas of need,” Greve said. “I want to know about the successes and the weakness. I want to listen and I want to work to help make their dreams and desires happen.”Greve’s personal goal is to create an environment that will make the museum a family destination.“I want to make the Pioneer Museum of Alabama a place in Pike County and Troy where families come for a time of fun, learning and togetherness,” she said.Greve brings 10 years of museum related experience to the museum.She is a graduate of Pike County High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in social science/anthropology from Troy University.After college she moved to New York where she did an internship with a non-profit organization.“There I got to take underserved kids to museums, cultural centers and theaters,” Greve said. “That was my own independent studies program.“Living in New York was a new experience for me. There were more people living on the floor in my apartment building than there were in all of Brundidge. I liked it there but I really want to come back to the South.”Greve accepted her first museum experience with the Department of Arkansas Heritage and lead youth and family programs at the Old State House Museum.In 2001, she procured museum exhibits and programming employment at Cosmic Cavern Underground, a “show cave” and underground karst museum in the Ozark Mountains near Eureka Springs.In 2007, Greve took advantage of the opportunity to manage a colossal volunteer corps at the esteemed Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and IMAX Theatre in Austin, Texas.Two years later, she accepted her first museum directorship at the Brenham Heritage Museum.“The Brenham Heritage Museum reminds me of the Johnson Center for the Arts,” Greve said. “It was built by the federal government in 1915 to house the U.S. Postal Service. The distinctive Classical Revival-style building became the Brenham Heritage Museum in 1991.”Although Greve said she has been enjoyed Texas and her work there, she had a longing to get closer to home and family.“My mother read in the newspaper that Jerry Peak (Pioneer Museum of Alabama director) was going to retire and she called me immediately,” Greve said.“I applied and was asked to come for an interview. But it wasn’t really like an interview. It was more like a brainstorming session.“I fell in love with the museum again and wanted so much to be a part of it. I laughed and said that even if I had not gotten the job, I want to be an ad hoc board member.” The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Print Article “We are looking forward to working with Rachel,” he said. “She has a wealth of experience and, being from the area, we think will be a good opportunity for the museum. We are optimistic that she will be the best thing for us a long time and will fill some shoes that need to be filled. She will represent us well in the community.”Greve didn’t try to hide her excitement about coming home to Pike County and to the Pioneer Museum of Alabama. It was there at the (then) Pike Pioneer Museum that little Rachel Jordan knew exactly what she wanted to do with her life.“The Pioneer Museum of Alabama is very special place for me,” Greve said. “Just thinking about how special it is, I was proud that I didn’t cry during my interview with the museum board.” When Greve was in first grade, she visited the Pike Pioneer Museum and was so impressed by what she saw and learned that she decided “right then” that she wanted to be an archeologist.“I know what an impact a museum like this can have on young people,” she said.“It has the ability to change and shape lives. It has such a great mission. The spirit of those pioneers, those settlers, hits home and to the core of what makes the people of Alabama who we are.”Greve said during her first few weeks as director of the Pioneer Museum of Alabama, she plans to meet with the museum board, staff and volunteers and get feedback from them. Sponsored Content You Might Like Day camp offers opportunity to learn Spanish Learning a new language can be fun, which is something Melissa Fridlin of Deep South Language Services in Troy hopes… read more Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Greve returns to head Pioneer Museum Published 10:31 pm Friday, May 27, 2011 Book Nook to reopen Skiplast_img read more

Storm system brings threat for floods and snow to the South

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — A storm system moving through the southern half of the United States over the next 36 hours will bring a threat for flooding and snow to North Carolina and Virginia.Already 4 to 8 inches of snow fell from Colorado to Iowa in the last 24 hours causing accidents and even shutting down interstate 70 in Kansas.Heavy rain is adding to the flooding in the South where new evacuations were ordered Wednesday in Alabama.As the storm moves across the South, eight states from Louisiana to Virginia are under flood and snow alerts.Thursday morning, heavy rain is falling from Texas to Georgia as flood warnings continue on dozens of rivers and bayous in the South.This storm system moves into the Southeast bringing more heavy rain here and snow to North Carolina and southern Virginia.A Winter Storm Warning and Winter Weather Advisory has been issued from Tennessee to North Carolina, including Raleigh and Charlotte.Snow is expected in the South and some areas could see up to 4 inches in North Carolina which could cause significant delays for the evening rush hour in the area.Additional heavy rain is forecast from Mississippi to Alabama, Georgia and into South Carolina where this could cause more flooding.On Thursday morning, to the north, a cold blast is moving through and wind chills are 20 below zero or more.The cold air is now moving into the Northeast and the coldest air mass will be right over the Northeast Friday morning with wind chills near zero in Boston and single digits in New York City.This cold blast is not expected to be long lived and much milder air is on the way to end the weekend. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Floating successful ideas

