The Royal Bank of Scotland Group is extending flexible working rights to allits employees. Called ‘Yourtime’, the new flexible working programme brings a number of newand existing policies under one umbrella. Group HR director Neil Roden said: “Increasingly, employees are lookingfor ways to find a rewarding balance between their work and personal lives andthis programme provides a more structured way of doing this. “Yourtime marks a step change in the way the group views and approachesflexible working,” he said. The scheme will extend the right to requestflexible working to all 84,000 UK employees. Roden said while many employees need flexibility because of caringresponsibilities, many workers are seeking more time to devote to personalinterests. “Supporting different working practices enables the business to be moreflexible as well as improving employee satisfaction and loyalty, and will playa vital role in helping us to retain key skills and experience within theorganisation,” Roden added. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Bank to extend flexible working to all employeesOn 21 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.
MariJoy Dempsey, of Egg Harbor Township, listens to Allyson Pace sing for her during an Ocean City Theatre Company virtual performance. (Photo courtesy the Dempsey family) By MADDY VITALEWith a pandemic, the Ocean City Theatre Company is at a standstill. There are no rehearsals. No shows. No camp signups. No ticket sales.But that does not mean the show won’t go on — virtually that is.An email blast went out to the theater company community explaining that the Katherine Alexandra Foundation, through the support of OCTC fans Mike and Lis Kalogris, of Stone Harbor, will present a $2,500 matching grant for every dollar raised through the email campaign.“So here we are, launching a grassroots donor campaign that will be matched and doubled by the generosity of the Katherine Alexandra Foundation and our friends Mike and Lis Kalogris,” read the email that went out to the members.For a donation of $75 or more, the donor will receive a “Broadway Singing Telegram” — albeit on an electronic device, by his or her favorite OCTC performer.“We wanted to come up with something unique,” said Michael Hartman, founder and volunteer of the OCTC.In a time when social distancing, face masks and gloves are the unfortunate norm, the singing telegram is a way to provide something positive, enjoyable and exciting for the recipient, while sitting in the comfort of their home. The donors have a wide range of more than 200 Broadway hits to choose from. Whether classic songs from “Oklahoma” are your speed, or something a bit more contemporary from the musical “Chicago,” there is something for everyone.Hundreds of kids participate in one of OCTC’s Summer Camps, Classes or Youth productions each year. (Photo courtesy O.C.T.C.)Hartman noted that if there is something someone would like to hear that is not on the list he or she can simply email the request to OCTC.After selecting the song and emailing it to OCTC, the donor will receive the performance via email.MariJoy Dempsey, of Egg Harbor Township, was delighted to receive her special Broadway Singing Telegram by Allyson Pace.Her mother, Kim Dempsey, said it was an “awesome” experience.“We had huge smiles on our faces as we were watching it,” Kim said in an email. “Our family gladly supports OCTC, either through donations or by attending a show.”She explained why OCTC is a great activity for families. OCTC shows are held at the Ocean City Music Pier and the Hughes Performing Arts Center at the Ocean City High School.“OCTC offers opportunities for individuals and families to experience professional theater without having to travel far from home. We love OCTC,” Kim said. Hartman said especially in the current climate, where fear of COVID-19 encompasses people’s lives, donations for the theater community reflect the positivity people can still show in a time of crises.“Traditionally, the month of April is really a go-time for the theatre company. Camps fill up,” he pointed out. “Sometimes we have 500 kids in our classes. And thousands of dollars usually come in for tickets.”But with loss of jobs and the uncertainty about when the coronavirus restrictions will be lifted on social gatherings, he understands that the theatre company ultimately had to be put on hold. The annual Children’s Theatre Series, such as this one from 2019, is still scheduled for this summer at the Music Pier. (Photo courtesy City of Ocean City)While the Children’s Theatre Series, which features five shows beginning in June and running through July, may still be on as scheduled, people are just purchasing tickets at this time.The children’s theater series tickets go for $10 a show.