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Estate agency brings in mental health expert to support staff during Covid

first_imgAn estate agency boss in London has revealed the unusual mental health programme he has adopted to help staff within his nine-branch agency get through the ‘super strange times’ of the pandemic both at home and work.This follows a recent column by Propertymark CEO Nathan Emerson, who told his story of helping an agency client who had been cracking under the strain of running split ‘bubble’ teams remotely and had been suffering in silence.Lee Pendleton says his company, London agency James Pendleton, has been working with an Neuro Linguistic Programme or NLP life coach called Joy Gower (pictured) for the past six months to help get his teams avoid this kind of meltdown and generally improve the mental health and lives.“She’s been helping the teams in a variety of ways including mental health, emotional well-being and the practicalities of dealing with the pandemic-driven life and work styles they’re coping with at the moment,” says Lee (pictured, below).“Each of the four groups get 30 minutes sessions on Zoom or Teams together each week and I’ve seen some hugely positive results from these including improvement in their mental outlook to the pandemic, that they are sleeping better, eat better.”“Our experience is that people come out of their shells a bit, which normally is difficult to achieve in a busy and pressured sales environment like estate agency – many people are reluctant to open up in front of colleagues in the flesh, but somehow it’s easier virtually.”He says the scheme, which also includes confidential one-to-one sessions if requested, it is going to be embedded in the company permanently rather than just being a Covid-related scheme.“Also, we’ve got around a third of staff working from home so it also helps them feel that they’re not isolated from the branch teams.”Read Nathan Emerson’s latest blog.Joy Gower mental health Lee Pendleton james pendleton March 5, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Estate agency brings in mental health expert to support staff during Covid previous nextAgencies & PeopleEstate agency brings in mental health expert to support staff during CovidNine-branch James Pendleton has been running the scheme for six months and says improvement in personal and team morale has been amazing.Nigel Lewis5th March 20210235 Viewslast_img read more

Most Read News, March 6 – 12, 2017

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Spooner invests in pilot tunnel

first_imgSpooner Industries (Ilkley, West Yorkshire) has completed its investment in a pilot tunnel oven at its head office. The high performance tunnel oven will enable customers to carry out tests and trials.The oven incorporates three independent, direct gas-fired heating sections and is suitable for baking a variety of products at temperatures up to 350ºC, says the company. The potential applications include bread, biscuits, cereal, cakes, confectionery, pizzas and pies. Damper control of the airflow to the top and bottom chambers allows different bake profiles and surface effects to be produced. “Our customers are under pressure to develop new processes and products quickly. This equipment will enable them to bake and test products in a way that can be replicated exactly on production machinery,” says sales and marketing director Steve Newell.last_img read more

Inmate captured after escaping into hospital ceiling Wednesday

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Twitter Facebook Google+ Google+ By Brooklyne Beatty – January 28, 2021 4 398 Twittercenter_img TAGSceilingescapehospitalIndianainmateJeffrey Campbellmarshall countyPlymouth Police Department Inmate captured after escaping into hospital ceiling Wednesday (Photo Supplied/Plymouth Police Department) Plymouth and Indiana State Police were called to a Marshall County hospital after an inmate escaped into the ceiling.The inmate, Jeffrey Campbell, was taken to the hospital Wednesday morning, and during his stay, locked himself inside the bathroom, removed several ceiling tiles and climbed into the metal structure in the ceiling.ABC 57 News reports police were called to the hospital to locate Campbell, who was found hiding in the ceiling above the emergency department.After Campbell refused to come down, he had to be apprehended using ladders. Pinterest Previous articleTwo arrested in St. Joseph County drug bustNext articleButtigieg confirmation vote scheduled Brooklyne Beatty WhatsApp IndianaLocalNewslast_img read more

