Noel Foundation gives back to children

first_imgSonia Noel, through her newly formed 6/50 Project, distributed a quantity of school supplies to children on Friday.The 6/50 Project was launched as Guyana celebrated its 50th Independence anniversary.Founder of the project and renowned fashion designer Sonia Noel, explained that the project was launched with the aim of investing in the country’s human resources. As the name suggests, 50 children in Guyana will receive US to assist them with school supplies, etc.“I grew up in a single parent home and this is the time that my mother had the most headaches and I can never really recall all of us going to school together like on the same day,” she related.She said too that giving back is part of her DNA and is something she does from the heart.Noel explained that her foundation seeks to assist in whatever way they can to ease the strain on some families and to equip the children with the motivation to pursue their dreams.“It is important for us to instil in our children, the importance of leadership, and the importance of you believing in yourself and believing that you can achieve anything. I myself am a dreamer and I live by faith a lot of times, so you just can’t tell yourself that this is too big for me because no career is too big for any of the children in here,” she explained.This Sunday, Sonia Noel will also be hosting a special event titled “Style Mission”. The event will feature a fashion extravaganza to assistFashion designer Sonia Noel poses with beneficiaries of her 6/50 projectthe less fortunate and the underprivileged.Proceeds will also go towards popular actor/comedian Henry Rodney, and former lead hairstylist and makeup artist for GFW, Corin Gibson, who are both in need of assistance to offset medical expenses.Rodney’s daughter Tamara Rodney thanked Noel for her support.“On behalf of my family, I want to say a huge thank you for the support that all of the country has been giving and I want to say thank you again to Sonia Noel because it’s quite moving that you took the time out to just do this for my father.”The event will be held at the Pegasus Hotel and will be treated as a VIP event.last_img read more

Flexible workplaces make it easier to return to career

first_imgMany mothers who leave their jobs to stay home with their kids eventually face the prospect of returning to work. But getting back on the career track can be tricky. Blogosphere debate rages about books such as Leslie Bennetts’ “The Feminine Mistake,” which warns about how hard it can be to return to the work force. The good news for moms is that the workplace is beginning to look a lot more female-friendly. Just in the past year or two, resources available for “on-rampers” – educated women who left careers to be moms but want to break back in – have exploded, said Vivian Steir Rabin, a recruiting executive, mother of five and co-author of a new book titled “Back on the Career Track: A Guide for Stay-at-Home Moms Who Want To Return To Work.” Part-time staffing companies such as Burlingame, Calif.-based Flexperience are cropping up to place parents seeking flexible work schedules. Universities are organizing conferences such as “How Harvard Business School Alumnae on Extended Leave Can Relaunch Careers,” and companies from Best Buy to UBS are not only resurrecting the flextime concept but also actively recruiting stay-at-home moms. Unemployed mothers with college degrees and experience have become a hot commodity. “They’re a relatively recent discovery,” Rabin said, because the growing demand for skilled employees and the retirement of baby boomers in recent years has created a shortage of talent, especially in certain industries. “There are actually re-entry scholarships for nursing in California,” she said. Health care in general is a great place for on-rampers to look. Whichever field job-seeking mothers target, they need to make sure they’re confident enough to return. They also need to take a good, hard look at what it is they really want to do, Rabin said. What seemed like a great position before kids might not be as attractive afterward. Rabin’s co-author on the book, Carol Fishman Cohen, returned to investment banking after six years as a stay-at-home mom, only to quit after just one year.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

History suggests Spurs’ points total in the group stage promises good things

first_imgWhen Arsenal reached the knockout stage of the 2005/06 Champions League, having finished top of Group B, the club saw off Real Madrid, Juventus and Villarreal en route to the final where they lost to Barcelona.MORE: Who English clubs can play in the 2017/18 Champions League last 16 With 16, Tottenham equalled the record points total for an English side in a Champions League group stage.In addition to the club topping their group ahead of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, history suggests more good things lie ahead for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.Both Man United and Arsenal also won 16 points in their respective groups and their campaigns didn’t go too badly, did they? Man United topped their group during the 2007/08 season with 16 points and reached the final where they beat Chelsea on penalties and made John Terry cry. Tottenham’s group stage points total equalled a record for an English club in the Champions League 3 3 3last_img read more