“We make it affordable for families to be able to attend. But people don’t want to commit,” Hartman said. “The reality is, expenses are going out. This is our steady stream of revenue. It shows how barebones we are.”Hartman is hopeful donations will continue to come in and by the time the world returns to normal the shows will all be rescheduled.That is all the more reason why support from those who love the arts and theater and appreciate the years of performances by members of OCTC is needed more than ever, Hartman said.“The theatre company has pushed all acts until the first weekend in June. Hope we are rocking and rolling by then,” he said.A portion of the letter that went out via email to OCTC supporters and members highlighted some of the reasons the theater company is eager to get back on track.“We are craving the sense of community that comes from enjoying a live performance or the magic that happens when kids collaborate as a team on a theatre project,” the letter reads.It continues, “We are hopeful that we will return to normal real soon, but in this time of uncertainty, it is understandable that ticket sales have come to a complete standstill, camp/educational program registration has stopped, and financial support has been halted.”As of Friday afternoon, Hartman said the email blast had raised $1,700. He is certain that $2,500 will be raised for a matching grant by the Katherine Alexandra Foundation. “The generosity we are seeing shows me that people can rise to the occasion,” Hartman added.To make a tax deductible donation visit http://oceancitytheatrecompany.com/get-inv…/online-donation/ or mail a check made payable to OCTC to 1501 West Avenue, Ocean City, N.J. 08226 If you mail your donation, be sure to include your email address to be contacted to schedule a Virtual Broadway Singing Telegram.Good times are apparent as members of the OCTC and founder Michael Hartman pose for a selfie in 2018 at the annual brunch.
Over the past year, Florida’s The Heavy Pets have been busy in the studio, and the group is gearing up to release their latest full-length album, Strawberry Mansion, on February 23rd. The new album—which will be released independently with some help from All Points Boats and APB Studios—marks The Heavy Pets’ first full-length studio album since 2011’s Swim Out Past The Sun, though the band has released some EPs during that seven-year period. Strawberry Mansion will be available on major streaming sites and for purchase in double vinyl, CD, and digital formats.It’s clear that the buzz around the group’s new album is growing, and given the group’s feel-good new tunes, it’s clear why. Strawberry Mansion‘s opening track, “Higher”, is a delightfully funky song with an island and some ska-like leanings. Plus, the group recently debuted the 70’s street-funk number, “Shahryar’s Rage”, and the track has over 100,000+ listens in just a couple of short weeks.Read on below to hear The Heavy Pets’ own Jeff Lloyd’s thoughts on the upcoming Strawberry Mansion, plus check out the group’s newly announced tour dates, including an album release party at Fort Lauderdale’s Culture Room on Friday, February 23rd, and an opening gig for Umphrey’s McGee at Whigfest Music & Arts Festival in Tampa, on February 18th.The Heavy Pets’ guitarists and vocalists, Jeff Lloyd and Mike Garulli, are no strangers to throwing an epic party. Most recently, the band hosted a three-set Festival After Party at Boca Raton’s The Funky Biscuit, which featured a second set that saw sit-ins from the likes of Eric Krasno, MonoNeon, DJ Logic, Tedeschi Trucks Band saxophonist Kebbi Williams, and trumpeter Ephraim Owens, highlighting how much respect the Pets have garnered in the greater jam and funk scene.The Heavy Pets With Eric Krasno, DJ Logic, MonoNeon, & The Tedeschi Trucks Band Horns – “Between The Sheets > Dewpoint”[via CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS]We had the opportunity to speak with The Heavy Pets’ lead guitarist and vocalist, Jeff Lloyd, to discuss the inspiration behind the new album, the album’s special guest collaborators, and more. Check it out below! L4LM: This is the band’s first full album since 2011’s Swim Out Past The Sun. Did it feel good to get back in the studio and make some new music?Jeff Lloyd: It felt fantastic. We focused on a series of EPs over the last few years and felt it was time to get back in and produce a full-length record. We had a ton of material ready to go, so we felt it was time again to make a longer statement. I think we really found a process that works for us—recording at a variety of South Florida studios including our own, and finishing everything at the Power Station, where we have done the bulk of our work the last few years.L4LM: I’m assuming that’s a guest vocalist on “Shahryar’s Rage”. Who are the special guests on the album?JL: Actually, no. That’s our very own Jim Wuest singing lead on “Shahryar’s Rage”, with the rest of us singing some