Camelot calls on staff to be more creative for the future

first_imgNational Lottery operator Camelot is embracing a new work culture in a driveto become more innovative. Chief executive Dianne Thompson told the HR Forum aboard the Oriana that thecompany had become very risk-adverse as it put together its bid to continuerunning the Lottery last year. Camelot successfully retained its National Lottery organiser statusfollowing a battle against Sir Richard Branson’s People’s Lottery bid inDecember 2000. Thompson said that in the aftermath there was a realisation that Camelotneeded to become more creative. “We want our staff to feel that they can take a few risks. Creativityand innovation will be applauded,” said Thompson. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Camelot calls on staff to be more creative for the futureOn 9 May 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Spice rack: Black pepper

first_imgPeppercorns are the fruit of a flowering vine grown in South India. The peppercorns are harvested and dried before use. Different varieties available are green peppercorns, which are the immature fruits, white peppercorns, which are the centre of the peppercorn with the black husk removed and black peppercorns, which are the whole dried fruit and, as such, the type with the most kick. Many savoury recipes the world over contain salt and pepper, but in some recipes it is pepper that has a starring role. You would expect to find pepper in savoury baked recipes, for example foccacia with cracked black pepper and rosemary, black pepper and cheese scones and black pepper and parmesan biscotti, but it can also be included in sweet baked recipes, particularly when combined with other spices. The Scottish Hogmanay favourite, Black Bun, is a pastry case packed with dried fruit and flavoured with spices, including a half teaspoon of black pepper. Black pepper also mixes well with cinnamon and cloves in Spice Cake.Black pepper is known to go well with strawberries so why not add some to strawberry and black pepper scones or make cracked black pepper shortbread to serve with strawberries and cream.Fiona Burrell, co-author of Leiths Baking Bible, from the Leiths School of Food and Winelast_img read more

Maggie Rogers, Travis Scott Pledge To Donate Merchandise Income To Planned Parenthood, Yellowhammer Fund

first_imgMaggie Rogers and Travis Scott, two of pop music’s hottest rising artists, hope to bring more attention (and money) to reproductive healthcare organizations like Planned Parenthood as the newly-implemented abortion restriction laws in states like Alabama continue to dominate headlines.Related: Atlanta’s Music Midtown Announces 2019 Lineup: Vampire Weekend, Billie Eilish, Travis Scott, MoreScott was in Gulf Shores, Alabama over the weekend where he was scheduled to perform at Hangout Music Festival. During his headlining set on Saturday, the rapper revealed over the microphone that he would donate the all of his festival merchandise proceeds from Saturday’s sales to Planned Parenthood.“We feel for those out in Alabama,” Scott could be heard addressing the audience in a video captured by a fan at the event. “I love y’all and I just want everyone to know that love is the strongest thing we can have.”Rogers, who is currently in the midst of her own world tour in promotion of her 2019 debut album, Heard It In A Past Life, also took to social media over the weekend to offer a rebuttal to the ultra-conservative abortion laws being put into place in the southern state. Rogers’ fans took her up on her pledge shared on Friday in which she promised to donate her merch income on that day to The Yellowhammer Fund, an organization that provides reproduction healthcare funding for women in Alabama. Amazingly, her fans purchased a whopping $17,500 in merch in support of the progressive health initiative. Rogers is currently on her way to Australia where she’ll begin the next international leg of her world tour with a show at Astor Theatre Perth in Perth on Tuesday. Fans can also catch Scott at numerous festivals coming up in the summer months, including Made In America, Something In The Water, and ESSENCE Festival, just to name a few.[H/T Billboard]last_img read more