Seaman aims trophy dig at Arsenal’s dressing room selfie celebration

first_img The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion BEST OF Most Read In Football Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Arsenal over-celebrated their 4-2 victory over Tottenham, according to David Seaman K.I.N.G.S of North London 🔴👊🏼 #NLD #COYG #gibgäs #SeoKol pic.twitter.com/qWFyTOKC5W— Sead Kolašinac (@seadk6) December 2, 2018The Sports Breakfast co-host won two Premier League titles and four FA Cup’s during his 13-stint in north London, and believes such celebrations should only occur when the club land silverware.He said: “It doesn’t sit well with me. In my day that wouldn’t have happened after winning a game, that’s for sure.“I’ve got plenty of pictures like that in my front room… but there was a trophy at the front of them!“I can understand that it’s against Spurs and emotions are running high, but it’s premature celebrations for me. Arsenal favourite David Seaman says dressing room selfies should only be for cup winning moments.The former goalkeeper was speaking to talkSPORT about the Gunners squad celebrating their north London derby win over Tottenham by posting them on various social media channels.It is not the first time Arsenal players have used Twitter and Instagram to celebrate a victory in such a way, and ex-England keeper Seaman admitted he isn’t a fan of it. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT SORRY 2center_img revealed 2 scrap Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update gameday cracker latest Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions The legendary goalkeeper won two Premier League titles and four FA Cup’s during his time in red 🤳 “I’ve taken photos like that…🏆 …but there was a trophy at the front”@TheDavidSeaman tells @Laura_Woodsy he isn’t happy with #Arsenal’s post #NLD selfie.What do you make of the post from the changing room? pic.twitter.com/xOh6ERkdEo— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) December 5, 2018“Arsenal are on a great run at the moment, but those sort of things should only happen when you’ve won something.”The 4-2 success over Mauricio Pochettino’s men extended Arsenal’s unbeaten run to 19 games in all competitions.Unai Emery’s men travel to Manchester United tonight hoping to cement their top-four spot.Pochettino echoed Seaman’s comments when asked what he thought about Arsenal’s celebrations.“When the people celebrate like this, it’s because people respect you and see you as a big club,” the Spurs manager said.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho calls Real Madrid return rumours ‘tremendous honour’

first_img Jose Mourinho previously returned to old club Chelsea and helped them regain the Premier League title sign on ‘I think he got it wrong’ – Mourinho confirms Spurs have appealed Son’s red card Mourinho was replaced at United by Ole Gunnar Solksjaer – on a caretaker basis – and is now free to take a new job having agreed a compensation package.He has already rejected an approach from the first side he ever managed, Benfica, and is now reportedly the subject of interest from Real Madrid.“They are things that are said and I will not feed,” Mourinho told Record in Portugal when asked about interest from his old employers.“When a coach or a player, he comes back, it means we did something positive. I felt it when I returned to Chelsea. Tottenham boss Mourinho urges Eriksen and Vertonghen to copy Alderweireld REVIEW Jose Mourinho has described the prospect of returning to either Real Madrid or Inter Milan as a ‘tremendous honour.’The former Manchester United boss has been linked with several of his old clubs – most prominently Real Madrid – after leaving Old Trafford in December. REVEALED 3 JIBE As a result, Real president Florentino Perez now wants Mourinho back having first appointed him in 2010.Under Jose, Real won the Copa del Rey and beat Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering Barcelona side to La Liga glory in 2012.Mourinho left the following season, having reportedly upset a number of players in the changing room, though Perez never wanted him to go. Latest Jose Mourinho News ‘When will this nonsense stop?’ – Rudiger speaks out after alleged racist abuse Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won DISAGREE JOSE TALKS At Manchester United, Jose Mourinho couldn’t compete against the best in England center_img Mourinho was lauded for overcoming Barcelona’s legendary team in 2012 BIG WIN ‘Racism’ overshadows Lampard’s schooling of Mourinho, and Arteta hates Christmas How Mourinho has fared against former clubs ahead of Spurs vs Chelsea Neville interrupts Mourinho’s interview with reaction to De Gea’s howler REVEALED Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea 3 Mourinho insists VAR ‘killed the game’ with Son red card in Chelsea defeat Getty take action “When a professional returns or is invited to return to a club it is a tremendous honour.“It’s not a gamble in the dark, the clubs are trying to hire a player or a coach they know, they’ve already been there, and if they invite you it’s because they know the value of the person.”Santiago Solari is Real Madrid’s current manager, after the sacking of Julen Lopetegui earlier this season, but they are struggling in fifth place, ten points behind leaders Barcelona. Lampard admits it ‘feels good’ to beat Mourinho, reacts to Rudiger racism incident 3 STUNNED last_img read more