pretty rich harmonies in the back. It’s a cool sound and very uniquely Jim. We do have some South Florida friends we are proud to have on the record, including Michael McCleary (guitarist of Surfer Blood) on trombone and Rob Smiley on saxophone for the closing track “Holy Holy.”L4LM: Is that you or Mike playing slide on “The Ibis”? Sounds very Derek Trucks-inspired. Totally digging it. JL: That’s our dear friend, the one-and-only Roosevelt Collier! Ha, I wish I could play like that. He absolutely slayed that track—took my vision to a whole different level—but this should come as no surprise to me after working with him for so many years. That’s what he does. I absolutely love the parts he laid down, and the back and forth he does with Jim on the Hammond for the solo section.L4LM: What was some inspirations for the music y’all wrote on the album? JL: “The Ibis” was literally inspired by me waking to a yard full of birds one morning and doing a little research. Fascinating creatures. “Real News” I’d written years ago and thought pretty apt for today. There is so much going on on this record, and it is taking me back to our beginnings—a group of friends with a big group of songs. I still feel we are just getting started.The Heavy Pets will celebrate the release of Strawberry Mansion with a proper album release party at Fort Lauderdale’s Culture Room on Friday, February 23rd (get tickets here). In support of the new album, The Heavy Pets will head out on the road for an extensive run of headlining dates with support from acts such as Goose, The Clock Reads, and The Steady Flow. Additional shows include appearances at Fractal Beach Music Festival at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park in Miami on February 4th and opening for Umphrey’s McGee at Whigfest Music & Arts Festival in Tampa on February 18th. Take a listen to “Higher”, and check out a full list of tour dates below.The Heavy Pets Tour DatesFEB 17 – Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music HallFEB 18 – Tampa, FL – Whigfest*FEB 23 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture RoomMAR 01 – Charlotte, NC – The Rabbit HoleMAR 02 – Asheville, NC – Funkatorium, Wicked Weed BrewingMAR 03 – Savannah, GA – Barrelhouse SouthMAR 08 – Fort Collins, CO – Hodi’s Half Note**MAR 09 – Denver, CO – Be On KeyMAR 10 – Denver, CO – Be On KeyMAR 21 – Jupiter, FL – GuanabanasMAR 22 – Dunedin, FL – Spring Beer Jam, Dunedin BreweryMAR 23 – Key West, FL – Smokin’ TunaMAR 24 – Key West, FL – Smokin’ TunaMAR 25 – Key West, FL – Green ParrotAPR 07 – Davie, FL – David Posnack Jewish Community Center, Orlove AuditoriumAPR 14 – Fort Pierce, FL – Sailfish Street PartyAPR 25 – Washington, DC – Pearl Street WarehouseAPR 26 – Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy***APR 27 – Providence, RI – Fete LoungeAPR 28 – New Haven, CT – Pacific Standard TavernAPR 29 – Allston, MA – Wonder BarMAY 02 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting FactoryMAY 03 – Manchester, NH – Jewel Music Venue****MAY 04 – Norwalk, CT – Wall Street Theater****MAY 05 – Albany, NY – The Hollow****JUN 06 – Arcata, CA – Humboldt BrewsJUN 07 – Nevada City, CA – Crazy Horse SaloonJUN 08 – San Francisco, CA – Boom Boom Room* supporting Umphrey’s McGee** w/ The Steady Flow*** w/ The Clock Reads**** w/ Goose
Maria Ung, a Science teacher at Essex High School, was surprised at an all-school assembly Monday with a $25,000 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award.Commissioner Vilaseca was joined by Dr. Jane Foley, Senior Vice President of the Milken Family Foundation, in presenting the award. Principal Rob Reardon convened the visit to the school without disclosing the true purpose, as required by Milken. An educator at Essex High School for eight years, Ung was recognized for being a role model to her students, especially young women, who are interested in science. She serves as the Science co-chair at Essex and as the varsity cheerleading coach. ‘Maria’s work to date has demonstrated excellence in teaching and leadership,’ said Principal Reardon. ‘Her knowledge, conscientious approach, work ethic and desire is a formula that is conducive to a long, productive career in education.’ State Departments of Education recommend candidates to the Foundation. This was the seventh year that Vermont has participated in the awards process. Milken Educator Award recipients may use their unrestricted $25,000 award in any way they wish. First awarded in 1987, the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards were created to reward, retain and attract the highest quality K-12 educators to the profession. This year Milken awarded 40 new Milken Educator Awards in 48 states and the District of Columbia. Ung will also travel to Los Angeles in April to the Milken Educator Awards National Conference. http://www.mff.org/(link is external).