A peek behind the podium

first_imgPresidential debates make for great political theater, a passable night of television viewing for even the most apathetic voter. But for the candidates, they’re the culmination of weeks of rhetorical blood, mental sweat, and, sometimes, literally tears.In other words, a group of veteran presidential preppers said at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Wednesday night, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney might be forgiven for betraying brief signs of fatigue or annoyance in that evening’s first presidential debate.“They go through the same frustrations that you or I might go through,” said Brett O’Donnell, an Institute of Politics (IOP) fellow and political strategist who has worked with Michele Bachmann, Romney, and other Republican presidential hopefuls. “We put them through a lot.”O’Donnell joined a trio of political and media insiders for “From Prep to the Podium,” a behind-the-scenes look at the work that goes into training candidates for the debates. The discussion led into a viewing party in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum. If there was any consensus in the bipartisan group, it was that intense training is necessary, even if that doesn’t always show on TV.“We want to create a moment that the press will pay attention to,” O’Donnell said. “That sometimes undercuts the substantive side of debate prep.”O’Donnell recalled a moment in 2008 when Republican nominee John McCain, exhausted by repeatedly trying to answer a question on gay marriage in a mock debate with O’Donnell, finally gave up. “O’Donnell has done what the North Vietnamese could not,” another adviser quipped.“I’m willing to have a candidate like me less if, when they go out on stage, they are totally prepared and confident in their abilities,” O’Donnell said.Moderating requires a completely different kind of preparation, said Carole Simpson, former anchor of “World News Tonight,” who was the first woman and first African-American to moderate a presidential debate, in 1992.“It’s 90 minutes, and there’s no break,” she said of the debate format. “The train has left the station.”Although most political scientists say debate performance has little overall effect on how people vote, Simpson said, many experts have said her debate ended up costing George H.W. Bush his re-election in 1992 — unbeknownst to her in the moment.“I didn’t know he looked at his watch three times,” she said, recalling Bush’s gesture of impatience that left some voters cold.The panel was moderated by IOP Director Trey Grayson (from left) and featured Brett O’Donnell, Carole Simpson, Mark McKinnon, and Tad Devine.“Until I saw the tape the next day, I didn’t appreciate how well [Bill] Clinton had done during the debate, and how poorly it looked that George Bush had done,” she said.After Wednesday’s debate, most analysts said that Romney’s energetic performance and Obama’s soft-spoken demeanor had clearly boosted the challenger.The most important thing a debate strategist can do is to instill confidence in the candidate, said Mark McKinnon, an IOP fellow and former chief media adviser to President George W. Bush.In 2008, McKinnon received a call from the McCain campaign to help Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin prepare for her debate with Joe Biden.“It was an absolute train wreck,” he recalled. “Everybody knew it, including and especially Sarah Palin.”“They get fixated on what they don’t know,” said McKinnon, who was ultimately successful in preparing his charge for prime time. “The problem with that is that it’s inexhaustible. It’s infinite. You have to somehow get in their heads and say: Stop. … Accept what you know, don’t fear what you don’t know, but really focus on the things that you do know.”Candidates need to develop a mix of message and style, to demonstrate their presidential ability, and, if they’re lucky, “to have a moment or two that can live on in sound bites,” said Tad Devine, a Democratic strategist and former IOP fellow.The problem, he admitted, is that sound bites are unpredictable. He would know: Devine coached Lloyd Bentsen, Michael Dukakis’ vice presidential running mate on the Democratic ticket in 1988, who famously dismissed his young GOP rival, Dan Quayle, with the damning judgment, “Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.”“That was the end of it,” Devine said.After the discussion, a packed crowd of political junkies lingered to watch the debate. although the mood resembled that of a big-budget movie premiere — popcorn included — the attendees acknowledged there was more at stake.“I think a lot of the rhetoric that goes on prior to the debate goes unchallenged,” said Jamaal Glenn, a first-year student at HKS. “To me, the campaign really starts tonight.”last_img read more