Disney Cruise Line Weekly Preview – Week of January 27, 2018

first_imgDisney Cruise Line: In The NewsLast week, Disney officially announced the Star Wars and Marvel sailings for 2019!Star Wars cruises will take place on nine different sailings of the Disney Fantasy from January 5 through March 2, 2019.  Each sailing will have a Star Wars Day at Sea with a deck party, fireworks, characters, unique food and drinks, and meet and greets galore.By the way, if you’re interested in a Star Wars cruise and don’t want to wait until next year, check out the chart below for specials on some of the 2018 Star Wars cruises!Marvel cruises will take place on ten different Disney Magic sailings to the Caribbean and Bahamas.  Theses cruises will depart from Miami on five night itineraries beginning January 6, 2019 and ending with the March 8, 2019 sailing.Marvel Day at Sea sailings will feature super heroes (and their foes), a deck show, merchandise, special food and drinks, youth activities, and more!And finally, this week’s special offers. Most every week of the year, Disney Cruise Line releases special offers for Florida Residents and U.S. Military Personnel.  There are also frequently IGT/OGT/VGT rates available for all guests to book.  These offers are extremely limited in availability, and all come with certain restrictions, but the prices are amazing! You can book these online, on the phone, or with your travel agent. These are the current offers available this week: Share This!The Disney Cruise Line Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings.Ahoy, mateys! I’m Heather, and I’ll be bringing you the up and coming on all things Disney Cruise Line. Welcome back again this week. Let’s see what’s new in the DCL world.Ports of Call Upcoming Entertainment The following films are being shown aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships this month:Beauty and the BeastGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No TalesCars 3Doctor StrangeStar Wars: The Force AwakensThor: RagnarokCocoMoanaStar Wars: The Last JediFor future reference, films debut on Disney Cruise Line the same day of their initial release in the United States. Films do vary by ship. Show times are available in your Personal Navigator or the official Disney Cruise Line app.Captain’s Log: Important Tips and Information Antigua Just Last Week!The Disney Wonder is finishing up another season in the Southern Caribbean next week.  If you haven’t tried a Southern Caribbean itinerary, you are missing out!  Disney doesn’t sail to Southern ports all the time, so these are cruises you need to watch for and jump on when they happen.  In 2019 the Wonder only has three Southern Caribbean sailings scheduled so far.   The Wonder is sailing to the Southern Caribbean from San Juan, Puerto Rico.  You may be interested to know that flights to San Juan are often very reasonable.  Southwest flies to San Juan.You’ve also got one chance to visit on the Fantasy in 2018.  The Fantasy will be sailing an 11 night Southern Caribbean itinerary in June from Port Canaveral.   These ports, like Antigua shown here, are beautiful!   Just go!Are you deciding whether to book a Disney Cruise but are having a tough time picking which ship fits all of your desires? Well, our own Laurel Stewart has put together a chart that makes it easy to compare all of the options in one place. Also available as a valuable planning and companion guide from authors Len Testa, Erin Foster, and Laurel Stewart is The Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line. The companion guide contains a complete overview of each Disney ship as well as Castaway Cay and includes valuable tips on how to save time and money during your cruise!Special thanks Scott Sanders of The DCL Blog for assistance on this article.Thanks for joining me again this week. “Sea” you next time!!last_img read more