The fitness world is full of ever-emerging trends—so much so, that it can be difficult to distinguish between those workout regimens that are genuinely beneficial for health and longevity and those that are simply fads waiting to die out.During the month of June, we here at BlueRidgeOutdoors.com are taking some of the guesswork out of choosing the next best workout program by sending BRO team members and fitness corespondents out into the wild to test the latest and greatest programs that the fitness industry has to offer.Along the way, we will be analyzing everything from High Intensity Interval Training-based workouts to studio cycling classes that incorporate body weight exercises and elements of CrossFit. We want to know which of the newest fitness trends align best with outdoor-oriented adventurers like you and to figure out how they can make your performance in the great outdoors even better.OrangeTheory is designed to keep heart rates in a target zone that spikes metabolism and increases energy.Account Executive Martha Evans will be putting her body on the line all month at Asheville’s OrangeTheory Fitness, where she will engage in a heart-rate monitored, high-intensity workout that the company claims “is scientifically designed to keep heart rates in a target zone that spikes metabolism and increases energy.” Stay tuned for updates on Martha’s journey through the OrangeTheory Fitness program.Digital Editor Travis Hall will be testing his cycling chops at CycleBar in his hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. Travis hopes that sticking to these team-oriented, 50 minute spin classes at least three days a week will improve his performance on local single-track trails.Digital Publisher Dusty Allison is taking on a unique challenge at an Asheville-based gym called Well.Fit Asheville—an indoor group cycling studio that allows members to couple cycling with the benefits of a Navy SEAL-developed body weight training technique called TRX.We will also be sending fitness correspondents to MADabolic, where the name of the game is developing peak athletic performance through the use of intense exercises that utilize natural human movements, and Hard Exercise Works, which starts with a 5-day-a-week, 5-week boot camp program.All the while, our staff members and fitness corespondents will be providing updates on their progress in their respective courses, letting readers know whether or not they are reaching their personal fitness goals, and pointing out ways in which these regimens are beneficial or non-beneficial to the outdoor-oriented lifestyle.Stay tuned for more updates, and let us know about your favorite workout regimens in the comment thread below!