Cooler peaches

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaCooler winter weather has brought a welcomed chill back to a sweet Georgia crop, says a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension expert.Georgia’s weather began to feel a little more like winter this week with highs in the mid 50s and lows in the 30s, the kind of weather Georgia peaches like this time of year.Winters are mild in Georgia. But weather over the past month has been near springlike, with highs reaching the 80s in some places and lows at night down only in the high 50s. This has caused some concern.Peach trees go dormant in winter. During this time, they need chill hours, or hours below 45 degrees, to properly bloom in spring and produce fruit in summer. Depending on the variety, Georgia peaches like to get between 400 and 1,100 chill hours between Oct. 1 and Feb. 15.”But we’re a good bit behind on chill hours as of right now,” said Kathy Taylor, a UGA Extension peach horticulturist.About 90 percent of Georgia’s 15,000 acres of peaches grow in the middle of the state. Since Oct. 1, this area has had about 500 chill hours, 160 fewer than at the same time last year. The area needs about 300 more hours just to reach an adequate number for most cultivars grown there, she said.This concerns growers now, because too few chill hours can hurt fruit set and shape. “But you really won’t know until harvest,” she said.”The good news is that the next five weeks are typically our coldest around Georgia,” she said.With about 840 hours left between now and Feb. 15, Taylor predicts 375 of them will be chill hours.Peaches grown in south Georgia account for about 10 percent of the state’s total. They’re the first to be harvested in April and the first to hit the fresh-peach market.This area has had about 300 chill hours, 140 fewer than at the same time last year. If this area can get 300 more hours before Feb. 15, about 60 percent of the varieties grown there should be OK, she said.Growers also worry about spring frosts. They can damage developing buds or fruits, she said.”The growers worry about chill hours until Valentine’s Day,” she said. “Then they worry about frost until Easter.”Predicting how good a peach crop will be is like predicting the stock market, she said. There are indicators, but nothing is certain.The peach crop last year had plenty of chill hours and good weather. But the crop was less than expected and little disappointing, she said. Georgia growers produced about 35 million pounds, about 70 percent of a good year.The peach harvest lasts about five months in the summer in Georgia. The crop is worth $25 million to $30 million annually.last_img read more

Fibermark helps Ani DiFranco’s Evlolve CD Earn Grammy

first_imgAni DiFranco’s latest CD, Evolve, just won a 2004 Grammy for the Best Recording Package. This innovative package, constructed of FiberMark’s Skivertex® Alloy®, expresses and elevates brand image with a feel and visual depth that invites interaction. This duplex material combines strength and rigidity with the high-impact aesthetics needed to create an award-winning package.This distinctive design comes as no surprise to Ani DiFranco’s loyal fans, who recognize packaging as an important extension of the artist’s vision. The CD was co-art directed by Ani DiFranco and Brian Grunert.“In its look and feel, this material is key in designing a package that expresses the unique qualities of Ani’s music,” said Grunert. “Not only is it eye-catching on the shelf, but it invites people to touch the package, pick it up, examine it, and hopefully take it home with them.”The closed Evolve CD uses an outer slipcase with a crisp, modern look that contrasts with the natural, organic look of the cover image, which is embossed onto the inner package. The slipcase material is a striking metallic blue color with a subtle pattern that appears to change in luster as the package is moved. This specialized look is created by using FiberMark’s Skivertex Alloy embossed with a Brush finish. The artist’s name and the track list are flat-foil stamped directly onto the material and a custom die cut is intricately crafted to outline the striking cover image and the letters of the album name.Final winners of the Grammy Awards were announced on February 8th, 2004. GRAMMY Awards are awarded by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, In. Established in 1957, it is an organization of musicians, producers and other recording professionals and is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for music and its makers.FiberMark (www.fibermark.com(link is external)) offers inventive packaging materials that express and elevate brands with a feel and visual depth that invites interaction. FiberMark combines colors, finishes, and special techniques to create depth and feel – the results are a limitless array of packaging design possibilities. FiberMark material design specialists work with creative teams to develop packaging that captures a brand’s personality and conveys distinct quality and uniqueness to consumers. Versatility, durability, and sales-driving impact make FiberMark the ultimate medium for packaging and collateral materials. FiberMark (FMK: AMEX) crafts specialty fiber-based materials through its U.S. and European facilities, with attention to the specialized material and service needs of its global customers.last_img read more