Cutest Disney Bag Ever

first_imgPhotos: Christina HarrisonIs this bag on your must-buy list? Let us know in the comments. Share This!Like Julia, I’m a big fan of the Disney-themed accessories from Loungefly. They’re less expensive that the Dooney & Bourke bags and more weather resistant than many of the Vera Bradley bags.This new Loungefly pattern that’s shown up in the parks and on shopDisney.com is an instant classic. We found ours in the jewelry shop on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom, but they should be available in many locations.It’s like they cutified all the best Disney icons (Dole Whip, turkey legs, Mickey & Minnie, balloons, it’s a small world, Space Mountain, Dumbo, Big Al!, and more) and then placed them on the most lovely field of teal.The pattern is available in a backpack style ($75) or as a wallet ($50). Both are lined in a darling teal and white stripe.last_img read more

Land Cruisers, blankets and snow

first_imgLesotho’s inhospitable, snow-covered highlands are home to a hardy people who nonetheless battle in the cold. The Land Cruiser Club of Southern Africa handed out almost 400 blankets toneedy communities in Lesotho.(Imagse: Kath Fourie) MEDIA CONTACTS • Elmarie de Marillac  Four Wheel Drive Club of SA  +27 861 393 272 RELATED ARTICLES • Riders saving lives in Lesotho • Lesotho lodge a top pick for 2010 • Bikers gear up for Toy Run 2010 • SA comics team up for charity • Wartrail: a winter wonderlandKath FourieAs I walk away from the St James lodge in Mokhotlong region in the remote highlands of Lesotho, the blurred scenes of the day flash through my somewhat frazzled brain.I’ve been snapping pics since 7:30am, travelling through the eastern reaches of the tiny kingdom, which at this time of year is a harsh, dry, bleached, frozen landscape.Stretching my legs while the members of the Land Cruiser Club Southern Africa (LCCSA) sort out who is sleeping where for the night, I come across three tiny girls with shaved heads each wielding a knife. They reach my hip in height and I wonder what they’re up to as they peer between the rockeries of a stone wall.When they see me sneaking up on them there is much giggling and hiding of faces under scrappy blankets, but I soon find out that they’re collecting ‘cabbage’. This turns out to be an assortment of paltry green-yellow leaves, weeds really, which are the only edible things that grow unassisted during the winter.We walk along a little while, and exchange names. It’s a simple interaction, and, I suppose, typical of a white person venturing into these parts. I can’t help but fall in love with Thato; she has the most sticky-out ears and painfully thin body yet carries herself with perfect grace. Eventually I walk on and they hurry back to their homes with the greens for dinner.This is the reality of Lesotho; a country landlocked by South Africa with a population of just over 2-million people, a disturbing HIV rate and a severe lack of employment opportunities. Children are skinny; the people are cold and desperate.The Basotho are a tough nation, make no mistake, but that doesn’t make having so little any easier. This is why we’re here, to hand out blankets to people who drastically need them.Supporting a worthy causeStructural engineer Kelvyn Davidson says: “My dad is a member of the Lions Club of Durban Host and I found out from him about their initiative to collect blankets for those in need this winter. I’m a member of LCCSA and I thought this would be a really worthy cause for us to support.”Davidson is one of the 5 000+ members of the LCCSA. The club has actually been around for a good while, but was formally structured in 2005. It predominantly operates with an online presence, consisting of a website and forum that collectively house one of the world’s biggest banks of information regarding absolutely anything to do with Land Cruisers.Hennie Kotze, a formidable Afrikaner who wears shirt sleeves as we huddle in our scarves and beanies, is one of the club’s volunteer custodians from Gauteng province.