James Thompson

first_imgJim Thompson was born in Calais, Maine, to parents also born in Downeast Maine. The family moved to New Jersey for a few years during Jim’s childhood, but later returned to Princeton, Maine, where the family camp on Big Lake was a favorite retreat. Childhood summers spent there imbedded in Jim a lifelong love of the outdoors.During his undergraduate days at Dartmouth, he realized that geology was a perfect way to combine his love of the outdoors with science. He graduated cum laude from Dartmouth in 1942 with an A.B. in geology and a life-long affection for Dartmouth as well as skiing.Jim spent four years, 1942 to 1946, in the Army Air Force as a weather forecaster. They turned out to be prophetic as an introduction to the behavior of air masses and stimulated his lifelong passion for thermodynamics. After the war Jim entered graduate school at M.I.T. and received his Ph.D. in geology in 1950.In 1949 Jim was hired by Harvard as an instructor in petrology, replacing the retiring Esper Larsen. The following year he was promoted to Assistant Professor, and to full Professor in 1960. He was named Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology in 1977. During the early years in his academic career, he interacted closely with Francis Birch and Marland Billings, both then professors in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Birch was interested in changes of physical properties of rocks with depth in the Earth, and Jim proposed to him that these changes could, in part, be explained by a change in the coordination of silicon by oxygen in silicate minerals from 4 to 6 with increasing pressure, which proved later to be true. Jim’s association with Marland Billings led to their joint supervision of about 26 Ph.D. theses that dealt with the bedrock geology of New England.In 1954 Jim proposed that the Northern Appalachians contained huge fold nappes, similar to the Alpine nappes of Switzerland – a revolutionary idea at the time. This hypothesis was later verified and extended by his students, and has become an integral part of the understanding of the geological complexity of the Appalachian Mountains in New England.In 1955 Jim published one of his most cited papers, “The Thermodynamic Basis for the Mineral Facies Concept.” It applied the rigor of J. Willard Gibbs’s work on chemical thermodynamics to metamorphic rocks containing fluids, thus putting earlier concepts based on observations on a firm chemical and mathematical basis. Then in 1957 with “The Graphical Analysis of Mineral Assemblages in Pelitic Schists,” he introduced graphical projections for the analysis of mineral assemblages in multicomponent systems that led to thermodynamic and conceptual tools for the analysis of chemically open systems and other tools. This work is indelibly woven into the fabric of much of the research on metamorphic rocks being published today. Developed in an era before computer graphics or modern visualization tools, Jim’s imaginative and rigorous graphical projections of multicomponent systems form an important part of his legacy.In the 1960s, as calorimetric data became more accessible and as a wealth of information about cation distributions in silicate minerals emerged, Jim saw that the two could be profitably combined to yield important characterizations of thermodynamic properties of non-ideal crystalline solutions. His collaborative experimental work with several graduate students aptly provided more complete understanding of alkali feldspars.Jim firmly believed that to understand better the origins and occurrences of rocks it was essential to have an understanding of the structures and properties of the minerals making up the rocks. In a landmark 1978 paper, “Biopyriboles and Polysomatic Series,” he expressed the structural relations between sheet and single- and double-chain silicates in a novel, previously unrecognized way. Using his imaginative scientific approach and his flair for elegant simplicity, he then predicted the possible existence of several hypothetical complex silicates. At about the same time several new minerals having such structures were discovered in a Vermont quarry. One of them, containing triple silicate chains, was aptly named jimthompsonite.Recognition of Jim’s scientific talent came somewhat early in his career. He was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1958, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1967. He was awarded the Arthur L. Day Medal of the Geological Society of America in 1964, the Mineralogical Society of America Roebling Medal in 1978, and the V. M. Goldschmidt Award of the Geochemical Society in 1985. In accepting these awards, Jim’s words manifested a deeply held concern: as experimental capabilities became ever more sophisticated, and ever faster computing capabilities put remarkable power in the minds of theoreticians, it was important not to forget or ignore the importance of observations. His papers, regardless of subject, were always based on solid field observations. In his acceptance speech for the Day Medal in 1964 he said, “True success in the laboratory should stimulate field investigations rather than discourage them. It would be embarrassing indeed if we were to construct an internally consistent geology, chemically and physically sound, perfect in fact but for one flaw: the lack of a planet to fit it.”The group of students who studied under Jim were guided and inspired by his impeccable logic and his knack for looking at old problems in new and revealing ways. All told, about 50 graduate students benefited from Jim’s supervision. His legendary course, Phase Equilibrium in Mineral Systems, was a rite of passage for all these students. Jim always exemplified scientific integrity, modesty, and consideration for others. Although he made significant contributions to each student’s thesis, when the work was complete he generously stepped back quietly, allowing the student the sole credit. As he remarked in his acceptance of the Roebling Medal, “There is no better stimulus to the sharpening and honing of an idea than that provided by an able student who wishes to share it. In this I have been blessed.”Jim was predeceased by his wife, Eleanora, and he is survived by his son, Michael. Respectfully submitted,Stein B. JacobsenUlrich PetersenMark Van BaalenCharles W. Burnham, Chairlast_img read more

Raise Your Hand If You Watched This Week’s Younger!