Upset continues in AITA tennis

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGuwahati, June 5: In two major upsets Navroz Ahmed Razdan and Nayanika Deka of Assam ousted 7th and 8th seeds in the girls U-12 singles event of the AITA Championship Series Tennis Tournament for boys and girls at the Chachal Tennis complex here today. Navroz Ahmed Razdan made upset in the girls U-14 singles event also where she beat 8th seed Dhanvi Kale of Gujarat in straight sets 6-2, 6-3.In the girls under 12 Navroz Ahmed Razdan defeated same girl by 6-4, 6-2 while Nayanika Deka defeated Anwesa Das of West Bengal 6-0, 6-1. Both Nayanika and Navroz will play the quarter final tomorrow. All the other seeds moved to the quarter finals of the tournament.last_img

Casey returns to make his mark at the Reid

first_img The leading English players are Tom Gregory (Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire) and Charlie Roper (The Berkshire) who are in a group of three players on one-under. Gregory (pictured), who was fifth in the U16 McGregor Trophy and has represented England at U16 level, was one under on the way home, while Roper was one under on the way out.  Tags: Reid Trophy 8 Aug 2017 Casey returns to make his mark at the Reid Click here for full scores  Today, he began his 2017 campaign in difficult, wet weather conditions – but it was hard to tell from his card. He was level par on the outward half, with one birdie and one bogey, and then came home in a sparkling four-under 31.  South Africa’s Casey Jarvis was a key player in the 2016 Reid Trophy – and he’s come back to do the same this year. He’s the first round leader of English U14 boys’ open championship, shooting four-under par 68 at Manchester Golf Club.  After tomorrow’s second round the field will be cut to the leading 70 players and ties who will play the final 18 holes on the third day.center_img Image copyright Leaderboard Photography Jarvis, who celebrated his 14th birthday at the end of last month, was in the mix throughout last year’s championship and finished in a share of fifth place.  The leaderboard behind him is packed with international players. Ireland’s Joshua Hill and Finland’s Jesse Saareks are both three under; while Scotland’s Cameron Adam and another Irish player, Joseph Byrne, are two under.  Over the past 12 months he’s been extending his golfing experience by playing in U19 events, rather than in his own age group, and he’s been achieving top 10 and 20 results. “It’s been real fun and good experience,” he said.  His back nine included an eagle and two birdies as he played the last six holes in four-under. “It was a really good finish, I was really happy,” said Jarvis. “I played really good today and hit a lot of greens.” last_img read more

Habitable Zones Are Not Forever

first_imgA new realization has broken on the astrobiological community: planetary habitable zones have no fences.  Michael Sherber wrote for Astrobiology Magazine (see Space.com) that planets around low-mass stars tend to be pulled out of the habitable zone toward the star.  They have just a billion years before migration can pull them in and cook them.  “Planets around small mass stars may only have a billion-year window during which life can form.”  He did not indicate whether that life would be very happy, though, knowing a fiery hell awaited it.  “Habitability is not a permanent property of a planet,” the article said.    Rory Barnes (U of Arizona) who thought about this, wondered if it could be a test of the Gaia Hypothesis – something he termed “a grand picture of evolution.”  Maybe the lifeforms could adapt as the planet migrates inward by altering the planet’s climate and geochemistry.  Maybe we could even learn “how life mitigates disasters and adapts to climate change,” he said.    Meanwhile, Clara Moskowitz at Space.com had more optimistic news.  Some planets once thought inhospitable might actually be able to support life.  “The [habitable] zone may not be so fixed, it turns out,” she said.  “Some extrasolar planets that one might assume are too cold to host life could in fact be made habitable by a squishing effect from their stars, a new study found.”  If the planet has an oblong orbit, the tidal heating would heat it up.  Maybe this could melt the ice of a planet outside the zone and give it hope for life.  Maybe it could start volcanoes and plate tectonics.  That’s a lot of maybes.  One thing we know: it all comes together just right where we live: “Plate tectonics is a definite boon for life,” she said, “because stirring up the surface layers helps to regulate the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, since rock absorbs CO2 from the air.”  That “perfect balance” helps a planet maintain that “just right” temperature range.Quiz question: what is an evolutionist’s favorite word?  Oh, you want a free hint?  Maybe, baby.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Honours for SA photographers