“A lot of the money used to buy the blankets came from club members who couldn’t make the actual trip,” he said. “It didn’t take more than a thread on the forum to get this whole thing going. That’s the beauty of the internet these days.”It also doesn’t take much to get a bunch of Land Cruiser enthusiasts on board for a trip to a place with terrible roads, a decent chance of snowfall and plenty of ice.With 100 blankets from the Lions Club of Durban Host and 274 from LCCSA, nine Land Cruisers wind their way up through the frozen dog-legs of the treacherous Sani Pass from KwaZulu-Natal into a frigid Lesotho and on to the Harvesters Hillock church in Mohkotlong.Here we’re greeted by the smiling pastor Ntate Ntsimane, and waste no time in setting out about half the blankets on a plastic tarpaulin next to the church. A crowd of children and women have been hanging around the church since 8 that morning, as they weren’t sure of our expected arrival time.“But look here,” Ntsimane says, lifting his left arm in the air and pulling down his sleeve, “This is Africa, no one wears a watch!”After the feeding scheme dishes out hot samp (made from maize kernels) and beans – which we are all offered, and want, but don’t take because it’s clear there isn’t enough – a short ceremony takes place and the blankets are handed out.Ntsimane tries to check each blanket off against his list of names before it gets too tedious, clearly wanting to make sure we know the blankets are going straight to the people for whom they’re intended.It’s a sentiment that I appreciate, as all too often in any desperate country corruption diverts 90% of goodwill into private pockets. I’m fairly certain that these thrilled kids, receiving blankets from the hands of the more privileged kids of the Land Cruiser families, are getting something they really need.Ntsimane wishes us well, and a good portion of blankets are loaded into the back of his pickup to be driven high up into the remote villages and handed out later. Before we leave he points up to the hills far in the distance and says: “That is where all these people are heading now, they have a far way to go.”My legs feel distinctly lucky as they squish up between two other taller people in the back of a 1990 Land Cruiser 62 series wagon, fondly named Maddy by her owner Warwick Chapman.Chapman’s brother Barry and his father Richard talk Land Cruiser-speak non-stop. I marvel at how much technical jargon they know, and I realise that yes, I may think Land Cruisers look cool; but that’s nowhere near enough to contribute towards to the conversation.I think my final faux pas is accidentally saying, “So how many Land Rovers are there on this trip?” This is greeted first by stunned silence and then shortly followed by a disgusted “None. But there are nine Land Cruisers.” I decide to keep quiet.Making a differenceFast-forward a few hours and I’ve already met the three little foragers from earlier in my story, and we’ve now settled into the basic accommodation at St James mission. Fires blaze inside and out, there is plenty of food and a few sneaky bottles of wine and sherry. It’s pleasant, but everyone is acutely aware of the people living in the pitch black around us. We know the huts are there, filled with families who will face the night without warm sleeping bags and nourishing mutton stew.Hennie stands up, still in shirt sleeves: “I just want to say what a wonderful trip this has been. I felt today, when we arrived at that church with our big, shiny Land Cruisers all in a row, that it might look bad, you know? We are so lucky to have what we have. But I realised as we handed out the blankets that what we were doing was really important.”Hennie’s right; yes, a big shiny Land Cruiser can be seen as a distinct division between a poor Basotho and a comparatively rich South African, but driving from all corners of South Africa to bring people something they need and can’t afford is a fine display of compassion.The temperature in the night drops to -11 ̊C, and tent dwellers wake to ripples of ice formed by the condensation of their breath. We say goodbye and split into two teams, those going out of Lesotho in the north and those heading back into KwaZulu-Natal. On the way we distribute the remainder of the blankets, stopping at villages that look worse off than others.But we begin at the village below St James, and I look around surreptitiously for my three little friends. I’m just heading back to the car when I spy Thato peering from behind a hut. I dash back to grab a blanket from a Cruiser, and Thato looks bewildered when I hand it to her.I fight the urge to bend down and hug her. Thato wouldn’t be pleased with me squeezing her; she is too distinguished for that. Staring up at me, with a look that suggests she thinks I may very well be insane, Thato smiles quizzically. She waves goodbye as we move off, the bulk of the grey blanket highlighting how slim she is. Like a wispy, winter leaf.last_img read more