first_imgHilary Duff & Sutton Foster in ‘Younger'(Photo: TV Land) After a two-week absence of statement necklaces, Miriam Shor finally upped her game with two exquisite pieces this episode. First, she rocked this emerald-hued ensemble—with just over a month to go until St. Patrick’s Day. And with that coat, she’s like a snow leopard leprechaun. A leoparchaun, if you will. A few scenes later, she served “Dark Side of the Moon” realness with a hefty assortment of balls and shafts. Yep, not suggestive in the slightest. Buckle your seatbelts and strap on your statement necklaces (two of them, if you’re Miriam Shor), because it’s time for this week’s Younger recap. Liza’s come down from her pot pop high, and although she can’t lift her arm, she’s orchestrating a master scheme to get rid of Jade, win back the lost advance, screw over a competitor and partake in some Bing product placement—all at the same time. Let’s navigate the sneaky plan.SEASON 2, EPISODE 6: “Un-Jaded”Emoji UpdateLiza and Josh wake up (almost all of the cold opens this season take place in a bed, often post-coitus), and Liza can’t move her arm above a 90-degree angle. At the doctor’s, they learn she’s suffering from adhesive capsulitis, a.k.a. “40-year-old shoulder.” Charles and Diana (mostly Diana) woo Hugh Shirley (David Wain), an author whose stance on feminism includes wearing a tampon to understand a woman’s experience. Kelsey and Liza track Jade’s Instagram; as you may recall, Jade is publicly blowing her advance from her book that doesn’t exist—the last grand went toward a diamond pacifier. Liza hatches a plan: write the first chapter of Jade’s draft using her social media to build buzz and sell the account. Maggie finishes her Durga-inspired sculpture, and Lauren plans to have it featured at Hector and Dorf’s store. Liza, Kelsey and Lauren get their nails done (in a throwback to Jane Krakowski last season, the manicurist immediately picks up on Liza’s secret), and Lauren leaks the fake chapter to The Cut as part of Liza’s plan. At a business dinner, Diana is repulsed by Hugh’s well-intentioned but half-assed attempts at feminism, but ends up making out with him (who are we to deny someone of their thirst?) before he sends her off in a cab. Kelsey sells the book (which—again—doesn’t exist) to a rival agency. All of this is somehow legal. Hector and Dorf use the sculpture’s many arms to hang coats. As for Liza’s arm, she still can’t move it, but at least Josh is there to give her a shoulder massage.Biggest OMG Moment:When Liza pulls up Jade’s posts, pics and tweets by BING SEARCHING “jade winslow [sic] social media posts.” Listen: We’ve done our fair share of stalking people’s Twitter and Instagram accounts. But we don’t search “social media posts” when craving Bernadette Peters’ most recent musings on dogs and Mozart in the Jungle, and we certainly don’t use Bing to do so. Does anyone?Millennial Glossary:Squad:(noun) A small assembly or “posse” of friends. While the word is by no means a millennial brainchild, its usage, particularly as part of the phrase “squad goals,” i.e. a squad which one aspires to join, is popular. For examples of #SquadGoals, please see here. Or here. Or here.Moment That Made Us Go:When Liza, Kelsey and Lauren discuss the “Marie Claire enema retreat,” one of Jade’s exposés. Suddenly, our team retreats to Marie’s Crisis sound much more normal.Diana’s Statement Jewelry Update!center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Something Baaaaad Is Happening on Younger

first_img Look out, Dr. Dillamond: This Younger recap is going to be traumatizing. Glee favorite and Audience Choice Award winner Matthew Morrison had a little romance with Sutton Foster this week, and as you’ll see below, things went a bit too far. Let’s check in on the newly single Liza Miller.SEASON 2, EPISODE 9: “The Good Shepherd”Emoji UpdateLiza resorts to baking pies as post-breakup therapy (between this and Waitress, we could really use a pie emoji, Apple). Millennial dream team Kelsey and Lauren stop by and reveal they’ve set Liza up with a Tinder profile. Only a few swipes in, Liza receives Josh’s profile and immediately swipes left. She then heads to the farmers market for more pie-related produce, and like a 40-something Red Riding Hood, encounters a hairy, mysterious being. It’s not a wolf; it’s a scruffy Matthew Morrison playing a character named Sebastian. Liza buys a warm blanket made from the wool of one of his sheep and takes a pamphlet featuring some Walden-esque musings that catch her fancy. She takes them into the office, and Kelsey thinks Liza might be on to something. Speaking of Kelsey, her pals seem hesitant about her engagement; is Thad really the right guy for marriage? Touched by what he wrote in the pamphlet, Liza drives to Sebastian’s farm, where there are lots of sheep. Liza woos him for a book deal over dinner, where they run into Josh with Greta, the woman who profiled him for the Times. Thad reveals to Kelsey that he hasn’t told his parents about their engagement, preventing her from going Facebook official. Liza drives back to the farm, gets Sebastian to sign the contract, makes out with him for a little rebound action, and walks in on him going full The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia on a poor, defenseless sheep. So much for that. Kelsey and Thad finally update their Facebook relationship status, and we get a brief but surprisingly delightful montage of the subsequent “likes.”Biggest OMG Moment:This one is a given, right? We’ve seen our fair share of “OMG” moments this season. Miriam Shor breaking David Wain’s penis comes to mind. We’d take a broken penis any day over Matthew Morrison in a bestiality arc.Millennial Glossary:Uber Rating:(noun) A relatively under-the-radar system Uber drivers use to rate passengers. Just one more metric for millennials to freak out over their self-worth. A lower rating can affect wait times as they can see your score before confirming you as a passenger; e.g. this recap writer has an Uber score of 4.5/5 and was likely docked half a point for insisting on talking to drivers about Miriam Shor’s statement jewelry.Moment That Made Us Go:Kelsey’s thirst for Instagram likes had us shaking our heads, and we say this with full awareness that it would bother us just as much if our avocado toast got more likes than our engagement ring. Still, there are more important things in life, Kelsey. Like wondering why all of your friends are apprehensive about said engagement.Diana’s Statement Jewelry Update! Sutton Foster & Matthew Morrison in ‘Younger'(Photo: TV Land) We got two necklaces this week: a platinum horseshoe and a steampunk heart. Careful: Miriam Shor may be after your Lucky Charms. Between this and all that emerald, we’re not convinced that Diana Trout isn’t a leprechaun. Wait. Did we just solve Younger?center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Credit union movement continues to prosper