first_imgFloating successful ideasOn 1 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today CraigToms, HR manager at Tibbett & Britten, reveals that communications issueswere the drivers for a recent team-building programmeAction-centred development – team-building programme Designed by: Develop, Whitwell Learning Ltd, Whitwell, Oakham, Rutland,LE15 8BW Phone: 01780 686555 I was appointed as HR manager for the Bicester contract at Tibbett& Britten 20 months ago, there were a number of people objectives thatneeded some attention – not least of which was turnover of staff. Althoughthis, in part, could be attributed to external factors such as the availabilityof alternative employment opportunities in the area, it gave us reason toreview the style of management, behaviour and leadership qualities of the team.Similar to many, Tibbett & Britten has a percentage of line managers whoare promoted from the ‘shop-floor’. Sometimes as a result, these internalappointees find it difficult to establish the necessary distance and respectthey need from colleagues they worked alongside before, and often thelighthearted office banter can get out of hand, with new managers finding ithard to lose the tag of still being ‘one of the guys’. We decided to embark on some team-building programmes and discussed thiswith Develop Whitwell, based near Oakham on Rutland Water. A planning session was convened between the general manager of Tibbett &Britten, myself and the trainers from Develop. Through this we identified themain areas for improvement in the management team that this programme wouldhopefully address. First, was the quality of communication between managers and other membersof staff. Second, defining leadership and what it looks like. Third,problem-solving in our industry. We need managers who can think on their feetand tackle a problem themselves rather than rely on pushing it higher up thechain of command. We wanted to provide each manager with a tool kit to givethem the confidence they needed to do this. To achieve this we decided to use a mixture of residential and in-housetraining sessions. The team-building consisted of three weekends (Saturday withan overnight stay and Sunday) spaced at three- or five-month intervals. Thetime between the weekends was used to supplement the action-centred developmentwith in-house core management skills programmes also delivered by Develop trainersat our Bicester site. These focused on five key areas: creative problemsolving; effective communications; performance management; coaching andmentoring. We also took the opportunity of involving a number of managers fromour sister sites to ensure the courses were cost-effective and run to capacity.The team-building weekends began as very fun-oriented, but evolved intosomething much more serious as the team began to knit together. I have to saythat they were absolutely brilliant and it gave us the opportunity to look atone another in a new light and appreciate strengths that would never havesurfaced if we had not been away from the working environment. Catalyst  In the first weekend at Whitwell there was one particular activity thatproved a definite catalyst for starting the team-building process. It reallytested our individual confidence and trust in one another. It involved team members standing on a raised platform – four feet off theground – eyes closed, arms folded, with their back to the rest of the team,leaning back off the platform relying on the ‘guys’ behind them to catch thembefore they hit the ground. There were at least a couple members of the team who were very nervous aboutthe exercise and it was looking as if Develop’s ‘Challenge by Choice’ policywould come into play, where no member of a team is forced to do an activitythey feel uncomfortable with because of group pressure. But they all decided togo for it and the rewards for the whole team were obvious. The second weekend was based on a programme where we trained as ‘Argonauts’(as in Jason and the Argonauts), in search of the golden fleece, and withoutgiving too much away, the more serious side of team building began to takeshape. Activities centred on the fabulous facility of Rutland Water. I came tounderstood what the trainers had meant when they said the outcomes ofteam-building activities are never certain, when we had to put together atotally unscheduled rescue attempt for a yacht crewed by some of our teammembers that had got into trouble. Suffice to say that a number of the team gota little wet in the process. ReflectionThe third weekend gave us a chance for reflection – to look back at the twoprevious weekends and the core management skills training programmes and seewhat we had achieved together. In the new environment, we have seen an increase in openness and trust – weare now more proactive and our problem-solving skills have