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Mastic teenager was sentenced Monday to 20 years to life in prison for his role in the shooting death of a 21-year-old man during a Medford repair shop robbery on Christmas two years ago.Cesar Figueroa pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last month at Suffolk County court.Prosecutors said the 19-year-old man and his accomplice, 21-year-old Brandon Davis of Bridgehampton, demanded cash from four people before shooting them all at Whitestar MTR on Cedarhurst Avenue on Dec. 25, 2013.Figueroa shot three people who suffered non-life-threatening injuries and Davis fired the shots that killed Bristel.Davis was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced last month to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Comment Unai Emery keen to strengthen Arsenal squad with three signings in summer transfer window Metro Sport ReporterSunday 24 Mar 2019 10:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link312Shares Emery wants a replacement for Ramsey (Picture: Rex)Sead Kolasinac has made the left-back role his own under Emery but the Bosnian is more adept in a wing-back role and the Spaniard wants a more defensively-minded full-back.AdvertisementAdvertisementCreativity has been a problem for Arsenal this season and they’ve relied too heavily on the clinical finishing of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Emery is said to want a wide midfielder to beef up his options behind the attack but Arsenal’s budget of around £50m could prove a stumbling block.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThat kitty may be boosted by the club’s qualification for the Champions League but Emery may be forced into selling one of his star men if he truly wants to bolster his budget.Mesut Ozil has been reintegrated into the side in recent weeks but is still deemed surplus to requirements.Emery is keen to offload the German because of his £350,000-a-week wages, which are hindering his budget even further.MORE: Manchester United sweating on Eric Bailly’s condition as defender is hauled off during Ivory Coast clash Advertisement Advertisement Unai Emery is keen to strengthen his squad this summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Unai Emery is keen to strengthen his squad in three different areas this summer.The Gunners enter the home straight of the Premier League season in the coveted fourth spot and in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.Emery was handed limited funds during his first summer in charge and there was no money to spend in January, forcing him into a loan deal for Barcelona star Denis Suarez.Aaron Ramsey has agreed to join Juventus on a free transfer and Emery is keen to sign a central midfielder to replace the Welshman.ADVERTISEMENTHowever, according to Football London the Spaniard will also prioritise moves for a left-back and a winger in the summer transfer market.
It has a huge rear patio“The outdoor entertainment areas is also very large with a concrete bath skirting the entire home. “The home is well positioned on this large 660sq m parcel of land with views to Mount Stuart and double gate side access to the backyard. “The current owners said that they will miss the convenience of the local walking paths, and nearby Fairfield Central, the specialty retail stores, cafes and restaurants at the Precinct.”The property is being sold with vacant possession so you can move straight in. 65 Springbrook Parade, IdaliaMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“At the heart of the home is a large well-appointed kitchen which incorporates a large breakfast bar, European appliances and floor to ceiling cupboards.”The living zones comprise of a separate theatre room and a huge combined dining and family room while the kitchen is found adjacent to the undercover patio, creating a perfect flow for outdoor entertaining. “The property enjoys five large bedrooms all with built-in wardrobes,” Mr Currie said.“The main bedroom features a walk through wardrobe leading to a well appointed ensuite with double shower. 65 Springbrook Parade, IdaliaPRICED to sell, this spacious executive style home is ready for its new owners.Located in the family friendly, and highly sought after suburb of Idalia, this modern contemporary home is the perfect mix of practical living while incorporating all the luxuries of Queensland’s beautiful outdoor lifestyle. Built by Gedoun Homes, style is abounds in this executive property which will please the fussiest of buyers says listing agent, Craig Currie.“Don’t let the unassuming exterior fool you. The interior of the home is all about space, space, and more space,” he said.“The property features all of today’s modern fixtures and fittings throughout.
Prior toCaban’s arrest, the 24-year-old Manilyn Guillena of Barangay Punta Taytaycomplained to the police that her phone worth P7,500 was stolen. The suspectfled after the incident but police caught him on Tuesday. Charges for theftwill be filed against Caban./PN BACOLOD City –Police arrested a theft suspect in Barangay Tangub. The 25-year-oldLorenzo Caban Jr. was accused of stealing a cellular phone. He was taken toPolice Station 8.
Another young, rich athlete seems to be on the path of total destruction. For whatever reason, Johnny Manziel has not been able to handle the spotlight that his college career thrust upon him. If you believe some of the stories that have been written about Manziel, his troubles began even before he signed the big contract with Cleveland.It has been a downhill spiral ever since he left college. Manziel should have been able to handle the spotlight better than others because he already was the darling of the national press when they dubbed him Johnny Football.On the other hand, maybe this is what caused the problem in the first place. Not many 20-year olds have the experience it takes to handle stardom and money at an early age. You only hope that he gets the help he needs before the hole he is digging gets so deep that he cannot climb out of it.