first_imgby: Christina PontissoGregory Karp of the Chicago Tribune highlights what you should know about credit unions.As credit union membership now standing at more than 100 million, credit unions are gaining popularity among consumers.Karp gives his top 10 list of what you should know about credit unions:1) Their name can be confusing – credit unions have NOTHING to do with credit reports or scores.2) Becoming a member is easier than you think – Search by using the credit union finder at to see which credit unions you can join!3) Service and satisfaction is outstanding – credit unions continue to rank higher than banks on the annual American Customer Satisfaction Index.4) Lower and fewer fees – 72% of America’s biggest credit unions offer free checking accounts, compared to 38% of the nation’s largest banks, according to Bankrate.5) Surplus of ATMs – credit unions belong to large ATM alliances, which means no more ATM fees for members! continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Betfair Chase one-two set for rematch | Racing News

first_imgClan Des Obeaux was fourth in the 2018 Betfair Chase and is on course for a return to Haydock, with long-absent stablemate Topofthegame expected to instead head for the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury the following week.Nicholls said: “Clan Des Obeaux is in great form at home and will head for the Betfair Chase.“Physically, he seems to have improved on years past. He is working hard and is on well schedule for Haydock.- Advertisement – “Two years ago, we went to the Betfair Chase just to put our toe in the water to see if he could run in graded races and he ran a really good race. He then went on to win the King George.“He will be ready to put up a good performance at Haydock – there is no point going there thinking he is going to need the run. He will be ready and then that is nice timing for him to go to Kempton again on Boxing Day.”The Richard Hobson-trained Lord Du Mesnil will be an outsider, but is a dual winner at the track.“Lord Du Mesnil is in good form and the Betfair Chase is a possibility,” said Hobson.“I haven’t been able to get a run into him yet this season. He has got some entries over the weekend, but we are yet to decide if he will run.“The Betfair Chase may therefore come too quick, but he is entered and we will make a decision nearer the time.”Bellshill (Sandy Thompson), Keeper Hill (Warren Greatrex) and Saint Calvados (Harry Whittington) are the other British contenders, with Henry de Bromhead’s A Plus Tard the sole Irish-trained entrant. Last year’s one-two Lostintranslation and Bristol De Mai are among 10 entries for the Betfair Chase at Haydock on November 21.The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Bristol De Mai claimed the Grade One prize in both 2017 and 2018, but was denied the hat-trick by Colin Tizzard’s Lostintranslation 12 months ago.- Advertisement – Lostintranslation disappointed when well fancied for the King George VI Chase at Kempton, but bounced back to finish a close-up third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup – and the race sponsors make him the narrow favourite to successfully defend his Haydock crown.Bristol De Mai was only ninth in the Gold Cup, but can be expected to be more of a force back on Merseyside.Nicky Henderson has entered his Gold Cup runner-up Santini, while Paul Nicholls has both dual King George hero Clan Des Obeaux and Topofthegame in contention.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more