first_img5 October 2007South Africans David Goldblatt and Barry Lategan were among 22 photographers from around the world who were honoured at the Royal Photographic Society’s prestigious annual awards ceremony in London on Thursday.Goldblatt and Lategan were awarded honorary fellowships for their “significant individual achievements and contributions to the art and science of photography.”David Goldblatt“David Goldblatt’s photographs have documented the prosaic details of South African life for over five decades now,” Sean O’Toole writes in his biography of Goldblatt on art website Artthrob.“Whether photographing the stolid white suburb of Boksburg, or recording the invisible assault of apartheid by taking an early morning bus ride with the transported of KwaNdebele, his photographs have consistently impressed because of their eloquent humanism.”Born in Randfontein, a gold mining town near Johannesburg, in 1930, Goldblatt decided he wanted to be a magazine photographer while at high school.At the time, the field was almost unknown in South Africa, and he went to work in his father’s outfitting store while taking a bachelor of commerce degree at Witwatersrand University. After his father’s death in 1962, he sold the business and devoted his time to photography.Goldblatt has worked for corporations and institutions in South Africa and overseas, and his work has featured in documentaries and magazines. He has won numerous awards.In 1989, Goldblatt founded the Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg, teaching disadvantaged youngsters photographic skills. In 2001, his retrospective, David Goldblatt: 51 Years, toured in New York, Barcelona, Rotterdam, Lisbon, Oxford, Brussels, Munich and Johannesburg.Barry LateganSouth African born Barry Lategan came to England to study at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, during which time he was called to national service in Germany, where his interest in photography developed.He opened a studio in London in 1965, where he took the first photographs of Twiggy, before moving to New York to live and work between 1977 and 1990.Lategan’s photographs have been published worldwide in Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire and Life.His subjects have included Iman, Princess Anne, Calvin Klein, Jackie Bisset, Paul and Linda McCartney, David Bailey, Jean Shrimpton, Penelope Tree, Germaine Greer, Paloma Picasso, Lauren Hutton, Salman Rushdie, Margaux Hemingway, Marie Helvin, Bianca Jagger, and Jerry Hall.His work has been exhibited and retained in the Victoria & Albert Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern, the South African National Gallery and the University of Santa Barbara. He has also received numerous prestigious American and British Awards.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Brand South Africa hosts international media