improved. We had previously been a collection of individuals – a group but not acohesive team – exacerbated by a system of shift working at the distributioncentre. Whitwell in action Whitwell Learning has been in existence for 16 years and two years in itspresent form. Its training consultancy arm. Develop specialises inaction-centred team-building programmes such as those devised for Tibbett &Britten. As Jon Gower, senior consultant at Develop, explains: “Eachteam-building programme is tailor-made and its format depends on the individualcustomer’s requirements. Before we devise a programme, we meet the HR manageror the team manager to discuss what they want to get out of the programme; whatthe desired end result is for their team. We use this as our starting point todevelop a programme that will move the group forward to achieve agreedoutcomes. “We do not use a set format for the team-building programmes bututilise a mixture of activities from the extensive range on offer. These varyfrom low-impact exercises, simply using a blindfold and a piece of rope, tohigher impact activities that might require the team to carry equipment over a10ft wall. Some activities test mental agility while others may testproblem-solving skills or allow the group to explore internal dynamics. “The activities are a catalyst for discussion. Even if we used the sameactivity for 10 different groups, it would provide a variety of outcomes.”Whitwell benefits from its location on Rutland Water and much of theapparatus for the activities sits on the shore of the reservoir. Yachts andcanoes are often deployed in the team-building exercises and use is made of alocal climbing wall facility just five minutes from the centre. All theequipment used is risk-assessed and the correct safety gear is provided. The ideal delegate-to-tutor ratio is 10:1, but Develop has worked withgroups of up to 150 people split into team sizes of about 20. As Jon says:”The smaller the group, the more personal attention you can give and thebetter able you are to discuss particular problems and weaknesses.” As for timescale, Whitwell is open seven days a week and so can meet companyrequirements for team-building programmes during the working week or atweekends. Tibbett & Britten opted for three weekends spaced between threeand five months apart because the nature of their business makes it difficultto carve time out of the working week. However, other companies may see it aspart of the package to take their teams on an ‘away day’ from the office. Jon says: “If you particularly want to work on building team identity,I would always advise groups to stay overnight – the evening provides anexcellent opportunity to discuss the day’s events together and further cementteam relationships.” Time to reflect He also advises teams to get together at the office or at Whitwell one ortwo months after the programme to revisit their experience. “Get out the flip charts and notes from the course, stick them uparound the office and ask a few questions – ‘where are we now?’, ‘what did wesay we were going to do?’ and ‘did we do it and if not, why not?’. “There isn’t much to be gained from coming to Whitwell for one or twodays simply to return to the office and continue with what you have been doingbefore,” he added. Tibbett & Britten team-building weekends were complemented by managementdevelopment sessions back at the office – a combination that workedparticularly well and gave the members of the team plenty of time forreflection between the chunks of action-centred development at the weekends. Jon says: “For those who take part in one of Develop’s team-buildingprogrammes there is a great sense of personal achievement. People often say: ‘Inever thought that I’d ever do anything like that’. It gives them greatself-belief, the feeling that we can all do it and more importantly that we canall do it as part of a team. VerdictIt has turned us into an effective teamWe have seen the benefits of using ateam-building and in-house core skills programme like the ones used by DevelopWhitwell. After the course, we had become a consistent and effective teamthat benefited from having a standard approach to dealing with issues andproblem solving. The combination of the weekend programmes of action-centreddevelopment and the more intensive core management skills training programmeback at site has really worked. I found the creative problem solving a uniquecourse and full of things I’d not seen before – and I have had my share ofmanagement training. Of course there were the old favourites like force fieldanalysis and the fishbone technique but there were some ‘off-the-wallalternatives’ like ‘whack packs’ and word association exercises that reallyassisted with brainstorming and that everyone seemed to enjoy. Much ofDevelop’s training provides a focus on having fun.And best of all there has been a tangible benefit from thetraining programme to Tibbett & Britten in that turnover at our Bicestersite has dramatically improved. I am absolutely certain this has been assistedby the training we have undertaken. The feedback received from staff points tothe fact employees have seen the benefit of the training the managers havereceived and managers now feel better about their jobs.EFFECTIVENESS      * * * * *ABILITY TO MEET BUSINESS NEEDS       * * * * *VALUE FOR MONEY           * * * *APPROPRIATENESS TO ANY BUSINESS * * * * * ENTERTAINMENT VALUE  * * * * * Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more