Even a voluntary demotion can lead to a retaliation claim

first_img The lesson for employers is that giving an employee a Hobson’s Choice is indeed a great way to promote employee litigation. And for the love of Pete!  Twenty-eight disciplinary notices?!? Remember folks: hire slow, fire fast. Yeah, not so much, said the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals: A demotion to a different position that pays significantly less than the former position is certainly materially adverse…a demotion taken voluntarily is not an adverse employment action…[But], Hicks testified that he had no choice but to accept the demotion because he [reasonably] believed that he would be fired if he did not…Such a choice could be said to be no choice at all, and the jury agreed. Thus, Hicks presented sufficient evidence at trial for a reasonable jury to find that his demotion was involuntary. A maintenance mechanic in Illinois received twenty-eight disciplinary-action forms from his supervisor. Ultimately, he was offered two choices: (1) accept a demotion to a non-mechanic position and take a significant pay cut; or (2) keep the position, fight the discipline, but face potential termination. On the advice of his union representative, the mechanic took the demotion. He later sued for retaliation, claiming that the demotion, which he voluntarily accepted, was a direct response to a charge of discrimination he previously filed with the EEOC. Is this retaliation? A federal circuit court gave us the answer. The case is Hicks v. Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Illinois. At trial, a jury determined that the company had, in fact, retaliated against the plaintiff and awarded him $30,000. The company subsequently appealed, arguing that no rational jury could have found for the plaintiff because he did not present sufficient evidence of retaliation. To prevail on a retaliation claim, a plaintiff must demonstrate three elements: He opposed an unlawful employment practice; That he suffered an adverse employment action; and That the adverse employment action was caused by his opposition to the unlawful employment practice. The company argued on appeal that the mechanic did not present evidence that he had suffered an adverse employment action. Indeed, he voluntarily accepted a demotion on the advice of his union representative.last_img read more

Exhibit Hall Insights from #SHRM14

first_imgI spent much of the day Monday roaming the HUGE exhibit hall at the 2014 SHRM Annual Conference. This was by design as my previous venture to SHRM in Chicago ended before I could make it all the way through. For those thinking that I missed out on educational opportunities by not attending sessions, you are mistaken as the 2014 exhibition hall has numerous educational opportunities.First, there are some “official” learning opportunities at stages set up by SHRM with a set schedule of demonstrations and short talks. These are focused on technology and can provide a good overview of a product’s features and usability. This doesn’t even count the new “SmartStage” that made its debut this year with 20 minute talks on a variety of subjects with some of the best minds in HR.Several large booths have their own presentation spaces and also schedule times with industry leading speakers providing information on a variety of topics. These provide great opportunities to ask questions in a more intimate setting than can be found in the concurrent sessions at such a large conference.Finally, many vendors provide great education just through conversation. While having fun and creating conversation is intended to generate leads, the vendors who attend this conference are frequently well informed and willing to engage in information exchange. Even when not necessarily interested in a product or offering, a few minutes chatting with a vendor can provide information to take back to our organizations or prompt new thinking on an old problem. Don’t be afraid to talk, even if there no use for a product or service. I learned about a recruiting strategy for a large public school system from an immigration assistance group. Although I do not intend to reach out to foreign teachers, the information shared started me thinking about an approach that I could use for harder to fill teaching positions.A few other random thoughts that occurred to me while roaming:  There are numerous companies offering to create employee engagement programs for your company. If you need an outside company to do this, you’re doing it wrong.  Creativity with booth themes attracts attention. I see this at every conference I attend yet so few vendors are willing to go outside the traditional banners and information on a table. While budget can certainly play a role, a little bit of outside the box thinking can be cheaply and attract attention.  Why was there a booth selling aloe cream?  Yes, many booths had giveaways of Coach or Michael Kors purses. The target audience is clear and in many cases, disappointed that they didn’t win.  Kudos to the SHRM booth for having extra padding under the carpet. Relief for the feet.  If you’re going to use the scanner to collect leads, please take a few moments to learn how to use it. I showed two different vendors how to use their scanner. You’re welcome!The nice person at CareerBuilder asked me if I wanted my picture on their roller coaster. I laughed, said of course, and waited for a real coaster. I did come up with the staged picture below before referring them to RollerCoasterHR.com. To read the original blog post, please click here.last_img read more