first_imgLow-cost fibreglass dish, an earlySKA prototype, at the HartRAOobservatory, west of Johannesburg. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabanebriefed the group on South Africa’spreparations for COP17. The Gautrain station in Sandton.(Images: Janine Erasmus)MEDIA CONTACTS • Michael GaylardActing MD, HartRAO+27 12 301 3100• Tshepo NkosiBSA communications manager+27 11 483 0122MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterBrand South Africa recently played host to a group of international journalists from three continents, who were  here to gain exposure to South African business, government and citizens, as well as experience the local culture and way of life and learn of the latest technological developments.The tour’s aim was to build solid, constructive relationships with the media in target markets, especially where BSA does not have an office. The visiting journalists hailed from Angola, Brazil, Egypt, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Russia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.The expected outcome of the tour is a more positive perception of South Africa internationally, and, through reporting in overseas media, a greater global awareness of the progress made in education, health, infrastructure and other key aspects.The group was officially welcomed on 27 September by Brand SA CEO Miller Matola, Brand SA chairperson Anitha Soni, and prominent government representatives, at a dinner at the Lekgotla Restaurant in Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton.Matola spoke of the Play Your Part campaign, a countrywide initiative that encourages all South Africans to contribute towards caring for themselves, their fellow citizens, and the environment.“We hope to encourage all South Africans to listen to their social conscience and get involved in activities that will make a positive difference to the environment,” he said.On behalf of Brand South Africa, he asked the journalists to “continue to shape the image of Africa, and to set an agenda to drive the continent’s reputation, image and competitiveness.”“South Africa is on an aggressive economic development drive, evolving for the future,” said Soni. “Improved technology and infrastructure facilitates global competitiveness and creates an enabling trade and investment environment.”Deputy Minister in the Presidency Dina Pule closed off the evening, saying: “Through Brand South Africa, the government will use this platform to share our varied yet aligned messages to garner support from you, our media partners, so that you can experience our country and tell our story from an informed perspective.”On 28 September the group started the day with a business breakfast with representatives from the Banking Association of South Africa. Here they learned more about South Africa’s robust banking system, rated as one of the best and most secure in the world.Afterwards they again experienced the comfort and convenience of the Gautrain, racing at speed from Johannesburg to Pretoria.On arrival in South Africa they had travelled on the high-speed train from OR Tambo International Airport to Sandton, a trip that takes about 15 minutes but which could take up to an hour or more on the road.Addressing climate changeA visit to the offices of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation was next on the cards.Here the group met with Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, who briefed them on South Africa’s preparations to host the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) in Durban in November.Mashabane is the incoming president of the gathering, and assured the group that preparations were on track and progressing well.“Climate change is one of the most [pressing issues affecting us today,” she said. “We are striving for a comprehensive, balanced and ambitious result in Durban.”The minister said that one of the priorities would be to work through unresolved issues from the 2007 gathering in Bali. She also mentioned that the implementation of adaptation activities is key, and that the conference is also hoping to reach finalisation on the Green Climate Fund.“We are expecting about 30 000 delegates, 20 000 of whom are from official delegations,” she said.After a lively question and answer session, an indication of the interest from the media in this important event, the group departed for the offices of the health ministry in central Pretoria.National Health Insurance questions answeredHealth minister Aaron Motsaoledi did not mince his words as he described the present chaotic state of South Africa’s health system, and emphasised that the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme cannot be held off any longer if the majority of citizens are to get access to decenthealthcare.“South Africa makes up 0.7% of the world’s population, but it carries 17% of the HIV/Aids burden,” he said. “With tuberculosis, we are top of the list of all countries in terms of the percentage of population infected. We have a huge disease profile, but we don’t have the resources to properly address it.”The minister said that a national health insurance scheme is not a new concept, but that it had been under consideration since before the apartheid government came into power in the late 1940s.However, the new regime wasn’t interested in an equal system of healthcare and the idea was shelved until the arrival of a democratic government in 1994.Over-commercialisation of the private healthcare system was a big problem today. “It’s all about the return on investment,” he said. “These private clinics are run with more concern on the profits than on treating sick or injured people.”In terms of section 27 of South Africa’s constitution, no person may be refused access to emergency care.“But now, unless you have private health insurance you can die from your injuries if you have an accident outside the door of a private clinic, as they will refuse to even touch you if you can’t pay thousands up front.”This was totally unacceptable, said Motsoaledi, because it was discriminatory. The NHI would help to bridge this gap by making it possible for all citizens to have access to quality healthcare, no matter where they were.Looking into space for answersFrom Pretoria, the group paid a visit to HartRAO, the radio astronomy observatory at Hartebeesthoek, 50km west of Johannesburg. The facility started up as Nasa’s Deep Space Instrumentation Facility 51.Here they were given an overview of South Africa’s bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), an instrument that will be able to peer deep into the universe and answer many unresolved questions.The SKA will comprise an array of radio telescopes that together provide a reception area of a square kilometre. It will stretch over much of Southern Africa and will involve eight countries in the region.Dr Michael Gaylard, the facility’s acting MD, showed the journalists some of the important equipment operated and maintained by scientists at the observatory. A 26m telescope built by Nasa in the 1950s has been converted to receive radio signals and is used to track pulsar timing. Ownership of the dish has now passed to South Africa.HartRAO also operates a Nasa-owned satellite laser ranger that accurately measures the orbits of satellites, including positioning satellites. Finally, the group was introduced to the first prototype of the low-cost radio telescope designed in South Africa for the SKA and its precursors, the Meerkat and Kat-7 arrays.From Gauteng, the group headed to Cape Town, where they inspected renewable energy production at the Koeberg nuclear power plant, visited a successful wine farm, and experienced other sights and sounds of the Cape peninsula.last_img read more